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Consumer Spending Hits Four Month High

Consumer Spending Hits Four Month High

The United States Department of Commerce says that numbers show that consumer spending is up right now, following a consistent rebound originally expected in April.  Through the first quarter, softer consumer spending was a big drag... 
United Airlines Admits Cockpit Door Access Codes Have Been Made Public

United Airlines Admits Cockpit Door Access Codes Have Been Made Public

United Airlines has recently made a statement regarding a discovery that some airplane cockpit door access codes could have been made public. In the official statement, the airline also assures that it does have a protocol in place... 
Jobs Report Shows April Rebound, But Growth Is Still Slow

Jobs Report Shows April Rebound, But Growth Is Still Slow

The latest jobs report shows that the United States economy added approximately 211,000 jobs in April.  The data, released Friday morning, indicates quite a strong rebound that is likely to calm all the negativity about slow growth.... 
Will Congress Repeal or Pass Dodd-Frank Measures That Affect Card Transaction Fees?

Will Congress Repeal or Pass Dodd-Frank Measures That Affect Card Transaction Fees?

The United States Congress will be voting on a brand new bill that is aimed at replacing the Dodd-Frank bill, but first it will have to undergo a few edits. One controversial provision of the bill, for example, might now be omitted:... 
Angelina Jolie Said To Be Worrying Over Brad Pitt Getting Into Another Relationship

Angelina Jolie Said To Be Worrying Over Brad Pitt Getting Into Another Relationship

Reports indicate that following the filing of divorce from Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie is now concerned that he will start dating again. Though she hasn’t said or done anything that would suggest that she wants to rekindle their romantic... 
Next iPhone Likely To Be Delayed Due To Production Hiccups

Next iPhone Likely To Be Delayed Due To Production Hiccups

An analyst at KGI Securities, Ming-Chi Kuo, has revealed that there will be delays in the production of the next iPhone. Instead of the traditional mass manufacturing period occurring in the months of August to September, the volume... 
Home Sales In The United States Rise At The Fastest Pace In Ten Years

Home Sales In The United States Rise At The Fastest Pace In Ten Years

The rate of growth of homes sales in the United States in the month of March rose at the fastest pace in ten years. Figures released by the National Association of Realtors showed that existing home sales went up by 4.4% in March.... 
Head Of Union Urges Public Not To Rush Into Judgment On American Airlines Attendant

Head Of Union Urges Public Not To Rush Into Judgment On American Airlines Attendant

The Association of Professional Flight Attendants president, Bob Ross has come to the defense of the airline attendant who had an ugly confrontation with a mother over a baby’s stroller on a flight that was headed from San Francisco,... 
Oil Inching Up, Breaking Six-Day Loss Trend

Oil Inching Up, Breaking Six-Day Loss Trend

After six straight days of declines, oil prices inched higher on Tuesday, though there are many doubts that OPEC will be able to reduce global crude inventories gain caps. “Crude is trading like a game of musical chairs,” explains... 
Couple Charged With Orchestrating $40 Million Workers Compensation Medical Insurance Scam in Orange County

Couple Charged With Orchestrating $40 Million Workers Compensation Medical Insurance Scam in Orange County

Orange County (California) District Attorney Tony Rackauckas has announced several felony charges have been filed against a local Southern California couple in a worker’s compensation insurance scam worth around $40 million. The... 
Verizon Post First Time Losses, Looks to Reform

Verizon Post First Time Losses, Looks to Reform

Competition is heating up in the [mobile] telecom industry as companies are slashing prices left and right just to retain the customers they already have. There was once a time when price cuts and discounts were reserved solely for... 
With 100 Gigafactories, Tesla Could Save The Planet And Avert Energy Crisis

With 100 Gigafactories, Tesla Could Save The Planet And Avert Energy Crisis

In a meeting with the Oscar award-winning actor, Leonard DiCaprio, the chief executive officer of Tesla, Elon Musk has revealed that it would take about 100 gigafactories to equip the world with a capacity to fully transition to sustainable... 
Yahoo Scrapes Together 22 Percent Quarter Revenue Bump with Verizon Sale

