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VOL. 46 | NO. 42 | Friday, October 21, 2022

Mechanic booked? Fix your own car

You can do it with a few tools, YouTube videos

Have you experienced car trouble lately? If the answer is “yes” – from a simple oil change to getting new brakes and tire rotation, from a highway breakdown to needing major repairs after an accident – then you’ve felt the brunt of the auto repair industry’s labor shortage.

Electric future: Less maintenance, fewer DIY tasks

As the auto industry steers its way toward an electric future, do-it-yourself EV repairs will become less needed and more potentially dangerous.

JOE ROGERS: MY TAKE

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EVENTS

Business Before Hours. Speaker: James Fenton, Gallatin Economic Development. Wilson Bank & Trust, Greenlea Office, 1630 Nashville Pike, Suite 100. Wednesday, 7:15-8:30 a.m. A light breakfast will be served. Fee: $10 Gallatin Chamber Members, $20 non-members. Reservations required. All proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity of Sumner County. Information

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RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

An $18M sale in a slowing market? That’s so 2022

The year 2022 will long be remembered as a time of contradiction, confusion and complete chaos in the Nashville real estate market.

REAL ESTATE

Top Davidson County commerctial sales for September 2022

Top residential real estate sales, September 2022, for Davidson County, as compiled by the Nashville Ledger.

Average long-term US mortgage rates rise this week to 6.94%

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates inched up this week ahead of another expected rate increase by the Federal Reserve when it meets early next month.

TENNESSEE TITANS

Titans release renderings of proposed new enclosed stadium

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans' proposed domed stadium would seat approximately 60,000 people and cover 1.7 million square feet under renderings released Tuesday.

Tannehill toughness shows in consecutive start streak

When Ryan Tannehill’s scheduled start Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts will mark a milestone of sorts.

Meanwhile, Willis works, waits for his chance at QB

While Ryan Tannehill has taken every meaningful snap for the Titans this season, except for some garbage time in the blowout in Buffalo, rookie Malik Willis continues to work and wait and be ready just in case.

Colts at Titans: What to watch

Here comes the rematch with the Indianapolis Colts, just three weeks after the Titans knocked them off at Lucas Oil Stadium. Tennessee has won consecutive games against the Colts. What will it take to extend that to five?

UT SPORTS

Turnaround for the ages: Vols have clear path to playoffs

From conference bottom-dweller to national title contender. Tennessee’s ascendance in the college football hierarchy has happened in a blink, or about as fast as the up-tempo offensive attack fueling the rise.

NEWSMAKERS

Judge Watkins joins Neal & Harwell

Retired Judge Monte D. Watkins has joined Neal & Harwell, PLC, as of counsel.

BRIEFS

Lewis, Whitley join Country Music Hall of Fame

Two artists who started their careers outside of country music were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame as early rock pioneer Jerry Lee Lewis and bluegrass performer-turned-country star Keith Whitley joined the ranks.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

Comfortable lead: Genesis GV60 slips past Tesla

The Tesla Model Y SUV is the bestselling electric vehicle in the U.S. and is quickly finding success overseas, as well. But with a starting price of $67,190, the Model Y leaves room for competitors to undercut it. Not surprisingly, that’s exactly what Genesis hopes to do with its all-new GV60.

PERSONAL FINANCE

Three inflation-savvy moves to make now

Inflation is proving to be a stubborn, unwanted houseguest. No one particularly likes paying more for food, fuel and other living costs. But so far, the Federal Reserve’s attempts since March to evict inflation with higher interest rates haven’t worked.

MILLENNIAL MONEY

When pinching pennies isn’t enough to get by

Scaling back streaming subscriptions is solid savings advice for some. But what if the choice you’re faced with is not whether to pay for Netflix or Hulu, but whether to pay for food or electricity?

TENNESSEE TITANS

Titans place rookie WR Kyle Philips on IR, sign Chris Conley

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's banged-up wide receiver group is getting even thinner with the Titans placing rookie Kyle Philips on injured reserve and signing Chris Conley off Kansas City's practice squad Tuesday as a replacement.

UT SPORTS

No. 5 Lady Vols targeting end of lengthy Final Four drought

Yes, Tennessee coach Kellie Harper can admit she wondered about what might have been if not for the injuries that left her roster a bit thin when it mattered most.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Oldest Tennessee lawmaker, Rep. Barbara Cooper, dies at 93

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Rep. Barbara Cooper, who served in the General Assembly for more than 25 years, has died. She was 93.

