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VOL. 43 | NO. 25 | Friday, June 21, 2019

Tennessee’s carmakers are focused on the next generation of global consumers

Nissan, GM, VW all-in on electrics, self-drivers

Tennessee’s three big automakers, General Motors, Nissan and Volkswagen, are being forced to adapt to a global economy largely dictated by China. Why? Because China is now the world’s largest producer and consumer of automobiles.

Mitsubishi Motors to relocate North America HQ to Tennessee

NASHVILLE (AP) — Mitsubishi Motors announced on Tuesday that it is relocating its North America headquarters from California to Tennessee, a move that will bring the Japanese automaker closer to its sister company Nissan and strengthen Tennessee's growing reputation as an epicenter of the automotive sector.

Nissan has big impact on Midstate

When former Gov. Lamar Alexander convinced Nissan to move to Tennessee, he promised it would be a boon to the state’s economy. He was right.

GM Spring Hill: From Saturn to high-end SUVs

General Motors announced in 1985 that it would build a $3.5 billion plant in Spring Hill and employ 6,000 workers to build the new Saturn line of cars. There were 10 Saturn models built between 1990 and 2009.

VW spending big on electrics

Volkswagen opened its Chattanooga plant in 2011 after the German automaker was lured to Tennessee with a reported $500 million incentive package. The Chattanooga site is VW’s sole U.S. plant.

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The State of Black Nashville Mayoral Forum. An opportunity for African-American voters to learn where candidates stand on issues they believe are most important to them. Cathedral of Praise, 4300 Clarksville Pike. Thursday, 6:30 p.m. Information

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We need to know who’s a ‘D,’ who’s an ‘R’ in local races

The Metro election arrives in about six weeks, the absolute most momentous Metro election since – well, since the last one, I guess. Some 100-plus candidates are running for one office or another.


One dream fulfilled, another within reach for CPA’s Clarke

Shortly after Vanderbilt’s 2018 season ended one win short of the College World Series with an extra-inning defeat, Philip Clarke changed the background on his cellphone to TD Ameritrade Park Omaha.

Whistler's bother: Vandy fan plans to keep noise down

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Fans at the College World Series and across the Southeastern Conference may have never seen Preacher Franklin.


Even the haters see some benefits in open houses

Are open houses a valuable real estate tool or simply a way for real estate brokers to pad their mailing lists?


Top Middle Tennessee residential sales for May 2019

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

US long-term mortgage rates little changed; 30-year at 3.84%

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates were little changed this week. The key 30-year, fixed-rate loan hovered around an average 3.8% for the third straight week.


Adequate notice imperative when representatives tackle big issues

More than 22 year ago, a group of citizens in Englewood filed a lawsuit against their city, alleging that their Board of Commissioners did not provide adequate notice of a meeting in which it selected a route for a highway expansion project.


Spragens launches plaintiffs’ law firm

Class action plaintiffs’ attorney John Spragens has launched a new plaintiffs’ law firm representing consumers, whistleblowers and victims of abuse, discrimination, medical malpractice, serious injury and wrongful death.


Cumberland Consulting rates No. 3 in KLAS report

Nashville-based Cumberland Consulting has been recognized as one of the top three consulting firms in the 2019 Payer IT Consulting report by KLAS, a peer-reviewed health care technology research organization.


Perennial favorite Pilot meets its match in Telluride

The Honda Pilot has always been a strong choice for a midsize, three-row, crossover SUV. But Kia has recently introduced an all-new model known as the Telluride that it hopes will attract shoppers with its bold styling and value.


How to make your money last longer in retirement

Many people worry about running out of money in retirement. That’s understandable, since we don’t know how long we’ll live, what our future costs might be and what kind of returns we can expect on our savings.


Be prepared for ‘How much money do you want?’ query

There’s a riddle hidden at the end of job interviews. As a candidate, you show up to an interview believing you’ll be talking about fit. And, you do – at first.


Five money tactics for military deployments

While serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, Erik Goodge was severely wounded during a deployment to Afghanistan. After returning home, the veteran became passionate about finances as he navigated his post-military life and benefits.


Vanderbilt wins 2nd national baseball 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.


MTSU, Kenya university sign aerospace pact

MURFREESBORO (AP) — Middle Tennessee State University has signed a five-year agreement with Moi University of Kenya for collaboration between their aerospace departments on teaching, research and student exchanges.


Tennessee House GOP to nominate new speaker July 24

NASHVILLE (AP) — House Republicans leaders say their caucus will meet July 24 to vote for a new leader as members prepare for House Speaker Glen Casada to resign later this summer following a series of scandals.


