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Amazon narrows list of headquarters cities to 20 finalists

Amazon.com narrowed the field of cities for its proposed new headquarters to 20, with New York, Boston, Chicago, Miami, Washington and Austin, Texas, among the contenders.

Seattle-based Amazon solicited proposals in September for its second corporate seat, a project that's expected to cost more...

Alexa, did the Lehigh Valley make the cut for Amazon HQ2? No.

The Lehigh Valley’s slim chances to land Amazon’s second headquarters officially ended Thursday morning with a news release from the online behemoth.

Amazon has narrowed the list of cities under consideration for its HQ2 to 20 metropolitan areas, essentially a who’s who of cities in North America....

NYC, Newark Among Finalists For Amazon’s Second Headquarters

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New York City and Newark are among 20 cities advancing to the next round in the competition for Amazon’s second headquarters.

The retail giant announced the news on its website Thursday.

Other cities being considered are Boston, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Montgomery County, Washington D.C., Raleigh, Northern Virginia, Atlanta, Miami, Austin, Dallas, Los Angeles, Nashville, Denver, Chicago, Indianapolis, Columbus and Toronto.

“In the coming months, Amazon will work with each of the candidate locations to dive deeper into their proposals, request additional information as necessary, and evaluate the feasibility of a future partnership that can accommodate our hiring plans as well as benefit our employees and the local community,” the company said.

A decision is expected to be made this year.

More than 50 cities across the U.S. and Canada entered the bidding war for Amazon’s new $5 billion headquarters.

Amazon, which is based in Seattle and has its headquarters there, has said its new headquarters would bring 50,000 jobs along with it.

Schwei’s Devils Notes: Severson Joins Exclusive Company In Franchise History

By John Schweibacher
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The Devils ended their season-high six-game losing streak with their first win of 2018, a 4-1 victory over the Islanders on Tuesday in Brooklyn.

Damon Severson scored two goals in the win, New Jersey’s first since Dec. 27 against Detroit.

It marked just the third time in club history that a Devils defenseman had a multi-goal game against the Islanders. Uli Hiemer (who is also the only Devils defenseman to ever have a hat trick) scored twice in a 9-7 win over the Isles at the Meadowlands back on April 6, 1986, and Tom Kurvers netted a pair in a 6-5 win at New Jersey on Dec. 9, 1988.

Damon Severson

The Devils’ Damon Severson skates with the puck against the Penguins at PPG PAINTS Arena in Pittsburgh on Dec. 23, 2016. (Photo by Matt Kincaid/Getty Images)

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Severson also set a Devils franchise record for the fastest two goals by a defenseman (1:26), besting the mark of 2:07 set by Johnny Oduya on March 28, 2008, in a 5-4 win over visiting Philadelphia.

The fastest two goals ever by a Devils forward were scored by Jeff Friesen, 26 seconds apart during a 6-2 victory over visiting Florida on Jan. 13, 2003.

Elias also notes that Severson’s goals on Tuesday were the fastest pair in one game by an NHL defenseman since the Flyers’ Ivan Provorov scored twice in 31 seconds against Chicago on Dec. 3, 2016.

Devils captain Andy Greene and the Islanders’ Brock Nelson tussled briefly in front of the New Jersey net as time expired in the first period. It was the first NHL fight for each player.

According to hockeyfights.com, now that Greene has his first fighting major in 749 career games, the player with the most games without a fight in team history is Bruce Driver, who played in 702.

The Devils’ losing streak reached six games (0-3-3) with a 5-3 defeat to the Flyers on Saturday in Newark.

Sean Couturier scored two goals for the third straight game for Philadelphia.

According to Elias, Couturier became the first NHL player to score at least two goals in three consecutive team games since Alex Galchenyuk produced three straight multi-goal games for Montreal in March 2016.

The last Devils player to have three straight two-goal games was Jamie Langenbrunner, who did so between Jan. 7 and Jan. 30 of 2010.

