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Facts and figures for Father’s Day 2015

Father’s Day is coming up soon. What are your plans? Will you be able to spend time with your dad? Have you decided on a card or gift? What are Americans buying for their dads this year? Spending for Father’s Day is expected to reach $12.7 billion for golf lessons,... Read more →

Does your dad really want a Father’s Day gift that’s sentimental?

U.S. fathers want sentimental gifts such as handwritten cards from their kids this Father’s Day, rather than items such as electronics or tools, according to a recent survey. Really? I know ties and socks aren’t that popular as gifts for guys, but sentimental gifts top electronics and tools? “Our... Read more →

JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo among six big banks still not meeting mortgage requirements

Six big banks, including JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo, are facing new restrictions on their mortgage operations after a federal bank regulator determined they didn’t do enough to correct problems with their foreclosure practices following the housing financial crisis. In a 2011 consent order with the Office of the Comptroller... Read more →

FCC fines AT&T $100 million for slowing down speeds for ‘unlimited’ data plans

The Federal Communications Commission plans to fine AT&T $100 million for misleading its customers about unlimited mobile data plans, the agency said Wednesday. The FCC alleges that AT&T severely slowed down the data speeds for customers with unlimited data plans and that the company failed to notify its customers that... Read more →

FDA restricts trans fat in processed food, gives 3 years for compliance

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration finalized its determination Tuesday that partially hydrogenated oils, the primary source of artificial trans fat in processed foods, aren’t “generally recognized as safe” for use in human food. Food manufacturers will have three years to remove them from products. “The FDA’s action on this... Read more →

Baby boomer bloggers ponder life’s challenges

I’m the host for this week’s Best of Boomer Blogs #408. I was about to sit down last night and do my write-up, when boom, boom, boom. Comcast went down. For me, it was a three-boom deal this time because I get my Internet service, telephone, and television through Comcast,... Read more →

Chefs, organizations working for more sustainable, tasty food system

Jamie Oliver -- Photo: Scandic Hotels We all have different opinions of chefs due to their popularity on the Food Network and other TV channels. They can be glamorous, feisty, domineering, knowledgeable, entertaining, arrogant, and inspiring. They’ve brought new respect for what it takes to run a restaurant and glamour... Read more →

Feds to forgive loans for students who attended Corinthian Colleges

With the collapse of Corinthian Colleges Inc. – known under the names Heald, WyoTech, and Everest colleges – the U.S. Department of Education is announcing next steps to support students who attended the schools. Arne Duncan, secretary of the department, has directed his staff to ensure that students who have... Read more →

Baby boomer bloggers busy as summer approaches

Meryl Baer of Six Decades and Counting is the host for this week’s Best of Boomer Blogs #407. Baer is happy summer weather is finally here. She’s looking forward to walking on the beach and getting ready for company. Other bloggers are writing about choosing the best sunscreen, dropping one... Read more →