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Credit report policy change may raise your score

More information and updates are being required for civil actions and tax liens

Congratulations, your credit score may go up this weekend, and you didn't have to do a thing.On July 1, all three credit reporting bureaus -- TransUnio...


Walgreens and Rite Aid abandon merger plans

Instead, Walgreens will buy nearly 2,200 Rite Aid stores

After a nearly two-year effort, drug store chains Walgreens and Rite Aid have given up on their effort to merge. Instead, Walgreens will get bigger and Rit...


8 best budget-friendly sunscreens of 2017

The EWG names top green-rated sunscreens for families

Summertime and sunshine go hand in hand, but indulge in too much of the latter and you’ll be left with a nasty sunburn. While shade and clothing are yo...


Recall of Ava’s brand nuts expanded

The products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Hampton Farms is expanding its earlier recall to include Ava’s Organic Roasted Unsalted Cashews and Ava’s Organic Roasted Unsalted Almonds distributed only...


Yoga not as safe as previously thought

Researchers say the injury rate is 10 times higher than previously reported

A recent study from the University of Sydney suggests that practicing yoga isn’t as safe as many experts previously believed.In the first prospective s...


A decline in mortgage applications

It's the first dip in four weeks

Mortgage applications moved lower last week after rising for three weeks in a row.The Mortgage Bankers Association reports applications dropped 6.2% in...


Automatic braking sometimes brakes for nothing

Prius braking can be activated by steel plates, metal barriers, other commonplace objects

There’s a chance your car may suddenly stop on the highway if its sensors mistake the road barrier for another car, but there’s nothing wrong with the vehi...


CFPB reins in four 'credit repair' firms

The agency charges the firms misrepresented their services and charged illegal fees

Four "credit repair" firms are facing fines and oher penalties for allegedly misleading consumers, charging illegal fees and misrepresenting their ability...


Complaints about banks on the rise

Analysis shows the numbers rose dramatically last year

Banks have changed a lot over the last couple of decades, and not all of those changes are winning approval from consumers who use them.An analysis of...


Consumer confidence rebounds in June

The outlook for the economy remains positive

After dipping slightly a month earlier, consumers' confidence in the economy is on the rise again.The Conference Board reports its Consumer Confidence...


What's behind the push for autonomous cars?

Surveys show consumers aren't all that enthusiastic

Normally, the public develops a desire for a product or service and businesses jump in to meet that desire.When it comes to autonomous vehicles, howeve...


Who makes use of your credit score?

According to a survey, more than most of us think

An annual survey of consumers shows more people are getting access to their credit scores each year, but understanding of why that score is so important is...


Chic-a-Peas Baked Crunchy Chickpeas recalled

The products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Chic-a-Peas is recalling a limited number of 2-oz. packages of Chic-a-Peas Baked Crunchy Chickpeas that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes....


Consumer groups seek expansion of CFPB's authority

Legislation would give CFPB power to enforce protections for military consumers

At a time when some in Congress are trying to reduce the power of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), a coalition of consumer groups is trying...


Eight ways to make your home sell faster

Trulia highlights simple steps that cost little, if anything

With shortages of homes for sale, sellers are finding it is a little easier to sell their homes. That is, if they happen to live in one of the hot housing...


Google won't be reading your emails anymore

Instead, Gmail ads will be based on what Google already knows about you

We all have our bad habits, and sometimes they give us a bad reputation, whether we deserve it or not. In Google's case, snooping around users' emails has...


How much does it cost to feed a teen?

Many parents spend big trying to keep their hungry teen happily fed, new research finds

Fridge-foraging teenagers can run up quite a grocery bill for their parents -- especially when they’re home for the summer. A new survey conducted by F...


Auto lease payments sink in June

Amid sagging sales, car companies are getting more aggressive

Maybe because of the dip in auto sales, the cost of leasing a new car is going down this month.A report by, an online car lease marketpl...


A bounce-back for sales of new homes

Prices were on the rise as well

After April’s sharp decline, the Commerce Department reports sales of new single-family houses rose 2.9% in May to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 610...


Macrobars and Thrive Bars recalled

The products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

GoMacro of Viola, Wis., is recalling a limited number of MacroBars and Thrive Bars that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The following...


