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See how the 20 Amazon HQ2 finalists compare, and vote on your choice

An interactive comparison of the Amazon HQ2 finalists' talent pool, housing costs and other demographic data.

Seattle startup generator Pioneer Square Labs raises $15 million

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The company has spun out nine startups and will use the new investment, primarily from Boulder-based Foundry Group, to churn out more.

IBM ends 22-quarter streak of falling revenue

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The fourth-quarter sales gain of 4 percent was modest, and it won’t erase the doubts of industry analysts who are skeptical that a genuine turnaround is underway at IBM.

Apple to build 2nd campus, hire 20,000 in $350B pledge

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple is planning to build another corporate campus and hire 20,000 workers during the next five years as part of a $350 billion commitment to the U.S. that will be partially financed by an upcoming windfall from the…

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Drone rescue off Australian beach heralded as world-first

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CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A flying drone has dropped a flotation device to two teens caught in a riptide in heavy seas off the Australian coast in what officials describe as a world-first rescue. Monty Greenslade and Gabe Vidler got into…

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LA Times CEO under investigation after report on impropriety

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The parent company of the Los Angeles Times is investigating allegations of inappropriate behavior by Ross Levinsohn, the newspaper’s CEO and publisher. The company, Tronc, began the investigation Thursday after a…

Tax law gives unexpected break to farmers who sell to co-ops

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An unintended language change in the tax bill gives a big advantage to farmers who sell to agricultural co-ops rather than private companies, whether small local buyers or agribusiness giants ADM and Cargill. Lawmakers say they would like…

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China’s economic growth looks strong — maybe too strong

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HONG KONG — The pace of growth in China’s economy accelerated last year for the first time in seven years as exports, construction and consumer spending all climbed strongly. At least, that’s what the government says. In reality, the pace…

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Wind power leader denies spying on Oklahoma state lawmaker

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The head of an Oklahoma wind power trade group on Thursday flatly denied a state lawmaker’s suggestion to police that someone connected to the industry put a tracking device on his truck to spy on him. Oklahoma Wind…

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Top aerospace engineering firm Electroimpact cuts staff by 9 percent

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Electroimpact of Mukilteo is laying off 66 employees as it hits a lull in the cycle of new airplane work.

IBM reports first revenue growth since 2012

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NEW YORK (AP) — IBM reported its first quarter of revenue growth in more than five years as the company ramps up its cloud computing business and looks for new opportunities from its investments in artificial intelligence. “Over the past…

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Blood test to detect 8 cancers early gives promising results

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The test — still far from ready for the public — covers cancer of the breast, colon and lung and five other kinds that don't have screening tests for people at average risk: ovarian, liver, stomach, pancreatic and esophageal.

After flyers delayed, TSA aims to improve at Atlanta airport

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ATLANTA (AP) — After passengers waited well over an hour to get through security at Atlanta’s airport as it struggled to recover from ice and snow, federal officials tried to avoid a repeat of lines that snaked through the airport’s atrium…

What do Amazonians, Seattleites think of the HQ2 shortlist? Predictions, relief and ‘I don’t care’

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In person-on-the-street interviews Thursday about Amazon's HQ2 shortlist, a few had predictions, or hopes, but the majority expressed something similar to one woman's sentiment: "It's too early to get excited about one particular city."

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American Express posts $1.2 billion loss due to new tax law

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NEW YORK (AP) — Credit card company American Express posted a $1.2 billion loss in its latest quarter after booking large one-time charges related to the new tax law. The company also announced it would suspend its share buy-back program…

Bank of New York Mellon and Albemarle skid while AES soars

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NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Thursday: AES Corp., up 81 cents to $11.53 The power company named Jeffrey Ubben of investment firm ValueAct Capital to its board of directors. La Quinta Holdings Inc., up…

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Water quality initiative announced for Cedar River watershed

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has announced a public-private partnership to help improve water quality and fight flooding in the Cedar River watershed in southern Minnesota. It’s a collaboration among the…

