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FAA to back ban of battery shipments on passenger planes

WASHINGTON — The risk of fire is prompting federal officials to back a proposed ban on rechargeable battery shipments on passenger airlines.

Date: 10/08/2015 | Business Wire

Edmonds hires firm to tackle downtown traffic snarl

EDMONDS — The downtown traffic snarls caused by the convergence of ferries, trains and automobiles have plagued the city for decades. Now Tetra Tech, a Seattle consulting firm, has been given the challenge of finding a solution.

Date: 10/08/2015 | Local News

The kids are all right with breaking up in person

When you read about teens and texting, it’s often about how they’re sexting and can’t look up long enough to have a face-to-face conversation.

Date: 10/08/2015 | Nation & World

All eyes are on Potala development

When news hit in late August that Lobsang Dargey and his real estate development company, Path America, were under SEC investigation for misappropriating investor's funds, it punched many Everett area business leaders in the gut. His Potala Place and Farmer's Market project,...

Date: 10/08/2015 | Business columnists

Briefs: New hire at Sound Urological in Edmonds

New hire at Sound Urological in EdmondsCourtney Shick has joined Sound Urological Associates in Edmonds. Shick completed her undergraduate work at University of Montana and received her Masters in Physician Assistant Sciences from Des Moines University in...

Date: 10/08/2015 | Business

NASA opens up patents to inventors, for free

From the memory foam in your mattress to the advanced alloys in your tennis racquet, NASA is behind some of the biggest technological advances of our time. Now, the space agency is giving other inventors the chance to build on those by letting them use its patents — for free.

Date: 10/08/2015 | Nation & World

Israelis advance in contest to send spacecraft to moon

JERUSALEM — A team of Israeli engineers is the first to advance in an international competition sponsored by Google to send a privately-funded spacecraft to the moon, contest organizers announced Wednesday.

Date: 10/08/2015 | Business Wire

Facebook jumps into home repair services

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook is the latest technology company that wants to connect you with a handyman who can install a ceiling fan or fix a leaky toilet, following, Google and a slew of startups seeking ways to make money from the $300 billion home-improvement market.

Date: 10/08/2015 | Business Wire

JetBlue plans farm green space at JFK

NEW YORK — JetBlue Airways is trying to bring a little bit of country to the city — opening its own “farm” at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Date: 10/08/2015 | Business Wire

New push could revive Ex-Im Bank

WASHINGTON — The federal Export-Import Bank is showing some signs of life.

Date: 10/07/2015 | Nation & World

Warren Buffett builds L.A.-Chicago railroad superhighway

A noisy yellow machine laying down railroad track near Alva, Oklahoma — as much as a mile a day of concrete and steel — is Warren Buffett’s solution to the industry’s dwindling coal traffic.

Date: 10/07/2015 | Business Wire

Feds announce plan to track drone operators

WASHINGTON — The Federal Aviation Administration has signed an agreement to test technology that could locate the operators of small drones that are flying illegally near airports, as the government tries to crack down on near-collisions with manned aircraft.

Date: 10/07/2015 | Business Wire

Sleep Country changes name, retires earworm jingle

If you've spent any time in the Northwest, you've probably had this jingle stuck in your head:"Sleep Country U-S-A! Why buy a mattress anywhere else?"Well, the jingle is being retired.Sleep Country USA, which bills itself as the...

Date: 10/07/2015 | Business

Study says Paine Field should be used for business, not museum

EVERETT — A new study questions the wisdom of setting aside land at Paine Field for a nonprofit historic aircraft aviation center that could attract exhibits — and tourists — from around the globe.Aircraft collector John Sessions has been pursuing the idea...

Date: 10/07/2015 | Local News

Charting a course

Neurosurgeon joined Navy mid-career, lands at Providence

Date: 10/07/2015 | Business

Briefs: EdCC promotes internally for VP of College Relations and Advancement

EdCC promotes internally for VP of College Relations and AdvancementEdmonds Community College has hired Tonya Drake as the vice president for College Relations and Advancement. Drake has been serving as the interim VP for College Relations and Advancement.