BMW recalls 740 and 750-series vehicles

The vehicles may have incorrect replacement left rear taillight assemblies

BMW of North America is recalling 92 model year 2013-2015 740i, 740Li, 740Lxi, 750i, 750xi, 750Li and 750Lxi and 2014 ActiveHybrid 7 vehicles.  The rec...


Why healthcare costs so much

It's a much bigger part of the economy than in the past

Everything about healthcare seems to be getting more expensive every day.Drug prices have risen so quickly that it's become a hot political issue. Lawm...


Loving Pets recalls air-puffed dog treats

The products may be contaminated with Salmonella.

Loving Pets of Cranbury, N.J., is recalling a limited number of air-puffed dog treats that may be contaminated with Salmonella.No illnesses, injuries o...


Staples recalls Hazen Mesh office chairs

The legs on the base of the chair can break

Staples the Office Superstore of Framingham, Mass., is recalling about 124,000 Hazen Mesh Task chairs.The legs on the base of the chair can break, posi...


Wildway recalls grain-free granola products

The products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Wildway LLC is recalling certain grain-free granola products that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.No illnesses have been reported in re...


Blazing hot summers are no fun for dogs

Dogs don't handle heat too well and are better off at home in front of the air-conditioner

We're not yet fully into the dog days of summer but dogs are already sticking to the sidewalks in the boiling hot Southwest and will soon be doing so in al...


Missouri sues three opioid drug makers

Ohio filed a similar suit against five drug makers earlier this month

Missouri is the latest state to try to hold opioid drug manufacturers accountable for the widespread misuse of the drugs, to which many people are addicted...


Six good credit cards for gasoline purchases

Depending on your circumstances, one of these cards could be rewarding

There are many good reasons to pay for gasoline with a credit card. Using cash means going inside and prepaying before you pump, which is a hassle.Usin...


How is your 'credit awareness?'

Study shows increased awareness usually improves financial behavior

Consumers who routinely monitor their credit score and credit report are more likely to have positive financial behavior and a higher score, according to a...


Tips for preventing swimmer's ear in children

What parents can do to keep swimmer's ear from striking after a day at the pool

Now that summer has officially arrived, parents might find themselves scrambling for ways to fill school-free days. Keeping kids entertained while also lim...


Mortgage applications on the rise again

The weekly increase was the third in a row

It wasn't by much, but mortgage applications were up in the week ending June 16 for a third consecutive week.The Mortgage Bankers Association reports a...


How to keep your debit card data safe

Sometimes, the safest place for your card is in your wallet

Data secured within large retail computer networks isn't always so secure. Hardly a month goes by without news that hackers have been able to get into a ma...


Most moms have been 'Mommy-Shamed,' poll finds

6 in 10 mothers say they've had their parenting skills criticized -- usually by their own family

People often view a pregnant woman’s belly as an open invitation to dish out unsolicited advice. From birth plans and beyond, no topic appears to be off li...


Sharing economy may exclude many disabled consumers

Study found Airbnb hosts less likely to accept people with physical limitations

Hotels and commercial transportation companies are covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and have to make accommodation for consumers with p...


Home flipping cools in the first quarter

That could be bad news amid falling inventory levels

Data released by ATTOM Data Solutions, a subsidiary of RealtyTrac, shows fewer real estate investors were "flipping" single-family homes and condos in the...


Kroger expands Macadamia Nut recall

The product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

The Kroger Co. is expanding its earlier recall of its 12 oz. packages of Simple Truth Dry Roasted Macadamia Nuts.The product may be contaminated with L...


Advanced Composites recalls bicycle forks

The fork leg can crack or become damaged, posing a fall hazard

Advanced Composites of Salt Lake City, Utah, is recalling about 40 bicycle forks.The fork leg can crack or become damaged, posing a fall hazard.The...


Cigarette smoking's other harmful effects

It's not just lung cancer and heart disease that can kill you

Most people are aware that smoking cigarettes is bad for your health. Since 1964 it's been linked to lung cancer, and later to heart disease and emphysema....


Which companies are the most pet-friendly?

9 companies that let pet parents ditch the stress of leaving their dog at home

With their wagging tails and chipper dispositions, dogs have a way of infusing any space with good energy. And these days, some pet owners don’t have to wa...


