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1. US stocks jump following strong corporate earnings -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks rose sharply in early trading Thursday, driven by encouraging earnings from companies including Caterpillar, 3M and General Motors. Investors were also encouraged by some positive manufacturing news out of Europe.

2. Hedge fund seeks board seats at Family Dollar -

The Associated Press: Hedge fund Elliott Management Corp. said Friday it is seeking seats on Family Dollar's board in an effort to get the retailer to reconsider a rebuffed buyout bid.

Family Dollar Stores Inc. accepted an $8.5 billion cash and stock buyout offer from fellow discounter Dollar Tree in July. It is also trying to fend off buyout efforts by another rival, Dollar General, which has decided to take its $9.1 billion cash bid directly to shareholders.

3. Why drop in oil prices could squeeze US economy -

NEW YORK (AP) — If you're a driver, a shipper or an airline, low oil prices sure feel nice. But there are downsides to the recent plunge in oil prices — for the oil industry and for the economy.

4. GM: Parts are ready to fix recalled small cars -

MILFORD, Mich. (AP) — General Motors CEO Mary Barra says the company has enough parts available to fix all the faulty ignition switches that are blamed for at least 23 deaths nationwide.

Barra told reporters at an investor conference Wednesday that GM's parts supplier finished making the parts a few days before a goal of early October. GM recalled 2.6 million cars in February and says it has repaired about 1.1 million. That's just under half the vehicles when scrapped cars are excluded.

5. Family Dollar tells investors to reject takeover -

MATTHEWS, N.C. (AP) — Family Dollar has told shareholders to reject an unsolicited, $9.1 billion takeover bid from its rival, Dollar General.

Family Dollar is currently trying to arrange a sale to another bargain chain, Dollar Tree Inc.

6. Capella Healthcare hires 2 to leadership posts -

Capella Healthcare has announced the appointment of Troy E. Sybert, MD, MPH, as executive vice president and chief medical officer.

In addition, Richard W. Brasher, CPCU, ARM, has been named vice president of risk management.

7. Coverage gap leaves Tennessee hospitals on life support -

Four rural hospitals have closed and dozens are at risk of shuttering: That’s the fallout, some say, from Gov. Bill Haslam’s decision not to join the Affordable Care Act in 2013 and tap into millions in promised federal funds for Tennessee’s financially-strapped health care institutions.

8. Dollar General goes hostile in bid for rival -

Dollar General is going hostile with its $9.1 billion bid for Family Dollar after its rival repeatedly rejected previous offers.

The discount chain has commenced an open offering to investors of Family Dollar Stores Inc. for $80 per share in cash. That offer was rejected last week by the company's board, which has already accepted a deal with another discounter, Dollar Tree.

9. Family Dollar bucks Dollar General bid again -

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) — Family Dollar is rejecting Dollar General's latest acquisition offer, and Dollar Tree says it will now divest as many stores as needed to get antitrust clearance for its deal to buy Family Dollar.

10. Dollar General raises Family Dollar bid to $9.1B -

Dollar General upped its bid for the rival Family Dollar chain and addressed an earlier roadblock, saying that it will more than double the number of stores it would shed to ease the antitrust concerns of its takeover target.

11. Dollar General still wants to buy Family Dollar -

NEW YORK (AP) — Dollar General Corp. said it still wants to buy rival Family Dollar, even though its nearly $9 billion offer was rejected by the discount retailer last week.

"We remain firmly committed to the acquisition," Dollar General CEO Rick Dreiling said in a statement on Thursday.

12. Ukraine conflict weighs on markets; Retailers fall -

The escalating conflict in Ukraine combined with disappointing earnings and profit outlooks from several retailers dragged stocks lower Thursday afternoon, eclipsing some good news on the U.S. economy. Trading was light ahead of the Labor Day holiday weekend.

13. Family Dollar rejects Dollar General offer -

Family Dollar has rejected a takeover bid from dollar-store competitor Dollar General, saying it would be too hard for the deal to pass antitrust regulators. Family Dollar's board said it supports its existing deal to be acquired by Dollar Tree.

