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  • California to mandate paid sick leave under new law Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 1:37 PM ET

    SACRAMENTO, Calif., Sept 10- California businesses will have to provide paid sick leave to most employees under a bill signed on Wednesday by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, the latest move to aid low-income workers in the most populous U.S. state.

  • Tacoma business erecting 180-foot flagpole Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 12:36 PM ET

    TACOMA, Wash.— A Tacoma business plans to raise one of the largest flagpoles in the Northwest. The company plans to dedicate the flagpole to veterans in October, The News Tribune reported. A webcam will stream 360- degree views of the surrounding area from Puget Sound to Mount Rainier.

  • Washington state names new head of state ferries Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 12:17 PM ET

    OLYMPIA, Wash.— Washington state officials on Wednesday named a new head of the state ferry system, which is emerging from a tough summer. Lynne Griffith, currently the chief executive officer of Pierce Transit, will be the first woman to head the ferry division of the state Department of Transportation.

  • Latest NYC condo amenity: $1 million parking spot Tuesday, 9 Sep 2014 | 3:47 PM ET

    NEW YORK— A million dollars would buy a nice house in Dallas or Seattle. The New York Times reports that the 10 underground spots at 42 Crosby St. will cost more per square foot than the apartments upstairs. Information from: The New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com.

  • Seattle tunnel builders make progress in repair Tuesday, 9 Sep 2014 | 6:59 AM ET

    Workers installed the final 11 piles last week, and they will begin to fill in gaps between the piles and move to the next stage of the repair work, said Laura Newborn, a spokeswoman for the Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement-tunnel project. Seattle Tunnel Partners expects to resume drilling on the tunnel in March 2015.

  • Fundamental problems plague Seattle megachurch Tuesday, 9 Sep 2014 | 6:56 AM ET

    SEATTLE— Seattle megachurch Mars Hill is closing some branches and making plans to lay off employees to deal with fundamental problems in the evangelical empire. Financial problems in the wake of recent leadership issues are forcing the cutbacks, The Seattle Times reported in Monday's newspaper.

  • "We still see tremendous demand across the board, way beyond 47 a month," Conner said, referring to Boeing's target to produce 47 737 s a month, starting in 2017.. Boeing currently produces 42 737 s a month at its factory in Renton, Washington, using fuselage sections produced by Spirit Aerosystems Holdings Inc in Wichita, Kansas.

  • "We still see tremendous demand across the board, way beyond 47 a month," Conner said, referring to Boeing's target to produce 47 737 s a month, starting in 2017.. Boeing currently produces 42 737 s a month at its factory in Renton, Washington, using fuselage sections produced by Spirit Aerosystems Holdings Inc in Wichita, Kansas.

  • Sept 5- Starbucks Corp on Friday announced two new types of stores aimed at capturing the growing demand for upscale reserve coffee and a separate test of an "express" store in Manhattan offering speedy service in a city where a " New York minute" is more like a nanosecond.

  • 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.

  • 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..

  • 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.