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VOL. 45 | NO. 36 | Friday, September 3, 2021

Home Alone ’21: Where is My Person?

The bill comes due as pandemic pets need boarding, therapy

It was March 2020, and you thought you’d only be staying at home a few weeks. When weeks turned into months you got a little lonely. So you adopted a dog.

JOE ROGERS: MY TAKE

Please adjust your masks to full upright position

While waiting at Gate C7 at the Nashville airport, a thought occurred to me: Might ours turn out to be one of those “unruly passenger gets duct-taped to the seat” kind of flights?

RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

List low, sell high: Let the bidders drive up the price

With the post-Labor Day listing surge days away and the local real estate market spinning out of control, the feeding frenzy will once again fly into full swing. And while there are thousands of buyers hovering and an abundance of sellers, overpricing houses could be a big mistake.

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REAL ESTATE

Mortgage rates unchanged from last week, remain at less than 3%

McLEAN, Va. (AP) — The average long-term mortgage rate was unchanged from last week as the economy continues to show encouraging signs even as hospitalizations from the delta variant of the coronavirus remain elevated.

TENNESSEE TITANS

‘Next man up’ for Titans needs to be vaccinated

Next man up. It’s a saying the Titans and other NFL teams are fond of using as it relates to injuries and backup players stepping into starting roles once injuries occur.

Good players face reality of roster limits, especially at wide receiver

One thing about the Tennessee Titans that might be different this year than any other in a long time is just how steep the competition has been for roster spots.

Preseason questions remain

With the Titans not having a game until Sept. 12 when host Arizona opens the season, we will wait on the traditional four downs until next week. Instead, this week we will look at four areas of concern heading into the regular season.

Vrabel back inside Titans' HQ, optimistic more joining soon

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee coach Mike Vrabel returned to work Wednesday after a 10-day quarantine for COVID-19, and the Titans' virus outbreak may be easing up over the next few days.

BRIEFS

Kepro to buy eQHealthSolutions

Kepro, a health management and technology solutions company with offices in Nashville, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire eQHealth Solutions, LLC.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

Goodbye to five models being discontinued

Automakers are constantly introducing new models and nameplates to their lineups to meet consumer preferences and to keep their lineup fresh. With that comes the need to cycle older models out.

PERSONAL FINANCE

Do video games level up children’s money skills?

Every few days, my 8-year-old son, Neal, asks if he can “earn something” on Roblox, a popular online video game platform. That’s his way of suggesting I buy him Robux, the platform’s currency, in exchange for him doing a chore or extra academic assignment.

CAREER CORNER

Work from home not much help to low-wage workers

Working from home has been a benefit that has developed over the last year and a-half. It has allowed us to see that we can work outside of the normal work building and still be productive.

BUSINESS BOOK REVIEW

Bevy of business books to boost your productivity

Business is not one size fits all. The needs of your office are not the same as those of your competitor’s.

MILLENNIAL MONEY

Be ready to work for Labor Day bargains this year

This Labor Day, some Americans will have extra cash on hand for holiday weekend shopping.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Tennessee panel OKs $65M in state incentives for Oracle

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee panel has approved $65 million in state incentives for Oracle Corp. as the company plans to bring 8,500 jobs and an investment topping $1 billion to fast-growing Nashville over the coming decade.

MIDSTATE

Life sciences company to create 1,400 jobs in Lebanon

NASHVILLE (AP) — A company that produces supplies for biopharma companies plans to set up a new facility in Tennessee that is expected to create 1,400 jobs.

STATEWIDE

Memphis councilman Smiley running for Tennessee governor

MEMPHIS (AP) — Memphis City Council member JB Smiley Jr. said Wednesday that he is running for Tennessee governor.

Publisher to reissue Pa. senator's Alvin York book with corrections

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The academic press that published a Pennsylvania state senator's book about World War I hero Sgt. Alvin York has asked him to review a list of factual errors and sourcing issues in the book and the press' director said Tuesday it plans to publish a corrected version sometime next year.

