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Idaho’s 2.9% unemployment rate remains unchanged in September

Idaho’s 2.9% seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained unchanged in September for the third consecutive month.

Google affiliate begins drone deliveries in Virginia town

A Google affiliate started using drones Friday to deliver customers’ Walgreens and FedEx purchases in a test being run in a Virginia town.

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 18, 2019, 3:13 p.m.

Former Knight’s Diner undergoing renovations

The former Knight’s Diner, now under new ownership, is undergoing renovations to upgrade its kitchen and add a food prep area.

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 18, 2019, 1:04 p.m.

Zantac to be recalled in U.S. and Canada on carcinogen concern

Sanofi is voluntarily recalling heartburn medication Zantac in the United States and Canada over worries the medicine may be tainted with a compound that could cause cancer. The French pharma …

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 18, 2019, 12:58 p.m.

FAA confronts Boeing over undisclosed internal communication

FAA chief Steve Dickson on Friday demanded an explanation from Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg, including why the company delayed several months before telling FAA about the messages.

Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital completes $1 million pediatric unit remodel

Providence Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital recently completed a significant remodel of its third-floor general pediatrics unit to ensure quicker response to patient needs. The $1 million project, which began early …

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 18, 2019, 1:06 p.m.

J&J recalls baby powder after trace asbestos found in bottle

Johnson & Johnson is recalling a single lot of its baby powder as a precaution after testing found trace amounts of asbestos in one bottle bought online. The recall announced …

Facebook CEO defends refusal to take down some content

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday defended the social media platform’s refusal to take down content it considers newsworthy “even if it goes against our standards.” But while he promoted …

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 17, 2019, 5:16 p.m.

‘Totally avoidable’: 3 firms fined in Seattle crane collapse

The state Washington on Thursday fined three companies for their roles in a crane collapse that killed four people in Seattle in April, with officials calling it “totally avoidable,” and …

J&J agrees to $117M settlement over pelvic mesh devices

Johnson & Johnson has agreed to a $117 million multistate settlement over allegations it deceptively marketed its pelvic mesh products, which support women’s sagging pelvic organs.

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 17, 2019, 11:37 a.m.

Juul halts sales of fruit, dessert flavors for e-cigarettes

The voluntary step announced Thursday is the company’s latest concession as it tries to weather a political backlash blaming its flavored-nicotine products for hooking a generation of teenagers.

Worker pay increases, factory closings move forward under tentative GM contract

Contract eetails were posted Thursday on the union website as factory level union officials met to decide if they’ll approve the deal.

Sweet excess: How the baby food industry hooks toddlers on sugar

Leading health organizations recently released their first consensus recommendations about what young children should be drinking: only breast milk or, if necessary, infant formula until a baby is six months …

FedEx files $212M building permit for world hub in Tennessee

FedEx officials confirm the company has filed a building permit for its new package sorting facility and world hub in Tennessee.

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 16, 2019, 3:34 p.m.

The FCC approves T-Mobile-Sprint deal in party-line vote

The Federal Communications Commission has approved the $26.5 billion combination of wireless carriers Sprint and T-Mobile on a 3-2 party-line vote.

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 16, 2019, 6:16 p.m.

Seattle-based Remitly opening second Washington office in downtown Spokane

Seattle-based Remitly, an online international money transfer company, is expanding to Spokane, with plans for a second Washington office in the Bennett Block building.

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 16, 2019, 6:31 p.m.

Washington unemployment rate remains unchanged in September

The state’s 4.6% unemployment rate in September remained unchanged from August, according to seasonally adjusted data from the Washington State Employment Security Department.

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 16, 2019, 6:45 p.m.

Twitter: World leaders’ accounts not entirely above policies

Amid calls from some Democrats to suspend President Donald Trump’s account, Twitter says world leaders’ accounts aren’t entirely above its policies and that it will enforce those policies on any …

U.S. retail sales dip 0.3% in September

WASHINGTON – Retail sales dropped in September by the largest amount in seven months, possibly signaling that rising trade tensions and turbulent markets are having an impact on consumer spending. …

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 16, 2019, 6:52 p.m.

Workers celebrate deal with GM, show union power in auto industry

Bargainers for General Motors and the United Auto Workers have reached a tentative contract deal that could end a monthlong strike that brought the company’s U.S. factories to a standstill.

AT&T, Northwest Broadcasting reach agreement to restore local Fox affiliate on DirecTV

AT&T and Northwest Broadcasting have reached a long-term agreement that ends a blackout of KAYU-TV Fox 28 on DirecTV.

UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 15, 2019, 3:36 p.m.

Website ranks Schweitzer Mountain Resort third among nation’s ski resorts for affordability

HomeToGo factored in the cost of equipment rental, price of a one-day lift ticket, lunch and overnight accommodations at each resort for the 2019-2020 ski season.

UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 15, 2019, 3:31 p.m.

Google debuts Pixel 4 phone, wireless earbuds with AI

Google unveiled the newest version of its flagship phone Tuesday, complete with features to help it compete with rivals including a more advanced camera, a faster artificial intelligence assistant and …

Qantas to embark on world’s first 20-hour airline flight

For decades, travelers have stoically endured jet lag as an unavoidable menace on long journeys. Now, as airlines push for record-breaking non-stop flights halfway around the planet, efforts to counter …

UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 15, 2019, 2:57 p.m.

Lindaman’s on the South Hill closing after more than 35 years

Owner Merrilee Lindaman said she’s closing the South Hill restaurant Oct. 31 to pursue other activities, such as creating a website that will contain some of the 600 recipes she’s …

UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 15, 2019, 2:11 p.m.

End in sight? GM CEO Barra joins talks with striking union

General Motors CEO Mary Barra joined negotiators at the bargaining table, an indication that a deal may be near to end a monthlong strike by the United Auto Workers union …

UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 15, 2019, 10:12 a.m.

Former paraeducator finds new career as owner of vintage, collectibles shop on Monroe Street

After Robin Beadle-Velazquez was laid off from Central Valley School District earlier this year amid budget cuts, she chose to embark on a new career path that involves vintage collectables …

Homebuilders group announces Fall Festival of Homes award winners

The Spokane Home Builders Association presented new-home construction awards last month at the 15th annual Fall Festival of Homes Industry.

Despite defections, Facebook officially launches Libra

Facebook to move forward with its Libra digital currency project, despite several high-profile defections from the undertaking and pressure from U.S. politicians.

UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 14, 2019, 5:46 p.m.

Wages, pensions, plant investments still issues in GM strike

With the strike by factory workers against General Motors in its 29th day, there are signs that negotiators may be moving toward an agreement.