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New Amazon lease for NY space renews debate over failed deal

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 new office almost immediately renewed a debate over whether the tax breaks and other incentives were excessive, given the likelihood that Amazon would continue to expand in New York City regardless...

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On Florida trip, Trump to address Jewish group, GOP dinner

AVENTURA, Fla. (AP) ??" President Donald Trump's trip to Florida on Saturday will feature separate addresses to a meeting of Jewish Americans and members of Florida's Republican Party. The trip comes hours after Trump celebrated Iran's decision to free a Chinese-American scholar from Princeton University who had been held since 2016. The U. S. , in turn, released an Iranian scientist in its custody. ``We're very happy to have our hostage back. The whole Princeton University community is very a...

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Venice tide barriers pass another test but skeptics remain

VENICE, Italy (AP) ??" Floated along by barge , one of the 10-ton barriers designed to relieve Venice's perennial flooding looks like a giant plaything: an oversized hinged yellow Lego. Central to the plan to protect the city, some or all of the 78 barriers will one day be raised when the sea rises more than 110 centimeters (43 inches), to prevent damaging high tides from pushing into the lagoon city, a world heritage site built picturesquely ??" but somewhat precariously ??" upon more than 1...

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