SEATTLE (AP) - A Democratic senator from Connecticut is writing a bill that would stop the practice of employers asking job applicants for their Facebook or other social media passwords, he told The Associated Press on Thursday.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment aid fell to a four-year low last week, bolstering the view that the job market is strengthening.
WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. home sales are gradually coming back. A mild winter and a stronger job market have helped boost sales ahead of the crucial spring buying season.
MALJAMAR, N.M. (AP) - Wooing a nation of increasingly angry motorists, President Barack Obama and his Republican rivals are all plunging into gas-pump politics, seeking the upper hand as energy becomes a driving issue in the election campaign.
NEW YORK (AP) - One day after the price of benchmark crude took the biggest one-day drop this year, it headed up again.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - At least three national supermarket operators have decided to stop buying ground beef that contains the filler now known as "pink slime."
DIAMOND FOODS SUSPENDS DIVIDENDS: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Diamond Foods Inc. is suspending its dividend payments to stockholders under a new credit agreement.
WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. builders are betting that the housing market is finally on the path back to health.
SEATTLE (AP) - When Justin Bassett interviewed for a new job, he expected the usual questions about experience and references. So he was astonished when the interviewer asked for something else: his Facebook username and password.
REDWOOD CITY (AP) - Sales of new software licenses at Oracle accelerated in the latest quarter, easing concerns about customers defecting to less expensive alternatives on the Internet.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Hewlett-Packard Co. is combining its printing and PC units to save money, according to published reports.
CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple is finally acknowledging that it has more money than it needs. But don't expect it to cut prices on iPhones and iPads. Instead, the company said on Monday that it will reward its shareholders with a dividend and a stock buyback program.
NEW YORK (AP) - Despite retiring as CEO of Verizon Communications Inc. in August, Ivan Seidenberg earned more in 2011 than he did in the last two full years of work.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Adobe Systems Inc. said Monday that its fiscal first-quarter net income fell 21 percent, weighed by higher operating costs even as revenue climbed.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The government is taking a tentative step toward making it easier for airlines to allow passengers to use personal electronic devices such as tablets, e-readers and music players during takeoffs and landings.
NEW YORK (AP) - New York City is getting ready for an old-fashioned Easter egg hunt with a 21st-century twist: The public will hunt for the eggs as part of an interactive contest using a smartphone app.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The man Newsweek claimed is the creator of bitcoin has hired a lawyer in an attempt to clear his name, repeating a denial he made to The Associated Press more than a week ago that he has never had anything to do with the digital currency.
• SAN FRANCISCO UPS TOTAL IT WILL LEND TO HOMEBUYERS: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco will now lend as much as $200,000 to some homebuyers toward a down payment on their first house or condominium.
NEW YORIK (AP) - Uninsured Americans face an important deadline at the end of this month, and many don't realize it.
DENVER (AP) - Colorado made roughly $2 million in marijuana taxes in January, state revenue officials reported Monday in the world's first accounting of the recreational pot business.
NEW YORK (AP) - On the edge of the SoHo neighborhood downtown, The Henley Vaporium is an intimate hipster hangout with overstuffed chairs, exposed brick, friendly counter help - but no booze.
ATLANTA (AP) - It's not just grandma with a new hip and your uncle with a new knee. More than 2 of every 100 Americans now have an artificial joint, doctors are reporting.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Arwin Buditom guards some of the most successful high-tech firms in America. Joseph Farfan keeps their heat, air and electric systems humming. But these workers and tens of thousands like them who help fuel the Silicon Valley's tech boom can't even make ends meet anymore. Buditom rooms with his sister an hour's drive from work. Farfan gets his groceries at a food pantry.
CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple is accelerating the race to make smartphone applications easier and safer to use in cars.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Dish Network and Disney have reached a landmark deal that envisions the day when Dish will offer a Netflix-like TV service to people who'd rather stream TV over the Internet than put a satellite receiver on their roof.
NEW YORK (AP) - Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is once again the world's richest person.
TOKYO (AP) - The sudden disappearance of one of the largest bitcoin exchanges only adds to the mystery and mistrust surrounding the virtual currency, which was just beginning to gain legitimacy beyond the technology enthusiasts and adventurous investors who created it.
DETROIT (AP) - The Tesla Model S electric sedan is Consumer Reports' top pick in this year's automotive rankings.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Billions of dollars in U.S. taxes are going unpaid because Americans are exploiting Swiss bank accounts, and the U.S. government has failed to aggressively pursue Switzerland's second-largest bank, a Senate investigation has found.
WASHINGTON (AP) - It's not just about what America's kids are getting in the lunch line.