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Exercise found to improve thinking skills

Researchers suggest aerobic exercise could benefit people as young as 20 years old

While there is no shortage of health benefits that come along with exercise, a new study found that it could also help cognitive function.Researchers f...


Millennials are both rich and poor, studies suggest

Reports suggest that millennials are making more money than previous generations but must be more cautious due to economic conditions

Millennials’ spending habits are comparable to earlier generations once the effects of age, income, and demographic characteristics are taken into account,...


Federal Reserve declines to raise interest rates

But the change in tone from policymakers may be the best news for consumers

The Federal Reserve Open Market Committee (OMC) wrapped up a two-day meeting in Washington Wednesday by announcing that it was not raising interest rates....


Used car shoppers may find better values in 2019

An industry report shows wholesale prices of used vehicles are falling

If you missed the end-of-the-year sales on new cars in December, you can still save money by purchasing a late-model used car. Wholesale prices of used car...


It’s tax season and the scammers are out in full force

The IRS reminds consumers that it never asks for financial information via email, text messages, or social media

Here we are in the first week of tax return season. While Internal Revenue Service (IRS) employees are trying to catch up on things curtailed by the govern...


Price of ‘Forever’ stamp rises to 55 cents

The USPS is trying to pull in extra revenue to atone for years of financial losses

The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has raised the rate of the “Forever” stamp to 55 cents, an increase of five cents. A book of Forever stamps will now cost $1...


Flu cases picking up momentum in January

But this flu season hasn’t been especially severe so far

As expected, cases of the flu increased in January. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports Influenza A(H1N1)pdm09, influenza A(H3N2),...


Public transportation could affect obesity rates

Utilizing buses and trains requires consumers to be more active in their day-to-day lives

Public transportation is a part of many consumers’ daily routine, serving as a convenient way to get from place to place. However, many consumers probably...


Husqvarna recalls walk-behind mowers

A short circuit could occur in the equipment electronics

Husqvarna is recalling 31 walk-behind mowers sold in Canada.A short circuit could occur in the equipment electronics during use or storage of these law...


Tyson Foods recalls chicken nuggets

The products may be contaminated with pieces of rubber

Tyson Foods of Sedalia, Mo., is recalling approximately 36,420 pounds of chicken nuggets.The products may be contaminated with extraneous materials --...


U.S. indicts Huawei on bank fraud charges

The Chinese tech giant is also accused of stealing trade secrets

A federal grand jury in New York has delivered a 13-count indictment against Chinese technology equipment maker Huawei and one of its key executives on cha...


New study reveals food may play a role in memory function

A hormone in the small intestine and the brain could affect consumers’ likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s

Many consumers fill their diets with foods that will make them feel good. Now, researchers from Iowa State University found that what we’re eating could be...


Thrive Market brand nut butters recalled

The products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Thrive Market is recalling unexpired lots of various Thrive Market-branded nut butters.The products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes....


The government is open, but for how long?

Trump says it will close again in three weeks if he doesn’t get wall funding

The prevailing narrative about the end of the government shutdown, achieved Friday, is that President Trump blinked -- that he gave in to demands of Congre...


Another year, another go for MoviePass

The company is attempting to go back to its original model to win back subscribers

Here we go again…MoviePass is attempting to revitalize itself for the umpteenth time. Since ConsumerAffairs started writing about the subscription serv...


Financial infidelity is more common than you think

A survey finds 19 percent of people are hiding financial transactions from a significant other

What’s more important, love or money? Sometimes the two can be in conflict.Romantic partners don’t always tell each other everything, but when they hid...


Facebook may combine its messaging platforms

A report suggests Facebook is in the early stages of unifying its Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp chat services

Facebook is reportedly planning to give users the ability to message users on its other chat platforms, WhatsApp and Instagram. "After the changes take...


Gasoline prices have begun to creep higher

But a surge in supply may keep further price increases in check

As predicted, gasoline prices have begun to rise. However, they remain lower than they were a month ago and are considerably cheaper than a year ago.Th...


