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AT&T will ditch two-year contracts in 2016

Instead, customers are being steered to "AT&T Next"

AT&T will kick off the new year by scrapping two-year contracts, instead steering customers to its AT&T Next plan, joining Verizon and T-Mobile and leaving...


D.C. bans plastic take-out trays and cups

It's the latest city to try to rid itself of polystyrene foam containers

Lunchtime in D.C. isn't just lobbyists escorting Congressmen into steakhouses. The city's diners, food trucks, and take-out joints fill thousands of plasti...


A third decline in four months for pending home sales

Rising prices are a factor

© karelnoppe - FotoliaRising prices and limited inventory combined in November to send pending home sales down 0.9% to an index of 106.9.In relea...


Volkswagen recalls Audi A3 Cabriolets

The driver or front passenger side air bag may not deploy properly

Volkswagen Group of America is recalling 904 model year 2015 Audi A3 Cabriolets manufactured June 5, 2014, to April 1, 2015. The recalled vehicles ...


Consumers spending fuel savings on new cars

The rest of the economy got little benefit in 2015

One significant economic event that marked 2015 was falling gasoline prices. Prices headed lower in late 2014 and continued the trend most of 2015, except ...


Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon trucks recalled

The console compartment door may not remain closed in the event of a crash

General Motors is recalling 8,763 model year 2016 Chevrolet Colorado trucks manufactured August 25, 2015, to September 24, 2015; and GMC Canyon trucks manu...


Employees may be on the move in 2016

Careerbuilder survey finds younger employees, especially, are getting restless

Immediately after the Great Recession, people who had jobs felt lucky to be employed. With the jobless rate at over 10%, there wasn't a lot of moving aroun...


A rebound in consumer confidence

Consumers' assessment of the job market was a bit stronger in December

After declining moderately in November, the Conference Board's Consumer Confidence Index showed a little improvement this month, rising 3.9 points from Nov...


Home prices on the rise in October

The Federal Reserve interest rate increase raises questions about the future

The price of homes posted a slightly stronger year-over-rear increase in October than we saw during the previous month. Prices also rose on a month-over-mo...


Feds sue alleged debt collection lawsuit mill

CFPB charges Georgia law firm with "churning out lawsuits" while using faulty data

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau charges that a Georgia law firm is little more than a lawsuit mill, filing one debt-collection lawsuit after anoth...


FAA, states spar over regulating drones

Feds say they have authority over anything mechanical that flies

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) unveiled its online registration system for drones just in time for Christmas, and just in time to fly straight i...


Ford recalls Escapes and Focus STs

The vehicle could hesitate or the engine could stall

Ford Motor Company is recalling 9,017 model year 2013 Escape vehicles manufactured January 11, 2012, to April 1, 2013, and 2013-2014 Focus ST vehicles manu...


Amazon-UPS ties may be fraying

Consumers not thrilled with any of the current delivery options

Amazon is having second, or maybe even third, thoughts about its relationship with UPS. The giant retailer ...


Five kitchen design trends to watch in 2016

Is black stainless steel taking the place of traditional stainless steel?

Nearly nine in 10 homeowners plan to renovate their homes in the near future according to a survey by LG Electronics, and half of them plan to do so within...


Same group of consumers drawn to products that fail

"Harbingers of failure" have uncanny ability to sniff out products that just aren't going to make it

Were you a Diet Crystal Pepsi fan? Maybe you developed a taste for Frito Lay Lemonade. How about watermelon-flavored Oreos?If you liked one of those pr...


Cable bills going up ... again

The higher prices may chase away more consumers

Cable TV bills will be going up early next year, just as they do most years. That's likely to drive even more consumers away from cable, which in turn is l...


Daily fantasy sports declared illegal in Illinois

But state is considering a new law exempting the games from gambling regulations

In an opinion requested by two state legislators, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says she believes daily fantasy sports games provided by enterpris...


Hyatt Hotels discloses data breach

But company provides little other information

If you stayed in a Hyatt Hotels property and paid with a credit or debit card, your card may have been compromised.The hotel chain says it has found ma...


John Deere recalls zero turn lawn mowers

A fuel hose could have been cut during manufacturing

Deere & Company of Moline, Ill., is recalling about 150 John Deere zero-turn lawn mowers. A fuel hose could have been cut during manufacturing, all...


Have you made a digital resolution?

