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How retirement benefits are figured

I'm getting a little embarrassed apologizing for messing up with my email responses to readers. I pride myself that I am still able to personally respond to every email I get. But I am a computer Neanderthal. I can just barely handle the software programs I need to know to write this column and submit it to my syndicator; and to respond to emails from my readers. Recently, I was in the middle of answering an email from a guy who wanted to know how Social Security retirement benefits were figured, when all of a sudden, my fast-moving typing ...

June 08, 2012 | | Nationwide


Kraft Foods spurns NYSE for Nasdaq, citing the costs

NEW YORK (AP) - Kraft Foods Inc. is spurning the New York Stock Exchange and moving its stock listing to the Nasdaq, a move the company says will cut costs as it prepares to split into two publicly traded companies.

June 08, 2012 | | Nationwide


Gamemakers flip focus to multiple screens.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - If the gaming industry agreed on one idea at this week's Electronic Entertainment Expo, it's that playing video games on just one screen is no longer enough.

June 08, 2012 | | Nationwide


Coke official against NYC soda ban

CHICAGO (AP) - A senior executive with Coca-Cola said Thursday that New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's attempt to ban the sale of large sodas and other sugary drinks unfairly singles out and demonizes an industry and will do nothing to address the problem of obesity.

June 07, 2012 | | Nationwide


Virgin Mobile gets iPhone for $549, $30 per month

NEW YORK (AP) - Virgin Mobile USA, one of Sprint's brands for prepaid, no-contract phone service, said Thursday it will start selling the iPhone on June 29, charging $549 for a basic model.

June 07, 2012 | | Nationwide


Consumers cut back on credit card use in April

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. consumer borrowing increased more slowly in April, restrained by a sharp reduction in credit card debt.

June 07, 2012 | | Nationwide


More than half of older teens often text while they’re behind the wheel

ATLANTA (AP) - Think your teen would never text while driving? More than half of high school seniors admitted in a government survey that they've done just that.

June 07, 2012 | | Nationwide


Facebook rolling out central location for apps

NEW YORK (AP) - There's more to Facebook apps than "Angry Birds" and Pinterest, but many users wouldn't know that because there hasn't been a good, central way to find them.

June 07, 2012 | | Nationwide


House approves GOP bill repealing medical tax

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June 07, 2012 | | Nationwide


NYC sugary drink ban catches Colorado governor’s attention

DENVER (AP) - New York City's proposed ban on large sugary drinks sounds extreme - but the governor of the nation's leanest state is listening.

June 07, 2012 | | Nationwide


'Fahrenheit 451' author Ray Bradbury passes away

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Ray Bradbury imagined the future, and didn't always like what he saw.

June 06, 2012 | | Nationwide


Words too hard? Zynga has new 'With Friends' game

SAN FRANCOISCO (AP) - There's no spelling required in Zynga's latest mobile game, "Matching With Friends."

June 06, 2012 | | Nationwide


Raleys supermarket workers authorize strike; walkout does not appear imminent

WEST SACRAMENTO (AP) - More workers at one of Northern California's largest supermarket chains authorized union leaders to call a strike after contract talks stalled, but a walkout did not appear imminent.

June 06, 2012 | | Nationwide


Oracle unveils suite of 'cloud computing'

REDWOOD SHORES (AP) - Business software maker Oracle is finally adapting to a shift in computing that is threatening to turn the company into relic.

June 06, 2012 | | Nationwide


Taco Bell rolls out more upscale menu offerings

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June 06, 2012 | | Nationwide


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No more serious safety issues lurking

DETROIT (AP) - A thorough review of General Motors' safety issues is nearing completion and hasn't turned up any more serious problems, the company's CEO said Tuesday.

June 10, 2014 | | Nationwide


Vehicles go on material weight diet

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) - Roofs made of carbon fiber. Plastic windshields. Bumpers fashioned out of aluminum foam.

June 09, 2014 | | Nationwide


Prodding Congress, Obama acts to ease student debt load

WASHINGTON (AP) - Up to 5 million Americans struggling to make their monthly student loan payments could find relief under a program President Barack Obama expanded Monday, part of an election-year push by Democrats to paint Republicans as blocking common-sense steps that could help the middle class.

June 09, 2014 | | Nationwide


Pot tax collections booming in Colorado

DENVER (AP) - Colorado's marijuana market boomed in April as tens of thousands celebrated the once-underground 4/20 pot holiday.

June 09, 2014 | | Nationwide


Netflix stopping notices that irked Verizon

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Netflix will ease up on a month-long finger-pointing campaign that blamed Verizon and other Internet service providers for problems with its video subscription service.

June 09, 2014 | | Nationwide


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


Public-private survey finds cybercrime on the rise

SAN JOSE (AP) - The hackers are winning, according to a survey of 500 executives of U.S. businesses, law enforcement services and government agencies released Wednesday.

May 28, 2014 | | Nationwide


Google workforce: White and male

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - In a groundbreaking disclosure, Google revealed Wednesday how very white and male its workforce is - just 2 percent of its 50,000 Googlers are black, 3 percent are Hispanic, and 30 percent are women.

May 28, 2014 | | Nationwide


HP to cut 11,000 to 16,000 more jobs

PALO ALTO (AP) - Hewlett-Packard Co. said Thursday that it aims to cut another 11,000 to 16,000 jobs by October, bringing the total number of planned layoffs to a maximum of 50,000 and nearly doubling the largest payroll reduction ever for the 75-year-old technology giant.

May 22, 2014 | | Nationwide


Facebook expands privacy checkup tool

MENLO PARK (AP) - More Facebook users can expect to see a blue cartoon dinosaur popping up in their feeds, reminding them to check their privacy settings.

May 22, 2014 | | Nationwide


CarPlay headed in right direction

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple is getting ready to hitch the iPhone to cars in a mobile marriage of convenience.

May 22, 2014 | | Nationwide


Sears 1Q loss widens, sales remain soft

NEW YORK (AP) - Sears Holdings signaled that it may close more stores than the 80 locations it is shuttering this year as the beleaguered retailer looks for ways to restore profitability and raise cash.

May 22, 2014 | | Nationwide


Gap’s 1st-quarter net income declines 22%

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Gap said that its first-quarter profit fell 22 percent, as the clothing chain's results were hampered by foreign currency fluctuations and a slow start to spring selling.

May 22, 2014 | | Nationwide


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