• Amazon closing distribution plant in Kansas Wednesday, 1 Oct 2014 | 12:52 PM ET

    WICHITA, Kan.— Amazon.com plans to close a distribution center in southeast Kansas in February, a move that will affect hundreds of workers in this rural area, the online retailer said Wednesday. Amazon said it employs hundreds of workers in Coffeyville, but gave no specific numbers. Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter said the retailer has reached deals...

  • Amazon's 2nd Florida fulfillment center opens Wednesday, 1 Oct 2014 | 3:01 AM ET

    RUSKIN, Fla.— Amazon's second regional fulfillment center in Florida is up and running. Florida's first fulfillment center opened in August in Polk County. As part of a deal with Florida officials to bring a physical presence to the state, the Seattle- based company has been collecting Florida's 6 percent sales tax from residents since May.

  • LOS ANGELES, Sept 30- While the U.S. restaurant industry fights national and state efforts to increase the minimum wage, a new survey released on Tuesday showed that 83 percent of restaurant patrons support raising it and adjusting it annually for inflation.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 30- Four members of an alleged international computer hacking ring were charged with stealing more than $100 million worth of software and data- some of it used to train military pilots and some related to Microsoft Corp's Xbox gaming console- the U.S. Justice Department said Tuesday.

  • A look at California's landmark plastic bag ban Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 4:16 PM ET

    Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic shopping bags, following the lead of more than 100 California cities and counties. The fight between environmentalists and manufacturers is not over, as plastic bag makers vow to take their opposition to the ballot box.

  • Feds say hackers targeted Microsoft, game makers Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 12:11 PM ET

    WILMINGTON, Del.— Two members of an international hacking ring that gained access to a U.S. Army computer network while targeting computer giant Microsoft and several video game developers pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges Tuesday in federal court in Delaware.

  • California becomes first state to ban plastic bags Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 3:00 AM ET

    Alex Padilla, D- Los Angeles, credits the momentum for statewide legislation to the more than 100 cities and counties, including Los Angeles and San Francisco, that already have such bans. The law marks a major milestone for environmental activists who have successfully pushed plastic bag bans in cities across the U.S., including Chicago, Austin and Seattle.

  • Marijuana industry makes political donations Monday, 29 Sep 2014 | 10:56 AM ET

    If we don't contribute politically and get out there with the candidates, we can't help shape what happens, "said Patrick McManamon, head of Cleveland- based Cannasure Insurance Services, which offers insurance to marijuana growers and dispensaries.

  • Macy's joins others in a big holiday hiring spree Monday, 29 Sep 2014 | 8:46 AM ET

    The department store chain, which also operates Bloomingdale's, said Monday that the growth is being fueled by its expanding online business.

  • Help wanted: Free lawyers for immigrant children Saturday, 27 Sep 2014 | 12:37 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES— Most of the nearly 60,000 Central American children who have arrived on the U.S.- Mexico border in the last year still don't have lawyers to represent them in immigration court, and advocates are scrambling to train volunteer attorneys to help cope with the massive caseload.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 26- U.S. stocks were higher in afternoon trading on Friday, with major indexes staging a rebound from their biggest drop since July on the back of data showing the economy expanded in the second quarter.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 26- U.S. stocks were higher approaching the midpoint of the session on Friday, with major indexes staging a modest bounce back from their biggest drop since July, after data showed the economy grew at its fastest pace in more than two years.

  • Judge in Russia hacking case boots law firm Friday, 26 Sep 2014 | 4:09 AM ET

    SEATTLE— A federal judge on Friday told the New York law firm of Fox Rothschild that its lawyers cannot represent a Russian man charged with hacking businesses across the U.S.

  • UPDATE 1-Two U.S. home loan banks agree to merge Thursday, 25 Sep 2014 | 3:31 PM ET

    Sept 25- The Des Moines and Seattle Federal Home Loan Banks agreed on Thursday to merge in a move that, if approved by their regulator and members, would result in an entity with nearly $120 billion in assets.

  • Forest Service says media doesn't need permit Thursday, 25 Sep 2014 | 7:21 AM ET

    SEATTLE— The U.S. Forest Service is proposing permanent new rules that would require media organizations to obtain a permit to film and shoot photographs in more than 100 million acres of the nation's wilderness.

  • Business Highlights Wednesday, 24 Sep 2014 | 5:49 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Three years ago, Jason Prosser was stunned to discover the cost of child care for his newborn son— so much so that he and his wife postponed having a second child. Wal-Mart's mobile checking account nixes fees.

  • New Amazon.com office to be warmed by Internet Wednesday, 24 Sep 2014 | 1:44 PM ET

    SEATTLE— A new Amazon.com office building under construction in Seattle will be warmed by the Internet, in a sense.

  • Middle-class squeeze: From day care to health care Wednesday, 24 Sep 2014 | 11:51 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Three years ago, Jason Prosser was stunned to discover the cost of child care for his newborn son— so much so that he and his wife postponed having a second child. The day care center they found near their Seattle home tops $10,000 a year.

  • CEO of China-based Company pleads guilty to fraud Tuesday, 23 Sep 2014 | 5:43 PM ET

    SEATTLE— The chief executive officer of a China- based energy company pleaded guilty Tuesday to two counts of securities fraud. Dickson Lee, head of L&L Energy, pleaded to one count of reporting false information to the U.S. Security and Exchange Commission.

  • Amazon to begin collecting sales tax in Minnesota Tuesday, 23 Sep 2014 | 2:46 PM ET

    MINNEAPOLIS— Amazon.com Inc. will begin to collect sales taxes from Minnesota customers next week, indicating the online retailer is expanding in the state, according to experts. Amazon may be starting a local operation that requires it to do so in accordance with a state law passed in July 2013, the Star Tribune reported.