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  • NEW YORK, Oct 1- Stocks worldwide kicked off the fourth quarter on a down note on Wednesday, as tepid manufacturing data weighed on European markets and the first confirmed case of Ebola in the United States added to growing volatility in U.S. equities.

  • Report: Midwest economic growth slower this fall Wednesday, 1 Oct 2014 | 8:54 AM ET

    OMAHA, Neb.— The economy will likely grow more slowly this fall in nine Midwestern and Plains states, according to a monthly survey of business leaders released Wednesday.

  • General Mills plans 700-800 job cuts Wednesday, 1 Oct 2014 | 7:26 AM ET

    GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn.— General Mills Inc. plans to eliminate 700 to 800 jobs as part of its cost-cutting plan to fight declining sales. General Mills says the job cuts will primarily be in the U.S. The Star Tribune says the job cuts are expected to be completed by spring and will save $125 million to $150 million annually.

  • General Mills plans to cut about 700 to 800 jobs Wednesday, 1 Oct 2014 | 7:07 AM ET

    NEW YORK— General Mills plans to cut approximately 700 to 800 jobs, the second time it's trimmed its work force in a month, as the food company adjusts for a shift by U.S. consumers away from boxed or frozen meals. General Mills Inc. anticipates the current restructuring to be completed by fiscal 2015' s end.

  • Enbridge delays ND oil pipeline at least a year Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 4:50 PM ET

    Enbridge is trying to build the 612- mile pipeline to carry 225,000 barrels of oil a day through northern Minnesota to a hub in Wisconsin. The pipeline was expected to be ready in early 2016, but because of a "longer than expected permitting process" in Minnesota, it likely won't be in service until 2017, Enbridge spokeswoman Katie Haarsager said.

  • Sept 29- Catalyst Pharmaceutical Partners Inc said its lead drug was found superior in treating symptoms associated with a rare autoimmune disorder, compared with a placebo.

  • Another card system hack at Supervalu, Albertsons Monday, 29 Sep 2014 | 5:44 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Card data of Supervalu and Albertsons shoppers may be at risk in another hack, the two supermarket companies said Monday. Supervalu said the malware was installed on a network that processes card transactions at several chains, but it believes data was only taken from certain checkout lanes at four Cub Foods stores in Minnesota.

  • Sept 29- Catalyst Pharmaceutical Partners Inc said its lead drug was found superior in treating symptoms associated with a rare autoimmune disorder, compared with a placebo.

  • AP Exclusive: Prince exalts in his 'heaven' Monday, 29 Sep 2014 | 2:26 AM ET

    CHANHASSEN, Minn.— Nightfall is fast approaching at Paisley Park. A melodious instrumental track floods the room, the lush orchestration compliments of the Minnesota Orchestra, whom Prince tapped to perform.

  • US senator to seek probe of air center sabotage Sunday, 28 Sep 2014 | 11:59 AM ET

    Dick Durbin of Illinois told The Associated Press that he will ask inspectors general at the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration to investigate whether there was a security breach when the employee entered the building early Friday with a suitcase without causing suspicion.

  • Sept 27- U.S. airports reported hundreds of residual flight cancellations on Saturday, a day after an employee apparently set a Chicago- area air traffic control center on fire and tried to take his own life. O'Hare is the largest hub of United Airlines and a major hub for American Airlines.

  • After sabotage, air travel system slowly recovers Saturday, 27 Sep 2014 | 1:54 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Airlines were scrambling to accommodate travelers whose flights were canceled after a contract employee allegedly set a fire at a suburban Chicago air traffic control center where he worked, halting flights at two of the nation's busiest airports. By Friday night, more than 2,000 flights in and out of Chicago had been canceled.

  • State ends contracts with Minneapolis nonprofit Friday, 26 Sep 2014 | 12:31 PM ET

    ST. PAUL, Minn.— Two Minnesota state agencies severed ties Friday with a Minneapolis nonprofit that was found to have spent lavishly on travel, bonuses and executive perks at the expense of services to low-income families.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 26- World equity markets climbed on Friday as data showed the U.S. economy grew at its fastest pace in more than two years in the second quarter, while U.S. bond prices dipped after news high-profile investor Bill Gross is leaving Pimco for a rival firm.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 26- U.S. stock index futures were pointing towards a flat open on Friday after major indexes suffered their biggest drop since July, and data showed the economy grew at its fastest pace in more than two years.

  • At a glance: Gasoline prices by state Thursday, 25 Sep 2014 | 4:56 PM ET

    The usual autumn decline of the price of gasoline is getting an assist from lower global oil prices. Up to 30 states could see an average price below $3 a gallon by the end of the year. Source: AAA, OPIS and Wright Express.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 25- The families of two victims killed in a General Motors Co vehicle with a faulty ignition switch will accept offers from a program set up to provide compensation for crash injuries and deaths, a lawyer for the family said on Thursday.

  • USDA details new risk-based farm payment programs Thursday, 25 Sep 2014 | 2:37 PM ET

    DES MOINES, Iowa— Farmers can start as early as next week on signing up for new safety net programs that U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said replaces the much-criticized direct payments with government payouts based on the risks farmers face.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 25- The family of at least one victim killed in a General Motors Co vehicle with a faulty ignition switch will accept an offer from a program set up to provide compensation for crash injuries and deaths, a lawyer for the family said on Thursday.

  • US Bank refunding $48M to credit card customers Thursday, 25 Sep 2014 | 12:32 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— U.S. Bank is refunding about $48 million in the latest federal settlement by a major bank over improper billing for extra credit card products that customers didn't receive. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced the agreement Thursday with U.S. Bank, the sixth-largest bank by assets.