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Automakers were Takata's accomplices, suit charges

Major carmakers knew Takata airbags were dangerous but used them anyway, the complaint alleges

The ink had not yet dried on a judge's order fining airbag-maker Takata $1 billion for wire fraud when a class-action lawsuit was filed in Florida charging...


A privacy fight is brewing at the FCC

New Chairman Ajit Pai is rolling back an internet privacy rule adopted last year

In its first few weeks in office, the Trump administration has taken aim at a number of its predecessor's policies.A case in point is the Federal Commu...


Women lose more sleep than men with children in the house, study finds

Researchers caution that inadequate sleep could lead to negative health consequences

Having a child translates into a lot of sleepless nights, but a new study shows that moms may be more sleep deprived than dads in the grand scheme of thing...


San Francisco bans retail sale of dogs and cats

The new legislation aims to combat puppy and kitten mills while encouraging consumers to adopt

Commercially bred dogs and cats often exist in poor conditions, and many unadopted shelter animals are put to death each year. But a new ordinance may help...


Man dies when garden stool collapses

The stool collapsed inward and sharp ceramic shards punctured the man's femoral artery

Using a garden stool in the shower sounds like a fairly innocent innovation, but it ended in death for Larry Stick, 61, of Adamstown, Pa. Now his widow is...


When is the best time to book a hotel?

It depends on when and where you're going

Consumers who want to travel to a particular destination for a visit usually have a finite amount of money they can, or will, spend on the trip. But depend...


Animal rights groups lose a round in egg label case

Appeals court says federal agencies have the authority to handle the issue on a case-by-case basis

Are those eggs you're scrambling really from "free-range" chickens? What is a free-range chicken anyway? A federal appeals court has said it's not a questi...


Years after financial crisis, many Boomers still struggling

Financial plight puts a different spin on retirement plans

The financial crisis, which deepened an existing recession, was a major blow to the U.S. economy.Since then, the nation has been on a slow path toward...


Consumer confidence rebounds from January slump

The view of current conditions improved along with expectations

Consumers seem to be feeling a lot better about the economy than they did a month ago.The Conference Board reports its Consumer Confidence Index rose 3...


Fourth quarter economic growth continues its tepid pace

2016's GDP was down sharply from the preceding year

The Commerce Department's second look at fourth-quarter economic growth wasn't any more encouraging than its first estimate.Thus, real gross domestic p...


Little Tikes recalls toddler swings

The plastic seat can crack or break, posing a fall hazard

Little Tikes of Hudson, Ohio, is recalling about 540,000 Little Tikes 2-in-1 Snug ‘n Secure Pink toddler swings.The plastic seat can crack or break, po...


Lakeview Cheese and Bashas’ Family of Stores recall cheese products

The products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Lakeview Cheese and Bashas’ Family of Stores are recalling various types of Colby cheese that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.No illnes...


BMW recalls model year 2014-2017 i3 REx hybrid electric vehicles

A fuel vapor leak is possible

BMW of North America is recalling 19,130 model year 2014-2017 i3 REx hybrid electric vehicles.The fuel tank vent line may rub against the ribbed wire p...


Takata expected to set up $125 million fund for airbag victims

The fund is part of a $1 billion settlement being presented in a Detroit federal court on Monday

Takata has reportedly agreed to set up a fund to compensate victims of its faulty airbags, which have been blamed for 11 deaths and hundreds of injuries in...


Are you overlooking a big tax break?

You might qualify for the Retirement Savings Contributions Credit

The federal income deadline is closing in fast, but you still have time to make a contribution to your tax-deferred retirement account and have it count on...


Big bug leaks lots of data but maybe nobody saw it

Industrial-strength ISP was leaking data for nearly six months before anyone noticed

You may never have heard of Cloudflare, but chances are it has heard of you. It's an internet service provider that handles about 10 percent of the world's...


Self-driving cars may get a boost from the Trump Administration

Transportation Secretary Chao sees potential safety benefits but warns of possible job losses

The Obama Administration had taken a cautious stance towards self-driving cars. Now it looks as though the Trump Administration may be more inclined to rel...


The mental health benefits of bird watching

Researchers say living in a neighborhood with more birds and trees may lower your stress level

There are quite a few science-backed health benefits to getting a daily dose of nature. Taking a walk in the woods (a Japanese custom called “forest bathin...


