NEW YORK (AP) — With less than a week until Christmas, a real-life Grinch has stolen the credit and debit card information of about 40 million Target shoppers.
Target says anyone who made purchases by swiping cards at terminals in its U.S. stores between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15 may have had their accounts exposed. The stolen data includes customer names, credit and debit card numbers, card expiration dates and the three-digit security codes located on the backs of cards.
3. Fury and frustration over Target data breach - Friday, December 20, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Potential victims of credit card fraud tied to Target's security breach said they had trouble contacting the discounter through its website and call centers.
Angry Target customers expressed their displeasure in comments on the company's Facebook page. Some even threatened to stop shopping at the store. Target apologized on Facebook and said it's working hard to resolve the problem and is adding more workers to field calls and help solve website issues.
4. In God we trust, maybe, but not each other - Friday, December 20, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — You can take our word for it. Americans don't trust each other anymore.
We're not talking about the loss of faith in big institutions such as the government, the church or Wall Street, which fluctuates with events. For four decades, a gut-level ingredient of democracy — trust in the other fellow — has been quietly draining away.5. Peabody ducks retire to Jack Daniel's distillery - Friday, December 20, 2013
LYNCHBURG (AP) — A group of ducks retiring from service at Memphis' Peabody Hotel has moved to Lynchburg.
According to a news release from Jack Daniel's, Peabody ducks generally retire to the farm where they were raised. But in a Wednesday ceremony, one group walked down red and black carpets following Peabody Duckmaster Anthony Petrina and Jack Daniel's Master Distiller Jeff Arnett to a new home in a pond just below the distillery's cave spring. There, the ducks will eat the same grain and drink the same iron-free water used to make Jack Daniel's whiskey.6. Bernanke's new formula for pleasing investors - Friday, December 13, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — In his final performance, Ben Bernanke rewrote the script.
Investors had been on edge for months about when the Federal Reserve might slow its economic stimulus. A pullback in the Fed's bond purchases, they feared, could jack up interest rates and whack stocks. Bernanke's mere mention of the possibility in June had sent stocks tumbling.7. Target: 40M card accounts might be breached - Friday, December 13, 2013
Target says about 40 million credit and debit card accounts may be affected by a data breach that occurred just as the holiday shopping season shifted into high gear.
The chain said customers who made purchases by swiping their cards at terminals in its U.S. stores between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15 may have had their accounts exposed. The stolen data includes customer names, credit and debit card numbers, card expiration dates and the three-digit security codes located on the backs of cards.
8. Oil holds near $98 after Fed stimulus decision - Friday, December 13, 2013
The price of oil remained near $98 Thursday on a fall in U.S. crude stockpiles and optimism about growing demand in the world's largest consumer.
By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark U.S. crude for January delivery was up 5 cents to $97.85 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The more heavily traded February contract was up 9 cents to $98.15.9. The Economy in 2013: Naughty and Nice - Friday, December 20, 2013
Thanks to the Federal Reserve’s dedication to increasing your net worth, 2013 will go down as one of the most prosperous years on file. Stock prices have increased more than 20 percent and U.S. home prices have increased nearly 15 percent.10. Stone is elected president of Realtors group - Friday, December 20, 2013
Hagan Stone has been elected president of the Greater Nashville Association of Realtors for 2014. Stone, who is affiliated with the Brentwood office of Pilkerton Realtors, begins his one-year term Jan. 1.11. Top Midstate commercial real estate transactions for Nov. 2013 - Friday, December 20, 2013
Top November 2013 commercial real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.12. Fed will reduce bond purchases by $10B in January - Friday, December 13, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve has decided to reduce its stimulus for the U.S. economy because the job market has shown steady improvement. The shift could lead to higher long-term borrowing rates for individuals and businesses.13. Google's top searches peer into society's mindset - Friday, December 13, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Death, devices and celebrity drove the quest for more information on Google's search engine this year.
Three of the world's four fastest-rising search requests on Google were triggered by the deaths of famous men.14. Facebook testing video advertisements - Friday, December 13, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook said Tuesday that it's testing video advertisements that show up in its users' news feeds, creating another potential source of advertising revenue for the social network.
