NEW YORK (AP) - The cost of weather-related power outages is high and rising as storms grow more severe and the U.S. electric grid gets older, according to an Obama Administration report that calls for increased spending on the nation's electric power system.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Americans remain stingy about carrying credit card balances and are making more of an effort to make timely payments, trends that have helped whittle the rate of late payments on credit cards down to the lowest level in nearly 20 years.
I normally like to confine my columns to one particular Social Security topic. But today, we've got a hodgepodge of questions dealing with a variety of Social Security issues. Here it goes.
NEW YORK (AP) - Priceline.com came close Friday to becoming the first stock in the Standard & Poor's 500 index to cross $1,000.
LONDON (AP) - A $38,000 handbag? For most people, it's unthinkable.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Postal Service has trimmed its losses to $740 million over the last three months by consolidating processing facilities, cutting hours for workers and post offices and reducing workers' compensation costs, the agency said Friday.
PHOENIX (AP) - Margaret Pellegrini, one of the original Munchkins from the 1939 classic movie "The Wizard of Oz," has died. She was 89.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Yahoo's recently completed acquisition of Internet blogging service Tumblr includes a $110 million payment to Tumblr founder David Karp as long as he remains on the job for the next four years.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Americans who have a job may take comfort in knowing that companies are laying off fewer people than at any time since before the Great Recession.
NEW YORK (AP) - Shoppers are holding off on back-to-school shopping, and those who delay long enough might be rewarded with some steep discounts from desperate retailers.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A lawyer for plaintiffs in a wrongful death lawsuit against Toyota Motor Corp. told a jury on Thursday he will ask for $20 million in damages for the family of a woman who died when her Camry suddenly accelerated and crashed despite her efforts to stop.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - President Barack Obama said Wednesday he'd save money by refinancing the mortgage on his Chicago home, but he hasn't jumped on current low interest rates because "when you're president you have to be a little careful about these transactions."
NEW YORK (AP) - A lawsuit filed Wednesday on behalf of a volunteer at last month's 2013 All-Star FanFest claims Major League Baseball violated federal and state minimum wage laws by failing to pay more than 2,000 volunteers.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - Samsung Electronics Co. has applied for U.S. and South Korean trademarks for a watch that connects to the Internet in the latest sign that consumer technology companies see wearable devices as the future of their business.
NEW YORK (AP) - At some Walgreen stores, there are health clinics staffed by nurse practitioners, cafes that sell barista-prepared coffee and Eyebrow Bars where trained professionals groom unruly facial hair.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Food and Drug Administration is keeping a bold-letter warning on Pfizer's anti-smoking drug Chantix about suicidal behavior and other psychiatric side effects, after reviewing company findings suggesting the drug does not increase those problems.
NEW YORK (AP) - The company behind the Snuggie, Perfect Bacon Bowl and other "As Seen on TV" products has agreed to pay $8 million to settle charges that it deceived customers.
MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Google is helping California drivers shop for car insurance as part of a new service that could foreshadow the Internet company's latest attempt to shake up a long-established industry.
WASHINGTON (AP) - In an encouraging development for consumers worried about antibiotics in their milk, a new Food and Drug Administration study showed little evidence of drug contamination after surveying almost 2,000 dairy farms.
POLK CITY, Fla. (AP) - The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus says the "Greatest Show on Earth" will go on without elephants.
NEW YORK (AP) - There was a time you could count on phones getting larger each year. Samsung's runaway success with the big-screen smartphone even spurred Apple to release a supersized model last fall. But if phones get any bigger will they be too hard to use?
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg has enlisted NBA stars LeBron James, Stephen Curry and some of the basketball league's other top players to convince more men to join the fight for women's rights at home and at work.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Uber Technologies is buying digital mapping specialist deCarta in a deal that may help the rapidly growing ride-hailing service lessen its dependence on navigation services from Google and Apple, an imposing pair of potential rivals.
NEW YORK (AP) - McDonald's says it plans to require chicken suppliers to stop using antibiotics important to human medicine within two years.
• 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.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Sony plans on putting its virtual-reality headset on consumers' noggins next year.
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.
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.
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.
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.