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JetBlue announces new LGA-BOS service

American and Delta currently dominate the busy route

JetBlue is starting six daily flights between New York's LaGuardia Airport and Boston's Logan International, it announced today. Delta and American current...

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Venmo payment app under investigation by the feds

Parent company PayPal says the probe centers around possible deceptive practices

The popular peer-to-peer payments site Venmo is being investigated by the Federal Trade Commission for possibly engaging in "deceptive or unfair practices,...

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April could see highest new car sales ever

Kelley Blue Book projects 4% sales increase over April 2015

For a few months now, industry analysts have been talking about “peak auto.” That refers to a point where carmakers have sold so many new cars that the mar...

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Understanding the behaviors of risky drivers

Prevention strategies should be tailored to each individual's behavioral profile, researchers say

A new study out of McGill University has focused on the behaviors of risky drivers in an effort to better understand what makes them tick. The results sugg...

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New cancer pill costs skyrocket

Researchers find they are dramatically more expensive than drugs from 15 years ago

Recent congressional attention on prescription drug prices has focused mostly on older drugs, those purchased by pharmaceutical companies who immediately t...

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House votes unanimously to strengthen email privacy

The measure requires a warrant before law enforcement can obtain emails and electronic documents

When's the last time the House of Representatives did anything unanimously? Well, in fact, it was yesterday, when the House voted 419-0 to pass the Email P...

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How to choose the right interior paint color

Get the best results by considering lighting, color flow, and the importance of primer

As prime painting season (Memorial Day to Labor Day) draws near, many homeowners may be thinking of changing up the color of their walls. Indeed, tackl...

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The rush is on to shower mom with gifts

Billions are expected to be spent on a variety of gifts

Jewelry, electronics, and special outings are high on the list of ways celebrate Mother’s Day this year.The National Retail Federation’s (NRF) annual s...

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Preparing for a severe thunderstorm

Checking gutters and securing loose outdoor items are a few ways to prepare

Gentle April showers may be a gardener’s dream, but thunderstorms can turn into a homeowner’s nightmare. Severe thunderstorms -- which are often accompanie...

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Dick's Sporting Goods relaunches rewards credit card

Store-issued cards can be rewarding but usually carry higher interest rates

Sporting goods retailer Dick's Sporting Goods is relaunching its Rewards of Sport Credit Cards, issued by Synchrony Bank.The company said it would cont...

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Louisiana man accused of scamming Realtors

Realtors paid for TV and internet advertising that never happened

A Louisiana man has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of mail fraud in an alleged scam aimed at Realtors who thought they were...

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Sorting out options for repaying your student loans

CFPB publishes Payback Playbook to guide borrowers

At last estimate, about 43 million Americans – mostly young – owed student loans totaling more than $1.3 trillion.Paying back that money has strapped m...

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Why San Francisco real estate is so expensive

Sky high prices have displaced even fairly high income residents

San Francisco has always been an expensive real estate market. Lots of people want to live there.But in the last five years, San Francisco has gotten t...

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Economy creeps along in early 2016

Growth has slowed considerably

The economy was sputtering in the first three months of the year, slowing even further from the anemic performance in th...

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Stile Products expands recall of Tern folding bicycles

The bike’s frame can crack at the hinge on the top tube

Stile Products of Lakewood, Calif., is expanding its earlier recall of Tern folding bicycles to 220. About 175 were recalled in June 2013. The bike...

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Court finds Amazon liable for unauthorized in-app charges

It's a case that's very similar to the FTC's action against Apple

When a child uses an app to charge things to Amazon without permission, the liability is Amazon's, not the parents'.That's the conclusion of a U.S. Dis...

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Survey finds college students credit card knowledge lacking

Two-thirds who have credit cards carry a balance each month

In many cases, young people have their first experience with credit cards when they go off to college. Some handle the experience better than others.Le...

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Two gains in a row for pending home sales

Only the West region saw a decline

Pending home sales maintained their upward momentum in March, posting their second consecutive monthly advance.The National Association of Realtors (NR...