14. Family Dollar rejects Dollar General offer -

MATTHEWS, N.C. (AP) — Family Dollar is rebuffing Dollar General's takeover bid, citing antitrust issues. The discounter's board supports its existing merger with Dollar Tree.

Family Dollar Stores Inc. Chairman and CEO Howard Levine said in a statement Thursday that its board and advisers reviewed Dollar General Corp.'s offer and determined it wasn't reasonably likely to be completed on the terms proposed.

15. US stocks gain; Dollar General jumps after bid -

NEW YORK (AP) — Corporate deal news gave the US stock market a lift on Monday as a bidding contest erupted for a discount retailer. Stocks also climbed amid reports of diplomatic efforts to broker a cease-fire in the conflict in Ukraine.

16. Dollar General enters bidding for Family Dollar -

NEW YORK (AP) — The nation's top dollar store chains are betting big that their once-thriving business will make a comeback if they band together.

Dollar General, the nation's largest dollar-store chain, started a bidding war on Monday when it offered approximately $8.95 billion for rival Family Dollar. It was an attempt to trump Dollar Tree, which agreed to acquire Family Dollar for $8.5 billion last month.

17. NY Fed: US auto loans soar to highest in 8 years -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. auto loans jumped to the highest level in eight years this spring, fueled by a big increase in lending to risky borrowers, according to a report Thursday by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

18. NY Fed: US auto loans soar to highest in 8 years -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. auto loans jumped to the highest level in eight years this spring, fueled by a big increase in lending to risky borrowers, according to a report Thursday by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

19. AP source: Bank of America nears $16-$17B settlement with US -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bank of America is nearing a $16 billion to $17 billion settlement to resolve an investigation into its role in the sale of mortgage-backed securities before the 2008 financial crisis, a person directly familiar with the matter said Wednesday.

20. Diversified Trust expands Nashville leadership team -

Diversified Trust, an employee-owned, southeast-based comprehensive wealth management firm that manages more than $5 billion in client assets, has announced the hiring of three senior professionals in its Nashville office: Adam Dretler, senior vice president, Lamar Stanley, vice president, Katie Williams, vice president

21. Dollar Tree buying Family Dollar for $8.5 billion -

NEW YORK (AP) — Dollar Tree is buying rival discounter Family Dollar, giving it a wider reach in the intensifying fight for deal-seeking customers.

The $8.5 billion deal will give Dollar Tree more than 13,000 stores in the U.S. and Canada. The current leading discounter, Dollar General Corp., has more than 11,300 stores in the U.S.

22. Dean, Cooper to raise funds for Georgia's Nunn -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Two of Nashville's top Democrats are planning a fundraiser for Michelle Nunn's U.S. Senate bid in Georgia.

Mayor Karl Dean and his wife, Anne Davis, have scheduled a fundraiser at their Green Hills home on Monday. The Tennessean reported (http://tnne.ws/1qzwDQH) that U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Tennessee, will be an honorary host.

23. Dollar General CEO Dreiling to retire next year -

GOODLETTSVILLE (AP) — Dollar General CEO Rick Dreiling plans to retire from that post next year.

The company's shares fell more than 4 percent in morning trading after the announcement on Friday.

24. Ni hao, y'all: US hinterlands woo Chinese firms -

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.

25. TVA’s evolving rules bring turmoil to solar industry -

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.

26. Wal-Mart faces big hurdles as revenues slide -

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.

27. Haslam plan targets plan prescription drug abuse -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam and Commissioner of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Douglas Varney on Tuesday unveiled a multi-year plan to fight prescription drug abuse in Tennessee.

The state estimates that in the past year, nearly 221,000 Tennesseans have used prescription pain relievers for non-medical purposes, and that 69,000 of them are addicted to the drugs.

28. Dollar General 1Q profit up as sales improve -

GOODLETTSVILLE (AP) - Dollar General's fiscal first-quarter net income edged up 1 percent, with sales climbing and some expenses dropping.

Sales were strong in categories such as tobacco products, perishables and candy and snacks.

29. Big changes for CMA Fest, city since Fan Fair days -

Media representing “big cities” have made much, uh, hay, about Nashville no longer being a rube-topolis, where hicks made what hardly would qualify as “music.”

