Panera Recalls Cream Cheese from all U.S. Stores over Listeria Fears

Panera Bread, the soup-and-sandwiches restaurant chain found in shopping centers across the country, said it would recall cream cheese products sold in its U.S. cafes over possible Listeria contamination. The bakery-café chain went ahead with the recall after samples of one type of 2-ounce cream cheese from a single production day tested positive for the presence of Listeria monocytogenes, Panera... Read More

Delta Sets New Guidelines on Service Animals Allowed on Board

Delta Air Lines is tightening the leash on service and emotional support animals, requiring human passengers to hand over more information about their pets before everyone gets cozy in coach. Reports of animals urinating and defecating or biting have spiked some 84 percent in the last few years, forcing Delta to get tougher on some of the roughly 250,000 service... Read More

Will Wall Street Take a Dive if the Government Shuts Down?

How will Wall Street React if the Government Shuts Down — and is Your 401(k) Safe? A government shutdown could jolt the market’s rise, but investment experts caution against investors — especially those with long-term investments in retirement accounts — making any sudden moves, even if stocks do. In spite of the recent passage of tax cut legislation that helped... Read More

After Backlash Over ‘Monkey Hoodie’ Ad, H&M hires Diversity Leader

Swedish low-cost fashion brand H&M says it has appointed a diversity leader after having been accused of racism over an ad showing a black child dressed in a hoodie reading “coolest monkey in the jungle.” H&M first announced the appointment Tuesday on its Facebook page. In an email to The Associated Press on Wednesday, the retailer said Global Manager for... Read More

Facebook says Big Changes are Coming to Your News Feed

SAN FRANCISCO — When Facebook's two billion users scroll through their News Feeds in the coming weeks, they can expect to see more content from their friends and family, and less from businesses, brands and media, the company announced Thursday. The ultimate goal, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a post, is to make people feel more positive about the time... Read More

New York City to Exxon: Pay Up for Climate Change Costs

 New York City delivered a powerful blow to the fossil fuel industry by launching a climate change lawsuit against the biggest oil companies and promising to dump billions of dollars of fossil fuel stocks. New York became the largest American city to sue Big Oil, demanding that ExxonMobil, Chevron (CVX), BP (BP), Royal Dutch Shell and ConocoPhillips (COP) pay... Read More

Apple Investors Urge Action on iPhone Addiction Among Kids

Two activist investors are urging Apple to take steps to curb how addictive iPhones are to children. Their motives aren't purely about what's best for little kids: If Apple doesn't figure out how to solve this problem, one of its competitors might. Apple can play a defining role in signaling to the industry that paying special attention to the health... Read More

Twitter Responds to Calls to Suspend President Trump’s Account

Twitter issued a statement on Friday explaining why it isn't banning President Donald Trump after he boasted about his "nuclear button," but did so without ever using the president's name. Blocking a world leader from Twitter or removing their controversial tweets would hide important information people should be able to see and debate," Twitter said in a blog post. "It would... Read More

U.S. Job Growth Slows in December; Wages Increase

Job growth slowed more than expected in December amid a decline in retail employment, but a pick-up in monthly wage gains pointed to labor market strength that could pave the way for the Federal Reserve to increase interest rates in March. Nonfarm payrolls increased by 148,000 jobs last month, the Labor Department said on Friday. Retail payrolls fell by 20,300... Read More

All Macs and iPhones Affected by Security Flaws, Apple Says

Apple admitted Friday that all iPhones, iPads and Mac computers worldwide are affected by the Spectre and Meltdown processor security flaws but said no customers so far had been affected. The California-based company said it had already released a patch for the Safari web browser on its iOS-operated devices to protect against Meltdown and would issue another “in the coming... Read More

Apple Offers a ($29) Fix for Customers Upset over Slowed-Down iPhones

In a letter to customers on Thursday, Apple apologized for the "misunderstanding" around a practice that can slow down older iPhones and said it would offer $29 battery replacements for one year. We know that some of you feel Apple has let you down. We apologize," Apple's letter said. "There’s been a lot of misunderstanding about this issue, so we... Read More

Inflammatory Letter Sheds Light on Uber’s Alleged Misconduct

SAN FRANCISCO — A former Uber security specialist accused the company of dispatching a team of spies to steal its rivals' trade secrets and using shady tactics to thwart its competition in the ride-hailing market, according to an inflammatory letter unsealed Friday by a federal judge. Those tactics allegedly included impersonating other people, illegally recording conversations and hacking into computers.... Read More

Hyundai, Kia Recall 500K Compact Cars

Brake lights on some vehicles may stay on Hyundai and Kia are recalling more than a half-million compact cars in the U.S. due to brake lights staying on after the pedal is released, The Associated Press reported. A polymer stopper pad between the pedal arm and the light switch can deteriorate, which can cause the switch to stay on, the companies said... Read More

Is This the Week the ‘Free Internet’ Dies? Or is it All Just Another Y2K?

