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Average IRS refund this year about $3k, chief says

March 23, 2012 | | Nationwide


The 'notch' myth won't go away

Q: You recently wrote a column in which you called the "notch" a hoax and a scam. I want you to know that you are wrong. At one time, there were millions of us who were cheated out of Social Security benefits that were rightfully ours. There aren't so many of us left, because the government is willing to let us slowly die off without ever compensating us. But there still are enough of us out here who demand justice. Why don't you help us get what's coming to us rather than mock us?

March 23, 2012 | | Nationwide


Facebook warns employers not to demand passwords

NEW YORK (AP) - Facebook is warning employers not to demand the passwords of job applicants, saying that it's an invasion of privacy that opens companies to legal liabilities.

March 23, 2012 | | Nationwide


‘New wind tower guidelines aim to lower bird deaths

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration offered new guidance Friday on where wind farms should be located to reduce the number of bird deaths while promoting increased use of wind power.

March 23, 2012 | | Nationwide


Medicare reducing your risk of heart disease and stroke

Heart disease and stroke have reached epidemic levels in our country. Heart disease is the leading killer of Americans; stroke is the fourth leading killer. One of every three deaths in this county is caused by cardiovascular disease.

March 23, 2012 | | Nationwide


BofA starts foreclosure rental program

WASHINGTON (AP) - Bank of America has launched a pilot program that will let some homeowners at risk of foreclosure become renters and stay in their homes.

March 23, 2012 | | Nationwide


Uncle Sam sues AT&T over Internet call billing

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Justice Department has sued to recover millions of dollars from AT&T Corp., alleging the company improperly billed the government for services that are designed for use by the deaf and hard-of-hearing who place calls by typing messages over the Internet.

March 22, 2012 | | Nationwide


GAS

Q&A: What makes gasoline prices rise?

March 22, 2012 | | Nationwide


Facebook buys patents from IBM to defend itself in pending lawsuits

MENLO PARK (AP) - Facebook has acquired patents from IBM as it girds itself for litigation, including a lawsuit by Yahoo.

March 22, 2012 | | Nationwide


Senator: Employers shouldn't seek site passwords

SEATTLE (AP) - A Democratic senator from Connecticut is writing a bill that would stop the practice of employers asking job applicants for their Facebook or other social media passwords, he told The Associated Press on Thursday.

March 22, 2012 | | Nationwide


Unemployment aid applications hit 4-year low

WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment aid fell to a four-year low last week, bolstering the view that the job market is strengthening.

March 22, 2012 | | Nationwide


Home re-sales complete best winter in 5 years

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. home sales are gradually coming back. A mild winter and a stronger job market have helped boost sales ahead of the crucial spring buying season.

March 21, 2012 | | Nationwide


Rising gas prices ignite growing political rhetoric in presidential race

MALJAMAR, N.M. (AP) - Wooing a nation of increasingly angry motorists, President Barack Obama and his Republican rivals are all plunging into gas-pump politics, seeking the upper hand as energy becomes a driving issue in the election campaign.

March 21, 2012 | | Nationwide


Oil prices rise on unexpected supply drop

NEW YORK (AP) - One day after the price of benchmark crude took the biggest one-day drop this year, it headed up again.

March 21, 2012 | | Nationwide


Safeway, Lucky stop buying "pink slime" meat products

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - At least three national supermarket operators have decided to stop buying ground beef that contains the filler now known as "pink slime."

March 21, 2012 | | Nationwide


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Volvo Cars plans to open US plant

DETROIT (AP) - Volvo Cars is planning to build its first-ever U.S. assembly plant as part of a push to increase sales here.

March 30, 2015 | | Nationwide


StubHub sues Ticketmaster

NEW YORK (AP) - StubHub is suing Ticketmaster and the Golden State Warriors, alleging it unfairly required fans looking to resell tickets to use Ticketmaster's resale exchange.

March 30, 2015 | | Nationwide


Tesla to unveil new product likely a battery

DETROIT (AP) - Tesla Motors says it will reveal a new product next month, but it's not a car.

March 30, 2015 | | Nationwide


When corporations make mistakes

NEW YORK (AP) - It was a tempest in a coffee cup.

March 27, 2015 | | Nationwide


Diet sodas fall in US; Pepsi takes back No. 2 sales spot

NEW YORK (AP) - Americans bought less soda for the 10th straight year in 2014, with diet sodas shrinking more than their sugary counterparts, according to a report released Thursday.

March 26, 2015 | | Nationwide


Bankruptcy hearing could decide fate of RadioShack

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A hearing on whether to approve the bankruptcy sale of assets of electronics retailer RadioShack opened Thursday with the company seeking court approval of the purported winning bid, and an attorney for a losing bidder describing the auction as a sham and asking a Delaware judge to reopen the sale process.

March 26, 2015 | | Nationwide


‘American Idol’-like talent competition

LOS ANGELES (AP) - For anyone who's ever dreamed of being on "American Idol" or "The Voice" as a performer or judge, a new app seeks to make their fantasy come true.

March 26, 2015 | | Nationwide


New Samsung, HTC phones out April 10

NEW YORK (AP) - New phones from Samsung and HTC will be available in U.S. stores starting April 10.

March 26, 2015 | | Nationwide


FACEBOOK’S MESSENGER

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Facebook's Messenger app is evolving into a multitasking tool equipped to send an animated fist bump to a friend at one moment and then get a little business done in the next.

March 25, 2015 | | Nationwide


House panel passes bill banning IRS from using private email

WASHINGTON (AP) - IRS workers would be prohibited from using private email to conduct official business under a bipartisan bill passed Wednesday by the House Ways and Means Committee.

March 25, 2015 | | Nationwide


Heinz buys Kraft to build food giant

NEW YORK (AP) - Some of the most familiar names in ketchup, pickles, cheese and hot dogs are set to come under the same roof after H.J. Heinz Co. announced plans Wednesday to buy Kraft and create one of the world's largest food and beverage companies.

March 25, 2015 | | Nationwide


2 Internet provides sue over neutrality

NEW YORK (AP) - The FCC says the first lawsuits filed against the government's new Internet traffic rules are "premature" and may be dismissed because they were filed too early.

March 25, 2015 | | Nationwide


SeaWorld counters disparaging documentary

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. is mounting a public defense of its animal handling in a new advertising campaign that began Monday, after a highly critical 2013 documentary left the park with declining revenue and attendance.

March 24, 2015 | | Nationwide


Drillers scramble to thwart OPEC

NEW YORK (AP) - OPEC and lower global oil prices delivered a one-two punch to the drillers in North Dakota and Texas who brought the U.S. one of the biggest booms in the history of the global oil industry.

March 24, 2015 | | Nationwide


Uber says CFO Brent Callinicos leaving

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Ride-sharing company Uber said Monday that CFO Brent Callinicos is leaving the company to spend more time with his family.

March 16, 2015 | | Nationwide


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