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  • A global study just revealed the world's biggest known plastic polluters

    Apr 25, 2024

    Every year, companies produce more than 400 million metric tons of plastic. Some of that plastic spills onto waterways or beaches, clogging streams or floating in huge gyres in the ocean. Some of it breaks down into tiny microplastics or nanoplastics that float in the air and enter human lungs, blood and organs. Sometimes it's hard to know which companies are behind all this plastic - but now, scientists have identified some of the largest contributors. A new study published Wednesday in the...

  • St. Cloud warehouse lays off hundreds of workers as Publishers Clearing House downsizes

    Apr 25, 2024

    Fulfillment Distribution Center plans to lay off 350 employees in St. Cloud this fall when the plant closes. The center said the Oct. 31 layoffs will come because the center's only customer, Publishers Clearing House, is discontinuing its mail-order commercial business. Publishers Clearing House announced its own layoffs in Jericho, N.Y., late last week, with 156 employees losing their jobs starting in July. New York-based Publishers Clearing House is known for mailing offers promoting...

  • Tesla profit plunges on price cuts, but company unveils plans for affordable models

    Apr 24, 2024

    Tesla reported a steeper-than-expected 55 percent plunge in profit for the first quarter but managed to avoid a major beating on Wall Street on Tuesday by declaring a flurry of bold commitments that appeared to satisfy investors: ramping up the production timeline of a more "affordable" car, doubling down on its fully autonomous "Cybercab" and outlining nearly $1 billion in cost savings from job cuts. Analysts called Tuesday's earnings report a "make or break moment" for the electric-vehicle...

  • The head of Mexico's detective service says his country is the 'champion' of fentanyl production

    Apr 24, 2024

    MEXICO CITY - The head of Mexico's detective service acknowledged Tuesday that the country is ''the champion'' of fentanyl production, something that appears to run counter to past statements by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. López Obrador has hotly denied in the past that any fentanyl is produced in Mexico, saying Mexican cartels only press it into pills or add finishing touches. But Felipe de Jesus Gallo, the head of Mexico's Criminal Investigation Agency, said that since the 1990s ''...

  • Red Lake Nation goes on a sales trip to India to discuss trade, walleye and wild rice

    Mathew Holding Eagle III, MPR News|Apr 23, 2024

    India is now the world's most populous nation with 1.4 billion people. This week Red Lake Incorporated will look to tap into that giant market by joining a US trade mission to India. From his reservation government office Red Lake Incorporated Chief Development Officer Jaycob Robinson is busy finalizing plans for the trip. "We have enterprises that have been focused in export marketing of agricultural products, primarily cultivated wild rice for over 25 years. So, we've been really active in...

  • Delta raises ground worker, flight attendant base pay 5%, affecting more than 5,000 in Minnesota

    Apr 23, 2024

    For the third consecutive year, Delta Air Lines has increased wages for its nonunion ground workers and flight attendants, including more than 5,000 of its Minnesota employees. In a memo to employees obtained by the Star Tribune, Delta CEO Ed Bastian said the company is raising wages 5% for those eligible workers, and is increasing the minimum starting rate for all U.S. positions to $19 per hour, a $5,000 annual salary increase from a year ago. The salary increase takes effect June 1. Delta...

  • House passes potential TikTok ban that could speed through Senate

    Apr 22, 2024

    House lawmakers escalated efforts to restrict video-sharing platform TikTok, renewing pressure on the Senate by advancing a bill Saturday that would force the company to be sold or face a national ban as part of a broader package sending aid to Israel and Ukraine. The unorthodox maneuver could expedite the crackdown's path through Congress, where negotiations had slowed after an earlier attempt hurtled through the House last month. With growing support in the Senate, the legislation appears...

  • The medical debt shuffle: Allina sells overdue bills to itself to sue patients

    Apr 22, 2024

    Derek Seman had no idea he owed $1,067.88 to Allina Health for cardiac tests, or that the debt was sold to a collector called Accounts Receivable Services. Then a summons arrived in the mail last month. This mysterious company wasn't going to be patient. "I didn't even know they could take you to court for medical debt," he said. https://www.startribune.com/the-medical-debt-shuffle-allina-sells-overdue-bills-to-itself-to-sue-patients/600360427/...

