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VOL. 46 | NO. 44 | Friday, November 4, 2022

No mow grass! Greener options for your lawn

Clover, moss, other ground covers need less upkeep, water, help pollinators thrive

We are living in the Middle Ages. Go up and down most any street and you’ll see the evidence all around you. Lawns everywhere.

JOE ROGERS: MY TAKE

Can good come from bad election options? Maybe

If you lean blue politically, the coming midterm election is about as eagerly anticipated as an appointment for a colonoscopy. And that’s not the only similarity between the two.

RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

What happens when buyers can’t, won’t close the deal?

Veteran real estate broker Allen Huggins recently closed a transaction involving the home at 4304 Lilywood Road, one of Belle Meade’s secret streets hidden from view off Lynnwood Boulevard. Huggins is the principal broker and owner of WH Properties, a wildly successful firm that he opened before things were wildly successful.

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REAL ESTATE

Top Davidson County residential sales for October 2022

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

US average long-term mortgage rates back under 7%, for now

WASHINGTON (AP) — The average long-term U.S. mortgage rate dipped back under 7% this week, one day after the Federal Reserve raised its benchmark borrowing rate to its highest level in 15 years as it tries to squelch four-decade high inflation.

TENNESSEE TITANS

Hurdles remain for new Titans stadium deal

Is the proposed $2.1 billion enclosed stadium that would be built on the East Bank of the Cumberland River a good deal for Nashville?

Jones’ toughness helps carry Titans

A video of Titans center Ben Jones getting a big, heartfelt hug in the tunnel from head coach Mike Vrabel went viral Oct. 22 following Tennessee’s win against the Indianapolis Colts.

Trouble ahead for Titans as schedule gets much tougher

Sunday’s win in Houston has set the Tennessee Titans up for success – even as their schedule gets much harder over the next few weeks.

Titans at Chiefs: What to watch

The Titans might be the unlikeliest 5-2 team in the NFL. Coming into the Sunday night showdown with Kansas City, the Titans still have given up more points than they have scored this year, thanks to a 41-7 Week Two blowout in Buffalo.

Titans QB Ryan Tannehill likely game-time decision vs Chiefs

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee quarterback Ryan Tannehill practiced in a limited fashion Friday, and coach Mike Vrabel said the veteran likely will be a game-time decision Sunday night when the Titans visit the Kansas City Chiefs.

Titans' Derrick Henry says don't panic, 'my foot is fine'

NASHVILLE (AP) — Two-time NFL rushing champ Derrick Henry dismissed worries about his feet Thursday after the Tennessee Titans put him on the injury report with a foot issue.

UT SPORTS

Vols know this Georgia trip will decide if there is another

Tennessee quarterback Hendon Hooker has had his sights set on a big game in Georgia since the start of the season. It’s been on his mind throughout all the hours of training, film study and practice.

Column: Welcome back, Rocky Top, from a 15-year exile

Welcome back, Rocky Top. How long have you been away? Fifteen years! Has it really be that long?

Georgia and Tennessee gear up for No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup

Tennessee's rise this season has set the table for one of the best treats in college football: No. 1 vs. 2.

NEWSMAKERS

Butler Snow adds to government relations team

Allyson E. Lynch and Michael Zimmerman have joined Butler Snow’s government relations advisers within the Regulatory & Government Relations practice group in Nashville.

BRIEFS

Nashville makes list of hot CRE markets

The Nashville market ranks high among destinations for commercial real estate investment, says a new study by CRE investment management firm Cadre.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

Charged-up trucking: Ford Lightning vs Rivian R1T

Tesla, the first high-volume EV maker, was early to promise a zero-emission pickup, but it was Rivian, an American startup, that delivered the first mass-production EV truck. With impressive range, dazzling performance and innovative features, the R1T has attracted both conventional truck shoppers and early adopters.

PERSONAL FINANCE

What are your employee benefits really worth?

Benefits make up more than 30% of the typical job’s compensation, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports. But figuring out what your benefits are worth isn’t always easy.

MILLENNIAL MONEY

Maximize your benefits to offset inflation’s sting

Employee benefits are one of the most attractive things about a prospective job and can determine whether you take an opportunity or leave it. When you do decide to take the job, do you maximize the benefits?

NASHVILLE PREDATORS

Kraken win fifth straight, beat Predators 5-1

SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Kraken are in a situation they really never faced in their inaugural season — learning to deal with success.

MUSIC INDUSTRY

Jeff Cook, co-founder of country band Alabama, dies at 73

NEW YORK (AP) — Guitarist Jeff Cook, who co-founded the country group Alabama and steered them up the charts with such hits as "Song of the South" and "Dixieland Delight," has died. He was 73.

COURTS

Judge orders Gingrich to testify in Georgia election probe

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — A judge on Wednesday ordered former House Speaker Newt Gingrich to testify before a special grand jury in Atlanta that's investigating whether then-President Donald Trump and others illegally tried to influence the 2020 election in Georgia.

