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  • @Ellie.Deshaies (CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.) -- Large crowds gathered and big cheers erupted as the Falcon Heavy, SpaceX's most powerful rocket yet, blasted off Tuesday from Kennedy Space Center's pad 39A, where Apollo 11 launched for the moon nearly 50 years ago.Named after Star Wars' "Millennium Falcon," Falcon Heavy is currently hurtling through space towards Mars, with CEO Elon Musk's cherry-red Tesla Roadster on board, along with a spacesuit-clad dummy in tow.
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  • Amazon(NEW YORK) -- It's a question not even Amazon's Alexa has the answer to: Just where does the online retailer plan to build its second headquarters?But the company's Super Bowl commercial Sunday had some viewers' tongues wagging -- and not because of the featured celebrities.In the Amazon ad, the device apparently loses its voice as it is giving a woman the temperature in Austin, Texas. Thankfully, the company has a backup plan and several stars -- from rapper Cardi B to actor Anthony Hopkins -- rush to the rescue, lending their distinct voices as "replacements" till the problem is fixed.Viewers, however, found themselves scratching their heads after the first few seconds of the commercial. Of all the cities in these United States, why would Amazon pick Austin, Texas?Amazon has already acknowledged Austin is one of 20 cities on the short list being considered for its second headquarters.In September 2017, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos laid out the terms of the project called HQ2. In the plan, Amazon said it wanted a metropolitan location that had at least 1 million residents.Bezos also promised that the company would invest $5 billion in the new location and that 50,000 people would be hired to work at the new site. The location of HQ2 is expected to be announced this year.As for the rumors, Amazon told ABC News on Tuesday: "The Alexa Super Bowl commercial and HQ2 are completely unrelated."
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  • Courtesy Williamsburg Inn (NEW YORK) -- Eight new hotels have received an AAA Five Diamond ranking in the last 12 months, putting them in a very exclusive class of inspected hotels.There are a total of 121 hotels on the list. Honorees range from historic inns to brand-new city properties to coastal resorts.According to AAA, the hotels receiving a Five Diamond Rating "undergo a number of checks and balances including in-person inspections, anonymous overnight stays and, finally, review by a panel of experts to ensure credibility." More than 27,000 hotels are inspected.“Attaining a Five Diamond Rating is an exceptional accomplishment that signifies meticulous attention to detail, creativity in enhancing comfort, outstanding service and memorable guest experiences,” said Michael Petrone, director of AAA Inspections & Diamond Ratings. “And as more mid-scale and even budget properties are adding amenities for comfort and convenience, hotels that aim for a Five Diamond Rating must stay far ahead of the curve to differentiate themselves through advanced design concepts, highest quality furnishings and scrupulous attention to guests’ expectations.”Here are the eight hotels.Esperanza An Auberge Resort – Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. "Guests can enjoy the water many ways at this intimate seaside resort: They can soak in hot tubs in terraces overlooking the ocean, swim in one of several pools or lounge on a private beach," said AAA.Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown – New York, N.Y. "High-tech meets classic comforts with features including an indoor 75-foot lap pool bathed in natural light and surrounded by comfortable chaise lounges."Grand Luxxe Riviera Maya – Playa del Carmen, Mexico. According to AAA, "A multi-tiered pool and a theater built for world-class Cirque du Soleil shows are among the unique offerings at this resort."Grand Velas Los Cabos – San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico. "This new resort offers oversize, elegant suites with dramatic ocean views. All guest units include terraces, some of which have plunge pools."Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa – Seven Mile Beach, Cayman Islands. "This stylish oceanfront resort, named after the jaw-dropping bursts of color guests can view at sunset, includes fully furnished balconies with sofa seating and an 8,500-square-foot spa with a Turkish hammam."The Langham, New York, Fifth Avenue – New York, N.Y. "Close-up views of the Empire State Building are among the stunning hallmarks of this property, where rooms have fine wood finishes, high-tech accessories and marble bathrooms," said AAA.The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas – Dallas, Texas. "Museum-quality artwork, a luxurious club-level lounge and a nationally acclaimed restaurant set this hotel apart."Williamsburg Inn – Williamsburg, Virginia. "Just a few minutes’ walk from the historic area, this opulent inn takes guests back in time, with richly canopied beds, silk drapes and bedding, antiques and fine artwork."To see the complete lists of 2018 AAA Four and Five Diamond Hotels, visit http://AAA.com/DiamondAwards.
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- After two days of sell-offs and the Dow's record point drop, U.S. stocks rebounded on Tuesday.The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 567.02 (+2.33 percent) to finish the session at 24,912.77.The Nasdaq jumped 148.36 (+2.13 percent) to close at 7,115.88, while the S&P 500 finished trading at 2,695.14, up 46.20 (+1.74 percent) for the day.Crude oil prices were more than 1 percent lower at $63 per barrel.The consensus among investors remains that interest rates and inflation concerns are among the reasons for the market volatility.
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  • Andrew Exum(WASHINGTON) -- Two cars on an Amtrak train carrying dozens of passengers from Washington, D.C., to Boston separated Tuesday morning, the railroad corporation said in a statement.Acela Express train No. 2150 experienced a "mechanical issue," which caused two of the train's cars to separate around 6:40 a.m., according to Amtrak. None of the 52 passengers, nor any of the crew, were injured during the incident, Amtrak said.The train separated between the first class car and the quiet car, the first and second cars on the train, passenger Andrew Exum told ABC News. Sparks and smoke "went everywhere" when the detachment occurred, and the train lost power, Exum wrote on Twitter.It is unclear exactly where the incident occurred or how fast the train was moving at the time.All passengers were transferred to Amtrak Northeast Regional train No. 180, according to Amtrak.As part of the investigation, Amtrak is inspecting every Acela train set and "taking any necessary actions to prevent" a recurrence, it said in a statement. The NTSB is aware of the incident and is monitoring the situation as well.Tuesday's occurrence is the latest in a string of recent incidents involving Amtrak trains. On Sunday, two people were killed and 116 injured after a train headed from New York to Miami appeared to be on the wrong track when it collided with a freight train in Cayce, South Carolina.On Jan. 31, a chartered Amtrak train carrying Republican members of Congress to a retreat crashed into a garbage truck at a railroad crossing in Virginia, killing one person and injuring at least six.Further details on Tuesday's incident were not immediately available.
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