NEW YORK (AP) - Potential victims of credit card fraud tied to Target's security breach said they had trouble contacting the discounter through its website and call centers.
Q: I am 74 years old and have been getting my Social Security for over 10 years now. It's barely enough to live on, so I was thrilled when someone even older than me told me he read about some kind of special Social Security payment for folks who are over 72 years old. He said they are called "proud" benefits. What can you tell me about that?
WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. economy grew at a solid 4.1 percent annual rate from July through September, the fastest pace since late 2011 and significantly higher than previously thought. Much of the upward revision came from stronger consumer spending.
MENLO PARK (AP) - Facebook and Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg are selling a combined 70 million shares of Class A stock as the social media company prepares to join the Standard & Poor's 500 index.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Verizon Communications Inc. says it will publish information on the number of requests for customer records it received from law enforcement agencies this year.
NEW YORK (AP) - Target's data-security nightmare threatens to drive off holiday shoppers during the company's busiest time of year.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Defense and aerospace giant Lockheed Martin is halting its donations to the Boy Scouts of America over the organization's ban on gays serving as adult leaders after a review of the company's philanthropy guidelines, the company said Thursday.
NEW YORK (AP) - Sparse crowds at malls and "50 percent off" signs at The Gap and other stores offer clues as to how this holiday season is shaping up so far: It's the most discount-driven one since the U.S. was in a deep recession. It's also the most disappointing for stores.
CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple will start taking orders for its high-end Mac Pro desktop computer today.
NEW YORK (AP) - The stock market had a swift and clear reaction to the Federal Reserve's decision to trim its stimulus efforts: That wasn't so bad after all.
REDWOOD SHORES (AP) - Oracle's fiscal second-quarter net income edged down slightly, hurt by flat revenue from new software licenses and cloud software subscriptions, but still managed to beat Wall Street predictions.
MENLO PARK (AP) - Investors are giving a thumbs-up to the idea of Facebook making hundreds of millions in new revenue from video advertisements, but some users argue that the social network is already too cluttered and has become more about commercialism than communing with friends.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - California home sales slid last month amid tight supplies, while prices held steady, a research firm said Tuesday.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Internal Revenue Service has been doing business with nearly 1,200 vendors that owe back taxes, including one unnamed contractor that owed a whopping $525 million, a new inspector general's report says.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman is getting a huge raise as she enters the third year of her attempt to turn around the slumping personal computer and printer maker.
MENLO PARK (AP) - Facebook's stock is soaring after the social networking company reported stronger-than-expected results for the fourth quarter, fueled by strong mobile advertising revenue.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Hundreds of thousands of homeowners would get a reprieve from higher flood insurance premiums under legislation speeding through the Senate, powered by coastal lawmakers telling horror stories of people at risk of losing their homes.
MENLO PARK (AP) - Mobile advertising accounted for more than half of Facebook's total ad revenue in the final quarter of last year, a sign that the social network born a decade ago in the desktop computer era is succeeding in its goal of being "mobile first."
SUNNYVALE (AP) - Google is selling Motorola's smartphone business to Lenovo for $2.9 billion, a price that leaves little doubt that Google's biggest acquisition turned out to be an expensive mistake.
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.