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New urgency in the Takata airbag recall

Southern California civic leaders say too many unrepaired vehicles are still on the road

It was nearly two years ago that some automakers began recalling cars equipped with defective Takata airbags that are in danger of spraying metal fragments...

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Consumer confidence hits a 16-year high

The Conference Board found optimism in nearly every area

After posting a solid increase a month earlier, The Conference Board's Consumer Confidence Index moved sharply higher in March.The index shot up 9.5 po...

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Seven popular springtime travel destinations

Booking.com tracks the most highly rated places to go after a long winter

Consumers like to travel at this time of year. After a long, cold winter they are often eager for a change of scenery. That's what spring break is all abou...

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How much house can you afford?

Four sets of numbers will give you a good idea

So you've been looking online at real estate and are tired of having your rent go up every year. You've decided to take the plunge into home ownership....

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Does your pet have springtime allergies?

Tips for reducing your pet's exposure to seasonal allergens

Just like humans, pets can suffer from seasonal allergies. But while pollen and other airborne environmental allergens might leave you sniffling and sneezi...

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Preventing poisonings at home: ways to keep kids safe

Tips for keeping little ones safe around laundry pods, prescription drugs, and other toxic household substances

Curiosity can lead to the discovery of new concepts and skills, but it can also land kids in dangerous situations. When kids deem certain household items w...

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Government grant scam still claims victims

If you didn't apply for a grant, you can't be awarded one

The government grant scam has been around so long you might think everyone would know about it by now. But the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) says it remai...

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BMW recalls model year 2017 X5 vehicles

The passenger front airbag inflators may not vent properly

BMW of North America is recalling 36 model year 2017 X5 sDrive35i, X5 xDrive35i, X5 xDrive50i, X5 xDrive35d, and X5 xDrive40e vehicles.The recalled veh...

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Chlorofields recalls Asian Microgreens

The product may be contaminated with Salmonella

ChloroFields of Lawrence, Kan., is recalling 20 cases of Asian Microgreens that may be contaminated with Salmonella.No illnesses have been reported to...

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Nissan recalls model year 2013-2014 Muranos

The power steering hose clamp may not secure the hose adequately

Nissan North America is recalling 56,766 model year 2013-2014 Muranos.The power steering hose clamp may not secure the hose adequately, allowing the ho...

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T-Mobile to roll out scam call blocker

The company says its products will stop scam calls before they can reach its customers

In a recent report, we detailed a proposal made by Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that would effectively cut off scam robocallers from making call...

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Feds considering changes to banking rules

Data aggregator says a bank proposal would restrict consumer access to information

Some of the major banks have proposed changes to Dodd-Frank financial reform rules governing the way consumers access their financial information.Perso...

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Choosing a safe bone for your dog

Cooked bones can be dangerous, but raw bones can be safe as long as owners follow certain guidelines

Bones can provide mental stimulation, prevent boredom, and satisfy your pup’s innate urge to chew. But not all bones may be safe for your four-legged pal....

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Helping kids adjust to wearing glasses

What parents can do to normalize glasses and prevent digital eye strain

Too much screen time can contribute to eye strain, which could explain why you may be seeing more and more bespectacled youngsters these days. The US D...

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House prices flat in January

Prices were up, though on an annual basis

Housing prices across the U.S. were unchanged in January, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) seasonally adjusted monthly House Price In...

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Haibike recalls electric bicycles

The fork on the front wheel of the bicycles can rupture or break

Haibike of Denver, Colo., owned by Accell North America, is recalling about 267 electric bicycles sold in the U.S. and Canada.The fork on the front whe...

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Model year 2017 Ford Mustangs recalled

The driver's door may unlatch in a side impact crash

Ford Motor Company is recalling 5,470 model year 2017 Ford Mustangs.The return spring for the driver side interior door handle may come loose, allowing...

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Wellpet recalls one canned topper product for dogs

The product may contain elevated levels of naturally occurring beef thyroid hormone

WellPet is recalling a limited amount of one canned topper product for dogs.The product may contain elevated levels of naturally occurring beef thyroid...

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Payless steps towards bankruptcy, reports say

Retailers are having trouble meeting their first-quarter goals as a rough patch gets rougher

Someone soon is going to have to find a creative use for all the empty shopping mall real estate, as one retailer after another retrenches, retreats, or si...

