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Credit cards and car loans: a tale of two debts

Credit card delinquencies are down but late auto loan payments are rising

The credit reporting agency TransUnion has issued a report that suggests consumers are doing better managing their credit cards than their car loans....

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Depression sweeping the country

Americans more depressed than in decades, study finds

Americans are more depressed now than they have been in decades even though they may not be aware of it, a new study finds....

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How to unplug your energy bill

Cold weather often brings higher energy costs but there are ways to save

Hate to say it but colder weather is just around the corner and that means your energy bill will probably go up. Even if you don't have electric heat you a...

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Home price gains slow dramatically in July

None of the cities in the Case-Shiller survey showed improvement

Home prices were higher in July, but the rate of increase slowed significantly, according to the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices. A leading measure o...

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Incomes, spending on the rise in August

The personal savings rate, however, headed lower

Both personal income and spending rose in August, showing a bit of progress over July's lackluster performance. According to the Bureau of Economic Analys...

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An apple a day could keep the pounds away

Granny Smith apples are especially high in "nondigestible compounds," study finds

You might not think of apples as being hard to digest and they're not. But it turns out that they contain a high percentage of nondigestible compounds that...

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Consumers feeling less confident in September

It's the first decline in five months

After posting an increase in August, the Conference Board's Consumer Confidence Index slumped in September, dropping from 93.4 to 80.6. In addition, the...

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Bravo recalls select chicken and turkey pet foods

The products may be contaminated with Salmonella

Bravo of Manchester, Conn., is recalling select lots of Bravo Turkey and Chicken pet foods for dogs and cats. The products may be contaminated with Salmon...

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Obama orders stricter consumer protections for service members

New rules crack down on use of loopholes by lenders, cover more types of loans

New regulations being published today would limit the interest that can be charged to military service members, part of an Obama Administration effort to c...

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Reasons to avoid a subprime car loan

The bank might be able to disable your car if your payment is late

The housing crisis was triggered in large part by an overabundance of subprime mortgages. In short, consumers got loans for homes they couldn't afford....

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Study: Affordable car insurance can be hard to find in low-income areas

Consumer Federation finds even safe drivers must pay more than $500 per year in low-income neighborhoods

Car insurance is like death and taxes, at least for car owners. Every state requires car owners to have a minimum amount of liability insurance but a new s...

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Literary giants side with Hachette against Amazon

Everyday writers should not suffer as part of contract dispute

It's almost four months now since Amazon customers first noticed that bookseller Amazon and book publisher Hachette Book Group were involved in what Amazon...

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Dogs that saw logs

Snoring is normal for some dogs but it can be a sign of health problems

It's one thing when your husband snores at night or on the couch when he falls asleep watching your favorite TV show, but when your fluffy little cuddly be...

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Apple's iPod is obsolete, but iPod anti-trust class action suits are not

Possible setback for Apple in a decade-long lawsuit

Earlier this month, Apple unveiled its latest-gen iPhone 6 and first-gen iWatch, and also officially discontinued its iPod family of MP3 players....

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Nothing seedy about giving birds a leg up

A little hospitality pays off for bird-watchers

It's always nice to see birds enjoying your garden and fall is a great time to actually bring birds into the garden so you can help them out. It will make ...

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Pending home sales slip in August

The decline was broad-based

Although contract signings remain at their second-highest level over the past year, pending home sales dipped during August, with all major regions experie...

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Foster Farms recalls frozen chicken breast strips

The product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Foster Farms of Farmerville, La., is recalling approximately 39,747 pounds of frozen pre-cooked chicken products due to possible contamination with Lister...

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Delicious Beef Jerky recalls beef jerky products

The products were incorrectly produced and shipped

Delicious Beef Jerky of Albuquerque, N.M., is recalling 8 pounds of beef jerky products. The products were marked and shipped without the benefit of inspe...

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Ford recalls nearly 1 million vehicles with air bag issue

The air bags may not function as intended in the event of a crash

Ford Motor Company is recalling approximately 850,000 2013-2014 Ford C-MAX, Fusion, Escape and Lincoln MKZ vehicles in North America for a potential issue ...

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Caviness Beef Packers recalls beef trimmings products

The products may be contaminated with E. coli

Caviness Beef Packers of Hereford, Texas, is recalling approximately 23,100 pounds of beef trimmings products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7...

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Mailing your groceries for 3 a.m. delivery? USPS proposes new business strategy

WIll home food delivery make up for lost First Class mail revenue?

The U.S. Postal Service has been losing money for years, primarily because the Internet and related technologies destroyed the USPS' former status as “chea...

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Put your pet on an allowance

A pet savings account can help pay for vet bills, preventive care and even an occasional treat

A pet can be expensive, especially around this time of year when they want the latest Halloween costume. Oh, your pet doesn't really want to be a lobster t...

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The economy powers up

A third look at GDP shows more strength than previously reported

The third time is the charm when it comes to calculating economic growth for the second quarter. This latest look at expansion in the gross domestic produ...

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Study: Gastric bypass surgery beats banding for long-term weight loss

The procedure is better at controlling diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol

Gastric bypass surgery has better outcomes than gastric banding for long-term weight loss, controlling type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure, and lowerin...

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Bad Boy Buggies recalls recreational off-road vehicles

Diminished braking ability poses a crash hazard

Bad Boy Buggies of Augusta, Ga., is recalling about 4,460 Bad Boy Buggies off-road vehicles. Incorrect parking brake adjustments and improperly bled brake...

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Ross Stores recalls bistro chairs

The chair’s seat can fail to attach to the frame when the chair is unfolded

Ross Procurement of Dublin, Calif., is recalling about 840 metal bistro chairs The chair’s seat can fail to attach to the frame when the chair is unfolded...

