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Wise travel planning = fewer mistakes

Book ahead and be ready for bad weather and unexpected delays

On our first trip to Europe, we relied on books and friends to plan our trip. Before the internet, these were the best options besides a travel agent. Just...


New vacuum can clean your dog

The BarkBath features grime-removing nozzles that get beneath your pup's fur

Bathing one’s four-legged family member in a bathtub can be a messy experience. After all, a dirt-covered dog and a clean, white tub don’t necessarily go h...


I-85 bridge collapses in Georgia

Collapse likely linked to intense fire

Atlanta's extremely heavy traffic congestion just got worse.A massive fire along I-85 in the city caused a portion of a bridge to collapse Thursday nig...


McDonald's to use fresh beef over frozen patties by mid-2018

The company is going back to basics and improving its burger game

McDonald’s has been attempting to go back to the basics to rework its fast food image. Earlier this month, the company announced that it would be catering...


Samsung seeking a reset with the Galaxy S8

New phone said to offer greater speed and safer battery

After last year's traumatic withdrawal of the Galaxy Note 7 smartphone, which turned out to be a fire hazard, Samsung is hoping to turn the page with the r...


Santander settles subprime auto loan suit with Massachusetts

Bank will pay $22 million to state and affected consumers

During the housing bubble, millions of homebuyers with iffy credit got stuck with subprime mortgages that, in many cases, turned out to be unaffordable....


Consumers overpaying for gasoline, study finds

GasBuddy finds widest price gap within markets when prices are low

The price of gasoline has been relatively low for nearly two and a half years. The drop, which began in late 2014, followed 11 years of near record high pr...


Personal income and spending on the rise in February

Consumers tucked more away in their savings accounts

Both personal incomes and spending rose in February -- the former more than the latter.The Commerce Department reports incomes climbed $57.7 billion, o...


Mercedes-Benz recalls model year 2017 E300s and E300 4Matics.

The front passenger airbag may not deploy properly

Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) is recalling 65 model year 2017 E300s and E300 4Matics.The front passenger airbag may not deploy properly if a passenger is s...


Feds deny bid to ban agricultural pesticide

Environmentalists say chlorpyrifos poses hazard to consumers and farm workers

As environmentalists are learning, the Trump administration takes a very different approach to environmental matters than its predecessor.At midweek, t...


Amazon proposes brands bypass brick-and-mortar retailers and bring their products online

The company has invited executives to a meeting to discuss the possibility

In a move that would secure its place in the $800 billion food and packaged goods market, Amazon is trying to convince some of the world’s biggest brands t...


Volkswagen to pay $157 million to 10 states to settle dirty diesel claims

It's the first time states have won environmental penalties against an automaker

Volkswagen will pay $157 million to 10 states that sued the company for its secret use of unlawful "defeat device" software to enable their diesel-powered...


Old and the young increasingly call the shots in Hollywood

Today's young adult seems to prefer to stay in and watch Netflix

Movie box-office numbers have been falling in recent years as theaters have had to compete with expanding entertainment choices.But the make-up of the...


The best and worst states for retirement

The states at the top of Bankrate's list may surprise you

In previous generations, Florida and Arizona were the most popular retirement destinations. After 30 years or more in the same job in a northern climate, m...


U.S. economy continues growing at a so-so rate

Initial jobless claims were lower last week

Photo (c) z amir - FotoliaThe final tally of economic performance for the past year is in and the results are not encouraging.The Commerce Depart...


Making home safer for loved ones with dementia

Tips for creating a safe home environment for people living with Alzheimer's

For the estimated 5.5 million Americans living with Alzheimer's dementia, home can be a perilous place. Alzheimer’s can affect a person’s judgement, senses...


Juratoys recalls toy trolleys

The toy trolleys can tip backwards

Juratoys U.S. of Fairfield, N.J., is recalling about 10,300 Bricolo by Janod Push toy trolleys sold in the U.S. and Canada.The toy trolleys can tip bac...


Target recalls magnetic tic tac toe games

The magnets can come off the game pieces

Target Corp., of Minneapolis, Minn., is recalling about 19,000 magnetic tic tac toe games.The magnets can come off the game pieces, posing a choking ha...


Wells Fargo agrees to pay $110 million to settle fake account scandal

The company continues to be hit hard by both regulators and consumers

Last year, officials found that Wells Fargo employees, fueled by sales incentives, had opened approximately two million accounts under customers’ names and...


Consumer groups ask feds to ban meat and poultry from Brazil

Corruption and unsanitary practices in the meatpacking industry raise health concerns

Consumer groups want the U.S. Department of Agriculture to ban meat and poultry products from Brazil following an investigation that found widespread corru...


FTC sets out to prune occupational licensing

The proliferation of licensing hampers job growth, raises prices for consumers, the agency says

When you think of the Federal Trade Commission, you expect to hear of a new consumer protection measure or perhaps a corrective action taken against a comp...


Potential springtime hazards to your pet

What pet owners can do to keep pets safe while gardening and spring cleaning

Spring is a time for gardening, cleaning, and Easter celebrations. But these springtime activities can also pose some hazards to furry family members....


Supreme Court weighs in on credit card swipe fees

The justices unanimously said existing regulations inhibit free speech, returned the case to a lower court

The U.S. Supreme Court today ordered a lower court to take a closer look at a New York law that bars merchants from imposing surcharges on credit-card purc...


Is knee-replacement surgery worth it?

It isn't for every patient, researchers conclude

With an aging Baby Boom population, there are an increasing number of joint replacement operations, particularly total knee replacements.When a knee is...


