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More store closings for Sears, Kmart

Parent company arranges credit line of $500 million

Sears is not exactly closing out 2016 with a bang. The struggling retailer is closing around 30 Sears and Kmart stores but has not yet released an official...


Diabetes tops U.S. spending on health care, heart disease is second

Diabetes is growing 36 times faster than heart disease, study finds

There's a lot of talk about the high cost of health care but do you know which conditions contribute most to health care spending?If you said diabetes,...


Judge refuses to dismiss Comcast lawsuit

Washington State has charged the company's 'protection plan' is deceptive

Comcast has failed to deflect a Washington State lawsuit that accuses it of deceiving its customers through add-on fees that don't deliver what customers a...


Researchers find Bisphenol A in canned pet food

Ingesting BPA may affect pets' ability to metabolize it and similar chemicals.

Despite claims that it is dangerous to human health, the plastics industry and the Food and Drug Administration have insisted throughout the years that Bis...


EPA won't loosen strict fuel economy standards

Like many agencies, EPA is running out the clock, sticking with Obama initiatives as time runs out

Carmakers have lost out on a last-minute bid to loosen fuel economy standards through the 2025 model year. The Environmental Protection Agency told industr...


How to protect your child from RSV

RSV infections are common this time of year, but parents can take action to prevent the spread

Amid holiday gatherings and warm greetings, germs may feel right at home. Seasonal illnesses are easily passed around this time of year. One such illness i...


Trials of new Ebola vaccine show 100% effectiveness

Stockpiles of the vaccine are being made as insurance against a future outbreak

It wasn’t all that long ago that Ebola was the disease on everyone’s mind. A deadly outbreak in West Africa in the latter part of 2014 led to 11,000 grueso...


2016 new car sales could set yet another record

But 2017 may turn out to be a better year to shop for a new car

General Motors announced last week that it would temporarily close a production facility because of rising inventories. Some took that as a sign that the a...


New home sales rebound in November

A surge in the Midwest was the sparkplug

Sales of new single-family houses bounced back in November from their decline the month before.The Commerce Department reports sales were at a seasonal...


House prices creep higher in October

Increases were posted on both a monthly and annual basis

Prices of houses in the U.S. rose again in October.The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) House Price Index (HPI) advanced 0.4% following September'...


Altijira Murray Products recalls various ice cream products

The product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Altijira Murray Products is recalling 16-oz. (pint size) packages of Foxy’s Thoughtful Ice Cream that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.N...


Toyota recalls Avalons and 2017 Camrys

The front passenger knee air bag may malfunction

Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing is recalling 12 model year 2016 Avalon, and 2017 Camry vehicles manufactured August 3, 2016, to September 12, 2016...


H-E-B recall various bakery products

The products may be contaminated with Salmonella

H-E-B, in cooperation with Dawn Food Products, is recalling certain bakery products that may be contaminated with Salmonella.There have been no reports...


Snyder of Berlin recalls Buffalo Blue Kettle Cooked Potato Chips

The product may be contaminated with Salmonella

Snyder of Berlin is recalling Snyder of Berlin Buffalo Blue Kettle Cooked Potato Chips.The product may be contaminated with Salmonella.There have b...


Study: short courses of antibiotics aren't better when treating ear infections in kids

A ten-day course of treatment is twice as effective, researchers say

Three-quarters of children will get an ear infection during their first year of life. Antibiotics are commonly prescribed to treat an ear infection, but is...


Engine fires in Smart Fortwo cars probed

Safety regulators have received eight reports of severe fires that destroyed the cars

Federal safety regulators are looking into reports of severe fires in 2008 and 2009 Smart Fortwo cars. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (...


Foreclosures rose in November but are still historically low

But it's still a problem in parts of the South

The housing market has come a long way from the dark days of 2010, when foreclosures dominated real estate news and dragged property values lower in neighb...


Senator Al Franken calls out Uber over privacy policy

Meanwhile, the California DMV wins a stand-off with company over driverless cars

Uber recently updated its ride-hailing app and one of the changes is a subject of concern to a member of Congress.Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) has publish...


Jobless claims hit 6-month high

Personal income and spending barely moved last month

A flurry of layoffs in the week ending December 17 pushed initial applications for state unemployment benefits to thei...


U.S. economy shows continued improvement

The growth rate in the third quarter was the fastest in two years

It appears three is the charm when it comes to the nation's economy.The Commerce Department reports its third and final look at how things were going i...


Ford recalls model year 2017 Fusions

Stowed luggage may move into the passenger compartment

Ford Motor Company is recalling 35 model year 2017 Ford Fusions manufactured September 27, 2016, to September 28, 2016.The left rear seat backs pivot p...


Poppies International recalls pastry products

The products may be contaminated with Salmonella``

Poppies International of Battleboro, N.C., is recalling pastry products made with custard powder that may be contaminated with Salmonella.No illnesses...


