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1. MTSU poll: Popularity drops for Haslam, Alexander -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A new poll by Middle Tennessee State University indicates Gov. Bill Haslam and fellow Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander hold wide leads over their Democratic challengers, but that support for the incumbents hovered around or below 50 percent.

2. Wal-Mart ups ante on holiday shopping -

NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart is doing whatever it takes to rope in holiday shoppers however they want to buy.

For the first time, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is offering free shipping on what it considers the season's top 100 hottest gifts, from board games to items related to Disney's hit film "Frozen" items, starting Saturday. The move comes as rival Target Corp. began offering free shipping on all items, a program that started late October and will last through Dec. 20.

3. US consumer spending down 0.2 percent in September -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer cut spending in September for the first time in eight months, as incomes grew at the slowest pace this year. The figures underscore nagging economic soft spots that are expected to ease in the coming months.

4. Tennessee, South Carolina lead gasoline-price slide -

NEW YORK (AP) — The average price of gasoline in the U.S. hit $3 a gallon Friday, and should soon drop below the benchmark for the first time since December 2010.

The price at the pump fell 33 cents in October, thanks mainly to plunging oil prices, according to AAA.

5. For-profit programs face 'gainful employment' rule -

WASHINGTON (AP) — For-profit colleges with graduates unable to pay back their student loans could soon face scrutiny by the federal government.

Schools with career-oriented programs that fail to comply with the new rule announced Thursday by the Obama administration stand to lose access to federal student-aid programs.

6. Wal-Mart tests matching prices with online rivals -

NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is considering matching online prices from competitors such as Amazon.com, raising the stakes for the holiday shopping season.

7. Wall Street caps a wild month with rally, closes at all-time high. -

NEW YORK (AP) — For stock investors, there was no shortage of drama in October. Stocks started the month modestly below a record high, only to cascade to their worst slump in two years. But after flirting with a correction, or a 10 percent drop, the U.S. market rebounded and closed at all-time highs on the last day of the month.

8. For-profit colleges face 'gainful employment' rule -

WASHINGTON (AP) — For-profit colleges that don't produce graduates capable of paying off their student loans could soon face the wrath of the federal government.

Schools with career-oriented programs that fail to comply with the new rule announced Thursday by the Obama administration stand to lose access to federal student-aid programs.

9. Still spooked by an offense from Halloween past -

‘Twas many and many a year ago when I acquired a genuine witch’s hat. That Halloween I covered my face with clown-white and donned an old choir robe. I was trying to be the funniest witch imaginable.

10. Miata: Best-selling two-seater ever still delivers -

Driving the 2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata roadster is like letting go.

The smartly styled, 13-foot-long two-seater is so efficient in design, there’s not a lot of room to carry extra baggage.

The car, itself, weighs less than 2,600 pounds and is energetic and eager to dash down the roads in a lighthearted and sprightly manner.

11. No more ‘Hope and prayer’ marketing -

The average company spends 3 to 5 percent of revenue on marketing, which is certainly not a trivial expense. Why, then, do so many companies invest so little time in the construction of the marketing plan that ensures that investment is well spent?

12. Dobbs makes strong case for starting Tennessee QB job -

KNOXVILLE – University of Tennessee football coach Butch Jones faces a big question this week about his starting quarterback for Saturday night’s game at South Carolina.

Will it be sophomore Josh Dobbs, whose impressive debut off the bench in last Saturday’s 34-20 loss to No. 4-ranked Alabama gave UT a dual-threat QB?

13. Not closing on time? Little issues can lead to big snags -

Here is a scary Halloween tale: Many real estate transactions do not close on the actual date specified by the legally binding contract.

This is not a recent phenomenon and has occurred since the time buyers required funding by third parties to purchase homes.

14. Constitutional amendments on Nov. 4 ballot -

There are four amendments to the Tennessee Constitution on the Nov. ballot. Here is the language of each amendment and what a "yes" or "no" answer would signify:

Amendment 1: Shall Article I, of the Constitution of Tennessee be amended by adding the following language as a new, appropriately designated section: Nothing in this Constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of an abortion. The people retain the right through their elected state representatives and state senators to enact, amend, or repeal statutes regarding abortion, including, but not limited to, circumstances of pregnancy resulting from rape or incest or when necessary to save the life of the mother.

