Fred Schmidt

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Silicon Valley Upstart Opendoor Is Changing The Way Americans Buy And Sell Their Homes

In the summer of 2015, Ranjit Bosu, a 46-year-old systems administrator at General Motors, got the opportunity to transfer from Phoenix to Austin, Texas. He and his wife, Natasha, 41, put their home on the market, asking $335,000. Three months passed, as potential buyers came and went without …

Real Estate

Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin demands national review of police training and policies

Baldwin used his time at the podium Thursday to speak out about police brutality.<p>In the wake of two more officer-involved shootings of black men in Tulsa and Charlotte this week, Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin used his time at the podium to issue a call to action to attorneys general from all …

Justice

Margolis: Political high ground? Nope, just beach sand

<i>(Jon Margolis is VTDigger’s political columnist.)</i><p>So Bernie and Jane Sanders have bought themselves a nice little vacation house on an island in Lake …

Puerto Rico skips bond payments, says Congress must help

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- A majority of federal control board members voted Friday to more than double tuition at Puerto Rico's largest public university despite heavy criticism the increase will make higher education unaffordable.<p>Six of seven members also voted to cut benefits at the …

Caribbean

Israel fears Gaza 'tunnel' war waged by Hamas

KIBBUTZ NIR AM, Israel — The last Gaza war began in the air with rockets that Hamas militants fired at Israel. Now, Israelis living next door to the Palestinian territory see worrisome signs that the next war will be waged underground.<p>They live above ground zero: Hamas appears to be building new …

Israel

Do the sums and retire 10 years early

It may take some "extreme financial planning" but knocking off a decade early can be done. Just.<p>Ask most investors, and the decision to risk their hard-earned money was driven by the hope of an easier and more comfortable life in the future.<p>The desire to give up the daily grind lies beneath many a …

Retirement

US Navy shows off its new LASR autonomous robot testing facility

All the fun of the desert and the rainforest from the (relative) comfort of home? Sign us up. That's the promise offered by the admittedly awesomely named Laboratory for Autonomous Systems Research (that's LASR, for you abbreviators out there), first announced last month. The robotics lab, housed …

Beers Americans no longer drink

American beer sales have been trending downwards in recent years. After peaking at nearly 219 million barrels in 2008, total U.S. shipments have declined since, reaching just 211.7 million barrels in 2013.<p>The recent drops in beer sales have been especially pronounced at many of the nation's top …

US unveils new guidelines on racial profiling

The US government has issued guidelines that ban racial profiling by federal law enforcement officers, amid growing controversy over the role of race in policing after several cases where white officers killed unarmed black men.<p>The policy, which replaces decade-old guidelines established under the …