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Three highly rated airline credit cards

Consumers who travel a lot might benefit from one of these

Consumers should be aware by now that there are big advantages to using a rewards credit card, and in particular, a card that rewards certain things.Fo...


New car sales drop sharply in October

For consumers, that can create some bargains

Consumers continue to flock to new car showrooms, but in fewer numbers this month. With October drawing to a close, industry analysts are predicting sales...


Dodge Vipers with airbag issues recalled

The wires for the driver's front airbag may be pinched.

Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling 14 model year 2016 Dodge Vipers manufactured May 24, 2016, to August 28, 2016 on which the wires for the driver's front...


Google parent Alphabet pulls the plug on Google Fiber

Companies back away from fiber, which helped free them from the yoke of oppressive regulations

If you've been waiting for Google Fiber to come to your city, you can stop waiting. It's not coming. Like Verizon and other carriers that once enthusia...


EpiPen rival resuming sales next year

The Auvi-Q was recalled because of dosage problems that the company says have been resolved

Mylan NV’s aggressive pricing of its EpiPen emergency injector has brought Congressional investigations, widespread denunciation from consumer and health a...


Target unveils holiday shopping strategy

Survey shows growing backlash against Thanksgiving Day openings

Retailers are trying to get a leg-up on competitors in the holiday shopping sweepstakes, especially as spending continues to migrate to the internet. Many...


Don't get tricked by zombie debt

There are ways to deal with debt that has come back to life

Calls from debt collectors are always unpleasant. But when the calls are trying to collect so-called “zombie debt,” they can be downright scary."As the...


Airline ticket costs decline

But the add-ons keep mounting

Consumers traveling by air this past spring saw the amount they paid for a ticket go down.The Transportation Department's Bureau of Transportation Stat...


Fiddle Diddles recalls car seat strap systems

Small internal parts can pose a choking hazard to young children

Fiddle Diddles of Maple Grove, Minn., is recalling about 250 LullaBelay car seat strap systems.The carabiners attached to the strap system contain smal...


Court approves $15 billion VW diesel settlement

The approval closes another chapter in the 'clean diesel' scandal that shook confidence in automakers

A federal court judge today approved the $15 billion settlement between Volkswagen and consumers who owned or leased a Volkswagen or Audi 2.0-liter TDI "cl...


DirecTV Now will provide 100 channels for $35

AT&T says the bargain-priced service will debut later this year

Taking a page from Walmart's "falling prices" slogan, AT&T; says its streaming TV package, DirecTV Now, will cost just $35 a month for 100 channels when it...


What's in a name? A bit less, if it's Trump

Trump's vulgar remarks about women have damaged his brand as well as his campaign

The video clip showing Donald Trump making vulgar comments about women didn't do much for his campaign prospects and studies have also found it damaged his...


Do you really need a brick-and-mortar bank?

If so, you may have a hard time finding one soon

With direct deposit, ATMs everywhere, and the ability to deposit that birthday check from your grandmother with your mobile phone, do you really need to go...


Honda preparing launch of fuel cell model

The Honda Clarity will debut in California in the next few weeks

Lately, the automotive world has been focused on self-driving technology. But automakers are also developing ways to make vehicles more fuel efficient, reg...


AT&T: most cyber attacks use old weapons

Report says businesses need to do better job of using existing cyber defenses

The denial of service attack that last week briefly blocked access to major web sites was amazingly simple. Hackers used malware to infect millions of inte...


Home prices continue to climb

Portland, Seattle, and Denver led the way

Home prices continued their gains in August on both an annual and month-to-month basis.According to the S&P; CoreLogic Case-Shiller Indices, the Nation...


Feds press carmakers to beef up cybersecurity

High-profile hacks of cars have brought pressure from Congress for stiffer rules

The challenge of making cars safe from hackers is a recent one, and there aren't really any rules of the road that cover the issue. The National Highway Tr...


