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Northwest utility Avista sold to Canadian company for $5.3 billion :


Avista, a major energy provider in the Northwest, is being sold for $5.3 billion to a Canadian energy company. Hydro One, a public company based in Toronto, announced Wednesday it is paying cash for ...


This influential Silicon Valley firm is spearheading a blacklist of venture capitalists accused of harassing women:


Faced with a burgeoning sexual harassment crisis, leaders in Silicon Valley have come up with a very Silicon Valley solution: Use technology to create a blacklist. One of the region's most prominent ...


U.S. judge finds that Aetna deceived the public about its reasons for quitting Obamacare:


Aetna claimed this summer that it was pulling out of all but four of the 15 states where it was providing Obamacare individual insurance because of a business decision -- it was simply losing too much ...


The Next Last Packers:


Mule packing is dying. Or so they say. Meet the new generation fighting to preserve nostalgia, a timeless heritage, and wilderness itself. "It is a less likely skill for young people to take up, ...


Microsoft preparing thousands of layoffs as it shifts to the cloud, reports say:


Worldwide layoffs are reportedly about to hit Microsoft. According to several news outlets, the software giant is set to cut thousands of jobs across the globe in an attempt to reorganize its sales ...


Are you a CenturyLink customer? This lawsuit says the company may have defrauded you:


A class-action lawsuit filed in Idaho accuses telecom giant CenturyLink of defrauding its customers of millions, possibly billions, of dollars. BY CYNTHIA SEWELL csewell@idahostatesman.com Full ...


A pair of decades-old policies may change the way rural America gets local news:


While Americans were distracted by the very important public debates around an open internet and the proliferation of fake news online, the Federal Communications Commission quietly proposed reshaping ...


Portland woman sues CenturyLink, alleging overbilling, hidden fees:


A Portland woman has accused CenturyLink of overcharging her after salespeople came to her door with offers of cheap, superfast internet access, according to a federal lawsuit. The class-action ...


Big Prize in Amazon-Whole Foods Deal: Data:


Amazon for years has been looking for more ways to gather information about how consumers shop. Amazon.com Inc. spent two decades hastening the demise of the traditional brick-and-mortar retail industry. ...


America's most successful companies are killing the economy:


Dominant U.S. companies have delivered amazing benefits to consumers and shareholders, but their success has also damaged our economy. The problem with winner-take-all capitalism is that the winners ...


Rigged: How Trucking Firms Drove Drivers Into Debt, Left Them Destitute - New Wisconsin Road Funding Option: Let Truckers Pay:


Los Angeles -- Samuel Talavera Jr. did everything his bosses asked. Most days, the trucker would drive more than 16 hours straight hauling LG dishwashers and Kumho tires to warehouses around Los Angeles, ...


Why people are going crazy over bitcoin and other digital currencies:


Bitcoin and other virtual currencies are on a tear this year, surpassing the returns seen in stocks, bonds and most other investments. The price of bitcoin has tripled since the beginning of the year, ...


Lawsuits claim Wells Fargo modified mortgages without customer permission:


Wells Fargo is facing more accusations that it made unauthorized changes to customers accounts -- this time to their mortgages. The bank forced borrowers in bankruptcy into loan modifications by reducing ...


Will data analytics transform our healthcare system?:


Big data analytics are entirely transforming business paradigms. Automated databases are enabling businesses to perform mundane tasks more efficiently. And, the commercial sector isn't the only area to ...


Silicon Valley comes to the farm:


Technology has a lot of old lamps for new kind of ideas that are helping farmers in Richland-county area fields put a new spin on old equipment. TriCounty Implement had a couple of these old made new ...


Fighting for their lives, malls reinvent themselves for the experiential set:


The American shopping mall isn't dead. But a slice of the industry is on life support, suffering from changing times. Now, mall owners and developers are working on a remedy. Here's the problem: ...


This College-Town Hotel Chain Is Putting Airbnb on Notice:




Portland approves permit for 1st all-wood high-rise in US:


Officials in Oregon have approved construction permits for the first all-wood high-rise building in the nation. Construction on the 12-story building, called Framework, will break ground this fall ...


In Montana, land transfer threatens the American rancher's way of life:


Ranchers in the west have been struggling for decades. Now a new threat looms: public land might be taken away from them Cows, corrals and community: ranching in Montana - in pictures by ...


How can Yellowstone stay safe, accessible and pristine as more and more people visit?:


As the summer tourism season gets underway, Yellowstone National Park officials are figuring out how to deal with the ever-increasing visitation that stresses personnel and facilities, clogs roadways ...


Senators Tester, Daines, Heitkamp, and Hoeven Fight for Local Honey Producers:


Senators Lead Bipartisan Effort to Protect Jobs and End Unfair Chinese Trade Practice that Targets Rural Economies U.S. Senators Jon Tester, Steve Daines, Heidi Heitkamp, and John Hoeven are ...


Credit Suisse Says One in Every Four U.S. Malls Will be Gone by 2022:




More Money, More Problems: How Profit Hijacked American Health Care:


The cost of health care in the United States is spiraling upward while politicians continue to bicker over how to fix a broken system. Elisabeth Rosenthal has a sweeping view of the problem because she ...


The story behind Denver's most popular mobile app and why it needed to change:


Denver entrepreneur Bryan Leach gave up a high-powered career as an international arbitration attorney to launch Ibotta https://ibotta.com/ , which has grown to be one of the most popular shopping ...


A third of the nation's honeybee colonies died last year. Why you should care:




Outdoor Retailer takes show to Denver:


Show organizers said in February they were leaving Utah for a new long-term home because of Republican state leaders' opposition to the new Bears Ears National Monument and other public land policies. By ...


Idaho vacation-rental law is a model for the nation:


Most neighborhoods will experience the occasional problem resident. There's the person who throws a loud party late into the night, leaves junk in the front yard, lines the street with cars, parks that ...


On the way out, a Lee publisher blasts the home office:


"At the same time, I have watched the autonomy of the local newspaper being eroded day by day and replaced with central planning from remote corporate offices. More and more decisions about your local ...


Bitcoin hits record $2,000 -- and rising:


Bitcoin, sometimes frowned upon as a currency of the underworld, is fast gaining currency in the financial world. The crypto-currency soared past $2,000 for the first time over the weekend as investors ...


Electricity Choice, Utilities Are Losing Customers in Droves:


As California Mulls Retail Electricity Choice, Utilities Are Losing Customers in Droves According to California regulators, 85 percent of customers in the state will source electricity from entities ...

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