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Retailers announced plans to close 7,100 stores this year
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Retailers announced plans to close 7,100 stores this year

Many major retail chains have been closing stores, sending ripples through the economy. Payless ShoeSource, which closed all of its U. S. locations...

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US average long-term mortgage rates rise; 30-year at 3.81%
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US average long-term mortgage rates rise; 30-year at 3.81%

WASHINGTON (AP) - U. S. long-term mortgage rates rose this week after three weeks of holding steady, tipped higher by expectations that the Federal...

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77.8M acres in Gulf of Mexico for August oil, gas lease sale
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77.8M acres in Gulf of Mexico for August oil, gas lease sale

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The federal government will offer 77.8 million acres (31.5 million hectares) in the Gulf of Mexico for oil and gas exploration...

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Toys R Us makes a small comeback with 2 stores
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Toys R Us makes a small comeback with 2 stores

NEW YORK (AP) - The first two new Toys R Us stores will open in November as part of a small comeback of the defunct iconic toy chain in the U. S....

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Seattle’s Showbox music venue granted landmark status
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Seattle’s Showbox music venue granted landmark status

Showbox supporters got some good news Wednesday as Seattle's Landmarks Preservation Board voted unanimously to grant the embattled music venue...

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Alaska village will install new river power generator
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Alaska village will install new river power generator

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A tiny Native village in southwest Alaska has turned to an emerging technology to transform the power of a local river...

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Kohl’s kicks off hiring for back-to-school, holiday seasons
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Kohl’s kicks off hiring for back-to-school, holiday seasons

NEW YORK (AP) - Kohl's is launching an early wave of hires for the back-to-school through the holiday season across 500 stores, nearly double the...

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Barneys New York evaluating restructuring options
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Barneys New York evaluating restructuring options

NEW YORK (AP) - Barneys New York may soon join the ever lengthening list of retail stores seeking protection in bankruptcy. The luxury clothing...

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US retail sales rise 0.4% in June in sign of consumer health
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US retail sales rise 0.4% in June in sign of consumer health

WASHINGTON (AP) - U. S. retail sales rose at a solid pace last month, providing crucial support to the economy at a time when other drivers of...

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Belltown condo building is a hive of Airbnb guests
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Belltown condo building is a hive of Airbnb guests

In the shadow of the Monorail, next to Top Pot's iconic Belltown location, sits a three-story brick condominium building dripping with lockboxes....

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Starbucks stores to stop selling newspapers in the fall, pointing to ‘changing customer behavior’
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Starbucks stores to stop selling newspapers in the fall, pointing to ‘changing customer behavior’

For nearly two decades, Starbucks has been a spot where you could buy a newspaper to spread over a table and spend a leisurely Sunday morning...

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Home for sale includes ‘Harry Potter room’ under stairs
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Home for sale includes ‘Harry Potter room’ under stairs

A house in San Diego included a reference to an area under the stairs as a "Harry Potter" room. (John Gibbins / San Diego Union-Tribune / TNS) SAN...

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Employee walkout at Slate Coffee’s Ballard store triggers discussion about ‘toxic’ work environments
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Employee walkout at Slate Coffee’s Ballard store triggers discussion about ‘toxic’ work environments

On an early Saturday morning last month in Ballard, five baristas taped resignation letters to the front door of Slate Coffee Roasters in hope of...

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Things are booming at Boom City, where tribal members get seasonal lessons in running a business
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Things are booming at Boom City, where tribal members get seasonal lessons in running a business

TULALIP INDIAN RESERVATION - It's like a neighborhood street fair, punctuated by the distant sound of explosions. Children weave through rows of...

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Amazon papers depict potential second Bellevue tower, but company has ‘no timeline’
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Amazon papers depict potential second Bellevue tower, but company has ‘no timeline’

Amazon's preliminary planning documents show the potential for a second, similarly sized skyscraper on its downtown Bellevue site, adjacent to the...

