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  • SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 8- Amazon.com Inc plans to shift more of its drone testing outside U.S. borders unless it gets quick permission from U.S. regulators to conduct outdoor trials, the company said in a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration late on Sunday. In July, Amazon sought permission from the FAA to test drones in outdoor areas near Seattle, where one of...

  • TORONTO, Dec 5- Ivanhoe Cambridge, the real estate arm of Canada's second-largest pension fund, is looking to re-enter the London office market as part of a broader plan to build up assets in 15 key cities, its top executive said. Ivanhoe, which is active in the London residential market but sold off its sole office asset in the city in August, intends to open a London...

  • SEATTLE, Dec 4- Starbucks Corp Chief Executive Officer Howard Schultz, who introduced Americans to espressos, Frappuccinos and pumpkin spice lattes, is not about to let a bunch of well-funded independent coffee sellers beat his global chain at the super premium game. Starbucks' industrial-chic Reserve facility turns out small batches of Peaberry Sumatra and...

  • SEATTLE, Dec 4- Starbucks Corp, aiming to give cooling U.S. traffic a jolt, on Thursday announced it will add beer, wine, and evening snacks to thousands of domestic cafes, widen lunch offerings and roll out mobile ordering. Starbucks plans to reap about $1 billion in new sales from the addition of evening menus, including beer, wine and food, at nearly 3,000 of its 11,900...

  • SEATTLE, Dec 4- Starbucks Corp, aiming to give cooling U.S. traffic a jolt, on Thursday announced it will add beer, wine, and evening snacks to thousands of domestic cafes, widen lunch offerings and roll out mobile ordering. Starbuck plans to reap about $1 billion in new sales from the addition of evening menus, including beer, wine and food, at nearly 3,000 of its 11,900...

  • Nov 21- A group of Walmart employees pushing for higher wages said they were planning to protest on Black Friday at 1,600 U.S. stores in areas including Washington and Los Angeles. The group also plans strikes at the San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento, Chicago, Seattle, Texas, Minneapolis and Tampa among other places. Wal-Mart Stores Inc, owner of Walmart brand...

  • Nov 20- Delta Air Lines Inc confirmed on Thursday a $14 billion order for 50 widebody jets from Airbus Group NV, a victory for the European planemaker that replaces older generation aircraft from Boeing Co in Delta's fleet. It follows a closely fought competition with Boeing, which had offered its 787 Dreamliner. Airbus emerged as the front-runner in part after...

  • Seattle city council member arrested in wage-hike protest Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 11:08 PM ET

    SEATTLE, Nov 19- A Seattle City Council member was among four people arrested late on Wednesday outside Alaska Airlines offices in the suburb of SeaTac during a protest over what organizers say was the carrier's opposition to a voter-backed $15 minimum wage. "Alaska Airlines supports fair-wage jobs and voluntarily increased wages in April for more than 1,000...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 19- Yahoo Inc struck a deal with Firefox maker Mozilla Corp to replace Google Inc as the default search engine on the Firefox Web browser in the United States, a move that Yahoo Chief Executive Marissa Mayer said will help boost its flagging search market share. The deal between the two companies will start in December and is set to last five years,...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 19- Starbucks Corp has this year bought coffee beans from China at its highest volume ever, shipping data show, reflecting the country's burgeoning role as bean supplier amid supply concerns among traditional exporters. That is a fraction of total coffee imports by Starbucks- also the leading overall importer- from across the globe in the...

  • *After record orders, Airbus reshapes for higher output. PARIS, Nov 19- An industrial drumbeat is picking up in European aircraft factories as Airbus borrows a new range of carmaking strategies to keep pace with record demand. The transformation underpins one of the toughest challenges faced by Airbus in its 44- year history: switching to a new model of...

  • YOUR MONEY-How to beat newly hot real estate markets Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 8:00 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Nov 19- How much house will $2 million get you in the United States these days? Or, you could get just one modest ranch house in Los Altos, California, the most expensive real estate market in the country, according to a new survey by Coldwell Banker. Los Altos is in the middle of the action, surrounded by the corporate headquarters for Google, Facebook and dozens...

  • UPDATE 1-Juno Therapeutics files for IPO Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 7:23 AM ET

    Nov 17- Juno Therapeutics Inc, a biopharmaceutical company that is working on cancer treatments, filed with U.S. regulators for an initial public offering of common stock. Seattle- based Juno, which has raised more than $310 million in funding since April this year, counts venture capital firm ARCH Venture Fund VII LP as one of its major investors, with a stake of...

  • SEATTLE/WASHINGTON, Nov 12- The United States on Wednesday stepped up calls on European policymakers to do more to avoid a "lost decade" of low growth, saying steps taken by the European Central Bank may not be sufficient on their own. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew gave an unusually blunt assessment of what he thinks Europe needs to do, arguing that France and Italy...

  • Nov 12- A divided federal appeals court on Wednesday refused to hold Occidental Petroleum Corp and a security contractor legally responsible for alleged complicity in a 1998 military bombing of a Colombian village that killed 17 people, including six children. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Pasadena, California said victims' families could not...

  • U.S. says world needs more demand for economic recovery Wednesday, 12 Nov 2014 | 10:33 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Nov 12- The United States on Wednesday urged the world's policymakers to use available fiscal policy to boost demand in the short term and support the sluggish global economic recovery. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said, according to prepared remarks at the World Affairs Council in Seattle. Lew, speaking ahead of the meeting of the Group of Twenty...

  • DIARY - Top economic Events to Nov 24 Monday, 10 Nov 2014 | 7:01 PM ET

    STOCKHOLM- Sveriges Riksbank will release the minutes of October monetary policy meeting- 0830 GMT. WELLINGTON- Reserve Bank of New Zealand releases Financial Stability Report, which assesses the soundness and efficiency of the New Zealand financial system- 2000 GMT. STOCKHOLM- Sweden Financial Stability Council meeting.

  • Nov 10- Dendreon Corp filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after sales of the world's first cancer vaccine fell short of expectations and left the company deep in debt. Seattle- based Dendreon said it had agreed terms of a financial restructuring with certain bond holders that may involve a standalone recapitalization or the sale of the company or its...

  • Nov 10- Cancer vaccine maker Dendreon Corp filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Monday after its potential blockbuster cancer drug failed to live up to expectations, saddling the company with heavy debt. Dendreon's stock was down nearly 62 percent at 36 cents in premarket trading. Under the agreements, senior noteholders will support a plan of...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 7- Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc on Friday said third-quarter profit fell 9 percent as it took a large writeoff on one of its investments, but operating results easily topped forecasts amid improvement in its insurance, energy and railroad operations. Net income slipped to $4.62 billion, or $2,811 per Class A share in the third quarter,...