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At GE, a new urgency to return to industrial roots

Fri., Oct. 20, 2017, 6:49 p.m.

In this Monday, June 12, 2017, the General Electric logo appears above a trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. (Associated Press)
New CEO John Flannery’s ambition to pare away everything that could stand in the way of General Electric’s return to its industrial core became clearer Friday with plans to shed more than $20 billion in operations over the next couple of years.

Hurricanes, earthquakes estimated to cost insurers $95B

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 20, 2017, 6:29 p.m.

This Sept. 21, 2017 file photo shows the damaged home of Ashley Toledo's mother in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, in Punta Diamante, Puerto Rico. (Associated Press)
Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, as well as two recent earthquakes in Mexico likely cost the insurance industry about $95 billion, said Swiss Re, one of the world’s biggest reinsurers.

Little Rock drops Amazon bid in ad: ‘It’s not you, it’s us.’

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 19, 2017, 5:03 p.m.

Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola discusses the city’s decision to not pursue Amazon’s proposed second headquarters at a news conference, Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, in Little Rock, Ark. (Associated Press)
Arkansas’ capital city pre-emptively broke up with Amazon Thursday rather than submit a long-shot bid for the e-commerce giant’s second headquarters, telling the company in a full-page newspaper ad: “It’s not you, it’s us.”

Keeping it local: King, Snohomish counties bid for Amazon HQ

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 19, 2017, 4:01 p.m.

SEATTLE – Washington state’s King and Snohomish counties are urging Amazon to keep its second headquarters local. In a joint bid for the company’s “HQ2” submitted Thursday, the counties touted “a world-class workforce,” “unbeatable lifestyle” and “sustainable environment with a growing public transportation infrastructure.” They offered up 10 potential sites for Amazon to choose from: Arlington and Marysville; Auburn; Bellevue; Bothell; Everett; Kenmore; Lynnwood; Renton; Tukwila; and the Tulalip Tribes’ reservation.

‘Murder insurance’ or protection in self-defense cases?

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 19, 2017, 1:43 p.m.

This Feb. 25, 2015  photo shows Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, in Miami. Fulton is against a line of insurance offered by the NRA for gun owners to cover not only civil liability but costs associated with any criminal charges whenever a gun owner uses their firearm in what they call a self-defense or stand your ground case. (Marta Lavandier / Associated Press)
The National Rifle Association is offering insurance for people who shoot someone, stirring criticism from gun-control advocates who say it could foster more violence and give gun owners a false sense of security to shoot first and ask questions later.

As Amazon’s deadline for HQ2 bids closes, speculation on winner heats up

Thu., Oct. 19, 2017, 11:44 a.m.

In this Monday, Oct. 16, 2017 photo, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, right, speaks while New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie stands behind him during an announcement in Newark, N.J. The New Jersey lawmakers announced they are submitting a bid to Amazon that Newark would be the best location for the company's planned second headquarters. (Seth Wenig / Associated Press)
In the six weeks since Amazon said it was seeking a site for a second headquarters, cities have preened. They’ve sent delegations to Seattle, bragged about their university engineering programs and tried to ship cactuses to Jeff Bezos. Thursday evening, the curtain will close on the first act of Amazon’s civic beauty pageant.

Have we seen this story before? Black Monday 30 years later

Thu., Oct. 19, 2017, 10:25 a.m.

In this Oct. 19, 1987 photo, traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. What if the stock market plunged 20 percent tomorrow? The question may seem absurd when the market is in the midst of one of its calmest runs in history and at record highs. But it's what investors had to deal with 30 years ago, when "Black Monday" blasted stocks on Oct. 19. (Peter Morgan / Associated Press)
Virtually no one is predicting a repeat of “Black Monday,” which was the stock market’s worst day in history and happened when conditions were different from today. But several worries are circulating underneath the market’s placid surface.

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