Here are three that may keep you more secure while online

Most New Years resolutions are quickly broken. Like that resolution to drop 10 pounds or watch less TV in the coming year.But Michael Kaiser, Executive...


Flooded with email? Just wait til next year

Marketers sent more email than ever this year but with meager results

Next to the constantly ringing landline, little is more irritating than the flood of promotional email, which reaches tidal surge levels during the holiday...


YouTube has a beef with T-Mobile over its video streaming policy

Google-owned company complains it is excluded from "Binge On" program

T-Mobile customers have been able to stream music from major sources without having to worry about exceeding their data caps, and this year, have been able...


New York obtains refunds from “tricky” marketer

Attorney general claims consumers were victims of deceptive negative option marketing

The state of New York has reached a settlement with Profinity, LLC, a company it says tricked consumers into signing up for a variety of membership program...


Kelley Blue Book launches instant car offer feature

Enter information about your vehicle and get an offer from participating dealers

The Internet has changed the way we buy cars. After doing research, a number of apps will connect you with dealers so you can compare prices on the same ne...


Personal incomes and spending rise in November

But the savings rate moved lower

Just in time for the Christmas shopping season, consumers' paychecks got a little fatter.The Commerce Department's Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) re...


A surge in mortgage applications

Refinance applications were sharply higher

A “Santa Claus rally” in applications for mortgages.The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) reports applications were up 7.3% in the week ending Decembe...


CG&C: Job cuts should slow in 2016 as hiring and pay accelerate

A “lot of churn” is seen in the labor force

“Wait till next year!”That's not just the perennial cry of Chicago Cubs fans. A leading outplacement consultancy has also taken it up when it comes to ...


FTC sets guidelines for 'native' advertising

Advertising shouldn't look too much like surrounding editorial content

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) outlined a simple principle for so-called "native" advertising today, also known as sponsored content: it has to be clea...


Volkswagen vows to show some humility, coins a new slogan

"Das Auto" is seen as too absolutist in the post-Dirty Diesel era

It's been a bad year for Volkswagen and an even worse year for Volkswagen owners, who find their cars' resale value trashed and fear that they have been un...


Four home design trends that 2016 will welcome

Say hello to art deco-inspired patterns and goodbye to rustic chic

Put a lid on the chalkboard paint and give burlap the boot, because “Farmhouse Chic” is officially on its way out. According to Zillow Digs’ 2016 Home Tren...


IRS cuts 2016 standard mileage rates

Rates are being cut for business, medical, and moving mileage

If you use your car for things that are usually tax deductible, you're not going to like this.The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is cutting the 2016 op...


Existing-home sales hit the skids

The November pace was the slowest since April 2014

Sales of previously owned homes skidded in November to their lowest level in more than a year and a-half.The National Association of Realtors (NAR) rep...


Economy turns in sub-par performance

Corporate profits took a hit too

The final look at the economy for the third quarter was generally dissatisfying.The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) reports the "third"estimate of re...


Martin Shkreli terminated as CEO of KaloBios

This comes after being charged of fraud and losing his CEO position at Turing Pharmaceuticals

Things continue to go downhill for Martin Shkreli, the infamous ex-CEO who is best known for drastically raising the price ofs Daraprim, a drug used to tre...


New safety rules proposed for indoor tanning devices

Those under 18 would be barred from using them

The risks of using indoor tanning devices are well known. Things such as sunlamps, indoor tanning beds, and tanning booths expose you to ultraviolet (UV)...


Turmeric offers a wide range of health benefits

But is the powerful herb really more effective than prescription medication?

Turmeric (or Curcumin), the bright orange spice that gives curry its distinctive glow, has been a staple in Middle Eastern and Southeast Asian cooking for ...


Study seeks to slow mental decline during aging

Holiday gatherings are a good time to notice older family members' memory issues

What's a “senior moment” and what's a sign of more serious memory issues? That's a question seniors and their families often ask, and until now there have ...


Study debunks 'fat but fit' claim

Men of normal weight had lower death risks than overweight men regardless of fitness

The notion that being "fat but fit" is OK has been debunked by a new study which found that the protective effects of being fit are highly reduced in obese...


Young-adult homeownership rates may be headed in a positive direction

Numbers hint at inbound stability as the population of 25-34-year-olds soars

Young-adult homeownership has, for decades (with the exception of a growth spurt during the housing boom), been on the decline. Longer educational careers,...


