NEW YORK (AP) - The owner of Olive Garden and Red Lobster says it won't bump any full-time workers down to part-time status, after its tests aimed at limiting health care costs resulted in a publicity backlash that took a bite out of sales.
SPARKS, Nev. (AP) - The Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority is changing its promotional slogan for the third time in three years.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Sales of U.S. homes facing foreclosure are on the rise and outpacing sales of bank-owned homes, a reflection of stepped up efforts this year by lenders to avoid foreclosing on homes with mortgages gone unpaid.
NEW YORK (AP) - Another Starbucks may soon pop up around the corner, with the world's biggest coffee company planning to add at least 1,500 cafes in the U.S. over the next five years.
OAKLAND (AP) - Internet radio company Pandora Media Inc. said Tuesday that its third-quarter net profit more than tripled to $2 million as revenue rose slightly faster than costs. But it predicted a loss in the fourth quarter, a bad surprise for investors who sent shares tumbling.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A measure of U.S. home prices rose 6.3 percent in October compared with a year ago, the largest yearly gain since July 2006. The jump adds to signs of a comeback in the once-battered housing market.
WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. banks are enjoying their best profits in six years and are lending a bit more freely. The gradual improvement suggests that the industry will sustain its healing from the worst financial crisis in decades and help strengthen the economy.
SUNNYVALE (AP) - Yahoo has bought another Silicon Valley mobile startup as CEO Marissa Mayer tries to create more compelling products for smartphones and tablet computers.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - You're apt to discover more useful apps for your smartphone or tablet computer at Ask.com beginning today.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Netflix's Internet video service has landed the U.S. rights to show Disney movies shortly after they leave theaters, a coup that could turn into a costly mistake if the deal doesn't bring in more customers.
DETROIT (AP) - Banks and finance companies are writing more auto loans to subprime buyers, approaching prerecession levels.
VATICAN CITY (AP) - Benedict XVI, the pope known for his hefty volumes of theology and lengthy encyclicals, is now trying brevity - spreading the faith through his own Twitter account.
NEW YORK (AP) - Flu season in the U.S. is off to its earliest start in nearly a decade - and it could be a bad one.
DETROIT (AP) - Superstorm Sandy gave an extra boost to U.S. auto sales, making November the best month for carmakers in nearly five years.
NEW YORK (AP) - Television viewers were once called couch potatoes. Many are becoming more active while watching now, judging by the findings in a new report that illustrates the explosive growth in people who watch TV while connected to social media on smartphones and tablets.
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.
NEW YORK (AP) - Fitbit, the maker of a popular line of wearable fitness-tracking devices, on Thursday filed for an initial public offering worth up to $100 million.
NEW YORK (AP) - Just before its $45 billion deal with Time Warner Cable collapsed over regulators' fears about a giant cable company's control over the Web, Comcast was racking up more Internet customers.
NEW YORK (AP) - It should have been a proud moment for TV: A much-hyped sports event drawing in millions of paying viewers and showcasing the clout still held by traditional media heavyweights.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Microsoft hopes to get more people using the next version of its Windows software on all kinds of devices by giving them access to many of the same apps they're already using on Apple or Android phones.