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VOL. 46 | NO. 35 | Friday, September 2, 2022

Buc-ee’s turns detour into destination

Travel store with loyal following offers preview of changing industry

“It doesn’t matter how old you are, buying snacks for a road trip should always look like an unsupervised 9-year-old was given $100.” Wisdom from the internet. Perhaps nothing more clearly defines the undeniable allure of Buc-ee’s to children of all ages than the staggering number of snacks.

Pilot Flying J, other chains see challenge, move to meet it

Not so long ago, when motorists pulled off the interstate for a pit stop they might buy a bag of peanuts or a candy bar at the convenience store. Not so much anymore.

JOE ROGERS: MY TAKE

‘Law and order’ champions need some consistency

Consider the cases of two Republican politicians, two federal investigations and two completely different responses by their fellow Republicans.

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EVENTS

Member Connect Leads Exchange. Connect with fellow members while gaining exposure for your business. This is a facilitated, small group networking opportunity allowing each attendee to talk about their business. One representative per company each month. Wednesday, Williamson, Inc. Power Room, 4031 Aspen Grove Drive, Suite 630, Franklin. Parking: 4000 Rush Street. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Free, but registration is required. Option 2: Afternoon session, 3:30-5 p.m. Information

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RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

Homes in need aren’t the ones selling in bidding wars

This week’s “Sale of the Week” confirms some homes selling for more this year than they did last year. However, there are some houses in some places that are not selling as quickly.

REAL ESTATE

Mortgage rates rise to 5.66%, weighing on housing market

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose to their highest level in two months this week, providing no relief for a slumping housing market.

TENNESSEE TITANS

Titans OLB Harold Landry tears ACL in practice

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans placed Pro Bowl linebacker Harold Landry III on injured reserve Friday.

McMath’s value adds up to better job security

Former Titans general manager Floyd Reese had a lot of sayings when evaluating players for the roster. One of his favorites: “The more you can do...”

Rookie grabs O-line starting job

The Titans’ starting right tackle competition appears over, at least for the moment.

UT SPORTS

Hooker leads Tennessee over Ball State, 59-10

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Hendon Hooker threw for 222 yards and two touchdowns and ran for two more scores to lead Tennessee to a 59-10 season-opening victory over Ball State Thursday night.

Great expectations for second season under Heupel

The bar was set extremely low for Tennessee football last season. In the first year under head coach Josh Heupel, the Vols just needed to show any semblance of life.

NEWSMAKERS

Landquist moves to Baker Donelson

Edward “Ed” D. Lanquist Jr., a co-founder and former shareholder at Patterson Intellectual Property Law, has joined Baker Donelson’s Intellectual Property Group as shareholder in the Nashville office.

BRIEFS

Small biz funds available through Rescue Plan

Mayor John Cooper has announced 468 small businesses will receive awards from the $9 million grant program made available through the American Rescue Plan for small businesses in Nashville and Davidson County.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

Five cars that won’t be around for 2023

The collection of new vehicles on sale is constantly changing with all of the latest introductions and discontinuations. While the all-new vehicles get plenty of hype, automakers are typically quiet when they cease production of a vehicle. As such, shoppers often don’t realize they’re gone until it’s too late.

BUSINESS BOOK REVIEW

Disney’s not always the happiest place on earth

You’ve never passed up a chance to catch The Mouse.

PERSONAL FINANCE

Money doesn’t have to be confusing with the right help

Managing money is an essential life skill, yet most U.S. adults would fail a financial literacy test. Consider the results of a survey meant to measure financial literacy, called the TIAA Institute-GFLEC Personal Finance Index. On average, U.S. adults correctly answered only 50% of its financial literacy questions in 2022.

MILLENNIAL MONEY

Money ‘rules’ got you down? It’s OK, few follow them

Put 20% down when buying a home. Don’t spend more than 30% of your income on housing costs. Keep child care expenses below 10% of your annual household income.

MUSIC INDUSTRY

Lainey Wilson leads CMA Awards nominations in her 1st year

NASHVILLE (AP) — Louisiana-native Lainey Wilson is having a breakout year as she tops the Country Music Association Awards nominations in her first year as a nominee, earning nods in six categories including album of the year, female vocalist of the year and song of the year.

