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Bathroom renovations sellers should avoid

An outdated bathroom can make or break a buyer's interest, real estate experts say

From getting rid of traces of pets to clearing away the clutter, there are quite a few things sellers can do to prepare their home for showings and open ho...

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Lowe's warns of new Facebook scam

Fake $50 coupons are showing up in timelines

Regardless of what you see on your Facebook feed, Lowe's is not giving away $50 gift cards for Mothers' Day.Scammers are posting a fake coupon on Faceb...

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Surviving the Trump Era and beyond

Disruption is everywhere but with the right strategy, you can make it through

An 1867 Matthew Arnold poem, Dover Beach, speaks of being "on a darkling plain ... where ignorant armies clash by night." That mi...

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Top online colleges in the New York area

The tuition might not be cheaper, but you might save in the long run

With the cost of college tuition rising much faster than the rate of inflation, and college loans loading students down with crushing debt, many students a...

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Feds seal deal to stop envelope-stuffing scheme

Consumers were told they could make $5,000 per week stuffing envelopes

You would think that envelope-stuffing scams went out with bargain offers to sell the Brooklyn Bridge. But apparently not; the Federal Trade Commission has...

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It's the moving season -- time to be careful

We have some tips to help you make the process as painless as possible

It's springtime and there are so many fun things that go with it: allergies, housecleaning, and perhaps most traumatic of all -- relocating.Americans a...

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Debt consolidation: the pros and cons

A loan might improve monthly cash flow but it can also pave the way to more debt

When consumers rack up lots of debt on several different accounts, they often find the various monthly payments take a huge bite out of monthly cash flow....

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What's your retirement strategy?

If you don't have one, you're probably not alone

As more Baby Boomers get closer to retirement every day, policymakers worry that too many of them are not prepared.To be prepared, you need a strategy...

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Cherokee nation sues opioid drug distributors

Complaint alleges distributors and retailers are responsible for the opioid crisis

The opioid drug crisis in the U.S. has grown by leaps and bounds. States have seen their drug treatment costs soar as more consumers become hooked on the p...

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Advertisers are the latest to embrace ad blocking

Even -- or perhaps especially -- advertisers worry about ads cluttering up the web

Believe it or not, the advertising industry is now talking up the idea of ad blockers.Concerned that annoying and intrusive ads are driving away web us...

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Court order blocks release of new Prince EP

A lawsuit claims that a music engineer who worked on the unreleased tracks had no right to make them public

It’s been nearly a year since renowned pop artist Prince passed away from an opioid overdose. Fans mourned the music icon’s death by rushing to sites like...

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A simple trick to boost your energy level

Georgia researchers say you don't need energy drinks

Consumers spend lots of money on energy drinks and coffee to get an extra energy boost. But it turns out it's an unnecessary expense.At least that's wh...

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Why world tensions are making mortgages cheaper

Meanwhile, the mortgage interest tax deduction could be in the crosshairs

The election of Donald Trump coincided with a gradual rise in mortgage rates, which had been at near record-low levels for much of 2016.But in recent w...

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Emirates cuts back flights to five American cities

The ban on personal electronics on incoming Middle East flights has cut bookings

Emirates, hit hard by President Trump's ban on using electronics on U.S.-bound flights, is cutting its schedule to five American cities because of "signifi...

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Is the birth control you’re taking safe?

Researchers say some oral contraceptives negatively impact quality of life

We sometimes take it for granted that the pills and supplements we take every day are safe, but a recent study finds that certain oral contraceptives taken...

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Sling TV links up with LG smart TVs

Cutting the cord to cable TV is getting easier

For entertainment consumers who want to try to get along without a big pay-TV bill each month, the task may be a little easier.Sling TV has announced i...

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La Granja recalls mango-flavored ice cream

The product may be contaminated with Salmonella Enteritidis

La Granja INC of Doraville Ga., is recalling 4000 units of Hand crafted Paleteria, Mango Flavored Ice cream.The product may be contaminated with Salmon...

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Tips for cleaning up digital disorder

Protect your personal information by making sure your digital doors are locked

Your home may be spic and span on the heels of a spring cleaning spree, but is your digital life as clean and secure as it could be? If not, it may be time...

