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Suspending your benefits before they even start

Q. I am about to turn 66 years old. I was planning to wait until age 70 to file for my Social Security benefits because I wanted to get the delayed retirement bonus you mention so often in your column. But I found an article on the web that encourages people like me to file at age 66 and then immediately suspend my benefits. That way, if I change my mind before age 70, I can go back and get retroactive benefits until age 66. What do you know about this?

July 13, 2012 | | Nationwide


Developers pull plans for New Mexico ghost town to study new technology

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The company behind plans to build a scientific ghost town says it is pulling out of a deal to develop the make-believe city near Hobbs.

July 13, 2012 | | Nationwide


US rowing team outfitted with Philly-made gear

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - While lawmakers in Congress continue fuming about uniforms for the U.S. Olympic team being made in China, a Philadelphia company is looking forward to seeing its locally-made apparel being worn by American rowers.

July 13, 2012 | | Nationwide


Visa, MasterCard in $6B settlement over card fees

NEW YORK (AP) - Visa, MasterCard and major banks agreed to pay retailers at least $6 billion to settle a long-running lawsuit that alleged the card issuers conspired to fix the fees that stores pay to accept credit cards. As part of the settlement, announced late Friday, stores from Rite Aid to Kroger will be allowed to charge customers more if they pay using a credit card.

July 13, 2012 | | Nationwide


NM on verge of repossessing state's supercomputer

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Gov. Susana Martinez's administration is on the verge of taking back New Mexico's $11 million supercomputer known as "Encanto" from the nonprofit group set up to operate it.

July 12, 2012 | | Nationwide


Yahoo confirms theft of 450,000 users' passwords

LONDON (AP) - Some 450,000 Yahoo users' email addresses and passwords have been leaked because of a security breach, the company confirmed Thursday, adding that just a small fraction of the stolen passwords were valid.

July 12, 2012 | | Nationwide


Scam claiming President Obama offering to pay utility bills proves costly for thousands

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - As much as President Barack Obama wants your vote, he's not actually offering to pay your monthly bills.

July 12, 2012 | | Nationwide


NBC launches 2 apps to watch the Olympics

NEW YORK (AP) - NBC launched two mobile apps that will let people watch Olympics events as they happen, look up athlete profiles and access other extra content on their iPads, iPhones and certain Android devices.

July 12, 2012 | | Nationwide


Yahoo's interim CEO faces off with shareholders

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Yahoo's restless shareholders let interim CEO Ross Levinsohn know that they won't give him much time to fix the troubled company if he gets the job on a permanent basis.

July 12, 2012 | | Nationwide


Scranton mayor slashes city workers' pay to minimum wage in budget move

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) - A fiscal and political crisis in the nearly-broke northeastern Pennsylvania city of Scranton deepened Tuesday as public employee unions sought to have the mayor held in contempt of court after he defied a judge and slashed workers' pay to minimum wage.

July 10, 2012 | | Nationwide


Openings rose in May, good sign for hiring

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. employers advertised more jobs in May than April, a hopeful sign after three months of weak hiring.

July 10, 2012 | | Nationwide


Dems want tax cuts for businesses that hire

WASHINGTON (AP) - Democrats began trying to push a bill through the Senate Tuesday slicing taxes for businesses that hire new workers and buy major new equipment. They ran straight into opposition from Republicans who complained that the measure was too timid and sought to refocus the debate on their own economic priorities.

July 10, 2012 | | Nationwide


Comcast sells A&E stake to Disney, Hearst for $3B

NEW YORK (AP) - Comcast's NBCUniversal is selling its stake in A&E Television Networks to Disney and Hearst for $3.03 billion in cash.

July 10, 2012 | | Nationwide


Fitch Ratings keeps United States at top 'AAA' credit rating

WASHINGTON (AP) - Fitch Ratings has retained the U.S. at its top 'AAA' credit rating but also left the outlook negative, citing the failure of Congress and the Obama administration to forge an agreement on reducing the budget deficit.

July 10, 2012 | | Nationwide


Gov't agency proposes simpler mortgage forms

WASHINGTON (AP) - The government proposed rules Monday to help Americans understand the costs and risks of getting a mortgage.

July 09, 2012 | | Nationwide


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Strong dollar makes world travel cheaper

DALLAS (AP) - If you've been putting off a trip abroad because it's too expensive, start packing your bags.

January 05, 2015 | | Nationwide


Gadgets raise your home’s IQ

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Imagine a world in which your garage door opens automatically as you pull into the driveway. The living room lights and heater turn on - perhaps the oven starts warming up, too. In the so-called "smart home," cars, appliances and other devices all have sensors and Internet connectivity to think and act for themselves, and make your life easier.

January 05, 2015 | | Nationwide


Petco pulls Chinese treats amid fears they sickened pets

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Petco said Monday it has removed all remaining Chinese-made dog and cat treats from its website and stores nationwide because of concerns they have sickened thousands of pets and killed 1,000 dogs in the U.S. since 2007.

January 05, 2015 | | Nationwide


4M enroll in health plans

WASHINGTON (AP) - The first 50-state report on the latest sign-up season under President Barack Obama's health care law shows that more than 4 million people selected plans for the first time or re-enrolled in what the administration called "an encouraging start."

December 30, 2014 | | Nationwide


Consumer confidence increases rises in Dec.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Impressed with an improving economy, American consumers are feeling more confident, a private survey showed.

December 30, 2014 | | Nationwide


Chevron allows oversight of refinery flare

RICHMOND (AP) - Chevron has allowed a California county agency to oversee its investigation into a refinery flare that brought large flames and steam visible for miles in the San Francisco Bay Area.

December 30, 2014 | | Nationwide


White Castle’s veggie slider not for dieters

NEW YORK (AP) - White Castle is offering a vegetarian version of its famous sliders, but they're not necessarily for dieters.

December 30, 2014 | | Nationwide


Court sides with POM Wonderful in beverage fight

PASADENA (AP) - A federal appeals court has sided with juice maker POM Wonderful in a lawsuit over another beverage company's use of the term "pom."

December 30, 2014 | | Nationwide


Home price growth slows for 11th consecutive month

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. home prices rose in October at a slightly slower pace, as real estate sales have fallen and affordability has increasingly become a challenge for potential buyers.

December 30, 2014 | | Nationwide


Chinese access to Gmail cut

BEIJING (AP) - Chinese access to Google Inc.'s email service has been blocked amid government efforts to limit or possibly ban access to the U.S. company's services, which are popular among Chinese seeking to avoid government monitoring.

December 30, 2014 | | Nationwide


IRS says tax filing season to start Jan. 20

WASHINGTON (AP) - Tax filing season will start on time this year despite a last-minute tax law passed by Congress, the IRS said Monday.

December 29, 2014 | | Nationwide


Fake room rentals hurt tourists

HONOLULU (AP) - Scammers who fraudulently advertise Hawaii rental properties have ripped off hundreds if not thousands of visitors to the state, according to Honolulu police, who say it's difficult to prosecute the con artists because most of them operate out of state.

December 29, 2014 | | Nationwide


Being uninsured in America will cost you more in 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) - Being uninsured in America will cost you more in 2015.

December 29, 2014 | | Nationwide


Key decisions on drones likely coming from Congress next year

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is on the verge of proposing long-awaited rules for commercial drone operations in U.S. skies, but key decisions on how much access to grant drones are likely to come from Congress next year.

December 29, 2014 | | Nationwide


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