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1. Cyber cops: Target hackers may take years to find -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secret Service investigators say they are close to gaining a full understanding of the methods hackers used to breach Target's computer systems last December.

But the agency says it could take years to identify the criminals who stole some 40,000 debit and credit card numbers of Target shoppers and other personal information from as many as 70 million people in the pre-Christmas breach.

2. Facebook rolls out location-sharing feature -

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook users in the U.S. will soon be able to see which of their friends are in close proximity using a new feature the company is launching on Thursday.

Called "Nearby Friends," the optional tool will only be available to people who choose to turn it on. The feature uses your smartphone's GPS system to tell your Facebook friends you are nearby — provided they have the feature turned on. Rather than share your exact location, it will only show that you are nearby, say, within half a mile.

3. Easy chicken salad a big potluck hit -

This week’s cooking column is written by my daughter April Sherrill

We attended a birthday party/potluck over the weekend and were asked to bring a side item.

Leave it to me to find the most delish side item to bring. I knew no one else would think about making chicken salad or anything close to it.

4. Adding April foolishness to otherwise-somber day -

To file or not to file? For an extension, that is. Indeed, this is the question. For mid-April is upon us yet again.

In desperation, if not also procrastination, I seek the ease that only humor can bring. Read that: I decide to try my hand at writing tax jokes.

5. Unique business cards a great marketing tool -

For those in marketing, there is never, ever enough time in the day to get it all done.

That’s why savvy marketers seek passive marketing strategies to complement their more active techniques. It’s like having a secret squad at work for you 24/7.

6. Baker Donelson elects new shareholders -

Baker Donelson has elected 13 new shareholders across the firm, including two attorneys in its Nashville office, Joel R. Buckberg and Ashby Q. Burks.

7. Events -

Nashville’s Earth Day Festival. A free, family friendly event with live entertainment throughout the day, featuring exhibits and activities aimed at helping protect our environment. With nearly 100 family-friendly booths, hosted by community groups, environmental organizations and government agencies, will offer fun and hands-on activities for all ages. Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Centennial Park.

8. 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.

9. Available residential inventory worse than we thought -

The Greater Nashville Association of Realtors’ March data show there were 2,530 closings in March 2014 compared to 2,562 for March 2013.

Yes, the number of closing dropped 1.2 percent. Does that translate into a shift in the market with the pendulum beginning to swing towards the buyers? Not on your life.

10. US consumer prices rose just 0.2 percent in March -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lower U.S. gasoline prices kept consumer inflation in check last month, helping offset higher costs for food and clothing.

The Labor Department says the consumer price index rose 0.2 percent in March, after scant 0.1 percent increases the previous two months. Prices have risen just 1.5 percent year over year. That remains well below the Federal Reserve's 2 percent target for inflation.

11. Supreme Court Building, 4 other sites added to National Register of Historic Places -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Five Tennessee sites have been added to the National Register of Historic Places.

The Register is the nation's official list of cultural resources worthy of preservation.

The new sites in Tennessee are: the Grand Guitar in Bristol, the Tennessee Supreme Court Building in Nashville, Mead and Ross Marble Quarries in Knox County, the Martin-Dobyns House in Kingsport and the Blountville Historic District.

12. 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.

13. Is hot market for IPOs cooling? -

NEW YORK (AP) — A hot market for initial public offerings may soon face a cooler reception from investors.

IPOs are having their best start to a year since 2000. Eighty-nine companies have raised $19 billion through sales of new stock so far in 2014. But demand for more offerings depends largely on the health of the broader market, and after last week's sell-off, the clamor from buyers may quiet down.

14. US retail sales up strong 1.1 percent in March -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales in March rose by the largest amount in 18 months, led by strong gains in sales of autos, furniture and a number of other products.

The 1.1 percent jump reported by the Commerce Department on Monday was the best showing since September 2012. The government also revised February to a 0.7 percent gain, more than double its previous estimate.

