WASHINGTON (AP) - Squabbling away the hours, the Senate swatted aside last-ditch plans to block $85 billion in broad-based federal spending reductions Thursday as President Barack Obama and Republicans blamed each other for the latest outbreak of gridlock and the administration readied plans to put the cuts into effect.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Gap Inc. reported a 61 percent increase in fourth-quarter profits on Thursday, capping a strong year that saw the company's turnaround take hold.
MENLO PARK (AP) - Facebook is buying a set of online advertising tools called Atlas from Microsoft in its latest attempt to build a more effective marketing system around its social network.
NEW YORK (AP) - The Dow came within 60 points of its all-time high Wednesday, rising sharply for a second straight day.
NEW YORK (AP) - Target is setting its bullseye on Canada in 2013.
NEW YORK (AP) - Boy, it just wasn't J.C. Penney's year.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate on Wednesday confirmed Jacob Lew to be Treasury secretary, affirming President Barack Obama's choice of a budget expert at a time when Congress and the White House are at odds over sharp government spending cuts.
CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple CEO Tim Cook sought to reassure shareholders worried about the company's sagging stock price that the iPhone and iPad maker is on the verge of inventing more breakthrough products that will prove it hasn't lost its creative edge.
WASHINGTON (AP) - With big, automatic budget cuts about to kick in, House Republicans are turning to mapping strategy for the next showdown just a month away, when a government shutdown instead of just a slowdown will be at stake.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Internet users who illegally share music, movies or TV shows online may soon get warning notices from their service providers that they are violating copyright law. Ignore the notices, and violators could face an Internet slow-down for 48 hours. Those who claim they're innocent can protest - for a fee.
NEW YORK (AP) - Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter creator Jack Dorsey are among the tech luminaries appearing in a new video promoting the teaching and learning of computer coding in schools.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Beer lovers across the U.S. have accused Anheuser-Busch of watering down its Budweiser, Michelob and other brands, in class-action suits seeking millions in damages.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Apple has agreed to give more than $100 million in iTunes store credits to settle a lawsuit alleging that the iPhone and iPad maker improperly charged kids for playing games on their mobile devices.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Profits at U.S. banks jumped almost 37 percent for the October-December period, reaching the highest level for a fourth quarter in six years as banks continued to step up lending.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Hewlett-Packard is selling its webOS software to South Korean electronics company LG Electronics, securing a new home for a technological orphan.
NEW YORK (AP) - Here's a sign more households are going without cable or satellite TV: TiVo Inc. is making a digital video recorder just for so-called cord-cutters.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Chip supplier Fairchild Semiconductor is eliminating about 1,350 jobs in the U.S. and Asia - about 15 percent of its total workforce - to reduce costs.
NEW YORK (AP) - Forget bad weather, traffic jams and kids asking, "Are we there yet?" The real headache for many travelers is a quickly-growing list of hotel surcharges, even for items they never use.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Americans are doing a better job of making timely credit card payments, even as many lenders increasingly extend credit to more people with less-than-stellar credit.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A fourth straight monthly increase in sales of existing homes provided the latest evidence Thursday that the U.S. housing market is rebounding from a weak start to the year.
MOSCOW (AP) - Russia's food safety agency said Thursday that it was checking McDonald's restaurants around the country, a day after several branches of the chain were shuttered in Moscow.
NEW YORK (AP) - A report from the Census Bureau is the latest evidence that the rich are getting richer while the poor get poorer.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Gap Inc. said its profit rose 10 percent in the second quarter as the clothing retailer cut expenses and managed to lift sales.
NEW YORK (AP) - Burger King is getting rid of its lower-calorie french fries at most restaurants after less than a year.
NEW YORK (AP) - Amazon is taking direct aim at mobile payment systems such as Square by introducing the Amazon Local Register, a credit-card processing device and mobile app designed to help small business owners accept payments through their smartphones and tablets.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Apple is banning the use of two potentially hazardous chemicals during the final assembly of iPhones and iPads as part of the company's latest commitment to protect the factory workers who build its trendy devices.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Cisco said Wednesday that it will lay off up to 6,000 workers, or 8 percent of its workforce, as part of a restructuring.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The PBS series "Antiques Roadshow" says it hit a home run with a collection of 1870s Boston baseball memorabilia.
VAISHALI, India (AP) - The executives mingled over tea and sugar cookies, and the chatter was upbeat. Their industry, they said at the conference in the Indian capital, saves lives and brings roofs, walls and pipes to some of the world's poorest people.
FOSTER CITY (AP) - It feels like a well-armed Christmas morning at Sledgehammer Games.