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Years late, feds issue backup-camera rule

Obama Administration finally implements rule one day before it is due to appear in court

Six years after Congress ordered it to do so, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) today issued new rules that will require new cars and light truck...

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Studies suggests we might not need all that medication

Lifestyle changes may improve both blood pressure and erectile dysfunction

Consumers spend billions of dollars a year on prescription medication to treat all sorts of conditions. But are some of us taking pills – and spendin...

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Court upholds new meat-labeling guidelines

Meatpackers will be required to disclose their products' country of origin

You might soon notice some changes in the labels of whatever meat products you buy, now that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District if Columbia has rej...

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Taxpayers warned about new phishing scam

IRS continues the battle against fraudulent returns using stolen identities

Taxpayers eagerly awaiting their federal income tax refund should remain vigilant against a new scheme to steal their identities.The Internal Revenue Ser...

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New York sues FedEx for cigarette shipments

Shinnecock Nation cigarettes: legal to buy, illegal to ship

Last December, New York City discovered a creative new interpretation of the RICO anti-racketeering statutes originally written for use against the Mafia a...

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Required Minimum Distribution clock is running for retirees

Those who turned 70½ last year have to hurry to pull money from their retirement plans

You're almost too late if you turned 70½ during 2013 and haven't yet received a required minimum distribution (RMD) from your IRAs and workplace retirement...

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Changes coming for liquid laundry packets

New packaging and warning labels are being added

About a year and a half ago, The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) put out a warning about dangers connected to single-load liquid laundry packets,...

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Don't fall for "overdue tax balance" scam

Demanding, aggressive callers tell consumers they'll be arrested

“Your driver’s license has been suspended. You will be arrested. You will be deported. We are on our way to your home right now.” These a...

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Fresh Express recalls Italian Salad

The salad may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Fresh Express of Salinas, Calif., is recalling a limited number of cases of 10-oz. and 6-oz. Italian Salad with the already expired Use-by Date of March 26...

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Honda recalls Civic LX vehicles

Tires on the vehicles may be damaged

American Honda Motor Co. is recalling 9,816 model year 2014 Honda Civic LX vehicles manufactured November 26, 2013, through January 21, 2014. In the aff...

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Toyota recalls Avalons with faulty restraint systems

Airbgs could deploy inadvertantly

Toyota is recalling119,140 model year 2003-2004 Avalon vehicles manufactured June 5, 2002, through December 20, 2004. In these vehicles, the supplemental...

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GM again expands ignition switch-related recall

Another 824,000 models are being added

General Motors is recalling an additional 824,000 to replace the ignition switches. That means all model years of its Chevrolet Cobalt, HHR, Pontiac G5, S...

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Watch out for mudslide relief scams

Scam artists are profiting on others' misfortunes

When disaster strikes, you can be sure that scam artists will be close behind. The latest example is the massive mudslide in Washington State. Every...

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Pending home sales slide again

Sales in all regions are below a year ago

For the eighth time in as many months, pending home sales have taken a hit. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the Pending Home Sale...

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Incomes and spending head higher in February

Consumers also managed to tuck away more money for a rainy day

Both personal incomes and consumer spending posted gains in February, as did the savings rate of consumers, Government figures show overall income edged u...

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GM recalls Cadillac ELRs

The vehicles may have electronic stability control software problems

General Motors is recalling 656 model year 2014 Cadillac ELR vehicles not equipped with adaptive cruise control and manufactured September 26, 2013, throu...

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Excel recalls BigDog and Hustler mowers

The mower may to continue to move without an operator present

Excel Industries of Hesston, Kan., is recalling about 3,700 Hustler and BigDog riding mowers. The seat switch can fail to detect that the rider has left t...

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ThinkPad notebook computer battery packs recalled

The battery packs can overheat, posing a fire hazard

Lenovo of Morrisville, N.C., is recalling about 37,000 ThinkPad notebook computer battery packs in the U.S. and Canada. The battery packs can overheat, po...

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Retirement account fees getting increased scrutiny

New web tool tells you if you are paying too much

With so many Baby Boomers retiring, or getting ready to retire, retirement savings has been been a hot button topic. Right along with it – especially...

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CDC finds more cases of Heartland virus

It's another good reason to be wary of ticks

Not long ago, we reported on a newly-discovered food allergy that's spread by ticks. And now the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)...

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Microsoft Office for iPads: smart move or too little, too late?

Keyboards vs. touchscreens is another debate

It's said that one of the hallmarks of “great art” is its ability to be interpreted different ways by different people. If so, then Microsoft's...

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Insurance study: car recalls make a difference

Study shows importance of responding promptly to recall notices

How seriously should a vehicle owner take a recall notice? A new study by the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) shows that at least one type of recall cor...

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New York cracks down on Hollywood Tans' health claims

The tanning chain agrees to stop claiming health benefits for tanning sessions

It's no secret that getting too much sun -- real or otherwise -- is bad for you, but that doesn't stop tanning salons from hinting or just outright claimin...

