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Jobs report lifts Dow to highest mark since '08

NEW YORK (AP) - A drop in the unemployment rate to its lowest level in three years propelled the Dow Jones industrial average Friday to its highest close since May 2008, before the financial meltdown later that year. The Nasdaq composite index hit an 11-year high.

February 03, 2012 | | Nationwide


Pew study: Facebook users get more than they give

NEW YORK (AP) - The goody-two-shoes among us say it's better to give than to receive. That's not true for the average Facebook user, though.

February 03, 2012 | | Nationwide


HP awards new CEO Whitman with $16.5M pay package

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Hewlett-Packard Co. ushered in Meg Whitman as its CEO with a $16.5 million compensation package that hinges on the one-time politician's ability to lift the stumbling technology company's stock price during the next two years.

February 03, 2012 | | Nationwide


Don’t base critical benefit decisions on prophets of doom

Q: I'm about to turn 66. I want to put off starting my Social Security until age 70 because if I do, I'll get an extra $600 or so per month in a delayed retirement bonus added to by Social Security checks. But my husband said I should take my Social Security now because he doesn't think Social Security will even be there in another four years. So should I take it now or wait until age 70?

February 03, 2012 | | Nationwide


Before marriage, you need a financial heart-to-heart

Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and this column is meant to serve as a reminder. First, remember to buy a card for your valentine before they're all sold out. And second, don't get so caught up in the romantic season of hearts and flowers that you pop the question before you know you're financially compatible!

February 03, 2012 | | Nationwide


Hiring surges in January; jobless rate at 8.3 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) - In a long-awaited surge of hiring, companies added 243,000 jobs in January - across the economy, up and down the pay scale and far more than just about anyone expected. Unemployment fell to 8.3 percent, the lowest in three years.

February 03, 2012 | | Nationwide


House votes to continue federal worker pay freeze

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House on Wednesday voted to freeze the wages of federal workers for a third straight year and put members of Congress on record as opposing a boost in their $174,000 annual salaries.

February 03, 2012 | | Nationwide


Retailers deliver solid sales gains during January

NEW YORK (AP) - Americans were shopping in January, but not every store was feeling the love.

February 02, 2012 | | Nationwide


FDA: low levels of fungicide in domestic OJ

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Food and Drug Administration says it has found low levels of an illegal fungicide in orange juice samples taken from Florida manufacturers.

February 02, 2012 | | Nationwide


Woman's small claims victory against Honda resonates

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Heather Peter's computer crashed under the onslaught of messages following her unique victory over Honda in small claims court - a win the California woman is hoping will lead other consumers to reject a class action settlement over defective hybrid cars.

February 02, 2012 | | Nationwide


Status update: Facebook to go public, raise $5 billion

NEW YORK (AP) - Facebook made a much-anticipated status update Wednesday: The Internet social network is going public eight years after its computer-hacking CEO Mark Zuckerberg started the service at Harvard University.

February 01, 2012 | | Nationwide


2012 already looks like a winner for automakers; sales up 11%

DETROIT (AP) - 2012 is already looking like a winner for automakers -- just one month into the year.

February 01, 2012 | | Nationwide


Hot start: Dow and S&P have best January since '97 with 3.4 - 4.4% gains

NEW YORK (AP) - It's the best start for stocks in 15 years.

January 31, 2012 | | Nationwide


Amazon 4Q falls short of Wall Street’s expectations, outlook sends stock lower

NEW YORK (AP) - Shoppers spent more money online this holiday season than ever before, and yet, Amazon -the world's largest Internet retailer- failed to meet Wall Street's sales expectations with its latest financial results.

January 31, 2012 | | Nationwide


Will Facebook deliver an IPO surprise?

NEW YORK (AP) - Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg turns up at business conventions in a hoodie. "Cocky" is the word used to describe him most often, after "billionaire." He was Time's person of the year at 26.

January 31, 2012 | | Nationwide


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Can dentists legally bar teeth-whitening competition?

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.

October 14, 2014 | | Nationwide


Education group snuffs out tobacco ties

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.

October 14, 2014 | | Nationwide


Macy’s to open even earlier on Thanksgiving

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.

October 14, 2014 | | Nationwide


FDA: little evidence to drop Chantix boxed suicide warning

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.

October 14, 2014 | | Nationwide


Yelp battles extortion claims

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.

October 13, 2014 | | Nationwide


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


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