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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;

Last Build Date: Fri, 17 Nov 2017 20:37:57 -0800


Apple delays HomePod smart speaker, missing holiday season

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 17:33:54 -0800

Apple’s speaker had been expected to ship in December, but the company says now it will be out in early 2018. This is the second year in a row that a major new Apple audio product has been delayed.

Delta says US approves joint venture with Korean Air

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 16:21:36 -0800

ATLANTA (AP) — Delta Air Lines says U.S. regulators have given the green light to a joint venture with Korean Air, and the carriers are waiting for approval from the South Korean government. Delta said Friday that the U.S. Department of Transportation approved the arrangement. It still needs approval from South Korea’s transport ministry. With […]

Unable to beat them, cabbies join Uber and Lyft in ride-sharing

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 16:00:00 -0800

Taxi companies across the U.S. waged a bitter, high-profile battle to keep Uber and Lyft from bringing the sharing economy to cabs. They lost. Now the cabbies are adopting an if-you-can’t-beat-them, join-them strategy.

California’s legal pot countdown: What’s coming by Jan. 1

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:49:55 -0800

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California has published the rules that will govern its legal marijuana economy in 2018, giving businesses and consumers a glimpse into the future. But there are important steps before legal recreational sales kick off on Jan. 1, and even more uncertainties about how the marketplace will function. Warning: Don’t count on […]

Figures on government spending and debt

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:39:16 -0800

WASHINGTON (AP) — Figures on government spending and debt in millions of dollars. The government’s fiscal year runs Oct. 1 through Sept. 30. Total public debt subject to limit Nov. 16 $20,492,463 Statutory debt limit –Suspended– Total public debt outstanding Nov. 16 $20,529,210 Operating balance Nov. 16 $166,027 Interest fiscal year 2018 thru Oct $28,492 […]

Former New Mexico tax worker pleads guilty in extortion case

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:58:32 -0800

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former agent with the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department has pleaded guilty to extortion charges. Federal prosecutors announced Larry Mendoza’s plea on Friday. He could face up to 20 years in prison and a fine not to exceed $250,000. Sentencing has yet to be scheduled. He was accused earlier […]

Feds propose $1.8 million fine in Wisconsin plant explosion

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:22:36 -0800

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin milling company should pay $1.8 million in fines for failing to prevent a fatal plant explosion earlier this year, federal labor officials announced Friday. The Didion Milling Co. corn processing plant in Cambria exploded on May 31, killing five workers and injuring 12 more, including an employee who had […]

Chicago Tribune to move from landmark home since 1925

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:20:02 -0800

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Tribune next year will move from its long-time landmark headquarters on Michigan Avenue. The Tribune reports Tronc, the parent of the newspaper, confirmed Friday the newspaper will move in the second quarter to an office complex a few blocks away. The lease at a building known as One Prudential Plaza […]

How major US stock indexes fared on Friday

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:55:41 -0800

Retailers and smaller U.S. companies jumped again Friday as they continued to report strong third-quarter results, but technology companies and other big U.S. corporations couldn’t add to the previous day’s gains. On Friday: The Standard & Poor’s 500 index lost 6.79 points, or 0.3 percent, to 2,578.85. The Dow Jones industrial average declined 100.12 points, […]

Official: Electrical fire led to factory-gutting blaze

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:46:45 -0800

CORINTH, Miss. (AP) — An electrical fire inside a ventilation fan is believed to have fed a Thursday fire that destroyed a northeast Mississippi factory. Alcorn County Deputy Fire Coordinator Jackie Farr tells The Daily Cornithian that Palmer-Handrail Custom Millwork employees tried to put out the vent fire, but flames spread outside and onto the […]

Prosecutor declines to charge pilot accused of having gun

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:28:52 -0800

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Southwest Airlines pilot arrested after Transportation Security Administration agents found a loaded handgun in his carry-on luggage before his flight left St. Louis Lambert Airport will not face criminal charges, a Missouri prosecutor’s office said Friday. “The warrant was refused today on Unlawful use of a Weapon, as we cannot […]

Up to 3 feet of snow at Tahoe-area ski resorts

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:27:44 -0800

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Ski resorts around Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada are picking up where they left off last season with a big dump of snow ahead of next week’s Thanksgiving holiday. The National Weather Service said Friday the Mount Rose Ski Resort on the southwest edge of Reno received more than 3 […]

Williams-Sonoma and Caesars dip while Ross and Fox jump

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:27:11 -0800

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Friday: Ross Stores Inc., up $6.56 to $72.25 The discount retailer raised its forecast for the rest of the year. Foot Locker Inc., up $8.97 to $40.82 Most Read StoriesAnthony Bourdain brought 'Parts Unknown' to Seattle — here's where he ateResidents fight Seattle rules […]

State confirms bovine TB in another South Dakota beef herd

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:13:08 -0800

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Authorities have confirmed bovine tuberculosis in another South Dakota beef herd. State Veterinarian Dustin Oedekoven (OH’-dih-koh-ven) said Friday that inspectors found an infected cow during routine inspections at a Texas slaughterhouse last month. Records linked that cow to a beef herd in Tripp County of southwestern South Dakota. Tests found additional […]

New Mexico sees over-the-year job growth in private sector

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:45:54 -0800

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s unemployment rate edged lower in October to 6.1 percent, slightly less than the previous month and nearly a percentage point less than the same period last year. The state jobless rate is still higher than the national rate, but labor officials say New Mexico over the past year […]

Report shows Takata recall still moving slowly

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:15:48 -0800

DETROIT (AP) — A new report on recalls of potentially deadly Takata air bag inflators shows that automakers have replaced only 43 percent of the faulty parts even though recalls have been under way for more than 15 years. The report, issued Friday by an independent monitor who is keeping tabs on the recalls, also […]

Jury finds Port of Seattle wrongfully fired employees

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:01:34 -0800

The Port of Seattle wrongfully terminated two employees, who said they were fired because they did not extend leases of airport businesses that were campaign donors to Commissioner John Creighton.

Charge! A look at 2 external battery options that are bigger than you might expect

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:01:00 -0800

Tech Review: Here’s a look at two external batteries that are a little larger than you might expect — the myCharge Adventure Ultra and the Ecoflow River Mobile Power Station

Want to go Cortana-less? Then roll up your sleeves

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:01:00 -0800

Patrick Marshall answers your personal-technology questions each week.

Apple delays release of HomePod speaker until early 2018

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:48:35 -0800

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple is scrapping its plan to release its new internet-connected speaker in time for the holiday season. The delay announced Friday means Apple’s HomePod speaker won’t be available in the U.S., U.K. and Australia until early next year. Apple intended to release the $349 HomePod in early December so it could […]