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Oil falls 3% on signs of more worldwide economic trouble

NEW YORK (AP) - Iran's ability to rattle oil markets has been greatly diminished by growing concerns about the world economy.

July 06, 2012 | | Nationwide


The graduation speech your kid needed to hear, but probably didn't

Lately there has been much wailing and gnashing of teeth about this year's crop of college graduates and the tough time they will have finding decent jobs. Yet the commencement speeches today's graduates hear at their ceremonies don't talk about any of that. Instead they are being told to "follow their stars," "make the world a better place," and so forth.

July 06, 2012 | | Nationwide


What’s Fair, and What’s Not Fair? What’s True, and What’s Not True?

Q. I am 61 years old. My husband is only 51. I have worked most of my life and paid Social Security taxes for many years. And now I've learned that I will not be able to collect a dime of my Social Security until my husband is getting his own Social Security. This is totally unfair!

July 06, 2012 | | Nationwide


Tepid jobs data set a tone for race

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Disappointing job growth jolted the presidential campaign four months before Election Day, and the candidates quickly put their vastly different views on display, underscoring the economy as the central issue between President Barack Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney.

July 06, 2012 | | Nationwide


Obama signs student loan, road-building legislation

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama signed legislation Friday maintaining jobs on transportation projects and preventing interest rate increases on new loans to millions of college students, saying it would "make a real difference" for millions of Americans.

July 06, 2012 | | Nationwide


Malware may knock thousands off Internet on Monday, July 9

WASHINGTON (AP) - Despite repeated alerts, tens of thousands of Americans may still lose their Internet service Monday unless they do a quick check of their computers for malware that could have taken over their machines more than a year ago.

July 05, 2012 | | Nationwide


Google phasing out 'iGoogle' in latest purge

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Google is phasing out a service that allows millions of people to personalize its home page with applications such as weather updates and stock quotes.

July 05, 2012 | | Nationwide


Netflix's monthly video streaming tops 1B hours

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Netflix subscribers watched more than 1 billion hours of online video last month as the advent of high-speed Internet connections and high-powered mobile devices change people's viewing habits.

July 03, 2012 | | Nationwide


Chuck E. Cheese transforming into a rock star

NEW YORK (AP) - Chuck E. Cheese has been given the pink slip.

July 03, 2012 | | Nationwide


Carmakers report strong June sales, easing worries

DETROIT (AP) - From mini cars to monster pickups, sales of new cars and trucks surged in June and eased concerns that Americans would be turned off by slower hiring and other scary headlines.

July 03, 2012 | | Nationwide


Microsoft taking $6.2B hit to account for ad woes; may be 1st quarterly loss in 20 years

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Microsoft is absorbing a $6.2 billion charge to reflect that one of the biggest deals in its 37-year history turned out to be a dud.

July 02, 2012 | | Nationwide


Manufacturing shrinks for first time in 3 years

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. manufacturing shrank in June for the first time in nearly three years, adding to signs that economic growth is weakening.

July 02, 2012 | | Nationwide


Twitter told to give up Occupy protester's tweets

NEW YORK (AP) - Twitter must give a court about three months' worth of an Occupy Wall Street protester's tweets, a judge said in a ruling released Monday after the company fought prosecutors' demand for the messages.

July 02, 2012 | | Nationwide


More than 6,000 tacos served at Alaska event

BETHEL, Alaska (AP) - It was free taco Sunday in Bethel, Alaska, and more than 6,000 of them were gobbled up.

July 02, 2012 | | Nationwide


Dell wins bidding to buy Quest Software for $2.4B

ROUND ROCK, Texas (AP) - Dell is buying Quest Software for $2.4 billion to expand its offerings as its personal computer business weakens in an era of smartphones and sleeker devices like the iPad.

July 02, 2012 | | Nationwide


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FAA OKs commercial drone flights

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Federal Aviation Administration said Tuesday it has granted the first permission for commercial drone flights over land, the latest effort by the agency to show it is loosening restrictions on commercial uses of the unmanned aircraft.

June 10, 2014 | | Nationwide


You have the right to pay taxes

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Internal Revenue Service wants to read taxpayers their rights.

June 10, 2014 | | Nationwide


Hershey clashes with Maryland candidate

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Hershey company says a Maryland candidate is milking its classic chocolate bar for political gain.

June 10, 2014 | | Nationwide


Social Security judges rubber- stamp claims

WASHINGTON (AP) - Amid complaints about lengthy waits for Social Security disability benefits, congressional investigators say nearly 200 administrative judges have been rubber-stamping claims, approving billions of dollars in lifetime payments from the cash-strapped program.

June 10, 2014 | | Nationwide


No more serious safety issues lurking

DETROIT (AP) - A thorough review of General Motors' safety issues is nearing completion and hasn't turned up any more serious problems, the company's CEO said Tuesday.

June 10, 2014 | | Nationwide


Vehicles go on material weight diet

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) - Roofs made of carbon fiber. Plastic windshields. Bumpers fashioned out of aluminum foam.

June 09, 2014 | | Nationwide


Prodding Congress, Obama acts to ease student debt load

WASHINGTON (AP) - Up to 5 million Americans struggling to make their monthly student loan payments could find relief under a program President Barack Obama expanded Monday, part of an election-year push by Democrats to paint Republicans as blocking common-sense steps that could help the middle class.

June 09, 2014 | | Nationwide


Pot tax collections booming in Colorado

DENVER (AP) - Colorado's marijuana market boomed in April as tens of thousands celebrated the once-underground 4/20 pot holiday.

June 09, 2014 | | Nationwide


Netflix stopping notices that irked Verizon

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Netflix will ease up on a month-long finger-pointing campaign that blamed Verizon and other Internet service providers for problems with its video subscription service.

June 09, 2014 | | Nationwide


McDonald’s US sales slip again

OAK BROOK, Ill. (AP) - McDonald's says a key sales metric slipped again in the U.S. as it faced "ongoing broad-based challenges" in May.

June 09, 2014 | | Nationwide


Apple expands into health, home

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Apple is expanding into home and health management as the company tries to turn its iPhones, iPads and Mac computers into an interchangeable network of devices that serve as a hub of people's increasingly digital lives.

June 02, 2014 | | Nationwide


Seattle council passes $15 hourly minimum wage, nation’s highest

SEATTLE (AP) - The Seattle City Council unanimously passed an ordinance Monday that gradually increases the minimum wage in the city to $15, which would make it the highest in the nation.

June 02, 2014 | | Nationwide


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