Regular readers of this column know that I don't like to get into Medicare issues. I retired in 2005 following a 32 year career with the Social Security Administration.
Facebook's debut on the stock market was preceded by epic hype, delayed by a technical glitch and tracked minute-by-minute by investors around the world. In the end, the fuss was over a gain of 23 cents.
NEW YORK (AP) - That morning cup is getting cheaper.
DETROIT (AP) - For General Motors, the price isn't right when it comes to an ad during next year's Super Bowl.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration moved Thursday to impose stiff new tariffs on solar panels made in China, finding that Chinese companies are improperly flooding the U.S. market with government-subsidized products.
WASHINGTON (AP) - While businesses bemoan the cost of regulations, a new study suggests that government enforcement of workplace health and safety rules can save lives without sapping a company's bottom line.
PALO ALTO (AP) - Hewlett-Packard is poised to eliminate as many as 30,000 jobs to compensate for dwindling demand for personal computers as more people connect to the Internet on smartphones and tablets, according to reports published Thursday.
NEW YORK (AP) - The owner of fast-food chains Carl's Jr. and Hardee's is planning to go public again, seeking to raise an estimated $100 million.
NEW YORK (AP) - Don't try to friend MaLi Arwood on Facebook. You won't find her there.
NEW YORK (AP) - Wal-Mart may have gotten its groove back, but an alleged bribery scheme threatens to curtail its progress.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Yahoo's new boss is reorganizing a consumer-commerce division created by recently dispatched CEO Scott Thompson.
NEW YORK (AP) - Natural gas is no longer at decade lows, but the price remains sensitive to reports of any significant increase in supply.
NEW YORK (AP) - Wall Street doesn't seem to like J.C. Penney's new everyday low pricing any better than Main Street does.
BOSTON (AP) - Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo has a message for former Harvard undergrad and billionaire Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg: Come home.
NEW YORK (AP) - Responding to extraordinary demand, Facebook said Wednesday that it would sell more stock in the company's initial public offering. But ahead of the IPO, a debate emerged between two of the nation's largest automakers: Does it pay to advertise on the social network?
WASHINGTON (AP) - Teeth-bleaching isn't brain surgery, although the Supreme Court seemed to find a link between the two in an antitrust case argued Tuesday.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - In a quick about-face, the National School Boards Association is cutting ties with the nation's second-biggest cigarette maker, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.
NEW YORK (AP) - Macy's Inc. is opening its stores at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, two hours earlier than last year, to lure holiday shoppers.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal regulators say Pfizer has provided low-quality evidence to support its request to remove a bold-letter warning from its anti-smoking drug Chantix about suicidal behavior.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - First the chefs of a small Italian restaurant got mad at online review site Yelp. Instead of trying to get better reviews, they decided to take a different approach: get terrible ones.
LONDON (AP) - "This call may be monitored."
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.
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.
NEW YORK (AP) - McDonald's wants to explain why its burgers may not rot and that there are no worms in its beef.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.