WASHINGTON | US home sales rise 1.4 percent, snap 6-month losing streak

WASHINGTON — U.S. home sales rose in October, breaking a six-month losing streak. But sales are still down from a year ago, hurt by rising interest rates. The National Association of Realtors says that sales of existing homes climbed 1.4 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.22 million last month from 5.15 million … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US home sales rise 1.4 percent, snap 6-month losing streak

NEW YORK | Stocks open higher on Wall Street after 2 days of big losses

NEW YORK — Stocks in the U.S. are higher Wednesday morning after two days of steep losses, and major European indexes are also recovering. Major technology companies including Apple and Microsoft are up after they’ve tumbled in the last few days. Crude oil prices are up about 2 percent after they sank to a one-year … Continue reading NEW YORK | Stocks open higher on Wall Street after 2 days of big losses

FRANKFURT, Germany | Oil plunge could help consumers; Trump tweets ‘Enjoy!’

FRANKFURT, Germany — Holiday shoppers should enjoy more spending power thanks to the recent sharp drop in oil prices, though cheaper energy could also weigh on the U.S. economy by dampening investment in shale oil production. While the fall in oil prices doesn’t yet match the 2014-2016 slump to $26 per barrel, the current decline … Continue reading FRANKFURT, Germany | Oil plunge could help consumers; Trump tweets ‘Enjoy!’

FORT WORTH, Texas | Texas doctor fights to keep dinosaur skull seized by feds

FORT WORTH, Texas — A doctor in Texas with a passion for paleontology is challenging the federal government after authorities seized a 70 million-year-old dinosaur skull from his fossil collection. Dr. James Godwin argues that the government waited too long to file a forfeiture claim after it seized the Tyrannosaurus bataar skull that authorities say … Continue reading FORT WORTH, Texas | Texas doctor fights to keep dinosaur skull seized by feds

LONDON | Post-Brexit bid to curb foreign player imports splits soccer

LONDON — Just like the politicians, English soccer is divided by Brexit. With four months until Britain withdraws from the European Union and no consensus over the terms of the split from the bloc, there is also uncertainty about the players Premier League clubs will be able to recruit. With free movement of people from … Continue reading LONDON | Post-Brexit bid to curb foreign player imports splits soccer

COLTS NECK, N.J | Authorities probe mansion fire where 4 found dead

COLTS NECK, N.J. — Authorities in New Jersey continue to investigate the scene of a mansion fire believed to have been set intentionally where two adults and two children have been found dead. The Monmouth County prosecutor’s office said Tuesday the fire at a mansion in the upscale town of Colts Neck may be connected … Continue reading COLTS NECK, N.J | Authorities probe mansion fire where 4 found dead

BEIRUT | Amnesty to expand probe of US-led campaign in Syria’s Raqqa

BEIRUT — Amnesty International said Wednesday it is enlisting the help of thousands of online activists to speed up its investigation into the U.S.-led campaign that drove Islamic State militants from their self-styled capital of Raqqa but left the Syrian city in ruins. The London-based rights group said the new phase of its investigation enables … Continue reading BEIRUT | Amnesty to expand probe of US-led campaign in Syria’s Raqqa

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia | Facebook shuts 20 pages claiming to be Ethiopian broadcaster

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia— A major Ethiopian broadcaster says Facebook has shut 20 fake pages that falsely used its name. Fana Broadcasting Corporate said Wednesday that as a result of its request, Facebook closed down the pages that were spreading fake news. Fana’s announcement comes as Ethiopians complain that fake news reports in recent months have … Continue reading ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia | Facebook shuts 20 pages claiming to be Ethiopian broadcaster