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Friday May 19th, 2023 morning edition

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In March, Disney called Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida “anti-business” for his scorched-earth attempt to tighten oversight of the company’s theme park resort near Orlando.

Last month, when Disney sued the governor and his allies for what it called “a targeted campaign of government retaliation,” the company made clear that $17 billion in planned investment in Walt Disney World was on the line.

“Does the state want us to invest more, employ more people, and pay more taxes, or not?”

Robert A. Iger, Disney’s chief executive, said on an earnings-related conference call with analysts last week.

It would have brought more than 2,000 Disney jobs to the region, with $120,000 as the average salary, according to an estimate from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.

The project, near Lake Nona Town Center, was supposed to cost $864 million, but recent price estimates have been closer to $1.3 billion.

Disney had planned to relocate as many as 2,000 employees from Southern California, including most of a department known as Imagineering, which works with Disney’s movie studios to develop theme park attractions. »

YouTube TV shows repeating Little Mermaid ad instead of end of NBA playoff game

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this was my YouTube TV screen for the last 5 minutes of the NBA game — alex (@highIightheaven) May 18, 2023.

YouTube also highlighted an instance where people "might also experience an issue when watching content on multiple channels" on YouTube TV.

Oh, and for YouTube TV subscribers who never saw the end of last night's game, Miami won. »

GRAPHIC: Parents arrested after 10-year-old weighing 36 pounds found walking to grocery store, police say

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GRIFFIN, Ga. (WANF/Gray News) - Tyler and Krista Schindley were arrested after police found their 10-year-old son, weighing just 36 pounds, walking in their neighborhood, WANF reports.

Police said that on Friday, residents in Griffin, Georgia, called 911 to report a lost boy wandering the neighborhood.

Investigators say the juvenile weighed just 36 pounds and had an extremely low heart rate at the time of evaluation. »

Ukraine intelligence chief says Kyiv wants a demilitarized border zone up to 60 miles inside Russia to prevent future conflicts

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An intel chief says Ukraine wants a demilitarized border zone up to 60 miles into Russian territory.

He said it would prevent future conflict and "shouldn't be an issue" if Russia doesn't plan attacks.

The head of Ukraine's military-intelligence service says Kyiv wants to set up a demilitarized border zone up to 60 miles into Russian territory. »

US bill outlines UN status of Taiwan

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US bill outlines UN status of Taiwan.

UN Resolution 2758 did not address Taiwan’s representation in the UN, the Taiwan International Solidarity Act passed by the US House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee says.

The bill was introduced in the US House of Representatives in February to amend the Taiwan Allies International Protection and Enhancement Initiative (TAIPEI) Act of 2019. »