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  • States With the Most 'One Percenters'

    CNBC.com presents a list of the 10 states with the most ultra-high net worth individuals on a per capita basis.

  • NEW YORK-- U.S. oil output is surging so fast that the United States could soon overtake Saudi Arabia as the world's biggest producer. The Energy Department forecasts that U.S. production of crude and other liquid hydrocarbons, which includes biofuels, will average 11.4 million barrels per day next year.

  • GREAT FALLS, Mont.-- A Malta, Mont. man has been sentenced to nearly three years in prison for defrauding a Belt bank when he and his wife applied for operating credit for their ranch. The U.S. Attorney's Office says 50- year-old Steven Lloyd Knudsen was sentenced Monday by U.S. District Judge Sam Haddon in Great Falls and ordered to pay $948,555 in restitution.

  • HELENA, Mont.-- Montana's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased slightly to 6.1 percent in September, compared to the national rate of 7.8 percent. Labor Commissioner Keith Kelly says that the downward trend was fueled by an increase of 1,100 jobs in the state.

  • DENVER-- Three men were arrested for investigation of murder after a Denver bar was set on fire to cover up five killings committed during a robbery, authorities said Thursday. Ronald Saunier said of the early Wednesday deaths and blaze at Fero's Bar& Grill. "

  • OMAHA, Neb.-- Union Pacific said Thursday that its third-quarter profit climbed 15 percent because price increases and more automotive and chemical shipments helped the railroad offset a 12 percent drop in coal shipments. Union Pacific, based in Omaha, Neb., said Thursday that revenue grew 5 percent to $5.34 billion from last year's $5.1 billion.

  • GRAND ISLAND, Neb.-- North Dakota- based Titan Machinery Inc. says it's buying three CaseIH agriculture equipment dealerships in Nebraska. Titan, of West Fargo, N.D., says it is acquiring Toner's Inc., which operates Toner's in Grand Island, Red Line Equipment in Broken Bow and Ord Equipment in Ord.

  • BILLINGS, Mont.-- Owners of a proposed railroad serving southeastern Montana's coal fields have applied to the federal government to build an 83- mile line carrying up to 20 million tons of fuel annually.

  • WASHINGTON-- Republican candidates for the Senate in conservative-leaning states generally outraised their Democratic opponents in the latest fundraising quarter ending Sept. 30, but Arizona proved an exception as former surgeon general Richard Carmona raised nearly $500,000 more than Republican Jeff Flake.

  • HELENA, Mont.-- Montana's campaign contribution limits will remain in place at least through the November election after a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling Tuesday that put a hold on a federal judge's decision that would have allowed for unlimited spending in state races.

  • BOISE, Idaho-- A large shipment of water-purification equipment will be transported through Idaho to Montana on a disputed mountain highway where big loads have been the subject of oversized controversy.

  • Rating Action On Oct. 12, 2012, Standard& Poor's Ratings Services affirmed its' B' corporate credit rating on Billings, Mont.- based mining operator Stillwater Mining Co. The outlook is stable.

  • Max Baucus and Jon Tester said residents of Libby have grown frustrated waiting for a pending risk study to be completed. The company mined asbestos-containing vermiculite in Libby for decades. They blasted Grace for weighing in against the EPA proposal and alleged company officials had "traded profits for lives" in Libby.

  • WASHINGTON-- An old feud and the race for women voters took center stage in a tight Arizona Senate race Thursday, with Republican Rep. Jeff Flake citing the grudge in a new ad alleging that Democrat Richard Carmona lacks the temperament for the job. Richard Carmona should never, ever be in the U.S. Senate. "

  • HELENA, Mont.-- Fifteen Native Americans are suing state and county officials over a lack of election services on three Montana reservations, saying their inability to vote early or register late there is an unconstitutional denial of equal voting access.

  • SALMON, Idaho, Oct 11- Conservationists on Thursday asked a state judge to end trapping of wolverines in Montana at a time when fewer than 300 of the elusive animals roam the Northern Rockies and Northern Cascades.

  • NEW YORK-- Shares of Stillwater Mining Co. tumbled Thursday, after the palladium and platinum producer announced plans to sell $300 million in notes.

  • BILLINGS, Mont.-- A long-stalled coal railroad in southeastern Montana could get an easement through the state's Miles City fish hatchery in exchange for a $2 million payment into a conservation fund and a $25 million insurance policy, under the terms of a tentative deal disclosed Wednesday.

  • The parent company of Tully's Coffee has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and will close nine stores this Sunday. The Seattle- based coffee chain has long struggled under the shadow of Starbucks Corp.. Tully's opened its first store in 1992. It has shops in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington.