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Personal computer maker Dell to go private in $24.4B deal led by founder

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Slumping personal computer maker Dell is bowing out of the stock market in a $24.4 billion buyout that represents the largest deal of its kind since the Great Recession dried up the financing for such risky maneuvers.

February 05, 2013 | | Nationwide


Shutterfly shares soar on 50% profit growth

REDWOOD CITY (AP) - Shutterfly Inc. on Tuesday reported a 50 percent jump in quarterly profit as more customers snapped up its photo prints, photo gifts and stationery during the holidays. The results blew past Wall Street estimates and the online photo service also forecast better-than-expected results for 2013.

February 05, 2013 | | Nationwide


Monopoly fans vote to toss 1 token, add new piece

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) - The end is near for the shoe, wheelbarrow or iron in the classic Monopoly game as fans vote in the final hours on which token to eliminate and which piece to replace it.

February 05, 2013 | | Nationwide


Zynga 4Q loss narrows as game maker cuts costs

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Online games company Zynga said its loss narrowed in the latest quarter even though revenue was largely unchanged as the company cut expenses by laying off workers, closing offices and shutting down poorly performing games.

February 05, 2013 | | Nationwide


18 charged in $200M credit card fraud

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Eighteen people have been charged in what may be one of the nation's largest credit card fraud rings, a sprawling international scam that duped credit rating agencies and used thousands of fake identities to steal at least $200 million, federal authorities said Tuesday.

February 05, 2013 | | Nationwide


Twitter grabs Super Bowl spotlight with record 24.1 million posts Sunday

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Beyonce's splashy show, a freak power outage, and -oh, yeah- a captivating game of football combined to generate a record 24.1 million posts on Twitter during Sunday night's Super Bowl.

February 04, 2013 | | Nationwide


McDonald's to put 'Fish McBites' in Happy Meals

NEW YORK (AP) - McDonald's says it is offering its first new Happy Meal entree in a decade: Fish McBites.

February 04, 2013 | | Nationwide


Oracle to buy Acme Packet for about $2.1B

REDWOOD SHORES (AP) - Oracle will Acme Packet Inc., which makes equipment for telecommunications companies, for about $2.1 billion.

February 04, 2013 | | Nationwide


Beer will help power Alaska brewery

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The Alaskan Brewing Co. is going green, but instead of looking to solar and wind energy, it has turned to a very familiar source: beer.

February 04, 2013 | | Nationwide


Test shows Polish 'beef' 75% horsemeat

DUBLIN (AP) - Ireland's government announced Monday that DNA testing has confirmed that Polish meat offcuts imported into Ireland and labeled as beef actually contain up to 75 percent horsemeat, a discovery made as Ireland's food-standards scandal forced a second burger manufacturer to shut operations.

February 04, 2013 | | Nationwide


Canada begins phasing out its penny coinage

TORONTO (AP) - Canada started phasing out its penny, the nuisance coins that clutter dressers and cost more than their one-cent value to produce.

February 04, 2013 | | Nationwide


Readers react to past columns

Q: In a recent column, you advised a woman not to work just to build up her own Social Security account because she would get higher benefits as a spouse on her husband's Social Security record. I think you did this woman a disservice. You failed to mention important disability protection she could earn by working and paying taxes on her own account. You also didn't tell her husband about survivor's benefits he might be due on his wife's record if she should die before he does - benefits he wouldn't get if she doesn't ...

February 01, 2013 | | Nationwide


Google's stock rides latest rally to new high

Google's stock rides latest rally to new high

February 01, 2013 | | Nationwide


Chevron profit up on asset exchange, refineries

SAN RAMON (AP) - Chevron Corp. posted a 41 percent gain in net income for the fourth quarter as the company produced more oil and gas, improved the performance of its refinery business and realized a gain from swapping assets in an Australian natural gas field.

February 01, 2013 | | Nationwide


Apple now biggest US phone seller

CUPERTINO (AP) - The launch of the iPhone 5 and the declining popularity of non-smartphones have made Apple the biggest seller of phones in the U.S. for the first time, research firm Strategy Analytics said Friday.

February 01, 2013 | | Nationwide


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Credit card late payments down in 2Q

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Americans are doing a better job of making timely credit card payments, even as many lenders increasingly extend credit to more people with less-than-stellar credit.

August 25, 2014 | | Nationwide


Housing recovery on track

WASHINGTON (AP) - A fourth straight monthly increase in sales of existing homes provided the latest evidence Thursday that the U.S. housing market is rebounding from a weak start to the year.

August 21, 2014 | | Nationwide


Russia may close more McDonald’s

MOSCOW (AP) - Russia's food safety agency said Thursday that it was checking McDonald's restaurants around the country, a day after several branches of the chain were shuttered in Moscow.

August 21, 2014 | | Nationwide


Wealth gap widened in the last decade

NEW YORK (AP) - A report from the Census Bureau is the latest evidence that the rich are getting richer while the poor get poorer.

August 21, 2014 | | Nationwide


Gap reports higher profit

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Gap Inc. said its profit rose 10 percent in the second quarter as the clothing retailer cut expenses and managed to lift sales.

August 21, 2014 | | Nationwide


Burger King nixes lower-calorie ‘Satisfries’

NEW YORK (AP) - Burger King is getting rid of its lower-calorie french fries at most restaurants after less than a year.

August 13, 2014 | | Nationwide


Amazon debuts mobile payment app, card reader

NEW YORK (AP) - Amazon is taking direct aim at mobile payment systems such as Square by introducing the Amazon Local Register, a credit-card processing device and mobile app designed to help small business owners accept payments through their smartphones and tablets.

August 13, 2014 | | Nationwide


Apple bans use of 2 chemicals in iPhone

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Apple is banning the use of two potentially hazardous chemicals during the final assembly of iPhones and iPads as part of the company's latest commitment to protect the factory workers who build its trendy devices.

August 13, 2014 | | Nationwide


Cisco to lay off up to 6,000 workers

SAN JOSE (AP) - Cisco said Wednesday that it will lay off up to 6,000 workers, or 8 percent of its workforce, as part of a restructuring.

August 13, 2014 | | Nationwide


PBS’ antiques show finds $1M baseball trove

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The PBS series "Antiques Roadshow" says it hit a home run with a collection of 1870s Boston baseball memorabilia.

August 12, 2014 | | Nationwide


Asbestos sales flourish in Asia

VAISHALI, India (AP) - The executives mingled over tea and sugar cookies, and the chatter was upbeat. Their industry, they said at the conference in the Indian capital, saves lives and brings roofs, walls and pipes to some of the world's poorest people.

August 12, 2014 | | Nationwide


‘Advanced Warfare’ jumps Call of Duty predecessors

FOSTER CITY (AP) - It feels like a well-armed Christmas morning at Sledgehammer Games.

August 11, 2014 | | Nationwide


Postal Service loses $2 billion this past spring

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Postal Service lost $2 billion this spring despite increasing its volume and charging consumers more money to send mail, officials said Monday.

August 11, 2014 | | Nationwide


FDA OKs DNA-based test for colon cancer

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved the first screening test for colon cancer that uses patients' DNA to help spot potentially deadly tumors and growths.

August 11, 2014 | | Nationwide


Yelp CEO reviews own business

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - After Yelp posted the first quarterly profit in its history last week, the online business review site got panned on Wall Street. The company's stock plummeted 11 percent the day after the results came out, wiping out its gains for the year.

August 06, 2014 | | Nationwide


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