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  • SPOKANE, Wash.— Federal investigators say a leaking oil train that hauled crude oil from North Dakota to Washington in January had tank cars with faulty valves, which also are installed on thousands of tank cars nationwide. The Federal Railroad Administration investigated the 100- car BNSF train because it had to have 14 cars with slow leaks removed after...

  • OMAHA, Neb.— Berkshire Hathaway shareholders always celebrate Warren Buffett at the annual meeting, but amid the praise Saturday, investors also questioned a couple of the conglomerate's recent business moves. Buffett marked 50 years of leading Berkshire Saturday by spending hours answering questions alongside Vice Chairman Charlie Munger before an...

  • Police in Portland, Oregon, say an initially peaceful May Day demonstration turned violent Friday evening as a splinter group hurled chairs and other objects at officers. The Burnside Bridge over the Willamette River was closed for about a half-hour during the height of the evening commute when protesters tried to force their way across.

  • NEW YORK— The U.S. government announced a system Friday to compensate people harmed by Sudan, Iran and Cuba using some of the $8.9 billion forfeited by France's largest bank for violating U.S. economic sanctions by processing transactions for clients in blacklisted countries. It said it processed billions of dollars in illegal transactions on behalf of...

  • Police say black-clad May Day marchers hurled wrenches and rocks at officers and hit police with sticks as a Friday evening march through a Seattle neighborhood turned violent, injuring three officers. That brought the day's Seattle demonstration arrest total to four. Hundreds of people earlier joined in May Day marches in Seattle and Yakima, Washington, in...

  • US, Canada unveil rules to boost oil train safety Friday, 1 May 2015 | 10:30 AM ET

    The regulations are a long-awaited response to a series of fiery train crashes in the U.S. and Canada, including four so far this year. The most serious accident occurred in July 2013, when a runaway oil train derailed in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, just across the border from Maine, killing 47 people and destroying most of the town's central business district.

  • NEW YORK— Mayor Bill de Blasio's decision to ban plastic foam containers such as to-go cups and meal trays was politically motivated, out of step with a New York City law and should be stopped by a state supreme court judge, according to a coalition of restaurant, manufacturing and lobbying groups that filed a lawsuit Thursday. The ban would make New York the...

  • Starbucks opens first express store in New York City Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 11:33 AM ET

    April 30- Starbucks Corp on Thursday opened the first of five express stores planned for 2015 in New York City as it and other restaurant chains work to give service times a double shot of speed. The opening comes as companies like Starbucks, McDonald's Corp, Panera Bread Co and Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc experiment with ways to boost sales, speed up service and...

  • LAPD board OKs body camera policy despite opposition Tuesday, 28 Apr 2015 | 4:41 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES— After lengthy debate and strong opposition, the civilian oversight commission for the Los Angeles Police Department approved new policies on Tuesday that allow officers to review their body camera video before speaking to investigators but says nothing about releasing video to the public. The policy was opposed by civil liberties groups and...

  • Amazon goes B2B with new business marketplace Tuesday, 28 Apr 2015 | 12:38 PM ET

    SEATTLE— Millions of consumers buy products on Amazon every day. The Seattle company launched Amazon Business, a marketplace specifically for businesses that gives sellers special pricing tools, the ability to list business credentials and offer discounts on bulk purchases. The new platform will put Amazon in direct competition with office suppliers like...

  • Plum Creek Timber tops Street 1Q forecasts Monday, 27 Apr 2015 | 4:09 PM ET

    SEATTLE _ Plum Creek Timber Co. on Monday reported first-quarter net income of $42 million. Plum Creek Timber expects full-year earnings to be $1.05 to $1.30 per share. Plum Creek Timber shares have declined 1 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has climbed slightly more than 2 percent.

  • With legalization, lawyers turn to business of pot Saturday, 25 Apr 2015 | 10:42 AM ET

    "It's definitely something that established firms are dipping a toe into, though they are being very cautious, and rightly so," said Sam Kamin, a professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law who teaches a class about representing the marijuana industry. California and more than 20 other states have legalized the drug for medical use, and the pot...

  • April 24- Starbucks Corp said on Friday night that an outage affecting payment systems at a number of its stores in the United States and Canada had been resolved. "The point of sale register outage has been resolved and all Starbucks stores in the U.S. and Canada are expected to open for business as usual on Saturday," a statement on the company's website said.

  • SEATTLE— Starbucks: Computer outage resolved and the thousands of affected stores to reopen Saturday.

  • Starbucks stores reopen Saturday after computer glitch Saturday, 25 Apr 2015 | 12:30 AM ET

    SEATTLE— Starbucks was back in business Saturday after a computer outage forced thousands of its stores to close early the night before. The glitch affected registers at 7,400 company-operated stores in the U.S. and 1,000 in Canada, and prompted some stores to give away drinks. "All Starbucks stores in the U.S. and Canada are expected to open for business as usual...

  • April 24- Starbucks Corp said that it was aware that a number of stores in the United States and Canada were experiencing outages at their payment systems on Friday night. A number of social media users also reported that the computers in the stores of the Seattle- based company were down. On Thursday, the company said sales at shops open at least 13 months were up 7...

  • SEATTLE— A computer outage affecting sales registers disrupted sales Friday at 8,000 company-operated Starbucks stores in the United States and Canada. Company spokesman Jim Olson says the problem affected 7,000 U.S. stores and 1,000 in Canada. A computer outage affecting sales registers disrupted sales Friday at 8,000 company-operated Starbucks...

  • Lawmakers reached a compromise on the last day of the regular legislative session to resolve differences between competing versions that earlier cleared the Senate and House. The Senate voted 46-0 and the House 95-1 on House bill 1449, which now heads to Gov. "It's no secret to say that one of those chambers and one of those parties are much more solicitous of the...

  • LOS ANGELES— Truck drivers who haul goods from the nation's busiest port complex in Southern California could stay off the job next week as part of a long-running labor dispute, union officials said Friday. It won't be clear until next week how many of the drivers stay away, but the action could disrupt business at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles as soon as...

  • April 23- Starbucks Corp said on Thursday sales at its coffee shops in the Americas region grew more than expected, boosted by sales of breakfast sandwiches, lunch and new drinks, such as Flat White. Sales at Starbucks shops open at least 13 months were up 7 percent in the Americas region for the fiscal second quarter ended March 29. Starbucks' Americas region, which...