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Childhood obesity rates continue to climb, study finds

Researchers say that severe obesity, in particular, is on the rise

Despite signs that healthier eating habits have been emerging amongst millennials in recent years, it seems that obesity rates are still very high. That’s ...

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Why it's really hard to gauge where oil prices are going

It's not just supply and demand -- financial markets are also playing a big role

Motorists have been enjoying reasonably-priced gasoline for over a year now and probably don't care about, or pay much attention to, the daily fluctuations...

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Goldman Sachs moves into online savings accounts

Investment maker acquires consumer banking operation from GE Capital

Goldman Sachs is a banking name closely associated with Wall Street, not Main Street. As an investment banker, its primary business has long been trades, i...

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Consumer confidence dips in April

Expectations for the months ahead have soured

Expectations for the economy in the months ahead have dimmed, sending The Conference Board's Consumer Confidence Index lower in April.After posting a m...

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Home prices rise in February -- but at a slower rate

Thirteen of 20 cities saw a slower pace of appreciation

Home values across the U.S. posted year-over-year and month-over-month gains in February. However, the S&P/Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price Index (...

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The top 100 cities for starting your career

New York places number one overall, with Los Angeles and San Francisco right behind.

As we approach May, many college seniors will be getting ready to graduate and begin their lives as working adults. However, many may be unsure about where...

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Spring cleaning tips for pet owners

Avoid harmful chemicals with these natural alternatives

When the light of the springtime sun hits the inside of a pet owner’s home, they may suddenly see some pet-related messes to be cleaned. But whether you're...

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There are big differences between rewards credit cards

Choose the one that best rewards your spending patterns

There are many rewards credit cards to choose from, and some rewards are better than others. But do you know how much better some are?The personal fina...

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ROI-friendly home renovation projects

Valuable home renovation projects include attic bedrooms, deck additions, and window replacement

Home repairs and improvements have been popular with consumers this year and are expected to be even more popular in 2017, according to a newly released Le...

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More consumers living paycheck-to-paycheck

Despite improving economy, consumers can't seem to get ahead

The economic picture has been mixed lately. Employment appears to be growing, and while the economy is far from robust, it does appear to be expanding. Hom...

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New home sales edge lower in March

The decline was largely the result of a sales plunge in the West

Sales of new single-family houses fell in March due mainly to a slump in the West, but the news wasn't all bad.While sales dipped 1.5% to a seasonally ...

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Toyota recalls model year 2016 Siennas

Incorrect front seat belt height adjusters may have been installed

Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing is recalling 234 model year 2016 Toyota Siennas manufactured February 15, 2016, to February 19, 2016.   Inco...

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Meating Place recalls beef product

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

Meating Place of Buffalo, N.Y., is recalling approximately 325 pounds of ground beef product. The product may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7....

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10 mistakes to avoid when booking a cruise

Doing your homework before selecting a cruise ship helps ensure smooth sailing

No matter how much you’ve researched, how many opinions you’ve sought, or how experienced you are, it’s still possible to make mistakes when booking and ta...

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Class action targets RV refrigerator fires

"Thousands of reports" of fires but company allegedly failed to act

A class action lawsuit claims that Dometic Corp. sold defective refrigerators used in RVs and boats, leading to at least 3,000 explosions and fires since 1...

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Women lose more sleep over money than men

But a majority of both women and men stay awake with money worries

What keeps you awake at night? If you're a woman, it's probably money. If you're a man, it's probably something else.That's one of the nuggets in a Cre...

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The secret to getting rich may be selling secrets

But buying these 'secrets' will likely leave you a little bit poorer

When someone starts promising to provide “inside” information, or reveal “secrets” to help you get rich, it may be a good idea to hold onto your wallet....

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Consumers cautioned about 'living trust mills'

Minnesota AG warns that living trust mills are often used as a pretense to sell insurance

With so many Baby Boomers reaching retirement age, living trusts have become a hot topic. Do you need one? Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson has some...

