Mortgage rates drop ahead of Fed meeting next week

Mortgage rates drop ahead of Fed meeting next week

washington d.c. CNN — Mortgage rates fell slightly this week, remaining nearly flat ahead of the Federal Reserve’s closely watched interest rate setting meeting next week. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 6.13% in the week ending Jan. 26, down from 6.15% the previous week, according to Freddie Mac data released Thursday. A year ago, the … Read more

Wagner Group: the United States introduces new sanctions against a group of Russian mercenaries

Wagner Group: the United States introduces new sanctions against a group of Russian mercenaries

CNN — The US Treasury Department on Thursday designated the Wagner Group, a private Russian mercenary organization heavily involved in the war in Ukraine, as a major transnational criminal organization, and imposed a series of sanctions on a transnational network that supports it. The US State Department simultaneously announced a number of sanctions intended to … Read more

Updated Covid-19 boosters continue to offer substantial protection even against the fast-spreading XBB.1.5 subvariant

Updated Covid-19 boosters continue to offer substantial protection even against the fast-spreading XBB.1.5 subvariant

CNN — Updated Covid-19 boosters roughly halve a person’s risk of becoming ill with the coronavirus, even from infections caused by the fast-spreading XBB.1.5 subvariant. New studies, led by researchers at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, are among the first looks at how bivalent boosters have continued to work in the real … Read more