Port offers tours of terminal sites

By The Columbian January 30, 2015 3:07 p.m.

The Port of Vancouver is offering the public free, two-hour tours of its marine terminals and industrial sites.

Consumers fuel steady U.S. economy as rest of world struggles

By JOSH BOAK, Associated Press January 30, 2015 1:57 p.m.

WASHINGTON — There's a good reason the U.S. economy is impressing the world right now despite a slowdown in the final three months of 2014: In a word, steadiness.

Environmentalists oppose oil trains at Anacortes refinery

By The Associated Press January 30, 2015 11:05 a.m.

MOUNT VERNON — More than 70 people spoke at a hearing Thursday in Mount Vernon on plans for the Shell oil refinery at Anacortes to build a rail yard to increase the number of oil trains it handles.

Washington farmworker safety classes fill up fast

By ROSS COURTNEY, Yakima Herald-Republic January 30, 2015 6 a.m.

YAKIMA — Surrounded by brushes, respirators and yellow plastic coveralls, Flor Servin held up a white baby onesie and told a room full of farmworkers, in Spanish, they must scrub chemical residue from their protective equipment after work, for the health of their families as well as themselves.

Skyview grads work on smart glasses that act on hand gestures

By Gordon Oliver January 30, 2015 6 a.m.

Obituaries are being written this month for Google Glass in response to Google's decision to halt production of its current version of its much-hyped wearable computer.

Super Bowl advertisers going without offensive playbook

By MAE ANDERSON, Associated Press January 30, 2015 6 a.m.

NEW YORK — Super Bowl advertisers are being careful not to offend.

Daimler to pay to settle claims at Portland plant

By STEVEN DuBOIS, Associated Press January 29, 2015 5:28 p.m.

PORTLAND — Daimler Trucks North America agreed to pay $2.4 million to settle discrimination complaints filed by six minority workers who said they were subjected to threats and racial slurs at the company's Portland plant.

Amazon's big spending pays of in 4Q

By MAE ANDERSON, Associated Press January 29, 2015 2:54 p.m.

NEW YORK — Shares of Amazon.com jumped over 8 percent in aftermarket trading after the e-commerce giant beat quarterly profit expectations by a mile.

Even with low prices, U.S. oil industry pushing for exports

By HENRY C. JACKSON, Associated Press January 29, 2015 12:37 p.m.

WASHINGTON — Never mind dropping oil prices. U.S. producers are pushing harder than ever for the right to sell U.S. crude oil overseas.

U.S. home ownership rate falls to 20-year low

By Andrew Khouri, Los Angeles Times January 29, 2015 11:44 a.m.

The national home ownership rate fell last quarter to the lowest level in two decades, the U.S. Census Bureau said Thursday.

NBC scores a record haul from Super Bowl ad sales

By Meg James, Los Angeles Times January 29, 2015 11:43 a.m.

LOS ANGELES — NBC's Super Bowl ad sales haven't lost any air over "deflategate."

Ford workers to get $6,900 in profit-sharing checks

By Alisa Priddle, Detroit Free Press January 29, 2015 11:40 a.m.

DETROIT — Ford will pay $6,900 in profit sharing to its 50,180 United Automobile Workers employees based on North American profits after the automaker reported global earnings of $3.2 billion for the year after a rough fourth quarter.

U.S. unemployment benefit applications plunge to 15-year low

By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer January 29, 2015 10:02 a.m.

WASHINGTON — The number of people seeking unemployment aid plunged last week to the lowest level in almost 15 years, a sign hiring will likely remain healthy.

Amazon rolling out calandering, email service for businesses

By Jay Greene, The Seattle Times January 29, 2015 6 a.m.

SEATTLE — Amazon.com is launching a web-based corporate email service, ratcheting up its competition with Google and Microsoft.

L&I fines Waste Connections, contractor

By Aaron Corvin January 28, 2015 5:24 p.m.

The state Department of Labor & Industries said Wednesday it has fined two Vancouver area companies a total of $177,600 for multiple safety violations at the West Vancouver Material Recovery Center.

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