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1. Surge in Traffic Deaths Outpaces Increase in Travel -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Traffic deaths surged about 8 percent in the first nine months of last year, continuing an alarming upward spiral that may be partially explained by more Americans on the roads due to the economic recovery, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates released Friday.

2. Last Word: Humes Next, Top ZIPs in Residential and Payback in the Legislature -

Add Dave & Buster’s to the list of "it" retail hot spots. The restaurant-arcade has inked a lease in Cordova by Wolfchase Galeria with plans to open later this year, probably fourth quarter.

3. US Business Investment Rose in November for 2nd Month -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. businesses stepped up their spending on industrial machinery, steel, and other big-ticket items last month, a sign that one of the economy's weak spots may be improving.

4. US Economy Grew at Strong 3.5 Pct. Annual Rate Last Quarter -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. economy grew at a 3.5 percent annual rate in the July-September quarter, the fastest pace in two years and more than the government had previously estimated. But the growth spurt isn't expected to last.

5. Fast Food Fun? -

In the mid-1970s, Susan and I went into a fast food restaurant. We sat down, and the chair that she sat in – one of those glued-to-the-floor models that was prevalent at that time – just sorta slowly came loose from the floor and fell over. 

6. Brewer Named President Of Versant Supply Chain -

Buck Brewer has been promoted to president of Memphis-based Versant Supply Chain Inc. A 20-year veteran of the supply chain industry, Brewer joined Versant six years ago and had served as its chief operating officer since January 2014.
Brewer, 40, assumes the president’s position from Richard J. Peters, who will continue to serve as Versant’s chairman.
Over the past several years, Versant has expanded from a small freight brokerage into a provider of specialized labor, freight and flexible space solutions supporting large global supply chain organizations.
The company currently has 130 full-time employees and employs 3,000 full-time-equivalent associates through its partnerships with customers.
Brewer says that while most people would say his job is to oversee the day-to-day operation and overall growth strategy of the company, he believes his job is “to support the incredibly talented individuals that truly drive the company and make it what it is today.”

7. Last Word: New Rhodes President, Billy Hyman and the Fast Track -

The biggest political betting pool of the post-election season ends Tuesday as President elect Donald Trump said Monday by Twitter that he would name his nominee for Secretary of State Tuesday morning.

8. How a Trump Administration Could Shape the Internet -

Under a President Donald Trump, cable and phone companies could gain new power to influence what you do and what you watch online – not to mention how much privacy you have while you're at it.

9. Feds: Railroads Slow to Make Progress on Train Technology -

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The nation's three busiest commuter railroads - which together serve nearly 1 million riders in the New York City area each day - continue to lag behind their smaller West Coast counterparts in installing sophisticated train-control technology that's seen as an antidote to crashes involving speeding and other human factors, federal regulators said Monday.

10. CDC: US Abortion Rate Falls to Lowest Level in Decades -

NEW YORK (AP) – The number and rate of abortions tallied by federal authorities have fallen to their lowest level in decades, according to new data released Wednesday.

The latest annual report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, incorporating data from 47 states, said the abortion rate for 2013 was 12.5 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15-44 years. That is down 5 percent from 2012, and is half the rate of 25 recorded in 1980.

11. Coinsource Sets Up Bitcoin ATM In Memphis -

The self-styled “Wal-Mart” of the bitcoin ATM market has arrived in Memphis. Texas-based Coinsource, which co-founder Bobby Sharp says has ambitions of being as pervasive as the world’s largest retailer, has set up one of its machines at the Shell gas station at 967 Linden Ave.

12. New, More Compact 5-Year Anti-Crime Plan to Be Unveiled -

When local law enforcement and criminal justice system leaders unveil a new five-year plan Tuesday, Nov. 10, for reducing crime and making Shelby County safer, it will be more focused than their previous effort.

13. Why is It So Difficult for Tennessee To Oust Indicted Politicians? -

Tennessee is lagging much of the nation when it comes to the ability to remove scoundrels from public office.

