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US Court Hears Debate in NSA Phone Records Case

LEGAL | By Larry Neumeister | Wednesday Sep 3, 2014
A lawyer defending the government's bulk collection of millions of Americans' telephone records found himself facing tough questions from judges wanting to know whether the program will lead to the government's study of "every American's everything."

Home Depot Probes Possible Credit Card Data Breach

CORPORATE | By Anne D'Innocenzio | Sep 3
Home Depot may be the latest retailer to suffer a major credit card data breach. The home improvement retailer told The Associated Press that it is working with both banks and law enforcement to investigate "unusual activity" that would point to a hack.

Tips on Auto Financing if You Have Poor Credit

FINANCE | Sep 3
Easy credit and longer-term loans currently being offered at auto dealerships can make buying an expensive car alluring. Greg McBride, chief financial analyst at the Bankrate.com website, says consumers with poor credit shouldn't bite.

Behind 'Addictive' Cookies, a Recipe for Success

CORPORATE | Sep 3
As part of our continuing series "On the Road," Steve Hartman meets Martha Olson, who has cooked up one sweet business model with her cookies.

Hollywood Hacked :: Explicit Celeb Photos Leaked

LEGAL | Sep 2
Dozens of private, nude photographs were accessed from A-listers' cloud-based storage systems online. Celebrities including Jennifer Lawrence, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Kate Upton were targeted. Anthony Mason reports.

SEC Adopts Rules on Loan-Backed Securities

LEGAL | By Marcy Gordan | Sep 2
Federal regulators voted to require financial firms that sell securities backed by mortgages and auto loans, like the kind that fueled the 2008 financial crisis, to give investors details on borrowers' credit records and income.

Contracts to Buy US Homes Rise in Hopeful Sign

FINANCE | By Josh Boak | Sep 2
More Americans signed contracts to buy homes in July, a sign that buying has improved as mortgage rates have slipped, the number of listings has risen and the rate of price increases has slowed.

Taylor Schilling, left, and Uzo Aduba in a scene from "Orange Is the New Black."

The Case Against Binge-Watching TV

CORPORATE | By Anick Jesdanun | Sep 2
It's no secret technology is changing our television-viewing habits. Americans are increasingly engaging in a practice known as television binge-watching - going through several episodes of a TV show in a single stretch.

People pour ice water over themselves during an "ice bucket challenge" fund raising event in Bangkok.

Cold Cash Just Keeps Washing in from ALS Challenge

CORPORATE | By Allen G. Breed | Sep 1
Approaching $100 million, the viral fundraising campaign for the ailment better known as Lou Gehrig's Disease has put the ALS group into the top ranks for medical charity donations. Since the end of July, the money has been sloshing in.

Hack Attack on PlayStation: Work of Spoilsports or Cyber-Terrorists?

CORPORATE | By Rhuaridh Marr | Aug 30
When you think of terrorism, images of terrific damage, large-scale loss of life, tragedy and destruction come to mind. But an interruption of multiplayer gaming?

Amazon shows the company's Firefly app.

Visual Search to Shop :: Gimmick or Game Changing?

By Mae Anderson | Aug 30
Imagine using your phone to snap a photo of the cool pair of sunglasses your friend is wearing and instantly receiving a slew of information about the shades along with a link to order them. It's a great idea - but it doesn't quite work.