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VOL. 44 | NO. 48 | Friday, November 27, 2020

Carrying grandma’s legacy to new height

Word walks familiar path with purchase of 4 markets

North Nashville has always held a special place in Jason Word’s heart, and now his journey truly has come full circle. Word, 49, the new owner of Nashville’s four Save A Lot discount grocery stores, recalls many good times in the Brooklyn Heights area – between Trinity Lane and the Cumberland River – where his late grandmother, Ethel Watkins, ran the family grocery store, Watkins and Sons, following the death of her husband.

RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

Baseball spurs million-plus rally in old Germantown

In 2013, when Mayor Karl Dean announced plans to build the Nashville Sounds a new ballpark, it surprised many when he proposed the new facility to be constructed at the site of Sulphur Dell, the old Nashville Vols park, in Germantown.

REAL ESTATE

US mortgage rates stay at record low 2.72% for 30 years

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates remained at record lows this week as the coronavirus pandemic continues to threaten the economy.

Local Weather
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EVENTS

Downtown Connect: Spotlight on Affordable Housing. Downtown Nashville’s population has grown 122% since 2012, adding more than 7,600 residents. Affordable and workforce housing comprise 5% of the rental market. Join meeting for a discussion on affordable housing. Thursday, 10-11 a.m. Information

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NEWSMAKERS

MP&F promotes five to senior leadership roles

MP&F Strategic Communications has promoted five members of its senior leadership team.

TENNESSEE TITANS

Titans seem at their best in worst of times

What doesn’t kill the Titans seems to make them stronger. Given up for done, the Titans somehow seem to save their most improbable performances for when its least expected.

Colts once again stand in way of playoff goals

If the Titans want to win the AFC South and guarantee themselves at least one home playoff game, they probably must win this week at 7-3 Indianapolis.

BRIEFS

Mainland launches New Heights District

Nashville-based The Mainland Companies, LLC, working in partnership with Chicago-based Speedwagon Capital Partners, is creating New Heights District, an urban, mixed-use opportunity zone business district on the south side of downtown Nashville.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

Your first new car? Consider these picks

While most people start learning how to drive with a hand-me-down car from parents or relatives, there comes a time when they want to get their first new car. With hundreds of models to choose from, narrowing the list to just one can seem overwhelming.

CAREER CORNER

Yes, work 2020 stinks but we still can be thankful

This week, we will celebrate Thanksgiving. Normally, it’s an opportunity to gather together with loved ones, eat way too much good food and watch a little football.

MILLENNIAL MONEY

Conquer Black Friday from the comfort of your couch

‘Twas days before Black Friday when all around the country, shoppers were gearing up for a day full of shopping.

BUSINESS BOOK REVIEW

‘Unconscious Bias’ offers fresh approach to hiring

Whom should you hire? That’s a question you ask yourself often, and you strive to be fair with it by hiring the best person for the job, no matter what.

TENNESSEE TITANS

Titans' receiving duo of Brown, Davis balancing out Henry

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans are clicking at a pretty high level offensively, and a lot of the credit goes to Derrick Henry.

COURTS

Justices order review of California virus rules for churches

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Thursday ordered a lower federal court to reexamine California restrictions on indoor religious services in areas hard hit by the coronavirus in light of the justices'  recent ruling in favor of churches and synagogues in New York.

Ivanka Trump deposed as part of inauguration fund lawsuit

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ivanka Trump has been deposed by attorneys alleging that President Donald Trump's 2017 inauguration committee misused donor funds, a new court filing reveals.

Police: Murfreesboro Wendy's manager bit teen worker's shoulder

MURFREESBORO (AP) — A 53-year-old manager at a Tennessee fast food restaurant was charged with simple assault after police said he admitted to biting a teenage worker on the shoulder while on the job.

TRANSPORTATION

Waiting for passengers, American puts Boeing Max in the air

DALLAS (AP) — American Airlines is taking its long-grounded Boeing 737 Max jets out of storage, updating key flight-control software, and flying the planes in preparation for the first flights with paying passengers later this month.

VIRUS OUTBREAK

US virus deaths top 3,100 in a single day for the first time

The U.S. recorded over 3,100 COVID-19 deaths in a single day, obliterating the record set last spring, while the number of Americans hospitalized with the virus has eclipsed 100,000 for the first time and new cases has begun topping 200,000 a day, according to figures released Thursday.

Phishing ploy targets COVID-19 vaccine distribution effort

BOSTON (AP) — IBM security researchers say they have detected a cyberespionage effort using targeted phishing emails to try to collect vital information on the World Health Organization's initiative for distributing COVID-19 vaccine to developing countries.

