Atlanta Hot Topics: Amazon HQ2


Secrecy surrounding Amazon HQ2 bid keeps Georgians in the dark

The hunt for Amazon’s second headquarters remains the buzz among lawmakers at Georgia’s State Capitol and business elite. But it’s the absence of information about Georgia’s bid to win HQ2 and its promise of 50,000 jobs that’s been most confounding to good government groups and tax watchdogs who fear winning the project could come with a staggering price tag...


Amazon HQ2 bidding war may set a bad precedent, critics say

Amazon HQ2 bidding war may set a bad precedent, critics say

Amazon’s search for a second headquarters uncorked what could become the biggest ever bidding war for jobs among states and cities in North America. Many critics fear it also could set a dangerous precedent. Companies for years have pitted communities against one another to wring tax breaks and other perks, a dance that was typically done in secret. But Amazon’s public auction for its...
How far Georgia will go to snare Amazon remains a mystery

How far Georgia will go to snare Amazon remains a mystery

Chicago opened with $2 billion. Philadelphia countered with $3 billion. Maryland’s governor upped the ante to $5 billion. New Jersey officials pushed their chips to the middle of the table with an audacious $7 billion wager for Amazon to locate its second headquarters in Newark. Georgia, meanwhile, continues to play its hand close to the vest. The value of Georgia’s opening bid &mdash...
Letter urges Amazon HQ2 finalists to avoid bidding war

Letter urges Amazon HQ2 finalists to avoid bidding war

Dozens of economists, urbanists and policy advisers are calling on the finalists for Amazon’s second headquarters to prevent the recruitment from devolving into a bidding war over incentives. The hunt for HQ2 and its promise of 50,000 jobs already prompted leaders in states such as New Jersey and Maryland to offer multibillion-dollar packages of tax breaks and other perks. Georgia&rsquo...
Torpy at Large: It takes a big shovel — Amazon — to fill Atlanta’s Gulch

Torpy at Large: It takes a big shovel — Amazon — to fill Atlanta’s Gulch

Atlanta’s Gulch, that gaping hole downtown next to where Arthur Blank plopped his $1.5 billion football stadium, now needs something to fill it up. How about 11.5 million square feet of live-work-play? But mostly work, as in 50,000 Amazon workers. The quest to snag Amazon’s second headquarters, the Great White Whale of Commerce, is focused on the spot where Atlanta first started,...
Terminal missing from plans to redevelop downtown Atlanta’s Gulch

Terminal missing from plans to redevelop downtown Atlanta’s Gulch

The redevelopment of downtown Atlanta’s weedy tangle of parking lots and railbeds known as the Gulch may be closer to reality than ever, but the grand vision for a new central transit terminal there appears to be all but dead. At least for now. Representatives for the California development team planning a mini-city stretching between MARTA’s Five Points station and Philips Arena said...
Designers discuss plans for redevelopment of downtown Atlanta’s Gulch

Designers discuss plans for redevelopment of downtown Atlanta’s Gulch

Representatives of a California development team planning a redevelopment of 27 acres of downtown Atlanta’s Gulch pitched design concepts Thursday they say would create a vibrant and mix of offices, shopping, restaurants and residents over what is today an empty morass of parking. Representatives for CIM Group presented what they called a design concept with private streets and expected...
Massive Atlanta project aimed at Amazon HQ2 to have hearing

Massive Atlanta project aimed at Amazon HQ2 to have hearing

A massive project designed to fill part of downtown Atlanta’s Gulch with enough office space for Amazon’s second headquarters project is scheduled for a public meeting on Thursday morning.  Developer CIM Group is expected to present their proposal to a development review committee meeting for Special Public Interest District 1, which represents downtown. The meeting is scheduled...
Experts (well, some) predict Amazon will pick Atlanta

Experts (well, some) predict Amazon will pick Atlanta

A company that specializes in comparing communities, making lists of best and worst, has surveyed the various bets on Amazon’s new headquarters and predicted a Georgia choice. Seattle-based Amazon recently narrowed its list of potential cities for its second headquarters from several hundred down to 20 – Atlanta and 19 other metro areas in the United States and Canada. The prize will...
Georgia’s bid for Amazon becomes a prime issue in governor’s race

Georgia’s bid for Amazon becomes a prime issue in governor’s race

Georgia’s aggressive maneuvering for Amazon’s second headquarters — and the $1 billion or more in incentives it will likely require — has fast become a dividing line in the race for governor. Republican candidates are under pressure from grass-roots activists to reject juicy pot-sweeteners to land the $5 billion project — and one conservative is making his opposition...
WATCH: SNL pokes fun at Atlanta’s bid for Amazon HQ

WATCH: SNL pokes fun at Atlanta’s bid for Amazon HQ

“Saturday Night Live” is joking about Atlanta’s traffic, accents and Southern cooking after Amazon named the city as one of 20 finalists for its second headquarters. Not even Coca-Cola, Chick-fil-A and Waffle House escaped comedians’ jibes on the latest episode of “SNL.” The episode also took aim at three other cities contending for the internet retail...
Is Atlanta really a contender for Amazon HQ?