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AKC names the most popular pooches of the year

The lab takes the top spot, but Rottweilers are slowly rising through the ranks

For the 26th year in a row, the Labrador Retriever is America’s top dog. In its 2016 ranking of the most popular dog breeds, the American Kennel Club (AKC)...

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Report names top cities for Millennials

Salt Lake City, Miami, and Orlando rank in the top three

Millennials may increasingly be settling down in the suburbs, but a new report finds several major U.S. cities have also caught the attention of those betw...

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Sears raises doubt about its ability to survive

The company says it may go under unless it finds a way to compete with other retailers

Sears Holdings, the company that operates Sears and Kmart stores, is voicing doubts about its long-term ability to stay in business.In a filing with th...

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Polaris Recalls Sportsman 850 and 1000 ATVs

The right side panel heat shield can melt, posing burn and fire hazards

Polaris Industries of Medina, Minn., is recalling about 19,200 Sportsman 850 and 1000 all-terrain vehicles (ATVs)The right side panel heat shield can m...

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How a home energy audit can help you save money

The Department of Energy offers tips for saving energy and lowering costs

If your winter heating bills were higher than expected, there may be areas for improvement in your home's energy envelope.And if it cost more to heat y...

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Blue Buffalo recalls dog food product

The product may contain elevated levels of naturally- occurring beef thyroid hormones

Blue Buffalo Company is recalling one production lot of BLUE Wilderness Rocky Mountain Recipe Red Meat Dinner Wet Food for Adult Dogs.The product may c...

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Common household items that can poison your pet

National Poison Prevention Week safety tips to keep your pet out of harm's way

Pet owners who are preparing to tackle the annual chore of spring cleaning may want to consider brushing up on their knowledge of common pet poisons. Chanc...

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Painting tips to help a home sell faster

Neutral interior walls and earth-toned exteriors are most desirable to buyers, experts say

Listing your home for sale between May 1 to May 15 may help it sell faster during what is shaping up to be a competitive spring buying season. But could th...

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Disney agrees to provide $3.8 million in back pay

Labor Department says thousands of employees were paid less than mimimum wage

The Walt Disney Co. had a very big weekend, raking in $170 million at U.S. box offices with the nationwide release of its live action fairy tale remake, "B...

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Advanced Fresh Concepts recalls Edamame

The product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Advanced Fresh Concepts Franchise Corp. (AFC) of Rancho Dominguez, Calif., is recalling its Edamame (soybeans) -- UPC 0-23012-00261-9, dated between Januar...

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BPA-free isn't necessarily better, new study says

Bisphenol chemicals accelerated breast cancer cell growth in a lab study

Scientists for years have urged the federal government to ban the synthetic chemical Bisphenol A from food packaging, citing extensive evidence that it eas...

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Travel splurges that are worth it

Travel can be exhausting but a few little splurges can make life easier

How we spend travel dollars is a personal choice. Do we allocate part of our travel budget for splurges, and if so, what’s worth indulging and what’s not?...

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Rare Frank Zappa albums to be re-released

A new generation will get a taste of the pioneering rock artist

During his life and career, rock musician Frank Zappa was not exactly a mainstream artist. And that's part of what made him cool.He leaned heavily on r...

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What to do to protect your home from hail

Tips on preparing your home's exterior for the impact of a spring storm

Winter-weary individuals may welcome the arrival of spring with open arms, but homeowners should be aware that spring often brings with it an increased ris...

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20 jobs women are paid less for than men

Working as a financial advisor tops the list

There's been much discussion of pay inequities among men and women. Women have pointed out they tend to earn less than men for doing the same work and for...

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Leading economic indicators on a roll

February's gain was the sixth in a row

There's a good chance that the nation's economy will continue to chug along in the months ahead.The Conference Board reports its Leading Economic Index...

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Is California's housing market peaking?

Declining inventory and rising rates are having an effect

California led the nation's housing recovery, with home prices in Southern California and the Bay Area zooming past their previous housing bubble highs....

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Job openings edge higher January

Hiring was also up a bit

Job openings edged up slightly during January, according to figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).On the final business day of the month, t...

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What are Millennials most likely to save for?

Study sheds light on the savings goals of Millennials and Gen Xers

When it comes to savings, the priorities of Gen Xers and Millennials are more alike than you’d think. A new survey by online loan marketplace LendingTree s...

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What's the best credit card for business use?