Cost of treating neurological diseases exceeds $800 billion annually in U.S.

Researchers say the cost will likely increase in the coming years due to an aging population

Last month, we reported the findings of a study conducted by RTI International and the American Heart Association found that the cost of treating cardiovas...


Target employees praised for stopping scam

Elderly couple almost became victims of 'grandpa scam'

Not a day goes by in America that thousands of consumers aren't tricked into paying large sums of money to scammers.These individuals employ all sorts...


Spring home-buying season gets underway

Zillow reports that in many markets, sellers remain firmly in control

Sellers remain firmly in the driver's seat in most real estate markets across the country as the 2017 home shopping season gets underway.That's because...


Mortgage applications dip

Contract interest rates were down significantly

Mortgage applications fell for the second time in a row, edging down 0.8% in the week ending March 24.The Mortgage Bankers Association also reports the...


Ajinomoto Windsor recalls frozen ready-to-eat beef products

The products may be contaminated with extraneous materials

Ajinomoto Windsor of Lampasas, Texas, is recalling approximately 35,168 pounds of frozen ready-to-eat beef taquito products.The products may be contami...


Low inventory sends pending home sales tumbling in January

Home shoppers face numerous obstacles despite an improving economy

A lull in contract activity in the Midwest and West due to insufficient supply dragged pending home sales in January down to their lowest level in a year....


Look Cycle recalls Aerostems and road bikes

The stainless steel clamp securing the stem to the handlebars can corrode and break

Look Cycle is recalling about 800 road bikes and Aerostems.The stainless steel clamp that secures the stem to the handlebars can corrode and break, pos...


New urgency in the Takata airbag recall

Southern California civic leaders say too many unrepaired vehicles are still on the road

It was nearly two years ago that some automakers began recalling cars equipped with defective Takata airbags that are in danger of spraying metal fragments...


Cookbooks fall short when it comes to food safety, study finds

Researchers say many recipes don't ensure that foods are cooked to optimal internal temperatures

Late last year, we reported that TV cooking shows often fell short of the mark when it came to promoting food safety. In fact, a study showed that 70% of a...


Consumer confidence hits a 16-year high

The Conference Board found optimism in nearly every area

After posting a solid increase a month earlier, The Conference Board's Consumer Confidence Index moved sharply higher in March.The index shot up 9.5 po...


Seven popular springtime travel destinations tracks the most highly rated places to go after a long winter

Consumers like to travel at this time of year. After a long, cold winter they are often eager for a change of scenery. That's what spring break is all abou...


How much house can you afford?

Four sets of numbers will give you a good idea

So you've been looking online at real estate and are tired of having your rent go up every year. You've decided to take the plunge into home ownership....


Annual gain in home prices sets 31-month high

January prices were also up from December's level

Home price gains continued in January on both a year-over-year and month-over-month basis.According to the S&P; CoreLogic Case-Shiller Indices, the Nat...


Does your pet have springtime allergies?

Tips for reducing your pet's exposure to seasonal allergens

Just like humans, pets can suffer from seasonal allergies. But while pollen and other airborne environmental allergens might leave you sniffling and sneezi...


Preventing poisonings at home: ways to keep kids safe

Tips for keeping little ones safe around laundry pods, prescription drugs, and other toxic household substances

Curiosity can lead to the discovery of new concepts and skills, but it can also land kids in dangerous situations. When kids deem certain household items w...


Will your credit card company waive your late fee?

Chances are, it will if you'll just ask

Consumers hate fees, whether they are levied by a bank or credit card company. Overdraft fees were such a major bone of contention a few years ago that Con...


Government grant scam still claims victims

If you didn't apply for a grant, you can't be awarded one

The government grant scam has been around so long you might think everyone would know about it by now. But the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) says it remai...


Scientists tout high-tech and low-tech ways to detect cancer

Progress reported in dianosing the disease through blood tests

Much of the progress towards treating cancer in recent years has come in early detection. Being able to diagnose cancer in the early stages of the disease...


Later Easter could mean record retail spending

The NRF is forecasting a 6% surge over last year

With Easter nearly three weeks later this year than last, the National Retail Federation (NRF) is forecasting that consumers will spend more than ever to c...


BMW recalls model year 2017 X5 vehicles

The passenger front airbag inflators may not vent properly

BMW of North America is recalling 36 model year 2017 X5 sDrive35i, X5 xDrive35i, X5 xDrive50i, X5 xDrive35d, and X5 xDrive40e vehicles.The recalled veh...


Chlorofields recalls Asian Microgreens

The product may be contaminated with Salmonella

ChloroFields of Lawrence, Kan., is recalling 20 cases of Asian Microgreens that may be contaminated with Salmonella.No illnesses have been reported to...


Whiskey Hill Smokehouse recalls beef, venison and ostrich jerky products

The products contain soy, an allergen, which not declared on the label

Whiskey Hill Smokehouse of Hubbard, Ore., is recalling approximately 22,466 pounds of beef, venison and ostrich jerky products.The products contain soy...


Nissan recalls model year 2013-2014 Muranos

The power steering hose clamp may not secure the hose adequately

Nissan North America is recalling 56,766 model year 2013-2014 Muranos.The power steering hose clamp may not secure the hose adequately, allowing the ho...


T-Mobile to roll out scam call blocker

The company says its products will stop scam calls before they can reach its customers

In a recent report, we detailed a proposal made by Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that would effectively cut off scam robocallers from making call...


