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  • Container ship towed away from Canadian coast Saturday, 18 Oct 2014 | 12:20 AM ET

    Greg Menzies said a tow line from the Coast Guard ship Gordon Reid got detached, but he noted that the Russian vessel is now 24 nautical miles away from shore. The Canadian Coast Guard vessel Sir Wilfrid Laurier and the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Spar were also on hand to assist if needed, while an ocean-going tugboat was expected to arrive in the area late Saturday or...

  • Oct 17- Opponents of GMO food labeling proposals on the ballot next month in Oregon and Colorado have contributed roughly $20 million for campaigning against the proposed laws, nearly triple the money raised by supporters of the initiatives, campaign finance reports show. Voters in Colorado and Oregon weigh in on the issue in mid-term election voting on Nov. 6.

  • 2 US journalists detained over Russia workshop Friday, 17 Oct 2014 | 9:49 AM ET

    MOSCOW— Two American journalists were briefly detained in Russia and taken to court Thursday for teaching an investigative journalism workshop. The New England Center for Investigative Reporting said that its co-founder, Joe Bergantino, and University of South Carolina professor Randy Covington, were detained for several hours by immigration...

  • Russell Investments, Ft. Lauderdale fund ax Pimco Friday, 17 Oct 2014 | 8:49 AM ET
    Bill Gross

    Russell Investments and the Fort Lauderdale Police & Fire Retirement System dropped PIMCO as their bond portfolios manager following the exit of Bill Gross.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 16- Russell Investments and the Fort Lauderdale Police& Fire Retirement System said on Thursday they dropped Pacific Investment Management Co as the manager of their bond portfolios following the departure of Bill Gross in late September. Gross, who managed the Pimco Total Return Fund and co-founded the firm over 40 years ago, resigned on Sept. 26 to...

  • Starbucks to roll out 'pay ahead' option in 2015 Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 4:03 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Starbucks says it will start letting customers across the country place orders ahead of time on their smartphones by next year. The "pay ahead" option is intended to help win over customers who might otherwise be discouraged by the lines and waits at Starbucks, particularly during the morning rush. To drive traffic to its cafes this holiday season,...

  • Russian man: not guilty to new hacking charges Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 1:36 PM ET

    SEATTLE— A Russian man accused of hacking into U.S. businesses pleaded not guilty Thursday to new charges filed by the U.S. Attorney's Office. Roman Seleznev's new lawyer, Steven Fogg, also told the federal judge that they "object to the manner in which Mr. Seleznev, the son of Russian Parliament member Valery Seleznev, was arrested in the Maldives in July and taken to...

  • No time to cook? Maybe a cyber sous chef can help Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 10:33 AM ET

    "The idea came out of a need my co-founders and I had in our own lives," says Matt Salzberg, co-founder and CEO of Blue Apron, a 2- year-old New York startup that delivers high-end, pre-measured ingredients to your doorstep. Supermarkets and even online giants such as Amazon and Google deliver groceries. "All these companies make the promise, whether explicit or not, of...

  • Amazon hires 80K seasonal holiday workers Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 12:02 AM ET

    At the centers packages are sorted by ZIP code and then transported to U.S. Postal Service offices. The pace of hiring at a retailer can serve as an indicator of expectations for the holiday shopping season, which accounts for 20 percent of the industry's annual sales, according to the National Retail Federation, a trade group. Overall, the National Retail...

  • Washington unemployment rate 5.7 percent Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 1:47 PM ET

    OLYMPIA, Wash.— Washington state's unemployment rate rose slightly to 5.7 percent last month, state officials said Wednesday. Numbers released by the state's Employment Security Department show that the September jobless rate was up from August's 5.6 percent rate, and that businesses saw a loss of about 600 jobs from August to September.

