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In holiday twist, Best Buy is selling Barbies, while Penney's hawks TVs

The J.C. Penney store at Rosedale has one of the retailer’s new toy shops. It also has a display of smart home products, electronics and smartwatches.

Retailers are looking for ways to boost flagging sales and to stop shoppers from flocking to the likes of Amazon.com.

Chuck & Don's owners selling company to employees

There are 40 Chuck & Don’s pet stores in Minnesota and Colorado, like this one in North Oaks, and the company has 400 employees.

Disaster claims soar in year of calamities

West Houston got a double whammy when floodwaters combined with lake waters near the Addicks Reservoir on Aug. 30.

Taxpayers will pay tens of billions of dollars, much of it approved by Congress.

Schafer: Smart-home devices can learn too much about our daily lives

Asher Labovich, 13, and his 10-year-old brother, Emerson, left, mess around with the family's Alexa, an Amazon Echo voice assistant, while their mom, Laura Labovich, watches in Bethesda, Md.

So really how smart — and harmless — is one of these things?

Minn. counties, cities joining rush of lawsuits against opioid producers

They are joining scores of county and local governments alleging manufacturers and distributors of prescription opioids are largely responsible for an epidemic of dangerous addiction.

Insider Q&A: Health data helps doctors pick drugs

Trader Joe's recalls packaged salads over contamination fear

Trader Joe's says it has recalled several packaged salads after a supplier said there may be shards of glass or hard plastic inside.


Chuck & Don's owners selling company to employees
Neal St. Anthony

More than 20 years ago, Bob Hartzell, who grew up in a family manufacturing business, received the cash “offer I couldn’t refuse” for the division…

Schafer: Smart-home devices can learn too much about our daily lives
Lee Schafer

So really how smart — and harmless — is one of these things?


Walmart shares rise of strong earnings fueled by online sales

Big retail: Walmart climbed 7.9 percent to $96.90 Thursday after it reported strong third-quarter results and raised its annual profit outlook. Online sales continued to…


Mental health issues cropping up as financial stress continues on farms

Years of low commodity prices have loaded producers with debt and anxiety.


Why sexual harassment training doesn't stop harassment

Shannon Rawski first got the idea for her dissertation after listening to her former colleagues — business school professors who study human resources and recognize…


Plan would open MinnesotaCare to more individuals

With three months to go before the next legislative session, Lt. Gov. Tina Smith has been traveling the state to make the case for a…


Investing lessons learned from Warren Buffett's big bet

Ten years ago, Warren Buffett challenged any investor to select a fund of hedge funds that would beat the Standard & Poor’s 500 index over…


Jim Fiorentino, who restored cuckoo clocks, built North Loop museum for them, dies at 94

James “Jim” Fiorentino worked for more than 40 years in the garage door business, but he didn’t pursue his true longing until after he retired…


Steps to take so your documents are in order if a disaster strikes

Investing a few hours of time per year to backing up key records and updating insurance can pay off big if the unthinkable happens.


Amazon's H2Q location has big shoes to fill

Six-figure salaries, real estate investments and economic ripple effects could inject $50 billion or more into the winning town.


As Larry Summers' TIPS market turns 21, a tuneup may be needed

The $1.3 trillion U.S. market for inflation-linked debt, the brainchild of former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers, has saved taxpayers billions of dollars. Now, as the…


Citizen devices track Chicago's pollution hot spots

With a variety of palm-size devices strapped across her chest and connected wirelessly to her smartphone, Gail Merritt discovered the air in Chicago’s South Loop…