As Amazon Steps Up Tax Collections, Some Cities Are Left Out

As Amazon Steps Up Tax Collections, Some Cities Are Left Out Photo In Amazon’s arrangements to collect sales tax, “cities are really being left to themselves,” said Mayor Tim Keller of Albuquerque, which charges a 2.375 percent tax on top of New Mexico’s 5.125 percent sales tax. Credit Gabriella Marks for The New York Times When Amazon agreed last year to begin collecting sales tax in New Mexico, state officials celebrated what they said could be tens of millions of dollars in annual tax revenue.
But they aren’t cheering in Albuquerque City Hall. A year after that announcement, New Mexico’s largest city hasn’t seen a dime from Amazon. That’s because the online shopping giant’s deal applied only to the 5.125 percent statewide tax, not to the 2.375 percent tax tacked on by the City of Albuquerque.
“The loser in that arrangement is cities,” Mayor Tim Keller said. “Cities are really being left to themselves.”
Thanks in part to a series of deals with state governments in recent years, Amazo..

Facebook’s Zuckerberg Said to Agree to Testify Before Congress Over Data Privacy

Facebook’s Zuckerberg Said to Agree to Testify Before Congress Over Data Privacy Photo Mark Zuckerberg, the chief executive of Facebook, plans to testify before the House Energy and Commerce Committee in April, people familiar with his decision said. Credit Mandel Ngan/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images WASHINGTON — For 10 days, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, has been under increasing pressure from lawmakers and regulators to answer questions about the improper harvesting of data of 50 million Facebook users by a British political consulting firm, Cambridge Analytica.
Now Mr. Zuckerberg plans to go to Washington to explain himself.
The chief executive has agreed to testify in at least one congressional hearing over the social network’s handling of customer data, according to people familiar with the decision. Specifically, he plans to appear next month before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the arrangements..

Breitbart, Facing Headwinds, Tries a New Tack: Live Events

Breitbart, Facing Headwinds, Tries a New Tack: Live Events Photo Alexander Marlow, the editor in chief of Breitbart, said a public forum next month on privacy and technology, featuring Ann Coulter and others, was “the latest evolution in how to consume Breitbart content.” Credit C-Span Breitbart News is taking a step into the live events business.
Following the lead of other media companies seeking fresh sources of revenue, the right-wing news and opinion site is set to host its first-ever town hall in suburban New Orleans next month, a panel on privacy and technology with the commentator Ann Coulter and Peter Schweizer, the author of “Clinton Cash.”
It’s an experiment for a site that has lately been confronting declining web traffic and turbulence in its top ranks. Stephen K. Bannon, the site’s longtime executive chairman, was forced out in January. Its page views last month were down by nearly half from a year earlier, according to the data-tracking firm comScore, though Breitbart di..

James F. Holland, Trailblazing Cancer Researcher, Dies at 92

James F. Holland, Trailblazing Cancer Researcher, Dies at 92 Photo Dr. James F. Holland in an undated photograph. In the 1950s, he and his colleagues were considered research “cowboys” by some colleagues, he said. Credit National Library of Medicine James F. Holland, a founding father of chemotherapy who helped pioneer a lifesaving drug treatment for pediatric leukemia patients, died on Thursday at his home in Scarsdale, N.Y. He was 92.
The cause was respiratory failure, his son Steven said.
Dr. Holland and his medical collaborators in the 1950s were scorned by some colleagues as research “cowboys,” as he put it, because they audaciously tackled what was considered an incurable disease and tried to treat it with several chemicals simultaneously, instead of sequentially.
When their research began, fewer than one in three children who were found to have acute lymphoblastic leukemia lived as long as a year. Today, as many as nine in 10 survive the disease, in which the bone marrow makes t..

The Getaway: Greening Your Summer Vacation

Greening Your Summer Vacation Photo Credit Ojima Abalaka The United Nations has proclaimed 2017 the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development with a goal of promoting positive change in travel with regard to social inclusion, environmental protection and economic equality.
But what does that mean for the everyday traveler planning a summer vacation? Homework. While the United Nations has a roster of forums, talks and conferences on sustainable tourism this year, travelers themselves are left to sort the good practices from the bad, the indifferent or the downright cynical.
“The problem with doing responsible travel trips is that it does take a little bit of work,” said Martha Honey, the executive director of the Center for Responsible Travel (Crest), a nonprofit in Washington. “There’s not one definitive, dependable website where everything is covered. It takes a little investigation, but that can help enrich a trip because you’re learning about the destination as you’r..

A Creationist Wants Rocks to Study. The Grand Canyon Says No.

A Creationist Wants Rocks to Study. The Grand Canyon Says No. Photo Officials at the Grand Canyon are in a dispute with a geologist who is a creationist and wants rocks from the canyon to study. Credit Richard Perry/The New York Times PHOENIX — Did Noah’s flood create the Grand Canyon? Not a chance, say mainstream scientists, who maintain that the canyon’s layers of rocks were carved and chiseled by a persistent flow of water beginning some five million years ago. But Andrew A. Snelling — a geologist by training, a creationist by conviction — has a minority view, and he hoped to prove himself right.
In November 2013, Dr. Snelling — he has a doctorate in geology from the University of Sydney, in Australia, where he was born — asked administrators of Grand Canyon National Park for permission to remove some 60 half-pound rocks from certain areas along the edges of the Colorado River, which snakes through the canyon.
Last July, the administrators denied his request. This month, Dr. Snellin..