NEW YORK (AP) — After eight weeks of gains, maybe the stock market pullback long anticipated by investors has arrived.
Stocks fell Tuesday, dragged lower by the Detroit automakers and consumer-focused companies such as GameStop and Amazon.com. The market could be headed for its first weekly decline since early October, putting at risk a remarkable rally that has sent indexes to record highs.
3. Brick-and-mortar stores and Amazon go head-to-head - Friday, November 29, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — This holiday season, it's Amazon vs. everyone else. The online giant has attracted customers from the likes of Wal-Mart and Best Buy with low prices and convenient shipping. Now, stores are fighting back and going head-to-head with Amazon as the contest for customers heats up during the busiest shopping period of the year.4. Why holiday sales could ride on lower gas prices - Friday, November 22, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — No one begs Santa Claus for cheaper gasoline. Yet falling gas prices are shaping up as an unexpected gift for drivers — and for people on their holiday shopping lists.
The average price of gasoline has tumbled 49 cents from its peak this year to $3.29 a gallon, putting it on track for the lowest average since 2010, according to AAA. Because many Americans have had no pay raises, whatever money they're saving on gas has freed up a bit more for other purchases.5. Variety the key to Porter Flea success - Friday, November 29, 2013
Meagan Hall, 31, grew up in Rockvale and Murfreesboro before heading to the Appalachian Center for Craft in Smithville for a degree in textiles and fiber design.
She then moved out to the Pacific Northwest to live for about seven years and returned to Tennessee about a year and half ago.6. US home permits rise at 5-year high on apartments - Friday, November 22, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. developers received approval in October to build apartments at the fastest pace in five years, a trend that could boost economic growth in the final three months of the year.7. Americans not willing to spend without deals - Friday, November 22, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — This holiday season, Americans may not spend their green unless they see more red.
Despite signs that the economy is improving, big store chains like Wal-Mart and Kohl's don't expect Americans to have much holiday shopping cheer unless they see bold, red signs that offer huge discounts. As a result, shoppers are seeing big sales events earlier and more often than in previous holiday seasons.8. Stocks end mixed on quiet day; energy stocks fall - Friday, November 22, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market paused Monday, ending on a mixed note, after a string of records in recent weeks.
Investors had little company-specific news to digest and trading was light ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday later this week. Still, the market was hit with broader geopolitical news. The U.S. and other world powers reached a deal Sunday to limit Iran's nuclear program, an event that dragged down oil prices and energy stocks.
9. That’s a lawn, not a grassy knoll: Conspiracy theories of real estate confronted - Friday, November 22, 2013
CNN is running a documentary this week titled the “The Assassination of President Kennedy.” Having been a conspiracy buff since reading Mark Lane’s Rush to Judgment in 1979, I have watched the show twice and finally, after 34 years, have concluded that Oswald was the lone assassin. The chase was fun.10. Best Buy posts 3Q profit, sales flat - Friday, November 15, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Best Buy says it Is committed to "winning" the holiday season with price matching, doorbusters and deals as well as its earliest ever opening hours on Thanksgiving — even if that means profit pressure for the electronics retailer in the fourth quarter.11. Stocks edge lower after disappointing earnings - Friday, November 15, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Disappointing earnings news helped push the stock market lower on Tuesday.
Electronics retailer Best Buy plunged after saying extended store hours and price-cutting could squeeze its fourth-quarter profit. Campbell Soup fell sharply after reporting that its profit slumped as sales of soups and V8 drinks fell. The two stocks were the biggest decliners in the Standard & Poor's 500 index.
12. Jos A Bank drops $2.3B bid for Men's Wearhouse - Friday, November 15, 2013
HAMPSTEAD, Md. (AP) — Jos. A. Bank withdrew its $2.3 billion offer to buy rival Men's Wearhouse.
Shares of Men's Wearhouse dropped almost 7 percent in premarket trading Friday.13. Pent-up demand helps 2013 Middle Tennessee home sales soar - Friday, November 15, 2013
From families who need a house with more room to empty nesters who want less space and everyone in between, homebuyers in the Nashville region have put the recession behind them.