Under the current plan, the advertisements automatically start playing without sound when they appear. Users can click on a video to view it with sound, or scroll past it if they're not interested.15. Budget bill moves toward final passage in Senate - Friday, December 13, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan budget bill that would ease some but not all of painful budget cuts that would otherwise slam the Pentagon and domestic agencies passed a pivotal test in the Senate on Tuesday.16. Stocks slip as Fed starts stimulus discussion - Friday, December 13, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Nobody wanted to stick their neck out on Tuesday.
The stock market edged slightly lower as the Federal Reserve started a two-day policy meeting that may herald the beginning of the end for its economic stimulus.
17. Influential country singer Ray Price dead at 87 - Friday, December 13, 2013
DALLAS (AP) — Good friends like Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard got more credit for their contrary ways and trend-setting ideas, but it was Ray Price who set the precedent for change in country music more than a decade earlier.18. Nashville airport getting new nonstop to LaGuardia - Friday, December 13, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) — Nashville International Airport is adding a daily nonstop flight to New York City's LaGuardia Airport.
The new nonstop service on Southwest Airlines begins on May 11. Once it begins, Southwest will have three daily nonstops to LaGuardia from Nashville. American Airlines and Delta Air Lines also serve LaGuardia with nonstop service out of Nashville.19. Possible China deal could pep up iPhone sales - Friday, December 13, 2013
BEIJING (AP) — Apple Inc. might have a chance to pep up cooling iPhone sales in China if it finally can reach a deal with the world's biggest phone carrier.20. Ex-Alexander Senate staffer appears in court on porn charges - Friday, December 13, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) - The fired chief of staff for Sen. Lamar Alexander made his first court appearance Thursday on charges of possession and distribution of child pornography.
Ryan Loskarn answered softly, "Yes, sir," when U.S. Magistrate Judge John M. Facciola asked Loskarn whether he understood that he was charged with serious offenses.21. The healing continues - Friday, December 13, 2013
With another successful earnings season in the books, earnings news will move to the backburner for financial market observers. In the midst of this earnings vacuum, economic news moves to the forefront, as investors try to determine if the strong earnings will be sustainable via a healing economy. Or, if the economic support is beginning to deteriorate, perhaps earnings have peaked.22. House Republicans get behind budget agreement - Friday, December 06, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — Speaker John Boehner sharply criticized outside conservative groups opposed to year-end budget legislation on Thursday and said the measure "takes great steps in the right direction."23. US stocks lower, setting up 3rd day of declines - Friday, December 06, 2013
Lower stock prices on Thursday set up investors for a third day in a row of declines.
Stocks have risen sharply this year, and some analysts have been saying buyers may be getting more choosy. Also, some are worried that a recovering U.S. economy suggests that the Federal Reserve may wind down its stimulus, which has helped lift stock prices.
24. Fired US Sen. Alexander staffer expected in court - Friday, December 06, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) — The fired chief of staff for U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander was expected Thursday in federal court after the aide's arrest on probable cause for possession and distribution of child pornography, authorities said.25. No secret Munchak needs to win out - Friday, December 13, 2013
It’s amazing what can apparently pass for “breaking news” around the NFL these days.
NFL Network took it upon themselves on Sunday to tell us that Mike Munchak is coaching for his job with the Tennessee Titans.26. Great year might have been better if only ... - Friday, December 13, 2013
Data from the Greater Nashville Association of Realtors shows November and sales were up 4 percent over the same period last year.
Such growth was typical for the area from 1991 until 2007 and has been a hallmark of the city for years.27. Top Midstate residential real estate transactions for Nov. 2013 - Friday, December 13, 2013
Top November 2013 residential real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.28. ‘Real’ problems with show’s concept - Friday, December 13, 2013
“Private Lives of Nashville Wives” is bringing some national attention to Music City. But several residents contacted by Nashville Ledger aren’t sure it’s the kind of attention they want.29. GM to stop making cars in Australia by 2017 - Friday, December 06, 2013
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.30. Bipartisan negotiators try for modest budget pact - Friday, December 06, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — The lead Democratic negotiator says she is close to a deal with Republicans on a modest budget agreement that's expected to replace tens of billions of dollars in spending cuts this year and next with longer-term savings and revenue from increased fees.31. Oil rises above $98 on hopes for greater demand - Friday, December 06, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — The price of oil jumped to the highest level in six weeks amid expectations that U.S. supplies fell for the second week in a row.