Supreme Court hears challenge to Native child welfare law

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is hearing arguments Wednesday in a challenge to a federal law that gives preference to Native American families in foster care and adoption proceedings of Native children.

Judge tosses impeachment witness's suit against Trump's son

WASHINGTON (AP) — A judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit that accused Donald Trump's oldest son and other Trump allies of an intimidation and defamation campaign targeting a retired Army lieutenant colonel who served as a key witness in the former president's first impeachment case.

HEALTH CARE

Abortion supporters win in conservative, liberal states

WASHINGTON (AP) — Abortion rights supporters won in the four states where access was on the ballot Tuesday, as voters enshrined it into the state constitution in battleground Michigan as well as blue California and Vermont and dealt a defeat to an anti-abortion measure in deep-red Kentucky.

ELECTION 2022

Analysis: A stunning draw as Democrats hold their own

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing tremendous headwinds and weighty history, Democrats fought Republicans to a stunning midterm draw.

Election takeaways: No sweep for the Republicans after all

WASHINGTON (AP) — For weeks, Republicans predicted a "red wave" would carry them to power in Congress, as voters repudiated majority Democrats for failing to tame skyrocketing inflation and address worries about rising crime.

GOP closing in on House win; Senate control up for grabs

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans were closing in Wednesday on a narrow House majority while control of the Senate hinged on tight Arizona, Nevada and Georgia races in a midterm election that defied expectations of sweeping conservative victories driven by frustration over inflation and President Joe Biden's leadership.

US vote counting unaffected by cyberattacks, officials say

WASHINGTON (AP) — No instances of digital interference are known to have affected the counting of the midterm vote after a tense Election Day in which officials were closely monitoring domestic and foreign threats.

VoteCast: Inflation top concern, but democracy a worry too

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just as Republicans had hoped, high inflation was the top consideration for voters in the midterm elections, AP VoteCast shows. But the survey reveals that a core issue for President Joe Biden, the survival of democracy, also weighed heavily on voters' minds, as control of Congress -- and a choice between sharply contrasting visions of America — hung in the balance.

Republicans in struggle to break Democrats' hold on Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — The promise of a red wave receding, Republicans slogged state by state in a determined fight to break the Democrats' one-party hold on Washington, a breathtakingly close battle for control of Congress and the future of President Joe Biden's agenda.

Conservative Republican Ogles wins Nashville US House seat

NASHVILLE (AP) — Andy Ogles, a conservative who gained popularity among Tennessee Republicans as an outspoken former county mayor, has won a newly redrawn congressional district that includes part of left-leaning Nashville.

Tennessee Republican Gov. Bill Lee wins reelection bid

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has won his reelection contest, keeping Republican control of a top statewide office that hasn't been in Democratic hands for more than a decade.

Tennessee approves 2 more changes to state constitution

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee voters have approved two additional amendments to the state's constitution, with one creating a temporary line of succession and the other repealing language banning clergy from serving in the General Assembly.

Tennessee voters pass amendment barring mandatory union fees

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee voters have approved a change to the state Constitution that reinforces the state's existing law freeing workers from being required to pay union dues.

Tennessee Republican lawmakers hold onto majority

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Republican lawmakers will maintain a comfortable majority control inside the state's General Assembly.

Slavery rejected in four states but not in Louisiana

Voters in four states approved ballot measures that will change their state constitutions to prohibit slavery and involuntary servitude as punishment for crime, while those in a fifth state rejected the move.

Voter ID passes in Nebraska as states settle ballot items

Residents of Nebraska approved a new photo identification requirement for future elections as voters in several states decided measures that could affect the way ballots are cast in the next presidential election.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

McCarthy's command of GOP weakened by election failures

WASHINGTON (AP) — The promise of a red wave receding, Republicans on Wednesday faced the stark reality that any return to power would mean presiding over a narrowly split Congress, and House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy was weakened by the party's dismal performance as he reaches for the speaker's gavel.

Amid midterm show of Democratic strength, warnings for Biden

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats defied gravity this week as voters set aside their concerns about President Joe Biden to deny Republicans the sweeping victory they expected, emboldening a Biden team whose political instincts have been routinely questioned or outright dismissed by opponents and even allies.

Biden's next 2 years: Changes afoot whatever midterms bring

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden's record was on the ballot even if his name wasn't. And no matter the final bottom line of Tuesday's midterm elections, his presidency is set for profound changes.

EU proposes more forgiving debt plans a decade after crisis

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is considering more lenient economic recovery proposals that veer away from the grinding, top-down austerity rules that hit Greece and several other countries during the debt crises a decade ago and helped push millions into poverty, homelessness and unemployment.

REAL ESTATE

Redfin to cut another 13% of workforce, shutter RedfinNow

WASHINGTON (AP) — Online real estate broker Redfin is cutting 862 employees and shutting down its instant-cash-offer subsidiary RedfinNow, another casualty of two-decade high interest rates stoked by the Federal Reserve's fight against inflation.

