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December 2016

American Airlines: Be wary if you’re going to try its WiFi offer

On my flight from Madrid to Dallas on American Airlines Tuesday, an announcement was made that the WiFi was free. When I tried to use it, I found that there was a charge. I asked a flight attendant about it, and he said the announcement was an error. There was... Read more →


Feds sue Barclays Bank, two former executives for fraud in the sale of residential mortgage-backed securities

Photo: Secretlondon Barclays Bank and several of its U.S. affiliates are being charged with taking part in a fraudulent scheme to sell residential mortgage-backed securities supported by defective and misrepresented mortgage loans. From 2005 to 2007, Barclays employees misrepresented the loans backing securities they sold to investors throughout the world,... Read more →


Generic prescription giant to pay more than $283 million to resolve corruption charges

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, the world’s largest manufacturer of generic prescription drugs, and its Russian subsidiary, Teva, agreed to resolve criminal charges and to pay a criminal penalty of more than $283 million for schemes involving the bribery of government officials in Russia, Ukraine, and Mexico. “Teva and its subsidiaries paid... Read more →


Nearly half of million LG portable air conditioners are being recalled due to fire hazard

LG is recalling about 466,000 portable air conditioners in the United States and about 36,000 in Canada. The portable air conditioners can overheat, posing a risk of fire. The company has received four reports of fires that have caused $380,000 in property damage. No injuries have been reported. The recall... Read more →


Facts and figures for the holiday season this year

The holidays are upon us. What are consumers up to in 2016? Spending Consumers plan to spend an average of $936 during the holiday shopping season. Total spending includes gifts for others, spending on themselves, food, flowers, decorations, and greeting cards for Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa, according to a survey... Read more →


Wine tasting in Spain – Pares Balta in Vilafranca del Penedes

My last article described how to organize a wine tasting tour for you and your friends and family. I’ve organized wine tours in Chelan, Woodinville, Cashmere-Monitor-Leavenworth, Walla Walla, Mount Vernon, Pullman, and Thurston County in Washington state and in Sonoma, Santa Cruz, Temecula, and Amador County in California. In the... Read more →