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VOL. 43 | NO. 39 | Friday, September 27, 2019

Where, when to find Nashville’s best fried chicken

The city’s finest don’t serve their bird every day. We’re here to help you plan

Nashville is a fried chicken town. Before Hot Chicken blew up across the country (thank you Prince’s for starting the ball rolling and creating hourslong lines on the weekend), there was only fried chicken. Glorious, crispy, unfancied-up fried chicken.

Fried Chicken: Methods, memories, shortcuts

Fried chicken is kind of like barbecue. Everyone has an opinion, often strongly held.

Opportunities to be heard on TennCare changes

The state is proposing big changes to TennCare, which provides health care services to 1.4 million people or roughly one in five Tennesseans.

TIM GHIANNI: STREET LEVEL

Tough to say goodbye to ‘damn nice guy’ I called Dad

The last-ever Nashville Kiwanian to fight in World War II kicked his horse in gear, or whatever you call it, rode hard, trying to save my life … no big deal for a man who helped save the whole world just a few years before.

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EVENTS

Nashville Film Festival. More than 250 films from around the world sharing diverse stories through the art of filmmaking. Various levels of passes are available. Individual film tickets: $15. Oct. 3-12. Regal Hollywood Theaters, 719 Thompson Lane. Information

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JOE ROGERS: MY TAKE

Downtown vs. neighborhood living a tossup

After more than a year of living downtown, and now entering a fourth month of life in a neighborhood, we ponder the question: Which is better?

TENNESSEE TITANS

What’s wrong with Titans' offense? NFL evaluators weigh in

Three weeks into the NFL season, the question around the Tennessee Titans has shifted from “Will Marcus Mariota earn a contract extension?” to “Will he and the offense ever find any sort of rhythm in the passing game?”

Titans have to get Mariota, run game going in Atlanta

The Titans try to get back on track in Atlanta this week after dropping two consecutive division games to the Colts and Jaguars in a span of five days. Perhaps the extra couple of days of preparation for the Falcons can help fix the ailments. It certainly couldn’t hurt. Here are our four keys for the Titans on Sunday.

Week 4 predictions

Falcons 27, Titans 17: The Titans have won when an underdog and lost as a favorite thus far in all three games this year. Unless the defense steps up and forces a couple of turnovers, or Derrick Henry runs like he did in some of the SEC Championship Games he played in in Atlanta, it could be another tough day for the Titans.

RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

Get a home inspection – even if you’re not selling

Even as we continue with our monthlong drought, the water intrusion issue continues to plague homeowners and hamper the sales of many homes. Heavy rainfall followed by days of hot, dry weather can cause the soils to move about and change the flow of stormwater. When this happens, the building foundations can be affected.

REAL ESTATE

Middle Tennessee real estate trends for August 2019

Home sales in the Nashville area across Davidson County dropped 3% with 1,624 home sales recorded for the month compared to 1,667 sales recorded in August of last year.

Top Middle Tennessee residential sales for August 2019

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

US long-term mortgage rates fall; 30-year at 3.64%

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates fell this week following a sharp rise the week before, making September the most volatile month for the key 30-year loan since March.

NEWSMAKERS

Walton elected to ACGC 2019 class of fellows

Attorney Leigh Walton of Bass, Berry & Sims has been elected as a member of the 2019 class of fellows by the American College of Governance Counsel. Walton is one of 11 individuals from the United States and Canada elected this year.

BRIEFS

Bradley wins at Life Sciences Awards

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP was named a “Firm to Watch” in the nationwide Litigation & Enforcement category at the LMG Life Sciences Awards.

PERSONAL FINANCE

Is premium economy airfare worth the money?

As coach travel gets more cramped, airlines have added “premium economy” sections that promise more space and comfort – often at a substantially higher price.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

Should you buy a used car from a rental company?

The life of a rental vehicle is a tough one: It’s driven by many people and for more miles than average. After about a year of service, the rental company will typically pull the vehicle out of the fleet and sell it as a used car.

CAREER CORNER

No, don’t reject candidates by text

Maybe I’m getting old, but in my world there’s a right way and a wrong way to use text messages. The right way is to text people you actually know.

REGION

Drought conditions worsen across 14 Southern US states

ATLANTA (AP) — Scientists say more than 45 million people across 14 Southern states are now in the midst of a drought that’s cracking farm soil, drying up ponds and raising the risk of wildfires.

