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Money 101: where to turn for help

A number of government and private sources can help consumers get a handle on money issues

When you want to get off on the right financial foot, or need help digging out from beneath crushing credit card or student loan debt, there are resources...

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Pending home sales pull back in August

It's the third decline in four months

Pending home sales cooled in August following the first increase in three months during July.The National Association of Realtors (NAR) reports its Pen...

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Walmart recalls tripod stools

The plastic collar that connects the three legs can break

Walmart of Bentonville, Ark., is recalling about 2,600 tripod stools.The plastic collar that connects the three legs can break, posing a fall hazard to...

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Money 101: how to start saving

Can you still save while paying off debt?

After years of stagnant incomes, consumers are finally beginning to take home a little more money in their paychecks. The U.S. Census Bureau reports the me...

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Americans' diet improves, sort of

A new report finds Americans are still eating too much, and too much of the wrong things

It's not just how much we're eating, but what we're eating, that needs work. To put it simply, Americans eat too much and also eat too much of the wrong th...

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Chrysler recalls model year 2016 Fiat 500s

Tire inflation pressure for the spare tire is listed incorrectly

Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling 32 model year 2016 Fiat 500 vehicles manufactured June 11, 2015, to July 27, 2016.The Vehicle's tire placard lists a...

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Money 101: managing income and expenses

Making out a budget is a key step in controlling your finances

When it comes to getting a handle on your finances, no step is more important than making out a budget – a document that balances income and expenses.A...

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Google adds incognito mode to its iOS app

It gives users the same privacy shield they can get in the Chrome browser

Want to keep your web searches private? Google has added an "incognito" mode to its iOS app, allowing iPhone users to keep their search histories private,...

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New Buick SUV takes top IIHS safety award

It's the first Chinese-built vehicle that IIHS has tested

A new midsize SUV from Buick has qualified for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) TOP SAFETY PICK+ award.The Envision -- the first Chine...

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Money 101: living below your means

A thrifty lifestyle will put money in the bank

We all know what “living above your means” is all about. It's “keeping up with the Jones,” buying a more expensive car, and owning a bigger house than you...

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Combating fall allergy symptoms in kids

What parents can do to keep sniffles and sneezes at bay

As the leaves swirl and weed pollen proliferates, fall allergies may begin to surface. Fall is prime allergy season for kids as well as adults, and mold an...

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Why your diet usually fails

Nutrition author says eating healthy food is key to battling obesity

There all kinds of diets and weight loss programs, and while some undoubtedly achieve results for some people, it's also clear that the majority of people...

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U.S. weighs how big a fine Volkswagen can stand

The automaker's Audi brand may be dragged into the diesel scandal, reports say

The death penalty is rarely used these days because it is seen as inhumane and also because it shuts down any opportunity for rehabilitation, which is supp...

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Gasoline prices hold at $2.21 a gallon

Prices at the pump are showing remarkable stability

The pipeline leak in Alabama has been repaired and gasoline is flowing again, but some states in the Southeast are still feeling the effects of reduced sup...

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A slowdown in home price gains

The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller National Index is close to a record high

July was another month of solid gains in home prices, according to the S&P; CoreLogic Case-Shiller Indices, with the index covering all nine U.S. census di...

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Volkswagen recalls model year 2017 Audi Q7s

The third row seat back may move forward under conditions

Volkswagen Group of America is recalling 19,205 model year 2017 Audi Q7s manufactured August 30, 2015, to July 10, 2016.The third row seat back may mov...

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Goodyear recalls G399A LHS tires

The tire tread my separate while in use

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company is recalling 1,650 G399A LHS tires, size 295/75R22.5 LRG, manufactured January 24, 2016, to May 28, 2016.Due to an anoma...

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Lenny Lamb infant carriers recalled

The internal stitching on the infant carrier is missing

Lenny Lamb of Poland is recalling about 1,500 Buckle Onbu infant carriers sold in the U.S. and Canada.The internal stitching on the infant carrier is m...

