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VOL. 43 | NO. 26 | Friday, June 28, 2019

Tobacco out, hemp in for Tennessee farmers

Sumner, Robertson soil especially ideal; Crop now in all 95 counties

Bill Corbin always knew a day would come when he would no longer be able to call himself a third-generation tobacco farmer. That day has arrived.

Hemp boom lures novices: ‘You’re going to see a lot of businesses fail’

Jesse Riggins knows firsthand the positive effects of cannabis, and that’s a major reason why he and longtime friend Jonathan Gunn became licensed hemp growers and processors.

Tennessee’s favorable hemp laws help entrepreneurs get into the game

Full spectrum is a term one often hears regarding the strength of CBD oil, one of the popular extracts derived from hemp. Simply put, it means the product has everything in the cannabis plant – all the cannabinoids and terpenes but no more than 0.3 percent THC – that can provide therapeutic relief to users.

A few facts about growing hemp in Tennessee

Who administrates the plan? The Tennessee Hemp Program is under jurisdiction by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, in accordance with the 2014 Farm Bill.

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EVENTS

Downtown Nashville celebration begins. July 4 activities kick off in Downtown Nashville July 3, noon-5 p.m., with Family Fun Zone activities at Music City Walk of Fame Park. 3:50-7:15 p.m., Bizz & Everyday People, The Whigs and Alejandro Aranda at Ascend Amphitheater. Gold Cup Soccer will take place in Nissan Stadium, 8 p.m. Fireworks at 10.

more events »

JOE ROGERS: MY TAKE

Hip neighborhood a little less so with our arrival

By the time you read this, it should all be over. Or at least, the worst of it. As I write this, it is looming: The Move.

TIM GHIANNI: STREET LEVEL

Palestinian pharmacist makes life in US selling used tires

Rolling the car past a pack of eight young men stealing slight shade by leaning against a quick stop market on a 90-plus-degree afternoon, I pull into the used tire store just across the street from them on the northeast corner of the D.B. Todd-Buchanan intersection.

RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

Nashville homes go for beans compared to Boston

While many local real estate investors have sat on their hands during the recent boom – watching in disbelief as the market careens out of their comfort zone – out of state money continues to roll in. And that includes international investors.

REAL ESTATE

Top Middle Tennessee commercial sales for May 2019

Top commercial real estate sales, May 2019, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

US long-term mortgage rates fall; 30-year loan at 3.73%

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates fell this week. It was the seventh decline in the past nine weeks for the key 30-year, fixed-rate loan, which reached its lowest level since November 2016.

NEWSMAKERS

Harris named to lead Lipscomb nursing school

Chelsia Harris, associate director of nursing for degree development in the Lipscomb College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, has been named executive director of the university’s School of Nursing.

BRIEFS

Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital highly ranked

U.S. News & World Report has listed Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt among its top pediatric health care facilities in the nation for the 13th consecutive year.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

6 fun-to-drive new cars to calm your quarter-life crisis

You’re likely familiar with the stereotype of a middle-aged person who impulsively splurges on an expensive new car. But there’s also a similar experience at a different life stage: Buying a flashy and fun vehicle right after you get your first well-paying job. You might call it a quarter-life crisis car.

PERSONAL FINANCE

3 sites to help aging parents organize critical information

Certified financial planner Sean Fletcher of San Francisco knew his dad had an estate plan, complete with a health care directive detailing what medical treatment should be given in an emergency situation. When the father had a massive heart attack, though, no one knew where he kept those documents.

Study: Retirees lose by taking Social Security at wrong time

It's tough to decide when to start taking Social Security benefits and it appears many people are shorting themselves with their choice.

MILLENNIAL MONEY

How to join the cannabis business boom

Marijuana is having a moment. Experts recently dubbed cannabis the fastest-growing industry in the U.S. Legal weed generated $10.4 billion in the United States in 2018, and the number of “plant-touching” jobs is expected to pass 500,000 by 2022, according to New Frontier Data, a cannabis market research and data analysis firm.

STATEWIDE

Great Smoky Mountains offers volunteer project opportunities

GATLINBURG (AP) — Great Smoky Mountains National Park is offering volunteer opportunities during service days that continue over the next few months.