  • Trust sues former Washington Mutual directors Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 1:46 PM ET

    SEATTLE— The trust responsible for distributing any remaining assets of Washington Mutual Inc. to unsecured creditors is suing the company's former directors and officers over a $500 million transfer that occurred just before Washington Mutual Bank was seized. The Seattle Times reports that according to the lawsuit, Washington Mutual Inc. transferred...

  • Big battery to back up power for Washington town Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 11:36 AM ET

    Glacier would be among the first communities in the state to test large-scale battery storage, The Bellingham Herald reported Wednesday. Glacier was selected for the test partly because there is no good alternative to increase the reliability of power to the area, Leslie said. PSE has about 1,000 customers in the Glacier area— 200 to 300 full-time residents...

  • Sheriff: No criminal negligence in corn-maze death Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 5:01 AM ET

    HAUSER, Idaho— Authorities say they found no criminal negligence in the death of a Washington state man who was hit by a bus at a zombie attraction in a northern Idaho corn maze. The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office in Idaho said it doesn't plan to recommend charges in last Friday's death of Jeremy McSpadden Jr., 18, of Spokane Valley, Washington.

  • Chipotle backs Colorado, Oregon labeling proposals Tuesday, 14 Oct 2014 | 2:33 PM ET

    DENVER— Burrito giant Chipotle on Tuesday endorsed ballot measures in Colorado and Oregon that would require labeling of genetically modified food, providing a morale boost for campaigns being heavily outspent by agriculture interests. The company has not donated to the Colorado or Oregon labeling campaigns. Three states— Vermont, Maine and Connecticut—...

  • Giffords begins 9-state tour on women, guns Tuesday, 14 Oct 2014 | 2:17 AM ET

    Gabby Giffords on Tuesday urged women in Maine to help prevent stalkers and abusers from getting guns, part of a nine-state tour to advocate for tougher laws she says can protect domestic violence victims. The former Arizona congresswoman, who was severely wounded in a 2011 shooting in Tucson that killed six people, told law enforcement officials, domestic...

  • GMO labeling measure attracts big money in Oregon Monday, 13 Oct 2014 | 5:56 PM ET

    They have reported spending $7.2 million, according to filings with the Oregon Secretary of State's office. Among the largest contributions: $1.6 million from Monsanto; $1.4 million from PepsiCo Inc., and $870,000 from Kraft Foods. Some of their highest donors include the Portland- based nonprofit Center for Food Safety, which donates $1.1 million and...

  • Boeing announces Garuda order for 50 planes Sunday, 12 Oct 2014 | 4:03 PM ET

    Boeing said Sunday that Garuda will buy 46 of its 737 Max 8 aircraft and convert orders for four other 737 s to the Max 8. The plane is designed to be more fuel-efficient than current models of the single-aisle jet. Boeing and rival Airbus have huge backlogs of commercial jet orders as airlines dealing with high fuel prices order more efficient planes.

  • American Samoa: Plant will create up to 1,000 jobs Saturday, 11 Oct 2014 | 8:06 PM ET

    PAGO PAGO, American Samoa— American Samoa government officials expect up to 1,000 jobs will be created when a Filipino company invests $100 million in a new food-processing plant. Lolo Matalasi Moliga said Friday that executives from A.V.M. Operations would begin the following year, said Keniseli Lafaele, director of the American Samoa Commerce Department.

  • Refinery switching to newer rail cars for crude Saturday, 11 Oct 2014 | 7:15 PM ET

    BELLINGHAM, Wash.— A refinery in northwest Washington state says it will no longer accept any volatile North Dakota crude oil unless it arrives on newer-model tank cars. By the first week of October, the BP Cherry Point facility had stopped using pre-2011 standard tank cars, known as DOT-111 cars, for the shipments, The Bellingham Herald reported.

  • Seed money: 'Ganjapreneurs' compete for investors Friday, 10 Oct 2014 | 1:19 PM ET

    "The Marijuana Show" allows for pot-entrepreneurs to compete for rare investment opportunities for their start-up ideas.