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    So-called “home abortions” are on the rise in Sweden despite overall abortion numbers declining as more and more Swedish women have their abortions performed at their own homes, rather than a clinic. In 2021, Sweden saw around 33,700 abortions performed across the country, the lowest number of abortions since 2002, however, 75 per cent of all abortions carried out were two-stage medical abortions, the second stage of which is performed in the home of the woman getting the procedure. Around 96 per cent of all the abortions performed last year were medical abortions and 97 per cent were performed before the 7th week of pregnancy, broadcaster SVT reports. Home abortions, which can take place up to week ten of pregnancy, were the most numerous but just ten per cent were performed after week seven of pregnancy. Inga-Maj Andersson, an expert at the National Board of Health and Welfare, commented on the rise of home abortions saying, “It is important that the woman gets to choose how the abortion should be served, especially with increased possibilities. It is important that there...
    In this article PTON Peloton became a household name during the pandemic. The at-home fitness company's stock surged more than 500% by Dec. 23, 2020, quickly boosting the small start-up into mega-cap status in less than a year. But as the economy reopens, gyms and in-person studios are also attracting people to work out outside of the home. Competition in the at-home fitness space has also increased, with companies such as Tonal, Hydrow, Lululemon's Mirror and Apple offering their own fitness equipment to customers. "We're going to continue to see now this as the market space grows, as increasing amount of companies realize that this is a new industry that should be unlocked, the fight for customers' mind share is going to get harder," Simeon Siegel, managing director at BMO Capital Markets, told CNBC. In early November 2021, Peloton reported disappointing first-quarter results that missed on earnings, revenue projections and full-year guidance. It showed slowing demand for its products and an anticipated increase in marketing spend. In the same month, the company shed $10 billion of its market cap...
    Falmouth, England (CNN)President Joe Biden's attempts to talk up democracy in Europe this week are facing headwinds from back home, where revelations about the Justice Department's attempts to obtain Democrats' data have raised new concerns about the state of American politics.Throughout his time here, Biden is making the case to American allies that democracy must prevail over a rising tide of authoritarianism. His argument has been that democracies are better at providing for their people and the world.He has openly acknowledged that democracies are often messy. But he said this week that the world had reached an "inflection point" where the competition between democracy and autocracy is coming to a head.Yet as challenges back home bubble up, he is finding it harder to point to his own country's own recent history, including the lingering remnants of President Donald Trump's tenure.As he was preparing to attend his first G7 meeting on Friday, reports emerged from Washington that prosecutors in Trump's Justice Department, beginning in February 2018, subpoenaed Apple for data from the accounts of House Intelligence Committee Democrats, their staff and...
    Alcohol withdrawal rates have skyrocketed amid the coronavirus pandemic, a new study suggests. Researchers found a 34 percent increase in hospitalized patients experiencing symptoms such as headaches, nausea, tremors and seizures due to not using alcohol after a period of heavy drinking.  What's more, the rates from March to September in 2020 were consistently higher compared to 2019.  The team at ChristianaCare, one of the largest health systems in the mid-Atlantic region, believes its study is the first to quantify alcohol withdrawal rate among people in the hospital. They say the findings are a 'clarion call' for other hospital systems to ramp up their screening for alcohol use withdrawal so it can be treated. A new study found that, over the course of the pandemic, from March 25 to September 22, alcohol withdrawal rates increased by 34% compared to the same time period in 2019 (above) 'We designed the study to capture the big picture,' said lead author Ram Sharma, a psychiatry resident at ChristianaCare. 'We expected to see higher rates of alcohol withdrawal during the pandemic, and the...
    Online real estate listing site Zillow will begin making cash offers to homeowners based on the company's 'Zestimate', a price estimate of the home's market value. Zillow announced on Thursday that its home value estimation tool is now an initial cash offer for eligible homes in more than 20 cities nationwide, marking a major change of business model for the popular listing platform founded in 2006. 'This exciting advancement demonstrates the confidence we have in the Zestimate and the lengths we are willing to go to make selling your home truly seamless and easy," said Zillow Chief Operating Officer Jeremy Wacksman in a statement. 'Presenting the Zestimate as a cash offer to qualifying homes up front will save time, reduce friction and provide greater transparency - getting us closer to our vision of helping customers transact with the click of a button,' he added. The 'Zesitmate' value estimation tool is now an initial cash offer for eligible homes in more than 20 cities nationwide, Zillow said Zillow CEO Rich Barton is seen above. The move marks a major change...
    Many people have made the decision to buy a home outside the big cities where you can confine yourself and isolate yourself from the coronavirus in a larger private space. These houses are designed for him work, sports at home and a more intimate leisure. The fact of buying the prefabricated houses has been able to accelerate the acquisition processes by up to two thirds of the usual time, reducing them from 12 months to four. “You could see cranes from the street, they were putting wall to wall. I assure you that in two months the house was up “, declares one of the buyers. The price and quality of these homes resembles the conventional ones, but the advantage they have is that you can design them to your liking through a catalog.
