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  • Boeing engineers union expected to reject contract Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 4:22 PM ET

    SEATTLE-- Boeing Co.' s union of engineers and technical workers is expected to reject the aerospace giant's first contract offer when mail-in ballots are counted Monday evening. Union leaders for the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace, or SPEEA, have recommended that its 23,000 members reject Boeing's four-year contract offers.

  • Researcher withdraws from Pebble study review Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 3:49 PM ET

    Both David Montgomery's withdrawal and Daniel Schindler's dismissal came last month, just weeks before the start of what has been touted as an independent, objective look at the science put forth by the Pebble Limited Partnership.

  • DUBAI, Oct 1- Iran's rial plunged against the U.S. dollar in open-market trade on Monday, taking its loss in value over the past week to more than a quarter in further evidence that Western sanctions are shattering the economy.

  • Wash. gov orders state offices to cut energy use Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 2:54 PM ET

    Chris Gregoire has directed all state offices to reduce their total building energy use by 20 percent by 2020..

  • Microsoft launching news operation, new MSN Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 11:30 AM ET

    SEATTLE, Oct 1- Microsoft Corp is launching its own news operation as part of its new-look MSN website when Windows 8 launches later this month. Microsoft sold its 50 percent stake in news website MSNBC.com in July to longtime partner NBCUniversal, now majority-owned by Comcast Corp.

  • AAA: Average price of gasoline in Washington $4.03 Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 11:28 AM ET

    BELLEVUE, Wash.-- The average price of a gallon of gasoline in Washington remains above $4 a gallon. The AAA auto club reports the average price in the state Monday is $4.03.

  • ANA starting Boeing 787 on Seattle-Tokyo route Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 11:25 AM ET

    SEATAC, Wash.-- All Nippon Airways puts a Boeing 787 into daily service Monday on the Tokyo- Seattle route. The flight from Tokyo is scheduled to arrive just before 11 a.m. at Sea-Tac Airport. The airline started the Seattle- Tokyo route in July, using a Boeing 777..

  • Modern Etiquette: Defuse a thoughtless public blurt Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 10:21 AM ET

    SEATTLE, Oct 1- People say the most amazing things. Then they expect you to respond, which is difficult at best because you're too busy picking your chin off the floor. At a recent barbeque, one guest announced that "all you carnivores should be ashamed" to eat the meal.

  • Officials mull seismic tests near Calif nuke plant Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 9:13 AM ET

    Pacific Gas& Electric Co. wants to use big air guns to emit strong sound waves into a large, near-shore area that includes parts of marine reserves to make three-dimensional maps of fault zones, some of which were discovered in 2008, near its Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant.

  • Awesome Home Offices Wednesday, 18 Jul 2012 | 4:56 PM ET
    A home office is more than just a room with a desk and chair; ideally it cultivates an atmosphere conducive to work and concentration. Different work styles call for different work spaces. Some need isolation, some want to gaze out at nature for inspiration. Some just need a spot to do the bills that doesn’t take up too much room. A home’s office can serve many functions—it can be used for reading, as a studio for art or a writer’s retreat, as a study, or a den, as a crafting room or a homework

    A home office is more than just a room with a desk and chair. This collection includes offices from pocket-size to pod to grand multi-level  affairs, and in styles from modern to Old-World elegance.

  • Coolest Athlete Homes Tuesday, 19 Jun 2012 | 6:01 PM ET
    The value of the average home in the U.S. in April was $147,300, according to the real estate website  The home of the professional athlete, however, is likely to be anything but average.The professional athlete is often a distinct type of home buyer who’s different from the average American, in part because the contract and endorsement money makes possible the purchase of colossal, multimillion-dollar homes. However, these athletes can have serious problems selling off real estate.A multimillio

    The average U.S. home value is $147,300, but a professional athlete's home is anything but average. Read ahead to see 10 of the coolest athlete homes on the market.

  • States With the Best Credit Scores Thursday, 29 Mar 2012 | 5:09 PM ET
    In January 2010, the average credit score in the United States was 692, according to  Today, it’s between 700 and 710, according to John Ulzheimer, president of consumer education at  a credit-monitoring website. In an interview with CNBC.com, he said that reduction of credit-card debt is the main factor behind increased credit scores. “There’s no doubt,” he said.If average credit scores are rising because consumers have begun to pay down their credit-card debts, then economic conditions must be

    Not all states are created equal. Read ahead to see which states have the best credit scores in the country.

  • London, New York Top Cities for Wealthy: Report Wednesday, 28 Mar 2012 | 4:40 AM ET
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    London and New York are still the most important cities for the super-rich despite stiff competition from the emerging economies, a report into attitudes of the wealthy has revealed.

  • The World's Biggest Debtor Nations Tuesday, 27 Mar 2012 | 10:28 AM ET
    Throughout the financial crisis, many national economies have looked to their government and foreign lenders for financial support, which translates to increased spending, borrowing and in most cases, growing national debt.Deficit spending, government debt and private sector borrowing are the norm in most western countries, but due in part to the financial crisis, some nations and economies are in considerably worse debt positions than others.External debt is a measure of a nation's foreign liab

    Some nations around the globe are in considerably worse debt positions than others. Here are nations with the world's greatest debts.

  • Paul Ryan’s Supply-Side 2012 Budget Tuesday, 20 Mar 2012 | 4:14 PM ET
    Rep. Ryan Paul from Wisconsin

    There are a lot of really good things in Paul Ryan’s new budget, which is a stark contrast to the Obama budget. Ryan cuts spending by over $5 trillion, lowers the deficit by over $3 trillion, and brings the debt-to-GDP ratio down to 62 percent. All of these are ten-year totals.

  • US Capitol Building with cash

    When we keep more of our own money, our unfettered ambitions will create renewed abundance.

  • Obama Budget Bets Other Concerns Will Trump the Deficit Saturday, 11 Feb 2012 | 9:46 AM ET
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    President Obama’s budget blueprint, to be laid out Monday, is an election-year wager that higher taxes on the rich and spending on popular programs will outweigh deficit concerns, The New York Times reports.

  • Castle Homes Thursday, 26 Jan 2012 | 4:48 PM ET
    Wealthy families have long lived in grand monuments to their riches, such as the  in San Simeon, Calif. But castle homes aren’t reserved for the super-rich or those holding European titles. Although it’s commonly thought of as an Old World practice, Americans live in castle-style homes in all corners of the New World. This collection features representatives from Washington state to Florida, each with varying degrees of castle features. Some carry legacies of famous tycoons, while others were bu

    Castle homes aren’t reserved for the super-rich or those holding European titles. Check out 10 castle homes that are for sale or were recently on the market, provided by Zillow and Realtor.com.

  • Is Gay Marriage Good For Business? Monday, 23 Jan 2012 | 4:27 PM ET
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    Washington state may be the next American state to legalize gay marriage. It has the support of several major companies, but Microsoft is the most high-profile business to back it. Prominent figures in the business community support marriage equality, as was the case in New York, the last state to legalize it.

  • Extreme Fireplaces Monday, 9 Jan 2012 | 5:28 PM ET
    Fireplaces have performed a central role in warming homes since the first huts and houses were built, and for a many generations they looked more or less the same way. Thanks to new technologies, changing tastes, and new materials, a fireplace is typically no longer the main way to heat the home -- nor is it necessarily just a hole in the wall, a mantle, and a chimney. Fireplaces now come in almost as many varieties as there are styles of homes, and they might not have a mantle, or in some cases

    Here's a selection of properties currently on the market that feature fireplaces great and minimal, modern and rustic, indoor and outdoor.