“Nashville’s no longer just a town of hay bales and cornfields,” or words to that effect, have sprung from the laptops of the Fourth Estate from Gotham and elsewhere in “civilization” who have visited and found out “Hee Haw” – while beloved – really wasn’t an accurate reflection of Music City.

30. Stocks slip, pulling S&P 500 below record high -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are closing mostly lower after setting a record high the day before.

Traders continued to put money into the bond market, pushing the yield on the 10-year Treasury note down to its lowest level in 11 months.

31. Toyota chalks up record profit, vehicle sales -

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.

32. Anheuser-Busch trial highlights gender bias in pay -

ST. LOUIS (AP) — From male-only corporate jets to guys' golf outings and hunting trips, Francine Katz says her time in the Anheuser-Busch executive suite was rife with exclusion, intentional slights and outright discrimination. But it wasn't until the King of Beers' 2008 sale to Belgian brewer InBev in a hostile takeover that she says she realized the boy's club atmosphere was costing her millions in salary and bonuses.

33. Asia stocks rise in abbreviated trading -

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stocks were mostly higher in trading muted by Good Friday observance.

Markets in Europe, the U.S. and many countries in Asia were closed for the holiday. Oil trading also was suspended.

34. Medicare database reveals top-paid doctors -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Medicare paid a tiny group of doctors $3 million or more apiece in 2012. One got nearly $21 million.

Those are among the findings of an Associated Press analysis of physician data released Wednesday by the Obama administration, part of a move to open the books on health care financing.

35. Facebook buying virtual-reality company for $2B -

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is buying virtual reality company Oculus, betting $2 billion that its technology will become a new way for people to communicate, learn or be entertained.

"This is a long-term bet on the future of computing," said Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg Tuesday on a call with analysts. "I believe Oculus can be one of the platforms of the future."

36. 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.

37. Vanderbilt Hospital names Parmley its chief of staff -

C. Lee Parmley, M.D., J.D., professor of Anesthesiology and chief of the Critical Care Division of the Department of Anesthesiology, has been named chief of staff of Vanderbilt University Hospital.

38. Lady Vols, Nashville share Final Four dream -

Isabelle Harrison hopes The Road to Nashville – site of next month’s NCAA Women’s Final Four – is paved with gold for her and her University of Tennessee basketball team.

For Harrison, a Hillsboro High graduate, Nashville native and UT junior, it would be a sweet homecoming.

39. US stocks give up an early gain and turn lower -

The Dow Jones industrial average was headed for its fourth loss in a row Thursday afternoon. Stocks had opened higher on better news about retail sales and the U.S. job market, then turned lower in late morning trading.

40. Obama wants more fuel-efficient trucks on US roads -

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) — Drawing a link between reduced fuel consumption and climate change, President Barack Obama said Tuesday that his administration will issue tougher fuel-efficiency standards for delivery trucks by March 2016.

41. Renovated Renaissance faces new challenges -

For decades, the Renaissance Nashville Hotel has been largely known as the one attached to the convention center.

That has changed with the construction of the new Omni Hotel and the Music City Center with its 353,143 square feet of exhibition space.

42. Millions for makeovers: Even newer downtown hotels are spending big to compete for Music City Center guests -

The Hilton Nashville Downtown is wrapping up the first phase of its multi-million dollar renovation, with all 330 suites taken back to the walls and outfitted with all new upgrades.

On Feb. 1, the new upscale Hilton Honors Lounge opens downstairs at the hotel. Phase 2 begins next month with an overhaul of the lobby, and in April, a new restaurant concept will be added to the list.

43. CVS Caremark plans to stop tobacco products sales -

CVS, the nation's second-largest drugstore chain, is kicking the habit of selling tobacco products as it continues to shift its focus toward being more of a health care provider.

The company said Wednesday that it will phase out cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco by Oct. 1 in its 7,600 stores nationwide, in a move that it says will help it grow its business that works with doctors, hospitals and others to improve customers' health.

44. 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.

45. Bipartisan budget agreement clears Congress -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress sent President Barack Obama legislation Wednesday scaling back across-the-board cuts on programs ranging from the Pentagon to the national park system, adding a late dusting of bipartisanship to a year more likely to be remembered for a partial government shutdown and near-perpetual gridlock.

