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Experian sounds alarm over home equity loans

Credit agency concerned repayment requirements will stress many borrowers

Consumers who own homes have access to a flexible and attractive source of credit in a home equity line of credit (HELOC). But like any credit product, it ...

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Is your cat allergic to fleas?

If so, summer is the time it's most likely to be miserable

Summer is approaching and with it comes high humidity and ripe conditions for fleas.  Those pesky little fleas can really cause havoc with your cats. T...

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Service members to get $60 million in student loan refunds

Navient Corp. charged excessive interest on Sallie Mae loans

Nearly 78,000 members of the U.S. military will be getting checks ranging from $10 to more than $100,000. The checks represent excessive interest charges i...

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Consumer group says many auto insurance rates unfair

Consumer Federation of America draws attention to wide rate variations by ZIP code

There often seems to be little rhyme or reason to auto insurance rates. If you drive a sports car, have had a couple of claims or a speeding ticket or two,...

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Economy shifts into reverse

The contraction in growth is the first in a year

The economy petered out in the first three months of this year. According to the "second" estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis, real gross...

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Government completes review of major student loan servicers

Lenders found mostly in compliance with laws protecting active duty military personnel

The U.S. Department of Education has reviewed four major student loan servicers to make sure they followed the law by extending the proper interest rates t...

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FAA nails 3 companies for alleged hazardous materials violations

Civil penalties ranging from $54,000 to $81,669 have been proposed

Three companies that allegedly violated hazardous materials regulations could face civil penalties ranging from $54,000 to $81,669. In each case, the Fede...

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Cycling Sports Group recalls GT Fury mountain bicycles

he front wheel hub can break and cause the disc brake system to fail

Cycling Sports Group of Wilton, Conn., is recalling about 160 GT Fury downhill mountain bicycles, The front wheel hub can break and cause the disc brake s...

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Great States recalls Earthwise cordless electric lawn mowers

The mower can start when the key is not in the starting position

The Great States Corporation of Shelbyville, Ind., is recalling about 1,200 cordless 17-inch electric lawn mowers. The mower can start when the key is not...

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LQNN expands recall of poultry, beef and pork products

The products were produced without the benefit of inspection

LQNN of Garden Grove, Calif., has added additional items to the list of products it recalled earlier this month. The added products should have been part ...

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Natural Grocers recalls Macadamia nuts

The product may be contaminated with Salmonella

Vitamin Cottage Natural Food Markets of Lakewood, Colo., is recalling two lots of Natural Grocers brand Macadamia nuts. The product may be contaminated w...

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Mass hackings increasingly threaten the American healthcare system

Medical ID theft is the most dangerous kind of all, both for individual victims and the country as a whole

Here's a bit of bad news that's guaranteed to get worse: Since the start of 2015, three major health insurance companies have discovered and admitted that ...

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Taxpayer data breach just the latest cyber wake-up call

Experts say new approach to information security is badly needed

The data breach at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), compromising as many as 100,000 taxpayers, is a wake-up call for government as well as businesses. D...

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Court dismisses for-profit schools' challenge to "gainful employment" rule

The Obama Administration rule cuts off aid to colleges whose students have high debts and low earnings

For-profit colleges lost a round in court this week as a federal judge dismissed an industry lawsuit challening the U.S. Department of Education's "gainful...

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Gardening and ergonomics just naturally go together

Things don't get easier as you get older; having the right tool can help

One of the biggest pitfalls of gardening is your back. After all, things look great once they bloom but the process getting there can ...

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Op-ed: Every career is a STEM career

STEM skills are needed in every career on a daily basis

As important as STEM careers are, the notable dropout rate in STEM focused college programs and the growing segregation of students into...

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Pending home sales climb to 9-year high

Initial jobless claims, meanwhile, headed upward

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) reports its Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI) rose 3.4%in April to 112.4 in April -- its highest level in 9 years....

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Amazon banking on speedier delivery to bolster business

Now offering free 1-day delivery to Prime members in 14 metros

Amazon.com built its business selling all kinds of things online, making it one of the nation's largest retailers. To win even more business, it's trying t...

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Chevy adding smartphone integration to 14 models

GM's MyLink systems will be compatible with both iPhone and Android

General Motors (GM) isn't taking sides. Whether you have an iPhone or an Android device, it will offer a way to integrate the phone with the vehicle on 14 ...

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FAA proposes $58,600 civil penalty against FedEx

The company is accused of violating hazardous material regs

If the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), gets its way, FedEx will pay a $58,600 civil penalty for allegedly violating hazardous materials regulations....

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Failure to report defective office chairs to cost Office Depot

The chairs were plagued with seatback failures and related injuries

Office Depot will pay a $3.4 million civil penalty to settle Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) staff’s charges that the company knowingly failed to...

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GM recalls Chevrolet Impalas with braking issue

Brake pads may remain partially engaged

General Motors is recalling 126 model year 2014 Chevrolet Impalas manufactured March 22, 2013, to May 22, 2014. The electronic parking brake piston actuat...

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Ford recalls more than 400,000 vehicles in North America

The recalled vehicles have steering or temperature issues

In the first of 2 actions, Ford is recalling 423,000 Ford Taurus and Flex vehicles, Lincoln MKS and MKT vehicles, 2011-2012 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ veh...

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Hackers steal 100,000 tax records from Internal Revenue Service site

Attack reveals sophisticated, targeted approach

With identity theft-related tax fraud such a lucrative enterprise for scammers, it should be no surprise that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has been t...

