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1. Wal-Mart Ups Ante on Holiday Shopping -

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.

2. Two Charter Groups Bow Out of New ASD Schools -

Two veteran Memphis charter school operators announced Monday, Oct. 27, that they are bowing out of plans to operate new schools in the state-run Achievement School District next year.

KIPP Memphis Collegiate Schools was to run South Side Middle School starting next August, Achievement School District leaders announced earlier this month as they named other Memphis schools who could possibly join the school district and the charter operators they could potentially be matched with.

3. UPS Expects Double-Digit Surge in December Shipments -

UPS is expecting an 11 percent jump in December shipments as the holiday shopping season heats up.

The company recently said it is hiring up to 95,000 people to handle the tremendous volume this year, way up from the 55,000 seasonal workers it hired in 2013.

4. FedEx Predicts Increase in Holiday Deliveries -

FedEx expects another record for holiday-season deliveries.

The company forecast that deliveries between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve will rise 8.8 percent over last year, to 290 million shipments. That's a more subdued forecast than a year ago, when FedEx predicted 13 percent growth for the season.

5. Government Ups Air Bag Warning -

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government is now urging owners of nearly 8 million cars and trucks to have the air bags repaired because of potential danger to drivers and passengers. But the effort is being complicated by confusing information and a malfunctioning website.

6. FedEx Predicts Increase In Holiday Deliveries -

FedEx expects another record for holiday-season deliveries.

The company forecast Wednesday that deliveries between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve will rise 8.8 percent over last year, to 290 million shipments. That’s a more subdued forecast than a year ago, when FedEx predicted 13 percent growth for the season.

7. Las Vegas Without Gambling -

Who in his right mind spends four days in Las Vegas, without kids to slow down things, and doesn’t sit at a table game even once to play a hand?

Who visits Sin City and doesn’t buy in at a morning poker game? And who travels to Las Vegas with a group of friends, almost all of whom played at least one table game, and doesn’t sit with them?

8. Recruiter’s Career Twist -

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.

9. USDA Ups Expected Corn, Soybean Harvest -

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the expected record corn and soybean harvest will be slightly bigger than previously estimated.

Farmers are expected to bring in 14.5 billion bushels of corn, up from 14.4 billion last month, and 3.93 billion bushels of soybeans, up 14 million bushels.

10. Amazon Hires 80,000 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.

11. Two Quotes to Inform Your Leadership -

This week we heard two expressions we are compelled to share with you, our readers. They are “The Fooling Yourself Theory” and “Don’t mistake my kindness for weakness.”

12. USDA Ups Expected Corn, Soybean Harvest -

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the expected record corn and soybean harvest will be slightly bigger than previously estimated.

Farmers are expected to bring in 14.5 billion bushels of corn, up from 14.4 billion last month, and 3.93 billion bushels of soybeans, up 14 million bushels. The October estimate boosted the per-acre yield for both major crops because of an extended period of late summer warmth in the Midwest.

13. Commission’s First Partisan Challenge Lingers -

Shelby County Commissioners appeared last week to be on the way to putting behind them their first political controversy of their term of office.

Six of the seven Democratic commissioners along with Republican commissioner Steve Basar voted last month to delay the slate of committee assignments made by new chairman Justin Ford.

14. Puzzled Groups Across the Land -

DAVIDSON, N.C. – A few years ago, Brown University had the largest puzzle-related student activities organization in the country. Its Puzzling Association, with over 30 members, met weekly to solve, discuss and construct. New York Times puzzle editor Will Shortz declared a “Brown Week” in the autumn of 2010, publishing a crossword by a different student for six consecutive days. Natan Last, Class of 2012, had 14 Times puzzles published before he graduated.

15. Macy's Joins Others in Big Holiday Hiring Spree -

NEW YORK (AP) – Macy's plans to hire about 86,000 seasonal holiday workers nationwide to bolster its stores, call centers and distribution hubs, a 3.6 percent increase from last year.

