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Housing market concerns begin to emerge | CNN BUSINESS

CNN BUSINESS | Housing market concerns begin to emerge

New York (CNN Business) – The housing market is still red hot. But there are growing concerns about how much longer this strength can last.

Home Depot (HD) reported earnings and sales that topped Wall Street’s forecasts Tuesday. Lowe’s (LOW) also reported better-than-expected earnings and sales on Wednesday morning, and CEO Marvin Ellison said in a statement that sales were lifted thanks to “broad-based demand driven by the continued consumer focus on the home.”

Still, rising interest rates could eventually be a problem for Home Depot and Lowe’s. Even though the Federal Reserve is expected to keep its key short-term rate near zero for the foreseeable future, longer-term bond yields have started to spike. And mortgage rates are influenced more by the 10-year Treasury than Fed rates.  –read more

Bereft of visitors, the Louvre keeps busy with major refit and restorations | CNN style Arts

CNN style Arts | Bereft of visitors, the Louvre keeps busy with major refit and restorations

As the world’s most visited museum awakens, escalators that once carried up to 40,000 pairs of feet a day loop quietly through the empty lobby.

Lockdown restrictions shuttered the Louvre in late October, leaving world-famous artworks like “Venus de Milo,” “Liberty Leading the People” and the “Mona Lisa” without their usual crowds of admirers.

But they’re not completely alone — the museum is making the most of the closures by carrying out long-planned renovations.

“(The Louvre) is still living, even though it seems really asleep from the outside,” says project manager Gautier Moysset, standing in front of a set of 19th-century doors that once opened onto the bedchamber of French kings.  –read more

NASA shares first video and audio, new images from Mars Perseverance rover | CNN SPACE + SCIENCE

CNN SPACE + SCIENCE | NASA shares first video and audio, new images from Mars Perseverance rover

(CNN) – During its harrowing descent to the surface of Mars last Thursday, NASA’s Perseverance rover captured video that the agency is calling “How to Land on Mars.” The video, along with other newly released footage, gives earthlings back home a better sense of the sights and sounds on the red planet.

Cameras on “Percy,” as the rover is affectionately called at mission control, show for the first time the perspective of a spacecraft landing on Mars. The video begins 230 seconds after the rover entered the Martian atmosphere, with the inflation of the rover’s parachute 7 miles above the Martian surface, and ends with the rover touching down on the surface.  –read more

 

 

 

(CNN) – During its harrowing descent to the surface of Mars last Thursday, NASA’s Perseverance rover captured video that the agency is calling “How to Land on Mars.” The video, along with other newly released footage, gives earthlings back home a better sense of the sights and sounds on the red planet.

Cameras on “Percy,” as the rover is affectionately called at mission control, show for the first time the perspective of a spacecraft landing on Mars. The video begins 230 seconds after the rover entered the Martian atmosphere, with the inflation of the rover’s parachute 7 miles above the Martian surface, and ends with the rover touching down on the surface.  –read more

Before MLK Jr. or Rosa Parks, there was this 15-year-old | CNN US

CNN US | Before MLK Jr. or Rosa Parks, there was this 15-year-old

Meet Claudette Colvin, a Civil Rights hero you’ve probably never heard of. In 1955, she was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a bus — 9 months before Rosa Parks. This is part of our “History Refocused” series — stories from America’s past you should have heard about, but probably didn’t.  –see video

Black women’s roles in the civil rights movement have been understated — but that’s changing | CNN politics

CNN politics | Black women’s roles in the civil rights movement have been understated — but that’s changing

Washington (CNN) – Claudette Colvin did a revolutionary act nearly 10 months before Rosa Parks.

In March 1955, the 15-year-old was arrested for refusing to give up her seat to a White person on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama.

The teenager and others challenged the law in court. But civil rights leaders, pointing to circumstances in Colvin’s personal life, thought that Parks would be the better representative of the movement.

“People said I was crazy,” Colvin recently told CNN’s Abby Phillip. “Because I was 15 years old and defiant and shouting, ‘It’s my constitutional right!’ ”  —read more

Bessie Coleman – The first Black woman to become a pilot | National Women’s History Museum

National Women’s History Museum | Bessie Coleman – The first Black woman to become a pilot

Bessie Coleman soared across the sky as the first African American, and the first Native American woman pilot. Known for performing flying tricks, Coleman’s nicknames were; “Brave Bessie,” “Queen Bess,” and “The Only Race Aviatrix in the World.” Her goal was to encourage women and African Americans to reach their dreams. Unfortunately, her career ended with a tragic plane crash, but her life continues to inspire people around the world.  –read more

Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes agree one-year deal with joint commitment for ‘greater diversity and inclusion’ | CNN Sports

CNN Sports | Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes agree one-year deal with joint commitment for ‘greater diversity and inclusion’

(CNN) – Seven-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton will continue to race for Mercedes in the 2021 season after agreeing a new, one-year deal, the team announced on Monday.

The deal will see Hamilton partner with Mercedes for a ninth season and puts an end to months of speculation over the Briton’s immediate future in the sport.

Hamilton has dominated the F1 landscape since joining Mercedes from McLaren in 2013, winning 74 races as well as six drivers’ championships.

During the 2020 season, the 36-year-old drew level with Michael Schumacher’s seven world titles and surpassed the German’s all-time wins record of 91 races.  –read more

Meet the Minnesota mom fighting QAnon conspiracies one Instagram story at a time | CNN BUSINESS

CNN BUSINESS | Meet the Minnesota mom fighting QAnon conspiracies one Instagram story at a time

(CNN) – When Sharon McMahon scrolled through social media in the months leading up to last year’s presidential election, she found herself horrified by the amount of “straight misinformation” filling her feed.

“It was just shockingly wrong,” McMahon, a Minnesota mom of four, told CNN. “Like not even a little bit right.”

Armed with a passion for constitutional law, along with over a decade of government and law classroom teaching experience, McMahon decided she wanted to combat the mistruths with education.  –read more

Black coffee can be good for your heart, studies show | CNN health

CNN health | Black coffee can be good for your heart, studies show

(CNN) – It’s another home run for coffee consumption — as long as it’s black and caffeinated, that is.

Drinking one or more cups of plain, leaded coffee a day was associated with a long-term reduced risk of heart failure, according to a review of diet data from three major studies using analytic tools from the American Heart Association.

The benefit did not extend to decaffeinated coffee. Instead, the analysis found an association between decaf coffee and an increased risk for heart failure.  –read more

Ecclestone gives his verdict on Hamilton’s “Verstappen” clause | F1 insider

F1 insider | Ecclestone gives his verdict on Hamilton’s “Verstappen” clause

A clause in Lewis Hamilton’s new Mercedes contract is causing debate. We put this contract detail into a historic perspective

Lewis Hamilton’s (36) contract extension with Mercedes, which according to F1-Insider.com information will be officially announced next week, has caused a small earthquake in the Formula 1 landscape. Especially the so-called “Verstappen clause”, which insiders believe the British superstar had got written into his  new contract, is causing quite a lot of debate.

The background: Hamilton is said to have secured himself a say in the decision on who will be his teammate in the future, should he wish to pull his option and stay another year. None of the protagonists will confirm such a contract detail, but one possible reason is obvious: Red Bull’s wonder boy Max Verstappen (23), who some experts believe already would be able to beat the Briton in the same car, certainly is somebody Hamilton doesn’t want to put up with  in the autumn of his career.  –-read more

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