If I had the space, I probably could write a column called "The One Thousand Most Common Misconceptions About Social Security." I see examples of them almost every day in the emails I get from my readers. Alas, I'll barely have room to cover the top ten. This week, I'll stick to the program side of Social Security. Next week, I'll go over some of the most common policy and political misunderstandings.
HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) - Charmin is providing some toilet paper relief on behalf of one of Ohio's newest million-dollar lottery winners.
FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) - A federal judge on Friday barred the IRS from imposing a series of new regulations, including a competency exam, on hundreds of thousands of tax preparers.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Carpooling, higher fuel economy, hybrids and electric cars may be good for the environment, but they're bad for government transportation funding, which relies on gasoline and diesel taxes to help pay for the building and upkeep of roads and bridges.
NEW YORK (AP) - A new study shows that funding for business startups declined in 2012, the first time that's happened in three years, as venture capitalists spent less money on fewer deals.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Allergic to gluten? What about peanuts? Federal disabilities law may be able to help.
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WASHINGTON (AP) - Most Americans think jarring economic problems will erupt if lawmakers fail to increase the government's borrowing limit. Yet they're torn over how or even whether to raise it, leaning toward Republican demands that any boost be accompanied by spending cuts.
WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. builders started work on homes in December at the fastest pace in 4 ½ years and finished 2012 as their best year for residential construction since the early stages of the housing crisis.
SEATTLE (AP) - Amazon says iPhone and iPod Touch users will be able to buy music from its digital store for the first time beginning Thursday.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Tax fraud appears to be a popular pastime in the nation's prisons, but the Internal Revenue Service is catching on.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Reviews site Yelp is adding restaurants' health-inspection grades to its site, giving users yet another filter through which they can decide where to eat.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Intel Corp., the world's largest chipmaker, on Thursday said its fourth-quarter net income fell 27 percent from the previous year, as PC sales continued to weaken.
SEATTLR (AP) - Boeing plans to keep building its flagship jetliner while engineers try to solve battery problems that have grounded most of the 787 fleet.
SAN JOSE (AP) - EBay finished last year with a flourish as bargain-hunting holiday shoppers flocked to its Internet shopping mall and digital payment service to help lift the company's fourth-quarter earnings above analyst projections.
WASHINGTON (AP) - People who use Facebook and Twitter are less likely than others to share their opinions on hot-button issues, even when they are offline, according to a surprising new survey by the Pew Research Center.
GENEVA (AP) - Governments should have tougher rules for electronic cigarettes - banning their use indoors and putting them off limits for minors - until more evidence can be gathered about their risks, the U.N. health agency said Tuesday.
WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. consumer confidence this month reached its highest point in nearly seven years, boosted by strong job gains.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Malibu region's growing wine industry, made up of some 50 commercial vineyards, could be squeezed by proposed regulations that would prohibit new grape growing in a large swath of the Santa Monica Mountains.
NEW YORK (AP) - Some of the newest incarnations of fantasy football look a lot more like gambling than intricate, outsmart-your-opponent strategy games.
NEW YORK (AP) - Amazon is hoping to become the ESPN of video games.
NEW YORK (AP) - Here's a sign more households are going without cable or satellite TV: TiVo Inc. is making a digital video recorder just for so-called cord-cutters.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Chip supplier Fairchild Semiconductor is eliminating about 1,350 jobs in the U.S. and Asia - about 15 percent of its total workforce - to reduce costs.
NEW YORK (AP) - Forget bad weather, traffic jams and kids asking, "Are we there yet?" The real headache for many travelers is a quickly-growing list of hotel surcharges, even for items they never use.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Americans are doing a better job of making timely credit card payments, even as many lenders increasingly extend credit to more people with less-than-stellar credit.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A fourth straight monthly increase in sales of existing homes provided the latest evidence Thursday that the U.S. housing market is rebounding from a weak start to the year.
MOSCOW (AP) - Russia's food safety agency said Thursday that it was checking McDonald's restaurants around the country, a day after several branches of the chain were shuttered in Moscow.
NEW YORK (AP) - A report from the Census Bureau is the latest evidence that the rich are getting richer while the poor get poorer.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Gap Inc. said its profit rose 10 percent in the second quarter as the clothing retailer cut expenses and managed to lift sales.
NEW YORK (AP) - Burger King is getting rid of its lower-calorie french fries at most restaurants after less than a year.