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  • Feb 24- Hewlett-Packard Co reported flat or lower quarterly revenue in all its operating units on Tuesday, and forecast full-year earnings well below analysts' expectations due to the strong U.S. dollar. "Revenue was a little short on the top end, the guidance for the second quarter was a little below where the consensus was," said Daniel Morgan, a portfolio manager...

  • Proposals push nuclear energy in Washington state Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 5:10 PM ET

    SEATTLE— Some lawmakers are pushing proposals to advance nuclear power as part of Washington's future energy mix. Sharon Brown, R- Kennewick, promote nuclear energy, focusing on small nuclear reactors that are designed to be built in factories, shipped to a site by truck or train and assembled on location. The Senate Ways and Means Committee heard one bill Tuesday...

  • SEATTLE— For the first time, a study shows that a drug used to treat HIV infection also can help prevent it when taken before and after risky sex by gay men. The study, done in France and Canada, is the first to test "on demand" use of Truvada, a pill combining two AIDS drugs, by people planning to have risky sex. He is an AIDS specialist at Columbia University in New York and...

  • The American Progressive Bag Alliance, which represents bag manufacturers, had about 50,000 more valid signatures than the 505,000 needed to qualify the referendum after a random sample of the signatures was tallied, said Bill Mabie, chief deputy for Secretary of State Alex Padilla. "California voters will now have the chance to vote down a terrible law that, if...

  • Expeditors International posts 4Q profit Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 11:58 AM ET

    SEATTLE _ Expeditors International of Washington Inc. on Tuesday reported fourth-quarter net income of $99.4 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 49 cents per share. Analysts expected $1.75 billion, according to Zacks.

  • SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico— Puerto Rico's heavily indebted power company was slapped Tuesday with a federal class-action lawsuit alleging the agency joined several international oil companies in overcharging customers in the U.S. territory by more than $1 billion. The lawsuit filed by Seattle- based Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP names 20 defendants, including...

  • JUNEAU, Alaska— Questions to ponder as Alaska legalizes marijuana:. BUT WASN'T POT ALREADY LEGAL IN ALASKA? A 1975 Alaska Supreme Court decision protected residents with small amounts of pot in their homes from prosecution.

  • Alaska quietly becomes 3rd state to legalize marijuana Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 4:04 AM ET

    JUNEAU, Alaska— Alaska on Tuesday became the third U.S. state to legalize marijuana. But unlike in Colorado and Washington state, there were no street parties and public smoking displays in Alaska's biggest cities. Dolly Fleck-Phelps, a Kenai resident with an ancillary marijuana business, said she thought people would look back on the day as a turning point for...

  • PHOENIX— Steve Dreiseszun says he cannot sit in his backyard or read a story to his son without a sense of dread. For the past several months, he and other residents in a Phoenix neighborhood of historic homes have been jolted— sometimes out of their sleep— by the sound of airplanes flying directly above them. The changes are part of a new program the FAA is rolling out...

  • HOUSTON, Feb 23- Talks to end the largest U.S. refinery strike in 35 years are not expected to resume this week, sources familiar with the negotiations said on Monday after the number of plants hit by walkouts increased over the weekend. The halt in talks comes after the USW pulled workers from three Motiva Enterprises LLC refineries in Louisiana and Texas...

  • HOUSTON, Feb 23- Talks to end the largest U.S. refinery strike in 35 years are not expected to resume this week, sources familiar with the negotiations said on Monday after the number of plants hit by walkouts increased over the weekend. Face-to-face meetings between the United Steelworkers union and lead refinery owner representative Shell Oil Co, the U.S. arm of...

  • LOS ANGELES— After reaching a tentative contract agreement that covers the West Coast's 29 seaports, dockworkers are clearing an immense backlog of cargo that accumulated as their negotiations with employers stalled. Consider this: The 24 container ships anchored Monday outside the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach hold so much cargo that if all their...

  • JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.— A Missouri lawmaker who also leads an association of grocery stores is trying to stop cities and towns in the state from restricting the use of plastic bags, bucking a national trend toward banning their use to help the environment. The move comes as the city of Columbia, the home of the University of Missouri, considers a ban that would prevent...

  • Nautilus misses 4Q revenue forecasts Monday, 23 Feb 2015 | 4:42 PM ET

    VANCOUVER, Wash. _ Nautilus Inc. on Monday reported fourth-quarter earnings of $10.4 million. Analysts expected $95 million, according to Zacks. Access a Zacks stock report on NLS at http://www.zacks.com/ap/NLS.

  • SEATTLE— A Skagit County hearing examiner handed conservation groups a victory Monday, ruling that an oil-by-rail project at the Shell Puget Sound Refinery near Anacortes should undergo a full environmental review. In 2013, Shell sought a development permit from Skagit County to build a rail spur from existing railroad tracks to handle oil brought in by...

  • LITTLE ROCK, Ark.— Arkansas on Monday banned local governments from expanding anti-discrimination protections to include sexual orientation and gender identity, a move criticized by retail giant Wal-Mart and gay rights groups who said the prohibition damaged the state's image. Asa Hutchinson allowed legislation to go into law without his signature that...

  • WASHINGTON— The Supreme Court next week hears a challenge to President Barack Obama's health care overhaul that hinges on just four words in the massive law that seeks to dramatically reduce the ranks of the uninsured. The argument threatens subsidies that help make insurance affordable to consumers in about three dozen states. Q. Would Congress have...

  • PASCO, Wash.— The mother of an unarmed Mexican man fatally shot by police officers in Washington state viewed her son's body for the first time Monday and said she hopes for justice in the case that has sparked protests and calls for a federal investigation. The Feb. 10 killing of Antonio Zambrano-Montes in Pasco was captured on video by a witness.

  • Most West Coast ports bustling again after labor deal Monday, 23 Feb 2015 | 12:03 AM ET

    OAKLAND, Calif.— Nearly all West Coast seaports began the work week with crews hustling to load and unload cargo ships that were held up amid a months-long dispute over a new contract for dockworkers. The exception Monday was the Port of Oakland, where problems persisted three days after negotiators for the dockworkers' union and for employers reached a...

  • HOUSTON, Feb 22- The largest U.S. refinery strike in 35 years entered its fourth week on Sunday as workers at 12 refineries accounting for one-fifth of national production capacity were walking picket lines. Wal-Mart Stores Inc has said its U.S. workers will get a raise to at least $9 an hour, while West Coast port workers have reached a tentative deal for a new...