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VOL. 41 | NO. 25 | Friday, June 23, 2017

Losing the Cup a big win for Preds fans

Up to $30M in extra revenue could bolster future rosters, fund more rinks

The Nashville Predators’ unprecedented run to the Stanley Cup Final was gold for the franchise in more ways than one.

Amplify Awards shine light on immigrant success

The news for, and about, immigrants and immigration today is laden with stories of borders, barriers and fear.

RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

Get ready: Mortgage rates, monthly payments on rise

The Federal Reserve voting to increase the interest rate on a Wednesday – as it did last week – doesn’t mean that mortgage rates will rise on the following Thursday.

Local Weather

Weather in Nashville, TN

EVENTS

Meet the NELAS Finalists Networking Event. The Nashville Emerging Leader Awards (NELAs) recognize Nashville’s young professionals for significant accomplishments in their chosen career fields, as well as their commitment and contribution to the community. A reception and networking event honoring the finalists of the upcoming 2017 NELAs will be at The Cordelle, 45 Lindsley Ave. Thursday, 5-7 p.m. $25 fee includes hors d’oeuvres and two drink tickets. Event is complimentary for 2017 NELAs finalists. Registration required. Information: www.nashvillechamber.com, www.thenelas.com

more events »

REAL ESTATE

Top Middle Tennessee commercial transactions for May 2017

Top commercial real estate sales, May 2017, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

Long-term US mortgage rates slip this week

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates dropped slightly this week.

DAVID CLIMER: OUT OF LEFT FIELD

Cup run a top moment in state sports history

Time and again during the recent Stanley Cup Final, people asked the rhetorical question: Is this the greatest moment in Nashville sports history?

NEWSMAKERS

Nashville attorneys honored by TBA

Nashville attorneys Steve Cobb and Larry Bridgesmith were both presented President’s Awards at the Tennessee Bar Association annual convention.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

Acura TLX a bargain for entry-level luxury sedan

Acura’s top-selling car, the compact TLX, has been restyled for 2018 and is now even more of a bargain as an entry-level luxury sedan.

FAMILY TRAVEL

Child traveler now knows he’s being taken for ride

I remember it like it was yesterday, even though it actually was five years ago.

BUSINESS BOOK REVIEW

You need to sweat the small stuff. Here’s why

It’s always the little things. A chocolate on the pillow or slippers beneath a turned-down bed. Stickers for a customer’s kids. A lagniappe in the box to make a baker’s dozen: all things to ensure a speedy return of buyer or client.

GUERRILLA MARKETING

Marketing pros should walk mile in CEO’s shoes

Many marketing professionals have found themselves at odds with their CEO, be it over competing priorities or different versions of success. The same often holds true for marketing agencies and their clients’ leadership teams.

CAREER CORNER

3 tips for getting a win at your next job interview

Interviewing is hard work. If you’re looking for something new, you know that finding a job is a job.

COURTS

Judge to decide terms of injunction in TVA lawsuit

KNOXVILLE (AP) — A federal judge is expected to rule on the terms of an injunction that regulates how the Tennessee Valley Authority removes trees along right of ways while TVA works on an Environmental Impact Statement.

STATE LEGISLATURE

Republican Tim Burchett mulls bid for US House or Senate

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Term-limited Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett says he plans to make a bid to join Tennessee's delegation in Congress next year.

Retiring Tennessee representative donates $66K to schools

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee state Rep. Harry Brooks is donating $66,000 in campaign funds to four high schools in his district.

STATEWIDE

Advocates: Tennessee juvenile court needs federal oversight

MEMPHIS (AP) — A group of Tennessee lawmakers and residents are opposing a request from three Shelby County officials requesting the Department of Justice terminate oversight of its juvenile court.

REAL ESTATE

Average US mortgage rates flat to lower; 30-year at new low

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates were unchanged to lower this week, as the benchmark 30-year rate reached a new low for the year.

HEALTH CARE

Little progress evident as GOP hunts health bill votes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is exploring options for salvaging the battered Republican health care bill, even as he confronts an expanding chorus of GOP detractors.

If GOP can't repeal Obamacare, how can they overhaul taxes?

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans' struggle to pass a health care bill is jeopardizing another one of President Donald Trump's top priorities: overhauling America's tax system.