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Mediterranean diet linked to lower risk of diabetes

The diet is beneficial among all groups, especially those at high risk of heart disease

You've heard that adopting a Mediterranean diet is good for your heart. Now a study shows it is also linked to a lower risk of diabetes, especially among p...

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Four Loko agrees to clean up its marketing

The company will pay $400,000 as part of a settlement with 19 states

Four Loko has agreed to pay $400,000 and clean up its marketing practices.It's part of a multistate settlement of allegations that the company unlawfully...

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A bit of oomph in the economic growth rate

But the pace doesn't even come close to what we saw three months earlier

Government numbers crunchers have finished their work computing the rate of growth for the final 3 months of 2013. And while the third estimate is up a bit...

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Pure Edge Nutrition recalls Bella Vi brand products

The weight-loss dietary supplements contain unapproved new drugs

Pure Edge Nutrition of Toms River, N.J., is recalling one lot each of: Bella Vi Insane Bee Pollen Capsules Bella Vi BTrim Ultimate Boost Bella Vi BTrim...

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Feds issue public health alert for processed egg products

The action follows a company's refusal to expand an earlier recall

The federal Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is taking matters into its own hands. The agency is issuing a public health alert because Nutriom LL...

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Oscar’s Smokehouse recalls Cheese Spreads

The products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Oscars Smokehouse of Warrensburg, N.Y., is recalling 11 7-oz. cheese spreads varieties marked with 3-digit lot numbers ranging from” 719-959” because they ...

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Super Fat Burner, Maxi Gold and Esmeralda dietary supplements recalled

The products contain unapproved and undeclared ingredients

New Life Nutritional Center is recalling all lots of Super Fat Burner capsules, Maxi Gold capsules and Esmeralda softgels. Laboratory analysis has reveale...

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Chrysler recalls Dodge Chargers with headlight problems

Sub-harness for the headlights may overheat and cause the low beam headlights to go out

Chrysler Group is recalling 43,452 model year 2011-2012 Dodge Charger vehicles manufactured May 20, 2010, through November 8, 2011, and equipped with halog...

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Dermatologist links surge in skin allergies to sanitary wipes

Some are allergic to common preservative used in these products

Those pre-moistened wipes are everywhere, especially in supermarkets. A dispenser usually greets shoppers as they walk through the door, inviting them to w...

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How much do you spend on ATM fees?

Report finds California state benefit recipients spend about $19 million

If you look at your bank statement each month and wonder where the money went, take a hard look at the bank fees – particularly the ATM fees.While ...

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GM-style delayed recall can't happen again, Senators vow

Senator warns that GM may try to escape responsibility under terms of its 2009 bankruptcy

Last February, General Motors took the rare step of issuing a public apology, after news broke that the company had known for years about potentially fatal...

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Judge asked to order GM to send a "park it now" warning to owners of recalled cars

But GM CEO Barra says the cars are safe to drive

Plaintiffs in a class action against General Motors want the judge hearing the case to order GM to warn owners of 1.6 million recalled cars that they shoul...

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Senate report says Target ignored chances to prevent data breach

A little due diligence from Target could've avoided the whole mess

The more information that comes out about the massive security breach that compromised the data (and finances) of at least 40 million Target customers last...

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Audi A3 earns Insurance Institute's highest safety rating

The midsize luxury car performed well in crashworthiness tests

Good performance in five crashworthiness tests and an advanced rating for front crash prevention has won the 2015 Audi A3 the Insurance Institute for Highw...

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Study: Don't shop for leisure travel while working

Travelers were happier when they paid in advance and planned travel from home

Planning your next vacation? Great, but don't do it from your desk. That's the advice from researchers who studied the quality of the hotel consumers chose...

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What not to do in the pool this summer

Have you ever wondered if it's safe to pee in the pool? Here's the answer

Despite the tardy arrival of springlike weather in much of the country, thoughts invariably turn towards such summer pleasures as backyard barbecues and af...

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"Sodabriety" campaign helps teens cut back on sugary drinks

Ohio State University study uses peer pressure to help teens cut down on sugar

What happens if you get teens to cut back on sugary drinks? Well, among other things, their water consumption goes up.That's among the findings of an Ohi...

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Mortgage applications head lower

However, a revision turned the previous week's decline into an advance

Mortgage applications fell in the week ending March 21, but a revision of figures from the previous week prevented back-to-back declines. Data from the Mo...

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Home prices continue to rise, but at a slower pace

Some broader measures of home prices are actually falling

Some mixed news today from the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices. The leading measure of U.S. home prices reported that the 10-City and 20-City Compos...

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Nissan recalls nearly a million vehicles with airbag software problems

The software may incorrectly classify the passenger seat as empty when it is occupied

Nissan North America is recalling 989,701 model year 2013-2014 Altima, LEAF, Pathfinder, and Sentra, model year 2013 NV200 (aka Taxi) and Infiniti JX35 and...