Another dip in pending home sales

The Pending Home Sales Index is at its lowest point in a year

A lull in contract activity in the Midwest and West dragged pending home sales down to their lowest level in a year in January.The National Association...


Mercedes-Benz recalls various model year 2017 vehicles with airbag issue

Certain front airbags may not deploy in a crash

Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) is recalling 1,051 model year 2017 CLA250, CLA250 4Matic, E400 Coupe, E400 4Matic Coupe, E550 Coupe, E400 Cabriolet, E550 Cabriol...


Model year 2014-2017 Dodge Chargers and Chrysler 300s recalled

The front driveshaft bolts may loosen allowing the front driveshaft to disconnect

Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling 69,298 model year 2014-2017 Dodge Chargers and Chrysler 300s equipped with all-wheel drive (AWD).The front driveshaf...


Cooper recalls Discoverer M+S Sport tires

The tires do not meet the traction requirements for snow tires

Cooper Tire & Rubber is recalling 7,067 Discoverer M+S Sport tires, sizes 235/75R15, 255/65R16, 215/70R16, 225/70R16, 235/70R16, 245/70R16, 265/70R16, 255/...


Ready Pac Foods recalls chicken salad

The product that may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes

Ready Pac Foods establishments located in Swedesboro, N.J., Jackson, Ga., and Irwindale, Calif., are recalling approximately 59,225 pounds of one variety o...


Postcard from Virginia, part II

Two presidential homes rooted in American history

Travel back in time and explore our country’s history by visiting the James River Plantations along scenic Route 5 in Charles City County, Virginia. It is...


Is time running out for hhgregg?

The electronics and appliances retailer has been bleeding money for years

Electronics retailer hhgregg has long been short of capital letters and is becoming increasingly short of the kind of capital you can take to the bank, hav...


Google launches new wireless gigabit service

A Denver apartment complex is the first to get Webpass service

It's the last mile that's the most difficult. That's true whether you're running a marathon or trying to figure out how to build a profitable broadband net...


AT&T launches free smartphone promotion

But there are a number of strings attached

Smartphones aren't cheap and cellphone companies no longer subsidize them as a way to keep you in a two-year contract.So, AT&T; hopes to draw some inte...


Why waking up early could help you lose weight

Researchers say early risers make healthier food choices than their night owl counterparts

Eating healthily and losing weight can be difficult tasks for anyone, but a new study shows that when you choose to go to bed and wake up can make a big di...


Judge refuses to release jailed Volkswagen executive

Oliver Schmidt awaits trial on 11 felony counts, other VW execs remain in Germany

Volkswagen has paid billions of dollars in fines, penalties, and buyback costs related to its "dirty diesel" scandal. But that's not much help to Oliver Sc...


Rising mortgage rates growing issue for home buyers

Consumers fear it will make homes less affordable

It's not the fact that home prices have continued to rise over the last few years, or that inventory levels are dropping to near-historic lows.The fact...


New car sales will likely dip in February

Carmakers suffering the biggest sales declines may offer the best incentives

February new car sales are often a mixed bag. It's the shortest month of the year, so there are fewer days to sell cars.But it has Presidents' Day week...


New home sales rebound in January

Home prices were mostly lower

2017 is off to a good start in terms of sales of new single-family houses.The Commerce Department reports sales rose 3.7% last month to seasonally adju...


Moose Toys recalls toy frogs

The battery’s chemicals can leak, posing chemical and injury hazards

Moose Toys Proprietary of Australia is recalling about 444,000 Little Live Pets Lil Frog and Lil Frog Lily Pad toys sold in the U.S. and Canada.When th...


Fratelli Beretta USA recalls mortadella product

The product contains pistachio nuts, an allergen not declared on the label

Fratelli Beretta USA of Mount Olive, N.J., is recalling approximately 468 pounds of mortadella product.The product contains pistachio nuts, an allergen...


Calphalon recalls cutlery knives

The blade on Contemporary Cutlery knives can break during use

Calphalon Corp., of Atlanta, Ga., is recalling about 2 million Contemporary Cutlery knives sold in the U.S. and Canada.The blade on knives can break du...


Why your back pain may be killing you

Researchers find those with back pain are more likely to die from all causes

Aches and pains are a common ailment for many consumers, but a new study suggests that some types of pain may actually be putting us in an early grave....


What are your odds of surviving your surgery?

A new site lets you check out your surgeon before going under the knife

It's one thing to check out the reviews on the latest iPhone. After all, you might want to compare it to another model.There might be a little more at...


