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  • Health scientist Tom Chapel, was among the large numbers of workers who spent the day at home, after being furloughed briefly from his job at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. The federal government shutdown at midnight Friday amid a fight over immigration and border security between Democrats and President Donald Trump's...

  • Weyerhaeuser harvests timber on the Louisiana land in question and is backed in the case by business groups including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The frog, found only in four locations in southern Mississippi, also previously inhabited Louisiana and Alabama. The U.S. government identified the Louisiana land partly owned by Weyerhaeuser, which is based in...

  • SEATTLE— No cashiers, no lines, no registers— this is how Amazon sees the future of in-store shopping. Amazon employees have been testing the store, which is at the bottom floor of the company's Seattle headquarters, for about a year. It has opened more than a dozen bookstores, taken over space in some Kohl's department stores and bought Whole Foods last year, giving it...

  • More than a year after it introduced the concept, Amazon is opening its artificial intelligence-powered Amazon Go store in downtown Seattle on Monday. The store on the bottom floor of the company's Seattle headquarters allows shoppers to scan their smartphone with the Amazon Go app at a turnstile, pick out the items they want and leave. At about 1,800 square...

  • SEATTLE, Jan 21- Amazon.com Inc will open its checkout-free grocery store to the public on Monday after more than a year of testing, the company said, moving forward on an experiment that could dramatically alter brick-and-mortar retail. The Seattle store, known as Amazon Go, relies on cameras and sensors to track what shoppers remove from the shelves, and what...

  • The order came just a day after Seattle- based Amazon named Newark one of 20 finalists for its second headquarters and after the Democrat-led Legislature and previous Gov. It was difficult to miss the implied criticism of Christie, whom Murphy succeeded on Tuesday and under whom New Jersey pledged billions of dollars in tax credits to lure big companies, like...

  • WASHINGTON— The Trump administration's promise to exempt Florida from an offshore drilling plan is not a formal action, an Interior Department official said Friday in a statement that Democrats said contradicted a high-profile announcement by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. Zinke's announcement about keeping Florida off the table, made during a...

  • Jan 19- Kansas City Southern, a U.S. railroad with extensive operations in Mexico, sought to ease investor fears on Friday over the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement, touting forecasts of solid freight volumes and a stronger economy in 2018.. Uncertainty over NAFTA negotiations looms over the Kansas City, Missouri- based company, which dominates...

  • Jan 19- Kansas City Southern, a U.S. railroad with extensive operations in Mexico, sought to ease investor fears on Friday over the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement, touting forecasts of solid freight volumes and a stronger economy in 2018.. Uncertainty over the future of NAFTA looms over the Kansas City, Missouri- based company, which dominates...

  • Starting Friday, new monthly members will pay $12.99 a month, up from $10.99. Qualifying college students will pay $6.49 a month, up from $5.49. Amazon.com Inc. said existing monthly members will start paying the higher fees next month.

  • The Federal government is being held hostage

    Peter Trubowitz, professor of international relations and director of the United States Centre at the LSE, speaks about a potential U.S. government shutdown.

  • Cities such as Detroit, Memphis, Tennessee; and Gary, Indiana, failed to make Amazon's first cut as the online giant narrowed its list to 20 prospective sites for the $5 billion project that could employ up to 50,000 people. Larry Hogan floated an incentive package of more than $5 billion to lure the second headquarters to Montgomery County. New Jersey's pitch...

  • *Australian shortage parallels one in the United States. Jan 19- A recruitment drive by Australia's Qantas Airways Ltd after a seven-year hiatus is exacerbating shortages of pilots at regional air services that provide a lifeline to remote communities in the country's sparsely populated Outback. As airlines from Asia, Europe and North America vie for pilots...

  • Amazon said on Thursday that Toronto and 19 U.S. locales made the first cut in a contest to find a second headquarters where it promises to invest $5 billion and create 50,000 jobs. As it reviews Toronto, Amazon must weigh whether advantages including Canada's open immigration policy, top technical schools and universal healthcare outweigh any potential...

  • Amazon said on Thursday that Toronto and 19 U.S. locales made the first cut in a contest to find a second headquarters where it promises to invest $5 billion and create 50,000 jobs. As it reviews Toronto, Amazon must weigh whether advantages including Canada's open immigration policy, top technical schools and universal healthcare outweigh any potential...

  • *Two-year yields highest since September 2008. NEW YORK, Jan 18- Yields on U.S. 10- year notes reached a 10- month high on Thursday after China reported fourth-quarter growth that accelerated for the first time in seven years. Also pushing yields higher was Apple Inc's announcement that it would open a new campus as part of a $30 billion U.S. investment plan and will...

  • Jan 18- Amazon.com Inc has short-listed 20 cities and regions, including Canada's Toronto, for the construction of a second headquarters that it says will generate 50,000 new, high-paying jobs in a $5 billion investment. Major U.S. centers including New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and Washington D.C. also made it onto the list announced on Thursday, and smaller...

  • BOSTON— Boston and neighboring Somerville remained in contention Thursday to serve as host city for Amazon's second North American headquarters, but a number of other prospective sites in Massachusetts were eliminated. A company spokesman later clarified it was referring to the metropolitan Boston area and that proposals from both the city of Boston...

  • Major U.S. centers including New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and Washington D.C. were on the list announced on Thursday, along with Toronto and smaller cities such as Raleigh, North Carolina, and Columbus, Ohio. The others that met the company's criteria were Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Indianapolis, Miami, Montgomery County in Maryland,...

  • NEW YORK— Amazon's second home could be in an already tech-heavy city, such as Boston, New York or Austin, Texas. The 20 picks, narrowed down from 238 proposals, are concentrated mostly in the East and the Midwest and include several of the biggest metro areas in the country, such as Chicago, Washington and Los Angeles, the only West Coast city on the list.