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American Airlines To Notify Customers If Bags Are Delayedbaggageashleekielerconsumerist

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 20:49:35 +0000

For the better part of a year, airlines have experimented with different programs aimed at easing travelers’ frustrations when it comes to their checked luggage; from Alaska’s electronic baggage tags to Delta’s checked bag map. Now, its American Airlines turn, as the carrier launched an app update allowing passengers to receive notification when their bags are delayed.  American announced …


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Is Obamacare “Skinny Repeal” Actually The Senate’s Plan, Or A Way To Bring Back The House Version Instead?capitolkcoxconsumer

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 20:12:33 +0000

After a chaotic and tumultuous week, the Senate appears to be slowly, painfully congealing around a plan it can agree on to repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). But that plan itself is still something that nobody, including the Senators who will probably vote on it, has seen the text for. And even if the Senate does vote …


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Insurance Companies, Actuaries, Physicians Warn Against Repeal Of Obamacare’s ‘Individual Mandate’hospitalroomchrismorranconsumerist

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 19:56:09 +0000

The various “repeal and replace” factions have targeted different aspects of the Affordable Care Act: Some want to slash Medicaid; some want to cut federal funding to Planned Parenthood; some say they must repeal taxes on tanning salons. One goal they all have in common is to get rid of the law’s “individual mandate,” the requirement that most people must …


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Victims Of Mortgage Modification Scam Lost More Than Their Homes14658729083_35343165d6_hashleekielerconsumerist

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 19:13:40 +0000

Each year, fraudsters target vulnerable, trusting Americans by claiming that they can make their lives better. But when all the chips have fallen, these seemingly legit businesses often turn out to be just the opposite. While some of these operations will face the wrath of federal or state regulators, their victims are often left with little.  In the case of …


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GOP Proposes, Then Immediately Rejects Plan For Single-Payer Health Insurancesenate2chrismorranconsumerist

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 19:03:13 +0000

Since the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010, Republican lawmakers have repeatedly decried it as “socialized” or “government-run” healthcare while calling for its repeal. But it was a GOP senator who today introduced legislation that, if passed, would have provided single-payer, government-run Medicare for everyone. In fact, the amendment proposed by Sen. Steve Daines of Montana was entitled the Expanded …


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Blowing Out Birthday Candles Means Blasting Cakes With Spitfakecakeconsumerlaura

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 19:00:21 +0000

When celebrating birthdays, blowing out a cake full of candles and singing a public domain song is a time-honored tradition. Yet has it ever occurred to you that this ritual means that the birthday celebrant is just blasting spit over the candles and the top layer of the cake? Well, now it has. The Journal of Food Research in Canada …


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Period Underwear Company Thinx Has A New CEO Months After Sexual Harassment ClaimsScreen Shot 2016-05-20 at 2.02.51 PMashleekielerconsumerist

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 18:53:16 +0000

Period underwear company Thinx has a new “She-EO,” a title the company’s former leader bestowed upon herself: The startup named a new CEO today, months after the previous leader and co-founder left amid reports of sexual harassment and employee dissatisfaction.  Bloomberg reports that beginning next week Maria Molland Selby will become the new CEO of Thinx, but she won’t continue …


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Amazon Reportedly Has A Secret Team Working On Virtual Doctor Visits, Other Medical Servicesamazon_box_doneashleekielerconsumerist

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 18:51:39 +0000

Two months after Amazon was rumored to be thinking of getting into the pharmacy business by offering customers the option of ordering their prescription drugs through the e-commerce giant’s supplier channel, the company is taking its desire to be doctor a step further, reported developing a team focused on virtual medicine.  CNBC, citing sources close to the matter, reports …


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Congratulations To Jeff Bezos, The New Richest Person In The Worldamazonstreetcarconsumerlaura

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 17:27:31 +0000

For the first time since 2013, the world has a new richest person. Thanks to a rise in the value of Amazon stock, the company’s founder and CEO, Jeff Bezos, has taken the top spot on Bloomberg’s Billionaires Index from Microsoft founder Bill Gates. (We wanted to know, too: Michael Bloomberg, soda-hating former mayor of New York City and founder …


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Trump Administration Tells Court: Civil Rights Law Doesn’t Ban Discrimination Against LGBT Workersprideflagchrismorranconsumerist

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 16:24:55 +0000

The landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employers from discriminating on the basis of “race, color, religion, sex, or national origin,” but does the ban on sex-related discrimination extend to sexual orientation? Not according to the Trump administration, which recently told a federal appeals court that this protection only applies to equal treatment of male and female workers. The …


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