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A shift to sending prepaid debit cards in plain white envelopes is causing confusion
As it sends economic impact payments to Americans, the Treasury Department has shifted from sending paper checks to prepaid debit cards that many recipient..
Scammers are ready to swoop in and prey on the confusion
Confusion continues to exist regarding the distribution of Economic Impact Payments (EIP) coming in the form of debit cards. The Federal Trade Commission (..
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Stimulus payments look like junk mail
Coronavirus (COVID-19) tally as compiled by Johns Hopkins University. (Previous numbers in parentheses.)Total U.S. confirmed cases: 1,725,656 (1,703,98..
Meatpackers and ranchers both are concerned about the potential ripple effect
Tyson Foods has temporarily shuttered its pork slaughterhouses in Storm Lake, Iowa, after 555 employees -- 22 percent of the plant’s workforce -- tested po..
Small businesses will have more spending flexibility
On Thursday, the House of Representatives passed a bill that would ease restrictions on how small business owners can spend coronavirus aid money. By a..
Researchers say better ventilation can help consumers stay healthy
The rapid spread of the COVID-19 pandemic has led to nationwide shutdowns, and according to a new study, exploring opportunities to promote better health p..
The automaker posted its first annual loss and promised to make changes to survive pandemic
Nissan has announced that it will cut production capacity by 20 percent and close a factory in Spain in an effort to survive the coronavirus pandemic...
Researchers say changes are likely due to the way the brain develops
A new study conducted by researchers from the University of California found that the severity of autism symptoms in young children can shift dramatically..
Prices rose in just about every state in the last week
The price of gasoline rose in just about every state in the last week as more consumers increased their driving and states began to lift coronavirus (COVID..
Unemployment may be slowing down
Coronavirus (COVID-19) tally as compiled by Johns Hopkins University. (Previous numbers in parentheses.)Total U.S. confirmed cases: 1,703,989 (1,684,17..
Surveys suggest that COVID-19 is creating stress and other mental health issues
A recent report by the Census Bureau finds members of U.S. households are suffering increased levels of stress, anxiety, and depression as a result of the..
The airline industry faces the difficult task of downsizing in the COVID-19 era
Airline stocks have rallied on Wall Street this week on growing optimism that the country is beginning to reopen and travel is about to resume. But the ris..
Consumers need to understand that turning one data collection switch off doesn’t guarantee that all are off
The state of Arizona has filed a lawsuit against Google alleging that the digital media company collected location data from its users illegally and withou..
Lawsuit claims Trump administration used flawed analysis to justify weakening Obama-era fuel standards
Officials say the rule change represents a ‘public health hazard’ that could result in thousands of early deaths
A group of environmental and health groups have joined state officials in suing the Trump administration over its efforts to weaken Obama-era fuel standard..
Theme parks, resorts, and shops are all included, but so are a new set of guidelines for ticketing and safety precautions
Get out your mouse ears -- Disney World is gearing up for a reopening.In a pitch to the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force in Florida on Wednes..
The president has accused Twitter of engaging in censorship by adding a contextual label to false claims he made
President Trump intends to sign an executive order that would promote “fairness” on social media platforms such as Facebook, Google, and Twitter. Just..
Researchers are worried about how young ones will handle extended time alone
While many consumers are struggling to adjust to life at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, a new study is exploring the effect that stay-at-home orders co..
The company says production of the troubled aircraft will be restarted ‘at a low rate’
Boeing said Wednesday that it has restarted production of its 737 MAX jetliners, which last year crashed twice in the span of five months. The crashes kill..
From basic chairs that do the job to customizable, comfortable godsends
From basic chairs that do the job to customizable, comfortable godsends..
We chose some clever gadgets to make hiking more fun, plus a few products for cyclists
We chose some clever gadgets to make hiking more fun, plus a few products for cyclists..
Coronavirus update: Second wave of virus could be avoided, Teamsters concerned about Minnesota warehouse
Major League Baseball may pay players a lot less
Coronavirus (COVID-19) tally as compiled by Johns Hopkins University. (Previous numbers in parentheses.)Total U.S. confirmed cases: 1,684,173 (1,667,15..
More testing will help health officials get closer to a working treatment
Vegas hasn’t placed any odds on when the coronavirus will be out of our lives -- or if it’ll return for an encore. But the former head of the U.S. Food and..
Scammers are also increasing their efforts to steal consumers’ data
Consumers are using their credit cards less during the pandemic, but scammers are using stolen credit cards a lot more. Fidelity National Information S..
Republicans and Democrats disagree on whether the benefits should be extended
University of Chicago researchers have found that two-thirds of laid-off workers (68 percent) would take home more money from their state unemployment insu..
Workers say the state is dragging its feet and refusing to pay for-hire drivers
Uber and Lyft drivers, in conjunction with the New York Taxi Workers Alliance, have filed a lawsuit against New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, New York state'..
More than 750,000 new and ‘like new’ secondhand items are now available on Walmart’s digital storefront
Walmart announced on Wednesday that it has partnered with online thrift store thredUp to sell pre-owned clothing. The partnership marks the retailer’s entr..
Study findings have revealed yet another way consumers can be affected by air pollution
Many studies have already explored how air pollution negatively affects consumers’ health, but a new study conducted by researchers from the University of..