Carmakers getting more time to meet tougher fuel economy standards

A government agency says it is bowing to reality

In a change of heart, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has agreed to push back the date that it will start imposing penalties on...


Keep button batteries away from children this holiday season

Swallowed button batteries can have life-threatening effects, poison center officials warn

Small items often go straight into the mouths of little ones. But while a swallowed crayon or penny may not necessarily be cause for concern, experts say a...


Online market research firm agrees to clean up its tracking practices

Turn Inc., continued tracking consumers who had opted out, FTC charged

A company that tracks consumers on the internet has settled Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charges that it deceived consumers by tracking them online and t...


Gelatin supplements plus exercise may be beneficial

Combining the two can help strengthen bones, ligaments, and tendons, study finds

You may laugh like a bowlful of Jello when you read this, but a new study finds that eating a gelatin supplement and adding a burst of intensive exercise c...


Obama permanently bans offshore drilling in Atlantic and Arctic areas

Proponents hope the move will be hard to overturn by future administration

Earlier this month, Governor Jerry Brown of California penned a letter to President Obama asking him to step up measures to protect the West Coast from off...


Gas prices rising sharply in the Midwest

But the price in the most expensive states is actually going down

Gasoline prices are still relatively low but are rising nationwide, at a time when they are normally headed lower.This week, prices in the Midwest have...


The high cost of getting sick

Researchers say cancer is especially 'financially toxic'

Illness doesn't take just a toll on health, though that understandably is the primary focus.There is also a financial toll to getting sick, including a...


Sales of existing homes rise in November

The increase was the third in a row

Sales of previously-owned homes rose in November for the third time in three months, due largely to a sales surge in the Northeast.The National Associa...


Mortgage applications post first gain since November

Contract interest rates are the highest in more than two years

Mortgage applications have risen for the first time in four weeks.After posting three straight declines, applications were up 2.5% in the week ending D...


Aria Child recalls strollers

A gap in the folding side hinge can pinch a caregiver’s hand

Aria Child Inc. of Dedham, Mass., is recalling about 29,000 gb Qbit lightweight strollers.A gap in the stroller’s folding side hinge can pinch a caregi...


Williams-Sonoma recalls Meyer Lemon Poppy Quick Bread

The product may be contaminated with Salmonella

Williams-Sonoma of San Francisco, Calif., is recalling limited quantities of Williams-Sonoma Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Quick Bread.The product may be cont...


Hyundai Tucson and Santa Fe vehicles recalled

An accessory trailer hitch wiring harness may malfunction

Hyundai Motor America is recalling 5,669 model year 2016-2017 Tucsons manufactured May 19, 2015, to November 14, 2016, and 2017 Santa Fe vehicles manufactu...


Houdini Inc. recalls Blue Cheese Savory Twists

The products may be contaminated with Salmonella

Houdini Inc. of Fullerton, Calif., is recalling limited quantities of its 7-oz. Boxes of Blue Cheese Savory Twists.The products may be contaminated wit...


Privacy groups blast Google policy change

They are urging the FTC to claw back profits, saying fines are meaningless to Google

Consumer groups have filed a formal challenge to Google's change in privacy policy, implemented back in June.In a formal complaint to the Federal Trade...


VW reaches deal with Canadian diesel owners

The company will pay C$2.1 billion to buy back 105,000 polluting diesel vehicles

U.S. consumers have expressed their fair share of outrage over Volkswagen’s emissions scandal. Since last September, when news first broke on the defeat de...


Military Credit Services didn't properly disclose loan costs, feds charge

It's the CFPB's second action against the company

Military Credit Services LLC is in trouble again. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) sued the company today for making loans with improper dis...


Pew report finds consumers still hit by excessive overdraft fees

Study urges regulators to act

A report by the Pew Research Center has found that, despite reforms to the financial services industry, consumers are still getting hit with overdraft char...


Study suggests loosening the age limits on kidney donors

Donors over 65 are only accepted on case-by-case basis

If you need a kidney transplant, you have to wait for a donor who has a healthy organ and is a good match.Oh yeah, one other thing. The donor needs to...


Are you ready to file your tax return?

We have a checklist of things you need to do

While the deadline for filing your 2016 federal income return is still several months off, there are some things you should be doing now in preparation. ...


Consumers see cash as defense against holiday hackers

But survey shows plastic remains the payment of choice

If more consumers doing last minute Christmas shopping are paying with cash, it could mean they are trying to stick to their budget in the final shopping f...


Tropical Fruit Supreme, Pineapple Nut Delight, and Pistachio Crème recalled

The products may be contaminated with Salmonella

Ron’s Home Style Foods is recalling Tropical Fruit Supreme, Pineapple Nut Delight, and Pistachio Crème.The products may be contaminated with Salmonella...


