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States finding tough climate for gas tax plans

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - As if gas prices weren't high enough, several states across the U.S. are looking to raise fuel taxes they say are needed to pay for roads and bridges that are outdated, congested and in some cases, dangerous.

March 05, 2012 | | Nationwide


Vermont tackles corporate personhood issue

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - A senator with socialist leanings was among the first. Then there was Jerry of Ben & Jerry's ice cream fame. Stephen Colbert has tweeted in favor. And now people in at least 52 Vermont communities will use the bully pulpit of that New England institution, Town Meeting Day, to push for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution declaring that corporations are not people.

March 05, 2012 | | Nationwide


Overhead bins get bigger on more airline jets

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Fliers can stop sharpening their elbows. Overhead bins are getting bigger.

March 05, 2012 | | Nationwide


Medical bills can wreck credit, even when debt is paid off

CHICAGO (AP) - Mike and Laura Park thought their credit record was spotless. The Texas couple wanted to take advantage of low interest rates, so they put their house on the market and talked to a lender about a mortgage on a bigger home in the Dallas-Fort Worth suburbs.

March 05, 2012 | | Nationwide


Obama: Fuel-efficient cars doubling in mileage by 2025 an answer to gas prices

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says higher auto mileage standards set under his administration and better cars built by a resurgent U.S. auto industry will save money at the gas pump over the long term, a counterpoint to Republican criticism of his energy policy.

March 05, 2012 | | Nationwide


Maine firm ready to install tidal power unit

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - With its federal license in hand, a Maine-based tidal energy company is ready to install its underwater power system for the first time on the floor of the ocean.

March 05, 2012 | | Nationwide


BP, plaintiffs reach Gulf oil spill settlement; no details

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - BP PLC reached a settlement late Friday night with a committee representing the largest group of plaintiffs suing over the 2010 Gulf oil spill, a federal judge said. Specific terms have not been released.

March 02, 2012 | | Nationwide


Annual pet spending passes $50 billion mark

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Americans spent $50.96 billion on their pets in 2011.

March 02, 2012 | | Nationwide


Yelp shares surge 63% in stock market debut

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Yelp's stock opened to five-star reviews from investors on Friday, soaring 63 percent even though the company has yet to prove it can make money from its online recommendations.

March 02, 2012 | | Nationwide


Lost Social Security checks can be replaced

Q: My sister told me that if my Social Security check is ever lost or stolen, the government would not replace it. Is this true? That certainly doesn't seem fair.

March 02, 2012 | | Nationwide


Q&A: Google to dig deeper into users' lives

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - If you're amazed - and maybe even a little alarmed - about how much Google seems to know about you, brace yourself. Beginning Thursday, Google started operating under a streamlined privacy policy that enables the Internet's most powerful company to dig even deeper into the lives of its more than 1 billion users.

March 02, 2012 | | Nationwide


Feel cheated? Small claims court brings big wins

NEW YORK (AP) - If you feel cheated by a big company and complaining gets you nowhere, what can you do? A handful of recent cases suggest that consumers can, if they're motivated enough, win against big companies in small claims courts.

March 02, 2012 | | Nationwide


Gap February revenue figure rises 4 percent

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Clothing retailer Gap Inc. said Thursday that a key revenue figure rose 4 percent in February, above analysts' expectations, helped by strong demand for spring clothing at its Banana Republic chain.

March 01, 2012 | | Nationwide


AT&T relents on 'unlimited data' plan limits

NEW YORK (AP) - AT&T Inc. backed away from an unpopular service policy after smartphone subscribers complained that the company placed unreasonable limits on its "unlimited data" plans.

March 01, 2012 | | Nationwide


Questions loom as Yelp prices IPO at $15 a share

SA N FRANCISCO (AP) - Yelp's popular online reviews guide the hungry to the best restaurants, the thirsty to the friendliest bars and the flabby to the toughest personal trainers. But, on the eve of its initial public offering, the eight-year-old, still unprofitable company has yet to convince analysts of its long-term prospects.

March 01, 2012 | | Nationwide


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Southern California home prices climb

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Southern California's median home sale price hit $400,000 in March to set a fresh six-year high as tight supplies limited sales, a research firm said Tuesday.

April 15, 2014 | | Nationwide


Windows Phone advances with 8.1 software update

NEW YORK (AP) - Microsoft's new Windows system for smartphones addresses many of the shortcomings in previous versions.

April 15, 2014 | | Nationwide


Is hot market for IPOs cooling off?

NEW YORK (AP) - A hot market for initial public offerings may soon face a cooler reception from investors.

April 14, 2014 | | Nationwide


April 15 not much of a real deadline for most taxpayers

WASHINGTON (AP) - The calendar shows April 15, and you haven't even started on your federal tax return? Chances are, you don't need to fret.

April 14, 2014 | | Nationwide


Samsung phone durable, but iPhone has edge

NEW YORK (AP) - Samsung's new Galaxy S5 smartphone is more durable than last year's model and other leading Android phones, but the iPhone 5s outperformed all of them in part because of its smaller size, a new study finds.

April 14, 2014 | | Nationwide


End of Windows XP support spells trouble for 30% of world’s computers

NEW YORK (AP) - Microsoft will end support for the persistently popular Windows XP on Tuesday, and the move could put everything from the operations of heavy industry to the identities of everyday people in danger.

April 07, 2014 | | Nationwide


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


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