“There was a period of time when people were just not buying and selling,” says Clay Kelton, a Realtor with Pilkerton Realtors. “Now there’s pent-up demand.”14. All day shopping frenzy on Thanksgiving? - Friday, November 08, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Last Thanksgiving Day, Kimberly Mudge Via's mother, sister and nieces left in the middle of their meals to head for the mall.
Now, Via says she'll never host Thanksgiving dinner for her relatives again.
15. Target to open earlier on Thanksgiving - Friday, November 08, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Target Corp. is becoming the latest retailer to open earlier on Thanksgiving this year.
The Minneapolis-based discounter said it will open at 8 p.m. on the holiday, which falls on Nov. 28. That's an hour earlier than last year. Target stores will remain open throughout the night and close at 11 p.m. on the day after Thanksgiving, Nov. 29.16. Dow Jones average reaches another record high - Friday, November 08, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — The Dow Jones industrial average rose to another all-time high on Wall Street Monday.
The market edged higher from Friday, when it got a lift from an unexpectedly strong U.S. jobs report for October. The surge in hiring made investors more optimistic that the U.S. economy is getting stronger.
17. Best of the rest in social media and how to use them - Friday, November 08, 2013
With more than 200 major, active social media networks cited by Wikipedia, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with all of the choices available.
Given the considerable amount of time that businesses are investing in social media marketing, it’s vital to focus those efforts on the right networks versus every network.18. Midstate sees surge in $1 million-plus home sales - Friday, November 08, 2013
Last week was a monumental week in Middle Tennessee residential real estate as seven single-family homes and one condo closed for more than $1 million each. Williamson County boasted three $1 million-plus sales for the week and 16 for the month, while Davidson County held a slight edge with 18 closed sales in October.19. BlackBerry abandons bid to sell itself, CEO out - Friday, November 01, 2013
TORONTO (AP) — BlackBerry abandoned its bid to sell itself on Monday, and announced it will replace its chief executive.
Fairfax Financial, BlackBerry's largest shareholder with a 10 percent stake, said it won't buy the struggling smartphone company and take it private but said that Fairfax and other investors will inject $1 billion as part of a revised investment proposal.
20. Music and art mesh in Veda’s storied life - Friday, November 01, 2013
Introduced to the Grand Ole Opry crowd as “The Spanish Hank Williams” back in 1962, there remains a sense of music, of rhythm in the voice of Gil Veda as he sits in his adopted hometown’s busiest coffee house named for a dog and raises his soft voice as much as possible to be heard above the din.21. Concerns raised about security of health website - Friday, October 25, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — Defending President Barack Obama's much-maligned health care overhaul in Congress, his top health official was confronted Wednesday with a government memo raising new security concerns about the trouble-prone website that consumers are using to enroll.22. CEO: Toyota's slice of US market is about right - Friday, October 11, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — After five up and down years, Jim Lentz thinks Toyota is right where it's supposed to be.
Five years ago, the company unseated General Motors as the world's biggest automaker and its cars dominated much of the U.S. market with a reputation for bulletproof reliability.23. Fundraising is indispensable tool for schools - Friday, October 11, 2013
No school is immune to lack of funds. Public, magnet, charter, private and parochial schools need extra cash.
Any money that comes in, either through government funding or tuition payments, must be spread very thinly to cover operational budgets.24. Men's Wearhouse rejects bid from Jos. A. Bank - Friday, October 04, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Jos. A. Bank proposed to acquire rival Men's Wearhouse in a $2.3 billion deal that could potentially create a suit and tuxedo juggernaut with close to 2,000 stores.
But the leaders at Men's Wearhouse — who sent the company's founder packing last summer — rejected the offer, calling it opportunistic and inadequate.
25. Google unveils $279 Chrome laptop made by HP - Friday, October 04, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Google is introducing a $279 laptop that runs its Internet-centric Chrome operating system, borrowing many of the high-end features found in models that cost $1,000 or more.
Hewlett-Packard Co. makes the new HP Chromebook 11. Although its price is in line with most other Chrome OS notebooks, the new model sports many design features found in pricier devices, including the $1,299 Chromebook Pixel.