15. Sebelius: Health care launch 'terribly flawed' -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration's timeline for having ready the new health care law's online sign-up system "was just flat out wrong," outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in an interview that aired Sunday.

16. US producer prices rise 0.5 percent in March -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The prices companies receive for their goods and services jumped in March led by gains for food, clothing, jewelry and chemicals.

The producer price index, which measures price changes before they reach the consumer, rose 0.5 percent in March, the Labor Department said Friday.

17. Sebelius, a lightning rod for critics, resigns -

WASHINGTON (AP) — For five years, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has been a lightning rod for critics of President Barack Obama's health care law. But with sign-ups exceeding expectations and a new face soon to be in charge at HHS, the White House is eager to see if the poisonous atmosphere might give way to more pragmatic efforts aimed at fixing problems with the nation's newest social program.

18. So, coach, just what is a ‘constant denominator?’ -

On the day after a certain university’s basketball team hung in there and won a game, a sports-oriented radio station repeatedly aired an excerpt of an interview with the winning head coach.

Here’s a snippet:

19. Come in from the cold with a better sales pitch -

Sales reps dread it, due to the anxiety and rejection that too often accompany it.

In reality, the make-or-break moment in most cold calls is just the initial conversation starter, that first 10 to 20 seconds from your first word to the point at which the prospect gives you permission to continue talking.

20. Austin joins Regions as sr. VP, wealth advisor -

Regions has hired Brian C. Austin to the position of senior vice president and wealth advisor for Nashville and Middle Tennessee. In this role, Austin will focus on total wealth management for high-net worth individuals and families, providing solutions for multidimensional personal and business finances.

21. Events -

International Business Council Luncheon. "Reforming Reform in China: The State, Markets and Foreign Enterprises” is the topic for today. Dr. Ken DeWoskin, chairman of the Deloitte China Research and Insight Center, and Chris Cooper, Americas leader, Deloitte Chinese Services Group, will share their points of view on useful questions and best answers in regards to China, ranging from general economic, regulatory, and market trends through sector and M&A activities, reform promises and prospects, and MNC strategic responses. 11:30 a.m.-noon, registration and networking. Noon-1 p.m., program and lunch. Baker Donelson Event Space, 211 Commerce Street, Nashville.

22. 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.

23. 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.

24. Toyota, GM recalls push US to near-record pace -

DETROIT (AP) — Big U.S. recalls by General Motors and Toyota have put the auto industry on a record pace as companies try to avoid bad publicity and punishment from an increasingly aggressive government.

25. Oil falls on weak China trade data, US supply rise -

The price of oil edged slightly lower from a five-week high Thursday after China reported weak monthly trade data and U.S. crude supplies rose substantially last week.

By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark crude for May delivery was down 24 cents to $103.36 in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. On Wednesday, the Nymex contract gained $1.04 to settle at $103.60 amid unrest in eastern Ukraine after adding more than $2 the day before. The last time it closed above $103 was on March 4.

26. Nashville will host 2014 Tennessee Bike Summit -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Nashville will be the site of the third annual Tennessee Bike Summit.

The summit is sponsored by the nonprofit Bike/Walk Tennessee. According to the group, the summit will bring together policy makers, bicycle advocates, engineers, planners, designers and bike shop owners in an effort to make Tennessee a more bicycle-friendly state.

27. Enovate Medical expanding in Mufreesboro -

NASHVILLE (AP) — State officials say medical device company Enovate Medical plans to expand its operations at its U.S. headquarters in Murfreesboro, adding 410 jobs in the next five years.

The company said Wednesday that the expansion in Rutherford County represents an investment of $13.1 million and stems from the consolidation of operations at its facility in Canton, Mich.

28. Spring thaw brings surge in home sales -

Although peppered with relapses, the freeze had ended – finally. Those who saw the thaw coming and placed their homes on the market have reaped rewards, as sales are aflutter and the information is being tweeted by Realtors.

29. Investors shed tech, biotech stocks -

NEW YORK (AP) — Wall Street's cool kids have been booted from the lunchroom.