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Chrysler recalls vehicles with ignition key issues

The vehicles could lose windshield defroster and wiper functions

Chrysler Group is recalling an estimated 349,442 older-model vehicles to correct conditions that may cause ignition keys to become stuck or inadvertently m...

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Shivvers recalls Country Clipper riding lawn mowers

The ignition module can fail to ground, resulting in overheating and melting

Shivvers Manufacturing of Corydon, Iowa is recalling about 2,011 riding lawn mowers in the U.S. and Canada. The ignition module can fail to ground, result...

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Jitters return to Wall Street this week

The market remains highly confident, which some see as a problem

The witches in Shakespeare's Macbeth might have been chanting “bubble, bubble toil and trouble,” because that would be an appropriate chant on Wall Street ...

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Bad week for Apple: bent phones followed by flawed iOS update

But Apple will replace bent phones -- if they pass a "Visual Mechanical Inspection"

If you downloaded and installed Apple's iOS 8.0.1 software update on Wednesday, whether to your iPhone, iPad or iPod, bear in mind the update proved to be ...

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Can your dog get Ebola?

Dogs can carry the disease and could spread it to humans

It's the disease that everyone is fearing most right now -- Ebola. We could be dealing with more than a million cases of Ebola by January if efforts to tac...

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Appeals court upholds penalties against bogus mortgage assistance scheme

Consumers paid high fees for "virtually worthless" programs, court finds

A federal appeals court has upheld a lower court's decision ordering a bogus mortgage assistance and debt relief scheme to pay $5.7 million in refunds to c...

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Picking the right pumpkin doesn't have to spook you out

There are different kinds of pumpkins -- some great for carving, others for eating or painting

You have a couple of choices when you feel like picking pumpkins. You can pick them right out of the huge box on a pallet at the grocery store or you can d...

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Shellshock security flaw worse than Heartbleed

But fixing the problem is out of ordinary peoples' hands

Shellshock, a newly discovered security flaw in a type of software widely used in UNIX, Linux and Mac OS X systems, is considered even worse than last Apri...

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Retailers expect treats, not tricks, as consumers shop for Halloween costumes

Record numbers of consumers are seen buying costumes

Consumers gearing up to celebrate the spookiest holiday of the year have retailers anticipating more costumes than ever flying off the shelves. According...

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Weekly jobless claims creep higher

However, the latest levels continue to suggest a rebounding job market

After falling to the lowest level since July a week earlier, first-time applications for state unemployment benefits moved higher last week. Government fi...

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Volkswagen recalls Audi Q7s

Engine oil could leak into the brake booster

Volkswagen Group of America is recalling 1,814 model year 2013 Audi Q7 vehicles manufactured June 5, 2012, to November 29, 2012 and equipped with a 3.0L TD...

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Toyota Tundra CrewMax and Double Cab vehicles recalled

The Curtain-Shield Air Bags may not deploy properly

Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing is recalling 132,624 model year 2014 Toyota Tundra CrewMax and Double Cab vehicles manufactured July 29, 2013, to ...

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Gold Star Smoked Fish recalls Cold Smoked Steelhead

The product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Gold Star Smoked Fish Corp., of Brooklyn, N.Y., is recalling Cold Smoked Steelhead in Vacuum Pack with blue and gold label. The product may be contaminat...

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Reports: Apple iPhone 6 bends in your pocket

Is this normal wear-and-tear, or something worse?

How sturdy is Apple's new iPhone 6, anyway? An ever-growing number of customers are saying that the phone has a tendency to bend from the pressure when car...

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Walmart offers low-fee checking accounts nationwide

It's the giant retailer's latest move into the financial services business

For the last several years, Walmart has been edging closer and closer to the banking business, at least partly in response to the high fees that have cause...

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Expired items just hang around waiting to cause trouble

Lots of common everyday items may be in need of a good throwing out

We all have stuff we see every single day and don't think about because they are common household items, or they're things that just stay in their place wi...

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For self-employed, retirement saving can be a challenge

Without a regular paycheck, it's hard to put money away

Often overlooked in the numerous discussions about the urgency of retirement saving are the potential obstacles for the self-employed....

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Tough little dogs who think they are big

Small dogs tend to be pampered and over-protected, which can cause problems

The saying “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight; it’s the size of the fight in the dog” perfectly captures the little dog syndrome. Have you ever not...

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Customer data breach at Jimmy John's sandwich shops

Hackers had access from June 15 through Sept. 5 of this year

Jimmy John's, the nationwide chain offering “gourmet sandwiches,” confirmed today that a security breach involving one of its payment vendors compromised c...

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Fallout continues from Home Depot data breach

Financial consequences starting to take their toll

It's been almost six months now since hackers first managed to breach Home Depot security in April, and started stealing its customers' confidential financ...

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New home sales soar in August

It's the best showing in more than 6 years

After staying away for 2 straight months, home-buyers finally showed up in August. Figures released jointly by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department o...

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Mortgage and debt relief scammers shut down -- for good

Consumers who were conned will collect millions

Defendants based in the U.S. and Canada who deceived consumers through a telemarketing scheme designed to sell them phony mortgage assistance and debt reli...

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A dip in mortgage applications

Meanwhile, some interest rates hit 4-month highs

Applications for mortgages gave back some of the previous week's nearly 8% surge. The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) reports applications decreased 4....

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Starting next week, Facebook will watch you everywhere you go

Atlas advertising platform considered an improvement for marketers

Next week, Facebook plans to start using new advertising tools that will let it know what you're doing everywhere online no matter which connected device y...

