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September 2015

Baby boomer bloggers explore home, retirement, and finances

Meryl Baer of Six Decades and Counting is the host for this week’s Best of Boomer Blogs #418. Baer, who lives on the Jersey Shore, tells us summer ends this week on Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 1:21 a.m. She says darkness is rolling in earlier, and, although it’s still warm... Read more →


Recall of the Week: Zak Designs water bottles sold at Target due to choking hazard

Zak Designs is recalling about 178,000 26-ounce water bottles. The inner plastic straw in the flip-top portion of the twist-off cap can break, posing a choking hazard, the company and U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said. Zak Designs has received nine reports of the straw breaking, including seven reports of... Read more →


Volkswagen intentionally violated clean air standards, EPA says

Photo: Anonyme 3111 The Environmental Protection Agency is issuing a notice of violation of the Clean Air Act to Volkswagen, alleging that four-cylinder Volkswagen and Audi diesel cars from model years 2009-2015 include software that circumvents EPA emissions standards. California is separately issuing a regulatory letter to Volkswagen, and the... Read more →


General Motors to pay $900 million to settle criminal charges over faulty ignition switches

Photo: IFCAR The federal government has filed criminal charges against General Motors Co., saying it concealed a potentially deadly safety defect from its U.S. regulator, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, from the spring of 2012 through February 2014, and mislead consumers about the safety of some its cars. The... Read more →


Most fast food restaurants serve meat raised with antibiotics

Twenty of the 25 top restaurant chains continue to sell meat raised with antibiotic. The routine use of antibiotics in raising cattle, chicken, and other animals contributes to the problem of antibiotic resistance – where bacteria evolve to become immune to these life-saving drugs, said Consumers Union, the policy and... Read more →


Baby boomer bloggers write about books, movies, finances, travel, and nature

Laura Lee Carter of the Adventures of the New Old Farts is the host for this week’s Best of Boomer Blogs #417. Carter, who is enjoying her new solar home in the Colorado foothills, unfortunately fell backwards off a short ladder. She had go to the emergency room for a... Read more →


Recall of the Week: Philips halogen bulbs due to laceration and burn hazards

Philips Lighting North America Corp. is recalling about 370,000 halogen bulbs. The lens of the bulb can shatter in the lamp or the lens can fall and shatter, posing a laceration and burn hazard, the company and U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said. Philips has received 13 reports of the... Read more →


Will the Justice Department actually begin to prosecute CEOs, other leaders for corporate crimes?

Sally Q. Yates, deputy attorney general and author of the memo The U.S. Department of Justice issued a memo Wednesday indicating it will increase its efforts to make sure individual corporate wrongdoers are held accountable. The new rules will include institutional policy shifts that change the way the department investigates,... Read more →