And, make no mistake, the Volunteer State has had its fair share of ne’er-do-well politicians who would likely have been thrown out of office if the proper procedures had been in place. 

14. Fund Managers: No, the Election Won't Wreck Your 401(k) -

NEW YORK (AP) – Worried that the election will ruin your 401(k)?

Don't be, fund managers say, no matter who wins the White House. As long as you're a long-term investor willing to ride through whatever market bumps occur after Election Day, and there certainly could be scary ones, presidential elections historically haven't had much impact on stocks over the long term. Other factors, such as how expensive stocks are relative to their earnings and what the Federal Reserve is doing with interest rates, are more important factors for the market than who sits in the White House.

15. Prepping for the Next Market Correction -

Ray’s Take Stock market corrections are an inevitable part of investing. Since 1932, declines of 10 to 20 percent have occurred every two years on average. It might happen next week, three months from now, or next year. 

16. Morris Marketing, Archer Malmo, DCA Take Top PRSA Memphis Honors -

Morris Marketing Group, Archer Malmo and DCA took top honors at the 23rd annual Vox Awards hosted recently by the PRSA Memphis chapter at Visible Music College.

Morris Marketing Agency won Best in Show for Campaigns Brand Management/Reputation (more than $7,500) and for Special Events One Day (more than $7,500). Archer Malmo and DCA tied for Best in Show for Tactics, with Archer winning the Media Tactics: Press Conference category and DCA winning Print Tactics: Visual Elements.

17. Claims Pushing ACA Marketplace Rates Higher, Some Providers Out -

Memphians with health care insurance through the state’s marketplace exchange or those looking to acquire health care insurance are bracing for rate increases that come on Jan. 1.

Rates for the two remaining insurers with marketplace plans available for the Memphis market next year – Cigna and Humana – are set to increase roughly 45 percent each.

18. BCBS Bombshell Leaves Insurance Seekers in Bind -

Nashville resident Jennifer Murray is caught in the snare of uncertainty looming over Tennessee health insurance coverage.

Self-employed as a health care consultant, the single 48-year-old bought individual coverage through BlueCross BlueShield Tennessee’s marketplace plans each year since the Affordable Care Act took effect in 2014. The company offered the widest range of physicians, and its insurance was accepted in most places.

19. US Factory Production Rebounded in September -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. manufacturers boosted output modestly last month, led by greater production of construction supplies, autos and petroleum products.

Factory production rose 0.2 percent in September, following a decline of 0.5 percent in the previous month, the Federal Reserve said Monday. The broader industrial production category, which includes mining and utilities, ticked up 0.1 percent.

20. Morgan Promoted to CFO At Pyro’s Fire Fresh Pizza -

Marty Morgan has been promoted to chief financial officer at Pyro’s Fire Fresh Pizza amid the Memphis-based company’s expansion into other regional markets. In his new role, Morgan will oversee corporate functions at the Memphis headquarters and continue to build out the personnel and technology infrastructure needed to support regional growth while making sure financial performance stays on track.

21. US Construction Spending Fell Again in August -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. builders trimmed spending on construction projects in August for a second straight month with housing, non-residential and government activity all seeing declines.

22. Legislator: Marijuana Law Has Problems -

State Rep. William Lamberth balks at the notion Memphis and Nashville are softening the punishment for simple pot possession.

23. Survey: Tenn. Consumer Sentiment Drops Sharply -

Tennessee consumers are feeling much less positive about the economy and want GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump to address economic issues, according to the most recent statewide consumer quarterly survey from Middle Tennessee State University.

24. Survey: Tenn. Consumer Sentiment Drops Sharply -

Tennessee consumers are feeling much less positive about the economy and want GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump to address economic issues, according to the most recent statewide consumer quarterly survey from Middle Tennessee State University.

25. US Manufacturing Output Stumbled in August -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. factory production fell last month amid cutbacks in appliances, home electronics and machinery, threatening hopes for a manufacturing rebound after two previous months of gains.

