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Summer energy costs present a mixed picture

Gas prices are falling but electric bills are rising

It's the dog days of summer, when in much of the U.S. air conditioners grind on, night and day, to keep occupants inside reasonably comfortable. The result...

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Airline industry sues TSA over passenger fees

Court petition claims agency ignores mandated caps on "Sept. 11 security fee"

This week, two airline industry trade organizations filed a court petition against the Transportation Security Administration – not to protest the ag...

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How to avoid getting smashed by a truck

With accident rates rising drivers must stay on the defensive

The June 7 fatal truck crash critically injuring comedian Tracy Morgan has served as a reminder to drivers just how dangerous the nation's highways can be....

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Job cutting surges in July

Much of it is due to cutbacks at Microsoft

Job cuts shot to the second highest level of the year in July, the result of the unexpectedly large number of terminations announced by Microsoft. Outplac...

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SW Wisc Dairy Goat Products Coop recalls Raw Goat Milk Mild Cheddar Cheese

The product may be contaminated with Shiga toxin

The product may be contaminated with Shiga toxin producing E coli (STEC) O111:H8 bacteria. The company says no illnesses have been reported to date. The...

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Hummingbird Wholesale recalls Organic Raw Carob Powder

The product may be contaminated with Salmonella

Hummingbird Wholesale of Eugene, Ore., is recalling Organic Raw Carob Powder. The product may be contaminated with Salmonella. No illnesses have been rep...

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Kawasaki recalls Teryx4 recreational off-highway vehicles

The vehicle's floor boards can allow a stick or other debris to break through

Kawasaki Motors USA of Irvine, Calif., is recalling about 11,000 Teryx4 recreational off-highway vehicles. The vehicle's floor boards can allow a stick or...

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Recalled GM cars experience price cut

Suddenly, they're a bargain compared to other used cars

Just about everyone can agree that General Motors (GM) hasn't had a good 2014 – as far as public relations are concerned. But the massive recalls tha...

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Senate report: For-profit colleges eat lion's share of Post-9/11 GI Bill

Seven of the top ten schools under investigation for possible law violations

When you read about the collapse of Corinthian Colleges and other for-profit educational institutions, you might wonder how they managed to stay in busines...

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Caution: Wiping data from your Android phone may not work

A digital forensics team retrieved compromising data from factory-reset smartphones

You probably know that before you sell or give away your old computer, smartphone or other data-recording communications device, you're supposed to “...

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New hepatitis C treatment shows 90% cure rate

It involves FDA-approved drugs but the treatment requires an approval process

There's good news for people who have hepatitis C, a contagious liver disease that ranges in severity from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a serious,...

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IIHS gives mixed ratings to small cars in small overlap front crash test

Only 1 model wins a good rating while 6 are marginal or poor

A dozen small cars were put through their paces by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), tests that included the small overlap front crash te....

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Complaints about do-not-call violations, telemarketers are a growth industry

Consumer survey finds that despite strict laws, scams and violations remain plentiful

© Stuart Miles - Fotolia.comConsumers are steamed about a lot of things old and new, but old-fashioned telemarketers and do-not-call violations were...

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Feds shutter $100 million cramming scheme

Defendants offer "free" gift cards to trick consumers into providing their wireless numbers

A federal court has temporary closed down six companies accused of bilking consumers out of more than $100 million through wireless phone cramming, using p...

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An economic bounce-back

The gross domestic product has rebounded in the second quarter

Following word just a month ago that the economy shrank in the first quarter, the government is reporting a big turnaround for the second 3 months of the y...

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ADP sees slowdown in job creation during July

Still, it's the fourth consecutive month of employment growth

The economy continued to create private sector jobs in July, but not at the pace we saw in June. According to the ADP National Employment Report, employme...

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Study warns U.S. standard of living is declining

States need to do more to increase workforce productivity and participation, Accenture finds

According to Accenture (NYSE:ACN), the U.S. standard of living is in danger of declining by 9 percent by 20301 – back to the level it was in 2000 &nd...

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Liposuction for your dog

It's not just cosmetic, liposuction is used to treat benign fatty masses in dogs

It's not just the rich and famous getting liposuction these days. The ordinary neighborhood dog might be getting it as well, and not just so it looks good ...

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A drop in applications for mortgages

Contract interest rates were showed little or no change for the most part

Most of the gain posted in mortgage applications two weeks ago evaporated last week. According to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage...

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GM recalls Chevy Caprice and SS vehicles

The windshield wipers may quit working

General Motors is recalling 4,794 model year 2013-2014 Chevrolet Caprice vehicles manufactured June 7, 2013, to May 29, 2014, and 2014 Chevrolet SS vehicle...

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Connected cars: the next big thing

Study predicts a surge in new cars that can talk to each other

In the 1950s carmakers competed to see which cars could have the largest tail fins, as a way to attract customers. Today, on-board technology is driving sa...

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Military-consumer lender Rome Finance forced to liquidate

Company preyed on military personnel; all consumer debts owed to it are discharged

CFPB Director Richard CordrayRome Finance was best-known for offering "easy" though overpriced credit to active-duty customers of SmartBuy electronics st...

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Do texting-while-driving bans work?

