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Chip maker Qualcomm buying NXP Semiconductors in $38.1B deal

Qualcomm is buying NXP Semiconductors N.V. in a deal valued at approximately $38.1 billion, the largest takeover ever in the semiconductor industry.

Smartphone chipmaker Qualcomm is buying NXP Semiconductors N.V. in a deal valued at approximately $38 billion.

Study: Better lighting, reflection on farm vehicles could reduce crashes

Crashes with farm vehicles are especially likely during the fall harvest when slow-moving tractors are pulling equipment or carts laden with grains.

Research shows Minnesota safety middle of the pack of Midwestern states.

Xcel's profit jump meets expectations, execs trim outlook slightly

As the end of the year nears, the full-year profit expectation comes into view.

Regis signals plan to accelerate sales of hair salons to franchisees

The company reported a profit rebound but lower revenue in the latest quarter.

New homes are rising faster in the Twin Cities than usual, defying the seasonal slowdown

Construction firms are enjoying a busy year for apartments and single-family homes.

How energy-efficient upgrades can increase your home's value

Amtrak to pay $265 million for deadly Philadelphia crash

Amtrak will pay $265 million to settle claims related to a deadly derailment in Philadelphia that killed eight people and injured more than 200 others.

U.S. Bank gets two new awards for the trophy case
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U.S. Bancorp has had a good week in the awards department.

Fortune names 3M one of best multinational workplaces
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Fortune Magazine names 3M one of world's best multinational workplaces in 2016

Wal-Mart pushes service for holiday; Target stresses value

Wal-Mart, long known for emphasizing low prices, wants to be known this holiday season for superior customer service. That comes after its main rival Target, which has a better image in that regard, stressed a focus on offering deals.

Twitter slashes staff with revenue under pressure

Twitter, seemingly unable to find a buyer and losing money, is cutting about 9 percent of its employees worldwide.

Buffalo Wild Wings at 'pivotal time,' CEO says

Amid slowing growth and pressure from an activist, a new finance chief arrives to help execs recalibrate.

Boston Scientific sales growth exceeds expectations as profits rise

The company said its medical-surgical group paced sales growth in the third quarter.

Select Comfort moving headquarters to downtown Minneapolis

It's leaving Plymouth in the latest and one of the largest moves by companies into Minneapolis in the past few years.

Ecolab sells Swisher bathroom-cleaning unit to Enviro-Master

Ecolab Inc. has sold the U.S. bathroom-cleaning business it recently bought from Swisher Hygiene.The bathroom division, which generated about $28 million a year in sales,…

Canada's new top diplomat in Minn. wastes little time making hockey connection

The consul general is responsible for relations with Minnesota.

Health law tax penalty? I'll take it, millions say

They would rather pay the IRS than hefty premiums with big deductibles.

Cost of college keeps on climbing, to $43,370 this year

At state schools, costs broke $20,000 for the first time.

College costs rising faster than aid

Increases plateau but still price out many families.