NASHVILLE AREA

Tennessee state library launches Revolutionary War project

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee State Library & Archives has launched a digital project that uses pension records to map out where soldiers lived before and after the Revolutionary War.

REGION

Thousands of barrels of Jim Beam bourbon burn in Kentucky

VERSAILLES, Ky. (AP) — Firefighters in Kentucky are trying to extinguish a burning Jim Beam warehouse filled with about 45,000 barrels of bourbon.

US won't impose rule to protect against coal ash spill costs

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration said Tuesday that it won't require electric utilities to show they have money to clean up hazardous spills from power plants despite a history of toxic coal ash releases contaminating rivers and aquifers.

SPORTS

Pulisic, McKennie show plenty of promise for US in Gold Cup

NASHVILLE (AP) — Christian Pulisic and Weston McKennie are offering hope for the future of U.S. men's soccer while contributing plenty to its present.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Lee Iacocca, engineer of Chrysler's turnaround, dies at 94

DETROIT (AP) — Lee Iacocca, the auto executive and master pitchman who put the Mustang in Ford's lineup in the 1960s and became a corporate folk hero when he resurrected Chrysler 20 years later, has died in Bel Air, California. He was 94.

COURTS

Family of Las Vegas mass shooting victim sues gun makers

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The family of a woman killed by a gunman raining down gunfire from a Las Vegas high-rise hotel suite filed a wrongful death lawsuit Tuesday against eight gun makers and three dealers arguing their weapons are designed in a way that could be easily modified to fire like automatic weapons.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US trade deficit rises to 5-month high of $55.5B in May

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. trade deficit rose to a five-month high in May as the politically sensitive imbalances with China and Mexico widened.

Survey: Modest job gains in June hint at slowing economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. companies added just 102,000 jobs in June, a possible turning point that could signal a coming increase in the unemployment rate.

In Trump aid package for farmers, many blow past caps

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When President Donald Trump's administration announced a $12 billion aid package for farmers struggling under the financial strain of his trade dispute with China, the payments were capped. But many large farming operations had no trouble finding legal ways around them, records provided to The Associated Press under the Freedom of Information Act show.

UK recession fears mount amid Brexit and global slowdown

LONDON (AP) — Britain's economy showed alarming signs of a sharp slowdown, possibly even into recession, as uncertainty over Brexit combines with a less benign global backdrop, according to a closely watched survey of business activity in the U.K. released Wednesday.

Trump says he will tap economists for 2 key Fed vacancies

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump, who has criticized the Federal Reserve for not cutting interest rates, said Tuesday that he intends to nominate two economists to fill influential positions on the central bank's Board of Governors.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Trump touts July 4 military 'salute'; critics see politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is marshalling tanks, bombers and other machinery of war for a Fourth of July celebration that traditionally is light on military might, while critics accused him of using America's military as a political prop.


TUESDAY, JULY 2
MUSIC INDUSTRY

She said, he said: What's next with Taylor Swift's catalog?

NEW YORK (AP) — Taylor Swift's feuds can captivate the public almost as much as her music, and her latest emotional salvo against one of music's top managers not only made headlines but got key players in the industry riled up, with the likes of Justin Bieber, Halsey and Demi Lovato publicly choosing sides.

COURTS

Big business to Supreme Court: Defend LGBTQ people from bias

NEW YORK (AP) — More than 200 corporations, including many of America' best-known companies, are urging the U.S. Supreme Court to rule that federal civil rights law bans job discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Parents of toddler killed at Tennessee state park seek $900K

NASHVILLE (AP) — The parents of a 2-year-old Kentucky boy who died at a Tennessee state park last month are seeking $900,000 in damages from the state.

HEALTH CARE

Tennessee's mental health safety net program to expand

NASHVILLE (AP) — Public health officials say more Tennesseans are now eligible for free mental health services under the state's behavior health safety net program.

STATEWIDE

River flooding in Tennessee ruins cotton, soybean crops

RIPLEY (AP) — Wearing wading boots and a wide-brimmed hat, Derrick Currie casts his green fishing line into a pool of brown water along a rural Tennessee road.

Tennessee halting construction lane closures for holiday

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee officials are halting construction-related lane closures on interstates and state roads for the Fourth of July holiday extended weekend.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks end a wobbly day mostly higher

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks ended a wobbly day mostly higher as gains for technology and health care stocks offset losses in the energy sector.

