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Ex-Enron CEO gets 10 years cut from sentence

HOUSTON (AP) - Ex-Enron Corp. CEO Jeffrey Skilling - seen by many as exemplifying the worst in corporate fraud and greed in America - could be released from prison in about four years after a federal judge on Friday shaved off a decade from his original sentence of more than 24 years.

June 21, 2013 | | Nationwide


‘I’m getting the wrong amount’ common gripe

Q: A short while ago, you wrote a column about women who shared complaints about their Social Security benefits while on a cruise. Well, I wish I could afford to take a cruise so I could complain about my Social Security problems. Here is my gripe: Since my ex-husband died three years ago, I don't think I've been getting enough money. We were married for 30 years and got a divorce about 10 years before he died. I never remarried, but he did. He was an architect and made big money. After talking to other women, I think ...

June 21, 2013 | | Nationwide


Administrator opens probe of spill claims lawyer

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - For months, BP has complained that a Louisiana attorney who is administering its settlement with tens of thousands of Gulf Coast businesses and residents has made decisions that expose the company to what could be billions of dollars in fictitious claims arising from the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

June 21, 2013 | | Nationwide


First Apple computer could fetch $500K plus

NEW YORK (AP) - It's the kind of electronic junk that piles up in basements and garages - an old computer motherboard with wires sticking out.

June 21, 2013 | | Nationwide


Bug exposes contacts of some on Facebook

MENLO PARK (AP) - Facebook says a bug in its system caused 6 million users' contact information to be inadvertently exposed.

June 21, 2013 | | Nationwide


Food Network won't renew Paula Deen's contract

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - The Food Network said Friday it's dumping Paula Deen, barely an hour after the celebrity cook posted the first of two videotaped apologies online begging forgiveness from fans and critics troubled by her admission to having used racial slurs in the past.

June 21, 2013 | | Nationwide


FAA moving toward easing in-flight electronic device use

WASHINGTON (AP) - The government is moving toward easing restrictions on airline passengers using electronic devices to listen to music, play games, read books, watch movies and work during takeoffs and landings, but it could take a few months.

June 21, 2013 | | Nationwide


Could Paula Deen's words bring down her empire?

NEW YORK (AP) - Paula Deen should hope for more fans like Jennifer Everett of Tyler, Texas, who carried a shopping bag filled with $53 worth of merchandise from the celebrity chef's Georgia store on Thursday. A day earlier, it was revealed that Deen admitted during questioning in a lawsuit that she had slurred blacks in the past.

June 20, 2013 | | Nationwide


FDA allows OTC morning-after pill, lifts all age limits

WASHINGTON (AP) - The morning-after pill is finally going over-the-counter.

June 20, 2013 | | Nationwide


Lawmakers try to save student loan deal

WASHINGTON (AP) - A handful of senators struggled Thursday to hold together a bipartisan deal to keep student loan rates from doubling on July 1 while their colleagues traded political barbs with little more than a week to go before the deadline.

June 20, 2013 | | Nationwide


House rejects farm bill over food stamp tiff, 62 Republicans vote no

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House rejected a five-year, half-trillion-dollar farm bill Thursday that would have cut $2 billion annually from food stamps and let states impose broad new work requirements on those who receive them.

June 20, 2013 | | Nationwide


Facebook introduces video on Instagram

MENLO PARK (AP) - Facebook is adding video to its popular photo-sharing app Instagram, following in the heels of Twitter's growing video-sharing app, Vine.

June 20, 2013 | | Nationwide


Oracle's sales disappoint Wall St. again

REDWOOD SHORES (AP) - Oracle is still having trouble closing enough business software deals to keep Wall Street happy.

June 20, 2013 | | Nationwide


Gov't delays requiring rearview cameras in cars

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is again delaying regulations on whether new cars and trucks must come equipped with rearview cameras to protect against drivers backing over people in blind spots behind their vehicles, a victory for automakers who say requiring the cameras is too costly.

June 20, 2013 | | Nationwide


Microsoft changes Xbox One policies after outcry

NEW YORK (AP) - Microsoft rolled back a much-criticized requirement that its upcoming Xbox One gaming console be regularly connected to the Internet and made clear that there will be no limitations on sharing games.

June 19, 2013 | | Nationwide


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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


Public-private survey finds cybercrime on the rise

SAN JOSE (AP) - The hackers are winning, according to a survey of 500 executives of U.S. businesses, law enforcement services and government agencies released Wednesday.

May 28, 2014 | | Nationwide


Google workforce: White and male

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - In a groundbreaking disclosure, Google revealed Wednesday how very white and male its workforce is - just 2 percent of its 50,000 Googlers are black, 3 percent are Hispanic, and 30 percent are women.

May 28, 2014 | | Nationwide


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