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  • US rig count up 9 to 1,927 Friday, 24 Oct 2014 | 3:18 PM ET

    HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. rose by nine this week to 1,927.. Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas gained eight rigs, New Mexico increased five, West Virginia was up three, while Arkansas, California and Ohio gained two apiece. Kansas declined by four,...

  • US Chamber on sidelines in close Georgia race Friday, 24 Oct 2014 | 1:11 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The most powerful business group in the country is spending tens of millions of dollars to help Republicans win control of the Senate with one glaring omission— the tight Georgia Senate race. Rob Engstrom, political director for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, said Friday that the organization will stay on the sidelines in the contest between...

  • Feds probe plane-helicopter crash in Maryland Friday, 24 Oct 2014 | 12:14 AM ET

    It said the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the collision. State police identified the men who died as: Christopher D. Parsons, 29, of Westminster, Maryland; William Jenkins, 47, of Morrison, Colorado; and Breandan J. MacFawn, 35, of Cumberland, Maryland. A helicopter of the same make and model belonging to the same company crashed on...

  • Spectranetics beats Street 3Q forecasts Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 7:09 PM ET

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. _ The Spectranetics Corp. on Thursday reported a loss of $13.9 million in its third quarter. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for a loss of 8 cents per share. Spectranetics expects full-year results to range from a loss of 29 cents per share to a loss of 27 cents per share.

  • Paintings in national parks spark probe, furor Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 5:34 PM ET

    SALT LAKE CITY— A series of colorful, eerie faces painted on rocks in some of the West's most famously picturesque landscapes has sparked an investigation by the National Park Service and a furor online. Agents so far have confirmed the images in Yosemite and four other national parks in California, Utah and Oregon. Last year in Utah, two Boy Scout leaders caused an...

  • BOSTON, Oct 23- Janus Capital Group Inc said on Thursday that third-quarter profit rose 25 percent, but the mutual fund company posted more outflows of investor cash as the arrival of star bond manager Bill Gross came too late to reverse the trend. Best known for its equity funds, Denver- based Janus late last month hired Gross from Pacific Investment Management Co,...

  • Burrito chain urged to drop 'illegal' from name Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 10:52 AM ET

    FORT COLLINS, Colo.— Some people are urging the Colorado burrito chain Illegal Pete's to change its name because of the way the word "illegal" has been used to describe immigrants. The Coloradan reports that about 30 people gathered in Fort Collins Wednesday to ask owner Pete Turner to change the name of the chain, which is about to open an outlet there.

  • Janus meets 3Q profit forecasts Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 7:18 AM ET

    DENVER _ Janus Capital Group Inc. on Thursday reported earnings of $39.5 million in its third quarter. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was also for earnings of 22 cents per share. Analysts expected $238.5 million, according to Zacks.

  • Food-label measure in Colorado sparks big spending Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 5:11 AM ET

    DENVER— Farms and fields dominate Colorado ads opposing a ballot measure to require labels on some foods that have been genetically modified, with farmers telling voters the labels will damage their businesses. But farmers and agriculture groups are just bit players in the $11 million campaign to defeat Proposition 105. The real money is coming from...

  • Noteworthy ballot measures in upcoming election Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 5:06 AM ET

    In Colorado, a "personhood" amendment would add fetuses to those protected by the state's criminal and wrongful death act. In Oregon, Alaska and the District of Columbia, voters will have a chance to legalize the recreational use of marijuana by adults, a step approved two years by voters in Colorado and Washington state. Washington state has two competing...

  • Highlights of ballot initiatives voters to weigh Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 5:05 AM ET

    Large companies and national advocacy groups are putting millions of dollars in ads behind ballot measures this year, from questions about oil companies' profits in Alaska to recreational marijuana in Florida, according to an analysis of advertising data released Thursday from the Center for Public Integrity. Colorado casinos are helping fund $5.7...

  • Corporate giants funding state ballot initiatives Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 5:00 AM ET

    Many of the messages are tailored to defend or expand the business interests of companies such as Coca-Cola, Monsanto and ExxonMobil, yet few have their names in the ads. Through Oct. 20, TV ad spending on ballot issues totaled roughly $119 million, according to an analysis conducted by the Washington- based Center for Public Integrity, based on preliminary data...

  • The top 20 US cities for tech startup funding Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 1:44 PM ET

    About half of that funding went to San Francisco and Silicon Valley, according to the National Venture Capital Association. 1. San Francisco, $9.32 billion, 506 deals. 2. San Jose, California, $3.78 billion, 237 deals.

  • Colorado man pleads guilty to oil patch murder Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 2:16 AM ET

    SIDNEY, Mont.— A Colorado man pleaded guilty Wednesday to the murder of a Montana teacher in an oil boom town where residents say their lives were forever altered by the crime. Montana District Judge Richard Simonton accepted Michael Keith Spell's guilty plea on a count of deliberate homicide. Spell testified that Sherry Arnold, 43, was killed when he and an...

  • Man plans to plead guilty in oil patch killing Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 6:48 PM ET

    SIDNEY, Mont.— A Colorado man plans to plead guilty to killing a Montana teacher in a case that drew attention to the darker side of the Northern Plains' oil boom. Spell is charged with the 2012 murder of Sherry Arnold, a 43- year-old Sidney high school teacher who disappeared while jogging. Spell is due in court Wednesday before District Judge Richard Simonton in...

  • Order to remove student newspaper copies reversed Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 6:02 PM ET

    FORT COLLINS, Colo.— A Colorado county clerk has reversed her order that a university remove copies of its student newspaper from boxes outside its student union Tuesday because the front page had coverage of Democratic Sen. Mark Udall's visit to campus. Larimer County Clerk Angela Myers, a Republican, said the front-page photo and story about Udall's Monday...

  • Defense wants theater shooting trial postponed Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 3:20 PM ET

    CENTENNIAL, Colo.— Defense attorneys say the doctor who conducted a sanity evaluation on the man charged with a mass killing in a Colorado movie theater interviewed him for 22 hours. Attorneys for James Holmes made the revelation in court documents released Tuesday that deal with what evidence the defense must share with prosecutors. Holmes has pleaded not...

  • Unemployment rates fall in 31 US states last month Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 10:43 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Unemployment rates fell in 31 U.S. states in September, including in many where incumbent governors and senators face tough re-election campaigns. The Labor Department said Tuesday that unemployment rates rose in 8 states and were unchanged in 11 states. Colorado and Kentucky, two states with hard-fought Senate campaigns, experienced the...

  • Dallas tycoon Wyly files for bankruptcy protection Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 10:22 AM ET

    Wyly, 80, listed assets of $100 million to $500 million, but his lawyers said he needed to file for bankruptcy protection "due to the massive costs of investigations and then litigation" by the SEC and the collection of the court judgment. The SEC sued the Wylys in 2010. Charles Wyly died the following year in a car crash at age 77. This year, a jury in federal court in...

  • Kentucky bourbon makes its mark on state's economy Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 10:01 AM ET

    LOUISVILLE, Ky.— Kentucky's bourbon industry is making a bigger splash in the state's economy, nearly doubling its workforce in two years and leading a $3 billion distilling sector, a study said Tuesday. By 2014, the number of licensed distilling companies tripled in two years from 10 to 31— the most distilleries in Kentucky since Prohibition ended, according to...