Fourth quarter home prices rise despite interest rate hikes

Initial jobless claims ticked higher last week

Home prices moved higher in the final three months of 2016.The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) reports its House...


A January surge in sales of existing homes

Last month's sales pace was the fastest in nearly a decade

Sales of previously-owned homes rose in January to their fastest clip in nearly a decade.The National Association of Realtors (NAR) reports sales of ex...


2016 travelers' woes are lowest in decades

Flight cancellation, mishandled baggage, and bumping rates improved over 2015

The air traveling public had less to gripe about in 2016.The Transportation Department's (DOT) Air Travel Consumer Report shows carriers canceled just...


Michelin recalls X Works XZY tires

The tires lack the required DOT symbol and load range letter designation

Michelin North America is recalling 247 Michelin X Works XZY tires, size 315/80R22.5 156/150K, manufactured from January 1, 2011, to July 31, 2015.The...


Google plans expansion of its Waze ride-sharing service

The service differs in many ways from more conventional services like Uber and Lyft

Back in August, we reported that Google was staking its claim in the ride-sharing business. Using its Waze navigation app, the company began testing a “Goi...


Facebook reportedly considering link-up with Major League Baseball

Published reports say the social media company may carry games this season

Remember when television was TV and the internet was the web? The lines between the two continue to blur as mobile devices have increasingly been used for...


Credit card defaults continue to rise

January survey shows consumers are having a harder time paying their bills

One measure of how consumers are doing financially is how they are handling their debt.On the heels of a report showing a rising credit card default ra...


Researchers getting closer to Zika virus vaccine

Three vaccines said to hold promise but no one is predicting speedy approval

Even though the groundhog saw his shadow earlier this month, spring is not that far away, and with it, mosquitoes and the returning threat of the Zika viru...


2017 Subaru Impreza runs the IIHS table

The redesigned vehicle did well in all safety categories

Thanks to top ratings for crash protection, a superior-rated front crash prevention system and good-rated headlights, the redesigned Subaru Impreza walked...


Mortgage applications post decline

Contract interest rates headed higher

Mortgage applications registered their second straight decline in the week ending February 17, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association, falling 2% fr...


Yamaha Corporation of America recalls piano benches

The paint on the piano bench’s interior compartment contains an excessive level of lead

Yamaha Corporation of America of Buena Park, Calif, is recalling about 900 benches sold with Yamaha grand pianos.The paint on the bench’s interior comp...


Biery Cheese Company recalls Longhorn Colby cheeses

The products may be contaminated Listeria monocytogenes

Biery Cheese Company is recalling specialty Longhorn Colby cheese that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.No illnesses have been reported...


MDS Foods expands cheese recall

The products may be contaminated by Listeria monocytogenes

MDS Foods is expanding its earlier recall of cheese products.Deutsch Kase Haus of Middlebury, Ind., supplied MDS Foods with cheeses that have been foun...


Gas prices poised for annual early spring climb

Prices at the pump are already much higher than they were last year

Consumers who have gotten accustomed to relatively low gasoline prices over the last two and a half years will have an adjustment to make this spring.G...


Suburbs increasingly 'hotter' housing markets than urban areas

But proximity to an urban core helps define a suburban hotspot

A few years ago, Millennial homebuyers were eager to live in the city. They liked the idea that they could walk to movie theaters, restaurants, and shoppin...


Builder confidence drops in February

It's the second decline in as many months

Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family fell for a second straight month in February, with the National Association of Home Builders...


California realtors say sales were robust in January

The median price dipped on an uptick in sales of less expensive homes

As we reported in recent days, housing affordability in California's red hot real estate markets has improved over the last few months. Industry experts sa...


Model year 2009-2013 Suzuki Grand Vitaras recalled

The gear shift rear shaft may break

Suzuki Motor of America is recalling 791 model year 2009-2013 Grand Vitaras equipped with a manual transmission.The gear shift rear shaft may break, pr...


Nissan recalls model 2002 Pathfinders and Infiniti QX4s

The Takata airbag inflators may rupture

Nissan North America (Nissan) is recalling 46 model year 2002 Pathfinders and Infiniti QX4s.The vehicles' Takata airbag inflators assembled as part of...


Choice Farms recalls mushrooms stuffed with cheese

The product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Choice Farms is recalling a limited quantity of stuffed mushrooms that be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.No illnesses have been reported to d...


