Vancouver Building Permits

By The Columbian December 20, 2014 6 a.m.

Building permits more than $25,000 issued by the city of Vancouver.

Changes proposed in U.S. coal royalty program

By The Associated Press December 20, 2014 6 a.m.

BILLINGS, Mont. — The U.S. government proposed changes Friday in how it values coal mined from public lands in the West to make sure companies aren't shortchanging taxpayers on sales to Asia.

Poll: Most OK with tight drone rules

By JOAN LOWY and JENNIFER AGIESTA, Associated Press December 19, 2014 5:54 p.m.

WASHINGTON — Americans broadly back tight regulations on commercial drone operators, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll, as concerns about privacy and safety override the potential benefits of the heralded drone revolution.

Online price shifts pick up speed

By ANNE D'INNOCENZIO, Associated Press December 19, 2014 5:53 p.m.

NEW YORK — Online shopping has become as volatile as stock market trading. Wild, minute-by-minute price swings on everything from clothes to TVs have made it difficult for holiday shoppers to "buy low."

Biologist: LNG site ignored contaminated soils

By The Associated Press December 19, 2014 5:51 p.m.

PORTLAND — A biologist who worked for a consultant on the liquefied natural gas plant planned for Coos Bay, Ore., has told federal regulators that engineers ignored and possibly hid contaminated soils issues at the site.

Aurora suits a factor in canceling 'Interview'

By ANTHONY McCARTNEY, Associated Press December 19, 2014 5:48 p.m.

LOS ANGELES — When a group claiming credit for the hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment threatened violence at theaters showing "The Interview" earlier this week, the fate of the movie's big-screen life was all but sealed.

Insitu lands $41M Navy drone order

By Aaron Corvin December 19, 2014 5:42 p.m.

Insitu, the Bingen-based manufacturer of drones, has landed a $41.07 million Navy contract to supply three RQ-21A Blackjack unmanned aircraft systems.

PacifiCorp Energy pleads guilty in bird deaths

By The Associated Press December 19, 2014 5:12 p.m.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Wind farm operator PacifiCorp Energy will pay $2.5 million in fines after pleading guilty Friday to charges related to the deaths of protected birds in Wyoming.

Retailers hang hopes on procrastinators

By ANNE D'INNOCENZIO, Associated Press December 19, 2014 4:31 p.m.

NEW YORK — Despite an early start, sales data provided to The Associated Press show that stores may once again have to rely on procrastinators to save the holiday shopping season.

231,000 in Washington may be due T-Mobile refund

By The Associated Press December 19, 2014 4:55 p.m.

OLYMPIA — State Attorney General Bob Ferguson says about 231,000 T-Mobile customers in Washington may be eligible for a share of a settlement with the company over billing unauthorized charges, a practice known as cramming.

Boeing subsidiary wins $41 million Pentagon contract for drones

By The Associated Press December 19, 2014 10:51 a.m.

PORTLAND — The Boeing subsidiary based in the Columbia River Gorge, Insitu Inc., has won a $41 million Pentagon contract to build three Blackjack drone systems for the Navy.

Group challenges timber producer's 'green' label

By JEFF BARNARD, Associated Press December 18, 2014 4:27 p.m.

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — A watchdog group is challenging the environmentally friendly "green lumber" certification for Plum Creek Timberlands, one of the nation's biggest landowners and timber producers.

Sides still 'far apart' in port negotiations

By JUSTIN PRITCHARD, Associated Press December 18, 2014 4:25 p.m.

LOS ANGELES — While West Coast seaports struggle to keep up with billions of dollars of cargo, dockworkers and their employers apparently aren't close to a new contract nearly six months after their old deal expired.

Initial jobless claims drop as economy strengthens

By Andrew Khouri, Los Angeles Times December 18, 2014 4:23 p.m.

Initial jobless claims fell more than expected last week, underscoring an improved labor market.

Dow industrials have best day in three years

By STEVE ROTHWELL, Associated Press December 18, 2014 4:21 p.m.

NEW YORK — The Dow Jones industrial average had its biggest surge in three years Thursday, its second straight triple-digit gain following the Federal Reserve's reassurance that it was in no hurry to raise interest rates.


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