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Scranton mayor slashes city workers' pay to minimum wage in budget move

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) - A fiscal and political crisis in the nearly-broke northeastern Pennsylvania city of Scranton deepened Tuesday as public employee unions sought to have the mayor held in contempt of court after he defied a judge and slashed workers' pay to minimum wage.

July 10, 2012 | | Nationwide


Openings rose in May, good sign for hiring

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. employers advertised more jobs in May than April, a hopeful sign after three months of weak hiring.

July 10, 2012 | | Nationwide


Dems want tax cuts for businesses that hire

WASHINGTON (AP) - Democrats began trying to push a bill through the Senate Tuesday slicing taxes for businesses that hire new workers and buy major new equipment. They ran straight into opposition from Republicans who complained that the measure was too timid and sought to refocus the debate on their own economic priorities.

July 10, 2012 | | Nationwide


Comcast sells A&E stake to Disney, Hearst for $3B

NEW YORK (AP) - Comcast's NBCUniversal is selling its stake in A&E Television Networks to Disney and Hearst for $3.03 billion in cash.

July 10, 2012 | | Nationwide


Fitch Ratings keeps United States at top 'AAA' credit rating

WASHINGTON (AP) - Fitch Ratings has retained the U.S. at its top 'AAA' credit rating but also left the outlook negative, citing the failure of Congress and the Obama administration to forge an agreement on reducing the budget deficit.

July 10, 2012 | | Nationwide


Gov't agency proposes simpler mortgage forms

WASHINGTON (AP) - The government proposed rules Monday to help Americans understand the costs and risks of getting a mortgage.

July 09, 2012 | | Nationwide


Americans step up credit card use sharply in May to highest point since Nov. 2007

WASHINGTON (AP) - Americans put more on their credit cards in May than in any single month since November 2007, one month before the Great Recession began.

July 09, 2012 | | Nationwide


Surveillance requests to cellphone carriers surge

WASHINGTON (AP) - Law enforcement agencies in the U.S. made more than 1.3 million requests for consumers' cellphone records in 2011, an alarming surge over previous years that reflected the increasingly gray area between privacy and technology.

July 09, 2012 | | Nationwide


USDA reports corn in 18 states hurt by ongoing drought

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Corn and soybean prices surged Monday after the latest government report showed a widespread drought in the middle of the country is hurting this year's crop.

July 09, 2012 | | Nationwide


Obama campaign wins partial victory in "O" lawsuit

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's re-election campaign won at least a partial victory Monday against a website it said was selling counterfeit T-shirts, bumper stickers and buttons with the campaign's signature "O'' logo.

July 09, 2012 | | Nationwide


Allegiant Air predicts big capacity growth; starting Stockton-Hawaii flights later this year

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Allegiant Air predicts its capacity will grow by double digits in the next two quarters, much of it thanks to new flights to Hawaii from several cities on the mainland.

July 09, 2012 | | Nationwide


Bailed-out AIG now wants $30.2 million in tax interest

NEW YORK (AP) - American International Group, the insurance giant saved by a massive federal bailout, wants some tax money back - from 1991.

July 06, 2012 | | Nationwide


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


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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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