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Wal-Mart recalls dolls due to burn hazard

The circuit board in the doll's chest can overheat

Wal-Mart Stores of Bentonville, Ark., is recalling about 174,000 My Sweet Love / My Sweet Baby cuddle care baby dolls. The circuit board in the doll's che...

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Report: Data theft increasingly linked to Russia

Cyber security expert worries there is little the U.S. can do about it

Russia's meddling in Ukraine political matters isn't the biggest threat to the world. Providing a home base for hackers stealing credit card data just migh...

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GPS: a useful tool, but don't become dependent on it

Paper maps are a good backup to glowing-screen ones

There's no denying that GPS is a wonderfully useful tool, but any tool can malfunction, break or simply be misused. And of all the “new” (read:...

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Payday Loans: The road to continuing debt

Research shows most payday loans are rolled over or renewed

Very often we hear something described as, 'the gift that keeps on giving.” Well, here's something that keeps on taking. According to a report from the Co...

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e-Book publishers dish out $166 million to readers in antitrust settlement

Five of six publishers have settled; Apple is still fighting the allegations

Now and then, struggling writers manage to get a few bucks for their efforts. But this week, it's readers who'll be getting paid. That's because fiv...

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Potholes more than just a nuisance

They cause real damage to your car

Yes, the winter of 2013-14 was a tough one, with ice and snow covering wide swaths of the nation for weeks on end. But now that spring has officially arriv...

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Ray-Ban, Oakley will frame Google Glass

Can Italian design turn nerdy into neoclassic?

Let's be honest -- Google Glass is generally regarded as pretty nerdy and anybody wearing the face-moun...

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A consumer confidence rebound

There's a sense of optimism about what lies ahead

While consumers don't much like what they are seeing now, they are optimistic about the future. The Conference Board reports its Consumer Confidence Index...

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Connecticut Supreme Court to hear Bank of America appeal

Bank says it is not liable in Catholic school embezzlement scheme

The state Supreme Court of Connecticut is currently hearing an appeal from Bank of America, which seeks to overthrow a lower court verdict requiring the ba...

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New home sales drop in February

Some blame the weather, but...

After posting a gain in January, sales of new single-family homes tapered off last month. Figures released by the government show sales were down 3.3% to ...

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Outlet mall shopping: don't bother

The merchandise you find often doesn't measure up to the goods sold in "real" stores

The Federal Trade Commission, backed by all the power and majesty of the United States Federal Government, has released for public consumption an informati...

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Should airline 'black boxes' be in the cloud?

If they were, the disappearance of MH370 might be less of a mystery

The mystery of the disappearance of Flight MH370 is fueled, in large part, because we just don't know what happened to the Malaysia Airlines jet in the min...

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GM's handling of ignition-switch redesign raises eyebrows

Changes were made so secretly that even GM insiders didn't know about them

General Motors' handling of the faulty ignition switches that caused cars to stall without warning is looking murkier all the time. Automotive News ...

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LifeLock sued by former security officer/whistleblower

Alleges company turned off customer alerts to reduce service-center calls

Michael Peters, a former chief information security officer for the identity-theft security firm LifeLock, is suing the company under whistleblower-protect...

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Minorities beware: skin cancer strikes people of all skin tones

Minority patients are often diagnosed at a more advanced stage because of over-confidence

It may be understandable if minorities with dark skin think they're less likely to get skin cancer, but it's a misunderstanding that can prove fatal, a der...

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Tax returns are rolling in

For individuals who have business income, there's help from the IRS

If you haven't filed your federal income tax return yet, you're behind the curve. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) says it has received more than half o...

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You may have money waiting for you -- and not know it

$760 million in tax refunds is there for the taking

Go figure. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) says it has refunds totaling almost $760 million for an estimated 918,600 taxpayers who didn't even bother ...

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New hope for adults with severe high-frequency hearing loss

The FDA has approved the first implantable hearing device to treat the condition

An implantable device is now available for people 18 and older with severe or profound sensorineural hearing loss of high-frequency sounds in both ears, bu...

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Use caution when dieting and exercising 'like a man'

It may be trendy but sports medicine expert isn't sure it's safe for everyone

Lately, it seems, women have discovered something about men that just doesn't seem fair. While the ladies sweat for endless hours at the gym and agonize ov...

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Appeals court reinstates "swipe fee" rules for debit card transactions

Skirmishing between banks and retailers enters a new phase, while consumers get stuck with the bill

Here's the latest chapter in the never-ending battle over debit card "swipe fees" -- the fees that banks charge retailers for processing purchases: a feder...

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Nissan Rogue earns IIHS top safety award

The redesigned SUV performed well in the small overlap test

The Nissan Rogue has earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's (IIHS) TOP SAFETY PICK+ award for good performance in each of the Institute's five...

