Facebook Inc. is now called Meta, the company said on Thursday, in a rebrand that focuses on its ambitions building the "metaverse," a shared virtual environment that it bets will be the next big computing platform.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Biden administration's COVID-19 vaccination deadline will not require immediate action on the part of employers against unvaccinated employees when it comes into force on Dec. 8, the White House coronavirus response coordinator said on Wednesday.

LONDON — Lawyers for the United States launched a fresh attempt on Wednesday to have Julian Assange extradited from Britain, arguing that concerns about the WikiLeaks founder’s mental health should not prevent him from facing U.S. justice.

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NEW YORK — Crude oil tanks at the Cushing, Oklahoma storage and delivery hub for U.S. crude futures are more depleted than they have been in the last three years, and prices of further dated oil contracts suggest they will stay lower for months.

SEATTLE — Blue Origin, the Kent-based space company owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, on Monday touted a vision of building a futuristic commercial space station to replace the aging International Space Station that is funded by governments.

WENATCHEE — The Pybus Foundation Board of Directors announced Monday that Travis Hornby has been selected as general manager replacing Leslie Freytag, who is retiring. Freytag has been the transitional executive director for the past 2 ½ years.

YAKIMA — Proving resistant to early-summer heat, the regional pear crop is coming in better than early-season estimates, according to figures released by pear industry officials.

BELLINGHAM — As interest in the future of the curtailed Intalco Works aluminum smelter heats up, one potential path to be considered is whether the Port of Bellingham or Whatcom County government would purchase the property and lease it as a way to persuade a company to reopen the facility.

NEW YORK — PayPal Holdings Inc. has offered to buy digital pinboard site Pinterest Inc. for $45 billion, people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday, a combination that could herald more tie-ups between financial technology and social media companies in e-ecommerce.

EVERETT — Waving signs like “coercion is not consent,” and “stop the mandate,” some 200 Boeing Co. employees and others staged a protest on Friday over the planemaker’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement for U.S. workers.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A former Boeing Co. chief technical pilot, accused of deceiving federal regulators evaluating the company’s 737 MAX jet, was charged with fraud on Friday, pleaded not guilty and was released, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in northern Texas said.

CASHMERE — Pear growers, consultants, researchers and industry professionals are invited to participate in a series of Tuesday afternoon study circles hosted by the WSU Extension at the Mission Creek Community Club, 4724 Mission Creek Road, Cashmere. A virtual Zoom attendance option also is …

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. will open its borders to vaccinated foreigners on Nov. 8, a White House official said, granting access to millions of people who have been shut out of the country while closing it off to anyone who hasn’t had their shots.

WENATCHEE — With language in a U.S. Senate bill that would provide permanent residency for undocumented immigrants in danger of being erased from the final draft, a group of community members marched Tuesday to urge Democrats to follow through with campaign promises.

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