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Bernanke took advantage of low rates to refinance

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Federal Reserve's record-low interest rates have shrunk income for savers but cut costs for borrowers. Chairman Ben Bernanke is among the beneficiaries.

September 06, 2012 | | Nationwide


Can 'FarmVille 2' save struggling Zynga?

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Not long ago, online games company Zynga looked on pace to unseat much bigger, well-established rivals as it rode the popularity of "FarmVille," the clicking game of virtual cows and real money.

September 05, 2012 | | Nationwide


Motorola broadens Razr brand with new smartphones

NEW YORK (AP) - Motorola is broadening the use of its Razr brand to a family of smartphones in its first major product launch under new owner Google.

September 05, 2012 | | Nationwide


Productivity grew at 2.2 percent in spring

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. companies got more output from their workers this spring than initially thought. Productivity rose at a modest 2.2 percent annual rate in the April-June quarter, largely because employers cut back sharply on hiring.

September 05, 2012 | | Nationwide


Apple invites media to event, hints at iPhone 5

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Apple Inc. on Tuesday invited reporters to a news conference next week in San Francisco with a message that suggests that it will reveal the iPhone 5, as expected.

September 04, 2012 | | Nationwide


Wal-Mart lowers fee for holiday layaway program

NEW YORK (AP) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is lowering its fee that shoppers pay for its interest-free pay-over-time program for the winter holidays.

September 04, 2012 | | Nationwide


McDonald's to beef up in India with meatless menu

NEW YORK (AP) - McDonald's Corp., the fast food chain that brought the hamburger to the world, is opening what may be its first vegetarian-only restaurants.

September 04, 2012 | | Nationwide


Diet Pepsi getting a sweetener tweak

NEW YORK (AP) - Diet Pepsi is tweaking its formula to stay sweet a little longer.

August 31, 2012 | | Nationwide


Bernanke hints at more stimulus action

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. (AP) - Chairman Ben Bernanke sent a clear message Friday that the Federal Reserve will do more to help the still-struggling U.S. economy.

August 31, 2012 | | Nationwide


Benefits for grandchildren are rare

One of the joys of growing older is the opportunity to play grandma or grandpa. My wife and I have five grandchildren, and each of them brings a smile to our faces and a nice warm glow to our hearts - at least a good percentage of the time! And for most of us, one of the big advantages to grand-parenting is that you get to play with them and bounce them on your knees and otherwise spoil them for a few hours at a time, and then they go home!

August 31, 2012 | | Nationwide


Ford on track to beat Toyota with best-selling car

RAYONG, Thailand (AP) - The stylish and nimble Ford Focus is on track to unseat Toyota's aging Corolla to become the world's top-selling car, according to Ford.

August 31, 2012 | | Nationwide


Ross Stores key revenue metric up 8% in August

PLEASANTON (AP) - Ross Stores' August revenue at stores open at least a year climbed 8 percent as shoppers looked for back-to-school bargains. The performance topped analysts' estimates.

August 30, 2012 | | Nationwide


Retailers report best sales growth since March as transactions up 6%

NEW YORK (AP) - This summer, Americans were walking contradictions: They opened their wallets despite escalating fears about the slow economic recovery and surging gas prices.

August 30, 2012 | | Nationwide


Twitter unveils new targeting tool for advertisers

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Twitter is offering a new way for advertisers to deliver their marketing pitches to the people who are most likely to buy their products and services.

August 30, 2012 | | Nationwide


Walgreen rolling out first rewards program

DEERFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Walgreen Co. said Thursday it will launch its first ever customer rewards program in September.

August 30, 2012 | | Nationwide


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Social media users shy away from opinions

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.

August 26, 2014 | | Nationwide


UN health agency urges crackdown on e-cigarettes

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.

August 26, 2014 | | Nationwide


Consumer confidence near a 7-year high

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. consumer confidence this month reached its highest point in nearly seven years, boosted by strong job gains.

August 26, 2014 | | Nationwide


New rules could squeeze Malibu wine growers

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.

August 26, 2014 | | Nationwide


Legal questions arise for fantasy game biz

NEW YORK (AP) - Some of the newest incarnations of fantasy football look a lot more like gambling than intricate, outsmart-your-opponent strategy games.

August 25, 2014 | | Nationwide


Amazon buys Twitch for $970M

NEW YORK (AP) - Amazon is hoping to become the ESPN of video games.

August 25, 2014 | | Nationwide


TiVo to make version for those without cable

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.

August 25, 2014 | | Nationwide


Fairchild Semiconductor cutting 1,350 jobs

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.

August 25, 2014 | | Nationwide


Like airlines, hotels get fee-happy

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.

August 25, 2014 | | Nationwide


Credit card late payments down in 2Q

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.

August 25, 2014 | | Nationwide


Housing recovery on track

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.

August 21, 2014 | | Nationwide


Russia may close more McDonald’s

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.

August 21, 2014 | | Nationwide


Wealth gap widened in the last decade

NEW YORK (AP) - A report from the Census Bureau is the latest evidence that the rich are getting richer while the poor get poorer.

August 21, 2014 | | Nationwide


Gap reports higher profit

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.

August 21, 2014 | | Nationwide


Burger King nixes lower-calorie ‘Satisfries’

NEW YORK (AP) - Burger King is getting rid of its lower-calorie french fries at most restaurants after less than a year.

August 13, 2014 | | Nationwide


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