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  • SEATTLE— Amazon.com is introducing a referral service to help people to get projects and chores done around their homes. It debuted Monday across the U.S. after several months of testing in New York, Los Angeles and Amazon.com' s home city of Seattle. Amazon.com' s move poses a potential threat to other online referral and business rating services, including...

  • CHICAGO, March 30- Amazon.com Inc is launching a home services marketplace that will connect customers with electricians, plumbers and painters in a move to have its services tied to every product sold on its website. "Third party estimates show that customers spend four times more on services each year than they do on physical products," Peter Faricy,...

  • OLYMPIA, Wash.— A politically charged proposal to raise Washington's highest-in-the-nation state minimum wage to $12 an hour over four years drew extended debate and a capacity crowd to a Senate committee hearing Monday. The bill to raise minimum wage via a series of annual 50- cent increases, passed the Democrat-controlled House in a party-line vote earlier...

  • March 27- Intel Corp is in talks to buy fellow chipmaker Altera Corp in a deal likely to top $10 billion, according to a source familiar with the matter, making it Intel's biggest purchase ever and the latest merger in the quickly consolidating semiconductor sector. The acquisition of Altera, which makes programmable chips widely used in cellphone towers, the...

  • March 27- Intel Corp is in talks to buy fellow chipmaker Altera Corp in a deal likely to top $10 billion, making it Intel's biggest purchase and the latest merger in the quickly consolidating semiconductor sector, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. An acquisition of Altera, which makes programmable chips widely used in cellphone towers, the military and...

  • UPDATE 1-Intel in talks to buy Altera -WSJ report Friday, 27 Mar 2015 | 4:13 PM ET

    March 27- Intel Corp is in talks to buy fellow chipmaker Altera Corp in a deal that would likely top $10 billion, marking the latest merger in the semiconductor business, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. An acquisition of Altera, which makes programmable chips widely used in cellphone towers, the military and other industrial applications,...

  • FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.— When vandals sliced a fiber-optic cable in the Arizona desert last month, they did more than time-warp thousands of people back to an era before computers, credit cards or even phones. "Our first responsibility is to make sure that people actually have service," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, co-chairman of President Barack Obama's...

  • The potential deal, first reported by Women's Wear Daily, could value Net-a-Porter lower than the valuation of 2 billion euros reported by the fashion industry trade journal, Forbes reported on Thursday, citing the person. "It's Day 1 in the category," Amazon Chief Executive Jeff Bezos told the New York Times in an interview in 2012, saying the company was making a "...

  • The potential deal, first reported by Women's Wear Daily, could value Net-a-Porter lower than the valuation of 2 billion euros reported by the fashion industry trade journal, Forbes said, citing the person. "It's Day 1 in the category," Amazon Chief Executive Jeff Bezos told the New York Times in an interview in 2012, saying the company was making a "significant"...

  • Project sponsor Mines Management Inc. of Spokane, Washington, rejected the group's compensation figure during court-ordered settlement talks on Wednesday. Mines Management chief executive Glenn Dobbs says the agency's announcement marks a major step forward. "It's the culmination of 10 years of very hard work by good people at the U.S. Forest Service and...

  • NEW YORK— Microsoft said Thursday that it will push its U.S. suppliers to give their employees paid time off— but that only applies for the staffers that do work for Microsoft. Microsoft said it has about 2,000 U.S. suppliers, who provide services such as maintenance and security. Microsoft Corp. said suppliers with 50 or more employees will be asked to provide at...

  • Census: Florida city tops list of fastest-growing areas Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 12:08 AM ET

    New figures released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau showed Florida was home to six of the nation's 20 fastest-growing metro areas from July 1, 2013, to July 1, 2014. The Villages retirement community located northwest of Orlando was the nation's fastest-growing metro area last year with a 5.4 percent increase that raised the population to 114,000...

  • HOUSTON, March 25- Striking workers at Tesoro Corp's Martinez, California, refinery have ratified a new contract, ending a 52- day strike at that plant, the United Steelworkers union said on Wednesday. USW members at the Martinez refinery were the last of three Tesoro groups to approve the contract based on a tentative national agreement reached between the...

  • NEW YORK, March 25- Patent holding company Intellectual Ventures' second crack at holding Motorola Mobility liable for using its technology without permission partially succeeded on Wednesday after a U.S. jury in Delaware found Motorola infringed a patent on multimedia text messaging. Another trial between the two, involving a single Intellectual...

  • NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C., March 25- Boeing Co faces a union authorization vote in South Carolina next month that pits the plane maker and anti-union Governor Nikki Haley against an organized labor movement that has been thwarted from expansion in the South. National Labor Relations Board scheduled the vote for April 22 after Boeing and the International...

  • NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C., March 25- Boeing Co faces a union authorization vote next month by thousands of workers at its jetliner facilities in South Carolina, setting up a showdown in their long-running battle in the strongly anti-union state. South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has been outspoken in her criticism of unions, calling them "thugs" and "bullies."

  • NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C.— Production workers at Boeing plants in South Carolina will decide next month whether they want representation by the Machinists union. But now it estimates that 3,000 of the company's approximately 7,500 workers in South Carolina will be eligible to vote. Nikki Haley said last week after the union petitioned for the vote that South...

  • *Leaders of France, Germany, Spain to visit crash area. SEYNE-LES-ALPES, France, March 25- French investigators on Wednesday searched for the reason why a German Airbus ploughed into an Alpine mountainside, killing all 150 on board including 16 teenagers returning from a school trip to Spain. Helicopters flew over the site where the A320 operated by Lufthansa's...

  • WASHINGTON— New momentum for a lasting fix to Medicare's doctor-payment problem shows that lawmakers may finally be recognizing what has long bothered their constituents. "A lot of these doctors are talking about not performing the service," said Jesse Thomas of Mount Vernon, New York, a Medicare beneficiary retired from a career on Wall Street.

  • Critics worry firing squad law will tarnish Utah's image Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 2:44 AM ET

    SALT LAKE CITY— Utah lawmakers say they took a pragmatic approach in approving the firing squad as a form of execution if lethal-injection drugs aren't available. But critics say bringing back the firing squad in Utah— the only state to use the method in the past 40 years— could tarnish the state's image with visitors. Tourism is big business in Utah, home to...