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Washington unemployment rate holds steady at 4.6 percent

Wed., Oct. 18, 2017, 11:30 a.m.

OLYMPIA – Washington state’s unemployment rate last month was unchanged from the previous month’s rate of 4.6 percent. According to the latest numbers released Wednesday by the Employment Security Department, the state added 13,800 jobs in September after the private sector gained 6,000 jobs during the month and the public sector gained 7,800 jobs.

Wooing Amazon with sun, fun … and giant buttons

Wed., Oct. 18, 2017, 11:28 a.m.

In this Monday, Oct. 16, 2017, photo, Zavian Tate, a student at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, pushes a large Amazon Dash button, in Birmingham, Ala. The large Dash buttons are part of the city's campaign to lure Amazon's second headquarters to Birmingham. (Brynn Anderson / Associated Press)
Mayors from Toledo to Tulsa are so eager to woo Amazon’s much-vaunted second headquarters that they’re brandishing bourbon, selling the sun, whispering sweet nothings to the company and even pushing its buttons.

U.S. allies air concerns about Trump’s ‘Buy American’ order

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 18, 2017, 10:41 a.m.

In this Oct. 12, 2017, photo, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross appears before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on Capitol Hill in Washington. (J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press)
Israel, Hong Kong and Taiwan joined a number of U.S. allies at the World Trade Organization on Wednesday to express concerns over a Trump administration executive order that calls on U.S. authorities to “maximize” use of American-made

U.S. agency withdraws rule aimed at protecting animal farmers

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 18, 2017, 2:13 p.m.

Cows munch contentedly on alfalfa in the field owned by rancher Maurice Robinette, walking away at left, after Robinette repositioned electric fencing used to move the cattle into a new part of the pasture Monday, June 9, 2008. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
The Trump administration’s decision to kill a rule designed to protect the rights of farmers who raise chickens, cows and hogs for the United States’ largest meat processors has infuriated farmer advocates, including a Republican senator from Iowa who said he has “violent opposition” to the move.

Twitter vows new crackdown on hateful, abusive tweets

Tue., Oct. 17, 2017, 10:05 p.m.

FILE- This April 26, 2017, file photo shows the Twitter app on a mobile phone in Philadelphia. Twitter has handed over to Senate investigators the profile names, or "handles," of 201 accounts linked to Russian attempts at influencing the 2016 presidential election. The company has stepped up its efforts to cooperate with investigators after it was criticized for not taking congressional probes seriously enough. The handover occurred this week, according to a person familiar with the matter who was not authorized to speak publicly about it.(AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File) ORG XMIT: NYSH103 (Matt Rourke / AP)
Twitter vowed to crack down further on hate speech and sexual harassment, days after CEO Jack Dorsey said in a tweet-storm that the company was “still” not doing enough to protect users.

Appeals court tosses $72 million award in talcum powder case

Tue., Oct. 17, 2017, 6:04 p.m.

A Missouri appeals court on Tuesday that vacated a $72 million award to an Alabama woman who claimed her use of Johnson & Johnson products that contained talcum contributed to her ovarian cancer has thrown the fate of awards in similar cases into doubt.

Negotiators give up hope of rewriting NAFTA this year

Tue., Oct. 17, 2017, 4:50 p.m.

U. S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, center, with Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland, left, and Mexican Secretary of Economy Ildefonso Guajardo Villarrea, right, speaks during the conclusion of the fourth round of negotiations for a new North American Free Trade Agreement  in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017. (Associated Press)
A fourth round of negotiations between the U.S., Mexico and Canada ended in mutual exasperation Tuesday. Talks will continue next month in Mexico City and will spill over into next year.

Airbus notches win over rival Boeing with Bombardier deal

UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 17, 2017, 4:23 p.m.

Alain Bellemare, Bombardier president and CEO and Romain Trapp, president Canada and chief operating officer of North America for Airbus Helicopters, shake hands during a news conference in Montreal on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017. (Associated Press)
The European plane maker reached an unusual, no-cost deal with Canada’s Bombardier that sent Airbus shares up Tuesday, boosts both companies’ prospects in Asia and should save thousands of Bombardier jobs from Quebec to Northern Ireland.

Self-driving cars could ease traffic, but increase sprawl

Tue., Oct. 17, 2017, 2:19 p.m.

An autonomous vehicle is driven by an engineer on a street in an industrial park in Boston in January. (Associated Press)
A new study inspired by Boston’s early experiments with self-driving cars finds that the technology could ease congestion, but might also lead to more cars on the road and further encourage urban sprawl.

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