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Rights group: Facebook amplified Myanmar military propaganda

A new report by the rights group Global Witness says Facebook’s recommendation algorithm amplifies military propaganda and other material that breaches the company’s own policies in Myanmar following the country’s military coup
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FILE- In this March 29, 2018, file photo, the logo for Facebook appears on screens at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York's Times Square. Facebook's recommendation algorithm amplifies military propaganda and other material that breaches the company's own policies in Myanmar even though the social media giant says it’s treating the situation there as an emergency following February's military coup, a new report by the rights group Global Witness has found. A month after the military seized power in Myanmar and imprisoned elected leaders, Facebook's algorithms were still prompting users to view and “like” pro-military pages with posts that incited and threatened violence, pushed misinformation that could lead to physical harm, praised the military and glorified its abuses, Global Witness said in the report, published late Tuesday, June 22, 2021. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
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Spanish court OKs extradition of McAfee to the US

John McAfee, creator of McAfee antivirus software, has been found dead in his jail cell near Barcelona in an apparent suicide, hours after a Spanish court approved his extradition to the United States to face tax charges punishable by decades in prison
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Entrance of Brians 2 penitentiary center in Sant Esteve Sesrovires, near Barcelona, northeast Spain, Wednesday, June 23, 2021. John McAfee, the creator of the McAfee antivirus software, has been found dead in his cell in a jail near Barcelona, a government official has told The Associated Press. Earlier Wednesday, a Spanish court issued a preliminary ruling in favor of his extradition to the United States to face tax-related criminal charges. Security personnel at the Brians 2 penitentiary near the northeastern Spanish city tried to revive McAfee, who was 75, but the jail's medical team finally certified his death, the regional Catalan government said. (AP Photo/Joan Mateu)
2 hours ago

Teamsters aims to step up efforts to unionize Amazon workers

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, a union that represents 1.4 million workers, is setting its sights on Amazon
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FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2020, file photo, an Amazon delivery van departs an Amazon Warehouse in Dedham, Mass. The Teamsters, a union that represents 1.4 million delivery workers, is setting its sights on Amazon. The union is voting Thursday, June 24, 2021, on whether to make organizing Amazon workers its main priority, saying that Amazon, which is now the nation’s second-largest private employer, is exploiting its employees by paying them low wages, pushing them to work at fast speeds and offering no job security. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
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Western drought brings another woe: voracious grasshoppers

A drought blanketing the U.S. West is drying up waterways, sparking wildfires and leaving famers scrambling for water
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This undated photo provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service shows a male migratory grasshopper. Besides feeding on grasslands, large grasshopper populations can also devastate cultivated crops such as alfalfa, wheat, barley, and corn. (U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service via AP)
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High court backs businesses challenging California labor law

The Supreme Court has sided with California agriculture businesses in their challenge to a state regulation that gives unions access to farm property in order to organize workers
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June 23

John McAfee, embattled software developer, found dead in jail cell

McAfee was going to be extradited to the U.S. for fraud charges.
June 23
John McAfee, co-founder of McAfee Crypto Team and CEO of Luxcore and founder of McAfee Antivirus, speaks at the Malta Blockchain Summit in St Julian's, Malta Nov. 1, 2018.
June 23

Longtime Southwest Airlines CEO will step down next year

Change is coming in the leadership of Southwest Airlines
June 23
FILE - In this Tuesday, April 28, 2020 file photo, Southwest airlines jets are stored at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix. Southwest Airlines is dealing with technology problems that have delayed and canceled flights for two straight days. Southwest said Tuesday, June 15, 2021 that it was working to restore normal operations after a problem with network connectivity. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)
June 23

Stocks end listless day on Wall Street mixed as calm returns

A listless day on Wall Street ended with indexes mixed on Wednesday, as nervousness continues to wash out of the market following last week’s jolt by the Federal Reserve
June 23
Currency traders watch monitors at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, June 23, 2021. Asian stock markets followed Wall Street higher on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve chairman said higher U.S. inflation probably is temporary, helping to calm fears central bankers might feel pressure to roll back economic stimulus. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
June 23

Supreme Court: Mortgage overseer structure unconstitutional

The Supreme Court has ruled that the structure of the agency that oversees mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac violates separation of powers principles in the Constitution
June 23
June 23

How major US stock indexes fared Wednesday

Stocks drifted to a mixed finish on Wall Street Wednesday, after tentative gains earlier in the day brought the S&P 500 back near a record high
June 23
June 23

