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Car insurance shoppers increasingly look online

J.D. Power study finds many complete the purchase offline, however

Shopping for car insurance, like many other types of shopping, has largely moved online, a new J.D. Power study finds, but it...


Coming soon to the world of milk alternatives: pea milk

Ripple's pea-based milk may be a healthier, more sustainable milk alternative

Consumers have become less interested in cow’s milk over the last few years, opting instead for milk alternatives like almond or soy. Milk alternatives...


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...


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,...


Comcast announces plan to increase its monthly data caps

Critics say that it falls far short of what consumers really want, though

Comcast is raising the data cap for broadband customers on its “unlimited” plans to 1 terabyte per month from the current 300 gigabytes, saying the change ...


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...


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...


Millennials OK with self-driving cars, older consumers not so much

J.D. Power study finds fewer than a quarter of Baby Boomers like the idea

The Baby Boomers pioneered a lot of things, including the internet and, to a lesser extent, sex, drugs, and rock and roll. But they are not very keen on th...


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...


UCLA researchers claim sweeteners can cause brain damage

But they say an omega-3 fatty acid can reverse it

Another academic study is blaming high-fructose corn syrup for some of Americans' health issues. The latest comes from UCLA, where researchers contend that...


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...


Senators focus on Valeant Pharmaceutical's price hikes

Lawmakers claim company's business model is anti-consumer

The title of the hearing by the Senate Select Committee on Aging should have been a tip-off.“Valeant Pharmaceuticals' Business Model: the Repercussions...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


Drunken pilot episode gives JetBlue a black eye

Pilot blames .111 breathalyzer reading on his chewing gum

We may like to think that airline pilots lead a monastic life, performing slow yoga and consuming vegan snacks in their hotel rooms between flights but rea...


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...


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...


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...


IKEA, safety regulators blasted over third death of a child killed by a falling dresser

After two previous deaths, IKEA and the feds declined to issue a recall

IKEA and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) should immediately recall IKEA MALM dressers that have been involved in the deaths of three chi...


FDA should regulate powdered caffeine, senators argue

A single teaspoon of pure caffeine can cause death or serious illness

It's not just concentrated cocaine and heroin that can kill. Powdered caffeine can too, leading a consumer group and three U.S. senators to call on the Foo...


Apple earnings raise questions about smartphone future

Will consumers keep upgrading now that they have to pay the full cost?

Apple shocked Wall Street this week by reporting its first quarterly earnings drop in 13 years. Sales and revenue were down, along with profits.Of cour...


Driveway sealcoat products much more toxic than expected, study finds

The sealcoats used east of the Rockies are more toxic than those used in the West

You might not think of your driveway as toxic, but maybe you should. That's the upshot of an Oregon State University study that found sealcoat products are...


Study: too much caffeine before pregnancy may increase likelihood of miscarriage

Excessive caffeine consumption by men contributed to the risk just as much

Trying to conceive? If so, you and your partner may want to take it easy on the coffee. A new study finds that men and women who drink more than two caffei...


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...


Wells Fargo agrees to pay $8 million in 11-year-old West Virginia lawsuit

The suit accused insurance broker Acordia of improper marketing practices

Wells Fargo has agreed to settle a West Virginia lawsuit that dates all the way back to 2005. The company will pay $8 million to settle allegations made ag...


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...


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...


Mortgage applications post first decline in four weeks

Contract interest rates were up slightly

After rising for three consecutive weeks, applications for mortgages have taken a turn downward. The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) reports a 4...


Pilgrim’s Pride expands poultry product recall

The products may be contaminated with extraneous materials

Pilgrim’s Pride of Waco, Texas, is recalling approximately 4,568,080 pounds of fully-cooked chicken products.   The products may be contaminated with...


New special interest group aims to steer self-driving regulations towards complete autonomy

A human at the wheel -- who needs it? Industry group wants autonomous cars to be driver-free

The standing joke in Washington is that if there's something called, say, Americans for Clean Water, it's probably a front gr...


