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July sales of new homes surge 13.9%, far more than thought

July sales of new homes surge 13.9%, far more than thought

SILVER SPRING, Md. — Sales of new homes jumped again in July, rising 13.9% as the housing market continues to gain traction following a spring downturn caused by pandemic-related lockdowns.
US consumer confidence falls in August to lowest in 6 years

US consumer confidence falls in August to lowest in 6 years

WASHINGTON — U.S. consumer confidence fell for the second consecutive month, sinking to the lowest levels in more than six years as a resurgence of COVID-19 infections in many parts of the country heightened pessimism.
S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller: US home prices rise 3.5% in June

S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller: US home prices rise 3.5% in June

WASHINGTON — U.S. home prices rose at a slightly slower pace in June, but the U.S. housing market continued to show resilience in the face of the coronvavirus pandemic. The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose 3.

Kayaker reunites author with message in a bottle from 1985

MILTON, Del. — A kayaker who discovered a message in a bottle floating in a Delaware river was able to reunite the letter with the woman who wrote it 35 years ago.
Suffrage anniversary commemorations highlight racial divide

Suffrage anniversary commemorations highlight racial divide

HARTFORD, Conn. — As the U.S. marks the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, many event organizers, mindful that the 19th Amendment originally benefited mostly white women, have been careful to present it as a commemoration, not a celebration.
Kenosha protesters, police clash again after Black man shot

Kenosha protesters, police clash again after Black man shot

KENOSHA, Wis.
Retired Brazil soccer star Ronaldinho released in Paraguay

Retired Brazil soccer star Ronaldinho released in Paraguay

ASUNCION, Paraguay — Retired Brazilian soccer star Ronaldinho was released from house arrest Monday after spending five months detained in Paraguay for entering the country with a false passport.
NY AG probes if Trump pumped up value of estate, assets

NY AG probes if Trump pumped up value of estate, assets

New York’s attorney general asked a court Monday to compel some of President Donald Trump's business associates, including his son, Eric, to testify and turn over documents as part of her investigation into whether the president's company lied about
Local virus cases in Gaza raise fears of a wider outbreak

Local virus cases in Gaza raise fears of a wider outbreak

GAZA, Palestinian Territory — Authorities in the Gaza Strip on Monday announced the first coronavirus cases spread through the community, raising fears of a potentially devastating outbreak in the impoverished Palestinian territory blockaded by Israe
California justices toss death penalty for Scott Peterson

California justices toss death penalty for Scott Peterson

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Scott Peterson's conviction for killing his pregnant wife will stand, but the California Supreme Court on Monday overturned his 2005 death sentence in a case that attracted worldwide attention.
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