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Home Depot sees signs of improving housing market

ATLANTA (AP) - The Home Depot Inc. is feeling more optimistic about the recovery of the housing market after customers spent more on sprucing up their homes in the second quarter.

August 14, 2012 | | Nationwide


Higher retail spending lifts economy hopes

WASHINGTON (AP) - Americans increased their retail spending in July by the most in five months, opening their wallets after a frugal spring and offering hope that the slumping economy may rebound in the second half of the year.

August 14, 2012 | | Nationwide


Luxury cars do poorly in new safety crash tests

DETROIT (AP) - Most midsize luxury cars - including the Mercedes-Benz C-Class - performed poorly in a new frontal crash test developed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

August 14, 2012 | | Nationwide


Chevron refinery deemed hazardous

RICHMOND (AP) - Structural engineers on Monday deemed the site of a Chevron refinery fire in the San Francisco Bay area hazardous for human entry after looking at the failed pipe that leaked and sent a towering plume of black smoke into the sky.

August 13, 2012 | | Nationwide


Number of new credit cards issued up 4%

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Americans are carrying more credit card debt than a year ago, yet the late-payment rate for card holders remains near an 18-year low, an analysis of consumer-credit data shows.

August 13, 2012 | | Nationwide


Phone companies lose broadband subscribers for 1st time to cable firms

NEW YORK (AP) - Phone companies are losing the high-speed Internet game. In the second quarter, the landline phone industry lost broadband subscribers for the first time, as cable companies continued to pile on new household and small business customers, thanks to the higher speeds they offer in most areas.

August 13, 2012 | | Nationwide


Google cutting 4,000 jobs at Motorola unit

NEW YORK (AP) - Google Inc. is making its largest round of layoffs ever as it announced plans to cut about 4,000 jobs at Motorola Mobility just three months after buying the struggling cellphone pioneer.

August 13, 2012 | | Nationwide


Judge tentatively OKs $40M Skechers settlement

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A federal judge on Monday tentatively approved a $40 million settlement between Skechers USA Inc. and consumers who bought the toning shoes after ads made unfounded claims that the footwear would help people lose weight and strengthen muscles.

August 13, 2012 | | Nationwide


Falling GM stock raises government loss on bailout

DETROIT (AP) - U.S. taxpayers will lose $3.3 billion more on the auto industry bailout than the government predicted two months ago, hurt by General Motors' falling stock price.

August 13, 2012 | | Nationwide


A quick explanation of those darn Social Security offsets

I can tell from my emails that it's time for me to once again tackle the touchy subject of those misunderstood Social Security offsets. And because so many people don't understand the law, they mistakenly think they are being singled out for Social Security reductions that don't impact anyone else. And they are simply wrong about that.

August 10, 2012 | | Nationwide


Federal budget deficit totals $974B through July

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. federal budget deficit increased $70 billion in July and is on track to top $1 trillion for the fourth straight year.

August 10, 2012 | | Nationwide


CEO salvages JC Penney 2Q earnings disaster

NEW YORK (AP) - J.C. Penney Co. CEO Ron Johnson hasn't run out of magic yet, as far as Wall Street is concerned.

August 10, 2012 | | Nationwide


Corn estimates drop amid deepening drought

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A deepening drought in the nation's farm states has cut further into this fall's harvest, with farmers now expected to pull from their fields the lowest corn yield in more than a decade.

August 10, 2012 | | Nationwide


Economic outlook brightens on jobs, recent trade data

Economic outlook brightens on jobs, recent trade data

August 09, 2012 | | Nationwide


Health care law's tax hikes are coming

WASHINGTON (AP) - Who gets thumped by higher taxes in President Barack Obama's health care law? The wealthiest 2 percent of Americans will take the biggest hit, starting next year. And the pain will be shared by some who aren't so well off - people swept up in a hodgepodge of smaller tax changes that will help finance health coverage for millions in need.

August 09, 2012 | | Nationwide


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CPUC backs gas plant near San Diego

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.

May 21, 2015 | | Nationwide


PayPal’s chief promises new services for a mobile world

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.

May 21, 2015 | | Nationwide


Kaiser Manteca earns high marks from U.S. News & World Report

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.

May 21, 2015 | | Nationwide


IRS refunding $10M to tax preparers who paid to take test

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.

May 21, 2015 | | Nationwide


Ready for liquor bottles smart enough to talk smart phones?

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.

May 21, 2015 | | Nationwide


HP’s 2nd quarter earnings slip

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.

May 21, 2015 | | Nationwide


Shoppers could soon have difficulty finding meat’s origin

WASHINGTON (AP) - Shoppers could soon have a harder time finding out where some of their red meat comes from.

May 18, 2015 | | Nationwide


Court agrees Samsung copied Apple, but tosses some damages

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.

May 18, 2015 | | Nationwide


Smart mirrors boost clothing sales

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.

May 11, 2015 | | Nationwide


Olive Garden rolling out Breadstick sandwiches

NEW YORK (AP) - Olive Garden's plan to win back customers? Take the breadsticks it's known for and make sandwiches out of them.

May 11, 2015 | | Nationwide


Fox calling end to ‘American Idol’

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.

May 11, 2015 | | Nationwide


Wearable fitness tracker maker Fitbit files for $100M IPO

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.

May 07, 2015 | | Nationwide


Comcast now has more Internet than cable customers

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.

May 04, 2015 | | Nationwide


Boxing match pops up on phones as TV habits change

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.

May 04, 2015 | | Nationwide


Microsoft opens Windows 10 to Apple, Android apps

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.

April 29, 2015 | | Nationwide


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