SUNDAY, FEB. 7, 2016

BBB Tip of the Week: Cable, utility company scams

Con artists pretend to be from cable companies and utilities providers of electricity, water and gas, in order to steal from consumers. During severe weather conditions that knock out services, con artists have been known to go door-to-door impersonating utility workers. They ask for cash payment to restore services, approaching people when they are most vulnerable.

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Week Ahead

Tuesday Let’s Talk Shop: Small Business Administration – Learn more about resources offered by the Small Business Administration and other regional partners to help your business start, grow and thrive. 7-8 a.m., CenterPlace Regional Event Center, 2426 N. Discovery Place, Spokane Valley. Free. Register at or (509) 924-4994.

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FRIDAY, FEB. 5, 2016

Card dealer Wei Li, center left, deals a game of blackjack to patrons Wednesday at Twin River Casino, in Lincoln, R.I. (Steven Senne / Associated Press)

Tattoos, martial arts and poker? Casinos wooing millennials

BOSTON – Casinos worried that millennials aren’t getting into traditional gambling like their parents and grandparents are bringing in tattoo studios, mixed martial arts competitions and other offbeat attractions to attract a younger clientele. In New England, where a regional casino war is afoot, Connecticut’s Foxwoods is remaking one of its gambling floors – now christened “The Fox” – as a hip, fun scene in the sprawling 30-year-old casino complex.

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Mattel, Hasbro looking into merging operations, reports say

LOS ANGELES – Mattel Inc. and Hasbro Inc. may be looking for a bigger toy box. The two toy manufacturers have held talks about merging their businesses, according to Bloomberg News, which cited people familiar with the matter. Hasbro approached Mattel late last year, and talks have continued sporadically.

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Avista boosts 3Q stock dividend 

Avista Corp.'s board of directors has increased the company’s quarterly dividend to 34.25 cents per share on common stock, officials announced Friday. The increase of 1.25 cents per share represents a 3.8 percent increase, for an annual dividend of $1.37 per share.

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Stocks lose more ground as jobs report disappoints

The Dow Jones industrial average fell 211.75 points, or 1.3 percent, to 16,204.83. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index lost 35.43 points, or 1.9 percent, to 1,880.02 and the Nasdaq composite dropped 146.41 points, or 3.3 percent, to 4,363.14.

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Ronald Madarasz, center, works with fellow traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Friday. 1 (Richard Drew / Associated Press)

What’s ahead for volatile stocks?

If the No. 2 officer of the U.S. central bank isn’t sure what’s around the corner with regard to the factors buffeting stock prices – namely sharply lower oil prices, China’s troubles, volatile financial markets and uncertainty about the Fed’s upcoming actions – it’s tough for average investors to find much clarity.

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U.S. consumer borrowing up in December

WASHINGTON – U.S. consumers increased their borrowing at the fastest pace in three months in December. The result signals that consumer spending should remain strong in coming months. The Federal Reserve says borrowing expanded $21.3 billion in December, the strongest ...

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