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  • HOQUIAM, Wash. _ Timberland Bancorp Inc. on Monday reported fiscal first-quarter profit of $3.1 million. Timberland Bancorp shares have decreased almost 1 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Timberland Bancorp, Earnings Report.

  • SEATTLE— The Justice Department is asking a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit filed by Microsoft that seeks to quash a law that prohibits the company from telling its customers when the government demands data stored electronically. Microsoft says its customers have a constitutional right to know when the government collects its private information.

  • BUENOS AIRES, Jan 23- Argentina's citrus federation vowed to rekindle an agreement to export lemons to the United States on Monday after Washington issued a 60- day stay on its decision to allow imports, causing shares of lemon exporter San Miguel to tumble 8.1 percent. That afternoon the White House told the USDA to put a hold on the deal, a spokeswoman for the U.S.

  • BUENOS AIRES, Jan 23- Shares of Argentina's top lemon exporter San Miguel tumbled 8.4 percent early on Monday after Washington issued a 60- day stay on its December decision allowing the importation of lemons from northwest Argentina into the United States. The company and the Argentine government had no immediate comment on the United States Department of...

  • The status symbols are so sought after that some models command prices of $1,000. In Florida, California and New York, lawyers are accusing smoke shops and mom-and-pop convenience stores of selling counterfeit Roor bongs in violation of U.S. "Counterfeiting is a huge problem for us," said Jay Farraj, the owner of Sream Inc., Roor's U.S. partner.

  • Jan 20- Aviation electronics maker Rockwell Collins Inc's defense business is "really busy right now," reflecting a new emphasis on defense spending, Chief Executive Officer Kelly Ortberg said on Friday. The Cedar Rapids, Iowa- based company is bidding on more defense program contracts "and the scope of the programs is larger," Ortberg said on a conference call with...

  • MEXICO CITY, Jan 20- President Enrique Pena Nieto on Friday congratulated Donald Trump on his inauguration as U.S. president saying he would like to strengthen ties, but that sovereignty, national interest and protection of Mexicans would be paramount. Pena Nieto, criticized for meeting Trump last year even after the New York businessman had insulted Mexicans...

  • Demonstrators protest against US President-elect Donald Trump before his inauguration on January 20, 2017, in Washington, DC.

    Demonstrators gathered in the streets of Washington to protest the inauguration of Donald Trump as president of the United States.

  • SEATTLE, Jan 20- The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers said it planned to petition on Friday for about 2,850 workers at Boeing Co's assembly plant in South Carolina to vote on union representation. Boeing said on Friday that a union was not in the "best interest" of its workers in South Carolina. "We believe our teammates deserve to keep...

  • SEATTLE, Jan 20- The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers said it planned to petition on Friday for about 2,850 workers at Boeing Co's assembly plant in South Carolina to vote on union representation. In April 2015, South Carolina had the second-lowest union membership in the United States. The South Carolina plant, which opened in...

  • NEW YORK— Starbucks is telling employees that it's expanding their parental leave benefits. Federal law requires only unpaid leave for the birth or adoption of a child, but companies including Netflix, Adobe and Microsoft have recently increased their benefits. In a note to employees sent Thursday, Starbucks Corp. said birth moms will be eligible for six weeks...

  • SEATTLE— Costco Wholesale Corp. has agreed to pay nearly $12 million to settle Justice Department allegations of lax pharmacy controls over a four-year period. Hayes says companies like Costco that deliver huge volumes of the drugs have a responsibility to help keep such drugs from reaching the black market. Costco has invested in a new, $127 million pharmacy...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 19- Rick Perry, President-elect Donald Trump's pick to run the U.S. Energy Department, said during a Senate confirmation hearing on Thursday that global warming caused by humans is real, but that efforts to combat it should not cost American jobs. The comment marks a shift for the former Texas governor, who had previously called the science behind...

  • Donald Trump's pick for the Treasury Department says that the incoming administration won't increase the government's budget deficit in an upcoming overhaul of the tax code. Steven Mnuchin told the Senate Finance Committee that the incoming Trump administration wants to make sure that "tax reform doesn't increase the size of the deficit" and wants to cuts...

  • Rick Perry, tapped by President-elect Donald Trump to head the Energy Department, vowed to be an advocate for an agency he once pledged to eliminate and promised to rely on federal scientists, including those who work on climate change. Perry told a Senate committee on Thursday that he regrets his infamous statement about abolishing the department and...

  • OLYMPIA, Wash.— A decade ago, Washington state created a paid family leave program that required many employers to offer five weeks of paid time off for new parents. If any of the measures pass, Washington would be added to the list of four states that guarantee paid family leave: California, New Jersey, Rhode Island and New York, though New York's program doesn't take...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 18- Bankrupt South Korean shipping line Hanjin Shipping Co Ltd won U.S. court approval at a hearing on Wednesday for the $78 million sale of its stake in U.S. terminal operator Total Terminals International LLC, overcoming objections of container companies. Bankruptcy Judge John Sherwood said, adding he would approve the transfer of the...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 18- Bankrupt South Korean shipping line Hanjin Shipping Co Ltd won U.S. court approval at a hearing on Wednesday for the $78 million sale of its stake in U.S. terminal operator Total Terminals International LLC, overcoming objections of container companies. Bankruptcy Judge John Sherwood said, adding he would approve the transfer of the...

  • WASHINGTON— Federal regulators have sued Navient, accusing the biggest U.S. student loan company of making it harder for borrowers to repay loans by giving them bad information, processing payments incorrectly and failing to act on complaints. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau filed the federal lawsuit against Navient Corp. and two subsidiaries on...

  • A shooter takes aim with a Remington Model 700 SPS Varmint rifle at the Spurwink Rod and Gun Club in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, Jan. 28, 2013.

    Several attorneys general are urging a federal judge to reject a proposed class action settlement involving allegedly defective Remington rifles.