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Evictions slowed during pandemic but some Washington renters still faced pressure to move, UW report says

July 21, 2021, 8:06am Business

Although a statewide moratorium sheltered many tenants from eviction over the last year, some renters still lost their housing in more informal ways, according to a recent report from researchers at the University of Washington. Read story

FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2021 file photo, a passer-by walks past a sign offering directions to an Uber and Lyft ride pickup location at Logan International Airport, in Boston.  Uber and Lyft have teamed up to create a database of drivers ousted from their ride-hailing services for complaints about sexual assault and other crimes that have raised passenger-safety concerns for years. The clearinghouse unveiled Thursday, March 11,  will initially list drivers expelled by the ride-hailing rivals in the U.S.

Uber and Lyft drivers are on strike today. What riders need to know

FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2021 file photo, a passer-by walks past a sign offering directions to an Uber and Lyft ride pickup location at Logan International Airport, in Boston.  Uber and Lyft have teamed up to create a database of drivers ousted from their ride-hailing services for complaints about sexual assault and other crimes that have raised passenger-safety concerns for years. The clearinghouse unveiled Thursday, March 11,  will initially list drivers expelled by the ride-hailing rivals in the U.S.

July 21, 2021, 8:00am Business

Rides through Uber and Lyft that are already hard to secure these days — and sometimes eye-poppingly expensive — because many drivers stopped working in the pandemic may become even more difficult to reserve Wednesday, when some drivers will be on strike. Read story

FILE - In this May 6, 2020 file photo, Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, asks questions during the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the Department of Defense Spectrum Policy and the Impact of the Federal Communications Commission's Ligado Decision on National Security during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic on Capitol Hill in Washington. A Senate bill that seeks to speed up philanthropic donations to charities appears to be gaining bipartisan support in Congress, taking aim at a popular charitable vehicle called donor-advised funds. DAFs allow donors to enjoy immediate tax deductions while investing their contributions tax-free. The bill, introduced by Sens. King and Chuck Grassley, an Iowa Republican, would make numerous reforms to DAFs by creating new categories of accounts, among other changes.

Critics take aim at charitable money sitting in donor funds

FILE - In this May 6, 2020 file photo, Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, asks questions during the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the Department of Defense Spectrum Policy and the Impact of the Federal Communications Commission's Ligado Decision on National Security during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic on Capitol Hill in Washington. A Senate bill that seeks to speed up philanthropic donations to charities appears to be gaining bipartisan support in Congress, taking aim at a popular charitable vehicle called donor-advised funds. DAFs allow donors to enjoy immediate tax deductions while investing their contributions tax-free. The bill, introduced by Sens. King and Chuck Grassley, an Iowa Republican, would make numerous reforms to DAFs by creating new categories of accounts, among other changes.

July 20, 2021, 1:19pm Business

Wealthy philanthropists have long enjoyed an advantageous way to give to charity: Using something called a donor-advised fund, they've been able to enjoy tax deductions and investment gains on their donations long before they give the money away. Read story

The Fearless Girl statue faces the New York Stock Exchange, Tuesday, July 20, 2021.

Stocks bounce, regaining the ground they lost a day earlier

The Fearless Girl statue faces the New York Stock Exchange, Tuesday, July 20, 2021.

July 20, 2021, 1:05pm Business

Stocks jumped on Wall Street Tuesday, making up much of the ground they lost a day earlier when worries flared about spreading cases of the more contagious variant of COVID-19. Read story

FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2021 file photo, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Twitter is giving Greene a 12-hour timeout, saying some of her tweets violated its policy against coronavirus misinformation. Twitter suspended the Republican from Georgia on Monday, July 19 after President Joe Biden urged tech companies to take stronger action against bogus claims he said are "killing people." Twitter says it has removed thousands of tweets and challenged millions of accounts worldwide.

Twitter timeout for Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene COVID tweets

FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2021 file photo, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Twitter is giving Greene a 12-hour timeout, saying some of her tweets violated its policy against coronavirus misinformation. Twitter suspended the Republican from Georgia on Monday, July 19 after President Joe Biden urged tech companies to take stronger action against bogus claims he said are "killing people." Twitter says it has removed thousands of tweets and challenged millions of accounts worldwide.

July 20, 2021, 12:50pm Business

ATLANTA — Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene blasted social media companies over her temporary suspension from Twitter on Tuesday, calling it “a Communist-style attack on free speech." Read story

U.S. opioid lawsuits on verge of settlements with 4 companies

July 20, 2021, 12:50pm Business

The yearslong effort by state and local governments in the U.S. to force the pharmaceutical industry to help pay to fix a nationwide opioid addiction and overdose crisis took a major step forward Tuesday when lawyers for local governments announced they were on the verge of a $26 billion settlement… Read story

$5.5 million settlement reached in nurse suit with Virginia Mason Franciscan Health

July 20, 2021, 7:50am Business

BREMERTON — A class-action lawsuit brought by thousands of nurses who said they weren’t properly paid for lunch and other breaks has settled with Kitsap County’s main health care system, Virginia Mason Franciscan Health. Read story

Amazon to end COVID-19 testing program in its facilities

July 20, 2021, 7:48am Business

Amazon will start phasing out on-site COVID-19 tests at its warehouses by the end of the month, a company spokesperson confirmed Monday. Read story

Lumber is piled at a housing construction site, Thursday, June 24, 2021, in Middleton, Mass.  Home construction in the U.S. rose a strong 6.3% in June, another big swing in what has been an up-and-down year so far. The rise in June put home construction at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.64 million units, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday, July 20.

U.S. home construction jumps 6.3% in June

Lumber is piled at a housing construction site, Thursday, June 24, 2021, in Middleton, Mass.  Home construction in the U.S. rose a strong 6.3% in June, another big swing in what has been an up-and-down year so far. The rise in June put home construction at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.64 million units, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday, July 20.

July 20, 2021, 7:45am Business

SILVER SPRING, Md. — Home construction in the U.S. jumped 6.3% in June, another big swing in a volatile year. Read story

Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket launches carrying passengers Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon and space tourism company Blue Origin, brother Mark Bezos, Oliver Daemen and Wally Funk, from its spaceport near Van Horn, Texas, Tuesday, July 20, 2021.

Jeff Bezos blasts into space on own rocket: ‘Best day ever’

Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket launches carrying passengers Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon and space tourism company Blue Origin, brother Mark Bezos, Oliver Daemen and Wally Funk, from its spaceport near Van Horn, Texas, Tuesday, July 20, 2021.

July 20, 2021, 7:45am Business

VAN HORN, Texas — Jeff Bezos blasted into space Tuesday on his rocket company’s first flight with people on board, becoming the second billionaire in just over a week to ride his own spacecraft. Read story