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Keep it simple, stupid!

I always strive to explain complicated Social Security rules and policies in as simple a manner as possible. And in doing so, I sometimes gloss over the fine points and intricacies of Social Security law, in order to answer someone's question or to make a point. Today's questions come from people who are essentially asking me to "un-simplify" my answers.

November 02, 2012 | | Nationwide


Hyundai, Kia overstated gas mileage, EPA finds

DETROIT (AP) - Hyundai and Kia overstated the gas mileage on 900,000 vehicles in the past three years, a discovery that could result in sanctions from the U.S. government and millions of dollars in payments to car owners.

November 02, 2012 | | Nationwide


Stocks waterlogged by Sandy's mounting

costs as Dow Jones tumbles 139 points

November 02, 2012 | | Nationwide


Solid job growth in last reading before election

WASHINGTON (AP) - The United States added a solid 171,000 jobs in October, and more than a half-million Americans joined the work force, the latest signs that the uneven economic recovery is gaining strength once again.

November 02, 2012 | | Nationwide


Kellogg says Pringles helped fatten profits

NEW YORK (AP) - Kellogg's appetite for salty snacks is helping fatten its profits.

November 01, 2012 | | Nationwide


soft expands Internet, data centers in China

Micro

November 01, 2012 | | Nationwide


Consumers give economy a lift before election with more spending, confidence

WASHINGTON (AP) - A flurry of data issued Thursday sketched a brightening view of the U.S. economy in the final days before a presidential election that will pivot on the strength of the recovery.

November 01, 2012 | | Nationwide


LinkedIn 3Q results sail past expectations

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - LinkedIn Corp. outpaced Wall Street's expectations with its third-quarter results, solidifying its status as an investor favorite at a time when other Internet companies have fallen from grace.

November 01, 2012 | | Nationwide


Retailers' gains in October could hurt holidays

NEW YORK (AP) - Americans spent briskly in October before Superstorm Sandy hit the Northeast on the tail-end of the month. But the question is whether they're still willing to buy an iPhone for Christmas if they plunked down hundreds on a generator for Sandy?

November 01, 2012 | | Nationwide


Stock market reopens after a two-day shutdown; trading resumes without hitch

NEW YORK (AP) - Wall Street is back in business.

October 31, 2012 | | Nationwide


Netflix stock soars on news of Carl Icahn's stake

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Netflix's slumping stock price and weakening financial performance has finally attracted an opportunistic and sometimes nettlesome investor in Carl Icahn.

October 31, 2012 | | Nationwide


Facebook down after post-IPO lock-up expires

NEW YORK (AP) - Facebook's stock price fell Wednesday, the day employees were eligible to start selling restricted stock in the company.

October 31, 2012 | | Nationwide


ABC News asks judge to toss 'pink slime' lawsuit

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Lawyers for ABC News asked a judge Wednesday to toss out a $1 billion defamation lawsuit filed by a South Dakota-based meat processor over a meat product that critics dub "pink slime," saying the news organization did not knowingly disparage the company or its product.

October 31, 2012 | | Nationwide


Wal-Mart, American Express offer non-bank option dubbed Bluebird

It's the odd couple of personal finance. Wal-Mart and American Express are teaming up to circumvent the traditional banking system by offering a new, mostly free product to consumers.

October 30, 2012 | | Nationwide


PayPal to cut 325 full-time jobs

SAN JOSE (AP) - PayPal is cutting 325 full-time jobs to streamline its business and speed up product development amid intense competition from plucky startups and established companies such as Google.

October 30, 2012 | | Nationwide


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Banks harvest callers’ voiceprints from recordings to fight fraud

LONDON (AP) - "This call may be monitored."

October 13, 2014 | | Nationwide


Aaron’s rent-to-own to pay $28 million

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The nation's second-largest chain of rent-to-own furniture and appliance stores has agreed to pay $28.4 million to settle a case in which it allegedly violated California's consumer protection and privacy laws, attorney general Kamala Harris announced Monday.

October 13, 2014 | | Nationwide


Houston Astros improvement costs mogul

HOUSTON (AP) - The Houston Astros' improvement this year from baseball's worst team cost a Houston furniture mogul Jim McIngvale more than $4 million to make good on a promise to fans.

October 13, 2014 | | Nationwide


McDonald’s invites icky questions about its food to counter erroneous perceptions

NEW YORK (AP) - McDonald's wants to explain why its burgers may not rot and that there are no worms in its beef.

October 13, 2014 | | Nationwide


Holiday sales seen rising 4.1 percent

NEW YORK (AP) - Americans are expected to spend at the highest rate in three years during what's traditionally the busiest shopping season of the year, according to the nation's largest retail industry trade group.

October 07, 2014 | | Nationwide


Drug agency sued over its fake Facebook account

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Drug Enforcement Administration set up a fake Facebook account using photographs and other personal information it took from the cellphone of a New York woman arrested in a cocaine case in hopes of tricking her friends and associates into revealing incriminating drug secrets.

October 07, 2014 | | Nationwide


Oil firms fined for risk to water

FRESNO (AP) - California has fined two oil companies a total of nearly a half-million dollars for dumping oilfield fluid into unlined pits in Kern County.

October 07, 2014 | | Nationwide


Health law waivers: Are they too complicated to claim?

WASHINGTON (AP) - Millions of Americans may qualify for waivers from the most unpopular part of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. But getting that exemption could be an ordeal.

October 07, 2014 | | Nationwide


US to delay enforcing rule for home-care workers protections

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration announced Tuesday that it is delaying enforcement of its initiative to extend minimum-wage and overtime protections to the nation's nearly 2 million home-care workers.

October 07, 2014 | | Nationwide


Feds give oyster farm until year’s end to vacate

POINT REYES (AP) - A popular family-owned oyster farm whose lease at the Point Reyes National Seashore in Northern California has expired will be allowed to keep operating until the end of the year under a legal agreement with the federal government announced Monday.

October 06, 2014 | | Nationwide


Can Hewlett-Packard survive the tablet trend?

PALO ALTO (AP) - Personal computer sales have been in a slump for years, as customers flock to increasingly powerful smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices. Now Hewlett-Packard, the Silicon Valley stalwart that was once the world's biggest seller of personal computers, is splitting off its PC and printing businesses. It's the latest shakeup in a tech industry that's being reshaped by the mobile revolution.

October 06, 2014 | | Nationwide


Wal-Mart plans 1-stop health coverage shopping

NEW YORK (AP) - Wal-Mart is taking one-stop shopping to another area: health insurance.

October 06, 2014 | | Nationwide


Can a football stadium be as ‘smart’ as a phone?

SANTA CLARA (AP) - It's a tough challenge for the National Football League to entice fans off their comfy couches and into stadiums when ticket prices are almost as high as the sport's TV ratings.

October 02, 2014 | | Nationwide


New car technology may not lower insurance rates

WINDSOR, Conn. (AP) - More cars and trucks are being equipped with cameras, radar, automatic braking and other safety technology that help avoid accidents, but drivers may not see their insurance bills go down anytime soon, experts in the auto and insurance industries said Thursday.

October 02, 2014 | | Nationwide


Facebook tightens research guidelines

CUPERTINO (AP) - Facebook has tightened its research guidelines following uproar over its disclosure this summer that it allowed researchers to manipulate users' feeds to see if their moods could be changed.

October 02, 2014 | | Nationwide


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