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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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Shyamalan’s ‘Split’ divides competition to rule box office

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 09:22:06 -0800

NEW YORK (AP) — M. Night Shyamalan’s psychological thriller “Split” blew away box-office expectations, earning an estimated $40.2 million in ticket sales over inauguration weekend. Though many were focused on Friday’s presidential inauguration and Saturday’s nationwide women’s marches, “Split” doubled forecasts to easily lead all films. The Universal Pictures release again brings together Shyamalan, director […]

Southern Louisiana pipeline draws environmental opposition

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 09:03:03 -0800

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana environmental groups are gearing up for round two in a battle against a proposed 163-mile oil pipeline that would stretch across south Louisiana from Lake Charles through the Atchafalaya Basin and east to St. James. A public hearing last week for a required U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permit […]

OPEC, allies says production cuts ahead of schedule

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 08:21:10 -0800

VIENNA (AP) — OPEC and key non-OPEC oil producers are near their target of taking 1.8 million barrels of crude a day off global markets less than two months after agreeing to do so in efforts to push up the price of crude, Russia’s energy minister said Sunday. Alexander Novak’s upbeat comments to reporters came […]

No more nerds, sex bombs: Female animators draw away clichés

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 08:21:08 -0800

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) — The California Institute of the Arts was created partly by Walt Disney’s desire to bring more top-flight animators into the profession. And it has during its 47 years, though for a long time almost all were men. Now, nearly three-quarters of CalArts’ more than 250 animation students are women, and […]

Neon piece of rock ‘n’ roll history going up for auction

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 08:04:05 -0800

BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) — A bright neon piece of rock ‘n’ roll history is going up for auction — a marquee from the legendary Los Angeles club, Whisky a Go Go. The 13-foot sign, with letters alight in bright pink, adorned the West Hollywood club in the ’80s and ’90s, during the heyday of punk, […]

Speaking of Business: ‘This property isn’t for everyone. But it is so cool.’

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 08:00:00 -0800

This week’s top quotes range from the state of diversity at Boeing to advice from the SEC on hunting down whistleblowers.

Trump’s victory creates uncertainty for wind and solar power

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 07:34:02 -0800

HONOLULU (AP) — President Donald Trump has disputed climate change, pledged a revival of coal and disparaged wind power, and his nominee to head the Energy Department was once highly skeptical of the agency’s value. What this means for states’ efforts to promote renewable energy is an open question. States that are pushing for greater […]

In debt and afraid: dealing with debt collectors

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 06:08:02 -0800

It’s a scary place to be — in debt and afraid. A new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau report found that more than one in four consumers felt threatened when contacted by debt collectors. The first-ever national survey of consumer experiences with debt collectors found consumers often faced calls that came too often, at odd hours […]

British leader to meet with Trump to discuss trade, NATO

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 02:26:09 -0800

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May said Sunday she plans to discuss free trade and the importance of the NATO military alliance when she becomes the first foreign leader to meet with U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington. The White House’s invitation for May to meet with Trump on Friday was seen in […]

Trump hotel starts ‘inaugural tradition’ amid ethics concern

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 00:18:05 -0800

WASHINGTON (AP) — Red, white and blue balloons rained down over crystal chandeliers in the soaring atrium of the Trump International Hotel at midnight in “a new inaugural tradition,” its social media account promised. But while President Donald Trump’s hotel in Washington did serve as a hub of Friday’s inaugural activities, it also stands as […]

FundTracker: Weekly spotlight on mutual funds

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 20:00:00 -0800

Weekly spotlight on mutual funds

Money & Markets weekly review

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 20:00:00 -0800

A weekly roundup of stock market data

Here’s how the dysfunction of the home-loan market could be fixed

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 20:00:00 -0800

Mortgages are complicated, borrowers may have to make a loan commitment before all the information that affects the price has been verified, and they can’t depend on mortgage price quotes. Here’s a way those problems could be fixed.

After herculean shopping season, parties hard

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 14:25:07 -0800

Thousands of Amazon staffers took over CenturyLink Field on Friday for a “post-holiday” party that showcased the company’s growth. The event was headlined by pop star Joe Jonas and his band, DNCE.

Cyberattack on Sundance briefly shutters box office

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 13:36:05 -0800

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Representatives for the Sundance Film Festival say that their network systems were subject to a cyberattack that caused its box offices to shut down briefly Saturday afternoon. The Festival issued updates to attendees via their official account and say that online ticketing for future shows is currently back up and […]

How Trump’s executive order affects future of ‘Obamacare’

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 11:50:05 -0800

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s first executive order targets the sweeping “Obamacare” law by giving federal agencies broad leeway to chip away at the measure. But Trump still needs Congress to do away with the law for good. Trump signed the executive order in the Oval Office Friday, hours after being sworn in as […]

Indiana residents hope Pence keeps their interests in mind

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 09:42:05 -0800

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — When Fort Wayne needed expensive airport improvements, its mayor contacted an influential Indiana native — then-Vice President Dan Quayle — to help secure federal funding. Now that former Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is the new vice president, residents are hopeful his home state could again reap some benefits. However, much has changed […]

How establishing an emergency fund could help manage debts, save

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 08:00:00 -0800

Like many other millennials, they find the price of education and housing has added up to a point where they are stressed about saving for the future or even for emergencies.

Local techies launch fact-focused Trump wiki site

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 08:00:00 -0800

The crew of developers and writers behind aims to document the Trump administration. Also, local financial advisers predict the Dow Jones industrial average will rise modestly in 2017; and Expedia wires up users to monitor emotions as they book travel.

Higher interest rates on savings accounts still elusive

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 08:00:00 -0800

While the Federal Reserve decided in December to increase short-term interest rates, that has not yet translated into significant increases in deposit rates paid out by banks on safe, federally insured deposits.