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What Americans Will Spend on Halloween This Year


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- There's just 39 days until Halloween and that's counting Oct. 31 as well for those last minute shoppers.So, what kind of Halloween will it be for the industry that thrives on our lust for dressing up strangely and wolfing do

'Bored Elon Musk' and Other Funny Business Parody Twitter Accounts


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The Twitterverse sighed with disappointment when the Twitter account thought to belong to outspoken JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon turned out to be a fake. Twitter subsequently suspended the account a couple weeks ago, but there a

Are You Living in the Best Small City in the US?


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The results are in for the best small city in America.The annual ranking of the 50 most livable small cities in the United States — based on more than 50 factors, including housing, property taxes, schools and safety &

Think Twice Before You Buy That Extended Warranty


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- What if you paid hundreds of dollars to buy an extended warranty on your kitchen appliances only to find out a critical piece wasn’t covered? That’s exactly what the Hoftiezer family said happened to them.With th

Survey: Many Americans Still Looking for Work After Recession


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Twenty percent of the nearly 30 million Americans who were laid off during the Great Recession are still looking for work, a new survey from Rutgers finds."Of those people who were laid off during the Great Recession and its

Average Middle-Class Household Income is the Same as in 1988


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) --  Analysts say the American median household income is at the same level as it was in 1988.In 1988 the average middle-class wage hit $52,000, and since 1999, middle-class earnings have been stagnant or in decline. And ac

Dow Loses Over 100 Points After Five Straight Gains


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Stocks moved lower Monday as investors worry about some soft economic data from overseas.The Dow Jones Industrial Average had three record-high closes last week and was coming off of five straight gains. On Monday, the Dow w

More Deaths Linked to GM's Faulty Ignition Switches


Joe Raedle/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The number of deaths linked to General Motors' faulty ignition switches has shot up once again.Ken Feinberg, the independent administrator of GM's compensation program, now says 21 deaths are eligible for a claim. Earl

Some Apple iOS 8 Users Report Problems


Apple(NEW YORK) -- Apple's new operating system may look pretty, but the rollout hasn't been smooth for everyone.Many people have taken to Twitter to complain about issues they say they've experienced with iOS 8, including slow download speeds, sluggish p

Alibaba Begins First Full Week of Trading After IPO


Spencer Platt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After a record-breaking IPO on Friday, Alibaba is starting its first full week on the New York Stock Exchange.The e-commerce campany’s stock, which is trading under the ticker BABA, was priced at $68 a share T

Apple Sales of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Set Record in First Weekend


Apple(CUPERTINO, Calif.) -- Apple said it sold more than 10 million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models in the first weekend they were available in stores, making it the company's best launch ever."Sales for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus exceeded our expectati

Americans Have Spent Billions on Smartphone Repair and Replacement


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- So, have you dropped your new iPhone 6 yet?  You know, it's bound to happen. The phone insurance firm SquareTrade says damaged iPhones have cost Americans $10.7 billion since their introduction in 2007.The total amount

General Motors Recalls 220,000 Sedans for Fire Risk


General Motors(DETROIT) -- General Motors is recalling more than 220,000 vehicles due to brake pad malfunctions that may result in a fire. The defect can cause the pads to stay partly engaged, forcing the auto company to recall 205,309 vehicles in the Uni

Professional Stand-Ins Wait in Line for iPhone 6


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- How much would you be willing to pay to get the new iPhone 6 on the day it came out, without having to wait in line?Robert Samuel knows some people are willing to pay good money to have someone else do the waiting for them.

Chrysler Recalls More than 230,000 SUVs for Fuel Pump Issue


Chrysler Media(AUBURN HILLS, Mich.) -- Chrysler Group announced a voluntary recall of more than 230,000 SUVs Saturday, citing fuel pump issues in certain 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Durango SUVs.While the company said it is unaware of any related

ExxonMobil 'Winding Down' Drilling at Russian Well


Photo by David McNew/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- ExxonMobil will suspend drilling at its oil well in the Russian Arctic, complying with U.S. sanctions against Russia.The company said that it would wind down operation, with the permission of the U.S. Treasur

Ali Baba Soars in Its First Public Day on the Stock Market


vichie81/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A long-awaited IPO got a lot of attention on Friday, but it didn't do too much to help the markets. The Dow Jones Industrial Average went up 13.75 points Friday, closing at 17,279.74. The Nasdaq lost 13.64

What to Do After You Buy an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus


Apple(NEW YORK) -- The new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus is in your hands -- the culmination of weeks of anticipation.Perhaps you were one of the millions of people who woke up in the middle of the night last week to be one of the first to pre-order the new s

Pabst Brewing Co. Purchased by Russian Beverage Distributor


Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Pabst Brewing Co., the brewer of popular American beer Pabst Blue Ribbon, among other offerings, has been acquired by Russian beverage distributor Oasis Beverages, as announced in a Thursday press release.O

Girls vs. Boys: How Hasbro's New Nerf Toys Compare


Hasbro(NEW YORK) -- Toy maker Hasbro is targeting the girl market by making toy gun play a more social activity.Hasbro brand Nerf Rebelle's latest five toys, as part of the "Secrets and Spies" line, allow kids to write messages to friends on darts the com

Apple CEO Tim Cook Surprises Fans Waiting in Line for iPhone 6


Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(PALO ALTO, Calif.) -- Apple CEO Tim Cook surprised iPhone enthusiasts who were lined up outside an Apple store Friday in Palo Alto, California, waiting to buy the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.Cook posed for selfies with Appl

Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Arrive in Stores


Apple(NEW YORK) -- The big day is here.Sept. 19 has been circled on the calendar of Apple enthusiasts who woke up in the middle of the night last week to pre-order the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Others have spent days camped outside Apple stores for

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison Steps Down


Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(REDWOOD SHORES, Calif.) -- Oracle founder Larry Ellison announced Thursday that he will step down as the software company's CEO. The tech guru, 70, and prominent public figure will turn over the reins to his two co-presidents,

McDonald's Customers Dish About Free Coffee on Social Media


McDonald's(NEW YORK) -- McDonald's latest free coffee promotion is in full swing, and excited fans are talking about it on social media.Customers can stop by participating locations in the United States until Sept. 29 for a free small McCafe during breakf

First iPhone 6s in Moscow Cost Up to 90,000 Rubles or $2,300


Mario Tama/Getty Images(MOSCOW) -- As hundreds line up around the world for the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, gray market importers in Russia are starting to fly them in and re-sell them at a massive profit.In Moscow, home to three Bentley showrooms but zero A

Home Is Where the Heart Is -- and Also Most of the Expenses


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- For American homeowners, their house is probably the biggest asset they have. However, it is often the biggest expense in their budget.A survey released this week by the non-profit Employee Benefit Research Institute shows h

Texas-Based Insurance Company Investigating Possible Breach of Personal Informat


scyther5/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- An unknown number of insurance applications containing personal information held by a Texas-based life insurance holding company may have been compromised in an apparent breach.Torchmark Corporation told ABC Ne