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  • Yelm Resident Is Boatswain On USS Zumwalt

    FosterA 1997 Yelm High School graduate and Yelm, Wash. native is serving aboard one of the U.S. Navy’s newest and most advanced ships, the destroyer Zumwalt (DDG 1000), which is currently under construction at Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine. Chief… Read More +

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  • 1 Killed In Collision With Patrol Car Near Ephrata

    DEPUTY-TRUCKThe Washington State Patrol is investigating a vehicle collision that killed a 22-year-old woman and injured a Grant County sheriff's deputy. The crash involving the two drivers happened Saturday morning about 8 miles south of Ephrata, Washington. The patrol says 22-year-old… Read More +

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  • Marisnick's Homer Leads Astros Over Seattle 8-3

    marinersbaseballSeattle's playoff hopes took another hit, as Jake Marisnick had a three-run homer for the second straight game and Alex Presley drove in two runs to lead the Houston Astros to an 8-3 win over the Mariners on Sunday. Houston took two of three from the Mariners, who entered the day 1/2 game back for the second AL wild card.

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Pending Home Sales Drop 5.6 Percent in September

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_9cd9d4c028.jpgFuse/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- The number of Americans who signed contracts to buy homes dropped sharply in September, reflecting higher mortgage rates and home prices that have made purchases more costly. The National Association of Realtors says its seasonally adjusted pending home sales index fell 5.6 percent to 101.6, the lowest level in nine months. The decline pushed the index below its year-ago level, the first time that's happened in nearly two and a half years.

There is generally a one- to two-month lag between a signed contract and a completed sale. The drop suggests final sales will decline in the coming months.

Mortgage rates reached a two-year high in August and remained elevated in September. But they have fallen in the past month, which could help boost contract signings in October.

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