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VOL. 41 | NO. 36 | Friday, September 08, 2017

Restaurant workers are in control amid high demand

It takes more than higher pay, perks to prolong their loyalty

In 2011, Nick Pellegrino had one of those life-changing ideas that he just couldn’t shake. A musician and songwriter, he was exhausted from the hustle of that industry.

More money, flexibility are tempting lures for wait staff

Chances are if you’ve eaten out in some of Nashville’s hottest spots over the past 14 years or so, you’ve had the pleasure of being served by Kris Koon.

$17.25 an hour plus benefits? Better get on the bus

Williamson County is offering $17.25 an hour with paid training and full-time benefits for bus drivers.

FASHIONABLE creates jobs in Nashville, beyond

They don’t want our charity. A woman who has overcome harrowing circumstances needs a dang job and one that pays a living wage.

Local Weather

Weather in Nashville, TN

EVENTS

Williamson Chamber Young Professionals. Topic: Influential Leadership. This is a “sales” program for non-sales professionals. This is experience will teach you how to sell yourself as well as your vision, ideas, goals, and much more. Speaker: Angie Clark, Senior Consultant, Diviate. Wednesday, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Franklin Theatre, 419 Main Street, Franklin. Information: https://www.williamsonchamber.com/member-events/young-professionals

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SAM STOCKARD: VIEW FROM THE HILL

Mississippi case offers hope for bust removal

State Sen. Lee Harris is encouraged by the U.S. Supreme Court’s request for the state of Mississippi to respond to a lawsuit seeking to remove the Confederate battle flag from its state flag.

RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

2017’s hot seller: $1M-plus new build in historic area

With two-thirds of the year gone, upper-end homes are selling ahead of last year’s pace.

DAVID CLIMER: OUT OF LEFT FIELD

More than NFL team on line in Titans sale

Anybody got an extra billion dollars lying around? If so, you can own one-third share of an NFL franchise plus a handful of other assorted business ventures.

TERRY McCORMICK: TENNESSEE TITANS

Receiver-rich Titans now surprisingly thin

For most of their two decades in Tennessee, the wide receiver position has been a glaring hole for the Titans.

Raiders at Titans: What to watch

Marshawn Lynch vs. Titans defensive line. The Titans defensive front, led by Jurrell Casey, was stingy against the run last year, second best in the NFL. Oakland has a strong offensive line and now have former Seahawks star Lynch to run the ball a year after unretiring and joining the Raiders.

NEWSMAKERS

Lawyers of the Year selected

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP and Waller had seven and five, respectively, of the 32 Lawyer of the Year selections for the Nashville area as compiled by Best Lawyers in America.

BUSINESS BOOK REVIEW

Building the retirement you’ve always envisioned

White sandy beaches. Waves that gently kiss your toes with warm water. In your minds’ eye, they stretch for miles and are yours to explore. That will be your retirement – or so you hope.

GUERRILLA MARKETING

Old hat vs. new (social media) techniques

It’s no secret businesses see value in leveraging technology like social media in their marketing efforts.

CAREER CORNER

Pay attention to signs it’s time to go

Job seekers often struggle with the idea of when to leave. We may feel that it makes no sense to leave one good job for another, and this can make sense in certain situations.

MUSIC INDUSTRY

John Prine takes home artist of the year at Americana Awards

NASHVILLE (AP) — Folk singer songwriter John Prine was awarded the artist of the year, while one of his protégés, country singer Sturgill Simpson, took home album of the year at the Americana Honors and Awards show.

Stars to honor country singer Troy Gentry at Opry memorial

NASHVILLE (AP) — Stars of the Grand Ole Opry will gather Thursday to honor country singer Troy Gentry, a member of the popular country duo Montgomery Gentry, who died in a helicopter crash.

STATEWIDE

Activist announces bid for Corker's Tennessee Senate seat

NASHVILLE (AP) — Conservative activist Andy Ogles announced Thursday he will run for the U.S. Senate seat held by Tennessee Republican Bob Corker, who has so far refused to divulge whether he will seek a third term.

Harwell: No privatization of Tennessee park services as gov

NASHVILLE (AP) — Republican gubernatorial candidate Beth Harwell says she won't privatize services at Tennessee state parks if she is elected governor.