26. Government Survey Shows Health Insurance Gains Slowing -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The nation's progress in getting more people covered by health insurance slowed significantly this year, the government confirmed Wednesday in a report that tempers a historic achievement of the Obama administration.

27. Women Buying More Luxury Vehicles as Incomes, SUVs Rise -

DETROIT (AP) – Kelly Dahle remembers leaving work one day several years ago at the same time as the CEO of her company. When they arrived at her car, he was startled.

"Great car! But why do you need a BMW?" he asked.

28. Rhodes Honors Judith Haas With Faculty Service Award -

Dr. Judith Haas, associate professor of English at Rhodes College, has been presented the 2016 Jameson M. Jones Award for Outstanding Faculty Service, which honors a current faculty member who has rendered exemplary service and provided leadership to the Rhodes community.
Haas, who joined the Rhodes faculty in 2002, has served as co-director of the college’s post-graduate fellowships and scholarships initiatives; secretary-treasurer for the Rhodes chapter of Phi Beta Kappa; and director of the Gender and Sexuality Studies Program. She also serves on the committee charged with revising the college’s Title IX policy on Sexual Misconduct.

29. Mularkey Might Find Elusive Success in Third Shot -

Is the third time the charm for Mike Mularkey? The Tennessee Titans certainly hope so.

Mularkey’s first two NFL head coaching gigs – Buffalo 2004-05, Jacksonville 2012 – resulted in a combined 16-32 record. Add his 2-7 run as interim head coach for the Titans last season and that makes him 18-39.

30. Nonprofit Church Health Center Rebrands -

The Church Health Center celebrated its 29th birthday Thursday, Sept. 1, by rolling out a new name, tagline and logo in advance of its move to Crosstown Concourse early next year.

The nonprofit, which provides affordable health care to Memphis’ uninsured working population, is now simply Church Health. The organization’s communications director, Marvin Stockwell, said the rebrand – which includes a new logo that resembles a fingerprint with a heart at the center and the tagline “Care for one another” – is meant to reflect that the nonprofit has outgrown the image many people used to have of it being “a little clinic on the corner.”

31. The Hidden Risk to the Economy in Corporate Balance Sheets -

NEW YORK (AP) – America has a debt problem, but it's not what you think. Yes, the federal government owes trillions of dollars more than it did a few years ago. Yes, Americans are still struggling to pay off mortgages and student loans. But it's the buildup in debt elsewhere that is most worrying some experts, and the big borrower this time may come as a surprise: Corporate America.

32. US New-Home Sales Climb to Best Level Since Late 2007 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Americans stepped up their purchases of new homes in July to the fastest pace in nearly nine years, the latest sign that low mortgage rates and a solid job market are helping support the residential real estate market.

33. US GDP Grows a Weak 1.2 Percent in Second Quarter -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Growth in the U.S. economy was sluggish again in the spring, dashing expectations for a robust rebound after a tough winter. Stronger consumer spending was offset by weakness in housing construction and a big slowdown in the pace that businesses restocked store shelves.

34. ‘Why Don’t We Start Our Own?’ -

The diner-style restaurant planned for 2657 Broad Ave. is a bit unique as far as commercial real estate projects go.

Yes, it’s of a piece with the rest of the groundswell of redevelopment and commercial activity that’s transformed Broad into a people-packed arts, retail and restaurant scene. One of those hotspots along the street is the combination coffee shop and retailer City & State, the owners of which have signed a lease at 2657 Broad for their next venture.

35. Leadership Allowed Durham Sleaze To Fester for Too Long -

The Tennessee attorney general’s sexual harassment investigation of Republican Rep. Jeremy Durham dragged halfway through the summer. Now we know why.

36. Grizzlies Officially Sign Conley to Long-Term Contract -

Mike Conley said "it's great to be back" Thursday, July 14, after signing a multi-year contract to remain with the Memphis Grizzlies. 

Per team policy, details of the contract were not released Thursday afternoon, but it has been widely reported the Grizzlies offered their starting point guard a maximum five-year deal for $153 million.

