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1. Local judges won't hear mosque cemetery lawsuit -

MURFREESBORO (AP) - Court records show that circuit judges in Rutherford County have recused themselves from hearing a lawsuit over a mosque cemetery.

A group of residents filed the suit after county officials approve a request form the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro that sought a permit for the cemetery.

2. 2 House Democrats pressing inquiry into VW union vote -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two House Democrats said Wednesday they are beginning their own inquiry into whether Tennessee state officials may have violated "or otherwise run afoul of" federal law by their alleged conduct ahead of a vote by workers at a Volkswagen factory in Chattanooga, Tenn., that rejected a bid to be represented by the United Auto Workers union.

3. Fed survey: Growth picks up across most of US -

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Federal Reserve survey shows economic growth picking up across most of the United States over the past two months as bitter winter weather subsided.

Ten of the Fed's 12 regions reported an increase in economic activity, according to the Beige Book survey released Wednesday. In most places, the Fed described the improvement as "modest or moderate." Only Cleveland and St. Louis reported slower growth.

4. Yellen: Fed stimulus still needed for job market -

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Wednesday that the U.S. job market still needs help from the Fed and that the central bank must remain intent on adjusting its policy to respond to unforeseen challenges.

5. Fall in tech stocks a return to reality -

Last week, we discussed that the wrestling match between stimulus and global debt deleveraging will continue to create anxiety and volatility for investors. Viewing the world through this prism helps to clarify seemingly baffling market movements.

6. Midstate Real Estate trends for March 2014 -

March 2014 real estate trends for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford and Wilson counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

Chandler Reports has been publishing Real Estate Market Data since 1968. That year, Chandler began collecting residential sales information for the Chandler Residential Report, considered the authoritative source for residential real estate sales information. Over the next three decades, the publications have been continually refined, enhanced and expanded, growing to include lot sales data, new residential construction and absorption information, and commercial sales. In 1987, Chandler Reports began one of the first on–line real estate market data services in the country, and is a nationally recognized leader in the industry. In 2004, Chandler Reports was purchased by The Daily News Publishing Co. In 2007, Chandler introduced RegionPlus, including property research for Nashville and Middle Tennessee. Visit online at chandlerreports.com.

7. US stocks rise, extending gains into third day -

Stocks are higher for a third day in a row after more U.S. companies report solid earnings and on encouraging news about China's economy.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 19 points, or 1 percent, to close at 1,862 Wednesday.

8. Study shows increase in online information thefts -

NEW YORK (AP) — The number of Americans who say they've had important personal information stolen online is on the rise, according to a Pew Research Center report released Monday.

According to the survey conducted in January, 18 percent of online adults have had personal information stolen such as their social security number, credit card or bank account information. That's up from 11 percent in a July 2013 Pew survey.

9. Report projects health care costs to dip slightly -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Affordable Care Act's health insurance subsidies will cost a little less than previously thought, according to a new report released Monday.

The Congressional Budget Office predicts that health insurance subsidies under the so-called "Obamacare" plan will total a little more than $1 trillion over the next 10 years, instead of almost $1.2 trillion initially estimated.

10. Lawmakers discuss Common Core compromise proposal -

NASHVILLE (AP) — State lawmakers are considering compromise legislation that would delay the testing component for Tennessee's Common Core education standards for one year.

Last month, a broad coalition of Republican and Democratic House members passed a bill seeking to delay further implementation of the new standards for two years. It also seeks to delay the testing component for the standards for the same amount of time.

11. Renewing Our Vows -

Last week, U.S. indices ascended briefly back into record territory on supportive comments from global powerbrokers.

In Europe, Mario Draghi, the head of the European Central Bank, initiated a bold conversation on monetary stimulus measures. Reality has set in across the Eurozone that the euro is too strong and inflation too weak for enduring economic expansion.

