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More rooftops, more people per acre
Tennessee’s cities embrace infill as housing crisis persists

Tennessee’s cities have a housing problem. Specifically, not enough rooftops and certainly not enough that are affordable.

Elected officials at the state and local levels are trying different tactics to ease the crunch. But what’s the silver bullet? Zoning-density changes? Developer incentives?

Heyer finds, makes new home at Husch Blackwell

First-year corporate attorney Blake Heyer might have felt like a stranger in a strange land when he arrived at Husch Blackwell in September, a University of Georgia graduate dropped into a sea of orange.

So one of his early tasks was making a statement with his office, more specifically decorating with a bulldog or two and the black and red of his alma mater.

Johnson thrives in second act

Realtor Diana Johnson embraces her second act at Coldwell Banker Pryor Realty in Chattanooga. After working at U.S. Xpress for 25 years, Johnson jumped into real estate in 2017 and continues to expand her practice.

Johnson says she served loyally at the same enterprise for almost half her life, 17 years of which she served as the manager of driver payroll. Following leadership changes, Johnson explains, U.S. Xpress eliminated over 100 jobs in one day, including hers. Despite the shock, she says the sudden change allowed her to escape burnout and reflect on what she truly wanted.

New area home listings jumped 25% in May

The Greater Chattanooga area experienced a thriving real estate market in May, showcasing significant growth and dynamic changes. The latest data from the National Association of Realtors shows the local market continues to be influenced by the interplay of supply and demand, with an increase in home sales despite rising prices.

Newsmakers: Savage takes new role at INCubator

The Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce has announced Marcherie J. Savage’s appointment as the new Director of Entrepreneurial Development at the INCubator.

Savage, a Chattanooga native, brings a wealth of experience and a strong academic background to her new role. She holds a degree in communications from Tennessee State University, focusing on leadership and entrepreneurship.

Briefs: TechX Awards nominations, applications open

The Chattanooga Technology Council has announced nominations and applications are now open for the fifth Annual Technology Excellence (TechX) Awards.

This event celebrates the achievements and contributions of the Chattanooga technology community’s people, projects and businesses.

Financial Focus: Avoid these estate planning mistakes

By the time you reach retirement age, you may have accumulated a 401(k), IRA and other investment accounts, along with insurance policies and physical properties. You’ll use some of these assets to support your retirement, but the rest might end up in your estate – which is why an estate plan is so important.

Rogers column: Today’s elite ‘athletes’ are becoming hard to stomach

Will the Fourth of July really be the Fourth of July if Joey Chestnut isn’t cramming hot dogs down his gullet for a Coney Island crowd?

Chestnut is a trencherman of the first order: a 16-time winner of the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July hot dog-eating contest and the world’s No. 1-ranked competitive eater.

Past, present come together at Olympic Diving Trials

Dave Parrington was watching from his home in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) when the University of Tennessee hosted the U.S. Olympic Diving Team Trials at the old outdoor pool in 1976. Along with following the results of his potential competitors, Parrington was impressed with the university’s ability to attract such a prestigious event.

Book review: Little groundbreaking in ‘Rainbow Ceiling’

You can see the CEO’s office from the outside of your workplace.

You’ve actually been in that office, so you know what it looks like inside. Big, expansive desk. Cushy, expensive chair. Ankle-deep carpet. The CEO got there through regular means over the course of his career – something you’d like to do.

Behind the Wheel: Best hybrid sedans for less than $35,000

Buying a hybrid vehicle makes more sense than ever. The latest models are just as powerful – More so in some cases – as related gas-only models and have such small price premiums that it’s easy to start saving money while reducing your vehicle-based carbon emissions.

Average long-term US mortgage rate falls again, easing to lowest level since early April

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Home loan borrowing costs eased again this week as the average rate on a 30-year mortgage declined to its lowest level since early April.

The rate fell to 6.87% from 6.95% last week, mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday. A year ago, the rate averaged 6.67%.

