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Whole Foods to end its rewards program

The company says shoppers should try to use any unused rewards by May 1

As part of its integration with Amazon, Whole Foods will retire its existing rewards program and fold everything into Amazon Prime.The grocer said in a...


Gas prices surge in the last week

Pump prices are responding to increased demand and higher oil prices

Gasoline prices have surged in the last week, propelled by the annual switch-over to summer grade fuel, strong demand, and a sharp rise in oil prices.T...


Rose Acre Farms recalls 206 million eggs

The products may be contaminated with Salmonella Braenderup

Rose Acre Farms of Seymour, Ind., is recalling more than 206.7 million eggs that may be contaminated with Salmonella Braenderup.Twenty-two illnesses ha...


Badass Helmet recalls Metalhead 2.5 helmets

The helmets may not provide adequate protection in a crash

Badass Helmet Company is recalling 64 Metalhead 2.5 helmets.The helmets may not adequately protect the wearer in the event of a head impact during a mo...


Texas may confiscate CBD products from retailers

A non-euphoric product thought to have medical benefits began appearing on store shelves in the state this year

The first legal cannabis product in Texas was delivered to a six-year-old girl in February who suffers from epilepsy. Advocates hailed the delivery as a ma...


Tax-filing deadline extended another day

IRS computer problems prevented tax-filers from paying electronically

The crush of last-minute tax filers crashed an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) computer network, so the tax agency is extending the tax deadline through tod...


New bill would push Veterans Affairs office to study cannabis

Lawmakers are frustrated with the agency’s reluctance to explore marijuana as the nation faces a deadly opioid epidemic

A bipartisan group of lawmakers are once again pushing the the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to soften its attitude on marijuana.Representatives...


Starbucks to close stores for bias training on May 29

The company will close 8,000 stores for one afternoon following a racially charged incident in Philadelphia

Following the arrest of two African American men at one of its Philadelphia locations, Starbucks has announced that it will close 8,000 stores for an after...


Koch Foods recalls beef patties

The products may be contaminated with thin blue plastic pieces

Koch Foods of Fairfield, Ohio, is recalling approximately 119,480 pounds of beef rib-shaped patties.The products may be contaminated with extraneous ma...


Tesla puts the brakes on Model 3 production

CEO Elon Musk admits that the company’s overreliance on automation was a mistake

Tesla has again pressed pause on the production of its Model 3 electric vehicles -- cars billed as the "world’s first mass-market electric vehicle." It’s t...


Badass Helmet recalls Rogue helmets

The helmets may not provide adequate protection in a crash

Badass Helmet Company is recalling 134 Rogue helmets.These helmets may not adequately protect the wearer in the event of a head impact during a motorcy...


Uber raises the bar on passenger safety

​911 assistance, trusted contacts, and a more thorough background check on drivers are in the spotlight

Uber announced on Thursday that it’s “getting serious” about passenger safety. It’s not only amping up background checks on drivers, but its new app update...


Zillow getting into the home-flipping business

Zillow Instant Offers will buy and sell homes in Las Vegas and Phoenix

Zillow is one of the go-to websites for consumers seeking to buy or sell a home. Now, the real estate marketplace is getting into the business of buying an...


L.L.Bean recalls knife with sheath

The knife blade can cut through the protective leather sheath

L.L.Bean of Freeport, Maine, is recalling about 600 Allagash fixed blade hunting knives with sheaths.The knife blade can cut through the protective lea...


Google to launch a redesigned version of Gmail

The company says a ‘fresh, clean look for Gmail on the web’ is on the way

Google has confirmed that it will be rolling out a redesigned version of Gmail in the coming weeks. The company says the update will feature a “fresh, clea...


The cost of selling a home is on the rise

A recent analysis puts the average total at more than $18,000

We know how hard it is to buy a home in today's market, with rising prices and declining inventories.But it's no picnic for sellers, at least when it c...


Netflix accused of rigging its employee bonus system

A lawsuit claims the company skirted U.S. tax law by awarding undeserved employee bonuses

A federal lawsuit filed by the City of Birmingham Relief and Retirement System accuses Netflix of rigging its executive bonus program so that “multi-millio...


April's top deals on certified pre-owned cars

Dealers are offering longer warranties and low-rate financing

This week's consumer price report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows prices of used cars actually went down in March, making them an even better dea...


BRP recalls ATVs Due to Crash Hazard

The vehicles can lose steering control, posing a crash hazard

BRP U.S. of Sturtevant, Wis., is recalling about 8,300 model year 2017 Can-Am Outlander and Outlander Max All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs)sold in the U.S. and C...


Kroger to hire 11,000 people in 2018

The “Amazon Effect” has major grocers scrambling to stay competitive in the industry

Kroger said in a statement Tuesday that it is adding 11,000 positions this year, including nearly 2,000 management jobs. The Cincinnati-based chain als...


Inflation gauge shows decline in March

Falling gasoline prices offset rising costs for food, shelter, and healthcare

The government's gauge of consumer prices fell in March, pulled lower by an unexpected decline in gasoline prices.The Consumer Price Index (CPI) fell 0...