Cure House recalls pork products

The products did not undergo federal inspection

The Cure House of Louisville, Ky., is recalling an undetermined amount of cured pork products. The products did not undergo federal inspection....


Bonavista Foods recalls pork products

The products were not presented at the U.S. point of entry for inspection

Bonavista Foods of Ovid, N.Y., is recalling approximately 4,338 pounds of cured pork products. The products were not presented at the U.S. point of...


Smart Lipo dietary supplement capsules recalled

The product contains sibutramine, desmethylsibutramine and phenolphthalein, which are not listed on the label

SmartLipo365 of Dallas, Texas, is recalling all lots of Smart Lipo (800, 900, 950 mg) capsules. The product contains sibutramine, desmethylsibutram...


What borrowers should know about a new student loan repayment option

Plan could help borrowers' cash flow, but other factors should be considered

Consumers with student loan debt may have a new repayment option under a new Department of Education regulation that recently took effect.The Revised P...


Infant seats confound 95% of families

The seats provide important safety protection but are too hard to install, study finds

If anything is more frustrating than the average infant car seat, it's hard to say what it is, a fact borne out by a recent study conducted by researchers ...


Which airlines serve the healthiest food?

Consumer website rates Virgin America highest, Frontier lowest

Let's start by noting that you are lucky to get any food when flying coach on a U.S. airline. That said, when passengers are served food at 30,000 feet, ju...


Study: Anxiety may contribute to dementia

Anxious individuals had a 48% higher risk

Those afflicted with anxiety may be even more anxious to learn of a new study that finds people who experienced high anxiety any time in their lives had a ...


What will kitchens of the future look like?

Smart appliances and the interconnectivity they offer will provide new opportunities

Connectedness is key in the kitchens of the future. Whether you’re looking to reduce food waste, cook to address your personal health profile, or stay bett...


Making bicycling safer for kids with ADHD

How the disorder influences their ability to safely cross intersections and how to prevent accidents

There has long been a correlation between children affected by ADHD and higher numbers of bicycle accidents at intersections, and a new University of Iowa ...


VW turns to Kenneth Feinberg to settle diesel claims

Famed attorney handled the 9/11 and BP settlements

Volkswagen has announced the appointment of attorney Kenneth Feinberg to design and administer a program to address claims related to the 2.0L and 3.0L TDI...


Nissan recalls GT-Rs built to be sold in Puerto Rico

The Gross Vehicle Weight Rating and Gross Axle Weight Rating information is missing

Nissan North America is recalling 18 model year 2015-2016 GT-Rs manufactured February 24, 2014, to June 16, 2015 to be sold in Puerto Rico. The rec...


Chrysler recalls Jeep Cherokees

Water may leak into the Power Liftgate Control Module

Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling 32,784 model year 2015-2016 Jeep Cherokees manufactured February 18, 2015, to September 10, 2015 and equipped with the p...


Ace Bayou re-announces recall of bean bag chairs

The zippers on the bean bag chairs can be opened by children who can then crawl inside, get trapped and suffocate or choke on the bean bag chair’s foam bead

The recalled bean bag chairs have two zippers, including an outer zipper that does not have a pull tab and another zipper directly underneath that zipper. ...


Focus Bicycles recalls Izalco Max bicycles

The headset could cause the carbon-fiber fork steer tube to crack

Focus Bicycles USA of Carlsbad, Calif., is recalling about 501Focus Izalco Max bicycles in the U.S. and Canada. The headset could cause the carbon-...


Supreme Court won't hear Westgate's appeal

Notorious timeshare operator could face more lawsuits

The Supreme Court has declined to hear a challenge by timeshare operator Westgate Resorts to a $500,000 court judgment for what a Tennessee judge called "i...


Study: energy drinks may harm young men's health

The more men buy into energy drink marketing campaigns, the less sleep they get

Energy drinks are highly popular, especially with young people who never quite acquired the taste for coffee.Two researchers at Texas Tech suspected th...


The smartest smart-home products of 2015

Improve your home's air quality or even create virtual keys for guests

Looking to boost your home’s IQ? Whether in the interest of saving money, time, or the environment, incorporating some eco-efficient products into your hom...


EZCORP to pay millions for illegal debt collection tactics

Infractions by the payday lender included illegal home visits to consumers

Tactics including illegal visits to consumers at their homes and workplaces, empty threats of legal action, lying about consumers’ rights, and exposing con...