15. US stocks turn higher in afternoon trading -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks edged higher Thursday as Visa, MasterCard and other big companies turned in stronger quarterly results. The Dow Jones industrial average climbed more than 100 points, thanks largely to Visa, the Dow's highest-priced stock.

16. As Fed ends bond buys, Yellen to expand influence -

WASHINGTON (AP) — When the Federal Reserve announced the end of its landmark bond buying program Wednesday, it also signaled the start of something else:

The Janet Yellen era.

Officially, Yellen has been Fed chair since February. But the phase-out of the bond-buying stimulus program Yellen inherited from her predecessor, Ben Bernanke, truly marks her inauguration. She can now begin to fully stamp her influence on the central bank.

17. Apple CEO Tim Cook: 'I'm proud to be gay' -

NEW YORK (AP) — Apple CEO Tim Cook says he's proud to be gay. The public declaration, in an essay written for Bloomberg Businessweek, makes Cook the highest-profile business CEO to come out as gay.

18. Applications for US jobless aid tick up to 287,000 -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking unemployment benefits rose slightly last week, but remained at historically low levels that signal a strengthening job market.

Weekly applications increased 3,000 to a seasonally adjusted 287,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, declined 250 to 281,000, the lowest level in more than 14 years.

19. US economy grew at 3.5 percent rate in Q3 -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy grew at a solid annual rate of 3.5 percent in the July-September quarter, propelled by solid gains in business investment, export sales and the biggest jump in military spending in five years.

20. Health care overhaul doubts ease for insurers -

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — What a difference a year makes. The nation's biggest health insurers entered last fall cautious about a major coverage expansion initiated by the health care overhaul, the federal law that aims to cover millions of uninsured people.

21. Health overhaul's subsidies at Supreme Court -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court justices have their first chance this week to decide whether they have the appetite for another major fight over President Barack Obama's health care law.

Some of the same players who mounted the first failed effort to kill the law altogether now want the justices to rule that subsidies that help millions of low- and middle-income people afford their premiums under the law are illegal.

22. Fiat Chrysler to spin off sports car maker Ferrari -

MILAN (AP) — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announced Wednesday it will spin off sports car maker Ferrari into a separate company, a move to unlock the luxury brand's value and distinguish it from its mass-market parent.

23. Economy 101: 5 things to know about US growth -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Is the U.S. economy accelerating — finally? If it is, which sorts of Americans stand to benefit most? And why is it doing better than other major economies?

Such are the questions surrounding a report coming Thursday on economic expansion in the July-September quarter. It's likely to be the fourth quarter in the past five in which annual growth reached at least 3 percent — a level that would be the envy of most other big economies.

24. Fed keeps rate at record low, ends bond buying -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve plans to keep a key interest rate at a record low to support a U.S. job market that's improving but still isn't fully healthy and to help boost unusually low inflation. As expected, it's also ending a bond purchase program that was intended to keep long-term rates low.

25. Facebook's advertising revenue soars in 3Q -

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook grew its advertising revenue by 64 percent in the third quarter, helped by a boost in mobile ads that are becoming an increasingly large chunk of the social networking giant's overall advertising business.

26. How well did the Fed's stimulus work? -

NEW YORK (AP) — Soaring inflation. A collapsing dollar. Bubbles in financial markets that would soon pop. One presidential candidate even suggested that the Federal Reserve chairman should be roughed up.

27. Britain's Lloyds bank to cut 9,000 jobs -

LONDON (AP) — Britain's Lloyds Banking Group said Tuesday it will eliminate 9,000 jobs over the next three years and shut some 200 branches in a bid to improve efficiency.

The group has been partly owned by the British taxpayer since it was rescued during the financial crisis and has been under pressure to cut costs.

28. Fed will likely signal no rate hike anytime soon -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The global economy has slumped. Turmoil has gripped financial markets. And the U.S. job market, despite steady gains, still isn't fully healthy.

Yet when the Federal Reserve meets this week, few foresee any major policy changes. The Fed is expected to complete a bond-buying program, which was intended to keep long-term interest rates low. And, to support the economy, it will likely reiterate it's in no rush to raise its key short-term rate.

29. UN expert: Keep up hope amid climate change battle -

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A top U.N. climate change expert urged world governments Monday not to be overcome by hopelessness as they negotiate a new agreement to fight global warming.

Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, said despite the IPCC's own warnings that time is running out, the panel has also suggested actions needed to keep climate change in check.

