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Ten most common misconceptions about Social Security

If I had the space, I probably could write a column called "The One Thousand Most Common Misconceptions About Social Security." I see examples of them almost every day in the emails I get from my readers. Alas, I'll barely have room to cover the top ten. This week, I'll stick to the program side of Social Security. Next week, I'll go over some of the most common policy and political misunderstandings.

January 18, 2013 | | Nationwide


TP donated on behalf of Ohio $1M winner

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) - Charmin is providing some toilet paper relief on behalf of one of Ohio's newest million-dollar lottery winners.

January 18, 2013 | | Nationwide


IRS loses lawsuit in fight against tax preparers

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) - A federal judge on Friday barred the IRS from imposing a series of new regulations, including a competency exam, on hundreds of thousands of tax preparers.

January 18, 2013 | | Nationwide


Gas tax revenue down, officials eye mileage levy

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Carpooling, higher fuel economy, hybrids and electric cars may be good for the environment, but they're bad for government transportation funding, which relies on gasoline and diesel taxes to help pay for the building and upkeep of roads and bridges.

January 18, 2013 | | Nationwide


Venture investments declined in 2012

NEW YORK (AP) - A new study shows that funding for business startups declined in 2012, the first time that's happened in three years, as venture capitalists spent less money on fewer deals.

January 18, 2013 | | Nationwide


Food allergies may be disability

WASHINGTON (AP) - Allergic to gluten? What about peanuts? Federal disabilities law may be able to help.

January 18, 2013 | | Nationwide


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'Django Unchained' figures discontinued

January 18, 2013 | | Nationwide


Most see damage if debt limit not raised

WASHINGTON (AP) - Most Americans think jarring economic problems will erupt if lawmakers fail to increase the government's borrowing limit. Yet they're torn over how or even whether to raise it, leaning toward Republican demands that any boost be accompanied by spending cuts.

January 17, 2013 | | Nationwide


Home construction in 2012 highest in 4 years

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. builders started work on homes in December at the fastest pace in 4 ½ years and finished 2012 as their best year for residential construction since the early stages of the housing crisis.

January 17, 2013 | | Nationwide


Amazon makes MP3 catalog available to iPhone users

SEATTLE (AP) - Amazon says iPhone and iPod Touch users will be able to buy music from its digital store for the first time beginning Thursday.

January 17, 2013 | | Nationwide


Tax fraud popular pastime among prison inmates

WASHINGTON (AP) - Tax fraud appears to be a popular pastime in the nation's prisons, but the Internal Revenue Service is catching on.

January 17, 2013 | | Nationwide


Yelp to add restaurants' health-inspection grades

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Reviews site Yelp is adding restaurants' health-inspection grades to its site, giving users yet another filter through which they can decide where to eat.

January 17, 2013 | | Nationwide


Intel 4Q profit down, beats Street

SANTA CLARA (AP) - Intel Corp., the world's largest chipmaker, on Thursday said its fourth-quarter net income fell 27 percent from the previous year, as PC sales continued to weaken.

January 17, 2013 | | Nationwide


Boeing plans to carry on with 787 production

SEATTLR (AP) - Boeing plans to keep building its flagship jetliner while engineers try to solve battery problems that have grounded most of the 787 fleet.

January 17, 2013 | | Nationwide


EBay's 4th quarter performance caps firm’s best year yet

SAN JOSE (AP) - EBay finished last year with a flourish as bargain-hunting holiday shoppers flocked to its Internet shopping mall and digital payment service to help lift the company's fourth-quarter earnings above analyst projections.

January 16, 2013 | | Nationwide


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Amazon debuts mobile payment app, card reader

NEW YORK (AP) - Amazon is taking direct aim at mobile payment systems such as Square by introducing the Amazon Local Register, a credit-card processing device and mobile app designed to help small business owners accept payments through their smartphones and tablets.

August 13, 2014 | | Nationwide


Apple bans use of 2 chemicals in iPhone

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Apple is banning the use of two potentially hazardous chemicals during the final assembly of iPhones and iPads as part of the company's latest commitment to protect the factory workers who build its trendy devices.

August 13, 2014 | | Nationwide


Cisco to lay off up to 6,000 workers

SAN JOSE (AP) - Cisco said Wednesday that it will lay off up to 6,000 workers, or 8 percent of its workforce, as part of a restructuring.

August 13, 2014 | | Nationwide


PBS’ antiques show finds $1M baseball trove

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The PBS series "Antiques Roadshow" says it hit a home run with a collection of 1870s Boston baseball memorabilia.

August 12, 2014 | | Nationwide


Asbestos sales flourish in Asia

VAISHALI, India (AP) - The executives mingled over tea and sugar cookies, and the chatter was upbeat. Their industry, they said at the conference in the Indian capital, saves lives and brings roofs, walls and pipes to some of the world's poorest people.

August 12, 2014 | | Nationwide


‘Advanced Warfare’ jumps Call of Duty predecessors

FOSTER CITY (AP) - It feels like a well-armed Christmas morning at Sledgehammer Games.

August 11, 2014 | | Nationwide


Postal Service loses $2 billion this past spring

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Postal Service lost $2 billion this spring despite increasing its volume and charging consumers more money to send mail, officials said Monday.

August 11, 2014 | | Nationwide


FDA OKs DNA-based test for colon cancer

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved the first screening test for colon cancer that uses patients' DNA to help spot potentially deadly tumors and growths.

August 11, 2014 | | Nationwide


Yelp CEO reviews own business

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - After Yelp posted the first quarterly profit in its history last week, the online business review site got panned on Wall Street. The company's stock plummeted 11 percent the day after the results came out, wiping out its gains for the year.

August 06, 2014 | | Nationwide


Ways to create better, stronger passwords

NEW YORK (AP) - With the recent news that a Russian hacker ring has amassed some 1.2 billion username and password combinations, it's a good time to review ways to protect yourself online.

August 06, 2014 | | Nationwide


Spiked Sprint- T-Mobile deal may mean lower plan prices

NEW YORK (AP) - The collapse of Sprint's push to buy T-Mobile US could mean fresh options in wireless plans and lower prices for U.S. consumers. But in the long run, tougher competition on prices could lead to slower service and slower expansion of coverage.

August 06, 2014 | | Nationwide


Pandora cuts first-ever direct deal

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Internet radio leader Pandora has come to its first-ever direct licensing deal with artists, a wide-ranging agreement with independent label group Merlin that both said would mean higher payments to artists and more play for them on Pandora stations.

August 06, 2014 | | Nationwide


Wealth gap is slowing growth

WASHINGTON (AP) - Economists have long argued that a rising wealth gap has complicated the U.S. rebound from the Great Recession.

August 05, 2014 | | Nationwide


Obama seeks executive ways to limit ways to shrink taxes

WASHINGTON (AP) - Aiming to sidestep a logjam in Congress, the Obama administration is looking for steps it could take on its own to prevent American companies from reincorporating overseas to shirk U.S. taxes, officials said Tuesday.

August 05, 2014 | | Nationwide


Boom in aspiring real estate brokers

MIAMI (AP) - To motivate a classroom packed with 87 aspiring real estate agents, instructor Keith Grandy started off his one-week, intensive course with the promise of big money: With hard work, fresh licensees in the Miami metro area could make $100,000 a year if they complete at least two transactions per month, according to current property prices and commissions.

August 05, 2014 | | Nationwide


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