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VOL. 42 | NO. 18 | Friday, May 4, 2018

Axe throwing? Why not

Fast-growing Canadian export finds home in Music City

Throwing dishes is a loud, cherished and time-honored way to relieve tension. If you’re loathe to part with the family china, however, BATL Nashville has the answer.

What to expect at BATL Nashville

Ready to sling some axe-itude? Here’s how it’ll go down:

SAM STOCKARD: VIEW FROM THE HILL

East meets west as 2 legislators run out of time

It wasn’t quite a constitutional crisis, but when Reps. Micah Van Huss and Joe Towns start teaming up, something is amiss.

Look ahead to 2019 session: New faces, unfinished business

The Tennessee Legislature took steps toward combating opioid abuse and reforming juvenile justice in the 2018 session but fell short of what many lawmakers hoped to achieve, setting the stage for renewed action in 2019 when a new General Assembly will convene.

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EVENTS

Preds Party in the Park. Outdoor watch party for Game 7 of Round 2 of the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs will take place tonight at Music City Walk of Fame Park, which is located across Fifth Avenue South from Bridgestone Arena. The party, which is free and open to the public, will start at 5 p.m. in advance of the game getting underway at Bridgestone Arena at 7 p.m. There will include two large screens. DJ Coach will entertain the crowd 5-7 p.m. Food trucks will be on hand, kiosks will offer beer for purchase and there will be team merchandise on sale. Hot dogs and bottled water will be available at family-friendly prices. Information

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REGION

TVA rate structure change riles conservers

A proposed rate structure change from the Tennessee Valley Authority is causing uncertainty in Tennessee’s solar business, an industry hit by import duties in 2017 and now facing steel and aluminum tariffs.

PREDATORS

Subban the villain? Doesn’t bother him a bit

It plays out like clockwork in nearly every NHL arena outside Nashville.

RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

Like dogs, houses can turn on unfriendly interlopers

Houses are like dogs, and even more like horses. Really the entire animal kingdom. They can sense when people are afraid of them or do not like them and react accordingly.

REAL ESTATE

US key mortgage rate declines slightly to 4.55 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — The key long-term U.S. mortgage rate declined slightly this week, after a steady rise for most of April that pushed the rate to its highest level in more than four years.

NEWSMAKERS

Wiseman, Dinkins are Francis Guess honorees

The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee is presenting its third annual Francis S. Guess Bridge to Equality Award to retired U.S. District Court Judge Thomas A. Wiseman Jr. and State Court of Appeals Judge Richard H. Dinkins at the Francis S. Guess Bridge to Equality Award Luncheon on May 11 at the Music City Center’s Davidson Ballroom.

BRIEFS

Sarah Cannon launches new collaboration

Sarah Cannon Development Innovations has announced a new strategic collaboration with Pivotal, a European contract research organization.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

Need for speed? Some muscle cars that pack a punch

The period between the mid-1960s and the early 1970s was a high point for classic muscle-car performance. Fifty years later, the latest batch of American performance cars is taking that reputation to new heights and leaving the rest of the world’s automakers in their dust.

BUSINESS BOOK REVIEW

Some quality time with your employees might just pay off

Your office looks like Grand Central Station at rush hour. Like that iconic location, you see many people who are older and have been around the block enough times to know the work-score. You also have younger, less-experienced people whose career journeys are just beginning.

GUERRILLA MARKETING

Teaching the basics allows rapid expansion of sales team

For many business-to-business (B2B) companies, the ability to grow correlates directly with the ability to effectively expand the sales team.

CAREER CORNER

Endless interview: Never stop looking for your next job

One of the hardest things about looking for a new job is the fact that most people don’t start looking for a job until they need one. In other words, they’ve been fired or they hate their work situation so much that they’re ready to quit.

PREDATORS

Preds, Jets lean heavily on Rinne, Hellebuyck in Game 7

NASHVILLE (AP) — Predators goalie Pekka Rinne has years of postseason experience, including a couple Game 7s and a Stanley Cup Final.