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New home construction slumps in March

The outlook for the months ahead is mixed

The building of new homes took a hit in March after bumping higher the month before.The Commerce Department reports housing starts fell 6.8% last month...

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All of a sudden, gold is glittering again

If you plan to buy the precious metal, give careful consideration to how you do it

Last week, the price of gold rose to its highest level in five months. After plunging in the aftermath of last November's election, prices were at their be...

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Choosing the right seasonal allergy medicine for kids

Poll finds many parents are confused when it comes to choosing allergy medication for their children

Approximately 6.1 million children have been diagnosed with seasonal allergies, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In an eff...

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What kids need to know about money

It's never too early to teach your kids how to save and spend money wisely, experts say

Teaching kids about money and key economic concepts can set the stage for a more financially secure adulthood. But new research suggests many children aren...

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Home selling tips for pet owners

Removing signs of pets can help a home sell faster and for more money, experts say

Traces of Fido or Fluffy around the house -- whether in the form of pet odors, chewed furniture, or scratched-up floors -- can be a major deterrent to woul...

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Builder confidence slips in April

'Hefty' regulatory costs continue to plague the industry

The latest National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) shows builder confidence in the market for newly-built singl...

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Polaris Recalls Ranger 900 ROVs

A heat shield can fall off the vehicle

Polaris Industries of Medina, Minn., is recalling about 51,000 Polaris Ranger 900 recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs).A heat shield can fall off t...

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What to do if you are involuntarily bumped

Your first step should be to ask for a written explanation of the bumping policy

The outrage directed against United Airlines' handling of Dr. David Dao, on a flight from Chicago to Louisville, has been building for nearly a week.On...

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Here are 10 attractive new car deals for April

Kelley Blue Book identifies the deals with the most cash back and best lease terms

Maybe you filed your income taxes early and already have your refund. With money in hand, you might be considering a new car purchase.New car sales see...

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Five frozen foods that pack a nutritional punch

Some frozen foods are cheaper and better for you than their fresh counterparts, experts say

With its array of ice cream flavors and a vast selection of TV dinners, the frozen food section may not seem like the place to go if you’re looking for hea...

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Retail sales disappoint in March

Falling auto sales played a role

Not much joy in the retail sector in March.Not only did it revise the February retail sales figure from a 0.1% gain to show a 0.3% decline, but the Com...

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Inflation takes a holiday

Consumer prices fell during March

Falling gasoline prices helped push the cost of living lower in March.Figures released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show the Consumer Price...

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Sportsman ATVs recalled

The electronic power steering unit can malfunction

Polaris Industries of Medina, Minn., is recalling about 3,800 Sportsman 450, 570, 850, 1000 and Scrambler 1000 all-terrain vehicles (ATVs).The electron...

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Are you using your credit card rewards?

A report finds nearly a third of cardholders are leaving money on the table

In the last decade, credit card companies have stepped up the rewards they offer to cardholders, providing everything from cash back to points toward trave...

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Baby Boomers relying too much on Social Security

This aging demographic still hasn't shaken off the trauma of the 2008 financial crisis

If you talk to younger consumers about retirement, they more than likely will express doubts about Social Security being around when they stop working....

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Target recalls water absorbing toys

If the small toy is ingested, it can expand inside a child's body

Target Corp., of Minneapolis, Minn., is recalling about 560,000 water-absorbing Easter and Dino toys.If the small toy is ingested, it can expand inside...

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Worst-rated sunscreens for babies and kids

The EWG says these 13 sunscreens would be best avoided by parents

Sun safety is a key component of any day of fun in the sun involving kids, and sunscreen can help protect children’s skin from the sun’s harmful ultraviole...

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Walmart offering incentives to order online

Select items will have a discount if you order online and pick it up at a store

Walmart is wading deeper into online competition with Amazon by offering discounts on more than ten thousand items if consumers order them online and pick...

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Gasoline prices move sharply higher

Much of the national price rise is centered in the Midwest

After flatlining for much of the early spring, gasoline prices have suddenly started moving higher, reflecting the change-over to summer blends of gasoline...

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Drug companies nix pleas to hold the line on prices

Survey finds only three companies follow Allergan's promise to hold increases to single digits

When Allergan Pharmaceuticals pledged last September to hold its annual price increases to single digits, there was a slight hope that other drug companies...

