A second corporate campus, an additional 20,000 workers and a $350 billion commitment. That's Apple's pledge to the U.S. as the tech giant announced a sweeping set of moves Wednesday to bring back billions of its offshore cash and spur economic growth. The plan also includes paying $38 billion in taxes from overseas profits after the company has faced major criticism for building many of its popular products in China. The announcement comes on the heels of the sweeping new tax overhaul law and as another tech empire, Amazon, searches for its second American HQ. So, what city will claim the new Apple campus? CEO Tim Cook and company aren't saying yet, but some experts think "flyover" country could win big.
A tale of two Californias
Can you handle a 51st state? If one group gets its way, the Golden State would be split into a California consisting of coastal cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco, and New California comprised of many rural counties. The group behind New California cites declines in basic services from schools to law enforcement. However, it's likely California will remain a single state, having survived several attempts to split it up.
'I can tell you that I'm not surprised'
Ann Curry is speaking out more than two years after her departure from NBC, which included an unceremonious exit from the Today show in 2012. Curry, on CBS This Morning, addressed NBC's "climate of verbal harassment" and said she was "not surprised" when Matt Lauer was fired over sexual harassment allegations. "This is about a power imbalance, where women are not valued as much as men."
Is Lance Armstrong blaming Oprah Winfrey for his fall?
What's the cost of disgrace? "In excess of 100 mil," according to Lance Armstrong's estimate. That's how much the former cyclist thinks he's lost since his 2013 doping confession to Oprah Winfrey, he told USA TODAY Sports. And the figure might grow as Armstrong faces a civil lawsuit this year that could cost him another $100 million. It's a steep price, but as Kathy LeMond, wife of former cyclist and Armstrong critic Greg LeMond, points out: "All that money he earned, he actually cheated to get it. He didn't earn any of that honestly. It's all ill-gotten gains." The chicken-and-egg question is: Was it the doping or the confession that hurt him the most? The short answer: It depends. Here's a look at where things stand with Armstrong's legal battles.
National Park Service advisory board members call it quits
Is Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke ghosting the National Park Service? Nine of the 12 members of the park service's advisory board think so and resigned in protest this week. The majority of the board said Zinke ignored pleas for a meeting. The board is required to meet twice a year, but Democratic board chairman Tony Knowles told The Washington Post it hasn't gotten together since President Trump took office. The nine also said that Zinke has "set aside" protection of the parks and that they weren't consulted on the recent proposal to increase visitor fees. Talk about a bad breakup.
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