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Ashworth College settles complaint with the FTC

$11 million judgment suspended due to Ashworth's "inability to pay"

The Federal Trade Commission announced yesterday that for-profit Ashworth College “agreed to settle” charges that Ashworth misled potential students about ...

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Foreclosures are up and so are rents

The foreclosure numbers may not be a problem. The rent numbers probably are.

Two troubling housing trends have appeared this spring. After months of decline, foreclosures rose in April to an 18-month high. At t...

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Hot cars are no fun for dogs

Dogs can quickly become overheated in a closed car

Hot dogs only take a few minutes on the grill and the four-legged kind only take a few minutes in the car. As the weather heats up, people are out and abou...

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New technology may extend cellphone battery life

Ohio State researchers say they can keep devices going 30% longer between charges

Photo © rfvectors.com - Fotolia As long as there have been cellphones, there have been complaints about cellphones’ short battery life. Not only do ba...

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Mortgage applications post fifth consecutive decline

Contract interest rates, though, headed higher

Five in a row. That's how many weeks applications for mortgages have been on the decline. According to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) ...

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A May rebound for consumer confidence

Consumers are more upbeat about the labor market

After posting a decline in April, The Conference Board' Consumer Confidence Index increased moderately this month. It now stands at 95.4 -- up 1.1 from th...

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Lexus NX vehicles recalled

The Anti-Lock Braking system actuator may be damaged

Toyota Motor Sales is recalling approximately 3,000 model year 2015 Lexus NX 200t vehicles. The recalled vehicles are equipped with an Anti-Lock Braking ...

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BRP recalls youth model Can-Am all-terrain vehicles

The vehicles fail to meet federal performance requirements

Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP) of Canada is recalling about 12,500 all-terrain vehicles (ATVs). The youth ATVs fail to meet performance requiremen...

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Gerber recalls Cohort knives

The locking mechanism can fail to hold the blade

Gerber Legendary Blades of Portland, Ore., is recalling about 161,000 Cohort folding knives. The locking mechanism can fail to hold the blade, posing a la...

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4 things to consider when buying an older home

More than an updated kitchen, these factors can make or break a deal

We are well into the spring home shopping season and in many markets, would-be buyers are having to compete for properties. Inventories of available homes ...

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Charter acquires Time Warner Cable, pending regulatory approval

"Little" Charter defeats Public Enemy No. 1 is the spin we're hearing today

It was just a few weeks ago that Comcast bowed to opposition from consumer activists and skepticism from regulators and withdrew i...

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Vaccines developed for two strains of bird flu

Scientists hopeful it can blunt future outbreaks

Avian, or bird, flu, has devastated commercial chicken and turkey operations in the Midwest, resulting in the culling of millions of birds. But beyond its ...

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Gambling pays. Cops split $9.6 million

Feds shut down Internet gambling sites, split the take with local police

Federal agents have shut down a network of gambling sites and seized nearly $10 million that is being distributed to federal and local law enforcement agen...

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The Who releases 50th anniversary music collection

And naturally, it's on vinyl

Rock music in the 60's and 70's was all about youth and rebellion and was the soundtrack of a generation. So it must come as a shock to Baby Boomers, and e...

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A step-up in home-price gains

San Francisco and Denver lead the way

The rise in home prices continued during March on both a year-over-year and month-over-month basis According to the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, b...

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Sales of new homes rebound in April

Prices headed higher, too

Sales of new single-family houses moved higher in April following a double-digit plunge a month earlier. Estimates released jointly by the Census Bureau a...

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Target's cheap chic re-captives discounter customers

Consumers will show you the way ... if you let them

A new TargetExpress scheduled to open in October in Rosslyn, Va. We’'ve said this a thousand times, but here it is again, once more wrapped up with an...

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Court puts brakes on global sweepstakes scam

Consumers were taken for millions despite prize money ‘guarantee’

A federal court, acting on a request from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), has temporarily shut down a sweepstakes operation based in Fort Lauderdale th...

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Hanging from a balcony is OK if you're a plant

You'd be surprised how many vegetables you can grow in a small space

Hanging from a balcony can be a good thing -- if you're a plant. This is the perfect time of year to plant in small spaces. Most balconies don't have a ton...

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Walmart is improving the lives of animals

The nation's biggest grocer is a leader in humane treatment of animals

Walmart is helping change the way food animals are trated across the retail industry.  Walmart is asking meat producers, egg suppliers and others to use...

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Old World Meats recalls roast beef product

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

Old World Meats of Duluth, Minn., is recalling approximately 12 pounds of roast beef product. The product contains soy, an allergen not listed on the labe...

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Culinary Brands recalls pork product

The product may contain a mushroom risotto which contains wheat, an allergen which is not listed on the label

Culinary Brands of Vernon, Calif., is recalling approximately 4,038 pounds of pork products. The product was mistakenly mislabeled and may contain the wr...

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Grill like a pro

Gas or charcoal, it doesn't really matter if you get everything else right

Memorial day gets summer started and that usually means the grill gets going as well. One of the key ingredients to that grill is the fire. Keep the fire b...

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Feds move to take control of Takata recalls

Current "patch-work solutions" not enough to ensure motorists' safety, agency decrees

DOT photoFederal safety regulators want to put the hammer down and get the Takata recall into high gear. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administ...

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Highways, airports face crowded weekend

Recent rise in fuel prices shouldn't deter holiday travelers

If you plan to spend the Memorial Day weekend at home, grilling some burgers or simply relaxing on the patio, you may be in the minority this year. With lo...

