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  • HOUSTON, Jan 27- Collapsing crude prices are confronting scores of smaller U.S. oil producers with the grim choice of either shutting older high-cost wells or burning through cash in the hope of riding out the downturn. As oil prices fell by more than half over the last six months from more than $100 per barrel, the U.S. oil industry responded by slowing its...

  • LOS ANGELES— A measles outbreak that originated at Disneyland has grown to 87 cases. The California Department of Public Health said Monday most of the infections— 73— are in California. The rest are in Arizona, Utah, Washington, Colorado, Oregon, Nebraska and Mexico.

  • SASKATOON, Saskatchewan, Jan 26- Saskatchewan is likely to tighten what are already some of North America's strictest rules for purchasing farmland as the Western Canadian province looks to fend off big money managers hungry for what they see as a winning investment. Stewart said the changes could also include measures to foil the plans of Vancouver- based...

  • New Mexico appeals court hears assisted suicide case Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 12:57 PM ET

    SANTA FE, N.M.— Do terminally ill patients in New Mexico already have the right to end their lives? The Santa Fe woman, who has advanced uterine cancer, is asking the courts to clarify New Mexico's laws putting doctors in legal trouble and preventing her from ending her life. Two doctors and Aja Riggs, the Santa Fe woman, asked the judge to determine that physicians...

  • CHICAGO— With virtually no hard proof that medical marijuana benefits sick children, and evidence that it may harm developing brains, the drug should only be used for severely ill kids who have no other treatment option, the nation's most influential pediatricians group says in a new policy. Some parents insist that medical marijuana has cured their kids'...

  • NEW YORK— Tom Fiore knows what it's like to sit in a taxi for as long as two agonizing hours, over bridges or through a tunnel, to travel a mere eight miles from midtown Manhattan to LaGuardia Airport in Queens. Neighboring John F. Kennedy and Newark have it, and projects are currently underway at Washington Dulles, Los Angeles and Denver. Cuomo's $450 million proposal,...

  • SALT LAKE CITY— In a story Jan. 23 about avalanche rescue equipment, The Associated Press reported erroneously the purpose of Avatech's new snow probe. SALT LAKE CITY— As outdoor recreation companies increasingly cater to skiers and snowboarders who like to venture beyond the groomed slopes at ski resorts and tackle backcountry terrain, they've put a special...

  • Medicaid, firing squads on agenda for Utah Legislature Saturday, 24 Jan 2015 | 11:01 AM ET

    Utah leaders are grappling with how they'll help thousands of poor Utah residents get health coverage under Medicaid, in what's expected to be one of the most hotly debated issues of the session. In Utah, that's about 90,000 people. Rather than having more people on Medicaid, Utah Gov.

  • FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.— To those who know and love the Grand Canyon, the names of its historic lodges are synonymous with the national park itself. Phantom Ranch, Bright Angel Lodge, El Tovar— all bring to mind a place coveted worldwide for its sweeping views, river rapids and history told though layers of geology. But the fate of those names is up for debate after a longtime...

  • Colorado lawmakers gear up for battle over fracking Friday, 23 Jan 2015 | 3:51 PM ET

    DENVER— A legislative battle over fracking is looming in Colorado, with Republicans taking the stance that mineral owners should be compensated when a local government bans or restricts energy development. The GOP's approach has bothered Democrats who argue lawmakers should wait for recommendations from a task force that's studying how to resolve land...

  • At this week's Outdoor Retailer show in Salt Lake City— which draws an estimated 22,000 people— the latest in rescue beacons, air bags and snow probes are on display. Evolving technology and a more research is driving the improved products, said Bruce Tremper, Director of the Forest Service Utah Avalanche Center. "This does not replace good thinking, sound judgment...

  • Shares of Array BioPharma soared Friday after the drug developer said it will buy worldwide rights to a potential cancer treatment in late-stage clinical testing from Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis. The Boulder, Colorado, company said the deal is conditional on Novartis closing some acquisitions with British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline PLC that it...

  • FORT COLLINS, Colo.— Showing how much one Colorado city loves its bikes, cyclists who go to the hospital by ambulance no longer have to leave their rides behind. Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, home of Colorado State University, has equipped all 14 of its ambulances with bike racks after encountering increasing numbers of cyclists who had bicycle...

  • WASHINGTON— U.S. home rental prices continued to climb at a modest pace in December, but rapidly escalating costs in cities such as San Francisco and Denver suggest that apartment dwellers are facing more financial pressure. Prices rose 3.3 percent in December compared with 12 months earlier, real estate data firm Zillow said Friday. Rental prices have risen 52...

  • 'Bond King' Gross puts $700 million into fund he runs Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 5:40 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Bill Gross is backing himself to the tune of more than $700 million. Gross, who co-founded the investment giant Pimco in 1971 and ran its $200 billion Total Return Fund, shocked the financial world in September when he left the huge money management firm to join Janus Capital, a smaller rival. The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this month that Gross'...

  • CoBiz posts 4Q profit Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 5:36 PM ET

    DENVER _ CoBiz Financial Inc. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter net income of $7 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 18 cents per share. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research.

  • Kellow named next CEO of coal-mining Peabody Energy Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 1:51 PM ET

    ST. LOUIS— Coal-mining Peabody Energy Corp. soon will have a new chief executive. The St. Louis- based company announced Thursday that Peabody's chief operating officer, Glenn Kellow, will succeed CEO Greg Boyce on May 4. Its U.S. operations include mines in Wyoming, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Illinois, and Indiana.

  • BOSTON, Jan 22- Janus Capital Group Inc's new star bond fund manager also turns out to be one of the fund firm's top investors. Shares of the Denver company rose 11 percent on Thursday after fourth-quarter earnings came in above expectations with the help of new hire Bill Gross, even as it acknowledged that half the money in his fund came from Gross himself.

  • BOSTON, Jan 22- Star bond fund manager Bill Gross has pumped more than $700 million of his own money into the Janus Global Unconstrained Bond Fund, Janus Capital Chief Executive Dick Weil said on Thursday. "At the end of 2014, Bill had invested more than $700 million of his personal money in the Global Unconstrained Bond Fund," Weil said on a conference call.

  • BOSTON, Jan 22- Asset manager Janus Capital Group said on Thursday that fourth-quarter profit rose 22 percent after its hiring of star bond fund manager Bill Gross helped it reach its first quarter of net deposits since 2009.. Denver- based Janus reported net income of $46.7 million, or 24 cents per share, compared with $38.3 million, or 21 cents per share, a year...