MUSIC INDUSTRY

Billy Ray Cyrus, among 6 to join Kentucky Music Hall of Fame

MOUNT VERNON, Ky. (AP) — Billy Ray Cyrus, David "Stringbean" Akeman and four other artists are being inducted into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame.

COURTS

Man pleads guilty to vandalizing Murfreesboro Islamic Center

NASHVILLE (AP) — A man pleaded guilty Wednesday to vandalizing a Tennessee Islamic Center last July with profane references to Allah in spray-paint and strips of bacon, federal prosecutors said.

Judge: Local prosecutors' Tennessee opioid suit can proceed

BRISTOL (AP) — A Tennessee judge has ruled that a lawsuit by local prosecutors against prescription opioid producers can proceed.

REAL ESTATE

US key mortgage rate steady at 4.55 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — The key long-term U.S. mortgage rate held steady this week, providing a lure for potential homebuyers as the spring buying season goes forward.

TECHNOLOGY

White House hosts AI summit with tech firms

Top U.S. tech executives and researchers are planning to press the Trump administration to invest in artificial intelligence and craft policies they hope will strengthen the economy without displacing jobs.

AUTO INDUSTRY

SKorea, GM agree on funding to help keep local unit afloat

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea said Thursday that it has reached an agreement with General Motors to inject $4.35 billion in funding and other measures to turn around the loss-making Korean unit.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Technology, health care companies driving US stocks higher

U.S. stocks moved broadly higher in morning trading Thursday, extending solid gains from a day earlier. Technology and health care companies accounted for much of the gain. Investors were sizing up the latest company earnings and economic news. Crude oil prices were down slightly.

Tame inflation: April consumer prices up just 0.2 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — American drivers paid more for gas, but overall consumer prices rose only modestly in April, a sign that inflation remains mild.

As UK economy slows, central bank holds off rate increase

LONDON (AP) — The Bank of England decided Thursday to not raise interest rates again and cut its forecast for British economic growth this year, blaming the downgrade almost entirely on the cold and snowy weather that gripped the country in late-winter.

China tech giant crippled, US imports held amid trade spat

HONG KONG (AP) — A Chinese tech giant brought to its knees and delays for imported U.S. cars, apples, lumber and other agricultural products are early signs the widening trade dispute between China and the U.S. is exacting a toll on both sides.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Asian American candidates join fight to oust GOP

Members of the country's fastest growing minority group are running for federal office, dozens of them as Democratic candidates deliberately playing up their Asian roots against a president they say demonizes the immigrants that make America great.

Lawmakers release thousands of Russian Facebook ads

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats on the House intelligence committee have released more than 3,500 Facebook ads that were created or promoted by a Russian internet agency. It's the fullest picture yet of Russia's attempt to sow racial and political division in the United States before and after the 2016 election.

CIA nominee says she doesn't believe torture works

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's CIA nominee said during her confirmation hearing that she doesn't believe torture works as an interrogation technique and that her "strong moral compass" would prevent her from carrying out any presidential order she found objectionable.

Insight or influence? Trump attorney's business scrutinized

WASHINGTON (AP) — Already under investigation for a payment to a porn star, President Donald Trump's longtime personal attorney is facing intensifying legal and ethical scrutiny for selling his Trump World experience and views at a hefty price to companies that sought "insight" into the new president.


WEDNESDAY, MAY 9
PREDATORS

Preds' Filip 'Scoresberg' dazzling NHL with scoring touch

NASHVILLE (AP) — Filip Forsberg dropped his broken stick and raced to the bench for another just as the puck slid around the boards near his skates. He grabbed a new stick from the Predators' equipment manager, fought off Jets defenseman Ben Chiarot and kept the puck onside.

REAL ESTATE

California might require solar panels on new homes in 2020

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California may start requiring solar panels on new homes and low-rise apartment buildings built after 2020, the first such mandate nationwide and the state's latest step to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

COURTS

Judge slashes $50M punitive penalty against pork giant

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A federal judge is slashing $50 million in damages that a jury awarded neighbors of an industrial hog operation to punish a pork producer for intense smells, noise and other disturbances.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Buy tires on Amazon, install them at Sears

NEW YORK (AP) — Shoppers will be able to buy any brand of tires on Amazon.com, have them shipped to a Sears Auto Center and then bring in their car to get them installed.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US stock indexes deliver solid gains as oil prices surge

Technology companies and banks helped power U.S. stocks to solid gains Wednesday, improving on the market's flat finish a day earlier.

