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Our National Parks turn 100 -- join the celebration

Lakes, mountains, seashores, historic sites, they come in every size and description

What a great time to visit and support our national parks as they celebrate their centennial this year. Majestic, spectacular, and glorious are some of the...


Grieving on social media - Staying connected while mourning your loss

Online memorials are becoming more personal than the traditional forms

It was right before Christmas when I saw the first post. My friend Kelley had made a comment on one of her friend’s Facebook posts and it appeared in my ne...


Economists worry cheap oil is hurting the economy

Since when are high prices a good thing?

You, as a consumer, no doubt think cheap oil is great. It has reduced the price of gasoline to levels not seen in nearly a decade.But perhaps nothing s...


California maid service overcharged customers who posted negative reviews, city charges

The maid service owner faces criminal charges. Yelp says there is a history of similar incidents.

Consumer review sites have been around for nearly 20 years, and most businesses have not only gotten used to them but have stepped up their attempts to pro...


Issue of rising drug prices now includes generics

Researchers outline drug company tricks to keep generics expensive or unavailable

The high price of some prescription drugs made news throughout 2015 and has now become an issue in the Presidential campaign. It's also sparked outrage amo...


Stanford study finds T-Mobile's 'Binge On' promotion is likely illegal

The program sounds good but violates key net neutrality principles, report says

T-Mobile's "Binge On" promotion has perhaps been popular with consumers but, as we reported in November, critics are increasingly expressing doubts about i...


Zika virus getting foothold in Latin America

U.S. health officials caution travelers to Central and South America

The Zika virus, spread by mosquitoes, has emerged as a health concern in the world's tropical areas. Though its effects are described as mild, it can be se...


New study shows that many e-cigarette products may contain a potentially dangerous chemical

In particular, cherry flavoring compounds carry the largest doses of said chemical

The e-cigarette industry has been taking a lot of flak recently in the U.S. Earlier this month, we reported on a study that showed that the products actual...


Urban areas see home values rise as a result of consumers' shifting preferences

New data suggests suburban living is becoming much less coveted

Suburban living used to come with a higher price tag than city living. The split-level home with a porch and a big backyard may as well have been the spoke...


Nine out of 10 tax refunds are issued in under 21 days

When will you get yours?

How fast do you want your federal income tax refund -- assuming you get one? Does three weeks work for you?According to the Internal Revenue Service (I...


Former college athlete sues FanDuel and DraftKings

Seeks compensation for himself, other college athletes for use of name and likeness

Daily fantasy sports enterprises FanDuel and DraftKings may start to feel besieged from all sides. Not only are several states questioning the legality of ...


Front crash prevention technology works well

An IIHS study finds autobrake has slashed police-reported rear-end crashes

In the first study of its kind, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has found vehicles equipped with front crash prevention are much less lik...


Barbie adds tall, curvy, and petite body types to its doll line

The more realistic body types are being praised by many as a step in the right direction

Barbie’s waistline has long been the topic of controversy. Many claim the doll’s unrealistic proportions set impossible standards for little girls who may ...


End of year economic growth sputters

The rate of increase in consumer spending was slower

The rate of economic growth slowed considerably in the final three months of the year from the pace it recorded in the third quarter.According to the C...


Nissan recalls model year 2013-2015 Altimas

The secondary hood latch may remain in the unlatched position when the hood is closed

Nissan North America is recalling 846,000 model year 2013-2015 Nissan Altimas manufactured March 6, 2012, to December 31, 2014. The secondary hood ...


Universal, portable retirement savings plan proposal introduced in Senate

The bill would give all Americans the same kind of plan enjoyed by members of Congress

Why shouldn't everyone have the same kind of retirement program enjoyed by members of Congress and federal workers? Good qu...


FTC challenges dealers' claims for 'certified' used cars

GM and two large dealerships failed to say some cars had unrepaired safety recalls

Car dealers like to brag about their supposedly rigorous inspection of user cars, but the Federal Trade Commission found that in many cases that inspection...


Michigan's attorney general launches probe of Flint water crisis

Investigation will determine whether laws were violated

The impact of Flint, Michigan's water crisis is spreading beyond the borders of that state. Consumers in other communities across America are beginning to ...


New York cracks down on ticket scalpers, resellers

Two unlicensed resellers fined, others warned to clean up their acts

A New York investigation has led to charges against two ticket resellers and a warning to other scalpers and resellers that they face prosecution if they b...


New York MTA bans hoverboards from public transportation due to fire safety concerns

The agency states that its top concern is protecting the safety of customers and employees

“Hoverboards” have gone through quite the turnaround in popularity since their release last year. While they were the hot gadget to get during the holiday ...


Study: preschoolers with uncorrected farsightedness may experience literary deficits

Farsightedness in children can affect their ability to identify letters and written words

Preschoolers take in many sights and experiences throughout the course of a day, and many of them serve to lay the foundation for reading. But those sights...


New car sales fall off this month

Did the demand for trucks and SUVs catch the industry off guard?

The month is not quite over, but Kelley Blue Book (KBB) says the trend is clear. After a series of monthly sales records in 2015, the red-hot U.S. car indu...


Mayo Clinic study urges more aggressive lung cancer screening

Researchers say people who quit 15 years ago should be included

So you quit smoking, maybe decades ago. That's great. But it still might be a good idea to get regular screenings for lung cancer.While many former smo...


An uptick in pending home sales

The falling stock market could be a problem in the months ahead

It wasn't by much, but pending home sales, which are based on contract signings, were on the rise in December. The National ...


FCC chair wants to open cable to set-top box competition

Currently, 99% of consumers rent their set-top box from the cable company

There was a time when you could only get a telephone from the telephone company. Today, most of us have to get our cable TV set-top box from the cable comp...


Wendy's set to investigate reports of a potential credit card breach

While unconfirmed, the scope of the breach is not yet known

Back in December, we reported that data breaches would become more numerous and dangerous in 2016. While the year is still young, it looks like some compan...


Feds sue DeVry University, charging its ads were deceptive

Promises that students would find jobs in their field didn't pan out, FTC suit alleges

DeVry University is the latest for-profit college to run afoul of regulators. The Federal Trade Commission has sued DeVry, alleging that its advertisements...


Two senators blocking nomination of new FDA Commissioner

Drug industry ties, demand for opiod painkiller reforms, drive opposition

President Obama has nominated Dr. Robert Califf to be the next Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner, but two senators in the President's own par...


Researchers intrigued with idea Alzheimer's might be transmissible

If true, however, it might only explain a few cases

Researchers aren't completely sure what causes Alzheimer's disease. That said, an intriguing theory has emerged and gained a little more traction after a s...


As consumers begin to favor fresh foods over fad diets, the diet industry suffers

Skepticism about diet products has led consumers to take their health into their own hands

The diet industry would have you believe that “health” requires a book, a meal plan, a membership fee, some protein shakes, and maybe even some pills. But ...


How will the 2016 election affect your portfolio?

Investment advisor says it shouldn't be an overriding concern

You may already be sick of presidential politics, but, unfortunately, things are just getting started. The first event of the primary season, the Iowa Cauc...


Why children need to play with their parents

Research shows children gain important social skills from playing with a parent

We all know children need to play, and we all know children need their parents. But in the Venn Diagram of those two facts, the intersection is important. ...


Study finds social media a powerful tool in promoting e-cigarettes

Researchers say new regulations must take that into consideration

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is in the process of finalizing rules to regulate e-cigarettes, and just about everyone who has been following the p...


