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Goldman Sachs downgrades General Mills to "sell"

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Analyst sees more risk at General Mills as its market share falls and the possibility of costly acquisitions rises.

Best Buy shares tumble as CFO exits, execs warn of slow summer

A drop in smartphone sales hurt Best Buy's first quarter revenue, but not as much as it had feared.

The electronics retailer also lowered its profit expectations for the summer.

UnitedHealth Group's past and future in PBMs

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The sale of a pharmaceutical benefit manager business helped fuel growth 20 years ago. And that old PBM is now owned by a rival.

MNsure system costs loom at Hennepin County

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If the state's largest county winds up expanding staff to handle cases within the MNsure system, it won't be the first time.

Alexander: Helping an iPad find a better Internet connection

Q: We have two PCs and two iPads, but only my iPad 2 is having trouble doing Internet searches and playing streaming videos. I get…


McCollum, others meet with Twin Metals over BWCA

Some in state's D.C. delegation are at odds over desire to mine.


St. Jude Medical's stroke prevention device recommended for FDA approval

FDA-convened panel said stroke-prevention product appears safe and effective.


AGs: Pelvic mesh implants caused dire complications

Dawna Hankins was scheduled to have a partial hysterectomy in 2008 when her doctor suggested implanting a vaginal mesh device at the same time to deal with minor incontinence.


Planners seek to transform border town into destination

Trucks race along a winding road in the arid New Mexico desert. As they travel through Santa Teresa, a border-crossing port of entry and unincorporated town, they pass millions of square feet of warehouses that store steel coil, wind turbine blades and specialty glass.


Casino magnate Wynn envisions water paradise in dry Nevada

Imagine a white sand beach with a bar at the dock. Water skiers flash by a small island, where fireworks shoot from twin peaks. Now imagine this water paradise is in the desert of drought-stricken Nevada.


TSA chief headed back to Capitol Hill to talk airport lines

The head of the Transportation Security Administration is heading back to Capitol Hill Wednesday to try to explain what his agency is doing to deal with increasingly long airport security lines that have already snarled the fledgling summer travel season.


House GOP faces first vote on Puerto Rico bill

House Republicans are attempting to hold together a rare bipartisan deal to help Puerto Rico manage its crippling finances as a committee begins considering the legislation Wednesday.


Top general urges lawmakers to preserve Afghan visa program

Afghan civilians who assisted the American-led coalition as interpreters, firefighters and construction workers could be in serious danger if Congress cancels a program that allows them to resettle in the United States, according to the top American commander in Afghanistan.


Trump says he's holding fundraisers only because GOP asked

Donald Trump says he is only asking wealthy donors for their money because the Republican National Committee wants him to.


Gov't report: Feds spend billions to run ancient technology

The government is spending about three-fourths of its technology budget maintaining aging computer systems, including platforms more than 50 years old in vital areas from nuclear weapons to Social Security. One still uses floppy disks.


Toyota to expand in Malaysia with $488 million plant

Japanese automaker Toyota Motor Corp. said Wednesday that it will build a second factory in Malaysia as part of expansion to meet rising local demand.


Military spouses struggle to find jobs

Military spouses struggle to find jobs and are more likely to work for less pay or in positions below their education level, spurring unemployment and other costs of as much as $1 billion a year, according to a study.


Investigators: Homeowner shoots worker, turns gun on self

A New Hampshire man fatally shot a heating oil company employee who came to his house to do work before trying to kill himself and engaging in an hours-long standoff with police, authorities said.


Military spouses struggle to find jobs

Military spouses struggle to find jobs and are more likely to work for less pay or in positions below their education level, spurring unemployment and other costs of as much as $1 billion a year, according to a study.