There is power at the Atlanta airport, and, apparently in the Star Wars story, which had another blockbuster opening weekend. In Washington, it’s tax bill talk – so exactly what’s in that bill? And hey, ship your Christmas presents.
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There’s exactly one week until Christmas – so if you’re buying presents and you haven’t started yet, today might be a good day to start.
The US Postal Service Retail Ground shipping deadline is Dec. 14, but you can ship Priority Mail Express up until Dec. 22, first class mail until Dec. 19. Today is the last day for standard shipping on Amazon, but if you’re a Prime member there’s free two-day, one-day and even same-day delivery service right up through Christmas Eve in some cities. In most cities, Amazon orders should be made by Friday Dec. 22 – you can still get two-day shipping free with Prime. FedEx will do home delivery next Saturday, so you can ship that way as late as Friday. UPS has no pickup or delivery service next Sunday, Christmas Eve, or on Christmas Day, so if using UPS, you also need to ship by Friday.
POWER IS BACK ON THIS MORNING AT ATL
The electricity is back on this morning at the Atlanta airport, after a fire and a power outage last night stranded thousands of travelers. There remain ripple effects this morning, though. Delta said it has cancelled about 300 flights today. Nearly 1,000 flights were cancelled on Sunday evening.
— Atlanta Airport (@ATLairport) December 18, 2017
If you’re flying out of Atlanta this morning, Delta recommends getting to the airport even earlier than usual – as of 7 a.m. eastern time, the trains weren’t working at the airport yet.
Airport officials said on Twitter that power was restored at midnight and the TSA checkpoints opened at 3:30 a.m. The power was out for nearly 11 hours and some people were stranded in planes on tarmacs all afternoon.
TAX BILL NEWS DOMINATES WASHINGTON THIS WEEK
In Washington this week – it’s tax bill time. The GOP tax bill is expected to pass this week.
Also in the news this morning:
The Force was strong with this one. Disney-Lucasfilm had a great weekend as The Last Jedi brought in an estimated $220 million, the second biggest opening ever. It came up just short of the box office for another Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens, from 2015. More from Variety
In Charlotte, an announcement that the owner of the Carolina Panthers is selling the team has locals worried whether they can keep the team, or whether a new owner will move it.
The medical marijuana business is off to a slow start in Michigan, where the fully regulated business has begun. Read the story from the Detroit Free Press