LOS ANGELES (AP) - Americans cranked up their use of credit cards in the third quarter, racking up more debt than a year ago, while also being less diligent about making payments on time, an analysis of consumer-credit data shows.
DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) - Ford is bringing its smallest engine to the U.S. in the race to meet stricter government fuel economy rules.
DETROIT (AP) - Twinkie lovers, relax.
NEW YORK (AP) - J.C. Penney CEO Ron Johnson seems unfazed that the department store chain's mounting losses and sales declines have led to growing criticism of his plan to change the way we shop. Perhaps that's because this isn't the first time during Johnson's 30-year career that he's attempted what seemed impossible.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - California continued its economic recovery as the unemployment rate dipped to 10.1 percent in October, led by increases in private sector jobs such as construction, retail and well-paying professional work.
NEW YORK (AP) - Twinkies may not last forever after all.
Spousal Benefit Clarifications
WASHINGTON (AP) - The federal agency that insures pensions for more than 40 million Americans last year ran the widest deficit in its 38-year history.
SAN JOSE (AP) - A California registered sex offender convicted of molesting a relative was caught volunteering at a Catholic elementary school festival, but he was not arrested because he had a permission letter from a church official.
OAKLAND (AP) - A federal judge has ordered city officials to negotiate with two lawyers who want the embattled Oakland Police Department to become the first in the nation to be taken over by the federal government.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A day of reckoning arrived for BP on Thursday as the oil giant agreed to plead guilty to a raft of charges in the deadly Gulf of Mexico spill and pay a record $4.5 billion, including the biggest criminal fine in U.S. history. Three BP employees were also charged, two of them with manslaughter.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The government has filed criminal and civil charges against several individuals and companies accused of ripping off unemployed and other vulnerable people with work-at-home and other business scams.
NEW YORK (AP) - This holiday season, the biggest discount chains in the U.S. will tell the tale of two very different shoppers: those that have and those that have not.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal health authorities are investigating reports of 13 deaths possibly linked to so-called energy shots and cautioning consumers to talk to their doctors before they take them or other energy drinks.
DETROIT (AP) - Auto companies are betting on a surge in pickup sales now that home building is on the rise.
MENLO PARK (AP) - Facebook's stock is soaring after the social networking company reported stronger-than-expected results for the fourth quarter, fueled by strong mobile advertising revenue.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Hundreds of thousands of homeowners would get a reprieve from higher flood insurance premiums under legislation speeding through the Senate, powered by coastal lawmakers telling horror stories of people at risk of losing their homes.
MENLO PARK (AP) - Mobile advertising accounted for more than half of Facebook's total ad revenue in the final quarter of last year, a sign that the social network born a decade ago in the desktop computer era is succeeding in its goal of being "mobile first."
SUNNYVALE (AP) - Google is selling Motorola's smartphone business to Lenovo for $2.9 billion, a price that leaves little doubt that Google's biggest acquisition turned out to be an expensive mistake.
WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. (AP) - Declaring that hard work should pay off for every American, President Barack Obama on Wednesday signed an order to create starter retirement accounts that could be opened with as little as $25 but acknowledged there's a limit to the help he can give low-wage workers without congressional action.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Sacramento Kings have released the first completed renderings of a downtown arena they hope to open for the start of the 2016-17 season.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Relatively few Americans - less than 5 percent of hourly workers - toil for the minimum wage today.
NEW YORK (AP) - AT&T posted stronger-than-expected earnings for the final quarter of 2013, helped by higher revenue from mobile and Internet service subscribers.
NEW YORK (AP) - The one-size-fits-all mannequin is getting a much-needed makeover.
CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple reshaped technology and society when Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone seven years ago. Now, the trend-setting company is losing ground to rivals that offer what Apple has stubbornly refused to make: smartphones with lower prices and larger screens than the iPhone.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal health officials say the pain reliever in Aleve may be safer on the heart than other popular anti-inflammatory drugs taken by millions of Americans.
Q: Even though my husband and I lived together for 20 years, we didn't actually get married until two years ago. Sadly, he died last month. When I went down to the Social Security office to file for widow's benefits, the clerk told me we had to be married at least 10 years, so she said I wasn't due anything. She helped me file for the $255 death benefit, and that's all I got. But lately, some friends told me I should be getting widow's benefits. What should I do?
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Bitstrips may seem like a sudden sensation now that the app maker's comic vignettes are all over Facebook and other social networks. But the Toronto startup's success was a drawn-out process.
NEW YORK (AP) - PepsiCo has quietly gotten rid of the word "Natural" in some of its products and instead is going with "Simply."
WASHINGTON (AP) - A government warning about the dangers of increased use of trains to transport crude oil is giving a boost to supporters of the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline.