A war breaks out between Israel and Hamas. An airliner is shot out of the sky in Ukraine. A Portuguese bank's finances look shaky.
And the U.S. stock market's response? After dipping briefly on the bad news, it climbs higher.
2. Worries about US consumers drag stocks lower - Friday, July 25, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Investors got some bad news about the American shopper on Friday, driving down stocks and sending the Dow Jones industrial average to a loss for the week.
Two major U.S. companies — the retail giant Amazon and the credit card processor Visa — both said that the second half of the year was looking more troubled than originally expected. The cautious outlook from two companies so heavily exposed to consumer spending spooked investors, causing the stock market to fall at the open and remain lower throughout the day.
3. Tennesseans to share $10 million in refunds - Friday, July 18, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) - More than 336,000 Tennessee residents will split $10 million in refunds from health insurance companies because of a provision in the Affordable Care Act.
The Tennessean reported (tnne.ws/WIRqs7) the refunds will average $53 per family and came about because of the medical loss ratio rule in the law. That provision requires insurers to spend at least 80 percent of insurance premiums on patient care and quality improvement efforts. The refunds are for premiums paid in 2013.4. US stocks rise at midday on stronger earnings - Friday, July 18, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks edged higher in midday trading Thursday as investors digested second-quarter results from companies across several industries, including Facebook, Ford and Caterpillar.5. Tee for 2? Why do golf ‘pairings’ come in threes? - Friday, July 25, 2014
“Got a pair of nickels for a dime?”
“Sure. Here you go: five, 10, 15 cents.”
On Saturday of the U.S. Open, Frankie Frisco’s “Second Thoughts” column in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette began, “Every golf tournament claims that pairings and tee times are mostly picked at random ….”6. Top Middle Tennessee commercial real estate transactions June 2014 - Friday, July 25, 2014
Top June 2014 commercial real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.7. Beretta: Maryland gun law forcing move to Gallatin - Friday, July 18, 2014
ACCOKEEK, Md. (AP) — Beretta U.S.A. announced Tuesday that company concerns over a strict gun-control law enacted in Maryland last year have made it necessary to move its weapons making out of the state to Tennessee.8. US stocks climb as earnings reports roll in - Friday, July 18, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Solid earnings for a range of big companies helped nudge the stock market higher on Tuesday.
The restaurant chain Chipotle Mexican Grill and the cable giant Comcast surged after reporting better results than Wall Street expected.9. McDonald's, KFC in China face new food scandal - Friday, July 18, 2014
BEIJING (AP) — McDonald's and KFC in China faced a new food safety scare Monday after a Shanghai television station reported a supplier sold them expired beef and chicken.
The companies said they immediately stopped using meat from the supplier, Husi Food Co., Ltd. The Shanghai office of China's food and drug agency said it was investigating and told customers to suspend use of the supplier's products.10. US stock slip to start the week; Six Flags sinks - Friday, July 18, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market started the week with a slight loss on Monday as investors weighed a mixed batch of corporate earnings against mounting political turmoil.
European leaders are considering tougher sanctions on Russia for its backing of separatists accused of shooting down a Malaysia Airways passenger plane in Ukraine last week. The European Union's foreign ministers will meet Tuesday to discuss their next steps.
11. Health Department seeking input on health plan - Friday, July 18, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Department of Health is seeking public input on the State Health Plan.
The plan is required by state law and acts as the health department's guide for protecting, promoting and improving the health of people in Tennessee.12. Senate Dems, GOP woo female voters for this fall - Friday, July 18, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic and Republican Senators are pouring significant time and energy into pursuing female voters, a coveted prize in the Nov. 4 elections.
Wednesday's Senate vote on contraception legislation is the latest example of Democrats' win-by-losing strategy, which forces Republicans to vote on sensitive matters that might rile women this fall.13. 2 Tennessee hospitals working on merger - Friday, July 18, 2014
MANCHESTER (AP) — The two hospitals in Manchester that are less than three miles apart may merge.
The Tullahoma News reported (http://bit.ly/1pdnPz0) that United Regional Medical Center and Medical Center of Manchester have taken the first steps toward a combination of the two hospitals.14. Microsoft cutting 18,000 jobs, signals new path - Friday, July 11, 2014
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Microsoft announced the biggest layoffs in its history Thursday, saying it will cut 18,000 jobs or 14 percent of its workforce as it streamlines its Nokia mobile device business to focus on using the Windows Phone operating system.15. Morgan Stanley says 2Q profits more than double - Friday, July 11, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Morgan Stanley says its quarterly profit more than doubled, thanks to strong results from its investment banking and money-management units. The news drove up the investment bank's stock in early trading.16. Stocks decline in afternoon trading; Mattel down - Friday, July 11, 2014
U.S. financial markets veered lower in afternoon trading Thursday, giving back gains from a day earlier. Economic data were mixed and company earnings reports were mostly disappointing. Investors also monitored developments in Ukraine following reports that a passenger plane was shot down over the eastern part of the country.17. GM supports bill banning rentals of recalled cars - Friday, July 11, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — General Motors Co. is the first big automaker to support legislation barring rental-car companies from renting or selling vehicles subject to a recall.18. Tourism department presents new Tennessee logo - Friday, July 11, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's tourism agency has a new logo and ad campaign aimed to spark travelers' interest in a vacation that can only be made in Tennessee.
The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development's "Made in Tennessee" campaign features original music from Tennessee musicians and highlights other unique aspects of the state.19. Top Middle Tennessee residential real estate transaction for June 2014 - Friday, July 18, 2014
Top June 2014 residential real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.20. Top Middle Tennessee lenders for June 2014 - Friday, July 18, 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.21. Rejected Fox bid for Time Warner shows growth mood - Friday, July 11, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — In a move that aims to counter consolidation among TV distributors, Rupert Murdoch's Fox has made an unsolicited takeover offer for rival media giant Time Warner for about $76 billion in cash and stock.22. US stocks close higher; Time Warner soars - Friday, July 11, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are closing higher following strong earnings results and deal news from big U.S. companies.
The gains pushed the Dow Jones industrial average to its second record high close this month.
23. US stocks mostly down as investors digest earnings - Friday, July 11, 2014
The Federal Reserve's latest take on the U.S. economy put many investors into sell mode Tuesday, sending stocks mostly lower after a brief upward turn early in the day.
Fed Chair Janet Yellen, speaking before Congress, said the U.S. economy has yet to recover fully, but raised the possibility the central bank could raise its key short-term interest rate sooner than currently projected.
24. Gore, Kennedy clan at Seigenthaler funeral - Friday, July 11, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) - Former Vice President Al Gore and members of the Kennedy family joined hundreds of other mourners Monday for the funeral of renowned journalist and press freedom champion John Seigenthaler, whose career spanned the civil rights struggle in the South and contemporary battles for media openness in the digital age.25. Citigroup to pay $7B in subprime mortgages probe - Friday, July 11, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — Citigroup has agreed to pay $7 billion to settle a federal investigation into its handling of risky subprime mortgages, admitting to a pattern of deception that Attorney General Eric Holder said "shattered lives" and contributed to the worst financial crisis in decades.26. John Seigenthaler, Tennessee journalist, dies - Friday, July 11, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) — John Seigenthaler, the journalist who edited The Tennessean newspaper, helped shape USA Today and worked for civil rights during the Kennedy administration, died Friday at his Nashville home at age 86, his son said.27. Amazon asks FAA for permission to fly drones - Friday, July 11, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is asking the Federal Aviation Administration permission to use drones as part of its plan to deliver packages to customers in 30 minutes or less.
The news sent Amazon's shares up nearly 5 percent in midday trading.28. Tenn. neighborhood attracting bears - Friday, July 11, 2014
KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee wildlife officials say a black bear spotted in a West Knoxville neighborhood will be left alone as long as it returns the favor.
The Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1s2odoZ ) reports the bear was sighted Thursday morning by a police officer in a residential area.29. Stocks little changed, on track for weekly loss - Friday, July 11, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market rose slightly Friday but was still headed for its biggest weekly loss since April as investors assessed corporate news. The market ended the previous week at a record high.30. US stocks lower due to European banking worries - Friday, July 11, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks fell Thursday as worries about the soundness of a European bank spooked U.S. investors, prompting them to sell off stocks and snap up less risky assets like gold and governments bonds. However, the declines were half of what they were earlier in the session.31. US stocks fall on Portugal worries - Friday, July 04, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Worries about the soundness of a European bank pushed U.S. stocks lower Thursday and sent global investors hunting for less risky assets.
KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average was down 104 points, or 0.6 percent, to 16,880 as of noon Eastern. Earlier the blue-chip index had tumbled as much as 180 points on worrisome news out of Europe about accounting irregularities at a company connected to a major Portuguese bank.32. Alcoa helps lift market after 2 days of declines - Friday, July 04, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Corporate earnings season got off to a positive start Wednesday, helping lift the stock market after two days of declines.
The market opened higher and remained modestly higher throughout the day. Stocks climbed further after the Federal Reserve released minutes from its latest policy meeting in June.33. Madison Mill relocation cheers Cheatham - Friday, July 11, 2014
When Nashville-based Madison Mill Inc. announced plans to move its millwork, building material, and lawn and garden business from Charlotte Avenue to Ashland City by the end of 2015, it was the result of aggressive efforts by a coalition of local leaders to bring new business and investments, increased jobs and a more enriched quality of life to the Cheatham County area.34. Stocks slip, pulling Dow back near 17,000 - Friday, July 04, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — After pushing stocks to records last week, investors turned cautious on Monday ahead of a batch of corporate earnings reports.
The Dow Jones industrial average ended almost 50 points lower after closing above 17,000 for the first time last week. Investors moved money into stocks traditionally thought of as safer than broader market: utilities, telecommunication companies and consumer staples.35. Dow tops 17,000 after strong jobs report - Friday, July 04, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — The Dow Jones industrial average topped 17,000 for the first time Thursday, the index's first big 1,000-point milestone this year, following news that hiring in the U.S. accelerated last month.36. Even if you hate your job, there’s a right way to leave - Friday, July 04, 2014
There’s a lot to be said for grace. Although many interpretations of the word exist, my favorite is Merriam-Webster’s.
They define it as “a controlled, polite, and pleasant way of behaving.” After a number of questions from people about how to quit their jobs, I wanted to share a few thoughts with you.37. Yellen sees little threat to financial stability - Friday, June 27, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Wednesday that she doesn't see a need for the Fed to start raising interest rates to defuse the risk that extremely low rates could destabilize the financial system.38. NSA's Internet monitoring said to be legal - Friday, June 27, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — The first time the bipartisan Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board dissected a National Security Agency surveillance program, it found fundamental flaws, arguing in a January report that the NSA's collection of domestic calling records "lacked a viable legal foundation" and should be shut down.39. Stocks close at all-time highs as hiring surges - Friday, June 27, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks closed at their latest all-time highs Wednesday following news that business hiring surged in June, adding to evidence that the U.S. economy is picking up momentum.
ADP, a payroll processer, said businesses added 281,000 jobs last month, up from 179,000 in the previous month. The figure suggests the government's monthly jobs report, due out Thursday, could also show a significant gain from May.
40. Oil declines, despite bullish oil inventory data - Friday, June 27, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — The price of oil slipped Wednesday despite a report from the U.S. Department of Energy that showed stockpiles of crude fell more than expected last week.
Benchmark U.S. crude for August delivery fell 86 cents to $104.48 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, its fifth day of declines. The contract closed at a 10-month high of $107.26 on June 20.41. Dow flirts with 17,000 as market sets new highs - Friday, June 27, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Evidence that global manufacturing is expanding pushed the stock market to an all-time high on Tuesday.
The Dow Jones industrial average climbed within two points of 17,000 for the first time after separate surveys showed that manufacturing expanded in the world's two largest economies. In China, manufacturing grew in June for the first time in six months and in the U.S. the sector notched its 13th straight month of expansion.
42. Birth control ruling sparks political clash - Friday, June 27, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans called it a win for religious freedom. The decision of the Supreme Court, they said, is further evidence the country's new health care law is deeply flawed.