MIDSTATE

Pence to headline Goodlettsville event with Gov. Lee

GOODLETTSVILLE (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence is slated to headline an event on trade in Tennessee next week alongside Gov. Bill Lee and U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue.

UT SPORTS

Tennessee AD Fulmer says he still believes in Pruitt

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt still has the support of athletic director Phillip Fulmer.

AUTO INDUSTRY

UAW rejects GM offer over pay, temporary workers

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors offered striking union members wage increases or lump-sum payments in all four years of a proposed contract, as bargainers seek a deal to end a walkout that’s in its third week.

HEALTH CARE

Trump touts support for Medicare, slams ‘Medicare for All’

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump intends to tout his support for Medicare and slam left-leaning Democrats on their “Medicare for All” plan when he visits Florida on Thursday.

Walmart to test new health care services for workers

NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart is rolling out a health care pilot program for its employees that will come up with a curated list of high quality providers but offer fewer choices than under the current plan.

MEDIA

Washington’s Newseum to close by year’s end

WASHINGTON (AP) — A museum dedicated to journalism and the First Amendment is set to close its doors near the National Mall by the end of the year.

COURTS

EU court: Facebook can be forced to remove content worldwide

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s top court ruled Thursday that member states can force Facebook to remove or block unlawful material worldwide, in a case that raises new questions over the responsibilities of tech giants.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Survey: US service sector activity sinks to a 3-year low

WASHINGTON (AP) — Growth in the U.S. services sector slowed sharply in September to the lowest level in three years, suggesting that rising uncertainty is weakening the bulk of the economy.

National Retail Federation forecasts solid holiday growth

NEW YORK (AP) — The National Retail Federation, the nation’s largest retail trade group, forecasts that holiday sales will rise between 3.8% and 4.2% even as uncertainty looms over an escalating trade war with China.

EU vows to hit back over US tariffs as businesses count cost

PARIS (AP) — The European Union warned Thursday it will retaliate against the U.S. decision to slap tariffs on a range of the bloc’s exports - from cheese to wine - that could cause job losses in Europe and price increases for Americans.

Boris Johnson tries a more conciliatory tone on Brexit

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson sought Thursday to build a coalition in the House of Commons to support his fresh Brexit approach as the exit deadline looms _ even as European leaders offered a guarded welcome to the measure.

Google to commit to White House job training initiative

WASHINGTON (AP) — Google is committing to a White House initiative designed to get private companies to expand job training for American workers.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Democratic demands test Trump’s impeachment strategy

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is rapidly confronting a decision at the core of House Democrats’ nascent impeachment inquiry: Should he comply with congressional demands and risk disclosure of embarrassing information? Or should he delay and possibly deepen his legal and political predicament?

Democrats answer Trump’s ire and name-calling with subpoenas

WASHINGTON (AP) — Agitated and angry, President Donald Trump squared off against House Democrats, packing his increasingly aggressive impeachment defense with name-calling and expletives. Quietly but just as resolutely, lawmakers expanded their inquiry, promising a broad new subpoena for documents and witnesses.

Once an obscure diplomat, Volker at center of Trump inquiry

WASHINGTON (AP) — Kurt Volker was little known outside of foreign policy circles as the special U.S. envoy to Ukraine until last week, when the whistleblower complaint against President Donald Trump recast the once obscure diplomat as a central figure in the unfolding impeachment inquiry.


WEDNESDAY, OCT. 2
MUSIC INDUSTRY

Garth Brooks to receive Gershwin Prize for Popular Song

NASHVILLE (AP) — Country music superstar Garth Brooks has more than just friends in low places. The Library of Congress said Wednesday the Grammy winner will receive the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song in March 2020.

UT SPORTS

UT LB Banks apologizes for his conduct during arrest

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee linebacker Jeremy Banks has issued an apology through the school after video was released showing him cursing and saying that “where I’m from, we shoot at cops” during his arrest last month following a traffic stop.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Tennessee Medicaid block grant push gets backlash at hearing

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's plan to become the first state to receive Medicaid funding in a lump sum drew overwhelming opposition and no praise at its first public hearing Tuesday.

COURTS

Lawsuit: Supervisor negligence led to police shooting

NASHVILLE (AP) — A lawsuit filed by a former police officer in Tennessee says negligence by his superiors led to a police shooting in which he was wounded by friendly fire and a black man was killed.