Feds considering changes to banking rules

Data aggregator says a bank proposal would restrict consumer access to information

Some of the major banks have proposed changes to Dodd-Frank financial reform rules governing the way consumers access their financial information.Perso...


Choosing a safe bone for your dog

Cooked bones can be dangerous, but raw bones can be safe as long as owners follow certain guidelines

Bones can provide mental stimulation, prevent boredom, and satisfy your pup’s innate urge to chew. But not all bones may be safe for your four-legged pal....


Virgin America to take the name of its new mate, Alaska

It may be a modern merger, but the two shall soon be known by a single name

Well, you knew this was going to happen. Alaska Airlines has teased and tantalized Virgin America's loyal followers, saying it might let Virgin keep its na...


Helping kids adjust to wearing glasses

What parents can do to normalize glasses and prevent digital eye strain

Too much screen time can contribute to eye strain, which could explain why you may be seeing more and more bespectacled youngsters these days. The US D...


Motorists getting an unusual break this spring

The annual seasonal price rise hasn't happened so far

In a famous Sherlock Holmes story, the key clue was the dog that did not bark. When it comes to gasoline prices, the key victory for consumers, it seems, i...


House prices flat in January

Prices were up, though on an annual basis

Housing prices across the U.S. were unchanged in January, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) seasonally adjusted monthly House Price In...


Haibike recalls electric bicycles

The fork on the front wheel of the bicycles can rupture or break

Haibike of Denver, Colo., owned by Accell North America, is recalling about 267 electric bicycles sold in the U.S. and Canada.The fork on the front whe...


Model year 2017 Ford Mustangs recalled

The driver's door may unlatch in a side impact crash

Ford Motor Company is recalling 5,470 model year 2017 Ford Mustangs.The return spring for the driver side interior door handle may come loose, allowing...


Wells Fargo making ATM accessible with smartphones

Bank also rolls out new campaign to win back customers

Next week, if you need to withdraw money from a Wells Fargo ATM, you won't need your debit card. You can use your smartphone.The bank ran a pilot progr...


Continued strength for new-home sales in February

Initial jobless claims head higher

Following a strong start for 2017 a month earlier, new-home sales rose again in February.The Commerce Department reports sales of...


EuroCan Manufacturing recalls pig ears pet products

The products may be contaminated with Salmonella

EuroCan Manufacturing is recalling individually shrink-wrapped, 6-pack, 12-pack and 25-pack bags of Barnsdale Farms, HoundsTooth and Mac's Choice Pig Ears...


Wellpet recalls one canned topper product for dogs

The product may contain elevated levels of naturally occurring beef thyroid hormone

WellPet is recalling a limited amount of one canned topper product for dogs.The product may contain elevated levels of naturally occurring beef thyroid...


Payless steps towards bankruptcy, reports say

Retailers are having trouble meeting their first-quarter goals as a rough patch gets rougher

Someone soon is going to have to find a creative use for all the empty shopping mall real estate, as one retailer after another retrenches, retreats, or si...


AKC names the most popular pooches of the year

The lab takes the top spot, but Rottweilers are slowly rising through the ranks

For the 26th year in a row, the Labrador Retriever is America’s top dog. In its 2016 ranking of the most popular dog breeds, the American Kennel Club (AKC)...


Report names top cities for Millennials

Salt Lake City, Miami, and Orlando rank in the top three

Millennials may increasingly be settling down in the suburbs, but a new report finds several major U.S. cities have also caught the attention of those betw...


Housing inventory hits post-recovery record low

Lack of homes putting upward pressure on prices

Real estate marketplace Trulia has confirmed what most would-be home buyers have long known. There just aren't that many homes for sale these days.Trul...


Sears raises doubt about its ability to survive

The company says it may go under unless it finds a way to compete with other retailers

Sears Holdings, the company that operates Sears and Kmart stores, is voicing doubts about its long-term ability to stay in business.In a filing with th...


A February retreat for existing home sales

Prices, meanwhile, continued to rise

Sales of previously-owned homes fell in February after hitting the fastest pace in nearly10 years during July.The National Association of Realtors (NAR...


Honda CR-V earns IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+ award

The vehicle's crash avoidance system was rated superior

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has selected the redesigned Honda CR-V as the latest recipient of its 2017 TOP SAFETY PICK+ award.The...


Mortgage applications post first decline in four weeks

Contract interest rates were mixed

After rising for three consecutive weeks, mortgage applications have moved lower.The latest survey from the Mortgage Bankers Association shows applicat...


One more recall expansion for Vulto Creamery cheeses

The products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Vulto Creamery of Walton, N.Y., is recalling all lots of Ouleout, Miranda, Heinennellie, and Willowemoc soft wash-rind raw milk cheeses.Testing results...


Polaris Recalls Sportsman 850 and 1000 ATVs

The right side panel heat shield can melt, posing burn and fire hazards

Polaris Industries of Medina, Minn., is recalling about 19,200 Sportsman 850 and 1000 all-terrain vehicles (ATVs)The right side panel heat shield can m...


H & B Packing recalls boneless beef products

The products may be contaminated with E. coli O103

H & B Packing Co., of Waco, Texas, is recalling approximately 79,461 pounds of boneless beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O103.There...


U.S. bans electronic devices from airline cabins on some Mid-East flights

Rule covers direct flights to the U.S. from 10 airports in the Middle East and North Africa

A new U.S. Transportation Department rule taking effect today prohibits passengers from carrying electronic devices aboard commercial aircraft flying direc...