Technology and biotechnology companies, high-flying stocks over the last two years, have been beaten down the last three weeks. Many are now in bear territory, which is when a stock falls more than 20 percent from a recent high.

30. Strait wins entertainer of the year at ACM Awards -

George Strait won his second entertainer of the year — 25 years after he won his first — and Miranda Lambert and Keith Urban teamed up to earn top honors Sunday night at a jam-packed Academy of Country Music Awards that had a little something for everyone.

31. Growing demand for US apartments pushing up rents -

These are good times for U.S. landlords. For many tenants, not so much.

With demand for apartments surging, rents are projected to rise for a fifth straight year. Even a pickup in apartment construction is unlikely to provide much relief anytime soon.

32. 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.

33. All in the family for crossword, Sudoku champs -

Robin and Darren Morrissey, wife and husband, finished one and one at the 2014 Clinton School Puzzle Festival. That would be first place in crosswords and first place in Sudoku.

You might say they ruled the recent Arkansas Puzzle Day. Robin is a manager at the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration. Darren is an engineer. Congratulations to them both.

34. Talk like TED in your sales pitch -

TED is a nonprofit committed to spreading ideas in the form of succinct-yet-powerful talks that are all 18 minutes or less – the ideal length of time to connect with and persuade viewers.

TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Talks have a distinct style – a formula that often results in spectacularly high levels of viewer engagement.

35. Oliphant is interim CEO of Metro, regional transit -

Edward W. Oliphant has been named interim CEO of the Nashville MTA and Regional Transportation Authority of Middle Tennessee, effective April 1, 2014.

36. Events -

Are Patent Trolls Exhausted? A host of legislative efforts to curb so-called “Patent Trolls” are being pushed in a variety of venues, including an anti-troll statute introduced in Tennessee. But what is a Patent Troll? Are they really the source of the problem? And is it worth dismantling the patent system to kill them off? Baker Donelson hosts this intellectual property roundtable featuring speaker W. Edward Ramage as part of the ABA Intellectual Property Roundtable Series. Today, Noon-1 p.m., Baker Donelson Center, 211 Commerce Street, First Floor Special Events Center, Nashville. Program and lunch are complimentary. Registration: rsvp@bakerdonelson.com.

37. Top Realtor shares insider view of market -

Richard Bryan was honored recently by the Greater Nashville Association of Realtors for having more listings and more closed sales in 2013 than anyone else in the association.

So who would know more about the real estate market than he?

38. 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.

39. Missed the health care deadline? It's not too late -

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's not too late to get covered. A few routes remain open for those who missed the health care law's big enrollment deadline.

Millions may be eligible for a second chance to sign up for subsidized insurance this year. And people who get coverage after the deadline can still avoid, or at least reduce, the fine for going uninsured.

40. Pelosi says over 7 million enroll in health care -

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi says the White House is reporting more than 7 million people signed up for health care through the exchanges by Monday's midnight deadline.

Pelosi confirmed the milestone after meeting with President Barack Obama on Tuesday.

41. Deadline brings high interest for health insurance -

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A blizzard, jammed phone lines and unreliable websites failed to stop throngs of procrastinating Americans from trying to sign up for health coverage by the midnight Monday deadline for President Barack Obama's signature domestic policy initiative.

42. Health deadline brings last-minute surge in Tennessee -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee health care volunteers are being flooded with a last-minute surge of consumers hoping to sign up for health coverage by deadline.

For many, Monday was a day of waiting and frustration because the federal government's website for choosing a health plan ground to a halt as people seeking coverage on the last day created heavy demand.

43. Q&A: Status update as health law marks a milestone -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Like so much about the government's health care overhaul, Monday's deadline to sign up for coverage in 2014 didn't turn out quite as planned: Many people still are eligible for extensions that will let them enroll.

44. Amazon workers on strike in Germany -

BERLIN (AP) — Workers at one of Amazon.com's German distribution centers are on strike in a dispute over wages.

