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Foreclosures are down but there's a long way to go

Still, it's a positive sign for an anemic housing market

Americans continue to lose their homes to foreclosure but the rate continues to fall. Slowly.CoreLogic, a company that tracks housing data, reports there...

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Ford issues massive vehicle recall

More than 1 million problem vehicles are being pulled in

Steering, rust and floor mat problems are prompting Ford to recall 1.4 million SUVs and cars in North America, according to the website Manufacturing.net. ...

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Europeans can now ask Google to forget about them

Does this really amount to a cataclysmic assault on the "public's right to know?"

In the United States, the First Amendment trumps just about everything and, unlike the Second, is relatively non-controversial. But every now and then, we'...

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9 ways to increase online privacy

A new Consumer Reports survey suggests most of us need help in that area

Privacy seems to be a commodity in short supply these days. Every month there seems to be some new revelation of a data breach, in which a hacker is able t...

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Want to lose weight? Try prunes

Eating lots of prunes dampens the appetite, researchers find

Prunes don't get much respect. Aside from, or perhaps partly because of, their reputation as an unusually effective laxative, they're not something most of...

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Peer-to-peer banking gains investors' interest

Short-lived fad or the shape of financial things to come? Investors betting the latter

Earlier this week we told you about how “new technology threatens old banking institutions,” at least according to a new marketing survey sugge...

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Consumers pull back on spending in April

The decline came even though incomes moved higher

Consumers showed some reluctance to open their wallets last month, even though their incomes increased. Figures released by the Bureau of Economic Analysi...

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Southwest fined for violating price advertising rule -- again

The carrier advertised tickets for seats that were not available

Southwest Airlines is being fined $200,000 for violating the U.S. Department of Transportation ’s full-fare advertising rules. The carrier is also under or...

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Ocean’s Catch brand minced crab meat recalled

The product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Rome Packing of East Providence, R.I., is recalling Ocean’s Catch brand minced crab meat. Routine product sampling has determined some of the finished pro...

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Pet Center recalls Lamb Crunchy’s dog treats

The product may be contaminated with Salmonella

Pet Center of Los Angeles, Calif., is recalling 3-oz bags of Lamb Crunchy’s dog treats (LAM-003) (UPC# 727348200038) with date code 122015. The product h...

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Eugene Oregon expands recall of various dietary supplements

The products may contain undeclared active pharmaceutical ingredients

Eugene Oregon of Levittown, Pa., is expanding the recall of the following products: African Black Ant, Black Ant, Mojo Risen. The original recall was issu...

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Trident Recalls ultraviolet sanitation systems for pools

Electrical arcing can cause the units to catch fire

Trident Ultraviolet Corp., of Marina del Rey, Calif., is recalling about 3,660 Trident Series 2 Ultraviolet Sanitation Systems for pools. Electrical arcin...

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Sunbeam recalls Holmes ceramic heaters

The ceramic heaters can overheat, posing a fire hazard

Sunbeam Products of Boca Raton, Fla., is recalling about 151,600 Holmes ceramic heaters. The ceramic heaters can overheat, posing a fire hazard to consume...

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Google settles parts of Gmail privacy-violation lawsuit

Pre-dates their current Terms of Service: they're still allowed to scan most emails

Google has settled part of the lawsuit brought against it by various adult Gmail users who claim that Google's practice of scanning email content for targe...

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Amazon admits contract disputes are behind its battle with Hachette

Advises customers to look elsewhere for certain books

The latest development in the Amazon vs. Hachette Book Group saga has Amazon openly admitting that contract disputes are behind the recent inability of cus...

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Apple buys Beats -- good news for music lovers? How about musicians?

Recording artists may face slow starvation as streaming services displace download sales

Maybe it's a little embarassing for Apple, the company that pretty much invented legal online music downloads, to have to pony up $3 billion to buy its way...

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Better automatic braking means higher safety ratings

The improvement comes less than a year into a new program

More vehicles are earning top ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) when it comes to front crash prevention. Less than a year int...

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Children can suffer from high blood pressure too

And it's becoming more common

It's a grown-up affliction but an alarming number of children are beginning to feel its effects: hypertension, or high blood pressure.The typical person ...

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Dish Network will begin accepting bitcoin payments

With 14 million customers, it's the biggest to do so

DISH Network says it will begin accepting bitcoin payments in the third quarter. It says it's the biggest company and the only pay-TV provider to do so."...

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U.S. economy shifts into reverse

A second look at early 2014 shows we're losing ground

What a difference a couple of months can make. The government reports that the economy, after growing at an annual rate of 2.6% in the last three months o...

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Pending home sales head higher in April

Lower mortgage interest rates could continue the trend

Gains in the Midwest and Northeast offset declines in the West and South, pushing pending home sales higher in April for the second straight month. The Na...

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Federal Corporation recalls tires with shoulder cracks

The cracks could result in an unexpected loss of pressure

Federal Corporation is recalling 6,209 model Couragia A/T LT245/75R16 120/116Q 10PR tires manufactured May 2013, through April 2014, and with sidewall stam...

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Nissan recalls Rogue vehicles with steering issues

A bolt used to connect the intermediate shaft to the upper steering assembly could fall out

Nissan North America is recalling 1,644 model year 2014 Rogue vehicles manufactured January 10, 2014, to January 17, 2014. An incorrect bolt may have bee...