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Ways to be a more eco-friendly pet parent

Collars made out of bike tires are one way to go greener

April 22 is Earth Day: a day in which we’re reminded that our fragile planet needs to be treated kindly. Our actions, even the small ones, can go a long wa...

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Flying Tiger Copenhagen recalls wooden toys

Parts of the wooden toys can become detached, posing a choking hazard

Flying Tiger Copenhagen of New York is recalling about 1,000 wooden toy blocks and giraffes. Parts of the wooden toys can become detached, resultin...

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RZR recreational off-highway vehicles recalled

The recalled vehicles can catch fire while being driven

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Polaris Industries of Medina, Minn., are recalling about 133,000 Polaris Model Year 2013-2016 RZR 90...

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Feds sue online lead aggregator

Burbank company allegedly resold loan applications, other personal data

A Burbank, Calif., company that resold loan applications containing personal information is being sued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), ...

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SkySafe takes aim at rogue drones

New device uses radio signals to make rogue drones land safely

Drones are supposed to stay away from airports, crime and disaster scenes, and other areas where they might endanger other aircraft, but commercial pilots ...

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First-time homebuyers worry about their credit scores

With tighter mortgage underwriting standards, a good credit score has never been more important

Shopping for a home is a pretty intimidating process, but a new report from Experian suggests that it is often even more so for today's first-time homebuye...

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Nissan recalls Muranos and Maximas

Insufficient brake fluid pressure may lengthen the distance needed to stop the vehicle

Nissan North America is recalling 12,616 model year 2016 Muranos manufactured December 17, 2015, to February 11, 2016, and 2016 Maximas manufactured Novemb...

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Brunton Outdoors recalls battery packs

The power packs’ lithium ion polymer batteries can overheat and catch fire

Brunton Outdoor Inc., of Louisville, Colo., is recalling about 1,100 rechargeable battery packs in the U.S and Canada. The power packs’ lithium ion...

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A guide to selecting a checking account

If you are new to checking, select an account that reduces exposure to overdrafts and fees

In the past, most consumers used a checking account to manage money and pay bills. In recent years, with electronic options and a levy of bank fees, many c...

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Mitsubishi admits to cheating on mpg claims

The company says it manipulated test data on 625,000 vehicles

Now it's Mitsubishi Motors that admits it put its thumb on the scale or, more precisely, manipulated test data to improve mileage ratings on 625,000 vehicl...

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Another reason to avoid payday loans

A study shows that these loans usually trigger numerous bank fees

If you take out a payday loan, you are required to pay it back in two weeks. But if you are in such a financial bind that you have to turn to a payday lend...

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McDonald's tests different size Big Macs

Restaurants in Ohio and Texas are trying out the Grand Mac and Mac Jr.

McDonald's appears to be considering a number of new menu possibilities. In the wake of its successful launch of All-Day Breakfast, the fast food chain is ...

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Consumers appear to have a handle on debt in 2016

Report suggests mortgages, car loans, and credit card payments are under control

Consumers are handling mortgage and car payments a little better in 2016 but are doing a worse job of paying their credit card bills.That's a snapshot ...

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Mortgage applications post third consecutive weekly gain

Contract interest rates were mostly lower

It's now three increases in a row for mortgage applications.Word from the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) is that applications for mortgages were up...

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Miniland Educational recalls Moogy plush toys

The red button on the toy’s left pocket can detach

Miniland Educational Corp., of Miami, Fla., is recalling about 2,100 Moogy plush toys in the U.S. and Canada. The red button on the toy’s left pock...

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Sharing and 'liking' grief on Facebook

Social media is used for a lot more than sharing cute kitten photos

Your Facebook feed keeps you informed through the quips, quotes, and photographs that friends post. Most of the news is happy banter, but more and more we ...

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Navigating the hazards of renting

Be on the lookout for these headwinds and scams

People who rent their homes seem to have a lot of headwinds these days.First, rents have gotten expensive. In the wake of the financial crisis, fewer p...