China testing blunders stemmed from secret deals with firms

WUHAN, China (AP) — In the early days in Wuhan, the first city struck by the virus, getting a COVID test was so difficult that residents compared it to winning the lottery.

Official: Africa needs COVID-19 vaccine for 60% in 2-3 years

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Africa's top public health official says 60% of the continent's population needs to be vaccinated against the coronavirus in the next two to three years.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US service sector expansion slows in November

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — The U.S. services sector, where most Americans work, registered its sixth consecutive month of expansion in November.

US jobless claims remain high at 712,000 as virus escalates

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell as the nation celebrated Thanksgiving last week to a still-high 712,000, the latest sign that the U.S. economy and job market remain under stress from the intensified viral outbreak.

Biden, top Democrats swing behind bipartisan virus aid bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden swung behind a bipartisan COVID-19 relief effort and his top Capitol Hill allies cut their demands for a $2 trillion-plus measure by more than half in hopes of breaking a monthslong logjam and delivering much-sought aid as the tempestuous congressional session speeds to a close.

Brexit broken record: Trade deal close but big issues remain

LONDON (AP) — Much like a broken record, Brexit trade talks are rumored to be poised for success on the cusp of a deadline, only to face the same old fundamental differences on fishing rights, legal oversight and fair competition that have dogged the European Union and Britain for months.

Mastercard SpendingPulse: November holiday sales up 5.1%

NEW YORK (AP) — Retail sales rose 5.1% in November, as spending on home furnishings and consumer electronics helped offset a drop in sales of clothing and at department stores, a widely watched industry gauge shows.

US to block goods from Chinese company over rights abuses

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. said Wednesday it would block imports from a major Chinese producer of cotton goods because of its reliance on workers detained as part of a crackdown on ethnic minorities in China's northwest.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Biden is facing high hopes, tough choices on border wall

LOS EBANOS, Texas (AP) — The U.S. government has been trying to take Pamela Rivas' land for a border wall since before Joe Biden was vice president.

VP-elect Harris picks Tina Flournoy to be her chief of staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Vice President-elect Kamala Harris has named Tina Flournoy, a veteran Democratic strategist and aide to the Clintons, as her chief of staff, the transition team announced Thursday.

Next for Biden: Naming a health care team as pandemic rages

WASHINGTON (AP) — Up soon for President-elect Joe Biden: naming his top health care officials as the coronavirus pandemic rages. It's hard to imagine more consequential picks.

Biden facing growing pressure over secretary of defense pick

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden is facing escalating pressure from competing factions within his own party as he finalizes his choice for secretary of defense.

Barr's special counsel move could tie up his successor

WASHINGTON (AP) — Outgoing Attorney General William Barr's decision to appoint a special counsel to investigate the handling of the Russia probe ensures his successor won't have an easy transition.

Ex-coach Lou Holtz to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will award the nation's highest civilian honor on Thursday to former college football coach and political ally Lou Holtz.

Trump's grievances feed menacing undertow after the election

WASHINGTON (AP) — The last throes of Donald Trump's presidency have turned ugly — even dangerous.

Trump expected to flex pardon powers on way out door

WASHINGTON (AP) — Advocates and lawyers anticipate a flurry of clemency action from President Donald Trump in the coming weeks that could test the limits of presidential pardon power.


WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2
UT SPORTS

Tennessee dismisses LB Kivon Bennett hours after arrest

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee dismissed outside linebacker Kivon Bennett from the football team on Tuesday, hours after he was arrested during a traffic stop.

STATEWIDE

Tennessee expands COVID-19 mental health hotline to teachers

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee officials have expanded a mental health hotline during COVID-19 times to extend support to teachers.

COURTS

Prosecutors seek to have 3 tossed Pilot convictions restored

NASHVILLE (AP) — Federal prosecutors are seeking to restore the tossed convictions for the former president of Pilot Flying J and two of his former employees related to a rebate scheme to cheat trucking companies out of millions of dollars.

Supreme Court wrestles with non-unanimous juries case

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Wednesday struggled with whether to require new trials for potentially thousands of prisoners in Louisiana and Oregon who were convicted by non-unanimous juries before the court barred the practice last year.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Mazda Toyota resumes hiring for production in Huntsville

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Mazda Toyota Manufacturing in Huntsville is gearing up for a massive round of hiring for production workers.

VIRUS OUTBREAK

Vaccine 1st puts spotlight on German pharma company BioNTech

MAINZ, Germany (AP) — The email that arrived in the ancient German city of Mainz shortly before 1 a.m. in the morning marked a turning point in the global effort to deliver a reliable vaccine against the coronavirus pandemic - and for the little-known biotechnology company that helped develop it.