37. Survey: US Businesses Add Decent 172,000 Jobs in June -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. companies added 172,000 jobs last month, according to a private survey, a sign that hiring may have recovered after a slowdown in April and May.

Payroll processor ADP said Thursday that service firms, such as retailers and transportation companies, added jobs at a solid pace in June. Manufacturers shed 21,000 jobs, while construction companies cut 5,000.

38. Fed Minutes Show Worries About Job Slowdown, Brexit -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve policymakers last month were unsure about the outlook for the U.S economy because of a sharp slowdown in job growth and the potential threat posed by a vote in Britain over leaving the European Union.

39. Guitarist Scotty Moore Dies at 84 -

Scotty Moore, the pioneering rock guitarist whose sharp, graceful style helped Elvis Presley shape his revolutionary sound and inspired a generation of musicians that included Keith Richards, Jimmy Page and Bruce Springsteen, died Tuesday. He was 84.

40. Thanks to Summitt, We Know More About The Enemy -

We know about all the national championships, all the victories and even the exceptional graduation rate.But because of Pat Summitt, we also know more about Alzheimer’s disease. And that is an important part of her extraordinary legacy. It was her courageous choice to become the face of the disease, accepting the role as an advocate.

41. Thanks to Summitt, We Know More About The Enemy -

Thanks to Summitt, We Know More About The Enemy

DAVID CLIMER | The Ledger

We know about all the national championships, all the victories and even the exceptional graduation rate.But because of Pat Summitt, we also know more about Alzheimer’s disease. And that is an important part of her extraordinary legacy. It was her courageous choice to become the face of the disease, accepting the role as an advocate.

42. Thanks to Summitt, We Know More About The Enemy -

We know about all the national championships, all the victories and even the exceptional graduation rate.But because of Pat Summitt, we also know more about Alzheimer’s disease. And that is an important part of her extraordinary legacy. It was her courageous choice to become the face of the disease, accepting the role as an advocate.

43. Principal Dyson: 'I’ve Made Myself a Qualified Candidate' -

The Music City Miracle run. The outstretched hand reaching toward the goal line in Super Bowl XXXIV. When talk turns to the Tennessee Titans’ glory days and that magical 1999 season, Kevin Dyson’s name always comes up.

44. Hattiloo’s Bandele: ‘It’s a Supply and Demand Thing’ -

When you see Ekundayo Bandele in his sleek, contemporary Midtown office, dressed sharp in a tie and freshly shined shoes, phone dinging constantly, you might think he was born to be a theater impresario. 

45. Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley's First Guitarist, Dies At 84 -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Scotty Moore, the pioneering rock guitarist whose sharp, graceful style helped Elvis Presley shape his revolutionary sound and inspired a generation of musicians that included Keith Richards, Jimmy Page and Bruce Springsteen, died Tuesday. He was 84.

46. Consumer Group Releases Annual List of Dangerous Summer Toys -

BOSTON (AP) – Toy guns, kiddie pools, hoverboards and backyard trampolines are among the playthings that made a consumer watchdog's annual list of hazardous summer toys.

The Massachusetts-based World Against Toys Causing Harm, or W.A.T.C.H., presented its annual report Tuesday at a children's hospital in Boston.

47. Jury Finds Led Zeppelin Did Not Steal Riff for 'Stairway' -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Led Zeppelin did not steal a riff from an obscure 1960s instrumental tune to use for the introduction of its classic rock anthem "Stairway to Heaven," a federal court jury decided Thursday.

48. Yellen Says Uncertainties Justify Cautious Approach -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Tuesday that the U.S. economy faces a number of uncertainties that require the Fed to proceed cautiously in raising interest rates.

49. For Minorities, Pain is Severe Decade After Housing Peaked -

WASHINGTON (AP) – When the U.S. housing bubble peaked a decade ago, soon to burst with far-reaching consequences, the pain was particularly severe for black and Hispanic Americans.

A disproportionate number of minorities succumbed to subprime mortgages and foreclosures and lost their homes. Their collective loss of home equity and shift toward rental housing could widen America's racial and ethnic divides well into the future, according to researchers and housing advocates.

