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  • SEATTLE— As expected, attorneys have filed a lawsuit challenging Seattle's new ordinance to tax high-income earners. Multiple news outlets reported Friday that the suit was filed on behalf of Seattle resident and investment manager Michael Kunath. The lawsuit was filed just minutes after Mayor Ed Murray signed the ordinance with little fanfare on July 14.

  • SEATTLE— Amazon's new ready-to-eat meal package is the perfect recipe for someone who doesn't have enough time to shop and cook, yet has a healthy appetite and a need for balanced meals. For now, Amazon's meal kits are available only in limited markets, including Seattle. When I tried to place my order Tuesday, Amazon said the only delivery times left that day were...

  • NEW YORK— A popular online pet-care network is taking aim at a little-known law that makes paid pet-sitting illegal in New York City. City Councilman Corey Johnson, a Manhattan Democrat, plans to draft legislation that could revise what he calls an impractical and "antiquated" law. Health Department spokesman Julien Martinez says licensing and inspections...

  • Seattle Mayor Ed Murray signs a bill that raises the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour on June 3, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. The bill passed unanimously in a June 2 Seattle city council meeting.

    New studies are showing mixed reviews on effects of $15 minimum wage on Seattle's economy, N.Y. Times reports.

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    Seattle passed a new income tax on households earning more than $500,000, prompting the state's Republicans to revolt.

  • NEW YORK— Amazon is already a huge part of many people's lives. "It kind of feels like they're taking over so much commerce in our life," said Erica McGivern, a Whole Foods and Amazon customer who lives in Seattle, where Amazon is headquartered. The acquisition could easily hurt both Amazon's existing rivals and future startups that might one day challenge it.

  • Washington GOP Chair: Seattle tax is a farce

    Washington State Republican Chair Susan Hutchison explains why her party is asking wealthy Seattle residents not to comply with the city's new tax on high incomes.

  • Washington State GOP urges 'civil disobedience' over Seattle tax

    CNBC's Robert Frank reports the fallout from wealthy residents in Seattle over a tax hike for high-income households.

  • Rich shouldn't pay their taxes, Washington state GOP says

    Seattle plans to impose a 2.25 percent tax on income above $250,000 for individuals and above $500,000 for couples.

  • Washington state’s GOP leaders say the rich shouldn’t pay taxes

    Last week, Seattle's city council passed a 2.25 percent tax on income above $250,000 for individual filers and income over $500,000 for couples.

  • SANTA FE, N.M.— It's 2007, and Steve Jobs has just finished launching the first iPhone before an enraptured audience when he nearly collapses, exhausted by the illness that will kill him four years later. At this moment in Mason Bates' opera "The (R) evolution of Steve Jobs," a harrowing sound emerges from the orchestra pit, a crushing downward progression that's...

  • NEW YORK— Sabbaticals, massages, or a home maid service? The hundred staffers at marketing firm Velvet Media can periodically spend a month working at any of its offices— Denver, Tokyo, Bangkok or Venice, Italy— with the company paying their expenses, co-CEO Daniele Gatti says. "We extend work into employees' lives," says Neil Vaswani, CEO of Corestream, a benefits...

  • July 18- Safeway Inc has agreed to pay $3 million to resolve claims the U.S. supermarket chain failed to promptly report missing or stolen drugs including opioid medications at its pharmacies, the U.S. Justice Department said on Tuesday. Albertsons, one of the largest U.S. grocery chains, is backed by private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management LP.

  • NEW YORK— Amazon has begun selling ready-to-cook meal packages for busy households in a bid to expand its groceries business. Amazon- branded meal kits come with raw ingredients needed to prepare such meals as chicken tikka masala and falafel patties. The development comes as Amazon is also buying the organic grocer Whole Foods for $13.7 billion, a deal that...

  • Ofo bicycles sit parked on a sidewalk in Shanghai, China.

    In China, investors are committing a lot of capital to bicycles. And the Chinese bike start-ups are moving into the U.S. market.

  • SEATTLE _ Washington Federal Inc. on Tuesday reported fiscal third-quarter net income of $44.1 million. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 48 cents per share. Washington Federal shares have decreased almost 4 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • GENEVA, July 17- The European Union and Britain plan to put forward a joint proposal for reform of the terms of their World Trade Organization membership in September or October, an EU source said on Monday, as London negotiates to leave the EU. The joint approach would address aspects of the EU's WTO membership terms, known as its WTO "schedules", that are not easily...

  • The Air Canada plane with 140 people aboard came within 100 feet of crashing onto the first two of four passenger-filled planes readying for takeoff. "The lighting is different for good reason," said Steven Wallace, a former director of accident investigations at the Federal Aviation Administration. Then there is the radio transmission in which one of the Air...

  • SEATTLE— A robot named Tracey greeted passengers at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, providing tips to get them smoothly through security checkpoints. CEO Paul McManus says it is a demonstration model, but future versions could recognize when a traveler is wearing sunglasses or a hat and ask them to take it off before the security checkpoint.

  • ST. LOUIS— The $10 per hour minimum wage law in St. Louis will be short-lived, but an effort launching Friday will encourage and pressure businesses to honor the higher wage even if state law doesn't require it. Thirty-one states and the District of Columbia have minimum wage rates above the U.S. minimum, ranging from $7.50 per hour in New Mexico to $12.50 per hour in...