'Very dark couple of weeks': Morgues and hospitals overflow

Nearly 37,000 Americans died of COVID-19 in November, the most in any month since the dark early days of the pandemic, engulfing families in grief, filling newspaper obituary pages and testing the capacity of morgues, funeral homes and hospitals.

US panel: 1st vaccines to health care workers, nursing homes

NEW YORK (AP) — Health care workers and nursing home residents should be at the front of the line when the first coronavirus vaccine shots become available, an influential government advisory panel said Tuesday.

Britain OKs Pfizer vaccine and will begin shots within days

LONDON (AP) — Britain became the first country in the world to authorize a rigorously tested COVID-19 vaccine Wednesday and could be dispensing shots within days — a historic step toward eventually ending the scourge that has killed more than 1.4 million people around the globe.

Putin orders 'large-scale' vaccination of doctors, teachers

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday ordered the start of a "large-scale" COVID-19 vaccination of doctors and teachers late next week with the Sputnik V shot, which has yet to complete advanced studies needed to ensure its effectiveness and safety.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stock indexes shake off a weak start, end mostly higher

Stocks shook off early losses and managed to end mostly higher on Wall Street, even as weakness in technology companies weighed on major U.S. indexes.

Fed reports slowing US economic activity due to virus surge

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Federal Reserve survey of business conditions around the country found that economic activity in several regions was slowing in November as coronavirus cases surged.

Fed and Treasury urge Congress to approve more virus relief

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin urged Congress to approve COVID-19 relief funds without further delay, though Democrats continued to attack a decision by Mnuchin to allow five Fed lending programs to expire during the pandemic.

Top Democrats swing behind bipartisan coronavirus aid bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic leaders swung behind a bipartisan COVID-19 relief effort Wednesday, cutting their demands for a $2 trillion-plus measure by more than half in hopes of breaking a monthslong logjam and delivering much-sought aid as a coda to a tempestuous congressional session.

Judge throws out Trump rules limiting skilled-worker visas

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday struck down two Trump administration rules designed to drastically curtail the number of visas issued each year to skilled foreign workers.

Walmart drops $35 minimum for its members' online orders

NEW YORK (AP) — Shoppers on Walmart.com who pay a $98-a-year membership fee will get free shipping on orders of any size starting Friday.

EU pushes for 'right to disconnect' from work at home

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union lawmakers on Wednesday voted in favor of a "right to disconnect" from the internet and email, with around one third of people now working from home across the 27-nation bloc due in large part to coronavirus restrictions.

Australia bounces out of recession as economy grows 3.3%

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Australia's economy grew by 3.3% in the third quarter, rebounding from its first recession in nearly three decades as it recovered from pandemic-related shocks, according to figures released Wednesday.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Alexander preaches consensus in farewell to fractious Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Lamar Alexander, a Tennessee political legend who forged a productive path as a Senate institutionalist after tours as governor and Cabinet secretary, said goodbye to the chamber on Wednesday, advising his colleagues to seek broadly backed, durable solutions to the nation's problems rather than succumb to easy partisanship.

Arizona's Kelly is sworn into Senate, narrowing GOP edge

WASHINGTON (AP) — Arizona Democrat and former astronaut Mark Kelly was sworn into the Senate on Wednesday, narrowing GOP control of the chamber and underscoring his state's shift from red to blue.

US probing potential WH bribery, lobbying scheme for pardon

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is investigating whether there was a secret scheme to lobby White House officials for a pardon as well as a related plot to offer a hefty political contribution in exchange for clemency, according to a court document unsealed Tuesday.

San Francisco bans smoking inside apartments; pot smoking OK

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — City officials in San Francisco have banned all tobacco smoking inside apartments, citing concerns about secondhand smoke. But lighting up a joint inside? That's still allowed.

GOP objects to Biden nominees, a sign of what's to come

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden's Cabinet picks are quickly running into the political reality of a narrowly controlled Senate that will leave the new Democratic administration dependent on rival Republicans to get anything done.

Klain brings decades of DC experience to Biden White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ron Klain has checked all the boxes of a classic Washington striver: Georgetown, Harvard Law, Supreme Court clerk and Capitol Hill staffer, White House adviser and, along the way, of course, lobbyist and lawyer.

Trump threatens defense veto over social media protections

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is threatening to veto a defense policy bill unless it ends protections for internet companies that shield them from being held liable for material posted by their users.

Trump teases 2024 run at White House Christmas party

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump teased running again for president in 2024 as he hosted a holiday reception at the White House on Tuesday evening.


TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1
NASHVILLE AREA

Bank contributes $1M to help TSU students

NASHVILLE (AP) — Bank of America is contributing $1 million in a partnership with Tennessee State University to help students finish college and find employment.