MEDIA

Facebook parent Meta cuts 11,000 jobs, 13% of workforce

Facebook parent Meta is laying off 11,000 people, about 13% of its workforce, as it contends with faltering revenue and broader tech industry woes, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a letter to employees Wednesday.

Twitter adds 'official' mark to some big verified accounts

Twitter has begun adding gray "official" labels to some high-profile accounts to indicate that they are authentic, the latest twist in new owner Elon Musk's chaotic overhaul of the platform's verification system.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Elon Musk sells $3.95 billion worth of Tesla stock

Twitter's new owner and Tesla CEO Elon Musk has sold nearly $4 billion worth of Tesla shares, according to regulatory filings.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks slump on Wall Street; crypto prices dive again

NEW YORK (AP) — Wall Street closed sharply lower, giving back a big chunk of the gains built in a three-day rally running up to Election Day. The S&P 500 lost 2.1% Wednesday. Several sources of disappointment were behind the drop. There's still uncertainty about whether Tuesday's elections will result in a divided Congress that would prevent the kinds of economic policies that make Wall Street nervous. A batch of sour profit reports also hurt, while crypto plunged again amid the industry's latest crisis of confidence. Looming over all of it is a report scheduled for Thursday, when the U.S. government gives the latest update on inflation.

Defying inflation worries, US casinos have best quarter

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Inflation? High gas prices? American gamblers are shrugging them off — and losing money at casinos at a record pace.

Cryptocurrencies slump again amid fallout from FTX sale

NEW YORK (AP) — Bitcoin slumped to a two-year low and other digital assets sold off following the sudden collapse of crypto exchange FTX Trading, which has been forced to sell itself to larger rival Binance.

Adidas' breakup with Ye drives lower earnings outlook

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Adidas on Wednesday lowered its earnings forecast for the year to account for losses from ending its partnership with the rapper formerly known as Kanye West over his antisemitic remarks.

Germany blocks Chinese-owned firm's chip factory deal

BERLIN (AP) — The German government on Wednesday blocked the sale of a chip factory to a Swedish subsidiary of a Chinese company, a decision that comes as Berlin grapples with its future approach to Beijing.

Chinese maker announces 300 orders for new jetliner

BEIJING (AP) — A state-owned Chinese commercial jet manufacturer set up to try to compete with Boeing and Airbus says it has secured orders for 300 of its first long-range jetliners from Chinese leasing companies.

UKRAINE

Russian says it's withdrawing from key city in Ukraine

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia's military announced Wednesday that it's withdrawing from Ukraine's southern city of Kherson and nearby areas, in what would be another in a series of humiliating setbacks for Moscow's forces in the 8-month-old war.

US presses, but Russia reluctant on Ukraine grain deal

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations warned that global food security depends on renewing the U.N.-brokered deal allowing Ukrainian grain exports, saying Tuesday that 828 million people in the world are going to bed hungry every night.

Villages and towns in Ukraine see heavy fighting, shelling

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Villages and towns in Ukraine saw more heavy fighting and shelling Wednesday as Ukrainian and Russian forces strained to advance on different fronts after more than 8 1/2 months of war.


TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8
TENNESSEE TITANS

NFL injured reserve rule change forcing teams to be choosy

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Titans cornerback Elijah Molden is used to the business of pro football as a second-generation NFL player.

VANDERBILT SPORTS

Vanderbilt assistant coach sidelined over pro-Kanye post

NASHVILLE (AP) — Vanderbilt athletic director Candice Lee said defensive backs coach Dan Jackson will "step back" from his job while the university continues an internal review of his recent comment on social media defending the rapper formerly known as Kanye West.

Williams leads Memphis with 17 in 76-67 win over Vanderbilt

NASHVILLE (AP) — Penny Hardaway wants to prepare his Memphis Tigers for March by starting off the season with a tough road game.

ELECTION 2022

Voters choosing new rep in redrawn Nashville district

NASHVILLE (AP) — Months after GOP state lawmakers carved up Nashville's congressional district, Tennesseans will determine if far-right conservative Andy Ogles or Democratic state Sen. Heidi Campbell will represent the left-leaning city.

Election 2022: Turbulent campaign season comes to a close

WASHINGTON (AP) — A tumultuous election season that tugged again at America's searing political divides and raised questions about its commitment to a democratic future comes to a close on Tuesday with top races around the country that will provide a key test of Joe Biden's presidency.

Michigan, Kentucky among states with abortion on ballot

WASHINGTON (AP) — Since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the nationwide right to abortion this summer, a dozen states have passed near-total bans and the issue has been thrust to the center of races around the country.

Republicans look to win back power in Congress, stop Biden

WASHINGTON (AP) — Energized Republicans are eager to claw back power in Congress, working to break the Democrats' one-party hold in Washington and putting the future of President Joe Biden's agenda at stake this Election Day.

Putin-linked businessman admits to US election meddling

Kremlin-connected entrepreneur Yevgeny Prigozhin admitted Monday that he had interfered in U.S. elections and would continue to do so — confirming for the first time the accusations that he has rejected for years.