Walmart sweetens the pot for its truck drivers

The mega-retailer is hiring hundreds of new truck drivers thanks to its best sales in a decade

On average, truck drivers take home a nice check. In 2017, truck drivers in the United States earned 56 cents a mile, $21.97 an hour, or $44,500 a year, si...


Amazon testing delivery robots

Cooler-sized, self-driving delivery robots are currently being tested in Washington

On Wednesday, Amazon deployed six of its self-driving package delivery robots in a neighborhood of Snohomish County, Washington. The e-commerce giant s...


Hulu to drop price of its most popular plan

The company is aiming to compete with streaming rivals by making its basic plan the cheapest

Just one week after Netflix raised monthly subscription prices, Hulu has announced that it will be dropping the price of its basic plan to $5.99 per month...


Gold Medal Unbleached Flour recalled

The product may be contaminated with Salmonella

General Mills is recalling five-pound bags of Gold Medal Unbleached Flour with a better if used by date of April 20, 2020.The product may be contaminat...


Government employee union warns of further tax refund delays

Whether it’s silent protest or financial hardship, the number of government employees staying home continues to mount

The dance the Trump administration has been doing with Internal Revenue Service (IRS) employees may have blown up in its face.Despite the White House c...


Coca-Cola fears that climate change will cause water shortages

A new report reveals that the world’s biggest corporations accept that climate change is a real and catastrophic phenomenon

Climate change could cause water shortages, more natural disasters, and more outbreaks of tropical diseases, some of the world’s biggest corporations predi...


Uber launches loyalty program in 25 major cities

The program lets riders earn points by spending money to reach different levels of benefits

Uber has launched a new rewards program that offers perks based on customers’ total spending on its rideshare service and the Uber Eats food delivery servi...


YouTube TV expands to subscribers nationwide

Google’s service for cord-cutters will soon cover a total of 195 regions

As of today, YouTube TV is available to consumers nationwide. On Wednesday, Google said that its TV streaming service will reach 98 percent of U.S. househo...


Waymo cleared to build factory in Michigan

At the facility, the company will mass produce its driverless vehicle technology

Waymo, Google’s self-driving car division, announced Tuesday that it has received approval to build a factory in which to manufacture its driverless vehicl...


Existing home sales plunge in December

The market has been showing weakness for months

The housing market experienced a sharp drop in December as sales of existing homes fell 6.4 percent, the largest one-month decline in three years. On a yea...


Canada Herb Red Chili recalled

The product may be contaminated with Salmonella

Canada Herb is recalling Canada Herb brand Red Chili.The product may be contaminated with Salmonella.There are no reported illnesses associated wit...


Many consumers fear maxing out their credit card

A study suggests that a third of consumers are relying heavily on plastic

As we’ve reported, corporate leaders, from the largest companies to the smallest community banks, have recently become less optimistic about the economy in...


Uber is now working on autonomous scooters

A robotics engineer is trying to sell the public on the idea of electric scooters driving themselves to charging stations

If the image of an uncoordinated man in a business suit zipping by on an electric scooter has started to give you anxiety, prepare for a future where the s...


Custom Made Meals recalls chicken skewers

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

Custom Made Meals of Denver, Colo., is recalling approximately 7,954 pounds of chicken skewers.The product contains coconut, a tree nut allergen not de...


Government shutdown likely to delay tax refunds

More consumers may rely on refund anticipation loans from their tax preparer

Many consumers rely on income tax refunds each year to get caught up on expenses, but with the government still shut down and IRS employees idled, it may b...


Consumers can now buy Bitcoin at Coinstar machines

Select Coinstar machines in the U.S. now have the ability to sell the cryptocurrency

Coinstar has teamed up with Coinme, the first state-licensed “Bitcoin ATM company,” to equip Coinstar kiosks across the country with the ability to let con...


Prices continue to fall for new homes

But the average new home still costs more than an existing one

Housing affordability remains a concern for many would-be home buyers, especially now that mortgage rates are going up. But a new report from real estate m...