The claims of victory arrived almost immediately after the high court ruled Monday that some companies need not provide contraception to women as required by President Barack Obama's signature domestic policy achievement. Yet there's a risk for the GOP in crowing too loudly.43. Overall, Tennessee students improve on state tests - Friday, June 27, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee students made gains in the majority of the state's 31 grade and subject-level tests, although some didn't fare too well in reading, according to results released Tuesday.44. Mourners pay respects to Sen. Howard Baker Jr. - Friday, June 27, 2014
KNOXVILLE (AP) — Mourners are paying their respects to former Sen. Howard H. Baker Jr. at the University of Tennessee center in Knoxville that bears his name.
The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that people began lining up outside the Baker Center well before the doors opened Monday for visitors to view the flag-draped casket of the onetime Senate majority leader.45. GM won't limit ignition switch crash compensation - Friday, June 27, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — The attorney overseeing General Motors' compensation to victims of small-car crashes says there's no limit to what the company will pay, provided the crashes were caused by faulty ignition switches. The tally could climb into billions of dollars.46. Stocks end mixed; S&P closes near all-time high - Friday, June 27, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market got back on track in the second quarter.
After a bumpy start to the year, the Standard & Poor's 500 index resumed its upward climb in the March-June period. The index rose 4.7 percent, versus a 1.3 percent gain in the first three months of the year.
47. Oil slips on hopes of stabilizing Iraq - Friday, June 27, 2014
The price of oil declined for the third straight day Monday on signs that the insurgency in Iraq has been slowed and may be turned back.
Benchmark U.S. crude for August delivery fell 37 cents to close at $105.37 a barrel in New York. The contract has fallen for three days in a row and five out of the last six trading days after closing at 10-month high of $107.26 on June 20.48. Free HIV testing at Walgreens through Saturday - Friday, June 27, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) — Several Walgreens locations across the state are offering free HIV testing through Saturday.
The testing is being offered in conjunction with the Greater Than AIDS campaign. Locations of participating Walgreens are available at greaterthan.org.49. Former US Sen. Howard Baker Jr. dies - Friday, June 27, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — Howard Baker's question sliced to the core of Watergate: "What did the president know and when did he know it?"
Repeated over and again in the senator's mild Tennessee drawl, those words guided Americans through the tangle of Watergate characters and charges playing daily on TV to focus squarely on Richard Nixon and his role in the cover-up.
50. Ex-US Sen. Howard Baker Jr. dies - Friday, June 20, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. Howard Baker Jr., who asked what President Richard Nixon knew about Watergate, has died. He was 88.51. HCA executive taking leave to help VA acting chief - Friday, June 20, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) — A Nashville health care executive has been named as a special adviser to Department of Veterans Affairs Acting Secretary Sloan Gibson.
WPLN-FM (http://bit.ly/1pPuzFY) reports Jonathan Perlin is taking a 60-day leave from his position as chief medical officer of HCA.52. Top Midstate commercial real estate transactions for May 2014 - Friday, June 27, 2014
Top May 2014 commercial real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.53. 'Get a warrant' to search cellphones, Justices say - Friday, June 20, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — In an emphatic defense of privacy in the digital age, a unanimous Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that police generally may not search the cellphones of people they arrest without first getting search warrants.54. Eyes on you: Experts reveal police hacking methods - Friday, June 20, 2014
LONDON (AP) — Law enforcement agencies across the globe are taking a page out of the hacker's handbook, using targets' own phones and computers to spy on them with methods traditionally associated with cybercriminals, two computer security groups said Tuesday.55. Stocks edge higher despite economic data - Friday, June 20, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. stock market inched modestly higher Wednesday, recovering more than half of what it lost the day before, as investors were able to set aside two disappointing economic reports.56. Ex-UK tabloid editor convicted of phone hacking - Friday, June 20, 2014
LONDON (AP) — Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson was convicted of phone hacking Tuesday, but fellow editor Rebekah Brooks was acquitted after a months-long trial centering on illegal activity at the heart of Rupert Murdoch's newspaper empire.57. Stocks end lower as traders sell blue chips - Friday, June 20, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market had its biggest decline in two weeks Tuesday, led by a sell-off in blue-chip bank and energy stocks. Homebuilders rose after the government reported sales of new homes rose in May to the highest level in six years.58. US stocks close below records; FMC falls - Friday, June 20, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stock indexes are closing slightly below the record levels they hit last week as investors assess a batch of corporate news.
