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VOL. 41 | NO. 39 | Friday, September 29, 2017

Next door but millions of dollars apart

Williamson Co. homes dwarf Rutherford’s in size and cost. The question is, why?

Ole South Properties owner John Floyd has a simple answer for why Rutherford County and Murfreesboro homes are selling for 35 to 40 percent less than those in Williamson and Davidson counties: income.

Rutherford County positions itself for the next big score

Rutherford County and Murfreesboro officials say the community is well-positioned to land major employers that would boost wages and shift the economy from blue collar to white, even boosting home prices. But recruiting such employers is highly competitive.

SAM STOCKARD: VIEW FROM THE HILL

Haslam less clear than usual on run for US Senate

Gov. Bill Haslam usually gives an answer to every question, even if his subjects and verbs don’t agree. But when it comes to a potential run for the U.S. Senate, he stumbles.

Local Weather

Weather in Nashville, TN

EVENTS

Hope Grows Fundraising Dinner. Musical guest will be Christian artist Plumb, who will share her story and music. The annual fundraising dinner will be held at The Factory, Jamison Hall. Mike Fisher, retired captain of the Nashville Predators, will be presented with the 2017 Hope Award for his service to the community. Roy Laws Art will be live painting an inspiration piece unique to Hope Grown as the event takes place and will be auctioned at the end to the evening. Tickets: $80-$85. 6-9 p.m. Reservations: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hope-grows-2017-tickets/ Information: www.therefugecenter.org

more events »

TIM GHIANNI: STREET LEVEL

'Nashville’s Astrologer' sees changeable future

“I believe in the Zombie Apocalypse,” says the sprightly Greek psychic, who climbs from one of Liberace’s gilded chairs and begins staring down at her iPhone, purposely unaware of the direction she’s going and its barriers while stumbling blindly around the room where she conducts psychic readings.

Jen Green’s psychic prognostications and proclamations

“I want people not to be afraid of what I do. The sessions I give are different than anyone else’s,” says Nashville’s Astrologer Jen Green, before offering up a dose of what she forecasts and proclaims.

RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

Unsure if it’s mold? Get a professional opinion, just to be safe

The presence of mold in homes is as serious condition, especially the mold known as “black mold,” which is the term used for stachybotrys (pronounced stack i bot rus) chartarum.

REAL ESTATE

Top Middle Tennessee commercial transactions for August 2017

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

Long-term mortgage rates unchanged: 30-year at 3.83 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term mortgage rates were unchanged this week: The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage remained at 3.83 percent; the 15-year home loan, popular among homeowners who refinance their mortgages, stayed at 3.13 percent, mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday.

DAVID CLIMER: OUT OF LEFT FIELD

New Vols AD fixing Hart’s errors. Jones next?

What does John Currie’s decision to reinstitute the name “Lady Vols” for all women’s sports at the University of Tennessee have to do with Butch Jones? Bear with me:

DAVE LINK: UT SPORTS

Vols' shaky start exposes raw nerves as Dawgs roll in

Tennessee football coach Butch Jones had more than Georgia on his mind this week.

TERRY McCORMICK: TENNESSEE TITANS

Titans’ Jackson delivers fun in tense times

Want to add some fun to your NFL experience? I give you Titans rookie cornerback and punt returner Adoree’ Jackson, who quite honestly is just a kid having fun playing football.

Titans at Texans: What to watch

Taylor Lewan vs. J.J. Watt. Watt tormented the Titans when Jake Locker and Zach Mettenberger were under center. Last year, he was missing due to an injury.

BRIEFS

Franklin receives infrastructure loans

The state Department of Environment and Conservation has announced the recipients of low-interest construction loans for water and wastewater infrastructure improvements.

Hospitality industry job fair set for Oct. 3

Job seekers are invited to a hospitality industry job fair on Oct. 3 as the city brings together employers in the tourism and convention sectors for a hiring event.

CRITIC'S CORNER

5 arguments for, against seeing ‘Kingsman’ sequel

Have you ever seen a movie you kinda liked, but when someone asked you if they should see it, you hemmed and hawed?

GUERRILLA MARKETING

Better build your site for mobile optimization

By 2019, mobile ad spending will likely represent 72 percent of total U.S. digital spending (source: eMarketer).

