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VOL. 42 | NO. 34 | Friday, August 24, 2018

Restaurant, small business boom heads east to Donelson

‘You can feel it in the air around here’

Donelson has always had its share of friendly neighborhood restaurants that served up good food and conversation.

Historic Belair rescue blends old with new Donelson

It’s a good thing Lewis James’ wife Connie is an optometrist. She could see – envision – what he couldn’t the first time they toured what will soon become one of most unique bed and breakfasts in this part of the country.

SAM STOCKARD: VIEW FROM THE HILL

It’s Lee’s to win unless he makes a rookie mistake

When Bill Lee drove a tractor through tiny Eagleville last October, hardly anyone noticed.

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EVENTS

Food truck gathering. Enjoy a gathering of up to 20 local food trucks parked along Deaderick Street between 4th Avenue North and 5th Avenue North every Thursday. The trucks serve lunch from 11 am to 2 pm. Information

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RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

Don’t let relief Realtor blow the deal in the 9th inning

Former Atlanta Braves pitcher Tony Cloninger died earlier this month, leaving behind his record for the most grand slams in one game by a pitcher when he knocked two balls out of Candlestick Park in San Francisco in 1966, the Braves first year in Atlanta.

REAL ESTATE

Top Middle Tennessee commercial sales for July 2018

Top commercial real estate sales, July 2018, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

Middle Tennessee real estate trends for July 2018

June 2018 real estate trends for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

Average US mortgage rates fall; 30-year at 4.51 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week for the third consecutive week, yet they remain significantly higher than a year ago.

US new-home sales fell 1.7 percent in July

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of new U.S. homes slumped 1.7 percent in July, the second straight monthly decline as the broader housing market appears to have lost some of its momentum despite an otherwise solid economy.

TENNESSEE TITANS

Titans’ wives, girlfriends form their own teams during preseason camp

Anyone who’s been through it can attest to the grind that is a pro football training camp.

Titans at Steelers: What to watch

The third preseason game is traditionally the dress rehearsal for the regular season. Thus far, Marcus Mariota has played a grand total of three series in two preseason games. He should play at least the first half against the Steelers, and perhaps even into the third quarter for a series.

UT SPORTS

One last chance to live up to the hype

Fifth-year senior Kongbo still learning in only his sixth year of playing football

Perspective can hit a young guy like a ton of bricks. Anytime. Anywhere. Just a couple weeks ago, Jonathan Kongbo was walking across a bridge, heading from the University of Tennessee campus to downtown Knoxville.

NEWSMAKERS

Nashville attorneys included in 2019 Best lawyers list

The Best Lawyers in America, a nationally recognized referral guide to the legal profession that has been published since 1983, has selected several Nashville attorneys for inclusion on its 2019 list. Attorneys selected for the publication are reviewed by professional peers through an extensive survey.

BRIEFS

Nations Connect launches in Nashville

We Are Nations recently established two new companies, We Are Nations Pty Ltd. and Nations Connect, LLC., based in Nashville.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

6 used luxury cars you can snag for less than $36K

The average transaction price for new vehicles has been hovering at more than $35,000 this year and briefly broke $36,000 at the end of 2017. But instead of buying a new vehicle, what if you took that money and applied it to purchasing a late-model luxury vehicle?

STATE GOVERNMENT

Public records exemptions process broken

A new legislative committee – the Joint Open Records Ad Hoc Committee – held its first meeting last week in an ambitious effort to come to terms with the growing number of exemptions to the public records act.

CAREER CORNER

The time is right for you to find that new job

For years, the job market has been tight. I’ve spoken to many job seekers who are suffering through work each day. They aren’t sure what their alternatives are, and they’re not prepared to be unemployed for any length of time.

GUERRILLA MARKETING

5 tips to drive return on investment with influencer marketing

Old-school word-of-mouth marketing has a new face in today’s world. It’s called influencer marketing, and it has some serious horsepower behind it. Engage the right influencers to talk about your brand through their social channels, and your message has the potential to reach brand new audiences, generally with a higher level of credibility behind the message than sheer self-promotion.

