Sunday, April 26, 2015

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Vacuum cleaners that pose an electric shock risk to users are among this week's recalled consumer products. Others include Trek bicycles with a defect that has caused several injuries.
DETROIT (AP) - Harley-Davidson is recalling nearly 46,000 motorcycles in the U.S. because they could stay in gear due to clutches that won't fully disengage.
As Philadelphia faces its once-in-15-years franchise renewal talks with Comcast, you may be worried that city officials are just a little too cozy with Philly's 1st Corporate Citizen - a reasonable concern after I reported last week that the mayor's office has been sitting on a report likely to embarrass the company.
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission moved forward Thursday to set controversial rules and limits for "net-metering" customers who generate their own power from sources such as solar cells.
WASHINGTON (AP) - In its first report on trafficking around the world, the U.S. criticized Thailand as a hub for labor abuse. Yet 14 years later, seafood caught by slaves on Thai boats is still slipping into the supply chains of major American stores and supermarkets.
Stepping gingerly into one of the finance industry's longest-running controversies, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said Thursday that it has begun shaping rules to govern payday loans and other small, short-term credit offered at triple-digit interest rates - products that consumer advocates have for years labeled debt traps.
Mayor Nutter says he's just negotiating a business deal as Philadelphia heads into talks with Comcast over a cable-franchise renewal. The city wants the best possible terms from its hometown cable, Internet, and entertainment giant - six public forums are scheduled next week, if you'd like to weigh in.
USA-ECONOMY/SENTIMENT (URGENT):U.S. consumer sentiment rises in April
Pro Publica and NPR looked at lobbying history to explain a mystery: In the age of online forms that can calculate anything, why can't all U.S. taxpayers file online for free?
USA-CROPS/ORGANIC:U.S. pushing organic crops as demand grows
It can happen to anyone, including the tech-savvy. You click on a seemingly harmless link, or don't even know what went wrong. Suddenly, you lose access to your own computer, and all your crucial files - or, even worse, files shared by a business.
More than a quarter of Comcast cable subscribers in Philadelphia are dissatisfied with their service, according to a long-awaited report released by the city as it prepares to negotiate a multiyear franchise agreement with the telecommunications giant.
GOBankingRates: From “Echo,” which listens to your household conversations for merchandise cues, to the fact that a drone could eventually be delivering your next Dash Button order of Gatorade, the company tries to ensure its customers not only purchase the same goods, but do so exclusively from Amazon.
Drink to me only with thine eyes? Today, we have better ideas - tech-minded gadgets for gulping, preserving, and improving our beverages. So make it one for my baby, and five more for the road.
Tougher inspection and maintenance standards for railroad tracks could prevent dangerous derailments of trains carrying explosive crude oil, officials of the rail inspectors' union say.
A chilly Saturday did little to stop the march of progress at Bryn Gweled Homesteads in Upper Southampton. There was a crowd at the tai chi class in the community center. Upstairs, Bill Dockhorn, his wife, Carol Wengert, and Jerry Smith sifted through 75 years of documents.
NEW YORK - Hillary Rodham Clinton might want to consider hiring Lower Gwynedd-based stage producer Kari Lynn Hearn as a campaign adviser. Or keep her in mind for an embassy posting.
OK, let's all take a deep breath about our hometown cable powerhouse. You can make merry or mourn over Comcast's decision - pushed by federal regulators - to drop its $45 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable. Then you can join me in focusing on more pressing business at hand now in Philly: the expected renewal of Comcast's citywide franchises - the first in 15 years. City officials have scheduled six public meetings for this week as they start negotiating. It's your chance to speak up.
More than 400 people from across the region were invited to learn how their businesses can benefit most when the World Meeting of Families takes place in September in Philadelphia.
ATLANTIC CITY - The road to Revel was paved with good . . . wait, the road to Revel actually was paved last week.
As usual, the mourners, one by one, cast a single red rose into the Delaware River, one rose for each person killed on the job during the last year.
American Airlines, Philadelphia's dominant air carrier, reported Friday a record $1.2 billion profit in the first three months of this year, mainly because of lower fuel prices.
In Glover Park Group's ninth-floor offices on F Street in Washington, the Stop Mega Comcast Coalition met weekly on Thursday afternoons. It was there, in the lobbying firm's conference room, that the 29-member coalition plotted against Philadelphia-based Comcast Corp.'s $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable Inc.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler makes agency's thinking crystal clear.
Dear Harry: I have been thinking of writing to you for more than a year. You responded to a letter about a financial problem of adult children living with parents. I refuse to call these children "boomerang kids."