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The spy who loved me ... was a parent

These days, technology does the job instead

The only way that parents used to keep track of their kids was by using the eyes in the back of their heads. These days, those rear-view eyes have become v...

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Should you get your dog a flu shot?

Dogs get the flu just like people and it can turn into pneumonia

You know the feeling -- runny nose, not very hungry, a cough and you are tired. You just feel worn-out all over. Odds are you have the flu. Your dog can ge...

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Watch out for these iPhone6 scams

Nobody's giving free phones away over Facebook or email, either

Well, that didn't take long: Apple had barely finished formally unveiling its new iPhone6 earlier this month before various scammers started using the lure...

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Be wary of tickets to Derek Jeter's last games

Scam artists are looking to clear the bases on this one

Just about anything can be the basis of a good scam, especially if it involves tickets. That makes Derek Jeter's final New York Yankees games prime territo...

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Home prices inch higher in July

Prices have now risen for 8 straight month

Homes prices rose in July -- but not by much. According to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) monthly House Price Index (HPI), prices were up 0.1% o...

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Tools and campaign to increase car seat safety unveiled

We’ve got tips to help you find the right seat for your child

Not sure which car seat to use for your child? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) may have what you need. The agency is launching...

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Glaser Organic Farms recalls Organic Carob Powder

The product may be contaminated with Salmonella

Glaser Organic Farms has been notified by its supplier of a recall of Organic Carob Powder. The product may be contaminated with Salmonella. The following ...

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General Motors recalls Cadillac XTS and Chevy Impala vehicles

The vehicle's air bags may not deploy in the event of a crash

General Motors is recalling 5 model year 2013-2014 Cadillac XTS vehicles manufactured April 11, 2013, to June 27, 2013, and 2014 Chevrolet Impala vehicles ...

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Nine fats that just might improve your health

But fats are loaded with calories and should be consumed in moderation

The diet world has been jolted recently by studies suggesting that eating fat is not such a bad thing after all. It might not lead to heart disease and it ...

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The UPS Store expands 3-d printing services

Six-store pilot program expanding to 100 locations

the UPS Store thinks 3-d printing has enough of a future that this week, it announced plans to expand a pilot program it started last year: the number of U...

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Produce section -- fresh is best

The surest way to get the taste you're looking for is to buy produce that's in season

I've been going to grocery stores for years, decades in fact, and there still is one department that is hit-or-miss at times. That's the produce section....

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More people are renting but many overlook insurance

Renters insurance can provide coverage for personal items damaged in disasters

The number of people renting homes instead of buying continues to rise, especially in high-cost urban areas. And it just so happens those are the same area...

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Gardening can bring relief to Alzheimer's patients

Spending time in the garden beats sitting in front of the TV

There is nothing better to clear your head then being in the outdoors. It's one of the reasons gardening is so popular -- and the main reason that therapis...

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Latest iPhones are built to last, tests find

SquareTrade finds the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are tougher than previous models

Tired of hearing about the newest iPhones? Fair enough, but amidst all the hoopla over technical upgrades, consider this: warranty company SquareTrade says...

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An August dip in existing-home sales

It’s the first decline in 5 months

Sales of previously-owned homes fell in August after posting 4 consecutive monthly gains. Figures released by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) sh...

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General Motors recalls Cadillac XTS and Chevrolet Impala vehicles

The electronic parking brake piston actuation arm may not retract fully

General Motors is recalling 132,921 model year 2013-2015 Cadillac XTS vehicles manufactured February 14, 2012, to August 22, 2014, and 2014-2015 Chevrolet ...

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Dodge Durangos and Jeep Grand Cherokees recalled

The fuel pump relay inside the Totally Integrated Power Module may fail

Chrysler Group is recalling 188,723 model year 2011 Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles manufactured January 5, 2010, to July 20, 2011, and equi...

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TBC recalls Wild Country Radial XTX Sport tires

Cords in the lower sidewall on the white sidewall side may be cracked or broken

TBC Corporation (TBC) is recalling 388 Wild Country Radial XTX Sport tires, size 265/65R18, manufactured by Cooper Tire and Rubber Company from June 1, 201...

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Honda recalls Fit vehicles

The side curtain air bags may not function properly

American Honda Motor Company is recalling 6,292 model year 2015 Honda Fit vehicles manufactured April 11, 2014, to June 9, 2014. The affected vehicles, wh...

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Why Fed money-pumping hasn't helped consumers

Some economists argue it would have been better to send cash to consumers directly

The Federal Reserve announced this week more of the same. Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen said the central bank will continue the policy started by her predece...

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Apple's “warrant canary” died; did Patriot Act spy activities kill it?

Despite Apple's pro-privacy headlines this week, something darkling might lurk behind the scenes

Such claims might sound like a paranoid conspiracy theory, but under modern U.S. law – specifically the Patriot Act – they are all-too-plausible. ...

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Seasonal allergies in your pets

It's scratching season -- dogs and cats need allergy relief too

It's scratching season. Are your dog's legs going crazy scratching all parts of his body? How about your cat -- is it having a little trouble breathing? It...

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Retirement and debt usually don't mix

But retiring with mortgage and other debt is becoming the norm

Consumers nearing retirement age are often lectured by financial planners to be saving more for the years when they aren't working. That's sound advice, bu...

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Surprising ways to cut your grocery bill

Grocery shopping is a big expense; it pays to look for savings

Although your weekly grocery bill may not seem like a major expenditure unless you have teenagers, let's say you spend $200 a week. That means you're shell...

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Flu vaccine should be top priority for expectant moms

Vaccination protects both the mother and her child

Only about half of all pregnant women in the U.S. get a flu shot each season, leaving thousands of moms-to-be and their babies at increased risk of serious...