Nikola, Occidental rise; Patterson, Lennar fall

Stocks that traded heavily or had substantial price changes Wednesday: Nikola, Occidental rise; Patterson, Lennar fall
June 23
June 23

Closing prices for crude oil, gold and other commodities

Closing prices for crude oil, gold and other commodities, and foreign exchange levels
June 23
June 23

British travel industry urges swifter reopening of sector

The U.K.’s travel industry has held a day of action to put pressure on the British government to accelerate the reopening of the sector and to provide cash-strapped businesses with much-needed financial support
June 23
People who work in the UK aviation and travel industry take part in a 'Travel Day of Action' protest across the street from the Houses of Parliament in London, Wednesday, June 23, 2021. The protest on Wednesday was attended by people from across the UK aviation and travel industry calling on the British government to safely reopen international travel for the peak summer season to protect travel jobs and businesses amidst Britain's widely praised rollout of coronavirus vaccines. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
June 23

Big US banks to employees: Return to the office vaccinated

Wall Street’s big investment banks are sending a message to their employees this summer: Get back into the office and bring your vaccination card
June 23
FILE - In this Thursday, March 4, 2021, file photo, electronic signage is shown at Morgan Stanley headquarters, in New York. Wall Street’s big investment banks are sending a message to their employees this summer: Get back into the office, and bring your vaccination card. Morgan Stanley said this week that all employees will be required to attest to their vaccination status. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
June 23

As infections soar, Siberian region imposes 2-week lockdown

Buryatia, a republic in Siberia, has become the first Russian region to announce a lockdown because of a surge in coronavirus infections
June 23
Medical workers transport a patient suspected of having coronavirus on a stretcher at a hospital in Kommunarka, outside Moscow, Russia, Monday, June 21, 2021. Russia's national coronavirus taskforce on Saturday reported 17,378 new infection cases, more than double the daily tally from early June - more than half of them in Moscow, where the infection numbers have tripled this month. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
June 23

Warren Buffett resigns from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Buffett was one of just three trustees at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
June 23
In this May 5, 2019 file photo Warren Buffett, Chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway in Omaha, Neb.
June 23

Apple Daily to close, last pro-democracy Hong Kong newspaper

Hong Kong’s sole remaining pro-democracy newspaper will publish its last edition Thursday
June 23
Supporters wave flashlights outside the Apple Daily headquarters in Hong Kong, Wednesday, June 23, 2021. Hong Kong's pro-democracy Apple Daily newspaper will stop publishing Thursday, following last week's arrest of five editors and executives and the freezing of $2.3 million in assets under the city's one-year-old national security law. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
June 23

Warren Buffett resigns from Gates Foundation

Warren Buffett resigned Wednesday as trustee of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which says it will announce plans in July to answer questions raised about its leadership structure
June 23
FILE - In this May 5, 2019, file photo Warren Buffett, Chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, smiles as he plays bridge following the annual Berkshire Hathaway shareholders meeting in Omaha, Neb. Warren Buffett made a $4.1 billion annual philanthropic contribution and said he’s halfway through his goal of giving away most of his money. The billionaire investor also said he is stepping down as trustee of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as he exits all other corporate boards. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)
June 23

Russian gas pipeline vexes U.S. charm offensive in Germany

The United States and Germany are struggling to resolve a major dispute over a Russian gas pipeline even as the Biden administration seeks to improve relations with western Europe that had been strained during Donald Trump's presidency
June 23
Secretary of State Antony Blinken gives a statement at the start of the Second Berlin Conference on Libya at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Berlin, Wednesday, June 23, 2021. Blinken begins a week long trip in Europe traveling to Germany, France and Italy. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)
June 23

Surprise 5.9% drop in new home sales; prices hit record high

Sales of new homes fell 5.9% in May, the second monthly decline, while median home prices kept soaring, hitting an all-time high
June 23
Sold signs stand in front of new homes under construction Monday, March 15, 2021, in Houston. Sales of new homes fell a bigger-than-expected 5.9% in April, a drop that analysts blamed in part on soaring home prices. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
June 23

The Latest: France adds Russia to list of banned countries

France is adding Russia to its “red list” of countries from which travels are banned unless it is for urgent reasons as they are struggling with virus surges and worrisome variants
June 23
A man wearing a face mask takes a nap on his cart in Jakarta, Indonesia, Tuesday, June 22, 2021. Indonesia, the world's fourth most populous country, has seen COVID-19 infections surge in recent weeks, a climb that has been blamed on travel during last month's Eid al-Fitr holiday as well as the arrival of new virus variants, such as the the Delta version first found in India. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)
June 23