Is Atlanta really a contender for Amazon HQ?

If metro Atlanta wins Amazon’s second headquarters and its promise of 50,000 jobs, it likely will be on the strength of its workforce, globally connected airport, ease of doing business and the capacity of Georgia Tech and other research universities to pump out talent. But the Atlanta area will have to tangle with Boston, Chicago and Los Angeles for brain power, overcome cities like Austin...
Doraville mayor touts city’s potential as Amazon HQ2 site

Doraville mayor touts city’s potential as Amazon HQ2 site

The site of an old General Motors assembly plant in Doraville is among the places the state pitched to Amazon as part of its HQ2 application. The land is the planned site of a  mixed-use development known simply as Assembly, and it checks off a lot Amazon’s criteria, Doraville Mayor Donna Pittman said. “Considering Assembly’s location with MARTA, the interstate and (DeKalb-Peachtree...
Metro Atlanta, Georgia officials to present united front to nab Amazon

Metro Atlanta, Georgia officials to present united front to nab Amazon

Georgia’s full-fledged competition for Amazon’s second headquarters has entered a new and unpredictable phase now that it’s on the tech giant’s short list. But the state’s hunt for another major headquarters three years ago could provide valuable clues into its strategy for winning the project. Georgia’s long courtship of Mercedes-Benz for its USA&rsquo...
Kempner: Amazon, thanks for sort of picking Atlanta, but …

Kempner: Amazon, thanks for sort of picking Atlanta, but …

Amazon, it’s not that we’re ungrateful for Atlanta being one of your Top 20 choices for your second headquarters and 50,000 delicious jobs. We’ll hold off celebrating or feeling like we’ve gotten some kind of affirmation until we figure out if you just like us a good bit or really love us. Yes, we do think we are all that. With 20 communities still in the running, this short...
Atlanta survives the first cut in Amazon’s HQ2 sweepstakes

Atlanta survives the first cut in Amazon’s HQ2 sweepstakes

Amazon narrowed its list of potential communities for its massive second headquarters on Thursday to a final grouping that includes Atlanta and 19 others in the U.S. and Canada, setting off a battle royale for a project promising prestige and 50,000 high-paying jobs. Georgia and metro Atlanta leaders hailed the news, while noting much work remains to hone the pitch for the project known as HQ2...
5 things to know about Amazon

5 things to know about Amazon

The bidding war is in full-swing as cities across the United States and beyond compete for Amazon’s second headquarters. Now the company has narrowed its list to a final grouping that includes Atlanta and 19 other metro areas in the U.S. and Canada.  » RELATED: Atlanta named to Amazon’s shortlist for HQ2 On Thursday, the e-commerce company announced the news, revealing...
Stonecrest among Metro Atlanta sites still vying for Amazon’s HQ2

Stonecrest among Metro Atlanta sites still vying for Amazon’s HQ2

Stonecrest remains in the running to become home of Amazon’s second headquarters, a spokeswoman for the city said. Amazon announced Thursday that Atlanta is among 20 metro areas that made the cut out of over 200 applications. Stonecrest in southeast DeKalb County has pitched itself as a potential site. Stonecrest city officials offered to donate portions of the town to Amazon...
Atlanta named to Amazon’s shortlist for HQ2

Atlanta named to Amazon’s shortlist for HQ2

Amazon narrowed its list of potential cities for its massive second headquarters to a final grouping that includes Atlanta and 19 other metro areas in the U.S. and Canada, the company said Thursday. The shortlist also includes Austin, Boston, Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, New York, Nashville, Toronto and Washington, D.C. and its suburbs. Amazon’s finalists will vie for the massive project, known...
Georgia prepares for an unprecedented move to land Amazon

Georgia prepares for an unprecedented move to land Amazon

Landing Amazon’s second headquarters will take an unprecedented package of incentives, and Georgia’s leaders are prepared to do something unprecedented to secure them. Gov. Nathan Deal and leading lawmakers united behind a plan Wednesday to call a special legislative session to hash out the lucrative offerings for Amazon if the tech giant picks metro Atlanta as a top finalist for the $5...
Amazon: Corporate lobbyist’s work in Georgia not about HQ2

Amazon: Corporate lobbyist’s work in Georgia not about HQ2

An Amazon corporate lobbyist’s registration in Georgia isn’t related to its search for a second headquarters, the company said Tuesday, but it remains unclear what state issues interest the e-commerce giant.Earlier this month, Jacob Oster, an energy expert for Amazon, registered with the state’s ethics agency, setting off speculation about what policies Amazon might try to shape...
Amazon lobbyist registers in Georgia, triggering buzz amid ‘HQ2’ search

Amazon lobbyist registers in Georgia, triggering buzz amid ‘HQ2’ search

Amazon, the e-commerce giant that Georgia is wooing for its second headquarters project, now has a registered in-house lobbyist at the State Capitol. Jacob Oster, a lobbyist with expertise in “clean energy and technology,” registered Dec. 7 with the state ethics commission. Oster, who represents Amazon Corporate LLC, listed addresses in Washington, D.C., and Seattle.  ...
Stonecrest launches digital ad campaign in bid for Amazon