30. Toyota at top in global vehicle sales over VW, GM -

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota kept its lead over rivals Volkswagen and General Motors as the world's top-selling automaker in the first nine months of the year, Monday reporting record sales of 7.615 million vehicles, up nearly 3 percent from the previous year.

31. The Hermitage receives family letters, wine glass -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Andrew Jackson's home, The Hermitage has acquired a collection of family letters.

According to The Hermitage, the letters were presented at the Andrew Jackson Foundation's board meeting on Friday by a family that traces its lineage back to John Donelson, an older brother of Jackson's wife, Rachel.

32. Market jolt is reality check for investors -

NEW YORK (AP) — Sometimes a little fear is healthy for stock investors.

Nine days ago, after a series of sharp sell-offs, the Standard & Poor's 500 index was down 7.4 percent from its September record as fears of a global economic slowdown intensified. Stocks have surged back this week, thanks to strong corporate earnings, and on Friday the S&P 500 had its best gain in nearly two years.

33. US new-home sales close to flat in September -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. sales of new homes were nearly flat in September, after the government sharply revised downward what was initially an August surge in buying.

New-home sales edged up 0.2 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 467,000, the Commerce Department reported Friday. The report also revised down the August sales rate to 466,000 from 504,000.

34. Amazon's loss makes holidays a question mark -

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon's trademark smile icon is becoming more of a grimace.

The world's largest online retailer reported a wider third-quarter loss than analysts expected and gave a disappointing holiday forecast.

35. Enticing low rates, but impact could be limited -

WASHINGTON (AP) — With mortgage rates sliding for a fifth straight week, the possibility of locking in a rate below 4 percent is tempting for consumers and could unleash a wave of refinancing. It may even convince some Americans to buy their first home.

36. Titans: Rookie Zach Mettenberger will start at QB -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans will start rookie Zach Mettenberger at quarterback against the Houston Texans on Sunday, switching away from Jake Locker who has missed three of the past four games with injuries.

37. Fuel costs ease, US airline profits soar -

DALLAS (AP) — Saving a nickel or a dime per gallon might not seem like much to the average motorist, but for airlines that burn hundreds of millions of gallons of fuel every month, it adds up quickly.

38. Senators ask gov't for nationwide air bag recall -

DETROIT (AP) — Two U.S. senators are calling on regulators to issue a nationwide recall of cars with faulty air bags made by Takata Corp., questioning why automakers have been allowed to limit recalls to only certain locations with high humidity.

39. US jobless aid applications rise to 283,000 -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits rose last week after falling to a 14-year low the previous week. Despite the increase, weekly applications remain at historically low levels that suggest hiring is gaining steam.

40. $2.4M spent on TV ads for Tenn. ballot measures -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Supporters and opponents of a proposed amendment to the Tennessee Constitution to give lawmakers more power to regulate abortion are flooding the television airwaves to try to influence voters ahead next month's election.

41. GM 3Q profit nearly doubles, led by N. America -

DETROIT (AP) — Big profits from rising SUV and truck sales in North America helped General Motors nearly double its third-quarter net profit and more than offset its struggles in Europe and South America.

42. Market final: US stocks jump following strong corporate earnings -

NEW YORK (AP) — A combination of strong company earnings and encouraging economic reports, both in the U.S. and Europe, gave the stock market another day of solid gains on Thursday.

Caterpillar jumped after its third-quarter earnings report was better than Wall Street analysts had been expecting. The company also raised its profit outlook for the year. 3M, the maker of Post-it notes, industrial coatings and ceramics, was among other companies that gained after releasing impressive third-quarter results.

43. Southwest Airlines 3Q profit rises 27 percent -

DALLAS (AP) — More passengers and lower fuel prices are pushing Southwest Airlines to record profits, and the airline expects an even bigger break at the gas pump this winter.

CEO Gary Kelly says the trend toward higher revenue has continued into October, and bookings for November and December look good.

44. $2.4M spent on TV ads for Tenn. ballot measures -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Supporters and opponents of a proposed amendment to the Tennessee Constitution to give lawmakers more power to regulate abortion are flooding the television airwaves to try to influence voters ahead next month's election.

45. GM 3Q profit nearly doubles, led by N. America -

DETROIT (AP) — Big profits from rising SUV and truck sales in North America helped General Motors nearly double its third-quarter net profit and more than offset its struggles in Europe and South America.

