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Thousands in the Spokane area were still without power Saturday as near-record low temperatures crept in following a historic October snowstorm that snapped branches onto power lines.
Spokane was pummeled with a record-breaking 6.2 inches of snow Friday – the most to fall in the city during October – leading to slick roads and thousands of residents without power.
“It’s going to be a little cool but clear skies,” said Mark Turner, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service Spokane Office.
Flu season is variable; CDC says it’s best to get shot by late October.
Just under a year ago, alt-rock quintet Blue October headlined the Knitting Factory in support of its ninth album, “I Hope You’re Happy.”
In a weekend of perfect counterprogramming for Hollywood, the comic-book movie “Venom” shrugged off bad reviews to shatter the October box-office record with an $80 million debut, while Bradley Cooper’s “A Star Is Born” soared to $41.3 million.
Alt-rock quintet Blue October will headline the Knitting Factory on June 21.
U.S. employers posted slightly fewer job openings in October than the previous month, but the number of people being hired improved.
American consumers increased their borrowing by $20.5 billion in October. It was the biggest gain in 11 months and reflected strong increases in the use of credit cards and in auto and student loans.
U.S. construction spending surged 1.4 percent in October, the best gain in five months, with all major categories of building posting gains.
Consumers boosted their spending a solid 0.3 percent in October, while their incomes grew 0.4 percent. Both were healthy gains indicating the all-important holiday shopping season was getting off to a good start.
More people signed contracts in October to buy homes, ending three straight months of declines.
The Conference Board said Tuesday that its consumer confidence index for the U.S. hit 129.5 this month, up from 126.2 in October and highest since November 2000.
Americans bought new homes in October at the fastest pace in a decade – a 6.2 percent monthly increase that reflects both the underlying strength of the economy and the worsening shortage of existing homes for sale.
Montana’s unemployment rate remained at 3.9 percent in October, maintaining the level it has been for most of this year.
Construction of new homes climbed 13.7 percent in October, the biggest jump in a year as builders broke ground on more apartments and single-family houses.
U.S. consumer prices edged up a slight 0.1 percent in October, the smallest gain in three months as energy prices retreated.
The federal government began its new budget year with an October deficit of $63.2 billion, up sharply from a year ago.
Fueled by increased demand from rental car companies, strong truck and SUV sales, and recovery from hurricanes in Florida and Texas, U.S. monthly auto sales appear to have posted a surprise increase in October.
Ford, Honda, Nissan, Toyota and Volkswagen reported sales gains for October, defying expectations that buyers would pull back and that fewer people than expected would replace hurricane-damaged vehicles.