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JP Morgan Chase hacked, plus unnamed other banks

Why don't companies let customers know when their information has been stolen?

Add JP Morgan Chase and “at least four other [still-unidentified] banks” to the ever-growing list of businesses and financial institutions whose customers ...

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Google X testing delivery drones

Third major company to do so, after Domino's and Amazon

Google X, the secret tech-research division of Google, is developing and testing a series of autonomous aerial vehicles (better known as “drones”), with th...

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When is a service dog not a service dog?

The simplest answer: when it doesn't act like one

We have all seen the service dogs waking in a grocery store or a mall, maybe even a restaurant. You look and they look back and then the cute little dog wa...

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Can "organic" food be verified?

A new study suggests yes, at least where the fertilizer's concerned

The good news, for consumers who want to buy organic food but don't know if the “organic” label can be trusted, is that the American Chemical Society put o...

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Sea to Ski Vacations ordered to pay $7 million in penalties, restitution

"Free airline ticket" offers were used to rope in customers

Travel club memberships can be great when they work. But when they don't, they can be a major source of frustration and monetary distress. Take Sea to Ski...

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Despite rising incomes, consumers tightened their belts in July

Personal consumption spending fell as the savings rate rose

Personal incomes rose in July, but it was only about half the advance posted the month before. Figures released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis show pe...

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Dole-branded spinach recalled

The spinach may have been contaminated by walnuts, a known allergen

Dole Fresh Vegetables is recalling spinach products that mayhave been contaminated by walnuts, a known allergen, which fell from a tree into spinach bins b...

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Ford recalls Focus and C-Max vehicles

Steering gears may have been assembled incorrectly

Ford Motor Company is recalling 508 model year 2014 Focus and C-Max vehicles manufactured August 8, 2014, to August 15, 2014. The affected vehicles may h...

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PEDIGREE Brand Adult Complete Nutrition dog food recalled

The product may contain a foreign material

Mars Petcare is recalling 22 bags of PEDIGREE Adult Complete Nutrition dry dog food products. The product may contain a foreign material. The company h...

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American Woodcrafters recalls bunk beds

The bed’s side mattress support rails can break

American Woodcrafters of High Point, N.C., is recalling about 1,900 bunk beds. The bed’s side mattress support rails can break, posing a fall hazard. The...

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Feds take aim at undocumented watermelons

Supermarkets throughout the land are displaying watermelons without nutrition labels

Some people spend all their time inveighing against the ever-encroaching federal government getting its nose into every aspect of modern life. Somedays it'...

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Samsung's new Gear S may be the smartest smartwatch, at least for now

It's basically a smartphone that wraps around your wrist. It even tells time.

How smart is your watch? Chances are, it can't do much more than tell you the date and time. But that's about to change, as the computer world begins crank...

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Hackers break into Dairy Queen's database

How many customers and which Dairy Queen stores were hit still isn't known

Bad news for Dairy Queen lovers: a company spokesman confirmed today that yes, hackers have breached their customer database, stealing numbers and making f...

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Keurig competitors crack company's DRM code

This is why your old K-cups won't work in new Keurig machines

Last March, when we first reported that Keurig planned to require RFID-limited K-cup pods for its upcoming version 2.0 machines, we rhetorically asked “Wil...

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Americans more satisfied with U.S. schools, survey finds

48% of Americans are "completely" or "somewhat satisfied" with the education their children receive

Kids seldom celebrate the end of summer vacation but parents are more satisfied with the quality of their children's education than at anytime in the last ...

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US economy shows some resilience

The consumer is helping make the picture a bit brighter

The numbers-crunchers at the Commerce Department have taken a second look at economic performance for the second quarter and things are a little better tha...

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A rebound in pending home sales

Most regions of the U.S. saw an increase

Pending home sales bounced back in July from their June decline and now up for 4 of the last 5 months. The National Association of Realtors (NRA) says it...

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TNUVA USA recalls breaded chicken product

The product may be contaminated with Listeria

TNUVA USA of Fairfield, N.J., is recalling approximately 8,316 pounds of Mom’s Chicken Extra Thin Cutlets. The product may be contaminated with Listeria m...

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GM recalls vehicles with a roof rail air bags issues

Roof carrier hardware could tear the air bags

General Motors is recalling 22 model year 2015 Chevrolet Suburban, Suburban LTZ, Tahoe, Tahoe LTZ, GMC Yukon, and Yukon XL Denali vehicles manufactured on ...

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It's getting harder to know the true cost of traveling

Hotels now charge as many fees as airlines

A New York University (NYU) professor's study of hotel fees has gotten a lot of attention this week. Bjorn Hanson, clinical professor at the NYU School of ...

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California kill-switch bill worries civil-liberty advocates

Owners can remotely disable their smartphones, but so can hackers and the police

The new California law mandating a “kill switch” option on all smartphones made or sold in the state is intended to cut down on smartphone theft...

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Loyal to your insurance company? It may be a mistake

Report finds insurers use "price optimization" to raise rates for their best customers

Insurance experts at the Consumer Federation of America say consumers need to be more aggressive in ensuring they're getting the lowest possible price from...