AP FACT CHECK: Warped reality in health debate

WASHINGTON (AP) — The superheated argument over the Republican drive to overhaul health care has not been the finest moment for accuracy.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US stock indexes slide in early trading; oil rises

U.S. stock indexes moved lower in early trading Thursday, giving up some of their gains from the day before. Technology stocks were down the most. Utilities, real estate companies and other high-dividend stocks also fell. Banks led the gainers after the Federal Reserve said they can buy back more stock and raise their dividends.

Applications for US jobless aid rise to still-low 244,000

WASHINGTON (AP) — Slightly more people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, but the number of applications remained at a historically low level suggesting a strong job market.

US economic growth in Q1 upgraded to 1.4 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy got off to a lackluster start during the first three months of 2017, though it had a bit more momentum than earlier estimates indicated.

Walgreens ends yearslong attempt to buy Rite Aid

NEW YORK (AP) — Walgreens has ended its takeover pursuit of rival Rite Aid following resistance from U.S. regulators and will instead now buy stores, distribution centers and inventory in a new deal.

UK government delays Murdoch takeover of Sky

LONDON (AP) — Britain's government stalled Twenty-First Century Fox's takeover bid of the Sky pay television and broadband network Thursday after media regulators expressed concern about the influence of Rupert Murdoch and his family.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Senate committee takes up aviation bill minus key Trump goal

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican-led Senate committee is considering an aviation bill that omits one of President Donald Trump's goals — turning air traffic control operations over to a private company.

Limits on travel to US issued after Supreme Court ruling

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has set new criteria for visa applicants from six mainly Muslim nations and all refugees that require a "close" family or business tie to the United States. The move came after the Supreme Court partially restored President Donald Trump's executive order that was widely criticized as a ban on Muslims.

Trump trashes media, cheers wins at $10 million fundraiser

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican donors paid $35,000 apiece to hear familiar a message from President Donald Trump: The media, particularly CNN, keep trying to take him down, and yet Republicans just keep on winning elections. He noted with pride that his party had won four special elections this year.


WEDNESDAY, JUNE 28
SPORTS

Small College Basketball Hall of Fame to induct Don Meyer

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) — Legendary men's basketball coach Don Meyer is being inducted into the Small College Basketball Hall of Fame.

NASHVILLE AREA

Sponsor withdrawing Nashville sanctuary city-like proposal

NASHVILLE (AP) — The sponsor of a Nashville "sanctuary city"-like push is withdrawing the proposal before a July 6 final vote.

Nashville looks at privatizing airport operations

NASHVILLE (AP) — Nashville's mayor may privatize the operations of city-owned Nashville International Airport to generate funding for mass transit in middle Tennessee.

MIDSTATE

Brentwood doctor, wife sentenced to 3 years in tax fraud

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee doctor and his wife were sentenced to three years in prison for a conspiracy to commit tax fraud.

REAL ESTATE

US pending home sales slip for 3rd consecutive month

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans signed fewer contracts to buy homes in May, the third straight monthly decline and evidence that a shortage of homes for sale has suppressed home-buying.

HEALTH CARE

Little progress evident as GOP hunts health bill votes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell explored options for salvaging the battered Republican health care bill Wednesday but confronted an expanding chorus of GOP detractors, deepening the uncertainty over whether the party can resuscitate its bedrock promise to repeal President Barack Obama's overhaul.

GOP touts lower premiums, but other insurance costs to rise

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are touting lower premiums under their health care legislation, but that reflects insurance that would cover a smaller share of the cost of medical bills.

Trump says health care passage will be 'tough'

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says getting approval of a Senate health care bill will be "very tough." But he predicts that Republicans will at least "get very close" and may "get it over the line."

GOP 'Obamacare' repeal teeters after Senate shelves vote

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican Party's long-promised repeal of "Obamacare" stands in limbo after Senate GOP leaders, short of support, abruptly shelved a vote on legislation to fulfill the promise.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Edmunds: Deals for July Fourth car shoppers

Summer is upon us, and that means car sales are in full swing. With the July Fourth holiday approaching, car dealership advertisements flood the airwaves and every deal sounds better than the one before it. Given all that noise, you might have a case of car-deal information overload.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US stock market makes biggest gain in 2 months

The U.S. stock market notched its biggest gain in two months Wednesday, bouncing back from losses a day earlier.

Fed approves dividend, buyback plans of all 34 biggest banks

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve has given the green light to all 34 of the biggest banks in the U.S. to raise their dividends and buy back shares, judging their financial foundations sturdy enough to withstand a major economic downturn.