50. 10 Years After Housing Peaked, US is More of a Renter Nation -

MOUNT PLEASANT, South Carolina (AP) – It's a troublesome story playing out across America in the 10 years since the housing bubble peaked and then burst in a ruinous crash: As real estate has climbed back, homeowners are thriving while renters are struggling.

51. Oyler Brings German Efficiency to Memphis Transportation -

Urban planners are born, not made. At least, that’s how it was with Nicholas Oyler. From the time he was in middle school, he couldn’t stop thinking about how cities work.

“I was always doodling skyscrapers,” Oyler recalls. “I remember thinking, ‘Why doesn’t Memphis have more of them? And what can we do to get more?’”

52. Strickland’s Leadership Style Emerging -

Five months into his four-year term as Memphis mayor, Jim Strickland has his first budget and all but one of his major appointments made – Memphis Police director. The budget cleared the Memphis City Council Tuesday, June 7, with a few minor amendments from council members, next to no debate and no dissenting council votes.

53. US Economy Showing Signs of Life After Slow Start to Year -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. economy is showing signs of more life after a less-than-stellar start to the year.

The government said Friday that first-quarter growth, while disappointing, wasn't as bad as first thought. And a number of more recent indicators are showing decent gains in key areas like consumer spending and housing.

54. NTSB Blames Distracted Engineer for Deadly Amtrak Wreck -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The speeding Amtrak train that crashed in Philadelphia last year, killing eight people, most likely ran off the rails because the engineer was distracted by word of a nearby commuter train getting hit by a rock, federal investigators concluded Tuesday.

55. Middle Class Shrinks in 9 of 10 US Cities as Incomes Fall -

WASHINGTON (AP) – In cities across America, the middle class is hollowing out.

A widening wealth gap is moving more households into either higher- or lower-income groups in major metro areas, with fewer remaining in the middle, according to a report released Wednesday by the Pew Research Center.

56. Wal-Mart Sharpens Amazon Attack With 2-Day Delivery Service -

NEW YORK (AP) – Wal-Mart is sharpening its attack on Amazon.com.

The world's largest retailer is trimming its free-shipping pilot program to two days from a three, and it's cutting a dollar off the membership price. Membership is now be $49 per year.

57. Tennessee AG to Appeal Recount Order on Abortion Amendment -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The office of Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery announced on Tuesday that it is going to appeal a federal judge's ruling requiring a recount of a 2014 vote that made it easier to restrict abortions in the state.

58. 2014 Abortion Amendment Recount Ordered -

Almost two years after Tennessee voters approved an amendment to the Tennessee Constitution limiting abortion access, a federal judge in Nashville has ordered a recount of the vote – not a new vote but a recounting of the 2014 election returns.

59. Beale Landing Architecture Wins International Honors -

Beale Street Landing has been named the best marina or port in the world for 2016 in the fourth annual Architizer A+Awards.

A jury of designers, urban planners and architects selected the landing, designed by RTN Architects of Buenos Aires, Argentina, as the most architecturally significant marina or port for 2016.

60. Beale Landing Architecture Wins International Honors -

Beale Street Landing has been named the best marina or port in the world for 2016 in the fourth annual Architizer A+Awards.

A jury of designers, urban planners and architects selected the landing, designed by RTN Architects of Buenos Aires, Argentina, as the most architecturally significant marina or port for 2016.

61. Poll: Americans Prefer Low Prices to Items 'Made in the USA' -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The vast majority of Americans say they prefer lower prices instead of paying a premium for items labeled "Made in the USA," even if it means those cheaper items are made abroad, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll.

62. Job-Seekers Return at Fastest Pace Since Before Recession -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Americans are flooding back into the job market at the fastest pace since before the Great Recession, encouraged by steady hiring and some signs of higher pay.

The flow has halted, at least temporarily, one of the economy's more discouraging trends: the sharp decline in the percentage of people either working or looking for work. That figure fell last year to a four-decade low.

