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‘Ex’ factor: Divorce and Social Security

Q. My brother recently got a divorce. His ex-wife must have had a better lawyer than he did because she inserted language into the divorce decree specifying how much of his Social Security she will get. I believe it's an extra $500 per month, and this is over and above what she will get through regular Social Security law on his account. Is there anything my brother can do to get out of this financial obligation?

June 15, 2012 | | Nationwide


Phones gain ability to learn by touching

NEW YORK (AP) - There's a form of extra-sensory perception called psychometry, whose practitioners claim to learn things about objects by touching them. Smartphones set to be released this month by Samsung and Sony will have some of that ability: they'll learn things when you touch them to pre-programmed "tags."

June 15, 2012 | | Nationwide


SEC questioned Facebook about Zynga, mobile

NEW YORK (AP) - As Facebook's much-anticipated public stock offering approached, federal regulators wanted to know more about the revenue it gets from mobile devices, its $1 billion deal to buy Instagram and the control CEO Mark Zuckerberg has over the company.

June 15, 2012 | | Nationwide


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June 15, 2012 | | Nationwide


Nokia cuts 10,000 jobs, streamlines to save costs

HELSINKI (AP) - Nokia says it will slash 10,000 jobs and close plants as the ailing company fights fierce competition, and gave a grim outlook for most of the year, causing its shares to plummet 18 percent to close at €1.83 ($2.30).

June 14, 2012 | | Nationwide


Proposed New York City ban on big sodas could face legal test

NEW YORK (AP) - If New York City bans big sodas, what's next on the list? Large slices of pizza? Double-scoop ice cream cones? Tubs of movie-theater popcorn? The 16-ounce strip steak?

June 14, 2012 | | Nationwide


American drivers turn to smaller, better engines

DETROIT (AP) - Back when gas was cheap, Americans bought cars with V-8 engines like the Big Block, Cobra Jet and Ramcharger. Acceleration was all that mattered, even in family cars that never made it to full throttle.

June 14, 2012 | | Nationwide


Businesses dominate bids for new Internet suffixes

NEW YORK (AP) - Amazon.com wants ".joy," Google wants ".love" and L'Oreal wants ".beauty."

June 13, 2012 | | Nationwide


Dell planning more than $2B in cuts over 3 years

NEW YORK (AP) - Computer maker Dell Inc. is planning to trim its expenses by more than $2 billion during the next three years as it tries to move into the more lucrative areas of technology.

June 13, 2012 | | Nationwide


Lower gas prices not enough to lift economy

WASHINGTON (AP) - Cheaper gas has yet to cause consumers to spend enough on other goods to boost the slumping economy.

June 13, 2012 | | Nationwide


JPMorgan CEO: Execs may have pay taken back

WASHINGTON (AP) - JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon told Congress on Wednesday that senior bank executives responsible for a $2 billion trading loss will probably have some of their pay taken back by the company.

June 13, 2012 | | Nationwide


Women MDs paid less: reluctant to push for raises?

CHICAGO (AP) - Women physician-scientists are paid much less than their male counterparts, researchers found, with a salary difference that over the course of a career could pay for a college education, a spacious house, or a retirement nest egg.

June 12, 2012 | | Nationwide


NYC health board likes big drink ban proposal

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City's Board of Health signaled strong support Tuesday for the mayor's plan to fight obesity by banning the sale of large, sugary beverages at local restaurants.

June 12, 2012 | | Nationwide


Bill for normal trade with Russia opposed

WASHINGTON (AP) - A Senate plan to lift Cold War restrictions on trade with Russia drew immediate resistance from Senate Republicans who said Congress must first address Russia's poor human rights record and existing economic and political policies.

June 12, 2012 | | Nationwide


More than 7 in 10 teens jobless in summer

WASHINGTON (AP) - Once a rite of passage to adulthood, summer jobs for teens are disappearing.

June 12, 2012 | | Nationwide


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Why a grim US economic picture is brightening

WASHINGTON (AP) - When the government updates its estimate Wednesday of how the U.S. economy fared last quarter, the number is pretty sure to be ugly. Horrible even.

June 24, 2014 | | Nationwide


Stocks end lower as traders sell blue chips

NEW YORK (AP) - The stock market had its biggest decline in two weeks Tuesday, led by a sell-off in blue-chip bank and energy stocks. Homebuilders rose after the government reported sales of new homes rose in May to the highest level in six years.

June 24, 2014 | | Nationwide


Eyes on you: Experts reveal police hacking methods

LONDON (AP) - Law enforcement agencies across the globe are taking a page out of the hacker's handbook, using targets' own phones and computers to spy on them with methods traditionally associated with cybercriminals, two computer security groups said Tuesday.

June 24, 2014 | | Nationwide


AT&T says DirecTV deal could slow price hikes

NEW YORK (AP) - AT&T's CEO told Congress Tuesday that his company's purchase of DirecTV will help slow increases in programming prices, but won't lead to a decrease in prices.

June 24, 2014 | | Nationwide


Obama says US should have paid maternity leave

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama said Monday that the United States should join the rest of the industrialized world and offer paid leave for mothers of newborns.

June 23, 2014 | | Nationwide


Stocks slip below records; FMC falls

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks fell for the first time in seven days, ending a run that had pushed the indexes to all-time highs, as investors assessed corporate news.

June 23, 2014 | | Nationwide


Court raises bar for securities class action cases

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court on Monday made it tougher for investors to join together to sue corporations for securities fraud, a decision that could curb the number of multimillion-dollar legal settlements companies pay out each year.

June 23, 2014 | | Nationwide


Automakers to recall air bags in humid parts of US

DETROIT (AP) - Faulty air bags - which have already led to the recall of millions of cars worldwide - are being blamed for a new round of recalls in the U.S.

June 23, 2014 | | Nationwide


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