46. GM to stop making cars in Australia by 2017 -

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — General Motors Co. said Wednesday it will stop making cars and engines in Australia by the end of 2017, with nearly 2,900 jobs to be lost, because of high production costs and competition.

47. Rising riches: 1 in 5 in US reaches affluence during lifetime -

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's not just the wealthiest 1 percent.

Fully 20 percent of U.S. adults become rich for parts of their lives, wielding outsize influence on America's economy and politics. This little-known group may pose the biggest barrier to reducing the nation's income inequality.

48. Gay partner benefits growing at Fortune 500 firms -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Corporate support for gay and transgender rights is reaching workers in new corners of the country and economy six months after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act, according to a new report card from the nation's largest LGBT advocacy group.

49. Stocks edge lower on Wall Street; Retailers slump -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks edged lower in early trading Thursday as more positive news on the economy led investors to anticipate that the Federal Reserve is getting closer to reducing its economic stimulus program.

50. Better job market news sends US stocks higher -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks rose on Wall Street Thursday after the number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits fell to the lowest since September.

First-time applications for benefits dropped by 21,000 last week, the Labor Department reported, the latest sign that the U.S. job market is recovering. The number of applications, which is a proxy for how many workers are being laid off, is now near where it was before the Great Recession.

51. Govt in agreement to allow American merger -

DALLAS (AP) — American Airlines and US Airways reached a deal with the government that lets the two form the world's biggest airline and opens up more room at key U.S. airports for low-cost carriers.

52. Strong dollar drives oil down to near $94 a barrel -

The price of oil fell to near $94 a barrel Thursday, as an unexpected rate cut by the European Central Bank strengthened the dollar and an OPEC report depicted abundant global supplies.

By mid-afternoon in Europe, benchmark U.S. crude for December delivery was down 57 cents to $94.23 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. On Wednesday, it added $1.43 to close at $94.80 a barrel. That was still about 9 percent below its Oct. 2 close of $104.10.

53. Toyota profit jumps 70 percent despite sales slip -

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota's quarterly profit soared 70 percent, and the world's top-selling automaker raised its earnings forecast, as cost cuts and the weaker Japanese yen compensated for slightly weaker vehicle sales.

54. Midstate businesses find trained staff at Goodwill Industries -

“Give it to Goodwill” has been an effective ad campaign for years in Middle Tennessee, ensuring that the charity’s clothing racks and store shelves stay full of merchandise.

What’s less known is that funds raised in Goodwill stores are playing a part in the regional employment-training landscape thanks to a growing chain of Goodwill Career Solutions outlets, where counselors are working with Goodwill clients to find regular, reliable employment.

55. Titans owner K.S. 'Bud' Adams dies at age 90 -

The only era the Tennessee Titans franchise has ever known came to an end this morning when franchise owner K.S. "Bud" Adams died at his Houston home. He was 90.

Adams founded the team as the Houston Oilers in 1959 as part of the American Football League, which began play in 1960 with eight teams and owners who became known as "The Foolish Club" for attempting to take on the established National Football League.

56. Families hoarding cash 5 years after crisis -

NEW YORK (AP) — They speak different languages, live in countries rich and poor, face horrible job markets and healthy ones. When it comes to money, though, they act as one: They're holding tight to their cash, driven more by a fear of losing what they have than a desire to add to it.

57. J. Alexander’s promotes Hagler to AVP, controller -

J. Alexander’s LLC, operator of J. Alexander’s restaurants and Stoney River Legendary Steak restaurants, has promoted Jessica Hagler to assistant vice president and controller.

58. Can Spring Hill be the next CoolSprings? -

When General Motors announced it would create up to 1,800 new jobs in Spring Hill, the automaker had to share the spotlight with another announcement – Carmike Cinemas is opening the city’s first movie theater.

59. Moody's restores GM debt to investment grade -

DETROIT (AP) — A key ratings agency has restored General Motors' debt to investment grade status, eight years after the company lost the rating as it spiraled toward bankruptcy protection.

The upgrade came on Monday morning, shortly after GM announced plans to buy back high-interest preferred stock from a union retiree health care trust fund for $3.2 billion.

