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The greatest story ever sold

The greatest story ever sold

About 31,000 central Pennsylvanians will soon be living in a joke. Beginning at 1 p.m. Wednesday, the city of Altoona will change its name to “POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest…

Hackers put PlayStation users data at risk

Hackers put PlayStation users data at risk

Sony Corp. said Tuesday that the credit card data of PlayStation users around the world may have been stolen in a hack that forced it to shut down its PlayStation…

Boomers say being old is a plus at work

Boomers say being old is a plus at work

Feel like the office geezer? Age may be an asset at work, or no issue at all, according to an AP-LifeGoesStrong.com poll. Nearly half of those born between 1946 and…

Fed ponders next steps for economic recovery

Fed ponders next steps for economic recovery

The Federal Reserve is increasingly confident in the economy and about to end a $600 billion program to support it. Now for the next step — figuring out how to…

Democrats try, and fail, with GOP stalling tactic

Democrats try, and fail, with GOP stalling tactic

A year ago, when Republicans were in the minority on Capitol Hill, they drove Democrats crazy by using an obscure parliamentary maneuver to change, delay and even kill Democratic priorities.…

GOP Presidential wannabes chase the money

GOP Presidential wannabes chase the money

Mitt Romney is organizing a phone bank fundraiser in Las Vegas next month. Tim Pawlenty is holding regular “friendraising” meetings in big-money California and elsewhere. Haley Barbour hunkers down soon…

Gas price up, Obama re-election prospects down

Gas price up, Obama re-election prospects down

With gas prices climbing and little relief in sight, President Barack Obama is scrambling to get ahead of the latest potential obstacle to his re-election bid, even as Republicans are…

Emma Watson leaving Brown

Emma Watson leaving Brown

A spokeswoman for Harry Potter star Emma Watson says she will be transferring from Brown University to another university in the autumn. Vanessa Davies denied reports that the 21-year-old actress…

Default could destroy U.S. economy

Default could destroy U.S. economy

The United States has never defaulted on its debt and Democrats and Republicans say they don’t want it to happen now. But with partisan acrimony running at fever pitch, and…

Amazon struggles to fix computer problems

Amazon struggles to fix computer problems

Amazon.com is still trying to restore computers used by other websites as an outage stretched into a third day. Besides selling books and DVDs, Amazon.com Inc. rents out space on…