Credit card worries weighing on consumers

Survey finds credit cards are a much bigger concern than student loans

Student loan debt has been a growing concern over the last three years, as the outstanding loan total has surged past $1 trillion.And make no mistake,...


TD Ameritrade to acquire Scottrade

Consolidation continues among online stock brokers

Two online brokerages, which retail investors use to make stock purchases without paying a traditional full-service broker, are merging.TD Ameritrade h...


Brookwood Farms recalls pulled pork product

The product contains soy, an allergen not declared on the label

Brookwood Farms of Siler City, N.C., is recalling approximately 126,570 pounds of pulled pork product.The product contains soy, an allergen not declare...


Model year 2015-2016 Ford Edge vehicles recalled

The vehicles may have incorrect Antilock Brake System and Electronic Stability Control software

Ford Motor Company is recalling 53 model year 2015-2016 Ford Edge vehicles manufactured February 9, 2015, to August 12, 2016.During dealer servicing, t...


How technology can help save your trip

Here are some handy gadgets that will help keep your travels on track

It wasn’t until we boarded our train that my husband realized he was missing his travel bag with his iPad. Our techie daughter remotely locked the device a...


Why the internet has gotten so annoying

Advertising threatens to obscure the web's more useful functions

Once upon a time – let's say five or 10 years ago – the average internet user could enjoy a wide range of free content on the internet in relative peace....


New York looks to crack down on Airbnb

A prospective law could mean fines of up to $7,500 for consumers who list their homes

Airbnb has faced regulatory obstacles for years now. In the past, several state agencies had called on the company to make the names of hosts available. An...


Child traffic deaths vary widely among states

Child deaths 12 times higher in Mississippi than in Massachusetts, study finds

Children are much more likely to die in a car crash in Mississippi than in Massachusetts. That's among the findings of a new study that found wide variatio...


Should you open a store credit account?

If you already have a general purpose credit card, probably not

When checking out at a chain department store, the clerk might ask if you would like to open a charge account and get 10% off your purchase. Should you? Pr...


Four ways you can boost your metabolism

Metabolism levels are mostly genetic, but there are things you can do to speed it up

People trying to lose or control weight often run up against metabolism, the engine that runs your body. Actually, it's probably more like a computer opera...


How to stop yourself from catching a cold

Tips that can help keep your immune system in tip-top, cold-fighting shape

Getting sick isn’t cheap. In fact, a recent study by GoBankingRates found that coming down with a few colds per year can end up costing adults around $1,00...


Red light camera fraud draws prison sentence

Campaign contributions were funneled to local politicians to win contracts

Although red light cameras can be an effective traffic-safety tool, many consumers are suspicious of them, suspecting that money lifted from motorists isn'...


Retailers firming up holiday shopping plans

Sam's Club and Macy's take opposite Thanksgiving paths

With Black Friday just over a month away, more retailers are revealing their plans, not only for the official shopping season kick-off, but for advance pro...


Airline runway delays abound in August

On-time arrival and cancellation rates were mixed

Getting off the ground in August was something of challenge if you were traveling by commercial airline.According to the Department of Transportation's...


Foreclosures drop sharply in August

Rates are the lowest in several years

The nation's foreclosure inventory plunged 29.6% and completed foreclosures were down an even sharper 42.4% from a year earlier, according to the CoreLogic...


Husqvarna recalls lawn mowers

The engine and blades may continue to operate when they should shut down

Husqvarna Consumer Outdoor Products of Charlotte, N.C., is recalling about 235,000 lawn mowers sold in the U.S. and Canada.The operator presence contro...


Do you save money shopping online?

It all depends on what you are buying

Each year more consumers do more of their shopping online. A recent study by UPS found more than half of all shopping now takes place on the web, increasin...


Mortgage applications inch higher

Contract interest rates were the highest in several months

The Mortgage Bankers Association is reporting a slight uptick of 0.6% in new mortgage applications in the week ending October 14. The tally includes an adj...


