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Thursday, July 6, 2020
Instagram Users Not Pleased After Their Accounts Are Disabled For No Reason
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July 6, 2020 at 5:37 pm ET
Instagram already has a lot of reasons it can employ to justify closing a user‚??s account: hacked feeds, spammers, lawbreakers, bullying, etc. But dozens of Instagram users are raging against the Facebook-owned photo-sharing platform today, saying they were locked out of their accounts without any reason or explanation. Several Instagram users ... (more)

Home Depot Worker Says He Was Fired For Trying To Stop Possible Kidnapping
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July 6, 2020 at 4:10 pm ET
An Oregon Home Depot employee says he was fired after he attempted to intervene in what he was told was a kidnapping attempt in the store‚??s parking lot. KATU reports that the 32-year-old man says he was fired from his job at Home Depot in mid-June after he and a co-worker ... (more)

Signs Vs. Reality: These Panties At JCPenney Are Not 3 For $6.99
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July 6, 2020 at 3:54 pm ET
Have you ever picked up items on sale, only to have them ring up for a lot more than you expected at the checkout counter? Here‚??s a real-world example from a JCPenney store of how that happens. ‚??Does anyone else look at this and see 3 Ambrielle items for a total ... (more)

Why Does The U.S. Government Sue Inanimate Objects?
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July 6, 2020 at 3:08 pm ET
When Justice Department went after Mesopotamian artifacts imported by Hobby Lobby, the lawsuit was actually filed against the ancient clay artifacts and not the retailer. Likewise, when the government determined that a Las Vegas casino had too much gold, it arrested and sued a solid gold rooster statue. Though they ... (more)

How Does Amazon‚??s Echo ‚??Look‚?? Stack Up Against Cher‚??s Closet From ‚??Clueless‚???
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July 6, 2020 at 3:03 pm ET
If you‚??re anything like the Consumerist staff, Amazon‚??s new Echo Look device ‚?? a voice-activated digital assistant equipped with a camera to help users make tough fashion choices ‚?? may have immediately brought to mind a scene from the 1996 Alicia Silverstone flick, Clueless. Sure, her PC‚??s outfit comparison program ... (more)

You Can Now Get HBO & Cinemax Through Hulu, But Not On All Devices
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July 6, 2020 at 2:53 pm ET
Hulu, which recently added live TV service in multiple markets, has taken another step closer to offering a viable cable replacement for cord-cutters. Today ‚?? and just in time for the new season of Game of Thrones ‚?? the streaming service announced users can subscribe to HBO and Cinemax directly ... (more)

Plus-Size Online Retailer Eloquii To Open Bricks-And-Mortar Stores
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July 6, 2020 at 2:13 pm ET
The current retail trend is for companies to shutter bricks-and-mortar stores and shift their focus to online sales. But plus-size apparel retailer Eloquii is going in the other direction and opening a handful of physical locations. The Columbus Dispatch reports that Eloquii is prepping to open its first physical stores this ... (more)

States Say Education Secretary Betsy DeVos Broke Law By Delaying Protections For Student Loan Borrowers
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July 6, 2020 at 1:39 pm ET
Following Education Secretary Betsy DeVos‚?? decision to ‚??reset‚?? new regulations put in place to protect students at for-profit colleges, two separate lawsuits now accuse the Secretary of breaking federal law by running roughshod over the regulatory process when she delayed the so-called Borrower Defense rule, which would have made it ... (more)

Kroger Goes To War With Lidl Over Similar Sounding Store-Brand Products
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July 6, 2020 at 1:37 pm ET
Lidl, the discount grocery chain from Germany that is not Aldi, recently opened its first U.S. stores in a handful of states. But not everyone is rolling out the welcome wagon. The nation‚??s largest supermarket chain is accusing the newcomer of trying to copycat its store-brand line of products. In its ... (more)

A Ready-To-Go Hotel Room Kit & 5 More Things You Can Buy In The Trump Taj Mahal Liquidation
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July 6, 2020 at 12:42 pm ET
In the market for crystal chandeliers, slot machines, or the kind of art one only sees adorning the walls of a hotel? You‚??re in luck: The failed Taj Mahal Casino once owned by President Trump is under new ownership, which means it‚??s getting a makeover ‚?? and everything inside the ... (more)

Feds Shut Down Loan Application Sites That Illegally Sold Personal Data
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July 6, 2020 at 11:22 am ET
There are a lot of people who need to borrow money quickly but don‚??t know where to go for a loan. So they go online, where there are plenty of shady operators promising to connect loan applicants with lenders. What the borrower doesn‚??t know is that these lead generators may ... (more)

Baskin Robbins Attempting Tricky Task Of Delivering Unmelted Ice Cream To Your Door
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July 6, 2020 at 10:48 am ET
It‚??s sometimes hard enough getting ice cream home from the supermarket without melting, so imagine the challenge of delivering freshly made sundaes and shakes to customers‚?? doors. Baskin Robbins, which has been testing ice cream delivery in L.A. and Chicago, now says it‚??s expanding that service to more than 600 ... (more)

