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  • Gas tax increases by 7 cents in Washington state Saturday, 1 Aug 2015 | 1:28 PM ET

    OLYMPIA, Wash— The price of gas may be going down nationally, but Washington drivers— already paying above the national average— may see even higher prices at the pump following Saturday's 7- cent- per-gallon increase in the state's gas tax. With state gas taxes now up to 44.5 cents a gallon, adding in the current federal gas tax of 18.4 cents, the total per gallon gas...

  • DENVER— A Colorado credit union is hoping a federal judge will intervene to let the booming marijuana industry move its finances from cash-stuffed suitcases to the regulated banking system. Federal Reserve and the National Credit Union Administration to deny applications from Fourth Corner Credit Union. But many large banks considered the guidelines...

  • SPARKS, Nev.— Fifteen years after Nevadans voted to legalize it, medical marijuana was sold legally in the state for the first time Friday at a dispensary in a strip mall about 5 miles east of downtown Reno. Dressed in polo shirts, tie-dyes and button-downs, about 75 people with medical marijuana cards lined up outside Silver State Relief, between a sub shop and pizza...

  • Weyerhaeuser tops Street 2Q forecasts Friday, 31 Jul 2015 | 5:03 AM ET

    FEDERAL WAY, Wash. _ Weyerhaeuser Co. on Friday reported second-quarter profit of $144 million. The average estimate of seven analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 20 cents per share. Weyerhaeuser shares have dropped 15 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has risen slightly more than 2...

  • SEATTLE— Menu prices are up 21 percent and you don't have to tip at Ivar's Salmon House on Seattle's Lake Union after the restaurant decided to institute the city's $15- an-hour minimum wage two years ahead of schedule. Seattle's law, adopted last year after a strong push from labor and grass-roots activists, bumped the city's minimum wage to $11 an hour beginning...

  • SAINT-ANDRE, Reunion— A barnacle-encrusted wing part that washed up on a remote Indian Ocean island could help solve one of aviation's greatest mysteries, as investigators work to connect it to the Malaysia Airlines flight that vanished more than a year ago. The surprise discovery of the debris on a rocky beach stirred hopes and emotion among families of the...

  • PORTLAND, Ore., July 30- An icebreaking vessel key to Royal Dutch Shell's plans to drill for oil in the Arctic departed Portland, Oregon, late on Thursday, navigating between a narrow gap of environmental activists dangling from a bridge after a two-day human blockade. Several Greenpeace activists appeared to bow to orders from police to lower themselves into...

  • Symetra misses Street 2Q forecasts Thursday, 30 Jul 2015 | 7:18 PM ET

    BELLEVUE, Wash. _ Symetra Financial Corp. on Thursday reported second-quarter earnings of $31.2 million. The average estimate of five analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 45 cents per share. Four analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $560 million.

  • Cray posts 2Q profit Thursday, 30 Jul 2015 | 6:57 PM ET

    SEATTLE _ Cray Inc. on Thursday reported second-quarter net income of $5.8 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. On a per-share basis, the Seattle- based company said it had net income of 14 cents. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research.

  • Blucora beats Street 2Q forecasts Thursday, 30 Jul 2015 | 6:42 PM ET

    BELLEVUE, Wash. _ Blucora Inc. on Thursday reported second-quarter earnings of $4.3 million. For the current quarter ending in September, Blucora expects its results to range from a loss of 14 cents per share to a loss of 6 cents per share. Blucora shares have increased 12 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Clearwater Paper posts 2Q profit Thursday, 30 Jul 2015 | 6:39 PM ET

    SPOKANE, Wash. _ Clearwater Paper Corp. on Thursday reported second-quarter profit of $15.6 million. Clearwater Paper shares have dropped 22 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Clearwater Paper, Earnings Report.

  • Seattle Genetics reports 2Q loss Thursday, 30 Jul 2015 | 5:36 PM ET

    BOTHELL, Wash. _ Seattle Genetics Inc. on Thursday reported a loss of $47.5 million in its second quarter. Seattle Genetics expects full-year revenue in the range of $210 million to $220 million. Seattle Genetics shares have increased 47 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Outerwall reports 2Q loss Thursday, 30 Jul 2015 | 4:45 PM ET

    BELLEVUE, Wash. _ Outerwall Inc. on Thursday reported a second-quarter loss of $45.6 million, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier. Outerwall expects full-year earnings in the range of $8.12 to $9.12 per share, with revenue in the range of $2.26 billion to $2.35 billion. Outerwall shares have increased nearly 9 percent since the beginning of...

  • Expedia shares rises aftermarket following 2Q results Thursday, 30 Jul 2015 | 4:15 PM ET

    BELLEVUE, Wash.— Shares of Expedia climbed in aftermarket trading after the online travel company reported solid second-quarter results. Expedia, which sold its majority stake in Chinese travel service eLong during the quarter and is in the process of buying competitor Orbitz, posted a bigger-than-expected profit. Expedia Inc. said Thursday its profit...

  • PORTLAND, Ore., July 30- Greenpeace protesters dangling from a bridge in Portland, Oregon, on Thursday forced back an icebreaker that Royal Dutch Shell needs in Alaska to start drilling in the Arctic. The 13 Greenpeace protesters, who rappelled down from the bridge over the Willamette River early on Wednesday, are hoping to shorten Shell's Arctic drilling season...

  • NEW YORK, July 30- Google Inc will have to make do with the low rate it must offer Microsoft Corp to use some of its Motorola Mobility patents after a U.S. appeals court on Thursday ruled the licensing rate had been properly set. Microsoft sued Motorola in 2010, alleging Motorola had breached its obligation to offer licenses at a reasonable cost.

  • Shares of T-Mobile US Inc. rose $1.40, or 3.8 percent, to $38.44 in midday trading. Analysts expected earnings of 17 cents per share on $7.97 billion in revenue, according to Zacks Investment Research. Elements of this story were generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research.

  • Malaysian premier: plane debris to be sent to France Thursday, 30 Jul 2015 | 12:32 AM ET

    SAINT-ANDRE, Reunion— A barnacle-encrusted wing part that washed up on a remote Indian Ocean island could help solve one of aviation's greatest mysteries, as investigators work to connect it to the Malaysia Airlines flight that vanished more than a year ago. The surprise discovery of the debris on a rocky beach stirred hopes and emotion among families of the...

  • July 29- Whole Foods Market Inc on Wednesday said same-store sales growth cooled again in the third quarter, hurt by competition and an overcharging scandal in its New York City stores, and its shares tumbled 11 percent in after-hours trade. The rapid deceleration is troubling for investors, who have wondered how long Whole Foods could maintain its grip on the...

  • NEW YORK, July 29- The president of Boeing Co's largest union called "unacceptable" a threat by Boeing Chairman Jim McNerney to move jobs due to the uncertain future of the U.S. Export-Import Bank, a sign of discord between the plane maker and its labor force. "The only Boeing job that should leave this country is his," said Jon Holden, president of International...