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Microsoft says Skype will soon translate "on the fly"

Beta version expected to be released later this year

A Microsoft researcher demonstrates Skype's translation software at the Code conferenceMicrosoft says Skype will soon be able to translate voice calls ...

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How to prevent dangerous tick bites

Exposure in some areas can be hundreds an hour

Health officials in recent years have tried to increase public awareness of the serious diseases carried by ticks. But the tiny insect is usually the last ...

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Uber dubs itself a jobs creator

The popular ride-sharing service says it's generating 20,000 jobs per month

Crowd-sourcing is the engine that drives Uber, Airbnb and other fast-growing "peer-to-peer" businesses -- and a powerful engine it is.Just how powerful i...

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New technology threatens old banking institutions

Accenture survey suggests younger generation more open to alternative banking options

The phrase "Younger people are more likely than older people to embrace new technology and innovations" has always been true regardless of the ...

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Allergists caution e-cigarette users

No evidence to support claims e-cigs help users cut back tobacco use, researchers caution

E-cigarettes have captured the interest of smokers, and they've also captured the interest of researchers, who are turning out a flurry of studies of the r...

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Mortgage applications post first decline in 4 weeks

Refinancing applications were down as well

Applications for home mortgages fell during the week ending May 23 after posting gains during the previous 3 weeks. According to data from the Mortgage Ba...

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Belleville Farmer’s Market recalls shelled walnuts

The product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Belleville Farmer’s Market of Belleville, Ill., is recalling its packages of shelled walnuts. The product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes....

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Sun Tree recalls shelled walnuts

The product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Sun Tree LLC is recalling 46 cases of 24-count 12-oz produce bags of California Grown Shelled Walnuts, Lot No. 42720, Best by 12/11/2014 UPC code, 69887507...

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Automakers asked to help get recalled rentals off the road

The auto industry has been working to defeat a bill requiring safer rental cars

An unfixed recall caused this fire. (PRNewsFoto/Carfax)Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) is asking the auto industry to get behind legislation that would o...

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4 ways to boost your credit score

And a good credit score will save you money

When you apply for a loan – such as a mortgage or auto financing – the lender runs a credit check and is required to give you a copy of your cr...

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Is the sun setting on tanning salons?

They remain popular but states are cracking down

Actor George Hamilton is famous for a deep tan but these days, few others are. The practice of lying in sun to darken skin has fallen out of favor over con...

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Justice department investigating auto-parts price-fixing

“Largest criminal antitrust probe ever” is still ongoing; cost U.S. drivers “millions”

The Justice Department is currently investigating what the Associated Press has dubbed the “largest criminal antitrust probe ever,” alleging bi...

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Calorie restriction may improve breast cancer outcomes

Tests in mice find restricted diet lessens chance certain types of breast cancer will spread

Severely restricting calories has been suggested as a way of lengthening lifespans, and now a study finds that a very-low-calorie diet may also improve out...

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Samsung's forthcoming smartwatch may not need to sync to a smartphone

Apple is also working on a standalone smartwatch that may be released later this year

Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatchThere are all kinds of smartwatches already on the market. Some are fairly crude, some are pretty sophisticated but nea...

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Consumer confidence rebounds in May

There's growing optimism about rising incomes

The Conference Board's Consumer Confidence Index rebounded from its April decline. After dipping to 81.7 last month, the Index now stands at 83.0. Both th...

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Home prices on the rise in March

However, the rate of increase is slowing

March was another good month for homeowners looking for the prices of their houses to rise in value. Data by S&P Dow Jones Indices for its S&P/Case-Shille...

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Chaparros Mexican Foods recalls beef products

The products contain milk, an allergen not listed on the label

Chaparros Mexican Foods of Vista, Calif., is recalling approximately 568,503 pounds of beef products. The products were formulated with hydrolyzed milk p...

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Fayette Creamery brand Jalapeno Pepper Raw Milk Cheddar Cold Pack Cheese Spread recalled

The product may contain soy, an allergen not listed on the label

Brunkow Cheese of Darlington, Wis., is recalling its 8-ounce tubs of Fayette Creamery brand Jalapeno Pepper Raw Milk Cheddar Cold Pack Cheese Spread. The ...

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General Motors recalls Cadillac CTS vehicles

A wiper issue could kill the vehicle battery

General Motors is recalling 19,225 model year 2014 Cadillac CTS vehicles manufactured June 10, 2013, through February 26, 2014. If the vehicle is turned ...

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What makes hydrogen cars go?

Water -- but it's a bit more complicated than that

As gasoline mileage continues to improve and all-electric cars become more common on U.S. roadways, it's hard to see how fuel economy can get much better....

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Amazon stops selling Hachette book titles

Is this in retaliation for Hachette publishing an unflattering account of the company?

What does Amazon.com have against the Hachette Book Group? Nobody outside of Amazon's inner circle knows for sure (more on that later), but as The New York...

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One reason the economy is stuck in neutral

Two economists suggest policymakers have attacked the wrong problem

As the credit crisis of 2008 recedes further and further into the rear view mirror the effects seem to still be with us.Unemployment is only now starting...

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Low-carb vegan diet reduces heart disease risk, helps weight loss

"Eco-Atkins" diet reduces carbs and animal proteins

Low-carb vegan diet may reduce heart disease risk and weightTORONTO, May 22, 2014 -- Researchers at St. Michael's Hospital have shown for the first time ...

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New home sales post first gain in 3 months

Home prices headed lower

After falling in March and February, sales of new single-family homes rose 6.4% in April to seasonally adjusted annual rate of 433,000. Despite last m...

