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Banks harvest callers’ voiceprints to fight fraud

LONDON — The caller said her home had burned down and her husband had been badly hurt in the blaze. On the telephone with her bank, she pleaded for a replacement credit card at her new address.

Microsoft CEO backtracks after women's pay gaffe

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, speaking Thursday at one of the world’s largest gatherings of women in technology, angered many when he said women needn’t ask for raises but should trust in the system and good karma to get them the salaries they deserve.

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Flavors fuel food industry but remain a mystery

NEW YORK — They help give Coke its distinctive bite and Doritos its cheesy kick. But the artificial and natural flavors used to rev up the taste of processed foods remain a mystery to most Americans.

High court weighs when workday ends in Amazon case

WASHINGTON — The federal Fair Labor Standards Act was enacted to ensure “a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work.”

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WSU chooses growers for new apple

Washington State University has chosen 24 Washington farmers to be the first to grow Cosmic Crisp, a new apple variety bred to thrive in Eastern Washington conditions.

JPMorgan breach heightens data security doubts

LOS ANGELES — New details on a cyberattack against JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s computer servers this summer add to increasing doubts over the security of consumer data kept by lenders, retailers and others.

Airlines offer only partial picture of animal safety on flights

WASHINGTON — Harley was the bulldog’s name. He was pronounced dead at baggage claim at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport last year despite a passenger’s attempt at cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

SEC under pressure for rules to disclose CEO pay ratios

Most people have no idea how much money chief executives make compared with the average worker.

Boeing plans 2,000 job cuts in military work in Washington

In the latest drain of high-paying Boeing jobs out of Washington state, the jet maker’s military work division said Monday it will shift about 2,000 jobs, mostly in engineering, out of the region by 2017.

Bank fees keep climbing, survey says

LOS ANGELES — The penalty for using an ATM that is not affiliated with your bank went up 5 percent over the past year.