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Amazon’s New Headquarters Will Be in One of These 20 Cities

Amazon has narrowed the list of potential cities where it will build its hotly anticipated second headquarters to 20 cities, the e-commerce giant said Thursday, with major metropolises like New York, Atlanta and Philadelphia in the running along with smaller cities like Nashville and Pittsburgh.

The Seattle-based company has grown to employ more 40,000 people, boosting the city’s economy since Jeff Bezos founded it in 1994. More than 200 North American cities submitted applications to host its second headquarters, eager for the investment and jobs that would come with what’s being called HQ2.

“We expect to invest over $5 billion in construction and grow this second headquarters to include as many as 50,000 high-paying jobs — it will be a full equal to our current campus in Seattle,” the company said. “In addition to Amazon’s direct hiring and investment, construction and ongoing operation of Amazon HQ2 is expected to create tens of thousands of additional jobs and tens of billions of dollars in additional investment in the surrounding community.

The list includes cities from only the United States and Canada, with no bids from Mexico making it to the final 20. Los Angeles is the only city on the West Coast to make the list. Most finalists are located on the East Coast and in the Midwest. Toronto is the only Canadian city on the list.

Amazon expects to make its final decision before the end of the year.

Here’s the full list of finalists.

  • Atlanta
  • Austin, Tex.
  • Boston
  • Chicago
  • Columbus, Ohio
  • Dallas
  • Denver
  • Indianapolis
  • Los Angeles
  • Miami
  • Montgomery County, Md.
  • Nashville
  • Newark
  • New York
  • Northern Virginia
  • Phladelphia
  • Pittsburgh
  • Raleigh, N.C.
  • Toronto, Canada
  • Washington, D.C.

Source: http://time.com/5107677/amazon-hq2-finalists/

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McConnell plans for shutdown

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Mitch McConnell is making contingency plans for the growing possibility of a government shutdown.

The Senate majority leader intends to keep the chamber in session through the weekend and stage a series of votes designed to put Democrats from conservative states on defense, according to two Republican sources familiar with his plans and an email sent by McConnell on Thursday and obtained by POLITICO.

The goal would be to place the blame for a shutdown squarely on 10 Democratic senators up for reelection this fall in states won by Donald Trump in 2016, and make them the face of a government closure.

The strategy is risky for Republicans, considering that they control the White House and Congress. Should funding lapse at midnight Friday, McConnell would keep the Senate in session and try to force Democrats to repeatedly vote against funding for children’s health care money and government spending.

On Thursday morning, McConnell sent his GOP members an email imploring them to stick together and assign blame to Democrats. Several Republicans, including Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), have said they will oppose a House spending bill that could be voted on Thursday night.

“We should all plan to stay through this weekend if Senate Democrats follow through and are willing to shut down the government and the Children’s Health Insurance Program because they have yet to conclude a deal on DACA. This is an irresponsible position to take as everything from pay for our military to processing social security checks will be affected. I hope not a single Republican is inclined to join them,” McConnell said in the email.

Liberal Democrats scoffed at the Republican strategy to blame their more moderate colleagues.

“Only In Washington when the Republicans control the House of Representatives, the United States Senate and the White House would they seek to blame Democrats,” said Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.). “You should be concerned less about the politics and more about getting the job done.”

Only West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin has said he will support the House’s short-term funding bill. The other Trump-state Democrats are not saying how they would vote. They’re under pressure from liberal activists demanding that they vote against any bill that does not include protections for hundreds of thousands of young immigrants facing potential deportation.

Republicans have 51 votes in the Senate and are hoping to expand their majority this fall, when a host of moderate Democrats are up for reelection.

Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) signaled on Tuesday that he could vote no, blasting the House’s short-term bill as “a bad proposal,” while Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) also indicated she is undecided. Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) said he would not draw a “line in the sand” on funding.

“They will own this shutdown and we will take these votes over and over so they are on record. General polls [about] how [Republicans] suck do not matter. We are looking at the Trump states where we need pick up seats. And we will go after them aggressively,” said a senior Republican aide working on party strategy.

McConnell is likely to repeatedly call up the funding bill and make Democrats vote it down, provided the House passes its bill on Thursday. A spokeswoman for McConnell confirmed the Senate will stay in session in the event of the shutdown.

“If the Democrats choose to shut down the government, if that hypothetical situation happens, then yes of course the Senate will remain in session,” said Antonia Ferrier, a spokeswoman for McConnell.

A national Republican strategist said the GOP’s campaign arm is likely to use Democrats’ words opposing the 2013 shutdown against them. The aim will be to damage incumbent Democrats caught between voters in conservative states and liberal activists pushing those senators to block the funding bill. Campaign officials are planning to hammer Democrats for voting against a bill with funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

“You will also see something similar to the messaging [Democrats] used in 2013 on funding for troops, seniors and again children,” the strategist said.

Elana Schor contributed to this report.

Source: https://www.politico.com/story/2018/01/18/government-shutdown-2018-mitch-mcconnell-345662

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YouTube Is Taking Down ‘Tide Pod Challenge’ Videos

YouTube is taking down videos showing people eating laundry detergent after the so-called “Tide Pod challenge” went viral.

The Tide Pod challenge is a social media phenomenon that has inspired a number of memes about people wanting to eat the colorful detergent pods. Although the challenge is mostly a joke, an increasing number of teenagers have reportedly been eating laundry pods, prompting warnings from U.S. officials, poison control centers and Tide’s parent company Procter & Gamble to not ingest detergent.

