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SEATTLE, April 11- Microsoft Corp's board faces a lawsuit over the way it handled an error with its Internet Explorer browser that ended up costing the company a record-breaking $731 million fine by European antitrust regulators.
SAN FRANCISCO, April 11- Amazon.com Inc is preparing to launch its long-rumored smartphone in the second half of the year, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, citing people briefed on the company's plans. Amazon has made great strides into the hardware arena as it seeks to boost sales of digital content and puts its online store in front of more users.
OAKLAND, Calif.— The Bay Area Rapid Transit agency has hired a labor consultant to help figure out how to prevent problems that led to two strikes and a contentious contract dispute.
SEATTLE— Dispatchers who couldn't answer the 911 call of Washington woman facing an intruder are deeply troubled by the statewide system failure but relieved she wasn't injured, the dispatch center's executive director said Friday. The 911 outage lasted about seven hours early Thursday and was resolved at about 7 a.m., CenturyLink said.
TOLEDO, Ohio— Laura Hankins knew something was wrong when she filed her daughter's tax return and it was rejected hours later: An identity thief already had sent in a return using the 19- year-old's personal information.
LOS ANGELES/ LONDON April 11- Doctors at a key medical conference welcomed the prospect of more new drugs to treat the liver-destroying hepatitis C virus, while agreeing that Gilead Sciences Inc continues to lead the effort.
SEATTLE— Online retailer Amazon said Thursday it's buying digital comics company comiXology for an undisclosed sum. Amazon said the acquisition will help it offer more and better digital comic books and graphic novels. Shares of Amazon.com Inc. fell $14.79, or 4.5 percent, to $317. amid a broader market sell-off.
NEW YORK— CEO Jeff Bezos' annual letter to shareholders offers a glimpse into Amazon's internal workings and what it is aiming for in the future, including more grocery services and the much-discussed drone delivery.
SEATTLE— U.S. Development Group is seeking permits to build an oil terminal on the Washington coast that could handle about 45,000 barrels of crude oil a day. The $80 million proposal at the Port of Grays Harbor is one of several in Washington that together would bring millions of barrels of oil by train from the Bakken region of North Dakota and Montana.
SEATTLE— Boeing is moving about 1,000 of its customer support jobs out of Washington and into Southern California. Boeing says the employees in the Puget Sound region affected by the decision will be given the chance to apply for jobs in California or elsewhere in the company.
WASHINGTON— Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages declined this week, edging closer to historically low levels as the spring home-buying season begins. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the average rate for the 30- year loan fell to 4.34 percent from 4.41 percent last week.
The Russian president's letter to 18 mostly Eastern European leaders, released Thursday by the Kremlin, aimed to divide the 28- nation European Union and siphon off to Russia the billions that the international community plans to lend to Ukraine.
JACKSON, Wyo.— Dozens of Jackson residents who were evacuated after land began shifting on a hillside in this Wyoming resort town waited Thursday to find out if and when they can return home.
ISSAQUAH, Wash.— Costco's sales at stores open at least a year rose 5 percent in March, beating Wall Street's forecast. Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expected a 3.5 percent increase. Costco said that the five-week period included one extra day compared with the year-ago period due to the timing of Easter.
Democrats countered with a plan that would leave Obama's health care plan and rapidly growing health programs like Medicare intact, relying on $1.5 trillion in tax hikes over the coming decade to bring deficits down to sustainable but still-large levels in the $600 billion range.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— Federal investigators spent Thursday scouring the rooftop of New Mexico's only top-level trauma center in search of clues as they tried to determine what caused a medical helicopter to crash while taking off from the roof.
SEATTLE— Union employees at Alaska Airlines approved a contract that will provide pay raises for about 3,000 clerical, office and passenger-service workers.
LYNNWOOD, Wash.— Action sports retailer Zumiez Inc. said Wednesday that a key sales measure fell 2.9 percent for March, but the measure came in better than analysts had anticipated. Zumiez said that its total revenue for the period increased 4.3 percent to $63.6 million from $61 million last year.
April 9- A Republican congressman from Kansas introduced legislation on Wednesday that would nullify efforts in multiple states to require labeling of genetically modified foods. The bill, dubbed the "Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act," was drafted by U.S.
*GE tops list, followed by Microsoft, Pfizer, Merck, Apple. WASHINGTON, April 8- Foreign profits held overseas by U.S. corporations to avoid taxes at home nearly doubled from 2008 to 2013 to top $2.1 trillion, said a private research firm's report, prompting a call for reform by the Senate's top tax law writer.