EDUCATION

University of Tennessee system extends COVID mask mandate

NASHVILLE (AP) — The University of Tennessee system has extended a mask requirement at its campuses amid the state's continued spike in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations due to the delta variant.

COURTS

Elizabeth Holmes drawn as villain, underdog as trial begins

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Prosecutors and defense attorneys sketched dueling portraits of fallen Silicon Valley star Elizabeth Holmes as her trial got underway Wednesday, alternatively portraying her as a greedy villain who faked her way to the top and a passionate underdog whose spent years trying to shake up the health care industry.

Suits draw mixed rulings for Tennessee school mask opt-out

NASHVILLE (AP) — Lawsuits have drawn mixed results in opposite ends of Tennessee for Gov. Bill Lee's order that lets parents opt out of school mask requirements, with a federal judge in East Tennessee declining to block the directive after another judge paused the order specifically for the state's largest county, which includes Memphis.

Judge ends parts of VA doctor's lawsuit against newspapers

A judge ended parts of a lawsuit against several newspapers that was brought by a podiatrist accused of providing poor care to veterans.

Supreme Court hanging up phone, back to in-person arguments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The justices are putting the "court" back in Supreme Court.

'Varsity Blues' trial promises fresh insights in old scandal

BOSTON (AP) — The first trial in the "Operation Varsity Blues" college admissions bribery scandal will begin this week, with the potential to shed light on investigators' tactics and brighten the spotlight on a secretive school selection process many have long complained is rigged to favor the rich.

Australian court rules media liable for Facebook comments

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's highest court on Wednesday made a landmark ruling that media outlets are "publishers" of allegedly defamatory comments posted by third parties on their official Facebook pages.

Ex-NFL players plead guilty to health care fraud scheme

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former NFL players Clinton Portis, Tamarick Vanover and Robert McCune pleaded guilty for their roles in a nationwide health care fraud scheme and could face years in prison, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Tuesday.

ENVIRONMENT

Report: Solar could power 40% of US electricity by 2035

WASHINGTON (AP) — Solar energy has the potential to supply up to 40% of the nation's electricity within 15 years — a 10-fold increase over current solar output, but one that would require massive changes in U.S. policy and billions of dollars in federal investment to modernize the nation's electric grid, a new federal report says.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Ford hires exec formerly in charge of Apple's car project

NEW YORK (AP) — Ford Motor Co. has hired a former executive from Apple and Tesla to be the company's head of advanced technology and new embedded systems, a critical post as the auto industry moves to adopt vehicles powered by electricity and guided by computers.

VIRUS OUTBREAK

COVID-19 surge in the US: The summer of hope ends in gloom

WASHINGTON (AP) — The summer that was supposed to mark America's independence from COVID-19 is instead drawing to a close with the U.S. more firmly under the tyranny of the virus, with deaths per day back up to where they were last March.

WHO chief urges halt to booster shots for rest of the year

GENEVA (AP) — The head of the World Health Organization is calling on rich countries with large supplies of coronavirus vaccines to refrain from offering booster shots through the end of the year, expanding a call that has largely fallen on deaf ears.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks slip as Fed report signals 'downshift' in economy

Stocks are closing lower on Wall Street Wednesday following a Federal Reserve report that shows U.S. economic activity slowed this summer amid rising worries over resurgent coronavirus cases and mounting supply chain problems and labor shortages.

Fed survey finds growth 'downshifted' in summer due to COVID

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. economic activity "downshifted" in July and August due to rising concerns about COVID's delta variant, as well as supply chain problems and labor shortages, the Federal Reserve's latest survey of the nation's business conditions revealed.

Another record for US job openings; 10.9 million in July

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers posted a record job openings for the second consecutive month in July — more affirmation that the labor market is bouncing back from last year's coronavirus recession.