How a home energy audit can help you save money

The Department of Energy offers tips for saving energy and lowering costs

If your winter heating bills were higher than expected, there may be areas for improvement in your home's energy envelope.And if it cost more to heat y...


Blue Buffalo recalls dog food product

The product may contain elevated levels of naturally- occurring beef thyroid hormones

Blue Buffalo Company is recalling one production lot of BLUE Wilderness Rocky Mountain Recipe Red Meat Dinner Wet Food for Adult Dogs.The product may c...


Common household items that can poison your pet

National Poison Prevention Week safety tips to keep your pet out of harm's way

Pet owners who are preparing to tackle the annual chore of spring cleaning may want to consider brushing up on their knowledge of common pet poisons. Chanc...


The secret to success: high salaries and low housing costs

Zillow and LinkedIn try to identify the sweet spots

To enjoy a good standard of living, you need to find a job that pays reasonably well and housing that doesn't cost an arm and a leg.Increasingly, that'...


Painting tips to help a home sell faster

Neutral interior walls and earth-toned exteriors are most desirable to buyers, experts say

Listing your home for sale between May 1 to May 15 may help it sell faster during what is shaping up to be a competitive spring buying season. But could th...


Disney agrees to provide $3.8 million in back pay

Labor Department says thousands of employees were paid less than mimimum wage

The Walt Disney Co. had a very big weekend, raking in $170 million at U.S. box offices with the nationwide release of its live action fairy tale remake, "B...


King's Command Foods expands beef products recall

The products may be contaminated with extraneous metal objects

King’s Command Foods of Kent, Wash., is expanding its earlier recall of ground beef products that may be contaminated with extraneous metal objects.The...


Model year 2016 Range Rovers and Range Rover Sports recalled

The passenger front airbag inflator initiator may fail to ignite

Jaguar Land Rover North America is recalling 205 model year 2016 Land Rover Range Rovers and Range Rover Sports.The passenger front airbag inflator ini...


Advanced Fresh Concepts recalls Edamame

The product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Advanced Fresh Concepts Franchise Corp. (AFC) of Rancho Dominguez, Calif., is recalling its Edamame (soybeans) -- UPC 0-23012-00261-9, dated between Januar...


Volkswagen recalls model year 2007-2010 Touaregs

The fuel filter flange may crack and allow fuel to leak out

Volkswagen Group of America is recalling 20,908 model year 2007-2010 Touaregs.The fuel filter flange may crack and allow fuel to leak out.A fuel le...


Model year 2017 Audi A5 Cabriolets and S5 Cabriolets recalled

The seat belt retractor pretensioners may malfunction

Volkswagen Group of America is recalling 1,676 model year 2017 Audi A5 Cabriolets and S5 Cabriolets.A component within the front, rear, and rear center...


BPA-free isn't necessarily better, new study says

Bisphenol chemicals accelerated breast cancer cell growth in a lab study

Scientists for years have urged the federal government to ban the synthetic chemical Bisphenol A from food packaging, citing extensive evidence that it eas...


Travel splurges that are worth it

Travel can be exhausting but a few little splurges can make life easier

How we spend travel dollars is a personal choice. Do we allocate part of our travel budget for splurges, and if so, what’s worth indulging and what’s not?...


Rare Frank Zappa albums to be re-released

A new generation will get a taste of the pioneering rock artist

During his life and career, rock musician Frank Zappa was not exactly a mainstream artist. And that's part of what made him cool.He leaned heavily on r...


What to do to protect your home from hail

Tips on preparing your home's exterior for the impact of a spring storm

Winter-weary individuals may welcome the arrival of spring with open arms, but homeowners should be aware that spring often brings with it an increased ris...


20 jobs women are paid less for than men

Working as a financial advisor tops the list

There's been much discussion of pay inequities among men and women. Women have pointed out they tend to earn less than men for doing the same work and for...


Leading economic indicators on a roll

February's gain was the sixth in a row

There's a good chance that the nation's economy will continue to chug along in the months ahead.The Conference Board reports its Leading Economic Index...


Is California's housing market peaking?

Declining inventory and rising rates are having an effect

California led the nation's housing recovery, with home prices in Southern California and the Bay Area zooming past their previous housing bubble highs....


Job openings edge higher January

Hiring was also up a bit

Job openings edged up slightly during January, according to figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).On the final business day of the month, t...


Builder confidence at 12-year high in March

However, challenges remain

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) is at its highest point since June 2005.The HMI, a measure of b...


RBR Meat Company recalls frozen pizza product

The product may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes

RBR Meat Company of Vernon, Calif., is recalling approximately 21,220 pounds of frozen pizza product that may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes....


Advanced Sports International recalls Fuji bicycles

The rear wheel freehub can slip during pedaling

Advanced Sports International of Philadelphia, Pa., is recalling about 650 Fuji bicycles.The rear wheel freehub can slip during pedaling, posing a fall...


What are Millennials most likely to save for?

Study sheds light on the savings goals of Millennials and Gen Xers

When it comes to savings, the priorities of Gen Xers and Millennials are more alike than you’d think. A new survey by online loan marketplace LendingTree s...


What's the best credit card for business use? picks three that it says are the best of 2017

If you operate a small business, it's helpful to keep personal and business expenses separate. That's why many business owners have at least two credit car...


Where to find an internship this summer

Website focusing on entry-level jobs says opportunities have increased

For college students, landing a summer internship in their field can be a real advantage. Lots of former interns leave school with both a diploma and a job...


