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Starved California siblings treated after rescue from 'horrific' home

PERRIS, Calif. (Reuters) - The 13 siblings found starving in a filthy California home, some of them shackled to furniture, were getting food and treatment after being rescued from a "horrific" ordeal that could leave them scarred for years, authorities said on Tuesday.

Police: 13 held captive in filthy CA home

Two parents were arrested after authorities found 12 children and adults shackled to beds with chains and padlocks in their home in California. Police were alerted by a 13th child who escaped.

13 siblings held captive in their own home. How did no one know?

A nondescript, burnt orange house in Southern California -- similar to many others on the same street -- turned out to be a prison for 13 siblings.


U.S. Homeland Security chief: did not hear Trump use vulgarity during meeting

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, under intense questioning from Democratic senators, said on Tuesday she did not hear President Donald Trump use a vulgarity to describe African countries during an impassioned White House meeting last week.


German police raids homes, offices of suspected Iranian spies

BERLIN (Reuters) - German police on Tuesday searched the homes and offices of 10 suspected Iranian spies following an investigation by the country's domestic intelligence agency, prosecutors said.


Tortured, starved California children rarely seen outside home: neighbors

PERRIS, Calif. (Reuters) - The 13 California siblings who police said were starved and chained to beds by their parents rarely left their disheveled house and, when they did, appeared small and pale and acted strangely, neighbors said.


Homeland Security chief: Deporting 'Dreamers' not top priority

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Deporting immigrants who came to the United States illegally as children will not be a top federal law enforcement priority even if lawmakers do not pass a program to protect them, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security chief said in an interview aired on Tuesday.


Thirteen siblings found chained in California home; parents charged

PERRY, Calif. (Reuters) - A California couple has been charged with torture after police rescued their 13 malnourished children from a home where some of them had been chained to beds, and neighbors on Monday described the family as shut-ins who shunned social contact.


Thirteen siblings found chained, starving in California home; parents charged

(Reuters) - Thirteen malnourished siblings, ranging in age from 2 to 29, were rescued by police in California from a house where some of them had been chained to beds, and their parents have been charged with torture, officials said on Monday.

13 people held captive in California home, police say

Two California parents were arrested after authorities found a dozen children and adults shackled to beds with chains and padlocks in their home, officials said Monday.


South Korea's speed skaters face tough competition on home ice

(Reuters) - Picking up medals on the fast ice of the Gangneung Oval at the Winter Olympics could be a tall order for South Korea's speed skaters, according to Dutchman Bob de Jong, who is assistant coach of the hosts' national team.

Work-Life Balance

4 Simple Tips for Working From Home

Whether you’re starting out or looking to stay motivated at home, we’re here to help.

Homeless Persons

As Homeless Take Refuge in Subway, More Officers Are Sent to Help

Officials said the increase in officers was part of an effort by the mayor to reach the unsheltered homeless, a population estimated at 3,900 last year.


Illinois nursing homes sue state over low Medicaid rates

CHICAGO (Reuters) - A handful of Illinois-based nursing homes sued the state's Department of Healthcare and Family Services on Friday, saying low Medicaid rates are jeopardizing their ability to provide adequate quality of care.

Home Equity Loans

Your Money: With a Tax Deduction Gone, Is Home Equity a Smart Way to Pay for College?

The new tax law removes the ability to deduct interest paid on home equity loans. Will schools ask less of families, and should parents even use the loans to pay for school?


Strangers at home, Salvadoran deportees welcomed at call centers

SAN SALVADOR, Jan 12 (Reuters) - Alexander Ramos was deported to El Salvador from the United States seven years ago, forced to leave jobs as a gardener and at McDonald's after getting caught driving without a license.


Trump denies 'shithole' remarks as condemnation mounts at home and abroad

(Note: Story includes language throughout that will offend some readers)

Treasury chief still won't commit to Tubman on $20 bill

California Today

California Today: California Today: In Montecito, Shock Over Lost Lives and Homes

Friday: Mudslide survivors tell their stories, Gavin Newsom calls on President Trump to resign, and tenants target limits on rent control.

Staying home is Trump's gift to May

Tax Credits, Deductions and Exemptions

To Lift Paychecks, Treasury Urges Companies to Act Quickly on New Tax Law

The Treasury Department took the first steps toward carrying out the $1.5 trillion Republican tax overhaul with the release of new tax withholding tables.


BRIEF-Taylor Morrison Home Corp - Preliminary Total Revenue For Year Ended Dec 31 Was $3.89 Bln


See formerly homeless boy get first bed

Dionna Neely and her son, Daeyr, recently moved into low-income housing, where a non-profit helped turn their empty house into a furnished home.


BRIEF-Homestreet Board Votes To Decline Roaring Blue Lion Capital's Charles Griege's Request To Join Board


90% of wage earners will likely see higher take-home pay, Treasury says


Treasury Secretary Mnuchin: 'I expect new sanctions on Iran'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said on Thursday that he expected U.S. President Donald Trump to impose new sanctions on Iran.


BRIEF-HomeStreet Announces Impact Of Tax Reform



Argentine faithful flock to Chile as Pope avoids homecoming

BUENOS AIRES/SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of Argentines will cross into Chile next week to see Buenos Aires-born Pope Francis, who has yet to return home despite visiting much of Latin America since his election nearly five years ago.


