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US contract signings to buy homes hits record for December

US contract signings to buy homes hits record for December

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The number of Americans who signed contracts to buy homes declined slightly for the fourth straight month, but it was still a record high for December. The National Association of Realtors' index of pending home sales dipped 0.
US consumer spending fell 0.2% in December in face of virus

US consumer spending fell 0.2% in December in face of virus

WASHINGTON — U.S. consumers slowed their spending by 0.2% in December, cutting back for a second straight month in a worrisome sign for an economy struggling under the weight of a still out-of-control pandemic.
Sea shanties are having a moment amid isolation of pandemic

Sea shanties are having a moment amid isolation of pandemic

PORTLAND, Maine — There once was a tune that tickled the Internet's fancy/When TikTok revived the humble sea shanty/The views came fast, the fad could last/Go, read about it go: ___ People are stuck at home, toiling away, getting bored, going stir cr
Liquid nitrogen leak at Georgia poultry plant kills 6

Liquid nitrogen leak at Georgia poultry plant kills 6

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A liquid nitrogen leak at a northeast Georgia poultry plant killed six people Thursday and sent 11 others to the hospital, officials said.
Judge OKs extradition of 2 wanted in ex-Nissan boss' escape

Judge OKs extradition of 2 wanted in ex-Nissan boss' escape

BOSTON — A U.S. judge on Thursday cleared the way for the extradition of an American father and son wanted by Japan for smuggling former Nissan Motor Co. Chairman Carlos Ghosn out of the country while he was awaiting trial. U.S.
California jobless agency was warned of fraud, did little

California jobless agency was warned of fraud, did little

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Despite warnings, California’s unemployment agency did nothing for four months to stop paying bogus jobless claims, according to an audit released Thursday that blamed Gov.
Brokerages limit trading in GameStop, sparking outcry

Brokerages limit trading in GameStop, sparking outcry

Robinhood and other retail brokerages took steps to tamp down the speculative frenzy surrounding companies such as GameStop, but the actions only sparked more volatility in the market and an outcry from users of the platforms and some members of Cong
B.C. Hydro to offer 'clean' industries reduced rate as province aims to cut emissions

B.C. Hydro to offer 'clean' industries reduced rate as province aims to cut emissions

VICTORIA — B.C. is partnering with the province's hydroelectric utility to offer a lower rate for some industries and public transportation agencies with the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the province announced Thursday.
James Goldston stepping down as top ABC News executive

James Goldston stepping down as top ABC News executive

NEW YORK — ABC News President James Goldston said Thursday that he will leave the network at the end of March, after seven years of leading the news division.

Petronas CEO touts LNG Canada's emissions benefits, warns delays could be costly

CALGARY — The president and group CEO of oil giant Petronas says the LNG Canada liquefied natural gas export facility now under construction in B.C. helps support his company's recently set goal of having net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.