Bogus breast cancer charity shuttered

Breast Cancer Survivors Foundation closes down in settlement with NY

For years, a supposed charity called the Breast Cancer Survivors Foundation has solicited contributions, claiming it...


RE/MAX data show home sales rebounded in May

But the number of homes on the market continues to go down

​Just when it looked like home sales had peaked for the year and were on the decline, national real estate broker RE/MAX reports its May sales set a post-r...


Builder confidence dips but remains solid

Labor and lot shortages frustrate developers

Despite a slight decline in the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI), builder confidence in the market for n...


Volvo recalls model year 2017 XC90s

A seat belt component could detach and injure an occupant

Volvo Car USA is recalling 1,305 model year 2017 XC90s.The Micro Gas Generator (MGG), a subcomponent part used within the right hand side seat belt ret...


EpiPen getting a competitor, Symjepi

The new prefilled syringe will be available later this year

EpiPen is getting some competition. A new prefilled syringe for emergency allergy treatment has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration....


United Pet Group recalls rawhide chews

The products contain an unapproved anti-microbial chemical

United Pet Group is recalling multiple brands of rawhide dog chew products. The products contain a quaternary ammonium compound mixture as a processing...


Here are five affordable new car deals for June

These vehicles all come with cash back and are well below the average transaction price

Consumers spend an increasing amount of money on new cars, requiring them to take on payments that tax their monthly budgets and extend terms out to six or...


Gasoline follows oil prices lower

Consumers reaping the benefit of continued oil glut and falling demand

Just about everywhere in the country, gasoline prices are going down, a nice bonus for motorists as we get into the summer driving season.The reason is...


Retail sales slip in May

Jobless claims were on the downside last week

Retail sales fell in May -- their first decline in three months.The Commerce Department reports sales for the month totale...


Civility at a fast food restaurant

Unfortunately, it's almost like spotting a unicorn

I witnessed something remarkable yesterday. It shouldn't have been remarkable, but to me it was.It was lunchtime and I headed to a Richmond, Va.,-area...


The pros and cons of the Samsung s8

The new phone is winning raves for its technology, not so much for its durability

Samsung may be bouncing back after the Galaxy Note 7 debacle last year. Its latest smartphone offering, the Galaxy s8, has garnered some positive reviews,...


A step back for consumer inflation

Falling energy costs kept prices in check

A drop in energy costs helped put the brakes on inflation on the consumer level in May.The Labor Department (DOL) reports its Consumer Price Index (CPI...


Noble House recalls dining chairs

The legs of the chairs can break, posing a fall hazard

Noble House Home Furnishings of Chatsworth, Calif., is recalling about 3,300 dining chairs.The legs of the chairs can break, posing a fall hazard to th...


Pork King Sausage recalls raw sausage links

The products may contain milk, an allergen not declared the label

Pork King Sausage of New York, N.Y., is recalling approximately 44,035 pounds of raw sausage links.The products may contain milk, an allergen not decla...


More people plan to grow old at home

Walk-in tubs, non-slip flooring, and other improvements make it easier

A lift smooths out stairways (AdobeStock photo)A generation ago, getting old meant moving into a nursing home, spending your last years being cared f...


FBI warns consumers about ATM skimmers

Bureau says equipment doesn't have to be sophisticated to be effective

Cyber hacks are not the only way criminals get access to your bank account. The relatively old school practice of installing "skimmer" devices on ATMs stil...


Why you shouldn't finance a car for seven years

You're likely to find yourself owing more than the car is worth at trade-in time

Coming out of the Great Recession, the auto industry was one of the first areas of the economy to get back on its feet.While mortgage lenders became a...


Wholesale inflation on hold in May

Services prices rose, while the cost of goods moved lower

The cost of goods and services one step shy of the retail level held steady in May.According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), its Producer Pric...


Club Chef recalls snack kits

The products may be contaminated with Listeria

Club Chef is recalling various retail snack kits that may be contaminated with Listeria.No illnesses been reported to date in association with the reca...


Five reasons it's hard to buy a house right now

A combination of factors is keeping many would-be buyers on the sidelines

The home ownership rate has fallen to a 50-year low, at a time when interest rates are extremely low and unemployment has fallen to 4.3%.What's wrong w...


