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Father of murder suspect tried for molesting girls

September 20, 2012 | | Nationwide


Economists say employment will pick up in Calif.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Employment will pick up slowly this year and next in California with economists expecting the state's unemployment rate to drop to 8.5 percent in 2014.

September 20, 2012 | | Nationwide


Higher stock prices help Americans regain wealth

WASHINGTON (AP) - A jump in the stock market and rising home prices are bringing Americans closer to regaining the wealth they lost in the recession.

September 20, 2012 | | Nationwide


New Maps app rare Apple flub

CUPERTINO (AP) - With a touch of geek whimsy, Google Maps warns anyone who seeks walking directions to Mordor -the land of evil in "The Lord of the Rings"- to use caution. "One does not simply walk into Mordor," it says. Apple is finding this week that creating an alternative to Google Maps isn't a simple walk, either.

September 20, 2012 | | Nationwide


Groupon launches payments service

NEW YORK (AP) - Groupon launched a payment service Wednesday that allows businesses to accept credit cards using an iPhone or iPod Touch, becoming the latest company to enter the growing mobile payments market.

September 19, 2012 | | Nationwide


Trulia prices IPO of 6M shares at $17 each

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Real estate website operator Trulia Inc. said Wednesday it has priced its planned initial public stock offering at $17 each, above its expected range.

September 19, 2012 | | Nationwide


Premiums inching higher for popular Medicare plans

WASHINGTON (AP) - Monthly premiums for popular private insurance plans through Medicare are only inching up next year, the Obama administration said Wednesday, trumpeting good news for skeptical older voters on a closely watched election-year issue.

September 19, 2012 | | Nationwide


Apple closes above $700 for first time

NEW YORK (AP) - Apple's stock closed above $700 for the first time on Tuesday, the day after it announced that orders for its iPhone 5 topped 2 million in the first 24 hours.

September 18, 2012 | | Nationwide


Odd News

CUSTOMS PROBES USE OF HELICOPTER FOR SCHOOL STUNT: McLEAN, Va. (AP) - After a government helicopter was used in an over-the-top invitation to a high school dance, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials are reviewing the incident and an agency pilot has been reassigned.

September 18, 2012 | | Nationwide


Itochu to buy Dole businesses for $1.7 billion

TOKYO (AP) - Japanese trading company Itochu Corp. said Tuesday it has agreed to buy Dole Food Co.'s worldwide packaged foods and Asia fresh produce businesses for $1.7 billion.

September 18, 2012 | | Nationwide


Ford's Mulally: No retirement date set from his role as CEO

DETROIT (AP) - Ford CEO Alan Mulally said Tuesday that he hasn't told the company's board when he plans to retire.

September 18, 2012 | | Nationwide


Alaskans to get $878 in yearly oil wealth payout

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - It's not much - $878 - but Sina Takafua isn't balking at her first annual payout from Alaska's oil savings account.

September 18, 2012 | | Nationwide


Sesame Street's next chapter: Elmo talks back in two-way conversation

NEW YORK (AP) - Elmo, Big Bird and the rest of the "Sesame Street" crew have always talked to kids. Now, they'll try to have a two-way conversation with their pint-sized audience using Kinect, the motion and voice-sensing controller created by Microsoft.

September 18, 2012 | | Nationwide


FedEx says economy is stalling, cuts outlook

NEW YORK (AP) - FedEx Corp. says the global economy is stalling, and it's going to get worse next year.

September 18, 2012 | | Nationwide


AMR expects about 4,400 job cuts, warns 11,000

DALLAS (AP) - American Airlines is sending layoff warning notices to more than 11,000 employees although a spokesman says the company expects job losses to be closer to 4,400.

September 18, 2012 | | Nationwide


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Cablevision hopes to attract Internet customers with HBO Now

NEW YORK (AP) - Cablevision is offering the new HBO Now online service to its Internet customers, even though the service could persuade more people to drop their cable TV packages.

March 16, 2015 | | Nationwide


DRIVERS OR CONTRACTORS?

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Two San Francisco federal judges say juries will have to decide whether drivers for Uber and Lyft were independent contractors, or employees of the ride-hailing companies with all of the protections and benefits the state affords regular workers.

March 12, 2015 | | Nationwide


Google browsing system targets unwanted software

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Get ready to see more red warning signs online as Google adds ammunition to its technological artillery for targeting devious schemes lurking on websites.

March 12, 2015 | | Nationwide


Intel cuts 1Q revenue forecast, cites weak desktop PC demand

SANTA CLARA (AP) - Intel's stock fell Thursday after the giant chipmaker lowered its first-quarter revenue forecast, citing weak demand for business desktop PCs and a strong dollar that affects revenue from overseas sales.

March 12, 2015 | | Nationwide


Household wealth touches record at nearly $83 trillion

WASHINGTON (AP) - Fueled by higher stock and home values, Americans' net worth reached a record high in the final three months of 2014.

March 12, 2015 | | Nationwide


Fake IRS agents target more than 366,000 in huge tax scam

WASHINGTON (AP) - Fake IRS agents have targeted more than 366,000 people with harassing phone calls demanding payments and threatening jail in the largest scam of its kind in the history of the agency, a federal investigator said Thursday.

March 12, 2015 | | Nationwide


World’s tallest observation wheel falls short on riders

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The world's tallest observation wheel hasn't quite reached the elevated expectations of its owner.

March 09, 2015 | | Nationwide


A golden MacBook, HBO on your iPhone & the Watch

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - All eyes were focused on the watch, but Apple CEO Tim Cook also unveiled a new MacBook and announced other deals at a company event Monday in San Francisco.

March 09, 2015 | | Nationwide


FDA keeps warning about suicide on Chantix

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Food and Drug Administration is keeping a bold-letter warning on Pfizer's anti-smoking drug Chantix about suicidal behavior and other psychiatric side effects, after reviewing company findings suggesting the drug does not increase those problems.

March 09, 2015 | | Nationwide


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