VANDERBILT SPORTS

Sarah Fuller currently only kicker on Vanderbilt's roster

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Vanderbilt Commodores have only one kicker listed on their two-deep chart for this weekend's game at No. 11 Georgia, and it's Sarah Fuller, the first woman to play in a Power Five game.

COURTS

Appeals court vacates agreement to resentence Black inmate

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee trial court judge improperly reduced a Black inmate's death sentence to life in prison last year, a state appeals court has ruled.

REAL ESTATE

US construction spending jumps 1.3% in October

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — U.S. construction spending jumped 1.3% in October, the fifth straight monthly increase, again on the strength of single-family home building.

EDUCATION

DeVos says free college amounts to a 'socialist takeover'

In a veiled swing at President-elect Joe Biden's education plans, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Tuesday blasted the push for free college as a "socialist takeover of higher education" that could damage the nation's economy.

Study: Students falling behind in math during pandemic

A disproportionately large number of poor and minority students were not in schools for assessments this fall, complicating efforts to measure the pandemic's effects on some of the most vulnerable students, a not-for-profit company that administers standardized testing said Tuesday.

VIRUS OUTBREAK

US panel to decide who should get the first COVID-19 shots

NEW YORK (AP) — An influential scientific panel on Tuesday was set to tackle one of the most pressing questions in the U.S. coronavirus outbreak: Who should be at the front of the line when the first vaccine shots become available?

Is shopping in stores safe during the pandemic?

Is shopping in stores safe during the pandemic? There are ways to reduce risk, but health experts advise avoiding it when possible.

At tiny rural hospitals, weary doctors treat friends, family

MEMPHIS, Mo. (AP) — As Dr. Shane Wilson makes the rounds at the tiny, 25-bed hospital in rural northeastern Missouri, many of his movements are familiar in an age of coronavirus. Masks and gloves. Zippered plastic walls between hallways. Hand sanitizer as he enters and exits each room.

Non-essential shops reopen in Belgium as virus numbers drop

BRUSSELS (AP) — Non-essential shops in Belgium were reopening Tuesday in the wake of encouraging figures about declining daily coronavirus infection rates and hospital admissions.

European regulator could OK 1st COVID-19 vaccine Dec. 29

BERLIN (AP) — European regulators may approve a coronavirus vaccine developed by drugmakers Pfizer and BioNTech within four weeks, the EU's drug agency said Tuesday, a time frame that could mean the shot is rolled out first in the United States and Britain.

Trump science adviser Scott Atlas leaving White House job

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dr. Scott Atlas, a science adviser to President Donald Trump who was skeptical of measures to control the coronavirus outbreak, is leaving his White House post.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Biden says he won't immediately lift China tariffs

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden says he won't immediately lift tariffs placed by President Donald Trump on many imports from China or break Trump's initial trade deal.

Strong start to December as S&P 500 index sets another high

Stocks scored more record highs on Wall Street Tuesday, a day after the S&P 500 closed out November with its biggest monthly gain since April.

Salesforce to buy work chat service Slack for $27.7 billion

Business software pioneer Salesforce.com is buying work-chatting service Slack for $27.7 billion in a deal aimed at giving the two companies a better shot at competing against longtime industry powerhouse Microsoft.

Airbnb hopes to raise up to $2.6B in mid-December IPO

Airbnb hopes to raise as much as $2.6 billion in its initial public stock offering this month, betting investors will see its home-sharing model as the future of travel.

Unveiling economic team, Biden pledges, 'Help is on the way'

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden on Tuesday introduced top advisers he says will help his administration rebuild an economy hammered by the coronavirus pandemic, declaring, "I know times are tough, but I want you to know that help is on the way."

Mnuchin defends shut down of Fed emergency loan programs

WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is defending his decision to close down a number of emergency Federal Reserve loan programs at a time when coronavirus cases are surging.

Centrist lawmakers push $908B plan to break virus impasse

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan group of lawmakers is putting pressure on congressional leaders to accept a split-the-difference solution to the months-long impasse on COVID-19 relief in a last-gasp effort to ship overdue help to a hurting nation before Congress adjourns for the holidays.

Sephora to take over cosmetics in Kohl's stores

NEW YORK (AP) — Sephora will be replacing all cosmetics areas at Kohl's with 2,500 square foot shops, starting with 200 locations in the fall of year.

US factories grew more slowly last month

WASHINGTON (AP) — American factories grew at a slower pace last month and there are concerns that surging coronavirus infections will endanger an economic recovery.

OPEC talks on production hit snag as pandemic clouds outlook

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The OPEC oil producers' cartel was to push ahead with a new round of discussions Tuesday about how much oil to pump next year as countries wrestled over whether to extend production cuts to support prices depressed by the pandemic.

Glimmers of hope for world economy, but dangers lurk

PARIS (AP) — Vendors broke out in applause in the flagship Galeries Lafayette department store in Paris as eager shoppers returned for the first time in a month, after yet another virus lockdown.

Nasdaq seeks more diverse boards from listed companies

Nasdaq is seeking U.S. authority to require more diversity in the board rooms of Nasdaq-listed companies.

With a month until split, Brexit trade deal hangs in balance

LONDON (AP) — The British government told businesses on Tuesday to make sure they are ready for big changes when the U.K. makes its final Brexit break from the European Union in exactly a month. But with negotiations on a free-trade deal with the bloc stuck, firms say they still don't know key details of what those changes will be.

Zoom reports big 3Q gains, but slowing growth sinks stock

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — Zoom's videoconferencing service remains a fixture in pandemic life, but its breakneck growth is showing signs of tapering off as investors debate whether the company will be able to build upon its recent success after a vaccine enables people to intermingle again.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Barr appoints special counsel in Russia probe investigation

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr has given extra protection to the prosecutor he appointed to investigate the origins of the Trump-Russia probe, giving him the authority of a special counsel to complete his work without being easily fired.

Barr: No evidence of fraud that'd change election outcome

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr said Tuesday the Justice Department has not uncovered evidence of widespread voter fraud that would change the outcome of the 2020 presidential election.

Trump raises $170 million as he looks to future

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has raised roughly $170 million since his Election Day defeat, a sum garnered through a nonstop stream of solicitations that have falsely claimed the election was stolen while requesting contributions for an "election defense fund."

Joe Biden weighs Rahm Emanuel for transportation secretary

CHICAGO (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden is considering former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, a substantial and somewhat divisive figure in Democratic Party politics, to serve as his transportation secretary.

Political fight brewing over Biden's WH budget chief nominee

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden's pick to lead the Office of Management and Budget is quickly emerging as a political battle that could disrupt his efforts to swiftly fill out his administration.

Top secret: Biden gets access to President's Daily Brief

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Joe Biden has had his first look as president-elect at the President's Daily Brief, a top secret summary of U.S. intelligence and world events — a document former first lady Michelle Obama has called "The Death, Destruction, and Horrible Things Book."


MONDAY, NOVEMBER 30
NASHVILLE AREA

Nashville makes Black interim police chief's role permanent

NASHVILLE (AP) — Nashville Interim Police Chief John Drake has emerged from a national search to become the permanent leader of the growing city's police force, Mayor John Cooper announced Monday.

TENNESSEE TITANS

Henry leads Titans into AFC South lead with 45-26 win vs. Colts

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Derrick Henry carried the Tennessee Titans into the AFC South lead Sunday.

NASHVILLE SC

Columbus scores twice in OT to defeat Nashville

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Pedros Santos and Gyasi Zardes scored three minutes apart early in overtime and the Columbus Crew beat expansion Nashville SC 2-0 on Sunday to advance to the MLS Eastern Conference finals.

VANDERBILT SPORTS

AD: Vandy coaching search chance to show winning commitment

NASHVILLE (AP) — Vanderbilt athletic director Candice Lee sees her first coaching search as a chance for the Commodores to start showing how committed they are to competing in Southeastern Conference football.

Vanderbilt women's soccer player receives SEC football honor

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Southeastern Conference has named Vanderbilt kicker Sarah Fuller as the league's co-special teams player of the week after she made history becoming the first woman to play in a Power 5 conference football game.

Vanderbilt fires Mason in his 7th season

NASHVILLE (AP) — Vanderbilt fired coach Derek Mason on Sunday after losing the first eight games of his seventh season, and offensive coordinator Todd Fitch will serve as the interim coach.

Fuller sticking with Vanderbilt football after historic kick

NASHVILLE (AP) — Vanderbilt's Sarah Fuller, the most famous walk-on in college football this season, isn't ready to walk away from the sport.

STATEWIDE

Auto parts maker plans expansion in Tennessee with 260 jobs

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Spanish auto parts manufacturer is investing $94.7 million in an expansion of its Tennessee operations that is expected to create 260 new jobs over five years.

COURTS

Supreme Court seems skeptical of Trump's census plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court sounded skeptical Monday that President Donald Trump could categorically exclude people living in the country illegally from the population count used to allot seats among the states in the House of Representatives.

AUTO INDUSTRY

GM walks away from stake in electric vehicle maker Nikola

NEW YORK (AP) — General Motors will not be taking a stake in the electric vehicle company Nikola which announced Monday that it would scuttle one of its marquee vehicles, an electric and hydrogen-powered pickup.

REAL ESTATE

Fewer Americans sign contracts to buy homes in October

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — The number of Americans signing contracts to buy homes fell for the second consecutive month as lack of available homes continues to stifle house hunters.

