Middle East wildfires kill 3, force thousands to flee homes

BEIRUT >> Wildfires around the Middle East triggered by a heatwave hitting the region have killed three people, forced thousands of people to leave their homes and detonated landmines along the Lebanon-Israel border, state media and officials said today.

The areas hit by the heatwave are Syria, Lebanon, Israel and the Palestinian territories. The fires come amid an intense heatwave that is unusual for this time of the year.

Wildfires spread across different areas of Israel and the West Bank for a second day Saturday, forced thousands of people to evacuate their homes.

Israeli Police said in a statement firefighters and police forces evacuated 5,000 residents from the city of Nof Hagalil in northern Israel.

One of the hardest hit countries is war-torn Syria where fires have killed three people and left dozens suffering from breathing problems over the past two days. The wildfires also burnt wide areas of forests,

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The Silence Of the Lambs House Hits The Market

8 Circle St in Pennysylvania (Photos via Global Panorama via Flickr; Eileen Allan and Shannon Assad)

8 Circle St in Pennysylvania (Photos via Global Panorama via Flickr; Eileen Allan and Shannon Assad)

One of the creepiest homes in cinema history is hitting the market — and just in time for Halloween.

A four-bedroom house in the western Pennsylvania town of Perryopolis is asking just $300,000. Its claim to fame? It appeared in the 1991 thriller “The Silence of the Lambs” as deranged killer Buffalo Bill’s home, according to Inman.

The home is an otherwise modest 110-year-old Victorian that sits on 1.76 acres about 30 miles outside Pittsburgh. In the 1880s, the property was home to a general store and train station, and it sits adjacent to land that was once owned by George Washington.

The main house has decorative flourishes that date back to when it was first built: hardwood floors and moldings, fireplaces, pocket doors and even wallpaper. The general store was turned into a

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Democratic poll shows neck-and-neck race brewing in Florida House district

An internal poll shows a tight race brewing in Florida’s 16th Congressional District between Democratic state Rep. Margaret Good and seven-term Rep. Vern BuchananVernon Gale BuchananMORE (R).

The internal poll from Good’s campaign, which was obtained exclusively by The Hill, shows Buchanan with a 48-45 advantage over Good among likely voters, a difference that falls within the survey’s margin of error. Another 7 percent remain undecided.

Good has a 47-41 lead among independents, and the two contenders are deadlocked at 47 percent support among seniors.

The result is a marginal improvement from the same poll conducted last month, which showed Buchanan with a 6-point advantage.

Buchanan’s favorability rating is even with 43 percent of voters saying they have a favorable view of him and 43 percent saying they have an unfavorable view. Thirty-nine percent of voters rate Good favorably, while 33 percent view her unfavorably. Twenty-eight percent of voters

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County reports new coronavirus deaths at nursing homes for first time in 3 weeks

For the first time in three weeks, San Diego County reported new coronavirus deaths among residents and health care workers at skilled nursing facilities.

As of Wednesday, there have been 173 deaths from COVID-19 among nursing home staff and residents combined, up from 168 reported during the last two weeks. San Diego County reported 1,139 cases of novel coronavirus among nursing home residents and 729 cases among health care workers Wednesday, up from 1,103 and 717 last week.

One new outbreak in skilled nursing homes was reported by the county this week, bringing the total to 84 over the course of the pandemic. There are 20 nursing home outbreaks that are still deemed active, down from the 21 active ones reported last week.

Unlike community outbreaks that are defined as three or more linked cases from separate households, outbreaks in nursing homes only need one case among either residents or

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Home For Sale Listings Soar As Pandemic’s Economic Impact Grips San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Rents are tumbling and the number of homes listed for sale are soaring — all signs that the COVID 19 exodus from San Francisco was not losing its momentum six months into the pandemic.

With many of the region’s top employers still under work-at-home mandates or having furloughed or reduced staffing, the once red-hot real estate market has gone into a chill.

Apartmentlist.com — the San Francisco-based online listing service — said rents in the city have decreased by 5.2% month-over-month in September and are down by 17.8% since the start of the pandemic in March — the fastest decline among the nation’s 100 largest cities.



