LOS ANGELES (AP) - Homeowners are doing a better job of making timely mortgage payments, a trend that brought down the national late-payment rate on home loans in the second quarter to the lowest level in five years.
FAIR OAKS, Ind. (AP) - A northwestern Indiana dairy farm that's a top tourism destination is debuting a new attraction that allows visitors to tour a sprawling building filled with pregnant hogs and litters of piglets.
WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. service firms expanded in July at the fastest pace since February, fueled by a brisker month of sales and a jump in new orders. The increase suggests economic growth could be picking up after a weak first half of the year.
Although most women today work and earn their own Social Security benefit, there still are quite a few women, especially those in their 50s and 60s, who have never worked outside the home. Or if they have, they either didn't work long enough to become "insured" for Social Security, or they worked just barely enough to earn a small retirement benefit on their own account. So they must rely on a husband's (or ex-husband's) Social Security record to qualify for full dependent's benefits, or partial benefits to supplement their own meager Social Security income. Today's ...
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A phone company owned by the world's richest man, Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim, has been ordered by the state's public utility regulator to pay California $24.4 million in unpaid fees and interest.
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.
NEW YORK (AP) - Some of the most familiar names in ketchup, pickles, cheese and hot dogs are set to come under the same roof after H.J. Heinz Co. announced plans Wednesday to buy Kraft and create one of the world's largest food and beverage companies.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. is mounting a public defense of its animal handling in a new advertising campaign that began Monday, after a highly critical 2013 documentary left the park with declining revenue and attendance.
NEW YORK (AP) - OPEC and lower global oil prices delivered a one-two punch to the drillers in North Dakota and Texas who brought the U.S. one of the biggest booms in the history of the global oil industry.