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  • 3 N. Carolina hospital chains partner to cut costs Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 12:15 PM ET

    RALEIGH, N.C.— Growing pressure to cut medical costs is pushing three regional hospital chains operating hundreds of locations across North Carolina to combine purchasing and standardize some medical practices, the hospitals said Wednesday.

  • MONACO, Sept 18- Reinsurers are being squeezed by price competition and subdued demand from insurers for their products, and traditional mergers may not be enough to save those that lack either global reach or specialised focus.

  • Colorado poverty rate down, median income up Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 12:02 AM ET

    DENVER— Colorado's poverty rate dropped slightly last year and median income rose, according to annual poverty figures released Thursday by the Census Bureau. Median household income in Colorado rose 2.4 percent in 2013, to $58,823.

  • Sept 17- Two years after it began flying tourists over the Grand Canyon, Air Methods Corp is looking to expand its U.S. travel business as a lucrative sideline to its air ambulance services. Chief Executive Aaron Todd, however, expects tourism to be a significant driver of revenue for Air Methods as U.S. consumer confidence returns.

  • Sept 16- Bill Barrett Corp said it would exchange most of its acreage in Wyoming's Powder River Basin for oil-producing assets in Colorado, and also sell some natural gas assets in the state.

  • Sept 16- Bill Barrett Corp said it would exchange most of its acreage in Wyoming's Powder River Basin for oil-producing assets in Colorado, and also sell some natural gas assets in the state in transactions valued at $757 million.

  • Sept 16- Vanguard Natural Resources LLC said it would buy oil and gas producing properties in the Piceance Basin in Colorado from Bill Barrett Corp for $525 million.

  • DENVER, Sept 15- The deep injection of wastewater underground by energy companies during methane gas extraction has caused a dramatic rise in the number of earthquakes in Colorado and New Mexico since 2001, U.S. government scientists said in a study released on Monday.

  • Sept 15- Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp struck its biggest deal on Monday, acquiring healthcare IT services provider TriZetto Corp for $2.7 billion to beef up its slowing healthcare business. Shares of the company, which is buying TriZetto from London- based private equity firm Apax Partners LLP, rose nearly 3 percent in premarket trading.

  • Crocs trying to monopolize marketplace, competitor says Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 5:51 PM ET

    Sept 11- A family-owned, Nevada- based shoe company is taking on the giant shoe maker Crocs, accusing it of creating a monopoly by suing smaller competitors and putting them out of business. In a lawsuit filed on Wednesday in federal court in Nevada, USA Dawgs said Crocs Inc was using "sham" patent lawsuits in order to "litigate its competition out of the market."

  • JOHANNESBURG, Sept 10- Aspen Pharmacare is to sell the rights to market a blood clot drug in the United States to rival Mylan Inc for up to $300 million, it said on Wednesday, a move that would help Africa's top generic drugmaker pay down debt.

  • NEW YORK/ LOS ANGELES, Sept 4- U.S. fast-food workers staged protests in some 150 cities on Thursday in a fight for higher pay, and organizers said more than 450 were arrested from Manhattan's Times Square to Los Angeles. About 400 protesters clogged Times Square during morning rush hour in the latest of ongoing actions aimed at raising their wage to $15 an hour.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 3- When President Barack Obama stepped into the White House Rose Garden in June to announce he would single-handedly reform U.S. immigration policy, he startled advocates by announcing a firm, end-of-summer deadline for executive action.

  • Sept 3- Opponents of mandatory labeling for foods made with genetically modified organisms spent more than $27 million in the first six months of this year on GMO-related lobbying, roughly three times their spending in all of 2013, according to an analysis released Wednesday.

  • Sept 3- Opponents of mandatory labeling for foods made with genetically modified organisms spent more than $27 million in the first six months of this year on GMO-related lobbying, roughly three times their spending in all of 2013, according to an analysis released Wednesday.

  • A statute relied on by the banking regulator to bring this and similar cases on behalf of banks it seized "did not give the FDIC more time to bring claims that would otherwise have been lost," Stanton wrote.

  • --Clyde Russell is a Reuters columnist. LAUNCESTON, Australia, Sept 1- In the high-stakes poker game being played between the Indonesian government and mining companies, it has come as a bit of a surprise that Jakarta appears to be playing the winning hand.

  • ST. LOUIS, Aug. 28- Major banks are getting increasingly wary of some transactions with smaller banks that have begun to allow marijuana businesses to open accounts. The problem arises because in Colorado and Washington states, marijuana for general use is legal, and in a host of other states it is legal for certain medicinal purposes.

  • NAB acquired regional lender Great Western in 2008 for just below $1 billion to get more involved in funding agribusiness in the United States, but the operation lacks the scale of larger competitors in the western states where it operates.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 28- Bitcoin is catching on at U.S. online merchants including Overstock.com and Expedia, as customers use a digital currency that just a few years ago was virtually unknown but is now showing some staying power.