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March 2017

Strawberries, spinach top this year’s list of produce with most pesticides

Strawberries remain at the top of the Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen list, with spinach jumping to second place in the annual ranking of conventionally grown produce with the most pesticide residues. The EWG's analysis of tests by the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that nearly 70 percent of samples... Read more →


Trump Administration hikes fees for student loans

In its first major policy decision on student loan issues, the U.S. Department of Education took action to give agencies collecting on some defaulted student debt the right to charge a 16 percent fee to borrowers who promptly seek to fix their default. The action reverses previous guidance that forbids... Read more →


Battery chargers for XBOX ONE video game controllers being recalled due to burn hazard

Performance Designed Products is recalling about 121,000 Energizer XBOX ONE 2X Smart Chargers in the United States, 7,250 in Canada, and 2,560 in Mexico. The battery chargers can overheat and damage the XBOX ONE video game controller, posing a burn hazard to consumers. The company has received 24 reports of... Read more →


Top 10 cities for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in 2017

Buffalo, New York Which American cities offer the most rousing St. Patrick’s Day celebrations? Nearly 33 million people in the United States claim Irish ancestry. That’s more than the population of Ireland. WalletHub compared 200 of the largest cities on 16 items to find the best places to wear green... Read more →


Tips for saving money on St. Patrick’s Day

If you’re planning on celebrating St. Patrick’s Day by wearing green, partying, or going out to dinner, you may be spending some greenbacks. If you’d like to save some money, DealNews.com has the following ideas for you: Clothing You can head out in a green T-shirt, green pants, or even... Read more →


Facts and figures for St. Patrick’s Day 2017

What are your plans for St. Patrick’s Day? Originally a religious holiday to honor St. Patrick, who introduced Christianity to Ireland in the fifth century, St. Patrick’s Day has evolved into a celebration of all things Irish. I’m looking forward to wearing my green outfit and remembering my great trip... Read more →


How the past affects the future

Preet Bharara, former U.S. Attorney On Friday, I wrote about Volkswagen pleading guilty to criminal charges and agreeing to pay a $2.8 billion fine for the company’s decade-long scheme to sell diesel vehicles containing software designed to cheat on U.S. emissions tests. Unlike in past, the U.S. Department of Justice’s... Read more →