HEALTH CARE

First blood test to help diagnose Alzheimer's goes on sale

A company has started selling the first blood test to help diagnose Alzheimer's disease, a leap for the field that could make it much easier for people to learn whether they have dementia. It also raises concern about the accuracy and impact of such life-altering news.

ENVIRONMENT

Report: EU greenhouse gas emissions down 24% since 1990

BRUSSELS (AP) — Greenhouse gas emissions in the European Union have been reduced by 24% compared to 1990 levels, according to the bloc's annual climate report, but the EU said Monday it still needs to intensify efforts to keep to its target of making Europe the first climate-neutral continent by mid-century.

TECHNOLOGY

UK to ban new Huawei gear installations after September

LONDON (AP) — Wireless carriers in the U.K. won't be allowed to install Huawei equipment in their high-speed 5G networks after September 2021, the British government said Monday, hardening its line against the Chinese technology company.

VIRUS OUTBREAK

Americans face new COVID-19 restrictions after Thanksgiving

Americans returning home from Thanksgiving break faced strict new coronavirus measures around the country Monday as health officials brace for a disastrous worsening of the nationwide surge because of holiday gatherings over the long weekend.

UN: Skiing may not spread coronavirus but slopes still risky

GENEVA (AP) — As several European countries have suspended access to the ski slopes to stop the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, the World Health Organization's emergencies chief said the risk of catching COVID-19 while skiing is likely minimal.

Holiday air travel surges despite dire health warnings

Nearly 1.2 million people passed through U.S. airports Sunday, the greatest number since the pandemic gripped the country in March, despite pleas from health experts for Americans to stay home over Thanksgiving.

Moderna asking US, European regulators to OK its virus shots

Moderna Inc. said it would ask U.S. and European regulators Monday to allow emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine as new study results confirm the shots offer strong protection — ramping up the race to begin limited vaccinations as the coronavirus rampage worsens.

Fauci: US may see 'surge upon surge' of virus in weeks ahead

The nation's top infectious disease expert said Sunday that the U.S. may see "surge upon a surge" of the coronavirus in the weeks after Thanksgiving, and he does not expect current recommendations around social distancing to be relaxed before Christmas.

Beware of COVID-19 scams as vaccine approaches FDA approval

WASHINGTON (AP) — The coronavirus vaccine inching toward approval in the U.S. is desperately anticipated by weary Americans longing for a path back to normal life. But criminals are waiting, too, ready to use that desperation to their advantage, federal investigators say.

Merriam-Webster's top word of 2020 not a shocker: pandemic

NEW YORK (AP) — If you were to choose a word that rose above most in 2020, which word would it be?

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Powell says pace of economic improvement has moderated

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell says that the pace of improvement in the economy has moderated in recent months with future prospects remaining "extraordinarily uncertain."

Stocks slip, but S&P 500 still logs best month since April

Stocks pulled back slightly from their record levels Monday as Wall Street put a quiet coda on one of its most rocking months in decades.

GAO says weekly unemployment benefits report flawed

WASHINGTON (AP) — A government watchdog has found that the Labor Department's widely watched weekly unemployment benefits data are providing an inaccurate reading on the number of newly laid off workers because of flaws in the government's data collection.

Biden to nominate Yellen, highlights diversity on econ team

WILMINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden on Monday announced his senior economic team, including his plans to nominate the first woman to head the Treasury Department as well as a slew of liberal economists and policy specialists who established their credentials during the previous two Democratic administrations.

DoorDash looking for a valuation of nearly $30B

NEW YORK (AP) — DoorDash is looking for a valuation of nearly $30 billion when it takes itself public, reflecting how integral food delivery has become in millions of people's lives during the pandemic.

Congress returns with virus aid, federal funding unresolved

WASHINGTON (AP) — After months of shadowboxing amid a tense and toxic campaign, Capitol Hill's main players are returning for one final, perhaps futile, attempt at deal-making on a challenging menu of year-end business.

Biden looks to fill out economic team with diverse picks

President-elect Joe Biden is expected in the coming days to name several of his most senior economic advisers, a group that includes several liberal economists and policy specialists who established their credentials during the previous two Democratic administrations.

OPEC talks on oil production to go into second day

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Leaders of the OPEC oil cartel adjourned their virtual meeting Monday on future production as no agreement was announced on whether to extend output cuts into next year.