Wisconsin Energy fell 4 percent and General Electric fell 1 percent after the companies said they had made acquisitions. Chemicals maker FMC fell 5 percent after cutting its earnings forecast after farmers used less of its products due to an unusually harsh winter.
59. Energetic stock market pushes toward milestones - Friday, June 20, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. stock market is back to setting records.
After treading water for most of March and April, stocks are nudging deeper into record territory and are closing in on milestones with lots of zeros attached to them. The Dow Jones industrial average is within 30 points of 17,000 while the Standard & Poor's 500 is just shy of 2,000 after rising 6 percent this year.
60. Judge dismisses mosque cemetery lawsuit - Friday, June 20, 2014
MURFREESBORO (AP) - A judge has dismissed a lawsuit over a permit that was issued allowing a Middle Tennessee mosque to build a cemetery on its property.
A group of residents filed the suit after Rutherford County officials approved the request from the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro.61. Glen Campbell's wife defends his care - Friday, June 20, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) - Glen Campbell's Alzheimer's disease has progressed to the point where he needs full-time professional care, his wife said Thursday, explaining her decision to place the singer in a long-term care facility and responding publicly for the first time to criticism from Campbell's eldest daughter.62. Turmoil in Iraq is pushing up US gasoline prices - Friday, June 20, 2014
Violence in Iraq is helping to make gasoline in the U.S. more expensive, depriving drivers of the usual price break between Memorial Day and July Fourth.
The national average price of $3.68 per gallon is the highest price for this time of year since 2008, the year gasoline hit its all-time high.63. Stocks manage small gains; Dow, S&P 500 at records - Friday, June 20, 2014
Stocks inched past more milestones Friday, delivering the third consecutive record-high close for the Standard & Poor's 500 index and a new high for the Dow Jones industrial average.
The S&P 500 is now up 6.2 percent for the year, while the Dow is up 2.2 percent. The major stock indexes all finished ahead for the week.64. US stocks edge lower in midday trading - Friday, June 13, 2014
Major stock indexes drifted lower in midday trading Thursday, retreating slightly from the market's latest record high close the day before. Coach and Rite Aid were among the biggest decliners on a day when investors weighed reports suggesting that the U.S. economy is gaining strength and a separate report that applications for unemployment benefits fell last week.65. Unemployment claims drop to six-year low - Friday, June 13, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, as the number of people collecting jobless aid fell to its lowest level in more than six years.
The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications for unemployment benefits fell 6,000 to a seasonally adjusted 312,000. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, declined to 311,750.
66. Turmoil in Iraq is pushing up US gasoline prices - Friday, June 13, 2014
Violence in Iraq is pushing U.S. gasoline prices higher, depriving drivers of the usual price break between Memorial Day and July Fourth.
The national average price of $3.68 per gallon is the highest price for this time of year since 2008, the year gasoline hit its all-time high.67. What in the world could go wrong? - Friday, June 20, 2014
The most commonly cited indicator of complacency, the VIX or volatility index, recently hit a low of 10.73, a level not seen since early 2007.
Now a low VIX does not in any way signal an imminent crisis, but it does indicate a very complacent consensus susceptible to even slightly unpleasant surprises. Sadly, when the markets cannot find a reason to sell, Murphy’s Law always provides one.68. Top Midstate residential real estate transactions for May 2014 - Friday, June 20, 2014
Top May 2014 residential real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.69. Midstate Real Estate trends for May 2014 - Friday, June 20, 2014
May 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.70. Yellen: US economy still needs help from Fed - Friday, June 13, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy still isn't healthy enough to grow at a consistently strong pace without the Federal Reserve's help.
That was the message Fed Chair Janet Yellen sent Wednesday at a news conference after the central bank ended a two-day policy meeting.
71. Stocks close higher as banks gain on rising rates - Friday, June 13, 2014
Stocks rebounded from a downbeat start Tuesday, building on small gains for the third day in a row.
