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  • Grand Canyon awards temporary services contract Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 6:48 PM ET

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.— The National Park Service has averted a shutdown of some of the Grand Canyon's iconic hotels and mule rides by awarding a temporary contract for services at the canyon's South Rim. The one-year contract goes to Xanterra Parks& Resorts Inc., which has been providing those services for decades. Xanterra President and CEO Andrew Todd said the...

  • $500K from grant to fund 500 bikes for Pittsburgh Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 10:40 AM ET

    Bike Share officials hope to fund the program, set to begin next spring, through charitable foundations, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported Friday. That would make Pittsburgh's program a public service, rather than a money-making venture, which is how similar programs are run in other U.S. cities. We didn't want that, "said Bart Yavorosky, the executive...

  • Lawsuit shows resistance to legalization of pot Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 3:14 AM ET

    The lawsuit seeks to overturn Colorado's experiment in legalized recreational pot, alleging that the two conservative states are being overrun with Colorado marijuana that is making it harder for them to enforce their own drug laws. Nebraska Attorney General Jim Bruning framed it as a public-safety issue, though the complaint provides little data to...

  • 2 more former Sony workers sue over data breach Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 2:08 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES— Two more former employees of Sony Pictures Entertainment are suing the company over the massive data breach in which their personal and financial information was stolen and posted online. The breach, which a U.S. official has said is linked to North Korea, resulted in the release of Social Security numbers, financial, medical and other personal info...

  • Tax-refund debate flares up again in Colorado Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 2:06 PM ET

    DENVER— Colorado's economy has been on an upswing, and government officials are getting more comfortable asking the state for help with their funding needs after years of budget cuts. But more revenue means Colorado is required to start giving refunds to taxpayers, rekindling a decades-old debate over how much money state government should be allowed to keep...

  • Q&A: Drones might help show how tornados form Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 12:26 AM ET

    DENVER— Researchers say they've collected promising weather data by flying instrument-laden drones into big Western and Midwestern storms. The University of Colorado and University of Nebraska announced this week they have formed the Unmanned Aircraft System and Severe Storms Research Group to develop the program. Drones can take measurements at any...

  • Colorado funds medical marijuana research, a first Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 6:01 AM ET

    DENVER— Colorado was poised Wednesday to award more than $8 million for medical marijuana research, a step toward addressing complaints that little is known about pot's medical potential. That's because the Colorado grants are outside the usual federal channels for approving studies on pot, a process some say stymies marijuana research.

  • Southwest bag workers picketing over flight delays Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 4:00 AM ET

    For years, Dallas- based Southwest was the most punctual of big U.S. airlines, but it stumbled after trying to squeeze in more flights into its schedule. Southwest has also prided itself on keeping its employees happy, believing that would guarantee good service for its customers. "That recipe is kind of gone and it's profits over people and that's not acceptable,"...

  • Powdered alcohol? Not so fast, lawmakers say Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 5:13 PM ET

    DENVER— Powdered alcohol, touted by its inventor as an easy way to mix a drink on-the-go, hasn't even arrived in stores but states are moving to ban the product amid concern that it will increase underage drinking. Colorado is the latest state considering banning "Palcohol," marketed as an ounce of rum or vodka in powdered form. "I think being proactive and jumping out...

  • DENVER, Dec 12- Fox News correspondent Dominic Di-Natale, whose international reporting took him from Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan to covering protests in Ferguson, Missouri, has been found dead in Colorado, officials said on Friday. In an obituary posted on the Fox News website, the network reported that Di-Natale's death was a suicide, citing the...

  • Construction stopped on Denver's VA hospital Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 10:13 AM ET

    DENVER— The company building Denver's new Veterans Administration hospital is stopping construction after a federal board of appeals ruled Tuesday that the VA breached its contract. Civilian Board of Contract Appeals determined that the VA did not produce a design that could be built for $604 million, but rather more than $1 billion. "Kiewit-Turner must...

  • DENVER— Billionaire investor Philip Anschutz is exploring the possibility of resurrecting the Rocky Mountain News, a daily newspaper in Denver that was shuttered in 2009 after nearly 150 years in operation, according to a newspaper report. The Denver Business Journal was the first to report Tuesday that Anschutz' Clarity Media Group has posted a prototype...

  • US limits drilling in White River National Forest Tuesday, 9 Dec 2014 | 4:56 PM ET

    DENVER— The federal government is making more than 90 percent of the 2.2- million-acre White River National Forest off-limits to future energy exploration, angering the energy industry but encouraging environmentalists who had pushed to protect mountain towns that depend on recreational tourism. The U.S. Forest Service released two formal documents...

  • 6 US cities: Good jobs but hard-to-afford homes Tuesday, 9 Dec 2014 | 11:20 AM ET

    Millennials are streaming into the San Francisco Bay Area, Silicon Valley, New York City and Washington, D.C., for the ample job opportunities there. The real estate firm Zillow found this trend most pronounced in six of the nation's top job markets for younger workers. Zillow's chief economist, Stan Humphries, notes that first-time buyers have yet to bear the full...

  • Why areas with good jobs have hard-to-afford homes Tuesday, 9 Dec 2014 | 11:17 AM ET

    College graduates and younger families have been clustering in coastal cities such as New York, San Francisco and Seattle, where incomes are generally ample and solid middle-class jobs plentiful. Roughly 40 percent of households in New York, San Francisco, Seattle, parts of Connecticut and Colorado, and Washington, D.C., earn more than $100,000 annually,...

  • Entercom buying 15-station Lincoln Financial group Monday, 8 Dec 2014 | 10:41 AM ET

    BALA CYNWYD, Pa.— A Pennsylvania- based radio company says it's acquiring the 15- station Lincoln Financial Media group from the insurance holding firm Lincoln National Corp.. Lincoln Financial Media's stations are in the Atlanta, Denver, Miami and San Diego markets. Radnor- based Lincoln National entered the broadcasting business with its 2006 purchase of...

  • Entercom to buy radio business from Lincoln Monday, 8 Dec 2014 | 10:17 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Entercom Communications will spend $105 million to buy the radio business of the insurance company Lincoln National Corp.. The deal, which is expected to close in the second quarter of 2015, will give Entercom 15 stations in Atlanta, Denver, Miami and San Diego. Shares of Entercom Communications Corp., based in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, rose 3 cents to...

  • Religious nonprofits challenge health law Monday, 8 Dec 2014 | 6:17 AM ET

    Plaintiffs including a group of Colorado nuns and four Christian colleges in Oklahoma argued in the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver that a federal exemption for groups that oppose contraceptives, including the morning-after pill, violates their beliefs. "It is morally problematic" to sign the forms, argued Greg Baylor, lawyer for Southern Nazarene...

  • Nov 20- Bill Gross just got a huge vote of confidence from legendary investor George Soros. Soros Fund Management LLC, which Soros chairs, has invested $500 million in an account run by Gross at Janus Capital Group Inc, the Denver- based firm said on its website on Thursday. Soros Fund Management approached Gross after he resigned from Pimco in late September, a...

  • NEW DELHI, Nov 4- Plans by India's ONGC Videsh to drill for shale oil in Siberia could be delayed as sanctions against Moscow make it more difficult to work with U.S. firms to retrieve the hard-to-reach commodity in Russia, its managing director said. As part of sanctions over conflict in Ukraine, the United States in September banned its firms from supporting...