Stonecrest launches digital ad campaign in bid for Amazon

Stonecrest officials plan to make it hard for Amazon to not hear their pitch for the company’s second headquarters. Stonecrest has hired a Seattle-based company to send targeted digital advertising to Amazon employees in the area, touting the benefits of the Georgia city and its proposal to give land to build the city of Amazon. The city of Amazon would be supported by the taxpayers of...
Georgia Power CEO: Pitch for Amazon HQ2 about showing Atlanta’s ‘heart’

Georgia Power CEO: Pitch for Amazon HQ2 about showing Atlanta’s ‘heart’

If you had the opportunity to show Amazon around Atlanta as it hunts for a site for its second headquarters and 50,000 jobs — where would you take the e-commerce giant? For Paul Bowers, CEO of Georgia Power, such a visit wouldn’t just entail tours of land and shimmering glass office towers that might be suitable for HQ2. To sell the Seattle behemoth on metro Atlanta, Bowers said in a recent...
New filings for huge project in Atlanta’s Gulch, a possible Amazon site

New filings for huge project in Atlanta’s Gulch, a possible Amazon site

A proposal for a mammoth downtown Atlanta project that closely matches the criteria laid out for Amazon’s new North American headquarters took another step forward Wednesday. An affiliate of Los Angeles-based developer CIM Group, which was co-founded by Richard Ressler, the brother of Atlanta Hawks lead owner Tony Ressler, submitted Wednesday a development of regional impact application...
Georgia lawmaker pushes for Amazon to collect more taxes from shoppers

Georgia lawmaker pushes for Amazon to collect more taxes from shoppers

Amazon began collecting sales tax on items it sells in Georgia four years ago after a push from state lawmakers. Now, state leaders in Georgia and throughout the country are setting their sights on the mega-retailer again — this time, to collect taxes from the third-party merchants that sell through its site. The extra tax dollars would be a boon to state governments, but would end...
Atlanta predicted as the top place Amazon could build headquarters

Atlanta predicted as the top place Amazon could build headquarters

The bidding war is in full-swing as hundreds of cities across the United States and beyond compete for Amazon’s second headquarters. In October, the e-commerce giant said the company received “238 proposals from cities and regions in 54 states, provinces, districts and territories across North America.” Among the Georgia bids are outlines for Atlanta and Stonecrest, which...
Opinion: Ga. and hunt for Amazon’s HQ2

Opinion: Ga. and hunt for Amazon’s HQ2

It’s not hyperbole that the national competition to land Amazon’s second headquarters has been compared to a reality-TV show. We have little doubt that many, if not most, elected officials would readily don a tophat or ball gown and perform their hearts out for all to see if it would boost their jurisdiction’s chances of landing this world-class economic jewel. It’s that big...
Georgia officials expect Amazon to start HQ2 site visits soon

Georgia officials expect Amazon to start HQ2 site visits soon

Georgia officials expect Amazon’s site selection team to begin making visits to prospect cities as soon as next month as the hunt for the e-commerce giant’s second headquarters — and 50,000 corporate jobs — enters its next phase. On Monday, state officials offered a glimpse into the official bid for HQ2, a proposal that included both urban and suburban sites, and ...
Torpy at Large: Will religious liberty bill cast out Amazon?

Torpy at Large: Will religious liberty bill cast out Amazon?

The Great Amazon Sweepstakes is raging across North America. Some two dozen cities are waging intense campaigns to snag the White Whale of commercial development, the e-commerce giant’s second headquarters. But in this hunt (as opposed to Captain Ahab’s pursuit) one city will actually capture the beast, which is the company’s $5 billion investment and 50,000 high-end jobs. It...
Amazon in Atlanta? Bad for renters and first-time homebuyers

Amazon in Atlanta? Bad for renters and first-time homebuyers

The state of Georgia has joined in something of a nationwide frenzy over Amazon. The Seattle-based internet giant is looking to build a second headquarters and 238 applicants — from major metro areas like Atlanta, Boston and New York to smaller cities like Austin, Denver and Raleigh — have lined up, offering to throw a lot of taxpayer money at the company. Whether you consider that corporate...
Atlanta has stiff competition as Amazon fields 238 proposals for HQ2

Atlanta has stiff competition as Amazon fields 238 proposals for HQ2

Amazon wanted a bidding war, and its 50,000-job second headquarters project got quite the response. The e-commerce giant said Monday the company received “238 proposals from cities and regions in 54 states, provinces, districts and territories across North America.” It appears proposals came from every state in the U.S., except Arkansas, Hawaii, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota...
Atlanta races for another ‘Olympic moment’ with Amazon bid

Atlanta races for another ‘Olympic moment’ with Amazon bid

The pitches are in, but the work to land Amazon’s second headquarters is far from over. On Thursday, a Georgia official hand-delivered hardbound copies of what insiders call a “formidable” package for “HQ2,” a 50,000-job, $5 billion bonanza with the potential to alter the economic landscape of the winning bidder. The state Department of Economic Development also released...
Reed: Georgia leaving ‘nothing on the table’ in hunt for Amazon HQ2

