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Are lawmakers trying to kick the sex trade offline?

Adult performers, escorts, and others say that current laws could send consensual sex workers back to the streets

For the transgender porn and live cam performer known as Alyssa Étaín, a self-described “part time model, full time garbage” on the Twitter account where s...


Websites plan to go 'red' to bring back net neutrality

Lawmakers have a chance to undo an FCC vote that gutted net neutrality laws last year

Thousands of websites on May 9 will go “red” in an effort to reinstate net neutrality laws. Etsy, Tumblr, NetFlix, and OkCupid are among the sites that hav...


Greenbelt Microgreens recalled

The products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Greenbelt Greenhouse of British Columbia, Canada, is recalling all Greenbelt Microgreen products with the best before dates from 4/24/18 and 4/30/18.Th...


Hit-and-run fatalities have hit a record high

Cyclists and pedestrians are most vulnerable to these types of accidents, a new report says

The number of fatal hit-and-run motor vehicle fatalities has risen significantly as more Americans choose to bike or walk to work. Hit-and-run fataliti...


The Weekly Hack: Thieves steal Ether coins and phone numbers

If it connects to the internet, it’s vulnerable to hacks. Cryptocurrency traders are learning this again and again.

Tens of thousands of dollars worth of cryptocurrency have been stolen by hackers, once again raising concerns about the security of blockchain technology....


The price of Amazon Prime membership jumps to $119

The company’s investment in the program keeps reaping benefits for both it and the consumer

Amazon is raising the price of its Prime subscription 20 percent, to $119. It’s the program’s first price hike since 2014 when it bumped up the cost of an...


T-Mobile and Sprint reportedly joining forces

Reports suggest that a merger announcement could come within a week

T-Mobile and Sprint, the smallest of the big four wireless providers, reportedly plan to merge, creating a bigger rival to AT&T; and Verizon.In an excl...


Wells Fargo may be under investigation again

The Labor Department is said to be examining the bank's 401(k) practices

Wells Fargo may be the subject of a government probe of how the bank handles 401(k) retirement accounts.If so, it would follow revelations that the ban...


Ziegenfelder recalls ice pops

The products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

The Ziegenfelder Company of Wheeling, W.Va., is recalling approximately 3,000 cases of Budget $aver Cherry Pineapple Monster Pops and Sugar Free Twin Pops....


Ford to phase out sedans in North America

The move reflects a market shift to trucks and SUVs

Ford, which made its name on the Model T, will phase out production of sedans for the North American market and will instead focus its efforts on building...


Nissan recalls Titan and Titan XD models

The vehicles are missing a Load Carrying Capacity modification label

Nissan North America is recalling 483 model year 2016-2018 Nissan Titans and model year 2016 and 2018 Nissan Titan XDs.Although accessories installed o...


Altaba agrees to $35 million data breach settlement

The company formerly known as Yahoo waited two years to reveal that hackers compromised a billion accounts

Altaba, formerly known as Yahoo, has agreed to pay a $35 million fine to settle charges that it failed to promptly disclose a massive data breach relating...


Starbucks wants to improve its drive thru strategy

The company is hoping to jumpstart slowing sales growth by speeding up its drive thru service

During a conference call with analysts, Starbucks said it’s working on improving its drive-thru strategy, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday. Starbucks firs...


Home sales rose in March, but so did prices

March data underscores the difficulties faced by homebuyers

Despite fewer homes for sale, buyers snapped up more new and existing homes last month.The National Association of Realtors (NAR) reports sales of exis...


Model year 2018 Jeep Wranglers recalled

The left rear seat mount may come loose

Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling 106 model year 2018 Jeep Wranglers.The rear under body ladder rail may corrode, possibly reducing the strength of th...


VW recalls Audis with cooling system issue

The cooling system may overheat or short-circuit

Volkswagen Group of America is recalling 342,867 model year 2013-2017 Audi A5 Cabriolets, A5 Sedans and Audi Q5s; model year 2012-2015 Audi A6s; and model...


Say goodbye to net neutrality as you know it

Although the rules have expired, some internet providers and state governments are still fighting for consumers

Consumers can pretty much kiss net neutrality goodbye. The Obama-era "Open Internet Order" ended Monday and the "Restoring Internet Freedom Order" took ove...