UK bank chief: trade war may 'shipwreck' global economy

LONDON (AP) — Bank of England Governor Mark Carney warned Tuesday that the British economy is barely growing in the wake of mounting Brexit uncertainties and intensified trade tensions.

Arizona governor yanks Nike tax breaks over flag shoe flap

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said Tuesday that Nike cannot get state money for a planned factory in a Phoenix suburb after a report that the athletic company pulled an American flag-themed shoe from the market.

Report: Nike pulls flag sneaker after Kaepernick complaint

NEW YORK (AP) — Nike is pulling a flag-themed tennis shoe after former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick complained to the shoemaker, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Germany fines Facebook $2.3 million under hate speech law

BERLIN (AP) — German authorities say they have issued Facebook with a 2 million-euro ($2.3 million) fine under a law designed to combat hate speech.

French protesters block Amazon sites over climate, jobs

PARIS (AP) — Environmental activists who have been joined by some yellow vest protesters are disrupting Amazon sites in France, accusing the online company of destroying jobs and hurting the planet.

US mulls tariffs on additional $4 billion of EU goods

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is considering tariffs on an additional $4 billion of goods from the European Union over what it considers to be illegal aircraft subsidies.

Non-OPEC members back cartel's extension of production cuts

VIENNA (AP) — OPEC members won the support Tuesday of other major oil producing nations to extend a production cut for another nine months in a bid to shore up prices at a time of waning demand.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

EU leaders propose German minister as first woman to top job

BRUSSELS (AP) — After three days of arduous negotiations, European Union leaders broke a deadlock Tuesday and nominated German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen to become the new president of the bloc's powerful executive arm, the European Commission, and take over from Jean-Claude Juncker for the next five years.

House committee files lawsuit over Trump tax returns

WASHINGTON (AP) — A House committee sued the Trump administration in federal court Tuesday for access to President Donald Trump's tax returns, setting up a legal showdown over the records.

Trump promises tanks, 'biggest ever fireworks' on July 4

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is promising military tanks along with "Incredible Flyovers & biggest ever Fireworks!" for the Fourth of July in Washington.

AP analysis: Trump smiles with North Korea, threatens Iran

WASHINGTON (AP) — With North Korea, President Donald Trump puts on the charm. But with Iran, he cranks up the pressure with economic sanctions and a stronger military presence in the Persian Gulf. He has warned its leaders they are "playing with fire."

Group say conditions dire for asylum seekers stuck in Mexico

WASHINGTON (AP) — Asylum seekers forced to wait in Mexico are increasingly facing violence and dire conditions, stranded in purgatory with no means to survive, according to an upcoming report from Human Rights Watch.


MONDAY, JULY 1
PREDATORS

Predators invest in their offense by signing Duchene

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Nashville Predators took a big step toward boosting their offense Monday by signing Matt Duchene away from the Columbus Blue Jackets, paying a big price to land a forward they had long targeted.

MIDSTATE

Ridgetop Police: Department's closure was retaliation for probe

RIDGETOP (AP) — A Tennessee police chief says three city officials voted to close his department in retaliation for his investigation of allegations they destroyed evidence and issued illegal ticket quotas.

STATEWIDE

Brianna Mason is first black Miss Tennessee

KNOXVILLE (AP) — An elementary school teacher has become the first African-American woman to be crowned Miss Tennessee.

Ingram to invest $22M in Jackson plant expansion

JACKSON (AP) — State officials say book printing company Lightning Source plans to invest $22 million in a facility in west Tennessee.

COURTS

Federal judge temporarily blocks Tennessee auctioneer law

NASHVILLE (AP) — A federal judge has temporarily blocked a Tennessee law that requires online auctioneers to be licensed but exempts some big auction websites like eBay.

Tennessee judge asks state nursing board to redo opioid case

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee judge told state's nursing board to rethink its decision to let a nurse keep practicing despite being disciplined for overprescribing opioids.

TRANSPORTATION

Administration moves to ease drive-time rules for truckers

OPAL, Va. (AP) — Truck driver Lucson Francois was forced to hit the brakes just five minutes from his home in Pennsylvania.

