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A new directive from the Federal Housing Finance Agency, which regulates mor...
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will begin allowing first-time homebuyers to put down as little as 3 percent. But critics say the move is risky and could create another housing crisis.
Writer-director Richard Linklater says picking the film's star was vital because he had to guess what he'd be like at 18. "I just went with a kid who seemed kind of the most interesting."
When writer Jill Soloway's father came out as a trans woman, Soloway says, it was a huge relief. And it helped her create the series Transparent about "boundaries, legacy, gender, family."
The film, based on Thomas Pynchon's novel, is set in 1970 in a beach town south of Los Angeles. With wonderful actors, it's like a gorgeous stoner art object: groovy, campy, dreamlike and funny.
Officials and experts say the sanctions will be targeted at officials involved in a violent crackdown on pro-democracy protesters this year, and won't make life even harder for average Venezuelans.
Of the 25 members of the Islamic State's military council, 17 were held for months or even years at Camp Bucca in southern Iraq. An ISIS leader says discussions there were instrumental to the group.