AUTO INDUSTRY

AP Source: GM offer short on earnings, temporary workers

DETROIT (AP) — A General Motors contract offer to striking union members has wage increases or lump-sum payments in all four years. But a person briefed on the offer says it was rejected because it took money from other places to fund profit sharing and didn’t give temporary workers a clear path to a full-time job.

TECHNOLOGY

Microsoft previews dual-screen Surface devices out in a year

NEW YORK (AP) — Microsoft’s new lineup of Surface computers includes two dual-screen devices that won’t be out for another year.

Google rolls out updated privacy tools for YouTube, Maps

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is rolling out more tools for users to control their privacy settings.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks drop again to worst loss in weeks on economy worries

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks tumbled again on Wednesday as worries about a weakening global economy boomeranged around the world.

WTO: US can put $7.5B in tariffs on EU goods for Airbus case

GENEVA (AP) — The World Trade Organization says the United States can impose tariffs on up to $7.5 billion worth of goods from the European Union as retaliation for illegal subsidies that the bloc gave to plane-maker Airbus — a record award from the trade body.

Small business hires drop, resume listless trend, ADP says

NEW YORK (AP) — Small business hiring fell back in September, resuming a listless trend following a one-month upswing.

Survey: Businesses added just 135,000 jobs in September

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. companies added a modest 135,000 jobs in September, a private survey found, a sign that hiring is slowing as the trade war takes a toll on the economy and employers grow cautious.

Boris Johnson: UK is offering Brexit ‘compromise’ to EU

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — The U.K. offered the European Union a proposed last-minute Brexit deal on Wednesday that it said represents a realistic compromise for both sides, as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged the bloc to hold “rapid negotiations towards a solution” after years of wrangling.

EU makes appeal to US: let's avoid another tariff war

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union made a last-ditch appeal Wednesday to U.S. President Donald Trump to avoid any tit-for-tat tariff war as the global trade governing body prepares to issue a ruling that could allow him to impose billions in duties on EU produce.

German forecasters cut 2019 growth outlook to 0.5%

BERLIN (AP) — A group of leading think tanks joined the German government and others in cutting its economic forecast for the country on Wednesday, predicting that output will expand only 0.5% this year and 1.1% in 2020.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Trump lashes out in anger as Democrats warn of legal action

WASHINGTON (AP) — Unleashing unconcealed fury about Democrats and the press, President Donald Trump railed Wednesday against the investigation into his dealings with Ukraine, hours after House Democratic leaders warned the White House to expect a subpoena for documents. Democrats accused the administration of “flagrant disregard” of previous requests and said that refusal could be considered an impeachable offense.

Trump diplomat met with adviser for targeted Ukraine firm

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s special envoy to Ukraine met last year with a top official of the same Ukrainian energy firm that paid former Vice President Joe Biden’s son to serve on its board. The meeting took place even as Trump’s private lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, was pressing Ukraine’s government to investigate the company and the Bidens’ involvement with it.

Democrats: Trump incites violence against whistleblower

WASHINGTON (AP) — Accusing President Donald Trump of “an incitement to violence,” House Democratic leaders bluntly warned Trump and his administration Wednesday not to intimidate potential witnesses in their impeachment inquiry. They said they were readying a subpoena demanding documents related to the president’s dealings with Ukraine

Democrats warn White House to expect subpoena on Ukraine

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democratic leaders warned the White House Wednesday to expect a subpoena demanding documents on President Donald Trump’s dealings with Ukraine, accusing the administration of “flagrant disregard” of previous requests and saying that refusal could be considered an impeachable offense.

Sanders has heart procedure, cancels campaign events for now

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bernie Sanders' campaign said Wednesday that the Democratic presidential candidate had a heart procedure for a blocked artery and was canceling events and appearances "until further notice."

Pompeo acknowledges he was on Trump call at center of probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo acknowledged Wednesday he was on the July phone call between President Donald Trump and Ukraine's president that's at the center of the House impeachment inquiry. But Pompeo continued to push back against what he said was Democrats' "bullying and intimidation."

Accusations over Trump probe fly between Pompeo, Democrats

WASHINGTON (AP) — Setting a defiant tone, the Trump administration resisted Congress' access to impeachment witnesses, even as House Democrats warned such efforts themselves could amount to an impeachable offense.


TUESDAY, OCT. 1
STATE GOVERNMENT

Accused Tennessee lawmaker stays mum on reelection decision

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee lawmaker accused of sexual misconduct is remaining mum on whether he will run for reelection in 2020.

