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CEO DISCOVERS THE RICHER SIDE OF SEARS: NEW YORK (AP) - Sears Holdings Corp. paid its chief executive $9.9 million last year, including incentives the ailing department store operator offered to lure the former technology executive, according to an Associated Press analysis of a regulatory filing.

March 19, 2012 | | Nationwide


Agency checkup nothing to fear

Q: I am a certified public accountant. One of my clients, who signed up for his Social Security about a year ago, just got a letter from Social Security's "Office of Quality Assurance." The people there want to redo his claim for benefits. And they are asking him to bring in his military discharge papers (he was in the Army 40 years ago), his W-2 records for the past 10 years and other documents. What's going on? He's very worried about this.

March 16, 2012 | | Nationwide


Higher gas prices threaten economy if they persist

WASHINGTON (AP) - Inflation remains tame throughout the U.S. economy, with one big exception: gas prices.

March 16, 2012 | | Nationwide


Fans, entrepreneurs among 1st buyers of new iPad

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Apple's latest iPad drew the customary lines of die-hard fans looking to be first and entrepreneurs looking to make a quick profit.

March 16, 2012 | | Nationwide


AT&T scotches appeal, pays small-claims litigant

NEW YORK (AP) - AT&T Inc. on Friday gave up on appealing an $850 award won by an iPhone user in small claims court, and sent him a check.

March 16, 2012 | | Nationwide


PayPal targets small business with mobile payments

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Small businesses from coffee shops to plumbers will soon be able to accept credit cards through PayPal, using a small triangular card reader attached to a smartphone.

March 15, 2012 | | Nationwide


Online wait cut for shows like 'Vampire Diaries'

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Fans of shows on The CW like "The Vampire Diaries" no longer have to wait three days after broadcast to watch them online.

March 15, 2012 | | Nationwide


S&P cracks 1,400 for first time since 2008

NEW YORK (AP) - The stock market cleared another barrier Thursday in its long recovery from the Great Recession: The Standard & Poor's 500 index closed above 1,400 for the first time since June 2008.

March 15, 2012 | | Nationwide


Heavy demand expected as latest iPad version goes on sale today

CUPERTINO (AP) - Let the wild rumpus start.

March 15, 2012 | | Nationwide


Cisco to buy video tech firm for about $4B

SAN JOSE (AP) - Cisco Systems Inc. is buying digital video technology company NDS Group Ltd. to enhance the range of products it sells to pay-TV providers and to expand in emerging markets.

March 15, 2012 | | Nationwide


Zynga holders plan to sell up to $400M in stock

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Zynga shareholders may sell up to $400 million of stock through a public offering, three months after the online game maker went public, to try to avoid a drop in its stock price.

March 14, 2012 | | Nationwide


Muppet manifesto: Blistering exit for Goldman executive

NEW YORK (AP) - Goldman Sachs, arguably the most storied investment bank on Wall Street, has been compared to a money-sucking vampire squid and called the evil empire of finance. On Wednesday, it got a black eye from one of its own.

March 14, 2012 | | Nationwide


Schools getting choice on beef: Pink slime or no?

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - "Pink slime" just went from a simmer to a boil.

March 14, 2012 | | Nationwide


AT&T offers quiet settlement with iPhone user over small claims judgment over unlimited data

NEW YORK (AP) - AT&T is offering to discuss a settlement to an iPhone user who won a small-claims case that alleged the company was slowing down his "unlimited" data service.

March 13, 2012 | | Nationwide


Encyclopaedia Britannica to end print editions

CHICAGO (AP) - Encyclopaedia Britannica Inc. said Tuesday that it will stop publishing print editions of its flagship encyclopedia for the first time since the sets were originally published more than 200 years ago.

March 13, 2012 | | Nationwide


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FTC: Operators of jerk.com site misled consumers

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Federal Trade Commission says the operators of a website called Jerk.com are the ones behaving badly.

April 07, 2014 | | Nationwide


Medicare Advantage pay hike seen

WASHINGTON (AP) - The government has raised its payment estimate for Medicare Advantage plans months ahead of a busy election season during which cuts to the program promise to be a key focus for politicians and voters.

April 07, 2014 | | Nationwide


Yum tests new chicken restaurant

NEW YORK (AP) - As KFC struggles in the U.S., parent company Yum Brands is testing a new chicken restaurant called Super Chix.

April 07, 2014 | | Nationwide


Google’s unorthodox stock split

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Google is poised to split its stock using an unusual method aimed at keeping co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin in control of the Internet's most powerful company.

April 01, 2014 | | Nationwide


13 GM traffic deaths are tied to 57-cent part

WASHINGTON (AP) - The fix for a faulty ignition switch linked to 13 traffic deaths would have cost just 57 cents, members of Congress said Tuesday as they demanded answers from General Motors' new CEO on why the automaker took 10 years to recall cars with the defect.

April 01, 2014 | | Nationwide


Temporary Medicare fees fix gets OK

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama Tuesday signed into law legislation to give doctors temporary relief from a flawed Medicare payment formula that threatened them with a 24 percent cut in their fees.

April 01, 2014 | | Nationwide


Senates laud Caterpillar tax strategy

WASHINGTON (AP) - Caterpillar Inc. executives defended a tax strategy Tuesday that has saved the manufacturing giant billions in U.S. taxes. They got support from Republican senators, including one who said the company deserves an award.

April 01, 2014 | | Nationwide


Riders wowed by view from 550-foot Vegas Ferris wheel

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Tourists began taking in the view Monday from a skyline-changing observation wheel that offers a unique overview of sparkling Las Vegas Strip resorts, wide skies and craggy brown mountains in the distance.

March 31, 2014 | | Nationwide


GM recall: Many victims were young motorists

DETROIT (AP) - As the deaths are tallied from General Motors' delayed recall of compact cars, one thing is becoming clear: Of those killed, the majority were young.

March 31, 2014 | | Nationwide


NHTSA requiring rearview cameras

WASHINGTON (AP) - Years late, the Transportation Department issued a rule Monday that will require rearview technology in all new cars and many light trucks - an effort to reduce deaths and serious injuries caused by backup accidents.

March 31, 2014 | | Nationwide


Dating site protests anti- gay-marriage contributor

SAN JOSE (AP) - An online dating service is encouraging its users to stop using the Firefox web browser because the new CEO of the company that makes it supported California's former gay marriage ban.

March 31, 2014 | | Nationwide


Office apps for iPad ushers in new era

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Microsoft has released an iPad version of its popular Office software suite, a breakthrough heralding a new era under a CEO who promises to focus more on the devices that people are using instead of trying to protect the company's lucrative Windows franchise.

March 27, 2014 | | Nationwide


$1 trillion student loan debt widens US wealth gap

NEW YORK (AP) - Every month that Gregory Zbylut pays $1,300 toward his law school loans is another month of not qualifying for a decent mortgage.

March 27, 2014 | | Nationwide


Judge won’t dismiss ‘pink slime’ suit

ELK POINT, S.D. (AP) - A South Dakota judge on Thursday refused to throw out a defamation lawsuit against ABC related to its coverage of a meat product called lean, finely textured beef, which critics have dubbed "pink slime."

March 27, 2014 | | Nationwide


Taco Bell’s ads star real-life Ronald McDonalds

NEW YORK (AP) - Taco Bell is name-dropping an unlikely clown to promote its new breakfast menu - Ronald McDonald.

March 27, 2014 | | Nationwide


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