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  • Apple may refund $400M in digital book settlement Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 1:55 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— Apple will refund up to $400 million to consumers ensnared in a plot to raise the prices of digital books unless the company gets a court to overturn a decision affirming its pivotal role in the collusion. The settlement bill emerged in a Wednesday court filing made a month after attorneys suing Apple notified U.S.

  • State's unemployment rate drops to 5.8 percent Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 1:19 PM ET

    OLYMPIA, Wash.— Washington state officials said Wednesday that the state's unemployment rate fell to 5.8 percent last month, the lowest it has been in six years. Numbers released Wednesday by the state's Employment Security Department show that June's jobless rate was down from May's rate of 6.1 percent.

  • UPDATE 1-Starbucks opens in Colombia, home of Juan Valdez Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 12:53 PM ET

    July 16- Starbucks Corp opened its first shop in Colombia on Wednesday, 43 years after the world's biggest coffee chain first started buying beans from the country famous for its premium arabica coffee named after fictional coffee farmer Juan Valdez.

  • Pets' amenities rising trend for homebuilders Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 9:43 AM ET

    Standard Pacific Homes is building and selling homes in 27 developments from Florida to California and is believed to be the first to offer a pet suite as an option in every one. Standard Pacific, based in Irvine, decided to offer pet suites after conducting livability studies with homeowners.

  • Make room Juan Valdez: Starbucks opens in Colombia Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 8:18 AM ET

    On Wednesday, Starbucks made its much-anticipated debut in the country synonymous with coffee after decades of roasting Colombia's Arabica beans for billions of java lovers the world over. But will Colombians answer Starbucks' siren call and ditch a popular local chain bearing the bushy-whiskered coffee farmer's name?

  • Nordstrom ads feature models with disabilities Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 8:05 AM ET

    NEW YORK— It's not easy to find models with disabilities in ads for the fashion and beauty industry— unless you look in the Nordstrom catalog. This summer's Nordstrom Inc. catalog includes among others a woman in a wheelchair modeling boots and a man with a prosthetic leg modeling Nike running shoes.

  • Correction: Amazon-Drones story Tuesday, 15 Jul 2014 | 3:41 PM ET

    NEW YORK— In a story on July 11 about Amazon seeking permission from the Federal Aviation Administration to fly drones, The Associated Press misstated the year that Congress gave the FAA a deadline for granting drones access to U.S. skies. Congress set the September 2015 deadline in 2012, not last year. Amazon asks FAA for permission to fly drones.

  • Groups seek ban of oil in older railroad tank cars Tuesday, 15 Jul 2014 | 3:06 PM ET

    SEATTLE— Two environmental groups are asking the U.S. Department of Transportation to immediately ban shipments of volatile crude oil in older railroad tank cars, citing recent explosive oil train wrecks and the department's own findings that those accidents pose an "imminent hazard."

  • Review: Systematic errors led to bridge collapse Tuesday, 15 Jul 2014 | 11:50 AM ET

    OLYMPIA, Wash.— Insufficient route planning, a distracted pilot driver and an inadequate permitting process by the state of Washington all played a part in last year's Interstate 5 bridge collapse north of Seattle, which sent two cars into a river below, the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday.

  • In Seattle, delivering legal pot illegally Tuesday, 15 Jul 2014 | 2:14 AM ET

    While delivery services have existed for years to supply medical marijuana patients, the rise of similar businesses geared toward serving recreational users in Washington and Colorado highlights how the industry is outpacing the states' pot laws.

  • Seattle council passes new rules on rideshare cars Monday, 14 Jul 2014 | 7:43 PM ET

    SEATTLE— The Seattle City Council on Monday passed new rules regulating rideshare companies, allowing them to operate in the city without a limit on the number of cars. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray last month brokered a deal that eventually led to the repeal of the old ordinance and to Monday's legislation.

  • Deadline looms in Newark airport wage hike flap Saturday, 12 Jul 2014 | 11:38 AM ET

    United Airlines, the airport's primary carrier, said in an email Friday to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the airport's operator, that it still questions whether the agency has the legal power to impose a wage hike.

  • NEW YORK, July 11- Wells Fargo& Co is angling to cash in on the U.S. energy boom, as the fourth-largest U.S. bank looks for new avenues of revenue growth to overcome a slump in mortgage lending, its traditional driver of profits.

  • Amazon asks FAA for permission to fly drones Friday, 11 Jul 2014 | 11:53 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Amazon is asking the Federal Aviation Administration permission to use drones as part of its plan to deliver packages to customers in 30 minutes or less. In a letter to the FAA dated Wednesday, Amazon said it is developing aerial vehicles as part of Amazon Prime Air.

  • Downside of low US mortgage rates? Less selling Friday, 11 Jul 2014 | 9:36 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Would-be home sellers across the country are grappling with a once-in-a-lifetime problem: They have mortgage rates so absurdly low it would hurt them financially to sell. Doing so would mean giving up an irresistible rate in exchange for a new mortgage carrying a rate up to a percentage point higher.

  • July 10- General Electric Co said on Thursday it picked France's Safran SA, Japan's IHI Corp and Germany's MTU Aero Engines AG to work on the GE9X engine that will power Boeing Co's new 777 X aircraft. GE told Reuters the companies chosen would share about 25 percent of the GE9X program, with Safran holding the largest share.

  • *Amazon expected to expand food sales at home and abroad. BERLIN, July 8- Big retailers are taking a calculated hit to margins to invest in online grocery operations, in the hope they can persuade consumers to add more profitable items like clothes and computers to their orders of fruit and vegetables.

  • BUSINESS-NEWS-SCHEDULE AT 2100 GMT / 5:00 PM ET Sunday, 6 Jul 2014 | 4:58 PM ET

    AIX-EN-PROVENCE, France- Christine LaGarde, chief of the International Monetary Fund, indicates that the IMF may trim the Fund's growth forecasts, although she says that global economic activity should get stronger in the year's second half and accelerate in 2015..

  • SEATTLE/ NEW YORK, July 6- The U.S. air safety regulator is drafting rules to permit small drones to be used for commercial purposes, a step toward allowing remote-control planes and helicopters to be deployed for everything from TV news coverage to monitoring crops.

  • July 3- A Seattle business group has submitted signatures to try to force a public vote to repeal a municipal measure that would raise the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour, a leader of the organization said on Thursday.