Benchmark U.S. crude for January delivery gained $1.17 to close at $98.51 a barrel time on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Oil has gained $6.21, or 6.7 percent, since Thanksgiving.32. S&P 500 index notches another record close - Friday, December 06, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market notched another record close Monday after a big acquisition in the food industry. Hope for a longer-term budget deal in Washington also helped.
Food distributor Sysco rose the most in the Standard & Poor's 500 index after the company announced an agreement to buy rival US Foods in an $8.2 billion deal. Sysco's stock jumped $3.31, or 9.7 percent, to $37.62.
33. Solid US job growth cuts unemployment to 7 pct. - Friday, December 06, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. job market is proving sturdier than many had thought.
Solid job growth in November cut the U.S. unemployment rate to 7 percent, a five-year low. The surprisingly robust gain suggested that the economy may have begun to accelerate. As more employers step up hiring, more people have money to spend to drive the economy.
34. Sears to spin off Lands' End business - Friday, December 06, 2013
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. (AP) — Sears Holdings Corp. said Friday that it will spin off its Lands' End clothing business as a separate company by distributing stock to the retailer's shareholders.
The retailer had said in October that it was considering separating the Lands' End and Sears Auto Center businesses from the rest of the company. It did not mention Sears Auto Center in Friday's announcement.35. NPR's Michele Norris to speak at Nashville library - Friday, December 06, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) - National Public Radio host and author Michele Norris will speak at the Nashville Public Library in downtown Nashville on Saturday.36. Twitter names first non-white, male board member - Friday, December 06, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter has named Marjorie Scardino as a director, adding a woman to the all-white male board for which it's been sharply criticized.
Scardino, 66, was the CEO of Pearson PLC, a publishing and education company, from 1997 to 2012, Twitter Inc. said in a regulatory filing on Thursday. Before that, she worked at The Economist Group, publisher of The Economist and CQ Roll Call. Her roles at the company included CEO.37. Twitter names Marjorie Scardino to all white, male board - Friday, November 29, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter has named Marjorie Scardino as a director, adding a woman to the all-white male board for which it's been sharply criticized.
Scardino, 66, was the CEO of Pearson PLC, a publishing and education company, from 1997 to 2012, Twitter Inc. said in a regulatory filing on Thursday. Before that, she worked at The Economist Group, publisher of The Economist and CQ Roll Call. Her roles at the company included CEO.38. Nissan looks to no-frills China brand for revival - Friday, November 29, 2013
HUADU, China (AP) — His Chinese sedan was a disappointment. So when truck driver Xie Yanzhen needed to replace it, he turned to Venucia, a 2-year-old no-frills brand launched by Nissan and a Chinese partner.39. Stocks edge lower on Wall Street; Retailers slump - Friday, November 29, 2013
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.40. A cure for what ails 1111 Petri Dish Lane - Friday, December 06, 2013
It’s not unusual to walk into a house that’s listed and on the market and be floored by the stench. Many times this is the result of neglect and filth that allows organisms to flourish in the environs created by sloppy pet owners or leaking pipes.41. Stocks sink as US consumer spending worries deepen - Friday, November 29, 2013
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.
42. Obama's gatekeeper now point man on health care - Friday, November 22, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — White House chief of staff Denis McDonough was ready to vent.
"I've had too much humble pie," he fumed, striding into a top aide's West Wing office. "That was the last slice. I'm full."43. Stocks rise following encouraging jobs news - Friday, November 22, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market edged higher after encouraging news about the economy Wednesday.
The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits dropped 10,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 316,000, the Labor Department said, a sign that workers are in less danger of being laid off. A private survey by the University of Michigan and financial data company Thomson Reuters showed that consumer confidence increased in November.
