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  • CRAZY WEATHER: Warm spring weather in the Northeast and Midwest tricked apple trees into budding early this year, and then a late frost damaged the blossoms. CROPS CRIMPED: Crops in apple-producing states like New York and Michigan shrank, falling off as much as 90 percent.

  • Starbucks opened its first store in India Friday in Mumbai as the Seattle- based coffee giant seeks growth in a market long associated with tea drinkers. LOCAL GUIDE: Starbucks' partner in India is the salt-to-SUVs Tata conglomerate. The venture will open more stores in Mumbai this year and expand to New Delhi next year.

  • Organizers said some 14 million people, including 9.3 million in California, signed up to participate. The drill was held in some Western and southeastern states, as well as Guam, Puerto Rico and parts of Canada and Italy.

  • MUMBAI, India-- Starbucks inaugurated its first store in India Friday in a historic building in southern Mumbai as the Seattle- based coffee giant seeks growth in a market long associated with tea drinkers. After over six years of studying the local market, Starbucks is making a rapid-fire entry into Asia's third-largest economy.

  • MUMBAI, India-- Starbucks has opened its first store in India in an historic building in south Mumbai as the Seattle- based coffee giant seeks growth in a market long associated with tea drinkers. Chief executive Howard Schultz says India, along with China, are "at the core" of the company's growth strategy.

  • "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-- 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.

  • ALBANY, N.Y.-- Aspen Dental Management and the private equity firm that controls it illegally operate dental clinics across the country and engage in aggressive, misleading profit-driven practices that cause patients economic harm, claims a federal lawsuit filed Thursday in New York.

  • OLYMPIA, Wash.-- Washington state is still adding jobs, but the growth in employment isn't as robust as it was a few months ago, officials said Wednesday. The state Employment Security Department said the unemployment rate dipped down to 8.5 percent in September from 8.6 percent in August.

  • NEW YORK-- Mayor Michael Bloomberg will spend at least $10 million of his personal fortune promoting moderate candidates around the country in the final weeks before Election Day, he announced Wednesday, adding himself to the list of wealthy Americans pouring millions of dollars into the 2012 election.

  • OLYMPIA, Wash.-- The Seattle Times Co. began an active campaign Wednesday to support Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna and gay marriage, part of a push to demonstrate the effectiveness of newspaper political advertising.

  • NEW YORK-- Can't figure out how to dress as a binder full of women for Halloween? The Yellow One is flying off the shelves after Mitt Romney's threat to do away with government support for PBS.

  • 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.

  • Read ahead to see what they are, and find out what employment data, industries and companies are located there to make them top destination states.

  • PORTLAND, Ore.-- After betting more than $5 million they could persuade voters to approve Oregon's first privately owned casino, the Canadian developers folded their hand Tuesday, saying they would suspend their campaign because there isn't enough support from voters.

  • SUMNER, Texas-- Oil has long lived in harmony with farmland and cattle across the Texas landscape, a symbiosis nurtured by generations and built on an unspoken honor code that allowed agriculture to thrive while oil was extracted. In the minds of some landowners approached by TransCanada for land, the company has broken the code.

  • 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.

  • TRENTON, N.J.-- A New Jersey Senate panel narrowly passed a resolution Monday that would ask voters to approve a minimum wage increase next year along with automatic yearly adjustments.

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

  • 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.