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Too much screen time? New phone controls for you and kids

Apple and Google want to help you spend less time on their phones – really. Like that time you checked Facebook at 3 a.m. Stats don’t lie.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 18, 2018, 4:59 p.m.

Idaho regulators approve new timeline for Avista sale deliberations

Idaho regulators said they may not be ready to make a decision by mid-December on whether or not to approve the $5.3 billion sale of Avista Corp. to Hydro One …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 18, 2018, 4:51 p.m.

Los Angeles takes step toward banning sale of fur products

Los Angeles, one of the world’s major fashion centers and long a symbol of glitz and glamour, is taking steps to ban the sale of new fur products, a move …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 18, 2018, 6:10 p.m.

ACLU: Facebook allows gender-biased job ads on its platform

Facebook is allowing job ads on its platform that exclude women, according to the American Civil liberties Union.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 18, 2018, 6:15 p.m.

Tilray first Canadian company to import medical pot to U.S.

In a rare move, the U.S. government has approved the importation of marijuana extracts from Canada for a clinical trial, highlighting a new avenue for American researchers who have long …


FedEx downplays US-China trade spat’s impact on its business

Shortly before the Trump administration announced a new round of tariffs against Chinese goods, FedEx Corp. leaders tried to assure investors Monday that a widening trade war will have little …


1st private moon flight passenger to invite creative guests

Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa said Monday that he plans to blast off on the first-ever commercial trip around the moon and will invite six to eight artists, architects, designers and …


Amazon investigating claims of bribes and leaked data

Amazon says it is investigating reports that its employees may have taken bribes from sellers on its site.


Lexington Homes of Spokane Valley sold to Texas company

Lexington Homes, of Spokane Valley, has been acquired by D.R. Horton, an Arlington, Texas, company that builds homes in 26 states.


Around the Corner: Spokane library earns recognition for innovation

Spokane library earns recognition for innovation The Spokane Public Library was named one of 10 Top Innovators during the 2018 Urban Libraries Council Annual Forum earlier this month in Baltimore.


Governments boycotting Nike or considering it are mounting

A Rhode Island town is considering asking its departments to refrain from purchasing Nike products, and the American Civil Liberties Union is objecting.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 17, 2018, 2:16 p.m.

Coca-Cola is eyeing the cannabis market

Coca-Cola may be the next industry giant to jump into the cannabis drinks business.


Report: Trump going ahead with plans for new China tariffs

President Donald Trump is going ahead with plans to impose new tariffs on about $200 billion of Chinese imports, the Wall Street Journal reported Saturday.


American eating habits are changing faster than fast food can keep up

Restaurants are getting dinged by the convenience of Netflix, the advent of pre-made meals, the spread of online grocery delivery, plus crushing student debt and a focus on healthy eating.


The Dirt: Springhill Suites hotel planned near Spokane Airport

A 109-room, $10 million Springhill Suites hotel will be built near the Spokane International Airport, according to city permit records.


BBB Tip of the Week: Scam risk decreases with age

Grandparents Day was Sep., and it has been shown recently that older consumers have the lowest risk of being scammed. However, that does not mean scammers are not targeting this …


Nerd Wallet: How to choose a college major with loan debt in mind

If you don’t know what you want to study, you can choose a major that won’t leave you with student loans you can’t repay. Here’s how.


A year in, Uber CEO works to rebuild company’s reputation

Khosrowshahi sat down with the Associated Press to talk about his first year as CEO and how he plans to steer the company.


Week Ahead

Tuesday Free Tax Workshop for Small Business Owners - Participants will learn about Washington excise taxes, reporting classifications, deductions, tax incentives, sales tax collection and record-keeping requirements. Attendees receive a …


Motley Fool: Prescription for profit

Shares of CVS Health have had a tough year, dropping in large part due to fears about Amazon’s potential entry into the pharmacy business.


Business Beat

Banking Stefani Daley has been promoted to operations officer at Idaho Independent Bank’s Hayden branch. Daley will oversee employee training related to customer service and banking procedure as well as …


Springhill Suites hotel planned near Spokane Airport

A 109-room, $10 million Springhill Suites hotel will be built near the Spokane International Airport, according to city permit records.


Apparel company The Great PNW to move to larger quarters

The Great PNW, a local apparel company, has been issued building permits for a new warehouse and office building in Spokane’s East Central neighborhood, according to city permit records.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 14, 2018, 7:05 p.m.

Car owners say these brands have the fewest tech headaches

While voice recognition remains the top complaint among car owners these days, overall complaints about high-tech audio systems, entertainment, navigation and communication declined for the third year in a row, …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 14, 2018, 7:05 p.m.

Older homeowners resist downsizing

That’s in part because seniors are working longer, so they don’t feel as pressed to dramatically reduce expenses, and because more seniors are housing their adult children compared with a …


VW to stop making iconic Beetle next summer

After selling it on and off in the U.S. for nearly seven decades, Volkswagen has decided to squash its iconic Beetle.


Bellevue IT company fined for violating labor rules

The Washington state Department of Labor has fined a Bellevue company $355,000 for violating labor rules pertaining to H-1B high-tech visas.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 14, 2018, 4:37 p.m.

Federal appeals court upholds judgment against Teck Cominco

A federal appeals court has upheld an $8.25 million judgment against a Canadian company that for decades dumped toxic smelter waste that flowed down the Columbia River into Lake Roosevelt.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 14, 2018, 3:25 p.m.

Men’s earnings have fallen since 1970s, Census says

Earnings for men have fallen in the decade since the recession, and are even below levels for much of the 1970s and 1980s.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 14, 2018, 4:33 p.m.

U.S. retail sales up just 0.1 percent after previous strong gain

U.S. retail sales barely rose in August as consumers slowed their spending after a robust month of shopping in July.