NASHVILLE AREA

Nashville: No license plate readers in imposing abortion ban

NASHVILLE (AP) — Law enforcement in Nashville will be prohibited from using license plate readers to enforce Tennessee's anti-abortion laws, Metro Council members decided.

WEST TENNESSEE

Starbucks loses appeal, will rehire 7 fired Memphis workers

Starbucks said Wednesday it will reinstate seven employees who were fired in February after leading an effort to unionize their Memphis store.

Man charged with killing Memphis jogger held without bond

MEMPHIS (AP) — A Tennessee judge revoked bond Wednesday for a man charged with killing a Memphis woman who was abducted during a pre-dawn run near a university campus.

COURTS

Florida judge faces criticism following order in Trump case

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon is facing sharp criticism following her decision this week to grant a request by former President Donald Trump's legal team for an independent arbiter to review documents obtained during an FBI search of his Florida property last month.

Steve Bannon expects to face new criminal charge in NY

NEW YORK (AP) — Steve Bannon, a longtime ally of former President Donald Trump, said Tuesday that he expects to be charged soon in a state criminal case in New York City.

HEALTH CARE

ALS drug gets rare second review at high-stakes FDA meeting

WASHINGTON (AP) — A closely watched experimental drug for Lou Gehrig's disease got an unusual second look from U.S. regulators on Wednesday, following intense pressure to approve the treatment for those with the fatal illness.

Biden to channel Kennedy in his push for a cancer 'moonshot'

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden next week will highlight his plans for drastically reducing cancer deaths and boosting treatments for the disease in what he has called "this generation's moonshot," the White House announced Wednesday.

Tennessee receives $5M to prevent maternal deaths

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Department of Health says it has received a $5 million federal grant to help improve the state's maternal health outcomes.

TECHNOLOGY

Apple maintains prices on new iPhones despite inflation

CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — Apple's latest line-up of iPhones will boast better cameras, faster processors, and a longer lasting battery at the same prices as last year's model, despite the inflationary pressure that has driven up the cost of many other everyday items.

ENVIRONMENT

EPA denies Cheniere Energy request for LNG pollution waiver

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday denied a request by Cheniere Energy, a leading U.S. producer of liquefied natural gas, to exempt two Gulf Coast plants from a federal air pollution rule.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks charge higher on Wall Street, erasing weekly losses

Stock indexes on Wall Street closed solidly higher Wednesday, placing the market on pace to break a 3-week losing streak.

Fed's Brainard: Rates to rise higher, stay elevated longer

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve will need to continue lifting its short-term interest rate to a level that restricts economic growth and keep it there for an extended period, a top Fed official said Wednesday.

Regal Cinemas parent company files for bankruptcy

Movie theater operator Cineworld Group LLC has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the U.S. as it deals with billions of dollars in debt and lower-than-expected attendance at screenings.

Major League Baseball Players Association joins AFL-CIO

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Major League Baseball Players Association is joining the AFL-CIO in an effort to strengthen its position in the aftermath of one labor struggle and in the midst of another.

UPS hiring for the holiday rush holds steady above 100,000

NEW YORK (AP) — UPS plans to hire more than 100,000 workers to help handle the holiday rush this season, in line with hiring the previous two years.

Target drops mandatory CEO retirement age, Cornell to stay

NEW YORK (AP) — Target is dropping the mandatory retirement age for its CEO, allowing its Chief Executive Brian Cornell to stay on for three more years.

EU wants price cap on Russian gas, energy companies to pay

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union countries should set a price cap on Russian natural gas and seek a "solidarity contribution" from European oil and gas companies making extraordinary profits as the war in Ukraine drives up energy costs, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said Wednesday.

Scholz: Germany well-placed on energy to get through winter

BERLIN (AP) — Germany is well-placed to get through this winter with enough energy thanks to efforts to shore up supplies, Chancellor Olaf Scholz said Wednesday, dismissing criticism from the opposition.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Biden touts legislative record as midterms approach

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden ended the summer on a legislative winning streak, chalking up victories that once appeared out of reach in this polarized capital. Now he wants to make sure voters reward him for that when they cast ballots in November's big congressional elections.

China's export growth sinks in August, imports shrink

BEIJING (AP) — China's trade weakened in August as high energy prices, inflation and anti-virus measures weighed on global and Chinese consumer demand, while imports of Russian oil and gas surged.