Date: 10/07/2015 | Business

Free right turn exacerbates Mukilteo ferry backups

Eunice Ishii of Mukilteo writes: “On weekends and especially when the weather is beautiful, the Mukilteo ferry traffic backs up. Those who wait patiently

Date: 10/07/2015 | Street Smarts

Oregon mill worker struck by slow-moving train dies

GASTON, Ore. — A man working at a lumber mill has died after being struck by a train about 30 miles west of Portland.

Date: 10/06/2015 | Northwest

Ruling says Vancouver port oil terminal needs full review

VANCOUVER, Wash. — A hearing examiner says a proposal by NuStar Energy to handle crude oil at the Port of Vancouver must undergo a detailed environmental review.

Date: 10/06/2015 | Northwest

Aerospace industry leaders to focus on growth during Spokane summit

Hundreds of leaders from Washington's aerospace sector will be in Spokane this week for the Governor's Aerospace Summit.The Aerospace Futures Alliance is hosting the 10th annual event, which opens Wednesday. Peter Zieve, CEO of

Date: 10/06/2015 | Aerospace Blog

Arlington car dealer opens after 21-year battle

The doors opened at Dwayne Lane’s Chevrolet in north Arlington last week, closing the chapter on one of the most contested land-use battles in Snohomish County history.

Date: 10/06/2015 | Business

Arlington car dealer opens after 21-year battle over property

The doors opened at Dwayne Lane's Chevrolet in north Arlington last week, closing the chapter on one of the most contested land-use battles in Snohomish County history.For 21 years, Tom Lane sought to open the dealership at Island Crossing, but the project was opposed by...

Date: 10/06/2015 | Business

Find out for yourself how much home you can afford

When my husband and I were shopping for our first home, real estate folks kept telling us how much we could afford.They would look over our gross income figures and declare that we weren’t shopping for “enough” house, meaning their numbers said we could afford a larger mortgage.

Date: 10/06/2015 | Business columnists

Briefs: Mill Creek economic director elected VP of Washington cities association

Mill Creek economic director elected VP of Washington cities associationMill Creek's Community and Economic Development Director, Tom Rogers, has been elected to serve as one of two vice presidents for the Association of Washington Cities Planning Directors.

Date: 10/06/2015 | Business

Dark corners of social media encourage bloodshed

The first details about the mass killer at the community college in Roseburg, Oregon, were that he was a young man, lonely and full of hate. Of course he was. They all are.Lonely young men full of hate have been with us since there were lonely young men. The modern...

Date: 10/06/2015 | Opinion Columnists

3 share Nobel medicine prize for new tools to kill parasites

STOCKHOLM — Three scientists from the U.S., Japan and China won the Nobel Prize in medicine on Monday for discovering drugs to fight malaria and other tropical diseases that affect hundreds of millions of people every year.

Date: 10/05/2015 | Nation & World

U.S., 11 Pacific Rim countries reach trade deal

WASHINGTON — After more than six years of stalled progress and political wrangling, negotiators from the U.S. and 11 trading partners across the Pacific Rim announced a deal Monday on a landmark trade accord linking 40 percent of the global economy.

Date: 10/05/2015 | Business Wire

Yahoo to double size of data center in central Washington

QUINCY — Yahoo says it plans to double the size of its data center in the rural central Washington town of Quincy.The Sunnyvale, California-based company said Monday that it will add about 300,000 square feet to its current facility in order to house thousands of new servers.

Date: 10/05/2015 | Business Wire

Haggen finds buyers for 36 grocery stores in California, Nevada

Haggen announced Monday that it has signed purchase agreements for 36 of its stores in the Southwest.Gelson's Market, a high-end regional supermarket chain, to buy eight Haggen stores in California. Smart & Final, a warehouse-house style food and supply chain, will...