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CVS Health adopts curbside delivery

Service extends to front-of-store and over-the-counter items

Walmart does it. Now, so will CVS Health.The drug store chain has announced it will offer curbside pickup for customers using the CVS app to place an o...

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Allergies in pets: how to ease symptoms

Recognizing the signs of an allergic reaction is the first step toward giving pets relief

Just like humans, pets can have allergies -- and they can develop at any age. The most common allergies veterinarians see are atopy (which is often seasona...

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Visa says it has upgraded chip card technology

The company hopes to encourage its use with faster processing

According to Visa, consumers have received more than 265 million Visa credit and debit cards, making the U.S. the largest market for chip-embedded cards in...

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New home construction tanks in March

Building permits didn't fare much better

The construction of privately-owned homes took a hit last month, tumbling 8.8% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,089,000.The decline, according...

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Advancepierre Foods recalls pork product

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

AdvancePierre Foods of Cincinnati, Ohio, is recalling approximately 3,469 pounds of breaded pork products. The product contains eggs, an allergen n...

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Norven herring in oil recalled

The product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

OLMA-XXI of Brooklyn, N.Y., is recalling Norven herring in oil The product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. No illnesses ha...

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America's boom towns driven by fast-growing neighborhoods

Realtor.com identifies the neighborhoods that may provide the most opportunity

The U.S. housing market has recovered nicely from the 2008-09 collapse, but some markets are doing better than others. For example, some markets like San J...

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Amazon offering its Prime Video as a standalone service in a challenge to Netflix

Prime Video will be priced one dollar less than Netflix's new higher rate

Amazon is rolling out its popular Prime Video as a standalone service, selling it for $8.99 a month. That will soon be one dollar less than Netflix, which ...

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Weekend meeting stops oil price rise

Major oil producers can't agree to slow production

Oil producers meeting over the weekend in Doha failed to reach an agreement to freeze production, in an effort to draw down supplies and raise prices.A...

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Yamaha recalls recreational off-highway vehicles

Ice in the throttle cable can prevent the throttle from returning to idle

Yamaha Motor Corporation USA of Cypress, Calif., is recalling about 7,000 Yamaha recreational off-highway vehicles. Water can get into the throttle...

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Feds address the lingering underwater mortgage issue

FHFA program will reduce amount owed on nearly 33,000 mortgages

The housing crisis has been over for years, but millions of homeowners are still underwater on their mortgages and many of them are struggling to make paym...

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Tips for last minute tax filers

Do as much as possible electronically

Got plans for the weekend? You may have to put them on hold if you haven't gotten around to filing your federal income tax return.Though April 15 is no...

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Lincoln MKCs and Ford Explorers recalled

The vehicles' engine block heaters have elements that may overheat while plugged in

Ford Motor Company is recalling 1,543 model year 2015-2016 Lincoln MKCs manufactured November 25, 2013, to January 25, 2016, and 2016 Ford Explorers manufa...

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Feds draw blinds on Mercola tanning beds

The company claimed indoor tanning was safe, did not cause skin cancer and could delay aging

Mercola.com will pay refunds to consumers who bought its tanning beds and will be permanently banned from selling indoor tanning systems...

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When marketing your home, words matter

'Subway tiles' and 'barn doors' are magnets for buyers

Maybe it's time to update that old real estate truism that the most important influence on a sale is location. Words seem to have a lot of impact too.R...

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McDonald's decides to phase out wraps

The items were never quite the hit with millennials or healthy eaters

There are a couple of strategies that most fast food places use in order to stay relevant and in the consumer eye. One, obviously, is to offer rock bottom ...

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Online checking and savings accounts usually offer the best deals

These accounts carry no fees and pay interest each month

The banking landscape has gotten extremely competitive in recent years, and much of that competition has been coming from online banks, with no brick and m...

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Walmart expands curbside grocery pickup

Service now available in 30 U.S. markets

Consumers seem to want to spend less time in the supermarket and any number of companies are harnessing technology to make that chore easier.Walmart ha...