Brian Elliott made 26 saves as Philadelphia won in New Jersey for the first time since Feb. 16, 2016. Elliott has now won games against the Devils as a member of four different NHL clubs. The following goalies have done the trick for at least four teams:

— Elliott (Phi, Cgy, Stl & Ott)
— Ed Belfour (Fla, Tor, Dal & Chi)
— Mike Vernon (Fla, SJ, Det & Cgy)
— Jeff Hackett (Bos, Mtl, Chi, SJ & NYI)
— Curtis Joseph (Phx, Det, Tor & Stl)
— Grant Fuhr (Stl, Buf, Tor & Edm)
— Garth Snow (NYI, Pit, Van, Phi & Que)
— Arturs Irbe (Car, Van, Dal & SJ)
— Jose Theodore (Fla, Min, Was & Mtl)
— Al Montoya (Mtl, Fla, Wpg & NYI)
— J.S. Giguere (Col, Tor, Ana & Cgy)


Plus: Hall Star. Taylor Hall was selected to represent the Metropolitan Division at the NHL All-Star Game. Hall is the first Devils forward to be selected to consecutive midseason classics since Bobby Holik in 1998 and ’99.

Minus: Goals Against. New Jersey surrendered at least three goals in each game during its six-game slide. It followed a stretch of 13 total goals allowed in the previous seven games.

Vegan Shoes And Cardboard Furniture: Market Growing For Sustainable Goods

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — There’s a growing market for sustainable goods as consumers become more socially and environmentally conscious.

From furniture to food to fashion, more and more industries offer sustainable goods, says Lucy Norris, consumer trend expert at Karma Network, and consumers hunger for them.

“We’re leaning more toward products made with a thoughtful production philosophy,” she told CBS2’s Vanessa Murdock.

She adds buying sustainable gives consumers the opportunity to be part of change for good — sustainable signals ethical behavior in three arenas.

“The environment, society and also business,” Norris said.

Her favorite example is high fashion heels by Veerah. The shoes are made from apple peel. Appleninealliance takes dried apple peel, pulverizes it and mixes it with their patented formula to create bio-based vegan leather.

Founder and chief warrior of Veerah Stacey Chang said the breathable, durable material perfectly fits their mission.

“To reduce our fashion footprint while we do good and look incredible,” she said.

She said Veerah began when she couldn’t find the shoes she wanted., so she made them.

“I was searching for example, vegan shoes or eco friendly shoes,” she said. “The options were just not good enough for any modern woman today.”

Shoes made of apple peel or even of recycled plastic bottles rank among the top sellers and part of the profits go back to the community.

Karton is boxing out traditional furniture.

“All made of cardboard,” said Operations Manager Hadass Ormandy-Neale. “We’ve got the bed here, which is pretty extraordinary. It can hold up to two tons.”

Ormandy-Neale demonstrated the simple construction with no tools required.

“It’s origami furniture and that’s why I really dig it,” she said.

Every piece is 100 percent recyclable.

Sentencing Of 3 Men In Deadly Short Hills Mall Carjacking Underway

NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Three men in the deadly carjacking at The Mall at Short Hills are set to be sentenced on Thursday.

Thirty-year-old Hoboken attorney Dustin Friedland was killed after his Range Rover was carjacked in a parking garage in December 2013.

Shooter Hanif Thompson pleaded guilty in October and is expected to spend at least 30 years in prison. Kevin Roberts and Karif Ford both pleaded guilty to first degree carjacking charges and each face 20 years behind bars.

Another defendant, Basim Henry, faced a jury trial and was convicted. He was sentenced in June to life plus 10 years in prison.

Prosecutors say Henry confessed that he drove three men to the mall so they could steal a vehicle. Friedland was shot and killed after a struggle and the suspects then ordered Friedland’s wife to get out of the couple’s Range Rover.

Friedland’s widow has also filed a lawsuit against the mall’s owners, alleging negligent security at the mall led to her husband’s death.

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Philadelphia among 20 finalists for 2nd Amazon headquarters
Amazon has announced 20 finalists in the competition among cities to host its second headquarters in North America, and Philadelphia is among them.
Cops: Man Punches 75-Year-Old Man In Face In Washington Heights

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A 75-year-old man was beaten in what appears to be a random attack in Washington Heights.

Police said the victim was walking on Broadway and 157th Street around 7:40 p.m. Saturday when he exchanged words with another man who then punched him in the face and body.

The victim suffered redness and swelling, but did not seek medical attention at the scene.

No arrests have been made.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

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