Tennessee forces College World Series finals to a third game with a 4-1 win over Texas A&M

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Tennessee's prodigious home run prowess arrived too late in Game 1 of the College World Series finals.

It showed up right on time in Game 2.

Tennessee's Dylan Dreiling hit the go-ahead homer in the seventh inning, Cal Stark went deep in the eighth and after Nate Snead turned back a scoring threat by Texas A&M in the bottom of the ninth, the Volunteers had forced a deciding third game with a 4-1 victory Sunday.

Predators get Wiesblatt from Sharks for Afanasyev

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The San Jose Sharks acquired forward Egor Afanasyev from the Nashville Predators on Sunday for forward Ozzy Wiesblatt.

The 23-year-old Afanasyev led Milwaukee of the AHL with 54 points and 27 goals in 56 games this past season. He added five goals and four assists in 15 games in the Calder Cup Playoffs, scoring a hat trick on May 22 at Grand Rapids.

Hatton holds off Rahm, DeChambeau to win LIV Golf Nashville

COLLEGE GROVE (AP) — Tyrrell Hatton won the inaugural LIV Golf Nashville event Sunday, easily holding off Jon Rahm and two-time U.S. Open champ Bryson DeChambeau for the Englishman's first victory since January 2021 at Abu Dhabi.

Hatton took a three-stroke lead into the round, and shot a 6-under 65 to polish off a six-stroke win at The Grove. Hatton had eight birdies and two bogeys to finish at 19-under 194 trying to avoid looking at a leaderboard until the 17th green.

Supreme Court will take up Tennessee ban on gender-affirming care for minors

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday jumped into the fight over transgender rights, agreeing to hear an appeal from the Biden administration seeking to block state bans on gender-affirming care.

The justices' action comes as Republican-led states have enacted a variety of restrictions on health care for transgender people, school sports participation, bathroom usage and drag shows. The administration and Democratic-led states have extended protections for transgender people, including a new federal regulation that seeks to protect transgender students.

Prosecutors in classified files case to urge judge to bar Trump from inflammatory comments about FBI

FORT PIERCE, Fla. (AP) — The federal judge presiding over the classified documents prosecution of Donald Trump is hearing arguments Monday on whether to bar the former president from public comments that prosecutors say could endanger the lives of FBI agents working on the case.

'Everything is at stake' for reproductive rights in 2024, Harris says as Biden-Trump debate nears

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris says "everything is at stake" with reproductive health rights in November's election as the Biden campaign steps up its focus on contrasting the positions taken by Democratic President Joe Biden and Republican Donald Trump on the issue before their debate this week.

Planned Parenthood announces that it will spend $40 million ahead of November's election

WASHINGTON (AP) — Planned Parenthood will spend $40 million ahead of November's elections to bolster President Joe Biden and leading congressional Democrats, betting that voters angry at Republican-led efforts to further restrict access to abortion can be the difference in key races around the country.

Conservative-backed group is creating a list of federal workers it suspects could resist Trump plans

WASHINGTON (AP) — From his home office in small-town Kentucky, a seasoned political operative is quietly investigating scores of federal employees suspected of being hostile to the policies of Republican Donald Trump, a highly unusual and potentially chilling effort that dovetails with broader conservative preparations for a new White House.

Off the TV screen and into real life: An MSNBC event illustrates the rise of 'event journalism'

NEW YORK (AP) — MSNBC is inviting its fans to a one-day "Democracy 2024" event this September with live panels and a dinner with stars like Rachel Maddow, Chris Hayes and Ari Melber, part of the company's entrance into the burgeoning field of events journalism.

Young gay Latinos see a rising share of new HIV cases, leading to a call for targeted funding

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Four months after seeking asylum in the U.S., Fernando Hermida began coughing and feeling tired. He thought it was a cold. Then sores appeared in his groin and he would soak his bed with sweat. He took a test.