46. US stocks jump following strong corporate earnings -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks rose sharply in early trading Thursday, driven by encouraging earnings from companies including Caterpillar, 3M and General Motors. Investors were also encouraged by some positive manufacturing news out of Europe.

47. Pumpkin season brings back memories of family -

Stop and think about October for a few moments, closing your eyes while doing so. Don’t be long because I want you to read the rest of my story.

Beautiful yellow, red, orange and gold trees, fall squashes, pumpkins and other fruits and vegetables, cooler and windier days, the smell of smoke from farmers burning their fields, leaves covering the ground and crunching beneath your feet, ghosts, goblins and trick-or-treating – There’s a lot to think about in one little month, and plenty to enjoy in 31 short days.

48. Drummer’s asset? Here’s why it’s important to let the beat go on... -

What do a dead horse and a hasty retreat have in common? Same thing that around the bush has in common with a path to your door. They all become in-the-language phrases when the word beat is place in front of them.

49. Avoid these perils of unintentional salespeople -

If you are an owner or manager, odds are you are in sales to some degree – whether intentionally or not.

Unintentional salespeople may not think of their primary role as selling, but find they spend much of their day doing just that – from selling their expertise to ideas to products. Think about the entrepreneur who is selling his ideas to financial backers. Consider the business owner or manager who sells his services in virtually every personal and professional conversation, simply due to his belief in what he offers. Or how about those in professional service roles, like attorneys and doctors, who desire to grow their practices but prefer not to entrust others to market on their behalf?

50. Top gas mileage in U.S. goes to Mitsubishi Mirage -

The non-hybrid new car with the best gasoline mileage rating in the United States is not a Honda or Toyota. It’s a Mitsubishi that’s priced less than the average cost of a used car or truck.

51. TSU’s Honors Director to lead national group -

Dr. Coreen Jackson, the director of the Tennessee State University Honors Program, has been appointed President of the National Association of African American Honors Programs.

Jackson, who served as the vice president of the NAAHP since October 2013, was appointed president at the organization’s annual convention in Jackson, Mississippi.

52. 'Nobody knows who Lane Kiffin is,' says UT's Jones -

KNOXVILLE – Public Enemy No. 1 returns to Neyland Stadium on Saturday night.

Nope, not University of Alabama football coach Nick Saban. Not the Crimson Tide fans.

Even worse.

Lane Kiffin.

53. Process outlined to review Tenn academic standards -

NASHVILLE,(AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam on Wednesday laid out a process for a public review of the state's K-12 academic standards in English and math amid continuing discussion about Common Core.

Academic standards are typically reviewed in Tennessee every six years. But with discussion in Tennessee and across the country about Common Core state standards, Haslam said it's time to take a fresh look.

54. Too many ‘what ifs’ in past, present for Titans -

If. That’s a small word, but it seems like it has been a catch phrase around the Tennessee Titans for years.

Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt used it on Monday to help explain the 2-5 predicament his team faces after giving away Sunday’s game to the Washington Redskins.

55. Winter lull for housing? Market could stay hot -

With Halloween on the horizon the fall housing market should be grinding to a halt although this year’s sales have defied all logic and historical data.

The passing of All Hallows Eve usually smothers the inventory like a mummy, only to be freed in the spring when the butterflies emerge from their cocoons.

56. Is Williamson state’s best school district? -

A SCORE Prize finalist three years ago, Williamson County Schools is making another strong push for the top district in Tennessee for student learning, based in part on data compiled by the State Collaborative on Reforming Education [SCORE].

57. City refocuses its domestic violence plans -

Ruth Freeland, an attorney who helped women obtain orders of protection against domestic abuse in her native Australia, found herself on the other side of issue in Nashville.

In court and facing her abusive American husband, Freeland says it was an unsettling situation.

58. EPA: Gas mileage inflated on 4 Mini Cooper models -

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government has told BMW to reduce the gas mileage estimates on the window stickers on four of its Mini Cooper models after an audit found the figures were overstated.

The discrepancy, which varies from one to four miles per gallon depending on model, was discovered in testing at the Environmental Protection Agency's lab in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the agency said in a statement Wednesday.

59. Embracing immigrants with open arms -

Immigrants have warmly embraced Nashville, and increasingly, the city is warming up to them, welcoming a broad international community to add to the city’s burgeoning success.

