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SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 13- Dan Richard is determined to keep California's plan for building an 800- mile high-speed rail system on track despite two recent court rulings against it and rising criticism of the effort.
OLYMPIA, Wash., Dec 13- A judge on Friday will hear a legal challenge to the voter-approved initiative enacting a $15 minimum wage for travel and hospitality sector workers in a Seattle suburb that is home to the region's main international airport.
OLYMPIA, Wash.-- Washington state has seen a jump in the last month in the number of people signing up for private insurance through the state's health exchange, according to data released Thursday.
Boeing says union leaders have rejected a labor contract offer that would have located production of the new 777X jetliner in Washington state.
NEW YORK, Dec 12- Boeing Co said on Thursday it planned to eliminate up to 1,200 jobs in Washington state and move them to other U.S. locations as it reorganizes research and development functions. The move will reduce Boeing's reliance on unionized engineers in the Seattle area, and follows other steps Boeing has made to move jobs outside the state this year.
BEIJING, Dec 13- A China state television investigative report accusing Starbucks of overcharging local customers for coffee triggered enormous disquiet among journalists at the network and even some soul-searching after it aired.
OLYMPIA, Wash.-- State officials say that an estimated 25,000 unemployed workers in Washington state will lose their benefits at the end of the month.
WASHINGTON-- Working-age military retirees would see fewer dollars in their federal pensions and the Pentagon would get some long-sought stability in spending under Congress' budget deal.
*Microsoft down to' handful' of CEO candidates, Mulally not only contender. DETROIT/ NEW YORK, Dec 11- Ford Motor Co's board of directors plans to press Chief Executive Alan Mulally soon for a decision on his future, as speculation intensifies that he may be offered the job of CEO at Microsoft Corp.
Dec 11- Boeing's Seattle- area machinists union made a preliminary proposal for a contract that would allow the new 777 X jetliner to be built in Washington state, where the current 777 is built.
NEW YORK, Dec 11- As the holidays approach, many parents are grappling with the ultimate gift conundrum- it better to give cash, gift cards or more personal gifts to teachers?
The meeting came after union members last month roundly rejected a labor contract offer by Boeing that would have ensured the new jet was built in the Seattle area. Boeing confirmed that the meeting with Conner and other Boeing officials took place.
*First quarter earnings/share $0.96 vs est $1.02. Dec 11- Costco Wholesale Corp reported a first-quarter profit and sales that fell short of analysts' estimates, hurt by a rise in operating expenses. Profit rose to $425 million, or 96 cents per share, in the first quarter ended Nov. 24 from $416 million, or 95 cents per share, a year earlier.
Dec 11- The union representing Boeing Co's Seattle area machinists said its leaders had met with top executives of the airplane maker on Tuesday about restarting talks that could see the new 777 X jetliner built in Washington state, where the current 777 is built.
In an open letter on Tuesday to Boeing Chief Executive Jim McNerney and Boeing Commercial Airplanes Chief Executive Ray Conner, the state's two senators and 10 representatives emphasized the congressional support that would come with putting the jet factory in their state.
BELLEVUE, Wash.-- Outerwall will shut down three of its new businesses and eliminate about 8.5 percent of its workforce as part of a cost-cutting plan. Outerwall will discontinue the RubiT coffee kiosk and two other concepts at its New Ventures business.
The legislation _ a fallback plan to a measure stalled in the Senate _ does not include a contentious proposal from Sen. That plan drew strong opposition from the Pentagon as well as several men and women in the Senate. The House plans to adjourn by week's end and the Senate is scheduled to leave town Dec. 20.
From 2 to 8 inches of snow was forecast to fall from northern Virginia, across Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware and into southern New England, Brian Korty, meteorologist with the National Weather Service said in a forecast. Federal government offices in the Washington, D.C., area were shut on Tuesday, according to the Office of Personnel Management said.
Dec 10- Outerwall Inc said the president of its Redbox video rental kiosks division had left the business after just over a year and that it would cut 8.5 percent of its workforce. Redbox, which competes mainly with Netflix Inc, contributes more than 80 percent to Outerwall's revenue.
MADISON, Wis.-- Wisconsin's ultra-liberal capital city is a place where just about anything goes, from street parties to naked bike rides. But city officials say a business is pushing even Madison's boundaries by offering, of all things, hugs.