CAREER CORNER

Best time to find a job is when you have one

Have you ever received a call from a headhunter or recruiter out of the blue? Sometimes, they’ll call your work phone and leave a voicemail you weren’t expecting. They’re recruiting for a new position. It’s one you haven’t heard about, but they want to speak to you.

MUSIC INDUSTRY

Radiohead, Simone and Moody Blues are Rock Hall nominees

NEW YORK (AP) — British rockers Radiohead, singer Nina Simone and The Moody Blues are among the first-time nominees on the ballot for induction next year into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

SPORTS

Titans QB Marcus Mariota's status still unclear vs. Miami

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Titans coach Mike Mularkey says quarterback Marcus Mariota's status is still unclear for their upcoming matchup with the Miami Dolphins.

STATE LEGISLATURE

State Sen. Lee Harris running for Shelby County mayor

MEMPHIS (AP) — Tennessee state Sen. Lee Harris says he is running for Shelby County mayor.

STATEWIDE

Tennessee Gov. Haslam won't run for Corker's Senate seat

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said Thursday that he won't run for the U.S. Senate seat being opened with the retirement of fellow Republican Bob Corker.

Haslam headed on Asia trade mission as Senate decision looms

NASHVILLE (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam is headed on trade mission to Asia next week to pitch companies in Japan and South Korea about investment opportunities in Tennessee.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US stock indexes peek higher in another quiet day of trading

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stock indexes peeked higher in morning trading on Thursday, and the slight gain for the Standard & Poor's 500 put the index on track for its longest winning streak in four years.

US factory orders increase 1.2 percent in August

WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders at U.S. factories increased by 1.2 percent in August, driven by strong gains in aluminum and other metals, industrial machinery and autos.

Netflix raising US prices by 10 pct for most popular plan

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Netflix is raising the price for its most popular U.S. video streaming plan by 10 percent— a move that could boost its profits but slow the subscriber growth that drives its stock price.

Jobless claims drop 12,000 to 260,000 last week

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell by 12,000 last week to 260,000, as claims returned to more normal levels following the disruptions caused by Hurricane Irma in Florida and Georgia.

AP-NORC Poll: Adult caregivers undertrained and overwhelmed

WASHINGTON (AP) — Adults in the United States who are providing long-term care for aging relatives and friends have little training for their stressful roles, but plenty of commitment, according to a poll.

Study: For-profits blamed for many student debt defaults

WASHINGTON (AP) — Students who attended for-profit colleges were twice as likely or more to default on their loans than students who attended public educational institutions, according to a federal study published Wednesday.

NATIONAL POLITICS

House GOP eyes budget passage that is key to tax debate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are focused on cutting taxes instead of deficits as they look to power a $4.1 trillion budget plan through the House on Thursday.

Trump targets Senate intel committee over Russia probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is criticizing the Senate intelligence committee over its investigation into possible collusion between Russia and associates of the Trump campaign.

Some in GOP open to banning gun accessory used in Vegas

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senior congressional Republicans say they are open to considering legislation banning "bump stocks" like the shooter in Las Vegas apparently used to make semi-automatic rifles perform more like fully automatic weapons.


WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 27
MUSIC INDUSTRY

Country star Jason Aldean cancels tour dates after shooting

Country star Jason Aldean is cancelling three upcoming tour dates after a mass shooting at a country music festival in Las Vegas out of respect for the victims and to take time to mourn.

STATEWIDE

Smokies' Chimney Tops Trail to reopen

GATLINBURG (AP) — A national park trail where a remote fire started and skipped miles to contribute to a deadly blaze in Tennessee last year is largely reopening.

TECHNOLOGY

Google unveils new phones, speakers to counter Amazon, Apple

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google on Wednesday unveiled new phones, smart speakers and other devices infused with artificial intelligence in its bid to claim the high ground against rivals Amazon and Apple.

HEALTH CARE

Ex-Obama officials begin health insurance sign-up campaign

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Obama administration officials are undertaking a private campaign to encourage people to sign up for coverage next year under the Affordable Care Act.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Senate bill to clear obstacles to self-driving cars advances

WASHINGTON (AP) — Legislation that could help usher in a new era of self-driving cars advanced in Congress on Wednesday after the bill's sponsors agreed to compromises to address some concerns of safety advocates.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Wavering stocks inch a bit further into record heights

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks inched a bit further into record territory Wednesday after teeter-tottering through the day. The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose by just a sliver, but it was enough for a seventh straight gain.