Study suggests some do more than others

After years of car crashes where behind-the-wheel texting was cited as a cause, 31 states have now passed some type of ban on texting-while-driving. But no...

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FAA wants to fine Southwest $12 million for maintenance violations

"Extreme makeover" of 737 aircraft didn't follow proper procedures, agency alleges

Beginning in 2006, Southwest Airlines started an "extreme makeover" procedure for 44 of its Boeing 737 airliners to preve...

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Powdered pure caffeine blamed for teen's death

FDA warns the powerful substance can easily cause accidental overdose

Photo source: AllStarHealth.comThe death of an 18-year-old Ohio student is leading to warnings about the use of pure caffeine powder, a powerful stimul...

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Consumer confidence improves for a third straight month

And, an analyst says the trend is likely to continue

After improving in June, The Conference Board's Consumer Confidence Index increased again in July. The index picked up 4.5 points during the month and no...

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Home prices rise in May -- but at a slower pace

The gains in value were across the board

Home prices across the nation continued to increase during May, but the rate was a bit slower than during the previous month. According to the its S&P/Cas...

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CaCoCo recalls raw drinking chocolate

The products may be contaminated with Salmonella

CaCoCo is recalling CaCoCo “Original” and “Global Warrior” containing said Organic Carob Powder. The products may be contaminated with Salmonella. No ill...

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GoMacro recalls various MacroBars products

The products may be contaminated with Salmonella

GoMacro of Viola, Wis., is recalling MacroBars brand almond butter + carob lots 1634 and 1645, and sunflower butter + chocolate lot 1646 They have the pot...

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Suzuki recalls Verona vehicles

The DRL module may melt

Suzuki Motor of America is recalling 25,899 model year 2004-2006 Verona vehicles manufactured June 2003, to October 2005. In the affected vehicles, there ...

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Puritan Foods recalls raw boneless turkey breasts

The product contains milk, an allergen not listed on the label

Puritan Foods of Boston, Mass., is recalling approximately 2,476 pounds of raw boneless turkey breasts. The product contains milk, an allergen not declared...

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This is the summer of dangerous bugs

From mosquitoes to spiders, this season bites

Insects used to be just an annoyance. Now, it seems, they are posing increasing danger to people.For several years West Nile Virus, spread by mosquitoes,...

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Protect your finances from false economies

Not all "money-saving rules" work all of the time

There's a common saying that “eternal vigilance is the price of liberty”: you can't just implement a system of rules and follow them blindly without paying...

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Great Recession's impact lingers on

Most U.S. households haven't recovered lost net worth

If you're feeling poorer these days, maybe you are. A recent study from the Russell Sage Foundation has found a dramatic decline in the net worth of the av...

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Smartphone under the pillow sets girl's bed on fire

Don't buy third-party batteries or take your phone to bed with you

As early as 2005, the feds were warning consumers about the fire hazards and related dangers posed by rechargeable batteries – ubiquitous in phones...

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FTC wants stronger protections against mobile cramming

Agency issues five recommendations to clean up scam-infested industry

Nearly everyone with a smartphone has been "crammed," including those who haven't noticed yet. What's cramming? It has nothing to do with being squeezed in...

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Dog butt-sniffing secrets revealed

Why do dogs smell each other's behinds?

Scientists are constantly probing for answers to the questions that have vexed humankind. Take dogs, for instance. Why are they always sniffing each other'...

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Dancing Star recalls various snacks

The Organic Carob Powder they contain may be contaminated with Salmonella

Dancing Star of Buckland, Mass., is recalling the following products whic may be contaminated with Salmonella: Dancing Star brand Carob Supergreens Chun...

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Hyundai recalls Sonatas with brake issue

One or both of the front brake calipers may fracture

Hyundai Motor Company is recalling 5,650 model year 2015 Sonata vehicles manufactured April 25, 2014, through June 16, 2014. Due to a manufacturing error...

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Pending home sales drop in June

An overall decline in sales is expected for 2014

After posting solid gains for three straight months -- including the largest month-over-month gain since April 2010 during May -- pending home sales were m...

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Nissan recalls vehicles with air bag defect

The inflator may rupture upon deployment of the air bag

Nissan North America is recalling 226,326 model year 2002-2003 Nissan Maxima, Pathfinder and Infiniti I35 and QX4; 2002-2004 Nissan Sentra and 2003 Infinit...

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FSIS issues public health alert for processed breaded chicken products

There is reason to conclude the products are unfit for human consumption

The federal Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing a public health alert for breaded chicken products produced by VU Foods of Kansas City, Mo...

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The dollars and cents of weight loss

Commercial programs and drugs are put to the cost-effectiveness test

It's true that you can lose weight on your own without spending any money. With enough careful meal planning and willpower, people can and do shed pounds....

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Smart email app acts as your assistant

Inky is a free app that manages your mail

Social media may now provide the favorite way to communicate but email – boring email – remains indispensable for most people. So when someone ...

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Feds probe air bag problems in Hyundai Sonata

Seat belt pretensioners could also malfunction, reports indicate

Federal safety regulators are looking into a potential air bag problem in about 394,000 Hyundai Sonatas from the 2006 to 2008 model years.The National Hi...

