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EPA sticks with tough 2025 fuel economy standards

Cheap gas has led consumers to buy more SUVs and trucks, thwarting clean-air goals

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is sticking with its aggressive fuel-economy standards, though for how long no one knows. President-elect Trump's...


What are Millennials looking for in a rental?

Property owners take note: ‘smart’ features are in amongst Millennials

Millennials who don’t have their hearts set on home ownership quite yet may be looking to rent for just a little while longer, and many may be settling int...


OPEC deal sends oil prices soaring

Analysts says prices at the pump likely to rise in the short run

The OPEC oil cartel members, meeting in Vienna, have agreed to production limits in an effort to push the price of oil higher.The markets reacted immed...


Olive oil producers sue Dr. Oz

The complaint was filed in Georgia, using the state's food libel law

Popular TV host Dr. Oz is no stranger to controversy. His health claims and advice have often been challenged, especially when it advocates one particular...


Employers expect to hire fewer people in 2017

But the reason for the lowered expectations isn't clear

Despite a steadily improving economy and a “Trump rally” that has sent Wall Street soaring, America's employers appear to be dialing back their hiring plan...


Job creation rebounds in November

You can thank a surge in the services sector

More jobs in the goods-producing sector disappeared in November, but thanks to a big jump in the number of new positions in the services sector, it was a s...


Insurance broker Zenefits gets its wings clipped

California regulators imposed a $7 million settlement for licensing violations

High-flying human resources and insurance start-up Zenefits has been hit with $7 million worth of penalties by California insurance regulators who accused...


Human Touch recalls reclining chairs

The chair’s joystick reclining mechanism can malfunction

Human Touch of California is recalling about 1,100 Perfect Chairs, model PC-610.The chair’s joystick reclining mechanism can malfunction and allow the...


Credit card late fees may rise in 2017

American Express has already announced it will take advantage of higher federal limits

If you're in the habit of being late with credit card payments, now's the time to resolve to do better in 2017. Starting in January, federal rules allow cr...


How pediatricians can help when parents divorce

A new report addresses the pediatricians’ role in helping kids cope with the separation

The finalization of a divorce or separation often marks the beginning of a stressful and confusing time for affected children. The emotional impact of divo...


Beware of promises of 'easy money' loans

They're really just repackaged payday loans

To hear all the commercials and spam telephone calls, you would think lenders couldn't wait to make loans to just about anyone, regardless of their credit....


Online sales power Black Friday

Overall sales surged, while in-store sales declined

Early indications suggest 2016's holiday sales will outpace initial projections by a wide margin. Sales got off to a red hot pace over the extended Black F...


Model year 2016 Titan Diesel XDs recalled

The fuel tank may not have the proper ventilation

Nissan North America is recalling 12,112 model year 2016 Titan Diesel XDs manufactured August 7, 2015, to September 1, 2016.The vehicles may not have h...


Canadian researchers test boots' traction

Only eight percent of 98 sets of footwear tested met minimum slip resistance standards

Ice is no joke in Canada. Hoping to provide Canadian consumers with a little more traction, researchers at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute have developed...


How to stay secure while shopping online

Expert suggests thinking about where you shop and how you pay

Consumers are buying more of everything online, so it shouldn't be a surprise that they are doing more holiday shopping with their mobile devices and PCs....


An October dip in new home sales

Sales prices were mixed while inventories rose

Single-family sales slipped last month after rebounding in September from their August decline.The Commerce Department reports sales were down 1.9% to...


Mortgage applications rebound

Contract interest rates rose to their highest levels in nearly a year

Mortgage applications surged last week following a sharp decline the week before.According to the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), applications rose...


BRP recalls side-by-side off-road vehicles

The vehicle can lose steering control, posing a crash hazard

BRP U.S. of Sturtevant, Wis., is recalling about 2,380 side-by-side off-road vehicles.The steering rack and pinion assembly can have an improper amount...


Facebook Internet drone had a rough landing

The test flight of Aquila was hailed as a success despite 'substantial' damage

Facebook and the Wright Brothers have a lot in common: their initial flights didn't end too well."A sudden dart when out about 100 feet from the end of...


Stop! Don't wash your turkey!