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.


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.


Huawei warns US patent curbs would hurt global tech

SHENZHEN, China (AP) — Chinese tech giant Huawei warned Thursday a U.S. senator's proposal to block the company from pursuing damages in patent courts would be a "catastrophe for global innovation."

Zuckerberg says company 'evaluating' deepfake video policy

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says the company is evaluating how it should handle "deepfake" videos created with artificial intelligence and high-tech tools to yield false but realistic clips.


Supreme Court won't block districts drawn for partisan gain

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 but also put a hold on the Trump administration's effort to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.

Supreme Court blocks census citizenship question

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is forbidding President Donald Trump's administration from adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census for now. The court says the Trump administration's explanation for wanting to add the question was "more of a distraction" than an explanation.

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.


Amazon partners with Rite Aid for package pickup nationwide

SEATTLE (AP) — Amazon will add more than 1,500 package pickup locations in a partnership with the national pharmacy chain Rite Aid.

US economy grew at solid 3.1% rate in first quarter

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy grew at a healthy 3.1% rate in the first three months of this year, but signs are mounting that growth has slowed sharply in the current quarter amid slower global growth and a confidence-shaking trade battle between the United States and China.

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.


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.

McConnell rejects Dems' demands to change $4.6B border bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell demanded Thursday that House Democrats drop their insistence for changes in a $4.6 billion border aid package that the Senate passed with overwhelming bipartisan support and instead give final congressional approval to the legislation.

Takeaways from the Democratic presidential debate

MIAMI (AP) — Democrats hoping that Wednesday night's first presidential debate of the 2020 campaign would be clarifying probably came away disappointed. There were no major stumbles but few standout moments as 10 candidates vied for the nation's attention.


Bookkeeping company Pilot.com to open Nashville office

NASHVILLE (AP) — Software-based bookkeeping company Pilot.com is opening its new account management headquarters in Nashville.


FedEx loses $2 billion, warns of headwinds in coming year

DALLAS (AP) — FedEx Corp. posted weak quarterly results in its core express business and warned Tuesday that its profit in the year ahead will be hurt by slowing growth in the world economy and the decision to drop a contract with retail giant Amazon.


Jerry Carrigan, drummer for Elvis, George Jones, dies

NASHVILLE (AP) — Alabama-born drummer Jerry Carrigan, who was in the first rhythm section for FAME Studio in Muscle Shoals and later an in-demand session player in Nashville, Tennessee, died at age 75 in Chattanooga.


Vandy rides Rocker to 4-1 win, forces a Game 3 vs. Michigan

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Vanderbilt's go-to guy throughout the postseason once again delivered a dominant performance.


Tennessee AD Phillip Fulmer encouraged after eventful year

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee athletic director Phillip Fulmer has said from the time he took over that his No. 1 priority is to turn around the slumping football program.


Tesla: Sales record within reach but deliveries are problem

DETROIT (AP) — Tesla is close to setting a quarterly record for deliveries, but the company is having trouble shipping vehicles to the right places as the second quarter comes to a close, CEO Elon Musk told workers in an internal memo.


French govt slammed over pollution, slow climate response

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron sees himself as a global climate crusader but even a watchdog that he created says his government is lagging on its promises to the planet.

Big plastic user Japan fights waste ahead of G-20 summit

TOKYO (AP) — Japan has a plastic problem. In a country where cleanliness and neat packaging have long been considered good service, almost everything, from single bananas to individual pieces of vegetables, pastries, pens and cosmetics is sold plastic-wrapped.


Facebook to help French police identify hate speech suspects

PARIS (AP) — Facebook is agreeing to help French police identify hate speech suspects, in what the French government is celebrating as a global first.


Internet-ordained ministers sue Tennessee over marriage ban

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee law barring ministers ordained online from officiating at marriage ceremonies is being challenged in federal court.

Supreme Court strikes down Tennessee liquor sales law

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down a Tennessee law that makes it hard for outsiders to break into the state's liquor sales market.

French lawsuit accuses Google of violating EU privacy rules

PARIS (AP) — A leading French consumer group has filed a class-action lawsuit accusing Google of violating the European Union's landmark 2018 privacy rules.

Judge allows Democrats' lawsuit against Trump to proceed

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge ruled Tuesday that a lawsuit that accuses President Trump of profiting off the presidency in violation of the Constitution's emoluments clause can move forward.