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New home sales plunge in June

Turns out the earlier months weren't all that great, either

Maybe the new home sales market isn't doing so well after all. The government reports sales of new single-family houses plummeted 8.1% in June to a seaso...

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Great American Marketing recalls ready-to-eat products

The products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Great American Marketing of Houston, Texas, is recalling approximately 475 pounds of ready-to-eat products The products may be contaminated with Listeria ...

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Earth Circle Organics recalls Organic Carob Powder

The product may be contaminated with Salmonella

Earth Circle Organics, dba River Canyon Retreat) is recalling Organic Carob Powder. The company has been notified by its supplier of possible health risks...

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Whole Foods Market recalls items prepared with stone fruit

The products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Whole Foods Market is recalling made-in-store items prepared with organic and conventional stone fruit, including peaches, nectarines, and plums from Wawon...

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Study: if it's on your plate you're likely to eat it

Controlling your portions gives you a better chance at weight control

While it is important to eat a healthy diet and get plenty of exercise, a major key to weight loss is portion control. Modern servings tend to be too large...

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New Yorker convicted in bogus Israeli charity solicitations

Money raised for orphans and cancer victims went into fund-raisers' pockets, state charged

© igor - Fotolia.comA New York man, Yaakov Weingarten, has been convicted of felony tax fraud and ordered to pay a $520,000 civil judgment for ...

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Woman loses $150,000 in online dating scam

If you've never met in person, it's not real love

You already know to be wary whenever you go online, so you don't fall prey to the various types of scammers, thieves, con artists, hackers, malware-writers...

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Jobless claims fall to 8-year low

Analysts see growing momentum in job creation

First-time applications for state unemployment benefits have fallen to their lowest level in more than 8 years. The Labor Department says initial jobless ...

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Volkswagen recalls Golf and GTI vehicles

A loose stabilizer link may interfere with the vehicle's steering

Volkswagen Group of America is recalling 2,001 model year 2015 Golf and GTI vehicles manufactured January 27, 2014, to May 12, 2014. The stabilizer link ...

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East Coast Cycle Supply recalls Trayl TRN mountain bikes

The brakes can fail to stop riders within the distances required by federal regulation

East Coast Cycle Supply of Farmingdale, N.Y., is recalling about 1,800 Trayl TRN hardtail mountain bikes. The brakes can fail to stop riders within the di...

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Dream On Me recalls high chairs

The leg or side opening of the chair can allow a child’s body to pass through

Dream On Me of South Plainfield, N.J., is recalling about 2,800 Dream On Me Dinah high chairs. The leg or side opening of the chair can allow a child’s bo...

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GM announces 6 recalls for varying safety issues

Nearly 718k vehicles are affected

General Motors is recalling 717,950 recent model vehicles in the U.S., including: 414,333 2011-2012 model year Chevrolet Camaro; 2010-2012 model year Chev...

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Congressional bill would cap payday lender fees

Nearly all consumer groups support it, but do enough lawmakers?

Democratic members of Congress have introduced legislation in both the House and Senate to cap interest rates that could be charged on short-term consumer ...

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Feds, states announce round-up of foreclosure relief scam suspects

Consumers lost more than $25 million in illegal fees; many also lost their homes

Federal and state agencies today announced a sweeping round-up of alleged scam artists blamed for ripping off distressed homeowners across the country.Th...

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California fruit recall keeps expanding

Trader Joe's, Walmart, Costco, Kroger, Ralph's, Shop Rite among the affected retailers

As food recalls go, the recent stone-fruit recall from California-based Wawona Packing Company is arguably both better and worse than most: better in that ...

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StubHub "hacked" -- over 1,000 customers affected

This is why you shouldn't use the same password for multiple accounts

News that over 1,000 accounts at online ticket-seller StubHub have been hacked should serve to remind you of this important online safety rule: don't use t...

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Carfax expands online accident reporting

Its Crashdocs.org service now includes reports from police departments nationwide

Carfax is expanding its car accident report service, Crashdocs.org, drawing on information from police departments across the U.S. Insurers, la...

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Chrysler recalling nearly 800k Jeep vehicles

The vehicles have ignition switch issues

Chrysler Group has announced the recall of an estimated 792,300 model-year 2006-2007 Jeep Commander and 2005-2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs. The automaker ...

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Mortgage applications on the rise

Refinancings also were higher

Mortgage applications zigged higher in the week ending July 18 after zagging lower the week before. The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) says its Weekly...

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Consumer spending dips in May

Deloitte says much of the blame goes to housing prices

Consumers pulled back a little during May, according to the Deloitte Consumer Spending Index. The index, which tracks consumer cash flow as an indicator of...

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Buckyball and Buckycube refunds now available

The high powered magnets pose a deadly risk

If you own Buckyballs and/or Buckycubes you have a refund coming. These loose, high powered magnets pose a deadly risk to young children, tweens, and teen...

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Sara Lee Foodservice recalls sausage product

The product contains hydrolyzed soy protein, an allergen is not listed on the label

Sara Lee Foodservice of New London, Wis., is recalling approximately 82,440 pounds of smoked sausage. The product was formulated with an ingredient contai...