Sharp sues Chinese firm to reclaim its name

Sharp says company it licensed to make its TVs is damaging its brand

Not too long ago Sharp electronics was a major manufacturer of consumer products, including television sets.But as many companies do, it licensed its b...


The lifespan of children’s products

Some products can pose a danger to kids when kept too long, experts caution

It may take a village to raise a child, but it also takes cribs, car seats, and an arsenal of safety gear. But not all products intended to keep kids safe...


Dog-owning seniors may be healthier, study suggests

Researchers say dogs can help older adults meet recommendations for physical activity

‘Sit’ and ‘stay’ are typically among the first tricks to be added to a dog’s repertoire, but our canine companions are often eager to teach us how to do ju...


Happy Sprout recalls soybean sprouts

The product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Happy Sprout of Springfield, Va., is recalling all packages of Goodseed soybean sprouts that have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytoge...


Another reason home sales are falling

In addition to a lack of inventory, homes may be unaffordable

The drop in home sales in recent months has been explained by a lack of inventory. If there are fewer houses for sales, it stands to reason that fewer hous...


Amtrak offers vacations on the rails

Getting there can be part of the fun

If you're looking for a different kind of vacation this summer, and would like to avoid the nation's increasingly busy airports, Amtrak is promoting the ro...


Where your car is most likely to be stolen

Small cities in the West top the National Insurance Crime Bureau list

There are a lot of things to worry about if you own a car or truck. You worry about someone backing into it in the parking lot. You worry about something f...


FDA wants Opana ER yanked from the market

Officials say the drug's potential for abuse and misuse outweigh its potential benefits

After receiving numerous reports of abuse, the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is calling on Endo Pharmaceuticals to remove Opana ER from the market...


New York City getting fourth area code

Because of the growth in mobile devices, Verizon is running out of numbers

The proliferation of mobile devices is requiring more and more telephone numbers. So many that Verizon has announced a fourth area code to cover parts of N...


Toyota recalls model year 2016-2017 Tacomas

A crank position sensor malfunction could result in an engine stall

Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing is recalling 31,824 model year 2016-2017 Tacomas equipped with a six-cylinder engine.The vehicles have a crank...


Credit card debt closing in on $1 trillion

Credit card balances rapidly catching up with student loans

A few years ago total student loan debt in the U.S. topped the $1 trillion mark, causing many economists to express concern. Now, a new report from the Fed...


Credit card rates at another record high

With a Fed meeting looming, they could go even higher

When the Federal Reserve Open Market Committee meets next week, it is expected to once again raise the Federal Funds Rate, even though there isn't much of...


How insurance needs change as your life changes

But consumers still need to decide how much coverage they need and how much risk they are willing to assume

Insurance is just a fact of modern life. It's a payment you make to protect yourself against major financial loss.Because everything costs more these d...


Nidec Motor recalls swimming pool motors

The pump control cover can be improperly grounded, posing an electrical shock hazard

Nidec Motor Corp., of St. Louis, Mo., is recalling about 16,000 swimming pool motors sold in the U.S. and Canada.The pump control cover can be improper...


Global Garlic expands cheese recall

The products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Global Garlic of Miami, Fla., is expanding its earlier recall of 16-oz. packages of “Queso Fresco/ Whole Milk” to include (“Queso Fresco x LB(Barra)/Whole...


Alternatives to treatment in a hospital ER

Urgent care and walk-in clinics provide many of the same services for less

If you drive by many major hospitals these days, you often see electronic signs flashing a message like "emergency room waiting time -- 6 minutes."It's...


When should babies sleep in their own rooms?

New study questions American Academy of Pediatrics' recommendation

One question new parents wrestle with is when to put baby in his or her own room for the night.The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) now recommends...


Moderate drinking linked to brain damage

A study finds that previous limits on alcohol intake may lead to cognitive decline

The dangers of heavy alcohol consumption have been well documented, with consumers who imbibe too much facing increased risk of high blood pressure, heart...


Study: Online reviews are no way to pick a doctor

Researchers say top docs on review sites did not have top outcome records

Online review sites are great for finding restaurants and vacation spots, but they may not be the best way to pick a doctor, according to a new study. In f...