UKRAINE

Putin mocks West, says Russia will press on in Ukraine

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that Moscow will press on with its military action in Ukraine until reaching its goals and mocked Western attempts to drive Russia into a corner with sanctions.

Shelling goes on near Ukraine nuclear plant, despite risks

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian renewed its shelling in the area of Ukraine's Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, a local official said Wednesday, a day after the U.N. atomic watchdog agency pressed for the warring sides to carve out a safe zone there to protect against a possible catastrophe.

EXPLAINER: What help are North Korean weapons to Russia?

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea is apparently moving to sell millions of rockets and artillery shells — many of them likely from its old stock — to its Cold War ally Russia.


TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6
TENNESSEE TITANS

Titans tap next man up experience replacing Harold Landry

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans are days away from kicking off their new season and already have placed two players on injured reserve.

WEST TENNESSEE

Memphis police ID body of abducted jogger Eliza Fletcher

MEMPHIS (AP) — Police in Tennessee said Tuesday they had found the body of a Memphis woman abducted during a pre-dawn run, confirming fears that Eliza Fletcher was killed after she was forced into an SUV on Friday morning.

COURTS

Judge grants Trump bid for special master in document search

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a legal victory for former President Donald Trump, a federal judge on Monday granted his request for a special master to review documents seized by the FBI from his Florida home and temporarily halted the Justice Department's use of the records for investigative purposes.

HEALTH CARE

CVS Health moves closer to home care with $8B Signify deal

CVS Health will pay about $8 billion to expand into home care, a practice that could cut costs and keep patients happy, provided they get the help they need.

REAL ESTATE

Rents are starting to come down, but the trend may not hold

NEW YORK (AP) — Rents are starting to come down after spiking to record levels this past summer, but experts are uncertain if the slowdown will continue.

5 tips to make the search for a new apartment easier

NEW YORK (AP) — Finding a new place can be challenging, and skyrocketing rents have made it especially hard this year. But there are things you can do to make the process easier.

TRANSPORTATION

Airlines count on business travelers to keep recovery going

DALLAS (AP) — With summer vacations winding down, airlines are counting on the return of more business travelers to keep their pandemic recovery going into the fall.

Deal with union averts pilot strike at Germany's Lufthansa

BERLIN (AP) — A union representing pilots at Lufthansa on Tuesday called off a planned two-day strike after a last-minute agreement with Germany's biggest airline in a pay dispute.

ENERGY

EXPLAINER: Europe struggles with crisis as Russia cuts gas

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Europe is struggling to contain an energy crisis that could lead to rolling blackouts, shuttered factories and a deep recession.

Russia sends more energy to Asia as Europe cuts back

BERLIN (AP) — Russia sent significantly more oil and coal to India and China over the summer compared with the start of the year, while European countries that long relied on Russian energy have cut back sharply in response to the war in Ukraine, said a report published Tuesday.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks drift lower, extending losses into 4th straight week

Stocks drifted lower on Wall Street, extending the market's losses into a 4th straight week.

Bed Bath & Beyond names Laura Crossen as interim CFO

Bed Bath & Beyond has named its Chief Accounting Officer, Laura Crossen, as interim chief financial officer following the death of Gustavo Arnal.

EU blocks merger of US firms in cancer screening sector

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's anti-trust watchdog announced on Tuesday that it is blocking the buyout of cancer-screening company GRAIL by biotech giant Illumina in a rare move by European regulators against two U.S. companies.

Swiss retailer rolls out 'coffee balls' to replace capsules

BERLIN (AP) — Swiss retailer Migros said Tuesday that it is launching a coffeemaking system designed to replace capsules that produce thousands of tons of waste worldwide each year.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Biden to commemorate anniversary of 9/11 attacks at Pentagon

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will mark the 21st anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on Sunday by delivering remarks and laying a wreath at the Pentagon, the White House said Tuesday.

Truss becomes Britain's new prime minister

LONDON (AP) — Liz Truss became U.K. prime minister on Tuesday and immediately confronted the enormous task ahead of her amid increasing pressure to curb soaring prices, ease labor unrest and fix a health care system burdened by long waiting lists and staff shortages.

Biden blasts 'extreme' GOP in Labor Day swing-state trips

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden excoriated "MAGA Republicans" and the extreme right on Monday, pitching personal Labor Day appeals to swing-state union members who he hopes will turn out in force for his party in November.

