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Seniors facing eviction fear homelessness and isolation as California's housing crisis rolls on

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LOS ANGELES -- Mario Canel met his wife inside the apartment where he's lived for the last 33 years.

Canel, a house painter, was at the Silver Lake complex off of Sunset Boulevard on a job, but he and his customer quickly connected over their shared Guatemalan roots. It wasn't long before Mario and Sabina married, and her home became his. For ...Read more

Police say California landlord staged invasion to oust tenants

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. -- Authorities say a South Bay landlord frustrated by late rent payments tried to force out her tenants, a family of four, by staging a home invasion Monday night.

Officers were dispatched to the home on the 2000 block of Rock Street in Mountain View about 8:15 p.m. for a report of an in-progress burglary, according to ...Read more

State of Illinois is taking the first steps to finally sell controversial architectural icon

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CHICAGO -- Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker's administration is taking the first real step toward the long-discussed sale of the James R. Thompson Center in the Loop.

The state's Department of Central Management Services announced Tuesday that it will put out a request for proposals this week for "an array of technical and project management ...Read more

Real estate Q&A: Will I owe buyer's agent if I cancel contract to sell my home?

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Q: I am selling my house without the use of a real estate agent. My current buyer came to me through his agent. Closing is still several weeks off. Due to a change of circumstance, it is a bad idea for me to move, and I want to cancel the contract. If I cancel, will I still owe a commission to the buyer's agent? -- Anonymous

A: Unless your ...Read more

Deals & Steals: You need these Costco vodka poptails in your life now

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No wonder people love shopping at Costco.

The warehouse club is now selling vodka poptails, and they are just the thing you need in your life during these wicked hot dog days of summer.

Kirkland Signature Ready-to-Freeze cocktails come in three fruity flavors: Watermelon Hibiscus, Lime Drop and Strawberry. Freeze and throw them in the cooler ...Read more

Disney to open 25 stores inside Target this fall

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Mickey Mouse will be in the house at Target this fall.

Target and the Walt Disney Company will open 25 Disney stores inside Target stores on Oct. 4, the companies announced Sunday. Forty more will open in about 12 months.

The new, kid-friendly retail experience will showcase more than 450 toys and games, apparel and accessories featuring ...Read more

Back to school: How to pick the right backpack

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Picking up a new backpack can be one of the pleasures of back to school shopping.

Before you pick a backpack for your kids, know this:

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates there are more than 7,300 backpack-related injuries treated by doctors and hospitals annually.

With that in mind, how do you know which backpack is the ...Read more

Trump's 'perfectly located' Doral resort sees value decline again, Miami-Dade says

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With real estate values rising across Doral, Donald Trump's primary resort property in the city received some tax relief this summer after Miami-Dade appraisers concluded that sales continued to drop at the hotel.

Miami-Dade's property appraiser released 2019 appraised values for 20 parcels that make up the Trump National Doral Miami, which the...Read more

Susan Tompor: What will it take to get to $300,000 in your 401(k)?

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So do you have $300,000 or more in your 401(k)?

Sure, it sounds like an enormous amount of money. Especially when you consider that about one out of four non-retired adults have no retirement savings or pension whatsoever, according to the latest Federal Reserve report on the Economic Well-Being of U.S. Households. Of the non-retired age 60 and...Read more

Looking to score $10-million sale

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LOS ANGELES -- Reggie Bush is off to the races on the Westside of Los Angeles. The Southern California football star and his wife, Lilit, have put their Pacific Palisades home of five years on the market for $9.995 million.

The contemporary-style house -- taken down to the studs and rebuilt about a decade ago -- combines glass, stone and ...Read more

Renters are being forced out of Philadelphia apartments to make way for tourists

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PHILADELPHIA -- Residents of the Lofts at 509 Vine apartments near Philadelphia's historic Old City are to be replaced with business travelers and tourists, as the property becomes the latest in the city to fall under the control of a new breed of tech-enabled startups that are converting residential real estate into visitor accommodations.

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'Super commuters' not slowing down in California. Lack of housing to blame

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The majority of Californians drive to work, but an increasing number face commutes well over an hour-long to reach jobs in larger cities. For now, at least, the rise of the super commuter is not slowing down, according to an analysis of census data by Apartment List.

In 2017, 41 out of 58 counties saw at least moderate growth in the share of ...Read more

Real estate Q&A: My great condo deal could now cost me a ton of money

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Q: I got a great deal on a condo that the seller had bought at a foreclosure sale and cleaned up. I used my savings and did not take a mortgage. Now I am concerned that I did not get such a great deal because the condo association is demanding a lot of money. To make matters worse, I just got a letter from a mortgage company demanding payment. ...Read more

Once listed for $1 billion. Sold for $100,000. What just happened?

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LOS ANGELES -- A heated court battle, a last-second offer and a sparsely attended auction behind a fountain in Pomona -- this chapter of the famed Mountain of Beverly Hills ends not with a princely sum but a sale price more like that of a sports car.

Touted as the city's finest undeveloped piece of land, the 157-acre property redefined the ...Read more

Can this co-living experiment make housing affordable for middle-class seniors?

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NEW HOLLAND, Pa. -- Deep in the rolling farmland of Lancaster County, Pa., sits an experiment meant to address two of the great, looming crises of American aging: loneliness and access to safe, affordable senior housing.

The Thistledown Co-living House, built in New Holland a little over a year ago with the help of community volunteers, is a ...Read more

Hot-pink 'emoji house' is eyeing a new owner in Manhattan Beach

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The emoji-sporting hot-pink house that launched a neighborhood brouhaha in Manhattan Beach, Calif., is on the market.

The beach-adjacent property was listed Monday for $1.749 million, two weeks after homeowners and renters in the El Porto neighborhood raised objections to the paint job at a City Council meeting.

The battle between homeowner ...Read more

Long Island college students share tips on packing for school

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LONG ISLAND, N.Y. - Ask most college students about the first lesson they learned as freshmen on the day they moved into their dorm and they'll probably answer: "I brought way too many clothes."

So to those heading off into the wilds-of-dorm-living students (and their parents): Stop the shopping, folding, stacking, piling and packing....Read more

$1 Pumpkin Spice Lattes at 7-Eleven

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Fall may be weeks away, but you can pretend it is autumn by sipping a hot Pumpkin Spice Latte or Pumpkin coffee at 7-Eleven.

Get any size of the flavored beverages - made with pumpkin flavors and blended with cinnamon, ginger, anise and clove - for $1 at participating locations. The offer includes any hot beverage on the menu.

Fans are ...Read more

Uber signs massive office lease in Chicago

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CHICAGO -- Uber Technologies has signed a 10-year lease for a massive amount of office space at The Old Post Office, giving it room for thousands of employees.

Uber on Monday confirmed it will occupy 463,000 square feet, becoming the building's largest tenant. The Tribune reported in May that the California-based technology company was ...Read more

CEO pay in last four decades grew 940.3% while average worker up 11.9%

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CEO pay in the last four decades has grown 940.3% while the pay of an average worker increased 11.9% over the same time period.

That is what the Economic Policy Institute, a nonprofit think tank based in Washington, D.C., that focuses on the low- and middle-income Americans, found in a study released last week.

The study's authors tracked CEO ...Read more


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