The replacement for SMS and MMS messaging is poised to grow rapidly in the coming years
T-Mobile and Google announced Tuesday that they have partnered to expand Rich Communication Services (RCS) for T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile Android custo..
Researchers say involvement in sports can also come into play
The development of motor skills allows kids to accurately hold pens and pencils, play games, or run around the playground, and a new study explored how var..
A survey suggests consumers see a faint light at the end of the coronavirus tunnel
The Conference Board’s monthly Consumer Confidence Index remains near record lows but stabilized in May, suggesting consumers are coming to terms with the..
The passenger airbag may not deploy properly
Volkswagen Group of America is recalling 153 model year 2020 Audi A6s, A6 Allroads and A7s.The passenger airbag may not deploy properly through the ins..
With COVID-19, health officials say we’re in for a ‘double-barreled assault’ this flu season
Amid fears of a second wave of coronavirus infections this fall, pharmacy chains are bracing for a big surge in consumers seeking flu vaccinations beginnin..
Colleges could be a little emptier in the fall
Coronavirus (COVID-19) tally as compiled by Johns Hopkins University. (Previous numbers in parentheses.)Total U.S. confirmed cases: 1,667,154 (1,583,56..
Most of the spread appears to come in large groups
The longer the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic goes on, the more scientists studying the virus learn new things about it. Many of these new things overturn..
The judgement is expected to pave the way for the resolution of thousands of other claims
On Monday, roughly five years after Volkswagen’s “dieselgate” scandal began unfolding, a court ordered the automaker to return money to owners of vehicles..
Researchers are concerned because consumers are missing out on important nutrients
Recent studies have highlighted how fiber can lower consumers’ risk of disease. A new study conducted by researchers from the University of Otago has confi..
Giving the green light to a state doesn’t mean instant access for users, though
There’s good news for SNAP recipients to start out the week. The number of approved states allowing participants to purchase food online has increased to 3..
Minimizing sedentary time can also increase your energy
Spending too much time sitting down can be bad for your health, but replacing sedentary time with extra sleep or more activity can do wonders for a person’..
The U.S. Department of Health is working to eliminate the guesswork out of symptom-checking
“Dear Dr. Google, I’ve got a sharp pain in my elbow. What do you think it is?”Have you ever searched for your symptoms when something doesn’t feel righ..
It’s the first zero-day jailbreak release in years
The hacking group behind the “unc0ver” jailbreaking tool has released a new jailbreak tool that unlocks all iPhones running iOS 11 and above, including the..
Researchers found a number of side effects linked with the popular malaria drug
A new study conducted by researchers from Brigham Women’s Hospital found that giving COVID-19 patients hydroxychloroquine didn’t improve their health outco..
Barring unforeseen setbacks, Fauci says it’s ‘conceivable’ that a coronavirus vaccine could be ready by December
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top expert on infectious diseases, said Friday that it is “conceivable” that a coronavirus vaccine could be ready by Decemb..
Trump orders flags at half-staff this weekend
Coronavirus (COVID-19) tally as compiled by Johns Hopkins University. (Previous numbers in parentheses.)Total U.S. confirmed cases: 1,583,561 (1,555,53..
The TSA has a new way of doing things, but all are in the traveler’s best interest
If you haven’t flown since the pandemic took control of our lives, you should be prepared for major changes courtesy of the Transportation Security Adminis..
Delta, JetBlue criticized by lawmakers for cutting employee hours after receiving coronavirus relief
A group of senators are calling on the airlines to reverse their decisions
Delta Air Lines and JetBlue have each decided to reduce employee hours in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, and lawmakers say the action represents a..
The company will send out confirmation requests over the next couple of weeks
Word came down from Netflix corporate on Friday that inactive subscriptions run the risk of being canceled. The company is asking subscribers who haven't u..
As unemployment spikes, consumers are losing access to credit
Credit card companies slammed on the brakes in March as millions of consumers lost their jobs. The number of new credit card accounts plunged 73 percent be..
However, employee compensation could change depending on their location
On Thursday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he anticipates that half of the company’s employees could be working remotely on a permanent basis within th..
Researchers found that spices can do more than just add flavor
Inflammation throughout the body can increase the risk for any number of health conditions, and now experts are exploring how a simple dietary adjustment c..
Gas prices jump eight cents a gallon in the last week
While it’s true that far fewer motorists are expected to be on the road this Memorial Day weekend, those who are traveling will probably face rising gasoli..
Whether science, history or travel is your thing, a magazine subscription is a great way to lift your spirits and expand your thinking
Whether science, history or travel is your thing, a magazine subscription is a great way to lift your spirits and expand your thinking..
Memorial Day is a spectacular time to save money on a wide range of items! Check out our list for some of the best deals
Memorial Day is a spectacular time to save money on a wide range of items! Check out our list for some of the best deals..
If the coronavirus returns sooner rather than later, the 2020 version of the promotion might not happen at all
Amazon has decided not to risk its prized Prime Day on any iffy recovery from COVID-19. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, the online gi..
