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Monday: 6/16/2014

If you're planning a cheap summer vacation, you may want to avoid San Francisco. Trip Advisor released its list of the most expensive U.S. cities to visit between June and August. San Francisco topped the list, followed by New York and Boston. For the fourth year in a row, Las Vegas came in as the least expensive destination, followed by Miami and Atlanta. The survey compared the cost of an evening out and an overnight stay.

Tuesday: 6/17/2014

With legal pot shops set to open in just a few weeks, a local businessman has an online solution for making sure those stores have enough supply. is being called the Ebay of marijuana. Dave Comeau's site connects growers with retailers. The pot supply is expected to be tight at first, so the Pot Market site lets storeowners bid on products or buy them for a fixed price.

Wednesday: 6/18/2014

Microsoft is trying to grow innovation in new home technology. The Puget Sound Business Journal reports Microsoft is teaming up with American Family Insurance to launch startups focused on home automation. Each startup accepted into a new program will earn a 25 thousand dollar grant. They will all gather at Microsoft's Redmond campus in September for a home automation summit.

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Thursday: 6/19/2014

Crews began drilling at the site of a long delayed office tower project in downtown Seattle. The Puget Sound Business Journal reports the 45-story tower at 5th and Columbia has been in the works since 2008. Construction was delayed after WAMU collapsed. A formal groundbreaking ceremony will be scheduled for August or September.

Friday: 6/20/2014

Coach is closing stores as sales fall. The upscale retailer will shut 70 stores, one of about every eight in North America. Coach will renovate some key locations. The move comes after sales fell 7 percent last quarter. Coach has been losing ground to rivals Michael Kors and Kate Spade.

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