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1. Events -

Discover Healthcare Opportunities in Shanghai. The Nashville Export Assistance Center and the U.S. Consulate in Shanghai present a program to learn more about China’s rapidly growing market for medical devices, pharmaceuticals, hospital services and senior care. The program begins at 6 p.m. today with a live question and answer session with successful U.S. health care executives in Shanghai. Information: 736-2225, patrick.spence@trade.gov.

2. Amazon unveils Fire TV set top streaming device -

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is making a bid to enter living rooms with Amazon Fire TV, a new set-top box that allows streaming of online video, music and other content to televisions.

The company says the $99 device has better speed, performance and search functions than other streaming boxes such as Apple TV and Google Chromecast. But Amazon is coming late to the streaming set-top game, and it remains to be seen whether the company is offering enough new and better services to lure customers away from their current streaming methods.

3. Graves, Fox find formula for online success with StyleBlueprint -

Liza Graves and Elizabeth Fox launched the online lifestyle publication StyleBlueprint.com in January 2009 with the goal of purpose of connecting women with their community.

4. Windows 8 updates expected at Microsoft conference -

NEW YORK (AP) — Microsoft is following through on a promise to update its Windows 8 operating system on a regular basis to respond to consumers' complaints and other feedback.

Just months after the release of Windows 8.1, Microsoft is preparing changes to make it easier for people to use Windows with traditional keyboard and mouse controls. Among other things, Microsoft will add search, power and settings buttons to the Start page, so people don't have to figure out how to pull those functions from the right side of their screens. The update also promises easier ways to close apps.

5. Events -

Benefits of Captive Companies in Tennessee. Join Baker Donelson for a special luncheon featuring Michael A. Corbett and Julie McPeak, who will talk about the cost, investment, advantages and upkeep of a captive. Hosted by insurance regulatory attorneys David Broemel and Lee Harrell. Tax attorney Scott Smith also will be on hand to answer any questions about federal and state tax issues and planning opportunities involving captive insurance companies. Today, 11:30 a.m., lunch and registration. Noon-1 p.m., program. Baker Donelson Center, 211 Commerce Street, First Floor Special Events Center, Nashville. Information: rsvp@bakerdonelson.com.

6. Tax cuts = less revenue? Basic math hits home -

With Tennessee having collected $176 million less in taxes than expected, Gov. Bill Haslam finds himself in a tight spot.

The budget situation is bad enough that Haslam has declared this might not be the best year to cut taxes. You know it’s bad when a Republican doesn’t want to cut taxes.

7. Experts reveal what the best-dressed country music acts are (should be) wearing -

About 15 years ago, the guys in country group Lonestar walked a red carpet in shiny suits, proudly declaring to reporters that they’d just bought those suits at a chain store called Italian Connection, in the Hickory Hollow Mall.

8. From Russia with style: Olia Zavozina's unlikely rise to wedding gown stardom -

Nashville bridal designer Olia Zavozina, 29, never imagined when she was designing dresses for her Barbie dolls as a child in Russia that one day her creations would grace the likes of living dolls.

9. Tech companies, Citigroup tug US stocks lower -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks were mostly lower Thursday as further declines in technology companies outweighed encouraging economic news. Citigroup fell 6 percent after the Federal Reserve denied the bank's plan to raise its dividend and buy back more stock. Most other major banks won approval to raise their dividends.

10. Stocks move higher on Wall Street; Sonic gains -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks got a lift Tuesday as health care companies bounced back after a heavy sell-off.

Biotechnology stocks in the Standard & Poor's 500 index rose for the first time in five days after a sharp sell-off that prompted by concern over costs of the drugs they make. Merck and Boston Scientific were among the companies that rose.

11. Wal-Mart's new tool gives competitors prices -

NEW YORK (AP) — The "Every Day Low Price" king is trying to shake up the world of pricing once again.

Wal-Mart told The Associated Press that it has rolled out an online tool that allows shoppers to compare its prices on 80,000 food and household products to those of its competitors. The world's largest retailer began offering the feature that's called "Savings Catcher" on its website late last month in seven big markets that include Dallas, San Diego and Atlanta.