REAL ESTATE

Averaged 30-year mortgage rate inches up to 4.52 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates ticked up this week as borrowing costs are meaningfully higher than a year ago.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Vacuum maker Dyson plans expansion for UK electric car site

LONDON (AP) — Dyson, the British company best known for its ground-breaking vacuum cleaners, said Thursday that it has submitted a planning application to expand facilities at a former British military airfield to develop electric vehicles.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US stocks edge lower, threatening four-day winning streak

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are dipping Thursday morning after a four-day rally brought major indexes to record highs. Banks are slipping with interest rates and consumer-focused companies, which have made large gains recently, also lagged the market. Technology companies took small losses.

Microsoft to contractors: Give new parents paid leave

REDMOND, Wash. (AP) — Microsoft says it's requiring its contractors to offer their U.S. employees at least 12 weeks paid leave to care for a new child.

US consumer spending up 0.4 percent in July

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer spending rose a solid 0.4 percent in July, the sixth straight month of healthy gains. At the same time, a key gauge of inflation posted its sharpest annual gain in six years, likely keeping the Federal Reserve on track to keep raising interest rates gradually.

Oil-rich South Sudan to resume production in war-hit region

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Emboldened by a new peace deal, civil war-torn South Sudan says it will resume oil production in a key region next month to make up for more than $4 billion of revenue lost during years of fighting.

China says it will move at own pace despite US pressure

BEIJING (AP) — China will make economic changes at its own pace regardless of U.S. pressure, and their worsening dispute over technology policy can only be solved through negotiations as equals, a Commerce Ministry spokesman said Thursday.

Canada stunned and worried about Trump trade threats

TORONTO (AP) — It started with President Donald Trump's attacks on Canadian dairy farmers. Then Washington slapped tariffs on Canadian steel, citing national security. There was that disastrous G-7 summit in Quebec. Now it's a new North American free trade agreement that excludes America's northern neighbor.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Top Trump lawyer latest to leave White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — White House counsel Don McGahn, a consequential insider in President Donald Trump's legal storms and successes and a key figure in the administration's handling of the Russia investigation, will be leaving in the fall, the president announced Wednesday.

Trump-friendly tabloid sees a decline in circulation

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Enquirer has long explained its support for Donald Trump as a business decision based on the president's popularity among its readers. But private financial documents and circulation figures obtained by The Associated Press show that the tabloid's business was declining even as it published stories attacking Trump's political foes and, prosecutors claim, helped suppress stories about his alleged sexual affairs.


WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29
ELECTION 2018

Koch-backed group lobs $2M attack ad buy against Bredesen

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Koch network has launched a $2 million TV and digital advertising attack against Democrat Phil Bredesen in Tennessee's U.S. Senate race.

STATEWIDE

TVA to build $300M control center in East Tennessee

GEORGETOWN (AP) — The Tennessee Valley Authority says it'll build a $300 million system operations center in the state as part of upgrades to its power grid but some residents have complained the federal utility hasn't been transparent.

VANDERBILT SPORTS

Vanderbilt to lean heavily on Kyle Shurmur in final season

NASHVILLE (AP) — Just how good a season Vanderbilt has will depend heavily on Kyle Shurmur, and coach Derek Mason believes the senior quarterback already has made the Commodores better before the first game of his final season.

REGION

Brown-Forman posts higher profit in 1st quarter

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Brown-Forman Corp. on Wednesday reported fiscal first-quarter net income of $200 million.

REAL ESTATE

US pending home sales fell 0.7 percent in July

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer Americans signed contracts in July to buy homes compared to the previous month, as real estate sales are slipping even though economic growth is solid.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Auto components maker Faurecia to expand into Tennessee

SPRING HILL (AP) — Tennessee officials say automotive components manufacturer Faurecia Interior Systems plans to build a new facility in the state that will create more than 140 jobs.

Maker of James Bond's favorite sports car eyes stock market

LONDON (AP) — Aston Martin, the maker of James Bond's favorite sports car, said Wednesday it may sell shares for the first time as it seeks to attract more wealthy buyers with an expanded product range including sedans, sports utility vehicles and even submarines.

