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    Feds warn BabyBus it must get parents' permission to track children

    The FTC says the China-based app developer may be violating child privacy laws

    The timing may have been unfortunate -- or fortunate, depending on your point of view -- but the Federal Trade Commission's warning to BabyBus was certainly effective.

    Just before Christmas, the FTC cautioned the China-based development of children's apps that it appeared to be in violation of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) Rule.

    In the letter, the FTC notes that it appears BabyBus' child-directed apps appeared to collect precise geolocation information about users. The letter notes that the company does not get parents’ consent before collecting children’s personal information, which would appear to violate the COPPA Rule.

    The apps, available on the Apple App Store, Amazon App Store and Google Play, have been downloaded millions of times but the sites all froze the downloads after receiving a copy of the FTC's letters.

    The company also pledged to modify its apps to require parental permission, while noting that it was in compliance with Chinese laws.

    "BabyBus is a company based in Mainland China, and statistical plug-ins are not against local laws where the company is registered, including the Law of the People's Republic of China on the Protection of Minors," the company said in a statement on its website.

    "Yet our products are loved by nearly 60 million babies across the world.Therefore we learn that we must be in accordance with every regulation and law all over the world," the statement continued. "And that's why we right after receiving the letter from FTC we started updating the app to make sure compliance."

    The apps are directed to children from ages 1-6, including apps that teach letters, numbers and shapes.

    Parental consent required

    The COPPA Rule requires companies collecting personal information from children under 13 to post clear privacy policies and to notify parents and get their consent before collecting or sharing any information from a child. The rule was revised in 2013  to adapt to the growth of mobile technology aimed at children.

    The letter asks the company to evaluate its apps and determine whether they may be in violation, as well as informing the company that the commission will review the apps again in the next month to ensure they are in compliance with the rule.

    BabyBus said it would comply.

    "At the moment our products have been corrected and are ready to be released. We will also report to the FTC about the progress," the company said.

    The timing may have been unfortunate -- or fortunate, depending on your point of view -- but the Federal Trade Commission's warning to BabyBus was certainl...
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    Time to recycle that Christmas tree

    There's a lot of life left in your dried-out tree

    It's all winding down, the sweets are almost gone along with the relatives, and that translates to your tree being ready to coming down as well. Instead of just chucking it to the curb, why not spread some of that Christmas cheer to other places?

     Mulch it! You can cut off the boughs and run it through a chipper to make mulch. Most cities have a pick-up day when they will take your tree and use it for mulch. You can also cut off the boughs yourself and place them over plants in your garden now.  It will protect plants from an early spring frost and also keep the wind off of them during the winter.

    Boughs of evergreens also can be used over compost piles to help retain heat, allowing the compost to continue working during the winter.

    Your Christmas tree can become a playground for birds in your yard. Just stick it outside in its stand or put it in the ground if you prefer and let the birds come and enjoy. Birds will be attracted by suet, cranberry and popcorn strings, stale bread and dried, chopped fruit in mesh bags. 

    The smell of Christmas can last all year if you make potpourris and sachets. Just strip the branches of the needles and throw them in paper bags. They won't lose their smell as long as you keep them in the paper bag.

    Fish food

    Fish will love your tree. Not the goldfish in your house but if it is placed in a lake or pond (do this with permission), it can become a habitat for fish and insects. In some shallow wetlands trees can become a barrier to sand and erosion.

    Check with your city because some will use trees for hiking trails and they may have a specific drop-off point for that.

    If you just felt this was the best tree ever and you would like to use it again. You can just replant it!. Living Christmas trees that come with their roots intact can, of course, be planted. Pack the earth ball containing the roots in a bucket with sawdust, potting soil or other mulch. Keep the soil continually moist. Plant outdoors as soon as possible .

    Whatever you do don't burn your Christmas tree in a fireplace or wood stove. You could burn your house down if you throw even a few pine branches into the fire. Dried-out evergreens burn like tinder. Their needles go quickly, sparks will fly, which can shoot  across a room or onto the roof and set your shingles on fire.

