NEW YORK (AP) - The release of Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system is a week away, and consumers are in for a shock. Windows, used in one form or another for a generation, is getting a completely different look that will force users to learn new ways to get things done.
Are the services that people get from the Social Security Administration improving or declining? Is your nearest Social Security office a pleasant place to visit? Or is it just a few notches above your local department of motor vehicles bureau?
WASHINGTON (AP) - The maker of Banana Boat sunscreen is recalling a half-million bottles of spray-on lotion after reports that a handful of people have caught on fire after applying the product and coming in contact with open flames.
WASHINGTON (AP) - It's been 43 months since the last deadly airline crash in the United States, the longest period without a fatal domestic accident since commercial aviation expanded after World War II. That sounds like unvarnished good news, but one consequence of having such a remarkable record is that it's difficult to justify imposing costly new safety rules on the economically fragile industry.
SUNNYVALE (AP) - Chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices Inc. says it will cut nearly 1,800 jobs, about 15 percent of its workforce, by the end of the year in order to reduce spending in the face of dwindling sales.
DETROIT (AP) - General Motors will hire 3,000 workers from Hewlett-Packard, part of a push to bring most of its computer technology in-house.
NEW YORK (AP) - Newsweek will end its print publication after 80 years and shift to an all-digital format in early 2013.
PALO ALTO (AP) - The Internet icon that brought email to the masses with its classic "You've got mail" slogan now wants to help people organize the flood of messages in their Gmail, Yahoo mail and other accounts.
MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Google is dangling a low-priced laptop computer in front of consumers as rivals Microsoft and Apple prepare to release their latest gadgets.
WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. home construction is making a comeback that could invigorate the economy's still-weak recovery.
SAN JOSE (AP) - EBay reported Tuesday that its third-quarter net income rose 22 percent thanks to higher revenue at its PayPal payments service and at the marketplaces business that includes eBay.com.
LARISSA, Greece (AP) - The world's oldest profession is giving a whole new meaning to love of the game.
NEW YORK (AP) - For banks, mortgage-making kept profits humming before the financial crisis, then blackened reputations and stamped out earnings when the crisis hit.
TORONTO (AP) - The stalled talks between the NHL and the players' association finally got a jumpstart.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Gap has announced a management overhaul aimed at enabling the retailer to respond more quickly to customers' needs across the globe.
DALLAS (AP) - If you've been putting off a trip abroad because it's too expensive, start packing your bags.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Imagine a world in which your garage door opens automatically as you pull into the driveway. The living room lights and heater turn on - perhaps the oven starts warming up, too. In the so-called "smart home," cars, appliances and other devices all have sensors and Internet connectivity to think and act for themselves, and make your life easier.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Petco said Monday it has removed all remaining Chinese-made dog and cat treats from its website and stores nationwide because of concerns they have sickened thousands of pets and killed 1,000 dogs in the U.S. since 2007.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The first 50-state report on the latest sign-up season under President Barack Obama's health care law shows that more than 4 million people selected plans for the first time or re-enrolled in what the administration called "an encouraging start."
WASHINGTON (AP) - Impressed with an improving economy, American consumers are feeling more confident, a private survey showed.
RICHMOND (AP) - Chevron has allowed a California county agency to oversee its investigation into a refinery flare that brought large flames and steam visible for miles in the San Francisco Bay Area.
NEW YORK (AP) - White Castle is offering a vegetarian version of its famous sliders, but they're not necessarily for dieters.
PASADENA (AP) - A federal appeals court has sided with juice maker POM Wonderful in a lawsuit over another beverage company's use of the term "pom."
WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. home prices rose in October at a slightly slower pace, as real estate sales have fallen and affordability has increasingly become a challenge for potential buyers.
BEIJING (AP) - Chinese access to Google Inc.'s email service has been blocked amid government efforts to limit or possibly ban access to the U.S. company's services, which are popular among Chinese seeking to avoid government monitoring.