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This handout photo taken in Oct. 2020 and provided by Pfizer shows part of a "freezer farm," a football field-sized facility for storing finished COVID-19 vaccines, in Puurs, Belgium. Pfizer and BioNTech say they've won permission Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020, for emergency use of their COVID-19 vaccine in Britain, the world's first coronavirus shot that's backed by rigorous science -- and a major step toward eventually ending the pandemic.

Britain OKs Pfizer vaccine and will begin shots within days

This handout photo taken in Oct. 2020 and provided by Pfizer shows part of a "freezer farm," a football field-sized facility for storing finished COVID-19 vaccines, in Puurs, Belgium. Pfizer and BioNTech say they've won permission Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020, for emergency use of their COVID-19 vaccine in Britain, the world's first coronavirus shot that's backed by rigorous science -- and a major step toward eventually ending the pandemic.

December 2, 2020, 10:40am Business

LONDON — Britain became the first country in the world to authorize a rigorously tested COVID-19 vaccine Wednesday and could be dispensing shots within days — a historic step toward eventually ending the scourge that has killed more than 1.4 million people around the globe. Read story

FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2020 file photo a man wearing a mask passes the New York Stock Exchange in New York. Stocks are opening moderately lower on Wall Street, edging below the record highs they set a day earlier. The S&P 500 fell 0.4% shortly after the opening bell Wednesday, Dec. 2.

Major stocks indexes hover near record highs on Wall Street

FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2020 file photo a man wearing a mask passes the New York Stock Exchange in New York. Stocks are opening moderately lower on Wall Street, edging below the record highs they set a day earlier. The S&P 500 fell 0.4% shortly after the opening bell Wednesday, Dec. 2.

December 2, 2020, 10:40am Business

U.S. stock indexes are mixed in midday trading Wednesday, easing off a fresh set of record highs reached on optimism that coronavirus vaccines could soon start driving a stronger economic recovery. Read story

FILE - In this April 1, 2017, file photo, a service dog named Orlando rests on the foot of its trainer, John Reddan, while sitting inside a United Airlines plane at Newark Liberty International Airport during a training exercise in Newark, N.J. The Transportation Department issued a final rule Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020, covering service animals. The rule says only dogs can qualify, and they have to be specially trained to help a person with disabilities.

U.S tightens definition of service animals allowed on planes

FILE - In this April 1, 2017, file photo, a service dog named Orlando rests on the foot of its trainer, John Reddan, while sitting inside a United Airlines plane at Newark Liberty International Airport during a training exercise in Newark, N.J. The Transportation Department issued a final rule Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020, covering service animals. The rule says only dogs can qualify, and they have to be specially trained to help a person with disabilities.

December 2, 2020, 9:24am Business

The days of pets flying with their owners in airplane cabins are coming to an end. Read story

A ribbon hangs on the White House for World AIDS Day 2020, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, in Washington.

Trump threatens defense veto over social media protections

A ribbon hangs on the White House for World AIDS Day 2020, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, in Washington.

December 2, 2020, 8:47am Business

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is threatening to veto a defense policy bill unless it ends protections for internet companies that shield them from being held liable for material posted by their users. Read story

FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2008, file photo, Rebecca Parrett returns from a lunch break in her hearing at the federal courthouse in Columbus, Ohio. Parrett, who fled the US for Mexico ahead of her sentencing in one of the country's biggest corporate fraud cases, is asking for early release from prison, citing poor health and the coronavirus pandemic. Parrett was convicted in 2008 of securities fraud and other charges in a $1.9 billion scheme at health care financing company National Century Financial Enterprises. She was apprehended in 2010 after she had fled to Mexico before sentencing in 2008.

Woman who fled business fraud sentencing seeks early release

FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2008, file photo, Rebecca Parrett returns from a lunch break in her hearing at the federal courthouse in Columbus, Ohio. Parrett, who fled the US for Mexico ahead of her sentencing in one of the country's biggest corporate fraud cases, is asking for early release from prison, citing poor health and the coronavirus pandemic. Parrett was convicted in 2008 of securities fraud and other charges in a $1.9 billion scheme at health care financing company National Century Financial Enterprises. She was apprehended in 2010 after she had fled to Mexico before sentencing in 2008.

December 2, 2020, 8:41am Business

COLUMBUS, Ohio — An Ohio woman who fled the United States for Mexico ahead of her sentencing in one of the biggest corporate fraud cases in decades is asking for early release from prison, citing poor health and fear of contracting the coronavirus behind bars. Read story

Walmart drops $35 minimum for its members’ online orders

December 2, 2020, 8:41am Business

NEW YORK — Shoppers on Walmart.com who pay a $98-a-year membership fee will get free shipping on orders of any size starting Friday. Read story

Dungeness crab (File photo)

Commercial Dungeness crab season opener delayed through at least mid-December

Dungeness crab (File photo)

December 2, 2020, 8:37am Business

ABERDEEN — The commercial Dungeness crab fishery opener, traditionally Dec. 1, has been delayed again this year due to low meat recovery levels. Read story

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Third round of grant program opens for businesses affected by Washington’s virus restrictions

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December 2, 2020, 6:04am Business

The state opened a new grant program today for restaurants, gyms, bowling alleys and venues stifled by Gov. Inslee’s coronavirus restrictions imposed on Nov. 15. Read story

A nearly empty parking lot is seen at the Frito Lay factory in Fruit Valley on Tuesday morning, December 1, 2020.

Frito-Lay in Vancouver closes due to COVID-19 outbreak

A nearly empty parking lot is seen at the Frito Lay factory in Fruit Valley on Tuesday morning, December 1, 2020.

December 1, 2020, 6:00pm Business

Frito-Lay confirmed Tuesday that it had temporarily closed its manufacturing and distribution facility in Vancouver’s Fruit Valley neighborhood due to an outbreak of COVID-19 among the plant’s staff. Read story

PDX air travel was way down over Thanksgiving, as expected

December 1, 2020, 2:38pm Business

Passenger volumes at Portland International Airport were down 69 percent from a year ago during the 10-day Thanksgiving holiday period, according to preliminary data. Read story