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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.


Minnesota Power agreement another step in Cliffs Natural Resource's restructuring

The 15-year deal with Minnesota Power includes $31 million in cash.


Struggling to look away from the screen

It is easy to scoff at, but the pull of the Internet is strong, sometimes destructively so.


Valspar misses 2Q sales and profit expectations

Foreign currency exchange rates and lower paint sales were factors.


Advocates call for paid sick leave in Duluth

Nearly half who work in the city lack the benefit; cost concerns are raised.


Vikings stadium photo-bombing tussle not subsiding

The Minnesota Vikings and Wells Fargo filed another set of opposing motions in the photo-bombing lawsuit about signs on two buildings.


The Latest: Lawyer says ex-policeman ran legitimate business

The Latest on a former New York City police officer accused of running a prostitution ring (all times local):


Minnesota lawmakers OK tax breaks for college savers and debtors

If you were waiting for another reason to start saving for college, you may have one soon. For the first time, Minnesotans would be eligible…


Lawyer: 48-year fugitive hospitalized for kidney failure

A Connecticut man who spent 48 years on the lam after escaping from prison has been hospitalized.


Woman, child dead after Amtrak train hits SUV in California

A mother and her child died Tuesday after an Amtrak train crashed into their SUV in the San Francisco Bay Area, authorities said.


US new-home sales jump to highest level in more than 8 years

Americans ramped up their purchases of new homes in April to the highest level since January 2008, evidence of a strong start to the spring buying season.


Writers share Wodehouse comic fiction prize, win a pig

Satires set in financial-crisis Ireland and the high-end art world share this year's Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for comic fiction, whose rewards include a bottle of champagne and a pig.


Minn. farmers warned not to plant Monsanto's latest Roundup soybeans

The E.U. has not approved the biotech seeds; the uncertainty could present export problems for U.S. farmers and grain producers.