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I never thought you'd ask me

I've been either working for the Social Security Administration or writing a column about Social Security issues for about 40 years now. And I would have bet money that in all that time, I've been asked every question in the book. In fact, I don't recall getting a question in the past 15 years or so that I haven't been asked a dozen, if not hundreds, of times before. And now this week, I've had two questions emailed to me that I've never been asked in my entire career! Will wonders never cease? The ...

May 25, 2012 | | Nationwide


AP study: Typical CEO made $9.6M last year to break compensation marks

NEW YORK (AP) - Profits at big U.S. companies broke records last year, and so did pay for CEOs.

May 25, 2012 | | Nationwide


Consumer confidence highest in 4 ½ years

WASHINGTON (AP) - A better hiring outlook and lower gas prices pushed a measure of U.S. consumer confidence to its highest level in four and a half years.

May 25, 2012 | | Nationwide


Stocks fall on Wall Street as Spanish bank teeters

NEW YORK (AP) - Another flare-up in Europe's debt crisis knocked U.S. markets lower Friday. This time, it was more trouble at a major Spanish bank.

May 25, 2012 | | Nationwide


Morgan Stanley may refund some Facebook investors

NEW YORK (AP) - Morgan Stanley, the lead investment bank in Facebook's troubled initial public offering, will compensate retail investors who overpaid when they bought Facebook's stock in Friday's IPO, according to a source familiar with the matter.

May 24, 2012 | | Nationwide


Weekly jobless aid applications dip to 370,000

WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of people seeking unemployment benefits changed little last week, signaling modest job growth.

May 24, 2012 | | Nationwide


Food stamp fraud raising growing concerns

WASHINGTON (AP) - Food stamp recipients are ripping off the government for millions of dollars by illegally selling their benefit cards for cash - sometimes even in the open, on eBay or Craigslist - and then asking the government for replacement cards.

May 24, 2012 | | Nationwide


Facebook launches iPhone camera app

MENLO PARK (AP) - Facebook's rocky initial public offering hasn't stopped life at the world's biggest online social network. On Thursday, the company unveiled a camera app for the iPhone.

May 24, 2012 | | Nationwide


HP leads Dow to its fourth day of gains in May

NEW YORK (AP) - Hewlett-Packard helped pull the Dow Jones industrial average to a slight gain Thursday, giving the index only its fourth gain this month.

May 24, 2012 | | Nationwide


Smoke-free country? New Zealand taxes push price of pack of cigarettes to $15

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) - There are smoke-free bars, smoke-free parks, even smoke-free college campuses. But a smoke-free country?

May 24, 2012 | | Nationwide


States looking to new tolls to pay for highways

WASHINGTON (AP) - Driving onto an Interstate highway? Crossing a bridge on the way into work? Taking a tunnel under a river or bay? Get ready to pay.

May 23, 2012 | | Nationwide


HP to cut 27,000 jobs, save up to $3.5B annually

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Hewlett-Packard Co. plans to cut 27,000 jobs as the growing popularity of smartphones, the iPad and other mobile devices makes it tougher for the company to sell personal computers.

May 23, 2012 | | Nationwide


Facebook stock climbs, but firm faces lawsuits from shareholders

NEW YORK (AP) - Facebook's fourth day of trading as a public company saw an increase in the company's stock price and shareholder lawsuits related to the social network's botched initial public offering.

May 23, 2012 | | Nationwide


Regulator: ND's oil production could double

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota could double its oil production by 2015 to more than 1 million barrels daily, putting it on par with Texas "if everything goes our way," the state's top oil regulator told industry and government officials Wednesday.

May 23, 2012 | | Nationwide


Jury: Google didn't infringe on Oracle patents

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal jury ruled Wednesday that Google didn't infringe on Oracle's patents when the Internet search leader developed its popular Android software for mobile devices.

May 23, 2012 | | Nationwide


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Strong dollar makes world travel cheaper

DALLAS (AP) - If you've been putting off a trip abroad because it's too expensive, start packing your bags.

January 05, 2015 | | Nationwide


Gadgets raise your home’s IQ

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Imagine a world in which your garage door opens automatically as you pull into the driveway. The living room lights and heater turn on - perhaps the oven starts warming up, too. In the so-called "smart home," cars, appliances and other devices all have sensors and Internet connectivity to think and act for themselves, and make your life easier.

January 05, 2015 | | Nationwide


Petco pulls Chinese treats amid fears they sickened pets

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Petco said Monday it has removed all remaining Chinese-made dog and cat treats from its website and stores nationwide because of concerns they have sickened thousands of pets and killed 1,000 dogs in the U.S. since 2007.

January 05, 2015 | | Nationwide


4M enroll in health plans

WASHINGTON (AP) - The first 50-state report on the latest sign-up season under President Barack Obama's health care law shows that more than 4 million people selected plans for the first time or re-enrolled in what the administration called "an encouraging start."

December 30, 2014 | | Nationwide


Consumer confidence increases rises in Dec.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Impressed with an improving economy, American consumers are feeling more confident, a private survey showed.

December 30, 2014 | | Nationwide


Chevron allows oversight of refinery flare

RICHMOND (AP) - Chevron has allowed a California county agency to oversee its investigation into a refinery flare that brought large flames and steam visible for miles in the San Francisco Bay Area.

December 30, 2014 | | Nationwide


White Castle’s veggie slider not for dieters

NEW YORK (AP) - White Castle is offering a vegetarian version of its famous sliders, but they're not necessarily for dieters.

December 30, 2014 | | Nationwide


Court sides with POM Wonderful in beverage fight

PASADENA (AP) - A federal appeals court has sided with juice maker POM Wonderful in a lawsuit over another beverage company's use of the term "pom."

December 30, 2014 | | Nationwide


Home price growth slows for 11th consecutive month

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. home prices rose in October at a slightly slower pace, as real estate sales have fallen and affordability has increasingly become a challenge for potential buyers.

December 30, 2014 | | Nationwide


Chinese access to Gmail cut

BEIJING (AP) - Chinese access to Google Inc.'s email service has been blocked amid government efforts to limit or possibly ban access to the U.S. company's services, which are popular among Chinese seeking to avoid government monitoring.

December 30, 2014 | | Nationwide


IRS says tax filing season to start Jan. 20

WASHINGTON (AP) - Tax filing season will start on time this year despite a last-minute tax law passed by Congress, the IRS said Monday.

December 29, 2014 | | Nationwide


Fake room rentals hurt tourists

HONOLULU (AP) - Scammers who fraudulently advertise Hawaii rental properties have ripped off hundreds if not thousands of visitors to the state, according to Honolulu police, who say it's difficult to prosecute the con artists because most of them operate out of state.

December 29, 2014 | | Nationwide


Being uninsured in America will cost you more in 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) - Being uninsured in America will cost you more in 2015.

December 29, 2014 | | Nationwide


Key decisions on drones likely coming from Congress next year

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is on the verge of proposing long-awaited rules for commercial drone operations in U.S. skies, but key decisions on how much access to grant drones are likely to come from Congress next year.

December 29, 2014 | | Nationwide


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