DENVER (AP) - Michelle Ebert played basketball, volleyball, tennis and softball in high school. But she gained weight after college while building her career with a firm that helps other companies manage customer service, often working 14-hour days.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) - Inside a small bungalow on the street separating Kansas City, Kan., from its sister city in Missouri, a small group of entrepreneurs are working on their ideas for the next high-tech startup, tapping Google Inc.'s new superfast Internet connection that has turned the neighborhood into an unlikely settlement dubbed the "Silicon Prairie."
NEW YORK (AP) - Shares of Best Buy Co. jumped on Friday after the electronics chain showed signs of starting to reverse declining sales during the critical holiday selling season, a better-than-expected result.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Microsoft may have relinquished its starring role in America's gaudiest gadget show a year too early.
NEW YORK (AP) - Hostess has found a new home for its most popular breads, including the iconic Wonder bread.
Q: I am 67 years old and started getting Social Security at age 66. I get $2,100 per month. My wife is 57 and has spent most of her life as a homemaker. But she recently took an office job and is starting to earn Social Security credits. Will she need 40 credits to qualify for her own Social Security? If so, is there any real advantage to her doing this?
WASHINGTON (AP) - Nearly half the 70 employees at a Ford dealership in Clarksville, Ind., have been out sick at some point in the past month. It didn't have to be that way, the boss says.
NEW YORK (AP) - Taco Bell is testing a new value menu that could put it in more direct competition with the Dollar Menu at McDonald's.
SAN FRANCSICO (AP) - Wells Fargo, the country's biggest mortgage lender, reported record earnings for the fourth quarter on Friday, beating analysts' expectations for both profit and revenue. The bank made more loans, gained deposits and enjoyed above-average returns from the investments made by its private equity business.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Food and Drug Administration is requiring makers of Ambien and similar sleeping pills to lower the dosage of their drugs, based on studies suggesting patients face a higher risk of injury due to morning drowsiness.
NEW YORK (AP) - At least gasoline should cost you less in 2013.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - By showing off a phone with a flexible screen, Samsung is hinting at a day when we might fold up our large phone or tablet screens as if they were maps.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - American Express Co. said Thursday that it will slash about 5,400 jobs, mainly in its travel business, as it seeks to cut costs and transform its operations as more of its customers shift to online portals for booking travel plans and other needs.
Chevron expects 4Q profit to beat 3Q
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Googling the nearest gas station, sending email from your smartphone, or booking a table at a restaurant: Those are all things you shouldn't do while driving. But so many drivers have grown accustomed to their on-the-go tasks that automakers are increasingly trying to make those things easier to pull off with both hands on the wheel and both eyes on the road.
DETROIT (AP) - Toyota continues its winning streak atop Consumer Reports' annual reliability rankings.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The city's parking authority lived up to its threats to impound vehicles and fine drivers participating in the UberX ride-sharing service.
NEW YORK (AP) - It might be a blue Christmas for Amazon.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Union Pacific Corp. delivered a 19 percent increase in its third-quarter profit as the railroad hauled 7 percent more freight and increased rates.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Microsoft's quarterly profit and revenue sailed past expectations Thursday, as CEO Satya Nadella's push to embrace cloud computing and diversify into mobile devices helped lift sales by 25 percent.
WASHINGTON (AP) - With mortgage rates sliding for a fifth straight week, the possibility of locking in a rate below 4 percent is tempting for consumers and could unleash a wave of refinancing. It may even convince some Americans to buy their first home.
ATLANTA (AP) - PulteGroup Inc. on Thursday reported third-quarter net income of $140.5 million.
• CAMEL MAKER REYNOLDS SNUFFS OUT WORKPLACE SMOKING: RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Camel cigarette maker Reynolds American Inc. is snuffing out smoking in its offices and buildings.
NEW YORK (AP) - A vintage Apple computer that was one of only 50 made in Steve Jobs' garage in 1976 sold for $905,000 at auction on Wednesday, far exceeding pre-sale estimates and outdoing a previous high price of more than $671,000 paid in Germany last year.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Come January, nearly 60 million Social Security recipients will get benefit increases averaging $20 a month, the third straight year of historically small pay hikes.
NEW YORK (AP) - After posting yet another disappointing quarter, McDonald's CEO Don Thompson said Tuesday the company hasn't been keeping up with the times and that changes are in store for its U.S. restaurants.
NEW YORK (AP) - Toys R Us is pulling its four collectible dolls based on characters from AMC's hit series "Breaking Bad" after taking heat from a Florida mom who launched a petition campaign last week.
NEW YORK (AP) - America has rejected the idea of cappuccino-flavored Lay's potato chips.
CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple's mobile payment system, Apple Pay, made its debut Monday. Now you can flash your new iPhone in the checkout line to pay for food, clothing and other goods. There's no need to pull out your credit card.
ATLANTA (AP) - UPS says it is raising rates for a number of its shipping services by an average of 4.9 percent for 2015.