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Lowe's Settles EPA Lead Paint Violations by Its Contractors


Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Home improvement giant Lowe’s Companies Inc. has agreed to pay $500,000 after federal investigators found its home renovation contractors in nine states had violated safety standards for lead paint. The retail chain was a

Stocks End Mixed Ahead of the Holiday Weekend


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Wall Street stocks rolled to a mixed finish to end the short week before a holiday.The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down 16 points at 16,408.54. The Nasdaq Composite finished up 9 points at 4,095.52. The S&P 500 e

Do Companies Void Your Right to Sue If You 'Like' Them on Facebook?


Facebook(NEW YORK) -- Can companies limit your right to sue if you "like" them on Facebook or download a coupon from their website? A number of companies are including fine print in their terms of service that apply to some of the most "trivial" of consum

San Francisco Creamery Offering $3.3K Sundae for the 'One Percent'


Hemera Technologies/Thinkstock(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Get out your checkbooks: a San Francisco creamery is offering an ice cream sundae that costs $3,333.33.Yes, you read that right. Three Twins Ice Cream coined the treat, which is just three scoops of organic

LeBron, Heat Boast NBA's Top Jersey Sales


ABC Inc.(NEW YORK) -- LeBron James' reign as "King James" continued this season, after the Miami Heat forward topped the list of NBA jersey sales for the sixth time.The rankings are based on overall retail sales through the NBA's online store during the 2

Weak Barbie Sales Lead to First Quarter Loss for Mattel


David McNew/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The corporate earnings season is still young, but the latest reports are already revealing some striking trends. Troubles in toyland are among them.Mattel’s report reveals that weak Barbie sales are one reason f

QVC Host Lives in Fear of Stalkers, Reports Say


Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- For so many of QVC’s viewers, Lisa Robertson is the host with the most.Robertson, 48, is one of the shopping channel’s most popular personalities. Every week, the former Miss Tennessee sells the latest

Weekly Jobless Claims Rise but Stay at Near Seven-Year Low


glegorly/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Jobless claims climbed slightly last week but still remained at a near seven-year low, the Labor Department reported Thursday morning.For the week ending April 12, the number of people filing for benefits rose by 2,000 t

The Biggest Cost of Owning a Car May Surprise You


Wavebreakmedia Ltd/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Many consumers may not know this, but the largest cost of owning a car is depreciation.According to new research from the auto price valuation firm ALG, the process begins on day one.Consider a new car or SUV tha

Auto Safety Group: Congressional Documents Show GM Rejected Safer Ignition in 20


Allison Shelley/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The Center for Auto Safety says according to its analysis of documents General Motors turned over to Congress, GM designed an adequate ignition switch but rejected it in favor of a cheaper, less safe option in 2

KFC Bringing Back the Popular 'Double Down'


Sandra Mu/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- This is not a drill: KFC plans to bring back its infamous Double Down starting April 21, reports USA Today. In case you forgot what this glorious creation includes, it’s a bunless “sandwich” that uses

Dow, S&P Advance for Best Three-Day Gains Since February


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- What a difference a day makes. Solid earnings reports and a smaller slowdown in China's growth than many had feared pushed stocks higher for the third day in a row. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 16,424.85 -- a 1

Google's Plan to Shake Up Smartphone Market


Google(NEW YORK) -- Google's "Project Ara," an affordable smartphone with swappable and customizable hardware, could be the next big thing to shake up the mobile market. Details of the phone were unveiled at the first Ara developer's conference on Tuesday

Dominos Debuts Chicken Pizza Crusts


Dominos(NEW YORK) -- In a world of crazy food mash-ups with one chef outdoing the next, Dominos has officially entered the arena. Let us introduce what the brand calls its new “specialty chicken,” which is fried chicken covered with traditiona

Google Glass 'Explorer' Offer a Sell Out


Google(NEW YORK) -- The hot item at Tuesday’s one-day-only Google Glass public sale was the “cotton” colored frames, which sold out in a matter of hours once the wearable tech devices became available.The sale was part of an expansion of

Why People Are So Obsessed with Wawa


Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Not too many convenient stores are popular enough to have their own fan clubs, but Wawa is. Most people from Philadelphia, where Wawa originated, will argue that it’s more than a place to bu

Best of the Best? 4 Companies on Best Places to Work Lists


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- What are the best places to work in the U.S.? There's no lack of lists claiming to answer this question. Earlier Wednesday, Business Insider released its list of the 50 best places to work. It has little in common with Fortu

Ten Most Awful Jobs for 2014 Revealed


Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Lumberjacks aren’t cutting it.That’s according to CareerCast.com, which says being a tree-feller is the absolute worst, most going-nowhere job of any in the U.S. It’s also dangerous and underpaid

Inflation Still Low but Many Prices Climbed Anyway in March


moodboard/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- After the brutal winter weather of January and February, people who use oil to heat their homes saw costs fall a bit in March along with dropping prices at the pump. However, other homeowners weren't so lucky as the price

Coke's Soda Sales Flat in First Quarter


LouieBaxter/iStock Editorial/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Could it be time for another New Coke?Although the 1985 attempt at introducing a new, improved Coca-Cola fizzled, the soft-drink giant may now be wondering if it's time to shake things up again with o

Are These Four Companies Really the Best Places to Work?


Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Where are the best places to work in the U.S.? There's no lack of lists claiming to answer this question. Earlier Tuesday, Business Insider released its list of the 50 best places to work. It has little in common

Stocks End Higher After Unsteady Trading


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Stocks took a roller-coaster ride Tuesday. Despite big gains after the opening bell, the markets were in a free fall by mid-session. Stocks advanced again by the close.The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed up 89 points at