Amtrak Now Prohibiting Passengers From Bringing Galaxy Note 7 Devices On Trains

Amtrak Now Prohibiting Passengers From Bringing Galaxy Note 7 Devices On Trains

First planes, now trains: the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is no longer welcome on Amtrak. [More]

Phillip Jeffrey

How Bad Test Results From Theranos Led To Bad Real-Life Consequences For Patients

Something as simple and routine as a blood test can have life-changing consequences, and some patients whose test results from medical startup Theranos were later found to be inaccurate faced stress and worry, had to be re-tested, and made life-altering medical decisions based on wrong information. What did that look like in real life? [More]

Target Recalls 127K Halloween Window Clings Over Choking Hazard

Target Recalls 127K Halloween Window Clings Over Choking Hazard

One of the easiest — and less messy — ways to decorate for any holiday is to slap a few plastic clings to your windows, and if those decorations happen to include lights, even better. Except, of course, if you bought some of those products from Target, as the retailer has recalled 127,000 Halloween-themed LED gel clings.  [More]


Striking Jim Beam Workers Accept New Contract

If you were worried that a walkout at two Jim Beam distilleries in Kentucky was going to threaten supplies of whiskey, rest easy: striking workers voted today to accept a new contract from parent company Beam Suntory. [More]

Alec Tabak

DOJ, States To Sue Moody’s Credit Rating Agency For Role In Mortgage Meltdown

What drove the mortgage bubble in the years leading up to the 2008 financial crisis wasn’t just ill-prepared home-buyers signing on to subprime, adjusted-rate mortgages they couldn’t afford, or the lenders who effectively gave up on underwriting these loans so as to bundle and resell as many of them as possible. There were also credit rating agencies that gave these mortgage-backed bonds the seal of approval, even when they were worthless. [More]


Report: Coach, Burberry Not Actively Discussing A Merger, Despite Rumors

Though rumors have been swirling that luxury brands Burberry and Coach are considering a merger — leading to a spike in both companies’ stock prices — inside sources say there aren’t any active discussions happening between the two companies at the moment. [More]

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Apple Investigating Report Of iPhone 7 Catching Fire

While we’ve heard numerous reports of Samsung smartphones and tablets overheating and catching fire — sometimes destroying property and injuring customers — now Apple is on the receiving end of at least one similar report.  [More]

Have You Paid Attention This Week? Take The Consumerist Quiz To Find Out

Devlon Duthie

There’s a lot of important stuff going on in the news right now — the baseball playoffs, the split-up of Brad and Angelina, the pedestrianization of Norwich City Centre… and probably something else that’s obvious but slipped our mind. We can’t possibly cover it all, but we can quiz you on the things we do cover. [More]

Keegan Berry

7 Things We Learned About The History Of The Slurpee

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Slurpee, which grew along with 7-Eleven to become the preeminent frozen sugary beverage in this country, and perhaps in the world. Like any product that old, the Slurpee has a fascinating history. [More]

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What’s Holding Up Merger Of Alaska Airlines & Virgin America?

Alaska Airlines’ proposed $4 billion merger with Virgin America is taking longer than either airline anticipated. Days after the companies’ targeted merger completion date passed, federal regulators continue to probe the validity and affect the merger would have on competition.  [More]


McDonald’s Has All-Day Breakfast To Thank For Beating Earnings Expectations

McDonald’s is probably patting itself on the back right about now: the Golden Arches managed to beat earnings expectations and also achieved solid growth in same-restaurant sales for the most recent quarter. The company says the boost is due in part to its all-day breakfast menu, “McPick” promotions, and its recently revamped chicken nuggets. [More]

Cisco Says It Can Now Shut Down Pirated Live Video Feeds Mid-Stream

Cisco Says It Can Now Shut Down Pirated Live Video Feeds Mid-Stream

There are a growing number of pirated live video streams available online, giving viewers unauthorized access to pay-TV, pay-per-view events, and other feeds. Copyright holders say the usual method of sending a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) takedown notice isn’t fast or effective enough, as hosts of these streams either ignore the demands or quickly move to a different host. Now, Cisco says it has developed a way for copyright holders to play a better game of Anti-Piracy Whac-A-Mole by giving them a way to cut off feeds mid-stream. [More]

Comcast Doubles Down On Buzzfeed With Another $200M Investment

Comcast Doubles Down On Buzzfeed With Another $200M Investment

In its continuing quest to take over the content world, Comcast is once again splashing out with a big investment into journalism and listicle juggernaut BuzzFeed. [More]

Jay Adan

Liberty Mutual Settles Over Ads For Accident Forgiveness Insurance Where It Isn’t Allowed

Accident forgiveness in auto insurance is a pretty simple concept: while plans that have the feature cost more, your insurance company can’t hike your premiums after you get in a crash and actually need the insurance. It also happens to be illegal in California, which is why the district attorneys in San Diego, Riverside, and Los Angeles counties filed a consumer protection lawsuit against Liberty Mutual over ads touting the feature, which it settled for $925,000. [More]


Police: KFC Worker Pulls Gun On Boss, Returns For Paycheck The Next Day

A dispute between an employee of a New Mexico KFC and his boss escalated to the point of pulling out weapons, but that didn’t stop the aggrieved worker from showing up the next day to collect his paycheck. [More]

Samuel M. Livingston

Eleventh U.S. Death Linked To Takata Airbags

An eleventh person has died in the United States as a result of a shrapnel-shooting Takata airbag, according to federal safety regulators.  [More]


British American Tobacco Offers $47B For Reynolds American

More than a decade after British American Tobacco bought a roughly 42% stake in tobacco biggie R.J. Reynolds American, the London-based company is back for the rest, offering $47 billion to create the world’s largest tobacco company.  [More]