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FILE - Pedestrians pass a GameStop store on 14th Street at Union Square, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021, in the Manhattan borough of New York.  The GameStop saga has been portrayed as a victory of the little guy over Wall Street giants but not everyone agrees, including some lawmakers in Washington.  The House Financial Services Committee is ready to dig into the confounding episode at a hearing on Thursday, Feb. 18.

Lawmakers face off with GameStop saga’s key players

FILE - Pedestrians pass a GameStop store on 14th Street at Union Square, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021, in the Manhattan borough of New York.  The GameStop saga has been portrayed as a victory of the little guy over Wall Street giants but not everyone agrees, including some lawmakers in Washington.  The House Financial Services Committee is ready to dig into the confounding episode at a hearing on Thursday, Feb. 18.

February 18, 2021, 10:18am Business

WASHINGTON (AP) — Key players in the GameStop saga are testifying to a House committee Thursday. Lawmakers are examining whether the wild swings in the stock price of the video game retailer exposed conflicts in the market's structure that can hurt unsophisticated investors. Read story

Amazon’s Climate Pledge gains 20 members, including two based in Seattle

February 18, 2021, 8:22am Business

IBM and 19 other companies have joined Amazon’s Climate Pledge, committing to neutralize their carbon emissions, Amazon announced Wednesday. The new signatories include Seattle-based companies MiiR, the upscale thermos manufacturer, and consulting group Slalom. Read story

Facing increasingly crowded Northeast markets, Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun look overseas to grow

February 18, 2021, 8:20am Business

With competition crowding out opportunities for growth in the Northeast, Connecticut’s two casinos are broadening their horizons overseas in search of new markets. Read story

FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2020 file photo, a "Now Hiring" sign hangs on the front wall of a Harbor Freight Tools store in Manchester, N.H.   U.S. employers cut back sharply on hiring in December, particularly in pandemic-hit industries such as restaurants and hotels, as soaring virus infections and government restrictions weakened the economy that month. The number of available jobs rose slightly and layoffs fell, according to the Labor Department's Tuesday report, known as the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey, or JOLTS.

U.S. jobless claims rise to 861,000 as layoffs stay high

FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2020 file photo, a "Now Hiring" sign hangs on the front wall of a Harbor Freight Tools store in Manchester, N.H.   U.S. employers cut back sharply on hiring in December, particularly in pandemic-hit industries such as restaurants and hotels, as soaring virus infections and government restrictions weakened the economy that month. The number of available jobs rose slightly and layoffs fell, according to the Labor Department's Tuesday report, known as the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey, or JOLTS.

February 18, 2021, 8:16am Business

WASHINGTON — The number of Americans applying for unemployment aid rose last week to 861,000, evidence that layoffs remain painfully high despite a steady drop in the number of confirmed viral infections. Read story

FILE - This Sept. 24, 2020 file photo shows a new home under construction in Houston.  The number of newly issued permits to build fresh housing rose 6.2% in November on a seasonally adjusted basis. Housing starts rose 1.2%, and are up 12.8% higher than a year ago, the Commerce Department reported Thursday, Dec. 17,  to an annualized rate of 1.547 million.  .(AP Photo/David J.

January home construction falls 6%; signs of rebound ahead

FILE - This Sept. 24, 2020 file photo shows a new home under construction in Houston.  The number of newly issued permits to build fresh housing rose 6.2% in November on a seasonally adjusted basis. Housing starts rose 1.2%, and are up 12.8% higher than a year ago, the Commerce Department reported Thursday, Dec. 17,  to an annualized rate of 1.547 million.  .(AP Photo/David J.

