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Judge: Government can’t require union posters in workplace

WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal judge ruled Friday that the National Labor Relations Board cannot require millions of private employers to put up posters informing workers of their right to form a union.

April 13, 2012 | | Nationwide


Wells Fargo beats earnings expectations; profits up 13%

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Wells Fargo's profit jumped 13 percent in the first three months of the year, thanks to strong mortgage lending and a drop in delinquent loans, the bank said Friday.

April 13, 2012 | | Nationwide


When to take your Social Security: A new fact sheet

Well, dear readers: do you want the good news ... or the bad news? Let me get the bad news out of the way first. I've been working on a new fact sheet for my readers (that's actually the good news - but more about that in a minute); and as part of my research, I've discovered that I haven't been completely clear in some past columns when explaining the coordination between taking reduced benefits on your own Social Security record and any possible benefits you might be due on your spouse's Social Security record.

April 13, 2012 | | Nationwide


Bank reports: Healing housing market

NEW YORK (AP) - Earnings reports from two major banks Friday painted a picture of a healing housing market, with more Americans taking out mortgages, paying them on time and taking advantage of low interest rates to refinance.

April 13, 2012 | | Nationwide


Hybrid and electric cars see record sales in March

DETROIT (AP) - Americans are buying record numbers of hybrid and electric cars as gas prices climb and new models arrive in showrooms, giving the vehicles their greatest share yet of the U.S. auto market.

April 13, 2012 | | Nationwide


US video game sales drop 25% in March

LOS ANGELES (AP) - U.S. retail sales of video game hardware, software and accessories fell 25 percent in March from a year earlier to $1.1 billion. It marked the fourth month of decline as Sony Corp.'s new PS Vita handheld failed to spark a turnaround.

April 12, 2012 | | Nationwide


Google to split stock to keep power with founders

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Google improved its short-term finances even as it seeks to preserve its long-term interests.

April 12, 2012 | | Nationwide


Recovery threatened by runaway student loan debt

Recovery threatened by runaway student loan debt

April 12, 2012 | | Nationwide


Criminals rob state of $8B in taxes

SACRAMENTO – Counterfeiters, smugglers and other illegal operators in the Underground Economy are depriving California of an estimated $8 billion in state taxes that could be spent on schools, public safety, hospitals and other essential services.

April 12, 2012 | | Nationwide


HP shows recovery following PC flip-flop fallout

SANTA CLARA (AP) - Hewlett-Packard Co. is showing signs of recovery as it strengthened its position as the world's largest maker of personal computers and gained back some of the business it had lost while weighing whether to dump its PC division.

April 12, 2012 | | Nationwide


Consumer agency softens fee limit

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration's consumer financial watchdog agency is backing off a plan to limit big upfront fees on credit cards, a move that could hit borrowers with poor credit histories especially hard.

April 12, 2012 | | Nationwide


Google tweaks Plus social network

NEW YORK (AP) - Google is tweaking its social network, Google Plus, to make it easier to use and to distinguish it from rival Facebook.

April 11, 2012 | | Nationwide


Wal-Mart previews 'Disc to Digital' movie service

ROSEMEAD (AP) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. previewed its "Disc to Digital" service for converting DVDs into an online library on Wednesday. Based on my experience, I'd give it a six out of 10.

April 11, 2012 | | Nationwide


Samsung updates tablets on heels of iPad refresh

NEW YORK (AP) - Samsung Electronics Co., Apple's biggest competitor in the market for iPad-sized tablet computers, is updating its line to include a feature that lets a tablet act as a universal remote control for an entertainment center.

April 11, 2012 | | Nationwide


US sues to lower prices of e-book best-sellers

WASHINGTON (AP) - The government says avid best-seller readers who use electronic books have been getting ripped off. Tina Fey's "Bossy Pants," Tim Tebow's "Through My Eyes" and Keith Richards' "'Life" - maybe they should have cost less.

April 11, 2012 | | Nationwide


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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


Cheap oil means spending changes

WASHINGTON (AP) - Cheap oil doesn't only mean cheaper gas in the tank. It means that a car dealer in Illinois is shuffling the inventory of models he'll be selling, that more students in Wisconsin may get school-provided iPads, that some planned projects in a Southern California city will get delayed, and that some expected oilfield hiring in North Dakota and Texas may not happen.

January 19, 2015 | | Nationwide


BUSINESS NEWS

• AMAZON BRANCHING OUT FROM TV SERIES TO MOVIE PRODUCTION: SEATTLE (AP) - Amazon Studios is branching out from television series to movies, announcing plans to begin producing and acquiring original movies for theatrical release and, within weeks, video streaming.

January 19, 2015 | | Nationwide


Pumpkin seed: Future cash crop for Oregon?

ONTARIO, Ore. (AP) - Eastern Oregon and western Idaho already produce many of the nation's decorative pumpkins. Now an economic development official is exploring whether the area could support production of pumpkin seeds for healthy snack foods.

January 19, 2015 | | Nationwide


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