    Plus, the pitch in the wood creates huge, fast-moving sparks that can jump right out of the fireplace and into your room, or up the chimney and onto the shingles. The combination causes flames, heat and smoke to pour out of a fireplace opening with no warning.

    It's all winding down, the sweets are almost gone along with the relatives, and that translates to your tree being ready to coming down as well. Instead of...
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    A December rebound for consumer confidence

    Confidence improved with the approach of the end of 2014

    After posting a decline in November, consumer confidence in the economy showed some improvement this month.

    According to the Conference Board, its Consumer Confidence Index rose to 92.6 in December from 91.0 the previous month. The Present Situation Index shot from 93.7 to 98.6, while the Expectations Index dipped to 88.5 from 89.3.

    The rebound in consumer in December was “propelled by a considerably more favorable assessment of current economic and labor market conditions,” said Lynn Franco, director of Economic Indicators at The Conference Board. “As a result,” she adds, “the Present Situation Index is now at its highest level since February 2008. Consumers were moderately less optimistic about the short-term outlook in December, but even so, they are more confident at year-end than they were at the beginning of the year.”

    Favorable current conditions

    Consumers’ appraisal of current conditions was considerably more favorable in December. Those who said business conditions are “good” was unchanged at 24.8 percent, while those who think they are “bad” fell from 21.8% to 19.6%.

    Consumers' assessment of the job market was more positive, with those who believe jobs are “plentiful” increased from 16.2% to 17.1%, and those said jobs are “hard to get” fell from 28.7% to 27.7%.

    Optimism about the short-term outlook eased a bit this month. The percentage of consumers expecting business conditions to improve over the next 6 months edged slipped from 18.3% to 18.0%, while those expecting things to get worse dropped from 10.4% to 10.1%.

    Jobs and income outlook

    Consumers’ outlook for the labor market was marginally less optimistic. Those anticipating more jobs in the months ahead decreased from 15.5% to 14.7%, while those expecting fewer jobs rose from 16.1% to 16.9%. People expecting growth in their incomes fell moderately from 16.9% to 16.4%; however the proportion expecting a decline also dropped -- from 11.0% to 10.0%.

    The monthly Consumer Confidence Survey, based on a probability-design random sample, is conducted for The Conference Board by Nielsen. The cutoff date for the preliminary results was December 16.

    The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index®, which had After posing a decline in November, consumer confidence in the economy showed some improvement...
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      Volkswagen recalls Jetta with headlight issue

      The light output from the headlights may be insufficient

      Volkswagen Group of America is recalling 25,007 model year 2015 Jetta vehicles manufactured July 11, 2014, to November 13, 2014.

      Due to incorrect software within the headlight control module, the low beam headlights may turn off when high beam lights are turned on. As a result, the light output from the headlights may be insufficient. Insufficient headlight output may increase the risk of a crash.

      Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will update the headlight control module software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in January 2015.

      Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 57F6.

      Volkswagen Group of America is recalling 25,007 model year 2015 Jetta vehicles manufactured July 11, 2014, to November 13, 2014. Due to incorrect softwar...
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      HEB Meat Center recalls chicken and beef products

      The products may contain peanuts, allergens not listed on the label

      HEB Meat Center of San Antonio, Texas, is recalling approximately 83,666 pounds of pork products.

      The products may contain peanuts, known allergens, which are not declared on the product label.

      There are no reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products.

      The following chorizo and pork products were produced on various dates between October 16, 2014 and December 26, 2014:

      • Random weight vacuum-packed clear packages containing “Pork Chorizo.”
      • Random weight clear covered trays containing “HEB Mi Comida Chorizo Pork Chorizo.”
      • Random weight vacuum-packed clear packages containing “SEASONED MEXICAN STYLE PORK FOR CARNE AL PASTOR.”

      The products subject to recall bear the establishment number “EST. 7231” inside the USDA mark of inspection, and were shipped to retail HEB stores in Texas.