COURTS

Appeals Court weighs death row inmate's disability claims

NASHVILLE (AP) — Attorneys for Tennessee death row inmate Byron Black told a state appeals court on Tuesday that he should not be executed because he is intellectually disabled.

Bid for new trial fails, Elizabeth Holmes awaits sentencing

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge rejected a bid for a new trial for disgraced Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes after concluding a key prosecution witness's recent remorseful attempt to contact her wasn't enough to award her another chance to avoid a potential prison sentence for defrauding investors at her blood-testing company.

Americans convicted in escape of Nissan's Ghosn return home

TOKYO (AP) — An American father and son convicted in Japan on charges of helping Nissan former Chairman Carlos Ghosn escape to Lebanon, hiding in a box, have been returned to the U.S., their lawyer said Tuesday.

Trump's company appeals judge's decision to appoint monitor

NEW YORK (AP) — Former President Donald Trump's company is appealing a judge's decision to appoint an independent monitor to oversee its business dealings while it is being sued for fraud by New York's attorney general.

ENVIRONMENT

Macron urges France's big polluters to cut emissions by half

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday urged the country's most climate-damaging industries to double their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions within the next decade, one day after his call for action at the U.N. climate summit in Egypt.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Italian EV startup takes on US, Chinese rivals with design

MILAN (AP) — Elon Musk's Tesla paved the way nearly two decades ago. Now, the global transition to fully electric vehicles is littered with startups, inspired by a new era in mobility and drawn by the lower cost of building EVs compared with their fossil-fuel-guzzling forbears.

Renault, China's Geely announced powertrain joint venture

BEIJING (AP) — Renault SA and China's Geely announced plans Tuesday for a jointly owned venture to produce gasoline-powered and hybrid powertrains, adding to a series of partnerships between global automakers to share soaring technology costs.

California settles with firm in Volkswagen emissions scandal

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California on Monday settled a lawsuit against a German company stemming from the emissions scandal that tarred Volkswagen in 2015 and Fiat Chrysler two years later.

Carvana falls as rising rates, inflation cut used car sales

DETROIT (AP) — Shares of upstart used-vehicle chain Carvana tumbled another 16% Monday, undercut by the company's struggles with falling prices and waning demand for its products.

MEDIA

EU's Call of Duty: Probe Microsoft-Activision Blizzard deal

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union has launched an investigation into Microsoft's planned takeover of video game giant Activision Blizzard, fearing the $69 billion deal would distort fair competition to popular titles like Call of Duty.

Twitter's pared-down staff struggles with misinformation

Twitter is struggling to respond to political misinformation and other harmful posts on the social media platform after Elon Musk fired roughly half of its workforce just days before the U.S. midterm elections, according to employees who survived the cuts and an outside voting rights group.

Musk's partisan tweets call Twitter neutrality into question

Elon Musk used his Twitter megaphone to appeal to "independent-minded voters" on Monday, urging them to vote Republican in Tuesday's U.S. midterm elections and stepping into the country's political debate that tech company executives have largely tried to stay out of — so their platforms wouldn't be seen as favoring one side over the other.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Wall Street rises ahead of election results, inflation data

NEW YORK (AP) — Election Day brought another tick higher for stocks, as Wall Street braces for the results from the day's midterm elections and a big update on inflation that's due later in the week. The S&P 500 rose 0.6% Tuesday, its third straight gain. Trading was tentative through the day, and Wall Street's benchmark index flipped between an even bigger gain and a modest loss during the afternoon. Analysts say investors appear to be making bets for Republicans to gain control of at least one house of Congress, which could mean relatively little change for economic policies.

Winning numbers for $2.04B Powerball drawn after delay

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The numbers for a record-breaking $2.04 billion Powerball jackpot were drawn Tuesday morning after a nearly 10-hour delay, and now players will have to wait a bit longer to find out if anyone has won the massive prize.

Adidas appoints boss of rival Puma as CEO after Ye fallout

BERLIN (AP) — Adidas has appointed Bjørn Gulden, the CEO of rival Puma, as its new chief executive, and he will take over the German sportswear brand in January as the company weathers the fallout from its split with the rapper formerly known as Kanye West.

Kohl's CEO steps down to take president role at Levi Strauss

NEW YORK (AP) — Michelle Gass, CEO of department store chain Kohl's, is stepping down from her role early next month and will become the president of denim giant Levi Strauss & Co.

Controversial DC tipping proposal goes before voters — again

WASHINGTON (AP) — A controversial proposal to change the pay structure for servers and other workers at Washington's bars and restaurants goes before voters Tuesday, four years after approval of an identical ballot issue that was later overturned by the D.C. Council.

Germany may block sale of chip factory to Chinese-owned firm

BERLIN (AP) — The German government may decide this week to block the sale of a chip factory to a Swedish subsidiary of a Chinese company, following a recent compromise over a Chinese shipping firm's investment in a German container terminal.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Biden's next 2 years: changes afoot whatever midterms bring

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden's record is on the ballot even if his name isn't. And no matter what Tuesday's midterm elections bring, his presidency is set for profound changes.

