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  • SEATTLE— Millions of gallons of raw sewage and untreated runoff have poured into the United States' second-largest estuary since a massive sewage treatment plant experienced equipment failures that forced it to stop fully treating Seattle's waste. The sewage treatment plant— Washington state's largest— is only partially treating dirty water that goes...

  • DENVER— Colorado is considering an unusual strategy to protect its nascent marijuana industry from a potential federal crackdown, even at the expense of hundreds of millions of dollars in tax collections. The bill would allow Colorado's 500 or so licensed recreational pot growers to instantly reclassify their weed. A switch would cost the state more than...

  • March 24- Boeing Co and Airbus Group SE tooling supplier Electroimpact Inc has been fined $485,000 after an investigation alleged that it had a discriminatory hiring policy, the Washington State Attorney General said on Friday. An investigation by Attorney General Bob Ferguson's office found evidence that Electroimpact and its founder refused to hire...

  • March 24- Boeing Co and Airbus Group SE tooling supplier Electroimpact Inc has been fined $485,000 after an investigation alleged that it had a discriminatory hiring policy, the Washington state Attorney General said on Friday. An investigation by Attorney General Bob Ferguson's office found evidence that Electroimpact and its founder refused to hire...

  • Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    CNBC contributor Michael Farr says Wall Street probably hasn't digested how long it may actually take Washington to move on President Trump's agenda.

  • The hotels will feature modern, sleek interiors and communal areas, and offer rooms at $200 to $300 a night, about half what it costs at some hotels in Trump's luxury chain. It's in the Trump boys' DNA, "said Trump Hotels CEO Eric Danziger. Instead, their company, the Trump Organization, plans to get local real estate developers and their investors to foot the bill, as do...

  • SEATTLE, March 24- A U.S. tax overhaul proposed by Republican leaders in Congress would deepen divisions between big manufacturers like Boeing Co and the thousands of smaller companies that supply them, according to suppliers and tax and trade experts. Aerospace components often zigzag through multiple countries and companies before reaching Boeing's...

  • March 23- California's air quality board voted unanimously on Thursday to approve methane regulations touted as the strictest adopted yet in the United States for controlling emissions of the second-most prevalent greenhouse gas in the atmosphere. The action comes more than a year after a massive methane leak at the Aliso Canyon gas storage field, owned by...

  • *Treasury sells $11 bln, 10- year TIPS. NEW YORK, March 23- U.S. President Donald Trump made a final push on Thursday to win over skeptical members of his own Republican Party to begin dismantling Obamacare in the House of Representatives or risk failure on one of his top legislative priorities.

  • DALLAS— After months of teasing, Alaska Airlines has bad news for loyal customers of Virgin America— their airline's name is being dumped. Alaska announced late Wednesday that it will retire the Virgin brand, probably in 2019, adding that name to a list including Continental and US Airways that disappeared in the past decade. So when Alaska announced last year...

  • SALT LAKE CITY— Utah's governor announced Thursday that he will sign legislation giving the predominantly Mormon state the strictest DUI threshold in the country, a change that restaurant groups and representatives of the ski and snowboard industry say will hurt tourism. The American Beverage Institute, a national restaurant group, took out full-page...

  • March 23- California's air pollution regulator is due to hold a vote on Thursday on methane emission regulations that it says would be the strictest in the United States in controlling the second-most prevalent greenhouse gas in the atmosphere. In October 2015, the massive Aliso Canyon natural gas leak forced thousands to evacuate in Los Angeles' Porter Ranch...

  • WASHINGTON— After seven years of fervent promises to repeal and replace "Obamacare," President Donald Trump and GOP congressional leaders buckled at a moment of truth Thursday, putting off a planned showdown vote in a stinging setback for the young administration. The White House insisted the House vote would still happen— Friday morning instead— but with...

  • WASHINGTON— A sobering portrait of less-educated middle-age white Americans emerged Thursday with new research showing them dying disproportionately from what one expert calls "deaths of despair"— suicides, drug overdoses and alcohol-related diseases. The new paper by two Princeton University economists, Anne Case and Angus Deaton, concludes that the...

  • DETROIT, March 22- The cost to implement tough fuel-efficiency standards for cars imposed by the Obama administration for the first half of the next decade could be up to 40 percent lower than previously estimated using existing conventional technologies, according to a report from a nonprofit group released on Wednesday. Instead of an average cost of $875...

  • NEW YORK— Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz presided over his last annual shareholder meeting as head of the company Wednesday by standing by its pledge to hire refugees and expanding on previously announced goals to hire veterans and at-risk youth. The moves underscored the progressive image Schultz has helped cultivate for Starbucks as he prepares to cede the...

  • CHICAGO, March 22- Illinois would legalize marijuana for recreational use by adults and tax it to raise at least $350 million a year for the cash-strapped state under legislation introduced on Wednesday. Two Democratic lawmakers sponsoring the bills said the measures pending before the House and Senate would allow law enforcement to focus on other crimes...

  • NEW YORK, March 21- China's HNA Group has agreed to purchase a marquee Manhattan office building for $2.21 billion in a deal that showcases the role of Chinese capital in New York's heady commercial real estate market. The acquisition from majority owner Brookfield Property Partners LP and New York State Teachers' Retirement System, which has a 49- percent...

  • At that meeting, ING said it would either continue to "positively influence" the course of the project, or to distance itself by selling its stake in the loan, "the company said in a press release. ING was one of 17 banks financing the Energy Transfer Partners LP pipeline, which will move crude from the Northern Plains to the Midwest and then on to the Gulf of Mexico.

  • NEW YORK, March 21- China's HNA Holding Group Co Ltd has agreed to purchase a marquee Manhattan office building for $2.21 billion in a deal that showcases the role of Chinese capital in New York's heady commercial real estate market. The acquisition from majority owner Brookfield Property Partners LP and New York State Teachers' Retirement System, which has a...