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S&P BOOSTS OUTLOOK FOR US GOV'T'S LONG-TERM DEBT: WASHINGTON (AP) - Standard & Poor's Ratings Services upgraded its outlook Monday for the U.S. government's long-term debt. S&P cited the government's strengthened finances, a recovering U.S. economy and some easing of Washington's political gridlock.

June 10, 2013 | | Nationwide


How SSI works

Before I get to today's question, I must clarify some points about the Supplemental Security Income, or SSI, program.

June 07, 2013 | | Nationwide


Economy adds 175K jobs, jobless climbs to 7.6 %

WASHINGTON (AP) - More Americans hunted for jobs in May, and more companies filled them - signs of confidence and resilience for the slow-healing U.S. economy.

June 07, 2013 | | Nationwide


Microsoft says used games will work on Xbox One

NEW YORK (AP) - Microsoft's upcoming Xbox One gaming console will be able to play used games, clearing up a worry among gamers and video game retailers such as GameStop, which trade in used games.

June 07, 2013 | | Nationwide


J.C. Penney launches new home department

NEW YORJ (AP) - J.C. Penney wants you to come home.

June 07, 2013 | | Nationwide


Consumer borrow $11.1B in April

WASHINGTON (AP) - Americans borrowed more in April to attend college and buy cars and were a little less cautious with their credit cards than the previous month.

June 07, 2013 | | Nationwide


Bill to legalize web poker introduced

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Gamblers who prefer their laptops to blackjack tables could soon get a boost from Washington.

June 06, 2013 | | Nationwide


PG&E to pay $50.5 million because of wildfires

SACRAMENTO (AP) - PG&E and its contractors have agreed to pay $50.5 million to settle Department of Justice allegations that the utility was responsible for two wildfires that scorched 18,000 acres of national forest land in Northern California.

June 06, 2013 | | Nationwide


Did Whole Foods fire workers for speaking Spanish at work?

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Two employees at a Whole Foods Market store in Albuquerque say they were suspended last month after complaining about being told they couldn't speak Spanish to each other while on the job - a claim the company says was a misunderstanding.

June 06, 2013 | | Nationwide


FDA favors easing safety limits on Avandia

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal health experts are recommending changes to safety restrictions on former blockbuster diabetes pill Avandia, in light of a new analysis suggesting that the drug may not increase the risk of heart attack as much as previously thought.

June 06, 2013 | | Nationwide


Nestle Purina to purchase Petfinder

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June 05, 2013 | | Nationwide


Microsoft to add Outlook to Windows system on RT tablets

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Microsoft will add its popular Outlook email program to more tablets running on a lightweight version of its Windows operating system as part of a free software update this year.

June 05, 2013 | | Nationwide


Some morning-after OTC pill sales allowed

NEW YORK (AP) - Generic versions of emergency contraception can be sold without a prescription or age restrictions while the federal government appeals a judge's ruling allowing the sales, an appeals court said Wednesday.

June 05, 2013 | | Nationwide


Long-awaited keyboard BlackBerrys hit stores

TORONTO (AP) - Modern BlackBerrys with physical keyboards are now available in the U.S., months after the touch-screen versions went on sale.

June 05, 2013 | | Nationwide


Cheerios stands by TV ad showing mixed-race family

NEW YORK (AP) - A mom sits at her kitchen table when her grade schooler saunters up with a big box of Cheerios.

June 05, 2013 | | Nationwide


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3 make living playing video games

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) - From nine to five, seven days a week, Robert Schill plays video games while sitting on a plush, brown sofa in central Florida.

November 17, 2014 | | Nationwide


Hellmann’s tweaks site in ‘mayonnaise’ legal spat

NEW YORK (AP) - Hellmann's mayonnaise has some egg on its face.

November 17, 2014 | | Nationwide


Heat-not-burn cigarette rolled out

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Reynolds American Inc. is launching a cigarette that heats tobacco rather than burning it, hoping to capitalize on the growing appetite for alternatives to traditional smokes.

November 17, 2014 | | Nationwide


Government falls short when it comes to useful health info websites

WASHINGTON (AP) - With many seniors facing high medical bills, a congressional investigation has found that federal government websites meant to give Medicare patients basic consumer tools instead fail to provide adequate information on out-of-pocket costs, and even quality of care.

November 17, 2014 | | Nationwide


NYC: Replace pay phones with Wi-Fi hubs

NEW YORK (AP) - Pay phones on New York City streets would become a thing of the past under a plan announced Monday that would replace them with stand-alone devices offering free Wi-Fi and nationwide phone calls as well as mobile phone charging capability.

November 17, 2014 | | Nationwide


Feds: Privacy firm deceived consumers

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Federal regulators said a respected Internet privacy company gave its seal of approval to commercial websites and mobile apps but failed to check whether they were indeed meeting standards for safeguarding customers' data.

November 17, 2014 | | Nationwide


Obama: Treat Internet like utility

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama on Monday embraced a radical change in how the government treats Internet service, coming down on the side of consumer activists who fear slower download speeds and higher costs but angering Republicans and the nation's cable giants who say the plan would kill jobs.

November 10, 2014 | | Nationwide


Switches ordered weeks ahead of recall

DETROIT (AP) - Emails showing that General Motors ordered a half-million replacement ignition switches nearly two months before telling the government of a safety recall will be heavily scrutinized by federal prosecutors, who are investigating GM's conduct, according to legal experts.

November 10, 2014 | | Nationwide


Q&A ON ‘NET NEUTRALITY’

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama on Monday waded into the debate over "net neutrality" by suggesting that Internet service should be regulated more heavily to protect consumers.

November 10, 2014 | | Nationwide


OK for Social Security workers settlement

BALTIMORE (AP) - A federal administrative law judge in Baltimore has given preliminary approval to a $6.6 million settlement for more than 570 current and former Social Security Administration employees with disabilities.

November 10, 2014 | | Nationwide


Pizza Hut’s revamp: Curry crusts & balsamic drizzle

NEW YORK (AP) - Pizza Hut is letting customers play mad scientist, giving them the freedom to make pies with honey Sriracha sauce or add curry flavor to the crusts.

November 10, 2014 | | Nationwide


Target offers early access to Black Friday deals

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Target is planning to offer Black Friday deals before the Thanksgiving holiday, in its latest move to boost sluggish sales heading into the holiday shopping season.

November 10, 2014 | | Nationwide


Postal Service victim of hacking attack

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Postal Service said Monday it had been hacked, potentially compromising sensitive information about its employees such as names and addresses, Social Security numbers, emergency contacts and other information.

November 10, 2014 | | Nationwide


ARBY’S Q&A

NEW YORK (AP) - Arby's, the chain known for its roast beef sandwiches, is trying to stand out in the crowded fast-food industry. It's marketing its meats as being of superior quality and pushing to let customers know they can order sandwiches sans onions or mayo.

November 04, 2014 | | Nationwide


Oil prices tumble on Saudi discount move for US sales

LONDON (AP) - Oil prices slumped to multi-year lows on Tuesday after Saudi Arabia cut the price of oil sold to the U.S., a move that is shaking an already volatile market but will likely give the world economy an unexpected stimulus.

November 04, 2014 | | Nationwide


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