    A real estate agent exits a home for sale in Lancaster, Ohio.Ty Wright | Bloomberg | Getty Images Another week of rising rates spurred homeowners and buyers to pull back from the mortgage market, and the trend is not expected to turn any time soon. Total mortgage application volume fell 5.1% last week from the previous week, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association's seasonally adjusted index. The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances ($548,250 or less) increased to 2.98% from 2.96% for loans with a 20% down payment. That rate was 79 basis points higher the a year ago. "Expectations of faster economic growth and inflation continue to push Treasury yields and mortgage rates higher. Since hitting a survey low in December, the 30-year fixed rate has slowly risen, and last week climbed to its highest level since November 2020," said Joel Kan, MBA's associate vice president of economic and industry forecasting. The association began its weekly survey in March 1990. Applications to refinance a home loan, which are highly sensitive to weekly interest...
    Fact check: Satirical flyer promotes Capitol siege as Stanford law group event Father of Parkland victim pens letter to daughter three years after shooting American Home Prices Rise, but the Increase in This Market Is Staggering Home prices rose in the United States last year, driven by low-interest rates mortgages, people fleeing cities and a middle-class income that was little changed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Across the nation, the average home price in the fourth quarter was up 14.9% from the year before, according to the National Association of Realtors. In almost every one of the 183 markets it tracks, the increases were unprecedented. Experts from the organization reported, "the fourth quarter of 2020 witnessed home prices grow from a year ago, with 88% of the metro areas seeing double-digit price increases." The worst off was Huntsville, Alabama, where prices rose only 4% to $252,000. © Provided by 24/7 Wall St. The market where prices truly surged was the Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk metro area, where they rose 39% to $578,000. That market's homes sit near the highest end of...
    A houseÕs real estate for sale sign shows the home as being Òunder contractÓ in Washington, DC, November 19, 2020.Saul Loeb | AFP | Getty Images Pandemic-driven demand drove total 2020 home sales to the highest level since 2006. Still, even the most avid buyers are bumping up against barriers in today's housing market. Record low supply and record high prices are limiting the exceptionally high demand. Closed sales of existing homes in December increased just 0.7% month-to-month, to a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 6.76 million units, according to the National Association of Realtors. Sales were, however, 22% stronger than December 2019. As unexpected as a global pandemic was, so too was the reaction of homebuyers. After plummeting in March and April, sales suddenly began to climb. Total year-end sales volume ended at 5.64 million units, the highest level since 2006 and far stronger than predicted before the pandemic. Buyers were driven by a desire for larger, suburban homes with dedicated spaces for working and schooling. "Home sales could possibly reach 8 million if we had more...
    January 13, 2021 11:37 AM | With information from EFE 15 minutes. The consumer price index in the United States (USA) accelerated 2 tenths in December and stood at 0.4%, bringing year-on-year inflation to 1.4%. This was reported on Wednesday by the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. Year-on-year inflation, which was at 2.5% in January 2020, collapsed under the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic to 0.1% in May. Although since July it has remained above 1%, it is still far from the 2% level that the Federal Reserve (FED) considers healthy for the economy. Core inflation, which excludes consumer prices for food and fuel, which are the most volatile, was 0.1% in December in the US. It added 1.6% in one year, according to the government report. The December increase in prices paid by consumers largely reflects an 8.4% increase in gasoline costs, which represented more than 60% of the increase. The food price index rose 0.4%, both for the costs of meals at home and away from home. Coronavirus USA, the country most affected in the world by...
    I know real pants are over. I know skinny jeans are over. I know that high waists are not exactly synonymous with luxury and comfort (or with enjoying being alive in a human body that bends and breathes). But even months into the privilege of more or less not leaving my house, I still can’t stop wearing Everlane’s Authentic Stretch High-Rise Skinny Button Fly jeans. There's “stretch” in the name, and that’s a good place to start. Unlike other stretch jeans I've tried, the form-hugging fit stays strong between washes. They definitely relax with wear, but not to the point of bagging or warping. Best of all, I can get them over my butt, but they don't pull around my thighs or gape outrageously (or at all) at the waist or back. As someone with a somewhat dramatic hip-to-waist ratio, these are one of the few pairs of jeans I’ve found that just fit. And as a shorter person, I love the length for the same reason. My former go-tos were Madewell’s 10” High-Rise Skinny Jeans in Carbondale Wash, but...
