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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: Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:10:07 -0700


Business Highlights

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:10:07 -0700

___ Corporate chiefs flee Trump; he disbands WH advisory panels NEW YORK (AP) — With corporate chieftains fleeing, President Donald Trump on Wednesday disbanded a pair of advisory business councils. It was the latest fallout from his comments on racially charged violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. Some Republican office holders also are seeking to distance themselves […]

AI is creating new types of art, and new types of artists

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:50:58 -0700

The ultimate idea is not to replace artists but to give them tools that allow them to create in entirely new ways.

Urban Outfitters and Agilent climb; Bristol-Myers skids

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:49:05 -0700

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Wednesday: Urban Outfitters Inc., up $2.94 to $19.76 The clothing and accessories retailer had a better second quarter than Wall Street expected. Target Corp., up $1.96 to $56.31 Most Read StoriesRoute 7 is one of Metro Transit’s most challenging bus lines, and driver Nathan […]

How major US stock market indexes fared Wednesday

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:46:02 -0700

U.S. stocks rose slightly Wednesday as Urban Outfitters and Target helped retailers rally. That was enough to cancel out more losses for energy companies. On Wednesday: The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 3.50 points, or 0.1 percent, to 2,468.11. The Dow Jones industrial average climbed 25.88 points, or 0.1 percent, to 22,024.87. Most Read […]

Int’l arrivals to US increased 2 percent in January

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:33:07 -0700

International arrivals to the U.S. increased 2 percent in January 2017 compared with January 2016, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced Wednesday. The 5.6 million international visitors who arrived this past January represented the first monthly increase in inbound international visits to the U.S. since June 2016, the agency said in a release in Washington […]

White House: Gov’t to make health law payments this month

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:20:06 -0700

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government will make this month’s payments to insurers under the Obama-era health care law that President Donald Trump still wants to repeal and replace, a White House official said Wednesday. Trump has repeatedly threatened to end the payments, which help reduce health insurance copays and deductibles for people with modest incomes, […]

Figures on government spending and debt

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:03:02 -0700

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 Aug. 15 $19,808,747 Statutory debt limit $19,808,772 Total public debt outstanding Aug. 15 $19,844,740 Operating balance Aug. 15 $100,391 Interest fiscal year 2017 thru July $249,302 […]

Body scanners being tested in Los Angeles subway system

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:35:09 -0700

The machines, using radio to scan a person walking through, search for firearms and explosive compounds. Passengers don't need to unload laptops or take off their jackets or shoes.

Peter Pan bus company settles complaint over disabled access

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:17:03 -0700

BOSTON — A Massachusetts bus company accused of discriminating against passengers with disabilities has reached a settlement with federal prosecutors that resolves the allegations. The U.S. attorney’s office in Boston said Wednesday that Peter Pan Bus Lines Inc. violated federal law by failing to ensure its motor coaches were accessible to people with disabilities. Prosecutors […]

Washington state unemployment rate is steady at 4.5 percent

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:05:14 -0700

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state’s unemployment rate of 4.5 percent held steady for a third consecutive month in July, state officials said Wednesday. According to the latest numbers released by the Employment Security Department, the state also added a net 1,600 jobs last month after the private sector lost 3,700 jobs and the public […]

Fed officials split in July over inflation worries

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:02:04 -0700

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve policymakers were worried last month about inflation, but for two opposing reasons. One group of Federal Reserve policymakers felt inflation was falling too low and argued for caution in raising interest rates. Others expressed concerns that delaying further rate hikes could push inflation higher into dangerous territory. The policy debate […]

Express Scripts to limit opioids; doctors concerned

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:54:06 -0700

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The nation’s largest pharmacy benefit manager will soon limit the number and strength of opioid drugs prescribed to first-time users as part of a wide-ranging effort to curb an epidemic affecting millions of Americans. But the new program from Express Scripts is drawing criticism from the American Medical Association, the largest […]

Scottish Parliament under cyberattack, no systems breached

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:30:03 -0700

LONDON (AP) — Officials at the Scottish Parliament say the legislature’s IT systems are under sustained cyberattack but have not been breached. Parliament chief executive Paul Grice said Wednesday that the system was under “brute force cyberattack,” with hackers making repeated attempts to crack passwords. He said in an email to staff and lawmakers at […]

Southwest apologizes to top-tier customers for boarding fail

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:27:03 -0700

DALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines continues to have computer problems that are causing its best customers to lose a major perk — early boarding. The airline said Wednesday that it partially fixed the problem but was still working to make things right and find the cause of the glitch. A spokeswoman says Southwest is giving […]

More departures from Trump business advisory councils

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:15:07 -0700

WASHINGTON (AP) — The CEO of Campbell Soup is resigning from a White House jobs panel over comments about racism made by President Donald Trump. Campbell CEO Denise Morrison said in a company release Wednesday, “Racism and murder are unequivocally reprehensible and are not morally equivalent to anything else that happened in Charlottesville. I believe […]

The continuing lag in construction jobs hurts blue-collar workers

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:12:07 -0700

Well into one of the longest expansions in U.S. history, construction jobs are still below their pre-downturn peaks.

Can’t see the solar eclipse? Tune in online or on TV

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:30:06 -0700

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ronald Dantowitz has been looking forward to Monday’s solar eclipse for nearly 40 years. An astronomer who specializes in solar imaging, he’s been photographing eclipses for more than three decades, and will be using 14 cameras to capture the Aug. 21 celestial event. The cameras have solar filters to capture the […]

Judge OKs Takata request to halt some lawsuits over air bags

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:28:02 -0700

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A Delaware bankruptcy judge on Wednesday temporarily halted the prosecution of lawsuits filed by Hawaii, New Mexico and the U.S. Virgin Islands against Japanese auto-parts supplier Takata over its lethally defective air bag inflators. Judge Brendan Shannon ordered the 90-day stay after hearing arguments last week on Takata’s request to halt […]

Facebook bans white nationalist’s accounts over hate speech

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:27:03 -0700

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Facebook has banned the Facebook and Instagram accounts of a white nationalist who attended the rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that ended in deadly violence. Facebook spokeswoman Ruchika Budhraja tells The Associated Press that the profile pages of Christopher Cantwell have been removed as well as a page connected to his […]

Protests at Google offices over worker’s firing are canceled

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:13:05 -0700

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Protests planned at Google offices around the country over the firing of an employee who questioned company diversity efforts have been postponed. A statement Wednesday on the “March on Google” website said Saturday’s protests were being canceled because of threats from what it called “alt left terrorist groups.” The planned events in […]