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Egg prices headed up as bird flu scrambles supply

Nearly 40 million birds have died or been exterminated

Gas may be cheaper this summer but that's not the case for another staple of daily life -- the lowly egg. Thanks to a massive outbreak of bird flu in the M...

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Hawaiian Airlines fined for violating baggage compensation and price advertising rules

It'll cost the carrier $160,000

A finding that Hawaiian Airlines violated federal rules on liability for mishandled domestic baggage and full-fare advertising will cost the carrier $160,0...

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How many Americans are gay -- 23% or 3.8%?

Gallup survey finds the percentage is much lower than most people think

To hear defenders of "traditional" lifestyles tell it, you'd think the entire country had turned gay. And in fact, Gallup reports that the American public ...

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Consumer prices barely move in April

In fact, prices have fallen over the last 12 months

Not much to see here, folks. According to the Labor Department (DOL), the Consumer Price Index (CPI) inched ahead just 0.1% in April, and for the last 12 ...

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Infants and dogs -- not a good combination

Children are the most frequent victims of dog bites, study confirms

It’s estimated that 70 million dogs are living with families. Not surprisingly, millions of people – most of them children – are bitten by dogs every year....

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Leading Economic Index up again

There's still cause for economic concern, though

A chief indicator of future economic performance posted a solid gain last month. The Conference Board reports its Leading Economic Index (LEI) was up 0.7%...

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OXO recalls Nest booster seats

The restraint straps may separate from the seat

OXO of El Paso, Texas, is recalling about 25,000 Nest booster seats in the U.S. and Canada. The stitching on the restraint straps can loosen which allows ...

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Lincoln MKZs with daytime running lights recalled

The light output may exceed federal limits in some instances

Ford Motor Company is recalling 21,435 model year 2015 Lincoln MKZ vehicles manufactured February 17, 2014, to March 19, 2015, and equipped with daytime ru...

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Today's housing developments emphasize ‘walkability’

Younger buyers are seeking out revitalized downtown neighborhoods

In the 1970s the hot real estate trend was planned communities. In the ‘90s it was village center developments. Now, real estate developers are eyeing the ...

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Here’s a reason your retirement savings may be lagging

Study finds many employees don't take advantage of employer match

American aren’t saving enough for retirement. That’s one problem. But a second problem is that Americans who have the chance to boost their retirement savi...

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Endocrine disrupters found in teething rings

German scientists say two out of ten teethers tested contained the chemicals

German scientists say they found endocrine-disrupting chemicals in two out of ten teething rings they tested. One product contained parabens, which are...

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April sees slowdown in existing-home sales

Analysts blame low supply and high prices

Despite properties typically selling faster than at any time since July 2013, existing–home Sales of previously-owned homes slowed in April even though p...

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Abercrombie turns up the lights, pulls its pants up

Scantily clad models, dim lighting being downplayed as chain goes a bit more mainstream

One mom can make a difference, a million can really cause a stir. Abercrombie & Fitch has made a few moms turn their heads over the scantily clad models in...

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Jinyu YS78 and Evergreen ES89 AT tires recalled

The tire belts may separate

Shandong Jinyu Industrial Co. LTD, is recalling 5,068 Jinyu YS78 and Evergreen ES89 AT tires, size LT225/75R16, manufactured April 1, 2011, to August 31, 2...

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LQNN recalls poultry, beef and pork products

The products were not inspected and misused the USDA mark of inspection

LQNN, Inc., of Garden Grove, Calif., is recalling approximately 213,192 pounds of chicken, beef and pork products. The products were produced without the ...

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Ford F-150 trucks with steering issue recalled

The steering upper intermediate shaft was improperly riveted

Ford Motor Company is recalling 8,963 model year 2015 Ford F-150 trucks manufactured March 19, 2015, to March 30, 2015. The affected vehicles may have be...

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Woman sued by debt collector awarded $83 million verdict

It all started over a $1,000 credit card bill

Many a consumer has tried to explain to a debt collector that the debt he or she is calling about belongs to someone else. Of course, it’s often like talki...

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ATM debit-card theft soars to highest levels in 20 years

Fraud crackdowns in one area lead to increased criminal activity elsewhere

Cracking down on data theft is kind of like squeezing a balloon: press down on a bulge in one area, and it'll only swell somewhere else. So perhaps it's...

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Five big banks plead guilty to felony charges

Fines for conspiring to fix international monetary prices will exceed $2.5 billion

Five major banks – Citicorp, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Barclays PLC, The Royal Bank of Scotland plc and UBS AG – have agreed to plead guilty to felony charges ...

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The Takata airbag recall: What should you do?

It will take years to find and fix all the defective airbags

The expanded Takata airbag recall means that millions more cars will be getting new airbags sometime, although with an estimated total of 34 million defect...

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California suspends GI Bill benefits to ITT Technical Institute

New legal troubles hit the embattled for-profit chain of schools

Last week, California Congresswoman Jackie Speier urged the Department of Education (DoE) to investigate the for-profit college operator ITT Educational Se...

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Employers increasingly turn to Internet when screening candidates

Wrong kind of online information can hurt chances, but not enough information can too

With an over-abundance of invasive technology these days it's not surprising a lot of people are curtailing their online presence. While not exactly going ...