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Oeuf recalls cribs

The slats/spindles and top rail can detach from the cribs

Oeuf LLC of Brooklyn, N.Y., is recalling about 14,000 Sparrow Cribs. The slats/spindles and top rail can detach from the cribs and pose an entrapment haza...

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What you should know before flipping a house

Despite what they tell you on TV, it's best if you don't have to borrow the money

In the wake of the housing crisis large institutional investors swooped into beaten down real estate markets and bought up foreclosures, turning some into ...

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Housing market stalls as Millennials stay put

Prime home-buyer demo still living with Mom and Dad

After recovering nicely the U.S. housing market has slowed in 2014. Sales of both new and existing homes have declined the last several months.Pending ho...

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Pet hospice is alive and doing well

More pet owners choose hospice care for ailing pets

Elizabeth Kubler Ross wrote the infamous book on death and dying and the different stages that we all go through in the grieving process. Saying goodbye to...

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Gasoline prices push consumer prices higher in June

A slowdown in the food cost increase helped keep in inflation in check

A sharp increase in the cost of gasoline sent the government's consumer price index (CPI) up 0.3% in June, bringing the rise in the CPI to 2.1% over the la...

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Home prices edge higher in May

It's the second straight increase thanks to a revision of the April report

Prices of houses in the U.S. rose 0.4% in May, according to figures from the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). At the same time, the agency said pr...

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Existing-home sales, prices head higher in June

The sales level is the best in 10 months

Sales of previously-owned homes climbed 2.6% in June, to an annual rate of 5.04 million houses -- hitting an annual pace of 5 million sales for the first t...

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What you reveal when you buy on eBay

Researchers say they have found a significant privacy flaw

It's obvious from some Facebook and Twitter posts that a lot of people have no reservations about sharing their most intimate thoughts and information.Bu...

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GM digs in against growing criticism

Lawmakers press CEO over GM's handling of safety recalls

When the revelations that GM delayed recalls of cars with faulty ignition switches for nearly a decade first surfaced this year, many were willing to cut t...

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Beware these Facebook scams based on Malaysia Airlines MH17 disaster

Clickbait and like-farming attempts appear anytime there's a tragedy

Anything that exists will be exploited by scammers out to make a profit, and the recent Malaysia Airlines MH17 disaster is no different. ...

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Debt collector’s operations halted, assets frozen

The outfit is accused of using lies and threats to collect bogus debts

A federal judge has brought to a halt the operations of a Buffalo, N.Y.-based debt collection operation that's accused of using lies and threats against co...

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Feds splinter "plastic wood" claims

FTC challenges manufacturers' claims its products are made entirely of recycled plastics

"Plastic wood" is getting to be a popular product with suburban homeowners looking for cheap, long-lasting material to use in decks, ben...

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Wegmans recalls bakery products that may contain contaminated fruit

The fruit has been recalled by the Wegmans supplier

Wegmans Food Markets is recalling several in-store baked desserts that may contain fresh peaches, nectarines, and/or plums. The fruit was supplied by Cal...

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BMW recalls vehicles with air bag issues

The air bag inflator could rupture upon deployment

BMW of North America is recalling 573,935 model year 2000 323i sedans, coupes, convertibles, and Sports Wagons; 2000 328i sedans and coupes; 2001-2005 325i...

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Wawona Packing recalls fresh fruit

The fruit may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Wawona Packing Company of Cutler, Calif., is issuing a nationwide recall for certain lots of whole peaches (white and yellow), nectarines (white and yellow...

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GM recalls Cadillacs with transmission issues

The transmission shift cable may detach

General Motors is recalling 90,750 model year 2013-2014 Cadillac ATS vehicles manufactured April 23, 2012, to March 20, 2014, and 2014 Cadillac CTS vehicle...

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B. Roberts Foods recalls grilled chicken product

The product contains milk, an allergen not listed on the label

B. Roberts Foods of Charlotte, N.C., is recalling approximately 202 pounds of individual serving grilled chicken entrees. The product contains milk, an al...

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Salk scientists unveil diabetes breakthrough

Injection of FGF1 stops type 2 diabetes in its tracks

Can you stop type 2 diabetes with a single shot? Salk scientists, writing up their latest findings in the journal Nature, say that you can and that they ha...

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Oregon sues 5-hour Energy drinks

The suit alleges deceptive advertising

Oregon has sued Living Essentials and Innovation Ventures, the makers of 5-hour Energy drinks, alleging deceptive advertising. The companies issued a ...

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Attention, drivers: Look at the road, not your GPS

Two more drivers learn this the hard way

© Vladimir Jovanovic - Fotolia.comToday's driving tip: Watch the road!When you are driving, it is very important to look where you're going, becau...

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Hyundai Sonata earns top IIHS safety award

The vehicle performed well in front crash tests

An acceptable rating in the small overlap front crash test and a basic rating for front crash prevention have earned the 2015 Hyundai Sonata the Insurance ...

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Cycling Sports Group recalls GT brand mountain bicycles

The wheel hubs can break and cause the brake system to fail

Cycling Sports Group of Wilton, Conn., is recalling about 153 GT downhill mountain bicycles in the U.S. and Canada. The wheel hubs can break and cause the...