Israel approves hundreds of new settlement homes: NGO

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel has given final building approval for 352 homes in settlements in the occupied West Bank, an anti-settlement movement said on Thursday - construction that Palestinians see as jeopardizing their prospects for statehood.


Shopping for nursing homes more tricky in Trump era

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Finding a safe, high-quality nursing home for a loved one is never an easy task. Complicated decisions often are made at a moment of emotional crisis and reliable guidance can be...

Babies were pulled from the mud that swept away homes and killed 17

Ben Hyatt rushed to wake everyone up when rivers of mud started banging the doors and walls of his Montecito, California home.

Homeless Persons

Down the Aisles, a Secret Shelter for the Homeless

For the last 14 years, a bodega owner in Brooklyn has quietly taken in the homeless, allowing them to stay in a crude shelter in the store’s cellar.


UPDATE 1-Lennar revenue beats on higher home sales; orders rise

Jan 10 (Reuters) - No. 2 U.S. homebuilder Lennar Corp on Wednesday reported higher-than-expected quarterly revenue as it sold more homes at higher prices, and said orders rose 11.5 percent.


EMERGING MARKETS-Higher Treasury yields knock emerging markets

LONDON, Jan 10 (Reuters) - Rising global bond yields knocked emerging markets lower on Wednesday, with stocks down for the second straight day and local bond markets broadly following the lead of their developed peers.

Mudslides after wildfires wipe out homes, kill 13 in California

Weeks after devastating fires tore through Southern California, heavy rains sent mudslides rolling down hillsides in Santa Barbara County on Tuesday, leaving 13 people dead.

Oprah's home affected by California mudslides

Two days after the Golden Globes and a speech that had everyone talking, the Oprah Winfrey's thoughts are not on her presidential prospects but with her neighbors in Santa Barbara, California, where heavy rains have caused dangerous mudslides and led to fatalities.


PRECIOUS-Gold inches down on strong equities, higher U.S. Treasury yields

Jan 10 (Reuters) - Gold prices edged lower for a second session early on Wednesday, as a rally in equities and a surge in U.S. treasury yields dented bullion's safe-haven appeal. FUNDAMENTALS * Spot gold dipped 0.3 percent to $1,309.26 an ounce by 0049 GMT. Prices fell 0.6 percent on Tuesday, its biggest one-day loss in a month. * Last week, prices touched their highest since Sept. 15 at $1,311.40 * U.S. gold futures were down 0.2 percent at $1,318.10


Salvadorans say going home not an option after U.S. axes protection

RED BANK, N.J. (Reuters) - Three decades after fleeing civil war in his native El Salvador, Luis Munoz has built a life for himself in the New Jersey coastal town of Red Bank, working as a mechanic and raising three children with his wife.


BRIEF-Warner Bros. To Restructure Global Theatrical & Home Entertainment Operations



Critic’s Notebook: In Solo Shows, Lip-Syncing ‘Hamlet’ and Investigating Home Movies

At the 14th Under the Radar festival, artists working with found audio and video stretch the boundaries of theater.


Israel to approve hundreds of new settler homes in West Bank

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel will approve construction of hundreds of new settlement homes in the occupied West Bank, Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Tuesday.

Amazon's next home could say a lot about diversity

In October, Jeff Bezos stepped to the podium at the Human Rights Campaign's annual dinner to deliver a speech befitting a social activist rather than a CEO.

Rivers of mud, debris wipe out SoCal homes

At least three homes near the Southern California community of Montecito have been "wiped away by mudflow and debris," a Santa Barbara County fire spokesman said Tuesday morning as heavy rain fell in the area and forecasters warned of possible flash flooding and mudslides.


Thousands in California flee homes ahead of possible mudslides

(Reuters) - Thousands of Southern Californians fled their homes on Monday as a powerful rain storm that could cause flash floods and trigger mudslides soaked steep slopes where a series of intense wildfires burned off vegetation last month.

Interior Design and Furnishings

How to Choose the Right Dining Table for Your Home

Attention to not just the size and shape, but the construction, style, and materials will make sure you buy a table you’ll love for years to come.

Middle East and Africa Migrant Crisis

Nigerian Migrants Get a Welcome Home. Jobs Are Another Story.

Thousands of Nigerians are being returned from Libya after failing to make it to Europe. What will they do now?


Australia impatient for home champion at Melbourne Park

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - For a tournament branded the "happy slam" by Roger Federer, the Australian Open has given little cheer to home players.


BRIEF-Home Bancshares Says Fall In Federal Corporate Tax Rate To Negatively Impact Co's Q4 Results



Critic’s Notebook: Home to Hawaii in Search of Poke

In Honolulu, where our critic grew up, the quintessential marinated-fish dish appears in a welter of different styles and stores.


Treasury secretary asks Congress to lift debt ceiling by Feb. 28: report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has asked Republican leaders in Congress to lift the federal government's debt ceiling by Feb. 28, Bloomberg News reported on Monday, citing two sources familiar with the talks.


