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Washington and Kalispel Tribe reach agreement to allow sports wagering

May 12, 2021, 7:39am Business

SPOKANE — State gambling officials and the Kalispel Tribe of Indians jointly announced Tuesday they have reached an agreement that would allow sports gambling to occur at Northern Quest Resort & Casino. Read story

Sharetea owner NaNa Sisakvanich, right, combines vats of black tapioca pearls while Tyme Sisakvanich watches at Sharetea in Hazel Dell. A global shortage in the ingredients that make up the tapioca pearls in boba tea is affecting businesses that serve the colorful drinks.

Clark County boba tea businesses say they’re prepared for ‘pearl’ shortage

Sharetea owner NaNa Sisakvanich, right, combines vats of black tapioca pearls while Tyme Sisakvanich watches at Sharetea in Hazel Dell. A global shortage in the ingredients that make up the tapioca pearls in boba tea is affecting businesses that serve the colorful drinks.

May 12, 2021, 6:02am Business

Bubble tea, boba tea, or pearl tea is a tea-based drink with small round tapioca balls (or pearls) bobbing at the bottom of the cup. This Taiwanese beverage has become increasingly popular in Vancouver. 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 lower on Wall Street again as Apple and other Big Tech companies give up more ground. The S&P 500 index fell 1.2% in the early going Tuesday, May 11, 2021.

Stocks pull back on Wall Street as inflation concerns grow

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 lower on Wall Street again as Apple and other Big Tech companies give up more ground. The S&P 500 index fell 1.2% in the early going Tuesday, May 11, 2021.

May 11, 2021, 1:45pm Business

Banks and energy companies led a broad pullback for stocks Tuesday, knocking the Dow Jones Industrial Average more than 470 points lower and wiping out the market's gains from last week. Read story

An aerial photo shows the Steigerwald Commerce Center, an industrial park owned by the Port of Camas-Washougal, east of downtown Washougal. The area has been designated as an Opportunity Zone, creating a new investment tool for developers interested in moving into the area’s remaining vacant lots.

CREDC secures grant to bring aerospace, defense manufacturer to Clark County

An aerial photo shows the Steigerwald Commerce Center, an industrial park owned by the Port of Camas-Washougal, east of downtown Washougal. The area has been designated as an Opportunity Zone, creating a new investment tool for developers interested in moving into the area’s remaining vacant lots.

May 11, 2021, 12:11pm Business

The Columbia River Economic Development Council announced Tuesday that it has secured a $75,000 economic development grant from the Washington State Department of Commerce to help bring Chatsworth, Calif.-based aerospace and defense manufacturer United Precision Corporation to Clark County. Read story

FILE - In this April 20, 2021 file photo released by Xinhua News Agency, Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers a keynote speech via video for the opening ceremony of the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) Annual Conference, in Beijing.  A seven-month investigation by the Associated Press and the Oxford Internet Institute, a department at Oxford University, found that the rise of Chinese diplomats on Twitter has been powered by an army of apparently fake accounts that have retweeted their posts tens of thousands of times. The move onto Western social media comes as China wages a war for influence - both at home and abroad -- on the internet, which President Xi Jinping has called "the main battlefield" for public opinion.

Army of fake fans boosts China’s messaging on Twitter

FILE - In this April 20, 2021 file photo released by Xinhua News Agency, Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers a keynote speech via video for the opening ceremony of the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) Annual Conference, in Beijing.  A seven-month investigation by the Associated Press and the Oxford Internet Institute, a department at Oxford University, found that the rise of Chinese diplomats on Twitter has been powered by an army of apparently fake accounts that have retweeted their posts tens of thousands of times. The move onto Western social media comes as China wages a war for influence - both at home and abroad -- on the internet, which President Xi Jinping has called "the main battlefield" for public opinion.

May 11, 2021, 8:46am Business

BRUSSELS — China’s ruling Communist Party has opened a new front in its long, ambitious war to shape global public opinion: Western social media. Read story

A hiring sign is displayed outside of a restaurant during the COVID-19 pandemic in Glenview, Ill., Saturday, May 8, 2021. US job growth slows sharply in sign of hiring struggles. Employers added just 266,000 jobs in April, sharply lower than in March and far fewer than economists had expected. The unemployment rate rose for the first time since April 2020. (AP Photo/Nam Y.

