NASHVILLE (AP) — Garth Brooks is finally embracing digital music, but he's doing it his own way.
Brooks, one of the last holdout big-name musicians still refusing to put his music on iTunes, said Thursday he will make his back catalog of hits and his new music available for download, but only through his own website. His new album is expected later this year.
6. Union official: Local coming for Volkswagen plan - Friday, July 04, 2014
NASHVILLE — An official with the United Auto Workers, which suffered a stinging defeat in its attempt to unionize Volkswagen's assembly plant in Tennessee earlier this year, said Thursday that it is forming a new local at the plant.7. PC shipment slump bottoms out - Friday, July 04, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — A two-year slump in personal computer sales ended in the second quarter, helped by improving demand in developed markets like North America and Europe.
PC sales have fallen in recent years, hurt by surging demand for tablets and other mobile devices. Tough economic conditions around the world have also disrupted sales. But quarterly figures released Wednesday by the research firms Gartner Inc. and International Data Corp. show the global slump is easing.8. Hawaiian Airlines keeps top spot in on-time list - Friday, July 04, 2014
The Associated Press
Here are the government's rankings of the leading airlines and their on-time performance in May. Some airlines, including Spirit and Allegiant, are not included because they operate fewer flights. The federal government counts a flight as on-time if it arrives within 14 minutes of schedule.9. Peach Capital of the World isn't in Georgia - Friday, July 11, 2014
“A rose is a rose,” but when is a rose not a rose? When it is a peach. If you do not already know, peaches are from the Rose family (Prunus), and are classified as a “stone fruit” or “drupe.”10. Dickinson Wright hires for Music Row office - Friday, July 11, 2014
Attorneys Derek Crownover, Austen Adams and Cam Caldwell have joined Dickinson Wright PLLC in Nashville to launch the firm’s office on Music Row and lead its expanded Entertainment Law Practice Group.11. Ford recalling 100,610 vehicles for safety issues - Friday, July 04, 2014
DETROIT (AP) — Ford is recalling 100,610 vehicles in North America for various safety defects.
The company announced the six separate recalls Tuesday. No injuries, accidents or fires related to any of the defects have been reported, Ford said.
12. ADM to buy Swiss flavoring maker for about $3B - Friday, July 04, 2014
DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — Agribusiness giant ADM will pay about $3 billion to buy the privately held Swiss company Wild Flavors, which supplies natural ingredients to the food and beverage industry.13. Stocks slip, pulling Dow back near 17,000 - Friday, July 04, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — After pushing stocks to records last week, investors turned cautious on Monday ahead of a batch of corporate earnings reports.
The Dow Jones industrial average ended almost 50 points lower after closing above 17,000 for the first time last week. Investors moved money into stocks traditionally thought of as safer than broader market: utilities, telecommunication companies and consumer staples.14. June jobs report shows US recovery is accelerating - Friday, July 04, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — A surprisingly robust job market is energizing the 5-year-old U.S. recovery and driving the economy closer to full health.
Employers added 288,000 jobs in June and helped cut the unemployment rate to 6.1 percent, the lowest since 2008. It was the fifth straight gain above 200,000 — the best such stretch since the late 1990s tech boom.
15. Duncan Hines: A revolutionary from Bowling Green - Friday, July 04, 2014
Tonight’s dessert is courtesy of your childhood.
The cake you’ll have after dinner is just like the one Mom used to make. It’ll be round, mostly, maybe a little lopsided, with a divot in the center from letting the oven door slam. Like Mom’s cake, your icing will be thick on top, thin on the sides. And like hers, yours came from a box, too.16. Target asks customers to leave firearms at home - Friday, June 27, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Target is "respectfully" asking its customers to not bring firearms into its stores, even where it is allowed by law.
In a statement posted Wednesday on the retailer's corporate blog, interim CEO John Mulligan said that Target wants a "safe and inviting" atmosphere for its shoppers and employees.