Brazil's BNDES plans to repay $40 billion to the Treasury in 2018

SAO PAULO, Jan 8 (Reuters) - Brazil's state development bank BNDES plans to repay 130 billion reais ($40 billion) in loans to the Treasury this year, Carlos Thadeu de Freitas, its chief financial officer, was quoted as saying in the Monday edition of newspaper Valor Econômico.


Starbucks wins dismissal in U.S. of underfilled latte lawsuit

Jan 7 (Reuters) - Starbucks Corp has won the dismissal of a U.S. lawsuit accusing the coffee chain of overcharging customers by underfilling lattes and mochas to reduce milk costs.

Homeless Persons

Call to Remove Homeless People (All 8) Before Royal Wedding Stirs Anger

A council leader in Britain has been on a campaign to deal with the homeless people who “sleep rough” near Windsor Castle, the wedding venue for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.


Toronto homeless at risk after 'weather bomb' slams Canada

TORONTO/MONTREAL (Reuters) - Canada's largest city, Toronto, scrambled to find emergency shelter for the homeless as temperatures dropped to record lows after a "weather bomb" knocked out power to tens of thousands in eastern provinces and destroyed coastal roads.

Home of Roy Moore accuser burns

A fire destroyed the Alabama home of Tina Johnson, a woman who accused former US Senate candidate Roy Moore of grabbing her on the buttocks in 1991.


Fire at Moore accuser's Alabama home not linked to allegations: sheriff

(Reuters) - The home of an Alabama woman who accused Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore of sexually assaulting her has been destroyed by a fire, but the local sheriff said on Friday the blaze does not appear to be linked to the case.


CORRECTED-GLOBAL MARKETS-World stocks up; U.S. Treasury yields rise despite jobs report

NEW YORK, Jan 5 (Reuters) - World stocks continued their strong start to 2018, with both the S&P and Nasdaq posting their best weekly gains in more than a year, while U.S. Treasury yields rose despite a weaker-than-expected U.S. jobs report.


Homeless at risk after 'weather bomb' slams eastern Canada

TORONTO/MONTREAL (Reuters) - Canada's largest city, Toronto, scrambled to find emergency shelter for the homeless as temperatures dropped to record lows after a "weather bomb" knocked out power to tens of thousands in eastern provinces and destroyed coastal roads.

Your next home could be made of bacteria


Cold comfort: U.S. homeless shelters overwhelmed in brutal weather

BOSTON (Reuters) - In the common room of Boston's Pine Street Inn homeless shelter, dozens of blue vinyl pads and folded-up cots stood ready on Friday for another night's rush of people fleeing the deadly cold that has gripped the region for almost two weeks.


Toronto seeks shelters for homeless as temperature plunges

TORONTO/MONTREAL (Reuters) - The city of Toronto on Friday scrambled to find emergency shelter space for the homeless as temperatures plunged to record lows, while tens of thousands of people remained in the dark in Eastern Canada because of extreme weather.


Syrian govt. presses Idlib offensive as people flee homes in the cold

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Rapid advances by the Syrian army into rebels' largest remaining stronghold, Idlib province, have brought it closer to a key insurgent-held military airport and displaced tens of thousands of people struggling to find shelter in winter weather.

Real Estate and Housing (Residential)

Right at Home: Confessions of an Open House Addict

Some of the people who visit open houses are not in buying mode at all, they just want a peek at how others live.


BRIEF-LGI Homes Reports ‍Home Closings Of 1,844 In Q4 2017 Vs 1,139 In Q4 2016


Opinion: This is no time to be stingy about heating homes of the poor

Low-income families struggle to pay their home energy bills in the best of times, and these are not the best of times. Record cold temperatures are bearing down along the East Coast and across the Midwest, and, based on US Energy Information Administration estimates, the cost of home heating will likely exceed the cost of previous years.


Teva admin staff in Israel agree to improved redundancy packages

JERUSALEM, Jan 4 (Reuters) - Teva Pharmaceutical Industries reached agreement with Israel's Histadrut labour federation on Thursday to award preferential severance packages to company administrative staff taking voluntary redundancy, both sides said in a statement.

Historic Buildings and Sites

Modernizing a Southern Home Without Losing Its Charm

Inside an 1853 Charleston townhouse, where the couple behind Workstead Studio created a private residence that showcases their lighting, furniture and more.


BRIEF-Taylor Morrison Home announces pricing of public offering of class A common stock


Nursing Homes

Care Suffers as More Nursing Homes Feed Money Into Corporate Webs

On average, injury and complaint rates are higher, and staffs smaller, at for-profit facilities that outsource goods and services to their owners’ other businesses.


Storm cuts power to thousands of homes in France, one dead

PARIS (Reuters) - One man died on a ski slope and at least 26 were injured across France on Wednesday in a storm that cut power to tens of thousands of homes, local authorities said.

Fire reported at Clinton home

A fire was reported Wednesday afternoon at a New York home associated with Bill and Hillary Clinton, but the fire is out and nobody was injured, said Sgt. Arthur Mendoza of the New Castle Police Department.


Firefighters respond to fire at Clintons' home in Chappaqua, New York

(Reuters) - Firefighters were called to fight a fire on Thursday at the Chappaqua, New York, home of former President Bill Clinton and former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, police said.

