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Six Indicted in Connection with January Chemical Spill in West Virginia


Photo by Tom Hindman/Getty Image(WASHINGTON) -- The Department of Justice announced on Wednesday that Freedom Industries and six former executives of the company have been charged with federal crimes linked to the January 2014 Elk River chemical spill in

Sprint Faces Lawsuit for Alleged 'Cramming'


Joe Raedle/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against Sprint Corporation for alleged illegal billing of wireless customers for unauthorized third-party charges."Today...we are suing Sprint for a

Wall Street Gains Back Most of Early-Week Losses, Fed to Keep Interest Rates Low


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Wall Street posted gains on Wednesday, largely making up for early-week losses.The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 288.00 to 17,356.87.The Nasdaq jumped 96.48, closing at 4,644.31, while the S&P 500 rose 40.15, fini

List Ranks America's Worst Charities


iStock/Thinkstock(TAMPA BAY, Fla.) -- A Florida newspaper is out with a list of which charities are naughty and which are nice when it comes to giving money to the people they claim to help.Number one on the Tampa Bay Times list of the worst charities is

Hotel Industry Sues to Block Minimum Wage Increase for LA Workers


Stockbyte/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- The hotel industry is suing to block a new, higher minimum wage for hotel workers -- like housekeepers in Los Angeles.The lawsuit challenges an ordinance the Los Angeles City Council passed in October raising the minim

FedEx's Second Quarter Earnings Fall Short of Expectations


Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(MEMPHIS, Tenn.) -- FedEx released its latest earnings report on Wednesday, showing a 23 percent jump in earnings in the second quarter. The figure falls short of Wall Street estimates. As Mike Santoli with Yahoo Finance points

How Dating App Tinder Was Turned into Crime-Fighting Tool


Buildzoom(SAN FRANCISCO) --- After a start-up company in San Francisco was burglarized several times this year, the co-founder took matters into his own hands and turned to an unlikely source to solve the crimes -- the popular dating app Tinder.David Pete

Betabrand's Jeans Could Protect You from Identity Theft


Betabrand(NEW YORK) -- In the future, fashion may be at the forefront of fighting cyber crime.What sets Betabrand's Ready Active jeans apart from the pack is the radio frequency identification fabric lining a front and back pockets.The jeans are a collabo

Cuba: What You Can Now Bring Back with You


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The new deal strengthening U.S.-Cuba relations now means you can bring back long-forbidden cigars with you -- but there's a catch.Americans who gain official approval to travel to Cuba will be the only ones able to bring bac

How to Keep Your Connected Devices Safe from Hackers


Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The "Internet of Things" -- the name for the ecosystem of smart devices that can communicate with owners -- are hot holiday gifts this year, but they're also prime targets for hackers.There's a lot to love about a light bulb that

Former American Apparel CEO Dov Charney Terminated from Company


Photo by Johannes Kroemer/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Dov Charney, the founder of American Apparel who had previously been suspended for alleged misconduct before being hired as a consultant, has been terminated, the company said Tuesday.American Apparel's

Energy Dept. Predicts Household Gasoline Expenditures to Be Lowest in 11 Years i


nikitos77/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. Energy Information Administration expects next year's household gasoline expenditures to be the lowest in 11 years.According to a report published by the EIA on Tuesday, the average household in the U.S.

Apple Halts Online Sales in Russia Due to 'Extreme Fluctuations' in Value of Rub


ABC News(MOSCOW) -- Apple has temporarily closed its online store in Russia, citing "extreme fluctuations in the value of the [ruble]" for the decision.The Russian currency fell abruptly Tuesday, part of a year-long decline, despite action taken by the Ru

More Losses on Wall Street, Russian Ruble Continues to Lose Value


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Wall Street experienced yet another day of losses in a month that has been full of them on Tuesday, with all three major indices finishing the day below their opening positions.The Dow Jones Industrial Average dipped 111.97,

Instagram Update Includes Five New Filters


Instagram(NEW YORK) -- Instagram delivered the ultimate holiday gift Tuesday to its users: five new filters.Meet Slumber, Crema, Ludwig, Aden and Perpetua. They sound like characters from The Hunger Games, but are actually the names of Instagram's new fil

Seven Items Now Cheaper than Falling Price of Gasoline


Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Gasoline has fallen below $2 a gallon at some stations in the country, as the price of oil plummets globally. Now, a Starbucks Frappuccino drink is more expensive than a gallon of gas."This is getting downright wild," Gas

Apple Wins iPod Class-Action Antitrust Lawsuit


Apple, Inc.(NEW YORK) -- Apple has been found not liable in a decade-old class-action lawsuit alleging the company engaged in anti-competitive behavior by blocking songs sold by competing music stores from playing on its iPod music player.The legal drama

Rihanna Named Creative Director of Puma


Eric McCandless/CBS(NEW YORK) -- When it comes to fashion, Rihanna is known for her daring red carpet looks, but she's just accepted a position with a company best known for more casual clothing.Women's Wear Daily reports Rihanna has been named creative d

McDonald's to Ration French Fries in Japan over Potato Shortage


McDonald's(NEW YORK) -- McDonald's restaurants in Japan will begin rationing their French fries beginning Wednesday, eliminating the menu option for large fries, due to a potato shortage, a spokeswoman for the fast food chain confirmed to ABC News.A labor

The Reasons Behind Russian Ruble's Rampant Decline


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The Russian ruble's abrupt fall on Tuesday is part of a year-long drop by more than half the value of the currency.Back in Dec. 16, 2013, one ruble was worth about 3 cents, according to S&P Capital IQ. In reverse, a doll

Russian Ruble: This Is Its Free-Fall in One Chart


The drop of the ruble, or rouble, shown through the Morgan Stanley Trade Weighted Index over the last year, is the steepest in 16 years. (Bloomberg)(NEW YORK) — The Russian ruble has dropped to its lowest point in 16 years -- and has been in free-f