MIDSTATE

Fort Campbell managing fire that started in training area

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) — Fort Campbell staff are using controlled burn techniques to manage a fire that started in a training area last week, the post said.

COURTS

Supreme Court justices spar over court legitimacy comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court justices tend to wipe the slate clean at the start of a new term, the bruised feelings occasioned by tough cases eased by a summer break.

Meadows trying to avoid testifying in Georgia election probe

ATLANTA (AP) — Mark Meadows, former White House chief of staff, is trying to avoid having to testify before a Georgia special grand jury that's investigating whether then-President Donald Trump and his allies illegally tried to influence the state's 2020 election.

AUTO INDUSTRY

EU, US set up task force to resolve electric vehicle feud

BRUSSELS (AP) — The U.S. and the European Union have set up a task force tasked with resolving a dispute over electric vehicle batteries that the EU says would discriminate against manufacturers in the 27-nation bloc and break World Trade Organization rules.

EPA awarding nearly $1 billion to schools for electric buses

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 400 school districts spanning all 50 states and Washington, D.C., along with several tribes and U.S. territories, are receiving roughly $1 billion in grants to purchase about 2,500 "clean" school buses under a new federal program.

HEALTH CARE

Clorox recalls cleaning products that may contain bacteria

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — If you're thinking of wiping down your kitchen with that bottle of Pine-Sol all-purpose cleaner under your sink — stop. It may contain bacteria that could cause serious illness in people with compromised immune systems.

ENVIRONMENT

Saudi oil giant Aramco unveils $1.5B sustainability fund

Saudi oil and gas company Aramco unveiled a $1.5 billion fund on Wednesday for sustainable investments, part of efforts to burnish the state-owned company's green credentials in an announcement ahead of the U.N. climate conference next month in Egypt.

Kerry: US open to talks on contentious climate financing

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. climate envoy John Kerry insisted Tuesday the United States was open to seeking middle ground on a controversy that threatens to overtake an upcoming world climate summit: a growing demand from poorer countries that the United States and other richer countries pay compensation as the culprits most responsible for wrecking the Earth's climate.

MEDIA

Musk posts video of himself strolling into Twitter HQ

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Elon Musk posted video Wednesday showing him strolling into Twitter headquarters ahead of a Friday deadline to close his $44 billion deal to buy the company.

Once key, US newspaper editorial endorsements fade away

NEW YORK (AP) — Newspaper endorsements are fading away as prizes to be nabbed by political campaigns, the practice a victim of both the news industry's troubles and the era's bitter politics.

Google's ad sales slow dramatically, eroding parent's profit

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Summertime revenue growth at Google's corporate parent slipped to its slowest pace since the pandemic jarred the economy more than two years ago, with advertisers clamping down on spending and bracing for a potential recession.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Second railroad union rejects deal, adding to strike worries

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A second railroad union rejected its deal with the major U.S. freight railroads on Wednesday, reflecting workers' increasing frustration with the lack of paid sick time in the industry and adding to concerns about the possibility of a strike next month that could cripple the economy.

Stocks end mixed on Wall Street amid weak tech earnings

Stock ended mixed on Wall Street as investors weighed the latest batch of earnings reports, including weak results from several heavyweight technology companies.

Executives could forfeit some compensation under new rule

Securities regulators wants to make sure publicly traded companies recover any executive compensation that's awarded based on financial statements that are found to contain errors.

With inflation sticking around, Biden targets 'junk fees'

NEW YORK (AP) — With time running out before the election, President Joe Biden highlighted his administration's push to crack down on so-called junk fees that banks and other companies charge their customers. The announcement comes after months of high inflation has eaten away at Americans' savings and made the economy the top issue for voters.

Thai transgender activist buys Miss Universe org for $20M

BANGKOK (AP) — A Thai business tycoon and transgender activist has purchased the Miss Universe Organization for $20 million, her company announced Wednesday.

Microsoft profits down 14% as Windows hit by weak PC sales

Microsoft on Tuesday reported a 14% drop in profit for the July-September quarter compared to the same time last year, reflecting a weak market for personal computers affecting its Windows business.

Boeing posts $3.3B loss on costs tied to defense programs

Boeing reported a surprising $3.3 billion loss for the third quarter Wednesday, as revenue fell short of expectations and it took huge losses for fixed-cost government programs including new Air Force One presidential jets.

Visa posts jump in quarterly profit, increases dividend

NEW YORK (AP) — Visa Inc. said its fiscal fourth quarter profits rose by an adjusted 16% from a year earlier, helped once again by higher usage of its global namesake payment network.

