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Top News & Analysis Colorado

  • Can maker Ball Corp. said Thursday that its third-quarter net income fell 13 percent, hurt mainly by hefty costs related to the shutdown of plants in Ohio and Florida. Ball announced plans to shut down the plants in Ohio and Florida in August, part of a plan to consolidate its beverage can manufacturing business.

  • WETMORE, Colo.-- A wildfire that forced the evacuation of hundreds of people in and around a small southern Colorado town has damaged at least 14 homes, authorities said Wednesday. The 3 1/ 4- square-mile fire was burning near Wetmore, an unincorporated town in Custer County about 100 miles south of Denver.

  • LEESBURG, Va.-- In many ways, it's an odd topic to make a central campaign issue: sequestration. Many voters greet the word with a blank stare or slightly glazed eyes, and when Republican George Allen brings up the issue in his Senate campaign, he first has to explain what he's talking about.

  • CHICAGO-- People who collapse from cardiac arrest in poor black neighborhoods are half as likely to get CPR from family members at home or bystanders on the street as those in better-off white neighborhoods, according to a study that found the reasons go beyond race. The findings suggest a big need for more knowledge and training, the researchers said.

  • NEW YORK-- Whiting Petroleum Corp. said Wednesday that it posted a profit in the third quarter as production rose 17 percent, while prices for oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids fell. In the quarter that ended Sept. 30, Whiting reported net income of $82.9 million, or 70 cents per share.

  • NIWOT, Colo.-- Crocs Inc., which makes colorful plastic shoes, said Wednesday that its net income rose 49 percent in the third quarter, helped by strength in the U.S. and Asia. But the company said demand slowed in Asia, particularly Japan, as the third quarter progressed, and it offered a fourth-quarter outlook below analysts' expectations.

  • MONTCLAIR, N.J.-- Across New Jersey, most communities approached about hosting one of the state's first legal medical marijuana dispensaries in out-of-the-way industrial zones have just said no, after outpourings of public opposition.

  • BROOMFIELD, Colo.-- Shares in Level 3 Communication shares slipped Wednesday after the Internet services company reported a deep third-quarter loss and less revenue than Wall Street expected. The Broomfield, Colo., company said it lost $166 million, or 76 cents per share, on about $1.59 billion in revenue.

  • DENVER-- A rally organized by opponents of hydraulic fracturing drew about 200 people to Denver's Civic Center Park on Tuesday night. Jakob Dylan of The Wallflowers, actress Daryl Hannah and others ended the four-hour Frack Free Colorado rally by singing "Stand By Me" on stage together.

  • SEATTLE-- About a thousand more international students are enrolled at the University of Washington's Seattle campus this fall, but school officials say that doesn't mean they have cut back on the number of in-state students at the state's most selective public university.

  • *DuPont, 3 M, United Tech, UPS miss revenue forecasts. *DuPont, 3 M Co cut profit forecasts.

  • *DuPont, 3 M, United Tech, UPS miss revenue forecasts. *DuPont, 3 M Co cut profit forecasts. DuPont and United Tech are by no means the only big U.S. companies to begin cutting jobs.

  • NEW YORK-- U.S. oil output is surging so fast that the United States could soon overtake Saudi Arabia as the world's biggest producer. The Energy Department forecasts that U.S. production of crude and other liquid hydrocarbons, which includes biofuels, will average 11.4 million barrels per day next year.

  • RENO, Nev.-- Two federal agencies violated the Endangered Species Act and now must reconsider additional protection for the Lahontan cutthroat trout and other rare fish adversely affected by the 700- mile Ruby pipeline that carries natural gas from Wyoming, through Utah and Nevada into southern Oregon, a federal appeals court ruled Monday.

  • CLEVELAND-- Unemployment rates fell last month in nearly all of the battleground states that will determine the presidential winner, giving President Barack Obama fresh fodder to argue that voters should stick with him in an election focused squarely on the economy.

  • WASHINGTON-- Tennessee lawyer Brian Manookian says he never considered himself a gun enthusiast. He owns just one handgun and was raised in a gun-free home. An analysis by The Associated Press of data tracking the health of the gun industry shows that President Barack Obama has presided over a heyday for guns.

  • Texas- based oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. reported Friday that 1,410 rigs were exploring for oil and 427 were searching for gas. A year ago, Baker Hughes listed 2,013 rigs. Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Alaska gained five rigs while Arkansas, Colorado and North Dakota rose by two each.

  • DENVER-- Colorado's unemployment rate decreased to 8 percent in September, down two-tenths of a percentage point from August's unemployment rate of 8.2 percent.