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  • March 27- Intel Corp is in talks to buy fellow chipmaker Altera Corp in a deal likely to top $10 billion, according to a source familiar with the matter, making it Intel's biggest purchase ever and the latest merger in the quickly consolidating semiconductor sector. The acquisition of Altera, which makes programmable chips widely used in cellphone towers, the...

  • March 27- Intel Corp is in talks to buy fellow chipmaker Altera Corp in a deal likely to top $10 billion, making it Intel's biggest purchase and the latest merger in the quickly consolidating semiconductor sector, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. An acquisition of Altera, which makes programmable chips widely used in cellphone towers, the military and...

  • UPDATE 1-Intel in talks to buy Altera -WSJ report Friday, 27 Mar 2015 | 4:13 PM ET

    March 27- Intel Corp is in talks to buy fellow chipmaker Altera Corp in a deal that would likely top $10 billion, marking the latest merger in the semiconductor business, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. An acquisition of Altera, which makes programmable chips widely used in cellphone towers, the military and other industrial applications,...

  • The potential deal, first reported by Women's Wear Daily, could value Net-a-Porter lower than the valuation of 2 billion euros reported by the fashion industry trade journal, Forbes reported on Thursday, citing the person. "It's Day 1 in the category," Amazon Chief Executive Jeff Bezos told the New York Times in an interview in 2012, saying the company was making a "...

  • The potential deal, first reported by Women's Wear Daily, could value Net-a-Porter lower than the valuation of 2 billion euros reported by the fashion industry trade journal, Forbes said, citing the person. "It's Day 1 in the category," Amazon Chief Executive Jeff Bezos told the New York Times in an interview in 2012, saying the company was making a "significant"...

  • NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C., March 25- Boeing Co faces a union authorization vote in South Carolina next month that pits the plane maker and anti-union Governor Nikki Haley against an organized labor movement that has been thwarted from expansion in the South. National Labor Relations Board scheduled the vote for April 22 after Boeing and the International...

  • Critics worry firing squad law will tarnish Utah's image Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 2:44 AM ET

    SALT LAKE CITY— Utah lawmakers say they took a pragmatic approach in approving the firing squad as a form of execution if lethal-injection drugs aren't available. But critics say bringing back the firing squad in Utah— the only state to use the method in the past 40 years— could tarnish the state's image with visitors. Tourism is big business in Utah, home to...

  • WASHINGTON, March 24- E-commerce power Amazon.com blasted federal regulators on Tuesday for being slow to approve commercial drone testing, saying the United States is falling behind other countries in the potentially lucrative area of unmanned aviation technology. Ahead of Tuesday's hearing, the FAA sought to alleviate some of that frustration by...

  • Ted Lieu, D- Calif., wants to know when Olympus Corp. first learned of the problems and about its plans to redesign and replace the specialized medical scopes, according a letter sent Monday. Similar outbreaks involving tainted medical scopes previously sickened dozens of patients at hospitals in suburban Chicago and Seattle. In the meantime, FDA regulators...

  • WASHINGTON, March 24- E-commerce power Amazon.com blasted federal regulators on Tuesday for being slow to approve commercial drone testing, saying the United States is falling behind other countries in the potentially lucrative area of unmanned aviation technology. Less than a week after the Federal Aviation Administration gave Amazon.com the green...

  • Pierce County sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer tells The News Tribune newspaper in Tacoma that detectives are investigating it as an assault. Fast-food workers looking into what appeared to be a building blaze on March 12 found a 46- year-old transient man on fire outside the business in the Tacoma suburb of Spanaway. Information from: The News Tribune,...

  • Parents seeking urban lifestyles for kids Tuesday, 24 Mar 2015 | 3:26 AM ET

    SEATTLE— A small but growing number of parents are bucking a trend when it comes to raising their kids: Rather than move to suburbs as their parents once did, many are opting to stay in or near downtown. Parents in cities across the country, including Seattle, Minneapolis and Denver, are banding together to advocate for new downtown schools, more playgrounds and more...

  • OLYMPIA, Wash.— As a part-time employee hired two years ago, Jason Jerue is so little known around the Washington state auditor's office that some colleagues said they were hard-pressed to recall seeing him, talking to him or even emailing with him. A tax fraud investigative assistant with the IRS has also sought information about one of Kelley's old companies,...

  • WASHINGTON— Remember the Detroit man who walked 21 miles to work? A Brookings Institution report out Tuesday finds the number of jobs within typical commuting range dropped 7 percent between 2000 and 2012 in major U.S. metropolitan areas. Elizabeth Kneebone and Natalie Holmes of Brookings' Metropolitan Policy Program used U.S. Census Bureau data for 96 big...

  • BOSTON— The nation's mayors are calling on Congress to increase transportation funding in order to keep roads and bridges in good repair. The call came Monday during a task force meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Boston. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said Congress needs to do more than just maintain existing funding for the bill, which he said has been...

  • OLYMPIA, Wash.— Washington state Auditor Troy Kelley returned to work Monday following a week during which his home was raided by federal agents and his office turned over records that were subpoenaed by the Justice Department. But the elected Democrat continued to stay out of the public eye and issued a written statement to reporters waiting in his lobby...

  • NEW YORK— Starbucks baristas will no longer write "Race Together" on customers' cups starting Sunday, ending as planned a visible component of the company's diversity and racial inequality campaign that had sparked widespread criticism in the week since it took effect. The coffee chain's initiative will continue more broadly without the handwritten...

  • California first to feel hydro-power crunch of drought Saturday, 21 Mar 2015 | 1:45 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— Flying over the Sierra Nevada as California entered its fourth year of drought, the state's energy chief looked down and saw stark bare granite cloaked in dirty brown haze— not the usual pristine white peaks heaped with snow that would run the state's hydroelectric dams for the year. But what California is experiencing is historically low...

  • The terror attack in Tunisia that killed 21 people is a fresh blow to the North African nation's tourism industry, which has been struggling since the country's revolution of 2011.. Some of those posting "Je Suis Bardo" on social media pledged to visit Tunisia this summer. It's important to just show that we're not afraid to be here in Tunisia, "said Nicole Calande,...

  • The FAA also granted Amazon an exemption from other flight restrictions so the experimental drone can conduct those flights. The approval is a win for Seattle- based Amazon, the largest e-commerce company in the United States, and advances plans by the company and others to deliver packages using small, self-piloted aircraft. Amazon must keep flights below 400...