Oil (Petroleum) and Gasoline

Deep Freeze in U.S. Creates Heating Squeeze for Homeowners and Utilities

Heating-oil providers are working overtime and power generators are switching from natural gas to coal and petroleum as bitter temperatures grip much of the country.

Trump, Donald J

Ex-Homeland Security Officials Urge Faster Action on DACA

The window for legislative action to protect undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children will close by the middle of January, three former officials said in a letter.


With ‘The Chi,’ Lena Waithe Heads Home in Search of the Real Chicago

Her Showtime series aims to paint her hometown in all its complexities and nuances, not just the unremitting violence depicted on the news.


BRIEF-U.S. Bancorp To Give Bonus For 60,000 Employees Due To Tax Reform Package


Murders, Attempted Murders and Homicides

New Jersey Teenager in Custody After 4 Are Found Shot to Death in Home

The boy, 16, was held by the police after they discovered his mother, father and sister and a family acquaintance shot dead in their home.

Teen in custody after 4 found dead in New Jersey home

A 16-year-old boy is in custody after four people, including his parents and sister, were shot to death in a Long Branch, New Jersey, home on New Year's Eve, authorities said Monday.


Four shot dead in New Jersey home; 16-year-old arrested

(Reuters) - Police arrested a 16-year-old boy suspected of killing four people including his parents and sister with an assault rifle at their New Jersey home on New Year's Eve, prosecutors said on Monday.

FBI raids home of suspected ISIS supporter in Virginia

An FBI raid in Sterling, Virginia, on Friday night was part of an investigation into a man who allegedly supported ISIS, according to an FBI affidavit obtained by CNN affiliate WJLA.

Soldier home for the holidays died rescuing neighbors from NYC fire

Private Emmanuel Mensah joined the Army National Guard one year ago so he could help others, according to his father.

Park Slope (Brooklyn, NY)

Opinion: There’s No Place Like This Rent-Stabilized Home

The magic of living on the park comes to an end.


Raid on senator's home reveals divisions in Somali security forces

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Masked men who appeared to be members of the Somali security forces raided the house of a powerful Somali senator on Saturday, but the government initially said it did not know who they were, fuelling political tensions.

Police kill a man at his home while responding to a fake call

A prank call to police led to a man's death at a home in Wichita, Kansas -- and a man in California has been arrested in connection with the crime.

Brussels (Belgium)

Origami-Style Cardboard Tents for Homeless in Brussels

The entrepreneur behind the project hopes to give people somewhere safe to sleep in a city that bans material tents.

Police kill man at Kansas home after 'swatting' call

Police have arrested a suspect in Los Angeles for an alleged deadly "swatting" hoax in Kansas. "Swatting" is when someone makes a prank call to police with a false report of an ongoing crime.

Social Media

Inside the Hollywood Home of Social Media’s Stars. (Don’t Be Shy.)

High jinks and networking abound at 1600 Vine Street, the apartment complex minting the next generation of Instagram and YouTube celebrities.


BRIEF-Home Capital Comments On Second Statement Of Claim


Mystery surrounds most expensive home

The world's most expensive house, Chateau Louis XIV, is located in Paris and valued at $300 million. CNN's Jim Bittermann reports.


Op-Ed Contributor: A Deadly Year in My Family’s Homeland

As a child, I didn’t understand the extent to which clan ideology distorted many people’s thinking.


RPT-UPDATE 2-As online shopping grows, UPS sees record holiday package returns

SEATTLE, Dec 27 (Reuters) - United Parcel Service Inc is on track to return a record number of packages this holiday shipping season, a sign that e-commerce purchases surged to new heights over the past month.


Isolated at home, Guatemala president moves close to U.S. with Israel move

(Reuters) - Guatemala's recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital leaves President Jimmy Morales closer to the United States at a time his stock has fallen at home due to corruption allegations raised by U.N.-backed investigators.


As online shopping grows, UPS sees record holiday package returns

SEATTLE (Reuters) - United Parcel Service Inc is on track to return a record number of packages this holiday shipping season, a sign that e-commerce purchases surged to new heights over the past month.


UPDATE 2-As online shopping grows, UPS sees record holiday package returns

SEATTLE, Dec 27 (Reuters) - United Parcel Service Inc is on track to return a record number of packages this holiday shipping season, a sign that e-commerce purchases surged to new heights over the past month.

Bars and Nightclubs

Boîte: An Astrology-Themed Brooklyn Bar Filled With Art

Tucked under the elevated subway, Mood Ring draws a diverse 20-something clientele who can play an artwork that looks like a vintage arcade game.


UPDATE 1-UPS says holiday season package returns to hit a new record

SEATTLE, Dec 27 (Reuters) - United Parcel Service Inc said on Wednesday it was on track to return a record number of packages following this year's bumper online holiday shipping season.


UPS says holiday season package returns to hit a new record

Dec 27 (Reuters) - United Parcel Service Inc said on Wednesday the expansion of online shopping is expected to send volumes of returned packages to a new record following this year's holiday shipping season.

New York Times Neediest Cases Fund

A Sudanese Refugee Brings a Taste of Home to the U.S.

