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Before marriage, you need a financial heart-to-heart

Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and this column is meant to serve as a reminder. First, remember to buy a card for your valentine before they're all sold out. And second, don't get so caught up in the romantic season of hearts and flowers that you pop the question before you know you're financially compatible!

February 03, 2012 | | Nationwide


Hiring surges in January; jobless rate at 8.3 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) - In a long-awaited surge of hiring, companies added 243,000 jobs in January - across the economy, up and down the pay scale and far more than just about anyone expected. Unemployment fell to 8.3 percent, the lowest in three years.

February 03, 2012 | | Nationwide


House votes to continue federal worker pay freeze

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House on Wednesday voted to freeze the wages of federal workers for a third straight year and put members of Congress on record as opposing a boost in their $174,000 annual salaries.

February 03, 2012 | | Nationwide


Retailers deliver solid sales gains during January

NEW YORK (AP) - Americans were shopping in January, but not every store was feeling the love.

February 02, 2012 | | Nationwide


FDA: low levels of fungicide in domestic OJ

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Food and Drug Administration says it has found low levels of an illegal fungicide in orange juice samples taken from Florida manufacturers.

February 02, 2012 | | Nationwide


Woman's small claims victory against Honda resonates

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Heather Peter's computer crashed under the onslaught of messages following her unique victory over Honda in small claims court - a win the California woman is hoping will lead other consumers to reject a class action settlement over defective hybrid cars.

February 02, 2012 | | Nationwide


Status update: Facebook to go public, raise $5 billion

NEW YORK (AP) - Facebook made a much-anticipated status update Wednesday: The Internet social network is going public eight years after its computer-hacking CEO Mark Zuckerberg started the service at Harvard University.

February 01, 2012 | | Nationwide


2012 already looks like a winner for automakers; sales up 11%

DETROIT (AP) - 2012 is already looking like a winner for automakers -- just one month into the year.

February 01, 2012 | | Nationwide


Hot start: Dow and S&P have best January since '97 with 3.4 - 4.4% gains

NEW YORK (AP) - It's the best start for stocks in 15 years.

January 31, 2012 | | Nationwide


Amazon 4Q falls short of Wall Street’s expectations, outlook sends stock lower

NEW YORK (AP) - Shoppers spent more money online this holiday season than ever before, and yet, Amazon -the world's largest Internet retailer- failed to meet Wall Street's sales expectations with its latest financial results.

January 31, 2012 | | Nationwide


Will Facebook deliver an IPO surprise?

NEW YORK (AP) - Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg turns up at business conventions in a hoodie. "Cocky" is the word used to describe him most often, after "billionaire." He was Time's person of the year at 26.

January 31, 2012 | | Nationwide


Lower returns to raise CalSTRS' unfunded liability

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's teacher retirement system should lower expectations on its investment earnings in a move that could increase the unfunded liability for the nation's second largest pension fund by nearly $6 billion and require taxpayers to chip in more, according to a consultant's report submitted ahead of the pension board's meeting Thursday.

January 31, 2012 | | Nationwide


Business nation briefs

UNION PACIFIC RECORDS RECORD PROFITS: GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) - Union Pacific says it was more profitable in 2011 than ever before due in part to coal shipments from Wyoming's Powder River Basin.

January 31, 2012 | | Nationwide


About J.C. Penney's CEO Ron Johnson

NEW YORK (AP) - NAME: Ron Johnson

January 30, 2012 | | Nationwide


JC Penney CEO talks about the chain

NEW YORK (AP) - Everyone in the retail world wants to see if Ron Johnson can work his magic a third time.

January 30, 2012 | | Nationwide


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Forecasts project rising medical costs

WASHINGTON (AP) - The nation's respite from troublesome health care inflation is ending, the government said Wednesday in a report that renews a crucial budget challenge for lawmakers, taxpayers, businesses and patients.

September 03, 2014 | | Nationwide


Utah women target Carl’s Jr. for racy ads

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A pair of Utah women dedicated to pushing back against the objectification of women say Carl's Jr. has gone too far with its long-running line of TV ads featuring women in bikinis eating the company's burgers in seductive poses.

September 02, 2014 | | Nationwide


Home Depot probes possible credit card data security breach

NEW YORK (AP) - Home Depot may be the latest retailer to suffer a major credit card data breach.

September 02, 2014 | | Nationwide


It’s no longer safe to recline airplane seat

NEW YORK (AP) - Squeezed into tighter and tighter spaces, airline passengers appear to be rebelling, taking their frustrations out on other fliers.

September 02, 2014 | | Nationwide


Some fear auto industry returning to bad habits

DETROIT (AP) - Big discounts. Six- or seven-year loans, in some cases to buyers who would have been turned down in the past.

September 02, 2014 | | Nationwide


Google’s corporate products division changes name

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Google is hoping a new brand will help sell more of its services to other companies.

September 02, 2014 | | Nationwide


Social media users shy away from opinions

WASHINGTON (AP) - People who use Facebook and Twitter are less likely than others to share their opinions on hot-button issues, even when they are offline, according to a surprising new survey by the Pew Research Center.

August 26, 2014 | | Nationwide


UN health agency urges crackdown on e-cigarettes

GENEVA (AP) - Governments should have tougher rules for electronic cigarettes - banning their use indoors and putting them off limits for minors - until more evidence can be gathered about their risks, the U.N. health agency said Tuesday.

August 26, 2014 | | Nationwide


Consumer confidence near a 7-year high

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. consumer confidence this month reached its highest point in nearly seven years, boosted by strong job gains.

August 26, 2014 | | Nationwide


New rules could squeeze Malibu wine growers

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Malibu region's growing wine industry, made up of some 50 commercial vineyards, could be squeezed by proposed regulations that would prohibit new grape growing in a large swath of the Santa Monica Mountains.

August 26, 2014 | | Nationwide


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