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Builder confidence soars to 7-year high

NEW YORK (AP) - For the first time in seven years, most U.S. homebuilders are optimistic about home sales, a sign that construction could help drive stronger economic growth in coming months.

June 17, 2013 | | Nationwide


McDonald's franchise sued over payroll debit cards in lieu of regular paychecks

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) - A single mother who worked briefly at a northeastern Pennsylvania McDonald's franchise is suing the owners after she said she was given a fee-laden debit card and told that she must use it to access her earnings.

June 17, 2013 | | Nationwide


Businessman tries his luck at building marijuana brand

SEATTLE (AP) - For the activists who led the effort to legalize recreational marijuana in Washington state last fall, Jamen Shively was one of their biggest fears: an aspiring pot profiteer whose unabashed dreams of building a cannabis empire might attract unwanted attention from the federal government or a backlash that could slow the marijuana reform movement across the country.

June 17, 2013 | | Nationwide


Food sellers work to make it look natural

NEW YORK (AP) - Here's the latest goal for food makers: Perfect the art of imperfection.

June 17, 2013 | | Nationwide


Thrifty says offer of free rental car was mistake , won’t be given

DALLAS (AP) - Thrifty Car Rental says it's sorry, but many customers who were offered a free one-day rental won't be getting that after all.

June 17, 2013 | | Nationwide


Whole Foods revises employee language policy

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Facing threats of national boycotts from Latino groups and a slew of online petitions, Whole Foods announced Friday that the organic grocery chain has revised its employee language policy following the suspension of two Spanish-speaking Albuquerque employees.

June 14, 2013 | | Nationwide


Social Security benefits are not ever prorated

Q: It has always puzzled me why Social Security takes back a person's Social Security check for the month he or she dies. My aunt recently died. And as her executor, I was counting on using her last Social Security check to pay off some of her bills. But the government took that money away from me. Can you explain that?

June 14, 2013 | | Nationwide


Detroit won't pay $2.5 billion it owes

ROMULUS, Mich. (AP) - A team led by a state-appointed emergency manager said Friday that Detroit is defaulting on about $2.5 billion in unsecured debt and is asking creditors to take about 10 cents on the dollar of what the city owes them.

June 14, 2013 | | Nationwide


Microsoft brings Office to iPhone, but not tablets

NEW YORK (AP) - Even as a pared-down version of Microsoft's Office software package arrived on the iPhone, the company is holding out on extending that to the iPad and Android devices as it tries to boost sales of tablet computers running its own Windows system.

June 14, 2013 | | Nationwide


California brothers charged with digital piracy of movies TV

California brothers charged with digital piracy of movies TV

June 14, 2013 | | Nationwide


Coverage unaffordable for low-wage workers

WASHINGTON (AP) - It's called the Affordable Care Act, but President Barack Obama's health care law may turn out to be unaffordable for many low-wage workers, including employees at big chain restaurants, retail stores and hotels.

June 13, 2013 | | Nationwide


Nicaragua approves massive canal project

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) - A proposal to build a massive rival to the Panama Canal across the middle of Nicaragua was overwhelmingly backed by lawmakers Thursday, capping a lightning-fast approval process that has provoked deep skepticism among shipping experts and concern among environmentalists.

June 13, 2013 | | Nationwide


Grocers allege potato price fixing

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - A battle between grocers and potato growers has been silently hitting shoppers' pocketbooks, according to a U.S. wholesaler accusing America's spud farmers of driving up prices while spying on farmers with satellites and aircraft fly-overs to enforce strict limits on how many tubers they can grow.

June 13, 2013 | | Nationwide


Lawmaker accuses Google of dodging taxes in Great Britain

LONDON (AP) - An influential committee of British lawmakers accused search company Google of dodging its taxes on Thursday in a scathing report that said the U.S. Internet company took on highly contrived arrangements serving no purpose other than to avoid paying its fair share.

June 13, 2013 | | Nationwide


Windows becomes the latest Best Buy store-in-store

NEW YORK (AP) - Microsoft has unveiled plans for "store-within-a-store" sections in Best Buy stores, becoming the latest major consumer electronics maker to acknowledge advantages of the brick-and-mortar format.

June 13, 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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