US to seek more security on international flights

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Homeland Security Department is set to announce new security measures Wednesday for international flights bound to the United States, which could lead to a lifting of a ban on laptops and other electronics from passenger cabins from certain airports.

ABC, meat producer settle in $1.9B 'pink slime' libel suit

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — ABC and a South Dakota meat producer announced a settlement Wednesday in a $1.9 billion lawsuit against the American network over its reports on a lean, finely textured beef product that critics dubbed "pink slime."

Study finds pay for public college presidents up 5.3 percent

Presidents of U.S. public colleges and universities saw their earnings climb by 5.3 percent last year, with several of them topping $1 million, according to an annual survey.

NATIONAL POLITICS

GOP-controlled House subcommittees reject Trump budget cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two Republican-controlled House subcommittees Wednesday soundly rejected President Donald Trump's proposals to slash the Agriculture Department, overseas food aid and water projects.

Russia probe boosts bill to crack down on shell corporations

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bipartisan legislation to limit the influence of so-called shell corporations in the U.S. could get a boost as Congress probes the ways that Russia influenced last year's election.

Former Trump campaign chairman registers as foreign agent

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, has registered with the Justice Department as a foreign agent for political consulting work he did for a Ukrainian political party, acknowledging that he coached party members on how to interact with U.S. government officials.

Campaigner-in-chief: Trump's politicking raises ethics flags

WASHINGTON (AP) — Barely five months into office, President Donald Trump keeps taking time out from governing to run for re-election.


TUESDAY, JUNE 27
MUSIC INDUSTRY

Tennessee man takes Elvis guitar fight to appeals court

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A Tennessee man is asking an appeals court to overturn a decision that awarded a guitar once owned by Elvis Presley to the National Music Museum at the University of South Dakota.

NASHVILLE AREA

Metro lawyer: Nashville sanctuary city-like bid unenforceable

NASHVILLE (AP) — Nashville's attorney says a proposal to adopt "sanctuary city"-like standards is unenforceable.

Vanderbilt anti-fake news project claims $50K award

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Vanderbilt University project to combat fake news has clinched an award worth $50,000 in funding.

STATE LEGISLATURE

Tennessee Capitol evacuated after tunnel fire, no injuries

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee state Capitol has been evacuated over concerns about smoke from a fire that broke out in a tunnel being built beneath the building.

AUTO INDUSTRY

'Like bombs': Bankrupt Takata's air bags still out there

Takata's lethally defective air bags proved to be the company's undoing Monday. But it could take years to get the dangerous devices off the road in the U.S. and around the world.

HEALTH CARE

Facing defections, Senate GOP leaders delay health care vote

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a bruising setback, Senate Republican leaders shelved a vote on their prized health care bill Tuesday until at least next month, forced to retreat by a GOP rebellion that left them lacking enough votes to even begin debate.

Trump says it's 'OK' if health bill doesn't pass

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says that if the health care bill fails to pass in the Senate, he won't like it — but "that's OK."

These senators will make or break the GOP's health care push

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's campaign promise to repeal and replace "Obamacare" is now in the hands of a key group of GOP senators who are opposing —or not yet supporting — legislation Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is pushing.

Major veterans' groups voice concern over Senate health bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Major veterans' organizations are voicing concerns about a Senate GOP bill to repeal the nation's health care law, fearing the impact of rising insurance costs and worried the underfunded Department of Veterans Affairs won't be able to fill the coverage gap.

GOP health bill: Big tax cuts for rich, not much for others

WASHINGTON (AP) — Millionaires would get tax cuts averaging $52,000 a year from the Senate Republicans' health bill while middle-income families would get about $260, according to a new analysis of the bill Senate leaders hope to vote on this week.

Medicaid mission creep threatens GOP's 'Obamacare' repeal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Somewhere along the way, the Republican crusade to repeal "Obamacare" also turned into an effort to limit the future growth of Medicaid. That bit of mission creep is complicating prospects for the GOP, and could lead to deadlock.

REAL ESTATE

Robust US home price gains cool slightly in April

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices rose at a healthy clip in April, though the increase slowed a bit from the previous two months.

TECHNOLOGY

Number of people using Facebook reaches 2 billion

MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — Facebook is reaching another milestone, announcing that it now has more than 2 billion users.

Facebook now deleting 66K posts a week in anti-hate campaign

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook said Tuesday that it deleted about 66,000 posts a week in the last two months as the social media giant cracks down on what it deems to be hate speech.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Technology companies fall sharply, leading US indexes lower

Technology stocks led a broad slide in U.S. stocks Tuesday after a day of mostly choppy trading.

