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Flu vaccine about 47 percent effective this season

Health officials say this flu season is milder than last, possibly due to the increased effectiveness of the 2018-2019 flu vaccine

This season’s flu vaccine is protecting about half of those who received it, federal health officials reported Thursday.At 47 percent effectiveness, th...


Retail sales dropped sharply in December

Maybe consumers aren’t doing as well as surveys suggest

Even though it was the climax to the holiday season, consumers stayed away from shopping malls and even spent less online in December. Retail sales suffere...


Reading scores higher for children who eat lunch

Researchers found a nearly 20 percent increase in test scores when children had a midday meal

While many factors can contribute to children’s performance in school, a recent study highlighted the importance of children eating lunch.Researchers f...


FTC says romance scams are on the rise

Romance scams cost consumers more than any other type of fraud

Romance scams -- those in which scammers “prey on people’s loneliness and emotional vulnerability” -- cost consumers more than any other type of scam, the...


Mortgage rates fall for most home buyers in January

An industry report shows the rate for the average borrower dropped below 5 percent

Home buyers have faced challenges over the last year because of rising mortgage rates, but those rates have dipped in the last month -- at least for buyers...


Target recalls toddler boots

The unicorn horn on the boot can detach, posing a choking hazard

Target Corp., of Minneapolis, Minn., is recalling about 22,600 pair of Cat & Jack Unicorn “Chiara” boots.The unicorn horn on the boot can detach, posin...


Free college programs are quickly becoming a reality

The nature of work is changing, and community colleges are putting people in jobs where traditional schools aren’t

Going to college for free has never been easier.We’re not talking about free rides handed out to students who’ve racked up 10,000 Instagram followers....


Sprint sues AT&T over 5GE branding

The suit says the marketing strategy is ‘deceptive’ to consumers

AT&T;’s decision to update its connectivity logo with a “5G E” icon has drawn criticism from its competitors. Now, Sprint is suing the carrier over the con...


Toys ‘R’ Us operating under new Tru Kids brand

Tru Kids has rights to the Toys ‘R’ Us brand and is led by former Toys ‘R’ Us executives

Toys “R” Us announced on Monday that, as of January 20, a new company called Tru Kids took over as the parent of Toys "R" Us, Babies "R" Us, and the compan...


FDA cracks down on illegally marketed dietary supplements

Dietary supplements ‘cannot claim to prevent, treat or cure diseases like Alzheimer’s,’ the agency warns

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has sent warning letters to 17 companies that it says illegally claim that their products treat Alzheimer’s, di...


Most consumers are paying more for car insurance

A report by an insurance search engine finds insurance rates have never been higher

If your car insurance rates are going up, you aren't alone. The Zebra, an insurance rate search engine, reports that 83 percent of drivers paid more for in...


Wells Fargo systems hit with an outage

ATMs have gone down, along with online and mobile banking

Wells Fargo customers found they couldn’t access their online bank accounts Thursday, nor could they withdraw money from Wells Fargo ATMs.“We’re experi...


BB&T and SunTrust announce they’re merging

The union will create the nation’s sixth-largest bank

Consolidation in the banking industry continues as BB&T; and SunTrust have announced plans to merge, creating what would be the nation’s sixth largest bank...


Vape pen explosion leads to death of Texas man

A medical examiner says injuries from the device caused 24-year-old William Brown to die

A man in Texas died on January 29 after his vape pen exploded in his face two days before, causing a massive stroke and torn carotid artery. The exact...


Democrats press FCC for more oversight

Key lawmakers say the agency hasn’t been responsive to consumers

The Democratic-controlled House has wasted no time in pressing the Trump administration on a variety of fronts.Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-N.J.), chairm...


Who do you trust the most: the military, Congress, or Amazon?

How big can a company get before it becomes too big for the government or fails to follow through on its promises to the consumer?

Is Amazon too big to trust? Is Google? Facebook?The answers would be no, no, and yes according to a new survey on “institutional confidence.” Those res...


Dollar Car Rental loosens rental requirements

The company lowered its minimum age and allows payment with debit cards

For years, rental car agencies haven’t provided their vehicles to just anyone. Customers had to be at least 25 years old and pay with a credit card.Dol...


Ford recalls model year 2019 Rangers

The shifter may not lock in the park position

Ford is recalling about 3,500 model year 2019 Ford Rangers built at Michigan Assembly Plant from June 4, 2018, to January 9, 2019, and sold in the U.S. and...


Target to expand its loyalty program

The program features personalized perks for consumers

Following a successful trial in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Target is expanding the availability of its new Target Circle loyalty program. Beginning Fe...


Super Bowl ratings hit record 10-year low

Reporters in New Orleans said that a street party for people boycotting the NFL was more fun than the game

Average viewership for Super Bowl XLIII dipped below 100 million, marking the first time since 2009 that ratings were that low.Nielsen said yesterday’s...


New car sales fall in January

But the average transaction price is still going up

Fewer consumers purchased new cars in January, but those who did paid a significantly higher price than a year ago.Analysts are quick to point out that...


Apple to issue fix for FaceTime bug next week

The company said it’s ‘committed to improving the process by which we receive and escalate’ reports of bugs

Apple has apologized for the FaceTime privacy vulnerability that became public news on Monday after having been discovered by a user and reported to the co...


Houzz discloses data breach to affected users

The home improvement startup is urging users to change their password as a precaution

Home design website Houzz experienced a data breach last month and is now urging users to reset their passwords as a precaution.In an email to customer...


Gas prices dip slightly this week

But a spike in demand may send them higher in the days ahead

Maybe it’s all those motorists in the Midwest and Northeast driving south to escape the polar vortex, but something has caused a huge spike in gasoline dem...