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DeVry agrees to pay $2.25 million to NY graduates

The for-profit schools' ads went overboard, NY attorney general charged

DeVry University has agreed to pay $2.25 million in restitution to New York graduates, wrapping up charges that the for-profit school lured students with a...


The top 10 most in-demand creative jobs

CareerBuilder says there's hope for art majors

You've heard lately that jobs in STEM fields -- science, technology, engineering and math -- are plentiful and pay well.But there's just one problem --...


Consumer confidence drops in January

Concerns about the months ahead drove the decline

The new year got off to a rocky start insofar as the way consumers see things.The Conference Board reports its Consumer Confidence Index dipped a point...


Home price gains continue in November

The S&P Corelogic Case-Shiller National Index is at a new peak

Home prices continued their rise across the country over the last 12 months in November.The S&P; CoreLogic Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price NSA In...


Model year 2011-2017 Audi Q5s recalled

The side airbag inflator may fracture

Volkswagen Group of America is recalling 234,054 model year 2011-2017 Audi Q5s.The sunroof drainage system may allow water to soak into the foam surrou...


Tech sector condemns Trump border closings

Tech company leaders offer jobs, housing, and other aid to those affected by Trump's action

American businesses are responding to President Trump's executive order closing the borders to refugees, immigrants from certain countries, and even green...


Trump promises to do a 'big number' on Dodd-Frank

The consumer protection measure stifles business, hurts consumers, he argues

President Trump is promising to do "a big number on Dodd-Frank," the consumer protection legislation that was passed in 2010 and, among other things, enabl...


Walgreens-Rite Aid merger put on hold

Regulators have put the proposed deal under a microscope

Complications may have arisen in a drug store mega-merger, which will combine Walgreens Boots Alliance (Walgreens) with Rite Aid.The merger was origina...


Simple ways to 'date your mate'

What one author says couples can do each week to strengthen their relationship

Carving out time to focus on the health of your relationship isn’t always easy when there are kids to raise and careers to be managed, but author Tina Albr...


Don't fall for the 'can you hear me' scam

If you answer the phone and hear that question, just hang up

Scammers will often try to bring back old scams that have fallen out of style and make them work. Now, one of the oldest ones, with a new wrinkle, is makin...


A rebound in pending home sales

2016 was the best year for existing-home sales since 2006

Following a decline a month earlier, pending home sales were on the rise in December.The National Association of Realtors (NAR) reports its Pending Hom...


IKEA recalls beach chairs

The beach chairs can collapse

IKEA North America Services of Conshohocken, Pa., is recalling about 33,400 MYSINGSÖ beach chairs.The beach chairs can collapse, posing fall and finger...


Auto leases hit record high in 2016

Leases surged 29% in one year

As the average transaction price on new cars moved higher and higher last year, more new car buyers opted to lease instead of purchase, according to automo...


U.S. economic growth slows in 2016

A tightening of consumer purse strings is a factor

There was a considerable slowdown in the growth of the nation's economy last year.The Commerce Department reports real gross domestic product (GDP) inc...


Walmart experiments with selling cars

It has been displaying cars in a Florida store for about a year to test the concept

Walmart already sells just about anything you can think of, but now it's adding cars to the list. According to a report in Automotive News, Walmart will be...


Trump names new acting chair of the FTC

Maureen Ohlhausen, a Republican, has been on the commission since 2012

As expected, President Trump has designated Maureen K. Ohlhausen as Acting Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission.“I am dee...


New home sales surge in December

The latest LEI suggests continued economic growth

New home sales finished a strong year with a strong month.The Commerce Department reports new single-family houses s...


Atlas Meat recalls pork products

The products may contain MSG, which is not declared on the label

Atlas Meat Company of Fort Collins, Colo., is recalling approximately 2,579 pounds of pork sausage products.The products may contain monosodium glutama...


Dow Jones Average tops 20,000 for first time

It came close in December before the rally fizzled

What's in a number? On Wall Street, traders will tell you the Dow Jones Industrial Average topping the 20,000 mark is not that big of a deal. Mostly symbol...


