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  • Aug 27- Boeing Co said on Thursday it has determined the basic design of its 777-9 jetliner, a key milestone in developing the plane that suggests the company is on schedule to deliver the first of its new family of long-range 777 X jets by 2020.. "The program is right where we want it to be," said Bob Feldman, who heads the 777 X program. Boeing is using new automated...

  • WASHINGTON— The Associated Press sued the U.S. Department of Justice Thursday over the FBI's failure to provide public records related to the creation of a fake news story used to plant surveillance software on a suspect's computer. The link enabled the FBI to infect the suspect's computer with software that revealed its location and Internet address.

  • 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...

  • Microsoft says Windows 10 now on 75 million devices Wednesday, 26 Aug 2015 | 11:44 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— Microsoft said Wednesday that its new Windows 10 software is running on more than 75 million computers, tablets and other devices— in just under a month since the operating system was released. Microsoft Corp., which is best known for making software for personal computers, is hoping Windows 10 will help it rebuild loyalty among users who are...

  • 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.

  • Magistrate Judge Jeremiah Lynch for arraignment in Missoula. Federal prosecutors accuse Canadadrugs.com, its CEO Kristjan Thorkelson and its affiliated companies and associates of selling $78 million in prescription drugs, primarily cancer treatment drugs, to U.S. doctors. "Canada Drugs purchased its inventory from questionable sources and ultimately...

  • 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...

  • TUMWATER, Wash.— A chemical commonly used at commercial car and truck washes can be dangerous to workers, according to new research by the Washington Department of Labor and Industries. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a report Friday based on research from the agency, which looked at workers' compensation injury reports from 2001 to...

  • 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.

  • TWISP, Wash.— Officials: 3 Washington firefighters died after vehicle crashed, flames likely overtook them.

  • 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.

  • BEIJING, Aug 19- China has resumed work on a set of banking cyber security regulations it suspended earlier this year, reviving a potential source of friction with the United States just weeks before Xi Jinping makes his first trip to Washington as China's president, people with knowledge of the matter said. At a meeting last week in Beijing, officials from the...

  • NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nevada— Hillary Rodham Clinton is voicing opposition to President Barack Obama's authorization for oil drilling in the Alaska Arctic and his delays on Keystone XL, in some of the clearest signs of the Democratic front-runner distancing herself from the president. In the course of a few hours, she announced her disapproval of his move to allow...

  • 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 "...