Yellen says reforms have made financial system safer

LONDON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Tuesday that banking reforms now in place have made the financial system safer, and the world should be able to avoid the type of devastating crisis that struck the global economy in 2008.

Consumer confidence rises in June

U.S. consumers became more confident in June —with more Americans pleased by current conditions but slightly less hopeful about what the next six months hold.

New cyberattack wallops Europe; spreads more slowly in US

PARIS (AP) — A new and highly virulent outbreak of data-scrambling software caused disruption across the world Tuesday. Following a similar attack in May , the fresh assault paralyzed some hospitals, government offices and major multinational corporations in a dramatic demonstration of how easily malicious programs can bring daily life to a halt.

Google hit with record fine by EU, told to change its ways

BRUSSELS (AP) — After a seven-year legal battle, European authorities came down hard on Google on Tuesday for taking advantage of its dominance in online searches to direct customers to its own businesses, fining the tech giant a record 2.42 billion euros ($2.72 billion) and raising the prospect of more.

A look back at the EU's 7 years of legal battle with Google

BRUSSELS (AP) — As the European Union fines Google for abusing its dominance in online searches, here is a look back at the key dates in the bloc's legal tussle with the technology company.

CNN accepts resignations of 3 involved in retracted story

NEW YORK (AP) — CNN accepted the resignations Monday of three journalists involved in a retracted story about a supposed investigation into a pre-inaugural meeting between an associate of President Donald Trump and the head of a Russian investment fund.

NATIONAL POLITICS

New Trump rules on Cuba travel leaves winners and losers

President Donald Trump's new policy on Cuba travel has winners and losers: Group tour operators hope to sell more trips, but bed-and-breakfast owners in Cuba say they're losing business.

Democrats aim to blast Trump for favoring wealthy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are out to capitalize on what they believe is growing public sentiment that President Donald Trump, the richest man to call the White House home, is turning his back on the people who got him elected in favor of his wealthy peers. The party is hoping that pitch will pack extra oomph at a time when even some Republicans are raising concerns that the GOP health-care plan could hurt the poor.


MONDAY, JUNE 26
STATE LEGISLATURE

Former Senate Speaker Ramsey to lobby former colleagues

KINGSPORT (AP) — Former Tennessee Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey is plotting a return to the hallways of the state Capitol complex.

REGION

Jeff Bezos' rocket engine plant to come to northern Alabama

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A private spaceflight company owned by Amazon-founder Jeff Bezos plans to build a powerful new rocket engine in Alabama for space flight, the company and state officials announced Monday.

SPORTS

Tennessee adds Kurt Gulbrand as associate AD for development

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee has hired Kurt Gulbrand as senior associate athletic director for development.

STATEWIDE

MTSU survey: Tennessee consumer optimism dips slightly

MURFREESBORO — The most recent statewide survey of Tennessee consumers by MTSU’s Office of Consumer Research indicates consumers’ outlook on the economy “has waned heading into the summer months.”

Environmental groups challenge TVA nuclear reactor plan

OAK RIDGE (AP) — Environmental groups are challenging the Tennessee Valley Authority's proposal to use a Tennessee nuclear reactor design site abandoned in the 1970s to develop new small modular reactors.

MIDSTATE

Electrolux boosts expansion of Tennessee plant to $45M

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Electrolux is investing an additional $20 million in a plant in Tennessee, bringing the total amount the Swedish appliance maker is spending at the facility to $45 million.

HEALTH CARE

Budget office: Senate health bill adds 22 million uninsured

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Republican health care bill would leave 22 million more Americans uninsured in 2026 than under President Barack Obama's health care law, the Congressional Budget Office estimated Monday, in a blow to GOP leaders' hopes of pushing the plan through the chamber this week.

GOP leaders add penalty for lapsed coverage to health bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican leaders added a penalty for people who've let their insurance lapse Monday as party leaders prepared to begin pushing their health care measure through the Senate, despite a rebellion within GOP ranks.

Donors to GOP: No cash until action on health care, taxes

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — At least one influential donor has informed congressional Republicans that the "Dallas piggy bank" is closed until he sees major action on health care and taxes.

Trump scrambles for GOP health votes; budget score looms

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans skeptical about a GOP health overhaul bill are expressing some doubt about holding a vote this week as they await a key analysis from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. President Donald Trump, making a final push to fulfill a key campaign promise, insists Republicans are not "that far off" and signaled last-minute changes are coming to win votes.

