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  • NEW YORK, July 29- Danielle Faust, 33, is six weeks into wearing braces to fix her crooked teeth and is pretty happy about the process, but not the price. While the $5,000 for Invisalign clear aligners in South Florida where she is a freelance writer is $1,000 less than a friend is paying in New York, she is kicking herself because she missed out on a Groupon that would...

  • NEW YORK, July 29- When Matt and Jen Osmun opened their vape shop in Bethel, Connecticut, last December, they didn't expect to get a boost from the local medical marijuana outlet. "Sales are going really well, and getting better every month," said Jen Osmun, who started the business with her husband, a former plumber, after he was injured in an accident.

  • PORTLAND, Ore., July 28- Protesters began gathering in a riverside park in Portland Tuesday evening, planning to drop kayaks in the water to protest Wednesday's scheduled launch of a ship to be used by Royal Dutch Shell for Arctic oil exploration. Following the lead of protesters in Seattle who tried to block ships headed for Shell's planned oil exploration in the...

  • The top executive at the maker of Subaru automobiles joked that he would have to wear a helmet on an upcoming trip to the United States. Subaru's U.S. sales have almost doubled in the past four years. Subaru's " Love Promise," in which it pledges to make "a positive impact in the world," has helped build loyal consumers in states like California, New York and Washington.

  • July 23- Amazon.com Inc shares surged more than 17 percent on Thursday as the online retailer posted an unexpected quarterly profit, pushing its market value above that of Wal-Mart Stores Inc, the world's largest retailer. Combined with a bullish forecast for the third quarter, upbeat comments from company executives on Amazon's Prime delivery service and...

  • July 23- Starbucks Corp reported higher quarterly profit on Thursday as new food, drinks and technology helped the world's biggest coffee chain attract more customers. Sales at Starbucks shops open at least 13 months were up 7 percent globally in the latest quarter, with an estimated 23 million more customer transactions than in the year-earlier quarter as...

  • July 23- Amazon.com Inc shares surged more than 17 percent on Thursday as the online retailer posted an unexpected quarterly profit, pushing its market value above that of Wal-Mart Stores Inc, the world's largest retailer. Amazon also forecast third-quarter revenue above estimates, and reported strong sales in North America, and unprecedented growth in its...

  • July 23- Starbucks Corp reported higher quarterly profit on Thursday, as new drinks like the "flat white" and food such as breakfast sandwiches and bistro boxes helped heat up sales in its dominant Americas region. Sales at Starbucks shops open at least 13 months jumped 8 percent in the U.S.-dominated Americas unit for the fiscal third quarter ended June 28.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, July 23- The state of Washington can require a pharmacy to deliver medicine even if the pharmacy's owner has a religious objection, a federal appeals court ruled on Thursday, the latest in a series of judgements on whether religious believers can opt out of providing services. The ruling, from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco,...

  • Two cities may get NHL teams—but it won't be easy Thursday, 23 Jul 2015 | 11:45 AM ET
    A Quebec Nordiques fan shows his support for their return to the NHL.

    Las Vegas and Québec City have filed for new NHL franchises, but based on past expansion teams, they would face a daunting task.

  • NEW YORK, July 22- When choosing retirement locales, a few factors pop to mind: climate, amenities, proximity to grandchildren, access to quality healthcare. Chris Cooper had something else to consider- marijuana laws. So when Cooper, 57, was looking for a place to retire, he ended up in San Diego, since California allows medical marijuana.

  • CHICAGO/ SAN FRANCISCO, July 22- Macy's Inc is expanding same-day delivery to several new U.S. markets this summer, one of the most aggressive pushes by a brick-and-mortar retailer in an area dominated by e-commerce giant Amazon, according to a Macy's official. Currently, Macy's is offering the service in Houston, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle, Washington D.C.,...

  • July 16- Zodiac Aerospace said it is considering moving machinery from a U.S. factory crippled by a powerful explosion on Tuesday so that it can continue making aircraft interior composite panels needed by the booming aviation industry. Airbus did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Boeing and Airbus are churning out more than 100 jetliners a...

  • July 15- A powerful blast at a Zodiac Aerospace factory in Washington state made some portions of the building unsafe to enter, raising concerns that the assembly of Boeing and Airbus aircraft could be affected. Boeing and Airbus said on Wednesday they were assessing the potential impact of the factory closure on their operations, since it supplies materials...

  • Hike gas tax by 15 cents a gallon: Rep. Larsen Tuesday, 14 Jul 2015 | 5:46 PM ET
    Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Washington

    A nearly doubling of the federal gas tax is needed to fix America's crumbling infrastructure, Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Washington, said Tuesday.

  • July 13- Royal Dutch Shell PLC said on Monday an icebreaker crucial to planned Arctic oil drilling will be sent to Portland, Oregon to repair a gash in its hull, but the issue is not expected to delay the beginning of drilling off Alaska later in July. Voyage time between Portland and southern Alaska should not delay the company's plans to begin drilling off...

  • Vancouver- based Cannabix Technologies Inc, founded by a retired Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer, expects to be first out of the gate with a "pot breathalyzer"- a handheld device similar to those used to detect alcohol. Other hopefuls, such as Colorado- based Lifeloc Technologies Inc and a chemistry professor-PhD student duo at Washington State University,...

  • Comcast to offer streaming services for $15 a month Sunday, 12 Jul 2015 | 11:58 PM ET

    July 12- Cable company Comcast Corp said it is beta testing a new cable streaming service called Stream, which will broadcast live TV from HBO and about a dozen other networks for $15 per month. Launching with Boston, followed by Chicago and Seattle, Stream would let Comcast's Xfinity Internet customers stream live TV over phones, tablets and laptops.

  • First US death from this disease in over a decade Thursday, 2 Jul 2015 | 5:08 PM ET
    In this handout from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a thin-section transmission electron micrograph (TEM) reveales the ultrastructural appearance of a single virus particle, or 'virion', of measles virus.

    A woman living in northwestern Washington has died from measles, according to state health officials, NBC News reports.

  • YOUR MONEY-5 ways road-tripping families can save money Wednesday, 1 Jul 2015 | 9:29 AM ET

    NEW YORK, July 1- With four kids between the ages of 1 and 12, Loralee Leavitt is a cost-savings ninja when she hits the road. Leavitt, who hails from Kirkland, Washington, estimates that she has gone on more than 30 road trips with her growing family, logging over 60,000 miles, to places like Utah, Colorado, Arizona and California. Their piece de resistance: A trip to...