  • Therese Haugen awaits licensure to operate cannabis cultivation facility near Cass Lake

    Apr 22, 2024

    CASS LAKE - Since recreational marijuana became legal on Aug. 1, 2023, aspiring entrepreneurs across Minnesota have patiently awaited licensure to operate dispensaries and cultivation facilities. With license applications expected from the Minnesota Office of Cannabis Management in early- to mid-2025, some budding business owners have taken proactive steps to success as they play the waiting game. With plans to open her indoor craft cannabis cultivation facility 10 miles south of Cass Lake,...

  • Google just fired 28 employees who protested its contract with Israel

    Apr 19, 2024

    SAN FRANCISCO - Google fired on Wednesday 28 employees who were involved in a protest against a contract with the Israeli government that the cloud-computing giant shares with its competitor, Amazon. The firings came after nine employees were arrested Tuesday while participating in sit-in protests at Google offices in Sunnyvale, Calif., and New York City. The workers were held for a few hours before being released, employees said. The employees, part of a group called No Tech for Apartheid,...

  • Biden administration to reimpose oil and gas sanctions on Venezuela

    Apr 18, 2024

    The Biden administration will reimpose oil and gas sanctions on Venezuela after President Nicolás Maduro failed to comply with a U.S.-backed agreement to allow opposition candidates and parties to run in July elections, the State Department said in a statement Wednesday. A six-month general license, issued in October as part of a deal between Maduro and the Venezuelan opposition signed in October, is scheduled to expire at midnight Wednesday and will not be renewed, the officials said. The...

  • Demonstrators against the ongoing war in Gaza block traffic on Interstate 880 in Oakland, Calif., on Monday. (Brontë Wittpenn/San Francisco Chronicle/AP)

    Apr 17, 2024

    The U.S. government may lose between $233 billion and $521 billion to fraud each year, according to a rough federal estimate, the first of its kind, released Tuesday. But the author of that report - the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office - simultaneously cautioned that its new figure is incomplete and imprecise because of a lack of reliable data and the inherent challenge in uncovering sophisticated schemes to steal federal funds. The watchdog, known as GAO, computed its estimate by...

  • Running Aces sues tribal casinos, claiming card games aren't authorized by state

    Apr 17, 2024

    Running Aces, one of the state's two horse-racing tracks, filed a federal racketeering lawsuit Tuesday claiming tribal casinos in three locations have offered card games not authorized under state law. The lawsuit by the track, which operates in Columbus in the northeast Twin Cities metro, named executives at Grand Casinos in Hinckley and Mille Lacs, owned by the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, and Treasure Island Resort & Casino, owned by the Prairie Island Indian Community. Running Aces contends...

  • Cyberattack could cost UnitedHealth Group up to $1.6B this year

    Apr 17, 2024

    UnitedHealth Group expects the cyberattack on its Change Healthcare unit to cost the company as much as $1.6 billion this year. In a financial report released Tuesday, the Minnetonka-based health care giant said it spent about $872 million during the first quarter responding to the cyberattack. The first quarter numbers provide the fullest accounting so far of financial impacts from the hack, which forced UnitedHealth Group to shut down a widely used claims processing system to contain the...

  • Some of Minnesota's largest companies have quietly closed their foundations, shifting how they give

    Apr 15, 2024

    3M was one of the first companies in the country to establish a charitable foundation in 1953. But in 2022, the Maplewood-based company quietly closed its foundation, switching to control its philanthropy internally as a company, not through a separate charitable arm. In Golden Valley, General Mills did the same in 2021, while in Minneapolis, Thrivent shuttered its foundation in 2020. While all three companies say their public generosity won't shrink without a foundation, some nonprofit leaders...

  • U.S. says recent Microsoft breach exposed federal agencies to hacking

    Apr 12, 2024

    The U.S. government said Thursday that Russian government hackers who recently stole Microsoft corporate emails had obtained passwords and other secret material that might allow them to breach multiple U.S. agencies. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, an arm of the Department of Homeland Security, on Tuesday issued a rare binding directive to an undisclosed number of agencies requiring them to change any log-ins that were taken and investigate what else might be at risk. The...

  • Hormel settles pork price-fixing suits for $11 million

    Apr 12, 2024

    Hormel Foods will pay more than $11 million to settle class-action lawsuits alleging the company worked with other pork producers to illegally fix prices and overcharge customers, according to court records. The proposed settlements, filed in federal court in Minneapolis last week, will see the Austin, Minn.-based food company end the litigation without admitting fault. Hormel will pay $2.4 million to institutional customers like restaurants and delis; $4.8 million to wholesalers and other...

