NEW YORK (AP) — Ford is building a limited-edition Mustang GT to honor the pony car's 50th anniversary.
The company will only build 1,964 special cars, honoring the year when the Mustang first went on sale.
27. Court to weigh challenge to ban on campaign lies - Friday, April 11, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — Negative campaigning and mudslinging may be a fact of life in American politics, but can false accusations made in the heat of an election be punished as a crime?
That debate makes its way to the Supreme Court next week as the justices consider a challenge to an Ohio law that bars false statements about political candidates during a campaign. The case has attracted national attention, with groups across the political spectrum criticizing the law as a restriction on the First Amendment right to free speech.28. Obama, Biden to announce $600M for job grants - Friday, April 11, 2014
OAKDALE, Pa. (AP) — Striving to show action on jobs, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are trumpeting $600 million in new competitive grants to spur creation of targeted training and apprenticeship programs that could help people land well-paying jobs.29. GM to ask bankruptcy court for lawsuit protection - Friday, April 11, 2014
DETROIT (AP) — General Motors revealed in court filings late Tuesday that it will soon ask a federal bankruptcy judge to shield the company from legal claims for conduct that occurred before its 2009 bankruptcy.30. Panel makes Common Core compromise proposal - Friday, April 11, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) — A special committee of lawmakers on Tuesday recommended that the testing component of Tennessee's Common Core education standards be delayed for one year.
The House and Senate will now vote whether to accept the conference committee report before it heads to the desk of the governor, who has said he'd rather not delay the testing.
31. Yellen signals more aggressive stance toward banks - Friday, April 11, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve may be about to turn more aggressive in its regulation of the financial system.
Fed Chair Janet Yellen suggested Tuesday that current regulatory rules might not be enough to prevent the kind of risk-taking that triggered the 2008 financial crisis and nearly toppled the entire banking system.
32. Court upholds EPA emission standards - Friday, April 11, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the Environmental Protection Agency's emission standards for hazardous air pollutants from coal- and oil-fired power plants.
The court rejected state and industry challenges to rules designed to clean up mercury, lead, arsenic and other dangerous air pollutants.
33. Haslam voucher proposal fails this session - Friday, April 11, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to create a program that gives parents the option to move a child from a failing public school to a private school has once again failed to pass.
The school voucher legislation was withdrawn from the House Finance Committee on Tuesday because the lawmaker carrying the measure for the governor said there weren't enough votes.34. Coca-Cola's 1Q profit dips, but more drinks sold - Friday, April 11, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Coca-Cola's first-quarter profit fell nearly 8 percent as the world's biggest beverage maker faced a stronger dollar and made structural changes abroad.
But the company sold more of its drinks worldwide, and its earnings matched expectations.35. Oil falls ahead of Ukraine meeting, US supply data - Friday, April 11, 2014
The price of oil fell Tuesday ahead of talks aimed at defusing tensions over Ukraine and the latest report on U.S. oil supplies.
Benchmark U.S. crude for May delivery slid 30 cents to close at $103.75 on the New York Mercantile Exchange. On Monday, the Nymex contract rose 31 cents.36. US retail sales up strong 1.1 percent in March - Friday, April 11, 2014
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.
37. Sebelius: Health care launch 'terribly flawed' - Friday, April 11, 2014
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.38. Cost of fighting global warming 'modest,' says UN panel - Friday, April 11, 2014
BERLIN (AP) — The cost of keeping global warming in check is "relatively modest," but only if the world acts quickly to reverse the buildup of heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere, the head of the U.N.'s expert panel on climate change said Sunday.39. Oil price rises past $104 amid Ukraine tensions - Friday, April 11, 2014
The price of oil rose Monday on the prospect of higher demand in the U.S. and escalating tensions in Ukraine.
Benchmark U.S. crude for May delivery rose 31 cents to close at $104.05 a barrel in New York. It's only the second time since September that oil has closed above $104.40. Lawmakers discuss Common Core compromise proposal - Friday, April 11, 2014
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.41. Once-soaring tech stocks sink in sobering comedown - Friday, April 11, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The stock market's laws of gravity are inflicting pain on its highest fliers.
Just look at the list of technology trailblazers whose values have plummeted from record highs during the past few weeks. Investors have re-focused on safer sectors such as utilities, health care and consumer staples instead of companies that promise potential growth from online services that are building huge audiences.42. Savers beware: Fees may be shrinking your 401(k) - Friday, April 11, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — It's the silent enemy in our retirement accounts: High fees.
And now a new study finds that the typical 401(k) fees — adding up to a modest-sounding 1 percent a year — would erase $70,000 from an average worker's account over a four-decade career compared with lower-cost options. To compensate for the higher fees, someone would have to work an extra three years before retiring.
