• Southwest braces as Lake Mead water levels drop Tuesday, 12 Aug 2014 | 5:59 AM ET

    The receding shoreline at one of the main reservoirs in the vast Colorado River water system is raising concerns about the future of a network serving a perennially parched region home to 40 million people and 4 million acres of farmland.

  • AIDS activist takes up a new fight: defending FDA Monday, 11 Aug 2014 | 11:34 AM ET

    A quarter century later, Gonsalves still travels to Washington, but with a different agenda: to defend the FDA. The efforts include new state laws designed to undercut the FDA's authority by giving patients early access to unapproved drugs and a lobbying push by industry groups to speed up the time it takes the FDA to review new treatments.

  • Philly history may hold Democratic convention edge Monday, 11 Aug 2014 | 1:59 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— One of five cities bidding for the Democratic National Convention, Philadelphia appears to hold an early edge with a track record of hosting the major gathering— not to mention that Hillary Rodham Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden have family ties to the state.

  • Koch brothers reach out to Hispanics Monday, 11 Aug 2014 | 12:08 AM ET

    Its organizers pitch conservative ideals while offering tutorials on U.S. immigration law, support for overhauling the broken immigration system that stops short of campaigning for the Senate's bipartisan bill and collecting donations for the unaccompanied children crossing the United States- Mexico border illegally.

  • Winning $90M Powerball ticket sold in Colorado Sunday, 10 Aug 2014 | 2:17 PM ET

    DENVER— Someone in Colorado is holding the winning Powerball ticket for a $90 million prize. The Colorado Lottery says it's the largest Powerball jackpot ever won in the state. The Colorado Lottery says the $90 million jackpot amounts to an estimated $54.9 million cash payout.

  • Washington pot sales reach $3.8M in 1st month Friday, 8 Aug 2014 | 3:31 PM ET

    SEATTLE— During the first month of legal marijuana sales in Washington state, stores sold just under $3.8 million, which is expected to bring in more than $1 million in state taxes, the state reported on Friday. During the first month of retail marijuana sales in Colorado, the state collected closer to $2 million in excise and sales taxes.

  • Republicans select Cleveland for 2016 convention Friday, 8 Aug 2014 | 1:28 PM ET

    CHICAGO— The Republican National Committee is voting to formalize its selection of Cleveland, Ohio, as the site of the party's 2016 national convention, as the GOP's governing body winds up its summer meeting this week. Also under consideration were Dallas; Denver; Kansas City, Missouri; Las Vegas and Phoenix.

  • Cultural changes in attitude toward TV Friday, 8 Aug 2014 | 7:47 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Manjula Stokes has twice sworn off television, once throwing a set off her deck in a fit over an ex-husband's sports obsession.

  • Poultry firms: Russia ban has little impact on US Thursday, 7 Aug 2014 | 4:28 PM ET

    Exports of American poultry to Russia account for a relatively small amount. Mike Cockrell, the treasurer and chief financial officer for Sanderson Farms, said other markets have emerged to handle any losses— including the countries of Angola, Mexico, the Philippines and South Korea, among others.

  • System failure caused 40-minute Vermont 911 outage Thursday, 7 Aug 2014 | 4:25 PM ET

    Intrado, of Longmont, Colorado, goes to great lengths to ensure the 911 system has multiple layers of redundancy, its vice president said Thursday in a statement distributed by Vermont's Enhanced 9-1-1 Board, which was established to develop, implement and supervise operation of the system.

  • New Mexico consumer spending up 11 pct. in 2009-12 Thursday, 7 Aug 2014 | 3:45 PM ET

    Consumer spending per person from 2009 through 2012 grew 3 percent in Nevada, 6 percent in Arizona, 8 percent in Utah, and 10 percent in Colorado, Wyoming and California, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. But it jumped 16 percent in neighboring Oklahoma, and Texas, Montana and Alaska also had greater percentage increases than New Mexico.

  • Outdoor enthusiasts use gadgets to stay plugged in Thursday, 7 Aug 2014 | 3:01 PM ET

    Another makes a portable battery that attaches to the widely-popular GoPro helmet camera and doubles how long it stays charged. "Now, people are bringing $5,000 to $10,000 worth of equipment with them into the outdoors."

  • Kansas personal spending on par with neighbors Thursday, 7 Aug 2014 | 2:30 PM ET

    At $32,523 per person, Kansas spent less per person on food, gas, housing, health care and other personal expenses in 2012 than the national average of $35,498. The increases were less abrupt during that same period in Kansas at 11.7 percent, as well as neighboring states Nebraska at 12.5 percent, Missouri at 10.6 percent and Colorado at 10 percent.

  • County Fair-goers: We were fed pot-laced chocolate Thursday, 7 Aug 2014 | 10:57 AM ET

    DENVER— Three people say they were drugged after eating a chocolate bar that wasn't supposed to have marijuana in it at the Denver County Fair's new pot pavilion, and one of them has filed a lawsuit alleging the vendor was negligent. Fair spokeswoman Dana Cain says at least two of the people went to the hospital and tested positive for THC, pot's active ingredient.

  • Appeals court says mayor's article not defamatory Thursday, 7 Aug 2014 | 10:41 AM ET

    SALT LAKE CITY— A former Utah mayor who wrote news stories under a false identity did not defame a former contractor in one of the articles, a federal appeals court ruled. The Denver- based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld a lower court's decision to dismiss the defamation lawsuit against former West Valley City Mayor Mike Winder.

  • DENVER, Aug 4- Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper said on Monday he has brokered a deal between environmentalists and the energy industry that could avoid two ballot initiatives that would have curtailed oil and gas drilling.

  • Private prison companies Geo Group and competitor Corrections Corporation of America, for example, stand to gain if Congress approves any emergency funding for family detention facilities.

  • UPDATE 1-Western Union profit falls as costs rise Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 5:30 PM ET

    July 31- Western Union Co, the world's largest money-transfer company, reported a 2 percent fall in quarterly profit as compliance costs rose. Western Union, which gets most of its business from migrant workers sending money home, has lost ground in Mexico, a key market, after it was forced to close about 7,000 outlets over the last two years due to compliance issues.

  • In California, however, insurers' projections of 2014 medical spending were fairly accurate. Other companies planning to sell 2015 Obamacare policies in California include Kaiser Permanente, Health Net, and Molina Healthcare. California is the largest of about a dozen states to announce proposed 2015 rates.

  • In California, however, insurers' projections of 2014 medical spending were fairly accurate. California is the largest of about a dozen states to announce proposed 2015 rates.