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Benefits for little ones cause big stink

Sometimes I am just blown away by the reaction I get to a column. I write what I think is the most innocuous and non-controversial answer to someone's question about Social Security benefits - and then, out of the blue, my email inbox is flooded with letters. Some of them have an inquisitive "this can't possibly be true" tone, while others are downright angry.

April 20, 2012 | | Nationwide


Google's ex-CEO gets $101M pay package in new job

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Shifting from Google's CEO to executive chairman proved to be lucrative career move for Eric Schmidt.

April 20, 2012 | | Nationwide


Disney studio chief quits after 'John Carter' bomb

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Disney movie studio boss Rich Ross stepped down on Friday, taking the fall for at least a couple of over-budgeted bombs as Hollywood shies away from taking risks on big blockbusters.

April 20, 2012 | | Nationwide


Crises make automakers rethink lean parts supplies

DETROIT (AP) - For the first time in more than 20 years, U.S. automakers are questioning a pillar of manufacturing: The practice of bringing parts to assembly lines right before they're used.

April 20, 2012 | | Nationwide


UP net income up 35 percent in 1st quarter

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Strong earnings reports from two of the nation's biggest freight railroads show that the U.S. economy is continuing its long, slow recovery.

April 19, 2012 | | Nationwide


Doritos tacos put sizzle in Taco Bell's US sales

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Taco Bell's new take on the taco, featuring orange Doritos dust, has helped put the sizzle back in its U.S. sales after a nearly yearlong slump stemming from a short-lived lawsuit that caused the chain some queasiness.

April 19, 2012 | | Nationwide


Microsoft's Windows propels pleasant 3Q surprise

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Microsoft produced a surprisingly strong quarter to start the year, pleasing investors looking forward to even bigger things from the software maker's much-anticipated overhaul of Windows operating system next fall.

April 19, 2012 | | Nationwide


Rumors swirl of smaller iPad, it’s something that Jobs detested

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple generates more gossip than the Kardashians.

April 19, 2012 | | Nationwide


Bank of America bad-loan provisions at 2007 level

NEW YORK (AP) - Bank of America said Thursday that it set aside less money to cover bad loans in the first three months of the year than it has since before the 2008 financial crisis.

April 19, 2012 | | Nationwide


Consumers gobble up Taco Bell, KFC, Pizza Hut as sales soar 73%

\LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Yum Brands Inc., owner of the Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and KFC chains, said Wednesday its first-quarter net income rose 73 percent due to a successful combo - continuing strong overseas sales packaged with a rebounding U.S. performance led by its once-struggling Taco Bell business.

April 18, 2012 | | Nationwide


Food stamps, federal pensions face GOP cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House weighed in sharply Wednesday against a House GOP move to break last summer's budget pact by cutting the annual budgets for nondefense programs funded through annual appropriations bills.

April 18, 2012 | | Nationwide


EBay posts higher 1Q net income and revenue

NEW YORK (AP) - EBay's first-quarter net income grew 20 percent thanks to higher revenue from its PayPal business and brisk sales at its e-commerce websites. The results beat Wall Street's expectations and investors sent the company's stock higher in after-hours trading.

April 18, 2012 | | Nationwide


Verizon to auction spectrum worth billions

NEW YORK (AP) - Verizon Wireless on Wednesday said it will auction a parcel of radio frequencies, which could be worth billions of dollars in an industry scrambling to offer consumers more cellular broadband.

April 18, 2012 | | Nationwide


Shortages could slow down auto production

DETROIT (AP) - The U.S. auto industry, already stretching to meet rising demand for cars and trucks, is facing shortages of parts and materials that could limit the number of new vehicles in showrooms later this year and crimp a historic turnaround.

April 18, 2012 | | Nationwide


Warren Buffett says he has early prostate cancer

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Billionaire Warren Buffett said Tuesday he has been diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer, but he tried to reassure his company's shareholders that the condition is "not remotely life-threatening."

