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HOME DEPOT TO HIRE 70K WORKERS FOR SPRING: ATLANTA (AP) - Home improvement retailer Home Depot Inc. said Thursday that it will hire 70,000 seasonal workers for the spring season, its biggest season.

January 12, 2012 | | Nationwide


FDA: J&J delayed reporting insulin pump problems, now under scutiny

TRENTON, New Jersey (AP) - The widening quality problems at health giant Johnson & Johnson have former regulators and analysts mystified, as yet another J&J business - at least the seventh - has come under scrutiny.

January 11, 2012 | | Nationwide


Women lobby for a bald Barbie in support of kids with cancer

NEW YORK (AP) - Barbie has been an astronaut, an architect, a NASCAR driver, and a news anchor.

January 11, 2012 | | Nationwide


Microsoft eclipses Yahoo in US search for first time

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Microsoft Corp. has finally reached a long-sought and expensive goal - its Bing search engine now ranks second behind Google in the Internet's most lucrative market.

January 11, 2012 | | Nationwide


Twinkies. Wonder Bread maker seeks bankruptcy protection

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January 11, 2012 | | Nationwide


PC shipments sag amid lackluster sales conditions

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Personal computer shipments dipped during the final three months of last year amid a shortage of key parts or compelling innovations.

January 11, 2012 | | Nationwide


Google search gets more personal, raises objections from users

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Google is sifting through the photos and commentary on its blossoming social network so its Internet search results can include more personal information.

January 10, 2012 | | Nationwide


Kodak realigns; sues Apple, HTC

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) - Eastman Kodak Co. said Tuesday that it is realigning and simplifying its business to cut costs, accelerate its digital transformation and boost its share price. The shares shot up 50 percent but remained at just 60 cents.

January 10, 2012 | | Nationwide


Nintendo gives glimpse of Wii U game machine

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Nintendo Co.'s upcoming Wii U game console will come with a controller that has a big, touch-enabled screen. At first glance, that seems like an obstacle to the kind of casual multiplayer gaming that made the first Wii console such a breakout hit.

January 10, 2012 | | Nationwide


Amazon gets on board with UltraViolet movie system

LAS VEGAS (AP) - An Amazon.com executive said Tuesday that the retailer has signed a deal with a Hollywood studio to sell movies that can be downloaded from an online "locker" system five studios have put together.

January 10, 2012 | | Nationwide


NRC: Operators at nuclear reactor surfed the Net

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Operators in the control room of an Entergy Corp. nuclear reactor spent long periods browsing a variety of Web sites - catching up on news and reading about fishing - while they were supposed to be monitoring the plant's operations with undivided attention, according to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

January 09, 2012 | | Nationwide


America hits the brakes on health care spending

WASHINGTON (AP) - Is health-care relief finally in sight?

January 09, 2012 | | Nationwide


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WALGREEN CHICAGO FLAGSHIP TO SELL SUSHI, FINE WINE: CHICAGO (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel are welcoming a new flagship Walgreens to the city.

January 09, 2012 | | Nationwide


Coming next: TVs you can talk to, without sounding like you’re crazy

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Talking to the TV is usually a sign of extreme agitation, mental instability or loneliness. TV manufacturers are set to make it a more rational behavior this year, with a range of sets that respond to speech.

January 09, 2012 | | Nationwide


AT&T to bring out Nokia phone with Windows

LAS VEGAS (AP) - AT&T on Monday said it will sell a Nokia smartphone running Microsoft's Windows Phone software. The device represents Nokia and Microsoft's best chance yet to break Apple and Google's hold on the U.S. smartphone market, the world's most lucrative.

January 09, 2012 | | Nationwide


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Credit card late payments down in 2Q

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.

August 25, 2014 | | Nationwide


Housing recovery on track

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.

August 21, 2014 | | Nationwide


Russia may close more McDonald’s

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.

August 21, 2014 | | Nationwide


Wealth gap widened in the last decade

NEW YORK (AP) - A report from the Census Bureau is the latest evidence that the rich are getting richer while the poor get poorer.

August 21, 2014 | | Nationwide


Gap reports higher profit

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.

August 21, 2014 | | Nationwide


Burger King nixes lower-calorie ‘Satisfries’

NEW YORK (AP) - Burger King is getting rid of its lower-calorie french fries at most restaurants after less than a year.

August 13, 2014 | | Nationwide


Amazon debuts mobile payment app, card reader

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.

August 13, 2014 | | Nationwide


Apple bans use of 2 chemicals in iPhone

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.

August 13, 2014 | | Nationwide


Cisco to lay off up to 6,000 workers

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.

August 13, 2014 | | Nationwide


PBS’ antiques show finds $1M baseball trove

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The PBS series "Antiques Roadshow" says it hit a home run with a collection of 1870s Boston baseball memorabilia.

August 12, 2014 | | Nationwide


Asbestos sales flourish in Asia

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.

August 12, 2014 | | Nationwide


‘Advanced Warfare’ jumps Call of Duty predecessors

FOSTER CITY (AP) - It feels like a well-armed Christmas morning at Sledgehammer Games.

August 11, 2014 | | Nationwide


Postal Service loses $2 billion this past spring

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Postal Service lost $2 billion this spring despite increasing its volume and charging consumers more money to send mail, officials said Monday.

August 11, 2014 | | Nationwide


FDA OKs DNA-based test for colon cancer

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved the first screening test for colon cancer that uses patients' DNA to help spot potentially deadly tumors and growths.

August 11, 2014 | | Nationwide


Yelp CEO reviews own business

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - After Yelp posted the first quarterly profit in its history last week, the online business review site got panned on Wall Street. The company's stock plummeted 11 percent the day after the results came out, wiping out its gains for the year.

August 06, 2014 | | Nationwide


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