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  • Latest Fed survey sees improved economy Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 2:04 PM ET

    All 12 of the Fed's regions reported growth with five— New York, Chicago, Minneapolis, Dallas and San Francisco— characterizing growth as "moderate" while the others reported "modest" growth. Boston and Richmond reported that growth came in at a slightly slower pace than the previous reporting period.

  • Minnesota Power reaches deal on coal-fired plants Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 1:29 PM ET

    MINNEAPOLIS— Minnesota Power has agreed to install technology to reduce air pollution from three coal-fired plants in northeastern Minnesota, government officials and the company said Wednesday.

  • St. Jude 2Q profit more than doubles Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 9:56 AM ET

    ST. PAUL, Minn.— St. Jude Medical Inc. on Wednesday reported earnings that more than doubled in its second quarter, and topped analysts' expectations. The St. Paul, Minnesota- based company said profit rose to $270 million, or 93 cents per share, from $115 million, or 40 cents per share, in the same quarter a year ago.

  • U.S. Bancorp 2Q profit rises 1.6 percent Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 9:12 AM ET

    MINNEAPOLIS— U.S. Bancorp on Wednesday reported earnings that rose by 1.6 percent in its second quarter, and beat analysts' expectations. The Minneapolis- based bank reported net income after dividends on preferred stock of $1.43 billion, or 78 cents per share, compared with $1.41 billion, or 76 cents per share, in the same quarter a year ago.

  • 3M to spend about $885M to buy subsidiary stake Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 7:22 AM ET

    ST. PAUL, Minn.— 3 M will take full control of its Sumitomo subsidiary by acquiring the 25 percent of the company that it doesn't already own for $885 million. The maker of Post-it notes established the subsidiary in 1961 as a joint venture with Sumitomo Electric Industries and NEC Corp. 3 M acquired NEC's stake in 2003, increasing its stake to 75 percent.

  • Court backs claim by cycling legend LeMond Tuesday, 15 Jul 2014 | 5:10 PM ET

    BILLINGS, Mont.— The Montana Supreme Court ruled that three-time Tour de France winner Greg LeMond holds a legitimate damages claim in a property dispute at the members-only Yellowstone Club but left unresolved the question of just how much the claim is worth.

  • In Seattle, delivering legal pot illegally Tuesday, 15 Jul 2014 | 2:14 AM ET

    While delivery services have existed for years to supply medical marijuana patients, the rise of similar businesses geared toward serving recreational users in Washington and Colorado highlights how the industry is outpacing the states' pot laws.

  • Carbo Ceramics Inc, a Houston- based oil services company that is the world's largest producer of tiny ceramic balls that can boost the production of fractured wells, may hold the answer.

  • The Australian Bureau of Meteorology this week said Pacific Ocean surface temperatures are at levels associated with a weak El Nino, but the threshold for the weather event has not yet been breached. El Nino could bring dry weather to Australia, which is already struggling with a drought, and it could also curb its wheat, sugar and cotton production.

  • DIARY - Top Economic Events to July 18 Monday, 7 Jul 2014 | 8:02 PM ET

    CHARLOTTE, United States- Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond President Jeffrey Lacker speaks on "Economic Outlook, July 2014" before a luncheon hosted by the Rotary Club of Charlotte in Charlotte- 1700 GMT.

  • NEW YORK, June 27- Each month, 42- year-old Abdirizak Alibos shows up at a money transfer business in the heart of Minneapolis to send $500 to his three children in war-torn Somalia.

  • DIARY - Top Economic Events to July 17 Friday, 4 Jul 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    WELLINGTON- Reserve Bank of New Zealand Deputy Governor Geoff Bascand delivers a speech on "The evolution of New Zealand's currency." AIX-EN-PROVENCE, France- ECB Executive Board member Benoit Coeure speaks at a conference in Aix-en-Provence on European investments- 0815 GMT.

  • DIARY - Top economic Events to July 16 Thursday, 3 Jul 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    AIX-EN-PROVENCE, France- Annual "Davos in Provence" meeting. Speakers:- IMF chief Christine Lagarde, ECB Executive board member Benoit Coeure, Bank of France Governor Christian Noyer and France Finance Minister Michel Sapin.

  • DIARY - Top Economic Events to July 15 Wednesday, 2 Jul 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    FRANKFURT- ECB Governing Council meeting, followed by interest rate announcement and a news conference- 1145 GMT. STOCKHOLM- Swedish Central Bank announces interest rate decision. HOBART, Australia- RBA Governor Glenn Stevens addresses the Australian Conference of Economists and the Econometric Society Australasian Meeting in Hobart- 0100 GMT.

  • DIARY - Top Economic Events to July 14 Tuesday, 1 Jul 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    WASHINGTON- Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen gives Michel Camdessus lecture at an event hosted by the International Monetary Fund in Washington- 1400 GMT. STOCKHOLM- Swedish Central Bank holds Monetary Policy meeting. LONDON- RBA Assistant Governor Guy Debelle gives a speech to the Financial Times Camp Alphaville Conference in London- 1105 GMT.

  • DIARY - Top economic Events to July 11 Monday, 30 Jun 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    WASHINGTON- The US-China Business Council will host a conversation with U.S. The Wall Street Journal's Sudeep Reddy will moderate the discussion. LONDON- Bank of England Deputy Governor Ben Broadbent speaks at Adam Smith Institute' Power Lunch'.

  • CHICAGO, June 30- Rising flood waters were expected to make 11 locks and dams impassable on the mid- and upper- Mississippi River and force the closure of the river later on Monday from Bellevue, Iowa, to Saverton, Missouri, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said. Near-record rains caused extensive flooding last week in parts of Minnesota, Iowa and the Dakotas.

  • *Chicago Board of Trade grain and soy futures tumbled on Monday keeping farmers uninterested in selling crops after the U.S. Agriculture Department forecast a record autumn harvest and larger-than-expected existing supplies. *USDA said the corn crop was rated 75 percent good to excellent as of June 29, up 1 percentage point from a week earlier.

  • DIARY - Top economic Events to July 10 Friday, 27 Jun 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    ZURICH- Bank for International Settlements releases its annual report. IDAHO, United States- 2014 Montana and Utah Bankers Association meeting. PARIS- 6th International Economic Forum on Latin America and the Caribbean on Beyond the Golden Decade?

  • NEW YORK, June 27- Each month, 42- year-old Abdirizak Alibos shows up at a money transfer business in the heart of Minneapolis to send $500 to his three children in war-torn Somalia.