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Financial aid scam revealed at Calif. college

SAN PABLO (AP) - Several people face criminal charges in connection with a financial aid scam at a community college in Northern California, prosecutors said.

April 12, 2013 | | Nationwide


Verizon to extend phone-upgrade waiting period

NEW YORK (AP) - Verizon Wireless, the country's largest cellphone carrier, on Friday said that it is extending the time it takes to earn a subsidized phone upgrade from 20 months on contract to 24 months.

April 12, 2013 | | Nationwide


Coding boot camps promise to launch tech careers

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Looking for a career change, Ken Shimizu decided he wanted to be a software developer, but he didn't want to go back to college to study computer science.

April 12, 2013 | | Nationwide


Upper-income seniors facing Medicare hike

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's plan to raise Medicare premiums for upper-income seniors would create five new income brackets to squeeze more revenue for the government from the top tiers of retirees, the administration revealed Friday.

April 12, 2013 | | Nationwide


Drought eases in farm belt but not over yet

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - With the farm belt's soil recharged by melted snow and spring rains, farmers are anxious to start working the fields and planting seed for the 2013 crop season.

April 12, 2013 | | Nationwide


Air bag recall on 3.4 million vehicles

DETROIT (AP) - Six automakers, including Toyota, Honda and Nissan, are recalling nearly 3.4 million older-model vehicles worldwide because of defective air bags that can send shrapnel flying into the passenger compartment.

April 11, 2013 | | Nationwide


TV stations feel 'squeezed' by airwave auction

LAS VEGAS (AP) - As the federal government tries to encourage companies like AT&T and Verizon to create bigger, faster mobile networks, TV broadcasters are feeling like the farmers of yesteryear who were asked to sell their land to make way for the nation's highways.

April 11, 2013 | | Nationwide


Implanted 'bracelet' helps treat chronic heartburn

ATLANTA (AP) - A tiny magnetic bracelet implanted at the base of the throat is greatly improving life for some people with chronic heartburn who need more help than medicine can give them.

April 11, 2013 | | Nationwide


Stocks rise for 4th day in a row, led by retail

NEW YORK (AP) - Rite Aid, Ross Stores and other retailers surged Thursday after turning in better sales, and major stock market indexes rose for a fourth day straight.

April 11, 2013 | | Nationwide


Investors dump Microsoft on bleak news

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - If fewer people are interested in buying a new personal computer, then fewer investors want to own stakes in companies whose fortunes are tied to the sales of laptop and desktop machines.

April 11, 2013 | | Nationwide


VC firms team up to invest in Google Glass

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Three influential venture capital firms are teaming to find and finance entrepreneurs who want to create applications and other accessories for Google Glass. That's an Internet-connected device that is setting out to turn wearable computing into the latest fashion trend.

April 10, 2013 | | Nationwide


Post office retreats on eliminating Saturday mail

WASHINGTON (AP) - The financially beleaguered Postal Service backpedaled on its plan to end Saturday mail delivery, conceding Wednesday that its gamble to compel congressional approval had failed.

April 10, 2013 | | Nationwide


Personal computer sales crash as Windows 8 flops

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The ailing personal computer market is getting weaker, and it's starting to look like it will never fully recover as a new generation of mobile devices reshapes the way people use technology.

April 10, 2013 | | Nationwide


Mutual funds attract record amount of cash

BOSTON (AP) - The stock market hit a record high during the first quarter, and so did the flow of cash into mutual funds.

April 10, 2013 | | Nationwide


COMPUTER SHIPMENTS

Research group IDC said Wednesday that global shipments of personal computers fell 14 percent in the first three months of 2013, the sharpest plunge since the firm started tracking the industry in 1994. IDC said Microsoft's Windows 8 software appears to be driving buyers away from PCs and toward smartphones and tablets. According to research group IDC, here are the five leading manufacturers of personal computers worldwide in first quarter of 2013:

April 10, 2013 | | Nationwide


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Microsoft earnings report doesn’t excite

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Big jumps in sales of its Surface tablets, cloud computing software and Lumia smartphones drove Microsoft's quarterly revenue above expectations, as CEO Satya Nadella continues to steer toward the mobile gadget market and shift Microsoft away from its traditional focus on the PC.