You're going to cook it, so it's not necessary to give it a bath first

If you take a good look at the living conditions of the average American turkey, chances are you'll want to grab your Thanksgiving bird and give it a good...


Exploding turkeys a seasonal hazard

Frozen turkeys and hot oil don't mix very well

We associate some holidays with certain risks -- fireworks on the 4th of July, heavy traffic on Memorial Day, and so forth. And now Thanksgiving has its ve...


Deck the halls -- and all that jazz

Companies say they plan to spend more on holiday parties this year

Is the company you work throwing a holiday party this year? If so, chances are it'll be better than last year's.Challenger, Gray & Christmas says its a...


Countdown to Black Friday is underway

Here are some last minute tips for finding bargains

Coming up at the end of the week is the official kickoff to the 2016 holiday shopping season. But chances are consumers have already done some of their sho...


Three good hotel rewards credit cards

The Starwood Preferred Guest card from American Express tops the list

Not all travel rewards credit cards are alike. In addition to the variety of perks they offer, they tend to also reward different kinds of travel.An ai...


Symantec acquiring LifeLock for $2.3 billion

Deal helps Symantec expand beyond computer software products

A major software security firm is buying a leading identify theft prevention service. Symantec, which produces Norton anti-virus software, is acquiring Lif...


La Quercia recalls dried pork products

The products are insufficiently dehydrated, which could lead to an outgrowth of harmful bacteria

La Quercia of Norwalk, Iowa, is recalling approximately 932 pounds of cured, dried pork loin products.The products are insufficiently dehydrated, which...


Model year 2016 Dodge Darts recalled

The windshield wiper circuit may fail

Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling 53,155 model year 2016 Dodge Darts manufactured April 13, 2015, to June 7, 2016.Due to voltage spikes caused by a pr...


Sabra recalls various hummus products

The products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Sabra Dipping Co. is recalling numerous hummus products made prior to November 8, 2016.There are concerns over Listeria monocytogenes, which was identi...


Postcard from the Amalfi Coast

The scenery and culture can take your breath away, but you might want to hold it while traveling

What’s it like to travel the beautiful Amalfi Coast? Exhilarating and thrilling are words that come to mind.Located along the southern coast of Italy,...


DraftKings and FanDuel agree to merge

Companies say it will save money, better serve players

The two largest daily fantasy sports (DFS) enterprises, DraftKings and FanDuel, have agreed to merge. The transaction is expected to close next year, the c...


Rating retailers on eliminating chemicals

Walmart rated highest, Amazon rated lowest

A report by Safer Chemicals Healthy Families, an advocacy group, rates major retailers on steps they have taken to eliminate toxic chemicals from the produ...


NFL agrees to stop setting ticket price floors

Settlement with New York ends a practice that had driven up ticket prices

The National Football League has agreed to end a mandatory ticket price floor policy that had driven up ticket prices for fans. The agreement is the result...


Survey: One in 25 motorists drive while drowsy

Highways in the cental U.S. see the most sleep-related fatalities

“Asleep at the wheel” is an old expression to suggest that someone isn't paying attention. But all too often it literally happens on the nation's highways,...


McDonald's outlines plans to modernize

Ordering kiosks, mobile payments, and table service part of the future

McDonald's executives have outlined sweeping changes planned for the fast food franchise, designed to reduce staffing needs while streamlining and moderniz...


This year, Amazon introduces 'voice shopping'

With Black Friday a week away, Amazon looks for a new wrinkle

With Black Friday just a week away, retailers are beginning to add to the build-up. After rolling out a number of pre-Black Friday deals, Amazon is introdu...


Seasonal jobs are still available

We have some tips to aid you in your job search

With Black Friday just a week away, you might think it's too late to look for a seasonal job. However, Challenger, Gray & Christmas (CG&C;) says you'd be w...


Skidders Footwear recalls children’s shoes

Rivets on the shoes have sharp edges, posing a laceration hazard

Skidders Footwear of New York is recalling about 5,500 pairs of children’s shoes.The rivets on the shoes have sharp edges, posing a laceration hazard....


Pipeline magnate has close ties with Texas institutions

Energy Transfer Partners, the company behind the Dakota Access Pipeline, wields an outsized influence in local and national politics

Earlier this month, nearly 100 people gathered in Texas’ state capital to demand that a billionaire oil pipeline operator resign from his post on the Texas...


