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Social Security around the world

I have always been amazed by the number of people who think Social Security is unique to the United States. Or if not truly unique, they figure that maybe a couple of those "socialist" countries like Sweden and Denmark might have social insurance programs in place, but surely not too many other places. As someone once said to me following a speech I had given: "You know that Social Security is just one of the social experiments forced on this country by FDR (Franklin Delano Roosevelt), and it's doomed to failure just like so many of his other New ...

September 13, 2013 | | Nationwide


White House: No subsidies for union health insurance

WASHINGTON (AP) - Low-income workers on union health plans are not eligible for the same federal subsidies available to those who buy insurance in the new state health care marketplaces, the White House said Friday.

September 13, 2013 | | Nationwide


White House: No subsidies for union health insurance

WASHINGTON (AP) - Low-income workers on union health plans are not eligible for the same federal subsidies available to those who buy insurance in the new state health care marketplaces, the White House said Friday.

September 13, 2013 | | Nationwide


Investigation: 36K receives improper disability payment

WASHINGTON (AP) - Social Security made $1.3 billion in potentially improper disability payments to people who had jobs when they were supposed to be unable to work, congressional investigators said in a report Friday.

September 13, 2013 | | Nationwide


Perks of hiring older workers

NEW YORK (AP) - Older people searching for jobs have long fought back stereotypes that they lack the speed, technology skills and dynamism of younger applicants. But as a wave of baby boomers seeks to stay on the job later in life, some employers are finding older workers are precisely what they need.

September 13, 2013 | | Nationwide


Scooter Store shutting down

September 13, 2013 | | Nationwide


Wal-Mart lets kids pick 'hot toys'

NEW YORK (AP) - Lots of retailers come out with "hot toy" lists every holiday season, but this year Wal-Mart decided to try something different: let kids rate their favorite toys.

September 12, 2013 | | Nationwide


Yahoo's stock tops $30 for 1st time in 5 ½ years

SUNNYVALE (AP) - Yahoo's stock is close to doing what many thought would be impossible: eclipsing the price that Microsoft offered to buy the Internet company for in 2008.

September 12, 2013 | | Nationwide


FTC looking into proposed Facebook changes

MENLO PARK (AP) - The Federal Trade Commission is looking into a set of policy changes that Facebook proposed in late August, though the agency says it's part of a routine monitoring of the company's privacy practices.

September 12, 2013 | | Nationwide


Ban high-capacity magazines fails

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A proposal that would have banned ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 bullets failed Thursday in the state Legislature.

September 12, 2013 | | Nationwide


Twitter tweets it'll go public

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Twitter finally has decided to go public, but it's taking a route that will keep most of the details about its business private for a while longer.

September 12, 2013 | | Nationwide


Women outrun men in regaining jobs since recession

WASHINGTON (AP) - The slowly recovering U.S. job market has helped women rebound faster than men: They've now regained all the jobs they lost to the Great Recession. Men are still 2.1 million jobs short.

September 12, 2013 | | Nationwide


Big SUVs rumble along as GM shows new 2014 models

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) - The big SUV rolls on.

September 12, 2013 | | Nationwide


Zuckerberg: IPO strengthened Facebook

MENLO PARK (AP) - Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg didn't really want to take his company public last year, but he has changed his mind now that the Internet social network's stock is steadily rising.

September 11, 2013 | | Nationwide


AFL-CIO slams Obamacare

WASHINGTON (AP) - The AFL-CIO on Wednesday approved a resolution critical of parts of President Barack Obama's health care law in spite of efforts by White House officials to discourage the labor federation from making its concerns so prominent.

September 11, 2013 | | Nationwide


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Kohl’s 4Q sales metric tops expectations

NEW YORK (AP) - Shares of Kohl's rose Wednesday after the department store operator said it was pleased with its fourth quarter sales and said its base business improved.

February 04, 2015 | | Nationwide


Tech firms hint at more restraint

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Technology's big-spending trio of Google, Facebook, and Amazon.com appear to be tightening their belts - at least a notch - in a concession to cost-conscious investors and a strong dollar that's taking a big bite out of their revenue.

February 02, 2015 | | Nationwide


Apple plans to sell as much as $6.5B in bonds

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple is planning another large bond sale at a time when investors are paying near record premiums for high-quality bonds.

February 02, 2015 | | Nationwide


Viewership record for Super Bowl

NEW YORK (AP) - An estimated 114.4 million people watched New England's thrilling win over Seattle, making it the fifth time in six years that a Super Bowl game has set a record for the most-watched event in U.S. television history.

February 02, 2015 | | Nationwide


HP boss gets raise despite slump

PALO ALTO (AP) - Hewlett-Packard boss Meg Whitman has graduated from the dollar-a-year club, as the struggling company prepares to split up.

February 02, 2015 | | Nationwide


What does Apple do next?

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple CEO Tim Cook says consumer demand for new iPhones has been "staggering" and "hard to comprehend." That helped the company report record-smashing earnings for its latest quarter and sent the stock climbing more than 7 percent on Wednesday.

January 28, 2015 | | Nationwide


Facebook beats profit expectations

MENLO PARK (AP) - For the seventh quarter in a row Facebook beat profit and revenue forecasts, continuing to win more mobile advertising revenue as most users shift to using the site on smartphones and other portable devices.

January 28, 2015 | | Nationwide


Frenzy forces Vegas White Castle to close

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A 24-hour White Castle location on the Las Vegas Strip that opened to long lines of the burger chain's fans had to close for more than two hours to restock after its grand opening.

January 28, 2015 | | Nationwide


What! Facebook’s down? No storm selfies during outage

MENLO PARK (AP) - No storm selfies, hookups, status updates. With Facebook and Instagram down for nearly an hour overnight, what were legions of users to do?

January 27, 2015 | | Nationwide


iPhone sales smash records

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple had another blowout quarter thanks to its new plus-sized iPhones, which helped the company smash sales records for the holiday season.

January 27, 2015 | | Nationwide


Yahoo spinning off Alibaba stake

SUNNYVALE (AP) - Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is spinning off the company's $39 billion stake in China's Alibaba Group Holding in a move that wards off a potential shareholder rebellion.

January 27, 2015 | | Nationwide


Parking garages fall to the wrecking ball

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - They were supposed to be saviors of downtown, drawing people by offering parking as plentiful as at any suburban shopping mall.

January 27, 2015 | | Nationwide


IBM denies report of mass layoffs

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Calling it "ridiculous" and "baseless," IBM on Monday dismissed a report that said the technology giant plans to lay off 1 in 4 of its workers, or 100,000 people.

January 26, 2015 | | Nationwide


Microsoft earnings report doesn’t excite

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Big jumps in sales of its Surface tablets, cloud computing software and Lumia smartphones drove Microsoft's quarterly revenue above expectations, as CEO Satya Nadella continues to steer toward the mobile gadget market and shift Microsoft away from its traditional focus on the PC.

January 26, 2015 | | Nationwide


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