Yahoo Scrapes Together 22 Percent Quarter Revenue Bump with Verizon Sale

Yahoo has just reported a more than 22 percent bump in quarterly revenue, on Tuesday, as it approaches the sale of its core internet business to telecom company Verizon Communications. Regarding the sale, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer comments,... 
Vulto Cheese Issues Multi-State Recall of Raw-Milk Cheese In Listeriosis Scare

Vulto Cheese Issues Multi-State Recall of Raw-Milk Cheese In Listeriosis Scare

In Europe, raw milk cheese is a big part of the culinary tradition. In the United States, of course, this type of product is more uniquely regulated state-by-state. Obviously, raw-milk advocates in the United States argue that pasteurization... 
Trump’s National Trade Council Adviser Warns That Food Supply Takeover is National Security Threat

Trump’s National Trade Council Adviser Warns That Food Supply Takeover is National Security Threat

The head of US President Trump’s National Trade Council, Peter Navarro, is quite suspicious about America’s place in the global economy. This week he has offered quite the bleak outlook on the future of American economics,... 
US Trade Gap Hits 5-Year High

US Trade Gap Hits 5-Year High

The numbers are in and it looks like the US trade deficit shot up in January to reach its highest level in roughly five years, mostly on the heels of more success from mobile phones and other consumer goods that increased America’s... 
Are We All Destined To Lose Our Hearing by 2060?

Are We All Destined To Lose Our Hearing by 2060?

By the year 2020, more than half of adults in the United States will be affected by hearing disorders. This shocking data comes as a result of a new study from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, in Baltimore. Furthermore,... 
Should We Give “Alternative Milk” A different Nutrition Label (Since it is Not A Dairy Product)s?

Should We Give “Alternative Milk” A different Nutrition Label (Since it is Not A Dairy Product)s?

Of all the bills to pass through Congress over the past few months, there is one that really stands out. The DAIRY PRIDE Act presents an argument to Congress that almond milk should not be called “milk”. And yes, the bill’s... 
California Pair Sues Kona Brewing over Misrepresentation of Beer Origins

California Pair Sues Kona Brewing over Misrepresentation of Beer Origins

Two California locals have filed a lawsuit claiming that the company who owns Kona Brewing Co misleads consumers, tricking them into thinking that the beer is brewed in Hawaii. A lawyer representing the pair entered the lawsuit into... 
Kansas Court Rules Governor Must Refinance Budget to Better Fund Education

Kansas Court Rules Governor Must Refinance Budget to Better Fund Education

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback continues to get more flak for his radical budget-cutting experiment as the US Supreme Court has ruled—once again—that the state has not adequately funded public school operations; and by several hundred... 
Higher Education Squeezed in Missouri as State Budget Revenue Falls

Higher Education Squeezed in Missouri as State Budget Revenue Falls

The state of Missouri did not receive as much revenue as it had expected last year, which has forced newly-minted governor (barely a week in at the time) to make tough decisions about the budget of the Show Me State. As such, Eric... 
Carl Icahn to Invest in Trump Taj Mahal Casino Purchase, Renovation, and Rebranding

Carl Icahn to Invest in Trump Taj Mahal Casino Purchase, Renovation, and Rebranding

Billionaire investor Carl Icahn announced, Wednesday, that he has reached a deal to sell the iconic Atlantic City Trump Taj Mahal casino to Hard Rock International (and two other New Jersey investors) with a plan to invest $300 million... 
Electronics and Appliance Retailer HHGregg To Close 88 Stores

Electronics and Appliance Retailer HHGregg To Close 88 Stores

HHGregg is a popular East coast appliance and electronics retailer that continues to struggle in this very difficult economy.  Founded in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1955, the company operates more than 200 stores in 19 states, selling... 
General Motors Offering Vehicles with Unlimited AT&T LTE Data

General Motors Offering Vehicles with Unlimited AT&T LTE Data

On Thursday, General Motors said it will offer an unlimited data plan for more than four million Chevrolet and GM vehicles sold in the United States. The $20 a month data lan will be available through AT&T and within vehicles that... 
New FCC Chair Blocked ISP Privacy Protections Before they Could go Into Effect

