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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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Why your laptop battery won’t kill you

NEW YORK (AP) - News on Tuesday that major U.S. airlines are no longer going to ship powerful lithium-ion batteries might lead some to fret about the safety of their personal electronic devices.

March 03, 2015 | | Nationwide


GAS PRICE COLLAPSE?

NEW YORK (AP) - The U.S. has so much crude that it is running out of places to put it, and that could drive oil and gasoline prices even lower in the coming months.

March 03, 2015 | | Nationwide


Target to cut $2B in costs, 2,000 jobs

NEW YORK (AP) - Target Corp. is cutting several thousand jobs as part of a plan to eliminate $2 billion in costs over the next two years.

March 03, 2015 | | Nationwide


Waze map app to get Amber Alerts

NEW YORK (AP) - The Waze navigation app is getting Amber Alerts on child abductions.

March 03, 2015 | | Nationwide


HP’s big deal: Tech giant buys Aruba Networks

SANTA CLARA (AP) - Hewlett-Packard is buying wireless networking company Aruba Networks for about $2.7 billion, in what amounts to HP's first major acquisition since its disastrous purchase of a British software company in 2011.

March 02, 2015 | | Nationwide


Google selling wireless plans in bid to get more people online

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) - Search giant, self-driving car developer, smartphone and tablet maker. Turned data plan provider?

March 02, 2015 | | Nationwide


Dot-com deja vu: Nasdaq tops 5,000, nears high

NEW YORK (AP) - The last time the Nasdaq was this high, Bill Clinton was president, your Internet connection was probably still dial-up and the iPod, iPhone and iPad didn't exist.

March 02, 2015 | | Nationwide


Costco’s deal with Visa, Citi

NEW YORK (AP) - If you're shopping at Costco, you'll need a new credit card to pay for those family-sized packs of chicken breasts or toilet paper.

March 02, 2015 | | Nationwide


Minimum wage in Oakland jumps to $12.25 an hour

OAKLAND (AP) - The minimum wage in Oakland is now the highest in the San Francisco Bay Area.

March 02, 2015 | | Nationwide


PayPal buying mobile wallet provider

SAN JOSE (AP) - EBay's PayPal payment unit is acquiring mobile wallet operator Paydient ahead of PayPal's spinoff as the mobile payment sector heats up.

March 02, 2015 | | Nationwide


Target slices free-shipping minimum in half to $25

NEW YORK (AP) - Target has sliced its minimum online purchase to qualify for free shipping in half to $25 as the Internet becomes a bigger and bigger sales hub for retailers.

February 23, 2015 | | Nationwide


CBS News releases video in Bill O’Reilly dispute

NEW YORK (AP) - CBS News on Monday released video from four stories it aired about the Falklands War in 1982, all part of a dispute involving Fox News Channel host Bill O'Reilly and his subsequent statements about covering the war.

February 23, 2015 | | Nationwide


Tobacco companies fighting over claims on smoking’s effects

WASHINGTON (AP) - America's biggest tobacco companies asked a federal appeals court Monday to set aside a series of court-ordered advertisements saying they lied about the dangers of smoking.

February 23, 2015 | | Nationwide


Google teams up with wireless carriers to combat Apple Pay

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Aiming to undercut Apple's latest hit service, Google is teaming up with three major U.S. wireless carriers to prod more people into using its mobile wallet.

February 23, 2015 | | Nationwide


Man wins $1.52M in NJ’s largest online jackpot

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - A royal flush led to a king-sized payout for a New Jersey man playing cards online in the state's largest-ever Internet gambling jackpot.

February 23, 2015 | | Nationwide


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