Yellen: Fed committed to easing regulations on smaller banks

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Wednesday that the Fed is committed to making sure that the regulations it imposes on the nation's community banks are not overly burdensome, noting a proposed rule issued last week to simplify requirements governing how much capital these banks must hold.

Amazon to expand in Seattle with big downtown tower

SEATTLE (AP) — Amazon has agreed to a big expansion in Seattle less than a month after the e-commerce giant announced it was looking for a second headquarters in North America.

Survey: US services sector improved at best pace in 12 years

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. services companies in September expanded at the strongest rate in dozen years as a measure for new orders climbed sharply.

Will your job be automated? 70 percent of Americans say no

WASHINGTON (AP) — Most Americans believe their jobs are safe from the spread of automation and robotics, at least during their lifetimes, and only a handful says automation has cost them a job or loss of income.

Survey: Hurricanes limit hiring in September to 135,000 jobs

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hurricanes Harvey and Irma hobbled U.S. hiring last month, with businesses adding just 135,000 jobs, the fewest in nearly a year, a private survey found.

Solar energy is fastest growing source of power

PARIS (AP) — A report shows that solar energy was the fastest-growing source of power last year, accounting for almost two-thirds of net new capacity globally.

Amazon must pay $295 million in back taxes, EU says

BRUSSELS (AP) — Amazon has to pay $295 million in back taxes to Luxembourg, the European Union ordered Wednesday, in its latest attempt to tighten the screws on multinationals it says are avoiding taxes through sweetheart deals with individual EU states.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Interior moves to delay Obama-era rule on methane emissions

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Interior Department is moving to delay an Obama-era regulation aimed at restricting harmful methane emissions from oil and gas production on federal lands.

GOP tax cut: Small biz boon or loophole for rich and Trump?

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and his Republican partners in a nearly $6 trillion tax-cutting plan insist it would benefit middle-class Americans and not the wealthy. But a key provision would slash tax rates for a special kind of business set up by owners of profitable firms, including Trump and his family.

White House adviser: Phase out Social Security number as ID

BOSTON (AP) — A cybersecurity adviser to President Donald Trump is pushing to phase out the use of Social Security numbers as a form of identification.

White House to seek $29B disaster aid package

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is finalizing a $29 billion disaster aid package that combines $16 billion to shore up the government-backed flood insurance program with almost $13 billion for hurricane victims, according to a senior administration official and congressional aides.

EPA to work in partnership with industries it regulates

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Environmental Protection Agency says his staff will now work in close partnership with industries the EPA regulates.

AP-NORC Poll: Low marks for Trump's Puerto Rico response

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans are more likely to disapprove than approve of President Donald Trump's handling of the Puerto Rico hurricane relief effort.

White House to seek $29B disaster aid package

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is finalizing a $29 billion disaster aid package that combines $16 billion to shore up the government-backed flood insurance program with almost $13 billion in new relief for hurricane victims, according to a senior administration official and top congressional aides.


TUESDAY, OCTOBER 3
STATEWIDE

Buffett makes a truck stop, buys big into the Flying J

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Warren Buffett's company is acquiring a major stake in Pilot Flying J truck stops and it will take over a majority stake within about five years from the family of Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam.

MUSIC INDUSTRY

Country star Aldean says his 'heart aches'

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Headliner Jason Aldean took to social media to speak to fans a day after a gunman opened fire during his set at a country music festival.

Tom Petty, down-to-earth rock superstar, dies at 66

Tom Petty, an old-fashioned rock superstar and everyman who drew upon the Byrds, the Beatles and other bands he worshipped as a boy and produced new classics such as "Free Fallin,' "Refugee" and "American Girl," has died. He was 66.

HEALTH CARE

House GOP proposes 5-year extension for children's health

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans are proposing a five-year extension of financing for a popular program that provides health insurance for 8.9 million low-income children.

AUTO INDUSTRY

GM sales jump 11.9%, Nissan 9.5% in strong month for automakers

DETROIT (AP) — The auto industry posted its first monthly sales gain of the year in September, led by strong truck and SUV sales and the replacement of cars destroyed by Hurricane Harvey in Texas.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Soaring airline stocks help lift Wall Street to new heights

NEW YORK (AP) — Airline and automaker stocks took off on Tuesday and helped U.S. indexes push a bit further into record territory. Trading was again quiet overall, with only modest moves for bond yields, commodities and other markets.

