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  • One company copes with drought, floods AND bird flu Monday, 22 Jun 2015 | 1:04 PM ET
    Corn and soy crops

    Despite contending with drought, bird flu and flooding in the last year, agribusiness giant Cargill is seen weathering the storm.

  • NEW YORK— General Mills is dropping artificial colors and flavors from its cereals, the latest company to respond to a growing desire for food made with ingredients people see as natural. As a result, the reformulated Trix cereal later this year will be made with four colors instead of six, said Kate Gallager, cereal developer for General Mills.

  • BOISE, Idaho— A federal judge has signed off on a $25 million settlement in a lawsuit between wholesale grocers and potato farming associations accused of forming a price-fixing cartel. Associated Wholesale Grocers filed the class-action lawsuit in 2010, contending that potato growers in Idaho and elsewhere conspired to raise prices by restricting the...

  • WASHINGTON— Unemployment rates rose in 25 U.S. states last month, driven higher in many cases by more people who began looking for work but didn't immediately find jobs. Rates fell in 9 states and Washington, D.C., and were unchanged in 16 states, the Labor Department said Friday. Hiring in Montana was flat.

  • LOS ANGELES— Her male colleagues jokingly call her a forewoman, and Ami Rasmussen jokes right back that she's really a fivewoman because when it comes to building trains she can do the work of five men. Rasmussen, in work clothes and holding a gigantic wrench, is featured prominently in the photo art exhibition "Women Can Build" currently at Los Angeles' historic...

  • Judge set to OK sale of Standard Register to Taylor Corp. Wednesday, 17 Jun 2015 | 5:34 PM ET

    WILMINGTON, Del.— A Delaware bankruptcy judge has tentatively approved the sale of Standard Register Co.' s assets to a company run by billionaire businessman Glen Taylor, owner of the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves and the Minneapolis Star Tribune newspaper. Attorneys said Wednesday that Minnesota- based Taylor Corp. submitted a winning bid of $307 million...

  • Target says it will eliminate another 190 jobs Wednesday, 17 Jun 2015 | 2:37 PM ET

    The Minneapolis- based company says it is trying to simplify and streamline its organization. Target Corp. said in March that it would lay off 1,700 workers, mostly in Minneapolis, and eliminate 1,400 open positions. Target shares rose $1.32, or 1.6 percent, to $82.29 in afternoon trading.

  • SAN FRANCISCO— Google's Nest Labs is releasing new versions of its surveillance-video camera and talking smoke detector as part of its attempt to turn homes into yet another thing that can be controlled and tracked over the Internet. The gadgets unveiled Wednesday are Nest's most significant product updates since Google bought the Palo Alto, California,...

  • SolarCity brings solar gardens in Minnesota Wednesday, 17 Jun 2015 | 10:00 AM ET
    SolarCity brings solar gardens in Minnesota

    SolarCity, the largest U.S. residential solar panel installer, is investing $200 million in community solar gardens in Minnesota.

  • MINNEAPOLIS, June 12- By all rights wages should be soaring in Minnesota, a Midwestern state that boasts one of the best educated and well-paid workforces in the United States and where the unemployment rate stands at a 14- year low. But explain that to Bernie Hesse, projects director for the United Food and Commercial Workers Union. Retail workers, who account for...

  • The USDA is overseeing the killing and disposal of affected birds and the scope of the outbreak "has exposed some flaws in the response plans," Republican Sens. The USDA will be prepared to talk about its response if invited to testify before the Senate committee, spokeswoman Andrea McNally said. The USDA has more than 1,900 staff and contractors responding to...

  • June 11- Oil and natural gas producer Hess Corp said it would sell half of its Bakken midstream assets to private equity firm Global Infrastructure Partners for $2.68 billion to form a master limited partnership. Hess, which will retain control of the midstream assets' operations, expects the MLP's net income of $145 million to $155 million for the year ending...

  • June 9- Target Corp said it would double its share buyback program to $10 billion and boost its quarterly dividend by 7.7 percent, confirming the contents of a statement it published inadvertently and took off its website earlier on Tuesday. The Minneapolis, Minnesota- based retailer said it had invested $3.7 billion through the first quarter of 2015 to retire...

  • The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has been flagging its concerns about overdraft practices since 2012 and said in July that it would address the issue with new regulations. The data shows that lenders including Atlanta- based SunTrust Banks Inc and Birmingham-based Regions Financial Corp could be hit if, as analysts expect, the CFPB caps fees and...

  • WINNIPEG, Manitoba, June 9- Farmers in Western Canada's Prairie provinces are counting on rains forecast by the weekend to salvage crops struggling to grow after weeks of dry weather. Most arable land in Saskatchewan and Alberta, Canada's two largest producers of canola and wheat, have received less than 40 percent of average precipitation for the month ended...

  • CHICAGO, June 8- Michigan on Monday said Canadian geese in the state tested positive for a lethal strain of bird flu, bringing the worst outbreak of the disease in U.S. history to a 21st state. Three young geese collected in Sterling Heights, Michigan, about 20 miles north of Detroit, were infected with the highly pathogenic H5N2 flu strain, according to the Michigan...

  • *Wall St banks expect Fed rate hike in September. *Airline stocks fall on comments from as Qatar Airways. June 8- U.S. stocks fell in late morning trading on Monday as investors weighed the prospect of the Federal Reserve raising interest rates as soon as September, after Friday's strong jobs report.

  • CHICAGO, June 8- The death of more than 46 million chickens and turkeys in a bird flu outbreak is opening a rare fissure within the usually tight-knit U.S. poultry industry, pitting farmers with infected flocks against those who so far largely have sidestepped the worst outbreak in U.S. history. Hard-hit turkey producers in the Midwest say they will continue to...

  • June 5- U.S. stocks were mixed in choppy trading on Friday after data showed that U.S. job growth rose sharply in May and wages picked up, signs of momentum in the economy that revived expectations of an interest rate hike in September. The strong jobs data indicated that growth was gaining traction, but Wall Street took a dim view as a rate hike could increase the cost...

  • June 5- U.S. stocks slipped on Friday after data showed that U.S. job growth accelerated sharply in May and wages picked up, signs of momentum in the economy that could revive expectations of an interest rate hike in September. Average hourly earnings grew by eight cents. The better-than-expected jobs report signaled that growth was gaining traction, but Wall...