Reed: Georgia leaving ‘nothing on the table’ in hunt for Amazon HQ2

Georgia formally entered the sweepstakes for Amazon’s second headquarters campus Thursday with a pitch one top leader called “the most aggressive” package the state has ever offered. Georgia officials were mum about the contents of the state’s bid, but the state’s formal package of information, including possible sites and incentives, has been delivered to the company...
Kempner: How Cobb, Gwinnett and N. Fulton lost 50,000 Amazon jobs

Kempner: How Cobb, Gwinnett and N. Fulton lost 50,000 Amazon jobs

It’s probably too late for most of us in metro Atlanta’s biggest suburbs to get off our fannies and make Amazon love us enough. Too bad: 50,000 jobs would have been wondrous for Cobb, Gwinnett, much of north Fulton and most of the other communities out here. That’s just the latest price of our dithering on creating and paying for serious public transit. Seattle-based Amazon...
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos offered mayorship of new city for company’s HQ2 

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos offered mayorship of new city for company’s HQ2 

If creating a city for Amazon isn’t enough to recruit the company to Georgia, maybe making the company’s CEO its permanent mayor will be. How does Amazon Mayor Jeff Bezos sound? Stonecrest Mayor Jason Lary said Wednesday he will seek state legislation to install Bezos as the unelected leader of Amazon, Ga. — if the company chooses to bring its giant corporate...
City of Amazon proposed to attract company’s HQ2 to Georgia

City of Amazon proposed to attract company’s HQ2 to Georgia

The latest local pitch to attract Amazon? Create a city of Amazon for the company’s planned expansion site. The Stonecrest City Council voted 4-2 on Monday to de-annex 345 acres of land if the e-commerce giant picks the area for what the company calls HQ2, a corporate hub where Seattle-based Amazon says it will one day house 50,000 jobs. The city’s resolution asks the Georgia General Assembly...
Georgia recruiters crowdsourcing for sites to pitch Amazon for HQ2

Georgia recruiters crowdsourcing for sites to pitch Amazon for HQ2

Got 100 acres or more to sell? Is it near a bus or MARTA rail line, and within 45 minutes of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport? If the answers are yes to those questions, the Georgia Department of Economic Development wants to hear from you. The state’s top recruiting agency has set up a web page to essentially crowdsource locations to pitch to e-commerce giant Amazon as part of the state&rsquo...
Kempner: Amazon, here’s $1B. Now, bring Atlanta 50K jobs

Kempner: Amazon, here’s $1B. Now, bring Atlanta 50K jobs

Amazon could make the most gargantuan of deliveries to metro Atlanta. We just have to give the online giant encouragement. Like maybe way more than $1 billion. The company that regularly awes consumers and debones competitors recently announced it is searching for a place in North America to put a second headquarters. The site might eventually include 50,000 algorithmically optimized employees...
Amazon’s ‘HQ2’ proposal likely to fetch bids from Atlanta, other cities

Amazon’s ‘HQ2’ proposal likely to fetch bids from Atlanta, other cities

E-commerce giant Amazon said Thursday it’s in the market to build a second North American headquarters, a massive complex the company says one day could hold 50,000 jobs. Amazon, in a request for proposals on its website, said it wants its “HQ2” to be the “equal” of its Seattle base of operations, which currently consists of 33 buildings covering more than 8...
Flash flood kills 5 children, 4 adults at Arizona swim hole

Flash flood kills 5 children, 4 adults at Arizona swim hole

TONTO NATIONAL FOREST, Ariz. (AP) - Adults, teens and children as young as 2 were enjoying a summer afternoon by cooling off in an Arizona creek when the gentle waters turned deadly. The group from the Phoenix and Flagstaff areas had met Saturday for a day trip along a popular swimming hole near Payson, about 100 miles (160.9 kilometers) northeast of the capital. They set up lounge chairs not knowing...
Human remains found in search for missing men, 1 victim identified

Human remains found in search for missing men, 1 victim identified

NEW HOPE, Pa. (AP) - Investigators found the body of one of four missing young men along with other human remains buried on a Pennsylvania farm, and vowed to "bring each and every one of these lost boys home to their families." Cadaver dogs led them to the spot on the 90-acre (36-hectare) farm in Solebury Township where they discovered human remains inside a 12 ½-foot-deep (3.66-meter-deep)...
North Korea claims it tested first intercontinental missile

North Korea claims it tested first intercontinental missile

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - North Korea claimed to have tested its first intercontinental ballistic missile in a launch Tuesday, a potential game-changing development in its push to militarily challenge Washington - but a declaration that conflicts with earlier South Korean and U.S. assessments that it had an intermediate range. The North has previously conducted satellite launches that critics say...
The ESPYS on Channel 2: Michael Phelps, Simone Biles among finalists

The ESPYS on Channel 2: Michael Phelps, Simone Biles among finalists

Multiple stars from last summer's Rio Olympics highlight this year's nominees for best male and female athletes for The ESPYS. Swimmer Michael Phelps, who won five gold medals in Rio, joins National League MVP Kris Bryant of the Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby and Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook as the four nominees for best male athlete. Gymnast Simone Biles...
Tropical Storm Cindy makes landfall in Louisiana

