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Rate on 30-year mortgage hits 4.51%

WASHINGTON (AP) - The average U.S. rate on the 30-year fixed mortgage rose this week to 4.51 percent, a two-year high. Rates have been rising on expectations that the Federal Reserve will slow its bond purchases this year.

July 11, 2013 | | Nationwide


For Amazon, another role

SEATTLE (AP) - Online retailer Amazon.com Inc. will start publishing more original comics through its new imprint, Jet City Comics.

July 11, 2013 | | Nationwide


Unemployment benefit inqueries rise to 360K

WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits rose 16,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 360,000, although the level remains consistent with steady hiring.

July 11, 2013 | | Nationwide


Microsoft reboots with sweeping reorganization

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Microsoft Corp. has decided its entire business needs a new operating system.

July 11, 2013 | | Nationwide


Oil prices rise on signs of US demand

NEW YORK (AP) - The price of oil has shot up $11 a barrel in two weeks on rising demand in the U.S. and political upheaval in the Middle East. Gas prices are about to follow.

July 10, 2013 | | Nationwide


Stocks unfazed by Reserve’s minutes

NEW YORK (AP) - The stock market turned quiet Wednesday and just managed to notch a fifth straight day of gains.

July 10, 2013 | | Nationwide


Judge: Apple, late Jobs conspired to raise prices

NEW YORK (AP) - Apple Inc. milked the popularity of its iTunes store to form an illegal cartel with publishers to raise electronic book prices, a federal judge ruled Wednesday, citing "compelling evidence" from the words of the late Steve Jobs.

July 10, 2013 | | Nationwide


T-Mobile to allow frequent upgrades

NEW YORK (AP) - Ever worry about buying a new phone, only to see a better one come out just two weeks later? Phone companies normally make you wait two years before upgrading to a new device. T-Mobile will now let you upgrade twice a year for just $10 a month.

July 10, 2013 | | Nationwide


Barnes & Noble CEO Lynch resigns

NEW YORK (AP) - Barnes & Noble Inc. said Monday that William Lynch has stepped down as CEO, effective immediately, as the book retailer continues to struggle with weak sales, big losses and the declining popularity of its Nook e-readers.

July 08, 2013 | | Nationwide


Stocks rise as earnings kick off

NEW YORK (AP) - Cautious optimism about corporate earnings sent the stock market higher Monday.

July 08, 2013 | | Nationwide


Regulators want stricter rules for ‘Big 8’ banks

WASHINGTON (AP) - Regulators want to require eight of the largest U.S. banks to meet a stricter measure of health to reduce the threat they pose to the financial system.

July 08, 2013 | | Nationwide


Bill would introduce millions more immigrants

WASHINGTON (AP) - Landmark immigration legislation passed by the Senate would remake America's workforce from the highest rungs to the lowest and bring many more immigrants into the economy, from elite technology companies to restaurant kitchens and rural fields.

July 08, 2013 | | Nationwide


Benefit suspension versus withdrawal

Q: I retired and filed for my Social Security benefits when I was 62 years old. I am now a couple months away from my 63rd birthday, and I've decided I can't live on my Social Security check. So I plan to go back to work full-time. I called Social Security and told them I wanted to withdraw my retirement claim. They sent me a form to sign, but told me I would have to repay all the benefits I've received in the last 10 months. This will be a hardship for me. But I don't ...

July 05, 2013 | | Nationwide


Insurers fear young people will opt out

MIAMI (AP) - Dan Lopez rarely gets sick and hasn't been to a doctor in 10 years, so buying health insurance feels like a waste of money.

July 05, 2013 | | Nationwide


Same-sex ruling has employers tweaking benefits

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court's landmark ruling on same-sex marriage has private employers around the country scrambling to make sure their employee benefit plans comply with the law.

July 05, 2013 | | Nationwide


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Portland asks judge to stop Uber

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Portland leaders are trying to make Uber's stay a short one.

December 08, 2014 | | Nationwide


Average Affordable Care premiums going up in 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) - Many people covered under President Barack Obama's health care law will face higher premiums next year, the administration acknowledged Thursday. While the average increases are modest, it's more fodder for the nation's political battles over health care.

December 04, 2014 | | Nationwide


Starbucks to push more food, offer mobile ordering

NEW YORK (AP) - Starbucks plans to let customers across the U.S. order ahead on their smartphones over the next year, a move that should help shrink lines as it pushes more snacks, sandwiches and even wine.

December 04, 2014 | | Nationwide


Apple says plaintiffs’ iPods not covered by suit

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - For want of an iPod, a billion-dollar lawsuit may be in jeopardy.

December 04, 2014 | | Nationwide


Medicare Advantage enrollment deadline looms

Millions of Medicare Advantage customers are fast approaching a deadline for a task they'd rather avoid: Researching and then settling on coverage plans for 2015.

December 03, 2014 | By TOM MURPHY AP Business Writer | Nationwide


Air bag maker balks at coast-to-coast recall

WASHINGTON (AP) - Japan's Takata Corp. rejected federal regulators' demand Wednesday for an expanded, nationwide recall of millions of air bags, setting up a possible legal showdown and leaving some drivers to wonder about the safety of their cars.

December 03, 2014 | | Nationwide


House OKs bill to widen federal help for disabled

WASHINGTON (AP) - In a bipartisan show of unity, the House overwhelmingly approved a bill Wednesday to allow Americans with disabilities to open tax-free bank accounts to pay for expenses from education to housing and health care.

December 03, 2014 | | Nationwide


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