It has been my custom for most of the past 15 years to write a year-end column that summarizes the Social Security changes and updates scheduled to take place the following year.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Spaceport America officials are urging legislators to limit potential lawsuits from wealthy outer space tourists who take off from New Mexico, saying such a bill is crucial to the future of the project.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The makers of Blekko believe they've built a great alternative to Google, but they're also realistic. They know their two-year-old Internet search engine won't ever supplant Google as the most popular place to search on laptop and desktop computers.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. job market proved resilient in December despite fears that a budget impasse in Washington would send the economy over the fiscal cliff and trigger growth-killing tax hikes and spending cuts.
DETROIT (AP) - When the word reached the Orion Assembly Plant, it spread along the serpentine assembly line like news of a death or natural disaster: General Motors, the biggest automaker in the world, had filed for bankruptcy protection.
NEW YORK (AP) - A last-minute surge in spending saved the holiday shopping season.
PLEASANTON (AP) - Discount clothing retailer Ross Stores Inc. said Thursday that a key revenue indicator climbed 6 percent in December and raised its fiscal fourth-quarter earnings guidance, sending the company's shares higher.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Think your high-definition TV is hot stuff - as sharp as it gets? At the biggest trade show in the Americas, which kicks off next week in Las Vegas, TV makers will be doing their best to convince you that HDTVs are old hat, and should make room for "Ultra HDTV."
Top-selling cars and trucks in the US in 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) - Tucked into the "fiscal cliff" tax package approved by Congress are billions of dollars in tax breaks that should make the new year a lot happier for businesses of many stripes, including film producers, race track owners and the makers of electric motorcycles.
NEW YORK (AP) - A two-day rally in the stock market came to an end Thursday afternoon when an account of the Federal Reserve's last meeting revealed a split between bank officials over how long the Fed should keep buying bonds to support the economy.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Google has settled a U.S. government probe into its business practices without making any major concessions on how the company runs its Internet search engine, the world's most influential gateway to digital information and commerce.
NEW YORK (AP) - Hormel Foods apparently has a hankering for a peanut butter and bacon sandwich. The company primarily known for Spam and other cured, smoked and deli meats said Thursday that it's buying Skippy, the country's No. 2 peanut butter brand, in its biggest-ever acquisition.
DETROIT (AP) - It's not quite boom times for the U.S. auto industry. But it's getting there.
NEW YORK (AP) - The "fiscal cliff" compromise, even with all its chaos, controversy and unresolved questions, was enough to ignite the stock market on Wednesday, the first trading day of the new year.
NEW YORK (AP) - Target has sliced its minimum online purchase to qualify for free shipping in half to $25 as the Internet becomes a bigger and bigger sales hub for retailers.
NEW YORK (AP) - CBS News on Monday released video from four stories it aired about the Falklands War in 1982, all part of a dispute involving Fox News Channel host Bill O'Reilly and his subsequent statements about covering the war.
WASHINGTON (AP) - America's biggest tobacco companies asked a federal appeals court Monday to set aside a series of court-ordered advertisements saying they lied about the dangers of smoking.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Aiming to undercut Apple's latest hit service, Google is teaming up with three major U.S. wireless carriers to prod more people into using its mobile wallet.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - A royal flush led to a king-sized payout for a New Jersey man playing cards online in the state's largest-ever Internet gambling jackpot.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - How to keep the "modern" in "Modern Family" in its sixth season? Create an episode that plays out completely on a computer and in the realm of social media.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Did the National Security Agency plant spyware deep in the hard drives of thousands of computers used by foreign governments, banks and other surveillance targets around the world?
WEST SACRAMENTO - Raley's Supermarkets marked its 80th year on Sunday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - How many remotes does it take to watch television, stream Netflix or record your favorite show on DVR?
WASHINGTON (AP) - The makers of a twice-rejected pill designed to boost sexual desire in women are hoping a yearlong lobbying push by politicians, women's groups and consumer advocates will move their much-debated drug onto the market.
MENLO PARK (AP) - Facebook is making it easier to plan for your online afterlife.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - It's early for many Americans still sloshing through winter to plan their gardens, home improvements and spring sports leagues, but stores gearing up for warmer weather are fretting that they won't have some products to sell due to a labor crisis at West Coast seaports.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Zynga Inc. (ZNGA) on Thursday reported a loss of $45.1 million in its fourth quarter.
NEW YORK (AP) - A wave of deals in the online travel industry has increasingly put some familiar names under two corporate umbrellas: Expedia and Priceline.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Pressured by Congress, the IRS said Wednesday it is changing its policies and apologizing for seizing banks accounts from otherwise law-abiding business owners simply because they structured bank transactions to avoid federal reporting requirements.