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The latest Millennial moving trend: 'vacation moves'

Survey finds 41% of Millennials make a temporary move to a new city before settling down

Millennials who are considering relocating to a new city might make a temporary -- or “vacation” move -- to the city in question before permanently putting...

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When 'fake news' can cost you real money

Fake financial news could cause investors to make poor decisions

Since the last election there has been a lot of discussion of "fake news" and what to do about it.Google and other sites have discussed ways to handle...

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Reducing concussion risk for student athletes

Concussion concerns shouldn't keep parents from allowing their kids to play sports, experts say

Usually, it's a child’s interest in a particular sport that determines whether or not he or she plays it. But some aspiring athletes may be kept off the fi...

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What's the lesson from United's PR disaster?

And will it change airlines' ability to involuntarily bump passengers?

When United Airlines forcibly removed a paying customer from its Chicago to Louisville flight Sunday, to make room for a United crew member, it set off a f...

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Dog bites up 18 percent last year

Dogs need to be trained but so do children and others who don't know how to approach dogs

Dog bites man isn't usually news, but it's happening so often lately that it's becoming newsworthy. Dog bites were up 18 percent last year, according to an...

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What are the world's best airlines?

According to TripAdvisor's top 10 list, only two are based in the U.S.

Travel site TripAdvisor.com has named what it considers the 10 best airlines in the world. Unless you do a lot of international travel, you might not get t...

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Google takes more steps to root out fake news

It will display a fact-check flag on selected stories in its news feed

Google built its empire around keywords and made much of its ability to sort through gazillions of files without any boring old human editors, but it's now...

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YouTube changes policy for monetizing videos

Content creators will now have to accrue 10,000 lifetime channel views before collecting money

For around five years now, consumers have been able to start a YouTube channel and automatically enroll in the site’s partner program. Basically, it’s the...

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KFC makes new antibiotics pledge

Will phase out drugs used on chickens that are also medically important to people

Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) has announced that, by the end of 2018, all of its chickens will be raised without the use of antibiotics medically important...

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Simple tool warns of pre-diabetes risk

Simply timing glucose test results can alert doctors

Millions of people have diabetes and almost all of them first had a condition known as pre-diabetes.Now, federal medical researchers have discovered a...

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Dating site focuses on couples' credit scores

Premise is that couples who think alike about money have a better chance

Okay, when it comes to dating sites, this might actually be a good idea.While other dating sites use various methods to match people looking for a part...

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The IRS is hiring debt collectors

Raises possibility that scammers will try to impersonate them

If you owe the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) back taxes and despite repeated reminders, still haven't gotten around to writing a check, expect a call from...

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March job creation comes up short

The unemployment rate fell to the lowest level in nearly a decade.

A loss of positions in the retail sector helped keep March job creation well below expectations.The Department of Labor (DOL) reports employment edged...

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Xootr recalls adult kick scooters

The steer support can break during normal use

Xootr of Old Forge, Pa., is recalling about 3,000 Xootr adult kick scooters.The steer support can break during normal use, posing a fall hazard to the...

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Season’s Choice Frozen Sweet Peas recalled

The product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

ALDI and Lakeside Foods are recalling Season’s Choice Frozen Sweet Peas due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.No illnesses related to th...

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Marin Mountain Bikes recalls bicycles

The rigid front forks on these recalled bikes can bend or break

Marin Mountain Bikes of Novato, Calif., is recalling about 380 Pine Mountain bicycles sold in the U.S. and Canada.The rigid front forks on these recall...

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Here's yet another reason to get into shape

Rising obesity leading to more cases of metabolic syndrome

America's obesity epidemic has brought with it new health problems. There has been a spike in the number of people with high blood pressure and a big incre...

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Why it’s important to get a second opinion

Second opinions can lead to a more refined diagnosis, researchers say

When illness strikes, many consumers head to their doctor seeking a diagnosis. And while they may receive one, a new study suggests it may be in a patient’...

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Classic Beatles album scheduled for re-release

It was 50 years ago today, that Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play...

Here's a wake-up call for aging Baby Boomers who might not be aware of how quickly time is passing. On June 1, it will be a half-century since The Beatles...

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U.S. home prices on the rise in February

Analysts see no end in sight to the increases

The increases in home prices keep on coming.Property information provider CoreLogic reports its Home Price Index (HPI) shows housing prices across the...

