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MetLife ruling may affect life insurance premiums

The company says it will be more competitive if it is no longer judged to be "too big to fail"

MetLife is the largest life insurance company in the United States. About 100 million consumers worldwide rely on it for life insurance, annuities, and oth...

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Billionaires fund new cancer research center

Johns Hopkins center will conduct immunotherapy research

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Jones Apparel Group founder Sidney Kimmel both wrote checks for $50 million, while a dozen additional supp...

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Spring clean your home using vinegar

Vinegar is a natural cleaning solution that can be used to clean countless items

Whether it’s warmer weather or tradition that inspires us to tackle spring cleaning, there’s no denying that it’s a refreshing way to begin a new season. B...

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First quarter gas prices lowest in 12 years

But what do the next three months hold?

When it comes to gasoline prices, consumers generally ask, “what have you done for me lately?” It's fine that fuel prices these last three months have been...

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Citi unveils Costco Go Anywhere credit card

New card offers more rewards, including 4% cash back on gas

In early March, Costco announced it had entered into a new credit card agreement with Citi to replace its current co-branded American Express card. Now, Ci...

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Time running short for many to take required retirement plan distributions

First-timers must act quickly

If you turned 70½ during 2015 you'd best get a move on.Seniors who have reached that age must -- in most cases -- start receiving required minimum dist...

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Improvements earn Toyota Prius top safety award

An improved front crash prevention system made the difference

Acing the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's (IIHS) small overlap front test has helped the 2016 Toyota Prius earn the organization's TOP SAFETY PICK...

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Pace of job-cutting falls in March

Much of the increase in cuts was in energy and retail

The number of people who found they no longer had their jobs fell in March from the mark set the month before.Outpl...

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GM wins its first big ignition switch case

Louisiana crash was caused by slippery roads, New York jury finds

After deliberating for less than a day, a federal jury in New York City has cleared General Motors of liability in a 2014 accident supposedly caused by the...

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Cancer fundraising sham derailed; bilked donors out of $187 million

The charities are being dissolved and their founder is banned from working for non-profits

A CFA officeTwo nationwide sham cancer charities are being closed and their leader is banned from working for non-profits under a settlement with the...

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Ringly launches a fashion-forward smart bracelet

The sleek-looking gold bracelets can notify users of smartphone messages and even help them stay fit

Ever wish fitness wearables could be a little less bulky? Or maybe you long to be able to take your eyes off your phone without missing important alerts? I...

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Gree to pay record civil penalty

The company is accused of failing to report defective dehumidifiers

To settle charges that it failed to report defects in its humidifiers, Gree Electric Appliances and its subsidiaries will pay a record $15.45 million civil...

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Wells Fargo to pay $8.5 million for not disclosing that consumer calls were recorded

The state considers the suit a victory for consumer privacy

If you’ve ever called a customer service line, then you may be all too familiar with the initial spiel or automated message that you hear before talking to...

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Credit cards can help insure your rental car

We highlight three that provide primary coverage at no extra charge

When you travel, your credit card may offer a number of rewards, ranging from miles to cash back. A very useful reward is insurance coverage at the car ren...

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Soda consumption lowest since 1985

Beverage Digest reports that sales dropped another 1.2% last year

Consumers' tastes continue to evolve when it comes to beverages. They're still thirsty, but not for carbonated sodas.In its year-end report for 2015, B...

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Retailers want another reduction in swipe fee

Bank transaction costs have gone down, industry group claims

About five years ago, the Federal Reserve stepped in and imposed a cap, significantly lowering the “swipe fee” credit card lenders charged for each debit c...

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Medivation under fire over drug price

Lawmakers hold out threat of revoking patent

Another drug company has found itself under criticism by some members of Congress over the price of one of its drugs.Lawmakers say Xtandi, a drug owned...

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Economy adds another 200k private sector jobs in March

As usual, it was smaller companies that contributed the most

March was another good month for job creation, according to the ADP National Employment Report.Produced by ADP in collaboration with Moody's Analytics,...

