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VOL. 42 | NO. 46 | Friday, November 16, 2018

Hemp could bring pot of gold to state’s farmers

Tennessee among top US producers as CBD oil finds new markets

After decades of prohibition, stigma and an overall image problem, at least 35 states nationwide – including Tennessee – now allow some form of hemp cultivation. But it’s not the kind of hemp that gets people stoned.

MTSU researchers explore hemp’s uses

As the director of the Tennessee Center for Botanical Medicine Research at Middle Tennessee State University, Dr. Elliot Altman is on the front lines of researching hemp. Students in the program are cultivating cannabis in greenhouses to research potential medicinal uses for the plant.

Knoxville's Blühen Botanicals adds processing plant to R&D operations

Knoxville is now home to Blühen Botanicals, an industrial hemp processor that’s aiming to be one of the largest companies of its kind in the Southeast.

CBD oil: What’s it all about?

CBD is an abbreviation for the cannabinoid cannabidiol, which is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid that can be used as a daily supplement to contribute to overall health and wellness. Cannabinoids are naturally occurring compounds and are found within the hemp plant.

Hemp through the years

Hemp is among the oldest industries on the planet, going back more than 10,000 years to the beginnings of pottery. Presidents Washington and Jefferson grew hemp. Americans were legally bound to grow hemp during the Colonial Era and Early Republic. Hemp popularity has soared in recent years following its revitalization after the 2014 Farm Bill approving its cultivation.

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EVENTS

Cheekwood’s Holiday Lights. Cheekwood’s Holiday Lights returns for its fourth year beginning Friday and continuing through Dec. 30. Featuring one million lights, the carefully planned course is one mile in length, offering lights and holiday experiences designed to appeal to all ages. 5-10 p.m. Fee: Adult: $22, Youth: $17, 2 and under free. See website for details. Information

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TIM GHIANNI: STREET LEVEL

Nowhere to go but down for international skydiving champ

Smyrna resident ascends to top of his profession

Smyrna resident Jake Jensen gets high on the job whenever he can. When he’s not working, he gets high just for fun.

ROGERS COLUMN

Do we really want more people voting?

Almost 56 percent of Tennessee voters took part in last week’s election, the most for a midterm since 1994, reports indicate.

RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

Getting more creative with high-end East Nashville development

Two of the city’s most successful and active real estate markets – Sylvan Park and East Nashville – were hit hardest when the tornado of 1998 ripped through the city.

REAL ESTATE

Top Middle Tennessee residential sales for October 2018

Top residential real estate sales, October 2018, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

US average mortgage rates flat to higher; 30-year 4.94 pct.

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates were steady to slightly up this week, at their highest levels in nearly eight years and dampening home sales.

TENNESSEE TITANS

Linebacker Brown gets big game from small frame

When the Tennessee Titans took Jayon Brown in the fifth round two years ago, there were two things that stood out about him.

Titans at Colts: What to watch

1. A big stroke of Luck. The Titans have never beaten Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, who entered the league as a rookie in 2012. With Luck missing all of last season due to a shoulder injury, the Titans were able to finally get the upper hand on Indy. But of late, Luck and the Colts have been putting up points at an alarming rate, scoring at least 29 in each of the past four games. Not coincidentally, Luck has not been sacked in that four-game span, which means the Titans defense will have to find a way to create pressure in order to slow down the Indy offense.

UT SPORTS

UT's Phillips doesn’t want to watch any bowl games

Sitting on the couch watching bowl games on television might be entertaining for the average fan. But for Kyle Phillips, “it was miserable.” The Tennessee senior defensive end wanted to be preparing to play last year rather than stewing over a historically bad season that ended with no SEC wins and a coaching staff change.

SPORTS

VU, Lipscomb, UT find success in NCAA soccer play

Kevin O’Brien didn’t have to look far to find a blueprint for building a program when he was hired as the Lipscomb University women’s soccer coach in 2012.

