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Wal-Mart brings back holiday layaway

NEW YORK (AP) - After seeing high customer demand for layaway during last year's winter holiday season, Wal-Mart is expanding the interest-free pay-over-time program for Christmas.

August 20, 2012 | | Nationwide

Apple sets record for value at $624B; new iPhone5 near

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple is Wall Street's all-time MVP -that's Most Valuable Property.

August 20, 2012 | | Nationwide

Thiel among early Facebook investors selling their stock

CUPERTINO (AP) - Peter Thiel, one of Facebook's earliest investors and a member of its board, was among the insiders selling stock in the social network after a lockup expired last week.

August 20, 2012 | | Nationwide

Epic patent trial over iPhone technology wraps up; jury next

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - After three weeks of listening to technology experts, patent professionals and company executives debate the complicated legal claims of Apple Corp. and Samsung Electronics Co., a jury of nine men and women are set to decide one of the biggest technology disputes in history.

August 20, 2012 | | Nationwide

Summertime blues for drivers: Gas at record

LOS ANGELES (AP) - You may pay more than ever for a late-summer drive.

August 20, 2012 | | Nationwide

Reflecting on delaying benefits for a few dimes

There is nothing like a brush with death to make one realize what's important in life. And of course, what's important are things like family and friends and good health. What's not really all that important are things like "delayed retirement credits" and "file and suspend" rules and all the other Social Security benefit gaming tactics that have taken up so much of this column space, and my email inbox capacity, in the past couple of months.

August 17, 2012 | | Nationwide

Unemployment rates rose in 44 states in July

WASHINGTON (AP) - Unemployment rates rose in 44 U.S. states in July, the most states to show a monthly increase in more than three years and a reflection of weak hiring nationwide.

August 17, 2012 | | Nationwide

Facebook falls to half of public offering price; drops to $19.05

NEW YORK (AP) - Facebook's stock fell to $19 for the first time on Friday, losing half its market value since the company's initial public offering in May.

August 17, 2012 | | Nationwide

Apple stock hits new high of $648.11 after 4-month dip

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple's stock hit a new high Friday after a four-month swoon, as investors looked ahead to the release of a new iPhone and possibly a smaller iPad.

August 17, 2012 | | Nationwide

S&P 500 creeps near four-year high; Cisco surges

NEW YORK (AP) - Encouraging earnings from Cisco and hopeful signs in a housing report lifted the stock market Thursday. The gains nudged the Standard & Poor's 500 index near the four-year high it reached earlier this year.

August 16, 2012 | | Nationwide

Gap's 2nd quarter profit up 29 percent

SAN FRANCISCO AP) - Gap Inc. reported a 29 percent increase in second-quarter net income, evidence the fashion retailer's moves to liven up its clothing with brightly colored trendy looks are winning over shoppers.

August 16, 2012 | | Nationwide

Groupon stock hits another low after 2Q results

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Groupon's stock hit another low, days after the online deals company issued a lackluster quarterly report.

August 16, 2012 | | Nationwide

Facebook plunges to $19.69 per share

MENLO PARK (AP) - Facebook's stock plunged to a new low Thursday as some of the social networking leader's early backers got their first chance to sell their shares since the company's initial public offering went awry.

August 16, 2012 | | Nationwide

People affected by refinery fire sue Chevron

RICHMOND (AP) - Nine people have sued Chevron Corp. over a California refinery fire that sent thousands to hospitals with respiratory issues and contributed to higher gasoline prices on the West Coast.

August 16, 2012 | | Nationwide

Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps again graces Wheaties cereal boxes

NEW YORK (AP) - With another six Olympic medals around his neck, swimmer Michael Phelps is once again touting the breakfast of champions.

August 16, 2012 | | Nationwide

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