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The Seattle Times business section covers Seattle, the Eastside including Bellevue, Snohomish County, the Puget Sound region and Pacific Northwest. Coverage includes Amazon; Boeing and aerospace; Microsoft and technology; Starbucks, Nordstrom and retail;

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Trump approves $2B sale of drones to India ahead of meeting

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 23:53:04 -0700

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has authorized the sale of unarmed surveillance drones to India, the manufacturer said Friday, as the two nations’ leaders prepare for their first face-to-face meeting. India initiated its request to buy 22 Guardian MQ-9B unmanned aircraft for maritime surveillance last year. The deal is estimated to be worth about […]

5 GOP senators now oppose health care bill as written

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 23:51:07 -0700

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nevada Republican Dean Heller became the fifth GOP senator to declare his opposition to the party’s banner legislation to scuttle much of Barack Obama’s health care overhaul on Friday, more than enough to sink the measure and deliver a stinging rebuke to President Donald Trump unless some of them can be brought […]

Trump leaving McConnell to handle Senate bill on health care

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 23:49:05 -0700

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump’s bull-in-a-china-shop approach to the presidency hasn’t helped him notch significant victories on Capitol Hill over his first five months in office. The nuts and bolts of legislation and the maddening, unpredictable ways and rhythms of Congress can seem foreign to him. Most of his top advisers have little Washington experience […]

Company: 5th worker has died after Wisconsin mill explosion

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 19:09:03 -0700

CAMBRIA, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin company says a fifth worker has died after an explosion last month at its corn milling plant. Didion Milling officials say Carlos “Charly” Nunez died Friday at a hospital from injuries he suffered in the May 31 explosion at the plant in Cambria. The community is about 45 miles […]

Lobbyist wounded in GOP baseball shooting leaves hospital

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:47:02 -0700

WASHINGTON (AP) — Another victim of the mass shooting that critically injured a congressman is out of the hospital. Matt Mika, a lobbyist for Tyson Foods, was released from George Washington University Hospital on Friday after being treated for multiple gunshots to his chest and arm. “Matt’s discharge is a welcome and important step” in […]

IRS debt collectors accused of illegal tactics

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:21:01 -0700

Four debt-collection agencies were hired by the Internal Revenue Service to chase down late payments on 140,000 accounts with balances of as much as $50,000.

Breast milk jeweler ordered to refund customers, return milk

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:11:02 -0700

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island company that makes jewelry from breast milk has been ordered to refund customers and return the breast milk they sent. WPRI-TV reports a state Superior Court judge this week approved a judgment and temporary restraining order against MommyMilk Creations and owner Allicia Mogavero. State Attorney General Peter Kilmartin’s […]

So your phone ran out of juice — here are the top chargers for it

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:10:30 -0700

Tech Review: We can’t live without our cellphones and they can’t live without battery power. So how best to keep them charged? The Wirecutter comes up with some tips.

Google will stop reading your Gmail to insert ads — it knows plenty about you anyhow

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:04:17 -0700

Google is stopping one of the most controversial advertising formats: ads inside Gmail that scan users’ email contents. The decision didn’t come from Google’s ad team, but from its cloud unit, which is angling to sign up more corporate customers.

SpaceX picks up pace of rocket launches

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:46:12 -0700

SpaceX fired up a Falcon 9 rocket for the eighth time this year on Friday, matching its flight total for all of last year. Its next launch is set for Sunday, with ramped-up cadence putting the company on track to achieve the 20 to 24 total missions it’s targeting for the year.

Ivanka Trump ordered to testify in dispute with shoe company

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:43:07 -0700

NEW YORK (AP) — Ivanka Trump must testify in a dispute with an Italian shoemaker over one of her company’s shoe designs, a judge said Friday. U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest rejected a request by the senior White House aide’s lawyers that she be blocked from submitting to a deposition in the trademark infringement lawsuit […]

Expedia buys majority stake in train-trip booking firm SilverRail

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:26:45 -0700

Bellevue travel company Expedia on Friday bought a majority stake in SilverRail Technologies, an online platform used to plan train trips around the world.

How to monitor your home broadband to detect excessive use

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:12:34 -0700

Patrick Marshall answers your personal technology questions each week.

Mountain Valley review finds limited environmental impacts

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:02:04 -0700

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A 303-mile pipeline that would carry fracked natural gas across West Virginia and Virginia would have “significant” impacts on forests but other adverse effects would be limited, federal regulators said Friday. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s final environmental impact statement is largely favorable for developers of the $3.5 billion Mountain Valley […]

Mountain Valley review finds limited environmental impacts

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:59:08 -0700

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Federal regulators say a proposed pipeline that would carry fracked natural gas for 300 miles across West Virginia and Virginia would have “significant” impacts on forests. But they say other adverse effects would be limited. The final environmental impact statement of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is largely favorable for developers […]

US rig count rises this week by 8, to 941

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:39:02 -0700

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. rose by eight this week to 941. A year ago, just 421 rigs were active. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes said Friday that 758 rigs sought oil and 183 explored for natural gas this week. Among major oil- […]

Grand jury indicts man in killing of runner in Massachusetts

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:37:04 -0700

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A man accused of killing a Google employee who went out for a run near her mother’s Massachusetts home last summer has been indicted. Worcester (WUS’-tur) County District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. says a grand jury handed down the indictment Friday against Angelo Colon-Ortiz. The Worcester resident was arrested in connection […]

Sonic, Forestar post gains; BlackBerry, Regeneron fall

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:15:08 -0700

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Friday: Bed Bath & Beyond Inc., down $4.09 to $29.65 The home goods retailer posted earnings and revenue that missed analysts’ forecasts. Forestar Group Inc., up $1.15 to $17.65 Most Read StoriesSeattle police spokesman plays video game while talking about fatal shooting of Charleena […]

How major US stock market indexes fared on Friday

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:57:13 -0700

U.S. stock indexes nudged higher Friday after energy companies clawed back some of their sharp losses from earlier in the week. On Friday: The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 3.80 points, or 0.2 percent, to 2,438.30. The Dow Jones industrial average dipped 2.53 points, or less than 0.1 percent, to 21,394.76. Most Read StoriesSeattle […]

ECB: 2 troubled Italian banks failing, to face insolvency

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:15:13 -0700

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank has pulled the plug on two troubled Italian banks, sending them into insolvency proceedings as it pushes ahead with efforts to clean up weak banks holding back the economy. The two banks, Veneto Banca and Banca Popolare di Vicenza, have struggled to overcome high levels of loans […]