PROMISES, PROMISES: What Trump has pledged on health care

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is not known for plunging into the details of complex policy issues, and health care is no exception. Since his campaign days, Trump has addressed health care in broad, aspirational strokes. Nonetheless he made some clear promises along the way.

COURTS

Supreme Court last day notable for what was and wasn't said

WASHINGTON (AP) — The last day of the Supreme Court's term was notable not only for what was announced but also for what wasn't.

Supreme Court rules for Missouri church in playground case

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Monday that churches have the same right as other charitable groups to seek state money for new playground surfaces and other non-religious needs.

Trump travel ban partly reinstated; fall court arguments set

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is allowing the Trump administration to go forward with a limited version of its ban on travel from six mostly Muslim countries, a victory for President Donald Trump in the biggest legal controversy of his young presidency.

Supreme Court rejects gun rights appeal

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is rejecting yet another call to decide whether Americans have a constitutional right to carry guns with them outside their homes.

AUTO INDUSTRY

BMW announces $600M expansion as it celebrates 25 years

BMW said Monday it will invest an additional $600 million to expand its South Carolina plant, creating 1,000 new jobs over the next four years.

Takata files for bankruptcy, overwhelmed by air bag recalls

Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. filed for bankruptcy protection in Tokyo and the U.S. on Monday, saying it was the only way to ensure it could carry on supplying replacements for faulty air bag inflators linked to the deaths of at least 16 people.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US stock indexes close mostly higher; oil recovers

U.S. stock indexes closed mostly higher Monday, snapping a four-day losing streak for the Dow Jones industrial average on a day of largely listless trading.

US durable goods orders fell in May by the most in 18 months

WASHINGTON (AP) — Demand for long-lasting U.S. factory goods fell by the most in 18 months, and a key category that tracks business investment also slipped, evidence that manufacturing output is barely growing.

New study of Seattle's $15 minimum wage says it costs jobs

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle's $15-an-hour minimum wage law has cost the city jobs, according to a study released Monday that contradicted another new study published last week.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Q&A: Why a tax overhaul is such a tough job for GOP

WASHINGTON (AP) — Why are Republicans struggling mightily to reach a consensus on how to overhaul the nation's tax system?

Trump eager for big meeting with Putin; some advisers wary

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is eager to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin with full diplomatic bells and whistles when the two are in Germany for a multinational summit next month. But the idea is exposing deep divisions within the administration on the best way to approach Moscow in the midst of an ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the U.S. elections.

Top Republican to press for $696.5 billion defense budget

WASHINGTON (AP) — An influential House committee chairman will press his case for a $696.5 billion defense budget in 2018, a blueprint that provides more military spending than at any point during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Trump's Indonesian business partner slapped with travel ban

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Authorities in Indonesia have issued a travel ban against the Indonesian business partner of U.S. President Donald Trump after he was accused of threatening a deputy attorney general, officials said Monday.


FRIDAY, JUNE 23
NASHVILLE AREA

Prosecutors seek 35-year term in deadly meningitis outbreak

BOSTON (AP) — Prosecutors say the co-founder of a Massachusetts pharmacy linked to a deadly nationwide meningitis outbreak that affected 153 in Tennessee should be sent to prison for 35 years for showing "an unconscionable disregard for the lives of the patients."

Program to fast-track med school to send doctors to rural TN

NASHVILLE (AP) — A university and medical college have created a new program to funnel doctors to rural Tennessee.

Nashville library system to get rid of overdue fines

NASHVILLE (AP) — Nashville's library system is ditching fines for overdue books, movies and music and forgiving the ones patrons currently owe.

Mayor asks private prison firm to pay for scabies care

NASHVILLE (AP) — Nashville Mayor Megan Barry is asking a private prison company to cover out-of-pocket costs for city employees affected by a scabies outbreak at a jail.

STATEWIDE

Slatery elected chair of attorneys general group

Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III has been elected by his colleagues to serve as chair of the Southern Region of Attorneys General, which stretches from Texas to Virginia.

Haslam taking business recruiting trip to Europe

NASHVILLE (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam is headed to Europe next week to try to recruit more foreign investment in Tennessee.

REAL ESTATE

New homes sales rebounded 2.9 percent in May

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of new homes rebounded in May, helped by strong sales gains in the South and West.

