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  • Colorado considers ban on welfare cards at pot shops Friday, 30 Jan 2015 | 12:22 PM ET

    DENVER— Welfare money or food stamps for marijuana? It's an urban legend that won't go away in Colorado, and state lawmakers this year are poised to pass a law clarifying that public benefit cards can't be used at dispensary ATMs. A bill facing its first hearing next week in the state Senate would add marijuana businesses and strip clubs to the list of Colorado...

  • NEW YORK— Amazon.com Inc.' s fourth-quarter earnings roundly beat analyst expectations, sending the Seattle e-commerce giant's stock soaring 11 percent in premarket trading Friday. Investors have long wanted Amazon to show some restraint as it invests in its business, and this metric seemed to be a sign that Amazon is willing to do that. Wedbush Securities...

  • Jan 29- Bankrupt drugmaker Dendreon Corp has reached a stalking-horse deal with Canada's Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc to sell the worldwide rights to its cancer vaccine, Provenge, and certain assets for $296 million. The deal is subject to higher and better bids and extended the bid deadline to Feb. 10 for interested parties to participate in an...

  • Valeant to buy worldwide rights to Dendreon's Provenge Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 9:29 PM ET

    Jan 29- Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc said it would buy the worldwide rights of Dendreon Corp's Provenge drug and certain other assets through a "stalking horse" deal for $296 million. Seattle- based Dendreon filed for bankruptcy protection in November, after sales of its cancer vaccine fell short of expectations and left the company deep in debt.

  • Amazon's big spending pays off in 4th quarter Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 5:14 PM ET

    NEW YORK— It was a Prime quarter for Amazon. Amazon surprised investors on Thursday with a fourth-quarter profit that soundly beat expectations, despite a continued increase in spending and a slight sales miss, partly linked to the strong dollar. After raising Amazon's price to $99 from $89 last year, Amazon beefed up offerings, added a grocery delivery services...

  • Amazon shares spike as 4Q profit beats by a mile Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 4:09 PM ET

    Amazon's strategy always has been to spend a big chunk of the money it makes to grow and expand into new areas like cloud computing, streaming video and hardware— and that has affected profitability to investors' sometime chagrin. Amazon earned 45 cents per share for the three months ended in December, easily topping Wall Street expectations.

  • Amazon earnings: Will it break its losing streak? Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 9:26 AM ET
    Inventory at a warehouse

    Investors are bracing for Amazon’s fourth quarter earnings, which come out after the closing bell on Thursday.

  • NEW YORK, Jan 29- Time Warner's HBO is preparing to sell a standalone service over the Internet for the first time, in one of the most closely watched moves in pay TV history. The idea was that the technology would not only support HBO but potentially other Time Warner offerings, such as Turner Broadcasting and Warner Bros. But these sources said that much of the plan...

  • SEATTLE— A plan to allow Royal Dutch Shell PLC to use Seattle's waterfront as a homeport for its Arctic drilling fleet is drawing opposition from environmental groups that say it's not consistent with the region's environmental goals. Several state and national groups, and local city leaders on Wednesday urged the Port of Seattle to halt lease negotiations...

  • LOS ANGELES, Jan 27- Negotiators for major shipping lines and the union representing 20,000 dockworkers have reached a tentative agreement on the maintenance of cargo chassis, overcoming a key hurdle in protracted contract talks for 29 U.S. West Coast ports. "A tentative agreement was reached on the chassis topic, and we are hopeful that this will allow us to move...

  • LIHUE, Hawaii— The owner of one of two small planes that crashed-landed in the Pacific Ocean off Hawaii over the weekend is crediting a novice pilot with staying calm and ensuring the survival of all four people onboard, including a baby. The pilot of the single-engine Cessna flying from Kauai to Oahu declared an emergency Sunday evening, saying the aircraft was...

  • SEATTLE— American Indian tribes wrestling with whether to legalize marijuana have scheduled a national conference on the topic next month in Washington state. Organizer Robert Odawi Porter, a tribal law expert and former president of Seneca Nation in New York, says there's been a lot of discussion among tribes since the Justice Department announced in...

  • Senate bill calls for end to Seattle tunnel project Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 1:17 PM ET

    SEATTLE— Two state senators say it's time to scrap the stalled Seattle tunnel project and bury Bertha, the broken-down $80 million state-of-the-art drilling machine, so the transportation department can find alternatives to fix or replace the viaduct that carries traffic along the city's waterfront. Curtis King, chairman of the Senate Transportation...

  • Super Bowl: How to get there, and how to get in Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 12:59 PM ET
    Zach Miller #86 of the Seattle Seahawks pulls down a catch in front of Brandon Spikes #55 of the New England Patriots during a game at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington.

    Fans still thinking about going to Sunday's Super Bowl XLIX will need to factor in game tickets, airfare and lodging logistics.

  • Gov. Inslee's cap-and-trade plan makes polluters pay Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 12:47 PM ET

    About three dozen people from across the state testified before the House Environment Committee on a bill to cap the overall amount of carbon emissions in the state and require major polluters to pay for each metric ton of carbon released. Joe Fitzgibbon, D- Burien, who chairs the committee, said the impacts of climate change are real and the state can't afford to...

  • HomeStreet beats 4Q profit forecasts Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 5:08 AM ET

    SEATTLE _ HomeStreet Inc. on Tuesday reported fourth-quarter net income of $5.6 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 28 cents per share. HomeStreet shares have declined 2 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • LOS ANGELES— Negotiators working on a new contract for dockworkers at West Coast seaports, which handle about $1 trillion worth of cargo annually, have resolved a key dispute in their difficult talks, an association representing employers said Monday. "This has been a major topic of conversation for a few weeks, and with this tentative agreement, the hope is we can...

  • Plum Creek Timber tops Street 4Q forecasts Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 4:18 PM ET

    SEATTLE _ Plum Creek Timber Co. on Monday reported fourth-quarter net income of $68 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 34 cents per share. Analysts expected $415 million, according to Zacks.

  • European pension funds lobby Oracle on pay, governance Sunday, 25 Jan 2015 | 11:12 PM ET

    Jan 25- Two European pension funds have written a letter to Oracle Corp complaining about leading shareholder Larry Ellison's large influence over the U.S. business software company and urging it to allow outsider shareholders a greater say in the company's unpopular pay policies. In a letter addressed to the Oracle board that was seen by Reuters, the...

  • Picking the Super Bowl champs like 'a coin toss' Saturday, 24 Jan 2015 | 12:00 PM ET
    New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady raises the AFC Champions trophy following an NFL AFC Championship football game against the Indianapolis Colts in Foxborough, Mass., Jan. 18, 2015.

    New England Patriots versus Seattle Seahawks are evenly matched in this super bowl, based on an aggregation of sports prediction methods