US wholesale prices up a tiny 0.1 percent in April

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. wholesale prices edged up just 0.1 percent in April, held down by a big drop in food costs. It was the smallest gain in four months.

Walmart makes a $16 billion bet on India's booming economy

NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart will soon reach shoppers in India's massive consumer market directly, as it takes control of the online retailer Flipkart that's known for its ubiquitous delivery drivers on motorcycles with oversized backpacks.

European businesses most affected by US sanctions on Iran

WASHINGTON (AP) — Major companies, particularly in Europe, could see billions of dollars in commercial deals canceled because of the U.S. decision to reinstall sanctions on Iran, though the ultimate impact remains unclear due to the possibility of renegotiations and exemptions, experts say.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Treasury probing how Trump lawyer's bank records got out

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department's internal watchdog says it's investigating how detailed allegations about the banking records of President Donald Trump's personal lawyer became public.

Russian firm pleads not guilty to election meddling charge

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Russian company accused of funding a conspiracy to meddle in the 2016 presidential election pleaded not guilty Wednesday in federal court in Washington.

GOP immigration moderates say they'll force House votes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican lawmakers with moderate views on immigration defied party leaders and took steps Wednesday toward forcing election-year House votes on the issue, and a leader of the group said they had enough support to succeed.

Porn star's lawyer says Russian paid Trump attorney Cohen

WASHINGTON (AP) — Stormy Daniels' lawyer says he has information showing that Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's longtime personal attorney, received $500,000 from a company associated with a Russian billionaire within months of paying hush money to Daniels, a porn star who claims she had an affair with Trump.

CIA nominee says she wouldn't restart interrogation program

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's nominee to be the next CIA director says that if she is confirmed by the Senate, the spy agency will not undertake a detention and harsh interrogation program like the one used after 9/11.

Trump's pull out from Iran deal deepens US isolation

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. from the landmark nuclear accord with Iran, abruptly restoring harsh sanctions in the most consequential foreign policy action of his presidency. He declared he was making the world safer, but he also deepened his isolation on the world stage and revived doubts about American credibility.

EU envoy says Iran deal will not 'fall apart' without the US

BEIJING (AP) — The Iran nuclear deal will not "fall apart" despite the United States withdrawing from the landmark accord, the European Union's representative to China said Wednesday.


TUESDAY, MAY 8
PREDATORS

Forsberg, Rinne help Predators beat Jets to force Game 7

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Filip Forsberg, Pekka Rinne and the Nashville Predators showed they aren't ready for their season to end yet.

Predators sign Pyrochta to two-year, entry-level deal

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Nashville Predators have signed defenseman Filip Pyrochta to a two-year, entry-level contract.

SPORTS

UTC, former VU coach Foster retires, ends career with 903 wins

CHATTANOOGA (AP) — Chattanooga's Jim Foster, whose teams won 256 games while at Vanderbilt, is retiring after a four-decade career in which he won more than 900 games. He's the only women's basketball coach to earn NCAA Tournament bids with four different schools.

MUSIC INDUSTRY

Pop singers compete for top prize at CMT Music Awards

NASHVILLE (AP) — Carrie Underwood, Florida Georgia Line and Jason Aldean are the leading nominees for the CMT Music Awards with four each, but it's the pop artists who might steal the big prize at this year's awards show.

STATEWIDE

Sessions: No tears over Tennessee immigration raid

GATLINBURG (AP) — The nation's top law enforcement officer says he isn't shedding tears over a raid at a Tennessee meat processing plant where 97 workers were arrested by immigration officials.

HEALTH CARE

House panel OKs plan to grow VA private care, a Trump pledge

WASHINGTON (AP) — A House committee approved a wide-ranging plan Tuesday to give veterans more freedom to see doctors outside the Veterans Affairs health system and fix a budget crisis in its troubled Choice private-sector program, a major step toward fulfilling President Donald Trump's promise to expand private care options.