Date: 10/05/2015 | Business

Bewildered by mayhem

Someone smashed into vehicles at a repair shop — then took off

Date: 10/05/2015 | Local News

World Bank trims East Asia growth forecasts

HONG KONG — The World Bank on Monday trimmed its growth forecast for developing East Asian economies, reflecting risks from China’s slowdown and a looming U.S. interest rate hike.

Date: 10/05/2015 | Nation & World

Entrepreneurship 101: Don’t let rising labor costs sink your ship

All signs point to rising labor costs for business in both the short and long term. External forces, like the $15 minimum wage in Seattle and an unemployment rate near 4 percent in the Puget Sound region, mean that workers will begin to demand and receive higher wages.

Date: 10/05/2015 | Business columnists

Arlington thrift shop gives special-needs kids real-world skills

ARLINGTON — It's the simple things. Folding a pair of pants and arranging the matching jacket on a hanger. Washing and drying a vase before finding a spot on the shelf. Choosing the right color of sticker to mark the price of a knickknack.These are skills...

Date: 10/05/2015 | Local News

Already, EvCC to expand Advanced Manufacturing center

Everett Community College has announced plans for a $2.5 million expansion of its Advanced Manufacturing Training & Education Center.The expansion will add 17,000-square-feet to the center, called AMTEC, which is home to the college's precision machining, welding and...

Date: 10/05/2015 | Business

Brief: Open house to show off Xfinity Arena's new scoreboard

Check out Xfinity Arena's new scoreboard at open houseXfinity Arena's Scoreboard Showcase and Open House is set for 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at the arena, 2000 Hewitt Ave., No. 200. Try fresh bites from the arena's exclusive food and beverage providers, Spectra...

Date: 10/05/2015 | Business

U.S., 11 nations on verge of historic Pacific Rim trade accord

ATLANTA — The United States, Japan and 10 other Pacific Rim nations were on the verge of a final agreement Sunday night on the largest free-trade accord in a generation, an ambitious effort led by the Obama administration to knit together economies across a vast region.

Date: 10/04/2015 | Nation & World

Bernanke: Wall St execs should have gone to jail for crisis

WASHINGTON — Former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke says some Wall Street executives should have gone to jail for their roles in the financial crisis that gripped the country in 2008 and triggered the Great Recession.

Date: 10/04/2015 | Nation & World

After audit, Lynnwood is fixing its financial problems

LYNNWOOD — The city of Lynnwood still needs to do a better job keeping track of its money and assets, state auditors have found.

Date: 10/04/2015 | Local News

Auto shop students’ passion for learning inspires a $55K grant

"Hot Rod High School" sounds like a retro movie title, but at Meadowdale High it's the name of an advanced automotive class. With a $55,000 grant to buy and complete six

Date: 10/04/2015 | Julie Muhlstein

Why are raises elusive with record U.S. job openings?

WASHINGTON — Companies have posted a record number of job openings just when a diminished proportion of Americans are either working or looking for work.That combination ought to push up pay. Yet it hasn't worked out that way, at least not yet. Wage growth actually...

Date: 10/04/2015 | Business

Arlington firm has high hopes for 'Safer Choice' eco-logo

ARLINGTON — Local detergent maker Country Save hopes an overhauled federal labelling campaign will catch safety-conscious shoppers' eyes.The Arlington-based company's products are among the first on shelves with the U.S.

Date: 10/03/2015 | Business

Wal-Mart cuts HQ 'to become a more agile company'

NEW YORK — Wal-Mart laid off 450 workers at its headquarters Friday as the world's largest retailer attempts to become more nimble so that it can better compete with the likes of are more than 18,000 people who work at the headquarters in Bentonville,...

Date: 10/03/2015 | Business Wire

Russia’s 2nd largest airline in crisis as bankruptcy looms

MOSCOW — Russia’s second-largest airline, Transaero, is in crisis after two creditors on Friday said they will file bankruptcy proceedings following the collapse of a takeover plan.

