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Top News & Analysis Washington

  • Help Wanted: Washington Weed Czar

    Washington State's liquor control board is seeking a marijuana consultant to help forge ahead regulation for its newly legalized substance. Steve Fox, director of government relations with the Marijuana Policy Project, offers insight.

  • Royal Dutch Shell's Kulluk rig

    Shell may have moved an oil rig that ran aground off Alaska last week partly to avoid millions of dollars in taxes, U.S. Rep. Ed Markey said, raising even more questions about the oil company's decision on the timing of the move.

  • Washington Turns to Next Fiscal Cliff

    The last minute fiscal cliff deal may have eliminated the most threatening cloud hanging over the US economy but CNBC¿s Eamon Javers takes a look at the difficult road that still lies ahead.

  • Why Shell Is Making a Big Bet on Natural Gas

    An oil drilling rig owned by Royal Dutch Shell ran aground in Alaska after drifting in stormy weather, highlighting the serious risks of working in an offshore region where some in the industry see huge potential.

  • Marijuana: Doobie Do's and Don'ts

    CNBC's Jane Wells reports Washington's new state law that makes it legal to smoke pot, is more complicated than it sounds, and Allen St. Pierre, NORML executive director, weighs in on the financial benefits of reforming marijuana laws.

  • Liberals' Pipe Dream: A Nation of Stoners?

    Colorado and Washington made history on Tuesday becoming the first states to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. Janine Turner, Constituting America founder & co-chair, says "this is really disappointing, and stealing the promise of the future of America."

  • Nov 5- Apple's lawsuit against Google's Motorola Mobility unit over alleged patent abuse was thrown out on Monday just hours before trial, a setback for the iPhone maker in its efforts to gain leverage in the smartphone patent wars. Apple Inc claimed Motorola's licensing practices were unfair.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 2- Two weeks before a high-stakes trial pitting Google's Motorola Mobility unit against Microsoft, Google made what has become a common request for a technology company fighting for billions of dollars: A public court proceeding, conducted largely in secret.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 2- Two weeks before a high-stakes trial pitting Google's Motorola Mobility unit against Microsoft, Google made what has become a common request for a technology company fighting for billions of dollars: A public court proceeding, conducted largely in secret.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 2- Two weeks before trial in a high-stakes lawsuit pitting Google's Motorola Mobility unit against Microsoft, Google made what has become a common request for a tech company fighting for billions of dollars: a public court proceeding conducted largely in secret.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 1- Two weeks before trial in a high-stakes lawsuit pitting Google's Motorola Mobility unit against Microsoft, Google made what has become a common request for a tech company fighting for billions of dollars: a public court proceeding conducted largely in secret.

  • Nov 1- Starbucks Corp raised its profit forecast for the current fiscal year after sales in its top market of the United States topped expectations, giving the company optimism that has eluded much of the U.S. restaurant industry in recent months.

  • *China factory surveys show country's economy gaining traction. U.S. shares followed China's stock markets higher after official and private China manufacturing surveys for October suggested China's economy is finally regaining traction.

  • SEATTLE, Nov 1- Days after launching Windows 8, Microsoft Corp is mounting a strong campaign to win over the software developers it needs to kick-start its new operating system. A lack of apps is Microsoft's Achilles heel as it attempts to catch Apple Inc and Google Inc in the rush toward mobile computing.

  • *Lumber futures rise the $10 daily limit. *Home Depot shares rise on expected rebuilding. Trade sources said the home-rebuilding process in the northeastern United States, which bore the brunt of Sandy, could stretch well into 2013, keeping demand for lumber robust.

  • Eaton CEO Calls for Bipartisanship to Avoid 'Fiscal Cliff'

    On fears the looming tax increases and budget cuts could affect business, Eaton CEO Sandy Cutler calls on policymakers to act.

  • *Lumber futures rise the $10 daily limit. Trade sources said the home-rebuilding process in the northeastern United States, which bore the brunt of Sandy, could stretch well into 2013, keeping demand for lumber robust.

  • *Lumber futures rise the $10 daily limit. *Hope for repair demand also boosts Home Depot shares. Chicago Mercantile Exchange November, January and March lumber futures rose by the daily trading limit of $10 per thousand board feet and were locked at those levels to effectively shut down trading.

  • CHICAGO, Oct 31- U.S. lumber futures soared on Wednesday on expectations for demand to increase in the aftermath of monster storm Sandy that caused massive flooding in the northeastern United States, damaging numerous homes that would need rebuilding.

  • *Brazil's top bookseller may sell online business-sources. *Deal could boost retailer Amazon on arrival in Brazil. SAO PAULO, Oct 30- Brazil's biggest bookstore chain, Saraiva, is trying to sell its online business, a move that could pave the way for Amazon's debut in Latin America's fastest growing e-commerce market, industry sources said.