CreditCards.com picks three that it says are the best of 2017

If you operate a small business, it's helpful to keep personal and business expenses separate. That's why many business owners have at least two credit car...

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Where to find an internship this summer

Website focusing on entry-level jobs says opportunities have increased

For college students, landing a summer internship in their field can be a real advantage. Lots of former interns leave school with both a diploma and a job...

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January -- a tough month for air travelers

A security incident in Florida caused massive tarmac delays

Getting off the ground was a major challenge in some areas if you were flying anywhere during January.According to the Transportation Department's (DOT...

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Bird flu suspected at Alabama poultry farms

The farms are across the state line from a Tennessee farm where the virus was detected

State agriculture officials and executives at a major poultry operation have announced thousands of chickens at three farms have been euthanized over the s...

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How often should you clean your pet’s belongings?

Pet toys, bedding, and accessories can harbor germs and bacteria -- here's when to clean them

The home of a pet owner is typically fairly easy to distinguish from the home of a non-pet owner. From the dog toys on the floor to the pet hair on the sof...

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Are workplace mistakes more costly for women?

Study contends female financial advisors are more likely to be fired than men

When focusing on the workplace, women's rights advocates usually point out the difference in pay that men and women receive for the same work and responsib...

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Retail sales inch upward in February

Sales were generally soft across the board

Retail sales turned in an anemic performance in February, totaling $474.0 billion -- an increase of 0.1% from a month earlier but up 5.7% from a year earli...

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Picone Meat Specialties recalls pork products

The products contain non-fat dry milk, an allergen not declared on the label

Picone Meat Specialties of Mamaroneck, N.Y., is recalling approximately 5,750 pounds of salami products.The products contain non-fat dry milk, an aller...

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Your chance of getting a job may be improving

Forecasting firm finds growing optimism among employers

The latest employment report from the Labor Department was cause for optimism if you're looking for a job. There was a big jump in job creation and the job...

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NYC sues Verizon over FiOS roll-out

Mayor Bill de Blasio says the company has broken its promises

There was a time when Verizon saw fiber in its future. It had a plan to lay fiber optic cable in major cities and use it to deliver broadband services at s...

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Model year 2017 Infiniti QX30s recalled

The driver-side curtain airbag may not deploy in a crash

Nissan North America is recalling 79 model year 2017 Infiniti QX30s.The recalled vehicles have a driver-side curtain airbag inflator initiator that may...

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King's Command Foods recalls beef products

The products may be contaminated with extraneous materials

King’s Command Foods of Kent, Wash., is recalling approximately 26,138 pounds of ground beef products.Consumers reported finding a metal object in the...

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Girl's death blamed on hoverboard fire

Device was reportedly plugged in and charging when it burst into flames

The death of a three year-old girl in Harrisburg, Pa., over the weekend is being blamed on a hoverboard.The child wasn't using the device. Authorities...

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New device may help prevent hot car deaths

Parents receive a cell phone alert if they've left their child in their car seat

Hot car-related deaths happen all too often in the U.S. Since 1998, an average of 37 kids per year have died from being left alone in a hot car, according...

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Nissan recalls model year 2012 Versas

The curtain and seat-mounted airbags may deploy unexpectedly

Nissan North America is recalling 54,751 model year 2012 Nissan Versas.Degradation of the side impact sensor connector pins may cause the curtain and s...

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What Millennials are eating

New research suggests Millennials tend to opt for healthy snacks as meal replacements

Most consumers between ages 18 and 34 were raised in an increasingly health-conscious U.S., and their eating habits reflect it. Now, new research suggests...

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February brings solid employment gain

Construction and manufacturing were among the winners

Gains in construction, private educational services, and manufacturing helped push total nonfarm payroll employment up by 235,000 in February.At the sa...

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Model year 2017 Jettas recalled

The tire information label contains incorrect information

Volkswagen Group of America is recalling 4,875 model year 2017 Jettas.The vehicle's tire information label has incorrect information, possibly causing...

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Pier 1 Imports recalls bistro chairs

The chair can become unstable, posing a fall hazard

Pier 1 Imports of Fort Worth, Texas, is recalling about 14,000 Neely and Dahlia bistro sets and 1,100 bistro chairs sold in the U.S, and Canada.The bol...

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Biery Cheese Company expands cheese recall

The products may be contaminated with Listeria Monocytogenes

Biery Cheese Company is expanding its earlier recall of specialty cheeses that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.No illnesses have been c...