Trump says he'll make 'big announcement' Nov. 15 in Florida

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Donald Trump said Monday he will be making a "big announcement" next week as he teased a third presidential run while campaigning on the eve of the final day of voting in this year's midterm elections.

UKRAINE

Zelenskyy: Talks with Russia possible on Ukraine's terms

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's president has hinted at the possibility of peace talks with Russia, a shift from his earlier refusal to negotiate with President Vladimir Putin that came on the eve of crucial elections in the United States.

Germany: Banks searched in money laundering probe of Russian

BERLIN (AP) — Police raided two branches of Swiss bank UBS in Germany in connection with alleged money laundering by a Russian businessman, German officials and media said Tuesday.


MONDAY, NOVEMBER 7
TENNESSEE TITANS

Titans sit atop AFC South again despite struggles, injuries

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have a stingy defense and two-time NFL rushing champ Derrick Henry on his way toward leading the league for the third time in four seasons.

Henry keeps rewriting Titans history in loss to Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Derrick Henry was rumbling his way through the Kansas City Chiefs' defense, and through the Titans' history books, during a first half that went exactly the way Tennessee coach Mike Vrabel dreamed it would Sunday night.

Mahomes helps Chiefs rally past Titans 20-17 in overtime

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Patrick Mahomes was probably having flashbacks Sunday night to his days at Texas Tech, when he would scramble around like a kid playing sandlot football while routinely throwing the ball 60-plus times in a game.

UT SPORTS

AP Top 25: Georgia has No. 1 on lock, Vols drop to No. 5

Georgia tightened its hold on No. 1 in The Associated Press college football poll Sunday, with TCU climbing up to No. 4 and Alabama dropping all the way to No. 10.

EAST TENNESSEE

Rain helps douse Smokies wildfire caused by motorcycle crash

MARYVILLE (AP) — Rain is helping douse a wildfire in the Smoky Mountains caused by a motorcycle crash, officials said.

ELECTION 2022

Number of wrong ballots cast in Nashville now more than 430

NASHVILLE (AP) — More than 430 voters cast ballots in the wrong race in early Election Day voting in Nashville, a left-leaning city that Republicans carved three ways during redistricting in hopes of flipping a Democratic seat.

Justice Department to monitor voting rights across 24 states

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department will send monitors to 24 states in an effort to ensure compliance with federal voting rights laws in Tuesday's elections.

Biden, Trump making final appeals ahead of crucial midterms

WASHINGTON (AP) — An election year that unfolded against a backdrop of economic turmoil, elimination of federal abortion rights and broad concerns about the future of democracy is concluding with a final full day of campaigning by leaders of both parties urgently appealing to their supporters.

What to watch in the high-stakes 2022 midterm elections

WASHINGTON (AP) — After months of primaries, campaign events and fundraising pleas, the midterm elections that will determine the balance of power in Washington and state capitals are finally here.

COURTS

Oath Keepers leader: No plan to attack the Capitol on Jan. 6

WASHINGTON (AP) — Oath Keepers leader Stewart Rhodes told jurors on Monday there was no plan for his band of extremists to attack the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, as he tries to clear his name in his seditious conspiracy trial.

Jackson, in dissent, issues first Supreme Court opinion

WASHINGTON (AP) — New Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson has issued her first Supreme Court opinion, a short dissent Monday in support of a death row inmate from Ohio.

HEALTH CARE

Walgreens push into comprehensive care picks up momentum

Walgreens extended its push into more comprehensive health care with its VillageMD unit acquiring another urgent and primary care chain, Summit Health-CityMD, in a deal worth close to $9 billion.

ENVIRONMENT

Qatar's promise of 'carbon-neutral' World Cup raises doubts

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the 12-year run-up to hosting the 2022 men's World Cup soccer tournament, Qatar has been on a ferocious construction spree with few recent parallels.

Climate protests criticized; but Germany missing 2030 goal

BERLIN (AP) — German officials urged environmental activists to engage in "constructive" protests and avoid endangering lives Friday as government-appointed experts warned that the key European Union country risks missing its climate targets for 2030.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Wall Street climbs ahead of Election Day, inflation data

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks rose on the eve of Election Day as Wall Street looked ahead to the benefits of a possibly split government in Washington, though trading is likely to stay bumpy in a week full of events that could shake the market.

Rail union approves deal offering hope of avoiding strike

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Another one of the 12 railroad unions narrowly approved its deal with the major freight railroads Saturday, offering some hope that the contract dispute might be resolved without a strike even though two other unions rejected their agreements last month.

China trade down on weak global demand, virus curbs

BEIJING (AP) — China's trade shrank in October as global demand weakened and anti-virus controls weighed on domestic consumer spending.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

US: Federal aid to Florida for Hurricane Ian tops $2B

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal aid to Florida for recovery from Hurricane Ian has topped the $2 billion mark, Biden administration officials announced Monday, one day before the midterm elections.