Yellen warns US may hit debt limit in October

WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen is warning Congress that she will run out of maneuvering room to prevent the U.S. from broaching the government's borrowing limit in October.

Amazon to open 2 cashier-less Whole Foods stores next year

NEW YORK (AP) — There will be something missing at two Whole Foods stores opening next year: the rows of cashiers.

Silicon Valley finds remote work is easier to begin than end

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Technology companies that led the charge into remote work as the pandemic unfurled are confronting a new challenge: how, when and even whether they should bring long-isolated employees back to offices that have been designed for teamwork.

China chases 'rejuvenation' with control of tycoons, society

BEIJING (AP) — An avalanche of changes launched by China's ruling Communist Party has jolted everyone from tech billionaires to school kids. Behind them: President Xi Jinping's vision of making a more powerful, prosperous country by reviving revolutionary ideals, with more economic equality and tighter party control over society and entrepreneurs.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

California recall vote offers test of Biden political clout

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden has been beset by public health, military and climate crises in the past month. Not much time has been left for a potential political disaster brewing for his party in California.

Texas GOP bets on hard right turn amid changing demographics

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republicans in America's largest conservative state for years racked up victories under the slogan "Keep Texas Red," a pledge to quash a coming blue wave that Democrats argued was inevitable given shifting demographics.


TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7
NASHVILLE AREA

Nashville concert will benefit Tennessee flood victims

NASHVILLE (AP) — Country music songwriter Paul Overstreet is hosting a concert this week to benefit victims of Tennessee flooding last month in Waverly County.

COURTS

Elizabeth Holmes' trial to dissect downfall of a tech star

Just six years ago, Elizabeth Holmes seemed destined to fulfill her dream of becoming Silicon Valley's next superstar. She was the subject of business magazine cover stories describing her as the youngest self-made female billionaire in history, former President Bill Clinton was reverently quizzing her about her thoughts on technology, and then Vice President Joe Biden was hailing her ideas as an inspiration.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Protests disrupt autobahn traffic before German auto show

Environmental activists protesting car culture disrupted traffic on several highways around Munich before the opening Tuesday of a leading auto show in the German city.

ENVIRONMENT

After Ida oil spill, divers put containment dome on pipeline

WASHINGTON (AP) — The company overseeing the response to a large oil spill spurred by Hurricane Ida said Tuesday that a containment dome has been placed over a broken undersea pipeline, stemming the flow into the Gulf of Mexico.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US stocks close mostly lower, but Nasdaq still inches higher

Stocks closed mostly lower on Wall Street Tuesday as traders returned from the Labor Day holiday, even as gains for some Big Tech companies nudged the Nasdaq composite barely higher.

White House taps populist message as Biden pushes $3.5T plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Joe Biden refocuses on his $3.5 trillion "build back better" agenda, the White House is preparing an urgent and aggressively populist-styled message for lawmakers and the American public: Whose side are you on?

Jobless Americans will have few options as benefits expire

NEW YORK (AP) — Millions of jobless Americans lost their unemployment benefits on Monday, leaving only a handful of economic support programs for those who are still being hit financially by the year-and-a-half-old coronavirus pandemic.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Evacuees plead for action: 'We are in some kind of jail'

WASHINGTON (AP) — American veterans groups and others are pleading for U.S. and Taliban action on a weeklong standoff that has left hundreds of would-be evacuees from Afghanistan desperate to board waiting charter flights out of a northern Afghan airport.

Lawmakers: Ida damage shows need for infrastructure upgrades

WASHINGTON (AP) — Shaken by haunting images of surging rivers, flooded roads and subways and other damage caused by the remnants of Hurricane Ida, lawmakers from both parties are vowing to upgrade the nation's aging infrastructure network.

Poll: Americans warier of US government surveillance

WASHINGTON (AP) — As the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks approaches, Americans increasingly balk at intrusive government surveillance in the name of national security, and only about a third believe that the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq were worth fighting, according to a new poll.