January -- a tough month for air travelers

A security incident in Florida caused massive tarmac delays

Getting off the ground was a major challenge in some areas if you were flying anywhere during January.According to the Transportation Department's (DOT...


New home construction gets a February bump

Initial jobless claims headed lower last week

Home builders took advantage of the warm spell the country enjoyed last month as housing starts rose 3.0% from the r...


Whole Foods Market expands recall of Vulto Creamery cheeses

The products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Whole Foods Market is expanding its recall of cheese products made by Vulto Creamery to include Andes, Hamden and Walton Umber cheeses sold in eight stores...


Hyundai recalls nearly a million Sonatas and Sonata Hybrids

The front seat belts may detach from the anchor pretensioners

Hyundai Motor America is recalling 977,778 model year 2011-2014 Sonatas and model year 2011-2015 Sonata Hybrids.The seat belt linkages for both front s...


Bird flu suspected at Alabama poultry farms

The farms are across the state line from a Tennessee farm where the virus was detected

State agriculture officials and executives at a major poultry operation have announced thousands of chickens at three farms have been euthanized over the s...


How often should you clean your pet’s belongings?

Pet toys, bedding, and accessories can harbor germs and bacteria -- here's when to clean them

The home of a pet owner is typically fairly easy to distinguish from the home of a non-pet owner. From the dog toys on the floor to the pet hair on the sof...


U.S. researchers say e-cigarettes not a gateway to tobacco

Study said it looked for evidence but didn't find it

When electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) appeared in the marketplace a few years ago, it caught anti-smoking advocates by surprise.Cigarette smoking w...


Are workplace mistakes more costly for women?

Study contends female financial advisors are more likely to be fired than men

When focusing on the workplace, women's rights advocates usually point out the difference in pay that men and women receive for the same work and responsib...


Retail sales inch upward in February

Sales were generally soft across the board

Retail sales turned in an anemic performance in February, totaling $474.0 billion -- an increase of 0.1% from a month earlier but up 5.7% from a year earli...


Consumer prices post tiny gain in February

Falling gas prices offset increases elsewhere

The Department of Labor's (DOL) Consumer Price Index (CPI) posted its smallest advance since last July -- rising just 0.1% in February. That put the gain o...


Mortgage applications up for third week running

Contract interest rates rose to three-year highs

Another increase in applications for mortgages -- the third straight.Data from the Mortgage Bankers Association show applications were up 3.1% from a w...


Picone Meat Specialties recalls pork products

The products contain non-fat dry milk, an allergen not declared on the label

Picone Meat Specialties of Mamaroneck, N.Y., is recalling approximately 5,750 pounds of salami products.The products contain non-fat dry milk, an aller...


For-profit schools riding high under Trump regulation rollback

Education Department delays Obama-era rules cracking down on money-making schools

With the founder of Trump University in the White House, for-profit education is riding high once again. After years of increasing federal oversight, the f...


Your chance of getting a job may be improving

Forecasting firm finds growing optimism among employers

The latest employment report from the Labor Department was cause for optimism if you're looking for a job. There was a big jump in job creation and the job...


Consumers even less optimistic now about retirement

Survey finds we want to save but most of us are weak on the follow-through

The stock market is at record highs, in the eighth year of a bull market, but consumers contemplating retirement aren't sharing in the confidence. Capit...


NYC sues Verizon over FiOS roll-out

Mayor Bill de Blasio says the company has broken its promises

There was a time when Verizon saw fiber in its future. It had a plan to lay fiber optic cable in major cities and use it to deliver broadband services at s...


Underwater homeowners still struggling to get to the surface

Those still underwater may stay there a while longer, but there have been improvements

The housing market has recovered to the point that many homes now cost more than they did at the height of the housing bubble.But real estate varies fr...


The rate of wholesale inflation slows in February

Energy costs played a big part in the increase

The cost of living one step shy of the consumer level -- referred to by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as the Producer Price Index (PPI) for final de...


Vulto Creamery expands raw milk cheese recall

The products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Vulto Creamery of Walton, N.Y., is expanding its earlier recall of raw milk cheeses.The products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.Al...


Model year 2017 Infiniti QX30s recalled

The driver-side curtain airbag may not deploy in a crash

Nissan North America is recalling 79 model year 2017 Infiniti QX30s.The recalled vehicles have a driver-side curtain airbag inflator initiator that may...


King's Command Foods recalls beef products

The products may be contaminated with extraneous materials

King’s Command Foods of Kent, Wash., is recalling approximately 26,138 pounds of ground beef products.Consumers reported finding a metal object in the...


Girl's death blamed on hoverboard fire

Device was reportedly plugged in and charging when it burst into flames

The death of a three year-old girl in Harrisburg, Pa., over the weekend is being blamed on a hoverboard.The child wasn't using the device. Authorities...


New device may help prevent hot car deaths

Parents receive a cell phone alert if they've left their child in their car seat

Hot car-related deaths happen all too often in the U.S. Since 1998, an average of 37 kids per year have died from being left alone in a hot car, according...


Study finds big spread between low and high interest savings

NerdWallet analysis finds savers are leaving a lot of money on the table

When the Federal Reserve meets later this week the odds are it will boost the Federal Funds rate for the second time since December.Yields on governmen...


Nissan recalls model year 2012 Versas

The curtain and seat-mounted airbags may deploy unexpectedly

Nissan North America is recalling 54,751 model year 2012 Nissan Versas.Degradation of the side impact sensor connector pins may cause the curtain and s...