Freddie Mac: Housing market continues to improve

There's still a long way to go, though

Things are looking up for the U.S. housing market as we enter the new year.The Freddie Mac Multi-Indicator Market Index (MiMi), shows one additional st...


Three gains in a row for new home sales

Sales for all of last year were up 14.5%

Sales of new single-family homes posted their third advance in as many months during December.A joint release from the Census Bureau and the Department...


Mortgage applications continue their rise

Falling interest rates are said to be a big factor

As interest rates continue to fall, applications for mortgages continue to rise.According to the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), applications were ...


Ford recalls older Ranger vehicles with air bag inflator issue

Excessive internal pressure may cause the inflator to rupture

Ford Motor Company is recalling 361,692 model year 2004-2006 Ranger vehicles manufactured March 24, 2003, to May 4, 2006. The driver's side front a...


Berks Packing recalls beef products

The products may contain pork and erythorbate, which are not listed on the label

Berks Packing Co., of Reading, Pa., is recalling approximately 1,320 pounds of beef products. The products may contain pork and erythorbate, which...


For better or worse, oil is running the economy

It's great for consumers but is making markets extremely nervous

Oil is a lubricant that usually keeps machines running smoothly. Lately, however, it has held an oversized influence over all things economic – and the res...


Uber introduces system that uses cell phone data to track their drivers' performance

The system will provide feedback for drivers, verify the accuracy of reports, and curb bad driving habits

The way in which consumers get around is continuing to shift as ride-sharing services become more and more widespread. While the convenience and ease of us...


Boost wants to pay you to watch ads on your smartphone

It's only $5 a month, but if it works, it could upend the current smartphone payment model

Does it really make sense that Google, Twitter, Facebook, and so forth are free to consumers while we're shelling out big bucks every month to wireless com...


Winter bird feeding: what are the best kinds of foods to put out?

Help wild birds thrive in the winter months by putting out these eight types of bird food

For the estimated 52 million Americans who feed wild birds around their homes, there can be a certain therapeutic comfort to it. In a study funded by t...


Beware of strangers offering to make loans

Those email offers aren't what they appear to be

Maybe you've checked your email lately and found an unsolicited message from someone with great news: you qualify for a loan and they can help you secure i...


New Yorkers pay the most for health insurance

New Mexico consumers pay the least, in survey

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is a national health insurance plan, but costs can vary significantly depending on where you live.Recently, GoBankingRate...


Proximity to Trader Joe's might make your home worth more

Zillow finds proximity to trendy grocery stores linked to rising home values

Looking for a home that will quickly appreciate in values? Yes, good schools are important, but grocery stores may be even more influential.Real estate...


ProBowl: the smart food bowl that can help prevent obesity in dogs

The Wi-Fi connected bowl can weigh and measure food, ensuring pet parents dish out just enough

For dogs, getting trim and healthy isn’t accomplished by joining the gym or wearing a FitBit; their health is solely in our hands. And what’s often in our ...


Consumer confidence up for a second straight month

People are expecting better business conditions and higher incomes

After increasing in December, The Conference Board's Consumer Confidence Index was up moderately again in January, rising 1.8 points to 98.1. While the Pre...


Another increase in home prices

The gains show further recovery from the housing meltdown

Home prices in the U.S. continued to rise in November, according to two widely watched measures of prices.In the first, the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price...


Whole Foods recalls frozen pizza products

The products contain uncured pork pepperoni, which is not listed on the label

Whole Foods/North Atlantic Kitchens of Everett, Mass., is recalling approximately 73,898 pounds of pepperoni pizza products.   The products are label...


Privacy groups ask court for more protection for cell phone location data

The tracking info is so detailed and so personal that it needs more protection, the groups argue

You may not remember where you were at 7:34 p.m. on July 23, but your cell phone does. And right now it's pretty easy for the police to take a detailed loo...


The best and worst states to live in retirement

Sunshine isn't the only thing attracting seniors to Florida

A lot of factors go into choosing a place to live out your golden years. Climate is a big one but so are amenities; then there's the cost of living -- incl...


Millennials may benefit from concierge-style services in restaurants and supermarkets, report suggests

Limited cooking experience is fueling the group's desire for one-on-one assistance

When visiting an unfamiliar place, the hotel’s concierge desk is often a welcomed sight. A friendly face to help get you oriented can be the difference bet...


Rare birth defect is becoming less rare

In gastroschisis, some abdominal organs are outside the body

Health officials are concerned by an unexplained increase in a serious birth defect that leaves the intestines and sometimes other abdominal organs protrud...


McDonald's winning back consumers

Latest earnings report suggests restaurant chain is turning things around

Just a year ago fast-food giant McDonald's appeared to be on the outs with consumers. Sales were down and franchise operators were on the verge of revolt o...


Car buyers should be as concerned with fees as with price

New York attorney general cracking down on "after sale" add-ons

Remember when undercoating was the only add-on expense you had to watch out for when buying a new car? Now, car dealers have other fees and expenses that c...


Finally, some good news for renters in 2016

The pace of rent increases expected to slow down a bit

Consumers who rent their homes don't want to hear any talk about the low U.S. inflation rate. Their cost of living has gone up considerably since the Great...


Home remodeling project sales expected to boom in 2016

Lowe's hires more seasonal employees to prepare

If you’re thinking of making improvements to your home this year, you’re not alone. Members of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) a...


Carnivore Meat Company recalls frozen pet food

The product may be contaminated with Salmonella

Carnivore Meat Company is recalling one lot of Vital Essentials Frozen Chicken Patties Entree for Dogs. The following product, which may be contami...


Dole Fresh Vegetables recalls salads processed in Springfield, Ohio

The product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Dole Fresh Vegetables is withdrawing from the market all Dole-branded and private label packaged salads processed at its Springfield, Ohio production facil...


Five million more vehicles recalled after Ford pickup driver killed by airbag fragments

The latest recall includes Ford, VW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz models, among others

The death of a Ford pickup truck driver has touched off a massive recall of about 5 million additional vehicles equipped with Takata airbags. The new recal...


Enjoyable travels -- there's an app for that

Apps can save you time, money, and frustration when traveling

Currency exchange was a nightmare on my trip to the Baltics. Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Russia all had their own currency; Germany, Estonia, and Finland ...


Recession fears may have prompted January stock market carnage

But low gasoline prices might be enough to head off an economic downturn

Back in August I wrote a piece that posed the question, are economic warning signs flashing “recession?”At the time, I was pretty far out on that limb ...


First GM ignition trial ends without a verdict

Plaintiff withdraws after his testimony is allegedly shown to be false

General Motors didn't exactly win the first trial involving its defective ignition switches, but it may as well have. At the judge's urging, the plaintiff ...


Former NJ Nets player sentenced to nine years in Ponzi scheme

C. Tate George scammed victims for more than $2 million, feds charged

Former New Jersey Nets and Milwaukee Bucks player C. Tate George has been sentenced to nine years in prison for his role in orchestrating a $2 million inve...


Glassdoor predicts the 25 best jobs in America for 2016

Survey says that data scientist is the best job available in the coming year

Jobs site Careerbuilder recently released a survey suggesting more employees will be looking for a new job in 2016. If you plan to be one of them, what kin...


Honda prepares to launch fuel cell sedan for under $500 per month

The Clarity will be available initially in California, boasts a range of 300+ miles

As snow piled up outside the Washington Auto Show, Honda announced plans to launch the five-passenger Clarity Fuel Cell sedan in California before the end ...