US-built databases a potential tool of Taliban repression

BOSTON (AP) — Over two decades, the United States and its allies spent hundreds of millions of dollars building databases for the Afghan people. The nobly stated goal: Promote law and order and government accountability and modernize a war-ravaged land.

Biden to survey NY and NJ storm damage after deadly flooding

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will survey damage in parts of the northeast that suffered catastrophic flash flooding from the remnants of Hurricane Ida, and use the muddy backdrop to call for federal spending to fortify infrastructure so it can better withstand such powerful storms.


MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 6
SPORTS

Walker's 2 TDs help Grambling beat Tennessee St. 16-10

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — Elijah Walker passed for a touchdown and ran for another score to help Grambling beat Tennessee State 16-10 on Sunday night and win the Black College Hall of Fame Classic.

Pulisic returns as US held to 1-1 qualifying draw vs Canada

NASHVILLE (AP) — Two games into World Cup qualifying, a rebuilt U.S. soccer team is in trouble.

NASHVILLE AREA

Ammonia release at chicken processing plant investigated

NASHVILLE (AP) — Officials are investigating a release of toxic ammonia gas at a Middle Tennessee chicken processing plant that led to the evacuation of more than 200 residents.

COURTS

Justice Department will 'protect' abortion seekers in Texas

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department said Monday that it will not tolerate violence against anyone who is trying to obtain an abortion in Texas as federal officials explore options to challenge a new state law that bans most abortions.

ENVIRONMENT

Lawmakers vow action after Ida floods Gulf Coast, Northeast

WASHINGTON (AP) — Shaken by haunting images of surging rivers, flooded roads and subways and other damage caused by the remnants of Hurricane Ida, lawmakers from both parties are vowing to upgrade the nation's aging infrastructure network.

Industry group backs global carbon price for large ships

BERLIN (AP) — A major maritime industry association on Monday backed plans for a global surcharge on carbon emissions from shipping to help fund the sector's shift toward climate-friendly fuels.

Divers identify broken pipeline as source of Gulf oil spill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Divers at the site of an ongoing oil spill that appeared in the Gulf of Mexico after Hurricane Ida have identified the apparent source as one-foot diameter pipeline displaced from a trench on the ocean floor and broken open.

TRANSPORTATION

How 9/11 changed air travel: more security, less privacy

DALLAS (AP) — Ask anyone old enough to remember travel before Sept. 11, 2001, and you're likely to get a gauzy recollection of what flying was like.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

No cashiers, please: Futuristic supermarket opens in Mideast

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Middle East on Monday got its first completely automated cashier-less store, as retail giant Carrefour rolled out its vision for the future of the industry in a cavernous Dubai mall.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

After unrelenting summer, Biden looks to get agenda on track

WASHINGTON (AP) — The collapse of the Afghan government, a surge of COVID-19 cases caused by the delta variant, devastating weather events, a disappointing jobs report. What next?


FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 3
UT SPORTS

Heupel's debut ends in Tennessee's 38-6 win

KNOXVILLE (AP) — If Tennessee head coach Josh Heupel's offense is going to work, its got to start on the ground.

VANDERBILT SPORTS

Vanderbilt opens Clark Lea era hosting East Tennessee State

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Vanderbilt Commodores get a fresh start Saturday night with new coach Clark Lea and a new coaching staff.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Lee: No plans to take up Texas abortion law

NASHVILLE (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Lee on Thursday said he has no plans to introduce anti-abortion legislation similar to what Texas adopted earlier this year.

NASHVILLE AREA

Fisk Jubilee Singers get $1.5M gift to start endowment

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Fisk Jubilee Singers, a vocal group at Fisk University whose tradition dates back 150 years, received a $1.5 million anonymous donation to establish a permanent endowment.

COURTS

Fired Tennessee vaccine director files federal lawsuit

NASHVILLE (AP) — The terminated vaccine director in Tennessee has sued the state and says she wants to clear her name.