Jeep Wranglers with wiring issue recalled

The front airbags and seat belt pretensioners may not deploy

Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling 182,308 model year 2016-2017 Jeep Wranglers manufactured June 16, 2015, to August 14, 2016.In certain crash conditio...


LF Products recalls barstools

Screws on the barstools can loosen, posing a fall hazard

LF Products of Singapore is recalling about 114,200 Sawyer barstools sold in the U.S. and Canada.Screws on the barstools can loosen, posing a fall haza...


Three low-cost home security devices

Each can help you keep an eye on your home and prevent intruders

Your home and the people who live there are worth protecting, but it’s likely that you can’t be there every moment to protect your palace.Fortunately,...


How to avoid unnecessary bank fees

NerdWallet study finds just three fees can total $1,000 over a decade

An analysis by personal finance site NerdWallet found the average consumer with a checking account paid nearly $1,000 in fees over a 10-year period. Most o...


Scammers cashing in on election season

Fraudsters exploiting loophole in Do Not Call law

The election is just three weeks away and chances are, your telephone has been ringing more than usual.That's because even if your number is on the Do...


Builder confidence slips in October

However, sales expectations were on the rise

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI), a gauge of builder confidence in the market for newly constructed...


Chimparoo baby carriers recalled

The carrier's side strap can loosen unexpectedly from the buckle

L’echarpe Porte-bonheaur Inc., of Canada is recalling about 1,130 Chimparoo baby carriers sold in the U.S. and Canada.The carriers’ side strap can loos...


A warning for open-heart surgery patients

A device used during surgery may have been contaminated with long-lived bacteria

Federal health officials have a warning for open-heart surgery patients: a device used during your surgery may have been contaminated with bacteria when it...


Pepsico plans to put consumers on a diet

Beverage and snack manufacturer plans to reduce calories, increase nutritution

It's no secret that consumers get a lot of their daily calories from beverages and snacks. As obesity rates have climbed over the last 30 years, companies...


Postcard from Mount Rushmore

Seeing this unique monument in person is nothing like just looking at pictures

Mount Rushmore captured my interest in elementary school. No one I knew had ever ventured to South Dakota and the memorial, located so far away, seemed out...


Amid scandal, Wells Fargo CEO decides to retire

John Stumpf had felt lawmakers' wrath in Congressional appearences

In a bid to quell the furor over Wells Fargo's fraudulent accounts activity, establishing accounts without customers' permission, company chairman and CEO...


Why not getting your flu shot could cost you

Consumers spent roughly $9 billion last year in medical costs from not being vaccinated

Photo (c) Michail Petrov - FotoliaNo one likes getting sick, but it seems that many Americans are loathe to go out and get a vaccination when flu sea...

More expands flights to Cuba

Site now offers 36 routes to 10 Cuban destinations

With the thaw in U.S.-Cuban relations, it's easier now for Americans to visit the island nation, and there are even more ways to get


Feds charge 'tech support' pop-up ads were phony

Scam artists hijacked consumers' computers, charged hundreds of dollars for unnecessary repairs

Tech support scams keep popping up, just like the pop-up ads that are often used to rope in unsuspecting victims. In the latest case, the Federal Trade Com...


Why are gas prices going up?

The national average price has shot up eight cents a gallon in the last month

It's fall, when oil refineries are turning out cheaper winter-grade gasoline. Oil prices remain at $50 or less a barrel and supplies are ample.So why i...


Amazon launching new music service

Company also reportedly plans a chain of convenience stores

There is no question Amazon has been a disruptive force in the economy, finding ways to sell more things to consumers, often using technology to do it as e...


Government sees tightening labor market

There were a lot fewer job openings in August than July

If you have been searching for a job lately, you might have noticed employment is a little harder to come by.The U.S. Labor Department's latest Job Ope...


