Category Archives: Business

Studies raise questions about impact of calorie labeling on menu options, customer choices

. WASHINGTON — Tracking calories at chain restaurants is supposed to become easier next year, but new studies raise questions about whether the counts actually make a difference for diners and eateries. Some restaurants already post calorie counts. New York

Wheat, corn, oats and soybeans lower on the CBOT; beef higher and pork lower on the CME

CHICAGO — Grain futures were lower Monday on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for December delivery declined 14 cents to $5.08 a bushel; December corn was off 5.75 cents to 3.7650 a bushel; December oats were fell 4.75 cents

Nevada investigates if unregulated cryotherapy is safe for public after spa worker found dead

LAS VEGAS — Nevada says it’s looking into whether cryotherapy is safe for the general public after the death of a Las Vegas spa worker found inside a treatment chamber chilled by liquid nitrogen. The state says it’s shifting its

St. Paul firm buys the building with the big number 1 on it

The tower in downtown St. Paul with the glowing red No. 1 is being purchased by a local real estate owner. St. Paul-based Madison Equities said Monday it signed an agreement with Nightingale Realty of New York to buy the

Xcel seeks 9.8 percent electric rate hike in Minnesota over three years

Xcel Energy on Monday requested a 9.8 percent electric rate hike in Minnesota that would be phased-in over three years and by 2018 result in $132 more in annual payments for the typical residential customer. In a regulatory filing, Xcel

The Latest: Food safety lawyer says Chipotle needs to pay more attention to food safety

SEATTLE — The latest developments in an E. coli outbreak linked to Chipotle restaurants in Washington state and Oregon (all times local): 9:45 a.m. A food safety lawyer who is involved in other lawsuits against Chipotle restaurants says people should

Manufacturing in Midwest, including Minnesota, slumps in October

Conditions in Minnesota and other central U.S. factories fell yet again as manufacturers in October struggled with a drop in wholesale farm and energy prices and the strong U.S. dollar, according to a widely watched economic report released Monday. The

Environmental Protection Agency says Volkswagen cheated a 2nd time on pollution tests

WASHINGTON — The U.S. government says Volkswagen cheated a second time on emissions tests, programming about 10,000 cars with larger diesel engines to emit fewer pollutants during testing than in real-world driving conditions. The German automaker installed software designed to

'Hunger Games' attractions coming to US, China, Lionsgate seeks to expand theme-park presence

NEW YORK — “Hunger Games” fans in the U.S. and China may get to find out for themselves if the odds are forever in their favor. Lionsgate confirmed Monday that the blockbuster movie franchise has been licensed for development in

AP News Guide: A look at key races and ballot issues in Tuesday's state and local elections

In most states, the big elections will come next year. But on Tuesday, voters in a few states will pick governors and legislators, some cities will elect mayors and a variety of major issues will be settled at the ballot

New York Times publisher Sulzberger says his successor will be named within 2 years

NEW YORK — New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger says a successor will be chosen within two years. He said Monday in a “State of the Times” speech to employees that the board, senior management and family trustees would be

Get Started: House action raises hopes for revival of Export-Import Bank loans, guarantees

HOPES RISE FOR EX-IM BANK The House last week approved a bill reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank’s charter, which expired June 30. The agency has been unable to make or guarantee new loans to exporters since then. The bank has been

Jurors to settle bitter battle of sweeteners; choice between sugar or high fructose corn syrup

LOS ANGELES — Big Sugar and Big Corn face off in court this week in a bitter, multibillion-dollar battle of sweeteners that boils down to a mix of science, semantics and marketing. Jurors in the case between sugar processors and

TDK buys Hutchinson Technology for $126 million

Hutchinson Technology Inc., the central Minnesota company that started 50 years ago in a chicken coop and became a leading maker of digital storage components, is being purchased by TDK Corp., a Japanese electronics maker, for $126 million, the companies