This could be the week that net neutrality dies — but supporters of a free internet aren't going down without a fight. The vote by the Federal Communications Commission to regulate the internet is set for Thursday — with members expected to vote 3-2 along party lines — but there are still two possible avenues for challenging the FCC's planned... Read More

Will Trump’s Tax Cuts Finally Lead to Higher Wages for Workers?

Stagnant wages and soaring profits belie the trickle-down logic of Trump’s tax cuts Americans have jobs, but they need raises. Even as the labor market rounds out to full employment, workers aren’t seeing their wages grow. While Congress promises that slashing corporate taxes will deliver this boost, economists are skeptical that the benefit of a deficit-inflating corporate tax cut will... Read More

Outdoor Retailer Patagonia Joins Lawsuit to Block Trump

Patagonia sues to block Trump’s reductions to Utah national monuments SALT LAKE CITY — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and outdoor retail giant Patagonia traded harsh words over the Trump administration's plans to shrink several national monuments, an opening salvo in an imminent legal battle that could be waged for years. A barrage of lawsuits is expected by groups looking to... Read More

Mattress Mack Makes Good on Astros Bet

HOUSTON - It has been billed as a massive refund party, but what it really is one gigantic Christmas party for the more than 3,000 Gallery Furniture customers who took Mattress Mack up on his bet about the Houston Astros. I just think it’s incredible, I mean the Astros win the World Series and I get everything I spent at Gallery Furniture back,... Read More

Twitter Employee Speaks Out on Silencing Trump

Twitter employee who deactivated Trump account: 'I feel like Pablo Escobar' The Twitter employee who set in motion the deactivation of President Donald Trump's account in early November has emerged from anonymity to say the whole incident was a "mistake" and he never thought it would actually be carried out. Bahtiyar Duysak spoke to TechCrunch to clear the air over... Read More

‘Hey Alexa, How Secure are Voice-Activated Assistants Like You?’

America has fallen in love with smart speakers like Amazon's Echo and the Google Home — but this cool technology has created new privacy and security vulnerabilities that could potentially expose personal details such as the family’s contact list or bank account information. About 20 million homes already have a voice-activated assistant, according to Consumer Intelligence Research Partners. The market... Read More

YouTube Cracks Down on Disturbing Content

YouTube has terminated hundreds of accounts and removed more than 150,000 videos from its platform after multiple big-name advertisers pulled ads over disturbing content involving children. The Google-owned company also disabled comments for more than 625,000 videos targeted by child predators, and removed ads from nearly 2 million videos and more than 50,000 channels “masquerading as family-friendly content,” a YouTube... Read More

Lifestyles Publisher Meredith Buying Time Inc. in Koch Brothers-Backed Deal

Meredith Corp., the publisher of Better Homes and Gardens, Shape and many other magazines targeted largely at women, is buying Time Inc., the publisher of Time, Sports Illustrated and Fortune, in a $2.8 billion all-cash deal, both companies said Sunday. Meredith, based in Des Moines, Iowa, said the deal was being backed by conservative billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch.... Read More

The Dispute Over Trump’s Consumer Appointment Could Hinge on One Word

The Dodd-Frank Act created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau as an independent federal agency, to be led by a single director. The bureau's first director, Richard Cordray, resigned last week and Leandra English, the deputy director, became the agency's acting director by law, according to a lawsuit filed by English on Sunday. Hours after Cordray's resignation, however, President Donald Trump... Read More

The 22 Best Cyber Monday Deals of 2017

With one of the biggest online shopping days of the year less than a day away, an expert retail analyst has narrowed down the best deals out there.'s Phil Dengler has laid out the 22 best deals worth pursuing at Target, Best Buy, and Walmart this Cyber Monday. BE THE MVP OF GIFT GIVING:  27 gift ideas for Houston Astros fans... Read More

Justice Department Sues to Block AT&T-Time Warner Merger

The Department of Justice filed a federal lawsuit on Monday challenging the $85 billion AT&T-Time Warner merger after concluding it would result in higher bills for consumers. This merger would greatly harm American consumers. It would mean higher monthly television bills and fewer of the new, emerging innovative options that consumers are beginning to enjoy," Makan Delrahim, the head of... Read More

Comcast in Talks to Acquire Parts of 21 Century Fox

Comcast, the owner of NBCUniversal, is in talks to buy some of the assets of 21st Century Fox, people familiar with the discussions told NBC News on Thursday. The sources said the talks were ongoing and in an early stage. Fox has also been having on-again-off-again conversations with Disney which was interested in buying Fox assets to bolster a direct-to-consumer... Read More