Date: 10/03/2015 | Business Wire

Indoor trampoline business Absolute Air Park in Arlington to close

ARLINGTON — Absolute Air Park, which provided a warehouse filled with trampolines for kids and families, announced on its website that it will close this Sunday.The business at 18802 67th Ave. NE Arlington opened in 2011, offering wall-to-wall, custom-installed...

Date: 10/02/2015 | Business

J.C. Penney slashes U.S. pension obligations 35%

J.C. Penney Co. reached a deal with about 12,000 retirees and beneficiaries to accept a lump-sum payment and settle pension obligations, helping reduce the amount that the department-store chain will have to pay by as much as 35 percent.

Date: 10/02/2015 | Business Wire

Job growth slows sharply; unemployment rate stays at 5.1%

WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy added just 142,000 net new jobs in September and average wages fells slightly, surprising signs that labor market growth has stalled amid global economic troubles.

Date: 10/02/2015 | Business Wire

Couple finds success with apples on the soggy side of Cascades

Pruning, picking and packing nearly 32 acres of apples makes for long days and hard work for John and Dorie Belisle, a former Florida couple who decided to turn a chunk of fertile valley soil into an orchard near Bellingham 20 years ago.They quickly learned that apple season...

Date: 10/02/2015 | Business

Housing Hope makes changes in top leadership

EVERETT — Housing Hope announced Thursday that it is reorganizing its top leadership with long-time executive director taking on a new role.Ed Petersen, the CEO of Housing Hope, will transition into chief strategic officer for the nonprofit. Fred Safstrom, the agency's...

Date: 10/02/2015 | Business

Viking Fest on Saturday celebrates Arlington’s heritage

ARLINGTON — It’s time to conquer the town.The first Arlington Viking Fest and Pub Tour is Saturday, with daytime activities for all ages and an evening of music, costumes and drinks for adults.

Date: 10/02/2015 | Local News

MicroGreen’s assets sold to Dart Container for $3.5M

ARLINGTON — The maker of the ubiquitous red Solo cups, Dart Container swooped in Wednesday to buy up the assets of a defunct cleantech startup in Arlington for $3.5 million.

Date: 10/01/2015 | Business

Briefs: Learn the ‘Business of Making Cider’ in Burlington

Learn the ‘Business of Making Cider' in BurlingtonThe Business of Making Cider is a one-day business development workshop for new and existing cider makers and cidery operators. The workshop runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 6 at Skagit Farmers...

Date: 10/02/2015 | Business

Ex-Im Bank revival pushed, as GOP remains divided

WASHINGTON — House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a candidate for speaker, is “strongly” discouraging lawmakers from signing on to a fellow Republican’s effort to force a vote to revive the U.S. Export-Import Bank, his spokesman said.

Date: 10/02/2015 | Nation & World

Speed up oil-by-rail measures

The wheels of government move slowly, as is being shown in implementing legislation passed this year intended to give communities in Washington state advance notice when trains with oil tanker cars are moving through town.The new state law makes a number of improvements with...

Date: 10/02/2015 | Editorials

Living history

Railroad Days rolls through Granite Falls on Saturday

Date: 10/02/2015 | Local News

Apple names former Boeing CFO to board of directors

CUPERTINO, Calif. — Apple has filled a void on its board of directors with James Bell, the former chief financial officer for Boeing Co.

Date: 10/01/2015 | Business Wire

Oregon begins recreational marijuana sales

PORTLAND, Ore. — Excited shoppers looking to score some of the first recreational marijuana sold legally in Oregon bought up baggies of bud early Thursday, taking advantage of door-buster prices and other deals.Some of the more than 250 dispensaries that already offer...

Date: 10/01/2015 | Business Wire

Watch them build it

Time-lapse video from the 787 line in Everett

Date: 10/01/2015 | Aerospace Blog

What it takes to sell cakes

How one woman set up a home business

Date: 10/01/2015 | Business

Briefs: Apply for $5,000 grant to compete in global marketplace

Apply for $5,000 grant to compete in global marketplace The U.S. Small Business Administration is providing $17.4 million in funding to help small firms enter and compete in the global marketplace. Washington state received $747,300 of these funds through...