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Mortgage rates hit their highest level since May

Both Freddie Mac and Bankrate are reporting gains

The price you pay to borrow money to buy a home mortgage has jumped to the highest level in four months, according to 2 leading trackers of mortgage rates....

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High marks for the Volkswagen Jetta in small overlap protection

That helped the vehicle qualify for the IIHS “Top Safety Pick+” award

A structural upgrade to improve small overlap protection and the addition of an optional front crash prevention system led the 2015 Volkswagen Jetta earnin...

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Ford recalls Lincoln MKC vehicles

The windshield glass may have air bubbles

Ford Motor Company is recalling 1,139 model year 2015 Lincoln MKC vehicles manufactured August 20, 2013, to June 6, 2014. The affected vehicles may have v...

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Corporal punishment is more common than you might think

At least 19 states still permit spanking and paddling in schools

When I was in 7th grade I took a spool of thread and wound it around a group of chairs in Home Economics class. It was quite fun watching people trip, unti...

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Hipster harness may put the hip-hop back into your dog

Hip dysplasia is a common and painful ailment for dogs

It's no fun getting old -- and that applies to dogs too. Just as humans develop creaky knees and hips, dogs are prone to a condition called hip dysplasia. ...

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Amazon updates the Kindle line-up

Latest model is thinner, faster, etc.

In a world hammered by a constant flow of new gadgets, the challenge sometimes is keeping yesterday's jaw-dropper from turning into today's yawner....

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Apple says even the government can't get your private data with iOS8

But protections only apply to information on your device, not in the cloud

Apple updated its privacy policy this week and released a letter from company CEO Tim Cook, both expressing the company's overall commitment to customer pr...

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Now may be a good time to buy a new refrigerator

New energy standards should mean big savings in electricity usage

If you've been looking with distaste at your refrigerator, now may be the time to replace it. New rules have gone into effect that require greater energy s...

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Checks are in the mail to AmeriDebt scam victims

The company allegedly lied to consumers about fees, among other things

Consumers allegedly taken for a ride by a credit counseling/debt management scam run by Andris Pukke and his companies -- AmeriDebt Inc. and DebtWorks, Inc...

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Man up and ask for a flexible schedule

Study finds women are still more likely to get a raw deal when they need time off to handle parenting

You've come a long way, baby but maybe it hasn't helped you too much. Women tend to get a raw deal when it comes to asking for time off at work to handle p...

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Some give and take in housing construction

Both housing starts and building permit applications tanked in August

The new home construction industry provided a good example last month of the old saw that “what goes up must come down.” After surging nearly 16% in in Ju...

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Builder confidence up again

It’s the fourth increase in a row

Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes rose for a fourth straight month in September. The National Association of Home Buil...

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Feds halt payday loan scheme they say stole tens of millions from consumers

Network of web sites trapped consumers in "loans" they never asked for, then raided their bank accounts, FTC charges

Federal regulators say a web of companies conspired to get their hands on consumers' private financial data, then used that data to extract nearly $50 mill...

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Medicare Open Enrollment may bring more policy changes

If you have an Advantage Plan, you can make changes starting Oct. 15

For consumers with Medicare Advantage, the 2015 open enrollment period starts October 15 and extends through December 7 2014. If you want to make changes t...

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Electric cars cleaner than ever, new analysis finds

Newer EVs are cleaner than the most efficient hybrids in most parts of the country

Electric cars are getting more efficient, making them cleaner than the most efficient hybrids in most parts of the country, according to a new analysis fro...

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Brain surgery on George the goldfish goes swimmingly

Australian vets kept George in oxygenated water as they performed the tricky procedure

Surgeons can remove just about anything these days, even a goldfish's brain tumor. I know you are waiting for a punch line. There is none -- it really happ...

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Kia Soul qualifies for IIHS "Top Safety Pick"

The automaker improved small overlap front protection of 2 small cars

After previously being given a poor rating poor in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's (IIHS) small overlap front test, the Kia Soul now has earne...

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Consumers catch a break on inflation

The declining cost of gasoline helped send the CPI lower last month

Nothing to see here as far as inflation is concerned. Figures released by the Labor Department (DOL) show lower energy costs -- especially for gasoline -...

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A bounce-back for mortgage applications

Refinance applications also posted a solid gain

After falling for the first time in four weeks, applications for mortgages are back on track. According to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly...

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Fiat 500L vehicles recalled

The driver's knee airbag may not deploy properly

Chrysler Group is recalling 25,483 model year 2014-2015 Fiat 500L vehicles manufactured March 3, 2012, to July 25, 2014. Irregularities in the folding pro...

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Continental recalls variety of motorcycle tires

The tires may experience a separation between the tread, belt, and carcass

Continental Tire the Americas is recalling 8,070 ContiAttack SM, ContiSportAttack, ContiSportAttack2, ContiRaceAttack Comp. Soft, ContiRaceAttack Comp. Med...

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Gel Spice recalls Fresh Finds brand Ground Black Pepper

The pepper may be contaminated with Salmonella

Gel Spice Company of Bayonne, N.J., is recalling 16,443 cases of Fresh Finds-Ground Black Pepper in 3.53-oz. plastic jars The pepper may be contaminated w...

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Apple CEO denies collecting data on customers

Though he might be lying, in compliance with government gag orders

Apple's CEO Tim Cook gave a rare two-part televised interview (easily available online) to Charlie Rose this week, discussing everything from the company's...

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Feds sue Corinthian Colleges for predatory lending

The for-profit chain of colleges could be forced to pay $500 million in restitution

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is suing for-profit Corinthian Colleges, Inc. for what it calls an illegal predatory lending scheme....

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Does your dog need a therapist?

