GM, Toyota sales up in strong November for US auto industry

November used to be a slow month for U.S. car sales. Not anymore.

Group funded by Coke to fight obesity disbanding

A nonprofit funded by the Coca-Cola Co. to combat obesity is disbanding following revelations about the beverage maker's involvement with the group.

The surprisingly popular Black Friday hit: Target's teddy bear

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A three-foot-tall teddy bear for $10 sold out in minutes from Target's stores last night.

JW Marriott hotel opens at Mall of America just in time for Black Friday

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The new JW Marriott at the Mall of America opened Monday, just in time for holiday shopping. It is the first location in Minnesota for the luxury brand and the 25th location in the United States.

Manufacturing conditions in Midwest, including Minnesota, worst in three years

Closely watched survey shows strong dollar and sagging energy sector hurt the sector.

Sun Country Airlines creates new executive position to search for talent

Sun Country Airlines has created a new executive-level position dedicated to attracting and keeping talented employees. Mia Mulrennan has been hired to serve as the airline's chief talent officer, the company announced Tuesday.

Stocks higher at midday; investors wait for ECB, jobs data

U.S. stocks moved solidly higher Tuesday, helped by improving economic data from Japan and Europe as well as hopes that the European Central Bank will expand its stimulus program. However, trading remained quiet ahead of the release later this week of the U.S. government's monthly jobs survey.

Demand for farm loans surges amid low crop, cattle prices

The nation's net farm income is the lowest since 2002, and with another year of low commodity prices, demand for agriculture loans is surging as farmers struggle to make ends meet.

Check out these Star Wars fan films to feel the Force

If the teasers, trailers and hints haven't sated your appetite for all things Star Wars in advance of the latest entry in the franchise, then it's time to tap into the force of fan films.

Copper clothing maker to settle on deceptive ads

A company that makes copper-infused clothing will pay $1.35 million to settle government charges that it claimed falsely that its garments could relieve pain and inflammation caused by arthritis, multiple sclerosis and other diseases.

Congress reaches deal on 5-year transportation bill

The House and Senate have reached agreement on a 5-year, $281 billion transportation bill that would increase spending to address the nation's aging and congested highways and transit systems.

Jurors still deadlocked in ex-coal CEO Blankenship trial

Jurors said Tuesday they are still deadlocked in the trial of ex-Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship, prompting a federal judge to advise them they can return a partial verdict if they agree on a portion of the charges.

NY regulators propose new steps against terrorism financing

New York regulators have proposed requiring banks to annually certify having sufficient programs to deter terrorism financing and money laundering.

Lower Manhattan: carousel, shopping, French food, light show

On a dark December night, a canopy of lights glitters across Lower Manhattan, and not just from One World Trade and the other downtown skyscrapers. The neighborhood sparkles with new attractions, from the otherworldly glow of the SeaGlass carousel in Battery Park to a colorful, choreographed light show called Luminaries at the Winter Garden.

Rising cigarette taxes tied to lower infant deaths: Study

When it costs more to smoke, fewer babies die, according to a new study that links rising cigarette taxes with declines in infant mortality, especially among blacks.

Puerto Rico's governor issues "distress call" to Congress

Puerto Rico's governor issued a "distress call" to Congress to help his heavily indebted government while signaling he will reroute money to make a bond payment that comes due on Tuesday.

FIFA sponsors demand 'independent oversight' of reforms

Five of FIFA's sponsors have written to the executive committee of soccer's scandal-battered governing body demanding "independent oversight" of the reform process.

Volkswagen brand US sales fall nearly 25 percent in November

Volkswagen's emissions-cheating scandal took a serious bite out of the company's U.S. sales last month.

Medtronic recalls InSync III pacemakers due to power-failure problem

Medtronic says battery problem affects 3 models of discontinued InSync III.