Nearly 6,000 flights canceled or delayed for the weekend as Winter Storm Jonas rages on

Residents in affected areas are advised to find shelter until the storm has passed

If you live on the East Coast, then you may already be feeling the effects of Winter Storm Jonas. Over 65 million Americans in 18 states have been issued a...


The millennials are coming -- eventually

It won't be long before 25-34 year-olds start shaping housing preferences

It may take a while, but the millennial generation is poised to make a significant impact on home design, according to speakers at the National Association...


Who needs a Realtor? Data-driven OpenDoor buys your home and resells it

If it works as promised, it's a quicker, easier way to sell a home

A house is generally a great investment but liquid it's not. While most homes appreciate over time and usually offer an income tax break, it can take a lon...


Report: Lyme disease threat growing in the U.S.

Activists plan Congressional awareness campaign

With last year's Ebola scare, and ongoing concerns about cancer and other deadly diseases, it's easy to overlook Lyme disease, which is spread by a tiny in...


New help for consumers struggling with student loan debt

Non-profit credit counselors launch student loan debt program

In the past, when consumers got into debt trouble it usually involved huge credit card balances. But in recent years, there has been another credit burden ...


Leading Economic Index slips in December

Still, moderate economic growth is forecast for the near term

The Conference Board's Leading Economic Index (LEI) posted a decline in December for the first time in three months.The dip of 0.2% follows increases o...


Existing-home sales soar in December

2015 was the best sales year since 2006

Sales of previously-owned homes finished 2015 in fine style.The National Association of Realtors (NAR) reports total existing-home sales -- completed t...


Mahina Mele Farms recalls macadamia nut products

The products are contaminated with Salmonella

Mahina Mele Farms is recalling a variety of macadamia nut products after testing found the nuts were contaminated with Salmonella. No illnesses hav...


Chillafish children's balance bikes recalled

Overinflated tires can cause the wheel rims to crack

Mindware Corp., of Omaha, Neb., Northwest Synergy, of Redmond, Wash. and Wal-Mart Stores, of Bentonville, Ark., are recalling about 29,268 Chillafish child...


Survey finds early financial mistakes have lingering effect

Credit Karma says credit fumbles could be reduced with better financial education

For Cleveland Browns fans, the moment is seared into their collective memory: January 17, 1988.It was the AFC Championship game against the Denver Bron...


Uber, Amazon jump into meal delivery

Everybody has to eat. Why leave home to do it?

Not long ago, a pizza was about the best you could hope for if you were home and hungry and didn't feel like cooking or venturing out, unless you lived in ...


Study: restaurants, not just fast-food, are driving obesity

Researchers find many meals exceed daily recommended calorie requirement

When it comes to pointing fingers of blame for the obesity epidemic, fast-food restaurants get a lot of attention.Yes, a triple bacon cheeseburger serv...


More Millennials are skipping getting their driver’s licenses

Is this a fleeting trend or the way of the future? Some experts claim it's the latter

The days of teenagers getting their driver’s licenses the very day it becomes legally possible may soon be in the rearview. According to a report released ...


Retirement savers get conflicting advice on market turmoil

Advice ranges from stay the course to look out below

Stock market volatility since the beginning of the year has investors puzzled and people saving for retirement nervous.The latter tend to put their mon...


Final figures show more holiday shoppers preferred to buy online

Adobe finds store pick-up option sparked increase in late-season sales

Anecdotal evidence suggests it was definitely an online Christmas season. Now, hard empirical evidence backs it up.Adobe, which tracks sales for retail...


Gas prices almost certain to go much lower

Plunging oil prices not expected to go back up anytime soon

Consumers have enjoyed falling gasoline prices for more than a year now, but no doubt there is always that nagging voice in the back on their minds whisper...


Dogs examine eyes first when deciphering facial expressions, study finds

This is the first evidence of emotion-related gaze patterns in non-primates

Humans may not be the only ones who consider eyes to be the window to the soul. A new study out of the University of Helsinki found that dogs, just like hu...


Home builders bullish on 2016

Economists cite solid job growth and rising consumer confidence

This looks to be a good year for the housing industry, according to economists speaking at the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) International B...


Initial jobless claims surge to six-month high

A better year for tech workers

More people than expected found themselves standing in the unemployment line last week.Figures released by the Depar...


Britax recalls child seats with carry handle issue

The handle may fracture, causing the seat to fall

Britax Child Safety is recalling 71,454 B-Safe 35 child seats, models E9LU65M, E9LU65P, E9LU63F, E9LU66R, E9LS63F and EXLU65M; B-Safe 35 Elite child seats,...


Snapp's Ferry Packing recalls beef product

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

Snapp’s Ferry Packing Company of Afton, Tenn., is recalling approximately 410 pounds of beef product. The product may be contaminated with E. coli...


Companies can't buy their way out of a class action, Supreme Court holds

An ad agency tried to buy off the plaintiff and thereby "moot" the entire affair

Can a company buy its way out of a class action lawsuit? The U.S. Supreme Court today said it can't. In a 6-3 ruling, the court turned aside an effort by a...


Consumer groups want FCC to curb targeted ads

Websites are beyond the FCC's reach but broadband providers are not

A coalition of consumer groups wants the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to keep broadband providers from serving targeted ads to subscribers.I...


Brave new browser blocks ads, inserts others

Stronger privacy protection, faster page loads, less intrusive ads, developer promises

Internet advertising is both a curse and a blessing. It's frequently an annoyance to consumers, who compla...


Texas latest state to question daily fantasy sports legality

Attorney General Ken Paxton draws distinction with informal fantasy leagues

There could be more trouble on the horizon for daily fantasy sports (DFS) enterprises and players in Texas who participate.Texas Attorney General Ken P...


Staples and Office Depot waive merger agreement and extend it to May

The extension would allow an FTC lawsuit blocking the deal to run its course

This past December, Staples and Office Depot had their merger proposal rejected by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on anti-trust grounds. The FTC had as...


Depression more common in the winter? New study says it's not

Large-scale survey finds no evidence of seasonal affective disorder

Everyone knows we're more likely to be depressed in the winter. Only problem is, everyone may be wrong, according to a new study.The large-scale survey...


Researchers question benefit of increasing amounts of food label information

Health claims on the front of products deemed less helpful

Packaged food products contain an increasing amount of information on the label, but how helpful is it in making a healthy food choice?That's the quest...


Feds probe complaints about Ford Focus doors that don't latch tightly

Some owners say they have had to tie the doors shut

Safety regulators are looking into more than 70 consumers' complaints that doors don't latch properly on Ford Focus models. One person reported being injur...


AllerGuarder wristband helps protect kids with food allergies

With corresponding app, the wristband can help prevent accidental exposure by alerting people within a 50-foot radius

Behind every child affected by a severe food allergy, there is a parent dedicated to protecting them from accidental exposure. Often it’s impossible to be ...


Tax filing season begins with emphasis on security

IRS hopes to get a better handle on tax identity fraud

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is now accepting 2015 tax returns for processing, but it is giving all taxpayers a heads up: security, more than ever, i...


Parents, teens not on the same page when it comes to driving

Teens perceive fewer limitations than parents report setting, poll suggests

Before being handed the car keys, grumbling teenagers may have to sign a verbal contract stating that they will not use their cell phones, drive with too m...


A December slump in new home construction

Overall, though, 2015 was a pretty good year

After posting a solid gain in November, new home construction skidded lower last month.A joint release from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department o...


