WASHINGTON (AP) - Ben Bernanke wants to know if you are happy.
This is going to be a column about a little "T and A." And before my readers start blushing because of the naughty images that phrase might conjure up, I must confess that it's not what you think. This is a boring old Social Security column, after all.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The government's consumer finance watchdog is investigating deals that transferred billions in premiums charged to mortgage borrowers from mortgage-insurance companies to the banks that made the loans.
NEW YORK (AP) - AT&T Inc. said Friday that the shutdown of its second-generation, or "2G," wireless network will be complete by the end of 2016, a process that will force customers with older phones to upgrade to "3G" or "4G" handsets.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Internal Revenue Service may have delivered more than $5 billion in refund checks to identity thieves who filed fraudulent tax returns for 2011, Treasury Department investigators said Thursday. They estimate another $21 billion could make its way to ID thieves' pockets over the next five years.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. economy generated jobs last month at the fastest pace since February, a sign it is resilient enough to pull out of a midyear slump and grow modestly even as the rest of the world slows down.
FREMONT (AP) - Republicans investigating the government's investment in a bankrupt solar panel manufacturer have concluded that the Obama administration ignored numerous red flags about the company's financial viability, leaving taxpayers on the hook for more than $500 million.
ATLANTA (AP) - Chick-fil-A has set a one-day sales record amid an ongoing controversy over a company executive's public stance against same-sex marriage.
NEW YORK (AP) - Shoppers showed some spending muscle in July, once summer clearance sales and the hottest July in 50 years got them in the mood.
NEW YORK (AP) - AT&T Inc. has gone on a shopping spree for wireless spectrum, striking three separate deals that should let it increase its capacity for wireless broadband.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Clothing retailer Gap Inc. said Thursday that July sales at stores open at least a year jumped 10 percent, easily surpassing analysts' expectations, and said second-quarter earnings would rise from last year's results.
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SAN JOSE (AP) - Computer maker Hewlett-Packard Co. said it won a "tremendous" victory in its court battle to force Oracle Corp. to continue making software for one of its server lines.
NEW YORK (AP) - Ask five strangers to taste five new diet sodas and you might get one opinion: Try again.
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) - A new law in Chile aims to take some of the fun out of fast-food by forcing McDonald's, Burger King, KFC and other restaurants to stop including toys and other goodies with children's meals.
NEW YORK (AP) - Procter & Gamble is canceling an on-field breast cancer awareness promotion it had been planning with the National Football League, the latest sponsor to respond to the NFL's growing problems.
SUNNYVALE (AP) - Yahoo is making amends for years of blundering with one smart move: an early investment in Alibaba Group that has turned into a multibillion-dollar boon.
NEW YORK (AP) - Sure, you have a lot to do today - laundry, bills, dinner - but it's never too early to start planning for your digital afterlife, the fate of your numerous online accounts once you shed this mortal coil.
DALLAS (AP) - UPS plans to hire up to 95,000 workers to help deliver packages during the busy holiday season - an increase from last year, when the company was caught unprepared for a boom in online shopping.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York's attorney general has settled a false advertising investigation at Wal-Mart, saying some store personnel were citing a nonexistent "sugar tax" on soda.
CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple had more than 4 million advance orders of its new, larger iPhones in the first 24 hours, exceeding its initial supply, the company said Monday.
NEW YORK (AP) - Do you leave a tip in your hotel room for the maid? Marriott is launching a program with Maria Shriver to put envelopes in hotel rooms to encourage tipping.
NEW YORK (AP) - Microsoft's decision to spend $2.5 billion for the creator of the hit game "Minecraft" could help the Xbox maker grab attention on mobile phones, a new priority for the company.
NEW YORK (AP) - Olive Garden is defending its practice of giving customers as many breadsticks as they want, saying the policy conveys "Italian generosity."
NEW YORK (AP) - Maybe there is such a thing as too many breadsticks.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Criminals from around the world buy and sell stolen credit card information with ease in today's digital age. But if they commit their crime entirely outside the United States, they may be beyond the reach of federal prosecutors.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A massive structure described by NASA as the world's largest spacecraft welding tool has been completed at the Michoud (MEE'-shoo) Assembly Center in New Orleans, which was chosen in 2011 to build components of a major new rocket system.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The federal government says Bayer is making unsupported claims in advertisements for its dietary supplement designed to help with digestion, in violation of a federal court order.
SAN JOSE (AP) - From Apple's new smartwatch that tracks heartbeats to contact lenses that measure blood sugar - Silicon Valley is pouring billions into gadgets and apps designed to transform health care. But the tech giants that have famously disrupted so many industries are now facing their own unexpected disruption: regulation.
NEW YORK (AP) - Home Depot's data breach could wind up being among the largest ever for a retailer, but that may not matter to its millions of customers.