Mitsubishi recalls i-MiEV vehicles

The airbag inflator may rupture, resulting in injury or death

Mitsubishi Motors North America (MMNA) is recalling 1,964 model year 2012 and 2014 i-MiEV vehicles.The vehicles are equipped with airbag inflators asse...


New FCC chairman is no friend of net neutrality

Consumer privacy protection rules also likely on the chopping block

As expected, President Trump has named Ajit Pai chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, spreading joy throughout the advertising and telecommuni...


Court blocks Aetna-Humana merger

Still pending is a decision on Aetna's takeover of Cigna

A U.S. District Court Judge has blocked Aetna's acquisition of rival insurer Humana Inc. Judge John D. Bates of the D.C. Circuit held that the $34 billion...


2017 tax filing season is now open

You have a couple of extra days this year to pony up

It's NOT that most wonderful time of the year.Tax season is officially under way, with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) now accepting and processing...


January offers some attractive new car deals

Kelley Blue Book picks its top lease and purchase deals of the month

If you waited for the start of the new year to shop for a new car, you're in luck. It appears there are some pretty good deals on both purchase and lease o...


What's the best off-road pick-up truck?

Automotive sites pick the Ford F-150 Raptor

Pick-up trucks are used for different things -- some for work, some for leisure. How you plan to use it probably dictates the kind of truck you buy.So...


Trump cuts mortgage aid to home buyers

Surprise action raises questions about other housing assistance programs

Consumer advocates and the real estate industry are struggling to understand President Trump's first official action. Trump, who has vowed to fight for wor...


Survey shows where America is moving

The U-Haul annual report of one-way truck rentals declares Madison, Wisconsin to be the top destination

Forget the sunbelt. U-Haul says its annual survey of American migration trends finds consumers are more likely to be moving to Madison, Wis., than any othe...


Mountain View Packaging recalls chicken product

The product contains wheat, egg and milk, allergens not declared on the label

Mountain View Packaging of Boise, Idaho, is recalling approximately 1,080 pounds of chicken product.The product contains wheat, egg and milk, allergens...


Model year 2009, 2012 Jaguar Xfs recalled

The airbag inflator may rupture, resulting in injury or death

Jaguar Land Rover North America is recalling a total of 8,191 vehicles with an airbag inflator issue.Included are model year year 2012 Jaguar XFs origi...


Nissan recalls Versas and Infinitis

The airbag inflator may rupture, resulting in injury or death

Nissan North America is recalling a total of 152,554 vehicles with airbag inflator issues.Included are model year 2012 Nissan Versa hatchbacks original...


Global Entry – do you need it?

If you take even one trip outside the U.S. this year, Global Entry is well worth the cost

The airport security lines are long with no end in sight. Is there a way to cut your wait time? If you are traveling outside the United States, Global Entr...


The downside of working from home

You'll probably put in more hours without getting paid for them

Telecommuting is much more common than it once was. And while there are many benefits for employees sick of the morning commute and office politics, there...


Why gas isn't going back to $3 a gallon

American producers will keep oil prices in check

Gasoline prices rose late last year, at a time when prices at the pump normally go down.The normal decrease is because the nation's refineries have com...


Skin cancer cream linked to dog deaths

Even tiny amounts of the cream can kill dogs, FDA says

A skin cream used to treat cancer in people has been linked to five dog deaths, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The agency is warning p...


New software aims to reduce medication errors

Harvard researchers who tested it are encouraged by the results

Medication errors, in which a patient takes too much, too little, or the wrong drug altogether, is a growing concern among healthcare policymakers.Gove...


Honda recalls Goldwing motorcycles

The motorcycle's airbag inflator may rupture

American Honda Motor Co. is recalling a total of 882 Goldwing motorcycles.Included are model year 2006-2009 and 2012 Honda GL1800 (Goldwing) motorcycle...


Fisker Karmas recalled

The vehicle's airbag inflator may rupture

Karma Automotive is recalling 811 model year 2012 Fisker Karma vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in the states of Alabama, California, Florida,...


