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  • WA apple farmers may see boon from bad weather Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 3:45 AM ET

    "If we can get this fruit harvested, it's a perfect storm for Washington," said Todd Fryhover, president of the Apple Growers Association. " Washington is likely to have a harvest of 108 million bushels, its second highest number on record, industry representatives said.

  • Seattle Times reporters protest campaign ads Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 7:56 PM ET

    SEATTLE-- More than 100 reporters, photographers, designers and other staffers signed a letter protesting The Seattle Times Co.' s decision to support the campaigns of Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna and a gay marriage referendum.

  • Legislation signed on Seattle arena deal Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 11:58 AM ET

    SEATTLE-- King County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn signed legislation Tuesday on the funding plan for construction of an arena that could be used to lure the NBA back to Seattle. Other investors include Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer and two members of the Nordstrom department store family.

  • Browns sale to Haslam approved; Holmgren to leave Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 2:18 PM ET

    New Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam III said Tuesday that Holmgren was out as team president, although the Super Bowl-winning coach will remain with the franchise to help in the transition. Haslam was introduced as the Browns' new boss after the 32 NFL owners unanimously approved his $1 billion purchase of the team from Randy Lerner.

  • Marijuana backers courting conservatives Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 10:19 AM ET

    DENVER-- It's not all hippies backing November's marijuana legalization votes in Colorado, Oregon and Washington.

  • Final OKs given for Seattle arena deal Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 8:52 AM ET

    SEATTLE-- The King County Council and the Seattle City Council gave their final approval Monday to an agreement to build a $490 million basketball and hockey arena in the city, despite the threat of a lawsuit from longshore workers. Mayor Mike McGinn called the votes important steps toward bringing professional men's basketball back to Seattle.

  • New Seattle basketball arena plan in play Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 3:33 PM ET

    SEATTLE-- Monday is expected to be a significant day in the proposal for a new arena in Seattle to bring back an NBA team and host an NHL team. The Seattle and King County councils are expected to give final approval to the plan to build the $490 million arena with $200 million in public help.

  • Court throws out Seattle yellow-pages restrictions Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 3:02 PM ET

    SEATTLE-- A federal appeals court panel says Seattle's restrictions on distributing the yellow pages in the city violate the U.S. District judge in Seattle upheld the restrictions after finding the phone books constituted primarily commercial speech not entitled to the full protection of the First Amendment.

  • AAA: Average price of gasoline in Washington $4.10 Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 11:05 AM ET

    BELLEVUE, Wash.-- The AAA auto club reports the average price of a gallon of gasoline in Washington is $4.10. That's the same as a week ago and 4 cents higher than a month ago. Bellingham $4.20, Bremerton $4.10, Seattle- Bellevue- Everett $4.13, Tacoma $4.11, Olympia $4.14, Vancouver $4.10, Yakima $4.02, Tri-Cities $3.99, and Spokane $3.92.

  • Women artists take over Seattle Art Museum Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 8:58 AM ET

    SEATTLE-- Inspired by the Pompidou Center in Paris, which for nearly two years removed all the men's art from their modern galleries, the Seattle Art Museum is letting women take over its downtown building this fall.

  • SEATTLE, Oct 12- Microsoft Corp opened its Windows 8 operating system for pre-orders on Friday, setting the price for an upgrade to the full version of the software at $70 for a DVD pack. Shoppers can reserve the software pack at Microsoft's own stores, Amazon.com, Best Buy, Staples and elsewhere.

  • SEATTLE, Oct 12- Microsoft Corp said on Friday it plans to add Google Inc as a defendant in Germany in one of its patent actions against Google's phone maker, Motorola Mobility, the first time the two tech giants have come into direct legal conflict over Google's Android mobile software.

  • Microsoft sets Windows 8 price, opens for pre-order Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 5:20 PM ET

    SEATTLE, Oct 12- Microsoft Corp opened its Windows 8 operating system for pre-orders on Friday, setting the price for the full version of the software at $70 for a DVD pack. Shoppers can reserve the software pack at Microsoft's own stores, Amazon.com, Best Buy, Staples and elsewhere.

  • SEATTLE, Oct 12- Microsoft Corp said on Friday it plans to add Google Inc as a defendant in Germany in one of its patent actions against Google's phone maker, Motorola Mobility, marking the first time the two tech giants have come into direct legal conflict over Google's Android mobile software.

  • Group opposed to gay marriage releases TV ads Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 10:45 AM ET

    OLYMPIA, Wash.-- The group fighting to overturn Washington's gay marriage law started running its first TV ads in the state on Thursday. Referendum 74 asks voters to either approve or reject the state's gay marriage law that was passed by the Legislature and signed by Gov.

  • Wash. could become first state to OK pot sales Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 8:21 AM ET

    SEATTLE-- Washington state is on the verge of becoming the first in the nation to let adults over 21 buy taxed, inspected marijuana at state-licensed shops.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 11- Tom Hanks will make his Broadway debut playing a tabloid journalist in "Lucky Guy", a new drama by the late Nora Ephron, producers said in a statement on Thursday.

  • *Wal-Mart lines up 6 major health centers for procedures. *Wal-Mart has covered transplants since 1996 By Jessica Wohl.

  • Tom Hanks to make his Broadway debut next year Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 1:31 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- Tom Hanks will play a gutsy New York City newspaper columnist when he makes his debut on Broadway in the spring. Previews begin March 1 at the Broadhurst Theatre and an opening night is set for April 1.

  • Alaska Airlines inks deal for 50 new Boeing 737s Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 8:26 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Alaska Airlines is buying 50 of Boeing Co.' s new 737 s in a deal worth $5 billion at sticker prices. Alaska, operated by Seattle's Alaska Air Group Inc., won't pay full price. The order includes 37 of Boeing's redesigned 737, which it calls the Max.