House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., called off talks for a standalone airline relief bill Thursday, dashing hopes that a narrow measure to support the airline industry could continue after President Donald Trump abruptly shot down overall stimulus talks earlier this week.

“There is no standalone bill without a bigger bill. There’s no bill,” the speaker said during her weekly press conference.

Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin have had several daily phone calls this week to discuss the viability of a standalone airline relief bill, but after barring his surrogates from holding any more stimulus negotiations, Trump tweeted that “The House & Senate should IMMEDIATELY Approve 25 Billion Dollars for Airline Payroll Support.”

It was not clear what the gap was between the two sides, but a Democratic measure put up for vote last Friday was opposed by Republicans and failed to pass. Republicans wanted details on how it would be paid for, a GOP aide said, pointing to a version of the bill introduced by Republicans that included an appropriation from Treasury and tapping unused CARES Act funds, while the Democratic measure didn’t include spending offsets.

Legacy carriers began furloughing tens of thousands of airline employees last Thursday when a key deadline expired. After taking $25 billion in Payroll Support Program funding authorized under the CARES act, the airlines weren’t allowed to furlough any employees until Oct 1, which assumed that the U.S. would have the coronavirus under control. However, travel demand remains at historic lows and airlines continue to burn through millions of dollars each day.

Airline executives have been lobbying for months for additional funding, saying that without the extra relief they will have no choice but to continue furloughs and cutbacks.

“We can’t continue to wait. If forced to, of course, we will indeed discontinue service

An hour away on the train from London, the cathedral city of Winchester has long appealed to people working in the capital and looking to move out. But the months of lockdown have sent the Hampshire town’s rental market into overdrive, with inquiries over this summer running at 19 times last year’s levels.

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Data from two large estate agents, shared with the Observer, shows that the “race for space” and a desire to prepare for a winter spent mainly at home are rapidly reshaping the property market.

Prices are on the increase in green and pleasant commuter towns, while rents for flats in some areas of central London are sharply down, by up to 20%. The Nationwide house price survey showed the average price of a home in the UK last month was just over £226,000, up 5% on a year earlier, and the fastest rate of increase since 2016.

a house with bushes in front of a building: The small cathedral city of Winchester is showing a distinct shortage of properties as Londoners look to move.

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The small cathedral city of Winchester is showing a distinct shortage of properties as Londoners look to move.

Some of that increase is down to pent-up demand from those who would have moved during lockdown; some is down to the temporary stamp duty cuts. But Robert Gardner, Nationwide’s chief economist, also points to behavioural shifts as people “reassess their housing needs and preferences as a result of life in lockdown”.

Nationwide pointed in particular to the south-west of England and the commuter towns surrounding London, where house prices were up by more than 5% year on year in the third quarter of 2020.

The most important feature buyers are looking for is a garden. The second-biggest request is a study or home office

Dylan Kinsella,