Traffic safety agency awaits a new administrator

Trump has given no indication of a likely nominee to head the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

As Obama Era safety regulators head for the exit ramps, they leave behind a lot of unfinished business. That's pretty much par for the course in Washington...


Out-of-network doctors' bills can be breathtaking

Researchers say anesthesiologists mark up services six times over what Medicare pays

Right now, the biggest controversy in the healthcare field is the price of prescription medications. Politicians from Elizabeth Warren to Donald Trump have...


Do you suffer from 'masked hypertension?'

Researchers say one in eight Americans suffer from the condition

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is called "the silent killer." Elevated blood pressure can eventually lead to heart attack and stroke, and millions o...


Builder confidence slips in January

The previous month's reading was lower than first reported

A slight slip in January in the confidence of builders in the market for newly-built single-family homes.According to the National Association of Home...


Trek Recalls Disc bicycles

The front brake caliper can come into contact with a broken spoke

Trek Bicycle Corp. of Waterloo, Wis., is recalling about 960 Trek 720 Disc bicycles and 340 wheel sets sold in the U.S. and Canada.The front brake cali...


Olymel recalls pork products

The products did not undergo federal inspection

Olymel of Boucherville, Quebec, Canada, is recalling approximately 1,124 pounds of pork ribs products.The products were repacked and distributed withou...


Feds sue student loan servicer Navient

CFPB charges the ex-Sallie Mae unit failed borrowers at every stage of the process

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is suing Navient, the nation’s largest servicer of both federal and private student loans, saying it has fa...


Four vaccinations seniors should consider

People over age 65 are more vulnerable to some serious ailments

In recent years, vaccinations for infants and children have become entangled in controversy. Vaccinations for older people, on the other hand, trigger much...


Expedia lists top in-flight etiquette breaches

The chief causes of in-flight angst haven't changed all that much over the years

Oh, the overhead bin hog, thoughtlessly jamming his belongings into three different bins. Or the flipped out passenger going on a pro-or-anti-Trump rant in...


When to keep your sick child home from school

Parents have mixed views on when to keep kids home, poll finds

It’s the morning of a school day, and your child is sick. It’s up to you to decide if they should stay home or go to school, but the decision isn’t always...


Boosted recalls electric skateboards

The lithium ion battery pack can overheat and smoke

Boosted Inc. of Mountain View, Calif., is recalling about 3,300 electric-powered skateboards sold in the U.S. and Canada.The lithium ion battery pack c...


Yamaha recalls snowmobiles

The turbocharger overboost can cause severe engine damage

Yamaha Motor Corporation U.S.A. of Cypress, Calif., is recalling about 400 snowmobiles with aftermarket turbochargers.The turbocharger overboost can ca...


Consumers 'window shop' on the web too

Study finds most of us visit a retailer's site the first time without buying anything

There's an old-school retail expression called “window shopping.” It's when a consumer walking down the street stops at a storefront to gaze at the product...


55+ housing market: full speed ahead

Experts see continued growth in the sector

Industry experts attending the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) International Builders' Show in Orlando, Fla., expect the 55+ housing market wi...


BRP recalls side-by-side off-road vehicles

The vehicles can roll away when in the “park” or “P” position,

BRP U.S. of Sturtevant, Wis., is recalling about 780 side-by-side off-road vehicles.The vehicles can unexpectedly roll away when in the “park” or “P” p...


Consumers still punishing Wells Fargo

Earnings report shows big drop in new bank and credit card accounts

When federal regulators discovered last fall that Wells Fargo had been creating credit card and checking accounts for its customers without their permissio...


Study reveals best and worst states for lovers

Top states for lovers had high marriage rates and low numbers of people living in isolation

Where you live is an important factor when it comes to stocking your closet and making certain landscaping decisions. But could your geographic location al...


FTC chairwoman Edith Ramirez resigns

Top appointees are leaving their posts as the Obama Administration winds down

Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Edith Ramirez announced her resignation today as the Obama Administration enters its final week.“It has been the ho...


