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5 banks have cut mortgage balances by $6.3B

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Five of the biggest U.S. banks have cut struggling homeowners' mortgage balances by $6.3 billion, part of a total $26.1 billion in home loan relief provided under a landmark settlement over foreclosure abuses.

November 19, 2012 | | Nationwide


Average credit card debt per borrower up

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Americans cranked up their use of credit cards in the third quarter, racking up more debt than a year ago, while also being less diligent about making payments on time, an analysis of consumer-credit data shows.

November 19, 2012 | | Nationwide


Ford to bring smaller engine in 2014 Fiesta

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) - Ford is bringing its smallest engine to the U.S. in the race to meet stricter government fuel economy rules.

November 19, 2012 | | Nationwide


Twinkies likely to survive sale of Hostess

DETROIT (AP) - Twinkie lovers, relax.

November 18, 2012 | | Nationwide


J.C. Penney CEO tries to change the way Americans shop

NEW YORK (AP) - J.C. Penney CEO Ron Johnson seems unfazed that the department store chain's mounting losses and sales declines have led to growing criticism of his plan to change the way we shop. Perhaps that's because this isn't the first time during Johnson's 30-year career that he's attempted what seemed impossible.

November 18, 2012 | | Nationwide


State jobless rate dips to 10.1 percent

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California continued its economic recovery as the unemployment rate dipped to 10.1 percent in October, led by increases in private sector jobs such as construction, retail and well-paying professional work.

November 17, 2012 | | Nationwide


Twinkie maker Hostess reaches the end of the line

NEW YORK (AP) - Twinkies may not last forever after all.

November 16, 2012 | | Nationwide


SOCIAL SECURITY

Spousal Benefit Clarifications

November 16, 2012 | | Nationwide


Pension insurer runs record $34B deficit

WASHINGTON (AP) - The federal agency that insures pensions for more than 40 million Americans last year ran the widest deficit in its 38-year history.

November 16, 2012 | | Nationwide


Sex offender was festival volunteer at San Jose Catholic church school

SAN JOSE (AP) - A California registered sex offender convicted of molesting a relative was caught volunteering at a Catholic elementary school festival, but he was not arrested because he had a permission letter from a church official.

November 15, 2012 | | Nationwide


Oakland tries to avoid federal takeover of police department

OAKLAND (AP) - A federal judge has ordered city officials to negotiate with two lawyers who want the embattled Oakland Police Department to become the first in the nation to be taken over by the federal government.

November 15, 2012 | | Nationwide


BP agrees to pay $4.5B; 3 employees charged

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A day of reckoning arrived for BP on Thursday as the oil giant agreed to plead guilty to a raft of charges in the deadly Gulf of Mexico spill and pay a record $4.5 billion, including the biggest criminal fine in U.S. history. Three BP employees were also charged, two of them with manslaughter.

November 15, 2012 | | Nationwide


Govt files charges in 'business opportunity' scams

WASHINGTON (AP) - The government has filed criminal and civil charges against several individuals and companies accused of ripping off unemployed and other vulnerable people with work-at-home and other business scams.

November 15, 2012 | | Nationwide


Wal-Mart and Target: A tale of 2 discounters for this holiday season

NEW YORK (AP) - This holiday season, the biggest discount chains in the U.S. will tell the tale of two very different shoppers: those that have and those that have not.

November 15, 2012 | | Nationwide


FDA probe: Were deaths linked to energy drink?

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal health authorities are investigating reports of 13 deaths possibly linked to so-called energy shots and cautioning consumers to talk to their doctors before they take them or other energy drinks.

November 15, 2012 | | Nationwide


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Strong dollar makes world travel cheaper

DALLAS (AP) - If you've been putting off a trip abroad because it's too expensive, start packing your bags.

January 05, 2015 | | Nationwide


Gadgets raise your home’s IQ

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Imagine a world in which your garage door opens automatically as you pull into the driveway. The living room lights and heater turn on - perhaps the oven starts warming up, too. In the so-called "smart home," cars, appliances and other devices all have sensors and Internet connectivity to think and act for themselves, and make your life easier.

January 05, 2015 | | Nationwide


Petco pulls Chinese treats amid fears they sickened pets

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Petco said Monday it has removed all remaining Chinese-made dog and cat treats from its website and stores nationwide because of concerns they have sickened thousands of pets and killed 1,000 dogs in the U.S. since 2007.

January 05, 2015 | | Nationwide


4M enroll in health plans

WASHINGTON (AP) - The first 50-state report on the latest sign-up season under President Barack Obama's health care law shows that more than 4 million people selected plans for the first time or re-enrolled in what the administration called "an encouraging start."

December 30, 2014 | | Nationwide


Consumer confidence increases rises in Dec.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Impressed with an improving economy, American consumers are feeling more confident, a private survey showed.

December 30, 2014 | | Nationwide


Chevron allows oversight of refinery flare

RICHMOND (AP) - Chevron has allowed a California county agency to oversee its investigation into a refinery flare that brought large flames and steam visible for miles in the San Francisco Bay Area.

December 30, 2014 | | Nationwide


White Castle’s veggie slider not for dieters

NEW YORK (AP) - White Castle is offering a vegetarian version of its famous sliders, but they're not necessarily for dieters.

December 30, 2014 | | Nationwide


Court sides with POM Wonderful in beverage fight

PASADENA (AP) - A federal appeals court has sided with juice maker POM Wonderful in a lawsuit over another beverage company's use of the term "pom."

December 30, 2014 | | Nationwide


Home price growth slows for 11th consecutive month

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. home prices rose in October at a slightly slower pace, as real estate sales have fallen and affordability has increasingly become a challenge for potential buyers.

December 30, 2014 | | Nationwide


Chinese access to Gmail cut

BEIJING (AP) - Chinese access to Google Inc.'s email service has been blocked amid government efforts to limit or possibly ban access to the U.S. company's services, which are popular among Chinese seeking to avoid government monitoring.

December 30, 2014 | | Nationwide


IRS says tax filing season to start Jan. 20

WASHINGTON (AP) - Tax filing season will start on time this year despite a last-minute tax law passed by Congress, the IRS said Monday.

December 29, 2014 | | Nationwide


Fake room rentals hurt tourists

HONOLULU (AP) - Scammers who fraudulently advertise Hawaii rental properties have ripped off hundreds if not thousands of visitors to the state, according to Honolulu police, who say it's difficult to prosecute the con artists because most of them operate out of state.

December 29, 2014 | | Nationwide


Being uninsured in America will cost you more in 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) - Being uninsured in America will cost you more in 2015.

December 29, 2014 | | Nationwide


Key decisions on drones likely coming from Congress next year

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is on the verge of proposing long-awaited rules for commercial drone operations in U.S. skies, but key decisions on how much access to grant drones are likely to come from Congress next year.

December 29, 2014 | | Nationwide


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