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  • Odds are you guessed Florida, or maybe Arizona- two sunny states that have long been popular with the senior set. Lois O'Grady lives in Vermillion, South Dakota. But the region has another thing going for it: South Dakota was recently named the best state to retire in the nation, handily defeating retiree hot spots like Florida.

  • LITTLETON, Colorado, May 18- Lockheed Martin Corp, the Pentagon's biggest supplier, is ramping up its use of 3 D printing and virtual reality simulators to drive down the huge costs of producing national security satellites and safeguard profits in the face of reductions in U.S. defense spending.

  • FACTBOX-A look at AT&T and DirecTV's businesses Sunday, 18 May 2014 | 6:22 PM ET

    NEW YORK, May 18- DirecTV, the No. 1 U.S. satellite TV operator, said on Sunday it has agreed to sell itself to AT&T for $48.5 billion in the second mega-deal to shake up the U.S. television landscape this year. *Market capitalization of $189 billion. *116 million wireless subscribers in all 50 U.S. states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

  • The latest crackdown Friday was against Fusion Pharm Inc., a Denver- based company purportedly selling cultivation systems for marijuana. The SEC said it had decided to suspend trading in Fusion Pharm because of questions about "the accuracy of assertions" concerning its assets, revenues, financial statements, business transactions and financial condition.

  • NEW YORK, May 16- Two years ago, Denver- based oil and gas driller Bonanza Creek Energy wanted to spread its credit risk and hedge its production- and it called on some regional Main Street banks to help do it. Ohio- based KeyCorp led the lenders and was also among the banks providing hedging.

  • BOSTON, May 15- Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc failed to win a majority of shareholder support for its executive pay on Thursday, a noteworthy rebuke for the Denver restaurant chain that has been one of its industry's top performers.

  • DENVER, May 14- Wal-Mart has settled lawsuits with the families of 23 people who died from a 2011 listeria outbreak traced to cantaloupe grown at a Colorado farm and sold by the retailer, both sides said on Wednesday. "Both Wal-Mart and my clients are pleased to get this behind us," Marler said.

  • LONDON, May 9- Central Oklahoma faces a significantly increased risk of a damaging earthquake, and the threat is probably related to oil and gas extraction, the U.S. Geological Survey warned on Monday.

  • COLUMN-New strategy for college visits: stay home Monday, 5 May 2014 | 8:00 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES, May 5- College visits can help families find the right fit for their children, but as with other aspects of college planning, it's easy to go overboard and spend thousands of dollars in the process. "I've heard horror stories of people traveling to 20 campuses," said college consultant Todd Weaver of Hanover, New Hampshire- based Strategies for College.

  • TORONTO/ VANCOUVER, April 30- Outgoing Barrick Gold Corp founder and Chairman Peter Munk gave a spirited defense of his replacement, John Thornton, on Wednesday days after his successor was lambasted by a rival gold company and investors criticized his pay package.

  • April 30- Barrick Gold Corp reported a dramatic drop in first-quarter earnings on Wednesday and cut its forecast for 2014 copper production due to damage to the main conveyor at its Lumwana mine in Zambia that had halted ore processing there.

  • *Newmont and Barrick shares slide on the NYSE. By Euan Rocha, Allison Martell and Soyoung Kim. TORONTO/ NEW YORK, April 28- Failed merger talks between Barrick Gold Corp and Newmont Mining Corp descended into acrimony on Monday, with the two large gold miners publicly accusing each other of scuppering a deal favored by many investors.

  • TORONTO/ NEW YORK, April 28- Newmont Mining Corp said on Monday it had ended merger talks with Barrick Gold Corp, slamming its suitor and stating bluntly that negotiations failed due to the lack of a constructive, mutually respectful dialogue.

  • TORONTO, April 28- Newmont Mining Corp said on Monday it has terminated merger talks with Barrick Gold Corp, slamming its suitor and stating bluntly that talks failed due to the lack of a constructive, mutually respectful dialogue.

  • *Netflix up after results; Facebook gains on upgrade. Netflix Inc surged 7 percent to $372.90 a day after showing strong subscriber growth, a sign the trading favorite still had room to grow despite recent concerns over its valuation.

  • TORONTO, April 21- Talks between Barrick Gold Corp and Newmont Mining Corp about a potential merger have hit a snag, but sources close to the situation say the companies remain keen to reach a deal and discussions are likely to resume.

  • April 17- Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc on Thursday said it will increase menu prices for the first time in nearly three years, fueled by all-time high costs for steak as well increasingly expensive avocados and cheese.

  • NEW YORK, April 9- When Jessica Yingling and Christopher Mahoney get married this May, they will be footing the bill for their wedding. Yingling and Mahoney, who live in San Diego and are getting married in Chicago, are among a growing number of couples over 30 who pay for their own weddings because they can afford it and want to keep control of the process.

  • April 4- Canadian private equity firm Onex Corp and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board said they would sell industrial conglomerate Gates Corp to private equity firm Blackstone Group LP for $5.4 billion.

  • U.S. Supreme Court could limit bank fraud law Tuesday, 1 Apr 2014 | 2:22 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, April 1- The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday appeared poised to limit the scope of a federal criminal law that targets people who defraud banks.