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How to maximize your benefits for Social Security in retirement

I have been getting more and more e-mails from readers in their late 50s and early 60s who are doing some retirement planning and looking for ways to get the best return on their Social Security "investment." That's why I decided to produce a fact sheet that I call "Five Ways To Maximize Your Social Security Benefits." The fact sheet is too long to reproduce in this column. So, I am going to just briefly summarize its contents and then invite readers who want more information to send me an e-mail asking for a free electronic copy of the ...

October 26, 2012 | | Nationwide


US economy expands at modest 2% pace

WASHINGTON (AP) - The latest snapshot of economic growth shows the U.S. recovery remains tepid.

October 26, 2012 | | Nationwide


Windows 8 to bridge gap between personal computers, mobile devices

SEATTLE (AP) - Microsoft launched a radical redesign of its world-dominating Windows operating system Thursday, introducing a touch-enabled interface that attempts to bridge the gap between personal computers and fast-growing mobile devices powered by the company's fiercest competitors.

October 25, 2012 | | Nationwide


Apple warns of holiday earnings drop

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple has a new iPhone, two new iPads and three new PCs as it heads into the holiday quarter, the biggest selling season of the year. But, paradoxically, it expects these new gadgets to bring down its profits compared to last year.

October 25, 2012 | | Nationwide


Diamond Foods to restate more financial results

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Diamond Foods Inc. said Thursday that it will restate two additional quarters of financial data as the snack food company tries to clean up the fallout from its improper accounting of payments to walnut growers.

October 25, 2012 | | Nationwide


Amazon posts 1st loss since July 2003

SEATTLE (AP) - Amazon reported third-quarter results below Wall Street's expectations on Thursday - including a large loss, weighed by its stake in online deals service LivingSocial and continued spending on its Kindle business and distribution centers.

October 25, 2012 | | Nationwide


Group of CEOs urges tax hikes, spending cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) - CEOs from more than 80 major U.S. companies are pressing Congress to reduce the federal deficit by raising taxes and cutting spending. The deficit and how to tame it has become a key theme in the presidential campaign.

October 25, 2012 | | Nationwide


Facebook shares post biggest single-day gain

MENLO PARK (AP) - Facebook's stock gained the most in a single day Wednesday since it began trading in May, a sign that the social media company's complicated relationship with Wall Street may be getting brighter.

October 24, 2012 | | Nationwide


Zynga posts 3Q loss, shares jump after-hours

SAM FRANCISCO (AP) - Battered shares of Zynga Inc. soared in after-hours trading Wednesday after the social gaming company posted stronger-than-expected revenue for the third quarter and said it will enter the gambling business.

October 24, 2012 | | Nationwide


Windows 8: Make-or-break moment for Microsoft CEO

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer can't afford to be wrong about Windows 8.

October 24, 2012 | | Nationwide


ABC News wants 'pink slime' lawsuit in fed court

NORTH SIOUX CITY, S.D. (AP) - Lawyers for ABC News are asking to have a defamation lawsuit against the company filed by a South Dakota beef processing plant transferred from circuit court to federal court.

October 24, 2012 | | Nationwide


Fed cites moderate growth, takes no new action

Fed cites moderate growth, takes no new action

October 24, 2012 | | Nationwide


Apple's iPad Mini much pricier than rivals

SAN JOSE (AP) - Apple Inc.'s pencil-thin, smaller iPad will cost much more than its competitors, signaling that the company isn't going to get into a mini-tablet price war.

October 23, 2012 | | Nationwide


Facebook 3Q results show mobile ad growth to help send stock up 13 percent

MENLO PARK (AP) - Facebook finally has proof that it can make money from mobile advertising.

October 23, 2012 | | Nationwide


Disabled patients to benefit from coming Medicare change

WASHINGTON (AP) - Thousands of Medicare patients with severe chronic illnesses such as Alzheimer's would get continuing access to rehab and other services under a change agreed to by the Obama administration, advocates said Tuesday.

October 23, 2012 | | Nationwide


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Kohl’s 4Q sales metric tops expectations

NEW YORK (AP) - Shares of Kohl's rose Wednesday after the department store operator said it was pleased with its fourth quarter sales and said its base business improved.

February 04, 2015 | | Nationwide


Tech firms hint at more restraint

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Technology's big-spending trio of Google, Facebook, and Amazon.com appear to be tightening their belts - at least a notch - in a concession to cost-conscious investors and a strong dollar that's taking a big bite out of their revenue.

February 02, 2015 | | Nationwide


Apple plans to sell as much as $6.5B in bonds

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple is planning another large bond sale at a time when investors are paying near record premiums for high-quality bonds.

February 02, 2015 | | Nationwide


Viewership record for Super Bowl

NEW YORK (AP) - An estimated 114.4 million people watched New England's thrilling win over Seattle, making it the fifth time in six years that a Super Bowl game has set a record for the most-watched event in U.S. television history.

February 02, 2015 | | Nationwide


HP boss gets raise despite slump

PALO ALTO (AP) - Hewlett-Packard boss Meg Whitman has graduated from the dollar-a-year club, as the struggling company prepares to split up.

February 02, 2015 | | Nationwide


What does Apple do next?

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple CEO Tim Cook says consumer demand for new iPhones has been "staggering" and "hard to comprehend." That helped the company report record-smashing earnings for its latest quarter and sent the stock climbing more than 7 percent on Wednesday.

January 28, 2015 | | Nationwide


Facebook beats profit expectations

MENLO PARK (AP) - For the seventh quarter in a row Facebook beat profit and revenue forecasts, continuing to win more mobile advertising revenue as most users shift to using the site on smartphones and other portable devices.

January 28, 2015 | | Nationwide


Frenzy forces Vegas White Castle to close

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A 24-hour White Castle location on the Las Vegas Strip that opened to long lines of the burger chain's fans had to close for more than two hours to restock after its grand opening.

January 28, 2015 | | Nationwide


What! Facebook’s down? No storm selfies during outage

MENLO PARK (AP) - No storm selfies, hookups, status updates. With Facebook and Instagram down for nearly an hour overnight, what were legions of users to do?

January 27, 2015 | | Nationwide


iPhone sales smash records

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple had another blowout quarter thanks to its new plus-sized iPhones, which helped the company smash sales records for the holiday season.

January 27, 2015 | | Nationwide


Yahoo spinning off Alibaba stake

SUNNYVALE (AP) - Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is spinning off the company's $39 billion stake in China's Alibaba Group Holding in a move that wards off a potential shareholder rebellion.

January 27, 2015 | | Nationwide


Parking garages fall to the wrecking ball

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - They were supposed to be saviors of downtown, drawing people by offering parking as plentiful as at any suburban shopping mall.

January 27, 2015 | | Nationwide


IBM denies report of mass layoffs

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Calling it "ridiculous" and "baseless," IBM on Monday dismissed a report that said the technology giant plans to lay off 1 in 4 of its workers, or 100,000 people.

January 26, 2015 | | Nationwide


Microsoft earnings report doesn’t excite

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Big jumps in sales of its Surface tablets, cloud computing software and Lumia smartphones drove Microsoft's quarterly revenue above expectations, as CEO Satya Nadella continues to steer toward the mobile gadget market and shift Microsoft away from its traditional focus on the PC.

January 26, 2015 | | Nationwide


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