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SEATTLE -- The U.S. Postal Service and Amazon are joining forces to get packages to their destinations faster with the possibility of Sunday delivery in some markets, specifically Los Angeles and New York City. 

Members of Amazon Prime, who already receive free two-day shipping, will be able to get their Amazon purchases on Sunday starting this year.  In 2014, the company plans to expand the service to Dallas, Houston and New Orleans, among others. 

If a purchase is eligible, the Sunday-delivery promise will show up at checkout when it's available in the shopper's region.  

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  • British police are combing through 'massive amounts of computer data,' have searched more than 20 sites and have contacted thousands of witnesses in a vast operation to trace how a British man became radicalized and launched a deadly attack on Parliament, a senior official said Friday. In a briefing outside Scotland Yard, London's top counterterror officer, Mark Rowley, said more 'significant' arrests had been made, bringing to 10 the number of people in custody over Wednesday's attack, which killed four people and the assailant. Police said the attacker, Khalid Masood, was born Adrian Russell Ajao in southern England in 1964. He was also known as Adrian Elms and 'may also be known by a number of other names,' police said. The latest arrests were a man and a woman detained early Friday in Manchester, northwest England. Police believe Masood acted alone but Rowley said police were trying to determine whether others 'encouraged, supported or directed him.' The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the attack on Westminster Bridge and at Parliament. Detectives have searched 21 properties in London, Brighton, Wales, Manchester and the central English city of Birmingham in one of Britain's biggest counterterrorism operations in years. Wednesday's attack was the deadliest in Britain since suicide bombers killed 52 commuters on London's transit system in July 2005. 'We've seized 2,700 items from these searches, including massive amounts of computer data for us to work through,' Rowley said, adding that contact had been made with 3,500 witnesses. 'We've received hundreds of uploads of video images to our online platform. Given this attack was in the heart of the capital we also, of course, are dealing with statements from a wide range of nationalities.' Masood drove his car into crowds on Westminster Bridge before fatally stabbing a police officer on Parliament grounds. He was shot dead by police. An American man from Utah, a British retiree and British female school administrator were killed on the bridge, and police officer Keith Palmer was stabbed to death at Parliament, police said. The latest victim, a man who died in a hospital Thursday, was identified as 75-year-old Leslie Rhodes from south London. More than 50 people of a dozen nationalities were wounded in the attack, 31 of whom required hospital treatment. 'Those affected include a real cross-section of ages from at least 12 nationalities,' Rowley said. 'It's a poignant reminder, I think, that the impact of this attack on the capital will reach around the world. ' Rowley said two police officers targeted in the attack have significant injuries. Two other people also remain in critical condition, one with life-threatening injuries. The 52-year-old attacker was born in southeastern England and had most recently been living in Birmingham, where several properties have been searched by police. Police say Masood has had a string of convictions between 1983 and 2003 for offenses including assault and possession of an offensive weapon. Prime Minister Theresa May said Thursday that Masood was 'investigated in relation to concerns about violent extremism' some years ago. But she called him 'a peripheral figure.' The manager of a hotel in the beachside city of Brighton in southern England, where Masood stayed the night before the attack, said he seemed unusually outgoing and mentioned details about his family, including having a sick father. 'He was normal, in fact friendly, because we spent possibly five or 10 minutes talking to him about his background,' Sabeur Toumi told Sky News. Police raided the room at the Preston Park Hotel in Brighton after the attack, searching for clues. Londoners continued to lay flowers and sign condolence books for the victims on Friday, as Jewish, Christian and Muslim leaders gathered in solidarity outside Westminster Abbey. Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis said terrorists 'seek to divide us. Londoners are showing right now that we will always stand up with strength to confront terror and we will never be cowed by it.' Further details about the rampage continued to emerge. A former British army officer told the BBC that rescuers held the hand of Constable Keith Palmer and talked to him as they tried in vain to save his life after he was stabbed. Mike Crofts, a former army captain who served in Afghanistan, said he was in the courtyard outside the Houses of Parliament, then rushed toward the scene and began performing first aid. Ultimately, 20 to 30 people were working to save the officer's life. 'Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, we were unable to save him,' Crofts said. 'Palmer at the time was surrounded by a whole host of colleagues who really loved him. We held his hand through the experience.' Some security experts, meanwhile, criticized police procedures after newly published video showed confusion and delays as the prime minister was being rushed out of Parliament after the attack. Ken Wharfe, a former bodyguard to the late Princess Diana, said the video reveals that May was not properly protected for about 10 seconds. Rowley, Scotland Yard's counter-terrorism chief, said changes to Parliamentary security may be needed. 'My team will work with Parliamentary authorities to assess whether a different tone or a different balance is necessary,' he said. Retired London bus driver Charlie Irvine, laying flowers outside police headquarters, said people should focus less on the killer and more on the victims and those who came to their aid. 'I disagree with the coverage of the guy who caused this,' Irvine said. 'I don't think he should get the publicity. He doesn't deserve the publicity.' ___ Gregory Katz in London contributed.
