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VOL. 43 | NO. 19 | Friday, May 10, 2019

Coming to a neighborhood near you

Developers have upper hand in march toward higher density on urban streets

James Kelley has lived since 1988 in the historic Richland-West End neighborhood, a tree-lined, enclave located on land that was once part of John Brown Craighead’s 194-acre estate.


ESA plan: School choice or new entitlement?

Now that Tennessee has education savings accounts, what will it do with them? The answer will make a difference not only for the parents and students who will use them to move from a public to a private school, but also for state politics and finances.


Nashville, it’s time for a property tax increase

Normally the only blue ribbon that gets my attention is the one on a can from the good folks at the Pabst Brewing Co. in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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Street Eats. A gathering of as many as 20 local food trucks along Deaderick Street between Fourth Avenue North and Fifth Avenue North each Thursday. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Information

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Flowers add flair to unforgettable dishes

Spring’s velvet riot of blossoms brings a welcome counterpunch to the 40 shades of green that come to drape the landscape. There’s more than beauty, though, in the layers of petals.


Belmont Park Terrace build raises level of competition

With building permits breaking all existing records, once quiet neighborhoods are now under siege from builders who are demolishing and then rebuilding homes, leaving many homeowners angry and frustrated.


Middle Tennessee real estate trends for April 2019

The number of residential units sold in Nashville and Davidson County continues to increase from last year while average home sales prices have leveled out.

US long-term mortgage rates decline; 30-year average 4.10%

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates declined this week for a second straight week, reversing the upward trend in April as a lure to potential home buyers.


VU’s Bleday leads locally flavored home run barrage

JJ Bleday can’t explain his sudden power surge. The right fielder didn’t hit many home runs his first two seasons at Vanderbilt, but he leads the nation with 23 this year.


Wiseman Ashworth hires Kansas City attorney

Attorney Brad Dowd has joined Wiseman Ashworth Law Group, PLC, as of counsel after having practiced law in Kansas City, Missouri, for the past 21 years.


Historic Franklin photo contest is underway

In honor of preservation month, the city of Franklin is conducting the 2019 My Historic Franklin Photo contest with hundreds of dollars in prizes, plus a chance to win two free tickets to the Pilgrimage Music and Cultural Festival in September.


What’s the better hatchback, Mazda 3 or Toyota Corolla?

The 2019 Toyota Corolla and the 2019 Mazda 3 are two of the newest small hatchbacks on the market.


Does your company have a plan for your kidnapping?

Today’s average sedan sports approximately 15 square feet of trunk room.


Is a better credit rating worth exposing your bank data?

America’s credit bureaus haven’t exactly covered themselves in glory when it comes to protecting your private data.


‘Culture fit’ really means hiring people just like us

There’s this thing in the hiring world that’s considered important. It’s called “culture fit.”


Residents sue Metro over code violations court

NASHVILLE (AP) — Residents of Nashville are suing to close the city's environmental code enforcement court, saying it was improperly implemented and unfairly affects poor citizens.


Johnson execution set for tonight

NASHVILLE (AP) — A man convicted of killing his wife decades ago at a camping center he managed in Memphis is set for execution Thursday evening in Tennessee.


Titans agree to deal with 4th-round draft pick Amani Hooker

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have agreed to terms on a deal with defensive back Amani Hooker, their fourth-round draft selection.


KJ Martin, son of 15-year NBA veteran, signs with Vanderbilt

NASHVILLE (AP) — K.J. Martin, son of 15-year NBA veteran Kenyon Martin, has signed his national letter of intent to play for new Vanderbilt coach Jerry Stackhouse.


White House launches survey looking for tech industry bias

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — On the heels of President Donald Trump's repeated assertions claiming anti-conservative bias by tech companies, the White House has launched an online form asking people to share their experiences if they think political partisanship has led them to be silenced by social media sites.


US long-term mortgage rates fall; 30-year average at 4.07%

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates fell slightly this week, marking a third straight week of declines as a continued inducement to purchasers in the spring homebuying season.

US home construction climbed 5.7% in April

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home construction rose in April, led by an uptick in single-family homes.


Walmart warns that higher tariffs will mean higher prices

NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart warned on Thursday that higher tariffs on imports from China will mean higher prices.