Sears CEO offers to buy parts of the retailer

The move is seen as the latest effort to keep the company solvent

Struggling retailer Sears Holdings just may have bought some time. Eddie Lampert, the company's CEO, has offered to purchase the retailer's more valuable p...


Amazon now making deliveries to customers' cars

Amazon Key In-Car takes advantage of existing OnStar and Volvo On Call technology

Amazon has announced a new way to deliver packages by locking them in the trunk of a customer's car.It's an expansion of its current Amazon Key service...


Iran’s banks banned from using cryptocurrency

The decision was made to address money laundering and financial terrorism concerns

Iran’s central bank has issued a ban on the use of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies by banks and other financial institutions, the Islamic Republic News...


Polaris recalls Ranger XP ROVs

The center seat belt bracket can separate from the frame

Polaris Industries of Medina, Minn., is recalling about 10,900 Polaris Ranger XP recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs).The center seat belt bracket...


Hyundai recalls Sonatas and Sonata Hybrids

The airbag control units may short circuit in a crash

Hyundai Motor America is recalling 580,058 model year 2011-2013 Sonatas and model year 2011-2012 Sonata Hybrids.In the event of a crash, the air bag co...


Tech giants push for switch to solar and wind energy

Many energy suppliers are changing their policies to align with tech companies’ environmental goals

A growing number of major tech companies are pushing their suppliers to switch to renewable energy, USA Today reports. The trend is causing big problems fo...


Model year 2018 Buick Regals recalled

The rear seat belts may fail to restrain passengers adequately

General Motors is recalling 8,738 model year 2018 Buick Regals.During the manufacturing process, the rear seat belts may have been improperly routed ar...


Polaris recalls Phoenix 200 ATVs

The throttle limiter can fail posing a crash hazard.

Polaris Industries of Medina, Minn., is recalling about 4,600 Polaris Phoenix 200 all-terrain vehicles (ATVs).The throttle limiter can fail due to dama...


Whole Foods to end its rewards program

The company says shoppers should try to use any unused rewards by May 1

As part of its integration with Amazon, Whole Foods will retire its existing rewards program and fold everything into Amazon Prime.The grocer said in a...


Gas prices surge in the last week

Pump prices are responding to increased demand and higher oil prices

Gasoline prices have surged in the last week, propelled by the annual switch-over to summer grade fuel, strong demand, and a sharp rise in oil prices.T...


Rose Acre Farms recalls 206 million eggs

The products may be contaminated with Salmonella Braenderup

Rose Acre Farms of Seymour, Ind., is recalling more than 206.7 million eggs that may be contaminated with Salmonella Braenderup.Twenty-two illnesses ha...


Badass Helmet recalls Metalhead 2.5 helmets

The helmets may not provide adequate protection in a crash

Badass Helmet Company is recalling 64 Metalhead 2.5 helmets.The helmets may not adequately protect the wearer in the event of a head impact during a mo...


Texas may confiscate CBD products from retailers

A non-euphoric product thought to have medical benefits began appearing on store shelves in the state this year

The first legal cannabis product in Texas was delivered to a six-year-old girl in February who suffers from epilepsy. Advocates hailed the delivery as a ma...


Tax-filing deadline extended another day

IRS computer problems prevented tax-filers from paying electronically

The crush of last-minute tax filers crashed an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) computer network, so the tax agency is extending the tax deadline through tod...


New bill would push Veterans Affairs office to study cannabis

Lawmakers are frustrated with the agency’s reluctance to explore marijuana as the nation faces a deadly opioid epidemic

A bipartisan group of lawmakers are once again pushing the the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to soften its attitude on marijuana.Representatives...


Starbucks to close stores for bias training on May 29

The company will close 8,000 stores for one afternoon following a racially charged incident in Philadelphia

Following the arrest of two African American men at one of its Philadelphia locations, Starbucks has announced that it will close 8,000 stores for an after...


Koch Foods recalls beef patties

The products may be contaminated with thin blue plastic pieces

Koch Foods of Fairfield, Ohio, is recalling approximately 119,480 pounds of beef rib-shaped patties.The products may be contaminated with extraneous ma...