Pet have issues too, you know

Your dog is acting a little weird. Maybe it needs therapy. This isn't just a Hollywood thing. With so many rescue dogs out there looking for homes many hav...

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Blood pressure sending more people to the ER

Emergency visits to treat hypertension spiked 25% over 5 years

There are many reasons people go to a hospital emergency room and in recent years, spiking blood pressure has become a fairly common one....

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Does loyalty make you lucky? Some shoppers seem to think so

Consumer study discovers a loyalty-card version of the old "gamblers' fallacy"

A recent study published in the Journal of Consumer Research offers evidence for the unsurprising suggestion that the gambler's fallacy doesn't apply only...

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Gardening during a drought

It can be done but it takes planning and patience

In drought-stricken areas like California you have to wonder how can you grow backyard veggies if there are water restrictions....

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Walmart overcharged New York customers for Coca-Cola products

The giant retailer has agreed to settle false advertising claims and clean up its act

Saying one thing and doing another may be common but it's illegal when it involves advertising, as Walmart stores in New York State have learned. ...

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College tax credits available for 2014 and years ahead

You may be able to save some money on your tax bill

It's only September, so filing your 2014 federal income tax return is probably way down on your list of things to think about. But, with another school ye...

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A bump to higher ground for consumer spending

An improving labor market may have consumers feeling more confident

In what may be a sign of better things to come, the Deloitte Consumer Spending Index (Index) picked up in August. The Index tracks consumer cash flow as an...

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Alleged hazardous materials violations could draw FAA fines

The civil penalties range as high as $65,000

Three companies accused of violating Hazardous Materials Regulations are facing civil penalties ranging from $54,000 to $65,000. In each case, the Federa...

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IKEA recalls children’s swings

The suspension fittings can break causing a child to fall from the swing

IKEA North America Services of Conshohocken, Pa., is recalling about 2,300 GUNGGUNG children’s swings in the U.S. and Canada. The suspension fittings can ...

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Taylor Farms Pacific recalls Roma tomatoes

The tomatoes may be contaminated with Salmonella

Taylor Farms Pacific of Tracy, Calif., is recalling specific lots of “Expo Fresh” Roma tomatoes. The tomatoes may be contaminated with Salmonella. No ill...

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Recent floods should make car buyers extra cautious

Consumers should expect to see more flood-damaged cars on the used car market

Earlier this month normally arid Arizona experienced record-setting rainfall, triggering flash floods and claiming at least two lives. Lately, it seems, ra...

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Yahoo plans a Gmail-style scanning scheme

Advertise new apps based on previous purchases

Once again, Yahoo has decided to “improve” its email system by taking some of the least-popular features of Google's Gmail and adopting them for itself....

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Too busy to be a parent to your kids? Outsource it!

Experts-for-hire are replacing Grandma in many families

Who's watching the kids? Good question. With so many dual wage-earner families and single-parent households and everyone overwhelmed by the demands of thei...

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Facebook users: how likely are they to fall for scams?

A new research study looks into that question

Facebook scams have been around for as long as there's been Facebook, and in more varieties than you can count....

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Fall brings great weather for hiking -- and snakes

People can get bitten but dogs are the more frequent victims

The weather starts to cool a bit and you can't wait to start hiking with your dog again. But watch out for snakes. Snakes are most active in the spring, ea...

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Marriott reminds guests to tip the housekeeper

Tip-the-housekeeper initiative in conjunction with women's non-profit

So you're checking out of the hotel or motel room where you've stayed for the past few days. Did you remember to leave a tip for the housekeeper?...

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Chrysler is recalling 77,834 model year 2015 Chrysler 200s

A driver side door wiring harness could produce excessive heat

Chrysler Group is recalling 8 model year 2015 Chrysler 200 vehicles manufactured May 19, 2014, to June 21, 2014. The recalled vehicles may have been buil...

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Toyota recalls FJ Cruisers and Tacomas

The tire placard may list tire size and/or inflation information

Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing is recalling 20,000 model year 2008-2014 FJ Cruiser and Tacoma vehicles equipped with accessory wheels and tires i...

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Jerky By Art recalls beef jerky products

The products contain wheat and anchovies, allergens not listed on the label

Jerky By Art of Albuquerque, N.M., is recalling an undetermined amount of beef jerky products. The products were produced without the benefit of inspectio...

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Interbay Food Company recalls pork sausage product

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

Interbay Food Company of Woodinville, Wash., is recalling approximately 4,820 pounds of pork Banger-style sausage products. The product contains milk, a ...

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What's your daily calorie budget?

Not knowing makes it hard to control or lose weight

If America has two competing obsessions, it may be food and losing weight. But no matter what kind of food you eat, whether you lose or gain weight, in mos...

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Is Verizon scheming to unbundle cable?

Telco says it's planning a "TV-like" service over the Internet

The telcos are headed for Hollywood again. Back in the 1990s, when Congress sort of deregulated telecommunications, AT&T, the Baby Bells and everybody else...

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GM recalls "substantially complete," Barra says

The automaker is developing a "true zero-defect mentality," its CEO promises

The recall of millions of General Motors cars with defective ignition switches is "substantially complete" to hear GM CEO Mary Barra tell it. She told repo...

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Making sense of the latest foreclosure numbers

Activity has taken a surprising upturn

The foreclosure tsunami that began building in 2007 crashed the housing market and very nearly brought down the world's financial system....

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Want to get rid of weeds? Water them!

Here's an easy, inexpensive and non-toxic way to deal with weeds

Pesky weeds, they mess up everything and grow just about anywhere. Is there an inexpensive way to get rid of them? Yes, there is and it can work just about...

