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  • NEW YORK, July 11- Wells Fargo& Co is angling to cash in on the U.S. energy boom, as the fourth-largest U.S. bank looks for new avenues of revenue growth to overcome a slump in mortgage lending, its traditional driver of profits.

  • Fired, rehired and weighing options: WA pot smoker Friday, 11 Jul 2014 | 6:00 PM ET

    The Washington man fired for buying legal marijuana has been offered his job back. But he's pondering his options.

  • Business Highlights Friday, 11 Jul 2014 | 5:46 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Would-be home sellers across the country are grappling with a once-in-a-lifetime problem: They have mortgage rates so absurdly low it would hurt them financially to sell. Tobacco firms Reynolds, Lorillard in merger talks. RICHMOND, Va.— Big Tobacco may soon get smaller.

  • Amazon asks FAA for permission to fly drones Friday, 11 Jul 2014 | 11:53 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Amazon is asking the Federal Aviation Administration permission to use drones as part of its plan to deliver packages to customers in 30 minutes or less. In a letter to the FAA dated Wednesday, Amazon said it is developing aerial vehicles as part of Amazon Prime Air.

  • Downside of low US mortgage rates? Less selling Friday, 11 Jul 2014 | 9:36 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Would-be home sellers across the country are grappling with a once-in-a-lifetime problem: They have mortgage rates so absurdly low it would hurt them financially to sell. Doing so would mean giving up an irresistible rate in exchange for a new mortgage carrying a rate up to a percentage point higher.

  • Senate confirms housing chief to run budget office Friday, 11 Jul 2014 | 7:01 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Senate on Thursday confirmed President Barack Obama's housing chief as the new director of the White House budget office, completing a second-term Cabinet shuffle. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, who said Donovan was unqualified and hadn't proved he understood fiscal and budgetary issues.

  • Inventor pushes solar panels for roads, highways Friday, 11 Jul 2014 | 2:00 AM ET

    SPOKANE, Washington— The solar panels that Idaho inventor Scott Brusaw has built aren't meant for rooftops. "We need to rebuild our infrastructure," said Brusaw, the head of Solar Roadways, based in Sandpoint, Idaho, about 90 miles northeast of Spokane, Washington.

  • Washington's blueberry crop growing to 45,000 tons Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | 1:50 PM ET

    SEATTLE— Washington blueberry growers expect to harvest 90 million pounds— 45,000 tons— of blueberries this summer. The Washington Blueberry Commission says that's 10 million pounds more than last year and ranks the state fourth in the nation in blueberry production behind Michigan, Oregon and Georgia.

  • July 10- General Electric Co said on Thursday it picked France's Safran SA, Japan's IHI Corp and Germany's MTU Aero Engines AG to work on the GE9X engine that will power Boeing Co's new 777 X aircraft. GE told Reuters the companies chosen would share about 25 percent of the GE9X program, with Safran holding the largest share.

  • Costco key June sales metric tops Street's view Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | 6:22 AM ET

    ISSAQUAH, Wash.— Costco's sales at stores open at least a year rose 6 percent in June, beating Wall Street's estimates. Analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters expected a 5.3 percent increase. Costco Wholesale Corp. said Thursday that sales at U.S. locations open at least a year climbed 6 percent.

  • Hanford workers test thousands of air samples Wednesday, 9 Jul 2014 | 5:50 PM ET

    RICHLAND, Wash.— About 12,000 air samples taken on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation this year after more than three dozen workers reported being sickened by chemical vapors have failed to find a cause for the problem, Hanford officials said Wednesday.

  • Pot gives Oregonians a reason to visit neighbor Wednesday, 9 Jul 2014 | 3:43 PM ET

    Mayor Tim Leavitt cut a green ribbon outside Main Street Marijuana on Wednesday, opening the doors to the first recreational marijuana store in Vancouver. The city in southwest Washington is just a 10- mile drive from downtown Portland.

  • Obama presses Congress to consent on border money Wednesday, 9 Jul 2014 | 10:03 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Tens of thousands of children streaming from chaotic Central American nations to the U.S. border have overwhelmed the government's ability to respond, senior administration officials said Wednesday as President Barack Obama urged Congress to move swiftly to approve emergency spending request for the crisis.

  • AP PHOTOS: How marijuana goes from garden to store Wednesday, 9 Jul 2014 | 2:52 AM ET

    BELLINGHAM, Washington— Top Shelf Cannabis was able to open its doors to sell marijuana when Washington state's recreational pot industry finally opened for business because of growers like Sea of Green Farms.

  • Hundreds line up for legal pot sales in Washington Wednesday, 9 Jul 2014 | 2:51 AM ET

    SEATTLE— Washington's slow rollout of its legal marijuana market spreads to more cities Wednesday, one day after big crowds lined up outside the state's first licensed pot shops.

  • Charges: Russian stole data from restaurants, zoo Tuesday, 8 Jul 2014 | 5:59 PM ET

    SEATTLE— A Russian man recently arrested on bank fraud and other charges hacked into computers at restaurants in Western Washington, hundreds of other retail businesses, and even the Phoenix Zoo, U.S. authorities allege.

  • 'Free the weed': Scenes from Washington pot sales Tuesday, 8 Jul 2014 | 4:16 PM ET

    As employees worked frantically to prepare the shelves and assess their inventory at Top Shelf Cannabis in Bellingham, Washington, 22- year-old Zoe Wainwright was among the dozens in line early Tuesday waiting for legal marijuana sales to begin.

  • CHICAGO, July 8- Federal regulators widened the recall of salmonella-tainted chicken produced by Foster Farms to include products believed to have been sent to military bases in five states to feed personnel and their families, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture on Tuesday.

  • Legal pot now a short drive for many Oregonians Tuesday, 8 Jul 2014 | 3:19 PM ET

    PORTLAND, Ore.— Recreational pot is now for sale in Washington state, and that means easy access for many residents of neighboring Oregon. The closest legal pot shop to Portland opens Wednesday, just across the Columbia River in Vancouver, Washington.

  • CHICAGO, July 8- Federal regulators widened the recall of salmonella-tainted chicken produced by California- based Foster Farms to include products believed to have been send to military bases in five states to feed personnel and their families, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture on Tuesday.