Home sales plunged by 17.8 percent in April
Coronavirus (COVID-19) tally as compiled by Johns Hopkins University. (Previous numbers in parentheses.)Total U.S. confirmed cases: 1,555,537 (1,532,21..
AAA isn’t even bothering to put out a travel forecast
This Memorial Day weekend, the official kickoff to summer, will be unlike almost any other, with the coronavirus (COVID-19) still keeping most people at ho..
A study emphasizes the important role that diet plays in consumers’ health
While previous studies have found that different kinds of food can either help or hurt consumers’ chances of developing diabetes, a new study is exploring..
The carrier wants to help first responders stay connected for free over the next decade
T-Mobile’s new CEO Mike Sievert has announced that the wireless carrier’s offer of free service for first responders is now available. Members of state..
Experts fear that heavy workloads can have lasting effects on consumers’ mental health
While many consumers struggle to find that perfect work-life balance, a new study explored how work-related stressors can impact consumers’ mental health...
The bottom line is it’s too soon to throw caution to the wind and stop doing all the healthy changes we’ve made in our routines
With COVID-19-related restrictions being eased, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is getting out in front of the likely scenarios of par..
Uber Eats and Grubhub would have a lion’s share of the market in many cities if they merged
Democratic lawmakers said Wednesday that Uber purchasing Grubhub would “raise serious competition issues” in many cities. In a letter to the nation’s t..
The carrier has agreed to drop the slogan
AT&T; will stop labeling its LTE network as “5G Evolution” in response to a recommendation from the National Advertising Review Board (NARB), a board run b..
More than 3 million homeowners were behind on their payments last month
Homeowners hammered by the economic fallout from the coronavirus (COVID-19) are already having trouble making their mortgage payments.Mortgage delinque..
Thousands of workers were sent home Tuesday, just one day after returning to work
Just a day after reopening, Ford temporarily closed one of its assembly plants in Chicago after two workers tested positive for COVID-19. The plant clo..
The highway death rate rose in March
Coronavirus (COVID-19) tally as compiled by Johns Hopkins University. (Previous numbers in parentheses.)Total U.S. confirmed cases: 1,532,212 (1,510,98..
A survey shows that 56 percent of families have increased their debt since the outbreak
Besides devastating entire industries and throwing millions of people out of work, the coronavirus (COVID-19) has quickly slammed young families with incre..
The company is facing lawsuits claiming the product causes cancer
Johnson & Johnson says it will stop selling baby powder containing talc in the U.S. and Canada after suspending shipments of the powder -- along with many..
Those who haven’t received stimulus money may soon get a prepaid Visa debit card
Consumers who haven’t yet received their coronavirus stimulus check could receive one in the form of a prepaid Visa debit card. The Treasury Department..
Experts say active commuting can add years to consumers’ lives
While it’s no secret that being more active can boost consumers’ health, researchers have found that incorporating physical activity into the daily commute..
The food chain says it's doing its part to keep both employees and customers safe
McDonald's workers in Chicago filed a coronavirus-related class action lawsuit against the fast-food chain on Tuesday. The plaintiffs blame the company for..
Stay-at-home orders have helped alleviate some of the damage done by air pollution
As experts continue to report on the countless ways air pollution negatively affects consumers’ health, a new study highlighted how the COVID-19 pandemic h..
Many users applauded the move, sensing a bright future for the direct-to-consumer model
Facebook added another touchpoint to its users on Tuesday when it unveiled Facebook Shops. The new platform will allow small businesses and individuals wit..
The company has announced that its shutting down the website four years after purchasing it
Walmart has announced that it’s shuttering Jet.com, which it purchased in 2016 for $3 billion.The retailer said in its first-quarter earnings report th..
Drivers could lose control of the vehicle
Toyota is recalling about 9,500 model year 2019-2020 RAV4s and RAV4 Hybrids. The front lower suspension arms, which connect to the front wheels, on the ..
Restaurant chain reports open dining rooms are drawing customers back
Coronavirus (COVID-19) tally as compiled by Johns Hopkins University. (Previous numbers in parentheses.)Total U.S. confirmed cases: 1,510,988 (1,491,54..
Researchers say their results show how important it is for consumers to protect themselves
Researchers from the University of Hong Kong have discovered that wearing a surgical mask can reduce transmission of COVID-19 by as much as 75 percent...
The Treasury Department and Federal Reserve have spent little of a $500 billion fund
A significant amount of the government’s $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief package remains unspent amid the COVID-19 crisis, and companies and cities have c..
It might be a year or more before full recovery is fully achieved, but it’s a step in the right direction
Now that the COVID-19 clouds are starting to part, it looks like airlines are beginning to gear up for their return to the skies. Delta Air Lines, Southwes..
Researchers worry about the effect this could have on humans
While many studies have reported on the consistently rising global temperatures, it’s still uncertain how such levels of heat will affect consumers. No..
The company says its an interim measure before all gas pumps have EMV chip technology
To combat the growing plague of credit card fraud at the gas pump, Mastercard has launched a program to protect consumers using payment cards at gas pumps..
With the pandemic forcing businesses to work at reduced staffing, this seems to be a growing trend
If you’re a traveler who has flown anywhere in Europe using EasyJet, heads up. Tuesday morning, the low-cost London-based airline disclosed that its custom..