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General Motors recalls various vehicles with transmission problems

The transmission shift cable adjuster may disengage from the transmission shift lever

General Motors is recalling 355 model year 2014 Buick Regal, LaCrosse, Verano, and Enclave, and Chevrolet Impala, Malibu, Cruze, and Traverse, and GMC Aca...

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Bedz King recalls bunk beds with side ladder

A protruding corner post poses an entrapment hazard

Bedz King of Arlington, Texas, is recalling about 2,900 Bedz King bunk beds with side ladder. A protruding corner post on the bunk beds exceeds the 5mm al...

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The warning signs of a scam

Remember these rules to protect yourself and your finances

The world is full of untrustworthy people, both on and off the Internet, so you need to protect yourself and your finances from them....

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Consumers being hounded for debts they don't owe

Feds have received 30,000 complaints about the problem

Nobody likes debt collectors but it's even more annoying when the debt in question is bogus. Yet, it's a common practices and the Consumer Financial P...

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How to pick a moving company

And not get taken for a ride

Moving is stressful as well as expensive. Dealing with a less-than-professional moving company just makes it worse.When consumers choose a moving company...

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Study: lose the gut and live longer

Mayo Clinic study suggests belly fat cuts years from life expectancy

Pardon us for asking, but how fat are you? Do you have any idea? If you have been measuring your health, when it comes to weight, by your body mass index (...

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Judge nixes class action in Google data-mining case

Too many claims wrapped up in one omnibus suit, the court rules

When Google changed its privacy policy in 2012 to expand its data-mining, there was an outcry from consumers and privacy groups who were certain that an ou...

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Existing-home sales fall in February as prices rise

Wicked winter weather gets the blame

Another down month for sales of previously-owned homes, although prices continued to rise. Figures released by the National Association of Realtors show t...

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Airline on-time performance declines in January

It was also a rough month for tarmac delays

If you traveled by air in January, there's a good chance it took longer to get where you were going. The Transportation Transportation’s (DOT) Air Travel...

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Minga Fair Trade Imports recalls wooden flipping acrobat toys

The paint on the toys contains excessive levels of lead

Minga Fair Trade Imports of Lake Geneva, Wis., is recalling about 135 wooden flipping acrobat toys. The paint on the contains excessive levels of lead, wh...

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Helados La Tapatia recalls various cold snack products

The products may be contaminated with Salmonella

Helados La Tapatia of Fresno, Calif., is recalling all ice cream products, popsicles, fruit bars/cups and bolis. The products may be contaminated with Lis...

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Grumpy Cat stuffed animal toys recalled

The stuffed animals’ eyes can detach, posing a choking hazard

Ganz USA Marietta, Ga., is recalling about 8,200 plush Grumpy Cat stuffed animal toys. The stuffed animals’ eyes can detach, posing a choking hazard to yo...

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Beware this Google Docs phishing scam

Security experts at Symantec discover "sophisticated" attempt

There's a dangerous new scam that seeks to steal the passwords and other confidential information of any Google account holder...

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Home security: a service or do-it-yourself?

There are pros and cons to each

In towns and cities, urban areas and rural, an increasing number of homeowners are installing some form of home security system. The reason is a persistent...

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States want pharmacies to stop selling cigarettes

New York and Ohio leading effort to get tobacco products out of pharmacy chains

When CVS announced in February that it would stop selling cigarettes, it became just a matter of time until other chains followed suit or were pressured to...

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A second straight decline for mortgage applications

Contract interest rates were lower as well

Another drop -- the second in a row -- in applications for mortgages Data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Surve...

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Arctic Cat recalls off-highway utility vehicles

Fuel can leak from the fuel fitting at the throttle body of the vehicle

Arctic Cat is recalling about 2,300 Prowler 500 HDX off-highway utility vehicles. Fuel can leak from the fuel fitting at the throttle body of the vehicle,...

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Vera Bradley recalls Bear Ring Rattles and Bunny stuffed toys

The pom-pom tail can detach from the body of the bear rattle and the bunny, posing a choking hazard

Vera Bradley Designs of Fort Wayne, Ind., is recalling about 98,000 Bear Ring Rattles and Bunny stuffed toys. The pom-pom tail can detach from the body o...

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Kevin Trudeau sentenced to 10 years in prison

Judge calls him "deceitful to the core"

For years, Kevin Trudeau has promised to reveal the "secrets they don't want you to know" about everything from weight loss to cancer cures, all for just y...

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Stevia: the latest "miracle" sugar substitute

Sugar and stevia aren't the only sweeteners on the market

Is sugar bad for you or good for you? The answer, of course, is: “It depends; some sugar is an absolute biological/nutritional necessity for human bo...

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Amazon video-streamer just about ready to ship, report says

This might not be the time to cancel your Prime membership after all

Wait! Don't cancel that Amazon Prime membership just yet. Amazon is said to be ready to start shipping its long-rumored video-streaming device early next m...

