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  • NEW YORK, Jan 29- Time Warner's HBO is preparing to sell a standalone service over the Internet for the first time, in one of the most closely watched moves in pay TV history. The idea was that the technology would not only support HBO but potentially other Time Warner offerings, such as Turner Broadcasting and Warner Bros. But these sources said that much of the plan...

  • SEATTLE— A plan to allow Royal Dutch Shell PLC to use Seattle's waterfront as a homeport for its Arctic drilling fleet is drawing opposition from environmental groups that say it's not consistent with the region's environmental goals. Several state and national groups, and local city leaders on Wednesday urged the Port of Seattle to halt lease negotiations...

  • DENVER— Tourists who fly to Colorado, home of legal pot, can forget about buying souvenir boxer shorts, socks or sandals with a marijuana leaf on them when passing through the Denver airport. Airport executives extended the ban this month after a retailer sought a free-standing kiosk to sell the boxer shorts and similar items that played off Colorado's place as...

  • WILLISTON, N.D., Jan XX- North Dakota's oil industry is pushing to change the state's radioactive waste disposal laws as part of a broad effort to conserve cash as oil prices tumble. That's because rules prohibit North Dakota landfills from accepting anything but miniscule amounts of radiation. But the oil industry says allowing North Dakota's landfills to...

  • Potlatch tops 4Q profit forecasts Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 6:57 AM ET

    SPOKANE, Wash. _ Potlatch Corp. on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter earnings of $20.1 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 40 cents per share. Analysts expected $148.9 million, according to Zacks.

  • LOS ANGELES, Jan 27- Negotiators for major shipping lines and the union representing 20,000 dockworkers have reached a tentative agreement on the maintenance of cargo chassis, overcoming a key hurdle in protracted contract talks for 29 U.S. West Coast ports. "A tentative agreement was reached on the chassis topic, and we are hopeful that this will allow us to move...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 27- Supermarket chains Albertsons and Safeway agreed to sell 168 stores in eight states to win U.S. antitrust approval for their $9.2 billion merger, the Federal Trade Commission said on Tuesday. Albertsons, which has 630 supermarkets under various brand names, and Safeway, which has 1,332 stores, will divest stores in Arizona, California, Montana,...

  • LIHUE, Hawaii— The owner of one of two small planes that crashed-landed in the Pacific Ocean off Hawaii over the weekend is crediting a novice pilot with staying calm and ensuring the survival of all four people onboard, including a baby. The pilot of the single-engine Cessna flying from Kauai to Oahu declared an emergency Sunday evening, saying the aircraft was...

  • SEATTLE— American Indian tribes wrestling with whether to legalize marijuana have scheduled a national conference on the topic next month in Washington state. Organizer Robert Odawi Porter, a tribal law expert and former president of Seneca Nation in New York, says there's been a lot of discussion among tribes since the Justice Department announced in...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 27- Supermarket chains Albertsons and Safeway agreed to sell 168 stores in eight states to win U.S. antitrust approval for their $9.2 billion merger, the Federal Trade Commission said on Tuesday. Albertsons, which has 630 supermarkets under various brand names, and Safeway, which has 1,332 stores, will divest stores in Arizona, California, Montana,...

  • Senate bill calls for end to Seattle tunnel project Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 1:17 PM ET

    SEATTLE— Two state senators say it's time to scrap the stalled Seattle tunnel project and bury Bertha, the broken-down $80 million state-of-the-art drilling machine, so the transportation department can find alternatives to fix or replace the viaduct that carries traffic along the city's waterfront. Curtis King, chairman of the Senate Transportation...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 27- Supermarket chains Albertsons and Safeway agreed to sell 168 stores in eight states to win U.S. antitrust approval for their $9.2 billion merger, the Federal Trade Commission said on Tuesday. Albertsons, which has 630 supermarkets under various brand names, and Safeway, which has 1,332 stores, will divest stores in Arizona, California, Montana,...

  • Gov. Inslee's cap-and-trade plan makes polluters pay Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 12:47 PM ET

    About three dozen people from across the state testified before the House Environment Committee on a bill to cap the overall amount of carbon emissions in the state and require major polluters to pay for each metric ton of carbon released. Joe Fitzgibbon, D- Burien, who chairs the committee, said the impacts of climate change are real and the state can't afford to...

  • HomeStreet beats 4Q profit forecasts Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 5:08 AM ET

    SEATTLE _ HomeStreet Inc. on Tuesday reported fourth-quarter net income of $5.6 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 28 cents per share. HomeStreet shares have declined 2 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • LOS ANGELES— A measles outbreak that originated at Disneyland has grown to 87 cases. The California Department of Public Health said Monday most of the infections— 73— are in California. The rest are in Arizona, Utah, Washington, Colorado, Oregon, Nebraska and Mexico.

  • LOS ANGELES— Negotiators working on a new contract for dockworkers at West Coast seaports, which handle about $1 trillion worth of cargo annually, have resolved a key dispute in their difficult talks, an association representing employers said Monday. "This has been a major topic of conversation for a few weeks, and with this tentative agreement, the hope is we can...

  • Microsoft earnings report doesn't excite market Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 4:21 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— Big jumps in sales of its Surface tablets, cloud computing software and Lumia smartphones drove Microsoft's quarterly revenue above expectations, as CEO Satya Nadella continues to steer toward the mobile gadget market and shift Microsoft away from its traditional focus on the PC. Revenue from cloud computing products, in which businesses pay...

  • Plum Creek Timber tops Street 4Q forecasts Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 4:18 PM ET

    SEATTLE _ Plum Creek Timber Co. on Monday reported fourth-quarter net income of $68 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 34 cents per share. Analysts expected $415 million, according to Zacks.

  • SPOKANE, Washington— For the first time, all varieties of apples from the United States will go on sale in China, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday. The Washington Apple Commission— which represents growers of the nation's largest crop and most apple exports— said China stopped buying U.S. apples in 2012 because of concerns over a fungus.

  • CHICAGO, Jan 26- A California turkey farm has been quarantined after confirmation of the first case of an outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N8 avian influenza strain in the Pacific Northwest and in a commercial flock, the U.S. government said. In the latest outbreak, Foster Farms said in a statement that it had informed the U.S. Department of Agriculture after...