WASHINGTON (AP) - Union membership plummeted last year to the lowest level since the 1930s as cash-strapped state and local governments shed workers and unions had difficulty organizing new members in the private sector despite signs of an improving economy.
CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple Inc. warned Wednesday that its blockbuster sales growth of the last five years is slowing drastically, as iPhone sales start to plateau and the company finds itself lacking in revolutionary new products.
NEW YORK (AP) - A computer virus that spread to more than a million computers worldwide, including some at NASA, and produced at least $50 million in illegal profits or losses to victims should be a "wake-up call" for banks and consumers unaware of the threat posed by Internet criminals, a prosecutor said Wednesday.
WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. sales of previously occupied homes dipped in December from November, in part because of a limited supply of available homes. But for all of 2012, sales rose to their highest level in five years.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Wells Fargo & Co. is increasing its regular quarterly dividend by 3 cents to 25 cents, an increase of nearly 14 percent.
NEW YORK (AP) - For many investors, Apple's best days are behind it. Competitors are catching up, they believe, and the latest iPhone is stumbling.
NEW YORK (AP) - Most people will be cheering for the San Francisco 49ers or Baltimore Ravens during Super Bowl XLVII on Feb. 3.
MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Google's fourth-quarter earnings rose 7 percent as online advertisers spent more money in pursuit of holiday shoppers.
NEW YORK (AP) - Microsoft has joined the negotiations to buy struggling computer maker Dell, according to media reports.
LONDON (AP) - Hopes that U.S. politicians will be able to reach a deal on raising the government's debt limit, avoiding the risk of a disastrous default, supported global markets on Monday, when Wall Street will remain closed for a holiday.
NEW YORK (AP) - Video game maker Atari's U.S. operations have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in an effort to separate from their French parent company, which is filing a similar motion separately in France.
MCDONALD'S SETTLES MICH. SUIT OVER ISLAMIC DIET: DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) - McDonald's and one of its franchise owners agreed to pay $700,000 to members of the Muslim community to settle allegations a Detroit-area restaurant falsely advertised its food as being prepared according to Islamic dietary law.
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) - Public trust in business, government and media leaders has fallen in the wake of financial and political scandals, according to a new global survey.
TOKYO (AP) - Japanese and U.S. investigators began a probe Monday into the maker of the lithium ion batteries used in Boeing's grounded 787 jets.
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.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Aiming to undercut Apple's latest hit service, Google is teaming up with three major U.S. wireless carriers to prod more people into using its mobile wallet.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - A royal flush led to a king-sized payout for a New Jersey man playing cards online in the state's largest-ever Internet gambling jackpot.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - How to keep the "modern" in "Modern Family" in its sixth season? Create an episode that plays out completely on a computer and in the realm of social media.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Did the National Security Agency plant spyware deep in the hard drives of thousands of computers used by foreign governments, banks and other surveillance targets around the world?
WEST SACRAMENTO - Raley's Supermarkets marked its 80th year on Sunday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - How many remotes does it take to watch television, stream Netflix or record your favorite show on DVR?
WASHINGTON (AP) - The makers of a twice-rejected pill designed to boost sexual desire in women are hoping a yearlong lobbying push by politicians, women's groups and consumer advocates will move their much-debated drug onto the market.
MENLO PARK (AP) - Facebook is making it easier to plan for your online afterlife.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - It's early for many Americans still sloshing through winter to plan their gardens, home improvements and spring sports leagues, but stores gearing up for warmer weather are fretting that they won't have some products to sell due to a labor crisis at West Coast seaports.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Zynga Inc. (ZNGA) on Thursday reported a loss of $45.1 million in its fourth quarter.
NEW YORK (AP) - A wave of deals in the online travel industry has increasingly put some familiar names under two corporate umbrellas: Expedia and Priceline.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Pressured by Congress, the IRS said Wednesday it is changing its policies and apologizing for seizing banks accounts from otherwise law-abiding business owners simply because they structured bank transactions to avoid federal reporting requirements.
FREMONT (AP) - Electric car maker Tesla Motors' fourth-quarter loss widened to $107.6 million because of the impact of the strong dollar and a delay in shipments of its new all-wheel-drive Model S sedan.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - FireEye Inc., the high-profile computer security company called in to investigate massive hacks at Sony Pictures and Anthem, reported fourth-quarter earnings Wednesday that show its business is growing but profit so far remains elusive.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - ST. LOUIS (AP) - Panera Bread Co. (PNRA) on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter net income of $48.5 million.