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GM Ignition Switch Death Claims Inch Higher Again; 29 Deaths Now Tied To Decade-Old Defect

Slowly but surely the General Motors victim compensation plan continues to add new death claims linked to defective ignition switches. This week, as with several previous weeks, the total number of innocent lives lost as a result of the defect increased by two, bringing the new total to 29. [More]

Banks Can Stop Wasting Stamps; Can Post Privacy Disclosures Online Instead

Banks Can Stop Wasting Stamps; Can Post Privacy Disclosures Online Instead

Customers of some banks may be receiving one less communication by mail following the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s finalization of a rule to promote more effective privacy disclosures. Translation: some banks can post their privacy notices online rather than slapping a stamp on them. [More]

The FTC received a court order to put an end to allegedly deceptive weight-loss products.

FTC Stops Company From Charging $210 For Pills That “Burn Fat Without Diet Or Exercise”

Consumers who buy into a product that promises to let you lose weight while continuing to sit on the couch eating bonbons will likely lose more money than they will pounds. Such was the case for the customers of a dietary supplement company being shut down at the request of the Federal Trade Commission for making unsubstantiated health claims and signing consumers up for monthly charges without their knowledge. [More]

(Eric Spiegel)

Toyota Expands Defective Airbag Recall To 247,000 Additional Vehicles In High Humidity Areas

Just days after it was revealed that defective Takata-produced airbags had been linked to three deaths in the United States, Toyota Motor Corp. expanded its recall of vehicles that may employ the safety devices to include 247,000 additional cars. [More]

(Ron Dauphin)

After Taking Away Some Employees’ Insurance, Walmart Care Clinics To Offer $40 Doctor Visits

Less than two weeks after the nation’s larger retailer and private employer decided it would discontinue health insurance for many part-time employees, the company announced its new health care centers would provide doctor visits for around $40, or as low as $4 for Walmart employees and their families. [More]

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Apple Surprises No One By Removing Bose Products From Online Store

With the fairly recent acquisition of Beats Music and Electronics it probably doesn’t come as a huge surprise that Apple has ceased the sale of Bose products, including headphones and soundbars. [More]

(So Cal Metro)

Even If You Spend Your Career Driving For FedEx, You Might Not Be An Employee

Each day thousands of delivery drivers get behind the wheel of FedEx Ground trucks and set out for a long day of work. While those workers must follow the company’s rules and regulations about delivery times and working hours, FedEx contends they aren’t actual employees, but independent contractors. That distinction is at the core of a series of class action lawsuits filed against the company in which former workers are seeking compensation for unpaid overtime and paycheck deductions. [More]

(Eric Arnold)

Volkswagen Recalls More Than 441,000 Beetles, Jettas To Inspect Rear Suspension Issue

Did you ever play the road trip game where you got to punch your sibling if you saw a Volkswagen Beetle? No? Okay, well then, neither did I. For those thinking of playing “slug bug” (or punch buggy, punch bug, punch dub, piggy punch, beetle bug) on the next long drive, there may be fewer cars to spot now that VW is recalling some 441,000 Beetle and Jetta vehicles for possible suspension issues. [More]

Amazon Fresh has expanded to a very select area of New York City.

Amazon Fresh Reaches East Coast But Only For Select Group Of Brooklynites

Residents of New York City jealous of their West Coast counterparts for receiving sometimes-fresh grocery deliveries from Amazon should pine no more. The e-tailer began deliveries of Amazon Fresh in a very concentrated area of the Big Apple today. [More]

(frankieleon)

Honda To Audit Reporting Inaccuracies After Third Takata Airbag Death Linked To Company

Car manufacturers are required under law to report death and injury claims to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Those figures allow the regulatory agency to identify potentially fatal and dangerous defects. New reports show that might not have been the case for Honda Motor Corp., whose vehicles have  now been linked to three fatalities related to defective airbags. [More]

Starbucks' dress code policy. [Click to enlarge]

Get Ready To Show That Ink, Baristas: Starbucks Changes Policy To Allow Some Visible Tattoos

Things are about to get a bit more graphic behind the Starbucks counter. And by graphic we mean in the illustrated sense, now that the coffee company has revised its tattoo policy, allowing employees to show off their ink – albeit with a few caveats. [More]

Authorities in Nashville say a teen stole a tour bus and took it for a joyride picking up passengers along the way.

Teen Allegedly Steals Mini Tour Bus, Picks Up Passengers During Joyride

Earlier this week a disgruntled mining company employee allegedly stole and crashed his employer’s train. While that was obviously a very dangerous situation, the train was more or less confined to the actual railroad. Know what’s not contained to a single road? The Nashville tour bus allegedly commandeered and taken for a joyride by a 19-year-old. [More]

(Kerry Lannert)

Lawsuit Alleges Chipotle Required Workers To Perform Duties Without Pay

The door may be locked and the lights may have dimmed, but there’s still plenty of work to be done after closing for many restaurant employees. While working after hours isn’t uncommon, those who perform those duties probably expect to continue being paid. But a former employee claims that wasn’t happening at Chipotle, and now he’s suing the fast-casual restaurant. [More]

(Consumerist Dot Com)

Chrysler Recalls 747,000 Jeep And Dodge Vehicles For Electrical, Alternator Issues

By some standards the Chrysler Group’s recall of nearly 764,000 vehicles in the last three weeks is just a drop in the bucket. That changed today when the group issued two notices calling back an additional 747,000 vehicles for electrical and alternator issues. [More]

A vast majority of complaints received by the CFPB relating to private student loans involve issues with repayment and servicing of loans.

CFPB: Private Student Loan Companies Provide Few Options For Borrower, Driving Them To Default

By now we all know that for many consumers taking out private student loans is the only option when it comes to financing their higher education. We also know that many of those same borrowers will ultimately end up defaulting on their debt. A new report from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau suggests that it’s not borrowers’ lack of willingness to repay that lands them further in debt, but a lack of resources provided by lenders that drives consumers to default. [More]

NBC Bay Area news reports that the morning rush-hour got off to a messy start when a tanker carrying portable toilet cleaner was involved with a collision, spilling the liquid on the roadway.

Portable Toilet Waste Tanker Drops Its Load Of Cleaning Fluid On California Highway After Collision

Things you might expect to see on your morning commute: cars, traffic jams, fender benders and 100 gallons of portable toilet cleaning fluid. That last one wasn’t a test, it actually happened Wednesday morning near San Jose. [More]

Taco Bell is testing Sriracha-flavored menu items in Kansas City.

Taco Bell Testing Sriracha-Flavored Menu Items

If you’re searching for a meal that mixes Mexican and Asian flavors, heading to the Midwest probably doesn’t make much sense. But that’s where Taco Bell is reportedly testing new menu items that use much-loved hot sauce: Sriracha. [More]

(kevin dean)

Tired Of Saving Those American Express Rewards Points For A Trip? Spend Them At McDonald’s Instead

No one wants to wait months to accumulate enough American Express rewards points to purchase a blender when you can get instant gratification at McDonald’s. That’s right, the fast-food chain now accepts your hard-earned AmEx points in exchange for Big Mac, Quarter Pounders and other fare. [More]