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In this May 22, 2020, photo, Melisia Muscat stands on the front porch of her new home in Billings, Mont., that she and her husband bought sight-unseen before moving here from the Seattle area. Muscat had been thinking of moving to Billings for about a year, but the coronavirus pandemic sealed the deal. It helped that in February she got a good offer on her home, a condo in a highly sought-after building in the lush seaside city of Anacortes, Wash., north of Seattle. (Casey Page/The Billings Gazette via AP)

Coronavirus spurs increased interest in moving to Montana

May. 30, 2020 8:11 AM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Melisia Muscat had been thinking of moving to Billings for about a year, but COVID-19 sealed the deal. It helped that in February she got a good offer on her home, a condo in a highly sought-after building in the lush seaside city of Anacortes, Washington, north of Seattle. ...

This May 22, 2020 photo shows a sold sign in front of a house in Brighton, N.Y.  On Thursday, May 28, long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week as the key 30-year home loan marked an all-time low for the third time in the last few months since the coronavirus outbreak took hold. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac reports that the average rate on the 30-year loan tumbled to 3.15% from 3.24% last week. (AP Photo/Ted Shaffrey)

US mortgage rates fall; 30-year loan at all-time low 3.15%

May. 28, 2020 3:00 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week as the key 30-year home loan marked an all-time low for the third time in the last few months since the coronavirus outbreak took hold. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac reported Thursday that the average rate on the 30-year loan tumbled to 3.15%...

President Donald Trump answers questions from reporters during an event on protecting seniors with diabetes in the Rose Garden White House, Tuesday, May 26, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Democratic lawmakers seek records on Russian ventilators

May. 28, 2020 1:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats are calling on the Trump administration to provide records related to the purchase of ventilators from Russia, asserting that the machines were not only unsafe for use but also were made by a subsidiary of a Russian company under U.S. sanctions. The lawmakers, who lead...

FILE - In this April 27, 2020 file photo shows a sale pending sign on a home in Mount Lebanon, Pa   The National Association of Realtors releases its April report on pending home sales, which are seen as a barometer of future purchases on Thursday, May 28.(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

Pending home sales plunged 21.8% in April on a monthly basis

May. 28, 2020 10:06 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — April had a record collapse in Americans signing contracts to buy homes, a reflection of the broader shutdown of economic activity in response to the coronavirus outbreak. The National Association of Realtors said Thursday that its pending home sales index plunged 21.8% from the prior...

Model homes and for sale signs line the streets as construction continues at a housing plan in Zelienople, Pa., Wednesday, March 18, 2020.  U.S. new home sales fell 4.4% in February with bigger declines expected in coming months as the coronavirus puts a major crimp on home sales. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

US new-home sales post slight gain in April

May. 26, 2020 10:39 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — U.S. new home sales ticked up 0.6% in April, a surprising gain amid the coronavirus outbreak that hints at the relative health of potential buyers. The Commerce Department reported Tuesday that sales of new single-family homes rose slightly to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 623,000...

This combination photo shows Jennifer Salgado, 42, of Bloomfield, N.J., with a pack of macarons, left, and a bag of peas she ordered during coronavirus lockdown. Millions of people have helped online retail sales surge as consumer spending fell off rapidly when businesses shut down. Salgado snapped up 96 macarons from a bulk-buying store, along with 24 pounds of frozen peas. (Jennifer Salgado via AP)

Worry, haste, retail therapy: What have we bought and why?

May. 26, 2020 10:15 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Between technical glitches and food worries, retail therapy and sheer amnesia, something has happened to shopping during the pandemic that can be summed up thusly: rubber chickens. Melissa Jean Footlick bought some while sheltering at home in San Diego with her husband and three dogs. She's...

FILE- In this June 8, 2018, file photo a for sale sign stands in front of a house, in Jenkintown, Pa.  U.S. home prices accelerated in March 2020 even though sales plummeted, as those Americans still buying bid for a sharply diminished supply of homes. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

US home price gains quickened in March as sales plunged

May. 26, 2020 10:04 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices accelerated in March even though sales plummeted, as those Americans still house shopping were forced to bid for a sharply diminished supply of homes. The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose 3.9% in March, the largest gain in more than a year, up...

German man indicted over leak of lawmakers' private data

May. 26, 2020 5:03 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors have indicted a 22-year-old man on suspicion of stealing the personal information of dozens of lawmakers and journalists, trying to blackmail some of them and leaking the data online. Frankfurt prosecutors said Tuesday that the suspect, who wasn't named for privacy reasons,...

View from a condominium at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C. Wednesday, May 20, 2020. Fans aren't allowed to watch NASCAR races live yet due to the coronavirus restrictions -- unless you happen to own a condominium at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The condos at the track create a unique loophole in the rules where owners who live there -- and four of their friends or family -- will be able to watch the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday from the comfort of their trackside condos. (AP Photo/Steve Reed)

Best seats at the track: Race viewing from comfort of condo

May. 22, 2020 10:46 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Robin Trivette is a popular person this week with the Coca-Cola 600 approaching and it has nothing to do with her bubbly personality. It’s all about her connections. Trivette lives in a condominium built on Charlotte Motor Speedway property, which makes her one of the first...

Anna Wines, 3, of Bath, Maine, helps carry American flags while her family places new flags next to the gravestone of each veteran at Riverside Cemetery in Lewiston, Maine, Thursday, May 21, 2020. Volunteers will place nearly 7,500 new flags near veterans' graves at the 13 cemeteries across Lewiston, Maine, by Memorial Day. (Daryn Slover/Sun Journal via AP)

Maine governor calls for courage in fighting 'unseen' killer

May. 22, 2020 9:32 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Janet Mills ordered flags lowered to half-staff Friday as she expressed appreciation for the state’s military veterans — and invoked their courage in the state’s current battle against an unseen enemy. The governor spoke about Mainers who served in past...