SAN DIEGO (AP) - California home sales slid last month amid tight supplies, while prices held steady, a research firm said Tuesday.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Internal Revenue Service has been doing business with nearly 1,200 vendors that owe back taxes, including one unnamed contractor that owed a whopping $525 million, a new inspector general's report says.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman is getting a huge raise as she enters the third year of her attempt to turn around the slumping personal computer and printer maker.
NEW YORK (AP) - The chipmaker Avago Technologies Ltd. is buying LSI Corp. for $6.6 billion to help strengthen its position in the enterprise storage market and broaden its offerings.
Within certain guidelines, employers are generally allowed to auto-enroll workers in employer-sponsored retirement plans and divert a set percentage of compensation into workers' accounts unless they specifically opt out or change the contribution rate. Automatic enrollment tends to boost participation; in fact, average participation for company plans with auto enrollment exceeds 85%, compared with 67% for plans without it.1
WASHINGTON (AP) - After more than 40 years of study, the U.S. government says it has found no evidence that common anti-bacterial soaps prevent the spread of germs, and regulators want the makers of Dawn, Dial and other household staples to prove that their products do not pose health risks to consumers.
DENVER (AP) - The U.S. and Canadian military will entertain millions of kids again this Christmas Eve with second-by-second updates on Santa's global whereabouts. But there's something new this year: public criticism.
SAN JOSE (AP) - A state judge on Monday ordered paint companies to pay 10 California cities and counties $1.1 billion to remove lead from millions of older homes.
Recently, one of my readers criticized some points I made in a column. Among other things, he complained that my philosophy (at least according to his take on my columns) is too upbeat. He said this: "As you see it, everything about Social Security is good."
GAYLORD, Mich. (AP) - A retired mail carrier said he's been fired from a job as a greeter at a retail store in northern Michigan after rushing to the parking lot to put out a vehicle fire.
NEW YORK (AP) - Financial services firm Cantor Fitzgerald, which saw 658 of its 1,000 employees killed in the Sept. 11 attacks, has nearly completed a settlement with American Airlines and insurance carriers, according to documents filed in federal court.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Older Californians are continuing to enroll in the state's health exchange at a higher rate than younger residents, according to figures released Thursday.
NEW YORK (AP) - Many Americans are watching the annual holiday spending ritual from the sidelines this year.
NEW YORK (AP) - Dorito dust may be the new salt for more restaurant chains.
DETROIT (AP) - New cars and trucks sold in the U.S. last year got an average of 23.6 miles per gallon in combined city and highway driving, a record that came mainly through improvements to engines and transmissions, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - At least 10 times since 2008, freight trains hauling oil across North America have derailed and spilled significant quantities of crude, with most of the accidents touching off fires or catastrophic explosions.
MOSCOW (AP) - A trade ban on lacy lingerie has Russian consumers and their neighbors with their knickers in a twist.
NEW YORK (AP) - Welcome to the Mobile Olympics.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - About 3,000 Verizon Wireless workers will have to transfer to different offices or find new jobs as part of a shake-up that will close five of the company's customer call centers.
NEW YORK (AP) - Nokia is selling a new Windows phone that promises enhanced video-recording capabilities.
NEW YORK (AP) - Kraft is removing artificial preservatives from its most popular individually wrapped cheese slices, in the latest sign that companies are tweaking recipes as food labels come under greater scrutiny.
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) - The young Vietnamese creator of hit mobile game Flappy Bird has removed it from the App Store and Google Play saying it ruined his life.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal health experts are taking a second look this week at the heart safety of pain medications used by millions of Americans to treat arthritis and other everyday aches and pains.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Sen. Richard Blumenthal is calling on other drug stores to follow CVS's lead and stop selling tobacco products.
NEW YORK (AP) - Coca-Cola is looking to tap into a new market, with plans to let people make its sodas and other drinks at home.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Wanted: Millions of uninsured Americans willing to give President Barack Obama's health care law a chance.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Twitter beat Wall Street's earnings and revenue expectations in its first quarter as a public company. But investors were looking for more - including faster user growth - and the company's stock fell more than 17 percent in after-hours trading Wednesday.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - At least 10 U.S. states are considering bills to legalize or expand Internet gambling this year, according to a group that tracks gambling-related legislation worldwide.
NEW YORK (AP) - Subway says it's in the process of removing a chemical from its bread as part of an ongoing effort to improve its recipes.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services should get help from the Department of Commerce to oversee projects funded by the federal EB-5 investment-for-green-cards immigration program, a Washington think tank says in a report released Wednesday.