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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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McDonald’s expands all-day breakfast menu

CHICAGO – McDonald’s this fall is expanding its all-day breakfast menu to include McGriddles and the option of biscuits for a wider swath of the country. When all-day breakfast first launched at the fast-food giant in October, there was a ...

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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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Weekend Wild Card — 7.30-31.16

I scratched another back yard honey-do off my list this weekend already by finishing another one of those projects that had been on the waiting list for years. It involved ...

West Nile Virus found in Lake Roosevelt mosquitoes

UPDATE 4:45 p.m. Quote from Dan Foster, Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area superintendent: "We are working with the Washington Department of Health, our region, and national staff to understand the ...

Ups and Downs in Spokane

When traveling in a southerly direction, you can be said to be going down, right? That's certainly the way it looks if you stare at a map. But in Spokane, ...

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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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