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Money 101: managing credit cards

Experts offer tips for staying out of trouble

A credit card can be a powerful, helpful financial tool. It can also plunge you so deep into debt that it will take years to get out. It all depends on how...

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'Gig' employment becoming the new normal

Report says employers spent nearly $800 billion on contract workers last year

Much has been said and written about the so-called “gig economy,” in which workers are not employees, but rather independent contractors.Some people li...

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New rule could curb oil speculators

Fed proposal could make gas prices less volatile in the future

In a little noted action Friday, the Federal Reserve published a proposed rule that it said would toughen the existing requirements and limitations placed...

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Beware the Hotwire travel scam

Travel deal site warns consumers that scammers are using its name

While fax machines would seem to be outdated technology, many are still in use, especially at small businesses.Scammers are relying on this fact to ste...

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Denon recalls rechargeable battery packs

The battery can overheat, posing a fire and burn hazards

Denon Electronics of Mahwah, N.J., is recalling about 3,600 lithium-ion rechargeable battery packs sold in the U.S. and Canada.The battery can overheat...

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Model year 2010-2013 Audi A8s recalled

Coolant may enter the engine control module causing a loss of power or an engine stall

Volkswagen Group of America is recalling 9,102 model year 2010-2013 Audi A8s manufactured May 15, 2010, to May 14, 2012.The vehicles have a coolant val...

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Getting your garden ready for fall

Cool weather plants that can keep the color in your garden

Your garden may soon be bidding adieu to summer temperatures, but it doesn’t have to go dormant. Many plants will continue to grow happily during the colde...

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Rents no longer rising as much as they were

Zillow reports rents rose 1.7% compared to 5% for home prices

Many Millennials have been caught in a housing squeeze. Unable to buy a home, they've been forced to remain renters. But in the wake of the housing crisis,...

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Why you should feed your dog pumpkin

Cooked pumpkin contains vitamins and nutrients that can boost your dog's health

Whether they’re gracing a fall tablescape or waiting to be picked from a patch, pumpkins are everywhere these days. If you’re a pet parent with pumpkins to...

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States sue maker of opioid treatment drug

Complaint says Indivior engaged in anti-competitive behavior

In another case revolving around drug pricing, 36 states have joined a lawsuit against Indivior, the manufacturer of the branded drug Suboxone. Suboxone is...

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Yet another food marketing label to watch out for

You may begin to see premium-priced produce labeled "from preserved farmland"

Consumers encounter an increasing number of food labels as they do their grocery shopping, and it may be hard to keep them straight and understand what the...

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The high cost of being un-banked

Consumers may think they're saving, but a NerdWallet study says they aren't

Since the 2008 financial crisis, millions of consumers have become “un-banked,” ending their relationship with their bank or credit union. In many cases...

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NutraClick ordered to change billing procedures

The supplement marketer was the subject of more than 70,000 complaints

NutraClick is one of the darlings of Boston entrepreneurial circles, thanks to its successful development of nutritional supplement brands like Force Facto...

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Existing homes sales fall again in August

Realtors worry that lack of inventory is distorting the market

The nation's real estate market apparently hit the summer doldrums, because sales have declined two months in a row.The National Association of Realtor...

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Comcast tip-toes into the wireless business

It plans to rent space from Verizon and use its Wi-Fi hotspot network

Comcast has been talking about getting into the wireless business for a long time and now says it's just about ready to do so, with the emphasis on "about....

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Replacement Galaxy Note 7 phones now available

A half-million replacement phones have been shipped to retailers

Samsung has confirmed that it has shipped 500,000 replacement Galaxy Note 7 smartphones to U.S. retailers so that consumers may start the exchange program....

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CEOs face tough questioning in Congress

Wells Fargo and Mylan are feeling the heat

A day after Wells Fargo CEO John Stumph got raked over the coals by the Senate Banking Committee, Mylan CEO Heather Bresch could be walking into much of th...