Could Dish & Amazon Partner To Become Your Next Wireless Provider?
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July 6, 2020 at 10:28 am ET
With AT&T; buying DirecTV, and Comcast now offering wireless service, seems like Dish Network is being left out. But the nation‚??s number-two satellite provider has reportedly been chatting with Amazon about the possibility of creating a new wireless network. The Wall Street Journal, citing sources close to the matter, reports that ... (more)

QVC Buys Home Shopping Network For Low, Low Price Of $2.1B (1 click)
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July 6, 2020 at 9:35 am ET
It appears that QVC looked in its closet one day, couldn‚??t find anything to wear, and just decided to go buy something new. But instead of just picking out an outfit, it scooped up rival Home Shopping Network for a cool $2.1 billion. QVC‚??s parent company Liberty Interactive already owns 28% ... (more)

Wednesday, July 5, 2020
Hobby Lobby Agrees To Turn Over Thousands Of Ancient Iraqi Artifacts That Were Smuggled Into U.S.
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July 5, 2020 at 8:50 pm ET
Hobby Lobby ‚?? home to glitter glue, crepe paper, and distress paint ‚?? was also apparently in the business of acquiring ancient Mesopotamian relics. However, the crafty retailer says it didn‚??t quite understand all the ins and outs of the whole ‚??importing artifacts from Iraq‚?? process and has agreed to ... (more)

Red Lobster In Legal Battle With Wisconsin Music Festival Over The Word ‚??Summerfest‚??
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July 5, 2020 at 5:47 pm ET
People tend to add suffixes like ‚??-fest,‚?? ‚??-athon,‚?? or ‚??-palooza‚?? to just about any event these days, but some of these promotional names are well established and protected by registered trademarks. Which is why a beloved Wisconsin music festival is taking seafood chain Red Lobster to court over its use ... (more)

Sprint Accidentally Credits $139,000 To Customer‚??s Account
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July 5, 2020 at 5:19 pm ET
What would you do if you received a bill credit that you didn‚??t deserve? How about if you received a bill credit that‚??s enough to buy you a modest house in most of the country? Just ask the Ohio Sprint customer who opened his wireless bill and saw a credit ... (more)

What Was All That Ice Bucket Challenge Money Actually Used For?
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July 5, 2020 at 4:21 pm ET
Remember the Ice Bucket Challenge of 2014? The charity campaign combined donating to potentially life-extending medical research with pouring a large bucket of ice water over one‚??s head during the month of August. Three years ago, the Challenge raised more than $100 million worldwide for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), but ... (more)

Something Glorious Happens When You Use A Hydraulic Press To Extrude 6 Cheeseburgers Through A 3mm Hole
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July 5, 2020 at 4:17 pm ET
It‚??s late afternoon after a long weekend and lord knows you probably don‚??t want to be wherever you are right now. We‚??ve got you covered with this soul-saving video of a hydraulic press doing gloriously destructive things to a series of unlucky fast food burgers. If you‚??re not familiar with the ... (more)

Should You Move? See How Your State Gets Its Tax Money (1 click)
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July 5, 2020 at 3:51 pm ET
Ever wonder where your state gets its tax money? Whether you‚??re thinking about moving or just want to know more about how your state‚??s government is funded, there‚??s a handy guide that breaks it all down. The Pew Charitable Trusts broke down the mix of tax sources by state for fiscal ... (more)

States Look To Outlaw ‚??Lunch Shaming‚?? Of Kids Whose Parents Can‚??t Pay Cafeteria Bill
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July 5, 2020 at 2:43 pm ET
Schools across the country deploy a variety of humiliation tactics on students whose parents haven‚??t been able to pay their school lunch bills, whether it‚??s publicly throwing away perfectly good trays of food or marking students‚?? hands. Some states and schools say these practices go too far and are adopting ... (more)

United Gives Away Toddler‚??s Paid Seat, Forces Mom To Hold Son On Lap For 3 Hours (1 click)
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July 5, 2020 at 2:26 pm ET
Here‚??s a little empathy exercise: Go find a 25-pound weight and put it on your lap. Now imagine you‚??re stuck like this on an airplane for three hours. Oh, and the weight is actually a 2-year-old boy who had a seat of his own until a United Airlines crew member ... (more)

Why Is Verizon Charging $3/Month For Call-Blocking Service That Others Offer For Free?
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July 5, 2020 at 2:08 pm ET
Verizon Wireless now offers a service that is intended to help users block phone spam and robocalls. It appears to be quite similar to a service launched in late 2016 by AT&T; or the anti-scam features introduced by T-Mobile earlier this year. But while those services are both free to ... (more)

Mall Owners Try Makeovers To Attract Customers Back
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July 5, 2020 at 1:57 pm ET
Americans still go to malls, but they aren‚??t shopping as much as they used to. Mall landlords have been able to replace vacancies left by failing stores with everything from restaurants to supermarkets to rock climbing gyms. While these new tenants might be paying higher rents, this transition is coming ... (more)

Mail Carrier Admits To Taking Bribes To Deliver Drugs Along Her Route (1 click)
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July 5, 2020 at 1:41 pm ET
The Mail Carrier Hall Of Shame has a new inductee: A USPS worker in Florida has admitted to accepting bribes in exchange for delivering marijuana to a man named ‚??Steve‚?? along her route. According to court documents [PDF], the first sign that something was amiss came in Oct. 2016, when the ... (more)

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