Sales in 53 U.S. markets plunged more than 20 percent
We’re still a few days away from the National Association of Realtors’ (NAR) existing-home sales report for April, but RE/MAX, a national brokerage firm, h..
Researchers explained that the animals typically don’t exhibit any symptoms
A new study conducted by researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison found that cats can become infected with COVID-19. Their work revealed th..
Recognize our active-duty soldiers’ hard work with these thoughtful ideas
Recognize our active-duty soldiers’ hard work with these thoughtful ideas..
Coronavirus update: Hopeful news about treatments and prevention, why nursing homes have suffered so much death
Could mouthwash help prevent the virus?
Coronavirus (COVID-19) tally as compiled by Johns Hopkins University. (Previous numbers in parentheses.)Total U.S. confirmed cases: 1,491,547 (1,468,57..
Pausing a loan does not mean it doesn’t have to be paid back when the grace period ends
Of the many things the U.S. government has stepped in to help consumers with during the COVID-19 pandemic, one significant one -- mortgage relief -- hasn’t..
Moderna says its experimental vaccine has produced antibodies in study participants
In the race to produce an effective vaccine against the coronavirus (COVID-19) Moderna may have bolted into the lead.The company has announced “positiv..
The economic shutdown couldn’t have come at a worse time
States have begun to reopen, but the economic shutdown caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) has thrown at least 33 million Americans out of work so far. Wi..
The retailer will close some of its stores while it attempts to stay in business
J.C. Penney announced on Friday that it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The retail chain was already struggling to stay afloat in the midst of..
Time-sensitive deliveries will be one of the benefits the partnership hopes to offer
It’s a rather bold statement, but FedEx and Microsoft announced Monday afternoon that the two companies are partnering up to “transform commerce” in a new..
Experts want consumers to be aware of the misleading information circulating online
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, misinformation has permeated social media, and platforms like Facebook have taken steps to try to reduce the number of misleadi..
Automakers are taking steps to promote physical distancing and worker safety
General Motors, Ford, and Fiat Chrysler have decided to gradually resume operations at their respective U.S. factories, with additional measures to keep wo..
Experts are now diving into potentially long-lasting effects of the virus
A new study conducted by researchers from the University of Virginia Health System explored the complications associated with coronavirus and highlighted c..
The testing kit allows consumers to mail in a self-collected nasal samples
On Saturday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted “emergency use authorization” to a new coronavirus testing kit that allows people to mail..
The locking fastener can fail allowing the pedal to slide off the spindle
Giant Bicycles Canada of North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, is recalling about 364 Giant Pinner DH and VP Harrier bicycle pedals sold throughout Ca..
One expert says buying a car without going to the dealer is here to stay
In the past 60 days, there has been a radical change in the way consumers purchase cars and trucks. Dealerships closed their doors but continued to sell ca..
Regulators say several elder care facilities have deceived residents into handing over signed checks
Consumers across the U.S. are continuing to receive stimulus checks to offset the financial impact of COVID-19, but the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) warn..
Whistleblower says White House ignored warnings about mask shortages, leading to more deaths from COVID-19
Dr. Rick Bright said his warnings were met with indifference
Dr. Rick Bright, a former leading authority on biomedical advanced research and development, said Thursday that his warnings to the Trump administration re..
The illness causes children’s coronary arteries to become severely inflamed
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a health advisory to doctors, warning about a mysterious pediatric illness that may be..
No changes are being planned for the short-haul, but not all Sprint 5G phones may work on T-Mobile’s system
Goodbye, Sprint? Yep -- T-Mobile is eighty-six'ing its new partner's brand name by mid-summer, according to FierceWireless.Despite Sprint's 33 years as..
A new free app screens for coronavirus symptoms
Coronavirus (COVID-19) tally as compiled by Johns Hopkins University. (Previous numbers in parentheses.)Total U.S. confirmed cases: 1,420,299 (1,395,26..
However, businesses that borrowed more than that amount will be subject to federal scrutiny
The Treasury Department has updated its guidance to state that business owners who borrowed less than $2 million from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)..
Reaching for that extra cup of coffee could come with added health benefits
While many consumers worry about their coffee intake, recent studies have found that the popular morning beverage could come with countless health benefits..
Researchers suggest that consumers switch out sugary drinks for water
Many states have enacted taxes on sugary drinks in an effort to curb consumption, and many of these efforts have been aimed at the youngest population...
Travel companies will need to make sure consumers feel safe in the post-pandemic world
It’s probably safe to say that pegging when everything will be back to pre-pandemic normal is a leap in the dark. Just when airline associations were forec..
Demand has also increased as more states open up
Gasoline prices resumed their seasonal climb over the last week as more states lifted stay-at-home restrictions and motorists started buying more fuel. Som..
We chose 5 great math webpages from the BBC to PBS
We chose 5 great math webpages from the BBC to PBS..
If you haven’t had luck fighting mosquitoes in the past, try one of these methods
If you haven’t had luck fighting mosquitoes in the past, try one of these methods..
From investing in gold to paying less on home repairs, we have ideas to help you save in the long-term
From investing in gold to paying less on home repairs, we have ideas to help you save in the long-term..