60. Postmaster says USPS may need emergency rate hike -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said Thursday his agency is in "the midst of a financial disaster" and may need an emergency increase in postage rates to keep operating.

"The Postal Service as it exists today is financially unsustainable," he told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. It's a message that the postmaster general has been delivering to Congress with regularity over the past several months.

61. AG: Tennessee charter school law constitutional -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee Attorney General Robert Cooper has rendered a legal opinion that the state's charter school funding law is constitutional.

The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/1fVi17Q) reports Cooper issued an opinion Monday that defends the 2002 law that determines how charter schools are funded.

62. Economists keep rosy view for 3 pct growth in 2014 -

Business forecasters maintained their rosy view of the U.S. economy in 2014, predicting 3 percent growth by the second quarter of next year, low inflation and improving employment.

The top economists surveyed by the National Association of Business Economics between Aug. 8 and Aug. 20 also said there's an 80 percent likelihood that the pickup in growth will prompt the Federal Reserve to trim its monthly $85 billion purchases of mortgage bonds and Treasury bills next year.

63. Dollar General 2Q results top Street, traffic up -

GOODLETTSVILLE (AP) - Dollar General's second-quarter net income rose 15 percent, driven by increased customer traffic as shoppers hunted for bargains.

The discounter earned $245.5 million, or 75 cents per share, for the period ended Aug. 2. That's up from $214.1 million, or 64 cents per share, a year earlier.

64. Nasdaq trading halts; stocks up on positive data -

NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market rose Thursday but it was a glitch on the Nasdaq exchange that became the day's big talking point.

Trading on the Nasdaq was interrupted just after midday because of problems with a quote dissemination system. That halted activity on the Nasdaq until shortly before the close of the market. When trading resumed, shares in Nasdaq OMX, which owns and operates the exchange, slumped.

65. Stocks drop for fourth day in a row -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks dropped for a fourth day in a row Monday as investors continued to express worry about the recent rise in bond yields. Banking stocks also dragged down the broader market.

66. Nashville Emerging Leader Awards winners announced -

The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and YP Nashville have announced the 2013 winners of the Nashville Emerging Leader Awards (NELAs).

67. Restaurants help drive East Nashville resurgence -

“People pass each other smiling,” says East Nashville resident Jason Facio while riding his bike through the neighborhood.

“I moved here in 2001, and can’t imagine being anywhere else, especially when you’re talking about eating out.

68. Toyota profit up on cheap yen, forecasts raised -

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. said its profit for the first quarter of the fiscal year nearly doubled from a year ago, and set an ambitious, worldwide production goal that would break industry records if reached.

69. Kiwanis names Buchanan Nashvillian of the Year -

Kiwanis Club of Nashville has honored Steve Buchanan as its 2012 Outstanding Nashvillian of the Year for his community contributions. Buchanan is president of the Opry Entertainment Group, a division of Ryman Hospitality Properties, and executive producer for “Nashville.”

70. Long-suffering Detroit finally turns to bankruptcy -

DETROIT (AP) — At the height of its industrial power, Detroit was an irrepressible engine of the American economy, offering well-paying jobs, a gateway to the middle class for generations of autoworkers and affordable vehicles that put the world on wheels.

71. The case of the shrinking law schools -

With lawyer jokes, the punch line is often a variation on: “There’s too many.” But if current trends continue, one day there may be too few.

For the third consecutive year, the entering class of “1Ls” – first year students – at law schools around the country this fall will be smaller than the previous year.

72. Stocks close higher, extending a hot start to July -

NEW YORK (AP) — Boeing helped the stock market edge higher Monday, extending a scorching start to July.

The plane maker's stock was one of the standouts as the Standard & Poor's 500 index rose for an eighth straight day, its longest streak of gains since January.

73. Late to the Chinese market, Ford aims to catch up -

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.

74. Committee to review firm's deal with state -

NASHVILLE (AP) - As a Tennessee General Assembly committee prepares to review a Chicago-based company's dealings with state government, an administration plan to raze a state office building is being questioned.

75. Happiness as strategy -

Today, I finished reading the book “Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion and Purpose” by Tony Hsieh. Tony is the CEO of Zappos – and Tony is an experimenter extraordinaire.