Model year 2017 Chevy Malibus with air bag issue recalled

The air bag inflator could separate and propel air bag debris into the cabin

General Motors is recalling 113 model year 2017 Chevrolet Malibus manufactured on November 10, 2016.The right-hand rear side air bag inflator manifold...


Toyota recalls model year 86 vehicles

It may possible to remove the key in gear positions other than “Park.”

Toyota Motor North America is recalling 94 model year 2017 Toyota 86 vehicles.Connectors for the automatic transmission key interlock may not have been...


Why prescription drugs are so expensive

It often comes down to a lack of competition

U.S. consumers spent $457 billion on prescription drugs in 2015, as the cost of medicine became one of the top consumer issues.The issue isn't going aw...


Parents are more lax about their children's safety when traveling, poll finds

Researchers found that many common safety precautions were neglected on family trips

It’s a general rule that safety always comes first when you’re a parent. Making sure your little one is strapped in during car trips and taking all the rig...


Researchers say good taste isn't the cause of weight gain

Palatable tastes don't drive long-term overeating, study finds

While we may be more likely to overindulge in tasty food such as cookies or chips, new research suggests that one's preference for good-tasting food doesn'...


Seven plead guilty in online romance scam

African scammers netted tens of millions of dollars by defrauding vulnerable consumers

Seven individuals from Nigeria and South Africa have pleaded guilty to participating in a large-scale international online fraud conspiracy that victimized...


Where Millennials want to travel in 2017

New survey finds that Millennials want bucket list experiences, not just destinations

Positive experiences can bring about feelings of gratitude, and feelings of gratitude can spark higher life satisfaction. These were the conclusions of a r...


Researchers renew concern over teens' use of e-cigarettes

While conceding the risks are less than cigarettes, they worry about the increased number of users

The U.S. Surgeon General recently warned that American teens are risking their health with their increasing use of cigarettes.Now, researchers at Texas...


GM revs up autonomous vehicle program

Automaker will begin test them on Michigan highways

No sooner had Michigan approved legislation to legalize autonomous vehicle testing and deployment on state roadways than General Motors (GM) announced it w...


Feds say pawn shops understated cost of credit

Quoted an annual percentage rate that was misleading, complaint alleges

Pawn shops are often presented as an alternative to expensive payday loans, but that doesn't mean you don't have to be careful. Case in point: the Consumer...


Survey finds more bosses will be giving bonuses this year

That little something extra can take many forms

Here's something to put a little ho-ho-ho in your holiday: A new survey from outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas finds an improved econom...


Airline on-time performance in October equal to the month before

Domestic tarmac delays were kept to a minimum

October was a pretty good month for airlines in terms of the on-time arrival rate.The carriers reported a rate of 85.5%, according the the Department o...


Old Dutch recalls various flavored potato chip products

The products may be contaminated with Salmonella

Old Dutch Foods of St. Paul, Minn., is recalling a limited number of flavored potato chip and tortilla chip products.The products may be contaminated w...


H-E-B recalls raw shelled pistachios

The products may be contaminated with Salmonella

H-E-B is recalling both bulk and packaged raw shelled pistachios that may be contaminated with Salmonella.There have been no reports of illness to date...


Top Destination for 2017 - Oh Canada

The dollar is strong and the attractions are numerous. What are you waiting for?

With the strength of the United States dollar, Europe and Great Britain are affordable travel destinations right now. Canada, with an even better exchange...


Rate of infants born with opioid withdrawal has risen dramatically in rural areas

New study suggests more support is needed for opioid addicted moms in rural areas

A new study suggests that the number of infants born affected by opioids is rising faster in rural communities than in cities. Findings from the study were...


What parents can do to raise a smart consumer

Kids raised by authoritative parents are more likely to be smart shoppers, study finds

As a parent, you may wonder what the future holds for your child. While there’s no crystal ball that can tell you what kind of career your son or daughter...


Here are three good low-interest credit cards

They could be more important since the Fed is hiking rates

Now that the Federal Reserve has hiked its short-term interest rate for only the second time in a decade, the interest rate on your credit card balance is...


Is Wall Street getting ahead of itself?

Some economists suggest the pace of economic growth will remain slow

Since the day after election day, Wall Street has been on a tear, with the major stock averages moving into record territory day after day.Analysts say...


American Airlines fined $1.6 million for tarmac delays

Travelers were stranded on runways for hours and not allowed to leave

If you’ve ever been trapped on a plane waiting for take-off, then you know just how infuriating and helpless the situation can be. Your frustration may hav...


A reversal of fortune for home construction

The outlook for new construction dimmed as well

New home construction hit a roadblock in November following October’s surge.The Commerce Department reports housing starts plunged last month to a seas...


