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Egan-Jones cuts US debt rating to AA- from AA

NEW YORK (AP) - Egan-Jones, an independent credit-research firm, downgraded its rating on U.S. government debt to AA- from AA on Friday, citing the Federal Reserve's plans to try to stimulate the economy.

September 14, 2012 | | Nationwide


Same-sex marriage & Social Security

Q. I am a 61-year-old gay man who is about to retire. I have a 60-year-old partner. We have been together now for 38 years. I have worked all my life. My partner has spent most of his life as a stay-at-home husband and father. (Yes, we raised a son and daughter, both of whom are now very successful.) I really enjoy your column and have learned a lot from it. But I have never seen a column in which you have discussed Social Security issues that impact gays and lesbians, especially with respect to benefits for spouses. What can ...

September 14, 2012 | | Nationwide


Rising gas prices crimps spending

WASHINGTON (AP) - Higher gas prices are crimping consumer spending and slowing the already-weak U.S. economy. And they could get worse in the coming months.

September 14, 2012 | | Nationwide


NYC bans big, sugary drinks at restaurants

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City cracked down on the sale of supersized sodas and other sugary drinks Thursday in what was celebrated by some as a groundbreaking attempt to curb obesity but condemned by others as a blatant intrusion into people's lives by a busybody mayor.

September 13, 2012 | | Nationwide


ABC News sued for defamation over 'pink slime'

NORTH SIOUX CITY, S.D. (AP) - Beef Products Inc. sued ABC News, Inc. for defamation Thursday over its coverage of a meat product that critics dub "pink slime," claiming the network damaged the company by misleading consumers into believing it is unhealthy and unsafe.

September 13, 2012 | | Nationwide


Nintendo's Wii U to launch Nov. 18, starting price at $300

NEW YORK (AP) - Nintendo has a knack for changing the course of video games, appealing to the masses from kids to grandparents even if its technology isn't the most advanced.

September 13, 2012 | | Nationwide


Canada auto union offers wage cuts, weighs strike

TORONTO (AP) - The Canadian Auto Workers union has proposed wage cuts for new employees at Detroit's three big automakers in the hopes of averting a strike next week, the union's secretary-treasurer said Thursday.

September 13, 2012 | | Nationwide


Tall, skinny iPhone in US stores Sept. 21

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - For the first time, the iPhone is growing even as it slims down. After sticking for five years to the same screen size, Apple on Wednesday revealed a new phone that's taller, and has a bigger display.

September 12, 2012 | | Nationwide


Docs: NYC ban on big, sugary drinks could help

NEW YORK (AP) - The era of the supersized cola may come to an end in New York City on Thursday, when health officials are expected to approve an unprecedented 16-ounce limit on sodas and other sugary drinks at restaurants, delis and movie theaters. But will it actually translate into better health?

September 12, 2012 | | Nationwide


Common type of rail car has dangerous design flaw

Common type of rail car has dangerous design flaw

September 12, 2012 | | Nationwide


Gas prices hit $8.66 in NJ, Pa. in protest

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J. (AP) - More than 50 Lukoil gas stations in New Jersey and Pennsylvania jacked up prices to more than $8 a gallon Wednesday to protest what they say are unfair pricing practices by Lukoil North America that leave them at a competitive disadvantage.

September 12, 2012 | | Nationwide


Zuckerberg: Time to 'double down ' on Facebook after stock plummets

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg hasn't enjoyed seeing his company's stock get pummeled on Wall Street this summer, but he is relishing the opportunity to prove his critics wrong.

September 11, 2012 | | Nationwide


Premiums for family health plans hit $15,745

WASHINGTON (AP) - Annual premiums for job-based family health insurance went up just 4 percent this year, but that's no comfort with the price tag approaching $16,000 and rising more than twice as fast as wages.

September 11, 2012 | | Nationwide


Suspect in officer's stabbing released from prison

FRESNO (AP) - Police say the man suspected of killing one woman and stabbing another woman and a police officer in Fresno had recently been released from prison.

September 11, 2012 | | Nationwide


IRS pays whistleblower $104 million

WASHINGTON (AP) - First, the government threw Bradley Birkenfeld in prison for helping a former client at UBS AG hide his wealth from the Internal Revenue Service. Now, as part of the same case, the IRS has awarded the former banker $104 million - yes, million - for helping expose the widespread tax evasion scheme by the Swiss banking behemoth.

September 11, 2012 | | Nationwide


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Escaping email: Vision or hallucination?

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Dustin Moskovitz is plotting an escape from email.

July 29, 2014 | | Nationwide


McDonald’s could be liable for labor practices in franchises

NEW YORK (AP) - McDonald's is coming under intensifying pressure for labor practices at its U.S. restaurants.

July 29, 2014 | | Nationwide


OKCupid, Facebook not alone in studying consumers on the sly

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Think you're in control? Think again.

July 29, 2014 | | Nationwide


Small cars fare poorly in federal front crash testing

DETROIT (AP) - The four-door Mini Cooper Countryman was the only one of 12 cars to earn a top rating of "good" in new frontal crash tests.

July 29, 2014 | | Nationwide


Air rules assailed as too much, too little

DENVER (AP) - Hundreds of people across the country lined up Tuesday to tell the Environmental Protection Agency that its new rules for power-plant pollution either go too far or not far enough.

July 29, 2014 | | Nationwide


Twitter 2Q results soar, stock flies high

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The little blue bird is flying high. Stronger-than-expected financial results pushed Twitter's stock sharply higher on Tuesday after the short messaging service said its revenue more than doubled in the second quarter.

July 29, 2014 | | Nationwide


Mom’s arrest sparks debate over child care

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. (AP) - Plenty of working parents can relate to the dilemma Debra Harrell faced when her 9-year-old daughter asked to play unsupervised in a park this summer. How do you find the time and money for child care when school is out?

July 28, 2014 | | Nationwide


Medicare’s looking healthier

WASHINGTON (AP) - Medicare's financial future is looking brighter despite a growing wave of baby boomers reaching retirement.

July 28, 2014 | | Nationwide


‘Pawn Stars’ TV star plans stores near famous shop

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The long parade of tourists who regularly stop by the downtown Las Vegas shop featured on the History Channel reality show "Pawn Stars" could soon have something better to do while waiting in line.

July 28, 2014 | | Nationwide


Zillow buying Trulia to build real estate titan

NEW YORK (AP) - Zillow and Trulia, two companies that changed the way people shop for homes, are combining.

July 28, 2014 | | Nationwide


Microsoft earnings for 4Q tops Street

REDMOND, Wash. (AP) - Microsoft Corp. CEO Satya Nadella painted an upbeat vision of the future Tuesday, saying that the next version of Windows will be unified across screens of all sizes and that two money-losing units - Nokia phones and Bing search - would become profitable in 2016.

July 22, 2014 | | Nationwide


Apple post biggest earnings gain in nearly two years

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple's growth prospects are looking brighter as anticipation builds for the upcoming release of the next iPhone, a model that is expected to cater to consumers yearning for a bigger screen.

July 22, 2014 | | Nationwide


Five tips to protect yourself from ID theft

NEW YORK (AP) - It's an almost weekly occurrence: On Tuesday, Goodwill said its computer systems may have been hacked, leading to the possible theft of customers' credit and debit card information. The nonprofit agency, which operates 2,900 stores in the U.S., said it is working with federal investigators to look into a possible breach.

July 22, 2014 | | Nationwide


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