Violence forced Kaltum Mohamed and her family to flee Darfur and later Libya. Now she has her own catering business that specializes in Sudanese cuisine.


Pending home sales edge higher in November

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Contracts to buy previously owned homes edged higher in November, boosted by job growth across a strengthening economy.


Special Report: A business where human bodies were butchered, packaged and sold

PHOENIX (Reuters) - Sam Kazemi stood over the old man’s corpse. Nearby lay pliers, a scalpel and a motorized saw designed to cut drywall and pipe.

Homeowners rush to pre-pay property taxes

Homeland Security, Uber, Peru: Your Tuesday Evening Briefing

Here’s what you need to know at the end of the day.


Families chased from Libyan town in 2011 can go home: government

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libyan families displaced from a town ransacked after the toppling of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 will be allowed to return home in February, the U.N.-backed government said on Tuesday after more than a year of negotiations.

United States Politics and Government

Homeland Security Increasingly Means Putting Agents Outside the Homeland

Set up to defend the United States, the Homeland Security Department is going beyond American borders to fight foreign threats from abroad.


CORRECTED-Republican tax plan to dent U.S. home sales next year (Dec. 22)

Dec 22 (Reuters) - U.S. home sales will likely take a hit next year as middle-class Americans receive fewer perks under an overhaul of U.S. taxes and face rising home prices and interest rates, industry experts said.


Quality Care cuts rents for struggling nursing home chain ManorCare

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Healthcare property owner Quality Care Properties Inc has agreed to cut rents for HCR ManorCare but said the U.S. nursing home chain, which already owes more than $300 million in back rent, has acknowledged it will struggle to pay even the reduced amount, according to a regulatory filing on Tuesday.


Man says he delivered manure to Mnuchin to protest new U.S. tax law

(Reuters) - A man claiming to be the person who delivered a gift-wrapped package of horse manure at the Los Angeles home of U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Monday he did it to protest the federal tax overhaul signed into law last week by President Donald Trump.

Want to eat better? Cook at home

Cooking at home allows you to use fresh ingredients, produce that is seasonal and foods without artificial ingredients.


Treasury Secretary Mnuchin was sent gift-wrapped box of horse manure: reports

(Reuters) - A gift-wrapped package addressed to U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin's home in a posh Los Angeles neighborhood that was suspected of being a bomb was instead filled with horse manure, police told local media.


Philippines' Duterte's son quits as vice mayor of hometown Davao

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's eldest son quit as vice mayor of the southern city of Davao on Monday, citing his being linked to a drug smuggling case by opponents and personal problems from a failed marriage as reasons for the move.


Editorials: Santa’s Manhattan Homes

... including the house where Virginia wrote the letter that inspired what is ranked as America’s most “unforgettable” editorial.

Manure-filled package sent to Treasury Secretary's home

A package filled with manure that was addressed to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin was found near his Bel Air home Saturday night, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

Mnuchin, Steven T

Box of Horse Manure Is Left for Steve Mnuchin Near His Home, Police Say

The gift-wrapped package was addressed to Mr. Mnuchin, the Treasury secretary, and left at his neighbor’s home in an upscale part of Los Angeles.


For Iraq's Christians, a bittersweet first Christmas home after Islamic State

TELESKOF, Iraq (Reuters) - Inside the newly renovated Church of Saint George in the Northern Iraqi town of Teleskof, Hayat Chamoun Daoud led children dressed as Santa Claus singing "Jingle Bells" in Aramaic.


U.S. Treasury's Mnuchin sent gift-wrapped box of horse manure: reports

(Reuters) - A gift-wrapped package addressed to U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin's home in a posh Los Angeles neighborhood that was suspected of being a bomb was instead filled with horse manure, police told local media.

Coach opens his heart and home to high school QB

A quarterback sprinting 95 yards for a touchdown in the final minutes to help win a high school state championship is legendary on its own.

'Exploding' package targets porch thieves

Jaireme Barrow was tired of thieves stealing packages from his front porch, so he invented and built a device designed to deter them. CNN's Michael Smerconish has more.

Coach invites homeless player to live with him

A high school football coach invited a homeless player to live with him and his family. CNN's Dianne Gallagher reports.

Children and Childhood

For More Than 300 Afghan Children, Many Older Than 5, Home Is Mother’s Cellblock

Orphanages that could help house the children are packed, and there has been little international interest in addressing the issue.


Police evacuate Bonn Christmas market, probe suspicious package

BERLIN (Reuters) - Police brought in experts and an explosives robot to investigate a suspicious package found at the Christmas market in the west German city of Bonn late on Friday.

Federal Taxes (US)

With Cuomo Assist, Homeowners Rush to Soften Tax Bill’s Impact

Many residents in suburbs outside New York City want to prepay their 2018 property tax bills in 2017 to reduce their tax liability by thousands of dollars.


UPDATE 2-Home Depot held internal discussions to buy XPO Logistics -Recode

Dec 22 (Reuters) - Home Depot Inc has held internal discussions in recent months to buy XPO Logistics Inc, one of the largest publicly traded U.S. freight-hauling and logistics companies, technology news website Recode reported on Friday, citing an unnamed source.