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Good health really does save money

Researchers working with diabetes patients say they can prove it

It's often said that maintaining your health will result in spending less money on doctor's visits, tests and prescription medicine. It would make sense t...

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Exercise may shape up your kid's brain

A bicycle may be more helpful than a tutor

Exercise may actually get your kid's brain in shape, a new study finds. It doesn't prove it will make your kids smarter but it hints at it....

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World Health Organization declares e-cigarettes "promise and threat"

More regulations needed to silence unproven health claims, WHO argues

The World Health Organization (WHO) is weighing in on electronic cigarettes, declaring that they represent an “evolving frontier filled with promise and th...

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Tomato-rich diet can fight prostate cancer

It's the second most common cancer among men worldwide

Gentlemen, you may not be too fond of tomatoes but it might be a good idea to load up on them anyway. A new study finds that men who eat over 10 portions a...

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Nestlé goes a little easier on animals

New rules require suppliers to adopt more humane policies

Nestlé is breaking the rules but for a good reason. It announced an industry-leading animal welfare program that will eliminate several controversial yet s...

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Mortgage applications rise again

It's the second increase in as many weeks

Mortgage applications posted their second straight advance during the week ending August 22. Data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mor...

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Suzuki recalls Kizashi vehicles

The fuel tank may have an excessive amount of negative pressure

Suzuki Motor Of America is recalling 19,249 model year 2010-2013 Kizashi vehicles manufactured October 2009 through July 2012. In the affected vehicles, ...

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Tiny house movement could be huge

Young people, especially, find tiny homes fit their lifestyle and budget

The U.S. housing market appears to have cooled a bit in recent months but one small segment – you might say tiny segment – is enjoying enthusiastic growth....

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Does your cat have food issues?

Cats can be just as neurotic as people

Does your cat seem like it just can't get enough food? Is it eating its own bowl of food and then going after perhaps your other cat's bowl of food and the...

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California passes smartphone "kill switch" law

That makes two states. When will the rest of the U.S. follow suit?

The smartphone “kill switch,” which California just passed into law, is one of those technological innovations whose benefit is so obvious, it's hard to im...

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Another boost in consumer confidence

It's the fourth straight monthly increase

The bullish attitude among the nation's consumers continues. The Conference Board reports its Consumer Confidence Index rose more than 2 points in August ...

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Home prices rise in June, but at a slower pace

The weakening is seen across the board

Prices of homes across the U.S., rose in June but are showing what the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices calls a “sustained slowdown in price increases.”...

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Robot-assisted prostate surgery on the rise in the U.S.

The cost of the surgery is on the way down

A new study reveals there has been widespread adoption in the U.S. of robot-assisted prostate removal surgery to treat prostate cancer in recent years. A...

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Debt collection processor to pay $6 million in consumer relief

Global Client Solutions processed illegal debt-settlement fees, feds charged

Global Client Solutions, a leading debt-settlement payment processor, has agreed to pay $6 million in consumer relief plus a $1 million penalty for alleged...

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General Motors recalls vehicles with steering issues

The vehicles could suffer a loss of steering, increasing the risk of a crash

General Motors is recalling 106 model year 2014 Buick Regal, Cadillac XTS, Chevrolet Camaro and Chevrolet Impala vehicles. Improperly torqued fasteners m...

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Consumers' incomes finally starting to rise

But survey shows we've got a lot of ground to make up

Some good news and bad news about consumer income in America. Real median household income has fallen 3.1% since the end of the Great Recession in 2009, an...

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Remind me again: Who wants GMO labeling?

Science surrendering to superstition, pro-GMO activist argues

Organic activists claim 92% of consumers want genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) labeled. It turns out the overwhelming majorityof consumers support the...

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E-cigarettes may be OK as last-gasp quit-smoking solution: American Heart Association

The association says physicians shouldn't discourage e-cigs when all else has failed

Everybody knows that smoking is bad. Vaping? It's worse than not smoking at all but the American Heart Association says it may be worthwhile as a last-chan...

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TiVo launches a DVR to capture Aereo customers

TiVo Roamio records over-the-air content as well as streaming Internet video

Aereo was a good idea. It offered over-the-air TV -- you know, ABC, CBS, NBC -- over the Internet for as little as $8 a month, thus allowing customers to c...

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Burger King eyes Tim Horton takeover to reduce U.S. tax burden

"Inversions" -- are they really unpatriotic?

Burger King is flirting with Tim Horton, the Canadian coffee-and-doughnuts giant. It's a lust-driven relationship, egged on by Burger King's hunger to redu...

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A leg up on renting with your pet

Pets are becoming more welcome in rental properties

One of the top stressors in life is moving. Moving with a pet can just compound that stress, because it's an added expense. It's a jungle out there finding...

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New home sales down again in July

Both prices and inventories posted gains, though

Sales of new single-family houses posted their second straight decline in July. Figures from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urba...

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Start saving now for holiday shopping

If you can accumulate some cash you can give your credit card a rest

Once upon a time, before banks started charging fees to keep customers' money for them, many banks offered “Christmas Club” accounts....

