Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and this column is meant to serve as a reminder. First, remember to buy a card for your valentine before they're all sold out. And second, don't get so caught up in the romantic season of hearts and flowers that you pop the question before you know you're financially compatible!
WASHINGTON (AP) - In a long-awaited surge of hiring, companies added 243,000 jobs in January - across the economy, up and down the pay scale and far more than just about anyone expected. Unemployment fell to 8.3 percent, the lowest in three years.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The House on Wednesday voted to freeze the wages of federal workers for a third straight year and put members of Congress on record as opposing a boost in their $174,000 annual salaries.
NEW YORK (AP) - Americans were shopping in January, but not every store was feeling the love.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Food and Drug Administration says it has found low levels of an illegal fungicide in orange juice samples taken from Florida manufacturers.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Heather Peter's computer crashed under the onslaught of messages following her unique victory over Honda in small claims court - a win the California woman is hoping will lead other consumers to reject a class action settlement over defective hybrid cars.
NEW YORK (AP) - Facebook made a much-anticipated status update Wednesday: The Internet social network is going public eight years after its computer-hacking CEO Mark Zuckerberg started the service at Harvard University.
DETROIT (AP) - 2012 is already looking like a winner for automakers -- just one month into the year.
NEW YORK (AP) - It's the best start for stocks in 15 years.
NEW YORK (AP) - Shoppers spent more money online this holiday season than ever before, and yet, Amazon -the world's largest Internet retailer- failed to meet Wall Street's sales expectations with its latest financial results.
NEW YORK (AP) - Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg turns up at business conventions in a hoodie. "Cocky" is the word used to describe him most often, after "billionaire." He was Time's person of the year at 26.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's teacher retirement system should lower expectations on its investment earnings in a move that could increase the unfunded liability for the nation's second largest pension fund by nearly $6 billion and require taxpayers to chip in more, according to a consultant's report submitted ahead of the pension board's meeting Thursday.
UNION PACIFIC RECORDS RECORD PROFITS: GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) - Union Pacific says it was more profitable in 2011 than ever before due in part to coal shipments from Wyoming's Powder River Basin.
NEW YORK (AP) - NAME: Ron Johnson
NEW YORK (AP) - Everyone in the retail world wants to see if Ron Johnson can work his magic a third time.
NEW YORK (AP) - With the recent news that a Russian hacker ring has amassed some 1.2 billion username and password combinations, it's a good time to review ways to protect yourself online.
NEW YORK (AP) - The collapse of Sprint's push to buy T-Mobile US could mean fresh options in wireless plans and lower prices for U.S. consumers. But in the long run, tougher competition on prices could lead to slower service and slower expansion of coverage.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Internet radio leader Pandora has come to its first-ever direct licensing deal with artists, a wide-ranging agreement with independent label group Merlin that both said would mean higher payments to artists and more play for them on Pandora stations.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Economists have long argued that a rising wealth gap has complicated the U.S. rebound from the Great Recession.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Aiming to sidestep a logjam in Congress, the Obama administration is looking for steps it could take on its own to prevent American companies from reincorporating overseas to shirk U.S. taxes, officials said Tuesday.
MIAMI (AP) - To motivate a classroom packed with 87 aspiring real estate agents, instructor Keith Grandy started off his one-week, intensive course with the promise of big money: With hard work, fresh licensees in the Miami metro area could make $100,000 a year if they complete at least two transactions per month, according to current property prices and commissions.
BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) - Office Depot's second-quarter loss widened as the office supply retailer dealt with increased expenses.
NEW YORK - Passcodes are outdated.
NEW YORK (AP) - Wal-Mart, in its latest bid to compete with nemesis Amazon.com, is rebuilding its website to further personalize the online shopping experience of each customer.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - A case pitting a casino against gamblers who won $1.5 million in a game with unshuffled card decks may be heading toward trial.