AUTO INDUSTRY

UAW says Supreme Court action bolsters Volkswagen case

NASHVILLE (AP) — A U.S. Supreme Court action this week in a labor case involving Macy's department store workers should persuade Volkswagen to drop its legal challenges to the United Auto Workers' representation of skilled-trades workers at German automaker's lone U.S. plant in Tennessee, union officials said Thursday.

HEALTH CARE

McConnell's focus: finding votes for Senate health care bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Cheered on by the White House, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is focusing on finding the votes he'll need to push the Republican plan for dismantling President Barack Obama's health care law through the Senate.

What's next on health care draft in Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republican leaders have released their 142-page discussion draft of a health care bill, triggering a series of legislative steps with one goal — repeal and replace Democratic President Barack Obama's 7-year-old law.

How the Senate health bill compares to House, 'Obamacare'

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Republican health care bill would guarantee immediate assistance for insurance markets that are struggling in many states. Yet overall it would do the same thing as its House counterpart: less federal money for health insurance and a greater likelihood that more Americans will be uninsured.

Senate GOP releases 'Obamacare' overhaul, but not all aboard

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans released their long-awaited bill Thursday to dismantle much of Barack Obama's health care law, proposing to cut Medicaid and erase tax boosts that helped Obama finance his expansion of coverage. The measure encountered immediate trouble as four GOP senators said they opposed it but were open to negotiations.

Senate GOP health bill: Tax cuts for rich

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans' new health bill cuts taxes by nearly $1 trillion over the next decade, mostly for corporations and the richest families in America.

Obama: Millions would lose coverage with GOP plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Barack Obama says the Senate's GOP-written health care bill will cause millions of families to lose health care coverage.

Medical groups unhappy with GOP health care plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — Medical groups are beginning to weigh in on the Senate Republican health care bill, and they have problems with the proposal.

GOP opposition imperils Senate health care bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky says he and three other Republican senators are preparing to announced their opposition to the Senate health care bill as it's written.

Dem says 'we can do better' than GOP health plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are roundly criticizing the Republican plan to scrap the Obama health care law.

COURTS

Supreme Court sides with immigrants over bad legal advice

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has ruled immigrants can get a second chance in court when their lawyers advise them to plead guilty to a crime that leads to deportation.

Coal company sues HBO's John Oliver for defamation

NEW YORK (AP) — Coal company Murray Energy has sued HBO and its Sunday-night host, John Oliver, for what it says was a "false and malicious broadcast" last Sunday evening. It's seeking financial damages and a court order barring rebroadcasts of the segment's "defamatory statements."

TECHNOLOGY

Facebook wants to nudge you into 'meaningful' online groups

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Now that Facebook is larger than any country, CEO Mark Zuckerberg thinks the social network is ready to shepherd people into online communities that become integral parts of their lives.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Sears closes another 20 stores

NEW YORK (AP) — Sears is closing another 20 stores as the ailing retailer tries to turn around its business.

$120 million fine proposed for travel-deal robocalls

NEW YORK (AP) — The Federal Communications Commission is proposing a $120 million fine for a scheme that appeared to trick consumers into buying vacation packages that were not what they had expected.

NATIONAL POLITICS

US stock indexes veer lower in afternoon trading; oil rises

Phone and utilities companies led U.S. stock indexes lower in afternoon trading Tuesday as investors sized up the latest company and economic news. Banks led the gainers. Energy stocks also rose as crude oil prices headed higher. Several homebuilders were up following new data on home prices.

Trump signs 'historic' bill to transform VA

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has signed a bill into law designed to make it easier to fire Department of Veterans Affairs employees.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's solar-power brainwave was borrowed

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is crediting himself with the idea of building a Mexico border wall of solar panels. But that looks to be a borrowed brainwave; others pitched a solar wall back when he was a skeptic of tapping power from the sun.

No tapes: Trump says he didn't record meetings with Comey

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Thursday on Twitter that he "did not make" and doesn't have any recordings of his private conversations with ousted former FBI Director James Comey.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump on solar, taxes, welfare

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says the idea of putting solar panels on the wall he wants to build along the Mexico border sprang from his imagination. Actually, others proposed it, back when he was criticizing solar power as too expensive.

Pelosi defends leadership following special election loss

WASHINGTON (AP) — Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi defended her leadership on Thursday in the face of needling from President Donald Trump and grumbling from fellow House Democrats exasperated after a high-profile special election loss.

Trump publicly doubting that Russia meddled in election

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump appeared to cast doubt on the assessment of 17 U.S. intelligence agencies that blame Russia for election meddling, questioning Thursday why the Obama administration didn't try to stop it.