FBI arrests drug company CEO

Martin Shkreli, best known for dramatically raising drug prices, faces charges of securities fraud

Martin Shkreli, the 32-year old hedge fund trader turned drug company CEO, has been making news lately, for all the wrong reasons.The trend continues a...


U.S. poised to lift ban on oil exports

Provision of year-end budget deal would allow U.S. oil to be sold on world market

The government funding bill headed toward President Obama's desk contains a provision that seemed to come out of nowhere – a lifting of the 40-year ban on ...


Jobless benefit claims reverse course

The Conference Board forecasts moderate economic growth

After rising for two weeks in a row, first-time applications for state unemployment benefits have posted a decline.T...


Rolls-Royce Phantoms recalled

The side curtain air bags may not been manufactured properly

BMW of North America is recalling 13 model year 2015-2016 Rolls-Royce Phantoms manufactured May 22, 2015, to September 23, 2015. The recalled vehic...


Federal Reserve raises key interest rate

Rate has been at 0% since late 2008, last hike was in 2006

In one of the best-telegraphed moves in history, the Federal Reserve Open Market Committee has voted to raise the Federal Funds interest rate by 0.25%....


Holiday house fires and how you can avoid them

Tips to keep in mind before watching those chestnuts roast over an open fire

Preparing for holiday guests often entails breaking out the candles, preheating the oven, and readying the firewood. Flames and electricity play a central ...


A new generation arrives in the workplace

What will Generation Z bring to the table that’s different from Generation Y?

As Generation Z (defined as those between 16 and 20) starts shopping for briefcases and baby boomers head out the door, a generational shift in the workpla...


Reseachers link anti-depressants to autism

Study says it could be one of several contributing factors

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a highly complex developmental disability that affects a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others. Its si...


New residential construction soars in November

And the outlook for home building in the months ahead is brighter

New home construction took off in November following a slump the month before.A joint release from the Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and ...


Mortgage applications back down again

Contract interest rates were little-changed

Mortgage applications last week surrendered nearly all the gains they made the previous week.The Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) weekly survey sho...


Kawasaki expands recall of Teryx ROVs

Sticks or other debris can break through the vehicle’s floor board

Kawasaki Motors U.S.A., of Irvine, Calif., is recalling about 19,500 Teryx recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs). Sticks or other debris can bre...


Register your drone, then insure it

They're aircraft and you need insurance to protect yourself against claims

It's expected that as many as half a million drones will be under Christmas trees this year. While that may be a nightmare for pilots of manned aircraft, i...


Verizon says 5G rollout will start in 2017

The network will reportedly be as fast as Google Fiber

Verizon Communications keeps dropping teases about its forthcoming 5G network, said to be capable of speeds 200 times faster than the network's current 5Mb...


Tips for flying with little ones

How to keep kids happy while up in the sky

If paying Grandma a holiday visit requires a plane ride now that’s she’s moved to Florida, you may be wondering how you’ll ever survive the in-flight exper...


Feds complete work on rule on tracking foodborne illnesses

USDA says retailers will be able to track sources of ground meats more easily

The Agriculture Department’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has put the finishing touches on a measure that it says will improve the agen...


Trump's doctor says his health is better than anybody's

He would, however, be the oldest prez candidate ever elected to a first term

Quick, what's the first word that comes to mind when someone mentions Donald Trump? Loud, brash, arrogant, confident?How about old?Trump, who will ...


Five reasons to buy a house in December

Why homes on the market during this month go so quickly

Looking to buy a house this month? If you said ‘yes,’ you are in the minority — and that’s just one of the many reasons December is the smartest month to b...


Drone owners must register aircraft by Dec. 21

FAA hopes to get a handle on the thousands of new drones being sold during the holidays

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has acted on the recommendations issued last month by its Registration Task Force, submitting a new rule requirin...


Beyond a debt-free holiday: getting ahead in 2016

Don't wait until January to start building a financially better new year

One way to get a handle on your finances is to not go overboard during the holidays. Getting your spending under control in November and December goes a lo...


Rising lot and labor costs take toll on builder confidence

There is optimism, though, heading into 2016

Not much Christmas cheer in the home construction industry this month.The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index...


Consumer inflation AWOL in November

Both food and energy costs were lower

If you're looking for signs of inflation, good luck.The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that the Consumer Price Index (CPI) was unchanged last...


