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Same-sex marriage & Social Security

Q. I am a 61-year-old gay man who is about to retire. I have a 60-year-old partner. We have been together now for 38 years. I have worked all my life. My partner has spent most of his life as a stay-at-home husband and father. (Yes, we raised a son and daughter, both of whom are now very successful.) I really enjoy your column and have learned a lot from it. But I have never seen a column in which you have discussed Social Security issues that impact gays and lesbians, especially with respect to benefits for spouses. What can ...

September 14, 2012 | | Nationwide


Rising gas prices crimps spending

WASHINGTON (AP) - Higher gas prices are crimping consumer spending and slowing the already-weak U.S. economy. And they could get worse in the coming months.

September 14, 2012 | | Nationwide


NYC bans big, sugary drinks at restaurants

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City cracked down on the sale of supersized sodas and other sugary drinks Thursday in what was celebrated by some as a groundbreaking attempt to curb obesity but condemned by others as a blatant intrusion into people's lives by a busybody mayor.

September 13, 2012 | | Nationwide


ABC News sued for defamation over 'pink slime'

NORTH SIOUX CITY, S.D. (AP) - Beef Products Inc. sued ABC News, Inc. for defamation Thursday over its coverage of a meat product that critics dub "pink slime," claiming the network damaged the company by misleading consumers into believing it is unhealthy and unsafe.

September 13, 2012 | | Nationwide


Nintendo's Wii U to launch Nov. 18, starting price at $300

NEW YORK (AP) - Nintendo has a knack for changing the course of video games, appealing to the masses from kids to grandparents even if its technology isn't the most advanced.

September 13, 2012 | | Nationwide


Canada auto union offers wage cuts, weighs strike

TORONTO (AP) - The Canadian Auto Workers union has proposed wage cuts for new employees at Detroit's three big automakers in the hopes of averting a strike next week, the union's secretary-treasurer said Thursday.

September 13, 2012 | | Nationwide


Tall, skinny iPhone in US stores Sept. 21

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - For the first time, the iPhone is growing even as it slims down. After sticking for five years to the same screen size, Apple on Wednesday revealed a new phone that's taller, and has a bigger display.

September 12, 2012 | | Nationwide


Docs: NYC ban on big, sugary drinks could help

NEW YORK (AP) - The era of the supersized cola may come to an end in New York City on Thursday, when health officials are expected to approve an unprecedented 16-ounce limit on sodas and other sugary drinks at restaurants, delis and movie theaters. But will it actually translate into better health?

September 12, 2012 | | Nationwide


Common type of rail car has dangerous design flaw

Common type of rail car has dangerous design flaw

September 12, 2012 | | Nationwide


Gas prices hit $8.66 in NJ, Pa. in protest

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J. (AP) - More than 50 Lukoil gas stations in New Jersey and Pennsylvania jacked up prices to more than $8 a gallon Wednesday to protest what they say are unfair pricing practices by Lukoil North America that leave them at a competitive disadvantage.

September 12, 2012 | | Nationwide


Zuckerberg: Time to 'double down ' on Facebook after stock plummets

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg hasn't enjoyed seeing his company's stock get pummeled on Wall Street this summer, but he is relishing the opportunity to prove his critics wrong.

September 11, 2012 | | Nationwide


Premiums for family health plans hit $15,745

WASHINGTON (AP) - Annual premiums for job-based family health insurance went up just 4 percent this year, but that's no comfort with the price tag approaching $16,000 and rising more than twice as fast as wages.

September 11, 2012 | | Nationwide


Suspect in officer's stabbing released from prison

FRESNO (AP) - Police say the man suspected of killing one woman and stabbing another woman and a police officer in Fresno had recently been released from prison.

September 11, 2012 | | Nationwide


IRS pays whistleblower $104 million

WASHINGTON (AP) - First, the government threw Bradley Birkenfeld in prison for helping a former client at UBS AG hide his wealth from the Internal Revenue Service. Now, as part of the same case, the IRS has awarded the former banker $104 million - yes, million - for helping expose the widespread tax evasion scheme by the Swiss banking behemoth.

September 11, 2012 | | Nationwide


Employers posted\ fewer openings for jobs in July

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. employers posted fewer jobs in July than in June, further evidence that hiring may stay weak in the coming months.

September 11, 2012 | | Nationwide


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Panera beats profit forecasts

ST. LOUIS (AP) - ST. LOUIS (AP) - Panera Bread Co. (PNRA) on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter net income of $48.5 million.

February 11, 2015 | | Nationwide


Yelp buying East24 online food ordering

NEW YORK (AP) - Competition for online takeout orders is heating up with Yelp's purchase of Eat24.

February 10, 2015 | | Nationwide


Samsung smart TVs eavesdropping?

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - Watch what you say in your living room. Samsung's smart TV could be listening. And sharing.

February 10, 2015 | | Nationwide


Flipboard magazines not just for mobile devices anymore

PALO ALTO (AP) - Smartphones and tablets have been pushing the personal computer aside, thanks in part to popular apps made by mobile-first entrepreneurs like Flipboard CEO Mike McCue.

February 10, 2015 | | Nationwide


Apple sets US record with market value above $700B

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple has set a record on Wall Street: It's the first U.S. company to be worth more than $700 billion based on the value of its stock at the close of trading Tuesday.

February 10, 2015 | | Nationwide


California formally opens large solar plant

RIVERSIDE (AP) - One of the nation's largest solar projects was dedicated Monday in the Riverside County desert, as California rushes to expand its use of green power to meet the state's renewable energy requirements.

February 09, 2015 | | Nationwide


Is doctor’s office most dangerous place for data?

NEW YORK (AP) - Everyone worries about stolen credit cards or hacked bank accounts, but just visiting the doctor may put you at greater risk for identity fraud.

February 09, 2015 | | Nationwide


RadioShack files for bankruptcy

NEW YORK (AP) - A diminished RadioShack will live on, but its future may lie with Sprint.

February 05, 2015 | | Nationwide


Yelp beats Street 4Q forecasts with $32.7 million

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Yelp Inc. (YELP) on Thursday reported fourth-quarter net income of $32.7 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier.

February 05, 2015 | | Nationwide


Twitter shares flying high

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Twitter shares flew nearly 10 percent higher aftermarket, as the messaging service shrank losses and nearly doubled quarterly revenue by drawing more users and expanding its advertising offerings.

February 05, 2015 | | Nationwide


Symantec tops 3Q profit forecasts

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Symantec Corp. (SYMC) on Thursday reported fiscal third-quarter net income of $222 million.

February 05, 2015 | | Nationwide


Staples buys Office Depot for $6B to keep pace with change

NEW YORK (AP) - Evolving shopping habits have forced yet another retailer to think outside of the box.

February 04, 2015 | | Nationwide


Shutdown could be 5 days away

LOS ANGELES (AP) - West Coast seaports could shut down in as soon as five days - hobbling U.S. trade with Asia - if dockworkers and their employers cannot reach a new contract, the head of a maritime association warned Wednesday in remarks intended to pressure an agreement after nine months of negotiations.

February 04, 2015 | | Nationwide


Samsung launches Tizen-powered TVs

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - South Korean electronics giant Samsung Electronics Co. is starting domestic sales of televisions powered by its internally developed operating system.

February 04, 2015 | | Nationwide


Oil price slumps again as US crude inventories surge

NEW YORK (AP) - Oil prices plunged on Wednesday, ending a four-day rally, after the U.S. government reported that crude inventories surged last week.

February 04, 2015 | | Nationwide


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