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IIHS: Time to turn on the headlights

New ratings show most need improvement

The headlights are probably the last thing you think about when deciding which new car to buy.However, a new report from the Insurance Institute for Hi...

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2016 -- a banner year for teen summer employment?

Teen employment is at an all-time high

If you're a teen who wants a job this summer, 2016 may be your year.According to the Challenger, Gray & Christmas (CG&E) annual teen summer job outlook...

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Cooper recalls Roadmaster RM234 tires

The tires may have a pin-sized hole in the sidewall

Cooper Tire & Rubber is recalling 577 Roadmaster RM234 tires, size 295/75R22.5, manufactured August 6, 2015, to September 5, 2015 (weeks 3115-3515). ...

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Justice Department withdraws court order that would force Apple to bypass its own security

The action comes after a successful attempt to access information on the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters

After an extended period of protest from privacy advocates and Apple, it looks like the FBI won’t be needing the tech company’s assistance in unlocking the...

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How pet ownership can help the elderly

Senior citizens who own a pet may experience numerous health benefits, studies suggest

Paw-shaped car magnets featuring the phrase, ‘who rescued who’ are a common sight on the road, and our canine companions see frequent use as therapy dogs. ...

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Car insurance companies worried about self-driving cars

Fewer accidents could be a threat to the insurance business

Car insurance companies are worried about self-driving cars -- and it's not because they're afraid the self-drivers will cause more accidents. Quite the op...

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Federal Trade Commission sues VW over its 'clean diesel' claims

The agency wants the court to order Volkswagen to compensate consumers who bought its cars

You can add the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to the long list of those suing Volkswagen. The agency wants the automaker to be ordered to compensate the 5...

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Recession fear just won't go away

But maybe the economy is just changing into something we haven't seen before

Monday's revised first quarter Gross Domestic Income (GDI) estimate shocked a lot of economists. It probably shouldn't have.Wall Street traders have be...

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Consumers show a bit more confidence in March

The short-term outlook has become more favorable

It appears spring has brought with it a little consumer optimism about the course of the economy.The Conference Board reports its Consumer Confidence I...

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Online fund-raising offers quick response to personal tragedies

But friends and caregivers shouldn't ignore established charities and public agencies

Sadly, tragedies happen everyday. When they hit close to home -- to family, friends, or colleagues -- thoughts ofte...

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How to choose the home security system that works for you

Be sure to do your research and watch out for scams

As we’ve mentioned before, home security systems are only getting better. Many are evolving to give homeowners control over every aspect of the house, incl...

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New limits expected for financial advisors

New rules designed to end conflict of interest in financial advice

The Department of Labor (DOL) is expected to finalize new rules soon, governing what financial advisors, who often guide consumers' retirement saving effor...

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Pending home sales surge to seven-month high

Industry analysts are encouraged by the February showing

In what one analyst called “promising strides,” pending home sales rose to their highest level in seven months during February.The National Association...

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Travel Spotlight: New York City

Here are three "insider" spots every visitor should see

What’s it like to be a New York City insider? Insiders seek unique and authentic experiences that showcase the flavor of a locality. If you enjoy history, ...

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How to select an auto loan

Start by not letting the car dealer get it for you

A critical part of buying a car or truck these days is the financing. Almost no one pays cash for their ride, so finding a loan with the best terms – or at...

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Cost of living up? Don't blame food prices

Weather, disease and demand all play a big part in food prices increases and decreases

Food prices are often blamed for increases in the cost of living but grocers will tell you consumers need a better understanding of why food prices fluctua...

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Researchers discover the gene that links lack of sleep and metabolic disorders

The gene is the reason why going to sleep hungry is so hard to do

Are you getting enough sleep at night? If you’re not, then you may have more problems than being groggy at work the next day. ...

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Average gas price back over $2 a gallon

Forty-five states see higher prices this week over last

With U.S. oil refineries cutting back on gasoline production during spring maintenance, and the switch over to summer blend fuel, the price of gasoline is ...

