Seattle police find 2,500 stolen bottles of wine PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by GENE JOHNSON, Associated Press   
Thursday, 12 December 2013 06:25

SEATTLE (AP) — Detectives have recovered more than 2,500 bottles of fancy wine stolen from a Seattle shop, police said Wednesday, and they're examining whether the Thanksgiving heist might be related to a similar break-in at a San Francisco wine seller earlier this year.

The discovery came as detectives searched a storage facility Tuesday less than a mile from Esquin Wine Merchants, a wine shop in south Seattle that also houses 450 privately rented wine storage lockers. The value of the 200 cases was estimated at about $648,000, and police said the wine appeared to have been kept in a climate-controlled area so that it wouldn't spoil.

Officers spent Wednesday sorting through the bottles — very carefully — to take inventory and match them to their owner.

"While we are still doing an inventory to make sure it's all there, the volume recovered makes us eager with anticipation and we can't wait to share the good news with our customers," shop owner Chuck LeFever said in a statement relayed by Seattle police.

Congressional subcommittee weighs online gambling PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by HANNAH DREIER, Associated Press   
Wednesday, 11 December 2013 07:23

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Organizations and advocates on all sides of the online gambling debate are cheering a Congressional hearing on the state of online gambling.

The hearing took place Tuesday before the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade.

In his testimony, American Gaming Association President Geoff Freeman praised the hearing as timely. He said the gambling lobby appreciated Congress' leadership.

The Gaming Association is pushing for a national regulatory structure for online gambling.

Delay in Pacific trade pact hurts U.S. shift to Asia PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by MATTHEW PENNINGTON, Associated Press   
Wednesday, 11 December 2013 07:32

WASHINGTON (AP) — The failure to finalize a landmark trans-Pacific trade pact this year as planned has dealt a blow to President Barack Obama's policy shift to Asia.

While negotiators say they have made substantial progress, many hurdles remain to creating a bloc encompassing a third of global trade. One of the biggest will be winning the backing of Congress.

As recently as October, the leaders of the 12 nations in the Trans-Pacific Partnership had said their goal was reach an agreement by the end of 2013, although most analysts had viewed that as unrealistic given the complexity of the pact and the political pressures governments face in winning domestic approval.

Labor groups and lawmakers from Obama's own Democratic Party wasted little time in pouncing on the indecisive outcome Tuesday of closed-door deliberations in Singapore. Trade ministers said that they had identified "potential landing zones" for most of the outstanding issues but gave few specifics. They plan to meet again next month.

GM CEO known for approachability, effectiveness PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by DEE-ANN DURBIN, AP Auto Writers TOM KRISHER, AP Auto Writers   
Wednesday, 11 December 2013 07:21

DETROIT (AP) — Kettering University President Robert McMahan was traveling in China a few months ago when he bumped into one of the university's board members at an airport in Shanghai.

Mary Barra, the busy global product development chief at General Motors Co., might have just said hello and turned back to her phone. Instead, she had a long discussion with McMahan's teenage son about his education and his efforts to learn Mandarin.

"I turned to my son after she left and said, 'I put a month's pay on the fact that you just met the next president and CEO of GM,'" McMahan said. "Even he, as a 16-year-old, was impressed by her approachability."

McMahan can keep his pay. On Tuesday, GM's board named Barra, a 33-year company veteran, as its next CEO, making her the first woman to lead a major car company.

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