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Builder confidence soars to 7-year high

NEW YORK (AP) - For the first time in seven years, most U.S. homebuilders are optimistic about home sales, a sign that construction could help drive stronger economic growth in coming months.

June 17, 2013 | | Nationwide


McDonald's franchise sued over payroll debit cards in lieu of regular paychecks

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) - A single mother who worked briefly at a northeastern Pennsylvania McDonald's franchise is suing the owners after she said she was given a fee-laden debit card and told that she must use it to access her earnings.

June 17, 2013 | | Nationwide


Businessman tries his luck at building marijuana brand

SEATTLE (AP) - For the activists who led the effort to legalize recreational marijuana in Washington state last fall, Jamen Shively was one of their biggest fears: an aspiring pot profiteer whose unabashed dreams of building a cannabis empire might attract unwanted attention from the federal government or a backlash that could slow the marijuana reform movement across the country.

June 17, 2013 | | Nationwide


Food sellers work to make it look natural

NEW YORK (AP) - Here's the latest goal for food makers: Perfect the art of imperfection.

June 17, 2013 | | Nationwide


Thrifty says offer of free rental car was mistake , won’t be given

DALLAS (AP) - Thrifty Car Rental says it's sorry, but many customers who were offered a free one-day rental won't be getting that after all.

June 17, 2013 | | Nationwide


Whole Foods revises employee language policy

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Facing threats of national boycotts from Latino groups and a slew of online petitions, Whole Foods announced Friday that the organic grocery chain has revised its employee language policy following the suspension of two Spanish-speaking Albuquerque employees.

June 14, 2013 | | Nationwide


Social Security benefits are not ever prorated

Q: It has always puzzled me why Social Security takes back a person's Social Security check for the month he or she dies. My aunt recently died. And as her executor, I was counting on using her last Social Security check to pay off some of her bills. But the government took that money away from me. Can you explain that?

June 14, 2013 | | Nationwide


Detroit won't pay $2.5 billion it owes

ROMULUS, Mich. (AP) - A team led by a state-appointed emergency manager said Friday that Detroit is defaulting on about $2.5 billion in unsecured debt and is asking creditors to take about 10 cents on the dollar of what the city owes them.

June 14, 2013 | | Nationwide


Microsoft brings Office to iPhone, but not tablets

NEW YORK (AP) - Even as a pared-down version of Microsoft's Office software package arrived on the iPhone, the company is holding out on extending that to the iPad and Android devices as it tries to boost sales of tablet computers running its own Windows system.

June 14, 2013 | | Nationwide


California brothers charged with digital piracy of movies TV

California brothers charged with digital piracy of movies TV

June 14, 2013 | | Nationwide


Coverage unaffordable for low-wage workers

WASHINGTON (AP) - It's called the Affordable Care Act, but President Barack Obama's health care law may turn out to be unaffordable for many low-wage workers, including employees at big chain restaurants, retail stores and hotels.

June 13, 2013 | | Nationwide


Nicaragua approves massive canal project

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) - A proposal to build a massive rival to the Panama Canal across the middle of Nicaragua was overwhelmingly backed by lawmakers Thursday, capping a lightning-fast approval process that has provoked deep skepticism among shipping experts and concern among environmentalists.

June 13, 2013 | | Nationwide


Grocers allege potato price fixing

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - A battle between grocers and potato growers has been silently hitting shoppers' pocketbooks, according to a U.S. wholesaler accusing America's spud farmers of driving up prices while spying on farmers with satellites and aircraft fly-overs to enforce strict limits on how many tubers they can grow.

June 13, 2013 | | Nationwide


Lawmaker accuses Google of dodging taxes in Great Britain

LONDON (AP) - An influential committee of British lawmakers accused search company Google of dodging its taxes on Thursday in a scathing report that said the U.S. Internet company took on highly contrived arrangements serving no purpose other than to avoid paying its fair share.