76. The Queen City plays its Ace -

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.

77. In times like these, it might be best to get out of the way -

Among attentive investors, the recent bout of market volatility has reprised fears of country, currency, economic decline and general market collapse.

When global macro-market events occur, large trading positions that have been spooling quickly unspool, leading to jarring movements like those we are witnessing in Japan. These environments become a bit of a predator’s ball, as short-term traders feast on volatility that only amplifies volatility further.

78. Dollar General completes $200M in buybacks -

GOODLETTSVILLE (AP) — Dollar General has completed $200 million in stock buybacks. The discounter said Tuesday that it has repurchased about $220 million of its common stock for the year to date. It has approximately $424 million left under an existing buyback.

79. EEOC sues Dollar General over criminal background checks -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed lawsuits Tuesday against discount retailer Dollar General Corp. and a BMW manufacturing plant in South Carolina over their use of criminal background checks to screen out job applicants or fire employees.

80. Stocks close lower on Fed stimulus worries -

NEW YORK (AP) — The Federal Reserve guessing game threw the markets for another loop Tuesday.

Comments from a Fed official raised expectations that the Fed could start easing off its support for the economy soon, sending the stock market sharply lower in the late afternoon. The market recovered in the last hour of trading to end with slight losses.

81. Dollar General profit up, revises 2013 guidance -

GOODLETTSVILLE (AP) - Dollar General's fiscal first-quarter net income increased 3 percent as more customers visited its stores and shoppers spent more per transaction.

But the discounter cut the high end of its full-year adjusted earnings and revenue forecasts to account for moderating sales growth and a lower-than-expected gross profit rate.

82. Social Security, Medicare still face big challenge -

WASHINGTON (AP) — As the U.S. recovery slowly gathers steam, federal deficits are finally coming down from their nosebleed $1 trillion-plus heights. That will postpone until fall a new budget showdown between Congress and the White House — and also will probably delay the days of reckoning, feared by millions of aging Americans, when Social Security and Medicare could become insolvent.

83. Stocks rise on hopeful signs for the US economy -

NEW YORK (AP) — Encouraging news about the U.S. economy pushed stocks higher on Wall Street Friday.

A gauge of future economic activity rose more than analysts had expected, as did a measure of consumer confidence, adding to evidence that the economy is steadily recovering.

84. Toyota profit more than doubles on yen, cost cuts -

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota's quarterly profit more than doubled to 313.9 billion yen ($3.2 billion) as cost cuts and better sales worked with a weakening yen to add momentum to the automaker's comeback.

Toyota Motor Corp., which last year reclaimed the title of world's top-selling automaker, said Wednesday it expects the strong results to continue in its new business year that ends March 2014. It projected a 1.37 trillion yen ($13.8 billion) profit, up from 962 billion yen for the year ended March 2013.

85. Stocks gain after unemployment claims fall -

NEW YORK (AP) — Encouraging news about the job market and higher profits from CBS, Facebook and other companies lifted stocks Thursday.

Signs of increased hiring have supported this year's surge in stocks and pushed the market to record highs. The run-up has started to falter in recent weeks on concerns that the global economy is slowing.

86. Nissan cuts prices on 7 US models -

DETROIT (AP) — Nissan is cutting prices on seven of its 18 models in the U.S., hoping its cars and trucks will show up in more Internet searches by shoppers.

The price cuts vary with the amount of equipment on each model and run from 2.7 percent, or $580, on the top-selling Altima midsize car to 10.7 percent, or $4,400, on the Armada big SUV. Other models getting price cuts include the Sentra compact car, Juke small crossover SUV, Murano midsize crossover, Rogue small crossover and the Maxima full-size car.

87. Supreme question: Can human genes be patented? -

WASHINGTON (AP) — DNA may be the building block of life, but can something taken from it also be the building block of a multimillion-dollar medical monopoly?

The Supreme Court grapples Monday with the question of whether human genes can be patented. Its ultimate answer could reshape U.S. medical research, the fight against diseases like breast and ovarian cancer and the multi-billion dollar medical and biotechnology business.