Lawmakers: Drug distributors missed suspicious opioid sales

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers of both parties accused wholesale pharmaceutical distributors on Tuesday of missing signs of suspicious activity that resulted in hundreds of millions of prescription opioid pills being shipped to West Virginia, a state disproportionately ravaged by deaths caused by the addictive drugs.

Valeant, a new business model and now, a new name

NEW YORK (AP) — Valeant Pharmaceuticals, which fell under withering scrutiny after acquiring the rights to drugs and then drastically raising their prices, is changing its name.

Walmart to add policy aimed at curbing opioid abuse

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Walmart is taking steps aimed at curbing opioid abuse and misuse.

COURTS

Judge orders Jay-Z to face SEC questions in financial probe

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York judge says Jay-Z must answer questions from the Securities and Exchange Commission in a financial probe by the regulator.

AUTO INDUSTRY

House nullifies anti-discrimination rule for car loans

WASHINGTON (AP) — The GOP-led House has voted to kill guidance from a consumer protection agency aimed at ensuring lenders don't charge minority consumers more on car loans.

VW's Audi unit reports new diesel software irregularities

BERLIN (AP) — Volkswagen's Audi unit says it has discovered new engine software irregularities in some of its diesel models and has halted deliveries of those cars to dealers.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US stocks end mixed; oil falls on US pullout from Iran deal

The major U.S. stock indexes partially recovered from a daylong slide in the final minutes of trading Tuesday to finish essentially flat.

China cutting US soybean purchases in face of tariffs threat

WASHINGTON (AP) — With the threat of tariffs and counter-tariffs between Washington and Beijing looming, Chinese buyers are canceling orders for U.S. soybeans, a trend that could deal a blow to American farmers if it continues.

US job openings equal unemployed for 1st time in 2 decades

WASHINGTON (AP) — If you're looking for a job right now, this may be about as good as it gets: There are roughly as many open jobs in the United States as there are unemployed people.

Fed's Powell: Rate hikes should not upend the global economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Moves by the Fed and other major central banks to raise interest rates after a long period of keeping them low should not be disruptive to the global economy, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Tuesday.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Trump announces US will exit nuclear accord with Iran

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump announced Tuesday the U.S. will pull out of the landmark nuclear accord with Iran, declaring he's making the world safer but dealing a profound blow to allies and deepening the president's isolation on the world stage.

Groups sue Ben Carson over delay of anti-segregation rule

WASHINGTON (AP) — A group of advocacy organizations filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the Department of Housing and Urban Development and its secretary, Ben Carson, over his decision to delay an Obama-era rule intended to ensure that communities confront and address racial segregation.

Trump says he'll speak Tuesday with President Xi of China

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he'll speak Tuesday with President Xi Jinping of China.


MONDAY, MAY 7
PREDATORS

Big Buff has Winnipeg Jets on verge of 1st West final

NASHVILLE (AP) — Dustin Byfuglien busted out his dance moves for a little celebration of his latest big goal, which may have caught many people by surprise.

NASHVILLE AREA

Waffle House shooting suspect to undergo mental health test

NASHVILLE (AP) — A man accused of killing four people at a Tennessee Waffle House will undergo a mental health evaluation before going to court.

STATEWIDE

State election systems still waiting for security checkups

With the midterm congressional primaries about to go into full swing, the Department of Homeland Security is playing catch-up in helping to ensure that state election systems are secure against cybertampering by the Russians or others bent on mischief.

TECHNOLOGY

Report: Millions of tweets spread anti-Semitic messages

Millions of anti-Semitic messages on Twitter have spread negative stereotypes and conspiracy theories about Jews across the social media platform, according to a report Monday by the Anti-Defamation League.

Microsoft launches $25M program to use AI for disabilities

Microsoft is launching a $25 million initiative to use artificial intelligence to build better technology for people with disabilities.

HEALTH CARE

Big investor offers about $6.5 billion for athenahealth

Prominent athenahealth investor Elliott Management Corp. is offering about $6.5 billion to take the medical billing software maker private after saying it has grown frustrated with the company's performance.

