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Bipartisan work gives greater Minnesota legislative success
Farm groups express concern about White House budget proposal
UK PM May says threat level raised to "critical" after Manchester attack
Minn. legislators expected to finish final part of $46B budget; tax cuts, bonding bill included
U.S. forces kill 7 suspected al-Qaida militants in new Yemen raid
Rain a factor in moving Super Bowl from Los Angeles
NFL shortens overtime to 10 minutes
Finally healthy, Banham is set for return home to take on the Lynx
Baseball: Wildcats split but clinch
Local Roundup: Litchfield tennis team heading back to state
Three more Fox News employees file discrimination suits
Minnesota judge officially confirms heirs to Prince's $200M estate
'Last Man Standing': 20th Century Fox TV to seek new home for Tim Allen comedy
ABC's 'American Idol' reboot lands pop music superstar as first confirmed judge
'Scandal' will end next year, ABC president confirms
Fishing: Area opener a ray of sunshine
Art competition: High school artists gather in New London
Stories needed to create 'Milan: The Musical!'
Minnesota Orchestra brings classical music to Willmar
Vinyls unveiled for traffic signal boxes in Willmar
Dr. Richard Clausen
Lisa Rierson Axelson
Michel H. Hinrichsen
Michael Thomas Cullen
Richard G. Black
Garrison Keillor: One more modest proposal
Midwest Opinion: Local youth sports can help fight drug abuse
Letter: Getting even after the fact
Letter: Welcome the new splash pad
Cartoon by Ed Fischer
May 30, 2013
U.S. economy grew at modest 2.4 percent rate in Q1
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. economy grew at a modest 2.4 percent annual rate from January through March, slightly slower than initially estimated. Consumer spending was stronger than first thought, but businesses restocked more slowly and state and local government spending cuts were...
May 30, 2013 - 10:25am
May 28, 2013
U.S. consumer confidence rises in May to 5-year high
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Americans' confidence in the economy jumped in May to a five-year high, lifted by a better outlook for hiring, rising home...
May 28, 2013 - 10:18am
May 13, 2013
U.S. retail sales rise in April on cars, clothing
WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans increased their spending in April at retail businesses, buying more cars and clothes while paying less for gas. The rebound from a weak March suggests consumers may help boost economic growth again this spring. By MARTIN CRUTSINGER Associated...
May 13, 2013 - 8:31am
April 29, 2013
U.S. consumers boost spending 0.2 percent last month
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Americans spent more last month and their income grew, the latest indication that tax increases have yet to hold back the consumer. By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) -- Americans spent more last month and their income...
April 29, 2013 - 8:19am
U.S. consumers keep spending despite reduced pay
WASHINGTON (AP) -- This year got off to a sour start for U.S. workers: Their pay, already gasping to keep pace with inflation, was suddenly shrunk by a Social Security tax increase. By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) -- This year got...
April 29, 2013 - 6:29am
April 11, 2013
Cold March keeps shoppers' spending tepid
NEW YORK (AP) -- So much for new spring shorts and T-shirts. As cold weather lingered across most of the country, Americans shopped modestly in March. By MAE ANDERSON AP Retail Writer NEW YORK (AP) -- So much for new spring shorts and T-shirts. As cold weather lingered across most...
April 11, 2013 - 1:14pm
March 26, 2013
Consumer confidence falls in March
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Americans are less confident in the economy than they were last month as massive government spending cuts have stoked economic uncertainty. By MARCY GORDON AP Business Writer WASHINGTON (AP) -- Americans are less confident in the economy than they were last month...
March 26, 2013 - 12:47pm
March 15, 2013
Gas spike drives US consumer prices up 0.7 percent
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A spike in gas prices drove a measure of U.S. consumer costs up in February by the most in more than three years. But outside the gain in fuel, inflation was mostly modest. By MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) -- A spike in gas prices drove...
March 15, 2013 - 7:38am
March 13, 2013
US retail sales up solid 1.1 percent in February
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Americans spent at the fastest pace in five months in February, boosting retail spending 1.1 percent compared with January. About half the jump reflected higher gas prices, but even excluding gas purchases, retail sales rose 0.6 percent. By MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP...
March 13, 2013 - 11:13am
March 7, 2013
US consumer debt up $16.2 billion in January
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Americans stepped up borrowing in January to buy cars and attend school, while staying cautious about using their credit cards. By MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) -- Americans stepped up borrowing in January to buy cars and attend school,...
March 7, 2013 - 3:04pm
Retailers report modest sales gains for February
NEW YORK (AP) -- Retailers are reporting modest sales gains for February as consumers, uninspired by cool weather and worried about the economy, shopped cautiously for spring merchandise. By ANNE D'INNOCENZIO AP Retail Writer NEW YORK (AP) -- Retailers are reporting modest sales...
March 7, 2013 - 9:27am
March 5, 2013
US service firms grows at fastest pace in a year
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. service companies grew in February at the fastest pace in a year, buoyed by higher sales, more new orders and solid job growth. The gain suggests higher taxes have yet to slow consumer spending on services. By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON...
March 5, 2013 - 1:13pm
February 26, 2013
Consumer confidence rebounds in February
NEW YORK (AP) -- Americans seem to be more confident in the economy than they have been in the past few months. But that doesn't mean they're willing to spend more money. By ANNE D'INNOCENZIO AP Retail Writer NEW YORK (AP) -- Americans seem to be more confident in the economy than...
February 26, 2013 - 12:58pm
February 13, 2013
US retail sales rise 0.1 percent after tax increase
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Americans barely spent more last month at retail businesses and restaurants after higher taxes cut their paychecks. The small...
February 13, 2013 - 9:11am
February 7, 2013
Retailers report strong January sales
NEW YORK (AP) -- Sometimes, the devil is in the deals. Americans shopped the winter clearance racks in January, resulting in strong sales during the month for retailers. But spending is expected to slow as the deals dry up heading into the spring, and Americans digest rising gas prices...
February 7, 2013 - 12:00pm