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Agency checkup nothing to fear

Q: I am a certified public accountant. One of my clients, who signed up for his Social Security about a year ago, just got a letter from Social Security's "Office of Quality Assurance." The people there want to redo his claim for benefits. And they are asking him to bring in his military discharge papers (he was in the Army 40 years ago), his W-2 records for the past 10 years and other documents. What's going on? He's very worried about this.

March 16, 2012 | | Nationwide


Higher gas prices threaten economy if they persist

WASHINGTON (AP) - Inflation remains tame throughout the U.S. economy, with one big exception: gas prices.

March 16, 2012 | | Nationwide


Fans, entrepreneurs among 1st buyers of new iPad

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Apple's latest iPad drew the customary lines of die-hard fans looking to be first and entrepreneurs looking to make a quick profit.

March 16, 2012 | | Nationwide


AT&T scotches appeal, pays small-claims litigant

NEW YORK (AP) - AT&T Inc. on Friday gave up on appealing an $850 award won by an iPhone user in small claims court, and sent him a check.

March 16, 2012 | | Nationwide


PayPal targets small business with mobile payments

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Small businesses from coffee shops to plumbers will soon be able to accept credit cards through PayPal, using a small triangular card reader attached to a smartphone.

March 15, 2012 | | Nationwide


Online wait cut for shows like 'Vampire Diaries'

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Fans of shows on The CW like "The Vampire Diaries" no longer have to wait three days after broadcast to watch them online.

March 15, 2012 | | Nationwide


S&P cracks 1,400 for first time since 2008

NEW YORK (AP) - The stock market cleared another barrier Thursday in its long recovery from the Great Recession: The Standard & Poor's 500 index closed above 1,400 for the first time since June 2008.

March 15, 2012 | | Nationwide


Heavy demand expected as latest iPad version goes on sale today

CUPERTINO (AP) - Let the wild rumpus start.

March 15, 2012 | | Nationwide


Cisco to buy video tech firm for about $4B

SAN JOSE (AP) - Cisco Systems Inc. is buying digital video technology company NDS Group Ltd. to enhance the range of products it sells to pay-TV providers and to expand in emerging markets.

March 15, 2012 | | Nationwide


Zynga holders plan to sell up to $400M in stock

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Zynga shareholders may sell up to $400 million of stock through a public offering, three months after the online game maker went public, to try to avoid a drop in its stock price.

March 14, 2012 | | Nationwide


Muppet manifesto: Blistering exit for Goldman executive

NEW YORK (AP) - Goldman Sachs, arguably the most storied investment bank on Wall Street, has been compared to a money-sucking vampire squid and called the evil empire of finance. On Wednesday, it got a black eye from one of its own.

March 14, 2012 | | Nationwide


Schools getting choice on beef: Pink slime or no?

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - "Pink slime" just went from a simmer to a boil.

March 14, 2012 | | Nationwide


AT&T offers quiet settlement with iPhone user over small claims judgment over unlimited data

NEW YORK (AP) - AT&T is offering to discuss a settlement to an iPhone user who won a small-claims case that alleged the company was slowing down his "unlimited" data service.

March 13, 2012 | | Nationwide


Encyclopaedia Britannica to end print editions

CHICAGO (AP) - Encyclopaedia Britannica Inc. said Tuesday that it will stop publishing print editions of its flagship encyclopedia for the first time since the sets were originally published more than 200 years ago.

March 13, 2012 | | Nationwide


Wal-Mart to bridge online gap with disc-to-digital

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Wal-Mart pledged to help introduce Hollywood's emerging online movie locker system to its customers, many of whom have never owned anything digital in their lives.

March 13, 2012 | | Nationwide


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Microsoft earnings for 4Q tops Street

REDMOND, Wash. (AP) - Microsoft Corp. CEO Satya Nadella painted an upbeat vision of the future Tuesday, saying that the next version of Windows will be unified across screens of all sizes and that two money-losing units - Nokia phones and Bing search - would become profitable in 2016.

