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Facts and figures for Labor Day 2014

Labor Day, the holiday to celebrate American workers, is coming up quickly. What are your plans? Will you be traveling, shopping, hosting a barbecue, relaxing, or attending a Labor Day event? Or, unluckily, working? Travel For those planning to travel, the roads will be jammed like most years. AAA Travel... Read more →

Food, health, housing, and personal growth are topics capturing the attention of baby boomer bloggers this week

I’m the host for this week’s Best of Boomer Blogs #370. The fantastic weather in the Seattle area continues, and my garden is producing wonderful vegetables. But, what I write about this week on my blog are the surprises I’m finding my garden. Mostly nice, but one scary. For Tom... Read more →

Recall of the Week: Ace Bayou bean bag chairs due to suffocation and choking hazards

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Ace Bayou Corp. are announcing the recall of about 2.2 million bean bag chairs following the deaths of two children. The zippers on the bean bag chairs can be opened and children can then crawl inside, get trapped, and suffocate or choke on... Read more →

FTC asks court to shut down fake debt relief, credit repair scam that claimed it was endorsed by Pres. Obama

The Federal Trade Commission asked a federal court Friday to shut down a scam that targeted financially distressed Americans by pitching a phony debt relief and credit repair program. The program falsely claimed it was provided and funded by the federal government and endorsed by Pres. Barack Obama. The scam... Read more →

Bank of America, Justice Dept. reach settlement of nearly $17 billion over mortgage securities

The U.S. Justice Department has reached a $16.65 billion settlement with the Bank of America Corp. – the largest civil settlement in American history – to resolve federal and state claims against the bank and Countrywide Financial Corp. and Merrill Lynch, companies it acquired in 2008. As part of the... Read more →

Fandango, Credit Karma agree to settle mobile app charges

Fandango Inc. and Credit Karma Inc. are agreeing to settle Federal trade commission charges that the companies’ mobile apps left consumers’ sensitive personal information, including credit card information and Social Security numbers, vulnerable to interception by third parties. The lawsuits allege that the companies disabled a process called SSL certificate... Read more →