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Bank downgrades could hurt loans, credit cards

NEW YORK (AP) - When a major bank's credit rating is cut, it deals a psychological blow - to customers, the public and financial markets.

June 22, 2012 | | Nationwide


Best time to start benefits?

Q. My husband is 66 years old. I'm only 60. We are having an argument about Social Security. He insists on waiting until age 70 to get his full benefits plus the delayed retirement bonus. I say he should take Social Security now. If he doesn't, he'll be throwing away thousands of dollars. But he says he's run the numbers, and he comes out in the long run by waiting until 70 to take his Social Security. Which one of us is right?

June 22, 2012 | | Nationwide


First Tesla electric sedans hit the road

FREMONT (AP) - Electric car maker Tesla's first mass-market sedans took to the road Friday, but it's not certain whether their debut will make or break the fledgling company.

June 22, 2012 | | Nationwide


It costs $1.36 to charge an iPad for a year

CUPERTINO (AP) - That coffee you're drinking while gazing at your iPad? It cost more than all the electricity needed to run those games, emails, videos and news stories for a year.

June 21, 2012 | | Nationwide


Weak job market weighing on broader economy

WASHINGTON (AP) - The sluggish job market is weighing on the U.S. economy three years after the Great Recession ended. And the signs suggest hiring may not strengthen any time soon.

June 21, 2012 | | Nationwide


Moody's cuts credit ratings of 15 major banks

NEW YORK (AP) - Moody's Investors Service lowered the credit ratings of 15 major banks Thursday, including Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase and Goldman Sachs, saying their long-term prospects for profitability and growth are shrinking.

June 21, 2012 | | Nationwide


Google stock split wins approval; CEO loses voice

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Google shareholders gave CEO Larry Page what he wanted Thursday by approving an unconventional stock split meant to cement his authority, but he wasn't around to hail the victory.

June 21, 2012 | | Nationwide


Twitter site down for brief outage on Thursday

NEW YORK (AP) - Twitter users were unable to access the micro-blogging service for part of Thursday.

June 21, 2012 | | Nationwide


Tesla Motors’ new sedan will make or break Bay Area company

FREMONT (AP) - It's a make or break moment for electric car maker Tesla Motors.

June 21, 2012 | | Nationwide


Windows phones miss out on new software

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - As it struggles to gain a foothold against the iPhone and Android phones, Microsoft Corp. is planning to issue a dramatic update to its phone software, one that won't be available to current Windows Phones.

June 20, 2012 | | Nationwide


Microsoft tablet risks alienating PC makers

NEW YORK (AP) - With the unveiling of the Surface tablet, Microsoft is heading into unusual territory: competing with its partners, the very same companies that make Windows PCs. But Microsoft has little to lose, since PC manufacturers are having little success with their own tablets.

June 20, 2012 | | Nationwide


Integrated Device adds shareholder picks

SAN JOSE (AP) - The chipmaker Integrated Device Technology Inc. said Wednesday that it will name two directors recommended by one of its major stakeholders to its board, heading off a fight over control of the board at its next shareholder meeting.

June 20, 2012 | | Nationwide


Microsoft's long, tortured history in tablets

NEW YORK (AP) - For decades, the tablet computer was like a mirage in the technology industry: a great idea, seemingly reachable on the horizon, that disappointed as hopeful companies got closer. Microsoft has experienced this cycle of hope and disappointment many times.

June 19, 2012 | | Nationwide


Barnes & Noble 4Q loss narrows

Barnes & Noble 4Q loss narrows

June 19, 2012 | | Nationwide


Millions still go without insurance if law passes

WASHINGTON (AP) - One of the biggest misconceptions about President Obama's health care overhaul isn't who the law will cover, but rather who it won't.

June 19, 2012 | | Nationwide


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Get ready for 3% down home loans

WASHINGTON (AP) - Some Americans will soon be able to buy a home with a down payment as low as 3 percent, compared with the current minimum of 5 percent, the mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac say.

December 08, 2014 | | Nationwide


BIG MAC ATTACKS DECLINING

NEW YORK (AP) - Hold the pickles, onions and special sauce. The Big Mac is becoming a victim of finicky tastes.

December 08, 2014 | | Nationwide


Portland asks judge to stop Uber

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Portland leaders are trying to make Uber's stay a short one.

December 08, 2014 | | Nationwide


Average Affordable Care premiums going up in 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) - Many people covered under President Barack Obama's health care law will face higher premiums next year, the administration acknowledged Thursday. While the average increases are modest, it's more fodder for the nation's political battles over health care.

December 04, 2014 | | Nationwide


Starbucks to push more food, offer mobile ordering

NEW YORK (AP) - Starbucks plans to let customers across the U.S. order ahead on their smartphones over the next year, a move that should help shrink lines as it pushes more snacks, sandwiches and even wine.

December 04, 2014 | | Nationwide


Apple says plaintiffs’ iPods not covered by suit

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - For want of an iPod, a billion-dollar lawsuit may be in jeopardy.

December 04, 2014 | | Nationwide


Medicare Advantage enrollment deadline looms

Millions of Medicare Advantage customers are fast approaching a deadline for a task they'd rather avoid: Researching and then settling on coverage plans for 2015.

December 03, 2014 | By TOM MURPHY AP Business Writer | Nationwide


Air bag maker balks at coast-to-coast recall

WASHINGTON (AP) - Japan's Takata Corp. rejected federal regulators' demand Wednesday for an expanded, nationwide recall of millions of air bags, setting up a possible legal showdown and leaving some drivers to wonder about the safety of their cars.

December 03, 2014 | | Nationwide


House OKs bill to widen federal help for disabled

WASHINGTON (AP) - In a bipartisan show of unity, the House overwhelmingly approved a bill Wednesday to allow Americans with disabilities to open tax-free bank accounts to pay for expenses from education to housing and health care.

December 03, 2014 | | Nationwide


Girl Scouts byting into digital for cookie sales

NEW YORK (AP) - Watch out world, the Girl Scouts are going digital to sell you cookies.

December 02, 2014 | | Nationwide


Cyber Monday gives retailers sales bump

NEW YORK (AP) - Cyber Monday is turning into Cyber Month.

December 02, 2014 | | Nationwide


Death toll from GM ignition switches rises to 36

DETROIT (AP) - At least 36 people have died and 44 have been seriously injured in crashes involving General Motors cars with defective ignition switches.

December 02, 2014 | | Nationwide


Black Friday gets a little less frenzied

NEW YORK (AP) - Black Friday seemed a little less crazy this year.

November 29, 2014 | | Nationwide


Kickoff to Christmas: Thinner crowds, protests, alcohol

NEW YORK (AP) - Black Friday shoppers are starting to look like procrastinators.

November 29, 2014 | | Nationwide


Plunging crude prices hammer energy companies

NEW YORK (AP) - A decision by OPEC this week to maintain current levels of oil production hammered major energy companies in the U.S. and abroad.

November 29, 2014 | | Nationwide


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