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Seattle repeals tax on big companies after pressure from Amazon and others

June 13, 2018 |

Seattle leaders on Tuesday repealed a tax on large companies such as Amazon.com and Starbucks after a backlash from businesses. It was a stark reversal from a month ago, when the City Council unanimously approved the effort to combat a growing homelessness crisis.

The council voted 7-2 after supporters…


L.A. Times – Business

Wells Fargo not the only bank to have created unauthorized accounts — but regulator won’t identify others

June 9, 2018 |

A federal bank regulator that has fined Wells Fargo more than $ 500 million over its creation of unauthorized accounts and other consumer abuses has found evidence of sales practice problems at other large and midsize banks — but is refusing to name those institutions.

The Office of the Comptroller…


L.A. Times – Business

Missouri lake boat crash kills 3 friends, injures 2 others; driver charged

May 20, 2018 |

A boat driver was charged with boating while intoxicated after he crashed the vessel with four of his friends aboard into a rock bluff at the Lake of the Ozarks, killing three of them, officials said.
FOX News

N. Korea’s New Move Assures Some, Concerns Others

May 15, 2018 |

Satellite imagery shows North Korea has already begun dismantling its Punggye-ri nuclear-test site ahead of a promise to destroy it entirely in front of international journalists. The removal of buildings and rail lines observed by 38 North on May 7 appear in line with Kim Jong Un’s promise over the…
Newser

In the convention center arms race, Los Angeles plans to go big to take on Las Vegas and others

May 11, 2018 |

In the arms race among the nation’s largest convention centers, Las Vegas has unveiled its biggest weapon yet: a plan to make its already giant facility, well, humongous.

The proposed 1.4-million-square-foot expansion, once completed, would stretch the Las Vegas Convention Center two miles from…


L.A. Times – Business

As Companies Aim for Diversity, Others Charge Alienation

May 6, 2018 |

Companies trying to rectify a legacy of discrimination are finding that some tactics can breed resentment and new concerns about reverse prejudices.
WSJ.com: US Business

Tribe Says His Death Was a Hate Crime. Others Aren’t Sure

April 27, 2018 |

ProPublica has been collecting data for its “Documenting Hate” project, and hate crimes and bias incidents against Native Americans in the US are prevalent. But one out of Grays Harbor County in Washington is in the spotlight, with Rahima Nasa focusing on the death of a 20-year-old Quinault Indian Nation…
Newser

Lawyer: 3 Others Were Hurt in Copperfield Show

April 26, 2018 |

Lawyers for a British tourist who claims he was badly hurt taking part in an illusion by Las Vegas Strip headliner David Copperfield told a judge on Wednesday that they’ve found three other people who were injured in Copperfield shows over the years, the AP reports. The three women came…
Newser

French Officer Slain by Terrorist Is Hailed for Saving Others

March 25, 2018 |

Three months ago Lt. Col. Arnaud Beltrame helped organize a drill for his fellow gendarmes that simulated a terrorist attack on a supermarket. On Friday he came face-to-face with a terrorist wielding a real gun.
WSJ.com: What’s News Europe

High School Shooting Leaves Teen Girl Dead, 2 Others Injured

March 8, 2018 |

A student was fatally shot Wednesday at an Alabama high school, AL.com reports. The Birmingham City School system says the shooting happened during dismissal at Huffman High School. Two students and an employee were injured. One student is in critical but stable condition; the other died on the way…
Newser