LOS ANGELES (AP) - Shoppers hit stores for the holidays in the final months of 2012 and it seems many of them were armed with credit and debit cards using the Visa network.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Slumping personal computer maker Dell is bowing out of the stock market in a $24.4 billion buyout that represents the largest deal of its kind since the Great Recession dried up the financing for such risky maneuvers.
REDWOOD CITY (AP) - Shutterfly Inc. on Tuesday reported a 50 percent jump in quarterly profit as more customers snapped up its photo prints, photo gifts and stationery during the holidays. The results blew past Wall Street estimates and the online photo service also forecast better-than-expected results for 2013.
PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) - The end is near for the shoe, wheelbarrow or iron in the classic Monopoly game as fans vote in the final hours on which token to eliminate and which piece to replace it.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Online games company Zynga said its loss narrowed in the latest quarter even though revenue was largely unchanged as the company cut expenses by laying off workers, closing offices and shutting down poorly performing games.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Eighteen people have been charged in what may be one of the nation's largest credit card fraud rings, a sprawling international scam that duped credit rating agencies and used thousands of fake identities to steal at least $200 million, federal authorities said Tuesday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Beyonce's splashy show, a freak power outage, and -oh, yeah- a captivating game of football combined to generate a record 24.1 million posts on Twitter during Sunday night's Super Bowl.
NEW YORK (AP) - McDonald's says it is offering its first new Happy Meal entree in a decade: Fish McBites.
REDWOOD SHORES (AP) - Oracle will Acme Packet Inc., which makes equipment for telecommunications companies, for about $2.1 billion.
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The Alaskan Brewing Co. is going green, but instead of looking to solar and wind energy, it has turned to a very familiar source: beer.
DUBLIN (AP) - Ireland's government announced Monday that DNA testing has confirmed that Polish meat offcuts imported into Ireland and labeled as beef actually contain up to 75 percent horsemeat, a discovery made as Ireland's food-standards scandal forced a second burger manufacturer to shut operations.
TORONTO (AP) - Canada started phasing out its penny, the nuisance coins that clutter dressers and cost more than their one-cent value to produce.
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SAN RAMON (AP) - Chevron Corp. posted a 41 percent gain in net income for the fourth quarter as the company produced more oil and gas, improved the performance of its refinery business and realized a gain from swapping assets in an Australian natural gas field.
MIAMI (AP) - They want it fresh. They want it cheap. They want it fast. And most importantly, they don't want it to taste like it's good for them.
CHICAGO (AP) - Trying to slim down? Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig scored the best marks for effectiveness in a review of research on commercial diet programs, but many other plans just haven't been studied enough to evaluate long-term results.
NEW YORK (AP) - Starbucks says its workers can now have four years of tuition covered for an online college degree from Arizona State University instead of just two, marking the latest sign that companies are rethinking their treatment of low-wage workers.
NEW YORK (AP) - Business travelers are bypassing the taxi queue with greater frequency, choosing instead ride-hailing services like Uber Technologies.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - Samsung Electronics Co. said Tuesday that its first-quarter operating income likely beat analysts' consensus.
DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) - Elvis Presley had one; so did Clark Gable. It was even the sedan of presidents. Then the name vanished amid an invasion of newer luxury cars from Europe and Asia.
MEXICO CITY (AP) - Export-oriented commercial farms in Mexico's Baja California state say they have offered farm workers a 15-percent wage increase to end a two-week-old strike.
NEW YORK (AP) - A McMuffin for dinner? It might happen, as McDonald's plans to test an all-day breakfast at some locations in the San Diego area starting next month.
SEATTLE (AP) - Amazon.com is introducing a referral service to help people to get projects and chores done around their homes.
NEW YORK (AP) - Madonna, Rihanna, Beyonce and Jay Z are among the A-List musicians who are co-owners of Tidal, a streaming service being billed as the first artist-owned platform for music and video.
DETROIT (AP) - Volvo Cars is planning to build its first-ever U.S. assembly plant as part of a push to increase sales here.
NEW YORK (AP) - StubHub is suing Ticketmaster and the Golden State Warriors, alleging it unfairly required fans looking to resell tickets to use Ticketmaster's resale exchange.
DETROIT (AP) - Tesla Motors says it will reveal a new product next month, but it's not a car.