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  • SEATTLE— Hundreds of activists decked out in neoprene wetsuits and life jackets took to the waters of Elliott Bay on Saturday in kayaks, canoes, paddleboards and other vessels to send the message that Royal Dutch Shell should cancel its plan to drill in the Arctic Ocean. The "Paddle in Seattle"— a daylong, family friendly festival in a West Seattle park and an...

  • TREASURIES-Yields drop as economic growth slows Friday, 15 May 2015 | 2:45 PM ET

    *Cooling economic data pushes back Fed rate hike expectations. NEW YORK, May 15- U.S. "The market is getting more concerned that the economy weakened through the first quarter into the second quarter, and that pushes the Fed back further and further and people get more comfortable jumping back into Treasuries here," said Charles Comiskey, head of Treasuries trading...

  • SEATTLE— The State of Washington has reached a $63 million agreement with nine LCD manufacturers accused of fixing prices for products ranging from flat-screen televisions to computers and cellphones, Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced on Friday. If a King County Superior Court judge approves the agreement during a May 22 hearing, Ferguson said it...

  • *Cooling economic data pushes back Fed rate hike expectations. NEW YORK, May 15- Treasury yields fell on Friday as data pointed to slowing economic growth, raising expectations that the Federal Reserve will need to wait longer to raise interest rates. "The market is getting more concerned that the economy weakened through the first quarter into the second...

  • TREASURIES-Yields fall as European bonds stabilize Friday, 15 May 2015 | 9:34 AM ET

    NEW YORK, May 15- Treasury yields fell on Friday as European government bonds stabilized and after the U.S. Treasury yields have jumped in the past three weeks in line with a dramatic sell-off in German government debt, which has been roiled in part by a rapid unwind of bets placed on the European Central Bank's debt purchase program. "We're pretty much following...

  • WASHINGTON— The House passed a nearly $612 billion defense policy bill Friday despite President Barack Obama's veto threat and Democratic worries that the measure opens the door to sharp cuts in domestic spending later this year. Adam Smith of Washington state, the ranking Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee, urged his colleagues to vote against...

  • NEW YORK, May 14- The El Niño climate phenomenon is almost certain to last through the Northern Hemisphere summer, the U.S. weather forecaster said, raising the chance of heavy rain in the southern United States as well as South America, and scorching heat in Asia that could devastate crops of thirsty food staples like rice. "1/ 8 El Niño 3/ 8' s definitely upon us and it...

  • Nordstrom misses 1Q profit forecasts Thursday, 14 May 2015 | 4:13 PM ET

    SEATTLE— Nordstrom Inc. on Thursday reported fiscal first-quarter net income of $128 million. Nordstrom expects full-year earnings to be $3.65 to $3.80 per share. Nordstrom shares have fallen 6.5 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has risen 3 percent.

  • WINNIPEG, Manitoba, May 14- Richardson International, one of Canada's largest grain handlers, is seeking expansion in the United States through acquisitions worth C $100 million to as much as C $2 billion, its chief executive said on Thursday. Richardson, which now owns two U.S. mills, is interested in Andersons Inc and private companies Bartlett and Scoular, as...

  • NEW YORK, May 14- U.S. corporate spending on capital projects could fall this year to the lowest level since 2011, with steep reductions by the energy industry and companies in other sectors cutting spending amid broad concerns about global growth. "They're not spending at a pace that would suggest a global recovery," said Peter Cardillo, chief market economist at...

  • NEW YORK, May 14- U.S. corporate spending on capital projects could fall this year to the lowest level since 2011, with steep reductions by the energy industry and companies in other sectors cutting spending amidst broad concerns about global growth. "They're not spending at a pace that would suggest a global recovery," said Peter Cardillo, chief market economist...

  • Immune Design reports 1Q loss Thursday, 14 May 2015 | 6:09 AM ET

    SEATTLE _ Immune Design Corp. on Thursday reported a loss of $9.4 million in its first quarter. Immune Design shares have fallen 29 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Immune Design, Earnings Report.

  • What's at stake: The debate over Arctic drilling Thursday, 14 May 2015 | 3:18 AM ET

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska— Royal Dutch Shell is planning to park two massive Arctic oil drilling rigs in Seattle's waterfront before they head north— but the petrochemical giant will first have to get around protesters in kayaks and others who want to thwart the new frontier in oil exploration and spark a national debate about fossil fuels and climate change.

  • Seattle, like it or not, becomes Shell's Arctic base Thursday, 14 May 2015 | 2:36 AM ET

    SEATTLE— An oil rig outfitted for Royal Dutch Shell's exploration in the remote Arctic Ocean parked in Seattle's harbor Thursday, marking a pivotal moment for an environmental movement increasingly mobilized around climate change. Activists paddling out in kayaks to meet the rig off Seattle's picturesque waterfront said it's their moment to stand...

  • HARSTINE ISLAND, Wash.— Raising the world's largest burrowing clam isn't for the impatient farmer. For Taylor Shellfish Farms in Washington state, the country's largest farmed shellfish producer, it begins at its hatchery where wild geoducks are coaxed into spawning eggs and sperm in a water tank. AP photographer Ted S. Warren took a close-up look at the...

  • HARSTINE ISLAND, Wash.— John King plunges his arm up to his shoulder into the mudflats of Puget Sound, roots around and soon pulls from the muck the world's largest burrowing clam. A big driver is the growing middle class in China, "said Gina Shamshak, an assistant economics professor at Goucher College, who has researched the geoduck market. Last year, the U.S. exported...

  • MINNEAPOLIS— A Minnesota power plant fueled by turkey litter flopped and fell into receivership even before a virulent form of bird flu shook the Midwest's poultry industry in recent months, yet its new managers say they're confident they can keep it running for the long haul. The bird flu crisis— which has cost Minnesota poultry producers nearly 4.2 million...

  • SEATTLE— A Russian man who prosecutors say made millions as a prolific computer hacker and credit card thief was allowed to fire his lawyers on Wednesday, just minutes before the start of a two-day hearing to decide whether his arrest in the Maldives was legal. They argued that Seleznev, the son of a member of the Russian Parliament, was on vacation with his...

  • Technology revolutionizes voter registration for 2016 Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | 12:02 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— When President Barack Obama was first elected in 2008, only two states offered a website where citizens could register to vote. —Arizona and Washington were the only states that offered online voter registration in 2008. Now 20 states do, and seven others have passed or are considering laws that would authorize a new online registration system.

  • Federal judge to consider proposals for Hanford's future Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | 9:44 AM ET

    The U.S. Department of Energy and the states of Oregon and Washington asked the federal court to intervene in the case in fall 2014, The Tri-City Herald reported. The consent decree was signed in 2010 to resolve a lawsuit brought by Washington state against the Energy Department over deadlines it looked like the department would not be able to meet.