NEWSMAKERS

Gullett Sanford paralegal graduates to staff attorney

Andrew Bellm, who had worked as a wills, trusts and estates paralegal at Gullett Sanford Robinson & Martin PLLC since 2015, is now a staff attorney with the firm.

BRIEFS

Compass launches in Nashville market

Compass, which touts itself as a real estate technology company, has announced its entrance into the Nashville market.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

How to make your car’s safety features work for you

Drivers are used to traditional passive safety features, such as airbags and seat belts, that help limit injury in case of an accident. But vehicle safety is changing dramatically. The latest vehicles have safety features that can help prevent an accident in the first place.

PERSONAL FINANCE

Some smart ways to rein in your holiday spending

The holidays are a huge deal in the Weston household – and every year, the expenses threatened to gallop out of control.

CAREER CORNER

Job seekers have to deal with silly interview queries

Most interviews come in a fairly straight-forward format: You do a phone screen with human resources and then a phone interview with the hiring manager. Afterward, you meet in person with the hiring manager and other folks on the team.

GUERRILLA MARKETING

Grow your brand with data-driven design

What if you could redesign your website with proven data? What if – before you ever began designing your new site – you knew the type of content your target audience wanted most, as well as what headlines, navigation menus and even colors would lead them deeper into your site to convert to a specific goal? Even better, what if that type of data were easily at your fingertips?

MUSIC INDUSTRY

Tennessee to offer incentives for producing musical scores

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee officials are launching a new incentives program for companies producing original music scores for films, television, video games and other digital media projects in the state.

MIDSTATE

Springfield businessman sentenced in insurance fraud scheme

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee businessman has been sentenced to 14 years in federal prison and ordered to repay millions of dollars in a health insurance fraud scheme.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Tennessee House GOP elects Casada as next speaker

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee House Republicans on Tuesday elected Majority Leader Glen Casada as the chamber's next speaker, reconfiguring another level of state government leadership as GOP Gov.-elect Bill Lee prepares to take office.

SPORTS

Lipscomb stuns No. 18 TCU 73-64 for 1st win over Top 25 team

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Kenny Cooper turned a steal into a breakaway layup that put Lipscomb ahead only seconds after halftime at No. 18 TCU.

VANDERBILT SPORTS

Vandy senior QB looking for rare 3rd straight win over Vols

NASHVILLE (AP) — Kyle Shurmur has been chasing down a handful of Vanderbilt passing records held by Jay Cutler all season long.

REAL ESTATE

US home sales rise 1.4 percent, snap 6-month losing streak

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home sales rose in October, breaking a six-month losing streak. But sales are still down from a year ago, hurt by rising interest rates.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Reports say Japan prosecutors to hold Ghosn for 10 more days

TOKYO (AP) — Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn will be detained for another 10 days following his arrest on suspicion of falsifying income reports by millions of dollars and misusing company assets for personal gain, Japanese media reported Wednesday.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks open higher on Wall Street after 2 days of big losses

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks in the U.S. are higher Wednesday morning after two days of steep losses, and major European indexes are also recovering. Major technology companies including Apple and Microsoft are up after they've tumbled in the last few days. Crude oil prices are up about 2 percent after they sank to a one-year low a day earlier.

US durable goods orders fall 4.4 percent in October

WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories for big-ticket manufactured goods fell by the largest amount in 15 months with a key category that tracks business investment showing weakness for the third consecutive month.

World economy has 'passed its peak' as trade wars weigh

PARIS (AP) — A global economic watchdog says world growth has passed its peak and faces growing risks, including from trade disputes and higher interest rates.

Oil plunge could help consumers; Trump tweets 'Enjoy!'

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Holiday shoppers should enjoy more spending power thanks to the recent sharp drop in oil prices, though cheaper energy could also weigh on the U.S. economy by dampening investment in shale oil production.