UK Treasury chief delays detailing new economic plans

LONDON (AP) — U.K. Treasury Chief Jeremy Hunt on Wednesday delayed a statement on the country's economic affairs until Nov. 17, giving the new government of Prime Minister Rishi Sunak a chance to offer a reset on policies meant to stabilize Britain's finances after his predecessor's sweeping tax cuts triggered market upheaval.

Germany unveils cannabis liberalization plan, with caveats

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's health minister unveiled a plan Wednesday to decriminalize the possession of up to 30 grams (about 1 ounce) of cannabis and to allow the sale of the substance to adults for recreational purposes in a controlled market.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Herschel Walker faces abortion allegation from 2nd accuser

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A woman came forward Wednesday to accuse Herschel Walker, the anti-abortion Republican running for U.S. Senate in Georgia, of encouraging and paying for her 1993 abortion — an accusation that came just weeks after a former girlfriend said he did the same for her in 2009.

Israel's Herzog warns Biden of mounting Iran 'challenge'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Israeli President Isaac Herzog warned President Joe Biden on Wednesday of a mounting Iranian "challenge" as Tehran continues its brutal crackdown over widespread protests led by young Iranians and U.S. efforts to revive the Iran nuclear deal flounder.

US imposes more Iranian sanctions over Mahsa Amini's death

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States on Wednesday imposed new sanctions on members of Iran's intelligence agency, leaders of Iran's Revolutionary Guard, prison wardens and others, acting 40 days since 22-year-old Mahsa Amini died while being held by the morality police.

Herzog invited to address Congress as Israel turns 75

WASHINGTON (AP) — Israeli President Isaac Herzog has been invited to address a joint meeting of Congress as Israel prepares to celebrate the 75th anniversary of its founding, which congressional leaders called a "historic and joyous milestone."

Dodge, deny or fib: Candidates stay vague on 2024 plans

WASHINGTON (AP) — They dodge. They hedge. And, yes, they sometimes even fib — or at least flip-flop.

UKRAINE

Russia fires rockets at Ukraine, renews 'dirty bomb' claims

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia targeted more than 40 villages around Ukraine over the past day, Ukrainian officials said Wednesday, killing at least two people and sustaining the terror that forces people into air raid shelters each night.

Brutal Russian general led troops that killed civilians

ZDVYZHIVKA, Ukraine (AP) — Even by the standards of the important military officers who came and went in this tiny village, the man walking behind the Kamaz truck stood out.

Kremlin: Putin monitors drills of Russia's nuclear forces

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday monitored drills of the country's strategic nuclear forces involving multiple practice launches of ballistic and cruise missiles in a show of force amid the heightened tensions with the West over the conflict in Ukraine.


TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25
MUSIC INDUSTRY

CMA Awards to open with a tribute to the late Loretta Lynn

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Country Music Association Awards will open this year's show with a tribute to the late country queen Loretta Lynn, who died this month at the age of 90.

STATEWIDE

COVID-related eligibility remains for Tennessee mail voting

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's eligibility to vote by mail still includes people who are more susceptible to COVID-19, their caretakers and their housemates — a specification that emerged during a prolonged 2020 court battle.

EAST TENNESSEE

Man injured in Smoky Mountains when bear gets into cabin

GATLINBURG (AP) — A man was injured when a black bear went into his cabin in the Smoky Mountains and charged at him, officials said.

Russian court hears appeal by Griner against 9-year sentence

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian court on Tuesday started hearing American basketball star Brittney Griner's appeal against her nine-year prison sentence for drug possession.

WEST TENNESSEE

Tennessee man violently arrested claims racial profiling

SOMERVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee man whose violent arrest for alleged traffic violations is under investigation by state police said Monday that he was stopped because he was a young Black man driving a nice car.

COURTS

More questioning sought of Trump aide in Mar-a-Lago probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is seeking to again question an associate of Donald Trump who was seen on security camera footage moving boxes of classified records at the former president's Florida estate, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Chinese officers charged in plot to obstruct US Huawei probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two suspected Chinese intelligence officers have been charged with attempting to obstruct a U.S. criminal investigation of Chinese tech giant Huawei by offering bribes to someone they thought could provide inside information, the Justice Department said.

HEALTH CARE

Sleep apnea device recall drags on, stoking anger from users

WASHINGTON (AP) — A massive recall of millions of sleep apnea machines has stoked anger and frustration among patients, and U.S. officials are weighing unprecedented legal action to speed a replacement effort that is set to drag into next year.

