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As 'fiscal cliff' looms, voter angst is palpable

HOOKSETT, N.H. (AP) - Five hundred miles from Washington, the lunch crowd at Robie's Country Store and Deli is filled with angst over America's elected leaders and their latest struggle to prevent a fiscal crisis.

December 11, 2012 | | Nationwide


Wash. sues Fla. firm over text message spam

SEATTLE (AP) - Washington state Attorney General Rob McKenna's office filed has filed a lawsuit targeting a Florida-based company accused of sending people unsolicited text messages, calling it another form of spam that annoys people and costs them money.

December 10, 2012 | | Nationwide


Business Briefs

NEW DIRECTV CUSTOMERS TO PAY $3 A MONTH FOR SPORTS: LOS ANGELES (AP) - DirecTV has started charging new customers $3 more per month if they want a package that includes multiple regional sports networks.

December 10, 2012 | | Nationwide


Treasury announces final AIG stock sale

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. government said Monday that it is selling its remaining shares of American International Group stock, moving to close the books on the government's biggest bailout during the 2008 financial crisis.

December 10, 2012 | | Nationwide


AP source: HSBC to pay $1.9B to settle probe

WASHINGTON (AP) - HSBC, the British banking giant, will pay $1.9 billion to settle a money-laundering probe by federal and state authorities in the United States, a law enforcement official said Monday.

December 10, 2012 | | Nationwide


AP source: HSBC to pay $1.9B to settle probe

WASHINGTON (AP) - HSBC, the British banking giant, will pay $1.9 billion to settle a money-laundering probe by federal and state authorities in the United States, a law enforcement official said Monday.

December 10, 2012 | | Nationwide


FTC investigating makers of cellphone apps over privacy

WASHINGTON (AP) - The government is investigating whether software companies that make cellphone apps violated the privacy rights of children by quietly collecting personal information from mobile devices and sharing it with advertisers and data brokers, the Federal Trade Commission said Monday. Such apps can capture a child's physical location, phone numbers of their friends and more.

December 10, 2012 | | Nationwide


IBM shifts 401(k) policy to once-a-year matches

NEW YORK (AP) - IBM is making changes to its employee benefits that may cause other large corporations to follow suit. The technology company will begin making contributions to employees' 401(k) accounts in lump-sum annual payments, rather than at the time of each paycheck. It's a move that will help the company cut retirement plan expenses.

December 07, 2012 | | Nationwide


Big bite out of stock value: Why is Wall Street losing its appetite for Apple?

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - This holiday season is shaping up to be a record-breaking period for Apple as shoppers snap up iPhones and iPads. So, why is the world's most valuable company losing its luster with investors?

December 07, 2012 | | Nationwide


Job gains defy Sandy, fears of fiscal cliff

WASHINGTON (AP) - It takes more than a superstorm to derail the U.S. job market.

December 07, 2012 | | Nationwide


9-month marriage rule has few exceptions

Q: I married my husband in June 2012 and he died suddenly in October. Am I eligible for widow's benefits on his account?

December 07, 2012 | | Nationwide


Legal pot complicates drug-free work policies

DENVER (AP) - Pot may be legal, but workers may want to check with their boss first before they grab the pipe or joint during off hours.

December 07, 2012 | | Nationwide


'Borderlands 2,' 'Dishonored' win at Spike VGAs

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The cartoony post-apocalyptic shoot-'em-up sequel "Borderlands 2" and the stealthy first-person game "Dishonored" were among the early winners at the Spike Video Game Awards on Friday.

December 07, 2012 | | Nationwide


Consumer debt rises to record $2.75 trillion

WASHINGTON (AP) - Americans swiped their credit cards more often in October and borrowed more to attend school and buy cars. The increases drove U.S. consumer debt to an all-time high.

December 07, 2012 | | Nationwide


SEC wants Netflix CEO punished over Facebook post

LOS GATOS (AP) - Netflix Inc. is facing scrutiny from government regulators for a Facebook post by its CEO in July that may have boosted the online video company's stock price.

