• Amazon to buy digital comics company Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 4:46 PM ET

    SEATTLE— Online retailer Amazon said Thursday it's buying digital comics company comiXology for an undisclosed sum. Amazon said the acquisition will help it offer more and better digital comic books and graphic novels. Shares of Amazon.com Inc. fell $14.79, or 4.5 percent, to $317. amid a broader market sell-off.

  • Bezos offers update on groceries, drones Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 4:33 PM ET

    NEW YORK— CEO Jeff Bezos' annual letter to shareholders offers a glimpse into Amazon's internal workings and what it is aiming for in the future, including more grocery services and the much-discussed drone delivery.

  • Oil-by-rail terminal proposed for Washington state Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 1:34 PM ET

    SEATTLE— U.S. Development Group is seeking permits to build an oil terminal on the Washington coast that could handle about 45,000 barrels of crude oil a day. The $80 million proposal at the Port of Grays Harbor is one of several in Washington that together would bring millions of barrels of oil by train from the Bakken region of North Dakota and Montana.

  • Boeing moves 1K customer support jobs to SoCal Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 1:29 PM ET

    SEATTLE— Boeing is moving about 1,000 of its customer support jobs out of Washington and into Southern California. Boeing says the employees in the Puget Sound region affected by the decision will be given the chance to apply for jobs in California or elsewhere in the company.

  • Average US 30-year mortgage rate down to 4.34 pct. Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 10:04 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages declined this week, edging closer to historically low levels as the spring home-buying season begins. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the average rate for the 30- year loan fell to 4.34 percent from 4.41 percent last week.

  • Feds investigate chopper crash on hospital roof Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 2:22 AM ET

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— Federal investigators spent Thursday scouring the rooftop of New Mexico's only top-level trauma center in search of clues as they tried to determine what caused a medical helicopter to crash while taking off from the roof.

  • Clerical workers at Alaska Airlines OK contract Wednesday, 9 Apr 2014 | 6:55 PM ET

    SEATTLE— Union employees at Alaska Airlines approved a contract that will provide pay raises for about 3,000 clerical, office and passenger-service workers.

  • *GE tops list, followed by Microsoft, Pfizer, Merck, Apple. WASHINGTON, April 8- Foreign profits held overseas by U.S. corporations to avoid taxes at home nearly doubled from 2008 to 2013 to top $2.1 trillion, said a private research firm's report, prompting a call for reform by the Senate's top tax law writer.

  • Puerto Rico coastal town first to ban plastic bags Tuesday, 8 Apr 2014 | 1:19 PM ET

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico— A popular tourist town in western Puerto Rico has become the island's first municipality to ban plastic bags. All businesses will have to eliminate plastic bags by February 2015 or face fines ranging from $100 to $500. Rincon joins other U.S. cities including San Francisco, Seattle and Los Angeles in banning plastic bags.

  • AAA: Average price of gasoline in Washington $3.71 Monday, 7 Apr 2014 | 9:21 AM ET

    BELLEVUE, Wash.— The AAA auto club reports the average price of a gallon of gasoline in Washington is $3.71. That's up 2 cents in a week and 17 cents in a month, but 2 cents below the price a year ago. Bellingham $3.83, Bremerton $3.74, Seattle- Bellevue- Everett $3.77, Tacoma $3.75, Olympia $3.74, Vancouver $3.72, Yakima $3.67, Tri-Cities $3.52, and Spokane $3.45.

  • April 4- Amazon.com Inc launched a new product named Amazon Dash on Friday that allows the user to add groceries and household goods to their shopping lists using the company's AmazonFresh service. However, the device is available only for users of the AmazonFresh which currently operates exclusively in Southern California, San Francisco and Seattle.

  • Arledge himself acknowledged on Wednesday that BNY Mellon is only in the early stages of a two-pronged strategy to gather assets from individual retail investors, but he pledged that the strategy will show tangible progress by this summer.

  • Scientists unveil first wiring diagram of mouse's brain Wednesday, 2 Apr 2014 | 1:00 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, April 2- A year to the day after U.S. President Barack Obama announced a $100 million "BRAIN Initiative" to accelerate discoveries in how gray matter thinks, feels, remembers, and sometimes succumbs to devastating diseases, scientists on Wednesday said they had achieved a key milestone toward that goal.

  • NEW YORK/ SAN FRANCISCO, April 2- Amazon.com Inc unveiled a $99 video streaming device called Fire TV that the e-commerce company promised would be more powerful and easier to use than rival services by Apple Inc, Google Inc and Roku. Fire TV, which is available on Amazon.com, can access Netflix, Hulu and other providers of streaming video content.

  • March 31- The Asiana Airlines Inc flight that crashed in San Francisco in July, killing three passengers, was likely because the pilots were flying dangerously slow and a warning system that should have alerted them was inadequate, according to conclusions drawn by the airline and reported in documents released by U.S. investigators on Monday.

  • *Corn, wheat, soy all up double digits. NEW YORK, March 31- Commodities had the best quarter in 18 months as trading for March ended on Monday, with weather and economic growth likely to determine if gas, gold, grains, lean hogs and coffee continue going higher and draw money into the space.

  • Microsoft beefs up customer privacy policy Friday, 28 Mar 2014 | 5:29 PM ET

    SEATTLE, March 28- Microsoft Corp, under fire for accessing an employee's private Hotmail account to prove he was leaking computer code to a blogger, has said it will now refer all suspicions of illegal activity on its email services to law enforcement.

  • L&L Energy, which has all of its operations in China and Taiwan, "created the false appearance that the company had a professional management team in place when in reality Dickson Lee was single-handedly controlling the company's operations," the SEC said.

  • U.S. SEC accuses coal company L&L Energy of fraud Thursday, 27 Mar 2014 | 5:24 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, March 27- The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission accused L&L Energy Inc of committing fraud when the coal company and its founder made false disclosures about who was running the company, the agency said on Thursday.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, March 27- Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella took the wraps off an Office software suite designed for Apple Inc's iPad on Thursday, a widely anticipated move that underscores the new chief's willingness to point the lumbering software giant in a new direction.

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