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Southern Living Showcase Home being built in N.C.
A Southern Living Custom Builder Program Showcase Home is under construction in Thistle Golf Estates in Sunset Beach, N.C., and is expected to be open in early 2015. The 3,937-square-foot home is being built at 8826 Kirkcaldy Court by Whitney Blair Custom Homes of Ocean Isle Beach, N.C., according to information from the subdivision developer. The home features covered porches on the ground and second floors, a rec-room, wine room, pocket office, hearth room and great room.
Drought-ravaged California hones water-use data
Residents in California’s coastal communities use far less water than their inland counterparts, but still find ways to conserve even more, residential per-capita water-use figures released for the first time Tuesday show. The State Water Resources Control Board is collecting per-capita data to better target conservation efforts as farms go fallow and reservoirs dry up. Gov. Jerry Brown called on Californians to reduce water use by 20 percent when he declared a drought emergency in January.
‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ e-book debuts
Oprah Winfrey and Tom Brokaw are among the featured commentators for an “enhanced” e-book of Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird.” The e-book was released Tuesday by HarperCollins. It also features a 1964 radio interview with Lee, who rarely speaks to the media. The regular e-book for “To Kill a Mockingbird,” Lee’s only novel, came out in July. She had been one of the last major authors to withhold electronic rights.
Major retailers seek new mobile payment systems
At a time when the future of mobile payments is still up for grabs, Best Buy and Target have aligned themselves with a competitor of Apple Pay. But the Minnesota companies, two of the nation’s largest retailers, also are watching to see how Apple’s recently launched mobile payment system catches on with consumers. Target last month became one of the first retailers to begin quietly testing a technology known as CurrentC, created by a group of retailers called the Merchant Customer Exchange.
Ford issues five safety recalls
Ford Motor Co. issued five safety recalls covering about 200,000 vehicles in North America. The recalls include its Crown Victoria sedan, F-150 pickup truck, Transit Connect van and Flex sport-utility vehicle. The actions also include a recall to fix a previous recall that was done incorrectly. The biggest recall is for 135,000 Flex and F-150 vehicles from the 2014 model year.