The department store chain, which also operates Bloomingdale's, said Monday that the growth is being fueled by its expanding online business. This year, about 10,000 of the total 86,000 seasonal workers will be based in eight distribution center across the country. Last year, that figure was 7,000, the company said.

16. Anti-Addiction Groups Call for New FDA Chief -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Anti-addiction activists are calling for the Food and Drug Administration's top official to step down, saying the agency's policies have contributed to a national epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse.

17. UPS Expands 3-D Printing to 100 More Stores -

ATLANTA (AP) – UPS says it will put 3-D printers in nearly 100 more stores as it seeks to lure small businesses.

United Parcel Service Inc. said Monday that it has been testing the printers at six stores. The company said they have been used by businesses, inventors and artists to make architectural models, prototypes and other items.

18. The Only Difference: Mindset -

The same truths not brought into action present themselves as lessons, ongoing themes. This one rings with more truth every time I encounter it. Mindset is the real pivot point, the only true sustainable, competitive advantage (other than exclusivity, which is always temporary) for organizations that want to flourish.

19. Wal-Mart to Increase Holiday Hiring 10 Percent -

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. says it plans to hire 60,000 temporary holiday workers for the crucial holiday season, an increase of nearly 10 percent from last year.

20. Technology Key to Knoxville’s Improving Economy -

Multiple industry sectors have always been a strength for the Knoxville job market, and that deep bench is helping the area once again as state and national economies improve.

From high-tech spinoffs out of both the University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratories to a strong manufacturing climate, the area is benefiting as both companies and investors ramp up their expansion and hiring efforts, says Rhonda Rice, who serves as executive vice president of the Knoxville Chamber

21. Brighter Economy Driving Up Holiday Hiring Plans -

NEW YORK (AP) – UPS will hire up to 95,000. Kohl's plans to take on 67,000 and FedEx 50,000. Wal-Mart will add 60,000.

One after the other, a flurry of major U.S. retail and transportation companies announced sharp increases this week in the number of temporary workers they plan to hire for the holiday season. Collectively, such hiring could reach its highest point this year for stores since 1999, when the economy was roaring and the Great Recession was still eight years away.

22. Wal-Mart to Increase Holiday Hiring 10 Percent -

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. says it plans to hire 60,000 temporary holiday workers for the crucial holiday season, an increase of nearly 10 percent from last year.

23. UPS Expects to Hire Up to 95,000 Seasonal Workers -

ATLANTA (AP) – UPS plans to hire up to 95,000 workers to help deliver packages during the busy holiday season – an increase from last year, when the company was caught unprepared for a boom in online shopping.

24. Titans Buying What New Coaches Selling -

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Titans did what few believed they could do when they went into Kansas City and dominated the Chiefs on Sunday.

And while one win is hardly enough for Titans fans to start making Super Bowl reservations, there is the sense that something is vastly different about this organization from the past few years.

25. Lawmakers to High Court: Protect Pregnant Workers -

WASHINGTON (AP) – More than 120 members of Congress are urging the Supreme Court to recognize that pregnant workers are entitled to reasonable accommodations such as light duty. They say the protections are needed to ensure that expecting mothers are not forced out of their jobs.

26. Start Co. Post-Acceleration Efforts Help Startups -

Graduation from a Start Co. startup accelerator and making a pitch to investors at the organization’s “Demo Day” is no longer the last stage to cross before entrepreneurs head out into the wild to sink or swim.

27. Late Cuts, Pickups Reveal Titans’ Talent Shortfall -

What exactly does it say about the Tennessee Titans that, after they made their own cut to 53 players, they were still sifting through the scrap heap of other teams’ cuts and making five more moves?

28. Legal Obligation -

The package arrived at the FedEx facility in Spokane, Wash., in early July, and as it moved along the parcel delivery system a conveyor belt malfunctioned and damaged the shipping box.

A FedEx employee inspecting the damaged package discovered what was believed to be illegal prescription pills in the container and the company contacted law enforcement, including the Spokane Police Department and the local Drug Enforcement Administration office.

