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  • 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...

  • Airport spokesman Perry Cooper says a JetBlue flight from Long Beach, California, and a regional SkyWest jet from Phoenix were the planes involved. Additionally, a Delta Air Lines spokesman says a flight from Los Angeles to Orlando was diverted to Dallas Sunday afternoon due to "a security concern. Laura Eimiller, a spokeswoman for the FBI in Los Angeles, said...

  • Greece's first radical left prime minister sworn in Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 2:33 AM ET

    ATHENS, Greece— Tieless and eschewing the traditional religious swearing-in ceremony, but with a surprise coalition deal in the bag and a sanguine international reception, radical left leader Alexis Tsipras took over Monday as austerity-wracked Greece's new prime minister. "''We have the required majority," Tsipras told Greek President Karolos Papoulias,...

  • CHICAGO— With virtually no hard proof that medical marijuana benefits sick children, and evidence that it may harm developing brains, the drug should only be used for severely ill kids who have no other treatment option, the nation's most influential pediatricians group says in a new policy. Some parents insist that medical marijuana has cured their kids'...

  • 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...