43. Sebelius, a lightning rod for critics, resigns - Friday, April 11, 2014
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.44. Wells Fargo's earnings rise 14 percent - Friday, April 11, 2014
First-quarter profit for Wells Fargo & Co., the biggest U.S. mortgage lender, surged 14 percent in the latest quarter as the bank continued to trim its losses on soured loans.
EARNINGS: Net income after dividends on preferred stock rose to $5.6 billion in the January-March period from $4.9 billion a year earlier, the bank reported early Friday. On a per-share basis, earnings were $1.05, well above the 97 cents forecast by Wall Street analysts. Revenue in the first quarter fell to $20.6 billion from $21.3 billion a year earlier, in line with analysts' estimates.
45. JPMorgan's first-quarter profit falls 20 percent - Friday, April 11, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — JPMorgan Chase, the biggest U.S. bank by assets, said Friday its first-quarter earnings fell 20 percent, driven by a decline in investment banking and mortgage lending.
EARNINGS: The bank reported net income of $4.9 billion for the first quarter, after stripping out payments to preferred stockholders. That was down from $6.1 billion in the same period a year earlier.
46. US Internet ad revenue surpasses broadcast - Friday, April 11, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — For the first time, U.S. Internet advertising revenue has surpassed that of broadcast television thanks to sharp growth in mobile and digital video ads.
That's according to a report from the Interactive Advertising Bureau, which said Thursday that Internet advertising revenue rose 17 percent to a record $42.8 billion in 2013. Broadcast TV ad revenue, in comparison, was $40.1 billion in 2013.47. 11 Senate Democrats to Obama: Approve Keystone XL - Friday, April 11, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — Eleven Senate Democrats, including six who face contested re-election races this year, urged President Barack Obama on Thursday to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline by the end of May.48. Energy regulator: Steps underway to protect grid - Friday, April 11, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — The top federal energy regulator said Thursday that her agency is taking steps to improve handling of classified national security information, following a report that officials improperly allowed widespread access to a document that outlined specific physical threats to the nation's electric grid.49. Technology stocks falling for 2nd day in a row - Friday, April 11, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Technology stocks are dropping for a second day in a row as investors flee highflying Internet and biotechnology companies. Weaker earnings at JPMorgan Chase are dragging bank stocks lower in late afternoon trading, helping to push all three major indexes lower.50. Lawmakers approve $32.4B spending plan - Friday, April 11, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers on Thursday approved the state's $32.4 billion spending plan for the budget year beginning in July after failed attempts to increase the pay of teachers and state employees.51. Deconstructing a great chicken salad - Friday, April 11, 2014
Not long ago, I made an emergency trip to Grand Junction, Colo., where my younger sister lives, to comfort her and her family during a surgery she was having.
It was a planned surgery, but things didn’t go as planned, and times were rough for a bit. But she’s through the difficult time now and is recuperating just fine.52. ‘Stuckified?’ Here’s how to stop procrastinating - Friday, April 11, 2014
You’re hoping someone has a match.
That’s because you need a fire lit under your tail. You’ve been putting things off, lollygagging, dragging your feet, even though you know you’ve got lots of work to do. You need a prod, a poke, a reason to get down to brass tacks.53. Renewing Our Vows - Friday, April 11, 2014
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.54. GM puts 2 engineers on paid leave in recall case - Friday, April 04, 2014
DETROIT (AP) — General Motors has suspended two engineers with pay in the first disciplinary action linked to its delayed recall of thousands of small cars for a deadly ignition switch problem.
The action came after allegations during congressional hearings last week that at least one engineer tried to cover up the switch problem by fixing it without changing the part number.55. House defeats bipartisan fix to 'Obamacare' - Friday, April 04, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House on Wednesday rejected a bipartisan fix to the Affordable Care Act that would exempt U.S. health plans sold to expatriate workers from having to comply with the law's mandates.56. Toyota, GM recalls push US to near-record pace - Friday, April 04, 2014
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.57. Stocks drop; Biotech takes another plunge - Friday, April 04, 2014
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.58. Oil falls on weak China trade data, US supply rise - Friday, April 04, 2014
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.
59. State House approves $32.4B spending plan - Friday, April 04, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) - The House has approved the state's $32.4 billion spending plan for the budget year beginning in July.
The measure was approved 68-27 on Thursday. The Senate was scheduled to vote on the plan later in the day.60. Spring thaw brings surge in home sales - Friday, April 11, 2014
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.61. Early politics extremely local for Nashville representative - Friday, April 11, 2014
Some people are born into politics; others grow into a political career. For Rep. Sherry Jones, it was a little bit of both.
