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Service firms grow at steady pace, boost hiring

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. service companies expanded at a healthy pace last month and stepped up hiring, more evidence that the economy is growing and adding jobs.

April 04, 2012 | | Nationwide


State governments target tax-cheating software

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Cash-strapped state governments that are searching every crevice for money have found a new target: computer programs that enable businesses to keep two sets of books simply by plugging a flash drive into their cash registers.

April 03, 2012 | | Nationwide


Facebook responds to Yahoo with own patent lawsuit

PALO ALTO (AP) - Facebook is stepping up its patent dispute with Yahoo by filing its own lawsuit against the struggling Internet icon.

April 03, 2012 | | Nationwide


Recovery threatened by runaway student loan debt that now surpasses $1 billion

WASHINGTON (AP) - The federal student loan program seemed like a great idea back in 1965: Borrow to go to college now, pay it back later when you have a job.

April 03, 2012 | | Nationwide


Automakers post best monthly sales since 2007

DETROIT (AP) - The recovery in the American auto industry has moved into the fast lane.

April 03, 2012 | | Nationwide


EPA moves closer to approval of 15% ethanol gas

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The federal government announced Monday it has taken a step toward wide distribution of gasoline mixed with 15 percent ethanol by allowing manufacturers to register as suppliers.

April 02, 2012 | | Nationwide


Flying cars aren't just science fiction anymore.

WOBURN, Mass (AP) .- Terrafugia Inc. said Monday that its prototype flying car has completed its first flight, bringing the company closer to its goal of selling the flying car within the next year. The vehicle - dubbed the Transition - has two seats, four wheels and wings that fold up so it can be driven like a car. Last month, it flew at 1,400 feet for eight minutes. Commercial jets fly at 35,000 feet.

April 02, 2012 | | Nationwide




Avon slams door on Coty's $10 billion offer

NEW YORK (AP) - Coty came calling, but Avon slammed the door.

April 02, 2012 | | Nationwide


Allegiant to charge passengers for using bin space

DALLAS (AP) - Allegiant Air will charge passengers $35 to carry their own bag on board the plane and stow it in an overhead bin.

April 02, 2012 | | Nationwide


Maximum payout impacts benefits to retiree's family

Q: I am 67 years old. I took my Social Security at age 66. I have a 17-year-old son, a 14-year-old daughter and a 57-year-old wife. All three of them are getting benefits as dependents on my account. The Social Security office told me that my kids will keep getting checks until age 19. And my wife will get Social Security until the youngest one turns 19. But by then, she will be 62, so she will be able to get regular wife's benefits at that point. They also said the total amount we are getting now will never ...

March 30, 2012 | | Nationwide


Apple pledge likely to boost China factory wages

BEIJING (AP) - Consumers probably won't have to pay more for iPads, iPhones and other popular consumer electronics despite a Chinese company's pledge to trim work hours and raise wages for its hardscrabble assembly workers.

March 30, 2012 | | Nationwide


Etch A Sketch launches ad campaign with political-themed advertising

NEW YORK (AP) - The 104-year old company that makes Etch A Sketch is launching new political-themed ads, after the toy made headlines when an aide for presidential hopeful Mitt Romney compared it with Romney's fall election strategy.

March 30, 2012 | | Nationwide


Groupon says 4th-quarter was even weaker than once reported

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Groupon Inc. said Friday that its fourth-quarter loss was wider than initially reported because it needed to increase the amount of money it sets aside for refunds.

March 30, 2012 | | Nationwide


Jump in US consumer spending brightens outlook

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. consumers boosted their spending in February by the most in seven months, raising expectations for stronger growth at the start of the year.

March 30, 2012 | | Nationwide


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Can dentists legally bar teeth-whitening competition?

WASHINGTON (AP) - Teeth-bleaching isn't brain surgery, although the Supreme Court seemed to find a link between the two in an antitrust case argued Tuesday.

October 14, 2014 | | Nationwide


Education group snuffs out tobacco ties

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - In a quick about-face, the National School Boards Association is cutting ties with the nation's second-biggest cigarette maker, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.

October 14, 2014 | | Nationwide


Macy’s to open even earlier on Thanksgiving

NEW YORK (AP) - Macy's Inc. is opening its stores at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, two hours earlier than last year, to lure holiday shoppers.

October 14, 2014 | | Nationwide


FDA: little evidence to drop Chantix boxed suicide warning

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal regulators say Pfizer has provided low-quality evidence to support its request to remove a bold-letter warning from its anti-smoking drug Chantix about suicidal behavior.

October 14, 2014 | | Nationwide


Yelp battles extortion claims

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - First the chefs of a small Italian restaurant got mad at online review site Yelp. Instead of trying to get better reviews, they decided to take a different approach: get terrible ones.

October 13, 2014 | | Nationwide


Banks harvest callers’ voiceprints from recordings to fight fraud

LONDON (AP) - "This call may be monitored."

October 13, 2014 | | Nationwide


Aaron’s rent-to-own to pay $28 million

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The nation's second-largest chain of rent-to-own furniture and appliance stores has agreed to pay $28.4 million to settle a case in which it allegedly violated California's consumer protection and privacy laws, attorney general Kamala Harris announced Monday.

October 13, 2014 | | Nationwide


Houston Astros improvement costs mogul

HOUSTON (AP) - The Houston Astros' improvement this year from baseball's worst team cost a Houston furniture mogul Jim McIngvale more than $4 million to make good on a promise to fans.

October 13, 2014 | | Nationwide


McDonald’s invites icky questions about its food to counter erroneous perceptions

NEW YORK (AP) - McDonald's wants to explain why its burgers may not rot and that there are no worms in its beef.

October 13, 2014 | | Nationwide


Holiday sales seen rising 4.1 percent

NEW YORK (AP) - Americans are expected to spend at the highest rate in three years during what's traditionally the busiest shopping season of the year, according to the nation's largest retail industry trade group.

October 07, 2014 | | Nationwide


Drug agency sued over its fake Facebook account

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Drug Enforcement Administration set up a fake Facebook account using photographs and other personal information it took from the cellphone of a New York woman arrested in a cocaine case in hopes of tricking her friends and associates into revealing incriminating drug secrets.

October 07, 2014 | | Nationwide


Oil firms fined for risk to water

FRESNO (AP) - California has fined two oil companies a total of nearly a half-million dollars for dumping oilfield fluid into unlined pits in Kern County.

October 07, 2014 | | Nationwide


Health law waivers: Are they too complicated to claim?

WASHINGTON (AP) - Millions of Americans may qualify for waivers from the most unpopular part of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. But getting that exemption could be an ordeal.

October 07, 2014 | | Nationwide


US to delay enforcing rule for home-care workers protections

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration announced Tuesday that it is delaying enforcement of its initiative to extend minimum-wage and overtime protections to the nation's nearly 2 million home-care workers.

October 07, 2014 | | Nationwide


Feds give oyster farm until year’s end to vacate

POINT REYES (AP) - A popular family-owned oyster farm whose lease at the Point Reyes National Seashore in Northern California has expired will be allowed to keep operating until the end of the year under a legal agreement with the federal government announced Monday.

October 06, 2014 | | Nationwide


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