Czech central bank raises key rate to 0.5% to tame inflation

The Czech Republic’s central bank has increased its key interest rate by a quarter-point to 0.5% in efforts to tame inflation as the economy recovers from the coronavirus pandemic
June 23
June 23

German Cabinet OKs 2022 budget plan with more new debt

Germany’s Cabinet has approved plans for a 2022 budget that foresee an increase in new debt as spending on health and fighting climate change rises
June 23
German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz briefs the media about the budget 2022 during a news conference in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, June 23, 2021. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
June 23

Inflation poses new challenge for pandemic-weary businesses

Small businesses that endured shutdowns and revenue drops during the COVID-19 outbreak now must contend with another crisis: spiking prices for goods and services that squeeze profits and force many owners to pass the increases along to customers
June 23
General contractor Victoria Staten poses for a portrait at her home Thursday, June 17, 2021, in Chicago. Small business owners like Staten have endured shutdowns and revenue drops during the COVID-19 outbreak, now must contend with another crisis: spiking prices for goods and services that squeeze profits and force many owners to pass the increases along to customers. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
June 23

CureVac founder withdraws candidacy for supervisory board

German biotech company CureVac says its founder has withdrawn his candidacy for the supervisory board for health reasons
June 23
June 23

From Biden to Congress, Big Tech is under mounting pressure

The tech industry is under mounting pressure in Washington
June 23
FILE - In this April 21, 2021, file photo, Lina Khan, speaks during a Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Saul Loeb/Pool via AP)
June 23

Can pandemic recovery plan end Italy's years of stagnation?

The pandemic is giving Italy a chance to revamp its underperforming economy
June 23
FILE - In this March 17, 2021 file photo, a newly university graduated student, wearing a crown of flowers, walks with a friend, in Rome. Backed by 261 billion euros from the EU and Italian government, the country’s recovery plan calls for a top-to-bottom shakeup of a major industrial economy long hampered by red tape, a fear of change, and bureaucratic and educational inertia. Leading the charge is Premier Mario Draghi, the former head of the European Central Bank, who was tapped as head of a national unity government specifically for his economic expertise and institutional knowledge both in Italy and the EU. A key target is keeping more young Italians from taking their know-how abroad, a perennial issue in Italy, which has one of the lowest rates of university graduates in Europe and one of the largest brain drains. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia file)
June 23

US takes down Iran-linked news sites, alleges disinformation

American authorities have seized a range of Iran’s state-linked news websites they accuse of spreading “disinformation."
June 23
FILE - This Monday, June 21, 2021 photo shows Iran's new President-elect Ebrahim Raisi during a news conference in Tehran, Iran. Iran said Tuesday, June 22, that several state-linked news websites have been seized by the U.S. government under unclear circumstances. While there was no immediate acknowledgement of the seizures from American authorities, it comes amid the wider heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran over Tehran's now-tattered nuclear deal with world powers. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)
June 23

Rights group: Facebook amplified Myanmar military propaganda

A new report by the rights group Global Witness says Facebook’s recommendation algorithm amplifies military propaganda and other material that breaches the company’s own policies in Myanmar following the country’s military coup
June 23
FILE- In this March 29, 2018, file photo, the logo for Facebook appears on screens at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York's Times Square. Facebook's recommendation algorithm amplifies military propaganda and other material that breaches the company's own policies in Myanmar even though the social media giant says it’s treating the situation there as an emergency following February's military coup, a new report by the rights group Global Witness has found. A month after the military seized power in Myanmar and imprisoned elected leaders, Facebook's algorithms were still prompting users to view and “like” pro-military pages with posts that incited and threatened violence, pushed misinformation that could lead to physical harm, praised the military and glorified its abuses, Global Witness said in the report, published late Tuesday, June 22, 2021. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
June 22

California oil regulators delay health, safety rules again

California oil regulators have missed another deadline to release new rules aimed at improving health and safety measures for people living near oil and gas drilling sites
June 22
FILE - In this May 18, 2021, file photo, apartment buildings rise behind pump jacks operating at the Inglewood Oil Field in Los Angeles. California state oil regulators missed a spring deadline for new regulations designed to protect health and safety near oil and gas drillings sites. Environmental advocates have been pressuring Gov. Gavin Newsom's administration to adopt mandatory distances between wells and sites like schools and homes. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
June 22