Consumers get a break in December as prices fall

Lower costs for food and energy were responsible

A drop in food and energy costs in December sent the Consumer Price Index (CPI) down a seasonally adjusted 0.1% in December, putting the increase in prices...


Falling interest rates send mortgage applications rising

Refinance applications were sharply high

Contract interest that in some cases fell to their lowest levels since last October helped push mortgage applications upward last week.Data from the Mo...


West Elm recalls bar stools

The legs on the stools can break

West Elm, a division of Williams-Sonoma, of San Francisco is recalling about 6,100 saddle bar and counter stools in the U.S and Canada. The legs on...


Report says there could be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050

World business leaders urged to attack plastic pollution

The World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting is underway this week in Davos, Switzerland, a meeting best known for bringing together global leaders of com...


British MS treatment yields “remarkable results”

Existing cancer treatment helps patients walk again

Recent years have seen hopeful progress in a search for a cure for multiple sclerosis (MS), a neurological disorder affecting millions of people worldwide....


New York's public wi-fi network goes live

LinkNYC provides fast, free Internet, supported by advertising

New York City's public Wi-Fi network went live this morning, providing free, advertising-supported Internet access from four hubs on Third Avenue between 1...


Study confirms it: lenient return policies can boost sales

Customers more likely to buy if they know they can exchange the item

Returns and exchanges can be a headache for both consumers and retailers. But a new study by researchers at the University of Texas in Dallas confirms the ...


What you should consider when selecting food for your dog or cat

Avoid feeding your pet chemical-laced "junk food" with these tips

The road to finding the right food for your dog or cat can be paved with many questions. In the wake of so many pet food recalls, it’s become more importan...


Disaster shelters turned into a disaster for consumers

New Jersey charges company never built the shelters customers paid for

Back in the 1950s, backyard bomb shelters were all the rage. You don't hear much about them these days, but that didn't stop a New Jersey company from sell...


What can make an aging brain stay young

Study shows older adults learning new tasks performed better in memory tests

People are living longer thanks to improvements in physical health. But to get the most from those additional years of life, cognitive health needs to keep...


Feds offer help through the pension payouts maze

Should you take a lump-sum or lifetime monthly payout?

You've finally made the decision to call it a career. But what will you do about that pension that's been building for the last umpteen years?Fear not....


IRS Free File up and running

More free federal and state tax software options are available

Free File, which this year contains many changes and updates -- including more free state tax return options and easier Form W-2 imports -- is now availabl...


Builder confidence holds steady in January

Modest growth in the housing market is expected

Home builders expect to see the market for newly-built single-family homes grow modestly over the next few months.The National Association of Home Buil...


Heritage International (USA) recalls raw cashew pieces

The product may be contaminated with Salmonella

Heritage International (USA) Inc. of Compton, Calif., is recalling one lot of . The product may be contaminated with Salmonella No illnesse...


Kayem Foods recalls chicken sausage products

The products are are encased in pork casings, which are not declared on the label

Kayem Foods of Chelsea, Mass., is recalling approximately 22,182 pounds of chicken sausage products. The products are are encased in pork casings, ...


Latest Jeep fire lawsuit accuses Chrysler of foot-dragging in recall

The company's delaying tactics continued as the death toll mounted, suit argues

A collage of Jeep fire victims (Photo: Jeep Cherokees have been implicated in at least 270 deaths and now two of those death...


Shareholders to file claim against VW over diesel emissions scandal

The suit will seek hundreds of millions of euros for 66 institutional investors and thousands of private investors

In the past couple of months, consumers who have been affected by the VW diesel scandal have expressed their outrage. In the U.S., numerous consumer groups...


Gas war in Michigan drops price to 47 cents a gallon

Motorists in small resort town reliving the good old days

Residents of Houghton Lake, Mich., no doubt rubbed their eyes when they passed the B&B gas station on their way to work. The posted price was lower than it...


Aesthetic and functional upgrades for the most-used rooms in your home

Five improvements that boost a room's functionality and livability

When it comes to deciding which room should get the makeover, the easy answer is often the room that sees the most use. But overhauling the most-used rooms...


Report: robots to replace five million workers by 2020

World Economic Forum sees beginning of "Fourth Industrial Revolution"

As you jockey for position at work, your biggest threat may not be Bill at the next desk, or Lorraine in the office down the hall. It's more likely to be a...


Florida cracking down on travel club companies

Attorney general secures temporary injunction, shutting down several Florida operators

Summer is normally the season associated with vacation travel, but plenty of snow birds travel in the winter, usually seeking the warmer climate of Florida...


Free and paid help to file your tax return

IRS offers the most help if you file electronically

When you're ready to fill your federal income tax return for 2015, you have plenty of options – some of them you pay for, but some are free.The Interna...


2017 Hyundai Elantra debuts later this month

Car features sophisticated smartphone integration

Once upon a time, when a carmaker introduced a new model, it bragged about its fuel economy, quiet ride, and rack-and-pinion steering. These days, it's mor...


Helping others can lower your stress level, study finds

"Prosocial" behavior promotes positivity, which can be a defense against stress

The body means well by flipping the “stress switch" on. Feeling stressed amid a life-threatening situation is good, of course, as it raises the chance for ...


Airline on-time performance slips in November

More tarmac delays were reported as well

When compared with how things went in October, the airlines didn't have a particularly good November.The Department of Transportation's (DOT) Air Trave...


GM recalls Chevy Cruze vehicles

One of the driver-side seat belt assembly bolts may not be tightened properly

General Motors is recalling 15 model year 2015 Chevrolet Cruze vehicles manufactured September 24, 2014, to May 29, 2015. One of the driver-side se...


School Specialty expands NeoRok stools recall

The stool can break during use

School Specialty Inc., of Greenville, Wis., is expanding its earlier recall of Classroom Select NeoRok stools to 6,000. About 1,350 were recalled in June 2...


David Bowie's legacy lives on in the world of finance

Although fans mourn his passing, the groundwork he laid in creating "Bowie bonds" will be remembered

It has been nearly a week since the world lost famous singer, songwriter, and producer David Bowie. The music icon, perhaps best known for popular songs li...


Cruising for beginners: Learning the lingo

It can be confusing, but the idea is to relax -- so do that and have fun!

Taking your first cruise can be confusing; after all, cruising comes with its own language.Before you even make your booking (reservation) you must cho...


Feds, automakers agree on new plan to catch safety defects early

Automakers will reform the way they track and report accidents and warranty claims

Safety regulators and 17 automakers have agreed to work together to identify safety problems earlier and improve the efficiency of recalls. The agreement c...


Oil prices drop below $30 a barrel

But the bonanza for consumers may only last a few more weeks

The world price of oil broke below a critical price barrier Friday, selling for the lowest price since before the financial crisis of 2008.Both Brent a...


How to care for outdoor cats in winter

Ways you can help keep neighborhood stray and feral cats safe and warm

The sight of an outdoor cat wandering around on a cold winter day is enough to tug at anyone’s heartstrings. While these cats might be accustomed to fendin...


How well do you think on your feet?

New research says working standing up could make you smarter

In the last couple of years studies have suggested Americans spend too much time sitting, and it's taking a toll on health.But many of us spend our day...


TaxAct notifies customers of possible data breach

An unspecified number of customer records were "compromised," company says

Add TaxAct to the companies notifying customers of a possible data breach. The tax preparation provider says outsiders gained "inappropriate access" to an ...


Report: using e-cigarettes could make you less likely to stop smoking

California study questions effectiveness as smoking cessation tool

When electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, first arrived on the scene, they were touted as a way to help smokers kick the habit. A new study suggests, ho...


