Are the services that people get from the Social Security Administration improving or declining? Is your nearest Social Security office a pleasant place to visit? Or is it just a few notches above your local department of motor vehicles bureau?
WASHINGTON (AP) - The maker of Banana Boat sunscreen is recalling a half-million bottles of spray-on lotion after reports that a handful of people have caught on fire after applying the product and coming in contact with open flames.
WASHINGTON (AP) - It's been 43 months since the last deadly airline crash in the United States, the longest period without a fatal domestic accident since commercial aviation expanded after World War II. That sounds like unvarnished good news, but one consequence of having such a remarkable record is that it's difficult to justify imposing costly new safety rules on the economically fragile industry.
SUNNYVALE (AP) - Chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices Inc. says it will cut nearly 1,800 jobs, about 15 percent of its workforce, by the end of the year in order to reduce spending in the face of dwindling sales.
DETROIT (AP) - General Motors will hire 3,000 workers from Hewlett-Packard, part of a push to bring most of its computer technology in-house.
NEW YORK (AP) - Newsweek will end its print publication after 80 years and shift to an all-digital format in early 2013.
PALO ALTO (AP) - The Internet icon that brought email to the masses with its classic "You've got mail" slogan now wants to help people organize the flood of messages in their Gmail, Yahoo mail and other accounts.
MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Google is dangling a low-priced laptop computer in front of consumers as rivals Microsoft and Apple prepare to release their latest gadgets.
WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. home construction is making a comeback that could invigorate the economy's still-weak recovery.
SAN JOSE (AP) - EBay reported Tuesday that its third-quarter net income rose 22 percent thanks to higher revenue at its PayPal payments service and at the marketplaces business that includes eBay.com.
LARISSA, Greece (AP) - The world's oldest profession is giving a whole new meaning to love of the game.
NEW YORK (AP) - For banks, mortgage-making kept profits humming before the financial crisis, then blackened reputations and stamped out earnings when the crisis hit.
TORONTO (AP) - The stalled talks between the NHL and the players' association finally got a jumpstart.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Gap has announced a management overhaul aimed at enabling the retailer to respond more quickly to customers' needs across the globe.
PHOENIX (AP) Apollo Group Inc. said Tuesday that its fiscal fourth-quarter net income tumbled 60 percent, hurt by higher costs and declining enrollment at the University of Phoenix. To cope, the for-profit education company plans to close 115 of the university's mostly smaller locations, a move that will affect 13,000 students.
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.
NEW YORK (AP) - Hold the pickles, onions and special sauce. The Big Mac is becoming a victim of finicky tastes.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Portland leaders are trying to make Uber's stay a short one.
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.
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.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - For want of an iPod, a billion-dollar lawsuit may be in jeopardy.
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.
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.
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.
NEW YORK (AP) - Watch out world, the Girl Scouts are going digital to sell you cookies.
NEW YORK (AP) - Cyber Monday is turning into Cyber Month.
DETROIT (AP) - At least 36 people have died and 44 have been seriously injured in crashes involving General Motors cars with defective ignition switches.
NEW YORK (AP) - Black Friday seemed a little less crazy this year.
NEW YORK (AP) - Black Friday shoppers are starting to look like procrastinators.
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.