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Miami Zika outbreak blamed on mosquitoes

It's the first time in the U.S. that the disease has likely been spread by mosquitoes

Health officials say a localized Zika outbreak appears to have been caused by mosquitoes. If so, they would be the first cases of mosquito-to-human transmi...

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Homeownership hits 50-year low

Rising rents and tighter inventory are big factors

Since the housing bubble burst, fewer Americans have been buying homes.First it was because it was so much harder to qualify for a mortgage and so many...

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Economy continues to limp along

Growth in the second three months of the year picked up from the first-quarter

An advance look at how the economy was doing in the second quarter shows improvement over the first three months of t...

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Model year 2016 Cruze vehicles

The headlights may be improperly aimed during service

General Motors is recalling 32,913 model year 2016 Cruze vehicles manufactured November 5, 2015, to May 26, 2016. The headlight assemblies are not ...

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PT Farm recalls beef products

The products may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H

PT Farm of North Haverhill, N.H, is recalling approximately 8,800 pounds of raw beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. Fourte...

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Why Baby Boomers need a hepatitis C test

Michigan doctors devise plan to increase screening

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended that all Baby Boomers in the U.S. get screened for hepatitis C.Hepatitis C is a co...

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Consumers encountering fewer credit card fees

However, choosing the wrong prepaid card can be costly

Oil prices aren't the only thing going down. A new report from CreditCards.com found fewer credit cards are charging foreign transaction fees – a significa...

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Why homebuyers have to act quickly

Zillow reports inventory of available homes is down 38% from 2011

The couple had looked at five houses for sale and really liked one. But they told their real estate agent they would like to keep looking.“If there's a...

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The biggest threat facing retirees

It isn't having insufficient savings -- it's having too much debt.

Retirement is a huge adjustment in life, but surveys have shown that many Americans are entering that phase of life with a significant amount of debt.W...

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Two studies raise new e-cigarette concerns

Researchers say emissions can be inconsistent and labels are often inaccurate

A study by researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has found that emissions from e-cigarettes are not consistent, affected ...

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Pending home sales up modestly in June

Supply and affordability held the market back

Falling supplies and higher prices put a lid on pending home sales in June.According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), it's Pending Home S...

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New home sales rebound in June

Home prices were higher as well

Following a slump in May, sales of new single-family houses shot higher in June. Figures released by the Commerce Department show sales came in at ...

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Southwest Airlines hoping for a better week

Airline said things are returning to normal after its computer glitch

After computer outages caused cascading problems, cancelling hundreds of flights late last week, Southwest Airlines reports things got back to normal over ...

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Teen summer employment roars back

Hiring in June was the strongest in three years

Teens looking for work in June found it.Outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas, which tracks employment, reports employment among 16- to...

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FAA finds 'minor' issues in review of Allegiant Air

The deficiencies were not 'systemic,' the agency said after its periodic audit of the carrier

Allegiant Air says a Federal Aviation Administration audit of its operations has turned up several "minor" issues. The findings were "minor with non-regula...

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How to choose a pregnancy-safe sunscreen

What to look for and which harmful ingredients to avoid

The dog days of summer might have been uncomfortable prior to having baby on board, but now your swollen feet and higher-than-normal body temperature may b...

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Leading Economic Index rebounds in June

The expansion was the second in three months

Following a slight (-0.2%) decline in May, The Conference Board's Leading Economic Index® (LEI) rose 0.3% in June. The index was up 0.5% in April.“Impr...

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Agave Dream recalls cappuccino ice cream

The product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Agave Dream of Palos Verdes Peninsula, Calif., is recalling 389 cases of cappuccino ice cream that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. ...

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Mazda recalls B-Series trucks

The airbag inflators may rupture due to propellant degradation

Mazda North American Operations (Mazda) is recalling 3,734 model year 2007-2009 B-Series trucks manufactured June 6, 2006, to January 22, 2009, originally ...

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Gasoline prices at 12-year low for July

Plentiful supplies and low oil prices giving motorists a windfall

July is dead center in the summer driving season. Whether it's a quick trip to the beach or an extended road trip, it's when many families pack up and hit ...

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Feds sue to block healthcare mergers

Justice Department says deals could hurt consumers

The U.S. Justice Department has announced it has gone to court to block the proposed merger of Anthem and Cigna, arguing that combining the two giant healt...

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How to lose weight eating what you want

“Mindful eating” emerges as alternative to dieting

Helping people try to lose weight is big business. Americans spend close to $60 billion a year on weight loss products, according to the Bharat Book Bureau...

