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Ex-Enron CEO gets 10 years cut from sentence

HOUSTON (AP) - Ex-Enron Corp. CEO Jeffrey Skilling - seen by many as exemplifying the worst in corporate fraud and greed in America - could be released from prison in about four years after a federal judge on Friday shaved off a decade from his original sentence of more than 24 years.

June 21, 2013 | | Nationwide


‘I’m getting the wrong amount’ common gripe

Q: A short while ago, you wrote a column about women who shared complaints about their Social Security benefits while on a cruise. Well, I wish I could afford to take a cruise so I could complain about my Social Security problems. Here is my gripe: Since my ex-husband died three years ago, I don't think I've been getting enough money. We were married for 30 years and got a divorce about 10 years before he died. I never remarried, but he did. He was an architect and made big money. After talking to other women, I think ...

June 21, 2013 | | Nationwide


Administrator opens probe of spill claims lawyer

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - For months, BP has complained that a Louisiana attorney who is administering its settlement with tens of thousands of Gulf Coast businesses and residents has made decisions that expose the company to what could be billions of dollars in fictitious claims arising from the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

June 21, 2013 | | Nationwide


First Apple computer could fetch $500K plus

NEW YORK (AP) - It's the kind of electronic junk that piles up in basements and garages - an old computer motherboard with wires sticking out.

June 21, 2013 | | Nationwide


Bug exposes contacts of some on Facebook

MENLO PARK (AP) - Facebook says a bug in its system caused 6 million users' contact information to be inadvertently exposed.

June 21, 2013 | | Nationwide


Food Network won't renew Paula Deen's contract

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - The Food Network said Friday it's dumping Paula Deen, barely an hour after the celebrity cook posted the first of two videotaped apologies online begging forgiveness from fans and critics troubled by her admission to having used racial slurs in the past.

June 21, 2013 | | Nationwide


FAA moving toward easing in-flight electronic device use

WASHINGTON (AP) - The government is moving toward easing restrictions on airline passengers using electronic devices to listen to music, play games, read books, watch movies and work during takeoffs and landings, but it could take a few months.

June 21, 2013 | | Nationwide


Could Paula Deen's words bring down her empire?

NEW YORK (AP) - Paula Deen should hope for more fans like Jennifer Everett of Tyler, Texas, who carried a shopping bag filled with $53 worth of merchandise from the celebrity chef's Georgia store on Thursday. A day earlier, it was revealed that Deen admitted during questioning in a lawsuit that she had slurred blacks in the past.

June 20, 2013 | | Nationwide


FDA allows OTC morning-after pill, lifts all age limits

WASHINGTON (AP) - The morning-after pill is finally going over-the-counter.

June 20, 2013 | | Nationwide


Lawmakers try to save student loan deal

WASHINGTON (AP) - A handful of senators struggled Thursday to hold together a bipartisan deal to keep student loan rates from doubling on July 1 while their colleagues traded political barbs with little more than a week to go before the deadline.

June 20, 2013 | | Nationwide


House rejects farm bill over food stamp tiff, 62 Republicans vote no

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House rejected a five-year, half-trillion-dollar farm bill Thursday that would have cut $2 billion annually from food stamps and let states impose broad new work requirements on those who receive them.

June 20, 2013 | | Nationwide


Facebook introduces video on Instagram

MENLO PARK (AP) - Facebook is adding video to its popular photo-sharing app Instagram, following in the heels of Twitter's growing video-sharing app, Vine.

June 20, 2013 | | Nationwide


Oracle's sales disappoint Wall St. again

REDWOOD SHORES (AP) - Oracle is still having trouble closing enough business software deals to keep Wall Street happy.

June 20, 2013 | | Nationwide


Gov't delays requiring rearview cameras in cars

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is again delaying regulations on whether new cars and trucks must come equipped with rearview cameras to protect against drivers backing over people in blind spots behind their vehicles, a victory for automakers who say requiring the cameras is too costly.

