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Girl Scouts turn to Web to sell cookies

NEW YORK — Watch out world, the Girl Scouts are going digital to sell you cookies.

Growers grateful for higher Christmas tree prices

DES MOINES, Iowa — Christmas tree likely will cost a little more this year, and growers like John Tillman say it’s about time.

Governor promotes electric cars to tackle pollution

SEATTLE — Looking for ways to boost the use of clean-fuel cars in Washington state, Gov. Jay Inslee wants to extend a sales tax break for electric vehicles and explore giving them access to car pool lanes.

CEOs in 10 big mergers to get $430M 'golden parachutes'

This year's flurry of corporate mergers may not pay off for shareholders in the long run, but one thing is for sure: The bosses who are selling their companies will do just fine.

Perishables and seasonal good stack up at ports

Labor woes at major West Coast sea ports have slowed the export of a record crop of Washington apples and endangered big Christmas season shipments of the fruit to Central American nations.

Amazon plans to add more office space in Seattle

Amazon is still a year away from moving into the first of its trio of planned 37- and 38-story office towers on three blocks in Seattle’s Denny Triangle, but already the tech juggernaut is planning more construction.

Gleam is gone: Gold prices sink to 4-year low

NEW YORK (AP) — Nothing is going gold’s way.

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Bringing Mom & Dad to work bridges generation gap

Seta Whitford-Stark was dumbfounded last year when she found out her daughter Amy quit her job at an employee-recruiting agency to work for LinkedIn, an Internet company that Seta had never heard of. Amy tried to explain what the online professional networking service did, but Seta couldn't quite grasp the concept or why the 29-year-old would want to work there.

Gleam is gone as gold prices sink to 4-year low

Inflation remains tame, the dollar looks strong and Americans are increasingly confident. Even fears that the Federal Reserve would set off another financial crisis have faded as the central bank ends its effort to pump money into the economy.

Apple CEO Tim Cook: 'I'm proud to be gay'

NEW YORK — Apple CEO Tim Cook says he's proud to be gay.