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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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What does Apple do next?

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple CEO Tim Cook says consumer demand for new iPhones has been "staggering" and "hard to comprehend." That helped the company report record-smashing earnings for its latest quarter and sent the stock climbing more than 7 percent on Wednesday.

January 28, 2015 | | Nationwide


Facebook beats profit expectations

MENLO PARK (AP) - For the seventh quarter in a row Facebook beat profit and revenue forecasts, continuing to win more mobile advertising revenue as most users shift to using the site on smartphones and other portable devices.

January 28, 2015 | | Nationwide


Frenzy forces Vegas White Castle to close

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A 24-hour White Castle location on the Las Vegas Strip that opened to long lines of the burger chain's fans had to close for more than two hours to restock after its grand opening.

January 28, 2015 | | Nationwide


What! Facebook’s down? No storm selfies during outage

MENLO PARK (AP) - No storm selfies, hookups, status updates. With Facebook and Instagram down for nearly an hour overnight, what were legions of users to do?

January 27, 2015 | | Nationwide


iPhone sales smash records

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple had another blowout quarter thanks to its new plus-sized iPhones, which helped the company smash sales records for the holiday season.

January 27, 2015 | | Nationwide


Yahoo spinning off Alibaba stake

SUNNYVALE (AP) - Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is spinning off the company's $39 billion stake in China's Alibaba Group Holding in a move that wards off a potential shareholder rebellion.

January 27, 2015 | | Nationwide


Parking garages fall to the wrecking ball

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - They were supposed to be saviors of downtown, drawing people by offering parking as plentiful as at any suburban shopping mall.

January 27, 2015 | | Nationwide


IBM denies report of mass layoffs

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Calling it "ridiculous" and "baseless," IBM on Monday dismissed a report that said the technology giant plans to lay off 1 in 4 of its workers, or 100,000 people.

January 26, 2015 | | Nationwide


Microsoft earnings report doesn’t excite

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Big jumps in sales of its Surface tablets, cloud computing software and Lumia smartphones drove Microsoft's quarterly revenue above expectations, as CEO Satya Nadella continues to steer toward the mobile gadget market and shift Microsoft away from its traditional focus on the PC.

January 26, 2015 | | Nationwide


Starbucks’ 1Q profits soar on strong traffic

NEW YORK (AP) - Starbucks Corp.'s fiscal first-quarter earnings soared 82 percent as the coffee chain attracted more customers around the globe who snapped up an expanded offering of food and drinks over the holidays.

January 22, 2015 | | Nationwide


Microsoft to show off more Windows 10 features today

REDMOND, Washington (AP) - Microsoft will use an event today to offer a wider glimpse of the next version of Windows.

January 20, 2015 | | Nationwide


Netflix adds 4.3M more subscribers

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Coming off its best quarter yet, Netflix is accelerating its international expansion in hopes its original programming will hook millions more subscribers on the Internet video service.

January 20, 2015 | | Nationwide


US settles case over fake Facebook page

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Justice Department has reached a $134,000 settlement with a New York woman after federal drug agents used information from her cellphone to set up a fake Facebook page in her identity, a tactic that raised privacy concerns and led to a federal government review of the ruse, according to court papers filed Tuesday.

January 20, 2015 | | Nationwide


Twitter buys ZipDial in bid for users in emerging markets

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Twitter said Tuesday that it plans to buy Indian mobile marketing company ZipDial as it tries to reach new users in developing regions.

January 20, 2015 | | Nationwide


Does Airbnb help or hurt affordable housing?

NEW YORK (AP) - They cater to travelers, but Airbnb and other short-term rental sites are sparking debate over an issue few tourists are likely to unpack: affordable housing.

January 20, 2015 | | Nationwide


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