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SUNDAY, MAY 22, 2016

U.S. gas prices jump by 5 cents over two weeks 

CAMARILLO, Calif. – The average price of gasoline has jumped by a nickel over the past two weeks to $2.32 a gallon for regular grade. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg said Sunday that the hike is mostly due to a continuing ...

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An Otto driverless truck is parked in a garage in San Francisco on May 12. An 18-wheel truck barreling down the highway with 80,000 pounds of cargo and no one behind the wheel might seem reckless to most people, even in an age when a few driverless cars already are cruising some city streets. But robot-loving Anthony Levandowski is betting autonomous big rigs will be the next big thing on the road to creating a safer and saner transportation system. (Eric Risberg / Associated Press)

Startup wants to put self-driving big rigs on US highways

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Picture an 18-wheel truck barreling down the highway with 80,000 pounds of cargo and no one but a robot at the wheel. To many, that might seem a frightening idea, even at a time when a few dozen of Google’s driverless cars are cruising city streets in California, Texas, Washington and Arizona.

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Tom Kelly

Tom Kelly: Tax-deferred exchanges offer a different path for real estate investors

Most real estate investors are familiar with tax-deferred exchanges. This practice allows the seller of an investment property to defer the gain on a sale by purchasing property of equal or greater value if specific timelines are met. One problem that arises is that the “replacement property” (the property an investor wants to exchange for the existing property) may be far more expensive than the investor can afford, and the net sale on the first property is not enough to acquire the second property.

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Week Ahead

Wednesday QuickBooks Financial Management - A SCORE Spokane workshop. 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 801 W. Riverside Ave., Suite 444. For more information or to register, visit $25/advance; $40/at the door; $15/additional person from the same company.

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BBB Tip of the Week

On Saturday the country will celebrate Armed Forces Day by coming together and thanking military members for their service. This is a time to honor service members for their sacrifice and show them our support. The Better Business Bureau, serving the Northwest, is an advocate for these men and women and would like to remind them that they are often easy targets for scammers. Here are some of the most common ploys con artists will try:

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SATURDAY, MAY 21, 2016

Microsoft’s Minecraft is heading to China

“Minecraft,” the popular Microsoft -owned world-building video game, is heading to China. Microsoft on Friday announced a deal with NetEase, a Chinese online-services company, to develop and sell mobile and personal-computer versions of “Minecraft” tailored for the Chinese market.

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FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2016

Makeover coming for food nutrition labels

Nutrition facts labels on food packages are getting a long-awaited makeover, with calories listed in bigger, bolder type and a new line for added sugars. And serving sizes will be updated to make them more realistic – so that a small bag of chips won’t count as two or three servings, for example.

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The Dirt

Here's the dirt

See the latest new construction, business openings and closures and progress on ongoing projects here.


Bernie fever will haunt vulnerable D’s

“Be it resolved we adopt in total Senator Bernie Sanders campaign platform for our legislators to work toward.” Idaho Democrat Resolution – June 17 Now, that’s a break from tradition ...

Your critique of real estate euphemisms

When you are out walking or riding your bike in your neighborhood, do you sometimes grab fliers from those home-for-sale boxes in front yards? They sometimes make for interesting reading. ...

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