Perdue says farmer aid package still a work in progress

WASHINGTON (AP) — Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said Wednesday his agency is still "in the throes of constructing" an aid package for farmers hurt by retaliatory tariffs, but he is not prepared to say when it will be ready.

Walmart same store sales growth continues

NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart delivered a mixed bag in the first quarter, beating Wall Street expectations on profit, but revenue fell short.

China criticizes US action against Huawei

BEIJING (AP) — China vowed Thursday to "resolutely safeguard" Chinese companies after Washington labeled telecom equipment giant Huawei a security risk and imposed export curbs on U.S. technology sales to the company.

EU fines banks over $1 billion over foreign exchange cartel

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union regulators have fined five banks a total of more than 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion) for colluding in the trade of large sums of foreign currency.


Facebook busts Israel-based campaign to disrupt elections

JERUSALEM (AP) — Facebook says it has identified a private Israel-based influence campaign aimed at disrupting elections in various countries and has canceled dozens of accounts that engaged in spreading disinformation.

Iran claims right to respond to 'unacceptable' US sanctions

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's foreign minister on Thursday said sanctions imposed by the Trump administration are "unacceptable" but that his country is committed to an international nuclear deal that has steadily unraveled amid rising tensions.

Trump to provide rare look of finances in disclosure report

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump's latest financial disclosure report is expected to provide a rare glimpse into whether his presidency has helped or hurt his hotels, golf resorts and other parts of his business empire.


House GOP caucus to meet to discuss embattled speaker

NASHVILLE (AP) — House Republicans have scheduled a closed door meeting to discuss the future of Tennessee's embattled House speaker.

Tennessee Commerce and Insurance Commissioner resigns

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Commerce and Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak is leaving state government for the private sector.


Lee won't intervene in execution

NASHVILLE (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Lee on Tuesday announced he will not intervene in this week's scheduled lethal injection of a Tennessee inmate who had undergone a religious conversion.

Tennessee joins federal lawsuit against generic drug makers

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee has joined a federal lawsuit in Connecticut against 20 generic drug manufacturers, alleging manipulation of prices.


Trump issues order that appears to target China's Huawei

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is issuing an executive order to help protect the United States against foreign adversaries that are taking advantage of technological vulnerabilities to threaten U.S. communications systems.

US abstains from global pledge to curb online violence

PARIS (AP) — The White House is not endorsing a global pledge to step up efforts to keep internet platforms from being used to spread hate, organize extremist groups and broadcast attacks, citing respect for "freedom of expression and freedom of the press."

Facebook limits livestreaming ahead of tech summit in Paris

PARIS (AP) — Facebook toughened its livestreaming policies Wednesday as it prepared to huddle with world leaders and other tech CEOs in Paris to find ways to keep social media from being used to spread hate, organize extremist groups and broadcast terror attacks.

Help coming on blocking scam calls for robocall-plagued US

NEW YORK (AP) — New measures by U.S. regulators could help thwart some of the billions of robocalls received in the U.S.


Ford adds 270,000 cars to recall for unintended rollaways

DETROIT (AP) — Ford is adding 270,000 vehicles to a recall in North America to fix a gearshift problem that could cause them roll away unexpectedly.


US stocks extend gains after recovering from early slide

Stocks reversed an early slide on Wall Street and finished broadly higher Wednesday, giving the market its second straight gain in a week of bumpy trading.

Mnuchin optimistic on trade battles; Wall Street approves

WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Wednesday that the U.S. is making progress on lifting tariffs imposed on steel and aluminum from Canada and Mexico, potentially overcoming a key hurdle toward approval of a trade agreement between the three countries.

Mnuchin sees progress on steel tariffs with Mexico, Canada

NEW YORK (AP) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says the U.S. is making progress in talks with Canada and Mexico over steel tariffs, potentially overcoming a key hurdle toward approval of a trade agreement between the three countries.

Minister: Defeating May's bill will leave Brexit deal 'dead'

LONDON (AP) — Britain's chief Brexit minister says Britain will be faced with a choice between a no-deal EU exit and remaining in the European Union if lawmakers reject Prime Minister Theresa May's flagship Brexit bill next month.