12. Wal-Mart to accept video game trade-ins in stores -

NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart plans to expand its video game trade-in program to its stores, offering store credit for thousands of video games.

The world's largest retailer plans to let video game owners trade in used video games online and in Wal-Mart and Sam's Club stores for store credit but not cash. Previously they offered trade-ins on a more limited basis online.

13. US lags as commercial drones take off around globe -

WASHINGTON (AP) — A small, four-rotor drone hovered over Washington Nationals players for a few days during spring training in Florida last month, taking publicity photos impossible for a human photographer to capture. But no one got the Federal Aviation Administration's permission first.

14. ‘Freezenomics’ keeps high-end buyers home -

Freezenomics, a term being bandied about these days, refers to the negative effect cold weather is having on the economy.

While Nashville has endured its longest, if not statistically its coldest, winter in memory, real estate sales continue to climb, statistics from the Greater Nashville Association of Realtors show. Surprisingly, the pending sales numbers held strong as well, indicating more records ahead.

15. A bid of $1.8 billion suits Jos A Bank just fine -

NEW YORK (AP) — Looks like the best suitor won. After an extended chase that included overtures on both sides, Men's Wearhouse and Jos. A. Bank will combine to create the nation's fourth largest seller of men's wear.

16. US stocks waver between small gains and losses -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks were moving between small gains and losses in morning trading Thursday as Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen addressed the Senate Banking Committee. Investors were also looking over quarterly results from several U.S. retailers and other companies. Best Buy and J.C. Penney were among the early gainers.

17. Lawn & Garden Show adds wine festival -

The Nashville Lawn and Garden Show has added a wine festival to the mix as the event celebrates 25 years of showcasing the best of the best of local agriculture.

In partnership with the Tennessee Farm Winegrowers Alliance, the festival will incorporate locally produced wine from some of the state’s wineries for two days of the four-day show.

18. Late-payment rate on US auto loans rose in 4Q -

LOS ANGELES (AP) — U.S. car owners are carrying higher auto loan balances but still making timely monthly payments.

Auto loan debt per borrower grew 4.4 percent to $16,769 in the final quarter of 2013 from a year earlier — the 11th consecutive quarter to post an annual increase, according to data released Tuesday by credit reporting agency TransUnion.

19. Men's Wearhouse lifts takeover bid for Jos A Bank -

NEW YORK (AP) — Will they or won't they? Shares of Men's Wearhouse and Jos. A. Bank jumped on Monday after Men's Wearhouse said it was boosting its takeover offer yet again — spurring hopes that the months-long saga might finally be coming to an end.

20. Stocks edge higher as investors assess earnings -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks edged higher Thursday as investors assessed the latest corporate earnings and some weak economic reports. Goodyear Tire & Rubber soared after reporting a big earnings gain, while Cisco Systems and Whole Foods dropped after releasing disappointing results.

21. Touches of Nashville highlight downtown hotel renovations -

When the Omni Nashville opened a few months ago, embracing the best of Nashville in its food, design and staff was a key component in the hotel’s plan.

No matter where the visitor started their journey, from Japan to Jersey, Omni wanted each traveler to know they were firmly planted in Music City.

22. Nissan, Chrysler sales up; Ford, GM, VW down -

DETROIT (AP) — Frigid temperatures and snowy weather generally kept buyers away from auto showrooms last month, with Ford, General Motors, Toyota and Volkswagen all reporting declines from a year ago.

23. US stocks end tough January with another decline -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stock investors were hit from all sides in January.

Concerns about the global economy and U.S. company earnings, as well as turmoil in emerging markets, led major indexes to their worst month in two years. However, many investors remain hopeful that the problems in January will not spill over into the rest of 2014.

24. Doberhuahua? Super Bowl ads vie for attention -

With one of the most-watched television broadcasts in history just days away, buzz is building over which big brands will take home Best in Show in this year’s Super Bowl advertising competition.

25. What to Expect When You’re Expecting -

S&P 500 corporate earnings in 2013 likely grew about 6 percent. The S&P 500 price index, however, grew 29.6 percent. The difference between the growth in earnings and the growth in the price index amounts to P/E expansion.

