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January 2016

Recall of the Week: Aqua Rug shower rugs due to fall hazard

Tristar Products is recalling about 1.4 million Aqua Rug shower rugs in the United States and 70,000 in Canada. The four suction cups on the underside of the rugs can fail to prevent slipping, posing a fall hazard to the user, the company and U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said.... Read more →


FTC charges DeVry University deceived students about job prospects

DeVry University, one of the nation's largest for-profit colleges, misled students about their ability to get well-paid jobs in their fields, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday in federal court. DeVry stretched the truth by claiming that 90 percent of their graduates who were actively seeking employment landed new jobs... Read more →


27 communities selected to take part in initiatives to boost local food programs

Twenty-seven communities in 22 states will participate in Local Foods, Local Places, a federal program that helps communities increase economic opportunities for local farmers, create vibrant places, and promote childhood wellness by improving access to healthy local food. Developed as a partnership by six federal agencies, the program is part... Read more →


Another lawsuit filed against Monsanto alleging RoundUp-cancer link

A lawsuit has been filed against Monsanto in California on behalf of state residents who developed cancer linked to RoundUp following exposure. It follows a lawsuit filed last week by Monsanto aimed at blocking California from protecting state residents by listing glyphosate – the main ingredient in Monsanto’s weed killer... Read more →


Computer, health, sales firms lead in offering telecommuting jobs

What’s the policy on telecommuting where you work? Do the bosses encourage it or fight it? A list of the Top 100 Companies to Watch for Telecommuting and Remote Jobs in 2016 shows that computer, health, and sales companies top the list of firms offering telecommuting and remote jobs. The... Read more →


General Motors, dealers agree to let car buyers know about unrepaired safety recalls

General Motors Co., Jim Koons Management Co., and Lithia Motors have agreed to settle charges they deceptively marketed their used cars when they made claims about their comprehensive inspections. Many of the cars they advertised as having undergone thorough inspections still had open recalls for safety-related defects, including recalls for... Read more →


Older adults at risk for hypothermia in cold, winter weather

It was sad to learn Monday that two people were found dead in their cars after the big snowstorm that hit the East Coast over the weekend. Most Americans aged 65 years and older aren’t going to face the dangers of hypothermia in their cars during a snowstorm. However, they... Read more →


Baby boomer bloggers write about nostalgia, including ‘Star Wars’

Photo: Skirtick Tom Sightings of Sightings Over Sixty is the host for this week’s Best of Boomer Blogs #434. Sightings writes about nostalgia and his thoughts on the book “The Sense of an Ending” by Julian Barnes. Barnes characterizes nostalgia as "the powerful recollection of strong emotions – and a... Read more →