Trek recalls bicycle lights

The bicycle light can operate intermittently

Trek Bicycle Corporation of Waterloo, Wis., is recalling about 600 bicycle lights.The bicycle light can operate intermittently when paired with a remot...


Bingo Deals recalls chicken toys

The toys can break into small plastic pieces, posing a choking hazard

Bingo Deals is recalling about 2,700 egg-laying chicken toys.The toys contain small eggs, and the chicken can break into small plastic pieces, both pos...


Brand Castle recalls The Mix Monkey Bread Mix

The product may be contaminated with Salmonella

Brand Castle of Bedford Heights, Ohio, is recalling limited quantities of The Mix Monkey Bread Mix. The product may be contaminated with Salmonella...


Facebook will start labeling disputed news postings

The laissez-faire attitude of social media has been blamed for spreading lies and untruths far and wide

Facebook has come up with a fact-checking scheme to reduce the flood of fake news posted on its site. It is deputizing reputable, third-party fact-checking...


States sue six generic drug companies

Complaint alleges conspiracy to squash competition and inflate prices

Drug prices remain a red hot consumer issue as 20 states have filed a federal lawsuit against six generic drug makers, including Mylan Pharmaceuticals, cha...


FCC chairman Wheeler will step down Jan. 20

He pushed through net neutrality rules, privacy restrictions for ISPs, and tried to banish set-top cable boxes

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler will step down Jan. 20, he said today, clearing the way for Republicans to take control of the agenc...


What parents can do keep holiday excitement from affecting kids' sleep

Consistency can help prevent meltdowns, says Saint Joseph's University sleep expert

Santa may know when they’re awake, but that doesn’t stop kids from being too excited to sleep this time of year. To keep seasonal excitement from leading t...


California Gov. Brown asks Obama to permanently ban offshore drilling on the West Coast

Supporters want to make it harder for a temporary ban to be overturned by President-elect Trump

Last month, President Obama unveiled a plan that would ban offshore oil drilling off the coasts of California, Oregon, and Washington until 2022. The notio...


More than 10% of homeowners still under water

Zillow reports Chicago and Las Vegas have the most negative equity

The U.S. housing market has recovered. The median home price is now about where it was at the time of the housing market crash.But like politics, all r...


As tax season approaches so do the scam artists

We have things to look out for and things to do

Among the most lucrative areas for con men and scam artists is the federal income tax season. And as usual, there's an array of evolving tax scams related...


IBM wants to hire 25,000 new employees

And many of these jobs don't require a four-year college degree

The CEO of U.S. Steel announced last week that his company intends to rehire some 10,000 steelworkers laid off in the latest economic downturn.Now, ano...


The Federal Reserve is raising interest rates. Should you care?

The impact on most consumers should be slight

As was widely expected, the Federal Reserve Open Market Committee announced Wednesday that it is raising its short term interest rate a quarter percentage...


Builder confidence hits highest point in 11 years

The number of initial jobless claims is lower

Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes wrapped up 2016 on a high note.According to the National Association of Hom...


Rising housing and gas costs send consumer prices higher in November

Food prices held steady

Consumer prices edged higher in November, due largely to upticks in the cost of housing and gasoline.The Department of Labor (DOL) reports its Consumer...


Fourth Street Barbecue recalls mac & cheese dinner cups

The products may be contaminated with Salmonella

Fourth Street Barbecue is recalling Cheese Club Express Mac & Cheese 4-cup dinner and Double Takes Macaroni & Cheese 2-cup dinner.The products may be c...


New Hope Mills recalls crepe mix

The product may be contaminated with Salmonella

New Hope Mills of Auburn, N.Y., is recalling limited quantities of New Hope Mills Crepe Mix.The product may be contaminated with Salmonella.The fol...


Alaska Air, Virgin America are joined together as one

Alaska completed its takeover of Virgin just a week after the feds approved the deal

At long last, Alaska Air has had its way with Virgin America, closing on the merger that was approved by the U.S. Justice Department last week and creating...


College-sponsored bank and credit card accounts may be pricey

Report finds that many schools put their bottom line ahead of students' best interests

Colleges and universities are often more focused on their bottom line than on their students' financial well-being, the Consumer Financial Protection Burea...


How to stay healthy during your holiday travels

Saint Louis University germ expert says packing a pillowcase and staying hydrated can help thwart germs

For many, the holiday season is synonymous with travel. If you’ll be leaving home to visit family or take a holiday vacation, you might wish there were a w...


It may be harder to buy a first home in 2017

The lack of starter homes on the market is pushing prices higher

Consumers hoping to buy their first home will likely encounter additional challenges in 2017, according to a report by real estate marketplace Trulia.T...


Rising concern about credit card debt

NerdWallet study says average household owes more than $16,000

Numbers crunchers who follow consumer debt are growing increasingly concerned about rising levels of credit card debt.As we reported last week, persona...


