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Dollar Tree steps up fight against Wal-Mart, buys Family Dollar

By CANDICE CHOI

Dollar Tree said Monday it is buying rival discounter Family Dollar for $8.5 billion, significantly broadening its reach as it looks to fend off Wal-Mart, which has been stepping up its courtship of lower-income customers



Zillow buying Trulia to build real estate titan

By MAE ANDERSON

Zillow and Trulia, two companies that changed the way people shop for homes, are combining.


Red Lobster tries to go upscale

By CANDICE CHOI

Red Lobster wants to be seen as a purveyor of quality seafood, so it's getting rid of some of its promotional discounts and stacking the food higher on plates, as is the style at fancier restaurants.


3 jailed for blocking tracks to Anacortes oil refinery

The Skagit County Sheriff's Office says three oil-train protesters have been arrested for blocking the railroad tracks at the Tesoro refinery near Anacortes.


Amazon offers 3-D printed products

Amazon said Monday that it has started selling 3-D printed customizable objects like iPhone cases, jewelry and figurines on the online retailer's website.


Idaho firms want more liquor permits

Some Idaho business owners say the state's laws limiting the number of liquor licenses in each city stunt local economic growth.


Kitsap, King could have joint ferries

A consultant preparing Kitsap County's passenger-only ferry plan says the county should partner with King County to provide the service.


$100M gift for OHSU research

Oregon Health & Science University says its drive to match Nike co-founder Phil Knight's challenge for cancer research has gotten a $100 million boost.


‘Pawn Stars' plans shopping plaza

The co-owner of the Las Vegas shop featured in the reality show “Pawn Stars” hopes a shopping center he's proposing will lure the long lines of tourists who visit his famous store.


Tribes says racing proposal still alive

Tribal officials say they haven't given up on the idea of an auto racing complex on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation in Central Oregon.



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