26. Whoopie! Odd food names demystified - Friday, October 04, 2013
This past Saturday afternoon, we went to lunch with several family members. As you can guess, we had a lot of fun. There was plenty of joking and laughing during the few hours we spent together.
We went to eat at a place that’s very popular and has been around a long time, but that I’ve never tried – Buffalo Wild Wings. Quite a fun place, especially if you like sports, because there were more TV’s hanging around than Best Buy has on their showroom floor. Well, maybe not that many, but there were a lot.27. ‘Trickle-up economics’ boon for real estate buyers, sellers - Friday, October 04, 2013
The late Ronald Reagan delivered some of the best one-liners, sometimes two-liners, of any modern-day president.
In a presidential debate, Hank Trewhitt of the Baltimore Sun asked then-Pres. Reagan the following: “You are already the oldest president in history, and some on your staff say that you were tired.”28. Investing only in companies that agree with your politics isn't easy - Friday, October 04, 2013
When it comes to voicing your opinion with your wallet, it’s easy to simply choose between stores you shop and stores you drop.
Don’t like Chick-fil-A’s financial support of conservative groups? Don’t buy a sandwich. Love that Hobby Lobby donates to Christian-affiliated groups. Buy stuff.29. GOP states offer little help on buying insurance - Friday, September 27, 2013
ATLANTA (AP) - On the day consumers start perusing newly launched federal online health exchanges, Republican governors who oppose President Barack Obama's insurance overhaul are mostly sitting on their hands. But the law is going into effect without them.30. 7 cars get top rating in high-tech safety test - Friday, September 27, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Seven midsize vehicles earned the top rating in a new insurance industry test of high-tech safety features designed to prevent front-end collisions.
The Cadillac ATS and SRX, Subaru Legacy and Outback, Mercedes C-Class and Volvo S60 and XC60 won "superior" ratings in tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.31. Sequester woes: Things could go from bad to worse for Midstate - Friday, September 27, 2013
Six months in, Tennesseans are dealing with sequester cuts as best they can.
To date, among those hardest hit: Head Start, food programs for the elderly and disabled, and Fort Campbell.
Most local agencies have found a way to absorb sequester cuts through the end of the fiscal year, but not without some difficulty, and predictions for next year are no better.32. Stocks fall on concern about economy, budget fight - Friday, September 20, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Concerns about the strength of the economy and the potential for a budget fight in Washington pushed down the stock market Monday.
The Dow Jones industrial average and the Standard & Poor's 500 index fell for a third straight day.
33. Long, strange trip ending for VW's hippie van - Friday, September 20, 2013
SAO PAULO (AP) — It carried hippies through the 1960s, hauled surfers in search of killer waves during endless summers and serves as a workhorse across the developing world, but the long, strange trip of the Volkswagen van is ending.34. ACA: What you need to know before Oct. 1 - Friday, September 20, 2013
On October 1, a new shopping website will launch in Tennessee. Much like Amazon.com, it will offer a place where consumers can compare products from different sellers and buy the one that best suits their needs.35. Dow Jones average has its best week since January - Friday, September 13, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks rose broadly Friday, giving the Dow Jones industrial average its best week since January.
The market got a lift from two economic reports, one showing that inflation remained tame in August and the other showing that Americans spent more at stores last month.
36. Apple's new iPhones simultaneously aim high, low - Friday, September 06, 2013
CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — For the first time since introducing the device that has reshaped technology and culture, Apple will offer two distinct versions of its latest iPhones — a cheaper model made of colorful plastic and another one that aims to be "the gold standard of smartphones" with a faster processor, fancier camera and fingerprint scanner for better security.37. Retailers report modest sales gains for August - Friday, September 06, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Americans' cautious spending on clothing extended into August, capping a weak back-to-school selling season for retailers.
Several retailers including clothiers Cato Corp. and L Brands Inc. on Thursday posted disappointing revenue during the month, which falls in the middle of the second biggest shopping period of the year.38. Auto sales rebound to pre-recession levels - Friday, August 30, 2013
DETROIT (AP) — For the U.S. auto industry, the recession is now clearly in the rear-view mirror.