New sell-by labels aim to reduce confusion, waste

Forty percent of food goes to waste in the U.S. each year, partly because of unclear labels

Every now and then, you'll see a story explaining that the dates stamped on food don't really mean much -- that most of them are voluntary and aren't reall...


Cuban tourism not as robust as some had hoped

Travel restrictions remain in effect, perhaps dissuading many travelers

The Caribbean has been jam-packed with vacationing Americans this winter, with one glaring exception: Cuba. The long-isolated nation became open to U.S. to...


Suit over Odwalla ingredients moves forward

Lawsuit claims that the Coca-Cola brand was not forthcoming in its labeling

Do Odwalla drinks and bars contain sugar? It depends on whether you consider "evaporated cane juice" to be sugar. Robin Reese does. In a 2013 lawsuit, she...


Mortgage payments take bigger bite out of family budgets

Homebuyers squeezed between rising interest rates and home prices

There's a term for it – house poor. It means after paying for your house each month, you have little money left over.Real estate marketplace Zillow rep...


Consumers falling behind on car payments

Delinquencies rise, along with consumer debt

A report this week from the New York Federal Reserve Bank shows the delinquency rate on new car loans continued to rise in the fourth quarter of last year,...


Profile of an investment fraud victim

AARP finds the victim tends to be older and overconfident about their financial abilities

Investment fraud is one of the oldest scams going. Someone who appears trustworthy holds out the prospect of generous returns on an investment.But it t...


Saputo Inc. recalls Gouda cheese products

Officials say the goods may be contaminated with listeria

Saputo Inc. has initiated a recall of certain Gouda cheese products over concerns of a potential listeria contamination. Supplier Deutsch Kase Haus LLC not...


FTC urged to step up privacy protection for consumers

Americans are 'at great risk' of harm from identity theft, data breaches, and financial fraud

A coalition of consumer groups is urging the Federal Trade Commission to double down on its efforts to protect consumers who it says are at "great risk of...


Traffic deaths surge in 2016

Deaths rose 14% since 2014, the biggest two-year increase in 53 years

The National Safety Council estimates nearly 40,000 people died in traffic accidents last year, 6% more than the previous year and 14% more than in 2014....


Delta dishing up more meals on transcontinental flights

Changes will begin on March 1 and expand to other markets in late April

Back in December, Delta announced that it would be testing complimentary meals for coach passengers on its transcontinental flights. Travelers flying betwe...


What stresses you out at work?

A survey finds deadline pressure is the most common source

Let's assume that people normally think they have a little too much stress at work. It just goes with the territory. No one thinks they have it easy, right...


Loblaw Companies Limited recalls baby food pouches due to botulism concerns

Consumers who purchased the products from Canada should be extremely cautious

Loblaw Companies Limited has updated a recall of  it brand baby food pouches due to concerns that the packaging may permit the growth of Clostridium botuli...


Mercedes-Benz recalls some 2017 models to fix airbag issue

The occupant protection control may malfunction, not properly identifying passenger seat occupants

Mercedes-Benz is recalling several 2017 models because of a potential problem with the airbags. The company said the front passenger occupant detection con...


Britax recalls Click & Go receivers on baby strollers due to potential fall hazard

A damaged receiver mount can cause the car seat to disengage and fall unexpectedly

Britax has initiated a recall of approximately 717,000 units of its Britax B-Agile and BOB Motion Strollers with Click & Go receivers.The company says...


Veggie Noodle Co. recalls butternut spirals

The products may have been contaminated with listeria

Veggie Noodle Co. based out of Austin, Texas is voluntarily recalling certain Butternut Spiral products due concerns of a possible listeria contamination....


Century Packing Corp. recalls nearly 1,000,000 pounds of chicken sausage products

The company says the items contained undeclared MSG

Century Packing Corp. has recalled 999,419 pounds of thermally processed, commercially sterile chicken sausage products due to a misbranding issue.The...


Yahoo and Verizon reportedly move closer to a deal

The latter may ask for a $250 million discount and will share ongoing legal responsibility for recent data breaches

The Yahoo and Verizon acquisition deal has faced many bumps in the road since the deal was first struck last July. In September, details on Yahoo’s data br...


New app helps moms connect with new mom friends

Peanut aims to help women form meaningful friendships with like-minded mamas

Numerous studies have shown how important friendships are to our mental and physical health, and friendships may be even more important during motherhood....