Retail sales in 2019 are a wild ride, slip 0.2% in April

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales declined last month as Americans cut back their spending on clothes, appliances, and home and garden supplies.

US industrial production down 0.5% in April

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. industrial production fell in April, dragged by a big drop in factory output as production of autos and auto parts continued to slide.

Macy's warns customers could feel impact of trade war

NEW YORK (AP) — Macy's customers may finally start to feel the impact of President Donald Trump's trade war with China.

GOP scrambles to ease blow from Trump's trade war

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's allies on Capitol Hill are scrambling to soften the blow from his trade war with China amid mounting anxiety from farm-state lawmakers that the protracted battle and escalating tariffs could irreparably damage their local economies.

FAA chief defends handling of Boeing Max safety approval

WASHINGTON (AP) — The acting head of the Federal Aviation Administration said Wednesday that Boeing should have done more to explain an automated flight-control system on its 737 Max aircraft before two deadly crashes, but he defended his agency's safety certification of the plane and its decision not to ground the jet until other regulators around the world had already done so.

China's economic activity weakens amid tariff war

BEIJING (AP) — China's factory output and consumer spending weakened in April as a tariff war with Washington intensified, adding to pressure on Beijing to shore up shaky economic growth.

Huawei exec: Possible US market curbs have little impact

BEIJING (AP) — A Huawei executive said Wednesday that possible new U.S. restrictions on market access will have little impact on the Chinese tech giant due to its global reach.


White House escalates resistance to House probes

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House sharply escalated its resistance to congressional attempts to investigate President Donald Trump , notifying the House Judiciary panel Wednesday that it would refuse to comply with sweeping requests for documents and witness testimony while declaring that the legislative branch had no right to a "do-over" of the special counsel's Russia probe.

Mnuchin says courts need to settle fight over Trump's taxes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Wednesday that it's up to the courts to referee his dispute with House Democrats demanding access to President Donald Trump's tax returns.

US pulls nonessential staff from Iraq amid Mideast tensions

BAGHDAD (AP) — The U.S. on Wednesday ordered all nonessential government staff to leave Iraq, and Germany and the Netherlands both suspended their military assistance programs in the country in the latest sign of tensions sweeping the Persian Gulf region over still-unspecified threats that the Trump administration says are linked to Iran.

Iran's supreme leader makes uranium enrichment threat

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's supreme leader issued a veiled threat in the same speech in which he stated that "no one is seeking war," saying it wouldn't be difficult for the Islamic Republic to enrich uranium to weapons-grade levels amid rising tensions with the U.S., state media reported Wednesday.

Panel reaches deal with Trump Jr. for interview

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Intelligence Committee has struck a deal with Donald Trump Jr. to appear for a closed-door interview next month, pulling the two sides back, for now, from a confrontation over a subpoena as part of the panel's Russia investigation.


Gov. Lee monitoring House speaker scandals

MEMPHIS (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee says he is continuing to monitor the scandals surrounding House Speaker Glen Casada but says that it's up to the House to determine its leader's fate.

Tennessee's Black Caucus calls for Casada to step down

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's Republican House speaker pushed back Monday against calls for him to resign, arguing that if a handful of "base" text messages can run someone out of office, then no one is qualified.

Former GOP governor nominee tapped for Tennessee state job

NASHVILLE (AP) — A former Tennessee Republican nominee for governor is joining Republican Gov. Bill Lee's administration.


Tennessee attorney general suing opioid maker

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery is suing Endo Pharmaceuticals over claims about the safety and benefits of its opioid products.

Tennessee prisoner moved to 'death watch' ahead of execution

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee death row inmate Don Johnson has been moved to death watch ahead of his scheduled Thursday execution.

Jury: Monsanto to pay $2 billion in weed killer cancer case

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A jury on Monday ordered agribusiness giant Monsanto Co. to pay a combined $2.055 billion to a couple claiming that the company's popular weed killer Roundup Ready caused their cancers.


Hit with arrest of ex-chair Ghosn, Nissan profit nose-dives

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese automaker Nissan, reeling from the arrest of its former chairman Carlos Ghosn, reported Tuesday that its annual profit nose-dived to less than half of what it earned the previous year, and forecast even dimmer results going forward.