AUTO INDUSTRY

VW board eyes damage claims against former CEO Winterkorn

BERLIN (AP) — Former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn may never see the inside of a courtroom in the United States in connection with the company's diesel emissions scandal. But his legal troubles are far from over.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks close higher on Wall Street

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks closed higher on Wall Street, adding to the market's gains from last week.

US stocks close modestly higher, add to gains from last week

U.S. stocks closed modestly higher Monday, extending the market's gains from last week.

US oil prices top $70 a barrel for the first time since 2014

DALLAS (AP) — U.S. oil prices crashed through the $70-a-barrel mark on Monday for the first time since late 2014, foreshadowing costlier gasoline and consumer goods.

Average price of US gas jumps 7 cents, to $2.90 a gallon

CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average price of regular-grade gasoline in the U.S. rose 7 cents a gallon over the past two weeks to $2.90, the 10th week straight of increases.

Jay-Z lawyers: SEC probe has become a 'celebrity hunt'

NEW YORK (AP) — Lawyers for Jay-Z told a judge that the Securities and Exchange Commission has gone on a "celebrity hunt" by demanding the rapper submit to unlimited questioning beginning Friday about a company to which he sold his apparel business more than a decade ago.

Buffett says stocks remain best investment option for most

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Billionaire Warren Buffett recommends that investors stick with simple stock index funds — not bonds and especially not bitcoins.

Gannett reports $377K loss in first quarter

MCLEAN, Va. (AP) — Gannett Co. on Monday reported a loss of $377,000 in its first quarter.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Trump proposing billions in spending cuts to Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is finalizing a multibillion-dollar roster of proposed spending cuts but is leaving this year's $1.3 trillion catchall spending bill alone.

Trump to announce decision on Iran nuclear deal on Tuesday

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is set to reveal his decision on whether to keep the U.S. in the Iran deal on Tuesday, a move that could determine the fate of 2015 agreement that froze Iran's nuclear program.

Giuliani's media blitz defending Trump is off to rough start

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's new attorney, Rudy Giuliani, is off to a rough start in his media blitz defending Trump's stance toward the special counsel's Russian investigation and a $130,000 porn star hush payment.

Pelosi says Democrats have cash and environment to win House

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said Sunday that House Democrats have the fundraising, the issues and the political atmosphere on their side to win back the majority in November.


FRIDAY, MAY 4
PREDATORS

Rinne, Preds rebound with 2-1 win vs Jets to tie series at 2

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — P.K. Subban didn't get heckled as long and as loud as he normally does from Winnipeg fans on Thursday.

NASHVILLE AREA

Fatal shooting causes pandemonium in Opry Mills

NASHVILLE (AP) — A fatal shooting set off pandemonium inside a mall in Nashville, Tennessee, provoking an outsized police response in the city where a gunman killed several people at a Waffle House less than two weeks ago.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Haslam to make Europe economic development trip

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe are heading to Europe on state business.

Tennessee governor vetoes cancer proton therapy bill

NASHVILLE (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam has vetoed legislation that would have required state employee insurance to cover proton therapy, an alternative treatment for certain cancers.

SPORTS

Former Vol Witten retiring, heading to ESPN

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Jason Witten never even hinted that his 15th season with the Dallas Cowboys would be the tight end's last, suggesting as recently as two weeks ago that he intended to return.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Tesla's Musk defends comments made during conference call

Tesla CEO Elon Musk is going on the defensive in a series of tweets, saying the people he shut down during a contentious conference call were "sell-side analysts who represent a short seller thesis, not investors."

US charges don't change German probe of ex-Volkswagen CEO

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German prosecutors are saying their probe of former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn is ongoing and won't be affected by the charges brought against him in the United States.

Former VW CEO indicted in emissions cheating case

DETROIT (AP) — A federal grand jury in Detroit has indicted former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn on charges stemming from the company's diesel emissions cheating scandal.