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Looking for a job? Watch your language!

It's especially important when writing your resume'

If you put a lot of time polishing your resume', you'll likely be crushed to know that one in six (17%) hiring managers spend 30 seconds or less -- on aver...

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Rising food prices produce slight uptick in consumer prices

Falling gasoline prices helped hold inflation in check

Consumer prices were up in February -- but not by much. The government reports the Consumer Price Index (CPI) inched up just 0.1% last month, bring the r...

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Another drop in new-home construction

Building permit applications, though, headed higher

Home builders didn't break ground on nay new houses in last month, but they were thinking about it. The government reports housing starts were down in Feb...

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Is your portfolio ready for retirement?

Risk management, diversification and discipline may help get you through the night

Baby Boomers nearing retirement may lie awake at night worrying about their assets. Will they be substantial enough, they may wonder, to see them through r...

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Falls a hidden health issue for seniors

Low-cost preventive program produces 17% reduction in falls

The physical ravages of aging are well-known. The older you get it seems the more vulnerable you are to heart disease, cancer and other infirmities. But on...

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Infinite Herbs recalls organic basil

The product may be contaminated with Salmonella

Infinite Herbs of Miami, Fla., is recalling one lot of its 2.5-ounce packages of Organic Basil because of potential contamination with Salmonella. No ill...

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GM recalls another 1.7 million vehicles for three different defects

The latest recalls are not related to the ignition switch problem

GM CEO Mary BarraGeneral Motors is recalling more than 1.76 million additional vehicles for three separate defects not related to the ignition switch rec...

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Should parents provide financial support to adult children?

One financial adviser says it can sometimes be the right thing to do

Ever since a Pew Research Center report found a growing number of parents – 48% – had provided financial assistance to an adult child within th...

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Survey: Prime price increase hurts Amazon's brand

Rivals, notably ShopRunner.com, rush to recruit Amazon deserters

Amazon may have underestimated the negative blowback from its decision to raise the price of its Prime memebership to $99, according to a survey conducted ...

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Study identifies another reason to eat oats

Oats may possess antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-itch and anti-cancer properties

It's long been known that oatmeal helps lower total and LDL cholesterol, which can help promote heart health. Now a team of scientists say they've found an...

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Fiat 500Ls recalled to fix transmission glitch

Moving the shift lever may have no effect on the transmission

Chrysler Group LLC is recalling selected 2014 Fiat 500L vehicles. The company said that "moving the transmission shift lever may have a delayed effect or n...

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SNI National recalls various dietary supplements

The products contain an ingredient that could produce dangerous side effects

SNI National is recalling all Kratom products,including Kratom XL 4 Pack, Maeng Da Kratom 10 Pack, Max Kratom 20 Pack, and Bali Kratom 40 Pack, from distri...

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Chrysler recalls Dodge Durangos and Jeep Grand Cherokees

The driver may experience a hard brake pedal feel

Chrysler Group is recalling 18,690 model year 2012-2013 Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles manufactured October 11, 2011, through October 1, 2...

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Dole Fresh Vegetables recalls bagged salads

The salads may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Dole Fresh Vegetables is recalling a limited number of cases of bagged salads due to a possible health risk from Listeria monocytogenes. No illnesses hav...

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Could the missing Malaysia Airlines jet have been hacked?

Technology consultant issued a warning nearly a year ago

At the moment, there are more theories than known facts in the case of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, missing for a week on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Be...

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Auto safety group: Deaths understated in GM ignition problem

And how about those free loaners GM offered?

How many deaths have there actually been in connection with an ignition problem in certain General Motors vehicles that resulted in the failure of airbags ...

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Not all uninsured drivers are bad drivers

Consumer group says some good drivers are being unfairly punished

What's worse than having your auto insurance rates go up? Not being able to get insurance in the first place. When that happens you end up in the “as...

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Avoiding buyer's remorse

The law provides only limited remedy

Buyer's remorse can be a terrible thing. At the time, the purchase of something – a sailboat or a new top of the line vacuum cleaner – seemed l...

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DIY filers turn to home computers

You may be able to use Free File

Using a home computer to file your tax return appears to be catching on. According to the Internal revenue Service (IRS) more than 27 million taxpayers ha...

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More muscle mass translates to longer life

"Muscle mass index" may be a better guide than body mass index

Want to live a long time? Get into the gym and start pumping iron. Boiled down to its essence, that's the takeaway message from new UCLA research. It sugge...

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Mortgage rates up slightly

Despite the movement, rates remain in a familiar range

Fixed mortgage rates moved higher during the week ended March 13, according to a pair of closely watched surveys. According to Freddie Mac's Primary Mortg...

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Kirkland Signature Real Sliced Fruit recalled

The product may be contaminated with Salmonella

Oregon Freeze Dry of Albany, Ore., is recalling 59,780 cases of Kirkland Signature Real Sliced Fruit, produced exclusively for Costco Wholesale Stores. Th...

