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  • Paul Allen giving at least $100M to Ebola fight Friday, 24 Oct 2014 | 7:05 AM ET

    SEATTLE— Billionaire Paul Allen says he'll contribute at least $100 million to the fight against Ebola. The Microsoft Corp. co-founder said Thursday that among the initiatives he's supporting is the development of two medevac containment units that the U.S. State Department can use to safely evacuate health workers who become infected.

  • Out-of-patience investors sell off Amazon Friday, 24 Oct 2014 | 12:05 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Amazon has long acted like an ideal customer on its own website: a freewheeling big spender with no worries about balancing a checkbook. Investors confident in founder and CEO Jeff Bezos' invest-and-expand strategy flooded into the stock as the company revolutionized shopping, upended the book industry and took on the cloud— even though its vast range...

  • Microsoft beats Street 1Q forecasts Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 4:36 PM ET

    REDMOND, Wash. _ Microsoft Corp. on Thursday reported fiscal first-quarter profit of $4.54 billion. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 49 cents per share. Analysts expected $21.86 billion, according to Zacks.

  • Cloud business lifts Microsoft's quarterly results Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 4:32 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— Microsoft's quarterly profit and revenue sailed past expectations Thursday, as CEO Satya Nadella's push to embrace cloud computing and diversify into mobile devices helped lift sales by 25 percent. The tech giant reported net income of $4.54 billion, or 54 cents per share, for its fiscal first quarter that ended in September— beating analysts'...

  • Amazon misses Street 3Q forecasts Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 4:12 PM ET

    SEATTLE _ Amazon.com Inc. on Thursday reported a third-quarter loss of $437 million. Analysts expected $20.82 billion, according to Zacks. For the current quarter ending in December, Amazon said it expects revenue in the range of $27.3 billion to $30.3 billion.

  • Allegiant flight returns safely to Vegas airport Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 3:52 PM ET

    LAS VEGAS— An Allegiant Airlines flight returned shortly after takeoff to McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas after a report of possible engine trouble. Allegiant spokesman Micah Lillard says flight 580 took off for Bellingham, Washington, about 9 a.m. PDT Thursday and landed safely less than 15 minutes later, after the crew reported unusual...

  • 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.

  • Food-label measure in Colorado sparks big spending Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 5:11 AM ET

    DENVER— Farms and fields dominate Colorado ads opposing a ballot measure to require labels on some foods that have been genetically modified, with farmers telling voters the labels will damage their businesses. But farmers and agriculture groups are just bit players in the $11 million campaign to defeat Proposition 105. The real money is coming from...

  • Feds to bring indoor plumbing to Alaska village Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 5:07 AM ET

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska— A remote Alaska Native village where only half the homes have indoor plumbing is among rural communities nationwide that will receive upgrades to rural water and wastewater systems with $352 million in grants and loans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Among other awards for water system improvements include a $6 million loan and...

  • 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...