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  • WASHINGTON, Oct 4- Republican hopeful Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama praised the deficit-cutting plan known as Simpson-Bowles at their debate on Wednesday, but neither has made the politically painful choices put forward by that scheme.

  • Romney, Obama both like Simpson-Bowles plan, to a point Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 12:08 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Oct 4- Republican hopeful Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama praised the deficit-cutting plan known as Simpson-Bowles at their debate on Wednesday, but neither has made the politically painful choices put forward by that scheme.

  • DENVER, Oct 3- Attorneys for accused Colorado theater gunman James Holmes are demanding an investigation into the release of a recent booking photo of their client and leaks about a notebook he sent to his psychiatrist, court documents showed on Wednesday.

  • *Republican challenger broaches possible $17,000 limit. Oct 3- Mitt Romney's talk of putting a cap on income tax deductions aligns him with others, including President Barack Obama, behind a tax code change that could gain traction in Washington.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 3- Ads for President Barack Obama's reelection campaign dominated TV airwaves in key states in September, despite Republican challenger Mitt Romney's powerful "Super PAC" backers, according to an academic analysis released on Wednesday.

  • Oct 3- RBC Wealth Management, a division of the Royal Bank of Canada, has expanded its broker force in Colorado with a veteran team of advisers from Bank of America's Merrill Lynch.

  • Unemployment rates in August for Western US cities Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 3:43 PM ET
  • Wide-eyed Chipotle worker, Romney photo goes viral Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 2:51 PM ET

    DENVER-- The manager of a Denver Chipotle restaurant has become an Internet celebrity thanks to the wide-eyed pose he struck alongside Mitt Romney when the Republican presidential candidate stopped by for lunch. Marty Arps, 20, posed for a group photo with Romney and Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. employees Tuesday afternoon.

  • Unemployment falls in nearly 90 pct. of US cities Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 1:29 PM ET

    WASHINGTON-- Unemployment rates fell in August in nearly 90 percent of large U.S. metro areas, mainly because more people gave up looking for work. The Labor Department said Wednesday that unemployment rates dropped in 329 large cities, the most in four months.

  • UPDATE 1-Thompson Creek to cut jobs in Idaho, shares fall Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 10:44 AM ET

    TORONTO, Oct 3- Thompson Creek Metals Co Inc. The Denver- based miner said it is stopping stripping, the process of removing overlaying earth, at Phase 8 of its Thompson Creek mine to try to save $100 million in operating costs, plus up to $9 million in capital costs, between now and 2014..

  • US service firms grow at fastest pace in 6 months Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 10:14 AM ET

    WASHINGTON-- U.S. service companies grew in September at the fastest pace in six months, helped by a sharp increase in customer demand. The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, said Wednesday that its index of non-manufacturing activity rose to 55.1, up from 53.7 in August.

  • Biden: Middle class 'buried' the last 4 years Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 9:08 AM ET

    CHARLOTTE, N.C.-- Vice President Joe Biden said Tuesday that the middle class has been "buried" during the past four years, a statement that Republicans immediately seized upon as an unwitting indictment of the Obama administration.

  • *Best Buy founder, private equity firms, examine books. Automatic Data Processing said 162,000 private jobs were created in September in the United States, more than the 143,000 expected by analysts, and down from a revised 189,000 in August.

  • Ahead of the Bell: US economy-services Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 6:29 AM ET

    WASHINGTON-- U.S. service companies, which employ nearly 90 percent of the workforce, likely grew more slowly in September than August. Economists expect the Institute for Supply Management non-manufacturing index dipped to 53.5 in September, from 53.7 in August, according to a survey of economists by FactSet.

  • NFL Game Day Expenses Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 4:23 PM ET
    Average cost: $4.84Many stadiums offer unique foods, including fish tacos, crab cakes and smoked short ribs.Still, there’s no substitute for a good old fashioned hot dog. According to Team Marketing Report, that’s $4.84, or $19.36 for four.

    So what are the average costs for a family of four to see an NFL game up close and in person? Click to find out.

  • *Spain seen requesting bailout, but uncertainty weighs. NEW YORK, Oct 2- The euro rose against the dollar on Tuesday on expectations that a request by Spain for a bailout is imminent, but major stock markets fell on uncertainty of when Madrid will make its request and growing uneasiness over third-quarter earnings.

  • DaVita says federal investigation is complete Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 11:54 AM ET

    DENVER-- DaVita Inc. said Tuesday that a federal grand jury investigation into its practices is complete and no action will be taken against the kidney dialysis firm.

  • Colo. debates proposed oil, gas setback rules Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 11:34 AM ET

    DENVER-- The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission is considering statewide rules on groundwater sampling and monitoring at new well pads. The commission on Monday began discussing the state's so-called "setback" rules on how far wells must be from buildings.

  • Backers say Colorado payday loan limits working Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 11:24 AM ET

    DENVER-- A report from Attorney General John Suthers says a law cracking down on the payday lending industry saved Coloradans nearly $100 million last year. A new law limits the term of payday loans from about two weeks to a minimum of six months.

  • The investigation, one of the several involving the company, was initiated in 2005 and covered DaVita's joint ventures, financial relationships with physicians and services provided to patients, and included the administration and billing of DaVita's anemia drug, Epogen.