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The hotels of Miami Beach are celebrating October

From its popular beaches to its thriving nightlife, Miami has plenty to offer travelers

After a close brush with Hurricane Irma, Miami Beach hotels have rolled out the welcome mat with a number of October enticements. If you were planning to w...


Federal student loan defaults are rising

Education Department critics worry rule 'reset' could send them higher

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) reports that the default rate on new federal student loans has risen for the first time in four years.Efforts to...


Whole Foods reports data breach

The company says the breach is limited to purchases in taprooms and table service restaurants

Whole Foods, the popular supermarket chain purchased by Amazon a month ago, has reported "unauthorized access" of debit and credit card information on one...


How drinking beer can help raise your spirits

Researchers say a chemical found in beer stimulates the brain’s pleasure center

A new study confirms what beer-lovers have known for quite some time – that drinking the beverage can raise a drinker’s spirits and make them feel happier....


Ford unveils new $100,000 pick-up truck

The Ford F-450 can tow 15 tons and is the most expensive mass produced truck ever

Would you buy a $100,000 pick-up truck?Ford is introducing the 2018 Ford F-450, a new F-Series pick-up that can tow 15 tons and costs nearly $100,000 t...


FDA approves new glucose monitoring device

Adult patients can monitor glucose with special patch and mobile device

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first continuous glucose monitoring system Wednesday, allowing adult patients to check their blood...


How to protect your child from head lice

The back-to-school season is a busy time for lice, experts say

The combination of warm weather and children heading back to school creates a perfect environment for lice outbreaks, and common misconceptions about head...


Economic growth rate tops three percent

First-time jobless claims rose sharply last week

The nation's economy continued to chug along in the second quarter of 2017, showing increases in gross domestic product (GDP) but also in unemployment clai...


Pending home sales down again in August

This year's housing production may fall below the pace of 2016

For the fifth time in six months, pending home sales – based on contract signings – were lower in August.The National Association of Realtors (NAR) rep...


Saber Grills recalls grills and LP regulators

The LP regulator can allow gas to flow at a higher pressure than intended

Saber Grills of Columbus, Ga., is recalling about 26,500 gas grills and 3,400 warranty parts and conversion kits sold in the U.S. and Canada.The grills...


SONIC reportedly hit with data breach

Banks noticed pattern of fraudulent use of cards linked to the fast food chain

Fast food giant SONIC has suffered a breach of its payment systems according to IT security blog KrebsOnSecurity.With more than 3,500 U.S. locations, t...


Model year 2017-2018 Jeep Cherokees recalled

Tire and rim size information are missing from the certification label

Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling 22,242 model year 2017-2018 Jeep Cherokee.Tire and rim size information required on the certification label was omit...


Equifax CEO retires effective immediately

Departure follows credit bureau's massive data breach

Equifax CEO Richard Smith has retired effective immediately, the company announced today. He'll be replaced by interim CEO Paulino do Rego Barros, Jr. whil...


Consumer group defends current auto mileage standards

Consumer Federation of America says rolling back ambitious standards would be costly for consumers

In comments filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Consumer Federation Of America (CFA) is defending the 2021 fuel econ...


Consumer confidence dips in September

The decline is the first in three months

After posting increases for two consecutive months, The Conference Board's Consumer Confidence Index, which measures consumers’ optimism related to the eco...


Common pet, pest allergens may ward off asthma

Researchers say early exposure to certain allergens in dust can lower asthma risk

Having dogs, cats, mice, and even cockroaches in your home may help guard your baby or toddler against asthma, a new study suggests. After analyzing du...


Equifax data breach breeds frustration

Consumers say they are having difficulty dealing with the company

The aftermath of Equifax’s massive data breach continues to create confusion and frustration as consumers scramble to secure their compromised information...


Uber's license to operate denied in London

Transportation officials cite a 'lack of corporate responsibility' in dealing with public safety

London's transportation authority has denied Uber's bid to renew its operating license, declaring it is not a "fit and proper" mode of transportation for L...


SEC reveals details of 2016 data breach

The agency said the hack may have led to 'illicit gains'

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has announced details of a 2016 hack of its computer system that may have led to “illicit gains” from stock tr...


