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Facebook tests drone for Internet service

By BRANDON BAILEY

Facebook is looking at using satellites and other high-tech gear to deliver Internet service to hundreds of millions of people living in remote regions.



$112M upgrade for emergency network

By JOURNAL STAFF

Motorola Solutions is upgrading Puget Sound Emergency Radio Network under a $112 million contract that will bring digital radio technology to first responders in King County. The network covers 39 cities and 2 million people.


$600M needed for in-state rail: study

By JOURNAL STAFF

More than half of Washington's short-line rail miles aren't up to modern standards, a recent study found. Bringing them up to date could cost more than $600 million.


3.3M dry erase boards recalled

Acco Brands Corp. is recalling about 3.3 million wall-mounted dry erase boards after customers said they cut their hands, fingers and feet while removing the board from a wall.


Jury awards $48M in NYC crane collapse

A New York City jury has awarded $47.8 million to the families of two men killed in 2008 when a construction crane collapsed.


U.S. home rental prices ‘insanely unaffordable'

By JOSH BOAK

Rental prices have been increasing at double the pace of wage growth, and Zillow's economist says they are ‘insanely unaffordable on a historical basis.'


New robot has one function: picking up things for people

By YURI KAGEYAMA

Toyota's new robot that glides around like R2-D2 is devoted to a single task: picking things up.

Shell to cut jobs to cope with period of cheap oil

Royal Dutch Shell announced deep cuts to jobs and investment on Thursday as the global energy giant prepares for a prolonged period of low oil prices.


Ford's aluminum F-150 gets mixed crash results

By DEE-ANN DURBIN

The Insurance Institute also said the repair costs were 26 percent higher for the aluminum-bodied truck.


Health insurance co-ops awash in red ink

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR

Medicare chief Andy Slavitt defended the new nonprofit co-ops that compete with insurance companies, saying they don't have an easy job.


Vegas-area coal plant owners to pay $4.3M to settle lawsuit

By KEN RITTER

Owners of a soon-to-close coal-fired power plant outside Las Vegas have agreed to pay $4.3 million to settle a lawsuit and clean up contamination that neighboring Native Americans blame for health problems and water pollution.


Terminal operator faces $425,000 fine

The Washington Department of Labor & Industries has fined a Seattle marine terminal operator more than $400,000 for more than 50 serious safety and health violations at its facility on Harbor Island.


Ore. work-related deaths at 5-year high

Work-related deaths are declining historically in the state, but reached a five-year high in 2014.


Recycling firm fined again for toxic spill

For the second time in five months, the state has fined a Tacoma recycling company for spilling toxic waste into Commencement Bay.



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