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  • Judge: WMT must let NYC church challenge gun sales Friday, 28 Nov 2014 | 2:06 PM ET
    Residents shop at Walmart as the store prepares for Black Friday in Los Angeles, Calif., November 24, 2014.

    A federal judge ordered Wal-Mart Stores to let shareholders vote on a proposal to force tighter oversight of its sale of high-capacity guns.

  • Smog rules cause concern for Southwest industries Friday, 28 Nov 2014 | 12:57 PM ET

    Utilities that run coal-fired power plants in the Southwest, oil and gas operations throughout New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado, and other businesses could feel the pinch. If counties run afoul of the proposed ozone regulations, virtually any industry could be targeted and forced to shut down some of their operations, said Wally Drangmeister, with the New...

  • 3 tips for using credit wisely during the holidays Friday, 28 Nov 2014 | 12:17 PM ET

    Using credit to tackle your holiday shopping can be tempting. "No amount of rewards are going to be worth using a credit card and carrying a balance from one month to the next," said Bill Hardekopf, CEO of LowCards.com, which tracks credit card offers. A recent survey by the National Retail Federation found that about 38 percent of consumers planned to rely on credit...

  • Alaska pot backer ordered to comply with subpoena Friday, 28 Nov 2014 | 7:38 AM ET

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska— A campaign-finance investigation is moving forward against an Alaska television reporter who quit her job on-air and vowed to work toward legalizing marijuana. The Alaska Public Offices Commission wants to know whether Charlo Greene used crowdsourcing funds to advocate for a ballot initiative to legalize recreational pot use.

  • FTC approves Medtronic acquisition of Covidien Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 | 4:41 PM ET

    NEW YORK— The U.S. Federal Trade Commission said Wednesday that it approved Medtronic's $42.9 billion acquisition of Covidien after the medical device maker agreed to sell a business that makes a type of catheter used in veins. Medtronic said it will sell Covidien's drug-coated balloon catheter business to Colorado Springs, Colorado- based The...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 26- Medtronic Inc has won U.S. antitrust approval to buy Dublin- based Covidien Plc on condition that it sell its drug-coated balloon catheter business, the Federal Trade Commission said on Wednesday. Medtronic and Covidien shareholders will vote on the merger on Jan. 6. Medtronic is the world's largest stand-alone medical device maker, with a...

  • Conservationists sue over federal coal program Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 3:27 PM ET

    The lawsuit from Friends of the Earth and the Western Organization of Resource Councils is being paid for by the philanthropic foundation of Microsoft founder Paul Allen. More than 40 percent of the roughly one billion tons of coal that is mined annually in the U.S. comes from beneath federal lands in Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Montana and other Western states.

  • GOP wisdom shifts on immigration Monday, 24 Nov 2014 | 2:05 PM ET

    Less than two years ago, party leaders solemnly declared after an exhaustive study that the GOP "must embrace and champion comprehensive immigration reform." Scott Walker, who is considering a 2016 White House bid, said alongside nodding colleagues at the Republican Governors Association annual conference in Florida. Having claimed the Senate majority in...

  • Broadway-bound magician shows what's up his sleeve Monday, 24 Nov 2014 | 11:20 AM ET

    Italy's star escape artist Andrew Basso and American Adam Trent, who focuses on technology-based tricks, are two of the seven magicians set to play Broadway this winter in the show "The Illusionists." "It's been almost 20 years since magic has been on Broadway. The rest of the lineup includes Belgium's weapon specialist Aaron Crow, campy magician Jeff Hobson,...

  • COLUMN-Oil in Arcadia: John Kemp Monday, 24 Nov 2014 | 9:05 AM ET

    Some of that crude came from states such as North Dakota, Texas and Alaska, and the rest from foreign suppliers like Canada, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela and Nigeria. On Saturday, the New York Times published a carefully researched essay chronicling "The Downside of the Boom" about how " North Dakota took on the oversight of a multi-billion dollar oil industry with a...