On New Year's Day 2022, at age 31, Hermida learned he had HIV.

Yellen announces efforts to boost the housing supply as high prices create a crunch

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is announcing new steps to increase access to affordable housing as still-high prices on groceries and other necessities and high interest rates have dramatically pushed up the cost of living in the post-pandemic years.

Car dealerships in North America revert to pens and paper after cyberattacks on software provider

NEW YORK (AP) — Car dealerships in North America continue to wrestle with major disruptions that started last week with cyberattacks on a software company used widely in the auto retail sales sector.

CDK Global, a company that provides software for thousands of auto dealers in the U.S. and Canada, was hit by back-to-back cyberattacks Wednesday. That led to an outage that has continued to impact operations.

China, EU are open to talks on plans to hike tariffs on Chinese EVs

BANGKOK (AP) — China and the European Union are open to holding talks on the EU's recent decision to sharply raise tariffs on imports of Chinese-made electric vehicles, officials from both sides say.

China's Commerce Ministry and Germany's economy minister said over the weekend that each side was willing to hold talks on the issue. Meanwhile, Chinese state media said Monday that Beijing is pushing for the EU to give up plans to sharply raise provisional tariffs on imports of Chinese-made electric vehicles by July 4.

Railroads must provide details of hazardous cargo immediately after a derailment under new rule

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A new federal rule finalized Monday aims to ensure first responders can find out what hazardous chemicals are on a train almost immediately after a derailment so they can respond appropriately.

Too often in past disasters like last year's fiery Norfolk Southern derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, firefighters risked their lives trying to extinguish a blaze without knowing the right way to respond. The local fire chief in charge of the response said it took him 45 minutes to learn exactly what was in the 11 burning tank cars on the train, but some firefighters from neighboring departments that came to help said they didn't know what they were dealing with until two hours after the Feb. 3, 2023, crash.

EU targets Apple's App Store for first time using new digital competition rules

LONDON (AP) — European Union regulators on Monday leveled their first charges under the bloc's new digital competition rulebook, accusing Apple of preventing app makers from pointing users to cheaper options outside its App Store.

The European Commission said that according to the preliminary findings of its investigation, the restrictions that the iPhone maker imposes on developers using its mobile App Store had breached the 27-nation bloc's Digital Markets Act.

UPS agrees to sell its freight-brokerage division for less than it paid for the business in 2015

ATLANTA (AP) — United Parcel Service said Sunday it agreed to sell its Coyote Logistics division to RXO for just over $1 billion — less than it paid for the freight-brokerage company in 2015 — to focus more on its core package-delivery business.

UPS said it expects to close the sale by the year if regulators allow the deal. Atlanta-based UPS said it will update its financial outlook once the sale is completed.

Vols' run at 'unbreakable' HR mark impresses Bertman, whose teams were faces of 1990s 'gorilla ball'

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Until he saw messages flying back and forth on the 1990s-era LSU players' group text thread late this season, Skip Bertman didn't realize the Tennessee team of 2024 was making a serious run at the Holy Grail of the college baseball record book.

UK fans wonder if Taylor Swift will say 'So long, London' after Eras Tour

LONDON (AP) — Taylor Swift fans enjoy parsing the singer-songwriter's lyrics for references to her romantic life and insights into her state of her mind.

But the pop superstar's fans in the U.K. didn't have to listen closely to her latest album, "The Tortured Poets Department," to get the sense that Swift had soured on the country's capital city after long making it a regular hangout and then her second home. The record's fifth track is titled "So Long, London."

Expanded Kentucky Bourbon Trail to feature both age-old distilleries, relative newcomers

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Bourbon Trail is maturing, like the fine whiskeys it showcases.

A new-look Bourbon Trail unveiled Thursday will lead visitors to large and small distilleries alike, linking relative newcomers and age-old brands in a collective strategy to build on bourbon tourism's popularity.

