Instagram will soon let you mute annoying accounts

Instagram is taking a subtle but bold step to quiet your loud friends. The Facebook-owned photo sharing app will soon let you mute that annoying friend from college who posts incessantly — without unfollowing (and offending) them. The mute button, which will roll out to as a test to Instagram users in the coming weeks, has been high up on people’s wish lists for years. Instagram said it could be a helpful feature for “managing complex social dynamics.” Whether you’re muting […]

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It’s not just you: Everything really is getting more expensive

You’re not imagining things: Prices are creeping up. Americans want to buy more stuff, and businesses are rushing to meet demand. Unemployment is below 4% for the first time in 17 years, wages are slowly inching up, and consumers are spending money on clothes, furniture, and cars. At the same time, elevated labor, transportation and commodity costs are pinching their profit margins. Both consumers and producers are feeling the squeeze from a healthy US economy. After years of low inflation, […]

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First catch of the tasty — and pricey — Copper River salmon hits Seattle Friday

SEATTLE — In what’s become an annual event, the first catch of tasty Copper River salmon will be flown from Cordova, Alaska, into Sea-Tac Airport Friday morning. The first shipment of thousands of pounds of salmon is scheduled to arrive at 6:30 a.m., according to Alaska Airlines. After the arrival of the fish, three Seattle executive chefs will compete for the best salmon recipe in the annual “Copper Chef Cook-off.” Every year from May through September, king, sockeye, and coho […]

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To the landfill? King County scrambles to keep up with China’s new recycling restrictions

SEATTLE — One of King County’s biggest dumps, the Cedar Hills Landfill, may fill up much quicker than expected as China tightens restrictions on what recyclables it allows into the country. The King County Council met Wednesday to discuss the ramifications of China’s 2017 decision — known as the China Sword —  to ban imports of 24 different kinds of waste, including consumer plastic and unsorted papers. According to a meeting brief, more previously recyclables materials will likely head to […]

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Industrial hemp being used to build home in Bellingham

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — If you’re thinking of remodeling your home, using hemp likely didn’t come to mind. However, a company remodeling a home in Bellingham is hoping to change minds, by using what’s called “hempcrete.” The use of industrial hemp actually dates back to Roman times, when builders would use the strain of Cannabis sativa, a flowering plant, to build. This particular strain of hemp requires it to be grown outdoors and is longer than a different version that is […]

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Macy’s says it’s found a “winning formula” for modern shopping

Don’t count out Macy’s yet. Digital sales are up. People are going to actual, physical Macy’s stores to shop. And tourists are flocking to Macy’s flagship store in New York. Macy’s is so confident in its business that it boosted its outlook for the year. The retailer once again posted double-digit sales growth from digital sales, thanks in part to improvements the company has made to its website and app. Macy’s said that sales were healthy at physical stores for […]

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