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  • Officials discuss ways to speed up border traffic Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 7:52 PM ET

    GRAND FORKS, N.D.-- Efforts are under way to speed up trade and travel between Canada and the United States, a move that could help North Dakota sell even more goods to its northerly neighbor, officials said Friday during a conference about the border.

  • UPDATE 2-Amazon pays top dollar to buy Seattle HQ Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 7:28 PM ET

    Oct 5- Amazon.com Inc said on Friday it will spend over $1 billion to buy its Seattle corporate headquarters in what will be the United States' biggest commercial real estate deal so far this year for a single location.

  • Oct 5- Amazon.com Inc said on Friday that it will spend more than $1 billion to buy its corporate headquarters in Seattle from Microsoft Corp co-founder Paul Allen's investment firm. Amazon said it expects to close the deal in the fourth quarter.

  • Amazon to spend $1.16 bln to buy Seattle offices Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 4:52 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 5- Amazon.com Inc said on Friday that it will spend more than $1 billion for office space in Seattle. The world's largest Internet retailer plans to buy 11 buildings, comprising 1.8 million square feet of corporate office space, in the city, the home of its headquarters. It currently leases the space, it noted in a regulatory filing.

  • BRIEF-Amazon.com to acquire 11 buildings Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 4:44 PM ET

    *Amazon.com says entered into purchase and sale agreements to acquire 11. *Amazon.com says deal for approximately $1.16 billion. *Amazon expects to close the purchase in Q4 2012, and has made a.

  • Cell Therapeutics selling $60M in preferred stock Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 11:02 AM ET

    SEATTLE-- Cell Therapeutics Inc. said Friday it plans to sell $60 million in preferred stock to raise money for the launch of its lymphoma drug Pixuvri and to fund studies of its drug pacritinib as a treatment for myelofibrosis. Cell Therapeutics said that it will sell preferred stock for $1,000 per share.

  • Starbucks testing new baked goods in Bay Area Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 6:12 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- Starbucks Corp. is testing a variety of toasty croissants and baked goods in nine San Francisco stores, with plans to eventually expand distribution nationally. Lisa Passe, a spokeswoman for Starbucks, noted that this was an operational test to see how stores would handle deliveries and warming up the items.

  • Red Bulls' Cahill is 4th-highest-paid MLS player Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 4:52 PM ET

    He joined Thierry Henry and Rafa Marquez on the high-spending Red Bulls, who replaced general manager Erik Soler with Jerome de Bontin on Tuesday.

  • 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.