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Goldman Sachs to pay $15 million for selling short violations

Andrew J. Ceresney, director, SEC’s Enforcement Division Goldman Sachs has agreed to pay $15 million to settle charges that its securities lending practices violated federal regulations. Broker-dealers such as Goldman Sachs are asked by customers to locate stock for short selling. Granting a “locate” means that a firm believes it... Read more →

Baby boomer bloggers write about winter, writing, food, and cats

Linda Myers of Thoughts from a Bag Lady in Waiting is the host for this week’s Best of Boomer Blogs #432. It’s the New Year, and baby boomer bloggers are starting it out with a bang. They’re reporting on a lovely snow in the Colorado foothills; why we write; old-style,... Read more →

Recall of the Week: Huisken Meat Co. beef patties due to contamination with wood materials

Huisken Meat Co. is recalling nearly 90,000 pounds of beef products that may be contaminated with small pieces of wood, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said Monday. The Sam’s Choice Black Angus Vidalia Onion items were produced between Nov. 19, 2015, and Dec. 9, 2015.... Read more →

FDA bans three toxic chemicals in food wrapping, but allows use of related chemicals

Three grease-resistant chemicals linked to cancer and birth defects that are used in pizza boxes, microwave popcorn bags, sandwich wrappers, and other food packaging are being banned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The chemicals banned by the FDA, in an order that takes effect immediately, are three perfluorinated... Read more →

2015 Dietary Guidelines: Eat less sugar, meat, and salt

Americans should be eating more fruits and vegetables and less added sugars, saturated fat, and sodium, according to the federal government’s new Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The publication comes out every five years and is written by the U.S. departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services with the advice... Read more →

Use of e-cigarettes skyrockets among teens

When I’m around someone who’s vaping or smoking an electronic cigarette, I get nausea just like I do from cigarette smoke. Right now, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is in the process of developing regulations for e-cigarettes. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is concerned because the... Read more →

At last: Some action on gun control

No longer willing to wait for Congress to act while more Americans die regularly from gun violence, Pres. Barack Obama announced Monday that he’s taking executive action to reduce gun violence. It’s about time. There have been so many deadly attacks – Sandy Hook Elementary School, Newtown, Conn.; Aurora, Colo.;... Read more →

U.S. files lawsuit against Volkswagen over faulty emission software

The U.S. Department of Justice, on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency, filed a civil lawsuit Monday in federal court in Detroit against Volkswagen. It alleges that nearly 600,000 diesel engine vehicles had illegal “defeat devices” installed, software that turns off emission control systems during testing, but at other times... Read more →

Baby boomer bloggers focus on history, travel, finances, and politics

Meryl Baer of Six Decades and Counting is the host for this week’s Best of Boomer Blogs #431. As the old year morphs into the new, Baer reports nostalgia seized the blogging boomers this week as they look back before moving forward. They’re writing about baby boomer history, nightmarish happenings... Read more →

Recall of the Week: Martha Stewart stainless steel cookware due to injury hazard with frying pans

Macy’s is recalling a bout 121,000 Martha Stewart Collection 10-piece stainless steel cookware sets. The metal discs that cover the frying pan’s rivets can pop off and hit consumers, posing an injury hazard. The firm has received seven reports of the metal discs popping off the frying pans, including three... Read more →