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Average IRS refund this year about $3k, chief says

March 23, 2012 | | Nationwide


The 'notch' myth won't go away

Q: You recently wrote a column in which you called the "notch" a hoax and a scam. I want you to know that you are wrong. At one time, there were millions of us who were cheated out of Social Security benefits that were rightfully ours. There aren't so many of us left, because the government is willing to let us slowly die off without ever compensating us. But there still are enough of us out here who demand justice. Why don't you help us get what's coming to us rather than mock us?

March 23, 2012 | | Nationwide


Facebook warns employers not to demand passwords

NEW YORK (AP) - Facebook is warning employers not to demand the passwords of job applicants, saying that it's an invasion of privacy that opens companies to legal liabilities.

March 23, 2012 | | Nationwide


‘New wind tower guidelines aim to lower bird deaths

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration offered new guidance Friday on where wind farms should be located to reduce the number of bird deaths while promoting increased use of wind power.

March 23, 2012 | | Nationwide


Medicare reducing your risk of heart disease and stroke

Heart disease and stroke have reached epidemic levels in our country. Heart disease is the leading killer of Americans; stroke is the fourth leading killer. One of every three deaths in this county is caused by cardiovascular disease.

March 23, 2012 | | Nationwide


BofA starts foreclosure rental program

WASHINGTON (AP) - Bank of America has launched a pilot program that will let some homeowners at risk of foreclosure become renters and stay in their homes.

March 23, 2012 | | Nationwide


Uncle Sam sues AT&T over Internet call billing

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Justice Department has sued to recover millions of dollars from AT&T Corp., alleging the company improperly billed the government for services that are designed for use by the deaf and hard-of-hearing who place calls by typing messages over the Internet.

March 22, 2012 | | Nationwide


GAS

Q&A: What makes gasoline prices rise?

March 22, 2012 | | Nationwide


Facebook buys patents from IBM to defend itself in pending lawsuits

MENLO PARK (AP) - Facebook has acquired patents from IBM as it girds itself for litigation, including a lawsuit by Yahoo.

March 22, 2012 | | Nationwide


Senator: Employers shouldn't seek site passwords

SEATTLE (AP) - A Democratic senator from Connecticut is writing a bill that would stop the practice of employers asking job applicants for their Facebook or other social media passwords, he told The Associated Press on Thursday.

March 22, 2012 | | Nationwide


Unemployment aid applications hit 4-year low

WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment aid fell to a four-year low last week, bolstering the view that the job market is strengthening.

March 22, 2012 | | Nationwide


Home re-sales complete best winter in 5 years

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. home sales are gradually coming back. A mild winter and a stronger job market have helped boost sales ahead of the crucial spring buying season.

March 21, 2012 | | Nationwide


Rising gas prices ignite growing political rhetoric in presidential race

MALJAMAR, N.M. (AP) - Wooing a nation of increasingly angry motorists, President Barack Obama and his Republican rivals are all plunging into gas-pump politics, seeking the upper hand as energy becomes a driving issue in the election campaign.

March 21, 2012 | | Nationwide


Oil prices rise on unexpected supply drop

NEW YORK (AP) - One day after the price of benchmark crude took the biggest one-day drop this year, it headed up again.

March 21, 2012 | | Nationwide


Safeway, Lucky stop buying "pink slime" meat products

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - At least three national supermarket operators have decided to stop buying ground beef that contains the filler now known as "pink slime."

March 21, 2012 | | Nationwide


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Cybersecurity firm FireEye stock up

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - FireEye Inc., the high-profile computer security company called in to investigate massive hacks at Sony Pictures and Anthem, reported fourth-quarter earnings Wednesday that show its business is growing but profit so far remains elusive.

February 11, 2015 | | Nationwide


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


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