U.S. job openings soar to highest level on record

A hiring sign is displayed outside of a restaurant during the COVID-19 pandemic in Glenview, Ill., Saturday, May 8, 2021. US job growth slows sharply in sign of hiring struggles. Employers added just 266,000 jobs in April, sharply lower than in March and far fewer than economists had expected. The unemployment rate rose for the first time since April 2020. (AP Photo/Nam Y.

May 11, 2021, 8:41am Business

WASHINGTON — U.S. employers posted a record number of available jobs in March, illustrating starkly the desperation of businesses trying to fine new workers as the country emerges from the pandemic and the economy expands. Read story

FILE - In this April 2, 2021, file photo, Washington Metropolitan Police Department chief Robert Contee speaks during a news conference in Washington. Political hand-wringing in Washington over Russia's hacking of federal agencies and meddling in U.S. politics has mostly overshadowed a worsening digital scourge with a far broader wallop: crippling and dispiriting extortionary ransomware attacks by cybercriminal mafias. All the while, ransomware gangsters have become more brazen and cocky as they put more and more lives and livelihoods at risk. This week, one syndicate threatened to make available to local criminal gangs data they say they stole from the Washington, D.C., metro police on informants.

Ransomware gang threatens release of D.C. police records

FILE - In this April 2, 2021, file photo, Washington Metropolitan Police Department chief Robert Contee speaks during a news conference in Washington. Political hand-wringing in Washington over Russia's hacking of federal agencies and meddling in U.S. politics has mostly overshadowed a worsening digital scourge with a far broader wallop: crippling and dispiriting extortionary ransomware attacks by cybercriminal mafias. All the while, ransomware gangsters have become more brazen and cocky as they put more and more lives and livelihoods at risk. This week, one syndicate threatened to make available to local criminal gangs data they say they stole from the Washington, D.C., metro police on informants.

May 11, 2021, 8:40am Business

RICHMOND, Va. — A Russian-speaking ransomware syndicate that stole data from the Washington, D.C., police department says negotiations over payment have broken down and it will release sensitive information that could put lives at risk if more money is not offered. Read story

Vice President Kamala Harris listens as President Joe Biden speaks about the economy, in the East Room of the White House, Monday, May 10, 2021, in Washington.

Biden: 1M sign up for health care during special enrollment

Vice President Kamala Harris listens as President Joe Biden speaks about the economy, in the East Room of the White House, Monday, May 10, 2021, in Washington.

May 11, 2021, 8:40am Business

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden said Tuesday that 1 million Americans had signed up for health insurance under “Obamacare” during a special enrollment period for those needing coverage during the coronavirus pandemic. Read story

A man and child wearing masks visit Tiananmen Gate near the portrait of Mao Zedong in Beijing on May 3, 2021. China's population growth is falling closer to zero as fewer couples have children, the government announced Tuesday, May 11, 2021, adding to strains on an aging society with a shrinking workforce.

China adds few babies, loses workers as its 1.4B people age

A man and child wearing masks visit Tiananmen Gate near the portrait of Mao Zedong in Beijing on May 3, 2021. China's population growth is falling closer to zero as fewer couples have children, the government announced Tuesday, May 11, 2021, adding to strains on an aging society with a shrinking workforce.

May 11, 2021, 8:35am Business

BEIJING — The number of working-age people in China fell over the past decade as its aging population barely grew, a census showed Tuesday, complicating Chinese leaders’ efforts to create a more prosperous and influential nation. Read story

FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2008 file photo traffic on I-95 passes oil storage tanks owned by the Colonial Pipeline Company in Linden, N.J. A major pipeline that transports fuels along the East Coast says it had to stop operations because it was the victim of a cyberattack.

Pipeline officials hope most service will be back by weekend

FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2008 file photo traffic on I-95 passes oil storage tanks owned by the Colonial Pipeline Company in Linden, N.J. A major pipeline that transports fuels along the East Coast says it had to stop operations because it was the victim of a cyberattack.

May 11, 2021, 8:35am Business

WASHINGTON — Hit by a cyberattack, the operator of a major U.S. fuel pipeline said it hopes to have services mostly restored by the end of the week as the FBI and administration officials identified the culprits as a gang of criminal hackers. Read story