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Ice Brings Early end to 2014 Shipping Season

Icy conditions have forced an early end to shipping on the Upper Mississippi River. The season officially closed Thursday with the towboat Mary K. Cavarra and its load of four barges heading south through Lock & Dam No. 2 at Hastings. The Star Tribune reports it's the earliest closing in the past 45 years...



  • Best Buy 3Q Sales Surprise Bodes Well for Holiday

    Best Buy's third-quarter sales gain is a positive sign for the electronics retailer as the holiday season kicks off...

  • Home Depot Tops Street; Breach Costs Still Hazy

    Home Depot's third-quarter profit rose 14 percent as comparable-store sales climbed in the U.S., suggesting that a huge data breach announced exactly two months ago has not shaken the faith of its customers... 

  • Best & Worst Retailers for Black Friday Deals

    With 66 percent of consumers planning to shop this Black Friday, Wallethub created a list of the best and worst retailers for Black Friday. They looked at the 21 largest retailers and compared the average percent discount...

  • Thanksgiving Getaway: 46.3 Million to Hit the Road

    The good news for Thanksgiving travelers: the price of gas is at five-year lows. The bad news: a lot more people will be on the road. During the long holiday weekend, 46.3 million Americans are expected to go 50 miles or more from home, the highest number since 2007, according to travel agency and car lobbying group AAA...

  • Photo: AP/LM Otero, File Minnesota's Unemployment Rate Continues to Fall

    Minnesota's unemployment rate has fallen below 4 percent. State officials released figures that show 3.9 percent of Minnesotans were unemployed in October - the lowest rate since June 2006...









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