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Toys in the attic could pose hazards

Vintage toys contain heavy metals that are regulated today

Baby boomers who are now grandparents are often amazed at changes to toy safety standards over the years. After all, they grew up playing with all manner o...

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Cardiologists pitch in to save a cat

Rare surgery repairs congenital heart defect

One lucky cat used up only one of her nine lives thanks to a group of human cardiologists. Vanilla Bean is a one-year-old Burmese cat from Mill Valley, Cal...

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New studies may lead to earlier Alzheimer's disease diagnoses

Risk may be identified as early as age 30

Two studies published in the Journal of the American Medical Association today focus on the presence of plaque amyloid in the brain of adults as an early w...

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Vegetarian offerings increase in number and quality

Food manufacturers and restaurants aren't fighting the trend, they're profiting from it

In one of the great ironies of the 21st century, millions of kids who balked at eating their vegetables at the family dinner table have grown up to be vege...

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A surge in new-home construction

Building permits were up sharply as well

Construction of new homes shot higher in April, building on March's modest advance. Figures released jointly by the Census Bureau and the Department of Ho...

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Community banks seek relief from 'excessive' regulation

Senate banking committee onsidering legislative relief

In the wake of the financial crisis Congress passed laws and the Federal Reserve tightened regulations aimed at keeping big banks – those deemed “too big t...

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Serious food poisoning infections decline

But new types of Salmonella show big increase

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has some good news and bad news when it comes to food safety in the U.S. Rates of infection from a ...

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Nissan recalls Pathfinders and Sentras

The passenger side front air bag inflator could rupture

Nissan North America is recalling 263,692 model year 2004 Pathfinders manufactured January 6, 2004, to July 19, 2004, and 2004-2006 Sentras manufactured Ja...

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ZYK recalls boneless veal trim products

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

ZYK Enterprises of Duvall, Wash., is recalling 2,522 pounds of boneless veal trim and whole veal muscle cut products. The product may be contaminated with...

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Op-ed: The end of GMO farming in America

National GMO labeling is "an international trade bill in disguise"

Why is Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kansas) trying to pass a national labelling law for genetically-modified organisms (GMOs)? Well, to appease E...

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Study finds gluten in many probiotics

Amounts are tiny, but researchers ask why there is any at all

People with celiac disease must avoid gluten in their diets and many take probiotics to aid the digestive process.So it might come as a shock to these ...

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Builder confidence falters in May

Overall, though, the outlook is solid

After rising in April for the first time in four months, builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes is on the decline again. Ac...

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More Millennials opting out of college

Expensive for-profit schools see sharp drops in enrollment

The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center (NSCRC) has issued a report that highlights what could be a very interesting trend. College enrollments ...

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There's a cleaning cocktail for every job

These aren't cocktails you drink, though they may give you a celebratory buzz

The right cleaning cocktail can make all the difference, but just be sure you don't drink it. For the most part it consists of water, lemon juice and a lit...

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Acura recalls MDX and RLX vehicles

The Collision Mitigation Braking System could malfunction

Acura is recalling approximately 19,500 model-year 2014-2015 MDX and RLX vehicles equipped with the Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) in the U.S. ...

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Natural Creations recalls New Zealand Colostrum dietary supplements

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

Natural Creations of Woodbine, Iowa, is recalling a small quantity of Natural Creations New Zealand Colostrum dietary supplements. The product contains mi...

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OC Raw Dog recalls dog food product

The product may be contaminated with Salmonella

OC Raw Dog of Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., is recalling 2,055 lbs. of Turkey & Produce Raw Frozen Canine Formulation. The product may be contaminated w...

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Gulf States Toyota recalls Siennas

A trim panel may detach and strike a vehicle occupant

Gulf States Toyota (GST) is recalling 387 model year 2015 Toyota Siennas manufactured January 23, 2015, to April 13, 2015, and equipped with non-Toyota-bra...

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Aurora Products recalls raw macadamia nuts

The products may contain Salmonella

Aurora Products is recalling raw macadamia nuts packaged under the Aurora brand label and various store brand labels. The products may contain Salmonella...

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The dangers of online pharmacies

Consumers trying to buy hard-to-find drugs may get less than they bargained for

The Internet has made it easy to get your prescriptions filled or refilled. Many pharmacies have the means to fill your order online and mail it to you, of...

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Why gasoline prices should stay low for a long time

Producers are still pumping oil despite selling less of it

If gasoline prices quickly rise in the next several months, it won't be because oil prices have gone up. More and more industry experts believe world oil p...

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Department of Education urged to investigate ITT Educational Services

Are we looking at a repeat of the Corinthian Colleges debacle?

After the downfall of Corinthian Colleges, which declared bankruptcy earlier this month following years of legal troubles which included federal agencies r...

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Walmart launching a free-shipping program for online sales

Walmart joins Jet.com is targeting price-conscious shoppers

Walmart.com Big box stores are fine but Walmart would like to have a bigger piece of the online space as well, so the giant retailer is launching a $5...

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Tips for selling your home faster

Have an open house but don't hang around for it

Lettiann Southerland is a Kansas City area real estate agent and a foodie. Despite the fact those two things have little in common, she has combined them i...

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Mortgage rates continue to climb

Rising government bonds are a big part of it

Prospective homebuyers continue to face the prospect of paying more for the money they borrow. Freddie Mac reports average fixed mortgage rates are higher...

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Improvements earn Audi Q5 the IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating

The car offers added protection in small overlap front crashes

The 2015 Audi Q5, a midsize luxury SUV, earns the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's highest award after its structure was improved for protection in...