Model year 2017 Dodge Durangos recalled

The rear axle halfshafts may be too short

Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling four model year 2017 Dodge Durangos that may have been assembled with rear axle halfshafts that are too short.If a h...


Why your travel insurance claim may be denied

Policies are very specific so you need to read the fine print

Even before hurricanes began ravaging the Caribbean and Texas Gulf Coast this year, travel insurance policies saw an uptick in sales–but travelers should b...


What consumers can do to curb food waste

Moving past the idea that 'more is better' is key, experts say

Food production and consumption in the United States have seen a radical shift throughout the 20th century, and -- with almost half of the food produced in...


DEMDACO recalls infant bib and bootie sets

Rattles sewn into the booties can detach, posing a choking hazard

DEMDACO of Leawood, Kan., is recalling about 1,500 infant bib and bootie sets.Rattles sewn into the booties can detach, posing a choking hazard.No...


Toys "R" Us files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

The company says stores will still be open for the upcoming holiday shopping season

Toys “R” Us announced Monday that its U.S. and Canadian subsidiaries have voluntarily filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The decision gives the company a cha...


Housing market confidence takes a hit

Builder confidence was spooked by recent hurricanes

There's been a drop in builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes -- and you can blame Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.The Housing...


An Autumn road trip is a colorful experience

From New England to Colorado, fall foliage is a big draw

Some of the best shows are the ones put on by Mother Nature, such as the recent total solar eclipse.Another spectacular show, available in much of the...


Retail sales dip in August

It's the first decline in three months

After posting two decent advances in a row, retail sales moved lower in August.Figures released by the Commerce Department show sales last month totale...


Why the Fiduciary Rule faces uncertain future

The House of Representatives is poised to deal a deathblow, but the Senate may not follow

The U.S. House of Representatives appears close to voting the Fiduciary Rule out of existence, but it will need the support of the Senate to make that happ...


Consumers still struggling to put money away

More than half still don't have $1,000 in a savings account

There's good news and bad news in's annual savings survey.Each year the personal finance site asks consumers how much money they've...


Job openings edge upward in July

More hiring added to the employment gains seen in the past year

Consumers looking for a job in July found there were more positions available than there were a month earlier.According to the Department of Labor (DOL...


Wholesale prices on the rise in August

Rising energy costs were a major factor

Inflation on the wholesale level, one step shy of what consumers pay for goods and services, edged higher in August.What the Department of Labor (DOL)...


Ford recalls model year 2017 Focus vehicles

An insufficient weld may have reduced the strength of the rear left side seat back

Ford Motor Company is recalling 698 model year 2017 Focus vehicles.The rear left side seat back frame may have an insufficient weld between the outboar...


What consumers should know about identity theft

Many affected consumers may not understand the gravity of the threat

When Equifax reported a massive data breach, you may have been concerned that you could become a victim of identity theft.On the other hand, you might...


How long should you keep your child rear-facing?

Car seat safety initiative urges parents to keep kids rear-facing until age 2

Ever since that first nervous drive home from the hospital, your child’s safety has likely remained a driving factor behind many decisions. From whethe...


Mortgage delinquency rates fall in June

The downward trend is expected to continue

Roughly 4.5% of mortgages across the U.S. were in some stage of delinquency -- 30 days or more past due including those in foreclosure in June -- according...


Bravo Produce recalls papayas

The product has tested positive for Salmonella

Bravo Produce of San Ysidro, Calif, is recalling Maradol Papaya, grown by Productores y Exportadores de Carica Papaya de Tecomán y Costa Alegre SPR of RL a...


Gas prices stabilize after Harvey spike

The average price has drifted lower over the last three days

After Hurricane Harvey devastated the Texas Gulf Coast, interrupting gasoline supplies from some of the area's refineries, gasoline prices surged, especial...


Should you allow your dog to sleep on your bed?

Researchers say cuddling up with your pup at night could affect your sleep quality

Whether they’re at the other end of a leash or sitting beside you on the couch, man’s best friend undoubtedly provides stellar companionship. But should th...


Equifax reports massive data breach

Sensitive records on 143 million consumers may have been stolen

Equifax, one of the three U.S. credit reporting agencies that holds sensitive information on nearly every American consumer, reports hackers gained access...