Could algae be the new superfood?

High in protein and amino acids, experts say algae is even more nutrient-dense than kale

The word “algae” may conjure up images of pond scum -- which is not exactly appetizing unless you're a fish. But many health gurus are heralding it as the ...


Hyatt releases list of hotels involved in malware incident

Guests at any of the roughly 250 hotels should keep a careful eye on their accounts

If you've stayed at a Hyatt Hotel recently, you may want to keep a careful eye on your credit card account. The hotel chain says it found malicious softwar...


Walmart closing 269 stores as part of 'sharpened focus'

The closures include all Walmart Express stores

Walmart is closing 269 stores globally, 154 of them in the U.S. That sounds like a lot, but the retail giant has nearly 11,600 stores worldwide and says th...


Orkin updates its list of cities with the worst bedbug problem

Chicago claims 2015's dubious honor

It's that time of year again. Pest control company Orkin has released it annual list that no city wants to be on: locations with the worst bedbug problems....


Four vehicles added to IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+ honor roll

Honda, Hyundai, Lexus, and Nissan are the big winners

Just one month after the initial crop of 48 TOP SAFETY PICK+ winners was announced, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has added another fou...


Legal and illegal drugs take a rising toll

Hospital emergency rooms see dramatic rise in drug-related cases

Drug overdoses are sending more Americans to the emergency room (ER). A new report by suggests both legal and illegal drugs are beh...


Consumers not happy with gun laws

Gallup finds 62% dissatisfied with laws covering guns

File photoWhether you're a consumer of guns and ammo or think that all weaponry should be melted down and sold as scrap, chances are you're dissatisf...


Retail sales dip in December

Lack of strong earnings growth is blamed

December was something of a disappointment for the retail sector of the economy.Figures released by the Commerce Department show sales totaled just $44...


Wholesale prices move lower in December

Jobless claims were on the rise

Once again, there was no evidence of inflation on the wholesale level in December.The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) repo...


Dodge Durangos and Jeep Grand Cherokees with electrical issues recalled

The wiring for the vanity lamp in the sun visor may short circuit

Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling 388,504 model year 2011-2013 Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles manufactured December 3, 2009, to September ...


BMW recalls MINI Cooper Hardtop 2 Door, BMW X1 SAV

The steering gearbox may have been manufactured with incorrect parts

BMW of North America is recalling one model year 2016 MINI Cooper Hardtop 2 Door vehicle manufactured November 24, 2015, and one BMW X1 Sports Activity Veh...


Steelcase recalls “Rocky” model swivel chairs

The screws connecting the seat and back to the base of the chair can detach

Steelcase Inc. of Grand Rapids, Mich., is recalling about 17,000 “Rocky” model swivel chairs. The screws connecting the seat and back to the base o...


Ten Travel Essentials – Don’t Leave Home Without Them

Things happen. A smart traveler is prepared

What happens when you are next in line at passport control and you can’t find your passport? If you are lucky, like me, you’ll have a photocopy. After a fo...


Watch out for Powerball Jackpot scams

Where there is big money and publicity, scammers are sure to follow

Like the swallows returning to Capistrano, it was easy to predict that scammers would try to cash in on the awareness and hype surrounding the record Power...


Chipotle declaring victory in war against E. coli; feds not so sure

New safety program lowers risk to "near zero," Chipotle claims

Chipotle is declaring victory in its war against E. coli, but federal health officials say it's a little early to break out the balloons.Chipotle execu...


Advice for Powerball winners -- be careful with your winnings

Get a good lawyer, a good accountant, and an unlisted phone number

The world breathlessly greeted the news Thursday morning that three winning tickets were sold for the record $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot drawing the nig...


Amazon offers discount on Prime memberships in honor of Golden Globes award

Consumers need to move fast though -- the deal only lasts through this weekend

The time for holiday shopping is now firmly behind us as we move into the new year, but did you end up getting everything you wanted? Online shopping conti...


New app “hides” location from third parties

Seeks to grant control over where personal information ends up

Whether you’re searching for directions or a place to eat, your smartphone is sending information to servers—information that could potentially be used by ...


Can your dog catch your cold or flu?

Luckily it can't, but it is important for owners and pets to stay up-to-date on immunizations

One of a dog’s best qualities is their ability to know just when to snuggle up next to you on the couch. Whether you’ve had a rough day or you’re down with...


St. Louis Rams fans feeling jilted ... and gypped

Team execs promised to stay loyal, then skipped town

St. Louis is an old river town. The weather isn't great, entire parts of the city look bombed out, and it is weathering a crisis in racial relations ignite...


Honda and Volvo drive off with car of the year honors

Awards kick off Detroit's annual car show

The North American International Auto Show is underway in Detroit this week, with carmakers from around the world showing off their upcoming models.Set...


Would warning labels reduce consumption of added sugars?

Researchers say they would, and a couple of states may be ready to try it

Food nutrition labels contain a lot of useful information, but not everyone pays attention. What if there were a warning label alerting consumers that the ...


Stolen series BMX bicycles recalled

The bicycle’s front wheel can detach due to improperly fitting retention washers

Quality Bicycle Products Inc. (QBP) of Bloomington, Minn., is recalling 1,000 Stolen series BMX bicycles. The bicycle’s front wheel can detach due ...


Cost Plus recalls Tovin chairs

The legs on the chair can bend or break

Cost Plus Management Services of Oakland, Calif., is recalling about 1,180 Tovin chairs. The legs on the chair can bend or break, posing a fall haz...


BMW recalls i8 vehicles

Dynamic Stability Control functions may be impaired

BMW of North America is recalling 16 model year 2015 i8 vehicles manufactured May 29, 2015, to June 5, 2015. Improperly drilled holes within the Dy...


Powerball jackpot: a few winners, millions of losers

Before you buy a ticket, do the math

In case you've been on Mars for the last week, the Powerball Jackpot has reached the dizzying height of $1.5 billion – enough money, CNBC pointed out Tuesd...


VW's diesel recall plan doesn't fly with the feds

EPA says lots of work remains to be done

Every day gets a little worse for Volkswagen. Yesterday, California nixed the carmakers' plan to recall and retrofit 2.0-liter diesel-equipped cars and tod...


Handling a dispute when the seller has your credit card

Getting a new credit card doesn't always help

Just about all transactions are done with plastic these days, so when a consumer decides to part ways with a company, he or she has to make sure the compan...


Twitter unveils new feature to turn consumer tweets into advertisements

Advertisers will be able to look through a gallery of brand-related tweets, but can only use them at the author's discretion

Consumers are becoming increasingly more reliant on social media when it comes to their shopping habits. If a friend writes a negative review of a product ...


Safety tips to keep in mind on AMBER Alert Awareness Day

Filling out a safety profile could save your child's life

AMBER Alert Awareness Day (January 13th) commemorates the tragic day twenty years ago in which nine-year-old Amber Hagerman was abducted from the front yar...


Vital safety technologies should be standard on all cars, advocates argue

Is technology to prevent rear-end collisions too important to be an option?

Rear-end collisions are the curse of the motoring classes. They become more common as traffic congestion increases and as electronic gadgets distract drive...


Smartphones evolving to help manage blood sugar levels for Type 1 diabetes sufferers

The InControl app aims to make managing the disease automatic and effortless

Smartphones may soon be able to add one more entry to their rolodex of skills: the ability to act as a tool to measure blood glucose levels for those suffe...