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General Motors recalls Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon trucks

The hooks that secure the driver's and/or front passenger's seat frame may not have been properly attached to the vehicle body

General Motors is recalling 49,980 model year 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon trucks manufactured January 6, 2014, to April 1, 2015. The hooks tha...

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AA Poultry Processing recalls chicken and turkey products

The products may have been contaminated with trichloro-s-triazinetrione

AA Poultry Processing of Ridgeland, Wis., is recalling approximately 2,191 pounds of chicken and 21 pounds of turkey products. The products may have been ...

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Feds to probe student loan servicing practices

The focus is on “student debt stress”

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) will be looking into student loan servicing practices that can make paying back loans a hassle. Among the ...

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The 5 cheapest housing markets in America

The biggest bargains appear to be in the evolving Rust Belt

You probably know where America's most expensive homes are. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), they are mostly in California, stretch...

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Patent filed for promising leukemia drug

Drug staves cancer cells instead of poisoning them

Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories, the University of Maryland and the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston have filed a patent application for a ...

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Is your dog brilliant or just a genius?

A new test will tell the tale

Is your dog an Ace, Charmer, Socialite, Expert, Renaissance Dog, Protodog, Einstein, Maverick or Stargazer? What, you may be asking? Well, these are all ac...

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Sally Beauty CEO offers security-breach update

Company confirms customer-data theft, but date and extent of the breach still unknown

This morning, the Sally Beauty company released an update about their most recent customer-data security breach.In the past 14 months, hackers have sto...

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Restaurant sales now exceed grocery sales

The mystery of where consumers are spending their fuel savings appears to be solved

For the first time ever, consumers are spending more at restaurants than grocery stores. National Restaurant Association (NRA) Chief Economist Bruce Gri...

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Producer prices back on the downside

First time applications for jobless benefits slip

After rising in March for the first time since last October, the governments producer price index (PPI) is headed lower again. Figures released by the Bur...

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A solid gain in housing affordability

The first quarter saw more people able to buy into the American dream

It's been a good 3 months for those looking to buy a home. According to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (H...

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Use of walking aids jumps 50% in 10 years

Health researcher asks why so many people are cruising the grocery aisles in scooters

You perhaps are aware of it more in places like Walmart or large supermarkets. Amidst the sea of shopping carts is a growing number of shoppers riding arou...

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Good jobs that don't require a college degree

However, they may require getting outside your comfort zone

The conventional wisdom is a four-year college degree is required for anything but a minimum wage job.Not true, says Tony Lee, publisher of CareerCast,...

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The cable TV industry hopes you'll forget its connections to the cable TV industry

FCC chairman turned Chief Cable Lobbyist doesn't like the word “cable”

Deservedly or not, cable TV companies have a bad reputation these days. Multiple bad reputations, in fact: one bad reputation for high prices, another alle...

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Tips for job-hunting college grads

This spring's job market may be the best in years

For this month's college graduates preparing to enter the workforce, the April jobs numbers, released last week, were pretty good news. The U.S. economy...

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Toyota expands Takata airbag safety recalls

Investigations into the problem are continuing

Toyota Motor Sales is expanding its recalls involving Takata air bag inflators. First, the automaker is conducting a recall to replace Takata-supplied dr...

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The dark side of mold

Spring is prime time for mold

When black mold invades it can look horrendous and it puts a black mark literally on your house-cleaning skills. Moisture is your enemy when it comes to bl...

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Retail sales unchanged in April

However, March was somewhat better than first reported

April was not a particularly good month for retail sales, despite the exit from the harsh winter weather. The Census Bureau reports sales were flat last m...

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US Airways nears its final destination

American Airlines will phase out US Air as early as October

Like Amtrak and the late Eastern Air Lines, US Airways has been an East Coast tradition as often despised as embraced. Plagued by fickle weather, congestio...

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Completed foreclosures, foreclosure inventory on the decline

The serious delinquency rate is far below its 2010 peak

More big declines in foreclosures. CoreLogic reports there were 41,000 completed foreclosures nationwide in March -- down 7,000, or 15.5% from the same mo...

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Cost Plus World Market recalls twist swivel stools

The weld joint attaching the stool seat to the center post can break

Cost Plus Management Services of Oakland, Calif., is recalling about 125,000 twist swivel stools. The weld joint attaching the stool seat to the center po...

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La-Z-Boy recalls wall-saver power reclining furniture

When reclined, the furniture can tip forward if the consumer exits without bringing the chair to an upright position

La-Z-Boy of Monroe, Mich., is recalling about 2,600 PowerReclineXRw pieces of reclining furniture. When reclined, the furniture can tip forward if the con...

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Good colleges you probably haven't heard of

You don't have to go to a name brand school to be successful

In recent years high school students and their parents have obsessed over the college admissions process. Certain colleges have become like designer con...

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Verizon buying AOL to beef up its digital content & advertising

Maybe grandpa will finally be able to cancel his AOL subscription?

Verizon is buying AOL for an estimated $4.4 billion, saying the purchase will help its efforts to "drive growth in video and digital platforms," subject to...

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Small overlap tests on midsize SUVs yield mixed results

Three vehicles from Chrysler and one from Hyundai struggle

Results from the latest round of small overlap front crash testing of midsize SUVs are in, and the results are mixed. Three vehicles achieved good or acce...

