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Amazon HQ2 list is officially down to these 20 cities – CNET

Amazon Amazon is one step closer to planting a flag for its second headquarters. The world’s largest online retailer announced the final 20 selections Thursday for its HQ2. The list was whittled down from the submitted proposals from 238 communities in the US, Canada and Mexico.  Atlanta  Austin, Texas  Boston Chicago Columbus, Ohio Dallas Denver Indianapolis Los Angeles Miami Montgomery County, Maryland Nashville, Tennessee Newark, New Jersey  New York City Northern Virginia Philadelphia Pittsburgh Raleigh, North Carolina Toronto Washington D.C. Amazon, currently headquartered in Seattle, began its search for a…

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Winter storm kills at least eight as it paralyzes the South

At least eight people have been killed by icy weather paralyzing the South, which crippled transportation and left tens of thousands of customers without power, authorities and meteorologists said Wednesday. Almost 1,700 arrivals and departures were canceled or delayed by late Wednesday afternoon at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, which recorded 2.3 inches of snow Tuesday night and Wednesday. Hundreds of other delays and cancellations were reported at airports in New Orleans, Houston, Charlotte, North Carolina, and Raleigh, North Carolina. The governors of Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and North Carolina all…

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Trump to play defense in Pennsylvania ahead of special election

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is making his first foray into 2018 elections Thursday with a visit to a Western Pennsylvania congressional district on behalf of the Republican vying to replace former GOP Rep. Tim Murphy, who resigned in scandal last October. Though Trump’s event is not officially a political one, it’s an early sign of the stepped-up political involvement the White House has promised GOP officials ahead of November’s midterm elections, where Democrats hope an anti-Trump wave will put them in power on Capitol Hill. Republicans, meanwhile, are taking…

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Deep South, deep freeze: Ice and snow turn travel treacherous

Ice and snow turned travel treacherous across the South, shutting down interstates in Louisiana, causing highway crashes in Kentucky and closing airport runways in Texas as snow turned the red clay white and prompted schools to close across the region. Snow began falling during the pre-dawn hours Tuesday in Louisiana, where freeways were closed in and around Baton Rouge as the winter weather system took aim at other states, forecasters said. With the weather system moving east and plunging temperatures expected right behind it, winter storm warnings were issued for…

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Graham breaks with fellow Republicans on Trump comments

WASHINGTON — Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., told a South Carolina newspaper on Monday that his “memory hasn’t evolved” about the White House meeting in which President Donald Trump reportedly referred to African nations as “shithole countries.” In an interview with The Post and Courier, Graham seemed to challenge the accounts of fellow Republican Sens. Tom Cotton of Arkansas and David Perdue of Georgia, who attended the bipartisan meeting last Thursday with Graham and have given shifting defenses of the president’s comments. After initially staying quiet, the two Trump-allied lawmakers issued…

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‘My memory hasn’t evolved’ on Trump immigration meeting, Graham says

WASHINGTON — Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., told a South Carolina newspaper on Monday that his “memory hasn’t evolved” about the White House meeting in which President Donald Trump reportedly referred to African nations as “shithole countries.” In an interview with The Post and Courier, Graham seemed to challenge the accounts of fellow Republican Sens. Tom Cotton of Arkansas and David Perdue of Georgia, who attended the bipartisan meeting last Thursday with Graham and have given shifting defenses of the president’s comments. After initially staying quiet, the two Trump-allied lawmakers issued…

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What is Martin Luther King Jr Day? Who was Martin Luther King and how is MLK day marked?

Martin Luther King Jr.’s work was cut brutally short when he was assassinated aged 39 but his legacy lives on with an annual day dedicated to his memory and work. Here’s what you need to know. What is Martin Luther King Jr. Day and how is MLK day marked? Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a US federal holiday marking the birthday of the Baptist minister. It is celebrated on the third Monday of January every year. This year has special significance because it marks the 50th anniversary of the…

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Robots Can Now Read Better Than Humans, Putting Millions of Jobs at Risk

robot reading books artificial intelligence AI More An artificial intelligence algorithm has outperformed humans at a reading comprehension test for the first time, potentially putting millions of customer service jobs at risk of automation. The AI algorithm, developed by Chinese retail giant Alibaba, outscored humans in the Stanford Question Answering Dataset (SQuAD)—a global reading test consisting of more than 100,000 questions. Trending: Pope Francis Is Worried About Nuclear War and Calls for Ban on Nukes Using natural-language processing, the machine-learning model developed by Alibaba’s Institute of Data Science of Technologies…

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Google Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day With a Doodle Inspired By His 'I Have a Dream' Speech

The Doodle is inspired by the regular people who made up the Civil Rights Movement More Google is celebrating the legacy of civil rights icon and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Martin Luther King Jr. with a special Doodle that takes inspiration from his historic “I Have a Dream” speech. A Baptist minister, King is remembered as a leader of the Civil Rights Movement, “who dedicated his life working tirelessly for peace, social justice, and opportunity for all Americans — irrespective of color or creed,” Google writes. As a founder and…

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President Trump Says 'I Am Not a Racist' After Backlash Over 'Shithole Countries' Comment

(PALM BEACH) — President Donald Trump defended himself Sunday in the wake of recent disparaging comments about Haiti and African nations, declaring that “I am not a racist.” Trump addressed the issue briefly as he arrived for dinner at his private golf club with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California. Asked what he thinks about people who think he is racist, Trump said, “No, No. I am not a racist.” He told reporters: “I am the least racist person you have ever interviewed. That I can tell you.” Trump…

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