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GM recalls model year 2016 Malibus

The side air bag may move out of position during deployment

General Motors is recalling 3,137 model year 2016 Malibus manufactured February 16, 2016, to March 5, 2016. The two weld studs that mount the front...

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Corinthian Colleges ordered to pay $1.1 billion in California settlement

Court finds the chain of for-profit schools deceived students and used unlawful debt collection practices

Corinthian Colleges, Inc., the defunct chain of for-profit schools that filed for bankruptcy in 2015, faces a $1.1 billion court judgment that may help pro...

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Discovery could lead to improved cognitive function in Alzheimer's patients and the elderly

Decreasing excess proteins at the cellular level could be the key

The threat of Alzheimer’s disease continues to weigh heavily on nations across the world. An increasing number of people will soon reach the age where the ...

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How do you manage retirement in the freelance economy?

Policymakers agree fundamental reforms may be needed

The workplace has changed since the Great Recession. Full-time jobs with generous benefits are still available, but there are far fewer than there was a de...

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Virgin America seen as a takeover target

A Chinese conglomerate is rumored to be in hot pursuit, others may join in

Virgin America may be about to hit puberty. The luxurious little carrier has become a takeover target after announcing that it was being courted by an unna...

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More would-be homeowners may have to keep renting

Home prices have quickly become less affordable for more consumers

After the housing market inflated into a huge bubble in the early 2000s, crashing in 2008, policymakers wanted to make sure it didn't happen again.They...

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Despite declining smoking rates, tobacco firms doing just fine

Tobacco sales overseas are booming

In that bygone era, when cigarette advertisements were everywhere, Camel had a campaign that asked, “are you smoking more but enjoying it less?”As anyo...

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Initial jobless claims creep higher

Continued improvement in the labor market is a strong possibility

Fifty-five in a row.That's how many weeks the new jobless claims total has been under the 300,000 mark.The Department of Labor (DOL) is reporting f...

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Home security market expected to see growth in coming years

Advancements in technology and connectivity are main contributors

In an increasingly connected world, new products and services are coming out all the time that can improve the lives of consumers. Solutions to many of lif...

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Lumber Liquidators resolves California probe

The investigation found no wrongdoing on the part of the company

Lumber Liquidators and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) have resolved the state's inquiry into some of the company's laminate flooring imported fr...

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A February pickup in new home sales

The median sales price was also on the rise

New home sales rebounded last month from their January decline.In a joint report, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Develo...

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You can't keep a good crook down

Tax scammers are finding new ways to take your money

We've all heard how criminals impersonating IRS agents threaten various actions to relieve you of money you supposedly owe the government.Now, however,...

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House prices inch higher in January

The gains were scattered across the country

Prices for homes were on the rise again in January.The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) reports its monthly House Price Index (HPI) was up a seaso...

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FanDuel and DraftKings settle in New York, shutting down games within the state

Both companies agree not to accept players from the lucrative market, at least for now

If you had put money on DraftKings and FanDuel, the two daily fantasy sports (DFS) giants, prevailing over New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, you...

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Toyota hopes to lease more used cars and trucks

It's a way to deal with the flood of off-lease vehicles now hitting dealers' lots

Leasing has become a popular way for consumers to get their hands on a car that's a bit more expensive than they can afford. It's also a way for dealers to...

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Honest Company may regret its choice of a name

Reports charge the company's detergent contains a chemical it says it never uses

Years ago, Google vowed not to be evil, providing a handy hook for anyone wanting to criticize its subsequent actions. The same might be said of the Honest...

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Apple rolls out a smaller iPhone and iPad

The iPhone SE is basically a smaller 6S with more power than previous smaller models

Ask anyone who has an iPhone 6S Plus how they like it and you'll most likely hear all the usual gushing about the resolution, the apps, the battery life, a...

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Traditional or Roth IRA: which is best?

