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Uber to pay $20 million for exaggerating employment claims

Photo: Elekes Andor Uber has agreed to a $20 million settlement related to charges that the company made false or unsupported claims about its drivers’ likely income and the benefits of its Vehicle Solutions Program, the Federal Trade Commission said Thursday. The FTC said Uber made misleading claims about the... Read more →

Western Union settles FTC fraud charges for $586 million

Western Union has known for years that scammers were using its system to commit huge amounts of fraud, according to the Federal Trade Commission. Even when faced with evidence that many of its agents were committing fraud, Western Union kept taking people’s money and sending it to scammers. The company... Read more →

Students lead protest in Olympia, Wash. against Trump Inauguration

About 200 people gathered Friday morning on the steps of the capitol in Olympia, Washington, to peacefully protest the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump. High school and community college students and others urged the audience to organize and resist efforts to discriminate against immigrants, minorities, women, the disabled, and the... Read more →

Nation’s largest student loan company charged with failing borrowers ‘at every stage’

Navient, the nation’s largest servicer of federal and private student loans, is being sued for systematically and illegally failing borrowers at every stage of repayment. For years, Navient, formerly part of Sallie Mae, created obstacles to repayment by providing bad information, processing payments incorrectly, and failing to act when borrowers... Read more →

Baby boomer bloggers start the year with a bang

Last week, I had fun going to the Inaugural Ball for Washington State Governor Jay Inslee. With Donald Trump set to be become president Friday, I appreciate so much that we have a governor in our state who supports consumer and environmental protection, health care insurance for all, education at... Read more →

Best wishes on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

What are your plans for today? Performing community service, taking a day off, working, or doing something else? In his proclamation on King, President Barack Obama said: In summoning a generation to recognize the universal threat of injustice anywhere, Dr. King's example has proven that those who love their country... Read more →

More than 1.3 million additional Toyotas and Hondas recalled due to airbag problems

Photo: IFCAR Toyota is recalling another 543,000 vehicles in the United States due to defective airbags made by the Takata Corp., the company said Friday. Honda announced Tuesday it’s recalling 772,000 additional Honda and Acura vehicles in the U.S. due to defective airbags. Takata pled guilty to criminal charges Friday... Read more →

Takata agrees to plead guilty and pay $1 billion in criminal penalties for airbag scheme

Takata Corp., one of the world’s largest suppliers of automotive safety equipment, agreed to plead guilty to wire fraud and pay a total of $1 billion in criminal penalties due to the company’s fraudulent conduct in the sale of defective airbag inflators. Three Takata executives also were charged with wire... Read more →

Top places to travel for the upcoming three-day holidays

Wondering what are the best places are to travel for the upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. Day and President’s Day holidays? A list of the top destinations by region for a three-day weekend adventure has been created by It includes U.S. cities big enough to explore yet small enough... Read more →