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Machinist Bill Pham measures a chunk of steel that will become a gear for a mining conveyor at The Gear Works old factory on Feb. 9, 2018. (Tribune News Service)

Seattle maker of massive gears changes hands after seven-decade run

UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 16, 2018, 3:29 p.m.

The Gear Works, a family-owned company that for more than 70 years built and repaired heavy industrial gears to drive equipment such as wind turbines and power generators, folded abruptly last week and sold its assets to a neighboring machine shop.
 (Associated Press)

Uber’s net loss widens to $4.5 billion for tumultuous 2017

Ride-hailing giant Uber’s full-year net loss widened to $4.5 billion in 2017 as the company endured a tumultuous year that included multiple scandals, a lawsuit alleging the theft of trade secrets and the replacement of its CEO.
An estimated 82,000 U.S. consumers who’ve used dating sites in the past three years have been scammed by individuals, the Better Business Bureau said. (Tribune News Service)

Beware, online daters: Looking for love, you could be scammed instead

An estimated 82,000 U.S. consumers who’ve used dating sites in the past three years have been scammed by individuals who shower them with compliments, romantic text messages and promised dates, only to bilk them for money, the Better Business Bureau said this week.

Mattel’s new card game Dos is displayed on Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, in New York. (Associated Press)

Mattel doubles down on Uno with a new card game called Dos

Mattel is launching the new card game Dos next month in hopes of giving its nearly 50-year-old Uno brand a second life. Dos has similar rules as Uno, except players make two piles of cards and can throw down two cards at a time instead of one.
This Oct. 4, 2014, file photo, shows the facade of the New York Stock Exchange. (Richard Drew / Associated Press)

Stocks edge higher as a three-day win streak restores some calm

UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 13, 2018, 6:22 p.m.

U.S. stocks rose for the third day in a row Tuesday, led by banks, retailers and technology companies. The rebound over the last few days follows a harrowing drop of more than 10 percent over the previous two weeks.
Box Canyon Dam in northern Pend Oreille County near Ione generates electricity for Pend Oreille Public Utility District customers. (JANET BOEHME)

Efforts to save Ponderay Newsprint plant lead to lawsuit settlement

UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 12, 2018, 7:10 p.m.

With the goal of keeping its largest customer afloat, the Pend Oreille Public Utility District has settled a 2-year-old lawsuit with Ponderay Newsprint Co. The plant employs 139 people in one of the most economically depressed corners of the state. lifts ban on Alaska Native’s otter fur handicrafts

An Alaska Native says his otter fur handicrafts are for sale again on after the website briefly took them down to align with a new policy targeting the illegal trade of ivory and items made from parts of endangered or threatened animals.
Remington rifle cartridges are displayed at the 35th annual SHOT Show in Las Vegas on Jan. 15, 2013. (Associated Press)

Beleaguered gun maker Remington points to bankruptcy court

Remington, the gun maker beset by falling sales and lawsuits tied to the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, has reached a financing deal that would allow it to continue operating as it seeks Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
Music streaming apps on an iPhone are, clockwise from top left, Apple, Spotify, Amazon, Pandora and Google. (Associated Press)

Apple Music may finally have the muscle to knock off Spotify

UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 12, 2018, 5:12 p.m.

Apple is turning up the volume on Apple Music, the streaming subscription that comes loaded on its devices, including the new HomePod smart speaker. But that could mute the potential of Spotify, the independent music subscription service that aims to go public this year.