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S&P BOOSTS OUTLOOK FOR US GOV'T'S LONG-TERM DEBT: WASHINGTON (AP) - Standard & Poor's Ratings Services upgraded its outlook Monday for the U.S. government's long-term debt. S&P cited the government's strengthened finances, a recovering U.S. economy and some easing of Washington's political gridlock.

June 10, 2013 | | Nationwide


How SSI works

Before I get to today's question, I must clarify some points about the Supplemental Security Income, or SSI, program.

June 07, 2013 | | Nationwide


Economy adds 175K jobs, jobless climbs to 7.6 %

WASHINGTON (AP) - More Americans hunted for jobs in May, and more companies filled them - signs of confidence and resilience for the slow-healing U.S. economy.

June 07, 2013 | | Nationwide


Microsoft says used games will work on Xbox One

NEW YORK (AP) - Microsoft's upcoming Xbox One gaming console will be able to play used games, clearing up a worry among gamers and video game retailers such as GameStop, which trade in used games.

June 07, 2013 | | Nationwide


J.C. Penney launches new home department

NEW YORJ (AP) - J.C. Penney wants you to come home.

June 07, 2013 | | Nationwide


Consumer borrow $11.1B in April

WASHINGTON (AP) - Americans borrowed more in April to attend college and buy cars and were a little less cautious with their credit cards than the previous month.

June 07, 2013 | | Nationwide


Bill to legalize web poker introduced

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Gamblers who prefer their laptops to blackjack tables could soon get a boost from Washington.

June 06, 2013 | | Nationwide


PG&E to pay $50.5 million because of wildfires

SACRAMENTO (AP) - PG&E and its contractors have agreed to pay $50.5 million to settle Department of Justice allegations that the utility was responsible for two wildfires that scorched 18,000 acres of national forest land in Northern California.

June 06, 2013 | | Nationwide


Did Whole Foods fire workers for speaking Spanish at work?

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Two employees at a Whole Foods Market store in Albuquerque say they were suspended last month after complaining about being told they couldn't speak Spanish to each other while on the job - a claim the company says was a misunderstanding.

June 06, 2013 | | Nationwide


FDA favors easing safety limits on Avandia

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal health experts are recommending changes to safety restrictions on former blockbuster diabetes pill Avandia, in light of a new analysis suggesting that the drug may not increase the risk of heart attack as much as previously thought.

June 06, 2013 | | Nationwide


Nestle Purina to purchase Petfinder

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June 05, 2013 | | Nationwide


Microsoft to add Outlook to Windows system on RT tablets

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Microsoft will add its popular Outlook email program to more tablets running on a lightweight version of its Windows operating system as part of a free software update this year.

June 05, 2013 | | Nationwide


Some morning-after OTC pill sales allowed

NEW YORK (AP) - Generic versions of emergency contraception can be sold without a prescription or age restrictions while the federal government appeals a judge's ruling allowing the sales, an appeals court said Wednesday.

June 05, 2013 | | Nationwide


Long-awaited keyboard BlackBerrys hit stores

TORONTO (AP) - Modern BlackBerrys with physical keyboards are now available in the U.S., months after the touch-screen versions went on sale.

June 05, 2013 | | Nationwide


Cheerios stands by TV ad showing mixed-race family

NEW YORK (AP) - A mom sits at her kitchen table when her grade schooler saunters up with a big box of Cheerios.

June 05, 2013 | | Nationwide


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Veggies take center plate as healthy fast food expands

MIAMI (AP) - They want it fresh. They want it cheap. They want it fast. And most importantly, they don't want it to taste like it's good for them.

April 13, 2015 | | Nationwide


Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig get best marks in diet review

CHICAGO (AP) - Trying to slim down? Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig scored the best marks for effectiveness in a review of research on commercial diet programs, but many other plans just haven't been studied enough to evaluate long-term results.

April 06, 2015 | | Nationwide


Starbucks to expand online tuition program

NEW YORK (AP) - Starbucks says its workers can now have four years of tuition covered for an online college degree from Arizona State University instead of just two, marking the latest sign that companies are rethinking their treatment of low-wage workers.

April 06, 2015 | | Nationwide


Uber’s popularity surges with business travelers avoiding taxis

NEW YORK (AP) - Business travelers are bypassing the taxi queue with greater frequency, choosing instead ride-hailing services like Uber Technologies.

April 06, 2015 | | Nationwide


Samsung’s profit forecast beats estimate

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - Samsung Electronics Co. said Tuesday that its first-quarter operating income likely beat analysts' consensus.

April 06, 2015 | | Nationwide


LINCOLN CONTINENTAL

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) - Elvis Presley had one; so did Clark Gable. It was even the sedan of presidents. Then the name vanished amid an invasion of newer luxury cars from Europe and Asia.

March 30, 2015 | | Nationwide


Mexican growers offer 15% in bid to settle Baja farm strike

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Export-oriented commercial farms in Mexico's Baja California state say they have offered farm workers a 15-percent wage increase to end a two-week-old strike.

March 30, 2015 | | Nationwide


McDonald’s to test all-day breakfast next month

NEW YORK (AP) - A McMuffin for dinner? It might happen, as McDonald's plans to test an all-day breakfast at some locations in the San Diego area starting next month.

March 30, 2015 | | Nationwide


Amazon.com offering to help get jobs done around the house

SEATTLE (AP) - Amazon.com is introducing a referral service to help people to get projects and chores done around their homes.

March 30, 2015 | | Nationwide


Jay Z, Madonna, Minaj offer streaming service

NEW YORK (AP) - Madonna, Rihanna, Beyonce and Jay Z are among the A-List musicians who are co-owners of Tidal, a streaming service being billed as the first artist-owned platform for music and video.

March 30, 2015 | | Nationwide


Volvo Cars plans to open US plant

DETROIT (AP) - Volvo Cars is planning to build its first-ever U.S. assembly plant as part of a push to increase sales here.

March 30, 2015 | | Nationwide


StubHub sues Ticketmaster

NEW YORK (AP) - StubHub is suing Ticketmaster and the Golden State Warriors, alleging it unfairly required fans looking to resell tickets to use Ticketmaster's resale exchange.

March 30, 2015 | | Nationwide


Tesla to unveil new product likely a battery

DETROIT (AP) - Tesla Motors says it will reveal a new product next month, but it's not a car.

March 30, 2015 | | Nationwide


When corporations make mistakes

NEW YORK (AP) - It was a tempest in a coffee cup.

March 27, 2015 | | Nationwide


Diet sodas fall in US; Pepsi takes back No. 2 sales spot

NEW YORK (AP) - Americans bought less soda for the 10th straight year in 2014, with diet sodas shrinking more than their sugary counterparts, according to a report released Thursday.

March 26, 2015 | | Nationwide


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