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UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 15, 2019, 6:54 p.m.

Razor burn: Gillette ad stirs online uproar

Gillette ad encouraging men to ‘say the right thing’ and ‘act the right way’ draws online ire.


U.S. gambling operators have 90 days to comply with new rules

The Justice Department late Monday issued a legal opinion that could further restrict online gambling even as some states have been moving to embrace it – a restriction long sought …


Amazon back tracks on posting of first job listings for for New York HQ2, says listing is for present office expansion

Amazon.com Inc. rolled back what initially appeared to be its first job listings for a new corporate campus in New York City, saying it planned to kick off the hiring …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 15, 2019, 6:50 p.m.

Facebook to invest $300 million in news, focusing on local

Facebook says it is investing $300 million over the next three years in news initiatives, with a focus on local news partnerships and other programs.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 15, 2019, 6:21 p.m.

Walgreens partners with Microsoft to battle Amazon

Walgreens Boots Alliance is teaming with Microsoft to design “digital health corners” for its stores as both companies battle an ever-expanding Amazon.com.


U.S. indexes hit one-month highs as Netflix leads tech rally

U.S. stocks rallied to their highest level in more than a month Tuesday after China’s government moved to inject more life into its economy by cutting taxes and increasing spending. …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 15, 2019, 6:06 p.m.

Netflix raising prices for 58M US subscribers as costs rise

Netflix is raising its U.S. prices by 13 percent to 18 percent, its biggest increase since the company launched its streaming service 12 years ago.


Avista Development invests in smart-grid startup company

Avista Development and Duke Energy have teamed up to invest in a startup company called Open Energy Solutions Inc.


Spokane-area home prices rose 12 percent in 2018

Spokane-area home prices rose in 2018 as a strong seller’s market persisted. The average sales price was $255,931.


SEC probes Boeing deal with China-linked satellite project

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is looking into Boeing’s relationship with a California satellite-communications startup that allegedly is controlled by the Chinese government.


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 14, 2019, 4:37 p.m.

Another sign of weakness in China weighs on U.S. stocks

US stocks slip after China said its exports fell in December, but major indexes avoid the big losses they took in late 2018 when investors worried about the state of …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 14, 2019, 5:28 p.m.

Ford and Cadillac SUVs, Toyota sports car star at Detroit auto show

SUVs and a big pickup truck will get top billing at Detroit’s auto show this year, but there are some surprise sports cars and electric vehicles on the agenda.


NBCUniversal jumps into the streaming fray

Joining the growing stampede into the streaming world, NBCUniversal on Monday said it would launch a streaming service next year – but one that will differ from rival services.


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 14, 2019, 1:40 p.m.

USA Today publisher targeted for buyout

USA Today publisher targeted for buyout by hedge-fund backed media group known for cutbacks.


Comcast aims to help customers with disabilities through call center, technology

At Comcast’s Accessibility Center of Excellence in Liberty Lake – the company’s largest accessibility support center in the country – a team of specially trained agents are helping elderly as …


The Dirt: Construction of Avista parking garage to begin

Avista will begin construction of a five-story parking garage with 500 stalls near its Mission Avenue headquarters, according to city permit data.


Tom Kelly: Reverse mortgage ‘subordination’ clarified

If you are a senior and struggling with the expenses that are allowing you to remain in your home, take the time to research a reverse mortgage.


Motley Fool: Video game growth

Video game developer Activision Blizzard (Nasdaq: ATVI) is known for titles such as “Call of Duty,” “World of Warcraft,” “Hearthstone” and “Candy Crush.” Over the past few months, its stock …


Business Beat

Architecture American Institute of Architects Spokane has elected its 2019 board of directors. Newly elected officers are President Becky Blankenship and President-elect Kathy Russell, both of ALSC Architects; Treasurer Georgia …


BBB Tip of the Week: Returning holiday gifts

Many retailers, both online and brick-and-mortar, have return policies in place to not only protect the consumer but their businesses as well.


Nerd Wallet: What the government shutdown means for your mortgage

The partial federal government shutdown is complicating the already complicated process of getting and managing a mortgage.


Whatever happens, Sears’ legacy will endure

Now facing the possibility of liquidation – a bankruptcy judge is expected to decide the retailer’s fate in the coming weeks after Chairman Edward Lampert raised his bid to keep …


Construction of Avista parking garage to begin

Avista will begin construction of a five-story parking garage with 500 stalls near its Mission Avenue headquarters, according to city permit data.


Jim Frank to be honored as Spokane Valley citizen of the year

Jim Frank of Greenstone Corp. will be honored as Citizen of the Year at the Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce’s gala Friday.


Builder plans triplex in Nevada Heights neighborhood

A three-unit townhome will replace a single-family home in Spokane’s Nevada Heights neighborhood, according to permits issued by the city.


Week Ahead

Conventions 2019 Bridal Festival - The Bridal Festival, Today, Spokane Convention Center, 1,800 attendees.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 11, 2019, 7:53 p.m.

Amazon reportedly developing a subscription video game streaming service

Amazon is planning to use its massive cloud computing service to jump into the streaming market for video game play, according to a new report from the Information. The service, …


U.S. stocks drift in a quiet close to another winning week

U.S. stock indexes nestled a hair lower on Friday after the falling price of oil weighed on energy companies. The S&P 500 nevertheless closed out its third straight winning week …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 11, 2019, 7:06 p.m.

U.S. restaurant prices jump the most since 2011

Full-service restaurants, facing higher labor and food costs, raised prices the most in more than seven years in December, a Labor Department report released Friday shows.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 11, 2019, 7:03 p.m.

Google considers building $600M data center in Minnesota

Google is looking into building a $600 million data center in central Minnesota that would be powered by two wind farms.