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‘I’m getting the wrong amount’ common gripe

Q: A short while ago, you wrote a column about women who shared complaints about their Social Security benefits while on a cruise. Well, I wish I could afford to take a cruise so I could complain about my Social Security problems. Here is my gripe: Since my ex-husband died three years ago, I don't think I've been getting enough money. We were married for 30 years and got a divorce about 10 years before he died. I never remarried, but he did. He was an architect and made big money. After talking to other women, I think ...

June 21, 2013 | | Nationwide


Administrator opens probe of spill claims lawyer

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - For months, BP has complained that a Louisiana attorney who is administering its settlement with tens of thousands of Gulf Coast businesses and residents has made decisions that expose the company to what could be billions of dollars in fictitious claims arising from the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

June 21, 2013 | | Nationwide


First Apple computer could fetch $500K plus

NEW YORK (AP) - It's the kind of electronic junk that piles up in basements and garages - an old computer motherboard with wires sticking out.

June 21, 2013 | | Nationwide


Bug exposes contacts of some on Facebook

MENLO PARK (AP) - Facebook says a bug in its system caused 6 million users' contact information to be inadvertently exposed.

June 21, 2013 | | Nationwide


Food Network won't renew Paula Deen's contract

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - The Food Network said Friday it's dumping Paula Deen, barely an hour after the celebrity cook posted the first of two videotaped apologies online begging forgiveness from fans and critics troubled by her admission to having used racial slurs in the past.

June 21, 2013 | | Nationwide


FAA moving toward easing in-flight electronic device use

WASHINGTON (AP) - The government is moving toward easing restrictions on airline passengers using electronic devices to listen to music, play games, read books, watch movies and work during takeoffs and landings, but it could take a few months.

June 21, 2013 | | Nationwide


Could Paula Deen's words bring down her empire?

NEW YORK (AP) - Paula Deen should hope for more fans like Jennifer Everett of Tyler, Texas, who carried a shopping bag filled with $53 worth of merchandise from the celebrity chef's Georgia store on Thursday. A day earlier, it was revealed that Deen admitted during questioning in a lawsuit that she had slurred blacks in the past.

June 20, 2013 | | Nationwide


FDA allows OTC morning-after pill, lifts all age limits

WASHINGTON (AP) - The morning-after pill is finally going over-the-counter.

June 20, 2013 | | Nationwide


Lawmakers try to save student loan deal

WASHINGTON (AP) - A handful of senators struggled Thursday to hold together a bipartisan deal to keep student loan rates from doubling on July 1 while their colleagues traded political barbs with little more than a week to go before the deadline.

June 20, 2013 | | Nationwide


House rejects farm bill over food stamp tiff, 62 Republicans vote no

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House rejected a five-year, half-trillion-dollar farm bill Thursday that would have cut $2 billion annually from food stamps and let states impose broad new work requirements on those who receive them.

June 20, 2013 | | Nationwide


Facebook introduces video on Instagram

MENLO PARK (AP) - Facebook is adding video to its popular photo-sharing app Instagram, following in the heels of Twitter's growing video-sharing app, Vine.

June 20, 2013 | | Nationwide


Oracle's sales disappoint Wall St. again

REDWOOD SHORES (AP) - Oracle is still having trouble closing enough business software deals to keep Wall Street happy.

June 20, 2013 | | Nationwide


Gov't delays requiring rearview cameras in cars

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is again delaying regulations on whether new cars and trucks must come equipped with rearview cameras to protect against drivers backing over people in blind spots behind their vehicles, a victory for automakers who say requiring the cameras is too costly.

June 20, 2013 | | Nationwide


Microsoft changes Xbox One policies after outcry

NEW YORK (AP) - Microsoft rolled back a much-criticized requirement that its upcoming Xbox One gaming console be regularly connected to the Internet and made clear that there will be no limitations on sharing games.

June 19, 2013 | | Nationwide


Men's Wearhouse ousts founder

NEW YORK (AP) - Men's Wearhouse doesn't like the way its founder looks anymore.

June 19, 2013 | | Nationwide


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Google’s corporate products division changes name

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Google is hoping a new brand will help sell more of its services to other companies.

September 02, 2014 | | Nationwide


Social media users shy away from opinions

WASHINGTON (AP) - People who use Facebook and Twitter are less likely than others to share their opinions on hot-button issues, even when they are offline, according to a surprising new survey by the Pew Research Center.

August 26, 2014 | | Nationwide


UN health agency urges crackdown on e-cigarettes

GENEVA (AP) - Governments should have tougher rules for electronic cigarettes - banning their use indoors and putting them off limits for minors - until more evidence can be gathered about their risks, the U.N. health agency said Tuesday.

August 26, 2014 | | Nationwide


Consumer confidence near a 7-year high

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. consumer confidence this month reached its highest point in nearly seven years, boosted by strong job gains.

August 26, 2014 | | Nationwide


New rules could squeeze Malibu wine growers

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Malibu region's growing wine industry, made up of some 50 commercial vineyards, could be squeezed by proposed regulations that would prohibit new grape growing in a large swath of the Santa Monica Mountains.

August 26, 2014 | | Nationwide


Legal questions arise for fantasy game biz

NEW YORK (AP) - Some of the newest incarnations of fantasy football look a lot more like gambling than intricate, outsmart-your-opponent strategy games.

August 25, 2014 | | Nationwide


Amazon buys Twitch for $970M

NEW YORK (AP) - Amazon is hoping to become the ESPN of video games.

August 25, 2014 | | Nationwide


TiVo to make version for those without cable

NEW YORK (AP) - Here's a sign more households are going without cable or satellite TV: TiVo Inc. is making a digital video recorder just for so-called cord-cutters.

August 25, 2014 | | Nationwide


Fairchild Semiconductor cutting 1,350 jobs

SAN JOSE (AP) - Chip supplier Fairchild Semiconductor is eliminating about 1,350 jobs in the U.S. and Asia - about 15 percent of its total workforce - to reduce costs.

August 25, 2014 | | Nationwide


Like airlines, hotels get fee-happy

NEW YORK (AP) - Forget bad weather, traffic jams and kids asking, "Are we there yet?" The real headache for many travelers is a quickly-growing list of hotel surcharges, even for items they never use.

August 25, 2014 | | Nationwide


Credit card late payments down in 2Q

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Americans are doing a better job of making timely credit card payments, even as many lenders increasingly extend credit to more people with less-than-stellar credit.

August 25, 2014 | | Nationwide


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