Gun TV pauses to reload

Billed as iTunes for guns, the home shopping network says it will return

Gun TV, a home shopping network for guns, has signed off, at least for now. The channel's co-founder, Valerie Castle, vows it will be back but won't say ju...


Why rural living can be hazardous to your health

A CDC report finds rural residents are more likely to die from five preventable causes

A popular perception of rural life is it is healthier. There is less crime, less stress, and generally a slower pace of life.But when it comes to the f...


Holiday sales increase by 4% in 2016

Experts point to an improving economy as the main cause

Holiday retail sales in November and December showed strong gains in 2016. The National Retail Federation (NRF) says sales increased year-over-year by 4% t...


Retail sales post December gain

Strong auto sales were a big factor

A sizable advance in auto sales helped push overall retail sales higher in December.The Commerce Depart reports sales totaled a seasonally adjusted $46...


Arctic Cat recalls snowmobiles

The fuel tank can crack and leak fuel

Arctic Cat of Thief River Falls, Minn., is recalling about 20,700 snowmobiles.The fuel tank can crack and fuel can leak into the engine compartment, po...


Checks going out to 350,000 Herbalife distributors

The checks are part of a $200 million settlement with the Federal Trade Commission

Hundreds of thousands of Herbalife distributors lost money trying to sell the company's wares, but many of them will soon be getting a little of their lost...


Things not to do on a job interview

CareerBuilder's survey shows being normal just might separate you from the pack

Despite the drop in the unemployment rate, getting a job these days is no slam dunk. There is usually plenty of competition for the good jobs, and employer...


Why people still fall for phishing emails

Security expert says overconfidence plays a huge role

Emails that pop into your inbox, appearing to be from a bank, utility, or shipping company, are favorite vehicles for scammers.These phishing emails ar...


New Amazon rewards Visa pays 5% cash back

But the card is only available to Prime members is teaming with Chase to offer a new rewards credit card that pays 5% cash back on all Amazon purchases, 2% at gas stations and restaurants, and...


Setting financial goals for 2017

Honestly analyzing 2016's performance can help improve 2017

It's still not too late to make a New Year's resolution, and if you are hoping to get ahead financially in 2017, resolving to get a handle on your finances...


Completed foreclosures plunge in November

The foreclosure inventory was sharply lower as well

The number of completed foreclosures nationwide posted a year-over-year decline of 25.9% in November to 26,000, according to property information provider...


Shopper store pathway heatmaps identify opportunities

Eye tracking can help retailers understand where shoppers focus their attention

Kirk Hendrickson, CEO of Eye Faster, a leading provider of shopper research, developed his expertise in eye tracking and shopper research while leading wor...


Fewest homeowners underwater since 2007

Rising home values have left just 2.2 million homeowners with negative equity

Rising home prices in the second half of 2016 have helped more homeowners get back to a positive equity situation, according to a report from Black Knight...


Should you raise your auto insurance deductible?

It all depends on where you live and how much money you have in savings

Some TV commercials for car insurance make it sound like one company covers everything while its competitors don't, leaving their customers on the hook whe...


Toyota Highlander earns top IIHS award

The vehicle's front crash prevention system earned a superior rating

A superior-rated front crash prevention system and acceptable-rated headlights have earned the 2017 Toyota Highlander the Insurance Institute for Highway S...


Mortgage applications turn higher

Contract interest rates continued to fall

A turnaround for mortgage applications.After falling in recent weeks, applications for mortgages rose 5.8% during the week ending January 6.The rep...


How much it costs to raise a child per year

Parents can expect to spend nearly a quarter million dollars per child, according to a new report

The sleepless nights won’t last forever and diapers won’t always be on the shopping list, but time is unlikely to usher out one aspect of parenting -- its...


10 good credit card choices for 2017

From travel to cash back, these cards can be rewarding

As we have noted from time to time, the right credit card in your wallet can be a powerful financial tool, not only providing convenience but also saving y...