Home prices up solidly in April

The biggest gains came in the West

If you're a homeowner or seller, April was a good month for you.Property information provider CoreLogic reports its Home Price Index (HPI), which inclu...


Arctic Cat recalls snowmobiles

The snowmobile drive clutch can fracture

Arctic Cat of Thief River Falls, Minn., is recalling about 2,700 snowmobiles.The snowmobile drive clutch can fracture and fragments can escape the snow...


Dish Network faces record robocall fine

The company was ordered to pay the feds and four states $280 million

A federal court has ordered pay TV provider Dish Network to pay a record $280 million fine to the U.S. government and four states for illegal robocalls to...


Job openings on the rise in April

However, hires moved lower

Job openings rose to a record high in April, while both the number of hires and separations was lower.The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports ther...


P&S Bakery recalls pepperoni

The product may be contaminated with the clear meat casing utilized in food production

P&S; Bakery of Poland, Ohio, is recalling approximately 2,959 pounds of pepperoni that may be contaminated with extraneous materials -- specifically clear...


New car down payments nearing record high

Consumers paying more upfront to achieve 'affordable' monthly payment

As the price of new cars keeps going up, consumers are finding it harder to finance one, in large part because they are struggling to come up with an affor...


Insurers may raise rates for Tesla owners

Claims are running much higher than for similar cars

Tesla owners are saving money on gas, but they may soon be spending more for insurance. Automotive News reports today that AAA Insurance is raising its rat...


Supreme Court to hear cellphone privacy case

At issue is whether police can obtain cellphone records without a warrant

Many consumers may not give much thought to how much they are being tracked through the use of their cellphones, but privacy advocates think about it a lot...


How to shop for a new air conditioner

Consider the size of the room and the capacity of the unit

If your home or apartment lacks central air conditioning, you may be considering the purchase of a portable unit to keep things cool when the summer heat a...


Kenda recalls Kenetica tires

The tires could suffer tread separation or a sudden loss of air

American Kenda Rubber Industrial is recalling 696 Kenda Kenetica tires, size P235/75R15 105S KR17.The tires may have a void between the top steel belt...


Readfield Meats recalls beef trimmings

The products may be adulterated with foodborne pathogens

Readfield Meats, doing business as Ruffino Meats & Food Service, of Bryan, Texas, is recalling approximately 45,985 pounds of beef trimmings due to possibl...


Google plans to filter out annoying ads

The Chrome browser will have a built-in ad filter next year

Google is the biggest supplier of advertising to the online industry, so it may be surprising that it is planning to build an ad-blocker into its popular C...


Tips for improving Android device security

These devices may be more vulnerable than your PC

With consumers increasingly using their mobile devices for all electronic transactions, including banking, there is growing concern about the security of m...


A big drop-off in May job creation

In addition, the two prior months were revised lower

The nation's job creation machinery appears to be in something of a slump.The Labor Department (DOL) reports total nonfarm payroll employment increased...


Job cuts on the decline in May

Another increase in weekly jobless claims

Photo (c) kikkerdirk - FotoliaWorkforce reductions announced by US-based employers fell in May, according to outplacement company Challenger, Gray an...


How much should your wedding gift cost?

Experts say it's best to be financially responsible and give what you can afford

The beginning of June is often thought of as the start of summer, but for many consumers it also marks the primetime of wedding season. While this may be e...


Mortgage rates fall to six-month low

It's a good time to buy a house, if you can find one for sale

Home prices may still be rising, but mortgage interest rates are moving in the other direction, giving buyers a small break.Bankrate reports rates are...


Ohio sues five opioid drugmakers

The state accuses pharmaceutical firms of misrepresenting the risks

Ohio, like many states, has a raging opioid drug epidemic and is now trying to hold the companies making the drugs accountable.Ohio Attorney General Mi...


A robust May jobs report

One analyst thinks a labor shortage may be the next big concern

Job creation picked up some momentum in May following a so-so report the month before.According to the ADP National Employment Report, produced by the...


A May surge in job cuts

A workforce reduction at Ford was a huge factor

Photo (c) kikkerdirk - FotoliaThere was a sharp increase in job cuts announced by US-based employers in May due largely to a big reduction in the wor...