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Security warning: apps might be riskier than you think

Researchers discover weakness in Android, Windows, iOS mobile operating systems

One bad apple can spoil the whole bunch — and it look like one bad app can, too. Security researchers from the University of Michigan and the University of...

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Sprint and T-Mobile want each other's customers

Is this a good time for consumers to snag sweet smartphone deals for themselves?

The current rivalry between Sprint and T-Mobile provides more evidence that a saturated market is a wonderful thing for consumers: last January, we told yo...

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Date me, date my dog

The latest wrinkle in dating sites

Date me, date my dog. I think the phrase originally started out as "date me, date my kids" but with so many single people getting pets as a companion it's ...

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Laser device may end pin pricks for diabetics

It could mean a big improvement in quality of life for diabetes sufferers

Princeton University researchers have developed a way to use a laser to measure people's blood sugar, and, with more work to shrink the laser system to a p...

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Honda Fit earns IIHS Top Safety Pick designation

The vehicle overcame a setback in the small overlap test

The redesigned 2015 Honda Fit, showing a significant improvement over the 2009-13 model, has qualified for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS...

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Deaths prompt recall of Ace Bayou bean bag chairs

The chairs pose suffocation and choking hazards

Ace Bayou of New Orleans, La., is recalling about 2.2 million bean bag chairs following the deaths of two children. The zippers on the bean bag chairs ca...

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APPA Fine Foods recalls chicken Caesar Salad kits

The kits may be contaminated with Listeria

APPA Fine Foods of Corona, Calif., is recalling approximately 92,657 pounds of fully cooked chicken Caesar salad kit products. The kits may be contaminate...

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The robots among us

The technology revolution is already happening

Robots are generally thought of as something to look forward to in the future. But loosely defined, robots are not only here now, but have been around for ...

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FCC and states, Democrats and Republicans, butt heads over municipal broadband regulations

Can states ban municipal networks, or can the FCC override state bans?

The question of whether or not to allow municipal broadband networks in states that have banned them is raising heated partisan debates among national...

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Hacker hits The UPS Store in 24 states

Security breach at some locations stretches as far back as January

Bad news for certain customers of The UPS Store: the company's customer-information databases have been hacked....

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Escalators are no place for a dog

Injuries can be severe and may require amputation

An escalator can be a dangerous place for your dog. So dangerous, the San Francisco SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) has put out a w...

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Bank fees can sometimes be a game of hide and seek

Wallethub study finds mixed performance when it comes to disclosing fees

It's no secret that banks – like airlines – charge fees for many things that, in the past, were free. Things customers once took for granted as part of the...

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Sales of existing homes climb in July

Affordability in the years ahead has the experts concerned

Sales of previously owned homes are now at their highest level of the year. Figures released by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) show total exis...

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Back-to-school shopping isn't over yet

Students and families seem to be holding out for better deals

You would think that with kids returning to school in less that 2 weeks (or in some cases already back in the classroom), most folks would have wrapped up ...

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Jobless claims fall following the previous week's gain

It's the third time in five weeks they've been below 300k

Initial applications for jobless claims have fallen below 300,000 for the third time in 5 weeks. Figures released by the Labor Department (DOL) put first-...

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Chrysler recalls Jeep Cherokee, Ram 1500 and Chrysler 200 vehicles

The rear shocks may detach from the vehicle at one end

Chrysler Group is recalling 15,956 model year 2014 Jeep Cherokee and Ram 1500 and 2015 Chrysler 200 vehicles. Due to an insufficient weld, the rear shocks ...

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Google to offer supervised accounts to kids under 13

Promises parental oversight and protection of children's privacy

Big changes are coming to Google: the company intends to officially make its accounts available to children under 13, with parental permission and control....

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Are you addicted to work?

It may not be the benign condition it might seem

Some people are constant clock-watchers on the job, eager for the end to the work day. Others are usually the last to leave the office, losing track of tim...

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Burning iPhone battery forces airplane evacuation

Lithium-ion devices can be dangerous, especially with third-party batteries

An airplane in Tel Aviv had to be evacuated earlier this week after the lithium-ion battery powering a passenger's iPhone 5 caught on fire, filling the cab...

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Yoga found to improve older adults' health

University of Illinois study finds yoga helps improve memory function

In case you haven't noticed, nearly everyone is going to a yoga class. The breathing, stretching and relaxation regimen has always been popular among “New ...

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Feds fine auto finance company

First Investors Financial Services Group mostly lent to subprime borrowers

An auto finance company that mostly lends to subprime borrowers is being fined $2.75 million by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Texas-base...

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Falling interest rates help boost mortgage applications

Applications for government mortgages were lower, though

Mortgage applications increased in the week ending thanks to falling interest rates and concern about international turmoil. Data from the Mortgage Banker...

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Louisiana sues State Farm

Suit charges the insurer uses unfair and fraudulent business practices

Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell is suing State Farm Insurance, alleging the nationwide insurer has engaged in a pattern of unfair and fraudulent ...

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A "Top Safety Pick+" rating for Subaru

The 2015 Legacy and Outback performed well in the small overlap test

Top marks in every measurement category of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's (IIHS) small overlap front crash test helped the redesigned Subaru ...