17. Stocks close at all-time highs as hiring surges - Friday, June 27, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks closed at their latest all-time highs Wednesday following news that business hiring surged in June, adding to evidence that the U.S. economy is picking up momentum.
ADP, a payroll processer, said businesses added 281,000 jobs last month, up from 179,000 in the previous month. The figure suggests the government's monthly jobs report, due out Thursday, could also show a significant gain from May.
18. We should be celebrating Independence Day on July 2 - Friday, July 04, 2014
Let’s start this column with holiday quiz:
1. Who immortalized Paul Revere’s “midnight ride” and how?
2. Which body of water did Washington and his men cross on Christmas 1776?19. Nod to the old, in with the new: Reeves-Sain redefines model for hometown pharmacy - Friday, July 04, 2014
The cold, thick, handmade milkshake sold at the Reeves-Sain drugstore soda fountain comes in a stainless steel canister, too big for the serving glass.
That old-fashioned shake draws customers to the hometown store on Memorial Boulevard in Murfreesboro, especially on hot summer days. And it’s a specialty not available at the chain drug stores that seem to occupy every street corner in Middle Tennessee.20. New recalls and questions about auto parts safety - Friday, June 27, 2014
DETROIT (AP) — The ignition switch recalls now engulfing General Motors and Chrysler are raising new questions about the safety of the parts across the American auto industry.
GM's safety crisis deepened dramatically Monday when the automaker added 8.2 million vehicles in North America to its ballooning list of cars recalled over faulty ignition switches. GM has now issued five recalls for 17.1 million cars with defective switches, spanning every model year since 1997.21. Biden to welcome governors to Nashville meeting - Friday, June 27, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden will help kick off the National Governors Association summer meeting in Nashville next week.
The event begins on July 10 and runs through July 13. The agenda includes discussions of innovations around the states in areas like education, workforce, health care, veterans and jobs.22. Obama: I'll act on my own on immigration - Friday, June 27, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — In the face of an unyielding Congress, President Barack Obama said Monday he will no longer wait for Republicans to act on immigration and will move on his own to make policy changes in what has been a top second-term priority of his presidency.23. Stocks end mixed; S&P closes near all-time high - Friday, June 27, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market got back on track in the second quarter.
After a bumpy start to the year, the Standard & Poor's 500 index resumed its upward climb in the March-June period. The index rose 4.7 percent, versus a 1.3 percent gain in the first three months of the year.
24. Politicians reflect on death of Sen. Howard Baker - Friday, June 27, 2014
Politicians and others across the nation are reacting to the death of former U.S. Sen. Howard Baker, who famously asked regarding the Watergate scandal, "What did the president know and when did he know it?"25. High court voids 35-foot abortion clinic buffer - Friday, June 27, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a 35-foot protest-free zone outside abortion clinics in Massachusetts.
The justices were unanimous in ruling that extending a buffer zone that far from clinic entrances violates the First Amendment rights of protesters.26. FAA eyes lower building height limit near airports - Friday, June 20, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — The government wants to dramatically reduce the allowable height of buildings near hundreds of airports — a proposal that is drawing fire from real estate developers and members of Congress who say it will reduce property values.27. Burnstein elected Waller chairman - Friday, June 27, 2014
Waller law firm has elected Matthew R. Burnstein chairman of the firm. Effective August 1, 2014, Burnstein will succeed John Tishler, who will assume the role of chairman emeritus and resume his bankruptcy and restructuring practice at Waller.28. Top Midstate commercial real estate transactions for May 2014 - Friday, June 27, 2014
Top May 2014 commercial real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.29. Kurdish restaurateur lives the American dream, fears for those left behind - Friday, June 27, 2014
After double-checking the 25 half-pound lamb shanks roasting at 500 degrees for five hours, Hikmat Gazi steps from the Shish Kabob kitchen, eyes growing fierce as he sits down to attack jihadists.
