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Low rates and heavy buyer demand send US home sales surging

Low rates and heavy buyer demand send US home sales surging

SILVER SPRING, Md. — Spurred by ultra-low mortgage rates, home buyers rushed last month to snap up a limited supply of existing houses, causing the pace of purchases to jump by a record-high 24.7%.
Russian opposition leader Navalny 'risks his life every day'

Russian opposition leader Navalny 'risks his life every day'

MOSCOW — As Russia’s most determined and durable opposition figure, Alexei Navalny has employed an astute understanding of social media and an accountant’s ability to wade through financial data, a knack for sardonic humour and fierce resolve in the
Michigan appeals court upholds governor's emergency powers

Michigan appeals court upholds governor's emergency powers

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan Democratic Gov.
LA prosecutor files charges in May explosion that injured 12

LA prosecutor files charges in May explosion that injured 12

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles city attorney has filed dozens of criminal charges alleging fire code and safety violations against the owner of a building that exploded in the city's downtown and injured 12 firefighters, officials announced Friday.
Movie theatre trade group establishes COVID-19 protocols

Movie theatre trade group establishes COVID-19 protocols

As movie theatres come back to life across the country, the National Association of Theater Owners is helping to take the guess work out of safe operating practices in the era of COVID-19.
AP Exclusive: Barr 'vehemently opposed' to pardoning Snowden

AP Exclusive: Barr 'vehemently opposed' to pardoning Snowden

WASHINGTON — Attorney General William Barr said he would be “vehemently opposed” to any attempt to pardon former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, after the president suggested he might consider it.
UK public debt breaches 2 trillion-pound mark for first time

UK public debt breaches 2 trillion-pound mark for first time

LONDON — Britain's government debt has breached the 2 trillion-pound ($2.6 trillion) mark for the first time after heavy borrowing to support the economy during the coronavirus pandemic.
US home sales spike an unprecedented 24.7% in July

US home sales spike an unprecedented 24.7% in July

SILVER SPRING, Md. — U.S. home sales rose an unprecedented 24.7% in July as extraordinarily low mortgage rates, and a desire for more space in the pandemic, fuel demand.
After 5 months, AMC Theaters reopens its doors, cautiously

After 5 months, AMC Theaters reopens its doors, cautiously

BOROUGH OF WEST HOMESTEAD, Pa. — The doors to the AMC Waterfront 22 were locked. They had been for five months, along with most indoor theatres in the U.S. because of COVID-19.
Venice Film Festival to require face masks during screenings

Venice Film Festival to require face masks during screenings

ROME — The Venice Film Festival, the first major in-person cinema showcase of the COVID-19 era, is requiring participants to wear face masks during screenings and take a coronavirus test if they are arriving from outside Europe.