GOP to FCC: Take the rest of the term off

Do nothing complex or controversial, the agency is told

It's not Jan. 20, 2017 yet and Barack Obama is still president of the United States, but Republican senators want the Federal Communications Commission to...


The 10 most dangerous toys of 2016

Child safety group WATCH says there are hidden dangers in some of the year's most popular toys

In an effort to keep parents from unknowingly purchasing a toy that could harm their child, the child safety group World Against Toys Causing Harm (WATCH)...


What's your automotive IQ?

Unless you're a Baby Boomer living in the south, it might not be that high

In your father's or grandfather's generation, consumers prided themselves on being able to perform simple – and not so simple – maintenance on their cars....


Retailer group rebels against Visa network

Claims new EMV terminals steer debit purchases to more expensive network

The nation's retailers appear to be renewing their feud with credit card companies over the fees they charge for processing credit and debit purchases....


A home-building explosion in October

The future also shows promise

It's almost as if you could hear the hammering and earth-moving without let-up last month.Figures released by the Commerce Department show construction...


4C Foods recalls grated cheese products

The products may be contaminated with Salmonella

4C Foods Corp. is recalling 4C Grated Cheese, Homestyle Grated Cheese and Cento Grated Cheese brands due to possible Salmonella contamination.No illnes...


Is ALDI about to take on Whole Foods?

The chain's anti-pesticide move in Europe increases speculation

ALDI may be best known among U.S. grocery shoppers for its discount pricing. It doesn't bag your groceries and doesn't even provide bags.You pay a 25 c...


How to protect your devices from hackers

In the age of the 'Internet of Things,' security is a top priority

Late last month, a massive denial-of-service (DoS) attack shut down access to many popular sites like Netflix, Amazon, and Twitter. The way that hackers ma...


How multitasking can make you a worse shopper

Researchers find that certain kinds of multitasking make consumers less able to complete a shopping task

It’s not uncommon to see shoppers at a grocery store or mall on their phones, either trying to stay connected or complete some other errand. But can this k...


New United fare limits carry-on bags

Passengers flying Basic Economy won't have access to the overhead bins

Since airlines began tacking on fees for checked bags, airline passengers have tried to carry as much of their luggage as possible into the cabin of the ai...


Wind developers expect more of the same under President Trump

The renewable industry isn't expecting more tax breaks, but they are optimistic that they will keep what exists.

The mainstream media conveniently ignores that President-elect Donald Trump cares about birds. “The [Obama] administration fast-tracked wind projects that...


Tips on soothing teething pain without pain relievers

Experts say parents can ease their baby's pain without teething tablets, gels, or pain relievers

Recently, the FDA warned against the use of homeopathic teething tablets and gels. These products, the agency said, can pose a health risk to children. Con...


Green coffee pitchman faces $30 million judgment

The FTC said fake news sites were used to promote the supposed weight loss supplement

Fake news websites have been getting a lot of attention following the no-holds-barred presidential campaign, but they have a long history of being used to...


Some Black Friday deals may look familiar

If you think you've seen these doorbusters before, maybe you have

With Black Friday just days away, shoppers may get a sense of deja vu as they scan the ad slicks for bargains. They may see some of the same deals they saw...


Hammerhead Off-Road recalls fun-karts

The fuel tank can crack and cause the fuel to leak out

Hammerhead Off-Road of Flower Mound, Texas, is recalling about 9,900 fun-karts.The fuel tank can crack and cause the fuel to leak out, posing a fire ha...


Chocolate Shoppe expands ice cream recall

The products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream Company of Madison, Wis, is expanding it's earlier recall of select ice cream products.The products were made with a chocola...


Auto safety crusader Clarence Ditlow dies

For decades, he fought for safer cars and tighter regulation

Auto safety crusader Clarence Ditlow has died. For decades, he headed the Washington-based Center for Auto Safety, a group that exposed some of the most da...


Don't miss the charm of local markets

Exploring local markets can be one of the most rewarding parts of travel

Cours Saleya Market, Nice, FranceOn my first visit to Amsterdam, I took the train to Haarlem to see the Frans Hals Museum. As I exited the station, I...


