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  • Amazon to start collecting sales tax in Illinois Friday, 23 Jan 2015 | 4:05 PM ET

    CHICAGO— Amazon will start collecting sales tax from Illinois consumers next month to comply with a new state law, the company said. Illinois lawmakers passed the measure last year after the state Supreme Court threw out an earlier attempt at legislation. "We want to say welcome, Amazon, to Illinois," said Rob Karr of the Illinois Retail Merchants Association.

  • Anheuser-Busch is buying Seattle's Elysian Brewing Co., further expanding its collection of craft brewers as it tries to offset sagging sales of its flagship beers. That follows the purchase of Blue Point Brewing Co. on Long Island, New York, earlier in the year. It bought Goose Island Beer Co. in Chicago in 2011. InBev also has a one-third share in a Northwest...

  • Ante up: This year's weirdest Super Bowl bets Friday, 23 Jan 2015 | 1:47 PM ET

    Bettors will be trying to cash in on hundreds of weird bets tied to the Super Bowl. Did someone mention a Punxsutawney Phil?

  • State, contractor still battling over viaduct project Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 8:23 PM ET

    SEATTLE— The manager for the troubled Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement project told lawmakers Thursday that the state and the contractor are still battling over tens of millions of dollars in repairs dating back to 2012, but even if the contractor declares bankruptcy tomorrow, the project could still be completed. The state House Transportation Committee...

  • Jan 22- Starbucks Corp on Thursday said traffic to its Americas- region stores perked up during the holiday quarter, easing investor jitters about slower growth and boosting shares more than 3 percent in after-hours trading. Sales at Starbucks cafes open at least 13 months were up 5 percent for the U.S.-dominated Americas region in the fiscal first quarter...

  • Starbucks' 1Q profits soar on strong sales, traffic Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 4:09 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Starbucks Corp.' s fiscal first-quarter earnings soared 82 percent as the coffee chain attracted more customers around the globe who snapped up an expanded offering of food and drinks over the holidays. Starbucks has enjoyed healthy sales growth, but is seeking to keep its momentum going by expanding on a number of fronts. Another way it's driving...

  • Alaska Air beats 4Q profit forecasts Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 6:30 AM ET

    SEATTLE _ Alaska Air Group Inc. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter earnings of $148 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 91 cents per share. Alaska Air shares have increased roughly 9 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • The Brookings Institution and JPMorgan Chase ranked 300 major cities worldwide for economic performance last year.

  • SEATTLE, Jan 21- Microsoft Corp surprised the tech world on Wednesday with a prototype hologram visor that can bring the Minecraft video game, Skype calls and even the landscape of Mars to three-dimensional life. Microsoft said its wire-free Microsoft HoloLens device will be available around the same time as Windows 10 this autumn. Microsoft does not have a...

  • F5 tops 1Q profit forecasts Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 4:15 PM ET

    SEATTLE _ F5 Networks Inc. on Wednesday reported fiscal first-quarter net income of $89.1 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.48 per share. Analysts expected $466.3 million, according to Zacks.

  • SEATTLE, Jan 21- Microsoft Corp will give away its upcoming Windows 10 operating system as a free upgrade to users of the most recent versions of Windows and Windows Phone, as the world's largest software company tries to retain customers in the mobile era. "It's a necessary evil as CEO Satya Nadella and Microsoft have recognized the' golden goose' and major revenue...

  • Andrew Cuomo called for big investments in transportation, a higher minimum wage and a new teacher evaluation system Wednesday in a sprawling address that laid out his priorities for 2015.. "New York is the state that leads, and it always has," Cuomo told a 2,200- person audience at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center. "While Washington fights and gridlocks, we...

  • Jan 20- International Business Machines Corp posted a new 2015 profit target and quarterly revenue that both missed analysts' estimates, as it grapples with dwindling demand for servers and storage products. IBM forecast 2015 operating earnings of $15.75 to $16.50 per share, just shy of analysts' average estimate of $16.51, according to Thomson Reuters...

  • APNewsBreak: US settles case over fake Facebook page Tuesday, 20 Jan 2015 | 4:22 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Justice Department has reached a $134,000 settlement with a New York woman after federal drug agents used information from her cellphone to set up a fake Facebook page in her identity, a tactic that raised privacy concerns and led to a federal government review of the ruse, according to court papers filed Tuesday. After initially defending the...

  • Brian Farrell, 26, was arrested late Friday on a charge of conspiracy to distribute heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine in connection with a criminal complaint filed in federal court in Seattle that outlined his alleged role as a staff member for the Silk Road 2. 0 website. Silk Road 2. 0 was launched late in 2013, weeks after authorities had shuttered the...

  • Following a yearlong investigation, officials on Saturday arrested Brian Richard Farrell, 26, who told federal agents he was "the right-hand man" to the operator of Silk Road 2. 0. Farrell used the moniker "DoctorClu" and was among a small staff of online administrators and forum moderators who helped with the day-to-day operation of the website, according to a...

  • LOS ANGELES— A labor dispute between dockworkers at the West Coast's sea ports and their employers didn't take a day off for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. The Pacific Maritime Association, which represents terminal operators and ocean-going shipping lines, accuses members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union of purposely slowing work to...

  • Amazon branching out from TV to movie production Monday, 19 Jan 2015 | 11:28 AM ET

    Amazon Studios announced plans to begin producing and acquiring original movies for theatrical release and, within weeks, video streaming.

  • SEATTLE— Amazon Studios is branching out from television series to movies, announcing plans to begin producing and acquiring original movies for theatrical release and, within weeks, video streaming. Just five years after its launch, Amazon Studios says it will begin producing motion pictures this year and aims to release a dozen original "prestige movies"...

  • CHICAGO— As another storm flung snow at Chicago, Alexandra Clark wondered how she'd get to work. Chicago and New York introduced apps in early 2012, and Seattle has gotten into the game, as have some places in Maryland and Virginia. Boston briefly experimented, too, though their site was so popular it crashed during a February 2013 storm, hampering the response...