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Mold can be a spring time scourge

Here's how to identify, and get rid of it

As part of any spring cleaning routine a homeowner should pay attention for signs of mold. Mold is a fungus that usually forms in areas where moisture beco...

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More states allowing ATVs on public roads despite safety hazards

ATVs aren't designed for use on roads, Consumer Federation warns

Kawasaki Brute Force (Photo: Kawasaki)Despite warnings from safety advocates and a rising accident rate, a growing number of states are allowing all-te...

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Amazon confirms it: Prime membership going up to $99

It's the first increase in five years, the company notes

Amazon has made it official: its popular Prime membership program will set you back $99, a $20 per year increase. In its defense, Amazon notes it's the fir...

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Who can be claimed as a dependent on your tax return?

More people than you might think

Claiming yourself as a dependent provides a nice tax benefit when you fill out your federal return but being able to claim others just makes it nicer. For ...

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A rebound for retail sales

New cars and building materials were among the contributors

Retail sales bounced back in February after posting declines the two previous months. Government figures show sales were up 0.3% last month, rebounding fr...

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Stromer electric bicycles recalled

The bicycle fork can break, posing a crash and injury hazard

BMC-USA of Boston, Mass., is recalling about 1,311 Stromer ST1 electric bicycles in the U.S. and Canada. The bicycle fork can break, posing a crash and in...

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BMW recalls various motorcycles

The vehicles have potential ignition problems

BMW of North America is recalling 4,453 model year 2013 C 600 Sport, C 650 GT, F 700 GS, F 800 GS, F 800 GS Adventure, F 800 GT, R 1200 R and R1200 GS moto...

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Graco expands child safety seat recall

The company will notify registered owners in April

In early February, Graco Children's Products announced the recall of millions of model year 2009 through 2013 toddler and booster child restraints. The de...

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GM offers $500 cash allowance to owners of 1.3 million recalled cars

Safety advocates say GM may try to use its 2009 bankruptcy to escape liability for deaths and injuries

Hoping to mollify customers outraged by the news that their ignition switch could kill them, General Motors is offering a $500 cash allowance towards the p...

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What's your favorite consumer news source?

Consumers asked to nominate the news outlets they rely on

Who better to judge consumer journalism than consumers? That's the thinking behind a new series of awards recognizing outstanding reporting of consumer iss...

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Spring lawn care tips

Despite climate differences, diverse regions of the country get uniform results

Now that we're are well into March you may be giving thought to your home's lawn. Coaxing it back to life after a hard winter is important, but don't over ...

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Tesla gets the Bum's Rush in New Jersey

High-end electric-car manufacturer ordered to shut down its Garden State showrooms

New Jersey has become a bridge too far for Tesla, the fast-growing electric-car manufacturer that has been challenging the cozy relationship between car de...

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Buying, treating effects of illegal drugs skyrocketing

Americans may have spent $1 trillion on illegal drugs in 10 years

The economy may still be shaky and unemployment still high, but Americans are somehow finding the resources to purchase marijuana, cocaine, meth and other ...

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Are medical marijuana commercials coming to TV?

Probably not, despite last week's hoax

American marijuana laws have been in flux for the past few years...

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Target's embarrassing Photoshop failure

It is physically and biologically impossible for any human to look like that

The Target corporation has had multiple problems lately but its latest bit of bad publicity is entirely its own fault — no hacker malfeasance to blame....

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A negative turnaround for mortgage applications

They just can't get any positive traction

After posting their first increase in more than a month last week, applications for mortgages are down again. Data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s...

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Lawsuit alleges Google unfairly sells in-app purchases to young children

Kids can ring up enormous fees without even realizing it

If you have young children and let them play “free” game apps on their handheld devices, watch out...

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Consumer complaints pay off for servicemembers, veterans, and their families

Some get cash, others get justice

It pays to gripe. According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), servicemembers, veterans, and their families who complained the about fina...

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FTC finds small minority of funeral homes violating price disclosure requirements

Undercover investigations were conducted in 8 states last year

Most funeral homes checked last year by Federal Trade Commission (FTC) investigators working undercover are following the rules when it comes to disclose p...

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Three ways to reduce childhood obesity

Getting rid of the TV in the bedroom just might make a difference

Parents concerned that their children may be putting on too much weight have reason to be concerned. Not only are more children overweight but obesity is a...

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Mandatory liability insurance must be affordable, report finds

Consumer Federation urges states to recognize that many motorists struggle to afford insurance

Many low-income Americans are caught in a Catch-22 situation: they can't afford mandatory minimum liability coverage on the car they need to get to and fro...

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Auto leasing picking up speed

Industry report shows increase in number of fourth-quarter leases

When financing a new car, consumers have the option of a purchase or a lease. In the past a lease was usually reserved for very expensive cars or those use...

