SEATTLE — Boeing on Wednesday posted its first quarterly profit in almost two years, as deliveries of its best-selling 737 MAX jets to airlines gained traction amid a sharp rebound in travel bookings following an increase in global COVID-19 vaccinations.

EVERETT — Local startup Helion Energy said Tuesday it will build a facility in Everett to test the latest version of its “fusion energy” generator, a project it said has the potential to create electricity without producing any carbon emissions.

CHELAN — Icicle Broadcasting Co. has sold three radio stations to Chelan Valley Media Group, a partnership of four former Seattle-area media professionals with ties to the Chelan Valley.

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SEATTLE — Sen. Maria Cantwell and two others unveiled legislation last week to support local news organizations battered by the pandemic. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, nearly 37,000 journalists have lost their jobs, been furloughed or taken pay cuts, as advertising revenue plummeted.

LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK — At Stationery and Toy World, a family-owned shop in New York’s Upper West Side, manager Gary Rowe is having difficulty getting all the pens and folders he ordered for the important back-to-school season.

KENNEWICK — Dairy farmers are bracing for another agonizing stretch of near 100-degree days as they and other growers worry about the fallout from continuing drought conditions and the heat-stress on their cows.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is investigating how a cancer-causing chemical ended up in Johnson & Johnson sunscreens, after the company said it had done internal testing and found low levels of benzene in some, the regulator said on Friday.

WASHINGTON — The chair of the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee has asked the chief executives of six airlines including American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines and JetBlue Airways to explain reported worker shortages despite receiving billions in pandemic bailouts.

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