The ver.di union said Monday that workers at the American online retailer's logistics center in Leipzig were staging the short-term warning strike to try to get management to return to the negotiating table.

45. Deadline dash: Health care sign-ups amid glitches -

WASHINGTON (AP) — A flood of last-minute applicants rushed to sign up for health insurance on Monday, deadline day for President Barack Obama's health care law, with more than 125,000 people at a time using the fragile system despite a new spate of intermittent ills.

46. US consumer spending up modest 0.3 percent -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans barely increased their spending in February following a weak January performance, strong evidence that the severe winter will hold back the economy in the first quarter.

47. Gay couples find uneven access to health insurance -

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Nearly every day for three months, Carl Bechdel had to make calls or send emails to try to get family insurance coverage for his husband and himself under President Barack Obama's landmark health law.

48. Nashville Fashion Week schedule -

Nashville Fashion Week includes five days of runway shows, smart panel discussions to post-show parties.

Depending on specific event, tickets range from $10 to $1,000 for a table of eight at the Fashion Forward Gala.

49. Crossword titan collects fifth consecutive title -

“Never in the history of competitive crossword puzzle solving has there been a rivalry like the one between Tyler Hinman and Dan Feyer.”

Thus begins a write-up of last week’s American Crossword Puzzle Tournament at time.com.

50. Forget extroverts: Ambiverts make sales rock stars -

Inability to find good sales talent is a common source of frustration for business owners and hiring managers nationwide.

I would contend it’s because many are simply focusing on the wrong candidate profile.

51. Thoma promoted to CFO by Aegis Sciences Corp. -

Aegis Sciences Corporation, a forensic toxicology and health care sciences company, has promoted Keri Thoma to chief financial officer. She will oversee all strategic financial initiatives.

52. Events -

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

53. 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.

54. Sellers still rule as winter turns to spring -

The thaw will occur soon, perhaps. When it does, look for more inventory in the residential real estate market and more sales to follow. Historically speaking, home sales will double in the next few months compared to the period since November.

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

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

56. 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.

57. HHS grants extra time to enroll for health care -

WASHINGTON (AP) — People who've started applying for health insurance but aren't able to finish before the March 31 enrollment deadline will get extra time, the Obama administration has announced.

"We are experiencing a surge in demand and are making sure that we will be ready to help consumers who may be in line by the deadline to complete enrollment, either online or over the phone," Health and Human Services spokesman Aaron Albright said Tuesday.

58. Consumer confidence rebounds in sign of optimism -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer confidence has rebounded to the highest reading in six years, providing a further sign that the economy's prospects should brighten with warmer weather.

The Conference Board said Tuesday that its confidence index rose to 82.3 this month from a February reading of 78.3. It was the strongest reading since the index stood at 87.3 in January 2008, just as the Great Recession was beginning.

59. Latinos being left behind in health care overhaul -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's largest minority group risks being left behind by President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

Hispanics account for about one-third of the nation's uninsured, but they seem to be staying on the on the sidelines as the White House races to meet a goal of 6 million sign-ups by March 31.

60. Cisco to invest over $1B in cloud computing -

NEW YORK (AP) — Cisco says it plans to spend more than $1 billion over the next two years to build up its cloud computing network.

Cisco plans to use the money to expand its data centers for the new service to be called Cisco Cloud Services.

61. Post office hiring 70 in Nashville, Memphis -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service says it plans on filling more than 70 skilled maintenance positions in both Nashville and Memphis.

Anyone interested can attend one of the local jobs fairs the postal service is offering this week in either Memphis or Nashville.

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

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

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

63. Q&A: Can't afford health plan, will I be fined? -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The new health care law helps some people, hurts others and confuses almost everyone. Hoping to simplify things a bit, The Associated Press asked its Twitter, Facebook and Google Plus followers for their real-life questions about the program and the problems they're running into as the March 31 deadline approaches to sign up for coverage in new insurance markets.

