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How to maximize your benefits for Social Security in retirement

I have been getting more and more e-mails from readers in their late 50s and early 60s who are doing some retirement planning and looking for ways to get the best return on their Social Security "investment." That's why I decided to produce a fact sheet that I call "Five Ways To Maximize Your Social Security Benefits." The fact sheet is too long to reproduce in this column. So, I am going to just briefly summarize its contents and then invite readers who want more information to send me an e-mail asking for a free electronic copy of the ...

October 26, 2012 | | Nationwide


US economy expands at modest 2% pace

WASHINGTON (AP) - The latest snapshot of economic growth shows the U.S. recovery remains tepid.

October 26, 2012 | | Nationwide


Windows 8 to bridge gap between personal computers, mobile devices

SEATTLE (AP) - Microsoft launched a radical redesign of its world-dominating Windows operating system Thursday, introducing a touch-enabled interface that attempts to bridge the gap between personal computers and fast-growing mobile devices powered by the company's fiercest competitors.

October 25, 2012 | | Nationwide


Apple warns of holiday earnings drop

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple has a new iPhone, two new iPads and three new PCs as it heads into the holiday quarter, the biggest selling season of the year. But, paradoxically, it expects these new gadgets to bring down its profits compared to last year.

October 25, 2012 | | Nationwide


Diamond Foods to restate more financial results

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Diamond Foods Inc. said Thursday that it will restate two additional quarters of financial data as the snack food company tries to clean up the fallout from its improper accounting of payments to walnut growers.

October 25, 2012 | | Nationwide


Amazon posts 1st loss since July 2003

SEATTLE (AP) - Amazon reported third-quarter results below Wall Street's expectations on Thursday - including a large loss, weighed by its stake in online deals service LivingSocial and continued spending on its Kindle business and distribution centers.

October 25, 2012 | | Nationwide


Group of CEOs urges tax hikes, spending cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) - CEOs from more than 80 major U.S. companies are pressing Congress to reduce the federal deficit by raising taxes and cutting spending. The deficit and how to tame it has become a key theme in the presidential campaign.

October 25, 2012 | | Nationwide


Facebook shares post biggest single-day gain

MENLO PARK (AP) - Facebook's stock gained the most in a single day Wednesday since it began trading in May, a sign that the social media company's complicated relationship with Wall Street may be getting brighter.

October 24, 2012 | | Nationwide


Zynga posts 3Q loss, shares jump after-hours

SAM FRANCISCO (AP) - Battered shares of Zynga Inc. soared in after-hours trading Wednesday after the social gaming company posted stronger-than-expected revenue for the third quarter and said it will enter the gambling business.

October 24, 2012 | | Nationwide


Windows 8: Make-or-break moment for Microsoft CEO

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer can't afford to be wrong about Windows 8.

October 24, 2012 | | Nationwide


ABC News wants 'pink slime' lawsuit in fed court

NORTH SIOUX CITY, S.D. (AP) - Lawyers for ABC News are asking to have a defamation lawsuit against the company filed by a South Dakota beef processing plant transferred from circuit court to federal court.

October 24, 2012 | | Nationwide


Fed cites moderate growth, takes no new action

Fed cites moderate growth, takes no new action

October 24, 2012 | | Nationwide


Apple's iPad Mini much pricier than rivals

SAN JOSE (AP) - Apple Inc.'s pencil-thin, smaller iPad will cost much more than its competitors, signaling that the company isn't going to get into a mini-tablet price war.

October 23, 2012 | | Nationwide


Facebook 3Q results show mobile ad growth to help send stock up 13 percent

MENLO PARK (AP) - Facebook finally has proof that it can make money from mobile advertising.

October 23, 2012 | | Nationwide


Disabled patients to benefit from coming Medicare change

WASHINGTON (AP) - Thousands of Medicare patients with severe chronic illnesses such as Alzheimer's would get continuing access to rehab and other services under a change agreed to by the Obama administration, advocates said Tuesday.

October 23, 2012 | | Nationwide


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FDA approves injection for melting away double-chin fat

NEW YORK (AP) - The Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday it approved an injection designed to melt away double-chin fat.

April 29, 2015 | | Nationwide


Corinthian students may loans forgiven

WASHINGTON (AP) - A top education official said Wednesday that the 16,000 former Corinthian Colleges students who saw their campuses abruptly close this week will automatically have their federal student loans discharged - but only if they agree to forgo any credits they earned at the schools.

April 29, 2015 | | Nationwide


Forget the watch: Apple’s iPhones are still main event

CUPERTINO (AP) - The iPhone is still the engine behind Apple's phenomenal success, even if attention lately has been focused on its new smartwatch.

April 27, 2015 | | Nationwide


Corinthian closes remaining 28 campuses

WASHINGTON (AP) - Corinthian Colleges canceled classes Monday and shut down all of its remaining 28 ground campuses, displacing about 16,000 students, less than two weeks after the Education Department announced it was fining the for-profit institution $30 million for misrepresentation.

April 27, 2015 | | Nationwide


North Dakota farmers planting crop to be made into jet fuel

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Western North Dakota farmers this year have agreed to plant 6,000 acres of a crop that can be made into jet fuel.

April 27, 2015 | | Nationwide


Google lavishes chairman with $109M pay package

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Google paid its billionaire Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt nearly $109 million last year while the company's stock slumped.

April 23, 2015 | | Nationwide


Nasdaq sets record high, 15 years after dot-com bubble

NEW YORK (AP) - Fifteen years, one month and thirteen days.

April 23, 2015 | | Nationwide


Trucking group urges move to speed limiters

DETROIT (AP) - The nation's largest trucking industry group wants the government to get moving on a rule requiring electronic speed-limiting devices on big rigs.

April 20, 2015 | | Nationwide


Willie Nelson becomes latest celebrity in marijuana business

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Country music star Willie Nelson announced plans Monday to roll out his own brand of marijuana, capitalizing on his association with pot and the unofficial stoner holiday, 4/20.

April 20, 2015 | | Nationwide


Kraft Mac & Cheese shedding the dyes

NEW YORK (AP) - This is the last year that the original version of Kraft Mac & Cheese sold in the U.S. will contain artificial preservatives or synthetic colors.

April 20, 2015 | | Nationwide


Obama signs overhaul of how Medicare pays doctors

WASHINGTON (AP) - Ending years of last-minute fixes, President Barack Obama on Thursday signed legislation permanently changing how Medicare pays doctors, a rare bipartisan achievement by Democrats and Republicans.

April 17, 2015 | | Nationwide


Don’t panic, college seniors: Jobs for grads likely to grow

WASHINGTON (AP) - The consulting and accounting firm EY is aggressively recruiting on college campuses this spring. The company formerly known as Ernst & Young plans to hire 9,000 graduates from U.S. universities this year, up from 7,500 in 2014. But recruiting isn't as easy as it used to be.

April 17, 2015 | | Nationwide


WikiLeaks site creates online archive of hacked Sony documents

NEW YORK (AP) - Sony's hacking problems aren't over yet.

April 17, 2015 | | Nationwide


US prescription drugs pending jumped 13%

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - U.S. spending on prescription drugs soared last year, driven up primarily by costly breakthrough medicines, manufacturer price hikes and a surge from millions of people newly insured due to the Affordable Care Act.

April 13, 2015 | | Nationwide


NY attorney general questions work practices of 13 retailers

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York's attorney general has launched an inquiry into 13 major retailers, questioning the practice of keeping workers on call for shifts on short notice and possible violations of the state requirement to pay hourly staff for at least four hours when they report for work.

April 13, 2015 | | Nationwide


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