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Clayton Homes co-founder dies in Tennessee helicopter crash

Aug. 4, 2020 3:59 PM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A co-founder of Clayton Homes, a national home-building company, was killed when a helicopter crashed into the Tennessee River, relatives said Tuesday. Three others escaped the wreckage and were rescued by a pontoon boat that was on the river near Knoxville on Monday night,...

Firefighters battle a fire in downtown St. Paul, Minn., that has engulfed a building that was under construction on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. There were no reports of injuries and there was no immediate word about the possible cause of the fire. (David Joles /Star Tribune via AP)

Firefighters battle large fire in downtown St. Paul

Aug. 4, 2020 10:21 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Firefighters on Tuesday battled a large fire in downtown St. Paul that engulfed a building that was under construction, causing part of the structure to collapse. Flames were shooting high into the air and the glow could be seen for miles when firefighters arrived about 4:20 a.m.,...

In this March 25, 2020, photo, a construction worker walks along a roof on a new home in Nashville, Tenn.  US home construction rebounded 4.3% in May after steep declines caused by shutdowns due to the coronavirus. The Commerce Department reported Wednesday, June 17,  that new homes were started at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 974,000 last month after steep declines in April and March.(AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

June home construction jumps 17.3% when states reopened

Jul. 17, 2020 9:52 AM EDT

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — Construction of U.S. homes jumped 17.3% in June as some states reopened, but the pace still lags last year after this spring's massive slowdown in building activity due to the coronavirus outbreak. The Commerce Department reported Friday that new homes were started at a...

FILE - Workers in a bucket, right, begin the process of planting explosive charges on two unstable cranes in a Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019 file photo at the Hard Rock Hotel, which underwent a partial, major collapse on Saturday, Oct. 12, in New Orleans. The city's fire chief said Monday, July 13, 2020 the two remaining bodies inside the hotel that was under construction when it partially collapsed last October might be removed by the end of this week or the beginning of next week.  (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

New Orleans fire chief: Bodies out from collapsed hotel soon

Jul. 13, 2020 5:10 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The two remaining bodies inside a hotel that was under construction in New Orleans when it partially collapsed last October might be removed by the end of this week or the beginning of next week, the city's fire chief said Monday. Three people died in the Oct. 12 building collapse. The...

FILE - In this Wednesday, May 20, 2020 file photo, a construction worker stands on stilts while working at a residential building construction site at the Harbor Point redevelopment site on the Stamford, Conn., waterfront. According to the Commerce Department, U.S. construction spending fell for a second month in May 2020 with both home building and nonresidential activity declining. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

US construction spending fell 2.1% in May

Jul. 1, 2020 10:57 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. construction spending fell 2.1% in May with both home building and nonresidential activity declining. The Commerce Department said on Wednesday the May decline followed an even larger 3.5% fall in April. Construction spending was also down in March, falling 0.3%. The construction...

People wearing face masks to protect against the spread of the new coronavirus walk through a shopping and office complex in Beijing, Wednesday, June 24, 2020. New virus cases have declined in China and in the capital Beijing, where a two-week spike appears to be firmly waning. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: Hawaii to let some visitors avoid quarantine

Jun. 25, 2020 4:51 AM EDT

The latest on the effects of the novel coronavirus outbreak around the world: HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: — International aid group says data in some countries show sharp discrepancy between coronavirus cases in men and women. — US virus cases surge to highest...

An electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm is seen at a street in Tokyo Wednesday, June 17, 2020. Major Asian stock markets declined Wednesday after Wall Street gained on hopes for a global economic recovery and Japan's exports sank. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Asian shares slip as global rally eases off the accelerator

Jun. 18, 2020 12:09 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares fell Thursday in Asia after another day of wobbly trading on Wall Street as markets eased off the accelerator following their big rally. Japan's Nikkei 225 shed 0.3% to 22,394.45 and the Hang Seng in Hong Kong also fell 0.3%, to 24,407.59. South Korea's Kospi slipped 0.2% to 2,137.69...

FILE - In this April 2, 2020 file photo, roofers work on removing and placing new shingles in Warren, Mich.  U.S. home-building activity collapsed in March as the coronavirus spread, with housing starts tumbling 22.3% from a month ago.
The Commerce Department said Thursday, April 16,  that ground breakings occurred last month at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.2 million units, down from a 1.56 million pace in February.  (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

US home construction rebounds 4.3% in May

Jun. 17, 2020 9:38 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — US home construction rebounded 4.3% in May after steep declines caused by shutdowns due to the coronavirus. The Commerce Department reported Wednesday that new homes were started at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 974,000 last month after steep declines in April and March. Compared...

Protesters rally near the edge of Times Square in New York, Sunday, June 7, 2020. New York City lifted the curfew spurred by protests against police brutality ahead of schedule Sunday after a peaceful night, free of the clashes or ransacking of stores that rocked the city days earlier. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Thousands march in NYC as curfew ends and peace prevails

Jun. 7, 2020 10:51 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Thousands of people marched through New York City's streets again Sunday to protest racism and police brutality, but after a peaceful weekend the city appeared ready to begin a march back toward normalcy after three months of quarantines and nearly two weeks of civil unrest. Mayor Bill de...