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Postcard from Virginia, part II

Two presidential homes rooted in American history

Travel back in time and explore our country’s history by visiting the James River Plantations along scenic Route 5 in Charles City County, Virginia. It is...

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Is time running out for hhgregg?

The electronics and appliances retailer has been bleeding money for years

Electronics retailer hhgregg has long been short of capital letters and is becoming increasingly short of the kind of capital you can take to the bank, hav...

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Google launches new wireless gigabit service

A Denver apartment complex is the first to get Webpass service

It's the last mile that's the most difficult. That's true whether you're running a marathon or trying to figure out how to build a profitable broadband net...

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AT&T launches free smartphone promotion

But there are a number of strings attached

Smartphones aren't cheap and cellphone companies no longer subsidize them as a way to keep you in a two-year contract.So, AT&T; hopes to draw some inte...

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Why waking up early could help you lose weight

Researchers say early risers make healthier food choices than their night owl counterparts

Eating healthily and losing weight can be difficult tasks for anyone, but a new study shows that when you choose to go to bed and wake up can make a big di...

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New car sales will likely dip in February

Carmakers suffering the biggest sales declines may offer the best incentives

February new car sales are often a mixed bag. It's the shortest month of the year, so there are fewer days to sell cars.But it has Presidents' Day week...

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New home sales rebound in January

Home prices were mostly lower

2017 is off to a good start in terms of sales of new single-family houses.The Commerce Department reports sales rose 3.7% last month to seasonally adju...

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Moose Toys recalls toy frogs

The battery’s chemicals can leak, posing chemical and injury hazards

Moose Toys Proprietary of Australia is recalling about 444,000 Little Live Pets Lil Frog and Lil Frog Lily Pad toys sold in the U.S. and Canada.When th...

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Fratelli Beretta USA recalls mortadella product

The product contains pistachio nuts, an allergen not declared on the label

Fratelli Beretta USA of Mount Olive, N.J., is recalling approximately 468 pounds of mortadella product.The product contains pistachio nuts, an allergen...

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Calphalon recalls cutlery knives

The blade on Contemporary Cutlery knives can break during use

Calphalon Corp., of Atlanta, Ga., is recalling about 2 million Contemporary Cutlery knives sold in the U.S. and Canada.The blade on knives can break du...

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Why your back pain may be killing you

Researchers find those with back pain are more likely to die from all causes

Aches and pains are a common ailment for many consumers, but a new study suggests that some types of pain may actually be putting us in an early grave....

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What are your odds of surviving your surgery?

A new site lets you check out your surgeon before going under the knife

It's one thing to check out the reviews on the latest iPhone. After all, you might want to compare it to another model.There might be a little more at...

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A January surge in sales of existing homes

Last month's sales pace was the fastest in nearly a decade

Sales of previously-owned homes rose in January to their fastest clip in nearly a decade.The National Association of Realtors (NAR) reports sales of ex...

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2016 travelers' woes are lowest in decades

Flight cancellation, mishandled baggage, and bumping rates improved over 2015

The air traveling public had less to gripe about in 2016.The Transportation Department's (DOT) Air Travel Consumer Report shows carriers canceled just...

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Michelin recalls X Works XZY tires

The tires lack the required DOT symbol and load range letter designation

Michelin North America is recalling 247 Michelin X Works XZY tires, size 315/80R22.5 156/150K, manufactured from January 1, 2011, to July 31, 2015.The...

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Credit card defaults continue to rise

January survey shows consumers are having a harder time paying their bills

One measure of how consumers are doing financially is how they are handling their debt.On the heels of a report showing a rising credit card default ra...

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Researchers getting closer to Zika virus vaccine

Three vaccines said to hold promise but no one is predicting speedy approval

Even though the groundhog saw his shadow earlier this month, spring is not that far away, and with it, mosquitoes and the returning threat of the Zika viru...

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2017 Subaru Impreza runs the IIHS table

The redesigned vehicle did well in all safety categories

Thanks to top ratings for crash protection, a superior-rated front crash prevention system and good-rated headlights, the redesigned Subaru Impreza walked...