UKRAINE

US: Russia to buy rockets, artillery shells from North Korea

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Russian Ministry of Defense is in the process of purchasing millions of rockets and artillery shells from North Korea for its ongoing fight in Ukraine, according to a newly downgraded U.S. intelligence finding.

Putin attends joint military drills with China, others

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday attended sweeping war games in his country's far east involving troops from China and other nations, in a show of military muscle amid the tensions with the West over Moscow's action in Ukraine.

Fears grow for Ukraine nuke plant ahead of inspector report

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Fears grew Tuesday for Europe's largest nuclear power plant as shelling around it continued, a day after the facility was again knocked off Ukraine's electricity grid and put in the precarious position of relying on its own power to run safety systems.


MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 5
STATE GOVERNMENT

Lawyer's mission: Translate Tenn.'s bewildering abortion ban

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Chloe Akers considers herself a grizzled criminal defense attorney. Until a few months ago, she didn't spend much time thinking about abortion — for all her 39 years, abortion was not a crime, so she'd never imagined having to defend someone accused of performing one.

COURTS

Judge grants Trump bid for special master in document search

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a legal victory for former President Donald Trump, a federal judge on Monday granted his request for a special master to review documents seized by the FBI from his Florida home and also temporarily halted the Justice Department's own use of the records for investigative purposes.

America's secrets: Trump's unprecedented disregard of norms

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump isn't the first to face criticism for flouting rules and traditions around the safeguarding of sensitive government records, but national security experts say recent revelations point to an unprecedented disregard of post-presidency norms established after the Watergate era.

Prosecutor: Trump ally arranged meeting with poll worker

ATLANTA (AP) — After the 2020 election, a Georgia poll worker who was falsely accused of voting fraud by former President Donald Trump was pressured and threatened with imprisonment during a meeting arranged with the help of an ally of the Trump campaign, a prosecutor said in a court filing Friday.

HEALTH CARE

Medicaid extensions for new moms grow, may run into limits

States around the country are making it easier for new moms to keep Medicaid in the year after childbirth, a time when depression and other health problems can develop.

MEDIA

Irish watchdog fines Instagram 405M euros in teen data case

LONDON (AP) — Irish regulators are slapping Instagram with a big fine after an investigation found the social media platform mishandled teenagers' personal information in violation of strict European Union data privacy rules.

Ex-reporter jailed for 22 years in Russia on treason charges

MOSCOW (AP) — A former journalist was convicted of treason and handed a 22-year prison sentence on Monday after a trial that has been widely seen as politically motivated and marked a new step in a sweeping crackdown on the media and Kremlin critics.

Russia revokes media license of top independent newspaper

MOSCOW (AP) — A court in Moscow on Monday upheld a motion from Russian authorities to revoke the license of a top independent newspaper that for years has been critical of the Kremlin, the latest move in a months-long crackdown on independent media, opposition activists and human rights groups.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

OPEC+ cuts oil supplies to the world as prices fall

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — OPEC and allied oil-producing countries, including Russia, cut their supplies to the global economy by 100,000 barrels per day, underlining their unhappiness with crude prices that have sagged because of recession fears.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Biden assails 'Trumpies' in Labor Day battleground pitches

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden excoriated "MAGA Republicans, the extreme right and Trumpies" on Monday, pitching his Labor Day appeals to union members he hopes will turn out in force for his party in November.

China accuses Washington of cyberspying on university

BEIJING (AP) — China on Monday accused Washington of breaking into computers at a university that U.S. officials say does military research, adding to complaints by both governments of rampant online spying against each other.

US ambassador to Russia leaves post as Ukraine war drags on

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to Russia, John Sullivan, ended his tenure as America's top diplomat in Moscow on Sunday after nearly three years, spanning the Trump and Biden administrations, and will retire from a lengthy career in government service.


FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 2
COURTS

Trump search inventory reveals new details from FBI seizure

WASHINGTON (AP) — Along with highly classified government documents, the FBI agents who searched former President Donald Trump's Florida estate found dozens of empty folders marked classified but with nothing inside and no explanation of what might have been there, according to a more detailed inventory of the seized material made public on Friday.

Trump documents probe: Judge appears open to special master

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge Thursday appeared to give a boost to former President Donald Trump's hopes for appointing an outside legal expert to review government records seized by the FBI, questioning the Justice Department's arguments that Trump couldn't make the request and that a special master would needlessly delay its investigation.

