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Social Security outlook: Reform, Yes, panic, no

I was all set to submit a column to my editor with reactions to the fact sheet I recently offered my readers called "When to Take Your Social Security Benefits." But then I woke up this morning to this headline in my morning paper: "Social Security Drain is Gaining Momentum." It was yet another news report predicting the demise of our nation's bedrock retirement insurance program. So I'm delaying that practical column about the best time to sign up for Social Security to write a more politically-charged newspaper story dealing with the hot button issue of Social Security ...

April 27, 2012 | | Nationwide


Oak Valley net income rises to $1.4M during first quarter of 2012

OAKDALE − Oak Valley Bancorp, the bank holding company for Oak Valley Community Bank and Eastern Sierra Community Bank, has reported consolidated financial results.

April 27, 2012 | | Nationwide


April: Financial literacy month

April is Financial Literacy Month - a nationwide effort to "highlight the importance of financial literacy and teach Americans how to establish and maintain healthy financial habits," according to Wikipedia. Yes, the effort to spread the word about the importance of financial skills and capability has earned a place in our national consciousness, spurred on by the results of the mortgage crisis.

April 27, 2012 | | Nationwide


Wal-Mart offers online shoppers a "cash" option

NEW YORK (AP) - Wal-Mart shoppers now will be able to pay cash for online purchases.

April 27, 2012 | | Nationwide


House OKs student loan bill, ignores Obama veto threat

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans defied a veto threat and the House voted Friday to prevent federal loan costs from doubling for millions of college students. The vote gave the GOP a momentary election-year triumph on a bill that has become enmeshed in partisan battles over the economy, women's issues and President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

April 27, 2012 | | Nationwide


Ford first quarter earnings fall on Europe slump, tax rate

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) - Ford Motor Co. has tidied up North America, sweeping out old products and excess costs. But the rest of the world keeps making a mess.

April 27, 2012 | | Nationwide


Hubbub over content rights greets Google Drive

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Google CEO Larry Page recently wrote that he hopes to show the company is "deserving of great love." But the Internet search leader may need to win more trust, based on the suspicions swirling around Google Drive, a new online storage service for personal documents, photos and other content.

April 26, 2012 | | Nationwide


Safeway's first quarter profits jump amid cost controls; stock price drops

PLEASANTON (AP) - Grocery chain Safeway Inc. reported a sharp jump in net income for the first quarter, helped in part by strong cost controls.

April 26, 2012 | | Nationwide


Samsung Electronics reports record profit

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - Samsung Electronics Co., the world's largest consumer electronics firm by revenues, on Friday reported a record-high profit as strong smartphone sales helped mask a drop in semiconductor and TV profit.

April 26, 2012 | | Nationwide


Chrysler posts best quarterly profit in 13 years

DETROIT (AP) - Chrysler had its best quarterly profit in 13 years. Not bad for a company that almost died three years ago.

April 26, 2012 | | Nationwide


Senate votes to slow closing of post offices

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate offered a lifeline to the nearly bankrupt U.S. Postal Service on Wednesday, voting to give the struggling agency an $11 billion cash infusion while delaying controversial decisions on closing post offices and ending Saturday delivery.

April 25, 2012 | | Nationwide


Ancestry.com acquiring Archives.com for $100M

PROVO, Utah (AP) - Ancestry.com Inc. will acquire rival family history website Archives.com for about $100 million in cash and assumed liabilities, the companies announced Wednesday.

April 25, 2012 | | Nationwide


Apple's blowout quarter propels Nasdaq to big gain

NEW YORK (AP) - The Nasdaq composite index shot 2 percent higher Wednesday, powered by a surge in Apple. The iPhone maker's stock climbed $50 after the company once again blew past Wall Street's profit forecasts.

April 25, 2012 | | Nationwide


House to vote Friday on student loans

WASHINGTON (AP) - In an escalating election-year clash, the House will vote Friday on a $5.9 billion Republican bill preventing interest rates on federal student loans from doubling this summer, paid for by cutting money from President Barack Obama's health care overhaul law.

April 25, 2012 | | Nationwide


Animal welfare activists get it their way at Burger King

NEW YORK (AP) - In a boost to animal welfare activists looking to get livestock out of cramped cages, Burger King will be the first major U.S. fast-food chain to give all of its chickens and pigs some room to roam.

April 25, 2012 | | Nationwide


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Wearable fitness tracker maker Fitbit files for $100M IPO

NEW YORK (AP) - Fitbit, the maker of a popular line of wearable fitness-tracking devices, on Thursday filed for an initial public offering worth up to $100 million.

May 07, 2015 | | Nationwide


Comcast now has more Internet than cable customers

NEW YORK (AP) - Just before its $45 billion deal with Time Warner Cable collapsed over regulators' fears about a giant cable company's control over the Web, Comcast was racking up more Internet customers.

May 04, 2015 | | Nationwide


Boxing match pops up on phones as TV habits change

NEW YORK (AP) - It should have been a proud moment for TV: A much-hyped sports event drawing in millions of paying viewers and showcasing the clout still held by traditional media heavyweights.

May 04, 2015 | | Nationwide


Microsoft opens Windows 10 to Apple, Android apps

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Microsoft hopes to get more people using the next version of its Windows software on all kinds of devices by giving them access to many of the same apps they're already using on Apple or Android phones.

April 29, 2015 | | Nationwide


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: Appleā€™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


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