January 26, 2015 | | Nationwide


Starbucks’ 1Q profits soar on strong traffic

NEW YORK (AP) - Starbucks Corp.'s fiscal first-quarter earnings soared 82 percent as the coffee chain attracted more customers around the globe who snapped up an expanded offering of food and drinks over the holidays.

January 22, 2015 | | Nationwide


Microsoft to show off more Windows 10 features today

REDMOND, Washington (AP) - Microsoft will use an event today to offer a wider glimpse of the next version of Windows.

January 20, 2015 | | Nationwide


Netflix adds 4.3M more subscribers

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Coming off its best quarter yet, Netflix is accelerating its international expansion in hopes its original programming will hook millions more subscribers on the Internet video service.

January 20, 2015 | | Nationwide


US settles case over fake Facebook page

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Justice Department has reached a $134,000 settlement with a New York woman after federal drug agents used information from her cellphone to set up a fake Facebook page in her identity, a tactic that raised privacy concerns and led to a federal government review of the ruse, according to court papers filed Tuesday.

January 20, 2015 | | Nationwide


Twitter buys ZipDial in bid for users in emerging markets

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Twitter said Tuesday that it plans to buy Indian mobile marketing company ZipDial as it tries to reach new users in developing regions.

January 20, 2015 | | Nationwide


Does Airbnb help or hurt affordable housing?

NEW YORK (AP) - They cater to travelers, but Airbnb and other short-term rental sites are sparking debate over an issue few tourists are likely to unpack: affordable housing.

January 20, 2015 | | Nationwide


Cheap oil means spending changes

WASHINGTON (AP) - Cheap oil doesn't only mean cheaper gas in the tank. It means that a car dealer in Illinois is shuffling the inventory of models he'll be selling, that more students in Wisconsin may get school-provided iPads, that some planned projects in a Southern California city will get delayed, and that some expected oilfield hiring in North Dakota and Texas may not happen.

January 19, 2015 | | Nationwide


BUSINESS NEWS

• AMAZON BRANCHING OUT FROM TV SERIES TO MOVIE PRODUCTION: SEATTLE (AP) - Amazon Studios is branching out from television series to movies, announcing plans to begin producing and acquiring original movies for theatrical release and, within weeks, video streaming.

January 19, 2015 | | Nationwide


Pumpkin seed: Future cash crop for Oregon?

ONTARIO, Ore. (AP) - Eastern Oregon and western Idaho already produce many of the nation's decorative pumpkins. Now an economic development official is exploring whether the area could support production of pumpkin seeds for healthy snack foods.

January 19, 2015 | | Nationwide


Obama Treasury choice withdraws

WASHINGTON (AP) - A Wall Street banker nominated by President Barack Obama to be the third-ranking official at the Treasury Department has pulled out of contention for the post in the face of Democratic opposition, a blow to the White House and a victory for the party's liberal wing.

January 12, 2015 | | Nationwide


Social Security won’t seize tax refunds

WASHINGTON (AP) - People who owe old debts to the Social Security Administration are getting a reprieve this tax season: The federal government won't be seizing their tax refunds.

January 12, 2015 | | Nationwide


Got help paying for health care? Watch your mailbox

WASHINGTON (AP) - If you're among the millions of consumers who got financial help for health insurance last year under President Barack Obama's law, better keep an eye on your mailbox.

January 12, 2015 | | Nationwide


NY elected officials take aim at Uber surge pricing

NEW YORK (AP) - New York's turf war on wheels reached fever pitch Monday as City Council members grilled representatives of the app-based Uber service - a fierce competitor of the city's 13,000 yellow cabs hailed with a flailing hand.

January 12, 2015 | | Nationwide


GADGET SHOW

LAS VEGAS (AP) - One of the biggest changes in television this year will be more channels being available online with no separate cable or satellite subscription. But for would-be cord-cutters, watching live sports online has been elusive - until now. Dish Network Corp. on Monday unveiled an Internet-only subscription offering that includes ESPN.

January 05, 2015 | | Nationwide


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