TECHNOLOGY

Facebook to make jobs, credit ads searchable for US users

BOSTON (AP) — Facebook says it will make advertisements for jobs, loans and credit card offers searchable for all U.S. users following a legal settlement designed to eliminate discrimination on its platform.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

S&P 500 hits all-time as US-China trade truce spurs optimism

Wall Street kicked off July with a record high for S&P 500 index after a cease-fire in the U.S. trade war with China put investors in a buying mood.

Buffett giving annual stock gifts worth $3.6B to 5 charities

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Investor Warren Buffett continues giving fortune away with $3.6B in Berkshire Hathaway stock to five foundations.

Why wealth gap has grown despite record-long economic growth

WASHINGTON (AP) — As it enters its 11th year, America's economic expansion is now the longest on record — a streak that has shrunk unemployment, swelled household wealth, revived the housing market and helped fuel an explosive rise in the stock market.

US manufacturing growth slows in June for 3rd consecutive month

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. factory activity grew at a slower pace in June for the third straight month as measures of new orders and inventories fell.

US construction spending falls 0.8% in May

WASHINGTON (AP) — Spending on U.S. construction projects fell in May, the first drop in six months, as home building fell for a fifth straight month.

OPEC weighs extension of output cuts amid slackening demand

VIENNA (AP) — OPEC is deciding whether to extend its current deal to cut production for six to nine months as the oil cartel faces a weakening demand outlook because of waning global growth.

Europe's unemployment lowest in more than a decade

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The unemployment rate in the 19 European Union countries that use the euro fell to its lowest in more than a decade in May as domestic demand and low interest rates help keep the recovery going.

Japan resumes commercial whaling despite low demand

TOKYO (AP) — Japan resumed commercial whaling Monday after 31 years, meeting a long-cherished goal of traditionalists that's seen as a largely lost cause due to slowing demand for the meat and changing views on conservation.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Trump signs humanitarian aid package to bolster migrant care

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has signed a $4.6 billion aid package to help the federal government cope with the surge of Central American immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Trump says tanks will be part of July Fourth in Washington

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says military tanks will be part of Washington's Fourth of July celebration later this week.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's false statement on military pay

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is kicking off a flag-waving week with the false statement that he gave troops their first raise in a decade.

AP-NORC Poll: Trump not boosted by strong American economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — The solid economy is doing little to bolster support for President Donald Trump.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump on NKorea, wages, climate; Dem misfires

WASHINGTON (AP) — Straining for deals on trade and nukes in Asia, President Donald Trump hailed a meeting with North Korea's leader that he falsely claimed President Barack Obama coveted, asserted a U.S. auto renaissance that isn't and wrongly stated air in the U.S. is the cleanest ever as he dismissed climate change.


FRIDAY, JUNE 28
NASHVILLE AREA

Board approves development plan for Nashville's Music Row

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee planning board has approved a plan that will guide future development in Nashville's historic music row district.

STATEWIDE

More than 140 new laws to take effect July 1 in Tennessee

NASHVILLE (AP) — More than 140 Tennessee laws are set to kick in Monday, including measures to crack down on drivers using hand-held cellphones on the roads; strip one court's review of death sentences; and bar ministers ordained online from administering marriages.

New Tennessee laws include hand-held phone ban while driving

NASHVILLE (AP) — Drivers in Tennessee could face fines if they're caught using hand-held cellphones behind the wheel starting Monday, when that law and more than 140 others take effect.

MIDSTATE

Interstate crash closes road in Tennessee, homes evacuated

KINGSTON SPRINGS (AP) — A tractor-trailer crash has closed down an interstate highway in Tennessee and prompted evacuations of some homes nearby.

Fort Campbell soldiers to welcome new commander

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) — Fort Campbell soldiers assigned to 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, are welcoming a new commander.

MUSIC INDUSTRY

Tina Turner, Charlie Musselwhite named to Memphis music hall

MEMPHIS (AP) — Singer Tina Turner, bluesman Charlie Musselwhite and guitarist Steve Cropper are headlining this year's class of Memphis Music Hall of Fame inductees.

VANDERBILT SPORTS

National champ Vanderbilt set to continue its roll in 2020

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Vanderbilt topped off its dominant run through the Southeastern Conference with the national championship, and there may be no slowing down the Commodores.