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Consumers face continued income uncertainty

An improving economy hasn't always led to household stability

Since the financial crisis nine years ago, American households have been through some financial ups and downs.After the crisis turned an ordinary reces...

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Lowe's launches new VR experience to help DIYers

Holoroom How To walks users through the process of completing an unfamiliar project

Currently, many consumers turn to YouTube to learn how to do some kind of home improvement project. Now, Lowe’s is experimenting with technology to take th...

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Looking for a job? Here's what offers the best pay

Employment sites show health care and management provide the best opportunities

The job market appears to have shifted. The most recent numbers show employers are hiring more people, allowing job seekers to be a little more selective....

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2017's top balance transfer credit cards

Card comparison site picks the Citi Diamond Preferred and Chase Slate

Credit cards come and go and sometimes the terms change, so it's a good idea to keep up to date on the latest offerings.This year, card comparison site...

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Job cuts down sharply in February

First-time jobless claims were on the rise last week

Although there may not be a connection, the shortest month of the year saw a big drop in job cut announcements.Outp...

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How much sunshine is enough?

Spanish researchers say the answer varies with the season, time of day and other factors

Too much sunshine isn't good for you, but neither is too little. Hoping to strike a proper balance, Spanish researchers have estimated the duration of sola...

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Five foods that can boost your heart health

Plant-based eating patterns can lower risk for heart disease, researchers say

Keeping your ticker in top-notch condition by following a heart-healthy diet can lower your chance of having heart disease -- a disease that claims the liv...

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L.L. Bean recalls snowshoes

The plastic material on the snowshoes can weaken and break

L.L. Bean, of Freeport, Maine, is recalling about 3,000 pair of snowshoes and snowshoe packages.The plastic material on the snowshoes can weaken and br...

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F.B. Packing recalls beef products

The products may be contaminated with plastic

F.B. Packing of Boston, Mass, is recalling approximately 8,430 pounds of shaved beef products.The product contains readily visible, long, thin strands...

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Was Trump Tower tapped?

Lawsuit aims to find out, seeks any FISA warrants

The U.S. Courthouse in Washington, D.C., which houses the secret court hearing FISA cases. Photo via YouTubePresident Trump says then-President Obama...

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Could smartphones get even smarter?

A Rutgers team is trying to help your phone understand you better

Your smartphone can often clamor for your attention like a three year-old. There are chimes for text messages, Twitter posts, email arrivals, and news aler...

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Consumer borrowing for cars at record high

More buyers are also extending the loan to six or seven years

Economists who say there isn't much inflation in the U.S. economy probably haven't shopped for a car lately.The average transaction cost on a new car i...

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Meijer expands cheese recall

The products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Meijer is expanding its earlier recall of cheeses to include its Meijer brand Artisan Made Natural Muenster Cheese and its pre-wrapped Ham Sub on Artisan W...

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Bird flu detected at Tennessee chicken farm

Officials say there is no threat to the food supply

State health officials in Tennessee have confirmed the presence of a strain of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), or bird flu, has struck a poultry...

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Springtime plants and insects to avoid

Precautions to take to prevent a skin reaction

As the chill of winter dissipates, you might find yourself spending more time outside. But before stepping out to enjoy a spring day, consumers should be a...

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Social media isn't so social, study finds

Young adults who are connected online are more likely to be socially isolated

The Mark Zuckerbergs of the world see themselves as bringing people together, but a new study finds that social media, like Zuckerberg's Facebook, can actu...

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Things home sellers try to hide

Don't make an offer until you're sure you've checked for these things

You're out with your real estate agent looking at houses, and in this market it's really tough. While you are considering whether or not to make an offer o...

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What to do to prevent a dryer fire

Cleaning the lint trap isn't the only precaution to take, experts say

Nearly 3,000 home clothes dryer fires are reported each year, causing an estimated $35 million in property loss, according to the the U.S. Fire Administrat...

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New TSA pat-downs may be a bit more intimate

The agency is stepping up its security screenings following embarrassing lapses

If you're one of the unlucky few selected for a TSA pat-down next time you travel, you may find it a bit more, um, personal than in the past. Embarrassed b...

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Consumers increasingly turning to personal loans

Similar to a credit card, a personal loan is only secured by your creditworthiness

Consumers are spending and borrowing money again. One way they are doing it is with personal loans.The personal loan as a credit instrument has been ar...

