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  • The total average cost of a data breach is now $3.8 million, up from $3.5 million a year ago, according to a study by data security research organization Ponemon Institute, paid for by International Business Machines Corp.. Data breaches are becoming more common and significant, with high-profile attacks on Sony Corp, JPMorgan Chase and retailers Target Corp...

  • NEW YORK— Amazon is hiring 6,000 full-time workers to staff up across its more than 50 distribution centers in the U.S. Its $99 annual Prime membership service comes with free two-day delivery on many items. The Seattle- based company employed about 154,100 full-time and part-time workers in total at the end of 2014..

  • *Time Warner Cable's shares up 7.1 pct, Charter up 2.7 pct. May 26- Charter Communications Inc's $56 billion bid to remake the U.S. cable television industry by acquiring larger rival Time Warner Cable Inc will try to skirt the regulatory obstacles that helped sink Comcast Corp's earlier bid for Time Warner Cable. The transaction faces a close review from the...

  • May 26- Delta Air Lines Inc on Tuesday announced new flights from Seattle to five destinations in its latest move to strip market share from Alaska Air Group Inc, which is based in that city. Investors worry that overlaps with the airport's larger operator Alaska Airlines could lead to lower ticket prices and revenue from Seattle. Delta said it would begin...

  • Clarification: Arctic Drilling Protests story Tuesday, 26 May 2015 | 1:41 PM ET

    BELLINGHAM, Wash.— In a story May 23, The Associated Press, relying on information from the Backbone Campaign group, reported that an activist chained to a support ship that is part of Royal Dutch Shell's exploratory oil drilling plans was named Chiara Rose.

  • Wyoming tourism director foresees good summer season Tuesday, 26 May 2015 | 6:26 AM ET

    CHEYENNE, Wyo.— Lower gas prices and other indicators point to plenty of out-of-state visitors coming to Wyoming to enjoy national parks and other attractions this summer, tourism officials say. Gas prices are about $1 lower than they were at this time last year, state tourism executive director Diane Shober said. Shober said advertising is a key to getting...

  • Rhode Island last year began allowing workers to take up to four weeks of paid leave. "It was just such a stress reliever, knowing there was going to be money to help us pay the bills," said Quirk, who gushed about the program to Obama when he visited Rhode Island in October. About 5,000 people have taken paid family leave in Rhode Island so far.

  • SEATTLE— One of two protesters who affixed themselves to an Arctic oil-drilling support ship parked north of Seattle left the vessel Sunday, but the other remained suspended from its anchor chain in an effort to draw attention to climate change and the risks an oil spill could pose in the remote waters off northwestern Alaska. Protester Matt Fuller requested...

  • WASHINGTON— A different health care issue has emerged for Democrats, in sync with the party's pitch to workers and middle-class voters ahead of next year's elections. Jim McDermott, D- Wash., a congressional leader on health care. Since virtually all U.S. residents are now required to have health insurance by President Barack Obama's health care law, McDermott...

  • SEATTLE— One of two protesters who affixed themselves to an Arctic oil-drilling support ship parked north of Seattle left the vessel Sunday, but the other remained suspended from its anchor chain in an effort to draw attention to climate change and the risks an oil spill could pose in the remote waters off northwestern Alaska. Protester Matt Fuller requested...

  • CHICAGO— When retailers open state-approved medical marijuana shops in Illinois later this year, they will face a distinct disadvantage in luring prospective patients across their thresholds: Marijuana will always be cheaper on the black market. Dispensary owners in Illinois are thinking, too, about Tupperware-style education parties, spa-like interior...

  • WASHINGTON— A different health care issue has emerged for Democrats, in sync with the party's pitch to workers and middle-class voters ahead of next year's elections. Jim McDermott, D- Wash., a congressional leader on health care. Since virtually all U.S. residents are now required to have health insurance by President Barack Obama's health care law, McDermott...

  • Eric Ross of the Backbone Campaign said on Saturday morning that Matt Fuller joined student activist Chiara Rose in suspending themselves from the anchor chain of the Arctic Challenger, which is in Bellingham Bay. The Coast Guard cutter Osprey spent the night monitoring Rose but took no action, Petty Officer 3rd Class Katelyn Shearer said Saturday morning.

  • SEATTLE— An official with the state Department of Natural Resources says Seattle activists protesting Shell's plans to drill for oil in the Arctic did some environmental damage to a popular dive park. KIRO radio reports activists left behind material used to anchor their protest barge when they sent kayaks out last weekend to protest the Shell oil rig in...

  • PORTLAND, Ore., May 22- Oregon Governor Kate Brown expanded the state's drought emergency to eight more counties on Friday amid a devastating West Coast drought and warned that water shortages could be imminent and a tough fire season may be ahead. The new Oregon counties listed in a drought emergency are Deschutes, Grant, Jackson, Josephine, Lane, Morrow, Umatilla...

  • LOS ANGELES— The labor dispute that hobbled international trade through West Coast seaports earlier this year officially ended Friday when the union representing dockworkers announced its members had ratified a five-year contract. Members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union voted 82 percent in favor of the deal, according to spokesman...

  • The oil pipeline leak that fouled a stretch of California coastline this week reflects a troubling trend in the nation's infrastructure: As U.S. oil production has soared, so has the number of pipeline accidents. "Tick, tick, tick," said Robert Bea, a professor emeritus in civil engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. Since 1995, there have been more...

  • LOS ANGELES— Richard Martinez thinks of his son every day, and with those thoughts come the constant reminder of a young life cut tragically short by a troubled man with a gun. Martinez had just gotten off the phone with his son, Christopher Michaels-Martinez, on the night of May 23, 2014, when the sophomore English major at the University of California, Santa...

  • Expedia sells stake in Chinese travel service Friday, 22 May 2015 | 10:44 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Expedia sold its entire stake in eLong, a Chinese travel service, to a group of businesses based in China for roughly $671 million. Before the market opened, Bellevue, Washington- based Expedia said that it had sold its 62.4 percent share in eLong to a group that includes Ctrip.com International Ltd., Keystone Lodgings Holdings Ltd., Plateno Group Ltd. and...

  • LOS ANGELES/ BOSTON, May 21- McDonald's Corp shareholders defied executives at its annual meeting on Thursday, approving a proposal to make it easier to nominate directors to the board of the fast-food chain and taking its new CEO to task over wages, advertising and its food. McDonald's Chief Executive Steve Easterbrook, who took the helm on March 1, is fighting on...