    Los Angeles county reverses ban, allows churches to hold indoor services Biden poised to pick Connecticut schools chief Miguel Cardona as Education secretary, reports say Existing home sales decline for the first time in 5 months as prices rise and supply falls There were just 1.28 million homes available for sale at the end of November. That is down 22% from a year earlier and represents a  2.3-month supply at the current sales pace. That is the lowest inventory count since the National Association of Realtors began tracking this metric in 1982. The median price of an existing home sold in November was $310,800, a 14.6% increase compared with November 2019. © Provided by CNBC A house for sale on December 17, 2020 in Scituate, Massachusetts. After five consecutive months of gains, closed sales of existing homes turned lower in November. Load Error They fell 2.5% on a month-to-month basis to a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 6.69 million units, according to the National Association of Realtors. Sales were a strong 25.8% higher from a year...
    Lockdown has seen us taking home entertainment to new levels – and not just by binge-watching TV and streaming services. For, if our shopping habits are anything to go by, there is a baby boom on the way. Searches for 'new baby' on the John Lewis website are nearly four times the number a year ago.  There has also been a 45 per cent rise in sales of huge flat-screen TVs, for those who have sought entertainment in the living room rather than the bedroom. Lockdown has seen us taking home entertainment to new levels – and not just by binge-watching TV and streaming services There has been a 45 per cent rise in sales of huge flat-screen TVs, for those who have sought entertainment in the living room rather than the bedroom The 'Netflix effect' is said to have inspired a sales boost for items such as chess sets, thanks to The Queen's Gambit, and berets, as seen in Emily In Paris.  However, the 65 per cent rise in beret sales may also be down to attempts...
    Tiger nearly bites volunteers arm off at big cat sanctuary run by Carole Baskin Michigan voter fraud hearing goes viral for alleged flatulence, unruly witness Survey: Home Improvement Spending On the Rise in 2020 Home Advisor has dubbed 2020 "The Year of the Home," and their most recent survey offers statistics to back that up. According to the survey, average household spending on home services in the U.S. rose to $13,138 in 2020, a $4,000 increase year-over-year. © eranicle/Getty Images On average, U.S. households spent $8,305 on home improvement, $3,192 on home maintenance and $1,640 on home emergencies. Various factors spurred renewed emphasis on home improvement, chief among them increased time people spent at home due to the coronavirus pandemic. "This year’s topline growth in spending and projects is a story of both increasing costs of supplies, increasing cost of labor and homeowners shifting spending from things like entertainment and travel to their homes," the survey says. "While the cost to do projects compared to last year did increase, we also found that homeowners were spending more as well." Gallery:...
    Buying a house is a big deal – but the latest numbers show it’s even a bigger deal this year. On average, prices are going up across the country, including here in San Antonio. While mortgage rates remain at record lows, home prices are rising across the country. The nation’s median existing single-family home price climbed to $313,500 in the third quarter of this fiscal year. For context, that is up 12% from a year ago. At that price, a family would need to pay $1,059 for a monthly mortgage payment and would need to earn $50,819 a year to afford it. The troubling part is that home prices grew four times as fast as median family income, which increased at a rate of 3%. The median sale prices of existing single-family homes rose from a year ago in all 181 metro areas measured in the national association of realtors report, and 65% saw double-digit price gains. Prices are rising largely due to the combination of low mortgage rates that are attracting buyers, and a limited supply of available homes...
    WESTMINSTER, Md. (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic is contributing to more people choosing to have cremations instead of funerals in Maryland and across the nation. The Carroll County Times reported Thursday that Maryland’s cremation rate has gone from about 35% in 2010 to more than 50% in 2020. Jack Mitchell, a spokesman for the National Funeral Directors Association, said the nation's turn away from religion has helped fuel the number of cremations over the years. But he said that COVID-19 restrictions on funeral size and fear of the virus have also prompted many to opt for it. Tom Fletcher, funeral director of Fletcher Funeral & Cremation Services in Westminster, said that cremation can also be more flexible than an immediate burial with a viewing. At the same time, he said, more people are starting to come out for funerals, but people are still cautious. “It’s a very tough situation for families, especially those that have lost someone to COVID, because if they were in nursing home or long-term care, they haven’t been able to see them,” Fletcher said. “We have...
