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Congress looks at doing away with the one dollar bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - American consumers have shown about as much appetite for the $1 coin as kids do their spinach. They may not know what's best for them either. Congressional auditors say doing away with dollar bills entirely and replacing them with dollar coins could save taxpayers some $4.4 billion over the next 30 years.

November 30, 2012 | | Nationwide


Sandy delivers heavy blow to US economy

WASHINGTON (AP) - Superstorm Sandy packed a bigger economic punch than most people had thought.

November 29, 2012 | | Nationwide


Ross Stores says sales improved in November

PLEASANTON (AP) - Ross Stores Inc. said Thursday that its revenue at stores open at least a year rose 2 percent in November, missing Wall Street expectations.

November 29, 2012 | | Nationwide


Stocks rise and fall with twists in budget talks

NEW YORK (AP) - Optimism that a budget deal will be reached in Washington sent stocks modestly higher Thursday. A pair of economic reports also brightened the mood.

November 29, 2012 | | Nationwide


Retailers report weak sales gains for November

NEW YORK (AP) - Black Friday was no match for Superstorm Sandy.

November 29, 2012 | | Nationwide


11 hot cars at the LA Auto Show

The Los Angeles Auto Show opens to the public Friday. Here are some of the most talked-about vehicles that will be making their world debuts at the event:

November 29, 2012 | By DEE-ANN DURBIN AP Auto Writers | Nationwide


Biz Buzz

• Drought threatens to close Mississippi to barges: ST. LOUIS (AP) - After months of drought, companies that ship grain and other goods down the Mississippi River are being haunted by a potential nightmare: If water levels fall too low, the nation's main inland waterway could become impassable to barges just as the harvest heads to market.

November 29, 2012 | | Nationwide


Fed survey: US economy growing at steady pace

WASHINGTON (AP) - A pickup in consumer spending and steady home sales helped lift economic growth from October through early November in most parts of the United States, according to a Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday. The one exception was the Northeast, which was slowed by Superstorm Sandy.

November 28, 2012 | | Nationwide


BP barred from new US gov't contracts, land leases

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration put a stop to new federal contracts with BP on Wednesday, admonishing the British oil company for a "lack of business integrity" and also disqualifying it indefinitely from winning new leases to drill on taxpayer-owned lands.

November 28, 2012 | | Nationwide


DeCinces indicted for insider trading

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Former Baltimore Orioles all-star Doug DeCinces and three others were indicted Wednesday on insider trading charges involving the use of information prior to the takeover of a medical device company in California, authorities said.

November 28, 2012 | | Nationwide


Strike idles busiest Port of Los Angeles pie

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Striking workers shut down the largest terminal at the Port of Los Angeles for a second day Wednesday, and the job action later widened to close three terminals at the Port of Long Beach, threatening to paralyze the nation's busiest port complex.

November 28, 2012 | | Nationwide


Microsoft: Windows 8 selling well despite PC slump

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Microsoft believes the latest version of its Windows operating system is off to a great start, but it's going to take more than that to prove the revamped software will win over enough people to revive the slumping personal computer market.

November 28, 2012 | | Nationwide


NY man suing Facebook wants his lawyer to stay

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - A New York man claiming part ownership of Facebook indicated Tuesday that his lawyer wants off the case because he's received threats, but he opposed the lawyer's motion to withdraw.

November 28, 2012 | | Nationwide


ConAgra gobbles up store brands with Ralcorp deal

NEW YORK (AP) - ConAgra Foods is set to become the nation's biggest maker of store-brand foods, with a $5 billion purchase of Ralcorp that expands its stake in the growing market for cereals, crackers and other packaged foods sold under private labels.

November 27, 2012 | | Nationwide


Stocks slide on 'fiscal cliff' warning

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks slumped on Wall Street Tuesday after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he was frustrated by the lack of progress in talks over the U.S. budget impasse in Washington.

November 27, 2012 | | Nationwide


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Veggies take center plate as healthy fast food expands

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.

April 13, 2015 | | Nationwide


Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig get best marks in diet review

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.

April 06, 2015 | | Nationwide


Starbucks to expand online tuition program

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.

April 06, 2015 | | Nationwide


Uber’s popularity surges with business travelers avoiding taxis

NEW YORK (AP) - Business travelers are bypassing the taxi queue with greater frequency, choosing instead ride-hailing services like Uber Technologies.

April 06, 2015 | | Nationwide


Samsung’s profit forecast beats estimate

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - Samsung Electronics Co. said Tuesday that its first-quarter operating income likely beat analysts' consensus.

April 06, 2015 | | Nationwide


LINCOLN CONTINENTAL

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.

March 30, 2015 | | Nationwide


Mexican growers offer 15% in bid to settle Baja farm strike

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.

March 30, 2015 | | Nationwide


McDonald’s to test all-day breakfast next month

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.

March 30, 2015 | | Nationwide


Amazon.com offering to help get jobs done around the house

SEATTLE (AP) - Amazon.com is introducing a referral service to help people to get projects and chores done around their homes.

March 30, 2015 | | Nationwide


Jay Z, Madonna, Minaj offer streaming service

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.

March 30, 2015 | | Nationwide


Volvo Cars plans to open US plant

DETROIT (AP) - Volvo Cars is planning to build its first-ever U.S. assembly plant as part of a push to increase sales here.

March 30, 2015 | | Nationwide


StubHub sues Ticketmaster

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.

March 30, 2015 | | Nationwide


Tesla to unveil new product likely a battery

DETROIT (AP) - Tesla Motors says it will reveal a new product next month, but it's not a car.

March 30, 2015 | | Nationwide


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