29. Redbirds’ Easley, Scruggs Enjoy Stellar Season -

Oscar Taveras, Randal Grichuk and Stephen Piscotty. Those were the St. Louis Cardinals’ hot outfield prospects stashed in Memphis at season’s start.

Taveras and Grichuk have shuttled between the Cardinals and Redbirds and both are with the big club as the Redbirds’ regular season winds down. Piscotty has stayed with the Redbirds, but throughout the year Cardinals general John Mozeliak openly has talked about having playing time in St. Louis for Piscotty in the near future.

30. Grizzlies Holding Open House Sept. 6 -

The Memphis Grizzlies will be putting 12- and 22-game packs on sale at the start of the Grizzlies open house Sept. 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at FedExForum.

Starting at $15 per game ($180 total), the 12-game packs come in three options: The “Grit,” “Grind” and “All Heart” packs.

31. Grizzlies Holding Open House Sept. 6 -

The Memphis Grizzlies will be putting 12- and 22-game packs on sale at the start of the Grizzlies open house Sept. 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at FedExForum.

Starting at $15 per game ($180 total), the 12-game packs come in three options: The “Grit,” “Grind” and “All Heart” packs.

32. Finding Life Influencers -

Coaches such as Alabama’s Nick Saban get paid millions to lead and win championships, so it’s only natural that Saban would say something like this:

“We are not interested in the possibilities of defeat; they do not exist.”

33. Veteran’s HomeCare Franchise Aims for Place in Market -

There are always adjustments to be made, such as when a middle-school-aged boy moves from Philadelphia to Birmingham, Ala.

Brian Walker still recalls that day in gym class when the P.E. instructor was taking roll. When Walker heard his name called, he answered the way he always had in his young life: “Yo.”

34. Start Co. Graduates Newest Batch of Startups -

This week’s Start Co. Demo Day, which brought together more than 500 people involved in the local ecosystem including entrepreneurs, mentors and investors, saw teams presenting their startup ideas in the hopes of securing funding and taking their concepts to the next level.

35. UAW Says Volkswagen Signups in Tennessee Hit 670 -

CHATTANOOGA (AP) – A United Auto Workers leader says a new local in Chattanooga has signed up the equivalent of what would have been a winning margin for the union vote at Volkswagen's plant in Tennessee.

36. FedEx Indicted on New Charges Over Drug Shipments -

Federal prosecutors say several addicts died after receiving shipments of illegal prescription drugs delivered by FedEx.

Those deaths were included in a new indictment returned against the Memphis-based company late Thursday, Aug. 14, by a federal grand jury in San Francisco.

37. Consumers Driving Health Care Innovation -

Everyone in the U.S complains about health care – the rising costs of insurance premiums and co-pays, the lack of innovation, the poor experience at doctor’s offices and hospitals, and price of medications.

38. Patient-Centered Focus -

The best ideas accomplish more than one thing. And so it is with Church Health Center’s commitment to earning accreditation as a Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH).

“We certainly didn’t have to do it,” said Jenny Bartlett-Prescott, CHC’s director of clinical services. “But it’s a way of providing patient care we believe in. It was a road map, if you will, for a path forward.”

39. Obama Takes Step to Improve Government Technology -

CHILMARK, Mass. (AP) – The White House on Monday announced the creation of a team of digital experts tasked with upgrading the government's technology infrastructure and making its websites more consumer friendly.

40. Walgreen Turns Down Inversion to Cut Tax Bill -

Walgreen plans to keep its roots firmly planted in the United States, saying it will no longer pursue an overseas reorganization that would have trimmed its U.S. taxes but drew political scorn.

The nation's largest drugstore chain – which bills itself as "America's premier pharmacy" – said Wednesday that it will buy the remaining stake in Swiss health and beauty retailer Alliance Boots that it does not already own.

41. More Charges Loom for FedEx -

The U.S. Department of Justice could bring additional charges against FedEx Corp. for its role in shipping prescription medications from illegal online pharmacies, according to court records.