U.S. sanctions South African Islamic State-affiliated firms

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. on Monday imposed its second round of sanctions in less than a week on people and firms in Africa who it says have provided financial or material support to the Islamic State group.

UKRAINE

Kyiv prepares for a winter with no heat, water or power

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The mayor of Kyiv, Ukraine's capital, is warning residents that they must prepare for the worst this winter if Russia keeps striking the country's energy infrastructure — and that means having no electricity, water or heat in the freezing cold cannot be ruled out.


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4
SPORTS

SEC to review ways to address fans storming fields, courts

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The Southeastern Conference announced Friday it will review policies on postgame field and court storming by fans and explore ways schools can make the raucous celebrations safer.

NASHVILLE PREDATORS

Forsberg, Duchene lead Predators to 4-1 win over Flames

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Filip Forsberg and Matt Duchene each had a goal and an assist to lead the Nashville Predators to a 4-1 win over the Calgary Flames on Thursday night.

STATEWIDE

Safety board renews school bus seat belt call after crash

NASHVILLE (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board on Thursday renewed its call for seat belts on school buses after completing an investigation of a 2020 crash in Tennessee that killed the driver and a 7-year-old girl.

ELECTION 2022

Lee distances himself from false claims on ballot proposal

CROSSVILLE (AP) — Gov. Bill Lee on Thursday distanced himself from a claim attributed to him falsely alleging that employees will be forced to pay union dues if the state's so-called right-to-work law is not enshrined in the state constitution.

Tennessee Gov. Lee kicks off bus tour in reelection bid

CROSSVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee and a slew of fellow top Republicans filed out of a tour bus into a restaurant packed with supporters on Thursday, starting the final push in a reelection effort that has so far been defined by doing business as usual as governor, running TV ads and paying no mind to his Democratic opponent, Jason Martin.

COURTS

AG: Disposing embryos outside uterus not against Tenn. law

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's strict abortion ban does not apply to the disposal of fertilized human embryos that haven't been transferred to a uterus, according to a recent state attorney general opinion.

AP source: Trump ally appears before Mar-a-Lago grand jury

WASHINGTON (AP) — A close ally of former President Donald Trump who has said he was present as Trump declassified broad categories of materials has appeared before a federal grand jury after being given immunity for his testimony, according to a person familiar with the matter.

On stand in 1/6 trial, Oath Keepers boss says he's a patriot

WASHINGTON (AP) — Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes took the witness stand Friday in his seditious conspiracy trial, telling jurors he is a patriotic American as he tries to counter allegations that his far-right extremist group planned an armed rebellion to stop the transfer of presidential power.

High court to hear water dispute between Navajo, government

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says it will hear a water dispute involving the U.S. government and the Navajo Nation.

Supreme Court more diverse than lawyers who argue before it

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court looks more like America than it ever has. The lawyers who argue at the nation's highest court? Not so much.

Judge says he'll appoint monitor for Donald Trump's company

NEW YORK (AP) — A Manhattan judge said Thursday he will appoint an independent monitor "to ensure there is no further fraud" at former President Donald Trump's company, restricting its ability to freely make deals, sell assets and change its corporate structure.

Council to consider applicants for Tennessee appeals vacancy

NASHVILLE (AP) — Nine people have applied for a vacancy on the Court of Criminal Appeals.

Ex-housekeeper sues Jeff Bezos, claims discrimination

SEATTLE (AP) — A former housekeeper for Amazon founder Jeff Bezos says she and other employees suffered unsafe working conditions that included being forced to climb out a laundry room window to get to a bathroom anytime the Bezos family was home.

Prosecution rests, Oath Keepers 1/6 case turns to defense

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors rested their case Thursday against Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes and four associates charged in the U.S. Capitol attack after presenting nearly five weeks of testimony, videos and text messages they say prove the defendants were behind a violent plot to stop the transfer of presidential power.

HEALTH CARE

Europe OKs 1st one-dose drug to protect babies against RSV

LONDON (AP) — The European Commission has authorized the world's first one-dose drug against a respiratory virus that sickens millions of babies and children globally every year.

EDUCATION

Schools clash with parents over bans on student cellphones

Cellphones — the ultimate distraction — keep children from learning, educators say. But in attempts to keep the phones at bay, the most vocal pushback doesn't always come from students. In some cases, it's from parents.

MEDIA

General Mills, Audi pause Twitter ads, will evaluate site

NEW YORK (AP) — General Mills and Audi are the latest big advertisers to pause ads on Twitter as questions swirl about how the social media platform will operate under new owner Elon Musk.

ENVIRONMENT

When destitute small towns mean dangerous tap water

KEYSTONE, W.Va. (AP) — Donna Dickerson's heart would sink every time she'd wake up, turn on the faucet in her mobile home and hear the pipes gurgling.

Major banks support rainforest oil project despite problems

LONDON (AP) — In the Putumayo region of the Colombian Amazon, Segundo Meneses' daily routine took him to the Chufiya river, its banks verdant and waters alive with catfish and piranha. On one morning seven years ago, he noticed a dark film lapping the shore. Where the river turned a bend, it turned to black. It was an oil slick that he says went on to sicken his young family and poison their cows and pigs.

Giant, sustainable rainforest fish is now fashion in America

TRES RIOS, Brazil (AP) — Sometimes you start something and have no idea where it will lead. So it was with Eduardo Filgueiras, a struggling guitarist whose family worked in an unusual business in Rio de Janeiro: They farmed toads. Filgueiras figured out a way to take the small toad skins and fuse them together, creating something large enough to sell.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks end higher on Wall Street after more shaky trading

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks closed higher on Wall Street after another day of uncertain trading as markets weighed the latest reading on the jobs market and what it means for interest rates and the odds of a recession.

Fed's Kashkari: Jobs report shows why more rate hikes needed

WASHINGTON (AP) — The solid U.S. jobs report for October underscores why the Federal Reserve needs to raise interest rates higher than it had previously forecast in order to control inflation, Neel Kashkari, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, said Friday.

US employers are hiring briskly even in face of rate hikes

WASHINGTON (AP) — America's employers kept hiring vigorously in October, adding 261,000 positions, a sign that as Election Day nears, the economy remains a picture of solid job growth and painful inflation.

European Central Bank leader doubles down on rate increases

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The head of the European Central Bank underlined the bank's determination to fight rampant inflation with more interest rate increases on top of record hikes, saying Friday that "our job is far from being completed" and that even a mild recession would not be enough to bring rising prices back under control.

Starbucks reports record Q4 revenue despite China declines

Pumpkin spice pumped up Starbucks' sales in its fiscal fourth quarter, and the company said it's confident that momentum will carry on into next year.

DoorDash defies U.S. delivery slowdown with strong Q3

DoorDash defied an overall slowdown in U.S. restaurant delivery in the third quarter, saying its orders jumped 27% as it expanded overseas and added new grocery and retail offerings.

UKRAINE

US to send $400 million more to Ukraine in military aid

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is sending Ukraine $400 million more in military aid and establishing a security assistance headquarters in Germany that will oversee all weapons transfers and military training for Ukraine, the Pentagon announced Friday.

Ukraine's president accuses Russia of 'energy terrorism'

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has accused Russia of engaging in "energy terrorism" after Russian strikes on Ukraine's energy network left millions of residents without power.

US senators in Ukraine promise continued aid ahead of winter

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Two U.S. senators met with families in Ukraine's capital Thursday and promised continued humanitarian support for the war-torn country as winter nears.

Microsoft extends aid for Ukraine's wartime tech innovation

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Ukraine is counting on more Western technological support as its war against Russia drags on, with Microsoft pledging Thursday to extend its backing for Kyiv's "extraordinary" wartime innovation through the end of next year.


THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3
TENNESSEE TITANS

Titans QB Ryan Tannehill says ankle pain biggest challenge

NASHVILLE (AP) — How Ryan Tannehill can tolerate the pain in his sprained right ankle will determine if the Tennessee quarterback misses a second straight game or is back in the lineup Sunday night when the Titans visit Kansas City.

ELECTION 2022

Officials say 200-plus votes cast for wrong Nashville races

NASHVILLE (AP) — More than 200 votes have been cast in the wrong races in Nashville since early voting began in Tennessee, election officials confirmed Wednesday.

Tennessee US House candidate's husband has stage 4 cancer

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Democratic state senator from Tennessee who is running to represent the Nashville area in Congress says her husband has stage 4 cancer.

Misinformation and the midterm elections: What to expect

Conspiracy theories about mail ballots. Anonymous text messages warning voters to stay home. Fringe social media platforms where election misinformation spreads with impunity.

COURTS

Judge considers outside monitor for Donald Trump's company

NEW YORK (AP) — A Manhattan judge said he'll decide Thursday on whether to appoint an independent monitor for former President Donald Trump's real estate empire — a move that would restrict his company's ability to freely make deals, sell assets and change its corporate structure.

Trump settles lawsuit filed by protesters over 2015 scuffle

NEW YORK (AP) — Former President Donald Trump has settled a lawsuit filed by a group of protesters who say they were roughed up by the Republican's private security guards during his 2015 presidential campaign.

Ex-housekeeper sues Jeff Bezos, claims discrimination

SEATTLE (AP) — A former housekeeper for Amazon founder Jeff Bezos says she and other employees suffered unsafe working conditions that included being forced to climb out a laundry room window to get to a bathroom anytime the Bezos family was home.

MEDIA

Twitter's blue check: Vital verification or status symbol?

The story of Twitter's blue checkmarks — a simple verification system that's come to be viewed as an elite status symbol — began with some high-profile impersonations, just as the site began taking off in 2008 and '09.

ENVIRONMENT

New, unusual court bid in fight over endangered Nevada toad

RENO, Nev. (AP) — In a highly unusual move in a legal battle over a Nevada geothermal power plant and an endangered toad, the project's developer is now asking a judge to allow it to scale back by 80% the original plan U.S. land managers approved last November.

