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Ten-Hour 'Pay It Forward' Line Ends with Customer No. 458 Who Refuses


iStock/Thinkstock(ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.) -- A 10-hour stream of kindness abruptly ended at a Florida Starbucks Wednesday evening when customer No. 458 broke ranks and declined to "pay it forward" for the next drive-thru patron."She got a free drink from th

Ten Apps to Help Survive Freshman Year of College


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S&P 500 Reaches Record High


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The S&P 500 reached a new record high on Thursday.The S&P went up 5.86 points, to a record close of 1,992.37.The Dow Jones Industrial Average went up 60.43 points ending the day at 17,039.56, while the Nasdaq ju

Tooth Fairy Leaving Less Money Under Pillows this Year


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The latest tooth fairy index suggests consumers are a little more nervous than last year about the future.According to credit card company Visa, the tooth fairy is leaving 8 percent less cash under the pillow this year. The

Existing Home Sales Jump 2.4% in July


iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Sales of existing homes in the U.S. rose last month to the highest level since last September, a report out Thursday shows.The National Association of Realtors (NAR) says sales jumped 2.4 percent in July to a seasonally ad

How Much Will You Get from Social Security When You Retire?


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Have you ever wondered how much money you'll get from Social Security when you retire?You can find out now -- online."People can go to socialsecurity.gov/myaccount," says Mark Hinkle of the Social Security Administration.It

Bank of America Reaches Record Settlement with DOJ


Chris Hondros/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Bank of America reached a record-breaking $16.65 billion settlement with the Department of Justice on Thursday.The deal resolves an investigation into allegations that the Charlotte, North Carolina-based bank misl

Jobless Claims Dip to 298K


iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Jobless claims were lower last week, decreasing by 14,000, according to the latest figures released Thursday by the Labor Department.For the week ending Aug. 16, the number of people filing for benefits declined to 298,000

A Surefire Way to Maximize Your Work Productivity


iStock/Thinkstock(RIGA, Latvia) -- Give yourself a break at work, literally, if you want to be the best possible worker.That’s the advice of Julia Gifford, whose Latvian-based Draugiem Group is an umbrella organization for many IT-related companies.

UPS Says Customers Data May Have Been Compromised in Malware Incident


iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- UPS warned customers on Wednesday that they may have been one of the U.S. retailers whose customers may have had their data compromised as a result of exposure to malware.According to a press release, UPS customers

Bank of America Expect to Reach $17 Billion Settlement with Department of Justic


iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Bank of America is expected to agree to a $17 million settlement on Thursday in connection with its sale of mortgage-backed securities prior to the 2008 financial crisis.The bank is expected to agree to the deal wi

Target Announces Lower Annual Earnings Forecast


Target(NEW YORK) -- Target announced it would drop its annual earnings forecast by about 50 cents per share on Wednesday, part of ongoing fallout from the data breach the company experienced late last year.The company announced that its second quarter adj

Wall Street Continues Week of Gains, Apple Stock Hits New High


iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Wall Street -- barely -- continued its week of gains on Wednesday, with two of the three major indices posting gains.The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 16979.13 on Wednesday, continuing a slow creep back to the

NJ Woman Claims Fashion School, Barnes & Noble Stole Her Design


iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The Fashion Institute of Technology graduate who is suing her alma mater and Barnes & Noble for selling a backpack she designed without, she argues, giving her any profits says it is “confusing” to

How Real Is the Looming Nutella Shortage?


iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- How real is the reported threat to Nutella hazelnut spread?According to the Financial Times, there was poor weather in Turkey, where approximately 70 percent of the world's hazelnuts originate. But Somerset, New Je

Hertz Pulls 2014 Financial Forecast


Chris Hondros/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The picture isn’t so pretty at Hertz. The world’s biggest car rental company says it’s withdrawing its financial forecast for the year and expects profits to be "well below the low end of its 2014

Owners Take Vevo Off the Market


Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The owners of Vevo have ended the sales process of the popular video-streaming site because of expected continued growth, the New York Post reports.Universal Music, Sony Music Entertainment, Google and the Abu Dha

How to Vacation for Next to Nothing as a Mystery Shopper


ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The Chulews -- Mike, Rebecca and 2-year-old Veronica -- recently went on a summer vacation for practically free. Their gas, flight, hotel and even their meals were about 80 percent off.  That’s because the Chulews of Texas

Young Shoppers Are Hot for Hotter Cars


Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Who says millennials are turning their backs on car ownership?Although they may not be as infatuated with the compact cars from their early years, this generation seems to be increasingly enamored with crossover

Nuts! Hazelnut Shortage Could Affect Nutella Prices


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- As if the world didn’t have enough problems, now it has to deal with a hazelnut shortage.For fans of Nutella, the popular hazelnut chocolate spread, the news could be dire.Since Nutella maker Ferro Group uses about 25

Standard Chartered Bank to Pay $300 Million as Part of Settlement for Inadequate


iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) announced new consequences on Tuesday related to Standard Chartered Bank's failure to resolve anti-money laundering compliance problems in connection with

Samsung Agrees to Pay $2.3 Million to Resolve False Claims Allegations


iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Samsung Electronics America has agreed to pay $2.3 million to "resolve allegations" against the company.According to the Department of Justice, Samsung had been accused of causing the submission of false claims for prod

McDonald's, Kraft Foods Making McCafe Coffee Available in Retail Stores in 2015


McDonald's(NEW YORK) -- McDonald's and Kraft Foods Group plan to bring McCafe coffee to retail outlets next year, offering consumers a chance to enjoy Mickey D's coffee at home.According to a press release, customers will find ground, whole bean and on-de