COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) — Local governments in northern Idaho are taking a close look at their emergency preparedness plans to see if they adequately address the growing number of oil trains rumbling through their communities.
The Clark County Event Center turned into a kind of Christmas factory on Thursday evening. Toys of all kinds were piled high on the floor — everything from board games and balls to Barbie dolls and bikes. People gathered around tables swiftly wrapping gifts, and an assembly line of volunteers boxed food for holiday meals.
Rep. Jim Moeller, speaker pro tempore of the Washington House, says Gov. Jay Inslee is an "eternal optimist." The governor's budget, Moeller said, which would charge polluters and includes a new capital gains tax, was indicative of such optimism.
By GOSIA WOZNIACKA, Associated Press
December 18, 2014 8:15 p.m.
PORTLAND — Less than two weeks after the ride-hailing app Uber launched in Portland without officials' approval, the company said it is suspending operations for three months to work out its differences with the city.
By STEVE ROTHWELL, Associated Press
December 18, 2014 4:21 p.m.
NEW YORK — The Dow Jones industrial average had its biggest surge in three years Thursday, its second straight triple-digit gain following the Federal Reserve's reassurance that it was in no hurry to raise interest rates.
By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS, Associated Press
December 18, 2014 4:15 p.m.
SPOKANE — The U.S. Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland supported more than $1.3 billion in spending and 6,800 jobs in the Washington economy last year, according to a study prepared by lab economists and released Thursday.