80-year-old rescues man from sinking car, years after saving 2 people from a burning home

When Steve Montelongo saw a car sinking in a canal, he jumped into action to save the driver’s life — just like he did nearly 20 years ago, when he rescued two elderly people from their burning home.

On Thursday, the 80-year-old was driving his granddaughter home from a dentist appointment in Modesto, California, when they spotted a car down in a canal. He pulled over, and while there were other people looking down into the water, they weren’t doing anything. Montelongo jumped into the canal, and yanked open the driver’s door, which was unlocked. With water now rushing into the car, he pulled the driver out to safety. The man, who appeared to have a medical episode before the crash, was not injured.

“I don’t consider myself a hero,” Montelongo told KOVR. “I was just a fella that got put in the right place at the right time.” In

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Baby born at 1 pound heads home after spending 133 days in hospital

Doctors determined Russell had little chance of survival.

A micro preemie who was born at just 1 pound has defied the odds after doctors determined he had little chance of survival.

Russell Appold Jr. was treated at Tulane Lakeside Hospital in Louisiana after his mother went into labor at 22 weeks pregnant. Russell fought 133 days in the neonatal intensive care unit and finally arrived home Oct. 1.

“If it wasn’t for them and God, I don’t think he would be here,” mom Natasha Williams told “Good Morning America.” “They are so sweet and became our family. … We cried quite a bit when we had to say goodbye.”

Williams, now a mother of three, said when trying to have Russell she was pregnant three times, but none of the babies had

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Why Kyle Rittenhouse Faces No Charges in Kenosha Shooter’s Home State

The 17-year-old accused of murdering two people during Black Lives Matter protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin, will not face gun charges in his home state of Illinois.



a group of people standing in front of a crowd: A man wears a shirt calling for freedom for Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, the man who allegedly shot protesters in Wisconsin, during a President Donald Trump Campaign Rally in Londonderry, New Hampshire on August 28, 2020. Prosecuotrs said there is no evidence that the gun which was used in a shooting in Kenosha, Wisconsin in August was ever physically possessed by Rittenhouse in Illinois.


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A man wears a shirt calling for freedom for Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, the man who allegedly shot protesters in Wisconsin, during a President Donald Trump Campaign Rally in Londonderry, New Hampshire on August 28, 2020. Prosecuotrs said there is no evidence that the gun which was used in a shooting in Kenosha, Wisconsin in August was ever physically possessed by Rittenhouse in Illinois.

Kyle Rittenhouse faces two counts of two counts of first-degree intentional homicide after traveling from his home town of Antioch to join up with militia groups at the protest on August 25.

The suspect was originally accused of traveling across state with an AR-15 rifle he was not legally allowed to possess and using it

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What we love about our home in Fairfax County

We ended up purchasing in June 2019 and moved into our place in December 2019. We’ve been loving it ever since. Fun fact — we are the first people to purchase a home in the neighborhood.

We adore the thoughtful design details and amenity features from the open floor plan and large pane-less windows. Some of our favorite features are the high ceilings, huge kitchen island, double-wide stairs, ribbon fireplace and natural lighting from all the windows. It feels really inviting and airy.

Our favorite place in the house is the main-level living space and it’s where we spend most of our time. Before the pandemic, we loved to entertain and have family and friends over, so we were always in the kitchen and living room, or out on the deck enjoying a few drinks. Our cousin and his wife moved to the neighborhood, too, so we had them over

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Watch Carlos Vives Play A Tiny Desk From Home : NPR

The Tiny Desk is working from home for the foreseeable future. Introducing NPR Music’s Tiny Desk (home) concerts, bringing you performances from across the country and the world. It’s the same spirit — stripped-down sets, an intimate setting — just a different space.

In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, NPR Music presents four very special Tiny Desk Home Concerts recorded especially for this week.

