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Who gets the cash in Starbucks' tip jars?

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Baristas, managers and Starbucks itself put in their two cents Tuesday before New York's highest court in a tip-jar dispute that could have broad consequences for the state's hospitality workers and, ultimately, employees at the coffee chain's thousands of U.S. retail stores.

May 28, 2013 | | Nationwide


Entry fee study sparks northern opposition

SEATTLE (AP) - By Michael Hill's estimation, 90 percent of the people pumping gas at his station just south of the U.S.-Canada border in Washington state are Canadians.

May 27, 2013 | | Nationwide


Bridge collapse a major break in I-5 trade corridor

SEATTLE (AP) - For farmers, business owners and government officials up and down the West Coast, Washington's bridge collapse on Interstate 5 represents much more than a close brush with tragedy. As much as $20 billion in freight travels to and from Canada and along the busy north-south corridor each year.

May 27, 2013 | | Nationwide


North Korea relaxes state controls on worker salaries

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) - North Korea relaxed state control of salaries last month, a government economist said, outlining a change in policy intended to boost production by giving companies latitude to provide workers with financial incentives.

May 27, 2013 | | Nationwide


Cruise ship stories all wet

Q: I am a married 64-year-old woman. I started getting my Social Security at age 62. I was told at the time that I was not eligible for any of my husband's Social Security. But we were just on a cruise and an older woman told me that she took retirement benefits at 62 and was also able to get half of her husband's Social Security. Why don't I get half of my husband's benefits?

May 24, 2013 | | Nationwide


Google to add Galapagos Islands to Street View

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Few have explored the remote volcanic islands of the Galapagos archipelago, an otherworldly landscape inhabited by the world's largest tortoises and other fantastical creatures that inspired Charles Darwin's theory of evolution.

May 23, 2013 | | Nationwide


Sears reports bigger-than-expected 1Q loss

NEW YORK (AP) - It was another ugly quarter for Sears Holdings Corp.

May 23, 2013 | | Nationwide


Applications for unemployment aid fall to 340K

WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell 23,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 340,000, a level consistent with solid job growth.

May 23, 2013 | | Nationwide


Gap back in style as quarter profits jumps 43 percent

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - After years of struggle, Gap is back in style.

May 23, 2013 | | Nationwide


Woman, 87, loses to Trump in civil case

CHICAGO (AP) - An 87-year-old grandmother took on billionaire Donald Trump. And on Thursday, she lost.

May 23, 2013 | | Nationwide


FDA panel backs Merck insomnia drug

WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal panel of medical experts said that an experimental insomnia drug from Merck & Co. Inc. appears safe and effective, despite evidence from company trials that the pill can cause daytime sleepiness and difficulty driving.

May 22, 2013 | | Nationwide


Home sales tick up to highest in 3 ½ years

WASHINGTON (AP) - Sales of previously occupied U.S. homes ticked up last month to the highest level in three and a half years, helped by a jump in the number of houses for sale.

May 22, 2013 | | Nationwide


Jennifer Lopez to open cellphone stores

NEW YORK (AP) - "Jenny from the Block" wants the block to buy Verizon phones from her.

May 22, 2013 | | Nationwide


HP's 2Q offers hope even as 2-year revenue slump deepens

PALO ALTO (AP) - Hewlett-Packard is still scrambling to meet the growing demand for more versatile and less expensive mobile devices as a slump in its personal computer sales deepens, but the company's cost-cutting measures and focus on more profitable areas of technology appear to be easing the pain.

May 22, 2013 | | Nationwide


Tesla uses stock, note sale to repay federal government

PALO ALTO (AP) - Tesla Motors, which makes a highly acclaimed $70,000 electric car, has paid off a startup loan from the U.S. government nine years early.

May 22, 2013 | | Nationwide


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Redbox raising DVD rental rates by 25 percent

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Redbox is raising its DVD rental prices by 25 percent in an effort to wring more revenue from the shrinking audience that still watches movies on discs rather than online.

November 24, 2014 | | Nationwide


SoCal high-end home sales surge

LOS ANGELES (AP) - In an exception to Southern California's lackluster real estate market, sales of homes costing $2 million or more are hitting record levels, according to a report.

November 24, 2014 | | Nationwide


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


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