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  • CHEYENNE, Wyo.— Aiming to develop new export markets for a fuel source hit by declining domestic demand, Wyoming Gov. Mead said he expects a conference will take place in Wyoming, the nation's largest coal-producing state, within a year that would allow Japanese researchers to work on coal issues with researchers from the University of Wyoming School of Energy...

  • SEATTLE _ HomeStreet Inc. on Monday reported second-quarter profit of $21.7 million. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 68 cents per share. HomeStreet shares have declined slightly more than 1 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • NEW YORK— Pink for girls. Kristin Higgins was adamant about not pushing "girly" stereotypes on her daughter, and painted her room in shades of green. "It's hard to find gender-neutral clothing," said Higgins, 35, of Little Rock, whose daughter is now 6. "I want her to just get up and put on the clothing without thinking of putting on a costume, an identity."

  • TRUCKEE, Calif.— Once believed to have gone extinct in the Sierra Nevada, scientists believe a wolverine spotted this winter north of Lake Tahoe is the same one that in 2008 became the first documented in the area since the 1920 s. Chris Stermer, a wildlife biologist for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, set up remote cameras in the Tahoe National...

  • WASHINGTON, July 23- Recent attacks on civilians in the U.S. and Europe have exposed a gap in the intelligence community's efforts to track suspected extremists and prevent mass killings, a half dozen American, British and French counterterrorism officials told Reuters. They included the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida; the murder of a...

  • RENTON, Wash. _ First Financial Northwest Inc. on Friday reported second-quarter net income of $1.4 million. The bank, based in Renton, Washington, said it had earnings of 11 cents per share. Keywords: First Financial Northwest, Earnings Report.

  • Annual increases in rent surpassed 9 percent in both the Seattle and Portland, Oregon areas, although it has moderated in markets such as San Francisco, where yearly price growth went from double-digit gains to 7.4 percent. Prices are rising above the national average in New York City and Los Angeles. But they've settled at less than 2 percent in Cincinnati and...

  • NEW YORK, July 21- The U.S. government may become a movie and music industry player, at least temporarily, after moving to seize $1 billion in assets that prosecutors said were bought with money looted from the Malaysian state development fund. The 2013 movie "The Wolf of Wall Street" and an interest in the rights of EMI Music Publishing are among the targets of civil...

  • SPOKANE, Wash. _ Clearwater Paper Corp. on Thursday reported second-quarter net income of $20.9 million. Clearwater Paper shares have increased 51 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Clearwater Paper, Earnings Report.

  • SEATTLE— The troubled project to replace an aging double-decker highway bridge hugging Seattle's waterfront with a tunnel faces up to $223 million in cost overruns, Washington transportation officials said Thursday. Those delays have increased the administration and oversight costs, made it more expensive to acquire right of ways to build the tunnel and...

  • July 21- Boeing Co said on Thursday it will take more than $2 billion in accounting charges related to the 787, 747 and KC-46 tanker aircraft program when it reports second-quarter results on Wednesday. The 787 charge totals $847 million after tax, or $1.33 a share, and stems from two test aircraft that Boeing said were substantially modified and remain unsold.

  • NEW YORK— Starbucks trimmed its sales forecast Thursday after revenue came in lighter than expected in the most recent quarter. The Seattle- based company said global sales rose 4 percent at established locations, including in its flagship U.S. market, for its fiscal third quarter. He said the sense of community Starbucks has created should help the company.

  • SEATTLE _ Starbucks Corp. on Thursday reported fiscal third-quarter net income of $754.1 million. For the current quarter ending in September, Starbucks expects its per-share earnings to range from 54 cents to 55 cents. Starbucks shares have declined 4 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has increased roughly 6...

  • OLYMPIA, Wash. _ Heritage Financial Corp. on Thursday reported second-quarter profit of $8.9 million. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 31 cents per share. Heritage Financial shares have dropped slightly more than 3 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • July 21- Alaska Air Group Inc, the operator of Alaska Airlines, reported a better-than-expected profit for the second quarter, helped by lower fuel prices. Alaska Air said its fuel costs fell to an average of $1.53 per gallon in the three months to June 30, from $2.12 a year earlier. The company's net income rose to $260 million, or $2.10 per share, in the second quarter,...

  • SEATTLE _ Alaska Air Group Inc. on Thursday reported second-quarter net income of $260 million. The average estimate of seven analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $2.08 per share. Alaska Air shares have fallen 21 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • July 21- Alaska Air Group Inc, the operator of Alaska Airlines, reported an 11 percent increase in second-quarter profit, helped by lower fuel prices. The company's net income rose to $260 million, or $2.10 per share, in the quarter ended June 30, from $234 million, or $1.79 per share, a year earlier. Seattle- based Alaska Air said in June that it would buy Virgin America...

  • TOKYO— The "Pokemon Go" craze has yet to hit Japan, but reports of robberies, traffic accidents and other mishaps abroad already has the government worried. A report that the game would would finally be released in Japan on Wednesday raised expectations, but turned out to be false. "There are people who have achieved a high score abroad, so I hope it gets released in...

  • TACOMA, Wash. _ TrueBlue Inc. on Wednesday reported a second-quarter loss of $63.7 million, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier. For the current quarter ending in October, TrueBlue expects its per-share earnings to range from 73 cents to 78 cents. TrueBlue shares have dropped 20 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • WASHINGTON, July 20- Four U.S. carriers have won tentative approval to launch daytime U.S. flights to Tokyo's Haneda airport as early as this fall, the U.S. Transportation Department said on Wednesday. Approvals were given to Delta for flights from Los Angeles and Minneapolis, Hawaiian from Honolulu, American from Los Angeles, and United from San Francisco.