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Two ways awnings can add value to your home

They improve the aesthetics while adding function

There are a number of things you can do to improve your home's appearance: making sure you have a green lawn, nice landscaping, and well-maintained roof, t...


How to trim summer energy costs

Focus on air conditioning, because that's the biggest expense

Summer is closing in fast, and with it summer heat in most parts of the country. Consumers can usually count on higher electric bills during the summer mon...


Travelers to Europe may need visas for each country

The U.S. has failed to live up to a reciprocity agreement and Europe may retaliate

If you're planning a summer vacation to Europe, you may need to get a visa for each country you'll be visting. That's because the European Parliament has v...


Green Coffee buyers getting refunds

It's the second round of payments to consumers who fell for the pitch

Some people who shelled out greenbacks for green coffee in hopes of losing weight will be getting some welcome mail soon. The Federal Trade Commission is m...


U.S home prices up again in March

Rising mortgage rates could put pressure on prices

Home prices were on the rise again throughout the country in March on both an annual and month-to month basis.The S&P; CoreLogic Case-Shiller U.S. Nati...


Pending home sales down in April

It's the second decline in as many months

For a second consecutive month, pending home sales have posted a decline with only the West showing positive movement.The National Association of Realt...


Mortgage applications head lower

Contract interest rates were mixed

Declines in purchases and refinancings drove mortgage applications lower last week.The Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey conducted by the Mortgage Ba...


L.A. Lucky brand basil seed recalled

The product is contaminated with Salmonella

L.A. Lucky Import & Export is recalling L.A. Lucky brand basil due to the presence of Salmonella in the packet.No illnesses have been reported to date....


Tiger Woods' drugged driving case far from unique

Prescription drugs are being partly blamed for a sharp increase in traffic fatalities

The Tiger Woods case may be the most prominently reported recently, but it's far from the only one involving drivers being arrested or ticketed for driving...


Chipotle identifies locations hit by data breach

Customers paying with plastic between March 24 and April 18 could be affected

If you ate at a Chipotle Mexican Grill or Pizzeria Locale restaurant and paid with plastic between March 24 and April 18 this year, there's a chance hacker...


Consumer confidence slips in May

The decline is the second in a row

There was a bit of softness in the attitude of consumers in May, with The Conference Board report that its Consumer Confidence Index dropped to 117.9 from...


Art and travel make great companions

What do travel and art have in common? Increasingly, they are enjoyed together.

What do travel and art have in common? Increasingly, they are enjoyed together. Whether it's a long-planned trip or a spur-of-the-moment outing, people ...


Trump: Too many German cars sold in the U.S.

'The Germans are bad, very bad,' Trump told EU officials

Now President Trump is miffed at the Germans. He is quoted as telling European trade officials that Germany is selling too many cars in the United States,...


Economic growth picks up -- a little bit

The second of three GDP estimates shows a smidge of improvement

The government’s second look at the state of the economy during the first quarter is a little better than the first -- but not by much. The Commerce De...


Nathan's and Beef Master hot dogs recalled

The products may be contaminated with pieces of metal

John Morrell and Co., of Cincinnati, Ohio, is recalling approximately 210,606 pounds of Nathan's and Beef Master ready-to-eat hot dogs. The products ma...


Tips for planning your next move

Whether you're renting a truck or hiring a pro, here's some helpful information

The next few weeks may be filled with an increasing number of moving vans on the nation's highways. This time of year is prime time for moving, since many...


Early 2017 sees rising house prices

Forty-eight states and DC experienced increases

The price of houses was on the rise in the first quarter of the year.The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) reports its House Price Index (HPI) was...


Why it's still hard to buy a house

The reason may have changed but the challenge is still the same

What a difference a few years can make, especially in real estate.In 2009, just eight short years ago, the market was flooded with homes for sale. Ther...


Used car buyers are in the driver's seat

Right now, a late model used car may be a better value than a new car

The Memorial Day weekend auto dealer ads will be chocked full of deals on new cars. And as we noted this week, some nice cars will probably go at steep dis...


