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January 2017

Baby boomer bloggers write about life after the inauguration

Earlier this week, I wrote about how life after Donald Trump’s election to the presidency is like falling down the rabbit hole into Wonderland. Small things blow up and get gigantic and vise versa. And, it continues. With Friday’s announcement by President Trump to keep refugees from entering the country... Read more →

More batteries for HP and Compaq notebook computers are being recalled by HP due to fire and burn hazards

HP is recalling about 101,000 additional lithium-ion batteries used in HP notebook computers. Previously, about 41,000 batteries were recalled in June 2016 in the United States with about 3,000 recalled in Canada and 4,000 in Mexico. The batteries can overheat, posing fire and burn hazards. HP has received an additional... Read more →

Attorney general charges New York City election board with illegally purging voter registrations

The New York Attorney General’s Office is intervening in a federal lawsuit against the New York City Board of Elections, which alleges practices used by the NYCBOE to cancel voter registrations violate federal and state laws. The lawsuit alleges that since 2014 the NYCBOE improperly purged more than 200,000 voters’... Read more →

Consumer groups intervene in lawsuit to support consumer financial agency

President Obama gives remarks before signing the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act on July 11, 2010 Republicans have been complaining about the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau since it was created to assist consumers in their financial transactions after the Great Recession of 2008. In an effort to... Read more →

ServiceLink fined $65 million by federal banking agencies for foreclosure deficiencies

ServiceLink Holdings is being fined $65 million by three federal banking agencies for improper actions by its predecessor company, Lender Processing Services. The actions resulted in deficiencies in the foreclosure-related services that LPS provided to mortgage servicers, the agencies said. LPS was part of a huge settlement with federal agencies... Read more →

Baby boomer bloggers write about Trump’s Inauguration, mostly

This past week Americans witnessed an historic couple of days, the inauguration of the 45th president of the United States and the Women’s March in response. People turned out in force for the march not only in Washington, D.C., but also in cities and towns throughout the U.S. and around... Read more →

Rock salt lamps are being recalled by Michaels due to shock and fire hazards

Michaels is recalling about 80,000 rock salt lamps. The dimmer switch and/or outlet plug can overheat and ignite, posing shock and fire hazards. No incidents or injuries have been reported. This recall involves three rock salt lamps sold under the Lumière brand. The lamps are pink and mounted on a... Read more →

Women’s March: More than 10,000 people crowd Washington state’s capital

It was a historic event. Thousands of people came to the Washington state capital for the Women’s March on Saturday to protest the inauguration of Donald Trump, what he’s said in the past, and his possible policies. Many wore pink Pussycat Hats. All age groups attended: Seniors. Young people. Kids.... Read more →

Feds sue TCF National Bank for tricking consumers into costly overdraft services

Photo: Dwight Burdette TCF National Bank is being sued for tricking consumers into costly overdraft services. Banks can’t charge overdraft fees on debit purchases and ATM withdrawals without a consumer’s consent. TCF designed its application process to hide the fees and make overdraft seem a requirement for new customers to... Read more →