Report says nearly 56,000 bridges are 'structurally deficient'

Trade group says these spans are crossed 185 million times a day

When the U.S. Department of Transportation recently released its National Bridge Inventory report for 2016, one group was particularly interested.The A...


Florida shuts down 'deceptive' travel club

Consumers advised to use caution when booking vacation travel

February is prime vacation travel time, with many people seeking warmer temperatures in the tropics. So it's probably a good time to remind consumers about...


Inflation showing up in online sales

Adobe's Digital Price Index shows big late-year price hikes

The government's latest measure of inflation at the wholesale level saw a significant jump in January.While the Labor Department has yet to report on t...


Guggisberg Cheese Inc. recalls colby products due to listeria concerns

Consumers are urged to discard or return the products

Guggisberg Cheese Inc. is initiating a recall of certain colby cheese products after receiving reports of a possible listeria contamination.Listeria mo...


VW recalls some 2017 Passats for potential brake problem

The company says that brake fluid may leak from affected models

Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. is recalling certain 2017 Passat vehicles. Brake fluid may leak slowly from the some of the brake line connections, resul...


Against the Grain Pet Food recalls products over pentobarbital concerns

The barbiturate can cause drowsiness, dizziness, or even induce a coma

Against the Grain Pet Food is initiating a recall for one lot of its "Against the Grain Pulled Beef with Gravy Dinner for Dogs" dog food. Company officials...


Cathay Pacific introduces travel rewards card

Regular Cathay Pacific customers would benefit the most

Cathay Pacific is the latest airline to roll out its own branded travel rewards credit card. The airline is teaming with Synchrony Bank to issue the Cathay...


How to protect your home from burglars

There are lots of products and services, but some may be more effective than others

There are many consumer products and services designed to help homeowners protect their dwellings from burglaries.Depending on where you live, that may...


Wholesale inflation jumps 0.6% in January

Rise was propelled mostly by gasoline costs

The government reports inflation at the wholesale level surged in January, rising 0.6%. That reflects an increase in costs before goods go on sale to consu...


BMW recalls models with possible CV joint problems

The rear CV joint may fatigue and break, which could cause the car to stop suddenly

BMW is recalling about 8,700 cars because of a potential problem with the rear CV joint. The company said the joint could break, causing a loss of propulsi...


MDS Foods Inc. recalls multiple cheese products

A supplier informed the company that products may be contaminated with listeria

MDS Foods Inc. -- operating out of Massillon, Ohio -- has issued a recall of multiple products that may have been contaminated by listeria. The company was...


Verizon introduces unlimited data plan

The new plan is available to new and existing customers

Verizon Wireless has joined most of its competitors in offering an unlimited data plan, stating that it is available for both new and existing customers....


Chevrolet Cruze Diesel hits 52 mpg mark

But will Americans go for diesels after the VW fiasco?

The 2017 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel has won top place in the fuel-sipping derby, qualifying for a 52 miles per gallon highway rating from the Environmental Pro...


This Valentines Day, politics is a minefield

The Trump presidency appears to have made romance even more explosive

On Valentines Day, consider this: a lot of things have to go right for a relationship to work. Increasingly, political compatability is one of them.Dur...


Gas prices aren't as low as they seem

GasBuddy analyst says nearly half of new cars now require more expensive premium

When ConsumerAffairs reports on the price of gasoline, we always focus on the price of regular gas as the baseline, since...


PetSmart recalls Grreat Choice adult canned dog food

One lot of the product may contain metal pieces that could cause a choking hazard

PetSmart has issued a voluntary recall of one production lot of its Grreat Choice adult canned dog food after a manufacturer informed the company of consum...


Taylor Farms recalls chicken and pork salad products

Affected products may be contaminated with listeria

Two Taylor Farms locations in Dallas, Texas and Tracy, California are recalling approximately 6,630 pounds of chicken and pork salad products due to possib...


Meijer recalls Meijer Brand Colby Cheese and Colby Jack deli cheeses

Affected products may be contaminated with listeria

Meijer has announced a recall of its Meijer Brand Colby Cheese and Colby Jack Cheese. The company reports that the products, which are sold exclusively thr...


Backpage sued by women's shelters

The shelters allege that the site's owners know it is being used for illegal sex trafficking

Classified ad site has a new problem. It's being sued by two nonprofit shelters for women and children, alleging that the site's owners know...