Vanderbilt wins 2nd national title, beating Michigan 8-2

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Vanderbilt swept the Southeastern Conference regular-season and tournament titles, set the league record for wins, tied the record with 13 draft picks and lost back-to-back games just twice.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Tennessee panel OKs $13M in incentives for 4 companies

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee panel has approved almost $13 million in economic incentives for four companies, including about $10 million for SmileDirectClub's expansion in Nashville.

Group sues Tennessee officials over new auctioneer law

NASHVILLE (AP) — A free market think-tank is suing Tennessee officials over a new law that requires online auctioneers to be licensed but exempts some big auction websites like eBay.

Gov. Lee sets special session for Aug. 23 to elect new speaker

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee on Thursday announced he's calling a special legislative session in late August to allow the GOP-controlled House to replace the state's House speaker, who has promised to resign after a series of scandals.

HEALTH CARE

Future is in doubt for cheaper versions of biologic drugs

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — They were the drugs that were supposed to save the U.S. tens of billions of dollars.

REAL ESTATE

US pending home sales up 1.1% in May

WASHINGTON (AP) — More Americans signed contracts to purchase homes in May compared with the prior month, a sign buyers may be ready take advantage of low interest rates and stabilizing home prices.

COURTS

Supreme Court allows partisan districts, blocks census query

WASHINGTON (AP) — In two politically charged rulings, the Supreme Court dealt a huge blow Thursday to efforts to combat the drawing of electoral districts for partisan gain and put a hold on the Trump administration's effort to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.

High court OKs no warrant blood draws in drunken driver case

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says law enforcement officers can generally draw blood without a warrant from an unconscious person suspected of driving drunk or while on drugs.

TECHNOLOGY

Facebook enlists plain English to clarify how it makes money

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook is updating its terms and services guidelines to clarify how it makes money from the personal information of its users. The changes reflect its ongoing attempts to satisfy regulators in the U.S. and Europe, which have urged the company to make sure users know what they are signing up for.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Nissan ex-chair Ghosn cancels news conference in Tokyo

TOKYO (AP) — Former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn canceled his news conference planned for Friday within hours of its announcement, citing opposition from his family and media adviser.

Have an old car? You're not alone. Vehicle age hits record

DETROIT (AP) — The average age of cars and trucks in the U.S. has hit a record 11.8 years, as better quality and technology allows people to keep them on the road longer.

Ford restructuring to cost 12,000 jobs in Europe

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Carmaker Ford said Thursday it is shedding 12,000 jobs in Europe to increase profitability, part of a global trend of cost cuts by automakers facing shifting consumer tastes and heavy investments in electric cars.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Tesla sets quarterly record for deliveries

Tesla overcame logistics problems to set a quarterly record for deliveries from April through June. Now Wall Street is focusing on whether it will translate into profits.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks close out rocky quarter with gains

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are closing out a rocky second quarter with solid gains as banks led indexes higher.

Facebook's digital currency might flourish where banks don't

NEW YORK (AP) — Europeans and Americans have their Visa and Mastercards. For everyone else, here comes ... Libra?

Report: Apple to shift assembly of Mac Pro from US to China

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple will manufacture its new Mac Pro computer in China, shifting away from a U.S. assembly line it had been using for that product in recent years, according to a report published Friday.

US consumers increase spending a modest 0.4% in May

WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumer spending increased 0.4% in May, a modest gain that suggests Americans remain cautious about their finances.

G-20 leaders clash over values, face calls to protect growth

OSAKA, Japan (AP) — World leaders attending a Group of 20 summit in Japan that began Friday are clashing over values that have served for decades as the foundation of their cooperation as they face calls to fend off threats to economic growth.

Saudi crown prince feted at G20 despite criticism elsewhere

OSAKA, Japan (AP) — For many he's an international pariah, but you wouldn't know it by the lavish reception Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has received at the G-20 summit this week.

S&P 500 snaps 4-day losing streak in broad rally

Banks and health care companies led stocks broadly higher on Wall Street Thursday, ending a four-day losing streak for the benchmark S&P 500 index.

US to China: Fix tech policies. China's retort: Drop tariffs

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Americans want to safeguard their technological riches, restore balance to their top trading relationship and force a sharp-elbowed rival to play by the rules and keep its word.

