Hurricane Isaias Live Updates: Storm Hits Bahamas and Churns Toward Florida

Here’s what you need to know: Nursing homes, already tested by the pandemic, may be vulnerable. Three years after a dozen nursing home residents died during Hurricane Irma, Florida’s former ombudsman warned that Hurricane Isaias will test nursing homes already battling the coronavirus pandemic. Lawmakers passed regulations after air-conditioners failed at one home in 2017, […]

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Elon Musk describes ‘bleak’ life in ‘strange Gatsby-like house’

Elon Musk over the weekend reminisced fondly on his days couch surfing at the homes of Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, and bemoaned the “strange Gatsby-like house” he is staying in. In a wide-ranging interview with the New York Times, the eccentric Tesla CEO — who recently sold a 16,000-square-foot mega mansion for […]

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U.S. mortgage refis surge as rates fall to historically low levels

© Reuters. Real estate signs advertise new homes for sale in multiple new developments in York County, South Carolina NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. mortgage refinancings are surging as historically low 30-year fixed mortgage rates attract borrowers, Bespoke Investment Group said on Wednesday. Mortgage rates fell below 3% last week and have continued lower, with […]

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Beachfront homes in Australia evacuated ‘indefinitely’ after ‘erosion crisis’ threatens collapse

Beachfront homes in Australia worth millions were ordered to evacuate on Monday after a coastal storm triggered massive waves that eroded away cliffs. A total of 18 homes were evacuated in Wamberal on Australia’s Central Coast after the shoreline was severely eroded by the storm that brought nearly 40-foot waves to the coast. Two houses have […]

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The Irwin family documents COVID-19 lockdown in a zoo in Animal Planet series

Most people are restricted to their homes these days — and for the Irwin family, that’s a giant zoo. A special episode of their Animal Planet series, “Crikey! It’s The Irwins: Life in Lockdown” (Saturday at 9 p.m.) takes viewers inside their unique experience trying to keep Australia Zoo running during the pandemic. “Every business […]

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Grave Shortages of Protective Gear Flare Again as Covid Cases Surge

As coronavirus cases surge across the country, hospitals, nursing homes and private medical practices are facing a problem many had hoped would be resolved by now: a dire shortage of respirator masks, isolation gowns and disposable gloves that protect front-line medical workers from infection. Unlike the crisis that caught a handful of big city hospitals […]

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Spain puts 200,000 people in Catalonia back into lockdown after coronavirus spike

Spain has put approximately 200,000 people back under lockdown, but not confined to their homes, following a spike in coronavirus cases in the country, according to reports. The spike in cases was reported in the county of Segria, in Catalonia. Residents were given until 4 p.m. local time to enter the area, but authorities would […]

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Severe Floods in China Leave Over 106 Dead or Missing

Weeks of abnormally intense rains have swept away buildings and ruined homes across southern China, leaving at least 106 people dead or missing and affecting 15 million residents in the worst flooding that parts of the region have seen in decades. Heavy rains this time of year often swell China’s rivers and cause its reservoirs […]

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Census door knockers starting in 6 states later this month

Homes in six states across the U.S. can expect to get knocks on their doors from census takers in two weeks as part of a soft launch of the next phase of the largest head count in U.S. history, Census Bureau officials said Wednesday. Starting in mid-July, homes whose residents haven’t yet answered the 2020 […]

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Wildfire burns homes in Southern California desert town

A wind-driven wildfire has destroyed about 20 homes and forced evacuations as it tore through the rural town of Niland in the Southern California desert near the Salton Sea By The Associated Press June 29, 2020, 6:12 PM 2 min read 2 min read NILAND, Calif. — A wind-driven wildfire destroyed homes and forced evacuations […]

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A ‘last responder’s’ COVID-19 message: ‘If they won’t listen to a doctor, maybe they’ll listen to an undertaker’

Irving Symonds III, whose family operates funeral homes in Highwood, Grayslake and on Chicago’s Northwest Side. | Mark Brown/Chicago Sun-Times As Illinois continues with its reopening process and life returns to some semblance of normal, it would be a tragedy if people failed to keep in mind that what we’ve been dealing with is real […]

