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  • MELBOURNE, May 3- London copper slipped below $5,000 a tonne on Tuesday, easing after last week's gains as markets reopened following a long weekend, while a debt-fuelled pick-up in China's economy encouraged cautious optimism over future demand. China's local governments have embarked on a massive new round of off-balance sheet debt financing,...

  • MELBOURNE, May 3- London copper slipped on Tuesday as markets reopened after a long weekend, and as a debt-fuelled pick-up in China's economy encouraged caution over expectations of future demand. *Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange slipped by 1.1 percent to $4994.50 a tonne by 0036 GMT, paring 2.2 percent gains from Friday's session.

  • CHICAGO, May 2- A Chicago woman has sued Starbucks Corp in federal court, claiming the world's largest coffee chain puts too much ice in chilled drinks, and is seeking $5 million. Filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago last week by Stacy Pincus, the lawsuit said Starbucks iced coffee and iced tea drinks contain less than the advertised amount of beverage.

  • May 2- Buyout firms Bain Capital LLC and Vista Equity Partners Management LLC said on Monday they agreed to acquire Vertafore Inc, in a deal that sources said values the U.S. insurance software provider at about $2.7 billion, including debt. Bain and Vista are buying Vertafore from private equity firm TPG Capital LP, which Reuters reported earlier this month had...

  • SEATTLE— The Latest on the U.S. Supreme Court turning away a challenge to Seattle's $15- an-hour minimum wage:. Worker advocates say the U.S. Supreme Court refusing to hear a challenge of Seattle's $15- an-hour minimum wage is a signal it will not be commenting on the laws that other cities and states are passing. An organization of franchise business owners is...

  • May 2- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a challenge by business groups to a trendsetting Seattle law that will raise the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour, leaving in place a lower court's decision to uphold the ordinance. The law, which took effect in April 2015, requires businesses in Seattle with more than 500 employees nationwide to raise their...

  • NEW YORK— International Paper said it is paying $2.2 billion to buy seven mills from Weyerhaeuser that make pulp used in diapers, tissues and other consumer products. International Paper said Monday the mills employ about 1,900 people. Weyerhaeuser Co., based in Federal Way, Washington, is shedding its pulp businesses to focus on selling lumber and other wood...

  • May 2- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a challenge by business groups to a trendsetting Seattle law that will raise the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour, leaving in place a lower court's decision to uphold the statute. The law, which took effect in April 2015, requires businesses in Seattle with more than 500 employees nationwide to raise their...

  • SEATTLE— The U.S. Supreme Court weighed in for the first time Monday on a $15- an-hour minimum wage, signaling it does not plan to stop the movement that is spreading across the nation, worker advocates say. It comes as several other cities and a group of states, including California and New York, have started to phase in a $15 minimum wage in recent months as the cost of...

  • Seattle police say they arrested nine people during anti-capitalist protests that injured five officers on May Day. Demonstrations also took place Sunday in Portland, Oregon, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Oakland, California. Seattle police say they've arrested at least seven people following clashes with anti-capitalist protesters on May Day that left...

  • SEATTLE— Seattle police used pepper spray to disperse black-clad anti-capitalist protesters authorities say threw rocks, flares, bricks and Molotov cocktails at officers during a rowdy May Day gathering. The clashes in Seattle followed a peaceful march in the city earlier in the day by advocates for workers and immigrants, just one of several events in...

  • Seattle police say they've arrested at least seven people following clashes with anti-capitalist protesters on May Day that left two officers injured. Demonstrations also took place Sunday in Portland, Oregon, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Oakland, California. At least four people have been arrested and two police officers injured in Seattle following...

  • SEATTLE— Seattle police used pepper spray Sunday evening to disperse black-clad anti-capitalist protesters authorities say threw rocks, flares, bricks and Molotov cocktails at officers during a rowdy May Day gathering. The clashes in Seattle followed a peaceful march in the city earlier in the day by advocates for workers and immigrants, just one of several...

  • The Federal Aviation Administration earlier this month authorized the Northeast Region Unmanned Aircraft System unit in Grand Forks to fly anywhere in the country. Alan Frazier, the chief pilot and architect of the unmanned aircraft program for the Grand Forks unit, said the agency's pilots and sensor operators are able and willing to hop on a plane with its...

  • NEW YORK— Whole Foods is prepping for the launch of its hipster new grocery chain. But Jeff Turnas, president of 365 at Whole Foods, said in an interview this week that there are no plans for tattoo parlors to date, and that he doubts that there will be. Even if a tattoo parlor isn't likely, Turnas said the idea reflects the culture of Whole Foods employees.

  • The analysis by the Washington Department of Ecology and Cowlitz County found that greenhouse gas emissions— from facility operations to when the coal is burned in Asia— would increase by 2.5 million metric tons each year when the project is fully running. Other concerns include increased vessel traffic as 840 ships a year are added, and a potential for train...

  • MOUNTLAKE TERRACE, Wash. _ FS Bancorp Inc. on Thursday reported first-quarter earnings of $1.7 million. FS Bancorp shares have declined almost 2 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: FS Bancorp, Earnings Report.

  • SPOKANE, Wash. _ Clearwater Paper Corp. on Thursday reported first-quarter net income of $18.4 million. Clearwater Paper shares have risen 17 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Clearwater Paper, Earnings Report.

  • WALLA WALLA, Wash. _ Key Technology Inc. on Thursday reported a loss of $550,000 in its fiscal second quarter. Key Technology shares have decreased 17 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Key Technology, Earnings Report.

  • BOTHELL, Wash. _ Alder BioPharmaceuticals Inc. on Thursday reported a loss of $33.4 million in its first quarter. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for a loss of 72 cents per share. Alder BioPharmaceuticals shares have decreased 17 percent since the beginning of the year.