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Animal abuser registries spreading in New York, elsewhere

The registries identify known animal abusers; some counties prohibit sales to those on the registries

Not only are animal abusers facing harsher penalties, some areas have now established animal abuser registries. Just like sex offenders, they will be place...

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Spring home buyers face tightening market conditions

Prices are rising but the number of available homes isn't

With the economy improving and rents rising, more people may be looking to transition into home ownership this spring. But a new report from the National A...

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Gripes about airline service on the rise

Complaints rose on both a year-over-year and month-over-month basis

The airline industry is getting an earful from its passengers. According to the Transportation Department’s (DOT) Air Travel Consumer Report, consumer com...

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Fewer jobs up for grabs in March

Hiring was up in the Midwest

There were fewer jobs available in March than there were in February. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports there were 5.0 million job openings on ...

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Schylling recalls Police Press and Go toy vehicles

The hat can detach from the policeman’s head and pose a choking hazard

Schylling Inc. of Rowley, Mass., is recalling about 15,300 Police Press & Go toy vehicles in the U.S. and Canada. The hat can detach from the policeman’s ...

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Good Seed recalls soybean & mung bean sprouts

The products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Good Seed Inc. of Springfield, Va., is recalling all packages of soybean sprouts and mung bean sprouts. The products may be contaminated with Listeria mon...

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Facebook-funded Facebook study concludes Facebook News Feed biases are not Facebook's fault

Yet the sample population was arguably too small and too biased for the study to be of much use

Fairly or not, Facebook's algorithms have long been blamed for various complaints Facebook users have about what appears in their feeds, including the comp...

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Consumers bought more trucks in April

Tricked out full-size pick-ups help push average transaction price higher

Ford, Chevrolet and Toyota led the way as consumers plunked down ever-larger amounts of money for new cars and trucks last month. The estimated average ...

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Lower gas prices likely to produce a lot more Memorial Day travelers

Prices at the pump are about $1 a gallon cheaper than last year

Millions of people are going to be taking to the nation's highways over the Memorial Day weekend – May 21 – 25, and unlike the last few years, they're goin...

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Beware of fraudulent “fun runs”

Shadowy “Color 5 Mile Run” tries riding on The Color Run's legitimate coattails

Runners take note: before you sign up to participate in your next “fun run” – and especially before you shell out any money in registration fees – make sur...

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Study finds TV ads still promote unhealthy food to children

Researchers say industry's voluntary standards are too lax

Amid concerns about childhood obesity, the food industry adopted voluntary standards for the food it advertises on television programs for children. The...

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Gardening mistakes can be expensive

The time, money and knee pain add up so it's important to get it right

Gardening seems so basic -- you get some dirt, a few plants, dig a hole and plop them in. What could really go wrong? A lot, and although seedlings aren’t ...

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Shelters fight Black Dog Syndrome

Black dogs and cats spend longer in shelters than lighted-colored critters

It is a fact -- black dogs have a harder time getting adopted than lighter-colored dogs. Shelter and rescue group workers call it BDS -- Black Dog Syndrome...

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Baby’s Dream recalls cribs and furniture

The paint on the products exceeds federal lead limits

Baby’s Dream Furniture of Buena Vista, Ga., is recalling about 4,600 cribs and furniture pieces. The vintage grey paint on the cribs, furniture, and acce...

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Walker's Foods recalls pork products

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

Walker's Foods of Carrollton, Ga., is recalling approximately 46,612 pounds of pork-with-sauce products. The products contain soy, an allergen not listed ...

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Honda recalls CBR1000S motorcycles

The motorcycles may have been built with an improperly manufactured rear shock absorber

Honda is recalling 504 model year 2014 Honda CBR1000S motorcycles manufactured December 9, 2013, to March 28, 2014, and 2015 Honda CBR1000S motorcycles man...

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What to do in case of a tornado

May is the start of tornado season: here's how to be prepared

Hurricanes only strike certain coastal regions and earthquakes are largely confined to well-identified areas but all 50 states have experienced a tornado a...

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Will the Apple Watch make distracted driving worse?

Some people are already worrying about the device's potential downside

There is no doubt the Apple Watch does many cool things and over time, consumers may find even more uses for it. But people who worry about distracted d...

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Coffee grounds may have nutritional value

Researchers say it has 500 times the antioxidants of vitamin C

Americans love their coffee but cleaning up is sometimes messy. What do you do with all those coffee grounds? If you are tossing them in the garbage, yo...

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Study: More sex doesn't equal more happiness

Researchers admit that instructing subjects to have more sex may affect the enjoyment of it

Given how much everyone talks about it, thinks about it and worries about it, sex must be pretty important. And having a lot more sex must be a lot better ...

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Report finds Blue Bell Creameries knew about Listeria in 2013

Recall didn't begin until March 2015

Over the spring, Blue Bell Creameries recalled a number of ice cream products potentially contaminated with the Listeria bacteria. In late April it expande...

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Job creation back on track

The unemployment rate fell to a 7-year low

After creating an anemic 85,000 (revised downward from 126,000) jobs in March, the economy got fired up and cranked out 223,000 nonfarm payroll positions i...

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Ford F-150s recalled

The vehicles may have loose or missing underbody heat shields

Ford Motor Company is recalling 73 model year 2015 Ford F-150s manufactured January 30, 2015, to January 31, 2015. The affected vehicles may have loose o...

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SP Wholesale Meats recalls sausage products

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

SP Wholesale Meats of a Portland, Ore., is recalling approximately 1,729 pounds of raw pork and chicken sausage products. The products contain wheat, an a...

