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How retirement benefits are figured

I'm getting a little embarrassed apologizing for messing up with my email responses to readers. I pride myself that I am still able to personally respond to every email I get. But I am a computer Neanderthal. I can just barely handle the software programs I need to know to write this column and submit it to my syndicator; and to respond to emails from my readers. Recently, I was in the middle of answering an email from a guy who wanted to know how Social Security retirement benefits were figured, when all of a sudden, my fast-moving typing ...

June 08, 2012 | | Nationwide


Kraft Foods spurns NYSE for Nasdaq, citing the costs

NEW YORK (AP) - Kraft Foods Inc. is spurning the New York Stock Exchange and moving its stock listing to the Nasdaq, a move the company says will cut costs as it prepares to split into two publicly traded companies.

June 08, 2012 | | Nationwide


Gamemakers flip focus to multiple screens.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - If the gaming industry agreed on one idea at this week's Electronic Entertainment Expo, it's that playing video games on just one screen is no longer enough.

June 08, 2012 | | Nationwide


Coke official against NYC soda ban

CHICAGO (AP) - A senior executive with Coca-Cola said Thursday that New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's attempt to ban the sale of large sodas and other sugary drinks unfairly singles out and demonizes an industry and will do nothing to address the problem of obesity.

June 07, 2012 | | Nationwide


Virgin Mobile gets iPhone for $549, $30 per month

NEW YORK (AP) - Virgin Mobile USA, one of Sprint's brands for prepaid, no-contract phone service, said Thursday it will start selling the iPhone on June 29, charging $549 for a basic model.

June 07, 2012 | | Nationwide


Consumers cut back on credit card use in April

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. consumer borrowing increased more slowly in April, restrained by a sharp reduction in credit card debt.

June 07, 2012 | | Nationwide


More than half of older teens often text while they’re behind the wheel

ATLANTA (AP) - Think your teen would never text while driving? More than half of high school seniors admitted in a government survey that they've done just that.

June 07, 2012 | | Nationwide


Facebook rolling out central location for apps

NEW YORK (AP) - There's more to Facebook apps than "Angry Birds" and Pinterest, but many users wouldn't know that because there hasn't been a good, central way to find them.

June 07, 2012 | | Nationwide


House approves GOP bill repealing medical tax

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June 07, 2012 | | Nationwide


NYC sugary drink ban catches Colorado governor’s attention

DENVER (AP) - New York City's proposed ban on large sugary drinks sounds extreme - but the governor of the nation's leanest state is listening.

June 07, 2012 | | Nationwide


'Fahrenheit 451' author Ray Bradbury passes away

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Ray Bradbury imagined the future, and didn't always like what he saw.

June 06, 2012 | | Nationwide


Words too hard? Zynga has new 'With Friends' game

SAN FRANCOISCO (AP) - There's no spelling required in Zynga's latest mobile game, "Matching With Friends."

June 06, 2012 | | Nationwide


Raleys supermarket workers authorize strike; walkout does not appear imminent

WEST SACRAMENTO (AP) - More workers at one of Northern California's largest supermarket chains authorized union leaders to call a strike after contract talks stalled, but a walkout did not appear imminent.

June 06, 2012 | | Nationwide


Oracle unveils suite of 'cloud computing'

REDWOOD SHORES (AP) - Business software maker Oracle is finally adapting to a shift in computing that is threatening to turn the company into relic.

June 06, 2012 | | Nationwide


Taco Bell rolls out more upscale menu offerings

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June 06, 2012 | | Nationwide


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New Orleans recycling smoked cigarette butts

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - In New Orleans, discarded butts are being turned into something useful.

July 21, 2014 | | Nationwide


Verizon launches rewards program with tracking

NEW YORK (AP) - Verizon Wireless is launching a nationwide loyalty program this week for its 100-million-plus subscribers. There's a twist, though: To earn points for every dollar spent, subscribers must consent to have their movements tracked so the company can help target ads that match their interests.

July 21, 2014 | | Nationwide


Beef pollutes more than pork, poultry

WASHINGTON (AP) - Raising beef for the American dinner table does far more damage to the environment than producing pork, poultry, eggs or dairy, a new study says.

July 21, 2014 | | Nationwide


Microsoft : Design central to its future

REDMOND, Wash. (AP) - Before Ralf Groene helped devise the look and feel of Microsoft's Surface tablet, he designed food - or "food concepts," he says, for people on the go. Among them: dried noodles that come wrapped around a pair of chopsticks; a tubular meal that can be pulled with two fingers from a car cup holder base; and a fork that squeezes out sauce.

July 21, 2014 | | Nationwide


What happens to your online accounts when you die?

WASHINGTON (AP) - You've probably decided who gets the house or that family heirloom up in the attic when you die. But what about your email account and all those photos stored online?

July 16, 2014 | | Nationwide


Strong PayPal growth boosts eBay’s 2Q profit

SAN JOSE (AP) - EBay said Wednesday that its second-quarter net income rose 6 percent, as strong growth from its PayPal payments business offset lower-than-expected revenue that was hampered by a global password reset after a cyberattack.

July 16, 2014 | | Nationwide


SoCal hearing addresses oil refinery rules

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Residents of modest neighborhoods near three of the largest oil refineries in California called on the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday to crack down on plant emissions, saying the pollution is choking their children and endangering their health.

July 16, 2014 | | Nationwide


Reno convention bookings up 49%

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Northern Nevada tourism officials say they've seen a significant spike in convention bookings, but continue to struggle with a drop in government business because of a misconception that casino resorts cost more than other hotels.

July 14, 2014 | | Nationwide


Univ. of Phoenix faces government financial aid review

NEW YORK (AP) - Apollo Education Group said the U.S. Department of Education will review the administration of federal student financial aid programs by its University of Phoenix subsidiary.

July 14, 2014 | | Nationwide


Consumer bureau sues law firm

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau sued a major debt collection law firm on Monday, alleging it is a "mill" that produces shoddy, mass-produced credit-card collection lawsuits.

July 14, 2014 | | Nationwide


Citigroup to pay $7B in mortgages probe

WASHINGTON (AP) - Citigroup has agreed to pay $7 billion to settle a federal investigation into its handling of risky subprime mortgages, admitting to a pattern of deception that Attorney General Eric Holder said "shattered lives" and contributed to the worst financial crisis in decades, the Justice Department said Monday.

July 14, 2014 | | Nationwide


1,153 Trump Plaza workers to lose jobs

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - Job losses at Trump Plaza when the Atlantic City casino shuts down in September will be even worse than expected.

July 14, 2014 | | Nationwide


Survival and defeat in Silicon Valley slum

SAN JOSE (AP) - She's a disheveled woman, upper teeth gone, heavy bags slung over her shoulders as she nervously urges on two friends shoving her overloaded shopping cart up a dirt slope. Maria Esther Salazar has been either homeless, in jail, or squatting at someone else's house for 30 years.

July 08, 2014 | | Nationwide


Firms post most jobs in 7 years in May

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. employers advertised more jobs in May than in any month in the past seven years, a sign that this year's strong hiring trend is likely to continue.

July 08, 2014 | | Nationwide


Math, science grads earn top dollar

WASHINGTON (AP) - What you study - math and science are a plus - seems to matter more than whether your alma mater is public or private when it comes to finding a high-paying job after college, according to a report released Tuesday by the Education Department.

July 08, 2014 | | Nationwide


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