Record grain harvest ups danger of bin accident

By Maya Rao, Star Tribune September 21, 2014 4:42 p.m.

LEWISTON, Minn. — The corn wasn't flowing out of the grain bin any longer, so farmer John Daley stepped inside to look more closely.

Clark County Business Briefing

September 21, 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 of the Tuesday preceding the intended Sunday publication date. Send to or fax 360-735-4491. Sales awards are not published.

Will Apple's digital wallet kill the card swipe?

By MAE ANDERSON, Associated Press September 21, 2014 6 a.m.

NEW YORK — Apple wants the plastic credit card to become as rare as the paper check.

Phone-tablet hybrid more novel than practical

By Anick Jesdanun, Associated Press September 21, 2014 6 a.m.

Companies often blend old products to give you something new.

New Marriott program urges guests to leave tips for hotel housekeepers

By Abha Bhattarai, The Washington Post September 21, 2014 6 a.m.

WASHINGTON — Marriott International wants to give its housekeepers a raise — and it is hoping customers will chip in.

Strictly Business: Business e-newsletter set to evolve

By Gordon Oliver September 21, 2014 6 a.m.

How do your find the news that interests you?

A guide to breaking up with your bank

By Jonnelle Marte, The Washington Post September 21, 2014 6 a.m.

You've decided: It's time to ditch your bank. But are you ready to make the switch?

401(k) funds get less attention than car purchases

By Walter Hamilton, Los Angeles Times September 21, 2014 6 a.m.

Americans know that 401(k) retirement plans are important, but they spend only a moderate time researching investments and are often confused about how to pick the best funds, according to a recent survey.

Is full price worth unlimited data?

By Alison Griswold, Slate September 21, 2014 6 a.m.

NEW YORK — Apple is enjoying a record success with its iPhone 6. In its first day of pre-orders, the iPhone 6 received some 4 million requests — doubling the number the iPhone 5 got in its first 24 hours two years ago. Demand is so strong that Apple announced it is already exceeding the initial pre-order supply. While a "significant amount" of the devices were delivered to customers starting Friday, the company said "many" of the pre-orders will have to wait until October.

A drop-off in startups: Where are all of the entrepreneurs?

By Walter Hamilton, Los Angeles Times September 21, 2014 6 a.m.

For years, Christina Marshall was convinced she would start her own company.

Musical acts look to Groupon, LivingSocial for help

By MESFIN FEKADU, Associated Press September 20, 2014 6 a.m.

NEW YORK — Websites such as Groupon have become the go-to place for folks looking for that half-off deal on a manicure, a two-for-one offer for a fancy dinner or that all-inclusive trip that won't break the bank. But increasingly, it's also becoming the place for music fans to scoop up deep discounts on concert tickets, CDs and more for top-name acts.

Worries remain after Ex-Im Bank extension

By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times September 20, 2014 6 a.m.

WASHINGTON — Businesses and other supporters of the Export-Import Bank cheered the nine-month extension given final approval by the Senate on Thursday night, but remain worried about the future of the embattled agency.

Port labor talks turn on effects of automation

By James Nash, Bloomberg News September 20, 2014 6 a.m.

LOS ANGELES — West Coast shippers and dockworkers are struggling to reach a labor agreement as terminal operators replace as many as half of laborers at some ports with robots in the largest technological change in half a century.

Honda, Chevrolet give natural gas-powered cars a push

By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times September 20, 2014 6 a.m.

Natural gas is the neglected stepchild of the alternative fuel vehicles industry.

Investment board expands choices to consider climate change risk

By Aaron Corvin September 19, 2014 6:21 p.m.

The Washington state agency that manages billions of dollars for public employee pensions and retirement accounts has expanded its investment choices to include consideration of the risks of global climate change.


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