  • Merry marijuana: Pot sellers woo holiday shoppers Monday, 24 Nov 2014 | 1:13 AM ET

    From new marijuana strains for the holidays to gift sets and pot-and-pumpkin pies, the burgeoning marijuana industry in Colorado is scrambling to get a piece of the holiday shopping dollar. The Grass Station in Denver is selling an ounce of marijuana for $50— about a fifth of the cost of the next-cheapest strain at the Colorado dispensary— to the first 16...

  • Chilean moms growing support for medical marijuana Monday, 24 Nov 2014 | 12:08 AM ET

    SANTIAGO, Chile— Paulina Bobadilla was beyond desperate. Bobadilla's desperation to ease her daughter's condition is an emotion familiar to other Chilean parents who say medical marijuana can help their children and who, rather than wait for Congress to act, have taken matters into their own hands. Chile allows consumption of the drug, but growing, selling or...

  • NC likely to join legislative push on Uber, Lyft Sunday, 23 Nov 2014 | 10:54 AM ET

    RALEIGH, N.C.— North Carolina has become an attractive market for smartphone-based car services such as Uber and Lyft, which are drawn to the state's mid-sized cities that have college students and young professionals but lack extensive mass transit. Uber currently offers rides in 10 cities in North Carolina, ranging from Wilmington and Asheville to the...

  • Recalls this week: strollers, candles, chargers Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 4:00 PM ET

    DETAILS: Eleven Graco and Century-branded strollers with model names Aspen, Breeze, Capri, Cirrus, Glider, Kite, LiteRider, Sierra, Solara, Sterling and TravelMate. They were sold between August 2000 and November 2014. Strollers with a manufacture date from August 1, 2000 to September 25, 2014 are included in the recall.

  • Dish restores Turner channels to lineup Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 3:50 PM ET

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo.— Turner Broadcasting channels such as Cartoon Network and CNN are back on the Dish network after being dropped from the satellite TV provider's lineup during contract talks. Dish stopped carrying some of the Turner Broadcasting channels in October. Shares of Englewood, Colorado- based Dish rose $1.48, or 2.1 percent, to $73.70 on Friday while...

  • Colorado charters credit union for pot industry Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 12:53 PM ET

    However, before it can open permanently for business, action is also required by the National Credit Union Administration and Federal Reserve. The Colorado Division of Financial Services issued the charter Wednesday to The Fourth Corner Credit Union, which could open in January, The Denver Post reported Thursday. Fourth Corner must get a master account from...

  • Colorado jobless rate hits 4.3 percent Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 11:11 AM ET

    DENVER— Colorado's unemployment rate has dropped by 0.4 percentage point to 4.3 percent in October, the lowest level in more than 6½ years. The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment said Friday that private-sector jobs decreased by 2,100 and government jobs increased by 2,400 in October, for a net gain of 300 positions. The last time Colorado's...

  • Report: Grouse needs 3-mile buffer from drilling Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 10:39 AM ET

    BILLINGS, Mont.— A government report with significant implications for the U.S. energy industry says a struggling bird species needs a 3- mile buffer between its breeding grounds and oil and gas drilling, wind farms and solar projects. Such opposition could be bolstered by Friday's U.S. Geological Survey report. Now state and federal officials are scrambling to...

  • Survey suggests economy still slow in rural areas Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 9:33 AM ET

    OMAHA, Neb.— The economic outlook for rural areas of 10 states in the Plains and the West improved in November, but the monthly survey of bankers doesn't suggest much growth. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss says low grain and energy prices continue to limit the economy in rural areas. Bankers from rural areas of Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota,...

  • WILLISTON, N.D., Nov 21- Halliburton Co's $35 billion takeover of Baker Hughes Inc will create an oilfield services powerhouse in North Dakota with more than half the cementing market and a leading position in fracking, according to data seen by Reuters. The deal, announced on Monday, will help Halliburton better compete with global leader Schlumberger NV, as well...