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Obligatory seasonal item (access required)

The Associated Press reports that even beavers are getting in the holiday spirit. That’s what one sheriff’s office discovered this week when it spotted a curious beaver checking out Christmas decorations at a dollar store outside of Washington, D.C. The ...

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Why’d it have to be snakes? (access required)

Family in Maryland wants to live the American dream and own their own home. They buy a place in December 2014, a rancher worth $410,000 in Annapolis. Nice town. The home inspection, performed in November, reported no snakes. Bet it ...

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Protecting history

(AP) Members of the Charlotte City Council are considering whether to protect one of the oldest African-American cemeteries of the post-Civil War era. The council is considering whether to protect the Biddleville Cemetery founded in 1873 from possible development, according ...

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Three cheers for Home Depot

Unemployment is coming down, mortgage rates are still low and the prices of homes are rising. Who is one of the biggest beneficiaries? Home Depot. The company raised its outlook for the year on Tuesday as sales surged in the ...

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How hot is it in Oregon?

Here’s a Realtor’s dream or nightmare. Maybe both. What if you had so many sales working that you couldn’t get them all closed because your county didn’t have enough real estate appraisers? True story out of Astoria, Oregon, which is ...

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Hold on, hold out

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Julieta Corredor, her two sons and their families have used their two-bedroom townhouse in the heart of Orlando’s tourist district as a place for honeymoons, family gatherings and college housing during the more than 30 years ...

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Wide latitude for do-overs (access required)

Creditors scored a big win on Nov. 1, as the North Carolina Court of Appeals ruled that lenders can rescind a certificate of satisfaction—the formal legal notice that a deed has been paid off in full—if the rescission was the ...

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