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Fewer signed contracts to buy US homes in December (access required)

WASHINGTON  — Fewer Americans signed contracts to buy previously occupied homes in December, suggesting a slowdown in real estate. Pending home sales fell to the lowest point since October 2011. The National Association of Realtors said its seasonally adjusted pending home sales index dropped 8.7 ...

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Groups working on organizing Southern workers (access required)

DURHAM — The North Carolina chapter of a major labor union and other organizations plan to make the case why organizing workers in the South is important to unions. The panel discussion scheduled Wednesday at Duke University in Durham was postponed because of ...

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Hearing Friday on N.C. home insurance rates, which could climb by 25 percent (access required)

RALEIGH — North Carolina homeowners are looking at insurance cost increases averaging 25 percent starting in August if the state’s regulator goes along, and his office is expected to hear Friday from some of those angriest about the prospect of higher premiums. The ...

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NC lawmakers to look at federal health care law (access required)

RALEIGH — Republicans in the General Assembly have been hostile to the federal health care overhaul for years. Now, their leaders are convening a committee to examine the law’s effects upon North Carolina’s economy and insurance market. Senate leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, ...

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Health care signups: More older Americans so far (access required)

WASHINGTON — Younger people went for President Barack Obama at election time, but will they buy his health insurance? New government figures show it’s an older, costlier crowd that’s signing up so far for health insurance under Obama’s health care ...

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