“There is no way in hell any religion says you will have breakfast with God if you blow yourself up and kill children,” says this devout Muslim, who believes the recruiting method of promising willing virgins in the afterlife for those who kill themselves and others in God’s name is so much lamb dung.30. Ni hao, y'all: US hinterlands woo Chinese firms - Friday, June 20, 2014
PINE HILL, Ala. (AP) — Burdened with Alabama's highest unemployment rate, long abandoned by textile mills and furniture plants, Wilcox County desperately needs jobs.
They're coming, and from a most unlikely place: Henan Province, China, 7,600 miles away.31. GOP lawmakers demand education chief's resignation - Friday, June 20, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam's office is dismissing as a "political stunt" a letter signed by 15 Republican lawmakers demanding the resignation of Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman.32. New push to get girls into computer sciences - Friday, June 20, 2014
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Diana Navarro loves to code, and she's not afraid to admit it. But the 18-year-old Rutgers University computer science major knows she's an anomaly: Writing software to run computer programs in 2014 is — more than ever — a man's world.33. TVA’s evolving rules bring turmoil to solar industry - Friday, June 20, 2014
Gary Wolf is chasing the sun from Tennessee to Belize. The owner of SunDog Solar Energy installation company in Nashville says the changes Tennessee Valley Authority made to their Generation Partners renewable energy program means a small rooftop solar company like his can’t survive in Tennessee.34. Amazon is about to jump into smartphones - Friday, June 13, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon, a company of seemingly boundless ambition, appears to be venturing into yet another market: smartphones.
The corporate juggernaut that started out with books and soon moved into music, video, cloud computing and Kindle e-readers is hosting a launch event Wednesday in Seattle, and media reports indicate the product will be an Amazon phone — perhaps one with multiple cameras that can produce 3-D photos.35. GM sales, used-car values hold up through recalls - Friday, June 13, 2014
DETROIT (AP) — Consumers looking for a used vehicle aren't shying away from GM models — even though more than 20 million GM cars and trucks have been recalled this year.
General Motors cars such as the Chevrolet Malibu have retained or increased in value, sometimes more than rival vehicles. And sales of new cars aren't slowing either, up 13 percent in May.36. GM recalling Camaros for ignition switch problem - Friday, June 13, 2014
DETROIT (AP) — Ignition switches once again are causing problems for General Motors.
This time the company is recalling nearly 512,000 Chevrolet Camaro muscle cars from the 2010 to 2014 model years because a driver's knee can bump the key and knock the switch out of the "run" position, causing an engine stall.
37. Tesla handing over the keys to its technology - Friday, June 13, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Electric car maker Tesla Motors is handing over the keys to its technology in an unusual effort to encourage other automakers to expand beyond gasoline-burning vehicles.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk promised Thursday to give away the company's entire patent portfolio to all comers, as long as they promised not to engage courtroom battles over intellectual property38. Amazon launches music streaming for Prime members - Friday, June 13, 2014
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Amazon's newly announced music streaming service is yet another attempt by the company to move beyond e-commerce and infuse itself into the daily lives of Americans with an increasing number of offerings —including grocery delivery and streaming TV.39. Amazon launches music streaming for Prime members - Friday, June 06, 2014
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Amazon is launching a music streaming service for its Prime members, adding yet another freebie to its popular free-shipping plan ahead of the expected unveiling of its first smartphone next week.40. Insurers propose changes to Obama health law - Friday, June 06, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — Insurers want to change President Barack Obama's health care law to provide financial assistance for people buying bare-bones coverage. That would entice the healthy and the young, the industry says, holding down premiums.41. Lew: Economy still facing major challenges - Friday, June 06, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said Wednesday that the economy should grow at much stronger rates the rest of this year as the country overcomes the impact of a harsh winter. But Lew said millions of Americans continue to struggle as unemployment remains too high and economic growth is too slow.42. Fight rages over definition of Tennessee whiskey - Friday, June 06, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) - To many, Tennessee means whiskey. But inside the state, the question is: What does Tennessee whiskey mean?
