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CONSUMER UPDATE 08/07/17

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Proposed bill would cover more consumers under Medicare
Proposed bill would cover more consumers under MedicareSome Democratic members of the U.S. Senate have introduced a bill that would cover more consumers under Medicare.

In addition to covering every American age 65 and older, Americans between the ages of 55 and 64 would have the option of enrolling in the government-administered health care program.

The sponsors estimate there are around 41 million Americans that would be eligible for Medicare coverage under their bill, the Medicare At 55 Act.

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Automotive

Self-driving car bill wins bipartisan support

It appears to be one issue in Washington on which Republicans and Democrats can agree

Honda delivers new electric sedan in California and Oregon

Honda Clarity Electric one of three alternative energy models

Cell phones & smart phones

Health insurance telemarketer faces $82 million fine over illegally spoofed robocalls

The FCC says the high volume of calls could have risked lives

T-Mobile says its customers get fewer scam calls

Screening service lets customers know if a scammer is on the other end of the line

Class actions

State officials join fight to preserve consumers’ right to sue

Congress is poised to repeal the Arbitration Rule

Computers & electronics

Hackers find voting machines as secure as a car with the key in the ignition

One machine from Tennessee was sold on eBay with 60,000 registration records

Employment

Study predicts significant future job growth

But many of those new jobs may be at the lower end of the pay scale

Services sector growth rate slows in July

Initial jobless claims fell for a fourth consecutive week

Family & parenting

Parents should keep an eye out for vision problems in kids, experts say

Routine eye exams and screenings can help spot problems early

Why it’s important to schedule a back-to-school dental checkup for your child

Treating dental problems now can help prevent missed school days later

Health

Study suggests e-cigarettes may help smokers quit

Researchers note a big jump in the number of smokers who quit

Solving sleep disorders may start in the muscles, not the brain

Researchers say a protein found in the muscles may be the key to creating new sleep therapies

Home & garden

How to make your backyard more inviting

Features that can help maximize your enjoyment of your outdoor living area

Five ways to improve indoor air quality in your home

Experts say poor air quality can lead to negative health consequences

Internet

Hackers find way to turn older Amazon Echo devices into live microphones

Owners of over 7 million affected devices share the privacy risk

Amazon to hire 50,000 employees today at job fairs across the U.S.

Applicants will be shown tours of the facilities and may get an on-the-spot job offer

Personal finance

Congressional Democrats push for Wells Fargo hearing

Lawmakers say they have more questions about sales practices

JPMorgan Chase fined $4.6 million for not guaranteeing accuracy of consumer information

CFPB says the inaccuracies made it impossible for consumers to open accounts

Political News

Younger generations overtake Baby Boomers in voting numbers

A study shows that Millennials and Gen Xers accounted for nearly 70 million votes in 2016

Privacy

Amazon suspends sale of Blu phones amidst privacy concerns

Security researchers say some devices transmit private data without user consent

Shopping

Beware of counterfeit solar eclipse glasses

Here’s how to tell you’re buying the real thing

Dunkin’ Donuts may shorten its name

New California outlet will be branded simply as Dunkin’

Social & dating

Facebook continues rollout of ‘Related Articles’ in fight against fake news

Users will begin seeing additional reporting from second sources and third-party fact checkers

Nearly half of couples argue about money, survey finds

Differences of opinion related to spending habits vary by age and gender

Travel

For adventurous travelers, the highway beckons

More travelers are exploring America in RVs

Court orders regulators to study airline seat size

Consumer group claims shrinking seating area is a threat to safety

Weight loss

When dining out, pay attention to calories

Here are some tips for avoiding extra, and unhealthy pounds

Binge drinking is trending down among college students, study finds

However, rates among non-college students are still worrying

Recalls

Sweet Bamboo recalls children’s pajamas

The garments fail to meet the federal flammability standards

Nearly 700k Chevrolet Silverado 1500s and GMC Sierra 1500s recalled

The vehicles may experience a temporary loss of electric power steering assist.

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