February 18, 2021, 8:15am Business

WASHINGTON — U.S. home construction fell 6% in January but applications for building permits, which typically signal activity ahead, rose sharply. Read story

A disclaimer is shown on the bottom of Australia's Bureau of Meteorology page on the Facebook app Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, in Tokyo. Australia's government has condemned Facebook over its shock move to prevent Australians sharing news that had also blocked some government communications. The Bureau of Meteorology's weather warnings, a Hobart women's shelter and the Betoota Advocate, a satirical website named after an Australian ghost town, were among those surprised to find their content blocked at least temporarily.

In surprise move, Facebook blocks news access in Australia

A disclaimer is shown on the bottom of Australia's Bureau of Meteorology page on the Facebook app Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, in Tokyo. Australia's government has condemned Facebook over its shock move to prevent Australians sharing news that had also blocked some government communications. The Bureau of Meteorology's weather warnings, a Hobart women's shelter and the Betoota Advocate, a satirical website named after an Australian ghost town, were among those surprised to find their content blocked at least temporarily.

February 18, 2021, 8:14am Business

CANBERRA, Australia — In a surprise retaliatory move Thursday, Facebook blocked Australians from sharing news stories, escalating a fight with the government over whether powerful tech companies should have to pay news organizations for content. Read story

Fran Mesisca of Vancouver, center, goes for a strike while joining fellow bowlers as they get back into action at Hazel Dell Lanes on Wednesday afternoon. Clark County moved to Phase 2 of the state's reopening plan this week, which allows for the resumption of limited indoor activities at several types of businesses. At top, a sign for AMC theaters outside the Vancouver Mall on Wednesday. AMC's website states that the two local multiplexes will both reopen Friday.

Clark County entertainment venues cautiously reopen again

Fran Mesisca of Vancouver, center, goes for a strike while joining fellow bowlers as they get back into action at Hazel Dell Lanes on Wednesday afternoon. Clark County moved to Phase 2 of the state's reopening plan this week, which allows for the resumption of limited indoor activities at several types of businesses. At top, a sign for AMC theaters outside the Vancouver Mall on Wednesday. AMC's website states that the two local multiplexes will both reopen Friday.

February 18, 2021, 6:00am Clark County Business

The second phase of Washington’s reopening plan isn’t just a lucky break for restaurants; it also opens the doors for a return of limited indoor activity at a variety of entertainment businesses including theaters, bowling alleys, museums and casinos. Read story

Cristian Cardona, an employee at a McDonald's, attends a rally for a $15 an hour minimum wage Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021, in Orlando, Fla.

Biden’s $15 wage proposal: Job killer or a boon for workers?

Cristian Cardona, an employee at a McDonald's, attends a rally for a $15 an hour minimum wage Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021, in Orlando, Fla.

February 18, 2021, 6:00am Business

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's effort to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour could provide a welcome opportunity for someone like Cristian Cardona, a 21-year-old fast food worker. Cardona would love to earn enough to afford to move out of his parents' house in Orlando, Florida,… Read story

FILE - This Nov. 23, 2020 file photo shows the New York Stock Exchange, right, in New York.   Stocks are giving back some of their recent gains in early trading on Wall Street Wednesday, Feb. 17, not far below the record highs major indexes set in recent days.

Stocks end mostly lower on Wall Street, led by drops in tech

FILE - This Nov. 23, 2020 file photo shows the New York Stock Exchange, right, in New York.   Stocks are giving back some of their recent gains in early trading on Wall Street Wednesday, Feb. 17, not far below the record highs major indexes set in recent days.

February 17, 2021, 2:15pm Business

Stocks mostly pulled back from recent highs Wednesday, weighed down by a slide in technology companies. Read story

The former Trump Plaza casino is imploded on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021, in Atlantic City, N.J.

Former Trump casino where stars played goes out with a bang

The former Trump Plaza casino is imploded on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021, in Atlantic City, N.J.

February 17, 2021, 8:45am Business

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — A spot on the Atlantic City Boardwalk where movie stars, athletes and rock stars used to party — and a future president honed his instincts for bravado and hype — was reduced to a dusty pile of rubble on Wednesday. Read story