Continental says it will order 15 Boeing jetliners

Herald staff

SEATTLE — Continental Airlines intends to order 15 757-300 airplanes, Boeing announced Thursday.

The planes, which are assembled in Renton, have a list price of between $76 million and $85 million each. With the configuration Continental plans, the planes can carry 239 passengers. They have a range of just under 4,000 miles.

Also Thursday, Boeing announced that it has completed its purchase of Jeppesen Sanderson Inc.

  • Money to be returned: Wade Cook Financial Corp. and Wade Cook Seminars Inc. signed a consent degree agreeing to discontinue deecpetive practices and pay back millions of dollars to as many as 13.400 consumers who paid $53.8 million to participate in the firm’s seminars, the Washington Attorney General’s Office announced Thursday.

  • Priceline takes hit: Shares of plunged 29 percent Thursday after Priceline WebHouse Club, a privately held licensee of Priceline that offered name-your-price groceries and gasoline, said it will shut down as did a second licensee, Perfect Yardsale Inc. The announcement does not affect Priceline services such as air travel, hotel rooms, rental cars and home mortgages.

  • Thursday’s prices: Gold sold for $270.40 a troy ounce, silver for $4.925 and platinum for $590.30.

  • Arthritis drug recalled: ESI Lederle announced Thursday that it is recalling 4.2 million capsules of the arthritis drug etodolac because they are contaminated with a type of drug known as a beta blocker that could cause life-threatening problems in some patients. The recall covers one lot — number 9991052 — of 300 milligram capsules of the drug used in arthritis and pain management.

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