“Immigration is obviously a sensitive issue and people get passionate about it, but I think Nashville has benefited a great deal from the fact that it’s become more diverse, benefitted a great deal from the influx of new immigrants, and I think that our rise to prominence and our increased prosperity, is actually linked to that,’’ says Mayor Karl Dean, who recently created the Mayor’s Office for New Americans [MONA].

60. 'See Rock City' barns vanishing from landscape -

Associated Press -- Over the course of 80 years, the unusual "See Rock City" advertising campaign led to as many as 900 painted barn roofs at its peak with surprisingly effective results. But as Americans turned to interstates for travel and began bypassing back roads, the roadside attraction known as Rock City began maintaining fewer sign, leaving the paint on the remainder to fade and the barns to slowly rot.

61. US consumer prices rose 0.1 percent in September -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer prices edged up slightly in September, with the overall increase held back by a third straight monthly decline in gasoline prices. The tiny gain was the latest evidence that inflation remains benign.

62. Methodist panel to hear appeal over gay wedding -

MEMPHIS (AP) — A Methodist pastor who became a gay rights activist after he was disciplined for officiating at his son's wedding to another man will soon find out whether he can remain an ordained minister in the nation's second-largest Protestant denomination.

63. Big slump is no cause to ditch stock market -

NEW YORK (AP) — After more than five years of stock market gains, investors could be forgiven for worrying that big sell-offs may be the harbingers of bigger slumps.

But, even as stocks were plunging last week, strategists and professional investors were telling their clients that the volatility was no reason to abandon the market.

64. US existing home sales rise in September -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. homes sold in September at their fastest clip this year, a sign that the housing market is shaking off a slowdown that began in the middle of 2013.

The National Association of Realtors said Tuesday that sales of existing homes rose 2.4 percent from the previous month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.17 million. Still, the sales rate has dropped 1.7 percent over the past 12 months.

65. Customer decline hits McDonald's sales, profit -

NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald's says its profit and sales declined as the world's biggest hamburger chain saw customer traffic fall around the world.

The company said sales fell 3.3 percent globally and in the U.S. during the third quarter. In the region encompassing Asia, where a major McDonald's supplier was shown on TV repackaging expired beef, the figure fell 9.9 percent.

66. Coke profit, revenue fall on flat soda market -

ATLANTA (AP) — Coca-Cola reported a lower profit and revenue in the third quarter as global soda volume remained flat.

The world's biggest beverage maker announced a new plan that it said will reduce costs by $3 billion a year by 2019. For this year, the company said it expects earnings per share to miss its long-term target of high-single-digit growth.

67. Alexander's spending on re-election bid tops $8M -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Republican Lamar Alexander's campaign spending in his bid to represent Tennessee in U.S. Senate for a third term now tops $8 million. By comparison, the former governor and two-time presidential candidate spent $4.5 million on his entire Senate bid in 2008.

68. Not so fast cordcutters_cable's not going anywhere -

NEW YORK (AP) — Cord cutters rejoiced last week after HBO and CBS announced plans to sell stand-alone streaming services, a move that cable and satellite television providers have resisted for years. Customers tired of paying big fees for hundreds of channels they never watch just to have access to a few favorite shows might be expected to start cancelling cable service in droves. Get Netflix, throw in HBO, add a network here and there — why would anyone sign up now for cable?

69. TVA plant to shut down for maintenance -

CUMBERLAND CITY, Tenn. (AP) — A coal-fired power plant operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority has been shut down and won't produce electricity for two months because of planned maintenance.

70. Survey: Pay raises rarer despite strong US hiring -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. businesses were much less likely to boost pay in the third quarter than in previous months, even as hiring remained healthy, a sign that wage gains may remain weak in the coming months.

71. Yellen: Greatly concerned by widening inequality -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen sounded an alarm Friday about widening economic inequality in the United States, suggesting that America's longstanding identity as a land of opportunity was at stake.

72. Morgan Stanley's income nearly doubles -

NEW YORK (AP) — Morgan Stanley's third-quarter net income nearly doubled, helped by strength in its institutional securities and wealth management divisions.

73. Will Apple Pay be the next iRevolution? -

CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — Apple's skinnier iPads and flashy big-screen iMac are sleek and stunning. But the tech giant is making a bigger strategic bet with next week's launch of Apple Pay — the mobile pay service aimed at turning your iPhone into your wallet.

