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Builder confidence soars to 7-year high

NEW YORK (AP) - For the first time in seven years, most U.S. homebuilders are optimistic about home sales, a sign that construction could help drive stronger economic growth in coming months.

June 17, 2013 | | Nationwide


McDonald's franchise sued over payroll debit cards in lieu of regular paychecks

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) - A single mother who worked briefly at a northeastern Pennsylvania McDonald's franchise is suing the owners after she said she was given a fee-laden debit card and told that she must use it to access her earnings.

June 17, 2013 | | Nationwide


Businessman tries his luck at building marijuana brand

SEATTLE (AP) - For the activists who led the effort to legalize recreational marijuana in Washington state last fall, Jamen Shively was one of their biggest fears: an aspiring pot profiteer whose unabashed dreams of building a cannabis empire might attract unwanted attention from the federal government or a backlash that could slow the marijuana reform movement across the country.

June 17, 2013 | | Nationwide


Food sellers work to make it look natural

NEW YORK (AP) - Here's the latest goal for food makers: Perfect the art of imperfection.

June 17, 2013 | | Nationwide


Thrifty says offer of free rental car was mistake , won’t be given

DALLAS (AP) - Thrifty Car Rental says it's sorry, but many customers who were offered a free one-day rental won't be getting that after all.

June 17, 2013 | | Nationwide


Whole Foods revises employee language policy

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Facing threats of national boycotts from Latino groups and a slew of online petitions, Whole Foods announced Friday that the organic grocery chain has revised its employee language policy following the suspension of two Spanish-speaking Albuquerque employees.

June 14, 2013 | | Nationwide


Social Security benefits are not ever prorated

Q: It has always puzzled me why Social Security takes back a person's Social Security check for the month he or she dies. My aunt recently died. And as her executor, I was counting on using her last Social Security check to pay off some of her bills. But the government took that money away from me. Can you explain that?

June 14, 2013 | | Nationwide


Detroit won't pay $2.5 billion it owes

ROMULUS, Mich. (AP) - A team led by a state-appointed emergency manager said Friday that Detroit is defaulting on about $2.5 billion in unsecured debt and is asking creditors to take about 10 cents on the dollar of what the city owes them.

June 14, 2013 | | Nationwide


Microsoft brings Office to iPhone, but not tablets

NEW YORK (AP) - Even as a pared-down version of Microsoft's Office software package arrived on the iPhone, the company is holding out on extending that to the iPad and Android devices as it tries to boost sales of tablet computers running its own Windows system.

June 14, 2013 | | Nationwide


California brothers charged with digital piracy of movies TV

California brothers charged with digital piracy of movies TV

June 14, 2013 | | Nationwide


Coverage unaffordable for low-wage workers

WASHINGTON (AP) - It's called the Affordable Care Act, but President Barack Obama's health care law may turn out to be unaffordable for many low-wage workers, including employees at big chain restaurants, retail stores and hotels.

June 13, 2013 | | Nationwide


Nicaragua approves massive canal project

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) - A proposal to build a massive rival to the Panama Canal across the middle of Nicaragua was overwhelmingly backed by lawmakers Thursday, capping a lightning-fast approval process that has provoked deep skepticism among shipping experts and concern among environmentalists.

June 13, 2013 | | Nationwide


Grocers allege potato price fixing

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - A battle between grocers and potato growers has been silently hitting shoppers' pocketbooks, according to a U.S. wholesaler accusing America's spud farmers of driving up prices while spying on farmers with satellites and aircraft fly-overs to enforce strict limits on how many tubers they can grow.

June 13, 2013 | | Nationwide


Lawmaker accuses Google of dodging taxes in Great Britain

LONDON (AP) - An influential committee of British lawmakers accused search company Google of dodging its taxes on Thursday in a scathing report that said the U.S. Internet company took on highly contrived arrangements serving no purpose other than to avoid paying its fair share.

June 13, 2013 | | Nationwide


Windows becomes the latest Best Buy store-in-store

NEW YORK (AP) - Microsoft has unveiled plans for "store-within-a-store" sections in Best Buy stores, becoming the latest major consumer electronics maker to acknowledge advantages of the brick-and-mortar format.

June 13, 2013 | | Nationwide


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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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