SEATTLE — Amazon packages, which usually show up in a UPS truck, an unmarked vehicle or in the hands of a mail carrier, may soon be delivered from an Amazon van. The online retailer has been looking for a while to find a way to have more control over how its packages are delivered. With its new program rolling out Thursday, contractors around the country can launch businesses that deliver Amazon packages. The move gives Amazon more ways to ship its packages to shoppers without having to rely on UPS, FedEx and other package delivery services.With these vans on the road, Amazon said more shoppers would be able to track their packages on a map, contact the driver or change where a package is left – all of which it can’t do if the package is in the back of a UPS or FedEx truck. Amazon has beefed up its delivery network in other ways: It has a fleet of cargo planes it calls “Prime Air,” announced last year that it was building an air cargo hub in Kentucky and … [Read more...] about Amazon offers vans to contractors who want go into delivery business
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Driving the Day Good Sunday morning. WHAT EVERYONE IS TALKING ABOUT -- “D.C.-area forecast: Accumulating snow likely Monday night,” by Capital Weather Gang’s Brian Jackson: “Tomorrow (Monday): Skies may start partly sunny, but should turn mostly cloudy as we head into the afternoon. … We’re not expecting any snow or rain to arrive until after 6 p.m. or so. We encourage you to stay tuned to the forecast during the day tomorrow, when we should have a better idea if snow might arrive early enough to disrupt the latter part of the commute home. Confidence: Medium-High.Story Continued Below “Tomorrow night into Tuesday morning: Snow, or a mix of rain and snow, is likely to move in sometime around 6-9 p.m. from south to north. Accumulating snow is a good bet as the intensity of precipitation increases late evening into the overnight, and lows dip to the upper 20s to low 30s as winds become gusty from the northeast, before the snow tapers … [Read more...] about SNOW looks like it will snarl D.C. — SUNDAY BEST: TOM COTTON warns colleagues that yes vote on health care puts House Republican majority in danger: ‘Do not walk the plank’
WASHINGTON From purchases and prices to builder sentiment and construction, the U.S. housing market is making consistent gains. The latest evidence came in reports Monday that sales of previously occupied homes rose solidly in October and that builders are more confident than at any other time in 6 1/2 years. Will the FHA require taxpayer help? Home sales rise 2.1 percent in October Stocks jump on hopes for budget deal, Europe New-home sales and home-price indexes have reached multi-year highs. And Lowe's (LOW) on Monday reported a surge in net income, a sign that home-improvement retailers are benefiting. The housing market's recovery still has a long way to go. But for now, it's helping prop up an economy that's being squeezed by a global slowdown and looming spending cuts and tax increases. Joseph LaVorgna, an economist at Deutsche Bank (DB), estimates that the housing recovery could boost U.S. economic growth by a full percentage point next year. That's because a stronger housing … [Read more...] about U.S. housing market making consistent gains
Last Updated Sep 23, 2017 7:00 PM EDT Produced by Lisa Freed and Michelle Feuer[This story first aired on Jan. 17.]LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- At the time of her murder, Kay Wenal was married to real estate developer Hal Wenal – her fourth husband. He was smitten from the moment he first set eyes on Kay in a Reno airport."She said she'd bent over to get luggage off the rack and that's when Hal noticed her," Kay's sister, Pam Sleeper, told "48 Hours" correspondent Erin Moriarty. "How could you not?" she laughed.Pam Sleeper says her sister was striking and vivacious. "Hal was proud of her," she said. "He used to love to walk into restaurants -- she was arm candy," private investigator John Insogna said. "'Oh, look at that woman! Wow!'" And at the age of 60, Kay was still turning heads and everyone seemed to love her, which made her murder in May 2008 all the more shocking -- and difficult to solve. What's more, there is little physical evidence: crime scene investigators … [Read more...] about Solve this case: Who killed Kay Wenal?
Home flippers buy dilapidated houses, fix them up, then sell them again as quickly as possible with the intention of making a tidy profit. Flipped houses look shiny and new inside, but what's going on underneath all the new drywall, carpet, and paint? Very few home buyers seem to trust flippers, and with the cheesy 'repairs' or 'cover-ups' I've seen over the years, it's easy to understand why. Most of the quick and dirty home flippers take the same shortcuts when flipping houses; I've seen so many of them done the same way that I'm going to tell you all about the flipped house you just looked at without even knowing the address. Interior The interior of the home looks great. The kitchen has all new or re-painted cabinets, stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops, and a tiled floor. The first floor bathroom has been completely re-done, and a second floor bathroom was recently added, or possibly a basement bathroom. They look great. All … [Read more...] about Buying A Flipped House? Here Are The Problems You’ll Find.