Author: Associated Press

US construction spending slumped in September

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. builders cut their spending on construction projects in September, the second straight monthly decline. Much of the decrease came as government spending for schools, sewers and transportation projects tumbled – part of a broader year-long decline as infrastructure funding has become a key policy issue in the presidential election. The Commerce Department said Tuesday that total construction spending fell 0.7 percent in September to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1.15 trillion. Publicly-funded construction dropped 0.9 percent to an annual rate of $270.3 billion. Over the past 12 months, government construction has slumped 7.8 percent...

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Countries OK world’s largest marine reserve in Antarctica

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The countries that decide the fate of Antarctica’s waters reached an historic agreement on Friday to create the world’s largest marine protected area in the ocean next to the frozen continent. The agreement comes after years of diplomatic wrangling and high-level talks between the U.S. and Russia, which has rejected the idea in the past. Proponents of the reserve say it sets a precedent for multiple countries working together to protect a large swath of ocean, which falls outside any single nation’s jurisdiction. The agreement covers an area about twice the size of Texas...

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Texas tow truck driver takes pricey sports car for a spin

PE ARLAND, Texas (AP) — PE ARLAND, Texas (AP) – A tow truck driver found a $110,000 sports car just too tempting and decided to give it a spin after towing it from a Houston-area home. But the driver was unaware the Nissan GT-R is equipped with a sophisticated system that records video, audio and speed. The car’s owner, Brian Montgomery of Pearland (PEHR’-l’nd), was able to watch the video of the joyride after the car was returned to him. Montgomery told KPRC-TV in Houston (http://bit.ly/2ecYx5s ) that he was having trouble with the car last weekend and decided...

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Police investigate destruction of Trump’s Hollywood star

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles police are investigating a pre-dawn attack that destroyed Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame less than two weeks before the election. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, which bestows the stars and maintains the popular tourist attraction, said it would quickly repair Trump’s spot, but it would take several days before it would visible. Det. Meghan Aguilar said investigators were called to the scene Wednesday following reports that the presidential candidate’s star was struck by blows from a hammer. A sledgehammer, construction hat and vest, and a pick...

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Some buyers call classes by ‘Flip or Flop’ stars misleading

NEW YORK (AP) — For Doug Stephens, the free event seemed like a good way to learn how to flip homes. An online ad for the December gathering sported pictures of Tarek and Christina El Moussa, the stars of HGTV’s “Flip or Flop” who buy rundown homes, renovate them and try to sell them for a profit. Stephens watched “Flip or Flop” regularly, along with 2.8 million other Americans, so he went. The El Moussas, however, did not show up. In a prerecorded video, the couple told attendees that they were busy working and filming their show. Undeterred, Stephens...

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