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  • SEATTLE— As expected, attorneys have filed a lawsuit challenging Seattle's new ordinance to tax high-income earners. Multiple news outlets reported Friday that the suit was filed on behalf of Seattle resident and investment manager Michael Kunath. The lawsuit was filed just minutes after Mayor Ed Murray signed the ordinance with little fanfare on July 14.

  • SEATTLE— Amazon's new ready-to-eat meal package is the perfect recipe for someone who doesn't have enough time to shop and cook, yet has a healthy appetite and a need for balanced meals. For now, Amazon's meal kits are available only in limited markets, including Seattle. When I tried to place my order Tuesday, Amazon said the only delivery times left that day were...

  • NEW YORK— A popular online pet-care network is taking aim at a little-known law that makes paid pet-sitting illegal in New York City. City Councilman Corey Johnson, a Manhattan Democrat, plans to draft legislation that could revise what he calls an impractical and "antiquated" law. Health Department spokesman Julien Martinez says licensing and inspections...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, July 20- Microsoft Corp reported better-than-expected quarterly profit and revenue on Thursday, helped by strong performance in its fast-growing cloud business. Microsoft said revenue from its cloud unit, which includes the flagship Azure platform and server products, rose about 11 percent to $7.43 billion in the fiscal fourth quarter ended...

  • Shares of the world's largest software company rose as much as 1.5 percent in after-hours trading, after touching a record high of $74.30 during the regular session. Microsoft said revenue from its cloud unit, which includes the flagship Azure platform and server products, rose about 11 percent to $7.43 billion in the fiscal fourth quarter ended June 30.

  • SAN FRANCISCO— Microsoft's cloud computing business helped boost its fourth-quarter revenue and earnings above Wall Street's expectations, further validating a strategy pushed by CEO Satya Nadella since he took over in 2014.. Microsoft reported that is cloud business revenue, which includes its signature Azure platform, grew 11 percent year-over-year...

  • Seattle Mayor Ed Murray signs a bill that raises the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour on June 3, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. The bill passed unanimously in a June 2 Seattle city council meeting.

    New studies are showing mixed reviews on effects of $15 minimum wage on Seattle's economy, N.Y. Times reports.

  • TORONTO— Ontario's largest power transmitter and distributor says it has signed a friendly deal to acquire U.S. company Avista Corp. for US $5.3 billion in an all-cash deal. Hydro One said Wednesday it will pay US $53 per share for the utility. Avista would keep its existing corporate headquarters in Spokane, Washington, and continue to operate as a stand-alone...

  • WASHINGTON, July 19- A U.S. House panel on Wednesday approved a sweeping proposal by voice vote to allow automakers to deploy up to 100,000 self-driving vehicles without meeting existing auto safety standards and bar states from imposing driverless car rules. Representative Robert Latta, a Republican who heads the Energy and Commerce Committee...

  • The company won new customers even as rivals AT&T and Verizon are now also selling unlimited data plans, which many consumers prefer to plans that cap how much they can use. The average estimate of 17 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 36 cents per share. The Bellevue, Washington- based company's revenue rose 10 percent to $10.15...

  • Seattle

    Seattle passed a new income tax on households earning more than $500,000, prompting the state's Republicans to revolt.

  • NEW YORK— Amazon is already a huge part of many people's lives. "It kind of feels like they're taking over so much commerce in our life," said Erica McGivern, a Whole Foods and Amazon customer who lives in Seattle, where Amazon is headquartered. The acquisition could easily hurt both Amazon's existing rivals and future startups that might one day challenge it.

  • Rich shouldn't pay their taxes, Washington state GOP says

    Seattle plans to impose a 2.25 percent tax on income above $250,000 for individuals and above $500,000 for couples.

  • SANTA FE, N.M.— It's 2007, and Steve Jobs has just finished launching the first iPhone before an enraptured audience when he nearly collapses, exhausted by the illness that will kill him four years later. At this moment in Mason Bates' opera "The (R) evolution of Steve Jobs," a harrowing sound emerges from the orchestra pit, a crushing downward progression that's...

  • NEW YORK— Sabbaticals, massages, or a home maid service? The hundred staffers at marketing firm Velvet Media can periodically spend a month working at any of its offices— Denver, Tokyo, Bangkok or Venice, Italy— with the company paying their expenses, co-CEO Daniele Gatti says. "We extend work into employees' lives," says Neil Vaswani, CEO of Corestream, a benefits...

  • BOSTON, July 19- Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc said it will reopen a Virginia restaurant on Wednesday, two days after it was closed due to reports that several customers had fallen ill with suspected norovirus. Chipotle voluntarily closed the restaurant in Sterling, Virginia, on Monday, according to a health official for the Loudoun County Public Health...

  • WASHINGTON— An international robotics competition in Washington attracted teams of teenagers from more than 150 nations. The team that drew the most attention at the FIRST Global Challenge, which ended Tuesday, was a squad of girls from Afghanistan who were twice rejected for U.S. visas before President Donald Trump intervened. Silver went to Singapore and...

  • The cow tested positive for the atypical L-type of BSE after exhibiting clinical signs at an Alabama livestock market, the USDA said in a press release. "This animal never entered slaughter channels and at no time presented a risk to the food supply, or to human health in the United States," the USDA said. "This finding of an atypical case will not change the negligible...

  • July 18- Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc closed a restaurant in Virginia because of a suspected norovirus outbreak among some diners that sent its shares lower on Tuesday as the chain works to bounce back from past food-safety lapses. Chipotle's stock closed down 4.3 percent, or $17.02, at $374.98 on Tuesday after falling as low as $362.40. "Norovirus does not come...

  • July 18- Safeway Inc has agreed to pay $3 million to resolve claims the U.S. supermarket chain failed to promptly report missing or stolen drugs including opioid medications at its pharmacies, the U.S. Justice Department said on Tuesday. Albertsons, one of the largest U.S. grocery chains, is backed by private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management LP.