New car sales jumped 17 percent to 1.5 million in August, their highest level in more than six years. Toyota, Ford, Nissan, Honda, Chrysler and General Motors all posted double-digit gains over last August.39. Rookie Realtors fine, if they have good backup - Friday, September 06, 2013
With three years of increased real estate sales under its belt, the Nashville area is once again a breeding ground for real estate agents. During the recession, there was a drop from 4,000-plus members to less than 3,000 in the Greater Nashville Area Association of Realtors (GNAR).40. Want to rent your space through Ainbnb? Some tips for success - Friday, September 06, 2013
Veteran journalist and Nashville Ledger correspondent Jeannie Naujeck receives top marks from guests on Airbnb.com. Visitors give her 5 of 5 stars overall and 5 stars in all categories (accuracy, cleanliness, check in, communication, location, value).41. Fed survey finds US economy growing moderately - Friday, August 30, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — Economic growth held steady across the United States from July through late August, as Americans bought more cars and homes and auto factories added workers.
A Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday showed that all 12 of the Fed's regional banking districts reported modest to moderate growth. That's roughly in line with the Fed's previous survey of those districts from late May through early July.
42. Nissan breaks monthly record as automakers report double-digit increases - Friday, August 30, 2013
DETROIT (AP) — The major U.S. and Japanese automakers all posted double-digit U.S. sales gains last month as car buyers snapped up pickup trucks and small cars to lead the industry toward its best month in six years.
43. Stocks move higher as auto sales increase - Friday, August 30, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are closing higher on Wall Street after automakers reported strong sales gains.
The Dow Jones industrial average rose 96 points, or 0.7 percent, to close at 14,930 points Wednesday.44. Wal-Mart pushes 'made in America' at summit - Friday, August 23, 2013
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. spearheaded an effort Thursday to bring together retailers, suppliers and government officials so they can figure out how to bring more manufacturing jobs to the United States.45. Couple opens home to Nashville singers - Friday, August 23, 2013
Music and dog enthusiast Van DeLisle, who hosts many Nashville artists in his “performers’ apartment” downstairs from the flat he shares with his wife, got the house concert bug thanks to Edie Carey and a room filled with lesbians.46. Singing for their supper - Friday, August 23, 2013
Nashville rock stalwart Tommy Womack has brought hard-rocking poetry and late-night joy to fan-jammed clubs and halls, large and legendary, for decades thanks to splendid outfits like much-lamented Government Cheese, the bis-quits and – currently – DADDY.47. Consultative sales reps always ask the right questions - Friday, August 23, 2013
The Internet has created an unprecedented power shift in the marketplace. Gone are the days where the salesperson alone carries the lion’s share of the knowledge about the products and services he’s selling and therefore holds the power in a sales exchange.48. Stocks edge higher after 4 days of declines - Friday, August 16, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are closing mostly higher on Wall Street after better results from Best Buy and other retailers.
Bond yields, which had been rising sharply in recent days, pulled back Tuesday, bringing relief to investors worried about higher interest rates.49. Nashville's most romantic restaurants - Friday, August 09, 2013
A look at some of Nashville's favorite spots for great food and romantic surroundings.
360 Wine Bar Bistro (6000 Highway 100, 353-5604, 360bistro.com)50. 'A part of their life forever' - Friday, August 09, 2013
When music executive Tony Brown wanted to propose to his wife, he turned to one of his regular haunts for the big event, Giovanni Ristorante.
He’s not the only one. The West End restaurant has been host to a number of proposals since it first opened in 2008.51. S&P 500 crosses 1,700 points for the first time - Friday, July 26, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks rose Thursday morning after an encouraging employment report, sending the Standard & Poor's 500 index above 1,700 points for the first time.
The S&P 500, which investors follow closely as a gauge for the rest of the market, was up 18 points in early trading, or 1.1 percent, at 1,704.
52. Dell committee rejects Michael Dell voting change - Friday, July 26, 2013
ROUND ROCK, Texas (AP) — A Dell board committee has rejected a voting rule change Michael Dell attached to an increased buyout offer for the struggling PC maker he founded.