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Dog in pain? It's a call for help and shouldn't be ignored

Dogs seem resilient but they can't tell us when they're really hurting

Your dogs depend on you for their care and of course you want the best for them, but it can be difficult to know when they are in pain. Sometimes they may...

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Consumers hold the line in July

The Deloitte Consumer Spending Index was generally flat

Not much movement in the Deloitte Consumer Spending Index during July. In fact, the Index was effectively unchanged in during that month and was relativel...

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Seven gains in a row for retail sales

The August reading is the strongest since April

Retail sales rose in August for a seventh straight month. Figures from the Census Bureau show sales totaled $444.4 billion last month -- an increase of 0....

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Escape and Focus vehicles recalled

The vehicles could hesitate or stall

Ford Motor Company is recalling 133,227 model year 2013-2014 Escape vehicles manufactured October 5, 2011, to April 1, 2013, and equipped with 2.0 liter en...

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Ford recalls hybrid electric vehicles

The coolant pump for the hybrid system may fail

Ford Motor Company is recalling 70,209 model year 2005-2008 Ford Escape hybrid electric vehicles manufactured October 13, 2003, to June 20, 2008, and 2006-...

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Net neutrality outpulls "Nipplegate" as advocates flood the FCC with comments

Advocates of a "free and open Internet" seem to think regulation is the key

Net neutrality is even bigger than "nipplegate." The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reports receiving a record 1,477,301 public comments about the...

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Russian hackers post 5 million stolen passwords connected to Gmail accounts

But the news isn't as bad as you think; most of those passwords are useless

The news that “5 million Gmail passwords were hacked” caused worldwide consternation when it first broke on Wednesday, but as more information comes to lig...

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Tech-support scammer holds woman's computer files for ransom

Remember: Microsoft will never call you, but scammers pretending to be Microsoft will

A Wisconsin woman who fell for the “Microsoft scam” last month found a relatively happy ending to her story: the scammer hasn't been identified or caught, ...

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City lights turning birds into insomniacs

It's not just sleep -- birds' mating, reproduction and musicality are being affected

If you think you have trouble sleeping try being a bird in the city. The lights from shopping centers and stadiums and homes are turning birds' internal cl...

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Feds okay weight-management drug Contrave

The drug exhibited dramatic results in clinical testing

Contrave (naltrexone hydrochloride and bupropion hydrochloride extended-release tablets) has won approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as tr...

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High-protein diet can lower blood pressure, study finds

It may be time to revise dietary recommendations, researchers say

A new study finds that adults who consume a high-protein diet may be at a lower risk for developing high blood pressure, and researchers involved in the st...

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Airlines improved their on-time performance in July

In addition, there were fewer flight cancellations

The chances of your flight arriving on time showed considerable improvement in July. According to the Transportation Department’s (DOT) Air Travel Consume...

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Weekly jobless claims shoot higher

The level is back where it was in the early spring

After averaging roughly 300,000 during July and August a level usually associated with full employment, first-time applications for state unemployment ben...

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Forget paper or plastic. Let's talk disposable or cotton

Which kind of diaper is best for baby? For you? For Mother Earth?

Anyone born before 1948 has no idea what a disposable plastic diaper feels like on their bottom. Although they might be wearing adult diapers by now so may...

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FCC may end sports blackout rule

The rule "makes no sense at all," says FCC chair Tom Wheeler

Tom Wheeler thinks it’s time to sack the National Football League blackout rule. And as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, he may be just t...

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Post office stops delivery to Brooklyn neighborhood

Those people ought to take their business elsewhere — whoops, they can't

Earlier this week, the U.S. Postal Service announced plans to lower its prices for package and parcel (though not letter) delivery for its corporate client...

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Consumers fast losing taste for fast food

"Fast casual" brands displacing fast food

A new study finds that demographics and the core values of various age groups are combining to speed consumers' changing tastes in food, as fast-casual eat...

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DiGiorno blunder leads to Twitter backlash

A domestic-violence-awareness campaign is not the place to promote frozen pizza

If you've ever watched a sitcom, any sitcom, you probably remember the episode where Character 1 overheard Character 2 say something completely innocuous, ...

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Illinois sues alleged vacation travel club

The suit says consumers got taken for nearly $80k

The state of Illinois is taking a Kansas-based company and two of its Chicago area sales agents to court, charging that they scammed Illinois residents out...

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A huge drop in mortgage applications

Applications are at their lowest level in more than 13 years

Mortgage applications have fallen for the first time in 4 weeks. Data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey sh...

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Four reasons gasoline prices are falling

Nationwide, the average price is down 14 cents a gallon from last year

Gasoline prices continue to drift lower in most areas of the country, an unusual experience for most drivers....

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Fire sale: Amazon slashes price of Fire Phone to 99 cents

The point-and-buy phone has been, to put it mildly, a dud

This is probably not the day to ask Jeff Bezos how everything is going. It is, after all, the day that Amazon has cut the price of its Fire smartphone to 9...

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PayPal to start accepting bitcoin

World's second-largest Internet payment network promises a "sleek experience"

Ebay's PayPal says it will begin accepting bitcoins, a major endorsement of the fledgling virtual currency system. With 152 million registered PayPal users...

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Digging up the dirt at work

Lots of good things can sprout in an office garden

There can be a lot of dirty work in your job. I mean REALLY dirty if you build a garden with your co-workers. Yep, it's a new trend: the office garden....

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Imposter fraud scheme shut down

Robocalls used in fraudulently pitch to help collect FTC refunds

Operators of an illegal robocall scheme that falsely told consumers they could get refunds from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on their behalf has been...

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Sleeping on animal fur may help protect against asthma

A study provides additional evidence that early exposure to allergens isn't necessarily bad

New research finds that babies who sleep on animal fur for the first three months of their life are less likely to develop asthma. Nobody is suggesting sti...