New FCC Chair Blocked ISP Privacy Protections Before they Could go Into Effect

President Donald Trump’s newly elected chair of the Federal Communications Commission announced on Wednesday, that the agency would be blocking privacy rules that are designed to protect customers from data breaches and hacking... 
Abercrombie & Fitch To Close Another 60 Stores In Effort to Improve Sales

Abercrombie & Fitch To Close Another 60 Stores In Effort to Improve Sales

If there was ever a sign that the shopping mall is dying this is it:  Abercrombie & Fitch has just announced it will close yet another 60 this fiscal year. Now, that alone is not necessarily a sign of a massive consumer retail... 
Advocates in Connecticut Push for $250,000 To Study State Education Spending

Advocates in Connecticut Push for $250,000 To Study State Education Spending

The state of the education system in America is at a crucial juncture, and not just because of theories held by the current Secretary of Education Betsy Devos. Indeed, there is more going on here than one administration is likely going... 
What’s Really In Your Chicken Sandwich?

What’s Really In Your Chicken Sandwich?

Fast food is usually as tasty as it is convenient but nobody ever really expects it to be healthy. What consumers should expect, however, is that it is, in fact, food. While we are all keenly aware that fast food is not the healthiest,... 
Are Millennials At A Higher Risk for Colorectal Cancer?

Are Millennials At A Higher Risk for Colorectal Cancer?

What difference can forty years make? Well, in terms of colorectal cancer, perhaps a 400 percent risk. New data from study by the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute shows that someone born during the 1990s could... 
Target Shares Fall After Earnings Report Reveals Weak Outlook

Target Shares Fall After Earnings Report Reveals Weak Outlook

Popular big box retailer Target has reported, this week, that sales and earning are lower than Wall Street expected after a disappointing holiday season. This has also caused the retailer to project a weaker outlook for 2017 as a whole.... 
US Consumer Confidence Reachest Its Highest Level in Nearly 16 Years

US Consumer Confidence Reachest Its Highest Level in Nearly 16 Years

While the country remains mostly divided over the political climate, it seems that people are feeling better about the future of the economy. This metric, of course, is reflected in a jump in the Consumer Confidence Index, which hit... 
So, What IS the Best Diet For Heart Health?

So, What IS the Best Diet For Heart Health?

human heart – anatomy We are now entering the third month of 2017: how is that diet you promised you would undertake? Eating healthier is one of the top three New Year’s Resolutions Americans make every year; of course,... 
Could A Skin Patch That Monitors Sweat Be the Next “Wearable”

Could A Skin Patch That Monitors Sweat Be the Next “Wearable”

Sweat is important. I know it may not seem that way but we need. Perspiration, first of all, keeps the body cool as temperatures rise—whether externally or internally. But sweating also helps to rid the body of toxins and waste.... 
More College Students Taking Longer to Graduate

More College Students Taking Longer to Graduate

group of graduates Recent data shows that it now takes the average college student six years to get a bachelor’s degree and not four. As a matter of fact, the National Center for Education Statistics now only about 39 percent... 
WHO Report Warns of Massive impact  Have on Children

WHO Report Warns of Massive impact Have on Children

Experts at the World Health Organization say that children are consistently exposed—on a daily basis—to junk food ads in video blogs and social media and mobile apps. According to its latest report, many parents are completely... 
Alarming Number of Children Poisoned by Opioids in US, Annually

Alarming Number of Children Poisoned by Opioids in US, Annually

Alarming new research shows that young children and teenagers are now more likely than ever before to be poisoned by opioid painkillers. Of course, these painkillers are often prescribed for other family members and, therefore, are... 
PepsiCo Announces Plan to Cut Sugar and Calories in Soda and Snack Products

PepsiCo Announces Plan to Cut Sugar and Calories in Soda and Snack Products

It looks like Pepsi is heeding the consumer demand for healthier options. The company has announced an improvement—more aggressive—effort to cut sugar over the next ten years. This may not cut sugar out of soda completely but it... 
Rise in Auto Sales Leads To More Buoyant US Retail Sales; Inflation Talks Arise Again

Rise in Auto Sales Leads To More Buoyant US Retail Sales; Inflation Talks Arise Again

Retail sales in the United States rebounded a bit last month, balanced by a small surge in motor vehicle sales and a slight pickup in discretionary spending. This should point us to solid demand that could reinforce several expectations... 
Is US Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump Responsible for Devaluation of the Peso?