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Is it easier to save money when you pay with cash?

Research shows consumers think about a purchase more when they pay with cash

Consumers who have bank accounts have gotten used to paying for everything with a debit or credit card. People might carry some cash, but they rarely spend...

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Sales of existing homes up again in June

First-time buyers hit the market in a big way

Consumers looking to buy their first homes helped lift sales of previously-owned houses for the fourth straight month in June.The National Association ...

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Model year 2009-2010 Chevrolet Impalas recalled

A failure to recognize that the passenger seat is occupied may disable the air bag

General Motors is recalling 289,254 model year 2009-2010 Chevrolet Impalas manufactured April 25, 2008 through February 16, 2010. The front passeng...

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Audit suggests Takata will face more scrutiny

Investigators find evidence company engineers engaged in "selective editing"

Volkswagen is not the only automotive company dealing with a scandal. Takata Corp., a Japanese maker of airbags, has been dealing with dangerous defects in...

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Five fun apps for runners seeking motivation

Why not run from zombies, explore new trails, or donate to charity on your next run?

From exercise and endorphins to the ever-coveted runner’s high, there is a lot to be gained from running. But while running has been called the most ac...

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Twitter adds verification option to more accounts

Until now, verification has been limited mostly to celebrities and other big names

Back in the day, it was considered clever to say that on the internet no one knows you're a dog. Sadly, it's still true that just about anyone can imperson...

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Dollar Shave Club to become part of Unilever

Acquisition could give company a weapon against rival Procter and Gamble

Doubt that there is big money in razors? Don't tell Unilever. The multi-national personal care products giant is writing a check for $1 billion to acquire ...

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What your browser “fingerprints” say about you

Australian researcher warns that they can lead to significant privacy breaches

At a crime scene, detectives are able to lift fingerprints that are not visible to the naked eye. But those fingerprints tell a lot about who was at the sc...

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How do you know if you have the Zika virus?

Symptoms are mild or non-existent, but it is dangerous nonetheless

Summer is here, and so are the mosquitoes. How many of them are carrying the Zika virus?That's hard to tell. The Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mos...

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Prenatal vitamins: are they worth it?

Some doctors say expensive prenatal vitamins may not be all they're cracked up to be

Prenatal vitamins have long been considered a crucial element to a healthy pregnancy. But are they really necessary?When it comes to preventing heart d...

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Chick-fil-A feels push-back over menu change

Die hard customers unhappy about disappearance of Spicy Chicken Biscuit

Chick-fil-A has a devoted, some might say fanatical, following. The fast food chain has won praise from consumers in recent years due to both its service a...

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Red meat linked to kidney failure

A study shows that eating too much red meat can lead to chronic kidney disease and end-stage renal failure

The medical community has been warning the public about the dangers of red meat for some time now. Over the past few years, studies have linked its consump...

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The most affordable weekends for summer travel

When to take that end-of-summer trip and which ten cities have the cheapest lodging

Looking to cash in those unused vacation days for one last summer trip with the family? If so, chances are you’d like to get the most bang for your buck. ...

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Car loan terms continue to get longer

But consumers appear to be getting out of them sooner

As new car prices have risen, consumers have used longer payment periods to keep their monthly payments manageable. But that doesn't mean that they are kee...

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A slip in builder confidence

Shortages of lots and labor may be factors

Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes stayed positive in July, even though there was a bit of slippage.The National Ass...

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Nissan recalls model year 2016 Sentras

The vehicle may not start or the engine may stall

Nissan North America is recalling 1,522 model year 2016 Sentras manufactured April 11, 2016, through April 26, 2016. The engine room harness may ha...

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The latest option in low-cost college education

University offers $3,000 a year tuition for employees of partner companies

With the cost of higher education still a hot-button issue, it pays to reconsider options for obtaining a college degree.Getting the full “college expe...

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Consumer prices creep higher

An increase in energy costs offset falling food prices

The cost of living rose in June for a fourth consecutive month.According to the Department of Labor (DOL), the Consumer Price Index (CPI) increased at ...

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What doctors love about Pokemon Go

The app's mental and physical health benefits have physicians singing its praises

The quest to catch ‘em all has Pokemon Go users upping their activity level, and doctors are a-okay with that. Group Health physicians say the app is h...

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Santa Monica cracks down on Airbnb rentals

An outspoken Airbnb host pays up, plans to move to Denver

Santa Monica is one of those places that sees itself as just about perfect, and it takes a dim view of any deviation from ideal behavior, like renting out...

