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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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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 —…

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Uber said that the number of requests for data on its riders from government officials in the United States and Canada rose sharply last year due, in part, to a “rising interest” in information on the ride-hailing company’s users.

NEW YORK — Walmart, wary of Amazon.com’s encroachment into the grocery space, is revamping the produce department in its U.S. stores.

DETROIT — General Motors is suing Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and several former FCA executives over the ongoing corruption scandal that has led to 13 federal criminal charges and has implicated the current and immediate past presidents of the UAW.

TOKYO — New Belgium Brewing, one of the largest craft beer companies in the U.S., agreed to be acquired by a unit of Japan’s Kirin Holdings Co., the latest independent brewer to be snapped up in an increasingly competitive market.

Apparently pockets full of tokens and an animatronic band don’t hold the same appeal to kids as they did in the 1980s and 1990s.

My two-year-old TiVo DVR (digital video recorder) is beginning to make strange noises, and I’m worried that I’ll lose all my recorded TV shows if it fails.

SAN FRANCISCO — E-cigarette giant Juul said last week that it will cut 650 jobs, and slash its spending next year by $1 billion as the company is trying restructure itself amid a flurry of controversies surrounding its vaping products.

SEATTLE — Microsoft released a report recently that showed the company has hired more women and minorities, but highlighted persistent diversity challenges facing the world’s largest software maker.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Tiffany Crump sat outside of a pizza place near Deerfield Beach City Hall recently and thumbed her cellphone. Across the street, a large clock tower loomed over her shoulder.

NEW YORK — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV has been manufacturing more cars and trucks than its U.S. dealers are willing to accept, at one point creating a nationwide glut of about 40,000 unordered vehicles and stoking tension with some of its retailers.

Pennsylvania regulators have issued a $1 million civil penalty against UnitedHealthcare on allegations the health insurer violated a number of state and federal laws when paying medical claims, particularly for patients seeking treatment of autism and substance use disorders.

Tesla fans who have been waiting for the electric car company to unveil its long-promised pickup truck can now circle a debut date on their calendars: Nov. 21.

DALLAS — AT&T will pay $60 million in a settlement with federal regulators after it was accused of slowing data speeds for millions of wireless customers who paid for “unlimited” plans. The Federal Trade Commission announced the settlement Tuesday.