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  • Nordstrom ads feature models with disabilities Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 8:05 AM ET

    NEW YORK— It's not easy to find models with disabilities in ads for the fashion and beauty industry— unless you look in the Nordstrom catalog. This summer's Nordstrom Inc. catalog includes among others a woman in a wheelchair modeling boots and a man with a prosthetic leg modeling Nike running shoes.

  • Senate Republicans block bill on contraception Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 1:33 AM ET

    Republicans blocked a bill that was designed to override a Supreme Court ruling and ensure access to contraception for women who get their health insurance from companies with religious objections. But Democrats hope the issue has enough life to energize female voters in the fall, when Republicans are threatening to take control of the Senate.

  • Correction: Amazon-Drones story Tuesday, 15 Jul 2014 | 3:41 PM ET

    NEW YORK— In a story on July 11 about Amazon seeking permission from the Federal Aviation Administration to fly drones, The Associated Press misstated the year that Congress gave the FAA a deadline for granting drones access to U.S. skies. Congress set the September 2015 deadline in 2012, not last year. Amazon asks FAA for permission to fly drones.

  • Groups seek ban of oil in older railroad tank cars Tuesday, 15 Jul 2014 | 3:06 PM ET

    SEATTLE— Two environmental groups are asking the U.S. Department of Transportation to immediately ban shipments of volatile crude oil in older railroad tank cars, citing recent explosive oil train wrecks and the department's own findings that those accidents pose an "imminent hazard."

  • Review: Systematic errors led to bridge collapse Tuesday, 15 Jul 2014 | 11:50 AM ET

    OLYMPIA, Wash.— Insufficient route planning, a distracted pilot driver and an inadequate permitting process by the state of Washington all played a part in last year's Interstate 5 bridge collapse north of Seattle, which sent two cars into a river below, the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday.

  • In Seattle, delivering legal pot illegally Tuesday, 15 Jul 2014 | 2:14 AM ET

    While delivery services have existed for years to supply medical marijuana patients, the rise of similar businesses geared toward serving recreational users in Washington and Colorado highlights how the industry is outpacing the states' pot laws.

  • Seattle council passes new rules on rideshare cars Monday, 14 Jul 2014 | 7:43 PM ET

    SEATTLE— The Seattle City Council on Monday passed new rules regulating rideshare companies, allowing them to operate in the city without a limit on the number of cars. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray last month brokered a deal that eventually led to the repeal of the old ordinance and to Monday's legislation.

  • NEW YORK, July 14- A $6 billion takeover to create the biggest oil producer in the Bakken shale may also open up new opportunities for some big traders who ship oil from North Dakota and Montana to market.

  • Defense Undersecretary Frank Kendall told reporters late on Sunday that Boeing was performing "satisfactorily" on the KC-46 tanker program, but several events- including water damage caused by a sprinkler malfunction at the company's Everett, Washington plant- meant costs were higher than expected.

  • INFLUENCE GAME: Shaping US railroad safety rules Sunday, 13 Jul 2014 | 8:39 AM ET

    Billions of dollars are riding on how these rules are written, and lobbyists from the railroads, tank car manufacturers and the oil, ethanol and chemical industries have met 13 times since March with officials at the White House and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.

  • Deadline looms in Newark airport wage hike flap Saturday, 12 Jul 2014 | 11:38 AM ET

    United Airlines, the airport's primary carrier, said in an email Friday to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the airport's operator, that it still questions whether the agency has the legal power to impose a wage hike.

  • Wine lovers raise a glass to direct shipping law Saturday, 12 Jul 2014 | 9:16 AM ET

    BOSTON— Whether it's pinot noir, merlot, chardonnay or cabernet sauvignon, wine lovers in Massachusetts will soon be able to have some of their favorite bottles shipped straight from the vineyards to their homes. Out-of-state domestic producers would initially pay $300 for a direct shipper's license, with a $150 renewal fee each subsequent year.

  • NEW YORK, July 11- Wells Fargo& Co is angling to cash in on the U.S. energy boom, as the fourth-largest U.S. bank looks for new avenues of revenue growth to overcome a slump in mortgage lending, its traditional driver of profits.

  • Fired, rehired and weighing options: WA pot smoker Friday, 11 Jul 2014 | 6:00 PM ET

    The Washington man fired for buying legal marijuana has been offered his job back. But he's pondering his options.

  • Business Highlights Friday, 11 Jul 2014 | 5:46 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Would-be home sellers across the country are grappling with a once-in-a-lifetime problem: They have mortgage rates so absurdly low it would hurt them financially to sell. Tobacco firms Reynolds, Lorillard in merger talks. RICHMOND, Va.— Big Tobacco may soon get smaller.

  • Amazon asks FAA for permission to fly drones Friday, 11 Jul 2014 | 11:53 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Amazon is asking the Federal Aviation Administration permission to use drones as part of its plan to deliver packages to customers in 30 minutes or less. In a letter to the FAA dated Wednesday, Amazon said it is developing aerial vehicles as part of Amazon Prime Air.

  • Downside of low US mortgage rates? Less selling Friday, 11 Jul 2014 | 9:36 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Would-be home sellers across the country are grappling with a once-in-a-lifetime problem: They have mortgage rates so absurdly low it would hurt them financially to sell. Doing so would mean giving up an irresistible rate in exchange for a new mortgage carrying a rate up to a percentage point higher.

  • Senate confirms housing chief to run budget office Friday, 11 Jul 2014 | 7:01 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Senate on Thursday confirmed President Barack Obama's housing chief as the new director of the White House budget office, completing a second-term Cabinet shuffle. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, who said Donovan was unqualified and hadn't proved he understood fiscal and budgetary issues.

  • Inventor pushes solar panels for roads, highways Friday, 11 Jul 2014 | 2:00 AM ET

    SPOKANE, Washington— The solar panels that Idaho inventor Scott Brusaw has built aren't meant for rooftops. "We need to rebuild our infrastructure," said Brusaw, the head of Solar Roadways, based in Sandpoint, Idaho, about 90 miles northeast of Spokane, Washington.

  • July 10- General Electric Co said on Thursday it picked France's Safran SA, Japan's IHI Corp and Germany's MTU Aero Engines AG to work on the GE9X engine that will power Boeing Co's new 777 X aircraft. GE told Reuters the companies chosen would share about 25 percent of the GE9X program, with Safran holding the largest share.