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AMAZON-HQ-TRANSIT — Commuters beware: New York and Washington’s clogged streets and creaky subway systems are about to feel more pain as 50,000 more people descend on the two metro areas where Amazon will open new headquarters. By Cathy Bussewitz. SENT: Thursday, 1,070 words, photos.
AMAZON HQ-ECONOMIC IMPACT — The awarding of Amazon’s second headquarters to two cities that will each receive half the prize has set off intense speculation over one question: Will the economic payoff be worth it — for Amazon and for the two areas that offered up billions in financial incentives and subsidies to the company? By Christopher Rugaber. SENT: Wednesday, 1,000 words, photos.
AMAZON HQ-IMPACT ON REAL ESTATE — With Amazon bringing 25,000 jobs to Long Island City, a two-bedroom condo with views of Manhattan is suddenly seen as a bargain at $1.1 million. Real estate agents there and in Crystal City, Virginia, the other winner of the Amazon second-headquarters sweepstakes, are suddenly flooded by inquiries from would-be buyers, investors seeking become landlords and sellers who’ve now decided to wait for prices to go up, up, up. Some wonder whether real estate in the two localities is destined to price out all but the affluent, as critics say has happened in Amazon’s Seattle headquarters city. By Josh Boak. SENT: Wednesday, 1,080 words, photos.
AMAZON-TRUMP TAX BREAK — Long Island City, the Queens neighborhood selected by Amazon for one of its new headquarters, is almost entirely in a federal “opportunity zone,” an often-overlooked designation in President Donald Trump’s tax overhaul that offers developers potentially millions of dollars in tax breaks to invest in struggling areas. Critics question whether such an incentive is necessary in a rapidly gentrifying area where there’s already plenty of new development. By Bernard Condon and Stephen Braun. SENT: Wednesday, 850 words, photos.
AMAZON HQ — Amazon sets its sights on two of the nation’s largest and most powerful metro areas, announcing it had chosen a buzzy New York neighborhood and a suburb of Washington for its new East Coast headquarters. By Joseph Pisani. SENT: Tuesday, 800 words, photos.
AMAZON HQ-TWO CITIES — The communities that are expected to become homes to a pair of big, new East Coast bases for Amazon are both riverfront stretches of major metropolitan areas with ample transportation and space for workers. But there are plenty of differences between New York’s Long Island City and Arlington in northern Virginia. By Jennifer Peltz and Matthew Barakat. SENT: Tuesday, 1,100 words, photos, video.
AMAZON HQ-SEATTLE LESSONS — Seattle has enjoyed the benefits — and the downsides — of being Amazon’s hometown as tens of thousands of highly-paid tech workers have transformed the city. What might Seattle’s experience mean for the online giant’s new locations and how have Seattle’s Amazon growing pains affected the search? By Sally Ho. SENT: Tuesday, 900 words, photos.
AMAZON HQ-INCENTIVES — Amazon could get than $2 billion in tax breaks and other incentives as part of its deals to open up two new offices with more than 25,000 new jobs at each location. New York City and Arlington, Virginia, will be home to two new nerve centers, which are being called the second and third headquarters for the Seattle company. Nashville, Tennessee, was named as an operations hub. Following are some of the perks Amazon says it will get, along with the perks for the cities. SENT: Tuesday, 480 words, photos.
GENE-EDITED ANIMALS — “Castration-free” pigs and hornless dairy cows. They’re the farm animals being brought to life by a gene-editing company. Minnesota-based Recombinetics Inc. is betting its ability to add and subtract genes will prove valuable in livestock production, where dairy cows are already scored based on traits like milk production and udders shaped for milking machines. By Candice Choi. SENT: Thursday, 1,100 words, photos, video.
GROWING UP DIGITAL-CASHLESS KIDS — A wave of pocket money apps aims to help children save and spend their allowances in an increasingly cashless world. By Kelvin Chan. SENT: Monday, 900 words, photos.
SCIENCE SAYS-GENE EDITED FOOD — The next generation of biotech food is headed for the grocery aisles, and first up may be salad dressings or granola bars made with soybean oil genetically tweaked to be good for your heart. By Lauran Neergaard. SENT: Wednesday, 1,200 words, photos, video.
NERDWALLET-TEEN TALK-COLLEGE COSTS — Start discussing college costs with your children when they’re in high school so you all share realistic expectations about who will pay for what. By NerdWallet columnist Kevin Voigt. SENT: Thursday, 990 words, photos.
ON THE MONEY-SAFE TRAVEL — Travel agents say the Lion Air crash is making some Americans more wary about flying on smaller global airlines. International air travel has become remarkably safe in recent years, with deadly accidents like last month’s Lion Air crash in Indonesia becoming more rare. There are resources consumers can check on airline safety and reliability before they plunk down big money for an overseas trip. By David Koenig. SENT: Wednesday, 900 words, photos.
NERDWALLET-BLACK FRIDAY — Black Friday is the most hyped shopping day of the year, but some shoppers should sit it out. Before you take part in the discount day, consider what you’ll be buying and how likely you are to overspend. By NerdWallet columnist Courtney Jespersen. SENT: Tuesday, 700 words, photo.
NERDWALLET-LIZ WESTON-HOLIDAY SPENDING — The holidays are a huge deal in the Weston household — and every year, the expenses threatened to gallop out of control. Keeping the holiday joyous and less stressful means keeping a firm rein on our spending. Here’s what we do, along with smart frugal tips from others. By NerdWallet columnist Liz Weston. SENT: Monday, 710 words, photo.
SMALLBIZ-SMALL TALK-HOLIDAY PARTIES — Business owners concerned about sexual misconduct as well as the safety of their staffers and guests are eliminating or limiting alcohol at their holiday parties. By Joyce M. Rosenberg. SENT: Wednesday, 910 words, photos.
MYSTERY INGREDIENTS — Some artificial flavors are being ordered out of the food supply because they cause cancer in mice, but regulators and companies don’t have to say what foods they are in. By Candice Choi. SENT: Tuesday, 800 words, photos.
BLOWOUT-PUBLIC LAND DRILLING — The Bureau of Land Management is making it easier to produce oil and gas on federal acreage. In southeastern New Mexico, it can’t even keep up with what’s already happening. By Rachel Leven of the Center for Public Integrity. SENT: Tuesday, 2,600 words, photo. An abridged version of 830 words also is available.