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New car sales tank in December

Here’s where consumers may find the best deals

New car sales appear headed for a seven percent year-over-year decline this month, according to an analysis by Kelley Blue Book (KBB).December, with it...


JBS USA recalls beef stew meat

The product may be contaminated with plastic and metal pieces

JBS USA Food Company of Cactus, Texas, is recalling approximately 4,702 pounds of beef stew meat.The product may be contaminated with foreign matter –...


American Honda recalls portable generators

The carburetor can leak gasoline, posing fire and burn hazards

American Honda Motor Company of Torrance, Calif., is recalling about 34,000 Honda portable generators.The carburetor can leak gasoline, posing fire and...


Nodine's Smokehouse recalls smoked salmon

The product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Nodine's Smokehouse of Torrington, Conn., is recalling smoked salmon that maybe contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.No illnesses have been reporte...


Free mobile game scams target children

An expert’s tips for keeping kids safe from “freemium game” scams

Mobile games tend to appeal to children, but some mobile games may be scammers attempting to exploit kids’ desire to play, and unsupervised access to their...


Nearly 1.5 million Ram trucks recalled

The vehicles’ gear-shifters may inadvertently move out of the “park” position

Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling an estimated 1.48 million trucks in the U.S. equipped with shifters mounted on their steering columns.Occupants can...


Fresh Pak recalls sliced apple products

The products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Fresh Pak of Detroit, Mich., is recalling red/green apple slices supplied by Jack Brown Produce.The products may be contaminated with Listeria monocyto...


RZR XP 4 Turbo ROVs recalled

Fuel to leak, posing a fire hazard

Polaris Industries of Medina, Minn., is recalling 560 Polaris RZR XP 4 Turbo ROVs.The return fuel line can be improperly secured which can cause fuel t...


Texas Meat Packers recalls ground beef

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

Texas Meat Packers of Fort Worth, Texas, is recalling approximately 7,570 pounds of ground beef.The products contain soy, an allergen not declared on t...


Retail job losses are mostly falling on women

Employment analysis shows more men in retail as women exit

A new report by the Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR) finds the staggering job losses in the retail sector in recent years have mostly fallen on...


Safe holiday travel for families

Tips for protecting your most precious cargo during holiday travel

With more travelers expected to hit the road this holiday season, it’s especially important for families with young children to consider safety when travel...


Relax and unwind after the holidays

Here’s what experts recommend for de-stressing after a hectic holiday season

Adults young and old know the holiday season presents an exhausting array of physical and emotional demands that, for many, can bring about lingering stres...


Model year 2018 Ford Escapes recalled

The side curtain airbags may not deploy properly

Ford Motor Company is recalling 10,157 model year 2018 Ford Escapes.The vehicles' side curtain airbags have a component that may detach during deployme...


FAA sets its sights on 'smart' suitcases

Regulators say the lithium-ion batteries must be removed or the bags cannot go on board

The impulse of tech start-ups to connect any and every object to your smartphone is beginning to blow up, both figuratively and literally. After Samsung ad...


Renting is a good deal and about to get better

In many markets, homeownership costs are climbing faster than rents

In a growing number of housing markets, it makes more economic sense to rent a home than buy it, according to a new analysis by real estate marketplace rea...


FCC vote leaves nation asking 'now what?'

Experts say agency's decision has reduced consumers' rights

As expected, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted 3–2 Thursday to repeal net neutrality rules for internet use put in place by the Obama admin...


The year-end dilemma of selling college textbooks

Students often get little back for resales on campus, but selling online can be more lucrative

For most consumers, the next couple of weeks are all about the holidays. For college students, they're also about selling their old textbooks so they can b...


Staying healthy when family members have the flu

Keeping germs contained and your home clean can help prevent transmission

Health officials are warning that this year’s flu season could be worse than previous years, in part due to weaknesses with this year’s batch of vaccines....


Here are the professions that pay the best

Experts say earning a top salary requires extensive education

Seven of the 10 highest-paying jobs in 2017 are in health care, and all require a substantial investment in education, according to a new study by CareerCa...


Santa Fe Importers recalls pork salami

The product may contain metal shavings

Santa Fe Importers of Long Beach, Calif., is recalling approximately 143 pounds of pork salami that may be contaminated with extraneous materials -- specif...