Henning’s recalls Colby Jack cheese

The product may not have been pasteurized properly

Henning’s Cheese of Kiel, Wis., is recalling about 1,000 pounds its Colby Jack cheese.Due to an equipment malfunction, verification of proper pasteuriz...


Feds sue Fiat Chrysler over diesel emissions

The automaker is accused of using a defeat devices to cheat on emission inspections

As expected, the federal government has filed suit against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), accusing it of using software -- so-called "defeat devices" --...


Things to consider when new car shopping

If a model is in a sales slump, you just might get a deal

The upcoming Memorial Day weekend is always an opportune time to shop for a new car. This year, it might be even better. Sales are down and incentives are...


Is your train spying on you?

BART Watch app claims to be anonymous but suit says it isn't

Is your train spying on you? It might be if you live in the San Francisco area, where a consumer has sued the Bay Area Rapid Transit District, claiming it...


New home sales plunge in April

The sales slump hit every region of the country

The housing market took a hit in April, as sales of new single-family houses plunged 11.4% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 569,000.Even with th...


Horton Fruit recalls fresh spinach

The products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

The Horton Fruit Co. of Louisville, Ky., is recalling select bags and containers of fresh spinach that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes....


Consumers are cool to virtual reality gear

Early sales haven't lived up to expectations

Virtual reality (VR) was the hot topic at last January's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. There were elaborate demonstrations where people cou...


Model year 2016-2017 Chevrolet Sparks recalled

Deployment of the front passenger airbag may injure a child occupant's neck

General Motors is recalling 55,068 model year 2016-2017 Chevrolet Sparks.In the event of a crash, if a young child is seated improperly and not wearing...


Walmart reports 63% jump in online sales

Expanded offerings and aggressive online strategies are credited for the bump

Retail companies, many facing declining sales at brick and mortar locations, have been clambering to claim their piece of the online retail space, and now...


Douglas Company recalls plush toys

The toys' plastic eyes can detach

The Douglas Company of Keene, N.H., is recalling about 25,000 plush toys.The toys' plastic eyes can detach, posing a choking hazard.The company has...


VW case concludes, Fiat Chrysler may be next

FCA is said to be trying to settle allegations it also used defeat devices on its diesels

Like a day in traffic court, one case is disposed of while others wait their turn. In this case, it's Volkswagen that has been fined and sent on its way wh...


Is retirement an outdated concept?

Surveys show increasing number of people aren't planning for it

Here's yet another study underlining the problems facing retirees, and as a result, how retirement itself may be fundamentally changing.Changing as in,...


Financial management tools for college students

Apps and financial education can help students maintain financial stability

Parents are encouraged to talk to their kids about money -- especially credit -- at an early age.Hopefully, by the time children graduate from high sch...


Avoiding dog park injuries to your pet

Nationwide Insurance says there were a lot of them last year

With summer weather just beginning, people and their dogs will be heading for their neighborhood dog parks, which is normally an enjoyable, fun-filled outi...


Housing market shows signs of cooling

But RE/MAX reports sales fell in April mainly because of fewer homes for sale

The last couple of years have seen a very active housing market, as homes sold faster and for more money.That's good if you were trying to sell your ho...


Why your smartphone battery eventually wears out

Battery expert says preventing lithium ions from becoming trapped would improve performance

The lithium ion battery has been the key to mobile electronics. It powers all manner of portable devices, from laptops to smartphones -- even cars.But...


Mortgage applications head downward

Contract interest rates were mostly higher

Mortgage applications have given back all of last week's advance -- and then some.A week after reporting a 2.4% gain, the Mortgage Bankers Association...


VanMoof recalls B and S series bicycles

The fender bolts don't break when something gets in between the wheel and the fender

VanMoof is recalling about 375 B and S series bicycles.The front fender bolts do not break when an object gets stuck between the front tire and the fro...