A group led by Michael Dell and the investment firm Silver Lake Partners last week raised its bid to buy out Dell Inc.'s other shareholders by a dime, to $13.75 per share. As part of that offer, the group said the bid's fate must be decided only by the shareholders who choose to vote either for or against the plan.53. Fully-owned NBCUniversal boosts Comcast 2Q results - Friday, July 26, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — The decision by Comcast Corp., the country's largest cable company, to buy General Electric out of the NBCUniversal business looks like a smart one, as the media conglomerate posted strong results for the second quarter.54. Icahn contests condition in latest Dell offer - Friday, July 26, 2013
Billionaire investor Carl Icahn is warning that the latest offer from Dell's founder to buy the struggling computer maker bypasses an important shareholder safeguard.
Icahn and the investment firm Southeastern Asset Management said in a letter to a special committee of Dell Inc. board members that Michael Dell wants to circumvent the voting process behind the deal by preventing stockholders from passively dissenting on the offer.
55. Stocks decline as a busy week for markets begins - Friday, July 26, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Three days before the end of the month, a blistering rally in stocks appears to be fading.
The stock market edged lower Monday as investors waited for a series of big economic reports due out this week. A string of big-name merger deals wasn't enough to push indexes higher.
56. Learning to love your financial constraints - Friday, July 26, 2013
Your last paycheck was gone before you got it.
A good chunk of it was earmarked for housing. You had to pay for your new car and gas. Everybody’s favorite Uncle took his share, you have this nasty little habit called “eating,” and there you go: a few dollars left for fun, which is no fun at all.57. Does this makes sense? - Friday, July 19, 2013
It appears that as humans we have a “makes sense” switch in our brains. Here is the way it works. First we decide what we think about an issue and take a position on it. Then we run our decision through some sort of mental process to gather information in support of our position. Often, when we first stumble across any evidence that causes us to think, “That makes sense,” we abandon any further exploration, store our position in memory for possible future use and move on to the next thing.58. No-nonsense negotiating strategies - Friday, July 19, 2013
If you’re fighting for who’s right in a negotiation, by definition, someone loses. That’s the philosophy behind negotiation strategies that build relationships versus tearing them down. Whether you “win” or not, a customer may not continue to buy from you if they felt beaten down through the negotiation process. The objective is to close a mutually beneficial deal versus winning the negotiation.59. Wal-Mart faceoff with DC fuels minimum wage debate - Friday, July 12, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — The bitter standoff between Wal-Mart and Washington, D.C. officials over the city's effort to impose a higher minimum wage on big-box retailers is fueling a wider debate about how far cities should go in trying to raise pay for low-wage workers — and whether larger companies should be required to pay more.60. US economy looks weaker after subpar retail sales - Friday, July 12, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy appears to be weaker than many economists had thought after a report Monday showed consumers spent cautiously in June at retail businesses.
Americans bought more cars and trucks, furniture and clothes. But they cut back almost everywhere else. They spent less at restaurants and bars, reduced purchases at home improvement stores, and bought fewer computers and electronics.
61. Minutes of Fed policy meeting show sharp divisions - Friday, July 05, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve officials seem far from a consensus on the question that's consumed investors for months: When will the Fed slow its bond purchases?
Minutes of their June policy meeting show many members felt the job market's improvement would have to be sustained before the Fed would scale back its bond purchases, which have fueled spending and growth, lifted stocks and kept mortgage rates near record lows?62. Fed members: More job gains needed to taper bonds - Friday, July 05, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve officials seem far from a consensus on the question that's consumed investors for months:
When will the Fed slow its bond purchases, which have fueled spending, supported economic growth, driven up stocks and kept mortgage rates near record lows?
63. Late to the Chinese market, Ford aims to catch up - Friday, July 05, 2013
CHONGQING, China (AP) — Dave Schoch has one of the toughest jobs at Ford Motor Co.: catching the competition in the world's biggest car market.64. Stocks end higher; Alaska Air soars - Friday, July 05, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market is ending higher as traders buy companies that fare best when the economic outlook is bright.
All major stocks indexes rose Tuesday, but gains were led by the riskier parts of the market. Those advances suggest that investors are more confident about the economy's prospects.
65. US economy adds 195K jobs; unemployment 7.6 pct. - Friday, July 05, 2013
US economy adds 195K jobs; unemployment 7.6 pct.
CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER,AP Economics Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added a robust 195,000 jobs in June and many more in April and May than previously thought. The job growth suggests a stronger economy and means the Federal Reserve could slow its bond purchases as early as September.
66. The house either speaks to you or it doesn’t - Friday, July 05, 2013
In residential real estate, the houses speak to the buyers and the buyers listen and buy them. Or they run screaming into the safety of the Realtor’s car.
And it’s that one ear that hears that home’s voice that makes the difference.67. A warm slice of Americana - Friday, July 05, 2013
Tourists flock to Nashville to visit the Ryman, check out the Country Music Hall of Fame, go to the Opry, and increasingly, seek out the “Diner.’’
“From the time we started, people would come to Nashville and ask the Gray Line Tour operators to take them to the Diner,” says Larry Black, the Bellevue entrepreneur and creator of the cable television show, “Larry’s Country Diner.’’68. US stocks advance as stimulus concerns fade - Friday, June 28, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Investors have stopped worrying about the Federal Reserve. At least for now.
Stocks rose on Wall Street Monday as investors judged that the economy still isn't growing fast enough for the central bank to cut back on its stimulus program.
69. Writer of hits scores renovation success - Friday, June 28, 2013
Tia Sillers is best known for taking words used in everyday language, transforming them into lyrics, then choosing music notes that have been around since the beginning of time and melding the assemblage into art in the form of her songs.70. The Queen City plays its Ace - Friday, June 28, 2013
The bluffs that lift much of Clarksville high above the Cumberland River could be some sort of literal fiscal cliff if those who predict the worst are to be believed.
City folks talk about the lost promise that was Hemlock Semiconductor, a billion-dollar-plus facility that was expected to employ at least 500 permanent workers. That planned production of polycrystalline silicon for the manufacture of solar cells and semiconductor devices was hailed by city and state officials as being a hub of high-tech development in Montgomery County. But it basically died before it got going, with 300 jobs eliminated earlier this year.71. Most celebrations end with good food - Friday, June 21, 2013
One of America’s favorite celebrations – July 4th – will be here soon. This is always one of my favorites, not only because of what it stands for but:
- It’s in the summer, so the celebrations are mostly outside
- Most all the family gets together
- There’s a shorter work week
- It provides time for a short weekend vacation or road trip
The recipe I have for you today is perfect for a July 4th picnic, family get-together, camping trip, day at the lake or just a great dinner. Once you’ve made it, you’ll want to carry it with you everywhere. (Of course, there is one member of my family who doesn’t care for it because it consists of so many fresh vegetables – but he just doesn’t know what he’s missing)72. Don’t let agent stand in way of your dream deal - Friday, June 21, 2013
“I hate your company!” A slurred voice blurted from the shadows.
It was Oyster Easter, an annual fun fundraiser for the Community Resource Center held the day before Easter, and it was several years and companies ago that these words blew through the Lenten breeze.73. Waiting for word from Bernanke, stocks move higher - Friday, June 14, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — It's all about the Fed. Still.
U.S. stocks moved higher Tuesday, helped by news of a pickup in home building and low inflation. But the Federal Reserve loomed large, with investors trying to guess what the central bank will say Wednesday about how long it plans to keep stimulus programs in place. For many, the market was in a holding pattern as investors waited for Wednesday's announcement.
74. Businessman tries his luck at building pot brand - Friday, June 14, 2013
SEATTLE (AP) — For the activists who led the effort to legalize recreational marijuana in Washington state last fall, Jamen Shively was one of their biggest fears: an aspiring pot profiteer whose unabashed dreams of building a cannabis empire might attract unwanted attention from the federal government or a backlash that could slow the marijuana reform movement across the country.75. US homebuilder confidence soars to 7-year high - Friday, June 14, 2013
For the first time in seven years, most U.S. homebuilders are optimistic about home sales, a sign that construction could help drive stronger economic growth in coming months.
The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index released Monday leaped to 52 this month from 44 in May. It was the largest monthly increase since 2002.
