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  • Banner tops Street 4Q forecasts Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 4:18 PM ET

    WALLA WALLA, Wash. _ Banner Corp. on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter net income of $12.2 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 64 cents per share. Analysts expected $57.1 million, according to Zacks.

  • F5 tops 1Q profit forecasts Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 4:15 PM ET

    SEATTLE _ F5 Networks Inc. on Wednesday reported fiscal first-quarter net income of $89.1 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.48 per share. Analysts expected $466.3 million, according to Zacks.

  • NEW YORK, Jan 21- Boeing Co's two largest labor unions said on Wednesday they are working on a pair of legislative bills that would put conditions on $8.7 billion in tax credits that Washington state gave to Boeing and the state aerospace industry in 2013.. The tax credits were a condition of Boeing's decision to locate production of its 777 X jetliner in...

  • SEATTLE, Jan 21- Microsoft Corp will give away its upcoming Windows 10 operating system as a free upgrade to users of the most recent versions of Windows and Windows Phone, as the world's largest software company tries to retain customers in the mobile era. "It's a necessary evil as CEO Satya Nadella and Microsoft have recognized the' golden goose' and major revenue...

  • Andrew Cuomo called for big investments in transportation, a higher minimum wage and a new teacher evaluation system Wednesday in a sprawling address that laid out his priorities for 2015.. "New York is the state that leads, and it always has," Cuomo told a 2,200- person audience at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center. "While Washington fights and gridlocks, we...

  • Microsoft shows off Windows 10 and 'HoloLens' Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 12:05 AM ET

    REDMOND, Wash.— Microsoft on Wednesday took the wraps off a new version of Windows— and a new wearable 3 D gadget it calls the HoloLens. Microsoft is expanding Cortana to serve as a search engine and personal assistant, capable of answering questions and responding to commands such as "Play music" on desktop and laptop computers, as well as mobile devices.

  • Jan 20- International Business Machines Corp posted a new 2015 profit target and quarterly revenue that both missed analysts' estimates, as it grapples with dwindling demand for servers and storage products. IBM forecast 2015 operating earnings of $15.75 to $16.50 per share, just shy of analysts' average estimate of $16.51, according to Thomson Reuters...

  • APNewsBreak: US settles case over fake Facebook page Tuesday, 20 Jan 2015 | 4:22 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Justice Department has reached a $134,000 settlement with a New York woman after federal drug agents used information from her cellphone to set up a fake Facebook page in her identity, a tactic that raised privacy concerns and led to a federal government review of the ruse, according to court papers filed Tuesday. After initially defending the...

  • NEW YORK— Outerwall Inc., which owns the Redbox DVD rental service and Coinstar coin-counting machines, said Tuesday that its CEO has resigned and a board member will serve as interim CEO while the company seeks a successor. Outerwall said its CEO J. Scott Di Valerio has left the company. The company expects quarterly earnings per share of $2.40 to $2.52, compared...

  • Brian Farrell, 26, was arrested late Friday on a charge of conspiracy to distribute heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine in connection with a criminal complaint filed in federal court in Seattle that outlined his alleged role as a staff member for the Silk Road 2. 0 website. Silk Road 2. 0 was launched late in 2013, weeks after authorities had shuttered the...

  • Following a yearlong investigation, officials on Saturday arrested Brian Richard Farrell, 26, who told federal agents he was "the right-hand man" to the operator of Silk Road 2. 0. Farrell used the moniker "DoctorClu" and was among a small staff of online administrators and forum moderators who helped with the day-to-day operation of the website, according to a...

  • LOS ANGELES— A labor dispute between dockworkers at the West Coast's sea ports and their employers didn't take a day off for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. The Pacific Maritime Association, which represents terminal operators and ocean-going shipping lines, accuses members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union of purposely slowing work to...

  • SEATTLE— Amazon Studios is branching out from television series to movies, announcing plans to begin producing and acquiring original movies for theatrical release and, within weeks, video streaming. Just five years after its launch, Amazon Studios says it will begin producing motion pictures this year and aims to release a dozen original "prestige movies"...

  • Months after he landed in Florida's Manatee County Jail, Jovon Frazier's pleas for treatment of the intense pain that radiated from his left shoulder to his elbow were met mostly with Tylenol. Frazier, then 18, wrote the second time he asked for care, in August 2009. That company, Corizon Health Inc., is under growing pressure around the country after losing five...

  • CHICAGO— As another storm flung snow at Chicago, Alexandra Clark wondered how she'd get to work. Chicago and New York introduced apps in early 2012, and Seattle has gotten into the game, as have some places in Maryland and Virginia. Boston briefly experimented, too, though their site was so popular it crashed during a February 2013 storm, hampering the response...

  • SAN FRANCISCO/ SEATTLE, Jan 18- Virtual reality goggles, drones and data centers are all driving a hiring spree at Facebook Inc that is set to swell its ranks as much as 14 percent in the near term, according to a review of job listings on the company's website. Oculus Rift, the maker of virtual reality headsets that Facebook acquired in a $2 billion deal last year, is...

  • Sanders promises to defend Social Security Friday, 16 Jan 2015 | 11:31 AM ET

    Bernie Sanders, a liberal independent from Vermont, said that a recent procedural move by House Republicans could lead to a 20 percent cut in Social Security disability benefits for 11 million people. When we talk about Social Security today, what we should be talking about is expanding benefits not cutting benefits, "Sanders said. "The Social Security...

  • UK arrests man in Sony Playstation and Xbox attack Friday, 16 Jan 2015 | 8:22 AM ET

    LONDON— Authorities in Britain have arrested an 18- year-old man accused of computer hacking offenses related to days of disruption on Sony's PlayStation Network and Microsoft's Xbox Live services last year. Craig Jones, head of the police cybercrime unit that handled the arrest, the "swatting" allegation involves "law enforcement forces in the United States...

  • SEATTLE— Washington's legal marijuana market opened last summer to a dearth of weed. A big harvest of sun-grown marijuana from eastern Washington last fall flooded the market. "It's an economic nightmare," says Andrew Seitz, general manager at Dutch Brothers Farms in Seattle.

  • SEATTLE— After a federal judge on Thursday appointed a public defender to represent a Russian man accused of hacking into U.S. businesses, prosecutors filed a motion saying the man has plenty of assets to cover his defense, including piles of cash, expensive cars and property in at least three countries. Roman Seleznev and his two private lawyers had asked U.S.