44. Timing is everything in war, comedy, real estate - Friday, November 29, 2013
“Remember the Alamo!” was one of the most widely used slogans, catchphrases, rallying cries or cheers in the 1800s, and was perhaps coined by Sam Houston at the Battle of San Jacinto, which most feel was the decisive battle in the War for Texas Independence.45. Small Business Saturday unites indie retailers - Friday, November 29, 2013
Black Friday is now a weeklong sales event for most national retail chains, and Cyber Monday continues to gain steam for those who wish to do their holiday shopping online.
Good news for the big guys, but not so much for the smaller businesses, even those with a web presence, that often get lost in the shuffle since they can’t compete with the large-scale advertising campaigns and the deep discounts.46. US banks earn $36 billion in third quarter - Friday, November 22, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. banks earned less in the July-September quarter than they did a year earlier, marking their first year-over-year profit decline since the spring of 2009 when the country was still mired in the Great Recession.47. Dow, S&P 500 nudge higher; Nasdaq ends above 4,000 - Friday, November 22, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Upbeat news from the housing industry and luxury retailer Tiffany & Co. nudged the stock market higher Tuesday.
Investors also got another market milestone when the Nasdaq composite closed above the 4,000-point mark for the first time in 13 years.
48. Billboard to update Christian, gospel charts - Friday, November 22, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) - Billboard is updating its Christian and gospel song charts, continuing a modernization process intended to reflect the use of the Internet on listening habits.
Beginning Wednesday, Billboard will add digital download sales and streaming data to its existing radio airplay methodology. This will bring the Christian and gospel songs charts in line with other charts like the Billboard Hot 100 and country, rock and hip-hop songs lists that were updated last year.49. Lawmakers look to sanctions if Iran deal falters - Friday, November 22, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers are making contingency plans for what happens if — or when — the nuclear accord with Iran falls apart.
Congress is out of town through the end of the month, but lawmakers are already weighing their options for how to address the deal with Iran, in which Tehran agrees to a six-month pause in its nuclear program in exchange for eased sanctions worth $7 billion. Lawmakers from both parties are skeptical the agreement will prod Tehran to give up its nuclear ambitions and say they will be waiting with even harsher punishment if Iran proves an untrustworthy partner.50. 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.
51. White House urging Democrats to focus on economy - Friday, November 22, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — Eager to draw contrasts with Republicans, the White House is pushing its economic agenda as it attempts to give Democrats something to talk about other than the troubled health care rollout.52. Experts: HealthCare.gov fix needs more time, money - Friday, November 22, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Technology experts say healing what ails the Healthcare.gov website will be a tougher task than the Obama administration acknowledges.
"It's going to cost a lot of tax dollars to get this done," says Bill Curtis, senior vice president and chief scientist at CAST, a French software analysis company with offices in the U.S.
53. S&P 500 index closes above 1,800 for first time - Friday, November 22, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — The Standard & Poor's 500 index is closing above 1,800 for the first time as encouraging news from the drug industry pushes stocks higher.
The S&P 500 index rose nine points, or 0.5 percent, to close at 1,804.76 Friday. The Dow Jones industrial average climbed 55 points, or 0.3 percent, to 16,064.77. The Nasdaq gained 22 points, or 0.6 percent, to 3,991.65
54. Experts: HealthCare.gov fix needs more time, money - Friday, November 15, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Technology experts say healing what ails the Healthcare.gov website will be a tougher task than the Obama administration acknowledges.55. Democrats launch effort to renew jobless benefits - Friday, November 15, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats on Capitol Hill have launched a drive to renew jobless benefits averaging less than $300 a week nationwide for people out of work for more than six months.
Benefits for 1.3 million long-term unemployed people expire just three days after Christmas. Lawmakers say another 1.9 million people would miss out on the benefits in the first six months of next year.56. Top Midstate commercial real estate transactions for Oct. 2013 - Friday, November 22, 2013
Top October 2013 commercial real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.57. The Voice of Nashville: WPLN reporter Blake Farmer feeds a nation’s appetite for Tennessee stories - Friday, November 22, 2013
Regular listeners to WPLN, Nashville’s public radio station, have been hearing local newsman Blake Farmer’s stories increasingly broadcast on National Public Radio network shows.