      Consumers with questions about the recall may contact HEB customer relations, at (800) 432-3113.  

      HEB Meat Center of San Antonio, Texas, is recalling approximately 83,666 pounds of pork products. The products may contain peanuts, known allergens, whic...
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      FCA recalls Dodge Rams, Dakotas and Mitsubishi Raiders

      The return springs in the clutch ignition interlock switch may break

      FCA US, the former Chrysler Group, is recalling 66,819 model year 2006-2007 Dodge Ram 1500, 2500, 3500, Dakota, and Mitsubishi Raider vehicles with manual transmissions manufactured July 1, 2005, to July 31, 2006.

      The return springs in the clutch ignition interlock switch may break. Broken springs can result in a no-start condition, or cause unintended movement when the ignition is cranked, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.

      FCA will notify owners, and dealers will replace the clutch ignition interlock switch, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin February 13, 2015.

      Owners may contact FCA customer service at 1-800-853-1403. FCA's number for this recall is P80.

      FCA US, the former Group, is recalling 66,819 model year 2006-2007 Dodge Ram 1500, 2500, 3500, Dakota, and Mitsubishi Raider vehicles with manual transmiss...
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      Nissan recalls Armadas

      The parking pawl may not engage fully

      Nissan North America is recalling 194 model year 2015 Nissan Armada vehicles manufactured September 15, 2014, to October 14, 2014.

      Due to interference between the parking rod and the transmission housing, the parking pawl may not engage fully. This condition may allow the vehicle to move with the shifter in the "Park" position, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.

      Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the casting date stamp on the transmission housing and replace the affected transmissions, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

      Owners may contact Nissan customer service at 1- 800-647-7261.

      Nissan North America is recalling 194 model year 2015 Nissan Armada vehicles manufactured September 15, 2014, to October 14, 2014. Due to interference be...
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      Beemers with air bag inflator issue recalled

      Excessive internal pressure may cause the inflator to rupture

      BMW of North America is recalling 140,696 model year 2004-2005 325i, 325xi, 330i, and 330xi Sedans; model year 2004-2005 325i Sportswagons; model year 2004-2006 330Ci, 325Ci, 325i, and M3 Convertibles; and model year 2004-2006 325i, 330i, and M3 Coupe vehicles.

      Upon deployment of the driver side frontal air bag, excessive internal pressure may cause the inflator to rupture with metal fragments striking and potentially seriously injuring the vehicle occupants.

      BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver side frontal air bag, free of charge. The recall began December 1, 2014 for those vehicles originally sold, or currently registered, in Florida, Puerto Rico, Hawaii and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

      All other affected owners will be notified on, or about, February 1, 2015.

      Owners may contact BMW Customer Relations at 1-800-525-7417.

      BMW of North America is recalling 140,696 model year 2004-2005 325i, 325xi, 330i, and 330xi Sedans; model year 2004-2005 325i Sportswagons; model year 2004...
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      Garcia Foods recalls pork products

      The products may contain peanuts, allergens not listed on the label

      Garcia Foods of San Antonio, Texas, is recalling approximately 190,450 pounds of pork products.

      The products may contain peanuts, known allergens, which are not declared on the product label.

      There are no reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products.

      The following Hill Country Fare Chorizo products were produced between October 5, 2014 and December 24, 2014:

      • 12-oz. vacuum-packed, raw pork sausage link pieces of “HILL COUNTRY FARE CHORIZO.”
      • 8-oz. vacuum-packed, raw pork sausage chubs of “HILL COUNTRY FARE CHORIZO.”

      The products bear the establishment number “EST. 13205A” inside the USDA mark of inspection, and were shipped to retail locations in Texas.

      Consumers with questions about the recall may contact Pete Santos at (210) 349-6262 Ext. 224.