Fewer teens, but more grandparents, getting wasted

Researchers see a big increase in binge drinking by Baby Boomers

A new national study has found that teenagers' use of alcohol has declined significantly over the last 20 years. But a second study has found that their gr...


Tepid retail sales in November

Auto sales were something of a drag last month

Retailers hoping that October's increase in retail sales was a harbinger for November have got to be disappointed.The Commerce Department reports last...


Rising services costs push November wholesale prices higher

Food prices advanced while the cost of energy declined

The Producer Price Index (PPI) for final demand -- what we call wholesale prices -- rose 0.4% in November, the second increase in three months.The incr...


Mortgage applications drop for third straight week

Contract interest rates were mostly higher

It's three declines in three weeks for mortgage applications.Data from the Mortgage Bankers Association show a 4% drop in mortgage applications in the...


King Meat Services recalls beef products

The recalled products were misbranded

King Meat Services of Vernon, Calif., is recalling approximately 50,991 pounds of beef products.Government inspectors observed establishment employees...


TreeHouse Foods recalls macaroni and cheese cup products

The products may be contaminated with Salmonella

TreeHouse Foods is recalling certain macaroni and cheese cup products containing cheddar cheese seasoning that may be contaminated with Salmonella.No i...


Shearer's Foods recalls products made with ingredients supplied by a Valley Milk Products

The products may be contaminated with Salmonella

Shearer's Foods of Massillon, Ohio, is recalling all products made with milk ingredients supplied by secondary supplier Valley Milk Products.The produc...


San Francisco mayor nixes legislation that would limit short-term rentals

The veto is a welcome news to companies like Airbnb

This past October, we reported on the difficulties that Airbnb was having in New York. The company had sued the state after Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a...


Feds propose connected-car technology standards

The technology could save lives and help traffic move more smoothly

Federal safety regulators today proposed new connected-car technology that would enable cars and trucks to "talk" to each other in an attempt to reduce acc...


Gasoline prices poised to move sharply higher in 2017

Oil prices rising because non-OPEC producers agree to cut production

Consumers have enjoyed relatively low gasoline prices for more than two years, thanks to a huge oil glut that drove down prices.But consumers should pr...


Naturel sunscreen not so natural, FTC finds

California Naturel is eight percent dimethicone

California Naturel promotes its sunscreen as "all natural" even though eight percent of it is dimethicone, a synethic ingredient, the Federal Trade Commmis...


Seniors' brain activity linked to increased falls

Researchers want to look more closely at brain and nerve diseases associated with falls

Kids tend to fall down a lot. When they do, they usually get up, dust themselves off, and keep going, no worse for wear.Senior citizens also fall down...


Completed foreclosures post sharp annual decline in October

The national foreclosure inventory was down as well

Both completed foreclosures and the national foreclosure inventory posted sharp year-over-year declines in October.Property information provider CoreLo...


A retail hiring bust in November

Hiring in the sector was at a six-year low

November was not -- to put it gently -- a good month for hiring by the retail sector.An analysis of employment data by outplacement firm Challenger, Gr...


Deep River Snacks recalls Sour Cream & Onion Kettle Chips

The product may be contaminated with Salmonella

Deep River Snacks is recalling certain Sour Cream & Onion Kettle Chips.The buttermilk powder used in the seasoning may contain traces of Salmonella....


Blue Ridge Beef recalls frozen pet food products

The products may be contaminated with Salmonella and/or Listeria monocytogenes

Blue Ridge Beef of Eatonton, Ga., is recalling two (2) of its frozen pet food products which may be contaminated with Salmonella and/or Listeria monocytoge...


Shopping online? This extension helps you support companies that are doing good

DoneGood shows you ethical, eco-friendly alternatives

Holiday shopping season is in full swing, and many consumers may be heading online to complete their shopping. But while it’s certainly easy to click “add...


How to stay safe from holiday scams

The FTC warns that there are numerous types of fraud to avoid this time of year

As we’ve reported on numerous occasions, the holidays are a time when scammers try their hardest to take advantage of unsuspecting consumers. The increased...


Flu vaccination rate running behind last year

Health officials worry that older consumers are skipping the shots this year

As the U.S. enters flu season, consumers should have gotten their flu shots by now, to provide protection over the winter and spring, when flu outbreaks ar...


Feds rap four tobacco manufacturers for sales practices

FDA says flavored cigarettes were labeled as little cigars or cigars

Four tobacco manufacturers -- Swisher International, Cheyenne International, Prime Time International, and Southern Cross Tobacco Company have run afoul of...


Los Angeles sues retailers over discount claims

National chains are accused of inflating the original price of things on sale

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer has filed lawsuits against four major retail chains, accusing them of artificially inflating the prices of some items...