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Consumers report bugs with new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus

Users say that they have faced service disruptions and lost control of the device when using the new Lightning EarPods

In the past, there’s always been a notable excitement and anticipation whenever a new phone technology is becoming available. This is perhaps doubly true f...

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Subprime borrowers increase credit access

Experian report also shows delinquency rate is down sharply over five years

The latest Experian Market Intelligence Brief shows the financially-weakest consumers in the U.S. are getting more access to credit.The report reveals...

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How to select the best credit card

Money magazine consults with NerdWallet to offer the top picks

The “best credit card” is a pretty subjective label. It's all going to depend on how an individual consumer spends money.While some advantages are hard...

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Hyundai recalls model year 2016 Sonatas

The driver-side front air bag that may not adequately protect the driver's neck from injury

Hyundai Motor Company is recalling 602 model year 2016 Sonata vehicles manufactured March 28, 2016 through April 12, 2016.The vehicles have a driver-si...

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Ford recalls Escape Titanium and SE vehicles

The windows may close on an object such as a body part before the windows auto-reverse

Ford Motor Company is recalling 17,985 model year 2017 Ford Escape Titanium and SE vehicles manufactured October 5, 2015, to May 12, 2016.The settings...

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Evolve 3-in-1 Combination Booster Seats recalled

The child in the seat can loosen the harness without the caregiver's knowledge.

Evenflo Company is recalling 29,742 Evolve 3-in-1 Combination Booster Seats, model number 34411700 manufactured February 26, 2015, to February 9, 2016 and...

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Censea recalls shrimp product

The product may be contaminated with Salmonella

Censea, Inc. is recalling its A-PAC 8/12 count Headless Shell on Black Tiger Shrimp.The product may be contaminated with Salmonella.There have been...

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Feds set new safety guidelines for self-driving cars

Automakers expected to achieve 'robust' designs to ensure that autonomous cars meet their promise

Federal safety regulators are shifting gears, requiring automakers to achieve what the Department of Transportation (DOT) is calling a "robust design" to e...

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Watch an e-cigarette blow up a woman's purse

A surveillance camera in a New Jersey mall captures the dramatic moment

Since their introduction, e-cigarettes have been extremely popular as a tobacco alternative, but health officials insist there remain unanswered questions...

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DeVry says it will limit federal funding

For-profit schools have been feeling the heat of stepped-up oversight following several failures

For-profit colleges are barred from receiving more than 90% of their revenue from federal financial aid, but following the collapse of ITT, Corinthian, and...

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Dangerous new scam targets children

Sextortion demands sex instead of money

Scammers normally like to target senior citizens because they are considered a vulnerable population.But a dangerous new scam targets another vulnerabl...

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Baby Jogger recalls child seats

Information on the labels, instruction manuals and registration cards is incorrect

Baby Jogger, LLC is recalling 15,103 City GO Infant Car Seats (models BJ64510 and BJ64529); City GO Base for infant car seat (models BJ80400 and BJ61500);...

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Bunge's Meats recalls pork products

The products were produced with water that failed to meet federal drinking water standards

Bunge’s Meats of Catawissa, Pa., is recalling an undetermined amount of pork sausage products.The products were produced with water that did not meet t...

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Apple and Samsung's reversal of fortunes

It's been a great month for one smartphone maker, the other not so much

The tech world has spent the better part of this month wondering what went wrong with Samsung lately and what went right for Apple. It turns out the two th...

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Spray-on anesthetic approved for dental use

Study finds Kovanaze is effective in 88 percent of patients

A trip to the dentist is seldom fun, especially when it involves an injection to numb the pain of a procedure. But researchers at the University of Pennsyl...

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Wells Fargo sued over account fraud scandal

Three Utah consumers seek $5 million in damages

Wells Fargo, which paid $185 million in fines to settle government charges of fraud, now faces a lawsuit by three customers who claim they were victimized....