5 Things You Shouldn’t Buy on Black Friday

Bargain hunters searching for Black Friday deals might want to cool their heels when it comes to a handful of products. Retailers will kick off the start of the holiday shopping season on Thanksgiving weekend. One explanation for calling the Friday after the holiday Black Friday is that it's often the day when retailers' bottom lines shift into the black.... Read More

Cards Against Humanity Buys a Piece of the U.S. Border

Cards Against Humanity is taking aim at President Donald Trump. The company, known for its off-color card game, said it bought a piece of the border "to make it as time-consuming and expensive as possible for the wall to get built." One of President Trump's early campaign promises was to build a wall across the U.S.-Mexico border. The U.S. Customs... Read More

Advertisers Between Rock and Hard Place Over ‘Hannity’ Sponsorship

Advertisers are yet again caught in the crosshairs of politics with no place good to go. Five brands, including coffeemaker company Keurig, tweeted over the weekend that they would avoid advertising on Fox News' "Hannity." The show's advertisers were targeted on Twitter over the weekend by Angelo Carusone, president of the liberal activist group Media Matters for America, with notes... Read More

How One Food Truck Owner’s Nightmare Became His Business Plan

When a Food Truck Owner’s Nightmare Became His Business Plan East Coast Mobile Business Launch Pad owners, Eduardo Bocock and Jason Tipton, know it can be scary to expand a company. Bocock started East Coast after buying his first food truck. He purchased it in Texas and brought it to Virginia. However, once he got there, he soon realized that... Read More

CVS-Aetna Merger Could Trigger a Wave of Takeovers

While a takeover of health insurer Aetna (AET) by retail pharmacy chain CVS Health (CVS) remains a rumor, reports that a deal is in the works is already stirring speculation about its potential impact on consumers and the insurance industry at large. One possible outcome: Your local drugstore could soon become your health insurer. A potential merger with Aetna would... Read More

New Screenings Start for All U.S.-Bound Airline Passengers

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — New security screenings for all passengers on U.S.-bound flights began on Thursday, with airlines worldwide questioning flyers about their trip and their luggage in the latest Trump administration decision affecting global travel. Both American and global airlines must comply, affecting all of the 2,100 flights from around the world that enter the U.S. on any... Read More

NAACP Issues Travel Advisory Against American Airlines, Warns Black Travelers

The NAACP is warning travelers — in particular, African-Americans — that their safety could be compromised if they fly American Airlines, citing a series of "troublesome conduct" by employees. The travel advisory issued Tuesday is the latest from the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization, which saw its Missouri chapter in June issue a similar advisory for that state... Read More

Innovating While female: Women Entrepreneurs Face Long Odds

Venture investing is supposed to be a meritocracy, where the best ideas will win funding and support from powerful venture capital firms. But the reality for women-founded companies is often disturbingly different. Women own about one-third of small businesses in the U.S., but receive just 10 percent of venture funding, according to a 2016 report from CrunchBase, which examined the... Read More

Netflix to Plow Billions More Into Original Content

Netflix said Monday that it would spend as much as $8 billion on content next year to continue growing its giant subscriber base and outpace its competitors. Last year, when Netflix predicted that it would spend $6 billion on content in 2017, only ESPN was spending more — $7.3 billion, according to a report from Boston Consulting Group and SNL... Read More

Sheryl Sandberg Says Facebook Will Reveal How Russia Targeted U.S. Voters

Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's chief operating officer, said Thursday that the social network would reveal how Russia-linked groups targeted Americans with ads that were designed to disrupt the 2016 presidential election and tip it to Donald Trump. The action means that Facebook may be able to help explain to Congress which groups of people and geographic areas were the targets of... Read More

Amazon’s Whole Foods is Stealing Customers from Everybody

Consumers flocked to Whole Foods in droves after the organic grocery chain slashed prices by as much as 43 percent after its $13.7 billion sale to Amazon (AMZN), according to an analysis of mobile phone location data by research firm Thasos Group. Thasos found that foot traffic to Whole Foods, which had been mocked for years as "Whole Paycheck" because of... Read More

Technology Companies Face Growing Questions in Russia Probe

The flood gates have opened in a Congressional probe into how suspected Russian entities used social media to spread misinformation designed to influence America's presidential election. On Thursday, Twitter, which has kept relatively quiet about suspected use of the platform for election meddling, will appear before Senate and House Intelligence Committee members. The move comes as Facebook begins to hand... Read More

Walgreens Wins U.S. Approval for Rite Aid Deal on Fourth Try

Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. clinched regulatory approval for a deal to buy Rite Aid Corp. stores after a last-minute reduction of the number of stores and price, a hard-fought victory following two years of failed attempts. The drugstore chain gained clearance from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission on its fourth try, but still drew criticism from one of the two... Read More