63. Last Word: The Curtain Falls in Nashville, Political Cuneiform and Ramsey Talks -

And in less than a half hour Wednesday, the de-annexation drama that should qualify as the political equivalent of a Netflix binge-watchable television series made just for Memphis was done.

64. Yellen Stresses That Fed Foresees Gradual Pace of Rate Hikes -

NEW YORK (AP) – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Tuesday that the Fed still envisions only a gradual pace of interest rate increases in light of global pressures that could affect the U.S. economy.

65. Household Spending, Home Building Fuel Modest US Growth -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Consumer spending and home construction are helping sustain modest U.S. economic growth despite problems caused by a strong dollar, low oil prices and an excess of business stockpiles.

66. Fed Keeps Key Rates Unchanged; Foresees Fewer Hikes In 2016 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve is keeping a key interest rate unchanged in light of global pressures that risk slowing the U.S. economy.

As a result, Fed officials are forecasting that they will raise rates more gradually this year than they had envisioned in December. The officials now foresee two, rather than four, modest increases in their benchmark short-term rate during 2016.

67. Tri-State Bank Prepares For Big Year -

The way longtime Memphis banking executive Christine Munson sees it, a small community bank has to carve out a clearly defined identity for itself - something that sets it apart from the myriad competitors of similar size, with comparable products and rates - if it wants to be successful.

68. With No Rate Hike Seen, Fed's Outlook on Economy is Awaited -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The financial world is awaiting the Federal Reserve's response to a critical question: How stable are the world's economies and financial markets?

Whatever picture the Fed sketches will help shape expectations of when it will resume the interest rate increases it began in December. That's when the Fed raised its key rate from record lows to reflect an economy finally strong enough 6½ years after the Great Recession ended to withstand higher loan rates.

69. Dull Pencils For Sharp Problems -

WE NEED THE SHARPEST PENCILS IN THE DRAWER. I don’t do my own taxes. In fact, my taxes send TurboTax into default mode, crash laptops and fry transformers. H&R Block blocks my phone number.
My accountant does my taxes, only because he’s known me for decades, he speaks Dan, and he uses the Gordian Knots in my finances to train his people.

70. EdR Reports 34 Pct. Drop In Fourth-Quarter Earnings -

EdR wrapped up the fourth quarter of 2015 with an increase in funds from operations but a sharp drop in net income.

The Memphis-based real estate investment trust on Monday, Feb. 22, reported Q4 net income of $14.8 million, or 27 cents per share. That’s a 34 percent decrease from Q4 2015, when net income was $22.4 million, or 47 cents per share.

71. US Economy Ends 2015 on Better Note, Starts 2016 With a Bang -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. economy got a double dose of good news Friday. Economic growth in the final three months of 2015 didn't slow as much as previously estimated, and consumers roared back to life in January, spending at the fastest clip in eight months.

72. US Home Market: Sales, Prices Up But Not Enough Supply -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. home sales are climbing. Prices are rising, too. So the outlook for the housing market is golden, right?

Not entirely.

A series of reports released Tuesday pointed to potential cracks in the foundations of America's residential real estate market.

73. EdR Reports 34 Percent Drop in Q4 Earnings -

EdR wrapped up the fourth quarter of 2015 with an increase in revenue but a sharp drop in net income.

The Memphis-based real estate investment trust on Monday, Feb. 22, reported Q4 net income of $14.8 million, or 27 cents per share. That’s a 34 percent decrease from Q4 2014, when net income was $22.4 million, or 47 cents per share.

74. Big Tech Companies Join Apple in Its Encryption Fight -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – The tech industry is starting to line up with Apple in its fight against the federal government over the encryption it uses to keep iPhones secure.

Earlier this week, a U.S. magistrate ordered Apple to help investigators break into an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino mass shooters. Apple was given until Tuesday to challenge that ruling, but a person familiar with the case says Apple has been granted an extension until next Friday.

75. Applications for US Jobless Benefits Fall to 3-Month Low -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The number of people seeking unemployment aid fell last week to the lowest level since November, evidence that stock market turmoil and slow growth overseas haven't caused U.S. businesses to cut jobs.