China's auto sales fall 17.7% in April, extending slump

BEIJING (AP) — China's auto sales sank 17.7% in April from a year earlier, the 10th straight month of decline amid trade tension with Washington and an economic slowdown.

Volkswagen to invest 1B euros in battery production plant

BERLIN (AP) — Automaker Volkswagen AG says it is investing 1 billion euros ($1.12 billion) to set up a battery production plant in Germany.


Germany's Merkel edges closer to Macron on 2050 climate plan

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel indicated Tuesday that she would like to join other European countries in aiming to eliminate virtually all greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, but stressed the goal needs to be achievable.


New security flaw in Intel chips could affect millions

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Intel has revealed another hardware security flaw that could affects millions of machines around the world.

Disney takes over Hulu from Comcast as stream wars heat up

NEW YORK (AP) — Disney is taking full control of Hulu from Comcast, as both companies prepare to launch their own streaming services in response to declining audiences for traditional TV.

WhatsApp flaw let spies take control with calls alone

Spyware crafted by a sophisticated group of hackers-for-hire took advantage of a flaw in the popular WhatsApp communications program to remotely hijack dozens of phones without any user interaction.

Google opens German center to improve data privacy

LONDON (AP) — Google opened a privacy focused engineering center in Munich, Germany, on Tuesday, its latest move to beef up its data protection credentials as tech companies' face growing scrutiny of their data collection practices.


Stocks recover some of Monday's losses

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are closing broadly higher on Wall Street as investors got a reprieve a day after the market took a nosedive on worries over the worsening trade relations between the U.S. and China.

Consumers could be collateral damage if Trump expands tariffs

WASHINGTON (AP) — For many Americans, President Donald Trump's trade war may soon get very real. His administration is preparing to extend 25% tariffs to practically all Chinese imports not already hit with duties. That's roughly an additional $300 billion worth of products, ranging from pacifiers and flashlights to billiard balls and golf carts.

Escalating trade war causing anxiety in America's heartland

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — When President Donald Trump began talking about tariffs in 2017, Upper Midwest soybean farmer Jamie Beyer suspected that her crop could become a weapon. Two years later, she and her family are watching the commodity markets on an hourly basis as an escalating trade war between the U.S. and China creates turmoil in rural America.

UK jobless rate falls to its lowest level in 45 years

LONDON (AP) — Official figures show that Britain's unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest level in 45 years, though wage growth softened slightly.

Walmart ups the delivery game with next day shipping

NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart is rolling out free next-day delivery on its most popular items, increasing the stakes in the retail shipping wars.

Saudi Arabia says its oil pipeline was hit by drones

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An oil pipeline that runs across Saudi Arabia was hit Tuesday by drones, the Saudi energy minister said, as regional tensions flared just days after what the kingdom called an attack on two of its oil tankers in the Persian Gulf.


Judge skeptical of Trump effort to keep records from House

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge suggested Tuesday he is skeptical of President Donald Trump's efforts to block Congress from obtaining some of his financial records.

Barr working with intel chiefs on Russia review

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr is stepping up the probe into the origins of the Russia investigation, naming a U.S. attorney to oversee the investigation and working with intelligence chiefs to see how surveillance was conducted.

Canceled interviews led to Trump Jr. subpoena

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate intelligence committee subpoenaed Donald Trump Jr. after he backed out of two scheduled interviews as part of the panel's Russia investigation, the chairman of the committee told his Republican colleagues last week as he tried to stem criticism from the move.

Dems set hearing for ex-White House lawyer over Russia probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Judiciary panel has set a May 21 hearing for testimony from former White House counsel Don McGahn, a key figure in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. But it's unclear if he'll show.

Rosenstein: Russia probe justified, closing it wasn't option

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fresh out of his job as deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein said Monday that the Justice Department's investigation into Russian election interference was "justified," that he would have never allowed anyone to interfere with it and that closing it had not been an option.

Barr launches new look at origins of Russia probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr has appointed a U.S. attorney to examine the origins of the Russia investigation and determine if intelligence collection involving the Trump campaign was "lawful and appropriate," according to a person familiar with the issue.


Tennessee House speaker: 'base' texts aren't disqualifying

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's Republican House speaker is pushing back against calls to resign, arguing if a handful of "base" text messages can run someone out of office, then no one is qualified.


