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279,000 federal workers owe IRS back taxes in excess of $3.4 billion & growing

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has preached that all Americans should pay their fair share in taxes, but a government report finds that tens of thousands of federal employees - from staffers in Congress to federal agencies and even Obama's executive office - collectively owe the government billions in back taxes.

January 27, 2012 | | Nationwide


American economy not healthy yet, but it's healing as growth starts picking up

WASHINGTON (AP) - The American economy may not be truly healthy yet, but it's healing.

January 27, 2012 | | Nationwide


Business nation briefs

PG&E FINED $16.8M FOR SHODDY GAS LEAK SURVEYS: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - State regulators plan to fine Pacific Gas & Electric Co. $16.8 million for failing to perform gas leak surveys in the wake of a deadly pipeline explosion in a San Francisco suburb in 2010.

January 27, 2012 | | Nationwide


Geezers &floozies

Q: I'm part of a group of old geezers who gets together every week at the local coffee place. Social Security is a frequent topic of conversation. At our last meeting, the subject of benefits for divorcees came up.

January 27, 2012 | | Nationwide


Why is investment income taxed less than wage income?

WASHINGTON (AP) - Why do Mitt Romney and other wealthy investors pay lower taxes on the income they make from investments than they would if they earned their millions from wages? Because Congress, through the tax code, has long treated investment more favorably than labor, seeing it as an engine for economic growth that benefits everyone.

January 27, 2012 | | Nationwide


Facebook IPO could value it among top firms with value between $75 billion & $100 billion

LOS ANGELES (AP) - When Facebook makes its long-expected debut as a public company this spring, the social-networking company will likely vault into the ranks of the largest public companies in the world, alongside McDonald's, Amazon.com and Bank of America.

January 27, 2012 | | Nationwide


Behind Obama's financial aid 'shopping sheets'

NEW YORK (AP) - President Barack Obama wants to make it easier to size up the cost of college.

January 27, 2012 | | Nationwide


Smokers need not apply for Ohio casinos jobs

CINCINNATI (AP) - Smokers won't be hired at new casinos in Columbus and Toledo, a ban that's been adopted in other industries as employers try to hold down health care costs.

January 26, 2012 | | Nationwide


Gains as businesses spend more, fire less

WASHINGTON (AP) - Businesses are growing more confident in the economy, investing in more equipment and laying off fewer workers.

January 26, 2012 | | Nationwide


Penney shares soar on upbeat outlook for 2012 following pricing strategy shift

NEW YORK (AP) - J.C. Penney Co. shares soared nearly 19 percent Thursday after the department store chain delivered a 2012 profit outlook that was well above analysts' projections.

January 26, 2012 | | Nationwide


Taco Bell enters crowded fast food breakfast arena

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Yo quiero Taco Bell breakfast burrito!

January 26, 2012 | | Nationwide


Business nation briefs

MOTOROLA SUFFERS 4Q LOSS AS GOOGLE SALE LOOMS: LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. (AP) - Motorola Mobility sank to a fourth-quarter loss while trying to close its proposed $12.5 billion sale to Google. The setback, announced Thursday, came amid fierce competition in the markets for smartphones and tablet computers.

January 26, 2012 | | Nationwide


Fed says full recovery could take 3 more years

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Federal Reserve signaled Wednesday that a full economic recovery could take nearly three more years, and it went further than ever to assure consumers and businesses that they will be able to borrow cheaply well into the future.

January 26, 2012 | | Nationwide


Netflix customers return stock soars

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Netflix has regained almost as many customers as it lost following an unpopular price increase, signaling that the video subscription service is healing from its self-inflicted wounds.

January 26, 2012 | | Nationwide


Apple briefly passes Exxon as most valuable firm

NEW YORK (AP) - Apple briefly surpassed Exxon as the most valuable U.S. company after an excellent quarter, though the oil company has regained the lead at the market's close.

January 26, 2012 | | Nationwide


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Twitter tests shopping service with ‘Buy’ button

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Twitter is taking its users shopping.

September 08, 2014 | | Nationwide


Tesla selects Reno for battery plant

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Coming to Nevada's high desert: A massive, $5 billion factory that will pump out high-tech batteries for hundreds of thousands of electric vehicles.

September 03, 2014 | | Nationwide


Samsung kicks off battle for holiday spending

BERLIN (AP) - Samsung unveiled two smartphones and a virtual-reality headset Wednesday in a bid to draw consumer attention before its fierce rival, Apple, announces its holiday lineup next week.

September 03, 2014 | | Nationwide


Forecasts project rising medical costs

WASHINGTON (AP) - The nation's respite from troublesome health care inflation is ending, the government said Wednesday in a report that renews a crucial budget challenge for lawmakers, taxpayers, businesses and patients.

September 03, 2014 | | Nationwide


Utah women target Carl’s Jr. for racy ads

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A pair of Utah women dedicated to pushing back against the objectification of women say Carl's Jr. has gone too far with its long-running line of TV ads featuring women in bikinis eating the company's burgers in seductive poses.

September 02, 2014 | | Nationwide


Home Depot probes possible credit card data security breach

NEW YORK (AP) - Home Depot may be the latest retailer to suffer a major credit card data breach.

September 02, 2014 | | Nationwide


It’s no longer safe to recline airplane seat

NEW YORK (AP) - Squeezed into tighter and tighter spaces, airline passengers appear to be rebelling, taking their frustrations out on other fliers.

September 02, 2014 | | Nationwide


Some fear auto industry returning to bad habits

DETROIT (AP) - Big discounts. Six- or seven-year loans, in some cases to buyers who would have been turned down in the past.

September 02, 2014 | | Nationwide


Google’s corporate products division changes name

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Google is hoping a new brand will help sell more of its services to other companies.

September 02, 2014 | | Nationwide


Social media users shy away from opinions

WASHINGTON (AP) - People who use Facebook and Twitter are less likely than others to share their opinions on hot-button issues, even when they are offline, according to a surprising new survey by the Pew Research Center.

August 26, 2014 | | Nationwide


UN health agency urges crackdown on e-cigarettes

GENEVA (AP) - Governments should have tougher rules for electronic cigarettes - banning their use indoors and putting them off limits for minors - until more evidence can be gathered about their risks, the U.N. health agency said Tuesday.

August 26, 2014 | | Nationwide


Consumer confidence near a 7-year high

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. consumer confidence this month reached its highest point in nearly seven years, boosted by strong job gains.

August 26, 2014 | | Nationwide


New rules could squeeze Malibu wine growers

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Malibu region's growing wine industry, made up of some 50 commercial vineyards, could be squeezed by proposed regulations that would prohibit new grape growing in a large swath of the Santa Monica Mountains.

August 26, 2014 | | Nationwide


Legal questions arise for fantasy game biz

NEW YORK (AP) - Some of the newest incarnations of fantasy football look a lot more like gambling than intricate, outsmart-your-opponent strategy games.

August 25, 2014 | | Nationwide


Amazon buys Twitch for $970M

NEW YORK (AP) - Amazon is hoping to become the ESPN of video games.

August 25, 2014 | | Nationwide


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