A pretty good October for air travelers

Airline on-time performance showed improvement

In the midst of the peak traveling season, the Department of Transportation (DOT) has some good news for those who choose to go by air.The nation' airl...


Reesna recalls Fuel Up Plus and Fuel Up High Octane dietary supplement sexual enhancers for men

The products contain containing undeclared hydroxythiohomosildenafil, an analogue of sildenafil

Reesna Inc., of Canoga Park, Calif., is recalling all lots of Fuel Up Plus and Fuel Up High Octane dietary supplement sexual enhancers for men. The...


Stella & Chewy's recalls dog and cat food

The products may contain Listeria monocytogenes

Photo source: Stella & Chewy'sStella & Chewy's is recalling four of its products sold in the U.S. and Canada. The products may contain Lister...


Ted Cruz' secret weapon? It's the same one Obama used in his campaigns

Secretive research firms build "psychographic" voter profiles based on Facebook Likes and other data

What do you think of the presidential candidates and the issues they've been raising? They may have a better idea of your thoughts than you do thanks to re...


New York AG asks consumers for help in investigating broadband providers

Volunteers can follow these steps to submit a report and fill in vital information for the state

At the end of October, we reported that New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman was going to be investigating three of his state’s largest broadband pr...


Renters face another year of rapidly rising monthly costs

Harvard researchers see record number of consumers paying more than 30% of their income on rent

The housing story of 2015 was rising rents. It could be much the same in 2016, according to a report by the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies.It...


Bravo recalls select chicken and turkey pet foods

The products may be contaminated with Salmonella

Bravo Pet Foods of Manchester, Conn., is recalling a select lot of Bravo Chicken Blend diet for dogs & cats with a best used by date of 11/13/16. T...


Nissan model year 2015 Rogues

It may be possible to shift out of the "Park" position without depressing the brake pedal

Nissan North America is recalling 33,880 model year 2015 Rogues manufactured February 10, 2015, to May 13, 2015. Due to a problem with the shift se...


Daily fantasy sports resume limited games in New York

FanDuel wins appeal, but won't accept new deposits until a final ruling is made

Many daily fantasy sports (DFS) players who live in New York were able to field teams over the weekend, as an appellate court granted an emergency injuncti...


Is Trump's campaign hurting his brand?

At best, his brand has been muddied, experts say

Donald Trump's brash and divisive presidential campaign may or may not win him a term in the most prized Washington real estate, but, win ...


'Gun TV' -- a shopping channel for guns

Firearm safety segments will be featured each hour

It's kind of surprising that it's taken so long for a cable and online shopping channel dedicated solely to guns and accessories but, at last, the vacuum i...


Retail sales inch higher in November

Wholesale prices post first gain in three months

Retail sales were up a tiny 0.2%, or $448.1 billion, in November, according to Commerce Department figures that were adjusted...


Lucy's Weight Loss System recalls Pink Bikini dietary supplement

The product contains diclofenac, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug

Lucy's Weight Loss System is recalling all lots of Pink Bikini White powder capsules The product contains diclofenac, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammat...


RZR XP Turbo recreational off-highway vehicles recalled

The vehicles' oil drain line can leak

Polaris Industries of Medina, Minn., is recalling about 2,230 RZR XP Turbo recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs). The vehicles' oil drain line c...


Hyundai recalls Genesis Coupes

The driveshaft may disconnect from the differential

Hyundai Motor America is recalling 10,800 model year 2013-2015 Genesis Coupes manufactured December 28, 2011, to April 6, 2015, equipped with manual transm...


Polaris recalls snowmobiles

The steering pitman arm or drag link can crack Polaris snowmobiles.

Polaris Industries of Medina, Minn., is recalling about 4,700 Polaris snowmobiles. The steering pitman arm or drag link can crack and result in a l...


Senate committee opens probe into drug price hikes

Lawmakers hear from healthcare professionals who say treatment now out of reach for many patients

Barely controlled outrage simmered just below the surface in a Dirksen Office Building committee room Wednesday as a Special Committee on Aging opened hear...


Gallup: Best-known presidential candidates are the least-liked

To know them is not to love them

Name recognition isn't the same as popularity. Case in point: the 2016 presidential candidates. The ones we know the bes...


What's the best way to avoid the flu?

Consumers not convinced a flu shot is all that helpful

Health officials spend the better part of the fall months urging consumers to roll up their sleeves and get a flu shot. They say it's the best way to avoid...