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Senate committee looks at the "grandmother scam"

Meanwhile, you need to protect yourself and warn your senior friends and family members

The so-called “grandmother scam” has snared so many victims that the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging held a brief hearing...

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Falling oil prices give drivers a break at the pump

One key forecast calls for prices to continue to fall for months -- but not that much

Oil traders, it seems, are giving U.S. consumers a break at the gas pump. Gasoline prices have dipped in recent days, due largely to a decline in the price...

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Medical emergency? Find a really busy hospital

Your chances of survival are much better in a busy emergency room

It's fairly well known that if you have the misfortune of being shot, stabbed or otherwise traumatized, you should hope you're taken to a big-city hospital...

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New home construction plunges in June

And there's some good news on the employment front

Construction of new homes was down sharply in June, the second straight month of declines. Figures released by the Census Bureau show housing starts were ...

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New Jersey hits home improvement contractors with heavy fines

The contractors allegedly violated consumer protection laws

It's a busy time of year for home improvement contractors. Unfortunately, that means it's also the busy season for the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affa...

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BMW recalling 1.6 million vehicles

Passenger airbags will be replaced in models of the 3 Series pre-predecessor generation

BMW is recalling 1.6 million vehicles in what it calls a “voluntary precautionary measure that aims at minimizing the risk of faulty airbag activation.” T...

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New car dealers increasing July incentives

Cash back, financing and lease deals are improving

At the half-way point of the month, it's clear that July is a pretty good time to shop for a new car. Dealers are starting to think about making room for 2...

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Is your dog begging to go to Doggy Fat Camp?

Dogs tend to take after their owners, which isn't always a good thing

Packing up the kids for camp? How about the dog? Yes Max, Bella, Bailey and Lucy are all going, not only to summer camp... They are going to FAT CAMP!As Am...

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Standards issued for pet safety harnesses

It's the first attempt to devise industry-wide standards for pet safety devices

There are all kinds of safety devices for pets but it's not easy for consumers to evaluate just how effective a given device really is. The Center for...

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States, Apple reach settlement in e-book price-fixing lawsuit

Consumers stand to get up to $400 million if the settlement is upheld

Thirty-three states today reached a settlement today in their e-book price-fixing lawsuit against Apple Inc. Consumers nationwide will receive $400 mi...

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Military consumers: steps to take before you deploy

Active duty servicemembers have important legal protections

Getting your house in order: Steps to take before you deployJuly 15, 2014by Pam Bondi, Florida Attorney GeneralSo you’ve just received orders, and yo...

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Checks being mailed to Ab Circle Pro customers

Consumers hoped for quick and easy weight loss but lost only money

Remember the Ab Circle Pro? Promoters of the abdominal exercise device promised consumers using the gadget for just three minutes a day would cause th...

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Mortgage applications back in the red

Contract interest rates were mixed

After posting their first increase in four weeks a week ago, mortgage applications fell during the week ending July 11. According to the Mortgage Bankers ...

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Home builder confidence at 6-month high in July

Most builders now rank conditions as “good”

It's been a while coming, but July marks the first time since last January that more home builders view sales conditions as good than poor. Confidence in ...

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Direct Auto Insurance "worthless," class action charges

Company dismisses claims based on alleged misrepresentations in the application, suit charges

Direct Auto Insurance targets low-income minorities for its "worthless" car insurance policies, profiting from the premiums but refusing to honor the polic...

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Nantucket Distributing recalls outdoor patio set chairs

The rear legs of the chair can break

Nantucket Distributing of Middleboro, Mass., is recalling about 4,000 resin wicker outdoor patio set chairs. The rear legs of the chair can break, posing ...

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University of Phoenix courses under review by feds

For-profit schools may be getting closer scrutiny

After the stock market closed Monday Apollo Education Group, Inc., which operates University of Phoenix (UP), disclosed that its course offerings will be r...

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Organic-farm foods: healthy or overhyped?

Is their higher cost worth it?

There's a variety of rules to follow at the supermarket (or any store) if you want to keep your grocery costs in check – keep an eye on unit prices r...

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Staples abandons pilot partnership with Post Office

Postal workers' union opposes USPS cost-cutting attempts

In what is being hailed as good news for the unionized employees of the financially beleaguered Post Office (though not necessarily for the post office its...

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Hot weather takes a toll on your car battery

Cold weather actually takes a back seat to summer's wear and tear on your battery

When you think of a dead car battery, you probably think about it being the dead of winter. You try to start your car one frigid morning and nothing happen...

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Rich people don't shop at “rich-people stores”

Instead, you'll find them at Costco, Home Depot and Lowe's

Let's face it: thanks to inflation, being “a millionaire” just isn't what it used to be. In an America where an ordinary single-family home can...

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Here are some jobs you probably don't want to pursue

CareerCast is out with its list of the 10 most endangered jobs

If you've thought of becoming a mail carrier, meter reader, print newspaper reporter or farmer, you may want to reconsider your career path. Those are th...

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Retail sales inch higher in June

It's the fifth increase in as many months

Retail sales posted their fifth straight gain in June, edging up 0.2% following an upwardly revised advance of 0.5% in May. The increase for the previous m...