Biden to get updated COVID-19 booster shot, promote vaccine

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden was scheduled to get his updated COVID-19 booster shot on Tuesday and urge the public to get theirs to ensure a healthy holiday season.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Hyundai breaks ground on $5.5B electric car plant in Georgia

ELLABELL, Ga. (AP) — A robotic dog delivered a champagne toast and Georgia's governor and junior U.S. senator shared a brief bipartisan celebration ahead of high-stakes elections as Hyundai Motor Group broke ground Tuesday on its first U.S. plant dedicated to making electric vehicles.

GM sidesteps economic headwinds; Q3 profit jumps nearly 37%

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors' third-quarter net profit rose 36.6% as vehicle sales began to rebound from persistent supply chain troubles.

ENERGY

EU ministers delay for a month decision on more energy unity

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union nations on Tuesday gave themselves yet another month to overcome deep differences on groundbreaking measures to shield their citizens from the energy crisis. Such initiatives are also necessary for the bloc to maintain a united front during Russia's war in Ukraine.

ENVIRONMENT

Most in US want more action on climate change: AP-NORC poll

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly two-thirds of Americans think the federal government is not doing enough to fight climate change, according to a new poll that shows limited public awareness about a sweeping new law that commits the U.S. to its largest ever investment to combat global warming.

TECHNOLOGY

Drizly agrees to tighten data security after alleged breach

WASHINGTON (AP) — Alcohol delivery app Drizly has agreed to tighten its data security and limit data collection to resolve federal regulators' allegations that its security failures exposed the personal information of some 2.5 million customers.

BANKING

Record number of Americans have bank accounts, gov't says

NEW YORK (AP) — The number of Americans who do not have a bank account fell to a record low last year, as the proliferation of online-only banks and an improving economy is bringing more Americans into the traditional financial system.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks end higher on Wall Street as earnings roll in

Stocks closed higher on Wall Street, marking the third straight gain for the S&P 500.

Adidas ends partnership with Ye over antisemitic remarks

LONDON (AP) — Adidas has ended its partnership with the rapper formerly known as Kanye West over his offensive and antisemitic remarks, the latest company to cut ties with Ye and a decision that the German sportwear company said would hit its bottom line.

American consumer confidence takes a hit in October

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer confidence waned this month as concerns about inflation took hold after receding somewhat in recent months.

German business confidence stuck at lowest since May 2020

BERLIN (AP) — German business confidence is stuck at its lowest level in more than two years as energy worries fuel expectations of a difficult winter, a closely watched survey showed Tuesday.

Coke ups sales outlook after higher prices boost Q3 revenue

Coca-Cola booked stronger-than-expected sales in the third quarter as it hiked prices around the world.

Tentative deal would boost pay for 8,000 Southwest workers

DALLAS (AP) — More than 8,000 customer-service workers at Southwest Airlines would get raises of 16% to 25% over four years under a tentative contract, a sign of cost pressures facing airlines in a tight labor market.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Progressives retract Ukraine letter to Biden after uproar

WASHINGTON (AP) — A group of progressive Democrats in Congress said Tuesday it had retracted a letter to the White House urging President Joe Biden to engage in direct diplomatic talks with Russia after it triggered an uproar among Democrats and raised questions about the strength of the party's support for Ukraine.

Jan. 6 panel interviews former Trump aide Hope Hicks

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Jan. 6 committee is interviewing Hope Hicks, a longtime aide to former President Donald Trump, according to a person familiar with the meeting.

Walker's chicken firm tied to benefits from unpaid labor

ATLANTA (AP) — Herschel Walker campaigns for the U.S. Senate as a champion of free enterprise and advocate for the mentally ill, felons and others at the margins of society. And the Georgia Republican has called for policies that blend those priorities.

Biden targets Nicaragua's gold in new move against Ortega

MIAMI (AP) — The Biden administration is ratcheting up pressure on President Daniel Ortega's authoritarian rule in Nicaragua, threatening a ban on Americans from doing business in the nation's gold industry, raising the possibility of trade restrictions and stripping the U.S. visas of some 500 government insiders.

UKRAINE

German president visits Kyiv as West mulls rebuilding plan

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Germany's president arrived in Kyiv on Tuesday for his first visit to Ukraine since the start of Russia's invasion, as Western countries mulled a massive plan for Ukrainian rebuilding when the war eventually ends.

Ukraine nuclear agency thickens plot over alleged dirty bomb

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's nuclear energy operator said Tuesday that Russian forces were performing secret work at Europe's largest nuclear power plant, activity that could shed light on Russia's claims that Kyiv's forces are preparing a "provocation" involving a radioactive device.