Gun stocks rise anew, and more people own them than know it

NEW YORK (AP) — After a gunman killed more than 50 people in Las Vegas in the nation's latest mass shooting, stocks in the gun industry followed a familiar pattern. They rose.

Retail group expects holiday sales to rise 3.6 to 4 percent

NEW YORK (AP) — A retail trade group says it expects holiday sales to at least match the 3.6 percent growth of a year ago, as job creation and improving wages should put shoppers in a mood to spend.

Cigarette makers to publish new statements on health risks

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Starting next month, major U.S. cigarette companies will publish a series of statements about the health risks of smoking.

Walmart, honing same-day delivery skills, buys NYC's Parcel

NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart is sharpening its same-day delivery skills through the acquisition of a small, New York City company.

NATIONAL POLITICS

GOP leader says NRA-backed gun bill shelved indefinitely

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republican leaders called for unity and prayer Tuesday after the deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas, but offered no new legislation to tighten gun laws and said a bill to ease regulations on gun silencers would be shelved indefinitely.

Taxpayers might face choice of property tax, home deductions

WASHINGTON (AP) — Homeowners would be forced to choose between two popular tax deductions — one for local property taxes, the other for mortgage interest — under a potential compromise that House Republicans are considering as they craft the evolving tax revamp.

Ties threatened: US orders 15 Cuban diplomats to leave

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States expelled 15 of Cuba's diplomats Tuesday to protest its failure to protect Americans from unexplained attacks in Havana, plunging diplomatic ties between the countries to levels unseen in years.

Dems push for gun safety bills; GOP legislation in limbo

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are renewing calls for gun safety legislation after the deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas, but their pleas are falling on deaf ears in the Republican-controlled Congress.


MONDAY, OCTOBER 2
MUSIC INDUSTRY

Singers describe 'war zone' at music festival shooting

Two country singers on the bill at the Route 91 Harvest Festival have described a scene of terror that felt like a "war zone" as a shooter in a Las Vegas hotel rained gunfire down on thousands of music fans.

Horror and heartbreak: Stars react to Las Vegas shooting

Country stars and celebrities took to social media to express their sadness after the mass shooting in Las Vegas at the Route 91 Harvest Festival:

'I'm going to die': High-rise gunman kills 59 in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The rapid-fire popping sounded like firecrackers at first, and many in the crowd of 22,000 country music fans didn't understand what was happening when the band stopped playing and singer Jason Aldean bolted off the stage.

Las Vegas gunman was retired and had no criminal record

MESQUITE, Nev. (AP) — Stephen Paddock lived in a tidy Nevada retirement community where the amenities include golf, tennis and bocce. He owned rental properties, held a private pilot's license and liked to travel to Las Vegas to play high-stakes video poker.

REGION

TVA appeals order to remove coal ash at plant

NASHVILLE (AP) — A federal utility is appealing a judge's order to excavate and move its coal ash at a Tennessee power plant.

NASHVILLE AREA

Mayor presents stadium financing proposal for Nashville bid

NASHVILLE (AP) — Mayor Megan Barry has proposed a $250 million stadium deal as the final piece in Nashville's bid for a Major League Soccer expansion team.

St. Bernard, St. Matthew schools earn national recognition

NASHVILLE (AP) — The U.S. Department of Education has named two schools in Tennessee as 2017 National Blue Ribbon Schools.

SPORTS

Titans QB Marcus Mariota day to day with strained hamstring

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have seen Marcus Mariota be a pretty quick healer, and that's what they're hoping for from their quarterback who's dealing with a strained hamstring.

Titans' defense dreadful as Texans roll to 57-14 win

HOUSTON (AP) — The Tennessee Titans entered Sunday's game against the Texans looking for their first win in Houston since 2012.

STATEWIDE

Tennessee city wins $1M federal grant to process rape kits

MEMPHIS (AP) — A Tennessee city will receive more than a million dollars in grant money from the U.S. Department of Justice to finish processing untested rape kits.

AUTO INDUSTRY

GM to offer 2 more electric vehicles in next 18 months

DETROIT (AP) — Even though gasoline-powered SUVs are what people are buying now, General Motors is betting that electric vehicles will be all the rage in the not-to-distant future.

