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FRIDAY, JULY 8, 2016

Juno halts midstage drug study over deaths

NEW YORK – Shares of Juno Therapeutics plunged more than 27 percent Friday, a day after halting a midstage study on a potential leukemia treatment following two patient deaths. The development-stage biotechnology company is working on JCAR015 as a treatment ...

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Starbucks executive to serve on Avista’s board

A Starbucks executive and Gonzaga University graduate will serve on Avista Corp.’s board of directors. Scott H. Maw, 48, is the executive vice president and chief financial officer for Starbucks Coffee Co., a position he has held since 2014. He graduated from Gonzaga with an accounting degree and has also worked in the banking and finance industries, including stints at JPMorgan Chase & Co., Washington Mutual and General Electric Co.

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Survey: U.S. businesses add decent 172,000 jobs in June 

U.S. companies added 172,000 jobs last month, according to a private survey, a sign that hiring may have recovered after a slowdown in April and May. Payroll processor ADP said Thursday that service firms, such as retailers and transportation companies, added jobs at a solid pace in June. Manufacturers shed 21,000 jobs, while construction companies cut 5,000.

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U.S. gives tentative OK to flights to Cuba from 10 cities

WASHINGTON – The U.S. government on Thursday tentatively approved scheduled commercial airline service to Havana from 10 American cities, further bridging the gulf between countries as close as 90 miles and an hour flight but long kept at a greater distance by the Cold War. The decision is another long stride in President Barack Obama’s effort to normalize relations between the United States and Cuba.

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In this photo provided by Wal-Mart, the company’s Wal-Mart Pay is demonstrated. Wal-Mart will now let you pay with your phone at all 4,600 stores nationwide. (Wal-Mart / Associated Press)

Wal-Mart now lets you pay with phone at all U.S. stores

Wal-Mart will now let you pay with your phone at all 4,600 stores nationwide. With Walmart Pay, the cashier scans a QR code on the phone screen to complete the payment. It differs from Apple, Samsung and Android Pay, which involves putting your phone next to a payment machine with a wireless technology called NFC.

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Providence, St. Joseph hospital chains announce merger 

IRVINE, Calif. – Two Catholic hospital chains are merging to create the nation’s third-largest nonprofit health system, with more than 100,000 employees in seven states. Providence Health & Services of Renton, Washington, is merging with St. Joseph Health of Irvine, ...

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‘Brexit’ raises fears of global currency wars

The quick rebound in global stocks last week following Britain’s vote to leave the European Union was welcome relief to investors. Many surmised that markets were now looking past the so-called Brexit risks; some even declared victory.

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Pfizer agrees to note addiction risks in opioid marketing

CHICAGO – The city of Chicago and Pfizer announced an agreement Wednesday committing the drugmaker to disclosing the serious risks of addiction in its marketing of prescription opioid painkillers. Chicago is suing five pharmaceutical companies, alleging they have misrepresented the ...

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Gun control measure headed for ballot

OLYMPIA -- Voters will get a chance to decide in November whether Washington judges should be able to order people considered dangerous to give up their guns. Initiative 1491 would ...

Idaho priest faces sex charge

MOUNTAIN HOME (AP) — Authorities in south-central Idaho have charged a Mountain Home priest with raping a Mountain Home Air Force airman after he passed out. Magistrate Judge David Epis ...

Go gourmet without glamping

No boring beans or endless hot dogs here. A couple of outdoorsmen from REI in Spokane share a few of their favorite recipes and tips for gourmet camp cuisine in ...

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Saving for the future

sponsored According to two 2015 surveys, 62 percent of Americans do not have enough savings to handle an unexpected emergency, much less any long-term plans.



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