MONDAY, OCTOBER 24
TENNESSEE TITANS

Vrabel: Tannehill's injured ankle 'good' day after win

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee coach Mike Vrabel says that quarterback Ryan Tannehill is doing "good" and progressing a day after leaving the stadium with a fourth straight victory and his right foot in a walking boot.

Titans sweep Colts for 2nd straight season with 19-10 win

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans are so banged up that even quarterback Ryan Tannehill now is in a walking boot.

UT SPORTS

No. 3 Tennessee revival has Vol faithful believing like 1998

KNOXVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Volunteers are proving just how quickly a traditional powerhouse can rebound despite seeming lost for well over a decade.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Ousted Tennessee ex-lawmaker Durham arrested on DUI charge in crash

NASHVILLE,  (AP) — A former Tennessee lawmaker who was expelled from his seat in 2016 is facing charges for a downtown Nashville car crash of driving under the influence, possessing drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest.

Tennessee emergency agency director named to national post

NASHVILLE (AP) — The head of the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency has been named to a national post.

COURTS

Trump company set for criminal trial in off-books pay scheme

NEW YORK (AP) — More than three years after Manhattan prosecutors started investigating Donald Trump — after going to the Supreme Court twice to gain access to his tax records — the only criminal trial to arise from their efforts is about to begin.

Man who stormed Capitol with dad gets 2 years in prison

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Delaware man who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, with his Confederate flag-toting father was sentenced on Monday to two years behind bars.

Thomas temporarily blocks Graham testimony in Georgia

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas on Monday temporarily blocked Sen. Lindsey Graham's testimony to a special grand jury investigating whether then-President Donald Trump and others illegally tried to influence the 2020 election in the state.

Jan. 6 trial delayed after Oath Keepers' leader gets COVID

WASHINGTON (AP) — The trial of a far-right extremist group leader and four associates charged in the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol was delayed on Monday after the Oath Keepers leader tested positive for the coronavirus.

Judge rules for California baker over same-sex wedding cake

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — A California judge has ruled in favor of a bakery owner who refused to make wedding cakes for a same-sex couple because it violated her Christian beliefs.

EDUCATION

Test scores show historic COVID setbacks for kids across US

WASHINGTON (AP) — The COVID-19 pandemic spared no state or region as it caused historic learning setbacks for America's children, erasing decades of academic progress and widening racial disparities, according to results of a national test that provide the sharpest look yet at the scale of the crisis.

BANKING

Credit Suisse to pay $234M to settle French tax fraud case

PARIS (AP) — French prosecutors said Monday that Credit Suisse has agreed to pay 238 million euros ($234 million) to settle tax fraud allegations, the latest blow for the embattled Swiss bank.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US stocks march higher ahead of tech-heavy earnings week

Stocks shook off an early bout of unsettled trading and ended higher ahead of a heavy week of earnings from big tech companies.

China's exports weaken in September, imports up 0.3%

BEIJING (AP) — China's export growth weakened in September as global consumer demand cooled while imports rebounded from a contraction after Chinese economic growth improved.

Myanmar downplays blacklisting by money laundering watchdog

BANGKOK (AP) — Myanmar's central bank has promised improvements and warned against currency manipulation after an international watchdog put the military-controlled country on a terrorism and financial crimes blacklist.

ELECTION 2022

Control of Congress: What's at play in the 2022 midterms?

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats have held both chambers of Congress and the presidency for the last two years, but they may not have such consolidated power for much longer.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Biden's midterm 'closing argument': Look at the alternative

WASHINGTON (AP) — With Republicans increasingly confident about victory in this year's midterm elections, President Joe Biden dismissed the polls in a speech at Democratic Party headquarters Monday, saying there's still time for "one more shift" that will help his party.

Rishi Sunak, UK's next PM, faces major economic problems

LONDON (AP) — Former Treasury chief Rishi Sunak is set to become Britain's first prime minister of color after being chosen Monday to lead a governing Conservative Party desperate for a safe pair of hands to guide the country through economic and political turbulence.

Cheney: 1/6 panel won't let Trump turn testimony into circus

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House committee investigating the Capitol riot won't give Donald Trump the chance to turn a possible live TV appearance of his subpoenaed testimony into a "circus" and "food fight" as lawmakers try to ensure he complies with their demands, the panel's vice chair said Sunday.

One hug and one selfie at a time, Biden's mission to connect

WASHINGTON (AP) — One handshake, one hug and one selfie at a time. If President Joe Biden could greet every American this way, longtime allies say, his approval ratings would soar.