12. Midstate Real Estate trends for first quarter 2014 -

First quarter 2014 real estate trends for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford and Wilson counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

Chandler Reports has been publishing Real Estate Market Data since 1968. That year, Chandler began collecting residential sales information for the Chandler Residential Report, considered the authoritative source for residential real estate sales information. Over the next three decades, the publications have been continually refined, enhanced and expanded, growing to include lot sales data, new residential construction and absorption information, and commercial sales. In 1987, Chandler Reports began one of the first on–line real estate market data services in the country, and is a nationally recognized leader in the industry. In 2004, Chandler Reports was purchased by The Daily News Publishing Co. In 2007, Chandler introduced RegionPlus, including property research for Nashville and Middle Tennessee. Visit online at chandlerreports.com.

13. Top Midstate residential real estate transactions for March 2014 -

Top March 2014 residential real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

14. Stocks drop; Biotech takes another plunge -

NEW YORK (AP) — Another plunge in the biotechnology sector led stock indexes down Thursday, as Biogen Idec, Gilead Sciences and other biotech companies extended a recent slump. EBay fell after Carl Icahn abandoned an effort to shake up the company and Bed Bath & Beyond fell after reporting weak sales figures.

15. $300M for VW union fight, nothing for teachers -

In February, Gov. Bill Haslam stood in front of a joint session of the General Assembly to deliver his annual State of the State address, proclaiming the state has “set a goal to be the fastest-growing state in the country when it comes to paying our teachers, so more than $63 million is included [in the budget] for teacher salaries.”

16. Minutes show Fed struggled to agree on rate policy -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve struggled last month over how to convey to investors that it will raise short-term interest rates only slowly once it increases them from record lows.

Two weeks before the Fed's regular meeting March 18-19, it held an unusual and previously unannounced videoconference to debate the issue, according to minutes of the meeting released Wednesday.

17. VW tells US dealers to stop selling 4 models -

DETROIT (AP) — Volkswagen is telling U.S. dealers to stop selling its most popular cars until transmission fluid leaks can be fixed.

The order covers about 25,000 Jetta, Passat, Beetle and Beetle convertible models equipped with 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engines and automatic transmissions, spokesman Scott Vazin said Wednesday. They were built after Feb. 1.

18. Stocks advance on Fed minutes, US earnings -

NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market is sharply higher as investors got some encouraging news about interest rates and as U.S. corporate earnings got off to a good start.

Alcoa led a rally in companies that make basic materials. The aluminum maker rose 4 percent after its earnings came in better than investors expected.

19. 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.

20. GM auto workers vote to allow strike in Kentucky -

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Workers at the General Motors plant in Kentucky that assembles Corvettes voted Tuesday to authorize a strike over lingering safety concerns, but a local union leader said he hopes the differences can be resolved without a walkout.

21. IMF: World economy is stronger but faces threats -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The global economy is strengthening but faces threats from super-low inflation and outflows of capital from emerging economies, the International Monetary Fund warned Tuesday.

The lending organization expects the global economy to grow 3.6 percent this year and 3.9 percent in 2015, up from 3 percent last year. Those figures are just one-tenth of a percentage point below the IMF's previous forecasts in January.

22. Obama signs actions taking aim at gender pay gap -

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a concerted election-year push to draw attention to women's wages, President Barack Obama signed directives Tuesday that would make it easier for workers of federal contractors to get information about workplace compensation. He seasoned his move with a sharp rebuke of Republicans whom he accused of "gumming up the works" on workplace fairness.

23. Oil prices slip below $101 after Libyan deal -

Oil prices fell below $101 a barrel Monday following reports that four Libyan oil terminals under militia control could soon open and possibly boost global supplies.

Benchmark U.S. crude oil for May delivery slipped 70 cents to $100.44 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The price has vacillated around $100 a barrel for most of the past month.

24. Mozilla CEO resigns after furor over gay rights -

Mozilla co-founder Brendan Eich is stepping down as CEO and leaving the company following protests over his support of a gay marriage ban in California.

The nonprofit that makes the Firefox browser infuriated many employees and users last week by naming Eich head of the Mountain View, Calif.-based organization.

