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Gas prices rise for 27th straight day; oil prices steady

NEW YORK (AP) - The average price at the gas pump pushed toward $3.80 per gallon Monday as oil prices remained stubbornly high because of tensions tied to Iran's nuclear program.

March 05, 2012 | | Nationwide


States finding tough climate for gas tax plans

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - As if gas prices weren't high enough, several states across the U.S. are looking to raise fuel taxes they say are needed to pay for roads and bridges that are outdated, congested and in some cases, dangerous.

March 05, 2012 | | Nationwide


Vermont tackles corporate personhood issue

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - A senator with socialist leanings was among the first. Then there was Jerry of Ben & Jerry's ice cream fame. Stephen Colbert has tweeted in favor. And now people in at least 52 Vermont communities will use the bully pulpit of that New England institution, Town Meeting Day, to push for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution declaring that corporations are not people.

March 05, 2012 | | Nationwide


Overhead bins get bigger on more airline jets

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Fliers can stop sharpening their elbows. Overhead bins are getting bigger.

March 05, 2012 | | Nationwide


Medical bills can wreck credit, even when debt is paid off

CHICAGO (AP) - Mike and Laura Park thought their credit record was spotless. The Texas couple wanted to take advantage of low interest rates, so they put their house on the market and talked to a lender about a mortgage on a bigger home in the Dallas-Fort Worth suburbs.

March 05, 2012 | | Nationwide


Obama: Fuel-efficient cars doubling in mileage by 2025 an answer to gas prices

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says higher auto mileage standards set under his administration and better cars built by a resurgent U.S. auto industry will save money at the gas pump over the long term, a counterpoint to Republican criticism of his energy policy.

March 05, 2012 | | Nationwide


Maine firm ready to install tidal power unit

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - With its federal license in hand, a Maine-based tidal energy company is ready to install its underwater power system for the first time on the floor of the ocean.

March 05, 2012 | | Nationwide


BP, plaintiffs reach Gulf oil spill settlement; no details

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - BP PLC reached a settlement late Friday night with a committee representing the largest group of plaintiffs suing over the 2010 Gulf oil spill, a federal judge said. Specific terms have not been released.

March 02, 2012 | | Nationwide


Annual pet spending passes $50 billion mark

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Americans spent $50.96 billion on their pets in 2011.

March 02, 2012 | | Nationwide


Yelp shares surge 63% in stock market debut

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Yelp's stock opened to five-star reviews from investors on Friday, soaring 63 percent even though the company has yet to prove it can make money from its online recommendations.

March 02, 2012 | | Nationwide


Lost Social Security checks can be replaced

Q: My sister told me that if my Social Security check is ever lost or stolen, the government would not replace it. Is this true? That certainly doesn't seem fair.

March 02, 2012 | | Nationwide


Q&A: Google to dig deeper into users' lives

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - If you're amazed - and maybe even a little alarmed - about how much Google seems to know about you, brace yourself. Beginning Thursday, Google started operating under a streamlined privacy policy that enables the Internet's most powerful company to dig even deeper into the lives of its more than 1 billion users.

March 02, 2012 | | Nationwide


Feel cheated? Small claims court brings big wins

NEW YORK (AP) - If you feel cheated by a big company and complaining gets you nowhere, what can you do? A handful of recent cases suggest that consumers can, if they're motivated enough, win against big companies in small claims courts.

March 02, 2012 | | Nationwide


Gap February revenue figure rises 4 percent

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Clothing retailer Gap Inc. said Thursday that a key revenue figure rose 4 percent in February, above analysts' expectations, helped by strong demand for spring clothing at its Banana Republic chain.

March 01, 2012 | | Nationwide


AT&T relents on 'unlimited data' plan limits

NEW YORK (AP) - AT&T Inc. backed away from an unpopular service policy after smartphone subscribers complained that the company placed unreasonable limits on its "unlimited data" plans.

March 01, 2012 | | Nationwide


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Portland asks judge to stop Uber

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Portland leaders are trying to make Uber's stay a short one.

December 08, 2014 | | Nationwide


Average Affordable Care premiums going up in 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) - Many people covered under President Barack Obama's health care law will face higher premiums next year, the administration acknowledged Thursday. While the average increases are modest, it's more fodder for the nation's political battles over health care.

December 04, 2014 | | Nationwide


Starbucks to push more food, offer mobile ordering

NEW YORK (AP) - Starbucks plans to let customers across the U.S. order ahead on their smartphones over the next year, a move that should help shrink lines as it pushes more snacks, sandwiches and even wine.

December 04, 2014 | | Nationwide


Apple says plaintiffs’ iPods not covered by suit

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - For want of an iPod, a billion-dollar lawsuit may be in jeopardy.

December 04, 2014 | | Nationwide


Medicare Advantage enrollment deadline looms

Millions of Medicare Advantage customers are fast approaching a deadline for a task they'd rather avoid: Researching and then settling on coverage plans for 2015.

December 03, 2014 | By TOM MURPHY AP Business Writer | Nationwide


Air bag maker balks at coast-to-coast recall

WASHINGTON (AP) - Japan's Takata Corp. rejected federal regulators' demand Wednesday for an expanded, nationwide recall of millions of air bags, setting up a possible legal showdown and leaving some drivers to wonder about the safety of their cars.

December 03, 2014 | | Nationwide


House OKs bill to widen federal help for disabled

WASHINGTON (AP) - In a bipartisan show of unity, the House overwhelmingly approved a bill Wednesday to allow Americans with disabilities to open tax-free bank accounts to pay for expenses from education to housing and health care.

December 03, 2014 | | Nationwide


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