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SEATTLE — Washington’s technology giants were both among the top 10 recipients of U.S. patents in 2019, a record year for new intellectual property.

MINNEAPOLIS — Target, one of the best performers in retail in the last year, brought in lower-than-expected sales in November and December, the latest sign that the holiday season turned out to be a lackluster one.

Regulators are demanding zero-emission vehicles. And manufacturers are scrambling to provide them, spending billions on electric-car development.

When U-Haul recently announced it will no longer hire people who use nicotine in any form in the 21 states where such hiring policies are legal, the Phoenix-based moving company joined a cadre of companies with nicotine-free hiring policies.

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A plan for the historic neighborhood that borders UW-Eau Claire is headed to a City Council vote today after residents and the university came to some compromises.

WASHINGTON — American companies and consumers are paying almost the full cost of U.S. tariffs, and the impact of those duties on import volume magnifies over time, according to a paper circulated last week by the National Bureau of Economic Research.

KANSAS CITY — Hallmark Cards Inc. will reduce its global workforce by some 400 people — most of them in Kansas City — as it undergoes a wider “transformation,” executives announced.

Xerox amped up its attempt to acquire HP when the printing and imaging giant said last week that it has lined up $24 billion in financing agreements to help fund its unsolicited buyout efforts.

Rafael Gonzalez has the arrests and losses to show for abuse of alcohol and methamphetamine that got so bad he couldn’t hold down a job.

Lockheed Martin is making good on its commitments to the U.S. military and other customers, delivering more F-35 aircraft than originally planned, according to a news release.

NEW YORK — After a bruising 2019, U.S. department stores and apparel retailers will seek to bounce back this year by closing more locations, shrinking their shops and adding more experiences to attract customers — like old-fashioned tailoring and trendy in-store cafes.

The following area business registrations, such as limited liability companies and corporations, were filed in October.

More than 50 years ago, Sears launched DieHard, an auto battery designed with extra starting power and a reputation for performance and durability under difficult conditions.

The following area business registrations, such as limited liability companies and corporations, were filed in October.

YouTube spent 2019 answering critics with some of the most drastic changes in its 15-year history. With each step, it gave those activists, regulators and lawmakers more reasons to attack its free-wheeling, user-generated business model.

Mohamed Malim pulls the bright orange liner of a life jacket out of a big box, recently shipped to Minnesota from Greece. This one has “CARIBBEAN GALAXI” printed in faded block letters. He pulls out another with “CHILD” printed on it.

Even before the launch of Disney +, Wall Street analysts wondered: Will it dethrone Netflix? How many people will ditch Netflix for Bob Iger’s moon-sized battle station of branded content?

The following area business registrations, such as limited liability companies and corporations, were filed in October.

North Dakota oil production surged 5% in October, hitting a new record and topping the 1.5 million barrel-per-day mark for the first time.

The following area business registrations, such as limited liability companies and corporations, were filed in September.

The following bankruptcies were filed during November in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court’s Western District of Wisconsin.

CHICAGO — The Chicago Transit Authority is asking a Chinese manufacturer for more details about its supply chain after a news report that children are being used to mine materials in Africa that might be used in “L” car production.

SAN DIEGO — A technology startup in San Diego has just raised $30 million from investors to continue building out its software for cashier-less, “grab-and-go” stores. The model, popularized by Amazon Go, allows shoppers to simply walk into a store, grab items from the shelves, and walk out —…

The following area business registrations, such as limited liability companies and corporations, were filed in September.

A free program open to the public, Financial Literacy Night, will be held today from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Room 330 of the Ojibwe Ballroom Room at UW-Eau Claire’s Davies Center, 77 Roosevelt Ave.