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I never thought you'd ask me

I've been either working for the Social Security Administration or writing a column about Social Security issues for about 40 years now. And I would have bet money that in all that time, I've been asked every question in the book. In fact, I don't recall getting a question in the past 15 years or so that I haven't been asked a dozen, if not hundreds, of times before. And now this week, I've had two questions emailed to me that I've never been asked in my entire career! Will wonders never cease? The ...

May 25, 2012 | | Nationwide


AP study: Typical CEO made $9.6M last year to break compensation marks

NEW YORK (AP) - Profits at big U.S. companies broke records last year, and so did pay for CEOs.

May 25, 2012 | | Nationwide


Consumer confidence highest in 4 ½ years

WASHINGTON (AP) - A better hiring outlook and lower gas prices pushed a measure of U.S. consumer confidence to its highest level in four and a half years.

May 25, 2012 | | Nationwide


Stocks fall on Wall Street as Spanish bank teeters

NEW YORK (AP) - Another flare-up in Europe's debt crisis knocked U.S. markets lower Friday. This time, it was more trouble at a major Spanish bank.

May 25, 2012 | | Nationwide


Morgan Stanley may refund some Facebook investors

NEW YORK (AP) - Morgan Stanley, the lead investment bank in Facebook's troubled initial public offering, will compensate retail investors who overpaid when they bought Facebook's stock in Friday's IPO, according to a source familiar with the matter.

May 24, 2012 | | Nationwide


Weekly jobless aid applications dip to 370,000

WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of people seeking unemployment benefits changed little last week, signaling modest job growth.

May 24, 2012 | | Nationwide


Food stamp fraud raising growing concerns

WASHINGTON (AP) - Food stamp recipients are ripping off the government for millions of dollars by illegally selling their benefit cards for cash - sometimes even in the open, on eBay or Craigslist - and then asking the government for replacement cards.

May 24, 2012 | | Nationwide


Facebook launches iPhone camera app

MENLO PARK (AP) - Facebook's rocky initial public offering hasn't stopped life at the world's biggest online social network. On Thursday, the company unveiled a camera app for the iPhone.

May 24, 2012 | | Nationwide


HP leads Dow to its fourth day of gains in May

NEW YORK (AP) - Hewlett-Packard helped pull the Dow Jones industrial average to a slight gain Thursday, giving the index only its fourth gain this month.

May 24, 2012 | | Nationwide


Smoke-free country? New Zealand taxes push price of pack of cigarettes to $15

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) - There are smoke-free bars, smoke-free parks, even smoke-free college campuses. But a smoke-free country?

May 24, 2012 | | Nationwide


States looking to new tolls to pay for highways

WASHINGTON (AP) - Driving onto an Interstate highway? Crossing a bridge on the way into work? Taking a tunnel under a river or bay? Get ready to pay.

May 23, 2012 | | Nationwide


HP to cut 27,000 jobs, save up to $3.5B annually

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Hewlett-Packard Co. plans to cut 27,000 jobs as the growing popularity of smartphones, the iPad and other mobile devices makes it tougher for the company to sell personal computers.

May 23, 2012 | | Nationwide


Facebook stock climbs, but firm faces lawsuits from shareholders

NEW YORK (AP) - Facebook's fourth day of trading as a public company saw an increase in the company's stock price and shareholder lawsuits related to the social network's botched initial public offering.

May 23, 2012 | | Nationwide


Regulator: ND's oil production could double

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota could double its oil production by 2015 to more than 1 million barrels daily, putting it on par with Texas "if everything goes our way," the state's top oil regulator told industry and government officials Wednesday.

May 23, 2012 | | Nationwide


Jury: Google didn't infringe on Oracle patents

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal jury ruled Wednesday that Google didn't infringe on Oracle's patents when the Internet search leader developed its popular Android software for mobile devices.

May 23, 2012 | | Nationwide


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Smart mirrors boost clothing sales

NEW YORK (AP) - Imagine a fitting room with a "smart" mirror that suggests jeans to go with the red shirt you brought in. It snaps a video so you can compare the image side-by-side with other colorful shirts you try on. It might even show you how the shirt will fit without you having to undress.

May 11, 2015 | | Nationwide


Olive Garden rolling out Breadstick sandwiches

NEW YORK (AP) - Olive Garden's plan to win back customers? Take the breadsticks it's known for and make sandwiches out of them.

May 11, 2015 | | Nationwide


Fox calling end to ‘American Idol’

NEW YORK (AP) - Fox is lowering the curtain on "American Idol," ending a series that dominated television throughout the 2000s and made stars of the likes of Simon Cowell, Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood.

May 11, 2015 | | Nationwide


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