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Published: Mon, 29 May 2017 12:37:02 -0500


BA travel problems enter 3rd day as most services resume

Mon, 29 May 2017 10:18:07 -0500

A colossal IT failure over the weekend caused chaos for thousands of British Airways passengers.

Computer outage grounds hundreds of BA flights in London

Sat, 27 May 2017 11:23:18 -0500

The airline said it was suffering a "major IT systems failure" around the world. It didn't say what was causing the problem but said there was no evidence of a cyberattack.

Titanium Range? Breakthrough could lead to new kind of mining in NE Minn.

Fri, 26 May 2017 14:45:30 -0500

Scientists say they've demonstrated how to produce titanium oxide from a mineral called ilmenite -- a move they say puts northeastern Minnesota on the cusp of a new mining industry.

U.S. growth in January-March upgraded to still-slow 1.2 pct. rate

Fri, 26 May 2017 10:00:49 -0500

The government's upgraded estimate of first-quarter growth reflected new-found strength in consumer spending, business investment and state and local government spending.

Could bass be the next boon for Mille Lacs?

Fri, 26 May 2017 04:00:00 -0500

Mille Lacs Lake has long been known for its great walleye fishing. But with walleye numbers in decline and a catch-and-release limit in effect, state and local officials are trying to promote the lake's smallmouth bass population.

James McGregor says one word describes the Chinese people: Ambition

Fri, 26 May 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Duluth, Minnesota native James McGregor has lived and worked as a journalist and businessman in China for 30 years, and says one word describes the Chinese: ambition. They're all about making China great again.

Minneapolis prepares to set minimum wage

Thu, 25 May 2017 18:30:49 -0500

Council members considering how much the base wage will be and who will be eligible for it.

Study on proposed mining ban near Boundary Waters will proceed

Thu, 25 May 2017 18:10:36 -0500

Trump administration officials speaking at a congressional hearing Thursday said a two-year environmental review of potential copper nickel mining on the Superior National Forest will go forward, despite efforts to block it.

MN's greenhouse gas goal flopped. New goal: 'electrify everything'

Thu, 25 May 2017 04:00:00 -0500

Ten years ago, lawmakers pledged to cut Minnesota's greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050. Officials today concede they've barely moved the needle, but they're hoping new technology can reenergize the effort.

CEO pay climbed faster last year, up 8.5 percent

Tue, 23 May 2017 13:39:23 -0500

Over the last five years, median CEO pay in the survey has jumped by 19.6 percent, not accounting for inflation. That's nearly double the 10.9 percent rise in the typical weekly paycheck for full-time employees across the country.

NY Attorney General: $18.5 million settlement with Target

Tue, 23 May 2017 11:51:08 -0500

The agreement involving 47 states and the District of Columbia is the largest multistate data breach settlement to date.

Program rewarding farmers who protect water quality small, but growing

Tue, 23 May 2017 10:00:00 -0500

Less than 1 percent of Minnesota's 26 million acres of farmland are under the agriculture water-quality certification program, but officials say that amount is growing.

Source: Ford replaces CEO in push to transform business

Mon, 22 May 2017 06:13:35 -0500

CEO Mark Fields is retiring at age 56 after 28 years at the company, according to a person familiar with the situation. Fields will be replaced by Jim Hackett.

Feeling sidelined by mainstream social media, far-right users jump to Gab

Sun, 21 May 2017 05:46:00 -0500

Criticized for being affiliated with the alt-right, the social site Gab now reports 170,000 users. It has found a niche among some conservatives and others who feel stifled by Facebook and Twitter.

Energy companies urge Trump to remain in Paris climate agreement

Thu, 18 May 2017 17:32:00 -0500

Shell CEO Ben van Beurden says he wants the U.S. to remain in the 2015 Paris climate accord. Energy companies like Exxon Mobil and BP have also urged President Trump to continue supporting the deal.

MN news quiz: IDs fixed. Grizzly flick. Feeling sick? Tick, tick, tick

Fri, 19 May 2017 08:39:59 -0500

Why is it so hard to find affordable housing in the Twin Cities? What's different about a Real ID versus what I have now? What's the tick outlook this summer? You have questions, MPR News has answers.

American Crystal Sugar union members approve new contract

Fri, 19 May 2017 06:30:00 -0500

WDAY-TV reports the agreement covers about 1,200 employees at sugar refinery plants in Moorhead, Crookston and East Grand Forks, Minn., and Hillsboro and Drayton in North Dakota, and at storage facilities in Chaska, Minn., and Mason City, Iowa.

Lone consumer holds up Target data breach settlement

Thu, 18 May 2017 15:35:14 -0500

A single consumer in Texas, backed by an anti-class action lawsuit group, has tied up the $10 million available to consumers affect by Target's 2013 data breach.

Will the government help farmers adapt to a changing climate?

Thu, 18 May 2017 07:00:00 -0500

The livelihoods of farmers and ranchers are intimately tied to weather and the environment. But they may no longer be able to depend on government research to help them adapt to climate change.

Minnesota April jobless rate steady at 3.8 percent; 15K jobs added

Thu, 18 May 2017 10:21:45 -0500

The monthly jobs gain was the biggest in nearly four years, state officials said. However, Minnesota's one-year job growth rate was slower than the nation's.