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Best Buy shares boast biggest one-day jump in a decade

Sunny days at Best Buy. The company's fiscal second quarter results were stronger than investors and analysts thought they would be.

Stock sees best one-day gain in decade after sales increase surprises analysts.

US new-home sales climb to best level since late 2007

FILE - In this Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015, file photo, a home under construction and for sale is shown in Roswell, Ga. On Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016, the Commerce Department reports on sales of new homes in July.

Americans stepped up their purchases of new homes in July to the fastest pace in nearly nine years, the latest sign that low mortgage rates and a solid job market are helping support the residential real estate market.

Talks between Allina Health, nurses union go nowhere

Thousands of Allina Health nurses, including this group at Abbott Northwestern, staged a seven-day strike in June.

Each side blames the other as talks break off late Tuesday with no agreement.

Klobuchar, others call for FTC to investigate increases in EpiPen prices

Amy Klobuchar is among several senators criticizing sharp price rise for product she calls a 'life preserver' for millions.

Mpls. $15 minimum wage supporters kick off campaign

The city on Tuesday appealed a judge's decision to let voters decide

Farm safety top priority with farm tourism on the rise

With the growth of agritourism and more people visiting local farms, Connecticut officials are joining other states in educating farmers about how to mitigate health risks for their new visitors.

Man gets prison for killing 2 housekeepers at Ohio facility

A chef who admitted to fatally shooting two housekeepers at an Ohio assisted living facility could spend the rest of his life behind bars.


Schafer: Two years in, Target CEO's job isn't getting easier
Lee Schafer

There's plenty of evidence to support the idea that it's not a great time to be a retailer, but that hasn't stopped Wal-Mart.

Local blogger finds the best back to school deals for this week
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Local blogger finds the best back to school deals for this week


Analyst: Texas investor might be suitor for Northern Oil and Gas

TRT and related companies own almost 20 percent of Northern's stock


Minnesota attorney general sues Jamaican company for 'phantom' debt calls

Company made up debts and then bullied people with phone calls, state says.


Space junk is a big problem, but no one wants to pay to fix it

The problem is growing as more countries and private companies enter into the launch business.


Bar soap is on a slippery slope with consumers

Lack of convenience sends shoppers to liquid options.


Wal-Mart reviews Welspun records after Target dropped the Indian company

Wal-Mart Stores said it’s reviewing Welspun India’s cotton certification records, joining Minneapolis-based Target to scrutinize the supplier over cheaper bedsheets being passed off as premium…


Alexander: The clash between browsers and security

Q: My Firefox web browser has trouble connecting to secure websites such as Amazon and Netflix. I get the error message “SEC_ERROR_UNKNOWN_ISSUER,” and a pop-up…


Music lovers get their own social site with Fans.com

You post family updates on Facebook, news on Twitter, selfies on Instagram and career changes on LinkedIn. Do you really need another social network? Peter…


Airline complaints declined in 2016 — really

Last week, the U.S. Department of Transportation reported that consumer complaints about airline service nationwide declined 12.2 percent the first six months of this year,…


Fed chief Kashkari turns attention to American Indian economic struggles

Kashkari met with leaders for update on challenges.


Pfizer to pay $14 billion for cancer drugmaker Medivation

The deal will bring a promising drug to help treat prostate disease.