COURTS

Appeals court reverses conviction of ex-Wall Street trader

NEW YORK (AP) — An appeals court in New York says a former Wall Street trader can be released from prison because he was improperly convicted of taking advantage of a government bailout program.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Tech leads the way higher for US stocks

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are closing sharply higher on Wall Street, led by gains in technology stocks as Apple rose to another all-time high.

California now world's 5th largest economy, surpassing UK

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's economy has surpassed that of the United Kingdom to become the world's fifth largest, according to new federal data made public Friday.

Buffett's firm buys 75 million more Apple shares in 1Q

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Warren Buffett's company bought 75 million more Apple shares in the first quarter, giving it more than 240 million shares of the iPhone maker.

2nd-longest US expansion on record keeps churning out jobs

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy has delivered steady if only modest gains for most Americans since the Great Recession ended in 2009. It's been a frustration for many.

Trump wants China to reduce trade deficit by $200B by 2020

BEIJING (AP) — The Trump administration has asked China to reduce its trade deficit with the U.S. by $200 billion by the end of 2020, striking an assertive stance in talks aimed at averting a trade war between the world's two-largest economies.

Bill Gates pumps $158 million into push to combat US poverty

SEATTLE (AP) — Bill Gates launched a new fight against systemic poverty in the U.S., with his private foundation on Thursday announcing millions of dollars toward initiatives ranging from data projects to funding for community activists.

Robot fast-food chefs: Hype or a sign of industry change?

BOSTON (AP) — Robots can't yet bake a souffle or fold a burrito, but they can cook up vegetables and grains and spout them into a bowl — and are doing just that at a new fast casual restaurant in Boston.

US-China trade talks center on rivalry over technology

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese and U.S. officials met face-to-face Thursday in an attempt to resolve a dispute over technology that has taken the world's two largest economies the closest they've ever come to a trade war.

EU to give young people free train tickets to explore Europe

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is convinced it has found a new way for young people to fall in love with neighboring countries — free train rides.

US services firms grew in April at slowest pace this year

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. services firms grew at a slower pace in April compared to the prior month, as companies are reporting cost pressures from possible tariffs and a shortage of available workers.

US productivity grows at tepid 0.7 percent rate in Q1

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. productivity grew at an annual rate of 0.7 percent in the first three months of this year, a weak reading but a slight improvement from the previous quarter.

Record exports cut US trade deficit to $49 billion

WASHINGTON (AP) — Record exports trimmed the U.S. trade deficit in March, the first drop in seven months in a massive gap that President Donald Trump is determined to shrink with an aggressive America first policy.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Trump salutes 2nd Amendment, urges NRA members to vote GOP

DALLAS (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday linked the sanctity of the Second Amendment to his party's prospects in the 2018 midterm elections, telling supporters at the National Rifle Association's annual convention that "we've got to get Republicans elected."

Trump says he'd 'love to' talk to Mueller, wants fairness

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he would "love to" speak to special counsel Robert Mueller in the Russia probe but tells reporters he wants to ensure he'd be "treated fairly."

After flirting with gun-control movement, Trump faces NRA

WASHINGTON (AP) — Back for a return engagement, President Donald Trump's address to the National Rifle Association on Friday comes after he temporarily strayed from the group's strong opposition to tougher gun controls following the school shooting in Parkland, Florida — only to rapidly return to the fold.

Trump's new 'Stormy' story stuns many in West Wing

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump insisted Thursday his reimbursement of a 2016 hush payment to porn actress Stormy Daniels had nothing to do with his election campaign. But the surprise revelation of the president's payment clashed with his past statements, created new legal headaches and stunned many in the West Wing.

Pressed by conservatives, White House eyes spending cut plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — Conservatives weren't happy with the $1.3 trillion spending bill President Donald Trump signed in March, and they've pressed for cuts ever since.

Trump acknowledges he repaid lawyer for 'Stormy' hush money

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump acknowledged Thursday he repaid his personal lawyer for hush money given to porn actress Stormy Daniels after claiming previously he didn't know about the payments. But the money, paid just before the 2016 election to stifle her claims of an affair, "had nothing to do with the campaign," the president tweeted.

Giuliani offers new explanation of Comey firing

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's explanation for why he fired FBI Director James Comey has shifted again.

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