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Consumers still punishing Wells Fargo

Earnings report shows big drop in new bank and credit card accounts

When federal regulators discovered last fall that Wells Fargo had been creating credit card and checking accounts for its customers without their permissio...

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Study reveals best and worst states for lovers

Top states for lovers had high marriage rates and low numbers of people living in isolation

Where you live is an important factor when it comes to stocking your closet and making certain landscaping decisions. But could your geographic location al...

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FTC chairwoman Edith Ramirez resigns

Top appointees are leaving their posts as the Obama Administration winds down

Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Edith Ramirez announced her resignation today as the Obama Administration enters its final week.“It has been the ho...

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Gun TV pauses to reload

Billed as iTunes for guns, the home shopping network says it will return

Gun TV, a home shopping network for guns, has signed off, at least for now. The channel's co-founder, Valerie Castle, vows it will be back but won't say ju...

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Why rural living can be hazardous to your health

A CDC report finds rural residents are more likely to die from five preventable causes

A popular perception of rural life is it is healthier. There is less crime, less stress, and generally a slower pace of life.But when it comes to the f...

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Holiday sales increase by 4% in 2016

Experts point to an improving economy as the main cause

Holiday retail sales in November and December showed strong gains in 2016. The National Retail Federation (NRF) says sales increased year-over-year by 4% t...

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Retail sales post December gain

Strong auto sales were a big factor

A sizable advance in auto sales helped push overall retail sales higher in December. The Commerce Depart reports sales totaled a seasonally adjusted $46...

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Arctic Cat recalls snowmobiles

The fuel tank can crack and leak fuel

Arctic Cat of Thief River Falls, Minn., is recalling about 20,700 snowmobiles.The fuel tank can crack and fuel can leak into the engine compartment, po...

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Checks going out to 350,000 Herbalife distributors

The checks are part of a $200 million settlement with the Federal Trade Commission

Hundreds of thousands of Herbalife distributors lost money trying to sell the company's wares, but many of them will soon be getting a little of their lost...

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Things not to do on a job interview

CareerBuilder's survey shows being normal just might separate you from the pack

Despite the drop in the unemployment rate, getting a job these days is no slam dunk. There is usually plenty of competition for the good jobs, and employer...

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Why people still fall for phishing emails

Security expert says overconfidence plays a huge role

Emails that pop into your inbox, appearing to be from a bank, utility, or shipping company, are favorite vehicles for scammers.These phishing emails ar...

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New Amazon rewards Visa pays 5% cash back

But the card is only available to Prime members

Amazon.com is teaming with Chase to offer a new rewards credit card that pays 5% cash back on all Amazon purchases, 2% at gas stations and restaurants, and...

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Setting financial goals for 2017

Honestly analyzing 2016's performance can help improve 2017

It's still not too late to make a New Year's resolution, and if you are hoping to get ahead financially in 2017, resolving to get a handle on your finances...

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Completed foreclosures plunge in November

The foreclosure inventory was sharply lower as well

The number of completed foreclosures nationwide posted a year-over-year decline of 25.9% in November to 26,000, according to property information provider...

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Shopper store pathway heatmaps identify opportunities

Eye tracking can help retailers understand where shoppers focus their attention

Kirk Hendrickson, CEO of Eye Faster, a leading provider of shopper research, developed his expertise in eye tracking and shopper research while leading wor...

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Fewest homeowners underwater since 2007

Rising home values have left just 2.2 million homeowners with negative equity

Rising home prices in the second half of 2016 have helped more homeowners get back to a positive equity situation, according to a report from Black Knight...

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Should you raise your auto insurance deductible?

It all depends on where you live and how much money you have in savings

Some TV commercials for car insurance make it sound like one company covers everything while its competitors don't, leaving their customers on the hook whe...

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Toyota Highlander earns top IIHS award

The vehicle's front crash prevention system earned a superior rating

A superior-rated front crash prevention system and acceptable-rated headlights have earned the 2017 Toyota Highlander the Insurance Institute for Highway S...

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Mortgage applications turn higher

Contract interest rates continued to fall

A turnaround for mortgage applications.After falling in recent weeks, applications for mortgages rose 5.8% during the week ending January 6.The rep...