A battle between two worldwide liquor companies - owners of rival brands Jack Daniel's and smaller rival George Dickel - is being waged over who has the right to label their drink as following authentic Tennessee style. It's among the epicurean battles being waged around the world over what food and drink should carry special status as local and unique.43. Facebook, Twitter brace for World Cup fever - Friday, June 06, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — This year's World Cup will play out on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and messaging apps like WhatsApp just as it progresses in stadiums from Sao Paulo to Rio De Janeiro.
Nearly 40 percent of Facebook's 1.28 billion users are fans of soccer, better known as football outside of the U.S. and Australia. On Tuesday, the world's biggest online social network is adding new features to help fans follow the World Cup — the world's most widely viewed sporting event — which takes place in Brazil from June 12 to July 13.44. United changing how travelers earn mileage rewards - Friday, June 06, 2014
DALLAS (AP) — Travelers who fly the most and pay the most will soon earn more miles on United Airlines' frequent-flier program.
The change will help elite members of United's loyalty program — those who fly at least 25,000 miles a year on the airline. It will be far less-rewarding for people who currently rack up miles by taking occasional long flights at bargain fares.45. GM CEO: No more serious safety issues lurking - Friday, June 06, 2014
DETROIT (AP) — A thorough review of General Motors' safety issues is nearing completion and hasn't turned up any more serious problems, the company's CEO said Tuesday.
Speaking to reporters before the company's annual meeting, Mary Barra also said that personnel changes related to a deadly ignition switch problem are finished. The company forced out 15 workers last week after an outside attorney blamed them for failing to act on the problem. Five others were disciplined.
46. Korean-American vies to lead Southern Baptists - Friday, June 06, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) - Southern Baptists elected their first African-American president two years ago in a move widely seen as a watershed for efforts to broaden the appeal of the nation's largest Protestant denomination beyond its traditional white Southern base.47. Obama moves to extend student loan payment relief - Friday, June 06, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — Aiming to alleviate the burden of student loan debt, President Barack Obama expanded a program Monday that lets borrowers pay no more than 10 percent of their income every month, and threw his support behind more sweeping Senate legislation targeting the issue.48. Wal-Mart CEO: speed up pace of change - Friday, June 06, 2014
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Wal-Mart's CEO Doug McMillon said the world's largest retailer's task is to more quickly bring e-commerce together with physical stores to better serve shoppers.
At Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s annual shareholders meeting on Friday, McMillon talked about a service that Wal-Mart offers at its Asda.com Web site in the U.K., where customers can order groceries online and then pick them up from trucks at various pickup points. He also showed off miniature figures of executives to illustrate how some Wal-Mart stores have been using 3-D printers to create miniature figurines for customers in the U.K.
49. What's next in the GM recall case - Friday, June 06, 2014
General Motors on Thursday released the results of an internal investigation into the delayed recall of 2.6 million cars with faulty ignition switches. But the 315-page report doesn't bring the issue to a close. Here's what's still to come in the ongoing recall case:50. GM ousts 15 employees over ignition-switch scandal - Friday, June 06, 2014
WARREN, Mich. (AP) — General Motors said Thursday it has forced out 15 employees for their role in the deadly ignition-switch scandal and will set up a compensation fund for crash victims, as an internal investigation blamed the debacle on engineering ignorance and bureaucratic dithering, not a deliberate cover-up.51. Nashville actress steals show at film festival - Friday, June 06, 2014
The latest version of the Little Rock Film Festival was the best yet. Ask anyone who gathered at the Old Statehouse for the Awards Gala. The enthusiasm of the filmmakers was infectious.
A film that didn’t get any LRFF awards, but impressed me greatly, was “I Believe in Unicorns.”52. GM: Incompetence, negligence led to delayed recall - Friday, May 30, 2014
WARREN, Mich. (AP) — General Motors says a pattern of incompetence and neglect, not a larger conspiracy or cover-up, is to blame for a long-delayed recall of defective ignition switches.