42. More Charges Loom for FedEx -

The U.S. Department of Justice could bring additional charges against FedEx Corp. for its role in shipping prescription medications from illegal online pharmacies, according to court records.

43. Health Advocacy Groups File Lawsuit Against State -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Three advocacy groups filed a class action lawsuit on Wednesday accusing the state of Tennessee of failing to provide certain services required by the federal health care law.

44. Wal-Mart Ups Price Wars for Back-to-School Season -

NEW YORK (AP) – Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is upping the price game for the crucial back-to-school shopping season.

45. FedEx Could Face $1.6 Billion Fine for Drug Shipments -

Starting around 1998, Internet pharmacies – some of which did not require a doctor’s visit or prescription – began proliferating online, turning a corner of the Web into a black market bazaar for prescription pills.

46. Jones, Volunteers Still Face Steep Climb Up Rocky Top -

HOOVER, Ala. – It’s Tennessee against the world. Don’t believe that? Just ask second-year coach Butch Jones.

Last season’s “brick-by-brick” theme has been replaced by the “power of one,” as in one team against all odds. Given the power/opportunity of the microphone and a large contingent of reporters at SEC Media Days, Jones used his pulpit to say, without exactly saying it, please don’t expect too much too soon.

47. SEC Media Days Notebook: July 16 -

HOOVER, Ala. – Although the first games involving Southeastern Conference football teams are not until Aug. 28, the league’s full-on blitz in promoting the new SEC Network has been going on for a while now.

48. Nurse-Family Partnership Benefits Mothers, Children -

At one level, the results of a clinical trial that studied low-income families in Memphis for more than 20 years delivered about what was expected.

“I don’t think it was a surprise to anyone that some of the families living in our impoverished areas, the young moms, were not prepared for parenthood and rarely understood how best to care for their (young children),” said Meri Armour, president and CEO of Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital.

49. Priscilla Presley Tells Upset Fans to 'Calm Down' -

MEMPHIS (AP) – Priscilla Presley is asking fans of her late ex-husband Elvis Presley to "please calm down" after a report that two jets once owned by the singer could be removed from Graceland.

50. Atkinson Joins Dermaflage Team -

Michael Graber asked that I write this week’s column to both announce my move to join the leadership team at our Ventures company, Silicone Arts Labs, and to reflect on the last seven years at Southern Growth Studio. We announce my departure from the Studio with a great sense of pride and accomplishment, as it is one of the ways we are meeting our mission and making a positive impact in Memphis.

51. Report: Health Law Sign-Ups Dogged by Data Flaws -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Many of the 8 million Americans signed up under the new health care law now have to clear up questions about their personal information that could affect their coverage.

52. UPS Expanding Memphis Operations, Adding Jobs -

United Parcel Service announced Wednesday, June 25, that it had launched an expansion in Memphis that will add 350 jobs over a three-year period.

The company will add 140,000 square feet of space to its facility on Swinnea Road adjacent to Memphis International Airport. The expansion is expected to be completed in early 2016 and will increase the facility’s sorting capacity by 80 percent.

53. UPS to Consider Box Size in Ground-Shipping Prices -

DALLAS (AP) – UPS says it will consider box size when setting prices for ground shipment of parcels within the U.S. and Canada.

The move announced Tuesday follows a similar change by rival FedEx, and it could lead to price increases for shippers, analysts say.

54. UPS Names Longtime Employee as Next CEO -

Package-delivery giant UPS has named a longtime company veteran as its next CEO.

The company said Friday that Chief Operating Officer David Abney will take the top job Sept. 1. Current Chairman and CEO Scott Davis will become nonexecutive chairman at that time.

55. Marketing Lessons From Startups -

Having spent the lion’s share of my career marketing national corporations, I would certainly say there is a science to marketing at that level and the better brands market like well-oiled machines. Opening my own business eight years ago, however, and partnering with countless startups through those years, I’ve also learned there’s a thing or two startups can teach the big boys about marketing.

