Just how bright is economy's future?

By MARTIN CRUTSINGER, Associated Press May 29, 2015 4:55 p.m.

WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy shrank at the start of the year, but the road ahead looks brighter. Just how much brighter is what's up for debate.

Apple farmers toss crops

By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS, Associated Press May 29, 2015 4:02 p.m.

SPOKANE — A record crop of apples, coupled with the West Coast port slowdown earlier this year, is taking a toll on Washington apple growers.

PeaceHealth staffers OK union in Oregon

By Sherri Buri McDonald, The Register-Guard May 29, 2015 2:40 p.m.

Eugene, Ore. — Cooks, housekeepers, certified nursing assistants and other frontline employees at PeaceHealth's Sacred Heart hospitals have voted to unionize.

EPA proposes lowering requirements for ethanol in gas

By MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press May 29, 2015 10:11 a.m.

WASHINGTON — The nation's gasoline supply likely will have more ethanol in coming years — but not as much as was required by federal law.

McGrath's Fish House still a fine catch

By Karen Livingston for The Columbian May 29, 2015 6 a.m.

Why: McGrath's Fish House opened in 1980 with its first location in Salem, Ore. The restaurant quickly gained popularity with people of the Pacific Northwest who enjoyed fresh, local seafood and more restaurant locations were added in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Utah over the next 35 years. The Vancouver location opened in 1999 and has become a local favorite for many.

FCC chief seeks to increase Internet access for poor

By TALI ARBEL, Associated Press May 29, 2015 6 a.m.

NEW YORK — The head of the Federal Communications Commission is proposing that the government agency expand a phone subsidy program for the poor to include Internet access.

Renters on the rise as vacancies decline

By JENNIFER PELTZ, Associated Press May 29, 2015 6 a.m.

NEW YORK — Renters are on the rise in America's biggest cities, but many tenants are scrambling to keep up with growing rent bills and shrinking vacancies, according to a study released Thursday.

Avago to pay $37 billion for rival

By Dean Starkman, James F. Peltz and Andrew Khouri, Los Angeles Times May 29, 2015 6 a.m.

Broadcom Corp. has agreed to be acquired by Avago Technologies Inc. for $37 billion in cash and stock, creating a giant in the business of supplying the technological infrastructure behind a range of common products, from smartphones to wireless networks to cloud computing.

Retail sales spike locally

By Gordon Oliver May 28, 2015 5:09 p.m.

This week's announcement by the Department of Revenue that taxable retail sales rose by more than 8 percent in Clark County in 2014 was good news for an area where the retail trade has struggled in the shadow of sales tax-free Oregon.

New Android updates unveiled

By Associated Press May 28, 2015 5:07 p.m.

SAN FRANCISCO — Google's next version of its Android operating system will boast new ways to fetch information, pay merchants and protect privacy on mobile devices as the Internet company duels with Apple to make its technology indispensable.

Visa becomes first FIFA sponsor to warn it could jump ship

By PAN PYLAS, Associated Press May 28, 2015 11:14 a.m.

LONDON — Worried that their reputations will be tarnished by their links to FIFA, major sponsors are demanding that soccer's global governing body clean up its act, with Visa even warning it is prepared to jump ship.

Why a shrinking U.S. economy last quarter isn't cause for fear

By MARTIN CRUTSINGER, Associated Press May 28, 2015 11:07 a.m.

WASHINGTON — Another first quarter of the year. Another reversal for the U.S. economy. Another expectation of a rebound to come.

Pending U.S. home sales jump to strongest level in 9 years

By JOSH BOAK, Associated Press May 28, 2015 11:05 a.m.

WASHINGTON — Americans signed contracts to buy homes in April at the fastest pace in nearly nine years, evidence that steady job growth is strengthening the real estate market.

Ore. agency fines Tillamook creamery $56,500 over wastewater

By Associated Press May 28, 2015 10:38 a.m.

PORTLAND — Oregon officials say they're fining the Tillamook County Creamery Association more than $56,500, alleging wastewater violations at its dairy products processing facility in Tillamook.

Oregon Senate backs new regulations for medical marijuana

By JONATHAN J. COOPER, Associated Press May 28, 2015 10:36 a.m.

SALEM, Ore. — The state Senate voted Wednesday to impose stricter regulations on Oregon's medical marijuana program as lawmakers get ready for the legalization of pot for recreational use.

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