Vocalist Carlos Vives kicks things off in high gear on this Tiny Desk (home) concert with his trademark sound: a celebration of the music from his beloved home country of Colombia, mixed with rock and other Latin music styles.

Spirited champeta dance grooves from the country’s Pacific coast permeate his classic 1995 hit “Pa’ Mayte,” and if you look closely you’ll see two of his backup vocalists also playing traditional gaitas Colombianas (flutes). They are used to spectacular effect as a transition between the title

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Home Library Design

Once thought of as space for academics to smoke cigars and sip whiskey, the era of covid-19 has transformed home libraries into now cozy places of refuge. Those who’ve grown tired of Netflix and election coverage might find solace in curling up with a book. From a reading nook with a small chaise to a grand room with a fireplace and soaring ceilings, five local designers offer inspiration for creating a home library.

Tracy Morris, Tracy Morris Design

Whether ornate or minimalist, design ideas for accommodating one’s personal taste abound, says Tracy Morris, Tracy Morris Design in McLean. “When it comes to home libraries, the customization options are endless,” she said. “Some of my favorite things to include in libraries are art light sconces that illuminate the books, a built-in bar, closed storage, a built-in reading nook or even a secret bookcase door.”

A literary retreat need not lack elegance,

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Covid-19 isolated nursing home residents. Now it may keep them from voting.

Nursing home residents have always faced challenges voting — because of limited mobility, physical infirmity and the restrictive reality of institutional life. But there were many ways to get help: Residents who were mobile and had access to transportation could vote at general polling places, families could freely visit to help residents vote by mail, and, in some states, election officials conducted voting in nursing homes. Now, the novel coronavirus has changed much of that: In-person voting risks infection, and visitors who might help with mail-in voting are barred from many homes. Short-staffed and still concentrating on other challenges posed by the pandemic, facilities do not seem ready to step up.

“Facilities throughout the state have made little or no efforts to assist residents” to vote by mail in “what may be the most important election in their lifetimes,” representatives of a dozen community advocacy groups wrote to Pennsylvania health

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5 Times a Home Equity Loan Makes Sense

Taking out a home equity loan for the wrong reason or at the wrong time could cost you big.

If you owe less on your home than it’s worth, you have equity. With a home equity loan, you borrow against that equity and pay the loan back in equal monthly installments for a preset number of years (typically, five to 30 years). The amount you can borrow is usually capped at 80% to 85% of available equity. For example, if your home is worth $300,000 and you owe $200,000, you have $100,000 in equity. That means you may be eligible to borrow $80,000 to $85,000 in a home equity loan.

When you take out a home equity loan, your home acts as collateral, meaning a lender can repossess your house if you fail to make payments. Home equity loans can be useful, but it is crucial to consider whether you

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Home and kitchen deals to shop right now

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Amazon Prime Day 2020 is live and there are thousands of discounted items to shop for your home and kitchen from cookware and kitchen appliances to furniture and home goods. To help you navigate the best sales and deals during the big two-day sales event, we’ve gathered the best options right now, including Instant Pots, vacuums, air fryers and more. Whether you’re looking to upgrade your work-from-home station or elevate

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Australia’s Westpac to exit China, other Asia markets as focus swings to home

By Paulina Duran



a sign on the side of a building: An office building with Westpac logo is seen in Sydney


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An office building with Westpac logo is seen in Sydney


SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia’s Westpac Banking Corp is exiting banking operations in China and some other Asian markets to focus on its core domestic and New Zealand businesses, as it grapples with capital constraints amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The country’s second-largest lender, whose capital has been eroded by a record lawsuit settlement and a surge in bad-debt provisions due to the pandemic, said on Wednesday it will exit operations in Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Mumbai and Jakarta, where it does business with institutional clients.

It will instead consolidate its international operations into branches in Singapore, London and New York.

Under pressure from regulators to increase their capital bases, and from investors to show higher returns from their investments, Australian banks have been selling non-core assets, including their offshore operations.

Following a failed big push

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