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Graco recalls Milestone child seats

The child seat labels are missing a required phrase

Graco Children's Products is recalling 8,240 Milestone child seats, model numbers 1910130, 1923980, 1926538, and 1926539, for failing to comply with the re...

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How to pack when you can't unpack

Living out of a suitcase isn't easy but it can be done

It’s not fun to live out of a suitcase, but it's a necessity on some trips. If you’re not well organized, mornings are especially hectic, and finding and r...

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Golfsmith files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

It's the latest episode in a sad turn of events for U.S. sports retailers

It hasn’t been a very good year for sports retailers in the U.S. Back in April, Sports Authority liquidated its stores nationwide after failing to come up...

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More Jeeps roll over owners, suit charges

Two women file suits after accidents similar to the one that killed actor Anton Yelchin

The death of actor Anton Yelchin, killed when his Jeep Grand Cherokee crushed him as he checked the mailbox at his Los Angeles home, was initially seen as...

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More consumers questioning the value of college

More than half tell researchers there are ways to succeed without an expensive degree

In recent years there have been studies that have addressed the question of whether a college education is still worth the massive cost. These studies almo...

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Wholesale prices flat in August

A drop in food prices played a major role

Inflation on the wholesale level -- what the government calls “the Producer Price Index (PPI) for final demand” -- showed no change last month, according t...

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Retail sales dip in August

First-time jobless claims inched higher

Retail sales dipped in August -- the first decline in five months.According to the Commerce Department, sales were off 0.3...

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Hyundai recalls model year 2016 Tucsons

The vehicle may not move if the accelerator pedal is pressed and released repeatedly

Hyundai Motor Company is recalling 41,000 model year 2016 Tucsons manufactured May 20, 2015 through May 31, 2016 and equipped with a 7-speed EcoShift Dual...

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Samsung washers blamed in series of fires

Some of the machines have been recalled in Australia, but not here

Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 has acquired quite a reputation as a firebug, but it's not the only Samsung device that is being blamed for starting fires. Consume...

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Gmail outage hits parts of U.S. and UK

The origin and scope of the problem are not known

Widespread problems hit Google's popular Gmail service late this morning, Eastern Time. There was no immediate explanation from Google, but users flooded s...

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Apple sued by scorned upgrade members

Members say the company showed preferential treatment towards new customers during the iPhone 7 pre-order process

It used to be that the release of a new iPhone was greeted by insane levels of enthusiasm by faithful consumers. While lines at the Apple store no longer e...

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Why you shouldn't use your debit card at a gas pump

Wisconsin authorities have uncovered numerous card 'skimmers' that can steal data

There are some places you simply don't use a debit card. A restaurant, for example, if the server takes the payment from the table to the cash register. A...

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Gridlock on the tarmac

More than 20 excessive runway delays occurred in July

Going nowhere fast. That's what happened on some of the nation's airport runways during July.Airlines reported 11 tarmac delays of more than three hour...

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Should you upgrade to the iPhone 7?

Some plans and carriers will cost you more than others

Apple's introduction of the iPhone 7 last week didn't make much of a splash. Apple stock actually went down afterward.Gone are the days when excitement...

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PT Farm recalls lamb products

The products may may be contaminated with E. coli

PT Farm of North Haverhill, N.H., is recalling approximately 15 pounds of lamb products that may be contaminated with E. coli. The products -- a ne...

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Apps that can help you with your fall gardening

Let these apps walk you through what to do during each gardening season

The arrival of fall marks the beginning of a new set of gardening to-dos. But if you find it difficult to keep track of what your garden requires from seas...

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Credit card debt in second quarter sets record

Study projects total credit card debt will eclipse $1 trillion this year

Consumers went on a credit card spending spree in the second quarter of the year, adding a record $34.4 billion in new debt.Personal finance website Wa...

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Are you giving away too much information?