WikiLeaks offers to help tech companies block CIA spying

But tech companies appear dubious the problem is real

Among this week's revelations in the release of thousands of purported CIA files is the contention that some flawed computer security software is going unr...


Domino's settles New York wage theft suit for $480,000

The company will remain a defendant in similar cases across the state

Last May, the state of New York sued Domino’s pizza for allegedly underpaying its workers by an estimated $565,000. New York Attorney General Eric Schneide...


What Millennials are eating

New research suggests Millennials tend to opt for healthy snacks as meal replacements

Most consumers between ages 18 and 34 were raised in an increasingly health-conscious U.S., and their eating habits reflect it. Now, new research suggests...


February brings solid employment gain

Construction and manufacturing were among the winners

Gains in construction, private educational services, and manufacturing helped push total nonfarm payroll employment up by 235,000 in February.At the sa...


Model year 2017 Jettas recalled

The tire information label contains incorrect information

Volkswagen Group of America is recalling 4,875 model year 2017 Jettas.The vehicle's tire information label has incorrect information, possibly causing...


Pier 1 Imports recalls bistro chairs

The chair can become unstable, posing a fall hazard

Pier 1 Imports of Fort Worth, Texas, is recalling about 14,000 Neely and Dahlia bistro sets and 1,100 bistro chairs sold in the U.S, and Canada.The bol...


Various BMW vehicles recalled due to possible traction issue

The front driveshaft's universal joint may fail

BMW of North America is recalling 121,737 model year 2011-2013 X5 xDrive35i, X5 xDrive50i, X5 M and X5 xDrive35d vehicles, 2011-2014 X6 xDrive35i, X6 xDriv...


Biery Cheese Company expands cheese recall

The products may be contaminated with Listeria Monocytogenes

Biery Cheese Company is expanding its earlier recall of specialty cheeses that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.No illnesses have been c...


Recalled SoyNut butter blamed for child's severe illness

Health officials say 16 people have been affected in nine states

Earlier this week, the SoyNut Butter Co. recalled its I.M. Healthy brand of soynut butter, saying it might be contaminated with E. coli. But the recall cam...


Netflix more widely used than DVR, researchers say

A study shows many TV services are changing the game for consumers

While it may have led to strife among couples due to “cheating” of sorts, Netflix ended 2016 on a high note among consumers. The company ended the year far...


Consumers face continued income uncertainty

An improving economy hasn't always led to household stability

Since the financial crisis nine years ago, American households have been through some financial ups and downs.After the crisis turned an ordinary reces...


Lowe's launches new VR experience to help DIYers

Holoroom How To walks users through the process of completing an unfamiliar project

Currently, many consumers turn to YouTube to learn how to do some kind of home improvement project. Now, Lowe’s is experimenting with technology to take th...


Looking for a job? Here's what offers the best pay

Employment sites show health care and management provide the best opportunities

The job market appears to have shifted. The most recent numbers show employers are hiring more people, allowing job seekers to be a little more selective....


2017's top balance transfer credit cards

Card comparison site picks the Citi Diamond Preferred and Chase Slate

Credit cards come and go and sometimes the terms change, so it's a good idea to keep up to date on the latest offerings.This year, card comparison site...


Job cuts down sharply in February

First-time jobless claims were on the rise last week

Although there may not be a connection, the shortest month of the year saw a big drop in job cut announcements.Outp...


Spending boom projected for St. Patrick’s Day

Consumers are expected to shell out huge amounts of green

When you compare it with Christmas or Mothers Day, St. Patrick’s Day isn't what you might call a “major” holiday.But that won't stop consumers from the...


Whole Foods Market recalls cheeses in four Northeastern states

The products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Whole Foods Market, in response to Vulto Creamery’s recall of soft wash- rind raw milk cheeses, is recalling the products from nine stores in Connecticut,...


Vulto Creamery recalls soft, wash-rind raw milk cheeses

The products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Vulto Creamery of Walton, N.Y., is recalling all lots of Ouleout, Miranda, Heinennellie, and Willowemoc soft wash-rind raw milk cheeses.Testing results...


How much sunshine is enough?

Spanish researchers say the answer varies with the season, time of day and other factors

Too much sunshine isn't good for you, but neither is too little. Hoping to strike a proper balance, Spanish researchers have estimated the duration of sola...


Five foods that can boost your heart health

Plant-based eating patterns can lower risk for heart disease, researchers say

Keeping your ticker in top-notch condition by following a heart-healthy diet can lower your chance of having heart disease -- a disease that claims the liv...


Report finds an increasing number of kids are getting sick from drinking hand sanitizer

Researchers believe older children may be drinking hand sanitizer to get drunk

Busy parents have been known to keep a few bottles of gel hand sanitizer in their car or purse to wipe out germs on-the-go. But children don’t always use h...


New research suggests caffeine may reduce dementia risks

Caffeine among 26 compounds boosting protective brain enzyme

Good news if you're a heavy coffee drinker. The caffeine in your favorite beverage may be helping your brain fight off dementia.Researchers at Indiana...


Gen X homebuyers catching up with Boomers and Millennials

After being slammed by the housing crash, this generation is back in the game

For Generation X consumers, the timing couldn't have been worse. Many bought their first homes in 2007 and 2008, just as housing bubble prices were hitting...


Mortgage applications post second consecutive weekly advance

Contract interest rates moved higher as well

It's now two gains in a row for mortgage applications.The Mortgage Bankers Association reports applications were up 3.3% in the week ending March 3, wi...