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New blood test identifies risk of Alzheimer's and other dementias

Early warning creates opportunity for effective new therapies

This may not prove to be a very popular test, but researchers at Georgetown University say they have developed a blood test that can predict with more than...

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"House of Cards" comes to Comcast

More Sony titles headed for Comcast's Xfinity Store

Syndication has always been a big deal in the TV business. Once aired on their primary network, shows go on to live forever in syndication, and the advent ...

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Toyota recalls Highlanders

A seat belt assembly might not be properly secured to the vehicle floor anchorage

Toyota is recalling 7,067 model year 2014 Highlander vehicles manufactured November 20, 2013, through January 18, 2014. The third row middle seat belt as...

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George's Inc., recalls chicken products

The products contain soy protein, an allergen, and monosodium glutamate (MSG) not listed on the label

George’s Inc. of Springdale, Ark., is recalling approximately 29,200 pounds of seasoned raw, chicken breast strips. The products are formulated with soy ...

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A growing trend: food from your backyard

Consumers seeking cheaper, healthier produce

When winter finally ends and the spring thaw begins, a growing number of consumers will take hoe and rake in hand and head for the back yard. In communitie...

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What food label information matters most?

Survey shows consumers respond to some data more than others

The Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) recent announcement that it is making changes to the required Nutrition Facts label on food products has focused a...

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Safer credit cards might finally come to America

MasterCard, Visa announce upgrades after recent mass hacking events

Scarcely a week goes by without various news media publishing stories on the theme “Hackers break into corporate database, steal customers' account info" ...

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February job creation exceeds expectations

But that didn't keep the jobless rate from inching higher

The wicked winter weather has been blamed for a lot of things, but it apparently did not have a negative effect on the employment situation in February. G...

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New federal safety standard for carriages and strollers

It affects issues including parking brakes and locking mechanisms

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has signed off on a new federal mandatory standard intended to improve the safety of infant’s and children’s ...

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Design Ideas recalls magnets

The small magnets can easily detach from the product, posing a swallowing hazard

Design Ideas Ltd., of Springfield, Ill., is recalling about 21,000 Design Ideas and Neatlife Rubber Ducky Magnets, 3,200 Design Ideas Blowfish, and 2,000Sp...

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Tektro USA and TRP recall bicycle mechanical disc brake calipers

The brake cable actuator arm can over-rotate, causing the brake calipers to fail

Tektro USA/TRP of Ogden, Utah, are recalling about 2,000 Spyre and Spyre SLC dual-piston mechanical disc brake calipers. The brake cable actuator arm can ...

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Want to buy a foreclosure? You may have to compete with a hedge fund

Consumer groups call for halt of bulk sale of homes

In the last two years the housing market has begun to recover from the wave of foreclosures that kicked off the financial crisis. With prices up, there are...

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University of California study: e-cigs "new route" to nicotine addiction

Study found adolescents who use e-cigs are less likely to quit smoking tobacco cigarettes

Here's the latest chapter in the continuing debate over whether e-cigarettes are a cure or an affliction: a study from the University of California San Fra...

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FTC slams ADT's paid endorsements

The home alarm company agrees not to misrepresent paid endorsements in the future

The Federal Trade Commission has charged the home security company ADT with misrepresenting that paid endorsements from safety and technology experts were ...

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Feds want to know why it took GM 10 years to report ignition-switch problems

Safety agency sends GM a 27-page letter interrogating it about the delay

Federal safety regulators have a few questions -- 107 to be exact -- for General Motors about its ignition switch recalls. The National Highway Traffic Saf...

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Roku takes orders for new streaming stick

Shipping scheduled for April

Here's potentially great news for streaming video fans (or anyone who'd rather watch Internet content on their big-screen TV than their small-screen comput...

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Pace of announced job cuts falls off

The financial sector bore the brunt of the terminations

February turned out to be a better month than January when it comes to job cuts. According to outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas, emplo...

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Duraflame electric space heaters recalled

The heater can overheat, causing the units to melt and catch fire

Twin-Star International of Delray Beach, Fla., is recalling about 31,000 Duraflame electric space heaters. The heater can overheat and cause the units to ...

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Belmont Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream recalled

The ice cream may contain nuts, allergens not listed on the label

House of Flavors Ice Cream Company of Ludington, Mich., is recalling its Belmont Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream. The recall was initiated in respon...

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While no one's watching, Comcast is building a nationwide wi-fi network

A big build-out in Chicago may bring the total number of Xfinity hot spots to 1 million

Those cable companies are sneaky, all right. They're always trying to put one over on us. Take Comcast. It's not content just to buy NBC and Time Warner, n...

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Magical beliefs spawn e-cig bans

Linguistic irony: belief in sympathetic magic decreases sympathetic feelings for your fellow man

The primitive belief in "sympathetic magic" enjoys a renaissance among e-cig opponents...

