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The five nuttiest rumors about Social Security

In last week's column, I reviewed the ten most common misconceptions people have about Social Security benefits. But the program side of Social Security is only half the picture. There is also the policy and political side of our nation's bedrock retirement system. In fact, because of crazy rumors spread on the Internet, far more people have been misled into believing nutty stories about Social Security policies, especially when it comes to financing the program. I've discussed these issues many times before in this column, but based on the emails I get, no one is listening!

January 25, 2013 | | Nationwide


MBAs play poker in Vegas to win job at Caesars

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Forget the firm handshake and networking chit chat. Business students who want a job at Caesars Entertainment need to work on their poker faces.

January 25, 2013 | | Nationwide


Exxon passes Apple as most valuable firm

NEW YORK (AP) - Exxon has once again surpassed Apple as the world's most valuable company after the iPhone and iPad maker saw its stock price falter.

January 25, 2013 | | Nationwide


Billionaire investors battle on live TV

NEW YORK (AP) - A long-simmering spat between billionaire investors Carl Icahn and Bill Ackman boiled over into a shouting match on live television Friday.

January 25, 2013 | | Nationwide


Geithner sees US economy slowly strengthening

WASHINGTON (AP) - Outgoing Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner thinks the U.S. economy will strengthen this year - as long as Congress avoids cutting spending too deeply in a budget deal and Europe's economy gradually improves.

January 25, 2013 | | Nationwide


Smart machines: World without work?

WASHINGTON (AP) - They seem right out of a Hollywood fantasy, and they are: Cars that drive themselves have appeared in movies like "I, Robot" and the television show "Knight Rider."

January 25, 2013 | | Nationwide


S&P closes above 1,500 for 1st time since 2007

NEW YORK (AP) - Passing another milestone on the nation's long journey back from the Great Recession, the Standard and Poor's 500 index closed above 1,500 for the first time in more than five years Friday after a wave of good earnings reports.

January 25, 2013 | | Nationwide


Dreamliner jet program was rushed

NEW YORK (AP) - The 787 Dreamliner was born in a moment of desperation.

January 25, 2013 | | Nationwide


Layoffs keep dropping, hopes rise for job gains

WASHINGTON (AP) - Employers are laying off fewer workers, a trend that normally suggests hiring is picking up. The January jobs report next week will show whether employers have begun to hire more freely or are still waiting for the economy to strengthen.

January 24, 2013 | | Nationwide


New stomach bug hitting USA

NEW YORK (AP) - A new strain of stomach bug sweeping the globe is taking over in the U.S., health officials say.

January 24, 2013 | | Nationwide


Samsung profits beat forecast, mobile biz doubles

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - Samsung Electronics Co. reported Friday forecast-beating results for the fourth quarter of 2012 as profit from its mobile business more than doubled from a year earlier.

January 24, 2013 | | Nationwide


Analysts to Apple: Bend your knee to Wall Street as stock drops 12%

NEW YORK (AP) - Apple needs to start making nice with Wall Street, analysts said Thursday as investors hammered the company's stock.

January 24, 2013 | | Nationwide


New consumers health overhaul lingo

WAHSINGTON, D.C. (AP) - President Barack Obama's health care overhaul law has spawned its own jargon. With the law finally about to take full effect, consumers might want to get familiar with some of the terms:

January 24, 2013 | | Nationwide


Starbucks profit climbs as US cafes thrive

NEW YORK (AP) - Americans still need their Starbucks fix even in the weak economy.

January 24, 2013 | | Nationwide


Microsoft's earnings dip despite Windows 8 lift

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Microsoft's latest quarterly earnings slipped, even as the world's largest software maker showed modest progress adapting to a shift away from the personal computers that have been its financial foundation for decades.

January 24, 2013 | | Nationwide


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Get ready for 3% down home loans

WASHINGTON (AP) - Some Americans will soon be able to buy a home with a down payment as low as 3 percent, compared with the current minimum of 5 percent, the mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac say.

December 08, 2014 | | Nationwide


BIG MAC ATTACKS DECLINING

NEW YORK (AP) - Hold the pickles, onions and special sauce. The Big Mac is becoming a victim of finicky tastes.

December 08, 2014 | | Nationwide


Portland asks judge to stop Uber

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Portland leaders are trying to make Uber's stay a short one.

December 08, 2014 | | Nationwide


Average Affordable Care premiums going up in 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) - Many people covered under President Barack Obama's health care law will face higher premiums next year, the administration acknowledged Thursday. While the average increases are modest, it's more fodder for the nation's political battles over health care.

December 04, 2014 | | Nationwide


Starbucks to push more food, offer mobile ordering

NEW YORK (AP) - Starbucks plans to let customers across the U.S. order ahead on their smartphones over the next year, a move that should help shrink lines as it pushes more snacks, sandwiches and even wine.

December 04, 2014 | | Nationwide


Apple says plaintiffs’ iPods not covered by suit

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - For want of an iPod, a billion-dollar lawsuit may be in jeopardy.

December 04, 2014 | | Nationwide


Medicare Advantage enrollment deadline looms

Millions of Medicare Advantage customers are fast approaching a deadline for a task they'd rather avoid: Researching and then settling on coverage plans for 2015.

December 03, 2014 | By TOM MURPHY AP Business Writer | Nationwide


Air bag maker balks at coast-to-coast recall

WASHINGTON (AP) - Japan's Takata Corp. rejected federal regulators' demand Wednesday for an expanded, nationwide recall of millions of air bags, setting up a possible legal showdown and leaving some drivers to wonder about the safety of their cars.

December 03, 2014 | | Nationwide


House OKs bill to widen federal help for disabled

WASHINGTON (AP) - In a bipartisan show of unity, the House overwhelmingly approved a bill Wednesday to allow Americans with disabilities to open tax-free bank accounts to pay for expenses from education to housing and health care.

December 03, 2014 | | Nationwide


Girl Scouts byting into digital for cookie sales

NEW YORK (AP) - Watch out world, the Girl Scouts are going digital to sell you cookies.

December 02, 2014 | | Nationwide


Cyber Monday gives retailers sales bump

NEW YORK (AP) - Cyber Monday is turning into Cyber Month.

December 02, 2014 | | Nationwide


Death toll from GM ignition switches rises to 36

DETROIT (AP) - At least 36 people have died and 44 have been seriously injured in crashes involving General Motors cars with defective ignition switches.

December 02, 2014 | | Nationwide


Black Friday gets a little less frenzied

NEW YORK (AP) - Black Friday seemed a little less crazy this year.

November 29, 2014 | | Nationwide


Kickoff to Christmas: Thinner crowds, protests, alcohol

NEW YORK (AP) - Black Friday shoppers are starting to look like procrastinators.

November 29, 2014 | | Nationwide


Plunging crude prices hammer energy companies

NEW YORK (AP) - A decision by OPEC this week to maintain current levels of oil production hammered major energy companies in the U.S. and abroad.

November 29, 2014 | | Nationwide


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