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Meet the housing market’s ‘new normal,’ 7% mortgage rates and all
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Meet the housing market’s ‘new normal,’ 7% mortgage rates and all

Mortgage rates are high and housing inventory is tight, but some experts see the market’s deep freeze starting to thaw this spring.Homebuying started to pick up during and after the holidays. Existing home sales increased 3.1% from December to January, according to the National Association of Realtors. Meanwhile, the inventory of unsold existing homes rose 2% from December to January, totaling around 1 million at the end of last month, slightly expanding buyers’ options.“While home sales remain sizably lower than a couple of years ago, January’s monthly gain is the start of more supply and demand,” NAR chief economist Lawrence Yun said in a news release Thursday.“This might be the market’s first steps toward a ‘new normal’– a world where inventory remains rather scarce by pre-pandemic s...
Not since the 1930s has isolationist sentiment gained such prominence in the U.S.
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Not since the 1930s has isolationist sentiment gained such prominence in the U.S.

In 1940, as Hitler’s troops rolled across Europe, a growing chorus of Republicans argued against sending American weapons to Britain.The United States, they said, would be wasting resources sending help to London and instead Washington should put “America First.”Now, former President Donald Trump and his allies in Congress use the same slogan to make similar arguments against sending military aid to another democratic country in Europe under assault by a powerful authoritarian regime.“The American people deserve to know what their money has gone to. How is the counteroffensive going? Are the Ukrainians any closer to victory than they were 6 months ago?” more than two dozen Republican lawmakers wrote in a letter this month, declaring their opposition to additional U.S. military aid to Uk...
Fears of famine grow in Gaza as aid agencies suspend deliveries
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Fears of famine grow in Gaza as aid agencies suspend deliveries

JERUSALEM — As crowds of hungry people crowded around a food distribution point in Gaza’s southernmost city of Rafah, Magdy Hussein waited patiently in line, a dignified figure amid the chaos.His wait proved in vain — the food ran out before he reached the front.“For the love of God, every time we come, we leave with nothing,” Hussein said to the young men dishing out the soup, as he was filmed by an NBC News crew last week. “Please, every time I tell you, I have 25 people at home.”“What kind of life is this?” Hussein, who is in his 60s, wondered aloud to no one in particular.Magdy Hussein waits in line for food in Gaza. NBC NewsHussein’s situation underscores a bleak reality for many in Gaza, as the Israeli military’s ground invasion and aerial bombardment continues. A dire food and wa...
Experience the Magic of Dubai Marina with a Dhow Cruise: A Spectacular Journey
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Experience the Magic of Dubai Marina with a Dhow Cruise: A Spectacular Journey

Dubai Marina stands as a testament to the city’s grandeur, with its stunning skyline, bustling waterfront promenades, and vibrant atmosphere. Amidst the myriad of attractions, one experience stands out as a must-do for visitors and locals alike – the Dhow Cruise. Let’s embark on a journey to explore the enchanting allure of Dubai Marina through the lens of a Dhow Cruise, where modern luxury meets traditional charm. Setting Sail on an Iconic Journey As the sun dips below the horizon, casting a golden hue over the Marina’s towering skyscrapers, the Dhow Cruise sets sail, promising an unforgettable evening ahead. These traditional wooden vessels, reminiscent of Dubai’s rich maritime heritage, have been refurbished to offer modern comforts while retaining their authentic charm...
Friends, classmates remember student found slain at UGA as neighbors describe suspect’s arrest
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Friends, classmates remember student found slain at UGA as neighbors describe suspect’s arrest

ATHENS, Georgia — Days after Laken Hope Riley was found dead on the University of Georgia campus, friends and classmates are remembering the 22-year-old as a kind young woman who "brought so many people together." Bianca Tiller, who roomed with Riley during their freshman year at UGA, said, "She was the sweetest, most pure-hearted young woman" who "brought so many people together and developed so many friendships." "I came into UGA knowing less than a handful of people and she brought me into her friend group, never let me feel left out," Tiller said about Riley. "She made everyone smile and and is such a kind soul." Laken Riley, left, with Bianca Tiller, her former roommate during freshman year at the University of Georgia. Courtesy Bianca Tiller"The great thing about Laken, everyone s...
‘Oppenheimer,’ Lily Gladstone win at SAG Awards
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‘Oppenheimer,’ Lily Gladstone win at SAG Awards