5 accused of conspiring to defraud Dolly Parton relief fund

SEVIERVILLE (AP) — Five people have been charged in Tennessee with conspiring to defraud the My People Fund of Dolly Parton's Dollywood Foundation, set up to help people affected by wildfires last year.

Tennessee professor helps ID prehistoric crocodile species

KNOXVILLE (AP) — The University of Tennessee says one of its professors has helped identify a species of giant prehistoric crocodiles that roamed the coasts and waterways of what's now north-central Texas about 95 million years ago.

HEALTH CARE

AP FACT CHECK: Single-payer sounds best when it sounds free

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans are not clamoring for single-payer health care, as Sen. Bernie Sanders suggests they are, in proposing a plan that would have the government foot most medical bills.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Merkel calls for German automakers to regain consumer trust

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel says "a lot of trust has been destroyed" in the country's automakers by the diesel emissions cheating scandal and they need to regain it quickly.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US stocks dip after record run as tech companies skid

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are falling Thursday morning after finishing at record highs the last two days. Technology and health care companies, the best-performing sectors of the market in 2017, are taking some of the biggest losses. Prices paid by consumers jumped in August, which could be a sign inflation is increasing, but it's not clear how much of a role Hurricane Harvey played in the change.

US jobless benefit applications fell by 14,000 last week

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking unemployment benefits declined slightly last week but still remained elevated as hurricane disruptions impacted layoffs for a second week.

Higher gas, housing costs lift US consumer prices 0.4 pct.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Higher gas and housing costs boosted U.S. consumer prices 0.4 percent in August, the most in seven months. The increase suggests inflation could be picking up, but the figures may have been distorted by Hurricane Harvey.

Reports: China orders bitcoin exchanges to shut down

BEIJING (AP) — Regulators have ordered Chinese bitcoin exchanges to close, two business newspapers reported Thursday, after uncertainty about the digital currency's future in China caused its price to plunge.

Booking.com defends pricing after Swiss launch investigation

GENEVA (AP) — Online travel giant Booking.com is defending its policy on the commissions it charges in Switzerland after a state agency opened an investigation into alleged "abusive" pricing.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Treasury: Mnuchin requested plane for secure communications

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department says that concerns about secure communications with government agencies is what prompted Secretary Steven Mnuchin to inquire about using a government plane for his European honeymoon in August.

AP interview: Ryan backs off promise not to add to deficit

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan backed off months of promises that the Republicans' tax plan won't add to the nation's ballooning deficit, declaring in an AP Newsmaker interview that the most important goal of an overhaul is economic growth.

What happened at dinner? Trump, Dems don't see eye to eye

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday denied an assertion by the Democratic leaders in Congress that they had an agreement to preserve protections for young immigrants living illegally in America and to bolster U.S.-Mexico border security, but without his coveted wall for now.

Trump says he's 'fairly close' to deal on young immigrants

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday said he was "fairly close" to a deal with congressional leaders to preserve protections for young immigrants living illegally in America but he's insisting on "massive border security" as part of any agreement.

US set to extend Iran sanctions relief under nuclear deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is poised to extend sanctions relief to Iran, avoiding imminent action that could implode the landmark 2015 nuclear deal.


WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13
SPORTS

Fiddler announces retirement after 877 games in NHL

NASHVILLE (AP) — Forward Vernon Fiddler is retiring from the NHL after playing 877 games over 14 seasons in the league with four different teams.

STATEWIDE

GOP candidates for Tennessee governor uneasy about gas tax

NASHVILLE (AP) — The ink may be dry on a new state law that boosts funding for road projects through Tennessee's first gas tax hike in 28 years, but that doesn't mean all Republicans running for governor are happy with it.

People displaced by hurricane urged to file for unemployment

NASHVILLE (AP) — Officials say people from out of state who expect to be in Tennessee for an extended period because of damage to their homes or workplaces by Hurricane Irma can file for unemployment insurance.

HEALTH CARE

Republicans unveil long-shot effort on health care

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators on Wednesday rolled out competing plans for the nation's health care system, with a group of GOP senators making a last, long-shot effort to undo Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act and independent Sen. Bernie Sanders proposing universal government-run coverage.

