Stories tagged: economy
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9, 2016, 11:34 A.M.
Amazon leases 20 jets to build out logistics network
Amazon is taking to the skies. The e-commerce powerhouse has finalized an agreement to lease 20 Boeing jets from Air Transport Services Group Inc. as it builds out its U.S. …
TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 2016, 6:01 P.M.
Health law fines double for many uninsured at tax time, company says
Many people who went without health insurance last year are now seeing fines more than double under President Barack Obama’s health care law, tax preparation company H&R Block said Tuesday.
TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 2016, 4:55 P.M.
Russia, West differ on Iran’s nuclear program report
Russia and the West overcame differences to strike a landmark nuclear deal with Iran but are now divided on how well the U.N. atomic agency is reporting on whether Tehran …
TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 2016, 4:29 P.M.
Prepaid card users, under scrutiny, find tax refunds frozen
Thousands of people have had their prepaid debit cards frozen when they try to direct their tax refund to their accounts, a result of financial industry efforts to combat an …
TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 2016, 4:08 P.M.
Erin Andrews’ verdict will reverberate for hotels and guests
The $55 million jury verdict over nude videos of sportscaster Erin Andrews taken through a hotel peephole will likely reverberate a long time for hotels and their guests, whether she …
TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 2016, 3:47 P.M.
Whole Foods to install rooftop solar at 100 stores
Whole Foods Market Inc. is embracing solar power. The Austin, Texas-based grocery chain has signed agreements with SolarCity and NRG Energy Inc. to install rooftop solar units at up to …
TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 2016, 10:35 A.M.
Mill Creek will soon have highest sales tax in Washington
The city of Mill Creek will soon have the highest sales tax in Washington state.
MONDAY, MARCH 7, 2016, 9:07 A.M.
Senate GOP delays action on budget
A Senate panel has delayed action on an annual budget blueprint, as Republicans disagree among themselves on spending levels and trillions of dollars in longer-term budget cuts.
FRIDAY, MARCH 4, 2016, 11 A.M.
Obama cheers economy as ‘pretty darn great’
President Barack Obama says Republicans may be making “doomsday” claims about the economy, but he has another take: “America’s pretty darn great right now.”
FRIDAY, MARCH 4, 2016, 10:51 A.M.
EU ratchets up sanctions on North Korea
The European Union has boosted sanctions against North Korea in line with a U.N. Security Council Resolution imposing new measures over Pyongyang’s recent nuclear test and rocket launch.
FRIDAY, MARCH 4, 2016, 9:25 A.M.
Maine seafood, buoyed by lobsters, broke value record in ‘15
Maine officials say the state’s lifeblood commercial fishing industry once again broke records for the value of marine species at the dock in 2015.
FRIDAY, MARCH 4, 2016, 8:38 A.M.
Iran invites Boeing to Tehran for aircraft deal
Iran has invited Boeing to Tehran to negotiate a possible aircraft purchase, just after the country signed a major deal with its rival Airbus, Iran’s state television reported.
FRIDAY, MARCH 4, 2016, 7:40 A.M.
U.S. trade gap widens to $45.7 billion in January
The U.S. trade deficit rose in January as American exports fell for a fourth straight month.
FRIDAY, MARCH 4, 2016, 7:34 A.M.
U.S. adds a strong 242,000 jobs; rate holds at low 4.9 pct.
U.S. employers added a robust 242,000 workers in February as retailers, restaurants and health care providers drove another solid month for the resilient American job market. The unemployment rate held …
THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 2016, 1:49 P.M.
U.S. stocks climb again as energy companies keep rising
The Dow Jones industrial average gained 44.58 points, or 0.3 percent, to 16,943.90.
THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 2016, 9:52 A.M.
U.S. factory orders up 1.6 percent, best in 7 months
Orders to U.S. factories increased in January by the most in seven months, while a key category that tracks business investment plans rose by the largest amount in 19 months.
THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 2016, 8:09 A.M.
30-year mortgage rate ticks up to 3.64 percent
Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose this week for the first time in two months as global economic anxiety and market turbulence eased.
THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 2016, 7:37 A.M.
Productivity stuck in slow-growth mode
U.S. productivity fell in the final three months of 2015 at the sharpest pace in nearly two years, though the decline was not as large as first reported. Labor costs …
THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 2016, 6:56 A.M.
UI professor warns of Idaho’s ‘brain drain’ problem
An assistant professor at the University of Idaho told the Moscow League of Women Voters on Wednesday that Idaho is on par with the rest of the country when it …
THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 2016, 6:33 A.M.
Applications for jobless aid rise by 6K, still at low level
More Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, but their numbers remained low enough to suggest that layoffs are rare and the job market is healthy.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2, 2016, 1:38 P.M.
Portland’s Cannabis Cafe closing because of clean air rules
The owner of the World Famous Cannabis Cafe announced she will close her doors next week after another warning by public health officials that the establishment violates indoor air rules.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2, 2016, 1:37 P.M.
Oregon governor signs landmark minimum wage bill into law
Oregon’s governor has signed trailblazing legislation that will raise the minimum wage to nearly $15 in six years and do so through a three-tiered system that has not been tried …
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2, 2016, 12:45 P.M.
E-cigarettes on airline flights being banned by U.S.
The Department of Transportation says it has issued final regulations prohibiting the use of electronic cigarettes on any domestic or foreign airline flying to, from or within the United States.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2, 2016, 11:51 A.M.
VW rejects allegations it didn’t give timely info on scandal
Volkswagen on Wednesday rejected allegations that it didn’t go public early enough with information on its emissions-rigging scandal.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2, 2016, 11:44 A.M.
U.S. sanctions North Koreans for missile, nuclear programs
The United States on Wednesday sanctioned a dozen individuals and five organizations tied to North Korea’s nuclear and weapons proliferation efforts.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2, 2016, 10:56 A.M.
McKesson acquires Canadian pharmacy operator Rexall
Prescription drug distributor McKesson Corp. is buying Canadian pharmacy operator Rexall Health from Katz Group for $2.2 billion, strengthening McKesson’s Canadian pharmaceutical supply chain.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2, 2016, 10:47 A.M.
Even as gas prices rise, drivers will save at the pump
Gasoline prices have started their annual springtime migration higher, but motorists should still save money at the pump in 2016.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2, 2016, 7:59 A.M.
Icahn: No $100M for Taj Mahal if north Jersey casinos are approved
Billionaire investor Carl Icahn said Wednesday that if New Jersey approves casinos in the northern part of the state, he won’t pump $100 million into his newly acquired Trump Taj …
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2, 2016, 7:27 A.M.
U.S. companies added 214,000 jobs in February, survey shows
U.S. businesses added a healthy 214,000 jobs last month, another sign that the U.S. job market remains resilient despite economic weakness overseas and tumult in financial markets.
TUESDAY, MARCH 1, 2016, 3:25 P.M.
Stocks have best day in more than a month
The Dow Jones industrial average jumped 348.58 points, or 2.1 percent, to 16,865.08. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index surged 46.12 points, or 2.4 percent, to 1,978.35. That was the …