OMAHA, Neb.-- An index of economic conditions in 10 Midwest and Western states jumped this month after three months of drought-induced doldrums. "Our survey indicates that the negative impacts of the drought are being more than offset by the positives of very strong incomes from high agriculture and energy prices," said Creighton University economist Ernie Goss.
Rates dropped in Ohio, Florida, Wisconsin, Colorado, Iowa, Nevada and North Carolina. They were unchanged in New Hampshire and Virginia. With just 18 days until Election Day, polls show GOP challenger Mitt Romney gaining momentum with voters in key states.
NEW YORK-- Chipotle's stock is taking a big hit from investors worried that years of lightning-fast growth are over. Chipotle shares closed down 15 percent, or $42.93, at $243. Late Thursday, Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. said its third-quarter revenue and net income both grew.
Mark Udall says a $50,000 federal grant will help repair and rehabilitate 50 homes of lower-income, rural families in five southwest Colorado counties. The Colorado Democrat said Thursday that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded the grant to the Colorado Four Corners Office for Resource Efficiency, known as 4 CORE.
LINCOLN, Neb.-- Nebraska is trailing its neighbors in wind-energy development and missing an opportunity to add jobs to the state economy while producing a cleaner form of energy, according to a report released Thursday.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- Two Rottweilers killed an 83- year-old man in Alabama. A two-day old infant was mauled to death in Pennsylvania. A two-year-old girl died after she was bitten by a pit bull in West Virginia.
DENVER-- Three men were arrested for investigation of murder after a Denver bar was set on fire to cover up five killings committed during a robbery, authorities said Thursday. Ronald Saunier said of the early Wednesday deaths and blaze at Fero's Bar& Grill. "
Its shares, which dipped below $40 in late 2008 as the financial crisis intensified, peaked this April at $442.40 as the burrito chain posted double-digit increases in revenue year after year. But Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. on Thursday forecast that revenue growth in stores open at least a year would be flat to a low-single-digit percentage gain next year.
WASHINGTON-- President Barack Obama has presided over a heyday for the gun industry despite predictions by the National Rifle Association four years ago that he would be the "most anti-gun president in American history."
DENVER-- Restaurant chain Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. said Thursday that its third-quarter net income rose 20 percent as traffic grew and it opened more stores. Chipotle's net income rose to $72.3 million, or $2.27 per share, from $60.4 million, or $1.90 per share, last year. Revenue rose to $700.5 million from $591.9 million a year ago.
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.
DENVER-- Three people have been arrested in connection with the killing of five people at a bar that was then set on fire, apparently to hide the crime, and the motive was robbery, Denver police said Thursday.
GRAND ISLAND, Neb.-- North Dakota- based Titan Machinery Inc. says it's buying three CaseIH agriculture equipment dealerships in Nebraska. Titan, of West Fargo, N.D., says it is acquiring Toner's Inc., which operates Toner's in Grand Island, Red Line Equipment in Broken Bow and Ord Equipment in Ord.
LOS ANGELES-- The Beverly Hilton's International Ballroom will soon be filled with flowers, chiffon, fine china and crystal stemware for a starry black-tie ball costing couples as much as $20,000 to attend.
Xcel Energy Inc. says the blackouts affected about 50,000 customers in Denver, Fort Collins and Greeley starting at 10 p.m. Tuesday. The National Weather Service said gusts of up to 60 mph were reported in the Denver area and the northeast Colorado plains Tuesday night. Fort Morgan, Akron and Holyoke in northeastern Colorado reported 40 mph gusts.
Utah and industry officials say oil and gas production was up across the region and country last year because of drilling on state and private lands, not federal lands.
RALEIGH, N.C.-- The Democratic National Convention relied on at least $5 million in corporate donations, despite repeated pledges by top party officials only to use money raised from individuals.
An Associated Press analysis of presidential campaign advertising data from April through last week found that pro-Romney spending has exceeded pro-Obama ad spending by at least $65 million across the nine states expected to decide the election: Colorado, Florida, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, Iowa and Wisconsin.
DENVER-- Denver police said they have no suspects in the killings of five people whose bodies were found at a neighborhood bar after it was set on fire early Wednesday, apparently to cover up the slayings. The Denver medical examiner said the victims included Young Fero of the Denver suburb of Aurora.