56. Letting it Ride -

The bicycles aren’t the only thing with wheels in Jim Steffen’s new shop.

His business itself, The Bikesmith, sits on wheels and operates as a mobile bike retail and repair venture.

57. Entrepreneurial Eagles -

It was a gathering of eagles. You know, the people who like to soar, and, more importantly, they like to push eaglets out of the nest so that they can also learn to soar.

And, like eagles, they have both vision and focus. I recently attended the CSG Entrepreneurship Days, sponsored by the Council of State Governments’ State Pathways to Prosperity Initiative and State Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, who is the 2014 CSG National Chair.

58. Memphis Startups Invited To Southland Conference -

Three Memphis-based startups have been invited to participate in the Southland conference in Nashville next month.

The trio that heads to Nashville for the conference June 9-11 includes AgSmarts, Influsense and Screwpulp. They were chosen by a panel of investors, entrepreneurs and tech writers from around the country and will have exhibition space in Southland Village.

59. Motte Looks to Regain Form in Redbirds Rehab Assignment -

When St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jason Motte learned he had to have the elbow ligament replacement procedure commonly known as Tommy John Surgery, he didn’t ask, “Why me?”

60. Memphis Startups Invited to Southland Conference -

Three Memphis-based startups have been invited to participate in the Southland conference in Nashville next month.

The trio that heads to Nashville for the conference June 9-11 includes AgSmarts, Influsense and Screwpulp. They were chosen by a panel of investors, entrepreneurs and tech writers from around the country and will have exhibition space in Southland Village.

61. Health Insurers: Payment Rates Above 80 Percent -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Top health insurance companies told members of Congress Wednesday that more than 80 percent of people who've signed up under the president's new health care law have gone on to pay their premiums – a necessary step for the enrollment figures touted by the Obama administration to hold up.

62. Senator Appears to Make Light of Holocaust Remark -

NASHVILLE (AP) – A Tennessee state senator who compared the federal health care law to the forced transportation of Jews to concentration camps during the Holocaust appeared to make light of the firestorm about his comments this week in a blog post on Tuesday.

63. Health Care Law-Holocaust Comparison Criticized -

NASHVILLE (AP) – A state Senator's blog post likening the insurance requirement under President Barack Obama's health care law to the forced deportation of Jews during the Holocaust drew swift condemnation Monday from leaders of both parties in Tennessee.

64. Couple Find Business Love in Cordova Thrift Store -

Keith and Carol Choukalas had fallen in love. Not with each other – that was old business, happened years ago – but with Murray, Ky., home of Murray State University.

They had sent two of their children to MSU and they had a dream of moving to Murray, finding a business to buy, and living out the rest of their days near the lake. They had even bought a house.

65. What Does Wal-Mart Not Sell? -

NEW YORK (AP) – The news that Wal-Mart is getting into the car insurance business begs the question: is there anything that the world's largest retailer doesn't hawk?

Surprisingly, the answer is plenty.

66. Best of Three -

After the Game 3 victory in overtime, Tony Allen made it plain that the Grizzlies were all about stopping Oklahoma City stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.

67. First Lady Announces One-Stop Job Site for Veterans -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Aiming to streamline employment resources for people leaving the military, the government is creating an integrated website that can help job-seekers create resumes, connect with employers and become part of a database of veterans and their spouses for companies to mine for skills and talents.

68. Late Sign-Ups Improve Outlook for Obama Health Law -

WASHINGTON (AP) — A surge of eleventh-hour enrollments has improved the outlook for President Barack Obama's health care law, with more people signing up overall and a much-needed spark of interest among young adults.

69. First-Quarter Bankruptcies Remain Flat -

Bankruptcies in Shelby County were almost the same in number for the first three months of 2014 as they were for the first quarter of 2013.

There were 3,036 bankruptcies filed in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Tennessee in the first quarter, a slight increase from the 3,031 filed during the first quarter of 2013, according to The Daily News Online, www.memphisdailynews.com.

