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                                A “For Sale” sign stands in front of a home that is in the process of being sold in Monroe, Wash., outside of Seattle.
Sales of new homes surged 4.8% in August

Demand for new homes continues to surge despite an ongoing pandemic and lingering anxiety about the U.S. economy. The pace of sales has now reached levels last seen before the Great Recession in 2006. Read more

                                Unionized hospitality workers wait in line in a basement garage to apply for unemployment benefits at the Hospitality Training Academy in Los Angeles.
Fraud, backlogs disrupt jobless benefit payments

Many American workers applying for unemployment benefits after being thrown out of a job by the new coronavirus face a new complication: States’ efforts to prevent fraud have delayed or disrupted their payments. Read more

                                Beretania Florist owner Reece Nakamoto Farinas placed fresh flowers on display Tuesday at the shop in Maikiki to prepare for reopening.
Beretania Florist excited and hopeful to reopen following confusion

Reece Nakamoto Farinas, whose family owns Beretania Florist, had an unpleasant surprise Sept. 15 when his mother got a call from the city’s COVID-19 hotline ordering their business to close immediately because they were violating Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s Sept. 8, amended Emergency Order 2020-26, which expired Wednesday night. Read more

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