December 06, 2012 | | Nationwide


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ALMONDS PROVIDE MORE THAN 100,000 JOBS

MODESTO -According to a new study from the University of California Agricultural Issues Center (AIC), the almond industry supports California's economic well-being by generating more than 100,000 jobs and more than $21 billion gross revenue across all industries in the state, adding about $11 billion dollars to size of the its total economy.

December 09, 2014 | | Nationwide


Why areas with good jobs have hard-to-afford homes

WASHINGTON (AP) - It's the new career trade-off:

December 09, 2014 | | Nationwide


No pay for Amazon warehouse security checks

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that warehouse workers who fill orders for retail giant Amazon don't have to be paid for time spent waiting to pass through security checks at the end of their shifts.

December 09, 2014 | | Nationwide


Ice bucket, Brazil elections popular on Facebook in 2014

MENLO PARK (AP) - Day after day, Facebook captures our best and worst moments, from the birth of a new baby to heated political spats. So what got discussed the most in 2014? The Ice Bucket Challenge and the death of Robin Williams, to name a few.

December 09, 2014 | | Nationwide


IRS paid $6 billion in bogus child tax credits

WASHINGTON (AP) - The IRS paid at least $6 billion in child tax credits in 2013 to people who weren't eligible to receive them, a government investigator said Tuesday.

December 09, 2014 | | Nationwide


Gas to average $2.60 next year

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Energy Department again slashed its prediction for next year's average price of gasoline across the U.S., this time to $2.60 a gallon. That would be 23 percent below this year's projected average and the lowest full-year average since 2009.

December 09, 2014 | | Nationwide


Get ready for 3% down home loans

WASHINGTON (AP) - Some Americans will soon be able to buy a home with a down payment as low as 3 percent, compared with the current minimum of 5 percent, the mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac say.

December 08, 2014 | | Nationwide


BIG MAC ATTACKS DECLINING

NEW YORK (AP) - Hold the pickles, onions and special sauce. The Big Mac is becoming a victim of finicky tastes.

December 08, 2014 | | Nationwide


Portland asks judge to stop Uber

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Portland leaders are trying to make Uber's stay a short one.

December 08, 2014 | | Nationwide


Average Affordable Care premiums going up in 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) - Many people covered under President Barack Obama's health care law will face higher premiums next year, the administration acknowledged Thursday. While the average increases are modest, it's more fodder for the nation's political battles over health care.

December 04, 2014 | | Nationwide


Starbucks to push more food, offer mobile ordering

NEW YORK (AP) - Starbucks plans to let customers across the U.S. order ahead on their smartphones over the next year, a move that should help shrink lines as it pushes more snacks, sandwiches and even wine.

December 04, 2014 | | Nationwide


Apple says plaintiffs’ iPods not covered by suit

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - For want of an iPod, a billion-dollar lawsuit may be in jeopardy.

December 04, 2014 | | Nationwide


Medicare Advantage enrollment deadline looms

Millions of Medicare Advantage customers are fast approaching a deadline for a task they'd rather avoid: Researching and then settling on coverage plans for 2015.

December 03, 2014 | By TOM MURPHY AP Business Writer | Nationwide


Air bag maker balks at coast-to-coast recall

WASHINGTON (AP) - Japan's Takata Corp. rejected federal regulators' demand Wednesday for an expanded, nationwide recall of millions of air bags, setting up a possible legal showdown and leaving some drivers to wonder about the safety of their cars.

December 03, 2014 | | Nationwide


House OKs bill to widen federal help for disabled

WASHINGTON (AP) - In a bipartisan show of unity, the House overwhelmingly approved a bill Wednesday to allow Americans with disabilities to open tax-free bank accounts to pay for expenses from education to housing and health care.

December 03, 2014 | | Nationwide


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