UKRAINE

Macron: Ukraine to decide time, terms of peace with Russia

ROME (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron said Sunday it's up to Ukraine to decide the time and terms of peace with Russia, and he cautioned that the end of war "can't be the consecration of the law of the strongest."

9 months into war, Ukraine claims success in downing drones

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian authorities on Monday tried to dampen public fears over Russia's use of Iranian-built drones on its neighbor by claiming increasing success in shooting down the small aircraft, while talk of a "dirty bomb" attack has added another worrying dimension to the conflict that's entering it's ninth month.


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21
NASHVILLE PREDATORS

Blue Jackets score 4 goals in 3rd period, beat Predators 5-3

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Nick Blankenburg scored the go-ahead goal with 1:23 left in the game as the Columbus Blue Jackets rallied from a two-goal deficit and scored four times in the third period for a 5-3 win over the Nashville Predators on Thursday night.

UT SPORTS

No. 3 Tennessee Vols insist they're focused on UT Martin

KNOXVILLE (AP) — New goalposts are in place and ready for kickoff Saturday at Neyland Stadium. The third-ranked Tennessee Volunteers also insist they know the party is over and they are focused on what's next.

COURTS

Bannon gets 4 months behind bars for defying 1/6 subpoena

WASHINGTON (AP) — Steve Bannon, a longtime ally of former President Donald Trump, was sentenced Friday to serve four months behind bars after defying a subpoena from the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

Capitol rioter gets prison for attacks on journalist, police

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Pennsylvania man was sentenced on Friday to nearly three years in prison for assaulting an Associated Press photographer and attacking police officers with a stun gun during the U.S. Capitol riot.

DC real estate firms to pay $10M for housing discrimination

WASHINGTON (AP) — A trio of real estate companies will pay $10 million for illegally discriminating against renters using government housing vouchers in the nation's capital, in what Washington Attorney General Karl Racine said was the largest civil penalty in U.S. history for a housing discrimination case.

Justice Barrett rejects appeal over Biden student debt plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett on Thursday rejected an appeal from a Wisconsin taxpayers group seeking to stop the Biden administration's student debt cancellation program.

Appeals court: Graham must testify in Georgia election probe

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham must testify before a special grand jury investigating whether then-President Donald Trump and others illegally tried to influence the 2020 election in Georgia, a federal appeals court said Thursday.

ELECTION 2022

Social media platforms brace for midterm elections mayhem

A Facebook search for the words "election fraud" first delivers an article claiming that workers at a Pennsylvania children's museum are brainwashing children so they'll accept stolen elections.

PERSONAL FINANCE

IRS raises contribution limits for retirement savings plans

Americans will be allowed to contribute more of their money to 401(k) and similar retirement saving plans next year.

EDUCATION

Online school put US kids behind. Some adults have regrets.

BOSTON (AP) — Vivian Kargbo thought her daughter's Boston school district was doing the right thing when officials kept classrooms closed for most students for more than a year.

HEALTH CARE

Failing nursing homes to face tougher penalties

WASHINGTON (AP) — The worst-of-the-worst nursing homes will face tougher penalties if conditions don't improve at their facilities, the Biden administration announced Friday.

Pfizer says COVID-19 vaccine will cost $110-$130 per dose

Pfizer will charge $110 to $130 for a dose of its COVID-19 vaccine once the U.S. government stops buying the shots, but the drugmaker says it expects many people will continue receiving it for free.

MEDIA

Social media stocks slip amid Musk, Snap news

Shares of social media companies are tumbling before the market open on Friday after a slew of news in the sector that concerned investors, including a report that Elon Musk may cut almost 75% of Twitter's workforce and Snap's muted fourth-quarter outlook.

Report: Elon Musk plans to cut 75% of Twitter workforce

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Elon Musk plans to lay off most of Twitter's workforce if and when he becomes owner of the social media company, according to a report Thursday by The Washington Post.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks end higher on Wall Street, notching weekly gains

Stocks closed higher on Wall Street Friday, notching sizable weekly gains for major indexes.

AmEx profits up 3%, but still sets cash aside for downturn

NEW YORK (AP) — American Express profits rose a modest 3% in the third quarter despite a significant rise in spending by cardmembers.

Post-election rally unlikely amid Fed rate outlook

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Midterm elections have historically been good for stock investors.

Railroads reject sick time demands, raising chance of strike

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The major freight railroads appear unwilling to give track maintenance workers much more than they received in the initial contract they rejected last week, increasing the chances of a strike.

CSX 3Q profit up 15% as railroad hauls 2% more freight

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — CSX Corp. delivered 15% more profit in the third quarter as it handled 2% more freight and worked to eliminate the delays shippers have been complaining about for months.