TECHNOLOGY

Rights groups urge no censored Google search for China

BEIJING (AP) — More than a dozen human rights groups have sent a letter to Google urging the company not to offer censored internet search in China, amid reports it is planning to again provide the service in the giant market.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks rise again as technology companies and Amazon jump

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks climbed Wednesday, driven by gains for big technology companies and Amazon. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq finished at record highs for the fourth day in a row.

Tariffs on imported newsprint nixed in win for US newspapers

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a victory for the American newspaper industry, the U.S. International Trade Commission on Wednesday blocked tariffs imposed by the Trump administration on imported newsprint, finding that American producers weren't harmed by imports from Canadian paper mills.

4 reasons why shoppers are in the mood to spend

NEW YORK (AP) — The store isn't dead for Home Depot, Kohl's, Best Buy or Target. Many traditional chains have posted strong sales, both online and at stores, as people are in a mood to spend.

US economy grew at a brisk 4.2 pct. annual rate last quarter

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy grew at a strong 4.2 percent annual rate in the April-June quarter, the best showing in nearly four years, as growth stayed on track to produce its strongest full-year gain in more than a decade. Strength in business investment offset slightly slower consumer spending.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Primary takeaways: Establishment loses, diversity grows

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump got his man in battleground Florida, but he watched a prominent immigration ally fall in Arizona in what was another eventful night in the 2018 midterm season.


TUESDAY, AUGUST 28
NASHVILLE AREA

Nashville reels in $6.5B – 8% increase – in 2017 tourism spending

Nashville’s tourism industry had $6.5 billion in visitor spending in 2017, one-third of the state’s total.

MUSIC INDUSTRY

Chris Stapleton tops list of nominees for CMA Awards

NASHVILLE (AP) — Chris Stapleton topped the list of finalists Tuesday with five nominations for the 52nd annual Country Music Association Awards.

STATEWIDE

Thousands more apply for free-tuition program than expected

NASHVILLE (AP) — Officials say a new program allowing adults to attend community college or technical schools tuition-free in Tennessee has received thousands more applications than anticipated.

EDUCATION

Manning donates $1 million for endowment at his alma mater

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Retired quarterback Peyton Manning has donated $1 million to the University of Tennessee to establish the John Haas Student Experiential Learning Endowment.

MIDSTATE

Tennessee GOP Sen. Ketron to resign, begin county mayor term

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Senate Republican Caucus Chairman Bill Ketron is resigning at the end of the month to take office as a county mayor.

TENNESSEE TITANS

Titans get linebacker Kamalei Correa in trade with Ravens

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have acquired linebacker Kamalei Correa from the Baltimore Ravens for an undisclosed draft pick.

Healthy Rishard Matthews excited about Titans' new offense

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee wide receiver Rishard Matthews has been in the NFL the past six seasons, and now the veteran is hoping his experience learning other offenses will help him get up to speed very quickly with the Titans' newest scheme.

VANDERBILT SPORTS

Vanderbilt safety suspended for opener vs. MTSU after arrest

NASHVILLE (AP) — Vanderbilt sophomore safety Zaire Jones has been suspended for the Commodores' season opener with Middle Tennessee after being arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon against an off-duty police officer.

UT SPORTS

Pruitt's challenge: Instill winning mindset into Vols

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Jeremy Pruitt's dad says his son suffers from the "coaching disease." It's a 24-hour-a-day, 365-days-a year bug.

REAL ESTATE

US home prices jumped 6.3 percent from a year ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S home prices climbed 6.3 percent in June from a year earlier, as affordability is becoming a greater obstacle for would-be buyers.

ENVIRONMENT

French environment minister quits: World "not doing enough"

PARIS (AP) — France's high-profile environment minister unexpectedly announced his resignation live on national radio Tuesday, lamenting the government's lack of decisive action on green issues. The move deals a stinging blow to the environmental credibility of President Emmanuel Macron.

COURTS

Lawsuit: TennCare favors insurers over hospitals for needy

NASHVILLE (AP) — A large hospital system in Tennessee has sued the state's Medicaid program, TennCare, saying it's purposefully siphoning money from hospitals that treat the neediest patients in order to favor insurance companies that often employ former TennCare employees.

