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  • SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 4- Amazon.com Inc is adding staff for a new division dedicated to restaurants in Seattle and New York, with indications the unit is trying to rapidly expand a meal delivery service, according to posts on LinkedIn and the company's jobs site. The online retailer has dabbled in food delivery before but its move to form a dedicated division called...

  • Esterline Technologies misses Street 3Q forecasts Thursday, 3 Sep 2015 | 4:21 PM ET

    BELLEVUE, Wash. _ Esterline Technologies Corp. on Thursday reported fiscal third-quarter earnings of $28.5 million. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.47 per share. Esterline Technologies shares have fallen 25 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • AP survey: How cities are handling surge in oil trains Thursday, 3 Sep 2015 | 2:20 AM ET

    In the wake of a half-dozen fiery crashes this year, The Associated Press surveyed nearly a dozen cities with populations of more than 250,000 to gauge how prepared they are to respond to an oil-train derailment. —Variety of tabletop exercises and training exercises have taken place in and around Chicago involving railroads, first responders and government...

  • After a series of fiery crashes, The Associated Press conducted a survey of nearly a dozen big cities that, collectively, see thousands of tank cars each week, revealing a patchwork of preparedness. The AP surveyed emergency management departments in Chicago; Philadelphia; Seattle; Cleveland; Minneapolis; Milwaukee; Pittsburgh; New Orleans; Sacramento,...

  • NEW YORK, Sept 2- Boeing Co delivered 14 of its 787 Dreamliners in August, exceeding for the second straight month its 10- a-month target and suggesting strong financial performance later in the year, people familiar with the situation said on Wednesday. It does not mean the 787 assembly lines in Washington and South Carolina are running faster than their...

  • Amazon adds more Dash buttons after rollout Wednesday, 2 Sep 2015 | 9:01 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Amazon's futuristic "Dash" buttons appear here to stay. And for every $4.99 button customers buy, they'll get a $4.99 credit back into their account. Daniel Rausch, director of product management, said Amazon has been "learning a lot" from the way customers have been using the buttons.

  • Shell president: 'Oil will be required for a long time' Wednesday, 2 Sep 2015 | 12:14 AM ET

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska— The president of Shell Oil Co. said Tuesday exploratory drilling off Alaska's northwest coast is going well despite stormy weather last week that caused the company to halt operations for a few days. And in an interview with The Associated Press Marvin Odum said he expects further protests against the company's plans for Arctic drilling...

  • BELLINGHAM, Wash.— The small grocery-store chain Haggen on Tuesday sued Albertsons for more than $1 billion in damages, alleging the supermarket giant engaged in systematic efforts to eliminate it as a viable competitor in five states. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Delaware, accuses Albertsons of anti-competitive practices. Earlier this year, Haggen...

  • In the first step of Obama's new timetable, the government would buy a heavy icebreaker by 2020 instead of the previous goal of 2022. The United States used to have seven icebreakers, but the fleet has dwindled to three creaky vessels, only one of which is a heavy-duty vessel, the White House said. "Russia, on the other hand, has 40 icebreakers and another 11 planned or...

  • Amazon to let Prime members download videos Tuesday, 1 Sep 2015 | 9:46 AM ET

    Other streaming services like Netflix and Hulu offer streaming-content only. The downloadable videos are available to prime members in the U.S., U.K., Germany and Austria. Netflix said it had no plans to follow suit.

  • SEATTLE— A lawyer for the International Franchise Association is arguing before a federal appeals panel that Seattle's new $15 minimum wage law unfairly treats one class of small employer differently from others. Paul Clement told a panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday that the ordinance discriminates against franchises.

  • Boston mayor, city councilors seek hefty pay raises Monday, 31 Aug 2015 | 2:22 PM ET

    BOSTON— Boston's mayor and City Council are again looking for pay raises that could make them among the best compensated of comparable cities across the country. Mayor Marty Walsh filed a proposal Monday giving his office a $24,000 raise to $199,000 a year. Not to be outdone, City Council President Bill Linehan proposed to boost pay on the 13- member panel by...

  • ANCHORAGE, Alaska— Submerged countries, abandoned cities and floods of refugees await the world barring urgent action on climate change, President Barack Obama warned Monday, painting a doomsday scenario as he opened a historic visit to Alaska. His speech to an Arctic climate summit set the tone for a three-day tour of Alaska that will put the state's...

  • NEW YORK, Aug 30- Berkshire Hathaway Inc's $37 billion deal for aerospace supplier Precision Castparts Corp is encouraging investors to consolidate the fragmented aircraft components industry, even as Boeing Co uses its clout as the world's biggest plane maker to put a check on some deals. Private equity and strategic buyers have been pouring into the sector,...

  • Oregon hemp farmer says startup going slow Saturday, 29 Aug 2015 | 11:39 AM ET

    Harvesting machinery is expensive, and there is no plant in Oregon to process the plants into fiber, seed and oil. This is the first year Oregon farmers can grow hemp, following the Legislature's approval in 2009. Growing hemp without a federal permit was banned in 1970 due to its classification as a controlled substance and relation to marijuana.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 28- Microsoft Corp avoided a potentially costly setback to its financially troubled mobile phone business on Friday as the U.S. International Trade Commission declined to block the import of its devices in a longstanding patent dispute. The decision rejected a ruling in April by a U.S. trade judge who found that Microsoft had infringed two...

  • The U.S. Agriculture Department, which oversees the Forest Service, is spending more than $150 million a week beating back several dozen blazes, he said. Senator Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat who is co-sponsor of a bipartisan bill that would assign national disaster status to the largest 1 to 2 percent of wildfires, freeing up emergency funding and preventing...

  • 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...