Nissan recalls 1.2 million Japan vehicles for re-inspections

TOKYO (AP) — Nissan is recalling 1.2 million vehicles in Japan that were produced between October 2014 and September this year to re-inspect them because they had not gone through the proper final checks.

COURTS

Supreme Court term begins with case of workers' rights

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court opened a high-profile term Monday with a case about employees' rights that could affect an estimated 25 million workers.

Supreme Court upholds PA man's conviction over Facebook post

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is leaving in place the conviction of a Pennsylvania man who posted violent rap lyrics on Facebook that took aim at his estranged wife, an elementary school and law enforcement.

Supreme Court declines to hear Megaupload case

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is leaving in place lower court rulings against internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom and others associated with his now defunct file-sharing website Megaupload.

First Monday in October: New Supreme Court term begins

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is starting its new year, with Justice Neil Gorsuch on board for his first full term.

TECHNOLOGY

Roku cuts price on top streaming player to counter Apple TV

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Emboldened by a successful IPO, Roku is reducing the price on the next generation of its best video streaming player in an attempt to fend off competitive threats from Apple and Amazon.

Google drops "first click free," loathed by many publishers

NEW YORK (AP) — Google will try to help newspapers and other publishers boost subscriptions by ending a decade-old policy that required them to provide a limited amount of free content before people were asked to pay for it.

Facebook gives Russia-linked ads to Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facebook announced Monday that it is planning more measures to increase transparency in advertising as the company provides Congress with more than 3,000 ads linked to a Russian ad agency.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US stocks climb, led by health care companies and banks

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks set more records Monday as health care companies and banks continued to surge as investors grew more optimistic about the recovery in manufacturers.

US factory activity surges last month to highest since 2004

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. factory activity rose to the highest level in 13 years last month as hurricanes disrupted supplies but drove up demand for manufactured goods.

US construction spending rebounded 0.5 percent in August

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. construction spending rebounded 0.5 percent in August after two months of contraction, helped by strength in home building, and commercial and government construction.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Trump will skip WH event to highlight deregulation

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has set out to upend some of President Barack Obama's regulations, which the White House says circumvented Congress in the first place and cost American businesses and the economy billions of dollars.

AP-NORC poll: Americans want local leaders to fight warming

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans want their local officials to take on the challenge of battling global warming now that President Donald Trump is withdrawing the nation an international climate change agreement.


FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29
SPORTS

NFL investigating death threats against Titans tight end

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans informed the NFL about the death threats to Pro Bowl tight end Delanie Walker and his family because of the anthem protests. The league said Friday its security department is investigating.

Texans' J.J. Watt wants to personally thank Titans owner

Texans star J.J. Watt wants to thank Titans controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk before Houston's game with Tennessee for being one of the first big donors to his Hurricane Harvey relief fund.

NASHVILLE AREA

Antioch church suspect may have sought Charleston revenge

WASHINGTON (AP) — A note found in the car of a man charged with spraying deadly gunfire at a Tennessee church made reference to revenge for a white supremacist's massacre at a black church in Charleston, South Carolina, two years earlier, law enforcement officials told The Associated Press.

2 men face federal charges in vandalism at Islamic center

NASHVILLE (AP) — Two men accused of spray-painting profane references to Allah on a Tennessee Islamic center and placing bacon around an entrance are facing federal charges, authorities said Friday.

STATE LEGISLATURE

Longtime Tennessee state Rep. Steve McDaniel to retire

NASHVILLE (AP) — State Rep. Steve McDaniel, who is tied with Speaker Beth Harwell as the longest-serving members in the Tennessee House, plans to retire next year.

STATEWIDE

Haslam hit from left and right as he considers Senate bid

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam's opponents from both sides of the political spectrum aren't holding back their attacks until after he decides whether to become a candidate for the U.S. Senate.

Haslam mulls bid to succeed Corker in Senate

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said Thursday that he had been holding out hope that his friend Bob Corker would run for a third term in the U.S. Senate. But now that Corker has decided to retire from Congress, the governor said he's been thrust into the position of having to give a Senate bid serious consideration.

Long-term mortgage rates unchanged: 30-year at 3.83 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term mortgage rates were unchanged this week: The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage remained at 3.83 percent; the 15-year home loan, popular among homeowners who refinance their mortgages, stayed at 3.13 percent, mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Volkswagen promises to roll out 2 new models every year

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Volkswagen plans to offer two new U.S. models every year for the foreseeable future and double the length of its warranties as it tries to recover from a 2015 emissions-cheating scandal.

