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  • China's wealth finds home in Washington state Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 2:08 AM ET

    MEDINA, Wash.— Savvy Seattle-area real estate agents have gained an advantage by paying attention to the growing connections between China and Washington state. "I'm so glad my mother made me study Chinese," laughed property broker Janie Lee, after showing a client from Beijing a $4 million home in the suburb of Medina. And a recent top-grossing Chinese romantic...

  • EPA to step in on fish consumption water rules Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 8:05 PM ET

    SEATTLE— The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday said it plans to come up with updated water quality standards for Washington partly tied to how much fish people eat— in case the state doesn't do it by next year. The federal process will run parallel to the state's own, which is currently underway, and ensures the EPA can propose a rule in a timely manner...

  • Sides 'far apart' in US West Coast port negotiations Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 5:40 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES— While West Coast seaports struggle to keep up with billions of dollars of cargo, dockworkers and their employers apparently aren't close to a new contract nearly six months after their old deal expired. Longshoremen have continued to work without a contract at 29 ports from San Diego to Seattle that are a vital trade link with Asia, though their...

  • Group challenges timber producer's 'green' label Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 2:33 PM ET

    The complaint covers Plum Creek logging in Oregon's Coast Range, citing 11 civil citations over the past six years for violating state logging regulations, including four citations for exceeding the clear-cutting limit of 120 acres. The complaint includes Google Earth images showing landslides in areas stripped of trees by Plum Creek.

  • Richland lab supports 6,800 jobs Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 1:01 PM ET

    SPOKANE, Wash.— The U.S. Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland supported more than $1.3 billion in spending and 6,800 jobs in the Washington state economy last year, according to a study prepared by lab economists and released Thursday. The study said 70 percent of its funding comes from the Energy Department, while the rest is...

  • Amazon launches 1-hour shipping in Manhattan Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 11:58 AM ET

    "There are times when you can't make it to the store and other times when you simply don't want to go," said Dave Clark, Amazon's senior vice president of worldwide operations, in announcing the service known as Prime Now. Amazon said it hopes to roll out one-hour delivery to more cities in 2015.. The speedy delivery service comes as a result of Amazon's growing...

  • Washington governor proposes carbon pollution cap Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 8:05 AM ET

    Jay Inslee on Wednesday proposed an ambitious cap-and-trade program to require the state's largest industrial polluters to pay for every ton of carbon they release. The proposal must be approved by the Legislature and is certain to face resistance. Republicans, who will have outright control of the Senate next year, have voiced opposition.

  • Boeing breaks ground on new St. Louis venture Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 2:58 PM ET

    ST. LOUIS— Boeing's latest venture in St. Louis opens up new possibilities for the region, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and a Boeing vice president said Tuesday. Politicians and civic leaders joined Boeing officials for a groundbreaking for the plant that will make parts for Boeing's new 777 X passenger aircraft.

  • Boeing 737 factory to move to clean energy Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 1:09 PM ET

    RENTON, Wash.— Boeing said Tuesday it plans to buy renewable energy credits to replace fossil-fuel power at the factory in Washington state where it assembles its 737 commercial airplanes. Boeing Co. says it will offset electricity from coal and other fuels by paying a premium to buy wind power credits tied to the Bellevue- based utility's Wild Horse Wind and...

  • Artist's 'Angry Birds' lawsuit goes forward Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 11:46 AM ET

    SEATTLE— A federal judge refused to dismiss a lawsuit by a Seattle artist who says she was cheated out of millions of dollars when the company that sold her line of plush pet toys called "Angry Birds" reached a deal with the Finnish company that makes the insanely popular video game of the same name. Juli Adams designed the "Angry Birds" toys in 2006 for The Hartz...

  • Southwest bag workers picketing over flight delays Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 4:00 AM ET

    For years, Dallas- based Southwest was the most punctual of big U.S. airlines, but it stumbled after trying to squeeze in more flights into its schedule. Southwest has also prided itself on keeping its employees happy, believing that would guarantee good service for its customers. "That recipe is kind of gone and it's profits over people and that's not acceptable,"...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 15- Healthcare companies including Aetna Inc, Mercer and Towers Watson& Co have invested hundreds of millions of dollars to build exchanges that allow company employees to buy their own insurance, betting that Corporate America wants to get out of managing workers' health benefits. By last year, blue chip names such as Sears Holding Corp and Walgreen...

  • SEATTLE, Dec 15- Seattle police searched for explosives at Amazon.com' s headquarters after a threatening letter was found at a company building just north of the city's downtown district, but found nothing, authorities said on Monday. Amazon building security contacted Seattle police at 10:30 a.m. local time after staff found a note inside a bathroom at one...

  • NEW YORK/ SEATTLE, Dec 15- Corporate lobbyists, news organizations and academics joined forces with Microsoft Corp on Monday in the software company's legal battle with the U.S. government over access to customer data stored overseas. The diverse set of interests filed briefs with a federal appeals court in New York, urging it to reverse a judge's order that...

  • SEATTLE, Dec 15- Seattle police are searching for explosives at Amazon.com' s headquarters after a threatening letter was found at one of the company's buildings just north of the city's downtown district, authorities said on Monday. Amazon building security contacted Seattle police at 10:30 a.m. local time after staff found a note inside a bathroom at one of...

  • SEATTLE, Dec 15- Seattle police are investigating an unspecified threat close to Amazon.com' s headquarters in the South Lake Union neighborhood of the city, authorities said on Monday. Seattle police tweeted that officers were attending a "threats investigation in 400 blk Terry Ave N" but had no additional information to share. According to Seattle tech news...

  • NY court weighs Apple, Amazon e-book arguments Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 1:20 PM ET

    NEW YORK— A federal appeals panel is trying to decide whether Apple Inc. or Amazon.com Inc. was the bigger bully when price wars over electronic books heated up a few years ago. After hearing oral arguments Monday, a three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan did not immediately rule on Apple's appeal of a lower-court judge's finding...

  • 14 cities get Bloomberg 'innovation team' grants Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 9:01 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Fourteen cities ranging from Long Beach, California, to Jerusalem are getting up to $3 million from former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's foundation to create "innovation teams" to jump-start new approaches to poverty, public safety, job growth and other issues, the foundation announced Monday. Winners range in size from Centennial, Colorado,...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 15- Healthcare companies including Aetna Inc, Mercer and Towers Watson Co have invested hundreds of millions of dollars to build exchanges that allow company employees to buy their own insurance, betting that Corporate America wants to get out of managing workers' health benefits. By last year, blue chip names like Sears Holding and Walgreen Co had...

  • Tunnel repair rattles Seattle residents Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 6:57 AM ET

    SEATTLE— Each time Mike Petrone wrestles the newly stuck door open and heads to the basement underneath J&M Cafe in Seattle's historic Pioneer Square, he finds a new crack, a new leak, deeper sinking of a concrete walkway. J&M Cafe, established in 1889 to serve Gold Rush prospectors, sits a few blocks away from a giant access pit being dug so crews working to replace...