Survey estimates 10 million Americans reveal their Social Security numbers

Scammers are really good at playing head games with their victims, in hopes they will reveal things they shouldn't. Sensitive information can be used to st...

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Stock market continues last week's sell-off

Possibility of a Fed rate hike seems to change everything

On Wall Street, the stock market opened moderately lower to start the week, continuing a steep sell-off that began Friday.The reason isn't hard to figu...

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Goodyear recalls Dunlop SP50 tires

The tire tread may chunk off if driven on with low tire pressure

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company is recalling 16,757 Dunlop SP50 tires, size P205/70R15 95T, manufactured December 2, 2012, to February 1, 2014. The...

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What you can and can't take on an airplane

The FAA wants you to keep your Samsung Galaxy Note 7 out of checked bags

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is just the latest item you shouldn't pack in a checked bag aboard a commercial airline in the U.S.“In light of recent incide...

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Volkswagen engineer pleads guilty in diesel scandal

Veteran engineer admits he and his co-conspirators lied to federal and state regulators

A Volkswagen engineer pleaded guility today to his role in the Volkswagen "dieselgate" scandal and admitted that he and other VW employees continued to lie...

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How to avoid a fake shipping scam

Students going back to school should be especially wary of these cons

Photo (c) Wavebreak Media - FotoliaWith September finally here, students across the nation have been making their way back to college campuses. Wheth...

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Mondelez bringing Milka Oreo bars to the U.S.

The company failed in its recent bid to acquire Hershey

Spurned in its effort to buy Hershey, candy giant Mondelez will leverage its Oreo brand to drive a wedge into Hershey's share of the U.S. market, bringing...

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Iowa cracks down on 'toner pirates'

Iowa AG Tom Miller has sued three companies for conducting an office supply scam

Small businesses and non-profits are frequent targets of scam artists, including “toner pirates,” who trick employees into paying invoices for exorbitantly...

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Home equity credit lines on the rise

Homeowners are taking advantage of improving real estate values

Consumers are increasingly tapping into the equity of their homes, suggesting the rise in home values is putting actual money in their pockets.Experian...

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Home prices post 6% annual gain in July

Strongest price advances were in the West

Home prices posted solid gains in July on both a year-over-year and month-over-month basisProperty information provider CoreLogic reports its Home Pric...

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Model year 2016 Chrysler 200s recalled

Chassis fastener joints may loosen and fail or fall out, reducing steering and handling capability

Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling 191 model year 2016 Chrysler 200s manufactured May 24, 2016, to May 25, 2016. Multiple chassis fastener joints t...

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Why the Zika virus can cause eye disease

Researchers find the virus living in tears

Much of the coverage on the Zika virus has rightly focused on the devastating impact it can have for pregnant women.Otherwise, the virus has not been c...

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Be wary of home testing kits for ovarian cancer

The FDA says the kits being sold are not sensitive enough to be reliable

There are home testing kits for all kinds of medical conditions. Some are better than others and some are no good at all. And that, says the FDA, describes...

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How to keep from overscheduling your child

Kids who are too busy can impact the well-being of the whole family

Whether they do so by choice or at the behest of their parents, kids often sign up for one too many after-school activities. Extra activities such as m...

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Have you ever read your credit card agreement?

A study finds these legal documents are over the heads of most consumers

A credit card is like a loan, and when you borrow money, there's usually a long and all-encompassing agreement that goes along with it.Ever read your c...

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Flying over the holidays? Book early

Air travel expert predicts demand will limit options and raise fares

Aside from last spring's huge security bottlenecks at some airports and a computer outage or two, airline passengers have had a pretty good 2016.Ticket...

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Model year 2014-2016 Jeep Cherokees recalled

The seat fasteners on the first or second row seats may be loose

Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling 1,824 model year 2014-2016 Jeep Cherokees manufactured July 29, 2013, to February 5, 2016. The seat fasteners on...

