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I never thought you'd ask me

I've been either working for the Social Security Administration or writing a column about Social Security issues for about 40 years now. And I would have bet money that in all that time, I've been asked every question in the book. In fact, I don't recall getting a question in the past 15 years or so that I haven't been asked a dozen, if not hundreds, of times before. And now this week, I've had two questions emailed to me that I've never been asked in my entire career! Will wonders never cease? The ...

May 25, 2012 | | Nationwide


AP study: Typical CEO made $9.6M last year to break compensation marks

NEW YORK (AP) - Profits at big U.S. companies broke records last year, and so did pay for CEOs.

May 25, 2012 | | Nationwide


Consumer confidence highest in 4 ½ years

WASHINGTON (AP) - A better hiring outlook and lower gas prices pushed a measure of U.S. consumer confidence to its highest level in four and a half years.

May 25, 2012 | | Nationwide


Stocks fall on Wall Street as Spanish bank teeters

NEW YORK (AP) - Another flare-up in Europe's debt crisis knocked U.S. markets lower Friday. This time, it was more trouble at a major Spanish bank.

May 25, 2012 | | Nationwide


Morgan Stanley may refund some Facebook investors

NEW YORK (AP) - Morgan Stanley, the lead investment bank in Facebook's troubled initial public offering, will compensate retail investors who overpaid when they bought Facebook's stock in Friday's IPO, according to a source familiar with the matter.

May 24, 2012 | | Nationwide


Weekly jobless aid applications dip to 370,000

WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of people seeking unemployment benefits changed little last week, signaling modest job growth.

May 24, 2012 | | Nationwide


Food stamp fraud raising growing concerns

WASHINGTON (AP) - Food stamp recipients are ripping off the government for millions of dollars by illegally selling their benefit cards for cash - sometimes even in the open, on eBay or Craigslist - and then asking the government for replacement cards.

May 24, 2012 | | Nationwide


Facebook launches iPhone camera app

MENLO PARK (AP) - Facebook's rocky initial public offering hasn't stopped life at the world's biggest online social network. On Thursday, the company unveiled a camera app for the iPhone.

May 24, 2012 | | Nationwide


HP leads Dow to its fourth day of gains in May

NEW YORK (AP) - Hewlett-Packard helped pull the Dow Jones industrial average to a slight gain Thursday, giving the index only its fourth gain this month.

May 24, 2012 | | Nationwide


Smoke-free country? New Zealand taxes push price of pack of cigarettes to $15

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) - There are smoke-free bars, smoke-free parks, even smoke-free college campuses. But a smoke-free country?

May 24, 2012 | | Nationwide


States looking to new tolls to pay for highways

WASHINGTON (AP) - Driving onto an Interstate highway? Crossing a bridge on the way into work? Taking a tunnel under a river or bay? Get ready to pay.

May 23, 2012 | | Nationwide


HP to cut 27,000 jobs, save up to $3.5B annually

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Hewlett-Packard Co. plans to cut 27,000 jobs as the growing popularity of smartphones, the iPad and other mobile devices makes it tougher for the company to sell personal computers.

May 23, 2012 | | Nationwide


Facebook stock climbs, but firm faces lawsuits from shareholders

NEW YORK (AP) - Facebook's fourth day of trading as a public company saw an increase in the company's stock price and shareholder lawsuits related to the social network's botched initial public offering.

May 23, 2012 | | Nationwide


Regulator: ND's oil production could double

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota could double its oil production by 2015 to more than 1 million barrels daily, putting it on par with Texas "if everything goes our way," the state's top oil regulator told industry and government officials Wednesday.

May 23, 2012 | | Nationwide


Jury: Google didn't infringe on Oracle patents

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal jury ruled Wednesday that Google didn't infringe on Oracle's patents when the Internet search leader developed its popular Android software for mobile devices.

May 23, 2012 | | Nationwide


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Chef backs out of restaurant at Trump hotel

WASHINGTON (AP) - Chef Geoffrey Zakarian is canceling plans for a restaurant in a new hotel being developed in Washington by real estate mogul and presidential ...

July 09, 2015 | | Nationwide


Vermont reduces food assistance error rate

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont has received a federal funding bonus of $293,000 after reducing the error rate in its 3SquaresVT food assistance program by ...

July 09, 2015 | | Nationwide


MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont has received a federal funding bonus of $293,000 after reducing the e

BOSTON (AP) - Massachusetts gambling regulators on Thursday lost their bid to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Boston challenging the award of the state's most ...

July 09, 2015 | | Nationwide


Target selling in-store pharmacy, clinic businesses to CVS Health

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Target will sell its pharmacy and clinic businesses to CVS Health in the latest twist behind a push from big retailers to become ...

June 15, 2015 | | Nationwide


Slow sales: Honda scrubs natural gas, hybrid Civics

DETROIT (AP) - Slow sales and falling gasoline prices have prompted Honda to stop selling gas-electric hybrid and natural gas-powered versions of its Civic compact car.

June 15, 2015 | | Nationwide


E3 kicks off with ‘Doom,’ ‘Fallout 4’

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Bethesda jump started the Electronic Entertainment Expo by showing off the latest installments of "Fallout" and "Doom."

June 15, 2015 | | Nationwide


Men’s Wearhouse tuxedo shops in 300 Macy’s stores

HOUSTON (AP) - Men's Wearhouse said Wednesday it will run tuxedo rental shops in 300 Macy's stores starting this fall, and will also carry ...

June 10, 2015 | | Nationwide


Push for collision avoidance systems

WASHINGTON (AP) - Automakers should immediately include as standard equipment in all new cars and commercial trucks systems that automatically brake or warn drivers to avoid ...

June 08, 2015 | | Nationwide


Gov’t makes it easier for Corinthian students to erase debt

WASHINGTON (AP) - The federal government will make it easier for more students who attended the now-defunct Corinthian Colleges to get rid of their federal loans ...

June 08, 2015 | | Nationwide


Appeals court rules for Allegiant Air in pilot dispute

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A federal appeals court says Allegiant Air had the right to make changes in work rules for its pilots.

June 08, 2015 | | Nationwide


Tech News

• Apple Music app cost: $10 a month: Apple says its new Apple Music app will cost $10 a month for one person or $15 a ...

June 08, 2015 | | Nationwide


THE $1 MILLION BENEFACTORS

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A new college scholarship aimed at providing tuition relief to middle-class families in California has emerged as a sticking point in the ...

June 04, 2015 | | Nationwide


PepsiCo looking to launch ‘craft’ fountain sodas

NEW YORK (AP) - PepsiCo is looking to launch a line of "craft" fountain sodas made with sugar in hopes of appealing to people who may ...

June 04, 2015 | | Nationwide


FDA panel backs female libido pill, under safety conditions

WASHINGTON (AP) - The drug industry's decade-spanning search for a female equivalent to Viagra took a major step forward Thursday, as government experts recommended approval ...

June 04, 2015 | | Nationwide


‘Pong,’ ‘Tetris’ make Video Game Hall of Fame’s first class

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) - The first inductees into the new World Video Game Hall of Fame include "Pong," the game that introduced millions to electronic ...

June 04, 2015 | | Nationwide


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