74. Thinner iPads, sharper iMacs in Apple's lineup -

CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — Apple unveiled a thinner iPad Thursday with a faster processor and a better camera as it tries to drive excitement for tablets amid slowing demand. The company also released an update to its Mac operating system and introduced a high-resolution iMac model that might appeal to heavy watchers of television over the Internet.

75. ‘Less heat, more light’ a simple, elegant phrase -

In a 1912 poem, Ezra Pound wrote, “Winter is icumen in.” Pound’s “Ancient Music” parodies a 13th century Anglo-Saxon poem that begins “Sumer is icumen in” (sic). Hardly a novel idea: “Here comes winter.” Happens every year, no? We want to prepare.

76. Honda Fit: More amenities, better fuel economy -

Fans of Honda’s innovative and spacious Fit hatchback will love what the car becomes for 2015 - quieter inside, more powerful and yet more fuel efficient, more refined in its ride, roomier and better equipped.

77. A career in pro sports not all fun and games -

With football season underway and basketball season beginning, questions have started to arise about working in professional sports. Let’s be honest. Who wouldn’t want to get up and go to work for their favorite sports franchise? Every day would be fun and exciting – and we might even meet a few of the players!

78. The psychology behind persuasive headlines -

If you’re writing lackluster headlines, you are wasting your time developing marketing content that will never be read.

Too often, the headline is a mere afterthought, which is a colossal misstep.

79. CBS debuts stand-alone streaming service -

NEW YORK (AP) — CBS is jumping on the cord-cutting bandwagon, launching a stand-alone digital streaming service for $5.99 a month that will offer subscribers access to its current and older shows.

The news comes a day after HBO said it plans to offer a streaming-only service next year. Americans are increasingly turning to digital media to watch TV and movies. About 45 percent of Americans stream television shows at least once a month, according to research firm eMarketer. That number is expected to increase to 53 percent or 175 million people by 2018, it says.

80. Amazon hires 80K seasonal holiday workers -

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is hiring 80,000 seasonal workers for its distribution centers as it looks to improve its shipping efficiency during the crucial holiday season.

The figure is a 14 percent increase over last year's hiring of 70,000 workers, as Amazon has been opening more distribution centers.

81. US jobless aid applications fall to 14-year low -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment aid dropped to the lowest level in 14 years last week, the latest sign of a strengthening labor market that could help blunt worries about the impact of weak global growth.

82. New iPads, Mac system expected at Apple event -

CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — Apple Inc. is expected to unveil new iPads at an event Thursday, as the company tries to drive excitement amid slowing demand for tablet computers. Apple may also announce a new Mac operating system and possibly new Mac computers. Watchers also await a possible launch date for Apple Pay, the company's new system for using iPhones to make credit and debit card payments at retail stores.

83. US stocks retrace most of an early loss -

U.S. stock indexes mostly recovered from a steep decline and were modestly lower in midday trading Thursday, following a wild ride the day before.

Investors were combing through the latest batch of corporate earnings and a dash of new economic data for clues about the prospects for global economic growth. A key highlight: U.S. unemployment aid applications fell last week to the lowest level in 14 years, another sign that the job market is strengthening.

84. Locker’s opportunities to succeed slipping away -

Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt says Jake Locker is still his starting quarterback.

That, of course, is predicated on when Locker will be able to recover from his bruised right thumb and is well enough to grip and throw a football.

85. For varying groups, market frenzy may help or hurt -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The turbulence that's roiling financial markets is punishing stock investors, raising worries for major U.S. companies and will likely produce even punier returns for savers.

Yet some Americans actually stand to benefit from the forces that are driving the frenzied trading. Lower oil prices and sinking interest rates are lowering gas prices, keeping inflation low and cutting mortgage rates to levels that, for some, will scream refinance.

86. Surging sales, prices reset reality for buyers -

Last week The Greater Nashville Association of Realtors (GNAR) released the sales information for the area for September, and the numbers were staggering, with sales up 19 percent.

That’s staggering in the sense that this is the third consecutive year of similar growth, and the inventory when all of this began was at 19,622. Now there are only 15,182 properties available.

