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Retired UAW vice president is the latest to plead guilty

A retired vice president at the United Auto Workers pleaded guilty Wednesday to corruption charges, admitting he received a $250,000 kickback after arranging a contract for 58,000 watches.

Survey: Businesses added just 67,000 jobs in November

U.S. companies added just 67,000 jobs in November, a private survey found, barely half the gain of the previous month.

Microsoft shareholders defeat 2 activist proposals

Microsoft’s shareholders have voted to defeat two proposals by activist investors calling for the company to add a rank-and-file employee on its board of directors and report on gender disparities …

United buying 50 Airbus jets to replace older Boeing planes

United Airlines picks Airbus jets to replace some of its older Boeing planes that are used mostly on flights between the East Coast and Europe.

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 4, 2019

U.S. service companies saw activity slow in November

Growth in the U.S. service sector slowed in November with service companies complaining about higher tariffs from various trade battles and the inability to find enough qualified workers.

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 4, 2019

Deadly defect found in another version of Takata airbags

A new and distinct problem has been discovered in air bags made by the now bankrupt company Takata which has led to at least one death.

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 4, 2019

Season’s greetings at Sears: Dingy shops, sparse shelves

Nearly 10 months out of bankruptcy, Sears is limping into the holiday shopping season.

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 4, 2019

WSU study links cannabis businesses to poorer neighborhoods, as local laws limit locations

A study found that marijuana businesses are more likely to locate in economically depressed areas. That’s not surprising to some lawmakers and members of the industry, who see local laws …

Ex-Bumble Bee CEO convicted in tuna price-fixing conspiracy

The former CEO of Bumble Bee Foods was convicted Tuesday for his part in a canned tuna price-fixing conspiracy involving the industry’s top three companies, federal prosecutors said.

UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 3, 2019

California insurance company acquires Spokane-based Buck & Affiliates

Alliant Insurance Services Inc. acquired longtime Spokane insurance agency, Buck & Affiliates.

UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 3, 2019

Google co-founders step down as execs of parent Alphabet

Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin are stepping down from their roles within the parent company, Alphabet.

UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 3, 2019

Animal-rights activists clash with Nordstrom over fur sales

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, blasted the Seattle-based retailer Monday for continuing to offer clothing products made from sable and other animal furs, even as competing …

UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 3, 2019

Huawei moving U.S. research center to Canada

The founder of Huawei says the Chinese tech giant is moving its U.S. research center to Canada due to American sanctions on the company.

Workers fired from Google plan federal labor complaint

Four workers fired from Google last week are planning to file charges against the company with a federal agency, claiming it unfairly retaliated against them for organizing workers around social …

T-Mobile rolls out 5G service in Spokane area this week

T-Mobile is rolling out its 5G network nationwide this week, but it won’t be at blazing fast speeds

UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 3, 2019

Shawn O’Donnell’s American Grill and Irish Pub opens Spokane location

Shawn O’Donnell’s American Grill and Irish Pub, an Everett, Washington-based restaurant chain, has opened its first restaurant east of the Cascades on Monroe Avenue in Spokane.

U.S. construction spending falls 0.8% in October

Spending on U.S. construction projects fell 0.8% in October, dragged down by declines in apartment and multifamily homebuilding.

UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 2, 2019

Still on top: Cyber Monday sales on track to hit record

Even though deals could be found online for days, shoppers still pulled out their phones and laptops to shop on the Monday after Thanksgiving, with sales on track to hit …

Amazon pulls Auschwitz ‘Christmas ornaments’ after protest

Amazon said Monday it has removed “Christmas ornaments” and other merchandise bearing the images of Auschwitz that had been available on its online site.

UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 2, 2019

U.S. manufacturing contracts for fourth straight month

U.S. manufacturing output deteriorated for the fourth consecutive month, damaged by trade conflicts and a weakening global economy.

Facebook tests tool to move photos to Google, other rivals

Facebook started testing a tool on Monday that lets users move their images more easily to other online services, as it faces pressure from regulators to loosen its grip on …

For banks, data on your spending habits could be a gold mine

There’s a powerful new player watching what you buy so it can tailor product offerings for you.

UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 2, 2019

WTO panel: EU fails to end illegal subsidies for Airbus

A World Trade Organization panel has ruled the European Union has not complied with an order to end illegal subsidies for European plane maker Airbus that prompted the Trump administration …

Then and Now: NorthTown Mall

Eastern Washington’s largest mall began as a cluster of shops surrounding an Albertson’s grocery store in the 1950s. Today, it houses a movie theater and several remaining department stores after …

The Dirt: Rehabilitated hotel in to include restaurant

The rehabilitation of the former Otis Hotel, now called Hotel Indigo, is ongoing, but the restaurant permit is the first sign of the impending completion. The

Motley Fool: Creative earnings

Creative software specialist Adobe (Nasdaq: ADBE) has seen its stock quadruple in value over the past five years, with the company benefiting from many of the tailwinds driving the economy.

BBB Tip of the Week: Be safe, secure on Cyber Monday

We all want to get the best deals on Black Friday, but a few days after is one of the top shopping days of the year – Cyber Monday. In …

Business Beat

Business Development Greater Spokane Incorporated has promoted Cassidy Peterson to director of education and talent. She joined GSI in 2016 and has previously served as education and talent program coordinator …

Week Ahead

Conventions 2019 DOD Conference – SAE International, Wednesday-Dec. 14, Spokane Convention Center, 1,000 attendees.

Novelis planning $5 million expansion to technology center in Spokane Valley

Atlanta-based Novelis Inc. is planning a major expansion to its Solatens Technology Center in Spokane Valley.