Tropical Storm Cindy makes landfall in Louisiana

Gulf Coast states were in for a third day of rough weather as Tropical Storm Cindy sloshed ashore early Thursday in southwestern Louisiana. Already blamed for one death in Alabama, Cindy was expected to keep churning seas and spin off bands of severe weather from eastern Texas to northwestern Florida. The storm's maximum sustained winds had decreased to near 40 mph (64 kph) Thursday morning with additional...
Gunman who shot congressman had history of anti-GOP activity

Gunman who shot congressman had history of anti-GOP activity

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - The gunman who shot a top GOP congressman and several other people Wednesday at a baseball practice outside the nation's capital had a long history of lashing out at Republicans and recently frightened a neighbor by firing a rifle into a field behind his Illinois home. James T. Hodgkinson, 66, wounded House Rep. Steve Scalise before he was fatally shot by police who had been...
Sessions heatedly denies improper Russia contacts

Sessions heatedly denies improper Russia contacts

WASHINGTON (AP) - Attorney General Jeff Sessions heatedly denied on Tuesday having an undisclosed meeting with Russia's ambassador to the U.S. or conversations with any Russian officials about the U.S. election that sent Donald Trump to the White House. He vowed to defend his honor "against scurrilous and false allegations." Testifying at a Senate hearing, Sessions, who was a close Trump...

1 winning Powerball ticket sold in California worth $447M

A sole winning Powerball ticket worth $447.8 million and matching all six numbers was sold in southern California and will claim the 10th largest lottery prize in U.S. history, lottery officials said Sunday. The winning ticket was sold at Marietta Liquor & Deli in southern California's Riverside County, about 80 miles (128.74 kilometers) south of Los Angeles, according to a release posted on the California...
Police find body in Thames River; likely 8th victim in London attack

Police find body in Thames River; likely 8th victim in London attack

LONDON (AP) - The Latest on the attack on London Bridge and Borough Market (all times local): 11 a.m. Police searching for a French man who has been missing since the London Bridge attack say they have recovered a body from the River Thames. The Metropolitan Police says the body was found Tuesday downstream from the bridge. The force says formal identification has not yet taken place, but Xavier Thomas'...
President Trump announces immediate withdrawl from Paris climate accord

President Trump announces immediate withdrawl from Paris climate accord

President Donald Trump says the US will immediately cease 'all implementation' of the Paris climate change accord standards. “The United States will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord but begin negotiations to re-enter either the Paris Accord or really an entirely new transaction on terms that are fair to the United States,” the president said in the Rose Garden. “So we are getting...
Trump avoids pointing to Saudis' human rights failings

Trump avoids pointing to Saudis' human rights failings

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) - As President Donald Trump opened his keynote address in Saudi Arabia, he lavished praise on the "magnificent" kingdom and "the grandeur of this remarkable place." Then he made clear there would be no public lecture from America on Saudi Arabia's abysmal human rights record. "We are not here to tell other people how to live, what to do, who to be...
Rocker Chris Cornell has died at age 52, rep confirms

Rocker Chris Cornell has died at age 52, rep confirms

Rocker Chris Cornell, who gained fame as the lead singer of the bands Soundgarden and later Audioslave, has died at age 52, according to his representative. Cornell, who had been on tour, died Wednesday night in Detroit, Brian Bumbery said in a statement to The Associated Press. Cornell had performed a Detroit concert with Soundgarden that night. Bumbery called the death "sudden and unexpected"...
Malaysia seizes 330 exotic tortoises from Madagascar

Malaysia seizes 330 exotic tortoises from Madagascar

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - Malaysian authorities said Monday that they have seized 330 exotic tortoises from Madagascar worth 1.2 million ringgit ($276,721), in the latest heist of illegal wildlife and animal parts being smuggled into the country. Deputy customs director Abdull Wahid Sulong said that 325 Indian Star tortoises and five Ploughshare tortoises were packed into five boxes and labeled...
Facebook to hire 3,000 to review videos of crime and suicide

Facebook to hire 3,000 to review videos of crime and suicide

Facebook says it will hire another 3,000 people to review videos and posts of crime and other questionable content following murders shown live on its site. That's on top of the 4,500 people Facebook already has for such reviews. The announcement comes from CEO Mark Zuckerberg in a Facebook post Wednesday. In addition to hiring more reviewers, Zuckerberg said Facebook will also be "building better...
Jimmy Kimmel tearfully recounts newborn son's heart surgery

Jimmy Kimmel tearfully recounts newborn son's heart surgery

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A tearful Jimmy Kimmel turned his show's monologue into an emotional recounting of his newborn son's open-heart surgery - and a plea that all American families get the life-saving medical care they need. "It was a scary story and before I go into it, I want you to know it has a happy ending," Kimmel assured ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" studio audience Monday as...