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Kroger Recalls Deluxe S'mores Ice Cream

The product may contain peanuts, an allergen not listed on the label

The Kroger Co. is recalling its store brand of Deluxe S’mores Ice Cream. The product may contain peanuts, an allergen not listed on the label. Ther...

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Evie's Cheddar Potato Salad recalled

The product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Hearn Kirkwood is recalling Evie’s Cheddar Potato Salad. The product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. There are no reported...

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Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain vehicles recalled

The certification labels may have incorrect tire/rim size and cold tire pressure information

General Motors is recalling 17 model year 2016 Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain vehicles manufactured October 16, 2015. The certification labels m...

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Party platforms ignore highway deaths

Gun violence gets a lot of attention, though its toll is lower than vehicle violence

There are quite a few things that can kill you. Take guns, for example. They kill 33,000 people in the United States each year. Traffic accidents can kill ...

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Suddenly, banks want you and are willing to pay

Banks in largest U.S. cities are paying cash bonus to open checking account

In the past few years, consumers could be forgiven if they got the impression that banks didn't want them as customers. It seems like it's been one new fee...

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Cats are living longer than ever, study finds

Whether you love them or simply tolerate them, cats are sticking around longer

Cat lovers, rejoice: a new study has found that cats are living longer, healthier lives. In this month’s Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, resear...

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Amazon reports record orders on Prime Day

Consumers snapped up two million toys and a million pairs of shoes

Amazon.com says Tuesday's second annual Prime Day was bigger than last year and set a record for orders worldwide.The online retailer says global order...

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Foreclosure inventories plunge in May

Completed foreclosures were lower as well

The inventory of foreclosed homes fell sharply during May according to the CoreLogic National Foreclosure Report.The property information provider says...

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Starbucks raising wages and prices

Consumers don't seem to exhibit much price resistance when it comes to coffee

Consumer submissionCoffee seems to be one of those treasured commodities that's not much affected by pricing. With the average Starbucks latte going ...

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Debt collector calling? Here's what to do

First, know your rights under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act

Some consumers are caught off guard when a debt collector calls and may take actions or make statements that are damaging to their position. The law, after...

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The potential benefits of walking meetings

A study shows that these active meetings are accepted by workers and can have huge health benefits

Working in an office comes with certain expectations for employees. More than likely, you’ll have to dress in appropriate business-wear, deal with paperwor...

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Is your connected car vulnerable to theft?

Today's tech savvy car thieves are finding easy pickings

The old method of a car thief breaking into your car and “hot wiring” the ignition to make off with it is getting pretty dated.With so many cars run by...

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Chase, Ally top consumer banking poll

MyBankTracker finds the two banks are consistent consumer favorites

Consumers' preferences in banking are always shifting, but Alex Matjanec, CEO and co-founder of MyBankTracker, says his site's quarterly banking survey sho...

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NTSB opens probe of Florida Tesla accident

The safety agency is lookiing for "systemic" problems with vehicle automation

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is sending five investigators to Florida to look into the May 7 fatal accident involving a Tesla that slamm...

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Pokémon Go goes viral; crooks take advantage

Stick-up artists use the game to lure victims to isolated areas

It's bigger than Tinder and may soon be bigger than Twitter. It's Pokémon Go -- the smartphone gaming app that puts Pokémon characters into real-life setti...

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Are there ways to avoid jet lag?

A sleep specialist shares his secrets

With a stronger dollar in recent years, more Americans have been traveling to Europe and Asia. While that can open up new worlds and experiences, the downs...

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New technology may help working parents worry less

Smart monitor provides real-time updates on baby's status, location, and well being

The decision to become a parent, as author Elizabeth Stone once put it, is “to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.”L...

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Walmart offers free shipping for five days

Retailer tries to one-up Amazon's Prime Day

As Amazon.com ramps up for Tuesday's second annual Prime Day – a sort of Black Friday in July – Walmart has served notice it is joining the fight for the c...

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New treatment targets lethal brain cancer

Combination treatment triggers immune response against tumors

When a patient is diagnosed with glioblastoma (GBM), a brain cancer, the prognosis is usually very poor. But researchers at UCLA say they have developed a ...

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GHSE recalls chicken salad product

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

GHSE, LLC, of Green Cove Springs, Fla., is recalling approximately 5,682 pounds of salad product containing chicken. The product contains wheat, an...