    The numbers: The index of pending home sales rose 5.9% in July as compared with June, the National Association of Realtors reported Thursday. It is the third consecutive month in which the level of Americans signing contracts to purchase homes has risen. Home sellers are going under contract in record time, the trade group reported. Compared with a year ago, contract signings were up 15.5%. “We are witnessing a true V-shaped sales recovery as homebuyers continue their strong return to the housing market,” Lawrence Yun, the National Association of Realtors’ chief economist, said in the report. The index measures real-estate transactions where a contract was signed for a previously-owned home but the sale had not yet closed, benchmarked to contract-signing activity in 2001. What happened: Pending home sales increased across all parts of the country, led by a 25.2% gain in the Northeast. With demand for homes so high, properties are flying off the market. Nine contracts are being signed for every 10 new listings, Yun said. Read more:The Big Move: I’m tired of renting in Manhattan, but love...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Dallas residents won’t face a higher property tax rate under City Manager T.C. Broadnax’s proposed 2020-21 spending plan. The rate would remain the same as this year: more than 77 cents per $100 valuation. But because of rising property values, the owner of an average home, worth about $325,000, will still pay $135 more in property taxes in next year’s budget. When asked if it’s fair for residents to pay more during the pandemic, Broadnax said, “Well, I wouldn’t necessarily say it’s fair or unfair, what I would say is the cost of service has risen. And the demand for service has not gone down as it relates to what people expect the city to do.” The COVID-19 pandemic shutdown has impacted the economy and lowered sales tax revenues, which has forced cities like Dallas to tighten their budgets. Earlier this year, Broadnax warned the city faced a $100 million shortfall. Broadnax said his proposal is a balanced budget as required under law. Through the end of September, the city will have about 415 employees under furlough....
    The numbers: The index of pending home sales rose 16.6% in June as compared with May, the National Association of Realtors reported Wednesday. The increase comes after pending home sales experienced the largest monthly rise on record last month, the trade group said. Compared with a year ago, contract signings were up 6.3%, a sign of how sharply the market has rebounded from its coronavirus-related low. “It is quite surprising and remarkable that, in the midst of a global pandemic, contract activity for home purchases is higher compared to one year ago,” Lawrence Yun, the National Association of Realtors’ chief economist, said in the report. “Consumers are taking advantage of record-low mortgage rates resulting from the Federal Reserve’s maximum liquidity monetary policy.” The index measures real-estate transactions where a contract was signed for a previously-owned homes but the sale had not yet closed, benchmarked to contract-signing activity in 2001. What happened: Every region experienced a monthly increase in pending home sales, led by the Northeast (up 54.4%). However, the Northeast was the only region that did not experience a...
    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut officials say they are receiving “unprecedented numbers” of black bear complaints and that the state is on track to have three times as many cases of bears entering homes compared to the last two years. The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said Tuesday that there were 17 reports of a black bear entering a home in June alone, a total equal to all reported cases in 2019. The local bear population has been steadily increasing for years, thanks to the lack of natural predators and a bear hunt, the Hartford Courant reported. The agency recommended the implementation of municipal ordinances prohibiting feeding wild animals to prevent inviting them into residential areas. “Black bears should never be fed — either intentionally or unintentionally,” DEEP Wildlife Division Director Jenny Dickson said in a release. “Bears that are attracted to homes by easily-accessible foods lose their fear of humans. Such bears spend more time in neighborhoods and near people, increasing risks to public safety, the likelihood of property damage, and the possibility that the bears may...
    By DAVID PITT, Associated Press Confirmed cases of the coronavirus continued to climb in counties that are home to Iowa's largest public universities, according to statistics released Monday. State public health data showed Johnson County, home to the University of Iowa, had 1,096 known positive cases as of Monday, a 38% increase in a week. The number of cases began spiking around June 15, with 40 to 50 new confirmed positive cases on most days. In Story County, home to Iowa State University, known positive cases reached 677, a 44% increase since June 22. Johnson and Story counties were among the 136 counties the White House included in a list last week showing counties with rising case numbers. The increases cases has led some owners of bars and restaurants near the universities in Iowa City and Ames to close only weeks after Gov. Kim Reynolds allowed them to reopen. Iowa posted nearly 300 new known cases on Monday for a total of 28,728 known positive cases and three additional deaths for a total of 707. Iowa health officials and business...
    By MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of new homes rose a surprisingly strong 16.6% in May with the reopening of major parts of the country potentially fueling activity in the housing market. The Commerce Department reported Tuesday that sales of new single-family homes rose to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 676,000 last month. That was a much better performance than expected. Many economists had forecast that sales would fall in May. The new home sales numbers come just one day after the U.S. reported a 9.7% plunge in May sales of existing homes to an annual rate of 3.91 million, the slowest pace in nearly a decade. There are hopes that the housing slump that occurred with the virus shutdowns could be coming to an end, though the millions of jobs lost to the pandemic could impede any rebound. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of new homes rose a surprisingly strong 16.6% in May with the reopening of major parts of the country potentially fueling activity in the housing market. The Commerce Department reported Tuesday that sales of new single-family homes rose to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 676,000 last month. That was a much better performance than expected. Many economists had forecast that sales would fall in May. The new home sales numbers come just one day after the U.S. reported a 9.7% plunge in May sales of existing homes to an annual rate of 3.91 million, the slowest pace in nearly a decade. There are hopes that the housing slump that occurred with the virus shutdowns could be coming to an end, though the millions of jobs lost to the pandemic could impede any rebound.
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