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Poll: Cost Of Child Care Causes Financial Stress For Many Families

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 04:35:00 -0400

The most common challenge parents face when looking for child care is the high cost. At an average cost of $10,000 a year, infant child care rivals a year's tuition at a state college or university.

The AT&T-Time Warner Merger: What Are The Pros And Cons For Consumers?

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 10:44:00 -0400

AT&T positions itself as the future competitor to cable, promising an era of experimentation and innovation. But consumer advocates raise a raft of concerns. Regulators will weigh both sides.

Buick Up, Honda And Subaru Down, Says Consumer Reports

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 20:24:00 -0400

Consumer Reports has released its Annual Reliability Survey. Lexus and Toyota are the top two, followed by Buick. The company ranks car brands based on a survey of more than a half-million car owners.

Rates Up 22 Percent For Obamacare Plans, But Subsidies Rise, Too

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 17:01:00 -0400

The premiums on benchmark plans are increasing by an average of 22 percent in 2017, the government says, but more than 70 percent of people can get one for less than $75 a month after subsidies.

Small Business Owners Face Pressures Of Minimum Wage Bumps In Big Cities

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 08:24:00 -0400

Minimum wages are on their way to $15 an hour in New York and California. Workers look forward to the bump. But some small businesses are bracing for a hit to their bottom line.

With More Big-Box Stores In Reach, Are Commissaries Still Needed?

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 08:24:00 -0400

This year the U.S. military spent $1.4 billion to run nearly 240 stores that provide discount groceries to troops. Next year, the Department of Defense wants to cut $200 million from the subsidy.

U.S. Parents Are Sweating And Hustling To Pay For Child Care

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 10:09:00 -0400

Kids may be little. But the cost of paying for someone to take care of them is really big. Stressed-out parents are pinching pennies, driving for Uber and putting off saving and having more kids.

Self-Checkout Could Soon Be Checking Out

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 16:19:46 -0400

Those self-checkout machines in the supermarkets and other stores have remained pretty much unchanged since the 1990s. They still don't work very well. Why can't they get better? We take a shopping trip with the inventor who describes the issue as a cognitive problem and a shoplifting problem.

Three Bits of Business News You'll Be Glad To Know

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 10:00:00 -0400

Politics dominated the news this week. But the business world also had some interesting stories. Here are just three, involving Black Friday shopping, sham bank accounts and dining out.

Winter Heating Costs Likely To Increase

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 18:04:00 -0400

The federal government says higher fuel prices and colder weather will add up to a steeper bill than last year for consumers heating their homes this winter.

Wells Fargo, Samsung And Volkswagen: Can A Good Name Be Restored?

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 08:00:00 -0400

Wells Fargo's CEO, John Stumpf, stepped down Wednesday as his company tries to rebuild its reputation. Wells Fargo, Samsung and Volkswagen have all seen their names hurt by poorly handled scandals.

Samsung's Recall Causes Profit Woes

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 21:36:00 -0400

Samsung Electronics says it's adjusting its earning and cutting its operating profit by $2.3 billion. That's after Samsung ended production of the fire-plagued Galaxy Note 7 smartphone.

New Clinton Child Tax Credit Could Help Low-Income Parents, But Cost Is $200 Billion

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 18:00:00 -0400

The Democrat wants to double the credit for parents of children 4 and under. It would be paid for by a tax on Wall Street, the wealthy, corporations. Trump's tax plan would most benefit the wealthy.

Federal Court Rules Consumer Watchdog's Structure Is Unconstitutional

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 12:46:00 -0400

An independent federal agency should not be run by a single person, the court found. It decided to remedy the situation by giving the president the authority to fire the agency head at will.

Race, School Ratings And Real Estate: A 'Legal Gray Area'

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 06:00:00 -0400

When school test scores are published on real estate web sites, is that an objective data point, or a subtle form of racial steering? Experts say it's complicated.