Judge again denies Graham's effort to skirt Georgia subpoena

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday ruled that constitutional protections don't shield U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham from testifying before a special grand jury investigating possible illegal efforts to overturn then-President Donald Trump's 2020 election loss in Georgia.

Judge declines to overturn Elizabeth Holmes guilty verdict

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday tentatively declined to overturn the jury conviction of disgraced Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes on four felony counts of fraud and conspiracy. That leaves the former Silicon Valley star a step closer to serving prison time.

HEALTH CARE

FDA still skeptical of ALS drug ahead of high-stakes meeting

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health regulators remain unconvinced about the benefits of a closely watched experimental drug for the debilitating illness known as Lou Gehrig's disease, even as they prepare to give its drugmaker a rare second opportunity to make a public case for the treatment.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Nissan eager to leverage US tax credit on electric vehicles

TOKYO (AP) — Nissan will more aggressively push electric vehicles to take advantage of a new U.S. law that gives up to $7,500 in tax credits, the Japanese automaker said Friday.

TRANSPORTATION

Lufthansa flights grounded as pilots up pressure over pay

FRANKFURT (AP) — Hundreds of Lufthansa flights were canceled Friday as pilots staged a one-day strike to press their demands for better pay and conditions at Germany's biggest carrier.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Lower US job gain in August could aid Fed's inflation fight

WASHINGTON (AP) — America's employers added a healthy number of jobs last month, yet slowed their hiring enough to potentially help the Federal Reserve in its fight to reduce raging inflation.

EXPLAINER: 5 key takeaways from the August jobs report

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's job market last month delivered what the Federal Reserve and nervous investors had been hoping for: A Goldilocks-style hiring report.

Stocks shed early gains, end lower for 3rd straight week

Stocks gave up an early rally and closed lower Friday, marking their third losing week in a row and extending Wall Street's late-summer slump.

US seeks more info on Chinese company's North Dakota project

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Federal authorities reviewing a Chinese company's purchase of land in North Dakota for a wet corn milling plant say more information is needed before they can decide whether the project might be detrimental to national security.

G-7 pledges to move forward with Russia oil price cap system

BERLIN (AP) — Finance ministers from the Group of Seven industrial powers on Friday pledged to impose a cap on the price of Russian oil in a bid to limit the Kremlin's revenues and ability to fund its war in Ukraine, while also curtailing the war's impact on energy prices and inflation.

$1 billion in federal economic grants headed coast to coast

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government will send $1 billion worth of federal grants for manufacturing, clean energy, farming, biotech and more to 21 regional partnerships across the nation, President Joe Biden and Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo announced Friday.

Amazon bid to scrap historic union win blocked

NEW YORK (AP) — A hearing officer for a federal labor board has rebuffed Amazon's attempt to scrap a historic union win at a warehouse on Staten Island, New York, handing victory to organizers in what could be a very long battle for recognition.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

US to OK $1B arms sale to Taiwan as tensions rise with China

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is set to announce a more than $1 billion arms sale to Taiwan on Friday as U.S.-China tensions escalate over the status of the island, according to American officials and a congressional aide briefed on the matter.

Biden seeks $47B for Ukraine, COVID-19, monkeypox, disasters

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is asking Congress to provide more than $47 billion in emergency dollars that would go toward the war in Ukraine, the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ongoing monkeypox outbreak and help for recent natural disasters in Kentucky and other states.

Biden picks White House veteran to run revived climate drive

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Friday brought back John Podesta, a behind-the-scenes veteran at getting things done on climate in past Democratic administrations, to put into place an ambitious U.S. climate program newly revived by $375 billion from Congress.

Biden to host Pacific Island summit with wary eye on China

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House announced Friday that President Joe Biden will host Pacific Island leaders in Washington later this month amid growing worries by the United States and Western allies about China's activity in the region.

Biden sounds newly strong alarm: Trumpism a menace to democracy

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — President Joe Biden charged in a prime-time address that the "extreme ideology" of Donald Trump and his adherents "threatens the very foundation of our republic," as he summoned Americans of all stripes to help counter what he sketched as dark forces within the Republican Party trying to subvert democracy.

Jan. 6 panel asks former Speaker Gingrich for information

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House panel investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection is seeking information from former House Speaker Newt Gingrich about his communications with senior advisers to then-President Donald Trump in the days leading up to the 2021 attack on the Capitol.