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Suzuki recalls Forenzas and Renos

The headlamp switch or the daytime running light module could melt

Suzuki Motor of America is recalling184,244 model year 2004-2008 Forenza vehicles, and 2005-2008 Reno vehicles manufactured from September 1, 2003, through...

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Sherman Produce recalls bulk and packaged walnuts

The products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Sherman Produce of St. Louis, Mo., is recalling 241 cases of bulk walnuts packaged in 25-lb bulk cardboard boxes and Schnucks brand 10-oz trays with UPC 00...

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Facing uncertain retirement? Don't panic

The situation might not be as dire as you think

It always happens. Conventional wisdom determines that some threat is inevitable, generating much fear and angst. Then someone comes along and says maybe t...

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Facebook improving users' privacy controls

Backing away from Zuckerberg's dream of a world without privacy—at least for now

A common complaint which Facebook users have had almost as long as there's been a Facebook is this: its confusing and oft-changing privacy policies make it...

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New calling app Ringo challenges Skype

Ringo claims to deliver lower rates and better quality than Internet calls

For awhile there, making phone calls via the Internet was the unquestioned way to avoid expensive international and roaming rates. There were plenty of way...

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Will the post office end door-to-door delivery?

Congressional committee votes to begin converting to "cluster" mailboxes

For as long as Internet news sites have existed, those sites have periodically reported the story “Post office having financial problems again.&rdquo...

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How to stay healthy on germ-infested airliners

There's no sure-fire method but there are a few simple steps you can take

Germs are everywhere. There's a reason most supermarkets now provide anti-bacterial hand wipes when you walk through the door.But public spaces that are ...

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Study finds cause of obesity: too much food!

Seriously, RAND study finds easy access to inexpensive food of all kinds is driving obesity epidemic

US obesity epidemic making all segments of the nation fatter, study findsThe nation's obesity epidemic is striking all groups of Americans, affecting tho...

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Finally -- an increase in sales of existing homes

Rising home inventory is giving buyers a bigger choice

Sales of previously-owned homes rose in April for the first time this year. Figures released by the National Association of Realtors show existing-home sa...

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Prime Pak Foods recalls chicken breast and tender products

The products contain eggs, milk and wheat, allergens not isted on the label

Prime Pak Foods of Gainesville, Ga., is recalling approximately 23,250 pounds of fully cooked breaded chicken breast and tender products. The products wer...

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Bristle Builders for Toddlers play sets recalled

The base of the three animal figures can detach

Lakeshore Learning Materials of Carson, Calif., is recalling about 2,000 Bristle Builders for Toddlers play sets. The base of the three animal figures can...

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Office Depot Gibson Leather Task Chairs recalled

The mounting plate weld can break and separate the seat from the base of the chair

Office Depot of Boca Raton, Fla., is recalling about 1.4 million Office Depot Gibson Leather Task Chairs. The mounting plate weld can break and separate t...

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License plate scanner errors vex innocent motorists

The privacy implications are bad. The false readings are worse.

It's no exaggeration to say that if you live in modern America, there's a good chance anytime you leave your house, your movements and whereabouts are bein...

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Drugs show promise against alcohol abuse

Researchers say there's help now for people with alcohol dependency

Currently people with alcohol dependence have few treatment options. In most cases they enter programs in which the goal is complete and lifelong abstinenc...

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Google's vision: ads everywhere

In SEC filing, Google dreams aloud of all the places it hopes to display ads

Your watch, your thermostat, even your refrigerator are just a few of the things Google thinks are simply crying out for ads. Ads are good, right? S...

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Three increases in a row for mortgage applications

Lower interest rates get the credit

Mortgage applications posted their third straight increase last week. According to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Appl...

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General Motors recalls Aveos and Optras

Overheating could cause problems in the vehicles' electrical systems

If it's Wednesday, there must be more General Motors recalls. There are -- 2 of them. In the first, the automaker is recalling 218,000 model year 2004-200...

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Additional consumer protections proposed for air travelers

The DOT proposal covers fee disclosure and reservations

The disclosure of fees for certain basic airline services such as checked baggage is among the new consumer protections for air travelers being proposed by...

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BMW recalls R 1200 GS motorcycles

The transmission output seal could be pushed out of place

BMW of North America is recalling 1,420 model year 2013 R 1200 GS motorcycles manufactured November 2012, through August 2013. Pressure inside the transm...

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Hot Mama’s Foods recalls hummus & dip products

The products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Hot Mama’s Foods is recalling approximately 14,860 pounds of hummus and dip products. The products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. No il...

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Jerky treats implicated in 1,000 dog deaths, FDA reports

But the agency says it still hasn't been able to find a specific cause

For years, angry pet owners have accused jerky treats for causing their dogs' and cats' illness and deaths. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has...

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Survey: U.S. kids getting too much screen time

Pediatricians say children under 2 should get no screen time

Parents with young children know the value of an entertaining TV show or computer game when the kids need to be occupied for a short while. But a little sc...

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Toyota: fuel cells are the future

Batteries are fine for now but the company says hydrogen fuel cells are the long-term answer

Sometimes it's a little hard to tell which promising new technology will wind up on top: VHS or Beta, iPhone or Android, wind or solar power, battery or fu...

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GM recalls another 2.4 million vehicles

Four recalls cover everything from seat belts to potential fire hazards

2014 Chevrolet Traverse (GM Photo)In its many apologies and mea culpas after its defective ignition switch debacle, General Motors has said it would sp...