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Mortgage applications post decline

Contract interest rates headed higher

Mortgage applications registered their second straight decline in the week ending February 17, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association, falling 2% fr...

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Yamaha Corporation of America recalls piano benches

The paint on the piano bench’s interior compartment contains an excessive level of lead

Yamaha Corporation of America of Buena Park, Calif, is recalling about 900 benches sold with Yamaha grand pianos.The paint on the bench’s interior comp...

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MDS Foods expands cheese recall

The products may be contaminated by Listeria monocytogenes

MDS Foods is expanding its earlier recall of cheese products.Deutsch Kase Haus of Middlebury, Ind., supplied MDS Foods with cheeses that have been foun...

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Gas prices poised for annual early spring climb

Prices at the pump are already much higher than they were last year

Consumers who have gotten accustomed to relatively low gasoline prices over the last two and a half years will have an adjustment to make this spring.G...

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Builder confidence drops in February

It's the second decline in as many months

Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family fell for a second straight month in February, with the National Association of Home Builders...

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New sell-by labels aim to reduce confusion, waste

Forty percent of food goes to waste in the U.S. each year, partly because of unclear labels

Every now and then, you'll see a story explaining that the dates stamped on food don't really mean much -- that most of them are voluntary and aren't reall...

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Cuban tourism not as robust as some had hoped

Travel restrictions remain in effect, perhaps dissuading many travelers

The Caribbean has been jam-packed with vacationing Americans this winter, with one glaring exception: Cuba. The long-isolated nation became open to U.S. to...

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Suit over Odwalla ingredients moves forward

Lawsuit claims that the Coca-Cola brand was not forthcoming in its labeling

Do Odwalla drinks and bars contain sugar? It depends on whether you consider "evaporated cane juice" to be sugar. Robin Reese does. In a 2013 lawsuit, she...

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Consumers falling behind on car payments

Delinquencies rise, along with consumer debt

A report this week from the New York Federal Reserve Bank shows the delinquency rate on new car loans continued to rise in the fourth quarter of last year,...

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Profile of an investment fraud victim

AARP finds the victim tends to be older and overconfident about their financial abilities

Investment fraud is one of the oldest scams going. Someone who appears trustworthy holds out the prospect of generous returns on an investment.But it t...

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FTC urged to step up privacy protection for consumers

Americans are 'at great risk' of harm from identity theft, data breaches, and financial fraud

A coalition of consumer groups is urging the Federal Trade Commission to double down on its efforts to protect consumers who it says are at "great risk of...

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Traffic deaths surge in 2016

Deaths rose 14% since 2014, the biggest two-year increase in 53 years

The National Safety Council estimates nearly 40,000 people died in traffic accidents last year, 6% more than the previous year and 14% more than in 2014....

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What stresses you out at work?

A survey finds deadline pressure is the most common source

Let's assume that people normally think they have a little too much stress at work. It just goes with the territory. No one thinks they have it easy, right...

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Yahoo and Verizon reportedly move closer to a deal

The latter may ask for a $250 million discount and will share ongoing legal responsibility for recent data breaches

The Yahoo and Verizon acquisition deal has faced many bumps in the road since the deal was first struck last July. In September, details on Yahoo’s data br...

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New app helps moms connect with new mom friends

Peanut aims to help women form meaningful friendships with like-minded mamas

Numerous studies have shown how important friendships are to our mental and physical health, and friendships may be even more important during motherhood....

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Florida shuts down 'deceptive' travel club

Consumers advised to use caution when booking vacation travel

February is prime vacation travel time, with many people seeking warmer temperatures in the tropics. So it's probably a good time to remind consumers about...

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Inflation showing up in online sales

Adobe's Digital Price Index shows big late-year price hikes

The government's latest measure of inflation at the wholesale level saw a significant jump in January.While the Labor Department has yet to report on t...

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Cathay Pacific introduces travel rewards card

Regular Cathay Pacific customers would benefit the most

Cathay Pacific is the latest airline to roll out its own branded travel rewards credit card. The airline is teaming with Synchrony Bank to issue the Cathay...

