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Layoffs keep dropping, hopes rise for job gains

WASHINGTON (AP) - Employers are laying off fewer workers, a trend that normally suggests hiring is picking up. The January jobs report next week will show whether employers have begun to hire more freely or are still waiting for the economy to strengthen.

January 24, 2013 | | Nationwide


New stomach bug hitting USA

NEW YORK (AP) - A new strain of stomach bug sweeping the globe is taking over in the U.S., health officials say.

January 24, 2013 | | Nationwide


Samsung profits beat forecast, mobile biz doubles

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - Samsung Electronics Co. reported Friday forecast-beating results for the fourth quarter of 2012 as profit from its mobile business more than doubled from a year earlier.

January 24, 2013 | | Nationwide


Analysts to Apple: Bend your knee to Wall Street as stock drops 12%

NEW YORK (AP) - Apple needs to start making nice with Wall Street, analysts said Thursday as investors hammered the company's stock.

January 24, 2013 | | Nationwide


New consumers health overhaul lingo

WAHSINGTON, D.C. (AP) - President Barack Obama's health care overhaul law has spawned its own jargon. With the law finally about to take full effect, consumers might want to get familiar with some of the terms:

January 24, 2013 | | Nationwide


Starbucks profit climbs as US cafes thrive

NEW YORK (AP) - Americans still need their Starbucks fix even in the weak economy.

January 24, 2013 | | Nationwide


Microsoft's earnings dip despite Windows 8 lift

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Microsoft's latest quarterly earnings slipped, even as the world's largest software maker showed modest progress adapting to a shift away from the personal computers that have been its financial foundation for decades.

January 24, 2013 | | Nationwide


Health insurance exchanges means market transformation

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) - Health insurance exchanges will change the way people buy coverage and will help millions of uninsured people get a private plan. Nearly 49 million people are uninsured in the United States, but the numbers vary dramatically by state.

January 24, 2013 | | Nationwide


Netflix stocks soars 41% after strong 4Q report

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Netflix's rollercoaster ride on Wall Street surged to new heights Thursday.

January 24, 2013 | | Nationwide


AT&T gains customers in 4Q, posts big loss

NEW YORK (AP) - The launch of the iPhone 5 helped AT&T attract more new customers in the holiday quarter than it has in three years, but the company posted a big loss because of an annual adjustment to its pension obligations.

January 24, 2013 | | Nationwide


IBM's results lift Dow average to a five-year high

NEW YORK (AP) - Strong earnings from tech giants nudged the stock market to a five-year high Wednesday. Investors drew encouragement from a vote by the House of Representatives to let the government keep paying all of its bills for another four months.

January 23, 2013 | | Nationwide


McDonald's plans 'Fish McBites' to boost slumping fast food sales

NEW YORK (AP) - McDonald's used the Dollar Menu to help lift its profit in the latest quarter. Now the world's biggest hamburger chain is turning to a pipeline of new menu items to boost slumping sales, starting with "Fish McBites."

January 23, 2013 | | Nationwide


Beverage industry, NYC duel over drinks

NEW YORK (AP) - The city defended its groundbreaking size limit on sugary drinks Wednesday as an imperfect but meaningful rein on obesity, while critics said it would hurt small and minority-owned businesses while doing little to help health.

January 23, 2013 | | Nationwide


53 senators urge approval of Keystone XL pipeline route

WASHINGTON (AP) - More than half the Senate on Wednesday urged quick approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, ramping up pressure on President Barack Obama to move ahead with the project just days after he promised in his inaugural address to respond vigorously to the threat of climate change.

January 23, 2013 | | Nationwide


Unions suffer sharp membership decline

WASHINGTON (AP) - Union membership plummeted last year to the lowest level since the 1930s as cash-strapped state and local governments shed workers and unions had difficulty organizing new members in the private sector despite signs of an improving economy.

January 23, 2013 | | Nationwide


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NYC to host smartphone hunt for giant Easter eggs

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City is getting ready for an old-fashioned Easter egg hunt with a 21st-century twist: The public will hunt for the eggs as part of an interactive contest using a smartphone app.

March 17, 2014 | | Nationwide


Nakamoto hires lawyer in Newsweek bitcoin fight

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The man Newsweek claimed is the creator of bitcoin has hired a lawyer in an attempt to clear his name, repeating a denial he made to The Associated Press more than a week ago that he has never had anything to do with the digital currency.

March 17, 2014 | | Nationwide


BUSINESS NEWS

• SAN FRANCISCO UPS TOTAL IT WILL LEND TO HOMEBUYERS: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco will now lend as much as $200,000 to some homebuyers toward a down payment on their first house or condominium.

March 17, 2014 | | Nationwide


Last call: Obamacare’s March 31 deadline

NEW YORIK (AP) - Uninsured Americans face an important deadline at the end of this month, and many don't realize it.

March 10, 2014 | | Nationwide


Colorado collects $2M in recreational marijuana taxes

DENVER (AP) - Colorado made roughly $2 million in marijuana taxes in January, state revenue officials reported Monday in the world's first accounting of the recreational pot business.

March 10, 2014 | | Nationwide


Fresh air or smoke and mirrors?

NEW YORK (AP) - On the edge of the SoHo neighborhood downtown, The Henley Vaporium is an intimate hipster hangout with overstuffed chairs, exposed brick, friendly counter help - but no booze.

March 10, 2014 | | Nationwide


2 percent of Americans have new hips, knees

ATLANTA (AP) - It's not just grandma with a new hip and your uncle with a new knee. More than 2 of every 100 Americans now have an artificial joint, doctors are reporting.

March 10, 2014 | | Nationwide


SILICON VALLEY BOOM

SAN JOSE (AP) - Arwin Buditom guards some of the most successful high-tech firms in America. Joseph Farfan keeps their heat, air and electric systems humming. But these workers and tens of thousands like them who help fuel the Silicon Valley's tech boom can't even make ends meet anymore. Buditom rooms with his sister an hour's drive from work. Farfan gets his groceries at a food pantry.

March 06, 2014 | | Nationwide


Apple dials up effort to meld iPhone, cars

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple is accelerating the race to make smartphone applications easier and safer to use in cars.

March 03, 2014 | | Nationwide


Dish, Disney deal envisions Internet TV

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Dish Network and Disney have reached a landmark deal that envisions the day when Dish will offer a Netflix-like TV service to people who'd rather stream TV over the Internet than put a satellite receiver on their roof.

March 03, 2014 | | Nationwide


Gates back on top of billionaire rankings

NEW YORK (AP) - Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is once again the world's richest person.

March 03, 2014 | | Nationwide


Collapse of exchange spells trouble for bitcoin currency

TOKYO (AP) - The sudden disappearance of one of the largest bitcoin exchanges only adds to the mystery and mistrust surrounding the virtual currency, which was just beginning to gain legitimacy beyond the technology enthusiasts and adventurous investors who created it.

February 25, 2014 | | Nationwide


Telsa S top Consumers selection

DETROIT (AP) - The Tesla Model S electric sedan is Consumer Reports' top pick in this year's automotive rankings.

February 25, 2014 | | Nationwide


Panel faults federal government for failing to go after offshore tax evasion

WASHINGTON (AP) - Billions of dollars in U.S. taxes are going unpaid because Americans are exploiting Swiss bank accounts, and the U.S. government has failed to aggressively pursue Switzerland's second-largest bank, a Senate investigation has found.

February 25, 2014 | | Nationwide


Feds: Cut out junk food ads on football scoreboards, elsewhere in public schools

WASHINGTON (AP) - It's not just about what America's kids are getting in the lunch line.

February 25, 2014 | | Nationwide


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