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  • Oct 11- West Coast oil refiners saw only a small dip in operations last week and gasoline inventories were little changed, according to government data that shed little new light on the unprecedented spike in California gasoline prices.

  • How US states fared on jobless claims, at a glance Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 10:06 AM ET

    Mississippi: Down 3,393, no reason given. Michigan: Down 2,639, no reason given. Florida: Down 1,972, due to fewer layoffs in agriculture, construction, and wholesale trade.

  • Tully's Coffee parent files for Ch. 11 bankruptcy Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 12:12 AM ET

    The parent company of Tully's Coffee has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and will close nine stores this Sunday. The Seattle- based coffee chain has long struggled under the shadow of Starbucks Corp.. Tully's opened its first store in 1992. It has shops in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington.

  • PORTLAND, Ore., Oct 10- Lawyers for 12 Oregon National Guardsmen suing contractor KBR Inc for negligence and fraud told a jury in Portland, Oregon on Wednesday that the soldiers were knowingly exposed to toxic chemicals in Iraq that made them ill.

  • South Korean ban on NW potatoes partially lifted Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 7:49 PM ET

    OLYMPIA, Wash.-- South Korea has lifted a ban against Pacific Northwest- grown potatoes used for things like potato chips, but a ban on other fresh potatoes still remains because of a fear over a bacterium known as zebra chip, state officials announced Wednesday during a phone conference from Gov.

  • US affirms steep tariffs on China solar panels Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 5:11 PM ET

    In one of the largest trade cases the U.S. has pursued against the Asian superpower, the Commerce Department said China's government is subsidizing companies that are flooding the U.S. market with low-cost products _ a tactic known as "dumping."

  • Highlights from the Fed's US economic survey Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 4:56 PM ET

    WASHINGTON-- A Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday found that the economy grew modestly in the late summer, bolstered by solid gains in housing. The report is based on anecdotal information from the regional districts and covers the period from mid-August to Sept. 28. The region's economy expanded modestly.

  • "Neither too early, nor too late; neither too hot, nor too cold, 2012 looks to be the' Goldilocks' vintage, where everything is just right," said Christopher Howell, general manager of Cain Vineyard and Winery, referring to the story book character. Winemakers in Oregon, Washington, New York state and Canada are also excited by this year's harvest.

  • Alaska Airlines: Operations returning to normal Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 9:30 PM ET

    SEATTLE-- Alaska Airlines said flights were running close to normal late Monday after a fiber-optic outage shut down its ticketing system for more than four hours, causing the airline and its regional carrier to cancel 78 flights, affecting nearly 7,000 customers. The problems were caused by two severed fiber-optic lines in Sprint's network.

  • Oct 8- A union representing engineers and technical workers at Boeing Co accused the airplane maker of videotaping members marching for contract talks, seizing their cameras and deleting photos, and said on Monday it had filed charges with the National Labor Relations Board.

  • BRIEF-SPEEA charges Boeing on unfair labor practice Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 9:00 PM ET

    *Society of Professional Engineering Employees in aerospace charge Boeing on. *SPEEA says filed the two charges against Boeing after receiving complaints. from members at multiple Boeing locations.

  • Lengthy review possible at damaged Cal nuke plant Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 7:52 PM ET

    SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif.-- Federal regulators disclosed Monday that the proposed restart of the long-shuttered San Onofre nuclear power plant in California could lead to an exhaustive review that might last months or even years.

  • Ex-governors oppose Oregon casino ballot measures Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 6:37 PM ET

    PORTLAND, Ore.-- Three former Oregon governors are joining the current chief executive in opposing a proposal to build the state's first nontribal casino. Republican Vic Atiyeh and Democrats Barbara Roberts and Ted Kulongoski implored voters to oppose Measures 82 and 83, which would allow developers to build a casino in Portland's eastern suburbs.

  • Oct 8- An outage that cut phone and data service to Sprint customers in parts of California, Oregon and Washington also grounded some Alaska Airlines passengers on Monday as it knocked the air carrier's reservations system off line.

  • Alaska Airlines operations returning to normal Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 6:33 PM ET

    SEATTLE-- Alaska Airlines operations slowly were returning to normal Monday afternoon after a fiber-optic outage shut down its ticketing system for five hours, cancelling flights in Seattle and Los Angeles and causing delays across the airline's 64- airport network.

  • GM to hire thousands of computer professionals Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 6:30 PM ET

    BIG CHANGE: General Motors is setting up four technology innovation centers in the U.S. and plans to hire 10,000 computer specialists over the next three-to-five years. THE NEWS: GM announced on Monday that one of the centers would be in the Detroit suburb of Warren, Mich., on the site of its Technical Center.

  • A look at GM's technical innovation centers Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 6:23 PM ET

    The company has announced the sites of the first two centers, in Austin, Texas, and suburban Detroit, but it won't comment on the other two. AUSTIN, Texas: GM picked the home of the University of Texas because of its rich base of high-tech workers.

  • Oct 8- An outage that cut phone and data service to Sprint customers in parts of California, Oregon and Washington also grounded some Alaska Airlines passengers on Monday as it knocked the air carrier's reservations system off line.

  • Oregon man wins Half Moon Bay pumpkin contest Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 4:42 PM ET

    HALF MOON BAY, Calif.-- A grower from Oregon is the winner of this year's Half Moon Bay giant pumpkin contest with a gourd weighing in at 1,775 pounds. Forty-five-year-old Thad Starr from Pleasant Hill, Ore., set a contest record with his pumpkin Monday, beating last year's winner by 71 pounds.

  • Alaska Airlines recovering from computer glitch Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 4:19 PM ET

    SEATTLE-- Alaska Airlines says its computer connections have been restored, and operations are returning to normal at its airport gates. The problem started just before 8 a.m. Monday when the airline lost its connection to the Sabre reservation system because of two cut Sprint fiber optic lines.