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Features by Conrad Wilson

Hanjin shipping containers arrive at the Port of Portland in 2010.

Shipping firms' departures sink Port of Portland

The pullouts by Hanjin and Hapag-Lloyd threaten the port's container business.
Posted In: shipping, shipping ports, container ship, Portland, shipping costs

Small town hopes to rescue itself by selling pot

North Bonneville, Wash., is the first U.S. town to open its own marijuana shop.
Posted In: Economy, marijuana, State of Washington
Signs advertising deep discounts are typical in the days after Christmas. This one is at a store in Wellington, New Zealand.

The science and art of stocking holiday shelves

Retailers make educated guesses when ordering inventory. Their misfires make great after-Christmas deals.
Posted In: sales, Retail, holidays
People crowd the first floor of a Macy's before the store's midnight opening that kicks off the "Black Friday" shopping weekend. A social-media campaign to boycott Black Friday in protest of events in Ferguson, Missouri, has begun to take shape.

Why is it called 'Black Friday'?

You've probably heard it's the day businesses finally make a profit. Nope.
Posted In: Black Friday, shopping, Retail
Fishermen tie up their wooden boat next to a cruise liner in St John's Harbour in St John's Antigua.

Cruise ship comeback still tied up in port

The industry was hurt by the recession and a series of disasters at sea.
Posted In: cruise, cruise ships

Overdraft charges and fees aren't as profitable as they used to be

The banking industry is taking in fewer profits from fees, but that doesn't mean they're going anywhere.
Posted In: bank fees, overdraft fees, Banks
Alibaba

Alibaba could become the largest IPO. Ever.

What's the big deal and how will Alibaba keep shares afloat once trading starts?
Posted In: chinese, alibaba, Internet

Fixing an aging infrastructure can cost billions

Crises like the water-main break at UCLA expose faults in city infrastructure.
Posted In: groundwater, flood, ucla, infrastructure

Can you sue GoPro if you crash your bike?

Devices and apps will face lawsuits from daredevils, but probably won't lose.
Posted In: GoPro, lawsuits, Sports

Congress could hit dead end with highway funding

The Highway Trust Fund could be slashed in August, unless Congress acts soon.
Posted In: Transportation, highways

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