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  • NEW YORK, Oct 29- U.S. stock index futures fell in a shortened session on Monday and cash equity trading was canceled as powerful Hurricane Sandy bore down on the U.S. East Coast while renewed uncertainty in Europe hurt sentiment.

  • *Illinois' importing' corn by rail from N.Dakota, Minnesota. CHICAGO, Oct 29- The devastating U.S. drought and ensuing crop disease are upending traditional grain movement patterns, with dozens of trains and barges shipping North Dakota or Mississippi corn into the Corn Belt rather than out to the coasts.

  • Listen to Caroline Winsett, a senior at DePaul University, who considers herself fairly socially liberal but says being fiscally conservative matters most right now. "Ultimately, I'm voting with my pocketbook," says Winsett, a 22- year-old political science major who's president of the DePaul student body.

  • MEXICO CITY, Oct 26- Mexico's central bank said on Friday it could tighten monetary policy soon for the first time in four years if inflation persists and price pressures do not abate.

  • Oct 26- Individual donors to U.S. presidential candidates can contribute up to $2,500 for the state-by-state party nominating contests and another $2,500 for the general election.

  • WAYZATA, Minn.-- Shares of TCF Financial Corp. rose Friday after the regional bank said its third-quarter net income tumbled 71 percent, hurt by hefty charges, but still managed to beat Wall Street predictions. Wayzata, Minn.- based bank posted a profit attributable to common shareholders of $9.3 million, or 6 cents per share, for the three months ended Sept. 30.

  • DEFIANCE, Ohio-- Mitt Romney is trying to close the deal with voters by focusing on their economic concerns, an area where polling shows the Republican nominee has an edge heading into the final days of the campaign.

  • PIERRE, S.D.-- South Dakota officials plan to attend an event in Minnesota next week as part of an effort to attract companies that make medical devices.

  • MINNEAPOLIS-- Xcel Energy Inc. said Thursday that its third-quarter earnings rose 18 percent, beating expectations, as the utility company was helped by hot weather and rate hikes for electric and natural gas service and lower costs.

  • *Nebraska, High Plains still suffering, wheat crop threatened. The portion of the United States under ``exceptional'' drought- the most dire classification- held steady at 5.84 percent and was mostly in western Kansas and Nebraska.

  • ST. PAUL, Minn.-- An election-eve terrorist strike. Democratic President Barack Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney are on guard for anything that could push the presidential race from its taut course. They've got a plan and they are now going to execute it, "said Carter Eskew, a top strategist for Democrat Al Gore during a 2000 campaign that came up just short."

  • BOISE, Idaho-- Legal challenges facing an Idaho wind energy company are mounting, after a contractor building one of its projects in Minnesota went to court asking a judge to hand over control.

  • NEW YORK-- Shares of Best Buy Co. continued to slide Thursday, a day after the struggling electronics retailer slashed its guidance for the year and announced the departure of two key executives as part of a turnaround push.

  • MINNEAPOLIS-- Three companies submitted bids to explore and mine for copper, nickel and other metals in Minnesota's latest mineral rights auction, the Department of Natural Resources said Wednesday.

  • WASHINGTON-- Medical device maker Medtronic Inc. helped write and edit medical journal articles attributed to outside physicians, which downplayed the risks of the company's best-selling bone graft, according to a report by Senate investigators.

  • MINNEAPOLIS-- Arctic Cat Inc. said Thursday its fiscal second-quarter net income rose 17 percent on demand for new recreational vehicles. Arctic Cat began shipping its new 2013 model year all-terrain and recreational vehicles during the quarter.

  • PIERRE, S.D.-- South Dakota State University is getting its first commitments from donors to help build a proposed $7 million facility that will be used for teaching and research about hogs. The SDSU Foundation says First Bank and Trust, which operates in eastern South Dakota and southwestern Minnesota, has committed $250,000 to the project.

  • *Brazil, Argentina grab US market share. Major importers in Asia, including South Korea, Taiwan and top buyer Japan, have turned away from the United States as U.S. corn prices soared to record highs this summer, buying feed from South America and producers in the Black Sea region.

  • MINNEAPOLIS-- Ameriprise Financial Inc. said Wednesday its third-quarter net income dropped nearly in half as the company recalculated how much its insurance and annuities were worth.

  • NEW YORK-- Best Buy said Wednesday two executives, including its U.S. president, are leaving the company as it eliminates the most senior level of its U.S. operations, the latest move by CEO Hubert Joly to turn around the struggling electronics chain. Shares of Best Buy fell 7.5 percent in after-hours trading.