Charter takeover of Time Warner gets nod from feds

Charter must agree not to squelch competition among video producers

The Charter takeover of Time Warner Cable is good to go once the ink dries. The merger has been tentatively approved by the Justice Department and the Fede...


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 ...


Two infant formula makers accused of falsely labeling products 'organic'

Formulas by the Honest Co. and Earth's Best contain violations of USDA organic standards

New mothers are often highly concerned with what goes into their child's body, and buying organic products can be one way to help assuage that concern. But...


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...


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...


Half of all new car models meet or exceed fuel efficiency targets, analysis finds

Mazda won fuel-sipping honors with every one of its models meeting or exceeding federal standards

Automakers are doing their part to meet tougher fuel efficiency standards, with more than half of new vehicles meeting or exceeding federal targets, accord...


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...


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 (...


CVS Pharmacy recalls Gold Emblem Abound Organic Spiced Herbal Tea

The product may be contaminated with Salmonella

CVS Pharmacy is recalling select cases of Gold Emblem Abound Organic Spiced Herbal Tea. The product may be contaminated with Salmonella. No...


CRF Frozen Foods recalls frozen vegetables

The products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

CRF Frozen Foods of Pasco, Wash., is recalling fifteen frozen vegetable items. The products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes ...


Laundry detergent pods more lethal than other detergents, study finds

Coma, heart problems, and death seen only in children exposed to pods, not regular detergent

They're colorful and convenient, but laundry detergent pods are hazardous to children's health -- more dangerous than exposure to ordinary detergent, accor...


Lawsuit challenges Volvo's claim that its T8 SUV will go all day without gas

In fact, the lead plaintiff says, he could go only 8 to 10 miles on a single charge

Volvo claims its T8 SUV plug-in hybrid will "enable you to commute daily without using any gas" when operated in electric-only mode. "Travel at speeds of u...


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...


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...


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...


Consumers caught between saving and credit card debt

Survey finds increase in both savings and credit card balances

The latest financial literacy survey by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC) and BECU credit union has two main take-aways – consumers are ...


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...


Muscle mass helps reduce mortality regardless of weight, study finds

Staying fit may be more important than just losing weight, researchers say

If you're one of those people who thinks that lifting weights into middle and old age is little more than vanity, think again. A UCLA study finds that hear...


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 ...


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...


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....


Chrysler recalls Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 sedans and Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs

Drivers may not know if the gear shift selector is in “Park” before they leave the vehicle

Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling more than a million model-year 2012-2014 Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 sedans, and model-year 2014-2015 Jeep Grand Cher...


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...


Leaf ad tweaks Tesla's Model 3 in hopes of sparking sales

$5 billion later, Nissan has to wonder where it all went wrong

Nearly 400,000 people have given Tesla Motors a $1,000 deposit on the Tesla Model 3, an all-electric sedan that is not yet being built and that won't be re...


Uber settles with drivers for up to $100 million

The settlement awaits approval, but it may not be an end to litigation

Uber and its drivers have been at odds for a few years now. The company has asserted that its drivers are private contractors – not employees; however, dri...


68 Kmart and 10 Sears stores closing -- is yours included?

The company hopes the latest round of closing will help it return to profitability

Sears and Kmart stores have been sort of fading into the woodwork for the last few years, but now Sears Holdings is stepping up the pace. The company says ...


Prince death prompts rush to buy his music

Consumers turn to eBay to find Prince CDs

The sudden death of pop music icon Prince has produced something of a run on compact discs – specifically Prince CDs.Despite music's recent migration t...


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...


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...


Before saying 'I do,' couples should talk about money

Financial advisor says money is usually the root of all break-ups

Wedding season approaches, and with it many a young couple – and often the brides' parents – will be writing some massive checks.Before the big day arr...


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....


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...


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...


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...


