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Striking Verizon workers to return Wednesday; deal inked

A union says nearly 40,000 striking Verizon employees will return to work Wednesday after reaching a tentative contract agreement. It includes 1,300 new call center jobs, nearly 11 percent in raises over four years and the first contract for Verizon wireless store workers.

Nonprofit Senior Community Services embraces new business model

In 2013, when I became CEO of Senior Community Services, a nonprofit established in 1950, it was clear that a more business-focused approach was needed…

Creation agency hires its first global executive creative director

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Brad Cohn is moving from Florida to Minneapolis to get the creative juices going at Creation.

Minnesota premiums still below average

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Despite big jumps, premiums on the MNsure exchange for 2016 were lower than averages for the region and nation, according to a new report.

For Amazon exec Stephenie Landry, the future is Now

Former intern leads online giant's most ambitious delivery endeavor yet.


Synthetic diamonds gaining acceptance, but industry wary

Techniques have closed the gap between natural and lab-grown gems.


Anselmo was judge, mental health advocate

Arthur Anselmo recognized himself in Rudyard Kipling's poem "If.""If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster/And treat those two impostors just the same/ … Yours…


Casino tests novel approach to preventing gambling addiction

Massachusetts is set to launch a first-in-the-nation system aimed at preventing gambling addiction by allowing slot players to limit their bets.


In China, Wal-Mart meets its match: Sun Art Retail Group

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Agents say real estate market isn't as fun as it used to be

An influx of new agents and a lack of homes to sell are adding up to trouble for the housing market.


Hotels pursue lavish, possibly lucrative, Indian weddings

And while the average cost of a U.S. wedding balloons, area hoteliers have noticed, and are trying hard to win the business of, a particularly lavish segment of the industry: the Asian Indian wedding.


Chicago gets some pension relief as Rauner veto overridden

Chicago taxpayers will save $1 billion on police and fire pension costs in the short term under a law the General Assembly approved Monday after some House Republicans bucked their governor, who had railed against it as a ridiculous expansion of the Illinois' growing pension hole.


Few Memorial Day travel headaches, most wait times bearable

Travelers who had braced for long lines and long waits have instead been moving through most U.S. airports fairly quickly, as the busy Memorial Day travel weekend draws to close.


Food Lion co-founder Ketner dies at age 95

The man who helped turned $50 investments in a North Carolina grocery store into the Food Lion chain with more than 1,100 stores across the Southeast has died.


Food Lion co-founder Ketner dies at age 95

The co-founder of the Food Lion grocery store chain has died.


Insider Q&A: Proofpoint's Devin Redmond

The rise of social media has given brands a quick and efficient way to communicate with consumers.


For Memorial Day, new stamps showing Service Cross Medals

The U.S. Postal Service is marking Memorial Day by issuing new stamps showing the Service Cross Medals. They are among the nation's highest military honors.


Replica of Jefferson's Monticello home goes up for auction

A Connecticut home that is a replica of Thomas Jefferson's Monticello is about to go on the auction block.


Interactive exhibits among highlights of updated Ford museum

The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum will reopen soon after months of renovations.