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  • Nov 21- A group of Walmart employees pushing for higher wages said they were planning to protest on Black Friday at 1,600 U.S. stores in areas including Washington and Los Angeles. The group also plans strikes at the San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento, Chicago, Seattle, Texas, Minneapolis and Tampa among other places. Wal-Mart Stores Inc, owner of Walmart brand...

  • Inslee to GOP senators: Bring solutions on climate Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 6:29 PM ET

    OLYMPIA, Wash.— Responding to criticism leveled at him last week, Gov. Doug Ericksen, R- Ferndale, and Curtis King, R- Yakima, disputing their assertions that the Legislature has been cut out of the process of evaluating potential requirements for cleaner transportation fuels. Inslee responded Thursday that the process has been open and transparent, lawmakers and...

  • Nov 20- Delta Air Lines Inc confirmed on Thursday a $14 billion order for 50 widebody jets from Airbus Group NV, a victory for the European planemaker that replaces older generation aircraft from Boeing Co in Delta's fleet. It follows a closely fought competition with Boeing, which had offered its 787 Dreamliner. Airbus emerged as the front-runner in part after...

  • Arizona sues General Motors over delayed recalls Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 1:38 PM ET

    PHOENIX— Arizona's attorney general has sued General Motors for failing to recall millions of cars and trucks with safety defects the auto giant did not disclose for years. Attorney General Tom Horne said Thursday that he sued under the state's consumer fraud statutes and is seeking a $10,000 fine for each of hundreds of thousands of defective vehicles sold...

  • Thanksgiving getaway: 46.3 million to hit the road Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 10:00 AM ET

    NEW YORK— The good news for Thanksgiving travelers: the price of gas is at five-year lows. AAA says the average retail price for gasoline is $2.85 per gallon, 43 cents cheaper than Thanksgiving Day last year. With the average car getting 18.5 miles per gallon, that means a family driving 300 miles will save $6.97 in fuel this holiday.

  • Seattle city council member arrested in wage-hike protest Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 11:08 PM ET

    SEATTLE, Nov 19- A Seattle City Council member was among four people arrested late on Wednesday outside Alaska Airlines offices in the suburb of SeaTac during a protest over what organizers say was the carrier's opposition to a voter-backed $15 minimum wage. "Alaska Airlines supports fair-wage jobs and voluntarily increased wages in April for more than 1,000...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 19- Yahoo Inc struck a deal with Firefox maker Mozilla Corp to replace Google Inc as the default search engine on the Firefox Web browser in the United States, a move that Yahoo Chief Executive Marissa Mayer said will help boost its flagging search market share. The deal between the two companies will start in December and is set to last five years,...

  • Democrats: Go big on the economy in 2016 Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 5:29 PM ET

    Party officials attending a daylong conference Wednesday hosted by the Center for American Progress said Democrats failed to make a forceful pitch to middle-class voters on issues like economic opportunity, stagnant wages and rising college costs— and suffered the consequences. "Too many Democrats did not offer a progressive vision, particularly around...

  • Old health exchange problems overshadow new ones Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 5:27 PM ET

    SEATTLE— Washington's health care exchange had problems last weekend as open enrollment began. At a legislative committee meeting Tuesday in Olympia and again at a board meeting Wednesday near Seattle, the refrain heard over and over again was: Why haven't you fixed the problems preventing people from using the insurance they bought during the previous open...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 19- Starbucks Corp has this year bought coffee beans from China at its highest volume ever, shipping data show, reflecting the country's burgeoning role as bean supplier amid supply concerns among traditional exporters. That is a fraction of total coffee imports by Starbucks- also the leading overall importer- from across the globe in the...

  • *After record orders, Airbus reshapes for higher output. PARIS, Nov 19- An industrial drumbeat is picking up in European aircraft factories as Airbus borrows a new range of carmaking strategies to keep pace with record demand. The transformation underpins one of the toughest challenges faced by Airbus in its 44- year history: switching to a new model of...

  • YOUR MONEY-How to beat newly hot real estate markets Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 8:00 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Nov 19- How much house will $2 million get you in the United States these days? Or, you could get just one modest ranch house in Los Altos, California, the most expensive real estate market in the country, according to a new survey by Coldwell Banker. Los Altos is in the middle of the action, surrounded by the corporate headquarters for Google, Facebook and dozens...

  • Bob Marley heirs join US firm to launch pot brand Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 1:45 PM ET

    Seattle- based Privateer Holdings announced Tuesday it has reached a licensing deal with Marley's heirs to offer marijuana strains, including ones famed in Jamaica, where regulations permit by late 2015. It also plans to sell weed-infused lotions, creams and various accessories. But the move to create "Marley Natural" has stirred grousing in Jamaica among...

  • Patrol: Driver in bridge collapse received ticket Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 1:26 PM ET

    OLYMPIA, Wash.— The Washington State Patrol issued a report Monday with its final findings from the Skagit River bridge collapse, saying that the truck driver who was driving an oversized load hit 11 arced sway braces on the bridge during the May 2013 accident that sent two cars into the river. The report notes that William Scott, who was driving the truck with the...

  • UPDATE 1-Juno Therapeutics files for IPO Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 7:23 AM ET

    Nov 17- Juno Therapeutics Inc, a biopharmaceutical company that is working on cancer treatments, filed with U.S. regulators for an initial public offering of common stock. Seattle- based Juno, which has raised more than $310 million in funding since April this year, counts venture capital firm ARCH Venture Fund VII LP as one of its major investors, with a stake of...

  • States working to fix hobbled health care websites Sunday, 16 Nov 2014 | 1:34 PM ET

    The Massachusetts website, designed by the same contractor that worked on the troubled federal website, performed so poorly it prompted a public apology from Gov. Massachusetts was one of several states where the ambition of running their own health insurance marketplace inside a new federal system ran into a harsh reality. Others, like Maryland and...

  • Nordstrom profit, revenue up in 3Q Thursday, 13 Nov 2014 | 4:15 PM ET

    SEATTLE— SEATTLE— Nordstrom Inc. shares jumped in extended trading Thursday after the upscale department store operator reported improved fiscal third-quarter sales and profits. Nordstrom's revenue increased 8.9 percent to $3.14 billion, also beating Street forecasts. Nordstrom lowered its full-year earnings forecast to reflect the impact of its...

  • Morgan Stanley pushed murky China stock to market Thursday, 13 Nov 2014 | 12:02 AM ET

    In 2012, after spending millions of dollars vetting the firm, a Morgan Stanley investment arm paid $300 million for a stake in Tianhe and a seat on its board. When Tianhe went public in June, Morgan Stanley was one of three lead banks that helped it raise $654 million from investors, making the deal one of the largest Hong Kong IPOs this year. Then Hong Kong regulators...

  • SEATTLE/WASHINGTON, Nov 12- The United States on Wednesday stepped up calls on European policymakers to do more to avoid a "lost decade" of low growth, saying steps taken by the European Central Bank may not be sufficient on their own. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew gave an unusually blunt assessment of what he thinks Europe needs to do, arguing that France and Italy...

  • Nov 12- A divided federal appeals court on Wednesday refused to hold Occidental Petroleum Corp and a security contractor legally responsible for alleged complicity in a 1998 military bombing of a Colombian village that killed 17 people, including six children. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Pasadena, California said victims' families could not...