In last week's column, I reviewed the ten most common misconceptions people have about Social Security benefits. But the program side of Social Security is only half the picture. There is also the policy and political side of our nation's bedrock retirement system. In fact, because of crazy rumors spread on the Internet, far more people have been misled into believing nutty stories about Social Security policies, especially when it comes to financing the program. I've discussed these issues many times before in this column, but based on the emails I get, no one is listening!
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Forget the firm handshake and networking chit chat. Business students who want a job at Caesars Entertainment need to work on their poker faces.
NEW YORK (AP) - Exxon has once again surpassed Apple as the world's most valuable company after the iPhone and iPad maker saw its stock price falter.
NEW YORK (AP) - A long-simmering spat between billionaire investors Carl Icahn and Bill Ackman boiled over into a shouting match on live television Friday.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Outgoing Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner thinks the U.S. economy will strengthen this year - as long as Congress avoids cutting spending too deeply in a budget deal and Europe's economy gradually improves.
WASHINGTON (AP) - They seem right out of a Hollywood fantasy, and they are: Cars that drive themselves have appeared in movies like "I, Robot" and the television show "Knight Rider."
NEW YORK (AP) - Passing another milestone on the nation's long journey back from the Great Recession, the Standard and Poor's 500 index closed above 1,500 for the first time in more than five years Friday after a wave of good earnings reports.
NEW YORK (AP) - The 787 Dreamliner was born in a moment of desperation.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Employers are laying off fewer workers, a trend that normally suggests hiring is picking up. The January jobs report next week will show whether employers have begun to hire more freely or are still waiting for the economy to strengthen.
NEW YORK (AP) - A new strain of stomach bug sweeping the globe is taking over in the U.S., health officials say.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - Samsung Electronics Co. reported Friday forecast-beating results for the fourth quarter of 2012 as profit from its mobile business more than doubled from a year earlier.
NEW YORK (AP) - Apple needs to start making nice with Wall Street, analysts said Thursday as investors hammered the company's stock.
WAHSINGTON, D.C. (AP) - President Barack Obama's health care overhaul law has spawned its own jargon. With the law finally about to take full effect, consumers might want to get familiar with some of the terms:
NEW YORK (AP) - Americans still need their Starbucks fix even in the weak economy.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Microsoft's latest quarterly earnings slipped, even as the world's largest software maker showed modest progress adapting to a shift away from the personal computers that have been its financial foundation for decades.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Nordstrom has fired a sales associate who made a statement about killing police on his Facebook page.
IRVINE (AP) - California home prices cooled in November as lack of affordability and low inventories kept potential buyers on the sidelines, a research firm said Tuesday.
OAKLAND (AP) - A federal jury decided Tuesday that Apple didn't compete unfairly when it sold music players and songs with copy-protection software that was incompatible with rival devices and music from competing online stores.
NEW YORK (AP) - T-Mobile will now let customers carry over their unused cellular-data allotments.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Robin Williams' suicide seared into the world's collective mindset more than anything else this year, based on what people were searching for on Google.
NEW YORK (AP) - The price of oil has fallen by nearly half in just six months, a surprising and steep plunge that has consumers cheering, producers howling and economists wringing their hands over whether this is a good or bad thing.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Bank of Russia has raised its key interest rate to 17 percent from 10.5 percent in a desperate move to boost its currency and rescue its troubled economy.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A "Driving While Black" smartphone application is set for release this month, but its developers say motorists should be careful when they use it.
NEW YORK (AP) - Being a teen can be tough, but catering to one is even more difficult.
MODESTO -According to a new study from the University of California Agricultural Issues Center (AIC), the almond industry supports California's economic well-being by generating more than 100,000 jobs and more than $21 billion gross revenue across all industries in the state, adding about $11 billion dollars to size of the its total economy.
WASHINGTON (AP) - It's the new career trade-off:
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that warehouse workers who fill orders for retail giant Amazon don't have to be paid for time spent waiting to pass through security checks at the end of their shifts.
MENLO PARK (AP) - Day after day, Facebook captures our best and worst moments, from the birth of a new baby to heated political spats. So what got discussed the most in 2014? The Ice Bucket Challenge and the death of Robin Williams, to name a few.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The IRS paid at least $6 billion in child tax credits in 2013 to people who weren't eligible to receive them, a government investigator said Tuesday.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Energy Department again slashed its prediction for next year's average price of gasoline across the U.S., this time to $2.60 a gallon. That would be 23 percent below this year's projected average and the lowest full-year average since 2009.