Sanders bill expands Medicare for all, lacks details on cost

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans would get health coverage simply by showing a new government-issued card and would no longer owe out-of-pocket expenses like deductibles, according to legislation Sen. Bernie Sanders released Wednesday charting a stem-to-stern reshaping of the country's health care system.

Sanders, GOP push banner health care bills

WASHINGTON (AP) — Liberal Sen. Bernie Sanders is ready to unveil his bill for starkly reshaping the country's current hodge-podge health care system into one where the government provides medical insurance for everybody.

TECHNOLOGY

US agencies ordered to stop using Kaspersky software

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. on Wednesday banned federal agencies from using computer software supplied by Kaspersky Lab because of concerns about the company's ties to the Kremlin and Russian spy operations.

There's no need to spend $999 for a good phone these days

NEW YORK (AP) — Apple's new iPhone X is special. It has flashy upgrades, facial recognition and animated emoji, all in celebration of the iPhone's 10-year anniversary. And its price tag is appropriately special: $999 and up.

iPhone X puts exclamation point on Apple's pricing strategy

UPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — Apple has made a luxury iPhone that punctuates its technological swagger with a high-priced exclamation point. And that exclamation point appears to be a sign of things to come.

Self-driving boats: The next tech transportation race

BOSTON (AP) — Self-driving cars may not hit the road in earnest for many years - but autonomous boats could be just around the pier.

COURTS

Justices allow Trump administration ban on most refugees

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is allowing the Trump administration to maintain its restrictive policy on refugees.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Retailers and energy companies lead US stocks a bit higher

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stock indexes finished with tiny gains Wednesday as retailers jumped after a strong hiring forecast from Target and energy companies rose along with oil prices.

US producer prices rose in August as energy costs shot up

WASHINGTON (AP) — Higher energy costs led to prices at the wholesale level rising in August at the fastest pace in four months.

Target bumps up holiday hiring by 40 percent this year

NEW YORK (AP) — Target is hiring 100,000 people to work during the hectic holiday shopping season, up 40 percent from last year.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Ryan won't say tax cut won't raise deficit

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan is declining to say a tax overhaul Republicans are trying to write won't increase federal deficits.

Trump wants lawmakers to 'move fast' on taxes

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is pushing lawmakers to "move fast" on a tax overhaul.

Action on student loan forgiveness delayed as rules revised

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tens of thousands of former students who say they were swindled by for-profit colleges are being left in limbo as the Trump administration delays action on requests for loan forgiveness, according to court documents obtained by The Associated Press.


TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12
STATEWIDE

Tennessee AG: Chevron not cooperating in fraud investigation

NASHVILLE (AP) — A lawsuit says Chevron isn't cooperating with a Tennessee attorney general investigation that has claimed the company has fraudulently bilked more than $18 million from a petroleum cleanup fund.

Irma closes part of Cherokee National Forest in Tennessee

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cherokee National Forest officials in Tennessee are closing the Ocoee and Tellico ranger districts to the public in preparation for what is now Tropical Storm Irma.

SPORTS

No. 23 Tennessee, No. 24 Florida to play as scheduled

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — After inspecting the stadium, meeting with campus and city officials, and assessing available resources, Florida decided its Southeastern Conference opener against Tennessee would be played as scheduled.

TECHNOLOGY

Apple unveils $999 iPhone X, loses 'home' button

CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — Apple has broken the $1,000 barrier with its latest, and most expensive, phone, the iPhone X.

Apple may bring facial recognition to mainstream

CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — Apple watchers say the company's new Face ID technology could help revolutionize facial recognition and bring it to the mainstream.

HEALTH CARE

Left out of health debate, Appalachian poor seek free care

WISE, Va. (AP) — They arrived at a fairground in a deep corner of Appalachia before daybreak, hundreds of people with throbbing teeth, failing eyes, wheezing lungs. They took a number, sat in the bleachers and waited in the summer heat for their name to be called so they could receive the medical help they can't get anywhere else.

AUTO INDUSTRY

US updates self-driving car guidelines

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The Trump administration is updating safety guidelines for self-driving cars in an attempt to clear barriers for automakers and tech companies who want to get test vehicles on the road.