Judges: NC Congress map still unlawful with partisan bias

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Federal judges on Monday affirmed their earlier decision striking North Carolina's congressional districts as unconstitutional because Republicans drew them with excessive partisanship.

Untraceable 3D guns plans now illegal online

A U.S. judge in Seattle blocked the Trump administration Monday from allowing a Texas company to post online plans for making untraceable 3D guns, agreeing with 19 states and the District of Columbia that such access to the plastic guns would pose a security risk.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US indexes struggle higher, led by technology companies

NEW YORK (AP) — Major U.S. stock indexes wobbled and finished mostly higher Tuesday, led by technology companies and a handful of retailers.

Talks with Canadian officials expected after US-Mexico deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Canada's minister of foreign affairs is scheduled to hold talks in Washington on Tuesday in hopes of reaching a trade agreement with the United States, an urgent response after President Donald Trump announced a deal with Mexico on Monday that left out Canada.

Swiss bank makes $60M deal with US over hidden accounts

MIAMI (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a Swiss bank has reached an agreement to pay more than $60 million to the U.S. and provide information to investigators about concealed accounts Americans used to avoid taxes.

US consumer confidence rises to 18-year high

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans' consumer confidence rose in August to the highest level in nearly 18 years as their assessment of current conditions improved further and their expectations about the future rebounded.

Despite strong economy, many Americans struggling to get by

Despite a strong economy, about 40 percent of American families struggled to meet at least one of their basic needs last year, including paying for food, health care, housing or utilities.

Preliminary US-Mexico trade deal leaves trail of uncertainty

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's declaration of victory Monday in reaching a preliminary deal with Mexico to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement raised at least as many questions as it answered.

Cyprus' top bank says 2.7 bln bad loan sale 'biggest ever'

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus' biggest lender, the Bank of Cyprus, says it had sold 2.7 billion euros ($3.1 billion) worth of bad loans to New York-based Apollo Global Management, the largest such deal in the east Mediterranean island-nation's history.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Trump takes on Google, alleges bias in searches

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump lashed out at U.S. tech companies Tuesday, accusing Google and others of suppressing conservative voices and "hiding information" and good news. He cited no evidence for the claim, which echoes both his own attacks on the press and a conservative talking point.

AP EXPLAINS: How Google search results work

Political leanings don't factor into Google's search algorithm. But the authoritativeness of page links that the algorithm spits out and the perception of thousands of human raters do.

Trump wants a hug from Mexican president. Who knew?

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump wants a hug from Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto. Who knew?

After cascade of criticism, Trump honors McCain's service

WASHINGTON (AP) — Glowering in public and near-silent for two days, President Donald Trump relented under pressure by tersely recognizing Sen. John McCain's "service to our country" and re-lowering the White House flag.


MONDAY, AUGUST 27
ELECTION 2018

1st debate set for Sept. 25 in US Senate race in Tennessee

NASHVILLE (AP) — The first U.S. Senate debate between Democratic ex-Gov. Phil Bredesen and Republican Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn is set for Sept. 25.

REGION

TVA announces study to decide future of coal plants

CHATTANOOGA (AP) — The Tennessee Valley Authority has announced a new study to help it decide the future of coal fired plants in Tennessee and Kentucky.

TENNESSEE TITANS

Winless in preseason, Titans coach taking blame to himself

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans remain winless through three preseason games with a brand-new coaching staff busy trying to fix issues on offense and defense.

Titans remove wide receiver Rishard Matthews off PUP list

NASHVILLE (AP) — Titans wide receiver Rishard Matthews has passed his physical and been removed from the physically unable to perform list.

COURTS

Judge blocks online plans for printing untraceable 3D guns

A U.S. judge in Seattle blocked the Trump administration Monday from allowing a Texas company to post online plans for making untraceable 3D guns, agreeing with 19 states and the District of Columbia that such access to the plastic guns would pose a security risk.

TN, other states reconsider confidential deals in workplace harassment

Confidentiality agreements have come under fire during the #MeToo movement as one way abusive men have been able to hold on to their jobs, and keep harassing more women.

