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A quick explanation of those darn Social Security offsets

I can tell from my emails that it's time for me to once again tackle the touchy subject of those misunderstood Social Security offsets. And because so many people don't understand the law, they mistakenly think they are being singled out for Social Security reductions that don't impact anyone else. And they are simply wrong about that.

August 10, 2012 | | Nationwide


Federal budget deficit totals $974B through July

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. federal budget deficit increased $70 billion in July and is on track to top $1 trillion for the fourth straight year.

August 10, 2012 | | Nationwide


CEO salvages JC Penney 2Q earnings disaster

NEW YORK (AP) - J.C. Penney Co. CEO Ron Johnson hasn't run out of magic yet, as far as Wall Street is concerned.

August 10, 2012 | | Nationwide


Corn estimates drop amid deepening drought

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A deepening drought in the nation's farm states has cut further into this fall's harvest, with farmers now expected to pull from their fields the lowest corn yield in more than a decade.

August 10, 2012 | | Nationwide


Economic outlook brightens on jobs, recent trade data

Economic outlook brightens on jobs, recent trade data

August 09, 2012 | | Nationwide


Health care law's tax hikes are coming

WASHINGTON (AP) - Who gets thumped by higher taxes in President Barack Obama's health care law? The wealthiest 2 percent of Americans will take the biggest hit, starting next year. And the pain will be shared by some who aren't so well off - people swept up in a hodgepodge of smaller tax changes that will help finance health coverage for millions in need.

August 09, 2012 | | Nationwide


GM may have electric car breakthrough

DETROIT (AP) - A small battery company backed by General Motors is working on breakthrough technology that could power an electric car 100 or even 200 miles on a single charge in the next two-to-four years, GM's CEO said Thursday.

August 09, 2012 | | Nationwide


Wis. boy, 17, is the fastest texter in America

NEW YORK (AP) - A 17-year-old boy who says he has "abnormally fast thumbs" has been named the fastest texter in America for the second year in a row.

August 08, 2012 | | Nationwide


HP to absorb record quarterly loss of nearly $9B

PALO ALTO (AP) - Hewlett-Packard Co. on Wednesday said that it will take a massive charge against its earnings for the latest quarter, leading to a record loss of nearly $9 billion.

August 08, 2012 | | Nationwide


Google includes Gmail in search results

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Google is creating an information bridge between its influential Internet search engine and its widely used Gmail service in its latest attempt to deliver more personal responses more quickly.

August 08, 2012 | | Nationwide


McDonald's left hungry by rivals, economy in July

NEW YORK (AP) - The Golden Arches are starting to lose some of their shine.

August 08, 2012 | | Nationwide


Apple plans to ditch iPhone YouTube app

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple says the next version of its software for the iPhone and iPad won't come with a pre-installed YouTube application.

August 07, 2012 | | Nationwide


US employers post the most jobs in 4 years

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. employers posted the most job openings in four years in June, a positive sign that hiring may pick up.

August 07, 2012 | | Nationwide


Late payments on mortgages hit 3-year low

LOS ANGELES (AP) - U.S. homeowners are getting better about keeping up with their mortgage payments, driving the percentage of borrowers who have fallen behind to a three-year low, according to a new report.

August 07, 2012 | | Nationwide


Consumers cut back on credit card use in June

WASHINGTON (AP) - Americans cut back on credit card use in June, a sign that high unemployment and slow growth have made some more cautious about spending.

August 07, 2012 | | 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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