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  • DENVER— An activist group on Thursday backed off its earlier announcement that it would to try to get a statewide ban on hydraulic fracturing on the Colorado ballot and said it would instead try to persuade Gov. "He should do the right thing and protect Colorado citizens, but if he doesn't, we'll look at other ways to achieve our goal, and our goal is to ban fracking in...

  • Antero Resources tops Street 4Q forecasts Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 5:57 PM ET

    DENVER _ Antero Resources Corp. on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter net income of $606.7 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 27 cents per share. Antero Resources shares have climbed 1 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Whiting reports 4Q loss Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 4:15 PM ET

    DENVER _ Whiting Petroleum Corp. on Wednesday reported a loss of $353.7 million in its fourth quarter. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 51 cents per share. Analysts expected $733.3 million, according to Zacks.

  • Bill Barrett misses Street 4Q forecasts Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 8:33 AM ET

    DENVER _ Bill Barrett Corp. on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter net income of $89.1 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for a loss of 4 cents per share. Analysts expected $86.9 million, according to Zacks.

  • Justices appear to favor Muslim denied job over headscarf Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 1:57 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Have you heard the one about the Sikh, the Hasidic Jew, the Muslim and the nun who walked into a job interview? Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito channeled his inner stand-up comic Wednesday in indicating that he and most of the court would side with a Muslim woman who showed up for a job interview with Abercrombie& Fitch wearing a black headscarf.

  • SM Energy misses Street 4Q forecasts Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 6:13 PM ET

    DENVER _ SM Energy Co. on Tuesday reported fourth-quarter profit of $331.7 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.12 per share. SM Energy shares have risen 20 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • QEP Resources misses 4Q profit forecasts Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 5:06 PM ET

    DENVER _ QEP Resources Inc. on Tuesday reported fourth-quarter net income of $665.9 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 26 cents per share. QEP Resources shares have risen 11 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's...

  • DENVER— In a case that sheds light on the difficulty of caring for sufferers of an unpredictable disease, an 87- year-old Alzheimer's patient faces a homicide charge after the deadly beating of a fellow resident at an assisted living facility in suburban Denver. Homer Castor also was arrested for crimes against an at-risk adult after the Saturday assault on...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 24- A Muslim woman denied a sales job at an Abercrombie& Fitch Co clothing store in Oklahoma because she wears a head scarf has won the support of Christians, Jews, Sikhs and fellow Muslims as the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear her case. The Supreme Court is due to hear a one-hour oral argument in the case on Wednesday, with a ruling due by the end of...

  • DENVER— A Colorado task force is recommending that local governments be given a consulting role on some decisions about the location of large oil and gas facilities, but the panel decided against suggesting that cities and counties be allowed to enforce their own rules. The recommendations include expanding the staffs of two state agencies that regulate oil...

  • A sign for the accountant's business was still on the wall of the building, but it has been closed for 20 years, according to the president of the Colorado Springs chapter of the NAACP. The NAACP, which has been at the site since 1985, and a barbershop are the only tenants in the building. Henry D. Allen Jr., president of the local NAACP chapter, expressed skepticism...

  • DENVER— A campaign to get universities to stop investing in greenhouse gas-producing fuels came deep into energy country Friday as activists asked the University of Colorado to divest from coal and petroleum companies. Getting the University of Colorado to exclude them from its $2.7 billion investment pool would be a significant symbolic victory.

  • Feb 19- Newmont Mining Corp, the U.S.' s largest gold producer, reported on Thursday a narrower adjusted fourth quarter profit, though earnings were stronger than expected. Adjusted net income, which excludes one-time items like non-cash write downs, was $86 million, or 17 cents a share, in the quarter ended Dec. 31, compared with $143 million, or 28 cents a share, in the...

  • PDC Energy tops Street 4Q forecasts Thursday, 19 Feb 2015 | 9:31 AM ET

    DENVER _ PDC Energy Inc. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter net income of $131.8 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 1 cent per share. PDC Energy shares have increased 19 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • DENVER— Colorado already is being sued by two neighboring states for legalizing marijuana. The owners of a mountain hotel and a southern Colorado horse farm argue in a pair of lawsuits filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Denver that the 2012 marijuana-legalization measure has hurt their property and that the marijuana industry is stinky and attracts...

  • Intrepid Potash beats 4Q profit forecasts Wednesday, 18 Feb 2015 | 7:18 PM ET

    DENVER _ Intrepid Potash Inc. on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter net income of $5.8 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 2 cents per share. Intrepid Potash shares have decreased almost 4 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Colorado medical marijuana rules still in limbo Wednesday, 18 Feb 2015 | 2:27 PM ET

    DENVER— Colorado's attempts to make medical marijuana regulations more like recreational pot rules are running into trouble at the state Legislature. Colorado is the only state that regulates the sale of pot for both medical and recreational purposes. The measure now renews Colorado medical marijuana regulations that were passed in 2010 and became the...

  • Cimarex misses 4Q revenue forecasts Wednesday, 18 Feb 2015 | 5:03 AM ET

    DENVER _ Cimarex Energy Co. on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter net income of $75.8 million. On a per-share basis, the Denver- based company said it had net income of 86 cents. Analysts expected $551.6 million, according to Zacks.

  • Colorado may pay to get more local food in schools Wednesday, 18 Feb 2015 | 3:01 AM ET

    DENVER— A Colorado bill to spend about $5 million to put more local produce in school cafeterias passed its first test Wednesday at the Legislature. The bill sets up a grant program to make Colorado the 17th state to chip in grant money in addition to federal programs to help get more locally grown foods on cafeteria plates. The grant program was the idea of a...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 17- A fight between an upstart Spanish language TV network and Comcast Corp has provided more ammunition for critics who fear Comcast would gain too much market power if its buyout of Time Warner Cable Inc goes ahead, antitrust attorneys said. Formed by the son of a Mexican immigrant in 2009, Estrella TV currently is distributed by Comcast in 16...