Senate urged to 'start over' on health care

'Deeply flawed' bill can't be salvaged, AARP tells lawmakers

During the 2016 political campaign, the idea seemed simple. Republicans up and down the ticket generally supported "repealing and replacing" the Affordable...


Little Passports recalls science kits

The battery packs included in the kits can overheat

Little Passports of San Francisco, Calif., is recalling about 7,700 Science Expeditions Northern Lights science kits sold in the U.S. and Canada.The ba...


Houses more affordable in early 2017

The least affordable are found in California

If you're trying to buy a home, your dollars may go a bit further now.The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity...


U.S. may impose laptop ban on flights from Europe

Business travelers would be likely to rebel at having to check their laptops

Airlines are bracing for the impact of a potential ban on laptops, smartphones, and other electronic devices on all airline flights from Europe to the U.S....


How to land one of those 'new collar' jobs

IBM offers advice on getting a tech job without a four-year degree

Technology companies complain they have thousands of job openings they can't fill. There are plenty of people who have come out of college with credentials...


Study: Marijuana and school don't mix

Researchers call for policies that delay drug and alcohol use among young people

Marijuana legalization is becoming a growing issue in the U.S. Medical use of the drug has been around for some time and has proven to be effective; in fac...


Honda launches Civic Si coupe and sedan

Builds on last year's redesign of the popular small car

The Honda civic is a popular small sedan that Honda is trying to make even more popular. Over the weekend it released sportier versions of the car in the f...


Credit card fraud alerts on the rise

Fraudsters have increased their activity in the last two years

The massive ransomware attack that struck the world late last week was a stark reminder that we live in a world where criminals are more powerful and have...


Hot new car deals to watch out for in May

With slowing sales, Memorial Day promotions might be even better this year

With Memorial Day weekend, the month of May is a popular time to buy a new car. With car sales sagging in the last month or two, the deals this May might e...


More than 1 million Ram trucks recalled

The rollover side curtain airbag and seat belt pretensioner may not deploy

Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling 1,021,279 model year 2013-2016 Ram 1500, Ram 2500, and 2014-2016 Ram 3500 trucks.Certain driving conditions, such as...


Consumer prices edge higher in April

Energy costs were a major contributor

A smidgeon of inflation in April.The Labor Department (DOL) reports its Consumer Price Index rose a slight 0.2% on a seasonally adjusted basis in April...


Toys that listen: cool or creepy?

Univeresity of Washington study finds parents increasingly have questions

Kid's toys are not only getting more expensive, they're also getting more sophisticated.Decades ago, a popular doll or stuffed animal might repeat a ha...


Polaris recalls RMK and SKS snowmobiles

The vehicle could suffer loss of steering control

Polaris Industries of Medina, Minn., is recalling about 6,000 RMK and SKS snowmobiles.A weld on the steering post can separate, resulting in loss of st...


Why no one is buying your home

It may not be as ready to show as you think

You've put your home on the market and weeks have gone by without an offer. Plenty of people have looked at your property but have walked away. What could...


New York getting in on self-driving experiments

The state is accepting applications for companies that want to test their systems in the state

Add New York to the list of states that are allowing testing of self-driving cars on its roads. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state is now accepting applicati...


Teachers eye Pokemon GO as a teaching tool

Just don't tell your kids their favorite game is 'educational'

If you child comes home from school and informs you that playing Pokemon GO is part of his homework assignment, he's not trying to pull something over on y...


Wholesale prices shoot higher in April

Weekly jobless claims were on the decline

Wholesale prices, or what the government calls the Producer Price Index (PPI) for final demand, headed higher last month as the cost of services rose.A...


Model year 2015 Audi tronics recalled

The safety certification label has an incorrect vehicle production date

Volkswagen Group of America is recalling 2,091 model year 2015 Audi A3 1.8T FWD S tronics and 2.0T Quattro S tronics.The safety certification label has...


Groups line up to oppose Obamacare repeal

Health organizations worry about loss of coverage

The House has passed legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, and now the Senate is taking up the matter....


