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  • NEW YORK— Chips made out of broccoli, chickpeas and kale. Buyers for places like supermarkets milled about the trade show at the sprawling Jacob Javits Center in New York City, tasting the treats on display and stuffing bags with free samples. "It's like a secret wonderland of food," said Louise Kramer, a spokeswoman for the Specialty Food Association, the trade group...

  • SEATTLE— Seattle, notorious for boom-and-bust cycles stretching back to the 19th century Alaska gold rush, is booming once again. But the boom has brought handwringing, as residents fret over whether Seattle has become a traffic-snarled city for the rich with soaring rental rates, overly dependent on the company behind it all: Amazon. "A lot of people who have...

  • After a Thursday hearing in U.S. District Court in Helena, it's clear that Yellowstone Club founder Tim Blixseth won't be freed anytime soon after spending more than two months in the Cascade County Detention Center. District Judge Sam Haddon ordered the 65- year-old Medina, Washington, resident locked up for contempt on April 20 for not providing a full...

  • SAN FRANCISCO— The FBI is working with police to catch vandals behind nearly a dozen fiber-optic cable cuts in Northern California in the past year. FBI spokesman Greg Wuthrich says the FBI has known about the separate vandalism incidents and became involved last month because cable cuts in one location can affect businesses and customers in other cities and...

  • YOUR MONEY-5 ways road-tripping families can save money Wednesday, 1 Jul 2015 | 9:29 AM ET

    NEW YORK, July 1- With four kids between the ages of 1 and 12, Loralee Leavitt is a cost-savings ninja when she hits the road. Leavitt, who hails from Kirkland, Washington, estimates that she has gone on more than 30 road trips with her growing family, logging over 60,000 miles, to places like Utah, Colorado, Arizona and California. Their piece de resistance: A trip to...

  • PORTLAND, Ore.— Oregon began easing into an era of legal marijuana Wednesday after an early morning pot celebration at the center of Portland. More than 40 years earlier, Oregon was the first state to decriminalize small amounts of pot. "Oregon has long been a pioneer on sensible marijuana policies," said Anthony Johnson, chief petitioner on Measure 91, the...

  • WASHINGTON, June 30- U.S. exporters large and small scrambled on Tuesday to urge foreign customers not to abandon deals supported by the U.S. Export-Import Bank, which will be forced to halt new business at midnight as its charter expires. Companies affected range from giants including aircraft maker Boeing Co and General Electric Co to small exporters of...

  • JUNEAU, Alaska— Royal Dutch Shell has secured another federal authorization as it pursues plans to drill exploration wells in the Arctic waters off the Alaska coast. "The closer the Shell rigs encroach upon the Chukchi Sea, the further away the Obama administration retreats from its promise to leave a strong climate legacy," Friends of the Earth's Marissa Knodel...

  • —Craig Randleman, 50, of Bend, Oregon, and Thomas Joy, 28, of Spokane, Washington, rescued an 8- year-old boy from attacking pit bulls in Spokane in April 2014. —Robert A. Pritchard Jr., 13, of Jacksonville, Florida, rescued a 6- year-old girl from a burning mobile home in June 2014. —S. Alexander Smith, 16, of Aloha, Oregon, drowned trying to rescue his 13- year-old brother from...

  • WILLIAMS, Ore.— On the third Thursday of each month, veteran medical marijuana growers and hopeful newbies gather in the old Williams Grange hall in a small rural Oregon valley long known for growing some of the best cannabis on the planet. says Gina Erdmann, director of the Oregon SunGrown Growers' Guild, as she lays out materials on the sign-in table outside the...

  • SEATTLE, June 29- U.S. Coast Guard and police boats cleared a way through protesters in kayaks at a Seattle- area port on Tuesday so a drilling ship could head for the Arctic on behalf of Royal Dutch Shell. The activists, who have staged frequent demonstrations during the past two months against Royal Dutch Shell's oil exploration in the Chukchi Sea off mainland...

  • NEW YORK— Apple violated antitrust laws by colluding with publishers to raise electronic book prices when it entered a market in 2010 that had been dominated by Amazon.com, a divided federal appeals court panel said Tuesday. A three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan ruled 2- to-1 that a lower-court judge correctly found Apple...

  • Celgene, Juno map out cancer treatment collaboration Tuesday, 30 Jun 2015 | 9:44 AM ET

    Shares of Juno Therapeutics soared Tuesday morning, a day after larger drug developer Celgene announced plans to invest about $1 billion in Juno mostly through stock purchases as part of a collaboration to develop cancer and autoimmune disease treatments. Celgene will pay about $150 million upfront and buy 9.1 million shares of Juno's common stock at $93...

  • US home prices climbing steadily Tuesday, 30 Jun 2015 | 9:00 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— U.S. home prices increased at a solid clip in April, led by double-digit jumps in Denver and San Francisco. Prices in the Denver metro areas climbed 10.3 percent, while home values in San Francisco rose 10 percent. Values increased more than 7.5 percent in Dallas, Miami, Seattle and Tampa.

  • DENVER— Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul courted donors from the new marijuana industry Tuesday, making the Kentucky senator the first major-party presidential candidate to publicly seek support from the legal weed business. During an interview with The Denver Post after the fundraiser, Paul also declined to answer whether he would have voted...

  • SAN FRANCISCO— Microsoft is handing off some its digital advertising business to AOL and selling its street-image mapping operation to Uber, as the giant software company tries to focus on activities more relevant to its core business. AOL, meanwhile, is adopting Microsoft's Bing search engine, replacing Google as the default option for visitors who want to...

  • SEATTLE, June 29- Microsoft Corp said on Monday it will hand over its display advertising business to AOL Inc and AppNexus Inc, and sell some map-generating technology to ride-hailing app company Uber, as it slims down its money-losing online operations. The moves mean Microsoft will focus on its growing search advertising business based on its Bing search...

  • June 29- Microsoft Corp said on Monday it will hand over its display advertising business to AOL Inc and AppNexus Inc, and sell some map-generating technology to ride-hailing app company Uber, as it slims down its money-losing online operations. The moves mean Microsoft will focus on its growing search advertising business based on its Bing search engine, and...

  • JUNEAU, Alaska— A team of aviation investigators has been working in a remote, mountainous site in southeast Alaska to determine what caused the crash of a sightseeing plane that killed eight cruise ship passengers and the aircraft's pilot. Seven investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board made it to the crash site on Saturday morning and are...

  • As the biggest donor, Beijing would get 26 percent of votes, with India in second-place with 7.5 percent and Russia third with 5.9 percent. Beijing's proposal for the AIIB attracted unexpectedly wide support from U.S. allies including Britain, New Zealand, France, Australia and South Korea despite U.S. opposition. The Beijing- based bank is part of China's efforts...