BRIEF-Home Depot Has Considered Buying Xpo Logistics - Recode‍​



Three women shot dead trying to flee St. Louis home invasion: report

(Reuters) - Three women were fatally shot as they tried to escape in a car from an apparent home invasion in St. Louis on Friday morning, local media reported.


Republican tax plan to dent U.S. home sales next year

(Reuters) - U.S. home sales will likely take a hit next year as middle-class Americans receive fewer perks under an overhaul of U.S. taxes and face rising home prices and interest rates, industry experts said.


A Word With: Diane Kruger Returns Home and Wins Big

Ms. Kruger talks about “In the Fade,” her first German-language film; winning best actress at the Cannes Film Festival; and why women are owning the moment in Hollywood.

Nursing Homes

The New Old Age: A Better Kind of Nursing Home

At Green Houses, residents have more independence and facilities are less institutional — a big improvement over most nursing homes, new research finds.


Tougher North Korea sanctions could hit home, analysts say ahead of U.N. vote

SEOUL (Reuters) - Newly proposed sanctions on North Korea could have a significant effect on the isolated country's already struggling economy, analysts said ahead of an expected U.N. Security Council vote on Friday, which will hinge on support from China and Russia.


Sportscaster Dick Enberg Found Dead at Home at Age 82

Dick Enberg, a Hall of Fame broadcaster known as much for his excited calls of "Oh my!" as the big events he covered during a 60-year career, died Thursday. He was 82.


Australia to end air strikes in Iraq and Syria, bring Super Hornets home

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia will end air strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and bring its six Super Hornet planes home after three years as part of the U.S.-led coalition in the Middle East, Defence Minister Marise Payne said on Friday.


Trump on Twitter (Dec 21) - Tax Cuts, Home sales

The following statements were posted to the verified Twitter accounts of U.S. President Donald Trump, @realDonaldTrump and @POTUS.


A Cute Toy Just Brought a Hacker Into Your Home

Amid the holiday shopping season, cybersecurity researchers warn that new, interactive toys are vulnerable to many hacking threats.


BRIEF-Redbox And Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Ink New Distribution Deal


California Today

California Today: California Today: State’s Homeless Population Drives National Increase

Thursday: Homelessness continues to rise steadily, train technology lags and California’s first governor.

Writing and Writers

Profile: An American Jewish Author Now Calls Germany Home

Moving from English to German, thanks to Yiddish, has helped Deborah Feldman find her voice and her purpose.


U.S. home sales hit 11-year high, supply still tight

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. home sales increased more than expected in November, hitting their highest level in nearly 11 years, the latest indication that housing was regaining momentum after almost stalling this year.

Delivery Services

‘Porch Pirates’ Steal Holiday Packages as They Pile Up at Homes

Police say package theft is up during the holiday shopping crush, but homeowners and retailers are striking back with cameras and other technology.


RPT-COLUMN-Threat of strikes looms large for copper supply in 2018: Andy Home

LONDON, Dec 20 (Reuters) - Unionised workers at the Quebrada Blanca copper mine in Chile walked off the job last week after failing to agree on a new labour contract.


Strong package volume, global economy boost FedEx profit

(Reuters) - FedEx Corp on Tuesday reported a better-than-expected quarterly net profit due to strong global demand and increased package volumes during the peak holiday shipping season, but its results were hit by lingering effects from a cyber attack on its Dutch unit.


UPDATE 3-Strong package volume, global economy boost FedEx profit

Dec 19 (Reuters) - FedEx Corp on Tuesday reported a better-than-expected quarterly net profit due to strong global demand and increased package volumes during the peak holiday shipping season, but its results were hit by lingering effects from a cyber attack on its Dutch unit.


FedEx quarterly profit rises on strong package volume, global economy

(Reuters) - Package delivery company FedEx Corp on Tuesday reported a better-than-expected quarterly net profit due to strong global demand and increased volumes during the peak holiday shipping season, but said its results were hit by lingering effects from a June cyber attack on its Dutch TNT Express unit.


FedEx quarterly profit rises on strong package volume

(Reuters) - Package delivery company FedEx Corp on Tuesday reported a higher quarterly net profit due to increased volume, but results were hit by lingering effects from a June cyber attack on its Dutch TNT Express unit.


Trump aides visit Puerto Rico as Congress weighs disaster package

GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico (Reuters) - Two of President Donald Trump's Cabinet secretaries visited Puerto Rico on Tuesday to assess its needs after Hurricane Maria's devastation as U.S. lawmakers weighed a massive aid package to help the island and other areas of the country hit by natural disasters.


COLUMN-Threat of strikes looms large for copper supply in 2018: Andy Home

LONDON, Dec 19 (Reuters) - Unionised workers at the Quebrada Blanca copper mine in Chile walked off the job last week after failing to agree on a new labour contract.


U.S. home appliance shipments up 3.0 pct yr/yr in Nov-AHAM

STOCKHOLM, Dec 19 (Reuters) - Deliveries of the six biggest categories of white goods (AHAM 6) in the United States rose 3.0 percent year-on-year in November, data from industry body Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) showed late on Monday.


BRIEF-Home Capital Says Victor Dirisio Appointed New Chief Information Officer



Sarah Palin's son charged in domestic dispute at parents' Alaska home

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - The elder son of former Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin has been charged with assault and burglary in a violent confrontation with his father in which the two men struggled over a handgun at his parents' Alaska home, court records showed on Monday.


