S&P BOOSTS OUTLOOK FOR US GOV'T'S LONG-TERM DEBT: WASHINGTON (AP) - Standard & Poor's Ratings Services upgraded its outlook Monday for the U.S. government's long-term debt. S&P cited the government's strengthened finances, a recovering U.S. economy and some easing of Washington's political gridlock.
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WASHINGTON (AP) - More Americans hunted for jobs in May, and more companies filled them - signs of confidence and resilience for the slow-healing U.S. economy.
NEW YORK (AP) - Microsoft's upcoming Xbox One gaming console will be able to play used games, clearing up a worry among gamers and video game retailers such as GameStop, which trade in used games.
NEW YORJ (AP) - J.C. Penney wants you to come home.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Americans borrowed more in April to attend college and buy cars and were a little less cautious with their credit cards than the previous month.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Gamblers who prefer their laptops to blackjack tables could soon get a boost from Washington.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - PG&E and its contractors have agreed to pay $50.5 million to settle Department of Justice allegations that the utility was responsible for two wildfires that scorched 18,000 acres of national forest land in Northern California.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Two employees at a Whole Foods Market store in Albuquerque say they were suspended last month after complaining about being told they couldn't speak Spanish to each other while on the job - a claim the company says was a misunderstanding.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal health experts are recommending changes to safety restrictions on former blockbuster diabetes pill Avandia, in light of a new analysis suggesting that the drug may not increase the risk of heart attack as much as previously thought.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Microsoft will add its popular Outlook email program to more tablets running on a lightweight version of its Windows operating system as part of a free software update this year.
NEW YORK (AP) - Generic versions of emergency contraception can be sold without a prescription or age restrictions while the federal government appeals a judge's ruling allowing the sales, an appeals court said Wednesday.
TORONTO (AP) - Modern BlackBerrys with physical keyboards are now available in the U.S., months after the touch-screen versions went on sale.
NEW YORK (AP) - A mom sits at her kitchen table when her grade schooler saunters up with a big box of Cheerios.
LONDON (AP) - They are rolling symbols of wealth and excess, starting at $263,000 a pop, with many buyers choosing custom options that can easily double the price. And they are more popular than ever before.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - One of the nation's leading gun manufacturers has reached a settlement in a nationwide lawsuit claiming a popular hunting rifle has a defective trigger mechanism that can cause injury and death.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Supreme Court shot down Aereo's business model this week, but that doesn't mean customers' desire for a better TV experience is gone.
NEW YORK (AP) - Ikea's U.S. division is raising the minimum wage for thousands of its retail workers, pegging it to the cost of living in each location, instead of its competition.
NEW YORK (AP) - Nike's fiscal fourth-quarter net income rose 5 percent as higher revenue in most geographic regions offset heavy investments in marketing for the World Cup soccer tournament.
NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks are closing lower on Wall Street, with banks posting some of the biggest declines.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A new study finds half of households in metropolitan Los Angeles spend at least 30 percent of their income on rent or mortgage payments - the highest rate among U.S. cities.
DETROIT (AP) - A number of analysts are predicting that General Motors' June U.S. sales will underperform the overall auto industry, putting the company in danger of losing market share at a critical time.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Some 1 billion people are now using Android devices, Google said as the company kicked off its two-day developer conference Wednesday in San Francisco.
NEW YORK (AP) - The U.S. stock market inched modestly higher Wednesday, recovering more than half of what it lost the day before, as investors were able to set aside two disappointing economic reports.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a startup Internet company has to pay broadcasters when it takes television programs from the airwaves and allows subscribers to watch them on smartphones and other portable devices.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's credit rating is rebounding, reflecting the relative stability of its state budget.
WASHINGTON (AP) - When the government updates its estimate Wednesday of how the U.S. economy fared last quarter, the number is pretty sure to be ugly. Horrible even.
NEW YORK (AP) - The stock market had its biggest decline in two weeks Tuesday, led by a sell-off in blue-chip bank and energy stocks. Homebuilders rose after the government reported sales of new homes rose in May to the highest level in six years.
LONDON (AP) - Law enforcement agencies across the globe are taking a page out of the hacker's handbook, using targets' own phones and computers to spy on them with methods traditionally associated with cybercriminals, two computer security groups said Tuesday.