It largely depends on your income level during retirement

You probably hear it a lot – Americans aren't saving enough for retirement. So you finally decide to do something about it and open an Individual Retiremen...

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Picking the best rewards credit card

First, decide what type of reward is best for you

Fortunately for consumers, the credit card business is highly competitive. Different issuers compete, not so much on the rates they charge borrowers – almo...

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RacerMate recalls CompuTrainer blue flywheels

The blue flywheel can shatter while in use and throw metal pieces into the air

RacerMate of Seattle, Wash., is recalling about 25,000 CompuTrainer blue flywheels. The blue flywheel can shatter while in use and throw metal piec...

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High-flying hoverboards laid low by import ban

The devices violate patents held by Segway, International Trade Commission rules

Hoverboards just can't catch a break. First they were taking heat because their batteries had an unfortunate tendency to catch fire. And now they're being ...

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Tax deadline a month away

The IRS offers a number of tools that might help last minute filers

Because the traditional tax deadline of April 15 is a holiday this year, the deadline for filing your 2015 federal income tax return has been extended to A...

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Payday loan marketer to pay New York $1 million

Company websites collected personal information that was not properly protected

State financial regulators in New York said a company called Blue Global LLC made two big mistakes.First, it marketed payday loans to New Yorkers. Payd...

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Leading indicators suggest continued modest economic growth

The Leading Economic Index posted its first gain in three months

Although it's not roaring back, the U.S. economy appears poised to continue expanding in the early part of this year.The Conference Board reports its L...

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Decline in auto service customer satisfaction tied to soaring recalls

Audi and MINI dealers got the highest consumer ratings

For the first time in six years customer satisfaction with dealer service related to an automotive recall has declined, according to J.D. Power.The dro...

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Life insurance rates may jump for new moms with postpartum depression

The simplest precaution is to buy insurance before starting a family

New moms and pregnant women often suffer from bouts of depression, leading a government panel to recommend recently that all such women be screened for the...

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Four productive uses for your tax refund

Adding to an emergency cash reserve tops the list

Consumers are usually getting a windfall of cash about this time of year, making them feel a little wealthier.It's not from winning the lottery. Actual...

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Realtors worry about shortage of new homes

New single-family homes aren't being built in enough numbers

Wednesday's release of new home construction data showed a sharp rise in homebuilding activity, but it might not be enough to meet demand.A survey by t...

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Relationship over? Quick, find your credit card

Jilted partners on a joint account are known to go on revenge spending sprees

Nearly everyone pursues love with high hopes and stars in their eyes. But when a relationship ends, there can be a range of negative emotions – anger, sorr...

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Job openings on the rise in January

Initial jobless claims at a milestone

There were 5.5 million job openings in January, a gain of 260,000 from the month before, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).Hires, on th...

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SRAM Recalls Zipp bicycle wheel hubs

The hub flanges on the front hubs can fail, posing crash and injury hazards

SRAM LLC of Chicago, Ill., is recalling about 57,000 Zipp 88 aluminum front hubs in the U.S and Canada. The hub flanges on the front hubs can fail,...

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Zipp bicycle quick releases recalled

The quick releases can fail to engage in the closed position

SRAM LLC, of Chicago, Ill., is recalling about 6,400 Zipp bicycle quick releases. The quick releases can fail to engage in the closed position, pos...

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Best refrigerators for style and quality

Five refrigerators named top picks by online experts

There's a lot to consider before deciding on a refrigerator. French door or top freezer? Stainless or white? Is it large enough to store a Thanksgiving tur...

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Separating good debt from bad

Before borrowing money, you should first answer some questions

Debt can be a sensitive subject. There are those who firmly believe there is no such thing as “good” debt, while others look at it sort of like fire – it c...

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New home construction shows signs of life in February

The outlook for the next few months isn't so promising

After tumbling in January, the pace of new home constructions stepped it up last month.A joint announcement from the Census Bureau and the Department o...

