By STEPHEN OHLEMACHERAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - More than 56 million Americans on Social Security will get raises averaging $19 a month come January, one of the smallest hikes since automatic adjustments for inflation were adopted in 1975, the government announced Tuesday.
Much of the 1
By MARIA DANILOVAAssociated Press
BATUMI, Georgia (AP) - Georgia's Black Sea resort of Batumi was once a bleak site: Roads were dotted with potholes, the city was pitch dark at night, running water was scarce and the city's best hotel was infested with rats. Today Batumi glitters with
By JOHN HEILPRINAssociated Press
GENEVA (AP) - Powered by demand for its cancer drugs, Swiss drugmaker Roche on Tuesday reported a 7 percent increase in sales of its pharmaceutical products for the first nine months of 2012.
The world's biggest producer of cancer-fighting drugs said its
By PAMELA SAMPSONAP Business Writer
BANGKOK (AP) - Asian stock markets rose Wednesday on better-than-expected earnings from U.S. corporate giants and growing speculation that Spain is finally ready to ask for financial aid.
Spain, mired in a deep recession and high unemployment, has become the
By DEE-ANN DURBINAP Auto Writer
DETROIT (AP) - Amphibious vehicles could soon be zooming out of James Bond's garage - or pond - and into yours.
The Quadski - a one-person all-terrain vehicle that doubles as a personal watercraft - is being billed by its makers as the first high-speed,
By MICHAEL LIEDTKEAP Technology Writer
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is mining her old advertising connections at Google to help her tackle the challenges facing her in her new job.
Henrique de Castro, one of Google's top advertising executives for the past two years, is
By The Associated Press
Confident consumers give US retail sales a lift
WASHINGTON (AP) - Americans spent more money at retailers in September - a buying surge that reflected growing consumer confidence and the launch of the latest iPhone.
Retail sales jumped 1.1 percent last month,
By MARK JEWELLAP Personal Finance Writer
BOSTON (AP) - BlackRock Inc.'s iShares unit is reducing the investment fees charged at six of its largest exchange-traded funds as the biggest ETF provider expands a fee-cutting war that's benefiting cost-conscious investors.
The recent expense
By The Associated Press
SALES UP: Americans spent 1.1 percent more at retail stores in September, the Commerce Department said Monday. That followed a 1.2 percent increase in August. The gains marked the best two months for sales in two years.
PHONES AND CARS: Sales rose in almost every major