It’s a coup for Nashville, WPLN and Farmer, now the boyish-faced assistant news director for the station.58. JPMorgan $13B deal may not end bank's legal woes - Friday, November 15, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — The $13 billion settlement that JPMorgan Chase agreed to Tuesday is the largest ever between the Justice Department and a corporation. Yet it isn't likely the end of the bank's legal troubles over the risky mortgage securities it sold before the financial crisis.59. Ron White to host CMT's artist of year special - Friday, November 15, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) - Comedian Ron White will host CMT's celebration of 2013's top country music stars, making this year's show something of a boys club.60. 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.
61. Nashville area public transit free on Black Friday - Friday, November 15, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) — Nashville-area public transit will be free on Black Friday.
The free rides go on all day on the Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority and Regional Transportation Authority of Middle Tennessee buses and the Music City Star regional train.62. US safety agency opens probe into Tesla fires - Friday, November 15, 2013
DETROIT (AP) - The U.S. government's auto safety watchdog is investigating whether Tesla's Model S electric car is vulnerable to fires because roadway debris can pierce the car's underbody and battery.63. Obama health care woes become credibility fight - Friday, November 15, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — Throughout President Barack Obama's first four years in office, he prided himself on his ability to bounce back when much of Washington thought his presidency was in peril.
But the political challenge posed by Obama's disastrous health care rollout is far greater than those he overcame during the nasty debt ceiling fight with Republicans, his stumbling campaign debate in 2012 or even the painful recession.64. Policy cancellations: Obama will allow old plans - Friday, November 15, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — His personal and political credibility on the line, President Barack Obama reversed course Thursday and said millions of Americans should be allowed to renew individual coverage plans now ticketed for cancellation under the health care law that is likely to be at the heart of the 2014 elections.65. Government speeds research on car safety systems - Friday, November 15, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — The government is speeding up research on safety systems that automatically prevent drivers from operating their cars if they are drunk or aren't properly buckled in.
Officials also said Thursday that they expect to decide by year's end how to encourage automakers to make some special safety systems already in certain high-end vehicles available in more cars. Those systems warn drivers before a collision that they are about to run into another vehicle and can brake automatically to avoid a crash or make it less severe.
66. Worlds collide: Combining haiku, crossword - Friday, November 15, 2013
HOT SPRINGS, ARK. – “Old Pond” cartoonist big hit at haiku Hot Springs: Jessica Tremblay.
November rolls in with hints of summer and winter. Autumn’s colors dot the hillsides surrounding historic Bathhouse Row. Amid falling leaves a dozen and a half haiku versifiers, from Boston to Memphis to Plano to Vancouver, descend upon the Arlington Hotel.67. Keep your eye on the bouncing ball - Friday, November 15, 2013
Markets bounced around a bit last week due to the continued volley between economic/earnings expectations and interest rate expectations. As a market observer, you must fully grasp this dynamic to translate daily volatility.68. You’re really going to wear that to the office? - Friday, November 15, 2013
This morning, you were stylin’. You left for work, in fact, feeling like a million bucks in your favorite shirt, your most comfortable suit, and your lucky undies.
Yessir, it would be a good day – and it might be even better if you didn’t have missing buttons, a stain on your suit, and undies that played peek-a-boo.69. US unemployment benefit applications dip to 339K - Friday, November 08, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits slipped 2,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 339,000, the fifth straight decline that shows businesses see little need to cut jobs.70. Top Midstate residential real estate transactions for Oct. 2013 - Friday, November 15, 2013
Top October 2013 residential real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.71. GM stock rises as government sells off more shares - Friday, November 08, 2013
DETROIT (AP) — Shares of General Motors rose to their highest level in almost three years Wednesday after analysts applauded news that the company could be free of U.S. government ownership by the end of the year.72. Haslam says he's committed to improving teacher salaries - Friday, November 08, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said Tuesday he's committed to improving the salaries of the state's teachers and plans to provide some degree of funding in his proposed budget to start the process.73. Obama faces worry at home, abroad over Iran talks - Friday, November 08, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's hopes for a nuclear deal with Iran now depend in part on his ability to keep a lid on both hard-liners on Capitol Hill and anxious allies abroad, including Israel, the Arab Gulf states and even France.74. US stocks edge lower as earnings disappoint - Friday, November 08, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Disappointing company earnings and falling oil prices pulled stocks back from record highs on Tuesday.