64. Q&A: Am I stuck in my job's costly health plan? -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The new health care law helps some people, hurts others and confuses almost everyone. Hoping to simplify things a bit, The Associated Press asked its Twitter, Facebook and Google Plus followers for their real-life questions about the program and the problems they're running into as the March 31 deadline approaches to sign up for coverage in new insurance markets.

65. Starbucks to roll out beer, wine to more cafes -

NEW YORK (AP) — Starbucks plans to turn more of its cafes into a destination for beer and wine in the evenings.

The coffee company says it is looking to expand alcohol sales to "thousands of select stores" over the next several years, although it didn't provide details on an exact timeline.

66. 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.

67. Just 11 pct. of US long-term unemployed find jobs -

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new study documents the bleak plight of Americans who have been unemployed for more than six months: Just 11 percent of them, on average, will ever regain steady full-time work.

68. 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.

69. US fine to settle probe delivers relief for Toyota -

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp., headed to a record profit, can afford the $1.2 billion fine levied by the U.S. government for hiding information about defects in its cars. If anything, the settlement may even deliver relief for Toyota shareholders and customers as a sign the automaker has put the four-year recall debacle behind it.

70. Navy's Blue Angels to headline air show in Smyrna -

SMYRNA (AP) — The Navy's Blue Angels are returning to the Great Tennessee Air Show in Smyrna.

The precision flying team will headline the show on June 15. Their last appearances in Smyrna were in 2008 and 2012.

71. Reminiscing about nothing – and its long history -

Season 4, Episode 3: “The Pitch.” The show: “Seinfeld.” The theme? Let’s call it “the absence of anything.”

It’s actually the first half of an hour-long show that ran during the show’s normal TV lifespan. It has run as a half-hour episode in syndication for the past 100 years or so.

72. Getting the best return on your email marketing -

Editor’s Note: This is the second in a two-part series.

Measurement is the Holy Grail of marketing. A savvy marketer would naturally prefer to invest his dollar in a strategy with a measurable return on investment versus one without.

73. Vanderbilt Hospital names Parmley its chief of staff -

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

74. Events -

People’s Law School. A free program that provides an overview of common civil legal issues. Taught by Legal Aid Society attorneys and volunteer attorneys, the weekly, one-hour classes are 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays at Wright Middle School, 180 McCall St., and at Cohn Learning Center, 4805 Park Ave. Registration information: 298-8050, www.nashville.gov/Nashville-Community-Edcuation.aspx. Topics include:

75. 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.

76. 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.”

77. NCAA's road to Nashville -

A look at the events and schedule for the NCAA Women’s Final Four, scheduled for April 6-8 at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena.

Tickets: $150 and higher

Schedule: Semifinals – April 6, 5:30 and 8 p.m.; Championship – April 8, 7:30 p.m.

78. A NORML response to those who want laws changed -

A couple of years ago, computer programmer Scott Burchfield set out to meet some new friends.

He had worked from home for 15 years, so workplace relationships were nonexistent. He was interested in meeting some cannabis-friendly folks, but not exactly interested in taking his chances at the bar scene.

79. 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?

80. US consumer prices tick up just 0.1 percent -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Cheaper energy kept U.S. consumer prices in check last month, despite a big rise in the cost of food, the latest sign that inflation is tame.

The consumer price index rose 0.1 percent in February, matching January's increase, the Labor Department said Tuesday. In the past 12 months, prices have risen just 1.1 percent, down from 1.6 percent in January and the smallest yearly gain in five months.

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

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

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

82. 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.

83. 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.

84. US producer prices dip 0.1 percent in February -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The prices companies receive for their goods and services fell slightly in February, the latest sign that inflation is tame.

The producer price index, which measures price changes before they reach the consumer, dropped 0.1 percent in February, the Labor Department said Friday. That's the first decline since November. A sharp fall in the price markups by wholesalers and retailers pushed down the index.