News that U.S. consumer prices jumped sharply in May drove up long-term interest rates, setting the stage for the turnaround as investors bid up shares in financial stocks such as E-Trade Financial, Charles Schwab and Goldman Sachs.
72. With economy hazy, Fed is unlikely to shift course - Friday, June 13, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — When Federal Reserve officials gather this week and Fed Chair Janet Yellen speaks with reporters, investors will be seeking clues to two big questions:
When will the Fed finally start raising short-term interest rates?73. IMF lowers estimate of US economic growth in 2014 - Friday, June 13, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy is poised to accelerate after a dismal start to the year even though the job market won't return to full employment until 2017.
That was the forecast offered Monday in a report by the International Monetary Fund.
74. US stocks manage meager gains on mostly quiet day - Friday, June 13, 2014
Investors nudged U.S. stocks into positive territory Monday, thanks in part to another round of corporate couplings.
Three proposed acquisitions, including medical device maker Medtronic's $42.9 billion bid for rival Covidien, helped the market eke out a slight gain for the second trading day in a row.
75. S&P 500 ends higher, snapping 3-day losing streak - Friday, June 13, 2014
The stock market is closing higher on corporate deal news and an improved forecast from chipmaker Intel.
The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose six points, or 0.3 percent, to close at 1,936 Friday. The gain snapped a three-day losing streak for the index. The Dow Jones industrial average climbed 41 points, or 0.3 percent, to 16,775. The Nasdaq gained 13 points, or 0.3 percent, to 4,310.
76. Stocks slip in afternoon trading; oil prices surge - Friday, June 06, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks edged lower in afternoon trading on Thursday after a report showed that retail sales rose less than forecast in May. A separate report showed that more Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week. The price of oil surged amid renewed violence in Iraq.77. Oil jumps to near $106 on Iraq violence - Friday, June 06, 2014
The price of oil jumped to above $106 a barrel Thursday as an insurgency in Iraq raised the risk of disruptions to supplies at a time when other major crude-producing countries are already pumping near capacity.78. Tennessee revenue collections drop in May - Friday, June 06, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Finance Commissioner Larry Martin says the state's revenue collections recorded negative growth in May.79. Russia returns but does it have ability to sustain? - Friday, June 13, 2014
The $2 trillion Russian economy has a problem.
The amount of wealth that can be extracted from the ground distracts attention from otherwise productive economic endeavors. This concentrates economic rewards in the hands of the few and leads to development malaise as labor skills languish.80. Homebuyers pay the price for Nashville's 'It City' status - Friday, June 13, 2014
From the national press, one might think Nashvillians’ main concern these days is what new gastropub to try or which A-lister is playing a secret show at Third Man Records.
But eavesdrop at any coffee shop, bar or restaurant where locals gather and you’ll hear a different story.81. Southern Baptists could weigh president, gays - Friday, June 06, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) — The Southern Baptist Convention, the nation's largest Protestant denomination, is in Baltimore this week for its annual meeting. Among the issues that will or are likely to come up:82. S&P 500 ekes out another record high - Friday, June 06, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Call it the ho-hum market. Another day, another record high.
News of a handful of corporate deals sent some stocks jumping Monday. And Family Dollar climbed following news that investor Carl Icahn has taken a stake in the company.
83. Oil jumps on China exports, Japan economic growth - Friday, June 06, 2014
Oil prices rose Monday as positive news on exports from China and economic growth in Japan followed last week's solid jobs report in the U.S.
Benchmark U.S. oil for July delivery gained $1.75 to close at $104.41 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. That's the highest closing price since March 3.84. Shouldn’t bond rates be rising? - Friday, June 06, 2014
As 2013 drew to a close, investors bid up “risky” assets and sold “safe” assets in anticipation of a robust 2014. “Risky” stocks rose 30 percent and the “safe” 10-year Treasury bond lost 4 percent.85. Mompreneurs explain what led them to launch businesses while working from home and raising families - Friday, June 06, 2014
Running a business with children underfoot is no easy task. From piles of plastic toys on the floor to interrupting toddlers to business meetings that clash with the school play, here are a few behind-the-scenes stories from local mothers who are also entrepreneurs.86. State governments may be expanding wealth gap - Friday, May 30, 2014
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Lawmakers in many states have been trying to boost their post-recession economies by cutting income taxes, curbing aid to the long-term jobless or holding down the minimum wage. Some have pursued all of these steps.87. Michigan Legislature OKs $195 million for Detroit - Friday, May 30, 2014
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Legislature's $195 million lifeline to help prevent steep cuts in Detroit's pensions and the sale of city-owned art is being hailed as a major step forward in ending the largest public bankruptcy in U.S. history.88. US stocks edge higher; Protective Life soars - Friday, May 30, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks rose modestly Wednesday, erasing an early decline, as investors waited to hear from the European Central Bank on Thursday.