New claims for unemployment benefits are still in the millions
Coronavirus (COVID-19) tally as compiled by Johns Hopkins University. (Previous numbers in parentheses.)Total U.S. confirmed cases: 1,395,265 (1,372,85..
The online giant feels it can’t fight this consumer rip-off alone no matter how hard it tries
When the pandemic started to hit its stride, Amazon found itself in a swamp of carpetbaggers who were holding consumers hostage on essentials like toilet p..
An analysis showed that many of these businesses had access to other sources of capital
Nearly all of the large public companies that accepted money through the government’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) had access to other forms of capita..
Experts say most video game players have a healthy attachment to the hobby
While many parents worry about how much time their kids are spending playing video games, the fear around video game addiction has only grown.Now, a ne..
International governments must be in synch and consumer confidence must return
While the pandemic-triggered upheaval of the airline industry in the U.S. was dramatic enough, the damage is even worse around the world.The Internatio..
Drivers and passengers will be required to wear face masks
Uber Chief Executive Dara Khosrowshahi announced during a conference call on Wednesday that, starting Monday, all drivers and riders must wear face masks t..
Experts say even those who have more sedentary lifestyles could see improvements in cognitive function
Recent studies have found how different types of exercise -- everything from yoga to high intensity interval training -- can help boost consumers’ brain fu..
Omnicare was accused of providing powerful painkillers without a prescription
A subsidiary of CVS Health has settled charges leveled by the U.S. Justice Department that it dispensed controlled substances, including opioid painkillers..
Former employees complained that they developed mental health conditions as a result of their work
Facebook has agreed to pay $52 million to settle a complaint filed in 2018 by former content moderators who said they developed mental health conditions on..
One forecast predicts a late summer rebound
If you hope to sell your home this year, the late summer or early fall might be a good time to try, according to realtor.com’s latest housing market foreca..
We have 5 meaningful ways to show local police your appreciation
We have 5 meaningful ways to show local police your appreciation..
Former FDA commissioner see kids returning to the classroom this fall
Coronavirus (COVID-19) tally as compiled by Johns Hopkins University. (Previous numbers in parentheses.)Total U.S. confirmed cases: 1,372,855 (1,354,50..
The bill is intended to help Americans who are suffering as a result of the coronavirus outbreak
House Democrats on Tuesday unveiled their latest proposal to mitigate the economic devastation caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The package calls fo..
It’s one way to get around empty store shelves
If you’ve been in a supermarket in the last two months, you’ve probably noticed a lot of empty store shelves. It’s not just toilet paper and hand sanitizer..
Will red meat return to the grocery shelves anytime soon? One distributor says not before Memorial Day
As the pandemic unfolded deep into the consumer world, it forced some meat processing plants to shut down. That, in turn, took a toll on the overall food s..
The company told sellers that it will no longer restrict new product shipments by quantity
Amazon has made moves to suggest that it is easing COVID-19 shipping restrictions, such as delaying shipments of nonessential items. Over the weekend,..
Travel vouchers can look tantalizing, but they’re loaded with conditions travelers don’t take into consideration
Before taking a voucher, travelers would be wise to make sure what it offers is insurable
Travel vouchers or a cash refund? If you said vouchers, one travel insurer thinks you should reconsider.Even though airlines are feeling additional pre..
CEO Jack Dorsey told employees that they will be allowed to continue working from home forever
In an email to employees on Tuesday, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said his company’s team members will have the option of working from home indefinitely, accord..
Experts fear that patients aren’t getting the proper treatment
The COVID-19 pandemic has made it difficult for consumers to go about their usual daily routines, but a new study warns that it could also be impeding emer..
Researchers say the treatment involves no formal medication
While experts have found that intermittent fasting comes with a number of health benefits, a new study has found that the practice could also be a viable p..
The product may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7
The federal Food Safety and Inspection Service is issuing a public health alert for approximately 70 pounds of raw beef ravioli produced by P&S; Ravioli Co..
Reopening states too early could lead to ‘needless suffering and death,’ he said
As some states begin to reopen businesses, White House health advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci is warning that reopening too soon could lead to “little spikes” in..
Are we about to lose an airline to the coronavirus?
Coronavirus (COVID-19) tally as compiled by Johns Hopkins University. (Previous numbers in parentheses.)Total U.S. confirmed cases: 1,354,504 (1,332,60..
Trump administration to consider letting workers take Social Security benefits early due to COVID-19
The proposal is being criticized by social security advocates
The Trump administration is reportedly considering a proposal that would let workers take Social Security retirement benefits before they’re eligible to re..
Are we headed toward the uber-rich and the peasant poor? One pundit thinks that’s possible
The Fed is getting some dirty looks from cryptocurrency cheerleaders for buying up ETFs so that it can regulate the digital currency market.The timing..
Experts say this behavioral technique could help consumers during quarantine
While recent studies have encouraged consumers to stick to a workout routine while home during quarantine, it can be difficult to stick to a routine of any..
Secretary Chao reminds the airline industry that it needs to follow the CARES Act as it was written
Early Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao delivered good news to consumers and a little of both good and bad news to the airline indus..
