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Sears Lays Off 130 Corporate Employees, Still Hoping To Escape Death Spiral
Sears Holdings, the parent company of Sears and Kmart, had a pretty bad year in 2016. The duo of once-mighty retailers is now locked in a death spiral, selling its real estate, its own iconic brands, and closing stores to stay afloat. And now Sears H...
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Thursday, February 23, 2017

White House May Crack Down On Recreational Marijuana
Even though federal law currently prohibits the Justice Department from using any of the funding it receives from Congress to prosecute medical marijuana in 40 states (and D.C., Guam, and Puerto Rico), no law blocks the DOJ from going after recreatio...
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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Florida Man Arrested For Collecting Payments For Jamaican Lottery Scammers
Operators of some overseas scams will use American middle-men to collect money from victims before sending it on to the scammers. Federal prosecutors have accused one Florida man of being the cash conduit for a "lottery" scam being run out of Jamaica...
The Consumerist
Thursday, February 23, 2017

FCC Eases Transparency Requirements For More ISPs, Hints At Coming Net Neutrality Fight
It's been most of a month now since noted net neutrality foe Ajit Pai took over the chairman's seat at the FCC. Today the Commission held its regular monthly open meeting — the first of Pai's tenure — giving us a glimpse into what we're likely to see...
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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Senators Pitch Last-Minute Attempt To Exempt Pizza Places From New Menu Labeling Law
On May 5, 2017, new federal regulations finalized three years ago will go into effect that require chain restaurants with 20 or more outlets to post calorie counts on their menus, as well as on food items sold in vending machines and snack bars. Befo...
The Consumerist
Thursday, February 23, 2017

Time Warner Cable Customers Unable To Access TV Apps After Charter Merger
It's been nearly a year since Charter officially acquired Time Warner Cable, but TWC customers — now "Time Warner Spectrum" — say they are no longer able to access an array of TV apps that require their pay-TV logins. As you almost certainly know, mo...
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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Flu Spreads, Leaves Small Workplaces Short-Handed
If your favorite small store or other small business is short-handed this winter, you might have to blame a worse-than-average flu season. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, flu cases nationwide and in 35 out of 50 states ar...
The Consumerist
Thursday, February 23, 2017

Soon-To-Be Proposed Sugary Drink Tax In Seattle Won't Apply To Starbucks
Seattle could soon be joining the ranks of Philadelphia, Chicago, Boulder, CO, Albany, Berkeley, CA, and a handful of other cities in charging consumers a little extra when they purchase a sugary drink. But the home of Starbucks will reportedly provi...
The Consumerist
Thursday, February 23, 2017

Tesla Wants To Bundle Car Sales With Insurance And Maintenance
Usually when you purchase a new vehicle, you know you'll have to buy insurance separately, and — depending on the terms of the sale — pay for maintenance costs somewhere down the proverbial and literal road. Tesla says it's planning to eventually bun...
The Consumerist
Thursday, February 23, 2017

Lyft Making Major Push Into The Midwest With Biggest Expansion To Date
Congratulations, residents of Eau Claire, WI; Kankakee, IL; and Mankato, MN — you will soon have another way to get from point A to point B: Lyft is adding more than 50 cities to its lineup, its largest expansion to date. As part of its previously an...
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Thursday, February 23, 2017

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