25. Nissan settles worker's labor practice charge -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Nissan Motor Co. says it has settled an unfair labor practice charge with a pro-union worker at its assembly plant in Canton, Miss.

26. Tech stocks, once highfliers, drop; Nasdaq sinks -

NEW YORK (AP) — A slump in Internet and other technology stocks pulled the broader market lower Friday, as traders turned on the same companies they flocked to earlier this year. Google, Netflix and other pillars of the Internet economy took a beating.

27. Now Tack! -

In sailing, when the wind shifts direction, you must move your sails or risk losing the wind. The first indication of a shifting breeze comes from the telltales, strips of lightweight material attached to the sails that foreshadow a change in conditions. Recently, the market telltales have been active.

28. Former AG Gonzales to be Belmont Law College dean -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has been named dean of Belmont University's College of Law.

Gonzales joined the school in 2012 as the first Doyle Rogers Distinguished Chair of Law.

29. Republicans like campaign money ruling, Dems don't -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans call the Supreme Court's latest ruling on campaign donations a victory for free speech. Democrats say it's more like a win for the wealthy.

Either way, it's likely to benefit the two major political parties and their candidates for Congress, who are now able to seek donations from deep-pocketed contributors who can give more without running afoul of the law.

30. Old habits at Samsung, LG embarrass them abroad -

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — When Samsung unveiled a new smartphone at the storied Radio City Music Hall, the Broadway-style spectacle was memorable not for technology but for a cast of giggling female characters who fantasized about marrying a doctor, fretted about eating too much cake, and needed a man's help to understand how to work the phone.

31. Stocks ease below record highs ahead of jobs news -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks edged lower Thursday, falling back from all-time highs, as traders refrained from making any big bets ahead of Friday's monthly job report. Declines were led by health care stocks.

32. 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.

33. Many Tennesseans are working for peanuts, but the solution is more complicated than raising the minimum wage -

Tennessee’s economic development efforts have given the state much to brag about.

From recent small wins like a new Flowers Foods bakery in Knox County and a heavy-equipment plant expansion in Obion County, each creating more than 100 jobs, to the four major manufacturing projects that brought in $2.6 billion in investment and nearly 4,000 new jobs last year, the state has garnered national accolades for business recruitment and corporate expansion.

34. S&P 500 notches record high; Dow erases 2014 loss -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are edging further into record territory as encouraging news on hiring and manufacturing brings more buyers into the market.

The Dow Jones industrial average erased nearly all of its loss for the year and is close to the record high it set Dec. 31.

35. State employees, teachers won't get pay increase -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam said Monday that he won't be able to give state employees and teachers a pay increase next year mainly because of reductions due to an ongoing decline in revenue collections, which state officials are looking into.

36. Yellen: Job market needs low rates 'for some time' -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen made clear Monday that she thinks the still-subpar U.S. job market will continue to need the help of low interest rates "for some time."

Yellen's remarks signaled that even after the Fed phases out its monthly bond purchases later this year, it has no plans to raise a key short-term rate anytime soon. The bond purchases have been intended to keep long-term loan rates low.

37. Poll: Obama health law fails to gain support -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Public support for President Barack Obama's health care law is languishing at its lowest level since passage of the landmark legislation four years ago, according to a new poll.

38. Ramsey: Pay raises, higher ed funding face cuts -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey says worse-than-expected revenue collections could force Tennessee to cancel planned pay raises for state employees and reduce planned investments in higher education.

39. House approves bill to stop cut to Medicare docs -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House on Thursday passed legislation to give doctors a yearlong reprieve from a looming 24 percent cut in their payments from Medicare.

The bill passed on a surprise voice vote and advanced to the Senate, which hopes to pass it before a Monday deadline. The vote was delayed by an hour amid doubt that the measure could muster the two-thirds vote required under fast-track procedures.

40. Investors react to Fed policy, world events with yawn -

Fed testimony last week addressed burning economic and policy questions for investors.