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nSPIRED Natural Foods recalls various products due to possible health risk

The products may be contaminated with Salmonella

nSpired Natural Foods is voluntarily recalling certain retail lots of Arrowhead Mills Peanut Butters, MaraNatha Almond Butters and Peanut Butters and speci...

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Bexco recalls Franklin & Ben Mason 4-in-1 Convertible Cribs

The crib front can separate from the side panels and create a hazardous gap

Bexco Enterprises Inc., of Montebello, Calif., is recalling about 1,100 Franklin & Ben Mason 4-in-1 Convertible Cribs in the U.S. and Canada. The crib fro...

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Despite new study, don't load up on salt

Study linking low-sodium consumption to death may not tell the whole story

Results of a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine last week made a lot of waves. It suggested that a low-salt diet might be harmful to yo...

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Gap and Banana Republic sued over outlet-store offerings

Plaintiff claims lower-quality outlet items constitute false advertising, violate consumer-protection laws

It's been an open secret for years now that the items you find for sale in most brand-name “outlet” stores are not necessarily identical to the brand-name ...

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Feds unveil new car recall database

Surprise! It duplicates existing free searches provided by Carfax, et al

It's hard to describe just how clunky the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's database is. Trying to ferret out information about a particular...

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The best paying jobs for workers with a high school education

Even if you don't have a college degree, you do have options

You've graduated from high school and decided college isn't for you. But what kind of job will a high school diploma get you? Unfortunately, it's a tough ...

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Starbucks joins the food truck revolution

Now college students can spend big bucks on coffee without too many extra steps

If you're already wondering how you're going to pay off those student loans you (or your offspring) are racking up, this may not be good news: Starbucks is...

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Retirement savings leave a lot to be desired

Those who are saving are starting earlier

Here's some disturbing -- and depressing -- news about retirement saving. A new report from Bankrate.com shows that more than a third of the people it sur...

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Consumer prices inch upward in July

Falling energy costs offset increases for food and shelter

Consumer prices edged up 0.1% in July, the smallest increase since February. According to government figures, increases in the cost of food and shelter we...

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New home construction soars in July

The outlook for future home building is brighter as well

After falling in both June and May, new home construction shot up 15.7% in July to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,093,000. The consensus of analyst...

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Recaro recalls child restraints

The child's head may move excessively, increasing the risk of injury

Recaro Child Safety is recalling 39,181 Recaro ProSport model 385 child restraints, manufactured from June 16, 2010, through January 31, 2013. When the a...

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GM recalls vehicles with electrical issues

The insulation on the engine block heater cord can become damaged

General Motors is recalling 2,990 model year 2013-2014 Buick Encore all-wheel-drive vehicles manufactured August 23, 2012, to September 9, 2013; Verano veh...

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Aspirin may help protect obese breast cancer patients

Texas researchers find it reduces cancer recurrence by 52% in some patients

Doctors have known for some time that obesity is linked to a higher risk of a recurrence of breast cancer. The National Cancer Institute says studies have ...

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Hatha yoga: It could be good for your head

A new study found improved brain function in older adults

A new study finds that sedentary older adults who practiced hatha yoga three times a week for eight weeks showed improvement when it came to performance on...

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Builder confidence posts third straight gain

Sustained job growth and low mortgage rates are credited

Optimism among builders in the market for newly built, single-family homes continues to grow, The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housin...

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One more time: Watch out for IRS phone scams

They're still out there calling, telling you to pay up -- or else

Last April, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) put out a warning about scammers claiming to be from the tax agency, demanding payment of some back taxes or...

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Oil glut leads to falling gasoline prices

Consumers' price break could last well into 2015

Consumers likely have noticed that gasoline prices are falling in most areas. Maybe they haven't wanted to think about it very much since as soon as motori...

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August still a good time to buy a new car

Slowing sales increase dealers' motivation to deal

August has traditionally been thought of as the optimum time to buy a new car. Next year's models are rolling off the assembly line and dealers are in the ...

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Samsung, T-Mobile, MetroPCS sued over 911 service

FCC guidelines require wireless carriers to provide 911 location information

wo years ago, in September 2012, the family of a murdered woman named Deanna Cook filed suit against the city of Dallas and its police department....

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McCormick Ground Oregano recalled

The product may be contaminated with Salmonella

McCormick & Company is recalling McCormick Ground Oregano, 0.75-oz. bottle, UPC 0-523561-6 with code dates BEST BY AUG 21 16 H and AUG 22 16 H. The produc...

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Whole Foods Market recalls ground beef products

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

Whole Foods Market locations in South Weymouth, Mass., and Newton, Mass., are recalling 368 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E....

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Gulf States Toyota recalls Tundras

The lug nuts to loosen

Gulf States Toyota (GST) is recalling 16,249 model year 2013-2014 Toyota Tundras modified by GST as part of certain vehicle packages to be equipped with a ...

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Fuel leak prompts recall of Arctic Cat snowmobiles

Leaking fuel poses a fire hazard

Arctic Cat of Thief River Falls, Minn., is recalling about 3,260 Arctic Cat snowmobiles. Fuel can leak from the fuel line assembly, posing a fire hazard. ...

