Subprime Auto Lender Fined $2.75M For Providing Inaccurate Information To Credit Agencies

Subprime Auto Lender Fined $2.75M For Providing Inaccurate Information To Credit Agencies

Even the slightest bad rating on a credit report can have long-lasting negative affects on consumers’ lives – from getting jobs to renting or buying a home. And while most bad credit behavior detailed on credit reports are of the consumers’ own doing, sometimes it’s the result of inaccurately furnished information from financial institutions. That appears to be the case for a Houston-based financial group that now faces a hefty fine from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. [More]

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Norway Marks The Legalization Of Segways With First Drunk-While-Segwaying Arrest

As my cool cousin Charlie once said, laws are made to be broken, man. That’s certainly true in Norway, where someone already got arrested for driving a Segway while under the influence of alcohol a month after the country legalized the electric scooters. This is why you can’t have nice things, Norway. [More]

Movie Theater In California Closed Until Tomorrow Due To Alleged Bed Bugs

Movie Theater In California Closed Until Tomorrow Due To Alleged Bed Bugs

It’s been a long time since we’ve heard any reports of bedbugs munching on people while the people munch on popcorn in a movie theater. Almost exactly four years, to be exact. A movie theater in a rural area of California will stay closed until Thursday after extensive de-bugging began over the weekend. However, the theater won’t confirm whether the mysterious insect infestation is bedbugs. [More]

Lawmakers Wade Into Fight Over FCC Chair’s Potential Plan To Overturn Bans On Municipal Broadband

Lawmakers Wade Into Fight Over FCC Chair’s Potential Plan To Overturn Bans On Municipal Broadband

Not very much happens in Washington, D.C. in August. But even as the city slows down, FCC chair Tom Wheeler continues to make strong noises about using the FCC’s authority to preempt state laws that prohibit the expansion or creation of municipal broadband utilities. And now, some members of Congress are joining him. [More]

Original Twinkies Factory To Close; Company Blames Impostors

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A year ago, Twinkies were pulled from the ashes of the Hostess bankruptcy, dusted off and put back by the shelf from the brand’s new owners. But the fallout from the collapse of Hostess lingers, with an announcement today that the factory where the Twinkie was born will soon fade into memory. [More]

Corona Extra Beer Recalled Because Glass Particles Don’t Go Down So Smoothly

Corona Extra Beer Recalled Because Glass Particles Don’t Go Down So Smoothly

That’s not an extra unripe lime interrupting a smooth pull of the beer — the makers of Corona Extra say some 12-ounce bottles of the brew have been recalled for having small glass particles in them. [More]

Visa’s New Fraud Protection System Detects Credit Card User’s Risk At The Gas Pump

Visa’s New Fraud Protection System Detects Credit Card User’s Risk At The Gas Pump

This year credit card companies have sought out ways to make credit card use safer and more secure for consumers. While we’re still waiting for the widespread implementation of chip-and-pin cards, Visa is attempting to tackle fraud at one of its more common sources: the gas pump. [More]

AT&T To Offer Gigabit Broadband Service In Apple’s Home Turf

AT&T To Offer Gigabit Broadband Service In Apple’s Home Turf

While Verizon’s FiOS expansion plans are apparently idling in the “to do… maybe, at some point” bin, AT&T appears to be moving forward with its plans to roll out its GigaPower gigabit broadband network to more markets. Today, the Death Star announced that it has selected its first target in California’s Silicon Valley — the city of Cupertino, better known as the home to Apple HQ. [More]

Is ActiveHours A True Payday Alternative Or Just Another Too-Good-To-Be-True Letdown?

Is ActiveHours A True Payday Alternative Or Just Another Too-Good-To-Be-True Letdown?

We’re largely a society built on convenience: fast food, one-stop shops and other we-need-it-now services. Unfortunately, that need for timeliness seeped in to the financial system in the way of quick-fix payday loans, which can provide the convenience of a quick, low-value loan but which often result in a revolving cycle of high-interest debt. Now a new lending product aims to take the predatory stigma out of short-term loans, but, like many payday alternatives of the past, a closer look reveals reason for concern. [More]

Bad News For College Kids: Instant Noodles Might Be Bad For Your Heart

Bad News For College Kids: Instant Noodles Might Be Bad For Your Heart

If you’ve ever been a strapped-for-cash college student, you probably know what it’s like to sustain yourself on instant noodles. But new research suggests that female students and other consumers who chow down on the quick, inexpensive meal might want to start looking for alternatives, because those noodles could cause health problems down the road. [More]

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Let’s Guess What Happens If You Drive A Stolen Shopping Scooter To Meet Your Probation Officer

There are many things you can do to make sure you don’t go get in trouble with the law for another go around, but a surefire way to hop right into that hot water again? By boosting a ride and driving it to a meeting with a probation officer. [More]

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Airlines Worried Another Icelandic Volcano Could Screw Up Air Travel For Everyone

It’s been four years since the Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland erupted, sending a massive cloud of ash into the skies and effectively bringing air travel to a halt in the normally busy North Atlantic. Now the airlines in the busiest area for international travel (and the good people of Iceland) are concerned about another Icelandic volcano that is showing signs it might erupt. [More]

Report: Amazon Could Test Drone Delivery In India This Year

Report: Amazon Could Test Drone Delivery In India This Year

Fine: if the Federal Aviation Administration won’t let Amazon prepare for the robot apocalypse by testing its delivery drones near the company’s Seattle headquarters, the company will take its new toys and play with them elsewhere. Namely, in India. The Times of India reports that the e-commerce giant plans to test the service near its current warehouses in Mumbai and Bangalore. [More]

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Don’t Want To See Tweets In Your Timeline From Strangers You Don’t Follow? Too Bad, Says Twitter

As if it’s not already annoying enough to see promoted tweets in your Twitter timeline, an inevitable advertising move that we’ve grumbled about and gotten over, Twitter says it’s going to sprinkle strangers’ musings, missives and messages into users’ timelines. Just because it can, apparently. [More]

NHTSA Launches Online Search Tool So Consumers Can Find Out For Themselves If A Vehicle Has Been Recalled

NHTSA Launches Online Search Tool So Consumers Can Find Out For Themselves If A Vehicle Has Been Recalled

With more than 46 million vehicles having been recalled so far this year, the thought of accidentally purchasing a used car with safety defects might be a bit nerve-wracking for consumers. A new online search tool from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration aims to take the worry and guess-work out of whether or not a used car has been recalled and fixed. [More]

Wendy’s Worker Claims She Was Fired Over Ovarian Cyst

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A woman in Alabama has sued the owner of the Wendy’s franchise she worked at for six years before being fired for “job abandonment” earlier this year. She says she didn’t abandon her job, but that she was having an ovarian cyst treated. [More]

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Troubled Atlantic City Casino Even More Troubled After Bag Of Cash Falls Off Armored Truck

Imagine you’re a struggling business that will soon have to shutter your doors after failing to make enough money to survive. Wouldn’t you keep any money you do have left wrapped warmly in your embrace, tucked close to your heart, or somewhere else super safe? And not say, on the roof of an armored truck where it can, and will, slide off and be lost? [More]

A New Convenience Near Nightclubs: Shoe Vending Machines

A New Convenience Near Nightclubs: Shoe Vending Machines

Ladies, how often does this happen to you? You’re out for a night of fun, wearing your highest, prettiest heels, when the festivities continue for longer than your feet can hold out in those shoes. My answer is “never,” but apparently this is a common enough problem that it has been solved with vending machines near nightclubs that sell acceptably cute flats. [More]