70. Savers Beware: Fees May be Shrinking Your 401(k) -

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.

71. Health Care Bill Helps Add 3 Million to Medicaid -

Three million Americans signed up for Medicaid under President Barack Obama's new health care law as of the end of February, the administration said Friday, offering its first full accounting of how much the safety-net health program has grown since implementation of the law.

72. Health Care Bill Helps Add 3 Million to Medicaid -

Three million Americans signed up for Medicaid under President Barack Obama's new health care law as of the end of February, the administration said Friday, offering its first full accounting of how much the safety-net health program has grown since implementation of the law.

73. White House: 7 Million Signed Up for Health Care -

WASHINGTON (AP) – In a key milestone for the 4-year-old health care law, the Obama administration says more than 7 million people signed up for health care through insurance exchanges, surpassing a threshold once seen as unattainable.

74. 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.

75. 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.

76. Millions Could Get Health Sign-Up Extension -

Millions of Americans could get extra time to enroll for taxpayer-subsidized coverage this year under President Barack Obama’s health care law, allowing the administration to boost sign-ups and the political fortunes of Democrats under attack over the program’s troubles.

77. Obama Says More Than 6 Million Signed Up for Health Care -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama says more than 6 million Americans have signed up for coverage through the new health insurance markets created by his overhaul.

That's a milestone, fulfilling a goal set by Congressional Budget Office and embraced by the White House.

78. Millions Could Get Extra Time for Health Sign-Ups -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Millions of Americans could get extra time to enroll for taxpayer-subsidized coverage this year under President Barack Obama's health care law. That would let the administration boost sign-ups and aid Democrats under attack over the program's troubles.

79. Lawmakers, Groups Announce Health Initiative -

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

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

80. Health Care Law Has Uneven Impact on Companies -

Sarah Curtis-Fawley will have to offer insurance to her workers at Pacific Pie Co. because of the health care overhaul, and the estimated $100,000 cost means she may have to raise prices or postpone opening a third restaurant.

81. FedEx Profit Up, But Misses Expectations -

DALLAS (AP) – FedEx Corp. says its latest quarterly profit rose 5 percent from a year ago despite storms that raised the company's costs, but the results were below analysts' expectations.

82. Wins Come in Various Ways -

One night at FedExForum, the Grizzlies beat Portland by 10 points as they shoot a season-best 56 percent, three players score 17 or more points, and energizer James Johnson never gets on the floor.

83. Nichols’ Rookie Award Comes With Accolades -

First, there was the debate. Would Briarcrest star Austin Nichols really stay home and play for the Memphis Tigers? Or would outside offers, including ones from Duke, Kansas and North Carolina, be too good to pass up?

84. Health Law Cited as US Uninsured Rate Drops -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The share of Americans without health insurance is dropping to the lowest levels since President Barack Obama took office, but sign-ups under his health care law lag among Hispanics – a big pool of potential beneficiaries.

85. Lower Medicaid Signups Seen in Health Law Study -

WASHINGTON (AP) – It's one of the most impressive statistics about the new health care law. The Obama administration says more than 8.9 million people have been, quote "determined eligible" for Medicaid from Oct. 1 through the end of January.

86. Hackathons Bring Cash Options -

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) – It used to be that “hacking” was just a type of crime, a computer break-in. But today, the term is also part of a growing – and perfectly legal – mainstay of the tech sector.

87. Few Eligible Patients Can Get Weight Loss Surgery -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Like 78 million other Americans, MaryJane Harrison is obese.

And like many critically overweight Americans, Harrison cannot afford to have weight loss surgery because her health insurance doesn't cover it. The financial burden makes it nearly impossible for her to follow the advice of three physicians who have prescribed the stomach-shrinking procedure for Harrison, who is four-feet, 10 inches and weighs 265 pounds.