TRANSPORTATION

Pilot union rejects American Airlines offer, seeks more pay

DALLAS (AP) — U.S. airlines will have to pay more than they expected to reach new contracts with pilots, who are using the leverage of a pilot shortage and rising travel demand to seek significant wage increases.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Stellantis: Park older models due to 3 Takata air bag deaths

DETROIT (AP) — Stellantis and the U.S. government are warning owners of 276,000 older vehicles to stop driving them after Takata air bags apparently exploded in three more vehicles, killing the drivers.

ENERGY

Hezbollah, Iranian oil smuggling network hit with sanctions

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. on Thursday imposed sanctions on a group of individuals, firms and vessels connected to an oil smuggling outfit said to benefit the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah and Iran's Revolutionary Guard.

Europe urged to save natural gas to avoid shortage next year

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Europe could face a severe natural gas shortage next year and needs to act now to reduce use, the International Energy Agency said in a report Thursday, warning against complacency in an energy crisis triggered by Russia's war in Ukraine after countries were able to build up storage of the fuel to heat homes and generate electricity this winter.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks end lower as the Fed continues to fight inflation

Stocks slipped on Wall Street and Treasury yields again rose to multiyear highs a day after the Federal Reserve indicated that its fight against inflation is far from over.

Amazon pauses corporate hiring amid economic worries

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is pausing hiring for its corporate workforce, the latest move by the company to cut costs amid worries about the wider economic environment.

On Wall Street, extreme punishments for weak profit reports

NEW YORK (AP) — When it comes to meeting Wall Street's expectations for profit and sales, it's put-up-or-get-beat-up time for CEOs.

Powell: Rate hikes may slow, but inflation fight hardly over

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell sought Wednesday to strike a delicate balance at a moment when high inflation is bedeviling the nation's economy and commanding a central role in the midterm elections.

Slightly fewer Americans apply for jobless aid last week

WASHINGTON (AP) — Applications for jobless benefits fell slightly last week with the U.S. job market remaining resilient in the face of rising interest rates and persistent inflation.

Moderna misses on 3Q, shaves 2022 vaccine expectations

Supply problems have again forced Moderna to delay some COVID-19 vaccine deliveries, a move that surprised Wall Street and contributed to a disappointing third quarter.

Bank of England makes biggest interest rate hike in 30 years

LONDON (AP) — The Bank of England has announced its biggest interest rate increase in three decades as it tries to beat back stubbornly high inflation fueled by Russia's invasion of Ukraine and the disastrous economic policies of former Prime Minister Liz Truss.

State attorneys general sue to block Albertsons' $4B payout

The attorneys general of California, Illinois and the District of Columbia are suing Albertsons in an effort to stop the grocery chain from paying a nearly $4 billion dividend to its shareholders.

Yearly inflation in Turkey rises to new 24-year high of 85%

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Annual inflation in Turkey continued to rise in October, official figures showed Thursday, pushing the price of essential goods higher and amplifying a cost-of-living crisis in the country.

USDA says more than $200M will help meat processors expand

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Agriculture Department announced more than $223 million in grants and loans Wednesday to help small- and mid-sized meat processing plants expand as part of a larger $1 billion effort to boost competition in the highly concentrated industry.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Schumer insists Democrats have path to keep Senate majority

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer predicted Thursday that Democrats will hold the U.S. Senate, propelled by strong voter turnout to buck a wave of Republican enthusiasm for gaining control of Congress in the midterm elections.

US, South Korea warn Pyongyang against nuclear weapons use

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. and South Korea jointly warned North Korea on Thursday that use of any kind of nuclear weapon against Seoul or other regional allies would result in the end of Kim Jong Un's regime, as Pyongyang continued to rattle the peninsula with escalating missile tests.

G7 ministers meet with Ukraine war, China ties on agenda

MUENSTER, Germany (AP) — Top diplomats from the world's major industrialized democracies grappled with the implications of Russia's war in Ukraine, China's growing economic clout and aims on Taiwan, and Iran's crackdown on antigovernment protesters as they opened two days of talks on Thursday.

In campaign swing, Biden focuses on incumbent Democrats

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's travel plan for his last big campaign swing before Tuesday's midterm elections reveals his defensive stance in the campaign's closing days: He's spending the bulk of his time trying to hang on to seats that his party already holds.

Biden implores voters to save democracy from lies, violence

WASHINGTON (AP) — Warning that democracy itself is in peril, President Joe Biden called on Americans Wednesday night to use their ballots in next week's midterm elections to stand up against lies, violence and dangerous "ultra MAGA" election disruptors who are trying to "succeed where they failed" in subverting the 2020 elections.

After Pelosi attack, House chair wants answers from police

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top ally of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is demanding fresh answers from the U.S. Capitol Police about security failures that led to a brutal attack on Pelosi's husband last week, questioning the embattled agency about whether it can keep lawmakers and their families safe.

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