As net neutrality vote looms, FCC chair shares article about Sriracha

FCC Chair Ajit Pai has some news for his Twitter followers: a person was arrested for demanding too much Sriracha sauce. Net neutrality advocates are not amused

Early this morning, a group of about 100 people were gathered in the freezing weather outside FCC Chair Ajit Pai’s office, doing anything they could to lob...


Federal Reserve raises key interest rate

Here is how it will affect most consumers

The Federal Reserve Open Market Committee has voted to raise its key interest rate .25 percent, the third rate hike this year.That puts the fed's disco...


Attractive car deals mark the end of 2017

Experts say good prices can be found on even the most popular models

A mid-year slowdown in new car sales has resulted in some of this year's most popular models going for attractive prices at the end of the year, according...


The financial advantages of moving during winter

Consumers can find attractive deals and discounts during the colder, off-peak months

While spring and summer are typically regarded as prime seasons for moving, relocating during winter has benefits for those on a tight budget.Since mov...


Westinghouse portable generators recalled

The generators can overheat, posing a fire hazard

MWE Investments of Columbus, Ohio, is recalling about 4,500 Westinghouse portable inverter generators.The generators can overheat, posing a fire hazard...


Health risks may be greater for business travelers

Stress and unhealthy habits can cause headaches, gastrointestinal distress, and loss of sleep

Consumers who travel frequently on business may face greater health risks brought on by high levels of stress and unhealthy habits, according to a new repo...


Trump scraps proposal for airlines to disclose baggage fees

The Department of Transportation now claims that listing baggage fees along ticket prices will not help the public

The Trump administration is scrapping an Obama-era proposal that would have required airlines to disclose baggage fees upfront, alongside listed airfare pr...


Nissan recalls model year 2016 Rogues

The front passenger seat frames may be improperly welded

Nissan North America is recalling 210 model year 2016 Rogues.The vehicles have front passenger seat frames that may be improperly welded.As such, t...


The maternal death crisis facing women in America

Experts and researchers say systemic factors are causing high death rates for new mothers

A neonatal nurse, giving birth while under the care of her colleagues. A young, fit, new mom recovering from an emergency c-section. A legal immigrant unde...


STEM holiday gift guide for children

Five gifts that can help kids learn science and math while they play

Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) toys have become increasingly popular in recent years for their purported ability to spark an early inter...


Small business owners bullish on 2018

But finding qualified employees remains a concern for growth

Surveys of small business owners suggest entrepreneurs are closing out 2017 on a high note and are generally optimistic about what lies ahead in 2018.A...


Tips to save energy in your home during winter

Here’s what you can do to keep your family warm and your energy bills low this winter

A recent study by University of Pennsylvania and Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers found that one of the best ways a consumer can lower the...


Discover launches new financial literacy program

Latest effort by credit card industry to help consumers understand money management

Discover Financial Services and Discovery Education have launched a new financial literacy program aimed at helping high school students with money managem...


Caesar's Pasta recalls beef meatballs

The products contain egg, an allergen not declared on the label

Caesar's Pasta of Blackwood, N.J., is recalling approximately 46,810 pounds of beef meatballs.The products contain egg, an allergen not declared on the...


Can CVS and Aetna really lower healthcare costs?

The companies are making a case for centralized care, but experts are uncertain

The proposed merger of CVS Health and Aetna is more than the joining of two large players in the healthcare industry. It's an ambitious plan to change how...


Tax bill likely to affect home prices

Real estate economist points to the loss of existing tax breaks

As Senate and House conferees work on reconciling their two versions of the tax bill, real estate industry leaders are voicing concerns about how the final...


Model year 2018 Ram ProMasters recalled

The standard supplemental side airbags may not deploy properly

Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling 3,514 model year 2018 Ram ProMasters.An incorrect rivet may have been used to attach the front door impact sensor wh...


Even some ISPs want net neutrality

Alleged beneficiaries of net neutrality like small businesses and service providers are not on board

On December 14, 2017, the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) and chairman Ajit Pai vote on the controversial move to repeal net neutrality rules that h...


CVS-Aetna merger aims to transform healthcare

Healthcare expert says it would result in fewer choices

CVS Health has announced it will acquire Aetna, a major health insurance provider, in a deal worth an estimated $69 billion. It's subject to approval by co...


SUVs rule at the Los Angeles Auto Show

Consumers will soon have an easier time finding electric and hybrid models in the segment

Automakers displaying their latest products at the Los Angeles Auto Show this week are emphasizing full-size SUVs, as well as all-electric vehicles and hyb...