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  • While FAA inspectors complained that they've had to cancel inspections because of the agency's tight travel budget, the GAO said it couldn't confirm the assertions because the FAA said doesn't keep separate data on travel expenditures for oversight of foreign repair stations. The report also criticized the FAA for not collecting data from airlines on the...

  • PORTLAND, Ore. _ Columbia Sportswear Co. on Thursday reported a loss of $8.2 million in its second quarter. Columbia Sportswear expects full-year earnings to be $2.60 to $2.70 per share. Columbia Sportswear shares have increased 22 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Whole Foods' shares fell nearly 10 percent to $30.32 on Thursday on the New York Stock Exchange- their biggest intraday percentage drop in a year. "The most worrisome development about Whole Foods' latest results is the continued sales deceleration heading into FY17," Pivotal Research Group analyst Ajay Jain wrote in a note. Whole Foods opened the first 365 store...

  • MEDFORD, Ore. _ Lithia Motors Inc. on Thursday reported second-quarter net income of $51.4 million. Lithia Motors expects full-year earnings to be $7.50 to $7.65 per share, with revenue in the range of $8.5 billion to $8.6 billion. Lithia Motors shares have fallen 22 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • PRINEVILLE, Oregon— In a story July 27 about a rural Oregon town that has reinvented itself as a high-tech outpost, The Associated Press reported erroneously when Facebook came to Prineville to look for a site for a data center. Former Oregon lumber town rides digital wave to a comeback. PRINEVILLE, Oregon— It was not long ago that Crook County had five major lumber...

  • BEND, Ore. _ Cascade Bancorp on Wednesday reported second-quarter net income of $4.8 million. The bank, based in Bend, Oregon, said it had earnings of 7 cents per share. The holding company for Bank of the Cascades posted revenue of $30 million in the period.

  • SEATTLE— As crude oil trains began rolling through its downtown a few years ago, Spokane was among the first cities to pass a resolution calling for stronger federal safety regulations. But when a mile-long train derailed in the scenic Columbia River Gorge along the Oregon- Washington border last month— after earlier passing through this major railroad hub in...

  • WILSONVILLE, Ore. _ Flir Systems Inc. on Wednesday reported second-quarter earnings of $45.4 million. Flir Systems expects full-year earnings in the range of $1.60 to $1.65 per share, with revenue in the range of $1.6 billion to $1.65 billion. Flir Systems shares have increased 17 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has...

  • BEAVERTON, Ore. _ Digimarc Corp. on Tuesday reported a loss of $5.3 million in its second quarter. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for a loss of 63 cents per share. Digimarc shares have declined 3.5 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • HILLSBORO, Ore. _ RadiSys Corp. on Tuesday reported a loss of $591,000 in its second quarter. For the current quarter ending in October, RadiSys expects its per-share earnings to range from 2 cents to 6 cents. RadiSys shares have climbed 87 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • NEW YORK, July 26- U.S. single-family home prices rose less than expected on an annual basis in May, and were down from the prior month, a survey showed on Tuesday. "Overall, housing is doing quite well," said David M. Blitzer, managing director and chairman of the index committee at S&P Dow Jones Indices. Home prices in three U.S. cities- Denver, Seattle and Portland, Oregon-...

  • WASHINGTON— U.S. home prices extended their steady upward march in May, spurred by rising sales and a dwindling supply of available houses. "Sellers are in the driver's seat, as buyers contend with fierce competition and very fast-moving markets," Svenja Gudell, chief economist at real estate data provider Zillow, said. Portland, Oregon, Seattle, and Denver posted...

  • NEW YORK/ SAN FRANCISCO, July 26- The 1923 middle school building in Oregon's Corbett School District is so old that horses and trailers were used to dig the basement. The amount of debt sold so far this year in the $3.7 trillion market for U.S. municipal and state debt is less than in 2015 despite record-low borrowing rates. The yield on top-rated municipal 30- year...

  • PRINEVILLE, Oregon— It was not long ago that Crook County had five major lumber mills. So, kick us when we're down, "said Donna Barnes, Ochoco Lumber Co. accounting manager. Now, the digital revolution is providing Crook County and its main town, Prineville, with a second chance.

  • NEW YORK/ SAN FRANCISCO, July 26- The 1923 middle school building in Oregon's Corbett School District is so old that horses and trailers were used to dig the basement. The amount of debt sold so far this year in the $3.7 trillion market for U.S. municipal and state debt is less than in 2015 despite record-low borrowing rates. The yield on top-rated municipal 30- year...

  • CHEYENNE, Wyo.— Aiming to develop new export markets for a fuel source hit by declining domestic demand, Wyoming Gov. Mead said he expects a conference will take place in Wyoming, the nation's largest coal-producing state, within a year that would allow Japanese researchers to work on coal issues with researchers from the University of Wyoming School of Energy...

  • NEW YORK— Marissa Mayer was a rarity: A major tech-company CEO who served while pregnant and, later, as a mother of young children. But the company's problems didn't start with Mayer, who points out that Yahoo's audience grew under her tenure. Women make up 37 percent of Yahoo's workforce and 24 percent of its leadership positions, numbers typical of the technology...

  • WASHINGTON— A safeguard for Medicare beneficiaries has become a way for drugmakers to get paid billions of dollars for pricey medications at taxpayer expense, government numbers show. The cost of Medicare's "catastrophic" prescription coverage jumped by 85 percent in three years, from $27.7 billion in 2013 to $51.3 billion in 2015, according to the program's...

  • NEW YORK— Pink for girls. Kristin Higgins was adamant about not pushing "girly" stereotypes on her daughter, and painted her room in shades of green. "It's hard to find gender-neutral clothing," said Higgins, 35, of Little Rock, whose daughter is now 6. "I want her to just get up and put on the clothing without thinking of putting on a costume, an identity."

  • TRUCKEE, Calif.— Once believed to have gone extinct in the Sierra Nevada, scientists believe a wolverine spotted this winter north of Lake Tahoe is the same one that in 2008 became the first documented in the area since the 1920 s. Chris Stermer, a wildlife biologist for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, set up remote cameras in the Tahoe National...