Carl's Jr. parent company accused of wage suppression and unfair business practices

The lawsuit could mean trouble for CEO Andy Puzder, who awaits confirmation to become Labor Secretary

One former employee and one current employee of Carl’s Jr. have filed a lawsuit against the chain’s parent company Carl Karcher Enterprises LLC (CKE), char...


'Wine futures' turned out to have no future

Premier Cru was a Ponzi scheme that defrauded wine lovers: FBI

It sounds like a great investment: wine futures -- a chance to buy the best wines of tomorrow at today's prices. But as any seasoned investor will tell you...


Why Americans might be feeling too confident about homeownership

Parents and Millennials may not find it easy to buy a home in 2017

Roughly 16 million American adults consider themselves “very likely” to buy a home this year, according to a new report by personal finance website Bankrat...


California housing affordability improves

Incomes are up, but housing prices aren't

Housing affordability has become a problem in recent years, especially in California. That state is home to some of the nation's most expensive housing mar...


Builder confidence grows in the market for 55+ single-family housing

However, the outlook for senior condo housing dimmed

Builders see no letup of demand in the 55+ single-family housing market.The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) reports its 55+ Housing Market...


Recall of Ruth’s Salads Pimento Spreads expanded

The product may contain Listeria monocytogenes

Ruth’s Salads of Charlotte, N.C. is expanding its earlier recall of Ruth’s Salads Pimento Cheese Spreads packed in Chester, S.C.The products may be con...


Judge blocks Anthem-Cigna merger

The merger would have significantly lessened competition, the court held

A Federal judge has blocked Anthem’s $54 billion takeover of rival insurer Cigna Corp., saying it would substantially lessen competition. The ruling came i...


Retailers see better sales numbers for 2017

Jobless claims decline in early February

Sales in the retail sector, which excludes automobiles, gas stations, and restaurants, are expected to approve in the year ahead.The National Retail Fe...


Hyundai recalls model year 2017 Elantras

The vehicle's brake booster may fail

Hyundai Motor Company is recalling 33,803 model year 2017 Elantras.The vehicle's brake booster may fail, resulting in a loss of power brake assist....


La-Z-Boy recalls power supplies sold with lift chairs

The power supply’s electrical components can be exposed

La-Z-Boy of Monroe, Mich., is recalling about 2,700 power supplies sold with lift chairs.The power supply cover can crack within the screw housing and...


Magazine subscription scammers fined $23 million

Consumers were promised a surprise. It turned out to be an expensive subscription

A magazine subscription service that allegedly tricked consumers into signing up for expensive subscriptions has been ordered to pay more than $23 million...


Why drivers should stay off the road if they've recently suffered a concussion

A study shows driving performance can be negatively affected even after symptoms have disappeared

It’s common sense that you should be in a healthy state of mind before driving a car, but a new study shows that some injuries may negatively affect drivin...


Domino's now has its own wedding registry

Couples can register for pizza-related gifts to enjoy before, during, and after the wedding

Domino’s is known for its outside-the-box marketing, including drone delivery in New Zealand and an ad campaign in which the company admitted that its pizz...


Lifting heavy loads and working at night negatively affects fertility, study finds

Researchers say occupational conditions can affect the number of eggs women produce

Working late at night can be a daunting task, and there aren’t many out there who relish heavy lifting and manual labor. Now a new study shows that women w...


Housing costs weighing on Baby Boomers

A survey shows that consumers worry more about putting a roof over their head as they age

A number of recent surveys have found anxiety among Baby Boomers about retirement, primarily concerns about not having enough money.The NHP Foundation,...


Mortgage applications rebound

Contract interest rates were mostly lower

After posting their first decline in four weeks last week, mortgage applications are headed higher.The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) reports appli...


Home prices post solid year-over-year advance in December

Prices, however, remain below their 2006 peak

Home prices were on the rise in December, with advances on both annual and month-over month bases.Property information provider CoreLogic reports its H...


Ford recalls model year 2016 Focus and C-Max vehicles

The floor pan may have improperly welded left-hand apron joints

Ford Motor Company is recalling 17 model year 2016 Focus and C-Max vehicles.The floor pan may have improperly welded left-hand apron joints which may r...


Pet meds can poison kids, researchers warn

Tips for keeping kids safer around pet medications

It’s not uncommon for kids and pets to share a household, but the family pet may pose a health risk to kids. While Fido’s presence may be innocuous enough,...


Steady as she goes for job openings in December

The past year saw a net employment gain of 2.4 million

Not much change during December in the number of jobs available for the taking.The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports there were 5.5 million job...


