What We Read Today 04 November 2014

November 4th, 2014
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Econintersect: Every day our editors collect the most interesting things they find from around the internet and present a summary "reading list" which will include very brief summaries (and sometimes longer ones) of why each item has gotten our attention. Suggestions from readers for "reading list" items are gratefully reviewed, although sometimes space limits the number included.

  • First-time homebuyers hit lowest level in nearly 30 years (Diana Olick, CNBC) The last time the level of first-time home purchases were at this level a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage carried about 14% interest. Now it's a little above 4%. Yet only 33% of home sales are to first time buyers in 2014, compared to the long-term average of 40%. See next article.

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  • Weekend Brings Record Snow to the Appalachians, New England (Michael Doll, Accuweather.com) Early season snowfall from Maine to Tennessee breaking all-time records for the date. In Bangor, ME a 12 inch snowfall broke the existing 02 November record of 0.5 inch (1951). Other records were set as Aroostock County recorded depths up to 21 inches and Mt. LeConte, TN received 22 inches. Higher elevations in the Smoky Mountains generally received more than a foot of snow. Other notables were snow across much of upstate South Carolina, with up to 4.5 inches in the Columbia area. Sugar Mountain Ski Resort, Banner Elk, NC opening Sunday with two trails skiable on a 10-32 inch machine-made base and 8 inches of new natural snow. Also low temperature records were set across much of Florida. Vero Beach had an overnight low Sunday morning of 41 degrees breaking the 1993 record by 6 degrees. Tampa had a high temperature Sunday of 67 degrees, breaking a 119 year-old record of 68. For a weekly update of weather pattern and climate news follow GEI News weekly global weather and climate review by weather economist Sig Silber every Monday evening.

With just one week to go until the midterm elections, a new poll indicates that billionaires are likely to retain control of the United States government.

The poll, conducted by the University of Minnesota's Opinion Research Institute, shows that the proxy candidates of billionaires are likely to win ninety-eight per cent of next Tuesday's races, with the remaining two per cent leaning billionaire.

Although the poll indicates that some races are still "too close to call," the fact that billionaires funded candidates on both sides puts the races safely in their column.

  • Articles about conflicts and disease around the world

Ebola

Nurse: No option but to fight Ebola quarantine (Associated Press, MSN News)

Ebola Cure Delayed by Drug Industry’s Drive for Profit, W.H.O. Leader Says (The New York Times)

Health Experts Say Ebola Might Be Loosening Grip on Liberia (Voice of America)

Nigeria

Suicide bombing targets Shia festival in Nigeria: Suspected Boko Haram attack in northeast Nigeria kills 15 people and injures 50 others (Al Jazeera)

Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso: where democracy has always run on protests and coups (The Conversation)

Libya

Fighting rages in Libya's Benghazi (Al Jazeera)

Turkey

'Bodies Everywhere': Migrant Boat Sinks Off Turkey (NBC News)

Russia’s borders: Turkey treading carefully over the wars in Syria and Ukraine (The Conversation)

Boat with suspected migrants sinks off Turkey; 24 dead, 7 rescued: Boat carrying suspected migrants from Afghanistan and Syria sinks off Istanbul; authorities search for survivors (Al Jazeera)

Syria

Al-Qaida Fighters Push Offensive in Northern Syria (abc News)

Iraq

ISIL brings more than just brutality to the battlefield (Al Jazeera)

Ukraine

Cows Vote as Putin Tightens Grip on East Ukraine (Bloomberg)

U.S. Slams 'Sham' Ukraine Vote With Warning to Russia (NBC News)

Ukraine Says Rebel Votes Undercut Truce as Tension Mount (Bloomberg)

Russia

APNewsBreak: Russia Boycotts Nuclear Meeting (abc News)

Russian warplanes send 'great power' message: NATO (AFP, Yahoo! News)

Mexico

Mexican soldiers charged in civilian court: Seven soldiers allegedly were involved in deaths of gang members at a rural warehouse in June (Al Jazeera)


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