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  • SEATTLE— Spokane, Washington, is considering civil fines for companies that ship crude oil or coal through its downtown core. Cities such as Oakland, California, South Portland, Maine, and Vancouver, Washington, have also passed rules to block crude oil or coal projects. BNSF Railway spokesman Gus Melonas says targeting specific commodities that move by rail sets...

  • SEATTLE— University of Washington biology professor Adam Summers no longer has to coax hospital staff to use their CT scanners so he can visualize the inner structures of stingray and other fish. Last fall, he installed a small computed tomography, or CT, scanner at the UW's Friday Harbor Laboratories on San Juan Island in Washington state and launched an...

  • NEW YORK, July 26- U.S. single-family home prices rose less than expected on an annual basis in May, and were down from the prior month, a survey showed on Tuesday. "Overall, housing is doing quite well," said David M. Blitzer, managing director and chairman of the index committee at S&P Dow Jones Indices. Home prices in three U.S. cities- Denver, Seattle and Portland, Oregon-...

  • WASHINGTON— U.S. home prices extended their steady upward march in May, spurred by rising sales and a dwindling supply of available houses. "Sellers are in the driver's seat, as buyers contend with fierce competition and very fast-moving markets," Svenja Gudell, chief economist at real estate data provider Zillow, said. Portland, Oregon, Seattle, and Denver posted...

  • SEATTLE _ HomeStreet Inc. on Monday reported second-quarter profit of $21.7 million. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 68 cents per share. HomeStreet shares have declined slightly more than 1 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • NEW YORK— Pink for girls. Kristin Higgins was adamant about not pushing "girly" stereotypes on her daughter, and painted her room in shades of green. "It's hard to find gender-neutral clothing," said Higgins, 35, of Little Rock, whose daughter is now 6. "I want her to just get up and put on the clothing without thinking of putting on a costume, an identity."

  • Annual increases in rent surpassed 9 percent in both the Seattle and Portland, Oregon areas, although it has moderated in markets such as San Francisco, where yearly price growth went from double-digit gains to 7.4 percent. Prices are rising above the national average in New York City and Los Angeles. But they've settled at less than 2 percent in Cincinnati and...

  • SEATTLE— The troubled project to replace an aging double-decker highway bridge hugging Seattle's waterfront with a tunnel faces up to $223 million in cost overruns, Washington transportation officials said Thursday. Those delays have increased the administration and oversight costs, made it more expensive to acquire right of ways to build the tunnel and...

  • July 21- Boeing Co said on Thursday it will take more than $2 billion in accounting charges related to the 787, 747 and KC-46 tanker aircraft program when it reports second-quarter results on Wednesday. The 787 charge totals $847 million after tax, or $1.33 a share, and stems from two test aircraft that Boeing said were substantially modified and remain unsold.

  • NEW YORK— Starbucks trimmed its sales forecast Thursday after revenue came in lighter than expected in the most recent quarter. The Seattle- based company said global sales rose 4 percent at established locations, including in its flagship U.S. market, for its fiscal third quarter. He said the sense of community Starbucks has created should help the company.

  • SEATTLE _ Starbucks Corp. on Thursday reported fiscal third-quarter net income of $754.1 million. For the current quarter ending in September, Starbucks expects its per-share earnings to range from 54 cents to 55 cents. Starbucks shares have declined 4 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has increased roughly 6...

  • July 21- Alaska Air Group Inc, the operator of Alaska Airlines, reported a better-than-expected profit for the second quarter, helped by lower fuel prices. Alaska Air said its fuel costs fell to an average of $1.53 per gallon in the three months to June 30, from $2.12 a year earlier. The company's net income rose to $260 million, or $2.10 per share, in the second quarter,...

  • SEATTLE _ Alaska Air Group Inc. on Thursday reported second-quarter net income of $260 million. The average estimate of seven analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $2.08 per share. Alaska Air shares have fallen 21 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • July 21- Alaska Air Group Inc, the operator of Alaska Airlines, reported an 11 percent increase in second-quarter profit, helped by lower fuel prices. The company's net income rose to $260 million, or $2.10 per share, in the quarter ended June 30, from $234 million, or $1.79 per share, a year earlier. Seattle- based Alaska Air said in June that it would buy Virgin America...

  • WASHINGTON, July 20- Four U.S. carriers have won tentative approval to launch daytime U.S. flights to Tokyo's Haneda airport as early as this fall, the U.S. Transportation Department said on Wednesday. Approvals were given to Delta for flights from Los Angeles and Minneapolis, Hawaiian from Honolulu, American from Los Angeles, and United from San Francisco.

  • SEATTLE _ F5 Networks Inc. on Wednesday reported fiscal third-quarter net income of $91.8 million. Twelve analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $495.2 million. Analysts surveyed by Zacks had forecast adjusted earnings per share of $1.91.

  • SEATTLE, July 19- A U.S. judge on Tuesday wrestled with whether a lawsuit could proceed against the city of Seattle over a local law which allows Uber and Lyft drivers to unionize. Seattle last year became the first U.S. city to pass a law giving drivers for ride-hailing apps, as well as taxi and for-hire drivers, the right to collectively negotiate on pay and working...

  • SAN FRANCISCO— In a story July 9 about a comprehensive ban on foam products in San Francisco, The Associated Press reported erroneously the nature and timing of bans in other cities. And Portland, Oregon, approved a ban on such products in restaurants in1989, not following a similar prohibition in San Francisco in 2006.. SAN FRANCISCO— San Francisco, say goodbye to...

  • Allison Warmuth, 28, was driving a motor scooter near the Boston Common in April when she was struck and killed by the duck boat. Warmuth's parents, Ivan and Martha Warmuth, came to the Statehouse to push for passage of the bill, which would also require duck boats to be equipped with blind-spot cameras and proximity sensors. "We're glad to see Boston Duck Tours...

  • SEATTLE— The Justice Department and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday announced a $425 million settlement with two companies to reduce air pollution at six petroleum refineries in the West. It covers five refineries that Tesoro operates in Kenai, Alaska; Anacortes, Washington; Salt Lake City, Utah; Mandan, North Dakota; and Martinez, California.