Toyota recalls RAV4s, Lexus RX350s and Lexus ES350s

The vehicles' ABS actuator may have a damaged O-ring

Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing is recalling 16,656 model year 2016 Toyota RAV4s manufactured October 30, 2015, to February 3, 2016; 2016 Lexus RX...


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...


VW expected to buy back its 500,000 cars to settle dirty diesel scandal

Owners of the cars might also get a cash payment of $5,000 for their time and trouble

Volkswagen is expected to buy back roughly 500,000 diesel-powered cars from U.S. consumers under the terms of a settlement expected to be announced today, ...


Three Michigan officials charged in Flint water crisis

State attorney general says investigation is ongoing

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has filed criminal charges against three bureaucrats in connection with Flint, Michigan's water contamination crisi...


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), ...


Two proteins may be responsible for dementia in Alzheimer's patients

The study is the first two definitively link both proteins to cognitive decline

Researchers are still working hard when it comes to understanding how Alzheimer’s disease works, and that commitment may be beginning to pay off. A study c...


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 ...


The income it takes to live comfortably in different cities​

Cost of necessities can vary greatly based on where you reside

When income meets city of residence, the level of comfort in your lifestyle can vary. Depending on where you live and how much you earn, you may either fin...


PlayDate smart ball allows pet parents to play with their pet from anywhere

The smart ball and app even lets you see video footage of your pet on your smartphone

In addition to missing our pets while we’re out and about, it’s normal to wish we could be home to play with them. Now, a new interactive pet camera may al...


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...


New car buyers shouldn't overlook fuel-efficient vehicles

Check out these 10 options -- because gasoline prices won't stay low forever

Gasoline is the cheapest it has been in more than a decade, and sales of SUVs and pick-up trucks are booming because of that.Consumers don't seem to mi...


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...


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...


VW says trial 'won't be necessary' after it reveals its dirty diesel fix

A German newspaper reports that Audi engineers developed the deceptive emissions software in 1999

Just over a month ago, U.S. District Court Judge Charles R. Breyer gave Volkswagen one more month to present a plan to clean up its dirty diesel cars in a ...


UnitedHealth, nation's largest health insurer, pulling out of Obamacare

The company says the market is smaller and riskier than it had anticipated

UnitedHealth Group is pulling out of Obamacare health exchanges in "most" of the 34 states where it is now participating in the program in 2017, leaving a ...


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...


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...


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...


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 ...


Media multitaskers may benefit from breathing exercises, study finds

People who frequently use different media forms in conjunction with each other scored better on attention tests after meditation

In this digital age, it’s become especially common to have multiple forms of electronic media competing for our attention. Whether it’s texting while watch...


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 ...


‘Splurge Alert’ app can help you fight the urge to splurge

Phone alerts and social support step in when you’re facing temptation

Do you have a penchant for bringing home certain items that aren’t necessarily in your budget? Well, as you may have guessed, there’s an app for that. ...


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...


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...


Staples recalls “Back in Motion” office chairs

The chair can tip over when the user leans back

Staples the Office Superstore of Framingham, Mass., is recalling about 2,000 “Back in Motion” office chairs. The chair can tip over when the user l...


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 ...


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...


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...


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...


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...


Study: for women, education still doesn't mean equal pay

Gender barriers in work and politics warrant policy action, researchers say

Despite closing the education gap with men, some advocates say that women still aren’t getting equal access to quality jobs and government representation. ...


Michigan opposes oil pipeline request

Still reeling from Flint water crisis, state sees too much environmental risk

When Canadian oil producers proposed the XL Pipeline to move oil across the United States, Republica...


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...


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...


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...


Flyover Country: an app to help air travelers learn more about the land below

Users don't need to purchase in-flight Wi-Fi to access the information

The window seat of an airplane can offer a hard-to-beat aerial view of the earth. Most of the time, however, it can be hard to determine where in the world...