June 20, 2013 | | Nationwide


Microsoft changes Xbox One policies after outcry

NEW YORK (AP) - Microsoft rolled back a much-criticized requirement that its upcoming Xbox One gaming console be regularly connected to the Internet and made clear that there will be no limitations on sharing games.

June 19, 2013 | | Nationwide


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Why a grim US economic picture is brightening

WASHINGTON (AP) - When the government updates its estimate Wednesday of how the U.S. economy fared last quarter, the number is pretty sure to be ugly. Horrible even.

June 24, 2014 | | Nationwide


Stocks end lower as traders sell blue chips

NEW YORK (AP) - The stock market had its biggest decline in two weeks Tuesday, led by a sell-off in blue-chip bank and energy stocks. Homebuilders rose after the government reported sales of new homes rose in May to the highest level in six years.

June 24, 2014 | | Nationwide


Eyes on you: Experts reveal police hacking methods

LONDON (AP) - Law enforcement agencies across the globe are taking a page out of the hacker's handbook, using targets' own phones and computers to spy on them with methods traditionally associated with cybercriminals, two computer security groups said Tuesday.

June 24, 2014 | | Nationwide


AT&T says DirecTV deal could slow price hikes

NEW YORK (AP) - AT&T's CEO told Congress Tuesday that his company's purchase of DirecTV will help slow increases in programming prices, but won't lead to a decrease in prices.

June 24, 2014 | | Nationwide


Obama says US should have paid maternity leave

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama said Monday that the United States should join the rest of the industrialized world and offer paid leave for mothers of newborns.

June 23, 2014 | | Nationwide


Stocks slip below records; FMC falls

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks fell for the first time in seven days, ending a run that had pushed the indexes to all-time highs, as investors assessed corporate news.

June 23, 2014 | | Nationwide


Court raises bar for securities class action cases

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court on Monday made it tougher for investors to join together to sue corporations for securities fraud, a decision that could curb the number of multimillion-dollar legal settlements companies pay out each year.

June 23, 2014 | | Nationwide


Automakers to recall air bags in humid parts of US

DETROIT (AP) - Faulty air bags - which have already led to the recall of millions of cars worldwide - are being blamed for a new round of recalls in the U.S.

June 23, 2014 | | Nationwide


Domino’s offers a ‘Siri’ for mobile orders

NEW YORK (AP) - Domino's is introducing its own version of Siri.

June 16, 2014 | | Nationwide


GM recalls 3.4M more cars for ignition problems

DETROIT (AP) - General Motors says it needs to change or replace the keys for about 3.4 million cars because they could cause the ignition switch to move out of position if they're carrying too much weight.

June 16, 2014 | | Nationwide


DreamWorks mixing faves, newbies in debut

LOS ANGELES (AP) - When AwesomenessTV launched as a YouTube channel two years ago, it was a bet by veteran TV and movie producer Brian Robbins on the ability of teen and tween audiences to find videos they love to watch online.

June 16, 2014 | | Nationwide


FAA OKs commercial drone flights

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Federal Aviation Administration said Tuesday it has granted the first permission for commercial drone flights over land, the latest effort by the agency to show it is loosening restrictions on commercial uses of the unmanned aircraft.

June 10, 2014 | | Nationwide


You have the right to pay taxes

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Internal Revenue Service wants to read taxpayers their rights.

June 10, 2014 | | Nationwide


Hershey clashes with Maryland candidate

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Hershey company says a Maryland candidate is milking its classic chocolate bar for political gain.

June 10, 2014 | | Nationwide


Social Security judges rubber- stamp claims

WASHINGTON (AP) - Amid complaints about lengthy waits for Social Security disability benefits, congressional investigators say nearly 200 administrative judges have been rubber-stamping claims, approving billions of dollars in lifetime payments from the cash-strapped program.

June 10, 2014 | | Nationwide


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