GM CEO Mary Barra, who released the results of an internal investigation into the company's missteps on Thursday, said 15 employees — many of them senior legal and engineering executives — have been forced out of the company for failing to disclose the defect, which the company links to 13 deaths and 54 crashes in which the air bags didn't deploy. Five other employees have been disciplined.
53. Wal-Mart faces big hurdles as revenues slide - Friday, May 30, 2014
The world's largest retailer faces new challenges at a time when low prices and one-stop shopping can be a few clicks away on a tablet computer or mobile phone.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. built its reputation on everyday low prices and convenient supercenters that allow customers to do all their shopping in one place.54. State governments may be expanding wealth gap - Friday, May 30, 2014
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Lawmakers in many states have been trying to boost their post-recession economies by cutting income taxes, curbing aid to the long-term jobless or holding down the minimum wage. Some have pursued all of these steps.55. US trade deficit at two-year high in April - Friday, May 30, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) -?? The U.S. trade deficit jumped to a two-year high in April, as exports declined and imports surged to a record high.
The deficit rose to $47.2 billion in April, up 6.9 percent from an upwardly revised March deficit of $44.2 billion, the Commerce Department said Wednesday.
56. Obama orders pollution cuts, timing uncertain - Friday, May 30, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — Taking aim at global warming, President Barack Obama introduced a politically charged plan Monday to order big and lasting cuts in the pollution discharged by America's power plants. But the plan, though ambitious in scope, wouldn't be fully realized until long after Obama's successor took office and would generate only modest progress worldwide.57. How Google got states to legalize driverless cars - Friday, May 30, 2014
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — About four years ago, the Google team trying to develop cars driven by computers — not people — became convinced that sooner than later, the technology would be ready for the masses. There was one big problem: Driverless cars were almost certainly illegal.58. First Tennessee Buys 13 Bank of America Branches - Friday, May 23, 2014
First Tennessee has reached an agreement to buy 13 branches and four remote ATMs from Bank of America.
The banks expect the deal, which includes branches in Middle and East Tennessee, to close later this year following approval by regulators and the satisfaction of customary closing conditions. The deal will add $660 million in deposits to First Tennessee.59. Apple adds more swagger with $3B Beats acquisition - Friday, May 23, 2014
CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — Apple is buying more flair, swagger and song-picking savvy with its $3 billion acquisition of Beats Electronics, a headphone and music streaming specialist founded by rapper Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, one of the first recording executives to roll with the hip-hop culture.60. Hiring to push Mississippi Nissan employment over 6,000 - Friday, May 23, 2014
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Nissan Motor Co. contractor has begun seeking applicants for 500 workers as part of the automaker's buildup to begin producing a new model in Mississippi.61. TSU selects chief research officer - Friday, May 30, 2014
Tennessee State University has named Lesia Crumpton-Young, a longtime educator, award-winning scientist and director of the Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence at the University of Central Florida, as associate vice president for research and sponsored programs.62. US bank earnings decline 7.7 percent in 1Q - Friday, May 23, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. banks' earnings declined 7.7 percent in the January-March quarter from a year earlier, as higher interest rates dampened demand for mortgage refinancing and reduced banks' revenue from the mortgage business.63. Events - Friday, May 30, 2014
Nashville Symphony Summer Concerts. An annual summer tradition that embodies the organization’s mission of bringing outstanding music to audiences of every age and background throughout Middle Tennessee. Featured composers include Beethoven, Bernstein, Copland, Tchaikovsky, Cole Porter and more. All performances are free of charge (except where noted) and will be conducted by Nashville Symphony Assistant Conductor Vinay Parameswaran. Tonight: East Park, 8 p.m. Additional dates and locations for the 2014 series are:64. Struggling homeowners find help via AHR - Friday, May 30, 2014
At the height of the foreclosure crisis, Affordable Housing Resources kept many people in their homes. Now the agency is working to help more people get into home ownership for the first time.