88. Get started before graduation -

It’s always been easy to get a job out of college if mom or dad is chairman of the board.

It’s even easier if the graduate is chairman.

The experiential learning trend on university campuses fosters the career aspirations of students by helping individuals create their own companies and nonprofits – sometimes before graduation – by focusing on finding suitable internships and through course integration.

89. Global trade to be weaker than expected -

GENEVA (AP) — Global trade will be weaker than expected this year as European economies struggle with their debt crisis, and will recover only slightly in 2014, the World Trade Organization said Wednesday.

90. Audit shows state paid dead people unemployment -

NASHVILLE (AP) - An audit shows the state was sending unemployment checks to seven dead people and two dozen current state employees.

The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/Z68WAT ) reported details of the state audit that triggered the resignations of former Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Karla Davis and two other top department officials.

91. Dollar General shareholders to offer 30M shares -

GOODLETTSVILLE (AP) - Dollar General Corp. said Wednesday that some of its existing shareholders plan to sell 30 million shares in an underwritten secondary public offering.

The Goodlettsville-based dollar store operator said that it's not selling any of the shares and it will not receive any proceeds from the offering. The selling shareholders include Buck Holdings LP, Dollar General CEO Richard Dreilin and other company executives, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

92. US stocks fall on broad concern about Europe -

Stocks reversed an early rise on Wall Street Monday as traders returned to worrying about the European economy.

Optimism about a deal to prevent financial collapse in Cyprus had briefly pushed the Standard & Poor's 500 index to within a quarter-point of its record closing high, but stocks soon turned negative.

93. Dollar General 4Q profit rises, traffic improves -

GOODLETTSVILLE (AP) — Dollar General's fiscal fourth-quarter net income climbed 9 percent as more customers came in to its stores and shoppers spent more per transaction.

The discounter earned $317.4 million, or 97 cents per share, for the period ended Feb. 1. That compares with $292.5 million, or 85 cents per share, a year earlier. Excluding the acceleration of equity-based compensation and other items, earnings in the year-ago quarter amounted to 87 cents per share.

94. Competition trumps ‘comps’ in hot market -

In the not-so-distant past, a buyer found a house she liked and let her desires be known to her Realtor. That Realtor would then, in most cases, research comps for her client in order to determine what the property should command.

95. Innovation, thrift drives nonprofit success -

To survive the Great Recession and its aftermath, many nonprofit organizations in Middle Tennessee tightened their belts and searched for ways to meet increasing demands for services despite diminishing resources.

96. House approves judicial selection amendment -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The state House has approved a proposed constitutional amendment to give lawmakers the power to refuse the governor's appointments to appeals courts in Tennessee.

The chamber voted 78-14 in favor of the resolution on Monday with little debate. The Senate approved the legislation 29-2 last month, and it will now go on the ballot in next year's general election.

97. Stocks surge on housing; Dow nears record -

NEW YORK (AP) — The Dow came within 100 points of its all-time high Wednesday after rising sharply for a second straight day.

The market surged following more evidence that the Fed will keep interest rates low, housing will keep recovering and shoppers aren't pulling back on spending, even with a payroll tax hike.

98. Senate approves judicial selection amendment -

NASHVILLE (AP) - The state Senate on Thursday approved a proposed constitutional amendment to give lawmakers the power to refuse the governor's appointments to appeals courts in Tennessee.

The chamber voted 29-2 in favor of the resolution sponsored by Republican Sen. Brian Kelsey of Germantown. If the measure passes the House by a two-thirds margin, it will go on the ballot in next year's general election.

99. Toyota raises annual forecasts on profit rise -

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. raised its fiscal year profit forecast Tuesday to triple what it eked out for the disaster-struck previous year, as the world's top automaker continued on a comeback roll as sales surged, especially in the U.S.

100. Dollar General to open 635 stores, add 6,000 jobs -

GOODLETTSVILLE (AP) - Dollar General, the Goodlettsville-based chain of discount retail stores, announced it would open 635 new stores this year and add 6,000 new jobs.

Dollar General also announced Wednesday in a news release that it would relocate 550 stores in 2013. The company said it plans to open the chain's 11,000th store before the year's end and the company's 75th anniversary in 2014.