TECHNOLOGY

Experts meet at new UN-hosted talks about 'killer robots'

GENEVA (AP) — Experts from scores of countries are meeting to discuss ways to define and deal with "killer robots" — futuristic weapons systems that could conduct war without human intervention.

AUTO INDUSTRY

AP Source: Toyota to invest $500 million in Uber

DETROIT (AP) — A person briefed on the matter says Toyota will invest $500 million in ride-hailing service Uber, and the companies will jointly develop self-driving vehicles.

Ex-Fiat Chrysler exec gets 5½ years in union bribery case

DETROIT (AP) — A former Fiat Chrysler executive was sentenced to 5½ years in federal prison Monday in a scheme to curry favor with union officials by buying them expensive gifts.

Nissan launches China-focused electric car

GUANGZHOU, China (AP) — Nissan's first electric sedan designed for China began production Monday at the start of a wave of dozens of planned lower-cost electrics being created by global automakers for their biggest market.

Monitor urges more openness at Volkswagen in wake of scandal

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The official overseeing Volkswagen's court settlements in its diesel scandal says he is pushing back against the company's practice of withholding some information on the grounds of confidentiality protections.

Tesla shares slip after company decides to stay public

Shares of Tesla slipped on the first day of trading after the electric vehicle maker said it won't consider going private after all.

HEALTH CARE

Aspirin disappoints for avoiding first heart attack, stroke

Taking a low-dose aspirin every day has long been known to cut the chances of another heart attack, stroke or other heart problem in people who already have had one, but the risks aren't worth it for most folks, major new research finds.

EDUCATION

Nation's top student loan official resigns in protest

NEW YORK (AP) — The government's top official overseeing the $1.5 trillion student loan market resigned in protest on Monday, citing what he says is the White House's open hostility toward protecting the nation's millions of student loan borrowers.

Race-based school criteria roils Asian-Americans - again

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Time and again, Chinese-American students consistently delivered top academic scores, only to be denied admission to their dream school. Parents bemoaned what they saw as an unfair racial advantage given to black and Latino children while their own children were overlooked.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks rise as US, Mexico announce preliminary trade deal

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks posted solid gains on Monday after the White House said it reached a preliminary agreement with Mexico on replacing NAFTA. The Nasdaq composite index topped 8,000 for the first time.

US and Mexico tentatively set to replace NAFTA with new deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Snubbing Canada, the Trump administration reached a preliminary deal Monday with Mexico to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement — a move that raised legal questions and threatened to disrupt the operations of companies that do business across the three-country trade bloc.

'Totally happy' Amazon workers paid for Twitter posts

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is taking an out-of-the box approach to answering its critics — paying workers to be "ambassadors" and tweet full-time about how satisfied they were at their jobs.

Disney offers 46 percent raises, could use more part-timers

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The proposed contract Walt Disney World's unionized workers will vote on next week would increase the starting minimum wage by at least 46 percent over three years to $15 an hour, while enabling Disney to use more part-time workers and require new workers to stay in their positions longer before transferring, according to new details released Monday.

Iran goes to UN's highest court over re-imposed US sanctions

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Iran went to the United Nations' highest court Monday in a bid to have U.S. sanctions lifted following President Donald Trump's decision earlier this year to re-impose them, calling the move "naked economic aggression."

Trade cease-fire with Trump boosts German business optimism

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The trade cease-fire between the European Union and U.S. President Donald Trump boosted optimism among German business executives heavily dependent on trade for their profits, a closely watched economic index showed Monday.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Judge deals blow to Trump effort to overhaul bureaucracy

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge dealt a blow Saturday to President Donald Trump's efforts to "promote more efficient" government, ruling that key provisions of three recent executive orders "undermine federal employees' right to bargain collectively" under federal law.

AP-NORC Poll: Few Democrats favor liberal cry to abolish ICE

WASHINGTON (AP) — The rallying cry from some liberals to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement isn't a likely winner this election year, as a new poll finds only a quarter of Democrats support eliminating the agency that carried out the Trump administration's policy of separating immigrant children from their parents.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's bent reality: Cohen, clean air, taxes

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is living in an alternate reality when it comes to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation and other controversies swirling around him.

