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May 2018

Look for calorie information on menus, menu boards and for food on display to help you cut calories

This portion of a McDonald’s breakfast menu shows options ranging from 290 to 710 calories Calorie counts are now required on menus and menu boards, and for food on display in chain restaurants, supermarkets, convenience stores, and movie theaters. The law also requires calorie labeling on more than 99 percent... Read more →


Boomers looking forward to summer as spring begins to fade

It’s already hot and dry where Laura Lee Carter lives in southern Colorado, and the area is experiencing a severe drought. The weather has ruined the usual display of early native plant blooms. Although we’ve had some nice, 70-degree weather here in the Seattle area rather than rain, our spring... Read more →


Best wishes on Memorial Day

On the 150th anniversary of Memorial Day, it's a good day to remember the men and women who have served our country. Some possible activities include: Visit a cemetery and place a flag or flowers on veterans’ graves. Visit war memorials. Fly the U.S. flag. Participate in the National Moment... Read more →


Fiat Chrysler recalls 4.8 million vehicles because cruise control could get stuck in the ‘on’ position

Photo: IFCAR Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling more than 4.8 million vehicles because drivers may not be able to turn the cruise control off. U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration strongly encourages vehicle owners to follow the FCA warning and not use cruise control until the cars,... Read more →


Memorial Day 2018: Americans traveling in near-record numbers, often choosing cruises and warm weather

For many people, Memorial Day ushers in the unofficial start of summer, and Americans plan to start the season by traveling. More than 41.5 million Americans will travel this Memorial Day weekend, nearly 5 percent more than last year and the most in more than a dozen years, according to... Read more →


Agusti Torello Mata, a leader in the cava industry, gives his winery his name

After visiting Albet i Noya, a small organic winery, and Freixenet, the largest seller of Spanish cava or sparkling wine in the world, we visited our third winery, Agusti Torello Mata. We were pleased that we had a beautiful, sunny day, leaving the clouds and rain behind, for our winery... Read more →


Freixenet makes millions of bottles of cava at a reasonable price

When my daughter, sister, and I headed to the Penedes region of Spain, famous for its cava or sparkling wine, the first winery we visited was Albet i Noya, a small winery that makes organic wines. The second winery I selected, Freixenet, is the largest seller of Spanish cava in... Read more →


Federal guidance urging banks to offer small loans is ambiguous, consumer group says

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency issued new guidance Tuesday for national banks that want to make small loans to low-income borrowers. The guidance includes several principles the comptroller expects banks to follow in making loans of between $300 to $5,000 for more than 45 days. “This ambiguous... Read more →