The Supreme Court upholds a gun control law intended to protect domestic violence victims

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Friday upheld a federal gun control law that is intended to protect victims of domestic violence.

In their first Second Amendment case since they expanded gun rights in 2022, the justices ruled in favor of a 1994 ban on firearms for people under restraining orders to stay away from their spouses or partners. The justices reversed a ruling from the federal appeals court in New Orleans that had struck down the law.

Motion after motion puts Trump Florida case in slow motion as 3-day hearing begins

FORT PIERCE, Fla. (AP) — The federal judge presiding over the classified documents case against former President Donald Trump is hearing arguments Friday on a long-shot defense effort to get the indictment thrown out based on the claim that the prosecutor who brought the charges was illegally appointed.

Appeals court panel refuses to delay Trump ally Steve Bannon's 4-month contempt prison sentence

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court panel on Thursday rejected longtime Donald Trump ally Steve Bannon's bid to stay out of prison while he fights his conviction for defying a subpoena from the House committee that investigated the U.S. Capitol attack.

Democrats put a spotlight on more than 1 million pensions saved under a 2021 law

WASHINGTON (AP) — As the general election nears, Democrats are keen to remind union voters in Pennsylvania that pensions for many workers have been preserved as part of a coronavirus pandemic-era aid package that keeps on giving.

As of Friday, the White House said, more than 1 million union workers and retirees' pensions will have been saved by the Butch Lewis Act, which became law in the spring of 2021.

Trump proposes green cards for foreign grads of US colleges, departing from anti-immigrant rhetoric

MIAMI (AP) — Former President Donald Trump said in an interview posted Thursday he wants to give automatic green cards to foreign students who graduate from U.S. colleges, a sharp departure from the anti-immigrant rhetoric he typically uses on the campaign trail.

US home sales fall for the 3rd straight month in May amid rising mortgage rates, record-high prices

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sales of previously occupied U.S. homes fell in May for the third straight month as rising mortgage rates and record-high prices discouraged many prospective homebuyers during what's traditionally the housing market's busiest period of the year.

Beneath offshore wind turbines, researchers grow seafood and seaweed

KRIEGERS FLAK OFFSHORE WIND FARM, Denmark (AP) — In a small boat bobbing in the waves between towering offshore wind turbines, researchers in Europe's Baltic Sea reach into the frigid water and remove long lines stretched between the pylons onto which mussels and seaweed are growing.

Newly-named Washington Post editor decides not to take job after backlash

NEW YORK (AP) — Newly-named Washington Post editor Robert Winnett has decided not to take the job and remain in England amid leadership turmoil at the news organization.

The Post's CEO and publisher, Will Lewis, announced Winnett's decision to withdraw in a note to staff on Thursday morning. He will stay as deputy editor of the Telegraph in London.

How Nvidia became an AI giant

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It all started at a Denny's in San Jose in 1993.

Three engineers — Jensen Huang, Chris Malachowsky and Curtis Priem — gathered at the diner in what is now the heart of Silicon Valley to discuss building a computer chip that would make graphics for video games faster and more realistic. That conversation, and the ones that followed, led to the founding of Nvidia, the tech company that soared through the ranks of the stock market to briefly top Microsoft as the most valuable company in the S&P 500 this week.

California workplace safety board approves heat protections for indoor workers, excluding prisons

LOS ANGELES (AP) — On the first day of summer with parts of California sweltering under a heat advisory, a state worker safety board approved standards Thursday that would require employers to protect workers from indoor heat, but would exempt state correctional facilities.

Trump is proposing to make tips tax-free. What would that mean for workers?

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Donald Trump's new proposal to exclude tips from federal taxes is getting strong reviews from some Republican lawmakers, though major questions remain about the impact of the policy and how it would work.

What's certain is that a change in the taxation of tips would affect millions. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates there are 2.24 million waiters and waitresses across the country, with tips making up a large percentage of their income.

