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5 things to know about Tax Day: Getting refunds, audits, grappling with health care law

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 3:25am
Wednesday is the deadline for filing income tax returns, a day long associated with the dread of rushing to fill out complicated forms and, perhaps, making a payment to Uncle Sam.
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TechBits: Analyzing medical data, breaking smartphones, fighting Internet rules

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 3:21am
Your smartphone could be a valuable tool for medical research — and for treating a variety of ailments.
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Obama using Tax Day to highlight family-friendly proposals unwelcome by foes in Congress

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 3:07am
President Barack Obama is using Tax Day to draw new attention to family-friendly tax proposals that haven't exactly been embraced by the Republican leaders of Congress.
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Defining a McJob: Fight for $15 protests planned for fast-food and other low-wage workers

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 3:02am
The fight to redefine a McJob is heating up.
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Federal appeals court says Wal-Mart can exclude shareholder proposal on gun sales from proxy

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 3:01am
A federal appeals court has ruled that Wal-Mart can exclude from its 2015 proxy statement a shareholder's proposal to review the sale of some guns.
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Nestle in negotiations to sell frozen-food division Davigel to catering supplier Brakes Group

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 2:17am
Nestle SA says it is in exclusive negotiations to sell its Davigel frozen-food division to the Brakes Group, a European catering supplier.
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Asia Stocks: Latest Quotes

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 10:50pm
Here are the latest trading levels for Asia's major stock markets: Tokyo (Nikkei Average ) flat ; Hong Kong (Hang Seng Index ) up 0.4% ; Shanghai (Shanghai Composite Index ) down 0.2% ; Sydney (S&P/ASX 200 ) down 0.8% ; Seoul (Kospi ) up 0.4% ; Taipei (Taiex ) down 0.7% Copyright © 2015 MarketWatch, Inc.
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Hong Kong Stocks Climb Despite Weak China Data

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 10:50pm
Hong Kong stocks pounded higher Wendesday morning despite data showing China's economic growth eased to 7% year-on-year in the first quarter, the slowest rate in six years, as investors expected more easing measures from the Chinese government to fight the slowdown.
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In rare bipartisan unison, Congress votes final OK for bill reshaping doctors' Medicare fees

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 9:48pm
Legislation permanently overhauling how Medicare pays physicians won approval Tuesday from an atypically united Congress as lawmakers banded together to erase an irritant that has dogged them for years.
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Analyst: California drought may hurt farmers but won't cause significant hit to state economy

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 9:09pm
California's drought is not likely to have a significant effect on the state's economy or budget despite leading to cutbacks on farms, a nonpartisan fiscal analyst said Tuesday.
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Australia Stocks Ease, With Retailers Down, Big Miners Up

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 8:56pm
Australian stocks made their way lower in early Wednesday action, as downbeat consumer data outweighed commodity gains, though with attention firmly fixed on Chinese economic numbers due out later in the day.
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Japan Stocks Fall On Yen, With China Data On Tap

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 8:25pm
Japanese stocks dipped out of the Wednesday market open, feeling the weight of solid gains for the yen, but with reports citing investor caution ahead of Chinese economic data -- including first-quarter economic growth -- due out later in the morning.
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1 person dead, 1 injured after witnesses report explosion at rail car repair facility in Omaha

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 7:52pm
Omaha authorities say one person is dead and another remains trapped inside a railroad tank car after a reported explosion Tuesday.
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Alleging misrepresentations, education officials fine Corinthian subsidiary $30 million

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 7:49pm
The Education Department says it will fine Heald College $30 million, alleging the Corinthian Colleges subsidiary engaged in egregious misconduct and misled students.
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Amtrak's Downeaster train derails near Portland, Maine, station, but no injuries are reported

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 7:47pm
An Amtrak train has derailed a couple of miles from a station in Portland, Maine.
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Ex-Freddie Mac CEO Syron, 2 other former execs settle SEC lawsuit over mortgage disclosures

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 7:35pm
A former CEO and two former top executives at mortgage giant Freddie Mac have settled a government lawsuit.
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Sponsor of House Republicans' property tax cut plan hopes for committee vote by next week

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 6:51pm
The sponsor of House Republicans' counter-proposal to Gov. Tom Wolf's property-tax relief plan outlined the details Tuesday and said the GOP blueprint would provide a straightforward shift of nearly $5 billion to slash local tax bills.
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Government investigators warn that airline passengers could hack the computers in a cockpit

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 6:40pm
A government watchdog says the same Internet access now available on most commercial flights also makes it possible for hackers to bring down a plane.
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Vermont governor says he supports paid sick days bill

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 6:18pm
Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin said Tuesday he now supports a bill requiring employers to allow workers to take paid sick days.
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