July 22, 2014 | | Nationwide


Apple post biggest earnings gain in nearly two years

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple's growth prospects are looking brighter as anticipation builds for the upcoming release of the next iPhone, a model that is expected to cater to consumers yearning for a bigger screen.

July 22, 2014 | | Nationwide


Five tips to protect yourself from ID theft

NEW YORK (AP) - It's an almost weekly occurrence: On Tuesday, Goodwill said its computer systems may have been hacked, leading to the possible theft of customers' credit and debit card information. The nonprofit agency, which operates 2,900 stores in the U.S., said it is working with federal investigators to look into a possible breach.

July 22, 2014 | | Nationwide


New Orleans recycling smoked cigarette butts

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - In New Orleans, discarded butts are being turned into something useful.

July 21, 2014 | | Nationwide


Verizon launches rewards program with tracking

NEW YORK (AP) - Verizon Wireless is launching a nationwide loyalty program this week for its 100-million-plus subscribers. There's a twist, though: To earn points for every dollar spent, subscribers must consent to have their movements tracked so the company can help target ads that match their interests.

July 21, 2014 | | Nationwide


Beef pollutes more than pork, poultry

WASHINGTON (AP) - Raising beef for the American dinner table does far more damage to the environment than producing pork, poultry, eggs or dairy, a new study says.

July 21, 2014 | | Nationwide


Microsoft : Design central to its future

REDMOND, Wash. (AP) - Before Ralf Groene helped devise the look and feel of Microsoft's Surface tablet, he designed food - or "food concepts," he says, for people on the go. Among them: dried noodles that come wrapped around a pair of chopsticks; a tubular meal that can be pulled with two fingers from a car cup holder base; and a fork that squeezes out sauce.

July 21, 2014 | | Nationwide


What happens to your online accounts when you die?

WASHINGTON (AP) - You've probably decided who gets the house or that family heirloom up in the attic when you die. But what about your email account and all those photos stored online?

July 16, 2014 | | Nationwide


Strong PayPal growth boosts eBay’s 2Q profit

SAN JOSE (AP) - EBay said Wednesday that its second-quarter net income rose 6 percent, as strong growth from its PayPal payments business offset lower-than-expected revenue that was hampered by a global password reset after a cyberattack.

July 16, 2014 | | Nationwide


SoCal hearing addresses oil refinery rules

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Residents of modest neighborhoods near three of the largest oil refineries in California called on the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday to crack down on plant emissions, saying the pollution is choking their children and endangering their health.

July 16, 2014 | | Nationwide


Reno convention bookings up 49%

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Northern Nevada tourism officials say they've seen a significant spike in convention bookings, but continue to struggle with a drop in government business because of a misconception that casino resorts cost more than other hotels.

July 14, 2014 | | Nationwide


Univ. of Phoenix faces government financial aid review

NEW YORK (AP) - Apollo Education Group said the U.S. Department of Education will review the administration of federal student financial aid programs by its University of Phoenix subsidiary.

July 14, 2014 | | Nationwide


Consumer bureau sues law firm

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau sued a major debt collection law firm on Monday, alleging it is a "mill" that produces shoddy, mass-produced credit-card collection lawsuits.

July 14, 2014 | | Nationwide


Citigroup to pay $7B in mortgages probe

WASHINGTON (AP) - Citigroup has agreed to pay $7 billion to settle a federal investigation into its handling of risky subprime mortgages, admitting to a pattern of deception that Attorney General Eric Holder said "shattered lives" and contributed to the worst financial crisis in decades, the Justice Department said Monday.

July 14, 2014 | | Nationwide


1,153 Trump Plaza workers to lose jobs

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - Job losses at Trump Plaza when the Atlantic City casino shuts down in September will be even worse than expected.

July 14, 2014 | | Nationwide


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