      Garcia Foods of San Antonio, Texas, is recalling approximately 190,450 pounds of pork products. The products may contain peanuts, known allergens, which a...
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      MINI Cooper Hardtops recalled

      Drivers may be able to exit the vehicle when the transmission is not in Park

      BMW of North America is recalling 1,928 model year 2014-2015 MINI Cooper Hardtop 2 Door, and Cooper S Hardtop 2 Door vehicles manufactured January 6, 2014, to October 17, 2014.

      During service appointments, dealers may have inadvertently reprogrammed the transmission control unit with software that may allow drivers to exit the vehicle when the transmission is not in Park.

      If the driver exits the vehicle without the transmission being in Park, the vehicle could roll away as the driver and other occupants exit the vehicle or anytime thereafter, increasing the risk of injury to exiting occupants and bystanders.

      MINI will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the transmission control module with the correct software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on February 1, 2015.

      Owners can contact MINI customer service at 1-866-825-1525.

      BMW of North America is recalling 1,928 model year 2014-2015 MINI Cooper Hardtop 2 Door, and Cooper S Hardtop 2 Door vehicles manufactured January 6, 2014,...
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      The latest Facebook scam: fake video of missing Flight QZ8501

      Within hours of the plane's disappearance, scammers started exploiting it

      Yesterday, an Air Asia Indonesia flight en route to Singapore vanished somewhere over the Java Sea. Scammers on Facebook almost immediately used headlines about the missing flight as bait to ensnare Facebooks users into a potentially costly phone-billing scam — and possibly into infecting their devices with malware, too.

      AirAsia Indonesia Flight QZ8501 went missing on Dec. 28, and as of press time on Dec. 29 neither the flight nor any wreckage from it has been found (although the BBC reports that searchers have seen oil slicks on the water, possibly left by a downed plane).

      If and when the plane or its remains are found, pretty much every major news outlet will report this, same way every major news outlet has reported Flight QZ8501's disappearance. Therefore, you should avoid any Facebook post claiming to have “exclusive” information or video footage about the flight or its wreckage.

      Hoax-Slayer posted a warning on Dec. 29 about scammy, malware-ridden Facebook posts falsely claiming to be from CNN, claiming that the plane was found in Tacloban, Philippines, and then invites you to click “Play” to watch video of “breaking news” footage.

      Text message "service"

      If you actually click the play button, what happens then? Hoax-Slayer says:

      ... a popup on the page will claim that you must like and share the video on Facebook before you can view the footage. But, after you like and share as instructed, another popup will claim that you must complete a survey to see the full video …. The survey links open dodgy third-party websites that ask for your mobile phone number and other personal details, ostensibly to allow you to go in the draw for various prizes.

      But, alas, by providing your mobile number, you are actually signing up for an ongoing and very expensive SMS service that will charge you several dollars for every text message they send. …

      At some point in the process, you'll also be offered the chance to download a "video player" riddled with malware. Remember, where any Facebook post is concerned, never to trust any post – even if it appears to be from a legitimate news network – claiming to offer “exclusive” footage nobody else has. (And if CNN — or any other news source — actually does have exclusive footage of some newsworthy event, you'll be able to find it on the actual CNN website, and still don't need to click on any Facebook posts.)

      Also remember to never gve your phone number to a site demanding it as part of its registration process. And finally, remember that any breaking news story will attract scammers who try using it as bait. The more curiosity you feel about a given story, the more you have to be on guard.

      Yesterday, an Air Asia Indonesia flight en route to Singapore vanished somewhere over the Java Sea. Scammers on Facebook almost immediately used headlines ...
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      Holiday hacking update: pretty much everything

      Gaming networks, customer accounts, and the Internet itself hacked in the last few days

      In light of the various hacking incidents and alleged incidents that came to light in the four days starting on Christmas Eve/the final night of Hanukkah, you need to change your passwords and keep an extra-sharp eye on your payment-card accounts.

      Of course, such an announcement inspires you to ask: “Which of my passwords and cards are we talking about, here? Which specific ones must I worry about?”

      The play-it-safe answer seems to be “All of them” – at least according to the scariest reports to come out of the four-day holiday weekend.

