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Suspending your benefits before they even start

Q. I am about to turn 66 years old. I was planning to wait until age 70 to file for my Social Security benefits because I wanted to get the delayed retirement bonus you mention so often in your column. But I found an article on the web that encourages people like me to file at age 66 and then immediately suspend my benefits. That way, if I change my mind before age 70, I can go back and get retroactive benefits until age 66. What do you know about this?

July 13, 2012 | | Nationwide


Developers pull plans for New Mexico ghost town to study new technology

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The company behind plans to build a scientific ghost town says it is pulling out of a deal to develop the make-believe city near Hobbs.

July 13, 2012 | | Nationwide


US rowing team outfitted with Philly-made gear

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - While lawmakers in Congress continue fuming about uniforms for the U.S. Olympic team being made in China, a Philadelphia company is looking forward to seeing its locally-made apparel being worn by American rowers.

July 13, 2012 | | Nationwide


Visa, MasterCard in $6B settlement over card fees

NEW YORK (AP) - Visa, MasterCard and major banks agreed to pay retailers at least $6 billion to settle a long-running lawsuit that alleged the card issuers conspired to fix the fees that stores pay to accept credit cards. As part of the settlement, announced late Friday, stores from Rite Aid to Kroger will be allowed to charge customers more if they pay using a credit card.

July 13, 2012 | | Nationwide


NM on verge of repossessing state's supercomputer

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Gov. Susana Martinez's administration is on the verge of taking back New Mexico's $11 million supercomputer known as "Encanto" from the nonprofit group set up to operate it.

July 12, 2012 | | Nationwide


Yahoo confirms theft of 450,000 users' passwords

LONDON (AP) - Some 450,000 Yahoo users' email addresses and passwords have been leaked because of a security breach, the company confirmed Thursday, adding that just a small fraction of the stolen passwords were valid.

July 12, 2012 | | Nationwide


Scam claiming President Obama offering to pay utility bills proves costly for thousands

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - As much as President Barack Obama wants your vote, he's not actually offering to pay your monthly bills.

July 12, 2012 | | Nationwide


NBC launches 2 apps to watch the Olympics

NEW YORK (AP) - NBC launched two mobile apps that will let people watch Olympics events as they happen, look up athlete profiles and access other extra content on their iPads, iPhones and certain Android devices.

July 12, 2012 | | Nationwide


Yahoo's interim CEO faces off with shareholders

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Yahoo's restless shareholders let interim CEO Ross Levinsohn know that they won't give him much time to fix the troubled company if he gets the job on a permanent basis.

July 12, 2012 | | Nationwide


Scranton mayor slashes city workers' pay to minimum wage in budget move

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) - A fiscal and political crisis in the nearly-broke northeastern Pennsylvania city of Scranton deepened Tuesday as public employee unions sought to have the mayor held in contempt of court after he defied a judge and slashed workers' pay to minimum wage.

July 10, 2012 | | Nationwide


Openings rose in May, good sign for hiring

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. employers advertised more jobs in May than April, a hopeful sign after three months of weak hiring.

July 10, 2012 | | Nationwide


Dems want tax cuts for businesses that hire

WASHINGTON (AP) - Democrats began trying to push a bill through the Senate Tuesday slicing taxes for businesses that hire new workers and buy major new equipment. They ran straight into opposition from Republicans who complained that the measure was too timid and sought to refocus the debate on their own economic priorities.

July 10, 2012 | | Nationwide


Comcast sells A&E stake to Disney, Hearst for $3B

NEW YORK (AP) - Comcast's NBCUniversal is selling its stake in A&E Television Networks to Disney and Hearst for $3.03 billion in cash.

July 10, 2012 | | Nationwide


Fitch Ratings keeps United States at top 'AAA' credit rating

WASHINGTON (AP) - Fitch Ratings has retained the U.S. at its top 'AAA' credit rating but also left the outlook negative, citing the failure of Congress and the Obama administration to forge an agreement on reducing the budget deficit.

