Burmese phone market burgeons

By Annie Gowen, The Washington Post November 22, 2014 5:01 p.m.

YANGON, Myanmar — Incense swirls through the air on a darkening evening, as a Buddhist monk sits cross-legged before an ancient temple, his eyes closed in meditation. His cellphone rings. The monk fumbles in his traditional crimson robes, speaks for a while, then puts it aside and continues meditating.

Bolivian farmers demand fight against Peruvian quinoa

By CARLOS VALDEZ and FRANK BAJAK, Associated Press November 22, 2014 3:50 p.m.

LA PAZ, Bolivia — International demand for quinoa continues to boom, and that's fueling an increasingly bitter commercial feud between Bolivia and Peru, the two main producers of the Andean "superfood."

Lennar-affiliated lender leases space in downtown Vancouver

November 22, 2014 6 a.m.

Eagle Home Mortgage, a lender affiliated with national housing developer Lennar Corp., has leased 8,340 square feet of office space at the 805 Broadway Building in downtown Vancouver.

Aluminum-body Ford F-150 revs up fuel economy

By Jeff Green, Bloomberg News November 22, 2014 6 a.m.

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. — Ford said its aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup will get as much as 29 percent better fuel economy than its mostly steel predecessor as the automaker gambles with a new design for its top-selling and most profitable model.

Relief on way for some with student loans

By Danielle Douglas-Gabriel, The Washington Post November 21, 2014 5:44 p.m.

WASHINGTON — If you're having a hard time paying off your private students loans, you could catch a break soon as two of the biggest private lenders are gearing up to relax repayment terms.

Panera rises at Steakburger site

By Gordon Oliver November 21, 2014 5:28 p.m.

Steakburger is gone, but the beloved fast-food joint won't be forgotten at its former home in Hazel Dell.

Mall changes tune on Thanksgiving

By Rolf Boone, The Olympian November 21, 2014 5:18 p.m.

OLYMPIA — Thanksgiving, traditionally a time for families to gather and celebrate over a good meal, was set to become a showdown between a retailer and Capital Mall in Olympia after the business refused to open on the holiday despite facing a fine for choosing to close that day.

Documents show Army Corps' coal port consideration

By NIGEL DUARA, Associated Press November 21, 2014 2:12 p.m.

PORTLAND — In September 2012, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was ready to announce a major decision on a Columbia River coal port that would either fast-track an environmental study of the area or commit to a years-long review.

State agency could take over review of Grays Harbor oil terminal proposals

By Aaron Corvin November 21, 2014 5:49 p.m.

The Washington State Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council today voted unanimously, with one abstention, to launch hearings over whether it should assume control over the fate of the proposed Westway and Imperium oil-by-rail projects.

TriMet GM's 'vacation bank' guarantees big retirement payout

By Joseph Rose, The Oregonian November 21, 2014 10:43 a.m.

When the TriMet board of directors voted unanimously Wednesday to sweeten General Manager Neil McFarlane's paycheck, it approved a two-piece package that will contribute to one of the most generous retirement deals in the transit agency's history.

Feds: Oregon plant would be large carbon source

By The Associated Press November 21, 2014 10:40 a.m.

PORTLAND — A proposed liquefied natural gas terminal in Coos Bay would become one of the largest sources of greenhouse gases in Oregon, federal data shows.

Cost of Thanksgiving has gone up, but not by much

By J.M. HIRSCH, Associated Press November 21, 2014 6 a.m.

Giving thanks will be a little costlier this year, but — and here's something you can be truly thankful for — it probably won't empty your wallet.

Most U.S. unemployed don't get benefits: Here's why

By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, Associated Press November 21, 2014 6 a.m.

WASHINGTON — Even though the U.S. job market is gaining strength, there are still a lot of unemployed Americans. Yet only a fraction of them are receiving financial aid from the government.

More than 46 million to hit road, skies over Thanksgiving weekend

By SCOTT MAYEROWITZ and MICHAEL LIEDTKE, Associated Press November 21, 2014 5:59 a.m.

NEW YORK — The good news for Thanksgiving travelers: the price of gas is at five-year lows. The bad news: a lot more people will be on the road.

Sales of previously owned U.S. home rose in October

By Bloomberg News November 20, 2014 5:36 p.m.

WASHINGTON — Purchases of previously owned U.S. homes unexpectedly rose in October to a one-year high as low borrowing costs helped sustain the recovery in residential real estate.

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