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UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 19, 2018, 3:45 p.m.

Volatile stock market spooking some older workers, retirees

The recent turbulence in the U.S. stock markets is spooking some older workers and retirees, a group that was hit particularly hard during the most recent financial crisis.


Preparing the airport for takeoff: Tony Bean coordinated the $142.5 million effort to update Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport runway

When Tony Bean arrived in Pullman in 2011, the future of the airport was uncertain. Backed by his board, Bean has procured about $131 million in federal dollars to realign …


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 19, 2018, 3:34 p.m.

Nissan chair Ghosn arrested in probe of financial misconduct

Nissan Motor’s chairman Carlos Ghosn has been arrested and will be dismissed for alleged under-reporting of his income and misuse of company funds, the company said Monday.


Sears gets court OK to pursue sale of its best stores

Sears Holdings Corp. can begin trying to sell its best-performing stores after receiving court approval last week for its plans to auction off assets.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 15, 2018, 5:17 p.m.

FAA evaluates a potential design flaw on Boeing’s 737 MAX after Lion Air crash

Analysts, including former Boeing flight controls experts, are concerned that a new automated flight control system on Boeing’s 737 MAX may be flawed and that the way it changed the …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 14, 2018, 7:10 p.m.

Ford, Walmart test self-driving grocery delivery service

Ford and Walmart are teaming up to test a self-driving grocery delivery service.


Police think Alexa may have witnessed a New Hampshire double slaying – now they want Amazon to turn her over

Alexa might have been listening, as she almost always is, when Christine Sullivan was stabbed to death in the kitchen of the Farmington, New Hampshire, home where Sullivan lived with …


The ‘worst toys’ for the holidays, according to safety group

A Black Panther “slash claw” and a plastic Power Rangers sword are among the items topping a consumer safety group’s annual list of worst toys for the holiday season.


Starbucks laying off 350 people, mostly at Seattle headquarters

Starbucks is notifying about 350 corporate employees Tuesday that they no longer have a job with the Seattle coffee giant, an expected wave of layoffs associated with a reorganization announced …


Homeowners are spending, Home Depot is winning

Home Depot breezed past all expectations in the third quarter and raised its annual profit expectations again as Americans plow money into their homes, even amid hints that the housing …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 13, 2018, 8:31 a.m.

It’s official: Amazon says Northern Virginia, New York will get headquarters expansion

Amazon on Tuesday made it official: The company’s headquarters expansion will be in Arlington County, Virginia, and the Long Island City neighborhood of New York.


E-cigarettes to face new sales limits from FDA, says official

E-cigarettes will face strict new limits imposed by the Food and Drug Administration, according to a senior FDA official, restricting sales of many popular fruit flavors amid what the agency …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 8, 2018, 5:06 p.m.

Google bows to worker pressure on sexual misconduct policy

Google is promising to be more forceful and open about its handling of sexual misconduct cases, a week after thousands of high-paid engineers and others walked out in protest over …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 7, 2018, 7:31 p.m.

Tech and health care lead U.S. stock surge after midterms

Stocks rallied Wednesday as investors were relieved to see that the U.S. midterm elections went largely as they expected they would. Big-name technology and consumer and health care companies soared …


EU approves Disney’s deal to buy Fox entertainment assets

European Union authorities say they have cleared Disney’s acquisition of Fox’s entertainment assets, provided Disney sells off some TV channels it controls in Europe to maintain competition.


Amazon drops $25 free shipping minimum for holidays

Amazon is following Target and temporarily dropping the minimum amount shoppers need to spend to qualify for free shipping.


Verizon reorganizes structure under new CEO to prep for 5G

Verizon is undergoing a significant restructuring under new CEO Hans Vestberg, including its dominant wireless division, as it prepares to roll out its 5G technology.


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 5, 2018, 7:13 p.m.

Moses Lake’s high-tech plant is collateral damage in U.S.-China trade war

REC Silicon, a Norwegian company, sees Moses Lake at the center of a high-tech manufacturing revolution. But that vision is likely dead unless Washington and Beijing can settle their differences …


Fed likely to keep rates on hold and sketch a bright outlook

With the economy strong, wages rising and unemployment at a near-five-decade low, the Federal Reserve remains on track to keep raising interest rates – just not this week.


Saudis call for Amazon boycott over anger at Washington Post

Saudis who are angry at the Washington Post’s coverage of the kingdom in the aftermath of Jamal Khashoggi’s murder are calling for a boycott of Amazon.com Inc. because of its …


Buffett’s firm quadruples 3Q profit on investment gains

Warren Buffett’s company more than quadrupled its third-quarter profits because of a huge paper gain in the value of its investments, although its insurance and railroad businesses also improved.


U.S. interest in Cuba business fades

There was a buzz in the air during the 33rd edition of the Havana International Fair, Cuba’s weeklong commercial extravaganza. It was 2015, the year the United States and Cuba …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 2, 2018, 5:16 p.m.

Apple’s 4Q, change in iPhone sales disclosure jar investors

Apple’s faithful customers aren’t snapping up iPhones quite as enthusiastically as anticipated heading into the crucial holiday shopping season.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 2, 2018, 4:24 p.m.

New Toys R Us owners mull physical stores next year

The hedge funds that now own the Toys R Us brand plan to relaunch the toy retailer as a standalone operation next year, according to people familiar with the matter.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 1, 2018, 4:05 p.m.

Google employees walk out to protest treatment of women

Carrying signs with messages such as “Don’t be evil,” several hundred Google employees around the world briefly walked off the job Thursday in a protest against what they said is …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 1, 2018, 1:56 p.m.

U.S. construction spending flat in September

Spending on U.S. construction projects was essentially unchanged in September, the weakest showing since June, as an increase in home construction was offset by a slide in spending on government …


Rising prices, margins drive GM’s third quarter

Shares of General Motors rose more than 6 percent Wednesday morning after the company posted a $2.5 billion third-quarter profit that blew away Wall Street estimates.


Ben & Jerry’s new anti-Trump joke reveals America’s deep divide – over pecans

Ben & Jerry’s has a new flavor of ice cream, “Pecan Resist,” that calls on people to resist the Trump administration. The campaign has caused controversy, not just for its …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 29, 2018, 4:56 p.m.

Google to give away $25 million to fund humane AI projects

Google will give away $25 million to projects that propose ways to use the artificial intelligence of computers to help create a more humane society.


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 29, 2018, 3:04 p.m.

Blind customers sue Walmart, saying self-serve checkouts violate ADA

Three blind Maryland residents and the National Federation of the Blind have sued Walmart, alleging the company violates the Americans with Disabilities Act because its self-checkout kiosks are not fully …