Health Worker Report

By The Columbian March 28, 2015 6 a.m.

The Health Systems Quality Assurance Division of the state Department of Health recently took disciplinary actions or has withdrawn charges against these Clark County health care providers.

BlackBerry earns surprise profit as sales fall

By Gerrit De Vynck, Bloomberg News March 28, 2015 6 a.m.

TORONTO — BlackBerry Ltd. reported a surprise fourth-quarter profit Friday after cutting costs and increasing the average price of its smartphones amid slumping sales.

Entrepreneur works to remedy lack of Internet backup options

By DAVID A. LIEB, Associated Press March 28, 2015 6 a.m.

Hunter Newby describes himself as a real estate entrepreneur, even if he's not marketing houses or land. Instead, he's selling space on a new fiber-optic transmission line to Internet providers, telecommunications companies and anyone wanting high-speed data.

Heinz-Kraft deal opens lid on possibly shaking up General Mills, other food giants

By Mike Hughlett, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) March 28, 2015 6 a.m.

MINNEAPOLIS — General Mills Inc. doesn't have to worry about 3G Capital and Warren Buffett taking a run at it anytime soon, analysts say. The long term is another story.

BMW recalls nearly 49,000 motorcycles due to fears that rear wheel can loosen

By Associated Press March 27, 2015 4:51 p.m.

DETROIT — BMW is recalling nearly 49,000 motorcycles in the U.S. and Canada because flanges that hold the rear wheel can crack if bolts are too tight.

New shopping app Quid caters to absent-minded

By Gordon Oliver March 27, 2015 4:28 p.m.

Add one more app to the mushrooming list of technology tools intended to eliminate the inconvenience of waiting for just about anything.

Plans dropped for large wind farm project in north-central Oregon

By Associated Press March 27, 2015 4:19 p.m.

BEND, Ore. — Plans for a big wind farm in north-central Oregon have been scrapped, state regulators say.

Jury rules against Ellen Pao in gender-bias lawsuit

By Heather Somerville and Julia Love, San Jose Mercury News March 27, 2015 4:08 p.m.

SAN FRANCISCO — Ellen Pao lost her three-year battle with one of the world's most prestigious venture capital firms Friday when a jury found that Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers did not discriminate against her because of her gender.

Oil council: Shale won't last, Arctic drilling needed now

By JONATHAN FAHEY, Associated Press March 27, 2015 11:47 a.m.

WASHINGTON — The U.S. should immediately begin a push to exploit its enormous trove of oil in the Arctic waters off of Alaska, or risk a renewed reliance on imported oil in the future, an Energy Department advisory council says in a study submitted Friday.

SeaWorld mounts new ad campaign

By MIKE SCHNEIDER, Associated Press March 27, 2015 6 a.m.

ORLANDO, Fla. — SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. is mounting a public defense of its animal handling in a new advertising campaign that began Monday, after a highly critical 2013 documentary left the park with declining revenue and attendance.

New Samsung, HTC phones coming in April

By Associated Press March 27, 2015 6 a.m.

NEW YORK — New phones from Samsung and HTC will be available in U.S. stores starting April 10.

Microsoft moves to give contract workers benefits

By Matt Day, The Seattle Times March 27, 2015 6 a.m.

SEATTLE — For the first time, Microsoft will mandate a basic level of benefits for the tens of thousands of contract workers employed on the software giant's behalf.

FDA to scrutinize unproven alternative remedies

By MATTHEW PERRONE, Associated Press March 27, 2015 6 a.m.

WASHINGTON — Federal officials plan to review the safety and evidence behind such alternative remedies as Zicam and Cold-Eeze, products protected by federal law, but not accepted by mainstream medicine.

Feds revive vehicle loan program after flops

March 26, 2015 4:07 p.m.

WASHINGTON — The Department of Energy is reviving a vehicle loan program it pledged to retool after criticism it funded flops and wasted taxpayer money.

TransAlta tax break bill heard in committee

By Dameon Pesanti, The Chronicle March 26, 2015 3:08 p.m.

CENTRALIA — A bill that would give sales and use tax remittances to TransAlta after it converts the Centralia coal-fired power plant to natural gas was heard before the Senate Ways and Means Committee on Wednesday.


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