SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Like a lot of math geeks, Marissa Mayer enjoys tackling complex problems. She will find plenty of those as the latest CEO at Yahoo. The troubled company has turned into a vexing brain-twister as its financial performance has steadily deteriorated even though it still boasts one of the Internet's biggest audiences and best-known brands.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Viacom has decided to let new episodes of "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" and "The Colbert Report" be shown on its websites, easing a blockade of online viewings that it imposed last week in a fee dispute with DirecTV.
WALTONVILLE, Ill. (AP) - The nation's widest drought in decades is spreading, with more than half of the continental United States now in some stage of drought and most of the rest enduring abnormally dry conditions.
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.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Federal Trade Commission says the operators of a website called Jerk.com are the ones behaving badly.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The government has raised its payment estimate for Medicare Advantage plans months ahead of a busy election season during which cuts to the program promise to be a key focus for politicians and voters.
NEW YORK (AP) - As KFC struggles in the U.S., parent company Yum Brands is testing a new chicken restaurant called Super Chix.
MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Google is poised to split its stock using an unusual method aimed at keeping co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin in control of the Internet's most powerful company.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The fix for a faulty ignition switch linked to 13 traffic deaths would have cost just 57 cents, members of Congress said Tuesday as they demanded answers from General Motors' new CEO on why the automaker took 10 years to recall cars with the defect.
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama Tuesday signed into law legislation to give doctors temporary relief from a flawed Medicare payment formula that threatened them with a 24 percent cut in their fees.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Caterpillar Inc. executives defended a tax strategy Tuesday that has saved the manufacturing giant billions in U.S. taxes. They got support from Republican senators, including one who said the company deserves an award.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Tourists began taking in the view Monday from a skyline-changing observation wheel that offers a unique overview of sparkling Las Vegas Strip resorts, wide skies and craggy brown mountains in the distance.
DETROIT (AP) - As the deaths are tallied from General Motors' delayed recall of compact cars, one thing is becoming clear: Of those killed, the majority were young.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Years late, the Transportation Department issued a rule Monday that will require rearview technology in all new cars and many light trucks - an effort to reduce deaths and serious injuries caused by backup accidents.
SAN JOSE (AP) - An online dating service is encouraging its users to stop using the Firefox web browser because the new CEO of the company that makes it supported California's former gay marriage ban.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Microsoft has released an iPad version of its popular Office software suite, a breakthrough heralding a new era under a CEO who promises to focus more on the devices that people are using instead of trying to protect the company's lucrative Windows franchise.
NEW YORK (AP) - Every month that Gregory Zbylut pays $1,300 toward his law school loans is another month of not qualifying for a decent mortgage.
ELK POINT, S.D. (AP) - A South Dakota judge on Thursday refused to throw out a defamation lawsuit against ABC related to its coverage of a meat product called lean, finely textured beef, which critics have dubbed "pink slime."
NEW YORK (AP) - Taco Bell is name-dropping an unlikely clown to promote its new breakfast menu - Ronald McDonald.