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In this April 6, 2020 photo, a bus drives past a roadwork construction project in Seattle where ramps off of the Highway 520 floating bridge meet Montlake Blvd. that has been shut down due to concern over the spread of the coronavirus. The $2 trillion federal stimulus package enacted in March included billions of dollars for public transit systems, publicly owned commercial airports and Amtrak passenger train service, but earmarked nothing for state highways and bridges. Many of those projects across the country have been put on hold because of a sharp drop in fuel taxes, tolls and user fees since the coronarvirus-related shutdowns suspended much of the U.S. economy. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
April 12, 2020 - 10:22 am
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — America’s roads are a lot less congested, due to coronavirus shutdowns that have kept millions of commuters, shoppers and vacationers parked at their homes. While that makes it easier to patch potholes, it also could spell trouble for road and bridge projects. The longer...
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In this April 7, 2020, photo, Virginia Creary, a 911 dispatcher, stands for a portrait outside her station house, in the Bronx borough of New York. The new normal for New York City's emergency workers has come down to this: 911 operators bracing each day for a deluge of calls from a panicked public, dispatchers scrambling to respond and ambulance workers following a "viral pandemic triage" protocol with life-or-death consequences. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
April 10, 2020 - 7:13 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The coronavirus crisis is taxing New York City’s 911 system like never before. Operators pick up a new call every 15.5 seconds. Panicked voices tell of loved ones in declining health. There are multitudes of cardiac arrests and respiratory failures and others who call needing...
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In this Tuesday, April 7, 2020 photo, a delivery truck leaves after dropping off alcohol to a home in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Dubai’s two major alcohol distributors have partnered to offer home delivery of beer, spirits and wine as the new coronavirus now threatens a crucial source of tax and general revenue for the rulers of this Islamic city-state. The decision marks yet another loosening of social mores in the skyscraper-studded desert metropolis. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)
April 09, 2020 - 1:05 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Champagne corks no longer pop at Dubai's infamous alcohol-soaked brunches. The blaring flat-screen televisions stand silent in the sheikhdom's sports bars. And the city-state's pubs have shrink-wrapped their now-idle beer taps. This skyscraper-studded desert...
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FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2018, file photo, the seal of the Board of Governors of the U.S, Federal Reserve System lies embedded in the floor at the Marriner S. Eccles Federal Reserve Board Building in Washington. The Federal Reserve announced late Wednesday, March 18, 2020, that it will establish an emergency lending facility to help unclog a short-term credit market that has been disrupted by the coronavirus outbreak. The Fed said it will lend money to banks that purchase financial assets from money market mutual funds, including short-term IOUs known as commercial paper. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
March 20, 2020 - 5:50 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve moved with unprecedented force and speed Friday to pump huge amounts of cash into the financial system to ease disruptions that have escalated since the viral outbreak. The New York Federal Reserve Bank said it will offer $1 trillion of overnight loans a day...
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FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2019, file photo passengers find their rides at the Ride Share point as they exit Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix. A new $4 fee on Uber and Lyft rides to and from the Phoenix airport is "very likely" unconstitutional, the state attorney general said Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, upping the ante in the showdown that has led the ride-hailing giants to threaten to abandon the airport service. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)
January 16, 2020 - 7:24 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — A new $4 fee on Uber and Lyft rides to and from the Phoenix airport is “very likely” unconstitutional, the state attorney general said Thursday, upping the ante in the showdown that has led the ride-hailing giants to threaten to abandon the airport service. The fees approved by the...
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December 14, 2019 - 5:35 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Felix Rohatyn, the financier and government adviser who was credited with helping to save New York City from ruin during the 1970s as chairman of the agency that oversaw the city's finances, died Saturday. He was 91. Rohatyn's son Nicolas Rohatyn said his father died at his...
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FILE - This Sept. 6, 2012 file photo shows the Amazon logo in Santa Monica, Calif. Amazon has signed a lease for a new office space in Manhattan that will house more than 1,500 employees, less than a year after pulling out of a deal for a larger headquarters in the borough of Queens after politicians and activists objected to nearly $3 billion in incentives. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)
December 07, 2019 - 5:14 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon has signed a lease for a new office space in Manhattan that will house more than 1,500 employees, less than a year after pulling out of a deal for a larger headquarters in the borough of Queens after politicians and activists objected to nearly $3 billion in incentives. The...
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December 06, 2019 - 8:53 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah officials say a possible dropped phone resulted in a typo that overvalued a home for almost $1 billion. And taxpayers may have to pay for the mistake. The Deseret News reports a house built in 1978 in an unincorporated area of the county was recorded in 2019 tax rolls...
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November 13, 2019 - 4:51 pm
DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — The parent company of Walmart has sued dozens of counties in Colorado in a bid to reduce its tax bills. The Durango Herald reports that county assessors are tasked with taking inventory of businesses’ assets and determining the items’ value. Authorities say Walmart Stores Inc...
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File-In this Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019 file photo, a campaign poster for Seattle City Council incumbent candidate Kshama Sawant is posted outside her campaign headquarters in Seattle. In Seattle's City Council races retail giant Amazon made unprecedented donations totaling about $1.5 million to a political action committee that supported a slate of candidates perceived to be friendlier to business, but early returns suggest the company could end up with fewer allies on the Council. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
November 06, 2019 - 6:49 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — Amazon poured $1.5 million into an effort to overhaul Seattle's City Council this year. It didn't deliver. Though many votes remain to be counted, early returns suggest the online retail giant and other business interests will have fewer obvious allies on the Council than at any time...
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