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VOL. 43 | NO. 14 | Friday, April 5, 2019

50-year survivor in a city of teardowns

From Bear Bryant to Prince, Dylan, Willie and Kiss, Holiday Inn Vanderbilt has seen them all

Bear Bryant could tell me about the Vandy game-day meetup he had with a U.S. president at this historic West End hotel. He’s dead, of course, as is that president, so I can ask neither about that day or their reflections as the Holiday Inn by Vanderbilt celebrates its 50th birthday.

‘Genius’ 1990 newspaper undercover sting crashed at Holiday Inn

Yes, as Tim Ghianni tells us, Bob Dylan, Prince, Britney Spears, Kiss and Willie Nelson have all checked into the Holiday Inn Vanderbilt during its 50 years. So have I, for two of the most ridiculous hours in Nashville journalism history.


Major league city requires major league baseball

Can Nashville truly be a major league city without Major League Baseball? My take on that later.

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Nashville Comedy Festival. The festival, which runs through Sunday, features some of the funniest comedians in the world at different locations around the city. The 2019 line-up includes popular comedians like Jay Leno, Jeff Foxworthy, Sebastian Maniscalco, Ali Wong, Jim Jefferies, Rhett & Link, Tom Segura, John Crist, Nate Bargatze, Doug Loves Movies, Cody Ko, Noel Miller, Janeane Garofalo, Rita Rudner and 85 South. Information

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Low tax burden not only reason for Nashville influx

The spring market is here, and houses are flowing onto the market as vigorously as last month’s rains flooded basements and crawl spaces. The real estate bubble is yet to burst, and sellers know it. Prices remain on the rise.


Middle Tennessee real estate trends for March 2019

Home sales activity in Nashville and Davidson County continued it's upward momentum through the first quarter of 2019.

US mortgage rates move little after big drop; 30-year 4.08%

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates moved little this week after the key 30-year loan rate marked its steepest weekly drop in a decade the week before.


But seriously: Legislature tackles small issues

Just in case anyone thought the Tennessee General Assembly was all serious, all the time, it’s not.


New Lady Vols coach has 1 job: Win national championships

Nobody understands the high level of expectations for the Tennessee women’s basketball program more than Holly Warlick.


Government strategist named VU vice chancellor

Daniel Culbreath, a government strategist and policy expert who previously worked for the Tennessee General Assembly’s senior leadership, has been named assistant vice chancellor for state government relations at Vanderbilt University.


What a truck’s pricey off-road package really gets you

Pickup trucks are hugely popular, and so is the rugged outdoorsy, off-roading image that comes with them.


There’s no reason not to trust investments to robo-advisers

Robo-advisers have been around long enough that the question is no longer whether you should turn your investment decisions over to a computer. Now the question is: Why wouldn’t you?


Brown offers unique perspective on civil rights, business world

Do unto others. These tree words are a shorthand reminder to be nice and treat people in the manner that you’d want to be treated. Do unto others and make life smoother. Be good, and be of service because, as Robert J. Brown reminds readers in “You Can’t Do Wrong Doing Right.”


Now is the best time in years to get that new job

I can’t say this enough: The job market is excellent! It’s the strongest job market we’ve seen in 50 years. Fifty years!


Tennessee medical marijuana bill dropped for the year

NASHVILLE (AP) — A push to legalize medical marijuana in Tennessee has been dropped from consideration this year.


Rookie scores twice, Stars beat Preds for 1-0 series lead

NASHVILLE (AP) — Miro Heiskanen turned in a postseason debut to remember with the Dallas rookie defenseman writing himself into the NHL's record book.


Tennessee State Museum to mark 20 years of NFL's Titans

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee State Museum is marking 20 years of the NFL's Titans in the state with a special display.


Harper eager for chance to return Lady Vols to prominence

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Kellie Harper says she was playing for Tennessee when Pat Summitt predicted the tenacious point guard would eventually coach the Lady Vols.


Country musician Earl Thomas Conley dies at 77

NASHVILLE (AP) — Country musician Earl Thomas Conley has died. He was 77.


Tennessee beefing up successful overdose prevention program

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services is adding staff to an overdose prevention program that it credits with saving at least 2,000 lives.


Wife of Nissan ex-exec Ghosn being questioned in Tokyo court

TOKYO (AP) — Prosecutors questioned the wife of Nissan's former Chairman Carlos Ghosn in a Tokyo court Thursday, after her husband was taken into custody on financial misconduct allegations.


