LONDON (AP) - Call them '60s relics or hippy home accessories, lava lamps have been casting their dim but groovy light on interiors for half a century, having hit British shelves 50 years ago on Tuesday.
NEW YORK (AP) - Verizon will own its wireless business outright after agreeing Monday to pay $130 billion for the 45 percent stake in Verizon Wireless owned by British cellphone carrier Vodafone.
SPARKS, Nev. (AP) - The Minnesota-based Famous Dave's BBQ has claimed top honors at the 25th annual Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off in northern Nevada.
SEATTLE (AP) - For at least six years, federal drug and other agents have had near-immediate access to billions of phone call records dating back decades in a collaboration with AT&T that officials have taken pains to keep secret, newly released documents show.
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) - "It's a banana car!"
I frequently tell folks that despite the subject matter, my column generally isn't really for senior citizens. Once you are getting a Social Security check, I really don't have too much news or information for you. But if you are approaching retirement age (somewhere in your late mid 50s to early 60s) then I have tons of advice to help you decide when and why and how to take your Social Security checks.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A Portland bar owner has been ordered to pay about $400,000 to a group of transgendered people he banned from his establishment last year.
NEW YORK (AP) - It's one thing for a business dispute to knock out CBS programming in some three million homes during rerun season. Football season is another matter entirely, and there's little immediate cause for optimism.
LOWE'S COMPLETES ORCHARD SUPPLY ACQUISITION: MOORESVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Home improvement retailer Lowe's said it has completed its acquisition of 72 stores from Orchard Supply Hardware Stores for approximately $205 million.
VIRGINIA CITY, Nev. (AP) - A Storey County jury on Friday awarded $1.3 million to a man who said Mustang Ranch owner and Storey County Commissioner Lance Gilman cheated him out of his share of brothel profits.
BANGKOK (AP) - A leading human rights group has called on Dunkin' Donuts to withdraw a "bizarre and racist" advertisement for chocolate doughnuts in Thailand that shows a smiling woman with bright pink lips in blackface makeup.
HOUSTON (AP) - The family of a Southeast Texas couple involved in a deadly crash caused by a Domino's Pizza delivery driver was awarded $32 million this week after a jury determined the pizza chain shared responsibility for the accident by not enforcing a policy that its drivers' vehicles be inspected.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Inside the massive complex on the Las Vegas Strip that houses the glitzy Venetian casino and Sands convention center, amid a soundscape of conflicting noises, thousands of players are mashing buttons while staring intently at flickering screens.
NEW YORK (AP) - Days of finding a quarter under your pillow are long gone. The Tooth Fairy no longer leaves loose change.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Bottles of Tylenol sold in the U.S. will soon bear red warnings alerting users to the potentially fatal risks of taking too much of the popular pain reliever. The unusual step, disclosed by the company that makes Tylenol, comes amid a growing number of lawsuits and pressure from the federal government that could have widespread ramifications for a medicine taken by millions of people every day.
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.
REDMOND, Washington (AP) - Microsoft will use an event today to offer a wider glimpse of the next version of Windows.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
• 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.
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.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A Wall Street banker nominated by President Barack Obama to be the third-ranking official at the Treasury Department has pulled out of contention for the post in the face of Democratic opposition, a blow to the White House and a victory for the party's liberal wing.
WASHINGTON (AP) - People who owe old debts to the Social Security Administration are getting a reprieve this tax season: The federal government won't be seizing their tax refunds.
WASHINGTON (AP) - If you're among the millions of consumers who got financial help for health insurance last year under President Barack Obama's law, better keep an eye on your mailbox.
NEW YORK (AP) - New York's turf war on wheels reached fever pitch Monday as City Council members grilled representatives of the app-based Uber service - a fierce competitor of the city's 13,000 yellow cabs hailed with a flailing hand.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - One of the biggest changes in television this year will be more channels being available online with no separate cable or satellite subscription. But for would-be cord-cutters, watching live sports online has been elusive - until now. Dish Network Corp. on Monday unveiled an Internet-only subscription offering that includes ESPN.
DALLAS (AP) - If you've been putting off a trip abroad because it's too expensive, start packing your bags.