76. Launch of US-EU trade talks may be hitting snag - Friday, June 07, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — One of the big goals of President Barack Obama's upcoming trip to Europe may be in jeopardy, with French objections threatening to hold up the launch of negotiations on a sweeping U.S.-European Union free trade pact.77. Google snaps up Waze to add to mapping service - Friday, June 07, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is buying online mapping service Waze in a deal that keeps a potentially valuable tool away from its rivals while gaining technology that could improve the accuracy and usefulness of its own popular navigation system.78. Feds now back morning-after pills for all girls - Friday, June 07, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — After setting off a storm of criticism from abortion rights groups upset that a Democratic president had sided with social conservatives, the Obama administration said it will comply with a judge's order to allow girls of any age to buy emergency contraception without prescriptions.79. We must stop meeting like this - Friday, May 31, 2013
I’m going to get all literary on you today and make the statement that business meetings remind me of the classic opening sentence of Dickens’ “A Tale of Two Cities.”
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.”80. Tech firms find new home in Germantown - Friday, May 31, 2013
Julie May has come a long way from teaching people how to use the internet back in 1995, working out of Joe Dougherty’s Bean Central cyber-coffee shop.
Today, her company, Bytes of Knowledge (b:ok), is a 22-employee professional services firm that provides a variety of tech support, app design, infrastructure tools and more to support small and mid-sized businesses, offering a breadth and depth of IT knowledge a fledgling entrepreneur or mid-size business might not have.81. Looking for a deal on gas? Drive around - Friday, May 24, 2013
Nothing kills a good mood like filling up the tank and seeing gas a nickel cheaper two miles down the road.
For some, finding the cheapest price per gallon is not just a matter of thrift: it’s a lifestyle choice. Phone apps are deployed. Websites are bookmarked.82. Stocks gain on reassurance from a top Fed official - Friday, May 17, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Reassuring comments from a Federal Reserve official and better earnings from two big retailers helped push the stock market higher Tuesday.
Stock indexes wobbled between gains and losses in early trading, then took a turn higher just before noon. That's when news crossed that James Bullard, head of the Fed's St. Louis branch, told an audience in Germany that the Fed ought to stick with its bond-buying effort to bolster the economic recovery.
83. Rules of the house: Customer not always right - Friday, May 17, 2013
ATLANTA, GA. – On a weekend trip to this, the city where we honeymooned four decades ago, Susan and I find ourselves in a place touting the “best burgers in Atlanta.”
On the Vortex Bar & Grill its menu is the “Fat Elvis,” a half-pound of meat “slathered with a King-sized helpin’ of smooth peanut butter, bacon and fried bananas.” Neither of us opts in for this.84. Google boosts photo offerings to rival Facebook - Friday, May 10, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is digging deeper into its technology toolkit to turn its social networking service into a more formidable threat to Facebook, sprucing up its photo features at a time when sharing snapshots online and on mobile gadgets is growing more popular.85. Icahn, Southeastern challenge Dell takeover plan - Friday, May 10, 2013
Dell's largest independent shareholder has teamed with activist investor Carl Icahn in another challenge to founder Michael Dell's $24.4 billion bid to take the struggling computer maker private.
Southeastern Asset Management and Icahn said in a letter sent Thursday to the Dell Inc. board that they want to let shareholders keep their stock and give them either $12 per share in cash or additional shares in a deal that keeps the company publicly traded. They said this would give shareholders a stake in future gains made by the Round Rock, Texas, company.
86. House passes bill to prioritize US debt payments - Friday, May 10, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — The GOP-controlled House voted Thursday to make sure U.S. bondholders and people on Social Security get paid if the government hits its borrowing limit.
The move comes as Republicans grapple with the hot-potato issue of raising the government's borrowing limit later this year, one of the few must-do items on a dysfunctional Washington's agenda this year. The legislation is a nonstarter with Democrats controlling the rest of Washington and is likely to be an afterthought when the debt limit debate turn serious this summer or fall.87. House passes bill to prioritize US debt payments - Friday, May 03, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — The GOP-controlled House voted Thursday to put U.S. bondholders and people on Social Security at the front of the line to be paid if the government hits its borrowing limit.88. Record profit signals healthier Fannie Mae - Friday, May 03, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — Fannie Mae said something Thursday that would have been unthinkable a few years ago: It earned a record $58.7 billion profit in the January-March quarter.