'A monopoly on information': Russia closes grip on internet

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian lawmakers approved Thursday a bill that would expand government control over the internet and whose opponents fear heralds a new era of widespread censorship.


Bezos: Amazon will take risks, learn from failures

Amazon challenged its retail rivals to raise their wages and improve benefits, saying the competition will help everyone.

US wholesale prices rise 0.6% in March, lifted by gas costs

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. wholesale prices increased in March by the most since last fall, driven largely by more expensive gas and electricity.

China says trade talks with US 'moving forward'

BEIJING (AP) — China said Thursday that trade talks with the U.S. are "moving forward" after nine rounds of consultations aimed at ending a standoff that has shaken the world economic outlook.

UK's May faces Parliament after EU grants Brexit extension

LONDON (AP) — A clearly frustrated European Union has given Britain a few more months to find a way out of its Brexit quagmire. Now it's up to Britain's squabbling politicians to work out if they can meet the new Halloween deadline.

Judge threatens to stop Carnival ships from docking In US

MIAMI (AP) — A federal judge threatened Wednesday to temporarily block Carnival Corp. from docking cruise ships at ports in the United States as punishment for a possible probation violation.

Reports: Chinese carrier asking Boeing for compensation

BEIJING (AP) — One of China's three major state-owned airlines has joined carriers that are asking Boeing Co. for compensation after suspending use of its 737 Max jetliner following two fatal crashes.


Mnuchin postpones decision on handing over Trump tax returns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department has missed a deadline to deliver President Donald Trump's tax returns to the House Ways and Means Committee chairman. It's another early step in a battle between the Trump administration and congressional Democrats over access to Trump's business and financial dealings, with the dispute likely to end up in court.

WikiLeaks' Assange is arrested at Ecuador embassy in London

LONDON (AP) — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was forcibly bundled out of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London and into a waiting British police van on Thursday, setting up a potential court battle over attempts to extradite him to the U.S. to face charges related to the publication of tens of thousands of secret government documents.

Barr says he thinks 'spying' occurred against Trump campaign

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr declared he thinks "spying did occur" against Donald Trump's presidential campaign, suggesting the origins of the Russia investigation may have been mishandled, in remarks that aligned him with the president at a time when Barr's independence is under scrutiny.


Fuel pipeline near BNA damaged during drilling

NASHVILLE (AP) — A spokeswoman for the Tennessee Department of Transportation says a fuel pipeline near the Nashville International Airport has been damaged by TDOT workers conducting "exploratory drilling."


Tennessee voucher-like bill version adds back homeschooling

NASHVILLE (AP) — Gov. Bill Lee's voucher-style proposal has restored the option of paying for homeschooling.

Ethics panel: House Democrat violated sexual harassment rule

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Democratic Tennessee lawmaker has been instructed to take "preventative action" after a House ethics panel found he violated the General Assembly's sexual harassment policy.

Bills die as Legislature gets closer to adjournment

NASHVILLE (AP) — A handful of high-profile proposals in Tennessee are being spiked as state lawmakers slowly inch closer to adjourning their legislative session for the year.

Fetal heartbeat bill stalls in Tennessee Senate committee

NASHVILLE (AP) — Legislation banning abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected stalled in Tennessee on Tuesday amid concerns that passing the measure would result in the state losing costly court battles.

Lee signs bill to nix 1 court death penalty review

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee is removing one state court's review before executing inmates under legislation signed by Republican Gov. Bill Lee.


Audit: Tennessee clinic received $6M in overpayments

NASHVILLE (AP) — State auditors say a Tennessee health clinic has been overpaid more than $6 million by submitting false reimbursement information for services provided to Medicaid patients.


4 chancellor finalists for University of Tennessee-Knoxville

KNOXVILLE (AP) — The University of Tennessee at Knoxville has named four finalists to become the new chancellor at the flagship campus.


Alexander returns to Belmont, replaces Byrd as hoops coach

NASHVILLE (AP) — Casey Alexander has been hired as the 10th coach in Belmont history, succeeding his former coach and boss, Rick Byrd.


Stars, Predators ready to build a rivalry in playoffs

NASHVILLE (AP) — The NHL could not have planned this any better.


Workers at Chattanooga VW plant petition to join union

CHATTANOOGA (AP) — Some workers at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, have filed their third petition in five years to join the United Auto Workers.