76. The Big Uh-Oh: Global Economy Shaky and Cavalry May Not Come -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Eight years after the financial crisis, the world is coming to grips with an unpleasant realization: serious weaknesses still plague the global economy, and emergency help may not be on the way.

77. US Retail Sales Rise as Consumers Shrug Off Stock Price Drop -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales rose modestly in January, evidence that Americans kept shopping despite sharp drops in stock prices.

The Commerce Department said Friday that retail sales increased a seasonally adjusted 0.2 percent last month, the same as in December. Excluding the effect of falling gas prices, sales rose 0.4 percent.

78. What a Recession Does to Your Money -

NEW YORK (AP) — If we are indeed in the midst of a recession — and we won't know we're in one until well after it's begun — stocks likely still have a long way to go down.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index has dropped 14 percent since peaking last summer, and it joined markets around the world in another steep slide on Thursday. Worries are high that the sharp slowdown in China's growth, falling U.S. corporate profits and other downward pressures will pull the economy back into a recession.

79. Yellen: Persistent Economic Weakness Could Slow Rate Hikes -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen cautioned Wednesday that global weakness and falling financial markets could depress the U.S. economy's growth and slow the pace of Fed interest rate hikes.

80. Stocks Lose More Ground as Jobs Report Disappoints -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks posted steep losses Friday, ending the week with broad declines, as investors fretted over a report showing that U.S. job creation slowed last month.

Technology stocks fell especially hard, and shares of LinkedIn had their worst day in history.

81. Many See Cause for Optimism Despite Slower US Job Growth -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Consider looking past January's so-so job growth.

At first glance, Friday's government report on U.S. hiring was a downer — 151,000 added jobs, well below the pace of the previous few months.

82. Orders to US Factories Fell Sharply in December -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories fell sharply in December, closing out a year in which demand for American manufactured goods retreated for the first time in six years.

Factory orders dropped 2.9 percent in December, the fourth decline in the past five months, the Commerce Department reported Thursday. Orders were down 6.6 percent for the full year, marking the first annual fall since 2009, a year when the country was struggling to emerge from the Great Recession.

83. This week in Memphis history: January 29-February 4 -

1986: Plans are announced for the Southwind Tournament Players Club development on Winchester Road 10 miles east of Memphis International Airport. The centerpiece of the development is a 215-acre golf course to open in the fall of 1987 as the new site of the St. Jude Memphis Golf Classic, which will move from its longtime home at Colonial Country Club.

84. Fed Voices Concern About Global Economic Pressures -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve sounded a note of concern Wednesday about how global pressures could affect the U.S. economy, while keeping a key interest rate unchanged.

Six weeks after it raised rates from record lows, the Fed took stock of a more perilous international picture that could alter its plans for further raising rates. The statement it issued after its latest policy meeting signaled that the Fed could slow future rate hikes if financial market losses and global weakness don't abate.

85. American Consumers Showing More Confidence in Economy -

WASHINGTON (AP) — A strong job market and low gasoline prices helped boost U.S. consumer confidence again this month.

The Conference Board on Tuesday said that its consumer confidence index rose to 98.1 in January from 96.3 in December, the second straight monthly gain. The business research group said Americans were more confident about the future, though their assessment of current economic conditions was unchanged from December.

86. A Month After Raising Rates, Fed Faces Darker Global Economy -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Since the Federal Reserve raised interest rates from record lows last month, the global picture has darkened. Stock markets have plunged. Oil prices have skidded. China's leaders have struggled to steer the world's second-biggest economy.

87. Get Used to it: Big Drops for Stocks are Back Again -

NEW YORK (AP) — Yes, this is scary. Stock prices plunged again Friday and are down 8 percent in just two weeks, an unprecedented slide for a start of a year.

The vicious drops feel even more unsettling because they're such a departure from the placid and strong returns that investors had been enjoying for years. Like vacationers returning from a warm beach to a slushy commute to work, the shock of change is making something already painful even more so.

