$4-a-gallon gas? Prices expected to rise sharply this spring

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Just as concerns about the omicron variant helped reverse rising gas prices — a bit — in December, now the growing sense that infection rates have peaked is pushing prices back up.

But this time, some analysts are projecting that oil prices will hit $100 a barrel and gas prices will climb to $4 a gallon.

We’re not there yet. On Tuesday, ...Read more

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Your health insurance says, 'Claim denied.' How to fight back

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A letter arrives in the mail. Oh, great: It's from your health insurance company. It contains some variation on the phrase "Your claim has been denied" and possibly "You may file an appeal to challenge this decision." There's probably also an alarmingly large dollar amount with "patient responsibility" next to it.

Take a deep breath. You are ...Read more

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New Ford, ADT antitheft technology is like doorbell camera for your vehicle

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Ford Motor Co. and ADT security are taking action to make criminals think twice about trying to steal your car, truck or van or anything in it.

The companies — through a new joint venture called Canopy — are bringing two new vehicle security packages to market. The first is for truck and van owners who use their vehicles for business, and ...Read more

Is the allure of cryptocurrency fading?

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Bitcoin dropped to a three-month low recently and its movement has closely mirrored financial markets in its decline.

Bitcoin bulls often describe it as an asset that is uncorrelated to traditional financial markets, CNBC reported, however experts have noticed growing parallels in the price movements of bitcoin and stocks.

It also comes as ...Read more


Mopar charger will fuel your hybrid for the road in just over 2 hours

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The after-sales parts division of Jeep SUVs and Chrysler minivans now is offering a Level 2 vehicle charger that it says can fuel plug-in hybrids in just over two hours.

The 240-volt at-home wall charger unit from Stellantis NV's Mopar is factory-backed to support the needs of the Jeep Wrangler 4xe and Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe or Chrysler ...Read more


UnitedHealthcare partners with Walmart on free at-home COVID tests

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UnitedHealthcare has agreements with Walmart and a growing list of retailers to make available free at-home COVID-19 tests when subscribers present their ID cards at pharmacy counters.

The benefit is available to more than 26 million people with UnitedHealthcare commercial insurance, a group that primarily consists of those covered by employer-...Read more


Tech Q&A: Solving the mystery of vanishing Facebook photos and videos

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Q: The photos and videos on my Facebook page often disappear for a few days at a time. This doesn't happen on other websites, such as YouTube. I've tried changing my Facebook password and restarting my computer and network modem/router, but nothing helps. I notified Facebook several times but got no help. Even a computer repair shop had no ...Read more

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GM wins tax abatement for potential $1.3B EV investment at Orion plant

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Orion Township, Michigan officials on Tuesday approved a tax abatement for a proposed $1.3 billion investment by General Motors Co. to build electric vehicles at its Orion Assembly plant in Lake Orion.

GM requested the maximum period permitted for the tax abatement: 12 years, plus three years during the construction phase for the investment, ...Read more

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US 5G rollout throws flights into turmoil from Japan to Dubai

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Airlines across the world are adjusting their schedules and aircraft deployments for flights to the U.S. over fears that a 5G rollout by AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. near American airports could interfere with key safety systems.

Dubai’s Emirates Airline said it will suspend flights to several U.S. cities, including Chicago, ...Read more

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AT&T and Verizon delay 5G deployment near some airports

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The two companies that hope to use a swath of radio spectrum to launch the next generation of wireless phone technology starting Wednesday said they’ll delay its deployment around some airports to ensure aviation safety.

AT&T, which along with Verizon last year bought a swath of spectrum for more than $80 billion, said in a statement early ...Read more

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US Supreme Court declines to hear Delphi retirees' case, ending legal options

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to hear a case brought by former salaried employees of the auto supplier Delphi who argued their pensions were wrongly cut when those for union workers were preserved.

Ron Beeber, a spokesman for the Delphi Salaried Retirees Association (DSRA), said the decision brings to an end a 12-year legal battle...Read more


New year, new chance: Auto industry bills that may make a comeback in 2022

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When Congress wrapped up in 2021, it left a lot on the table that would impact drivers and the U.S. auto industry.

The Democratic majority spent most of last year focused on rallying enough bipartisan support to pass a $1 trillion package to boost the nation's ailing infrastructure, which will spend billions on roads and bridges and other ...Read more

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GM has new online marketplace with 45,000 parts for sale: What customers should know

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In its drive to add revenue from sales of software and services, General Motors is launching an online parts store that will give GM vehicle owners the ability to buy parts direct.

The automaker said Tuesday this is just one of many new digital offerings coming to car buyers in the future. Those include buying accessories, over-the-air upgrades...Read more

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New law allows donation of unused medication in Illinois. But it could take some time to get started

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Every day, Dr. Alan Hutchison has to decide which medications to prescribe to patients. But it’s not always as simple as just choosing the best drug.

As a physician to many low-income patients at University of Chicago Medicine on the city’s South Side, he has to take into account whether his patients can afford particular medications. He ...Read more

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Bollinger shelves consumer EVs to focus on commercial trucks

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The imposing, battery-powered Bollinger B2 pickup truck won't be seen on the road anytime soon.

The Michigan-based startup announced Friday that it is canceling consumer orders for its innovative, off-road-capable B2 pickup and B1 SUV in order to focus on its burgeoning commercial truck business.

The $125,000 B1 and B2 were part of a squadron ...Read more

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Parents near breaking point as COVID-19 exacerbates child-care crisis

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Parents are tired.

Take nursing assistant Tammi Lewis, who missed weeks of work and $7,800 in wages when her toddler's child-care classroom in Plymouth, Minnesota suffered COVID outbreaks.

Or Kelsey and Christian Dahlager of St. Paul, Minnesota, who pay $3,000 a month for child care for their two children — a sum greater than community ...Read more

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Consumer Confidential: A new law aims to protect you from surprise (read: bonkers) medical bills

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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau warned debt collectors and credit agencies last week that they need to step more carefully when it comes to trashing people's credit scores because of stratospheric medical bills.

The agency's notice underlines that the federal No Surprises Act took effect this month, protecting people from many ...Read more

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Why publisher of the Onion, A.V. Club is battling WGA, East

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Katie Rife, a senior writer for entertainment site the A.V. Club, was working past midnight on a review last week when her friend sent her a text. It was a posting for her job.

Rife was mulling over an offer by her employer to relocate from Chicago to Los Angeles and still had nine days before the Jan. 15 deadline to make her decision.

"At ...Read more

Microsoft to buy Activision Blizzard in $69 billion gaming deal

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Microsoft Corp. said it’s buying Activision Blizzard Inc. in a $68.7 billion deal, uniting two of the biggest forces in video games.

In its largest purchase ever, Microsoft will pay $95 a share in cash for one of the U.S.’s biggest gaming publishers, known for titles like Call of Duty and World of Warcraft but which is also grappling with a...Read more

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Airlines urge US regulators to delay 5G wireless rollout

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A trade association representing major U.S. airlines asked Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and the nation’s top communications and aviation regulators to prevent wireless carriers from implementing 5G services close to airports.

Airlines for America warned in a letter Monday that the traveling and shipping public could see “...Read more