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Rising rents a troubling housing trend
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There’s some disconcerting news for consumers who have decided to keep on renting instead of buying. That option is getting more costly.

Over the last few months people looking for apartments and those renegotiating a lease have been shocked at how much it costs to put a roof over their head.

Real estate site Zillow reports that of the 100 largest U.S. rental markets, only 10 are now more affordable than they were before the housing bust.

Part of the problem is supply a…

Reasons you might be rejected for a credit card
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With all those credit card offers that come in the mail, you might think you can have your pick of credit cards.

Don’t count on it. Just about anyone with a pulse is getting those notices that they have been “pre-qualified” for a credit card. The truth is, neither you nor anyone else has been pre-qualified.

You may be getting these offers for any number of reasons; the zip code in which you reside, the model car you drive, other credit or charge cards you m…

img 8 low-stress businesses to start in retirement

Retirees, and people nearing retirement age, often worry they won’t have enough money to support themselves in retirement. Starting a sideline business might be …

img Early school start times creating a generation of zombies

Anyone with a teenager knows getting them up and going for school can seem like you have spent 6 hours on a rowing machine in …

Noteworthy News

Identity theft

Goodwill confirms customer database breach dating back to February 2013

Hackers stole data from stores in 19 states and Washington, D.C.

Home Depot data breach might be even worse than Target’s

If you bought anything with a card since late April, your data is likely at risk

Cell phones & smart phones

Google to repay $19 million in charges incurred by children

Google called it “friendly fraud” but parents didn’t find it very friendly … or very funny

When does cell phone dependence become addiction?

Researcher says it may be crossing that line for a lot of people

Privacy

Apple says iCloud was not breached

Accounts were hacked but the Cloud wasn’t breached; cold comfort for the hacking victims

Hackers break into Apple iCloud; steal nude photos and blackmail celebrities

Apple has patched the security hole, but change your iPhone password just in case

Credit cards

Credit-card industry promises better security in future cards

“Tokenization” expected to make customer data more secure

Identity theft, data breaches — why are they your problem instead of your bank’s?

Your identity or the assets of wealthy financial institutions: which needs the most protection?

Feds warn credit card companies against deceptive marketing

Consumers often hit with surprise charges after signing up for low-interest-rate promotions

Thermal-imaging devices can steal your PINs and passcodes

Luckily, a NASA engineer discovered an easy way to protect yourself

Home Depot customer database hacked?

Early reports indicate all U.S. stores might be affected, ever since last April or May

Scams

Phone fraud ensnares 17 million consumers

Scammers still like to reach out and touch their victims

Health

Supplements now more likely than medications to cause death

People take herbals and dietary supplements to stay healthy; it doesn’t always work

Breast-conserving therapy better than mastectomy in some cases, study finds

The findings defy conventional beliefs, say MD Anderson researchers

Micro-humans replacing test animals in labs

The miniature “humans” are about the size of a microchip

U.S. government seeks faster approval of Ebola drug

Effort comes as deadly virus claims more victims in Africa

CVS stops cigarette sales earlier than planned

Says it will lose $2 billion in tobacco sales per year

Triclosan implicated in slower growth of male fetuses

It and other phenols are widely used in cosmetics, toothpaste and soap products

The lowdown on wine, tea, coffee, energy drinks and heart health

European conference hears the latest research on matters cardiovascular

Are we getting close to a multiple sclerosis cure?

New research suggests a breakthrough could be near

Education

Feds launch back-to-school push for vegetables

Or maybe it’s a crop support program for farmers

What if you don’t like your child’s teacher?

Not every teacher will be a child’s favorite but there are ways to deal with problems

School anxiety: how can you help?

Fear of the unknown is common as kids face a new year

Social & dating

Facebook app users beware: autoplay can exceed your data limits

Disable the video-autoplay default on your tablet or phone, now

Weight loss

Why the latest obesity stats mean trouble

Despite increased awareness, America’s weight problem is getting worse

Study finds obese weight-loss counselors aren’t as effective as their slimmer colleagues

Patients may be more receptive to counselors who practice what they preach

Recall of Regeneslim appetite control capsules expanded

The product contains DMAA which may cause cardiovascular problems

Train your brain to prefer healthy foods

Tufts researchers say it can be done

Home & garden

Need food? Grow some — Americans turning to backyard gardens

That clucking sound you hear? It’s your neighbor’s chickens

Turf wars heat up in the fall

The work you do now will determine what kind of lawn you have in the spring

Applications for mortgages rise for third straight week

Refinancing applications are at a 5-month high

A garden on the rooftop

When this old world starts gettin’ you down …

Personal finance

Home prices post another year-over-year increase

They’ve been doing that for nearly 2.5 years

Completed foreclosures down sharply in July

The inventory of foreclosed properties is also substantially lower

Forget toasters — Russian bank uses cats as premiums

Take out a mortgage and the bank will loan you a cat for a few hours

Pets

When your dog has cancer

As dogs live longer, their chance of getting cancer increases

Animals need a disaster plan too

Animals, both pets and farm animals, are too often left behind when disaster strikes

PEDIGREE expands recall of Adult Complete Nutrition dog food

The product may contain a foreign material

Employment

The skills gap? Help may be on the way

A new survey shows high school seniors are looking to the future

Whoops! Job creation slips in August

Last month saw the smallest number of new jobs in 2014

Planned job-cuts decline in August

Terminations on a year-over-year basis are down for a fourth month

ADP: August another strong month for job creation

Manufacturing had the best month in more than 3 years

Are you ready for some football? How about other sports?

Sports-related employment is on the rise

Automotive

Cooper Tire & Rubber recalls Wild Country Radial XTX Sport tires

The tires may experience cracking and broken ply cords

Recalls

Helmet City recalls HCI motorcycle helmets

The helmets do not comply with federal standards

Livie & Luca recalls children’s shoes

A metal thread inside the interior shoe liner can loosen and poke through the shoe lining

AmTRAN Video recalls 42-Inch JVC Flat Panel TVs

The neck of the stand can crack and cause the television to tip over

Tjs Place recalls Basil Pesto Pasta

The product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

FGX International recalls children’s sunglasses

Surface paint on the sunglasses contains excessive levels of lead

La Orocovena Biscuit recalls Pound Cake de Queso

The product contains allergens not listed on the label

Great Innovations recalls humidifiers

The circuit board to short circuit and overheat

iDevices recalls temperature probes

The plastic insulator located inside the stainless steel probe is not heat resistant

Orbea recalls Avant bicycles

The bicycle front fork can crack

BMW recalls BMW i3s and MINI Cooper Hardtops

The air bag inflators may not have been assembled correctly

Tray Vous recalls snack and activity trays for strollers

The opening between the recalled tray and stroller seat bottom poses a strangulation hazard

Kraft recalls American Singles Pasteurized Prepared Cheese Product

An ingredient in the product was improperly stored

4C Foods recalls 4C Grated Cheese HomeStyle Parmesan

The product may be contaminated with Salmonella

Aston Martin recalls DB9 and Rapide S vehicles

The transmission may inadvertently shift to neutral

Nissan recalls Frontier Crew Cab vehicles

The seat belt anchor bolt may not be attached as designed

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