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  • PORTLAND, Ore., July 28- Protesters began gathering in a riverside park in Portland Tuesday evening, planning to drop kayaks in the water to protest Wednesday's scheduled launch of a ship to be used by Royal Dutch Shell for Arctic oil exploration. Following the lead of protesters in Seattle who tried to block ships headed for Shell's planned oil exploration in the...

  • WASHINGTON— In the sci-fi thriller "Ex Machina," the wonders and dangers of artificial intelligence are embodied in a beautiful, cunning android named Ava. She puts her electronic smarts to work with frightening results, manipulating and outwitting her human handlers. Just how far off in the future is a robot like the fictional Ava?

  • Plum Creek Timber tops 2Q profit forecasts Monday, 27 Jul 2015 | 4:10 PM ET

    SEATTLE _ Plum Creek Timber Co. on Monday reported second-quarter net income of $21 million. Plum Creek Timber expects full-year earnings to be $1.05 to $1.20 per share. Plum Creek Timber shares have dropped 6 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has stayed nearly flat.

  • Scary headlines don't deter investors Saturday, 25 Jul 2015 | 6:11 AM ET

    NEW YORK— The U.S. economy is growing at a painfully slow pace. Greece still threatens the euro. Neither do many on Wall Street.

  • SEATTLE— Seattle's annual Torchlight Parade is this Saturday, and Seattle police have an unusual message for people planning to go watch the parade. On their online police blotter, they are asking people to avoid overloading the cellular network during the parade by tweeting and posting photos to Facebook. Previous Seattle parades have put the cellular...

  • A look at the largest companies in the S&P 500 Friday, 24 Jul 2015 | 7:08 PM ET

    Amazon surpassed the world's largest retailer, Wal-Mart Stores Inc., in market value Friday, on the back of a strong earnings report. Amazon shares closed up nearly 10 percent, giving the Seattle company a market value of $247.77 billion, versus $230.53 billion for Wal-Mart. A company's market value is calculated by multiplying the number of shares of stock it...

  • HomeStreet misses 2Q profit forecasts Friday, 24 Jul 2015 | 5:16 PM ET

    SEATTLE _ HomeStreet Inc. on Friday reported second-quarter profit of $12.4 million. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 71 cents per share. HomeStreet shares have risen 37 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • HARTFORD, Conn.— Momentum is building for a $15- an-hour minimum wage in Connecticut, at least for some workers, given the formation of a new low-wage worker advisory panel and this week's recommendation to raise pay for fast-food workers in neighboring New York, according to some state lawmakers and activists. The co-chairmen of the General Assembly's Labor and...

  • NEW YORK— It's official: Amazon is bigger than Wal-Mart. The sharp increase in shares brought Amazon's market value to $247.77 billion, more than its biggest rival, Wal-Mart Stores Inc., signaling a sea change in retailing. Bentonville, Arkansas- based Wal-Mart Stores is valued at about $230.53 billion.

  • July 23- Amazon.com Inc shares surged more than 17 percent on Thursday as the online retailer posted an unexpected quarterly profit, pushing its market value above that of Wal-Mart Stores Inc, the world's largest retailer. Combined with a bullish forecast for the third quarter, upbeat comments from company executives on Amazon's Prime delivery service and...

  • July 23- Starbucks Corp reported higher quarterly profit on Thursday as new food, drinks and technology helped the world's biggest coffee chain attract more customers. Sales at Starbucks shops open at least 13 months were up 7 percent globally in the latest quarter, with an estimated 23 million more customer transactions than in the year-earlier quarter as...

  • July 23- Amazon.com Inc shares surged more than 17 percent on Thursday as the online retailer posted an unexpected quarterly profit, pushing its market value above that of Wal-Mart Stores Inc, the world's largest retailer. Amazon also forecast third-quarter revenue above estimates, and reported strong sales in North America, and unprecedented growth in its...

  • July 23- Starbucks Corp reported higher quarterly profit on Thursday, as new drinks like the "flat white" and food such as breakfast sandwiches and bistro boxes helped heat up sales in its dominant Americas region. Sales at Starbucks shops open at least 13 months jumped 8 percent in the U.S.-dominated Americas unit for the fiscal third quarter ended June 28.

  • Amazon shares jump on surprise 2Q profit Thursday, 23 Jul 2015 | 4:33 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Investors helped Amazon celebrate its 20th birthday, pushing the online retailer's stock up 17 percent in aftermarket trading Thursday after it reported a surprise second-quarter profit. If the jump holds in Friday trading, Amazon's stock-market value could surpass that of its longtime retail rival Wal-Mart Stores Inc., signaling a sea change in...

  • NEW YORK— Starbucks said Thursday its quarterly profit jumped 22 percent as pricier drinks and food helped lift sales at its U.S. cafes. The Seattle- based coffee chain said sales rose 8 percent in its flagship Americas unit. Starbucks Chief Financial Officer Scott Maw said in a phone interview that people are even "trading up" to newer, pricier breakfast...

  • Southwest Airlines and United Airlines posted record second-quarter earnings on Thursday even though Southwest's revenue grew just 2 percent and United's declined from a year ago. Southwest Airlines Co. earned a record $608 million in the second quarter— a 31 percent increase from a year ago, and the airline's ninth straight record-profit quarter.

  • Alaska Air beats 2Q profit forecasts Thursday, 23 Jul 2015 | 6:30 AM ET

    SEATTLE _ Alaska Air Group Inc. on Thursday reported second-quarter profit of $234 million. The average estimate of 10 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.73 per share. Alaska Air shares have climbed 27 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • SAN FRANCISCO— The push for a higher minimum wage gained momentum on both sides of the country, with New York embracing an eventual $15 an hour for the state's 200,000 fast-food workers and the huge University of California system announcing the same raise for its employees. The 240,000- student University of California becomes the nation's first public...

  • On Wednesday, University of California President Janet Napolitano announced the 10- campus system would pay its employees that much by late 2017, while a New York wage board backed an eventual $15 an hour for the state's 150,000 fast-food workers. Voters in SeaTac, Washington, population 27,875, made their suburban Seattle city the nation's first with a $15-...

  • Starbucks to let Lyft drivers, riders earn rewards points Wednesday, 22 Jul 2015 | 6:24 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Starbucks says people will soon be able earn rewards points by using the ride-hailing service Lyft, a move intended to further expand the universe of its loyalty program. People will essentially be able to earn Starbucks "stars" for using Lyft, and drivers will be given stars for reaching "certain milestones," said John Zimmer, Lyft's co-founder and...