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Study finds e-cigarettes can be a useful quit-smoking tool

British study also finds no evidence e-cigs lead to renewed use of tobacco

E-cigarettes have taken something of a beating recently, as numerous studies have identified negative health consequences from using the nicotine burners w...

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Bacteria can be frequent flyers too

Study finds some pathogens can live for a week on airplane surfaces

Many consumers dislike flying because they think it's unsanitary to be cooped up in a metal tube with a bunch of strangers for hours at a time.Guess what...

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Kraft Foods recalls cottage cheese products

Some product ingredients were not stored properly

Kraft Foods Group is recalling select Knudsen Cottage Cheese, Breakstone’s Cottage Cheese, Simply Kraft Cottage Cheese and Daily Chef Cottage Cheese produc...

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Transatlantic Foods recalls nearly a-half million pounds of pork products

The company used labels with false “no antibiotic” claims

Transatlantic Foods of New York, is recalling 449,000 pounds of pork products. The company establishments in Scranton, Pa., and Andover, N.J., used labe...

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BMW recalls X5 SAV vehicles

The child safety lock may disengage.

BMW of North America is recalling 6,400 model year 2014 X5 SAV vehicles manufactured December 12, 2013, through March 10, 2014, and equipped with the Soft...

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Wolverine Packing recalls 1.8 million pounds of ground beef products

The beef may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7

Wolverine Packing Company of Detroit, Mich., is recalling approximately 1.8 million pounds of ground beef products. The products, produced between March 3...

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Skeptic alert: think twice about “drinkable sunscreen”

You could maybe get the same medicinal benefits by blowing into a flute

I'm about as pale as you can get without crossing the line into albino territory, which means I sunburn ridiculously easily, so I genuinely wish there exis...

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E-cigarettes may increase virulence of drug-resistant bacteria

They're not as bad as tobacco but that doesn't make them healthful

E-cigarettes have been losing much of their initial luster as a safer alternative to tobacco as one study after another finds some new problem with the ele...

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Boomer roommates may shape housing market

Seniors finding two can live more cheaply than one

Just out of college in the 1960s and 70s, many Baby Boomers moved into group houses as they were starting jobs and careers. It provided instant friends in ...

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Marijuana involvement in fatal accidents increases in Colorado

Percentage of stoned drivers in crashes more than doubled from 1994 to 2011

Marijuana may help reduce frustration with traffic congestion but it's not doing much to increase traffic safety in Colorado, where a new study finds a dra...

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Buick Lacrosse and Chevy Malibu vehicles with braking issue recalled

Brake rotors intended for the rear of the car may have been installed on the front

General Motors is recalling 8,208 model year 2014 Buick Lacrosse vehicles manufactured January 29, 2014, through March 31, 2014, and 2014 Chevrolet Malibu ...

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Transatlantic Foods recalls pork and poultry products

The products did not receive full USDA inspection

Transatlantic Foods of New York is recalling approximately 222,000 pounds of pork and poultry products that did not receive the full benefit of inspection,...

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Nissan recalls 2014 LEAF vehicles with structural issues

The front structural member assembly may be missing welds

Nissan North America is recalling 211 model year 2014 LEAF vehicles manufactured February 28, 2014, through March 12, 2014. The front structural member a...

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Hyundai Tucsons recalled for air bag problems

The air bag assembly installed in the steering wheel may come loose from its mounting

Hyundai Motor Company is recalling 137,500 model year 2011-2014 Hyundai Tucson vehicles manufactured January 3, 2011, through December 23, 2013. The air ...

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Exmark recalls Quest ZRT riding mowers

The riding mower’s steering assembly can fail

Exmark Manufacturing of Beatrice, Neb., is recalling about 5,300 Quest ZRT riding mowers. The riding mower’s steering assembly can fail and cause riders t...

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BMC recalls three models of bicycles

The bicycle forks can crack or break above the brake mount

BMC of San Diego, Calif., is recalling about 160 Alpenchallenge, Masschallenge and Urbanchallenge bicycles with Aprebic forks The bicycle forks can crack o...

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Researchers: neighbor's foreclosure may spike your blood pressure

Researchers continue to find contributors to hypertension

Smoking can cause high blood pressure. So can drinking too much alcohol. Being overweight and consuming too much sodium also greatly increases your risk....

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New York State might outlaw microbeads in cosmetics

Environmental concerns lead to five states considering bead bans

The New York Attorney General is calling for a statewide ban on the use of “microbeads” in cosmetic and beauty products, and earlier this week ...

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A strong April for new home construction

Things are also looking good for homebuilding in the near term

New home construction surged in April following a strong showing the month before. Figures released by the Census Bureau show housing starts shot up 13.2%...

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Headlamp problems prompt Corvette recall

A wiring issue could result in the loss of low beam headlamp illumination

General Motors is recalling 103,158 model year 2005-2007 Chevrolet Corvette vehicles manufactured March 29, 2004, through June 22, 2007. The underhood bus...

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FCC promotes "net neutrality" with a "fast lane"

All websites will be treated equally; some more equally than others

It's hard not to feel confused—or at least suspect that FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler might be confused—when you read today's news reports that the ...

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Future daytripping: the week in robocar reporting

Driverless cars offer improved safety on one hand, ethical dilemmas on the other

It's sometimes fun to sit here now, at the Pinnacle of Technological History To Date, and read old-fashioned predictions about their future (our past) and ...