The disappearing PC getting even more rare

Analysts suggest that consumers just don't see the need

Does anyone use a personal computer anymore? You know, those big, clunky boxes that sit on or under a desk, connected to a keyboard, monitor and mouse?...


FCC fines Comcast $2.3 million for billing errors

The company billed customers for services they had not ordered, an investigation found

Comcast has been fined $2.3 million after the Federal Communications Commission found that it wrongfully charged cable TV customers for services and equipm...


Diesel dead? GM doesn't think so

It plans to bring diesel-powered Cruze and Equinox models to the U.S.

Volkswagen's deceptive marketing of its "clean diesel" TDIs has been widely regarded as killing any hope of reviving the market for diesel-powered cars in...


Anthem won't pay for new muscular dystrophy drug

It says the new drug is still 'investigational' even though it's approved by the FDA

There is only one drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy, which generally strikes children between 3 and 5...


Can real doctors match online diagnosis?

Human physicians beat computers 72-34 percent in a Harvard Medical School study

Have a headache, indigestion, or a weird-looking mole? You can head to any number of websites to input your symptoms and get a list of potential diagnoses,...


Hone your home improvement skills with DIYZ

Doing it yourself isn't always easy, but this new app may change that

Avid do-it-yourselfers are no strangers to the idea of seeking out tools that make the job easier. Now, DIYers who focus their efforts on home improvement...


Choosing the right auto financing

The monthly payment isn't the only thing to be concerned about

Very few people pay cash for a car or truck, so choosing the right way to finance your ride is important.Interest rates are near record lows but vehicl...


Good Earth Egg Company recalls shell eggs

The products may be contaminated with Salmonella

Good Earth Egg Company of Bonne Terre, Mo., is recalling shell eggs that have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.The following products a...


Daily's Premium Meats recalls bacon product

The product may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes

Daily’s Premium Meats of Salt Lake City, Utah, is recalling approximately 170 pounds of ready-to-eat bacon product.The product may be adulterated with...


What to do after the hurricane has passed

The Consumer Federation of America offers some advice

With Hurricane Matthew roaring up the Florida coast and threatening parts of Georgia and South Carolina, now might be a good time to review what happens wh...


GM putting ads in cars

The geo-targeted ads will be displayed on the car's infotainment system

Buses and subways are plastered with ads, and airlines increasingly are finding ways to display ads while you're strapped into your seat. So why shouldn't...


Zillow sees biggest rent increases in the West

After already steep climbs, Seattle renters could face another 7% rise

Home prices have risen the fastest in the major Western U.S. markets, so it shouldn't come as a shock that rents in these metros are rising as well. The la...


Backpage CEO arrested, charged with pimping

California brings criminal charges against the site's executives

For years, law enforcement officials and child welfare groups have decried the role of, a website that they say hosts ads for escort services....


Volkswagen recalls Audi Q5s and Q7s

The fuel cap flange on the affected vehicles may crack

Volkswagen Group of America is recalling 143,214 model year 2009-2012 Audi Q5s, and 2007-2012 Audi Q7s equipped with gasoline engines.The fuel cap flan...


Fresh Express recalls American Salad

The product may contain egg, milk, wheat and anchovy, allergens not declared on the label

Fresh Express is recalling of 480 cases of 11-oz. Fresh Express American Salad with a Product Code of G264A12A and Use-By Date of October 5.The product...


Burning Samsung phone causes airliner evacuation

Owner says it was one of the replacements but Samsung won't confirm

Brian Green had just boarded a Southwest Airlines flight in Louisville, bound for Baltimore. As he settled into his seat, he said he remembered to power do...


VW shrugs, names its new crossover Atlas

German executives are seriously trying to repair the company's U.S. image

First there was the Touareg, then the Tiguan, Volkswagen crossovers that have been admired for their looks and handling but not for their Teutonic nomencla...


