They should have called this Hyundai the Somnolent

American car buyers are enamored of crossovers, a clever bit of hucksterism that starts with … Read more

Tired of time-draining smartphones, SOME DECIDE TO FOLD

Flip phone becomes a protest statement

NEW YORK — One year ago, Roman Cochet swapped his $500 iPhone 7 for a … Read more

Company raises all pay to $50k: quirky or smart?

ATLANTA — Most smart employers want to pay enough to get the workers they need, … Read more

Yankees-tested meatless sausage is going national at Whole Foods

The next generation of vegan meat includes sausage made from peas, beets and coconut oil. … Read more

The unspoken factor in Amazon's search for a new home: Jeff Bezos' support for gay rights

When Amazon executives recently toured the Dallas-Fort Worth area, one of 20 finalists for a … Read more

Blueberry demand is sweet news for Chile

Hipsters and health nuts the world over want more avocados for their toast and blueberries … Read more

Business people on the move

• Chris Bellusci joins Aspect Consulting as an associate business system architect. Bellusci has more … Read more

Alaska Airlines will require documents for emotional support animals

Rule takes effect May 1

Responding to a rash of incidents involving animals on planes, Alaska Airlines plans to impose … Read more

Foundation leader helped raise $8.3 billion, and then resigned in disgrace

The senior official at the center of sexual harassment allegations that have rocked one of … Read more

$1B fine, U.S. gets power to fire execs

Wells Fargo & Co.’s $1 billion fine won’t close the book on fallout from its … Read more

National business briefing

Stocks fall; bond slide deepens U.S. stocks stumbled as renewed selling in technology shares overshadowed … Read more

Party City offers Ramadan decorations, a first for a big U.S. retailer

For the first time, a major U.S. retailer is offering a dedicated line of decorations … Read more

University to employ self-driving shuttle buses

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — A pair of self-driving shuttle buses should begin motoring around Ann … Read more

Wages rise in Deschutes County’s tight labor market

Some sectors see double-digit wage growth over three years

There are more jobs in Deschutes County then job seekers, forcing employers to raise wages … Read more

Wells Fargo may face $1 billion fine

WASHINGTON — Federal regulators are preparing to fine megabank Wells Fargo about $1 billion for … Read more

Coffee industry discusses need to improve diversity

SEATTLE — Coffee farmers, buyers, roasters, retailers and baristas from around the world are gathering … Read more

Internet-connected rental scooters driving cities crazy

Municipal leaders getting complaints about scooter riders behaving badly

You’ll find them obstructing sidewalks in Austin, draped on trash cans in San Francisco and … Read more

Business dispatches

• NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market has opened vendor registration for the 2018 market season. The … Read more

National business briefing

Hulu makes gains The streaming service Hulu is worth about $8.7 billion. But that remains … Read more

Hemp growers wait for new rules

Oregon will allow hemp growers to sell CBD products in pot shops

Industrial hemp growers who make cannabidiol, or CBD, wanted to be able to put their … Read more

Summit Bank posts higher earnings

Summit Bank reported Wednesday it had first-quarter earnings of $1.15 million, or 28 cents per … Read more

CycleBar fitness studio comes to Old Mill

Indoor cycling franchise to open in June

CycleBar, an international indoor cycling franchise, will open June 7 in the Old Mill District … Read more

Oregon solar factory is sold — possibly saving 350 jobs

Credit clean-energy skeptic Donald Trump with rescuing a Hillsboro solar energy factory: SolarWorld sold its … Read more

Building permits for the city of Bend and Deschutes County

City of Bend • ROS LLC, 1230 NE Third Street, Suite A-152, $101,647 • Mark … Read more

With eyes on Oscars, Netflix may buy theaters

Netflix, the global streaming giant that has dramatically changed the TV industry and clashed with … Read more

Stocks up modestly as earnings come in; oil surges

U.S. stocks finished broadly higher Wednesday, giving the S&P 500 its third gain in as … Read more

Anti-bias auto-loan guidance voted down

The U.S. Senate has moved to scrap a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau policy aimed at … Read more

Central Oregon builders detail hurdles to affordability

Builders cite regulation, land costs, lack of labor

Housing in Central Oregon is expensive, and consumers aren’t the only ones frustrated by the … Read more

Redmond to land two hotels near Expo Center

Developer plans Hampton Inn and Woodspring Suites

Two hotel chains have selected Redmond as their site for expansion, adding much-needed hotel rooms … Read more

Airport adopts new identity: New York’s budget flight hub

Small airports close to large metro areas are reinvigorated by commercial attention

NEW WINDSOR, N.Y. — As the baggage claim area at New York Stewart International Airport … Read more

National business briefing

Earnings spur stocks upward U.S. stocks rallied for a second day amid better-than-expected earnings from … Read more

Cracker Barrel breaks ground in Bend

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store plans to open in Robal Road Village in November, according … Read more

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