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Other shoe drops: Comcast planning data caps, report says

The feds have opened the door to carriers gouging customers on both ends of their pipes

If you're looking to be relieved of your worldly goods, you can hang out in a casino, buy a batch of Lotto tickets daily and give big piles of money to eve...

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Google inundated with European takedown requests

Pedophiles and politicians invoke their “right to be forgotten”

Well, that didn't take long! On Tuesday, May 13, the European Union's Court of Justice ruled that Google and other search engines are, in at least some cir...

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How the 'selfie' is boosting mobile security

Better front-facing smartphone cameras aid eyeprint app

Everyone, it seems – from President Obama on down – is posing for 'selfies,” those self-portrait photographs taken by extending a smartph...

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Counting calories for your pet

It's the most effective way to keep your dog or cat slim and trim

It's been shown that one effective way for people to maintain a healthy weight is to keep track of the number of calories consumed each day.It's simple m...

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Oregon county votes on banning GMOs, claiming to protect organic farmers

Critic argues vilification of genetically modified food is misplaced

According to the rules for organic production – written, edited and finalized by organic indus...

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Smokers doubt that e-cigarettes are safer than traditional tobacco cigarettes

Usage is still low, with only 6% of the U.S. population having tried e-cigs

Fewer smokers believe e-cigarettes are a safer alternative to cigarettesInvestigators find rise in overall e-cigarette awareness, but note decline in the...

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Consumer prices up again in April

Overall, though, prices are stable

Rising energy and food costs helped push the government's consumer price index (CPI) moderately higher in April. On a seasonally adjusted basis, the CPI w...

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GM recalls Silverados, Sierras and Tahoes

The tie rod to separate from the steering rack

General Motors is recalling 477 model year 2014 Chevrolet Silverado vehicles manufactured May 23, 2013, through March 25, 2014, 2014; GMC Sierra vehicles m...

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GM recalls Chevy Malibus

The vehicles may experience a complete loss of brake vacuum assist

General Motors is recalling 140,067 model year 2014 Chevrolet Malibus manufactured June 12, 2013, through May 2, 2014, and equipped with a 2.5L engine with...

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Bravo recalls dog and cat foods

The products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Bravo is recalling select lots and product(s) of Bravo Pet Food. The products have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The comp...

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Dimension Industries recalls outdoor dining chairs

The legs of the chairs can bend and break

Dimension Industries of Taipei, Taiwan, is recalling about 6,700 Fairview 7-Piece Patio Woven Dining Sets. The legs of the chairs can bend and break, posi...

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US Trading Company recalls crushed chili powder

The product may be contaminated with Salmonella

US Trading Company of Hayward, Calif., is recalling Dragonfly brand Crushed Chili Powder in 6.3-ounce plastic tubs with lot code 359XP. The product has th...

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Third-party energy providers can be a poor choice

Illinois utility board warns residents of "rip-offs"

For all the countless types of goods and services consumers can buy, they basically fall into one of two different payment categories: those where you know...

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What Millennials need to know about credit scores

Despite their financial savvy, there are gaps in their knowledge

Recent surveys have indicated that the Millennial generation, those 18 to 34 years old, have adopted prudent, frugal habits when it comes to money.They s...

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Researchers find $1.9 billion in Medicare waste

Harvard study suggests there is a lot more but identifying it isn't always easy

In 2009 Medicare, the health insurance program for Americans 65 and older, spent $1.9 billion on 26 tests and procedures that studies have shown offer litt...

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Buckyballs, Buckycubes recalled ... again

The tiny magnets can be deadly if swallowed by children

Another round of Buckyball and Buckycube recalls is getting underway, in an attempt to curtail serious injuries to children who swallow the small but power...

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Mortgage applications post second consecutive gain

Refinance applications were also higher

After rebounding last week from two straight declines, mortgage applications posted their second straight advance last week. According to data from the Mo...

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Airline on-time performance in March shows improvement from February

The year-over-year stats, though, left something to be desired

The on-time arrival rate of nation’s largest airlines improved to 77.6% in March from the preceding month. However, it was down 2.2% from the March 32013 r...

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The long-term effects of bullying

There may be health effects well into adulthood

The effects of bullying may not end once the kids leave the school yard. Researchers at Duke University School of Medicine say children who are bullied ma...

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European Union rules against Google in privacy case

Old news stories can stay online, but Google can't link to them

(Warning: This article might be illegal in the European Union. More specifically, it might be illegal for search engines such as Google to link to this art...

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Financial goals are changing

Polls find consumers are worrying more about retirement

At one time Americans planned for a home of their own, or perhaps saved for a new car. When times were good many counted on a nice vacation every year.Th...

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Post office stamp-machine customers: check your account, now!

You should always watch out for skimmers; the problem isn't limited to the USPS

Warning to anyone who buys postage stamps at USPS vending machines: look carefully before you swipe your credit or debit card for payment, because identity...

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Round-the-clock wearable spy tech for babies

Who needs privacy when you have nifty monitoring gadgets?

It's a fact of modern life: anything with a wireless connection has the potential to be hacked, so once wireless baby monitors went on the market, it was o...

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Millennials kind of clueless about credit scores

Study suggests younger consumers get their annual credit reports ... and read them

Millennials may be experts on the latest Starbucks concoctions and "Portlandia" episodes but a new study finds they're not quite as plugged in when it come...

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E-cigarettes have strong appeal to the mentally ill

Today's users aren't like the characters in "Mad Men"

A new study finds that people suffering from mental health disorders are three times more likely than others to be current e-cigarette users.  Resea...