ISB Food Group recalls two varieties of L.A.

The products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

ISB Food Group is recalling L.A. Creamery Honeycomb ice cream and L.A. Creamery Salted Caramel ice cream.The items were produced in a co-packing facili...


Drug companies enjoy 2016 election victories

Republicans to lower drug costs? Pharma companies aren't convinced

Few things unite Americans like rage against price-gouging pharmaceutical companies. But that growing sentiment had little effect on the drug industry’s co...


Nintendo to halt production of the Wii-U soon

Releases of the Nintendo Switch and NES Classic Edition should keep fans happy, though

Nintendo is a name that’s easily recognizable by gamers and non-gamers alike. Throughout its history, the company has produced some of the world’s premiere...


FTC revises its used car information sticker

The sticker provides information about warranties, airbags, and other essentials

Buying a used car used to be pretty much an act of faith. But federal regulations adopted over the years have made more information available to consumers,...


Here's a sneak peek at Black Friday ad slicks

Best Buy, Walmart, Target, Sears, and Kmart have all tipped their hands

For consumers planning to get up early and hit the stores on Black Friday, here's a way to plan your morning. A shopping website, has p...


Trump brand saved by election win

Damage to the brand has evaporated with Trump's upset victory

In the depths of the presidential campaign, marketing analysts said that Trump the candidate was doing a lot of damage to Trump the brand and that Donald T...


Four cities approve tax on sugary soda

Anti-obesity advocates go four-for-four on election day

If you ask voters, putting an extra tax on sugar-sweetened soda seems like a good idea. It was on the ballot Tuesday in four cities, and voters in all four...


Business interests try to read the Trump tea leaves

Trade restrictions, immigration policy, media regulations eyed on Wall Street and beyond

Donald Trump's victory at the polls has business interests wishing they had a crystal ball that would tell them which of Trump's campaign promises he actua...


And the winner is ... marijuana

California, three other states legalize recreational use of the weed

As the smoke cleared from Tuesday's election, marijuana emerged the winner. Voters in California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada passed measures making t...


Apps to help parents get through the holidays

Having these apps in your back pocket can help keep your family organized

With the holidays just around the corner, there may be a few parties or family gatherings in your future. If you’re a parent, you’ll likely be facing many...


No more free ride for new Tesla owners

The electric automaker will start charging for charging

It's said that there's no such thing as a free lunch, and for new Tesla owners, there will no longer be free supercharging. In this case, "supercharging" r...


How Vine may survive after all

Twitter is reportedly reviewing bids from other companies to buy the app

Last month, Twitter seemed to be in a bit of frenzy to cut costs. It laid off 9% of its workforce and announced plans to axe its mobile video app, Vine....


Three good smartphones for a bargain price

Most smartphones now cost over $600, but there are cheaper alternatives

Priced a new smartphone lately? It's definitely a different world since carriers have stopped subsidizing the cost of devices if you signed a two-year cont...


OSI Industries recalls chicken products

The products may be contaminated with extraneous materials

OSI Industries of Fort Atkinson, Wis., is recalling approximately 21,403 pounds of chicken products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials....


Model year 2016 Chevy Malibus recalled

The fabric of the side-impact airbag cushion may tear during deployment

General Motors is recalling 18 model year 2016 Chevrolet Malibus manufactured November 18, 2015, to June 7, 2016.The fabric of the side-impact airbag c...


Feds warn of gift card scam

Callers demand immediate payment of phony debts, suggest using gift cards to pay

The phone rings and the caller identifies himself as a police official. Your grandson has been caught texting while driving and needs $500 to get out of ja...


Five easy household budgeting tips

To effectively save money, just take baby steps

For families and individuals living paycheck-to-paycheck, saving money for the future, or for an emergency fund, might seem out of the question. But by dev...


Ford recalls model year 2015-2017 Mustangs

A hose may separate from the engine oil cooler tube assembly causing an oil leak

Ford Motor Company is recalling 6,582 model year 2015-2017 Mustangs manufactured February 24, 2015, to August 30, 2016.A hose may separate from the eng...


OLMA-XXI recalls two smoked fish products

The products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

OLMA-XXI of Brooklyn, N.Y., is recalling Premium Norwegian Sliced Smoked Salmon and Turbot, Butterfish, Smoked, Sliced Salmon.The product may be contam...


