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July 2018

Fines for corporations by federal agencies down under Trump administration, with penalties falling as much as 94 percent

When Donald Trump was elected president, I strongly suspected that he would be soft on his big corporation buddies. Now we have details on just how bad it is. During President Donald Trump’s first year in office, enforcement against corporate crime and wrongdoing declined dramatically, with total penalties for such... Read more →


Finally: U.S. shuts down massive IRS phone scam

Twenty-one members of massive India-based fraud and money laundering conspiracy that defrauded thousands of U.S. residents of hundreds of millions of dollars were sentenced in a Houston court last week to terms of up to 20 years. Three other conspirators were sentenced earlier this year for laundering proceeds for the... Read more →


Baby boomers muse about travel, food, and enjoying life

It’s summer, and the boomer bloggers in our group are enjoying life and taking it easy – except for Sue Loncaric who lives in Australia. She’s enjoying the middle of winter. Rebecca Forstadt-Olkowski, our reporter this week, just came back from a trip to the Canadian Rockies where she and... Read more →


Taco Bell salsa cheese dip recalled due to botulism risk

About 7,000 cases of Taco Bell Salsa Con Queso Mild Cheese Dip are being recalled by the Kraft Heinz Foods Co. because the salsa is showing signs of separation which can lead to possible health hazards. Under these conditions, Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium that can cause life-threatening illness or death,... Read more →


The worst chain restaurant meals for 2018

The Cheesecake Factory Breakfast Burrito The Cheesecake Factory’s Breakfast Burrito is the “winner” of the 2018 Xtreme Eating Award for the Worst Way to Start the Day. It’s the nutritional equivalent of seven Sausage McMuffins from McDonald’s. The burrito is one of two Cheesecake Factory items among the awards issued... Read more →


Attorneys general file lawsuit to stop Trump from sabotaging the ACA

Twelve attorneys general filed a lawsuit Thursday challenging the U.S. Department of Labor’s Association Health Plan Rule, which expands how AHPs are formed to evade consumer protections and sabotage the Affordable Care Act. AHPs have a long history of fraud, mismanagement, and abuse, with millions in unpaid claims for policyholders... Read more →


Are you ready for back-to-school shopping?

It’s hard to believe, but August is almost here, and soon kids will be headed back to school. To help parents save money, WalletHub, a personal-finance website, has released the results of its “2018 Back-to-School Shopping Survey” and “Sales-Tax Holiday Calendar” to help parents save hundreds. Highlights of the reports... Read more →


Watch out for online nanny and caregiving job scams

Finding a new job can be a challenge. Websites can help you find work, but scammers also use these sites to find people to rip off. Do you look for work on caregiver/nanny job sites? Sometimes scammers will offer a job but say you need to buy supplies or other... Read more →


Attorneys general ask Congress to protect state election processes from cyberattacks, including Russia’s

Twenty-one attorneys general urged congressional leaders Monday to improve American cybersecurity and protect the integrity of the upcoming 2018 midterm election and elections to come, against cyberattacks and infiltrations such as the ones committed by Russia in 2016. Investigations have made clear that Russian hackers targeted the American electoral system,... Read more →


Boomers: Still keepin’ on

Fifty years ago, 1968 was a tumultuous year for baby boomers. Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy were assassinated. Students all over the world protested the Vietnam War, and Apollo 8 was the first manned spacecraft to orbit the moon. Next year, will be the 50th anniversary of Woodstock.... Read more →