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Osteoporosis drugs: benefits versus risks

Long term use may not be necessary for some patients

If you're one of the 44 million people at risk for osteoporosis -- a disease in which bones become weak and are more likely to break -- you may be taking b...

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This free tool can guard against identity theft

Placing a fraud alert on your credit file makes it harder for a thief to access it

With data breaches occurring with more frequency and hackers devising more clever ways to access your personal information, identity theft now affects more...

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What it means when 43% of homebuyers pay cash

Banks are now less important; small investors and owner-occupants are scooping up bargains

The financial crisis of 2008 had a huge impact on the real estate market, sending both sales and prices plummeting.Since then some of the housing trends ...

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Edible insects: dietary staple of the future

Insect protein might help end world hunger someday

Modern diets are changing all the time—not “diet” in the sense of the latest weight-loss fad, but the everyday foods eaten by ordinary people. ...

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FTC mailing checks to EDebitPay customers

The company deceptively offered a $10,000 credit line, the feds charged

The FTC is mailing checks totaling over $3.7 million to 26,176 consumers whose bank accounts were debited without their consent by EDebitPay LLC and i...

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Apple promises faster refunds from its online store

But the company hopes customers won't even think of returning the new MacBook Air

Hotels would like for you to deal directly with them instead of using third-party sites. So would airlines. And so, it turns out, would Apple, which isn't ...

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Hachette says Amazon is delaying its book shipments

Other sites ship Hachette books within 24 hours; Amazon waits up to several weeks. Why?

If you're visiting online booksellers, hoping to buy something by J.D. Salinger, Stephen Colbert or other authors published under the Hachette Book Group, ...

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Coping with catastrophe

Check these tips for staying safe during and after severe weather

A good chunk of the nation’s midsection has been, is being or is about to be walloped by severe weather, including heavy rain, high winds, hail the chance ...

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Chrysler recalls Town and Country and Dodge Grand Caravan vehicles

The vent window switch in the driver's door armrest may overheat

Chrysler Group is recalling 644,850 model year 2010-2014 Chrysler Town and Country and Dodge Grand Caravan vehicles manufactured August 25, 2010, through O...

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Disaster is headed your way -- might as well get ready

Once you know a disaster is coming, it's usually too late to prepare

How can Americans lose electricity through no fault of their own? Let me count some of the ways: tornado, derecho, hurricane, nor'easter, tropical storm, t...

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How clean is your toothbrush?

You may be shocked and disgusted to learn what one dentist says

Here's a factoid we're pretty sure you don't want to even think about; the toothbrush you shove in your mouth each morning may be crawling with germs.Nas...

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Maryland bans grain alcohol

Lawmakers hopes the move helps reduce binge drinking on campus

The Maryland legislature has put grain alcohol back in the spotlight, passing a law banning its sale. Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley signed the bill into la...

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Raclette and Montboissie Cheeses recalled

The products may be contaminated with Salmonella

Ste Fromagere du Livradois of Fournols, France, is recalling Haut Livradois brand Raclette and Montboissie cheeses – lot#350. The products may be contamin...

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Measles, once-banished, making a comeback

Many parents fail to have their children innoculated

The measles, a once-common childhood disease, is back. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. is seeing the biggest me...

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FTC: Snapchat deceived consumers, hid security breach that exposed users' information

Company agrees to submit to 20-year privacy management program

Snapchat had a great thing going. Or at least it seemed to. The mobile messaging app promised consumers that they could say anything without worrying about...

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Standard annual promotional Mother's Day whatever

You know your mom better than random advertisers do

With Mother's Day fast approaching, companies are going out of their way to assure you that whatever it takes to make your mom happy happens to be exactly ...

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Grocers bite back at "Fed Up" documentary

Katie Couric narrates the tale of an overfed nation

Even before its release tomorrow, the food industry is pushing the panic button over "Fed Up," a Katie Couric-narrated documentary that portrays the excess...

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Gluten-free diet cuts diabetes risk in mice

But Danish researchers say more study is needed to confirm the findings

Type 1 diabetes is generally regarded as genetic, but new experiments on mice show that mouse mothers can protect their pups from developing type 1 diabete...

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Initial claims for jobless benefits move lower

Analysts see some stabilization in the offing

First-time applications for state unemployment compensation dipped last week, falling below the level many economists were expecting. Government figures s...

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More restaurants now welcome your dog

Traveling with your pet is getting easier all the time

Traveling with your dog has become easier over the years. First a few – then many more – hotels began to allow pets to stay with their owners i...

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Digital printers let counterfeiters operate with ease

Technology (and uniform bill sizes) make American paper money too easy to fake

Last October, the Federal Reserve started shipping the first batches of its new, improved and hopefully difficult-to-counterfeit $100 bill.At the time, i...

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Scam attempts: a constant in an ever-changing world

Another week, another countless number of con artists

Here's some random, all-purpose predictions guaranteed to come true, every day, somewhere on planet Earth: “Today, cumulonimbus clouds will pile up i...

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March marks another year of rising home prices

And the latest CoreLogic forecast sees the 25-month trend continuing

There doesn't seem to be any end in sight to the year-over-year string of rising home prices. Property information provider CoreLogic says its March Home ...

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Hyundai Genesis earns top safety award

The luxury sedan did well in a wide range of IIHS tests

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has named the redesigned 2015 Hyundai Genesis a recipient of its prestigious TOP SAFETY PICK+ award. The honor...