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Mortgage applications slip

Refinancings were at their lowest level in seven months

Mortgage applications fell last week for the third time in four weeks, with applications for refinancing continuing their decline.The Mortgage Bankers ...

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Airbnb will let you complain about noisy renters

It's an effort to silence complaints about loud parties and unruly guests

Airbnb is popular with renters and property owners but not so popular with neighbors, who say the short-term rentals are turning their apartment and condo ...

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Lord & Taylor settles with the FTC over deceptive advertising claims

The company paid sources to endorse their product but did not disclose that to consumers

Popular, national retailer Lord & Taylor has agreed to settle a complaint made by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that it did not disclose that it paid ...

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Why honeybees are disappearing

Polish researchers may have uncovered an important clue

For the last decade or so, honeybees have been disappearing at an alarming rate. There's a name for it – colony collapse disorder (CCD).There have been...

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Study: gender stereotypes haven't changed in 30 years

Researchers find that people are just as likely as they were in 1983 to believe in traditional gender roles

Have we really come as far as we think we have in combating traditional gender stereotypes over the years? As it turns out, maybe not. Women and men ha...

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Honest Dollar provides low-cost retirement plans for small businesses

Small company is being acquired by Goldman Sachs

Investment bank Goldman Sachs is purchasing  Honest Dollar, which operates retirement plans for employees of small companies that don't have an employer-sp...

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Is having a savings account worthwhile?

It is if it will help you accumulate savings. Just don't expect any interest.

Years ago most consumers parked spare cash in a passbook savings account at their bank, a place where money could be separated from cash needed for day to ...

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Home builder confidence at a plateau

Concerns remain about lot and labor shortages

Builders remained confident in March in the market for newly-built single-family homes.The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Hou...

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Producer prices drop in February

Costs have held steady for the past 12 months

The cost of living on the wholesale level ticked lower last month.Figures released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), show the Producer Price Ind...

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A good start in 2016 for air travelers

No domestic fliers were left sitting on the tarmac

Airline on-time arrival rates showed improvement in January on both a year-over-year and month-over-month basis.According to the Department of Transpor...

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Florida bill requires life insurance companies to pay up when policyholders die

Companies too often look the other way, lawmakers say

Consumers often search high and low for the best life insurance rate but then neglect to inform their beneficiaries about the details of their policy. The ...

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The four best airline credit cards

They aren't for everyone, but if you travel a lot you can reap generous rewards

It should be noted upfront that an airline credit card won't be the best choice for most consumers. Unless you travel a lot, a card offering a generous cas...

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Awareness Corp. recalls Boost Tea

The product may be contaminated with Salmonella

Awareness Corp. of Mesa, Ariz., is recalling its 7.4-oz. container of Boost Tea. The product may be contaminated with Salmonella. No illnes...

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Nissan recalls model year 2013-2015 LEAF vehicles

The relay inside the electronic brake booster may freeze in very cold temperatures

Nissan North America is recalling 46,859 model year 2013-2015 LEAF vehicles manufactured November 19, 2012, to July 31, 2015. In very cold temperat...

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Florida sues another timeshare reseller

Claims company guaranteed it had a buyer but demanded an upfront fee

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has filed a lawsuit against a company she accuses of violating Florida's Timeshare Resale Accountability Act.Florida...

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Uncle Sam may owe you money -- really

Folks who haven't filed a 2012 federal income tax return may be due a refund

If you didn't filed a federal income tax return for 2012, you may be poorer for it.The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has refunds totaling $950 million...

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When should you take that prescription?

Some medications should be taken at certain times of the day. If in doubt, ask your pharmacist

When you pick up a prescription at the pharmacy, the label may say it should be taken "everyday" or "once daily." While that's clear enough, it leaves open...

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United Airlines squeezing in a few more seats

Airline is adding a 10th seat to each row in coach on some Boeing 777s

Flying coach is about to get a little more uncomfortable. United Airlines has confirmed to USA Today that it is adding a seat to each row on 19 of its 74 B...