Amazon adds new option: Buy on Amazon, pick up at Rite Aid

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is adding a new way to get your packages: head over to another store's sales counter to pick it up.

World trade panel sides with India vs US in renewables tiff

GENEVA (AP) — A World Trade Organization dispute panel has ruled in favor of India in its complaint against the United States over subsidies and rules applied by eight U.S. states in the renewable energy sector.

Trade, climate change, Iran focus as G-20 leaders meet

OSAKA, Japan (AP) — Trade and geopolitical tensions, and the looming threat of climate change, are on the agenda as the presidents of the United States and China and other world leaders gather in Osaka, Japan, for a summit of the Group of 20 major economies.

Chemical company BASF to drop 6,000 jobs in 'realignment'

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Chemicals maker BASF says it will drop 6,000 jobs by the end of 2021 in what it calls an "organization realignment" that aims at streamlining administration and simplifying the company's structure.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Trump jokes about election meddling with Putin

OSAKA, Japan (AP) — With a smirk and a finger point, President Donald Trump dryly told Russia's Vladimir Putin "Don't meddle in the election" in their first meeting since the special counsel concluded that Moscow extensively interfered in the 2016 presidential campaign.

New ruling puts high court overhaul back on 2020 Dems' radar

WASHINGTON (AP) — Thursday's Supreme Court decision on partisan gerrymandering reignited calls from progressives for overhauling the high court, putting new pressure on Democratic presidential hopefuls during their first nationwide debates.

Harris gets personal, delivers civil rights blow to Biden

WASHINGTON (AP) — Kamala Harris spoke slowly but bluntly as she stared at Joe Biden, then began treating him as a hostile witness.

AP FACT CHECK: Dems on migrant kids, the rich and climate

WASHINGTON (AP) — A fired-up field of Democrats stumbled on some facts at the most visceral turns in their debate Thursday as they took on and sometimes sparred over race, the treatment of migrant children, the climate and the super-rich.

Double jeopardy fight looms after Manafort pleads not guilty

NEW YORK (AP) — A frail Paul Manafort shuffled into court Thursday in handcuffs and prison garb and pleaded not guilty to New York state mortgage fraud charges that could keep him behind bars even if President Donald Trump pardons him for federal crimes uncovered during the probe of Russian election meddling.

Border bill exposes Dems' rift over limits of fighting Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hardly anyone in Congress opposes improving the horrific conditions awaiting many migrants caught spilling across the southwest border. Yet for Democrats, distrust of President Donald Trump runs so deep that a uniformly popular humanitarian aid bill prompted the party's deepest and most bitter divisions since they took House control in January .

What to watch on debate night: Biden, Bernie and other stars

WASHINGTON (AP) — Same stage. Same rules. But the Democrats' second back-to-back debate is fueled by star power.

Politicians' tweets could get slapped with warning labels

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Presidents and other world leaders and political figures who use Twitter to threaten or abuse others could find their tweets slapped with warning labels.

House to vote on Senate's version of emergency border bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is reversing course and will accept a bipartisan $4.6 billion Senate-passed border aid bill, yielding to opposition from the White House, powerful Republicans, and moderates in her own party.

Survey: 2018 turnout high, voters embrace expansive options

ATLANTA (AP) — More than 120 million Americans cast ballots in the 2018 midterm elections, with turnout surging to that of a typical presidential year in some states and the highest percentages of voters in places that have expanded access to the polls, according to an analysis of data released Thursday by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission.

Health care, immigration top issues at Democrats' 1st debate

MIAMI (AP) — Ten Democrats railed against a national economy and a Republican administration they argued exist only for the rich as presidential candidates debated onstage for the first time in the young 2020 season, embracing inequality as a defining theme in their fight to deny President Donald Trump a second term in office.

AP FACT CHECK: Dems' missteps on climate, wages in debate

WASHINGTON (AP) — This was no Trump rally. Ten Democrats kicked off the presidential debate season with a sober rendering of policy that featured a smattering of missteps on climate change, the economy and more but no whoppers.

Friends: Trump accuser told us of attack in the '90s

NEW YORK (AP) — Two women have confirmed that the writer E. Jean Carroll told them in the 1990s that she'd been sexually assaulted by Donald Trump in the dressing room of a New York City department store.

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