COURTS

Court: FCC can dump net neutrality, but can't bar state laws

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Communications Commission could dump rules that keep internet providers from favoring some services over others, but couldn't bar states like California from enacting their own prohibitions, a federal court ruled.

Tennessee AG: Constitutional concerns for 1-county state law

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's attorney general says a new state law that only applies to one county's election recall abilities raises constitutional concerns.

HEALTH CARE

Watchdog finds DEA was 'slow to respond' to opioid epidemic

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Drug Enforcement Administration was "slow to respond" as America grappled with a rising opioid epidemic, the Justice Department's inspector general said in a report Tuesday that faulted the agency for cutting back use of a key enforcement tool and continuing to raise production quotas even as the number of deaths rose.

EDUCATION

Federal judge upholds affirmative action at Harvard

BOSTON (AP) — Harvard University does not discriminate against Asian Americans in its admissions process, a federal judge ruled Tuesday in a lawsuit that reignited a national debate over affirmative action.

REAL ESTATE

US construction spending up slight 0.1% in August

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. construction spending edged up a disappointing 0.1% in August as continued weakness in nonresidential construction offset the best gain in home building in nine months.

AUTO INDUSTRY

UAW strike could cost GM about $1 billion - and counting

DETROIT (AP) — The 16-day strike by auto workers has cost General Motors about $1 billion according to at least one estimate, while a parts shortage forced the company to close pickup truck and transmission plants in Mexico.

TECHNOLOGY

UPS gets government approval to become a drone airline

DALLAS (AP) — UPS has won government approval to operate a nationwide fleet of drones, which will let the company expand deliveries on hospital campuses and move it one step closer to making deliveries to consumers.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks sink as US manufacturing shrinks again amid trade war

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks sank to their worst loss in five weeks on Tuesday after a surprisingly limp report on the nation's manufacturing stirred worries about the economy's strength.

US detains goods from 5 countries for suspected forced labor

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is detaining clothing, gold, diamonds and other items believed to have been produced with forced labor by five companies based in Brazil, China, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Malaysia and Zimbabwe.

US manufacturing sinks to decade-low, stoking economic fear

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. factory activity hit a decade low last month in the face of President Donald Trump's trade conflicts, adding to a weakening picture of the global economy.

Schwab drops stock trading commissions as fee war escalates

NEW YORK (AP) — Charles Schwab is dropping commissions for online trading of U.S. stocks and exchange-traded funds, the latest slash in an industry battle that's drastically cut the cost of investing.

Global trade to see weakest growth since Great Recession

GENEVA (AP) — Global trade is forecast to weaken this year to the slowest pace since the depths of the Great Recession due to the U.S.-China trade war.

Moment of truth: UK set to submit Brexit deal proposals

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — After months of Brexit stalemate, Britain is finally about to play its hand, setting out Prime Minister Boris Johnson's proposals for a last-minute divorce deal with the European Union.

EU jobs chief nominee: no plan for common minimum wage

BRUSSELS (AP) — The official set to become the European Union's employment chief has no plan to create a minimum wage that would apply in every country of the 28-nation bloc.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

AP FACT CHECK: Trump wrongly blames Fed for factory woes

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is wrongly blaming the Federal Reserve for a slump in U.S. manufacturing.

Pompeo accuses Democrats of bullying in impeachment probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — Taking a defiant stance in the impeachment inquiry, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday declared that House Democrats are trying to "intimidate, bully and treat improperly" five current and former career officials in seeking information in the Ukraine investigation.

House Democrats subpoena Giuliani in Trump impeachment probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — At one end of Pennsylvania Avenue, the president raged about treason. At the other, the methodical march toward impeachment proceeded apace.

Trump sought Australia's help on Russia probe origins

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump recently asked the Australian prime minister and other foreign leaders to help Attorney General William Barr with an investigation into the origins of the Russia probe that shadowed his administration for more than two years, the Justice Department said Monday.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's fiction about whistleblower complaint

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and his GOP allies are making groundless accusations that a whistleblower complaint by a CIA officer was improperly filed because it was not based on first-hand knowledge.


MONDAY, SEPT. 30
RELIGION

Southern Baptists ready to put spotlight on sex-abuse crisis

Entangled in a multifaceted sex-abuse crisis, the Southern Baptist Convention is preparing to host a high-profile conference on the topic that has kindled skepticism even among some of the scheduled speakers.

