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  • The U.S. Agriculture Department, which oversees the Forest Service, is spending more than $150 million a week beating back several dozen blazes, he said. Senator Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat who is co-sponsor of a bipartisan bill that would assign national disaster status to the largest 1 to 2 percent of wildfires, freeing up emergency funding and preventing...

  • Growing US economy causing traffic woes Wednesday, 26 Aug 2015 | 12:01 PM ET

    Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York come next on the list of urban areas with the longest delays. Overall, American motorists are stuck in traffic about 5 percent more than they were in 2007, the pre-recession peak, says the report from the Texas A&M Transportation Institute and INRIX Inc., which analyzes traffic data. Rounding out the Top 10 worst commuting...

  • Dish and Sinclair agree in principle on new contract Wednesday, 26 Aug 2015 | 10:42 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Dish Network and Sinclair Broadcast Group, one of the largest TV broadcasters in the U.S., said Wednesday they've agreed on the outline of a new contract, one day after Sinclair's channels went dark for Dish customers. Sinclair's channels include affiliates of ABC, CBS, CW, Fox and NBC in markets throughout the country, including Washington DC, Seattle/...

  • Urban areas where commuters endure the most extra hours Wednesday, 26 Aug 2015 | 12:01 AM ET

    Traffic congestion nationally reached a new peak last year and is greater than ever before, according to a report by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute and INRIX Inc. Their analysis is based on federal data on the number of cars on the road and on traffic speed data collected by INRIX on 1.3 million miles of urban streets and highways. 1. Washington, D.C.-...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 25- Amazon.com Inc said on Tuesday it will begin delivering wine, beer and spirits to U.S. customers for the first time as part of its speedy delivery service, Prime Now. The online retailer is expanding Prime Now, its one- and two-hour service, to Seattle, where the company is headquartered, and offering alcohol deliveries there.

  • St. Louis' governing board advances minimum-wage boost Tuesday, 25 Aug 2015 | 12:38 PM ET

    ST. LOUIS— St. Louis' governing board on Tuesday advanced a compromise measure that would ease the city's minimum wage up to $11 by 2018.. The St. Louis Board of Aldermen had begun its special meeting by considering a plan that would have boosted the local minimum wage to $13 by 2020. But the board, by a 15-6 vote, eventually signed off on the more modest plan— after hours...

  • President Barack Obama signed a federal declaration of emergency for Washington state on Friday, authorizing the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate relief efforts in 11 counties and several Indian reservations hard hit by wildfires. The Okanogan Complex includes the so-called Twisp River fire,...

  • *Fed minutes offer no firm clue on rate hike timing. NEW YORK, Aug 20- U.S. They really did not put forth an exact timeline and people had really felt that the Fed was going to telegraph the rate hike, "said Mary Ann Hurley, vice president in fixed income trading at D.A.

  • OLYMPIA, Wash.— A divided Washington Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a first-in-the nation initiative to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour in the city of SeaTac should apply to thousands of workers at the airport. SeaTac was the first city in the nation to adopt a $15 minimum wage, but it only applies to transportation and hospitality workers.

  • OLYMPIA, Wash.— Washington state's unemployment rate was 5.3 percent in July, holding even with the national jobless rate, state officials said Wednesday. The jobless rate in the Seattle- Bellevue- Everett region of western Washington was 3.7 percent, down from 3.8 percent in June. "Washington's economy continues on a positive track," state labor economist Paul...

  • The Latest: Gas company IDs worker hurt in motel explosion Wednesday, 19 Aug 2015 | 11:56 AM ET

    BREMERTON, Wash.— The latest on an explosion that leveled part of motel in Washington state:. The Bremerton man is listed in critical condition at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Jennings was injured Tuesday in a natural gas explosion at a Washington state motel.

  • Manager credited with saving dozens in massive motel blast Wednesday, 19 Aug 2015 | 12:07 AM ET

    The blast Tuesday night critically injured a gas company worker and knocked back firefighters, but the guests were safely away before it tore apart the Motel 6 in Bremerton. However, Bremerton Fire Chief Al Duke said Wednesday no bodies were found in the debris and he was almost certain the missing guests were not caught in the explosion on the west side of Puget...

  • Pelosi addresses workplace issues at Amazon campus Tuesday, 18 Aug 2015 | 9:59 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi says that even if reports of high-pressure management techniques at Amazon are true, "they won't be taking place anymore." Pelosi says Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos had said very clearly that "it's not the company that he knows. A New York Times article over the weekend portrayed the online retailer's work culture as "...

  • Starbucks, Panera tweak pumpkin spice latte formulas Tuesday, 18 Aug 2015 | 3:21 AM ET

    Starbucks and Panera are hyping reformulated versions of the popular drinks— which will include real pumpkin— in a fight to win over fans of the beverage in coming weeks. Starbucks Corp. said Monday its version of the concoction this year will be made with real pumpkin and without caramel coloring. The change comes after blogger Vani Hari, known as the Food Babe,...

  • SPOKANE, Wash.— Big wildfires threatened the Lake Chelan resort region of central Washington on Monday after driving away tourists, destroying a warehouse filled with nearly 2 million pounds of apples and forcing thousands of residents to flee. In northern Idaho, more than 40 homes were lost near the town of Kamiah, and in Oregon a lightning-sparked blaze on the...

  • Starbucks, Panera tweak pumpkin spice latte formulas Monday, 17 Aug 2015 | 3:34 PM ET

    Starbucks and Panera are hyping reformulated versions of the popular drinks— which will include real pumpkin— in a fight to win over fans of the beverage in coming weeks. Starbucks Corp. said Monday its version of the concoction this year will be made with real pumpkin and without caramel coloring. The change comes after blogger Vani Hari, known as the Food Babe,...

  • Big wildfire threatens resort town in Washington Monday, 17 Aug 2015 | 2:54 PM ET

    SPOKANE, Wash.— Big wildfires threatened the Lake Chelan resort region of central Washington on Monday after driving away tourists, destroying a warehouse filled with nearly 2 million pounds of apples and forcing thousands of residents to flee. In northern Idaho, more than 40 homes were lost near the town of Kamiah, and in Oregon a lightning-sparked blaze on the...

  • WASHINGTON— Say this about New York: If you can afford a first home there, you can probably afford one anywhere. A new analysis by the real estate firm Zillow found that the typical income for a first-time buyer is $54,340, pretty much the same as it was in the late 1970 s after adjusting for inflation. Yet that looks like a relative bargain compared with New York, San...

  • Aug 17- Media mogul John Malone's Liberty Interactive Corp said it would acquire Zulily Inc in a cash-and-stock deal valued at $2.4 billion to tap into the online retailer's younger clientele and its strong mobile presence. Zulily, a website that hosts "flash" sales of clothing primarily for women and children, counts Chinese ecommerce giant Alibaba Group...

  • NEW YORK— Zulily, which offers flash sales of products like toys and children's clothing geared to young moms, now has a parent. Liberty Interactive Corp. which owns home shopping network QVC, announced Monday that it's buying Zulily in a cash-and-stock deal valued at approximately $2.32 billion. Liberty Interactive Corp. will pay $9.375 in cash and 0.3098...