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  • NEW YORK/ SEATTLE, Dec 15- Corporate lobbyists, news organizations and academics joined forces with Microsoft Corp on Monday in the software company's legal battle with the U.S. government over access to customer data stored overseas. The diverse set of interests filed briefs with a federal appeals court in New York, urging it to reverse a judge's order that...

  • SEATTLE, Dec 15- Seattle police are searching for explosives at Amazon.com' s headquarters after a threatening letter was found at one of the company's buildings just north of the city's downtown district, authorities said on Monday. Amazon building security contacted Seattle police at 10:30 a.m. local time after staff found a note inside a bathroom at one of...

  • SEATTLE, Dec 15- Seattle police are investigating an unspecified threat close to Amazon.com' s headquarters in the South Lake Union neighborhood of the city, authorities said on Monday. Seattle police tweeted that officers were attending a "threats investigation in 400 blk Terry Ave N" but had no additional information to share. According to Seattle tech news...

  • NY court weighs Apple, Amazon e-book arguments Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 1:20 PM ET

    NEW YORK— A federal appeals panel is trying to decide whether Apple Inc. or Amazon.com Inc. was the bigger bully when price wars over electronic books heated up a few years ago. After hearing oral arguments Monday, a three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan did not immediately rule on Apple's appeal of a lower-court judge's finding...

  • 14 cities get Bloomberg 'innovation team' grants Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 9:01 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Fourteen cities ranging from Long Beach, California, to Jerusalem are getting up to $3 million from former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's foundation to create "innovation teams" to jump-start new approaches to poverty, public safety, job growth and other issues, the foundation announced Monday. Winners range in size from Centennial, Colorado,...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 15- Healthcare companies including Aetna Inc, Mercer and Towers Watson Co have invested hundreds of millions of dollars to build exchanges that allow company employees to buy their own insurance, betting that Corporate America wants to get out of managing workers' health benefits. By last year, blue chip names like Sears Holding and Walgreen Co had...

  • One person was found dead on Friday in a rain-swollen flood-control channel in the Orange County town of Garden Grove, which could mark the third storm-related fatality on the West Coast since Thursday. The Ventura County Fire Department said its personnel responded to 37 calls for assistance due to flooding and a second-story balcony collapsed in the Los...

  • How low can gas go? Low, high prices by state Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 2:53 PM ET

    A 78- day plunge in gasoline prices that is showing no signs of slowing has dropped the national average price to $2.60 a gallon, its lowest level since December of 2009. It's saving a typical household $60 a month compared to last year around this time, enough for an extra holiday gift or two.

  • Tunnel repair rattles Seattle residents Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 6:57 AM ET

    SEATTLE— Each time Mike Petrone wrestles the newly stuck door open and heads to the basement underneath J&M Cafe in Seattle's historic Pioneer Square, he finds a new crack, a new leak, deeper sinking of a concrete walkway. J&M Cafe, established in 1889 to serve Gold Rush prospectors, sits a few blocks away from a giant access pit being dug so crews working to replace...

  • Tribes wary of selling pot, even if feds allow it Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 4:00 AM ET

    GRANTS PASS, Ore.— Many in Indian Country are wary of the idea of growing and selling marijuana on tribal lands, even if it could present an economic windfall and the U.S. Department of Justice says it's OK. "I would really doubt tribes would be wanting to do something like that," said Don Gentry, chairman of the Klamath Tribes in Oregon, where voters this year approved a...

  • Southern California mudflows trigger evacuations Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 3:49 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES— A dangerous storm system blamed for two deaths in Oregon, thousands of power outages in Washington, and flooded roadways in the Bay Area that kept many from work and school, pushed into the southern California and caused mudslides and evacuations, officials said. Avalanches of mud and debris blocked part of the Pacific Coast Highway in Ventura...

  • Esterline Technologies reports 4Q loss Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 4:15 PM ET

    BELLEVUE, Wash. _ Esterline Technologies Corp. on Thursday reported a loss of $3.5 million in its fiscal fourth quarter. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.87 per share. Analysts expected $557.2 million, according to Zacks.

  • Oregon GMO labeling proponents concede defeat Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 2:06 PM ET

    SALEM, Ore.— Proponents of an Oregon ballot measure requiring labels on genetically modified foods conceded defeat Thursday after a judge ruled against them and an automatic recount appeared unlikely to sway the outcome. "After looking at the facts about Measure 92, Oregon voters decided that it rightly deserved a no vote," Pat McCormick, a spokesman for the No on...

  • NY tells insurers to cover transgender treatment Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 9:58 AM ET

    The Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund said New York follows eight other states and the District of Columbia to do this. The others are California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, Oregon, Vermont and Washington. The fund also called on New York to remove the exclusion its Medicaid program, saying it's not subject to the new guidance.

  • Congressional deal upends pot legalization in DC Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 6:59 AM ET

    They wanted to use the District of Columbia as further encouragement for states to make their own marijuana laws, and they were optimistic that Congress wouldn't intervene, pointing to a Republican caucus that's far from unified against pot. Those hopes were crushed late Tuesday when Congress reached a $1.1 trillion spending deal that bars the District from...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 11- Amazon.com Inc is considering expanding its same-day delivery program globally, recent job listings show, underlining the importance of fast shipping to its ability to compete with the instant gratification offered by brick-and-mortar stores. It is not clear when Amazon hopes to meet its goals and how it would extend same-day delivery...

  • Sale of Oregon craft brewery provokes backlash Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 2:54 PM ET

    BEND, Ore.— The Facebook page of a local brewery lit up with condemnations: Loyal beer drinkers said the brewers were greedy "sellouts." No, the furor erupted after 10 Barrel Brewing announced last month that it was being bought by the world's largest brewer, Anheuser-Busch InBev, which to the horror of craft-beer enthusiasts, makes Budweiser and Bud Light.

  • *Treasury sell $21 bln 10- year notes to strong demand. NEW YORK, Dec 10- U.S. "The market continues to trade very, very well," said Charles Comiskey, head of Treasuries trading at Bank of Nova Scotia in New York.

  • Spending bill delays protections for sage grouse Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 2:03 PM ET

    BILLINGS, Montana— A legislative rider in Congress' $1.1 trillion spending bill would delay protections for a wide-ranging Western bird that's been on a collision course with the oil and gas industry. The bill also delays protections for the related Gunnison sage grouse of Utah and Colorado and for two subspecies of greater sage grouse in Washington, Nevada...

  • Trimble Navigation Ltd, VDOS Global LLC, Clayco Inc and Woolpert Inc said in their petitions to the FAA that they would operate drones weighing less than 55 pounds and keep them within view at all times. Previous FAA exemptions were for aerial photography by seven television and film companies. The latest approvals came as the FAA and other industry officials...