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IBM's results lift Dow average to a five-year high

NEW YORK (AP) - Strong earnings from tech giants nudged the stock market to a five-year high Wednesday. Investors drew encouragement from a vote by the House of Representatives to let the government keep paying all of its bills for another four months.

January 23, 2013 | | Nationwide


McDonald's plans 'Fish McBites' to boost slumping fast food sales

NEW YORK (AP) - McDonald's used the Dollar Menu to help lift its profit in the latest quarter. Now the world's biggest hamburger chain is turning to a pipeline of new menu items to boost slumping sales, starting with "Fish McBites."

January 23, 2013 | | Nationwide


Beverage industry, NYC duel over drinks

NEW YORK (AP) - The city defended its groundbreaking size limit on sugary drinks Wednesday as an imperfect but meaningful rein on obesity, while critics said it would hurt small and minority-owned businesses while doing little to help health.

January 23, 2013 | | Nationwide


53 senators urge approval of Keystone XL pipeline route

WASHINGTON (AP) - More than half the Senate on Wednesday urged quick approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, ramping up pressure on President Barack Obama to move ahead with the project just days after he promised in his inaugural address to respond vigorously to the threat of climate change.

January 23, 2013 | | Nationwide


Unions suffer sharp membership decline

WASHINGTON (AP) - Union membership plummeted last year to the lowest level since the 1930s as cash-strapped state and local governments shed workers and unions had difficulty organizing new members in the private sector despite signs of an improving economy.

January 23, 2013 | | Nationwide


Apple's profit rocket hits air pocket

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple Inc. warned Wednesday that its blockbuster sales growth of the last five years is slowing drastically, as iPhone sales start to plateau and the company finds itself lacking in revolutionary new products.

January 23, 2013 | | Nationwide


Feds: 3 nabbed for widespread Gozi computer virus

NEW YORK (AP) - A computer virus that spread to more than a million computers worldwide, including some at NASA, and produced at least $50 million in illegal profits or losses to victims should be a "wake-up call" for banks and consumers unaware of the threat posed by Internet criminals, a prosecutor said Wednesday.

January 23, 2013 | | Nationwide


2012 home sales best in 5 years

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. sales of previously occupied homes dipped in December from November, in part because of a limited supply of available homes. But for all of 2012, sales rose to their highest level in five years.

January 22, 2013 | | Nationwide


Wells Fargo increases quarterly dividend

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Wells Fargo & Co. is increasing its regular quarterly dividend by 3 cents to 25 cents, an increase of nearly 14 percent.

January 22, 2013 | | Nationwide


Can Apple maintain its shine?

NEW YORK (AP) - For many investors, Apple's best days are behind it. Competitors are catching up, they believe, and the latest iPhone is stumbling.

January 22, 2013 | | Nationwide


It's cowboys v. showgirls in Coke's Super Bowl ad

NEW YORK (AP) - Most people will be cheering for the San Francisco 49ers or Baltimore Ravens during Super Bowl XLVII on Feb. 3.

January 22, 2013 | | Nationwide


Google's 4Q earnings rise 7 percent

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Google's fourth-quarter earnings rose 7 percent as online advertisers spent more money in pursuit of holiday shoppers.

January 22, 2013 | | Nationwide


Microsoft may invest in Dell buyout

NEW YORK (AP) - Microsoft has joined the negotiations to buy struggling computer maker Dell, according to media reports.

January 22, 2013 | | Nationwide


Glimmer of hope in USA debt talks buoys markets

LONDON (AP) - Hopes that U.S. politicians will be able to reach a deal on raising the government's debt limit, avoiding the risk of a disastrous default, supported global markets on Monday, when Wall Street will remain closed for a holiday.

January 21, 2013 | | Nationwide


Atari US files for Chapter 11 to separate from parent company

NEW YORK (AP) - Video game maker Atari's U.S. operations have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in an effort to separate from their French parent company, which is filing a similar motion separately in France.

January 21, 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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