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  • MINNEAPOLIS— UnitedHealth Group is raising its cash dividend by more than 30 percent once again, as the nation's largest health insurer keeps pace with its rising stock price. UnitedHealth Group Inc. has increased its dividend 30 percent or more each year since 2010, when it became the first health insurer to offer more than a token dividend.

  • Correction: Airlines-Faster Boarding story Tuesday, 2 Jun 2015 | 6:18 PM ET

    DALLAS— In a June 1 story about airline efforts to improve the boarding process, The Associated Press erroneously referred to Morgan Durrant as a Delta Air Lines spokeswoman. DALLAS— Airlines are trying to save time by speeding up a part of flying that creates delays even before the plane leaves the gate: the boarding process. Southwest wants to get families...

  • Health care enrollments by state Tuesday, 2 Jun 2015 | 5:02 PM ET

    Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

  • Battles over oil pipelines on 3 fronts in Minnesota Tuesday, 2 Jun 2015 | 4:49 PM ET

    The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission will decide whether the separate Sandpiper pipeline from the North Dakota oilfields is needed. One of several projects they oppose is Enbridge Energy's proposal to boost the capacity of its Alberta Clipper pipeline from Hardisty, Alberta, to Superior, Wisconsin. Enbridge spokeswoman Lorraine Little said that the...

  • Medtronic beats Street 4Q forecasts Tuesday, 2 Jun 2015 | 7:42 AM ET

    Medtronic lost $1 million in its fiscal fourth quarter, as costs tied to its $42.9 billion acquisition of Covidien and other expenses weighed on the medical device maker's performance. Medtronic's selling, general and administrative expenses also soared 56 percent to $2.4 billion. Medtronic expects full-year fiscal 2016 earnings to range from $4.30 to...

  • WASHINGTON— The FBI is operating a small air force with scores of low-flying planes across the country carrying video and, at times, cellphone surveillance technology— all hidden behind fictitious companies that are fronts for the government, The Associated Press has learned. The planes' surveillance equipment is generally used without a judge's approval,...

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to June 15 Monday, 1 Jun 2015 | 8:01 PM ET

    WASHINGTON- Federal Reserve Board Governor Lael Brainard speaks on the U.S. economic outlook and monetary policy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies- 1400 GMT. PARIS- Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development Forum 2015. PARIS- European Central Bank board member Daniele Nouy speaks at the panel discussion "Unlocking...

  • ST. PAUL, Minn., June 1- At a time when many companies are investing a smaller portion of revenues in research and development, 3 M Co has given Chief Technology Officer Ashish Khandpur more to spend, and he is aiming at bigger targets. Khandpur, a 20- year 3 M veteran and chemical engineer who holds patents related to pressure-sensitive adhesives, is helping oversee a...

  • DALLAS— Airlines are trying to save time by speeding up a part of flying that creates delays even before the plane leaves the gate: the boarding process. Southwest wants to get families seated together more quickly. Airlines have tinkered with different boarding systems almost since the days of Orville and Wilbur Wright, who tossed a coin to decide who would fly...

  • SIOUX FALLS, S.D.— The FBI announced Monday it has closed its investigation into South Dakota's investment-for-visa program and the state's U.S. The program and surrounding scandal were frequent talking points during South Dakota's U.S. Senate race last year, with former Gov. and now U.S. South Dakota was one of the states that led the way in EB-5 financing under...

  • CHICAGO, May 30- Indiana is training 300 prisoners to kill infected chickens and banning bird shows at county fairs. Iowa is trying to figure out how to deal with a mountain of dead- and reeking- chickens. Robert Cobb, state veterinarian for Georgia, the nation's leading producer of chickens raised for meat, which has not had any cases so far.

  • FOUNTAIN CITY, Wis.— The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined a Wisconsin bar $7,000 for the death of an employee who died when her head got caught in a dumbwaiter. OSHA says WingDam Saloon and Grill in Fountain City failed to furnish a workplace free from recognized hazards that were likely to cause death to serious harm to employees.

  • May 29- Illinois has asked the federal energy regulator to investigate whether Dynegy Inc manipulated a power auction and to block $113 million in expected overcharges from that auction for the coming year, the regulator said on Friday. The charges will hit Illinois consumers who buy electric supply through Ameren Illinois, the local delivery service...

  • U.S. Bancorp's leader has warned that his company might consider cutting staff if interest rates don't begin to rise later this year, as federal officials have indicated. Chairman and CEO Richard Davis told guests at a conference that engaged and happy employees are a key to making the company perform well and ultimately return value to shareholders.

  • RENO, Nev.— A Nevada man who confronted two unarmed trespassers with a deadly barrage of gunfire at a vacant duplex he owns was found not guilty Friday of murder in the latest case to test the boundaries of stand-your-ground self-defense laws. A jury in Reno found retired Sparks school teacher Wayne Burgarello, 74, not guilty of all charges, including...

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to June 11 Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 8:01 PM ET

    SOFIA- European Central Bank board member Yves Mersch speaks at the Bulgarian Authorities 2015 IMF/World Bank Constituency Meetings- 1100 GMT. BARCELONA, Spain- European Central Bank board member Vitor Constancio speaks at the XXXI Reunion Circulo de Economia- 0730 GMT. HARTFORD, United States- Federal Reserve Bank of Boston President Eric Rosengren speaks...

  • ST. PAUL, Minn.— A disgruntled contract employee who had been working at Xcel Energy's Monticello nuclear power plant harassed and threatened union officials before police discovered he had a carload of explosive materials and ammunition, prosecutors allege in a criminal complaint. Robert James Johnson, 58, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, was charged in Ramsey...

  • Railroad bridge fire and collapse ruled accidental Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 12:00 PM ET

    INTERNATIONAL FALLS, Minn.— Canadian National Railway officials are working around the clock to rebuild an old wooden railroad bridge that burned and collapsed near Minnesota's northern border. Koochiching County Sheriff Perryn Hedlund says officials started removing debris from the bridge and three train cars hours after the bridge caught fire and then...

  • We're pals now, give us money, Balkan PMs tell the EU Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 11:20 AM ET

    *Balkan premiers eager for joint projects. *Serbia and Kosovo PMs shake hands. The prime ministers of Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Bosnia, Kosovo and Albania, all hoping to join the bloc, said their cooperation should be rewarded with projects like new road and rail links.

  • BNSF, power plant owner settle long-running rate dispute Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 10:42 AM ET

    LINCOLN, Neb.— Lincoln Electric System and other owners of a Wyoming power plant have settled their long-running rates dispute with BNSF Railway over what the railroad charged for delivering coal to the plant, which serves consumers in Nebraska and several other states. The settlement terms weren't released, but officials said Lincoln Electric System, which...