Ghosn's lawyers appeal to Japan Supreme Court over detention

TOKYO (AP) — The lawyers for Nissan's former Chairman Carlos Ghosn, who was sent back to detention while out on bail, filed a protest with the Japanese Supreme Court on Wednesday.


Publisher of iconic black magazines files for bankruptcy

CHICAGO (AP) — Johnson Publishing Co., owner of the iconic Ebony and Jet magazines that helped changed the negative image of black people portrayed by U.S. media, filed for bankruptcy liquidation Tuesday in a federal court in Chicago.


Yahoo to pay $117.5M in latest settlement of massive breach

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Nearly 200 million people who had sensitive information snatched from their Yahoo accounts will receive two years of free credit-monitoring services and other potential restitution in a legal settlement valued at $117.5 million.

Facebook cracks down on groups spreading harmful information

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook says it is rolling out a wide range of updates aimed at combatting the spread of false and harmful information on the social media site.


Stocks end broadly higher on Wall Street

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are ending broadly higher on Wall Street, allowing the market to recoup some of the ground it lost a day earlier.

US budget deficit running 15% higher than a year ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government reported a $146.9 billion deficit in March, causing annual debt to rise 15% for the first half of the budget year compared to the same period in 2018.

Most Fed officials see rates staying on hold for all of 2019

WASHINGTON (AP) — A majority of Federal Reserve officials last month believed that economic conditions would likely warrant keeping the Fed's benchmark policy unchanged for the rest of this year.

Trump: It's up to Cain to move ahead with Fed nomination

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Wednesday that former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain is a "wonderful man," but it will be up to him to decide whether to go forward with a nomination to the Federal Reserve's seven-member board.

US consumer prices rose 0.4% in March on higher gas costs

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer prices climbed 0.4% in March, an increase caused mostly by higher costs for gasoline, electricity and shelter.

CEOs of big banks face off with House Democrats

NEW YORK (AP) — The heads of seven of the largest banks in the U.S. fielded sometimes contentious questions from a House committee on Wednesday, some dealing with current risks to the financial system and other focused on more politically-charged topics.

Europe hurt by US trade threats, central bank says

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The head of the European Central Bank warned that global friction over trade — such as U.S. threats to impose more tariffs — is holding back the economy as he underlined the bank's readiness to deploy more stimulus if needed.

European Central Bank holds rates as uncertainties grow

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank has left its policy promises and interest rates unchanged as it weighs looming risks to the economy from Brexit and trade disputes.

UK's May to ask EU for Brexit delay; long extension expected

BRUSSELS (AP) — Just days away from a potentially calamitous no-deal Brexit, European Union leaders meet Wednesday to discuss granting the United Kingdom a new delay — possibly of up to a year — to its departure from the bloc.

Trump's order would make it harder to block pipelines

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will announce an executive order during a trip to Texas on Wednesday that could make it harder for states to scuttle pipelines and other energy projects based on concerns about their impact on water quality.

Detained US investor in Russia may get house arrest

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian law enforcement has applied to have detained U.S. investor Michael Calvey released on house arrest pending a trial on charges of embezzlement.


House passes bill to restore 'net neutrality' rules

The House has passed bill Wednesday to restore Obama-era "net neutrality" rules, but the legislation faces slim odds of making it through the Republican-controlled Senate.

Barr: 'I think spying did occur' on Trump campaign

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr said Wednesday he is reviewing the origins of the Trump-Russia investigation, declaring he believed the president's campaign had been spied on and wanted to make sure proper procedures were followed.

Trump says he won't deliver tax returns to Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is facing an imminent congressional deadline for his administration to provide his tax returns but he says he "won't do it" while he's under audit by the IRS.

2020 Democrats court young voters, but will they show up?

GRINNELL, Iowa (AP) — Austin Anderson was excited to see Beto O'Rourke on his college campus last week, intrigued by his "character" and talk of bipartisanship. But would he support the former Texas congressman in next year's Iowa caucuses?

Democrats prepare border bills, say Trump enflamed problem

WASHINGTON (AP) — Under pressure to show they have solutions, Democrats are honing proposals to address the surge of families entering the U.S. at the southern border, a problem they say President Donald Trump's restrictive immigration policies are enflaming.

