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Connelly: British Columbia resumes wolf kill that Miley Cyrus could not stop

Over the third winter in a row, British Columbia is launching a program to kill wolves from the air and trap them on the ground.  The program is justified as a means of protecting endangered mountain caribou.  One killing ground, in the Southern Selkirks, is located near the Washington border.

Connelly: British Columbia resumes wolf kill that Miley Cyrus could not stop

Over the third winter in a row, British Columbia is launching a program to kill wolves from the air and trap them on the ground.  The program is justified as a means of protecting endangered mountain caribou.  One killing ground, in the Southern Selkirks, is located near the Washington border.

Business Highlights
___ Derided by critics, trickle-down economics gets another try WASHINGTON (AP) — Does money roll downhill? In their effort to overhaul the U.S. tax code, President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans are betting it does. Behind their legislation is a theory long popular among conservatives: Slash taxes for corporations and rich people, who will then hire, invest and profit — and cause money to trickle into the pockets of ordinary Americans. ___ GOP closer to big win with House tax vote; Senate unclear WASHINGTON (AP) — A debate between two senators over whether Republican tax cuts are aimed at helping the rich escalated into raised voices, interruptions and an un-senatorial cry of "bull crap.
Williams-Sonoma and Caesars dip while Ross and Fox jump
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Friday: Ross Stores Inc., up $6.56 to $72.25 The discount retailer raised its forecast for the rest of the year. Foot Locker Inc., up $8.97 to $40.82 The sporting goods retailer said it might surpass its annual profit and sales forecasts. Twenty-First Century Fox Inc., up $1.83 to $31.15 Cable provider Comcast is in early talks about buying Fox's movie studio and other assets. Gap Inc., up $1.92 to $29.40 The retailer said sales at Old Navy and Athleta improved and it cut spending. Williams-Sonoma Inc., down $7.09 to $45.78 The home furnishings company reported weaker profit margins and gave a disappointing quarterly forecast. Hibbett Sports Inc., up $2.25 to $17.
How major US stock indexes fared on Friday
Retailers and smaller U.S. companies jumped again Friday as they continued to report strong third-quarter results, but technology companies and other big U.S. corporations couldn't add to the previous day's gains. On Friday: The Standard & Poor's 500 index lost 6.79 points, or 0.3 percent, to 2,578.85. The Dow Jones industrial average declined 100.12 points, or 0.4 percent, to 23,358.24. The Nasdaq composite slid 10.50 points, or 0.2 percent, to 6,782.79. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks added 5.94 points, or 0.4 percent, to 1,492.82. For the week: The S&P 500 fell 3.45 points, or 0.1 percent. The Dow sank 63.97 points, or 0.3 percent. The Nasdaq rose 31.85 points, or 0.5 percent. The Russell 2000 gained 17.
Report shows Takata recall still moving slowly
DETROIT (AP) — A new report on recalls of potentially deadly Takata air bag inflators shows that automakers have replaced only 43 percent of the faulty parts even though recalls have been under way for more than 15 years. The report, issued Friday by an independent monitor who is keeping tabs on the recalls, also shows that auto companies are only about halfway toward a Dec. 31 goal of 100 percent replacement of older and more dangerous inflators. The slow completion rate comes even though the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began coordinating the recalls and phasing them in two years ago. Before that, the automakers were obtaining parts and distributing them on their own.
Judge denies request to amend murder charges against Grant County man

Grant County prosecutors initially charged Eduardo Ibarra Valencia, of Royal City, with first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder in connection with the November 2015 shootings in Royal City.
Judge denies request to amend murder charges against Grant County man

Grant County prosecutors initially charged Eduardo Ibarra Valencia, of Royal City, with first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder in connection with the November 2015 shootings in Royal City.
Our nation’s health: Readers weigh in

Opioid crisis Those of us on the ground working on the opioid crisis are also disappointed by President Donald Trump’s empty declaration without funding to back it up. We are fortunate to have strong local commitments from our leaders to stop this epidemic. King County made a significant investment in a new Beacon Hill facility […]
California wine country assesses wildfires’ effects, invites visitors back

A month after deadly wildfires swept through the region, hot air balloons at sunrise are floating again over vineyards and nearly everything is now open — but the region faces the challenge of luring visitors back.
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