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Zika virus birth defects link confirmed

CDC traces cases of microcephaly to the mosquito-borne disease

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed that the Zika virus causes microcephaly, a severe birth defect in which an infant is bor...

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Mountain Products recalls pork products

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

Mountain Products of Lagrangeville, N.Y., is recalling approximately 467 pounds of Smokehouse brand bacon and Irish bangers sausages. The products ...

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Toyota recalls Avalons and Camrys

The front passenger airbag and the front passenger knee airbag may not deploy properly

Toyota Motor Sales is recalling approximately 16,880 Model Year 2016 Avalon and 41,630 model Year 2016 Camry sedans. The front passenger seat is eq...

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Amazon introduces eighth-generation Kindle, the Oasis

Battery life stretches to months thanks to an included charging cover

Amazon's Kindle is one of those little devices that started a revolution. It made more books accessible to more people than ever but ...

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New legislation seeks to rein in distracted driving

Using a new device called the "Textalyzer" may help police determine if a driver was using their phone around the time of a crash

Distracted driving has become an epidemic, and, quite often, smartphones are to blame. A 2015 report by the National Safety Council (NSC) found that cell p...

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A new bill may ensure that parents and children can sit together on flights

Provisions for security screening, boarding procedures, and pregnant women are also included

Flying with children can come with a lot of anxiety for parents. In addition to making sure that all the essentials are packed and kept track of, it can be...

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Baby Boomers driving demand for second homes

Sales of both vacation homes and investment property were strong in 2015

The U.S. real estate market appears strong, with tight inventories driving home prices higher in most markets.And it's not just primary residences that...

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Do you really have to pay for a checking account?

Not if you are willing to shop around for a bank

Years ago consumers opened checking accounts at their local bank and rarely paid a fee, unless they overdrew their account.Sometimes, even then there m...

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Retail sales slip in March

Auto sales were down sharply

March turned out to be the third straight month in row for disappointing retail sales.After falling 0.4% in January and not moving at all in February, ...

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Mortgage applications shoot higher

Contract interest rates were mostly lower

Applications for mortgages rose for a second consecutive week as contract interest rates headed downward.Data from the Mortgage Bankers Association (MB...

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Zika virus “scarier” than first thought

CDC official says the more they learn the worse it looks

At a White House briefing this week, Dr. Anne Schuchat of the the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) took reporters by surprise when she said ...

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Best Buy ditches its fleet of VW Beetles, loads up on Priuses

In Europe, a batch of recalled VW diesels are being recalled a second time

Volkswagen has turned into one of those brands that never seems to have a good day anymore. In the latest bit of bad news, Best Buy's Geek Squad is ditchin...

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How financial literacy education pays off

Consumers who go through training reduce debt and manage money better

Because consumers easily get overwhelmed with credit card debt, along with everyday bills, many financial organizations have stepped up financial literacy ...

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Gas prices rising but diesel fuel falling

The gap between the two motor fuels is narrowing for the first time in years

For years, no matter how expensive gasoline got, you could be sure diesel fuel cost more. Usually a lot more.While drivers of diesel powered vehicles g...

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IIHS releases results of large pickup truck safety tests

Only the Ford F-150 earned a top safety rating for small overlap protection

The results are in for the new round of crash tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), and three out of seven large pickup tru...

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Pilgrim’s Pride recalls poultry product

The product may be contaminated with extraneous plastic materials

Pilgrim’s Pride of Waco, Texas, is recalling approximately 40,780 pounds of fully cooked chicken nugget product. The products may be contaminated w...

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Netflix rates going up 25% next month

The increase was announced last October and is now being applied

Netflix is raising its standard subscription rate by $2 next month. Starting in May, the "standard option," which includes streaming and HD quality, will c...

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Wells Fargo to pay $1.2 billion for mortgage fraud

The bank certified loans as eligible for FHA insurance when it knew they did not qualify

Wells Fargo Bank has agreed to pay $1.2 billion to settle federal charges that it wrongfully certified home loans as being eligible for FHA mortgage insura...