British, EU leaders to meet as Brexit deadline looms

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May told skeptical lawmakers on Wednesday that rejecting her divorce deal with the European Union would mean uncertainty and division, before a meeting with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to help finalize the Brexit agreement.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Right-leaning nonprofit paid Whitaker nearly $1M

WASHINGTON (AP) — Before joining the Justice Department, acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker earned nearly $1 million from a right-leaning nonprofit that doesn't disclose its donors, according to newly released financial disclosure forms.

Trump defies calls to punish crown prince for writer's death

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has declared he will not further punish Saudi Arabia for the killing of U.S.-based columnist Jamal Khashoggi, making clear in an exclamation-filled statement that the benefits of good relations with the kingdom outweigh the possibility its crown prince ordered the killing.

Trump says he plans to make his first visit to a war zone

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump frequently credits himself with accomplishing more for the military and veterans than any other president in recent memory. But he has yet to embark on what has long been a traditional presidential pilgrimage important to the military: a visit to troops deployed in a war zone.

Trump team turns over written answers to Mueller's questions

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has provided the special counsel with written answers to questions about his knowledge of Russian interference in the 2016 election, his lawyers said Tuesday, avoiding at least for now a potentially risky sit-down with prosecutors. It's the first time he has directly cooperated with the long investigation.


TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 20
COURTS

Judge bars US from enforcing Trump asylum ban

HOUSTON (AP) — A federal judge barred the Trump administration from refusing asylum to immigrants who cross the southern border illegally.

Tennessee inmate must chose lethal injection, electric chair

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee death row inmate David Earl Miller faces a Tuesday afternoon deadline to inform prison officials whether he wants to be executed by lethal injection or electrocution.

Dentist, administrator charged in health care fraud

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Murfreesboro dentist and his administrator are under arrest in a health care fraud conspiracy.

PREDATORS

Johansen's goal, assist help Predators beat Lightning 3-2

NASHVILLE (AP) — Pekka Rinne continued his dominance over Tampa Bay and tied a record with one of his boyhood heroes in the process.

VANDERBILT SPORTS

Vanderbilt's Garland rebounds big in Vandy's win

NASHVILLE (AP) — Darius Garland followed a career low with a career high.

EDUCATION

AP Exclusive: Gov't questions unfair student loan practices

NEW YORK (AP) — One of the nation's largest student loan servicing companies may have driven tens of thousands of borrowers struggling with their debts into higher-cost repayment plans.

REAL ESTATE

US home construction rose 1.5 percent in October

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home construction improved a slight 1.5 percent in October, but in a troubling sign, ground breakings for single-family houses fell.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Ghosn's arrest casts doubt on Renault-Nissan alliance future

DETROIT (AP) — For years, France's Renault and Japan's Nissan struggled to make money in the global auto business.

Arrest of Nissan's Ghosn in financial probe stuns Japan

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese prosecutors were considering Tuesday whether to file formal charges against Nissan Motor Co. chairman Carlos Ghosn amid a probe into allegations he misused company assets and under-reported millions of dollars of income.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Tech rout erases market's gain for year

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are closing sharply lower, erasing the market's gains for the year, as losses for big technology companies like Apple mount.

Shoppers spend freely heading into the holidays

NEW YORK (AP) — Shoppers are spending freely heading into the holidays, but heavy investments and incentives like free shipping by retailers are giving Wall Street pause.

May gets rebellion reprieve, but faces warning from allies

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May got a reprieve in one of her Brexit battles Tuesday as party rebels said they did not yet have the strength for a leadership challenge. But she faced a new headache as parliamentary allies warned they could remove support from May's minority government if she does not alter her divorce deal with the European Union.

Target's investments in the future hits margins

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Target's ramped up investments online and in stores are bringing in shoppers, but they're bruising the bottom line right now.

NATIONAL POLITICS

US sanctions firms in Iran, Russia for shipping oil to Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department on Tuesday added a network of Russian and Iranian companies to its blacklist for shipping oil to Syria in violation of sanctions.

Report: Ivanka Trump used personal email for government work

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ivanka Trump, the president's daughter and a top White House adviser, sent hundreds of emails about government business from a personal email account last year, The Washington Post reported Monday.

