Landlords sue Seattle over law capping rental move-in fees

SEATTLE/May 31, 2017 (AP) (StlRealEstate.News) — A landlord group is suing the city of Seattle over a new law that caps move-in fees for rental units. The Rental Housing Association of Washington filed suit in King County Superior Court Tuesday, alleging the law violates a state ban on rent control. KOMO-TV reports that the law requires landlords … Continue reading Landlords sue Seattle over law capping rental move-in fees

Headgear rules: Lee Corso, 81, signs extension with ESPN

(STL.News) ESPN has agreed to a multiyear contract extension with Lee Corso, the 81-year-old star of “College GameDay.” Corso joined ESPN in 1987 and has been part of the popular college football Saturday pregame show ever since. His head-gear game predictions, off-the-cuff analysis and signature line — “Not so fast, my friend” — have endeared … Continue reading Headgear rules: Lee Corso, 81, signs extension with ESPN

German court denies mother access to dead daughter’s FB data

BERLIN (AP)(STL.News) — A Berlin court has denied a mother access to her deceased daughter’s Facebook data, ruling German privacy laws outweigh her parental rights. The mother sued for access to her daughter’s account after the 15-year-old died after being hit by a subway train in 2012 to try and determine if it was an … Continue reading German court denies mother access to dead daughter’s FB data

Shulkin stresses ‘lot of work to do’ to fix beleaguered VA

WASHINGTON (AP)(STL.News) — Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin warned Wednesday that the VA is “still in critical condition” despite efforts that predate his tenure to reduce wait times for medical appointments and expand opportunities to seek care in the private sector. In a “State of the VA” report, Shulkin, a physician, issued a blunt diagnosis: … Continue reading Shulkin stresses ‘lot of work to do’ to fix beleaguered VA

NASA spacecraft will aim straight for sun next year

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP)(STL.News) — A NASA spacecraft will aim straight for the sun next year and bear the name of the astrophysicist who predicted the existence of the solar wind nearly 60 years ago. The space agency announced Wednesday that the red-hot mission would be named after Eugene Parker, professor emeritus at the University … Continue reading NASA spacecraft will aim straight for sun next year

Ways homebuyers can leap the down payment hurdle

LOS ANGELES/May 31, 2017 (AP) (StlRealEstate.News) — Saving up for a down payment is the biggest hurdle for many would-be homebuyers, particularly those looking to make the leap from renting to owning. More than two-thirds of renters consider setting aside money for a down payment the No. 1 obstacle to buying a home, according to a recent … Continue reading Ways homebuyers can leap the down payment hurdle

US pending home sales fell again in April

WASHINGTON/May 31, 2017 (AP) (StlRealEstate.News) — Americans retreated from signing contracts to buy homes in April for the second straight month, a possible sign that a declining number of homes on the market are stifling sales during the traditional spring buying season. The National Association of Realtors says that its pending home sales index fell 1.3 … Continue reading US pending home sales fell again in April

Developer pleads no contest in Los Angeles mega mansion case

LOS ANGELES/May 31, 2017 (AP) (StlRealEstate.News) — A developer of luxury homes has pleaded no contest in Los Angeles to misdemeanor charges stemming from construction of a huge Bel Air mansion that the city says has extensive features that were never approved. The pleas were entered Tuesday on behalf of Mohamed Hadid to three charges involving erecting … Continue reading Developer pleads no contest in Los Angeles mega mansion case