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  • European pension funds lobby Oracle on pay, governance Sunday, 25 Jan 2015 | 11:12 PM ET

    Jan 25- Two European pension funds have written a letter to Oracle Corp complaining about leading shareholder Larry Ellison's large influence over the U.S. business software company and urging it to allow outsider shareholders a greater say in the company's unpopular pay policies. In a letter addressed to the Oracle board that was seen by Reuters, the...

  • Thirst for craft beer fuels large crop of hops Saturday, 24 Jan 2015 | 2:25 PM ET

    YAKIMA, Wash.— A thirst for craft beer helped hop growers produce their largest crop of hops in five years. A new report from the Hop Growers of America also shows a 10 percent increase in acres harvested between 2013 and 2014.. Information from: Yakima Herald-Republic, http://www.yakimaherald.com.

  • GRANTS PASS, Ore.— Fresh off a victory in Washington state, a leading gun control group backed by billionaire Michael Bloomberg is hoping to make Oregon its next prize in a campaign to require gun sales to go through universal background checks. Part of that was devoted to strengthening the Democratic majority in the state Senate, the key battleground.

  • ANCHORAGE, Alaska— When the Alaska Cooperative Extension Service published its book on growing and using fresh herbs in the Far North, dedicating it was as easy as sprinkling chives on a baked potato. "An Alaska Herb Garden" honors Barbara Fay, a self-taught gardener whose experiments with herb varieties in the harsh interior Alaska climate over 40 years was an...

  • Starbucks Corp. CEO Howard Schultz received a 24 percent increase in his compensation package for 2014.. Starbucks' total revenue increased 11 percent to $16.45 billion in its fiscal year 2014 and its adjusted net income per share rose 21 percent to $2.66. Schultz is the chairman, president and CEO of Starbucks.

  • Amazon to start collecting sales tax in Illinois Friday, 23 Jan 2015 | 4:05 PM ET

    CHICAGO— Amazon will start collecting sales tax from Illinois consumers next month to comply with a new state law, the company said. Illinois lawmakers passed the measure last year after the state Supreme Court threw out an earlier attempt at legislation. "We want to say welcome, Amazon, to Illinois," said Rob Karr of the Illinois Retail Merchants Association.

  • Anheuser-Busch is buying Seattle's Elysian Brewing Co., further expanding its collection of craft brewers as it tries to offset sagging sales of its flagship beers. That follows the purchase of Blue Point Brewing Co. on Long Island, New York, earlier in the year. It bought Goose Island Beer Co. in Chicago in 2011. InBev also has a one-third share in a Northwest...

  • NEW YORK— Expedia has acquired travel booking site Travelocity from the Sabre Corp. for $280 million in cash. The deal adds to Expedia's growing portfolio of websites. Since 2013, Expedia Inc. has been powering Travelocity's U.S. and Canadian websites and providing Travelocity access to Expedia hotel supply and customer service program.

  • Hands-on with Microsoft's hologram device Friday, 23 Jan 2015 | 3:00 AM ET

    REDMOND, Washington— Microsoft didn't use skydivers or stunt cyclists to introduce what it hopes will be the next big leap in computing technology. Microsoft unveiled HoloLens at its headquarters this week, on the same day the company touted its upcoming Windows 10 software release. Google's computerized eyewear, Glass, isn't technically a virtual-reality...

  • LOS ANGELES— Negotiators trying to resolve labor strife at West Coast seaports took Thursday off, as thousands of dockworkers rallied against employers they say are trying to exploit a crisis of cargo congestion at harbors that handle about $1 trillion worth of goods annually. Port police estimated that 6,000 people took part in the rally in Los Angeles and...

  • State, contractor still battling over viaduct project Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 8:23 PM ET

    SEATTLE— The manager for the troubled Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement project told lawmakers Thursday that the state and the contractor are still battling over tens of millions of dollars in repairs dating back to 2012, but even if the contractor declares bankruptcy tomorrow, the project could still be completed. The state House Transportation Committee...

  • LOS ANGELES— Negotiators trying to resolve labor strife at West Coast seaports took Thursday off, as dockworkers gathered to rally against employers they say are trying to exploit a crisis of cargo congestion at harbors that handle about $1 trillion worth of goods annually. "I'm told that there's been some improvement in the last week," said Steve Getzug, a...

  • Jan 22- Starbucks Corp on Thursday said traffic to its Americas- region stores perked up during the holiday quarter, easing investor jitters about slower growth and boosting shares more than 3 percent in after-hours trading. Sales at Starbucks cafes open at least 13 months were up 5 percent for the U.S.-dominated Americas region in the fiscal first quarter...

  • Starbucks' 1Q profits soar on strong sales, traffic Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 4:09 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Starbucks Corp.' s fiscal first-quarter earnings soared 82 percent as the coffee chain attracted more customers around the globe who snapped up an expanded offering of food and drinks over the holidays. Starbucks has enjoyed healthy sales growth, but is seeking to keep its momentum going by expanding on a number of fronts. Another way it's driving...

  • FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.— Tribes must insist the federal government honor its commitments to them and create partnerships with them based on deference, not paternalism, the president of the National Congress of American Indians said Thursday. Congress needs to update laws and regulations on energy, taxation and education to help tribes overcome those long-standing...

  • Ann Rivers, is one of at least two major bills that would reconcile the legally dubious, unregulated medical market with Washington's heavily taxed recreational weed. "My primary objective is to provide safe, affordable patient access for medical marijuana," Rivers, of La Center, said as she introduced the bill at a hearing of the Senate Health Care Committee.

  • Alaska Air beats 4Q profit forecasts Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 6:30 AM ET

    SEATTLE _ Alaska Air Group Inc. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter earnings of $148 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 91 cents per share. Alaska Air shares have increased roughly 9 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • The economics aren't easy, said Girard co-owner Brian Oliveira. The unusual model highlights a debate about pay and conditions in an industry that employs 10 percent of the U.S. workforce, according to the National Restaurant Association. The group doesn't track the number of no-tip models among the nation's nearly 1 million eateries, but examples have popped...

  • The Brookings Institution and JPMorgan Chase ranked 300 major cities worldwide for economic performance last year.

  • SEATTLE, Jan 21- Washington state could become the only U.S. state to raise its legal age for smoking tobacco to 21 from 18 under a measure proposed on Wednesday by its top law enforcement official. Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, accounting for more than 480,000 deaths annually, or one of every five deaths overall,...