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Anchor Industries recalls safety pool covers

The hooks used to connect the cover’s cables to the wall can break

Anchor Industries of Evansville, Ind., is recalling about 350 safety pool covers. The brass-plated snap hooks used to connect the cover’s cables to...

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Volkswagen America CEO resigns

His replacement has days to come up with diesel scandal fix

Volkswagen still said how it plans to fix all those diesel powered cars with software designed to help them fool U.S. emissions test. And it will be up to ...

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Wonderful Pistachios recalls pistachios

The products may be contaminated with Salmonella

Wonderful Pistachios is recalling a limited number of flavors and sizes of in-shell and shelled pistachios. The products may be contaminated with S...

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Consumers ran up big credit card bills last year

The fourth quarter 2015 increase in debt was larger than for all of 2014

Economists and stock market prognosticators appear sharply divided. Things are about to get really bad, or maybe not.True, the world economy isn't grow...

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Amazon jumps into home shopping TV

Style Code Live will feature products available through Amazon

Amazon.com's foray into video streaming will take another turn tonight when the online giant premiers its first live show. The program is not just entertai...

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Mortgage applications inch upward after two straight declines

Contract interest rates were on the rise as well

After posting two drops in as many weeks, mortgage applications have turned higher.The Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey from the Mortgage Bankers As...

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Foreclosure inventory down again in January

The serious mortgage delinquency rate is at an eight-year low

The inventory of foreclosed houses continued to shrink in January.Property information, analytics, and data-enabled services provider CoreLogic reports...

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Maxi Canada recalls chicken product

The product may be contaminated with metal pieces

Maxi Canada of Quebec, Canada, is recalling 103,752 pounds of chicken product exported to the United States. The product may be contaminated with m...

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Women protest tampon taxes

Women's health products shouldn't be singled out for taxation, advocates argue

Is it fair that women must pay sales tax on tampons while men's health products like Rogaine are tax-free in many states? Women around the country say it's...

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Virginia governor signs daily fantasy sports law

First state to formally declare the games are legal

Virginia has become the first state to formally establish the legality of daily fantasy sports (DFS), which many other states have declared to be illegal g...

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Virtual reality? Who needs it?

Study finds little interest in the much-hyped new technology

Software developers have been saying that virtual reality will hit consumers like a wildly hypnotic and habit-forming drug. Maybe, but a new study released...

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U.S. Supreme Court denies Apple appeal on price-fixing charges

The company must pay $400 million to e-book consumers

After years of appeals and court proceedings, the U.S. Supreme Court has closed the book on a suit against Apple. On Monday, the court ruled that the compa...

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Apps to help divorced couples co-parent more efficiently

These apps are helping parents collaborate and communicate to ensure their child's life stays smooth and consistent

Keeping a child’s life consistent is the name of the game for divorced parents. But even the most organized parents can find it difficult to orchestrate th...

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NightSwapping cuts the cost of leisure travel

Let strangers stay with you and you can stay with strangers

Let's say you and your family are considering a weekend getaway – maybe to an exciting city or the peaceful countryside.One way to cut costs is with an...

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Study: diet, inactivity may increase Alzheimer's risk

Alzheimer's Association has long advocated healthy diet and exercise

Doctors aren't sure what causes Alzheimer's disease, a cognitive degeneration that is ultimately fatal. There may be a number of contributing factors. That...

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Heavy coffee drinkers less likely to get MS

Six cups a day appears to reduce inflammatory response

Coffee drinkers, especially those who load up on the beverage each day, may be less likely to develop multiple sclerosis (MS).That's the conclusion of ...

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Google goes public with Project Fi

The low-cost wireless service had been available by invititation only

Google is extending its Project Fi mobile network, which lets customers pay only for the data they actually use, making it available to anyone with a recen...

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I Works defendant faces $7 million judgment

Consumers lost $280 million through deceptive "trial" memberships, feds charged

One of the defendants in the I Works scheme faces a $7 million judgment as part of a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission. Loyd Johnston is one of ...