July 10, 2012 | | Nationwide


Gov't agency proposes simpler mortgage forms

WASHINGTON (AP) - The government proposed rules Monday to help Americans understand the costs and risks of getting a mortgage.

July 09, 2012 | | Nationwide


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McDonald’s chicken drops human antibiotics

NEW YORK (AP) - McDonald's says it plans to require chicken suppliers to stop using antibiotics important to human medicine within two years.

March 04, 2015 | | Nationwide


BUSINESS NEWS

• ALIBABA OPENS DATA CENTER IN SILICON VALLEY: SAN JOSE (AP) - The cloud-computing unit of Chinese e-commerce powerhouse Alibaba is making its first foray into the U.S. by opening a data center in Silicon Valley.

March 04, 2015 | | Nationwide


Sony plans to launch gaming virtual-reality headset in 2016

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Sony plans on putting its virtual-reality headset on consumers' noggins next year.

March 04, 2015 | | Nationwide


Men’s testosterone drugs overused

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Food and Drug Administration is warning doctors against over-prescribing testosterone-boosting drugs for men, saying the popular treatments have not been established as safe or effective for common age-related issues like low libido and fatigue.

March 03, 2015 | | Nationwide


Why your laptop battery won’t kill you

NEW YORK (AP) - News on Tuesday that major U.S. airlines are no longer going to ship powerful lithium-ion batteries might lead some to fret about the safety of their personal electronic devices.

March 03, 2015 | | Nationwide


GAS PRICE COLLAPSE?

NEW YORK (AP) - The U.S. has so much crude that it is running out of places to put it, and that could drive oil and gasoline prices even lower in the coming months.

March 03, 2015 | | Nationwide


Target to cut $2B in costs, 2,000 jobs

NEW YORK (AP) - Target Corp. is cutting several thousand jobs as part of a plan to eliminate $2 billion in costs over the next two years.

March 03, 2015 | | Nationwide


Waze map app to get Amber Alerts

NEW YORK (AP) - The Waze navigation app is getting Amber Alerts on child abductions.

March 03, 2015 | | Nationwide


HP’s big deal: Tech giant buys Aruba Networks

SANTA CLARA (AP) - Hewlett-Packard is buying wireless networking company Aruba Networks for about $2.7 billion, in what amounts to HP's first major acquisition since its disastrous purchase of a British software company in 2011.

March 02, 2015 | | Nationwide


Google selling wireless plans in bid to get more people online

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) - Search giant, self-driving car developer, smartphone and tablet maker. Turned data plan provider?

March 02, 2015 | | Nationwide


Dot-com deja vu: Nasdaq tops 5,000, nears high

NEW YORK (AP) - The last time the Nasdaq was this high, Bill Clinton was president, your Internet connection was probably still dial-up and the iPod, iPhone and iPad didn't exist.

March 02, 2015 | | Nationwide


Costco’s deal with Visa, Citi

NEW YORK (AP) - If you're shopping at Costco, you'll need a new credit card to pay for those family-sized packs of chicken breasts or toilet paper.

March 02, 2015 | | Nationwide


Minimum wage in Oakland jumps to $12.25 an hour

OAKLAND (AP) - The minimum wage in Oakland is now the highest in the San Francisco Bay Area.

March 02, 2015 | | Nationwide


PayPal buying mobile wallet provider

SAN JOSE (AP) - EBay's PayPal payment unit is acquiring mobile wallet operator Paydient ahead of PayPal's spinoff as the mobile payment sector heats up.

March 02, 2015 | | Nationwide


Target slices free-shipping minimum in half to $25

NEW YORK (AP) - Target has sliced its minimum online purchase to qualify for free shipping in half to $25 as the Internet becomes a bigger and bigger sales hub for retailers.

February 23, 2015 | | Nationwide


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