June 13, 2013 | | Nationwide


Windows becomes the latest Best Buy store-in-store

NEW YORK (AP) - Microsoft has unveiled plans for "store-within-a-store" sections in Best Buy stores, becoming the latest major consumer electronics maker to acknowledge advantages of the brick-and-mortar format.

June 13, 2013 | | Nationwide


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Univ. of Phoenix faces government financial aid review

NEW YORK (AP) - Apollo Education Group said the U.S. Department of Education will review the administration of federal student financial aid programs by its University of Phoenix subsidiary.

July 14, 2014 | | Nationwide


Consumer bureau sues law firm

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau sued a major debt collection law firm on Monday, alleging it is a "mill" that produces shoddy, mass-produced credit-card collection lawsuits.

July 14, 2014 | | Nationwide


Citigroup to pay $7B in mortgages probe

WASHINGTON (AP) - Citigroup has agreed to pay $7 billion to settle a federal investigation into its handling of risky subprime mortgages, admitting to a pattern of deception that Attorney General Eric Holder said "shattered lives" and contributed to the worst financial crisis in decades, the Justice Department said Monday.

July 14, 2014 | | Nationwide


1,153 Trump Plaza workers to lose jobs

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - Job losses at Trump Plaza when the Atlantic City casino shuts down in September will be even worse than expected.

July 14, 2014 | | Nationwide


Survival and defeat in Silicon Valley slum

SAN JOSE (AP) - She's a disheveled woman, upper teeth gone, heavy bags slung over her shoulders as she nervously urges on two friends shoving her overloaded shopping cart up a dirt slope. Maria Esther Salazar has been either homeless, in jail, or squatting at someone else's house for 30 years.

July 08, 2014 | | Nationwide


Firms post most jobs in 7 years in May

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. employers advertised more jobs in May than in any month in the past seven years, a sign that this year's strong hiring trend is likely to continue.

July 08, 2014 | | Nationwide


Math, science grads earn top dollar

WASHINGTON (AP) - What you study - math and science are a plus - seems to matter more than whether your alma mater is public or private when it comes to finding a high-paying job after college, according to a report released Tuesday by the Education Department.

July 08, 2014 | | Nationwide


Luxury Rolls-Royce car sales soar

LONDON (AP) - They are rolling symbols of wealth and excess, starting at $263,000 a pop, with many buyers choosing custom options that can easily double the price. And they are more popular than ever before.

July 08, 2014 | | Nationwide


Settlement reached in Remington suit

ST. LOUIS (AP) - One of the nation's leading gun manufacturers has reached a settlement in a nationwide lawsuit claiming a popular hunting rifle has a defective trigger mechanism that can cause injury and death.

July 08, 2014 | | Nationwide


After Aereo, what’s next for Internet TV?

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Supreme Court shot down Aereo's business model this week, but that doesn't mean customers' desire for a better TV experience is gone.

June 26, 2014 | | Nationwide


Ikea raises hourly pay for US retail workers

NEW YORK (AP) - Ikea's U.S. division is raising the minimum wage for thousands of its retail workers, pegging it to the cost of living in each location, instead of its competition.

June 26, 2014 | | Nationwide


Nike 4th quarter net income tops estimates

NEW YORK (AP) - Nike's fiscal fourth-quarter net income rose 5 percent as higher revenue in most geographic regions offset heavy investments in marketing for the World Cup soccer tournament.

June 26, 2014 | | Nationwide


Stocks move lower on Wall Street, led by banks

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks are closing lower on Wall Street, with banks posting some of the biggest declines.

June 26, 2014 | | Nationwide


Study: Angelenos spend more on housing than others

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A new study finds half of households in metropolitan Los Angeles spend at least 30 percent of their income on rent or mortgage payments - the highest rate among U.S. cities.

June 26, 2014 | | Nationwide


Analysts predict slower June sales for GM

DETROIT (AP) - A number of analysts are predicting that General Motors' June U.S. sales will underperform the overall auto industry, putting the company in danger of losing market share at a critical time.

June 26, 2014 | | Nationwide


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