HOUSTON (AP) - The number of rigs actively exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. dropped by one this week to 2,000.
Houston-based drilling product provider Baker Hughes Inc. reported Wednesday 1,130 rigs were exploring for oil and 865 for natural gas. Five were listed as miscellaneous.... more »
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - A mysterious decline in pronghorn and mule deer along the Wyoming-Colorado border has the attention of a team of biologists who are gathering to investigate the change. The National Wildlife Federation is putting on public meetings in Steamboat Springs and Craig this week to discuss... more »
ASPEN, Colo. (AP) - Researchers predicted aspens and white pines in the West will face worsening devastation because climate change will make them more susceptible to disease and bugs, including an infestation of bark beetles.
The researchers spoke Friday at a conference in Aspen.
Jim Worrall, a U.S.... more »
WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of people applying for unemployment benefits fell sharply last week, a positive sign that the job market is slowly improving.
The Labor Department says applications dropped by 34,000 to 388,000, the lowest number since the week of July 12, 2008. The level of applications... more »
"I do" is becoming "I don't want to."
New numbers from the Pew Research Center show a decline in marriage. They say about half of American adults are married, but in 1960 that number was closer to three-fourths; and views of the family are changing too.
"Americans still... more »
The government says the number of people killed in crashes connected to driver distraction fell last year but still remain an epidemic.
The Transportation Department said Monday that 5,474 people were killed in 2009 in crashes reported to have involved distracted driving, a 6 percent decline from the more... more »
State wildlife officials say development and recreation have contributed to the declining number of deer in the Roaring Fork Valley.
The Colorado Division of Wildlife is looking at lowering the population goal and changing the number of hunting licenses issued for the area that stretches from Aspen to Glenwood... more »
Home construction plunged last month to the lowest level since December as builders scaled back without a federal tax credit to lure buyers.
Building permits also fell, a sign the construction industry won't fuel the economic recovery.
The Commerce Department says construction of new homes and apartments fell... more »
Retail sales plunged in May by the largest amount in eight months as consumers slashed spending on everything from cars to clothing. The big drop raises new worries about the durability of the economic recovery.
The Commerce Department says that spending fell 1.2 percent last month. Auto sales were... more »