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CBOE to start bitcoin futures trading Sunday

UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 4, 2017, 8:15 p.m.

One bitcoin was worth less than $1,000 at the start of the year. (Tribune News Service)
The CBOE Futures Exchange will start trading bitcoin futures Sunday, making it the first traditional exchange to allow investors to bet on the future price of the cryptocurrency.

Facebook now has a Messenger app just for kids

UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 4, 2017, 8:14 p.m.

In this May 16, 2012, file photo, the Facebook logo is displayed on an iPad in Philadelphia. (Matt Rourke / Associated Press)
Facebook has a messaging app for kids – its first product aimed at young children. The move gives Facebook a way to court younger users, with their parents’ permission. It also puts the social network at the heart of the ongoing debate about how and when children should start using digital products.

CVS pushes into insurance with $69 billion Aetna bid

UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 3, 2017, 4:25 p.m.

This May 15 photo, shows a CVS pharmacy sign at a store in Hialeah, Fla. (Alan Diaz / Associated Press)
CVS will buy insurance giant Aetna in a roughly $69 billion deal that will help the drugstore chain reach deeper into customer health care and protect a key client, a person with knowledge of the matter said Sunday.

Front & Center: A Santa who delivers an uncommon gift to others

UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 3, 2017, 12:55 p.m.

Freelance Santa Ed Gowin gets17-month old Oliver Young to give him a high-five Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017. mother, Lisa, is in the center. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
Ed Gowin once was offered $25,000 to fly (presumably not via sleigh) to Hawaii for six weeks’ worth of ho-ho-ho’ing in a mall. He declined because of the time commitment, not the compensation. That’s because there’s a clause in this Santa’s contract that any fee he earns be sent directly to Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery as a tax write-off for whoever hires him.

Business Beat

Architecture Dan Phelps and Alexander Wolfe have joined ALSC Architects. Phelps has been hired as a Revit specialist. Revit is a building modeling software program. He is a 27-year veteran of the industry and is working on the Community Recreation Center in Airway Heights and the Whitworth University Athletic Leadership Center. Wolfe is an architectural intern and is working on projects for both the Central Valley and Cheney school districts. He received his Master of Architecture from Washington State University this year.

Motley Fool: Disney profit channel

The Walt Disney Co. logo appears on a screen above the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in August. (Associated Press)
The Walt Disney Co. (NYSE: DIS) has entered a period of massive change, but it’s likely to come out the other side in better shape than it’s currently in.

Week Ahead

Tuesday Wheat U - Pacific Northwest wheat growers are invited to attend Wheat U, a one-day event sponsored by BASF. Keynote speaker Pete Berry, a crop physiologist at ADAS UK, is an expert on high-yield wheat production systems. Breakout sessions include fertility management for high protein and high yield, and weed, disease and insect management. A panel discussion from brewers and bakers will advise wheat growers on preferred wheat characteristics. The event is free and includes a complimentary luncheon. For more information and to register, please visit www.wheatu.com. Tuesday, 8:30-4:30 p.m., Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.