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A school group walks by the New York Stock Exchange, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021.  Major indexes are off to a mixed start on Wall Street as gains for banks and industrial companies are offset by losses in Big Tech stocks like Apple and Amazon. The S&P 500 was down 0.2% in the first few minutes of trading Wednesday, a day after it narrowly managed to break a five-day losing streak.

Gains for bank stocks help lead major U.S. indexes higher

A school group walks by the New York Stock Exchange, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021.  Major indexes are off to a mixed start on Wall Street as gains for banks and industrial companies are offset by losses in Big Tech stocks like Apple and Amazon. The S&P 500 was down 0.2% in the first few minutes of trading Wednesday, a day after it narrowly managed to break a five-day losing streak.

February 24, 2021, 2:00pm Business

Stocks closed broadly higher on Wall Street after shaking off a wobbly start. Banks helped lead the gains as bond yields rose, which will allow banks to charge higher rates on mortgages and other loans. Read story

Avista posts Q4 earnings of $58M

February 24, 2021, 7:58am Business

SPOKANE — Avista Corp. (AVA) on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter earnings of $58.7 million. Read story

In this image taken with a drone, new townhouses are shown in Valencia, Pa., on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. Sales of new homes fell by 3.5% in September to a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 959,000 million units. The Commerce Department said Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, that despite the modest decrease, sales of new homes are up 32.1% from a year earlier, as the housing market remains strong despite the pandemic.

Red-hot U.S. housing market: January new home sales jump 4.3%

In this image taken with a drone, new townhouses are shown in Valencia, Pa., on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. Sales of new homes fell by 3.5% in September to a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 959,000 million units. The Commerce Department said Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, that despite the modest decrease, sales of new homes are up 32.1% from a year earlier, as the housing market remains strong despite the pandemic.

February 24, 2021, 7:57am Business

SILVER SPRING, Md. — Demand for new homes in the U.S. surged 4.3% in January with the housing market still one of the strongest segments of the economy. Read story

FILE- In this Oct. 21, 2009 file photo, a small crowd begins to gather outside a Fry's Electronics store in Renton, Wash. The electronics chain is permanently closing, citing the struggles it faced as a retailer during the coronavirus pandemic. The company, which was in business for 36 years, had 31 stores in nine states. Fry's Electronics Inc. said it stopped regular operations and began the wind-down process of its business on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. (AP Photo/Ted S.

Funky electronics chain Fry’s is no more

FILE- In this Oct. 21, 2009 file photo, a small crowd begins to gather outside a Fry's Electronics store in Renton, Wash. The electronics chain is permanently closing, citing the struggles it faced as a retailer during the coronavirus pandemic. The company, which was in business for 36 years, had 31 stores in nine states. Fry's Electronics Inc. said it stopped regular operations and began the wind-down process of its business on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. (AP Photo/Ted S.

February 24, 2021, 7:56am Business

SAN FRANCISCO — Fry’s Electronics, the go-to chain for tech tinkerers looking for an obscure part, is closing for good. Read story

FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2021, file photo, President Joe Biden signs an executive order, in the Oval Office of the White House, in Washington.  Biden is signing an executive order Wednesday to review the United States' supply chains for large capacity batteries, pharmaceuticals, critical minerals and semiconductors.

Biden to order a review of U.S. supply chains for vital goods

FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2021, file photo, President Joe Biden signs an executive order, in the Oval Office of the White House, in Washington.  Biden is signing an executive order Wednesday to review the United States' supply chains for large capacity batteries, pharmaceuticals, critical minerals and semiconductors.

February 24, 2021, 7:56am Business

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is preparing to sign an executive order to review U.S. supply chains for large-capacity batteries, pharmaceuticals, critical minerals and semiconductors that power cars, phones, military equipment and other goods. Read story

FILE - In this Jan. 21, 2020, file photo, state Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, speaks at a news conference in Sacramento, Calif. On Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021, a federal judge ruled California could enforce a 2018 net neutrality law. The law, authored by Wiener, aims to prevent internet service providers from intentionally slowing down internet speeds, among other things.

Federal judge says California can enforce net neutrality law

FILE - In this Jan. 21, 2020, file photo, state Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, speaks at a news conference in Sacramento, Calif. On Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021, a federal judge ruled California could enforce a 2018 net neutrality law. The law, authored by Wiener, aims to prevent internet service providers from intentionally slowing down internet speeds, among other things.

February 24, 2021, 7:55am Business

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A federal judge on Tuesday ruled that California can for the first time enforce its tough net neutrality law, clearing the way for the state to ban internet providers from slowing down or blocking access to websites and applications that don’t pay for premium service. Read story

A train hauling oil passes through the Gorge on its way to Vancouver, Tuesday, March 18, 2014.

Federal court says Washington can require two-person train crews

A train hauling oil passes through the Gorge on its way to Vancouver, Tuesday, March 18, 2014.

February 24, 2021, 7:40am Business

Dozens of daily trains that haul cargo such as wheat, aircraft parts and crude oil across Washington state can be required to operate with two-person crews, a federal court has ruled. Read story

Java House owners Lonnie and Cora Chandler have seen a healthy return of customers to Java House since indoor dining was allowed in mid-February. They both said they are grateful for the community's support for their business during the pandemic. "We're excited to see them again," Lonnie Chandler said.

Customers of Java House raise money to keep downtown shop open

Java House owners Lonnie and Cora Chandler have seen a healthy return of customers to Java House since indoor dining was allowed in mid-February. They both said they are grateful for the community's support for their business during the pandemic. "We're excited to see them again," Lonnie Chandler said.

February 24, 2021, 6:03am Business

Maradee Potter sat on her living room sofa in Hazel Dell in early January, thinking about the loved ones who passed away recently: her husband, John Potter, who died last year after a heart attack, her teaching partner Betty and her friend’s daughter, Erika Karcher. Read story

ZoomInfo, headquartered in Vancouver, specializes in data tools to help business-to-business marketing teams.

ZoomInfo reports fourth-quarter revenue increase of 53 percent

ZoomInfo, headquartered in Vancouver, specializes in data tools to help business-to-business marketing teams.

February 23, 2021, 7:00pm Business

ZoomInfo, Vancouver’s newest publicly traded company, is growing fast with help from the smaller tech companies it’s acquired. Read story

A man wearing a face mask walks past a bank's electronic board showing the Hong Kong share index in Hong Kong, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021. Asian shares were mostly higher on Tuesday despite a sell-off in technology companies on Wall Street.

Late gains reverse most of an early slide on stock market

A man wearing a face mask walks past a bank's electronic board showing the Hong Kong share index in Hong Kong, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021. Asian shares were mostly higher on Tuesday despite a sell-off in technology companies on Wall Street.

February 23, 2021, 2:35pm Business

A late-afternoon burst of buying on Wall Street helped reverse most of a stock market sell-off Tuesday, nudging the S&P 500 to its first gain after a five-day losing streak. Read story