P&G selling off pet care business, to Spectrum

By The Associated Press September 23, 2014 5:42 p.m.

NEW YORK (AP) — The Procter & Gamble Co. is selling its Iams and Eukanuba brands in Europe to Spectrum Brands, shedding the remaining parts of its pet care business.

Back-to-school spending disappoints retailers

By Lindsey Rupp, Bloomberg News September 23, 2014 4:52 p.m.

NEW YORK — Retailers are suffering through the slowest back-to-school shopping season since the recession ended in 2009, raising concern that the year-end holidays will bring more of the same.

Clark County economy adds 5,800 jobs over 12 months

By Aaron Corvin September 23, 2014 4:52 p.m.

Clark County's economy expanded by 5,800 jobs in the 12 months ending in August, the region's labor economist reported Tuesday, posting a growth rate of 4.2 percent and recording a preliminary unemployment rate of 7 percent.

Google quits ALEC; Schmidt says group is wrong on climate

By Jim Snyder and Brian Womack, Bloomberg News September 23, 2014 11:42 a.m.

WASHINGTON — Google Chairman Eric Schmidt says the world's biggest Internet search company made a mistake in funding a political group that opposes U.S. action on climate change.

Third Hanford deadline to be missed

By Associated Press September 23, 2014 11:25 a.m.

RICHLAND — The U.S. Department of Energy has notified state officials that a third Hanford nuclear waste tank will likely not be emptied by the Sept. 30 deadline.

Wacom writes new chapter for pens

By Gordon Oliver September 22, 2014 5 p.m.

Wacom is rolling out four new digital tools this fall, ranging from premium professional pens to an inexpensive stylus for doodlers and note-takers, as it feeds growing consumer demand for expanded uses of tablets and smartphones.

McDonald's expands build-your-burger experiment

By Leslie Patton, Bloomberg News September 22, 2014 4:37 p.m.

CHICAGO — McDonald's Corp.'s build-your-own-burger experiment, under way in four Southern California restaurants, could be coming to many more locations as the chain seeks to pull out of the worst sales slump in a decade.

Existing home sales decrease in August

By Associated Press September 22, 2014 4:33 p.m.

WASHINGTON — Fewer Americans bought homes in August, as investors retreated from real estate and first-time buyers remained scarce.

GM expert says 21 deaths eligible for compensation

By Associated Press September 22, 2014 10:16 a.m.

DETROIT — The death toll from crashes involving General Motors small cars with faulty ignition switches is at least 21.

Clark County Business Calendar

By The Columbian September 22, 2014 6 a.m.

The Columbian welcomes submissions about Clark County residents or businesses, as well as regional business events. Information must be received by noon Tuesday preceding the intended Monday publication date. Send to mary.ricks@columbian.com or fax 360-735-4598.

Clark County Building Permits

By The Columbian September 22, 2014 6 a.m.

Building permits more than $25,000 issued by Clark County's Department of Community Development.

Vancouver Building Permits

By The Columbian September 22, 2014 6 a.m.

Building permits more than $25,000 issued by the city of Vancouver.

Real Estate Roundup

By The Columbian September 22, 2014 6 a.m.

Recent commercial real estate transactions as reported by area brokerage firms.

Liquor Licenses

By The Columbian September 22, 2014 6 a.m.

The following have applied to the Washington State Liquor Control Board:

Apple growers seek to lift European restrictions

By Rob Hotakainen, McClatchy Washington Bureau September 22, 2014 6 a.m.

WASHINGTON — With the harvest underway, Jon Alegria figures he'll pack more than 400 million apples from this year's crop by mid-November, relying on a widely used chemical to keep them looking fresh for months.

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