      First off, video-game players had a lousy Christmas after hackers shut down the Sony PlayStation and Microsoft Xbox live-gaming networks with apparent dedicated denial-of-service (or DDoS) attacks: flooding the Xbox or PlayStation servers with so many false login requests that no genuine players could get in. (In telephone terms, imagine thousands of phones programmed to repeatedly call a single number, for the sole purpose of tying up that line and preventing any legitimate calls from getting through. A DDoS attack does the same thing over the Internet.)

      For the millions of people who received new PlayStations or XBoxes for Christmas, the DDoS attack meant they couldn't set up their new consoles, and nobody could connect for multi-player games.

      Lizard Squad

      A group of hackers calling themselves “the Lizard Squad” claimed credit for the attacks, and apparently even managed to make a $300,000 profit from their activities: on Dec. 26, MegaUpload founder Kim Dotcom reportedly offered the Lizard Squad hackers 3,000 vouchers worth $99 apiece for his content-hosting service, if Lizard Squad would stop the DDoS attacks.

      Today, security expert Brian Krebs unveiled the identities of the people he believes are behind the “Lizard Squad” – or at least the identities of the people who've been giving media interviews while claiming to belong to the Lizard Squad.

      The next day, Dec. 27, came news that a possibly different bunch of hackers claiming to be associated with hacking super-group Anonymous had supposedly stolen and then leaked 13,000 account numbers, passwords, and/or customer credit-card information from a wide variety of websites, companies and corporations including Amazon, Walmart, PlayStation Network, Xbox Live, Hulu Plus, Dell and many more (including several pornographic sites).

      That long, long list of affected websites and companies made it sound like a massive, major hacking indeed — until you realize that 13,000 stolen accounts would be a relatively small number for even one of those mega-companies, let alone that entire list.

      Planted malware

      Apparently, the hackers didn't actually manage to “hack” into the databases of the companies on the list; more likely, they planted malware on individual users' computers or other devices, and stole passwords and other account information from that end.

      That's how Russian hackers managed to steal and post 5 million Gmail passwords last September – or so it seemed. When news first broke of “5 million Gmail passwords” leaked in a secret hackers' forum, observers initially worried that Google's actual Gmail databases had been compromised, but that wasn't what happened. Instead, hackers stole passwords and other account information from other, less-protected sites, such as registration-required discussion forums or article comments, then tried those passwords with the victims' other accounts and discovered that they worked.

      That might be how hackers got those 13,000 leaked passwords over the holiday weekend, too. But the key word there is “might” – if you have accounts with any of the companies Anonymous listed this weekend, even if all of your passwords are unique and never shared across accounts, you might want to change your password and should definitely keep an extra-sharp eye on any credit or payment cards attached to those accounts, just in case.

      The Internet itself

      Of course, these weren't the only hacking stories to mar the peace of the holiday weekend. The day after Christmas came news that the Internet itself had been hacked – or at least the website of the Internet Systems Consortium, ISC.org, which went down “for maintenance” that day (and remains down as of press time) because it had been infected with malware – though the ISC says “We have not had any reports of any client machines that have been infected from our website.”

      What is the Internet Systems Consortium, and why should you care about it? The short and simple answer is: because the entire planetary “Internet” as we know it essentially resides among 13 different global authoritative DNS (domain name servers) – no DNS means no Internet – and the Internet Systems Consortium operates one of those 13 servers.

      So that's the list of holiday hacking victims: the two major gaming networks, various customers of almost every major online retailer or entertainment service provider, plus roughly one-thirteenth of the foundations of the Internet itself. You might enjoy taking time off during the holidays, but criminals never do.

      In light of the various hacking incidents and alleged incidents that came to light in the four days starting on Christmas Eve/the final night of Hanukkah, ...
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      BlackBerry goes retro with Classic smartphone

      BlackBerry fans may love it but will they be enough to turn around the company?

      In the wake of the iPhone and all the smartphones that followed, BlackBerry was pretty much left for dead. While it once ruled the mobile universe, by 2010 its physical QWERTY keyboard seemed almost quaint.

      Is it too early for BlackBerry nostalgia?

      Maybe not. The company seems to be counting on those fond memories with the release of its latest phone, the BlackBerry Classic.

      The Classic looks a lot like your old BlackBerry that's probably collecting dust in a drawer somewhere. The company calls it “a no-nonsense smartphone built to meet the needs of productive people who appreciate the speed and accuracy that can be found with a physical QWERTY keyboard.”

      In truth a lot of business users loved their BlackBerries for the rock-solid email platform and the ease of use. And while it was possible to access the web with these phones, it wasn't really what the phone was designed for.

      Inside and out

      So the Classic looks like the old Blackberry on the outside, but not on the inside. According to the company its browser is 3 times faster, it has 60% more screen space, 50% longer battery life and a plethora of apps through BlackBerry World and the Amazon Appstore.

      “We listened closely to our customers’ feedback to ensure we are delivering the technologies to power them through their day – and that feedback led directly to the development of BlackBerry Classic,” said John Chen, Executive Chairman and CEO at BlackBerry. “BlackBerry Classic is the powerful communications tool that many BlackBerry Bold and Curve users have been waiting for. It’s the secure device that feels familiar in their hands, with the added performance and agility they need to be competitive in today’s busy world.”

      Security

      Another reason the BlackBerry was prized in the business world was its famously secure operating system, with built-in protection against viruses, tampering and data leaks. Today those attributes may be prized even more in light of increasingly aggressive hackers.

      The company says the Classic is “private by default,” protecting users with encrypted email and web browsing.

      “This device underscores our commitment to helping BlackBerry users be at their most productive and respond to the demands of business from anywhere, at any time,” said Chen. “By bringing back the trusted functionalities, incorporating our latest operating system and building a speedier browser, our users can feel confident they are using the best communications tool out there.”

      Mixed reviews

      So far, the reviews are somewhat mixed. Marketwatch.com surveyed industry analysts who, while not dwelling on the technical merits, expressed doubts the Classic, and the previous Passport, would be enough to turn around the company's fortunes.

      Technical reviewers have been kinder. One reviewer says that “after more than three years tinkering with its technology, the new device is sure to surprise a lot of followers and nonfollowers.”

      In its review, technology site CNET liked the keyboard but said it results in a cramped, small screen.

      “If you're willing to trade screen size for a superior physical keyboard, the BlackBerry Classic is a fantastic productivity phone for old-school QWERTY junkies,” it concludes.  

      In the wake of the iPhone and all the smartphones that followed, BlackBerry was pretty much left for dead. While it once ruled the mobile universe, by 2010...
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      Follow the garden path in 2015

      Starting a small garden can teach you a lot ... about plants and about yourself

      Looking for a New Year's resolution that you can stick to all year? Why not try gardening? It can be good for not only your soul but the body that is housing that soul as well.

      You want to start the new year out with something healthy and you can't get much more healthy than fruits and vegetables right from your very own garden. If you have trouble getting your kids to eat vegetables try having them help you plant some. They will definitely want to taste what they have grown.

      Sprout an interest in a vegetable or fruit you don't particularly like or plant one that you have never tried.  Experimentation is part of the fun of gardening and it can be an avenue to explore with your family.

      You don't have to start by transforming your backyard into a little mini farm. Start simple by establishing a container herb garden, possibly using the rosemary Christmas tree left over from the holidays. If you like peppers, then plant several pots of peppers this spring, or dedicate a small sunny area of a flower bed to growing jalapenos, green bells, and/or chile pequins. 

       If space is limited try your patio, a balcony, the fire escape, a window box or even the rooftop. You can always replant them if you find you really do have a green thumb and want to move to a place that offers you more outdoor space.

      Make it fun

      Go easy on yourself -- this is supposed to be fun and renew your spirit and make you feel good. Pick plants that thrive in your area. All you have to do is ask. Your garden center can tell you which plants will thrive where you live. Consider plants that are native to your area. Obviously they will do better in their native climate.

      You want 2015 to be a healthy year for you and your family. You can actually plant health remedies in your garden. Peppermint tea is excellent for an upset stomach. There are many herbs and spices you can grow that will aid in anything from digestion to help with problems sleeping.

      When buying plants, check the leaves to make sure they don't have any diseases. Look to see if they are yellow or have leaf distortion or root color.

      Saving money is on just about everyone's mind and having a garden can run up your water bill. You can cut that expense by saving rain water in a rain barrel. They hold  to 50 gallons of water on reserve. 

      If your garden doesn't produce everything the way you wanted realize It's an ebb and flow thing just like the rest of our lives and you are tackling something new. You might want to think about keeping a journal to record how things grow this year. Try a looseleaf notebook that you can add to each year. Keep track of dates you planted things and pesticides you used to see what worked and what didn't.

      Incorporate your personal life in the journal as well how you felt when you planted and what was going on with your life at the time. See how you grew through the year as well as your plants. The journal can be something to to go back and review so you can see what you need to do for next year. Learn from what worked and what didn't. 

      Most of all -- have fun on this journey for 2015.

      Looking for a New Year's resolution that you can stick to all year? Why not try gardening? It can be good for not only your soul but the body that is housi...
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      DaBecca Sliced Uncured Apple Smoked Bacon

      The products do not contain the USDA mark of inspection

      DaBecca Natural Foods of Chicago, Ill., is recalling approximately 3,450 pounds of bacon products.

      While produced under inspection, the products were packaged and shipped with labels that do not bear the USDA mark of inspection. The products were shipped to institutional distributors in California and Texas.

      There are no reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products.

      The the following products, produced on November 13, 2014, are subject to recall:

      • 15-lb. bulk case of DaBecca Sliced Uncured Apple Smoked Bacon (12 – 14 slices per lb.) with case code 114670 30814

      Consumers with questions may contact Jon Pederson, director of operations at (800) 793-6207.

      DaBecca Natural Foods of Chicago, Ill., is recalling approximately 3,450 pounds of bacon products. While produced under inspection, the products were pack...
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      Snoqualmie Gourmet recalls ice cream, gelato, custard and sorbet

      The products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

      Snoqualmie Gourmet Ice Cream is recalling all ice cream, gelato, custard and sorbet for all flavors and container sizes produced on or after January 1, 2014, through December 15, 2014

      The products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

      Two Listeria illnesses have been linked to the recalled products.

      The products were distributed in Arizona, Idaho, California, Oregon and Washington, and may have been further distributed and sold in various retail outlets in Alaska, Colorado, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Texas, Utah and Wyoming.

      The products are labeled Snoqualmie Ice Cream, Snoqualmie Gelato, Snoqualmie Custard, Snoqualmie Sorbet or Emerald & Spruce Ice Cream or Top Pot Hand Forged Ice Cream and have a production date code located on the bottom of the container.

      The date codes included either end in “4”, e.g. XXX4 (pints and cups) or are listed by date: January 1, 2014 through December 15, 2014 (trays & tubs).

      Customers who have purchased the recalled product should dispose of it or return it to the place of purchase for a refund.

      Consumers with questions or concern may call Snoqualmie Gourmet Ice Cream, Inc. at 213-316-8323, Monday-Friday 9:00am-4:00pm PST.

      Snoqualmie Gourmet Ice Cream is recalling all ice cream, gelato, custard and sorbet for all flavors and container sizes produced on or after January 1, 201...
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      BMG Trading recalls pork products

      The product was not presented at the Canadian border for USDA reinspection

      BMG Trading, of Oakville, Ontario, Canada, is recalling approximately 26,108 pounds of pork products.

      The product failed to present at the Canadian border for USDA reinspection and was distributed into U.S. commerce.

