Things you should know today: 1/18/2017

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Amazon narrows list to 20 for its second headquarters

Mark Lennihan
FILE – In this Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, file photo, a clerk reaches to a shelf to pick an item for a customer order at the Amazon Prime warehouse, in New York. Amazon announced Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, that it has narrowed down its potential site for a second headquarters in North America to 20 metropolitan areas, mainly on the East Coast. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Amazon has narrowed its hunt for a second headquarters to 20 locations, concentrated among cities in the U.S. East and Midwest. Toronto made the list as well, keeping the company’s international options open.

South’s slow-moving freeze leaves vexing blanket of snow

ERICA YOON | The Roanoke Times
Camella Alexander uses a broom to push snow off of her car Wednesday morning in Northwest Roanoke, Jan. 17, 2018. Alexander said she was expecting to bring her children to school but later on found out that they closed due to the weather. She decided to attempt a drive to the grocery store. (Erica Yoon/The Roanoke Times via AP

The deep freeze that killed 10 people and shut down much of the South began to relent Thursday, but several states were still dealing with the lingering effects of the slow-moving storm that dumped up to 12 inches (30 centimeters) of snow in central North Carolina.

Federal responsibility in nuclear attack alerts is unclear

Caleb Jones
FILE – In this Dec. 1, 2017 file photo, Hawaii Emergency Management Agency officials work at the department’s command center in Honolulu. Nearly 40 terrifying minutes passed between the time the Hawaii agency fired off a bogus alert about an incoming missile over the weekend and the moment the notice was canceled. The confusion _ and panic _ has raised questions about whether any state should be responsible for the notification _ especially as Washington and North Korea trade insults and threats. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones, File)

The astonishing error and dismal response has prompted both state and federal investigations and left one of the state’s U.S. senators wondering aloud if top brass at the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency should be replaced.

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