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Kids II recalls Oball

The clear plastic disc on the outside of the ball can break

Kids II of Atlanta, Ga., is recalling about 697,000 Oball Rattles sold in the U.S and Canada.The clear plastic disc on the outside of the ball can brea...

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Ohio Farms Packing recalls veal products

The products may be contaminated with E. coli O103

Ohio Farms Packing Co. Ltd., of Creston, Ohio, is recalling approximately 40,680 pounds of boneless veal products that may be contaminated with E. coli O10...

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Air travel with an infant: what to pack

Preparation is the key to a smooth and safe journey

Parents of infants may cringe at the thought of bringing their tiny tyke on board a crowded airplane, but a little preparation can make the journey safer a...

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Court upholds NYC law targeting puppy mills

Pet store owners and breeders had argued that the law discriminated against them

A federal appeals court has upheld New York City laws intended to curb puppy mills. The ruling comes just a few days after San Francisco adopted legislatio...

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Costco memberships going up by $5

Warehouse retailer hikes fee in wake of declining earnings

Costco, like many retailers, is feeling financial pain these days. It reported fiscal second quarter earnings Thursday, showing a drop in both revenue and...

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Polaris recalls RZR and GENERAL ROVs

The vehicle engine can misfire

Polaris Industries of Medina, Minn., is recalling about 13,500 Polaris recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs).The vehicle engine can misfire and the...

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Dos Hermanos recalls beef jerky products

The products did not undergo federal inspection

Dos Hermanos of Bedford Park, Ill., is recalling approximately 151 pounds of beef jerky products that did not undergo federal inspection.It is not know...

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Procesadora La Hacienda recalls meat products

The products contain wheat and whey, allergens not declared on the label

Procesadora La Hacienda of Juncos, Puerto Rico, is recalling approximately 140 pounds of raw meat products.The products contain wheat and whey (milk),...

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Yoke's Fresh Market recalls cheese

The product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Yoke's Fresh Market is recalling two types of Colby cheese that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.No illnesses have been reported to date...

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McDonald's latest 'new' idea: hamburgers

The fast-food pioneer wants to try winning back customers who have strayed

McDonald’s has been adding oatmeal, wraps, salads, and just about everything else you can think of to its menu, but business remains slow. So the fast-food...

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Spirit Airlines is ranked the worst airline in America

Spirit Airlines is wildly unpopular among consumers, so other airlines are copying its business model

Last year, Spirit Airlines earned the lowest score on American Customer Satisfaction Index's travel report, the travel survey. The budget airline, which of...

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The biggest pet trends of 2017

Study finds pet parents are seeking out natural products and items that will help them bond with their pet

Stylish leashes, pet-integrated furniture, and doggy rain coats may be among the hottest pet products of 2017, according to a new study by Rover. This...

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Nearly half of Millennials live in the suburbs

Report sheds light on the home buying preferences of the largest generation in the housing market

As more Millennials enter into the exciting world of homeownership, they seem to be gravitating toward the suburbs. In fact, almost half of Millennial home...

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Gas prices jump in the Midwest

Motorists in Michigan saw an overnight rise of 10 cents a gallon

Nationwide, consumers enjoyed relatively stable gasoline prices during February, but March has started like a lion in the Midwest.In Michigan, AAA repo...

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Where to get an entry level job in 2017

Employment site says the job market has rarely been better

The job market for college graduates this year is expected to be one of the best in years.Even now, members of the Class of 2016 are reporting near-rec...

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What's the best state in which to live?

According to U.S. News, the best states are in the north

U.S. News, a publication that is famous for picking "the best of" things, is venturing into virgin territory. It's almost certain to start arguments.In...

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How to buy your first home

But be warned, it isn't getting any easier

Today's housing market is very different from a decade ago. About the only thing that's the same is that the price of homes keeps going up.Rising home...

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Mortgage applications snap back

Contract interest rates were headed lower

Mortgage applications shot up 5.8% in the week ending February 24 after falling the previous week, according to the latest survey by the Mortgage Bankers A...

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S.R. Smith recalls Helix pool slides

A child can fall off the side of the slide before reaching the pool entry point

S.R. Smith of Canby, Ore., is recalling about 800 Helix pool slides.A child can fall off the side of the slide before reaching the pool entry point, po...

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