And it made clear it's on the cusp of repaying taxpayers for the most expensive bailout of a single company in the financial crisis.
89. Internet sales tax bill faces tough sell in House - Friday, May 03, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — Traditional retailers and cash-strapped states face a tough sell in the House as they lobby Congress to limit tax-free shopping on the Internet.
The Senate voted 69 to 27 Monday to pass a bill that empowers states to collect sales taxes from Internet purchases. Under the bill, states could require out-of-state retailers to collect sales taxes when they sell products over the Internet, in catalogs, and through radio and TV ads. The sales taxes would be sent to the states where a shopper lives.90. Senate bill to let states tax Internet purchases - Friday, May 03, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is aiming to help traditional retailers and financially strapped state and local governments with a vote Monday that would widely subject online shopping — for years a largely tax-free frontier — to state sales taxes.91. Music City mourns country legend George Jones - Friday, May 03, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) — For a guy who sang so many sad songs, George Jones left behind a lot of laughs.
There was more humor than sadness at Jones' funeral Thursday at the Grand Ole Opry House as thousands gathered in Nashville — some arriving hours before sunrise — to pay their respects to the man whose voice has defined country music for more than half a century.92. Ford adding 2,000 workers to Missouri plant - Friday, April 26, 2013
DETROIT (AP) — Ford Motor Co. said Thursday that it's adding 2,000 workers to the Missouri plant that makes the F-150 pickup because of surging U.S. truck demand.93. A country legend and few loose screws - Friday, May 03, 2013
FRANKLIN – “I’m an intellectual,” says legendary songwriter John D. Loudermilk, apologizing without reason for his classical guitar playing. “I changed my strings last night and trimmed my fingernails the night before.”94. Detroit boosted by truck sales; Honda, Nissan gain - Friday, April 26, 2013
DETROIT (AP) — Ford, GM, Chrysler and Nissan all reported double-digit U.S. sales increases last month, signaling the best April for car and truck sales in six years.
A rebound in pickup truck sales led the way, especially for the Detroit automakers. Small businesses are replacing aging trucks that they've kept since the Great Recession.
95. Chrysler US sales up 11 percent in April - Friday, April 26, 2013
DETROIT (AP) — Strong demand for the Ram pickup truck helped drive Chrysler's sales up 11 percent last month as the company posted its best April in six years.
The increase is another sign that Americans continue to buy cars and trucks despite high unemployment and mixed economic signals. All automakers report monthly sales Wednesday, and industry analysts expect an overall increase of around 10 percent over April of last year. That would make it the best April since 2007.96. Best Buy exits Europe, selling joint venture stake - Friday, April 26, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Best Buy is looking to exit Europe, selling its stake in its joint venture there to partner Carphone Warehouse Group PLC in a cash-and-stock deal valued at 500 million pounds (about $775 million).97. Army says no to more tanks, Congress insists - Friday, April 26, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — Built to dominate the enemy in combat, the Army's hulking Abrams tank is proving equally hard to beat in a budget battle.
Lawmakers from both parties have devoted nearly half a billion dollars in taxpayer money over the past two years to build improved versions of the 70-ton Abrams.98. The ‘double-edged sword’ of infill - Friday, April 26, 2013
There are certain things about Sylvan Park that lured resident Steve Swartz away from Belle Meade seven years ago, like the variety in architecture and diversity in character of the neighbors.
“One of the charming things about Sylvan Park I thought was that it had a very mixed neighborhood,” says Swartz, president of the Sylvan Park Neighborhood Association. “But the neighborhood has changed.”99. Apple to dole out $100B to shareholders - Friday, April 19, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Apple is opening the doors to its bank vault, saying it will distribute $100 billion in cash to its shareholders over two years. At the same time, the company said it expects sales for the current quarter to fall from the year before, which would be the first decline in many years.100. Stocks gain on earnings; fake tweet rattles market - Friday, April 19, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Companies that do the best when the economy is improving led the market higher Tuesday after several of them reported strong quarterly earnings.
Coach, a maker of luxury handbags, and Netflix, which streams TV shows and movies over the Internet, were winners after announcing profits that impressed investors. Financial stocks rose after Travelers' earnings beat the expectations of financial analysts who follow the company.