The Social Security Administration recently redesigned its website: www.socialsecurity.gov. I think the new version is cleaner and more professional looking. The most popular services are now very easy to find. I'm talking about things like the retirement benefit estimators - calculators you can use to figure out what to expect from Social Security when you retire. And when you are ready to sign on the bottom line, you are just one click away from filing for benefits online.
NEW YORK (AP) - Looking to force Apple to obey antitrust laws, a judge on Friday ordered the technology giant to modify contracts with publishers to prevent electronic book price fixing and said she will appoint an external compliance monitor to review the company's antitrust policies and training.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Fans of popular artists or sports teams are painfully aware how difficult it is to find good seats to live events at affordable prices. With a new ticket resale system, Ticketmaster is trying to show you what seats are available in one place - both unsold ones and those up for resale - so you can price-shop more easily.
NEW YORK (AP) - Bank of America Corp. has agreed to pay $39 million to settle claims of gender bias by women in its Merrill Lynch brokerage division.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Food and Drug Administration says consumers shouldn't worry too much about levels of arsenic in rice - but should vary their diets just in case.
DETROIT (AP) - Americans are paying record prices for new cars and trucks, and they have only themselves to blame.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Google's attorneys say their long-running practice of electronically scanning the contents of people's Gmail accounts to help sell ads is legal, and have asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit that seeks to stop the practice.
SUNNYVALE (AP) - Yahoo has refreshed its logo for the first time since shortly after the Internet company's founding 18 years ago.
NEW YORK (AP) - J.C. Penney may be ending the tug-of-war with its nemesis for Martha Stewart.
NEW YORK (AP) - PayPal is updating its mobile app, adding features such as the ability to place an order ahead of time and pay with it while at the restaurant table.
MODESTO - Bring the whole family and join in the fun at Modesto 's 48th Annual Greek Food Festival, Sept. 21-22, at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 313 Tokay Ave.
BERLIN (AP) - Nearly 70 years after Dick Tracy began wearing a two-way wrist radio in the funny pages, the technology that once seemed impossibly futuristic will be widely available by Christmas.
OAKLAND (AP) - A federal judge has dismissed a case challenging an Alameda County law that requires the pharmaceutical industry to pay for the collection and disposal of unused prescription drugs.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The No. 1 question about President Barack Obama's health care law is whether consumers will be able to afford the coverage. Now the answer is coming in.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Senate has approved two bills designed to encourage motorists to buy low-polluting vehicles.
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 all things to all customers.
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.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Bethesda jump started the Electronic Entertainment Expo by showing off the latest installments of "Fallout" and "Doom."
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 a line of tailored clothing from Kenneth Cole.
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 rear-end collisions, the National Transportation Safety Board said in a report released Monday.
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, officials announced Monday, as part of a new plan that could cost as much as $3.6 billion.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - A federal appeals court says Allegiant Air had the right to make changes in work rules for its pilots.
• 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 month for a family of up to six people.
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 Legislature's discussions over higher education spending.
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 shun big soda brands.
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 for a pill to boost sexual desire in women.
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 play, "Doom," which triggered a debate over the role of games and violence in society, and "Super Mario Bros.," whose mustachioed hero has migrated to everything from fruit snacks to sneakers.
Apple Watch: Soon for sale in stores
WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) - Dozens of health insurers say higher-than-expected care costs and other expenses blindsided them this year, and they're going to have to hike premiums for individual policies well-beyond 10 percent for 2016.
TOKYO (AP) - Godzillas galore, including last year's Hollywood version, stomp on buildings, thrashing about and breathing fire, in a video game going on sale globally mid-July. But don't expect any references to radiation, the mutant reptile's trademark affliction.