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  • WASHINGTON, April 17- An unmanned U.S. Navy helicopter built by Northrop Grumman Corp and a precision ship-landing system built by Raytheon Co face mandatory reviews that could lead to their cancellation after quantity reductions drove unit costs sharply higher in 2013, the Pentagon announced on Thursday.

  • Facing FTC action, U.S. ringmakers call off deal Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 6:53 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, April 17- Jostens, a leader in the school ring and academic memento market, on Thursday said it had dropped plans to acquire competitor American Achievement Corp- a deal the Federal Trade Commission had said it would fight.

  • NORTHROP'S UNMANNED FIRE SCOUT HELICOPTER SAW AVERAGE UNIT COSTS RISE BY 49 PCT AFTER QUANTITY CUT BY 49 AIRCRAFT- PENTAGON.

  • BNSF outlines fertilizer shipment plan to feds Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 2:40 PM ET

    BISMARCK, N.D.— BNSF Railway Co. will add trains in the Dakotas, Minnesota and Montana solely for transporting fertilizer for spring crop planting, the railroad has told a federal oversight board. The federal board this week ordered BNSF and Canadian Pacific Railway to report their plans by Friday to ensure delivery of fertilizer shipments this spring.

  • Overall index up in rural Midwest banker survey Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 12:00 PM ET

    OMAHA, Neb.— The overall index for an economic survey of bankers in 10 Midwestern and Plains states has risen for a second consecutive month, suggesting more growth in the months ahead.

  • Minnesota labor force surpasses 3 million Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 10:56 AM ET

    Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben said Minnesota has 33,000 more jobs than its all-time employment peak. Steve Hine, research director at the agency, said Minnesota hit 2 million people in its labor force in 1978 and reached 2.5 million in 1993. It has taken longer to get the rest of the way.

  • Minnesota Pipe Line seeks to expand capacity Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 10:13 AM ET

    MINNEAPOLIS— Minnesota Pipe Line Co. announced plans Thursday to nearly double the capacity of a crude oil pipeline that carries oil from Canada and North Dakota to the two refineries in the Twin Cities that produce most of Minnesota's and much of Wisconsin's transportation fuels.

  • April 17- Cereal maker Post Holdings Inc said it will buy egg and dairy producer and distributor Michael Foods Inc for $2.45 billion in its largest-ever deal.

  • Post Holdings to buy Michael Foods for $2.45B Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 6:46 AM ET

    ST. LOUIS— Cereal maker Post Holdings Inc. is buying fellow packaged food maker Michael Foods Inc. in a $2.45 billion deal that will expand Post's range of products. Privately held Michael Foods makes a variety of egg, potato and dairy products.

  • UnitedHealth's 1Q profit tumbles 8 percent Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 6:27 AM ET

    UnitedHealth Group's first-quarter net income slid 8 percent as funding cuts to a key product and costs imposed by the health care overhaul dented the health insurer's performance.

  • Minneapolis- based Cargill had been in late-stage talks to buy the business, which spans bean pressing in Abidjan in Ivory Coast to fine chocolate making in Belgium. The combined company would have been big enough to rival Swiss chocolate maker Barry Callebaut, the world's largest industrial chocolate producer.

  • Soybean prices rise on signs of strong demand Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 3:50 PM ET

    Wheat for July delivery fell 15 cents to $6.95 a bushel. Corn edged down 6 cents to $4.98 a bushel. May silver rose 15 cents to $19.63 an ounce, May copper rose 4 cents to $3.03 a pound and June palladium rose $6.40 to $802.30 an ounce.

  • St. Jude Medical 1st-quarter profit rises Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 9:49 AM ET

    ST. PAUL, Minn.— Medical-device maker St. Jude Medical's first-quarter net income rose almost 12 percent, helped by higher sales of its implantable defibrillators and devices that treat a type of irregular heartbeat. Net income rose to $249 million, or 86 cents per share, for the three months ended March 29 compared with $223 million, or 78 cents per share last year.

  • Wireless industry makes anti-theft commitment Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 6:59 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— A trade group for wireless providers said Tuesday that that nation's biggest mobile device manufacturers and carriers will soon put anti-theft tools on the gadgets to try to deter rampant smartphone theft.

  • Best Buy US store president leaves Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 2:17 PM ET

    MINNEAPOLIS— Best Buy's president of U.S. retail stores is leaving the company and his duties will be taken over by the electronics retailer's human resources officer. Best Buy confirmed the change, first reported in the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

  • *Corn follows wheat; strong export data lends support. Corn and soybeans followed wheat higher, with corn buoyed by strong weekly export inspections data. At the Chicago Board of Trade, May wheat settled up 18-1/ 2 cents at $6.78-3/ 4 per bushel, while the KC May hard red winter wheat contract ended up 22-1/ 2 cents at $7.42.

  • Cold weather, Ukraine tensions push wheat higher Monday, 14 Apr 2014 | 4:03 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Cold weather in U.S. growing areas and more worries about disruptions to exports from Ukraine sent the price of wheat sharply higher Monday. May corn rose 5 cents to $5.03 a bushel and May soybeans rose 13 cents to $14.76 a bushel.

  • *Corn follows wheat; strong export data lends support. Corn and soybeans followed wheat higher, with corn buoyed by strong weekly export inspections data. At the Chicago Board of Trade as of 12:08 p.m. CDT, May wheat was up 22 cents at $6.82-1/ 4 per bushel, while the KC May hard red winter wheat contract was up 26-1/ 4 cents at $7.45-3/ 4.

  • Aw, geez, 'Fargo' is on TV with Billy Bob Thornton Monday, 14 Apr 2014 | 9:57 AM ET

    As a furtherance of the 1996 crime classic by Joel and Ethan Coen that starred Frances McDormand, William H. Macy and Steve Buscemi, the TV adaptation is a wonder.

  • Minnesota joins states raising minimum wage Monday, 14 Apr 2014 | 5:01 AM ET

    ST. PAUL, Minn.— Tens of thousands of Minnesota workers have big raises coming their way, courtesy of a new minimum wage law that Gov. He said he has been stunned by GOP resistance— it passed the Legislature with only Democratic votes— to increasing the guaranteed wage from $6.15 per hour now to $9.50 by 2016 and then tie it to inflation.

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