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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...


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...


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'...


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...


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 (...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


Home design trends to watch in 2017

Planning on updating your home? Let these trends be your guide

As 2016 draws to a close, consumers can start looking ahead at what’s to come in 2017. Taking a peek into the future can be especially beneficial where hom...


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. ...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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. ...


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...


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...


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...