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Rents rose five times faster in 2021 than 2020
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Rents rose five times faster in 2021 than 2020

Rents are continuing to rise across the US. The cost of rent, on average, was 10.1% higher in 2021 than in 2020, growing five times faster last year than it did in the first year of the pandemic, according to Realtor.com’s Monthly Rental Report. By December, national rents had the sixth-straight month of double-digit annual…MORE

Tesla reports record profit
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Tesla reports record profit

Tesla reported earnings that more than tripled year-ago results, easily topping Wall Street’s expectations for the quarter. The company had adjusted earnings of $2.9 billion, up from $903 million a year earlier and well above $2.6 billion forecast by analysts surveyed by Refinitiv. Revenue of $17.7 billion was up 65% from a year earlier. The…MORE

Judge casts doubt on January 6 defense strategy of calling Trump to the stand
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Judge casts doubt on January 6 defense strategy of calling Trump to the stand

A federal judge appeared unconvinced on Wednesday that Donald Trump should be allowed to testify at a trial of a US Capitol riot defendant who is arguing the former President could be a helpful witness. Judge Reggie Walton said that having Trump and his allies testify would not necessarily help Dustin Thompson’s defense, which plans…MORE

Unknown space object beaming out radio signals every 18 minutes remains a mystery
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Unknown space object beaming out radio signals every 18 minutes remains a mystery

While mapping radio waves across the universe, astronomers happened upon a celestial object releasing giant bursts of energy — and it’s unlike anything they’ve ever seen before. The spinning space object, spotted in March 2018, beamed out radiation three times per hour. In those moments, it became the brightest source of radio waves in our…MORE

Double-decker highways are back. But they’re not going to solve traffic jams
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Double-decker highways are back. But they’re not going to solve traffic jams

Frederica Wilson, the US Congresswoman representing much of Miami, says she must leave home by 6:30 a.m. to beat traffic on South Florida’s highways. “If I wait 10 more minutes, it’s too late,” Wilson, a Democrat first elected to Congress in 2010, said. “Then it becomes a literal parking lot.” She doesn’t like traffic, and…MORE

Biden stands by commitment to nominate Black woman to the Supreme Court, White House says
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Biden stands by commitment to nominate Black woman to the Supreme Court, White House says

The White House signaled Wednesday that President Joe Biden remains committed to nominating the first Black woman to the Supreme Court after a well-placed source familiar with the matter told CNN that Justice Stephen Breyer plans to retire. “The President has stated and reiterated his commitment to nominating a Black woman to the Supreme Court…MORE

Florida surgeon general favorably recommended after Democrats walk out of confirmation hearing
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Florida surgeon general favorably recommended after Democrats walk out of confirmation hearing

A contentious confirmation hearing for Florida Surgeon General Dr. Joseph Ladapo ended abruptly Wednesday after Democrats walked out in protest, prompting Republicans to immediately vote to favorably recommend Ladapo. Democrats grew increasingly exasperated at Ladapo for his lengthy, circular responses that wouldn’t directly answer their questions about his background and the state’s response to the…MORE

Prince Andrew denies sexual abuse allegations and demands jury trial in Virginia Giuffre lawsuit
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Prince Andrew denies sexual abuse allegations and demands jury trial in Virginia Giuffre lawsuit

Prince Andrew has formally denied allegations that he sexually abused Virginia Giuffre and has demanded a jury trial in her civil lawsuit, according to a legal filing Wednesday in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York. The 11-page filing responds paragraph-by-paragraph to the allegations in Giuffre’s lawsuit, in which she alleged…MORE

Melania Trump’s auction items fail to bring desired price
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Melania Trump’s auction items fail to bring desired price

The lot of three items put up for auction earlier this month by former first lady Melania Trump failed to reach its desired monetary threshold of $250,000 for an opening bid. When the auction for the three items — a custom, wide-brimmed white hat worn by Trump during an official White House state visit, a…MORE



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