Business

Amazon: Delivery by drone in 30 minutes is coming

WASHINGTON — Online retail giant Amazon says it is developing the technology to use drones to deliver packages in 30 minutes or less, a broad expansion of unmanned flight that is raising concerns about safety, security and privacy.

Google plans ride-sharing service to compete with Uber

Uber faces an ever-growing cast of adversaries that includes dubious regulators, litigious drivers, hostile members of the media and some well-funded rivals.

Seahawks wagers by politicians a boost for Washington businesses

WASHINGTON — Dan Towle, owner of R+E Cycles in Seattle, received a call on a Thursday afternoon last January as the Seahawks were preparing for their Super Bowl match against the Denver Broncos.

Lawsuit targets Dish Network TV contracts

KENNEWICK — An appeals court judge from the Tri-Cities is suing Dish Network in federal court, launching a class-action lawsuit that claims the national satellite TV provider is deceptive in its pricing.

California law expected to drive up egg costs

FRESNO, Calif. — The new year is expected to bring rising chicken egg prices across the U.S. as California starts requiring farmers to house hens in cages with enough space to move around and stretch their wings.

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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.