Nissan decries incremental change, seeks dramatic jumps

YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — Aiming to get an edge on its rivals in an intensely competitive industry, Japanese automaker Nissan says it's attempting to foster a corporate culture that will produce manufacturing innovations in leaps and bounds instead of steady incremental improvement.

Electric cars dominate the buzz at Frankfurt auto show

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Carmakers at the Frankfurt auto show are unveiling the low-emissions vehicles and technology strategies they hope will let them profit from the sweeping changes expected to hit the auto industry in the next few years.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Gains for banks and retailers take stocks to record highs

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks rose to record highs Tuesday as banks kept rising and retailers climbed after some encouraging job data.

Postings of US job openings hit a record high in July

WASHINGTON (AP) — Job openings posted by U.S. employers reached an all-time high in July, suggesting that the steady hiring of the past year will endure.

American household income finally topped 1999 peak last year

WASHINGTON (AP) — The median U.S. household's income finally topped pre-recession levels last year and has reached an all-time high after years of sluggish growth.

Paper airplane, sand among 12 finalists for Toy Hall of Fame

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — No-frills toys including the paper airplane, sand and play food are among 12 finalists vying for a place in the National Toy Hall of Fame.

UK inflation surprise renews talk of interest rate increase

LONDON (AP) — Inflation in Britain spiked up to 2.9 percent in the year to August, official figures showed Tuesday, in a development that has stoked speculation the Bank of England may raise interest rates sooner than expected regardless of how the country's Brexit discussions shape up.

NATIONAL POLITICS

GOP lawmakers push balanced budget mandate in Constitution

PHOENIX (AP) — Lawmakers from 19 states are trying to develop a plan in Arizona this week for carrying out a growing, but unlikely, national effort to amend the Constitution to require a balanced U.S. budget, a long-held goal of conservatives who believe out-of-control spending is harming the nation.

Senate GOP struggles with deficit in work on budget, taxes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans are struggling with how many billions of dollars President Donald Trump's tax code overhaul will add to the deficit as they work on a GOP budget plan that's a prerequisite to any far-reaching change in the nation's tax system.

Some Dems to join Trump for dinner about tax cut

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three moderate Democrats are among a bipartisan group of lawmakers having dinner with President Donald Trump on Tuesday.

Senate GOP looking for budget deal to open way to tax redo

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pushing toward the Republicans' prime goal of tax legislation, the GOP Senate leader and members of the Budget Committee are scrambling to come up with a budget deal to clear the way for the first tax overhaul in three decades.

Republicans jumping ship amid dissatisfaction in Trump era

WASHINGTON (AP) — Veteran Republicans are bailing on Congress in growing numbers, as GOP control of Washington fails to produce the unity or legislative successes party leaders wish for. With President Donald Trump willing, if not eager, to buck fellow Republicans and even directly attack them, a number of lawmakers no longer wish to be involved.

Unhappy moderate House Republicans complicate 2018 for GOP

WASHINGTON (AP) — Veteran Republicans are bailing on Congress in growing numbers, as GOP control of Washington fails to produce the unity or legislative successes party leaders wish for. With President Donald Trump willing, if not eager, to buck fellow Republicans and even directly attack them, a number of lawmakers no longer wish to be involved.


MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 11
SPORTS

Titans can't keep up with Raiders in 26-16 opening loss

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans missed their big opportunity to show the NFL they're ready to play with the league's big boys.

MUSIC INDUSTRY

Grand Ole Opry to host memorial ceremony for Troy Gentry

NASHVILLE (AP) — A public memorial ceremony will be held Thursday at the Grand Ole Opry for Troy Gentry, a member of the popular country music duo Montgomery Gentry, who died in a helicopter crash in New Jersey on Friday.

MIDSTATE

Quorum to sell hospital to south Alabama city

GREENVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A south Alabama city has signed a deal to buy its local hospital from a Tennessee company.

STATEWIDE

Tennessee gubernatorial candidates tout support for farmers

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's gubernatorial candidates are often keen to tout their support for farmers and rural communities as they campaign around the state. But former state Sen. Mae Beavers says she can outdo any of her rivals in terms of hands-on experience.