Trump criticizes war hero for not capturing bin Laden sooner

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has ignited a firestorm of criticism and charges that he is politicizing the military by faulting a war hero for not capturing al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden sooner.

Trump pressed to levy harsh US response to Khashoggi killing

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump faces increasing pressure to take tougher measures against Saudi Arabia over the killing of writer Jamal Khashoggi.

2020 Democratic contenders already eyeing top staff in Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Andrew Turner was driving Iowa's Democratic candidate for state auditor back to Des Moines last month when a potential presidential contender called to make an introduction. It was one of many such overtures the 23-year-old has fielded.


MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19
MIDSTATE

Caymas Boats bringing 280 jobs to Ashland City

ASHLAND CITY – Gov. Bill Haslam, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Caymas Boats LLC officials announced today that the boat manufacturing company will establish operations in Ashland City.

HEALTH CARE

Vanderbilt researchers to study needs of vulnerable children

NASHVILLE (AP) — Vanderbilt University is getting a $1.25 million grant to research the needs of some of Tennessee's most vulnerable children.

UT SPORTS

Tennessee QB Guarantano's status 'day to day' for Vandy game

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee is trying to manage an uncertain quarterback situation as it prepares to visit Vanderbilt this week with a bowl bid at stake.

TENNESSEE TITANS

Vrabel says Mariota suffered 'stinger,' not injury to elbow

NASHVILLE (AP) — Titans coach Mike Vrabel says Marcus Mariota suffered a "stinger" and that is what knocked the quarterback out of their loss against the Colts, not an injury to his elbow.

Loss of Pees, Mariota complicate Titans' tough Luck day

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Tennessee coach Mike Vrabel grabbed the headset and adjusted to calling the defensive plays as quickly as he could Sunday.

Luck keeps record perfect against Titans with 38-10 victory

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Andrew Luck followed the perfect plan Sunday.

STATEWIDE

Tennessee Episcopal diocese elects 1st female bishop

MEMPHIS (AP) — An Episcopal diocese in Tennessee has elected its first female bishop.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Nissan chairman arrested in probe of financial misconduct

YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn, who became one of the auto industry's most powerful executives by engineering a turnaround at the Japanese manufacturer, was arrested Monday and will be fired for allegedly underreporting his income and misusing company funds, the automaker said.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US stocks take sharp losses as tech, internet companies drop

NEW YORK (AP) — Big technology and internet companies tumbled again Monday, leading to broad losses across the stock market. The Dow Jones Industrial Average briefly fell 500 points.

Even small companies may be able to cut Amazon-like deals

NEW YORK (AP) — A company doesn't need to be as big as Amazon to get a good deal on real estate.

David's Bridal files for bankruptcy, but your order is safe

David's Bridal is filing for bankruptcy protection but there is no danger for customers who have ordered dresses because operations continuing as normal while the wedding and prom retailer restructures.

Volatile stock market spooking some older workers, retirees

CHICAGO (AP) — The recent turbulence in the U.S. stock markets is spooking some older workers and retirees, a group that was hit particularly hard during the most recent financial crisis.

Big tech firms pledge training for workers in Southeast Asia

BANGKOK (AP) — Microsoft, Google and other major technology companies have promised to help provide training in digital skills for around 20 million people in Southeast Asia by 2020 to make sure the region's burgeoning working-age population is a fit for the future job market. Up to 28 million full-time jobs are subject to being displaced, according to a new estimate.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Democratic senators sue over Whitaker's appointment as AG

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three Senate Democrats filed a lawsuit Monday arguing that Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker's appointment is unconstitutional and asking a federal judge to remove him.

In threat to Pelosi, 16 Dems say they'll back new leadership

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sixteen maverick Democrats have released a letter saying they'll vote for "new leadership" when the House picks leaders in January. That poses a threat to Nancy Pelosi's effort to become speaker.

White House again threatens Acosta's pass

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is threatening to again suspend White House press credentials for CNN reporter Jim Acosta.