But bathroom makeovers top the list of projects that are still getting done
One might think that with millions of people remaining in their homes every day, consumers would begin to notice things they want to change and contact a h..
CEO Elon Musk says authorities should arrest him and no one else for restarting production
Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced Monday that his company’s factory in Fremont, Calif. Has resumed production despite active guidelines intended to slow the sp..
Experts are concerned about how this can affect young people’s mental health
While struggles with sleep are nothing new for teens, it can be difficult for parents to ensure that their children are getting enough rest each night...
The food and beverage giant says it’s adapting to the ‘new normal’
Consumers normally pick up Pepsico’s food and snack products in the grocery aisle. But with coronavirus concerns keeping more people at home, the company i..
The vehicles Pre-Collison Assist can't be enabled
Ford Motor Company is recalling 25,081 model year 2020 Ford Expeditions and Lincoln Navigators with the camera-only Pre-Collision Assist feature. Vehicl..
The vehicles may lose electric power steering assist
General Motors is recalling 1,826 model year 2015-2016 Chevrolet Caprice Police Pursuit (PPV) and SS vehicles. Corrosion of the connector between the el..
Some consumers' utility bills are going down
Coronavirus (COVID-19) tally as compiled by Johns Hopkins University. (Previous numbers in parentheses.)Total U.S. confirmed cases: 1,332,609 (1,309,69..
Money toward closing costs, a remodeling allowance, and a home warranty are among the most popular options
The spring housing market is in turmoil amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. You may find less competition if you’re selling your home, but you’ll als..
The coronavirus is more easily transmissible in nursing homes, but there are several points to consider before inviting your loved one to live with you
At least a third of COVID-19 deaths in 26 states have occurred in nursing homes and assisted living facilities, according to data from the Kaiser Family Fo..
If the agency makes a mistake, it wants taxpayers to know it will fix those errors on the 2020 returns
To clear up some misconceptions about the pandemic-related Economic Impact Payment, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has sent out new consumer guidance t..
The group claims to have user data from sites including HomeChef, Chatbooks, Zoosk, and others
A group of hackers going by the name “ShinyHunters” is selling more than 73 million stolen user records on the dark web, according to ZDNet. The hackers al..
There are ways consumers can find out if security systems are adapting to the new normal
While the home security market isn’t making front page coronavirus-related news, the industry’s growth rate is humming along at a 20 percent clip as “smart..
The report suggests that some businesses may have trouble obtaining loan forgiveness
Under rules created by the Small Business Administration (SBA), forgivable loans from the government could ultimately end up being a burden on those who re..
Experts say forcing kids into specific activities can negatively affect behavioral development
While researchers have found that activities like reading and screen time can affect toddlers’ behavior, a new study conducted by researchers from the Univ..
Mobile options have made the technology even more accessible
The COVID-19 pandemic has made it difficult for consumers to check up on their older relatives as they normally would. Now, a new study has found that..
A common household mold was found on the sponge-tip applicator
Becca Cosmetics is recalling all shades of its Light Shifter Brightening Concealer.A brownish-black material identified as a common household mold was..
Coronavirus update: New antibody treatment in the works, a record number of Americans lost their jobs last month
Your favorite restaurant may stay closed
Coronavirus (COVID-19) tally as compiled by Johns Hopkins University. (Previous numbers in parentheses.)Total U.S. confirmed cases: 1,259,777 (1,231,99..
There are a couple of simple ways to stay ahead of the situation, and there's possible relief for those who can't
The hits keep on comin'! On Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that the economy lost 20.5 million jobs in April, with the unemployment rate a..
The coronavirus pandemic is expected to change the way people celebrate the occasion
Mother’s Day celebrations may look a little different this year due to social distancing guidelines and other COVID-19 restrictions, but most consumers pla..
Researchers say the mindfulness practice could shorten the duration and intensity of migraines
Recent studies have touted yoga for its mental and physical health benefits, and now researchers from the American Academy of Neurology have explored how t..
Digital currencies may be coming into their own if the investment some power players are making come to fruition
Here we go again -- cryptocurrency is continuing its rocket ride, growing by $13 billion in the last 24 hours. The chief cryptocurrency -- Bitcoin -- is to..
Experts are pushing to analyze untreated wastewater
Since the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, experts have been looking for better ways of tracing contact and exposure of the virus between consumers. Go..
Democratic senators want to know why the company fired people who spoke publicly about concerns
Amazon has fired at least four employees who publicly expressed concern about the company’s COVID-19 health and safety measures, and now a group of senator..
Curbside signings and document sanitization efforts are being employed
Reverse mortgage closings, which often entail in-person meetings, are being affected by the coronavirus pandemic. However, several new working conditions h..
Who has time to make breakfast? You do, and with these 5 incredibly simple recipes so delicious, you’ll never want to skip breakfast again.
Who has time to make breakfast? You do, and with these 5 incredibly simple recipes so delicious, you’ll never want to skip breakfast again...
Is your WiFi’s slow speed frustrating? We have 6 ideas for quick fixes. If that fails, setting up your WiFi again is easy, and we explain how.
Is your WiFi’s slow speed frustrating? We have 6 ideas for quick fixes. If that fails, setting up your WiFi again is easy, and we explain how...
