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Consumer groups sue General Mills over granola bar label

Nature Valley allegedly contains a herbicide that groups said make a “natural” label untrue.

The use of the term "natural" is again sparking litigation.

Minneapolis surpasses $1 billion in building permits — again, but faster

BWBR Architects in St. Paul designed HCMC's 322,000-square-foot ambulatory outpatient facility, which is the highest-value construction project in Minneapolis this year.

It's the fifth straight year Minneapolis passed the $1 billion level in construction permits.

Yellen suggests rate hike is coming but offers no timetable

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, center, strolls with Stanley Fischer, right, vice chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, and Bill Dudley, the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, before Yellen's speech to the annual invitation-only conference of central bankers from around the world at Jackson Lake Lodge in Grand Teton National Park Friday morning.

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Friday that the case for raising interest rates has strengthened in light of a solid job market and an improved outlook for the U.S. economy and inflation. But she stopped short of offering any timetable.

U.S. is getting ready to make truck, bus drivers slow down

For newly made U.S. vehicles that weigh more than 26,000 pounds, regulators are considering a cap of 60, 65 or 68 mph, though that could change.

Cliffs and United Steelworkers reach tentative three-year labor agreement

The tentative agreement, which comes a year after the old one expired, still needs ratification.

WHY IT MATTERS: Issues at stake in election

A selection of issues at stake in the presidential election and their impact on Americans, in brief:

As Trump courts Latinos, Clinton links him to radical fringe

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump met with about two dozen Latino supporters in Nevada to discuss strategies for boosting Hispanic turnout in the swing state, part of his effort to make the case that his economic policies would be better for small minority-owned businesses than those of Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.


Gwen Jorgensen donates bike to help paratriathlon club
Inside Track

Olympic triathlon gold medal winner Gwen Jorgensen to auction one of her bikes to support Dare2tri Paratriathlon Club

Investment industry needs to reach out to more women investors
Inside Track

Women make good investors, but they are underrepresented in the investment industry.


Jurors find former Cold Spring brewery controller guilty of fraud

The Sartell man ripped off his employer, family and friends in two separate schemes.


Allina Health nurses set open-ended hospital strike that begins on Labor Day

A strike by nurses at five Allina Health hospitals will start at 7 a.m. Labor Day, according to required 10-day notices their union sent to the health system early this morning.


Woman gets 5 years for stealing $1.7M from Brooklyn Park medical supplier

A former accounts payable clerk for the company spent the money on vacations and vehicles as the business struggled through the recession.


Gov. Dayton orders steps to protect bees, other pollinators

Gov. Mark Dayton issued new state limits Friday on the use of a controversial class of pesticides that have been implicated in the decline of honeybees and other pollinators.


FDA joins investigation into security of St. Jude medical devices

Trading of the company's stock was briefly halted Friday afternoon.


Stocks end mostly lower after Yellen speech

Stocks ended mostly lower on Friday after Federal Reserve officials said the case has strengthened for raising interest rates above the super-low levels that have helped fuel a seven-year bull market.


Gwen Jorgensen donates bike to help paratriathlon club

Olympic triathlon gold medal winner Gwen Jorgensen to auction one of her bikes to support Dare2tri Paratriathlon Club


Investment industry needs to reach out to more women investors

Women make good investors, but they are underrepresented in the investment industry.


CenturyLink, heir to old Bell system, wants to be freed from state oversight

The phone carrier says it should be deregulated, but state agencies aren't so sure.


US economy grew at tepid 1.1 percent pace in spring

The U.S. economy expanded at a sluggish 1.1 percent pace this spring as businesses sharply reduced their stockpiles of goods and spent less on new buildings and equipment. Yet most analysts forecast much faster growth in the summer and fall, fueled by healthy consumer spending.