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Spokane-area home prices rise in January, inventory dips

The average price for a Spokane-area home rose to $256,000 in January, as low numbers of homes for sale continued to put pressure on prices.


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 11, 2019, 6:30 p.m.

First U.S. coal plant in years to open where no options exist

One way to boost coal in the U.S.: Find a spot near a mine with no access to oil or natural gas pipelines, where it’s not particularly windy and it’s …


Bezos probe concludes mistress’ brother was Enquirer source

Private investigators working for Jeff Bezos have concluded that the brother of the Amazon CEO’s mistress leaked the couple’s intimate text messages to the National Enquirer, a person familiar with …


Motley Fool: Around the block with Ford

Ford is working on improving manufacturing efficiency and focusing on higher-margin products.


Seattle’s minimum-wage hikes didn’t boost supermarket prices, new UW study finds

Seattle’s trendsetting minimum-wage increases didn’t boost supermarket prices in the city in the two years after they began, according to a new study by University of Washington researchers.


Tom Kelly: ‘Who’s the local expert agent … I mean broker?’

When we bought our first home, my wife and I were stunned to discover the person representing us in the transaction did not have a real estate license. Here we …


Nerd Wallet: Don’t let others pick your financial adviser

The danger of “affinity fraud” is one big reason to do your own research on any adviser recommended by friends and family.


Telemedicine’s challenge: Getting patients to click the app

Widespread smartphone use, looser regulations and employer enthusiasm are helping to expand access to telemedicine, where patients interact with doctors and nurses from afar, often through a secure video connection.


Business Beat

Banking Kelsea Rothaus has been promoted to senior graphic designer at Horizon Credit Union. Rothaus joined the company as a graphic designer in 2016.


Week Ahead

Conventions 2019 National Square Dance Pre-Convention – National Square Dance Convention, today, Spokane Convention Center, 300 attendees.


BBB Tip of the Week: Keep yourself protected from scams this Valentine’s Day

With Valentine’s Day coming up, BBB Northwest and Pacific wants you to be aware of the realities of romance scams and armed with tips to protect yourself. Dating in the …


Apple releases update to prevent FaceTime eavesdropping

The bug enabled interlopers to turn an iPhone into a live microphone while using Group FaceTime. Callers were able to activate another person’s microphone remotely even before the person has …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 8, 2019, 7:45 p.m.

Facing opposition, Amazon reconsiders NY headquarters site, two officials say

Amazon.com is reconsidering its plan to bring 25,000 jobs to a new campus in New York City, according to two people familiar with the company’s thinking, following a wave of …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 8, 2019, 7:44 p.m.

AP sources: Prosecutors probing Enquirer after Bezos report

The National Enquirer’s alleged attempts to blackmail Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos could get the tabloid’s parent company and top editors in deep legal trouble.


Instagram changes rules on self-harm postings after suicide

Instagram has agreed to ban graphic images of self-harm after objections were raised in Britain following the suicide of a teen whose father said the photo-sharing platform had contributed to …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 8, 2019, 6:50 p.m.

Late burst of buying on Wall Street leaves indexes mixed

U.S. stock indexes stemmed an early slide Friday, finishing mostly higher and nudging the benchmark S&P 500 index to its second weekly gain in a row.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 8, 2019, 7:44 p.m.

Avista will seek customer rate increases in 2020

Avista will ask regulators in Washington, Idaho and Oregon to approve higher rates for electricity and natural gas that would take effect in early 2020.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 8, 2019, 8:13 a.m.

Spokesman-Review’s printing operations to move to Spokane Valley to expand commercial press business

For more than a century, The Spokesman-Review has been printed in downtown Spokane. That will change in late 2019 or early 2020, when the newspaper’s print publishing operations move to …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 7, 2019, 7:31 p.m.

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ redeems Twentieth Century Fox’s final act

By any measure, it’s been a difficult time at Fox. The studio is preparing to downsize considerably as it is swallowed by Disney as early as the end of the …


Twitter reveals its daily active user numbers for first time

In its earnings report released Thursday morning, Twitter said it has 126 million daily active users, a figure that is dwarfed by Facebook’s 1.2 billion daily users and that falls …


Bankruptcy judge gives Sears another chance, OKs $5.2B plan

A plan to keep Sears Holdings Corp. alive and tens of thousands of people employed was approved Thursday by a federal Bankruptcy Court judge.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 7, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

U.S. mortgage rates fall to 10-month low; 30-year 4.41 pct.

U.S. long-term mortgage rates fell this week to a 10-month low, spurring on potential homebuyers for the upcoming season.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 7, 2019, 5:02 p.m.

Johnson & Johnson will list drug prices in TV commercials

Johnson & Johnson says it will start giving the list price of its prescription drugs in television ads. The company would be the first drugmaker to take that step.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 8, 2019, 4:27 p.m.

Some restaurants sit out the third-party food delivery boom

Food delivery services like Uber Eats and Grubhub are taking off like a rocket. But some restaurants aren’t on board.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 7, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

Shopko to close North Spokane, Spokane Valley and Pullman stores

Shopko will close two additional stores in the Spokane area as the Wisconsin-based retailer seeks to reorganize and emerge from bankruptcy.


J.C. Penney shifts away from appliances in strategy overhaul

J.C. Penney Co. plans to stop selling major appliances as new Chief Executive Officer Jill Soltau overhauls the troubled department store chain.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 6, 2019, 3:58 p.m.

Spotify takes a big jump into the podcasting game

Spotify is making a bigger bet on podcasts as it looks to bring a Netflix-like model of original programs to the audio world. The music-streaming pioneer gobbled up two podcasting …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 7, 2019, 12:28 p.m.

Dodson’s Jewelers to close shortly after Valentine’s Day

Dodson’s Jewelers announced its last day of business is Feb. 16. In November, the company


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 6, 2019, 7:31 p.m.

Apple stores have lost their luster, critics say

Apple is not just a giant of technology, it has also grown into one of the biggest American retailers, with more than 500 stores across five continents. But the shine …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 6, 2019, 4:35 p.m.

United courts the well-heeled with more premium seats

Now highly profitable after losing billions in the 2000s, they are plowing money into new planes, fancy seats with more legroom, airport lounges and other perks, many of which are …