Legal betting operation takes aim at daily fantasy sports

New licensed enterprise could pose challenge to DraftKings and FanDuel

Currently, there's a stand-off between regulators in Nevada and New York and major daily fantasy sports (DFS) enterprises.The states claim these games ...


ISM forecasts continued economic growth in 2016

Weekly jobless claims came in higher

The nation’s purchasing and supply management executives appear bullish in their outlook for the U.S. economy in the year ahead....


Nearly 50 vehicles earn IIHS top safety award

Small overlap crash protection, front crash prevention were the keys

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has named 48 vehicles as recipients of its TOP SAFETY PICK+ for earning good ratings in all five crashwor...


Morrilton Packing recalls pork product

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

Morrilton Packing of Morrilton, Ark., is recalling approximately 12,146 pounds of boneless ham product. The product contains soy, an allergen not l...


VW finds only 36,000 vehicles affected by CO2 scandal

This corrects a previous estimate by the company that 800,000 vehicles could be affected

There has been no shortage of bad news coming from Volkswagen lately. The company has suffered multiple emissions scandals and faces an uphill climb as the...


More consumers receiving foreclosure settlement checks from SunTrust

Other aid is also being offered, including loan modifications

Some consumers in North Carolina and Virginia who lost their homes to foreclosure are getting checks this month from SunTrust Mortgage.It stems from a ...


Study finds dangerous flavoring compounds in e-cigarettes

The most hazardous is diacetyl, which can cause "popcorn lung"

Much of the controversy over electronic cigarettes has centered around their nicotine content, but a study by Harvard researchers has found a chemical link...


Hidden holiday dangers for pets

Tips to keep in mind while decking the halls

It’s a busy time of year. Between shopping for gifts and hanging the garland, it’s easy to forget that not all of our holiday rituals are safe for our four...


At least 80 Boston College students now sick after fast food meals

News just gets worse for Chipotle

When you are a restaurant chain with a positioning statement declaring you have “food with integrity,” you'd better make sure you don't have to close locat...


Foreclosures continue their decline in October

The foreclosure inventory is at its lowest rate in nearly eight years

Both completed foreclosures and the foreclosure inventory fell during October.CoreLogic, a property information, analytics, and services provider repor...


A rise in mortgage applications

Contract interest rates were mostly higher

Mortgage applications recovered last week from the slight decline they posted during Thanksgiving week.The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) reports a...


Consumers still punishing VW at the car lot

Industry source notes price cuts are required to move vehicles

Car companies are once again pitching new cars as Christmas presents, but chances are there will be fewer Volkswagens under the tree this year.Industry...


STEM toys for girls: a holiday gift guide

Cultivating early interest in the subjects can help shape girls' futures

Just one in seven engineers are female, only 27% of all computer science jobs are held by women, and women have seen no employment growth in STEM (Science,...


Common telephone scams and how to avoid them

For seniors, the telephone is more dangerous than the Internet

Most of the recent discussion surrounding frauds and scams have dealt with online threats.While cyber attacks are very real and growing, it's easy to l...


Boston College basketball players sickened with E. coli symptoms

Not yet linked to Chipotle Mexican Grill, even though they ate there

Chipotle Mexican Grill has closed its restaurant at Cleveland Circle in Boston after a number of Boston College students who ate there got sick with E. col...


FCC fines PTT Phone Cards

The company didn't register and didn't file the required reports

The Federal Communications Commission is fining PTT Phone Cards, Inc., the owner of Star Pinless, $493,000 for failing to register, file reports, and make ...


Little change in October in labor turnover

Openings dipped slightly, while separations inched higher

The Labor situation didn't change a whole lot from September to October.The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the number of job openings totaled 5.4 m...


Home sales and prices to rise in 2016

CoreLogic is also forecasting a gradual increase in interest rates

Demand for housing is expected to increase in the coming year, and, according to CoreLogic Chief Economist Dr. Frank Nothaft, that means home sales and pri...


FTC challenges Staples-Office Depot merger

The deal would reduce competition for big business customers, feds argue

For the second time in 20 years, the U.S. government has challenged Staples' proposed takeover of Office Depot. The Federal Trade Commission today decreed ...