Germany rescinds approval for Saudi arms sales

WASHINGTON (AP) — The German government says it has halted previously approved arms exports to Saudi Arabia amid the fallout from the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Trump says 'no reason' for him to hear Khashoggi death tape

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said there is no reason for him to listen to a recording of the "very violent, very vicious" killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, which has put him in a diplomatic bind: how to admonish Riyadh for the slaying yet maintain strong ties with a close ally.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's misdirection on Calif fires, climate

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is going too far in assigning most of the blame for California's devastating wildfires on the state's forest management.


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16
STATE GOVERNMENT

Tennessee gov-elect promises to overhaul public records law

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's newly elected governor says he wants to do a complete overhaul of the state's public records and open meeting laws as part of his commitment to making government more transparent.

PREDATORS

Kuemper, Coyotes hold on for 2-1 win over Predators

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Darcy Kuemper might not have imagined that by the end of Thursday night, he'd have played in as many games as the goalie he backs up, the injured Antti Raanta.

Arvidsson out up to 8 weeks with broken thumb, Subban on IR

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Nashville Predators say forward Viktor Arvidsson will miss between up to eight weeks with a broken thumb, and they've also placed defenseman P.K. Subban on injured reserve.

SPORTS

Nashville's Betts wins AL MVP Award

NEW YORK (AP) — Mookie Betts is ready to become an ambassador for baseball, now that he's won a batting title, World Series and Most Valuable Player award with Boston.

COURTS

Tennessee planning 7 executions after years with none

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee is planning to execute seven people over the next two years, after executing only eight since 1960.

WikiLeaks chief could see charges, US court filing suggests

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department inadvertently named Julian Assange in a court filing in an unrelated case that suggests prosecutors have prepared charges against the WikiLeaks founder under seal.

Judge won't stop Tennessee's third execution since August

NASHVILLE (AP) — A federal judge in Nashville won't stop the upcoming execution of David Earl Miller.

MUSIC INDUSTRY

Chris Stapleton wins big at CMAs, Keith Urban nabs top prize

Chris Stapleton won the most awards at the 2018 Country Music Association Awards and had the show's best performance, almost capping a perfect night.

NASHVILLE AREA

Bridgestone to expand tire manufacturing plant

NASHVILLE (AP) — Bridgestone Americas has announced that it is expanding a tire manufacturing plant in Tennessee.

New $1.7M Tennessee pet food facility to create 181 jobs

NASHVILLE (AP) — State officials say a fresh pet food company will invest $1.7 million in a new Tennessee production facility that's expected to create 181 new jobs.

EDUCATION

DeVos adds hurdles to reporting campus sexual misconduct

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Friday proposed a major overhaul to the way colleges and universities handle complaints of sexual misconduct, adding protections for students accused of assault and harassment, and narrowing the types of cases schools would be required to investigate.

AUTO INDUSTRY

VW wants to storm car market with cheaper electric model

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Volkswagen intends to invest 44 billion euros ($50 billion) in the electric and autonomous car technologies expected to reshape the industry — and said it would make battery-powered vehicles more accessible to mass-market auto buyers by selling its new I.D. compact for about what a Golf diesel costs.

TECHNOLOGY

Facebook to create independent appeals body

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook says it's setting up an independent body for people to appeal decisions to remove — or leave up — posts that may violate its rules.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Health care, energy companies power US stock market higher

Wall Street capped a day of volatile trading with a late-afternoon buying spree that sent U.S. stock indexes to a mostly higher finish Friday.

Tech companies, retailers weigh on US stocks; Oil prices up

U.S. stock indexes were mostly lower in early trading Friday, erasing some of the market's gains from a day earlier. Losses in technology companies, big retailers and banks outweighed gains in health care and energy stocks. Crude oil prices headed higher for the third day in a row.

Beloved toy store FAO Schwarz makes its comeback

NEW YORK (AP) — Three years after it closed its beloved toy store on Fifth Avenue, FAO Schwarz is making a return to New York.

