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Alexander Cruz, a partner with real estate investment company CR of Maryland, stands Sept. 30, 2022, outside a home on West Pratt Street in Baltimore. His company was interested in buying the property, but it had more than $100,000 in tax liens.

‘Ghost homes’ haunt Baltimore’s housing market. City officials think they have a creative solution

Alexander Cruz, a partner with real estate investment company CR of Maryland, stands Sept. 30, 2022, outside a home on West Pratt Street in Baltimore. His company was interested in buying the property, but it had more than $100,000 in tax liens.

November 27, 2022, 5:42am Business

Stepping over needles on the sidewalk, Alexander Cruz walked up to the crumbling front stoop of a West Baltimore home. He craned his neck and looked through an open third-story window to see whether the roof had caved in yet. Read story

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November 27, 2022, 5:18am Business Briefs

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FILE - A Chevron sign is displayed outside one of the company's gas stations in Bradenton, Fla., Feb. 22, 2022. The Biden administration is easing some oil sanctions on Venezuela in an effort to support newly restarted negotiations between the Venezuelan government and its opposition. The Treasury Department is allowing Chevron to resume "limited" energy production in Venezuela after years of sanctions that have dramatically curtailed oil and gas profits that have flowed to President Nicol?s Maduro's government. (AP Photo/Gene J.

Biden eases some oil sanctions on Venezuela as talks with opposition resume

FILE - A Chevron sign is displayed outside one of the company's gas stations in Bradenton, Fla., Feb. 22, 2022. The Biden administration is easing some oil sanctions on Venezuela in an effort to support newly restarted negotiations between the Venezuelan government and its opposition. The Treasury Department is allowing Chevron to resume "limited" energy production in Venezuela after years of sanctions that have dramatically curtailed oil and gas profits that have flowed to President Nicol?s Maduro's government. (AP Photo/Gene J.

November 26, 2022, 8:25pm Business

The Biden administration on Saturday eased some oil sanctions on Venezuela in an effort to support newly restarted negotiations between President Nicolás Maduro’s government and its opposition. Read story

FILE - Local authorities inaugurate the Christmas lighting in the streets of Vigo, Spain, Nov. 19, 2022. In cities across Europe, officials are wrestling with a choice this Christmas. Dim lighting plans to send a message of energy conservation and solidarity with citizens squeezed by both higher energy costs and inflation or let the lights blaze in a message of defiance after two years of pandemic-suppressed Christmas seasons, creating a mood that retailers hope loosen holiday purses. (AP Photo/Lalo R.

Europe must decide how brightly to mark holidays during energy crisis

FILE - Local authorities inaugurate the Christmas lighting in the streets of Vigo, Spain, Nov. 19, 2022. In cities across Europe, officials are wrestling with a choice this Christmas. Dim lighting plans to send a message of energy conservation and solidarity with citizens squeezed by both higher energy costs and inflation or let the lights blaze in a message of defiance after two years of pandemic-suppressed Christmas seasons, creating a mood that retailers hope loosen holiday purses. (AP Photo/Lalo R.

November 26, 2022, 8:09pm Business

Early-season merrymakers sipping mulled wine and shopping for holiday decorations packed the Verona Christmas market for its inaugural weekend. But beyond the wooden market stalls, the Italian city still has not decked out its granite-clad pedestrian streets with twinkling holiday lights as officials debate how bright to make the season… Read story

A Netflix DVD envelope is shown on Nov. 17, 2022 in San Francisco.  Subscribers to Netflix's DVD-by-mail service still look forward to opening up their mailbox and finding one of the discs delivered in the familiar red-and-white envelopes.

Netflix nights still come wrapped in red-and-white envelopes

A Netflix DVD envelope is shown on Nov. 17, 2022 in San Francisco.  Subscribers to Netflix's DVD-by-mail service still look forward to opening up their mailbox and finding one of the discs delivered in the familiar red-and-white envelopes.

November 26, 2022, 6:02am Business

Netflix’s trailblazing DVD-by-mail rental service has been relegated as a relic in the age of video streaming, but there is still a steady — albeit shrinking — audience of diehards like Amanda Konkle who are happily paying to receive those discs in the iconic red-and-white envelopes. Read story

Weston: How to take a career break

November 26, 2022, 5:44am Business

Back in 2016, Jamie Clark of Seattle was a software engineer who planned to take a year off of work to finish a master’s degree in computational linguistics. One year turned into three and a career change into financial planning. Read story

FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2018 file photo, visitors walk past a display from Chinese technology firm ZTE at the PT Expo in Beijing. The U.S. is banning the sale of communications equipment made by Chinese companies Huawei and ZTE and restricting the use of some China-made video surveillance systems, citing an "unacceptable risk" to national security. The 5-member Federal Communications Commission said Friday, Nov. 25, 2022 it has voted unanimously to adopt new rules that will block the importation or sale of certain technology products that pose security risks.

U.S. FCC bans sales, import of Chinese tech from Huawei, ZTE

FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2018 file photo, visitors walk past a display from Chinese technology firm ZTE at the PT Expo in Beijing. The U.S. is banning the sale of communications equipment made by Chinese companies Huawei and ZTE and restricting the use of some China-made video surveillance systems, citing an "unacceptable risk" to national security. The 5-member Federal Communications Commission said Friday, Nov. 25, 2022 it has voted unanimously to adopt new rules that will block the importation or sale of certain technology products that pose security risks.

November 25, 2022, 6:39pm Business

The U.S. is banning the sale of communications equipment made by Chinese companies Huawei and ZTE and restricting the use of some China-made video surveillance systems, citing an “unacceptable risk” to national security. Read story

Black Friday shoppers pass in front of Buckle on Friday at Vancouver Mall. Early-morning doorbuster deals are largely no more. Instead, shoppers came in a steady stream throughout the day. At top, shoppers wait in line outside Bath & Body Works at the mall.

Crowds return to Vancouver Mall for Black Friday deals

Black Friday shoppers pass in front of Buckle on Friday at Vancouver Mall. Early-morning doorbuster deals are largely no more. Instead, shoppers came in a steady stream throughout the day. At top, shoppers wait in line outside Bath & Body Works at the mall.

November 25, 2022, 6:34pm Business

They’re scenes that were so normal before the pandemic: friends laughing and sipping drinks, with shopping bags in hand while roaming the halls of Vancouver Mall. Families braving the lines for a fresh pretzel. Couples shopping hand-in-hand, enjoying the holiday spirit. Read story