How did they respond?

Fearfully, joyfully and indifferently. Just as they have to nearly every news item so far this year.

41. 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.

42. Midstate Real Estate trends for February 2014 -

February 2014 real estate trends for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford and Wilson counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

Chandler Reports has been publishing Real Estate Market Data since 1968. That year, Chandler began collecting residential sales information for the Chandler Residential Report, considered the authoritative source for residential real estate sales information. Over the next three decades, the publications have been continually refined, enhanced and expanded, growing to include lot sales data, new residential construction and absorption information, and commercial sales. In 1987, Chandler Reports began one of the first on–line real estate market data services in the country, and is a nationally recognized leader in the industry. In 2004, Chandler Reports was purchased by The Daily News Publishing Co. In 2007, Chandler introduced RegionPlus, including property research for Nashville and Middle Tennessee. Visit online at chandlerreports.com.

43. 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.

44. Report: Digital sites bring momentum to news -

NEW YORK (AP) — Growing digital outlets are bringing "a sense of momentum" to the news business even as long-term problems continue to plague the industry, a journalism think tank said on Wednesday.

45. Popular Tennessean columnist Gail Kerr dies at 52 -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Gail Kerr, an outspoken columnist for The Tennessean newspaper in Nashville, died Tuesday. She was 52.

46. Lawmakers, groups to announce health initiative -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Legislative leaders and several groups are launching a new initiative to encourage healthy eating in Tennessee.

A news conference is scheduled at the state Capitol on Tuesday to announce the plan.

47. 'Significant' oil spill closes US ship channel -

TEXAS CITY, Texas (AP) — No timetable has been set to reopen a major U.S. shipping channel after nearly 170,000 gallons of tar-like oil spilled into the Texas waterway, but more help was being called in Monday to contain the spill and protect important shorebird habitat.

48. Report: California is top crime target in US -

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California is the top target in the U.S. for international criminal enterprises that operate from safe havens in Eastern Europe, Africa and China, according to a report being released Thursday.

49. NY judge approves Toyota-US deal, $1.2B penalty -

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York judge has approved a deal letting Toyota pay $1.2 billion and dodge confronting a criminal charge that it defrauded consumers by issuing misleading statements after defects caused Toyota and Lexus vehicles to accelerate unexpectedly and cause injuries and deaths.

50. Toyota payment could be glimpse into GM's future -

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors, beware.

Wednesday's announcement that Toyota will pay $1.2 billion to avoid criminal prosecution for hiding information in a recall case could be a glimpse into your future. It's also a warning to anyone selling cars in the U.S.: Although the federal government's road-safety watchdog doesn't have big fangs, the Justice Department does.

51. Stocks gain on better US economic news -

NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market rebounded Thursday as encouraging news on the economy outweighed investors' concerns that interest rates may start climbing sooner than anticipated. Stocks were higher by early afternoon, having erased all of their losses from the day before, when Fed Chair Janet Yellen suggested that interest rates could rise next year.

52. Yellen's tightrope walk in first Q&A as Fed chair -

WASHINGTON (AP) — At her first news conference as Federal Reserve chair, Janet Yellen had a message for the financial world: The U.S. economy may need several more years to fully heal from the Great Recession.

53. Top Midstate residential real estate transactions for February 2014 -

Top February 2014 residential real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

54. Fannie, Freddie helped turn economy around -

“By the end of this quarter, Fannie and Freddie will have paid the government $203 billion, slightly more than the $187.5 billion they received from the government in their 2008 bailout. But 2008 was six years ago. Had the government charged shareholders a very reasonable 10% interest on the loan, F&F would owe another $93 billion. So, let’s talk when F&F’s total payments to Uncle Sam total $281 billion.”

55. Higher interest rates talk spooks stocks -

NEW YORK (AP) — Higher interest rates are coming. And they are coming sooner than you think.

That's the message investors took away from the Federal Reserve on Wednesday. In response, they sent stocks and gold prices lower and bond yields sharply higher.