Reports: Hedge fund execs to pay billions in tax settlement

NEW YORK (AP) — Executives at a New York hedge fund have agreed to pay as much as $7 billion to settle a long-running dispute with the U.S. tax authorities, according to reports Thursday.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Daimler rejects environmental groups' climate demand

BERLIN (AP) — German automaker Daimler on Friday dismissed a "cease and desist" demand from two environmental groups to commit to ending the sale of combustion engine vehicles by 2030.

ENVIRONMENT

Feds responding to reports of oil, chemical spills after Ida

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal and state agencies say they are responding to reports of oil and chemical spills resulting from Hurricane Ida following the publication of aerial photos by The Associated Press.

UN: Brief gains in air quality in 2020 over COVID lockdowns

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. weather agency says the world — and especially urban areas — experienced a brief, sharp drop in emissions of air pollutants last year amid lockdown measures and related travel restrictions put in place over the coronavirus pandemic.

VIRUS OUTBREAK

TN health leaders stress shots, masks as outbreak surgers

NASHVILLE (AP) — As hospitalizations, deaths and COVID-19 case numbers continue to climb in Tennessee, health experts on Friday pleaded with the public to get vaccinated and continue to wear a mask.

US booster plan faces complications, some may miss Sept. 20

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's plans to start delivery of booster shots by Sept. 20 for most Americans who received the COVID-19 vaccines are facing new complications that could delay the availability of third doses for those who received the Moderna vaccine, administration officials said Friday.

Tyson Foods workers get paid sick leave; 75% vaccinated

NEW YORK (AP) — Tyson Foods is offering its front-line workers paid sick leave for the first time, part of an agreement that secured union support for its mandate that all U.S. employees get vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus.

EU, AstraZeneca reach deal to end vaccine delivery dispute

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union and coronavirus vaccine-maker AstraZeneca said Friday that they have clinched an agreement to end a damaging legal battle over the slow pace of deliveries of the Anglo-Swedish company's shots.

Florida governor appeals ruling on masks in schools

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has appealed a judge's ruling that the governor exceeded his authority by ordering school boards not to impose strict mask requirements on students to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks end mostly lower even as tech drives Nasdaq higher

Major stock indexes on Wall Street closed mostly lower Friday, though a rally in Big Tech companies nudged the Nasdaq to another all-time high.

UAW watchdog getting evidence from feds in corruption probe

DETROIT (AP) — After putting a herd of UAW officials in prison, federal prosecutors said Friday they're sharing additional evidence with a court-appointed watchdog who has authority to pursue other misconduct inside the union.

Kraft, former officials settle SEC charges for $62 million

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators said Friday that Kraft Heinz Co. will pay $62 million to settle charges of accounting wrongdoing that led the company to report overly rosy financial results, which were later corrected.

Growth in services sector slowed in August from record pace

WASHINGTON (AP) — Growth in the services sector, where most Americans work, slowed in August after setting a record pace in July.

US hiring slows as delta variant weakens travel and tourism

WASHINGTON (AP) — America's employers added just 235,000 jobs in August, a surprisingly weak gain after two months of robust hiring and the clearest sign to date that the delta variant's spread has discouraged some people from flying, shopping and eating out.

Collectible prices skyrocket, to the dismay of hobbyists

NEW YORK (AP) — Americans have become obsessed with collectibles, bidding up prices for trading cards, video games and other mementos of their youth. The frenzy has brought small fortunes to some, but a deep frustration for those who still love to play games or trade cards as a hobby.

EXPLAINER: What is Apple doing with its App Store?

Over the past week or so, Apple has eased some longstanding restrictions that helped make its App Store into a big moneymaker for the company. The company has long required app developers to pay high commissions to Apple on the sales of paid apps as well as purchases of subscriptions or digital items inside their apps.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Biden moves to declassify documents about Sept. 11 attacks

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden signed an executive order Friday directing the declassification of certain documents related to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, a supportive gesture to victims' families who have long sought the records in hopes of implicating the Saudi government.

