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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.

July 16, 2012 | | Nationwide


Google exec Mayer named Yahoo CEO

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.

July 16, 2012 | | Nationwide


Consumer bureau to police credit reporting bureaus

NEW YORK (AP) - The companies that determine Americans' credit scores are about to come under scrutiny by the country's new consumer watchdog.

July 16, 2012 | | Nationwide


Needles found in sandwiches on 4 Delta flights

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.

July 16, 2012 | | Nationwide


War on pensions moves to new target in Stockton

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.

July 13, 2012 | | Nationwide


Macy's wins temporary block against Martha Stewart

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.

July 13, 2012 | | Nationwide


Prosecutor: Iowa-based CEO carried out $200M fraud

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.

July 13, 2012 | | Nationwide


Suspending your benefits before they even start

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?

July 13, 2012 | | Nationwide


Developers pull plans for New Mexico ghost town to study new technology

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.

July 13, 2012 | | Nationwide


US rowing team outfitted with Philly-made gear

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.

July 13, 2012 | | Nationwide


Visa, MasterCard in $6B settlement over card fees

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.

July 13, 2012 | | Nationwide


NM on verge of repossessing state's supercomputer

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.

July 12, 2012 | | Nationwide


Yahoo confirms theft of 450,000 users' passwords

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.

July 12, 2012 | | Nationwide


Scam claiming President Obama offering to pay utility bills proves costly for thousands

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - As much as President Barack Obama wants your vote, he's not actually offering to pay your monthly bills.

July 12, 2012 | | Nationwide


NBC launches 2 apps to watch the Olympics

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.

July 12, 2012 | | Nationwide


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Survival and defeat in Silicon Valley slum

SAN JOSE (AP) - She's a disheveled woman, upper teeth gone, heavy bags slung over her shoulders as she nervously urges on two friends shoving her overloaded shopping cart up a dirt slope. Maria Esther Salazar has been either homeless, in jail, or squatting at someone else's house for 30 years.

July 08, 2014 | | Nationwide


Firms post most jobs in 7 years in May

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. employers advertised more jobs in May than in any month in the past seven years, a sign that this year's strong hiring trend is likely to continue.

July 08, 2014 | | Nationwide


Math, science grads earn top dollar

WASHINGTON (AP) - What you study - math and science are a plus - seems to matter more than whether your alma mater is public or private when it comes to finding a high-paying job after college, according to a report released Tuesday by the Education Department.

July 08, 2014 | | Nationwide


Luxury Rolls-Royce car sales soar

LONDON (AP) - They are rolling symbols of wealth and excess, starting at $263,000 a pop, with many buyers choosing custom options that can easily double the price. And they are more popular than ever before.

July 08, 2014 | | Nationwide


Settlement reached in Remington suit

ST. LOUIS (AP) - One of the nation's leading gun manufacturers has reached a settlement in a nationwide lawsuit claiming a popular hunting rifle has a defective trigger mechanism that can cause injury and death.

July 08, 2014 | | Nationwide


After Aereo, what’s next for Internet TV?

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Supreme Court shot down Aereo's business model this week, but that doesn't mean customers' desire for a better TV experience is gone.

June 26, 2014 | | Nationwide


Ikea raises hourly pay for US retail workers

NEW YORK (AP) - Ikea's U.S. division is raising the minimum wage for thousands of its retail workers, pegging it to the cost of living in each location, instead of its competition.

June 26, 2014 | | Nationwide


Nike 4th quarter net income tops estimates

NEW YORK (AP) - Nike's fiscal fourth-quarter net income rose 5 percent as higher revenue in most geographic regions offset heavy investments in marketing for the World Cup soccer tournament.

June 26, 2014 | | Nationwide


Stocks move lower on Wall Street, led by banks

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks are closing lower on Wall Street, with banks posting some of the biggest declines.

June 26, 2014 | | Nationwide


Study: Angelenos spend more on housing than others

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A new study finds half of households in metropolitan Los Angeles spend at least 30 percent of their income on rent or mortgage payments - the highest rate among U.S. cities.

June 26, 2014 | | Nationwide


Analysts predict slower June sales for GM

DETROIT (AP) - A number of analysts are predicting that General Motors' June U.S. sales will underperform the overall auto industry, putting the company in danger of losing market share at a critical time.

June 26, 2014 | | Nationwide


Google shows off new Android gadgets at conference

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Some 1 billion people are now using Android devices, Google said as the company kicked off its two-day developer conference Wednesday in San Francisco.

June 25, 2014 | | Nationwide


Stocks edge higher despite economic data

NEW YORK (AP) - The U.S. stock market inched modestly higher Wednesday, recovering more than half of what it lost the day before, as investors were able to set aside two disappointing economic reports.

June 25, 2014 | | Nationwide


Justices rule for broadcasters in fight with Aereo

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a startup Internet company has to pay broadcasters when it takes television programs from the airwaves and allows subscribers to watch them on smartphones and other portable devices.

June 25, 2014 | | Nationwide


Moody’s upgrades California’s credit to Aa3

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's credit rating is rebounding, reflecting the relative stability of its state budget.

June 25, 2014 | | Nationwide


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