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BioAnue Labs ordered to halt sale of dietary supplements

The products were marketed as treatments for conditions including cancer

BioAnue Laboratories of Rochelle, Ga., and its owner/operators, Gloria and Kelly Raber, have been ordered to stop illegally marketing its products as treat...

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Best way to lose weight: cut fat or carbs?

Another study suggests some fat may be better than carbohydrates

Dieters can be excused for feeling confused about all the conflicting information from reputable experts about the best way to shed pounds. It's hard to kn...

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Some second thoughts about driverless cars

Computers can help drivers be safer but might not be ready to drive themselves

Thousands of international business, government and research leaders are in Detroit this week for the 21st World Congress on Intelligent Transportation Sys...

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Judge orders "Fat Burner" promoters jailed for contempt

Defendants haven't complied with recall requirements in $40 million settlement, court finds

Jared Wheat and Stephen Smith had a good thing going for awhile. Their Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals, Inc. was selling dietary supplements advertised as "fat bur...

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Post office to lower package prices, hopes to compete with UPS and FedEx

No suggestion of improving customer service, though

The U.S. Postal Service has been in dire financial straits for as long as the Internet has been commonplace, and for the same reason: for most of its histo...

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What is it about dogs and their owners?

Well, for one thing, they tend to look alike

I know you have seen it -- you are taking a walk and up walks this lady and her dog. As the dog lifts its leg to pee you look at its face and notice, they ...

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Drug products seized from Flawless Beauty

The products were unapproved and improperly labeled

U.S. Marshals have seized various unapproved and improperly labeled drug products that were marketed, sold and distributed via the Internet by Flawless Bea...

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How do all those fish get into those aquariums?

Maybe a better question is how many survive the trip

It's so calming to watch aquarium fish float in and out plastic of coral reefs and little plants that sway back and forth. It certainly makes the time go f...

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Perdue Food recalls fresh, raw chicken products

There may have been a processing deviation in temperature during production

Perdue Food of Salisbury, Md., is recalling approximately 720 pounds of raw, fresh chicken products. The products may have experienced a processing deviat...

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Yamaha recalls snowmobiles

The fuel hose joint can leak during operation

Yamaha Motor Corporation of Cypress, Calif., is recalling about 2,520 Yamaha snowmobiles. The fuel hose joint can leak during operation, posing a fire haz...

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Rising rents a troubling housing trend

Report shows most housing markets becoming less affordable

There's some disconcerting news for consumers who have decided to keep on renting instead of buying. That option is getting more costly....

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Why the latest obesity stats mean trouble

Despite increased awareness, America's weight problem is getting worse

The annual report on American obesity from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation can't be considered a surprise. It can be considered a bit depressing, howeve...

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When your dog has cancer

As dogs live longer, their chance of getting cancer increases

As a pet owner nothing could be more devastating than hearing the news your animal has cancer. You feel awful for your pet and you want to make them as com...

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The skills gap? Help may be on the way

A new survey shows high school seniors are looking to the future

An estimated 10,000 people retire each day, according to Pew Research, a trend that's likely to continue for the next 15 years or so. That means a lot of j...

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Whoops! Job creation slips in August

Last month saw the smallest number of new jobs in 2014

Job creation took something of a breather in August. After cranking out 200,000+ jobs for 6 straight months, the nations economy added just 142,000 new pa...

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Helmet City recalls HCI motorcycle helmets

The helmets do not comply with federal standards

Helmet City is recalling 1,755 HCI Model 100 L, XL, and XXL motorcycle helmets manufactured August 2012. The helmets fail to comply with the Federal Moto...

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Livie & Luca recalls children’s shoes

A metal thread inside the interior shoe liner can loosen and poke through the shoe lining

Livie and Luca of Emeryville, Calif., is recalling about 5,600 pair of “Carta” and “Cotton” children’s shoes. A metal thread inside the interior shoe line...

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Tjs Place recalls Basil Pesto Pasta

The product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Tjs Place of Kirkland, Wash., is recalling approximately 20 containers of Basil Pesto Pasta packed in 8 oz plastic tubs. The product has the potential to ...

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Home Depot data breach might be even worse than Target's

If you bought anything with a card since late April, your data is likely at risk

There's more information available about the Home Depot database hacking reported earlier this week, and that news is about as bad as it gets....

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Animals need a disaster plan too

Animals, both pets and farm animals, are too often left behind when disaster strikes

When disaster hits, often without warning, people may be left without food and shelter for a while, but it's even worse for animals, who have been the leas...

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Breast-conserving therapy better than mastectomy in some cases, study finds

The findings defy conventional beliefs, say MD Anderson researchers

A new study finds that breast-conserving therapy may offer a greater survival benefit than mastecomy to women with early stage, hormone-receptor positive d...

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Micro-humans replacing test animals in labs

The miniature "humans" are about the size of a microchip

This sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie but we should be used to that, the way technology is developing. In London they are in the process of crea...

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Planned job-cuts decline in August

Terminations on a year-over-year basis are down for a fourth month

US-based employers announced plans to cut 40,010 in August -- a drop of 15% from the 46,887 planned terminations reported in July. Figures released by out...

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ADP: August another strong month for job creation

Manufacturing had the best month in more than 3 years

The nation's economy continues to crank out private sector payroll jobs. According to the August ADP National Employment Report, employers added 204,000 j...

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Orbea recalls Avant bicycles

The bicycle front fork can crack

Orbea USA of Little Rock, Ark., is recalling about 715 Avant bicycles. The bicycle front fork can crack, posing a fall hazard. No incidents or injures ha...