Sanders' adds long-term care to his 'Medicare for All' plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont unveiled a revamped version of his "Medicare for All" plan on Wednesday, shaking up the 2020 presidential race by renewing his call for replacing job-based and private health insurance with a government plan that guarantees coverage for all.

Barr to testify before the Senate as Mueller's report looms

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr is returning to Capitol Hill for a second time this week as lawmakers, the White House and the American public anxiously await his release of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia report .


Bob Dylan whiskey distillery to open fall 2020 in Nashville

NASHVILLE (AP) — More information is being released about music icon Bob Dylan's project in downtown Nashville in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of his "Nashville Skyline" album.


Teachers speak out against Tennessee voucher bill

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee schoolteachers are speaking out against Gov. Bill Lee's voucher-style proposal to expand the amount of taxpayer dollars that can be used to pay for private schools and other expenses.

Sports betting bill gains traction in Tennessee

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee bill to legalize sports betting is gaining traction.

Bill would create faith-based office in Lee's administration

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Lee's administration would include a faith-based and community initiatives division under a proposal making its way through the Tennessee General Assembly.

Tennessee closer to axing penalty on guns at some businesses

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee House has passed legislation to eliminate penalties when carry permit holders bring guns to some private properties and immediately leave when they realize firearms are banned.

Tennessee House advances 'secular humanism' bill

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee House on Monday advanced legislation prohibiting the state from funding health care facilities that offer abortions with state tax dollars based on the argument that support for abortion is tied to secular humanism.

Tennessee braiding bill heads to governor's desk

NASHVILLE (AP) — A proposal to loosen state regulations surrounding African-style hair braiding is headed to the Tennessee governor's desk for his signature.

Watered-down Tennessee 'bathroom bill' gets House's OK

NASHVILLE (AP) — The state House has cleared legislation to spell out that Tennessee's public indecency law applies to bathrooms and changing rooms for single-sex, multiperson use.


Taylor Swift donates $113K to TN LGBTQ advocacy group

NASHVILLE (AP) — Music superstar Taylor Swift says the efforts of a Tennessee LGBTQ advocacy group to fight a handful of contentious bills moving inside the state's Republican-controlled General Assembly inspired her to make a sizeable donation.


Ex-Lady Vol Kellie Harper returns to her alma mater as coach

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Kellie Harper is returning to Tennessee with hopes of rejuvenating one of the biggest brand names in women's college basketball, two decades after playing on three consecutive Lady Vols national championship teams.

Tennessee's Grant Williams enters draft to 'test the waters'

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee forward Grant Williams says he is entering the NBA draft to "test the waters," but the consensus All-America selection hasn't ruled out the possibility of returning for his senior season.

Tennessee announces Barnes will be back next season

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee coach Rick Barnes will be back with the Volunteers next season.


Settlement talks fail in soybean seed lawsuit in Tennessee

MEMPHIS (AP) — Lawyers have failed to reach a settlement in a federal lawsuit claiming a soybean seed company purposely sold faulty seeds to black farmers in Mississippi.

Loughlin, husband, others hit with money laundering charge

BOSTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors added money laundering to the list of accusations against actress Lori Loughlin, her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, and 14 other parents Tuesday in the college admissions bribery case, signaling an escalation against parents who are fighting the allegations instead of pleading guilty.

Same-sex couple sues over misguided 'Operation Candy Crush'

MURFREESBORO (AP) — A same-sex couple arrested during a misguided crackdown on lawful CBD oil products in Tennessee is suing, saying county prosecutors and deputies abused their authority.


Nissan ex-chair Ghosn says a 'conspiracy' led to his arrest

TOKYO (AP) — Nissan's former Chairman Carlos Ghosn maintained his innocence in a video released by his legal team Tuesday and accused some executives at the Japanese automaker of a "conspiracy" that led to his arrest on financial misconduct allegations.


Heated debate over high drug costs returns to Capitol Hill

Patient bills, competition and secrecy shared the spotlight Tuesday as pharmacy benefit managers testified before Congress about prescription drug prices.

Feds charge 2 dozen in billion dollar Medicare brace scam

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal agents on Tuesday broke up a billion dollar Medicare scam that peddled unneeded orthopedic braces to hundreds of thousands of seniors. Two dozen people were charged, including doctors accused of writing bogus prescriptions.


US stocks close lower, ending 8-day win streak for S&P 500

Industrial companies led a broad slide in stocks on Wall Street Tuesday, ending the benchmark S&P 500's eight-day winning streak.

