• Divers seek lost crab pots in Washington waters Friday, 5 Sep 2014 | 1:57 AM ET

    PORT TOWNSEND, Wash.— Over 12,000 crab pots are lost in Washington state's Puget Sound every year, costing an estimated $700,000 in lost harvest revenue, and more poignantly, damaging the sea floor environment. Recreational and commercial crabbing in Washington's inland waters is a popular pastime and an important seafood industry.

  • Business Highlights Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 6:15 PM ET

    Ruling against BP could mean $18 billion in fines. NEW ORLEANS— BP could be looking at close to $18 billion in additional fines over the nation's worst offshore oil spill after a federal judge ruled Thursday that the company acted with "gross negligence" in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico disaster.

  • Zumiez beats Street 2Q forecasts Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 5:07 PM ET

    LYNNWOOD, Wash.— Zumiez Inc. on Thursday reported fiscal second-quarter earnings of $7.5 million. Analysts expected $177.3 million, according to Zacks. For the current quarter ending in October, Zumiez said it expects revenue in the range of $207 million to $211 million.

  • No, Seattle, home of Microsoft Corp and Amazon and fast becoming a second home for Silicon Valley companies looking to access the city's plentiful pool of relatively cheap tech talent. Microsoft alumni are now running the Seattle offices of Facebook Inc, Twitter Inc and Google Inc, and they look to their former employer as a source for new talent.

  • United adds larger version of Boeing Dreamliner Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 12:42 PM ET

    SEATTLE— United Airlines is showing confidence in Boeing's 787 by taking delivery of the new, larger version of the jet that Boeing calls the Dreamliner. U.S. officials allowed them to fly again after Boeing made design changes around the battery systems.

  • Legal or not, the pot business is still wacky Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 11:07 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Legal or not, the business of selling weed in the U.S. is as wacky as ever. "It's a gray market industry, that's just how it is," says Kayvan Khalatbari, who owns a marijuana dispensary and a chain of pizza restaurants in Denver.

  • Montana coal mine deal aims to boost Asian exports Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 9:14 AM ET

    BILLINGS, Mont.— Coal companies announced an agreement Thursday to consolidate ownership of a Montana mine in a deal aimed at boosting exports of the fuel to Asia through ports on the U.S. West Coast. Under terms of the deal, Wyoming- based Cloud Peak Energy would give up its 50 percent stake in the Decker Mine to co-owner Ambre Energy of Australia.

  • BERLIN, Sept 4- Fresh from acquiring Nokia's handset business, Microsoft unveiled the first of its new range of Lumia smartphones on Thursday, priced to challenge a market dominated by volume leader Samsung and Apple Inc..

  • Mattress Firm buying Sleep Train for $425 million Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 7:55 AM ET

    HOUSTON— Mattress Firm is buying The Sleep Train Inc. for $425 million to help bolster its position in the specialty retail bedding industry. Mattress Firm Holding Corp. has more than 1,500 company-run and franchised stores in 36 states.

  • Costco posts 7 percent jump in same-store sales Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 6:45 AM ET

    ISSAQUAH, Wash.— Costco's August sales at stores open at least a year climbed 7 percent, which was much better than industry watchers had expected. Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters had been looking for an increase of only 4.8 percent. For the fourth quarter, Costco Wholesale Corp. said that sales at stores open at least a year rose 6 percent.

  • Departments use technology to ID troubled officers Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 1:35 AM ET

    Over the last decade, such systems have become the gold standard in accountability policing with a computerized system used by at least 39 percent of law enforcement agencies, according to the most recent data from the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics.

  • Sept 3- Opponents of mandatory labeling for foods made with genetically modified organisms spent more than $27 million in the first six months of this year on GMO-related lobbying, roughly three times their spending in all of 2013, according to an analysis released Wednesday.

  • Sept 3- Costco Wholesale Corp will pay a $335,000 fine and spend about $2 million over three years to fix refrigerant leaks and make other improvements at 274 stores to settle allegations that the warehouse club operator violated the federal Clean Air Act.

  • Sept 3- Amazon.com Inc's finance chief plans to step down next summer after more than a dozen years at the post, the e-commerce company said on Wednesday, at a time when more investors have been complaining about skimpy profits and high spending.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 29- A judge on Friday lifted a suspension on her order directing Microsoft Corp to turn over a customer's emails stored overseas to U.S. prosecutors, but the software company said it would not release any emails while it appeals the ruling.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 29- A judge on Friday lifted a suspension on her order directing Microsoft Corp to turn over a customer's emails stored overseas to U.S. prosecutors. Preska had delayed enforcement of the government's search warrant so Microsoft could appeal.

  • *Ukraine tensions add safety bid. Ukraine accused Russia on Thursday of bringing troops into the southeast of the country in support of pro- Moscow separatist rebels. "It's all about Europe," said Ira Jersey, an interest rate strategist at Credit Suisse in New York.

  • BP says Whiting refinery still in production after fire Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 5:43 AM ET
    A gas truck pulls into the tanker farm at BP's refinery in Whiting, Indiana

    BP said its largest U.S. refinery, at Whiting, Indiana, continued to operate on Thursday morning following a blaze the night before.

  • Aug 28- An explosion shook BP Plc's Whiting, Indiana refinery, its largest in the United States, on Wednesday night but a resulting fire had been contained as of 9:30 pm local time, according to a report by WFLD-TV.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 28- Bitcoin is catching on at U.S. online merchants including Overstock.com and Expedia, as customers use a digital currency that just a few years ago was virtually unknown but is now showing some staying power.