Biden in New Orleans to see devastation caused by Ida

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — President Joe Biden could get his first glimpse at the destruction wrought by Hurricane Ida even before he landed in Louisiana on Friday, with blue tarps covering shredded roofs of houses and uprooted trees visible as Air Force One approached New Orleans.

US expects to admit more than 50,000 evacuated Afghans

WASHINGTON (AP) — At least 50,000 Afghans are expected to be admitted into the United States following the fall of Kabul as part of an "enduring commitment" to help people who aided the American war effort and others who are particularly vulnerable under Taliban rule, the secretary of homeland security said Friday.

Arizona man who wore horns in riot pleads guilty to felony

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona man who sported face paint, no shirt and a furry hat with horns when he joined the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 pleaded guilty Friday to a felony charge and wants to be released from jail while he awaits sentencing.

Biden message to battered Gulf Coast: 'We are here for you'

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is calling for greater public resolve to confront climate change and help the nation deal with the fierce storms, flooding and wildfires that have beset the country as he makes a sojourn to hurricane-battered Louisiana on Friday.

Manchin seeks 'strategic pause' on Biden bill, opposes $3.5T

WASHINGTON (AP) — Centrist Sen. Joe Manchin said Thursday that Congress should take a "strategic pause" on more spending, warning that he does not support President Joe Biden's plans for a sweeping $3.5 trillion effort to rebuild and reshape the economy.


THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 2
TENNESSEE TITANS

Titans tackle Jurrell Casey retires after 10 NFL seasons

NASHVILLE (AP) — Defensive tackle Jurrell Casey says his body helped him make the hard decision to retire from the NFL after 10 seasons, the first nine with the Tennessee Titans and the last with Denver.

UT SPORTS

Tennessee kicks off Josh Heupel era hosting Bowling Green

KNOXVILLE (AP) — The Josh Heupel era at Tennessee begins Thursday night, and the Volunteers' latest new head coach finally will debut his high-octane offense against Bowling Green.

STATEWIDE

Civil rights museum honors Michelle Obama, grassroots group

MEMPHIS (AP) — Former first lady Michelle Obama and The Poor People's Campaign have been chosen to receive Freedom Awards from the National Civil Rights Museum in Tennessee.

COURTS

Nashville man charged with storming U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee man has been charged with taking part in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, federal court documents showed.

Biden blasts high court failure to block Texas abortion curb

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Thursday blasted the Supreme Court's decision not to block a new Texas law banning most abortions in the state and directed federal agencies to do what they can to "insulate women and providers" from the impact.

HEALTH CARE

Social media's 70-up 'grandfluencers' debunking aging myths

NEW YORK (AP) — Joan MacDonald's health was in shambles at age 71. She was overweight and on numerous medications with high cholesterol, rising blood pressure and kidney trouble.

AUTO INDUSTRY

GM, Ford halt some production as chip shortage worsens

DETROIT (AP) — The global shortage of computer chips is getting worse, forcing automakers to temporarily close factories including those that build popular pickup trucks.

National Corvette Museum in Kentucky names new CEO

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — A new president and CEO has been named to lead the National Corvette Museum in southern Kentucky.

Auto maker Stellantis will fill gap by buying a finance arm

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Automaker Stellantis NV, which was formed earlier this year by a merger involving Fiat Chrysler, said Wednesday it will pay $285 million for an auto-finance company to provide loans and leases to customers through its dealers.

TRANSPORTATION

FAA bans Virgin Galactic launches while probing Branson trip

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration said Thursday that Virgin Galactic cannot launch anyone into space again until an investigation is complete into a mishap that occurred during July's flight with founder Richard Branson.

TECHNOLOGY

Electric boats making waves without the noise

The auto industry has raced ahead on an electric wave with more manufacturers joining the race seemingly every day.

