Port to consider bidding for disputed project

OLYMPIA - Olympia port commissioners Monday will consider whether to seek construction bids for facilities to complete a Weyerhaeuser log export facility. Court challenges have delayed arrival of the business from Tacoma for the past year.

The port anticipates spending about $2 million to build offices, a maintenance building, lighting and utility extensions for Weyerhaeuser as well as paving a cargo yard to accommodate the business.

Opponents seeking more environmental review of the project have threatened to oppose the construction in court.

Monday's meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. in the LOTT board room, Market Centre Building, 111 Market St., on the second floor.


Canadian dollar hits 30-year high against U.S.

NEW YORK - The Canadian dollar climbed to a 30-year high against the U.S. currency Friday, bolstered by higher oil prices, a strong economy and a looming interest rate hike.

Canada's currency advanced as high as 95.53 U.S. cents Friday, pushing past the 95 U.S. cents mark for the first time since May 1977. It has risen 10.8 percent so far this year.

One of the strongest performers in currency markets Friday, the Canadian dollar rose after Statistics Canada reported that the economy created 35,000 new jobs in June, about double what economists expected.

The job spurt left unemployment levels at a three-decade low of 6.1 percent for the fifth consecutive month.


Sony apologizes for game with bloody church scene

LONDON - Sony issued a public apology Friday for a violent video game that features a bloody shootout inside an Anglican cathedral, but it did not address the Church of England's demands that the company withdraw the game.

The church has demanded that Sony Corp. stop selling the game "Resistance: Fall of Man," which includes a gunbattle between a U.S. soldier and aliens inside a building that resembles Manchester Cathedral in northwest England.


Burger King to excise trans-fats at U.S. sites

MIAMI - Burger King said Friday it will use trans-fat-free cooking oil at all its U.S. restaurants by the end of next year, following in the footsteps of other leading fast-food restaurants.

The world's second largest hamburger chain said it already was using zero trans-fat oil in hundreds of its more than 7,100 U.S. restaurants nationwide.

Burger King is known for its flame-broiled burgers, but uses cooking oil for its french fries and most of its chicken products.

In tests, consumers determined that more than a dozen items cooked in the new oil, such as french fries and hash browns, tasted the same or better than products cooked in the trans-fat oil, the company said.