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  • The analysis by the Washington Department of Ecology and Cowlitz County found that greenhouse gas emissions— from facility operations to when the coal is burned in Asia— would increase by 2.5 million metric tons each year when the project is fully running. Other concerns include increased vessel traffic as 840 ships a year are added, and a potential for train...

  • A summary judgment opinion issued Wednesday in a Federal Trade Commission case against Amazon is the latest example of what these routine deletions cost the public. As my Reuters colleagues Diane Bartz and Dan Levine reported, U.S. District Judge John Coughenour of Seattle determined that Amazon is liable to the parents of children who bought items like "a...

  • The average estimate of 14 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 61 cents per share. Ten analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $27.94 billion. Analysts surveyed by Zacks had expected revenue of $28.14 billion.

  • NEW YORK— Dunkin' Donuts is going after Starbucks' coveted customers by more aggressively featuring espresso drinks like lattes and macchiatos. In a phone interview, Dunkin' CEO Nigel Travis said espresso drinks have traditionally accounted for a "fairly small" mix of the doughnut chain's beverage sales, especially when compared with rival Starbucks.

  • NEW YORK— A federal judge has ruled that Amazon is liable for in-app purchases made by children, the latest development in a suit filed by the Federal Trade Commission in 2014.. The FTC reached a settlement agreement with Apple and Google in 2014 about in-app purchases made by children without parental consent but sued Amazon when the Seattle company did not...

  • Seattle and San Francisco, and the states of Oregon, California and New York are phasing in wage increases that will grow to $15 an hour or more. "It's pretty shocking how common the violations are," said Donna Levitt, director of the labor enforcement office in San Francisco, which began ramping up to $15 an hour last year. "It's just so pervasive and so rampant," said...

  • WASHINGTON— U.S. home prices continued their steady upward march in February as buyers competed for a limited number of available properties. That's pushed buyers to act quickly, with homes on the market just 47 days in March, according to the National Association of Realtors. Svenja Gudell, chief economist at real estate website Zillow, said the problem is...

  • NEW YORK, April 26- Annualized U.S. single-family home prices rose less than expected in February, a closely watched survey showed on Tuesday. "Home prices continue to rise twice as fast as inflation, but the pace is easing off in the most recent numbers," said David M. Blitzer, managing director and chairman of the index committee at S&P Dow Jones Indices.

  • SEATTLE— For centuries, Lummi tribal fishermen have harvested, dug up clams and fished for salmon in the tidelands and waters of northwest Washington state. The Gateway Pacific Terminal, a venture between SSA Marine and Cloud Peak Energy, would handle up to 54 million metric tons of dry bulk commodities, mostly coal, at a deep water port at Cherry Point.

  • WOLFSBURG, Germany— It's been a bad week for German automakers. On Thursday, Daimler said the U.S. Justice Department asked the company to investigate irregularities in diesel emissions in its Mercedes brand vehicles. Steve Berman, a Seattle attorney who has sued Daimler over Mercedes diesel pollution, said both German automakers saw a niche in the U.S. for...

  • BOSTON— Gamers from far and wide are flooding into Boston for one of the world's premier gaming festivals this weekend. In addition to the Seattle event, the festival has grown to include annual shows in Boston, San Antonio and Melbourne, Australia, drawing crowds clamoring to explore the latest games and technology. The Boston show has been sold out for months.

  • NEW YORK— Starbucks expressed confidence Thursday that an overhaul of its rewards program will drive up sales over the long term, but warned that the transition could be bumpy. While it's still early, Starbucks said spending is up across loyalty members, including those who stood to lose out from the change. "We are not seeing any of the noise that has been...

  • SEATTLE _ Starbucks Corp. on Thursday reported fiscal second-quarter earnings of $575.1 million. For the current quarter ending in July, Starbucks expects its per-share earnings to range from 48 cents to 49 cents. Starbucks shares have risen 1 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has increased slightly more than 2...

  • April 21- Southwest Airlines Co would "absolutely" consider a new version of Boeing Co's 737 jet that the planemaker is said to be mulling, the budget airline's Chief Operating Officer Mike Van de Ven said on a conference call with media on Thursday. The Wall Street Journal reported earlier that Boeing is considering whether to build a replacement of the smallest...

  • Medicare began reimbursing physicians in January for time spent discussing their patients' end-of-life wishes. While 95 percent of U.S. physicians support the new benefit, only 14 percent say they have yet billed Medicare for advance planning patient visits, according to a survey of more than 700 U.S. doctors by three healthcare foundations.

  • SEATTLE _ Alaska Air Group Inc. on Thursday reported first-quarter net income of $184 million. The average estimate of eight analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.42 per share. Alaska Air shares have climbed slightly more than 1 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • SEATTLE _ F5 Networks Inc. on Wednesday reported fiscal second-quarter profit of $75.4 million. Twelve analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $485.4 million. Analysts surveyed by Zacks had forecast adjusted earnings per share of $1.73.

  • The news agency also reported that the organization had sometimes recycled exams in the United States, including last January. Reuters found that tests were also reused in the United States during special midweek sittings, on Sundays and during makeup exams, even though some questions and answers from those tests had been discussed online.

  • STOCKHOLM, April 20- Swedish construction company Skanska plans to expand its commercial property development business in the United States, betting interest rates won't rise fast enough to dent strong investor demand for high-yielding real estate. Skanska's U.S. chief Richard Cavallaro said the company's goal this year was to identify which U.S. cities...

  • The news agency also reported that the organization had sometimes recycled exams in the United States, including last January. Reuters found that tests were also reused in the United States during special midweek sittings, on Sundays and during makeup exams, even though some questions and answers from those tests had been discussed online.