L.L. Bean recalls snowshoes

The plastic material on the snowshoes can weaken and break

L.L. Bean, of Freeport, Maine, is recalling about 3,000 pair of snowshoes and snowshoe packages.The plastic material on the snowshoes can weaken and br...


Rochester Meat Company recalls pork sausage products

The products contain monosodium glutamate which is not declared on the label.

Rochester Meat Company of Rochester, Minn., is recalling approximately 13,330 pounds of pork sausage products.The products contain monosodium glutamate...


F.B. Packing recalls beef products

The products may be contaminated with plastic

F.B. Packing of Boston, Mass, is recalling approximately 8,430 pounds of shaved beef products.The product contains readily visible, long, thin strands...


Consumer groups ask FCC not to toss privacy rules for broadband providers

The Trump-era commission has been racing to please the advertising industry

Bring up the subject of privacy and you're liable to get this answer: "Well, I don't do anything I'm ashamed of, so I don't care who knows what I'm doing."...


Was Trump Tower tapped?

Lawsuit aims to find out, seeks any FISA warrants

The U.S. Courthouse in Washington, D.C., which houses the secret court hearing FISA cases. Photo via YouTubePresident Trump says then-President Obama...


ExxonMobile expanding Gulf Coast refinery operations

But the extra fuel may not be headed for your neighborhood gas station

ExxonMobile CEO Darren Woods says the company plans to spend $20 billion over a ten-year period to upgrade and expand oil and chemical operations along the...


Could smartphones get even smarter?

A Rutgers team is trying to help your phone understand you better

Your smartphone can often clamor for your attention like a three year-old. There are chimes for text messages, Twitter posts, email arrivals, and news aler...


Consumer borrowing for cars at record high

More buyers are also extending the loan to six or seven years

Economists who say there isn't much inflation in the U.S. economy probably haven't shopped for a car lately.The average transaction cost on a new car i...


Home prices post annual and month-over-month gains in January

The CoreLogic forecast calls for more of the same

There's a good chance the value of your home went up during January.Property information provider CoreLogic reports its Home Price Index (HPI) shows ho...


Ford recalls Edges and Lincoln MKXs and Continentals

The driver's front airbag may not fully inflate during a crash

Ford Motor Company is recalling 27,531 model year 2016-2017 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX vehicles and 2017 Lincoln Continental vehicles.The driver's front...


Meijer expands cheese recall

The products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Meijer is expanding its earlier recall of cheeses to include its Meijer brand Artisan Made Natural Muenster Cheese and its pre-wrapped Ham Sub on Artisan W...


Bird flu detected at Tennessee chicken farm

Officials say there is no threat to the food supply

State health officials in Tennessee have confirmed the presence of a strain of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), or bird flu, has struck a poultry...


Springtime plants and insects to avoid

Precautions to take to prevent a skin reaction

As the chill of winter dissipates, you might find yourself spending more time outside. But before stepping out to enjoy a spring day, consumers should be a...


Social media isn't so social, study finds

Young adults who are connected online are more likely to be socially isolated

The Mark Zuckerbergs of the world see themselves as bringing people together, but a new study finds that social media, like Zuckerberg's Facebook, can actu...


Things home sellers try to hide

Don't make an offer until you're sure you've checked for these things

You're out with your real estate agent looking at houses, and in this market it's really tough. While you are considering whether or not to make an offer o...


What to do to prevent a dryer fire

Cleaning the lint trap isn't the only precaution to take, experts say

Nearly 3,000 home clothes dryer fires are reported each year, causing an estimated $35 million in property loss, according to the the U.S. Fire Administrat...


A nasty flu season could interfere with spring vacation season

A building flu season and spring break could create a perfect storm of coughing and sneezing

We're now at the peak of flu season, with the spring break travel season coming up fast. The two together could be a recipe for disaster.AIG Travel rep...


Trump Administration suspends comments on new airline ticket pricing

The suspension will provide more time to 'review and consider' the policy

If you have a comment about airline pricing, keep it to yourself. The Trump Administration has stopped collecting comments about a couple of left-over Obam...


New TSA pat-downs may be a bit more intimate

The agency is stepping up its security screenings following embarrassing lapses

If you're one of the unlucky few selected for a TSA pat-down next time you travel, you may find it a bit more, um, personal than in the past. Embarrassed b...


Consumers increasingly turning to personal loans

Similar to a credit card, a personal loan is only secured by your creditworthiness

Consumers are spending and borrowing money again. One way they are doing it is with personal loans.The personal loan as a credit instrument has been ar...


Kids II recalls Oball

The clear plastic disc on the outside of the ball can break

Kids II of Atlanta, Ga., is recalling about 697,000 Oball Rattles sold in the U.S and Canada.The clear plastic disc on the outside of the ball can brea...


Ohio Farms Packing recalls veal products

The products may be contaminated with E. coli O103

Ohio Farms Packing Co. Ltd., of Creston, Ohio, is recalling approximately 40,680 pounds of boneless veal products that may be contaminated with E. coli O10...


Air travel with an infant: what to pack

Preparation is the key to a smooth and safe journey

Parents of infants may cringe at the thought of bringing their tiny tyke on board a crowded airplane, but a little preparation can make the journey safer a...


Consumers affected by hearing loss to double by 2060, study finds

Researchers call on policy makers to plan ahead

If you’re at all frustrated with an older family member who’s hard of hearing, you might want to consider lightening up a bit.Researchers from Johns Ho...