NRG Energy slumped after the company lowered its earnings forecast, leading other power companies lower. News Corp. fell after the media company posted an unexpected revenue decline due to weakness at its Australian newspapers. Energy stocks declined after oil dropped to a five-month low.
75. Obama apologizes to people losing health coverage - Friday, November 08, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bowing to intense criticism, President Barack Obama apologized to Americans who are losing health insurance plans he repeatedly said they could keep and pledged to find fixes that might allow people to keep their coverage.76. Senate OKs gay rights bill banning discrimination - Friday, November 08, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has approved a bill outlawing workplace discrimination against gay, bisexual and transgender Americans.
The vote reflected the nation's rapidly evolving attitude toward gay rights nearly two decades after Congress rejected same-sex marriage. The final tally was 64-32.77. Strong dollar drives oil down to near $94 a barrel - Friday, November 01, 2013
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 $104.10.78. Events - Friday, November 08, 2013
People’s Law School. Conclusion of the free program that provides an overview of legal issues that a typical person might face. Taught by Legal Aid Society attorneys and volunteer attorneys, the final session tonight at Cohn Learning Center is "Worried You Might Lose Your Home to Foreclosure?" 6-7 p.m., 4805 Park Avenue. Registration, Information: 298-8050.79. Hedge fund giant SAC Capital to pay $1.8B penalty - Friday, November 01, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — SAC Capital Advisors will plead guilty to criminal fraud charges, stop investing money for others and pay $1.8 billion — the largest financial penalty in history for insider trading — to resolve criminal and civil claims against the hedge fund giant, the government announced Monday.80. White House, lawmakers: no clemency for Snowden - Friday, November 01, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House and the leaders of the congressional intelligence committees are rejecting former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden's plea for clemency.81. AP-CNBC poll: Twitter faces skeptical investors - Friday, November 01, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter faces skepticism from potential investors and the broader public ahead of its initial public offering, according to an Associated Press-CNBC poll released Monday.
Some 36 percent of Americans say buying stock in the 7-year-old short messaging service would be a good investment, while 47 percent disagree. Last May, ahead of Facebook's IPO, 51 percent of Americans said Facebook Inc. would be a good investment. Just 31 percent didn't agree.82. FAA OKs air passengers using gadgets on planes - Friday, November 01, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — Airline passengers won't have to "turn off all electronic devices" anymore — they'll be able to read, work, play games, watch movies and listen to music from gate to gate under new guidelines from the Federal Aviation Administration. But they still can't talk on their cellphones through the flight.83. Facebook 3Q results fly past expectations - Friday, November 01, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Concerns about Facebook's ability to keep young teens coming back every day spooked some investors, even though the company's latest quarterly results showed continued strength in mobile advertising and beat Wall Street's expectations on all counts.84. Facebook 3Q results fly past expectations - Friday, October 25, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Concerns about Facebook's ability to keep young teens coming back every day spooked some investors, even though the company's latest quarterly results showed continued strength in mobile advertising and beat Wall Street's expectations on all counts.85. FAA OKs air passengers using gadgets on planes; calls still prohibited - Friday, October 25, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — Airline passengers will be able to use their electronic devices gate-to-gate to read, work, play games, watch movies and listen to music — but not talk on their cellphones — under much-anticipated new guidelines issued Thursday by the Federal Aviation Administration.86. Chrysler IPO could happen by year end, CEO says - Friday, October 25, 2013
DETROIT (AP) — On the heels of a profitable third quarter, Chrysler Group said it will proceed with a public offering of shares before the end of this year.
Italy's Fiat SpA owns the majority of Chrysler shares. Sergio Marchionne, who runs both companies, wants to combine them by purchasing the 41.5 percent of Chrysler now controlled by a United Auto Workers-run trust.87. Markets keep moving up - Friday, November 01, 2013
Markets continued their record march this week as a tepid jobs report reinforced expectations for further Fed stimulus.