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Consumer advocates defend federal agency

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau faces GOP opposition in Congress

You don't often hear anyone sing the praises of a federal agency, but consumer advocates are sticking up for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB...

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ATM scams surged in 2015

Number of compromised cash machines rose over 500%

Automated Teller Machines (ATM) have become so common that there is an entire generation that can't remember going inside the bank to cash a check. Most of...

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Rainbow Play Systems reannounces recall of plastic yellow trapeze rings

The rings can unexpectedly crack or break during use

Because of a low response rate, Rainbow Play Systems is reannouncing its earlier recall of 133,000 plastic yellow trapeze rings manufactured by Nylacarb Co...

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Model year 2004-2007 Honda Accords recalled

The passenger front air bag module may not comply with the advanced air bag requirements

American Honda Motor Co. is recalling 11,602 model year 2004-2007 Accords manufactured October 1, 2003, to August 17, 2007. The vehicles may have b...

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Four helpful gadgets for nervous new parents

New devices include a self-warming bottle, an app-connected car seat, and even a "baby shusher"

Nine months of reading the books and preparing the nursery is often no match for the experience of actually having a baby in the house. Parenting is a jour...

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7-Eleven now accepting income tax payments

It's intended for people who don't have credit cards or checking accounts

It's not quite as simple as ordering a Slurpee and slamming down a few bucks, but you can now pay your income taxes at more than 7,000 7-Eleven stores nati...

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Despite Fed's efforts, mortgage rates fall

Interest rates on home loans at three year low

The Federal Reserve has embarked on a policy of raising interest rates. It has determined the economy is strong enough that the Federal Funds Rate no longe...

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What you should know about your credit report and score

The biggest influence on your credit score is timely bill payment

To understand money, it helps to understand credit. Today, big ticket items, like homes and cars, usually require a loan in order to purchase them.Ever...

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Millennials are changing the face of banking

Unbanked by choice, they are looking to banks for different kinds of services

Banks are changing, but it's not entirely their idea. Instead, consumers are changing the way they use banks.In the wake of the financial crisis of 200...

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Model year 2011 Hyundai Sonatas recalled

The vehicle could suffer a loss of power steering assist

Hyundai Motor Company is recalling 173,000 model year 2011 Sonatas manufactured December 11, 2009, to October 31, 2010. The Electronic Power Steeri...

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Toyota Sienna Minivans recalled

The front seat belt may not restrain the occupant properly

Toyota Motor Sales USA is recalling approximately 230 model year 2016 Sienna Minivans. The vehicles may be equipped with incorrect front seat belt ...

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United backs off plan to add more slots at Newark

Feds had sued to block the action, claiming United had a virtual monopoly at the airport

United Airlines has backed off its plan to buy 24 slots from Delta at Newark Liberty International Airport, bowing to a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Justice D...

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Three Mother's Day gifts that will make mom feel special

No matter what you decide to get or do for the holiday, be sure to let this special person know you care

Whether she works outside the home or not, a mother’s day is usually -- if not always -- very busy. As the saying goes, “Every mother is a working mother.”...

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Branson vows Virgin America will never die

If Alaska Airlines doesn't maintain the Virgin name, he'll resurrect it, founder vows

There's something about starting your own company. It's like having children. No matter how many times you do it, and no matter how well or badly they turn...

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First 'hedgehog cafe' comes to Tokyo

Customers are lining up to spend time with these quill covered mammals

You might have heard of a cat cafe, where visitors can cozy up to a cat as they sip a hot beverage. Now, the country that first came up with the concept --...

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Home prices continued their rise in February

Increases are expected to continue -- but at a slower pace

Another rise for home prices in February on both a year-over-year and month-over-month basisProperty information provider CoreLogic reports that home p...

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Fresh From Texas recalls multiple apple products

The products may be contaminated with Listeria Monocytogenes

Fresh from Texas of San Antonio, Texas, is recalling numerous products containing sliced red apples. The products may be contaminated with Listeria...

