LOS ANGELES (AP) - Americans remain stingy about carrying credit card balances and are making more of an effort to make timely payments, trends that have helped whittle the rate of late payments on credit cards down to the lowest level in nearly 20 years.
I normally like to confine my columns to one particular Social Security topic. But today, we've got a hodgepodge of questions dealing with a variety of Social Security issues. Here it goes.
NEW YORK (AP) - Priceline.com came close Friday to becoming the first stock in the Standard & Poor's 500 index to cross $1,000.
LONDON (AP) - A $38,000 handbag? For most people, it's unthinkable.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Postal Service has trimmed its losses to $740 million over the last three months by consolidating processing facilities, cutting hours for workers and post offices and reducing workers' compensation costs, the agency said Friday.
PHOENIX (AP) - Margaret Pellegrini, one of the original Munchkins from the 1939 classic movie "The Wizard of Oz," has died. She was 89.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Yahoo's recently completed acquisition of Internet blogging service Tumblr includes a $110 million payment to Tumblr founder David Karp as long as he remains on the job for the next four years.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Americans who have a job may take comfort in knowing that companies are laying off fewer people than at any time since before the Great Recession.
NEW YORK (AP) - Shoppers are holding off on back-to-school shopping, and those who delay long enough might be rewarded with some steep discounts from desperate retailers.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A lawyer for plaintiffs in a wrongful death lawsuit against Toyota Motor Corp. told a jury on Thursday he will ask for $20 million in damages for the family of a woman who died when her Camry suddenly accelerated and crashed despite her efforts to stop.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - President Barack Obama said Wednesday he'd save money by refinancing the mortgage on his Chicago home, but he hasn't jumped on current low interest rates because "when you're president you have to be a little careful about these transactions."
NEW YORK (AP) - A lawsuit filed Wednesday on behalf of a volunteer at last month's 2013 All-Star FanFest claims Major League Baseball violated federal and state minimum wage laws by failing to pay more than 2,000 volunteers.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - Samsung Electronics Co. has applied for U.S. and South Korean trademarks for a watch that connects to the Internet in the latest sign that consumer technology companies see wearable devices as the future of their business.
NEW YORK (AP) - At some Walgreen stores, there are health clinics staffed by nurse practitioners, cafes that sell barista-prepared coffee and Eyebrow Bars where trained professionals groom unruly facial hair.
PALO ALTO (AP) - Electric car maker Tesla reported a narrower loss for the second quarter on Wednesday, sparking an after-hours rally in its stock.
NEW YORK (AP) - Fifteen years, one month and thirteen days.
DETROIT (AP) - The nation's largest trucking industry group wants the government to get moving on a rule requiring electronic speed-limiting devices on big rigs.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Country music star Willie Nelson announced plans Monday to roll out his own brand of marijuana, capitalizing on his association with pot and the unofficial stoner holiday, 4/20.
NEW YORK (AP) - This is the last year that the original version of Kraft Mac & Cheese sold in the U.S. will contain artificial preservatives or synthetic colors.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Ending years of last-minute fixes, President Barack Obama on Thursday signed legislation permanently changing how Medicare pays doctors, a rare bipartisan achievement by Democrats and Republicans.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The consulting and accounting firm EY is aggressively recruiting on college campuses this spring. The company formerly known as Ernst & Young plans to hire 9,000 graduates from U.S. universities this year, up from 7,500 in 2014. But recruiting isn't as easy as it used to be.
NEW YORK (AP) - Sony's hacking problems aren't over yet.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - U.S. spending on prescription drugs soared last year, driven up primarily by costly breakthrough medicines, manufacturer price hikes and a surge from millions of people newly insured due to the Affordable Care Act.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York's attorney general has launched an inquiry into 13 major retailers, questioning the practice of keeping workers on call for shifts on short notice and possible violations of the state requirement to pay hourly staff for at least four hours when they report for work.
MIAMI (AP) - They want it fresh. They want it cheap. They want it fast. And most importantly, they don't want it to taste like it's good for them.
CHICAGO (AP) - Trying to slim down? Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig scored the best marks for effectiveness in a review of research on commercial diet programs, but many other plans just haven't been studied enough to evaluate long-term results.
NEW YORK (AP) - Starbucks says its workers can now have four years of tuition covered for an online college degree from Arizona State University instead of just two, marking the latest sign that companies are rethinking their treatment of low-wage workers.
NEW YORK (AP) - Business travelers are bypassing the taxi queue with greater frequency, choosing instead ride-hailing services like Uber Technologies.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - Samsung Electronics Co. said Tuesday that its first-quarter operating income likely beat analysts' consensus.