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When to take your Social Security: A new fact sheet

Well, dear readers: do you want the good news ... or the bad news? Let me get the bad news out of the way first. I've been working on a new fact sheet for my readers (that's actually the good news - but more about that in a minute); and as part of my research, I've discovered that I haven't been completely clear in some past columns when explaining the coordination between taking reduced benefits on your own Social Security record and any possible benefits you might be due on your spouse's Social Security record.

April 13, 2012 | | Nationwide


Bank reports: Healing housing market

NEW YORK (AP) - Earnings reports from two major banks Friday painted a picture of a healing housing market, with more Americans taking out mortgages, paying them on time and taking advantage of low interest rates to refinance.

April 13, 2012 | | Nationwide


Hybrid and electric cars see record sales in March

DETROIT (AP) - Americans are buying record numbers of hybrid and electric cars as gas prices climb and new models arrive in showrooms, giving the vehicles their greatest share yet of the U.S. auto market.

April 13, 2012 | | Nationwide


US video game sales drop 25% in March

LOS ANGELES (AP) - U.S. retail sales of video game hardware, software and accessories fell 25 percent in March from a year earlier to $1.1 billion. It marked the fourth month of decline as Sony Corp.'s new PS Vita handheld failed to spark a turnaround.

April 12, 2012 | | Nationwide


Google to split stock to keep power with founders

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Google improved its short-term finances even as it seeks to preserve its long-term interests.

April 12, 2012 | | Nationwide


Recovery threatened by runaway student loan debt

Recovery threatened by runaway student loan debt

April 12, 2012 | | Nationwide


Criminals rob state of $8B in taxes

SACRAMENTO – Counterfeiters, smugglers and other illegal operators in the Underground Economy are depriving California of an estimated $8 billion in state taxes that could be spent on schools, public safety, hospitals and other essential services.

April 12, 2012 | | Nationwide


HP shows recovery following PC flip-flop fallout

SANTA CLARA (AP) - Hewlett-Packard Co. is showing signs of recovery as it strengthened its position as the world's largest maker of personal computers and gained back some of the business it had lost while weighing whether to dump its PC division.

April 12, 2012 | | Nationwide


Consumer agency softens fee limit

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration's consumer financial watchdog agency is backing off a plan to limit big upfront fees on credit cards, a move that could hit borrowers with poor credit histories especially hard.

April 12, 2012 | | Nationwide


Google tweaks Plus social network

NEW YORK (AP) - Google is tweaking its social network, Google Plus, to make it easier to use and to distinguish it from rival Facebook.

April 11, 2012 | | Nationwide


Wal-Mart previews 'Disc to Digital' movie service

ROSEMEAD (AP) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. previewed its "Disc to Digital" service for converting DVDs into an online library on Wednesday. Based on my experience, I'd give it a six out of 10.

April 11, 2012 | | Nationwide


Samsung updates tablets on heels of iPad refresh

NEW YORK (AP) - Samsung Electronics Co., Apple's biggest competitor in the market for iPad-sized tablet computers, is updating its line to include a feature that lets a tablet act as a universal remote control for an entertainment center.

April 11, 2012 | | Nationwide


US sues to lower prices of e-book best-sellers

WASHINGTON (AP) - The government says avid best-seller readers who use electronic books have been getting ripped off. Tina Fey's "Bossy Pants," Tim Tebow's "Through My Eyes" and Keith Richards' "'Life" - maybe they should have cost less.

April 11, 2012 | | Nationwide


Natural gas prices dip below $2 mark

NEW YORK (AP) - The price of natural gas has dropped below $2 for the first time in more than a decade.

April 11, 2012 | | Nationwide


Alcoa's surprise 1Q profit could boost Wall Street stocks

NEW YORK (AP) - Alcoa may have given a slumping Wall Street just what it needed: a surprise profit.

April 10, 2012 | | Nationwide


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Silicon Valley struggles to speak FDA’s language

SAN JOSE (AP) - From Apple's new smartwatch that tracks heartbeats to contact lenses that measure blood sugar - Silicon Valley is pouring billions into gadgets and apps designed to transform health care. But the tech giants that have famously disrupted so many industries are now facing their own unexpected disruption: regulation.

September 11, 2014 | | Nationwide


Shoppers may shrug off Home Depot hack

NEW YORK (AP) - Home Depot's data breach could wind up being among the largest ever for a retailer, but that may not matter to its millions of customers.

September 11, 2014 | | Nationwide


Yahoo says gov’t threatened $250K a day fine

SUNNYVALE (AP) - Yahoo said Thursday the government threatened to fine the company $250,000 a day if it did not comply with demands to go along with an expansion of U.S. surveillance by surrendering online information, a step the company regarded as unconstitutional.

September 11, 2014 | | Nationwide


Will Apple finally reveal next big thing?

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple is poised to reveal its next big thing in a crucial attempt to prove its technological tastemakers still have the power to mesmerize the masses.

September 08, 2014 | | Nationwide


Twitter tests shopping service with ‘Buy’ button

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Twitter is taking its users shopping.

September 08, 2014 | | Nationwide


Tesla selects Reno for battery plant

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Coming to Nevada's high desert: A massive, $5 billion factory that will pump out high-tech batteries for hundreds of thousands of electric vehicles.

September 03, 2014 | | Nationwide


Samsung kicks off battle for holiday spending

BERLIN (AP) - Samsung unveiled two smartphones and a virtual-reality headset Wednesday in a bid to draw consumer attention before its fierce rival, Apple, announces its holiday lineup next week.

September 03, 2014 | | Nationwide


Forecasts project rising medical costs

WASHINGTON (AP) - The nation's respite from troublesome health care inflation is ending, the government said Wednesday in a report that renews a crucial budget challenge for lawmakers, taxpayers, businesses and patients.

September 03, 2014 | | Nationwide


Utah women target Carl’s Jr. for racy ads

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A pair of Utah women dedicated to pushing back against the objectification of women say Carl's Jr. has gone too far with its long-running line of TV ads featuring women in bikinis eating the company's burgers in seductive poses.

September 02, 2014 | | Nationwide


Home Depot probes possible credit card data security breach

NEW YORK (AP) - Home Depot may be the latest retailer to suffer a major credit card data breach.

September 02, 2014 | | Nationwide


It’s no longer safe to recline airplane seat

NEW YORK (AP) - Squeezed into tighter and tighter spaces, airline passengers appear to be rebelling, taking their frustrations out on other fliers.

September 02, 2014 | | Nationwide


Some fear auto industry returning to bad habits

DETROIT (AP) - Big discounts. Six- or seven-year loans, in some cases to buyers who would have been turned down in the past.

September 02, 2014 | | Nationwide


Google’s corporate products division changes name

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Google is hoping a new brand will help sell more of its services to other companies.

September 02, 2014 | | Nationwide


Social media users shy away from opinions

WASHINGTON (AP) - People who use Facebook and Twitter are less likely than others to share their opinions on hot-button issues, even when they are offline, according to a surprising new survey by the Pew Research Center.

August 26, 2014 | | Nationwide


UN health agency urges crackdown on e-cigarettes

GENEVA (AP) - Governments should have tougher rules for electronic cigarettes - banning their use indoors and putting them off limits for minors - until more evidence can be gathered about their risks, the U.N. health agency said Tuesday.

August 26, 2014 | | Nationwide


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