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Homemakers & Social Security

Although most women today work and earn their own Social Security benefit, there still are quite a few women, especially those in their 50s and 60s, who have never worked outside the home. Or if they have, they either didn't work long enough to become "insured" for Social Security, or they worked just barely enough to earn a small retirement benefit on their own account. So they must rely on a husband's (or ex-husband's) Social Security record to qualify for full dependent's benefits, or partial benefits to supplement their own meager Social Security income. Today's ...

August 02, 2013 | | Nationwide


Phone company ordered to pay $24.4M in fees

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A phone company owned by the world's richest man, Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim, has been ordered by the state's public utility regulator to pay California $24.4 million in unpaid fees and interest.

August 02, 2013 | | Nationwide


Chevron's 2Q profit falls on lower oil prices

SAN RAMON (AP) - Chevron's latest quarterly profit was huge - $5.37 billion - but down 26 percent from last year due to lower oil prices, less production, and maintenance work at some refineries.

August 02, 2013 | | Nationwide


Chevron's 2Q profit falls on lower oil prices

SAN RAMON (AP) - Chevron's latest quarterly profit was huge - $5.37 billion - but down 26 percent from last year due to lower oil prices, less production, and maintenance work at some refineries.

August 02, 2013 | | Nationwide


Yahoo buys social Web browser maker Rockmelt

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Yahoo has acquired Rockmelt, a Silicon Valley startup that built a Web browser tied to Facebook's social network.

August 02, 2013 | | Nationwide


New Orleans-themed casino opens in Sparks

SPARKS, Nev. (AP) - A New Orleans-themed casino has opened at the site of the former Silver Club casino in Sparks.

August 02, 2013 | | Nationwide


US factory means buyers can customize Google phone

NEW YORK (AP) - With its first smartphone designed completely in-house, Google is demonstrating one of the benefits of moving production from Asia to the U.S.: It's letting buyers customize phones to give them their own style.

August 01, 2013 | | Nationwide


Star pushes high frame rate format online

BURBANK (AP) - Movie fans who were intrigued by director Peter Jackson's use of high frame rates in "The Hobbit" are now getting a chance to see the super-clear format online.

August 01, 2013 | | Nationwide


Netflix allows 5 viewing profiles on same account

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Netflix's latest attraction will enable families and other people sharing the same account to set up separate identities so the Internet video service can give them better recommendations on what to watch next.

August 01, 2013 | | Nationwide


S&P 500 closes above 1,700 for first time

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks roared back to record highs on Thursday, driven by good news on the economy.

August 01, 2013 | | Nationwide


Small car sales enjoy summer surge

DETROIT (AP) - Pickup trucks may have led the charge, but strong sales of small cars in July showed demand for new vehicles is broad - and not slowing down.

August 01, 2013 | | Nationwide


ELF: Not a car or bicycle, but a blend

RESTON, Va. (AP) - Mark Stewart turns quite a few heads as he zips through the streets on his neon green ELF bike. With each pedal, his feet take turns sticking out from the bottom while a gentle motor hums in the background.

July 31, 2013 | | Nationwide


Penney's shares plunge on report of financing woes

NEW YORK (AP) - J.C. Penney's shares plunged Wednesday after a report that CIT, the largest lender in the clothing industry, has stopped providing financial support to small and large suppliers selling to Penney stores - for now.

July 31, 2013 | | Nationwide


Starbucks to partner with Google to upgrade Wi-Fi

SEATTLE (AP) - Starbucks says it's reached a deal to partner with Google that will allow it to offer its customers dramatically faster Wi-Fi service.

July 31, 2013 | | Nationwide


Little restraint in giveaways

MORVEN, Ga. (AP) - Small-town police departments across the country have been gobbling up tons of equipment discarded by a downsizing military - bicycles, bed sheets, bowling pins, French horns, dog collars, even a colonoscopy machine - regardless of whether the items are needed or will ever be used.

July 31, 2013 | | Nationwide


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Google’s corporate products division changes name

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Google is hoping a new brand will help sell more of its services to other companies.

September 02, 2014 | | Nationwide


Social media users shy away from opinions

WASHINGTON (AP) - People who use Facebook and Twitter are less likely than others to share their opinions on hot-button issues, even when they are offline, according to a surprising new survey by the Pew Research Center.

August 26, 2014 | | Nationwide


UN health agency urges crackdown on e-cigarettes

GENEVA (AP) - Governments should have tougher rules for electronic cigarettes - banning their use indoors and putting them off limits for minors - until more evidence can be gathered about their risks, the U.N. health agency said Tuesday.

August 26, 2014 | | Nationwide


Consumer confidence near a 7-year high

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. consumer confidence this month reached its highest point in nearly seven years, boosted by strong job gains.

August 26, 2014 | | Nationwide


New rules could squeeze Malibu wine growers

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Malibu region's growing wine industry, made up of some 50 commercial vineyards, could be squeezed by proposed regulations that would prohibit new grape growing in a large swath of the Santa Monica Mountains.

August 26, 2014 | | Nationwide


Legal questions arise for fantasy game biz

NEW YORK (AP) - Some of the newest incarnations of fantasy football look a lot more like gambling than intricate, outsmart-your-opponent strategy games.

August 25, 2014 | | Nationwide


Amazon buys Twitch for $970M

NEW YORK (AP) - Amazon is hoping to become the ESPN of video games.

August 25, 2014 | | Nationwide


TiVo to make version for those without cable

NEW YORK (AP) - Here's a sign more households are going without cable or satellite TV: TiVo Inc. is making a digital video recorder just for so-called cord-cutters.

August 25, 2014 | | Nationwide


Fairchild Semiconductor cutting 1,350 jobs

SAN JOSE (AP) - Chip supplier Fairchild Semiconductor is eliminating about 1,350 jobs in the U.S. and Asia - about 15 percent of its total workforce - to reduce costs.

August 25, 2014 | | Nationwide


Like airlines, hotels get fee-happy

NEW YORK (AP) - Forget bad weather, traffic jams and kids asking, "Are we there yet?" The real headache for many travelers is a quickly-growing list of hotel surcharges, even for items they never use.

August 25, 2014 | | Nationwide


Credit card late payments down in 2Q

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Americans are doing a better job of making timely credit card payments, even as many lenders increasingly extend credit to more people with less-than-stellar credit.

August 25, 2014 | | Nationwide


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