Safety Advocates Applaud IKEA Recall, Hope Consumers Return Or Anchor Dressers

Safety Advocates Applaud IKEA Recall, Hope Consumers Return Or Anchor Dressers

Safety advocates were deeply disappointed earlier this year when the news came that another child was killed that the very popular Malm dresser from IKEA fell on top of him. It’s horrible every time that an ordinary household object kills someone, but this model of dresser was part of a voluntary repair program that IKEA wouldn’t call a recall. Now the dressers have been officially recalled, but that should have happened before another child died. [More]

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Kroger Accuses Visa Of Using Threats To Force Supermarkets To Accept Less Secure Debit Cards

Another week, another large retailer accusing Visa of forcing stores to accept debit cards in a way that it is not as secure as it could be — and which will cost the retailer more money to process. [More]

IKEA Will Stop Selling Dressers Prone To Tipping Over, Recall 29M Units

IKEA Will Stop Selling Dressers Prone To Tipping Over, Recall 29M Units

IKEA and the Consumer Product Safety Commission are taking an unusual and perhaps unprecedented step, recalling tens of millions of top-heavy Malm dressers and chests. While IKEA offered repair kits and wall anchors to customers, the message clearly wasn’t getting out that they have been recalled in the United States. [More]

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Teen Dies After Getting Infected By Brain-Eating Amoeba While Swimming In NC

Every year, we’re more than happy to welcome back summer and all the fun that goes with it. But with those warm-weather activities also comes an unfortunate but important safety reminder: don’t let warm, fresh water go up your nose, lest a brain-eating amoeba swims up there with it. [More]

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Jeep Recalled For Gear Shift Issue Linked To Star Trek Actor’s Death

When Fiat Chrysler (FCA) recalled 811,000 Dodge Charger, Chrysler 300, and Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles in April over concerns about the cars’ confusing electronic gear shifter, the carmaker said it was aware of more than 100 crashes, including 41 injuries, resulting from drivers inadvertently leaving their vehicles in gear with the engine running. The issue is now being linked to the death of a young actor over the weekend.  [More]

Tourist Fined $1K For Straying Off Yellowstone Boardwalk To Collect Thermal Water

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Just a week after a tourist died in a geyser at Yellowstone National Park after leaving the park’s designated boardwalk, officials say they fined another visitor for straying out of bounds in an attempt to collect water from the volatile, dangerous hot springs. [More]

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Private Healthcare Providers Are Making Big Bucks Contracting With Prisons

When you think of big business, you probably think of an industry like banking, but it turns out that one of the bigger businesses out there happens to be prisons — both private and federal. While we already know that financial institutions benefit from others, collecting tens of millions of dollars every year from inmates’ families in fees for basic financial services, the healthcare industry has also found a veritable goldmine by contracting services to prisons and jails across the country.  [More]

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American Airlines CEO: Carrier Consolidation Means The Industry “Won’t See Losses Again”

Times used to be, airlines were so busy fighting each other for passengers, they ended up losing money instead of making it. But American Airlines CEO Doug Parker says things are different now that many of the major carriers have merged: huge losses are a thing of the past, Parker thinks, predicting smooth skies for the big airlines from here on out. [More]

Court Upholds FCC’s Net Neutrality Rules

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More than two years after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit sided with Verizon against the FCC over the original “net neutrality” rules, that same court today has ruled in favor of the FCC’s revised rules that regulate broadband internet access as a necessary utility, instead of as a luxury. [More]

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Proposed Rule Stops Colleges From Stripping Students Of Their Right To Sue

A recent study found that almost all of the nation’s largest for-profit college chains have enrollment agreements that block students from suing the school and prevent them from joining in class actions against these colleges. Following the 2015 bankruptcy and collapse of mega-chain Corinthian Colleges Inc., the sagging numbers at University of Phoenix, last week’s death knell for Brown Mackie College, and pending investigations and lawsuits against ITT and others, the Department of Education has decided that maybe these schools — which reap billions in federal aid each year — should probably have to be held accountable in a court of law when they screw students over. [More]

Citi Is Suing AT&T Over The Word “Thanks”

Citi Is Suing AT&T Over The Word “Thanks”

Last week, AT&T launched a new loyalty program dubbed AT&T Thanks, offering rewards to customers, especially those who bundle together wireless and pay-TV services from the company. This morning, Citi fired back at the Death Star, alleging that AT&T is stomping all over Citi’s “ThankYou” trademark. [More]

Sense Smart Home Hub Project Canceled, Company Issues Refunds To Kickstarter Backers

Sense Smart Home Hub Project Canceled, Company Issues Refunds To Kickstarter Backers

A crowdfunded project has died a premature but dignified death. Is such a thing even possible? The company behind a successful Kickstarter campaign for a smart home hub decided not to make hardware, after learning that other device makers were interested in their software. The company, Silk Labs, announced that it would refund users’ pledges and not make the device. [More]

Natasha L.

Inspector General: FDA Still Takes Too Long To Recall Tainted Food Products

Five years ago, the Food Safety Modernization Act granted the Food and Drug Administration the statutory authority to compel food producers to recall tainted products. However, a new report from a federal investigator shows that people are falling ill while the FDA sometimes takes months to issue recalls, even after it has evidence of contamination. [More]

Death Of Yellowstone Tourist Prompts Renewed Warning To Stay On Park Paths

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The death of a tourist at Yellowstone National Park has officials issuing renewed warnings to visitors to stay on pathways, no matter how enticing a temptation is waiting outside prescribed borders. [More]

Mike Mozart

Can A McDonald’s Be The Center Of A Community?

When thinking about a place that serves as the center of a community, you might think of a church, a community center, or even a park. You probably don’t think about a fast food restaurant. But for thousands of people in hundreds of cities around the country McDonald’s has become a gathering place of choice.  [More]

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NHTSA: Self-Driving Cars Need To Be Twice As Safe In Order To Reduce Traffic Deaths

Proponents of self-driving vehicles claim the new technology will decrease the number of crashes occurring on the roadways, thereby reducing the number of driver and pedestrian deaths. But for that to happen, regulators say the new industry must take significant steps to improve autonomous vehicle safety.  [More]

15 Prince Albums Hit Tidal Streaming Service

15 Prince Albums Hit Tidal Streaming Service

Following the death of music legend Prince a few weeks ago, many fans have no doubt been turning to the Purple One’s music to mourn his loss and celebrate his life. Now even folks who don’t own any Prince music can still enjoy his tunes, as 15 of his albums have just been made available on streaming service Tidal. [More]

8 Kinds Of Human Food Your Dog Should Never Eat

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Now that the weather is heating up and you’re ready to head outdoors for a cookout or dine al fresco at sidewalk cafe, you might want to bring your canine companion with you. But although it might be tempting to let Rover snap up any errant scraps you drop or feed Fido your leftover barbecue, you should make sure your pet stays away from some very common kinds of people food. [More]