2017 grads still face some challenges

In addition to finding a job, they also need money skills

People graduating from college this month face a pretty good job market. The 4.4% unemployment rate is the best in years.But even if they quickly slide...


Entire nation enjoying a drop in gasoline prices

With no refinery issues and falling oil prices, everyone is getting a break

With the near collapse of crude oil prices, nearly all motorists are getting a break at the gas pump, which is unusual.Generally, gasoline prices fluct...


Volkswagen recalls model year 2016-2017 CCs

Incorrect front seat head restraints may have been installed

Volkswagen Group of America is recalling 23 model year 2016-2017 CCs.Incorrect front seat head restraints (rests) may have been installed, possibly res...


A rebound in mortgage applications

Contract interest rates were mixed

Mortgage applications bounced back during the week ending May 5, rising during the week ending May 5.2.4% after declining a week earlier.The Mortgage B...


Profile Design recalls bicycle handlebar stems

The handlebar stems can corrode and break, causing a loss of control

Profile Design of Carson, Calif., is recalling about 9,835 Cobra S bicycle handlebar stems sold in the U.S. and Canada.The handlebar stems can corrode...


It's a mattress in a box, not a collapsing office tower

Traditional mattresses are expensive to ship and sometimes contaminated with formaldehyde

“What better way to remember 9/11 than with a Twin Tower sale?!” the spokeswoman yells at the camera. “Right now, you can get any sized mattress for a twin...


Target experimenting with next-day delivery

Pilot program will operate in Minneapolis this summer

Target has announced it is testing a limited type of next day delivery. Instead of promising 24-hour delivery of most of the items on the shelf, it's limit...


Microsoft joins the AI race with the Invoke

Tower speaker will work with Cortana and take on Amazon Echo and Google Home

Until now, the conversation about intelligent home assistants has mostly been about Amazon's Echo and Google's Home.Microsoft has its own AI technology...


Three simple gift ideas for Mother's Day

The third one might be the one most appreciated

Here's a consumer alert: Sunday, May 14 is Mother's Day. If you have a mom, you'd better get busy.Flowers, of course, are the old standby. Not a lot of...


Job openings hold steady in March

Hires and separations showed little change as well

There was little change seen in the number of job openings in March with about 5.7 million vacancies.The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) also reports...


Perdue Foods recalls chicken sausage

The product may be adulterated with blue plastic materials

Perdue Foods of Gainesville, Ga., is recalling approximately 2,148 pounds of chicken sausage.The company reports receiving three consumer complaints of...


Mobile homes may face increased tornado risks

Insurance executives say there are more mobile homes and more tornadoes

Whenever you read a news report about a tornado touching down, it's a safe bet there will be some mention of damage to a mobile home park.It isn't beca...


Model year 2014-2017 Ram ProMasters recalled

The vehicle's documentation contains incorrect airbag information

Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling 113,896 model year 2014-2017 Ram ProMasters.The sun visor, dashboard labels and owner's manuals incorrectly state th...


Marcho Farms recalls veal, beef and pork

The products may may be adulterated with non-O157 Shiga toxin-producing E. coli

Marcho Farms of Souderton, Pa., is recalling approximately 5,620 pounds of boneless veal, and ground veal, beef and pork.The meats may be adulterated w...


GM recalls model year 2017 Buick LaCrosse vehicles

The rear suspension toe-links may loosen and disconnect from the rear suspension system

General Motors is recalling 11,246 model year 2017 Buick LaCrosse vehicles.The rear suspension toe-links may have been incorrectly installed, and, as a...


House panel votes to reduce bank regulations

The unraveling of the Obama administration continues in Congress

On the same day the full House voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act, a key House committee voted to roll back critical parts of the law regulating big b...


Family speaks out about being tossed from Delta flight

Couple says they were threatened with arrest for refusing to give up seat they had purchased for teenage son who took another flight

During the same week that airline executives appeared before Congress to endure lectures about the state of their customer service, a family has come forwa...