26. Grocery wine bill negotiations near breakthrough -

NASHVILLE (AP) - After years of bitter legislative fights over efforts to allow Tennessee grocery stores to sell wine, groups representing liquor stores and supermarkets are nearing an agreement that would give the measure its best ever chances of becoming law.

27. Best Buy holiday sales fall, shares skid -

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Best Buy said Thursday it had disappointing sales during the holiday shopping season, raising concerns about the consumer electronic retailer's ability to turn around its business.

28. Weak earnings drag US stocks mostly lower -

NEW YORK (AP) — After hitting a record high the day before, stocks were mostly lower Thursday as investors reacted to disappointing results from Best Buy, Citigroup and CSX, a railroad company.

29. Best Buy holiday sales fall, shares skid -

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Best Buy said Thursday that a key sales barometer fell during the holiday shopping season, stung partly by weakness in the U.S. and a retail environment heavy on promotions.

Its stock dropped more than 28 percent in premarket trading.

30. Google says it will buy Nest Labs for $3.2B -

NEW YORK (AP) — Google Inc. will pay $3.2 billion to buy Nest Labs, which develops high-tech versions of devices like thermostats and smoke detectors.

31. Nashville building spree is less about Mayor Karl Dean, more about the city’s 10-year-old ‘50-year plan’ -

If you want to see where a mayor’s true priorities lie, just look at his capital spending plan.

More than any other area of government, it’s where a mayor’s genuine wishes and priorities are expressed.

32. A weak start to 2014 continues for stock market -

NEW YORK (AP) — The Standard & Poor's 500 index notched its worst start to a year in almost a decade Monday, closing lower for the third straight trading day.

Although the declines for stocks in the New Year have been modest, the direction has been consistently down. The Standard & Poor's 500 index has fallen 1.2 percent from its most recent record close on Dec. 31.

33. US consumer confidence rises on better job outlook -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer confidence jumped this month on a better outlook for hiring and growth, supporting other signs that show the economy could accelerate in 2014.

The Conference Board said Tuesday that its index of consumer confidence rose to 78.1 in December, up from 72 in the previous month. November's figure was revised up from 70.4. The December increase followed three months of declines.

34. Congress letting 55 tax breaks expire at year end -

WASHINGTON (AP) — In an almost annual ritual, Congress is letting a package of 55 popular tax breaks expire at the end of the year, creating uncertainty — once again — for millions of individuals and businesses.

35. Signed contracts to buy US homes level off -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans who signed contracts to buy existing homes in November was essentially unchanged from October, suggesting sales are stabilizing after several months of declines.

36. Stocks barely budge in quiet end-of-year trading -

NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market ended a quiet Monday mostly where it began as investors shut their books for what has been an extraordinary year on Wall Street.

37. Obama reversal on health plan gets mixed reviews -

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — President Barack Obama's decision a month ago that allowed people to keep insurance policies once slated for cancellation under the federal health overhaul has received a mixed response from insurers, state regulators and consumers.

38. Churchill Mortgage shifts partial ownership to employees -

In a move designed to give employees more of a stake in the company while also ensuring a smooth exit for founder Mike Hardwick, Churchill Mortgage and its parent company, Churchill Holdings Inc. have become an employee-owned company.

39. Fashion guru Libby Callaway: Why Nashville tops New York -

Libby Callaway breezed into Barista Parlor on a recent Thursday wrapped in an oversized Michaele Vollbracht scarf that she picked up at a vintage shop in Kansas City.

Fresh from “vacation,” a solo road trip to Idaho where her sister lives, she ordered a cup of tea and took a quick breather. The vacation comes in quotes because balancing her client list along with her many creative projects might mean taking a phone call from fashion designer Billy Reid in the middle of the desert. “You have to pull over at the only rest stop for 60 miles and deal with what’s happening.”

40. Apple, other tech stocks lift the broader market -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks rose in quiet trading Monday as investors start to close the books on 2013.

Apple helped lift technology stocks after the company reached a deal to sell the iPhone to China's largest wireless carrier.

41. Cuba lifting restriction on purchase of cars -

HAVANA (AP) — Cuba is opening its automobile market and its roads to thousands of late-model cars by eliminating a special permit that sharply restricted the number of people allowed to buy vehicles from the state, the government announced Thursday.