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Model year 2017 Pacifica vehicles recalled

Passengers occupying the third-row and/or second-row center seats may not be able to use seat belts

Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling 3,518 model year 2017 Pacifica vehicles manufactured February 22, 2016, through April 28, 2016. The center overh...

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How your fitness tracker could reveal your PIN

Researchers find code stealing malware is alarmingly accurate

Your smart watch or fitness tracker may be giving you helpful information about you health, but is it also giving away secrets to an enterprising hacker?...

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Just how effective is antivirus software?

IT security experts increasingly ask the same question

For years, any article about how to protect yourself from computer viruses and malware was usually tagged with “and keep your antivirus software up to date...

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Unemployment ticks higher in June

However, it was the strongest month for hiring since last October

The nation's jobless rate rose 0.2% in June to 4.9%, as another 347,000 people found themselves out of work, according to figures released by the Departmen...

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UPS employee sues company over 'reporting pay'

Claim he wasn't paid when he showed up for work and his shift was caacelled

A class-action suit filed in Massachusetts focuses on a sore point for many employees. The employee shows up on the job as scheduled, but due to a lack of ...

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IRS scam targets college students

Young people told they must pay non-existent National Student Tax

Scammers are usually pretty savvy characters. When they choose victims they normally look for the most vulnerable people.That's why senior citizens are...

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ADP: U.S. job creation continues to slow

Average monthly job output has slowed this year

Another 172,000 people found work in the private sector during June, according to the ADP National Employment Report. However, that's down by about 1,000 f...

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Job cuts on the rise in June

Still, terminations remain below the 12-month average

Pink slips were in the wind during June as employers announced plans to cut payrolls by 38,536 jobs.While that's up...

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Another reason to consider dental implants

Beyond improving your smile, dentists say they can improve your health

Dental implants have become so common that the procedure is advertised on television and billboards. Most people who get them do so for cosmetic reasons – ...

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Another Tesla crashes while on Autopilot

A Tesla Model X ran off the Pennsylvania Turnpike and overturned

A Detroit-area man and his son-in-law survived the crash of their 2016 Tesla Model X on the Pennsylvania Turnpike last week, the second reported crash invo...

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Where should you go on your babymoon?

When it comes to prenatal travel, choosing a Zika-free destination is key

When the morning sickness has subsided and naptime no longer beckons every few hours, it may be time for a babymoon. The second trimester of pregnancy ...

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After a reset, Ashley Madison says it's back

Company says it has improved its security and opened the site to all kinds of relationships

Ashley Madison, the dating website that helped married members find partners for affairs, has repositioned itself and hit the reset button.Two new top ...

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Mortgage applications post solid gain

Falling interest rates were behind the advance

A continuing decline in interest rates sent mortgage applications surging last week.The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) reports applications shot up...

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Audi A8 and S8 vehicles recalled

The sunroof glass may not be properly secured to the sunroof frame

Volkswagen Group of America is recalling 536 model year 2007-2009 Audi A8 and S8 vehicles. The sunroof glass on the recalled vehicles may not be pr...

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Hurricane forecast up slightly for this year

Homeowners along the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts should prepare for another season

Hurricane Joaquin (NOAA Photo)The Atlantic hurricane forecast for this year ranges from normal to slighty above normal. Colorado State University is ...

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Can you really afford that new car?

According to Bankrate.com, you probably can't

We know that the average transaction price of new cars keeps going up. It has reached the point now that the average consumer must stretch his or her budge...

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Five budget-friendly ways to refresh your home

Expert tips to make your space appear larger, lovelier, and more inviting

Planning on tackling a home project this summer? If so, you’re not alone. Forty-six percent of Americans plan to redecorate or renovate their homes this su...

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Roadster aims to simplify the car-buying process

The online car site largely removes humans from the car-buying process

For many consumers, the worst part of buying a new car is dealing with the dealer. There have been scattered attempts to move the whole process online, but...

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How to set up an individual retirement account

Putting money in a special retirement account has its advantages

It's easy to put off saving for retirement since there are so many other day-to-day expenses competing for your money. But starting with just small regular...

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What's the best way to invest in gold?

If you want to own the precious metal, there's more than one way to do it

Gold prices have been on a tear over the last couple of months, especially as economic uncertainty has surfaced around the globe. Last week's Brexit vote, ...

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VW recalls Jettas, Passats and Golfs

The fuel rail may detach from the cylinder head, resulting in a fuel leak

Volkswagen Group of America is recalling 55 model year 2016 Jettas manufactured October 31, 2015, to January 21, 2016, 2016, Passats, equipped with 1.8T en...

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