WASHINGTON – Prices at the wholesale level rose 0.4 percent in November and 3.1 percent over the past year. It was the biggest annual jump in nearly six years and reflected a big spike in the price of gasoline and other energy products. Last month’s increase in the producer price index, which measures inflation pressures before they reach the consumer, marked the third straight month that wholesale prices have risen by 0.4 percent, the Labor Department reported Tuesday. The 3.1 percent rise from November 2016 was the biggest 12-month gain since a matching 3.1 percent increase for the 12 months ending in January 2012.
U.S. stocks edged mostly higher in early trading Tuesday as investors sized up the latest company earnings and deal news. Gains by banks and health care companies outweighed losses among technology companies. Energy stocks also declined as the price of crude oil headed lower.
Microsoft announced Monday that it would invest $50 million in a program that provides cloud-computing services and other resources to organizations working on climate change and environmental technology.
Spokane-area home sales continued at a strong pace in November, benefiting from mild temperatures and the lack of significant snowfall. Strong demand for homes and inventory shortages will continue in 2018, a Spokane Association of Realtors spokeswoman said.
That rocketing level of bitcoin appreciation smells a lot like an irrational investor mania to many economists and financial pros, the kind that sent prices for unprofitable startup internet companies soaring in the dot-com boom. Those prices eventually came crashing down.
Watching NFL football games on your phone used to be mainly limited to Verizon customers. Soon anyone will be able to watch football games on the go for free on Yahoo’s app, now that Verizon owns Yahoo.
During almost 40 years in education, Mary True has amassed her share of certifications, including principal credentials. “I thought maybe I’d go into administration,” she recalled. “But that just wasn’t in the cards for me. The interviews didn’t go well for whatever reason.
Time and money seem to be two things we always need more of, especially during the holidays. Scammers know consumers are making purchases faster than ever and they want to take advantage of hurried online shoppers. Better Business Bureau reminds consumers to be diligent when shopping online so phony sites and fake apps don’t ruin the holidays. During the 2016 holiday season, Washington victims reported losing nearly $48,000 to 137 online purchase scams. Recently, there has been an uptick in reports to Scam Tracker. The phony sites look more and more real, offer huge discounts, and some even include a logo, products and may even use the brand name in the URL. It is good to know the red flags. Even during great holiday sales, if it sounds too good to be true, it could be a scam.
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Another potential constitutional controversy involves lawmakers and their social media accounts. The ACLU of Washington said last week legislators should not be blocking people with whom they disagree or deleting ...