A new vaccine has been cleared for a Phase 2 clinical trial
Coronavirus (COVID-19) tally as compiled by Johns Hopkins University. (Previous numbers in parentheses.)Total U.S. confirmed cases: 1,231,992 (1,210,82..
These consumers will likely see their credit scores fall
One effect of the massive layoffs triggered by the coronavirus (COVID-19) has been a significant reduction in consumer credit. Twenty-five percent of U.S...
The first volunteer received the vaccine in March
A vaccine against the coronavirus (COVID-19) may be closer to being ready for the public than health experts have predicted.Biopharma firm Moderna repo..
Making areas like bathrooms safer can help reduce the risk of a fall or injury
Nearly 90 percent of Americans are laying low at home because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of those are working remotely, some are furloughed, and some a..
Experts say they’re often going up against professionals and hired companies
Finances have become compromised for many consumers who have been forced to stay home during the COVID-19 pandemic, which means many are struggling with de..
One congressman says taxpayers are getting the short end of the stick on the bailout
The flailing airline industry’s cause to come out of the COVID pandemic with its wings up got some much-needed championing on Wednesday.The CEO and Pre..
The health crisis has dealt setbacks to the renewable energy industry
The coronavirus pandemic has taken a toll on renewable energy projects and threatens to hamper efforts to curtail climate change. Thousands of clean-energy..
The changes are set to go into effect in August
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced Wednesday that people accused of assault and harassment at schools will be given new protections. Critics arg..
Experts point to the seemingly endless responsibilities for people in middle age
Stress can crop up just about anywhere, and it can often leave consumers with any number of health-related concerns. Now, researchers from Penn State h..
The vehicle has an incorrect child safety lock label
Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) is recalling 6,659 model year 2019-2020 G550s and G63s. The embossed lock symbol for the child safety lock on the rear doors m..
Here are a few great things that you can do at home to be more productive and live a better life
Need a little help getting organized? Our 5 tips for getting your life in order are both fun and satisfying. Even better, they don’t take much work...
Looking to check out some museum exhibits from the comfort of your own home? Here are our 5 favorite virtual museum tours
We may be unable to travel the world and visit its most magnificent museums, but there’s still a way to see what they have to offer — virtual museum tours!..
Coronavirus update: No shutdown for the task force, whistleblower submits complaint against the administration
College students are demanding tuition refunds
Coronavirus (COVID-19) tally as compiled by Johns Hopkins University. (Previous numbers in parentheses.)Total U.S. confirmed cases: 1,210,822 (1,181,88..
Experts recommend this method to reduce the number of masks that are discarded after one use
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, legislators have worried about the availability of protective gear for those on the frontlines. Consumers have ev..
Extended warranties can be a can of worms, so consumers need to do their homework to pick the best one for them
In a gracious gesture for its vehicle owners whose lives have been paused because of COVID-19, Porsche, KIA, and Hyundai are tacking on an extra three mont..
Several kids have tested positive for an illness that’s similar to the disease
More than a dozen children have been admitted to New York City hospitals with symptoms of a rare inflammatory condition that some health experts believe ma..
Study findings highlight the importance of physical activity
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, it can be difficult for consumers to find the motivation to keep up with their usual exercise routines. However, exp..
The bank said it received both formal and informal inquiries regarding its lending practices
Federal and state authorities have launched an investigation into Wells Fargo’s lending practices under the government’s small business relief effort, the..
The pandemic has taken its toll on both companies, with close to 5,000 employees laid off
Uber and Lyft have been served with a lawsuit, claiming that both companies have misclassified their workers in violation of a new California state law...
People forced to stay at home are finding it a good time for a dog or cat to join the family
Shelter-in-place orders to cope with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has led to a wave of pet adoptions. People, it seems, want a little company if the..
COVID-19 is creating turmoil in the housing market
Historically, May is the height of the spring home-buying season. It’s when buyers and sellers tend to be the most active. This year, however, the coronavi..
The driver and passenger head airbags may not deploy properly
BMW of North America is recalling 33 model year 2017 530i, 530i xDrive, 540i & 540i xDrive, and model year 2017-2018 530e xDrive vehicles. Prior exposur..
Nurses are there for us during our worst, so why not show them our best?
Nurses help those in life or death situations every day. We compiled a list of ways to show appreciation for their work during National Nurses Week...
Public health experts fear that a reopening of the economy will be a set back in flattening the curve
The White House is privately projecting, based on models compiled by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, that there will be 200,000 new coronavirus ca..
Many patients are left in the dark about payments until the bill comes in the mail
Going to the emergency room can come with a lofty price tag for many consumers, and researchers from Michigan Medicine at the University of Michigan are di..
Starbucks planning limited reopening this week
Coronavirus (COVID-19) tally as compiled by Johns Hopkins University. (Previous numbers in parentheses.)Total U.S. confirmed cases: 1,181,885 (1,161,80..
A large sum will be needed to cover the cost of pandemic assistance programs
The U.S. Treasury Department announced on Monday that it will have to borrow nearly $3 trillion during the second quarter to cover coronavirus stimulus mea..
Fast-food restaurants and supermarkets are feeling the strain of lower supplies
The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to have a major impact on the nation’s food chain, with meat products in short supply in many areas of the U...
