Government assistance expands

More than one in three Americans lived in households that received Medicaid, food stamps or other means-based government assistance in mid-2010, according to a new report.

Facebook’s Zuckerberg may face $2 billion tax bill

Facebook’s upcoming IPO will make founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg a billionaire — but it will also stick him with an eye-popping tax bill that could reach as high as $2 billion.

Yahoo board shakeup: Four directors heading out

Four longtime Yahoo board members, including the chairman, are leaving the company.

Stocks rise despite concerns about Greece

U.S. stocks moved higher Tuesday, erasing earlier losses, on hopes that Greece is nearing a deal to secure more bailout money.

Bernanke tries to keep Fed out of politics

By now, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke must be used to being a punching bag.

Honeybee die-off shouldn’t sting

There’s good news and bad news on the honeybee beat.

China: Fast food nation. Too fast economy?

Is China’s economy heading for a hard or soft landing? Well, it looks like Chinese consumers can’t get enough of Diet Coke and the Colonel’s famous secret recipe. That may be good news.

Investing for retirement when you’re just starting out

My granddaughter has asked me how to invest the money she’ll contribute to her employer’s retirement savings plan at her first job. I suggested she either go with a 2050 target-retirement fund or divide her money as follows: 40% in an S&P 500 index fund, 40% in a small-cap index fund and 20% in an international stock index fund. Do you think she should go with the first option, the second or do something else? — Don G.

Get more from a second doctor’s opinion

If you’re like most people, you’re inclined to trust your doctor’s advice.

University of Charleston: How we cut tuition by 22%

After seeing enrollment decline for the first time in a decade, the University of Charleston, in West Virginia, slashed tuition by 22% for the upcoming school year hoping to entice more students.