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How much it costs to raise a child per year

Parents can expect to spend nearly a quarter million dollars per child, according to a new report

The sleepless nights won’t last forever and diapers won’t always be on the shopping list, but time is unlikely to usher out one aspect of parenting -- its...

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10 good credit card choices for 2017

From travel to cash back, these cards can be rewarding

As we have noted from time to time, the right credit card in your wallet can be a powerful financial tool, not only providing convenience but also saving y...

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Fitbit reportedly considering an app store

Company may seek to expand its influence with software as well as hardware

There's yet another sign that Fitbit, maker of a line of fitness trackers, is trying to expand its influence with software as well as hardware.Technolo...

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Used car buyers drawn to pickup trucks in 2016

CarGurus reports low gas prices have lessened interest in small sedans

If you are in the market for a used car, or have one you want to sell, it might be helpful to know which cars consumers want most and which ones don't get...

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Toyota recalls model year 2017 Toyota 86 vehicles

It may be possible to remove the ignition key without the transmission being in the "Park" position

Toyota Motor Company is recalling 94 model year 2017 Toyota 86 vehicles manufactured July 1, 2016 through August 11, 2016 equipped with an automatic transm...

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Federal study raises concerns for people who manufacture BPA

While all Americans have BPA in their bodies, workers who produce the chemical contain unusually high levels

Research has shown that a chemical called Bisphenol A, used to make hard plastics and the resin linings of canned foods, is present in the bloodstream of m...

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Subaru's multimedia system gets eight new apps

There's an app for bird lovers, as well as one that tells users how to improve their driving

Subaru has updated its Starlink infotainment system to include eight new apps, including one of potential interest to birdwatchers. Drivers can see inf...

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Mars buys VCA veterinary chain

VCA rounds out Mars' portfolio in pet care, pet food and pet technology

Pets are big business. As evidence, candy- and pet-food-maker Mars Inc. is paying $9.1 billion to buy VCA Inc., the animal hospital chain that runs general...

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iPhone introduced 10 years ago today

Device arguably changed how humans interact

“Today, Apple is going to reinvent the phone,” Apple co-founder Steve Jobs said on January 9, 2007.In a presentation to the Apple faithful, Jobs procee...

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Gold Medal Packing recalls veal products

The products may be contaminated with E. coli O26 and O45

Gold Medal Packing of Rome, N.Y., is recalling approximately 4,607 pounds of boneless veal products that may be contaminated with E. coli O26 and O45.T...

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Herr Foods recalls potato chip products

The products may be contaminated with Salmonella

Herr Foods is recalling Smoked Chipotle flavored Kettle Cooked Potato Chips and Smoke Dried Chipotle flavored Kettle Cooked Potato Chips sold under the Ped...

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Hidden fees cost consumers billions, report finds

Telecommunications providers the worst, often adding 25% to the stated price

American consumers are spending billions of dollars each year on hidden fees that are added on after the purchase decision has been made, a new report find...

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What's on your bucket list?

There are plenty of places to go -- which ones have you been dying to see?

When I was young, I imagined a world through books and movies. Nowadays, we are exposed to history, culture, and locales through a barrage of news, social...

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Latest email scam targets PayPal and Amazon users

Scammers attempt to gather personal information by saying there's a problem with your account

Consumers should be wary of emails stating that there is a security problem with their PayPal or Amazon account. Emails of this nature are the latest email...

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Winter weather tips for dog owners

Six ways to protect your pooch when the temperature drops

When temperatures are freezing, you’re likely to take a few extra precautions before heading outdoors. Among them: grabbing a coat and making sure your ext...

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Returning a purchase? Your credit card may help

Nearly all card networks provide some type of extended return benefit

The post-holiday shopping season is marked by lines at customer service desks, with consumers returning gifts or purchases.Many times these returns go...

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Lawsuit: Sugary sodas no laughing matter

Coca-Cola commercials downplay health risks, the suit charges

Screenshot from a Coca-Cola commercialSugar is no joke, says a lawsuit that accuses the Coca-Cola Company and the American Beverage Association of do...

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House-Autry Mills recalls baking products

The products may be contaminated with Salmonella

House-Autry Mills is recalling limited quantities of House- Autry Buttermilk Cornbread Mix, House-Autry Buttermilk Biscuit Mix, and House-Autry Cheese Bisc...

