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  • NORTH CHARLESTON, South Carolina, Oct 5- R epresentatives from Air India took delivery on Friday of the first Boeing Co 787 Dreamliner made in South Carolina and the first manufactured outside Boeing Commercial Airplane's headquarters in Washington state.

  • WASHINGTON-- Salmonella has been found in a New Mexico plant that produces nut butters for retailer Trader Joe's and several other large national grocery chains, the Food and Drug Administration said Friday.

  • 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.

  • SPOKANE, Wash.-- Clearwater Paper Corp. said Friday that it has named Linda Massman as its next CEO. The company also said Friday that its vice chairman and lead director of the board, Boh Dickey, will take over as chairman of the board beginning Jan. 1. Clearwater Paper, based in Spokane, Wash., makes tissue, paperboard and pulp.

  • 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.

  • OLYMPIA, Wash.-- The state Supreme Court unanimously ruled Thursday that the state's hazardous substances tax is constitutional.

  • 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.

  • OLYMPIA, Wash.-- Washington state's Supreme Court unanimously ruled Thursday that the state's hazardous substances tax is constitutional.

  • 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.

  • Oct 4- Boeing Co said on Thursday it doubled deliveries of its fuel-efficient 787 jets in the third quarter to 12, compared with six in the second quarter. Boeing is years behind its initial delivery schedule on the new light-weight, carbon-composite 787 aircraft after extensive development delays.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • TEHRAN, Iran-- Iran deployed riot police at key Tehran intersections on Thursday, after tensions flared over the nation's plunging currency in the most widespread display of anger linked to the country's sanctions-hit economy.

  • Oct 4- U.S. retailer Costco Wholesale Corp. Net sales at Issaquah, Washington- based Costco rose 8 percent to $9.31 billion in the five weeks ended Sept. 30. Excluding the impact of gasoline prices and foreign exchange, comparable September same-store sales were up 5 percent, Costco said.

  • Motorists in California paid an average of $4.232 per gallon Wednesday. That's 45 cents higher than the national average and exceeded only by Hawaii among the 50 states. Prices in New York, Connecticut and New Hampshire are at or near highs for the year.

  • TEHRAN, Iran-- Iranian authorities used aggressive measures Wednesday in an attempt to halt the nosedive of the country's currency, making arrests, vowing to stamp out sidewalk money changers and warning merchants against fueling the mounting public anger over the economy.

  • 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.

  • WASHINGTON-- Unemployment rates fell in August in nearly 90 percent of large U.S. metro areas, mainly because more people gave up looking for work. The Labor Department said Wednesday that unemployment rates dropped in 329 large cities, the most in four months.