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Penalty for not getting health insurance called a tax

Beginning in 2014, if you lack health coverage, you face an annual penalty deemed a tax by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Class-action lawsuit filed against BP

A Portland lawyer filed a class-action lawsuit alleging BP West Coast Products required Oregon gas stations to charge 35 cents when they used a debit card.

Wells Fargo gives down payment assistance

Wells Fargo Bank plans to help 220 Portlanders with down payment assistance under a new program.

Bend sound studio company grows

Bend-based VocalBooth makes portable sound recording studios.

Wat'z Up Hillsboro Music Co. closing

Downtown Hillsboro's Wat'z Up Hillsboro Music Co. is closing after 23 years.

Black Friday expected to be calmer

The Black Friday rush is expected to be less crazy this year, according to Nielsen.

China's building boom boosts log exports

An increase in demand for western-style houses in China is boosting log exports from the Northwest, but not everyone in the industry considers that a good thing.