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  • Tech media reports that the augmented-reality game would finally be released in Japan, two weeks after its launch in the United States, Australia and New Zealand, turned out to be incorrect. "There are people who have achieved a high score abroad, so I hope it gets released in Japan soon," he said. "Pokemon Go" is available in more than 20 countries, mostly in Europe and...

  • BEIJING— To the challenges facing KFC and Apple in China, add a surprise backlash from Beijing's spat with the Philippines over the South China Sea. Nationalists are protesting at KFC outlets and calling for a boycott, spurred by government accusations that Washington encouraged Manila to oppose Beijing's claims to vast tracts of ocean.

  • SEATTLE, July 19- A U.S. judge on Tuesday wrestled with whether a lawsuit could proceed against the city of Seattle over a local law which allows Uber and Lyft drivers to unionize. Seattle last year became the first U.S. city to pass a law giving drivers for ride-hailing apps, as well as taxi and for-hire drivers, the right to collectively negotiate on pay and working...

  • REDMOND, Wash.— Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday reported fiscal fourth-quarter net income of $3.12 billion, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier, when the company took a wrote down a substantial portion of its struggling smartphone business. The software maker posted revenue of $20.61 billion in the period, or $22.6 billion after adjusting for...

  • SAN FRANCISCO— In a story July 9 about a comprehensive ban on foam products in San Francisco, The Associated Press reported erroneously the nature and timing of bans in other cities. And Portland, Oregon, approved a ban on such products in restaurants in1989, not following a similar prohibition in San Francisco in 2006.. SAN FRANCISCO— San Francisco, say goodbye to...

  • Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said Tuesday that he wants government regulators and the auto industry to work more closely together to test self-driving technology before people entrust their vehicle's steering and brakes to a robot. Foxx told about 1,200 people at a self-driving convention in San Francisco that a more rigorous review of robotic...

  • WASHINGTON, July 18- U.S. oil refiners Tesoro Corp and Par Hawaii Refining reached a $425 million settlement with the United States on Monday to resolve air quality violations at six refineries in Western states, the government announced on Monday. The accord requires the companies to invest $403 million in new equipment to better control air emissions at...

  • Allison Warmuth, 28, was driving a motor scooter near the Boston Common in April when she was struck and killed by the duck boat. Warmuth's parents, Ivan and Martha Warmuth, came to the Statehouse to push for passage of the bill, which would also require duck boats to be equipped with blind-spot cameras and proximity sensors. "We're glad to see Boston Duck Tours...

  • WASHINGTON, July 18- U.S. oil refiners Tesoro Corp and Par Hawaii Refining reached a $425 million settlement with the United States on Monday to resolve air quality violations at six refineries in Western states, the government announced Monday. The accord requires the companies to invest $403 million in new equipment to better control air emissions at...

  • WASHINGTON, July 18- U.S. oil refiner Tesoro Corp said on Monday it has reached a $10.4 million settlement with the United States for air quality violations at refineries in six Western states. Under the settlement, Tesoro will also invest $400 million in technology to better control air emissions at operations in Alaska, Northern California, North Dakota, Utah,...

  • SEATTLE— The Justice Department and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday announced a $425 million settlement with two companies to reduce air pollution at six petroleum refineries in the West. It covers five refineries that Tesoro operates in Kenai, Alaska; Anacortes, Washington; Salt Lake City, Utah; Mandan, North Dakota; and Martinez, California.

  • CHICAGO— McDonald's and Starbucks are implementing filtering technology that blocks customers using Wi-Fi from accessing pornography sites. A spokesperson for Seattle- based Starbucks says it is implementing filtering once it can find a system that "also doesn't involuntarily block unintended content." The National Center for Sexual Exploitation says...

  • SEATTLE— Laura Jordan came home from work one day to find herself locked out. "This is criminal trespass and theft, and it should be treated as such," said Sheila O'Sullivan, executive director of the Northwest Consumer Law Center. In a friend-of-the-court-brief, the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation— better known as Freddie Mac— highlighted the importance of...

  • SEATTLE, July 15- The Boeing Co marked its centennial on Friday with plans to sharpen its focus on innovation, including ambitious projects for supersonic commercial flight and a rocket that could carry humans to other planets. The enterprise established by William Boeing in a Seattle boathouse has faced numerous "bet the company" moments over its 10 decades to...

  • DETROIT— A federal judge has ruled that owners of General Motors cars recalled for defective ignition switches can sue the company for any loss in the cars' value. Judge Jesse Furman in New York issued the ruling Friday on a motion from General Motors to dismiss the claims. Seattle attorney Steve Berman says the split decision still allows owners of at least 11...

  • Lex Cross posted a picture of his Starbucks receipt with the name "# blacklivesmatter" on Facebook last week. The Seattle man writes in the post that he changed his name on the Starbucks app, "so the barista has to shout it to a room full of people" when his order is ready. Seattle- based Starbucks hasn't responded to a request for comment.

  • The Seattle Times reports that Gravity Payments CEO Dan Price posted the news of the gift on Facebook Thursday, saying "Gravity employees saved up and pitched in over the past six months and bought me my dream car." Gravity spokesman Ryan Pirkle said the gift was thought up and organized by an employee who was one of those most impacted by Price's decision last year...

  • NEW YORK, July 14- A federal appeals court on Thursday said the U.S. government cannot force Microsoft Corp and other companies to turn over customer emails stored on servers outside the United States. The 3-0 decision by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan is a defeat for the U.S. Department of Justice and a victory for privacy advocates and for...

  • LOS ANGELES— As throngs of "Pokemon Go" players traipse around to real-world landmarks in pursuit of digital monsters, some ticked-off property owners are asking to have their locations in the fictional Poke-verse removed. For Valerie Janovic, a 19- year-old psychology major at Brandeis University, the game went too far when the image of a poison-gas-emitting...

  • SEATTLE _ Washington Federal Inc. on Thursday reported fiscal third-quarter profit of $43 million. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 43 cents per share. Washington Federal shares have increased 4.5 percent since the beginning of the year.