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Same-sex marriage & Social Security

Q. I am a 61-year-old gay man who is about to retire. I have a 60-year-old partner. We have been together now for 38 years. I have worked all my life. My partner has spent most of his life as a stay-at-home husband and father. (Yes, we raised a son and daughter, both of whom are now very successful.) I really enjoy your column and have learned a lot from it. But I have never seen a column in which you have discussed Social Security issues that impact gays and lesbians, especially with respect to benefits for spouses. What can ...

September 14, 2012 | | Nationwide


Rising gas prices crimps spending

WASHINGTON (AP) - Higher gas prices are crimping consumer spending and slowing the already-weak U.S. economy. And they could get worse in the coming months.

September 14, 2012 | | Nationwide


NYC bans big, sugary drinks at restaurants

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City cracked down on the sale of supersized sodas and other sugary drinks Thursday in what was celebrated by some as a groundbreaking attempt to curb obesity but condemned by others as a blatant intrusion into people's lives by a busybody mayor.

September 13, 2012 | | Nationwide


ABC News sued for defamation over 'pink slime'

NORTH SIOUX CITY, S.D. (AP) - Beef Products Inc. sued ABC News, Inc. for defamation Thursday over its coverage of a meat product that critics dub "pink slime," claiming the network damaged the company by misleading consumers into believing it is unhealthy and unsafe.

September 13, 2012 | | Nationwide


Nintendo's Wii U to launch Nov. 18, starting price at $300

NEW YORK (AP) - Nintendo has a knack for changing the course of video games, appealing to the masses from kids to grandparents even if its technology isn't the most advanced.

September 13, 2012 | | Nationwide


Canada auto union offers wage cuts, weighs strike

TORONTO (AP) - The Canadian Auto Workers union has proposed wage cuts for new employees at Detroit's three big automakers in the hopes of averting a strike next week, the union's secretary-treasurer said Thursday.

September 13, 2012 | | Nationwide


Tall, skinny iPhone in US stores Sept. 21

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - For the first time, the iPhone is growing even as it slims down. After sticking for five years to the same screen size, Apple on Wednesday revealed a new phone that's taller, and has a bigger display.

September 12, 2012 | | Nationwide


Docs: NYC ban on big, sugary drinks could help

NEW YORK (AP) - The era of the supersized cola may come to an end in New York City on Thursday, when health officials are expected to approve an unprecedented 16-ounce limit on sodas and other sugary drinks at restaurants, delis and movie theaters. But will it actually translate into better health?

September 12, 2012 | | Nationwide


Common type of rail car has dangerous design flaw

Common type of rail car has dangerous design flaw

September 12, 2012 | | Nationwide


Gas prices hit $8.66 in NJ, Pa. in protest

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J. (AP) - More than 50 Lukoil gas stations in New Jersey and Pennsylvania jacked up prices to more than $8 a gallon Wednesday to protest what they say are unfair pricing practices by Lukoil North America that leave them at a competitive disadvantage.

September 12, 2012 | | Nationwide


Zuckerberg: Time to 'double down ' on Facebook after stock plummets

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg hasn't enjoyed seeing his company's stock get pummeled on Wall Street this summer, but he is relishing the opportunity to prove his critics wrong.

September 11, 2012 | | Nationwide


Premiums for family health plans hit $15,745

WASHINGTON (AP) - Annual premiums for job-based family health insurance went up just 4 percent this year, but that's no comfort with the price tag approaching $16,000 and rising more than twice as fast as wages.

September 11, 2012 | | Nationwide


Suspect in officer's stabbing released from prison

FRESNO (AP) - Police say the man suspected of killing one woman and stabbing another woman and a police officer in Fresno had recently been released from prison.

September 11, 2012 | | Nationwide


IRS pays whistleblower $104 million

WASHINGTON (AP) - First, the government threw Bradley Birkenfeld in prison for helping a former client at UBS AG hide his wealth from the Internal Revenue Service. Now, as part of the same case, the IRS has awarded the former banker $104 million - yes, million - for helping expose the widespread tax evasion scheme by the Swiss banking behemoth.