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Chrysler 200s recalled

The passenger air bag may improperly deploy in the event of a crash

Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling 78 model year 2015 Chrysler 200 vehicles manufactured April 7, 2014, to August 3, 2015. During service work, the...

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Model year 2015, 2016 Dodge Darts recalled

The control module may fail to prevent an un-commanded torque event

Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling 1,232 model year 2016 Dodge Darts manufactured July 25, 2015, to December 16, 2015 and equipped with a 2.0L engine and a...

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Honda recalls NSS300 and NSS300A scooters

Brake fluid may leak

American Honda Motor Co. is recalling 1,984 model year 2014 NSS300 and NSS300A scooters manufactured June 18, 2013, to September 12, 2013. The rear...

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Hyundai recalls Genesis and Equus vehicles

Corrosion can cause intermittent or total loss of windshield wiper function

Hyundai Motor America is recalling 18,700 model year 2012 Genesis vehicles manufactured August 1, 2011, to April 30, 2012, and 2011-2013 Equus vehicles man...

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Ransomware now targeting Apple computers

Palo Alto Networks discovered the first attack over the weekend

Researchers at Palo Alto Networks say they discovered what appears to be the first ransomware attack on Apple MacIntosh users over the weekend.Ransomwa...

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Oil prices are rising. Here's what it could mean at the pump

More analysts think oil prices could hit $50 a barrel by the end of the year

For weeks now, the chatter in the oil industry has been that OPEC would finally get its act together and agree to limit production. That, the reasoning wen...

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How to create a bee garden

Help out the hard working species by offering them a flower-rich habitat

Bees are small but mighty creatures. Some of their buzzworthy accomplishments include pollinating 75% of our flowering plants, beautifying our planet, and ...

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IRS struggling against growing refund fraud

Fraudsters now targeting specific individuals with phishing scam

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has had its hands full so far this year dealing with fraud.In late February the tax agency announced that last year'...

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Perdue Foods recalls chicken nugget products

The products may be contaminated with extraneous plastic materials

Perdue Foods of Gainesville, Ga., is recalling approximately 4,530 pounds of chicken nugget products produced for Applegate Farms. The products may...

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AT&T creating a streaming version of DirecTV

Details are scarce but the service looks to be similar to Dish Network's Sling TV

When AT&T bought DirecTV, it was seen as a rather traditional -- even backward -- move. After all, the common wisdom is that satellite TV is old hat, soon ...

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Aging computer users more likely to stay mentally sharp

Study finds computer use makes it 42% less likely you'll suffer memory problems

People are living longer, reaching age 90 and beyond in greater numbers than ever before.But as you age, keeping engaged in social activities and using...

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New York settles with opioid drug maker

Attorney General says drug is highly abused in the state

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says he has reached a settlement agreement with Endo Health Solutions and Endo Pharmaceutical, makers and distr...

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Price of spring break getaways going down

Travel industry passing on savings in competition for marketshare

Gas prices are lower than they were last year, but that's not the only reason your spring break getaway will probably be cheaper than it was in 2015.Ex...

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Top 10 SUVs priced under $25,000

Kelley Blue Book picks the top vehicles consumers seem to love

Low gasoline prices have reignited America's love affair with the sports utility vehicle. SUV and truck sales powered U.S. auto sales higher in 2015, as co...

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The U.S. job machine keeps cranking

More than 240,000 people found work in February

Another 242,000 jobs were created in February, led by employment gains in health care and social assistance and retail trade. At the same time, according t...

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BI-LO store recalls cantaloupes

The fruit may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

A single BI-LO store in Glennville, Ga., is recalling fresh products containing cantaloupe. The fruit may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogen...

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Namias of Arizona recalls chicken products

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

Namias of Arizona of Tucson, Ariz., is recalling approximately 19,200 pounds of chicken products. The products contain hydrolyzed soy protein, an a...