The Latest: Fire chief struck by car included in death toll

CANTON, Texas (AP) - The Latest on severe weather in parts of the U.S. (all times local): 8:50 p.m. The death of a north-central Arkansas fire chief struck by a vehicle while heavy thunderstorms moved through the state is being included in the state's count of weather-related fatalities, bringing the death toll to five. Arkansas State Police say Cove Creek/Pearson Fire Chief Doug Decker died early...
United pledges to review policies on removal of passengers

United pledges to review policies on removal of passengers

CHICAGO (AP) - After people were horrified by video of a passenger getting dragged off a full United Express flight by airport police, the head of United's parent company said the airline was reaching out to the man to "resolve this situation." Hours later on Monday, his tone turned defensive. He described the man as "disruptive and belligerent." By Tuesday afternoon, almost two...
No charges against Oklahoma man who killed 3 intruders

No charges against Oklahoma man who killed 3 intruders

An Oklahoma prosecutor said Monday no charges will be filed against a 23-year-old man who fatally shot three teenage intruders in his home, but that the woman who drove them there is being charged with first-degree murder. Authorities say Zachary Peters was home alone when he shot Maxwell Cook, Jacob Redfern and Jakob Woodruff with an AR-15 rifle on March 27 at his home just outside the Tulsa suburb...
GOP divided over new course after House health care debacle

GOP divided over new course after House health care debacle

WASHINGTON (AP) - Still reeling from last week's House health care debacle, Republicans are pivoting to tax cuts and other issues but remain riven into factions and all over the map about how and when to return to their marquee pledge to eviscerate former President Barack Obama's 2010 overhaul. House Republicans are gathering Tuesday to discuss their agenda, their first meeting since House Speaker...
Newborn, toddler found stabbed to death in North Carolina

Newborn, toddler found stabbed to death in North Carolina

RADFORD, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina sheriff says a newborn and the baby's 2-year-old sister have been found stabbed to death. Hoke County Sheriff Hubert Peterkin tells WRAL (http://bit.ly/2n1S80h) the bodies of 4-day-old Genesis Freeman and 2-year-old Serenity Freeman were found Saturday in the woods near an intersection close to the city of Raeford. Before they were found, their 30-year-old father...
Trump suffers second defeat as revised travel ban on hold

Trump suffers second defeat as revised travel ban on hold

HONOLULU (AP) - A federal judge blocked President Donald Trump's revised travel ban hours before it was to take effect, marking the second time courts have thwarted Trump's efforts to freeze immigration by refugees and citizens of some predominantly Muslim nations. This time, the ruling came from a judge in Hawaii who rejected the government's claims that the travel ban is about national security...

WikiLeaks CIA files: Are they real and are they a risk?

WASHINGTON (AP) - WikiLeaks has published thousands of documents that the anti-secrecy organization said were classified files revealing scores of secrets about CIA hacking tools used to break into targeted computers, cellphones and even smart TVs. The CIA and the Trump administration declined to comment on the authenticity of the files Tuesday, but prior WikiLeaks releases divulged government secrets...
97-year-old twins freeze to death after falling in freezing weather

97-year-old twins freeze to death after falling in freezing weather

The family of 97-year-old twin sisters who died in freezing temperatures after falling outside one of their homes says the two lived with charm, grace, kindness and style. Police say Jean Young Haley and Martha Young Williams died after they fell outside Haley's house in Barrington on Friday and became stranded in the frigid cold. A neighbor found them Saturday morning. Overnight temperatures in the...
Police: Indicted Baltimore officers '1930s-style gangsters'

Police: Indicted Baltimore officers '1930s-style gangsters'

BALTIMORE (AP) - Seven Baltimore officers were so unfazed by U.S. Justice Department scrutiny of abusive policing that they kept falsely detaining people, stealing their money and property, and faking reports to cover it up, according to a damning federal indictment. Federal prosecutors announced charges Wednesday against seven officers in Baltimore, where a consent decree approved in the final days...
Some witnesses say deadly Kansas shooting was racially-motivated

Some witnesses say deadly Kansas shooting was racially-motivated

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) - A man accused of opening fire in a crowded suburban Kansas City bar, killing one man and injuring two others in an attack that some witnesses said was racially motivated, was charged Thursday with murder and attempted murder. Authorities repeatedly declined at a news conference to say whether the shooting was a hate crime although local police said they were working with the FBI...

2 dead as storm lashes Southern California

A powerful Pacific storm blew into Southern and Central California on Friday with wind-driven heavy rains that downed power lines and electrocuted a man, killed a motorist in a submerged car and disrupted hundreds of flights at airports. With the storm feeding on an atmospheric river of moisture stretching far out into the Pacific, precautionary evacuations of homes in some neighborhoods were requested...
Russian lawmakers mount fierce defense of Flynn

Russian lawmakers mount fierce defense of Flynn

MOSCOW (AP) - Russian lawmakers on Tuesday mounted a fierce defense of U.S. President Donald Trump's national security adviser, who has resigned following reports that he misled White House officials about his contacts with Russia. Michael Flynn handed in his resignation late Monday night, conceding that he gave "incomplete information" about his calls with Russia's ambassador to the U.S...
Adele sweeps Grammys Awards with 5 wins, while Bowie wins 4

