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A few questions from widows

Q. I am a 54-year-old widow. My husband died a couple years ago. My children are all grown. I am having a hard time making ends meet, and so I am very puzzled as to why I can't get widow's benefits now. Why do only older women get widow's benefits? I have just as many bills and problems as they do. What could possibly be the justification for denying me my husband's benefits just because I'm not yet a senior citizen?

September 21, 2012 | | Nationwide


Darden profit rises ahead of Olive Garden revamp

NEW YORK (AP) - Darden Restaurants Inc. on Friday reported a better-than-expected profit for its fiscal first quarter as it prepared to revamp the menus for its struggling Olive Garden and Red Lobster chains.

September 21, 2012 | | Nationwide


Philly developer ticks off city by cleaning up lot

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - There's a lot of trouble brewing next to a coffee house in a fast-developing neighborhood.

September 21, 2012 | | Nationwide


iPhone 5 launch draws Apple fans worldwide to mob retail stores

CUPERTINO (AP) - In a now familiar global ritual, Apple fans jammed shops across the globe to pick up the tech juggernaut's latest iPhone.

September 21, 2012 | | Nationwide


Asian energy boom threatens Montana ranches

ROUNDUP, Mont. (AP) - The big mining companies first came knocking on Ellen Pfister's door in the 1970s, ready to tap the huge coal deposits beneath her family's eastern Montana ranch.

September 21, 2012 | | Nationwide


Oracle's 1Q earnings rise 11 pct despite sales dip for software

REDWOOD SHORES (AP) - Oracle joined a recent procession of technology companies that have stumbled in a shaky economy, but management's forecast for the next few months seemed to persuade investors the business software maker will quickly regain its stride.

September 20, 2012 | | Nationwide


Bay Area briefs

Father of murder suspect tried for molesting girls

September 20, 2012 | | Nationwide


Economists say employment will pick up in Calif.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Employment will pick up slowly this year and next in California with economists expecting the state's unemployment rate to drop to 8.5 percent in 2014.

September 20, 2012 | | Nationwide


Higher stock prices help Americans regain wealth

WASHINGTON (AP) - A jump in the stock market and rising home prices are bringing Americans closer to regaining the wealth they lost in the recession.

September 20, 2012 | | Nationwide


New Maps app rare Apple flub

CUPERTINO (AP) - With a touch of geek whimsy, Google Maps warns anyone who seeks walking directions to Mordor -the land of evil in "The Lord of the Rings"- to use caution. "One does not simply walk into Mordor," it says. Apple is finding this week that creating an alternative to Google Maps isn't a simple walk, either.

September 20, 2012 | | Nationwide


Groupon launches payments service

NEW YORK (AP) - Groupon launched a payment service Wednesday that allows businesses to accept credit cards using an iPhone or iPod Touch, becoming the latest company to enter the growing mobile payments market.

September 19, 2012 | | Nationwide


Trulia prices IPO of 6M shares at $17 each

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Real estate website operator Trulia Inc. said Wednesday it has priced its planned initial public stock offering at $17 each, above its expected range.

September 19, 2012 | | Nationwide


Premiums inching higher for popular Medicare plans

WASHINGTON (AP) - Monthly premiums for popular private insurance plans through Medicare are only inching up next year, the Obama administration said Wednesday, trumpeting good news for skeptical older voters on a closely watched election-year issue.

September 19, 2012 | | Nationwide


Apple closes above $700 for first time

NEW YORK (AP) - Apple's stock closed above $700 for the first time on Tuesday, the day after it announced that orders for its iPhone 5 topped 2 million in the first 24 hours.

September 18, 2012 | | Nationwide


Odd News

CUSTOMS PROBES USE OF HELICOPTER FOR SCHOOL STUNT: McLEAN, Va. (AP) - After a government helicopter was used in an over-the-top invitation to a high school dance, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials are reviewing the incident and an agency pilot has been reassigned.

September 18, 2012 | | Nationwide


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Google teams up with wireless carriers to combat Apple Pay

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Aiming to undercut Apple's latest hit service, Google is teaming up with three major U.S. wireless carriers to prod more people into using its mobile wallet.

February 23, 2015 | | Nationwide


Man wins $1.52M in NJ’s largest online jackpot

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - A royal flush led to a king-sized payout for a New Jersey man playing cards online in the state's largest-ever Internet gambling jackpot.

February 23, 2015 | | Nationwide


‘Modern Family’ episode takes place only online

LOS ANGELES (AP) - How to keep the "modern" in "Modern Family" in its sixth season? Create an episode that plays out completely on a computer and in the realm of social media.

February 17, 2015 | | Nationwide


Did NSA plant its spyware around world?

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Did the National Security Agency plant spyware deep in the hard drives of thousands of computers used by foreign governments, banks and other surveillance targets around the world?

February 17, 2015 | | Nationwide


Raley’s marks 80th year of its first store

WEST SACRAMENTO - Raley's Supermarkets marked its 80th year on Sunday.

February 17, 2015 | | Nationwide


Juggling too many remotes? Try this touch screen device

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - How many remotes does it take to watch television, stream Netflix or record your favorite show on DVR?

February 17, 2015 | | Nationwide


Drugmaker resubmits women’s sex pill

WASHINGTON (AP) - The makers of a twice-rejected pill designed to boost sexual desire in women are hoping a yearlong lobbying push by politicians, women's groups and consumer advocates will move their much-debated drug onto the market.

February 17, 2015 | | Nationwide


Now someone can manage your Facebook after you die

MENLO PARK (AP) - Facebook is making it easier to plan for your online afterlife.

February 12, 2015 | | Nationwide


Retailers fret as products languish on ships, docks

LOS ANGELES (AP) - It's early for many Americans still sloshing through winter to plan their gardens, home improvements and spring sports leagues, but stores gearing up for warmer weather are fretting that they won't have some products to sell due to a labor crisis at West Coast seaports.

February 12, 2015 | | Nationwide


Zynga reports loss of $4.5M

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Zynga Inc. (ZNGA) on Thursday reported a loss of $45.1 million in its fourth quarter.

February 12, 2015 | | Nationwide


Expedia to buy Orbitz, further shift in online travel bookings

NEW YORK (AP) - A wave of deals in the online travel industry has increasingly put some familiar names under two corporate umbrellas: Expedia and Priceline.

February 12, 2015 | | Nationwide


IRS apologizes for seizing small business bank accounts

WASHINGTON (AP) - Pressured by Congress, the IRS said Wednesday it is changing its policies and apologizing for seizing banks accounts from otherwise law-abiding business owners simply because they structured bank transactions to avoid federal reporting requirements.

February 11, 2015 | | Nationwide


Tesla’s 4Q profit falls on strong dollar, delayed shipments

FREMONT (AP) - Electric car maker Tesla Motors' fourth-quarter loss widened to $107.6 million because of the impact of the strong dollar and a delay in shipments of its new all-wheel-drive Model S sedan.

February 11, 2015 | | Nationwide


Cybersecurity firm FireEye stock up

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - FireEye Inc., the high-profile computer security company called in to investigate massive hacks at Sony Pictures and Anthem, reported fourth-quarter earnings Wednesday that show its business is growing but profit so far remains elusive.

February 11, 2015 | | Nationwide


Panera beats profit forecasts

ST. LOUIS (AP) - ST. LOUIS (AP) - Panera Bread Co. (PNRA) on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter net income of $48.5 million.

February 11, 2015 | | Nationwide


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