In anticipation of “print it” Janet’s reign, the 10-year Treasury yield has frozen at 2.5 percent. With a valuation of 17x trailing operating earnings, S&P 500 earnings yield nearly 6 percent. Obviously 6 percent is more than 2.5 percent, making stocks more attractive than bonds. To wit, equity mutual funds have added $32 billion in assets since May 31, while bond mutual funds have shed $128 billion.88. Investing in the right social media - Friday, November 01, 2013
For the majority of industries, social media is an essential arrow in a company’s quiver of marketing tools.In fact, more than half of businesses using social media marketing for more than three years report an increase in sales over that period, according to the 2012 Social Media Industry Report.89. Bars, stores cater to e-cigarette army - Friday, November 01, 2013
With online sales booming and brick-and-mortar e-cigarette retail stores popping up in Middle Tennessee, Russell Cunningham wanted a slice of the business - despite never vaping or smoking.
The Michigan native opened Smoke Powered Electronic Cigarettes two years ago as a side business. The retail store on Nolensville Road is opened seven days a week, and Cunningham is in the market for a larger, traffic-heavy storefront. He is now a regular vaper, but still chooses to vape without nicotine.90. Garth Brooks plans live broadcast of one-man show - Friday, October 25, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) — Garth Brooks is taking his intimate one-man Las Vegas show to live television.
A news release issued Monday says CBS will broadcast Brooks' performance at the Wynn Las Vegas live on Nov. 29.91. Stocks edge higher; S&P 500 climbs toward record - Friday, October 25, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — The Standard & Poor's 500 index edged toward another record high close Monday as good news from J.C. Penney helped offset disappointing earnings reports from some U.S. companies.92. Memorial set for Titans owner Bud Adams - Friday, October 25, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) — A memorial service has been set in Houston for Tennessee Titans owner Bud Adams, who died Monday at 90.
The Titans said in a news release the service will be at 2 p.m. EDT Monday at Second Baptist Church with visitation from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. EDT Sunday at George H. Lewis and Sons in Houston.93. TBI, local agencies to collect prescription drugs - Friday, October 18, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and law enforcement agencies across the state will be collecting unused prescription medications on Saturday.
The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is sponsored by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.94. Avoid the blogs, place trust in data - Friday, October 25, 2013
Last week, the keystone cops in Washington signed yet another procrastination resolution to our festering debt and deficit issues. No matter. The market rallied into our fiscal D-Day and emerged right after to new, all-time highs.95. Top Midstate commercial real estate transactions for Sept. 2013 - Friday, October 25, 2013
Top September 2013 commercial real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.96. College prices appear to be moderating - Friday, October 18, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — There's some good news on college tuition. Yes, the cost has gone up — but not as much as in the past.
For in-state students at a four-year public college or university, published tuition and fees increased this year on average $247 to $8,893. That's a 2.9 percent increase — the smallest one-year increase in more than 30 years, the College Board said Wednesday in its annual report on college prices.
97. Stock drop on Caterpillar earnings, falling oil - Friday, October 18, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — A four-day streak of record closes ended for the Standard & Poor's 500 index Wednesday after Caterpillar reported weak earnings and falling oil prices hurt energy stocks.
Caterpillar, which makes mining and construction equipment, is considered an important barometer of the global economy. The plunge in Caterpillar's third-quarter profit discouraged investors and stalled a two-week surge in the stock market. Energy stocks dropped as the price of oil fell to its lowest in almost four months.98. Authorities drop Campfield's request for probe into poll calls - Friday, October 18, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) - There won't be any criminal charges filed after an investigation into automated phone calls in which people were asked about their opinion of Knoxville Republican Sen. Stacey Campfield.99. Dolly Parton suffers minor injuries in car crash - Friday, October 18, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) - Dolly Parton is home resting after being treated and released for minor injuries she suffered in a car crash she described as "a fender bender."
Kirt Webster says Parton was already home Monday afternoon following the accident that happened shortly before noon CDT in Nashville, Tenn. Parton says in a statement that she's "all good. Just a little tired and sore."100. What has changed after 16 days of shutdown? - Friday, October 18, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sixteen days in October could change everything, or not much at all.
Will the partial government shutdown prove to be the turning point after three years of partisan skirmishing in Washington? Or was it just a halftime show to fire up the players?