April 17, 2012 | | Nationwide


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Cheap oil means spending changes

WASHINGTON (AP) - Cheap oil doesn't only mean cheaper gas in the tank. It means that a car dealer in Illinois is shuffling the inventory of models he'll be selling, that more students in Wisconsin may get school-provided iPads, that some planned projects in a Southern California city will get delayed, and that some expected oilfield hiring in North Dakota and Texas may not happen.

January 19, 2015 | | Nationwide


BUSINESS NEWS

• AMAZON BRANCHING OUT FROM TV SERIES TO MOVIE PRODUCTION: SEATTLE (AP) - Amazon Studios is branching out from television series to movies, announcing plans to begin producing and acquiring original movies for theatrical release and, within weeks, video streaming.

January 19, 2015 | | Nationwide


Pumpkin seed: Future cash crop for Oregon?

ONTARIO, Ore. (AP) - Eastern Oregon and western Idaho already produce many of the nation's decorative pumpkins. Now an economic development official is exploring whether the area could support production of pumpkin seeds for healthy snack foods.

January 19, 2015 | | Nationwide


Obama Treasury choice withdraws

WASHINGTON (AP) - A Wall Street banker nominated by President Barack Obama to be the third-ranking official at the Treasury Department has pulled out of contention for the post in the face of Democratic opposition, a blow to the White House and a victory for the party's liberal wing.

January 12, 2015 | | Nationwide


Social Security won’t seize tax refunds

WASHINGTON (AP) - People who owe old debts to the Social Security Administration are getting a reprieve this tax season: The federal government won't be seizing their tax refunds.

January 12, 2015 | | Nationwide


Got help paying for health care? Watch your mailbox

WASHINGTON (AP) - If you're among the millions of consumers who got financial help for health insurance last year under President Barack Obama's law, better keep an eye on your mailbox.

January 12, 2015 | | Nationwide


NY elected officials take aim at Uber surge pricing

NEW YORK (AP) - New York's turf war on wheels reached fever pitch Monday as City Council members grilled representatives of the app-based Uber service - a fierce competitor of the city's 13,000 yellow cabs hailed with a flailing hand.

January 12, 2015 | | Nationwide


GADGET SHOW

LAS VEGAS (AP) - One of the biggest changes in television this year will be more channels being available online with no separate cable or satellite subscription. But for would-be cord-cutters, watching live sports online has been elusive - until now. Dish Network Corp. on Monday unveiled an Internet-only subscription offering that includes ESPN.

January 05, 2015 | | Nationwide


Strong dollar makes world travel cheaper

DALLAS (AP) - If you've been putting off a trip abroad because it's too expensive, start packing your bags.

January 05, 2015 | | Nationwide


Gadgets raise your home’s IQ

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Imagine a world in which your garage door opens automatically as you pull into the driveway. The living room lights and heater turn on - perhaps the oven starts warming up, too. In the so-called "smart home," cars, appliances and other devices all have sensors and Internet connectivity to think and act for themselves, and make your life easier.

January 05, 2015 | | Nationwide


Petco pulls Chinese treats amid fears they sickened pets

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Petco said Monday it has removed all remaining Chinese-made dog and cat treats from its website and stores nationwide because of concerns they have sickened thousands of pets and killed 1,000 dogs in the U.S. since 2007.

January 05, 2015 | | Nationwide


4M enroll in health plans

WASHINGTON (AP) - The first 50-state report on the latest sign-up season under President Barack Obama's health care law shows that more than 4 million people selected plans for the first time or re-enrolled in what the administration called "an encouraging start."

December 30, 2014 | | Nationwide


Consumer confidence increases rises in Dec.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Impressed with an improving economy, American consumers are feeling more confident, a private survey showed.

December 30, 2014 | | Nationwide


Chevron allows oversight of refinery flare

RICHMOND (AP) - Chevron has allowed a California county agency to oversee its investigation into a refinery flare that brought large flames and steam visible for miles in the San Francisco Bay Area.

December 30, 2014 | | Nationwide


White Castle’s veggie slider not for dieters

NEW YORK (AP) - White Castle is offering a vegetarian version of its famous sliders, but they're not necessarily for dieters.

December 30, 2014 | | Nationwide


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