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.
NEW YORK (AP) - With its first smartphone designed completely in-house, Google is demonstrating one of the benefits of moving production from Asia to the U.S.: It's letting buyers customize phones to give them their own style.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Netflix's latest attraction will enable families and other people sharing the same account to set up separate identities so the Internet video service can give them better recommendations on what to watch next.