Short intervals of climbing stairs found to boost health

Researchers believe these findings can help those who have trouble fitting exercise into their daily routines

For many consumers, busy schedules make it hard to squeeze everything into one day, and something usually ends up on the back burner.Now, a new study c...


Walmart to remain part of CVS Health network

Just days after announcing a dispute over pricing, the companies say they’ve reached a ‘mutually agreeable solution’

CVS Health and Walmart have resolved their disagreement over pricing and won’t be parting ways, the companies announced on Friday.Earlier this week, th...


Gas prices bottom and could be headed higher

Prices rose this week in states with the lowest prices

Motorists have enjoyed relatively low prices at the pump for the last six weeks, but this may be as good as it gets. There are signs that prices could be h...


Hyundai recalls Sonatas and Santa Fe SUVs

The automaker will inspect the reinstallation of fuel tubes in replaced engines

Hyundai recalling approximately 100,000 model year 2011-2014 Sonatas and model year 2013-2014 Santa Fe Sport vehicles.The company will inspect inspect...


New study finds potential therapy target for ALS

The discovery could help future researchers discover a new course of treatment for ALS patients

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) affects nerve cells in the spinal cord and brain, and sufferers experience muscle degeneration over time. The disease i...


Shermag recalls convertible 4-in-1 crib

The hardware on the crib can become loose and detach

Shermag is recalling about 2,956 Shermag Harrison convertible 4-in-1 cribs.The hardware on the cribs can become loose and detach, allowing the sides of...


Apple iPhone 7 owners report sound issue

Repairs could run as much as $180 to ‘future-proof’ the phones

A variety of reports say consumer complaints have surfaced which indicate that both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus may be prone to audio failures. If so, o...


Consumer confidence dips to start 2019

A Bankrate survey finds more than half don’t expect their finances to improve

A new survey of consumers shows a declining level of confidence in their short-term financial outlook.According to Bankrate’s Financial Outlook Survey,...


Detroit Auto Show is a showcase for change

Automakers compete to lead the automotive future

The Detroit Auto Show kicked off this week with lots of shiny new products, but there was an overhang of concern about the future of the auto industry. Cha...


Air traffic controllers sue the U.S. over the shutdown

A lawsuit claims that workers responsible for the safety of others are being stressed to the breaking point

With no end in sight for the government shutdown, it’s all hands on deck. Congressional leaders are pushing for relief, the Food and Drug Administration (F...


GM to make Cadillac its new lead EV brand

The move is intended to help the company stay competitive with Tesla

Going forward, General Motors will make Cadillac its “lead electric vehicle brand.” The automaker announced on Friday that the first model will feature...


Walmart is adding 2,000 high-tech workers in 2019

The company plans to use technology to improve online and in-store shopping experiences

Walmart has given another hint that it plans to increase its competition with Amazon in e-commerce and in technology in general. The world’s largest brick...


Toyota recalls Corolla Hatchbacks

The torque converter in the Continuously Variable Transmission could fail

Toyota is recalling about 3,400 model year 2019 Corolla Hatchbacks.The torque converter in the Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) could fail, res...


Taco Bell to test vegetarian menu this year

The restaurant chain says it already has more than 8 million vegetarian combinations

In the coming months, Taco Bell will be testing its first dedicated vegetarian menu in stores. The chain said on Thursday that it will unveil new limit...


Amazon, IMDb launch free streaming service

IMDb Freedive lets users watch films or TV shows without a subscription

Amazon and IMDb, a site the online retailer has owned since 1998, have officially launched a free streaming video channel that will be available in the U.S...


Honda recalls Clarity Fuel Cell vehicles

The fuel cell stack may shut down erroneously, resulting in an unexpected loss of motive power

Honda is recalling 1,082 model-year 2017-2018 Clarity Fuel Cell vehicles -- all of them in California.The Fuel Cell Electronic Control Unit (ECU) respo...