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Vornado Air recalls electric space heaters

The heater can overheat and cause the units to melt

Vornado Air of Andover, Kan., is recalling about 79,000 electric space heaters. The heater can overheat and cause the units to melt, catch fire and ignite...

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The small fortune hiding in your loose change

Your nickels and old pennies might be too valuable to spend

The “Instantly Double Your Money With Hardly Any Effort At All Plan” lets you double your cash value without even having to work too hard...

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New Jersey sues "As Seen on TV" promoter

Our own readers' complaints about Telebrands sound suspiciously similar

If you watch any television at all, you're probably familiar with those commercials hawking amazing “As Seen on TV” products, almost always sold by the New...

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Best checking accounts for students

Some banks offer incentives for teens to open accounts

Having a checking account can help a teenager develop good financial habits and improve their ability to manage their money. Personal finance experts belie...

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Beef inspection procedures streamlined

Finding and removing contaminated products faster is the goal

The federal Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) plans to implement procedures that it says will help it trace contaminated ground beef back to its so...

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Feds approve new type of sleep drug

Risks include driving and having sex while not fully awake

People who have a hard time falling and staying asleep (insomnia) have a new option. The Food and Drug Administration has approved Belsomra (suvorexant), ...

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Jobless claims tick higher

Analysts are wondering if this was an aberration

After averaging below the 300,000 mark for the last few weeks, first-time applications for state unemployment benefits have jumped higher. The Labor Depar...

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New Jersey sues puppy dealer

Prada Puppies sold sick dogs to consumers, state charges

New Jersey has sued Prada Puppies and its owner, Jessica Durkin, charging that they sold sick puppies to consumers without providing the veterinary exams t...

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Back-to-school: it adds up

Families will spend an average of $670 on school supplies this year

Sharpen your pencil, we are going to talk back to school and how it all adds up. You might want to sit at your desk as we go through these numbers....

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Perdue recalls chicken nugget product

The product may be contaminated with extraneous materials

Perdue of Gainesville, Ga., is recalling approximately 15,306 pounds of frozen, fully cooked chicken nugget product. The product may be contaminated with ...

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When you "Like" everything on Facebook, there's nothing left to like about it

Wired writer likes every Facebook post he sees for 48 hours

There've been plenty of warnings about how something as apparently innocuous as clicking “Like” on a Facebook post can lead to bad consequences: that new p...

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More people have jobs but are earning less

For most consumers, today's economy is 1 step forward, 2 steps back

There's a very simple reason that if you ask many consumers about the economy, they'll tell you the recession that began in late 2007 has never ended....

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Pot for your pet

Low-THC supplements are made from hemp, not marijuana

Well it's happened -- you can now buy pot for your animals....

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Retail sales stuck in neutral

Sluggish auto sales provided a drag

Retail sales were unchanged during July, ending a string of 5 monthly increases. Economists surveyed by Briefing.com were anticipating an increase of 0.2% ...

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It's not pet-cloning but it's close

Facial recognition software can find near-duplicates of your pet

Remember how they cloned Dolly the sheep? Some people have cloned their dogs as well. Now there's a new app that does almost the same thing. It won't actua...

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Neck manipulation may be linked to stroke

A small tear in a neck artery can trigger stroke

American Heart Association experts are warning that the neck manipulations often used by chiropractors and physicians may be associated with stroke....

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Little distractions can mean big trouble

Study confirms that frequent interruptions result in lower-quality output

Anyone who has to write -- whether for work, school or pleasure -- knows that interruptions take a toll. Now a couple of academic studies show just how ste...

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Mortgage applications on the downside

Contract interest rates were mixed

Mortgage applications were down 2.7% the week ending August 8. In addition, the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey shows t...

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Chrysler 200 passes small overlap front crash test with flying colors

The results helped the vehicle earn the IIHS top safety award

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has awarded the redesigned 2015 Chrysler the top rating of good in its small overlap front crash test -- ...

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Sunfood recalls Organic Carob Powder

The product may be contaminated with Salmonella

Sunfood of El Cajon, Calif., is recalling Organic Carob Powder, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. No illnesses have been re...

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3 password tools that can make you more secure

Staying ahead of the hackers may require professional help

The news in early August that Russian hackers had stolen over 1 billion user names and passwords has created more anxiety around the security of log-in cre...

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Amazon stops pre-ordering Disney DVDs; streaming orders still accepted

Do recent Amazon contract disputes stem from an unsustainable business model?

The book publisher Hachette isn't the only media company whose physical offerings cannot be pre-ordered on Amazon.com; as of last week, Walt Disney Home Vi...

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States want tighter regulation of e-cigarettes

The devices threaten to create a new generation of nicotine addicts, FDA is told

While the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) mulls new regulations of electronic cigarettes, the attorneys general of 29 states are urging the agency to ad...

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Feds seek to shut down Michigan cheese maker

The government claims the product could pose a life-threatening health hazard

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants to shut down a Michigan cheese-maker that it claims poses a hazard to public health. At the request of the FD...

