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Amazon posts lower 4Q net income

SEATTLE (AP) - Amazon's fourth-quarter net income fell 45 percent, as sharply higher revenue failed to keep pace with increased spending on order fulfillment and digital content, a trend that's become the norm for the world's largest online retailer.

January 29, 2013 | | Nationwide


Ticketmaster makes online 'CAPTCHA' puzzles easier

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Ticketmaster, often the target of fan anger when tickets to popular concerts get sold out in seconds, is removing an annoyance that can slow down the buying process: the jumble of letters that people need to decipher known as "CAPTCHA."

January 29, 2013 | | Nationwide


Adver-teasers: Super Bowl viewers get peek at the ads

NEW YORK (AP) - Super Bowl advertisers are learning the art of the tease.

January 29, 2013 | | Nationwide


Little Debbie baker buying Drake’s cakes from Hostess for $27.5 million

NEW YORK (AP) - Hostess has picked the maker of Little Debbie as the lead bidder for its Drake's cakes.

January 28, 2013 | | Nationwide


Yahoo's 4Q report shows more signs of earning progress

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Yahoo got a little healthier during the last three months of 2012 as the long-suffering Internet company took advantage of higher ad prices and more money coming in from overseas investments to deliver numbers that exceeded analyst forecasts.

January 28, 2013 | | Nationwide


J. C. Penney brings back sales

NEW YORK (AP) - J.C. Penney is bringing back sales.

January 28, 2013 | | Nationwide


Antigua becoming copyright haven

LONDON (AP) - Americans call it piracy. Antiguans call it justice.

January 28, 2013 | | Nationwide


Harley-Davidson to partner with Kid Rock

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Harley-Davidson Inc. says Kid Rock will perform at the company's 110th anniversary bash over Labor Day weekend in Milwaukee.

January 28, 2013 | | Nationwide


Barnes & Noble plans more store closings

NEW YORK (AP) - Barnes & Noble plans to continue to shrink its store base.

January 28, 2013 | | Nationwide


The five nuttiest rumors about Social Security

In last week's column, I reviewed the ten most common misconceptions people have about Social Security benefits. But the program side of Social Security is only half the picture. There is also the policy and political side of our nation's bedrock retirement system. In fact, because of crazy rumors spread on the Internet, far more people have been misled into believing nutty stories about Social Security policies, especially when it comes to financing the program. I've discussed these issues many times before in this column, but based on the emails I get, no one is listening!

January 25, 2013 | | Nationwide


MBAs play poker in Vegas to win job at Caesars

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Forget the firm handshake and networking chit chat. Business students who want a job at Caesars Entertainment need to work on their poker faces.

January 25, 2013 | | Nationwide


Exxon passes Apple as most valuable firm

NEW YORK (AP) - Exxon has once again surpassed Apple as the world's most valuable company after the iPhone and iPad maker saw its stock price falter.

January 25, 2013 | | Nationwide


Billionaire investors battle on live TV

NEW YORK (AP) - A long-simmering spat between billionaire investors Carl Icahn and Bill Ackman boiled over into a shouting match on live television Friday.

January 25, 2013 | | Nationwide


Geithner sees US economy slowly strengthening

WASHINGTON (AP) - Outgoing Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner thinks the U.S. economy will strengthen this year - as long as Congress avoids cutting spending too deeply in a budget deal and Europe's economy gradually improves.

January 25, 2013 | | Nationwide


Smart machines: World without work?

WASHINGTON (AP) - They seem right out of a Hollywood fantasy, and they are: Cars that drive themselves have appeared in movies like "I, Robot" and the television show "Knight Rider."

January 25, 2013 | | Nationwide


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Social media users shy away from opinions

WASHINGTON (AP) - People who use Facebook and Twitter are less likely than others to share their opinions on hot-button issues, even when they are offline, according to a surprising new survey by the Pew Research Center.

August 26, 2014 | | Nationwide


UN health agency urges crackdown on e-cigarettes

GENEVA (AP) - Governments should have tougher rules for electronic cigarettes - banning their use indoors and putting them off limits for minors - until more evidence can be gathered about their risks, the U.N. health agency said Tuesday.

August 26, 2014 | | Nationwide


Consumer confidence near a 7-year high

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. consumer confidence this month reached its highest point in nearly seven years, boosted by strong job gains.

August 26, 2014 | | Nationwide


New rules could squeeze Malibu wine growers

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Malibu region's growing wine industry, made up of some 50 commercial vineyards, could be squeezed by proposed regulations that would prohibit new grape growing in a large swath of the Santa Monica Mountains.

August 26, 2014 | | Nationwide


Legal questions arise for fantasy game biz

NEW YORK (AP) - Some of the newest incarnations of fantasy football look a lot more like gambling than intricate, outsmart-your-opponent strategy games.

August 25, 2014 | | Nationwide


Amazon buys Twitch for $970M

NEW YORK (AP) - Amazon is hoping to become the ESPN of video games.

August 25, 2014 | | Nationwide


TiVo to make version for those without cable

NEW YORK (AP) - Here's a sign more households are going without cable or satellite TV: TiVo Inc. is making a digital video recorder just for so-called cord-cutters.

August 25, 2014 | | Nationwide


Fairchild Semiconductor cutting 1,350 jobs

SAN JOSE (AP) - Chip supplier Fairchild Semiconductor is eliminating about 1,350 jobs in the U.S. and Asia - about 15 percent of its total workforce - to reduce costs.

August 25, 2014 | | Nationwide


Like airlines, hotels get fee-happy

NEW YORK (AP) - Forget bad weather, traffic jams and kids asking, "Are we there yet?" The real headache for many travelers is a quickly-growing list of hotel surcharges, even for items they never use.

August 25, 2014 | | Nationwide


Credit card late payments down in 2Q

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Americans are doing a better job of making timely credit card payments, even as many lenders increasingly extend credit to more people with less-than-stellar credit.

August 25, 2014 | | Nationwide


Housing recovery on track

WASHINGTON (AP) - A fourth straight monthly increase in sales of existing homes provided the latest evidence Thursday that the U.S. housing market is rebounding from a weak start to the year.

August 21, 2014 | | Nationwide


Russia may close more McDonald’s

MOSCOW (AP) - Russia's food safety agency said Thursday that it was checking McDonald's restaurants around the country, a day after several branches of the chain were shuttered in Moscow.

August 21, 2014 | | Nationwide


Wealth gap widened in the last decade

NEW YORK (AP) - A report from the Census Bureau is the latest evidence that the rich are getting richer while the poor get poorer.

August 21, 2014 | | Nationwide


Gap reports higher profit

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Gap Inc. said its profit rose 10 percent in the second quarter as the clothing retailer cut expenses and managed to lift sales.

August 21, 2014 | | Nationwide


Burger King nixes lower-calorie ‘Satisfries’

NEW YORK (AP) - Burger King is getting rid of its lower-calorie french fries at most restaurants after less than a year.

August 13, 2014 | | Nationwide


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