Corker says he's unsure if he'll run again

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Sen. Bob Corker said Monday he is unsure about running for re-election, injecting fresh doubts into the GOP's efforts to tighten its hold on the Senate majority next year.

Irma causes road closures in Great Smoky Mountains park

GATLINBURG (AP) — Great Smoky Mountains National Park authorities are discouraging people from visiting as what is now Tropical Storm Irma is expected to bring inclement weather to the area.

As rest of Tennessee prospers, west sees population decline

BOLIVAR (AP) — Ignoring the din of logging trucks rolling by, Calvin Howell chews a cigar and walks the sidewalk across from the Hardeman County Courthouse, peering into the empty storefronts of a few buildings he owns.

COURTS

Environmental groups, senator challenge $225M Exxon deal

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Environmental groups and a Democratic state senator are urging a New Jersey appeals court to let them intervene in the state's $225 million settlement with Exxon Mobil.

TECHNOLOGY

Apple may test the bounds of iPhone love with a $1,000 model

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple is expected to sell its fanciest iPhone yet for $1,000, crossing into a new financial frontier that will test how much consumers are willing to pay for a device that's become an indispensable part of modern life.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US stocks set records as Irma and North Korea worries fade

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks rallied to record highs Monday as Hurricane Irma weakened without causing as much damage as many had feared, and a North Korean holiday passed without new missile launches. Financial and technology companies lead the way.

Harvey and Irma to slow US growth but rebound should follow

WASHINGTON (AP) — With businesses disrupted, fuel and chemical refineries out of commission and consumers struggling to restore their lives, Hurricanes Harvey and Irma will likely pack a tough double-whammy for the U.S. economy.

Flight cancellations mount as Irma pushes north from Florida

Big airports in Florida remained closed Monday, and flight cancellations were spreading north along the track of Tropical Storm Irma.

Nordstrom is opening concept store that has no inventory

SEATTLE (AP) — Nordstrom is opening up a store that doesn't have any inventory.

Worst-case scenario not happening and insurance sector soars

NEW YORK (AP) — Though damage from Hurricane Irma is extensive, property insurers are breathing a sigh of relief with the storm nowhere near as catastrophic as many had feared.

UK govt warns of Brexit chaos if lawmakers don't back bill

LONDON (AP) — Brexit will descend into chaos if lawmakers don't approve a bill designed to lay the legislative framework for the country's EU exit, Britain's minister for leaving the European Union has said.

Average US gas price jumps after Harvey shuts refineries

CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average price of gasoline jumped in the past two weeks after Hurricane Harvey prompted the closure of refineries.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Pope blasts climate change doubters: cites moral duty to act

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis has sharply criticized climate change doubters, saying history will judge those who failed to take the necessary decisions to curb heat-trapping emissions blamed for the warming of the Earth.

Trump outreach to Dems unsettling for GOP

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump was in the mood to celebrate after cutting a big deal with opposition Democrats.

Trump to residents in Irma's path: 'Just get out of its way'

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump urged any U.S. residents still in Hurricane Irma's path Saturday to "just get out of its way" and not worry about possessions, as he monitored the powerful storm's advance on Florida from the secluded Camp David presidential retreat.


FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8
MUSIC INDUSTRY

Country star Don Williams, 'the Gentle Giant,' dead at 78

NASHVILLE (AP) — Don Williams, an award-winning country singer with love ballads like "I Believe in You," has died. He was 78.

Montgomery Gentry singer dies in New Jersey helicopter crash

LUMBERTON, N.J. (AP) — Troy Gentry, one half of the award-winning country music duo Montgomery Gentry, died Friday in a helicopter crash just hours before a concert, according to a statement from the band's website. He was 50.

STATEWIDE

Tennessee program to award $10M in broadband grants

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee officials are now accepting applications for $10 million worth of broadband grants.

NASHVILLE AREA

Nashville, Memphis to join chase to land Amazon headquarters

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's two biggest cities are joining the chase to land Amazon's planned second headquarters.

Nashville among 41 cities bidding for World Cup matches

CHICAGO (AP) — Forty-one cities in the United States, Mexico and Canada — including Nashville — have submitted preliminary bids to host 2026 World Cup matches.

After Harvey, Tennessee city looks to buy at-risk homes

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee city hopes to acquire 90 more homes at risk of flooding.