“My dad was a Nashville policeman and was head of the juvenile aid division, as well working on the vice squad, so he was well known,” Jones says, “And my mother worked in Metro government.62. Passion for cooking fuels 14-year-old chef - Friday, April 11, 2014
Sarah Worley of Biscuit Love Truck met 14-year-old Charlie Hilly at a career fair, and took note when the high school student told her he had an idea that would someday put her out of business.
“I got such a kick out of it,” Worley says. And, she also loved his concept – an Indian and Southern American fusion called “Namaste, Y’all.”63. Minutes show Fed struggled to agree on rate policy - Friday, April 04, 2014
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.64. Open carry bill presents Haslam campaign flashback - Friday, April 04, 2014
MURFREESBORO (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam said Wednesday that his administration is carefully examining the ramifications of a bill passed by the Senate that would allow Tennesseans to openly carry guns without state-issued permits.65. Panera CEO looks to fix 'mosh pit' ordering system - Friday, April 04, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Panera CEO Ron Schaich realizes ordering at his chain can be chaotic.
First, the bakery cafe's customers are given a buzzer that lets them know when their food is ready. Then they have to get into a "mosh pit" with others to fight for their food. Next they play a game he calls "Find Your Food" — collecting a sandwich in one place, drinks in another and condiments in yet another.66. Mars buying some P&G pet food brands for $2.9B - Friday, April 04, 2014
Procter & Gamble is crying uncle on the edible business so it can focus on its core brands like Tide detergent and Pampers diapers.
The world's biggest consumer products maker is selling 80 percent of its pet food business to Mars for $2.9 billion as it tries to shed less profitable brands and focus on improving its bottom line. Pet food has been a weak spot in the company's vast portfolio.
67. GOP derails gender pay gap bill in Senate - Friday, April 04, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans derailed a Democratic bill Wednesday curbing paycheck discrimination against women, an effort that even in defeat Democrats hoped would pay political dividends in this fall's congressional elections.68. Twitter tweaks website to attract new users - Friday, April 04, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — As Twitter looks to broaden its appeal beyond its 241 million users, the company is introducing a redesign of profile pages that includes bigger photos, more user controls and a distinct resemblance to Facebook.69. Medicare database reveals top-paid doctors - Friday, April 04, 2014
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.
70. 'Heartbleed' bug causes major security headache - Friday, April 04, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A confounding computer bug called "Heartbleed" is causing major security headaches across the Internet as websites scramble to fix the problem and Web surfers wonder whether they should change their passwords to prevent theft of their email accounts, credit card numbers and other sensitive information.71. Toyota recalls about 6.4 million vehicles globally - Friday, April 04, 2014
TOKYO (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling 6.39 million vehicles globally for a variety of problems spanning nearly 30 models in Japan, the U.S., Europe and other places.
No injuries or crashes have been reported related to the recalls announced Wednesday. But two reports of fires are linked to one of the problems, a defective engine starter that can keep the motor running.
72. Regulators act to require stronger bank capital - Friday, April 04, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — Regulators are acting to require U.S. banks to build a sturdier financial base to lessen the risk that they could collapse and cause a global meltdown.
The eight biggest banks will have to meet stricter measures for holding capital — money that provides a cushion against unexpected losses — under a rule that regulators are adopting Tuesday.73. Scant relief: Summer gas prices to dip 1 cent - Friday, April 04, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Drivers will get the slightest of breaks on gasoline prices this summer, according to the Energy Department.
The national average price is forecast to fall — by just one cent — to $3.57 a gallon between April and September, the months when Americans do most of their driving.
74. Senate votes for open gun carry without permit - Friday, April 04, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) — The state Senate on Tuesday passed a bill to allow Tennesseans to openly carry guns without a state-issued permit.
The chamber voted 25-2 in favor of the bill sponsored by Republican Sen. Mae Beavers of Mt. Juliet.
75. Railroads stress safety after 2013 increase in deaths - Friday, April 04, 2014
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Railroads are launching a new campaign to highlight the dangers of being near train tracks after a spike in rail deaths last year.
At this time last year, the railroads were proudly calling 2012 their safest year ever as derailments and crossing accidents kept declining. But last year, the number of trespassing deaths rose by 47, or 11 percent, to 476, and the number of deaths in accidents increased nearly 8 percent to 250.76. Volkswagen expansion talks at standstill in Tennessee - Friday, April 04, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) — Expansion talks at Volkswagen's lone U.S. plant have ground to a halt amid disagreements about the role of organized labor at the factory in Tennessee.
An acrimonious vote in February at the plant in Chattanooga resulted in the narrow defeat of the United Auto Workers union.77. Some airlines drop limes from beverage service - Friday, April 04, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Airline passengers might notice something missing these days from their vodka tonics or Diet Cokes: the lime.