Border Patrol reports arrests are down 25% since Biden announced new asylum restrictions

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of arrests by Border Patrol agents of people illegally crossing into the United States fell in May to the third lowest of any month during the Biden presidency, while preliminary figures released Thursday show encounters with migrants falling even more in the roughly two weeks since the president announced new rules restricting asylum.

US will redirect air defense interceptor missiles to Ukraine that other allies had on order

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House announced Thursday that it will rush delivery of air defense interceptor missiles to Ukraine by redirecting planned shipments to other allied nations, as Washington scrambles to counter increased Russian attacks on Ukrainian energy infrastructure.

The Supreme Court upholds a tax on foreign income over a challenge backed by business interests

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a tax on foreign income over a challenge backed by business and anti-regulatory interests, declining their invitation to weigh in on a broader, never-enacted tax on wealth.

The justices, by a 7-2 vote, left in place a provision of a 2017 tax law that is expected to generate $340 billion, mainly from the foreign subsidiaries of domestic corporations that parked money abroad to shield it from U.S. taxes.

American Airlines CEO says the removal of several Black passengers from a flight was 'unacceptable'

DALLAS (AP) — American Airlines put an unspecified number of employees on leave for their involvement in an incident in which several Black passengers were removed from a flight in Phoenix, allegedly over a complaint about body odor.

American CEO Robert Isom wrote in a note to staff that the incident was unacceptable.

A dip for Nvidia weighs on Wall Street as indexes edge back from records

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stock indexes edged back from their records Thursday, weighed down by a dip for Wall Street darling Nvidia, following a mixed set of reports on the economy.

The S&P 500 dropped 0.3% from its all-time high set before trading paused for Wednesday's Juneteenth holiday. The Nasdaq composite also pulled back from its record and slipped 0.8%. The Dow Jones Industrial Average beat the market with a gain of 299 points, or 0.8%.

In Atlanta to promote fentanyl actions, Yellen announces sanctions against Mexican cartel

WASHINGTON (AP) — In Atlanta to promote the Biden administration's efforts to quell the import of illegal drugs into the U.S., Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen announced new sanctions against members of a Mexican drug cartel accused of trafficking fentanyl, cocaine, meth and migrants through the southern border.

Mike Pence's foundation launches a $10M election-year campaign to preserve Trump-era tax cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Vice President Mike Pence's foundation is launching a $10 million campaign to preserve the Trump-era tax cuts that are set to expire after next year as he presses conservatives not to stray from the fight before the November election.

The Supreme Court will consider reinstating a critical approval for a rail project in eastern Utah

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court agreed on Monday to consider reviving a critical approval for a railroad project that would carry crude oil and boost fossil fuel production in rural eastern Utah.

The justices will review an appeals court ruling that overturned the approval issued by the Surface Transportation Board for the Uinta Basin Railway, an 88-mile (142-kilometer) railroad line. Arguments will take place in the fall.

Music record labels sue AI song-generators Suno and Udio for copyright infringement

BOSTON (AP) — Big record companies are suing artificial intelligence song-generators Suno and Udio for copyright infringement, alleging that the AI music startups are exploiting the recorded works of artists from Chuck Berry to Mariah Carey.

The Recording Industry Association of America announced the lawsuits Monday brought by labels including Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group and Warner Records.

Graceland steward Jack Soden, soul man Wilson Pickett among 9 named to Memphis Music Hall of Fame

MEMPHIS (AP) — The Memphis Music Hall of Fame inducted its inaugural class of 25 luminaries at a rousing ceremony 12 years ago, honoring legends spanning generations and genres, from Elvis Presley to ZZ Top to Three 6 Mafia.

In later years, dozens of other musicians who recorded, taught and performed in Memphis secured their place in the Hall of Fame in this cradle of blues, soul and rock 'n' roll — Justin Timberlake, Tina Turner, Carla Thomas, to name a few.