Retailers try to lure customers with free Uber rides

NEW YORK (AP) — While shoppers are getting everything from morning coffee to complete work wardrobes delivered to their homes, some businesses are working with ride-hailing company Uber to entice customers back through their doors.

US businesses' job openings fell sharply in February

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of available jobs in the U.S. fell sharply in February after reaching a record level the previous month, a sign that businesses may pull back a bit on hiring.

Boeing orders and deliveries tumble as Max jet is grounded

DALLAS (AP) — Orders and deliveries of Boeing's 737 Max plunged in the first quarter as the plane was grounded around the world following a second deadly crash.

IMF forecast: Global growth will weaken this year to 3.3%

WASHINGTON (AP) — The International Monetary Fund on Tuesday downgraded its outlook for growth in the United States, Europe, Japan and the overall global economy and pointed to heightened trade tensions as a key reason.

Bank of America raising hourly minimum wage to $20

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Bank of America is raising its starting pay to $20 an hour over a two-year period, starting with a hike next month.

Trump says he'll put tariffs on $11B in EU goods

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Tuesday he'll put tariffs on $11 billion worth European Union cheese, wine and other goods to retaliate for what Washington says are improper subsidies to Airbus.

From jets to cheese: US wants to put new tariffs on EU

LONDON (AP) — The Trump administration wants to tax $11.2 billion worth of EU goods — from airplanes to Gouda cheese — in a move that some experts say marks another attempt by the administration to use tariffs to reshape global trade in its favor.

Britain's May in Berlin to plead case for new Brexit delay

BERLIN (AP) — Prime Minister Theresa May brought her case for a further delay to Britain's departure from the European Union to Berlin on Tuesday, while German and French officials insisted that any extension to the deadline must come with strings attached and assurances from London.


AP FACT CHECK: Trump tries to pin child separations on Obama

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is wholly mispresenting the immigration detention policy he introduced that forced migrant children from their parents at the border.

CEOs of 7 big banks to appear in front of Congress

NEW YORK (AP) — The heads of some of the U.S.' largest banks will appear in front of Congress Wednesday, for a hearing expected to produce political fireworks, but few policy changes.

Trump: Not looking to reinstate family separation policy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing bipartisan pushback, President Donald Trump said Tuesday he's not looking to revive the much-criticized practice of separating migrant children from their families at the southern border. At the same time, he suggested the policy had worked to deter migrants from coming into the U.S.

Capitol Hill hearing on online hate sees it firsthand

WASHINGTON (AP) — A congressional hearing on online hate turned into a vivid demonstration of the problem Tuesday when a YouTube livestream of the proceedings was bombarded with racist and anti-Semitic comments.

Mnuchin says he'll 'follow the law' on Trump tax returns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Tuesday that his department intends to "follow the law" and is reviewing a request by a top House Democrat to provide President Donald Trump's tax returns to lawmakers.

Poll: Most Americans say Trump makes race relations worse

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than half of Americans say President Donald Trump has made race relations worse during his time in the White House, and more than two-thirds believe it has become more common for people to say racist things since he won the White House.

Facebook, Google face House hearing on white nationalism

Executives from Google and Facebook are facing Congress Tuesday to answer questions about their role in the spread of hate crimes and the rise of white nationalism in the U.S.

Barr to release Mueller report within a week

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr says he will release a redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller's report on the Russia investigation within a week.

IRS commissioner to face lawmakers on Trump tax returns

WASHINGTON (AP) — IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig, asked to deliver President Donald Trump's tax returns to a Democratic-controlled House panel, is facing off with lawmakers on Capitol Hill on Tuesday for the first time since last week's request.

Chinese prime minister to discuss trade with EU leaders

BRUSSELS (AP) — China's prime minister is set to meet top European Union officials to discuss thorny issues including better access for European companies to Chinese markets and security concerns over high-speed 5G network technology.

White House steps up attacks as Mueller report release nears

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump took a victory lap after special counsel Robert Mueller concluded his Russia investigation. It may have been premature.


Keith Urban, Kacey Musgraves, Dan + Shay win at ACM Awards

Grammy-winning duo Dan + Shay solidified themselves as the hottest group in country music with multiple wins at the Academy of Country Music Awards, where Keith Urban was named entertainer of the year and Kacey Musgraves won three honors.