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Nissan recalls Frontier V6 vehicles

The starter harness terminal may contact the heat shield, resulting in an electrical short

Nissan North America is recalling 1,554 2016 Frontier V6 vehicles manufactured February 29, 2016, to March 7, 2016. The starter motor wire harness ...

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Toyota recalls RAV4 and Lexus RX and ES vehicles

The vehicle could lose stability control, increasing the risk of crash

Toyota Motor Sales, USA is recalling approximately 4,170 model year 2016 Toyota RAV4; approximately 90 model year 2016 RX350; and approximately 12,400 mode...

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Google can now teach kids animal sounds

A step towards an improved online experience for Google users under 13

Google quietly added to its collection of lesser-known search features with animal sounds. Now, parents can help children search for “What noise does a [an...

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Latest to sue VW: VW dealers

Dealers say Volkswagen defrauded dealers as well as consumers with its Dieselgate scandal

Just about everybody is mad at Volkswagen these days, including VW dealers. Now, a group of three dealers have filed a class action suit against the German...

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Amazon expands same-day delivery to 11 markets

That brings the total number of same day delivery markets to 27

Amazon has added 11 more metro areas where members of Prime can get free same day delivery, as long as the order is for more than $35. The same day deliver...

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Five low cost alternatives to a for-profit college

Traditional colleges now provide some stiff competition

Students choose a for-profit college for a lot of different reasons.For-profit schools, like DeVry, University of Phoenix, and Strayer, were among the ...

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Stockpile: gift cards for stock

Company offers an easy way to get into the stock market

What do you do with your spare cash -- park it in a passbook savings account?It's good to have liquid assets available for an emergency, but it's also ...

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Job openings slip in February

New hires during the month moved higher

There weren't as many job openings available in February as there were the month before.The Department of Labor (DOL) reports openings slipped by 100,0...

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KBB's ten best 2016 sedans under $25,000

You don't have to spend a fortune to get a good new car

The average transaction cost of a new car keeps going up, and is now approaching $34,000. For many, that simply isn't affordable, requiring the spending of...

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Bios Incube lets you become a tree after you die

The potted trees are a more sustainable alternative to traditional burials

Would you like to have your ashes transformed into a tree? With the “Bios Incube,” it’s possible. A Kickstarter project is bringing the idea to life with p...

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New safety standards for hook-on baby chairs

The standards are intended to reduce the number of accidents attributed to the chairs

Hook-on baby chairs should be getting a little safer. The popular legless chairs are latched onto a table to provide seating for infants and toddlers, but ...

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Wind farm scheme was all hot air: feds

Promoter took more than $3.7 million from investors to fund his lavish lifestyle

Clean energy may be the way of the future, but the business practices of one Texas businessman came out looking very dirty. Federal agents say that David L...

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How are pet owners pampering their pooches?

Americans will spend big this year on gadgets, in-home pet sitters, and even dog house AC units

Pet owners show love to their favorite companions in many different ways. Whether it’s by stopping by the dog bakery or buying Fido a snazzy, bedazzled col...

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The growing doctor shortage

Demographics and economics removing a lot of patient options

How hard is it to see a doctor? It all depends on where you live and what your circumstaces are. Demographic factors have produced a large number of doctor...

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Auto leases up 76% since 2008

With so many vehicles coming off their lease, buying a used car is a great option too

It's no secret new car prices are going up. We reported last week that the average transaction price for a new car went up 2% last month.Because the ca...

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The non-manufacturing economy continues to perk along

A dozen services industries reported expansion in March

Things are sailing along nicely in the non-manufacturing sector of the economy, with growth continuing in March for the 74th consecutive month.The Non-...

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Alimentos Congelados, S.A. recalls frozen broccoli cuts

The product may be contaminated with Listeria Monocytogenes

Alimentos Congelados, S.A. (Pinula) is recalling 1,800 cases of frozen broccoli cuts. The product may be contaminated with Listeria Monocytogenes...

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Model year 2016 Hyundai Tucsons recalled

The trailer turn signal lights may malfunction

Hyundai Motor America is recalling 2,263 model year 2016 Hyundai Tucsons manufactured May 26, 2015 to January 15, 2016 and equipped with an accessory trail...

