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MONDAY, JAN. 25, 2016

A Boeing 737 painted with the new logo and livery of Alaska Airlines is shown Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, before its unveiling at an employee event in Seattle. (Ted S. Warren / Associated Press)

Alaska Airlines adds splash of color

SEATTLE – Alaska Airlines CEO Brad Tilden on Monday unveiled a major rebranding that adds a vivid splash of color to the carrier’s jets. The airplanes currently sport a purely black-and-white livery with “Alaska” written in a font designed to resemble icicles and a portrait of an Eskimo elder on the tail.

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Apple’s iPhone success may be reaching its peak

SAN FRANCISCO – Apple could soon face one of its biggest challenges to date: peak iPhone. Most analysts believe Apple surpassed its own record by selling more than 74.5 million units of its flagship product in the final three months of 2015. But there are signs that iPhone sales in the first three months of 2016 will – for the first time – show an abrupt decline from the same period a year earlier.

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Pedestrians pass under a McDonald’s marquee in New York on Dec. 29. (Mark Lennihan / File 
Associated Press)

Breakfast bump: McDonald’s U.S. sales jump 5.7 percent

NEW YORK – McDonald’s says offering breakfast around the clock helped jolt its sales. Sales at the world’s biggest hamburger chain rose 5.7 percent in the U.S. for the final three months of 2015, boosted by unseasonably warm weather and the launch of an all-day breakfast menu in October.

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Hilton targeting millennials with affordable hotel brand Tru

Hilton Worldwide is targeting young travelers with a new brand of affordable hotels that it says will shake up the sleepy midscale hotel market. Dubbed Tru by Hilton, the brand will take on familiar roadside names like Comfort Inn by Choice Hotels and Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott with a focus on technology and modern design and will compete in the $90 to $100 a night price range, Hilton said.

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Olive Garden adds catering delivery, new menu items

ORLANDO, Fla. – The breadsticks are on their way. Orlando-based Olive Garden restaurants launched catering with delivery at their 800 locations nationwide, the company announced Monday. It also comes with the launch of a four new menu items including a ...

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In this  2015 file photo, an iron worker works on a building under construction in Philadelphia. (File / Matt Rourke / Associated Press)

Stock market turmoil threatens key sectors of the economy

The U.S. economy finished last year on a seeming high note, with strong job growth in December and a vote of confidence from Federal Reserve policymakers in the form of a long-awaited interest rate increase. It’s been mostly downhill from there as an overvalued stock market has run head-on into anxiety about slowing global growth – with falling oil prices lubricating the skid.

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Supreme Court upholds energy conservation program 

WASHINGTON – In a win for the Obama administration and environmental groups, the Supreme Court on Monday upheld a 5-year-old federal program that pays large electric customers to save energy during times of peak demand. The justices ruled 6-2 that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission had the authority to issue regulations aimed at conserving energy and preventing blackouts.

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SUNDAY, JAN. 24, 2016

Boeing tanker passes first midair refueling test for Air Force 

SEATTLE – In perfect weather for a test flight Sunday, Boeing’s KC-46 tanker successfully passed jet fuel to an F-16 jet fighter in the air, the first time the new tanker has accomplished an air-to-air refueling mission. The Air Force said the tanker passed 1,600 pounds of fuel to an F-16 piloted by Lt. Col. Daniel Alix, 416th Flight Test Squadron, 412th Test Wing out of Edwards AFB, Calif., who characterized the mission as a complete success.

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BBB Tip of the Week: Smishing

Are you vulnerable to smishing attacks? You are if you have a smartphone and use texting. Smishing is like phishing, but instead of using email, perpetrators send you a text message in an attempt to gather your personal or financial information or use your phone for malicious attacks on others. In smishing, scammers use text messages to send links to websites that download malware on your phone or email addresses that prompt you to fall into a social engineering scam, or just to elicit a response in order to gain your trust and your money.

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Rick Harber is a local flying legend – not from dramatic aerial feats, but becuase he has either instructed or examined most of the private pilots in the Inland Northwest. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Front & Center: Taking Flight with Rickey Harber

Rickey Harber attended Bible college with the intention of becoming a full-time minister. That calling never got off the ground. But eventually he embraced another sort of ministry – helping more than 1,000 aspiring airplane pilots earn their wings. Harber ...

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