January is a good month to review your retirement plan

Financial fitness is just as important as physical fitness in the new year

This is the time of year for New Years resolutions, which typically have to do with health and fitness. But financial advisors say consumers shouldn't over...


Foreclosure completions and inventory on the decline in November

The serious mortgage delinquency rate fell to an eight-year low

The number of homes in foreclosure, as well as completed foreclosures, fell again in November. Property information, analytics, and services provider Co...


Lower interest rates help push mortgage applications higher

Refinancings were also on the rise

Mortgage applications shot up 21.3% in the week ending January 8, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) weekly Mortgage Applications Survey...


Hyundai recalls model year 2015 Genesis vehicles with tire issue

The tires may develop cracks in the sidewall

Hyundai Motor America is recalling 11,142 model year 2015 Genesis vehicles manufactured March 3, 2014, to February 9, 2015, and equipped with Hankook Ventu...


Ford recalls F-150 SuperCrew trucks

The seat belts may not properly restrain the seat occupant in the event of a crash

Ford Motor Company is recalling 2,590 model year 2015 Ford F-150 SuperCrew trucks manufactured January 22, 2015, to March 17, 2015. The vehicles ma...


Pier 1 Imports recalls Swingasan chairs and stands

The suspension hardware on the chair and stand can break

Pier 1 Imports of Fort Worth, Texas, is recalling about 276,000 Swingasan chairs and stands in the U.S. and Canada The suspension hardware on the c...


California rejects VW's dirty diesel clean-up plan

The state calls the plan "incomplete, substantially deficient" and too slow

Volkswagen's plan to clean up its 2.0-liter diesel-powered cars is "incomplete, substantially deficient and falls far short of meeting the legal requiremen...


Microsoft ends support for Windows 8 and older versions of Internet Explorer

Users are strongly urged to upgrade in order to avoid security risks

It is a good thing that technology continues to improve, but it also means that older programs and systems often need to be left behind. Many consumers wil...


Digital detox tips to help you regain perspective

If checking your phone has become a compulsion, it may be time to step away from the glowing screen

When you’re immersed in a virtual world behind a glowing screen, it becomes nearly impossible to connect to the real world around you. Smartphones are usef...


Why college students try e-cigarettes

Largely, for the same reason young people smoke cigarettes

Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, are an object of intense focus by health researchers who worry that not enough is known about their health effects....


Uber wants to keep you entertained during your ride

It is allowing third parties to serve up ads, information, and more through its app

Uber knows where you're going, and it's about to let advertisers keep you company on the way. The ride-hailing company bills it as a service to its riders ...


Chicago courts can't account for millions of dollars

Fees paid by consumers are missing, lawsuit charges

Given recent reports of chicanery involving red-light cameras, it may not be surprising that some money -- quite a bit of money, actually -- appears to be ...


The canine flu: tips for protecting your dog

A new type of canine influenza virus has spread to more than 25 states

If you’re a dog parent, you want the best of everything for your pooch – especially their health. With flu season in full swing, it’s important to remember...


Three companies remain in Extreme Tech Challenge

Winner to be selected next month at Richard Branson's Necker Island

Some of the tech companies attending last week's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas competed for honors in the Extreme Tech Challenge (XTC), an i...


Preschoolers who eat healthy foods are no less likely to eat junk food

A new study challenges the assumption that good automatically replaces bad when it comes to what we eat

The struggle to get kids to eat veggies is not a new one. If the old classic “Ants on a Log” is any indication, history leaves behind generations of moms w...


Neto's Sausage recalls meat and poultry products

The products were not inspected by the Food Safety and Inspection Service

Neto’s Sausage Co., of Santa Clara, Calif. is recalling approximately 7,687 pounds of beef, pork, and chicken products. Although the products were ...


Good Earth Egg Company recalls shell eggs

The product may be contaminated with Salmonella

Good Earth Egg Company of Bonne Terre, Mo., is recalling its shell eggs. The product may be contaminated with Salmonella The recall include...


Gas prices: how low can they go?

In some states, prices are below $2 and headed for $1

Gas prices are plummeting around the country, falling below $2 in many areas. Expert observers say the pri...


Fantasy sports sites win reprieve in New York

Court rules New Yorkers may play, pending the court's final ruling

Daily fantasy sports (DFS) enterprises DraftKings and FanDuel are celebrating a New York appellate court ruling, granting them a stay and allowing them to ...


Immunotherapy advances as potential “Holy Grail” of cancer treatment

Focus may be shifting from therapy to cure

Pop star David Bowie died this week after an 18-month battle with cancer. While the entertainment world marks his passing, medical researchers say new brea...


Tesla hopes to keep idiots behind the wheel

It restricts autopilot but adds a self-parking feature

No matter how safe a car is, the idiot behind the wheel is always a problem, especially when he doesn't stay behind the wheel. As a result, Tesla engineers...


Backyard chickens not as clean-living as you'd like to think

Researchers find cage-free living is not all it's cracked up to be

The life of the chicken is not too swell, no matter how you look at it. And researchers at the University of California, Riverside, say the current fervor ...


VW extends compensation program to owners of larger diesels

Diesel Toureg owners can get $500 in cash, $500 in credit

Volkswagen is extending its emissions compensation program to owners of 3.0-liter diesels, offering $500 in cash and $500 credit to owners of 2009-16 diese...


2016 housing forecast sees seller's market

There are still fewer homes to choose from and prices are rising

The housing market this year could be a lot like it was last year. More expensive homes, fewer homes to choose from, and continued low mortgage rates.J...


Red light cameras the focus of Chicago trial

Crooked system victimized motorists, lined politicians' pockets, feds charge

A lot of drivers think red-light cameras are nothing but schemes to swindle them out of their money. A trial just getting underway in Chicago won't do much...


Report: at least 504 off-highway vehicle deaths in 2015

Consumer group says that number may be a low estimate

Off-highway vehicle (OHV) accidents claimed at least 504 lives in the U.S. in 2015, according to data collected by the Consumer Federation of America (CFA)...


Study: tarmac stranding rule creating more delays

Researchers say it's another example of unintended consequences

The federal government enacted a new rule in 2010, penalizing airlines if they keep planes full of passengers stranded on the airport tarmac for extended p...


Hankook recalls Ventus S1 Noble 2 tires

Cracks may develop in the tire sidewall

Hankook Tire America Corp. is recalling 46,968 Ventus S1 Noble 2 tires, size 245/45R18 96W, manufactured May 20, 2013, to February 14, 2015, and size 245/4...


Jeep Compass and Patriot vehicles recalled

The power steering hose retention clamp may have been installed incorrectly

Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling 60,107 model year 2015 Jeep Compass and Patriot vehicles manufactured January 1, 2015, to May 11, 2015. During a...


New York Style Sausage recalls pork products

The products are encased in sheep casings, which may produce allergic reactions

New York Style Sausage Co., of Sunnyvale, Calif., is recalling approximately 4,040 pounds of pork sausage products. The products are encased in she...


Shakti Group USA recalls L.G Compounded Asafoetida Powder

The product may be contaminated with Salmonella

Shakti Group USA of New Brunswick, N.J., is recalling 50-gm and 100-gm sizes of L.G Compounded Asafoetida Powder, both coded with Lot Number 2323. ...


Hyundai recalls model year 2011-2012 Elantras

The brakes for one or more wheels may be applied unexpectedly

Hyundai Motor America is recalling 155,000 model year 2011-2012 Elantras manufactured October 29, 2010, to October 25, 2011. Due to an electronic s...