Missouri AG suggests abusive debt collectors target minorities

Seeks reforms to reduce "serial" debt collection lawsuits

Aggressive and abusive debt collection practices persist, despite laws and court rulings affording debtors more protections.Missouri Attorney General C...


Toy aisles see gender-norms challenged

Marketing tactics involve more gender-neutral labeling this holiday season, allowing children freedom of choice

Adults with little ones to shop for this holiday season may notice an absence of gender-specific labeling throughout the toy aisles of big retail chains. P...


Feds tout benefits of CARD Act

Still, the CFPB concedes concerns remain about some practices

It's nice to know that every now and then a government action really does what it's supposed to do -- more or less. Case in point, the Credit Card Accounta...


Chipotle-linked E. coli outbreak spreads

The CDC says 52 people infected with the outbreak strain of STEC O26 have been reported from nine states.

Federal health officials say a foodborne illness outbreak linked to Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants spread last week.The U.S. Centers for Disease Co...


New construction may drive 2016's housing market sees strongest overall sales since 2006

Despite the near-certainty of higher interest rates and a tight inventory of property, at least one housing forecast sees booming home sales next year – th...


Chrysler recalls Dodge Darts

The vehicles could suffer a loss of brake assist

Chrysler Group is recalling 105,458 model year 2013-2014 Dodge Darts manufactured February 27, 2012, to January 23, 2014, and equipped with either a 2.0L o...


Lipo Escultura recalled

The weight loss dietary supplement contains sibutramine and diclofenac which are not listed on the label

JAT Productos Naturales Corp., and JAT Natural Products Corp. of Brooklyn, N.Y., are recalling all Lipo Escultura. The weight loss dietary suppleme...


Prices vary widely for many common drugs

Study finds price can vary 388% within the same zip code

Drug prices are a hot button issue in the unfolding presidential campaign. Reports of skyrocketing drug prices have mobilized politicians and sent pharmace...


Restaurant group sues NYC over new salt law

The group calls the new law "nonsensical" and states that it is a violation of free speech

American consumers are quickly changing their stance on what foods they want to eat – just ask any restaurant or fast food place in the country. People are...


First 100% electric Porsche gets green light

Hoping to put dirty diesels behind it, Porsche OKs the Mission E

The Volkswagen dirty diesel scandal has marred, but not yet deeply scratched, the shine on the Porsche brand. Hoping to reverse some of that damage, Porsch...


Security risks discovered with Mattel Hello Barbie

The Wi-Fi connected doll could allow hackers to listen in on children's conversations

Mattel has taken one of the world's most recognized dolls and combined it with the concept behind Siri. Hello Barbie, the first Internet-connected “smart d...


Top 10 specialty food trends of 2016

Simplicity with a dash of excitement is the name of the culinary game next year

Rejected produce will be reincarnated and seaweed is the new kale in 2016, according to the editors of Specialty Food News. The $109 billion dollar special...


Strong jobs report likely to result in higher interest rates

Green light is flashing for Federal Reserve to finally take action

The November jobs report, showing an increase of 211,000 new jobs during the month, is likely to have consequences – chief among them rising interest rates...


Jobless rate holds steady as the economy adds 211,000 jobs

Construction and health care added workers while mining and information lost them

The economy cranked out 211,000 new jobs last month, but that didn't help the unemployment rate, which remained at 5.0% for a second straight month. Over t...


K. Heeps recalls pureed meat products

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

K. Heeps of Allentown, Pa., is recalling approximately 152,010 pounds of roast beef products. The products may contain milk and wheat, allergens no...


Cost Plus World Market recalls reading chairs

The front leg on reading chairs sold without front leg support blocks can bend or break

Cost Plus Management Services of Oakland, Calif., is recalling about 2,700 reading chairs. The front leg on reading chairs sold without front leg s...


Gallup finds VW's reputation hard-hit by diesel scandal

Three-quarters of respondents are familiar with the scandal

Companies are often tempted to "sit out" scandals and other bouts of bad publicity, but Gallup finds that may not be possible for Volkswagen. Fully three q...


Consumers with RadioShack gift cards can now file claims

Struggling retailer also adds Nick Cannon as Chief Creative Officer

RadioShack may barely be breathing, but that doesn't mean it doesn't have to honor its gift cards.New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says cons...


Fresh produce the leading cause of food-borne illness

But pound for pound, many other foods are more dangerous

The good thing about fresh produce is that it's healthy, low in calories, and easy to prepare. The bad thing about it is that it's often eaten raw and can ...