Stem cells could prove useful in treating spinal cord injuries

Scientists in Japan were able to use these cells to promote spinal cord regeneration for the first time

You may never truly appreciate how important a role your spine plays until something happens to it. In addition to holding up our weight and giving our bod...


America's boom towns driven by fast-growing neighborhoods 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...


Lots of greenery lengthens women's lives, study finds

Women with high levels of vegetation around their homes had a 12% lower death rate

You may think you're killing yourself mowing the lawn, weeding the garden, and trimming the roses. But a study finds that women with high levels of vegetat...


Marrying an intelligent woman may keep dementia at bay, study finds

Smart spouses can help their partners stay mentally sharp

Eligible bachelors may want to consider adding “highly intelligent” to the list of qualities Mrs. Right should possess. If you’ve already partnered up with...


Norwegian Air Shuttle wins U.S. approval to launch cheap trans-Atlantic flights

U.S. Transportation Department glumly says it found "no legal basis" to deny the application

U.S. airlines have been so busy complaining about growing competition from Middle East carriers that Norwegian Air Shuttle has been sort of flying under th...


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 ...


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...


Where to safely stash cash and get some kind of return

Some savings and money market accounts pay more interest than others

The stock market's volatility in 2016 has some investors looking for places to park their money – anything from a nest egg or an emergency fund.While s...


Steady as she goes for builder confidence

Cautious optimism is the takeaway

The confidence of builders in the market for newly-built single-family homes was unabated in April, according to the National Association of Home Builders ...


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...


GM recalls nearly 1 million Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 1500 pickups

The flexible steel cable that connects the seat belt to the vehicle can fatigue and separate over time

General Motors is recalling 895,232 model year 2014-15 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 1500 pickups in the U.S. The flexible steel cable that co...


Obama issues executive order that could crack open cable set-top boxes

The clunky, outdated devices restrain competition and cost consumers millions, the White House argues

President Obama wants to free you from the tyranny of the cable set-top box, characterizing it as a clunky, outdated, and expensive device that costs consu...


Easy to pack souvenirs – and where to find them

Look for shops outside tourist areas selling locally made items

For many travelers, shopping for souvenirs is an enjoyable part of the travel experience. It’...


Microsoft files suit against the U.S. government over data privacy

The tech giant claims that the government violates First and Fourth Amendment rights when it forces access to cloud-based data

After the recent controversy between the Justice Department and Apple, wherein the latter had refused a court order to weaken its encryption to allow acces...


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...


Feds fine airlines for violating disabled passengers' rights

Air France, Lufthansa, British Airways failed to respond properly to complaints

Air France, Lufthansa, and British Airways are being fined for not properly responding to complaints filed by disabled passengers. They're the latest to be...


GoPro looks to integrate itself into other company's products

GoPro hopes to become more valuable to consumers by becoming a bigger part of their lives

GoPro continues to evolve from a platform to capture testosterone-fueled physical exploits to replacing the family camcorder of 1985.The company recent...


Windows users urged to uninstall QuickTime – now

Trend Micro says there are vulnerabilities that will not be patched

If you are running QuickTime for Windows on your PC, uninstall it now. That's the advice from Apple, which says it will no longer support the software....


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...


Specialty drugs driving prescription costs higher

Report finds specialty drug spending doubled over the last five years

A new report says Americans spent more on drugs last year, which might not come as a shock, given the attention focused lately on several drugs companies t...


February snow storms bring tough times for air travelers

On-time rates, however, showed improvement

Airline passengers trying to get to or away from the East Coast had a tough time of it in February.The Department of Transportation (DOT) Air Travel Co...


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...


BMW recalls model year 2016 740Li, 750Li, and 750Lxi vehicles

The air bags may not deploy, increasing the risk of occupant injury

BMW of North America is recalling 6,110 model year 2016 740Li, 750Li, and 750Lxi vehicles manufactured July 1, 2015, to December 11, 2015. The air ...


