Maria Zakou

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As Mortgage Rates Rise, Homebuyers Face New Dilemma

A recent spike in mortgage rates has created a new predicament for potential homebuyers: Forge ahead and try to lock in now? Or hold off?<p>Dhruv Gupta was quoted a 3.5 percent rate in May while searching for a place to buy in the San Francisco area. Less than two months later, he's looking at 5.2 …

Lead investigator: Zimmerman may have exaggerated his injuries

The lead investigator for George Zimmerman’s case testified on Tuesday that he believes Zimmerman may have exaggerated the manner in which he was injured during the confrontation that resulted in Trayvon Martin’s death last year.<p>Zimmerman, charged with second-degree murder in the death of the …

Edward Snowden's asylum options narrow

<b>A growing number of countries have rejected the asylum requests of fugitive intelligence leaker Edward Snowden, as he attempts to avoid extradition to the US.</b><p>Several states including Spain said applicants had to be on their soil.<p>Mr Snowden, who is at Moscow airport, sent requests to 21 countries in …