Microsoft's new Xbox 360 video-game console began selling out at stores across the United States.

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Microsoft’s new Xbox 360 video-game console began selling out at stores across the United States.

Microsoft, which spent more than $12 billion developing its Xbox machines, released the Xbox 360 in stores at midnight Monday. The machines are sold out at retail outlets and at online retailers, including and Wal-Mart Stores.

Some people who bought the new consoles immediately resold them on eBay.

The online-auction site said about 1,800 Xbox 360s were sold between midnight Monday and noon Seattle time Tuesday. The North American retail price for the consoles is $399.99.

eBay said the average price for consoles, including those sold with games and other add-ons, was $660. However, the company said some console packages were selling for up to $2,500, with bidding and sales prices varying widely.

Horizon Air

Mechanics accept

3-year contract

Mechanics for Horizon Air have ratified a three-year labor agreement with the Seattle-based airline, though not by a wide margin.

The contract was accepted by 187 members of the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association, 55 percent of eligible voters who cast ballots. It was opposed by 153 union members, or 45 percent. The agreement was reached between Horizon and union representatives in early October.

The contract covers more than 400 mechanics and fleet-services agents out of Horizon’s 3,900 employees.


Basic cable rates

to rise $3 a month

Comcast said Tuesday that it will raise the monthly price for its basic cable package by an average of $3, from $42.10 to $45.10 a month, in its Washington market starting in January. The price of the limited cable package will not change except for customers in Issaquah and Oak Harbor, who will see a $1 increase. Digital- cable prices could increase by up to $3 a month for some customers, depending on the type of package they have.

Prices will not change for Comcast’s high-speed Internet service and IP-enabled phone service. Comcast said the increase reflects increasing operating expenses and investments it has made to improve service.

Nation / World


Deal reached

on pirated films

In a deal aimed at reducing illegal Internet traffic in pirated films, Hollywood reached an agreement Tuesday with the creator of the popular file-sharing software BitTorrent.

The agreement requires software designer and former Bellevue resident Bram Cohen, 30, to prevent his Web site,, from locating pirated versions of popular movies.

The BitTorrent technology pioneered by Cohen assembles digital movies and other large computer files from separate bits of data downloaded from other computer users across the Internet.

Compiled from Bloomberg News, The Associated Press and Seattle Times staff