Apple signs multiyear deal with film studio A24

NEW YORK (AP) — Apple has signed a multiyear film production deal with A24, the acclaimed New York-based studio behind "Moonlight" and "Lady Bird."

Fed announces wide-ranging review of its practices

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve announced Thursday that it plans to conduct a wide-ranging review next year of the strategies and tools it uses to achieve its congressionally mandated goals of maximum employment and price stability.

Senate confirms Kansas bank regulator Bowman for Fed board

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Thursday confirmed Michelle Bowman, a Kansas banking regulator, as a member of the Federal Reserve board.

Stocks have struggled in 2018. Bonds too. Oh, and gold

NEW YORK (AP) — Even the most balanced investors have gotten knocked on their heels this year.

Walmart flexes its muscle against Amazon

NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart may be bruised by Amazon, but it's learning how to fight back.

UK's defiant May tells critics it's her Brexit deal or chaos

LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Theresa May defied mounting calls to quit or change course Thursday over Britain's withdrawal from the European Union, warning that abandoning her Brexit plan would plunge the country into "deep and grave uncertainty."

City votes to impose restrictive rules on short-term rentals

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington city council has voted to impose tight limits on Airbnb and other short-term rental companies.

US retail sales rose a solid 0.8 percent last month

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales rose at a solid pace in October, though the gains were boosted by one-time factors such as hurricane recovery spending and higher gas prices.

Study: Chinese to account for half of luxury sales by 2025

MILAN (AP) — Chinese consumers will remain the driving force for the luxury goods market, according to a new study by Bain consultancy released Thursday that shows they will fuel nearly half of global high-end sales by 2025.

China says talks with US on trade battle have resumed

BEIJING (AP) — Washington and Beijing have resumed talks over their spiraling trade dispute ahead of a meeting between Presidents Xi Jinping and Donald Trump, China's Commerce Ministry said Thursday.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Judge: White House must return CNN's Jim Acosta's credential

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge ordered the Trump administration on Friday to immediately return the White House press credentials of CNN reporter Jim Acosta, though a lawsuit over the credentials' revocation is continuing.

Florida: Hand recount begins for tight US Senate race

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A hand recount began Friday in Florida's acrimonious U.S. Senate contest after an initial review by ballot-counting machines showed Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson separated by fewer than 13,000 votes out of more than 8 million cast.

Cooper to oppose Nancy Pelosi as speaker

NASHVILLE (AP) — U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper says he will once again oppose Nancy Pelosi as the next House speaker in light of the Democrats gearing up to take the chamber in January.

Allies rally to UK's May amid leadership woes over Brexit

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May won support for her beleaguered Brexit deal Friday from key politicians and business groups, but she remained besieged by internal party opponents determined to oust her.

Ruling expected in CNN White House credentials case

WASHINGTON (AP) — A judge is expected to announce Friday whether he will order the Trump administration to return the White House press credentials of CNN reporter Jim Acosta.

After midterms success, Democrats develop 2020 strategies

WASHINGTON (AP) — Speaking before a gathering of black leaders on Capitol Hill this week, Sen. Kamala Harris offered guidance on when Democrats should fight President Donald Trump and Republicans.

Judge: Florida election problems make it a 'laughingstock'

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge slammed Florida on Thursday for repeatedly failing to anticipate election problems and said the state law on recounts appears to violate the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that decided the presidency in 2000.

Democrat flips US House seat in Maine ranked balloting

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Democrat who trailed a Republican incumbent in a costly U.S. House race came from behind to emerge as the victor Thursday following extra rounds of tabulations under Maine's new voting system that's facing a legal challenge.

VA seeks to reduce GI Bill payment delays after IT woes

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Department of Veterans Affairs on Thursday promised to try to speed up payments to thousands of veterans after delays caused by information technology problems.

Trump nominates handbag designer as envoy to South Africa

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has nominated a South Florida-based luxury fashion and handbag designer to be the new U.S. ambassador to South Africa.

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