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New colorectal cancer screening test approved

The non-invasive procedure detects the presence of red blood cells and DNA mutations

Cologuard, the first stool-based colorectal screening test that detects the presence of red blood cells and DNA mutations that may indicate the presence of...

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Feds warn of Bitcoin dangers

Unclear costs, volatile exchange rates and scams are among the hazards

Virtual currencies such as Bitcoin can be a convenience, but they are also filled with risks. According to an advisory issued by the Consumer Financial Pr...

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Counterfeit-wine seller sentenced to 10 years in prison

Blended cheap wines until they tasted like million-dollar vintages

A celebrity wineseller (who, for all his faults, presumably has a truly amazing sense of taste and smell) was sentenced to 10 years in prison for defraudin...

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Continental announces motorcycle tire recall

Tread and/or belt issues may lead to separation and possible pressure loss

Continental is recalling approximately 9,000 Continental 120/70 ZR 17 and 120/70 R 17 motorcycle tires sold in the U.S. and Canada. Some of these tires ...

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Neiman Marcus sued over Last Call

Lawsuit claims items were never sold in genuine Neiman Marcus stores

You probably know that the various name-brand “outlet” or “factory” stores of the sort you find in tourist-trap outlet malls rarely offer true bargain...

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Is your cat being stalked?

New website tracks 1 million cats worldwide

Did you ever think of this -- someone might be stalking your cat? It's not so far-fetched, that cute photo of your cat hanging upside down in your tree jus...

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Choosing an apartment based on your lifestyle

RentalRoost adds another element to the search

It stands to reason that with more consumers renting homes instead of purchasing, more people are looking for apartments to rent. So where do you turn?...

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Are accelerated degree programs an answer to rising college costs?

More colleges are allowing a faster path to a degree

For a generation the cost of a college education has been rising much faster than the rate of inflation....

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FCC chair grills more wireless carriers about throttling

Verizon was first in the interrogation room; now it's the others' turn

Al Gore was laughed at when he and his lawyers debated the meaning of "is" in a legal brief. Now Verizon and other wireless carriers have gotten themselves...

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Employers say lying on resumes appears to be on the rise

And we've got some beauties

OK, chalk it up to the pressure to stand out in a sea of applicants. Whatever the cause, it appears job-seekers are tempted to be less than honest (transla...

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Checks enroute to folks allegedly scammed by Precision Law Center

More than 1300 consumers will split $800,000

Checks totaling approximately $800,000 are in the mail to some 1,305 consumers allegedly scammed in two related mortgage relief schemes. In one scheme, us...

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Study: Antibacterial compounds dangerous to pregnant women and their unborn children

The FDA is currently studying whether to regulate the compounds more tightly

Makers of antibacterial soaps and other products are gearing up to fight tighter regulation even as scientists find new evidence the compounds pose a dange...

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What's really in that coffee you're drinking?

Would you believe wheat, barley, soybeans or starch?

This isn't a story about whether that double soy latte you ordered really has an extra squirt of espresso. It's about how much filler is in your cup. And w...

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Touring models of Chrysler 200 recalled

The wiring harnesses may not handle certain electrical loads

Chrysler Group is recalling an estimated 89 Touring models of the 2015 Chrysler 200, 8 of which are in the U.S, and the rest in Canada. An investigation ...

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Oberto’s recalls chicken strip products

Questions have been raised about product quality

Oberto’s Brands of Kent, Wash., is recalling approximately 57,578 pounds of chicken strip products. Bloated packages were discovered and further investiga...

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VW recalls Tiguans to fix fuel system problem

Bubbles may form in the fuel system, which could cause stalling

Volkswagen is recalling certain model year 2009-2014 Tiguan vehicles manufactured from July 2007 to June 2014. When using winterized fuel, in certain condi...

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GM recalls Saturn VUE, Cadillac ATS, Buick Encore, Chevrolet Impala, Aveo and Spark models

Various problems including ignition switch, seat belts, brake fluid and glove compartment doors

General Motors announced the following recalls: 202,115 model year 2002-2004 Saturn VUEs because the ignition key can possibly be removed when the vehicle...

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Dos and don'ts when shopping for a new car

The more information you have the better the deal you're likely to get

Buying a new car can be an intimidating experience and most consumers approach it with a measure of anxiety. They don't want to appear foolish and they cer...

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Fed: Most U.S. families doing 'okay'

A lot of others, though, are struggling to hang in there

What the Federal Reserve survey wanted to know boils down to, “how ya doing?” What U.S. families told the Fed is somewhat disturbing. While over 60% of p...

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Some PC users still holding onto Windows XP

IT firm creates work-around it says gives XP new life

In a way, perhaps Microsoft should take it as a compliment. Its Windows XP operating system, introduced a dozen years ago, is well-liked by enough users th...

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Your FICO score might rise this fall

Revised FICO formula to discount medical debt, ignore paid-off bills

Fair Isaac is about to get a little less unfair to consumers, as the formula used to calculate people's FICO scores is being revamped...

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Gmail changes: Google makes it easier to unsubscribe from unwanted emails

But wading through Google's ever-changing posted policies remains as difficult as ever

Mildly good news for Gmail users trying to reduce the number of spam messages: Google is moving any “Unsubscribe” links to the top of email...

