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  • Manager credited with saving dozens in massive motel blast Wednesday, 19 Aug 2015 | 12:07 AM ET

    The blast Tuesday night critically injured a gas company worker and knocked back firefighters, but the guests were safely away before it tore apart the Motel 6 in Bremerton. However, Bremerton Fire Chief Al Duke said Wednesday no bodies were found in the debris and he was almost certain the missing guests were not caught in the explosion on the west side of Puget...

  • Pelosi addresses workplace issues at Amazon campus Tuesday, 18 Aug 2015 | 9:59 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi says that even if reports of high-pressure management techniques at Amazon are true, "they won't be taking place anymore." Pelosi says Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos had said very clearly that "it's not the company that he knows. A New York Times article over the weekend portrayed the online retailer's work culture as "...

  • Key Tronic posts 4Q profit Tuesday, 18 Aug 2015 | 4:18 PM ET

    SPOKANE, Wash. _ Key Tronic Corp. on Tuesday reported fiscal fourth-quarter earnings of $2.3 million. For the current quarter ending in October, Key Tronic said it expects revenue in the range of $122 million to $130 million. Key Tronic shares have climbed 29 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Starbucks, Panera tweak pumpkin spice latte formulas Tuesday, 18 Aug 2015 | 3:21 AM ET

    Starbucks and Panera are hyping reformulated versions of the popular drinks— which will include real pumpkin— in a fight to win over fans of the beverage in coming weeks. Starbucks Corp. said Monday its version of the concoction this year will be made with real pumpkin and without caramel coloring. The change comes after blogger Vani Hari, known as the Food Babe,...

  • SPOKANE, Wash.— Big wildfires threatened the Lake Chelan resort region of central Washington on Monday after driving away tourists, destroying a warehouse filled with nearly 2 million pounds of apples and forcing thousands of residents to flee. In northern Idaho, more than 40 homes were lost near the town of Kamiah, and in Oregon a lightning-sparked blaze on the...

  • Starbucks, Panera tweak pumpkin spice latte formulas Monday, 17 Aug 2015 | 3:34 PM ET

    Starbucks and Panera are hyping reformulated versions of the popular drinks— which will include real pumpkin— in a fight to win over fans of the beverage in coming weeks. Starbucks Corp. said Monday its version of the concoction this year will be made with real pumpkin and without caramel coloring. The change comes after blogger Vani Hari, known as the Food Babe,...

  • Big wildfire threatens resort town in Washington Monday, 17 Aug 2015 | 2:54 PM ET

    SPOKANE, Wash.— Big wildfires threatened the Lake Chelan resort region of central Washington on Monday after driving away tourists, destroying a warehouse filled with nearly 2 million pounds of apples and forcing thousands of residents to flee. In northern Idaho, more than 40 homes were lost near the town of Kamiah, and in Oregon a lightning-sparked blaze on the...

  • WASHINGTON— Say this about New York: If you can afford a first home there, you can probably afford one anywhere. A new analysis by the real estate firm Zillow found that the typical income for a first-time buyer is $54,340, pretty much the same as it was in the late 1970 s after adjusting for inflation. Yet that looks like a relative bargain compared with New York, San...

  • JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.— While Congress remains stalled on a long-term plan for funding highways, state lawmakers and governors aren't waiting around. And legislators are returning to work this week in California and Michigan with transportation funding on the agenda. "I don't know of a state that's not having the conversation" about raising revenue for...

  • Aug 17- Media mogul John Malone's Liberty Interactive Corp said it would acquire Zulily Inc in a cash-and-stock deal valued at $2.4 billion to tap into the online retailer's younger clientele and its strong mobile presence. Zulily, a website that hosts "flash" sales of clothing primarily for women and children, counts Chinese ecommerce giant Alibaba Group...

  • NEW YORK— Zulily, which offers flash sales of products like toys and children's clothing geared to young moms, now has a parent. Liberty Interactive Corp. which owns home shopping network QVC, announced Monday that it's buying Zulily in a cash-and-stock deal valued at approximately $2.32 billion. Liberty Interactive Corp. will pay $9.375 in cash and 0.3098...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 14- Beginning more than a decade ago, one of the largest security companies in the world, Moscow- based Kaspersky Lab, tried to damage rivals in the marketplace by tricking their antivirus software programs into classifying benign files as malicious, according to two former employees. They said the secret campaign targeted Microsoft Corp, AVG...

  • CHICAGO, Aug 13- If you work for a small business that doesn't have a retirement plan, help is on the way. California, Illinois, Oregon and Washington state have taken the lead, passing legislation to launch Secure Choice Pension programs. California and Illinois both aim to begin enrolling workers in 2017..

  • NEW YORK, Aug 7- Symetra Financial Corp, a U.S. life insurance company with a market capitalization of around $2.9 billion, has been exploring the possibility of selling itself in recent months, according to people familiar with the matter. Symetra has been working with investment bankers and has spoken to several industry peers that have expressed interest in...

  • Massachusetts marijuana groups seek pot legalization vote Wednesday, 5 Aug 2015 | 12:40 PM ET

    BOSTON, Aug 5- Two marijuana advocacy groups on Wednesday are set to submit proposed ballot initiatives that would allow Massachusetts voters to decide whether to legalize recreational pot smoking in the state. The proposals from the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol and the Bay State Repeal say legalizing the drug in Massachusetts would bow to...

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 3- In the weeks leading up to a critical annual U.S. report on human trafficking that publicly shames the world's worst offenders, human rights experts at the State Department concluded that trafficking conditions hadn't improved in Malaysia and Cuba. And in China, they found, things had grown worse. As a result, not only Malaysia, Cuba and China, but...

  • PORTLAND, Ore., July 30- An icebreaking vessel key to Royal Dutch Shell's plans to drill for oil in the Arctic departed Portland, Oregon, late on Thursday, navigating between a narrow gap of environmental activists dangling from a bridge after a two-day human blockade. Several Greenpeace activists appeared to bow to orders from police to lower themselves into...

  • PORTLAND, Ore., July 30- Greenpeace protesters dangling from a bridge in Portland, Oregon, on Thursday forced back an icebreaker that Royal Dutch Shell needs in Alaska to start drilling in the Arctic. The 13 Greenpeace protesters, who rappelled down from the bridge over the Willamette River early on Wednesday, are hoping to shorten Shell's Arctic drilling season...

  • NEW YORK, July 30- Google Inc will have to make do with the low rate it must offer Microsoft Corp to use some of its Motorola Mobility patents after a U.S. appeals court on Thursday ruled the licensing rate had been properly set. Microsoft sued Motorola in 2010, alleging Motorola had breached its obligation to offer licenses at a reasonable cost.

  • July 29- Whole Foods Market Inc on Wednesday said same-store sales growth cooled again in the third quarter, hurt by competition and an overcharging scandal in its New York City stores, and its shares tumbled 11 percent in after-hours trade. The rapid deceleration is troubling for investors, who have wondered how long Whole Foods could maintain its grip on the...