Since its founding more than 20 years ago, AHR has had the twin goals of obtaining and maintaining home ownership, but in recent years the economic downturn has meant its buying efforts were eclipsed by those designed to keep people in their homes.65. The CEO got a huge raise. You didn't. Here's why. - Friday, May 23, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — If you randomly put 10,000 Americans in a room, only one would have earned the $10.46 million that a CEO at a typical large public company made last year.
And while CEO pay was surging 9 percent from 2012, it rose a scant 1.3 percent for the rest of us. A typical CEO now earns 257 times what an average U.S. worker does, up from a multiple of 180 in 2009, according to an analysis by The Associated Press and Equilar.
66. Auto parts price-fixing probe rattles industry - Friday, May 23, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — An investigation into price-fixing and bid-rigging in the auto parts industry has mushroomed into the Justice Department's largest criminal antitrust probe ever, and it's not over yet.67. What shopping will look like in the future - Friday, May 23, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — One of America's favorite pastimes is changing rapidly.
When it comes to shopping, more Americans are skipping the stores and pulling out their smartphones and tablets. Still, there's more on the horizon for shopping than just point-and-clicking.68. Third Man Records' simple goal: ‘Just trying to do cool things’ - Friday, May 23, 2014
The tall young man many have said has “changed Nashville” doesn’t have time for that kind of talk as he spends a gray Nashville afternoon in a glowing blue room tucked in back of his non-descript world headquarters facing Nashville’s “Skid Row.”69. How Jack White changed Nashville’s music industry - Friday, May 23, 2014
The change in the Nashville music scene in the few scant years since Jack White and his Third Man team settled here is palpable.
In some cases, it’s simply sonic. Get away from the steel guitars and fiddles of the PG-rated honky-tonk Disney World that is Lower Broadway, visitors are as likely to hear rock guitars and drums as they are to hear the rootsier sounds of country or even Americana.70. Obama to host CEOs whose firms are investing in US - Friday, May 16, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is hosting executives from 11 foreign and U.S.-based companies that have chosen to open new plants or relocate overseas operations in the United States. The gathering Tuesday is designed to illustrate growing interest in the United States by firms capable of creating high-paying jobs.71. Temporary jobs on rise in today's shifting economy - Friday, May 16, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — While the U.S. economy has improved since the Great Recession ended five years ago, part-time and "contract" workers are filling many of the new jobs.
Contract workers made up less than half of one percent of all U.S. employment in the 1980s but now account for 2.3 percent. Economists predict contract workers will play a larger role in the years ahead.72. Airlines expect more travelers to fly this summer - Friday, May 09, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — More travelers will take to the skies this summer, the U.S. airlines' trade and lobby group predicted Thursday.
About 210 million passengers — or 2.28 million a day— are expected to fly on U.S. carriers between June 1 and Aug. 31. That's up 1.5 percent from last summer and the highest level in six years, according to the trade and lobbying group, Airlines for America.73. Top Midstate residential real estate transactions for April 2014 - Friday, May 16, 2014
Top April 2014 residential real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.74. Higher density translates to more tax revenue - Friday, May 16, 2014
Adding higher-density development can be a difficult pill to swallow for longtime residents of a city, town or neighborhood residents.
More people packed into a small space can potentially mean more issues such as noise, traffic, crime and strain on public services.75. One million new residents headed to Middle Tennessee: Where will they live? Will we be ready? - Friday, May 16, 2014
For Middle Tennessee, the question is not, “If we build it, will they come?” It’s more like, “How will we build it before they come?” During the next 20 years, Middle Tennessee’s 10-county region will absorb 1 million new residents. That’s twice the growth rate of the rest of the nation.76. Report highlights child labor on US tobacco farms - Friday, May 09, 2014
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — You may have to be at least 18 to buy cigarettes in the U.S., but children as young as 7 are working long hours in fields harvesting nicotine- and pesticide-laced tobacco leaves under sometimes hazardous and sweltering conditions, according to a report released Wednesday by an international rights group.77. S&P 500 flirts with 1,900, but falls short - Friday, May 09, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — The Standard & Poor's 500 index is flirting with a new milestone: 1,900.
