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  • Dec 22- Hong Kong said Monday it has suspended imports of certain U.S. poultry and poultry products because strains of avian influenza have been identified in the United States, marking the second foreign market to issue such a ban. No human cases involving either viral strain have been detected in the United States or Canada, and there are no immediate public...

  • Haggen chain buying 146 Safeway, Albertsons stores Saturday, 20 Dec 2014 | 2:16 PM ET

    BELLINGHAM, Wash.— The Washington state- based grocery chain Haggen Inc. plans to buy 146 Albertsons and Safeway stores in Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada and Arizona. The Bellingham Herald reports the sales are required under the federal review of Safeway's sale to an investment group that owns Albertsons. Associated Food Stores is buying eight stores...

  • Tick-tock: Tips for last-minute shoppers Saturday, 20 Dec 2014 | 7:36 AM ET

    PORTLAND, Ore.— The clock is ticking, and your holiday shopping list isn't complete. The National Retail Federation found that only about half of shoppers had finished shopping as of Dec. 10. That opens up lots of strategies for shopping that will keep you out of the crazy lines in stores at noon on Christmas Eve.

  • Staples: Customer data exposed in security breach Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 4:45 PM ET

    PORTLAND, Ore.— Staples Inc. says nearly 1.2 million customer payment cards may have been exposed during a security breach earlier this year. The Framingham, Massachusetts- based company is offering free identity protection services— including credit monitoring, identity theft insurance a free credit report— to customers who might be at risk.

  • PacifiCorp Energy pleads guilty in bird deaths Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 2:49 PM ET

    CHEYENNE, Wyo.— Wind farm operator PacifiCorp Energy will pay $2.5 million in fines after pleading guilty Friday to charges related to the deaths of protected birds in Wyoming. The subsidiary of Portland, Oregon- based PacifiCorp pleaded guilty in federal court in Wyoming to two counts of violating the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act under a plea deal with...

  • Nike shares fall despite 2Q beat Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 2:12 PM ET

    Nike shares came under pressure Friday over the potential impact of extremely volatile currency rates. Nike reported quarterly earnings late Thursday and said that its worldwide futures orders, which are orders scheduled for delivery from December through April, are up 7 percent. Nike earned 74 cents per share for the period on revenue of $7.38 billion.

  • Tick-tock: Tips for last-minute shoppers Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 11:31 AM ET

    PORTLAND, Ore.— The clock is ticking, and your holiday shopping list isn't complete. The National Retail Federation found that only about half of shoppers had finished shopping as of Dec. 10. That opens up lots of strategies for shopping that will keep you out of the crazy lines in stores at noon on Christmas Eve.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 18- Uber argued Thursday that it should not have to turn over ride data in a California regulatory standoff that shows how the transportation service is falling afoul of officials who could threaten its expansion. The issue, which is being heard in a California administrative court and whose outcome will not be known until next year, pits Uber...

  • Uber suspends operations in Portland for 3 months Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 7:09 PM ET

    PORTLAND, Ore.— Less than two weeks after the ride-hailing app Uber launched in Portland without officials' approval, the company said it is suspending operations for three months to work out its differences with the city. General manager Brooke Steger wrote in a blog post Thursday that Portland is working to update its regulations for private for-hire...

  • Nike says strong demand drives 2Q beat Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 4:21 PM ET

    BEAVERTON, Ore.— Nike Inc. says strong consumer demand helped boost its second-quarter revenue and profit. Nike's profit got a boost from the strong sales growth, improved margins and fewer outstanding shares. Nike also said that its worldwide futures orders, which are orders scheduled for delivery from December through April, rose 7 percent.

  • Group challenges timber producer's 'green' label Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 2:33 PM ET

    The complaint covers Plum Creek logging in Oregon's Coast Range, citing 11 civil citations over the past six years for violating state logging regulations, including four citations for exceeding the clear-cutting limit of 120 acres. The complaint includes Google Earth images showing landslides in areas stripped of trees by Plum Creek.

  • Ex-Rite Aid VP charged in $14.6M surplus scheme Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 1:47 PM ET

    HARRISBURG, Pa.— A former Rite Aid quality assurance executive in Oregon and a New Jersey businessman have agreed to plead guilty to charges in connection with a nine-year, $14.6 million surplus inventory kickback scheme. Federal prosecutors Thursday charged Timothy Foster and businessman Jay Findling with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and 65- year-old...

  • Amazon launches 1-hour shipping in Manhattan Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 11:58 AM ET

    "There are times when you can't make it to the store and other times when you simply don't want to go," said Dave Clark, Amazon's senior vice president of worldwide operations, in announcing the service known as Prime Now. Amazon said it hopes to roll out one-hour delivery to more cities in 2015.. The speedy delivery service comes as a result of Amazon's growing...

  • 2014: A year of battle lines drawn over dinner Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 10:38 AM ET

    Have you picked a side yet? If not, you'd better think fast, because the battle lines are being drawn and they cut right down the dinner table. For if there was any theme to the food world in 2014, it was the prevalence of polarizing issues.

  • Lane County bans e-cigarette sales to minors Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 1:16 PM ET

    EUGENE, Ore.— Lane County commissioners have voted to outlaw the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors. Lane County's two major cities are Eugene and Springfield. The county intends to begin random checks or "decoy purchases" to test whether tobacco retailers sell to minors, much as the Oregon Liquor Control Commission does with alcohol sales.

  • Protections blocked, but sage grouse work goes on Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 11:21 AM ET

    BILLINGS, Mont.— U.S. wildlife officials will decide next year whether a wide-ranging Western bird species needs protections even though Congress has blocked such protections from taking effect, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said Wednesday. President Barack Obama signed a $1.1 trillion spending bill late Tuesday with a provision that barred money from...

  • In final 2014 push, Congress renews tax breaks Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 2:07 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Banks, retailers, commuters and teachers will keep their temporary tax breaks for another year after Congress gave final approval Tuesday to a massive tax package affecting millions of businesses and individuals. More narrow provisions include tax breaks for filmmakers, racehorse owners and rum producers in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

  • Congress votes to extend tax breaks through 2014 Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 7:32 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Banks, retailers, commuters and teachers will keep their temporary tax breaks for another year after Congress gave final approval Tuesday to a massive tax package affecting millions of businesses and individuals. More narrow provisions include tax breaks for filmmakers, racehorse owners and rum producers in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

  • Nordstrom fires worker over police killings post Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 3:22 PM ET

    PORTLAND, Ore.— Nordstrom has fired a sales associate who made a statement about killing police on his Facebook page. Nordstrom spokeswoman Tara Darrow said the department store chain does not tolerate violence, violent conversation or "threats of any kind." Hodges said a manager from the downtown Portland store called him Friday to say people were calling...

  • Oregon certifies recount results: GMO labels lost Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 2:26 PM ET

    SALEM, Ore.— Secretary of State Kate Brown has certified recount results showing the defeat of a ballot measure to require labels on genetically modified foods, officially making Oregon the fourth state in the West to reject the idea. They have not said whether they'll make another try in Oregon in 2016, when they potentially would be buoyed by the larger, more...