Come October, the airline could be 7,000 employees lighter
In an interesting play, United Airlines COO Greg Hart is suggesting that the company’s 93,000 employees give some consideration to voluntarily leaving the..
Lawmakers say that distance education needs support from the Department of Education
Now that states are opening back up, there’s likely to be a considerable amount of trial and error as the world tries to find the sweet spot of the new nor..
The program will allow public health authorities to alert consumers of a potential exposure to a person with COVID-19
Apple and Alphabet’s Google announced on Monday that they will disable location tracking in apps that use their coronavirus tracking program, “Contact Trac..
The plan could be a blueprint for U.S. restaurants
Fast food dining rooms in most states remain closed because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, but McDonald’s plans for the reopening may be on displa..
Researchers say drinking more has clear negative health repercussions
Researchers have previously found several health risks associated with alcohol, and now a new study is continuing to build on those findings. After con..
If your favorite restaurants are closed, roll up your sleeves and check out some of these copycat recipes you can cook yourself
What do you do when you crave a dish from your favorite restaurant if it's closed? Make it at home, of course! Check out these recipes you can try...
Coronavirus update: Florida reopens after a pleasant surprise, more money going to USAA policyholders
An old blood plasma treatment is getting new consideration
Coronavirus (COVID-19) tally as compiled by Johns Hopkins University. (Previous numbers in parentheses.)Total U.S. confirmed cases: 1,161,804 (1,070,03..
The company that makes the drug is donating all of it to the U.S. government
After two clinical trials, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted emergency approval to the experimental antiviral drug remdesivir as a treatme..
Airlines say most customers have already begun wearing masks
To slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, Spirit Airlines has announced that it will require passengers to wear face masks starting May 11. The airline..
The National PTA offers a podcast series to engage parents in conversation about bullying, finances, and gun violence
The impact teachers make on lives is often underappreciated and, sometimes, late in coming. During the pandemic, teachers have found themselves compelled t..
Reporters want to find out how many fake comments were filed with the agency ahead of its net neutrality vote
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has been ordered by a federal judge to turn over server logs associated with fake net neutrality comments to a..
The finding is especially concerning due to the popularity of vaping
While many consumers link smoking with lung damage, a new study conducted by researchers from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center explored wh..
More loans are going to smaller companies
The Trump administration has issued an update on the second round of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) small business loans, saying the process is moving f..
Researchers took a closer look into trends surrounding young people’s mental health
Children continue to be diagnosed with mental health conditions, which could be triggered by anything from lack of sleep to poor diet. Now, researcher..
We’ve hand-selected thoughtful gifts to help moms relax, indulge and even do some DIY
Stumped what to buy for Mother’s Day? We asked moms working at ConsumerAffairs for advice, and they delivered. Read what moms want, as told by moms...
All our selected products help clean up, and two keep you safe
Home office a mess? We’ve hand-selected 5 awesome organizational tools to help get your office into shape and leave you feeling victorious...
In the wake of the coronavirus crisis, people are considering ‘social distancing as a lifestyle’
With the coronavirus outbreak still bearing down on the nation, a growing number of Americans are considering moving to a less densely populated area in th..
Coronavirus update: COVID-19 pandemic could last two years, companies accelerate vaccine development
California’s governor challenged on beach closing order
Coronavirus (COVID-19) tally as compiled by Johns Hopkins University. (Previous numbers in parentheses.)Total U.S. confirmed cases: 1,070,032 (1,043,59..
Target strikers put some of the blame on the consumer, saying their demeanor is too casual
Across the U.S. on Friday, throngs of workers at Amazon warehouses, Target and Whole Foods stores, and shoppers for Instacart and Shipt called in sick in a..
All customers will be asked to wear masks while inside the stores
If you need another face mask, you might try shopping at your local Whole Foods Market store. Parent company Amazon says all stores will provide free masks..
A government analysis shows personal savings ballooned in March
U.S. consumers are putting away cash at a rate not seen since November 1981, according to a report released Thursday by the government’s Bureau of Economic..
Is it ‘standard operating procedure,’ or does Amazon have prying eyes where it shouldn’t?
Just last week, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) asked the Justice Department to open a criminal antitrust investigation into Amazon’s business practices. On Frida..
Researchers say expecting mothers should be aware of the risks
While researchers have found how consumers’ diets can affect pregnancy outcomes, a new study explored how women’s pregnancy history can potentially lead to..
Experts recommend that parents build exercise into their kids’ daily schedules
Recent studies have emphasized the importance of staying active during the COVID-19 pandemic, as consumers can reap both physical and mental health benefit..
The bank joins JPMorgan Chase in halting HELOCs in response to economic uncertainty
Amid uncertainty stemming from the coronavirus pandemic, Wells Fargo is moving away from offering home equity lines of credit (HELOC). Company spokesma..
But the coronavirus-related decline appears to have stabilized
With shutdown orders still in place in most of the country the price of gasoline continued to fall, but it may have reached a bottom, at least for now...
Your Memorial Day weekend may be more low-key, but it can be just as memorable
Although the current situation may limit your Memorial Day plans, it doesn’t mean you need to cancel everything. Here are some great ideas..
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