Date: 10/01/2015 | Bizblog

Plenty of crab remaining as late season opens

The upside is that marine areas 8-1 and 8-2 put out a lot of crab for recreationists during the summer season, and there's nothing to suggest they won't continue to produce during the fall/winter season.The downside is that commercial crabbers are also well aware of that.

Date: 10/01/2015 | Sports

Liquefied natural gas port, pipeline get environmental OK in Oregon

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Federal regulators granted final environmental approval Wednesday for building a pipeline and port facilities for shipping Rocky Mountain natural gas to Asia via the Oregon coast.The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said it found that building...

Date: 09/30/2015 | Northwest

Parties, discounts to mark start of pot sales in Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore. — Discounts on pot, free food for folks with the munchies and live music will usher in a historic day for Oregon and for marijuana advocates across the country on Thursday, as recreational sales of the drug that is still illegal under federal law begin in the state.

Date: 09/30/2015 | Northwest

Ruling backs Shell’s use of Seattle homeport for its fleet

SEATTLE — A Seattle hearing examiner says city officials erred when they told the Port of Seattle it couldn’t host Shell’s Arctic drilling fleet under its current permit.

Date: 09/30/2015 | Northwest

New president-COO joins Skagit Bank

Skagit Bank with 16 branches including one in Arlington announced on Wednesday the hiring of a new president and chief operating officer.Ken Johnson, who has more than 30 years of banking experience, was added after a six-month senior executive search. He started on Monday.

Date: 09/30/2015 | Business

Nissan Rogue holds its own in a crowded category

Nissan’s Rogue compact crossover makes a good showing in a segment occupied by such blockbusters as the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4. Rogue’s appeal rests in its sophisticated appearance, copious standard features, affordable pricing, and third-row seat...

Date: 09/30/2015 | Cars and Me

Briefs: Elvis tribute show in Everett raises $2,900 for charity

Elvis tribute show in Everett raises $2,900 for charityNearly 200 people attended Tracy Alan Moore's Elvis tribute show at the Historic Everett Theatre on Aug. 15. After expenses, the show generated nearly $2,900 for Guide Dogs of America. Moore is a member...

Date: 09/30/2015 | Bizblog

Artists bring whimsy to McMenamins entertainment complex in Bothell

BOTHELL — There's magic in McMenamin land."The excitement and electricity in the air is quite palpable," said longtime McMenamins artist Olivia Behm, at Bothell's historic Anderson School. "You start feeling it on the construction site."

Date: 09/30/2015 | Business

Briefs: House Hope adds two senior managers

House Hope adds two senior managersLocal non-profit Housing Hope announced appointments to two new senior management positions. Tricia Baran was named the director of finance and Kelsey Taylor was appointed the director of resource development. Baran is a...

Date: 09/29/2015 | Bizblog

Renton-based bank opens branch in Mill Creek, plans another in Edmonds

First Financial Northwest Bank has opened a branch in Mill Creek and plans to open a second one in Edmonds by early next year.It's the Renton-based bank's first foray into Snohomish County.The bank has been in business for 90 years, according to its website.

Date: 09/29/2015 | Business

Change county officials' car allowance

Symbolic efforts have their place; such a move can at least acknowledge a problem and continue the discussion toward a solution.Not, however, when they might create more problems than they might solve, which is why the Snohomish County Council

Date: 09/29/2015 | Editorials

Feds to release final bull trout recovery plan for 5 states

BOISE, Idaho — Federal officials say they’ll release their final plan Wednesday to recover struggling bull trout in five Western states with the goal of lifting Endangered Species Act protections.

Date: 09/28/2015 | Northwest

2 running to replace term-limited incumbent

EVERETT — Snohomish County Assessor Cindy Portmann’s chief deputy is competing with a private real estate appraiser to take over her job next year.Voters will get to chose a successor for the term-limited incumbent Nov. 3.