Amazon shuts online store fabric.com in cost-cutting move

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is shutting down a subsidiary that's been selling fabrics for nearly 30 years, the latest move by the online retail giant to cut costs.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Jan. 6 panel issues subpoena to Trump, demanding he testify

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol formally issued its extraordinary subpoena o Donald Trump on Friday, demanding testimony from the former president who lawmakers say "personally orchestrated" a multi-part effort to overturn the results of the 2020 election.

Biden: Democrats will do 'just fine' over 'mega-MAGA' GOP

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Friday predicted that the momentum will shift back to Democrats in the final days of the midterm elections and that the party would do "just fine," as GOP candidates have tightened or pulled ahead in key races that will determine control of Congress with less than three weeks until polls close on Nov. 8.

Deficit figures set up competing visions from Biden and GOP

This fiscal year's budget deficit shrunk in half from last year, but the red ink soared on a monthly basis in September largely because of President Joe Biden's plans to forgive student debt, as three decades' worth of costs were compressed into a single month.

Britain's political turmoil shatters its pragmatic image

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — When the United Kingdom walked out of the European Union two years ago, Brexit supporters believed British pragmatism and common sense would not only see them through but also allow their country to flourish as it stood alone.

Boris Johnson, ousted by scandal, eyes comeback as UK leader

LONDON (AP) — Former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson -- ousted by ethics scandals just three months ago -- jockeyed to make a comeback Friday as one of several contenders seeking to replace Liz Truss, whose rapid downfall threw the country's leadership into disarray at a time of severe economic challenges.

UKRAINE

General who led Syrian bombing is new face of Russian war

The general carrying out President Vladimir Putin's new military strategy in Ukraine has a reputation for brutality — for bombing civilians in Russia's campaign in Syria. He also played a role in the deaths of three protesters in Moscow during the failed coup against Mikhail Gorbachev in 1991 that hastened the demise of the Soviet Union.

Russian, Ukrainian troops gird for major battle in Kherson

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian and Ukrainian troops appeared Thursday to be girding for a major battle over the strategic southern industrial port city of Kherson, in a region which Russian President Vladimir Putin has illegally annexed and subjected to martial law.


THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20
UT SPORTS

Barnes, Tennessee shooting for more than SEC tourney title

Tennessee finally ended a decades-long drought last season. Coach Rick Barnes just might have a better team this time around trying to do something that the Volunteers have never managed.

VANDERBILT SPORTS

Stackhouse eager to build on 1st winning season at Vandy

NASHVILLE (AP) — Scotty Pippen Jr. finally left Vanderbilt for the NBA. Going into his fourth season, coach Jerry Stackhouse has a roster that should keep the Commodores from missing the Southeastern Conference's top scorer.

ELECTION 2022

Slavery is on the ballot for voters in 5 US states

NASHVILLE (AP) — More than 150 years after slaves were freed in the U.S., voters in five states will soon decide whether to close loopholes that led to the proliferation of a different form of slavery — forced labor by people convicted of certain crimes.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Codefendant in Tennessee campaign fraud case pleads guilty

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Nashville social club owner on Wednesday pleaded guilty to a campaign finance scheme that also involves a Tennessee state senator's failed 2016 congressional campaign.

COURTS

Judge: Trump knew vote fraud claims in legal docs were false

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Donald Trump signed legal documents challenging the results of the 2020 election that included voter fraud claims he knew to be false, a federal judge said in a ruling Wednesday.

US busts network providing technology to Russian military

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Wednesday announced a round of criminal charges and sanctions related to a complicated scheme to procure military technologies from U.S. manufacturers and illegally supply them to Russia for its war in Ukraine.

Georgia man arrested for gun possession on Capitol grounds

WASHINGTON (AP) — Police at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday arrested a Georgia man who they say had several guns in his van and claimed to be in Washington to deliver documents to the Supreme Court.

REAL ESTATE

US home sales fell in September for eighth straight month

Sales of previously occupied U.S. homes fell in September for the eighth month in a row, matching the pre-pandemic sales pace from 10 years ago, as house hunters grappled with sharply higher mortgage rates, rising home prices and a still tight supply of properties on the market.

HEALTH CARE

COVID-19 linked to increase in US pregnancy-related deaths

WASHINGTON (AP) — COVID-19 drove a dramatic increase in the number of women who died from pregnancy or childbirth complications in the U.S. last year, a crisis that has disproportionately claimed Black and Hispanic women as victims, according to a government report released Wednesday.