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Moderate alcohol use may increase risk for atrial fibrillation

The findings don't seem to apply to beer, though

For years, we've been told by the “experts” that a drink or two of alcohol each day may be good for our hearts. Little-by-little, though, that conventional...

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Illinois sues student-loan "debt relief" companies

The lawsuits are the first to target debt relief aimed at people trying to pay back student loans

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has staked out a new area of consumer protection with a pair of lawsuits against two supposed debt-relief companies ...

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Feds sue debt collection "lawsuit mill"

Georgia firm "churns out" lawsuits by the hundreds of thou

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has filed a lawsuit in a federal district court against a Georgia-based firm, Frederick J. Hanna & Asso...

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Bogus payday loan brokers run afoul of the feds

The defendants promised to help consumers get loans but instead cleaned out their bank accounts

The operators of a Tampa, Florida-based payday loan broker scheme have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they falsely promised to help...

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Hyperthermia: How to avoid it and treat it

Here's some advice on heat-related illness for older adults

Hot enough for you? How many times have you heard that silly question and wished you had a snappy comeback? While we all make jokes about hot weather, it ...

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Hyundai recalls Sonatas with steering issues

There could be a reduction in power steering assist

Hyundai Motor Company is recalling 2,138 model year 2015 Sonata vehicles manufactured May 2, 2014, through May 23, 2014. A poor connection within the veh...

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Foster Farms clarifies recall of Chicken products

The company is clarifying and correcting “Use or Freeze by” and “Best by” date ranges

Foster Farms of Livingston, Calif.,is updating its earlier recall of an undetermined amount of chicken products to further clarify and correct “Use or Free...

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Watch your wallets: back-to-school season is nigh

When retailers get excited, that's when you need to be extra-cautious

It's mid-July, which means that American parents of school-aged offspring have seven weeks at most before they must send their child[ren] back to school...

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How to finance a fixer-upper

An FHA 203 (k) loan allows you to finance a home in need of repairs

If you've gone shopping for a home you know that houses come in all kinds of condition. Some are move-in ready. Expect to pay top dollar for those.Others...

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LG introducing a tracking device for children

Now the pre-K crowd can become accustomed to constant surveillance too

Photo credit: LG ElectronicsWhen gangsters and other public enemies are ordered confined to their homes, they're often saddled with an electronic brace...

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Study: Extreme obesity may shorten your life span

It could take as many as 14 years away from you

There's a good chance that if you are extremely obese, you're going to die at a relatively young age. An analysis of data pooled from 20 large studies of ...

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Vaccines -- they're not just for infants

Getting their shots is an important part of older kids' back-to-school routine

If you're the parent of a preteens or teen, a major goal is keeping the kids healthy and safe during all the fun stuff they have planned for the summer Bu...

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New study finds no heart health benefit from alcohol

Maybe one drink per day isn't such a good idea after all

© Gresei - Fotolia.comThe common wisdom is that one -- or maybe even two -- drinks per day are good for you. But a new University of Pennsylvania ...

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Chrysler recalls Dodge Durangos and Jeep Grand Cherokees

The wiring for the vanity lamp in the sun visor may short circuit

Chrysler Group is recalling 651,130 model year 2011-2014 Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles manufactured January 5, 2010, through December 11, ...

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Feds allege Amazon has billed parents millions for charges incurred by children

Amazon's in-app system enables children to run up huge bills on their parents' accounts, the FTC charges

An Amazon "Ice Age" character (Photo credit: Amazon.com) It's easy to spend money on Amazon.com, which may be OK if you're an adult and it's your money...

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Amazon offers to sell e-books for Hachette authors

The catch: all e-book royalties go to aithors, none to Hachette

Book seller Amazon has taken another step in its ongoing contract dispute with publisher Hachette Book Group by offering to sell to sell e-books of Hachett...

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ACE Cash Express to pay $10 million for using illegal debt collection tactics

Feds charge the company used harassment to push consumers into taking on additional debt

ACE Cash Express has agreed to pay $5 million penalty and pay $5 million in refunds to consumers, after the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB...

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Out-of-state tax notice may be a sign of identity theft

Consumers should take steps to protect themselves if they receive such a notice

Out of State Tax Notices May Signal Identity TheftRelease Date: July 10, 2014Media Contact: Jerad Albracht, Senior Communications Specialist, 608-224-5...

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Back-to-school shopping rush is on

Parents are being asked to buy more items than ever before

Didn't school just let out for the summer? Thought so. And yet moms and dads are already stocking up for the school year ahead. The National Retail Federa...

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Jobless claims plunge to near 7-year low

Analysts see improvement in the labor market

First time applications for state unemployment benefits plunged by 11,000 in the week ending July 5, taking the total number of initial claims to 304,000. ...

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May was a tough month for airline travel

On-time performance was down and tarmac delays were up

The skies weren't all that friendly during May. The nation’s largest airlines posted an on-time arrival rate of 76.9% during the month -- down 3% from Ap...

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Loan modification scam victims to receive refunds

The average check will top $2,000

Checks are in the mail for consumers who were duped by the Lucas Law Center. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) refund checks totaling $499,7...

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Master Cutlery recalls neck knives

The sheath does not hold the knife securely

Master Cutlery of Secaucus, N.J., is recalling about 4,000 MTech USA Karambit neck knife and sheath sets. The sheath does not hold the knife securely, all...

