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May 2019

51 attorneys general ask for automatic cancellation of student debt for disabled veterans

Fifty-one attorneys general are urging the U.S. Department of Education to forgive the student loans of veterans who are permanently disabled due to their military service. The bipartisan coalition issued a letter Friday. Last year, the department identified more than 42,000 veterans as eligible for student loan relief due to... Read more →


Top 100 most frequently asked questions

Recently, when I visited Madrid, my granddaughter called her mom and asked her if the dishes in the dishwasher were clean or dirty. I laughed, but then I thought that the question must be one of the most popular questions ever that is asked over and over and over again.... Read more →


FTC top officials have conflicts of interest with tech and other corporations

Most top officials at the Federal Trade Commission become lawyers and lobbyists for major technology companies after they leave the agency or bring Silicon Valley conflicts with them when they arrive, a Public Citizen report found. The report shows that most of these officials – 63 percent or 26 out... Read more →


Baby boomers express concerns about health

The hot topic among Baby Boomer bloggers this week is health, both the physical and mental kind. Tom Sightings of Sightings Over Sixty reports on the articles, which are better, he says, than a topic he just wrote about called the reasons we die. Boomer articles include: Most sunscreens contain... Read more →


Workstations recalled by Knape & Vogt due to injury hazard

Knape & Vogt is recalling about 76,000 sit-stand office workstations. The workstation can malfunction, causing the gas cylinders to separate and forcefully discharge, posing an injury hazard. Knape & Vogt has received two reports of the gas cylinder separating from the workstation. In one case, the cylinder discharged from the... Read more →


Best places to travel for Memorial Day 2019

Nearly 43 million Americans will be taking a Memorial Day weekend trip. The unofficial start of the summer vacation season, Memorial Day will see the second-highest travel volume on record since AAA began tracking holiday travel in 2000, with the highest set in 2005. Compared to last year, an additional... Read more →


Tips for shopping on Memorial Day

Memorial Day is one of the best holidays for shopping. What’s for sale Most retailers are offering Memorial Day savings. You’re likely to find bargains on patio furniture, clothing, shoes, mattresses, travel, home items, baby items, auto parts, furniture, and musical instruments, according to Dealnews.com. Best places to shop The... Read more →


New York Times editorial rips Trump administration for failing to protect borrowers

With the Trump administration proposing to reduce federal oversight of mortgage lending, perhaps the most obvious lesson from the 2008 financial crisis, the need for stricter supervision of mortgage lending, has been lost, the New York Times editorial board said in an editorial Thursday. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was... Read more →


Most sunscreens contain possible harmful ingredients or don’t protect well from the sun, consumer group analysis shows

Researchers from the Environmental Working Group found that two-thirds of sunscreen products it analyzed offer inferior sun protection or contain worrisome ingredients, such as oxybenzone. On Wednesday, the EWG released its 13th Annual Guide to Sunscreens, which rates the safety and effectiveness of more than 1,300 SPF products, including sunscreens,... Read more →