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FILE - In this Oct. 23, 2019, file photo, a campaign poster for Seattle City Council incumbent candidate Kshama Sawant is posted outside her campaign headquarters in Seattle. The City Council on Monday, July 6, 2020, approved a new tax on big businesses two years after the council repealed a similar tax amid pressure from corporations such as Amazon. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Seattle City Council approves new tax on big business

Jul. 6, 2020 8:53 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle City Council on Monday approved adopting a new tax on large businesses, two years after the council repealed a big business tax amid pressure from corporations such as Amazon and the prospect of a voter referendum. The new tax called “JumpStart Seattle,” from lead...

Emilyanne Wade, 12, left, looks on as Tricia Nora, a pediatric nurse practitioner, examines Sophia, Wade's baby doll, Wednesday, June 17, 2020, in a medical clinic at Mary's Place, a family homeless shelter located inside an Amazon corporate building on the tech giant's Seattle campus. The facility is home to the Popsicle Place shelter program, an initiative to address the needs of homeless children with life-threatening health conditions. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Amazon homeless shelter boosts unique program for sick kids

Jul. 4, 2020 11:12 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — After becoming homeless, Connie Wade realized she'd be missing something critical to care for her daughter. She and 12-year-old Emilyanne couldn't camp in a car or on the streets because they need to plug in a machine that helps the girl breathe easier. Emilyanne has Down syndrome and her...

Florida tax collector charged with maligning opponent

Jun. 23, 2020 6:39 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A Florida tax collector created fake social media accounts that falsely suggested a political opponent favored white supremacy and had engaged in sexual misconduct with a student at a school where he teaches, federal prosecutors said Tuesday. Seminole County Tax Collector Joel...

$68 million tax breaks may go to put Tesla plant to Austin

Jun. 18, 2020 6:26 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — An Austin-area school district is considering offering more than $60 million in tax incentives to attract a proposed Tesla “gigafactory” to Central Texas, Tesla revealed Thursday. The Del Valle Independent School District proposal was made public in a Tesla tax...

Visitors wearing face masks to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, take a selfie at the Hong Kong Disneyland on Thursday, June 18, 2020. Hong Kong Disneyland on Thursday opened its doors to visitors for the first time in nearly five months, at a reduced capacity and with social distancing measures in place. The theme park closed temporarily at the end of January due to the coronavirus outbreak, and is the second Disney-themed park to re-open worldwide, after Shanghai Disneyland. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Hong Kong Disneyland reopens, consumers using less cash

Jun. 18, 2020 4:53 PM EDT

The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments Thursday related to the national and global response, the work place and the spread of the virus. ________________________ TRAVEL & LEISURE: — Hong Kong Disneyland officially...

A shopper in a mask walks in front of a shuttered store in downtown Allentown, Pa., Friday, May 29, 2020. Unfilled potholes, uncollected trash, un-mowed grass and, most significantly, fewer cops on the street are some of what the city of Allentown, Pennsylvania, says it’s facing unless Washington helps it plug a multimillion-dollar budget hole left by the pandemic. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

'We need help': Small cities face fiscal calamity from virus

Jun. 10, 2020 3:18 PM EDT

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Unfilled potholes, uncollected trash, unmown grass and, most significantly, fewer police on the street are some of what Allentown says it’s contemplating unless Washington helps it plug a multimillion-dollar budget hole left by the coronavirus pandemic. Pennsylvania’s...

In this Monday, June 1, 2020 photo, local customers sit in a terrace bar in downtown Barcelona. Spain is waiting until July to reopen its border for foreign tourists. In the meantime, authorities are encouraging Spaniards to vacation inside at home. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Retailers look to boost sales, German car sales weak

Jun. 4, 2020 6:34 PM EDT

The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments Thursday related to the national and global response, the work place and the spread of the virus. ________________________ DOUBLE-DIGIT DROPS: — The Buckle's sales declined 16.8% in...

US public schools need major building repairs, report finds

Jun. 4, 2020 5:37 PM EDT

The majority of U.S. public school districts need to make major building repairs in at least half of their schools, yet many districts are unable to pay for updates or have postponed them to improve security in case of a shooting, according to a federal report. The U.S. Government Accountability Office on...

In this Wednesday, June 3, 2020 photo, signs about social distancing and other protocols are seen about the theme park as guests walk by at Universal Orlando Resort Wednesday, June 3, 2020, in Orlando, Fla. The theme park reopened for season pass holders and will open to the general public on Friday, June 5. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Universal takes first steps reviving Orlando theme park biz

Jun. 4, 2020 5:16 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — With masks on their faces and temperature checks at entrances, Harry Potter fans and roller coaster lovers streamed back into Universal Orlando Resort this week in one of the first major steps toward reviving Florida’s theme park industry, which was left temporarily moribund by...

FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2017, file photo, a person cycles past tents set up along a pathway in Portland, Ore. A measure to tax the incomes of the wealthiest residents and the profits of the biggest businesses to raise $2.5 billion over a decade to address the homeless crisis sailed to victory in the Portland, Oregon metropolitan region even as the state faces crippling revenue losses and record-high unemployment. Nearly 60% of voters in the three counties that make up the greater Portland region approved the tax amid a greatest economic turmoil in years, a sign of just how intractable the homeless problem has become in the liberal Pacific Northwest city. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Portland, Oregon, homeless tax wins handily amid virus woes

May. 20, 2020 3:13 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A measure to tax the wealthiest residents and the biggest businesses in Portland, Oregon, to raise $2.5 billion over a decade to address homelessness sailed to victory as final ballots were tallied Wednesday, even as the state faces crippling revenue losses and record-high...