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A billion-dollar empire made from mobile homes

February 18, 2019 |

It’s not fancy. But in the exurbs of Nashville stands part of a billion-dollar real estate empire.

The Florence Commons community consists of about 300 mobile homes of varying vintages, mostly single-wide, many valued at less than $ 30,000 apiece, set 20 feet apart from one another. The occupants…


L.A. Times – Business

The Tech Whiz Behind Vine and HQ Trivia Made Millions in His 20s. He Was Dead by 34

February 17, 2019 |

Self-taught coder Colin Kroll shot to startup fame, allowing him to live life in a fast lane. Friends saw him as a gentle, endearingly awkward soul, but he also fought with colleagues, attracted negative press for his behavior at work and struggled with drugs and alcohol.
WSJ.com: US Business

Arrest Made in Numbing 25-Year-Old Cold Case

February 16, 2019 |

New DNA testing has led to an arrest in the horrifying 1993 rape and murder of a young Alaska woman, Fox News reports. Alaska State Troopers announced the arrest Friday of Steven Downs, 44, a registered nurse now living in Maine, in the case of Sophie Sergie, who was only…
Newser

2 Arrests Made in Jussie Smollett Case

February 15, 2019 |

The “strange turn” that the Jussie Smollett case took this week now has another development. On Thursday, there was pushback from the Chicago Police Department on an ABC7 report, which cited unnamed CPD sources as suggesting the Empire actor had somehow been in on staging his own alleged assault. Meanwhile,…
Newser

Guy Who Made $3.5K Got Tax Refund of $980K

February 14, 2019 |

A 29-year-old Florida man who made $ 3,497 in 2016 managed to get a $ 980,000 tax refund. Ramon Christopher Blanchett submitted a self-prepared income tax return in 2017 along with two W-2 forms: One that was accurate, showing $ 1,399 in income and no federal income tax withholding, and…
Newser

Porch Pirate Made Off With Boy’s Cancer Drugs

February 13, 2019 |

A thief in Las Vegas made off with a delivery package containing what a mother told police was $ 40,000 worth of cancer treatment drugs for her 14-year-old son, authorities said Tuesday. Police issued a plea for help finding the thief and released a photo of the man seen in…
Newser

Trump Has Made Pick to Head Interior Dept., Despite Pushback

February 5, 2019 |

President Trump said Monday that he’s nominating David Bernhardt, a former lobbyist for oil and gas companies and other industries, to head the Interior Department despite objections from environmental groups that Bernhardt already was making regulatory decisions on the country’s natural resources to benefit industries. Trump tweeted his intention to…
Newser

Deutsche Bank in Late 2016 Raced to Shed Loan It Made to Russian Bank VTB

February 3, 2019 |

Deutsche Bank raced in 2016 to shed a loan it had made to VTB Group that raised concerns inside the German lender about exposure to Russia, according to documents and people familiar with the matter.
WSJ.com: What’s News Asia

Arrest made in fatal hit-and-run where witnesses claim college student was left to die: report

January 29, 2019 |

A California woman was arrested Monday for a shocking fatal hit-and-run incident, in which she allegedly dragged the victim for several hundred feet and left her to die on Saturday night, witnesses told media.
FOX News

‘Difficult Decision’ Made in Search for Soccer Star

January 25, 2019 |

Sobbing after the active search for her brother was halted, the sister of Argentine soccer player Emiliano Sala urged authorities Thursday not to give up trying to find the remains of his plane, which disappeared from radar over the English Channel Monday evening. Authorities said the chances of survival are…
Newser