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Decoding Social Security ‘claim’ numbers

Q. I am 78 years old. I've had a Social Security number since I was about 20. For many years, my Medicare card showed my husband's Social Security number with a letter "B" behind it. Somebody at a Social Security office once told me this meant I was getting wife's benefits on his record. How does the letter "B" stand for a wife? And now that my husband has died, I've received a new Medicare card, and it now has my husband's number with a letter "D." Does this mean "deceased?"

June 29, 2012 | | Nationwide


401(k) fee transparency rules take effect Sunday

NEW YORK (AP) - Federal disclosure rules that go into effect Sunday will make it easier for workers and retirees to see how much their 401(k) accounts are being docked in fees.

June 29, 2012 | | Nationwide


Solyndra wants more time to file bankruptcy plan in Delaware court

DOVER, Del. (AP) - A California-based solar panel manufacturer that received a half-billion dollar loan from the federal government before filing for bankruptcy protection is asking for more time to file a reorganization plan.

June 29, 2012 | | Nationwide


Hospital stocks jump after health care ruling

WASHINGTON (AP) - Hospital stocks rose sharply Thursday after the Supreme Court guaranteed them millions more paying customers by upholding the core of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

June 28, 2012 | | Nationwide


Google releases Chrome browser for iPhone, iPad

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Google's Chrome browser can now be used to surf the Web on the iPhone and iPad.

June 28, 2012 | | Nationwide


3rd solar firm that got DOE loan to declare bankruptcy

WASHINGTON (AP) - A Colorado-based solar panel maker that received a $400 million loan guarantee from the Obama administration said Thursday it will file for bankruptcy, the latest setback for an industry battered by the recession and stiff competition from companies in China.

June 28, 2012 | | Nationwide


Google to sell prototype of futuristic glasses

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Google is making prototypes of its futuristic, Internet-connected glasses available for people to test out.

June 27, 2012 | | Nationwide


Google sells small tablet, challenges Kindle Fire

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Google unveiled its attempt to catch up to Apple and Amazon in the growing market for tablet computers. It also provided a titillating glimpse at its vision of a digital future through the mind-boggling lens of Internet-connected glasses.

June 27, 2012 | | Nationwide


Faster search, better photo sharing in new Android

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Faster ways to search content on the Internet and share photos between two phones are promised in the next version of Google's Android operating system for mobile devices.

June 27, 2012 | | Nationwide


Reno OKs tax breaks for Apple project

RENO, Nev. (AP) - The Reno City Council on Wednesday unanimously approved tax breaks to coax Apple Inc. to open two facilities in northern Nevada as part of a $1 billion investment over 10 years.

June 27, 2012 | | Nationwide


Zynga expands game line up amid investor doubts on stratgey

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Web game maker Zynga is trying to turn its digital playground into an even more entertaining place, working to prove wrong investors who doubt that it can build a long-lasting business.

June 26, 2012 | | Nationwide


CDC trying out free AIDS tests at drugstores in pilot program

ATLANTA (AP) - Getting an AIDS test at the drugstore could become as common as a flu shot or blood pressure check, if a new pilot program takes off.

June 26, 2012 | | Nationwide


Feds: Sting targeted online financial fraud

NEW YORK (AP) - Two dozen people on four continents, including alleged two hackers from New York, have been arrested in an elaborate sting targeting a black market for online financial fraud, federal officials said Tuesday.

June 26, 2012 | | Nationwide


Quest Software gets higher takeover bid of $2.32B

ALISO VIEJO (AP) - Quest Software Inc. said Monday that it received a higher buyout offer worth about $2.32 billion from an unnamed buyer, ramping up the battle for the technology services provider.

June 25, 2012 | | Nationwide


Microsoft buying Internet startup Yammer for $1.2B to add Facebook style sharing

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Microsoft is buying Internet startup Yammer for $1.2 billion in an attempt to bring Facebook-like sharing features to its widely used suite of business software applications.

June 25, 2012 | | Nationwide


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Univ. of Phoenix faces government financial aid review

NEW YORK (AP) - Apollo Education Group said the U.S. Department of Education will review the administration of federal student financial aid programs by its University of Phoenix subsidiary.

July 14, 2014 | | Nationwide


Consumer bureau sues law firm

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau sued a major debt collection law firm on Monday, alleging it is a "mill" that produces shoddy, mass-produced credit-card collection lawsuits.

July 14, 2014 | | Nationwide


Citigroup to pay $7B in mortgages probe

WASHINGTON (AP) - Citigroup has agreed to pay $7 billion to settle a federal investigation into its handling of risky subprime mortgages, admitting to a pattern of deception that Attorney General Eric Holder said "shattered lives" and contributed to the worst financial crisis in decades, the Justice Department said Monday.

July 14, 2014 | | Nationwide


1,153 Trump Plaza workers to lose jobs

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - Job losses at Trump Plaza when the Atlantic City casino shuts down in September will be even worse than expected.

July 14, 2014 | | Nationwide


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


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