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  • Geese walk along the snow covered waterfront park through heavy snowfall as the first winter storm of the season hits the area in Portland, Ore., Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016.

    Snowpiles grew across the US as an Arctic chill and winter storm brought plunging temperatures and dangerous winter conditions, NBC reports.

  • SEATTLE— Washington has become the first U.S. state to sue the agrochemical giant Monsanto over pervasive pollution from PCBs, the toxic industrial chemicals that have accumulated in plants, fish and people around the globe for decades. Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced the lawsuit at a news conference in downtown Seattle Thursday,...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 8- President-elect Donald Trump named fast-food executive Andy Puzder to head the U.S. Department of Labor on Thursday, drawing criticism from labor advocates worried about his opposition to a higher minimum wage and government regulation of the workplace. He has bashed a new Labor Department rule aimed at extending overtime pay to more than 4...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 8- President-elect Donald Trump named fast-food executive Andy Puzder to head the U.S. Department of Labor on Thursday, drawing criticism from labor advocates worried about his opposition to a higher minimum wage and government regulation of the workplace. He has bashed a new Labor Department rule aimed at extending overtime pay to more than 4...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 8- President-elect Donald Trump named fast-food executive Andy Puzder to head the U.S. Department of Labor on Thursday, drawing criticism from labor advocates worried about his opposition to a higher minimum wage and government regulation of the workplace. He has bashed a new Labor Department rule aimed at extending overtime pay to more than 4...

  • NEW YORK— NBC says that it is shutting down its Breaking News digital service, which provided bulletins on stories through Twitter, a website and its own app. It employed 20 people in Seattle, New York, Los Angeles, London and Chicago. NBC Digital spokeswoman Emily Passer said Thursday the network will try to find jobs for those people elsewhere in the company.

  • SEATTLE— Washington on Thursday became the first U.S. state to sue the agrochemical giant Monsanto over pervasive pollution from PCBs, the toxic industrial chemicals that have accumulated in plants, fish and people around the globe for decades. "It is time to hold the sole U.S. manufacturer of PCBs accountable for the significant harm they have caused to our...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 8- President-elect Donald Trump will name fast-food executive Andy Puzder to head the U.S. Department of Labor, according to a source familiar with the matter, in an appointment likely to antagonize organized labor. Fast-food workers, who are largely not unionized, are engaged in a multi-year campaign known as the "Fight for $15," which is supported...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 8- President-elect Donald Trump will name fast-food executive Andy Puzder to head the U.S. Department of Labor, according to a source familiar with the matter, in an appointment likely to antagonize organized labor. Fast-food workers, who are largely not unionized, are engaged in a multi-year campaign known as the "Fight for $15," which is supported...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 8- President-elect Donald Trump will name fast-food executive Andy Puzder to head the U.S. Department of Labor, according to a source familiar with the matter, in an appointment likely to antagonize organized labor. Fast-food workers, who are largely not unionized, are engaged in a multi-year campaign known as the "Fight for $15," which is supported...

  • Amazon denies report it plans to open 2,000 stores

    The ecommerce giant says it's not even close to opening that many brick-and-mortar locations.

  • SAN FRANCISCO— Alaska Airlines has removed its last major hurdle to buying Virgin America. Alaska said Wednesday it agreed to settle a private antitrust lawsuit that threatened to hold up its $2.6 billion purchase of Virgin America. The deal will make Alaska the nation's fifth-biggest airline, leapfrogging over JetBlue Airways Corp., which also tried to buy...

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, Dec 7- Gold extended its rise on Wednesday, rebounding from this week's 10- month low as the dollar eased against the euro ahead of a European Central Bank meeting and on the view that a U.S. rate rise next week was already reflected in prices. The losing streak spilled into December as fears of U.S. rate rise, an increased appetite for risk and a...

  • LOS ANGELES/ NEW YORK, Dec 6- Starbucks Corp Chief Executive and co-founder Howard Schultz's plan to build a new prestige brand is a bet that moving upscale can raise the profile of the world's largest coffee brand with millennials like Megan Sauers. "Starbucks is the millennials' parents' coffee house and Starbucks is acutely aware of that," said Ric Rhinehart,...

  • NEW YORK— Starbucks, looking to the future as its longtime CEO moves to other projects, plans to open 12,000 new locations within five years to boost its number of coffee shops worldwide by almost 50 percent. Starbucks outlined its five-year growth plans to investors on Wednesday, about a week after it announced that Howard Schultz, who has built Starbucks into a...

  • The company also plans to open an outlet of its high-end coffee chain, Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room, in Europe, bringing the number to five globally. Starbucks opened its first Reserve coffee roastery and tasting room in Seattle in late 2014, which roasts limited-supply Reserve coffees that sell for up to $50 per 8- ounce package. The company plans to open a...

  • Snuggie As Seen On TV commercial.

    Makers of the Snuggie blanket and other products sold mainly on TV have sued Amazon.com Inc , accusing the internet retailer of trademark infringement.

  • WASHINGTON— Alaska Airlines has won government approval to buy rival Virgin America after agreeing to reduce its flight-selling partnership with American Airlines. Seattle- based Alaska is the nation's sixth-biggest airline, and California- based Virgin is eighth. Alaska said the concession will cost it between $15 million and $20 million a year in revenue...

  • The lawsuit was filed on Monday night by Allstar Marketing Group LLC, Ideavillage Products Corp and Ontel Products Corp, which respectively sell such products as the Snuggie, Copper Fit compression sleeves and Magic Tracks toy racetracks through so-called "As Seen on TV" advertising. It was filed three weeks after Seattle- based Amazon filed two of its own...

  • Jonathan Ly, 28, entered his plea in federal court in Seattle to one count of securities fraud stemming from an insider trading scheme that prosecutors said netted the San Francisco resident $331,000. He also reached a $375,907 settlement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Ly is deeply sorry for the activity he engaged in and the people and...