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  • Dec 20- More than 1,500 protesters against police violence shut down part of the Mall of America in Minnesota on Saturday, resulting in about 25 arrests during the final weekend before Christmas as shoppers scrambled to buy gifts at one of the nation's largest shopping centers, officials said. The protest and a smaller action at the King of Prussia Mall in...

  • The protest was the latest in a series of demonstrations across the United States in recent weeks over grand jury decisions not to charge white police officers in the killings of unarmed black men in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York City. Police made some arrests in the demonstration on private property at the Mall of America in the Minneapolis suburb of...

  • US regulators close small Minnesota bank Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 7:38 PM ET

    The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. said Friday that it has taken over Northern Star Bank, based in Mankato, Minnesota. BankVista, based in Sartell, Minnesota, agreed to assume all of Northern Star Bank's deposits and to purchase essentially all of the failed bank's assets. Northern Star Bank's failure is expected to cost the federal deposit insurance fund $5.9...

  • Kocherlakota warns Fed of 'unacceptable' risk Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 6:23 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— One of three Fed officials who dissented in the Fed's policy decision this week is warning that the central bank is taking an "unacceptable" risk by not paying more attention to the dangers posed by low inflation. Narayana Kocherlakota, the president of the Fed's regional bank in Minneapolis, said Friday that the Fed's failure to respond to weak...

  • US farmers produce bountiful crop of dry beans Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 10:14 AM ET

    The increase was even more pronounced in North Dakota and Minnesota, which together produced about 40 percent of the nation's crop. The big increase in acres— 24 percent in Minnesota and 43 percent in North Dakota compared to planted acres in 2013— more than softened the blow of a drop in average yield of 12-13 percent due to a wet spring and fall.

  • Consumers can sue Target Corp over data breach -judge Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 10:10 AM ET

    Dec 19- A U.S. judge has cleared the way for consumers to sue Target Corp over the retailer's late 2013 data breach that they say compromised their personal financial information. District Judge Paul Magnuson in St. Paul, Minnesota, on Thursday dismissed claims by plaintiffs in certain states but largely denied Target's request to toss the proposed class action...

  • US agriculture has big appetite for Cuba trade Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 1:40 AM ET

    MINNEAPOLIS— U.S. agriculture has a big appetite for freer trade with Cuba. Major U.S. farm groups including the American Farm Bureau Federation and National Farmers Union, as well as leading agribusinesses such as Cargill Inc., have long advocated normalized trade relations with Cuba, a market of 11 million consumers just 90 miles off U.S. shores.

  • Plea hearing set for ex-manager in halal food case Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 4:01 PM ET

    IOWA CITY, Iowa— A former manager at an Iowa- based halal food supplier is expected to plead guilty as part of a federal criminal investigation into the company's exporting and marketing practices, according to court documents filed Thursday. Conspiracy charges filed against Philip G. Payne are the latest involving the Midamar Corp., which is accused of...

  • Correction: Meningitis Outbreak story Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 2:46 PM ET

    BOSTON— In a story Dec. 17 about arrests in a deadly meningitis outbreak, The Associated Press erroneously reported Stuart Delery's title. BOSTON— Mold and bacteria were in the air and on workers' gloved fingertips. Federal prosecutors leveled those allegations in bringing charges Wednesday against 14 former owners or employees of a Massachusetts pharmacy in...

  • Wisconsin ranks 32nd in private-sector job growth Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 10:01 AM ET

    MADISON, Wis.— Wisconsin ranks 32nd in private-sector job growth and lags behind the national average for the 12- month period that ended in June, according to the latest figures released Thursday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The numbers are consistent with where Wisconsin has ranked in recent years. Wisconsin ranked 32nd nationally in...

  • A fresh setback for efforts to cure HIV infection Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 7:53 AM ET

    So far, Timothy Ray Brown, a U.S. man treated in Germany, remains the only person thought to have been cured of infection with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Gero Huetter of the University of Berlin. In a research letter in Thursday's New England Journal of Medicine, Huetter tells of six other patients with HIV and various blood cancers who received similar...

  • Feds: Uganda-based man counterfeited $2M in cash Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 7:47 AM ET

    PITTSBURGH— Federal authorities have charged a man with leading an international counterfeit money operation based in the African nation of Uganda, and shipping bogus bills to the Pittsburgh area and other locations in the United States. Gustafson was arrested Dec. 11 in Uganda and investigators seized sophisticated printers and other equipment...

  • 2 in meningitis outbreak case to be released Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 2:07 AM ET

    The co-founders, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians at a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy are accused of using expired ingredients and failing to follow standards for cleanliness at the now-closed New England Compounding Center in Framingham, which is blamed for tainted steroids that caused the deadly outbreak. The most serious charges in the...

  • Why the Fed thinks US economy still needs its help Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 12:05 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— If you didn't know about the lingering damage from the Great Recession, the U.S. economy would appear remarkably strong. So the U.S. central bank declared it would be "patient" in deciding when to raise its benchmark rate from a record low, where it's been since December 2008. "There is no preset time," Fed Chair Janet Yellen explained at a news conference.

  • Apogee Enterprises posts 3Q profit Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 4:16 PM ET

    MINNEAPOLIS _ Apogee Enterprises Inc. on Wednesday reported net income of $13.7 million, or 47 cents per share, in its fiscal third quarter. Apogee Enterprises expects full-year earnings to be $1.64 to $1.72 per share. Apogee Enterprises shares have increased 22 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Fed to be 'patient' about a rate hike; stocks soar Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 2:07 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Federal Reserve is edging closer to raising interest rates from record lows given a strengthening U.S. economy. At a news conference afterward, Chair Janet Yellen said she foresaw no rate hike in the first quarter of 2015.. "The Fed is sending the message that the broader U.S. economy is on the path toward healing," said Steven Ricchiuto, chief...

  • Dec 17- General Mills Inc, the maker of Cheerios cereal and Betty Crocker cake mixes, reaffirmed its full-year forecast and reported a better-than-expected profit as it cut costs to battle weak sales in the United States. General Mills has embarked on a cost-saving program that aims to save more than $400 million in fiscal 2015. The company is cutting 700-800...

  • General Mills tops 2Q profit forecasts Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 7:21 AM ET

    MINNEAPOLIS— General Mills Inc. on Wednesday reported earnings of $346.1 million in its fiscal second quarter. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 76 cents per share. Analysts expected $4.84 billion, according to Zacks.

  • 14 charged in deadly 2012 meningitis outbreak Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 7:15 AM ET

    Federal prosecutors leveled those allegations in bringing charges Wednesday against 14 former owners or employees of a Massachusetts pharmacy in connection with a nationwide meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people. The 2012 outbreak was traced to tainted drug injections manufactured by the now-closed New England Compounding Center of Framingham.

  • Dec 16- Online taxi service Uber Technologies Inc has limited employee access to its "God View," a real-time taxi monitoring tool, amid increasing privacy concerns. God View, which lets the company see all Uber cabs in a city and waiting customers who have hailed cars, is now available only to "employees working in operations or other areas, like fraud prevention," Uber...