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  • 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.

  • Biden: Middle class 'buried' the last 4 years Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 9:08 AM ET

    CHARLOTTE, N.C.-- Vice President Joe Biden said Tuesday that the middle class has been "buried" during the past four years, a statement that Republicans immediately seized upon as an unwitting indictment of the Obama administration.

  • *Best Buy founder, private equity firms, examine books. Automatic Data Processing said 162,000 private jobs were created in September in the United States, more than the 143,000 expected by analysts, and down from a revised 189,000 in August.

  • Online schools face backlash as states question results Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 7:54 AM ET

    In Maine, New Jersey and North Carolina, officials have refused to allow new cyber-schools to open this year, citing concerns about poor academic performance, high rates of student turnover and funding models that appear to put private-sector profits ahead of student achievement.

  • Ahead of the Bell: US economy-services Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 6:29 AM ET

    WASHINGTON-- U.S. service companies, which employ nearly 90 percent of the workforce, likely grew more slowly in September than August. Economists expect the Institute for Supply Management non-manufacturing index dipped to 53.5 in September, from 53.7 in August, according to a survey of economists by FactSet.

  • Ranchers see increase in grass thefts amid drought Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 3:07 AM ET

    VAUGHN, N.M.-- Petty crime and burglaries aren't unusual in New Mexico's isolated Guadalupe County, but lately Sheriff Michael Lucero has seen thieves steal something a bit unexpected: grass.

  • American says installation job caused seat snafu Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 5:07 PM ET

    The first sign of trouble showed up last Wednesday, when crews noticed loose seats on a plane that had flown from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport to Vail, Colo. The seats were tightened again that day in Boston. The same plane had to make an emergency landing Monday when seats came loose shortly after takeoff on a New York- to- Miami flight.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 2- Firms responsible for the 2008 financial crisis will face more government lawsuits, federal and state officials said on Tuesday, a day after New York state sued JPMorgan Chase& Co for fraud over mortgage-backed securities packaged and sold by Bear Stearns.

  • *Spain seen requesting bailout, but uncertainty weighs. NEW YORK, Oct 2- The euro rose against the dollar on Tuesday on expectations that a request by Spain for a bailout is imminent, but major stock markets fell on uncertainty of when Madrid will make its request and growing uneasiness over third-quarter earnings.

  • Home price changes in each state in August Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 1:37 PM ET
  • DaVita says federal investigation is complete Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 11:54 AM ET

    DENVER-- DaVita Inc. said Tuesday that a federal grand jury investigation into its practices is complete and no action will be taken against the kidney dialysis firm.

  • Colo. debates proposed oil, gas setback rules Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 11:34 AM ET

    DENVER-- The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission is considering statewide rules on groundwater sampling and monitoring at new well pads. The commission on Monday began discussing the state's so-called "setback" rules on how far wells must be from buildings.