  • Lunchables under fire after reports of concerning lead, sodium levels

    Apr 11, 2024

    Consumer Reports is calling for the removal of Lunchables from school trays across the country after discovering concerning levels of lead and sodium and a potentially harmful chemical in their packaging in products sold in stores. A petition lobbying the U.S. Department of Agriculture to get rid of the Kraft Heinz products from the National School Lunch Program has more than 14,000 signatures. Brian Ronholm, director of food policy at Consumer Reports, said the nonprofit watchdog found...

  • Best Buy lays off some Geek Squad, phone support workers while adding AI

    Apr 11, 2024

    Best Buy laid off Geek Squad field agents, home-theater repair technicians and phone support specialists last week, according to current and former employees. The layoffs come amid a restructuring that includes new uses for AI in the company, like customer support. The Richfield-based retailer declined to offer a specific number of cuts to its workforce, but said affected and eligible employees will receive severance, with some offered opportunities to transfer or reapply for jobs at the...

  • Target adds cameras at self-checkout stations to deter theft

    Apr 10, 2024

    Target Corp. is taking a new tack to combat theft at self-checkout stations. The retailer is adding a new technology at its self-checkout registers that uses cameras to detect items on scanners, alerting shoppers who leave anything unscanned, according to internal documents viewed by Bloomberg News. The technology, called TruScan, is being rolled out to all stores this year, the documents said. It could help Target track shoppers "who repeatedly fail to scan their items even after being...

  • If Uber, Lyft leave Minneapolis, nearly a dozen competing rideshare firms ready to fill the void

    Apr 9, 2024

    Elam Baer is one of thousands of people who rely on Uber to get to work or appointments in the Twin Cities every day. So when Baer heard Uber was pulling out of the region May 1 after the Minneapolis City Council passed a law setting a minimum wage for rideshare drivers, he wasn't happy. Lyft, the other rideshare giant, says it will stop serving Minneapolis at the same time. Baer, who is chief executive of Eden Prairie-based North Central Equity, decided to do something about it. He quickly...

  • Two Florida men plead guilty to insider trading charges related to taking Trump media firm public

    Apr 4, 2024

    NEW YORK — Two Florida brothers pleaded guilty Wednesday to insider trading charges, admitting making over $22 million illegally before the public announcement in 2021 that an acquisition firm was taking former President Donald Trump's media company public. Michael and Gerald Shvartsman entered their pleas to a single count of securities fraud in Manhattan federal court, where Judge Lewis J. Liman set sentencing for July 17. The men said that they knew they were committing a crime when they made trades in October 2021 through a New York b...

  • Boeing's troubles are spilling over to its airline customers

    Apr 3, 2024

    After three years of scrambling to hire and train pilots, United Airlines is encouraging its aviators to take unpaid time off next month, the latest example of how woes at Boeing - including delays in aircraft delivery - are rippling through the aviation industry. Production limits imposed on Boeing after a piece of the wall blew off an Alaska Airlines plane midflight in January are in part responsible for the delays, which are forcing carriers to halt hiring and rethink schedules even as...

  • Judge evicting MyPillow from a Shakopee warehouse over unpaid rent

    Mar 27, 2024

    MyPillow is facing a court-ordered eviction from a Shakopee warehouse after the property's landlord showed the company owes more than $200,000 in rent. A Scott County judge on Tuesday said she will approve the landlord's request to vacate the property after at least four default notices were sent to the Minnesota-based pillow maker over the last six months. The latest eviction notice says the company, headquartered in Chaska, is behind in payments for February and March, owing Delaware-based...

  • First-of-its-kind adult beverage and Indigenous social impact brand Heti coming soon from restaurateur Dana Thompson

    Mar 27, 2024

    Minneapolis, Minn. – March 26, 2024 ¬– A new hemp-derived, low-dose THC/CBD cannabis seltzer featuring the Indigenous botanicals of North America is coming next month to Minnesota. Dana Thompson, an award-winning creator and leader in the Indigenous food sovereignty movement, is launching the new social-impact adult beverage brand Heti (pronounced heh-tee). Heti, meaning "home" in the Dakota language, was inspired by the birthplace and ancestral language of Thompson's grandfather. As a woma...

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