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Job cuts rise, jobless claims fall

The retail sector was March's biggest job cutter

Photo (c) kikkerdirk - FotoliaThe flurry of pink slips intensified a bit in March.According to the tally by outplacement consultancy Challeng...

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Hyundai recalls model year 2017 Elantras

The vehicle may lose electric power steering assistance

Hyundai Motor America is recalling 99 model year 2017 Elantras.The recalled vehicles may have a damaged Electronic Power Steering (EPS) connector resul...

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Zika infections reported in 44 states

March of Dimes issues new precaution to pregnant women

It's spring and the swallows have returned to Capistrano. Next come the mosquitoes.Mosquitoes are a problem because they tend to carry diseases, and la...

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Which states are the most and least stressed?

WalletHub study finds stress levels soar in some Southern states

Stress can wreak havoc on our health, potentially leading to such issues as insomnia, high blood pressure, and even physical pain. While few are impervious...

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When to book your summer vacation hotel

It's probably going to be different from when you book air travel

Savvy travelers know they can save money by booking air travel at just the right time. Ticket prices fluctuate significantly between the time the flight is...

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Panera Bread sold to German group

JAB Holdings adds Panera to its growing portfolio of U.S. food companies

If you're a fan of Panera Bread, you might not have heard of JAB Holding Company, the German group that is buying the U.S. fast-casual chain for $7.5 billi...

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Model year 2014 Fiat 500Ls recalled

The vehicle may not accelerate as expected

Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling 25,593 model year 2014 Fiat 500Ls.The Powertrain Control Module (PCM) software calibration maybe incorrect, limiting...

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A slowdown in the services growth rate

Fifteen industries reported expansion in March

March turned out to be another good month for the non-manufacturing sector of the economy as it grew for the 87th consecutive month.According to the No...

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New concerns about growing consumer debt

Annual survey finds consumers have more credit card debt, less in retirement savings

Consumers are turning to their credit cards once again, and the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC) warns that isn't a good thing.The orga...

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Melting snow a toxic brew, researchers find

Urban snow soaks up pollutants and releases them in the spring

As spring brings warmer temperatures, the snow that remains in many areas will begin to slowly melt away. Unfortunately, as it does so it will release a to...

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Verizon to name Yahoo/AOL merger 'Oath'

The entity will be created pending a successful acquisition deal

You could say that Yahoo has been having a rough time of it lately. Two massive data breaches totaling over 1.5 billion in 2016 have mired it in a PR night...

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Four common retirement mistakes

AARP says they all have to do with money

Retirement can be an intimidating prospect, especially if you aren't sure whether you're ready. There are emotional considerations as well as financial....

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Conagra recalls Hunt’s Chili Kits

The chili seasoning packet contained in the kit may be contaminated with Salmonella

Conagra Brands is recalling a limited amount of Hunt’s Chili Kits.The chili seasoning packet contained in the kit may be contaminated with Salmonella....

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NetSpend settles with FTC for $53 million

The company was charged with using deceptive practices to sell prepaid card products to consumers

Back in November, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charged NetSpend Corporation – one of the largest providers of prepaid debit cards in the U.S. – with...

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Cord cutting may be getting easier

Verizon reportedly planning to launch streaming TV network

Pity the poor cable TV giants. Every day, it seems, brings new challenges in keeping subscribers, not to mention signing up new ones.The problem is an...

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New car prices still going up

But red hot truck and SUV segments are cooling off

Consumers continue to pay more for new cars, purchasing more expensive vehicles with more options.The latest numbers from Kelley Blue Book (KBB) show t...

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Increase in rents slows in March

But renters still face challenges in the months ahead

If you were looking for a home or apartment to rent last month, there wasn't a lot of good news.Overall, the rate of rent increases slowed a bit, to 2....

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Menu Del Sol frozen burritos recalled

The products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Sigma Alimentos Congelados, which produces burritos under the Menu Del Sol brand name, is recalling 201 cases of frozen beans and cheese burritos.The p...

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Ford recalls more than 441k vehicles

The recalls cover three separate safety issues

Ford Motor Company is recalling more than 441,00 vehicles for a variety of safety issues.The first is for approximately 230,000 model year 2014 Ford Es...

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