U.S. economy shows renewed vigor

By MARTIN CRUTSINGER, Associated Press July 30, 2014 9:36 p.m.

WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy has rebounded with vigor from a grim start to 2014 and should show renewed strength into next year.

Portland approves short-term rentals in single-family homes

By STEVEN DuBOIS, Associated Press July 30, 2014 4:59 p.m.

PORTLAND — The Portland City Council voted Wednesday to legalize short-term rentals in single-family homes, giving added legitimacy to rental websites such as Airbnb.

Portland's LaCrosse Footwear buys White's Boots of Spokane

By Tom Sowa, The Spokesman-Review July 30, 2014 4:49 p.m.

SPOKANE — White's Boots, one of Spokane's best known "made in America" manufacturing companies, has been sold to a Portland company with plans to expand production.

Nautilus plans to open new distribution center in Ohio

By The Columbian July 30, 2014 4:39 p.m.

Nautilus Inc., the Vancouver-based manufacturer of fitness equipment, said Wednesday it will open a 250,000-square-foot distribution center in Obetz, Ohio, to make room for growth across several product lines.

Rideshare service Uber 'highly likely' in Portland

By Lizzy Duffy, Oregon Public Broadcasting July 30, 2014 4:38 p.m.

PORTLAND — Uber advocates may soon get their wish to bring the rideshare service to Portland.

Barrett Business Services adds 187 clients

By Aaron Corvin July 30, 2014 4:31 p.m.

Barrett Business Services Inc., the Vancouver-based supplier of staffing and outsourced human resources services, said Wednesday it added 187 clients in the April-to-June period — the best second-quarter new-client haul in the company's history.

Boeing confirms new, longer Dreamliner to be built in S.C.

By Dominic Gates, The Seattle Times July 30, 2014 4:23 p.m.

In a decision that's been expected for some time, Boeing confirmed Wednesday that the largest version of its 787 Dreamliner — the 787-10 — will be assembled exclusively in North Charleston, S.C.

Russia's central bank vows to support banks hit by new sanctions

By Michael Birnbaum, The Washington Post July 30, 2014 10:58 a.m.

MOSCOW — Russia's central bank on Wednesday promised to support banks that have been slapped with new U.S. and European sanctions, a step that could tax the Russian economy in the face of hard-hitting measures designed to punish the country for its actions in Ukraine.

China investigating Microsoft for monopoly

By JOE McDONALD, Associated Press July 29, 2014 5:11 p.m.

BEIJING — China's anti-monopoly agency announced an investigation Tuesday of Microsoft Corp., stepping up regulatory pressure on foreign technology companies.

Study: 35% in U.S. have debt in arrears

By JOSH BOAK, Associated Press July 29, 2014 4:46 p.m.

WASHINGTON — More than 35 percent of Americans have debts and unpaid bills that have been reported to collection agencies, according to a study released Tuesday by the Urban Institute.

Appeals court upholds labels on meat packages

By MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press July 29, 2014 4:14 p.m.

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld new government rules requiring labels on packaged steaks, ribs and other cuts of meat to say where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered.

Sheriff explains grain inspector decision

By Aaron Corvin July 29, 2014 8:08 p.m.

Sheriff Garry Lucas says his position is "that the law enforcement role is a neutral enforcement role that preserves the peace, protects life and property, and protects the rights of the parties as it relates both to the law and the Constitution of the United States."

Claus Paws Animal Hospital plans to build larger facility

By SHELBY SEBENS for The Columbian July 29, 2014 10 a.m.

Success is allowing John and Kathryn Claus to finally move forward with long-delayed plans to build a new, much larger animal hospital. “We’re doing this because we need to better service our client base and we can’t do it here,” he said.

U.S. beef, pork prices soaring

By Patrick Gillespie, McClatchy Washington Bureau July 29, 2014 6 a.m.

WASHINGTON — Smokeys BBQ in Fort Worth, Texas, needed to do something.

Southwest fined $12M for subpar plane repairs

By Alan Levin and Michael Sasso, Bloomberg News July 28, 2014 4:28 p.m.

WASHINGTON — Southwest Airlines may have to pay one of the largest fines in Federal Aviation Administration history for continuing to fly some airplanes after being told that repairs to the aircraft didn't live up to U.S. regulations.

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