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2.6 million Americans still subscribe to AOL dialup

Is an ancient, long-forgotten dialup auto-payment still draining money from your account?

AOL released it quarterly earnings report on Wednesday of the same week the FCC considered raising the national bar for broadband...

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Airlines find clear runways in June

But, on-time performance slipped a bit

After struggling with tarmac delays, flight cancellations and late arrivals in May, air travelers enjoyed a pretty good June. There were NO reported tarma...

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RegeneSlim appetite control capsules recalled

The product contains DMAA, which can cause a rise in blood pressure

Regeneca Worldwide of Las Vegas, Nev., is recalling its RegeneSlim appetite control dietary supplement from lot # EX0616R15814 and lot #11414RE5516. FDA a...

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Volkswagen recalls Routans

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

Volkswagen Group of America is recalling 18,526 model year 2009 Routan vehicles. Road conditions or some other jarring event may cause the ignition switc...

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Things to consider before buying a house

Going slowly is usually a good idea

© Iriana Shiyan - Fotolia.comAs previously noted, the housing market has cooled in recent months as Millennials have been slow to jump into home o...

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The Chevrolet Volt: bad news for pedestrians and gas stations

It's dangerously quiet and remarkably allergic to gasoline

The first person to walk out in front of my Chevrolet Volt today was a gentleman cutting quickly through a parki...

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Teens say parents text, talk on phone and drive recklessly

It's not just teens who are often reckless behind the wheel, study finds

It will soon be back-to-school time and teens will be exhorted to practice safe driving habits -- to hang up the phone, ...

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Health-conscious consumers buying more enzyme supplements

Mayo clinic doctor says jury still out on their usefulness

Photo source: return2health.netSupplement sales are booming in the U.S. as consumers become more health conscious. Supplements been around since the ea...

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Mortgage rates show little change

Rates generally remained near their year's lows over the past month

Mortgage rates, as reported by Freddie Mac and Bankrate.com pretty much held their own in the past week. According to Freddie Mac's Primary Mortgage Marke...

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Jobless claims fall below 300K

The 4-week moving average hit an 8-year low

The number of people standing in the unemployment line for the first time continues to drop. Figures released by the Labor Department (DOL) show initial a...

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Sears Canada recalls Joe Boxer Boys Pajama Sets

The garments fail to meet flammability testing standards

Sears Canada is recalling Joe Boxer licensed boys 3-piece Eat Sleep Play Pajama Sets. The PJ Sets do not meet flammability testing standards for sleepwear...

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Zemco Industries recalls sausage product

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

Zemco Industries of Buffalo, N.Y., is recalling approximately 106,800 pounds of smoked sausage. The product contains soy, an allergen that is not declared ...

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Choripdong Chocolate Almond Richmond Ice Bars recalled

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

Seoul Shik Poom of Englewood, N.J., is recalling Choripdong Chocolate Almond Richmond Ice Bars. The products may contain eggs, an allergen not listed on t...

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Hacker warning: change your passwords -- all of them

Over 40 percent of Internet users at risk worldwide

If you're reading this, there's a very good chance you need to change your password because a 20-something computer hacker in Russia already knows it....

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FCC considers raising broadband speed standards

American Internet connection speeds much lower than global average

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Doctors often fail to recommend baby aspirin

A daily dose can help prevent heart attack and stroke

Doctors tend to be with their advice -- quit smoking, eat less, exercise more and so forth. But for some reason, a study finds they're not as eager to reco...

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Mortgage applications on the rise

Refinancing activity picked up as well

Applications for new mortgages were a little higher last week, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA). The MBA's Weekly Mortgage A...

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Gluten-free now really is

Food that says it has no gluten must now meet federal requirements

Any food product bearing a gluten-free claim label now must meet the requirements of a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rule that defined what character...

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Toyota recalls Siennas

The transmission shift cable could separate while the vehicle is being driven

Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing is recalling 263 model year 2014 Sienna vehicles manufactured June 17, 2014, through June 24, 2014. The affected...

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Oasis Brands recalls Quesito Casero

The product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Oasis Brands of Miami, Fla., is recalling Quesito Casero 12-oz with expiration date 09/27/14. The product has the potential to be contaminated with Lister...

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Report: Bank overdraft fees still hit some consumers

Just 8% of bank customers pay 75% of overdraft fees

Four years after implementation of a rule to protect consumers from overdraft fees, federal regulators report the probl...

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Verizon and FCC argue over limits on "unlimited" service

Critics call it data throttling; Verizon calls it network optimization

If you have a 4G LTE smartphone with an "unlimited" data plan from Verizon Wireless, be warned: starting in October, Verizon wants to start throttling your...

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Man arrested for emailed child porn after Google tips off authorities

Protecting children is a good cause, but what are the privacy implications?

Last November, Google announced the launch of a new initiative against child pornography. ...

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For Millennials, renting is just fine for now

Generation is slow to embrace home ownership

The Millennial generation appears to be in no hurry to buy a house. Two years ago, when Fannie Mae surveyed this gen...

