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  • LYNNWOOD, Wash.— A tractor-trailer carrying millions of honeybees overturned on a highway north of Seattle early Friday, scattering hives and sending white-suited beekeepers scrambling to save as many insects as they could. The truck had just merged onto Interstate 5 around 3:30 a.m. when it tipped on its side, dumping its load of 448 hives, or about 13.7...

  • WASHINGTON— An emergency order requiring trains hauling crude oil and other flammable liquids to slow down as they pass through urban areas and a series of other steps to improve the safety were announced Friday by the Department of Transportation. There have been a series of fiery oil train explosions in the U.S. and Canada in recent years, including one just...

  • April 17- The union trying to organize Boeing Co's South Carolina plant withdrew its petition for an April 22 election, citing "a toxic environment and gross violations of workers' lawful organizing rights." The decision, which delays the date for an election by at least six months, was made after organizers for the International Association of Machinists&...

  • April 17- The International Association of Machinists& Aerospace Workers withdrew its petition for an April 22 election at Boeing Co's South Carolina plant, citing "a toxic environment and gross violations of workers' lawful organizing rights." The decision, which delays the date for an election by at least six months, was made after IAM organizers conducted...

  • Protesters meet Arctic drill rig in Washington harbor Friday, 17 Apr 2015 | 10:36 AM ET

    PORT ANGELES, Wash.— Protesters in kayaks greeted a rig that could be used for oil drilling in the Arctic as it arrived Friday in Washington state following a journey across the Pacific that included being boarded by Greenpeace activists. Eric Ross of Shell No Action Coalition says kayakers are training for a "festival of resistance" in Seattle on May 16-18.

  • Machinists withdraw request for SC Boeing union vote Friday, 17 Apr 2015 | 10:24 AM ET

    CHARLESTON, S.C.— The Machinists union is delaying its attempt to organize Boeing workers in South Carolina, announcing Friday that it's withdrawing a petition to hold a union vote next week because of what it called a toxic atmosphere and political interference. Boeing employs nearly 7,500 workers in South Carolina. "I hold the Boeing Company, South Carolina...

  • LYNNWOOD, Wash.— A semitruck carrying millions of honeybees overturned on a highway north of Seattle early Friday, scattering hives and sending white-suited beekeepers scrambling to save as many insects as they could. The truck had just merged onto Interstate 5 around 3:30 a.m. when it tipped on its side, dumping its load of 448 hives, or about 13.7 million bees,...

  • Jay Inslee on Friday repeated his call for embattled state Auditor Troy Kelley to resign following his indictment by a federal grand jury. The indictment charged him with filing false tax returns, attempting to obstruct a lawsuit and possessing more than $1 million in stolen property related to his former business. Inslee wrote that the indictment "makes it...

  • Veteran Chinese journalist Gao Yu sentenced to 7 years Friday, 17 Apr 2015 | 12:13 AM ET

    BEIJING— A Beijing court sentenced a veteran Chinese journalist to seven years in prison Friday on charges of leaking a document detailing the Communist Party leadership's resolve to aggressively target civil society and press freedom as a threat to its monopoly on power. The sentence against Gao Yu, 71, comes amid a widening clampdown on free speech that...

  • NEW YORK— Apple Inc.' s cooperation with efforts to improve its compliance with antitrust laws after a federal judge concluded it colluded with electronic book publishers to raise prices five years ago took on an "adversarial tone" recently, a court-appointed monitor says. The monitor, Michael Bromwich, said in a report made public Thursday that the technology...

  • Port of Longview working on crude oil refinery proposal Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 12:43 PM ET

    PORTLAND, Ore.— The Port of Longview says it's working with an energy company on a proposal for a new crude oil refinery, the first such facility on the Columbia River. Columbia Riverkeeper said if a refinery is built in Longview, it would be the first on the West Coast in over 25 years, and the sixth refinery in Washington state. Longview is 50 miles north of Portland.

  • House passes bill to repeal estate tax Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 12:18 PM ET

    Kevin Brady, R- Texas, who sponsored the bill. The bill now goes to the Senate where Democrats appear to have enough votes to block it. The White House has threatened to veto the bill in part because it would add $269 billion to the budget deficit over the next decade.

  • Ex-Daimler engineer files $2 million discrimination suit Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 10:37 AM ET

    PORTLAND, Ore.— A Clark County, Washington, man who worked for Daimler Trucks North America in Portland, Oregon, is suing the company for $2 million, claiming his supervisor repeatedly called him "bin Laden" and suggested he was a member of al-Qaida. The Oregonian newspaper reports that the lawsuit by Hussein Fouad, a 75- year-old, Egyptian-born engineer, is the latest...

  • Work plan possibly ignored in accident that killed family Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 10:04 AM ET

    BONNEY LAKE, Wash.— Officials in the Washington city where a concrete slab fell from an overpass and killed a young family in a pickup below say they would've closed the roadway if they had known heavy work was being performed on the structure. John Woodcock, chief engineer for Bonney Lake, told KING-TV that the contractor, WHH Nisqually Federal Services, and its...

  • SEATTLE, April 16- Street vendors selling Seattle's Real Change newspaper will accept digital payments from Thursday through a new smartphone application developed by workers at Google Inc in a volunteer project to help hawkers serve increasingly cashless patrons. Seattle residents looking for a weekly dose of reform-minded news will be able to scan a...

  • Seattle/ Paris April 16- The jumbo jet, for many years the workhorse of modern air travel, could be close to running out of runway. Sales forces at Airbus Group NV and Boeing Co are fighting for potential orders plane by plane as they seek to keep production going beyond the end of the decade, said other aviation market sources. Airbus has said it is also considering a...

  • Energy company eyes Washington state port for new project Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 9:40 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO, April 15- Riverside Refining LLC is developing an energy infrastructure project for the Pacific Northwest and is considering Washington State's Port of Longview as a potential location for it, the company's CEO said on Wednesday. Separately on Wednesday, environmental group Columbia Riverkeepers released documents it had obtained through...

  • Microsoft quietly content as EU moves on Google Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 8:51 PM ET

    Long-time staffers at Microsoft, still scarred from its own battles with U.S. and European regulators over the last two decades, did not express sympathy for Google facing a similar process. "They have to go through what they have to go through," said one Microsoft general manager, who was closely involved in the company's public relations at the time of...

  • DETROIT— A federal judge ruled Wednesday that a 2009 bankruptcy order shields General Motors from billions of dollars in death and injury claims tied to defective ignition switches in older small cars. But Judge Robert Gerber in New York, who handled GM's government-funded bankruptcy case six years ago, also ruled that plaintiffs who claim a loss in the value...

  • LA rally calls for higher wages for fast-food workers Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 2:20 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES— Demonstrators filled a major street outside a Los Angeles McDonald's restaurant on Wednesday to protest low wages for fast-food workers. Chanting "Fight for 15," the demonstrators filling Figueroa Street near the University of Southern California included members of unions, college students and clergy. They need a living wage, "said Duncan Gammy,...