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  • 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...

  • ABOARD THE EMPIRE BUILDER, May 28- Its passengers are mostly silver-haired retirees, oil-field workers and a few young families gazing out the windows of Amtrak's least-profitable and third-longest line, rumbling from Chicago through eight states and on to the American West Coast. A coach ticket between Spokane, Washington and Williston, capital of North...

  • Hawkins posts 4Q profit Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 4:51 PM ET

    MINNEAPOLIS _ Hawkins Inc. on Wednesday reported fiscal fourth-quarter earnings of $3.9 million. On a per-share basis, the Minneapolis- based company said it had net income of 37 cents. For the year, the company reported profit of $19.2 million, or $1.81 per share.

  • INTERNATIONAL FALLS, Minn.— An old wooden railroad bridge near Minnesota's northern border burned and collapsed early Wednesday, shutting a busy train route that connects the Pacific Coast with Chicago. The bridge in Koochiching County belongs to Canadian National Railway. The collapse blocked a Canadian National line that runs from Prince Rupert, British...

  • Such tests, made by several companies including Myriad Genetics Inc, Ambry Genetics, Invitae and Illumina Inc, cover up to 100 inherited cancer genes, including more than 20 for breast cancer. They have become increasingly popular since June 2013, when the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated patents held by Myriad on BRCA1 and BRCA2, two well-characterized genes that...

  • Valspar tops 2Q profit forecasts Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 7:45 AM ET

    MINNEAPOLIS _ Valspar Corp. on Wednesday reported fiscal second-quarter net income of $90.3 million. Valspar expects full-year earnings in the range of $4.45 to $4.65 per share. Valspar shares have fallen nearly 1 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • NEW YORK, May 27- Steven Dudash, like most brokers, spends a lot of time making it easier for his clients to retire. After starting IHT Wealth Management in Chicago in June with six brokers, Dudash says he will buy four businesses from retiring brokers in coming months. Of the 300,000 brokers now working in the United States, nearly 35 percent are over 55. Between those...

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to June 9 Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 12:01 AM ET

    Treasury Secretary Jack Lew will participate in a moderated conversation at the London School of Economics and Political Science- 0945 GMT. LONDON- Bank of England's Sarah Breeden: CSFI Roundtable on Bank of England's Procyclicality Working Group SEOUL- Former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke to attend a financial forum hosted by Dong-A Ilbo and...

  • Hormel buying meat producer Applegate Farms for $775M Tuesday, 26 May 2015 | 5:43 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Hormel Foods is paying $775 million to add natural and organic meats producer Applegate Farms to its roster of food brands that include Spam canned ham, Dinty Moore stew and Jennie-O turkey. Applegate Farms sells deli meats, hot dogs, bacon and sausage, among other products, and says it doesn't use GMO ingredients, feeds its animals a vegetarian diet,...

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to June 5 Monday, 25 May 2015 | 9:09 PM ET

    TAIPEI- Former Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke speaks on Asian economies- 0830 GMT. TEL AVIV, Israel- Federal Reserve Vice Chair Stanley Fischer speaks on "The Federal Reserve and the Global Economy" before a conference in honor of Professor Haim Ben-Shahar- 1630 GMT. PARIS- ECB Governing Council Member Christian Noyer gives an annual press conference in...

  • SIBLEY, Iowa— Iowa farmers who have been dealing for weeks with thousands of rotting dead chickens are frustrated by the government's response to the Midwest bird flu outbreak. Several chicken and turkey farmers expressed their concerns Saturday at public meetings in northwest Iowa, the Des Moines Register reported. More than 25 million chickens, turkeys and...

  • LOS ANGELES— It's a meet-and-greet worthy of an A-list star. "A year ago, I went to New York and tried to get a book publisher to take a meeting with me," said Graham, who represents Franta and other mega-popular YouTubers. Here we are a year later at Barnes& Noble in Los Angeles with a New York Times best-selling author who is a client.

  • CHICAGO, May 22- The world's largest corn processor, Archer Daniels Midland Co, is shifting focus from its long-standing cash generator ethanol into developing new food ingredients as the biofuel boom that underpinned its financial success has cooled. "Coming up with new products is really what keeps us up at night," said Chris Cuddy, president of corn processing.

  • NEW YORK, May 22- U.S. If it continues, they will be ready to move later on this year, "said Todd Hedtke, vice president of investment management with Allianz Investment Management in Minneapolis. Fed Chair Janet Yellen, in a speech to a business group in Providence, Rhode Island, said a rate increase would be appropriate this year if the economy shows further...

  • NEW YORK— A $19 million deal between Target and MasterCard to settle lawsuits stemming from the retailer's massive pre-Christmas 2013 data breach has been scrapped, because it failed to get enough support from the affected banks and credit unions. MasterCard Inc. would only say Friday that not enough issuers approved the deal. Minneapolis- based Target...

  • Nevertheless, total egg production rose slightly in April, supported by a greater output of eggs for hatching into meat-producing birds and more egg-laying hens, the USDA reported. The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has since confirmed cases in 54 Iowa flocks containing more than 26 million birds, most of them egg-laying hens.