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iPhone 7 may be lacking a crucial element

The latest in the long line of iPhones was revealed today

First it was Windows 95. Twenty-one years ago, August 24, 1995, lines snaked along city streets as the first mass-market graphical user interface (GUI, pro...

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Gun-makers resist Massachusetts safety probe

Glock, Remington file suit to thwart the state's investigation

Guns are sort of like airplanes. Everybody knows they're dangerous so you have to be really careful with them. Likewise, when safety defects are found, the...

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Some Arkansas smokers are in for some cash

Philip Morris agrees to $45 million settlement

If you lived in Arkansas between November 1, 1971 and June 22, 2010, and purchased Marlboro Light or Marlboro Ultra Light cigarettes, you could have some m...

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Report says 20% of seafood is mislabeled

Oceana says what you think you're buying may be another fish entirely

When Oceana, an environmental group, tested 25,000 samples of seafood caught around the globe, it said an average of one out of five samples was mislabeled...

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How Nordstrom is targeting Millennials

A more youthful social media presence may help replenish its customer base

Nordstrom is harnessing the power of GIFs and emojis in an effort to win over Millennials. The retail chain, which has struggled with sluggish growth in re...

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Asthma sufferers may benefit from vitamin D

The sunshine vitamin halved the risk of a severe asthma attack in a study

For the estimated 300 million people who suffer from asthma, a cure can’t come soon enough. While there may not be one yet, researchers have discovered a w...

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WSB777 half helmets recalled

The helmets may not be strong enough to protect a user in the event of a crash

WSB Inc. is recalling 300 WSB777 half helmets in all sizes manufactured May 1, 2015, to May 2, 2015. The affected helmets may be missing or have in...

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All aboard the Swiss chocolate train

There are reasons Swiss chocolate is like no other

If you love trains – and chocolate - a unique experience awaits you in Montreux, Switzerland. Accessible by train or car from Geneva, the Chocolate Train,...

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Is your blood pressure too low?

Johns Hopkins researchers say aggressive standards may be damaging the heart

Millions of Americans take medication to lower their blood pressure and combat hypertension. Now, some doctors worry their colleagues are using drugs to dr...

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SAHN Designs recalls bicycle helmets

The helmets do not meet federal safety standards

SAHN Designs of Vancouver, Canada, is recalling about 3,600 SAHN Classic bicycle helmets solld in the U.S. and Canada. The helmets do not comply wi...

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FDA outlaws antibacterial soap

Chemicals in the soaps have not been proven safe and effective

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today banned antibacterial soap, saying manufacturers failed to demonstrate that the products are safe and effective....

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UPS raising shipping rates nearly 5%

But most hikes won't take effect until after the holiday season

With more retail transactions moving online, it is up to freight delivery services like United Parcel Service (UPS) to get the merchandise to you. And soon...

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Model year 2010-2015 Toyota 4Runners recalled

The vehicle's accessory exhaust tips may contact people and possibly burn them

Southeast Toyota Distributors (SET) is recalling 425 model year 2010-2015 Toyota 4Runners manufactured September 3, 2009, to December 1, 2014. The ...

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Helping kids learn how to read nutrition labels

Teaching kids how to dissect a Nutrition Facts label can lead to a lifetime of healthy habits

Childhood obesity rates have seen a dramatic increase over the past 30 years, and it’s not just genetics that may raise a child’s risk of becoming obese. B...

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A dip in manufacturing in August

The contraction follows five consecutive months of expansion

For the first time in six months, economic activity in the manufacturing sector has contracted.The latest Manufacturing Institute for Supply Management...

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Job cuts down sharply in August

Initial jobless claims ticked a bit higher last week

The number of people who found themselves out of a job was down significantly in August.Outplacement consultancy Challenger, G...

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Pending home sales on the rise

Only the Midwest failed to show a gain

A sizable jump in the West helped send pending home sales to their second highest reading in over a decade.The National Association of Realtors (NAR) r...

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