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Applications for US Jobless Aid Rise to Still-Low 267,000

More people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, though the increase was from a very low level and the figures still point to a healthy job market. The Labor Department says applications for jobless aid rose 12,000 to a seasonally adjusted 267,000. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, dropped 3,750 to 274,750...


  • Elk River Company Expanding, Adding Employees

    An Elk River company is planning to expand and add to its workforce. Sportech Inc. will add 43 employees and will invest $6.5 million in an expansion of its manufacturing facilities. The company makes windshields, body panels and screen print parts for motorcycles, snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles and other recreational and utility vehicles...

  • Nokia Launches Virtual Reality Camera for 3D Video

    Nokia says it's launching a virtual reality camera that will be able to capture three-dimensional video designed for professional content creators. The ball-shaped Nokia OZO VR camera includes eight synchronized shutter sensors and eight integrated microphones for spatial audio...

  • Health Care Spending to Accelerate, US Report Says

    It's lasted six years. But now welcome relief from rising U.S. health care costs seems to be winding down. Health care spending will outpace the nation's overall economic growth over the next decade...

  • Nike logo Nike Offers Partial Refund to End FuelBand Lawsuit

    Nike will give partial refunds or gift cards to people who bought FuelBand fitness trackers in the last 3 1/2 years, resolving a lawsuit that says the products can't accurately tally how many steps a user is taking or how many calories they've burned...

  • Oakdale Hy-Vee Hy-Vee Hiring for Oakdale, New Hope Stores

    Hy-Vee has started mass hiring events for positions at its New Hope and Oakdale stores. The Iowa-based grocery store chain is holding interviews this week for both stores. Those interested should apply online before attending the events...

  • Minnesota-based SuperValu Considers Sav-A-Lot Spin off

    SuperValu says it is considering spinning off its discount grocer Save-A-Lot into a separate publicly traded company as competition in the industry intensifies. The company says the split will help each company focus on finding ways to grow. SuperValu Inc. has been getting smaller in recent years, selling its Albertson's, Jewel-Osco and other chains...

  • Radisson RED Coming to St. Paul's Seven Corners Gateway Site

    Radisson RED, which is Carlson’s new hotel brand, will be coming to downtown St. Paul. Opus Development Company, L.L.C. (Opus) and Greco LLC have selected Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group (Carlson Rezidor) as hotel owner and in partnership on the Seven Corners Gateway site, according to a news release...

  • Plans for 'Shops at Southwest Station' in Eden Prairie Move Forward

    Plans are moving forward for the Shops at Southwest Station in Eden Prairie. The Eden Prairie City Council recently approved the first reading of the planned unit development district review and the zoning district amendment...

  • Apple Watch Will Be Sold at Some Best Buy Stores

    The Apple Watch is heading to some Best Buy stores ahead of the holiday shopping season.  
    Best Buy Co. says it will sell the Apple Watch at 100 of its stores and on its website on August 7. Another 200 Best Buy stores will offer the smartwatch before the end of the year...

  • Corner Fireplace Lakeville's Hearth & Home Pellet Stoves, Fireplaces Recalled

    Fireplaces and stoves made by a Lakeville company are being recalled, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. About 2,000 Hearth and Home Quadra-Fire Mt. Vernon E2 pellet stoves and inserts are being recalled because laceration hazard...

  • Gov't: Fiat Chrysler Must Offer to Buy Back 500,000 Pickups

    Fiat Chrysler must offer to buy back from customers more than 500,000 Ram pickup trucks and other vehicles in the biggest such action in U.S. history as part of a costly deal with safety regulators to settle legal problems in about two dozen recalls...

  • Amazon's Value Surpasses Wal-Mart after Surprise 2Q Profit

    It's official: Amazon is bigger than Wal-Mart. Amazon shares surged almost 10 percent on Friday after the e-commerce powerhouse reported a surprise second-quarter profit and a better-than-expected 20 percent jump in revenue....

  • New Car Seat Alerts Parents When Child is Left in Car

    A new car seat alerts parents when a child has been left in a hot car. The Evenflo Advanced Sensorsafe Embrace Infant Seat uses a wireless receiver that plugs into a car, and syncs with a chest clip that goes around the child.

  • Bird-Safe Wind Turbines from Chaska Company Installed in Hawaii

    Wind turbines from an energy technology company in Chaska will help to keep birds safe on the island of Hawaii. SheerWind has developed unique wind turbines with the moniker INVELOX that are designed to decrease the risk of bird strikes that would typically occur with standard wind turbines....

  • UPPAbaby Recalls 71K Strollers and Seats Due to Choking Risk

    UPPAbaby is recalling 71,000 strollers and seats because of a choking hazard, saying children could bite off a piece of the stroller's foam crossbar, according to federal regulators. The recall covers 2015 Cruz and Vista strollers and RumbleSeats. UPPAbaby has received 22 reports of children biting off pieces of the "bumper bar" in front of the seat, although no injuries have been reported, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said....






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