DENVER (AP) - Michelle Ebert played basketball, volleyball, tennis and softball in high school. But she gained weight after college while building her career with a firm that helps other companies manage customer service, often working 14-hour days.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) - Inside a small bungalow on the street separating Kansas City, Kan., from its sister city in Missouri, a small group of entrepreneurs are working on their ideas for the next high-tech startup, tapping Google Inc.'s new superfast Internet connection that has turned the neighborhood into an unlikely settlement dubbed the "Silicon Prairie."
Q: I am 67 years old and started getting Social Security at age 66. I get $2,100 per month. My wife is 57 and has spent most of her life as a homemaker. But she recently took an office job and is starting to earn Social Security credits. Will she need 40 credits to qualify for her own Social Security? If so, is there any real advantage to her doing this?
SAN FRANCSICO (AP) - Wells Fargo, the country's biggest mortgage lender, reported record earnings for the fourth quarter on Friday, beating analysts' expectations for both profit and revenue. The bank made more loans, gained deposits and enjoyed above-average returns from the investments made by its private equity business.
Chevron expects 4Q profit to beat 3Q SAN RAMON (AP) - Chevron Corp. expects fourth-quarter earnings to be "notably higher" than third-quarter profit. The company said Thursday that its fourth-quarter results will be helped by bigger gains on asset sales and more oil and gas production. Chevron is the nation's second-biggest oil company, and it earned $5.25 billion, or ...
The price of oil was little changed above $92 a barrel Friday as holidays in the U.S. thinned trading and plentiful crude stocks showed the market was well supplied.
Editor's Note: The following are "Black Thursday" stories witnessed and shared by The Associated Press' staff in New York.
NEW YORK (AP) - This holiday shopping season, it's Amazon vs. everyone else.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Shoppers won't be lining up for Thanksgiving Day deals at stores in Rhode Island. They can't.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A Northern California toy company is fighting for its right to parody a popular Beastie Boys song.
ASPEN, Colo. (AP) - The growing popularity of strapping skins on skis and climbing uphill could soon come at a price at some ski areas. The U.S. Forest Service is working on new rules that clarify that ski areas that lease public lands for their operations can charge people for uphill travel.. The directive could affect fitness fanatics that use skis with climbing skins, snowshoes and stabilizers. The directive "encourages" ski area operators to provide ...
PALO ALTO (AP) - Hewlett-Packard posted net income of $1.4 billion for its fiscal fourth-quarter, as cost cuts stemming from its ongoing restructuring more than offset the effects of sluggish computer demand.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Food and Drug Administration has ordered Google-backed genetic test maker 23andMe to halt sales of its personalized DNA test kits, saying the company has failed to show that the technology is supported by science.
NEW YORK (AP) - TJX Cos. is hoping to stand out with a different twist on customer service. The Framingham, Mass.-based company, is launching its first-ever holiday gift hotline for its TJ Maxx and Marshall stores. The hotline will kick off on Dec. 3 and be live for four days until Dec. 6. A panel of 14 experts, who were selected not only for their fashion expertise but also for being fans of the brand, ...
PLANO, Texas (AP) - J.C. Penney Mike Ullman seems confident the slumping retailer will bounce back during the holiday shopping season. Ullman showed his faith by buying 112,000 shares at $8.95 apiece at the end of last week. The $1 million investment disclosed Monday comes as Ullman tries to snap Penney out of a funk that has seen the Plano, Texas, company lose more than $2.4 billion since late 2011. The financial misery prompted Penny ...
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Food and Drug Administration is lifting severe safety restrictions on the former blockbuster diabetes pill Avandia, citing recent data suggesting that the much-debated medication does not increase the risk of heart attack.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration said Friday it will lose $139 million on a loan to struggling electric car maker Fisker Automotive Inc. after selling part of the loan to a private investor that immediately took the company into bankruptcy.