Helping kids prepare for their first trip to the dentist

Parents can help kids feel more comfortable in the dentist's chair by preparing them for the experience

Regular dental check-ups are important, but kids may not see it that way. No matter how many end-of-visit stickers are involved, a trip to the dentist is s...


Feds draw blinds on Mercola tanning beds

The company claimed indoor tanning was safe, did not cause skin cancer and could delay aging will pay refunds to consumers who bought its tanning beds and will be permanently banned from selling indoor tanning systems...


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...


Study finds consumers not too upset by data breaches

Only 11% say they stop doing business with a company that gets hacked

Data breaches are becoming increasingly common, but a new study finds that consumers aren't as upset about them as you might expect. In fact, the RAND Corp...


Florida governor signs bill requiring life insurance companies to pay up

Insurers must now monitor death records and pay benefits promptly

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has signed a measure that requires life insurance companies to monitor death records to make sure families get their benefits when ...


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 ...


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...


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...


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...


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 ...


Whole Foods Market recalls Asparagus, Pea and Ricotta salad

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

Whole Foods Market is recalling 10-oz. packages of Asparagus, Pea and Ricotta salad. The product was mislabeled and actually contains miniature Asp...


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...


Verizon unions set to strike Wednesday morning

More than 40,000 workers walk out along the East Coast

With all of its wireless and streaming video projects, it's easy to forget that Verizon is still the telephone company for millions of Americans along the ...


Automakers want insurance companies to remind consumers of recalls

But consumers say dealers and manufacturers are often the cause of delays in completing recalls

It happens all the time. Consumers are killed or injuried in car crashes because of uncompleted safety recalls. Often it's because consumers didn't receive...


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 ...


Three ingredients to avoid in order to have a healthier diet

Nutritionist group suggests limiting added sugar, sodium, and saturated fat

Eating a healthy diet is more than counting calories. As has been recently pointed out, not all calories are created equal.So it is important to eat th...


Google Shopping records explosive first quarter sales

Mobile e-commerce played a major role in the increase

The disruptive effect of the internet on retail was on display in the first quarter of the year, as Google Shopping recorded strong growth from its product...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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, ...


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...


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 ...


Feds step in to stop 'all-natural' claims in skin care products

Four manufacturers have agreed to stop making claims they can't support

Four companies that make skin care products, shampoos, and sunscreens have agreed to stop claiming the products are "all natural" or "100% natural" followi...


Moleskine’s new Smart Writing Set can digitize your handwritten notes

The notebook makers are stepping up their digital game

Artists, writers, and list-makers can now have the ink in their beloved Moleskines transformed into a digital image. Moleskine has added to its collection ...


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...


Southwest hikes price on consumers looking to board flights early

Consumers will have to pay 20% more in order to get priority boarding

Although profits have never been more lucrative for airline companies, that doesn’t mean that consumers have seen the last of price hikes.The Arizona R...


Scientists find new approach to male contraception

The process involves stopping sperm from successfully swimming towards the egg

Researchers at the University of Virginia say they have found a new method of male contraception -- an enzyme that blocks sperm from reaching the egg. The ...


How home improvement stores are embracing their busiest season

Consumers can find "Black Friday" level deals during March, April, and May

Spring is a notoriously busy season for home improvement retailers. As consumers swap their ice scrapers for garden shovels, stores such as Home Depot, Low...


Consumers and businesses turning to alternative financing

Crowdfunding and peer-to-peer lending now much more common

The bank won't give you a loan? Not to worry. It turns out there are plenty of alternative financing alternatives giving banks a run for their money.A ...


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 ...


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...


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...


Reser's Fine Foods recalls refrigerated salads

The product may be contaminated by Listeria monocytogenes

Reser's Fine Foods of Beaverton, Ore., is recalling 19 refrigerated salad items. The company has been notified by one of its ingredient suppliers t...


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...


Postage rates post their first decline in almost 100 years

The price reduction will cost the USPS an estimated $2 billion per year

At the beginning of March, we reported that postal rates for the United States Postal Service (USPS) were poised to go down, something that hadn’t happened...