Model year 2016 Toyota Highlanders recalled

The brake fluid level sensor may not detect the brake fluid level

Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing is recalling 7,056 model year 2016 Highlanders manufactured May 26, 2016, to September 16, 2016.The brake flui...


Flavor Trade recalls beef jerky products

The products did not undergo federal inspection

Flavor Trade of Kansas City, Mo., is recalling approximately 113 pounds of beef jerky products that did not undergo federal inspection and used the USDA ma...


Ford Escapes and Mercury Mariners recalled

The fuel delivery module may crack, causing a fuel leak.

Ford Motor Company is recalling 329,265 model year 2010-2012 Ford Escapes manufactured February 26, 2009, to April 29, 2012, and 2010-2011 Mercury Mariners...


Running Trainer recalls bicycles

The pedals can detach from the bicycle, posing a fall hazard

Running Trainer of Australia is recalling about 245 Bionic Runner bicycles sold in the U.S. and Canada.The pedals can detach from the bicycle, posing a...


Feds designate routes with alternative fuel stations

It's intended to make it easier to travel longer distances in electric, propane, and hydrogen cars

Having an electric car is fine, but you need to plug it in once in awhile. A new federal program aims to make it a little bit easier to find a charging sta...


Deer pose special road hazard in November

'Deer season' takes on a whole different meaning for motorists

If you are driving through stretches of wooded areas this month, keep a sharp lookout for deer. A survey by State Farm Insurance shows this month tops the...


Thanksgiving air travel projected to rise 2.5%

But airlines are confident they can handle the extra passengers

If you are traveling by air this Thanksgiving weekend, hopefully you have booked your flight by now.If not, you may not only have a hard time making co...


Trek recalls Farley bicycles

The fork can separate from the steer tube, posing a fall hazard

Trek Bicycle Corp., of Waterloo, Wis., is recalling about 2,900 Farley bicycles and framesets sold in the U.S. and Canada.The fork can separate from th...


Keyless ignitions a big time-saver for car thieves

The keyless ignitions are also causing a growing number of road-service calls, AAA reports

Those keyless ignitions found in many newer cars certainly are handy, and not just for car owners. They're a real time-saver for car thieves as well, accor...


Feds sue DirecTV for Dodgers black-out

LA fans were incensed that they missed Vin Scully's last season

The U.S. Justice Department is suing DirecTV, alleging it unlawfully exchanged confidential information with three competitors in deciding whether to carry...


How being fit can help you handle stress at work

A study shows that workers who are in shape are better able to handle the health risks posed by stress in the workplace

It just makes sense that getting your exercise and staying in shape would have positive benefits for your health. But a new study suggests that it also mig...


Budget-friendly places to travel over the holidays

San Jose, Costa Rica topped Kayak's list of affordable international destinations

It’s not too early to start thinking about holiday travel plans. To help you figure out where to go, Kayak delved into its database of flight and hotel sea...


The long-term impact of overspending on kids' holiday gifts

One survey finds that many parents draw from their retirement funds in an effort to check off their child's wish list

From pre-ordering the year’s most wanted toy to making sure Santa has been informed of every item on their child’s wish list, parents often do everything t...


Job growth slows in October

The goods-producing sector actually suffered a decline

Due partly to the loss of jobs in the goods-producing sector, the economy produced fewer private payroll positions in October than it did the month before....


Volvo succeeds in fixing all 16,000 recalled trucks

It's the first time anyone can remember a safety recall campaign being 100% effective

Cars and trucks are recalled nearly every day for defects ranging from incorrect tire pressure stickers to defective airbags and dangerous steering and bra...


Wells Fargo's PR nightmare continues

The bank is fighting to put its fake accounts scandal in the rearview mirror

The revelation that Wells Fargo had phonied up checking and credit card accounts for customers, in a bid to inflate sales numbers, was bad enough. It cost...


IKEA SNIGLAR cribs recalled

The slats may detach from the top or bottom rail, creating a gap

IKEA Canada is recalling about 175 IKEA SNIGLAR cribs.The slats may detach from the top or bottom rail, creating a gap. If this occurs a child can beco...