2017 tax filing season just around the corner

This time, you'll have an extra three days

It's almost time to drag out that shoe box full of receipts.The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) says tax season will begin Monday, January 23, with the...


Publix Premium Pancake and Waffle Mixes recalled

The products may be contaminated with Salmonella

Publix Super Markets is recalling certain Publix Premium Pancake and Waffle Mixes.The milk powder used as an ingredient may contain Salmonella.Ther...


Ford Fusions and Lincoln MKZs recalled

A front seat belt anchor cable could fail

Ford Motor Company is recalling 603,392 model year 2013-2016 Ford Fusions manufactured November 2, 2012, to July 31, 2014, and 2013-2015 Lincoln MKZs manuf...


At Standing Rock, a mighty fortress grew

People of all faiths, ethnicities, tribes, and beliefs came together to work as one

The makeshift city at Oceti SakowinFrom Palestine to Standing Rock We Are United. Juntos Protejamos. Mni Wiconi. Artwork and signs of solidarity from...


Washington state sues Monsanto over use of PCBs

The suit alleges that the company knew the dangers of PCBs but produced and sold them anyway

The state of Washington has taken aim at Monsanto – the agrochemical company that has caught the ire of millions over its use of biochemicals. According to...


Don’t let thieves spoil your trip

There are steps you can take before leaving home and while traveling

It was a sunny day in Madrid, the perfect day to linger outside. While walking through the alleys we found a charming café in a plaza and ordered a half ca...


Net Neutrality's days may be numbered

Likely nominee to head the FCC has been a foe of commission 'over-reach'

Net neutrality is one of those issues that might start a bar-room brawl in Washington, D.C., but it's not something that gets the blood boiling in most pre...


Michigan allows self-driving cars, hoping to take back the R&D lead from California

There's been a tug-of-war over whether self-driving cars are cars or computers with wheels

Michigan is rolling out the welcome mat for self-driving cars, hoping to take back California's early lead as the proving ground for autonomous vehicles. G...


Bristol-Myers Squibb settles drug marketing charges with 43 states

States claimed company pushed Abilify for unapproved uses

Major drug companies have been in the cross-hairs of both consumers and politicians in recent months, with President-elect Donald Trump recently echoing De...


The incredible shrinking Sears

The retailer is closing more stores to cope with mounting losses

Sears Holdings, which operates both Sears and Kmart department stores, reported third quarter earnings that were a disappointment to just about everyone, i...


Seven holiday gifts that can make your pet sick

​To avoid vet bills, experts recommend keeping furry companions away from these gifts

‘Tis the season to give and receive gifts, but some gifts may be as unwanted as they are dangerous to pets. For every pet who makes a snack out of a gift b...


Taylor Farms Northwest recalls meatloaf products

The product contain milk, fish, beef and pork not declared on the labels

Taylor Farms Northwest of Kent, Wash., is recalling approximately 79 pounds of meatloaf products.The Turkey Meatloaf with Kale contains milk and fish (...


Masterbuilt recalls LP gas smokers

The smoker’s gas hose can disconnect posing a fire hazard

Masterbuilt Manufacturing of Columbus, Ga., is recalling about 41,300 Masterbuilt 7-in-1 smokers sold in the U.S and Canada.The smoker’s gas hose can d...


Various BMW vehicles with possible airbag, seat belt issue recalled

Passenger airbags, safety belt pre-tensioners may not activate properly

BMW of North America is recalling 91 model year 2011 BMW 528i, 528xi, 535i, 535xi, 550i and 550xi vehicles manufactured March 1, 2010, through August 31, 2...


Credit card report sounds the debt alarm

Consumers on track to add $80 billion in credit card debt in 2016

Amid the recent optimism about the economy and record-setting stock market performance comes a harsh dose of reality. Consumers are becoming more deeply mi...


How positive thinking could help you live longer

Study finds that optimistic women have a lower risk of dying from certain diseases

Are you a ‘glass-half-full’ kind of person? If so, a new study suggests that you could have many healthy years ahead of you.Researchers from the Harvar...


Job market holds steady in October

The year-over-year gain in employment was about 2.5 million

The number of job openings was little changed at 5.5 million on the last business day of October, according to the Bureau...


Model year 2007-2008 Hyundai Entourage vehicles recalled

The secondary hood latch may remain unlatched when the hood is closed.

Hyundai Motor America is recalling 41,264 model year 2007-2008 Entourage vehicles manufactured February 16, 2006, to June 30, 2008.The vehicle's the se...


Mercedes-Benz recalls vehicles with clearance issue

The vehicle's composite underbody panel may melt, increasing the risk of a fire.

Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) is recalling 799 model year 2017 E400 4Matic Coupes, E400 Convertibles, E550 Coupes and E550 Convertibles manufactured June 7, 20...


