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  • NEW YORK— Susan Bernardo trusted her stockbroker. Her broker, David Harris, advised her to sell $400,000 worth of relatively safe municipal bonds, she says, and sink the proceeds into real estate and energy partnerships in hopes of earning more income. "I thought,' OK, someone is watching over me,'" says Bernardo, now 57, of Wantagh, New York.

  • ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— A pipeline project intended to bring billions of gallons of water a year to a drought-stricken section of eastern New Mexico represents a lifeline to parched communities that are quickly running out of water. Others call for piping water from Lake Powell to southeastern Utah and for taking water from Wyoming across Colorado's Front Range...

  • Dairy farms asked to consider breeding no-horn cows Saturday, 28 Mar 2015 | 10:26 AM ET

    While veterinary groups recommend pain treatment, only about 10 percent of calves are properly medicated, according to Vermont dairy cattle breeder Mark Rodgers. Yet, the change may come sooner than producers expected, as some of the nation's largest food companies, such as General Mills, Nestle and Dunkin' Brands, are asking dairy suppliers to incorporate...

  • HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by 21 this week to 1,048 amid falling oil prices. Houston- based Baker Hughes said Friday 813 rigs were seeking oil and 233 exploring for natural gas. Among major oil- and gas-producing states, Alaska, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas each...

  • March 27- The number of rigs drilling for oil in the United States declined by 12 this week to 813, the smallest decline since December, oil services firm Baker Hughes said in its closely watched survey on Friday. With the decline this week, the number of oil rigs has fallen for a record 16th week in a row to the lowest level since 2011, according to Baker Hughes data...

  • With the price of crude plumbing lows not seen since 2009, Royal Dutch Shell, Whiting Petroleum Corp and many others are turning to rocket fuel, Big Data, lasers, spectrometers and other new or revamped technologies to do more for less. Baker Hughes Inc saw more client inquiries about products that increase efficiency of existing wells in the first three months...

  • Sinclair hopes old will become new again at theater Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 3:43 PM ET

    SINCLAIR, Wyo.— In the lobby of the old movie theater, it's drafty. No one has watched a show at the Sinclair Theatre, built in 1924, since the 1970 s. The project is part of a larger, ongoing effort to revitalize downtown by tapping into the past to create a richer Main Street.

  • DENVER— Congress should cancel all VA employee bonuses and use the money to finish the budget-busting Denver veterans hospital, Colorado Rep. Coffman and other lawmakers are angry that the Department of Veterans Affairs awarded thousands of dollars in bonuses to its top construction official, Glenn Haggstrom, even though hospitals in Denver, Las Vegas, New...

  • Lawmakers unhappy with new fracking rules Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 11:47 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Republican and Democratic lawmakers in the House have found something in common: Many have issues with the Obama administration's new regulations requiring companies that drill for oil and natural gas to disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing. The lawmakers' complaints were aired Thursday during a House subcommittee hearing called...

  • Census: Florida city tops list of fastest-growing areas Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 12:08 AM ET

    New figures released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau showed Florida was home to six of the nation's 20 fastest-growing metro areas from July 1, 2013, to July 1, 2014. The Villages retirement community located northwest of Orlando was the nation's fastest-growing metro area last year with a 5.4 percent increase that raised the population to 114,000...

  • House Roll Call: Republicans approve conservative budget Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 7:19 PM ET

    The 228-199 roll call Wednesday by which the House passed a conservative budget that relies on nearly $5 trillion in cuts to eliminate deficits over the next decade, calls for repealing the health care law and envisions transformations of the tax code and Medicare. Republicans— Aderholt, Y; Brooks, Y; Byrne, Y; Palmer, Y; Roby, Y; Rogers, Y. Republicans— Crawford, N; Hill, Y;...

  • 32 indicted in in Colorado illegal marijuana operation Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 3:41 PM ET

    DENVER— A Colorado grand jury has indicted 32 people on charges that they illegally grew and shipped thousands of pounds of marijuana to other states, most commonly Minnesota. Authorities believe the group made about $12 million during the four years it operated, The Denver Post reported Wednesday. The indictment came after authorities raided several Denver...

  • Home appraisal comes in below your sales price, now what? Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 3:41 PM ET

    Housing market trends bode well for sellers this spring, but some may encounter hurdles even after they land a buyer. Rising home values and a lack of inventory in many markets could set them up to receive competing offers, but that dynamic could also increase the likelihood that the appraised value of the home could fall short of the agreed upon sale price,...

  • TRENTON, N.J.— The board that oversees New Jersey's nearly $80 billion public pension fund is moving ahead with an investment of up to $100 million in a private equity firm whose chairman gave millions to a political group once headed by Gov. The State Investment Council decided Wednesday to invest money with Denver- based KSL Capital Partners, whose chairman,...

  • SIDNEY, Neb.— The Nebraska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission delayed a decision on a much-debated proposal for a Sioux County disposal site for wastewater from oil exploration. The commission heard 2½ hours of public comment Tuesday at its Sidney headquarters before convening a specific hearing on the proposal from Terex Energy Corp. The Broomfield,...

  • WASHINGTON— An extraordinary bipartisan accord between House Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is letting both parties exhale as they move toward permanently ending the nagging annual threat of Medicare cuts to physicians. For Boehner, R- Ohio, the package announced Tuesday lets him claim a rare if modest bipartisan pact to strengthen...

  • NEW YORK— Shares of Whiting Petroleum fell sharply Tuesday, a day after saying it would sell as many as 40 million shares and $1.75 billion in senior notes to pay down debt related to its $6 billion acquisition of Kodiak Oil& Gas. The stock offering could bring Whiting more than $1.5 billion, based on its stock's closing price of $38.39 on Monday.

  • IHS misses Street 1Q forecasts Tuesday, 24 Mar 2015 | 6:12 AM ET

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. _ IHS Inc. on Tuesday reported fiscal first-quarter net income of $39.5 million. The average estimate of 10 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.37 per share. Eight analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $555 million.

  • Parents seeking urban lifestyles for kids Tuesday, 24 Mar 2015 | 3:26 AM ET

    SEATTLE— A small but growing number of parents are bucking a trend when it comes to raising their kids: Rather than move to suburbs as their parents once did, many are opting to stay in or near downtown. Parents in cities across the country, including Seattle, Minneapolis and Denver, are banding together to advocate for new downtown schools, more playgrounds and more...

  • Take Elizabeth Schirmer, whose destination wedding in Mexico got upended by bad weather in late February in Rochester, New York. After she returned home, Schirmer, 30, received a generic apology email from Delta Air Lines and an invitation to comment about her experience. Some 70,757 flights with at least one stop in the United States got canceled between Dec. 21...