SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Hewlett-Packard Co. ushered in Meg Whitman as its CEO with a $16.5 million compensation package that hinges on the one-time politician's ability to lift the stumbling technology company's stock price during the next two years.
Q: I'm about to turn 66. I want to put off starting my Social Security until age 70 because if I do, I'll get an extra $600 or so per month in a delayed retirement bonus added to by Social Security checks. But my husband said I should take my Social Security now because he doesn't think Social Security will even be there in another four years. So should I take it now or wait until age 70?
Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and this column is meant to serve as a reminder. First, remember to buy a card for your valentine before they're all sold out. And second, don't get so caught up in the romantic season of hearts and flowers that you pop the question before you know you're financially compatible!
WASHINGTON (AP) - In a long-awaited surge of hiring, companies added 243,000 jobs in January - across the economy, up and down the pay scale and far more than just about anyone expected. Unemployment fell to 8.3 percent, the lowest in three years.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The House on Wednesday voted to freeze the wages of federal workers for a third straight year and put members of Congress on record as opposing a boost in their $174,000 annual salaries.
NEW YORK (AP) - Americans were shopping in January, but not every store was feeling the love.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Food and Drug Administration says it has found low levels of an illegal fungicide in orange juice samples taken from Florida manufacturers.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Heather Peter's computer crashed under the onslaught of messages following her unique victory over Honda in small claims court - a win the California woman is hoping will lead other consumers to reject a class action settlement over defective hybrid cars.
NEW YORK (AP) - Facebook made a much-anticipated status update Wednesday: The Internet social network is going public eight years after its computer-hacking CEO Mark Zuckerberg started the service at Harvard University.
DETROIT (AP) - 2012 is already looking like a winner for automakers -- just one month into the year.
NEW YORK (AP) - It's the best start for stocks in 15 years.
NEW YORK (AP) - Shoppers spent more money online this holiday season than ever before, and yet, Amazon -the world's largest Internet retailer- failed to meet Wall Street's sales expectations with its latest financial results.
NEW YORK (AP) - Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg turns up at business conventions in a hoodie. "Cocky" is the word used to describe him most often, after "billionaire." He was Time's person of the year at 26.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's teacher retirement system should lower expectations on its investment earnings in a move that could increase the unfunded liability for the nation's second largest pension fund by nearly $6 billion and require taxpayers to chip in more, according to a consultant's report submitted ahead of the pension board's meeting Thursday.
UNION PACIFIC RECORDS RECORD PROFITS: GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) - Union Pacific says it was more profitable in 2011 than ever before due in part to coal shipments from Wyoming's Powder River Basin.
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.
NEW YORK (AP) - The frigid winter of 2014 is setting the price of natural gas on fire.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Food and Drug Administration says there's no reason to believe that the coloring added to sodas is unsafe. But the agency is taking another look just to make sure.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Those nutrition labels on the back of food packages may soon become easier to read.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Watch out for exploding toilets.