Construction is almost complete at the Apple headquarters in California, and a new drone video is out. Final landscaping is underway, bike and jogging paths are being paved, and basketball and tennis courts are under construction.
The Environmental Protection Agency has stopped its "sue-and-settle" practice that made its rule-making process less than transparent. "It's a regulation through litigation process," said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, adding that the decision isn't "against consent decrees generally or settlements generally" but rather against the "abuses around those practices."
Authorities are discharging water from dams, but it hasn't been enough to avert the worst flooding and landslides in years, with a death toll of 68 so far. The country's long coastal exposure leaves it vulnerable to storms that last year killed more than 200 people.
Children from Nevada recently took a three-day camping trip to Utah's Zion National Park through the Concrete to Canyons program, which has operated since 2013 and plans to expand to Utah students. "Breathing the fresh air and seeing things that some of the students have never seen before was phenomenal," said John Dillard, a parent who volunteered for the trip.
Jack Ma, executive chairman of Alibaba Group, writes in a letter to shareholders that the company is working to increase profits, but it is evolving into "new retail." He outlines five strategies the company aims to put into place to create an "Alibaba economy" that includes "New Retail, New Finance, New Manufacturing, New Technology and New Energy."
The US Postal Service plans to work with the University of Michigan to create self-driving trucks that it will launch on rural routes by 2025. A worker could sit behind the wheel sorting mail, for example, while the delivery vehicle moves from home to home.
In its first report to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Department of Transportation, Waymo, Google's self-driving vehicle company, touted the technology that ensures passenger safety. "We hope our Safety Report serves as a resource for anyone who wants to understand Waymo's technology and commitment to safety," Waymo said.
Leaders can't build a great team unless they are willing to delegate, solicit ideas and thank people for them, and let people take action on those ideas, writes Joel Garfinkle. "Employees rally around leaders who allow them to learn through doing and raise them up when they've done well," he writes.
Seattle Mayor Tim Burgess and King County Executive Dow Constantine announced a deal that could push forward a plan to expand the Washington State Convention Center. They say the developer of the $1.6 billion project would donate $90 million to benefit public projects, but approval is still needed from the Seattle City Council and the Seattle Design Commission.
New York state and city political leaders want to create a commission to find ways to cut construction costs for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority but offered little explanation for current costs being among the world's highest. Projects can cost three or four times that of cities such as London, Paris and Los Angeles.