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Midwestern Sporting Goods Chain MC Sports Files For Bankrutpcy, Starts Liquidation Sales

In March of last year, sporting goods mega-retailer Sports Authority filed for bankruptcy, apparently kicking off a fad in the industry as smaller chains like Golfsmith and Vestis Retail (twice) filed for bankruptcy protection, and outdoors superstore Gander Mountain is rumored to be considering it. Now a venerable regional chain is joining them: The Midwest’s MC Sports filed for bankruptcy, but is still looking for a buyer. [More]

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Move Over Mattresses: $100,000 Found Stashed Inside Old TV

You wouldn’t expect to fit more than a few dollars in the back of today’s flat-screen televisions, but TVs of yesteryear with their bulky backs full of tubes and cords were apparently another option for consumers who have a tendency to stash away money. You know, if their box springs were already full: More than $100,000 was recently found hidden inside an old TV at a recycling plant. [More]

Report: Snapchat Initial Public Offering Set For $22B

Report: Snapchat Initial Public Offering Set For $22B

Four months after Snap Inc. — the company behind Snapchat and Spectacles — quietly began looking into an initial public offering, filing papers to gauge investor interest in a public debut to the tune of $25 billion, the photo-messaging app has revised those plans, dropping the price by about $3 billion.  [More]

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For Pepsi, “Guilt-Free” Means Diet Soda And Baked Chips

Like many other food companies these days, PepsiCo is trying to figure out how to appeal to consumers who have shifted toward healthier products. But while Pepsi is touting higher global sales, with 45% of the company’s revenue coming from “guilt-free” products — what exactly does that term mean? [More]

Dash Cams: Coming To A Dashboard Near You

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You’re driving calmly along when, suddenly, a small truck sideswipes your passenger door, taking your sideview mirror with it. Your heart is pounding and you both stop, whereupon the other driver starts shouting that you swerved into his lane—when you know for a fact that you did no such thing. Now it’s just your word against his. Anticipating the headache of filing a police report and arguing over the insurance claim, you think, “If only I had a video!” [More]

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FTC Investigation Finds 23% Of Funeral Homes Don’t Provide Price Lists

The Federal Trade Commission’s Funeral Rule is a bit of consumer protection that one doesn’t think about much unless until shopping for funeral services. Fortunately, the FTC sends undercover investigators out across the country to check whether individual funeral homes are treating customers in a way that complies with the rule. [More]

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American Airlines Regional Plane Returns To Runway After Striking Deer

Occasionally, we’ll hear of a plane returning to the airport after colliding with a bird or birds upon takeoff –including one incident that resulted in a two-foot dent in a nose of an aircraft — but you don’t often hear about flights returning after other animal strikes. Yet, that’s what happened today when an American Airlines regional jet struck a deer on the runway and began leaking fuel.  [More]

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Yahoo Warns Users Their Email Accounts May Have Been Hacked – Yes, Again

On the same day as a report that says Verizon is renegotiating its offer to buy Yahoo at a $250 million discount, the internet company — for the third time in less than six months — is warning users that there’s potential their email accounts may have been hacked. [More]

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Against The Grain Dog Food Recalled For Possible Euthanasia Drug Contamination

Bad news, puppies: More canned dog food has been found to have the sedative and euthanasia drug pentobarbital in it. Another small pet food brand, Against the Grain, has recalled one of its products because it may contain beef contaminated with the drug. [More]

Lawmakers Introduce Legislation That Would Abolish The CFPB

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The future of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau continues to remain in question with yet another attack being lobbed at the Bureau this week as lawmakers introduced new legislation both in the House and Senate that would abolish the agency. [More]

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Amazon Files Patent For Parachuting Packages From Drones

Now that Amazon’s Prime Air delivery drones have made their first dropoff, it seems the e-commerce giant wants to make the process even more efficient: Instead of unmanned aerial vehicles landing to set a package on the ground, Amazon has cooked up an idea for fly-by deliveries. [More]

Toyota Recalls All Hydrogen-Powered Mirai Vehicles

Toyota Recalls All Hydrogen-Powered Mirai Vehicles

Toyota’s goal to phase out traditional gas-powered vehicles from its product line may have hit a bit of a snag: The carmaker has recalled all of its hydrogen-powered Mirai vehicles. To be fair there are only a few thousand of them.  [More]

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Report: Verizon Still Plans To Buy Yahoo, Seeking $250M Discount

Verizon isn’t calling off its plan to buy Yahoo but, in a move that shocks no one, is cutting some cash off its offer price after massive data breaches and resulting attention from lawmakers. [More]

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Lidl Is The New German Discount Grocer In Town

Consumerist’s readers are mostly huge fans of German discount grocer Aldi, but are you ready to welcome another discount grocer from that country into your heart and your shopping list? European supermarket chain Lidl hopes that’s the case. [More]

Humana Leaves Exchange, Will Not Sell Individual ACA Health Care Plans For 2018

Humana Leaves Exchange, Will Not Sell Individual ACA Health Care Plans For 2018

The challenge of purchasing individual health insurance is about to get even more challenging, with less competition and less choice, for consumers in nearly a dozen states. Humana, one of the four national-level insurers operating in the country, has announced that it’s quitting the marketplace exchanges set up by the Affordable Care Act next year. [More]

Walmart Continues E-Commerce Shopping Spree, Buys Outdoor Retailer Moosejaw

Walmart Continues E-Commerce Shopping Spree, Buys Outdoor Retailer Moosejaw

Just a month after Walmart continued its bid to boost online sales with the $70 million purchase of shoe-tailer ShoeBuy, the company has once again added to its e-commerce shopping spree with the $51 million acquisition of online outdoor retailer Moosejaw. [More]

Anthem Responds To Cigna’s Lawsuit With A Suit Of Its Own

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There are bad breakups, and then there are breakups that involve both sides suing each other at the same time: A day after Cigna announced it would officially give up on its proposed merger with Anthem and filed a lawsuit claiming billions of dollars in damages, Anthem has turned around and filed its own lawsuit in response. [More]

Guggisberg Cheeses Join Listeria Contamination Recall List

Guggisberg Cheeses Join Listeria Contamination Recall List

Yet another brand of cheese has fallen victim to an ongoing listeria contamination: Guggisberg Cheese has recalled a dozen types of Colby type cheese products.  [More]