Cancer mortality and incidence rates gradually declining, study finds

Despite the good news, cancer still remains a leading cause of death in the U.S.

It is nearly impossible to calculate how many families have been affected by cancer. Over the decades, this terrible disease has evolved and changed, and t...


No consensus on what's behind Wall Street's dive

And the theories range from "it's nothing" to "the sky is falling"

Stock markets around the world have been floating in a sea of red since the beginning of 2016. That, everyone can agree on.Beyond that, there is little...


United fined $2.75 million for violating disability, delay rules

The carrier is developing an app for use by disabled passengers

United Airlines has been fined $2.75 million for its treatment of disabled passengers and for lengthy tarmac delays. “It is our duty to ensure that tra...


Sentio's emotion-tracking wristband may allow users to "Hack Happiness"

The Feel knows when you're stressed or sad and can prescribe solutions to alleviate those emotions

The future holds a seemingly endless number of products that seek to improve the quality of our health. From Fitbits to Smart Sneakers, wearable tech has a...


Audio devices continue to shed the wires in 2016

Bluetooth turntable among the products introduced at CES this week

The 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) has featured some stunning video gadgets, including 8K HDTV sets with resolution sharper than most human eyes can ...


Health officials see antibiotic resistance as one of 2016's biggest threats

CDC sets it's policy goals for 2016

Federal health officials want to reverse the number of deaths from infections resistant to antibiotics and have made it a top policy goal of 2016.In a ...


VW may buy back 115,000 cars in U.S.

Retrofitting the rest will be a long and expensive process

A German newspaper report says Volkswagen may buy back about 115,000 cars in the United States as a result of the "dirty diesel" scandal. Another 450,000 w...


Old, slow telephone lines may soon be a lot faster

New technology brings super-fast upload and download speeds to copper lines

For ultra-fast Internet, you need fiber, right? Wrong, say promoters of a technology called G.Fast, which is creating quite a bit of buzz at the Consumer E...


Technology provides drug alternative in promoting sleep

New gadgets not only promise better sleep, but will tell you how you slept

We have become a data-driven culture. We desire information about all aspects of life, including the eight hour or so a day when we're not awake. Some of t...


Employment surges in December

Professional and business services, construction, and health care led the charge

The nation's job creation machinery was running in high gear last month.The Department of Labor (DOL) reports total nonfarm payroll employment rose by ...


Mazda6, Mazdaspeed6 and RX-8 vehicles recalled

Inflators in the front passenger air bags are susceptible to rupture in the event of a crash

Mazda North American Operations is recalling 374,519 model year 2003-2008 Mazda6 vehicles manufactured May 29, 2002, to May 5, 2008, 2006-2007 Mazdaspeed6 ...


Office Depot recalls executive chairs

The seat plate weld can break, posing a fall hazard

Office Depot of Boca Raton, Fla., is recalling about 300,000 Crawley II executive chairs. The seat plate weld can break, posing a fall hazard. ...


Uber incurs $20,000 penalty over 2014 data breach

Concerns over "God View" location tracking may be more worrying to consumers

As the world becomes more dependent on the Internet and digitalization, many consumers are left worrying about maintaining their privacy; over the past cou...


Taxpayer Advocate concerned about planned IRS policies

Tax agency reportedly plans to significantly cut telephone and face-to-face service

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has a problem. Congress keeps asking it to do more with existing, or even fewer, resources.The tax agency has report...


Doctors seek ways to reduce the physician burnout rate

One answer may lie in improved bedside manner

The problem has been well-documented. Too many doctors and other healthcare providers are suffering from “burnout” due to long hours and the stressful dema...


Rascals make off with Time Warner Roadrunner data

Customers advised to change their email passwords

If you have Time Warner Cable's Road Runner service, you may want to think about changing your email password. Time Warner says the FBI notified it tha...


UK's Alzheimer's Society said to be lax with patients' data

British officials warn the society faces prosecution if it doesn't shape up

British officials say the Alzheimer's Society has "a disappointing attitude" about safeguarding its clients' privacy and warns it faces prosecution if it f...


Study: Drug companies that advertise most innovate least

Researchers suggest policy changes to discourage direct to consumer advertising

The debate is likely to continue in 2016 over direct-to-consumer advertising of prescription drugs.Critics have long pointed out that, since it require...


Is your toddler ready for reading lessons?

Knowing how words differ from drawings is the first step, study finds

Even before the age of three, children have reached many milestones: the ability to take turns, play make believe, and even kick a ball. Their budding desi...


Macy's names 36 stores for closing in cost-cutting move

Retailer responds to growing online threat

Retail giant Macy's has identified 36 more stores it will close early this year as more retail sales move online.Macy's closed four stores in 2015 and ...


Are you ready for self-flying aircraft?

Chinese firm introduces a fully autonomous copter

Some people think autonomous, or self-driving cars are a little too out there. Well, fasten your seatbelt because here comes an autonomous, or self-flying ...


Another decline in services sector growth

Despite the December slowdown, expansion is continuing

Growth in the non-manufacturing, or services, sector of the economy continued in December for the 71st month in a row, just not at ...


December job cuts fall to 15-year low

It's the lowest total ever for that month

What seems to be a growing reluctance to announce firings during the holidays, along with a stronger economy, helped December experience the lowest number ...


Home prices up again in November

High demand and low supply are factors

Once again, home prices rose on both a year-over-year and month-over-month basis during November.CoreLogic reports its Home Price Index (HPI) shows pri...


Neto’s Sausage recalls meat and poultry products

The products did not undergo federal inspection

Neto’s Sausage Co., of Santa Clara, Calif., is recalling approximately 7,687 pounds of beef, pork, and chicken products. The products did not under...


Comeaux's recalls pork products

The products may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes

Comeaux’s Inc., of Breaux Bridge, La., is recalling approximately 14 pounds of pork product. The product may be adulterated with Listeria monocytog...


Cooper Zeon LTZ tires recalled

The tires may experience tread cracking or tread lug chunking

Cooper Tire & Rubber is recalling 153 Cooper Zeon LTZ tires size 275/55R20 XL Extra Load tubeless tires manufactured September 1, 2015, to September 14, 20...


Fisher-Price wants to teach preschoolers how to code

The coders of 2035 can learn the basics of coding with the Code-a-Pillar

Though they may not yet be potty-trained, you can now teach preschoolers how to code. Fisher-Price’s new caterpillar bot — the “Code-a-Pillar” — teaches ki...


Volkswagen drives off in a new direction – electrics

Struggling with a diesel scandal in the present, VW looks to the future

It's easy to confuse the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas with an auto show. All the carmakers are on hand, showing off the latest infotainment...


Technology gives reality a hand at Consumer Electronics Show

Companies promote virtual reality and augmented reality products

Several companies are using the Consumer Electronics Show this week as a launch pad to get traction for virtual and augmented reality (AR) products they ho...


Breast cancer researchers raise warning about too much sugar

Sugar industry responds that results are being "sensationalized"

Cancer researchers in Texas have a word of advice for women at risk of breast cancer – go easy on the sugar.In a report, the University of Texas MD And...


When it's time to move, more consumers are heading to the Pacific Northwest

Annual survey finds states like Oregon and Washington continue to be a lure

Americans are constantly on the move. Sometimes it's for business. Sometimes it's just because we're ready to live someplace else.When Americans do dec...


Report: Screen time taking a toll on Americans' eyes

The Vision Council finds 65% of adults report digital eye strain

Americans increasingly suffer eye strain and a new report says it isn't due to bad lighting. Rather, it suggests it's caused by too much screen-time.Th...