Fitbit reportedly considering an app store

Company may seek to expand its influence with software as well as hardware

There's yet another sign that Fitbit, maker of a line of fitness trackers, is trying to expand its influence with software as well as hardware.Technolo...


Used car buyers drawn to pickup trucks in 2016

CarGurus reports low gas prices have lessened interest in small sedans

If you are in the market for a used car, or have one you want to sell, it might be helpful to know which cars consumers want most and which ones don't get...


Toyota recalls model year 2017 Toyota 86 vehicles

It may be possible to remove the ignition key without the transmission being in the "Park" position

Toyota Motor Company is recalling 94 model year 2017 Toyota 86 vehicles manufactured July 1, 2016 through August 11, 2016 equipped with an automatic transm...


Federal study raises concerns for people who manufacture BPA

While all Americans have BPA in their bodies, workers who produce the chemical contain unusually high levels

Research has shown that a chemical called Bisphenol A, used to make hard plastics and the resin linings of canned foods, is present in the bloodstream of m...


Subaru's multimedia system gets eight new apps

There's an app for bird lovers, as well as one that tells users how to improve their driving

Subaru has updated its Starlink infotainment system to include eight new apps, including one of potential interest to birdwatchers. Drivers can see inf...


Mars buys VCA veterinary chain

VCA rounds out Mars' portfolio in pet care, pet food and pet technology

Pets are big business. As evidence, candy- and pet-food-maker Mars Inc. is paying $9.1 billion to buy VCA Inc., the animal hospital chain that runs general...


iPhone introduced 10 years ago today

Device arguably changed how humans interact

“Today, Apple is going to reinvent the phone,” Apple co-founder Steve Jobs said on January 9, 2007.In a presentation to the Apple faithful, Jobs procee...


Gold Medal Packing recalls veal products

The products may be contaminated with E. coli O26 and O45

Gold Medal Packing of Rome, N.Y., is recalling approximately 4,607 pounds of boneless veal products that may be contaminated with E. coli O26 and O45.T...


Herr Foods recalls potato chip products

The products may be contaminated with Salmonella

Herr Foods is recalling Smoked Chipotle flavored Kettle Cooked Potato Chips and Smoke Dried Chipotle flavored Kettle Cooked Potato Chips sold under the Ped...


Hidden fees cost consumers billions, report finds

Telecommunications providers the worst, often adding 25% to the stated price

American consumers are spending billions of dollars each year on hidden fees that are added on after the purchase decision has been made, a new report find...


What's on your bucket list?

There are plenty of places to go -- which ones have you been dying to see?

When I was young, I imagined a world through books and movies. Nowadays, we are exposed to history, culture, and locales through a barrage of news, social...


Latest email scam targets PayPal and Amazon users

Scammers attempt to gather personal information by saying there's a problem with your account

Consumers should be wary of emails stating that there is a security problem with their PayPal or Amazon account. Emails of this nature are the latest email...


Winter weather tips for dog owners

Six ways to protect your pooch when the temperature drops

When temperatures are freezing, you’re likely to take a few extra precautions before heading outdoors. Among them: grabbing a coat and making sure your ext...


Returning a purchase? Your credit card may help

Nearly all card networks provide some type of extended return benefit

The post-holiday shopping season is marked by lines at customer service desks, with consumers returning gifts or purchases.Many times these returns go...


Lawsuit: Sugary sodas no laughing matter

Coca-Cola commercials downplay health risks, the suit charges

Screenshot from a Coca-Cola commercialSugar is no joke, says a lawsuit that accuses the Coca-Cola Company and the American Beverage Association of do...


House-Autry Mills recalls baking products

The products may be contaminated with Salmonella

House-Autry Mills is recalling limited quantities of House- Autry Buttermilk Cornbread Mix, House-Autry Buttermilk Biscuit Mix, and House-Autry Cheese Bisc...


Unemployment rate edges higher in December

Job creation during the month came in below expectations

The nation's unemployment rate ticked up to 4.7% in December from November's 4.6% as the economy created 156,000 nonfarm payroll jobs -- well short of the...