SPORTS

California to let college athletes make money, defying NCAA

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Defying the NCAA, California's governor signed a first-in-the-nation law Monday that will let college athletes hire agents and make money from endorsements — a move that could upend amateur sports in the U.S. and trigger a legal challenge.

TENNESSEE TITANS

Mariota throws 3 first-half TD passes, Titans drop Falcons

ATLANTA (AP) — Marcus Mariota and the Tennessee Titans enjoyed a surge in confidence after returning to .500 and a share of the AFC South lead.

PREDATORS

Predators extend naming rights deal with Bridgestone

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Nashville Predators' home arena will continue to be named Bridgestone Arena through at least 2030.

UT SPORTS

Vols not saying who be starting QB against No. 3 Georgia

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt isn't saying which of his quarterbacks will earn the start Saturday when the Volunteers host No. 3 Georgia.

REAL ESTATE

Study: Tennessee housing prices rising, permits dip slightly

MURFREESBORO (AP) — A housing market report says prices keep rising across Tennessee's metro areas, while construction permits are slightly down year over year.

MIDSTATE

Fort Campbell soldiers returning after 9 months in Iraq

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) — Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division are returning to Kentucky this week after nine months in Iraq.

AUTO INDUSTRY

German court opens hearings on consumer suit against VW

BERLIN (AP) — A German court opened proceedings Monday in a landmark case in which some 470,000 consumers aim to establish a right to compensation from automaker Volkswagen for cars affected by the company's diesel emissions scandal.

ENVIRONMENT

President's windmill hatred is a worry for booming industry

BLOCK ISLAND, R.I. (AP) — The winds are blowing fair for America's wind power industry, making it one of the fastest-growing U.S. energy sources.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks climb as markets cap turbulent quarter with calm end

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks climbed on Monday and gave one last nudge to ensure the S&P 500 emerged from yet another tumultuous quarter with a modest gain.

WeWork shelves plan for IPO, tries to rebuild battered image

NEW YORK (AP) — WeWork's new leaders shelved plans to enter the stock market Monday as they sought to repair the battered image of a company that appeared to revolutionize the office-rental industry and was poised just weeks ago to go public with a valuation of nearly $50 billion.

EU trade chief nominee urges US not to launch new tariff war

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Irishman set to take over as the European Union's top trade official on Monday urged the United States not to launch an economically damaging tariff war with the bloc over subsidies to Airbus and Boeing.

China warns US investment curbs would hurt global growth

BEIJING (AP) — China warned the U.S. against trying to limit investment ties between the two countries, even as the Trump administration contradicted a report that Washington might be considering removing Chinese companies from American stock exchanges.

Forever 21 fashion chain files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

NEW YORK (AP) — Low-price fashion chain Forever 21, a once-hot destination for teen shoppers that fell victim to its own rapid expansion and changing consumer tastes, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Democrats subpoena Giuliani for Ukraine files

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats have subpoenaed President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani for documents related to his interactions with Ukrainian officials.

McConnell: Senate must take up impeachment if House approves

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday that Senate rules would require him to take up any articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump if approved by the House, swatting down talk that that the GOP-controlled chamber could dodge the matter entirely.

Trump warns of treason, civil war; GOP congressman outraged

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is warning that the Democrat-driven impeachment proceedings and any move to oust him from office amount to "treason" and would spark a civil war, prompting outrage from a Republican congressman.

US targets Russia in first step against meddling in midterms

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department on Monday took its first action in response to foreign interference in the 2018 midterm elections by placing the yacht and private planes of a Russian financier on an international sanctions list along with employees of a Russian troll farm he funded to spread false information on social media.

Bolton pessimistic on North Korea in 1st speech since ouster

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former national security adviser John Bolton gave a characteristically pessimistic outlook on the prospects for getting North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons as he made his first public appearance since he was ousted from his post by President Donald Trump.

Thornberry of Texas is latest House Republican to retire

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Texas congressman is the latest House Republican to announce he won't run for reelection.

GOP split over impeachment pushback as Democrats plow ahead

WASHINGTON (AP) — The president's lawyer insists the real story is a debunked conspiracy theory. A senior White House adviser blames the "deep state." And a Republican congressman is pointing at Joe Biden's son.