Police search Finnish reporter's home after security article

HELSINKI (Reuters) - Finnish police searched a reporter's home and seized her computer after she tried to destroy the hard drive to protect sources linked to a security story, her newspaper reported.


As California fires blaze, homeowners fear losing insurance

(Reuters) - California homeowners and regulators have a new fear about wildfires ravaging the state: that insurers will drop coverage.


Indian ruling party in tough election fight in Modi's home state, vote count shows

NEW DELHI, Dec 18 (Reuters) - India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party was in a close fight with the main opposition in an election in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state on Monday, trends from the early vote count showed.

Sen. McCain will miss tax vote as he travels home

Sen. John McCain is heading home to Arizona to continue recovering from the side effects of chemotherapy for a brain tumor and will not be in Washington for the tax vote this week, two sources close to McCain confirmed to CNN.

Computers and the Internet

The Shift: Communing Inside the Hallowed Home of the Instant Pot

The electric multicooker is a true viral phenomenon. We went to the company’s Canadian headquarters to learn why.

What GOP tax bill will mean for homeowners

Homes are now piles of soot and concrete as the wildfires rapidly move through the area

Jeannette Frescas was not concerned about the Thomas Fire until the massive flames inched toward her neighborhood.

Real Estate and Housing (Residential)

Homeowners Have Had It Good. Too Good, Says the Tax Bill.

The tax code has long offered rewards for buying rather than renting, an equation that has troubled some economists — and that the Republican bill upends.

Palaces and Castles

World’s Most Expensive Home? Another Bauble for a Saudi Prince

A $300 million chateau is one of a string of extravagant purchases for a prince who is cracking down on ill-gotten wealth and preaching fiscal austerity.

Nevins, Sheila

With...Sheila Nevins: The Grande Dame of Documentary Is Leaving Her Home at HBO

After almost 40 years, she has reels of memorable film, a pile of awards and plenty of perspective on the current battle of the sexes.

Report: Billionaire, wife found dead in home

Toronto billionaire and philanthropist Barry Sherman and his wife were found dead in their mansion Friday afternoon, CNN affiliate CTV reports.


Tesla largely responsible for slide in U.S. home solar sales

(Reuters) - After years of double-digit growth, home solar installations in the United States are poised to fall for the first time this year, according to a report released on Thursday by GTM Research.


CORRECTED-Tesla largely responsible for slide in U.S. home solar sales

Dec 15 (Reuters) - After years of double-digit growth, home solar installations in the United States are poised to fall for the first time this year, according to a report released on Thursday by GTM Research.


Tesla largely responsible for slide in U.S. home solar sales: report

(Reuters) - After years of double-digit growth, home solar installations in the United States are poised to fall for the first time this year, according to a report released on Thursday by GTM Research.

California residents decorate their burned homes

Homes in the Coffey Park neighborhood of Santa Rosa, California, were destroyed in October during the Tubbs Fire. Some residents are bringing Christmas cheer to those burned properties.


Homegrown attacks rising worry in U.S. as Islamic State weakens abroad

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The online video's message was clear: Supporters of Islamic State who could not travel overseas to join the militant group should carry out attacks wherever they were in the United States or Europe.


After defeat at home, Britain's May urges EU leaders to move on with Brexit

LONDON/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May will urge European Union leaders to approve an agreement to move Brexit talks on to a second phase on Thursday, just hours after an embarrassing parliamentary defeat at home that weakens her hand.


Firefighters defend homes as huge California wildfire rages on

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Firefighters grappling with a wildfire that has burned out of control for 10 days on California's scenic coastline, destroying more than 700 homes, sought on Wednesday to defend homes from flames whipped by resurgent Santa Ana winds.


GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks worldwide reach highs; U.S. Treasury yields fall

* Fed widely seen hiking interest rates for third time in 2017

United States Politics and Government

Op-Ed Columnist: Roy Moore Is Staying Home

And Republicans will be in an even bigger hurry to pass their tax plan.


Brazil police raid homes of two members of Congress in bribery probe

BRASÍLIA (Reuters) - Brazilian police raided the offices and homes of two members of Congress on Wednesday in the latest corruption probe as the government makes a last-ditch effort to vote on an overhaul of the country's costly pension system.


As China gas crisis deepens, factories, homes lose supply

SHANGHAI/BEIJING (Reuters) - The southern Chinese province of Hunan has warned of natural gas shortages, an official said on Wednesday, as producers rush to divert fuel to heat northern homes with temperatures plummeting and factories across the country losing supplies of the fuel.

Couple loses 2 homes in 2 months to wildfires

Dr. Antonio Wong and his wife remember falling in love with their first home, a 3,000 square-foot beauty in Southern California they've owned for more than a decade.


UPDATE 2-Shares in Brazilian homebuilder MRV shoot up with ambitious growth plan

SAO PAULO, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Shares in Brazilian homebuilder MRV Engenharia e Participações SA shot up more than 5 percent on Tuesday as executives unveiled plans to start construction on 50,000 new home units in 2018, which could generate more than 7 billion reais ($2.1 billion) in sales.