Irish watchdog fines WhatsApp $267M after EU privacy probe

LONDON (AP) — Ireland's privacy watchdog has fined WhatsApp a record 225 million euros ($267 million) after an investigation found it breached stringent European Union data protection rules on transparency about sharing people's data with other Facebook companies.

Apple eases App Store rules again, to allow outside signups

LONDON (AP) — Apple is relaxing rules to allow some app developers such as Spotify, Netflix and digital publishers to include an outside link so users can sign up for paid subscription accounts.

FTC orders company to quit surveillance app business

BOSTON (AP) — The Federal Trade Commission has for the first time banned a company that makes so-called stalkerware — software used to surreptitiously track a cellphone user's activities and location — from continuing in the surveillance app business.

ENVIRONMENT

Coast Guard investigating reports of oil spills after Ida

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says it is investigating reports of possible oil spills resulting from Hurricane Ida after the publication of aerial photos by The Associated Press.

VIRUS OUTBREAK

What can employers do if workers avoid COVID-19 vaccines?

What can employers do if workers avoid COVID-19 vaccines? They can require vaccination and fire employees who don't comply, or take other actions such as withholding company perks or charging extra for health insurance.

Children continue to be hit hard by virus surge in Tennessee

NASHVILLE (AP) — The number of children contracting COVID-19 now makes up 40% of all of Tennessee's cases, according to the state Department of Health.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks shake off an afternoon stumble to end modestly higher

The stock market recovered from an afternoon stumble and ended with modest gains Thursday, enough to mark more record highs for the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq.

Companies loosen job requirements but challenges remain

NEW YORK (AP) — Landing a waitressing job or bartending gig at the Lost Dog Cafe in Northern Virginia had never been easy.

US jobless claims reach a pandemic low as hiring strengthens

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell last week to 340,000, a pandemic low and another sign that the job market is steadily rebounding from the economic collapse caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

US trade deficit narrows slightly to $70.1 billion in July

The U.S. trade deficit narrowed slightly to $70.1 billion in July as economic recovery overseas helped boost American exports while imports declined.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Millions to lose jobless aid as claims fall to pandemic low

WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of jobless Americans who have depended on federal unemployment aid as a financial lifeline are about to lose those benefits just as the delta variant of the coronavirus poses a renewed threat to the economy and the job market.

Democrats promote Cheney to vice chairwoman of Jan. 6 panel

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats have promoted Republican Rep. Liz Cheney to vice chairwoman of a committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, placing her in a leadership spot on the panel as some Republicans are threatening to oust her from the GOP conference for participating.

After voters embraced mail ballots, GOP states tighten rules

A monthslong campaign by the Republican Party, fueled in part by the false narrative of widespread fraud in last year's presidential election, has led to a wave of new voting laws that will tighten access to the ballot for millions of Americans.

Merkel prepares to step down with legacy of tackling crises

BERLIN (AP) — Angela Merkel will leave office as one of modern Germany's longest-serving leaders and a global diplomatic heavyweight, with a legacy defined by her management of a succession of crises that shook a fragile Europe rather than any grand visions for her own country.

EU pushes for more autonomy amid Afghanistan fallout

BRDO CASTLE, Slovenia (AP) — Still reeling from the European Union's shortcomings in Afghanistan, officials from the 27-nation bloc met Thursday to discuss ways to improve their response to future crises and not be so reliant on the U.S.

Milley: US coordination with Taliban on strikes 'possible'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Army Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said it's "possible" the United States will seek to coordinate with the Taliban on counterterrorism strikes in Afghanistan against Islamic State militants or others.

AP sources: Intel shows extremists to attend Capitol rally

WASHINGTON (AP) — Far right extremist groups like the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers are planning to attend a rally later this month at the U.S. Capitol that is designed to demand "justice" for the hundreds of people who have been charged in connection with January's insurrection, according to three people familiar with intelligence gathered by federal officials.

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