Izzy’s Maple Nut Ice Cream recalled

The product may contain peanut residue, an allergen not declared on the label

Izzy’s Ice Cream is recalling a limited amount of its Maple Nut Ice Cream pints.The product may contain peanut residue, an allergen not declared on the...


Uber enters dockless bike wars with purchase of Jump

The tech giant is spending a rumored $100 million on an electric, dockless bike share start-up

In its early, unregulated days as a ride-hailing company, Uber introduced itself by simply showing up in major American cities. The company soon became kno...


Report suggests Wells Fargo could face record fines

Regulators are said to be considering action for alleged mortgage and auto loan abuses

Wells Fargo could face record fines for past financial abuses, according to a published report.Rueters quotes three sources close to the situation that...


Payday lenders sue CFPB over Obama-era rule

The two payday-lending trade groups say the rule would essentially put an end to the payday industry

Payday lenders sued the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) on Monday in an attempt to block the agency’s “draconian” final rule on short-term loan...


Model year 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvios recalled

Water may leak into the body control module and its connectors, causing corrosion

Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling 12,595 model year 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvios.Water may leak into the body control module and its connectors, causing c...


Vornado Air recalls electric space heaters

The space heater can overheat when in use, posing fire and burn hazards

Vornado Air of Andover, Kan., is recalling about 350,000 VH101 Personal Vortex electric space heaters.The space heater can overheat when in use, posing...


U.S. government shuts down

The website has been accused of allowing sex traffickers to post ads

Internet users going to personal ads website over the weekend found the site is no longer active. The FBI and other fed...


Child advocates call for FTC probe of YouTube

The group says the site is illegally collecting children’s data

In a complaint filed Monday, a group of child, consumer, and privacy advocates claim YouTube illegally collects data about underage viewers and uses that d...


Best Buy reports payment card breach

The company says a 'small fraction' of its customers were affected

Best buy customers who used a payment card for purchases should monitor their accounts closely. The company reports a data breach has compromised some cust...


Consumers give high marks to Asian airlines

Southwest was the only U.S. carrier to make TripAdvisor's top 10

Singapore Airlines is the favorite carrier for international travelers while Southwest is consumers' favorite U.S. airline, according to the latest TripAdv...


PFP Enterprises recalls raw beef products

The products did not undergo federal inspection

PFP Enterprises, also doing business as Texas Meat Packers of Fort Worth, Texas, is recalling approximately 7,146 pounds of raw beef products.The produ...


Ford recalls F-650s, F-750s, F-150s and Expeditions

The transmission could be in a different gear than indicated by shift lever position

Ford Motor Company is recalling 292,909 model year 2018 F-650s and F-750s equipped with 6-speed automatic transmissions and model year 2018 Ford F-150s and...


The economy produced fewer jobs in March

However, the unemployment rate remains at 4.1 percent

The nation's economy added fewer jobs than expected last month, but workers enjoyed a modest boost in wages.In its monthly report, the Bureau of Labor...


Polaris Recalls RZR XP 1000 ROVs

The heat shield may not manage heat leading to melting of nearby components or fire

Polaris Industries of Medina, Minn., is recalling about 107,000 model year 2014-2018 Polaris RZR XP 1000 recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs).If th...


Here are April's top new car lease deals

Consumers can find big savings on trucks and SUVs

Consumers hoping to lease a new car found plenty of deals in March, and one industry source reports many of those bargains have spilled into April.A nu...


Five ways to spot a 'rogue' tax preparer

​California tax preparers recommend watching out for these tell-tale signs

Last minute tax filers aren't always that choosy about who prepares their tax return -- but they should be.They might see a hand-painted sign in their...


Facebook CEO to testify before Congress next week

House Energy & Commerce Committee will question Mark Zuckerberg about privacy

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will testify before the House Energy and Commerce Committee next week, the committee has announced.Zuckerberg has been in...


Wells Fargo threatens Alaska cannabis lab with foreclosure

A lab that conducted cannabis testing for legal weed consumers says that Wells Fargo is calling in their building loan

An Alaska cannabis lab that is permitted to operate under state law is being forced to relocate  after Wells Fargo apparently discovered what they were doi...


Target Recalls numerous meat and poultry products

Temperature abuse during transport may have resulted in the growth of spoilage organisms or pathogens

Target Corporation of Minneapolis, Minn., is recalling an undetermined amount of frozen ready-to-eat and not-ready-to-eat meat and poultry products.Tem...


Investigators fault Tesla for crash data release

NTSB says the company should not have revealed data while a probe is still underway

Tesla has issued an update on the fatal accident involving one of its cars in California last month, drawing a rebuke from the government agency charged wi...


Google equipping more rural school buses with Wi-Fi

The company wants to give students without internet access at home more time to complete assignments

Following pilot programs in select rural communities in North and South Carolina, Google is expanding its Rolling Study Halls program to 16 more school dis...


Federal juror pay to increase May 7

The daily pay rate will increase to $50 a day

Starting May 7, those called to serve federal jury duty will get paid 25 percent more. Last week, President Donald Trump signed a bill increasing the daily...


Gasoline prices jump 11 cents in last two weeks

Fuel costs more than 30 cents a gallon more than it did at this time last year

Motorists across the country have seen gasoline prices rise as refiners make the switch from winter-grade gasoline to summer blends.The AAA Fuel Gauge...