Mayor proclaims Wednesday Preds Pride Day

Mayor David Briley has proclaimed Wednesday Preds Pride Day in celebration of the opening game of the Nashville Predators’ playoff series against the Dallas Stars.


Stackhouse says relationship, opportunity drew him to Vandy

NASHVILLE (AP) — Jerry Stackhouse was preparing to interview for NBA jobs, not take over the struggling Vanderbilt men's basketball program.


Titans add former AAF players Woodside, Towbridge

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have added two former Alliance of American Football players by agreeing to terms with quarterback Logan Woodside and tight end Keith Towbridge.


Soldiers from 101st Airborne deploying to Ukraine this month

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) — Dozens of soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division are deploying to Ukraine this month for a scheduled nine month tour.


Bug off: Tennessee cotton farmers keep boll weevil program

NASHVILLE (AP) — Cotton producers in Tennessee have decided to continue a program that prevents the destructive boll weevil insect from reintroduction in the state.

Pickwick Dam to be reinforced against earthquakes

PICKWICK DAM (AP) — The Tennessee Valley Authority plans to begin reinforcing the Pickwick Dam against earthquakes this fall.


Nissan shareholders OK ouster of ex-chair Ghosn from board

TOKYO (AP) — Nissan's shareholders ousted the automaker's former chairman Carlos Ghosn from its board on Monday, seeking to shut the door on an era capped by scandal.

Wife of ex-Nissan chair says she 'felt in danger' in Japan

PARIS (AP) — The wife of former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn says she hastily left Japan after her husband's latest arrest because she feared for her own safety.


UK considers direct regulation of social media companies

LONDON (AP) — The U.K. for the first time on Monday proposed direct regulation of social media companies, with senior executives potentially facing fines if they fail to block damaging content such as terrorist propaganda or images of child abuse.


More Indonesians join cases against Boeing after CEO apology

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — More families of victims of the Lion Air crash in Indonesia are suing Boeing Co. after its chief executive apologized and said a software update for the MAX 8 jet would prevent further disasters.

Delta tops long-running ranking of US airlines

Delta Air Lines comes in first in a long-running study that ranks U.S. airlines by how often flights arrive on time and other statistical measures.

American Airlines extends Max-caused cancellations to June 5

WASHINGTON (AP) — American Airlines is extending by over a month its cancellations of about 90 daily flights as the troubled 737 Max plane remains grounded by regulators.

London taxes older vehicles in bid to fight air pollution

LONDON (AP) — In a bid to fight air pollution, London has introduced one of the world's toughest vehicle emissions standards, placing a tax on older, more polluting cars that drive into the center of the British capital.


Huffman, 12 other parents to plead guilty in college scheme

BOSTON (AP) — Actress Felicity Huffman and a dozen other prominent parents have agreed to plead guilty in the sweeping college admissions cheating scam that has ensnared wealthy families and athletic coaches at some of the nation's most selective universities, federal authorities said Monday.


S&P 500 ekes out gain, enough to extend winning streak

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stock indexes took a round trip Monday, erasing their early-morning losses to end the day close to where they started.

Fed puts forward proposals to modify bank regulations

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve on Monday put forward two proposals to modify regulations put in place after the 2008 financial crisis that the banking industry complained were too restrictive.

Univision unloads Gizmodo, The Onion to private equity firm

NEW YORK (AP) — Univision has sold tech site Gizmodo, satirical-news hub The Onion and other English-language sites to the private equity firm Great Hill Partners. Terms were not disclosed.

Pinterest sets conservative pricing after Lyft drop

NEW YORK (AP) — Pinterest, among the gaggle of tech companies hoping to go public this year, set a conservative price range Monday for its initial public offering. It hopes to raise as much as $1.5 billion in its initial offering of shares.

Theresa May woos UK opponents and EU leaders over Brexit

LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Theresa May wooed domestic political opponents and European leaders Monday as she sought to break Britain's Brexit impasse and secure a delay to the country's departure from the European Union.


Trump administration ends MLB/Cuba baseball deal

HAVANA (AP) — The Trump administration is moving to end a deal allowing Cuban baseball players to sign contracts directly with Major League Baseball organizations. The change will once again require Cuban players to cut ties with their national program before signing with MLB.

House Democrats ask IRS to provide Trump's tax returns

WASHINGTON (AP) — A House committee chairman formally asked the IRS to provide six years of President Donald Trump's personal tax returns and the returns for some of his businesses as Democrats try to shed light on his complex financial dealings and potential conflicts of interest.