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Wildfire near Tucson, Arizona, threatens hundreds of homes

Hundreds of foothills homes on the outskirts of Tucson remained under an evacuation notice Friday as firefighters worked to keep a wildfire from moving downhill from canyons and ridges in mountains in a national forest. Most of the western United States is experiencing extreme dryness or drought, creating challenging conditions for wildfire season, Bryan Henry, […]

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Deadly flooding in China forces 228,000 into shelters; house seen collapsing into river

Hundreds of thousands of people were forced from their homes in south and central China after major flooding caused destruction throughout the region. China’s Ministry of Emergency Management said as of Tuesday, about 228,000 people were forced to seek emergency shelter after heavy rains triggered massive flooding. Downpours in the southern region of Guangxi have been […]

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Smoky fire prompts evacuations in rural Northern California

Strong winds fed a smoky fire that threatened about 100 rural homes and prompted evacuations in Northern California By The Associated Press June 7, 2020, 7:03 PM 1 min read 1 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article WINTERS, Calif. — Strong winds on Sunday fed a smoky fire that threatened about 100 […]

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New Zealanders line up for midnight haircuts, celebrate easing of coronavirus restrictions

New Zealanders cooped up in their homes for the better part of two months couldn’t even wait for sunlight to get their hair cut as they lined up outside hair salons and barbershops before the clock struck midnight. Malls, retail stores and restaurants all reopened Thursday in the South Pacific nation – a reflection of New […]

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White House recommends tests for all nursing home residents

With deaths mounting at the nation’s nursing homes, the White House strongly recommended to governors Monday that all residents and staff at such facilities be tested for the coronavirus in the next two weeks. Why the government is not ordering testing at the the nation’s more than 15,000 nursing homes was unclear. Nor was it […]

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Focus on nursing home workers amid continued coronavirus outbreaks

For nearly two months, many nursing homes nationwide have been on virtual lockdown. Families of residents are not allowed inside, vendors have to drop deliveries outside and the only people coming in and out are health care workers and assistants. Despite all that, the outbreaks continue — possibly spread by the same nursing home workers […]

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Wildfires in Florida Panhandle Force Hundreds to Evacuate

Hundreds of people were told to evacuate their homes on Thursday as wildfires swept through several counties in the Florida Panhandle, the authorities said. The largest wildfire stretched across 2,000 acres in Santa Rosa County, in the northwestern part of the state, the authorities said Wednesday. The fire broke out on Monday afternoon and has […]

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Faced with 20,000 dead from coronavirus, nursing homes seek shield from lawsuits

NEW YORK — Faced with 20,000 coronavirus deaths and counting, the nation’s nursing homes are pushing back against a potential flood of lawsuits with a sweeping lobbying effort to get states to grant them emergency protection from claims of inadequate care. At least 15 states have enacted laws or governors’ orders that explicitly or apparently […]

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PG&E’s Settlement With Wildfire Victims Faces Crucial Vote

Pacific Gas & Electric and thousands of California families who lost homes or loved ones in fires caused by the utility’s equipment reached a $13.5 billion settlement in December, seemingly putting off a lengthy and fraught legal battle. The deal would allow the company to resolve its bankruptcy and provide homeowners money to rebuild. But […]

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Home-sale contracts declined in March as coronavirus drove buyers away

Contracts to purchase previously owned homes declined sharply in March as the coronavirus outbreak kept would-be buyers away, National Association of Realtors data showed on Wednesday. The NAR’s pending home sales index fell to a reading of 88.2, down 20.8 percent from the prior month. February’s index was revised slightly to 111.4 from 111.5. Economists […]

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Strained U.S. mortgage firms get support but push for liquidity facility

© Reuters. Real estate signs advertise new homes for sale in multiple new developments in York County, South Carolina By Chris Prentice and Matt Scuffham WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. housing regulator on Tuesday provided some long-awaited relief for mortgage firms facing billions of dollars of missed home loan repayments, although industry officials said more […]

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