Veterans cautioned on VA loan charges

Lender claims veterans are being targeted with high-cost offers

If you are a military veteran, you may have been receiving solicitations to refinance your VA loan. After all, interest rates have been falling lately....


Kawasaki recalls Brute Force 300 ATVs

The fuel tap or carburetor can leak fuel, posing a fire hazard

Kawasaki Motors Corp. U.S.A., of Foothill Ranch, Calif., is recalling about 20,00 Brute Force 300 all-terrain vehicles (ATVs).The fuel tap or carbureto...


Four less obvious hurricane hazards

Wind and water are not the only thing causing a threat

With Hurricane Irma bearing down on Florida, the dangers to people in the path of the storm are evident.Forecasters think the storm surge could be as h...


Simple ways to give your bathroom a facelift

Quick and stylish tweaks to breathe new life into your bathroom

Got a bathroom that could use a little updating, but a budget that won’t allow for expensive improvements? Consider swapping out your bathroom’s fixtures,...


Toys"R"Us unveils annual list of must-have toys

This year's list features a new version of Hatchimals, one of last year's most sought-after toys

It's never too early to start thinking about holiday shopping. Shoppers with children to buy for this holiday season may be struggling to figure out what t...


The biggest financial stress may be avoidable

Consumer survey finds debt is what keeps most people up at night

There are a lot of potential causes of financial stress in life. You can lose your job, or you can face huge medical bills due to an accident or injury....


The ignored warnings before Hurricane Harvey

Before Hurricane Harvey, Texans tried to call attention to issues that the storm is once again bringing to light

Scientists say that a warming planet means rising oceans and more extreme weather, and they point to Hurricane Harvey as an example of a record-breaking na...


Triangle recalls TR643 tires

A manufacturing error could result in an air leak

Triangle Tire USA is recalling 288 Triangle TR643 tires, size ST225/75R15.Due to a manufacturing process error, the tires may have a hole where the sid...


Avoiding Amazon-related phishing scams

One of the latest promises $50 for writing a review

Joseph Steinberg recently got an email that appeared to be from Amazon, thanking him for making a purchase on Prime Day.The email promised him a $50 bo...


Pediatricians say it's time for flu shots

AAP says everyone 6 months or older should be vaccinated, ideally by the end of October

School hallways are repopulating, temperatures are gradually dropping, and flu season is just around the corner. To help parents and children stay healthy...


Hallmark recalls plush baby stacking toys

The toys have fabric hats and bows that can detach, posing a choking hazard

Hallmark Marketing Company of Kansas City, Mo., is recalling about 6,000 itty bittys baby plush stacking toys sold in the U.S. and Canada.The toys have...


BMW recalls vehicles with seat belt issue

The seat belt may not restrain the occupant in a crash

BMW of North America is recalling 67 model year 2018 430i, 430i xDrive, 440i, 440i xDrive, and M4 convertible vehicles.The Emergency Locking Retractors...


Millions in private donations headed for Texas

Social media helps consumers and corporations become first responders

As the scope of the disaster that was falling on Houston became more clear last weekend, J.J. Watt decided to do something.The all-pro defensive end fo...


Labor Day gas prices the highest in two years

National average price jumped seven cents a gallon in 24 hours

With refineries offline and a major pipeline largely shut down, gasoline prices are soaring, meaning Labor Day travel may be a little more expensive.Ac...


Young women are still struggling to get jobs

New analysis finds Millennial women have yet to recover from the Great Recession

In the wake of the Great Recession, Millennial women seem to be having a particularly tough time finding jobs. Although it’s been a decade since the start...


Consumers paid more for new cars in August

New demand after Harvey could drive prices even higher

August is usually the month new car dealers offer incentives to make way for the new model year. But the numbers so far show consumers paid about 1% more f...


An August speedup in manufacturing

Fourteen of 18 industries reported expansion

There was further expansion of economic activity in the manufacturing sector of the economy in August.The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) reports...


Job creation tapers off in August

The unemployment rate ticked higher

A bit of a slowdown in the number of new jobs created by the economy.According to the Labor Department (DOL), total nonfarm payroll employment increase...


Demakes Enterprises recalls chicken sausage

The product contains milk, an allergen not declared on the label

Demakes Enterprises of Lynn, Mass., is recalling approximately 32,228 pounds of fully cooked chicken sausage.The product contains milk, an allergen not...