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...


New drug may slow progression of multiple sclerosis

Australian researchers hoping to start clinical trials in 2018

Researchers say a new plant-derived drug may block the progression of multiple sclerosis (MS). The drug, named T20K, is extracted from a traditional medici...


Millennial women think investing is for old, white men

New study reveals why only 15% are currently investing

Millennial women don’t understand the stock market. That’s the key takeaway from a new Harris Poll survey commissioned by investment app Stash. The survey ...


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...


VW diesel scandal traps Porsche Macans in port

Regulators giving extra attention to certifying new models

The Porsche Macan is one of those supercars that, with the slightest touch of the accelerator, will leave a smokin' spot where it stood. But many of the ju...


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...


A 0% balance transfer card can save you thousands

Two cards now offer 21 months of 0% interest

If you are like most consumers, you are trying to pay off a balance on a credit card or two. Given the high interest rates on credit cards, that's often ha...


Common painkiller could make you more prone to mistakes

Researchers find acetaminophen affects brain function

Acetaminophen is the active ingredient in many popular over-the-counter painkillers and is widely used to treat everything from headaches to sore elbows....


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...


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...


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...


Stay well while traveling – how to avoid getting sick

Take a supply of common remedies with you, just in case all else fails

You carefully plan your vacation to ensure you’ll have a great time. While you can’t prevent every problem, if you add the following preventive steps to yo...


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...


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...


Scientifically proven ways nature can improve our mood

Nature has hidden antidepressants in some unusual places

The great outdoors certainly lives up to its superlative. Research has shown that getting outside can lift our spirits and brighten our mood so much that i...


FBI reminds companies to watch out for business email compromise scams

The agency says that these kinds of scams have grown by 270% since last year

The FBI has sent out a warning via its website about the dramatic increase in business email compromise (BEC) scams.BEC scams target businesses by spoo...


Senate kills plan to regulate size of airline seats

Cramped conditions cause health, safety hazards, backers of defeated bill say

Congress gets blamed for everything, and now you can add cramped airline seats to the list. The Senate voted 54 to 42 yesterday to nix a moratorium on any ...


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...


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...


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...


Prioritizing debt payoffs that will raise your credit score

If you have the money available, here are the debts to attack first

You've received a big tax refund and have decided to pay off some debt. The question is what credit line to pay first.If yours is a typical American ho...


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...


Honda recalls accessory rear trunk bases used to mount accessory trunks on Honda scooters

The locking hook of the accessory removable trunk may not engage fully

American Honda Motor Co. is recalling 1,533 accessory rear trunk bases, part numbers 08L71-K35-J00, 08L70-KZY-910, and 81200-KWN-780 used to mount accessor...


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 ...


Houston teen becomes tenth U.S. Takata airbag victim

A minor rear-end collision results in death for 17-year-old

Police used to marvel at how people walked away from head-on accidents that would have killed them prior to the widespread use of airbags. Now they marvel...


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...


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.”...


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...


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 --...


Researchers concerned about lingering effects of flame retardants

Phased out chemicals are still in the environment

Flame retardants have been used in a host of consumer products for decades, but in recent years they have been suspected of contributing to health issues. ...


Study: sugary drinks plus salty snacks equal hypertension

Majority of consumers get 10% of daily calories from added sugar

Health researchers continue to focus attention on sweet and salty foods as contributors to chronic health conditions, like high blood pressure and diabetes...


What's behind Baby Boomers' avoidance of annuities?

Researcher finds an unpleasant association

With the huge Baby Boom generation beginning to retire, you might expect the annuity business to be booming. After all, with one lump sum investment, a ret...


Researchers find kids' meals are getting healthier

Calories are down but food still has too much fat and sodium

Fast food chains have come in for their share of blame for child obesity, even to the point of the San Francisco city council banning free toys in kids' me...