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Amazon plans its tallest tower, marking growing presence in Bellevue
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Amazon plans its tallest tower, marking growing presence in Bellevue

Amazon plans to build a 43-story tower in Bellevue - its tallest building anywhere, as well as the city's tallest - that would accommodate several...

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Furniture was a savior. Then it was a handicap for High Point.
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Furniture was a savior. Then it was a handicap for High Point.

HIGH POINT, N. C. - On a recent evening, the Rockers were getting ready for a professional baseball game at BB&T Point, the new multipurpose...

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The Etsy aesthetic comes to brick and mortar, and why tech is now a section at crafts retailer Michaels
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The Etsy aesthetic comes to brick and mortar, and why tech is now a section at crafts retailer Michaels

Retail and real estate entrepreneurs are turning former big box stores into places where cottage industries can find customers. It’s a physical...

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Retailers eager to lodge antitrust complaints against Amazon and Google, citing ‘information bottleneck’
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Retailers eager to lodge antitrust complaints against Amazon and Google, citing ‘information bottleneck’

A leading U. S. retail group, whose members include Walmart, is eager to aid antitrust enforcers that are poised to investigate whether Amazon and...

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Secondhand fashion site The RealReal shares rise in debut
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Secondhand fashion site The RealReal shares rise in debut

NEW YORK (AP) - Shares of The RealReal jumped on their first day of trading Friday, as the secondhand-fashion online retailer tests investors'...

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Mayor Durkan says Amazon’s relationship with Seattle City Hall much improved a year after head tax
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Mayor Durkan says Amazon’s relationship with Seattle City Hall much improved a year after head tax

A year after Amazon and City Hall clashed over a proposed tax on big businesses, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan toured the company's newest building...

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Seattle’s Ascent Outdoors is reopening in July under new ownership, with focus on diversity
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Seattle’s Ascent Outdoors is reopening in July under new ownership, with focus on diversity

Sandeep Nain bought the Ballard Ascent Outdoors and Ascent Cycle stores, he plans to reopen the stores in July. The sudden closure of the two...

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Lobby crush: Online shopping leads to mountains of boxes
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Lobby crush: Online shopping leads to mountains of boxes

As online shopping becomes ubiquitous, so do the boxes delivered to homes across the country. The problem's only getting worse, says Rick Haughey,...

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After 7-year battle, Lake City neighbors rejoice as Lake Washington dead end becomes a public beach
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After 7-year battle, Lake City neighbors rejoice as Lake Washington dead end becomes a public beach

A tiny beach lot on the Lake Washington shoreline near Lake City now exists as a park. It took seven years of court wrangling and, most recently,...

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Apple will announce Seattle expansion today
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Apple will announce Seattle expansion today

Apple plans to add 2,000 software and hardware jobs in Seattle within the next five years, starting with 200 additional jobs this year, company...

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A retail rainbow: Vendors mark LGBTQ Pride on sales racks
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A retail rainbow: Vendors mark LGBTQ Pride on sales racks

NEW YORK (AP) - Major retailers have diversified their inventory for Pride month, selling apparel and other goods that celebrate LGBTQ culture to...

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Report: Strategic downtown Seattle blocks for sale near Amazon HQ
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Report: Strategic downtown Seattle blocks for sale near Amazon HQ

Two central blocks in downtown Seattle, close to Amazon's headquarters and wedged between the Westin hotel, Westlake Center and the Pacific Place...

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APNewsBreak: California launches anti-illegal pot campaign
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APNewsBreak: California launches anti-illegal pot campaign

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Marijuana shoppers are going to be getting a message from California regulators: Go legal. Aiming to slow illegal pot sales that...

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US long-term mortgage rates little changed; 30-year at 3.84%
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US long-term mortgage rates little changed; 30-year at 3.84%

WASHINGTON (AP) - U. S. long-term mortgage rates were little changed this week. The key 30-year, fixed-rate loan hovered around an average 3.8% for...

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Land swap may allow pipeline to cross Appalachian Trail
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Land swap may allow pipeline to cross Appalachian Trail

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) - A land swap with the federal government could allow a developer to install a natural gas pipeline that crosses the Appalachian...

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