Q: It really gets my goat when I hear politicians refer to Social Security as an entitlement. I worked all my life and paid Social Security taxes all my life. How can they call that an entitlement?
NEW YORK (AP) - Buyout specialist Blackstone Group LP is dropping its effort to acquire Dell, and billionaire investor Carl Icahn is reportedly unlikely to follow through on his preliminary acquisition offer, as suitors digest studies showing a staggering decline in PC sales.
COCOA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Critics dubbed USA Today "McPaper" when it debuted in 1982, and they accused its founder, Al Neuharth, of dumbing down American journalism with its easy-to-read articles and bright graphics.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Predicting a nightmarish air travel snarl that will stretch from coast to coast, the airline industry and the nation's largest pilots union joined forces Friday to sue the Federal Aviation Administration over its decision to furlough air traffic controllers in order to achieve spending cuts required by Congress.
MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Google's latest quarterly results provided further proof that the Internet search leader is figuring out how to make more money as Web surfers migrate from personal computers to mobile devices.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Yahoo is taking the next step in its effort to make some of its most popular services more appealing and accessible to the growing audience connecting to the Internet on smartphones and tablet computers.
NEW YORK (AP) - Microsoft is working with manufacturers to produce a line of small touch-screen devices powered by Windows, apparently intended to compete with 7-inch tablets like the iPad Mini and Amazon Kindle Fire.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Twitter has launched a service that lets people find music they like and tweet songs from iTunes, Spotify and Rdio.
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) - There used to be just one way for getting shows on TV. Networks would spend tens of millions of dollars ordering scripts and shooting pilots and then show the fruits of their labor to focus groups. A small group of executives would cherry-pick a few promising shows to put on TV, hoping they'd be a hit with bigger audiences.
SAN JOSE (AP) - EBay's high-flying stock price declined in after-hours trading Wednesday after the e-commerce bellwether's outlook for the current quarter fell below Wall Street's expectations.
NEW YORK (AP) - Microsoft is offering enhanced security for its email, storage and other services.
CUPERTINO (AP) - Shares of Apple Inc. fell below $400 for the first time in a year and half on Wednesday, after a supplier hinted at a slowdown in iPhone and iPad production.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal health regulators will require generic versions of the best-selling painkiller OxyContin to include recent formulation changes designed to make the pill harder to abuse.
SUNNYVALE (AP) - Yahoo's Internet advertising revenue crumbled further during the first three months of the year and overshadowed a surge in the company's earnings.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks are closing lower on Wall Street, with banks posting some of the biggest declines.
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.
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.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Some 1 billion people are now using Android devices, Google said as the company kicked off its two-day developer conference Wednesday in San Francisco.
NEW YORK (AP) - The U.S. stock market inched modestly higher Wednesday, recovering more than half of what it lost the day before, as investors were able to set aside two disappointing economic reports.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a startup Internet company has to pay broadcasters when it takes television programs from the airwaves and allows subscribers to watch them on smartphones and other portable devices.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's credit rating is rebounding, reflecting the relative stability of its state budget.