88. US Employers Hire at Robust Pace, Defying Global Trends -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy is motoring ahead despite slowing global growth that caused upheavals in financial markets around the world this week.

Employers added a robust 292,000 jobs last month, and the unemployment rate stayed low at 5 percent, the Labor Department said Friday. Job gains in the October-December quarter averaged 284,000, the best three-month increase since last January.

89. Survey: US Progress on Health Insurance Stalled in 2015 -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Going into President Barack Obama's last year in office, progress has stalled on reducing the number of uninsured Americans under his signature health care law, according to a major survey out Thursday.

90. Market Volatility Causes IPO Market to Stall Out in 2015 -

NEW YORK (AP) – The volatile trading that defined 2015 led to a very choppy market for companies wanting to go public.

The number of U.S. companies that successfully made an initial public offering of stock in 2015 dropped by more than 40 percent compared with 2014, according to a report by IPO research firm Renaissance Capital.

91. US Stocks Are Ending 2015 Mostly Flat, Capping Volatile Year -

The stock market took investors for a wild ride in 2015, but in the end it was a trip to nowhere.

Despite veering between record highs and the steepest dive in four years, the stock market is on track to end the year essentially flat. That means if you invested in a fund that tracks the Standard & Poor's 500 index, you have little to show for the past 12 months.

92. US Household Wealth in Q3 Fell for First Time in 4 Years -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The stock market's sharp decline in August and September took its toll on Americans' finances in the third quarter. Household net worth fell for the first time in four years.

93. Dixon Museum Renovations, Upgrades Enhance Possibilities -

Upgrades to HVAC systems aren’t always sexy, but those types of improvements can make the difference in a museum getting an exhibit or being passed over for institutions with more up-to-date facilities.

94. More Optimism Among Middle Class Buoys US Consumer Sentiment -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans were more optimistic about their incomes and personal finances this month, particularly among lower and middle-class households, lifting consumers' outlook.

95. US Economy Grew at 2.1 Percent Rate in Third Quarter -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy grew at a slightly faster rate in the summer than previously reported, mainly because businesses restocked their goods at a stronger pace than first thought.

The overall economy, as measured by the gross domestic product, grew at an annual rate of 2.1 percent in the July-September period, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday. It previously estimated growth of 1.5 percent.

96. Home Values Point to a Sharp Wealth Divide Within US Cities -

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's still possible in Boston for a mail carrier, an accountant and a Harvard-trained psychiatrist — basically, the crowd from "Cheers" — to live as neighbors.

That finding by the real estate brokerage Redfin makes the capital of Massachusetts a rarity at a time when neighborhoods in most U.S. cities are increasingly isolated from each other by income and home values.

97. Spurs Snap Grizzlies' Four-Game Winning Streak, 92-82 -

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs played poorly, were not sharp and heard all about it during a fiery timeout.

Imagine if they had lost.

Kawhi Leonard scored 19 points, Tony Parker had 18 and the Spurs held on to snap the Memphis Grizzlies' four-game winning streak with a 92-82 victory Saturday night.

98. Killing Keystone XL, Obama Says Pipeline Not in US Interests -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama killed a Canadian energy giant's application to build the Keystone XL pipeline on Friday, declaring the proposed project wouldn't serve U.S. national interests and would have undercut America's global leadership on climate change. The decision capped a seven-year saga that spiraled into one of the biggest environmental flashpoints of Obama's presidency.

99. Burst of Hiring: US Employers Added 271,000 Jobs in October -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. hiring roared back in October after two weak months, with employers adding a robust 271,000 jobs and likely setting the stage for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates next month.

100. US Factories Grow at Slowest Pace in 2½ Years; Hiring Falls -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. factory activity grew last month at its slowest pace since May 2013 as manufacturers pared their stockpiles and cut jobs.

The Institute for Supply Management said Monday that its index of factory activity slipped to 50.1 in October from 50.2 in September. The figures barely signal growth, which is any reading above 50.