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  • Companies including Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc, Apple Inc and PepsiCo have shown they're able to take advantage of quality, trendiness, and, in the case of Pepsi's snack foods, market dominance, to maintain high prices or even raise them faster than the inflation rate, now at about 2.1 percent in the U.S.

  • Molson Coors Brewing CEO to retire at year's end Friday, 25 Jul 2014 | 9:27 AM ET

    DENVER— Molson Coors Brewing President and CEO Peter S. Swinburn will retire at the end of the year. The brewing company said Friday that Swinburn will be succeeded in the posts by Mark R. Hunter, who currently serves as CEO and president of Molson Coors Europe.

  • Colorado gun law relies on flawed estimate Friday, 25 Jul 2014 | 3:00 AM ET

    DENVER— A law expanding background check requirements on Colorado gun sales has been in effect for about a year, and an Associated Press analysis of state data compiled during that span shows the projected impact was vastly overstated in a key budget report.

  • Pot may be legal, but homeowner agreements can ban Friday, 25 Jul 2014 | 2:58 AM ET

    DENVER— Pot may be legal in some states— but the neighbors don't have to like it.

  • U.S. launches $10 billion rural infrastructure fund Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 10:59 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, July 24- The Obama administration on Thursday launched a $10 billion rural infrastructure fund that it hopes will jump-start investments in a wide range of projects in farm states.

  • JFK returns to old look in new collectors' coins Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 1:27 AM ET

    WEST POINT, New York— President John F. Kennedy is getting his old look back on new collectors' coins.

  • EPA chief in hot seat as lawmakers dissect carbon rule Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 7:00 AM ET

    The hearing takes place a week before the EPA holds a series of public meetings on its carbon plan in Denver, Pittsburgh, Washington and Atlanta. The group also telegraphed potential legal action, arguing the EPA had overstepped the bounds of the Clean Air Act to draft its complex rule.

  • James Holmes' lawyers question firearms analysis Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 2:32 AM ET

    CENTENNIAL, Colo.— Defense attorneys in the Colorado theater shooting case attacked the reliability of firearms analysis Wednesday, saying it is subjective and lacks statistics to measure its accuracy. James Holmes pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to charges of killing 12 people and injuring 70 in the July 20, 2012, attack at a Denver- area movie theater.

  • Cause of fire at Williston company unknown Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 6:51 AM ET

    WILLISTON, N.D.— More than half a day after an industrial fire broke out in the North Dakota oil patch town of Williston, authorities still were unable to say what caused the massive blaze.

  • July 21- Burrito chain Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc last quarter achieved what many of its rivals could only dream of: It raised prices, yet attracted more diners during a period of sluggish economic growth. Rival Panera Bread Co was on a similar trajectory until last year, when "operational friction" caused it to stumble on speed.

  • Chocolate too bitter? Swap sugar for mushrooms Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 5:30 PM ET

    NEW YORK, July 21- An upstart U.S. food technology company has developed a unique fermentation process using mushrooms to reduce bitterness in cocoa beans that it believes will cut sugar content in chocolate candy.

  • Chipotle's sales surge despite price hikes Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 4:43 PM ET

    DENVER— People keep flocking to Chipotle despite the chain's recent price hikes. The Denver- based company said Monday that sales at established locations rose 17.3 percent in its second quarter. It earned $110.3 million, or $3.50 per share, topping the $2.05 per share average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research.

  • Committees, super PACs disclose June fundraising Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 3:14 AM ET

    The anti-tax Club for Growth Action last month had its second best fundraising haul this election cycle as it raised money to pour into Chris McDaniel's bid to deny incumbent Republican Thad Cochran a seventh term in the Senate.

  • Companies such as General Electric Co and Intel Corp have reported solid results. Intel declared that personal computer sales have stabilized, while it forecast third-quarter revenue above Wall Street's expectations.

  • US states with higher minimum wages gain more jobs Saturday, 19 Jul 2014 | 3:01 AM ET

    A Congressional Budget Office report earlier this year lent some support for that view. It found that a minimum wage of $10.10 an hour, as President Obama supports, could cost 500,000 jobs nationwide.

  • Construction begins on new Salt Lake City airport Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 6:11 AM ET

    SALT LAKE CITY— Salt Lake City travelers in the next decade will catch expansive views of the Wasatch range, move faster through security and have more shops to choose from once crews finish work on a $1.8 billion airport, officials said Friday.

  • Marijuana edibles burgeoning into an industry Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 1:17 AM ET

    Edibles and infused products such as snack bars, olive oils and tinctures popular with medical marijuana users have flourished into a gourmet market of chocolate truffles, whoopie pies and hard candies as Colorado and Washington legalized the recreational use of marijuana in the past year.

  • BLM seeks oil-gas well fee to hire more inspectors Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 4:06 PM ET

    DENVER— A proposed fee on oil and gas wells on federal land would allow the Bureau of Land Management to hire more than 60 inspectors, the agency said Thursday. BLM Director Neil Kornze told a mineral law conference in Vail on Thursday that the agency needs to step up its inspections. Congress rejected previous fee proposals, BLM spokeswoman Bev Winston said.

  • Hickenlooper asks public to reject oil, gas limits Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 3:02 AM ET

    DENVER— A day after giving up on efforts to call a special legislative session on oil and gas drilling, Gov. John Hickenlooper appealed to the public Thursday to decry possible ballot measures to curb the industry.

  • Review: Tech goodies to bring along on trips Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 2:25 PM ET

    DENVER— Your swimsuit and your sunscreen are in the luggage, and your boarding passes are all printed out. But did you remember your gadgets and chargers? Did you download enough entertainment?