Insurer Protective Life soared on news that it was being acquired by a Japanese company.
89. US factory orders up for third month in April - Friday, May 30, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories rose for a third consecutive month in April, adding to evidence that manufacturing is regaining momentum after a harsh winter.
Orders increased 0.7 percent in April, pushed higher by a surge in demand for military hardware, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday. That followed a 1.5 percent increase in March and a 1.7 percent climb in February.
90. Stocks edge lower; Hillshire bidding war heats up - Friday, May 30, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market fell slightly Tuesday, pulling back from record highs the day before.
Hillshire Brands jumped as a bidding war for the company heated up, while Krispy Kreme Doughnuts plunged after issuing a disappointing forecast.
91. Justices reject reporter's bid to protect source - Friday, May 30, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — A reporter who has been ordered to divulge the identity of the source of classified information lost his bid Monday to get the Supreme Court to clarify whether journalists have a right to protect their confidential sources.92. Stocks rise following revised manufacturing report - Friday, May 30, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks closed mostly higher on a quiet Monday following two reports that showed the manufacturing industries of the world's two largest economies expanded last month.
Both the Dow Jones industrial average and the Standard & Poor's 500 index were able to set record highs for a second trading day in a row.
93. US consumer spending down 0.1 percent in April - Friday, May 30, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumers cut back on spending in April for the first time in a year, taking an unexpected pause after a big jump during the previous month. The results, however, are unlikely to derail an expected spring rebound in the economy.94. How Google got states to legalize driverless cars - Friday, May 30, 2014
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — About four years ago, the Google team trying to develop cars driven by computers — not people — became convinced that sooner than later, the technology would be ready for the masses. There was one big problem: Driverless cars were almost certainly illegal.95. Affidavit: TV 'Millionaire' from Tennessee in extortion bid - Friday, May 30, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee man who appeared on "The Millionaire Matchmaker" is accused of trying to extort $2.5 million from a nuclear weapons plant in exchange for 1,200 slides that he allegedly claimed would be damaging if released publicly.96. How Low Can We Go? - Friday, May 30, 2014
With the S&P 500 back at all-time highs, investors may be experiencing a bit of altitude sickness. With the S&P 500 now up 180 percent from the bottom, it’s right to question how much upside remains. However, the better question might be how much downside lies below.97. US stocks edge up after jobless claims drop - Friday, May 23, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks moved slightly higher in morning trading Thursday after the government reported that the number of people applying for unemployment benefits sank last week, a sign that employers are laying off fewer people.98. Apple adds more swagger with $3B Beats acquisition - Friday, May 23, 2014
CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — Apple is buying more flair, swagger and song-picking savvy with its $3 billion acquisition of Beats Electronics, a headphone and music streaming specialist founded by rapper Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, one of the first recording executives to roll with the hip-hop culture.99. Why do some Realtors sabotage themselves? - Friday, May 30, 2014
With baseball season in full swing, I listened to the Atlanta Braves game on the radio over the weekend and once again lamented the death of Skip Caray, once the voice of the Braves who died in 2008.100. Struggling homeowners find help via AHR - Friday, May 30, 2014
At the height of the foreclosure crisis, Affordable Housing Resources kept many people in their homes. Now the agency is working to help more people get into home ownership for the first time.
Since its founding more than 20 years ago, AHR has had the twin goals of obtaining and maintaining home ownership, but in recent years the economic downturn has meant its buying efforts were eclipsed by those designed to keep people in their homes.