Data is king on Wall Street; 2 providers join in $44B deal

The value that Wall Street places on access to billions of bytes of data, rather than old-school stock picking, became abundantly clear Monday as two of the biggest providers of such information become one in the biggest takeover of the year.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Jared Kushner to travel to Saudi Arabia, Qatar this week

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner will travel to Saudi Arabia and Qatar this week as part of negotiations to end a longtime boycott of Qatar.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump clings to bevy of bogus election claims

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump clung to false notions Sunday that Joe Biden stole the presidential election, citing thousands of votes magically switched to the president-elect and poll watchers illegally barred on Election Day, neither of which happened.


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 27
VANDERBILT SPORTS

Woman soccer player will dress, poised to play for Vandy

NASHVILLE (AP) — Women's soccer player Sarah Fuller will don a football uniform Saturday for Vanderbilt and is poised to become the first woman to play in a Power 5 game when the Commodores visit Missouri.

VU-Mizzou on for Saturday after SEC continues COVID-19 juggling

Missouri and Vanderbilt were supposed to play last month, only to have a combination of positive COVID-19 tests and contact tracing force the Southeastern Conference to juggle the schedule.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Emails: School choice org caused 'confusion' in voucher plan

NASHVILLE (AP) — A prominent voucher group's outreach efforts to families of students "caused nothing but confusion" while Tennessee attempted to enact a program that would have allowed parents to use tax dollars to pay for private school tuition, a state official said in emails detailing the implementation efforts.

ENVIRONMENT

Trump administration moves ahead on gutting bird protections

The Trump administration moved forward Friday on gutting a longstanding federal protection for the nation's birds, over objections from former federal officials and many scientists that billions more birds will likely perish as a result.

VIRUS OUTBREAK

US colleges mull new virus protocols for students' return

COLCHESTER, Vt. (AP) — St. Michael's College managed to keep coronavirus cases at bay for almost two months this fall with students tested upon arrival and once every three weeks.

Keep cool: Germany preps vaccine drive as COVID cases hit 1M

TUTTLINGEN, Germany (AP) — Hulking gray boxes are rolling off the production line at a factory in the southern town of Tuttlingen, ready to be shipped to the front in the next phase of Germany's battle against the coronavirus as it became the latest country to hit the milestone of 1 million confirmed cases Friday.

High court blocks NY virus limits on houses of worship

WASHINGTON (AP) — With coronavirus cases surging again nationwide, the Supreme Court barred New York from enforcing certain limits on attendance at churches and synagogues in areas designated as hard hit by the virus.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks rise on Wall Street as S&P 500 hits record high

NEW YORK (AP) — The S&P 500 rose to a record high Friday as investors continue to look forward to the distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine and relief for the global economy.

Virus keeps Black Friday crowds thin, shoppers shift online

NEW YORK (AP) — The raging coronavirus pandemic kept crowds thin at malls and stores across the country on Black Friday, but a surge in online shopping offered a small beacon of hope for struggling retailers after months of slumping sales and businesses toppling into bankruptcy.

Holiday trends to watch: Adult Play-Doh; stores that ship

NEW YORK (AP) — The pandemic is turning this into a holiday shopping season like no other.

For Big Tech, Biden brings a new era but no ease in scrutiny

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama-Biden administration was a charmed era for America's tech companies — a moment when they were lionized as innovators, hailed as job creators and largely left alone.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Trump may be coming to terms with loss he won't acknowledge

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump still won't bring himself to concede the election he decisively lost to President-elect Joe Biden. But he's now acknowledging he will leave the White House if Biden's win is affirmed by the Electoral College, which is firmly on track to do just that in a few weeks.

They're baaack: Trump and allies still refuse election loss

WASHINGTON (AP) — Monday seemed like the end of President Donald Trump's relentless challenges to the election, after the federal government acknowledged President-elect Joe Biden was the "apparent winner" and Trump cleared the way for cooperation on a transition of power.


WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 25
VANDERBILT SPORTS

Vandy women's soccer player an option to kick for football team

NASHVILLE (AP) — Women's soccer player Sarah Fuller has practiced with the Vanderbilt football team, and coach Derek Mason said Wednesday she's a good option to be the Commodores kicker Saturday against Missouri.

UT SPORTS

Huskers' Walker to sit 16 games for violation at Tennessee

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The NCAA has suspended Nebraska's Derrick Walker for the first 16 games of the season for a rules violation while he was at Tennessee in 2018-19.

STATEWIDE

Sen. Alexander nears finish line of decades in public office

NASHVILLE (AP) — More than four decades ago, Lamar Alexander won a ticket to the governor's mansion after he walked more than 1,000 miles (1,609 kilometers) around Tennessee in a plaid shirt and hiking boots. He spent the night with 73 families and called his campaign headquarters from payphones.

COURTS

Supreme Court extends telephone arguments through January

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Wednesday it will continue to hear arguments by telephone through at least January because of the coronavirus pandemic.