September 11, 2012 | | Nationwide


Employers posted\ fewer openings for jobs in July

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. employers posted fewer jobs in July than in June, further evidence that hiring may stay weak in the coming months.

September 11, 2012 | | Nationwide


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World’s tallest observation wheel falls short on riders

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The world's tallest observation wheel hasn't quite reached the elevated expectations of its owner.

March 09, 2015 | | Nationwide


A golden MacBook, HBO on your iPhone & the Watch

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - All eyes were focused on the watch, but Apple CEO Tim Cook also unveiled a new MacBook and announced other deals at a company event Monday in San Francisco.

March 09, 2015 | | Nationwide


FDA keeps warning about suicide on Chantix

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Food and Drug Administration is keeping a bold-letter warning on Pfizer's anti-smoking drug Chantix about suicidal behavior and other psychiatric side effects, after reviewing company findings suggesting the drug does not increase those problems.

March 09, 2015 | | Nationwide


Snuggie seller settles charges that it deceived customers

NEW YORK (AP) - The company behind the Snuggie, Perfect Bacon Bowl and other "As Seen on TV" products has agreed to pay $8 million to settle charges that it deceived customers.

March 05, 2015 | | Nationwide


Google providing car insurance quotes in latest net expansion

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Google is helping California drivers shop for car insurance as part of a new service that could foreshadow the Internet company's latest attempt to shake up a long-established industry.

March 05, 2015 | | Nationwide


FDA study finds hardly any evidence of antibiotics in milk

WASHINGTON (AP) - In an encouraging development for consumers worried about antibiotics in their milk, a new Food and Drug Administration study showed little evidence of drug contamination after surveying almost 2,000 dairy farms.

March 05, 2015 | | Nationwide


Ringling Bros. giving up elephant acts

POLK CITY, Fla. (AP) - The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus says the "Greatest Show on Earth" will go on without elephants.

March 05, 2015 | | Nationwide


SIZE DOES MATTER

NEW YORK (AP) - There was a time you could count on phones getting larger each year. Samsung's runaway success with the big-screen smartphone even spurred Apple to release a supersized model last fall. But if phones get any bigger will they be too hard to use?

March 04, 2015 | | Nationwide


Facebook & NBA: ‘Lean in’ for women

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg has enlisted NBA stars LeBron James, Stephen Curry and some of the basketball league's other top players to convince more men to join the fight for women's rights at home and at work.

March 04, 2015 | | Nationwide


Uber heads in new mapping direction

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Uber Technologies is buying digital mapping specialist deCarta in a deal that may help the rapidly growing ride-hailing service lessen its dependence on navigation services from Google and Apple, an imposing pair of potential rivals.

March 04, 2015 | | Nationwide


McDonald’s chicken drops human antibiotics

NEW YORK (AP) - McDonald's says it plans to require chicken suppliers to stop using antibiotics important to human medicine within two years.

March 04, 2015 | | Nationwide


BUSINESS NEWS

• ALIBABA OPENS DATA CENTER IN SILICON VALLEY: SAN JOSE (AP) - The cloud-computing unit of Chinese e-commerce powerhouse Alibaba is making its first foray into the U.S. by opening a data center in Silicon Valley.

March 04, 2015 | | Nationwide


Sony plans to launch gaming virtual-reality headset in 2016

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Sony plans on putting its virtual-reality headset on consumers' noggins next year.

March 04, 2015 | | Nationwide


Men’s testosterone drugs overused

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Food and Drug Administration is warning doctors against over-prescribing testosterone-boosting drugs for men, saying the popular treatments have not been established as safe or effective for common age-related issues like low libido and fatigue.

March 03, 2015 | | Nationwide


Why your laptop battery won’t kill you

NEW YORK (AP) - News on Tuesday that major U.S. airlines are no longer going to ship powerful lithium-ion batteries might lead some to fret about the safety of their personal electronic devices.

March 03, 2015 | | Nationwide


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