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Dozens of fake charities scammed donations for veterans then pocketed the cash: FTC

Thu, 19 Jul 2018 15:54:14 -0400

The FTC, charity regulators and law enforcement officials in every state are taking actions against dozens of fake charities that have taken in tens of millions of dollars in donations of cash, vehicles and other goods, all part of scams that did not directly benefit veterans.


10 banks consumers complain about the most

Tue, 9 Jan 2018 11:29:37 -0500

The most common complaint categories in order were related to: mortgages, debt collection, credit reporting, credit card, bank accounts or service.


Merck to lower some drug prices after President Trump bashed pharmaceutical industry

Thu, 19 Jul 2018 15:32:04 -0400

U.S. pharmaceutical giant Merck said Thursday that it will limit drug price increases and lower the price of several treatments. Repeatedly slammed by President Donald Trump over drug prices, the Kenilworth, N.J.-based company did not reference Trump in making the announcement.


US population boom: Fastest growing county in every state

Tue, 17 Jul 2018 08:02:02 -0400

The reasons Americans move to a certain place differ from county to county. Some counties have booming economies, evidenced by job growth and low unemployment. Others benefit from ongoing migration patterns from the Snow Belt and Midwest to the Sun Belt.


The top 10 US cities where you can earn $100,000 a year and still feel broke

Mon, 16 Jul 2018 08:49:43 -0400

In five of the 10 worst places for stretching a six-figure salary, MagnifyMoney calculates that even $100,000 isn't enough to make ends meet and have any disposable income.


What happens when you have a four-day work week?

Thu, 19 Jul 2018 16:02:34 -0400

These are four words I think everyone who has already graduated from college would love to hear… Four. Day. Work. Week.


Risky behavior: 1 in 3 millennials dipped into 401(k) or IRA to finance home purchase

Fri, 20 Jul 2018 04:30:09 -0400

Millennials take risky approach to financing home purchases: 1 in 3 say they tapped their retirement accounts to get into their dream home, a Bank of the West survey found.


Five steps to cutting your expensive cable TV bill

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 17:59:14 -0500

Tired of paying too much for cable TV? Here's five easy ways to start cutting your bill down to size.


The grand look of Steinway pianos

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 11:42:17 -0400


Small business: I'll drink to that. Rhonda Abrams on the best wines under $10

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 12:57:11 -0500

If you’re like me, you’d like to help support a fellow small business owner, choosing a pleasurable wine from a small winery at an affordable price.


Listen up! Take Talking Tech on the road with these daily podcasts

Thu, 19 Jul 2018 17:43:27 -0400

Jefferson Graham hosts the daily news update, gadget review and interview show. July Talking Tech guests include Netflix's Phil Rosenthal, KTLA-TV's Rich DeMuro & Mike Reiss, a long-time writer for the Simpsons. Subjects this month the iOS App Store anniversary & how Selfies changed a neighborhood,


Shocking electric bill? Free changes can help you cut costs, save money

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 18:00:40 -0500

Electric bills are kind of a mystery, but there's plenty of big and small changes families can make that will cut energy consumption and save money.


South Dakota is best overall for retirement? New Bankrate.com survey thinks so

Thu, 12 Jul 2018 15:15:29 -0400

A Bankrate.com study finds the best and worst states to spend retirement based on health care, living expenses, weather, crime and well-being.


Amazon's own products, from Fire TV to Kindle to Echo to tablets

Tue, 17 Jul 2018 19:32:14 -0400


Trump criticizes Federal Reserve, says he's 'not thrilled' about interest rate hikes

Thu, 19 Jul 2018 13:45:04 -0400

President Donald Trump, in a rare statement for Oval Office holders, criticized the Federal Reserve for raising interest rates. He said he's "not thrilled" with rate hikes and worries that the work the administration has done will be nullified.


How to start taming your budget-busting bills

Mon, 14 May 2018 09:51:16 -0400

What can you do to make sure you have enough money each month to not only pay your bills but also save for your future? Start by creating a budget.


Workers are 'ghosting' interviews, blowing off work in a strong job market

Thu, 19 Jul 2018 12:54:34 -0400

It's a good job market, so workers are 'ghosting' job interviews, skipping the first day of work and leaving positions with no notice.


Quit procrastinating: 3 things to do if you're in your 40s with no retirement savings

Fri, 20 Jul 2018 03:02:01 -0400

News flash: You're a real adult now, and neglecting your nest egg will no longer fly. Here are some things you can do to help your situation.


Chick-fil-A is moo-ving on from its popular Cow Calendar and fans are udderly upset

Fri, 20 Jul 2018 03:07:05 -0400

After 20 years, Chick-fil-A says it will retire its popular Cow Calendar to "greener pastures" at the end of 2018. Fans of the chicken chain are udderly upset.


IHOP: Fake name change to IHOb to boost burger business was risk worth taking

Thu, 19 Jul 2018 13:11:00 -0400

With IHOP’s second quarter earnings report coming up on Aug. 1, the exact monetary success of this campaign remains a mystery.


Not just a veggie burger: We get a look inside Beyond Meat's new research lab 2

Fri, 20 Jul 2018 01:16:50 -0400

USA TODAY takes a tour of Beyond Meat's new research and development lab and a we get a favorite burger recipe from the company's CEO.


Trump says he's prepared to hit all $500B in Chinese imports with tariffs

Fri, 20 Jul 2018 07:54:49 -0400

President Trump threatened to impose tariffs on all $505 billion in Chinese imports. he also criticized China for counter- tariffs on US shipments


Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' net worth tops $150B as he becomes richest person in modern history

Wed, 18 Jul 2018 10:45:55 -0400

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' net worth reached $150 billion on Monday, topping that of Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates at its inflation-adjusted peak.


