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  • Johnson levels lying charge over health rates Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 3:10 PM ET

    ST. PAUL, Minn.— Republican Jeff Johnson seized Thursday on new insurance data to accuse Democratic Gov. In early October, Commerce Department officials projected an average premium increase of 4.5 percent for plans sold through the MNsure insurance exchange. Officials with the Minnesota Association of Health Underwriters told MNsure's board of directors...

  • Oct 16- U.S. farmers are cutting back on spreading fertilizer this autumn in response to a drop in crop prices to multi-year lows and a delayed harvest, dealers say, warning of a pullback that will be felt from grain markets to Canadian potash mines. Reductions in fertilizer use of an estimated 10 to 50 percent by volume could hit profits of producers such as Potash...

  • CHICAGO, Oct 16- The head of a U.S. Senate subcommittee raised concerns in a letter on Thursday to the U.S. Attorney General and head of the top U.S. rail regulator about a potential merger between Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd and CSX Corp, and called on them both to fully review the antitrust implications of any such deal. "Given recent concerns about shipping delays...

  • Minnesota jobs report shows dip in unemployment Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 12:01 PM ET

    ST. PAUL, Minn.— Minnesota has added 7,200 jobs, pushing the state's unemployment rate down to 4.1 percent. State officials announced the September gains in the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate Thursday. Mark Dayton has been campaigning on Minnesota's relatively low rate, while his Republican challenger, Jeff Johnson, says Minnesota's job growth doesn't...

  • Mayo Clinic files lawsuit against former executive Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 10:04 AM ET

    ROCHESTER, Minn.— A former top executive at the Mayo Clinic was secretly hired by a competitor but continued to work for the medical practice and research group so he could steal trade secrets, the Rochester- based clinic alleged in a lawsuit. Franklin R. Cockerill III, the president and CEO of Mayo Medical Labs for eight years, alleging misappropriation of trade...

  • SuperValu meets 2Q profit forecasts Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 8:12 AM ET

    EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. _ SuperValu Inc. on Thursday reported fiscal second-quarter profit of $31 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was also for earnings of 11 cents per share. Analysts expected $3.94 billion, according to Zacks.

  • UnitedHealth tops 3Q expectations, raises forecast Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 6:06 AM ET

    UnitedHealth Group's third-quarter earnings inched up 2 percent but that was enough to help the nation's largest health insurer trump Wall Street expectations and raise its 2014 forecast for the first time this year. Overall, UnitedHealth earned $1.6 billion, or $1.63 per share, in the quarter that ended Sept. 30. Health insurance is UnitedHealth's largest...

  • Governor candidates diverge on jobs report Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 5:00 AM ET

    ST. PAUL, Minn.— More than 7,000 new jobs added in September served as further political fodder on Thursday in Minnesota's race for governor. Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson, the Republican nominee for governor, said there are more to Minnesota's numbers than meet the eye. Steve Hine, Labor Market Information Office research director at the Department...

  • MNsure races to ready exchange for open enrollment Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 4:41 PM ET

    ST. PAUL, Minn.— Officials racing to ready Minnesota's health insurance exchange for open enrollment one month from now said Wednesday it's a high-risk project because of tight timelines but they expect consumers will have a better experience than last year. Dec. 15 is the deadline for signing up for coverage that takes effect Jan. 1. Insurance agents started...

  • Snow, ice and maybe profit for small businesses Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 2:08 PM ET

    NEW YORK— What do you do in the midst of mountains of snow? Jeff Oddo isn't waiting for a forecast of snow to order salt. "We ended up losing a ton of money last year," says Oddo, whose company is based in Lenexa, Kansas.

  • Fed survey finds moderate growth nationwide Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 2:04 PM ET

    The Fed report released Wednesday said six of its 12 regions— Cleveland, Chicago, St. Louis, Minneapolis, Dallas and San Francisco— reported "moderate" growth. In the New York region, however, manufacturing growth stalled, and Boston reported weaker results than in the past few reports. Three districts— Cleveland, Chicago and San Francisco— reported stronger demand...

  • EPA said it was applying "first-time-ever restrictions" on its approval of the herbicide, called Enlist Duo, which is designed to be used with new genetically modified crops developed by Dow AgroSciences, a unit of Dow Chemical. EPA said the approval lays out a template of new requirements for future approvals of herbicides designed for use with genetically...

  • EPA approves new weed killer for engineered crops Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 12:00 PM ET

    The EPA said Wednesday that it will allow the use of a 2,4- D weed killer called Enlist Duo, a new version of the popular herbicide used since the 1940 s. The EPA said in a release that the agency's decision reflects a large body of science and that officials used "highly conservative and protective assumptions to evaluate human health and ecological risks."

  • Indiana police: Megabus crashes, 18 injured Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 8:12 AM ET

    INDIANAPOLIS— A double-decker passenger bus flipped onto its side on a highway in suburban Indianapolis on Tuesday after striking a crashed car, leaving 18 people with mostly minor injuries, police said. The bus, operated by Megabus, was traveling from Atlanta to Chicago, said Sean Hughes, spokesman for the line's parent company, Coach USA North America.

  • St. Jude beats 3Q earnings expectations Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 7:39 AM ET

    ST PAUL, Minn. _ St. Jude Medical Inc. on Wednesday reported third-quarter profit of $238 million. Analysts expected $1.38 billion, according to Zacks. Analysts surveyed by Zacks had forecast adjusted earnings per share of $1.05.

  • Shire: AbbVie should proceed with $55B acquisition Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 6:44 AM ET

    The drugmaker Shire wants AbbVie to stick with its roughly $55 billion acquisition bid, and it is reminding its U.S. counterpart of the hefty breakup fee it could receive if things don't work out. Shire's U.S.-traded shares shed nearly a quarter of their value Wednesday morning, a day after AbbVie Inc. disclosed that it was reconsidering a deal it had fought for...

  • Wisconsin regulators cite wrong mining company Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 4:48 AM ET

    INDEPENDENCE, Wis.— Regulators in western Wisconsin say they took action against the wrong company after discovering permit violations at a fracking sand mine. Trempealeau County's Department of Land Management earlier ordered Texas- based Superior Silica Sands to cease mining activity at the Guza mine in Arcadia after inspectors said they found permit...

  • Giffords begins 9-state tour on women, guns Tuesday, 14 Oct 2014 | 2:17 AM ET

    Gabby Giffords on Tuesday urged women in Maine to help prevent stalkers and abusers from getting guns, part of a nine-state tour to advocate for tougher laws she says can protect domestic violence victims. The former Arizona congresswoman, who was severely wounded in a 2011 shooting in Tucson that killed six people, told law enforcement officials, domestic...

  • The fire forced the evacuation of the FAA control center in Aurora, Illinois on Sept. 26. Operations were slowly returned to near normal at O'Hare International Airport and Chicago Midway International Airport in the days after the fire by shifting nearly 200 workers and responsibilities to other sites, the FAA has said. Harris Corp, the FAA telecommunications...

  • Banks harvest callers' voiceprints to fight fraud Monday, 13 Oct 2014 | 3:45 AM ET

    LONDON— The caller said her home had burned down and her husband had been badly hurt in the blaze. The conversation, a partial transcript of which was provided to The Associated Press by the anti-fraud company Verint Systems Inc., reflects the growing use of voice biometric technology to screen calls for signs of fraud. Two major U.S. banks, JPMorgan Chase& Co. and...