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Franklin recalls power reclining furniture

The switch used to operate the reclining function can overheat

Franklin Corporation of Houston, Miss., is recalling about 81,000 pieces of power reclining furniture. The switch used to operate the reclining function c...

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Khubba Al Nahrain recalls beef products

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

Khubba Al Nahrain of Skokie, Ill., is recalling approximately 665 pounds of beef products. The products contain wheat, soy and milk, known allergens are ...

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Read this before you order flowers for your mom

You'll probably be more satisfied dealing directly with a florist

With Mother's Day coming up fast, you may be looking around for a florist to send your mom a nice bouquet or a plant she can keep, to remind her of her tho...

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Keurig compromises on crass K-cup “copyright” control

Keurig 2.0 DRM restrictions remain, but reusable “My K-cups” will return

Kudos to Keurig Green Mountain CEO Brian Kelley, who only needed 14 months to recognize the boneheadedness of a certain business decision he once made and ...

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Eight steps to take before buying a home

To secure the home of your dreams, you first have to get your financial ducks in a row

The housing market has recovered and, in some areas, is actually robust. Rising rents are prompting more people to shop for a home. However, many are fi...

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Healthy eating has a lot to do with placement

If you see it, you're more likely to eat it, researchers find

Convenience stores, like 7-Eleven, may not come to mind right away when you think of healthy eating. There's plenty of products on the stores' shelves that...

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Chevy Sonic earns IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK award

All it took was some midyear changes

Chevrolet has made changes to the structure and airbags of its 2015 Sonic, lifting the small car's rating for small overlap front crash protection from mar...

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Mortgage delinquencies and foreclosures fall in first quarter

Analysts cite the growing job market

Fewer homeowners are finding themselves in trouble with their mortgages. According to the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) National Delinquency Survey...

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Job cuts hit 3-year high in April

Declining oil prices are taking a toll

Falling oil prices contributed to a 68 percent surge in job cuts last month, as U.S.-based employers announced they were cutting 61,582 jobs in April -- ...

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Researchers find stronger links between diabetes and Alzheimer's

Elevated blood sugar may take a toll on memory

With rising obesity, America faces an increased number of type 2 diabetes cases. With an aging Baby Boom generation, the country is bracing for an increase...

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Corinthian College declares bankruptcy; former Corinthian students still can't

Bankruptcy law denies second chances to young adults with bad college debt

If you're looking for a single recent anecdote illustrating almost everything dysfunctional about the modern American system of funding higher education, t...

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Uber customers report hacked accounts

Was Uber security breached, or only those individual accounts?

American Uber users beware: Customers from all over the country are complaining that their Uber accounts were charged for trips they never took – in many i...

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Fees keep U.S. airlines flying high

Consumers paid $6.5 billion last year to check bags and change schedules

File photo When the U.S. government reported domestic airlines' financial data this week, two numbers leaped off the page. The first was the revenu...

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Job creation slows again

The latest ADP survey shows it was below 200-k for a second straight month

The economy continued to create jobs in April, but the pace continued to slow. According to the April ADP National Employment Report, private sector emplo...

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The housing recovery -- steady as she goes

The “strengthening economy and low interest rates” get the credit

It's taking its time, but the recovery in the housing sector continues. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/First American Leading Markets In...

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“Higher education lobby” pushes back against federal regulation attempts

Of course for-profit schools oppose certain higher standards. But what about traditional colleges and universities?

Corinthian Colleges filed for bankruptcy earlier this week, shortly after the long-embattled chain of for-profit schools abruptly closed all of its remaini...

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Business outlook remains strong despite weak first quarter, survey says

More firms report hiring, saying there's little or no problem finding workers

Despite a slowdown in economic growth in the first quarter of 2015, members of the National Association for Business Economics (NABE) and other industry ec...

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Mortgage applications down again

A rise in interest rates is among the causes

Applications doe mortgages posted their second consecutive decline last week. Data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applicati...

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Los Angeles sues Wells Fargo for “unfair, unlawful and fraudulent conduct”

Allegations include opening unauthorized accounts for customers, charging unauthorized fees, and more

The city of Los Angeles has filed suit against Wells Fargo Bank, alleging that the bank's policies and high-pressure sales quotas encouraged employees to e...

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Senate committee probes alleged collusion in spectrum auction

Senator has "significant questions" about DISH Network's conduct

A Senate committee has raised “significant questions” about DISH Network's conduct during a recent auction for licenses to spectrum airwaves. Senate Com...

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Why you shouldn't trade in your used car

Business school researchers say you'll pay more for your new car

It's generally accepted among consumers that you will get more money for your used car if you sell it yourself, rather than trade it in on a new car. Bu...

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Want to be smarter? Don't zap your brain

Study finds electrical brain stimulation doesn't do the trick

A certain A certain fictional Dr. Frankenstein thought that putting a bunch of spare human parts together and zapping them with an electrical current would...

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Services sector continues to perk along

The “improved economic climate” is cited as a major factor

There was improvement April in the non-manufacturing, or services, sector of the economy. According to the Institute for Supply Management, the sector ros...

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Home price increases continue

Buyer demand is on the rise

Home prices posted a year-over-year increase in March for a 37th consecutive month. According to property information provider CoreLogic, its Home Price ...

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Is your dog stressed out?

Dogs have issues too, you know

Is your dog isolating himself from other dogs and family members? Do you see him sleeping more than usual? If you said yes, it could be that your dog is st...