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How to protect your home from burglars

There are lots of products and services, but some may be more effective than others

There are many consumer products and services designed to help homeowners protect their dwellings from burglaries.Depending on where you live, that may...

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Wholesale inflation jumps 0.6% in January

Rise was propelled mostly by gasoline costs

The government reports inflation at the wholesale level surged in January, rising 0.6%. That reflects an increase in costs before goods go on sale to consu...

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BMW recalls models with possible CV joint problems

The rear CV joint may fatigue and break, which could cause the car to stop suddenly

BMW is recalling about 8,700 cars because of a potential problem with the rear CV joint. The company said the joint could break, causing a loss of propulsi...

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Verizon introduces unlimited data plan

The new plan is available to new and existing customers

Verizon Wireless has joined most of its competitors in offering an unlimited data plan, stating that it is available for both new and existing customers....

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Chevrolet Cruze Diesel hits 52 mpg mark

But will Americans go for diesels after the VW fiasco?

The 2017 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel has won top place in the fuel-sipping derby, qualifying for a 52 miles per gallon highway rating from the Environmental Pro...

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This Valentines Day, politics is a minefield

The Trump presidency appears to have made romance even more explosive

On Valentines Day, consider this: a lot of things have to go right for a relationship to work. Increasingly, political compatability is one of them.Dur...

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Gas prices aren't as low as they seem

GasBuddy analyst says nearly half of new cars now require more expensive premium

When ConsumerAffairs reports on the price of gasoline, we always focus on the price of regular gas as the baseline, since...

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Backpage sued by women's shelters

The shelters allege that the site's owners know it is being used for illegal sex trafficking

Classified ad site Backpage.com has a new problem. It's being sued by two nonprofit shelters for women and children, alleging that the site's owners know...

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'Wine futures' turned out to have no future

Premier Cru was a Ponzi scheme that defrauded wine lovers: FBI

It sounds like a great investment: wine futures -- a chance to buy the best wines of tomorrow at today's prices. But as any seasoned investor will tell you...

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California housing affordability improves

Incomes are up, but housing prices aren't

Housing affordability has become a problem in recent years, especially in California. That state is home to some of the nation's most expensive housing mar...

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Judge blocks Anthem-Cigna merger

The merger would have significantly lessened competition, the court held

A Federal judge has blocked Anthem’s $54 billion takeover of rival insurer Cigna Corp., saying it would substantially lessen competition. The ruling came i...

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Magazine subscription scammers fined $23 million

Consumers were promised a surprise. It turned out to be an expensive subscription

A magazine subscription service that allegedly tricked consumers into signing up for expensive subscriptions has been ordered to pay more than $23 million...

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Domino's now has its own wedding registry

Couples can register for pizza-related gifts to enjoy before, during, and after the wedding

Domino’s is known for its outside-the-box marketing, including drone delivery in New Zealand and an ad campaign in which the company admitted that its pizz...

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Housing costs weighing on Baby Boomers

A survey shows that consumers worry more about putting a roof over their head as they age

A number of recent surveys have found anxiety among Baby Boomers about retirement, primarily concerns about not having enough money.The NHP Foundation,...

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Mortgage applications rebound

Contract interest rates were mostly lower

After posting their first decline in four weeks last week, mortgage applications are headed higher.The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) reports appli...

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Pet meds can poison kids, researchers warn

Tips for keeping kids safer around pet medications

It’s not uncommon for kids and pets to share a household, but the family pet may pose a health risk to kids. While Fido’s presence may be innocuous enough,...

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FCC suspends probe of free data programs

Critics charge that the reversal undermines net neutrality

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai, with the support of Republican commissioner Michael O'Rielly, has moved to suspend the agency's...

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Getting kids to eat their vegetables

What parents can do to get little ones used to the taste of bitter veggies

Persuading a picky eater to eat bitter greens, such as kale or brussels sprouts, can be an uphill battle. Kids are notoriously fickle when it comes to food...

