Apple may test the bounds of iPhone love with a $1,000 model

September 11, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple is expected to sell its fanciest iPhone yet for $1,000, crossing into a new financial frontier that will test how much consumers are willing to pay for a device that’s become an indispensable part of modern life.

The unveiling of a dramatically redesigned iPhone will likely be the marquee moment Tuesday when Apple hosts its first product event at its new spaceship-like headquarters in Cupertino, California.…

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Walmart dives into voice-activated shopping with Google

August 23, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart is diving into voice-activated shopping. But unlike online leader Amazon, it’s not doing it alone.

The world’s largest retailer said Wednesday it’s working with Google to offer hundreds of thousands of items from laundry detergent to Legos for voice shopping through Google Assistant. The capability will be available in late September.…

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Report: Higher premiums if Trump halts ‘Obamacare’ subsidies

August 16, 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) — Premiums for a popular type of individual health plan would rise sharply, and more people would be left with no insurance options if President Donald Trump makes good on his threat to stop “Obamacare” payments to insurers, the Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday.

The nonpartisan number crunchers also estimated that cutting off payments that now reduce copays and deductibles for people of modest incomes would add $194 billion to federal deficits over a decade.…

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‘Wine and Canvas’ Events Becoming Popular Draw for Seminole Area Women

August 8, 2017

It’s six-o’clock on a typical Seminole Sunday evening and outside, Main Street is beginning to slow its pace a bit as the town begins to wind down at the end of the weekend. For most, there are meals to start and a new work week to prepare for.

Inside Main Street’s Perika’s Terrace, however, where Sunday evening is normally considered a relatively “slow” period, it’s a flurry of activity.…

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Don’t Fall for These Financial Scams

August 3, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) — Beware of the stranger on the phone — it could be a scammer.

Fraudsters are increasingly picking up the phone and using old-school tricks to steal your money by pretending to be a government worker or a family member in trouble. Impostor scams overtook identity theft last year for the first time, becoming the second-most reported fraud behind debt-collection scams, in which fake debt collectors say a loan payment is due, according to the U.S.…

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Dow bull session: What does 22,000 points mean anyway?

August 3, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) — You could say the Dow cruised to 22,000: The blue chip index rose to its latest milestone without much excitement or drama as aerospace giant Boeing and a few other companies did most of the work.

Stocks have spent the last five months gradually moving higher, without many big gains or losses.…

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Why you still can’t ditch your cable box

July 27, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) — Not that long ago, the clunky cable box looked like it was on its way out. The federal government was pressuring cable companies to open up their near-monopoly on boxes to more competition, and industry leader Comcast promised apps that could render some boxes obsolete.

That was then.…

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Texas’ Sales Tax Weekend Slated for Aug. 11-13

July 25, 2017

AUSTIN — Texans will have three days in August to shop for clothing and back-to-school supplies without having to worry about add on a sales tax, according to a release from the Texas Comptroller’s Office.

On Monday, officials with the Comptroller’s Office stated the 2017 Texas Sales Tax Holiday as being Aug.…

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Trustees project biggest Social Security increase in years

July 13, 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of Americans who rely on Social Security can expect to receive their biggest payment increase in years this January, according to projections released Thursday by the trustees who oversee the program.

But older Americans shouldn’t get too excited.

The increase is projected to be just 2.2 percent, or about $28 a month for the average recipient.…

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Area Residents Urged to be Aware of Rattlesnakes

June 30, 2017

West Texans are no strangers to snakes, but a Martin County man’s recent life-threatening encounter with one last week serves as a reminder of how dangerous the venomous crawlers can be.

The 53-year-old Milton Richards was bitten on the hand by a Mojave rattlesnake, a rare — and even more dangerous — cousin of the more familiar western diamondback  and prairie rattlers more common to the West Texas and southeastern New Mexico area.…

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