Tesla puts the brakes on Model 3 production

CEO Elon Musk admits that the company’s overreliance on automation was a mistake

Tesla has again pressed pause on the production of its Model 3 electric vehicles -- cars billed as the "world’s first mass-market electric vehicle." It’s t...


Badass Helmet recalls Rogue helmets

The helmets may not provide adequate protection in a crash

Badass Helmet Company is recalling 134 Rogue helmets.These helmets may not adequately protect the wearer in the event of a head impact during a motorcy...


Uber raises the bar on passenger safety

​911 assistance, trusted contacts, and a more thorough background check on drivers are in the spotlight

Uber announced on Thursday that it’s “getting serious” about passenger safety. It’s not only amping up background checks on drivers, but its new app update...


Zillow getting into the home-flipping business

Zillow Instant Offers will buy and sell homes in Las Vegas and Phoenix

Zillow is one of the go-to websites for consumers seeking to buy or sell a home. Now, the real estate marketplace is getting into the business of buying an...


L.L.Bean recalls knife with sheath

The knife blade can cut through the protective leather sheath

L.L.Bean of Freeport, Maine, is recalling about 600 Allagash fixed blade hunting knives with sheaths.The knife blade can cut through the protective lea...


Google to launch a redesigned version of Gmail

The company says a ‘fresh, clean look for Gmail on the web’ is on the way

Google has confirmed that it will be rolling out a redesigned version of Gmail in the coming weeks. The company says the update will feature a “fresh, clea...


The cost of selling a home is on the rise

A recent analysis puts the average total at more than $18,000

We know how hard it is to buy a home in today's market, with rising prices and declining inventories.But it's no picnic for sellers, at least when it c...


Netflix accused of rigging its employee bonus system

A lawsuit claims the company skirted U.S. tax law by awarding undeserved employee bonuses

A federal lawsuit filed by the City of Birmingham Relief and Retirement System accuses Netflix of rigging its executive bonus program so that “multi-millio...


April's top deals on certified pre-owned cars

Dealers are offering longer warranties and low-rate financing

This week's consumer price report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows prices of used cars actually went down in March, making them an even better dea...


BRP recalls ATVs Due to Crash Hazard

The vehicles can lose steering control, posing a crash hazard

BRP U.S. of Sturtevant, Wis., is recalling about 8,300 model year 2017 Can-Am Outlander and Outlander Max All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs)sold in the U.S. and C...


Kroger to hire 11,000 people in 2018

The “Amazon Effect” has major grocers scrambling to stay competitive in the industry

Kroger said in a statement Tuesday that it is adding 11,000 positions this year, including nearly 2,000 management jobs. The Cincinnati-based chain als...


Inflation gauge shows decline in March

Falling gasoline prices offset rising costs for food, shelter, and healthcare

The government's gauge of consumer prices fell in March, pulled lower by an unexpected decline in gasoline prices.The Consumer Price Index (CPI) fell 0...


Izzy’s Maple Nut Ice Cream recalled

The product may contain peanut residue, an allergen not declared on the label

Izzy’s Ice Cream is recalling a limited amount of its Maple Nut Ice Cream pints.The product may contain peanut residue, an allergen not declared on the...


Uber enters dockless bike wars with purchase of Jump

The tech giant is spending a rumored $100 million on an electric, dockless bike share start-up

In its early, unregulated days as a ride-hailing company, Uber introduced itself by simply showing up in major American cities. The company soon became kno...


Report suggests Wells Fargo could face record fines

Regulators are said to be considering action for alleged mortgage and auto loan abuses

Wells Fargo could face record fines for past financial abuses, according to a published report.Rueters quotes three sources close to the situation that...


Payday lenders sue CFPB over Obama-era rule

The two payday-lending trade groups say the rule would essentially put an end to the payday industry

Payday lenders sued the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) on Monday in an attempt to block the agency’s “draconian” final rule on short-term loan...


Model year 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvios recalled

Water may leak into the body control module and its connectors, causing corrosion

Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling 12,595 model year 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvios.Water may leak into the body control module and its connectors, causing c...


