NEW YORK (AP) - The release of Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system is a week away, and consumers are in for a shock. Windows, used in one form or another for a generation, is getting a completely different look that will force users to learn new ways to get things done.
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.
DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) - Elvis Presley had one; so did Clark Gable. It was even the sedan of presidents. Then the name vanished amid an invasion of newer luxury cars from Europe and Asia.
MEXICO CITY (AP) - Export-oriented commercial farms in Mexico's Baja California state say they have offered farm workers a 15-percent wage increase to end a two-week-old strike.
NEW YORK (AP) - A McMuffin for dinner? It might happen, as McDonald's plans to test an all-day breakfast at some locations in the San Diego area starting next month.
SEATTLE (AP) - Amazon.com is introducing a referral service to help people to get projects and chores done around their homes.
NEW YORK (AP) - Madonna, Rihanna, Beyonce and Jay Z are among the A-List musicians who are co-owners of Tidal, a streaming service being billed as the first artist-owned platform for music and video.
DETROIT (AP) - Volvo Cars is planning to build its first-ever U.S. assembly plant as part of a push to increase sales here.
NEW YORK (AP) - StubHub is suing Ticketmaster and the Golden State Warriors, alleging it unfairly required fans looking to resell tickets to use Ticketmaster's resale exchange.
DETROIT (AP) - Tesla Motors says it will reveal a new product next month, but it's not a car.
NEW YORK (AP) - It was a tempest in a coffee cup.
NEW YORK (AP) - Americans bought less soda for the 10th straight year in 2014, with diet sodas shrinking more than their sugary counterparts, according to a report released Thursday.
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A hearing on whether to approve the bankruptcy sale of assets of electronics retailer RadioShack opened Thursday with the company seeking court approval of the purported winning bid, and an attorney for a losing bidder describing the auction as a sham and asking a Delaware judge to reopen the sale process.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - For anyone who's ever dreamed of being on "American Idol" or "The Voice" as a performer or judge, a new app seeks to make their fantasy come true.
NEW YORK (AP) - New phones from Samsung and HTC will be available in U.S. stores starting April 10.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Facebook's Messenger app is evolving into a multitasking tool equipped to send an animated fist bump to a friend at one moment and then get a little business done in the next.
WASHINGTON (AP) - IRS workers would be prohibited from using private email to conduct official business under a bipartisan bill passed Wednesday by the House Ways and Means Committee.