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  • McKenna, Inslee differ on plan for needy schools Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 4:40 PM ET

    SEATTLE-- A relatively obscure tax plan to equalize the way Washington homeowners pay for public schools got some time under the spotlight as the candidates for governor debated its merits.

  • Starbucks to allow 'digital tipping' Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 11:31 AM ET

    Starbucks is making an app for that. A similar option will also be available on Square, a new payment app that Starbucks customers will be able to use starting in November.

  • Key sales figure up 4.4 percent at Nordstrom Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 9:41 AM ET

    SEATTLE-- Nordstrom Inc. said Thursday that sales in stores open at least one year rose 4.4 percent in September, slightly below analysts' expectations. Nordstrom said it was also competing against strong figures from September 2011 _ a 10.7 percent jump in same-store sales _ when the company offered free shipping and free returns for online purchases.

  • Ore. pot measure struggles as Wash., Colo. thrive Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 8:44 AM ET

    PORTLAND, Ore.-- As marijuana legalization efforts in Colorado and Washington pick up steam, a similar push in Oregon seems to be going up in smoke. More than $4 million has flowed to Washington and close to a million in Colorado.

  • Unemployment rates in August for Western US cities Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 3:43 PM ET
  • Alaska Air traffic rises 5.1 percent in September Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 2:04 PM ET

    SEATTLE-- Alaska Airlines' parent company said Wednesday that its traffic rose 5.1 percent last month as its number of available seats grew. Alaska, which is run by Alaska Air Group Inc., reported a 5 percent increase in capacity compared with a year earlier. Alaska Air Group shares rose 88 cents, or 2.5 percent, to $36.56 in afternoon trading.

  • EPA signs eastern Idaho Superfund cleanup plan Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 9:31 AM ET

    BOISE, Idaho-- Federal regulators signed documents on Tuesday outlining an interim cleanup plan for a polluted southeastern Idaho Superfund site they say will cost $57 million and take up to five years to complete.

  • U.S. economy may be nipping at apartment sector Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 12:01 AM ET

    *Third-quarter vacancy posts smallest decline in two years. NEW YORK, Oct 3- The U.S. apartment sector posted its smallest vacancy decline in nearly two years, raising the possibility that the strongest commercial real estate category may be succumbing to the sluggish economy, according to real estate research firm Reis Inc..

  • Oct 2- American Airlines pilots this week are expected to authorize their union to call a strike, but the union says it may decide to keep the vote secret for now.

  • But so far the former Alaska governor and her husband Todd Palin have not come forward to claim their share of a settlement fund established for victims of the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill.

  • Oct 2- American Airline pilots this week are expected to authorize their union to call a strike, but the union says it may decide to keep the vote secret for now.

  • Oct 2- In a widely expected show of force, Boeing Co's engineers and technical workers rejected a pay offer late Monday, setting the stage for talks to resume Tuesday for labor agreements covering 23,000 workers.

  • Oct 2- Boeing Co's engineers and technical workers rejected a pay offer late Monday in a widely expected show of force, setting the stage for talks to resume on Tuesday for labor agreements covering 23,000 workers.

  • Home price changes in 25 largest US metro areas Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 1:04 PM ET
  • Cell Therapeutics rises on orphan drug decision Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 10:58 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Shares of Cell Therapeutics Inc. jumped Tuesday after the company said the Food and Drug Administration awarded orphan drug incentives to its brain cancer drug Opaxio. Cell Therapeutics is studying Opaxio as a treatment for glioblastoma, the most common type of brain cancer.

  • Boeing engineers union rejects contract offer Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 10:56 AM ET

    SEATTLE-- Boeing Co.' s union of engineers and technical workers overwhelmingly rejected the aerospace giant's first contract offer in ballots tallied Monday night. Union leaders for the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace, or SPEEA, had recommended that the union's 23,000 members say no to Boeing's four-year contract offer.

  • Sign of the times _ baseball autographs go hi tech Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 9:46 AM ET

    Jim Nash is such a big Yankees fan that he named his son George Mattingly Nash, combining two of his favorite players: George Herman Ruth and Don Mattingly. Now, power up the computer and get a prize from the likes of R.A. Dickey, Cliff Lee, Andrew McCutchen and Clayton Kershaw.

  • *Windows, multiple versions of Android complicate decisions By Bill Rigby. SEATTLE, Oct 2- For Microsoft Corp, and Amazon.com, and the clutch of other companies that hope to carve out a big slice of a mobile computing business currently dominated by Apple Inc, the future depends on people like Scott Porad.

  • Oct 2- In a widely expected show of force Boeing Co's engineers and technical workers rejected a pay offer late Monday, setting the stage for talks to resume Tuesday for labor agreements covering 23,000 workers.

  • *Windows, multiple versions of Android complicate decisions By Bill Rigby. SEATTLE, Oct 2- For Microsoft Corp, and Amazon.com, and the clutch of other companies that hope to carve out a big slice of a mobile computing business currently dominated by Apple Inc, the future depends on people like Scott Porad.