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Easy ways to declutter your home

Use these clutter-busting tips to help you get organized

Physical clutter can overload the senses, which is why you might feel stressed and mentally drained amid excess stuff. Clutter-free surroundings, on the ot...

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Another reason to file your tax return ASAP

The longer you wait, the more likely you are to be a victim of identity theft

Many taxpayers are eager to file their tax return because they have a big refund coming. But there's another reason to get your tax return in as quickly as...

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How much couples are spending to get married in 2017

Average wedding costs have topped 35k as couples strive to create an unforgettable experience

Couples planning to tie the knot this year may be in for some postnuptial sticker shock. A new study has found that the average cost for a wedding has hit...

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Utility phone scams make strong comeback

Security firm says it was the fastest growing scam of 2016

Scams seem to be cyclical. The "Grandparents scam" was big for a while, but faded away once the public began hearing about it. But now it's back, ensnaring...

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Loyola study discounts exercise in weight loss

Researchers conclude working out isn't the key to weight control

A new study by researchers at Loyola University will no doubt be hailed by couch potatoes everywhere.After reviewing their latest findings, these scien...

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Why it's important to brush your pet's teeth

February is Pet Dental Health Month -- here's what pet owners can do to keep their pet's teeth healthy

Chances are, you brush your teeth every day in an effort to keep cavities and other dental problems at bay. But many pet owners neglect to put the same amo...

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Growth slows in services sector

Still, there's been expansion for 85 straight months

The services, or non-manufacturing, sector of the economy continued to grow last month, albeit at a slower rate than in December.According to the lates...

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Model year 2015-2017 Nissan Altimas recalled

Lowering a rear window may inadvertently cause a rear door to unlatch

Nissan North America is recalling 341,005 model year 2015-2017 Altimas.The vehicle's rear door latch/lock cable may have been improperly routed. As a r...

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BMW recalls older vehicles with airbag issue

The airbag inflator may rupture due to propellant degradation

BMW of North America is recalling 230,117 model year 2000-2002 BMW 320i, 323i, 325i, 325xi, 330i, 330xi, 323Ci, 325Ci, 330Ci, M3, 323iT, 325iT & 325xiT veh...

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Super Bowl Sunday can be a calorie trap

10 Buffalo wings with blue cheese dressing can pack 1,400 calories

Super Bowl Sunday is a lot like Thanksgiving. There's a lot of eating and drinking and sitting on the couch watching football.And just like Thanksgivin...

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Why it's so hard to buy a house

Saving for a down payment is a top concern among first time home buyers, survey finds

Although they might not get around to it until later in life, buying a house is still part of the plan for Millennials. The same is true for their younger...

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New year brings surge in job cuts

The number of terminations is the largest since last April

U.S. employers welcomed 2017 with a wave of corporate downsizing.Outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christ...

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3i Corporation recalls bar chairs

The legs can become detached from the center post

3i Corporation of Hong Kong is recalling 317,100 Safford/Lakeview bar chair sold in the U.S. and Canada.The legs can become detached from the center po...

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Barberi International recalls frozen Ajiaco

The product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Barberi International of Miami, Fla., is recalling its Sunmba Frozen Ajiaco (vegetable mix) product.The product may be contaminated with Listeria monoc...

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Western Union reaches settlement with 50 states

States charge that scammers have used the wire transfer service to fleece victims

Every state, along with the District of Columbia, has reached a settlement with Western Union, resolving a multistate case brought against the wire transfe...

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Who's your go-to guy or gal for taxes?

We have some options if you're not a do-it-yourselfer

Are you going to bite the bullet and do your own taxes and hope that your up on all the changes in tax law? Or, are you going to turn that shoe box full of...

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Missed it by THAT much

Two all-electric cars fall short of earning an IIHS safety award

A pair of all-electric vehicles -- the 2017 Tesla Model S and the BMW i3 -- just missed meeting the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's (IIHS) awards...

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A surge of new jobs in January

Medium sized firms were in the forefront

After creating a disappointing 151,000 private sector jobs in December, the U.S. economy stepped it up a notch last month.According to the ADP National...

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