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Online fundraising gets lots of likes but not necessarily much money

Researchers say organizations should be sure to define their goals before launching a campaign

They didn't set out to throw cold water on the idea of fundraising via social media, but researchers at the University of Toronto Mississauga say non-profi...

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Amazon announces PayPal-like program

It saves consumers from having to set up a separate account with each retailer

Amazon is launching a PayPal-like service, hoping to greatly expand its Amazon Payments program. Dubbed the Amazon Payments Partner Program, it is being ma...

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Virgin America tops 2015 Airline Quality Rating

But consumer complaints about airlines hit a 15 year high

Virgin America placed first for the fourth straight year in the 26th annual annual Airline Quality Rating (AQR), compiled by Wichita State University and E...

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Alaska Air taking over Virgin America

Deal would expand West Coast carrier's footprint

Alaska Air, a carrier operating primarily on the West Coast, is acquiring Virgin America. It's the latest airline industry consolidation and perhaps the on...

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T-Mobile April fools' joke promotes Binge On

Tongue-in-cheek press release reminds consumers of video streaming promotion

If any company is going to try to prank the media on April Fools' Day, it would probably be T-mobile, which brands itself the “un-carrier” and prides itsel...

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Three good credit cards for students

All three offer some rewards and forgiving features

Not all credit cards are alike, and some are better than others for certain periods of life. When you're young, it pays to have a credit card that takes th...

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Finally -- the manufacturing economy is growing again

March showed the first expansion in the sector in six months

It's been a long time coming, but the manufacturing sector of the economy is growing again.According to the latest Manufacturing Institute for Supply M...

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Chrysler recalls Ram 1500 trucks

The vehicles could lose power steering assist

Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling 442 model year 2015-2016 Ram 1500 trucks manufactured January 22, 2015, to September 13, 2015. Contamination of ...

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Travel photos galore – how to use them

It's easier than ever to take photos but what do you do with them afterwards?

Technology makes it easy to snap photos, so if you are like most tourists, you take hundreds of them while traveling. Once home, you face the dilemma -- do...

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Watch out for crooked income tax preparers

It's your name on the return and you're responsible for any chicanery

Many years ago, my accountant looked at me sadly as he finished my tax return. "You are really getting hit this year," he said. "You need some dependents. ...

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Three money mistakes many consumers make

Periodic financial reviews can provide helpful course corrections

The first quarter of 2016 is in the books. If you were a corporation, you would be reviewing your first quarter financial performance.The review is a h...

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FCC setting privacy rules for Internet services

The agency also approved a monthly broadband subsidy for low-income consumers

Broadband carriers aren't happy about it but the Federal Communications Commission has voted to craft new privacy rules on how Internet service providers c...

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Three food trends shaping the kids food industry

Industry players are focusing on millennial moms, multicultural families, and the real food movement

Grocery shopping with a child usually means ending up with a few items in your cart that wouldn’t have made it there if you had gone solo. Kids may be smal...

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Tesla 3 makes its debut, racks up 135,000 orders

The $35,000 all-electric car sold more on its first day than many models do in a year

Considering it's not yet in production, the Tesla 3 had a pretty good first day, taking more than 135,000 reservations at $1,000 each, selling more in one ...

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Car shoppers getting new tool to check their credit

Free tool will be accessible through dealer websites

Equifax and Black Book Avtivator are teaming up to give consumers an easy way to check their credit score before heading to a car dealer. The tool – Black ...

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New car prices rose 2% in March

Consumers having to extend loan terms to afford them

For another month, U.S. consumers paid more to drive a new car. The average transaction price in March was $33,666, up 2% over March 2015, according to Kel...

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Fed Chair Janet Yellen just made mortgages cheaper

Her dovish speech sent rates lower

If you are getting ready to buy a home or refinance an existing one, send Janet Yellen a thank you note.The Federal Reserve Chair has just ensured you'...

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