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Mortgage applications reverse course -- head higher

Mortgage experts say we're in a buyers market

After falling for two consecutive weeks, mortgage applications are on the upswing. Data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Appl...

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Discount School Supply recalls sorting boards

A problem with magnets in the board can pose a choking hazard

Discount School Supply of Monterey, Calif., is recalling about 3,700 Excellerations magnetic color sorting boards. The magnet in the wand can detach and t...

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Eugene Oregon recalls various dietary supplements

The products may contain undeclared active pharmaceutical ingredients

Eugene Oregon, Inc., of Levittown, Pa., is recalling the following products that may contain undeclared active pharmaceutical ingredients...

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Cannondale tandem road bicycles recalled

The bicycle fork can break and cause the riders to lose control

Cycling Sports Group of Wilton, Conn., is recalling about 80 model year 2014 Cannondale tandem bicycles. The bicycle fork can break and cause the riders t...

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Buying a car at auction

Many of the pros say it's not something amateurs should try

There are many ways to buy a used car. You can go to a dealer, browse through the newspaper classifieds or look on Craigslist.A few brave souls, in hopes...

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Connecticut to rein in third-party energy providers

Bill would require notice of rate increases, allow customers to switch providers

Are deregulated third-party energy providers a good deal for consumers? When we tried asking that question last April, we couldn't pin down an absolute yes...

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What annoys consumers most?

Poll suggests travel and technology top the list

Some things just aren't as much fun as they used to be. Shopping can be frustrating when you can't find a human being to listen to you. Traveling can be a ...

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Check to ensure you don't fall for a check scam

Better Business Bureau reports new variants of an old con

Of all the scams seeking to separate honest people from their money, the “check scam” (or “cheque scam,” if you prefer Commonwealth...

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Aspirin and heart attacks

Can 1-a-day really help prevent them?

We often hear that taking an aspirin a day -- even a low dose -- can help you ward off a heart attack or stroke. But can it really? As is often the case, ...

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400 Office Depot stores on the chopping block

The chain wants to reduce overlaps following its purchase of OfficeMax

Office Depot bought rival Office Max last year to get more stores in more places. But now it's decided it has too many stores and will close at least 400 o...

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Pacific Organic Produce recalls mangos

The fruit may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Pacific Organic Produce of San Francisco, Calif, is recalling a limited number of cases of organic Tommy Atkins mangos (PLU numbers 94051 & 94959) that wer...

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Sixdog Investments recalls eggs

The eggs may be contaminated with Salmonella

Sixdog Investments recalling some cases of certified organic eggs, No illnesses have been reported to date from consumption. The product was distributed...

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GM recalls Saturn Auras

The transmission shift cable may fracture

General Motors is recalling 56,214 model year 2007-2008 Saturn Aura vehicles manufactured April 24, 2006, through October 31, 2007, and equipped with a fou...

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Blue Bunny Premium Bordeaux Cherry Chocolate Ice Cream recalled

The product may contain egg, an allergen not listed on the label

Wells Enterprises is recalling Blue Bunny Premium Bordeaux Cherry Chocolate Ice Cream sold at retail grocery stores in Kansas, Indiana and Iowa. The produ...

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Schnucks Kitchen recalls Curry Chicken Salad

The product may be contaminated with with Listeria monocytogenes

Schnucks Kitchen of O’Fallon, Mo., is recalling approximately 130 pounds of Curry White Meat Chicken Salad product. The product may be contaminated with w...

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Caravelle Brand Chili Powder recalled

The product has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella

Anhing Corporation of Los Angeles, Calif., is recalling Caravelle Brand Chili Powder in 8-ounce plastic tubs lot code 560916.. The product has the potent...

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T-Mobile's consumer-friendly strategy ignites sales

Number 3 carrier takes market share from competitors

Many Verizon Wireless subscribers recently received some unexpected, but pleasant news. The company announced it would lower the customer's bill by $10 for...

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Yahoo stops honoring Do Not Track requests

They're far from unique; most companies ignore Do Not Track

On April 30, Yahoo updated its policy blog with a post titled “Yahoo's Default = A Personalized Experience,” which sounds very friendly and nic...

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Be glad you didn't buy gold and silver in 2012

Those who did have suffered some heavy losses

If you watched much cable television in 2011 and 2012 you couldn't help but be bombarded by all those commercials urging you to gold and silver. The pitch ...

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Infants continue to strangle despite warnings

Parents aren't getting -- or are ignoring -- the message that infants should always be placed on their back to sleep and that they shouldn't share their parents' bed.

Parents aren't getting -- or are ignoring -- the message that infants should always be placed on their back to sleep and that they shouldn't share their pa...

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Target's CEO out after security breach

Gregg Steinhafel resigns "after extensive discussions"

Five months after the security breach that threatened the confidential data of up to 40 million Target customers, Target's CEO, president and chairman of t...

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Diabetes numbers skyrocket for U.S. youths

Both types of diabetes increased "significantly" in just 8 years

A study of more than three million American children and adolescents finds a "significant" increase in both type 1 and type 2 diabetes occurred between 200...

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Feds confirm first U.S. case of MERS

The patient, a traveler from Saudi Arabia, is hospitalized in Indiana

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed the first case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in a traveler to the...

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LiteFit USA diet supplement recalled

Laboratory analysis found the product contains sibutramine

Bacai is recalling 13165 lot (lot number is found next to the expiration date) of LiteFit USA. The product, which is used as an herbal diet supplement an...

