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Netflix to make debut on Comcast’s X1 box later this year

SAN FRANCISCO – Comcast is going to add Netflix to its X1 set-top boxes in the latest deal to blur the lines separating cable TV from internet video services. The arrangement announced Tuesday signals an apparent truce between two companies that have been antagonistic toward each other in recent years as they publicly bickered how much each side should pay for delivering Netflix’s video to Comcast’s internet subscribers.

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BlackBerry will stop producing its Classic smartphone

WATERLOO, Ontario (AP) – BlackBerry said Tuesday that it will stop making its Classic smartphone, less than two years after launching it with much fanfare. Ralph Pini, the company’s chief operating officer and general manager for devices, said the Classic ...

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MONDAY, JULY 4, 2016

Last year the average price of an established brand-name drug jumped more than 16 percent, according to prescription benefit manager, Express Scripts Holding Co. Since 2011, prices have nearly doubled. (Liz O. Baylen / Tribune News Service)

Insider Q&A: A model for more rational drug prices

Rising drug prices are creating anxiety for patients, politicians and physicians across the country, with little relief in sight. Last year the average price of an established brand-name drug jumped more than 16 percent, according to prescription benefit manager, Express ...

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McDonald’s invests over $550 million to revamp German sites

BERLIN – Fast-food chain McDonald’s says it is investing 500 million euros ($557 million) to modernize its restaurants in Germany. The company says 72 “restaurants of the future” will start offering custom-made burgers, children’s play areas and even table service on Monday.

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SUNDAY, JULY 3, 2016

Graco technician Tom Daley and Mike Moe, via teleconference, show a client how one of their larger pumps can move peanut butter into barrels. (Richard Tsong-Taatarii / Tribune News Service)

M&Ms, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and Oreos would not be as filling without Graco

MINNEAPOLIS – Ever wonder how M&M’s get their crunchy shells? Or how Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and Pop-Tarts get their decadent fillings? Or how that perfect dollop of creamy goodness sneaks into the middle of an Oreo? With little hoopla, Graco has quietly built a business of Food and Drug Administration-approved pumps and spraying machines that are renowned within the food industry. The unit is still small but one of Graco’s fastest-growing segments, doubling since 2010.

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Beyond fast food: New franchising ideas draw entrepreneurs

NEW YORK (AP) – They’re not household names like McDonald’s or The UPS Store, but small franchises beyond the usual restaurant groups and retailers are attracting buyers who want something new or different and see greater challenges and opportunities with lesser-known businesses. Franchise buyers are taking chances on ideas like a nursing service, a personal assistant company and a used clothing retailer – companies that are tiny or growing, but don’t yet have the name recognition of thousands of locations.

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KCSD: Shoplifters hit local supermarkets

Shoplifters at one local market keep Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office busy. On July 26, 2016 the Sheriff’s Office responded to four separate theft calls at the Hayden Super 1 Foods ...

BLM closes Towell Falls road during fire season

PUBLIC LANDS -- Towell Falls Road in the U.S. Bureau of Land Management Spokane District’s Rock Creek management area has been closed to motorized traffic as a fire precaution, officials ...

Explosions in the freezer

Somewhere in the Spokane area, this is going to happen today. 1.) Someone will come inside his or her home, noting that it is hot out there. 2.) That person ...

Labrador, Crapo set meetings around state

1st District Congressman Raul Labrador has launched a “Conversations with the Congressman” tour that he says will hit all 19 counties in Idaho’s 1st Congressional District; he’s in Wallace at ...

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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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