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Sales of existing homes rose 3.3% between in January, according to the National Association of Realtors, the fastest pace in nearly 10 years. The number beat market expectations, and provides more evidence of a quickly improving real estate market.

Toll Brothers beats forecasts: The strength of the housing market was also underscored by the performance of luxury homebuilder Toll Brothers, which posted better than expected earnings. CEO Doug Yearley told analysts Wednesday that contracts for new homes accelerated throughout the quarter on the strength of an improving economy, pointing out that a booming stock market and higher home prices have given his customers the wherewithal to buy the firm's pricey homes.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 8 a.m. ET: 33,396,784 — Total deaths: 1,002,628 — Total recoveries: 23,182,295Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 8 a.m. ET: 7,150,117 — Total deaths: 205,091 — Total recoveries: 2,794,608 — Total tests: 102,342,416Map.
  3. Business: Companies are still holding back earnings guidance.
  4. Health: Trump announces plan to distribute 150 million rapid tests —The childless vaccine.
  5. Media: Fauci: Some of what Fox News reports about COVID-19 is "outlandish"
  6. States: Cuomo extends New York moratorium on evictions until 2021.
  7. World: More than 1 million people have now died from coronavirus — India the second country after U.S. to hit 6 million cases.

Media prepares to fact check debates in real time

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From live blogs to video chyrons and tweets, media companies are introducing new ways to fact check the presidential debates in real time this year.

Between the lines: The debates themselves are likely to leave less room for live fact-checking from moderators than a traditional news interview would.

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