• NEW ORLEANS, Jan 20- BP Plc, citing low oil prices, tried to whittle away at $13.7 billion in potential fines under the Clean Water Act on Tuesday as the penalty phase started in its trial over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. He said a 60 percent drop in oil prices since June has slashed BPXP's value to about $5.1 billion, down from $16 billion just months ago.

  • CENTENNIAL, Colo.— Colorado theater shooting suspect has neat-trimmed hair, sits quietly as jury selection nears.

  • Things To Know about medical marijuana in Colorado Monday, 19 Jan 2015 | 11:58 AM ET

    DENVER— Colorado lawmakers are taking another look at the state's medical marijuana market this week. That's because the state's medical marijuana regulations were passed in 2010 with a five-year sunset provision, so they expire this year if legislators don't renew them. Everything is on the table, and a Senate committee takes a first look at the rules Tuesday.

  • Apache Corp., Baker Hughes and Schlumberger have begun laying off employees in response to the oil price crash in the past six months, The Tulsa World reported Saturday. Apache's job cuts will likely impact several hundred employees of the Houston- based oil and gas producer, which is one of the nation's bigger independent firms. But she would not specify how many...

  • DENVER— Frontier Airlines said Friday that it will hire contractors to do the work of 1,300 employees— about a third of its total workforce— at the Denver airport and in Milwaukee. Frontier said it will hire a unit of Swissport International Ltd. to perform all ground-operations work at the Denver airport, replacing 1,160 airline employees.

  • US rig count plunges by 74 to 1,676 Friday, 16 Jan 2015 | 2:02 PM ET

    HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. tumbled by 74 this week to 1,676.. Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas' count dove by 44, North Dakota dropped six, Oklahoma fell five, California and Wyoming each lost four and New Mexico declined by three. Arkansas, Kansas and West...

  • MONTPELIER, Vt.— Vermont could reap hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenue if it were to legalize marijuana, but only if other nearby states don't also jump on the bandwagon, according to a study released Friday. In Vermont, the Rand Corporation found that revenues from marijuana consumers could, in theory, generate between $20 million and $75 million a year...

  • SEATTLE— Washington's legal marijuana market opened last summer to a dearth of weed. A big harvest of sun-grown marijuana from eastern Washington last fall flooded the market. "It's an economic nightmare," says Andrew Seitz, general manager at Dutch Brothers Farms in Seattle.

  • Need some espionage done? Hackers for hire online Friday, 16 Jan 2015 | 12:00 AM ET
    File photo: Participants at a hacking conference in Germany

    There is a growing cottage industry of ordinary people hiring hackers for much smaller acts of espionage. The NYT reports.

  • *Bank of America, Citi fall after results. *Swiss National Bank scraps three-year-old euro cap on franc. "We're probably going to see slowing in the global economy, and it will be very difficult to sail through a global recession without getting touched," said Scott Colyer, chief executive officer of Advisors Asset Management in Monument, Colorado.

  • Jan 12- While General Motors Co's Chevrolet on Monday pulled the wraps off a tiny, environmentally friendly electric car called the Bolt, rival Ford Motor Co was showing off a 400- plus-horsepower pickup truck better suited to burning rubber than hauling hay. The new F-150 Raptor has racing shock absorbers, a 10- speed transmission and the word FORD splayed...

  • MEXICO CITY, Jan 9- Mexico's telecommunications regulator has fined both Carlos Slim's fixed-line unit Telmex and satellite TV provider Dish Mexico for failing to disclose fully a tie-up between them, the companies said in separate statements on Friday. Dish Mexico was fined 43 million pesos while Telmex was fined 14.4 million pesos. Dish Mexico is a joint...

  • HOUSTON, Jan 9- New oil and gas well permits issued across the United States rose slightly in December and surged 72 percent in Colorado and Wyoming after falling sharply in November on tumbling crude prices. New permits plunged nearly 40 percent in November compared to October, signaling a potential slowdown in the shale oil and gas boom that brought the United...

  • Synergy Resources 1Q earnings more than triple Friday, 9 Jan 2015 | 12:58 PM ET
    Pumpjacks pump petroleum from the ground.

    Synergy Resources reported fiscal first-quarter earnings more than tripled to $21.2 million.

  • Where to find the next office hotspots Friday, 9 Jan 2015 | 11:48 AM ET
    Downtown skyline of Nashville, Tennessee

    Office space in New York, San Francisco and Washington has gotten pricey to buy into. Where do you go for the next opportunity?

  • NEW YORK, Jan 9- The Janus Global Unconstrained Bond Fund, which Pimco co-founder Bill Gross started managing in October, attracted $176 million of inflows in December, down considerably from an estimated $770 million in the previous month, according to Morningstar data released on Friday. Janus Capital Group Inc drew overall inflows of $440 million in...

  • Immigrant rule to mean fewer—not more—farm workers Thursday, 8 Jan 2015 | 2:47 PM ET
    Mexican agricultural workers cultivate romaine lettuce on a farm in Holtville, Calif.

    President Obama's executive action on immigration may make it tougher for American farmers to fill labor needs.

  • The Pitfalls of pot  Monday, 5 Jan 2015 | 4:50 PM ET

    Despite the legal use of recreational marijuana in Colorado, businesses can still fire any employee who tests positive for pot. NBC News Correspondent Harry Smith previews "Marijuana Country," which airs on CNBC tonight at 9PM.

  • Fracking bans met with heavyweight response Sunday, 4 Jan 2015 | 5:44 AM ET

    When cities decide to ban fracking, they can face expensive, long court battles with energy companies and industry groups to defend the measures.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 2- A DISH Network Corp unit will pay $2 million and change national marketing practices to show it can raise prices at any time during the life of a contract, as a condition for ending a Colorado investigation, the state's attorney general's office said on Friday. The Colorado case dates back to 2011 after consumers complained about DISH price...