Date: 09/28/2015 | Local News

After levee breach, Marysville starts work on a trail

MARYSVILLE — The levee at the Qwuloolt Estuary has been breached for nearly a month and the ecosystem is slowly transforming from a weed-covered lowland into a salt marsh.With the Tulalip Tribes...

Date: 09/28/2015 | Local News

Port Orchard farmer who died would be happy with farm deal

BREMERTON — Gerald Petersen expected top dollar for his 167-acre spread in Clear Creek valley, but also wanted to keep it a working farm. The conflicting objectives left the property in limbo for six years after the 94-year-old died in 2009.

Date: 09/28/2015 | Northwest

Briefs: Two join Snohomish County tourism board

Two join Snohomish County tourism boardKerri Lonergan-Dreke and Brian Davern have been appointed to the board of directors of the Snohomish County Tourism Bureau for three-year terms, effective Oct. 1. Lonergan-Dreke is an owner and manager of Lombardi's...

Date: 09/28/2015 | Bizblog

Tax tricks giving Microsoft, others a free ride

Reading companies' annual reports to the Securities and Exchange Commission is a reliable cure for insomnia. Every so often, though, there is a significant revelation in the paperwork. Last year, one of the most important revelations came from Microsoft's filings, which spotlighted how...

Date: 09/28/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Some millennials dig into news, contrary to stereotype

WASHINGTON — Don’t believe everything you see tweeted, shared or posted about the millennial generation being uninformed.A sizable group of these young adults — 4 of every 10 — actively seeks out the news, an analysis of their media habits finds.

Date: 09/28/2015 | Business Wire

Wave of retiring baby boomers put their businesses on the market

BELLINGHAM — Hans Wendt has spent the past two decades doing what he loves — baking at his Great Harvest Bread franchise in Bellingham.Now, 18 years after he bought the business, Wendt is ready to have more free time to spend with family and to pursue other...

Date: 09/28/2015 | Business

VW deserves severe penalties

In the wake of Volkswagen's truly astonishing admission of wrongdoing, Martin Winterkorn, the chief executive of the world's No. 1 carmaker, stepped down Wednesday. This should be only the beginning of the consequences. The U.S. government must show that it will not tolerate systematic...

Date: 09/27/2015 | Commentary

In Portland, many homes demolished with asbestos inside

PORTLAND, Ore. — Contractors have been tearing down hundreds of Portland homes without properly removing the asbestos inside, a practice that ignores state regulations and could put workers at risk.

Date: 09/26/2015 | Northwest

App allows Everett parents to track where student's school bus is

EVERETT — School leaders here are hoping a little technology will help students avoid missing their buses and parents know where that bus is on its route.The Everett School District is encouraging use of...

Date: 09/26/2015 | Local News

Time running out to renew ban on Internet access taxes

For Washington Senator Patty Murray, September has been a busy month.Former state Republican Party Chairman Chris Vance announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate, launching an "underdog" campaign against the Democratic incumbent. While Sen. Murray will surely...

Date: 09/26/2015 | Commentary

Popular returning TV shows match Google interest

NEW YORK — The anticipation among television viewers about new fall shows was foreshadowed by Google.

Date: 09/26/2015 | Nation & World

At last, first Boeing KC-46 Pegasus tanker flies away

EVERETT — After months of delay and hundreds of millions of dollars in cost overruns, a military version of the Boeing Co. aerial-refueling tanker flew for the first time Friday.The first KC-46A, which is...

Date: 09/25/2015 | Business

Haggen asks for permission to close more stores

SEATTLE — Grocery store chain Haggen has asked a bankruptcy court for permission to close 100 stores, which could result in more than 5,000 jobs lost in the Southwest alone.

Date: 09/25/2015 | Northwest

Crash of amphibious tour vehicle, bus raises safety concerns

SEATTLE — Even before a duck boat crashed into a charter bus in Seattle, killing four international students, calls had emerged for greater oversight and even an outright ban on the military-style vehicles that allow tourists to see cities by road and water.

