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Two top Minnesota lawmakers say the business case will be key to building support to end the long-standing trade embargo.
Some in state's D.C. delegation are at odds over desire to mine.
He says Muslims must build political clout to fight hate and discrimination.
New details about added sugar, calorie counts are among the rules the FDA approved.
WASHINGTON – Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota has teamed with Rep. Jan Schakowsky of Illinois in urging Swedish furniture seller Ikea to “conduct a…
Franken, Klobuchar had sought explanation of how review was misplaced, findings unreported.
Report finds no difference in human health problems as GMO labeling issue heats up.
Democratic U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan of Minnesota spoke at the National Press Club Monday to tout legislation that would prohibit members of Congress from making personal requests for political donations.
Leaders say Minnesota business is at risk without direct flight to Asia.
With the retirements of 407,000 people on the line, the Teamsters' Central States Pension Fund is appealing to Congress to help solve its dire financial predicament.
The U.S. Treasury Department has rejected the deep retirement cuts sought by the ailing Teamsters Central States Pension Fund. The decision is a relief to thousands of retirees, who stood to see pension checks slashed.
Move by consumer protection bureau targets forced arbitration in the financial industry.
Human services groups ask for time to comply with new pay threshold.
Fifty people traveled by bus to join rallies outside the Supreme Court.
Critics say the measure would undermine oversight of banks, while he sees politics at play.
Groups protest against proposal that proponents say would save fund
Company has said review of its Infuse product did not reveal any new types of problems.
Medtronic collected data on thousands of patients given its Infuse device, uncovering complications. The problems went unreported for years – even as scrutiny intensified.
With Vermont's labeling law looming, the company said it needed to find a cost-effective solution.
Critics said the measure lacked a workable federal standard.
WASHINGTON – If you work for a business that offers no retirement benefits, Jacob Lew has a deal for you. The U.S. Treasury secretary…
Training programs at three Twin Cities facilities will expand as a result.
When a train derailed alongside the Mississippi River in southeastern Minnesota on Jan. 26, U.S. Rep. Tim Walz said it took 12 hours to find out the exact contents of six tanker cars that fell into the water.
Amy Klobuchar voted for the bill barring state mandates, but says it will need amendments to pass the whole Senate.
Board chairman will remain interim chief during search for successor.
An advocacy group says the cuts would shrink payments by tens of millions in the state. Pension officials dispute the report.
Despite a Supreme Court stay on EPA rules, Minnesota says it will develop plans to limit carbon and pursue energy initiatives
State Department official aims to build support for the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
The plan may limit the legal powers of patients.
Delta Air Lines, which inherited the route in its 2009 merger with Northwest Airlines, warned two weeks ago that it is at risk because of changes at a Tokyo airport being negotiated by U.S. and Japanese authorities.
The Mayo Clinic is part of a plan to get devices to market faster.
The nation's food and farm industries are mounting a furious, last-ditch push against mandatory labeling of foods made with genetically modified organisms, with dozens of Minnesota businesses backing the effort as part of a national coalition.
As President Obama tries to more closely regulate gun sales, hundreds of handguns remain legally available in Minnesota with no scrutiny or disclosures and no change in sight.
Woman had sought to sue Medtronic for injuries she said were due to non-FDA-approved use of bone-graft product.
State's medical device firms see tax suspension as a win.
The path to passage of the country's largest free trade agreement just keeps getting longer.
Proposed changes to tighten the visa program could create a $5.4 billion hit to tourism in the U.S.
The medical tech industry praised the legislation.
To save the Teamsters Central States Pension Fund from collapse, trustees want to slash the pensions of fund members.
A plaintiff is hoping for a day in court to argue that Medtronic should be held accountable for her spinal injuries. But she will need a decision by the United States Supreme Court to get it.
Rep. Tom Emmer is pushing for changes in government control of big institutions.
Doctor says noninvasive cancer kit "could save tens of thousands of lives."
The regulations aim to keep companies from leaving the U.S. for low-tax foreign countries.
At a Senate confirmation hearing, Dr. Robert Califf revealed his plan to improve reporting.
As Ted Cruz attacks, Minnesota beet farmers worry the federal program will be misunderstood.
Republicans and one Democrat decry loss of jobs, as most Democrats tout commitment to clean energy.
The resolution passed, but its support was short of a veto-proof majority.
Effort to stop bullying, collection of nonexistent "zombie debt."
Procedural vote to close debate on changes to new clean water rules fails.
The senator says contracts for things like credit cards shouldn't be able to take away a user's right to sue.
A frustrated House panel receives no answers from Kimberly Graves over misconduct allegation.
Minnesota amputees protested the issue, which will get a new look in '16.
A rare maneuver backed by members in both parties sends the measure to the Senate.
It's been closed since July, but a rare congressional move gives it new hope
Businesses urge Congress to rein in serial lawsuits alleging violations of disabilities act.
WASHINGTON – The U.S. sugar industry, including Minnesota’s nation-leading sugar beet producers, won a regulatory marathon Tuesday as the federal government gave final approval…
General Mills, Best Buy and Target joined dozens of other major U.S. companies Monday in backing efforts to reach a global climate deal at upcoming talks in Paris.
Charice Goude of Brooklyn Center knew she had to pay back her overdue credit card bill. She just did not want to pay it back twice.
The Department of Labor could appeal the decision to the state Supreme Court.
Their access to certain prosthetics is in jeopardy without Congress' help.
FICTION: A Minneapolis detective tries to restore his good name after his task force is accused of theft.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership divides Minnesota caucus in Congress along party lines.
Minnesotans who crammed into and outside the U.S. Capitol on Thursday said Pope Francis' historic message to Congress urging political civility and aid to the world's downtrodden was encouraging in times of domestic and international turmoil.
Pope Francis called on members of Congress this morning to help the downtrodden of both the United States and the world and pressed them to work to combat climate change, open their hearts to Syrians fleeing crisis, and fight for those caught in a cycle of poverty.
Advisory group will provide input on clinical trial designs.
In bid to sell more here, Australian producers take on a powerful U.S. lobby
Agriculture officials estimate the state could add 620 pumps using a public-private partnership to match federal money.
The world's fifth-largest hearing aid maker and the largest in the U.S. has apparently ousted four of its senior executives in a major shake-up at one of Minnesota's biggest private companies.
Lobbying has picked up as he weighs whether his decision in a North Dakota case could apply in Minnesota and elsewhere.
They say proposed changes would prevent technology from getting to those in need.
Subsidies allow carriers from UAE and Qatar to undercut U.S. airlines, "Big 3" contend.
Capturing methane from manure from Minnesota dairy cows can reduce pollution and save energy, but technology can be tricky and too expensive to make money.
New EPA rules dictate less coal burning and more clean energy, efficiency
The senator from Iowa said the deal could hurt competition.
At White House, the company agreed to take action to help mitigate climate change.
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