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  • Drought worsens in some key Midwest farming states Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 9:36 AM ET

    Conditions worsened, though, in Kansas and Iowa, the nation's biggest corn producer, and nearly 98 percent of Nebraska was still deemed to be in one of the two worst categories. According to the map, which is put out by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, 75 percent of Iowa is enduring extreme or exceptional drought.

  • Many watch debate; some are pleased, few are moved Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 9:29 AM ET

    "A guy like Romney should excite me," said Becker, 30, a Republican who manages real estate investments in Fairfield, a charming shoreline town on Connecticut's affluent "gold coast." That was before the 90- minute head-to-head matchup between Romney and President Barack Obama in Denver, their first of three debates before Election Day.

  • Ore. pot measure struggles as Wash., Colo. thrive Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 8:44 AM ET

    PORTLAND, Ore.-- As marijuana legalization efforts in Colorado and Washington pick up steam, a similar push in Oregon seems to be going up in smoke. More than $4 million has flowed to Washington and close to a million in Colorado.

  • Romney would end Obama immigration policy Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 8:38 AM ET

    DENVER-- Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney would end an Obama administration policy allowing some young illegal immigrants to stay in the country and work, though anyone already granted a reprieve from possible deportation wouldn't see that permission revoked.

  • Morgan Stanley commodities talks with Qatar hit snag Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 8:02 AM ET

    *Morgan Stanley in commodities talks with Qatar for a year. DUBAI/ LONDON, Oct 4- Morgan Stanley's talks with Qatar's sovereign wealth fund over the sale of its commodities business have run into difficulty, and the deal may need to be reworked if it is to go ahead, banking sources said.

  • *Oil India to get 20 pct, Indian Oil Corp 10 pct in Niobrara shale acreage. and Indian Oil Corp have jointly bought a 30 percent stake in Houston- based Carrizo Oil& Gas's Niobrara shale asset in Colorado for $82.5 million, the companies said in a statement.

  • Romney: cuts in tax breaks for oil, gas 'on the table' Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 12:56 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Oct 4- Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney hinted he could eliminate billions of dollars in U.S. oil and tax breaks if he were elected, but the reductions would be far less than what President Barack Obama wants.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 4- Republican hopeful Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama praised the deficit-cutting plan known as Simpson-Bowles at their debate on Wednesday, but neither has made the politically painful choices put forward by that scheme.

  • Romney, Obama both like Simpson-Bowles plan, to a point Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 12:08 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Oct 4- Republican hopeful Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama praised the deficit-cutting plan known as Simpson-Bowles at their debate on Wednesday, but neither has made the politically painful choices put forward by that scheme.

  • DENVER, Oct 3- Attorneys for accused Colorado theater gunman James Holmes are demanding an investigation into the release of a recent booking photo of their client and leaks about a notebook he sent to his psychiatrist, court documents showed on Wednesday.

  • *Republican challenger broaches possible $17,000 limit. Oct 3- Mitt Romney's talk of putting a cap on income tax deductions aligns him with others, including President Barack Obama, behind a tax code change that could gain traction in Washington.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 3- Ads for President Barack Obama's reelection campaign dominated TV airwaves in key states in September, despite Republican challenger Mitt Romney's powerful "Super PAC" backers, according to an academic analysis released on Wednesday.

  • Oct 3- RBC Wealth Management, a division of the Royal Bank of Canada, has expanded its broker force in Colorado with a veteran team of advisers from Bank of America's Merrill Lynch.

  • Unemployment rates in August for Western US cities Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 3:43 PM ET
  • Wide-eyed Chipotle worker, Romney photo goes viral Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 2:51 PM ET

    DENVER-- The manager of a Denver Chipotle restaurant has become an Internet celebrity thanks to the wide-eyed pose he struck alongside Mitt Romney when the Republican presidential candidate stopped by for lunch. Marty Arps, 20, posed for a group photo with Romney and Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. employees Tuesday afternoon.

  • Unemployment falls in nearly 90 pct. of US cities Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 1:29 PM ET

    WASHINGTON-- Unemployment rates fell in August in nearly 90 percent of large U.S. metro areas, mainly because more people gave up looking for work. The Labor Department said Wednesday that unemployment rates dropped in 329 large cities, the most in four months.

  • UPDATE 1-Thompson Creek to cut jobs in Idaho, shares fall Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 10:44 AM ET

    TORONTO, Oct 3- Thompson Creek Metals Co Inc. The Denver- based miner said it is stopping stripping, the process of removing overlaying earth, at Phase 8 of its Thompson Creek mine to try to save $100 million in operating costs, plus up to $9 million in capital costs, between now and 2014..

  • CU wins grant to study natural gas development Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 10:42 AM ET

    BOULDER, Colo.-- The University of Colorado Boulder has won a $12 million, five-year grant from the National Science Foundation to study how to maximize benefits of natural gas development while minimizing harms.

  • Entergy replaces union workers after talks fail Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 10:41 AM ET

    PORT GIBSON, Miss.-- Entergy Corp. has locked out union security workers at its nuclear plant near Port Gibson, Miss., after contract negotiations with the United Government Security Officers of America Local 36 failed.

  • US service firms grow at fastest pace in 6 months Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 10:14 AM ET

    WASHINGTON-- U.S. service companies grew in September at the fastest pace in six months, helped by a sharp increase in customer demand. The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, said Wednesday that its index of non-manufacturing activity rose to 55.1, up from 53.7 in August.