Pete the Planner: What to do when your retirement money problem isn’t a financial one

Fri, 20 Jul 2018 06:00:06 -0400

A soon-to-be retiree with $2 million in assets and $400,000 in income is worried that he won't be able to afford to retire. Pete the Planner tries to help with suggestions about budgeting in retirement.


Family of KFC founder Col. Sanders blasts 'Papa' John' Schnatter in N-word scandal

Thu, 19 Jul 2018 10:39:51 -0400

Col. Sanders' descendants react to "lies" John Schnatter is spreading about the KFC founder.


New law in Baltimore bars sodas from kids’ menus

Thu, 19 Jul 2018 13:01:59 -0400

It's the largest U.S. city to institute such a ban. Restaurants that don't comply will be fined $100.


Cathay Pacific: Seattle to become eighth U.S. destination

Thu, 19 Jul 2018 10:28:54 -0400

Cathay Pacific will become only carrier to fly non-stop between Seattle and Hong Kong. Delta currently flies the route, but will discontinue that in October.


15 cars and trucks going away in 2018

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 12:13:53 -0500

Among the unlucky models are minivans, tiny cars and some former big sellers.


Beyonce, Katy Perry and 7 other celebs join Oprah in food industry investments

Fri, 20 Jul 2018 00:01:04 -0400

Oprah is only one of many celebrities who have invested in the food and drink biz in recent years. Both stars and companies benefit from the venture.


The food industry is hot for celebrity investors

Thu, 19 Jul 2018 17:50:42 -0400


Trump import tariffs may affect these goods from China

Thu, 12 Jul 2018 15:35:16 -0400


Trump criticizes Fed, breaking 25-year precedent and jeopardizing economy, expert warns

Thu, 19 Jul 2018 18:26:27 -0400

By criticizing Fed interest rate hikes, President Trump broke with a 25-year precedent, and could jeopardize the economy, at least one scholar says.


Historic blunders: 50 worst product flops of all time

Wed, 11 Jul 2018 08:15:48 -0400

24/7 Wall Street reviewed some of the greatest product launch blunders throughout history. Today, these product flops exist as case studies companies use to avoid future failure.


Celebrities on wheels: Hollywood and sports stars and their cars

Fri, 13 Jul 2018 02:51:24 -0400


Order your latte in sign language at this Starbucks location

Thu, 19 Jul 2018 14:37:49 -0400

A new Starbucks in the U.S. takes special considerations to accommodate the deaf and hard of hearing community.


Beyond Meat goes beyond burgers

Fri, 20 Jul 2018 01:34:36 -0400


Batmobile, Monkeemobile and more Barris customs come to auction

Fri, 20 Jul 2018 02:38:01 -0400


How do I get out of $50,000 in credit card debt: personal loan or repayment plan?

Wed, 18 Jul 2018 07:43:20 -0400

I’m 64. My credit score is about 656. Because of different reasons over a long period of time — including unemployment and health issues — I accumulated credit card debt of about $50,000.


Papa John's founder John Schnatter says he shouldn't have resigned

Wed, 18 Jul 2018 11:19:58 -0400

Papa John's founder John Schnatter says he should not have stepped down as chairman and his company didn't investigate race allegations.


President Trump criticizes EU's record $5B fine of Google. Could such a fine happen here?

Thu, 19 Jul 2018 18:07:55 -0400

Europe has hit Google with a record $5 billion fine for anti-competitive business practices with its mobile device software platform. President Trump says it's just another sign of the EU's bad trade practices with the U.S.


10 tech gadgets with a cult following on Amazon—and why they're worth it

Thu, 19 Jul 2018 16:15:42 -0400

Find the best tech, no geek squad required.


Historic Volkswagen Beetles turn out in droves for Sri Lanka car show

Fri, 6 Jul 2018 01:27:23 -0400


How we saved for our $20,000 retirement dream vacation

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 18:18:08 -0500

Shirley and Dan Frye's retirement planning included a line item for adventure


Report: Wells Fargo refunding millions to customers for add-on products, services

Thu, 19 Jul 2018 12:35:31 -0400

Wells Fargo first disclosed issues with add-on products, like identity theft and debt protection services, in its second-quarter regulatory filing last year. Wells Fargo has stopped selling add-on products and is phasing out of existing ones.


Aston Martin's Flying Cars

Tue, 17 Jul 2018 19:22:27 -0400


Starbucks opens first U.S. signing store

Thu, 19 Jul 2018 12:39:27 -0400

Starbucks will open its first signing store in the U.S. in Washington, D.C. this October.


Planning a purchase? How to car shop at an auto show

Sat, 10 Feb 2018 11:00:08 -0500

It's fun to wander an auto show, ogling the new models. But you also can put the event to a more pragmatic use: planning your next car purchase.


Trump signs executive order for American workers

Thu, 19 Jul 2018 18:11:11 -0400

President Trump says nearly two dozen companies are signing his pledge to provide job training and apprenticeship programs as a way to boost the U.S. economy. (July 19)


No beef from cows? Science-based meat maker says its closing in on the goal

Fri, 20 Jul 2018 01:26:03 -0400

Meat lovers could have a healthier source of protein.


The price of food: What groceries are driving up food bills? A look at the Top 20

Mon, 16 Jul 2018 06:00:08 -0400

The price of all food has risen 26.8% over the past 10 years, outpacing the 21.9% inflation rate over the same period. Several factors generally affect food prices in the long run and some goods appreciate faster than others. Here's 20 groceries driving your food bills up the most.


Auto industry opposed to proposed car tariffs

Thu, 19 Jul 2018 13:38:00 -0400

Automakers, dealers and suppliers are united in opposition to President Donald Trump's proposed tariffs on imported cars, trucks and auto parts. (July 19)


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