Most pet restraints don't work in a crash, according to tests

Only four products were named top performers

Whether it’s for a trip to the vet or the dog park, most dog parents will at some point find themselves loading up Fido into the car. When that time comes,...


Dogs can get the winter blues just like humans: how to fight canine cabin fever

Indoor activities to keep your pup mentally and physically active when the temperature drops

With the festivities behind us and temperatures only getting colder, the winter blues can sneak up on even the happiest people. But did you know humans are...


Tax season opens Jan. 19

Many filing options are available

Here's today's day-brightener: You'll be able to file your 2015 tax return in two weeks.The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced it will begin ...


Job creation explodes in December

It was the best month for private sector payroll expansion in a year

If December is any indication of what is to come, 2016 should be a good year for new jobs.According to the ADP National Employment Report, the U.S. eco...


Mortgage applications plunge

Contract interest rates were mostly on the rise

There was a big drop in mortgage applications during the Christmas and New Year's holiday weeks.The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) reports applicat...


Wegmans recalls chicken products

The products were produced without the benefit of federal inspection

Wegmans Food Markets of Rochester, N.Y., is recalling approximately 1,125 pounds of chicken products. The products were produced without the benefi...


Huisken Meat Company recalls beef product

The product may be contaminated with extraneous wood materials

Huisken Meat Company of Sauk Rapids, Minn., is recalling approximately 89,568 pounds of beef product. The product may be contaminated with extraneo...


FTC files claim against Lumosity for false and deceptive advertising

Many user testimonials were written for contests with "significant prizes"

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has set its sights on Lumosity, a company famous for its brain games website that was launched back in 2007. In a claim...


CDC worries e-cigarette ads influencing middle schoolers

More young people now use e-cigarettes than smoke

Companies that make and sell e-cigarettes are quick to point out how they are different from tobacco cigarettes.For starters, they contain no tobacco. ...


Meal kit delivery services may face hurdles beyond pricing

With cost a deterrent, is convenience enough of a factor to drive growth?

Meal kit delivery services are a welcomed addition to the daily routines of home cooks everywhere. A box of premeasured ingredients can turn even the most ...


Homes getting “smarter” faster than anyone realized

Prices come down for home monitoring systems

Smart homes could be one of the major technology trends of 2016. A survey by real estate firm Coldwell Banker shows about 45% of American consumers either ...


Five social media mistakes that could cost you the job

Posting negative comments is the most common deal breaker according to HR managers

Social media profiles have become an extension of ourselves. The words and photos we funnel into various social media outlets all stack up to create a pict...


Consumers more loyal to some car brands than other

Meanwhile, consumers continue to show a preference for more expensive vehicles

Despite an ever-increasing number of choices, there is a large segment of American consumers who find a brand they like and stick with it. It's always been...


The job search: strategies for success

It takes more than sending out a resume to land that prized position

You've made the decision: This year I'm going to find a job I really want. Even though the job market is expected to keep improving thanks to strong gro...


GM recalls Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave vehicles

The third row left lower seat frame may have welds that are not in the correction location

General Motors is recalling certain 2,633 year 2016 Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia, and Buick Enclave vehicles manufactured November 6, 2015, to November 1...


Big Dog Natural recalls chicken and fish supreme dog food

The products may be contaminated with Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes

Big Dog Natural of Brick, N.J., is recalling a select production lot of Big Dog Natural raw dehydrated dog food Chicken Supreme potentially contaminated wi...


Thomas Produce recalls cucumbers

The cucumbers may be contaminated with Salmonella

Thomas Produce Company of Boca Raton, Fla., is recalling 174 bulk-packed containers of cucumbers. The cucumbers may be contaminated with Salmonella...


2016 gets off to a rocky start as stock market plunges

Fears of continuing weakness in the Chinese economy cause fear and loathing at home

American investors may have been celebrating a few nights ago, but 2016 is off to a scary start, with stocks falling sharply on fears of continuing weaknes...


New York seeks refunds from DraftKings, FanDuel

If the attorney general gets his way, New York players might get their money back

Usually, when you play a daily fantasy sports (DFS) through DraftKings and FanDuel, you either win or you ...


Teen's airbag death shows weaknesses in recall system

Honda did its part but its mailed notices were ignored

As 2015 drew to a close, it was learned that a teen-aged youth had become the latest victim of a ruptured Takata airbag. The young man died when the airbag...


GM looks to invest $500 million in ride-sharing service Lyft

The move could be mutually beneficial and provide autonomous transportation to consumers in the near future

Ride-sharing has become a way of life for many consumers looking to get around, so it was only a matter of time before other companies tried to get a piece...


Changes coming to grocery aisles in 2016

In-store experiences and digitization among trends that seek to enliven the shopping experience

Grocery shopping is a chore, without question. Weaving a big metal cart through aisles of food, fighting crowds and lines all the way, is no day at the par...


Volvo's self-driving car will strive to keep you entertained

Carmaker says the trip will be about more than simply getting there

Self-driving, or autonomous cars, are likely to be a big part of the future, but here's a problem few have thought about: what are you going to do to amuse...


Consumers no longer know where meat comes from

Country of origin label law expired at the start of 2016

Among all the provisions crammed into last month's massive Congressional budget bill was a repeal of the Country Of Origin Label (COOL) law, which told con...


Consumer Electronics Show about more than just gadgets

2016 show to feature everything from TVs to kitchen appliances

Until recently, people went to the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) to learn what new electronic toys and gadgets were making their way to the market...


Target is now buying unwanted gift cards, albeit at a reduced price

Now you can instantly turn an unwanted holiday gift card into Target bucks

Gift cards are a safe bet, but they’re not always surefire. Got a Sephora gift card when you’re really more of an REI type? Rather than letting it sit idly...


Fighting vitamin D deficiencies in kids during the sun-scarce winter months

Drinking milk and playing outside isn’t enough, research shows

Vitamin D is important to bodies of all ages, but especially to growing ones. Also known as the “sunshine" vitamin, it helps control the amount of calcium ...


Manufacturing economy contracts -- again

The overall economy, however, continued to expand

December was a down month for the manufacturing sector of the economy -- the second in a row, even as the overall economy grew for the 79th consecutive mon...


Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pick up trucks recalled

The air bags may not deploy properly

General Motors is recalling 60 model year 2016 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pick up trucks manufactured October 13, 2015, to October 14, 2015. ...


Uoriki Fresh recalls Octopus Salad

The product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Uoriki Fresh of Secaucus, N.J., is recalling its Octopus Salad. The product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes No illnesses ha...


Origin8 recalls folding bicycles

The frame on the folding bicycles can break

Origin8 is recalling about 1,600 folding bicycles. The frame on the folding bicycles can break, posing a fall hazard. The company has recei...


Audi A6, A7 vehicles recalled

The front passenger air bags may malfunction not deploy in a crash

Volkswagen Group of America is recalling 21,074 model year 2012-2013 Audi A6 vehicles manufactured March 28, 2011, to March 25, 2013, and 2012-2013 Audi A7...


Health concerns about cellphone radiation won't go away

Centers for Disease Control reportedly debated the issue in 2014

As long as there have been cellphones, it seems there have been concerns that radiation from the devices might cause cancer or other health problems.Th...


Will 2015's bargain at the gas pump continue?

It all depends on whether the world oil glut continues, and AAA predicts it will

Motorists should continue to enjoy low gasoline prices in 2016, but it remains to be seem if prices will come close to 2015's bargain levels.According ...