COURTS

Judge dismisses lawsuit over treatment of Tennessee disabled

NASHVILLE (AP) — A judge on Friday dismissed a long-standing lawsuit over Tennessee's treatment of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, ending federal oversight of state programs.

REAL ESTATE

Long-term US mortgage rates fall to lowest level this year

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term US mortgage rates fell this week, led by the benchmark 30-year rate, which declined for the sixth straight week.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Jaguar Land Rover to electrify all new vehicles by 2020

LONDON (AP) — Jaguar Land Rover says all of its new vehicles will be at least partially electrified by 2020.

HEALTH CARE

Governors back bipartisan Senate bid to control health costs

WASHINGTON (AP) — A group of Republican and Democratic governors became the latest voices Thursday to endorse a bipartisan Senate drive to control health insurance costs in defiance of President Donald Trump.

Drugmaker Lilly to trim workforce by nearly 9 percent

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Eli Lilly will slash its global workforce by nearly 9 percent as the drugmaker closes some research sites and pushes to trim fixed costs.

TECHNOLOGY

Disney streaming service just got a lot bigger

NEW YORK (AP) — Disney is adding more firepower to its upcoming streaming service .

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US stocks waver again as energy companies fall

NEW YORK (AP) — Technology and energy companies skidded Friday while banks and insurers recovered some of their recent losses, leaving major U.S. indexes little changed on the day and slightly lower for the week.

Equifax breach exposes 143 million people to identity theft

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Credit monitoring company Equifax has been hit by a high-tech heist that exposed the Social Security numbers and other sensitive information about 143 million Americans. Now the unwitting victims have to worry about the threat of having their identities stolen.

Yuck or yum? Swiss offer insect burgers of mealworm larvae

GENEVA (AP) — A Swiss supermarket chain has started selling burgers and balls made from insects, a move being billed as a legal first in Europe.

AP Exclusive: Most Florida flood zone property not insured

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — As Hurricane Irma bears down on Florida, an Associated Press analysis shows a steep drop in flood insurance across the state, including the areas most endangered by what could be a devastating storm surge.

Actively managed funds catch up, a bit, to index funds

NEW YORK (AP) — At last, a bit of redemption for the stock pickers.

British government facing battle to pass key Brexit bill

LONDON (AP) — With 18 months until Britain is due to leave the European Union, the U.K. government warned lawmakers on Thursday that it would be "reckless" to oppose a key piece of Brexit legislation.

US productivity improved at ho-hum 1.5 pct. rate in spring

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. workers' productivity rose a bit more this spring than initially reported, but the gains were relatively weak and a key reason why recent economic growth has been modest.

NATIONAL POLITICS

House heads toward passage of Harvey aid bill, debt hike

WASHINGTON (AP) — Conservative grumbling aside, the House is heading toward backing a $15.3 billion disaster aid package that President Donald Trump and Democrats have linked to a temporary increase in America's borrowing authority and keeping the government funded through December.

It's a 'great thing' to deal with Democrats, Trump now says

WASHINGTON (AP) — Frustrated with his own party's leaders in Congress, President Donald Trump talked up his suddenly cozier relationship with Democrats on Thursday, raising the prospect of new deals on government spending and even posting one of his tweets at their behest.

Senate passes $15B disaster aid measure, debt limit increase

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Thursday overwhelmingly backed a $15.3 billion aid package for victims of Harvey, nearly doubling President Donald Trump's emergency request, and including a deal between Trump and Democrats to increase America's borrowing authority and fund the government.

Trump presses ahead in his dealings with Democrats

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump pressed ahead on making deals with Democrats on Thursday, acting on a request from House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi on immigration in the aftermath of his agreement with the minority party to keep the government operating and raise the nation's debt limit.

Trump nominates White House lawyer to important court seat

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has tapped one of his own White House attorneys for a judgeship on one of the most important federal appeals courts, opening the door for confirmation hearing questions about the legal controversies that dominated the first seven months of Trump's presidency.

Trump Jr. tells senators 'no collusion' with Russians

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's eldest son told a Senate committee Thursday he was open to receiving information about Hillary Clinton's "fitness, character or qualifications" in a meeting with a Russian lawyer last year.