Toyota recalls model year 2016-2017 Tundras

A portion of the bumper may break away

Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing is recalling 72,847 model year 2016-2017 Tundras equipped with a resin rear step bumper and resin reinforcement br...


Model year 2016-2017 Chevrolet Cruze vehicles recalled

The seat-backs for the front seats may break in a crash

General Motors is recalling 17,197 model year 2016-2017 Chevrolet Cruze vehicles.A bracket used in the driver or front passenger seat-back recliner mec...


FCC suspends probe of free data programs

Critics charge that the reversal undermines net neutrality

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai, with the support of Republican commissioner Michael O'Rielly, has moved to suspend the agency's...


Getting kids to eat their vegetables

What parents can do to get little ones used to the taste of bitter veggies

Persuading a picky eater to eat bitter greens, such as kale or brussels sprouts, can be an uphill battle. Kids are notoriously fickle when it comes to food...


Easy ways to declutter your home

Use these clutter-busting tips to help you get organized

Physical clutter can overload the senses, which is why you might feel stressed and mentally drained amid excess stuff. Clutter-free surroundings, on the ot...


Another reason to file your tax return ASAP

The longer you wait, the more likely you are to be a victim of identity theft

Many taxpayers are eager to file their tax return because they have a big refund coming. But there's another reason to get your tax return in as quickly as...


FTC settles with correspondence school over deceptive claims

Stratford Career Institute was charged with misleading students about its educational programs

Correspondence schools, which offer distance learning opportunities to students at all levels, can be found across the U.S. The Federal Trade Commission (F...


Drop projected in Valentine’s Day spending

Fewer people celebrating means fewer buck spent

After rising for about a decade, the amount of money being spent on Valentine's Day is expected to decline this year.The annual survey by the National...


Having trouble sleeping? Try going camping for a weekend

Researchers find that a weekend under the stars can reset a person's internal clock

There have been countless “cures” proposed for those who have trouble sleeping. A cursory internet search will suggest anything from sipping warm milk to t...


Renters seeing a little relief at the start of 2017

The average rent is up slightly after four straight months of declines

For years, young consumers starting households have been caught in a Catch 22.They might like to buy a home, but homeownership requires very good credi...


How much couples are spending to get married in 2017

Average wedding costs have topped 35k as couples strive to create an unforgettable experience

Couples planning to tie the knot this year may be in for some postnuptial sticker shock. A new study has found that the average cost for a wedding has hit...


Utility phone scams make strong comeback

Security firm says it was the fastest growing scam of 2016

Scams seem to be cyclical. The "Grandparents scam" was big for a while, but faded away once the public began hearing about it. But now it's back, ensnaring...


Loyola study discounts exercise in weight loss

Researchers conclude working out isn't the key to weight control

A new study by researchers at Loyola University will no doubt be hailed by couch potatoes everywhere.After reviewing their latest findings, these scien...


Why it's important to brush your pet's teeth

February is Pet Dental Health Month -- here's what pet owners can do to keep their pet's teeth healthy

Chances are, you brush your teeth every day in an effort to keep cavities and other dental problems at bay. But many pet owners neglect to put the same amo...


Growth slows in services sector

Still, there's been expansion for 85 straight months

The services, or non-manufacturing, sector of the economy continued to grow last month, albeit at a slower rate than in December.According to the lates...


Gains in retail fuel January job creation

The unemployment rate ticked higher again

Job creation in January ramped up to its highest level since last September.Figures released by the Department of Labor (DOL) show employers added 227,...


Model year 2015-2017 Nissan Altimas recalled

Lowering a rear window may inadvertently cause a rear door to unlatch

Nissan North America is recalling 341,005 model year 2015-2017 Altimas.The vehicle's rear door latch/lock cable may have been improperly routed. As a r...


Le Fedou, Fromagerie De Hyelzas Sas recalls cheese products

The products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Fromi USA of New York, N.Y., is recalling Soureliette cheese and Tomme Brebis Fedou. The products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. No...


BMW recalls older vehicles with airbag issue

The airbag inflator may rupture due to propellant degradation

BMW of North America is recalling 230,117 model year 2000-2002 BMW 320i, 323i, 325i, 325xi, 330i, 330xi, 323Ci, 325Ci, 330Ci, M3, 323iT, 325iT & 325xiT veh...