Don't put off holiday travel plans

Planning ahead saves both money and headaches

Traveling over the holidays? If you haven't already, now is the time to make your plans.Booking airfare is always like rolling the dice. When you do it...


Announced job cuts surge in September

The education sector led the increase

Employers across the U.S. announced plans to cut their workforces by 44,324 payroll positions in September -- up a whopping 38% from August.Figures rel...


Office Depot recalls Winsley chairs

The chair can tip over when the user is leaning back

Office Depot of Boca Raton, Fla, is recalling about 129,000 Winsley Mid-Back chairs.The chair can tip over when leaning back, posing a fall hazard....


Silver Springs Farms recalls beef products

The products may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7

Silver Springs Farms of Harleysville, Pa., is recalling approximately 740 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7....


Report: Yahoo scanned email for U.S. intelligence

Reuters reports that the government was looking for certain combinations of characters

On the heels of news that millions of Yahoo user accounts had been compromised, a published report claims the tech company complied with a government order...


Should seniors delay getting a flu shot?

A later shot might be more effective but the danger is too many people will fail to get vaccinated

October is when there is usually a push for people to get flu shots. The vaccine is especially recommended for seniors and pregnant women.Seniors usual...


Laptop buyback offers were scams, feds charge

A Georgia company is accused of deceiving customers wanting to sell used electronics

Getting rid of old electronic devices isn't always easy. You're not allowed to dump the stuff just anywhere and there's not much of a market for many used...


ATM fees hit another record high

But a survey finds many other bank costs have dropped slightly

A new report by suggests the reason so many consumers prefer not to use a bank is not all that mysterious. It can be expensive.The headlin...


Prepaid cards get new federal protections

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issues new rule to cover all prepaid cards

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)  has issued a new rule covering prepaid debit cards, providing a series of new consumer protections. The ru...


U.S. home prices continue to climb

The outlook for the year ahead remains positive

Once again, the price of U.S. homes as gauged by CoreLogic was on the rise.The property information provider says it's Home Price Index (HPI) posted a...


Google debuts a new smartphone line-up

The Pixel phones are potential iPhone-killers and won't do much for Galaxy Notes either

Since giving birth to corporate parent Alphabet, Google has been trying to grow up and act like a really serious business instead of a very successful adve...


Facebook rolls out Marketplace, its answer to Craigslist

Since Facebook requires real names, Marketplace may reduce the creep factor of online buying and selling

People have been buying and selling things on Facebook for quite awhile, even though there has been no official way to do so. So, says Facebook, it's only...


Report: Google eyes a Twitter acquisition

Google's attempts to build a social network of its own have never quite measured up

Legend has it that Twitter has for years been a twinkle in the eyes of Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, and now Bloomberg reports that Google...


How to help older adults avoid financial abuse

Using new technology, healthcare and financial services professionals can provide greater protection

With more people living longer, more senior citizens are falling victim to financial abuse or exploitation.The National Adult Protective Services Assoc...


Obamacare premiums skyrocketing in Minnesota

State's commerce commissioner says hikes not sustainable

October begins open season for changes in health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare. Consumers are now reviewing ...


Hyundai recalls model year 2007-2008 Azeras

The power-adjustable front driver seat may move unexpectedly

Hyundai Motor Company is recalling 9,700 model year 2007-2008 Azeras manufactured March 7, 2007 through August 14, 2007.The power-adjustable front driv...


Mt. Kisco Smokehouse recalls smoked salmon

The product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Mt. Kisco Smokehouse of Mt. Kisco, N.Y., is recalling two types of smoked salmon that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.No illnesses have...


BMW recalls various xdrive vehicles

The driver's front airbag inflator may have been improperly welded

BMW of North America is recalling 3,606 certain model year 2015 BMW X3 sDrive28i, X3 xDrive28i, X3 xDrive35i, X3 xDrive28d, X4 xDrive28i and X4 xDrive35i v...