56. Fed clarifies guidance on short-term rates -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Janet Yellen tried at her first news conference as Federal Reserve chair to clarify a question that's consumed investors: When will the Fed start raising short-term interest rates from record lows?

57. Toyota to pay $1.2B to settle criminal probe -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Toyota agreed to pay $1.2 billion to settle an investigation by the U.S. government, admitting that it hid information about defects that caused Toyota and Lexus vehicles to accelerate unexpectedly and resulted in injuries and deaths.

58. Yellen to put Fed's new leadership on display -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Janet Yellen era at the Federal Reserve begins in earnest this week with a two-day meeting, a policy statement and fresh economic forecasts. Yet all that will be a prelude to the marquee event: Yellen's first news conference as Fed chair.

59. Stocks gain after reports on housing, Ukraine -

NEW YORK (AP) — Encouraging news on the economy gave the stock market a boost on Tuesday.

Stocks also rose on expectations that the conflict between Russia and the West wouldn't escalate further. Russia's President Vladimir Putin is preparing to complete the annexation of the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea, but he said Tuesday that he won't take over other areas of Ukraine.

60. Another GM recall: 1.18M SUVs for air bag issue -

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors is recalling more than 1.5 million vehicles, including SUVs, vans and Cadillacs, for defective air bags and other problems.

The new recalls come as GM faces multiple investigations over its handling of a recall of more than 1.6 million small cars for defective ignition switches. The new recalls aren't related to that issue, but the company did say they're part of a broad product safety review prompted by the ignition switch problem, which is linked to 12 deaths.

61. 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.

62. US stocks rebound as factory output surges -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are sharply higher following news that output at U.S. factories surged last month.

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 181 points, or 1.1 percent, to 16,247 Monday.

63. BP regains ability to do work for government -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The oil company behind the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history can once again perform work for the federal government.

Under an agreement reached Thursday with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, more than two dozen BP entities and its Houston-based oil production and exploration arm can secure new government contracts.

64. 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.

65. Judge: Some records in Vandy rape case are public -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A judge ruled late Wednesday that some records in the rape case against four former Vanderbilt football players should be released to a media group that argued the public has a right to them.

66. Examination of data reveals reasons for economic optimism -

The first week of the month always produces a torrent of economic data that is capped off by the Friday employment report from the Department of Labor.

Here is a summary:

Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Reports: Remembering that any reading of more than 50 signifies expansion, the ISM manufacturing index for February moved to 53.2, up from January’s 51.3 reading.

67. Panel member: Politics affect decisions on judges -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A leading conservative member of the commission that evaluates Tennessee's appellate judges says the panel was influenced by partisan politics in deciding whether a judge on the state's highest court was fit to serve.

68. Davidson County's Top Lenders for February 2014 -

A look at Davidson County’s top lenders based on total number of all loans, commercial and residential.

Only loans that have the actual Lender name listed on the trust deed filing are included.

69. With no Democrats to irritate, legislators turn on Haslam -

While the Republican supermajority in the General Assembly is taking away powers from local governments, they are also trying to take away some executive powers from the governor. Not even Gov. Haslam is safe from the power grab.

70. Checks continue slide as card usage increases -

Another shopping ritual – writing a check for groceries, and perhaps, adding $20 to the total for some pocket money – may soon be only a memory.

Whole Foods Market stopped taking paper checks a couple of years ago, as did Starbucks.

71. 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.

72. US stocks end slightly lower for a second day -

Without any big economic news or blowout company earnings to respond to, investors found little to get excited about Tuesday and sent the stock market lower for the second day in a row.

A few companies grabbed headlines for posting poor quarterly results or consummating long-running merger talks Tuesday. But the broader market barely budged for much of the day, then closed slightly lower. Investors didn't see enough that they liked to drive up a market that hit three record highs last week.

73. US stocks slip on signs of weakness in China -

U.S. stocks are closing slightly lower following disappointing economic news from China and Japan.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index edged down a point to close at 1,877 Monday. It had been down 11 points earlier.