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Hy-Vee recalls Maytag Blue Cheese

The product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Hy-Vee of West Des Moines, Iowa, is recalling Maytag Raw Milk Blue Cheese across its eight-state region. The product may be contaminated with Liste...

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Google introduces facial-recognition payment app

Leave the smartphone in your pocket. Just show your face and say "I'll pay with Google"

Why should you have to wrestle your smartphone from your pocket to pay for that double grande caramel macchiato?Google doesn't think you should. It's w...

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Postal rates poised to go down

Approval of the last rate hike, it turns out, was only temporary

The headline probably looks like it's from Bizarro World. Can that be right? The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is going to reduce the cost of mailing a letter...

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Why drug prices are such a hot button issue

Industry business model may skew competition, leading to sharply higher prices

On Wall Street in recent weeks, stock prices for pharmaceutical companies have led market declines as investors have tended to avoid the sector. It's an el...

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More growth in the services sector

Only three industries reported contraction in February

The services, or non-manufacturing, sector of the economy continued to chug along in February.In their latest Non-Manufacturing...

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Job cuts decline in February

The energy sector bore the brunt of the terminations

The pace of job-cutting posted a decline last month after kicking off the new year with a surge to a six-month high.Outplacement consultancy Challenger...

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Toyota expands Takata airbag safety recall

Another 198,000 vehicles are being added

Toyota Motor Sales, USA is expanding two of its recalls involving Takata front passenger air bag inflators. The recalled vehicles are equipped with...

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Researchers find vulnerabilities in OpenSSL

Hackers could intercept vital information about software

In the Internet world, programmers use a software library called OpenSSL to create applications designed to run in a highly secure environment, with protec...

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Sports Authority files for bankruptcy

The company will close up to 140 stores as it attempts to reorganize

Sports Authority Inc., a chain that provides an assortment of athletic gear and recreational equipment, filed for bankruptcy today after a lackluster 2015....

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U.S. bans e-cigarettes on commercial flights

Passengers should be protected from unwanted exposure to chemicals, feds decree

Most airlines have already banned e-cigarettes on their flights and now the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has made it official -- e-cigs are bann...

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Study: Mortgage originators still racially discriminate

African-Americans face hurdles at the very beginning of the process

The Fair Housing Act was part of the landmark civil rights legislation that became law in the 1960s. It didn't eradicate racial discrimination in housing i...

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ADP: Additions to February payrolls top 200k

Large businesses showed “surprisingly strong” job gains

Another strong month for private sector employment gains.The ADP National Employment Report says payrolls rose by 214,000 from January to February with...

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Gasoline prices on the rise

A California reader wonders why diesel prices are also going up

Gasoline prices are rising a bit nationwide, but it has less to do with a stabilizing price of oil than annual refinery maintenance, which reduces output a...

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How beneficial is an “intense cardio” workout?

Researcher warns high levels of intense exercise can lead to permanent changes to the heart

There's some debate in the fitness world about the effectiveness of what is known as “intense cardio,” a high-energy, fat-burning exercise regimen.Its ...

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Paying upfront often ends badly

Unless you are dealing with a known business, you might not get what you pay for

When you deal with a known, well-established business, you should have a pretty high level of confidence that you'll get what you pay for.When purchasi...

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A year-over-year surge in home prices in January

The northwest and Rocky Mountain states led the way

January was a good month for homeowners as prices rose on both a year-over-year and month-over-month basis.Property information, analytics and data-ena...

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Whole Foods Market recalls Maytag Raw Milk Blue Cheese

The product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Whole Foods Market in Austin, Texas, has issued a national recall for Maytag Raw Milk Blue Cheese. The product may be contaminated with Listeria mo...

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GM recalls model year 2016 Buick Regals

The power-steering assist system may fail

General Motors is recalling 74 model year 2016 Buick Regals manufactured August 30, 2015, to February 12, 2016. The realled vehicles have a power-s...

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