Vornado Air recalls electric space heaters

The space heater can overheat when in use, posing fire and burn hazards

Vornado Air of Andover, Kan., is recalling about 350,000 VH101 Personal Vortex electric space heaters.The space heater can overheat when in use, posing...


U.S. government shuts down

The website has been accused of allowing sex traffickers to post ads

Internet users going to personal ads website over the weekend found the site is no longer active. The FBI and other fed...


Child advocates call for FTC probe of YouTube

The group says the site is illegally collecting children’s data

In a complaint filed Monday, a group of child, consumer, and privacy advocates claim YouTube illegally collects data about underage viewers and uses that d...


Best Buy reports payment card breach

The company says a 'small fraction' of its customers were affected

Best buy customers who used a payment card for purchases should monitor their accounts closely. The company reports a data breach has compromised some cust...


Consumers give high marks to Asian airlines

Southwest was the only U.S. carrier to make TripAdvisor's top 10

Singapore Airlines is the favorite carrier for international travelers while Southwest is consumers' favorite U.S. airline, according to the latest TripAdv...


PFP Enterprises recalls raw beef products

The products did not undergo federal inspection

PFP Enterprises, also doing business as Texas Meat Packers of Fort Worth, Texas, is recalling approximately 7,146 pounds of raw beef products.The produ...


Ford recalls F-650s, F-750s, F-150s and Expeditions

The transmission could be in a different gear than indicated by shift lever position

Ford Motor Company is recalling 292,909 model year 2018 F-650s and F-750s equipped with 6-speed automatic transmissions and model year 2018 Ford F-150s and...


The economy produced fewer jobs in March

However, the unemployment rate remains at 4.1 percent

The nation's economy added fewer jobs than expected last month, but workers enjoyed a modest boost in wages.In its monthly report, the Bureau of Labor...


Polaris Recalls RZR XP 1000 ROVs

The heat shield may not manage heat leading to melting of nearby components or fire

Polaris Industries of Medina, Minn., is recalling about 107,000 model year 2014-2018 Polaris RZR XP 1000 recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs).If th...


Here are April's top new car lease deals

Consumers can find big savings on trucks and SUVs

Consumers hoping to lease a new car found plenty of deals in March, and one industry source reports many of those bargains have spilled into April.A nu...


Five ways to spot a 'rogue' tax preparer

​California tax preparers recommend watching out for these tell-tale signs

Last minute tax filers aren't always that choosy about who prepares their tax return -- but they should be.They might see a hand-painted sign in their...


Facebook CEO to testify before Congress next week

House Energy & Commerce Committee will question Mark Zuckerberg about privacy

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will testify before the House Energy and Commerce Committee next week, the committee has announced.Zuckerberg has been in...


Wells Fargo threatens Alaska cannabis lab with foreclosure

A lab that conducted cannabis testing for legal weed consumers says that Wells Fargo is calling in their building loan

An Alaska cannabis lab that is permitted to operate under state law is being forced to relocate  after Wells Fargo apparently discovered what they were doi...


Target Recalls numerous meat and poultry products

Temperature abuse during transport may have resulted in the growth of spoilage organisms or pathogens

Target Corporation of Minneapolis, Minn., is recalling an undetermined amount of frozen ready-to-eat and not-ready-to-eat meat and poultry products.Tem...


Investigators fault Tesla for crash data release

NTSB says the company should not have revealed data while a probe is still underway

Tesla has issued an update on the fatal accident involving one of its cars in California last month, drawing a rebuke from the government agency charged wi...


Google equipping more rural school buses with Wi-Fi

The company wants to give students without internet access at home more time to complete assignments

Following pilot programs in select rural communities in North and South Carolina, Google is expanding its Rolling Study Halls program to 16 more school dis...


Federal juror pay to increase May 7

The daily pay rate will increase to $50 a day

Starting May 7, those called to serve federal jury duty will get paid 25 percent more. Last week, President Donald Trump signed a bill increasing the daily...


Gasoline prices jump 11 cents in last two weeks

Fuel costs more than 30 cents a gallon more than it did at this time last year

Motorists across the country have seen gasoline prices rise as refiners make the switch from winter-grade gasoline to summer blends.The AAA Fuel Gauge...