Mastriano sues Jan. 6 committee over deposition authority

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's Republican nominee for governor on Thursday sued the congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol, contesting its legal ability to force him to answer questions about it.

Big reveal: Biden to help unveil Obama White House portrait

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's been more than a decade since President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, welcomed back George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, for the unveiling of their White House portraits, part of a beloved Washington tradition that for decades managed to transcend partisan politics.

Biden to meet South Africa leader amid differences on Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will meet with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa this month, the White House announced Thursday, as the administration looks to draw African nations closer to the U.S. at a time when South Africa and many of its neighbors have staked out neutral ground on Russia's invasion of Ukraine.


THURSDAY, SEPT. 1
NASHVILLE SC

Mukhtar hat trick for 19 goals, Nashville tops Rapids 4-1

NASHVILLE (AP) — Hany Mukhtar scored three goals to briefly tie Austin's Sebastián Driussi for the Major League Soccer scoring lead with 19 goals and lead Nashville over the Colorado Rapids 4-1 on Wednesday night.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Skrmetti to take over Tennessee attorney general office

NASHVILLE (AP) — The top legal counsel for Republican Gov. Bill Lee on Thursday will take over the state's attorney general office.

COURTS

Trump documents: No immediate ruling on outside legal expert

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge heard arguments Thursday on whether to appoint an outside legal expert to review government records seized by the FBI last month in a search of former President Donald Trump's Florida home. There was no immediate ruling, but the judge had indicated last week that she was inclined to grant the request and asked Thursday, "What is the harm?" in such an appointment.

Judge again denies Graham's effort to skirt Georgia subpoena

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday ruled that constitutional protections don't shield U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham from testifying before a special grand jury investigating possible illegal efforts to overturn then-President Donald Trump's 2020 election loss in Georgia.

Ex-NYPD officer gets 10 years in prison for Jan. 6 attack

WASHINGTON (AP) — A retired New York Police Department officer was sentenced on Thursday to 10 years in prison for attacking the U.S. Capitol and using a metal flagpole to assault one of the police officers trying to hold off a mob of Donald Trump supporters.

Drug company CEO pleads guilty to selling tainted medicine

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A former owner and CEO of a South Florida drug manufacturing company has been sentenced to three years and one month in federal prison for lying to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and allowing contaminated medicine to go to pediatric hospitals.

Obstruction now a major focus in Trump documents probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI investigation into top-secret government information discovered at Mar-a-Lago is zeroing in on the question of whether former President Donald Trump's team criminally obstructed the probe. A new document alleges that government records had been concealed and removed and that law enforcement officials were misled about what was still there.

A timeline of the investigation into Trump's Mar-a-Lago docs

WASHINGTON (AP) — The search of former President Donald Trump' s Mar-a-Lago club for classified documents and other government records may have come as a surprise to the public. But new legal filings show the investigation that triggered the unprecedented action was months in the making. The documents make clear that Trump had ample opportunity to return the material the government requested —- and then subpoenaed — and reveal the sheer quantity of highly sensitive documents he was keeping at the club.

EDUCATION

Reading, math scores fell sharply during pandemic, data show

WASHINGTON (AP) — Math and reading scores for America's 9-year-olds fell dramatically during the first two years of the pandemic, according to a new federal study — offering an early glimpse of the sheer magnitude of the learning setbacks dealt to the nation's children.

AUTO INDUSTRY

EU: US electric vehicle tax credit reduces buyers' choices

BRUSSELS (AP) — A new U.S. tax credit aimed at encouraging Americans to buy electric vehicles may backfire and limit choices for consumers because of concerns it's weighed against European Union manufacturers, the EU trade chief said Thursday.

GM venture starts building battery cells at new Ohio factory

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors said Wednesday that a new electric vehicle battery plant built in Ohio has started producing cells, which could help customers get federal tax credits.

TRANSPORTATION

New online dashboard helps flyers with delays, cancellations

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid months of mass flight cancellations and delays, the Department of Transportation has launched a customer service dashboard to help vacationers ahead of the travel-heavy Labor Day weekend.

Lufthansa cancels many flights Friday due to pilots' strike

BERLIN (AP) — German carrier Lufthansa says it is canceling almost all passenger and cargo flights Friday from its two biggest hubs, Frankfurt and Munich, due to planned strike action by pilots.

