WASHINGTON (AP) - Those automated phone calls during the dinner hour, late at night or to your wireless phone can be so frustrating - and the government is taking note.
NEW YORK (AP) - McDonald's is tweaking how it cooks it burgers in hopes of winning back customers.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - In a nondescript industrial park, beer geeks line up several times a week outside Bissell Brothers to get the latest batch of fresh beer - much like foodies seeking the freshest baguettes, pomegranates or kale.
WASHINGTON (AP) - IRS investigators believe the identity thieves who stole the personal tax information of more than 100,000 taxpayers from an IRS website are part of a sophisticated criminal operation based in Russia, two officials told the Associated Press.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Utility regulators Thursday opened the way for development of a natural gas-fired power plant on the coast near San Diego, perhaps one of the last of its kind in California as the state pushes toward a green energy future.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - As PayPal prepares to split from its corporate parent, its new chief executive is promising to expand the popular online payment system, adding a variety of services for consumers to use when shopping on their phones or in traditional stores.
Kaiser Permanente Manteca Medical Center has been rated high performing in heart failure treatment in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals for Common Care ratings released this week. The ratings evaluated more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide on common inpatient procedures and conditions.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The IRS is refunding a total of $10 million to thousands of tax preparers who paid to take a competency test, the agency announced Thursday.
PLEASANTON (AP) - The message-in-a-bottle routine is going Wi-Fi. And that means pretty soon you'll have your very own mini Times Square at the bar, right on the bottle.
PALO ALTO (AP) - Hewlett-Packard Co.'s earnings slipped in the latest quarter as the long-slumping technology company struggled to boosts its sales while preparing to split up its operations.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Shoppers could soon have a harder time finding out where some of their red meat comes from.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court has upheld a jury's finding that Samsung illegally copied some patented features in Apple's iPhone, but it sided with Samsung on one point that could reduce the $930 million in damages the South Korean company had been ordered to pay.
NEW YORK (AP) - Imagine a fitting room with a "smart" mirror that suggests jeans to go with the red shirt you brought in. It snaps a video so you can compare the image side-by-side with other colorful shirts you try on. It might even show you how the shirt will fit without you having to undress.
NEW YORK (AP) - Olive Garden's plan to win back customers? Take the breadsticks it's known for and make sandwiches out of them.
NEW YORK (AP) - Fox is lowering the curtain on "American Idol," ending a series that dominated television throughout the 2000s and made stars of the likes of Simon Cowell, Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Chef Geoffrey Zakarian is canceling plans for a restaurant in a new hotel being developed in Washington by real estate mogul and presidential candidate Donald Trump.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont has received a federal funding bonus of $293,000 after reducing the error rate in its 3SquaresVT food assistance program by more than two-thirds, officials said Thursday.
BOSTON (AP) - Massachusetts gambling regulators on Thursday lost their bid to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Boston challenging the award of the state's most lucrative casino license to Wynn Resorts.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Target will sell its pharmacy and clinic businesses to CVS Health in the latest twist behind a push from big retailers to become all things to all customers.
DETROIT (AP) - Slow sales and falling gasoline prices have prompted Honda to stop selling gas-electric hybrid and natural gas-powered versions of its Civic compact car.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Bethesda jump started the Electronic Entertainment Expo by showing off the latest installments of "Fallout" and "Doom."
HOUSTON (AP) - Men's Wearhouse said Wednesday it will run tuxedo rental shops in 300 Macy's stores starting this fall, and will also carry a line of tailored clothing from Kenneth Cole.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Automakers should immediately include as standard equipment in all new cars and commercial trucks systems that automatically brake or warn drivers to avoid rear-end collisions, the National Transportation Safety Board said in a report released Monday.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The federal government will make it easier for more students who attended the now-defunct Corinthian Colleges to get rid of their federal loans, officials announced Monday, as part of a new plan that could cost as much as $3.6 billion.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - A federal appeals court says Allegiant Air had the right to make changes in work rules for its pilots.
• Apple Music app cost: $10 a month: Apple says its new Apple Music app will cost $10 a month for one person or $15 a month for a family of up to six people.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A new college scholarship aimed at providing tuition relief to middle-class families in California has emerged as a sticking point in the Legislature's discussions over higher education spending.
NEW YORK (AP) - PepsiCo is looking to launch a line of "craft" fountain sodas made with sugar in hopes of appealing to people who may shun big soda brands.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The drug industry's decade-spanning search for a female equivalent to Viagra took a major step forward Thursday, as government experts recommended approval for a pill to boost sexual desire in women.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) - The first inductees into the new World Video Game Hall of Fame include "Pong," the game that introduced millions to electronic play, "Doom," which triggered a debate over the role of games and violence in society, and "Super Mario Bros.," whose mustachioed hero has migrated to everything from fruit snacks to sneakers.