WASHINGTON (AP) - Slightly more Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week. But the overall level stayed low enough to suggest the job market is strengthening.
NEW YORK (AP) - Apple certainly has lots of buzz and corporate cache behind its products, but there's a hidden - almost mundane - reason its newest iPad is likely to dominate the competition: the advantageous deals the company cuts with components manufacturers.
NEW YORK (AP) - Coca-Cola Co. and PepsiCo Inc. are changing the way they make the caramel coloring used in their sodas as a result of a California law that mandates drinks containing a certain level of carcinogens come with a cancer warning label.
NEW YORK (AP) - The first two months of the year are usually the slowest for Mark Prather's real estate agency.
NEW YORK (AP) - Wells Fargo customers in six states who had free checking accounts will pay $7 a month starting in May.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Apple gave the new iPad a bunch of new features but no new name.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Electronic Arts is breaking ground on a new "SimCity."
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Taco Bell hopes to turn orange Doritos cheese powder into green - as in cash from its latest invention.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Google's digital marketplace for mobile applications, music, movies and books is unifying under a new name in an effort to spruce up the shopping experience.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress on Tuesday overturned a court decision and reaffirmed that the government has the right to impose higher tariffs on goods from China and other state-run economies that subsidize their exports to the United States.
NEW YORK (AP) - Rush Limbaugh's mouth is taking a bite out of his wallet.
NEW YORK (AP) - The average price at the gas pump pushed toward $3.80 per gallon Monday as oil prices remained stubbornly high because of tensions tied to Iran's nuclear program.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - As if gas prices weren't high enough, several states across the U.S. are looking to raise fuel taxes they say are needed to pay for roads and bridges that are outdated, congested and in some cases, dangerous.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - A senator with socialist leanings was among the first. Then there was Jerry of Ben & Jerry's ice cream fame. Stephen Colbert has tweeted in favor. And now people in at least 52 Vermont communities will use the bully pulpit of that New England institution, Town Meeting Day, to push for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution declaring that corporations are not people.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Microsoft plans to offer a glimpse of its vision for Windows this week, as its new CEO seeks to redefine the company and recover from missteps with its flagship operating system.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Qantas is putting the world's biggest passenger plane on the world's longest airline route.
NEW YORK (AP) - The price of a gallon of gasoline may soon start with a "2'' across much the country.
GRAPEVINE, Texas (AP) - Gamers rejoice: GameStop is almost doubling its number of seasonal workers this holiday season as it prepares to deal with strong demand for new video games and the new iPhone.
NEW YORK (AP) - AT&T's proposed $48.5 billion acquisition of DirecTV is moving forward as shareholders of the country's largest satellite TV broadcaster approved the deal. But it still needs regulatory approval.
DETROIT (AP) - Detroit's water department defended its shutoff policy Monday and warned that free service to people with unpaid bills could be "very devastating" to the bottom line.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration cracked down Monday on certain overseas corporate mergers and acquisitions, aiming to curb American companies from shifting their ownership abroad to shirk paying U.S. taxes.
SUNNYVALE (AP) - Yahoo may be losing some appeal on Wall Street now that U.S. investors can buy directly into Alibaba.
• STARBUCKS TESTS LATTE WITH STOUT FLAVOR: NEW YORK (AP) - Starbucks is testing a latte that it says has the "savory toasty malt" flavor of a foamy mug of stout.
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.