US labels Iran Revolutionary Guard 'terrorist organization'

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump announced Monday that the U.S. is designating Iran's Revolutionary Guard a "foreign terrorist organization," in an effort to increase pressure on the country.

Nielsen out at Homeland Security as Trump focuses on border

WASHINGTON (AP) — Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has resigned amid President Donald Trump's growing frustration and bitterness over the number of Central American families crossing the southern border.

Bernie Sanders finds himself in a new role as front-runner

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is quieting critics who questioned whether he could recapture the energy of his upstart 2016 campaign, surpassing his rivals in early fundraising and establishing himself as an indisputable front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination.

White House says Democrats will never see Trump tax returns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats will "never" see President Donald Trump's tax returns, said White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, as a new front opened in the confrontation between the administration and Congress.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump mocks migrants, retreats on health care

WASHINGTON (AP) — Playing migrants for laughs in a speech to lobbyists and donors, President Donald Trump characterized people trying to get into the U.S. as a horde of beefy men who fake hard-luck stories so softies in the immigration system will let them in.


$40M school safety proposal heads to governor's desk

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers have signed off on a $40 million proposal to improve school safety.

Tennessee school choice plan likely to be amended in Senate

NASHVILLE (AP) — A key Tennessee Republican says Gov. Bill Lee's proposed school choice initiative will likely face substantial changes now that the current version seeks to prohibit schoolchildren living in the country illegally from accessing the program.

Lawmaker apologizes, denies investigation amid claims

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Democratic Tennessee lawmaker on Thursday apologized for having his behavior possibly misinterpreted after being accused of sexual misconduct, but denied he was under investigation.


Brentwood schools to change its language about slavery

BRENTWOOD (AP) — A school system in Tennessee is changing how it teaches about slavery and the history of black people in the United States.

Tennessee to use paper student assessments for a year

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee says the state will temporarily revert to paper assessments for elementary and secondary students next school year.

MTSU shows governor mechatronics program

MURFREESBORO (AP) — Students in one of Middle Tennessee State University's ready-to-work degree programs are getting access to technology used by companies around the world through a grant from Siemens Digital Industries Software.


Vanderbilt hires Grizzlies assistant Stackhouse

NASHVILLE (AP) — Vanderbilt has hired Memphis Grizzlies assistant and former NBA star Jerry Stackhouse as its basketball coach.


Predators rally with 2 late goals, beat Canucks 3-2

NASHVILLE (AP) — Ryan Johansen can't wait to watch the Nashville Predators' big play again.


Texas tops Lipscomb to win NIT championship

NEW YORK (AP) — Texas can hook its horns to an NIT championship.

Sterling Marlin undergoing deep brain stimulation surgery

NASHVILLE (AP) — Two-time Daytona 500 winner Sterling Marlin has been undergoing deep brain stimulation surgery as part of his treatment for Parkinson's disease.


Court extends new detention for Nissan ex-chair Ghosn

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese court on Friday approved the detention of former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn through April 14 after his latest arrest over financial misconduct allegations, a move that has raised questions among legal experts.

EU says BMW, Daimler, VW colluded to limit emissions tech

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union authorities said Friday that German automakers BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen colluded to limit the development of emissions-cleaning technology in cars.

Nissan's Ghosn arrested again in financial misconduct case

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo prosecutors arrested Nissan's former chairman Carlos Ghosn on Thursday for a fourth time on fresh allegations that cut short his brief time outside detention.

Judge gives Musk, regulators 2 weeks to settle dispute

NEW YORK (AP) — A judge urged the Securities and Exchange Commission and Tesla CEO Elon Musk Thursday to amicably settle their dispute over his tweets or she'll decide whether to grant the regulatory agency's request that the outspoken boss face escalating fines if he breaks its rules protecting investors.


Emmert: Court ruling reinforces NCAA athletes not employees

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — NCAA President Mark Emmert says a judge's recent ruling in a federal antitrust lawsuit again reinforced that college athletes should be treated as students not employees.


S. Korea launches 5G smartphone networks ahead of schedule

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's telecommunications carriers turned on super-fast 5G mobile internet networks abruptly ahead of schedule in an attempt to ensure the country becomes the first in the world to launch the services.

US colleges halt work with Huawei following federal charges

BOSTON (AP) — Colleges in the U.S. are cutting ties with Chinese tech giant Huawei (WAH'-way) as the company faces allegations of bank fraud and trade secret theft.