Date: 09/25/2015 | Northwest

One reason women aren’t promoted: They don’t want it

Women are underrepresented in leadership positions for plenty of reasons: They're stereotyped as being less competent than men, they aren't as aggressive, and there's a perception that they can't lead and raise a family at the same time. Now, research from Harvard Business School adds...

Date: 09/25/2015 | Business Wire

U.S. growth in 2nd quarter revised up to strong 3.9%

The U.S. economy performed better in the second quarter than earlier estimated, growing at a strong 3.9 percent annual rate, the Commerce Department said Friday.

Date: 09/25/2015 | Business Wire

Lake Stevens mom who’s been there helps those grieving find hope

SNOHOMISH — Michelle Frost knows how tricky it is to balance grief and hope.

Date: 09/25/2015 | Local News

Vintage planes get inspected, repaired as flying season ends

Now that the Fly Days are over, mechanics at the Flying Heritage Collection turn to inspections and maintenance on FHC’s vintage aircraft. Periodically, it comes time inspect or overhaul a propeller. This off season, it seems, lots of propellers are due for maintenance. In all,...

Date: 09/25/2015 | Flight Paths

In Ex-Im flap, GE to create 1,000 jobs in U.K.

NEW YORK — General Electric Co. said Thursday that it may create 1,000 jobs in the United Kingdom after Congress did not renew a government program that allows foreign companies to borrow money to buy U.S. products.

Date: 09/25/2015 | Business Wire

New commissary reform plan protects savings

The Department of Defense is modifying its approach to reform the commissary benefit with new guarantees to preserve overall shopper savings and also to avoid pay cuts for current employees, according to a source who has seen fiscal 2017 budget planning documents.The...

Date: 09/25/2015 | Local News

Briefs: McClain Insurance ups referral donations to charities

McClain Insurance ups referral donations to charitiesLocal independent insurance agency, McClain Insurance Services, was honored over the summer to receive the Herald's Readers' Choice Award for the second consecutive year. To celebrate, principal Claudia...

Date: 09/25/2015 | Bizblog

Seniors who keep working are healthier

Is retirement hazardous to your health?It’s an intriguing question in light of a new study that finds senior citizens who work are in better health than their counterparts who don’t.

Date: 09/25/2015 | Nation & World

Prison phone smugglers dangerous, indictment says

ATLANTA — They brokered drug deals, ran telephone scams and ordered a hit on a government witness — crimes that fetch long stints in prison. Except these criminals were already in prison.

Date: 09/25/2015 | Nation & World

Reopen bank; keep jobs here

When the teller at your bank puts up the "next teller" sign, you, of course, move to the next window.If all the tellers closed their windows you'd give serious consideration to moving your accounts to the next bank, which is essentially the decision some...

Date: 09/25/2015 | Editorials

Haggen wants to close 100 stores including ones in Everett, Monroe

Grocery chain Haggen wants to close 100 stores including its location in Everett and another in Monroe that are losing money and unlikely to be sold as a “going concern,” according to papers filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware Thursday.

Date: 09/24/2015 | Business

Ford’s Super Duty pickup will be aluminum in 2017

DETROIT — Ford is doubling down on the use of aluminum-bodied vehicles with the unveiling of the 2017 F-Series Super Duty pickup.

Date: 09/24/2015 | Business Wire

Boeing confirms it will do 737 interiors, painting in China

EVERETT — The Boeing Co. will indeed construct a 737 completion center in China, in cooperation with that country's jetliner manufacturer, Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC), Boeing confirmed...

Date: 09/24/2015 | Business

Xi says ‘without reform’ no progress for business in China

SEATTLE — Chinese President Xi Jinping addressed founder Jeff Bezos, billionaire investor Warren Buffett and other top American and Chinese business leaders Wednesday, vowing that his country would work to remove barriers to foreign investment and improve intellectual...

Date: 09/24/2015 | Business Wire

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