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Wireless crammer will surrender his assets

Feds charged Andrew Bachman with running a "massive" mobile cramming scheme

Andrew Bachman is the latest crammer to run afoul of the feds. Bachman and number of other defendants pitched te...

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Home prices up again in June, but the rate of increase is moderating

It was the 28th consecutive month of year-over-year advances

Home prices across the U.S. -- including distressed sales -- were up 7.5% in June from the same month a year ago, according to the CoreLogic Home Price In...

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Star Networks USA recalls Magnicubes

It's part of a settlement with the CPSC

Star Networks USA of West New York, N.J., is recalling all Magnicube Spheres and Magnicube Cubes as part of the settlement of an administrative case filed ...

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Court gives consumers stronger protection from debt collectors

"Verification of debt" gets stronger definition

It began with a dispute between a Michigan condominium owner and the homeowners' association (HOA) over an unpaid ass...

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In-flight cell-phone bans coming to the USA

Or: DOT proposes new rationales for existing bans

It looks like in-flight cell phone calls will be the latest addition to the long list of things banned on airline fligh...

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Ford, Toyota lead July new car sales

Light trucks also help drive sales higher for yet another month

If numbers tell the story, then consumers' top choice for new cars in July were Fords and Toyotas. A report by automotive publication Kelley Blue Book (KBB...

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Feds approve new type 2 diabetes treatment

Millions could benefit

Jardiance (empagliflozin) tablets have been given the green light to be used to improve glycemic control in adults with type 2 diabetes. Approximately 26 ...

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Love your pet? Send it to the moon

Company offers memorial spaceflights for your pet's remains

You love your pet to the moon and back and after it leaves this earth you may actually do just that by sending its remains to the moon....

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Wawona Packing expands fruit recall

The product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Wawona Packing Company of Cutler, Calif., is expanding its July recall of whole white and yellow peaches, white and yellow nectarines, plums and pluots. T...

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Sunburst Superfoods recalls Organic Raw Carob Powder

The product may be contaminated with Salmonella

Sunburst Superfoods of Tuckahoe, N.Y., is recalling Sunburst Superfoods Organic Raw Carob Powder sold from March 12, 2014 through July 28th, 2014. The pro...

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Corvettes with shock absorber issues recalled

The shock absorber tubes may separate from the shock absorber clevis brackets

General Motors is recalling 1,939 model year 2014 Chevrolet Corvettes manufactured February 12, 2014, to March 14, 2014. Due to an improper weld on the r...

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New England Greens recalls Green Vibrance and Rainbow Vibrance

The product may be contaminated with Salmonella

New England Greens of Canaan, Conn., is recalling 10 lots of Green Vibrance and one lot of Rainbow Vibrance. A former raw material supplier recalled the O...

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Hyundai recalls Veracruz vehicles

Oil may leak from the front cylinder bank valve cover gasket

Hyundai Motor Company is recalling 61,122 model year 2007-2012 Veracruz vehicles manufactured from December 26, 2006, through July 24, 2012. The affected...

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Americans using less electricity despite an improving economy

Solar panels, efficient appliances and other innovations spell trouble for electric utilities

Good news for consumers might mean bad news for electric companies and their stockholders: the Wall Street Journal reported this week that American electri...

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Heavy drinking, slow walking may signal future dementia

Researchers make strides in identifying who is at risk

Two new research studies have shed new light on who will be afflicted with dementia, like Alzheimer's disease, and why. They join the growing body of resea...

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Privacy advocates object to expanded Facebook behavioral advertising

Social media rule: if you're not paying for it, you're what they're selling

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Tips for protecting your online privacy

Be careful what you post and take time to read the terms of service

If you're feeling a bit creeped out by the Internet these days, you aren't alone. A survey of U.S. Internet users found that nearly 75% admit to being worr...

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Sunscreen a summer essential but it must be used properly

Using the wrong sunscreen or applying it improperly can cancel out the benefits

Summer is sunscreen time. It's important to use sunscreen to block harmful UV rays but you can also be burned, so to speak, by improper use of sunscreen....

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FTC finds shopping apps short on disclosure

Consumers should be cautious before surrendering personal data

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The jobs keep coming

The economy created 200k+ jobs for a sixth straight month

Job creation may have fallen a little short of expectations in July, but the figure is what one analyst calls “impressive.” Figures released by the Labor ...

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Hyundai recalls Santa Fe vehicles

The front coil spring may be corroded from road salt

Hyundai Motor Company is recalling 225,000 model Year 2001-2006 Santa Fe vehicles manufactured from March 31, 2000, through February 15, 2006, that are reg...

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Dynacraft recalls Avigo youth bicycles

The front wheel on the bicycle can detach

Dynacraft BSC of American Canyon, Calif., is recalling about 3,100 Avigo 20-inch Turn N’ Burn youth bicycles. The front wheel on the bicycle can detach, p...

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Natural Grocers recalls Chunks of Energy products

The products contain organic carob powder which may be contaminated with Salmonella

Natural Grocers is recalling Chunks of Energy Carob Greens and Chunks of Energy Date / Flax/Tumeric. The products contain organic carob powder from Cirand...

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