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  • Unemployment rates fell in 41 US states last month Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 10:35 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Unemployment rates fell in 41 U.S. states in November and were unchanged in six more, reflecting healthy job gains across the country. The Labor Department says unemployment rates rose in only three states: Connecticut, Louisiana, and Washington state. The biggest job gains occurred in California, which added 90,100 jobs in November, followed by...

  • China's wealth finds home in Washington state Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 2:08 AM ET

    MEDINA, Wash.— Savvy Seattle-area real estate agents have gained an advantage by paying attention to the growing connections between China and Washington state. "I'm so glad my mother made me study Chinese," laughed property broker Janie Lee, after showing a client from Beijing a $4 million home in the suburb of Medina. And a recent top-grossing Chinese romantic...

  • EPA to step in on fish consumption water rules Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 8:05 PM ET

    SEATTLE— The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday said it plans to come up with updated water quality standards for Washington partly tied to how much fish people eat— in case the state doesn't do it by next year. The federal process will run parallel to the state's own, which is currently underway, and ensures the EPA can propose a rule in a timely manner...

  • Sides 'far apart' in US West Coast port negotiations Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 5:40 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES— While West Coast seaports struggle to keep up with billions of dollars of cargo, dockworkers and their employers apparently aren't close to a new contract nearly six months after their old deal expired. Longshoremen have continued to work without a contract at 29 ports from San Diego to Seattle that are a vital trade link with Asia, though their...

  • Group challenges timber producer's 'green' label Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 2:33 PM ET

    The complaint covers Plum Creek logging in Oregon's Coast Range, citing 11 civil citations over the past six years for violating state logging regulations, including four citations for exceeding the clear-cutting limit of 120 acres. The complaint includes Google Earth images showing landslides in areas stripped of trees by Plum Creek.

  • Richland lab supports 6,800 jobs Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 1:01 PM ET

    SPOKANE, Wash.— The U.S. Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland supported more than $1.3 billion in spending and 6,800 jobs in the Washington state economy last year, according to a study prepared by lab economists and released Thursday. The study said 70 percent of its funding comes from the Energy Department, while the rest is...

  • Amazon launches 1-hour shipping in Manhattan Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 11:58 AM ET

    "There are times when you can't make it to the store and other times when you simply don't want to go," said Dave Clark, Amazon's senior vice president of worldwide operations, in announcing the service known as Prime Now. Amazon said it hopes to roll out one-hour delivery to more cities in 2015.. The speedy delivery service comes as a result of Amazon's growing...

  • 2014: A year of battle lines drawn over dinner Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 10:38 AM ET

    Have you picked a side yet? If not, you'd better think fast, because the battle lines are being drawn and they cut right down the dinner table. For if there was any theme to the food world in 2014, it was the prevalence of polarizing issues.

  • Montana ex-billionaire jailed for contempt Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 9:49 AM ET

    BUTTE, Mont.— Embattled real estate mogul Tim Blixseth was taken away in handcuffs on Thursday after a federal judge ordered the onetime billionaire jailed until he accounts for millions of dollars he owes his creditors. The incarceration of the 64- year-old Blixseth marks a dramatic turn in his six-year legal struggle against accusations that he illegally...

  • Alaska ferry project caught in flap over US steel Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 4:38 PM ET

    JUNEAU, Alaska— A U.S. requirement that American steel be used to update an Alaska ferry terminal is causing some tension with Canadian officials, potentially threatening the project. The terminal is on Canadian soil, in British Columbia, but the land is leased to the state of Alaska. In these tough economic times, Canada and Alaska should be working together to...

  • Bird flu found in wild birds in Washington state - USDA Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 12:18 PM ET

    Dec 17- Two strains of avian influenza have been confirmed in wild birds in Washington state, near the U.S. border with Canada, but there is no immediate cause for public health concerns, U.S. agriculture officials said on Wednesday. The other strain, H5N8, was found in captive gyrfalcons that were fed hunter-killed wild birds, the USDA said. Neither virus has been...

  • Private investigator also sells gun-pouch purses Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 11:43 AM ET

    TACOMA, Wash.— Hours into a surveillance, two private investigators sat in the front seat of a car when the man working alongside Paula Summers asked if the paper Starbucks sack between them held cookies. She also has a small retail booth at South Tacoma Antique Mall, 8219 South Tacoma Way. Washington's rate of people with concealed-carry permits is higher than at...

  • Protections blocked, but sage grouse work goes on Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 11:21 AM ET

    BILLINGS, Mont.— U.S. wildlife officials will decide next year whether a wide-ranging Western bird species needs protections even though Congress has blocked such protections from taking effect, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said Wednesday. President Barack Obama signed a $1.1 trillion spending bill late Tuesday with a provision that barred money from...

  • Washington governor proposes carbon pollution cap Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 8:05 AM ET

    Jay Inslee on Wednesday proposed an ambitious cap-and-trade program to require the state's largest industrial polluters to pay for every ton of carbon they release. The proposal must be approved by the Legislature and is certain to face resistance. Republicans, who will have outright control of the Senate next year, have voiced opposition.

  • Inslee wants carbon tax to fund transportation Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 12:15 AM ET

    MEDINA, Wash.— Overlooking the state Route 520 floating bridge project, Washington Gov. "It's a pretty elegant solution for the state of Washington. The state will face a 52 percent drop in its maintenance budget and 71 bridges will become structurally deficient if the Legislature is not able to pass a transportation budget in the 2015 session, he said.

  • Temporary tax breaks _ which ones affect you? Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 8:23 PM ET

    Congress gave final approval Tuesday to a bill extending more than 50 expired tax breaks through the end of 2014. They include:. —A tax credit for the production of wind, solar and other renewable energy. Nine states have no tax on wages: Alaska, Florida, Nevada, New Hampshire, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Washington and Wyoming.

  • Boeing breaks ground on new St. Louis venture Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 2:58 PM ET

    ST. LOUIS— Boeing's latest venture in St. Louis opens up new possibilities for the region, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and a Boeing vice president said Tuesday. Politicians and civic leaders joined Boeing officials for a groundbreaking for the plant that will make parts for Boeing's new 777 X passenger aircraft.

  • Oregon certifies recount results: GMO labels lost Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 2:26 PM ET

    SALEM, Ore.— Secretary of State Kate Brown has certified recount results showing the defeat of a ballot measure to require labels on genetically modified foods, officially making Oregon the fourth state in the West to reject the idea. They have not said whether they'll make another try in Oregon in 2016, when they potentially would be buoyed by the larger, more...

  • Boeing 737 factory to move to clean energy Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 1:09 PM ET

    RENTON, Wash.— Boeing said Tuesday it plans to buy renewable energy credits to replace fossil-fuel power at the factory in Washington state where it assembles its 737 commercial airplanes. Boeing Co. says it will offset electricity from coal and other fuels by paying a premium to buy wind power credits tied to the Bellevue- based utility's Wild Horse Wind and...

  • Artist's 'Angry Birds' lawsuit goes forward Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 11:46 AM ET

    SEATTLE— A federal judge refused to dismiss a lawsuit by a Seattle artist who says she was cheated out of millions of dollars when the company that sold her line of plush pet toys called "Angry Birds" reached a deal with the Finnish company that makes the insanely popular video game of the same name. Juli Adams designed the "Angry Birds" toys in 2006 for The Hartz...