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GM recalls Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia vehicles

Software may cause the fuel gauge to read inaccurately

General Motors is recalling 51,640 model year 2014 Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse, and GMC Acadia vehicles manufactured March 26, 2013, through August...

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Kroger recalls two Private Selection Ice Cream flavors

The products may contain egg, an allergen not listed on the label

The Kroger Co. is recalling Private Selection Chocolate Hazelnut Mascarpone Ice Cream and Private Selection Caramel Hazelnut Fudge Truffle Ice Cream sold i...

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Consumer group urges increased debt collection oversight

Center for Responsible Lending cites "increasing abuses" within the industry

When a consumer fails to pay a debt, the creditor will eventually turn the matter over to a collection agency, which focuses on collecting the money owed. ...

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Antibiotics may soon be powerless

World Health Organization warns health crisis is at hand

When penicillin was introduced in 1930, it was considered a “miracle drug.” Infections that routinely killed people were suddenly wiped out wit...

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Google named in antitrust lawsuit

Search giant uses Android to foist its apps onto consumers, suit argues

Google uses its Android system to abuse its monopoly in search engines and handheld wireless devices, a class action antitrust lawsuit claims in Federal Co...

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Minor changes proposed for mortgage rules

Refunds of excess points and fees for qualified mortgages would be allowed

Minor adjustments to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) mortgage rules are being proposed in order to ensure access to credit. The proposa...

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Unemployment rate plunges as economy cranks out jobs

Nonetheless, the number of people in the labor force was down sharply

Looks like the economy revved up in April as total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 288,000, while the jobless rate fell by 0.4% to 6.3%. Figures releas...

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Honda recalls Odysseys with airbag issues

The passenger-side side curtain air bag may fail to deploy

Honda is recalling 24,889 model year 2014 Odyssey vehicles manufactured October 2, 2013, through December 16, 2013. The shorting terminal, an electrical ...

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Identity theft victims grow at double digit rate

Younger consumers targeted in growing numbers

For months security experts have warned that identity theft is the number one fraud victimizing U.S. consumers. The latest data tends to bear that out.Re...

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Google says it will stop scanning student, government, business emails

Looks like regular Gmail is still scanned, though

Trying to pin down Google privacy policies is like discussing the weather: whatever you say about it today will probably be obsolete by next week.Just a ...

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Microsoft issues Internet Explorer security patch

Also one for Windows XP, despite official lack of continued support

Good news for Internet Explorer users, especially those who continue to run their computers on Windows XP even though Microsoft officially stopped supporti...

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Housing market not as rosy as it seems

Demand for houses appears to be in decline

On the surface, the latest housing numbers appear benign. Home prices were steady from January to February, according to the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Pric...

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AT&T eyes DirecTV acquisition

It's apparently in response to the Comcast-Time Warner deal

Hoping to stake out the pole position in the Convergence Derby, AT&T has reportedly approached DirecTV to talk about an acquisition. Earlier this week,...

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Amazon opens "wearable technology" section

Watches, minicams, heart monitors for the technofashion-conscious

You don't need any help to wear your heart on your sleeve but if you want to wear your minicam or your heart monitor there, you may need a little help.Th...

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White House admits privacy problems behind "big data"

At least where private businesses are concerned

The good news is that the White House is starting to acknowledge that there may indeed be disturbing privacy and even civil-liberty implications to having ...

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Study: Money can't (always) buy happiness

Whether it's experiences or material goods, some shoppers just aren't satisfied

Shopping -- whether it's for material goods or experiences -- doesn't guarantee happiness, a new study from San Francisco State University finds.Ear...

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Does your homeowners policy cover sinkholes?

Some states require it but many don't. Read your policy to be sure

Sometimes it's what you're not expecting that winds up causing the most damage. Take sinkholes, for example. We all know about tornadoes, hurricanes and fi...

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Another strong showing for job creation

ADP says April continued the trend seen in March and February

The economy continued to crank out jobs at a fairly brisk pace in April. According to the ADP National Employment Report, another 220,000 private sector j...

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Job cut announcements surge in April

Still, the pace of cuts this years is the lowest in 17 years

U.S.-based firms announced plans to cut 40,298 jobs from their payrolls in April -- up 17% from 34,399 workers let go in March and 6.0% higher than the 38,...

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Chevrolet Silverado HDs and GMC Sierra HDs recalled

A fuel transfer pump problem may result in a diesel fuel leak

General Motors is recalling 51 model year 2015 Chevrolet Silverado HD, and GMC Sierra HD vehicles manufactured February 11, 2014, through February 19, 2014...

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GM recalls Cadillac SRXs

A transmission problem could affect acceleration

General Motors is recalling 50,571 model year 2013 Cadillac SRX vehicles manufactured May 29, 2012, through June 26, 2013, and equipped with 3.6L engines. ...

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White-Rodgers recalls home heating and cooling thermostats

The thermostat's alkaline batteries can leak onto the circuit board

White-Rodgers of St. Louis, Mo., is recalling about 1.43 million home heating and cooling thermostats. The alkaline batteries used in the thermostat can l...

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Horizon Hobby recalls helicopter kits, spindle sets

The main rotor washer can fail, causing the helicopter blades to come off

Horizon Hobby of Champaign, Ill., is recalling about 600 radio-controlled helicopter kits and spindle sets. The main rotor washer can fail, causing the bl...

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