Adele sweeps Grammys Awards with 5 wins, while Bowie wins 4

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Even though Adele flubbed one of her live performances at the Grammys, she walked away the belle of the ball: She took home all five awards she was nominated for Sunday night, including album, record and song of the year. She beat Beyonce in the top three categories with her comeback album "25," and repeated her accomplishments from 2012, when the British star also won...
$250M party house is the most expensive home for sale in US

$250M party house is the most expensive home for sale in US

In the exclusive Bel Air neighborhood of Los Angeles sits a new monument to opulence, a $250 million mega-mansion that's now the most expensive home listed in the United States. The four-level, 38,000-square-foot mansion comes with a seven-member staff, a $30 million car collection and an infinity pool complete with a swim-up bar, 270-degree views of the city and a monstrous 20-foot outdoor television...
How to sound like an NFL fan while watching the Super Bowl

How to sound like an NFL fan while watching the Super Bowl

If you're among the millions of people who watch precisely one NFL game each year, yet want to sound like a real football fan during Sunday's Super Bowl, The Associated Press has you covered. This guide includes talking points for some of the biggest storylines and critical characters that everyone will be watching and discussing when the New England Patriots face the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl...

Violent protesters block Berkeley talk by Breitbart editor

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - Protesters hurled smoke bombs, broke windows and sparked a massive bonfire Wednesday night, prompting University of California at Berkeley officials to cancel a talk by a polarizing editor of Breitbart News out of safety concerns. The decision was made two hours before the appearance of Milo Yiannopoulos (yuh-NAH'-poh-lihs) because a crowd of more than 1,500 had gathered outside...
FALCONS-PATRIOTS: Matchups to watch in Super Bowl LI

FALCONS-PATRIOTS: Matchups to watch in Super Bowl LI

The Atlanta Falcons (13-5) and New England Patriots (16-2) will meet in Super Bowl LI in Houston. While most fans know it's Matt Ryan, Julio Jones and the Falcons' offense against the Patriots' defense. It's also Vic Beasley, Keanu Neal and the Falcons' defense against Tom Brady and the Patriots' offense. But what else will decide the outcome? Here are several other things to watch for in Super...
To stand out at Super Bowl 51, ads are going for stunts

To stand out at Super Bowl 51, ads are going for stunts

Lady Gaga is reportedly entertaining an unusual twist on her Super Bowl halftime show, which - though it's not confirmed - she could perform from the roof of the stadium. If that comes to pass, she won't be the only one making a big play for attention this year. Advertisers from first timer 84 Lumber to veteran Hyundai are ramping up the marketing stunts in order to stand out from the crowd during...
Trump's wall met with skepticism, unease on US-Mexico border

Trump's wall met with skepticism, unease on US-Mexico border

SAN DIEGO (AP) - As President Donald Trump announced his plans for a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico, Border Patrol agents in San Diego on the lookout for drugs and smugglers drove all-terrain vehicles along a barrier that reaches 18 feet, topped by razor wire and reinforced by cameras and lighting. Mexicans shopped at an outlet mall that bumps up against the border. And dozens of migrants huddled...
Police: Protesters climb crane at DC construction site

Police: Protesters climb crane at DC construction site

WASHINGTON (AP) - Police say protesters are climbing a crane at a downtown Washington construction site that's just a few blocks from the White House. Metropolitan Police Department spokeswoman Aquita Brown says police responded to the area of 15th and L streets in northwest Wednesday morning for a disorderly person. Police say 15th Street is closed between L and M streets. Brown says protesters,...

Kyrgyzstan ministry says cargo plane crash kills 37

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan (AP) - A Turkish cargo plane crashed Monday in a residential area just outside the main airport in Kyrgyzstan, killing 37 people on the ground and in the plane, the Emergency Situations Ministry said. The Boeing 747 crashed on approach to the Manas airport, south of the capital, Bishkek. Reports of the death toll ranged from 37 people, according to emergency officials in the Central...

LEBANON, Va. (AP) - Now, that's a lot of change. A Virginia man used 300,000 pennies to pay sales tax on two cars at the Department of Motor Vehicles. The Bristol Herald Courier reports (http://bit.ly/2jlMLsp) that Nick Stafford delivered five wheelbarrows full of change, mostly pennies, at the DMW office in Lebanon, Virginia, on Wednesday. The coins weighed in at 1,600 pounds. Stafford said he paid...
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan named to 2016 All-Pro Team

Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan named to 2016 All-Pro Team

The Associated Press 2016 NFL All-Pro Team is showing off the new wave of pro football stars. Three rookies among 17 first-time selections highlight the team, including Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliott, and Kansas City's Tyreek Hill, who is a unanimous choice as a punt returner. Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan, edging New England's Tom Brady, who was suspended for four games, is another first-time...

The Latest: France wants UN observers in Aleppo

BEIRUT (AP) - The Latest on the conflict in Syria, where a cease-fire deal to allow evacuation of rebels and tens of thousands of civilians from eastern Aleppo is back on (all times local): 7 p.m. France's ambassador to the United Nations says international observers should monitor the safe evacuation of civilians and fighters from the war-torn Syrian city of Aleppo. Francois Delattre told reporters...

