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Unemployment aid applications hit 4-year low

WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment aid fell to a four-year low last week, bolstering the view that the job market is strengthening.

March 22, 2012 | | Nationwide


Home re-sales complete best winter in 5 years

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. home sales are gradually coming back. A mild winter and a stronger job market have helped boost sales ahead of the crucial spring buying season.

March 21, 2012 | | Nationwide


Rising gas prices ignite growing political rhetoric in presidential race

MALJAMAR, N.M. (AP) - Wooing a nation of increasingly angry motorists, President Barack Obama and his Republican rivals are all plunging into gas-pump politics, seeking the upper hand as energy becomes a driving issue in the election campaign.

March 21, 2012 | | Nationwide


Oil prices rise on unexpected supply drop

NEW YORK (AP) - One day after the price of benchmark crude took the biggest one-day drop this year, it headed up again.

March 21, 2012 | | Nationwide


Safeway, Lucky stop buying "pink slime" meat products

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - At least three national supermarket operators have decided to stop buying ground beef that contains the filler now known as "pink slime."

March 21, 2012 | | Nationwide


COMMERCE CORNER

DIAMOND FOODS SUSPENDS DIVIDENDS: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Diamond Foods Inc. is suspending its dividend payments to stockholders under a new credit agreement.

March 21, 2012 | | Nationwide


Builders betting on brighter US housing market

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. builders are betting that the housing market is finally on the path back to health.

March 20, 2012 | | Nationwide


Employers ask job seekers for Facebook passwords

SEATTLE (AP) - When Justin Bassett interviewed for a new job, he expected the usual questions about experience and references. So he was astonished when the interviewer asked for something else: his Facebook username and password.

March 20, 2012 | | Nationwide


Oracle bounces back in 3Q on new software sales

REDWOOD CITY (AP) - Sales of new software licenses at Oracle accelerated in the latest quarter, easing concerns about customers defecting to less expensive alternatives on the Internet.

March 20, 2012 | | Nationwide


Reports: HP to combine printer, PC divisions

SANTA CLARA (AP) - Hewlett-Packard Co. is combining its printing and PC units to save money, according to published reports.

March 20, 2012 | | Nationwide


Apple to pay dividend, start stock buybacks as value per share closes at more than $600

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple is finally acknowledging that it has more money than it needs. But don't expect it to cut prices on iPhones and iPads. Instead, the company said on Monday that it will reward its shareholders with a dividend and a stock buyback program.

March 19, 2012 | | Nationwide


Verizon CEO 's pay rose in 2011, despite retiring

NEW YORK (AP) - Despite retiring as CEO of Verizon Communications Inc. in August, Ivan Seidenberg earned more in 2011 than he did in the last two full years of work.

March 19, 2012 | | Nationwide


Adobe Systems posts lower 1Q net income

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Adobe Systems Inc. said Monday that its fiscal first-quarter net income fell 21 percent, weighed by higher operating costs even as revenue climbed.

March 19, 2012 | | Nationwide


Airline passengers may get a break on electronics

WASHINGTON (AP) - The government is taking a tentative step toward making it easier for airlines to allow passengers to use personal electronic devices such as tablets, e-readers and music players during takeoffs and landings.

March 19, 2012 | | Nationwide


Business nation briefs

CEO DISCOVERS THE RICHER SIDE OF SEARS: NEW YORK (AP) - Sears Holdings Corp. paid its chief executive $9.9 million last year, including incentives the ailing department store operator offered to lure the former technology executive, according to an Associated Press analysis of a regulatory filing.

March 19, 2012 | | Nationwide


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FAA OKs commercial drone flights

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Federal Aviation Administration said Tuesday it has granted the first permission for commercial drone flights over land, the latest effort by the agency to show it is loosening restrictions on commercial uses of the unmanned aircraft.

June 10, 2014 | | Nationwide


You have the right to pay taxes

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Internal Revenue Service wants to read taxpayers their rights.

June 10, 2014 | | Nationwide


Hershey clashes with Maryland candidate

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Hershey company says a Maryland candidate is milking its classic chocolate bar for political gain.

June 10, 2014 | | Nationwide


Social Security judges rubber- stamp claims

WASHINGTON (AP) - Amid complaints about lengthy waits for Social Security disability benefits, congressional investigators say nearly 200 administrative judges have been rubber-stamping claims, approving billions of dollars in lifetime payments from the cash-strapped program.

June 10, 2014 | | Nationwide


No more serious safety issues lurking

DETROIT (AP) - A thorough review of General Motors' safety issues is nearing completion and hasn't turned up any more serious problems, the company's CEO said Tuesday.

June 10, 2014 | | Nationwide


Vehicles go on material weight diet

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) - Roofs made of carbon fiber. Plastic windshields. Bumpers fashioned out of aluminum foam.

June 09, 2014 | | Nationwide


Prodding Congress, Obama acts to ease student debt load

WASHINGTON (AP) - Up to 5 million Americans struggling to make their monthly student loan payments could find relief under a program President Barack Obama expanded Monday, part of an election-year push by Democrats to paint Republicans as blocking common-sense steps that could help the middle class.

June 09, 2014 | | Nationwide


Pot tax collections booming in Colorado

DENVER (AP) - Colorado's marijuana market boomed in April as tens of thousands celebrated the once-underground 4/20 pot holiday.

June 09, 2014 | | Nationwide


Netflix stopping notices that irked Verizon

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Netflix will ease up on a month-long finger-pointing campaign that blamed Verizon and other Internet service providers for problems with its video subscription service.

June 09, 2014 | | Nationwide


McDonald’s US sales slip again

OAK BROOK, Ill. (AP) - McDonald's says a key sales metric slipped again in the U.S. as it faced "ongoing broad-based challenges" in May.

June 09, 2014 | | Nationwide


Apple expands into health, home

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Apple is expanding into home and health management as the company tries to turn its iPhones, iPads and Mac computers into an interchangeable network of devices that serve as a hub of people's increasingly digital lives.

June 02, 2014 | | Nationwide


Seattle council passes $15 hourly minimum wage, nation’s highest

SEATTLE (AP) - The Seattle City Council unanimously passed an ordinance Monday that gradually increases the minimum wage in the city to $15, which would make it the highest in the nation.

June 02, 2014 | | Nationwide


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