What's next as House committees launch impeachment probes

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats are planning a rapid start to their push for impeachment of President Donald Trump, with hearings and depositions starting this week.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump untruths on Ukraine, impeachment fight

WASHINGTON (AP) — A whistle blew, an impeachment inquiry swung into motion and the president at the center of it all rose defiantly to his own defense, not always in command of the facts.

GOP split over impeachment pushback as Democrats plow ahead

WASHINGTON (AP) — The president's lawyer insists the real story is a debunked conspiracy theory. A senior White House adviser blames the "deep state." And a Republican congressman is pointing at Joe Biden's son.

Sanders calls for 'income inequality' taxes on top firms

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders announced Monday an "income inequality" plan calling for steep tax increases on companies that pay CEOs far more than their workers' median salaries.


FRIDAY, SEPT. 27
MIDSTATE

Murfreesboro fire chief sues city over racial discrimination

MURFREESBORO (AP) — A former fire captain has filed a lawsuit against a Tennessee city stating he was wrongfully forced to resign and targeted because he's black.

COURTS

AG turns to TN Supreme Court in death sentence appeal

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's attorney general is asking the state Supreme Court to fast-track his office's appeal of a black inmate's commuted death sentence.

Tennessee's abortion waiting period trial goes to judge

NASHVILLE (AP) — A federal judge will have to decide which experts to believe in a trial over Tennessee's 48-hour waiting period law for abortions.

HEALTH CARE

Tennessee, Virginia hospitals file opioid lawsuit

GREENEVILLE (AP) — A group of hospitals in Tennessee and Virginia have filed a lawsuit against the manufacturers, distributors and retailers of opioid-based drugs.

BANKING

Wells Fargo appoints Scharf, Wall Street cheers

Wells Fargo named its third CEO in as many years as the bank attempts to put behind it a series of recent scandals.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Fiat Chrysler to pay $40M fine for overstating sales numbers

DETROIT (AP) — Fiat Chrysler is paying $40 million to settle with U.S. securities regulators who say the automaker misled investors by overstating its monthly sales numbers over a five-year period.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US stocks fall; S&P 500 ends with 2nd straight weekly loss

Wall Street capped a choppy week with a second straight weekly loss for the S&P 500 Friday as worries about a potential escalation in the trade war between the U.S. and China erased early gains.

US consumer spending rises just 0.1% in August

WASHINGTON (AP) — American consumers boosted their spending by just 0.1% in August, the smallest gain in six months, even as their incomes rose at a solid pace.

US durable goods orders edge up slight 0.2% in August

WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories for big-ticket manufactured goods showed a slight increase in August but a key sector that tracks business investment plans declined, likely reflecting fallout from President Donald Trump's trade wars.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

House panels subpoena documents from Pompeo

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three House committees have jointly issued a subpoena to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for documents related to the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.

Dem senator: NRA acted as Russian 'asset' in run-up to 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Rifle Association acted as a "foreign asset" for Russia in the run-up to the 2016 election, and NRA insiders provided access to the American political system to advance personal business interests, a Democratic senator charged Friday in a new report.

US ambassador pressed Ukraine corruption fight before ouster

WASHINGTON (AP) — Months before the call that set off an impeachment inquiry, many in the diplomatic community were alarmed by the Trump administration's abrupt removal of a career diplomat from her post as ambassador to Ukraine.

House rebukes Trump on border wall, but he plans veto

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic-controlled House made a second attempt Friday to overturn President Donald Trump's use of emergency powers to raid military base projects such as schools and target ranges to pay for his long-promised border fence.

Whistleblower probe tests Republicans' alliance with Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — One Republican hadn't read the whistleblower's complaint. Another called President Donald Trump's conversation with the Ukraine leader "thin gruel" for any impeachment effort. A third said the whole thing was "blown way out of proportion."

White House attorneys directed sealing of phone transcript

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House on Friday confirmed a key detail in the intelligence whistleblower's complaint alleging that President Donald Trump abused the power of his office.

Whistleblower accuses White House of Ukraine call cover-up

WASHINGTON (AP) — White House officials took extraordinary steps to "lock down" information about President Donald Trump's summertime phone call with the president of Ukraine, even moving the transcript to a secret computer system, a whistleblower alleges in a politically explosive complaint that accuses the administration of a wide-ranging cover-up.

AP Analysis: It doesn't take a crime to impeach a president

WASHINGTON (AP) — If House Democrats press ahead with impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump, their case will rest in large part on the claim that he sought a foreign government's help, with hundreds of millions of dollars in aid in the balance, to dig up dirt on a political opponent to boost his reelection campaign.