      There are no reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products

      The following product is subject to recall:

      • 1800 lb. (approximate) combo bins containing 65 – 75 legs of “PORK LEG FLANK ON COMBO.”

      The Pork Leg Flank products were produced on December 16, 2014, and bear the establishment number “394” inside the Canadian mark of inspection as well as a health certificate number listed as “CERT. No. CERT. 097400.”

      The products were shipped to retail locations for further processing in Arizona.

      Consumers with questions may contact Oscar Brou at (905) 847-8697

      BMG Trading, of Oakville, Ontario, Canada, is recalling approximately 26,108 pounds of pork products. The product failed to present at the Canadian border...
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      Honda recalls Acura RLX vehicles

      Output of the headlights may be diminished

      American Honda Motor Co. is recalling 9,751 model year 2014 Acura RLX vehicles manufactured November 22, 2012, to January 30, 2014; 2015 Acura RLX vehicles manufactured June 4, 2014, to November 18, 2014; and 2014 Acura RLX Hybrid vehicles manufactured November 5, 2013, to July 25, 2014.

      An aluminum film applied to the inner reflector of the headlight may experience adhesion issues causing the film to delaminate, which could diminish output of the headlight, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.

      Honda will notify owners, and dealers will replace both headlights, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin January 30, 2015.

      Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-310-783-2000. Honda's number for this recall is JN2.

      American Honda Motor Co. is recalling 9,751 model year 2014 Acura RLX vehicles manufactured November 22, 2012, to January 30, 2014; 2015 Acura RLX vehicles...
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      FCA US recalls nearly 3 million vehicles with air bag inflator issue

      Excessive internal pressure may cause the inflator to rupture

      FCA US, the former Chrysler Group, is recalling 2,890,785 model year 2004-2007 Dodge Ram 1500 and Durango; 2005-2007 Dodge Ram 2500, Charger Magnum, Dakota, Chrysler 300, 300C, SRT8; 2006-2007 Dodge Ram 3500 and Mitsubishi Raider; and 2007 Chrysler Aspen vehicles.

      Upon deployment of the driver side frontal air bag, excessive internal pressure may cause the inflator to rupture with metal fragments striking and potentially seriously injuring the vehicle occupants.

      Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver side frontal air bag inflator, free of charge. Some of the vehicles included in this recall were addressed in an earlier recall for vehicles sold, or currently registered, in Florida, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Chrysler has not determined a date for notifying the remaining owners of vehicles included in this national recall campaign.

      Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is P81.  

      FCA US, the former Chrysler Group, is recalling 2,890,785 model year 2004-2007 Dodge Ram 1500 and Durango; 2005-2007 Dodge Ram 2500, Charger Magnum, Dakota...
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      Bethel Nutritional Consulting recalls B-Lipo Capsules

      The capsules contain Lorcaserin, a controlled substance used for weight loss

      Bethel Nutritional Consulting is recalling 1 lot of B-Lipo Capsules.

      The product contains Lorcaserin, a controlled substance used for weight loss. Adverse health consequences associated with taking Lorcaserin range from difficulty thinking, hallucinations, and feeling of intense excitement to changes in blood sugar and heart rate.

      No illnesses or injuries have been reported to date in connection with this product.

      B-Lipo burgundy and white capsules, which are marketed as a natural herbal supplement for weight loss, are packaged in white plastic bottles containing 30 Capsules per bottle, and labeled with Lot # 20213 EXP DATE 12/22/2016, and bar code 160126 417509.

      The product was sold directly to individual customers in the company's New York City sales office and to consumers online at www.bethel30.com.

      Consumers should not consume the product should return it immediately to the place of purchase.

      Consumers with questions may contact Kariny Ramirez by phone at (212) 568-5330 or by e-mail at customerservice@bethel30.com, Monday - Friday, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm, ET.

      Bethel Nutritional Consulting is recalling 1 lot of B-Lipo Capsules. The product contains Lorcaserin, a controlled substance used for weight loss. Adverse...
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