UPDATE 1-Brazil's MRV aims for over $2.1 bln in 2018 home sales

SAO PAULO, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Brazilian homebuilder MRV Engenharia e Participações SA hopes to start construction of 50,000 new home units in 2018, which could generate more than 7 billion reais ($2.1 billion) in sales, a company executive said on Tuesday.


House Speaker Ryan says he believes upbeat Treasury tax study

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan on Tuesday defended a one-page analysis by the Treasury Department that asserted a tax plan pushed by the Republican-led Congress would pay for itself in 10 years.


BRIEF-‍Altice Nv Altice Intends To Reduce Its Share Capital By Cancelling Treasury Shares​

* On June 28, 2017, the general meeting of Altice N.V. granted authority to the Board to cancel common shares A and common shares B in the share capital of the company held by the company.

Homeless Persons

De Blasio Seeks to Turn Homeless ‘Cluster Sites’ Into Affordable Housing

Mayor Bill de Blasio will announce a plan geared toward converting 800 apartments used to house the homeless into affordable housing.


BRIEF-Global Brokerage, Inc. Receives Approximately 78.5% Yes Votes To Move Forward With The Prepackaged Plan Of Reorganization



U.S. Treasury tax study slammed as 'fake math' by Democrats

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Treasury Department on Monday released a one-page analysis of the economic and fiscal impact of a Republican tax overhaul plan that was swiftly criticized by a number of tax experts and attacked as "fake math" by Democrats.

Donald Trump, the master of working from home


U.S. Treasury adds cash management measures due to debt limit

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Monday announced cash management measures to avoid a U.S. default.

United States Economy

Treasury Defends Tax Plan in One-Page Analysis

A long-awaited document says the $1.5 trillion plan will pay for itself, assuming robust economic growth from a host of policies yet to be enacted.


BRIEF-BNY Mellon Says ITS Treasury Services Business Launches New Tokenized Payments Service



Paris Journal: A Roma Circus Makes a Home, and Builds Bridges, in Paris

The Romanès family puts on a spontaneous performance of song, dance and acrobatics, while promoting a message of acceptance.

Colleges and Universities

Big Jump in Million-Dollar Pay Packages for Private College Leaders

An annual survey showed that 58 presidents of private colleges earned more than $1 million, while the average pay package rose 9 percent.

Beijing razes migrant workers' homes

Modern Beijing was built on the backs of low-paid migrants like Zhao Guihua.

Franken, Al

With Al Franken Coming Home, Minnesotans Watch and Reel

In a state that prides itself on clean politics, Minnesotans seemed puzzled and dazed to be the latest focal point for the nation’s reckoning with sexual harassment.

Steven Tyler opens home for abused girls

When Steven Tyler co-wrote Aerosmith's hit "Janie's Got a Gun" almost 30 years ago, he knew he wanted to help young women who had been abused.


Review: The Haywire Hospitality of ‘At Home With Amy Sedaris’

In her TruTV series — a surreal, affectionate sendup of home shows — the comic actress shows off her versatility, with help from some friends.


Golf: Rookie Pulkkanen leads at birdie-filled Joburg Open

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Finland's Tapio Pulkkanen fired a 64 to move to 14 under par on Friday and take a one-shot lead in the second round of the Joburg Open.


Airbnb pushes back on Singapore's tough home rental rules

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Short-term home rental service Airbnb on Friday called Singapore's regulatory framework "untenable" as authorities said they planned to hold discussions with home-sharing platforms and resident groups soon on how such accommodation may be allowed.


On Tax Bill, It’s Trump vs. His Hometown

The Republican tax bill being shepherded by Mr. Trump would hurt New York, his home state. “You guys seem to be doing O.K.,” he told donors last week.


China jails 21 people for 2015 nursing home fire: Xinhua

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China has jailed 21 people for their roles in a deadly fire that killed 39 elderly people at a private nursing home two years ago, state-run Xinhua news agency reported on Friday.

R. Kelly's Atlanta homes burglarized

A man who police said did some work for singer R. Kelly is now wanted for allegedly burglarizing two Atlanta area homes rented by the singer.


Investment funds buy $9.481 billion two-year note in November: U.S. Treasury

(Reuters) - Large investment managers bought $9.481 billion at a 2-year note auction held in November,

These cozy home goods are the perfect gift for the holidays

More than 110,000 residents ordered to leave their homes

Inside the Queen's home

Fashion and Apparel

Karl Lagerfeld Sails Home to Hamburg for Chanel’s Métiers d’Art

The designer returned to the German port city of his birth to show his latest collection at the new Elbphilharmonie concert hall.


India's Modi fights to protect home base in election

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was in the final phase of campaigning on Thursday to retain power in his home state and stave off the most serious challenge yet from a combined opposition.


BRIEF-At Home Group Prices Secondary Offering Of 5 Mln Shares At $24.5 Per Share



Wildfire burns homes, winery in L.A.'s posh Bel-Air neighborhood

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A wind-whipped wildfire raged on Wednesday into a wealthy Southern California neighborhood, destroying at least four homes, threatening dozens more and scorching a building at a winery owned by billionaire media mogul Rupert Murdoch.