Stocks indexes end mostly lower after early rally fades

Stocks closed slightly lower on Wall Street Wednesday after an early rally fueled by optimism over the next round of trade talks between the U.S. and China lost momentum toward the end of the day.

Trump says he 'made' Fed Chairman Powell

WASHINGTON (AP) — The stock market has taken in stride the almost daily drumbeat of President Donald Trump's attacks on Federal Reserve Chair Jay Powell, caring more about how the two men tackle their respective jobs than how they handle each other.

Trump: China needs to reach a trade deal more than he does

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he's under little pressure to reach a trade deal with China when he meets late this week with President Xi Jinping and is prepared to impose further tariffs on Chinese imports.

US durable goods orders fall 1.3% in May with aircraft down

WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories for long-lasting manufactured goods fell sharply in May while demand in a category that tracks business investment rose modestly.

Wayfair workers protest contract with detention center

BOSTON (AP) — Employees at online home furnishings retailer Wayfair walked out Wednesday to protest the company's decision to sell $200,000 worth of furniture to a government contractor that runs a detention center for migrant children in Texas.

Germany's Merkel doesn't see G-20 resolving global conflicts

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel is downplaying suggestions that the Group of 20 global powers, whose leaders meet in Japan later this week, could play a major role in resolving conflicts such as the standoff between Iran and the U.S.

Bank of England's Carney hints at stimulus in no-deal Brexit

LONDON (AP) — The governor of the Bank of England gave his biggest hint yet that he'd back a stimulus package for the British economy if the country crashes out of the European Union at the end of October with no deal.


AP FACT CHECK: Trump's distortions on tariffs, poverty

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump misstated his record on poverty and how tariffs work as he weighed in on Twitter and in an interview Wednesday with bold claims at odds with reality.

Senate passes $4.6B border aid measure; Pelosi seeks talks

WASHINGTON (AP) — The GOP-held Senate on Wednesday passed a bipartisan $4.6 billion measure to deliver aid to the southern border before the government runs out of money to care for thousands of migrant families and unaccompanied children.

Trump, Democrats blame each other for migrant deaths

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Democrats blamed each other Wednesday for the deaths of a migrant father and his toddler daughter whose bodies were seen in searing photographs, symbolizing the perils faced by those trying to cross illegally into the U.S.

Trump tells evangelicals gains he's made are 'fragile'

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday listed steps his administration had taken to bolster conservative causes and oppose abortion, warning evangelical voters that it all could change very quickly with the "wrong person" in the White House.

Senior EPA official steps down amid House ethics probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top Environment Protection Agency official who helped lead the Trump administration's rollback of Obama-era restrictions of carbon emissions is resigning amid a congressional probe into whether he improperly aided former industry clients.

Breakouts, burns and zingers: What to watch in the debates

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sixty seconds for answers, a television audience of millions and, for some candidates, a first chance to introduce themselves to voters.

Democrats hope Mueller testimony will have 'profound impact'

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee says he expects special counsel Robert Mueller to have "a profound impact" when he testifies before Congress on July 17, even though Mueller has said he won't provide any new information.


Xtend Healthcare to expand Tennessee headquarters

NASHVILLE (AP) — Gov. Bill Lee has announced that Xtend Healthcare LLC is expanding its operations in Tennessee.


Vandy loses 7-4 to Michigan in Game 1 of CSW final

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Michigan could sense the momentum slipping away.


FedEx sues US government over export rules in Huawei case

DALLAS (AP) — A lawsuit filed by FedEx against the U.S. government over export rules follows a dispute over diverted shipments that were intended for Huawei Technologies, the Chinese telecommunications-equipment giant.


Nissan governance steps, board win shareholders' approval

YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — Scandal-battered Nissan won its shareholders' approval Tuesday for a new system of committees to oversee governance and for keeping Chief Executive Hiroto Saikawa on its board.


Report: Hackers using telecoms like 'global spy system'

LONDON (AP) — An ambitious group of state-backed hackers has been burrowing into telecommunications companies in order to spy on high-profile targets across the world, a U.S. cybersecurity firm said in a report published Tuesday.


US new-home sales fell 7.8% in May

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of new U.S. homes slumped 7.8% in May, as sales plunged in the pricier Northeastern and Western markets.

US home price growth slows for 13th straight month in April

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home price gains slowed for the 13th straight month in April, evidence that weaker demand is keeping prices in check even as mortgage rates fall.


Stocks move lower on economic data, Powell remarks

Technology and internet companies led a broad slide for U.S. stocks Tuesday after discouraging economic data and cautionary remarks from the head of the Federal Reserve weighed on the market.