“Oppenheimer” continued to steamroll through Hollywood’s awards season on Saturday, winning the top prize, for outstanding cast, along with awards for Cillian Murphy and Robert Downey Jr., at the 30th Screen Actors Guild Awards.As the Academy Awards draw closer, Christopher Nolan’s blockbuster biopic — already a winner at the Golden Globes and the BAFTAs — has increasingly looked like the run-away favorite. The SAG Awards, one of the most telling Oscar predictors, will only add to the momentum for “Oppenheimer,” the lead Academy Awards nominee with 13 nods.The SAG Awards were streamed live on Netflix, a first for a major Hollywood award show. That made for some significant tweaks to the age-old traditions of such ceremonies. There were no ads. Profanity was permitted. (“Don’t say anythi...
Ex-NFL star Richard Sherman arrested for alleged DUI in Washington
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Ex-NFL star Richard Sherman arrested for alleged DUI in Washington

NFL Thursday Night Football analyst and former Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman was arrested early Saturday on suspicion of driving under the influence, authorities said.Sherman, 35, was arrested in King County, Washington, which underlies greater Seattle, at 3:48 a.m., according to jail records. The former player was arrested by Washington State Patrol, trooper Rick Johnson said, adding that details would be revealed if charges are formally filed in the case.The Super Bowl veteran was booked into King County Correctional Facility at 4:51 a.m. based on a law enforcement allegation of driving under the influence, those records show. No bond or bail was listed, and it appeared Sherman was still behind bars Saturday night.Washington state law defines DUI as "driving while under ...
Nikki Haley is staying in against the odds. It may hurt her in the long-run.
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Nikki Haley is staying in against the odds. It may hurt her in the long-run.

It’s becoming a familiar scene. Nikki Haley loses a primary state to former President Donald Trump, appears on stage the night of the loss, and, in a fist-pumping speech, vows she will fight on. But after a stumble in her home state of South Carolina on Saturday — making her now without a win in early state primaries — campaign analysts and voters say the longer she stays in the race, the more she may be running the risk of damaging her political future — and brand. She's increasingly linked to Democrats. Her Republican support is waning. And her attacks on Trump have drawn rebukes from GOP voters in a party that the former president now owns. Republican strategist Matthew Bartlett said that to political observers, Haley’s end game is increasingly unclear. “She wants to go out the way s...
South Carolina GOP primary election voter exit polls show how Trump beat Haley
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South Carolina GOP primary election voter exit polls show how Trump beat Haley

Former President Donald Trump continued his winning streak in the GOP presidential primary Saturday, notching a victory in South Carolina thanks again to his dominance among core Republican voters. Trump followed a similar path to victory to the ones he took in Iowa and New Hampshire earlier this year, earning majorities from nearly every key group in the South Carolina’s GOP primary electorate, according to NBC News exit poll results. Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, meanwhile, struggled to garner support beyond the moderates and independents in her home state. Here are four key sets of numbers that help explain Trump’s decisive win over Haley in South Carolina: 1. Trump’s dominance among the GOP baseSelf-described Republicans made up a sizable majority of the South Carolina primary...
Trump aides and allies push for a post-South Carolina ‘pivot’
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Trump aides and allies push for a post-South Carolina ‘pivot’

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A growing chorus of top advisers to Donald Trump is urging him to fixate less on personal grievances and instead focus on hitting President Joe Biden and unifying the Republican Party.The attempt to turn to broader themes comes as the campaign looks ahead to Super Tuesday and the general election, according to nine top Trump aides and allies who spoke to NBC News. Trump’s commanding win in South Carolina over Nikki Haley is yet another illustration of an undeniable political reality: Trump will be the GOP nominee.“There is no question that after Saturday there will be a pivot, because there needs to be,” said a top adviser to the former president. “There is a mindset from our perspective that she [Haley] can do whatever she wants. She can do whatever, we don’t care.”Fol...