ENERGY

US heating worries mount amid growing costs, uncertainty

JAY, Maine (AP) — Across the U.S., families are looking to the winter with dread as energy costs soar and fuel supplies tighten.

Spain, Portugal eased energy prices. Can they teach the EU?

MADRID (AP) — Households and businesses across Europe have struggled with high electricity prices for months, though they have fallen since late August peaks.

Nigerian firm says it can't ship natural gas after flooding

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — A major Nigerian energy company says it cannot deliver natural gas as promised in its contracts after deadly flooding hindered its operations, raising concerns about whether Africa's largest economy can meet increased local and international demands during an energy crisis provoked by Russia's war in Ukraine.

German leader warns against 'worldwide renaissance' for coal

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said Thursday that Russia's war in Ukraine mustn't lead to a "worldwide renaissance" for coal — comments that come as Germany itself brings coal-fired power plants back online in an effort to prevent an energy crunch this winter.

ENVIRONMENT

EPA: UPS to pay fine, correct hazardous waste violations

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency has reached a settlement with United Parcel Service to resolve violations of hazardous waste regulations at more than 1,100 facilities across 45 states and Puerto Rico, the agency said Wednesday.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks give up an early gain and close lower on Wall Street

Stocks gave up an early gain and closed lower on Wall Street as markets continue an unsteady search for direction.

Fewer Americans apply for jobless benefits last week

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell last week and remains historically low even as the U.S. economy slows in the midst of decades-high inflation.

American Airlines posts $483 million profit for late summer

DALLAS (AP) — The three biggest U.S. airlines enjoyed a boffo summer, reaping a combined profit of more than $2 billion as Americans jammed on to planes despite fares that were sharply higher than a year ago.

Nokia sees improved 3Q profit, sales on strong demand for 5G

HELSINKI (AP) — Wireless and fixed-network equipment maker Nokia reported substantially improved third-quarter profits and higher sales Thursday on the back of strong demand for 5G technology from operators.

Pacific Rim finance leaders mull ways to curb inflation

BANGKOK (AP) — Finance ministers of major Pacific Rim economies pledged Thursday to combat inflation and target spending to support sustainable growth at a meeting in Bangkok ahead of a summit next month.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Pentagon to provide funds, help for troops seeking abortions

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon will provide travel funds and support for troops and their dependents who seek abortions but are based in states where they are now illegal, according to a new department policy released Thursday. The military will also increase privacy protections for those seeking care.

Truss quits, but UK's political and economic turmoil persist

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Liz Truss quit Thursday after a tumultuous and historically brief term marred by economic policies that roiled financial markets and a rebellion in her political party that obliterated her authority.

Sunak, Mordaunt, Johnson? Contenders who could replace Truss

LONDON (AP) — Liz Truss' resignation as British Prime Minister on Thursday triggered another leadership race — the second in just four months — for the U.K.'s fractured and demoralized Conservative Party.

Liz Truss promised UK a shakeup — but was forced out instead

LONDON (AP) — Liz Truss became prime minister on a promise to open a new era of growth by shaking up Britain's economy. But the tumult that resulted was not exactly what she had in mind: Markets recoiled, the pound currency dived, her party revolted — and, in the end, she announced her resignation just 45 days after taking office.

Biden seeks symbol of rebuilding at Pittsburgh bridge

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Fern Hollow Bridge in Pittsburgh became a symbol of the country's troubled infrastructure, collapsing into a ravine earlier this year just before President Joe Biden visited the city.

UKRAINE

US: Iranian troops in Crimea backing Russian drone strikes

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House said Thursday the U.S. has evidence that Iranian troops are "directly engaged on the ground" in Crimea supporting Russian drone attacks on Ukraine's infrastructure and civilian population.

Russia seeks to regain ground, hits Ukraine's power plants

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian troops fought Thursday to regain lost ground in areas of Ukraine that President Vladimir Putin has illegally annexed while Moscow tried to pound the invaded country into submission with more missile and drone attacks on the country's critical infrastructure.

Ukraine accuses Iran of violating UN ban on drone transfers

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Ukraine accused Iran of violating a U.N. Security Council ban on the transfer of drones capable of flying 300 kilometers and invited U.N. experts to inspect what it said were Iranian-origin drones being used by Russia against civilian targets. Russia and Iran denied Wednesday the drones are Iranian.

Putin adds martial law in Ukraine regions, limits in Russia

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin doubled down Wednesday on his faltering invasion of Ukraine with a declaration of martial law in four illegally annexed regions and preparations within Russia for draconian new restrictions and crackdowns.

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