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Social Security update for 2013

It has been my custom for most of the past 15 years to write a year-end column that summarizes the Social Security changes and updates scheduled to take place the following year.

December 21, 2012 | | Nationwide


California jobless rate dips below 10%

SACRAMENTO (AP) - After a long twilight, business is booming again at Matt Construction as high-end orders come in for hotels and office complexes.

December 21, 2012 | | Nationwide


FDA: Fast-growing fish would not harm nature or people

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal health regulators say a genetically modified salmon that grows twice as fast as normal is unlikely to harm the environment, clearing the way for the first approval of a scientifically engineered animal for human consumption.

December 21, 2012 | | Nationwide


It's all-hands-on-deck for final retail gift push

FREEPORT, Maine (AP) - With the final retail push under way, L.L. Bean CEO Chris McCormick is playing Santa's helper against a backdrop of conveyor belts and beeping front-end loaders as he boxes up slippers and shirts. But there's little time to reflect on the holiday cheer those gifts will bring because he's busy concentrating to make sure no shipments go astray.

December 21, 2012 | | Nationwide


Hostess expects to split up snack cakes in sale

NEW YORK (AP) - Twinkies, Wonder Bread and Devil Dogs are likely to return to shelves in coming months, but probably not under the same owners.

December 21, 2012 | | Nationwide


Disney completes Lucasfilm acquisition

BURBANK, Calif. (AP) - Disney says it has completed its acquisition of Lucasfilm Ltd. for $4.06 billion in cash and stock.

December 21, 2012 | | Nationwide


Facebook tests $1 fee for messages to non-friends

MENLO PARK (AP) - Facebook says it is testing a service that will charge users $1 to guarantee that messages they send to people they are not connected to arrive in users' inboxes, rather than in an often-ignored folder called "other."

December 20, 2012 | | Nationwide


All we want for Christmas is our gifts to arrive on time!

NEW YORK (AP) - Will Santa's sleigh be late?

December 20, 2012 | | Nationwide


US Mint testing new metals to make coins cheaper

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - When it comes to making coins, the Mint isn't getting its two cents worth. In some cases, it doesn't even get half of that.

December 20, 2012 | | Nationwide


Twitter offers users scrapbook of past tweets

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Twitter is offering its more than 200 million users a chance to keep a digital scrapbook of all their tweets.

December 20, 2012 | | Nationwide


Apple appeals decision in case against Samsung

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Apple filed an appeal Thursday of a judge's refusal to bar some Samsung smartphones from the U.S. market, extending one of several legal battles raging around the world between the two tech giants.

December 20, 2012 | | Nationwide


Funds reconsider investments in gun makers

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - From California to New York, teacher and public-worker retirement funds are reconsidering their investments in gun makers and confronting an uncomfortable fact: Their pensions have supported the manufacture of deadly weapons, in some cases the same type of gun used in the Connecticut school shooting.

December 20, 2012 | | Nationwide


Business Briefs

OLIVE GARDEN OWNER SHIFTS COURSE TO FOCUS ON DEALS: NEW YORK (AP) - After new ad campaigns touting the quality of its food failed to spark sales, the parent company of Olive Garden and Red Lobster is retooling its strategy to attract diners with more promotional deals.

December 20, 2012 | | Nationwide


Watchdog: Fannie, Freddie may have lost over $3 billion

WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal watchdog has found that government-controlled Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac may have lost more than $3 billion from big banks' alleged rigging of a key interest rate.

December 19, 2012 | | Nationwide


Discounts abound as stores try to salvage season

NEW YORK (AP) - When it comes to fat holiday discounts, better late than never.

December 19, 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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