Travel prep – learning the lingo

No, not everyone speaks English and you don't have to either

While traveling abroad, it is not unusual to find locals who speak multiple languages. Americans, on the other hand, are often fluent in just their own. En...


Nursing shortage appears to be getting worse

Survey finds lots of job openings and high levels of stress among existing staff

If you or a family member have been in the hospital lately, you probably know that nurses are on the front lines of healthcare. Nurses are often the first...


An April pick-up in job creation

Hourly earnings were up as well

Job gains in areas including leisure & hospitality, health care & social assistance, and financial activities helped brighten the nation's employment pictu...


Feds admit marijuana may reduce opioid use

As the country struggles through an opioid crisis, researchers point to an alternative

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House votes to repeal Affordable Care Act

Bill would make sweeping changes to current healthcare system

On the second attempt, House Republican leaders mustered the necessary votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, and make cha...


Net neutrality fight turns nasty

Verizon VP accuses opponents of using the issue to raise funds

The fight over net neutrality is turning nasty. Although it's a topic that doesn't stir much interest in your average consumer, those who have opinions hol...


Gas prices take an unexpected drop

Refinery output is through the roof

Gasoline prices, which normally rise from the end of winter through Memorial Day, have gone down over the last few days, handing motorists an unexpected gi...


April job cuts down sharply from March

Once again, the retail sector was the biggest terminator

Fewer jobs appear to be disappearing these days.Outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas reports U.S.-based employers announced they were...


Services sector builds up steam

Sixteen industries reported growth in April

Photo (c) z amir - FotoliaThere doesn't seem to be any stopping of the services sector of the economy.The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) r...


How food can affect your meds

New book tells you what food to avoid when you're taking certain drugs

Most consumers know that you shouldn't take certain medication if you are taking certain other medication. Their active ingredients don't work well togethe...


Job creation slows in April

Medium-sized businesses provided the oomph

April saw a noticeable slowdown in the creation of private sector jobs.The ADP National Employment Report shows that employers hired 177,000 workers la...


Mortgage applications move lower

Contract interest rates reverse course, head higher

An increase in purchase applications and a drop in refinancings produced a slight decline last week in overall mortgage applications.The Mortgage Banke...


A year-end dip in domestic air fares

Fourth quarter fares were the lowest for the final three months since 1995

Air travelers caught a break late last year.The Transportation Department’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reports the average domestic air...


Congress hauls United CEO before committee

House comittee probing airline customer service policies

United Airlines has already reached an undisclosed settlement with Dr. David Dao, the passenger dragged off of one of its planes. The airline has also anno...


Angie's List merging with HomeAdvisor

Two big home improvement sites get together

The review site Angie's List is merging with HomeAdvisor in a deal valued at over $500 million. The two brands will operate independently as a new publicly...


What's the best credit card for overseas travel?

According to WalletHub, it's the Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite Mastercard

Choosing the right credit card is important. After all, some cards are more rewarding than others.But in addition to how much cash back a card gives yo...


Another bump higher for home prices

Increases were seen both annually and month-over-month

Homeowners had a lot to smile about in March.Property information provider CoreLogic's home price index (HPI) shows home prices continued to put money...


Lords Organics recalls ginger powder

The powder may be contaminated with Salmonella

Lords Organics is recalling Organic Veda Ginger Powder.The powder may be contaminated with Salmonella.There is no illnesses reported to date.Pr...


The return of the milkman

Specialty dairies will deliver bottled milk to your doorstep again

Until the middle of the 20th century, the milkman making his way through your neighborhood, leaving bottles of milk on your front porch each morning, was a...


Nissan recalls LEAFs and Sentras

The passenger front airbag may not deploy properly

Nissan North America is recalling 25,283 model year 2015-2017 LEAFs and model year 2014, 2015, and 2017 Sentras.Due to a manufacturing error within the...


Personal incomes inch higher in March

The spending side of the equation barely budged

Consumers had more money in their pockets in March -- but not a lot more.The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) reports personal income rose 0.2%, or $4...