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Home building picks up in July

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. developers broke ground on homes at a faster pace in July. But the rise was all due to apartment construction, which is typically volatile. By contrast, builders began work on fewer single-family homes - the bulk of the market - and sought fewer permits to build them.

August 16, 2013 | | Nationwide


Mexico airline apologizes for light-skin casting

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Mexico's Aeromexico airline and its ad agency have apologized for a producer's casting call requesting that only light-skinned people apply as actors for a television commercial.

August 16, 2013 | | Nationwide


Kohl's profit drops but meets Wall St. view

MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis. (AP) - Kohl's second-quarter net income declined 4 percent as expenses climbed, and the retailer trimmed its outlook for the year.

August 15, 2013 | | Nationwide


Wal-Mart cuts profit outlook

NEW YORK (AP) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world's biggest retailer, said the weak global economy continues to batter its low-income shoppers.

August 15, 2013 | | Nationwide


Facebook to test mobile payments service apps

NEW YORK (AP) - Facebook plans to test a mobile payments service that lets users make purchases inside mobile applications using payment information they have added to their account on the social network.

August 15, 2013 | | Nationwide


Ed Dept. makes changes to PLUS loans

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration, under pressure from black college presidents and lawmakers, has made changes to the PLUS loan program that may help thousands of families qualify for the college financial aid.

August 15, 2013 | | Nationwide


AMR bankruptcy plan OK questioned

NEW YORK (AP) - Lawyers for American Airlines pressed a judge Thursday to approve the company's plan to merge with US Airways and exit bankruptcy protection, but the judge delayed a ruling because of the federal government's lawsuit against the merger.

August 15, 2013 | | Nationwide


Postal Service revamps priority mail

WASHINGTON (AP) - The financially struggling U.S. Postal Service is revamping its priority mail program to raise revenue and drive new growth in its package delivery business.

August 14, 2013 | | Nationwide


Cisco profit grows but plans to cut 4,000 jobs

SAN JOSE (AP) - Cisco's earnings and revenue grew in the latest quarter as demand for its computer networking equipment increased. But CEO John Chambers called the global economy "challenging and inconsistent" and the company said it is cutting about 4,000 jobs, or about 5 percent of its work force.

August 14, 2013 | | Nationwide


Microsoft sets Oct. 17 release for Windows 8.1

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Consumers waiting for Microsoft's revamped version of its latest Windows operating system will be able to get the software beginning Oct. 17.

August 14, 2013 | | Nationwide


Airline mergers have led to higher fares

NEW YORK (AP) - The government is trying to put a stop to rising airfares and fees by blocking the latest airline merger - but for fliers, it's already too late.

August 14, 2013 | | Nationwide


Vehicle-charging company warns about prospects

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Ecotality Inc., which makes charging systems for electric vehicles, said Monday that it could be forced into a sale or bankruptcy filing "in the very near future" after disappointing sales and suspension of payments from the federal government.

August 13, 2013 | | Nationwide


Race-based claims thrown out in lawsuit

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - A federal judge Monday threw out race discrimination claims by a former Savannah restaurant manager whose lawsuit against Paula Deen has already cost the celebrity cook a valuable chunk of her culinary empire.

August 13, 2013 | | Nationwide


BlackBerry weighs putting itself up for sale

TORONTO (AP) - BlackBerry will consider selling itself after the long-awaited debut of its new phones failed to turn around the struggling smartphone maker.

August 13, 2013 | | Nationwide


Mexico salad mix production halted after stomach bug

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A Mexico processing facility voluntarily suspended production of salad mix that's been linked to the outbreak of a stomach bug in Iowa and Nebraska, a California company announced Monday.

August 13, 2013 | | 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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