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Man Who Punched Nutella-Loving Elderly Man Sentenced To Two Years In Jail, Released

Is an extra sample of Nutella worth going to jail for? A Burbank man who spent a year locked up for punching a 78-year-old man in the face over free samples of the chocolate hazelnut spread at Costco might be able to answer that question.  [More]

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Wells Fargo Employee: I Was Fired For Reporting Unauthorized Accounts

Yesterday, Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf boasted to a Senate panel about the company’s ethical backbone, pointing out that the bank had fired 5,300 employees for allegedly opening nearly two million unauthorized deposit accounts. However, one former Fargo staffer says he was given the boot because he tried to alert the bank to his co-workers’ bad behavior.
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Consumer Reports

Lawsuit Claims Tesla’s “Insane Mode” Not Insane Enough

There are definitions for terms like “horsepower” and “torque,” but last we checked the auto industry has yet to finalize a standard for what constitutes an “insane” or “ludicrous” driving mode. Despite that lack of consensus, a number of Tesla owners say the automaker misled them, and that their Model S vehicles are not so speedy as to be certifiably insane.  [More]

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AT&T CEO Says DirecTV Standalone Streaming Service Will Launch By End Of 2016

Six months ago, AT&T announced it would launch DirecTV Now, a standalone streaming service to compete with PlayStation Vue and Dish’s Sling TV. Aside from a handful of content partnership announcements, details about DirecTV Now continue to be scarce, but at least we have a timeframe for its launch. [More]

Chipotle Shows Off New Food Safety Measures In Effort To Win Back Customers

Chipotle Shows Off New Food Safety Measures In Effort To Win Back Customers

Still reeling from a string of food-borne illnesses in 2015, Chipotle is making a big public push to alert customers to its improved safety measures. [More]

YouTube

Owners Of iPhone 7 Devices Report Lightning Headphone Glitch

Since the new iPhone 7 became available on Friday, countless consumers have received the new devices — headphone bug and all, apparently.  [More]

Dept. Of Education Offers Online Service For Students Stranded By ITT Shutdown

Dept. Of Education Offers Online Service For Students Stranded By ITT Shutdown

Thousands of students affected by the abrupt shutdown of all 130 ITT Tech campuses received a lifeline of sorts from the government this week, as it unveiled additional resources to help displaced students understand their new reality and to continue their education or receive federal loan discharges. [More]

Mike Mozart

Walgreens Now Offering Virtual Dermatology Consultations

If you’ve ever noticed a new mole, freckle, spot, or bump on your skin, but didn’t want to see a dermatologist, you’ve probably shown it to a friend who offered their non-expert advice. Maybe you’ve even posted a photo online asking people “What is this thing on my arm?” Now Walgreens is hoping you’ll be willing to let a dermatologist have a look, without having to drive to the doctor’s office. [More]

Wells Fargo CEO Stumpf Admits He Learned Of Fake Accounts In 2013

Wells Fargo CEO Stumpf Admits He Learned Of Fake Accounts In 2013

Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf appeared before the Senate Banking Committee this morning to answer questions about, and apologize for, company policies that led employees to open millions of fake accounts in customers’ names.

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Jeanette E. Spaghetti

Bayer Could Drop Monsanto Name If Mega-Merger Gets Approval

When you’re spending $66 billion on a merger to create the world’s largest seed company, it’s understandable that you’d probably want to keep your brand’s name on the resulting mega-corporation, especially when your betrothed comes saddled with a name like Monsanto. [More]

Kellogg’s Recalls Some Eggo Waffles Over Possible Listeria Contamination

Kellogg’s Recalls Some Eggo Waffles Over Possible Listeria Contamination

If you’ve yet to sit down at the table for a morning meal, you might want to make sure it doesn’t include a certain kind of Kellogg’s Eggo Waffles. After all, listeria is neither tasty, nor safe to consume.  [More]

Taber Andrew Bain

4 Things Former Wells Fargo Workers Revealed About Pressure To Meet Sales Goals

On Tuesday morning, Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf will face the Senate Banking Committee to answer questions about how the bank’s high-pressure sales goals led a number of employees to fraudulently open up millions of unauthorized accounts. In advance of that hearing, a group of former Wells employees shared their insider views on this scandal. [More]

Seventh Generation

Unilever Buys Seventh Generation. What About Honest Co.?

Days after Unilever was rumored to be discussing a deal to purchase The Honest Company — the line of household and personal care products co-founded by actress Jessica Alba — the company behind everything from Ben & Jerry’s to Vaseline added a different high-profile independent brand to its portfolio: The eco-friendly cleaning supply folks at Seventh Generation. [More]

Waze Will Now Point You To The Best Parking Spots

Waze Will Now Point You To The Best Parking Spots

Google’s traffic app Waze has long been used by commuters looking for the best possible route from point A to point B. Now, some of those drivers can use the app to find the best parking spot at the end of their trip. [More]

Former ITT Tech Students Talk About School’s High-Pressure Sales Tactics, Underwhelming Classes

Former ITT Tech Students Talk About School’s High-Pressure Sales Tactics, Underwhelming Classes

The recent collapse of ITT Technical Institute has left thousands of students stranded, unsure if they’ll be able to finish their educations, repay their loans, or even transfer their credits to other schools. Now, some of these ITT students are talking to Consumerist about the school’s high-pressure marketing, underwhelming courses, poor job-placement, and other shady practices. [More]

Josh Bassett

With Sales Sagging In The U.S., Chipotle Eyes European Expansion

Here in the U.S., where Chipotle runs some 2,000 eateries, the burrito chain has trying to cope with sagging sales following a handful of food-borne illness outbreaks in 2015. But overseas, where the brand is still a novelty, Chipotle apparently sees a bright future.  [More]

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Airbnb Inches Closer To Full-Service Trip-Planner With Latest Acquisition

Airbnb has had success in providing a platform for travelers looking to stay somewhere other than hotels, but lodging is only one aspect of a trip. Where to eat? What to see? Airbnb’s recent acquisition of a startup travel-planning service shows that the company is inching toward offering one-stop shopping for travelers. [More]

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Wells Fargo Customers Accuse Bank Of Fraud, Negligence After Employees Open Fake Accounts

Now that Wells Fargo has admitted bank employees opened up more than two million unauthorized accounts, it’s no surprise that customers who may have been hit with fees and charges because of these bogus accounts are firing back at the bank with a lawsuit, but they might never get their day in court.  [More]