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  • FAIRFAX, Va., Oct 5- President Barack Obama on Friday hailed a drop in the U.S. jobless rate to the lowest level since he took office, saying the country has "come too far to turn back now," as he sought to recover from a lackluster debate performance against Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

  • *Dish says Gannett wants it to shut down Hopper DVR. *Gannett source says it never asked Dish to disable Hopper. Oct 5- Gannett Co Inc and the Dish Network Corp are sparring over fees that could leave Dish customers blacked out from major networks on Sunday in a fight the No. 2 satellite TV provider said involves its controversial DVR, the Hopper.

  • Hitachi subsidiary to bring jobs to Colorado Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 1:25 PM ET

    DENVER-- A subsidiary of Hitachi Ltd. will open a research and development center in suburban Denver in a move expected to create hundreds of new jobs during the next five years, it was announced Friday.

  • Obama takes a second crack at Romney tax plan Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 11:25 AM ET

    AIRING: This ad by the Obama campaign is airing in the closely contested states of Colorado, Florida, Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio and Virginia. SCRIPT: Republican nominee Mitt Romney said in the first presidential debate that he's "not in favor of a $5 trillion tax cut. It cuts to an image of NBC News reporter Andrea Mitchell citing the Tax Policy Center report.

  • Hundreds of new jobs to be announced in Denver Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 11:16 AM ET

    DENVER-- Colorado's governor is hinting that he'll announce hundreds of new jobs in an economic development announcement Friday. John Hickenlooper planned a Denver event for the announcement.

  • Drought sticking around Colorado for the fall Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 10:32 AM ET

    DENVER-- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says drought conditions are expected to stick around for the fall in Colorado. Colorado and Wyoming had their warmest summers on record this year, and parts of eastern Colorado and Wyoming are experiencing exceptional drought, which is the most intense level reported by the U.S.

  • Romney shifts to center as his confidence grows Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 10:23 AM ET

    WASHINGTON-- Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is shifting sharply to the political center as he begins to deliver a closing argument aimed at a slice of moderate, undecided voters a month before Election Day.

  • Romney on '47 percent': I was 'completely wrong' Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 10:19 AM ET

    FISHERSVILLE, Va.-- Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has described his disparaging remarks about the 47 percent of Americans who don't pay federal income taxes as "not elegantly stated." Now he's calling them "just completely wrong."

  • New jobless number hold political significance Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 9:57 AM ET

    WASHINGTON-- President Barack Obama, reeling from a poor debate performance, won a valuable reprieve Friday with a reduced unemployment number in September that brought the jobless rate down to a level unseen since January 2009 when he took office.

  • Calif. gas prices jump by up to 20 cents overnight Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 9:19 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO-- Californians woke up to a shock Friday as overnight gasoline prices jumped by as much as 20 cents a gallon in some areas, ending a week of soaring costs that saw some stations close and others charge record prices. In Southern California, the price jumped 20 cents a gallon overnight to $4.53 in Ventura.

  • Romney's Medicare plan raises cost questions Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 4:16 AM ET

    WASHINGTON-- Mitt Romney's Medicare plan won't try to control costs by limiting the payments that future retirees would use to buy private health insurance, aides say. Reining in costs is vital to keeping Medicare affordable, and in their plans both President Barack Obama and Romney's running mate, Paul Ryan, set limits on the growth of future spending.

  • In wake of debate, weak job numbers expected Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 3:28 AM ET

    WASHINGTON-- With President Barack Obama knocked off stride and the election looming, the government is issuing new unemployment data likely to underscore the slow economic recovery and ensure that jobs remain the top issue of the presidential campaign.

  • Oct 5- RBC Wealth Management, a division of the Royal Bank of Canada, said on Friday it hired a veteran adviser and manager from UBS Wealth Management Americas, the brokerage owned by the Swiss Bank UBS AG. Rabbe joined RBC as a branch director based in Burlington, Massachusetts, also overseeing the firm's satellite office in Andover.

  • Oct 4- Dish Network Corp said the broadcasting arm of newspaper publisher Gannett Co Inc has threatened to withdraw broadcasting on the satellite TV provider if it does not block the commercial-skipping feature on its digital video recorders or agree to pay massive penalties.

  • Calif. gas prices spike 8 cents a gallon overnight Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 7:16 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO-- Landscaping business owner Sebastian Figueredo stood Thursday at a Union 76 gas station near the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, holding his phone up high so he could get a photo of the price sign.

  • Calif gas prices spike 8 cents a gallon overnight Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 4:43 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO-- Landscaping business owner Sebastian Figueredo stood Thursday at a Union 76 gas station near the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, holding his phone up high so he could get a photo of the price sign.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 4- President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney praised the deficit-cutting framework known as Simpson-Bowles in their debate on Wednesday, but neither candidate has embraced the politically unpopular choices put forward in the plan.

  • SM Energy names new president Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 11:28 AM ET

    DENVER-- SM Energy Co. said Thursday that it has promoted Javan Ottoson, the oil and gas company's chief operating officer, to president. SM Energy said the promotion recognizes Ottoson's contributions to the company over the years. Shares of the company, which is based in Denver, increased 15 cents to $53.07 in midday trading Thursday.

  • Spirit Airlines launches Denver-Phoenix flights Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 11:21 AM ET

    MESA, Ariz.-- Spirit Airlines Inc. is kicking off its new service and Denver International Airport and Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. The Florida- based low cost carrier will have one daily non-stop each way beginning Thursday. The flights leave Denver at midmorning each day and leave the east Phoenix suburb of Mesa for the return late in the morning.

  • Many watch debate; some are pleased, few are moved Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 9:29 AM ET

    "A guy like Romney should excite me," said Becker, 30, a Republican who manages real estate investments in Fairfield, a charming shoreline town on Connecticut's affluent "gold coast." That was before the 90- minute head-to-head matchup between Romney and President Barack Obama in Denver, their first of three debates before Election Day.