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Retailers, Costco report strong gains for June

NEW YORK (AP) - June sales heated up for stores, in a sign that Americans likely will continue to spend during the important back-to-school shopping season.

July 11, 2013 | | Nationwide


US reports rare $1.6B surplus

WASHINGTON (AP) - The federal government on Thursday reported a rare surplus of $116.5 billion in June, the largest for a single month in five years. The gain kept the nation on track for its lowest annual deficit in five years.

July 11, 2013 | | Nationwide


Rate on 30-year mortgage hits 4.51%

WASHINGTON (AP) - The average U.S. rate on the 30-year fixed mortgage rose this week to 4.51 percent, a two-year high. Rates have been rising on expectations that the Federal Reserve will slow its bond purchases this year.

July 11, 2013 | | Nationwide


For Amazon, another role

SEATTLE (AP) - Online retailer Amazon.com Inc. will start publishing more original comics through its new imprint, Jet City Comics.

July 11, 2013 | | Nationwide


Unemployment benefit inqueries rise to 360K

WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits rose 16,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 360,000, although the level remains consistent with steady hiring.

July 11, 2013 | | Nationwide


Microsoft reboots with sweeping reorganization

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Microsoft Corp. has decided its entire business needs a new operating system.

July 11, 2013 | | Nationwide


Oil prices rise on signs of US demand

NEW YORK (AP) - The price of oil has shot up $11 a barrel in two weeks on rising demand in the U.S. and political upheaval in the Middle East. Gas prices are about to follow.

July 10, 2013 | | Nationwide


Stocks unfazed by Reserve’s minutes

NEW YORK (AP) - The stock market turned quiet Wednesday and just managed to notch a fifth straight day of gains.

July 10, 2013 | | Nationwide


Judge: Apple, late Jobs conspired to raise prices

NEW YORK (AP) - Apple Inc. milked the popularity of its iTunes store to form an illegal cartel with publishers to raise electronic book prices, a federal judge ruled Wednesday, citing "compelling evidence" from the words of the late Steve Jobs.

July 10, 2013 | | Nationwide


T-Mobile to allow frequent upgrades

NEW YORK (AP) - Ever worry about buying a new phone, only to see a better one come out just two weeks later? Phone companies normally make you wait two years before upgrading to a new device. T-Mobile will now let you upgrade twice a year for just $10 a month.

July 10, 2013 | | Nationwide


Barnes & Noble CEO Lynch resigns

NEW YORK (AP) - Barnes & Noble Inc. said Monday that William Lynch has stepped down as CEO, effective immediately, as the book retailer continues to struggle with weak sales, big losses and the declining popularity of its Nook e-readers.

July 08, 2013 | | Nationwide


Stocks rise as earnings kick off

NEW YORK (AP) - Cautious optimism about corporate earnings sent the stock market higher Monday.

July 08, 2013 | | Nationwide


Regulators want stricter rules for ‘Big 8’ banks

WASHINGTON (AP) - Regulators want to require eight of the largest U.S. banks to meet a stricter measure of health to reduce the threat they pose to the financial system.

July 08, 2013 | | Nationwide


Bill would introduce millions more immigrants

WASHINGTON (AP) - Landmark immigration legislation passed by the Senate would remake America's workforce from the highest rungs to the lowest and bring many more immigrants into the economy, from elite technology companies to restaurant kitchens and rural fields.

July 08, 2013 | | Nationwide


Benefit suspension versus withdrawal

Q: I retired and filed for my Social Security benefits when I was 62 years old. I am now a couple months away from my 63rd birthday, and I've decided I can't live on my Social Security check. So I plan to go back to work full-time. I called Social Security and told them I wanted to withdraw my retirement claim. They sent me a form to sign, but told me I would have to repay all the benefits I've received in the last 10 months. This will be a hardship for me. But I don't ...

July 05, 2013 | | Nationwide


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Record 4M orders of iPhones

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple had more than 4 million advance orders of its new, larger iPhones in the first 24 hours, exceeding its initial supply, the company said Monday.

September 15, 2014 | | Nationwide


Envelopes in hotels invite tips for maids

NEW YORK (AP) - Do you leave a tip in your hotel room for the maid? Marriott is launching a program with Maria Shriver to put envelopes in hotel rooms to encourage tipping.

September 15, 2014 | | Nationwide


Minecraft’ could boost mobile reach

NEW YORK (AP) - Microsoft's decision to spend $2.5 billion for the creator of the hit game "Minecraft" could help the Xbox maker grab attention on mobile phones, a new priority for the company.

September 15, 2014 | | Nationwide


Olive Garden defends breadstick policy

NEW YORK (AP) - Olive Garden is defending its practice of giving customers as many breadsticks as they want, saying the policy conveys "Italian generosity."

September 15, 2014 | | Nationwide


Olive Garden investor: Back off on breadsticks

NEW YORK (AP) - Maybe there is such a thing as too many breadsticks.

September 12, 2014 | | Nationwide


Prosecutors target credit card thieves overseas

WASHINGTON (AP) - Criminals from around the world buy and sell stolen credit card information with ease in today's digital age. But if they commit their crime entirely outside the United States, they may be beyond the reach of federal prosecutors.

September 12, 2014 | | Nationwide


Massive new construction tool ready for NASA welding

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A massive structure described by NASA as the world's largest spacecraft welding tool has been completed at the Michoud (MEE'-shoo) Assembly Center in New Orleans, which was chosen in 2011 to build components of a major new rocket system.

September 12, 2014 | | Nationwide


Feds: Colon supplement makes bogus claims

WASHINGTON (AP) - The federal government says Bayer is making unsupported claims in advertisements for its dietary supplement designed to help with digestion, in violation of a federal court order.

September 12, 2014 | | Nationwide


Silicon Valley struggles to speak FDA’s language

SAN JOSE (AP) - From Apple's new smartwatch that tracks heartbeats to contact lenses that measure blood sugar - Silicon Valley is pouring billions into gadgets and apps designed to transform health care. But the tech giants that have famously disrupted so many industries are now facing their own unexpected disruption: regulation.

September 11, 2014 | | Nationwide


Shoppers may shrug off Home Depot hack

NEW YORK (AP) - Home Depot's data breach could wind up being among the largest ever for a retailer, but that may not matter to its millions of customers.

September 11, 2014 | | Nationwide


Yahoo says gov’t threatened $250K a day fine

SUNNYVALE (AP) - Yahoo said Thursday the government threatened to fine the company $250,000 a day if it did not comply with demands to go along with an expansion of U.S. surveillance by surrendering online information, a step the company regarded as unconstitutional.

September 11, 2014 | | Nationwide


Will Apple finally reveal next big thing?

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple is poised to reveal its next big thing in a crucial attempt to prove its technological tastemakers still have the power to mesmerize the masses.

September 08, 2014 | | Nationwide


Twitter tests shopping service with ‘Buy’ button

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Twitter is taking its users shopping.

September 08, 2014 | | Nationwide


Tesla selects Reno for battery plant

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Coming to Nevada's high desert: A massive, $5 billion factory that will pump out high-tech batteries for hundreds of thousands of electric vehicles.

September 03, 2014 | | Nationwide


Samsung kicks off battle for holiday spending

BERLIN (AP) - Samsung unveiled two smartphones and a virtual-reality headset Wednesday in a bid to draw consumer attention before its fierce rival, Apple, announces its holiday lineup next week.

September 03, 2014 | | Nationwide


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