Trump vows to bring down drug prices

Health insurers warn that they need relief from constantly rising pharmaceutical costs

Drug company stock prices soared last month when Donald Trump won the presidential election, but they plunged today when Trump declared himself an opponent...


Why parents' use of media devices is just as bad as their children's

Researchers found that parents spend an exorbitant amount of time looking at screens

The use of media devices is higher than it has ever been before, and one of the groups commonly associated with all that screen time is children and teenag...


Alaska Air-Virgin America deal gets clearance from feds

Alaska will be required to give up some codeshare flights with American Airlines

The Justice Department has approved Alaska Air's acquisition of Virgin Airlines but will require that Alaska cut back on the number of codeshare flights it...


Baby teethers labeled 'BPA-free' often contain BPA, study finds

Researchers say even low levels of BPA can be harmful

To soothe teething pain, parents often hand their little one a colorful teether to sink their sprouting teeth into. But despite being labeled “BPA-free” an...


FAA proposes civil penalty against Resorts World companies

The firm is accused of running unauthorized flights

The next time you decide to fly to the islands for some sun and fun, you might want to take a close look at the airline you've chosen.The Federal Aviat...


How real is OPEC's agreement to cut oil production?

If it doesn't hold, consumers could see still lower gasoline prices

Oil prices move up and down like the stock market, and it takes some time before those movements translate to consumers at the gas pump.Even so, many m...


Mortgage applications post second straight weekly decline

Contract interest rates rose to their highest levels in two years

Mortgage applications were down for the second week in a row last week.The Mortgage Bankers Association reports applications dipped 0.7% in the week en...


Home prices post annual gain of nearly 7% in October

Month-over-month prices were on the rise as well

Consumers saw another nice bump in home prices during October.Property information provider CoreLogic reports its Home Price Index (HPI) shows home pri...


FMIF Holdings recalls Snow Monkey Goji Berry and Cacao pods

The products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

FMIF Holdings is recalling Snow Monkey Goji Berry and Cacao pods that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.No illnesses have been reported t...


Mathew & Lauren collection crib recalled

The mattress support system may dislodge

Mother Hubbard’s Cupboards is recalling about 100 Mathew & Lauren collection cribs sold in Canada.The mattress support system may dislodge resulting in...


Medical researchers worry about 'masked' hypertension

Blood pressure levels found to be higher than during doctors' office visits

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a growing health concern in the U.S., mainly because of lifestyle factors. A poor diet, lack of exercise, and obes...


Sen. Chuck Schumer rails against United Airlines' baggage policy under new fare

Overhead storage should be free regardless of the ticket price, he says

Last month, United Airlines released information on its new Basic Economy fare. It immediately garnered attention from regulators and fliers due to a provi...


Being sleepy behind the wheel is as bad as being drunk, AAA warns

Drivers who get less than seven hours of sleep are endangering themselves and others

Drivers who miss between one to two hours of the recommended seven hours of sleep in a 24-hour period nearly double their risk for a crash, a new AAA study...


Lexibook recalls baby bath seats/chairs

The bath seat can tip over while a baby is in it

Lexibook S.A., of France is recalling about 7,00 baby bath seats and chairs.The bath seats can tip over while a baby is in it, posing a drowning hazard...


Royal Seafood Baza recalls various ready-to-eat herring products

The products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Royal Seafood Baza of Staten, Island, N.Y., is recalling various refrigerated ready-to-eat herring products that maybe contaminated with Listeria monocytog...


Norwegian Air gets clearance for more U.S. flights

The cut-rate carrier's plans are bitterly opposed by U.S. airlines and labor unions

Norwegian Air Shuttle has once again won approval to begin flying new routes between Europe and the United States, but labor unions and some lawmakers say...


TSA should drop enrollment fee for PreCheck, study finds

Dropping the fee for frequent travelers might boost enrollment, speed up security lines

A study finds the Transportation Security Administration could save money and speed up security lines by eliminating the $85 fee it now charges frequent tr...


Researchers identify brain protein as potential target for Alzheimer's research

They believe that the disease may occur partly due to the breakdown of an important brain system

Recently, researchers began developing a potential therapy for concussions, using an FDA-approved drug that helps reduce the harmful effects of swelling. S...


Coming soon (maybe) -- updated nutritional labels

Feds say they'll help you make better decisions

Some changes are in the works in the nutritional labels for meat and poultry products.The Agriculture Department's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Se...


A pick-up in the economy's non-manufacturing sector

November's growth rate was a bit stronger than October's

The non-manufacturing sector of the economy rebounded in November after a slight cooling-off the month before.The latest Non-Manufacturing Institute fo...


Bakkavor Foods USA recalls hummus products

The products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Bakkavor Foods USA is recalling Trader Joe’s Mediterranean Hummus and Trader Joe’s White Bean & Basil Hummus.The products may be contaminated with List...