Is US Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump Responsible for Devaluation of the Peso?

The Mexican peso has long struggled to keep pace with the US dollar and, in fact, has been tumbling of late. Now, it has reached the historic low nearing the psychological barrier of 20 pesos to 1 US dollar. This, of course, is raising... 
Trump Hotel Chain Will Pay $50,000 For Customer Data Breaches

Trump Hotel Chain Will Pay $50,000 For Customer Data Breaches

Donald Trump’s chain of luxury hotels has agreed, this week, to pay upwards of $50,000 in penalties after failing to notify customers, in a timely fashion, of two separate data breaches that compromised in excess of 70,000 credit... 
E.L.F Cosmetics Brand Leads Big IPO Week

E.L.F Cosmetics Brand Leads Big IPO Week

Low-priced cosmetics maker e.l.f Beauty managed to raise roughly $141 million in its IPO, which launched at a higher target range than expected, Wednesday. The Oakland-based company has been prepping to start trading on the New York... 
Central Banks Are Moving in Parallel

Central Banks Are Moving in Parallel

This year could have been one of great financial reform but instead of much needed monetary policy divergence, it appears that the major global central banks are converging yet again. Sure, they may be taking a few different trajectories,... 
Jobless Benefit Claims Hit Lowest Level July (and Perhaps In Decades)

Jobless Benefit Claims Hit Lowest Level July (and Perhaps In Decades)

Applications for unemployment benefits in the United States dropped last week, now matching their lowest level since July. Of course, this is a definite sign that the US labor market is healthy despite a slight slowdown in hiring. Indeed,... 
Rite Aid Same Store Sales Gets Pressure From Generics

Rite Aid Same Store Sales Gets Pressure From Generics

Rite Aid Corp has just reported that sales figures came in well below Wall Street estimates in its second quarter, largely due to pressure from pharmacy reimbursement rates and generic drugs. Indeed, the report showed same-store sales... 
VW Continues to Face More Lawsuits Even After Setting for Billions (in US and EU).

VW Continues to Face More Lawsuits Even After Setting for Billions (in US and EU).

It has already been a year since Matthias Mueller took over as Volkswagern’s chief, following the carmaker’s very public—and very crippling—admission that it had cheated on emissions tests across the world. Today, of... 
Colorado Springs Cannabis Clubs Ordered To Cease and Desist

Colorado Springs Cannabis Clubs Ordered To Cease and Desist

Nine cannabis consumption clubs in Colorado Springs have just received cease-and-desist letters from the City Clerk’s Office last week. This is the first crackdown on such groups under a new City Council ban went into effect... 
Allergan Announces Acquisition of Tiny Drug Maker Tobira for Roughly $1.7 Billion

Allergan Announces Acquisition of Tiny Drug Maker Tobira for Roughly $1.7 Billion

Big pharma firm Allergan has just announced their plans to purchase the tiny Tobira Therapeutics firm. The deal, at least for now, is valued at about $28.35 per share, but Allergen says that it could expand to involve more money. According... 
AAA Warns Americans Waste More than $2 Billion on Premium gas Every Year

AAA Warns Americans Waste More than $2 Billion on Premium gas Every Year

Do you fill your car with premium gasoline? Chances are you probably don’t, and that’s probably because your vehicle does not need it. However, if you do currently fill your tank with premium gasoline, it might behoove... 
Second Annual “Chain Reaction” Report Shows Some Improvement in Antibiotic Policies Among Food Service Chains

Second Annual “Chain Reaction” Report Shows Some Improvement in Antibiotic Policies Among Food Service Chains

The war on antibiotics has expanded from the medical field into the fast food and casual dining industries with franchises now being tested for antibiotics. The good news is that some companies are really doing their part to remove... 
GlaxoSmithKline Promotes Emma Walmsley to CEO Upon Witty’s Departure

GlaxoSmithKline Promotes Emma Walmsley to CEO Upon Witty’s Departure

GlaxoSmithKline has just named Emma Walmsley as the new CEO, to replace Andrew Witty when he retires next year. Walmsley, of course, is the company’s present consumer healthcare division CEO, but within only a matter of months...