Global food prices decline in November

Low food prices might go even lower in the months ahead

The news keeps getting better for consumers. Not only are gasoline prices falling to a yearly low, food prices appear to be doing the same.The United N...


Feds nix Tommie Copper health claims

The company claimed its copper-infused clothing could relieve arthritis pain

Lots of people think that wearing copper will relieve arthritis pain, even though there's no scientific evidence to suppport that belief. While anyone can ...


Non-manufacturing sector continues its growth

However, the rate in November was a bit slower than in the previous month

Another month of growth for the economy's non-manufacturing sector, although the pace was not as robust as we saw the month before....


Job cut total drops to lowest level in more than a year

But this could still be the worst year since '09

Finally -- a break. Planned job cuts in November fell to their lowest level in 14 months following a four-month stretch that saw more than a quarter of ...


Felt Bicycles recalls mountain bikes with OEM carbon fiber seatposts

The carbon seat post originally sold with the bicycle can crack and break

Felt Bicycles of Irvine, Calif., is recalling about 645 mountain bicycles. The carbon seat post originally sold with the bicycle can crack and brea...


Scientists: losing weight can reverse type-2 diabetes

Removing one gram of fat from the pancreas is apparently the key

In the last decade there has been an explosion in the number of type 2 diabetes cases, coinciding with a massive rise in obesity.The disease is a long-...


Hillary Clinton proposes more and faster broadband

Her plan trails that of challenger Bernie Sanders, however

Hillary Clinton today unveiled a five-year, $275 billion "infrastructure" plan that would, among other things, offer faster broadband connections to millio...


Rips in your luggage after a flight? The airline has to pay

Government reminds airlines of their responsibility

Amid the many complaints about air travel, consumers often report that their luggage looks like it's taken a side trip through a war zone when it arrives o...


Google spying on students, privacy group claims

The alleged practice violates Google's own Student Privacy Practice

A privacy group says Google is spying on students without their permission and without notifying their parents. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) ha...


California sues car donation charities

Consumers donated their cars but not much money went to charity, state charges

Donating your old car to charity sounds good -- you get a big tax deduction and your favorite charity gets gobs of money. But it often doesn't work out tha...


10 ways to avoid holiday weight gain

Dietitian offers tips for avoiding extra pounds between now and New Years Day

It's a sad fact. Just as retailers make most of their profit for the year around the holidays, that's also when most of us put on a few extra pounds.Bu...


Virgin America traveler gets barred from his flight

The reason? The flight crew said that they "didn't feel comfortable" having him on board

Many of us have had less than stellar experiences at the airport. After all of the long lines, changing gates, and hoops to jump through, it can be even mo...


AT&T raising price of unlimited data plans

$5 rate hike to show up on grandfathered plans starting in February

Some AT&T wireless customers are still on grandfathered unlimited data plans. Starting in February, that unlimited data will cost a little more.The com...


Cascara: the intersection of coffee and tea

An eco-friendly beverage made from coffee waste

In the specialty coffee world, there's a new kid on the block: Cascara.Also known as “coffee cherry tea,” Cascara (which means “husk,” “peel” or “skin”...


Elevated breast cancer risk for African American women using hormone supplements

The overall increase in risk was as high as 50% in one study

African American women who use certain types of female hormone supplements face a sharply increased risk of breast cancer, a new study finds. Previous stud...


How effective are Brita filters really?

The fine print is important on this one

The EPA estimates that 90% of US drinking water meets its safety standards, but a 2003 study by the National Resources Defense Council found that contamina...


Timeshare donation scheme is a scam, feds charge

Appraisals are inflated and tax savings are questionable, lawsuit alleges

There is no shortage of consumers looking for a way -- any way --  to get rid of their timeshares, but the Justice Department says in a lawsuit that a time...


A slowdown in manufacturing

The contraction is the first in three years

For the first time in 36 months, economic activity in the manufacturing sector has contracted, even as the overall economy grew for the 78th consecutive mo...


Home prices show solid year-over-year increase in October

Low supply and strong demand are behind the rise

If you're a homeowner hoping that your abode was worth more in October than it was a year earlier, you should like this.CoreLogic's Home Price Index (H...


IRS offers tips for year-end charitable giving

Careful records are a must for claiming your deduction

If you plan on making a donation to your favorite charity as the year draws to a close, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) wants you to know that several t...