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  • May 27- Toll Brothers Inc, the largest U.S. luxury homebuilder, reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit, helped by a lower tax provision. The market consists of Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada and Washington. The company's shares fell as much as 3.7 percent to $35.63 on the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday.

  • CENTENNIAL, Colo.— Colorado theater shooting gunman James Holmes' notebook full of scrawled writings and stick-figure drawings was made public Wednesday, a day after it was introduced as evidence in his trial. He mailed the notebook to a University of Colorado psychiatrist who treated him just before the July 20, 2012, shooting at a Batman movie premiere.

  • Utah defends contentious law on contact lens price-fixing Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 12:25 PM ET

    SALT LAKE CITY— Utah state attorneys have asked an appeals court to clear the way for a contentious law that bans price fixing by contact lens makers and could have wide-ranging implications for the $4 billion industry. They were joined by the discount retailers Costco and Utah- based 1-800 Contacts. Suing to block the law are lens makers Alcon Laboratories,...

  • Arkansas legislators endorse $87 million incentive package Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 12:03 PM ET

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark.— An $87 million incentive package intended to bring a military vehicle assembly plant to south Arkansas easily won initial approval from lawmakers Wednesday, with a handful of Republicans opposing the move as the wrong way to attract business to the state. The Arkansas House voted 96-0 in favor of the plan to issue bonds if Lockheed Martin wins a...

  • PORTLAND, Maine— In a nondescript industrial park, beer geeks line up several times a week outside Bissell Brothers to get the latest batch of fresh beer— much like foodies seeking the freshest baguettes, pomegranates or kale. That's tiny compared to the big craft breweries, which are stretching the meaning of "craft" under Brewers Association guidelines that...

  • *Time Warner Cable's shares up 7.1 pct, Charter up 2.7 pct. May 26- Charter Communications Inc's $56 billion bid to remake the U.S. cable television industry by acquiring larger rival Time Warner Cable Inc will try to skirt the regulatory obstacles that helped sink Comcast Corp's earlier bid for Time Warner Cable. The transaction faces a close review from the...

  • WASHINGTON— U.S. home prices rose at a steady pace in March, pushed higher by a limited supply of houses for sale. The Standard& Poor's/Case-Shiller 20- city home price index rose 5 percent in March from 12 months earlier, the S&P said Tuesday. The median home sold in just 39 days in April, according to the National Association of Realtors, compared with 52 in March.

  • Independent booksellers continue to add new stores Tuesday, 26 May 2015 | 8:21 AM ET

    Core membership of the American Booksellers Association grew from 1,664 companies last spring to 1,712 this year, the trade group told The Associated Press on Tuesday, the day before the BookExpo America publishing convention and trade show begins in Manhattan. Membership, which topped 5,000 a quarter century ago, had been declining sharply as thousands of...

  • CHICAGO— When retailers open state-approved medical marijuana shops in Illinois later this year, they will face a distinct disadvantage in luring prospective patients across their thresholds: Marijuana will always be cheaper on the black market. Dispensary owners in Illinois are thinking, too, about Tupperware-style education parties, spa-like interior...

  • Peru suspends civil liberties in region after 4th death Saturday, 23 May 2015 | 12:53 AM ET

    LIMA, Peru— Peru's government said it was suspending civil liberties in a southern coastal valley after a fourth death in violent anti-mining protests against a Mexican-owned copper mining project. One protester was killed and four injured Friday in clashes, which have escalated since farmers mounted resistance two months ago to the $1.4 million project...

  • Correction: Earns-Liberty Media story Friday, 22 May 2015 | 5:47 PM ET

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo.— In a story May 8 about Liberty Media's earnings-- generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research-- the Associated Press reported erroneously the company's stock performance over the last 12 months. At that time, Liberty Media shares had risen 10.6 percent over the last 12 months. ENGLEWOOD, Colo.— ENGLEWOOD, Colo.— Liberty...

  • DENVER— Federal regulators are re-doing an environmental review for a Colorado coal mine after a judge threatened to shut it down unless they took a closer look at its indirect environmental impacts, including its contribution to climate change. The Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement, part of the Interior Department, posted a notice of the...

  • Overall, U.S. drillers reduced the number of active rigs by just one this week, oil services company Baker Hughes Inc said. In the latest week, drillers added three oil rigs in the Niobrara basin in Wyoming and Colorado and two in the Eagle Ford in South Texas, according to the closely followed report. The Permian basin in western Texas and eastern New Mexico, the...

  • US oil and natural gas rig count drops by 3 to 885 Friday, 22 May 2015 | 1:22 PM ET

    HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by three this week to 885.. Among major oil- and gas-producing states, Louisiana lost four rigs, West Virginia declined by three and Kansas, North Dakota and Ohio each lost one. Alaska, California, Colorado, Texas, Utah and Wyoming were all...

  • SACRAMENTO, Calif.— The California Assembly on Friday approved one of the nation's toughest bans on plastic, exfoliating microbeads that are polluting waterways. Manufacturers already have pledged to phase out the materials, including L'Oreal, Unilever and Johnson& Johnson, and use natural alternatives such as apricot shells and cocoa beans.

  • DENVER— Construction crews are returning to work at the veterans hospital outside Denver after a last-minute deal with congressional leaders avoided a shutdown of the half-finished project. Congress and the Veterans Affairs Department still must find up to $830 million to finish the vastly over-budget hospital without taking services away from...

  • HOUSTON— Vanguard Natural Resources LLC will acquire Eagle Rock Energy Partners LP in a $474 million deal. Vanguard Natural Resources will also assume $140 million of debt from Eagle Rock Energy Partners, which will become a wholly-owned indirect subsidiary. The company has operations in Texas, Wyoming, Arkansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Montana, Colorado,...

  • Tuk-tuk taxi maker aims to make inroads in US Friday, 22 May 2015 | 2:24 AM ET

    DENVER— They're ubiquitous in Asia, swarming the bustling streets of Bangkok, New Delhi and Beijing. The Tuk Tuk Factory, based in Amsterdam, has signed a licensing agreement with Denver- based eTuk USA to allow the company to manufacture and sell an electric version of the vehicle. The three partners' other company, eTuk Denver, launched a call-and-demand shuttle...

  • Rocky Mountain Chocolate posts 4Q profit Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 8:21 AM ET

    DURANGO, Colo. _ Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Inc. on Thursday reported fiscal fourth-quarter net income of $1.4 million. On a per-share basis, the Durango, Colorado- based company said it had profit of 22 cents. For the year, the company reported profit of $3.9 million, or 61 cents per share.

  • Instead, researchers from the nonprofit Vera Institute of Justice found those costs are sometimes covered by other county agencies or general funds, adding to the true costs of incarceration. The New York City Department of Correction, which runs the nation's second-largest jail system with about 11,000 average daily inmates, has a $1.1 billion budget.