88. January Insurance Sign-Ups Meet Monthly Goal -

WASHINGTON (AP) – While states are having varying success getting people to sign up, January marked the first time since new health insurance markets opened last fall that a national monthly enrollment target was met.

89. Race to Enroll Young and Healthy for New Insurance -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Facing a rapidly approaching deadline, the White House and its allies are racing to enroll young people in new insurance plans offered under President Barack Obama's signature health care law, a sweeping effort that underscores how crucial the so-called "young invincibles" are to the measure's success.

90. US Service Sector Expands on Gain in New Orders -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. service companies expanded at a slightly faster pace in January. New orders, sales and hiring showed strength in a sign that financial firms, retailers and information technology companies foresee stronger growth.

91. ZeroTo510 Program Opens Application Period -

Applications are now starting to come in for ZeroTo510, the medical device product and services startup accelerator that’s preparing to kick off its third year.

The window to apply is now open for the program – which will see six companies tapped to go through the mentor-driven, 12-week program of instruction and hands-on activities. The companies will get $50,000 in initial seed capital and, ideally, come out the other end with a stronger, more refined vision and concept – and possibly more funding from investors.

92. That’s Entertainment -

It was late in Game 6 of the Grizzlies’ 2013 playoff series with the Los Angeles Clippers. Already, FedExForum was abuzz with anticipation. The hated Clippers were about to go down. Grizz, the team’s chest-thumping mascot, scaled a ladder inside the arena and unfurled a banner:

93. Poll: Uninsured Rate Drops as Health Law Rolls Out -

WASHINGTON (AP) – It may just be the start of a new trend. The uninsured rate dropped modestly this month as expanded coverage rolled out under President Barack Obama's health care law, a major survey released Thursday has found.

94. Damn This Traffic Jam! -

“Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee.”

“Got it.”

So read an Aug. 13, 2013, email exchange between a couple of New Jersey pols. Why Fort Lee?

Earlier efforts to pluck Democratic endorsements in the Garden State for Gov. Chris Christie’s reelection campaign had failed as to Fort Lee’s mayor, Mark Sokolich. Moreover, the day before, the Democratic state senator who represents Fort Lee had effectively blocked Christie’s reappointment of a Republican state supreme court justice. On Aug. 12, Christie referred to Jersey’s Democratic state senators as “animals.”

95. Target Scales Back Health Coverage -

NEW YORK (AP) – Target Corp. says it will no longer be offering health care coverage for its part-time workers.

96. Health Care Signups: More Older Americans So Far -

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's an older, costlier crowd that's signing up for health insurance under President Barack Obama's law.

At least that's how it looks for now.

Administration officials released age and gender breakdowns on Monday for more than 2 million Americans who had enrolled for government-subsidized private insurance by the end of December.

97. Horseback Rides With Weddings -

BRIDAL PATHS. As I did last year, I begin this year revisiting markers on the journey.

When I was little, I was sure you went to cool weddings by horseback.

After all, Roy and Dale were married, and they sang “Happy Trails To You” from the back of a horse every week. Mom and Dad were married, and they spent the first year of their marriage in Arizona riding horses and doing cool-sounding things like punching cattle, shooting rattlesnakes and smoking Old Golds.

98. Memphian Finds Success With Matchmaking Agency -

Memphian Kim Hill has always loved planning events as a hobby. She also has a knack for introducing single people who subsequently hit it off.

“For the longest time I would be doing these events and mingling around and introducing people, and then suddenly I thought, ‘Wait a minute. I could be getting paid for this.’”

99. Federal Health Care Sign-Ups Pass 1 Million Mark -

HONOLULU (AP) – The government's rehabilitated health insurance website has seen a December surge in customer sign-ups, pushing enrollment past the 1 million mark, the Obama administration says.

100. Hollywood Poised for Best-Ever Box-Office Year -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Despite a string of summertime flops, Hollywood is expected to have a banner year at the domestic box office, coming in just shy of $11 billion, the largest annual take ever. But because of higher ticket prices, actual attendance at North American theaters remained flat after a decade of decline.