TECHNOLOGY

Robot that stocks drinks is newest thing at the corner store

TOKYO (AP) — A small robot with a clip-like hand and enough smarts to know which drinks are popular is part of an effort to make convenience stores even more convenient.

ENVIRONMENT

Carbon should cost 3.6 times more than US price, study says

Each ton of carbon dioxide that exits a smokestack or tailpipe is doing far more damage than what governments take into account, researchers conclude in a scientific paper published Thursday.

California may add wine, liquor bottles to recycling program

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California would add wine and distilled spirits containers to its struggling recycling program, while giving beverage dealers another option to collect empty bottles and cans, under a measure lawmakers approved Wednesday. But critics say the bill would also give hundreds of millions of dollars to corporations they say don't need the incentives.

ENERGY

Russian top oil executive dies; fall from window blamed

MOSCOW (AP) — The chairman of the board of Russia's largest private oil company, which criticized Russia's military operation in Ukraine, fell out of a hospital window and died, Russian news reports said Thursday.

HEALTH CARE

Limited funding hampers charities' early monkeypox response

Two biopharmaceutical companies will give $5 million and $500,000, respectively, to nonprofit organizations in the United States and abroad that are responding to the growing monkeypox outbreak. The pledges come as the early philanthropic response to the disease, which disproportionately affects LGBTQ people, has been fairly muted compared with the early days of COVID-19.

COVID-19

CDC advisers weigh who needs updated COVID booster and when

COVID-19 boosters updated to match the newest omicron strains are about to roll out, and government advisers met Thursday to decide who should roll up their sleeves -- and when.

White House: How about a COVID-19 boost with that flu shot?

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration hopes to make getting a COVID-19 booster as routine as going in for the yearly flu shot.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks end mixed on Wall Street, S&P 500 ekes out a gain

A late burst of buying erased some of the stock market's losses, leaving indexes mixed on Wall Street at the closing bell.

When autumn leaves start to fall, will Wall Street follow?

NEW YORK (AP) — Welcome to the worst month of the year for Wall Street.

Fed is hoping August hiring report will show slowdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — Raging inflation has so scrambled the economy that it's come to this: If Friday's jobs report for August were to show a significant hiring slowdown, the Federal Reserve — and even the White House — would likely welcome it.

Fewer Americans file for jobless benefits last week

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week as the labor market continues to shine despite weakening elements of the U.S. economy.

Microsoft's Activision Blizzard deal gets global scrutiny

Microsoft's plan to buy video game giant Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion could have major effects on the gaming industry, transforming the Xbox maker into something like a Netflix for video games by giving it control of many more popular titles.

China demands US drop tech export curbs after Nvidia warning

BEIJING (AP) — The Chinese government on Thursday called on Washington to repeal its technology export curbs after chip designer Nvidia Corp. said a new product might be delayed and some work might be moved out of China.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

House committee reaches deal to get Trump financial records

WASHINGTON (AP) — A House committee seeking financial records from former President Donald Trump has reached an agreement that ends litigation on the matter and requires an accounting firm to turn over some of the material, the panel's leader announced Thursday.

Lawyers in Trump White House to appear before 1/6 grand jury

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House counsel under former President Donald Trump and his top deputy are set to appear Friday before a federal grand jury investigating efforts to undo the 2020 presidential election, a person familiar with the matter said Thursday.

Biden's prime-time speech: Trumpism threatens democracy

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will sound an alarm Thursday night about what he views as "extremist" threats to American democracy from the restive forces of Trumpism, aiming to reframe the November elections as part of an unceasing battle for the "soul of the nation."

Republicans notably silent, split as Trump probe deepens

WASHINGTON (AP) — At first, Republicans were highly critical of the FBI search of Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort, but as new details emerge about the more than 100 classified documents the former president haphazardly stashed at his private club Republicans have grown notably silent.

Putin pays tribute to Gorbachev but won't attend his funeral

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday paid tribute to Mikhail Gorbachev but will not attend the late former Soviet leader's funeral, a decision reflecting the Kremlin's ambivalence about Gorbachev's legacy.

UKRAINE

UN nuclear agency team arrives at Ukraine power plant

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A team from the U.N. nuclear agency has arrived at the site of Europe's largest nuclear plant to inspect security conditions that forced the shutdown of one reactor, Ukraine's nuclear energy operator said Thursday.

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