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  • VANCOUVER, Wash. _ Barrett Business Services Inc. on Tuesday reported second-quarter profit of $8.7 million. On a per-share basis, the Vancouver, Washington- based company said it had net income of $1.19. Keywords: Barrett Business Services, Earnings Report.

  • 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?

  • The top executive at the maker of Subaru automobiles joked that he would have to wear a helmet on an upcoming trip to the United States. Subaru's U.S. sales have almost doubled in the past four years. Subaru's " Love Promise," in which it pledges to make "a positive impact in the world," has helped build loyal consumers in states like California, New York and Washington.

  • BELLEVUE, Wash. _ Paccar Inc. on Tuesday reported second-quarter earnings of $447.2 million. The average estimate of 11 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.16 per share. Paccar shares have decreased nearly 5 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has stayed nearly flat.

  • SPOKANE, Wash. _ Potlatch Corp. on Tuesday reported second-quarter net income of $711,000. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was breakeven on a per-share basis. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research.

  • 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.

  • WASHINGTON— As President Barack Obama faces pressure to discuss human rights in his first official visit to Ethiopia this weekend, a unique lawsuit back home is challenging whether the African country can spy on an American by turning his computer into a giant recording device. But the man, born in Ethiopia and now a U.S. citizen, isn't wanted for a crime.

  • 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...

  • First Financial posts 2Q profit Thursday, 23 Jul 2015 | 6:09 PM ET

    RENTON, Wash. _ First Financial Northwest Inc. on Thursday reported second-quarter net income of $2.4 million. The bank, based in Renton, Washington, said it had earnings of 17 cents per share. Keywords: First Financial Northwest, Earnings Report.

  • Key Technology posts 3Q profit Thursday, 23 Jul 2015 | 5:39 PM ET

    WALLA WALLA, Wash. _ Key Technology Inc. on Thursday reported fiscal third-quarter net income of $295,000, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. Key Technology shares have declined slightly more than 7 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Key Technology, Earnings Report.

  • 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...