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Microsoft board boosts dividend by 22 percent

REDMOND, Wash. (AP) - Microsoft said Tuesday that its board approved a 22 percent increase in the company's quarterly dividend to 28 cents along with a new $40 billion stock buyback program.

September 17, 2013 | | Nationwide


The super rich get even richer

NEW YORK (AP) - Life is good for America's super wealthy.

September 16, 2013 | | Nationwide


Employment gap between rich, poor is widest on record

WASHINGTON (AP) - The gap in employment rates between America's highest- and lowest-income families has stretched to its widest levels since officials began tracking the data a decade ago, according to an analysis of government data conducted for The Associated Press.

September 16, 2013 | | Nationwide


Employment gap between rich, poor is widest on record

WASHINGTON (AP) - The gap in employment rates between America's highest- and lowest-income families has stretched to its widest levels since officials began tracking the data a decade ago, according to an analysis of government data conducted for The Associated Press.

September 16, 2013 | | Nationwide


Bill would cut $4B a year from food stamps

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House is expected to consider a bill this week that would cut food stamps by an estimated $4 billion annually and allow states to put broad new work requirements in place for recipients.

September 16, 2013 | | Nationwide


Turkey Talk Line to have 1st male spokesman

NEW YORK (AP) - This year if you call Butterball's Turkey Talk Line for some cooking advice, you might get a male voice on the line.

September 16, 2013 | | Nationwide


Wall Street rallies after Summers exits Fed race

NEW YORK (AP) - Wall Street was happy to see Larry Summers go.

September 16, 2013 | | Nationwide


GM working on 200-mile electric car

WARREN, Mich. (AP) - As automakers race to make cheaper electric cars with greater battery range, General Motors is working on one that can go 200 miles per charge at a cost of about $30,000, a top company executive said.

September 16, 2013 | | Nationwide


Social Security around the world

I have always been amazed by the number of people who think Social Security is unique to the United States. Or if not truly unique, they figure that maybe a couple of those "socialist" countries like Sweden and Denmark might have social insurance programs in place, but surely not too many other places. As someone once said to me following a speech I had given: "You know that Social Security is just one of the social experiments forced on this country by FDR (Franklin Delano Roosevelt), and it's doomed to failure just like so many of his other New ...

September 13, 2013 | | Nationwide


White House: No subsidies for union health insurance

WASHINGTON (AP) - Low-income workers on union health plans are not eligible for the same federal subsidies available to those who buy insurance in the new state health care marketplaces, the White House said Friday.

September 13, 2013 | | Nationwide


White House: No subsidies for union health insurance

WASHINGTON (AP) - Low-income workers on union health plans are not eligible for the same federal subsidies available to those who buy insurance in the new state health care marketplaces, the White House said Friday.

September 13, 2013 | | Nationwide


Investigation: 36K receives improper disability payment

WASHINGTON (AP) - Social Security made $1.3 billion in potentially improper disability payments to people who had jobs when they were supposed to be unable to work, congressional investigators said in a report Friday.

September 13, 2013 | | Nationwide


Perks of hiring older workers

NEW YORK (AP) - Older people searching for jobs have long fought back stereotypes that they lack the speed, technology skills and dynamism of younger applicants. But as a wave of baby boomers seeks to stay on the job later in life, some employers are finding older workers are precisely what they need.

September 13, 2013 | | Nationwide


Scooter Store shutting down

September 13, 2013 | | Nationwide


Wal-Mart lets kids pick 'hot toys'

NEW YORK (AP) - Lots of retailers come out with "hot toy" lists every holiday season, but this year Wal-Mart decided to try something different: let kids rate their favorite toys.

September 12, 2013 | | Nationwide


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