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Suspect arrested in bludgeoning of seven California men, 3 of them fatal

Suspect arrested in bludgeoning of seven California men, 3 of them fatalA man who fled to California from Texas after being questioned in the disappearance of two Houston relatives was arrested on suspicion of bludgeoning seven men, three fatally, in a string of Los Angeles-area attacks on mostly homeless victims, police said on Tuesday. Ramon Escobar, 47, an El Salvador native and convicted felon who has been repeatedly deported from the United States, faces three counts of murder and four counts of attempted murder in a case investigators plan to present to prosecutors on Wednesday, authorities said. The suspect was arrested on Monday after he allegedly clubbed a sleeping homeless man in the head with a pair of bolt-cutters in Santa Monica, Los Angeles Police Department Captain William Hayes told a news conference on Tuesday.



U.S. apartment vacancy rate edges higher in third quarter: Reis

U.S. apartment vacancy rate edges higher in third quarter: ReisThe national apartment vacancy rate rose to 4.8 percent in the third quarter from 4.7 percent in the second quarter and 4.4 percent a year earlier, with 45 of 79 metros reporting a rise in vacancy, Reis said. This has helped the apartment market, especially in high-taxed localities," Reis said in a statement. Net absorption fell 24.4 percent to 35,683 units in the third quarter from a year earlier, while new construction dropped 23.9 percent to 50,475 units.



Delta lifts U.S. groundstop after restoring computer systems

Delta lifts U.S. groundstop after restoring computer systems"All groundstops have been lifted," Delta said in a statement. There are currently no cancellations following an hour-long groundstop for U.S. mainline Delta flights, while additional flight delays and impact on Wednesday morning's schedule are expected to be minimal, Delta said. Earlier the company issued a groundstop as its IT teams worked to address a technology issue impacting some of its systems.



U.S. Senate hopefuls in Tennessee spar on partisanship, avoid Trump

U.S. Senate hopefuls in Tennessee spar on partisanship, avoid TrumpFormer Governor Phil Bredesen and U.S. Representative Marsha Blackburn are locked in an unexpectedly close race in deeply conservative Tennessee. Democrats see the race as an opportunity to win one of the two additional seats they need to wrest control of the Senate from Republicans and gain the power to slow or stop elements of U.S. President Donald Trump's populist conservative agenda. "The number one issue for Tennesseans has got to be the overarching issue of how dysfunctional Washington has become," said Bredesen, 74.



Trump calls allegations against Kavanaugh a 'con game'

Trump calls allegations against Kavanaugh a 'con game'Trump's escalation in his rhetoric defending Kavanaugh came as the Republican-led Senate Judiciary Committee announced the hiring of a woman lawyer who is "an expert sex crimes prosecutor" to question one of the nominee's accusers, Christine Blasey Ford, at a high-stakes hearing scheduled on Thursday. The committee also scheduled a vote on Kavanaugh's nomination for Friday at 9:30 a.m.. Senior Senate Republicans said a vote in the full Senate could happen as early as next Tuesday.





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