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Security warning: update your Adobe Flash, right now

Google engineer discovers major "weaponized" exploit in Flash

Adobe has released a security update which you need to apply at once, especially if you ever visit Tumblr, eBay, Instagram or pretty much any website using...

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American Express antitrust trial gets underway

Merchants should be allowed to give discounts to consumers who use cheaper cards, government argues

A long-simmering antitrust case against American Express is getting underway this week in a New York federal district courtroom. It could result in merchan...

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Barnes & Noble agrees to equal treatment for nursing moms

The agreement with New York authorities ensures mothers the right to breast-feed in the company's stores

Barnes & Noble has agreed to make its its 42 New York bookstores more hospitable to nursing mothers. Under an agreement with New York Attorney Gen...

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Mortgage applications post first advance in 4 weeks

The July 4 holiday figured into the results

After falling for 3 consecutive weeks, applications for mortgages rose 1.9% in the week ending July 4. According to data from the Mortgage Bankers Associa...

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Safeway recalls various chicken products in five states

The products may have been contaminated with Salmonella Heidelberg

Safeway in cooperation with the Foster Farms recall of products that may have been contaminated with Salmonella Heidelberg, is recalling a limited number o...

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Mortgage scams still plague struggling homeowners

Housing group finds struggling homeowners alarmingly vulnerable

Despite improvements in the housing market foreclosures are still a troubling fact of life. The number of homes in foreclosure each month remains well abov...

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The nose knows: Dogs can sniff out early-stage ovarian cancer

Early detection is vital, with a 90% five-year survival rate when the cancer is found early

© Igor Normann - Fotolia.comDogs can hear and smell things from miles away. That's why they may not come when you call them, but open a bag of tre...

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Gallup: U.S. consumers stuck in the mud

The company's U.S. Economic Confidence Index hasn't moved since mid-June

U.S. consumers, it appears, are in the summer doldrums. Gallup says its U.S. Economic Confidence Index remained at -16 last week – the third straight week...

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Restaurant chains still pouring on the salt

Subway, McDonald's, Burger King have cut back on salt content, study finds

A review of 136 meals from 17 top restaurant chains finds that the companies have reduced sodium on average by six percent between 2009 and 2013, or just 1...

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Honda recalls Acura ILX and ILX Hybrid vehicles

The headlamps do not meet federal standards

American Honda Motor Co. is recalling 14,078 model year 2013 Acura ILX vehicles manufactured January 16, 2012, to March 1, 2013; ILX Hybrid vehicles manufa...

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HEB Meat Processing recalls beef products

The products may be contaminated with foreign materials

HEB Meat Processing of San Antonio, Texas, is recalling approximately 75,465 pounds of various fresh beef products. The products may be contaminated with ...

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Chrysler recalls vehicles with ignition switch issues

The ignition switch could move out of the run position, turning off the engine

Chrysler Group is recalling 525,206 model year 2009-2010 Dodge Journey vehicles manufactured June 29, 2007, to June 17, 2010, and 2008-2010 Dodge Grand Car...

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Beware of scams while on vacation

You may be on vacation but scammers are hard at work

Consumers can be victims of scams any time but are often especially vulnerable when they go on vacation. The reason is simple.Vacationers are usually in ...

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Corinthian Colleges selling off campuses

Fate of Corinthian students' $1.2 billion federal debt still unknown

If you're looking to buy a for-profit college, Corinthian Colleges has announced plans to sell off 85 of its campuses in the next few months.Corinthian, ...

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It's now legal to buy marijuana in the state of Washington

Though supplies remain tight; legal crops haven't had time to grow yet

Sarcasm alert: if you get your news through social media then, throughout the weekend, you might have seen tweets, Facebook posts or blog entries linking t...

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Privacy group files FTC complaint over Facebook psych study

Editor of the journal that published the study defends the decision

A privacy organization has filed a formal complaint with the Federal Trade Commission protesting Facebook's manipulation of users' news feeds for psyc...

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Tesla S splits apart, burns after LA crash

Police were pursuing the stolen luxury sedan when it hit a light pole

Photo via KTLA5A stolen Tesla S split in two after a high-speed chase through West Hollywood over the weekend, and the carmaker is vowing to find out w...

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Feds charge spammers also engaged in wireless cramming

Customers were signed up for "premium" text messaging services without their knowledge

© Natalia Merzlyakova - Fotolia.comThe Federal Trade Commission has added new charges of mobile cramming to a complaint the agency previously file...

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Kanani Foods recalls chicken products

The company has not implemented a required federal HACCP Plan

Kanani Foods of Las Vegas, Nev., is recalling approximately 59 pounds of various chicken products. The products were not produced under a fully implemente...

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Foster Farms recalls chicken products

The products may be contaminated Salmonella Heidelberg

Foster Farms of Livingston, Calif., is recalling an undetermined amount of chicken products. The products may be contaminated Salmonella Heidelberg. One ...

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Inflation hitting seniors especially hard

Economist says cumulative impact of rising prices taking a steep toll

If you follow the government's Consumer Price Index (CPI), a measure of inflation at the consumer level, you know that the index has been relatively tame s...