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Highly "plasticized" males not fast to reproduce

Men with high levels of phthalates take longer to impregnate their mates

Besides being hard to spell, phthalates may make it hard for men to successfully reproduce. A new study finds that women whose male partners have high...

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Target's information security chief is out

Security breach exposed the personal data of tens of millions of customers

It shouldn't be surprising that the information security chief at Target is looking for another job. But in today's business world, accountability doesn't ...

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Kroger, Safeway nix genetically modified salmon

Supermarket chains say their ban will stick regardless of what the FDA does

Kroger and Safeway, the largest retail grocery companies in the U.S., are the latest to vow not to sell genetically modified salmon, according to an announ...

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Feds drop inquiry into engine problems in Ford Escape, Fusion

The company has launched a "customer satisfaction" campaign to address the issue

Nearly 12,000 consumers took the trouble to complain to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and to Ford about sudden loss of engine ...

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A turnaround for mortgage applications

Refinancings head higher as well

Mortgage applicants rose last week for the first time in four weeks. According to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Su...

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Another “soft month” for job creation, says ADP

The February total fell well below the 12-month average

February was another fairly tepid month job creation. According to the ADP National Employment Report produced in collaboration with Moody’s Analytics, th...

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Steady as she goes at the IRS

The tax agency says everything is running like clockwork

Three weeks into the filing season, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has received about a-third of the individual income tax returns that it expects to r...

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For retirees, annuities are earning new respect

But ask a lot of questions before you commit

In the world of financial services, an annuity is about as boring as it gets. You invest money with an insurance company then get a steady stream of income...

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Four children strangled on window cords in 22 days

Consumer Federation of America urges government to "take action"

If you're an adult trying to childproof your home, you already know to watch out for obvious threats like “sharp kitchen implements”...

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Beware the Netflix phishing scam

That email isn't really from Netflix. Here's how you can tell

Ever heard the saying “Don't call us; we'll call you?” On the Internet it's basic self-preservation...

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Made-in-Italy "Baby Jeep" debuts

Meanwhile, Fiat Chrysler puts the arm on Canada

Jeeps may have their downsides but, if nothing else, they're thought of as big and at least somewhat brawny. That all changed today when Fiat Chrysler unve...

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ABC, ESPN reach deal with Dish on ad-skipping feature

Hopper will be disabled until three days after shows are broadcast

Dish Network has made a lot of hay out of its Hopper DVR, which allows customers to seamlessly skip over ads in TV shows that they record for later viewing...

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RadioShack closing 1,100 stores

1980s-nostalgia marketing strategy proves uneffective

One-fifth of all U.S. stores to close after disappointing sales...

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Obese people -- where they are and where they aren't

States with the highest obesity rates also have the most chronic diseases

In a country where the obesity rate has generally increased each year since 2008, two states have taken the lead as the most and least obese. For 2013, Mi...

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The weather may be cold, but home prices are hot

Values posted a double-digit year-over-year increase in January

The frigid January weather didn't seem to have a cooling effect in home prices. According to CoreLogic's Home Price Index (HPI) report, prices nationwide ...

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Feds make changes to the WIC program

Women, infants, and children will have more access to healthy foods

The nation's low-income pregnant women, new mothers, infants and young children will soon have better access to fruits and vegetables, whole grains and low...

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Walmart MoneyCards: still being hacked

A reader this week reports the same problem we discussed last September

Readers across America say their accounts are drained at a New York City-area Target....

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Cellphone providers step up the competition

Brewing price war can mean savings for consumers who shop carefully

If you haven't checked your cellphone bill in a while, perhaps you should. The four major cellphone providers have stepped up their competition with each o...

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American Express to focus on "Busy Mom" market

Watch out, or you'll pay more in interest charges than you'll get in reward points

American Express is coming out with a new rewards card aimed at the “busy mom” market, with an advertising campaign starring Tina Fey...

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Keurig 2.0 machines to feature RFID-limited K-cups

Will coffee drinkers be stupid enough to fall for this? Stay tuned

When Brian Kelley, current president and CEO of Keurig coffee, was a little boy, nobody ever read him the fable of the goose that laid the golden eggs...

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Not able to sleep? It's all in your head -- really

Brain differences appear to be linked to insomnia

Why is it your partner gets a good, solid night of sleep while you toss and turn, unable to get any shut-eye? Researchers at Johns Hopkins think it has to...

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FDA removes age restrictions from generic "Plan B" emergency contraception

Previously, anyone could buy the name brand, but generics had prescription and age limitations

Levonorgestrel now one step closer to full over-the-counter status...

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More income, even more outgo

Spending increases as savings decline

The increase in consumer spending outstripped the rise in incomes in January. Figures released by the Commerce Department show personal income rose 0.3% -...

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Roos Foods expands, clarifies previous recall

More products have been added because of a potential Listeria risk

Roos Foods of Kenton, Del., is expanding an earlier recall for cheese products to include all product sizes and containers of Santa Rosa de Lima Queso Duro...

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