  • A man died Thursday morning after driving a pickup truck off a 100-foot embankment on I-575, officials said. The accident happened on the southbound side of the interstate near Ridgewalk Parkway in Woodstock. The truck was found upside down. “It’s a significant drop,” Cherokee County sheriff’s Lt. Jay Baker told Channel 2 Action News. Officials told Channel 2 the man was in his 30s. The accident caused major delays during the morning commute. In other news:
  • U.S. stocks are mostly higher Friday as technology companies and banks climb. For most of this week investors have been waiting for answers about the fate of the Republican-backed American Health Care Act, which is scheduled to come up for a vote later Friday after it was delayed a day earlier. Stocks are on track for their biggest weekly loss of 2017. KEEPING SCORE: The Standard & Poor's 500 index picked up 8 points, or 0.3 percent, to 2,354 as of 11:53 a.m. Eastern time. The Dow Jones industrial average added 34 points, or 0.2 percent, to 20,690. The Nasdaq composite jumped 39 points, or 0.7 percent, to 5,856. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks advanced 8 points, or 0.6 percent, to 1,361. TECH LEADS: Technology companies made the biggest gains on the market, continuing a strong run over the last few months. Chipmaker Micron Technology surged $2.31, or 8.7 percent, to $28.78 after its second-quarter earnings were much better than analysts expected, and data storage company Western Digital jumped $2.96, or 3.9 percent, to $79.15. Banks moved higher as they continued a slow recovery from a four-day sell-off. Wells Fargo rose 65 cents, or 1.2 percent, to $55.90 and Lincoln National gained 69 cents, or 1.1 percent, to $64.51. Also rising were utility companies and consumer-focused companies like Starbucks, Nike, and clothing company PVH. HEALTH BILL HOLDUP: Stocks were higher for most of the day on Thursday, but the most of those gains dissipated after House Republicans postponed the health care vote because of a lack of support. Investors aren't overwhelmingly concerned about the health care proposal itself, but they wonder if a protracted debate or a failed bill would delay aspects of President Donald Trump's agenda that the market is excited about. Those include tax cuts, greater infrastructure spending, and cuts in regulations. The legislation would provide tax credits for people buying their own insurance and would scale back the government's role in helping people afford coverage. It would likely leave more Americans uninsured and would make big changes to Medicaid, a joint federal-state health program for low-income Americans. Health care investors appeared to be wagering that the bill will fail. Hospital operators rose, and so did insurers that do a lot of business with Medicaid. When the act was introduced, those stocks traded lower because investors were concerned hospitals would have to take in more patients who lack insurance and that insurers would get less money from Medicaid. The largest national health insurers were mixed Friday. MAKING A SPLASH: SeaWorld Entertainment jumped after a big investment from China. SeaWorld said real estate holding company Zhonghong Zhuoye Group bought a 21 percent stake from Blackstone Group. It said the Chinese firm paid $23 a share, and an executive will join SeaWorld's board. The stock has struggled in recent years because of controversy about the conditions of SeaWorld's killer whales, which hurt attendance. The stock gained $1.14, or 6.6 percent, to $18.45 Friday. FULL STOP: Video game retailer GameStop disclosed weaker-than-expected revenue as consumers cut back on shopping while they waited for companies to start introducing new game systems. GameStop's forecasts for this year fell far short of analyst forecasts. The company said it expects to earn between $3.10 to $3.40 per share in its current fiscal year, while FactSet says analysts expected $3.73 a share. The stock dropped $3.04, or 12.7 percent,t o $20.92. NOT A PHOTO FINISH: Shoe store The Finish Line slumped after the company said it had to cut prices in the fourth quarter because consumers didn't like some of its products. Like many other retailers, it also faced generally tough business conditions. The company reported a loss thanks to impairment charges and it cut its annual profit outlook. The stock shed $2.80, or 17.5 percent, to $13.26. BONDS: Bond prices rose slightly. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 2.41 percent from 2.42 percent. ENERGY: U.S. crude oil futures rose 2 cents to $47.72 a barrel in New York. Brent crude, used to price international oils, lost 1 cent to $50.65 a barrel in London. CURRENCIES: The dollar inched down to 111.05 yen from 111.07 yen. The euro edged up to $1.0804 from $1.0786. OVERSEAS: In Germany, the DAX added 0.3 percent and the French CAC 40 dropped 0.2 percent and Britain's FTSE 100 index was little changed. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 index rose 0.9 percent following recent losses. The Kospi of South Korea dipped 0.2 percent while Hong Kong's Hang Seng reversed earlier losses to finish 0.1 percent higher. ___ AP Markets Writer Marley Jay can be reached at http://twitter.com/MarleyJayAP His work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/journalist/marley-jay