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Keeping your All-American pet safe on the 4th

Fireworks, crowds, candy, beer -- not an ideal environment for pets

Nothing could be more American then parades, backyard barbecues and fireworks. We love watching the high school bands and all the floats as well as everyth...

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Pension loans and why you should avoid them

Short-term gain in exchange for long-term loss

No matter how bad your financial situation might be, there's always someone looking to enrich himself by making your already-bad situation even worse...

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Feds tighten reporting rules for airline pet safety

More pets are traveling with their owners; most trips end well but when they don't ...

Is your dog your travel companion? These days traveling with a pet is not uncommon. You just can't sit next to your lab and hand him a piece of gum so his ...

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Corinthian Colleges shutdown could cost the government $1.2 billion

If your school closes, you can discharge 100% of your federal student loan debt obligation

Casual observers of the meltdown engulfing the for-profit Corinthian Colleges might wonder: why is it taking so long?...

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Jobless rate drops to near 6-year low in June

The economy created 288,000 new payroll positions

Employment growth in professional and business services, retail trade, food services and drinking places, and health care helped push the nation’s jobless ...

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Mortgage applications post third straight weekly decline

Contract interest rates were lower as well

Mortgage applications fell in the week ending June 27 for the third week in a row. Data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Appl...

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Job cuts fall to lowest level of 2014 in June

Computer and retail industries bear the brunt

What a difference a month makes! After cutting 52,961 jobs in May https://www.consumeraffairs.com/news/job-cuts-hit-their-highest-level-in-15-months-durin...

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Are your dogs getting a raw deal when it comes to food?

A raw diet may be just the thing for some dogs but it must be done carefully

Every pet parent wants to provide the best food for their pet because after all good nutrition translates to healthy skin, a healthy coat and fewer health ...

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Four "kidnapping scammers" plead guilty

But stay on guard: countless more remain at large

Of all the various scams you must know to be on guard against, the “kidnapping scam” is arguably one of the sleaziest: you get a phone call tel...

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Amazon speaks out on Hachette feud

Insists the company is acting for the well-being of consumers

The feud between the Hachette Book Group and book megaseller Amazon is in its third month now, but Amazon executives interviewed by the Wall Street Journal...

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ADP: economy adds 281,000 jobs in June

Most of the growth was in small businesses

The economy continues to crank out new jobs. According to the ADP National Employment Report, 2810,00 private payroll positions were created during June. ...

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Oriya Organics Superfood Protein Medley recalled

The product may be contaminated with Salmonella

Oriya Organics is recalling Oriya Organics Superfood Protein Medley which contain Organic Sprouted Chia Seed Powder. The product may be contaminated with ...

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Graco recalls harness buckles on infant car seats

The buckles can be difficult to open

Graco is recalling harness buckles used on approximately 1.9 million infant car seats manufactured between July 2010 and May 2013. Some consumers reported...

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Suzuki Motor of America recall DL650A V-Strom motorcycles

A drive chain link may not have been riveted

Suzuki Motor of America is recalling 103 model year 2014 DL650A V-Strom motorcycles manufactured January 20, 2014, through January 21, 2014. A drive chain...

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July 4 car trips will be more expensive this year

Average gasoline price up 18 cents over last year

The cost of driving to your destination over the July 4th holiday is about 5% more than last year, according to data from AAA. In a break from past years, ...

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Fresh troubles for Corinthian College students

California alleges false advertising; students not informed about uncertain future

How much longer will Corinthian Colleges stay in business? The for-profit company, which runs Everest Institute and Everest College, is currently under inv...

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GM announces 7.6 million more U.S. recalls

Most of the recalls involve ignition switch problems

General Motors announced today it will conduct six new safety recalls in the United States involving about 7.6 million vehicles from the 1997 to 2014 model...

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New York State cracks down on charity scam

Money donated to disabled veterans lined the fundraisers' pockets instead

The main problem with donating to charity is that the world is full of scam artists happy to falsely pose as a charity in order to collect your “char...

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Home prices post yet another annual gain

Increases, though, are showing a cooling trend

Home prices across the country -- including distressed sales -- rose 8.8% in during the year ended May 2014, according to CoreLogic’s Home Price Index (HPI...

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Supreme Court declines to hear Google appeal

Collecting private data from unsecured wi-fi networks remains a sue-worthy offense

Most news about the latest Supreme Court session involves the cases it did address this year, but the cases it declined are arguably just as important. (Th...

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Bitcoin now legal in California

States are trying to figure out how to deal with alternative currencies

Generally speaking, anything that's not specifically banned is considered legal but that's not necessarily the case with bitcoin and other alternative curr...

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Hyundai recalls Elantra Touring vehicles

Side curtain airbag deployment could displace a support bracket

Hyundai Motor Company is recalling 35,000 model year 2010-2012 Elantra Touring vehicles manufactured December 15, 2009, through May 7, 2012. The affected ...

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Chrysler recalls vehicles with ignition switch issue

The defect can affect the safe operation of the airbag system

Chrysler Group is recalling 438,109 model year 2009-2010 Dodge Journey vehicles manufactured June 29, 2007, to June 17, 2010, and 2008-2010 Dodge Grand Ca...

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