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8 low-stress businesses to start in retirement

They could provide both lifestyle flexibility and extra income

Retirees, and people nearing retirement age, often worry they won't have enough money to support themselves in retirement. Starting a sideline business mig...

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Feds warn credit card companies against deceptive marketing

Consumers often hit with surprise charges after signing up for low-interest-rate promotions

If your mailbox is typical, it's full of attractive-sounding offers from credit card companies offering low- or no-interest deals on purchases and balance...

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Apple says iCloud was not breached

Accounts were hacked but the Cloud wasn't breached; cold comfort for the hacking victims

You say “to-MAY-to,” they say “to-MAH-to” … however you pronounce it, a tomato can ruin the nicest fabric with an irrevocable red stain....

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What if you don't like your child's teacher?

Not every teacher will be a child's favorite but there are ways to deal with problems

Probably one of the most important relationships you will have as a parent is with your child's teacher. But what happens if you and that teacher don't see...

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Phone fraud ensnares 17 million consumers

Scammers still like to reach out and touch their victims

While consumer advocates and law enforcement officials focus on the Internet as a major source of scams against consumers, the old fashioned telephone cont...

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CVS stops cigarette sales earlier than planned

Says it will lose $2 billion in tobacco sales per year

CVS announced last February that it intended to stop selling cigarettes and tobacco products before the end of the year....

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Are you ready for some football? How about other sports?

Sports-related employment is on the rise

With the NFL season set to begin this week, there's a lot of excitement across the country. But what if you could do more than just watch sports? It's pos...

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Turf wars heat up in the fall

The work you do now will determine what kind of lawn you have in the spring

It's almost fall and besides football and everything pumpkin what comes to mind? Perhaps your lawn?...

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Home prices post another year-over-year increase

They've been doing that for nearly 2.5 years

Home prices across the U.S. were up in July, marking 29 months of consecutive year-over-year increases. CoreLogic Home a provider of property information...

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A garden on the rooftop

When this old world starts gettin' you down ...

Sometimes people who live in the city just want to have a taste of suburbia, maybe even a little bit of the country but not have to travel past their own r...

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Applications for mortgages rise for third straight week

Refinancing applications are at a 5-month high

It wasn't much, but mortgage applications are up for a third consecutive week. Data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applicat...

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BMW recalls BMW i3s and MINI Cooper Hardtops

The air bag inflators may not have been assembled correctly

BMW of North America is recalling 27 model year BMW i3 vehicles manufactured March 31, 2014, and certain 2014 MINI Cooper Hardtop vehicles manufactured Feb...

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Tray Vous recalls snack and activity trays for strollers

The opening between the recalled tray and stroller seat bottom poses a strangulation hazard

Tray Vous LLC of San Diego, Calif., is recalling about 860 Tray Vous snack and activity trays with connectors in the U.S. and Canada. The opening between ...

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Kraft recalls American Singles Pasteurized Prepared Cheese Product

An ingredient in the product was improperly stored

Kraft Foods Group is recalling 7,691 cases of select varieties of regular Kraft American Singles Pasteurized Prepared Cheese Product. A supplier failed to...

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Early school start times creating a generation of zombies

There's little question kids aren't getting enough sleep

Anyone with a teenager knows getting them up and going for school can seem like you have spent 6 hours on a rowing machine in the gym. It's a grind and it...

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Home Depot customer database hacked?

Early reports indicate all U.S. stores might be affected, ever since last April or May

Russian or Ukrainian hackers connected to earlier thefts believed responsible...

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Thermal-imaging devices can steal your PINs and passcodes

Luckily, a NASA engineer discovered an easy way to protect yourself

Your passcodes and PINs (personal identification numbers) are at risk from a threat few people know about: cheap and ubiquitous thermal-imaging technology....

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School anxiety: how can you help?

Fear of the unknown is common as kids face a new year

Starting school can be so exciting -- the new friends ,new teachers, a fresh box of crayons and a new backpack not to mention a hip lunch box. But startin...

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Train your brain to prefer healthy foods

Tufts researchers say it can be done

A brain scan study suggests it may be possible to train your brain to prefer healthy low-calorie foods over unhealthy higher-calorie foods, reversing the a...

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Forget toasters -- Russian bank uses cats as premiums

Take out a mortgage and the bank will loan you a cat for a few hours

In Russia they have a superstition which says it's good luck if a cat is first to enter your home. I suppose it's a good thing it's not a pig or some big h...

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Completed foreclosures down sharply in July

The inventory of foreclosed properties is also substantially lower

There were 45,000 completed foreclosures across the U.S. during July, a decline of 21.2% from the 57,000 in July 2013. In its National Foreclosure Report...

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4C Foods recalls 4C Grated Cheese HomeStyle Parmesan

The product may be contaminated with Salmonella

4C Foods is recalling 308 cases of its 6-oz. glass jars of 4C Grated Cheese HomeStyle Parmesan, UPC 0-41387-32790-8 with code dates BEST BY JUL 21 2016 and...

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Recall of Regeneslim appetite control capsules expanded

The product contains DMAA which may cause cardiovascular problems

Regeneca Worldwide is expanding its August nationwide recall of RegeneSlim appetite control dietary supplement to include lot #823230415, lot #EX0616r 1581...

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PEDIGREE expands recall of Adult Complete Nutrition dog food

The product may contain a foreign material

Mars Petcare is expanding its previous recall of PEDIGREE Adult Complete Nutrition dry dog food products. The product may contain a foreign material. The...

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Nissan recalls Frontier Crew Cab vehicles

The seat belt anchor bolt may not be attached as designed

Nissan North America is recalling 1,319 model year 2014 Frontier Crew Cab vehicles manufactured June 11, 2014 to June 26, 2014. The affected vehicles wer...

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