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The Latest: New Zealand to End Restrictions Except in 1 City | World News

WELLINGTON, New Zealand: All remaining virus restrictions will be lifted across much of New Zealand from late Monday with the exception of the largest city, Auckland, which will continue to have some restrictions for at least another 16 days. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern made the announcement Monday after meeting with top lawmakers. The nation of 5 million re-imposed some restrictions last month after an Auckland outbreak which now appears to be under control. Under the plan, maximum gathering sizes in Auckland will be increased from 10 to 100 on Wednesday and then caps removed two weeks after that. “Auckland needs more time,” Ardern told reporters in the city. “Whilst we have reasonable confidence we are on the right track, there is still a need in Auckland for that cautious approach.” Health authorities reported no new cases on Monday. The number of active cases is 62, with 33 from community spread

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The Latest: 49ers DE Nick Bosa carted off with leg injury

The Latest on Week 2 in the NFL (all times EDT):

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1:40 p.m.

San Francisco 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa was carted off the field with what appears to be a left leg injury.

Bosa, the reigning AP NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, had his left leg bent behind him at the end of a 4-yard run by Frank Gore with 6:22 left in the first quarter against the New York Jets.

Bosa stayed on one knee for several moments before lying on his back and being checked by trainers. He was helped onto the cart and driven to the locker room.

Two plays later, 49ers defensive tackle Solomon Thomas needed to be carted off with what appeared to be a left leg or knee injury after an 8-yard reception by Chris Hogan.

Bosa and Thomas were ruled out for the rest of the game.

— Dennis Waszak

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Sumptuous Home Gyms Are The Latest Home Design Luxury Amid Covid-19

The Covid-19 pandemic has forced us to shift how we interact with the world, from shopping at the grocery store to spending time with family and friends to the establishments we frequent, be it a restaurant or a gym. The world is starting to open but with no vaccine and public regulations still in place, like wearing a mask, social distancing and reducing indoor capacity, it’s unsettling for most to dive back into daily life. This includes exercising at the once-beloved indoor gym. 

As offices remain closed and many schools are shut in lieu of virtual learning, we’re spending more time than ever in our homes. Home workouts via fitness apps, YouTube videos or virtual subscriptions are skyrocketing but many aren’t used to working out at home. Where to begin? For the luxury market, the answer is creating a gym from scratch

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Latest Report from HouseCanary Indicates Home Sellers Are Far More Spooked by Uncertainty Than Prospective Buyers

Housing Supply Remains Tight as Weekly New Listing Volume Declines 12.2% Week-Over-Week and Net New Listings are Down 12.4% Year-Over-Year

Home Sales Activity is Outpacing 2019 Levels by 1.4% as First-Time Buyers and Urban Renters Look to Purchase Suburban Homes

Transaction Prices Remain Elevated Across Nearly 40 States Due to Weak Supply and Steady Demand, with 23 States Increasing Week-Over-Week

HouseCanary, Inc. (“HouseCanary”), a leading provider of residential real estate data and home valuations, today released its latest Market Pulse report, covering 22 listing-derived metrics and comparing data between the week ending September 11, 2020 and the week ending March 13, 2020 versus the same period in 2019. The Market Pulse is an ongoing review of proprietary data and insights from HouseCanary’s nationwide platform.

This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20200917005272/en/

HouseCanary Market Pulse Report (Photo: Business Wire)

Jeremy Sicklick, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of

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4 of the Latest Designer Offerings in Kitchen & Bath

Discover kitchen & bath offerings from prestigious designers—including an outdoor soaking tub from Patricia Urquiola and trompe l’oeil sink fittings from Michael Anastassiades.


Designers: Christian and Michael Sieger for Duravit

Product: Happy D.2 Plus C-Bonded

Standout: Sieger Design’s Happy D.2 Plus series celebrates two decades with an evolution of its patented C-bonded process, which enables a near-seamless connection without protrusion or recess between the fixture’s ceramic basin and oak veneer vanity. 


Designers: Matt Berman and Andrew Kotchen for Kallista

Product: Argile

Standout: The Workshop/APD founding principals expand their product-design range from rugs to bath fixtures with the cast mineral-resin composite tub, its exterior haptic decorative relief inspired by wood cuts and carved clay. 


Designer: Patricia Urquiola
for Agape

Product: Vieques Outdoor

Standout: Originally created by the Interior Design Hall of Famer for 
the W

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Horizon Zero Dawn’s latest PC update offers even more improvements to gameplay and performance

It’s only been just over a week since Guerrilla Games’ previous update to Horizon Zero Dawn on PC, but those plucky Dutch go-getters are right back at it again with yet another magic bag of tweaks, fixes, and updates. Announced earlier today in a Reddit post, the update – which is available right now – aims to address ‘additional crashes’, add controller rumble toggle, and offer the option to display black side bars in cinematics when playing in ultrawide.

The previous patch targeted some significant crash issues, like the game occasionally crashing when players tried to create a new save when their save slots were full up. This latest patch seems to focus on other specific but notably common issues, such as Aloy’s hair not displaying correctly with the game running above 30fps.

Other notable fixes include fixes to flickering textures in snowy environments, resolution fixes when changing from windowed

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US home prices see largest jump in 7 years, latest record high

  • A recent report by Redfin that analyzed the 4-week period ending September 6 found that the median price of a home in the US saw its largest percentage increase since 2013.
  • Rising prices and low inventory have created highly competitive markets for homebuyers, especially first-time homebuyers.
  • This increase is the latest in a string of record highs for median house prices since the summer, meaning buying a house may not be a great deal for everyone right now.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

The typical US house price jumped 13% year-over-year to $319,178 for the four-week period ending September 6, per Redfin. That was the biggest percent jump in seven years, since 2013.

The report, which looked at 434 metro areas, also revealed that active listings were down 28% from the same time last year, meaning tight supply keeps propping prices higher and higher. With rising prices, low

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Gainsboro Library to close for improvements | Latest Headlines



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The Gainsboro Library




The Gainsboro Branch Library in Roanoke will close its services Tuesday for a renovation that will include new paint, new carpet, patio furniture, redesigned children’s and teen areas and other improvements.

The library will end curbside services and close its book drop, which have been available to patrons since Roanoke libraries reopened following pandemic-related closures. The renovation work should be completed early next year.

The building underwent an extensive $1.1 million renovation that was finished in 2009. In addition to cosmetic improvements, upcoming work will include new books, shelves, upgraded technology and a redesigned Virginia Y Lee Room, which is named in honor of the woman who spearheaded the effort to build the library in the early 1940s.

The Gainsboro Library has been a hub in a historically Black neighborhood since it opened in 1942 during segregation. The red-brick, Tudor Revival

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Apple’s ‘Time Flies’ event, Siri improvements, and the latest Big Sur beta on the AppleInsider podcast

Apple’s big September event has been revealed with the phrase “Time Flies.” We go through the products rumored to be released, discuss very welcome new patent filings for future Siri improvements, give an update that Epic Games App Store policy battle, and unexpected thoughts on macOS Big Sur beta.

Apple has announced a special event that will air on September 15, at 10 A.M. Pacific time. After weeks of rumors surrounding the “Apple Watch Series 6” and updated iPad Air, we believe these two products may be announced at next week’s event with the possibility of seeing Apple’s location tracker device “AirTags”. You’ll notice something missing there – this event won’t include the “iPhone 12.”

Looking further ahead, newly revealed patent filings show how Apple is trying to cut down on the number of times Siri activates when you didn’t mean it to. Methods could include checking for eye contact,

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