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This combination of photos from left shows Warren Buffett on Sept. 19, 2017, in New York, Jeff Bezos, CEO of, on Sept. 24, 2013, in Seattle and JP Morgan Chase Chairman and CEO Jamie Dimon on July 12, 2013, in New York. (Associated Press)

Amazon, Buffett, JPMorgan tackle U.S. health care ‘tapeworm’

UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 30, 2018, 7:20 p.m.

Amazon is diving into health care, teaming up with Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway and the New York bank JPMorgan Chase, to create a company that helps their U.S. employees find quality care “at a reasonable cost.”

Laborers work at a steel market in Yichang in central China's Hubei province on Aug. 1, 2016. The head of an American business group said Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018 that Chinese officials have warned “there will be retaliation” if President Donald Trump launches trade remedies in disputes over technology, steel and other issues. (Associated Press)

U.S. group: Beijing will retaliate if Trump acts on trade

The head of an American business group said Tuesday that Chinese officials warned him “there will be retaliation” if President Donald Trump launches trade remedies in disputes over technology, steel and other issues.
Residents pass by an advertisement for the iPhone X in Beijing, China, on Monday, Nov. 6, 2017. (Associated Press)

Apple’s stock sinks as high hope for iPhone X sales fade

Apple’s stock is backtracking from its recent highs amid mounting concerns that iPhone X sales will fall short of the high hopes for a device that brought facial recognition technology and a $1,000 price tag to the company’s flagship product line.
This photo provided by Pringles shows a scene from a Pringles Super Bowl spot, featuring actor Bill Hader, left. (Associated Press)

Super Bowl ads aim for the heart – and sometimes lower

UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 29, 2018, 5:29 p.m.

After a year of political and cultural upheaval, Super Bowl advertisers appear to be pulling back from themes of unity in favor of in-game stunts and ads that aim for the heart – and in some cases even lower.
In this May 22, 2012 file photo, Charles Koch speaks in his office at Koch Industries in Wichita, Kan. (Bo Rader / Associated Press)

Kochs warm to Trump policies, not behavior

For the Koch brothers and their powerful donor network, the trouble with President Donald Trump isn’t what he’s doing. It’s how he’s doing it.

For government contractors, no end in sight to budget uncertainty

For most in Washington, D.C., last week’s short-lived government shutdown seemed to be mostly an annoyance, causing little more disruption than a passing snowstorm. For federal contractors, though, the stoppage brought fresh worries that the industry’s funding problems are likely to get worse before they get better.

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Architecture ALSC Architects has hired Becky Blankenship and Carla Lancaster. Blankenship is a project manager with 20 years of experience in the field and is currently working on banking and credit union projects. Lancaster has been hired as an administrative assistant.