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Redbox raising DVD rental rates by 25 percent

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Redbox is raising its DVD rental prices by 25 percent in an effort to wring more revenue from the shrinking audience that still watches movies on discs rather than online.

November 24, 2014 | | Nationwide


SoCal high-end home sales surge

LOS ANGELES (AP) - In an exception to Southern California's lackluster real estate market, sales of homes costing $2 million or more are hitting record levels, according to a report.

November 24, 2014 | | Nationwide


3 make living playing video games

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) - From nine to five, seven days a week, Robert Schill plays video games while sitting on a plush, brown sofa in central Florida.

November 17, 2014 | | Nationwide


Hellmann’s tweaks site in ‘mayonnaise’ legal spat

NEW YORK (AP) - Hellmann's mayonnaise has some egg on its face.

November 17, 2014 | | Nationwide


Heat-not-burn cigarette rolled out

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Reynolds American Inc. is launching a cigarette that heats tobacco rather than burning it, hoping to capitalize on the growing appetite for alternatives to traditional smokes.

November 17, 2014 | | Nationwide


Government falls short when it comes to useful health info websites

WASHINGTON (AP) - With many seniors facing high medical bills, a congressional investigation has found that federal government websites meant to give Medicare patients basic consumer tools instead fail to provide adequate information on out-of-pocket costs, and even quality of care.

November 17, 2014 | | Nationwide


NYC: Replace pay phones with Wi-Fi hubs

NEW YORK (AP) - Pay phones on New York City streets would become a thing of the past under a plan announced Monday that would replace them with stand-alone devices offering free Wi-Fi and nationwide phone calls as well as mobile phone charging capability.

November 17, 2014 | | Nationwide


Feds: Privacy firm deceived consumers

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Federal regulators said a respected Internet privacy company gave its seal of approval to commercial websites and mobile apps but failed to check whether they were indeed meeting standards for safeguarding customers' data.

November 17, 2014 | | Nationwide


Obama: Treat Internet like utility

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama on Monday embraced a radical change in how the government treats Internet service, coming down on the side of consumer activists who fear slower download speeds and higher costs but angering Republicans and the nation's cable giants who say the plan would kill jobs.

November 10, 2014 | | Nationwide


Switches ordered weeks ahead of recall

DETROIT (AP) - Emails showing that General Motors ordered a half-million replacement ignition switches nearly two months before telling the government of a safety recall will be heavily scrutinized by federal prosecutors, who are investigating GM's conduct, according to legal experts.

November 10, 2014 | | Nationwide


Q&A ON ‘NET NEUTRALITY’

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama on Monday waded into the debate over "net neutrality" by suggesting that Internet service should be regulated more heavily to protect consumers.

November 10, 2014 | | Nationwide


Pizza Hut’s revamp: Curry crusts & balsamic drizzle

NEW YORK (AP) - Pizza Hut is letting customers play mad scientist, giving them the freedom to make pies with honey Sriracha sauce or add curry flavor to the crusts.

November 10, 2014 | | Nationwide


OK for Social Security workers settlement

BALTIMORE (AP) - A federal administrative law judge in Baltimore has given preliminary approval to a $6.6 million settlement for more than 570 current and former Social Security Administration employees with disabilities.

November 10, 2014 | | Nationwide


Target offers early access to Black Friday deals

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Target is planning to offer Black Friday deals before the Thanksgiving holiday, in its latest move to boost sluggish sales heading into the holiday shopping season.

November 10, 2014 | | Nationwide


Postal Service victim of hacking attack

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Postal Service said Monday it had been hacked, potentially compromising sensitive information about its employees such as names and addresses, Social Security numbers, emergency contacts and other information.

November 10, 2014 | | Nationwide


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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


Girl Scouts byting into digital for cookie sales

NEW YORK (AP) - Watch out world, the Girl Scouts are going digital to sell you cookies.

December 02, 2014 | | Nationwide


Cyber Monday gives retailers sales bump

NEW YORK (AP) - Cyber Monday is turning into Cyber Month.

December 02, 2014 | | Nationwide


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