VW to take $2.9 billion charge over diesel retrofit costs

BERLIN (AP) — Volkswagen says it expects to take charges of about 2.5 billion euros ($2.9 billion) in the third quarter to cover the costs of buying back and retrofitting diesel cars in North America.

German prosecutors carry out arrest, searches in Audi probe

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German prosecutors say they have conducted further searches at two locations and had one person taken into custody in connection with their investigation into alleged manipulation of diesel emissions in Audi cars sold in the United States.

TECHNOLOGY

Ikea to buy on-demand services platform TaskRabbit

NEW YORK (AP) — Ikea is making moves so you don't have to assemble a sofa or bookcase yourself.

TV-gadget maker Roku climbs after IPO raises $219M

NEW YORK (AP) — Shares of Roku, an early player in streaming-video gadgets, soared Thursday after its initial public offering of stock raised $219 million.

COURTS

Supreme Court to hear new challenge to labor unions

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Supreme Court with a reconstituted conservative majority is taking on a new case with the potential to financially cripple Democratic-leaning labor unions that represent government workers. The justices deadlocked 4-4 in a similar case last year.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Technology firms and small companies lead US stocks higher

NEW YORK (AP) — Large technology and health care companies and smaller U.S.-focused firms rose again Friday as stocks finished the third quarter at record highs.

Business groups sue to stop rule opening them up to lawsuits

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and an array of trade groups representing banks and businesses have filed a lawsuit targeting a rule that allows people to band together to sue banks or credit card companies.

US consumer spending up weak 0.1 percent in August

WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumers barely boosted their spending in August, a sign that overall economic activity could be weaker this quarter.

Travel industry sticking with trips to Cuba from US

MIAMI (AP) — Tour companies, airlines, cruises and others in the travel industry say they will continue taking Americans to Cuba despite a dramatic safety warning issued Friday by the U.S. State Department.

AP sources: US cuts embassy staff, urges no travel to Cuba

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is warning Americans against visiting Cuba and ordering more than half of U.S. personnel to leave the island, senior officials said Friday, in a dramatic response to what they described as "specific attacks" on diplomats.

Walmart armors up for food fight with Amazon

NEW YORK (AP) — Just over a year after Walmart spent more than $3 billion for the fast-growing online retailer Jet.com, it will launch a higher-end grocery line targeting millennials as it tries to contain Amazon.com.

American Airlines CEO: We'll never lose money again

GRAPEVINE, Texas (AP) — The CEO of American Airlines says the once-volatile industry has changed so radically that his company will never lose money again.

Southwest: Disasters will cut 3Q revenue by $100 million

DALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines says hurricanes and earthquakes will cut $100 million from third-quarter revenue by causing the carrier to cancel about 5,000 flights.

Toys R Us sales woes may have been sign of what was to come

NEW YORK (AP) — Toys R Us, trying to reorganize under bankruptcy leading into the holiday season, was seeing overall sales fall and those at established locations drop even more sharply as it was heading for a Chapter 11 filing.

US economic growth revised up to 3.1 percent rate in Q2

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy grew at an upgraded annual rate of 3.1 percent in the spring, the fastest pace in more than two years. But growth is expected to slow sharply this quarter in the wake of a string of devastating hurricanes.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Report finds GOP tax plan benefits top 1 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — The new GOP tax plan delivers a big tax cut to the wealthiest Americans while some in lower tax brackets would end up paying more, according to an analysis Friday from prominent nonpartisan researchers.

New Senate GOP budget could pave way for tax rewrite

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans unveiled a budget plan Friday that lays the groundwork for their effort to overhaul the nation's tax system, the top legislative priority for President Donald Trump and the GOP.

Congress passes aviation, hurricane tax bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress has passed a bill to prevent a shutdown of federal aviation programs and provide tax relief to hurricane victims.

Twitter hands over ads from Russian TV network

WASHINGTON (AP) — The social media giant Twitter says it has provided congressional investigators with a "roundup" of ads from accounts used by Russia's state-sponsored television network, RT.

$5 trillion question for Trump tax plan: How to pay for it?

WASHINGTON (AP) — How do you pay for an estimated $5.8 trillion tax cut?