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Dow closes at highest level of year, nears record

NEW YORK (AP) - The Dow rose to its highest close of the year, putting it within 1 percent of its record. Stocks gained after impressive results from two big consumer brands.

February 12, 2013 | | Nationwide


CEO: Shareholder lawsuit is 'silly sideshow'

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple CEO Tim Cook is calling a shareholder lawsuit against the company a "silly sideshow," even as he said he is open to looking at the shareholder's proposals for sharing more cash with investors.

February 12, 2013 | | Nationwide


Federal Trade Communications: 1 in 4 have errors in credit report

WASHINGTON (AP) - One in four consumers found an error in a credit report issued by a major agency, according to a government study released Monday.

February 11, 2013 | | Nationwide


Maker's Mark cutting bourbon alcohol volume

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The producer of Maker's Mark bourbon is cutting - likely permanently - the amount of alcohol in each bottle to stretch every drop of the famous Kentucky whiskey. The alcohol volume is being lowered from its historic level of 45 percent to 42 percent - or 90 proof to 84 proof.

February 11, 2013 | | Nationwide


Need surgery? Good luck getting hospital cost

CHICAGO (AP) - Want to know how much a hip replacement will cost? Many hospitals won't be able to tell you, at least not right away - if at all. And if you shop around and find centers that can quote a price, the amounts could vary astronomically, a study found.

February 11, 2013 | | Nationwide


Mountain Dew introduces a breakfast drink

NEW YORK (AP) - If you don't like coffee or tea, Mountain Dew has a new breakfast drink that might perk you up.

February 11, 2013 | | Nationwide


Postal Service lost $1.3B over quarter

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Postal Service lost $1.3 billion in the final three months of last year, despite a blizzard of campaign advertising for the fall political elections and a big holiday mail and shipping season.

February 08, 2013 | | Nationwide


Food incubator: kitchen hobbies go to groceries

NORCO, La. (AP) - The smell of herbs and spices filled the large industrial kitchen space as Bonnie Barberot stirred ingredients in a steaming metal cauldron. She was at the Edible Enterprises kitchen early on a Monday to prepare a fresh batch of sweet and spicy pickles, one of five pickle products Barberot produces under the Bushwood Farms name.

February 08, 2013 | | Nationwide


Dell's $24.4B deal opposed by major stockholder

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Dell Inc.'s decision to sell itself for $24.4 billion to a group led by its founder and CEO is being ridiculed as a rotten deal by a major shareholder who estimates the slumping personal computer maker is really worth $42 billion.

February 08, 2013 | | Nationwide


McDonald's sales fall with tough year ahead

NEW YORK (AP) - McDonald's says a key sales figure dropped again in January as the world's biggest hamburger chain struggled to grow in the U.S. and saw a severe decline in Asia.

February 08, 2013 | | Nationwide


We just don’t want widows “living in sin!”

Q: I've been rereading some of your past articles online. You usually explain Social Security rules pretty well. But there is one situation I am having trouble with. A 62-year-old woman who is married to a slightly younger man wrote to ask if she could get benefits from her older ex-husband's Social Security record. You said no. You went on to explain that as long as she was married to husband number two, she can't get benefits from husband number one. But in another column, a 63-year-old woman who was getting widow's benefits asked if she ...

February 08, 2013 | | Nationwide


Lay's asking what chips you like

NEW YORK (AP) - The next Lay's potato chip will taste like chicken and waffles. Or cheesy garlic bread. Or Sriracha, a hot sauce often used in Thai dishes.

February 08, 2013 | | Nationwide


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S&P 500 hits 5-year high, extends rally

February 08, 2013 | | Nationwide


IRS cracking down on ID theft, tax fraud

MIAMI (AP) - With tax filing season heating up, an aggressive Internal Revenue Service crackdown is targeting the growing problem of criminals who use stolen identities to seek tens of thousands of dollars in fraudulent tax refunds.

