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The graduation speech your kid needed to hear, but probably didn't

Lately there has been much wailing and gnashing of teeth about this year's crop of college graduates and the tough time they will have finding decent jobs. Yet the commencement speeches today's graduates hear at their ceremonies don't talk about any of that. Instead they are being told to "follow their stars," "make the world a better place," and so forth.

July 06, 2012 | | Nationwide


What’s Fair, and What’s Not Fair? What’s True, and What’s Not True?

Q. I am 61 years old. My husband is only 51. I have worked most of my life and paid Social Security taxes for many years. And now I've learned that I will not be able to collect a dime of my Social Security until my husband is getting his own Social Security. This is totally unfair!

July 06, 2012 | | Nationwide


Tepid jobs data set a tone for race

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Disappointing job growth jolted the presidential campaign four months before Election Day, and the candidates quickly put their vastly different views on display, underscoring the economy as the central issue between President Barack Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney.

July 06, 2012 | | Nationwide


Obama signs student loan, road-building legislation

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama signed legislation Friday maintaining jobs on transportation projects and preventing interest rate increases on new loans to millions of college students, saying it would "make a real difference" for millions of Americans.

July 06, 2012 | | Nationwide


Malware may knock thousands off Internet on Monday, July 9

WASHINGTON (AP) - Despite repeated alerts, tens of thousands of Americans may still lose their Internet service Monday unless they do a quick check of their computers for malware that could have taken over their machines more than a year ago.

July 05, 2012 | | Nationwide


Google phasing out 'iGoogle' in latest purge

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Google is phasing out a service that allows millions of people to personalize its home page with applications such as weather updates and stock quotes.

July 05, 2012 | | Nationwide


Netflix's monthly video streaming tops 1B hours

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Netflix subscribers watched more than 1 billion hours of online video last month as the advent of high-speed Internet connections and high-powered mobile devices change people's viewing habits.

July 03, 2012 | | Nationwide


Chuck E. Cheese transforming into a rock star

NEW YORK (AP) - Chuck E. Cheese has been given the pink slip.

July 03, 2012 | | Nationwide


Carmakers report strong June sales, easing worries

DETROIT (AP) - From mini cars to monster pickups, sales of new cars and trucks surged in June and eased concerns that Americans would be turned off by slower hiring and other scary headlines.

July 03, 2012 | | Nationwide


Microsoft taking $6.2B hit to account for ad woes; may be 1st quarterly loss in 20 years

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Microsoft is absorbing a $6.2 billion charge to reflect that one of the biggest deals in its 37-year history turned out to be a dud.

July 02, 2012 | | Nationwide


Manufacturing shrinks for first time in 3 years

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. manufacturing shrank in June for the first time in nearly three years, adding to signs that economic growth is weakening.

July 02, 2012 | | Nationwide


Twitter told to give up Occupy protester's tweets

NEW YORK (AP) - Twitter must give a court about three months' worth of an Occupy Wall Street protester's tweets, a judge said in a ruling released Monday after the company fought prosecutors' demand for the messages.

July 02, 2012 | | Nationwide


More than 6,000 tacos served at Alaska event

BETHEL, Alaska (AP) - It was free taco Sunday in Bethel, Alaska, and more than 6,000 of them were gobbled up.

July 02, 2012 | | Nationwide


Dell wins bidding to buy Quest Software for $2.4B

ROUND ROCK, Texas (AP) - Dell is buying Quest Software for $2.4 billion to expand its offerings as its personal computer business weakens in an era of smartphones and sleeker devices like the iPad.

July 02, 2012 | | Nationwide


Decoding Social Security ‘claim’ numbers

Q. I am 78 years old. I've had a Social Security number since I was about 20. For many years, my Medicare card showed my husband's Social Security number with a letter "B" behind it. Somebody at a Social Security office once told me this meant I was getting wife's benefits on his record. How does the letter "B" stand for a wife? And now that my husband has died, I've received a new Medicare card, and it now has my husband's number with a letter "D." Does this mean "deceased?"

June 29, 2012 | | Nationwide


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Bankruptcy hearing could decide fate of RadioShack

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A hearing on whether to approve the bankruptcy sale of assets of electronics retailer RadioShack opened Thursday with the company seeking court approval of the purported winning bid, and an attorney for a losing bidder describing the auction as a sham and asking a Delaware judge to reopen the sale process.

March 26, 2015 | | Nationwide


‘American Idol’-like talent competition

LOS ANGELES (AP) - For anyone who's ever dreamed of being on "American Idol" or "The Voice" as a performer or judge, a new app seeks to make their fantasy come true.

March 26, 2015 | | Nationwide


New Samsung, HTC phones out April 10

NEW YORK (AP) - New phones from Samsung and HTC will be available in U.S. stores starting April 10.

March 26, 2015 | | Nationwide


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