Supreme Court rejects challenge to new horse racing anti-doping rules

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday rejected a challenge from Republican-controlled states to a horse racing safety law that has led to national medication and anti-doping rules.

The justices left in place an appeals court ruling that upheld the law and rejected claims that Congress gave too much power to the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority, the private entity that administers the rules.

Supreme Court will take up Hungary's bid to end lawsuit from Holocaust survivors

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to intervene for the second time in a dispute between Hungary and Holocaust survivors who want to be compensated for the property confiscated from them during World War II.

The justices will hear arguments in the fall in Hungary's latest bid to end the lawsuit filed 14 years ago by survivors, all of whom are now over 90, and heirs of survivors. Some survived being sent to the Auschwitz death camp in what was German-occupied Poland.

On the anniversary of the fall of Roe, Democrats lay the blame for worsening health care on Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris is using the second anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision overturning Roe v. Wade to argue that Donald Trump is "guilty" of rolling back women's freedoms and setting off a nationwide health care crisis.

Most of Wall Street rises, but Nvidia tumbles again as AI mania cools

NEW YORK (AP) — Another slide for Wall Street heavyweight Nvidia kept U.S. indexes mixed Monday, even as the majority of stocks rallied.

The S&P 500 slipped 0.3% to pull further from its record set last week. The drops for Nvidia and other winners of Wall Street's artificial-intelligence boom pulled the Nasdaq composite down 1.1%, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 260 points, or 0.7%.

Apple becomes first target of EU's new digital competition rules aimed at big tech

LONDON (AP) — European Union regulators on Monday leveled their first charges under the bloc's new digital competition rulebook, accusing Apple of preventing app makers from pointing users to cheaper options outside its App Store.

The European Commission said that according to the preliminary findings of its investigation, the restrictions that the iPhone maker imposes on developers using its mobile App Store had breached the 27-nation bloc's Digital Markets Act.

Tennessee earns first national title in baseball with 6-5 win over Texas A&M

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Tony Vitello jumped into the stands to share a group hug with the legion of Tennessee fans who invaded Omaha. His players ran a lap around the warning track high-fiving them. Kavares Tears squatted in right field taking in the moment with a towel over his eyes.

Tennessee is sued over law that criminalizes helping minors get abortions without parental approval

NASHVILLE (AP) — As Tennessee prepares to become the second U.S. state to enact a ban against adults helping minors get an abortion without parental permission, a state Democratic lawmaker and reproductive rights activist on Monday filed a legal challenge alleging the statute is unconstitutional.

More than 500 people have been charged with federal crimes under the gun safety law Biden signed

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 500 people — some linked to transnational cartels and organized crime rings — have been charged with gun trafficking and other crimes under the landmark gun safety legislation President Joe Biden signed two years ago Tuesday.

Trump lawyers in classified documents case will ask the judge to suppress evidence from prosecutors

FORT PIERCE, Fla. (AP) — Lawyers for Donald Trump on Tuesday will ask the judge presiding over his classified documents case to prevent prosecutors from using evidence seized during an FBI search of his Florida estate and recordings made by one of his former attorneys.

Prosecutor in classified documents case clashes with judge over request to restrict Trump's speech

FORT PIERCE, Fla. (AP) — A federal prosecutor in the classified documents case of Donald Trump clashed with the judge Monday as he faced skeptical questioning over a request to bar the former president from making threatening comments about law enforcement agents involved in the investigation.

A look at Julian Assange and how the long-jailed WikiLeaks founder is now on the verge of freedom

WASHINGTON (AP) — News that the U.S. Justice Department has reached a plea deal that will lead to freedom for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange brings a stunning culmination to a long-running saga of international intrigue that spanned multiple continents. Its central character is a quixotic internet publisher with a profound disdain for government secrets.

