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Dems want tax cuts for businesses that hire

WASHINGTON (AP) - Democrats began trying to push a bill through the Senate Tuesday slicing taxes for businesses that hire new workers and buy major new equipment. They ran straight into opposition from Republicans who complained that the measure was too timid and sought to refocus the debate on their own economic priorities.

July 10, 2012 | | Nationwide


Comcast sells A&E stake to Disney, Hearst for $3B

NEW YORK (AP) - Comcast's NBCUniversal is selling its stake in A&E Television Networks to Disney and Hearst for $3.03 billion in cash.

July 10, 2012 | | Nationwide


Fitch Ratings keeps United States at top 'AAA' credit rating

WASHINGTON (AP) - Fitch Ratings has retained the U.S. at its top 'AAA' credit rating but also left the outlook negative, citing the failure of Congress and the Obama administration to forge an agreement on reducing the budget deficit.

July 10, 2012 | | Nationwide


Gov't agency proposes simpler mortgage forms

WASHINGTON (AP) - The government proposed rules Monday to help Americans understand the costs and risks of getting a mortgage.

July 09, 2012 | | Nationwide


Americans step up credit card use sharply in May to highest point since Nov. 2007

WASHINGTON (AP) - Americans put more on their credit cards in May than in any single month since November 2007, one month before the Great Recession began.

July 09, 2012 | | Nationwide


Surveillance requests to cellphone carriers surge

WASHINGTON (AP) - Law enforcement agencies in the U.S. made more than 1.3 million requests for consumers' cellphone records in 2011, an alarming surge over previous years that reflected the increasingly gray area between privacy and technology.

July 09, 2012 | | Nationwide


USDA reports corn in 18 states hurt by ongoing drought

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Corn and soybean prices surged Monday after the latest government report showed a widespread drought in the middle of the country is hurting this year's crop.

July 09, 2012 | | Nationwide


Obama campaign wins partial victory in "O" lawsuit

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's re-election campaign won at least a partial victory Monday against a website it said was selling counterfeit T-shirts, bumper stickers and buttons with the campaign's signature "O'' logo.

July 09, 2012 | | Nationwide


Allegiant Air predicts big capacity growth; starting Stockton-Hawaii flights later this year

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Allegiant Air predicts its capacity will grow by double digits in the next two quarters, much of it thanks to new flights to Hawaii from several cities on the mainland.

July 09, 2012 | | Nationwide


Bailed-out AIG now wants $30.2 million in tax interest

NEW YORK (AP) - American International Group, the insurance giant saved by a massive federal bailout, wants some tax money back - from 1991.

July 06, 2012 | | Nationwide


Oil falls 3% on signs of more worldwide economic trouble

NEW YORK (AP) - Iran's ability to rattle oil markets has been greatly diminished by growing concerns about the world economy.

July 06, 2012 | | Nationwide


The graduation speech your kid needed to hear, but probably didn't

Lately there has been much wailing and gnashing of teeth about this year's crop of college graduates and the tough time they will have finding decent jobs. Yet the commencement speeches today's graduates hear at their ceremonies don't talk about any of that. Instead they are being told to "follow their stars," "make the world a better place," and so forth.

July 06, 2012 | | Nationwide


What’s Fair, and What’s Not Fair? What’s True, and What’s Not True?

Q. I am 61 years old. My husband is only 51. I have worked most of my life and paid Social Security taxes for many years. And now I've learned that I will not be able to collect a dime of my Social Security until my husband is getting his own Social Security. This is totally unfair!

July 06, 2012 | | Nationwide


Tepid jobs data set a tone for race

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Disappointing job growth jolted the presidential campaign four months before Election Day, and the candidates quickly put their vastly different views on display, underscoring the economy as the central issue between President Barack Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney.

July 06, 2012 | | Nationwide


Obama signs student loan, road-building legislation

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama signed legislation Friday maintaining jobs on transportation projects and preventing interest rate increases on new loans to millions of college students, saying it would "make a real difference" for millions of Americans.

July 06, 2012 | | Nationwide


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FDA approves injection for melting away double-chin fat

NEW YORK (AP) - The Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday it approved an injection designed to melt away double-chin fat.

April 29, 2015 | | Nationwide


Corinthian students may loans forgiven

WASHINGTON (AP) - A top education official said Wednesday that the 16,000 former Corinthian Colleges students who saw their campuses abruptly close this week will automatically have their federal student loans discharged - but only if they agree to forgo any credits they earned at the schools.

April 29, 2015 | | Nationwide


Forget the watch: Apple’s iPhones are still main event

CUPERTINO (AP) - The iPhone is still the engine behind Apple's phenomenal success, even if attention lately has been focused on its new smartwatch.

April 27, 2015 | | Nationwide


Corinthian closes remaining 28 campuses

WASHINGTON (AP) - Corinthian Colleges canceled classes Monday and shut down all of its remaining 28 ground campuses, displacing about 16,000 students, less than two weeks after the Education Department announced it was fining the for-profit institution $30 million for misrepresentation.

April 27, 2015 | | Nationwide


North Dakota farmers planting crop to be made into jet fuel

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Western North Dakota farmers this year have agreed to plant 6,000 acres of a crop that can be made into jet fuel.

April 27, 2015 | | Nationwide


Google lavishes chairman with $109M pay package

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Google paid its billionaire Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt nearly $109 million last year while the company's stock slumped.

April 23, 2015 | | Nationwide


Nasdaq sets record high, 15 years after dot-com bubble

NEW YORK (AP) - Fifteen years, one month and thirteen days.

April 23, 2015 | | Nationwide


Trucking group urges move to speed limiters

DETROIT (AP) - The nation's largest trucking industry group wants the government to get moving on a rule requiring electronic speed-limiting devices on big rigs.

April 20, 2015 | | Nationwide


Willie Nelson becomes latest celebrity in marijuana business

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Country music star Willie Nelson announced plans Monday to roll out his own brand of marijuana, capitalizing on his association with pot and the unofficial stoner holiday, 4/20.

April 20, 2015 | | Nationwide


Kraft Mac & Cheese shedding the dyes

NEW YORK (AP) - This is the last year that the original version of Kraft Mac & Cheese sold in the U.S. will contain artificial preservatives or synthetic colors.

April 20, 2015 | | Nationwide


Obama signs overhaul of how Medicare pays doctors

WASHINGTON (AP) - Ending years of last-minute fixes, President Barack Obama on Thursday signed legislation permanently changing how Medicare pays doctors, a rare bipartisan achievement by Democrats and Republicans.

April 17, 2015 | | Nationwide


Don’t panic, college seniors: Jobs for grads likely to grow

WASHINGTON (AP) - The consulting and accounting firm EY is aggressively recruiting on college campuses this spring. The company formerly known as Ernst & Young plans to hire 9,000 graduates from U.S. universities this year, up from 7,500 in 2014. But recruiting isn't as easy as it used to be.

April 17, 2015 | | Nationwide


WikiLeaks site creates online archive of hacked Sony documents

NEW YORK (AP) - Sony's hacking problems aren't over yet.

April 17, 2015 | | Nationwide


US prescription drugs pending jumped 13%

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - U.S. spending on prescription drugs soared last year, driven up primarily by costly breakthrough medicines, manufacturer price hikes and a surge from millions of people newly insured due to the Affordable Care Act.

April 13, 2015 | | Nationwide


NY attorney general questions work practices of 13 retailers

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York's attorney general has launched an inquiry into 13 major retailers, questioning the practice of keeping workers on call for shifts on short notice and possible violations of the state requirement to pay hourly staff for at least four hours when they report for work.

April 13, 2015 | | Nationwide


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