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Median two-bedrooms were renting for a cost $2,592 while one-bedrooms were going for $2,240. It was a much different snapshot of the local market at the start of the year before the

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Area homes sales up despite shortage | Northwest Indiana Business Headlines



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Home sales in the Region remained strong in August despite the continued shortage of homes on the market and the rising prices, according to information from the Greater Northwest Indiana Association of Realtors.

GNIAR collects sales data from members in a seven-county area, including Lake, Porter, LaPorte, Jasper, Newton, Starke and Pulaski. In August, the members reported selling 1,246 homes, almost 100 more than August of 2019, or an increase of 8.3%. August was also up from July’s total of 1,227. For the year, sales are about 1% up from 2019 at 7,113 units sold.

The median price of a home rose almost 12% from a year ago to $211,500 and it jumped almost 5% from July’s median price of $202,000. So far this year, the median price of a home has risen 8% to $189,000.

GNIAR CEO Pete Novak said a total of about

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Nevada Revokes Halt on Rapid Antigen Testing in Nursing Homes

A week later, however, Admiral Giroir cracked down on Nevada’s “illegal” prohibition on BD’s and Quidel’s tests, which he said had imperiled the residents and staff of nursing homes across the state. “They cannot supersede the PREP Act,” he said.

The false positives that had emerged, Admiral Giroir said, were not only expected but “actually an outstanding result.” No test is perfect, he said.

In the Nevada statement, Dr. Azzam reaffirmed his concerns with the number of false positives that had arisen. “If this laboratory data discrepancy had been reported to Dr. Giroir, we would hope he would have taken the same action as Nevada,” he said. “We too want more testing with rapid turnaround in Nevada, but the results of those tests must be accurate, as they affect clinical care.”

The state’s nursing facilities can resume use of BD’s and Quidel’s products, according to a new Nevada directive issued

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October 2020 Stocks: Financials, Real Estate, Industrials, IT And Pharma

The purpose of this article is to again look at what sort of companies may be appealing for purchase during October 2020. We’re still looking at a market that, for the most part, is overvalued. Despite this, there are significant opportunities available in several sectors. In this article, we’ll look through a few of these sectors and I’ll highlight the companies that I believe to be the most appealingly valued.

As always, it’s about the responsible allocation of investment capital, as best as I can see it in the market’s current position today. We’ll focus on 1-2 companies per sector. This allows me to mention both a grade-A quality, as well as undervalued, lesser-grade companies with a potentially higher yield (yet higher risk).

This article is of particular interest to those among you who feel they need to increase their exposure to the sectors of Finance, IT/Semis, Industrials, Real Estate,

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At least 3 Idaho homes with Biden signs had them stolen

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho (AP) — At least three residents in Coeur d’Alene reported that their signs supporting presidential candidate Joe Biden were stolen and someone placed Confederate flags and conservative manifestos in their yards, the Coeur d’Alene Press reported.

Security footage cameras at one residence caught a person in a hooded coat walk onto a porch, tear down the Biden sign and leave with it. Another security camera in the neighborhood caught a person placing a Confederate flag and letter in front of a house. Both cameras recorded the footage around 3:45 a.m. on Thursday.

The two-page manifestos that accompanied the Confederate flags referred to Democrats as hypocrites for their stances on systemic racism. The letter writer cites, for example, that Biden had eulogized Democratic Sen. Robert Byrd from West Virginia, who was a member and organizer for the Ku Klux Klan in the 1940s and ’50s.

Byrd later renounced

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Deutsche Bank, Goldman and JP Morgan top commercial real estate finance, despite COVID-19 cracks


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Several Wall Street banks have come to dominate a corner of U.S. commercial real estate finance over the past seven months, even as the coronavirus pandemic has cast a long shadow over the market.

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Deutsche Bank (DB) Goldman Sachs (GS) and JP Morgan Chase (JPM) each significantly grew their share of the roughly $550 billion commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) market during the pandemic, according to a new report by Deutsche’s research arm.

The CMBS market is a type of property finance where Wall Street banks make loans on hotels, skyscrapers, and other types of commercial buildings to package into bond deals that investors buy.

This chart shows which Wall Street banks won — and lost — market share since the pandemic took hold in the U.S.

Deutsche Bank Research, Index data

Researchers categorized loans as pre-COVID from January to March, but as post-COVID as

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