87. Ben Little's: Service station service in self-serve world -

The gentle soul who used to get his hair cut by an Everly Father a couple of doors down – and who pumped 100 percent pure gas to keep country immortal Ernest Tubb movin’ on – has enjoyed the last four-plus decades next to what used to be called Hailey’s Shopping Center.

88. Surprise career twist for area’s top recruiter of corporations -

Ask Janet Miller about her remarkable career at the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and she’ll likely attribute it to good timing or pass credit onto others.

But ask others about her and they’ll talk about an exceptional ability to lead, build trust and forge relationships with a diverse range of people, and, above all, her will to win.

89. Bond prices surge the most since financial crisis -

NEW YORK (AP) — Investors flooded into the U.S. Treasury market in a way not seen since the depths of the financial crisis, causing the yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note to fall below 2 percent for the first time in more than a year.

90. HBO unleashes streaming from cable contracts -

NEW YORK (AP) — No cable? No problem. Viewers longing to watch "Game of Thrones", "True Detective" and "Veep" will no longer have to pay big bucks for cable and satellite contracts.

Next year HBO is cutting the cord and selling its popular streaming video service HBO Go as a stand-alone product, as more Americans choose to watch the Web, not the TV.

91. US producer prices fell 0.1 percent in September -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Inflation was limited last month because of falling gasoline and food costs that have lowered the prices that U.S. companies received for their goods and services.

The Labor Department said Wednesday that the producer price index fell 0.1 percent in September from the previous month. The index measures the cost of goods and services before they reach the consumer.

92. Facebook, Apple pay for egg freezing, sperm donors -

NEW YORK (AP) — Free lunches, dry cleaning, massages — frozen eggs?

Silicon Valley's biggest companies have long offered cushy perks to attract top talent and keep workers happy logging scores of hours on the job. But beyond day-to-day luxuries, Facebook and Apple will now give up to $20,000 in benefits to help employees pay for infertility treatments, sperm donors and even to freeze their eggs. The move comes amid stiff competition for skilled engineers, and as many of the biggest firms try to diversify their male-dominated ranks to include and appeal to more women.

93. Stock swoon brings S&P 500 closer to 'correction' -

The downturn in the U.S. stock market has brought it closer to what professional investors refer to as a "correction." That happens when a benchmark index like the Standard & Poor's 500 closes 10 percent or more below a recent peak.

94. How the new HealthCare.gov stacks up with the old -

WASHINGTON (AP) — HealthCare.gov, the website for health insurance under President Barack Obama's health care law, has been revamped as its second enrollment season approaches. But things are still complicated, since other major provisions of the Affordable Care Act are taking effect for the first time. A look at website and program changes just ahead:

95. Can it be real? Augmented reality melds work, play -

NEW YORK (AP) — Mark Skwarek is surrounded by infiltrating militants in New York's Central Park. He shoots one, then hearing a noise from behind, spins to take down another. All of a sudden, everything flashes red. He realizes he's been hit. The words "Game Over" appear before his eyes.

96. Citigroup to exit 11 markets in restructuring -

NEW YORK (AP) — Citigroup said Tuesday that it will bow out of the retail banking business in 11 markets as part of its ongoing effort to restructure and slim down since the financial crisis.

97. US stocks stabilize after a three-day sell-off -

A slump in energy stocks stymied a rebound in U.S. indexes Tuesday as the price of oil plunged the most in two years.

The decline in oil prices followed forecasts for weaker global demand this year and next, a sign of slowing economic growth. Chevron fell 2 percent, helping to drag down the Dow Jones industrial average in the waning moments of trading.

98. Tennessee voters to decide on veterans gaming measure -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A proposed constitutional amendment to allow charitable gaming fundraisers for veterans groups may not carry the same excitement as other Tennessee ballot measures on abortion, judges and income taxes, but supporters say it would correct an omission dating to the approval of the state lottery in 2002.

99. How Frenchman's Nobel research could aid consumers -

U.S. consumers might be paying less than they are for cable and Internet access if regulators had followed the guidance of Jean Tirole in promoting industry competition.

So say experts in assessing the work of Tirole, a 61-year-old Frenchmen who won the Nobel prize in economics Monday for showing how to encourage better products and competitive prices in industries dominated by a few companies.

100. Why drop in oil prices could squeeze US economy -

NEW YORK (AP) — If you're a driver, a shipper or an airline, low oil prices sure feel nice. But there are downsides to the recent plunge in oil prices — for the oil industry and for the economy.