Possible outcome of Trump-Xi meeting: A truce in trade war

WASHINGTON (AP) — American businesses are bracing for a painful escalation in President Donald Trump's trade war with China.

Powell says economy facing growing uncertainties

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Tuesday the economic outlook has become cloudier since early May, with rising uncertainties over trade and global growth causing the central bank to reassess its next move on interest rates.

US consumer confidence hits lowest level since September '17

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer confidence dropped to the lowest level since September 2017 as heightened trade tensions apparently took a toll on Americans' spirits.

China hoping Trump-Xi meeting will help bridge differences

BEIJING (AP) — China hopes a meeting later this week between President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping will help build trust and resolve "outstanding issues," a foreign ministry spokesman said Tuesday.

China criticizes possible US penalties against banks

BEIJING (AP) — China on Tuesday criticized Washington's efforts to enforce U.S. law abroad following a news report three Chinese banks might be penalized over dealings with North Korea.


First lady's spokeswoman to be White House press secretary

WASHINGTON (AP) — Melania Trump announced Tuesday that Stephanie Grisham, her longtime spokeswoman and confidante, will succeed Sarah Sanders as White House press secretary.

AP Analysis: Trump moves show him to be unreliable partner

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's abrupt decision against military strikes may have prevented open military conflict with Iran, but it also showed him anew to be an unpredictable, unreliable partner at home and abroad.

House looks set to pass emergency funding bill for migrants

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic leaders in the House proposed tighter requirements for the care of unaccompanied refugee children as they sought to pass a $4.5 billion emergency funding bill to address the humanitarian crisis involving the thousands of migrant families detained after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.

Top Austrian court says Ukrainian oligarch can be sent to US

VIENNA (AP) — Austria's Supreme Court of Justice has ruled that a Ukrainian oligarch who prosecutors say had business ties to President Donald Trump's ex-campaign manager, Paul Manafort, can be extradited to the United States in a bribery case.

Treasury's watchdog to look into Tubman bill delay

The U.S. Treasury's watchdog says it will look into why the redesign of the $20 bill featuring abolitionist Harriet Tubman was delayed.

AP-NORC Poll: Democrats most excited by experience in office

WASHINGTON (AP) — The sprawling Democratic presidential field is incredibly diverse, but a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs finds Democrats give a collective shrug to gender, race and age as factors they're considering when supporting a candidate.

White House blocks Conway from House oversight hearing

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House said Monday it will not allow presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway to appear before a House committee looking into allegations that she repeatedly violated a federal law that limits political activity by government workers.


TSU to receive $2M to help retain students

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee State University says it's receiving $2 million from the state to help retain students who excel academically but are from underserved communities.


Michigan coach helped build Vandy program he's out to beat

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Vanderbilt coach Tim Corbin gets right to the point when he discusses his protege, Erik Bakich.


Ex-Kentucky center Harrison transferring to Lipscomb

NASHVILLE (AP) — Former Kentucky center Dorie Harrison is transferring to Lipscomb.


What's your data worth to Big Tech? Bill would compel answer

WASHINGTON (AP) — As Congress bears down on big tech companies, two senators want to force giants like Google, Facebook and Amazon to tell users what data they're collecting from them and how much it's worth.

Senior Facebook executive says it would favor regulation

LONDON (AP) — A senior Facebook executive says the social media site is in favor of regulation to address some of the dark problems of the internet.


Medical groups warn climate change is a 'health emergency'

WASHINGTON (AP) — As Democratic presidential hopefuls prepare for their first 2020 primary debate this week, 74 medical and public health groups aligned on Monday to push for a series of consensus commitments to combat climate change, bluntly defined by the organizations as "a health emergency."


Supreme Court to review insurers' Obamacare claims for $12B

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will decide whether insurance companies can collect $12 billion from the federal government to cover their losses in the early years of the health care law championed by President Barack Obama.

Trump order aims to disclose 'real' costs for health care

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed an executive order Monday that calls for upfront disclosure by hospitals of actual prices for common tests and procedures to keep costs down .


High court strikes down 'scandalous' part of FUCT trademark case

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has struck down a section of federal law that prevented officials from registering trademarks seen as scandalous or immoral, handing a victory Monday to California fashion brand FUCT.

Justices side with business, government in information fight

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court sided with businesses and the U.S. government Monday in a ruling about the public's access to information, telling a South Dakota newspaper it can't get the data it was seeking.

