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Big question for US cities: Is Amazon's HQ2 worth the price?
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Dozens of cities are working frantically to land Amazon's second headquarters, raising a weighty question with no easy answer:...

Amazon has brought benefits - and disruption - to Seattle
SEATTLE (AP) -- Memo to the many places vying for Amazon's second headquarters: It ain't all food trucks and free bananas....

Wooing Amazon with sun, fun ... and giant buttons
BOSTON (AP) -- Mayors from Toledo to Tulsa are so eager to woo Amazon's much-vaunted second headquarters that they're brandishing bourbon, selling the sun, whispering sweet nothings to the company and even pushing its buttons....

US home construction tumbled 4.7 percent in September
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Construction of new homes fell 4.7 percent in September, the biggest decline in six months, reflecting weakness in both single-family activity and apartment building....

White House: VA's Shulkin not a candidate for HHS secretary
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, who is under investigation for taking a 10-day trip to Europe that mixed business with sightseeing, is not being considered for the top job at Health and Human Services, the White House said Wednesday....

Literary publications get mixed reviews on gender parity
NEW YORK (AP) -- The state of book criticism is getting a mixed review on gender parity....

Trump reverses course on emerging Senate health care deal
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A bipartisan Senate deal to curb the growth of health insurance premiums is reeling after President Donald Trump reversed course and opposed the agreement, and top congressional Republicans and conservatives gave it a frosty reception....

Nielsen says it will report on who's watching streamed shows
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Nielsen company, which has long measured viewership of television programs, now says it has a way to collect and widely spread details about how many people watch programming produced by streaming services like Netflix and Amazon....

Talk of 'no deal' Brexit rises as divorce negotiations stall
LONDON (AP) -- As Brexit negotiations between Britain and the European Union stutter and stall, one nagging question looms larger and larger: What if there is no deal?...

Berlusconi stumps for referendums in 2 Italian regions
MILAN (AP) -- Former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi has thrown his political weight behind a referendum on autonomy in his native region of Lombardy, but said he isn't sure whether he can vote himself....

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