A life of courage, politics came down to 1 vote for McCain

WASHINGTON (AP) — For John McCain, a lifetime of courage, contradictions and contrarianism came down to one vote, in the middle of the night, in the twilight of his career.

Services for McCain set for Phoenix, Washington, Annapolis

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. John McCain's service to his country began more than six decades ago at the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis and will end there in a cemetery overlooking Maryland's Severn River.


FRIDAY, AUGUST 24
ELECTION 2018

Lee, Dean set for 3 debates in Tennessee governor's race

NASHVILLE (AP) — Republican Bill Lee and Democrat Karl Dean are slated to face off in three Tennessee governor's race debates in October.

MUSIC INDUSTRY

Former Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Ed King dies at age 68

NASHVILLE (AP) — Ed King, a former guitarist for Lynyrd Skynyrd who helped write several of the group's hits including "Sweet Home Alabama," has died in Nashville, Tennessee, according to a family friend. He was 68.

NASHVILLE AREA

Audit of ex-mayor's affair doesn't quantify misspent funds

NASHVILLE (AP) — A city audit of former Nashville Mayor Megan Barry's affair with her police bodyguard does not reveal how much taxpayer money was used for overtime and out-of-town trips, but the auditor says he faced constraints in his work.

COURTS

Tennessee Supreme Court reverses breath test fee ruling

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Supreme Court on Thursday reversed a ruling that said it was unconstitutional for the state to require people found guilty of DUI to pay a fee if a blood or breath test was used to convict.

Appeals court rules DUI roadblock conviction unconstitutional

CHATTANOOGA (AP) — The Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals has dismissed a drunken driving conviction, ruling that a roadblock that led to the man's arrest in Chattanooga was unconstitutional.

Manafort juror says 1 holdout prevented 18-count conviction

WASHINGTON (AP) — A juror in Paul Manafort's financial fraud trial says a lone holdout prevented the jury from convicting the onetime Trump campaign chairman on all 18 counts.

Leaker of secret report on Russian hacking gets 5 years

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — A former government contractor who pleaded guilty to mailing a classified U.S. report to a news organization was sentenced to more than five years Thursday as part of a deal with prosecutors, who called it the longest sentence ever imposed for a federal crime involving leaks to the media.

EDUCATION

For-profit colleges have allies now, but complaints persist

WASHINGTON (AP) — A lawsuit against Ashford University describes an admissions office with a cutthroat sales culture more akin to a used-car lot than a place of higher learning, peddling "false promises and faulty information" to lure students eligible for federal financial aid.

TECHNOLOGY

FireEye: Tech firms' secret weapon against disinformation

NEW YORK (AP) — This week has seen major social media sites step up their policing of online disinformation campaigns.

Facebook pulls security app from Apple store over privacy

Facebook has pulled one of its own products from Apple's app store because it didn't want to stop tracking what people were doing on their iPhones. Facebook also banned a quiz app from its social network for possible privacy intrusions on about 4 million users.

Microsoft hopes to protect candidates without skirting laws

Tech companies want to protect U.S. political candidates from Russian hackers ahead of the midterm elections, but could that free help count as an illegal campaign contribution?

AUTO INDUSTRY

Nissan invests $170m at assembly plants to make new Altima

SMYRNA (AP) — Nissan has announced a $170 million investment at assembly plants in Tennessee and Mississippi to produce the 2019 Altima sedan.

VW to launch all-electric car sharing in Berlin

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Volkswagen says it's launching an all-electric car sharing service in Berlin using its battery powered Golf and Up! models as it seeks to build a business serving people in big cities who don't own cars.

ENVIRONMENT

Kroger to phase out plastic bags at all stores

CINCINNATI (AP) — The nation's largest grocery chain has begun to phase out the use of plastic bags as more Americans grow uncomfortable with their impact on the environment.

HEALTH CARE

Report: Trump administration needs to step up on 'Obamacare'

WASHINGTON (AP) — A congressional watchdog said Thursday the Trump administration needs to step up its management of sign-up seasons under former President Barack Obama's health care law after mixed results last year in the throes of a failed GOP effort to repeal it.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

S&P 500, Nasdaq and Russell 2000 close at record highs

Wall Street ended a week of milestones with a few more Friday.

