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THE DOW AND WHY IT MATTERS

The Dow Jones industrial average, an index of 30 U.S. blue-chip stocks, is a barometer of the health of the stock market and U.S. economy. On Tuesday, it closed at an all-time high of 14,253.77, beating the record it set on Oct. 9, 2007 by 89 points.

March 05, 2013 | | Nationwide


Dow hits record 14,253.77, erasing $11 trillion in Great Recession losses

NEW YORK (AP) - The stock market is back.

March 05, 2013 | | Nationwide


Home prices rose by most in nearly 7 years

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. home prices jumped in January, a sign the housing market is gaining momentum as it nears the spring selling season.

March 05, 2013 | | Nationwide


TSA to allow small knives, bats, clubs

WASHINGTON (AP) - Airline passengers will be able to carry small knives, souvenir baseball bats, golf clubs and other sports equipment onto planes beginning next month under a policy change announced Tuesday by the head of the Transportation Security Administration.

March 05, 2013 | | Nationwide


JC Penney could wind up with empty shelves

NEW YORK (AP) - J.C. Penney, which is struggling with big losses and steep sales declines, could face another challenge: empty shelves.

March 04, 2013 | | Nationwide


Slim world's richest for 4th year in a row

NEW YORK (AP) - Mexico's Carlos Slim remains the world's richest man for the fourth year in a row, according to Forbes, while Warren Buffett dropped out of the top three for the first time since 2000.

March 04, 2013 | | Nationwide


Teen walks 10 miles for job interview during ice storm

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Donations have been pouring in since a story went viral online about an Indianapolis teenager who was walking 10 miles to a job interview during an ice storm when he was picked up by a restaurant owner who offered him a job.

March 04, 2013 | | Nationwide


Research firm: PC sales to continue slide in 2013

NEW YORK (AP) - Sales of personal computers will continue to shrink this year after a grim 2012, as consumers flock toward tablets, research firm IDC said Monday.

March 04, 2013 | | Nationwide


Study: No quick savings from workplace wellness

WASHINGTON (AP) - Your bosses want you to eat your broccoli, hit the treadmill and pledge you'll never puff on a cigarette. But a new study raises doubts that workplace wellness programs save the company money.

March 04, 2013 | | Nationwide


2nd Jonah Lehrer book being pulled from store shelves

NEW YORK (AP) - A second Jonah Lehrer book is being pulled.

March 01, 2013 | | Nationwide


Working women vs. stay-at-home moms

Q: I am so upset by these crybaby women who gripe and complain about not getting enough money from their husband's Social Security accounts. I am the one with an ax to grind. I worked hard all my life. And I can't get a nickel on my husband's Social Security record. Yet all these stay-at-home women rake in the dough from their sugar daddy husbands and then they have the gall to complain it's not enough money! What can possibly be fair about that? Why can't I get any of my husband's Social Security?

March 01, 2013 | | Nationwide


Companies struggle to popularize mobile money; consumers leery

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) - Mobile money may seem like a hot concept, but consumers aren't warming to it.

March 01, 2013 | | Nationwide


NY judge sends ex-lawyer to prison for 8 years for role in massive tax fraud

NEW YORK (AP) - A former Chicago lawyer who participated in what authorities have called the largest tax fraud in history was sentenced Friday to eight years in prison by a judge who called the scheme to help wealthy clients escape millions of dollars in taxes "breathtaking in its scope and the damage it caused the nation."

March 01, 2013 | | Nationwide


$1B bill in Apple case reduced by $450M

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal judge on Friday slashed nearly half of the $1 billion damage award a jury ordered Samsung Electronics to pay Apple Inc. after a high-profile trial over the rights to the design and technology running some of the world's most popular smartphones and tablet computers.

March 01, 2013 | | Nationwide


Buffett calls year with 45 pct. Profit jump subpar effort

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Most companies would undoubtedly be thrilled with the results Warren Buffett called "subpar" at Berkshire Hathaway because his company's value trailed the overall market.

March 01, 2013 | | Nationwide


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FDA approves injection for melting away double-chin fat

NEW YORK (AP) - The Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday it approved an injection designed to melt away double-chin fat.

April 29, 2015 | | Nationwide


Corinthian students may loans forgiven

WASHINGTON (AP) - A top education official said Wednesday that the 16,000 former Corinthian Colleges students who saw their campuses abruptly close this week will automatically have their federal student loans discharged - but only if they agree to forgo any credits they earned at the schools.

April 29, 2015 | | Nationwide


Forget the watch: Apple’s iPhones are still main event

CUPERTINO (AP) - The iPhone is still the engine behind Apple's phenomenal success, even if attention lately has been focused on its new smartwatch.

April 27, 2015 | | Nationwide


Corinthian closes remaining 28 campuses

WASHINGTON (AP) - Corinthian Colleges canceled classes Monday and shut down all of its remaining 28 ground campuses, displacing about 16,000 students, less than two weeks after the Education Department announced it was fining the for-profit institution $30 million for misrepresentation.

April 27, 2015 | | Nationwide


North Dakota farmers planting crop to be made into jet fuel

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Western North Dakota farmers this year have agreed to plant 6,000 acres of a crop that can be made into jet fuel.

April 27, 2015 | | Nationwide


Google lavishes chairman with $109M pay package

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Google paid its billionaire Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt nearly $109 million last year while the company's stock slumped.

April 23, 2015 | | Nationwide


Nasdaq sets record high, 15 years after dot-com bubble

NEW YORK (AP) - Fifteen years, one month and thirteen days.

April 23, 2015 | | Nationwide


Trucking group urges move to speed limiters

DETROIT (AP) - The nation's largest trucking industry group wants the government to get moving on a rule requiring electronic speed-limiting devices on big rigs.

April 20, 2015 | | Nationwide


Willie Nelson becomes latest celebrity in marijuana business

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Country music star Willie Nelson announced plans Monday to roll out his own brand of marijuana, capitalizing on his association with pot and the unofficial stoner holiday, 4/20.

April 20, 2015 | | Nationwide


Kraft Mac & Cheese shedding the dyes

NEW YORK (AP) - This is the last year that the original version of Kraft Mac & Cheese sold in the U.S. will contain artificial preservatives or synthetic colors.

April 20, 2015 | | Nationwide


Obama signs overhaul of how Medicare pays doctors

WASHINGTON (AP) - Ending years of last-minute fixes, President Barack Obama on Thursday signed legislation permanently changing how Medicare pays doctors, a rare bipartisan achievement by Democrats and Republicans.

April 17, 2015 | | Nationwide


Don’t panic, college seniors: Jobs for grads likely to grow

WASHINGTON (AP) - The consulting and accounting firm EY is aggressively recruiting on college campuses this spring. The company formerly known as Ernst & Young plans to hire 9,000 graduates from U.S. universities this year, up from 7,500 in 2014. But recruiting isn't as easy as it used to be.

April 17, 2015 | | Nationwide


WikiLeaks site creates online archive of hacked Sony documents

NEW YORK (AP) - Sony's hacking problems aren't over yet.

April 17, 2015 | | Nationwide


US prescription drugs pending jumped 13%

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - U.S. spending on prescription drugs soared last year, driven up primarily by costly breakthrough medicines, manufacturer price hikes and a surge from millions of people newly insured due to the Affordable Care Act.

April 13, 2015 | | Nationwide


NY attorney general questions work practices of 13 retailers

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York's attorney general has launched an inquiry into 13 major retailers, questioning the practice of keeping workers on call for shifts on short notice and possible violations of the state requirement to pay hourly staff for at least four hours when they report for work.

April 13, 2015 | | Nationwide


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