42. Holiday shopping spree not for everyone -

NEW YORK (AP) — Many Americans appear to be watching the annual holiday spending ritual from the sidelines this year.

Money is still tight for some. Others are fed up with commercialism of the holidays. Still others are waiting for bigger bargains.

43. 48 hours in Nashville: Entertaining out-of-town guests over the holidays? Show them the “It City” like a pro! -

“He Stopped Loving Her Today,” proclaims the throat-thickening No. 1 tourist destination for anyone either visiting Nashville or simply trying to show holiday guests around town.

George Jones’ monument, which presides over the mid-section of Woodlawn Memorial Park in Berry Hill, could easily fit in as the first, last, or perhaps bookend stops on a 48-hour tour of Music City USA.

44. Stocks sink as US consumer spending worries deepen -

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.

45. Brick-and-mortar stores and Amazon go head-to-head -

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.

46. Why holiday sales could ride on lower gas prices -

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.

47. Variety the key to Porter Flea success -

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.

48. US home permits rise at 5-year high on apartments -

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.

49. Americans not willing to spend without deals -

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.

50. Stocks end mixed on quiet day; energy stocks fall -

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.

51. That’s a lawn, not a grassy knoll: Conspiracy theories of real estate confronted -

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.

52. Best Buy posts 3Q profit, sales flat -

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.

53. Stocks edge lower after disappointing earnings -

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.

54. Jos A Bank drops $2.3B bid for Men's Wearhouse -

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.

55. Pent-up demand helps 2013 Middle Tennessee home sales soar -

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.”

56. All day shopping frenzy on Thanksgiving? -

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.

57. Target to open earlier on Thanksgiving -

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.

58. Dow Jones average reaches another record high -

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.

59. Best of the rest in social media and how to use them -

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.

60. Midstate sees surge in $1 million-plus home sales -

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.

61. BlackBerry abandons bid to sell itself, CEO out -

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.

62. Music and art mesh in Veda’s storied life -

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.

63. Concerns raised about security of health website -

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.

64. CEO: Toyota's slice of US market is about right -

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.

65. Fundraising is indispensable tool for schools -

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.

66. Men's Wearhouse rejects bid from Jos. A. Bank -

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.

67. Google unveils $279 Chrome laptop made by HP -

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.

68. Whoopie! Odd food names demystified -

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.

69. ‘Trickle-up economics’ boon for real estate buyers, sellers -

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.”

70. Investing only in companies that agree with your politics isn't easy -

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.

71. GOP states offer little help on buying insurance -

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.

72. 7 cars get top rating in high-tech safety test -

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.

73. Sequester woes: Things could go from bad to worse for Midstate -

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.

74. Stocks fall on concern about economy, budget fight -

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.

75. Long, strange trip ending for VW's hippie van -

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.

76. ACA: What you need to know before Oct. 1 -

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.

77. Dow Jones average has its best week since January -

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.

78. Apple's new iPhones simultaneously aim high, low -

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.

79. Retailers report modest sales gains for August -

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.

80. Auto sales rebound to pre-recession levels -

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.

81. Rookie Realtors fine, if they have good backup -

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).

82. Want to rent your space through Ainbnb? Some tips for success -

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).

83. Fed survey finds US economy growing moderately -

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.

84. Nissan breaks monthly record as automakers report double-digit increases -

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.

85. Stocks move higher as auto sales increase -

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.

86. Wal-Mart pushes 'made in America' at summit -

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.

87. Couple opens home to Nashville singers -

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.

88. Singing for their supper -

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.

89. Consultative sales reps always ask the right questions -

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.

90. Stocks edge higher after 4 days of declines -

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.

91. Nashville's most romantic restaurants -

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)

92. 'A part of their life forever' -

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.

93. S&P 500 crosses 1,700 points for the first time -

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.

94. Dell committee rejects Michael Dell voting change -

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.

95. Fully-owned NBCUniversal boosts Comcast 2Q results -

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.

96. Icahn contests condition in latest Dell offer -

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.

97. Stocks decline as a busy week for markets begins -

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.

98. Learning to love your financial constraints -

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.

99. Does this makes sense? -

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.

100. No-nonsense negotiating strategies -

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.