White House dusting off Mueller playbook as pressure mounts

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is dusting off its playbook from the special counsel's Russia investigation.

Iranian president: US should end 'maximum pressure' policy

NEW YORK (AP) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani urged the United States on Thursday to "cease this policy of maximum pressure" on his nation, saying it was driving the possibility of negotiations even further away.


THURSDAY, SEPT. 26
COURTS

Governor hands-off as AG moves for more executions

SMYRNA (AP) — The Tennessee governor is refraining from weighing in on the attorney general's request to schedule executions for nine death-row prisoners and restore a 10th inmate's death sentence.

AUTO INDUSTRY

GM reverses course, says strikers will keep health coverage

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors now says striking workers will get company-paid health insurance, nine days after telling the union that coverage would be cut off.

Japan welcomes US trade pact, but automakers appeal for help

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese automakers on Thursday urged the government to do more to support the industry after their government signed a trade deal with the U.S. that kept auto tariffs unchanged.

HEALTH CARE

Walmart's Sam's Club launches health care pilot to members

NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart's Sam's Club is teaming up with several health care companies to offer discounts on routine care that customers might delay or skip because of the cost.

REAL ESTATE

Pending home sales rebound in a hopeful sign for housing

WASHINGTON (AP) — More Americans signed contracts to buy homes in August, signaling that low mortgage rates may spark a sustained turnaround for the housing market.

TECHNOLOGY

Amazon offers a way to delete Alexa recordings automatically

NEW YORK (AP) — Users of Amazon's Alexa digital assistant can now request that recordings of their voice commands delete automatically.

Advocates fault Facebook over misleading posts by politicos

ATLANTA (AP) — Advocacy groups at a meeting with Facebook are criticizing the tech giant's announcement earlier this week that it won't remove newsworthy posts from politicians even if they're misleading or break the site's rules.

MEDIA

GateHouse-Gannett newspaper deal clears US antitrust review

NEW YORK (AP) — GateHouse and Gannett say their newspaper deal has cleared U.S. antitrust review. It still needs approval from European regulators and stockholders of both companies. The two say they expect the deal to close this year.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US stocks fall, bond prices rise as investors turn cautious

Stocks ended modestly lower and bond prices rose on Wall Street Thursday as investors turned cautious, shifting money into lower-risk holdings.

US economy grew at modest 2% rate in second quarter

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy grew at a modest 2% annual rate in the second quarter, a pace sharply lower than the 3%-plus growth rates seen over the past year. Many analysts believe growth will slow further in coming quarters as global weakness and rising trade tensions exert a toll.

Spokesman: China buying US soybeans, pork

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese importers have set deals to buy American soybeans and pork, the Ministry of Commerce said Thursday, as the two governments make conciliatory gestures ahead of trade talks.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Whistleblower gives Democrats a 'roadmap' for Trump probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — The explosive details of a whistleblower's complaint against President Donald Trump provided Democrats on Thursday with a roadmap for their impeachment inquiry but left Republicans straining under the most serious test yet of their alliance with the White House.

Whistleblower complaint takeaways: More than a phone call

WASHINGTON (AP) — The phone call is just a start. A whistleblower complaint about President Donald Trump's dealings with the new president of Ukraine lays out concerns about multiple actions taken by the Trump White House and its allies that suggest the president was using his office "to solicit interference from a foreign country" to boost his reelection prospects.

Whistleblower accuses White House of Ukraine call cover-up

WASHINGTON (AP) — White House officials took extraordinary steps to "lock down" information about President Donald Trump's summertime phone call with the president of Ukraine, even moving the transcript to a secret computer system, a whistleblower alleges in a politically explosive complaint that accuses the administration of a wide-ranging cover-up.

Senate confirms Eugene Scalia as Trump's new labor secretary

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-led Senate has confirmed lawyer Eugene Scalia, a son of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, as President Donald Trump's new labor secretary.

UK leader Johnson faces backlash over confrontational tone

LONDON (AP) — Angry and despairing British lawmakers accused Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday of whipping up violence and division with his charged language about opponents of Brexit, and the speaker of the House of Commons pleaded for an end to the "toxic" atmosphere.

Senate sends Trump stopgap spending bill, averting shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate passed a temporary government-wide funding bill on Thursday that staves off the risk of a government shutdown through Nov. 21.

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