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Sales of new homes surge 4.8% in August

Sales of new homes surge 4.8% in August

NEW YORK — The market for newly constructed homes in the U.S. continued its upward climb in August, despite the ongoing pandemic and lingering worries about the future of the U.S. economy.
Annual Lennon tribute, in 40th year, goes online

Annual Lennon tribute, in 40th year, goes online

NEW YORK — Like many other events, an annual John Lennon tribute concert that takes place in his adopted city of New York on his Oct. 9 birthday has been forced online because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Carole Baskin of 'Tiger King' fame sued for defamation

Carole Baskin of 'Tiger King' fame sued for defamation

ORLANDO, Fla. — Carole Baskin, who became a pop culture sensation due to Netflix’s docuseries “Tiger King,” is being sued for defamation by a former assistant.
'Grateful': Gigi Hadid welcomes baby girl with Zayn Malik

'Grateful': Gigi Hadid welcomes baby girl with Zayn Malik

LOS ANGELES — Model Gigi Hadid and her musician boyfriend Zayn Malik took to social media to celebrate the arrival of an infant girl, with dad saying he's “grateful" and “thankful.
Hong Kong activist Wong arrested over unauthorized assembly

Hong Kong activist Wong arrested over unauthorized assembly

Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong said he was arrested again Thursday for allegedly participating in an unauthorized assembly last October.

Choir practice in Spain infects 30 of 41 members with virus

MADRID — At least 30 of 41 members of a gospel choir in northeastern Spain have contracted coronavirus following a rehearsal indoors with little air circulation, local authorities and the chorus say.
In Taylor case, limits of law overcome calls for justice

In Taylor case, limits of law overcome calls for justice

“Arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor” became a rallying cry this summer, emblazoned on T-shirts worn by celebrities and sports stars while protesters filled the streets demanding police accountability.
Brown bear breaks into the Alaska Zoo, kills popular alpaca

Brown bear breaks into the Alaska Zoo, kills popular alpaca

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A wild brown bear tunneled under perimeter fencing and killed a popular alpaca at the Alaska Zoo in Anchorage, officials said Wednesday. It was killed a day later by wildlife officials.

Sheriff: Crowds, alcohol, drugs fueling Vegas Strip violence

LAS VEGAS — Authorities are investigating the latest shooting outside a Las Vegas Strip resort amid a spike in violent crime around the city’s marquee tourist area that police said Wednesday has led to at least 1,100 arrests since Aug.
New SUV is next step in VW's post-scandal electric offensive

New SUV is next step in VW's post-scandal electric offensive

FRANKFURT — Volkswagen is unveiling a battery-powered sport-utility vehicle that is headed for global markets including the United States and China, as the company takes a major step forward in its campaign to make electric cars a mass-market choice.