TECHNOLOGY

EU plans new rules giving Europeans more control of data

LONDON (AP) — The European Union is laying out new standards for data giving Europeans more control over their personal information as it seeks to counter the power of U.S. and Chinese tech companies.

TRANSPORTATION

Delta won't furlough pilots; job cuts possible at Southwest

DALLAS (AP) — Delta Air Lines on Wednesday dropped a threat to furlough more than 1,700 pilots after they ratified a cost-cutting agreement that the airline said was needed to help it cope with a downturn caused by the pandemic.

HEALTH CARE

Money promised to combat US overdose crisis sits unused

When it filed for bankruptcy last year, Purdue Pharma agreed to an innovative plan: It would make $200 million available immediately to help those those harmed by its signature painkiller, OxyContin, and ease the effects of the opioid crisis.

MEDIA

The pandemic is changing Hollywood, maybe forever

NEW YORK (AP) — "No New 'Movies' Till Influenza Ends" blared a New York Times headline on Oct. 10, 1918, while the deadly second wave of the Spanish Flu was unfolding.

VIRUS OUTBREAK

Americans risk traveling over Thanksgiving despite warnings

Millions of Americans took to the skies and the highways ahead of Thanksgiving at the risk of pouring gasoline on the coronavirus fire, disregarding increasingly dire warnings that they stay home and limit their holiday gatherings to members of their own household.

Germany set to extend partial shutdown well into December

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the country's 16 state governors are expected Wednesday to extend a partial shutdown well into December, and discuss tightening some restrictions while allowing somewhat more generous rules for the Christmas period.

Wiping down groceries? Experts say keep risk in perspective

NEW YORK (AP) — Cleaning wipes are harder to find on store shelves, and businesses are reassuring customers with stepped up sanitation measures. In New York, the subway system is shut down nightly for disinfecting.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks mostly fall, even as tech gains push Nasdaq to record

Stocks closed mostly lower on Wall Street Wednesday, even as gains for technology companies pushed the Nasdaq to its first record high close since September.

As economy struggles, Fed weighs boosting bond purchases

WASHINGTON (AP) — At their meeting earlier this month, Federal Reserve officials discussed possible future adjustments to the central bank's monthly bond purchases to boost the economy.

Picture of US economy is worrisome as virus inflicts damage

WASHINGTON (AP) — Gripped by the accelerating viral outbreak, the U.S. economy is under pressure from persistent layoffs, diminished income and nervous consumers, whose spending is needed to drive a recovery from the pandemic.

Lights, camera, sell: Retailers want you to watch and shop

NEW YORK (AP) — When Jenna Powell gets in front of a camera, she can sell $10,000 worth of sparkly dresses and tie-dye hoodies in 40 minutes.

Cannabis stocks surge as US election opens new markets

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Cannabis stocks are flying high after voters in New Jersey, Arizona and three other states cleared the way for expanding legal sales of marijuana.

Consumer spending up a slight 0.5% as virus maintains grip

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumers increased their spending by a sluggish 0.5% last month, the weakest rise since April, when the pandemic first erupted, and a sign that Americans remain wary with the virus resurging across the country and threatening the economy.

Penguin to buy Simon & Schuster, create publishing giant

BERLIN (AP) — German media giant Bertelsmann said Wednesday that its Penguin Random House division is buying rival Simon & Schuster in a megadeal that would reshape the U.S. publishing industry.

US jobless claims up for 2nd straight week as virus worsens

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose last week for a second straight week to 778,000, evidence that the U.S. economy and job market remain under strain as coronavirus cases surge and colder weather heighten the risks.

Unchanged from early estimate, US economy grew 33.1% in Q3

WASHINGTON (AP) — The second of three estimates on U.S. growth for the July-September quarter was unchanged at a record pace of 33.1%. But a resurgence in the coronavirus is expected to slow growth sharply in the current quarter with some economists even raising the specter of a double-dip recession.

Slight gain of 1.3% in October for manufactured goods

WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories for big-ticket manufactured goods showed a modest gain in October but much of the strength came from a big jump in orders for military equipment.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Biden appeals for unity in Thanksgiving-eve address

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — In a time of plague and raw division, President-elect Joe Biden appealed for unity Wednesday in a Thanksgiving-eve address to the nation asking Americans to "steel our spines" for a fight against the coronavirus that he predicted would continue for months.

Analysis: Biden prioritizes experience with Cabinet picks

NEW YORK (AP) — Competence is making a comeback.

With US in COVID-19 panic, Georgia Sen. Perdue saw stock opportunity

WASHINGTON (AP) — As the ravages of the novel coronavirus forced millions of people out of work, shuttered businesses and shrank the value of retirement accounts, the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged to a three-year low.

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