Ruth’s Salads recalls Ruth’s Original Pimento Spread

The product may be contaminated wit Listeria monocytogenes

Ruth’s Salads of Charlotte, N.C., is recalling 7-oz. containers of Ruth’s Original Pimento Spread.The product may contaminated with Listeria monocytoge...


Researchers develop potential treatment for memory loss

The study findings could have big implications on those suffering from dementia and Alzheimer's

Memory loss is a condition that affects millions of people around the world, including those suffering from diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementia. However...


Wearable device delivers continuous blood pressure readings

Could it be a tool to detect 'masked hypertension?'

As we have recently reported, cardiologists are increasingly concerned about a condition known as "masked hypertension."That's when a patient shows a n...


Super Bowl Sunday can be a calorie trap

10 Buffalo wings with blue cheese dressing can pack 1,400 calories

Super Bowl Sunday is a lot like Thanksgiving. There's a lot of eating and drinking and sitting on the couch watching football.And just like Thanksgivin...


Why it's so hard to buy a house

Saving for a down payment is a top concern among first time home buyers, survey finds

Although they might not get around to it until later in life, buying a house is still part of the plan for Millennials. The same is true for their younger...


Another month of manufacturing sector growth

Twelve of 18 industries reported growth last month

January was another good month for the manufacturing sector of the economy and the economy in general, according to the Institute for Supply Management (IS...


New year brings surge in job cuts

The number of terminations is the largest since last April

U.S. employers welcomed 2017 with a wave of corporate downsizing.Outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christ...


U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company recalls certain smokeless tobacco products

Some product cans contain foreign metal objects

U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company (USSTC) is recalling some of its smokeless tobacco products manufactured at its facility in Franklin Park, Ill., and distrib...


Model year 2016-2017 Chevrolet Suburban HD vehicles recalled

The vehicles were assembled with an incorrect right-hand outside mirror

General Motors is recalling 214 model year 2016-2017 Chevrolet Suburban HD vehicles.The vehicles were assembled with a convex right-hand outside mirror...


3i Corporation recalls bar chairs

The legs can become detached from the center post

3i Corporation of Hong Kong is recalling 317,100 Safford/Lakeview bar chair sold in the U.S. and Canada.The legs can become detached from the center po...


Barberi International recalls frozen Ajiaco

The product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Barberi International of Miami, Fla., is recalling its Sunmba Frozen Ajiaco (vegetable mix) product.The product may be contaminated with Listeria monoc...


Amazon announces plans for a $1.5 billion cargo airline hub

The move may help cut costs and guarantee greater delivery speeds

There were a few raised eyebrows earlier this month when Amazon announced that it would be creating 100,000 U.S.-based jobs by mid-2018. The widely popular...


February is a good month to check your blood pressure

High blood pressure can cause strokes or heart attacks, but it's easily treated

As you will undoubtedly hear several times over the next couple of weeks, February is National Heart Month, and there will be plenty of tips for staying he...


Western Union reaches settlement with 50 states

States charge that scammers have used the wire transfer service to fleece victims

Every state, along with the District of Columbia, has reached a settlement with Western Union, resolving a multistate case brought against the wire transfe...


Who's your go-to guy or gal for taxes?

We have some options if you're not a do-it-yourselfer

Are you going to bite the bullet and do your own taxes and hope that your up on all the changes in tax law? Or, are you going to turn that shoe box full of...


Missed it by THAT much

Two all-electric cars fall short of earning an IIHS safety award

A pair of all-electric vehicles -- the 2017 Tesla Model S and the BMW i3 -- just missed meeting the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's (IIHS) awards...


A surge of new jobs in January

Medium sized firms were in the forefront

After creating a disappointing 151,000 private sector jobs in December, the U.S. economy stepped it up a notch last month.According to the ADP National...


Mortgage applications post first decline in four weeks

Contract interest rates were mixed

A down week for mortgage applications -- the first in four weeks.Figures released by the Mortgage Bankers Association  (MBA) show applications for mort...


Brown Jordan Services recalls swivel patio chairs

The base of the chair can break during normal use

Brown Jordan Services of Simpsonville, Ky., is recalling about 1,500 swivel patio chairs.The base of the chair can break during normal use, posing a fa...


Casual Living Worldwide recalls swivel patio chairs

The base of the chairs can break during normal use

Casual Living Worldwide of Simpsonville, Ky., is recalling about 2 million swivel patio chairs sold in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.The base of the chai...