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17,000 AT&T Technicians Go On Strike Amid Contract Dispute

UPDATE: On Thursday morning, AT&T said that the walkout was over. [More]

Avitania Satari Bronstein

Uber’s Plan To Let Drivers Ask For Tips May Be Illegal In Some States

Unlike traditional taxis, Uber passengers aren’t expected to tip; you can’t even add a tip on the app. However, Uber did recently settle a class-action lawsuit by allowing drivers to solicit and receive tips, but only in cash. One big problem: This policy appears to be illegal in multiple states. [More]

Mike Mozart

Coca-Cola, Pepsi Will Pull 2-Liters From Philadelphia Over Soda Tax

The recently enacted sugary drink tax in Philadelphia has not been without controversy, including a soda industry lawsuit, unhappy consumers, and push back from lawmakers. The two biggest names in soda are now making drastic changes to the products they offer — and the people they employ — and blaming it on the tax. [More]

Dunkin’ Donuts Ditching The Coffee Coolatta Because “It Isn’t Good Enough”

Dunkin’ Donuts Ditching The Coffee Coolatta Because “It Isn’t Good Enough”

Bad news for fans of the Coffee Coolatta from Dunkin’ Donuts: The chain says it’s killing off the beverage this summer for simply not being “good enough” to stay on the menu. [More]

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Surprise! You’re Not Getting A $250 Walmart Gift Card From That Facebook Link

The offer of free money is hard to pass up, but, as we’ve warned before, those promises of hundreds of dollars worth of gift cards, a free car or trip, and other too-good-to-be-true offers are just that. The latest version of this scheme involves a $250 Walmart gift card. [More]

MeneerDijk

FDA Links 9 Deaths, Rare Form Of Cancer, To Breast Implants

When you introduce a medical device into your body, there’s always the chance that things could go awry: For example, a breast implant could shift, leak, or otherwise interfere with your health. Now, after years of studying the issue, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says there appears to be a connection between breast implants and a rare form of cancer that has claimed at least nine lives. [More]

Mike Mozart

Payless Reportedly Looking To File For Bankruptcy, Possibly Next Week

There are certain givens when it comes to mall shopping: There’s always parking at Sears, and there’s a darn good chance you’ll find a Payless Shoesource store. However, the discount footwear retailer could see its roster of 4,000 locations slashed if reports of an impending bankruptcy filing are to be believed.
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5 Reasons People Are Suddenly Concerned About Brazilian Beef

Are you having beef for dinner? Do you know where it came from? No, not the grocery store down the street, but where the cow was raised? Most of us probably can’t answer those questions, and that’s a growing concern for health advocates, retailers, and lawmakers amid reports that some meatpackers in Brazil — one of the world’s largest exporters of beef — are shipping out rotten, salmonella-tainted beef. [More]

United Airlines

United Airlines Opening Fully Automated Airport Screening Lanes

In an effort to ease congestion at security checkpoints — like last year’s unholy traffic jams during the busiest season for travel — United Airlines has outfitted an entire airport terminal in New Jersey with automated screening lanes. [More]

Former Lobbyist, Son Of Student Loan Debt-Collector, Resigns From Dept. Of Education

Former Lobbyist, Son Of Student Loan Debt-Collector, Resigns From Dept. Of Education

In our recent story on the Trump administration’s decision to roll back protections for potentially millions of student loan borrowers, we also told you about new Department of Education advisor Taylor Hansen, a former lobbyist for the for-profit college industry whose father is the CEO of a student loan debt collection company that has been suing Taylor’s new employer since 2015 for the right to charge thousands of dollars in fees to people who are already having trouble paying back their loans. Now comes news that Hansen’s brief life as a federal employee has come to an end. [More]

Nicholas Eckhart

Sears Holdings Admits: Yep, We’re Probably Doomed

Like a chess player who realizes their only chance of not losing is a tornado that whisks the table away, Sears Holdings is now making it clear to investors that there’s a good chance the company won’t be around much longer. [More]

DJHeini

Amazon Steps Up Effort To Rid Site Of Counterfeit Products

Amazon has previously said it would escalate its war on counterfeit merchandise this year, but now the online retail giant is providing more details on how it plans to accomplish that feat.  [More]

JeepersMedia

Some Costco Shoppers Can Now Get Groceries Delivered

To some Costco customers, part of the experience of being a member of the warehouse club is going to the store, filling your huge cart up with everything from slabs of steak to blue jeans (and maybe nibbling on some free samples). But surely some shoppers just want the Costco products without having to actually go to Costco. [More]

Phillip Pessar

Bebe Reportedly Closing Stores, Going Online Only

Women’s apparel chain bebe is reportedly the latest retailer leaving the mall behind. But instead of completely closing shop like The Limited and WetSeal, the company plans to take its business online only.  [More]

DoorFrame

Here Are The Changes Made To The Obamacare Replacement Plan Since Last Week

As you’ve probably noticed, there is is a lot going on down in D.C. right now. Amid all the confirmation hearings, investigative hearings, and press events about hearings, the House of Representatives is preparing to vote on the recently unveiled replacement to the Affordable Care Act. However, the bill they consider later this week will be slightly different from what was first released. [More]

These RadioShack Items Were Actually Cheaper Before They Went On ‘Clearance’ Sale

These RadioShack Items Were Actually Cheaper Before They Went On ‘Clearance’ Sale

We recently heard from RadioShack staffers that the retailer raised “original” or list prices on hundreds of items shortly before the Shack’s March 8 bankruptcy filing, presumably to give the appearance that the subsequent “clearance” sale offered deeper discounts than if the base price hadn’t changed. However, we can now see that some of the items on RadioShack’s website are now selling for more than they were only weeks before the store went bankrupt. [More]

Jeepers Media

Several Microsoft Services — Including Xbox Live, Outlook — Suffering Outages

Consumers looking to use Microsoft’s Xbox Live, Outlook, and other services are likely having a difficult time this afternoon, as the company is currently suffering an outage. [More]

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Some EpiPen Injectors Recalled, But Not In The U.S.

Four batches of EpiPen auto-injectors have been recalled by the manufacturer over concerns that the devices may fail to work when needed. However, Mylan — the company behind the emergency allergy treatment — tells Consumerist that the potentially defective injectors were not distributed in the U.S. [More]