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  • *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.

  • ConAgra to pay $11.2M to settle salmonella criminal case Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 12:09 PM ET

    SAVANNAH, Ga.— ConAgra Foods agreed Wednesday to pay $11.2 million, a sum that includes the highest criminal fine ever in a U.S. food safety case, to settle a federal charge that the company shipped Peter Pan peanut butter tainted with salmonella from a plant in Georgia, sickening more than 600 people and triggering a massive recall eight years ago.

  • Hao Zhang, Wei Pang and Huisui Zhang met at the university and conspired to steal technology from Skyworks Solutions Inc. and Avago Technologies soon after graduating in 2006, authorities said. A 32- page indictment charging the six with economic espionage and theft of trade secrets was unsealed after Hao Zhang was arrested Saturday at Los Angeles...

  • US investigation of 2007 peanut butter recall wraps up Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | 3:30 PM ET

    OMAHA, Neb.— ConAgra Foods is likely to face a criminal charge now that the U.S. government has completed its investigation of the company's 2007 peanut butter recall. A spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney's office in Georgia, Pam Lightsey, said Tuesday that prosecutors plan to reveal details of the investigation Wednesday. Last year, two Colorado cantaloupe...

  • Federal prosecutors say Hao Zhang, Wei Pang and Huisui Zhang met at the university and conspired to steal technology from Skyworks Solutions Inc. and Avago Technologies soon after graduating in 2006. Both companies are publicly traded chip suppliers for Apple's iPhones and manufacture other communications-related products. A 32- page indictment...

  • GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo.— Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Inc. said Tuesday that its first-quarter profit rose as more customers visited and paid more on average per visit. Revenue for the Greenwood Village, Colorado- based company climbed to $394.9 million from $340.5 million, which also beat Wall Street forecasts. Red Robin's total revenue includes company-owned...