Supreme Court rejects early challenge to Trump steel tariffs

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is rejecting an early challenge to President Donald Trump's authority to impose tariffs on imported steel based on national security concerns.


US stock indexes finish mixed ahead of trade talks

The U.S. stock market capped a day of listless trading with modest losses Monday as investors focused on upcoming trade talks between the U.S. and China.

Trump attacks Federal Reserve again, wants interest rate cut

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is continuing efforts to pressure the U.S. central bank system, saying the stock markets and economic growth would be much higher if not for its actions.

China says US-China trade teams in contact ahead of G-20

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese and U.S. trade negotiators are discussing ways to resolve disputes ahead of a meeting between Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping at the G-20 summit in Japan later this week, a Chinese official said Monday.

German business confidence dips further to near 5-year low

BERLIN (AP) — A closely watched survey is showing that German business confidence has fallen to a near five-year low as managers' expectations for the coming six months have deteriorated.


McConnell to meet 9/11 responders to discuss victims' fund

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is meeting this week with Sept. 11 first responders following withering criticism from comedian Jon Stewart that Congress had failed to ensure that a victims' compensation fund never runs out of money.

Trump signs order imposing sanctions on Iran supreme leader

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Monday targeting Iran's supreme leader and his associates with financial sanctions, the latest action the U.S. has taken to discourage Tehran from developing nuclear weapons and supporting militant groups.

Trump suggests other countries pay US for protecting tankers

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is suggesting the United States should not protect ships in the strategic Strait of Hormuz without compensation from other countries.

AP-NORC Poll: Democratic voters not fully tuned in to 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly two dozen Democratic presidential candidates have crisscrossed the country for six months selling their vision for the United States. But, on the eve of the first debates in the campaign , a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research shows most Democratic voters haven't fully tuned in.

AP FACT CHECK: Obama is a silent partner in Trump's boasts

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has a silent partner behind several of the accomplishments he likes to boast about: Barack Obama.

Pompeo sets out to build global coalition against Iran

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he wants to build a global coalition against Iran during urgent consultations in the Middle East, following a week of crisis that saw the United States pull back from the brink of a military strike on Iran.


Briley proposes electric scooter reboot after death

NASHVILLE (AP) — Nashville's mayor is proposing a reboot on electric scooters that would eliminate the program and remove all scooters from city streets but consider adding back one or two scooter companies if they can meet safety and accessibility requirements.

Tennessee proposes $10M in incentives for SmileDirectClub

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee officials are proposing more than $10 million in economic incentives for Nashville-based SmileDirectClub's expansion.


Lakeway Publishers: No plans to close papers in bankruptcy

MORRISTOWN (AP) — Lakeway Publishers says it does not plan to close any newspapers as part of a Chapter 11 bankruptcy and restructuring.


MTSU approves tuition hike, new writing degree

MURFREESBORO (AP) — Middle Tennessee State University's Board of Trustees has approved a 2.37% increase in tuition and fees beginning this fall.


US home sales climbed 2.5% in May amid lower mortgage rates

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home sales jumped 2.5% in May, as lower mortgage rates appeared to help buyers overcome affordability challenges.


1 in 6 ER visits or hospital stays triggers 'surprise' bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Roughly one in every six times someone is taken to an emergency room or checks in to the hospital, the treatment is followed by a "surprise" medical bill, according to a study released Thursday. And depending on where you live, the odds can be much higher.


Mitsubishi Motors shareholders approve ouster of Nissan's Ghosn

TOKYO (AP) — Mitsubishi Motors Corp. shareholders approved on Friday the ouster of Carlos Ghosn, who was pivotal in the Japanese automaker's three-way partnership with Nissan and Renault until he was arrested on financial misconduct charges last year.

Nissan, Renault team with Waymo on robotaxis outside US

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Self-driving car pioneer Waymo is teaming up with automakers Renault and Nissan to make its first journey outside the U.S. with a ride-hailing service that will dispatch a fleet of robotaxis in France and Japan.


Justices: Proof needed that person knew he couldn't have gun

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says prosecutors must prove that people charged with violating federal gun laws knew they were not allowed to have a weapon. The government says the decision could affect thousands of prosecutions of convicted criminals who are barred from having a firearm.

Court tosses black man's murder conviction over racial bias

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Friday threw out the murder conviction and death sentence for a black man in Mississippi because of a prosecutor's efforts to keep African Americans off the jury. The defendant already has been tried six times and now could face a seventh trial.

