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  • ISSAQUAH, Wash.-- Shoppers continue to head to Costco in search of deals, helping the wholesale club operator's fiscal fourth-quarter net income and revenue climb. Consumers have been drawn to stores like Costco, BJ's Wholesale Club and Sam's Club because they feel like they are getting bargains by purchasing items in bulk.

  • SEATTLE-- A Michigan woman dying of leukemia says she hopes her embarrassment during a Seattle airport security pat-down might change the way the Transportation Security Administration treats travelers with medical conditions. Dunaj, 34, was making what she expects will be the last trip of her life on Oct. 2 as she traveled through Seattle en route to Hawaii.

  • SEATTLE, Oct 9- Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Steve Ballmer has signaled a new direction for the world's largest software company, pointing to hardware and online services as its future, taking a page from long-time rival Apple Inc.

  • SEATTLE, Oct 9- Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Steve Ballmer got a lower bonus than last year's, partly for flat sales of Windows and his failure to ensure that the company provided a choice of browser to some European customers.

  • SEATTLE-- A Michigan woman dying of leukemia hopes her embarrassing experience at a Seattle airport changes the way the Transportation Security Administration treats travelers with medical conditions. Michelle Dunaj, 34, was making what she expects will be the last trip of her life on Oct. 2 as she departed for Hawaii.

  • "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.

  • *Says contract for its Intalco works aluminum smelter in Ferndale, Washington. *Source text: Alcoa today announced that it has reached a tentative agreement on a long-term power contract with Bonneville Power Administration for its Intalco Works aluminum smelter in Ferndale, Washington.

  • A unionized job once meant a secure path to a middle-class life. President Barack Obama has signed a series of executive orders that encourage the use of union labor in federal construction projects, ease union financial reporting requirements and more.

  • U.S. ports are expected to handle 1.45 million 20- foot Equivalent Units in October, up 9.9 percent from the year-earlier period, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.

  • NEW YORK-- Wal-Mart is testing a same-day delivery service in select markets for customers who buy popular items online during the holiday shopping season. Wal-Mart's tests started this month in northern Virginia and Philadelphia. Wal-Mart plans to test the service in San Francisco and San Jose, Calif., later this month or in early November.

  • 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.

  • *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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • *Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air flights delayed due to internet outage. *Fiber network cable severed in Seattle area significantly delayed Alaska. Airlines, Horizon Air flights today.