85. Rule targets for-profit colleges over student debt -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is proposing new rules designed to protect students at for-profit colleges from amassing huge debt they can't pay off — and still pass judicial muster after a previous version was thrown out by a federal judge.

86. McDonald's hit by lawsuits over worker pay -

NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald's workers in three states filed lawsuits against the fast-food chain this week, saying the company engages in a variety of practices to avoid paying them what they're owed.

87. Grand Ole Opry House celebrates 40th anniversary -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Country music's most famous radio show, WSM-AM's "Grand Ole Opry," has been on air since 1925, but the show didn't find a permanent home until the Grand Ole Opry House opened 40 years ago.

88. Grisham’s latest: ‘Predictable’ or ‘literary event?’ -

At the pretrial conference, big-city lawyer Wade Lanier does an “evidence dump.” His witness list includes 45 people not previously disclosed in discovery.

Local lawyer Jake Brigance moves for a continuance. Lanier says that with two weeks remaining before trial, there’s plenty of time for Jake to call these folks. Judge Reuben Attlee denies the motion. What will Jake do?

89. First Tennessee Bank names 2 to advisory board -

Two Nashville business executives, Richard Rogers and John Zobl, have been named to First Tennessee Bank’s Regional Advisory Board.

90. Events -

MTSU Panel Discussion Focuses on Women in Politics. “Serving the Local Community: Women in Murfreesboro City and Rutherford County Governments,” a panel discussion with five influential local women officials, is scheduled for 5-7 p.m. today, MTSU’s Tom Jackson Building. Dr. Ayne Cantrell, MTSU professor emerita, will moderate. The panelists will be Laura Bohling, Circuit Court clerk, Rutherford County; Donna Scott Davenport, Juvenile Court judge, Rutherford County;Joyce Ealy, commissioner, District 19, Rutherford County Commission; Lisa Nolen, finance director, Rutherford County; Madelyn Scales Harris, councilwoman, Murfreesboro City Council. Information: acantrell@comcast.net, barbara.scales@mtsu.edu.

91. Reports of email’s death as marketing tool greatly exaggerated -

While email marketing may have lost a bit of luster, given the instant gratification of social media, it’s alive and well and is one of several digital marketing channels businesses are spending significantly more on in 2014.

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

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

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

93. 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.

94. More Tennesseans filing taxes electronically -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Internal Revenue Service says Tennesseans are e-filing tax returns in record numbers.

Through March 7, the IRS had received more than 1.4 million electronic returns from Tennesseans. That is a 3.8 percent increase over the same time last year. The number of Tennesseans filing from their own computers had increased 9.8 percent over last year, to nearly 712,000.

95. Oil falls to around $101 after China data -

The price of oil sunk to around $101 on Monday after a surprise drop in China's exports suggested demand for crude could weaken.

Benchmark U.S. crude for April delivery dropped $1.46 to $101.12 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Brent crude, used to set prices for international varieties of crude, fell 92 cents to $108.08 on the ICE Futures exchange in London.

96. Man credited with creating bitcoin denies it -

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dorian Prentice Satoshi Nakamoto said Thursday that he is not the creator of bitcoin, adding further mystery to the story of how the world's most popular digital currency came to be.

97. Obama to Latinos: Last call for health care signup -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Issuing a last call for health care, President Barack Obama assured Latinos on Thursday that signing up for new insurance exchanges won't lead to deportation for any relatives in the U.S. illegally.

98. 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.

99. Girl Scouts asked to end partnership with Barbie -

NEW YORK (AP) — A few weeks after her foray into the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition, Barbie is entangled in controversy again, this time over her ties with the Girl Scouts.

Two advocacy groups often critical of corporate advertising tactics — the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and the Center for a New American Dream — on Thursday urged the Girl Scouts of the USA to end its partnership with the doll's manufacturer, the Mattel toy company.

100. Staples to close 225 stores as sales move online -

Staples has become the second major chain to announce the mass closing of stores this week, providing the latest evidence of how the retail landscape is being remade by shifts in American shopping habits.