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Flushin’ Frenzy from Mattel is on display at Toy Fair in New York on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. (Associated Press)

Toy makers turn to the toilet for poop-inspired toys

UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 20, 2018, 6:21 p.m.

Toy analysts and experts say the potty-related toys are hitting stores now because of the popularity of the poop emoji, which has also made it more acceptable for parents to buy poop toys for their kids.

Timber companies Potlatch and Deltic complete merger

Potlatch Corp. has completed its merger with a smaller rival, Deltic Timber Corp., in an all-stock deal that creates a company with 2 million acres of private timber holdings.

The signatures of Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, are seen in the foreground after each signed the final version of the GOP tax bill Dec. 21, 2017. (Associated Press)

Investors big winners as companies allocate tax savings

UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 20, 2018, 5:48 p.m.

The biggest tax rewrite in three decades was sold by its Republican backers as a way to help American workers, and there have been plenty of announcements about bonuses and plans to increase wages, but much more money has been earmarked for dividends and buybacks.
A Rite Aid location in Philadelphia on Oct. 21, 2016. (Associated Press)

Grocer Albertsons to buy Rite Aid in health care push

The owner of Safeway and other grocery brands is buying the drugstore chain Rite Aid as retailers continue to plunge deeper into health care and adjust to swiftly changing shopping habits.
 (Associated Press)

3M to pay $850 million to settle suit over chemical disposal

UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 20, 2018, 5:02 p.m.

3M Co. has agreed to pay the state of Minnesota $850 million to settle a major case alleging the manufacturer damaged natural resources and contaminated groundwater by disposing of chemicals over decades, attorneys announced Tuesday.
 (Associated Press)

Minnesota’s $5 billion case over 3M chemicals heads to trial

Minnesota officials will soon try to convince a jury that manufacturer 3M Co. should pay the state $5 billion to help clean up environmental damage that the state alleges was caused by pollutants the company dumped for decades.

Around the Corner

UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 19, 2018, 7:37 p.m.

News operation gives hospital high marks U.S. News & World Report has recognized Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and Children’s Hospital as the second-ranked regional hospital in the state of Washington.
This photo dated Aug. 22 2010, obtained by the Associated Press shows Ilmars Rimsevics, the head of Latvias central bank, second left in blue, and Dmitry Pilshchikov, at 3rd left, who was then the head of the Russian arms company Research Institute of Information Technology. (Associated Press)

’A nightmare’: Banker tells tale of Latvian corruption

UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 19, 2018, 12:05 p.m.

Latvia’s top banking official explained the “rules of the game” for successful banking in the small European country. His sidekick sat the owner of Norvik bank down, scribbling the sum on a piece of paper: $125,000 a month.

Business Beat

Architecture ALSC Architects has hired Sarah McClure as an administrative assistant. McClure will provide office and administrative support for staff.
 (Tribune News Service)

Facebook losing young to Snapchat faster than expected

As older people continue to inch Facebook’s user count upward, teenagers are increasingly leaving the social media powerhouse in favor of a platform they feel they have greater control over: Snapchat.