December 22, 2013 |
For Raffi Kajberouni, the keys to his Santa Clarita home have become relics. If he locks himself out, no problem. If a friend arrives at his two-story house before him, there's no waiting outside for Kajberouni to arrive. Kajberouni taps his smartphone and his front door unlocks. He can also turn down the thermostat or view his home security cameras from anywhere in the world. "A lot of my friends are jealous," the 31-year-old said. "It's like the home from 'Back to the Future,' but in real life.
November 19, 2013 |
Home Depot, the country's largest home-improvement retailer, reported a 43% jump in third-quarter earnings, thanks largely to the housing recovery. Net income rose to $1.35 billion in the quarter that ended Nov. 3 from $947 million a year earlier. Earnings per share in the latest period were 95 cents, beating analysts' expectations of 90 cents. "Our third-quarter results reflect the continuing improvement in the housing market and our solid operational performance," said Chief Executive Frank Blake.
September 16, 2013 |
Several people reportedly were wounded Monday morning in a shooting at the Washington Navy Yard. A release from the U.S. Navy at 8:20 a.m. EDT reported an active gunman inside the Naval Sea Systems Command Headquarters building. A tweet from the official Navy account about half an hour later said a "still active shooter" was at large. According to CNN, several people had been injured. Meanwhile, District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray tweeted, asking people to "stay clear of the Washington Navy Yard.
September 14, 2013 |
A North Carolina police officer has been charged with voluntary manslaughter after he shot and killed an unarmed man who may have been looking for help early Saturday morning, officials said. Local media identified the victim as a former football player for Florida A&M University. Jonathan Ferrell, 24, appeared to have survived a "serious" car accident sometime after midnight when he knocked on a Charlotte woman's door about a half-mile away, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe told reporters at a televised news conference Saturday.
August 20, 2013 |
The housing recovery and improving economy led Home Depot Inc., the nation's largest home improvement retailer, to post better-than-expected second-quarter earnings, which jumped 17% over the same period last year. The Atlanta-based company reported Tuesday that sales were $22.5 billion, up 9.5% over the same time period last year. For the quarter ending Aug. 4, Home Depot posted an overall profit of $1.8 billion, or $1.24 per share....
May 21, 2013 |
Spring was waiting in the wings longer than expected, but the recuperating housing market was enough to boost Home Depot Inc.'s first-quarter earnings above Wall Street's expectations. For the period ended May 5, the largest home-improvement chain in the world said its revenue soared 7.4% to $19.12 billion Same-store sales at locations open more than a year got a 4.3% boost. Domestically, that gauge rose 4.8%, driven in part by double-digit lifts in most major markets in California.