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Intel closing Massachusetts factory

Intel is closing Fab 176 in Hudson, Mass., and laying off 700 workers.

Retail sales slow

Back-to-school shopping didn't help retail sales in August, as spending rose just 0.3%, the smallest gain in four months.

Umpqua Bank acquires Sterling Bank for $2B

Portland-based Umpqua Holdings is buying Spokane-based Sterling Financial in a $2 billion deal.

Portland getting new $20M social impact fund

A $20 million social impact fund known as Northwest Social Venture Fund is set to launch in Portland this fall.

Portlanders embracing suburbs

As home sales are improving, the highest prices are still being paid for homes in the suburbs of Portland, including Washington County, Lake Oswego and West Linn.

Oregon researchers work on HIV vaccine

Oregon Health and Science University researchers used a vaccine to cure 50% of monkeys infected with a cousin of the HIV virus.

Oregon students' test scores fall

Fewer Oregon schools met state benchmarks on standardized tests last year, with students struggling on math, writing and science at every grade level.