Janes Pub Style Chicken Strips recalled

The product may be contaminated with Salmonella

Sofina Foods is recalling Janes brand Pub Style Chicken Strips.The product may be contaminated with Salmonella.Canada's Public Health Agency is inv...


FDA stops routine inspections of food amid shutdown

Without paychecks, FDA workers were unable to investigate high risk food this week

Entrepreneurs, now is the time to open your discount seafood and cheese shop. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says that it has stopped inspecting fo...


Here are some of January’s best used car values

Certified pre-owned programs are offering longer warranties and attractive financing

January can be a good time to buy a car, and with the average transaction price of a new car still going up, more consumers are looking at late-model used...


J. H. Routh Packing recalls pork sausages

The products may be contaminated with pieces of rubber

J. H. Routh Packing Co., of Sandusky, Ohio, is recalling about 1,719 pounds of raw pork sausage products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials...


Judge gives Sears an 11th-hour reprieve

The company’s former CEO will get one last chance to save the company

Sears, the 126-year-old bankrupt retailer, isn’t dead after all.After hearing both sides, a bankruptcy judge has decided to postpone Sears’ requested l...


Amazon lures customers with freebies

Privacy concerns have been raised, but the charges have yet to be proven

Amazon threw down another gauntlet to its competitors on Tuesday when it announced that it’s now going to be sending free product samples to customers....


Government shutdown wreaks havoc with travel

Airports, national parks, and others take a $100 million hit per day

If you’re planning a winter getaway to one of the U.S.’ national parks, you might want to double-check whether the park is actually open or not.The U.S...


The end: Sears reportedly liquidating

The company says its former CEO’s rescue bid is not good enough

Lawyers representing Sears Holdings told a bankruptcy judge Tuesday that former CEO Eddie Lampert’s bid to buy the assets wasn’t adequate and said it wants...


Eating eggs may reduce risk for type 2 diabetes

In moderation, researchers suggest eggs could be beneficial for diabetes sufferers

For many health-conscious consumers, the debate over whether or not eggs are helping or hurting our diets has been a longstanding one. Now, researchers hav...


Pizza Hut expanding beer delivery program

The pizza chain’s beer delivery option will soon be available at hundreds of additional locations

Just ahead of February’s Super Bowl, Pizza Hut has announced that it’s expanding its beer delivery program.By mid-January, beer delivery will be availa...


The Top 30 safest places to travel in 2019

You may need an atlas for some, but your curiosity may pay off handsomely

For travel consumers on the lookout for a safe and sound break from the hubbub, TravelPulse has just released its list of the 30 safest places to travel to...


FCC confirms two new commissioners

The new additions bring the total to three Republicans and two Democrats

Late on Wednesday, the U.S. Senate confirmed two new FCC commissioners -- Brendan Carr and Geoffrey Starks -- for full five-year terms.The new addition...


Dollarama recalls MONTOY Little Princess Doll

The doll contains levels of phthalates that exceed the allowable limit

Dollarama of Montreal, Canada, is recalling about 111,378 MONTOY Little Princess Dolls sold in Canada.The plastic doll contains levels of phthalates th...


Chipotle adds new diet-friendly menu items

Customers can now get options that fit into different diet trends, including paleo, keto, and Whole30

Chipotle has started offering “Lifestyle Bowls,” a new lineup of meals that fit into consumers’ paleo, ketogenic, and Whole30 diets. On Wednesday, the...


Job gains defy economic gloom and doom

A monthly payroll survey shows the economy created a surprising number of new jobs last month

Wall Street is reeling, manufacturing is slowing, and economists are beginning to whisper the “R” word (recession). But from all indications, consumers are...


The 2018-19 flu season is ramping up

Almost a dozen pediatric deaths have been reported so far

Following its announcement last week that the 2018-2019 flu season has officially started, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued...


Where have all the teachers gone?

A government survey shows public education employees are quitting at a record pace

An end-of-the-year report from the U.S. Labor Department suggests public school teachers are quitting in record numbers.In fact, the report shows an ex...