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  • NEW YORK— The showdown between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on Monday appears likely to set a record for the most-watched presidential debate ever. A final viewership estimate from the Nielsen company was not immediately available on Tuesday. The previous record for presidential debate viewership was the 80.6 million people who saw the only debate in...

  • WASHINGTON— U.S. home prices rose again in July, pulled up by strong gains in Portland, Seattle and Denver. The Commerce Department reported Monday that new home sales fell 7.6 percent in August. Prices rose 12.4 percent in Portland, 11.2 percent in Seattle and 9.4 percent in Denver.

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, Sept 26- Gold steadied on Monday, after a retreat in the dollar helped it build on last week's gains but moves were muted with markets awaiting a U.S. presidential debate for pointers as to the outcome of November's election. Spot gold was at $1,337.40 an ounce by 2:57 p.m. EDT, up 0.01 percent, while U.S. gold futures for December delivery settled up...

  • LOS ANGELES— All those cars on California's famously gridlocked highways could be doing more than just using energy- they could be producing it. The California Energy Commission is investing $2 million to study whether piezoelectric crystals can be used to produce electricity from the mechanical energy created by vehicles driving on roads.

  • Sept 23- Alaska Air Group Inc agreed this week to give the U.S. Justice Department additional time to review its merger with Virgin America Inc, but the deal is still on track to close in the early part of the fourth quarter, an Alaska spokeswoman said Friday. Alaska Airlines reached an understanding with the U.S. regulator earlier this year not to close the merger...

  • SEATTLE— The U.S. Forest Service is taking steps to prevent future mining at about 340,000 acres of federal lands in Washington's Methow Valley. Such a process would likely delay a permit decision on a proposed project to explore for copper in Okanogan County, said Michael Liu, Methow Valley district ranger for Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.

  • Research published this year found that Dungeness crab eggs and larvae collected from Puget Sound and exposed to higher levels of carbon dioxide— which increases ocean acidity— grew more slowly and larvae were more likely to die than those in less corrosive seawater. "They're so economically and ecologically important here on the West Coast," said Paul...

  • Starting Thursday, a new partnership with an Anchorage hospital will virtually beam critical care doctors 800 miles away to the emergency room on Unalaska Island, home to Dutch Harbor, the operations base for the Bering Sea crabbing fleet made famous by the Discovery Channel show "Deadliest Catch." "We are kind of mix-mashing everything together to try to make...

  • SEATTLE— Seattle leaders have proposed new rules for retail and food-service businesses with hourly employees, including requiring them to schedule shifts two weeks in advance and compensate workers for some last-minute changes. Seattle was among the first to phase in a $15 hourly minimum wage, mandate sick leave for many companies and offer paid parental...

  • SEATTLE— Retail and food-service workers will have more predictability with their schedules after the Seattle City Council unanimously approved a new law Monday requiring employers to schedule shifts 14 days in advance and pay workers extra for certain last-minute scheduling changes. Seattle becomes the second the second major U.S. city behind San...

  • Investigators believe more people were involved in the New York and New Jersey bombing plots, two U.S. officials told Reuters. The New York Police Department released a photo of 28- year-old Ahmad Khan Rahami of Elizabeth, New Jersey, to question him about a Saturday night explosion that injured 29 people in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood and for a blast...

  • Sept 19- Authorities investigating the New York explosion case were searching on Monday for a 28- year-old New Jersey man who may be armed and dangerous, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said. The New York Police Department released a photo of Ahmad Khan Rahami, a naturalized U.S. citizen of Afghan descent who was wanted for questioning in the Saturday night...

  • *Wall Street weighed down by bank, energy stocks. NEW YORK, Sept 16- The possibility of a $14 billion fine for Deutsche Bank and a slide in oil prices hit financials and energy stocks on Friday, leading major global stock indexes lower. Stocks fell as investors dumped shares of banks in North America and Europe after the U.S. Department of Justice proposed Deutsche...

  • NEW YORK, Sept 16- U.S. The Labor Department said its Consumer Price Index rose 0.2 percent last month after being unchanged in July. "It certainly is another thing that could help them increase their trend towards normalization," said Mary Ann Hurley, vice president in fixed income trading at D.A.

  • *Wall Street weighed down by banks, energy stocks. NEW YORK, Sept 16- The possibility of a $14 billion fine for Deutsche Bank and a slide in oil prices hit financials and energy stocks on Friday, leading most global stock indexes lower. Stocks fell as investors dumped shares of banks in North America and Europe after the U.S. Department of Justice proposed Deutsche...

  • *Wall Street weighed down by banks, energy stocks. NEW YORK, Sept 16- The possibility of a $14 billion fine for Deutsche Bank and a slide in oil prices hit financials and energy stocks on Friday, leading most global stock indexes lower. Stocks fell as investors dumped shares of banks in North America and Europe after the U.S. Department of Justice proposed Deutsche...

  • *Wall Street weighed down by banks, energy stocks. NEW YORK, Sept 16- A $14 billion fine for Deutsche Bank and a slide in oil prices hit financials and energy stocks on Friday, leading most global stock indexes lower. Stocks fell as investors dumped shares of banks in North America and Europe after the U.S. Department of Justice told Deutsche Bank to pay $14 billion to...

  • NEW YORK, Sept 16- U.S. The Labor Department said its Consumer Price Index rose 0.2 percent last month after being unchanged in July. "It certainly is another thing that could help them increase their trend towards normalization," said Mary Ann Hurley, vice president in fixed income trading at D.A.

  • The state's Liquor and Cannabis Board said Thursday it's paying the Washington Department of Agriculture more than $1 million to buy new equipment and hire two full-time workers to conduct the tests. Washington has required testing for mold and other impurities since it began allowing recreational pot sales in 2014. But like Colorado and Oregon, the other...

  • SEATTLE— Washington state adopted a new rule Thursday to limit greenhouse gas emissions from large carbon polluters, joining a handful of other states in capping emissions to address climate change. "When we consider the challenges our communities face from climate change, we are compelled to act," state Ecology Director Maia Bellon said at a news conference on...