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 ...
NEW YORK (AP) - Profits at big U.S. companies broke records last year, and so did pay for CEOs.
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.
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.
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.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of people seeking unemployment benefits changed little last week, signaling modest job growth.
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.
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.
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.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) - There are smoke-free bars, smoke-free parks, even smoke-free college campuses. But a smoke-free country?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
DALLAS (AP) - If you've been putting off a trip abroad because it's too expensive, start packing your bags.
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.
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.
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."
WASHINGTON (AP) - Impressed with an improving economy, American consumers are feeling more confident, a private survey showed.
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.
NEW YORK (AP) - White Castle is offering a vegetarian version of its famous sliders, but they're not necessarily for dieters.
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."
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.
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.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Tax filing season will start on time this year despite a last-minute tax law passed by Congress, the IRS said Monday.
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.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Being uninsured in America will cost you more in 2015.
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.