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Goodbye: AOL Discontinuing Pioneering Instant Messenger

AOL has announced that it is discontinuing its pioneering Instant Messenger chat platform after 20 years of service. AOL has announced that it is discontinuing its pioneering Instant Messenger chat platform after 20 years of service. An article on AOL's…

Consumer Alert: Troy Police Warn of Scam

Care.com is a credible site used to help people find different services in caregiving. But Troy Police say some people are using the site's good name to defraud others. When visiting the site, being…

CFPB Fines Student Loan Holder, Debt Collector

The federal government has fined two groups it says illegally attempted to collect student loan debt and prohibited them from further action on recovering payments until audits on all its accounts are completed. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said Monday…

Key Equifax Executives Departing after Huge Data Breach

Equifax says its chief information officer and chief security officer are leaving the company, following the enormous breach of 143 million Americans' personal information. The credit data company said Friday that Susan Mauldin, who had been the top security officer,…

Macy's Trims Holiday Hires by Nearly 4 Percent

Macy's is increasing the number of temporary workers it's hiring for distribution and warehouses for the holiday season as it chases fast growing e-commerce sales. But overall holiday hiring will fall nearly 4 percent. Macy's says it will be hiring…

Renault-Nissan Wants to Make 'Robo-Taxis'

Carmaker Renault-Nissan wants to make a "robo-taxi," driverless public transport vehicles and autonomous cars aimed at the mass market. It's all part of the alliance's strategic plan released Friday, which focuses on spreading electric and autonomous vehicles into affordable price…

UPS Adds All-Electric Delivery Trucks to its Fleet

UPS is introducing all-electric delivery trucks to its U.S. fleet. Daimler Trucks said Thursday that United Parcel Service Inc. is its first U.S. customer for the Fuso eCanter light-duty truck. UPS said it will use three of the trucks at…

Postings of U.S. Job Openings Hit a Record High in July

Job openings posted by U.S. employers reached an all-time high in July, suggesting that the steady hiring of the past year will endure. The Labor Department says openings edged up 0.9 percent from June to 6.2 million, the highest on…

For Profit-College Fraud Claims Could be Held Up for Months

Tens of thousands of former students who say they were swindled by for-profit colleges are being left in limbo as the Trump administration delays action on requests for loan forgiveness. The administration is waiting until it can rewrite Obama-era rules…

Equifax Says Data From 143 Million Americans Exposed in Hack

Credit monitoring company Equifax says a breach exposed social security numbers and other data from about 143 million Americans. The Atlanta-based company said Thursday that "criminals" exploited a U.S. website application to access files between mid-May and July of this…

Airline Seats Disappearing as Irma Approaches Florida

Airline seats out of Florida before Hurricane Irma are running out. A JetBlue spokesman said Thursday that the airline sold out flights leaving Florida through next Wednesday. JetBlue had capped fares on those flights at $99 to $159 each way.…

Livestock Shelters Open Across State in Preparation for Hurricane Irma

With expectations of Hurricane Irma making landfall in south Florida this weekend, the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries (ADAI) has been in contact with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES), Alabama Farmers Federation (ALFA),  Alabama Horse Council and the Florida…

Consumer Alert: Winn-Dixie Produce Recall

On Your Side Consumer Alert -- Southeastern Grocers, the parent company of Winn-Dixie stores, is issuing a voluntary recall of multiple Country Fresh produce products. These products were sold in 6-, 10-, 12- and 23-ounce packages. The recall is due…

Reactions to Rising Gas Prices

Willie Tillis will be one of the thousands travelers on the road for Labor Day weekend and a trip to the gas station is not something he's thrilled about right now. "Last week it…

Colonial Pipeline to Shut Down Gasoline Supply Line

Colonial Pipeline says it plans to shut down a key line that supplies gasoline to the South due to storm-related refinery shutdowns and Harvey's effect on its facilities west of Lake Charles, Louisiana. The Georgia-based company said in a statement…

How to Help the Victims of Hurricane Harvey

Many of you may be looking for ways to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey. There are easy ways to do it. There are a few ways to donate to the American Red Cross, which has set up shelters in the…

Bookies will take a Bath if McGregor Knocks Out Mayweather

If Conor McGregor manages to knock out Floyd Mayweather Jr., Las Vegas bookmakers will suffer the biggest single event loss in the history of sports betting. McGregor fans are flooding casinos with small bets on the longshot mixed martial artist.…

Amazon to close on Whole Foods buyout Monday

Amazon will close its $13.7 billion buyout of Whole Foods Market Inc. on Monday and plans to cut prices on grocery staples. Starting Monday, Whole Foods will offer lower prices on staples including bananas, eggs, salmon, beef, and other products.…

Verizon Tweaks Prices, Cuts Video Quality on Unlimited Plans

Verizon is raising the price of its unlimited plan while introducing a slightly cheaper, more limited version as wireless carriers battle each other for customers. All major carriers now offer unlimited plans after years of steering people toward paying extra…

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