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...


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...


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 ...


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...


New rule requires financial advisers to put client interests first

Consumers lose $17 billion a year in unnecessary fees and costs, White House estimates

If you entrust your retirement savings to a financial adviser, that person should put your financial interests ahead of his own, right? Yes, but that has n...


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...


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...


PacSun reportedly preparing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

Annual losses since 2008 have pushed shares down dramatically

It seems that business has not been booming for Pacific Sunwear of California Inc., better known as PacSun to consumers. Bloomberg reports that the chain m...


Study: living alone can lead to unhealthy eating habits

Single men, in particular, may suffer from poor nutrition when living by themselves

As Kevin McCallister once demonstrated, being home alone can lead to a pizza and ice cream-filled party for one. Now, a study proves that our dining decisi...


Consumers view financial success as a worthy, but elusive, goal

Living paycheck-to-paycheck seen as biggest impediment to getting ahead

Despite the economic battering a huge segment of U.S. consumers suffered in the aftermath of the Great Recession, a new survey suggests they still have the...


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...


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 ...


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 ...


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...


Mortgage applications rise for the first time in four weeks

Contract interest rates were down sharply

After falling for the previous three weeks, applications for mortgages have rebounded.The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) reports applications were ...


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...


Study finds 'stunning lack of knowledge' among tax preparers

Many states require no licensing or certification of tax preparers; anyone can do it

How qualified is that tax preparer you've entrusted with your financial life and liberty? A study by the non-profit group Georgia Watch may cause you some ...


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...


Feds arrest 21 recruiters in 'Pay to Stay' student visas scam

'Pay to Stay' college was a Homeland Security front, recruiters learned too late

Everybody knows about the police stings that use a phony business to entice crooks to fence stolen goods, launder money, or otherwise reveal themselves to ...


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 ...


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...


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...


Consumers missing the boat on travel rewards credit cards

When you sign up can determine the payoff

When it comes to travel rewards credit cards, when you apply can make a big difference. At certain times of the year the rewards are much greater.NerdW...


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...


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...


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-...


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...


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...


Grosfillex recalls commercial side chairs and armless bar stools

The backrest can crack and detach

Grosfillex of Robesonia, Pa., is recalling about 92,000 Havana side chairs and armless bar stools. The backrest can crack and detach, posing a fall...


New broadband labels intended to make buying decisions simpler

Customers will know the price, data limits and speed of the service they're buying

If you buy a pound of ground beef at the supermarket, you don't expect to weigh it later and find it weighs only half a pound. That's the principle two fed...


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...


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...


Campaign encourages parents to think twice about doctor-prescribed pain medication for kids

Asks, "Would you give your child heroin for a sports injury?"

Opioid pain relievers have played a large role in contributing to the 137% increase in the rate of deaths from drug overdoses since 2000. The problem’s ori...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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 ...


Model year 2015-2016 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Durangos recalled

The left front brake caliper may crack due to being made from an incorrect material

Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling 14,768 model year 2015-2016 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Durangos manufactured December 9, 2015, to January 14, 2016....


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...


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. ...


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...


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...


American Airlines changes its policy and will allow consumers to cancel flights

Consumers who preferred the old hold policy will still be able to use it for now, though

Travel plans change all the time, so it goes without saying that consumers need to be able to change flights or cancel them altogether. By law, all airline...


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...


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 ...


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...


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...


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'...


Manhattan Toy recalls table top toys Due to Choking Hazard

The round plastic beads can break, posing a choking hazard

The Manhattan Toy Company, of Minneapolis is recalling about 2,500 Busy Loops table top toys in the U.S. and Canada. The round plastic beads can br...


Volkswagen recalls Passats equipped with TDI engines

An electrical short can cause electrical connectors of an underbody sensor to overheat

Volkswagen Group of America is recalling 91,000 model year 2012-2014 Passats equipped with TDI engines. Due to improperly assembled wire seals in a...