  • A judge has dismissed a large part of the case against the man accused of holding six women against their will inside a Sandy Springs mansion.Kenndric Roberts appeared before a judge Thursday and heard the extensive case against him.Channel 2's Mike Petchenik was inside the courtroom and live-tweeted the hearing as a detective went on the stand to detail the investigation.We'll have more on the new details released in the case on Channel 2 Action News starting at 4Roberts was facing 14 felony charges, including six counts of human trafficking and six counts of false imprisonment, and weapons charges.Charges that remain are:1. False Imprisonment 2. False Imprisonment 3. Weapons charge Prosecutors said Roberts held six women against their will at a mansion and forced them to dance at the Pink Pony strip club.They said he took their money, by one account, $78,000, for just two months of work. RELATED STORIES: Woman held captive was forced to dance at strip clubs, mother says Man accused of holding women captive faces 14 felony charges Man accused of holding 6 women captive in Sandy Springs mansion Investigators also said he also threatened harm to the women if they left him.'He took her phone, we found her passport in his bedroom,' said detective Justin Clutter. 'Basically she was in fear because she saw firearms. He ended up sending her to Dominican Republic to get a breast augmentation and a butt lift. And he started making threats.'Roberts attorney called him a 'poor man's Hugh Hefner,' who had legit contracts with these women to pay them for the work they were doing for him.He argued Roberts lavished them with expensive gifts as part of their payment and that they were free to leave as they wanted. Minute by minute coverage of the case: Judge also sets a bond for Kenndric Roberts. D.A. arguing victims weren't notified about potential bond.-- Mike Petchenik (@MPetchenikWSB) March 23, 2017 Breaking: Judge dismissed all but three charges against Kenndric Roberts. pic.twitter.com/v0Op6UrYqS-- Mike Petchenik (@MPetchenikWSB) March 23, 2017 Defense attorney argues women weren't held against their will, wanted to partake in the lavish lifestyle Kenndric Roberts was providing.-- Mike Petchenik (@MPetchenikWSB) March 23, 2017 Prosecutor: Roberts threatened to cut the breast implants out of a victim if she tried to leave him.-- Mike Petchenik (@MPetchenikWSB) March 23, 2017 Attorney: 'My client is a poor man's Hugh Hefner.'-- Mike Petchenik (@MPetchenikWSB) March 23, 2017 Attorney points out Kenndric Roberts has no previous arrest record, despite allegations of gang affiliations.-- Mike Petchenik (@MPetchenikWSB) March 23, 2017 Attorney: 'They were living pretty high off the hog, weren't they?' Det: 'That's debatable.'-- Mike Petchenik (@MPetchenikWSB) March 23, 2017 Attorney says Roberts paid for health insurance for the woman, provided them vehicles, expensive jewelry.-- Mike Petchenik (@MPetchenikWSB) March 23, 2017 Attorney says women had housing, personal chef, tanning contracts and beauty salon stipends while working for Roberts.-- Mike Petchenik (@MPetchenikWSB) March 23, 2017 Defense attorney argues all the girls had contracts with a 'termination clause' in it.-- Mike Petchenik (@MPetchenikWSB) March 23, 2017 I obtained this handwritten note Roberts' attorney says he wrote showing items he says he gave one woman who worked for him. pic.twitter.com/uFQUsoiWLw-- Mike Petchenik (@MPetchenikWSB) March 23, 2017 Det. testifies Roberts forced the women to dance at the Pink Pony in Brookhaven, then took all their tips.-- Mike Petchenik (@MPetchenikWSB) March 23, 2017 Det: Kenndric Roberts put vehicles in the name of one victim who had good credit.-- Mike Petchenik (@MPetchenikWSB) March 23, 2017 Det.says one human trafficking victim wrote an e-mail to the Attorney General's office laying out allegations of abuse at the home.-- Mike Petchenik (@MPetchenikWSB) March 23, 2017 Det. says Roberts wouldn't allow the women to keep any money on them at all.-- Mike Petchenik (@MPetchenikWSB) March 23, 2017 Detective says Roberts stole $78k from women he forced to work at strip clubs.-- Mike Petchenik (@MPetchenikWSB) March 23, 2017 Detective testifies Roberts sent victim to Dominican republic to have breast work and butt lift.-- Mike Petchenik (@MPetchenikWSB) March 23, 2017 A #SandySprings special investigator is testifying in human trafficking case. pic.twitter.com/Z4GGAli63x-- Mike Petchenik (@MPetchenikWSB) March 23, 2017 Kenndric Roberts is in court for his prelim hearing on human trafficking charges. pic.twitter.com/w0eXros87D-- Mike Petchenik (@MPetchenikWSB) March 23, 2017