Now, YouTube is taking steps to clamp down on videos about the Tide Pod challenge.

“YouTube’s Community Guidelines prohibit content that’s intended to encourage dangerous activities that have an inherent risk of physical harm,” the company said in a statement to Fast Company. “We work quickly to remove flagged videos that violate our policies.”

This year, 39 cases of teenagers misusing laundry pods on purpose were reported in the first 15 days of January, according to the American Association of Poison Control Centers. Last year, there were 53 cases total and 39 cases total in 2016.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission tweeted against eating laundry pods last week.

Please don’t eat laundry pods. Learn more ways to #preventpoison https://t.co/jjJGA8N1H4 pic.twitter.com/WxJFmeO3Y7

— US Consumer Product Safety Commission (@USCPSC) January 13, 2018

In a statement to TIME earlier this week, a spokesperson for Procter & Gamble said, “We are deeply concerned about conversations related to intentional and improper use of liquid laundry pacs, and have been working with leading social media networks to remove harmful content that is not consistent with their policies. Laundry pacs are made to clean clothes. They should not be played with, whatever the circumstance, even if meant as a joke. Like all household cleaning products, they must be used properly and stored safely.”

Tide’s Twitter account has issued a warning as well:

What should Tide PODs be used for? DOING LAUNDRY. Nothing else.

Eating a Tide POD is a BAD IDEA, and we asked our friend @robgronkowski to help explain. pic.twitter.com/0JnFdhnsWZ

— Tide (@tide) January 12, 2018

If you or someone you know ingests a laundry pod or another potentially toxic substance, call the national poison help hotline at 1-800-222-1222 or text POISON to 797979 to save the number in your phone.

Source: http://time.com/5107123/tide-pod-challenge-youtube/

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Here Are the High-Quality Internet Reactions to a Massive Air Borne Drone Teddy Bear

It’s not often that you’ll see a gigantic flying teddy bear in the sky, but thanks to the inquiring mind of Twitter user (@Cyranek), a humongous teddy bear was air borne via drone, a visual that the Internet just couldn’t get enough of.

According to Mashable, Hunter wanted to test out his new DJI Mavic Pro drone and upon finding out that it could carry up to two pounds, tied a plush bear that clocked in at that exact weight to the drone before launching both into the sky off of his roof.

“I got curious as to how much weight the drone could carry,” he said. “Googled and found out it could lift two pounds. Me and my roommates were looking around for something to lift, saw the bear. We weighed the bear and found out it was a perfect two pounds.”

making good use of the drone pic.twitter.com/Fk9QnQ9bUX

— Cyranek (@Cyranek_) January 15, 2018

drone pic.twitter.com/C4nm2cE5BY

— Hunter Cleary (@Hunter_Cleary) January 15, 2018

As might be expected, the Internet had all of the feelings when it came to seeing the massive, floating teddy bear and took to the web to share them.

My first thought. pic.twitter.com/SdBhJLfbJd

— AK (@TheLonester) January 16, 2018

Me (bear): idk guys I’ve just been feeling really depressed lately and don’t wanna go out
Friends (drone): cmon let’s go have some fun!
Me (bear): … https://t.co/XuQcUgF4fb

— $KeilaAnne (@keila97anne) January 17, 2018

pic.twitter.com/jjv3MbEZhI

— marilyn samson 🌺 (@sassomancer) January 16, 2018

If you have another one of those Teddy Bear looking things, have someone make Baymax from Big Hero 6 and use your drone to fly it around. https://t.co/49wX94dT0i

— Internet Friend (@Internet_Frnd) January 16, 2018

@jinglebooboo VINCENT HAS ESCAPED. I REPEAT THE BEAR IS AIRBORNE

— Foxx Empress @ ALA💥grind! (@FoxxEmpress) January 16, 2018

S W O L E BEAR

— aave (@aave19) January 16, 2018

The kids on your block will be scarred for months…

— Gonzalo Tello (@GonchiTello) January 16, 2018

Source: http://time.com/5105800/teddy-bear-drone-internet-reactions/

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Here’s What Worries World Leaders Even More Than Weapons of Mass Destruction

Leaders and experts across the globe believe extreme weather events and natural disasters pose the likeliest threats to the world, according to a new report, and the likelihood of their occurrence makes them even more concerning than weapons of mass destruction.

While the World Economic Forum‘s annual Global Risks Report for 2018 found that weapons of mass destruction were ranked as the most impactful threat, they were ranked as less likely to occur than extreme weather events, food and water crises, large-scale involuntary migration, or ecosystem collapse. Other threats that especially concern the roughly 1,000 experts in government, policy and business surveyed include cyberattacks, terrorist attacks and data fraud or theft.

Almost all respondents, 93%, predict that “political or economic confrontations/frictions between major powers” will increase in 2018, and 80% expect “state-on-state military conflict or incursion” and “regional conflicts drawing in major power(s)” to heighten this year.

“Humanity has become remarkably adept at understanding how to mitigate conventional risks that can be relatively easily isolated and managed with standard risk-management approaches,” WEF founder and executive chairman Klaus Schwab and president Børge Brende wrote in the report’s preface. “But we are much less competent when it comes to dealing with complex risks in the interconnected systems that underpin our world. … When risk cascades through a complex system, the danger is not of incremental damage but of ‘runaway collapse’ or an abrupt transition to a new, suboptimal status quo.”

The report will be discussed later this month at the WEF’s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, where President Donald Trump is expected to appear.

Source: http://time.com/5105747/world-economic-forum-global-risks-report/