February 07, 2013 | | Nationwide


Investor sues Apple, wants more cash

CUPERTINO (AP) - With its annual meeting looming and its stock on the decline, Apple is facing a rebellion from an influential investor who wants the company to stop stockpiling cash and give it to shareholders instead.

February 07, 2013 | | Nationwide


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US appeals WTO ruling against national meat labels

WASHINGTON (AP) - The United States is appealing a World Trade Organization decision that would make it harder for U.S. consumers to know where meat in the grocery store came from.

November 29, 2014 | | Nationwide


Illegals Social Security eligible in Obama plan

WASHINGTON (AP) - Many immigrants in the United States illegally who apply for work permits under President Barack Obama's new executive actions would be eligible for Social Security and Medicare benefits upon reaching retirement age, according to the White House.

November 26, 2014 | | Nationwide


Twitter now tracks other apps

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Twitter said it is now tracking what other apps its users have installed on their mobile devices so it can target content and ads to them better.

November 26, 2014 | | Nationwide


Redbox raising DVD rental rates by 25 percent

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Redbox is raising its DVD rental prices by 25 percent in an effort to wring more revenue from the shrinking audience that still watches movies on discs rather than online.

November 24, 2014 | | Nationwide


SoCal high-end home sales surge

LOS ANGELES (AP) - In an exception to Southern California's lackluster real estate market, sales of homes costing $2 million or more are hitting record levels, according to a report.

November 24, 2014 | | Nationwide


3 make living playing video games

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) - From nine to five, seven days a week, Robert Schill plays video games while sitting on a plush, brown sofa in central Florida.

November 17, 2014 | | Nationwide


Hellmann’s tweaks site in ‘mayonnaise’ legal spat

NEW YORK (AP) - Hellmann's mayonnaise has some egg on its face.

November 17, 2014 | | Nationwide


Heat-not-burn cigarette rolled out

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Reynolds American Inc. is launching a cigarette that heats tobacco rather than burning it, hoping to capitalize on the growing appetite for alternatives to traditional smokes.

November 17, 2014 | | Nationwide


Government falls short when it comes to useful health info websites

WASHINGTON (AP) - With many seniors facing high medical bills, a congressional investigation has found that federal government websites meant to give Medicare patients basic consumer tools instead fail to provide adequate information on out-of-pocket costs, and even quality of care.

November 17, 2014 | | Nationwide


NYC: Replace pay phones with Wi-Fi hubs

NEW YORK (AP) - Pay phones on New York City streets would become a thing of the past under a plan announced Monday that would replace them with stand-alone devices offering free Wi-Fi and nationwide phone calls as well as mobile phone charging capability.

November 17, 2014 | | Nationwide


Feds: Privacy firm deceived consumers

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Federal regulators said a respected Internet privacy company gave its seal of approval to commercial websites and mobile apps but failed to check whether they were indeed meeting standards for safeguarding customers' data.

November 17, 2014 | | Nationwide


Obama: Treat Internet like utility

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama on Monday embraced a radical change in how the government treats Internet service, coming down on the side of consumer activists who fear slower download speeds and higher costs but angering Republicans and the nation's cable giants who say the plan would kill jobs.

November 10, 2014 | | Nationwide


Switches ordered weeks ahead of recall

DETROIT (AP) - Emails showing that General Motors ordered a half-million replacement ignition switches nearly two months before telling the government of a safety recall will be heavily scrutinized by federal prosecutors, who are investigating GM's conduct, according to legal experts.

November 10, 2014 | | Nationwide


Q&A ON ‘NET NEUTRALITY’

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama on Monday waded into the debate over "net neutrality" by suggesting that Internet service should be regulated more heavily to protect consumers.

November 10, 2014 | | Nationwide


OK for Social Security workers settlement

BALTIMORE (AP) - A federal administrative law judge in Baltimore has given preliminary approval to a $6.6 million settlement for more than 570 current and former Social Security Administration employees with disabilities.

November 10, 2014 | | Nationwide


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