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General Motors recalls Chevy Malibus

The console transmission gear selection indicator may not illuminate the shift position selected

General Motors is recalling 3,690 model year 2013 Chevrolet Malibus manufactured April 10, 2012, to August 2, 2012. The console transmission gear selecti...

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Study: 11 million U.S. households spend 50% of income on rent

In growing number of markets, renting is no longer the cheaper option

Since the financial crisis of 2008, fewer people have purchased homes and more, either by necessity or choice, have rented their homes. With demand increas...

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Illinois sues 5 student loan debt settlement companies

State attorney general claims they are scams

It's not enough that millions of Americans are struggling under $1.2 trillion in student loan debt. They often must must try to avoid getting taken by bogu...

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Genetics link seen in sleepwalkiing

Study finds sleepwalkers' children likely to share the problem

Many parents may remember a time when they dreaded putting their child down to bed. When they are young, many children go through a sleepwalking phase or e...

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Manufacturing economy continues to grow

Fifteen of 18 industries reported expansion

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector grew in April for the 28th consecutive month, with the overall economy growing for the 71st month in a row. ...

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Clanging keys can cause seizures in cats

Study finds older cats are more susceptible

Cats are sensitive beings and some new research backs that statement up. They are so sensitive that even rattling your keys can cause seizures, according t...

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Sun Rich Fresh Foods recalls apple slices

The products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Sun Rich Fresh Foods of Richmond, Canada, is recalling sliced apple and products containing sliced apples, from its Northeast Fresh Facility located in Bra...

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Bi-Lo Supermarket recalls ground beef product

The product may be contaminated with pieces of plastic

A Bi-Lo Supermarket in Rossville, Ga., is recalling approximately 11-22 pounds of ground beef product. The products may be contaminated with pieces from a...

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Victory Kitchens recalls chicken products

The products were imported from an ineligible country

Victory Kitchens of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, is recalling approximately 4,672 pounds of chicken noodle soup products. The products contain chicken from a...

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IKEA expands recall of crib mattresses

The crib mattresses could create a gap between the mattress and crib

​IKEA North America Services of Conshohocken, Pa., is expanding an earlier recall of crib mattresses. About 344,000 mattresses are being recalled in the U...

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Felt Cruiser bicycles recalled

The bicycle’s brakes can fail, posing a crash hazard

Felt Bicycles of Irvine, Calif., is recalling about 200 Felt Cruiser bicycles The bicycle’s brakes can fail, posing a crash hazard. The company has recei...

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Study finds 20% of Millennial parents live in poverty

Having kids on top of student loans and low wages keeps many young people from getting ahead

As Baby Boomers become grandparents, it means Millennials are becoming parents. In 2014, there were approximately 20.5 million parents 18 to 34 years old, ...

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FCC frees up $1.7 billion for rural broadband

Universal Service funding being transitioned to broadband expansion

A long, long time ago, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission recognized that everybody needed a telephone. So it (and Congress) created something call...

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Easy exploit lets hackers bypass Google's new Password Alert

If you use Password Alert, make sure you immediately apply these new updates

Well, that didn't take long: earlier this week, Google introduced a new anti-phishing tool called Password Alert to its Chrome browsers. Password Alert wou...

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Apple confirms: tattoos interfere with Apple Watch functions

If you have a tattooed wrist, don't buy an Apple Watch without testing it first

Earlier this week, we told you how tattooed iFans on various social media platforms were complaining that certain Apple Watch functions, including Apple Pa...

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Skepticism surrounds Jet.com, a challenger to Amazon Prime

The new shopping site promises the lowest prices ever but does its value proposition make sense?

A company called Jet.com has been promoting itself as the beginning of the end for Amazon Prime, promising to provide much lower prices to its customers an...

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The 55+ housing market continues to impress

Builders confidence extends to 4 consecutive quarters

There's gold in all that gray. At least that's how home builders see it. The National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) 55+ Housing Market Index (HMI) ...

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Most effective diabetes drugs aren't always put to use

Metformin helps prevent diabetes but is seldom prescribed

Despite advances in modern medicine, there are still many diseases that stubbornly persist. Cancer, heart disease and diabetes are being worked on tireless...

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Illinois food company stops production of contaminated sprouts

There were multiple findings of contaminated food

Wholesome Soy Products of Chicago owner Julia Trinh and manager Paul Trinh have been barred from receiving, processing, manufacturing, preparing, p...

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Mumblehard malware turns Linux servers into spam-senders

One server got blacklisted for sending spam its administrator never even knew about

Security researchers from the antivirus provider Eset announced the discovery of a new strain of malware dubbed “Mumblehard” (because it's “Muttering spam ...

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Hyundai recalls Accent vehicles

The occupant detection system may malfunction

Hyundai Motor America is recalling 2,580 model year 2015 Accent vehicles manufactured September 15, 2014, to February 10, 2015. In very cold temperatures...

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Ohanyan’s recalls sausage products

The products contain soy lecithin, an allergen not listed on the label

Ohanyan’s Bastirma & Soujouk Company of Fresno, Calif., is recalling approximately 159,291 pounds of sausage products. The products contain soy lecithin, ...

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Branded LLC recalls kaleidoscope toy

The end caps of the kaleidoscope can be removed and expose small parts

Branded LLC of Sammamish, Wash., is recalling about 35,000 H-E-Buddy kaleidoscopes. The end caps of the kaleidoscope can be removed and expose small parts...

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