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  • *Says norovirus contamination in California being probed. WASHINGTON/ CHICAGO, Jan 6- Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc, under scrutiny for months over outbreaks of foodborne illness across several U.S. states, said on Wednesday it was served with a subpoena in a federal criminal probe linked to norovirus cases in California last year. Chipotle said it received the...

  • Jan 6- Lamar Advertising Co is in advanced talks to buy billboard assets in five U.S. cities from Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings Inc worth roughly $450 million, according to people familiar with the matter. Lamar is close to a deal to purchase Clear Channel Outdoor's billboard assets in Cleveland, Des Moines, Memphis, Reno and Seattle, the sources said this week,...

  • SEATTLE, Jan 5- A Seattle artist has settled her lawsuit against pet products maker Hartz Mountain Corp in which she claimed she was cheated out of millions of dollars from the sale of "Angry Birds" pet toys she designed, her attorney said on Tuesday. A settlement notice filed in U.S. District Court in Washington state in December said all claims in the lawsuit had...

  • YOUR MONEY-Predictions for the 2016 housing market Monday, 28 Dec 2015 | 9:00 AM ET

    No housing expert has a crystal ball, but Svenja Gudell, recently appointed chief economist for the housing site Zillow.com, has looked at enough data to make a pretty good guess. A: Next year, the combination of unemployment, population growth and the home value growth will make markets like Boise, Idaho, Salt Lake City, Utah, and Omaha, Nebraska, stand out.

  • A Silicon Valley for drones, in this unlikely place Friday, 25 Dec 2015 | 11:35 AM ET
    A commercial passenger plane flies overhead as a multirotor quadcopter drone is used for aerial photography.

    Encouraged by the state, a burgeoning industry in unmanned aircraft draws on local technical expertise and pilots. The NYT reports.

  • FORT LAUDERDALE/ NEW YORK/ SEATTLE/ VANCOUVER Dec 21- U. S. and Canadian officials have pledged to work with China to track down and repatriate Chinese fugitives living abroad. So far, only one person on China's Operation Sky Net list of 100 most wanted fugitives- 46 of whom were believed to be in the United States and Canada- has been returned to China from either...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 14- Seattle on Monday became the first major U.S. city to pass a law giving drivers for Uber and Lyft the right to unionize, the latest twist in a heated debate about how workers for app-based ride services should be treated. The law approved unanimously by the Seattle City Council recognizes the right of drivers for on-demand ride companies...

  • Seattle allows Uber, Lyft drivers to unionize Monday, 14 Dec 2015 | 6:56 PM ET
    An Uber driver drives a passenger in Boston, MA.

    Seattle on Monday became the first city to allow drivers of ride-hailing firms such as Uber and Lyft to unionize over pay and working conditions.

  • SEATTLE CITY COUNCIL UNANIMOUSLY PASSES LAW ALLOWING UBER, LYFT DRIVERS TO UNIONIZE.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 10- Luxe, a startup that provides valet parking through an app, launched a subscription service for all its users on Thursday, as consumers increasingly turn to their smartphones for transportation options at the press of a button. San Francisco- based Luxe's gross revenue is growing 40 percent per month, he added, and is 15 times larger since the...

  • Parking valet startup Luxe adds subscription service Thursday, 10 Dec 2015 | 8:16 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 10- Luxe, a startup that provides valet parking through an app, launched on Thursday a subscription service for all its users, as consumers increasingly turn to their smartphones for transportation at the press of a button. San Francisco- based Luxe's gross revenue is growing 40 percent per month, he added. For instance, New York residents tend to...

  • Why Amazon is king of the retail jungle Wednesday, 9 Dec 2015 | 9:37 AM ET
    A UPS worker carries an Amazon box to be delivered in New York in July.

    The retail world is changing and one Seattle-based company is at the forefront of the revolution.

  • NEW YORK/ SEATTLE, Dec 7- Boeing Co on Monday showed off its newest jetliner, a second major revamp of the workhorse 737 it introduced 50 years ago, as its best-selling plane shows signs of losing some ground in the marketplace to rival Airbus. But Airbus' competing A320neo is outselling the 737 MAX, even as both plane makers face challenges to sell their...

  • Some Dems just don't understand Uber: Plouffe Friday, 4 Dec 2015 | 12:24 PM ET

    Former Obama-advisor turned Uber exec David Plouffe said the ride-hailing firm needs to better explain the benefits to Democratic politicians.

  • Dec 2- Fed chair Janet Yellen didn't just all but promise a December interest rate hike on Wednesday, she also opened the curtain on a tough new era for investors. Gentle and gradual the pace of rate hikes may be, but the long period of easy money- by some accounts the lowest interest rates in 5,000 years- has lulled both stock and bond investors into positions and...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 27- Lighter Capital, an alternative financing startup, announced on Friday it has raised a $100 million fund that will be invested in emerging tech companies. Seattle- based Lighter Capital, which is part of the growing fintech sector that uses mobile and Web technology to replace traditionally paper- and people-based financial services, uses...

  • LOS ANGELES, Nov 24- Investigators looking into the E. coli outbreak at Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc restaurants face "significant challenges" in finding the source of the sickness, a U.S. food safety detective said. "There are still significant challenges to getting trace back," to the source of the outbreak said Matthew Wise, team lead for the U.S. Centers for Disease...

  • Nov 24- At least 19 people may have been infected by E.coli after eating rotisserie chicken salad sold at Costco Wholesale Corp's stores, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Tuesday. "The epidemiologic evidence available at this time suggests that rotisserie chicken salad made and sold in Costco Wholesale stores in several states is a...

  • Nov 24- Heightened travel risks stemming from the recent militant attacks in Paris have depressed flight bookings to the French capital and other destinations, sending travel stocks lower as fears grow of a lengthy slump. New flight bookings to Paris, one of the world's most-visited cities, fell 27 percent in the Nov. 14-21 period from a year ago, travel...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 24- Etana Flegenheimer is upping her Thanksgiving budget this year. Flegenheimer, 28, plans to buy her turkey at Whole Foods, instead of the cheaper one at Safeway. All told, she expects to spend about $200 on her Thanksgiving meal.