Asia stocks rise after Fed chair says US inflation temporary

Asian stock markets have followed Wall Street higher after the Federal Reserve chairman said U.S. inflation is likely to be temporary
June 22
People wearing face masks walk past a bank's electronic board showing the Hong Kong share index in Hong Kong, Tuesday, June 22, 2021. Asian shares have rebounded from their retreat a day earlier, tracking Wall Street's recovery from the Federal Reserve's reminder it will eventually provide less support to markets. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
June 22

Some used vehicles now cost more than original sticker price

High demand and low supply have driven up used vehicle prices so much that many are now selling for more than their original sticker price when they were new
June 22
This Nov. 15, 2020 photo shows a long row of unsold used Highlander sports-utility vehicles sits at a Toyota dealership in Englewood, Colo. In 2021, high demand and low supply have driven up used vehicle prices so much that many are now selling for more than their original sticker price when they were new. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
June 22

Olympic trials pique viewer interest in Tokyo Summer Games

Amid all the back-and-forth about the feasibility of holding the Tokyo Olympics during the pandemic, there are early indications of viewer interest in the summer games
June 22
Graphic designer Asao Tokolo, left, and graphic designers group GOO CHOKI PAR members Q Asaba, third from right, Kent Iitaka, second from right, and Rei Ishii, right, unveil their posters during a presentation event in Tokyo Tuesday, June 22, 2021. The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games unveiled two iconic posters hat will be used to promote the Tokyo 2020. (Franck Robichon/Pool Photo via AP)
June 22

FAA says US airports will get $8 billion in pandemic relief

Airports around the country will share $8 billion in federal relief to help them recover from the pandemic
June 22
FILE - In this May 18, 2020, file photo, a lone traveler goes through a security check point at Seattle Tacoma International Airport, in SeaTac, Wash. Airports around the country will share $8 billion in federal relief to help them recover from the pandemic. The Federal Aviation Administration announced the grants on Tuesday, June 22, 2021. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
June 22

As passengers return to air travel, bad behavior skyrockets

As much as passengers are eager to return to the skies, they likely don’t miss all the frustrations that come with airplane travel
June 22
FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2021 file photo, a passenger wears a face mask to help prevent the spread of the new coronavirus as he waits for a Delta Airlines flight at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta. Airlines have reported about 3,000 cases of disruptive passengers since Jan. 1, according to a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration. It has gotten so bad that the airlines, flight attendants and pilots sent a letter to the U.S. Justice Department on Monday, June 21, urging “that more be done to deter egregious behavior.” (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
June 22

Construction starts on $899M station at Los Angeles airport

A groundbreaking ceremony has marked the start of construction of an $898.6 million station that will directly connect Los Angeles International Airport to the region’s light rail and bus transportation systems
June 22
FILE - In this May 24, 2021, file photo, passengers wait for their flights inside the new West Gates at Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles. A groundbreaking ceremony on Monday, June 21, 201, marked the start of construction of an $898.6 million station that will directly connect Los Angeles International Airport to the region's light rail and bus transportation systems. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, File)
June 22

Oshkosh Defense to build Postal vehicles in South Carolina

Oshkosh Defense says it will make new delivery vehicles for the U.S. Postal Service in Spartanburg County, South Carolina, creating 1,000 new jobs
June 22
FILE - In this Aug. 18, 2020, file photo, mail delivery vehicles are parked outside a post office in Boys Town, Neb. Oshkosh Defense says, Tuesday, June 22, 2021, it will make new delivery vehicles for the U.S. Postal Service in Spartanburg, S.C., creating 1,000 new jobs. The Wisconsin company says it will reconfigure a warehouse with features needed to do large-scale manufacturing. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)
June 22

How major US stock indexes fared Tuesday

Stocks finished higher on Wall Street Tuesday, nudging the S&P 500 closer to the record high it reached last week
June 22
June 22

Tupperware, Splunk rise; Corcept, NexGen Health fall

Stocks that traded heavily or had substantial price changes Tuesday: Tupperware, Splunk rise; Corcept, NexGen Health fall
June 22
June 22

Watchdog: Nursing home deaths up 32% in 2020 amid pandemic

A government watchdog says that deaths among Medicare patients in nursing homes soared by 32% last year amid the coronavirus pandemic
June 22
FILE - In this April 17, 2020, file photo, a patient is loaded into an ambulance by emergency medical workers outside Cobble Hill Health Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Deaths among Medicare patients in nursing homes soared by more than 30% last year, with two devastating surges eight months apart, a government watchdog reported Tuesday in the most complete assessment yet of the ravages of COVID-19 among its most vulnerable victims. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
June 22

Closing prices for crude oil, gold and other commodities

Closing prices for crude oil, gold and other commodities, and foreign exchange levels
June 22
June 22

