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Megabus Introduces Reserved Seating

Megabus Introduces Reserved Seating

Douglas Graham/Roll Call(NEW YORK) — Megabus, the super-cheap bus company with fares as low as $1, is now taking advance seat reservations. For a fee, of course. Starting on May 28, the option to reserve what the company called its “10 most-popular se…

Rapper 50 Cent Ordered to Pay $16M in Headphones Dispute

Rapper 50 Cent Ordered to Pay $16M in Headphones Dispute

Facebook.com/50cent(WASHINGTON) — Just released federal court papers show 50 Cent has been ordered to pay more than $16 million in damages and attorney fees in connection with a dispute between the rapper and a Florida audio company involving a …

Scrabble Dictionary Adds New Fan-Voted Word

Scrabble Dictionary Adds New Fan-Voted Word

ABC News(NEW YORK) — The makers of the popular board game Scrabble have added a new word to the official player’s dictionary.Geocache beat out 15 other nominated words in the Scrabble Word Showdown to become the winning word that will be include…

Obamacare May Cut Auto Insurance Rates, Study Says

Obamacare May Cut Auto Insurance Rates, Study Says

glegorly/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Obamacare may lower the cost of car insurance. A new study from the RAND Corporation says the cost of several different types of coverage, including business liability, workers’ compensation and auto insurance, may be r…

Mars Buys Most of Procter & Gamble’s Pet Food Business

Mars Buys Most of Procter & Gamble’s Pet Food Business

iStock/Thinkstock(CINCINNATI) — Procter & Gamble is getting out of the pet food business. While it’s still the world’s biggest consumer products maker, the company will shed pet food brands Iams, Eukanuba and Natura — all being sold to Mars Inc. …

Dove’s Latest Ad Entails Tricking Women to Wear Fake Beauty Patches

Dove’s Latest Ad Entails Tricking Women to Wear Fake Beauty Patches

In a recent Dove commercial, a woman applies a beauty patch, which is later revealed to be fake. (Credit: DoveUnitedStates/Youtube)(NEW YORK) — Dove may have struck advertising gold last year with its “Real Beauty Sketches” ad, but not eve…

US Stocks Close Higher

US Stocks Close Higher

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Stocks moved sharply higher Wednesday on encouraging news about interest rates and as corporate earnings got off to a good start.The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed up 181 points at 16,437.18. The Nasdaq Composite ros…

Get Ready for a Change in Facebook Ads

Get Ready for a Change in Facebook Ads

Facebook(NEW YORK) — Facebook ads in the right-hand column — the Siberia of advertising compared to the prime real estate in the news feed — are getting a makeover.“In the coming months, we’ll be rolling out a new design for ad…

Chick-fil-A Plans Restaurants in New York City

Chick-fil-A Plans Restaurants in New York City

PR NewsFoto/Chick Fil-A(NEW YORK) — Chick-fil-A plans to open about 100 restaurants this year, with a large number in New York City, but some gay rights advocates are wary of the popular fast-food chain’s arrival. “If we can’t do it in New York, we ha…

Toyota Recalls over Six Million Vehicles for Multiple Defects

Toyota Recalls over Six Million Vehicles for Multiple Defects

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — In its largest single-day recall since 2012, Toyota is pulling in over six million vehicles globally for a host of problems.The recall affects 27 models and includes issues with seat rails, air bag cables, engi…

What Prince George Wore to His Royal Playdate

What Prince George Wore to His Royal Playdate

Marty Melville/AFP/Getty Images(WELLINGTON, New Zealand) — Want to dress your baby like Prince George? You’re in luck! The jumper that the 8-month-old boy wore to a play date at the Government House in Wellington, New Zealand, is available to anybody …

Websites Rushing to Patch ‘Heartbleed Bug’ Security Breach

Websites Rushing to Patch ‘Heartbleed Bug’ Security Breach

scyther5/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — These could be dangerous days on the Internet. A flaw in the technology that protects your passwords and personal information online is affecting many popular websites.The problem is called the “Heartbleed Bug” and it’s…

Former Interns Claim Photo Proves Doritos Locos Was Their Idea

Former Interns Claim Photo Proves Doritos Locos Was Their Idea

Courtesy Mark Rader(NEW YORK) — A group of former advertising interns are claiming that the Doritos Locos Taco from Taco Bell, which has made Taco Bell more than $1 billion since its launch in 2012, was their idea.”The whole goal was to come up with a…

How to Know if that Memorial Day Flight Is a Deal

How to Know if that Memorial Day Flight Is a Deal

Bet_Noire/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — It’s been a long, cold winter for many and those looking forward to summer have Memorial Day getaways on the brain.But summer weekends — including summer’s unofficial kickoff — are among the most expensive times of t…

NHTSA Fines General Motors over Delayed Response to Questions

NHTSA Fines General Motors over Delayed Response to Questions

Bill Pugliano/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — General Motors’ ignition switch recall is now spurring fines for the automaker.The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has imposed the maximum daily fine of $7,000 for every day the automaker misses …

Insurance Firm VALIC Suffers Security Breach

Insurance Firm VALIC Suffers Security Breach

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The life insurance and retirement plan firm VALIC has suffered a data-security breach, potentially jeopardizing personal identity information for thousands of customers.The Variable Annuity Life Insurance Company, a subsi…

Twitter’s New Look: What You Need to Know

Twitter’s New Look: What You Need to Know

Twitter(SAN FRANCISCO) — Twitter began its gradual roll-out Tuesday of its new profile redesign, and the result looks a lot like Facebook.The new look includes a larger profile picture and a header photo that spans the top of the entire page.Twitter s…

Coal Boss: Don’t Blame Me for Miners’ Troubles

Coal Boss: Don’t Blame Me for Miners’ Troubles

Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The former boss of one of the nation’s largest coal companies, who was known for his iron-fisted control of its operations, said he was not aware that company lawyers routinely …

Stocks Head Higher After Three-Day Slide

Stocks Head Higher After Three-Day Slide

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The markets on Tuesday began to stabilize after a three-day slump.The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed up 10 points at 16,256.14. The Nasdaq Composite rose 33 points to 4,112.99. The S&P 500 index gained 7 points, …

GAO Goes Undercover to Expose Faulty Tax Preparers

GAO Goes Undercover to Expose Faulty Tax Preparers

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The Government Accountability Office revealed Tuesday the results of its undercover investigation into 19 randomly selected paid tax preparers to see whether they were properly calculating taxes in two individual tax sc…

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