Complaints mount over dicamba-based herbicide sprays

Food growers say that a newer strain of genetically modified seeds is hurting their businesses

When Monsanto announced its plans to introduce a new strain of herbicide-resistant soybean seeds and cotton seeds and a new type of herbicide to accompany...


Sears closing 150 more Sears, Kmart stores

Company is also spinning off Craftsman Tools line

On the heels of Macy's announcement that it is closing 68 stores, Sears Holdings says it will shutter 150 unprofitable locations. Targeted for closing are...


US Postal Service ends its deal with Staples

Postal workers union had protested the deal and boycotted Staples for years

Staples is getting out of the post office business, though not willingly. After years of protests by postal workers, the U.S. Postal Service is ending the...


ADP reports modest job gains for December

The initial jobless claims streak continued last week

Photo (c) Stuart Miles - FotoliaThe economy cranked out another 153,000 private sector jobs last month, according to the ADP National Employment Repo...


Job cuts shoot higher in December

Terminations during of all of 2016 came in on the low side

U.S.-based employers whacked away at their workforces in December -- announcing plans to cut 33,627 jobs, according to outplacement consultancy Challenger,...


Bickel's recalls various snack foods

The products may be contaminated with Salmonella

Bickel's Snack Foods of York, Pa., is recalling a variety of snack products.The products may be contaminated with Salmonella.No illnesses have been...


Polaris recalls Sportsman 570 ATVs

The vehicle may present a fire hazard

Polaris Industries of Medina, Minn., is recalling about 9,900 Sportsman 570 all-terrain vehicles that may present a fire hazard.The company has receive...


Model year 2016 Buick Envisions recalled

The master cylinder brake lines may crack and leak brake fluid

General Motors is recalling 327 model year 2016 Buick Envisions manufactured January 19, 2016, to March 18, 2016.The master cylinder brake lines may cr...


Fresh Express recalls Hearts of Romaine Salad

The product may contain egg, milk, wheat and anchovy, allergens not declared on the label

Fresh Express is recalling 100 cases of 9-oz. Fresh Express Hearts of Romaine Salad.The product may contain egg, milk, wheat and anchovy, allergens not...


Finding a new job a top New Years resolution

CareerBuilder survey finds slightly more workers are planning a move than last year

The beginning of a new year often signals a fresh start, so it might not be surprising that a new survey has found a lot of Americans expect to be working...


Rich Products recalls ice cream cake products

The products may contain walnuts, an allergen not declared on the label

Rich Products Corporation of Buffalo, N.Y., is recalling approximately 6,600 cases of ice cream cake products that may contain walnuts, an allergen not dec...


Manufacturing expands in December

New orders, production and employment were on the rise

The overall economy, including activity in the manufacturing sector, expanded in December, according to the nation’s supply executives.The Institute fo...


Suzuki recalls KingQuad ATVs

The engine can stop running while the ATV is in use

Suzuki Manufacturing of America Corporation of Rome, Ga., is recalling about 3,400 KingQuad 750 all-terrain vehicles (ATVs).The ATV’s battery can fail...


H-E-B expands shelled pistachio recall

The product may be contaminated with Salmonella

H-E-B is expanding its earlier recall of raw shelled pistachios to include “Fireside Roasted Nut Butter” produced in a limited number of H-E-B stores.T...


Nissan Altimas, Rogues and Maximas recalled

The front passenger seat air bag may deploy incorrectly

Nissan North America is recalling 757 model year 2013-2015 Altimas manufactured January 3, 2013, to July 29, 2013; 2015-2016 Rogues manufactured October 14...


Jazz up your travels in 2017

Six different things to try during your travels in the coming year

Where will 2017 take you? Have you booked a vacation or are you still exploring? Will you return to a favorite destination or try something new? A new year...


Eukanuba makes dogs live longer? FTC says no

Mars Petcare has agreed to stop making advertising claims it can't support

Eukanuba may be very healthful dog food but can it really help your dog live 30 percent longer than dogs fed with other brands? That's what Eukanuba manufa...