The index briefly climbed above that level on Tuesday before dropping back to close just below it. Still, it set an all-time closing high by a fraction of point.
78. At Wal-Mart, Obama touts steps on solar power - Friday, May 09, 2014
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Flanked by bargain-priced displays of women's wear and patio lighting, President Barack Obama came to a Wal-Mart store in Silicon Valley on Friday to praise new steps by businesses and communities to deploy solar energy, showcasing efforts to combat climate change that don't rely on a disinclined Congress.79. Airlines ask Congress to roll back airfare rule - Friday, May 09, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — Airlines tried and failed to block a federal rule making them tell passengers up front the full cost of airfare, including government taxes and fees. So they're trying another route, asking Congress to do what the Obama administration and the courts refused to do: roll back the law.80. Health insurers just say no to marijuana coverage - Friday, May 09, 2014
Patients who use medical marijuana for pain and other chronic symptoms can take an unwanted hit: Insurers don't cover the treatment, which costs as much as $1,000 a month.
Once the drug of choice for hippies and rebellious teens, marijuana in recent years has gained more mainstream acceptance for its ability to boost appetite, dull pain and reduce seizures in everyone from epilepsy to cancer patients.81. Health insurers just say no to marijuana coverage - Friday, May 02, 2014
Patients who use medical marijuana for pain and other chronic symptoms can take an unwanted hit: Insurers don't cover the treatment, which costs as much as $1,000 a month.
Once the drug of choice for hippies and rebellious teens, marijuana in recent years has gained more mainstream acceptance for its ability to boost appetite, dull pain and reduce seizures in everyone from epilepsy to cancer patients.82. Toyota chalks up record profit, vehicle sales - Friday, May 02, 2014
TOKYO (AP) — Toyota chalked up a record annual profit and sales above 10 million vehicles for the first time, but forecast Thursday a slower year ahead as the momentum from a weak yen fades.
Expenses such as the $1.2 billion penalty it paid in a settlement with the U.S. Justice Department earlier this year for hiding information about defects in its cars dented its profit for January-March quarter, according to Toyota.83. Amazon adds 15 cities to Sunday delivery service - Friday, May 02, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is expanding its Sunday package delivery service to 15 more cities across the country, including Philadelphia, New Orleans and Dallas.
Amazon first rolled out the service as part of a new deal with the U.S. Postal Service in November to New York and Los Angeles, just ahead of the holiday rush. At the time, it said it planned to extend it to other cities this year.84. Mulraine joins Bone McAllester Norton - Friday, May 09, 2014
Bone McAllester Norton PLLC has hired entertainment attorney and Belmont Law professor Loren E. Mulraine as the firm’s 38th attorney.
Mulraine will serve as of counsel at Bone McAllester Norton, where he will focus his practice on entertainment law, intellectual property and business and corporate law. He will continue in his role at Belmont University College of Law, teaching courses in copyright law, entertainment law, media law and intellectual property law.85. Chrysler to drop Dodge minivan in wider revamp - Friday, May 02, 2014
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Chrysler Group wants to expand its sales with new vehicles — including a plug-in hybrid minivan and a new small Jeep SUV — and a more aggressive effort to differentiate its brands.86. US trade deficit drops 3.6 percent in March - Friday, May 02, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. trade deficit narrowed in March as exports rebounded to the second highest level on record, led by strong gains in sales of aircraft, autos and farm goods.
The deficit declined to $40.4 billion, down 3.6 percent from a revised February imbalance of $41.9 billion, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday. The February deficit had been the biggest trade gap in five months.87. US service firms grow at fastest pace since August - Friday, May 02, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. service firms grew last month at the fastest pace since August as new orders and sales grew, adding to evidence that the economy is picking up after a slow start to the year.88. Yellen says Fed seeks to avoid undue regulations - Friday, April 25, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — As the Federal Reserve works to ensure that the nation's largest banks pose no undue threats to the financial system, it will avoid imposing unnecessary rules on small banks, Fed Chair Janet Yellen said Thursday.89. Ford's Fields to replace Mulally as CEO July 1 - Friday, April 25, 2014
DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Alan Mulally, the man who transformed Ford Motor Co. from a dysfunctional money-loser to a thriving company, will retire July 1 and be replaced by Mark Fields, the current chief operating officer.90. Same playbook, different routes: Lassing, Matthews follow on-field success at VU with golden opportunities in post-grad world - Friday, May 02, 2014
By this time next week, Thursday night at the earliest and Saturday afternoon at the very latest, Jordan Matthews will have a job lined up.