Alito suggests chance to rein in federal agency power

WASHINGTON (AP) — With one sentence Thursday, Justice Samuel Alito signaled his willingness to throw out the Supreme Court's 84-year-old record of support for the broad powers of federal agencies, which reaches back to the New Deal.

Supreme Court upholds cross on public land in Maryland

WASHINGTON (AP) — A 40-foot-tall, World War I memorial cross can continue to stand on public land in Maryland, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday in an important decision about the use of religious symbols in American life.


AP-NORC poll: Asteroid watch more urgent than Mars trip

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Americans prefer a space program that focuses on potential asteroid impacts, scientific research and using robots to explore the cosmos over sending humans back to the moon or on to Mars, a poll shows.


S&P 500 notches 3rd straight weekly gain after wobbly day

Wall Street finished a milestone-setting week on a downbeat note Friday after a late flurry of selling nudged stocks lower, ending the market's four-day winning streak.

US blacklists 5 Chinese groups working in supercomputing

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is blacklisting five Chinese organizations involved in supercomputing, calling them national security threats and cutting them off from critical U.S. technology.

4 states added to suit to stop $26.5B Sprint-T-Mobile deal

NEW YORK (AP) — Hawaii, Massachusetts, Minnesota and Nevada are joining the legal fight against T-Mobile's $26.5 billion bid for Sprint in a case that lawyers on both sides say they hope will reach trial in October.

EU rules out reopening Brexit deal with whoever replaces May

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union insisted Friday that it will not reopen the Brexit withdrawal agreement with the U.K. government whoever succeeds Theresa May as British prime minister.

Foxconn chairman says he is stepping down

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Terry Gou, chairman of Foxconn, the world's largest contract assembler of consumer electronics for companies such as Apple, said Friday he was stepping down amid speculation he could be planning a presidential run next year.

Millions of pigs culled as swine fever spreads through Asia

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Millions of pigs have been culled in China and Vietnam as a U.N. food agency urges Asian governments to make containing virulent African swine fever their top priority.

S&P 500 index closes at record high as stock rally continues

Wall Street capped a broad rally for stocks Thursday by driving the S&P 500 index to an all-time high.

Trump, Canada's Trudeau talk trade at White House meeting

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sought to demonstrate a united front Thursday in the uphill effort to get a replacement for the North American Free Trade Agreement over the finish line.

EU leaders prolong economic sanctions against Russia

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders have agreed to prolong economic sanctions against Russia for another six months over its continued destabilization of Ukraine.

Walmart to pay $282 million over foreign corruption

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Walmart agreed Thursday to pay $282 million to settle civil and criminal allegations of overseas corruption, including payment through a Brazilian subsidiary of more than $500,000 to an intermediary known as a "sorceress" for her uncanny ability to make permit problems disappear.

Slack is latest tech company to go public, with a twist

NEW YORK (AP) — Shares of work messaging platform Slack are expected to start trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker "WORK."

China rejects threats, tariffs as way to resolve trade war

BEIJING (AP) — China warned Thursday that threats and tariffs will not resolve trade tensions between the two biggest economies and blasted Republican Sen. Marco Rubio for his criticism of technology giant Huawei over patents.


House panel to subpoena Russian-born exec after no-show

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House intelligence committee says it will subpoena Russia-born business executive Felix Sater after he did not appear for a scheduled interview Friday to discuss his behind-the-scenes role in Donald Trump's effort to build a skyscraper in Moscow during the presidential election.

Trump calls off Iranian strikes, citing likely deaths

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Friday the U.S. was "cocked and loaded" to retaliate against Iran for downing an unmanned American surveillance drone, but he canceled the strikes 10 minutes before they were to be launched after being told 150 people could die.

Hope Hicks blocked from answering more than 150 questions

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former top White House adviser Hope Hicks was blocked by President Donald Trump's lawyers from answering questions more than 150 times in a combative interview with the House Judiciary Committee this week, according to Democrats who released a 273-page transcript on Thursday.

Trump says Iran made 'big mistake' by taking down US drone

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump declared Thursday that "Iran made a very big mistake" in shooting down a U.S. surveillance drone near the Persian Gulf but suggested it was a foolish error rather than an intentional escalation of the tensions that have led to fears of open conflict.

Senate votes to block Saudi arms sales as Trump vows veto

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has voted to block the Trump administration from selling arms to Saudi Arabia, launching a new challenge to President Donald Trump's alliance with the country amid rising tensions in the Middle East.

Putin open for talks with Trump, warns against force on Iran

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that he's open for a meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump but doesn't expect quick progress on easing tensions with Washington.

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