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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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Aerospace co. Electroimpact agrees to pay $485,000 after AG finds ‘shocking’ discrimination against Muslims

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:06:18 -0700

The state Attorney General’s Office has found that aerospace company Electroimpact discriminated against Muslims and single people. A nearly yearlong investigation followed a Seattle Times story revealing a controversial workplace culture shaped by founder Peter Zieve.

Congress moves to dismantle internet privacy rules

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:01:10 -0700

The Senate voted to overturn privacy rules that had been created in October by the Federal Communications Commission. That means a company like Verizon or Comcast can continue tracking and sharing people’s browsing and app activity without asking their permission.

2 dogs survive gas explosion that levels home; no one hurt

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 16:16:03 -0700

PITTSBURGH (AP) — And they say cats have nine lives. A gas explosion that leveled a home in the Pittsburgh suburbs on Thursday spared two dogs that were inside at the time. Officials say the homeowner was at work and no one was injured. One of the dogs suffered an eye injury and burns. Most […]

Pilots’ union says AA is leaving standby passengers behind

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:57:02 -0700

DALLAS (AP) — The head of the pilots’ union said Thursday that American Airlines is leaving thousands of standby passengers at the gate to make sure that flights depart on time. Nearly 20,000 passengers were denied boarding in February even though there were empty seats, Dan Carey, president of the Allied Pilots Association, said. He […]

Nissan declines talks with union after Mississippi rally

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:18:03 -0700

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Nissan Motor Co. has declined to talk to union supporters about conditions at its Mississippi assembly plant after a March 4 pro-union rally headlined by U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders. A March 14 letter from Nissan executive Scott Becker to the United Auto Workers union declines to address demands presented after a […]

Will final health care deal match Trump’s campaign pitch?

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 13:59:06 -0700

Donald Trump has repeatedly promised to improve health care, including making some specific pledges, like better treatment for opioid addiction. Could changing the GOP health-care bill make it harder for him to deliver? A look at some of his promises.

How major US stock market indexes fared on Thursday

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 13:55:05 -0700

After a promising start, U.S. stocks gave up an early rally Thursday after Republicans delayed a vote on their health care bill and left investors concerned about delays for the business-friendly agenda of President Donald Trump. On Thursday: The Standard & Poor’s 500 index dipped 2.49 points, or 0.1 percent, to 2,345.96. The Dow Jones […]

PVH and Five Below rise while Ford and Alphabet fall

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 13:54:05 -0700

Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Thursday: PVH Corp., up $7.70 to $98.55 Quarterly profit and sales for the company, which owns the Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger brands, topped analyst estimates. SunTrust Banks Inc., up 67 cents to $54.85 Most Read Stories'I'm amazed tourists ever come back': Your comments on Seattle's poor tourism […]

Republicans demand tougher stance on Chinese human rights

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 13:32:07 -0700

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two Republican lawmakers say the Trump administration must criticize China’s human rights record. The call comes after the U.S. wouldn’t join other countries in criticizing China for alleged torture of lawyers. Sen. Marco Rubio says the abstention sent a “disturbing message to democracy advocates.” He says the U.S. must highlight “brutal repression […]

German candymaker Haribo to build plant in Wisconsin

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 13:05:11 -0700

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — German candymaker Haribo, which is known for its brightly colored gummy bears and bow tie-wearing gold bear mascot, plans to build its first North American factory in southeastern Wisconsin not far from Chicago, Gov. Scott Walker announced Thursday. The facility is slated to be operational by 2020 and employ 400 people […]

JFK diary written in post-World War II Europe up for auction

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:07:07 -0700

BOSTON (AP) — A diary kept by a young John F. Kennedy during his brief stint as a journalist after World War II in which he reflected on Hitler, the ambitions of the Soviet Union and the weakness of the United Nations is up for auction. The diary was written in 1945 when the 28-year-old […]

Iowa State leader, headed to Auburn, was dogged by conflicts

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:55:09 -0700

Iowa State University President Steven Leath is leaving behind a record of achievements that landed him the top job at Auburn University but a history of testing ethical boundaries that earned him criticism along the way. Leath, 59, is known as a prolific fundraiser and charming academic who engages students and faculty. The Alabama land-grant […]

Disney CEO Bob Iger gets contact extension to July 2019

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:52:17 -0700

NEW YORK (AP) — Disney CEO Bob Iger is getting a one-year contract extension. The Walt Disney Co. on Thursday ended any speculation that Iger would retire this year, extending contract to July 2, 2019. Iger’s base salary of $2.5 million will be unchanged, but he gets a $5 million signing bonus, according to filings […]

WikiLeaks: CIA hacked Apple devices in ways users can’t fix

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:50:20 -0700

NEW YORK (AP) — New documents from WikiLeaks point to an apparent CIA program to hack Apple’s iPhones and Mac computers using techniques that users couldn’t disable by resetting their devices. Security experts say the exploits are plausible, but suggest they pose little threat to typical users. They say that many of the tricks are […]

REI unveils design for new Bellevue headquarters

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:49:04 -0700

The outdoor gear co-op says its Spring District campus will consist of three buildings and features that tie the headquarters in with the surrounding community.

AP sources: US to approve Keystone XL pipeline

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 10:46:04 -0700

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration will approve the Keystone XL pipeline on Friday, senior U.S. officials said, ending years of delay for a project that has served as a flashpoint in the national debate about climate change. The State Department will recommend the pipeline is in U.S. interests, clearing the way for the White […]

New insurance policies protect merchants kicked off Amazon’s site

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 10:24:03 -0700

Merchants suspended from Amazon’s site say they must navigate a long, mysterious process to get back on. To help protect them, an Amazon merchant has set up an insurance company that offers a $1,200 policy that covers up to $1 million of income lost during an Amazon suspension.

Senate votes to kill privacy rules guarding your online info

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 10:21:15 -0700

NEW YORK (AP) — The Senate voted to kill Obama-era online privacy regulations , a first step toward allowing internet providers such as Comcast, AT&T and Verizon to sell your browsing habits and other personal information as they expand their own online ad businesses. Those rules, not yet in effect, would have required internet providers […]

South Texas school board gives Exxon $1.2 billion tax break

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 10:15:03 -0700

PORTLAND, Texas (AP) — A South Texas school board has approved an estimated $1.2 billion in tax breaks to entice Exxon Mobil Corp. and its Saudi partner to build a $9.3 billion petrochemical plant within its district along the Texas Gulf Coast. The six-member Gregory-Portland Independent School District board’s unanimous vote late Tuesday adds to […]

FCC: Over 12,000 911 calls failed during AT&T outage

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 10:13:03 -0700

NEW YORK (AP) — An investigation by the U.S. federal telecom regulator says about 12,600 callers couldn’t reach 911 directly from their cellphones during a five-hour AT&T outage on March 8. A Federal Communications Commission official said Thursday that the outage affected AT&T customers in the Southeast, central U.S. and parts of the Northeast as […]