74. Target exec's departure puts spotlight on CIOs -

NEW YORK (AP) — The departure of Target's chief information officer in the wake of the company's massive pre-Christmas data breach highlights the increased pressure facing executives who are charged with protecting corporate computer systems from hackers whose attacks are on the rise and becoming more sophisticated.

75. US stocks muddled as Ukraine tensions fester -

NEW YORK (AP) — One positive report on the economy was not enough to make investors more confident.

The stock market ended mixed Friday after a day of muddled trading. Among the three main U.S. stock indexes, one edged higher, one closed little changed and the other closed lower.

76. Secrecy is sacrosanct in Haslam administration -

Phil Bredesen’s first act as governor was to issue an executive order requiring his cabinet officials, including himself, to disclose their yearly income.

Years later, Gov. Bredesen said, “I consider it an intrusion on my privacy, but one I feel required to do as a public official.” The executive order was a sign of Bredesen’s dedication to transparency.

77. Southern/Alpha shares region’s tech successes -

While many outsiders would likely be astonished, Nashville in recent years has emerged as a Southern pacesetter in the world of startups.

With droves of newcomers come big ideas, investment and the gusto to create bottom-up, adventurous companies.

78. For those who dare to ‘think different’: Budding entrepreneurs find a friend in Burcham -

Michael Burcham accepted his Kiwanis Club’s 2013 Nashvillian of the Year award with a moving and resonant speech that was less about his own accomplishments than about creating opportunities for those who are marginalized by society.

79. Reports: Facebook may buy solar drone company -

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is in talks to buy Titan Aerospace to step up its efforts to provide Internet access to remote parts of the world, according to reports in the technology blog Techcrunch and financial news outlet CNBC.

80. Ex-magistrate censured in Messiah name change case -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A former Tennessee magistrate who changed a baby's first name from Messiah to Martin was censured Monday.

Lu Ann Ballew said at the time that Messiah was a title held only by Jesus Christ. Ballew's attorneys have argued that she was acting in the child's best interest because having the name Messiah could make his life difficult.

81. Men's Wearhouse, Jos. Bank signal they're talking -

NEW YORK (AP) — Men's Wearhouse and Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc. are moving a bit closer to a possible combination, announcing they are exchanging certain confidential information with each other.

82. Murfreesboro veterans homes ranks among best in country -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee State Veterans homes in Murfreesboro and Knoxville have been ranked among the best in the country.

U.S. News and World Report rated more than 16,000 nursing homes using data research on nursing home safety, health inspection and staffing.

83. Contracts to buy US homes barely budged in January -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans who signed contracts to buy homes was essentially flat in January, a possible sign of a softening real estate market.

The National Association of Realtors said Friday that its seasonally adjusted pending home sales index inched up 0.1 last month to 95. The index has fallen 9 percent over the past 12 months as sales momentum has faded.

84. Tokyo bitcoin exchange files for bankruptcy -

TOKYO (AP) — The Mt. Gox bitcoin exchange in Tokyo filed for bankruptcy protection Friday and its chief executive said 850,000 bitcoins, worth several hundred million dollars, are unaccounted for.

85. Analysis: Tax overhaul bill headed for the shelf -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ordinarily, the late-winter introduction of major legislation by the chairman of a powerful committee might signal a major push in Congress for an election-year accomplishment.

That's not the case with tax reform, which now takes its place in the "do not disturb" corner with immigration legislation, trade bills and an increase in the federal minimum wage.

86. 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.

87. Joy, frustration go with Arroyo's immigration practice -

For Mabel Arroyo, immigration law is deeply satisfying both professionally and personally. Arroyo is a shareholder at Baker Donelson and one of the city’s best-known immigration attorneys.

Her reputation is such that her name is often passed around the immigrant community as a person who can help get things done, even though her current work for Baker Donelson falls under corporate labor law and mostly deals with professionals who are sponsored by their employers and in legal work status.