Court upholds NYC law targeting puppy mills

Pet store owners and breeders had argued that the law discriminated against them

A federal appeals court has upheld New York City laws intended to curb puppy mills. The ruling comes just a few days after San Francisco adopted legislatio...


When is the best time to list your home for sale?

According to Zillow, it's a Saturday in early May

It's become a seller's real estate market in much of the country in the last few months. Declining inventories have increased competition for the fewer hom...


Costco memberships going up by $5

Warehouse retailer hikes fee in wake of declining earnings

Costco, like many retailers, is feeling financial pain these days. It reported fiscal second quarter earnings Thursday, showing a drop in both revenue and...


Services sector continues to show strength

Initial jobless claims are at their lowest level since 1973

February was another good month for the non-manufacturing, or services, sector of the economy.The Institute for Supply...


Model year 2017 BMWs and and Rolls-Royce Dawns recalled

Seat-mounted side airbag inflator initiators may fail to ignite

BMW of North America is recalling 292 model year 2017 430i, 430i xDrive, 440i, 440i xDrive and M4 vehicles and Rolls-Royce Dawn vehicles.The vehicles h...


Versa Marketing recalls Fusia Szechuan Stir Fry

The product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Versa Marketing of Fresno, Calif., is recalling 4,089 cases of Fusia Szechuan Stir fry.The product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes....


Polaris recalls RZR and GENERAL ROVs

The vehicle engine can misfire

Polaris Industries of Medina, Minn., is recalling about 13,500 Polaris recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs).The vehicle engine can misfire and the...


GM recalls model year 2017 Buick LaCrosses

The vehicle's power steering system could fail

General Motors is recalling 2,085 model year 2017 Buick LaCrosses.The electrical connectors for the Electronic Power Steering (EPS) system may not be p...


Dos Hermanos recalls beef jerky products

The products did not undergo federal inspection

Dos Hermanos of Bedford Park, Ill., is recalling approximately 151 pounds of beef jerky products that did not undergo federal inspection.It is not know...


Procesadora La Hacienda recalls meat products

The products contain wheat and whey, allergens not declared on the label

Procesadora La Hacienda of Juncos, Puerto Rico, is recalling approximately 140 pounds of raw meat products.The products contain wheat and whey (milk),...


Yoke's Fresh Market recalls cheese

The product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Yoke's Fresh Market is recalling two types of Colby cheese that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.No illnesses have been reported to date...


McDonald's latest 'new' idea: hamburgers

The fast-food pioneer wants to try winning back customers who have strayed

McDonald’s has been adding oatmeal, wraps, salads, and just about everything else you can think of to its menu, but business remains slow. So the fast-food...


Spirit Airlines is ranked the worst airline in America

Spirit Airlines is wildly unpopular among consumers, so other airlines are copying its business model

Last year, Spirit Airlines earned the lowest score on American Customer Satisfaction Index's travel report, the travel survey. The budget airline, which of...


The biggest pet trends of 2017

Study finds pet parents are seeking out natural products and items that will help them bond with their pet

Stylish leashes, pet-integrated furniture, and doggy rain coats may be among the hottest pet products of 2017, according to a new study by Rover. This...


Nearly half of Millennials live in the suburbs

Report sheds light on the home buying preferences of the largest generation in the housing market

As more Millennials enter into the exciting world of homeownership, they seem to be gravitating toward the suburbs. In fact, almost half of Millennial home...


Gas prices jump in the Midwest

Motorists in Michigan saw an overnight rise of 10 cents a gallon

Nationwide, consumers enjoyed relatively stable gasoline prices during February, but March has started like a lion in the Midwest.In Michigan, AAA repo...


Where to get an entry level job in 2017

Employment site says the job market has rarely been better

The job market for college graduates this year is expected to be one of the best in years.Even now, members of the Class of 2016 are reporting near-rec...


Economy's manufacturing growth picks up steam in February

Seventeen of 18 industries reported expansion

The manufacturing sector of the U.S. economy continued to chug along in February.According to the Institute for Supply Management (ISM), the Purchasing...


What's the best state in which to live?

According to U.S. News, the best states are in the north

U.S. News, a publication that is famous for picking "the best of" things, is venturing into virgin territory. It's almost certain to start arguments.In...


How to buy your first home

But be warned, it isn't getting any easier

Today's housing market is very different from a decade ago. About the only thing that's the same is that the price of homes keeps going up.Rising home...


Another month of gains in personal income and spending

For all of 2016, outlays outpaced incomes

Both incomes and spending were higher in January, with consumers setting aside some of what they earned.The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) reports p...


Mortgage applications snap back

Contract interest rates were headed lower

Mortgage applications shot up 5.8% in the week ending February 24 after falling the previous week, according to the latest survey by the Mortgage Bankers A...


Lipari Foods recalls various bulk and retail cheese products

The products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Lipari Foods is recalling various bulk and retail cheeses manufactured by Deutsch Kase Haus.The products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogene...


S.R. Smith recalls Helix pool slides

A child can fall off the side of the slide before reaching the pool entry point

S.R. Smith of Canby, Ore., is recalling about 800 Helix pool slides.A child can fall off the side of the slide before reaching the pool entry point, po...


BMW recalls X1 sDrive28i, X1 xDrive28i and X1 xDrive35i vehicles

A battery issue could result in an engine stall

BMW of North America is recalling about 1,160 model year 2014 X1 sDrive28i, X1 xDrive28i and X1 xDrive35i vehicles.The vehicles may have battery positi...