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  • Canadian pleads guilty in NY rhino horns case Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 5:31 PM ET

    Xiao Ju Guan, also known as Tony Guan, entered the plea to a count of attempted smuggling in federal court in Manhattan. Guan, who remains incarcerated, admitted that he tried in March to smuggle two black rhinoceros horns from New York to British Columbia, where he intended to sell them at a store. He said he had smuggled more than $400,000 of rhino horns and...

  • Microsoft to pay China $140 mln for 'tax evasion' Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 4:38 PM ET

    SEATTLE, Nov 25- China has levied about $140 million in back taxes from Microsoft Corp in the first major case concerning cross-border tax evasion in the country, as regulators ramp up pressure on U.S. corporations doing business there. "In 2012 the tax authorities of China and the United States agreed to a bilateral advanced pricing agreement with regards to...

  • Lawsuit filed to stop Snake River dredging Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 12:40 PM ET

    SPOKANE, Wash.— Environmental groups and the Nez Perce Tribe have filed a lawsuit to stop proposed dredging of the lower Snake River to aid barge traffic from Lewiston, Idaho— the farthest inland seaport on the West Coast. The lawsuit, filed Monday in federal court in Seattle, challenged the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' approval of a $6.7 million dredging project...

  • Schumer to Dems: Make government help workers Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 10:16 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Senate Democrats' top message man is urging the party leftward in the wake of crushing midterm election losses, saying working Americans want a robust government that will promote education access, labor bargaining rights, progressive taxes and more. At a Washington news conference, New York Democratic Sen. Schumer's remarks came a few weeks...

  • Redbox raising DVD rental rates by 25 percent Monday, 24 Nov 2014 | 3:19 PM ET

    Redbox's Blu-Ray rental rates are jumping 33 percent, from $1.50 per day to $2. The stock of Redbox's owner, Outerwall Inc., surged $7.83, 12 percent, to close Monday at $71.39— the biggest one-day gain since February 2012. Those options include Netflix's $9- per-month Internet video service, with 37 million U.S. subscribers, and various video-on-demand packages...

  • Driver fatigue may have caused California crash Monday, 24 Nov 2014 | 2:21 AM ET

    California Highway Patrol Officer Jeff Borgen said the same vehicle struck a Denny's restaurant in Red Bluff, about 50 miles south, but no one was hurt. The bus was enroute from Los Angeles to Pasco, Washington, when it went off Interstate 5 at about 7:30 a.m. about 100 miles south of the Oregon border, Borgen said. Three patients were in critical condition,...

  • 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...

  • House GOP sues Obama administration on health law Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 10:36 AM ET

    Legal experts expressed doubts that the GOP would prevail or that the case could be concluded during Obama's presidency. GOP lawmakers said those unilateral actions were unconstitutional and have promised unspecified congressional action. A Republican official said party leaders might amend the suit to include Obama's immigration actions, which would...

  • Inslee to GOP senators: Bring solutions on climate Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 6:29 PM ET

    OLYMPIA, Wash.— Responding to criticism leveled at him last week, Gov. Doug Ericksen, R- Ferndale, and Curtis King, R- Yakima, disputing their assertions that the Legislature has been cut out of the process of evaluating potential requirements for cleaner transportation fuels. Inslee responded Thursday that the process has been open and transparent, lawmakers and...

  • 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...

  • Arizona sues General Motors over delayed recalls Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 1:38 PM ET

    PHOENIX— Arizona's attorney general has sued General Motors for failing to recall millions of cars and trucks with safety defects the auto giant did not disclose for years. Attorney General Tom Horne said Thursday that he sued under the state's consumer fraud statutes and is seeking a $10,000 fine for each of hundreds of thousands of defective vehicles sold...

  • Groups seek closure of Northwest's only nuke plant Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 1:11 PM ET

    A new report commissioned by the groups also questioned worker protection at the plant, which is on leased land at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. The Tri-City Herald reported the plant employs about 850 people and generates about 4 percent of the electricity in the Northwest through the Bonneville Power Administration. The report was written by Robert...

  • Crew finds 150-ton boulder likely left by glacier Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 1:02 PM ET

    A geotechnical engineer who was called out to examine it, Kurt Merriman, told The Daily Herald it's a glacial erratic— a giant rock left behind by a glacier maybe 18,000 years ago. The site superintendent for the Halvorson Construction Group, Ben Hansen, says it may give the boulder to the city to try to find it a home. Information from: The Daily Herald,...

  • Thanksgiving getaway: 46.3 million to hit the road Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 10:00 AM ET

    NEW YORK— The good news for Thanksgiving travelers: the price of gas is at five-year lows. AAA says the average retail price for gasoline is $2.85 per gallon, 43 cents cheaper than Thanksgiving Day last year. With the average car getting 18.5 miles per gallon, that means a family driving 300 miles will save $6.97 in fuel this holiday.

  • Millions expected in Wash. pot taxes through 2019 Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 9:48 AM ET

    OLYMPIA, Wash.— Washington's legal recreational marijuana market is bringing in more tax revenue to the state than originally predicted, state officials said Wednesday. The most recent revenue forecast released by the Economic and Revenue Forecast Council shows that the industry is expected to bring in more than $694 million in state revenue through the...

  • 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,...

  • Democrats: Go big on the economy in 2016 Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 5:29 PM ET

    Party officials attending a daylong conference Wednesday hosted by the Center for American Progress said Democrats failed to make a forceful pitch to middle-class voters on issues like economic opportunity, stagnant wages and rising college costs— and suffered the consequences. "Too many Democrats did not offer a progressive vision, particularly around...

  • Old health exchange problems overshadow new ones Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 5:27 PM ET

    SEATTLE— Washington's health care exchange had problems last weekend as open enrollment began. At a legislative committee meeting Tuesday in Olympia and again at a board meeting Wednesday near Seattle, the refrain heard over and over again was: Why haven't you fixed the problems preventing people from using the insurance they bought during the previous open...

  • 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...