consumer products

  • Office Depot Feb 20

    More Than $34 Million in Refund Checks Are Being Sent to Some Office Depot Customers

    Refund checks totaling more than $34 million will be sent to consumers who allegedly were tricked by Office Depot, Inc. and a software provider into buying computer repair products and services, the Federal Trade Commission announced.

  • JUDGE Nov 15, 2019

    Oklahoma Judge Reduces J&J Order in Opioid Lawsuit by $107M

    An Oklahoma judge who last summer ordered consumer products giant Johnson & Johnson to pay $572 million to help address the state’s opioid crisis on Friday reduced that amount in his final order in the case by $107 million because of his miscalculation. District Judge Thad Balkman’s latest order directs the company to pay the state $465 million. In it,...

  • Donald Trump Nov 8, 2019

    Trump Pushes Back on Reports US Will Remove China Tariffs

    President Donald Trump on Friday dismissed a Chinese official’s assertion that his administration has agreed to roll back some of the higher tariffs it’s imposed on Chinese goods. The Chinese official said Thursday that the two sides had agreed to a phased cancellation of their tariff hikes as part of an emerging agreement. Trump’s pushback suggested that negotiations haven’t progressed...

  • California Jun 7, 2019

    Want to Visit the Space Station? Now You Can — But It Won’t Be Cheap

    You’ve heard about the International Space Station for years. Want to visit? NASA announced Friday that the orbiting outpost is now open for business to private citizens, with the first visit expected to be as early as next year. There is a catch, though: You’ll need to raise your own cash, and it won’t be cheap. A round-trip ticket likely...

  • California May 24, 2019

    NASA’s First-of-Kind Tests Look to Manage Drones in Cities

    NASA has launched the final stage of a four-year effort to develop a national traffic management system for drones, testing them in cities for the first time beyond the operator’s line of sight as businesses look in the future to unleash the unmanned devices in droves above busy streets and buildings. Multiple drones took to the air at the same...

  • Ohio Apr 12, 2019

    Swallowed Toys, Coins, Batteries Spark Rise in Tot ER Visits

    The number of young kids who went to U.S. emergency rooms because they swallowed toys, coins, batteries and other objects has more than doubled, a new study says. In 2015, there were nearly 43,000 such visits among kids under 6, compared with 22,000 in 1995, according to the study published Friday in the journal Pediatrics. The rate jumped from almost...

  • Food and Drug Administration Apr 3, 2019

    US Investigates Seizure Risk With Electronic Cigarettes

    U.S. health officials are investigating whether electronic cigarettes may trigger seizures in some people who use the nicotine-vaping devices. The Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday it has reviewed 35 reports of seizures among e-cigarettes users, mainly in young people. Regulators stressed it’s not yet clear whether vaping is responsible. But they said they’re concerned and encouraged the public to...

  • CONGRESS Mar 27, 2019

    Walgreens to Sell CBD Products in 1,500 Stores

    Walgreens will sell CBD creams, patches and sprays in nearly 1,500 stores in select states, the company told CNBC on Wednesday. The drugstore chain will sell the cannabis-based products in Oregon, Colorado, New Mexico, Kentucky, Tennessee, Vermont, South Carolina, Illinois and Indiana. Walgreens declined to specify which brands it would carry.

  • Connecticut Mar 14, 2019

    39 Tons of Butterball Ground Turkey Recalled Over Salmonella Fears

    Butterball is recalling nearly 80,000 pounds — 39 tons — of raw ground turkey products that may be contaminated with a certain strain of Salmonella.

  • Connecticut Mar 4, 2019

    Subaru Recalls 1.3 Million U.S. Vehicles Over Brake Light Problem That Could Be Caused by Shampoo, Fabric Softener

    Subaru is recalling 1.3 million vehicles in the U.S. because chemicals used in everyday products — including perfume — could prevent the brake lights from illuminating properly.

  • food Feb 25, 2019

    Consumer Goods Companies Preparing for Climate Change Impact

    Companies behind some of the best-known consumer products — from soaps to sodas — are beginning to factor climate change into their business equation, according to a report published Monday. The survey of 16 major corporations by non-profit group CDP found that many are working to lower their carbon emissions, prepare for the effects of global warming on their supply...

  • ATTORNEY Dec 7, 2018

    Factory Worker Gets 5 Years for Putting Glass Shards in Fast Food Cups

    A Kentucky man caught placing glass shards into shipments of plastic foam cups to fast-food restaurants has been sentenced to five years in prison. A statement from U.S. Attorney Russell M. Coleman on Thursday said 44-year-old Waylon J. Horton of Munfordville pleaded guilty in July to tampering with consumer products. Horton was charged in 2016 after Michigan-based Dart Container Corp....

  • Facebook Nov 2, 2018

    Apple, Amazon and Over 50 Others Oppose Trump Administration’s Gender Definition Changes

    More than 50 companies representing over $2.4 trillion in annual revenue took a stand Thursday for legal protections for transgender people following a report that the Trump administration is considering limiting the definition of gender to birth anatomy....
    Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google are among the companies spanning tech, consumer products and financial services that signed a statement supporting the protections....

  • Donald Trump Sep 21, 2018

    Target Says Trump Tariffs Would ‘Penalize American Families’

    Target is “deeply troubled” by the Trump administration’s escalating trade war, saying it threatens to undermine the U.S. economy, penalizes American families and raises prices on everything from backpacks to playpens. Target is among the hundreds of retailers and other companies pushing back against President Donald Trump’s new 10 percent tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods.

  • NBC Dec 8, 2017

    Legendary Toy Store FAO Schwarz to Get New Home at Rockefeller Center: Reports

    Two years after it closed its famed location on Fifth Avenue, FAO Schwarz is reopening a new store in the heart of Midtown, according to reports.

  • Europe Oct 19, 2017

    US: Laptops in Checked Bags Pose Fire, Explosion Risk

    The U.S. government is urging the world airline community to ban large, personal electronic devices like laptops from checked luggage because of the potential for a catastrophic fire. The Federal Aviation Administration said in a paper filed recently with a U.N. agency that its tests show that when a laptop’s rechargeable lithium-ion battery overheats in close proximity to an aerosol...

  • United States Jul 10, 2017

    Companies Target Sleep Quality With With High-Tech Sleep Products

    Pillows that track your snoozing patterns? A bed that adjusts based on how much you twist and turn? Companies are adding more technology into their products, hoping to lure customers craving a better night’s sleep. Some specialized businesses are making gadgets that promise to measure and improve the quality of slumber, while mass-market retailers like Best Buy are offering simpler...

  • food Jun 12, 2017

    New Psychological Trick May Help You (Willingly) Eat Your Vegetables

    Researchers tried a big serving of food psychology and a dollop of trickery to get diners to eat their vegetables. And it worked.

  • Donald Trump Mar 13, 2017

    US Push to Avert Airplane Battery Fires Stalls

    A year ago, the U.S. government was campaigning for an international ban on shipments of rechargeable batteries on passenger planes because the batteries can self-ignite, creating intense fires capable of destroying an airliner. “The risk is immediate and urgent,” Angela Stubblefield, a U.S. aviation official, declared then. Today, that urgency has evaporated as safety regulations stall under President Donald Trump’s...

  • Donald Trump Feb 3, 2017

    Trump Takes First Step to Scale Back Financial Regulations

    President Donald Trump is taking his first steps aimed at scaling back financial services regulations, and the Republican-run Congress cast a vote early Friday signaling that it’s eager to help. The president signed an executive order Friday that will direct the Treasury secretary to review the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial oversight law, which reshaped financial regulation after the 2008-09 financial crisis....

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