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  • Cannabis, Canines And Compliance

    mcc 2013Two important concerns were brought to the chambers during public testimony at Tuesdays Mason County Commissioner meeting. While the two topics did not seem related on the surface they appeared to bring to light a mutual dilemma. Namely, a vocal… Read More +

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  • Man Scratched By Rabid Bat

    lakecrescentAuthorities say a 59-year-old Port Angeles, Washington, man who was scratched by a rabid bat at Lake Crescent in Olympic National Park is receiving preventative rabies treatment. Park spokeswoman Rainey McKenna says the man was sitting on the lake shore at… Read More +

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  • New LA Clippers Owner

    balmerSteve Ballmer has introduced himself to Los Angeles Clippers fans at a rally celebrating his new ownership of the NBA team. The former Microsoft CEO made his way through the crowd inside Staples Center, exchanging high-fives and clapping furiously as he took the stage Monday. Ballmer paid a record $2 billion for the team in a sale that was confirmed by a judge last week.

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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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