Maryland lawmakers approved the so-called PRIME Act this week, an $8.5 billion package filled with credits, incentives and grants aimed at cementing a deal with Amazon for its second headquarters.The package is the largest ever offered in Maryland, which has previously only offered deals topping out in the hundreds of millions. The offer is setting the bar for the country (and one Canadian city), though many cities and states aren’t saying what they are pitching. In contrast, a small number of the 20 finalist cities say they included no incentives in their bids, or nothing more than is offered to any other business creating jobs.Maryland’s offer, which passed with bipartisan but not unanimous support, includes $6.5 billion in tax incentives and $2 billion in infrastructure and transportation improvements for the site in Montgomery County, one of 20 still in the running. Other sites in Port Covington in South Baltimore and the Old Goucher neighborhood didn’t make the … [Read more...] about Maryland’s Amazon HQ2 incentive package leads the pack. Here’s how other city’s proposals stack up.
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Last Updated Jun 10, 2017 5:26 PM EDT SEATTLE -- Small but raucous demonstrations across the country Saturday targeted the notion that extremist interpretations of Islamic law might somehow infect American democracy, but many of the rallies drew even more boisterous counter-protests by people who called such fears an unfounded distortion of Islam.In front of the Trump building in downtown Chicago, about 30 people demonstrated against Islamic law and in favor of President Trump, shouting slogans and holding signs that read "Ban Sharia" and "Sharia abuses women." About twice as many counter-protesters marshaled across the street.A similar scene played out in a park near a New York courthouse, where counter-protesters sounded air-horns and banged pots and pans in an effort to silence an anti-Shariah rally. In St. Paul, Minnesota, state troopers arrested about a half-dozen people when scuffles broke out at the close of competing demonstrations at the state Capitol."The theme of today is … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Anti-Islamic law rallies underway in cities across U.S.
FORT MCMURRAY, Alberta -- The entire population of the Canadian oil sands city of Fort McMurray, Alberta, has been ordered to evacuate as a wildfire whipped by winds engulfed homes and sent ash raining down on residents. More than 80,000 residents have been ordered to flee after an earlier order that had applied to almost 30,000 people, mostly on the city's south side, was extended to tens of thousands more as flames continued to make their way into the city Tuesday. Residents were panicked. Highway 63 is the only road out of the city and flames jumped the road. The wildfire, whipped by unpredictable winds on a day of high temperatures, worsened dramatically in a short time and many residents had little notice to flee. Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said officials were doing all they could to ensure everyone's safety and said they were looking into the possibility of an airlift for residents with medical issues. Scott Long of Alberta Emergency Management said the flames had burned a … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Massive wildfire forces evacuation of Canadian city
EDMONTON, Alberta -- A phased return of more than 80,000 residents of the fire-damaged oil sands city Fort McMurray will begin Wednesday as planned, Alberta's premier announced Tuesday. Rachel Notley said that the wildfire is no longer an imminent threat to the city and critical infrastructure has been repaired. The massive wildfire destroyed about 2,400 structures almost a month ago in Fort McMurray but 90 percent of the city remains intact. Residents of three neighborhoods won't be able to return because of environmental concerns. A boil water advisory remains in effect and many businesses will not be open. Notley urged residents to bring food, water and any other supplies needed for the next two weeks. Scott Long, executive director of the Alberta emergency management agency, pleaded for patience and asked residents to respect their zone date for an orderly return. He estimated that 40 to 50 percent of residents will return this week and warned of travel delays. The fire and mass … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Homecoming begins for residents of fire-ravaged Canadian city
Last Updated May 11, 2016 6:10 PM EDT A 15-year-old boy from Canada who took a hunch and ran with it may have discovered a long lost Mayan city -- but some members of the archaeological community aren't so sure.The story starts two years ago, when William Gadoury, who attends a private school in Joliette, Quebec, was invited to present at a scientific conference after winning a few science fairs. At the conference, he happened to be assigned the booth next to the Canadian Space Agency, Canada's equivalent of NASA.A project officer at the Canadian Space Agency, Daniel De Lisle, was intrigued by his pint-sized neighbor."You could see the boy was very bright and knew what he was talking about. He had his binders prepared with questions and answers both in French and English," De Lisle said.Impressed, De Lisle invited Gadoury to a lunch conference with his team at the Canadian Space Agency."I told my colleagues, 'This could be our next president at CSA. One day we may all have to work for … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Boy wonder may have discovered lost Mayan city