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  • TrueBlue tops 3Q earnings expectations Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 8:30 AM ET

    TACOMA, Wash. _ TrueBlue Inc. on Thursday reported profit of $20.9 million in its third quarter. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 45 cents per share. Analysts expected $641.6 million, according to Zacks.

  • Alaska Air beats 3Q earnings expectations Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 8:15 AM ET

    SEATTLE _ Alaska Air Group Inc. on Thursday reported third-quarter net income of $198 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.41 per share. Alaska Air shares have risen 27 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Noteworthy ballot measures in upcoming election Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 5:06 AM ET

    In Colorado, a "personhood" amendment would add fetuses to those protected by the state's criminal and wrongful death act. In Oregon, Alaska and the District of Columbia, voters will have a chance to legalize the recreational use of marijuana by adults, a step approved two years by voters in Colorado and Washington state. Washington state has two competing...

  • Clearwater Paper posts 3Q profit Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 6:39 PM ET

    SPOKANE, Wash. _ Clearwater Paper Corp. on Wednesday reported net income of $6.3 million in its third quarter. On a per-share basis, the Spokane, Washington- based company said it had net income of 31 cents. Clearwater Paper shares have risen 24 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Banner beats Street 3Q forecasts Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 5:12 PM ET

    WALLA WALLA, Wash. _ Banner Corp. on Wednesday reported third-quarter net income of $14.8 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 61 cents per share. Analysts expected $55.8 million, according to Zacks.

  • UPDATE 4-Boeing profit jumps 18 pct, but cash is scarce Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 3:01 PM ET

    Last year, Boeing blew past its cash forecast, booking $9.7 billion in operating cash flow before pension contributions, compared with a forecast of more than $8.5 billion. But this year Boeing has a lower forecast of more than $7 billion, and in the first nine months has booked only $4.6 billion. He didn't provide details, and Boeing's official forecast rose to "...

  • A Republican Senate means changing the chairmen Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 1:58 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— If Republicans win the Senate, the Pentagon should brace for constant grilling from Sen. The size of a Republican majority would determine committee ratios and budgets; more seats in the Senate translate into a greater advantage on the panels. "If we lose the Senate, for one thing, the way this Senate's been operating, they could end up blocking all my...

  • The top 20 US cities for tech startup funding Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 1:44 PM ET

    About half of that funding went to San Francisco and Silicon Valley, according to the National Venture Capital Association. 1. San Francisco, $9.32 billion, 506 deals. 2. San Jose, California, $3.78 billion, 237 deals.

  • 'Silicon Beach' brings tech boom to Los Angeles Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 1:41 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES— So long Silicon Valley. In the past few years Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and YouTube have opened offices on the west side of Los Angeles from Santa Monica south to Venice and Playa del Rey. "Historically, Silicon Valley has been the center of gravity for tech and startups but I think more and more, these types of companies can be built anywhere," says Erik...

  • The company earned $1.36 billion, or $1.86 per share, for the third quarter ended Sept. 30, up from $1.16 billion, or $1.51 per share, a year earlier. The results easily topped analyst forecasts of $1.97 a share for core earnings and $1.86 for GAAP earnings per share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. For 2014, the company said it expects core earnings to be between...

  • Oct 22- With the closest known U.S. cases of Ebola diagnosed about 160 miles away in Dallas, Cary Griffin is taking no chances. For many, the three cases of Ebola diagnosed in the United States so far since late September represent a new potential disaster and a reason to run to the store. Chad Huddleston, an anthropologist at the University of Southern Illinois at...

  • Website asks high court to throw out lawsuit Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 2:14 AM ET

    SEATTLE— A lawyer told the Washington Supreme Court on Tuesday that a lawsuit filed by three young girls who were sold as prostitutes on a website should be thrown out because the website didn't write the ads, so it's not liable. "No one has the right to sell a kid for sex," said Jo Lembo, with Shared Hope International. " A similar case was filed last week in federal court in...

  • Oct 21- Airbus Group NV said on Tuesday that it has begun offering airlines a long-range version of its A321neo jetliner, aimed at replacing Boeing Co's 757 jetliner, a long-range single-aisle jet that is no longer in production. "The long-range version of the A321neo will be the ideal 757 replacement with true transatlantic range, 25 percent lower fuel burn and...

  • Digging starts for stalled Seattle tunnel machine Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 1:47 PM ET

    SEATTLE— Contractors building a new highway tunnel under downtown Seattle have started digging a 120- foot pit to rescue a stalled boring machine named Bertha. Seattle Tunnel Partners also is pumping out groundwater as it digs the 80- foot-wide pit near the Seattle waterfront. The $80 million, five-story-tall boring machine overheated and came to a stop last...

  • Kentucky bourbon makes its mark on state's economy Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 10:01 AM ET

    LOUISVILLE, Ky.— Kentucky's bourbon industry is making a bigger splash in the state's economy, nearly doubling its workforce in two years and leading a $3 billion distilling sector, a study said Tuesday. By 2014, the number of licensed distilling companies tripled in two years from 10 to 31— the most distilleries in Kentucky since Prohibition ended, according to...

  • Oct 21- Omeros Corp said it suspended enrolment in a mid-stage study testing its experimental Huntington's drug as the company evaluates data from a concurrent trial in rats, sending its shares down 10 percent before the bell. The drug has been well tolerated in all human trials, Omeros said. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has asked the company to further...

  • VANCOUVER, Oct 21- A Western Canadian pipeline once seen as the best near-term hope for sending more of the country's controversial tar sands crude to Asia has hit another snag: aboriginal communities intent on using the courts to block the proposed expansion. Kinder Morgan Energy Partners' C $5.4 billion Trans Mountain expansion would twin a 60- year-old line...

  • Lawsuit claims website aids child sex trafficking Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 2:55 AM ET

    SEATTLE— The Washington Supreme Court is set to hear arguments in a case filed by three sex trafficking victims who say the website Backpage.com helps promote the exploitation of children. A federal case was filed in Boston last week. Backpage.com asked a Supreme Court judge to dismiss the case.

  • Microsoft's Nadella gets $84M pay package Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 8:50 PM ET

    REDMOND, Wash.— Microsoft has given its new CEO Satya Nadella a pay package worth $84.3 million, most of it in the form of long-term stock awards. Microsoft said Nadella's actual compensation for the company's fiscal year 2014 is worth $11.6 million after excluding the long-term stock awards and a $13.5 million one-time retention award he received before his...

  • Potlatch misses Street 3Q forecasts Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 4:42 PM ET

    SPOKANE, Wash. _ Potlatch Corp. on Monday reported earnings of $33.2 million in its third quarter. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 86 cents per share. Analysts expected $187.7 million, according to Zacks.