Trump has spent months painting Biden as incompetent. Now he's changing his tone before the debate

NEW YORK (AP) — After months of casting President Joe Biden as a shell of a man incapable of putting two sentences together, Donald Trump has changed his tune days before their first debate.

"I assume he's going to be somebody that will be a worthy debater," the former president and presumptive Republican nominee said in an appearance on "The All-In" podcast last week.

Laugh (or cringe) at these history-making moments from presidential debates

WASHINGTON (AP) — It could be a well-rehearsed zinger or an offhand, too-loud sigh.

Notable moments from past presidential debates demonstrate how the candidates' words and body language can make them look especially relatable or hopelessly out-of-touch. They also can showcase candidates at the top of their policy game or suggest they're out to sea.

This week's televised debate is crucial for Biden and Trump — and CNN

NEW YORK (AP) — Joe Biden and Donald Trump won't be alone at Thursday's debate. Moderators Dana Bash and Jake Tapper of CNN will be on camera, too, and there's a lot on the line for their network as it fights for relevance in a changing media environment.

How memorable debate moments are made: On the fly, rehearsed — and sometimes without a word uttered

WASHINGTON (AP) — It could be a well-rehearsed zinger or an offhand, too-loud sigh.

Notable moments from past presidential debates demonstrate how the candidates' words and body language can make them look especially relatable or hopelessly out-of-touch. They also can showcase candidates at the top of their policy game or suggest they're out to sea.

A possible Trump VP pick grapples with supporting a CO2 pipeline

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum has emerged as a serious contender to be Donald Trump's running mate. He's one of the president's most loyal and vocal backers and brings executive experience, business savvy and close connections to deep-pocketed energy industry CEOs. Trump wants their money to help finance his third run for the White House.

US surgeon general declares gun violence a public health emergency

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. surgeon general on Tuesday declared gun violence a public health crisis, driven by the fast-growing number of injuries and deaths involving firearms in the country.

The advisory issued by Dr. Vivek Murthy, the nation's top doctor, came as the U.S. grappled with another summer weekend marked by mass shootings that left dozens of people dead or wounded.

Vietnam's VinFast looks to tiny EV, priced at less than $10,000, to change its fortunes

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnamese automaker VinFast, for a short time the third-most valuable car company in the world, has a big problem: It just can't sell enough cars.

Idle factories bleed money and the company's financial health is at stake. After finding the U.S. market a tough nut to crack, Vinfast is hoping its tiniest and cheapest car yet — a roughly 10-foot-long pure battery electric mini-SUV priced at $9,200 and called the VF3 — will become Vietnam's "national car" and win over consumers in Asian markets.

A big boost for a climate solution: electricity made from the heat of the Earth

One method of making electricity cleanly to address climate change has been quietly advancing and on Tuesday it hit a milestone.

A California utility is backing the largest new geothermal power development in the U.S. — 400 megawatts of clean electricity from the Earth's heat — enough for some 400,000 homes.

Microsoft breached antitrust rules by bundling Teams with office software, European Union says

LONDON (AP) — Microsoft violated European Union antitrust rules with "possibly abusive" practices by tying its Teams messaging and videoconferencing app to its widely used business software, the bloc said.

The European Commission said Monday it informed Microsoft of its preliminary view that the U.S. tech giant has been "restricting competition" by bundling Teams with core office productivity applications such as Office 365 and Microsoft 365.

Maui ponders its future as leaders consider restricting vacation rentals loved by tourists

HONOLULU (AP) — Alicia Humiston bought her condo in Lahaina after she visited Maui and fell for its rainforests, lava fields and the whales that gather offshore. She travels there about three times a year and rents out her unit for short periods when she's not in Hawaii.

Amazon teams up with Megan Thee Stallion to promote its 10th Prime Day sales event

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is partnering with hip-hop star Megan Thee Stallion to boost sales for its 10th annual Prime Day discount event.

On Tuesday, the rapper unveiled a new original song called "It's Prime Day." An accompanying music video shows her purchasing a pink dog collar, fake eyelashes and other items from Amazon.

