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  • Colorado and North Dakota each had three deaths, and Texas, Oklahoma and Montana each had one death. Most were initially considered to be due to natural causes or heart failure, but the men were later found to have all inhaled toxic amounts of hydrocarbon chemicals after tank gauging— taking measurements of oil or other byproducts in the tank— or takings samples of...

  • DENVER— Colorado's governor signed into law a crackdown on medical marijuana Monday, one of two measures designed to ferret out people improperly using and selling untaxed marijuana. The new rules have support from the recreational pot industry, which has complained that light regulation on Colorado's caregivers has invited black-market growers who...

  • The immediate effects of the rulings appear limited to a single mine in northwestern Colorado that could lose its permit if a new environmental review isn't completed within four months. Two of the rulings involving Colorado mines, from U.S. A similar case threatens to block production at another mine, in the coal-rich Powder River Basin of Montana and Wyoming.

  • WILLISTON, N.D., May 15- Oil and gas producer WPX Energy Inc would add one or two drilling rigs in North Dakota if WTI oil prices stabilized around $65 per barrel, Chief Executive Rick Muncrief told Reuters on Friday. The forecast falls in line with U.S. shale peers, several of whom have pointed to $65 to $70 per barrel as the range in which they would add rigs and ramp up...

  • US oil and natural gas rig count drops by 6 to 888 Friday, 15 May 2015 | 1:40 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 six this week to 888.. Houston- based Baker Hughes said Friday that 660 rigs were seeking oil and 223 explored for natural gas. Among major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas lost six rigs, Wyoming declined by two and Alaska, Arkansas,...

  • WASHINGTON, May 15- When Republican Stefanie Linares ran for office in the deeply Democratic city of Chicago last year, she knew that her hard work wasn't likely to end in victory. The 31- year-old Hispanic lawyer lost her bid for the Illinois state Senate by a whopping margin. The Republican party fielded eight state legislature candidates in Chicago last year,...

  • SALT LAKE CITY— A federal appeals court has halted a new Utah law banning price-fixing for contact lenses that could have wide-ranging implications for the industry amid a fight between manufacturers and discount retailers. Along with Johnson& Johnson and Bausch& Lomb, the company says the law is an unconstitutional overreach written to benefit Utah- based...

  • SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb.— The Western Sugar Cooperative intends to expand the production capacity at plants in Nebraska and Colorado while reducing its Torrington, Wyoming, operation to sugar storage and shipping. Kent Wimmer, the co-op's director of shareholder relations and governmental affairs, said Thursday that staffs at the Fort Morgan, Colorado, and...

  • Contested Utah law could impact contact lens industry Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | 7:43 PM ET

    SALT LAKE CITY— A law banning price-fixing for contact lenses that took effect this week in Utah is a setback for the nation's largest manufacturers that could have ripple effects across the country amid an increasingly bitter fight with discount retailers. The new law appears to clear the way for the largest online discount seller, Utah- based 1-800 Contacts,...

  • Laramie passes measure to protect gays, lesbians Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | 5:58 PM ET

    LARAMIE, Wyo.— The Laramie City Council on Wednesday approved a local anti-discrimination ordinance in the college town where Matthew Shepard's death triggered nationwide sympathy and brought a re-examination of attitudes toward gays 17 years ago. Local organizers focused their efforts on Laramie after the Legislature repeatedly rejected...

  • MINNEAPOLIS— A Minnesota power plant fueled by turkey litter flopped and fell into receivership even before a virulent form of bird flu shook the Midwest's poultry industry in recent months, yet its new managers say they're confident they can keep it running for the long haul. The bird flu crisis— which has cost Minnesota poultry producers nearly 4.2 million...

  • Frontier Airlines CEO steps down citing personal reasons Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | 1:32 PM ET

    DALLAS— The CEO of Frontier Airlines resigned and was replaced by the carrier's chairman and president, who vowed to improve a record of frequent flight delays and customer complaints. Frontier, based in Denver, said that Chairman Bill Franke will manage strategy and finances and President Barry Biffle will handle daily operations. After Republic Airways...

  • Technology revolutionizes voter registration for 2016 Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | 12:02 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— When President Barack Obama was first elected in 2008, only two states offered a website where citizens could register to vote. —Arizona and Washington were the only states that offered online voter registration in 2008. Now 20 states do, and seven others have passed or are considering laws that would authorize a new online registration system.

  • Zayo Group reports 3Q loss Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | 8:42 AM ET

    BOULDER, Colo. _ Zayo Group Holdings Inc. on Wednesday reported a loss of $53.7 million in its fiscal third quarter. Zayo Group shares have declined slightly more than 8 percent since the beginning of the year. Access a Zacks stock report on ZAYO at http://www.zacks.com/ap/ZAYO.

  • "People need to see more money in their paychecks before they'll take the plunge into homeownership," said Greg McBride, chief financial analyst at Bankrate. Amy Arnold and her husband began looking at listings in Denver late last year. For now, the couple has decided to keep renting a two-bedroom, one-bath house for $1,300 a month, hoping to have more money and find a...

  • The Chicago- based carrier said in a statement it plans to halt service to Stockholm and Oslo from its Newark, New Jersey, hub between Sept. 5 and May 4, 2016. It also expects to suspend one of its two daily flights between Newark and Paris from Oct. 25 through March 26, 2016, but use a larger aircraft, the Boeing Co 777-200, than it currently does on the flight that remains.

  • LONDON, May 8- Underground disposal of waste water produced from oil and natural gas wells has been blamed for triggering thousands of small earthquakes in Oklahoma and a number of other U.S. states since 2009.. Heightened seismic activity corresponds closely with the timeframe and location of increased drilling and hydraulic fracturing across the...

  • May 6- If credit is no longer working its magic on the economy and asset markets, why does Bill Gross think it will work in investor portfolios? Gross, a bond manager with an enviable long-term track record, comes to a somewhat jarring conclusion in his most recent investment outlook. After having first rehearsed the diminishing returns to the economy, and markets,...

  • NEW YORK, May 6- Keurig Green Mountain will begin purchasing green coffee out of its new Switzerland office in June, a spokeswoman told Reuters on Wednesday, a move that has prompted a reshuffling of the coffee buying team of the largest U.S. roaster by sales. Late last year, Reuters reported that the Waterbury, Vermont- based coffee roaster and brewing technology...

  • COLBY, Kansas, May 5- Colorado's 2015 winter wheat crop should yield 38.0 bushels per acre, an official with the Colorado Wheat Research Foundation, an industry group, said on Tuesday. Joe Westhoff of the Colorado Wheat Research Foundation forecast Colorado wheat production at 89.3 million bushels, based on harvested acreage of 2.35 million acres.