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.
EDMONTON, Alberta-- A subsidiary of a Brazilian-based company is taking over management of XL Foods, the Alberta plant at the heart of one of the largest beef recalls in Canada's history.
DENVER-- Five people were found dead in a neighborhood bar where a fire broke out around closing time early Wednesday, and police think the blaze was set to cover up their slayings. The fire at Fero's Bar& Grill was reported around closing time at 2 a.m., Police Chief Robert White said. They didn't perish in the fire, "police Commander Ronald Saunier said.
At the University of Cincinnati, 200 students were expected to turn out to watch the second debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. "It goes without saying that the knives were out," said Karim Aladmi, a 21- year-old international affairs major from Dayton, Ohio, who wore a suit and tie for the occasion.
DENVER-- About 25,000 electricity customers are without power in the Denver area and in northern Colorado as a powerful wind storm buffets the state. The National Weather Service is predicting sustained winds of 25 to 40 mph with gusts of up to 60 mph possible across the eastern half of Colorado Wednesday.
KEYSTONE, Colo.-- Colorado's ski season is getting under way. Arapahoe Basin is starting its season with an 18- inch base, one lift running and one intermediate trail open Wednesday. The ski area is the first in Colorado to open for this winter.
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TUNICA, Miss.-- The Fitz Casino& Hotel Tunica has laid off an unspecified number of employees, citing a soft economy, seasonal fluctuations and increased competition.
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.
DENVER-- Xcel Energy Inc. is telling dozens of Colorado cities and towns that starting Jan. 1, they won't be allowed to hang decorative banners, flags or decorations on its power poles any longer.
BOULDER, Colo.-- An affiliate of a company founded by Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt is acquiring New Frontier Media Inc. for about $33 million cash. Boulder, Colo.- based New Frontier says LFP Broadcasting LLC has agreed to pay $2.02 per share, plus up to 6 cents more per share if New Frontier maintains a cash balance above about $11.5 million.
DENVER-- It's not all hippies backing November's marijuana legalization votes in Colorado, Oregon and Washington.
NEW YORK-- A Republican-leaning independent group supporting Mitt Romney's presidential bid is spending $11.1 million on new television ads aimed at women. The group planned to air the new ad on national and local cable stations, and in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia.
"It's just way too much," says Scot French, a history professor at the University of Central Florida. He lives along the swing-voting Interstate 4 corridor that will play an important role in deciding whether President Barack Obama or Mitt Romney wins the state, and perhaps the White House.
Einstein Noah Restaurant Group Inc., which is also considering selling itself, said that it expects to report net income of $3.4 million on revenue of $105.5 million for the quarter that ended on Oct. 2. That falls short of the $3.6 million in profit and $108.3 million in revenue that analysts polled by FactSet were expecting.