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Sometimes less really can be more money

I've written more than a few columns lately about folks who complain because they think the government is cheating them out of Social Security benefits. So many people are convinced that their Social Security benefits were figured incorrectly. I tell them that they should talk to someone at their local Social Security office who can go over the benefit computation with them. They almost always learn that they are being paid correctly. But they still aren't happy.

July 19, 2013 | | Nationwide


Insufficient brake force blamed in crash

LAC-MEGANTIC, Quebec (AP) - Insufficient brake force was applied before an oil train came barreling out of nowhere in the middle of the night and slammed into a small town in Quebec, killing 47 people, officials said Friday.

July 19, 2013 | | Nationwide




Deadly derailment won't stop oil shipping via trains

NEW YORK (AP) - A fiery and fatal train derailment earlier this month in Quebec, near the Maine border, highlighted the danger of moving oil by rail, a practice that has grown exponentially as a result of the oil boom and will continue to expand, experts say.

July 19, 2013 | | Nationwide


Quick Read

OIL ABOARD: U.S. and Canadian drillers are producing oil faster than new pipelines can be built. As a result, trains have become an unexpected yet vital way to move this bounty of energy. This year, more trains carrying crude will chug across North America than ever before - nearly 1,400 carloads a day. In 2009, there were just 31 carloads a day.

July 19, 2013 | | Nationwide


Ford system helps warn police of approaches

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) - Police could soon be getting some extra backup - from their cars.

July 19, 2013 | | Nationwide


Microsoft shares tumble after weak 4th-quarter results

REDMOND, Wash. (AP) - Microsoft stock took a big hit on Friday, after the software giant behind Windows, the Xbox and Surface tablets reported disappointing results for the latest quarter.

July 19, 2013 | | Nationwide


Apple buys 2 startups to improve its mobile maps

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple has bought online mapping services HopStop and Locationary as part of its ongoing effort to create a more formidable alternative to Google's navigation system.

July 19, 2013 | | Nationwide


Higher rates lift Union Pacific 2nd quarter profit 10 percent

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Union Pacific Corp. increased rates enough to record a 10 percent jump in second-quarter profit, but railroad officials offered a cautious outlook on the economy.

July 18, 2013 | | Nationwide


Microsoft skids on Surface, earnings report disappoints

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Less than a year after Microsoft entered the tablet computer market with the Surface, the cracks are starting to show.

July 18, 2013 | | Nationwide


Yelp to acquire reservation service SeatMe

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Business review site Yelp Inc. said Thursday it agreed to acquire SeatMe Inc., a web and iPad-app based reservation company, for a mix of cash and stock worth about $12.7 million.

July 18, 2013 | | Nationwide


Google stumbles as slump in ad rates deepens

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Google views the computing shift to smartphones and tablets as a golden opportunity, but the Internet search leader's second-quarter performance served as an unsettling reminder that it poses a nagging financial challenge, too.

July 18, 2013 | | Nationwide


Safeway 2nd-qtr adjusted profit beats Street view

PLEASANTON (AP) - Grocery store chain Safeway Inc. said Thursday its profit fell in the second quarter, partly on a tax charge related to a deal to sell its Canadian operations.

July 18, 2013 | | Nationwide


Reigning queen doll Barbie fights for her life

Reigning queen doll Barbie fights for her life

July 18, 2013 | | Nationwide


UC holds off on some graduate fee increases

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Some University of California graduate students are getting a reprieve from higher fees after university officials scaled back plans for price hikes.

July 18, 2013 | | Nationwide


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Why a grim US economic picture is brightening

WASHINGTON (AP) - When the government updates its estimate Wednesday of how the U.S. economy fared last quarter, the number is pretty sure to be ugly. Horrible even.

June 24, 2014 | | Nationwide


Stocks end lower as traders sell blue chips

NEW YORK (AP) - The stock market had its biggest decline in two weeks Tuesday, led by a sell-off in blue-chip bank and energy stocks. Homebuilders rose after the government reported sales of new homes rose in May to the highest level in six years.

June 24, 2014 | | Nationwide


Eyes on you: Experts reveal police hacking methods

LONDON (AP) - Law enforcement agencies across the globe are taking a page out of the hacker's handbook, using targets' own phones and computers to spy on them with methods traditionally associated with cybercriminals, two computer security groups said Tuesday.

June 24, 2014 | | Nationwide


AT&T says DirecTV deal could slow price hikes

NEW YORK (AP) - AT&T's CEO told Congress Tuesday that his company's purchase of DirecTV will help slow increases in programming prices, but won't lead to a decrease in prices.

June 24, 2014 | | Nationwide


Obama says US should have paid maternity leave

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama said Monday that the United States should join the rest of the industrialized world and offer paid leave for mothers of newborns.

June 23, 2014 | | Nationwide


Stocks slip below records; FMC falls

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks fell for the first time in seven days, ending a run that had pushed the indexes to all-time highs, as investors assessed corporate news.

June 23, 2014 | | Nationwide


Court raises bar for securities class action cases

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court on Monday made it tougher for investors to join together to sue corporations for securities fraud, a decision that could curb the number of multimillion-dollar legal settlements companies pay out each year.

June 23, 2014 | | Nationwide


Automakers to recall air bags in humid parts of US

DETROIT (AP) - Faulty air bags - which have already led to the recall of millions of cars worldwide - are being blamed for a new round of recalls in the U.S.

June 23, 2014 | | Nationwide


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