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October 2016

Target recalls Halloween LED gel clings due to choking and battery ingestion hazards

Target is recalling about 127,000 LED gel clings. The gel clings can separate and expose the inner decal and LED/button battery, posing choking and button battery ingestion hazards to children. No incidents or injuries have been reported. This recall involves six different Halloween-themed LED gel clings that come with two... Read more →

Superheroes take the crown from princesses as top Halloween costume this year

More children this year will be celebrating Halloween dressed as their favorite superhero. Princess costumes dropped to the No. 2 spot after being the top costume for 11 years, according to a survey conducted by the National Retail Federation. Spending on Halloween costumes is expected to reach $3.1 billion, with... Read more →

Facts and figures for Halloween this year

Most Americans enjoy celebrating the Halloween season. Spending Total spending for Halloween is expected to reach $8.4 billion this year, according to a survey conducted for the American Retain Federation. It’s the high amount in the survey’s 11-year history. U.S. consumers are expected to spend an average of $82.93, up... Read more →

Pediatricians offer new guidelines on screen times for kids

Recognizing the role of media in children’s lives, the American Academy of Pediatrics is releasing new recommendations and resources to help families make decisions about screen time. The academy recommends that parents develop a family media plan that takes into account the health, education, and entertainment needs of each child... Read more →

American eating habits continue to mostly decline

The average American consumes about 2,500 calories per day, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. That’s up from about 2,000 calories in the 1970s. Americans need to eat less and change what they eat, according to a report card on the changing American diet by the Center for Science... Read more →

VW buybacks to begin under $14.7 billion diesel scandal settlement

Earlier this year, the Federal Trade Commission sued Volkswagen for falsely claiming that its diesel cars had low levels of harmful emissions. A federal judge approved a FTC order Tuesday that requires Volkswagen to provide up to $10 billion to owners and lessees of VW and Audi 2.0 liter diesel... Read more →

Baby boomer bloggers write about money, the election, and letting go

Our boomer bloggers are feeling frisky this week. Maybe it’s the full moon or perhaps the goblins of Halloween are already emerging early… They’re writing about what The Donald will do after the election, how fraudsters are using election themes to scam you, how costs are rising despite the 0.3... Read more →

Husqvarna is recalling lawn mowers due to laceration hazard

Husqvarna is recalling about 208,000 lawn mowers in the United States and 27,000 in Canada. The company has received 53 reports of the engine not shutting off after the operator presence control bar was released. No injuries have been reported. The control bar can malfunction and cause the engine and... Read more →

CDC: Heart surgery device poses dangerous infection risk to patients

The Centers for Disease Control is warning hospitals about the infection dangers posed by some medical devices used to regulate a patient’s body temperature during open heart surgeries. The contaminated heater-cooler devices have been linked to non-tuberculosis mycobacteria infection outbreaks in at least 16 hospitals in 10 states. The CDC... Read more →