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September 2016

Online lender to pay $3.63 million for failing to deliver promised benefits

LendUp, an online lender, will pay $3.63 million because it didn’t give consumers the opportunity to build credit and provide access to cheaper loans, as it claimed to consumers it would. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has ordered the company to provide more than 50,000 consumers with about $1.83 million... Read more →

Baby boomer bloggers travel into fall

Meryl Baer of Six Decades and Counting describes the fun of her community’s fall festival, Funfest. However, my experience with “festivals” this weekend is quite different. I’m a photojournalist, so as I go by the Legislative Building and see an interesting view with some emerging fall foliage, I decide to... Read more →

Chromium-6, a carcinogen, found in drinking water of 200 million Americans

Erin Brockovich Photo: Eva Rinaldi Chromium-6, a carcinogen, contaminates the tap water of two-thirds of Americans at levels above what scientists say is safe, according an analysis of federal water testing data by the Environmental Working Group. Under an Environmental Protection Agency program, from 2013 to 2015, local water utilities... Read more →

Adams Farms Slaughterhouse recalls beef, veal, and bison due to possible E. coli contamination

Adams Farm Slaughterhouse is recalling beef, veal, and bison products due to possible E. coli O157:H7 contamination. Seven people from four states have been infected, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. Five of them have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported. The recalled products have establishment number... Read more →

Trump hotels pay $50,000 to settle with state of New York over data breaches

The Trump Hotel Collection has agreed to pay $50,000 and improve its data security after data breaches exposed more than 70,000 credit card numbers and other personal information. “It is vital in this digital age that companies take all precautions to ensure that consumer information is protected, and that if... Read more →

Yahoo hacked: What to do if you have an account

Photo: Coolcaesar Information from at least 500 million user accounts was stolen from the Yahoo network in late 2014, the company said Thursday. The account information included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, some passwords and, in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers. The stolen... Read more →

Baby boomer bloggers are busy, busy, busy

This week we’re offering you reviews of movies and restaurants, an analysis of upstate New York versus California living, and how to get better prices on your new iPhone. Laura Lee Carter of the Adventures of the New Old Farts is the host for this, the 466th, edition of the... Read more →

It’s official: Consumer safety agency recalls Samsung Galaxy Note7s due to fire, burn hazards

Samsung is recalling about 1 million Galaxy Note7 smartphones sold before Sept. 15. The lithium-ion battery can overheat and catch fire, posing a serious burn hazard to consumers, the company and U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said. Samsung has received 92 reports of the batteries overheating in the United States,... Read more →