Money-seeking hackers hit northeast Indiana health network

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DECATUR, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana health network has become at least the second in the state recently targeted by money-seeking computer hackers. Hackers infiltrated some of the Adams Health Network’s computer servers last week and demanded…

Michigan unemployment rate up to 4.7 percent in December

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s unemployment rate rose by one-tenth of a percentage point to 4.7 percent in December while the size of the state’s workforce grew by 12,000 people. Figures released Thursday by the Michigan Department of…

SoftBank’s acquisition of 15 percent of Uber closes

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NEW YORK (AP) — Japanese technology conglomerate SoftBank says it has closed a deal to acquire 15 percent of Uber. As part of the deal, investors led by SoftBank Group Corp. and Dragoneer Investment Group will sink about $9 billion into…

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A not-so-short HQ2 shortlist, and other takeaways from Amazon’s finalists

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An unusually long shortlist, surprising underdogs, and other takeaways from Amazon's announcement of its HQ2 finalists.

Arts startup Meow Wolf joins entertainment venture in Nevada

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico-based startup company for immersive art installations known as Meow Wolf has joined a new retail and entertainment venture slated for Las Vegas, Nevada. Meow Wolf announced Thursday that it has signed…

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2 kinds of cities made list of finalists for Amazon HQ2

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What will be the chief "decider" for Amazon: big-city amenities or politics and money?

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Luggage limbo: Bags still missing after JFK airport woes

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NEW YORK (AP) — Newlywed Ziad Dallal and his wife arrived home in New York, with wedding keepsakes in their bags, to find John F. Kennedy International Airport paralyzed by winter weather woes that canceled flights, froze equipment and…

HuffPost shutting down contributor section

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NEW YORK (AP) — HuffPost is shutting down its contributor platform, which has allowed more than 100,000 people to post opinions on its site since it was introduced in 2005. The site’s top editor, Lydia Polgreen, says HuffPost needs to take…

EU official: Greece closing in on end of bailout years

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BRUSSELS (AP) — A senior EU official says Greece is close to passing its next bailout review, putting the country within reach of ending its eight-year rescue program that saved it from bankruptcy but required hugely painful austerity cuts…

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Smuttynose Brewing Co. to be sold at auction

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HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) — A 24-year-old New Hampshire microbrewery is seeking a buyer, saying the explosion of competition has led to changing marketplace dynamics. Smuttynose Brewing Co. says it’s scheduled to be sold at a bank auction on…

RI home sales increase, median home prices rise in 2017

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WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — Sales of single-family home in Rhode Island have increased for the fifth consecutive year, with the median house prices rising and homes selling faster. The Rhode Island Association of Realtors said Thursday there were…

Banker survey suggests economy remains slow in rural areas

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Declining numbers in a new monthly survey of bankers suggests the economy remains weak in rural parts of 10 Plains and Western states. The overall economic index for the region dropped to 46.8 this month, compared with…

Chicago makes Amazon’s finalist list for second headquarters

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CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago has made the list of the top 20 cities Amazon is considering for its massive second headquarters. A final decision on the location of what’s being called HQ2, and its promise of 50,000 new jobs, is expected this year…

Mulvaney requests no funding for consumer agency in 2Q

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NEW YORK (AP) — The Trump-appointed acting director of the federal government’s consumer watchdog agency requested zero dollars of funding for its second-quarter budget, saying he intends to first spend down the agency’s rainy day fund. In…

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American Airlines adding shuttle service between NY, Chicago

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FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — American Airlines says it will upgrade its daily flights between Chicago and New York to shuttle service starting this spring. That’s a highly competitive route favored by business travelers. American isn’t…

14 automakers list more models in Takata recall

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DETROIT (AP) — U.S. safety regulators have released models from 14 different automakers that are being recalled to replace potentially deadly Takata air bag inflators. Documents posted Thursday by the National Highway Traffic Safety…