Consumer Confidential: How to tell if a psychic is more interested in cash than clairvoyance

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Joyce Senfe was distraught when her husband walked out after 56 years of marriage. She was desperate to know if he'd return.

So she went online and did a search for "Christian psychic." That's how Senfe, who lives in Brooksville, Fla., ended up on the phone recently with Los Angeles-based Psychic Readings by Lauren.

"Lauren was very ...Read more

Real estate Q&A: Condo building's insurance policy may not cover individual units

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Q: With hurricane season right around the corner, I am concerned about insurance for my beachfront condo. Who is responsible for fixing or replacing the building? And if my unit did get damaged, would I still have to pay the mortgage if I'm not able to live there during repairs?

-- Alex

A: Reach out to your community's management and see what ...Read more

US steelmakers voice support for Trump administration review of imports

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The Trump administration's investigation into whether imported steel threatens national security was enthusiastically greeted Wednesday by U.S. steelmakers, who said the best way to ensure the vitality of their industry is through a comprehensive approach to curbing unfairly traded imports.

But others who testified at a U.S. Department of ...Read more

What passenger-dragging incident? United gets no queries at annual meeting

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CHICAGO -- United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz said Wednesday he wants the fallout from an incident where a passenger was dragged from a flight last month to be "a constant reminder of what we can do better on."

Videos of the passenger, Dr. David Dao, being pulled from a plane at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport after refusing to give up his ...Read more

Fed officials appear ready for another interest rate hike and are considering how to reduce assets

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WASHINGTON -- Most Federal Reserve monetary policymakers indicated they were ready for another small interest rate hike -- perhaps as soon as next month -- if economic data strengthened as expected following a weak winter, according to an account released Wednesday of their most recent meeting.

Fed officials also considered a plan to start ...Read more

Fox News moves to dismiss lawsuit by former on-air host Andrea Tantaros

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LOS ANGELES -- Fox News is seeking the dismissal of a lawsuit by former on-air personality Andrea Tantaros that claims the company hacked her computer and conducted surveillance of her phone calls and emails.

In a motion filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court, Fox News said Tantaros' allegations that fake Twitter accounts were set up to harass ...Read more

Here's one tally of the losses from WannaCry cyberattack

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WASHINGTON -- A digital worm powered by stolen National Security Agency software caused $1 billion in damages when it infected hundreds of thousands of computers in less than a week, a Florida digital security company says. And new attacks may be in the offing.

Hackers unleashed the worm, dubbed WannaCry, on May 12. Some 200,000 to 300,000 ...Read more

Lowe's disappoints despite improved economy, focus on pro customers

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Shares of Lowe's Cos. plunged as much as 7 percent in early trading Wednesday as the home improvement retailer reported first-quarter earnings and sales that fell below Wall Street expectations.

Lowe's disappointing results come at a time when it has been working to catch up to its larger rival, Home Depot, which reported ...Read more

McDonald's shareholder meeting brings roar of protests but few surprises

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CHICAGO -- McDonald's annual shareholder meeting Wednesday attracted hoards of protesters outside the burger giant's suburban Chicago headquarters. Inside, though, the meeting produced few surprises.

According to preliminary voting results, all the proposals put forth by shareholders failed, including requests to put a franchisee on McDonald's ...Read more

Tech Q&A: Streaming TV and the need for speed

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Q: I'm thinking about dropping cable TV but keeping cable internet service for streaming TV.

Right now, the speed of my Comcast Xfinity X1 Triple Play internet service is 87 megabits.

That's enough to support a mesh Wi-Fi system, in which three Eero Wi-Fi devices create a single wireless network throughout my home, as well as three wired ...Read more

Retailers can't move fast enough to chase shoppers online

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PITTSBURGH -- The idea of spending a leisurely few hours of the weekend at the mall -- browsing aisles for a new pair of jeans and shoes and hitting the food court -- is going out of style.

The latest in a growing list of retail casualties, mall-staple and teen apparel company rue21 Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization last week,...Read more

Jennifer Van Grove: Cocktail time? App sends a bartender at your behest

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While most people won't find themselves in the position of needing to secure a bartender on short notice, those who do can turn to on-demand alcohol delivery company Saucey to send one straight away.

This week, the startup added push-button bartender service to its inventory, meaning amateur party planners or corporate hosts can book a ...Read more

Retirement adviser rule will go into partial effect, but changes are still possible

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WASHINGTON -- A controversial Obama-era rule for retirement advisers, delayed by a review ordered by President Trump because of strong Republican and financial industry opposition, will partially take effect next month, Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta said.

But Acosta indicated that he has problems with the rule and that there still could be ...Read more

Justice Department sues Fiat Chrysler over diesel emissions

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DETROIT -- The U.S. Justice Department has filed a lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles for building and selling diesel engines that violate the Clean Air Act, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday.

The federal government said Fiat Chrysler created software that acted as what's called a defeat device for emissions testing ...Read more

Target will pay $18.5 million in settlement with states over 2013 data breach

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Target Corp. will pay $18.5 million to 47 states and the District of Columbia as part of a settlement over a 2013 data breach that compromised tens of millions of customers' credit and debit card information.

Alabama, Wisconsin and Wyoming were not part of the settlement announced Tuesday.

As part of the settlement, the Minneapolis-based ...Read more

Target reaches $18.5 million settlement with states over data breach

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Target Corp. will pay $18.5 million after reaching a settlement with 47 states over its 2013 data breach.

The agreement is the largest multistate data breach settlement to date. It requires Target to develop, implement and maintain a comprehensive information security program.

The Minneapolis-based retailer has already put in ...Read more

Ailing California city bets on a marijuana gold rush

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ADELANTO, Calif. -- In a plot of desert surrounded by Joshua trees and old factories, developer James Previti watches as construction workers build the roof of a concrete building that from afar looks like a future Costco.

Previti has spent years developing homes around the Inland Empire. But this is something new for him: a 30-acre ...Read more

Helpware: System Mechanic gives your PC a tune-up

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If Norton Utilities is the gold standard in PC maintenance software, Iolo's System Mechanic gets the silver. It's a contender but lacks Norton's name recognition and reputation. Still, System Mechanic boasts many of the same features as Norton Utilities and it's good at what it's supposed to do.

System Mechanic, which costs $50 and is now ...Read more

Rural residents fight to keep their land from a growing web of pipelines

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WEST CHESTER, Pa. -- Norm MacQueen would seem to fit the profile of a property owner comfortable with an oil and gas pipeline running through his land. A retired oil refinery employee, MacQueen worked under risky conditions for more than 20 years as a pipe fitter and a welder.

But early last year, MacQueen learned that an oil company, Sunoco, ...Read more

Turning Emmy voters' heads: Netflix, Amazon help redefine campaigning, drawing a range of reactions from rivals

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Navigating the maze of rooms and displays at Netflix's massive new Emmy campaigning space in Beverly Hills -- Look! The bikes from "Stranger Things"! Tituss Burgess' wardrobe closet from "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt"! -- "Orange Is the New Black" actress Taryn Manning finally arrived at her own show's exhibit, which included a wall adorned with (...Read more


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