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.
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.
PALO ALTO (AP) - Facebook is stepping up its patent dispute with Yahoo by filing its own lawsuit against the struggling Internet icon.
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.
DETROIT (AP) - The recovery in the American auto industry has moved into the fast lane.
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.
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.
NEW YORK (AP) - Coty came calling, but Avon slammed the door.
DALLAS (AP) - Allegiant Air will charge passengers $35 to carry their own bag on board the plane and stow it in an overhead bin.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple unveiled a thinner iPad Thursday with a faster processor and a better camera as it tries to drive excitement for tablets amid slowing demand. The company also released an update to its Mac operating system and introduced a high-resolution iMac model that might appeal to heavy watchers of television over the Internet.
MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Google's third-quarter earnings slipped as the Internet search leader hired nearly 3,000 more employees while pouring more money into its zest for innovation and quest for new markets.
CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple showed off thinner iPads and a new iMac with a high-resolution display on Thursday. Sleek and stunning, yes, but not likely to spark the next iRevolution. The tech giant's bigger strategic bet is that mobile pay service Apple Pay, debuting Monday, will be the next thing you didn't know you needed - but now can't live without.
MESA, Ariz. (AP) - A manufacturer of sapphire glass that Apple Inc. uses in iPhones plans to eliminate 727 jobs at an Arizona plant.
MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Google is coming out with bigger, more expensive versions of its Nexus phone and tablet to attract more of the affluent consumers who faithfully buy each new generation of Apple's iPhone and iPad. It's also releasing a new streaming video and music device, Nexus Player, to compete with Apple TV and Roku, among others.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - This is a sequel that Netflix shareholders never wanted to see: The world's largest Internet video service has once again turned off potential viewers with a price increase that is punishing the company's stock price.
NEW YORK (AP) - Next year HBO is cutting the cord and selling its popular streaming video service HBO Go as a stand-alone product, as more Americans choose to watch the Web, not the TV. Viewers longing to see "Game of Thrones", "True Detective" and "Veep" will no longer have to pay big bucks for cable and satellite contracts. So, is this the end of pay-TV as we know it?
NEW YORK (AP) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. cut its revenue outlook for its current fiscal year as it announced it is scaling back its expansion plans for its supercenters next year and stepping up investments in its online operations.
PALO ALTO (AP) - PC maker Hewlett-Packard said Wednesday it is resuming buybacks and reaffirmed its guidance for 2014 and 2015.
PARIS (AP) - Did someone spot you money for lunch two weeks ago? In France, Twitter users can now publicly repay debts, donate to charity or chip in for a gift with a new payment service backed by the country's second-largest banking service.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.