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  • 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.

  • SEATTLE-- Monday is expected to be a significant day in the proposal for a new arena in Seattle to bring back an NBA team and host an NHL team. The Seattle and King County councils are expected to give final approval to the plan to build the $490 million arena with $200 million in public help.

  • SEATTLE-- A federal appeals court panel says Seattle's restrictions on distributing the yellow pages in the city violate the U.S. District judge in Seattle upheld the restrictions after finding the phone books constituted primarily commercial speech not entitled to the full protection of the First Amendment.

  • BELLEVUE, Wash.-- The AAA auto club reports the average price of a gallon of gasoline in Washington is $4.10. That's the same as a week ago and 4 cents higher than a month ago. Bellingham $4.20, Bremerton $4.10, Seattle- Bellevue- Everett $4.13, Tacoma $4.11, Olympia $4.14, Vancouver $4.10, Yakima $4.02, Tri-Cities $3.99, and Spokane $3.92.

  • NEW YORK-- An analyst for BMO Research on Monday raised his rating on CostCo Wholesale Corp., saying he's less worried about high costs hurting the company's profitability. He had been concerned about Costco's gross margin rate, or profitability. The rate has been hurt as costs for stocking shelves have increased for Costco and other big-box retailers.

  • SEATTLE-- Inspired by the Pompidou Center in Paris, which for nearly two years removed all the men's art from their modern galleries, the Seattle Art Museum is letting women take over its downtown building this fall.

  • NEW YORK-- Shares of Clearwire Corp., which operates a wireless data network, hit a 52- week high after Japan's Softbank Corp. agreed to pay $20.1 billion for a 70 percent stake in Sprint Nextel Corp.. THE SPARK: Sprint owns 48 percent of Clearwire but doesn't control its board. It's also Clearwire's biggest customer, reselling access to its network as " Sprint 4 G."

  • SANTA FE, N.M., Oct 12- New Mexico's policy of granting driver's licenses to illegal immigrants will violate a federal law taking effect in January, meaning residents won't be able to use their licenses as ID to board airplanes, the state's governor says.

  • SEATTLE, Oct 12- Microsoft Corp opened its Windows 8 operating system for pre-orders on Friday, setting the price for an upgrade to the full version of the software at $70 for a DVD pack. Shoppers can reserve the software pack at Microsoft's own stores, Amazon.com, Best Buy, Staples and elsewhere.

  • SEATTLE, Oct 12- Microsoft Corp said on Friday it plans to add Google Inc as a defendant in Germany in one of its patent actions against Google's phone maker, Motorola Mobility, the first time the two tech giants have come into direct legal conflict over Google's Android mobile software.

  • SEATTLE, Oct 12- Microsoft Corp opened its Windows 8 operating system for pre-orders on Friday, setting the price for the full version of the software at $70 for a DVD pack. Shoppers can reserve the software pack at Microsoft's own stores, Amazon.com, Best Buy, Staples and elsewhere.

  • Light synthetic crude for November delivery last sold for $3.90 a barrel over benchmark West Texas Intermediate, compared with $4.25 a barrel over WTI on Thursday, according to Shorcan Energy Brokers. November Western Canada Select heavy blend was quoted at $14.75 a barrel under WTI, a 10 cent deeper discount on the day.

  • SEATTLE, Oct 12- Microsoft Corp said on Friday it plans to add Google Inc as a defendant in Germany in one of its patent actions against Google's phone maker, Motorola Mobility, marking the first time the two tech giants have come into direct legal conflict over Google's Android mobile software.

  • But this isn't the first time Congress has pushed for more authority over the industry. And with a gridlocked Congress at its most unproductive in decades, experts don't expect to see new laws passed anytime soon.

  • The opposition campaign is funded primarily by the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, which runs Spirit Mountain Casino, the nearest casino to Portland. The new Oregon casino would be owned by PDX Entertainment company, a corporation with about 19 shareholders created in March and based in Lake Oswego.

  • OLYMPIA, Wash.-- The group fighting to overturn Washington's gay marriage law started running its first TV ads in the state on Thursday. Referendum 74 asks voters to either approve or reject the state's gay marriage law that was passed by the Legislature and signed by Gov.