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Trump Executive Order Directs Federal Agencies To Scale Back Obamacare; Could Remove Individual Mandatewhitehouselawnchrismorranconsumerist

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 12:08:11 +0000

One of President Trump’s first acts in the Oval Office on Friday was to sign an executive order directing federal agencies to scale back on enforcing and implementing the Affordable Care Act wherever they can, while the new administration and Congress work on dismantling the 2010 law. The order — the full text of which is at the bottom of …

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Jury Finds Dish Liable For Annoying Telemarketing Calls By Dealerdishproconsumerlaura

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 22:50:12 +0000

Poor Dish Network. After its dealers engaged in illegal telemarketing years ago, now everyone’s holding it responsible for those calls: first it was federal and state regulators, and now the jury in a class action lawsuit in North Carolina has concluded that the satellite provider’s sales force broke the law. Out of more than a million calls placed by …

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Town Traces Foul Mystery Odor Plaguing Residents To Rotten Radishesscreen-shot-2017-01-20-at-4-54-51-pmmarybethquirkconsumerist

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 22:17:52 +0000

Something is rotten in the state of Pennsylvania, where a foul mystery smell has been plaguing residents of one town for weeks. The good news is, they’ve figured out what’s causing the rank odor, and it won’t last forever. The bad news is, right now it smells pretty nasty out there. According to WNEP, folks around Jersey Shore, PA …

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Apple Sues Qualcomm For $1B Over Alleged Antitrust Violationsqualcomm-logoashleekielerconsumerist

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 22:05:37 +0000

Days after federal regulators sued smartphone and device chip maker Qualcomm accusing it of antitrust violations, one of the company’s largest customers, Apple, is following suit, seeking $1 billion in damages.  The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple filed the lawsuit Friday in a federal court in California, accusing Qualcomm of using its muscle to overcharge the tech company for …

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Net Neutrality Basher Ajit Pai Reportedly Close To Being Named FCC Chairmanajitpaichrismorranconsumerist

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 21:56:59 +0000

As we mentioned more than a month ago, conservative FCC firebrand Ajit Pai was among the most likely candidates to be appointed as Commission’s chairman following the exit of now-former Chair Tom Wheeler. Now comes a report claiming that Pai will soon be handed the reins of an agency whose recent policies he openly opposed. Politico reports that Pai …

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It’ll Now Cost You $5 More To Activate Or Upgrade A Phone On AT&T’s NetworkATT_woodmarybethquirkconsumerist

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 20:53:07 +0000

If you don’t have a contract with AT&T prepare to pay $5 more than you would have in the past to upgrade your phone, or activate a new one on the carrier’s network. Previously, non-contract customers paid $20 to upgrade or activate a phone. That fee will now be $25, AT&T says, whether you’re purchasing a device with an …

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The $300 From My Southwest Gift Card Vanished & Got Lost In Costco Switch To Visasouthwestashleekielerconsumerist

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 20:48:08 +0000

The gift of flight turned into a nightmare for a California woman when the Southwest Airlines gift card she purchased for her daughter was mysteriously canceled without notice, and then the funds vanished into thin air. NBC San Diego reports that in 2015, the woman purchased a $300 Southwest gift card as a present only to find six months later …

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Skittles Scattered Across Highway Were Destined For Cattle Feed: Mars Investigatingskittleroadconsumerlaura

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 20:41:22 +0000

Mars Inc. has a number of very distinct businesses under its sizable umbrella, covering everything from its well-known candy brands to pet food to veterinary clinics. But that doesn’t explain why a load of Skittles spilled all over a Wisconsin highway were on their way to become cattle feed. A sheriff’s deputy in Dodge County, WI, noticed “hundreds of …

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Trump Administration Suspends Mortgage Insurance Discount For New Homeownersthreehouseschrismorranconsumerist

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 20:18:51 +0000

The new Trump administration has already made one of its first moves, directing the Department of Housing and Urban Development to suspend a recently announced program that would have reduced mortgage insurance rates for a number of new homeowners. This reduction, which was announced [PDF] by the Federal Housing Administration on Jan. 9, would have reduced annual mortgage …

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McDonald’s & Other Fast Food Giants Battling For Siberian Customersmcdsarchesmikemozartmarybethquirkconsumerist

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 19:50:44 +0000

When you picture Siberia, you probably imagine a vast, frozen landscape, tucked away in the coldest corner of the globe. You probably don’t picture the Golden Arches lighting up the frigid night, but now even Siberia has several McDonald’s locations — and it’s got plenty of competition for customers. For example, there’s a challenge to McDonald’s fast food throne in …

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