Anthem Buying Cigna For $54B In Yet Another Mega Insurance Merger

Anthem Buying Cigna For $54B In Yet Another Mega Insurance Merger

What a difference a month makes: Just a few weeks ago, Cigna rejected Anthem as a suitor, citing things like the major data breach the company suffered earlier this year and turning down its $47 billion merger bid. It seems Anthem has been busy a-courtin’, as the company announced this morning that it’s reached a deal to buy Cigna for $54 billion, effectively creating an insurance giant. [More]

Ongoing Power Outage At LaGuardia Airport Delays Some Flights Three Hours

Ongoing Power Outage At LaGuardia Airport Delays Some Flights Three Hours

While a planned strike earlier this week by contracted baggage handlers and security workers was canceled, saving travelers from experiencing travel disruptions at two of New York’s airports, those passengers coming in and out of LaGuardia faced an interruption of their own on Friday morning when a terminal in the airport lost power.  [More]

Consumerist Friday Flickr Finds

(Jason Cook)

Here are ten of the best photos that readers added to the Consumerist Flickr Pool in the last week, picked for usability in a Consumerist post or for just plain neatness. [More]

(One of the more dignified selfies on Facebook)

Our Nightmare Is Over: Betty Crocker Rainbow Chip Frosting Is Back In Stores

If you’re a food company and there’s a Facebook group where more than 16,000 people ask you to bring back a discontinued product, you should probably pay attention. Betty Crocker’s rainbow chip frosting disappeared from stores last year, and we heard from heartbroken and chip-less readers. Now the frosting is back on store shelves, and they have been vindicated. [More]

Discover Shrink Rays Credit Card Benefits

Discover Shrink Rays Credit Card Benefits

Sure, we’ve all heard of the Grocery Shrink Ray, but gradually shrinking consumer products doesn’t just apply to physical items. Warranties can shrink, and the services that you receive as part of an account or a subscription can shrink too. Readers are reporting that their Discover card benefits will shrink as of next week, so we have bad news if you were very attached to Discover’s travel insurance, baggage delay insurance, and roadside assistance. [More]

Former Corinthian College Students Seek To File $2.5B Claim Against Bankrupt For-Profit Operator

Former Corinthian College Students Seek To File $2.5B Claim Against Bankrupt For-Profit Operator

Former students of now-defunct for-profit education chain Corinthian Colleges continued their fight to recoup the money they spent on classes at the company’s Heald College, WyoTech or Everest University campuses, filing a $2.5 billion claim against the bankrupt educator.
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(Adam Fagen)

Carnival Must Upgrade Ships, Pay $350K After Disability Violations

Ships operated by the world’s largest cruise provider are about to become more easily accessible for passengers with disabilities, as Carnival Corp. and the Department of Justice reached an agreement to resolve an investigation into complaints that the cruise line failed to adequately provide accommodations for those with disabilities.  [More]

(CBS Chicago)

Uber Driver Claims Dog Urinated In Car, Sends Pictures Of Different Car

It’s not news that someone did something inappropriate in a hired car: that, unfortunately, has been happening for as long as taxis have existed. No, but one woman in Chicago disputed Uber’s claim that her dog relieved himself on the floor of an UberX vehicle and that she owed $200. [More]

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Postal Worker Accused Of Delivering 22,000 Pieces Of Mail Straight To His Garage

Tempting though it may be for a postal worker to swipe any of the millions of pieces of mail flying around the country, most refrain, and our packages and letters get where they’re supposed to go. But every once in a while, we have the misfortune to hear about a mail carrier gone rogue. Like a Philadelphia postal worker who authorities say squirreled away tens of thousands of pieces of mail. [More]

City Asks For Fiber Network Help, 5 Years After Being Left At Altar By Verizon FiOS

City Asks For Fiber Network Help, 5 Years After Being Left At Altar By Verizon FiOS

Back in 2009, it looked liked Alexandria, VA, residents would get a new high-speed Internet option in the form of Verizon FiOS. The city even went through the bureaucratic process of issuing Verizon a franchise. Then the D.C.-area community got dumped at the altar by Big V and has been looking for someone, anyone to step in ever since. [More]

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Thousands Of Pigs Left Homeless Amid Craze For Tiny Pet Swine

Whether it’s kittens, lizards, puppies or cockatoos, humans just love their pets. But often when one species has a spike in popularity, many pets are left without homes once the craze dies down, and folks realize it’s not always easy raising an animal. You know, because animals have a tendency to eat a lot, and grow, things many pig owners weren’t expecting when they bought their pets. [More]

Here is what FAFSA.com looked like before the URL was handed over to the Dept. of Education.

Former Operator Of FAFSA.com Penalized $5.2M For Illegal Billing

Five years ago, we told readers looking to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to steer clear of FAFSA.com, as it was not the official Dept. of Education site for the FAFSA. Today, federal regulators announced a $5.2 million settlement with the company behind the now-defunct website for illegal billing practices. [More]

Lawsuit Accuses Kohl’s Of Advertising ‘False’ Original Prices

Lawsuit Accuses Kohl’s Of Advertising ‘False’ Original Prices

Is it fair to consumers when a retailer sells their own private-label products at a “discount” from the prices that they set in the first place? Two Kohl’s shoppers in California say that it isn’t, and they’ve filed a federal class action suit alleging that discount department store Kohl’s does exactly that. [More]

Cheaper, More Competitive Broadband: Not Gonna Happen Anytime Soon, Analyst Tells Congress

Cheaper, More Competitive Broadband: Not Gonna Happen Anytime Soon, Analyst Tells Congress

A committee in Congress yesterday held a hearing on promoting broadband infrastructure investment. That is, getting more wires put in the ground so more people can get online faster and more reliably. That’s a laudable goal that we here at Consumerist tend to cheer on. But one theme became clear from the testimonies of the assembled analysts, industry members, and local public companies who spoke: real improvement is going to be a long, ugly series of fights… and consumers are going to keep paying a lot more while it happens. [More]

(Renee Rendler-Kaplan)

Costco Cuts Back On Chilean Salmon In Favor Of Antibiotic-Free Fish

Amid concerns of antibiotics overuse contributing to the development of drug-resistant superbugs, American consumers are increasingly demanding antibiotic-free meat and fish. That’s bad news for Chilean salmon farmers who are facing a bacterial outbreak and treating their fish with record levels of antibiotics — and losing the business of Costco and others. [More]

(TLFagan)

Strangers Pitch In To Keep Woman’s Car From Being Towed While She’s In The ER With Infant Son

You know the feeling — you’ve only got a little time left on the parking meter but you’re stuck somewhere, forcing you to face either a parking ticket, or even worse, having your car towed. One woman who was unable to feed the meter after spending hours in the ER with her infant son reached out to her fellow mothers, and was rewarded with an outpouring of generosity from total strangers. [More]

Comcast’s Broadband Customers Officially Outnumber Its Cable Subscribers

Comcast’s Broadband Customers Officially Outnumber Its Cable Subscribers

The writing was on the wall last quarter when Comcast’s dropping pay-TV subscriber base was only 6,000 more than its growing pool of broadband customers, but with today’s release of the latest subscriber numbers it’s official: Comcast now has fewer cable customers than it does Internet subscribers. [More]

(Ben Schelling)

Yellowstone Park Officials Reminding Visitors Not To Get Too Close To Animals Just To Get A Good Selfie

That question your parents asked you at least once in your life is coming into play now at Yellowstone National Park: officials are warning visitors not to get too close to wild animals to get a good selfie, even if everyone else is doing it. [More]