Officials fear up to 40 dead in fire at Oakland warehouse

Officials in Oakland, California, say the death toll from a fire in a converted warehouse has risen to 24, according to the Associated Press.  The converted warehouse known as the "Ghost Ship" where a deadly fire ripped through a late-night dance party was an artist workspace and illegal home for a rotating cast of a dozen or more residents, those who lived there or visited often said...

Recovery begins as rains help put out Tennessee wildfires

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) - After nearly 24 hours of drenching rain helped quench a series of devastating wildfires in eastern Tennessee, local officials turned to cleanup and recovery efforts even as they battled their own personal crises. Gatlinburg Mayor Mike Werner said discussions were under way about re-opening the resort city as early as Friday, which would give business owners and residents their...
Police: Thief stole 86 lb. bucket of gold flakes worth $1.6M

Police: Thief stole 86 lb. bucket of gold flakes worth $1.6M

NEW YORK (AP) - Police in New York City are looking for a quick-thinking thief who stole an 86-pound bucket of gold flakes worth nearly $1.6 million off an armored truck in Manhattan. The unidentified thief swiped the 5-gallon metal bucket off the back of the vehicle on Sept. 29 when a guard briefly went to the truck's cab to reportedly retrieve his cellphone. The incident occurred in broad daylight...
Florence Henderson, The Brady Bunch mom, dies

Florence Henderson, The Brady Bunch mom, dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Florence Henderson, who went from Broadway star to become one of America's most beloved television moms in "The Brady Bunch," has died, her manager and her publicist said. She was 82. Henderson died Thursday night at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, after being hospitalized the day before, said her publicist, David Brokaw. Henderson had suffered heart failure...

Sister accused of killing twin in Hawaii jailed in New York

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A woman who was accused of killing her twin sister by driving their vehicle off a Hawaii cliff in May was being held in a New York jail Monday after again being charged with murder. New York State Police announced over the weekend that Alexandria Duval, 38, was arrested Friday after being tracked down at an Albany home. Police say when they spotted Duval outside the residence she...
Authorities: Woman 'chained up like a dog' inside container

Authorities: Woman 'chained up like a dog' inside container

ANDERSON, S.C. (AP) - A woman who had been reported missing along with her boyfriend in late August was found "chained up like a dog" inside a storage container, a South Carolina sheriff said Thursday. Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright told news outlets that deputies acting on a tip found her after hearing her banging on the container from the inside Thursday in the town of Woodruff...
Fight over thermostat may have led to 911 call, 2 cops shot

Fight over thermostat may have led to 911 call, 2 cops shot

BOSTON (AP) — The domestic disturbance that Boston police were responding to when two veteran officers were shot and wounded may have started as an argument over the thermostat, police said. The officers were called late Wednesday night to an apartment in the East Boston neighborhood, where Kirk Figueroa, 33, was allegedly threatening his roommate with a knife, police Commissioner William Evans...
Samsung changes Note 7 output schedule after fire reports

Samsung changes Note 7 output schedule after fire reports

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung's crisis with its Galaxy Note 7 smartphone hit a new low on Monday as the company confirmed that it has made production changes, following reports that newly released versions offered as replacements for recalled fire-prone phones have also overheated or caught fire. In a statement and in a regulatory filing, Samsung Electronics said it is "temporarily"...

Pregnant Pakistani woman stoned to death by family

A pregnant woman was stoned to death by her own family in front of a Pakistani high court on Tuesday for marrying the man she loved.Nearly 20 members of the woman's family, including her father and brothers, attacked her and her husband with batons and bricks in broad daylight before a crowd of onlookers in front of the high court of Lahore, police investigator Rana Mujahid said.Hundreds of women...
Latest Snowden leak reveals multi-billion dollar

Latest Snowden leak reveals multi-billion dollar "black budget"

The latest leak from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden details the government’s so-called “black budget” — the multi-billion dollar budget request of America’s intelligence agencies. The 178-page document outlines federal spending on surveillance programs. Intelligence agencies requested $52.6 billion for the 2013 fiscal year. The information was obtained by The...

Boston U.: Grad student killed in marathon attack

Boston University says a graduate student at the school  was one of the three people killed in the bombings at the Boston Marathon. The female student was a female national. The Chinese Consulate in New York confirmed that a Chinese national was among those killed in the marathon bombings in Boston, but did not identify her. Boston University confirmed the victim was...
'Bachelor' star called 911 before allegedly fleeing scene

'Bachelor' star called 911 before allegedly fleeing scene

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Former "The Bachelor" star Chris Soules called 911 to report his crash that killed a fellow Iowa farmer, seeking medical help for the man before he allegedly left the scene. Soules told the dispatcher that he "rear-ended a guy on a tractor" with his pickup truck Monday night on a road near the northern Iowa town of Aurora, according to a recording of the...
Beloved 600-year-old white oak tree takes final bow

Beloved 600-year-old white oak tree takes final bow

BERNARDS, N.J. (AP) - A white oak tree that has watched over a New Jersey community and a church for hundreds of years began its final bow Monday as crews began its removal and residents fondly remembered the go-to spot for formal photos, landmark for driving directions and the remarkable piece of natural history. Crews at the Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church in Bernards began taking down the 600-year-old...
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