Pirelli recalls P Zero All Season tires

The tires may develop cracks in their lower sidewall

Pirelli Tire is recalling 1,190 P Zero All Season tires, size 275/40R19 101W, manufactured February 29, 2016, to October 29, 2016, as an original equipment...


U.S. economy loses $411 billion every year due to a tired workforce, study finds

Researchers say sleep deprivation leads to lower productivity and higher mortality risk

Numerous studies have extolled the benefits of getting a full night’s sleep; those who do so have been found to have more energy and better overall health...


The best cities for winter travel on a budget

For low hotel costs and airfare, consider heading to one of these cities in January

Wanderlust can strike at any time during the year, but the stress of the holiday season can contribute to one’s yearning to take a vacation. For those inte...


How to spot a puppy scammer

Before sending money for a puppy you found online, verify that it's not being sold by a scam artist

Consumers planning to welcome a puppy into their lives this holiday season should keep their wits about them if shopping online for their new addition. Pup...


Fintech firms may soon be licensed as national banks

Licensing online-only institutions would be good for business and consumers, regulator says

So-called "fintech" firms may be gaining more legitimacy while also facing stiffer regulation, Comptroller of the Currency Thomas J. Curry said today as he...


Get that tax refund ASAP

We have tips to help you avoid a delay

If you overpaid your taxes this year (too much withholding is the main culprit), you'll have a refund coming. And, of course, you'll want that money as soo...


2017 housing outlook sees gradual slowdown

More first-time buyers will be priced out of the market

The U.S. housing market has gone through some changes in 2016. Prices of homes have risen, requiring larger down payments from buyers.At the same time,...


Here are the 'hot jobs' for 2017

Careerbuilder says employers want people with skills that can generate revenue

The job market is always in a state of flux, especially in recent years. Today's hot job with a lucrative salary and benefits may go to a robot next year. ...


Number of private student loans on the decline

Student loans from banks fell 50% in a four-year period

While rising college loan balances remain a cause of concern, there is a bit of good news. The number of students using private loans from commercial finan...


Unemployment rate drops to 9-year low

Job creation picked up steam in November

The nation's unemployment rate fell to 4.6% in November, it's lowest level in nine years, according to figures released by the Department of Labor (DOL). A...


Mercedes-Benz recalls various vehicles with seat belt issue

The seat belt extenders may not retract as intended

Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) is recalling 672 model year 2016-2017 S63 AMG Coupes, S65 AMG Coupes, S550 Coupe 4Matics, S63 AMG 4Matic Convertibles, and S550 C...


Model year 2011-2016 Toyota Sienna minivans recalled

The door may open unexpectedly, possibly while the vehicle is moving

Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing is recalling 744,437 model year 2011-2016 Toyota Sienna minivans manufactured January 4, 2010, to August 12, 2016....


How to bathe a dog during the winter months

Tips on keeping your pet warm and comfortable during and after a winter bath

Keeping your dog clean is important year round, but giving your companion a bath during the cold, winter months requires a few special precautions. Whi...


Cancer warning label urged for processed meat

Evidence links processed meat, poultry to colorectal cancer risk

Bacon, ham, hot dogs, and other processed meat and poultry products should carry labeles warning that they can cause cancer, the Center for Science in the...


Nestle researchers say they can cut 40% of sugar from chocolate products

The new method involves changing sugar crystals so that they're more hollow

Governments around the world are beginning to take the obesity epidemic more seriously. Legislation to cut the amount of sugar and salt in foods and bevera...


Why parents shouldn't pressure their kids about grades

Parents who value achievement over kindness can have a negative impact on kids' development, study finds

Every parent aspires to set their child up for success in adulthood, but pressuring children about their grades may not be the best way to go about achievi...


Consumers spend more for new cars in November

Sales figures suggest there may be some good deals on small SUVs

Consumers continue to increase what they are willing to pay for a new car or truck. Kelley Blue Book (KBB) reports the average transaction price of a new v...


Here are the most hackable holiday gifts

Intel Security warns many gifts under the tree may be vulnerable to hackers

We've seen that devices that connect to the internet can be the weak link in the web's security chain.Last month a major denial of service attack brief...


Job cuts fall to lowest level of the year in November

Terminations in the retail sector led the way

U.S.-based employers announced plans to cut their payrolls by 26,936 workers in November, putting the pace of downsizing at the lowest level of the year....


Personal income and spending post gains in October

First-time jobless claims last week were on the rise as well

Photo (c) laufer – FotoliaConsumers found themselves with more money in their pockets in October, spent part of it, and saved the rest.The Bureau...


Pending home sales inch upward in October

The advance took them above their 2006 level

It wasn't much, but pending home sale were higher in October for a second straight month. The National Association of Realtors reports its Pending Home ...