88. Solid new-home sales lift hopes for housing market -

WASHINGTON (AP) — A surprisingly strong pace of new-home sales last month has boosted hopes that the spring buying season will be solid enough to lift the overall economy.

Sales of new homes rebounded in January to the fastest rate in more than five years. The strength in purchases followed a slowdown that had been linked to higher mortgage rates and severe winter weather.

89. Stocks end lower after an up-and-down day -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks were unable to find any momentum on Tuesday.

The market drifted between gains and losses throughout the day, then headed steadily lower in the last hour of trading. Investors found some solace in strong results from Home Depot and Macy's. The enthusiasm was not enough, however, to offset an unexpectedly steep decline in consumer confidence this month, due largely to bitter cold weather and winter storms that affected much of the country.

90. Governors: 'Obamacare' here to stay -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The explosive politics of health care have divided the nation, but America's governors, Republicans and Democrats alike, suggest that President Barack Obama's health care overhaul is here to stay.

91. Stocks end higher but fall short of record high -

NEW YORK (AP) — The Standard & Poor's 500 index has fallen short of an all-time closing high, but still ended higher following another batch of corporate merger news.

RF Micro Devices jumped 21 percent after the chipmaker said it was combining with TriQuint Semiconductor. TriQuint soared 26 percent.

92. Many new phones coming, but Samsung hogs limelight -

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Sony unveiled a new waterproof phone that can take ultra-high-definition video. Nokia introduced three Android smartphones aimed at emerging markets. And Lenovo announced one with an all-glass exterior.

93. Wal-Mart offers weak outlook on sales shortfall -

NEW YORK (AP) — Much like its low-income shoppers, Wal-Mart can't seem to catch a break as the U.S. economy rebounds.

The world's largest retailer on Thursday posted a 21 percent drop in fourth quarter profit and gave a subdued forecast for the current year as it continues to be weighed down by a number of factors.

94. WhatsApp: A $19 billion bet for Facebook -

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is placing a $19 billion bet on reaching its next billion mobile users with the acquisition of WhatsApp, a popular messaging service that lets people send texts, photos and videos on their smartphones.

95. FCC won't appeal ruling on Internet neutrality -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Communications Commission says it won't appeal a court decision that struck down rules it designed to ensure that the transmission of all Internet content be treated equally. The agency says it will fashion new rules.

96. Midstate Real Estate trends for January 2014 -

January 2014 real estate trends for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford and Wilson counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

Chandler Reports has been publishing Real Estate Market Data since 1968. That year, Chandler began collecting residential sales information for the Chandler Residential Report, considered the authoritative source for residential real estate sales information. Over the next three decades, the publications have been continually refined, enhanced and expanded, growing to include lot sales data, new residential construction and absorption information, and commercial sales. In 1987, Chandler Reports began one of the first on–line real estate market data services in the country, and is a nationally recognized leader in the industry. In 2004, Chandler Reports was purchased by The Daily News Publishing Co. In 2007, Chandler introduced RegionPlus, including property research for Nashville and Middle Tennessee. Visit online at chandlerreports.com.

97. Top Midstate residential real estate transactions for January 2013 -

Top January 2013 residential real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

98. Good news, bad news in hunt for mortgages -

Good news for those with minimum cash and earning less than $48,840, as well as those with tons of cash and gigantic income levels, from Cory Owen at Regions Bank. Owen announced the Regions Affordable 100 percent program recently when speaking to a group of Realtors.

99. Watson says his stance on VW union vote ‘misconstrued’ -

State Sen. Bo Watson, a Republican from Hixon, has been showing up in the national media lately, thanks to his public statements against unionization effort at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga.

On Friday, officials announced workers had voted not to join the United Automobile Workers by a 43-vote margin.

100. Local entrepreneurs eye net neutrality battle -

Net neutrality has been in the news for years, but talk has really ramped up since September, when Verizon challenged the Federal Communications Commission’s rules of net neutrality of the 2010 Open Internet Order.