VU's Wiley among 6 Titans sign after rookie minicamp

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have agreed to terms with defensive back LaDarius Wiley of Vanderbilt, wide receiver Cody Hollister and four other players who tried out for the team during a rookie minicamp.


Pressure from religious leaders mounts in death row case

NASHVILLE (AP) — Pressure from religious leaders for Tennessee's governor to grant mercy to a death row inmate mounted Monday as the U.S. Supreme Court declined to consider an appeal that could have delayed his upcoming execution.

Felicity Huffman pleads guilty in college admissions scheme

BOSTON (AP) — "Desperate Housewives" star Felicity Huffman pleaded guilty Monday in the college admissions bribery scheme, the biggest name to do so in a scandal that has exposed the lengths to which some wealthy parents will go to get their children into top universities.

Lawsuits: Metro schools knew girls were sexually assaulted, taped

NASHVILLE (AP) — Metro Nashville Public Schools is accused of not protecting its students from a known sexual harassment problem that involved female students being sexually assaulted, secretly recorded and then bullied.

Tennessee woman pleads guilty in bank fraud scheme

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee woman has pleaded guilty to her role in a scheme to steal money from credit union customers.


Questions loom for Nissan with former chairman Ghosn gone

TOKYO (AP) — Nissan is seeing sales and profits tumble, as its once revered former chairman, Carlos Ghosn, awaits trial on charges of financial misconduct.


Facebook to pay US content reviewers more amid criticism

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook is raising how much it pays U.S. contractors who do some of its most taxing work, including watching violent and other objectionable material for possible removal from the service.

Apple revamps TV app for direct subscriptions to channels

NEW YORK (AP) — Apple users will be able to subscribe to HBO, Showtime and a handful of other channels directly through Apple's new TV app, bypassing the need to download or launch a separate app.

Apps cost too much? Antitrust lawsuit adds to Apple's woes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumers can pursue a lawsuit complaining that iPhone apps cost too much, the Supreme Court ruled on Monday, adding to Apple's woes that already include falling iPhone sales and a European investigation.

San Francisco may ban police, city use of facial recognition

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco is on track to become the first U.S. city to ban the use of facial recognition by police and other city agencies, reflecting a growing backlash against a technology that's creeping into airports, motor vehicle departments, stores, stadiums and home security cameras.

Facebook removes fake Italian accounts ahead of EU election

ROME (AP) — Facebook says it has shut down some Italian accounts that were phony and pages that were spreading fake news ahead of European Union parliamentary elections.


Trump's escalating trade war sends stocks plunging

The Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged more than 600 points Monday as investors sought shelter from an escalating trade war between the U.S. and China.

Time for businesses to set up employee retirement plans?

NEW YORK (AP) — With 2019 more than one-third over, small business owners without employee retirement plans may want to consider starting one before more time passes.

China retaliates on tariffs, stock markets go into a slide

BEIJING (AP) — Sending Wall Street into a slide, China announced higher tariffs Monday on $60 billion worth of American goods in retaliation for President Donald Trump's latest penalties on Chinese products.

Trump says China will be 'hurt very badly' if no trade deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is warning Chinese President Xi Jinping that China "will be hurt very badly" if they don't agree to a trade deal.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's trade theories don't hold water

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump cast a fog of misinformation over the U.S. trade dispute with China, floating inaccurate numbers and skewed economic theories as big tariffs kicked in on Chinese goods.

Kudlow contradicts Trump on tariffs

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House's top economic adviser has acknowledged that U.S. consumers and businesses pay the tariffs that the Trump administration has imposed on billions of dollars of Chinese goods, even as President Trump himself insisted in a tweet, incorrectly, that China pays.

Amazon offers to help employees start delivery business

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon, which is racing to deliver packages faster, is turning to its employees with a proposition: Quit your job and we'll help you start a business delivering Amazon packages.

Uber, Lyft losses keep competitors at bay

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A fare war between Uber and Lyft has led to billions of dollars in losses for both ride-hailing companies as they fight for passengers and drivers.