Florida beach town writes Amazon TV series to lure tourists

Remember that longing you might have had after an episode of “Sex and The City” to shop at the characters' favorite New York spots and drink cosmopolitans at those chic bars
June 22
Jared Wofford poses for photos outside of the Don Cesar hotel Thursday, June 17, 2021, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Wofford appears in the Amazon series "Life's Rewards," an original, scripted TV series commissioned by travel marketers in St. Petersburg and Clearwater, Florida, seeking to draw quarantine-weary tourists to the area's sugar sand beaches. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
June 22

Help wanted: Labor crisis shocks California restaurants

The worker shortage is also affecting restaurants across the U.S.
June 22
In this Saturday, June 19, 2021, photo, Caroline Styne, owner and wine director at The Lucques Group, standing under umbrella, welcomes back regular customers, Chris Anokute with his wife Jasmine and their 9-month-old son, Phoenix, at the A.O.C. Brentwood restaurant in Los Angeles. Styne has turned away dozens of customers at the company's A.O.C. West Hollywood restaurant because she doesn't have the staff to serve them, leaving seats empty. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
June 22

Bumble gives all employees a paid week off to alleviate burnout

Workers at the firm known for its female leadership are unplugging this week.
June 22
Whitney Wolfe Herd attends "Women In Charge" on Sept. 10, 2019 in New York City.
June 22

Dirty laundry in space? NASA, Tide tackle cleaning challenge

NASA is teaming up with the maker of Tide to figure out how to do laundry in space
June 22
In this Nov. 22, 2009 photo made available by NASA, astronaut Leland Melvin, STS-129 mission specialist, exercises in the Unity module of the International Space Station while the space shuttle Atlantis is docked with the station. Space station astronauts exercise two hours every day to counter the muscle- and bone-withering effects of weightlessness, quickly leaving their workout clothes sweaty, smelly and stiff. Their T-shirts, shorts and socks end up so foul that they run through a pair every week, according to Melvin, a former NASA astronaut and NFL player. (NASA via AP)
June 22

Background checks blocked a record high 300,000 gun sales

Records show the number of people stopped from buying guns through the U.S. background check system hit an all-time high of more than 300,000 last year amid a surge of firearm sales
June 22
FILE - In this March 25, 2020, file photo semi-automatic handguns are displayed at shop in New Castle, Pa. The number of people stopped from buying guns though the U.S. background check system hit an all-time high of more than 300,000 last year amid a surge of firearm sales, according to new records obtained by the group Everytown for Gun Safety. The FBI numbers provided to The Associated Press show the background checks blocked nearly twice as many gun sales in 2020 as in the year before. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)
June 22

EU investigates Google's conduct in digital ad tech sector

European Union regulators have launched a fresh antitrust investigation of Google, this time over whether the company is stifling competition in digital advertising technology
June 22
FILE - In this Monday, Nov. 5, 2018 file photo, a woman walks past the logo for Google at the China International Import Expo in Shanghai. France's anti-competition watchdog has decided to fine Google 220 million euros ($268 million) for abusing its “dominant position” in the complex business of online advertising. It said Monday, June 7, 2021 that the move is unprecedented. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)
June 22

Hottest seller at GameStop is its own stock, $1B raised

GameStop raised more than $1 billion in its latest stock sale, capitalizing on a newly arrived and fervent army of online investors
June 22
FILE - This Jan. 28, 2021, file photo, shows a GameStop store in New York. Meme stock GameStop has raised nearly $1.13 billion in its latest stock offering. The video game company said Tuesday, June 22 that it sold 5 million shares in the at-the-market offering. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
June 22

Philip Morris moving corporate headquarters to Connecticut

Philip Morris International is moving its corporate headquarters from New York to Connecticut
June 22
FILE- This June 14, 2018, file photo shows cartons of Marlboro cigarettes on the shelves at JR outlet in Burlington, N.C. Philip Morris International is moving its corporate headquarters from New York to Connecticut. The company said Tuesday, June 22, 2021, the relocation will bring about 200 new jobs to Connecticut. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)
June 22

US existing home sales fall again as prices continue to soar

Sales of previously-occupied homes fell for the fourth straight month in May, as soaring prices and a limited number of available properties discouraged many would-be buyers
June 22
FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2020 file photo, a real estate brokerage sign stands in front of a house in Norwood, Mass. Sales of previously-occupied homes fell for the fourth straight month in May 2021, as soaring prices and a limited number of available properties discouraged many would-be buyers. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)