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‘McDreamy’ says he beat Starbucks for coffee chain

January 4, 2013 • BusinessComments (0)

Patrick Dempsey’s investment group has won the bid to purchase Tully’s Coffee. Dempsey meets the staff at the Tully’s Coffee on Western Avenue near the Pike Place Market on Friday, Jan. 4, 2013. Dempsey meets with employees from left including Stephen Loewen, Susie Campos and Sarah Paulson. (AP Photo/The Seattle Times, Mike Siegel) OUTS:...

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Crews prep for recovery of grounded drilling rig

January 4, 2013 • BusinessComments (0)

In this image provided by the U.S. Coast Guard the conical drilling unit Kulluk sits grounded 40 miles southwest of Kodiak City, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2012. The Kulluk grounded after many efforts by tug vessel crews and Coast Guard crews to move the vessel to...

Senators ask if coal exports skirt royalties

January 4, 2013 • BusinessComments (0)

FILE – In this April 2007, file photo, a shovel prepares to dump a load of coal into a 320-ton truck at the Black Thunder Mine in Wright, Wyo. Lawmakers asked the U.S. Department of Interior on Friday, Jan. 4, 2013 to review whether companies are...

Sandy victims blast delays in flood insurance aid

January 4, 2013 • BusinessComments (0)

A worker uses a bulldozer to push debris from Superstorm Sandy into a large pile in Lavallette N.J. Friday, Jan. 4, 2012, shortly before Congress voted to approve aid for storm victims. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry) LAVALLETTE, N.J. (AP) — Even as Congress passed...

FDA proposes sweeping new food safety rules

January 4, 2013 • BusinessComments (0)

FILE – This Sept. 28, 2011 file photo shows cantaloupes rotting in the afternoon heat on a field on the Jensen Farms near Holly, Colo. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday proposed the most sweeping food safety rules in decades, requiring...

Lunch meat maker Hormel orders up Skippy sandwich

January 4, 2013 • BusinessComments (0)

This combination of Associated Press file photos shows a can of Spam in Philadelphia on Aug. 16, 2010, left, and a 16.3 ounce jar of Skippy peanut butter in Somerville, Mass. on Aug. 26, 2008. Hormel Foods, the company primarily known for Spam and other...

Retailers report higher December sales

January 4, 2013 • BusinessComments (0)

In this Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, photo, a holiday shopper walks past a large Christmas tree at Fashion Island shopping center in Newport Beach, Calif. A last-minute surge in spending helped many major U.S. retailers report better-than-expected sales in...

Lens maker Cooke Optics to receive technical Oscar

January 4, 2013 • Business, EntertainmentComments (0)

FILE – In this March 5, 2010 file photo, an Oscar statue stands on the red carpet outside the Kodak Theatre as preparations continue for the 82nd Academy Awards in Los Angeles, Calif. The motion picture academy says it’s extending the deadline for...

US job market resilient despite budget fight

January 4, 2013 • BusinessComments (0)

In this Wednesday, Dec. 12 2012 photo a job seeker leaves his contact information with a potential employer during a job fair in New York. More Americans sought unemployment benefits in the last week of 2012, though the winter holidays likely distorted the...

Proposal would require genetically modified label

January 4, 2013 • BusinessComments (0)

Chris McManus, the sponsor of Initiative 522, speaks to reporters as he stands next to boxes of signed petitions he dropped off at the state’s elections division office on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2012, in Olympia, Wash. The measure would require the labeling...