Tennessee Senate leader says House speaker should leave post

NASHVILLE (AP) — Toughening his position, Tennessee Republican Senate Speaker Randy McNally now says embattled GOP House Speaker Glen Casada should resign his leadership post.

Lee considering using private consultants to shape agenda

NASHVILLE (AP) — Gov. Bill Lee is exploring whether or not to use private consultants to help develop and implement his agenda.

Senate leader won't call for TN House speaker's resignation

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's top state Senate leader says he won't ask for embattled House Speaker Glen Casada to resign from his leadership position amid mounting scandals surrounding Casada's office.

ACLU sues Tennessee over criminalizing voter signup problems

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee is facing another challenge of its new law that would fine and potentially jail voter registration workers who don't follow new rules.


Tennessee new business filings increase 9%

NASHVILLE (AP) — New business filings increased 9% in Tennessee in the first quarter of this year compared to the previous year.

4 state pain clinics accused in fraud scheme have closed

NASHVILLE (AP) — Four Tennessee pain management clinics have abruptly closed amid state and federal health insurance fraud investigations.


Biden to visit Nashville as part of presidential campaign

NASHVILLE (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden has announced he will visit Nashville as part of his 2020 presidential campaign.

Nashvillian charged with leaking classified information

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A former government intelligence analyst has been charged with leaking classified documents about military campaigns against terrorist group al-Qaeda to a reporter.


Titans agree to terms with 2 draft picks before rookie camp

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have agreed to terms with outside linebacker D'Andre Walker and linebacker David Long, the first of their six draft picks to get contracts.


Tennessee Sports Hall to honor David Williams, Rick Byrd

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame will honor former Vanderbilt athletic director David Williams and retired Belmont men's basketball coach Rick Byrd during its June 15 induction ceremony.


Court: City schools don't have to share liquor tax proceeds

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Supreme Court has ruled that city school districts don't have to share money they receive from liquor taxes with county governments.

Deputy cleared in fatal shooting of boxer's mother

ASHLAND CITY (AP) — A grand jury in Tennessee has declined to indict a sheriff's deputy in the fatal shooting of the mother of champion boxer Caleb Plant.


Reports: Court denies Ghosn appeal on no contact with wife

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese court has rejected an appeal from the lawyers of Nissan's former chairman Carlos Ghosn over bail conditions that forbid him to contact his wife, as a prosecutor defended the restriction as needed to prevent evidence tampering.


Scrap 'Obamacare'? Maybe not all, says Trump administration

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scrap "Obamacare"? Well, maybe not all of it. The Trump administration is arguing in court that the entire Affordable Care Act should be struck down as unconstitutional. But at the same time, Justice Department lawyers recently suggested that federal judges could salvage its anti-fraud provisions, raising questions about keeping other parts as well.

Trump calls on Congress to end 'surprise medical bills'

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday called for an end to "surprise medical bills," the astonishingly high charges insured patients can face when a member of a medical team that treats them is not in their insurer's network.


Why does Facebook fail to fix itself? It's partly humans

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The question comes up over and over, with extremist material, hate speech, election meddling and privacy invasions. Why can't Facebook just fix it?

New French rules for Facebook? Zuckerberg likes the idea

PARIS (AP) — France welcomed Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to Paris on Friday with the threat of sweeping new regulations against his social media behemoth — and Zuckerberg himself called that proposal a good thing.

Amazon's Bezos says he'll send a spaceship to the moon

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amazon tycoon Jeff Bezos said Thursday he's going to send a spaceship to the moon, joining a resurgence of lunar interest half a century after people first set foot there.

Parents can't delete what kids tell Amazon voice assistant

Amazon met with skepticism from some privacy advocates and members of Congress last year when it introduced its first kid-oriented voice assistant , along with brightly colored models of its Echo Dot speaker designed for children.


US-China talks break up after US raises tariffs

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trade talks between the U.S. and China broke up Friday with no apparent agreement, and President Donald Trump asserted that there was "no need to rush" to get a deal between the world's two biggest economies.

Tech group: Tariffs are 'higher taxes'

WASHINGTON (AP) — A tech industry group says tariffs are taxes, and "higher tariffs are only higher taxes," in response to President Donald Trump's decision to increase tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports to 25%.