A recent spike in the price of limes has caused some airlines — for now — to stop offering the fruit in their beverage service.78. End of Windows XP support spells trouble for some - Friday, April 04, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Microsoft will end support for the persistently popular Windows XP on Tuesday, and with an estimated 30 percent of businesses and consumers still using the 12-year-old operating system, the move could put everything from the operations of heavy industry to the identities of everyday people in danger.79. AMA won't stop Medicare doc data release - Friday, April 04, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's largest doctors' group said Monday it won't try to block Medicare's release of billing records for 880,000 physicians, although it continues to oppose the government's recent decision to open up the massive data trove.80. Strait wins entertainer of the year at ACM Awards - Friday, April 04, 2014
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.81. GOP seeks expansion of choices in health law it hates - Friday, April 04, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — At the prodding of business organizations, House Republicans quietly secured a recent change in President Barack Obama's health law to expand coverage choices, a striking, one-of-a-kind departure from dozens of high-decibel attempts to repeal or dismember it.82. Obama tests work policies on federal contractors - Friday, April 04, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sidestepping Congress, President Barack Obama is using the federal government's vast array of contractors to impose rules on wages, pay disparities and hiring on a segment of the private sector that gets taxpayer money and falls under his control.83. Air travel: Late flights are up, complaints down - Friday, April 04, 2014
DALLAS (AP) — A big drop in customer complaints helped U.S. airlines post their best ratings ever even though more flights were late and more bags were mishandled, according to a report released Monday by university researchers.84. Oil prices slip below $101 after Libyan deal - Friday, April 04, 2014
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.
85. Prism of modern country on display at ACM Awards - Friday, April 04, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) - The new artist of the year category at the 2014 Academy of Country Music Awards is a primer in Modern Country 101 with three nominees who perfectly capture the genre's 21st century sound.86. Mozilla CEO resigns after furor over gay rights - Friday, April 04, 2014
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.87. Nissan settles worker's labor practice charge - Friday, April 04, 2014
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.88. Appellate judge appointed to Tennessee Supreme Court - Friday, April 04, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) - Republican Gov. Bill Haslam on Thursday named Criminal Appeals Judge Jeff Bivins to fill an upcoming vacancy on the Tennessee Supreme Court bench.
Bivins, 53, will replace Justice Bill Koch, who is retiring in July to become dean of the Nashville School of Law.89. Oil prices rise on US jobs report - Friday, April 04, 2014
Oil prices rose slightly Friday after a monthly U.S. jobs report showed stronger hiring in the U.S. in recent months.
Benchmark U.S. crude for May delivery rose 85 cents to close at $101.14 a barrel in New York. For the week, the contract fell 53 cents. The price has vacillated around $100 per barrel for most of the past month.90. US trade deficit hits $42.3 billion in February - Friday, April 04, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. trade deficit climbed to the highest level in five months in February as demand for American exports fell while imports increased slightly.
The deficit increased to $42.3 billion, which was 7.7 percent above the January imbalance of $39.3 billion, the Commerce Department reported Thursday.91. Tech stocks, once highfliers, drop; Nasdaq sinks - Friday, April 04, 2014
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.92. Growing demand for US apartments pushing up rents - Friday, April 04, 2014
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.
93. US home market: Few buyers and not enough sellers - Friday, April 04, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — Entering the 2014 spring buying season, the U.S. housing market faces an unusual dilemma: Too few people are selling homes. Yet too few buyers can afford the homes that are for sale.94. Growing demand for US apartments pushing up rents - Friday, March 28, 2014
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.95. Improving US home market is still facing obstacles - Friday, March 28, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — Entering the 2014 spring buying season, the U.S. housing market faces an unusual dilemma: Too few people are selling homes. Yet too few buyers can afford the homes that are for sale.96. Fed board member Stein announces resignation - Friday, March 28, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — Jeremy Stein, a member of the Federal Reserve Board, says that he plans to resign next month to return to Harvard University.
In a letter to President Barack Obama, Stein says that he will resign effective May 28 and return to Harvard, where he had been an economics professor since 2000. Stein had been on the seven-member Fed board since 2012.
97. Former AG Gonzales to be Belmont Law College dean - Friday, March 28, 2014
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.98. US trade deficit hits $42.3 billion in February - Friday, March 28, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. trade deficit climbed to the highest level in five months in February as demand for American exports fell while imports increased slightly.
The deficit increased to $42.3 billion, which was 7.7 percent above the January imbalance of $39.3 billion, the Commerce Department reported Thursday.99. Old habits at Samsung, LG embarrass them abroad - Friday, March 28, 2014
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.100. Report: Blacks, Latinos losing economic ground - Friday, March 28, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — African-Americans and Latinos are losing economic ground when compared with whites in the areas of employment and income as the United States pulls itself out of the Great Recession, the latest State of Black America report from the National Urban League says.