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  • 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...

  • *Leaders of France, Germany, Spain to visit crash area. SEYNE-LES-ALPES, France, March 25- French investigators will sift through wreckage on Wednesday for clues into why a German Airbus ploughed into an Alpine mountainside, killing all 150 people on board including 16 schoolchildren returning from an exchange trip to Spain. The A320 jet operated by Lufthansa's...

  • OLYMPIA, Wash.— Washington state's insurance commissioner announced Tuesday a multistate investigation into this winter's cyberattack on Premera Blue Cross. Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler said he plans to work with his counterparts in Alaska and Oregon to look into operations at Premera, which is based in Mountlake Terrace, Washington.

  • WASHINGTON, March 24- E-commerce power Amazon.com blasted federal regulators on Tuesday for being slow to approve commercial drone testing, saying the United States is falling behind other countries in the potentially lucrative area of unmanned aviation technology. Ahead of Tuesday's hearing, the FAA sought to alleviate some of that frustration by...

  • Ted Lieu, D- Calif., wants to know when Olympus Corp. first learned of the problems and about its plans to redesign and replace the specialized medical scopes, according a letter sent Monday. Similar outbreaks involving tainted medical scopes previously sickened dozens of patients at hospitals in suburban Chicago and Seattle. In the meantime, FDA regulators...

  • WASHINGTON, March 24- E-commerce power Amazon.com blasted federal regulators on Tuesday for being slow to approve commercial drone testing, saying the United States is falling behind other countries in the potentially lucrative area of unmanned aviation technology. Less than a week after the Federal Aviation Administration gave Amazon.com the green...

  • BILLINGS, Mont.— One-time billionaire and Yellowstone Club founder Tim Blixseth owes almost $74 million in back taxes, penalties and interest in Montana, state revenue officials said Tuesday, after a tax board ruled that the real estate mogul diverted huge sums from the luxury resort for personal use. Revenue officials said the Washington state resident and...

  • UPDATE 5-Google poaches Morgan Stanley's CFO Tuesday, 24 Mar 2015 | 1:11 PM ET

    *Google shares up 2.5 pct. March 24- Google Inc said it hired Ruth Porat, chief financial officer at Morgan Stanley, as its own finance chief, a move signaling that the search engine company may be looking to bear down on fast growing expenses. Porat has helped execute a sweeping cost-cutting strategy across several business lines at Morgan Stanley.

  • WASHINGTON— An extraordinary bipartisan accord between House Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is letting both parties exhale as they move toward permanently ending the nagging annual threat of Medicare cuts to physicians. For Boehner, R- Ohio, the package announced Tuesday lets him claim a rare if modest bipartisan pact to strengthen...

  • Pierce County sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer tells The News Tribune newspaper in Tacoma that detectives are investigating it as an assault. Fast-food workers looking into what appeared to be a building blaze on March 12 found a 46- year-old transient man on fire outside the business in the Tacoma suburb of Spanaway. Information from: The News Tribune,...

  • Parents seeking urban lifestyles for kids Tuesday, 24 Mar 2015 | 3:26 AM ET

    SEATTLE— A small but growing number of parents are bucking a trend when it comes to raising their kids: Rather than move to suburbs as their parents once did, many are opting to stay in or near downtown. Parents in cities across the country, including Seattle, Minneapolis and Denver, are banding together to advocate for new downtown schools, more playgrounds and more...