Powell signals more hikes ahead if US economy stays strong

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell signaled Friday that he expects the Fed to continue gradually raising interest rates if the U.S. economic expansion remains strong.

US durable goods orders fell 1.7 percent in July

WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders for long-lasting U.S. factory goods fell 1.7 percent in July, the third decrease in the past four months.

L.L. Bean donating $3 million to National Parks Foundation

FREEPORT, Maine (AP) — L.L. Bean is providing $3 million to the National Park Foundation's effort to encourage people to get outside and explore some of the more than 400 national parks.

US-China trade talks end with no breakthrough

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. and Chinese negotiators ended two days of meetings Thursday without breaking a deadlock over trade that has unnerved financial markets and disrupted global commerce.

Brexit backers criticize UK Treasury chief on warnings

LONDON (AP) — Britain's Treasury chief has been accused of reinitiating "dodgy project fear" after he repeated warnings that there would be significant consequences for the economy if the U.K. leaves the European Union without an agreement on future relations.

Fed official: Trump's complaints won't affect rate decisions

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top Federal Reserve official said Thursday that she favors two more interest rate increases this year despite complaints from President Donald Trump that the Fed's continuing rate hikes risk slowing the U.S. economy.

JOANN Fabric creates online petition over tariffs

CLEVELAND (AP) — The national chain JOANN Fabric and Craft has created an online petition asking customers to support the privately held company's efforts to obtain exemptions for tariffs on products imported from China.

UK govt says 'no-deal' Brexit would mean red tape, expense

LONDON (AP) — Businesses could face red tape at the border, customers could see higher credit card fees, patients could endure delays to medical treatment and there could even be a sperm shortage if Britain leaves the European Union next year without a deal, the U.K. government acknowledged Thursday.

NATIONAL POLITICS

McCain stopping medical treatment for his brain cancer

WASHINGTON (AP) — John McCain, the six-term Arizona senator and 2008 Republican presidential nominee, has chosen to discontinue medical treatment for his brain cancer, his family said Friday.

AP-NORC Poll: Americans not enthused with Trump trade policy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer than half of Americans expect President Donald Trump's tariffs to do much to help the U.S. economy, but their widespread unpopularity hasn't led most Republicans to stray from supporting the president's trade policy as the 2018 midterm elections approach.

A president who demands loyalty finds it fleeting in DC

WASHINGTON (AP) — Et tu, Michael Cohen?

Senate backs $854B bill to fund health, education, military

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate approved an $854 billion measure Thursday that funds much of the government, including $675 billion for the Defense Department.

New IRS rule on deductions hits some high-tax states hard

CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) — New rules unveiled by the IRS undermine some states' attempts to help residents keep a version of a popular federal income tax deduction. Last year's Republican tax overhaul put a $10,000 cap on deductions for state and local income taxes, which could affect some high-earners in high-tax states.

AP: National Enquirer had safe with damaging Trump stories

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Enquirer kept a safe containing documents about hush-money payments and damaging stories it killed as part of its cozy relationship with Donald Trump leading up to 2016 presidential election, people familiar with the arrangement told The Associated Press.

Sessions hits Trump back: Won't be 'improperly influenced'

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump, newly incensed by campaign allegations, plunged back into his criticism of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, claiming in an interview that Sessions "never took control of the Justice Department" after Trump put him there. Sessions quickly hit back, declaring that he and his department "will not be improperly influenced by political considerations."

Trump suggests outlawing prosecutors' deals with defendants

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump, incensed over a deal his longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen cut with prosecutors, says it might be better if "flipping" were illegal because people "just make up lies."

Senate panel approves Trump's nominee for consumer watchdog

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Banking Committee on Thursday approved Kathy Kraninger as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, as Republicans overlooked the protests of Democrats who said President Donald Trump's nominee is unqualified to lead the consumer watchdog.

Democrats seek to keep focus on corruption, not impeachment

CHICAGO (AP) — Democrats aren't ready to embrace the I-word.

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