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Unemployment rate edges higher in December

Job creation during the month came in below expectations

The nation's unemployment rate ticked up to 4.7% in December from November's 4.6% as the economy created 156,000 nonfarm payroll jobs -- well short of the...

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Complaints mount over dicamba-based herbicide sprays

Food growers say that a newer strain of genetically modified seeds is hurting their businesses

When Monsanto announced its plans to introduce a new strain of herbicide-resistant soybean seeds and cotton seeds and a new type of herbicide to accompany...

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Sears closing 150 more Sears, Kmart stores

Company is also spinning off Craftsman Tools line

On the heels of Macy's announcement that it is closing 68 stores, Sears Holdings says it will shutter 150 unprofitable locations. Targeted for closing are...

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US Postal Service ends its deal with Staples

Postal workers union had protested the deal and boycotted Staples for years

Staples is getting out of the post office business, though not willingly. After years of protests by postal workers, the U.S. Postal Service is ending the...

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ADP reports modest job gains for December

The initial jobless claims streak continued last week

Photo (c) Stuart Miles - FotoliaThe economy cranked out another 153,000 private sector jobs last month, according to the ADP National Employment Repo...

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Job cuts shoot higher in December

Terminations during of all of 2016 came in on the low side

U.S.-based employers whacked away at their workforces in December -- announcing plans to cut 33,627 jobs, according to outplacement consultancy Challenger,...

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Bickel's recalls various snack foods

The products may be contaminated with Salmonella

Bickel's Snack Foods of York, Pa., is recalling a variety of snack products.The products may be contaminated with Salmonella.No illnesses have been...

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Polaris recalls Sportsman 570 ATVs

The vehicle may present a fire hazard

Polaris Industries of Medina, Minn., is recalling about 9,900 Sportsman 570 all-terrain vehicles that may present a fire hazard.The company has receive...

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Model year 2016 Buick Envisions recalled

The master cylinder brake lines may crack and leak brake fluid

General Motors is recalling 327 model year 2016 Buick Envisions manufactured January 19, 2016, to March 18, 2016.The master cylinder brake lines may cr...

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Fresh Express recalls Hearts of Romaine Salad

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

Fresh Express is recalling 100 cases of 9-oz. Fresh Express Hearts of Romaine Salad.The product may contain egg, milk, wheat and anchovy, allergens not...

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Finding a new job a top New Years resolution

CareerBuilder survey finds slightly more workers are planning a move than last year

The beginning of a new year often signals a fresh start, so it might not be surprising that a new survey has found a lot of Americans expect to be working...

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Rich Products recalls ice cream cake products

The products may contain walnuts, an allergen not declared on the label

Rich Products Corporation of Buffalo, N.Y., is recalling approximately 6,600 cases of ice cream cake products that may contain walnuts, an allergen not dec...

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Manufacturing expands in December

New orders, production and employment were on the rise

The overall economy, including activity in the manufacturing sector, expanded in December, according to the nation’s supply executives.The Institute fo...

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Suzuki recalls KingQuad ATVs

The engine can stop running while the ATV is in use

Suzuki Manufacturing of America Corporation of Rome, Ga., is recalling about 3,400 KingQuad 750 all-terrain vehicles (ATVs).The ATV’s battery can fail...

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H-E-B expands shelled pistachio recall

The product may be contaminated with Salmonella

H-E-B is expanding its earlier recall of raw shelled pistachios to include “Fireside Roasted Nut Butter” produced in a limited number of H-E-B stores.T...

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Nissan Altimas, Rogues and Maximas recalled

The front passenger seat air bag may deploy incorrectly

Nissan North America is recalling 757 model year 2013-2015 Altimas manufactured January 3, 2013, to July 29, 2013; 2015-2016 Rogues manufactured October 14...

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Jazz up your travels in 2017

Six different things to try during your travels in the coming year

Where will 2017 take you? Have you booked a vacation or are you still exploring? Will you return to a favorite destination or try something new? A new year...

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Eukanuba makes dogs live longer? FTC says no

Mars Petcare has agreed to stop making advertising claims it can't support

Eukanuba may be very healthful dog food but can it really help your dog live 30 percent longer than dogs fed with other brands? That's what Eukanuba manufa...

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