Fitz Lassing already has one.
Two Vanderbilt graduates with economic majors, football teammates, young men with shared goals, faith and values, they are preparing to leave the relatively sheltered campus life on West End and head for the fast lane.91. Stocks gain on earnings; Cummins, Ameriprise rise - Friday, April 25, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Solid earnings from a broad swath of U.S. companies pushed the stock market higher on Tuesday.
Ameriprise Financial, a wealth management company, surged after posting earnings that exceeded Wall Street's expectations. The company also said it would buy back an additional $2.5 billion of its own stock and raise its dividend. Cummins, a maker of large diesel engines, jumped after the company said a surge in North American sales sent its earnings higher.
92. Advertisers back away from NBA's LA Clippers - Friday, April 25, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Advertisers are backing away from the Los Angeles Clippers after racist comments attributed to the NBA team's owner.
Mercedes-Benz USA said Monday its dealerships are ending their sponsorship of the Clippers in the wake of comments allegedly made by the team's owner, Donald Sterling. Used car dealership chain CarMax, airline Virgin America, and the Chumash Casino Resort are doing the same.93. Toyota moving US base from California to Texas - Friday, April 25, 2014
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Toyota delivered a surprise pink slip to California on Monday, announcing the company would move its U.S. headquarters and about 3,000 jobs from the Los Angeles suburbs to the outskirts of Dallas.94. BofA suspends plans to hike dividend, buy shares - Friday, April 25, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Bank of America is shelving plans to increase its dividend and buy back more stock.
Bank of America Corp. says the move is tied to an incorrect adjustment of how it valued certain securities it obtained through its acquisition of Merrill Lynch in 2009. As a result, it needs higher levels of regulatory capital.95. Late push leaves US stock market mostly higher - Friday, April 25, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are ending a choppy day mostly higher as investors balanced enthusiasm over a possible merger in the health care industry with bad news from Bank of America.
The Dow Jones industrial average rose 87 points, or 0.5 percent, to close at 16,448 Monday.
96. Tennessee on pace to meet 90 percent graduation rate - Friday, April 25, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) — A new report shows Tennessee is on pace to meet a goal of a 90 percent high school graduation rate by the Class of 2020.
The report released Monday by the education advocacy group America's Promise Alliance shows the state increased its graduation rate 17 percentage points from 2003 to 2010, and has continued to make progress with a graduation rate of 87 percent in 2012.97. A fading middle-class perk: lower mortgage rates - Friday, April 25, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — For three decades, the U.S. middle class enjoyed a rare financial advantage over the wealthy: lower mortgage rates.
Now, even that perk is fading away.
Most ordinary homebuyers are paying the same or higher rates than the fortunate few who can afford much more.98. Ford's profit falls 39 percent in first quarter - Friday, April 25, 2014
DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Ford Motor Co.'s worldwide sales rose in the first quarter, propelled by growing strength in Asia and Europe. But weakness in North America dragged down the company's profit.99. VW lawyer: Automaker has deals in place outside TN - Friday, April 25, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) — Volkswagen warned Tennessee officials during difficult negotiations over incentives to expand the German automaker's lone U.S. plant that the company has already secured offers to build a new SUV elsewhere.100. Technology, bank stocks drag US market lower - Friday, April 25, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks mostly fell Monday afternoon, led by declines in technology and bank stocks, as investors' excitement about a potential blockbuster pharmaceutical deal was snuffed out.