US records $160.3B April surplus; deficit still 37% higher

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government recorded a $160.3 billion surplus in April as revenues for the month jumped to an all-time high. But even with a flood of tax receipts, the deficit so far this year is running 37.7% higher than a year ago.

US consumer prices rise 0.3% on higher gas, housing costs

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer prices increased 0.3% in April, led by more expensive gasoline, apartment rents and appliances.

Uber begins trading nearly 7% below its IPO price

NEW YORK (AP) — Uber began trading as a public company at $42 per share Friday, nearly 7% below its initial public offering price on an already volatile day for the markets.

US hikes tariffs on Chinese goods, Beijing vows retaliation

BEIJING (AP) — President Donald Trump's latest tariff hike on Chinese goods took effect Friday and Beijing said it would retaliate, escalating a battle over China's technology ambitions and other trade tensions.

Trump claims China tariffs help, not hurt US, talks still on

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Friday that trade talks between China and the U.S. were continuing in a "very congenial manner" despite new tariffs the U.S. imposed Friday on $200 billion in Chinese imports and Beijing's vow to retaliate.

Coal's US slide to continue as renewables, gas fill the gap

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. demand for coal to generate electricity will continue its slide in coming months, federal officials said Thursday, despite efforts by the Trump administration to shore up the struggling industry.

New analysis: Trump deficits worse than promised

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new nonpartisan analysis says President Donald Trump's budget plan would produce significantly larger budget deficits than promised when it was released in March, mostly because its estimates of economic growth are too rosy.

Stocks sink as tariff deadline approaches

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks recovered much of an early swoon and ended moderately lower as a midnight deadline approached for the U.S. and China to reach a trade deal.

US sanctions to hit Iran's metals industry, a major employer

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — U.S. sanctions have targeted Iran's government, its paramilitary forces and the oil exports that fund them. Now they are hitting its vital steel, aluminum, copper and iron industries.

Powell says policies needed for slowing income growth

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Thursday the United States needs to find ways to address a decades-long slowdown in income growth and upward economic mobility.

US trade deficit edges up to $50 billion in March

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. trade deficit increased slightly in March, even though the deficit with China fell to the lowest point in five years.

Wholesale prices edge up 0.2 percent in April

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. wholesale prices edged up 0.2% in April, driven higher by a big jump in energy costs.

US, China wield threats going into high-stakes trade talks

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. and Chinese negotiators are to resume trade talks Thursday just hours before the United States is set to raise tariffs on Chinese imports in a dramatic escalation of tensions between the world's two biggest economies.

Chinese companies brace for tariff hike as trade talks begin

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese exporters of all sorts of products, from power adapters and computers to vacuum cleaners, are anxiously hoping trade talks in Washington this week will yield a deal that might stave off higher U.S. tariffs on imports from China.

German government lowers tax estimate as economy flags

BERLIN (AP) — The German government is preparing for a smaller rise in tax revenue as growth in Europe's biggest economy wanes.


Russian agent saw political analysis as 'valuable' to Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Russian gun rights activist who admitted she was a secret agent for the Kremlin and tried to infiltrate conservative U.S. political groups while Donald Trump rose to power says she believed her notes and analysis would be "valuable" for Russian officials.

Trump to nominate Shanahan for top Pentagon post

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will nominate Patrick Shanahan to be his second secretary of defense.

Pelosi pledges methodical action on 'constitutional crisis'

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday the country faces a "constitutional crisis" over President Donald Trump's resistance to congressional investigation, and she promised a methodical, if lengthy, effort to pursue oversight of the White House.

Sen. Burr takes GOP fire over Trump Jr subpoena

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans lashed out Thursday at fellow GOP Sen. Richard Burr for his committee's subpoena of President Donald Trump's son, a move that suggested the Russia investigation is not "case closed" as some in the party insist. Trump said he was "very surprised" at the move.

Senate subpoenas Trump Jr. over earlier testimony

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate intelligence committee has subpoenaed Donald Trump Jr., calling him in to answer questions about his 2017 testimony to the panel as part of its probe into Russian election interference.

Barr contempt citation heats up House's dispute with Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Judiciary Committee voted to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress, escalating the Democrats' extraordinary legal battle with the Trump administration over access to special counsel Robert Mueller's Trump-Russia report .

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