PG&E MEMO SAYS DOWNGRADING LEAKS COULD CUT COSTS: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A Pacific Gas & Electric Co. memo from a few years before the deadly San Bruno pipeline explosion suggested that managers might want to consider downgrading leaks found on natural gas lines, instead of fixing them.
SUNNYVALE (AP) - Yahoo is hiring longtime Google executive Marissa Mayer to be its next CEO, the fifth in five years as the company struggles to rebound from financial malaise and internal turmoil.
NEW YORK (AP) - The companies that determine Americans' credit scores are about to come under scrutiny by the country's new consumer watchdog.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Delta Air Lines Inc. and the FBI are trying to figure out how needles got into turkey sandwiches served aboard four flights from Amsterdam. One passenger was injured.
When I wrote about the coming "Public Pension Wars" a few years ago, the responses ranged from astounded to angry. The very idea that a state or municipality could change pension contribution requirements - in the middle of an employee's career - was shocking.
NEW YORK (AP) - J.C. Penney's woes keep piling on. In the latest string of troubles, Macy's won a preliminary injunction against Martha Stewart Living that would prevent it from selling some of its products at the chain.
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - The chief executive of an Iowa-based brokerage firm admitted in a tell-all suicide note that he carried out an elaborate fraud scheme in which he embezzled at least $100 million from customers over two decades, federal investigators said Friday.
Q. I am about to turn 66 years old. I was planning to wait until age 70 to file for my Social Security benefits because I wanted to get the delayed retirement bonus you mention so often in your column. But I found an article on the web that encourages people like me to file at age 66 and then immediately suspend my benefits. That way, if I change my mind before age 70, I can go back and get retroactive benefits until age 66. What do you know about this?
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The company behind plans to build a scientific ghost town says it is pulling out of a deal to develop the make-believe city near Hobbs.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - While lawmakers in Congress continue fuming about uniforms for the U.S. Olympic team being made in China, a Philadelphia company is looking forward to seeing its locally-made apparel being worn by American rowers.
NEW YORK (AP) - Visa, MasterCard and major banks agreed to pay retailers at least $6 billion to settle a long-running lawsuit that alleged the card issuers conspired to fix the fees that stores pay to accept credit cards. As part of the settlement, announced late Friday, stores from Rite Aid to Kroger will be allowed to charge customers more if they pay using a credit card.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Gov. Susana Martinez's administration is on the verge of taking back New Mexico's $11 million supercomputer known as "Encanto" from the nonprofit group set up to operate it.
LONDON (AP) - Some 450,000 Yahoo users' email addresses and passwords have been leaked because of a security breach, the company confirmed Thursday, adding that just a small fraction of the stolen passwords were valid.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - As much as President Barack Obama wants your vote, he's not actually offering to pay your monthly bills.
NEW YORK (AP) - NBC launched two mobile apps that will let people watch Olympics events as they happen, look up athlete profiles and access other extra content on their iPads, iPhones and certain Android devices.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - At least 10 times since 2008, freight trains hauling oil across North America have derailed and spilled significant quantities of crude, with most of the accidents touching off fires or catastrophic explosions.
MOSCOW (AP) - A trade ban on lacy lingerie has Russian consumers and their neighbors with their knickers in a twist.
NEW YORK (AP) - Welcome to the Mobile Olympics.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - About 3,000 Verizon Wireless workers will have to transfer to different offices or find new jobs as part of a shake-up that will close five of the company's customer call centers.
NEW YORK (AP) - Nokia is selling a new Windows phone that promises enhanced video-recording capabilities.
NEW YORK (AP) - Kraft is removing artificial preservatives from its most popular individually wrapped cheese slices, in the latest sign that companies are tweaking recipes as food labels come under greater scrutiny.
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) - The young Vietnamese creator of hit mobile game Flappy Bird has removed it from the App Store and Google Play saying it ruined his life.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal health experts are taking a second look this week at the heart safety of pain medications used by millions of Americans to treat arthritis and other everyday aches and pains.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Sen. Richard Blumenthal is calling on other drug stores to follow CVS's lead and stop selling tobacco products.
NEW YORK (AP) - Coca-Cola is looking to tap into a new market, with plans to let people make its sodas and other drinks at home.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Wanted: Millions of uninsured Americans willing to give President Barack Obama's health care law a chance.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Twitter beat Wall Street's earnings and revenue expectations in its first quarter as a public company. But investors were looking for more - including faster user growth - and the company's stock fell more than 17 percent in after-hours trading Wednesday.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - At least 10 U.S. states are considering bills to legalize or expand Internet gambling this year, according to a group that tracks gambling-related legislation worldwide.
NEW YORK (AP) - Subway says it's in the process of removing a chemical from its bread as part of an ongoing effort to improve its recipes.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services should get help from the Department of Commerce to oversee projects funded by the federal EB-5 investment-for-green-cards immigration program, a Washington think tank says in a report released Wednesday.