UN tells Israel it will suspend aid operations across Gaza without improved safety, UN officials say

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senior U.N. officials have told Israel they will suspend aid operations across Gaza unless urgent steps are taken to better protect humanitarian workers, two U.N. officials say.

A U.N. letter sent to senior Israeli officials this month said Israel must provide U.N. workers with direct communication with Israeli forces on the ground in Gaza, among other steps, the officials said.

Ukraine realizes a dream as it launches EU membership talks, but joining is likely to take years

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union launched membership talks with Ukraine on Tuesday, a decade after Russian troops seized the Crimean Peninsula to deter the country from moving closer to the West, part of a chain of events that set the two neighbors on the path to war.

House ethics panel reviews 2 GOP lawmakers' campaign payments to private social clubs

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Ethics Committee said Monday it was reviewing separate accusations against two Republican congressmen from Texas that allege they violated ethics rules by using campaign funds to pay membership dues at private social clubs.

Vitello teams that played with attitude and edge laid foundation for Vols' national championship run

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Winning the national championship validated what already was increasingly obvious. Tennessee is the standard bearer in this era of college baseball.

The Volunteers' first national title in the sport was the culmination of a seven-year climb from SEC irrelevance to national dominance under Tony Vitello, whose team finished its latest College World Series run with a 6-5 win over Texas A&M in the third and deciding game of the finals Monday night.

Judge alters Trump's gag order, letting him talk about witnesses, jury after hush money conviction

NEW YORK (AP) — A Manhattan judge on Tuesday modified Donald Trump's gag order, freeing the former president to comment publicly about witnesses and jurors in the hush money criminal trial that led to his felony conviction, but keeping others connected to the case off limits until he is sentenced July 11.

Trump lawyers in classified docs case ask judge to suppress evidence seized during Mar-a-Lago search

FORT PIERCE, Fla. (AP) — Lawyers for Donald Trump on Tuesday asked the judge presiding over his classified documents case to prevent prosecutors from using as evidence boxes of records seized during an FBI search of his Florida estate.

The arguments marked the conclusion of a three-day hearing in which prosecutors and defense lawyers have sparred over topics ranging from the legality of the appointment of special counsel Jack Smith, whose team brought the case, to whether the Republican former president should be barred from making comments that could pose a risk to the safety of FBI agents involved in the investigation.

The AP is setting up a sister organization seeking grants to support local and state news

NEW YORK (AP) — The Associated Press says it is setting up a sister organization that will seek to raise money in support of state and local news reporting, as the crisis in that sector shows little sign of abating.

The organization, which will have a board of directors independent of the AP, will solicit philanthropic spending to boost this news coverage, both within the AP and through outside organizations, the news outlet said Tuesday.

U.S. sanctions 'sprawling' shadow banking network for supporting Iranian military

WASHINGTON (AP) — A group of 50 people and firms across across Hong Kong, the United Arab Emirates and the Marshall Islands that have been acting as a "sprawling shadow banking network" for Iran's military were hit with economic sanctions Tuesday, the U.S. Treasury Department said.

Nvidia rebounds, and it's back to masking losses for the rest of Wall Street

NEW YORK (AP) — A rebound for Nvidia propped up a weakened Wall Street Tuesday.

The S&P 500 rose 0.4% and neared its all-time high set a week earlier, while the Nasdaq composite leaped 1.3% for its first gain in four days. Such strength came even as most stocks outside Wall Street's frenzy around artificial-intelligence technology fell.

Amazon teams with Megan Thee Stallion to promote its 10th Prime Day sales event

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is partnering with hip-hop star Megan Thee Stallion to boost sales for its 10th annual Prime Day discount event.

On Tuesday, the rapper unveiled a new original song called "It's Prime Day." An accompanying music video shows her purchasing a pink dog collar, fake eyelashes and other items from Amazon.