SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Wells Fargo's profit jumped 13 percent in the first three months of the year, thanks to strong mortgage lending and a drop in delinquent loans, the bank said Friday.
Well, dear readers: do you want the good news ... or the bad news? Let me get the bad news out of the way first. I've been working on a new fact sheet for my readers (that's actually the good news - but more about that in a minute); and as part of my research, I've discovered that I haven't been completely clear in some past columns when explaining the coordination between taking reduced benefits on your own Social Security record and any possible benefits you might be due on your spouse's Social Security record.
NEW YORK (AP) - Earnings reports from two major banks Friday painted a picture of a healing housing market, with more Americans taking out mortgages, paying them on time and taking advantage of low interest rates to refinance.
DETROIT (AP) - Americans are buying record numbers of hybrid and electric cars as gas prices climb and new models arrive in showrooms, giving the vehicles their greatest share yet of the U.S. auto market.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - U.S. retail sales of video game hardware, software and accessories fell 25 percent in March from a year earlier to $1.1 billion. It marked the fourth month of decline as Sony Corp.'s new PS Vita handheld failed to spark a turnaround.
MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Google improved its short-term finances even as it seeks to preserve its long-term interests.
Recovery threatened by runaway student loan debt
SACRAMENTO – Counterfeiters, smugglers and other illegal operators in the Underground Economy are depriving California of an estimated $8 billion in state taxes that could be spent on schools, public safety, hospitals and other essential services.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Hewlett-Packard Co. is showing signs of recovery as it strengthened its position as the world's largest maker of personal computers and gained back some of the business it had lost while weighing whether to dump its PC division.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration's consumer financial watchdog agency is backing off a plan to limit big upfront fees on credit cards, a move that could hit borrowers with poor credit histories especially hard.
NEW YORK (AP) - Google is tweaking its social network, Google Plus, to make it easier to use and to distinguish it from rival Facebook.
ROSEMEAD (AP) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. previewed its "Disc to Digital" service for converting DVDs into an online library on Wednesday. Based on my experience, I'd give it a six out of 10.
NEW YORK (AP) - Samsung Electronics Co., Apple's biggest competitor in the market for iPad-sized tablet computers, is updating its line to include a feature that lets a tablet act as a universal remote control for an entertainment center.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The government says avid best-seller readers who use electronic books have been getting ripped off. Tina Fey's "Bossy Pants," Tim Tebow's "Through My Eyes" and Keith Richards' "'Life" - maybe they should have cost less.
NEW YORK (AP) - The price of natural gas has dropped below $2 for the first time in more than a decade.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Energy-related carbon dioxide pollution grew by 2 percent last year after declining several years in a row, a government report said Monday. The increase was largely due to a small boost in coal consumption by the electric power industry, according to the study by the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
Q: My mother is 60 years old and disabled. She was a stay-at-home mom all her life, so she has no Social Security of her own. She was married to my father for 25 years but he died a long time ago. She remarried, and that marriage lasted 15 years before they got a divorce. Her second husband is 67 years old and retired. He was a lawyer and made a good living. My mom spent many hours filling out disability forms, and has all kinds of documentation from doctors indicating she is disabled. She took them to the Social ...
NEW YORK (AP) - Target said Friday that its massive pre-Christmas security breach affected potentially millions more people than it previously thought.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court will decide whether a startup company can offer live television broadcasts over the Internet without paying fees to broadcasters.
NEW YORK (AP) - Fallout from Target's pre-Christmas security breach is likely to affect the company's sales and profits well into the new year.
WASHINGTON (AP) - In a move that some fear could compromise care for Medicare recipients, the Obama administration is proposing to remove special protections that guarantee seniors access to a wide selection of three types of prescription drugs.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - The future of driving is right around the corner.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Netflix says video streaming of its programming in ultra-high definition will work for buyers of new UHD sets from Sony, LG, Samsung, Vizio and others upon purchase.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Twitter's stock price continued a recent decline on Wednesday, closing down 3.5 percent to $59.29 after an analyst lowered the short messaging service's rating on concerns that its stock price is too high.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - T-Mobile US Inc., the country's fourth-largest wireless carrier, is aiming to lure subscribers from rivals by paying the fees required to break their service contracts.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Armbands that track how much you move have become popular ways to motivate people to get fit. But how fit are your teeth? Are you lazy about brushing them?
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Gadget lovers are slipping on fitness bands that track movement and buckling on smartwatches that let them check phone messages.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Americans increased their borrowing in November, led by continued gains in auto and student loans.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Internal Revenue Service is seeing a big jump in thieves stealing Social Security numbers to fraudulently claim tax refunds, the agency said Tuesday.
NEW YORK (AP) - Playoff parties may have one fewer dip option this year.