- House approves legislation spreading fees to cellphones Updated: May-04-16 4:58 pm
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - The South Carolina House has approved legislation that spreads the cost of phone services to cellphone customers, lowering fees on landline bills.
- 7 Tips for snagging the best deals at off-price stores Updated: May-04-16 2:45 pm
NEW YORK - Ah, the thrill of thumbing through the racks of designer bargains at T.J. Maxx, Nordstrom Rack and other discount stores.
- Clarification: Health Insurance Rates story Updated: May-04-16 2:42 pm
PORTLAND, Oregon - In a story May 3, The Associated Press reported that A majority of Oregon's health insurance companies are proposing rate hikes for the individual and small group markets in 2017. The story should have made clear that federal officials said for about 71 percent of Oregon consumers the higher insurance rates will be balanced by tax credits.
- Digital spring cleaning: 4 'cyber hygiene' tips to stay safe Updated: May-04-16 11:06 am
NEW YORK - Spring cleaning isn't just about tossing old furniture and torn clothing: It's a great time to clear out your digital clutter and make sure you're protected against hackers.
- Shutoffs begin for Detroit water customers who haven't paid Updated: May-04-16 1:55 am
DETROIT - Shutoffs have begun for Detroit water customers who haven't paid their bills.
- Oil spill bill, Medicaid fix stumbles at session's end Updated: May-03-16 11:30 pm
MONTGOMERY, Alabama - Legislation dictating how to spend Alabama's oil spill settlement money - and provide a funding fix for Medicaid - is dead for the legislative session after senators could not agree Tuesday on how to use the $1 billion windfall.
- Chicago social club reports breach of guests' personal data Updated: May-03-16 10:44 pm
CHICAGO - The Union League Club of Chicago says a worker stole guests' payment card information and is urging patrons to watch personal financial activity.
- Budget cuts slow handling of Mississippi income tax returns Updated: May-03-16 7:28 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - A second round of midyear budget cuts took place just as the Mississippi Department of Revenue was swamped with thousands of individual income tax filings.
- MetLife fined $20M for variable annuities switches Updated: May-03-16 2:58 pm
WASHINGTON - MetLife has been fined $20 million by Wall Street's policing body for misleading customers in switching them from variable annuities contracts into more expensive ones.
- Court takes up tax on out-of-state companies' online sales Updated: May-03-16 2:14 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - A likely appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court was on the minds of justices in Ohio on Tuesday as they contemplated how the state's primary business tax should apply to online sales.
- Freddie Mac posts $354M loss in 1Q; no dividend payment Updated: May-03-16 10:11 am
WASHINGTON - Mortgage giant Freddie Mac reported a net loss of $354 million for the first quarter, mostly due to losses it sustained on the investments it uses to hedge against swings in interest rates.
- TOPS payment rate restriction wins final passage from House Updated: May-02-16 6:59 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - New cost controls are planned for TOPS as lawmakers struggle to pay for the nearly $300 million college tuition program.
- Moda Health leaving Alaska individual health market in 2017 Updated: May-02-16 6:55 pm
JUNEAU, Alaska - One of the two companies offering individual health insurance policies for Alaskans announced Monday that it will not be participating in that market next year.
- Kansas tax collections in April good news after budget plan Updated: May-02-16 6:49 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Kansas reported Monday that its tax collections last month were slightly better than expected, good news for Republican Gov. Sam Brownback after legislators approved a plan dumping most of the work of balancing the budget into his lap.
- Former Iowa doctor, wife, face lawsuit over assets Updated: May-02-16 6:12 pm
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa - A lawsuit filed for more than a dozen people alleges a former Council Bluffs doctor shifted assets to his wife so he wouldn't have to pay compensation to his sex crime victims.
- Advocates: High court signals it won't stop $15 minimum wage Updated: May-02-16 5:25 pm
SEATTLE - The U.S. Supreme Court weighed in for the first time Monday on a $15-an-hour minimum wage, signaling it does not plan to stop the movement that is spreading across the nation, worker advocates say.
- Q&A: Puerto Rico's debt crisis, what it means for muni bonds Updated: May-02-16 5:11 pm
NEW YORK - Puerto Rico's worsening debt crisis is dimming the economic outlook for the U.S. territory and putting pressure on Congress to help resolve the situation but it is having little effect on the market for municipal bonds and most investors.
- 2 reservation hospitals agree to quality-of-care changes Updated: May-01-16 7:50 pm
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota - Two government-run hospitals on Native American reservations in South Dakota will keep receiving crucial federal funding after agreeing to undertake significant measures to improve the quality of care provided to patients.
- Ameren proposing 2 customer-supported solar energy efforts Updated: May-01-16 2:30 pm
ST. LOUIS - Ameren Missouri is considering two voluntary programs that would ask customers to pay more or provide property to support more solar power.
- Property investor from Metairie faces wire fraud charge Updated: Apr-30-16 6:01 pm
NEW ORLEANS - A Metairie man faces a federal wire fraud charge as prosecutors say he diverted money he solicited for property investments to personal use.
- FPL: Customers likely will pay for clean-up at nuclear plant Updated: Apr-30-16 9:30 am
HOMESTEAD, Florida - Florida Power & Light says customers likely will pay for cleanup efforts at its Turkey Point nuclear power plant.
- Illinois weighs college aid for students in the US illegally Updated: Apr-29-16 3:34 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Laura Vivaldo considers herself fortunate among her Illinois college classmates who are in the U.S. illegally and struggle to pay tuition because they don't qualify for state or federal financial aid.
- Deal ends fight between solar firm, utility for now Updated: Apr-28-16 10:11 pm
PHOENIX - A deal between the nation's largest solar company and Arizona's biggest utility announced Thursday means competing measures asking voters about how to treat rooftop solar power are being withdrawn.
- Hawaii lawmakers push renewable energy storage incentives Updated: Apr-28-16 9:55 pm
HONOLULU - Hawaii has the highest rate of residents using solar panels in the nation, and lawmakers want to extend the state's leadership role by offering incentives or rebates to those who buy batteries to store their renewable energy.
- Review: Kindle Oasis aims at avid readers, pricey for others Updated: Apr-28-16 6:14 pm
NEW YORK - The Kindle Oasis is Amazon's sleekest, lightest e-book reader yet - and at $290, unnecessary unless you're a die-hard reader.