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October 2018

Top Halloween costumes for 2018

Will you be dressing up for Halloween this year like nearly 70 percent of Americans? Here’s a list of the most popular costumes for 2918 from the National Retail Federation: Kids Princess Superhero Batman Star Wars character Witch Spider Man Avengers character including Spider Man Ghost Pirate Frozen – Else,... Read more →


How are your finances as Halloween, Thanksgiving, and the holidays approach?

Are you in good shape financially? Many Americans don’t think they are, according to WalletHub’s “2018 Halloween Spending and Financial Fears Survey.” Its results show: 75 million Americans say their finances have reached “horror show” status, including 30 percent of millennials and 16 percent of baby boomers. Two in three... Read more →


Baby boomers offer hope in these dark days

Carol Cassara at Heart•Mind•Soul calls these dark, dark days. It’s been a terrible and tragic week with the massacre of 11 people in a synagogue near Pittsburgh, bombs being sent through the mail to top Democratic leaders and critics of President Trump, and the continual leaked news about the brutal... Read more →


Another massacre: Let’s do something about gun control

Eleven people were killed and six injured in a shooting Saturday at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill, a Pittsburgh neighborhood. The killer, who burst into a baby-naming ceremony, shouted anti-sematic slogans during the 20-minute siege. The alleged shooter, Robert D. Bowers, was armed with an AR-15-style assault... Read more →


Top-mount refrigerators recalled by Haier America due to fire hazard Haier is recalling about 137,000 top-mount refrigerators. An electrical component in the refrigerator can short circuit, posing a fire hazard. Haier America has received three reports of smoke, fire, and property damage. No injuries have been reported. This recall involves... Read more →


New York sues Exxon Mobile for misleading investors on climate change costs

Photo: Ben P L Exxon Mobile Corp. is being sued by the state of New York for allegedly misleading investors on the risk that climate change regulations posed to its finances. For years, Exxon told investors that it was accounting for the likelihood of stronger regulation by applying an increasing... Read more →


California auto insurance reform saves consumers $154 billion in 27 years

California drivers have saved at least $154 billion on auto insurance since voters approved Proposition 103 in 1988, according to an analysis by the Consumer Federation of America. Since the vote, California has had the smallest increases in auto insurance cost, and at the same time is the nation’s second... Read more →


Eating organic food dramatically reduces cancer risk, study shows

Eating organic food that has no pesticides is strongly correlated with a dramatic reduction in the risk of cancer, according to a study published Monday in an American Medical Association journal. The study led by a team of French government scientists tracked the diets of nearly 69,000 people. Four years... Read more →