Russian supply ship reaches space station in record time

MOSCOW (AP) — An unmanned Russian spacecraft carrying more than three tons of cargo has set a record time for a trip to the International Space Station, docking with the orbiting outpost in three hours and 21 minutes.

Twitter stops blocking French government's ad campaign

PARIS (AP) — Twitter said Thursday it has stopped blocking French government ads calling on people to vote after it came under fire from authorities for being overzealous in applying a law aimed at banning fake news.


CVS spreads same-day prescription deliveries to 36 states

CVS Health is expanding same-day prescription deliveries nationwide in the latest push by drugstores to keep customers who don't want to wait and are doing more shopping online.


Environmental groups to sue Shell over climate change

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Climate activists delivered a court summons Friday to oil company Shell in a court case aimed at forcing it to do more to rein in carbon emissions.


3rd federal judge blocks citizenship question on 2020 census

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — A third federal judge has blocked the Trump administration from adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census.


Trump's pick to head the World Bank wins election

WASHINGTON (AP) — David Malpass, the Treasury official nominated by President Donald Trump to head the 189-nation World Bank, has won election to the post.

UK's prime minister asks EU to delay Brexit until June 30

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday again sought to delay Brexit until June 30 to avoid a chaotic withdrawal from the European Union in one week, although a key leader of the bloc suggested an even longer pause in the difficult divorce proceedings.

Trump wants Fed rate cut, quantitative easing

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has responded to the jobs report by calling on the Federal Reserve to cut rates and restore the bond-buying program it used to lower longer-term interest rates earlier this decade in the aftermath of the Great Recession, an approach known as "quantitative easing."

Hiring rebounds as US employers add a solid 196,000 jobs

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hiring rebounded in March as U.S. employers added a solid 196,000 jobs, up sharply from February's scant gain and evidence that many businesses still want to hire despite signs that the economy is slowing.

Confidence gauge suggests US hiring could slow later in year

WASHINGTON (AP) — A random survey of 2,000 Americans has produced a surprisingly strong track record of forecasting the health of the job market over time.

Ex-GOP congressman's Russian bank stripped of license

MOSCOW (AP) — A small Russian bank owned by former U.S. congressman Charles Taylor was stripped of its license Friday after allegedly breaking anti-money laundering rules.

US stock indexes finish mostly higher after a wobbly day

Another wobbly day of trading on Wall Street ended Thursday with modest gains, nudging the market's winning streak to a sixth straight day.

Trump says he is recommending Herman Cain for Fed board

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Thursday he is recommending Herman Cain, a political ally and former presidential candidate, for a seat on the Federal Reserve board.

Trump says US, China 'rounding the turn' in trade talks

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Thursday that the U.S. and China are "rounding the turn" in a lengthy negotiation over trade and predicted that "something monumental" for both countries could be announced in a matter of weeks.

Brexit compromise may rest on UK odd couple May and Corbyn

LONDON (AP) — She is the strait-laced daughter of an Anglican priest who has championed conservative values all her life; he has for decades campaigned on issues dear to left-wingers around the world.

Tax windfall fuels record share buybacks for US companies

U.S. corporations spent a record amount buying back their own shares last year, using 2017's tax-cut windfall to reward shareholders rather than to invest or expand their businesses.

Applications for US unemployment aid fall to 49-year low

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell to its lowest level since late 1969, a sign that employers are holding onto their workers despite signs of a slowing economy.


Ex-spy Valerie Plame eyes run for Congress

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Former CIA operative, author and activist Valerie Plame said Friday she is considering a 2020 run for an open U.S. congressional seat in New Mexico.

Barr defends handling of Mueller's Russia report

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr on Thursday defended his handling of special counsel Robert Mueller's report on the Russia investigation, saying the confidential document contains sensitive grand jury material that prevented it from being immediately released to the public.

GOP congressman asks to exempt Georgia from oil drilling

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A Republican congressman is asking the Trump administration to exclude the Georgia coast from its plans for expanding offshore oil drilling.

Trump backs off border shutdown but threatens auto tariffs

WASHINGTON (AP) — Abandoning his threat to immediately seal the southern border, President Donald Trump warned instead that he'd slap tariffs on cars coming to the U.S. from Mexico unless the Mexicans do more to stop the flow of migrants and drugs to the U.S.

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