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Sticker Shock: Average New-Car Prices Up More Than 1 Percent Year-Over-Year for December 2018

Sticker Shock: Average New-Car Prices Up More Than 1 Percent Year-Over-Year for December 2018

The analysts at Kelley Blue Book today reported the estimated average transaction price for light vehicles in the United States was $37,577 in December 2018. New-vehicle prices increased (up 1.3 percent) from December 2017, while decreasing $93 (down 0.2 percent) from last month. “December closed out a very strong year for new-car prices, as they rose to more than $36,000 on average in 2018, a 3 […]

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Pet Obesity On the Rise for Eighth Consecutive Year, According to Nationwide

Pet Obesity On the Rise for Eighth Consecutive Year, According to Nationwide

One of America’s most common New Year’s resolutions is to lose weight, and statistics show that pet owners should share that goal with their dogs and cats. Data from pet health insurance provider Nationwide reveals that pet obesity is on the rise for the eighth straight year. Nearly 20 percent of Nationwide members’ pet insurance claims […]

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Öhlins Recalls Bicycle Forks Sold on Specialized Bicycles

Öhlins Recalls Bicycle Forks Sold on Specialized Bicycles

If you’ve recently purchased a Specialized mountain bike, you may want to check if your suspension is the subject of a safety recall. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission over 5,400 front air suspension bicycle forks installed on Specialized bikes sold in the U.S. and Canada are being recalled. Apparently the air cartridge on […]

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California Gets “20 Miles a Minute” Fast Electric Vehicle Charging Station

California Gets “20 Miles a Minute” Fast Electric Vehicle Charging Station

Electric vehicle charging stations are getting faster all the time. While not yet quite as fast as pumping gas, they’re getting close. In fact, some of the newest stations can charge enough to provide 200 miles of vehicle driving range in just 10 minutes. A partnership between shopping, dining, entertainment company Simon and charging station […]

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Nearly 5.1 Billion Robocalls Made in November, According to YouMail

Nearly 5.1 Billion Robocalls Made in November, According to YouMail

The nation’s robocalling epidemic continues apace, with 5.1 billion robocalls nationwide received in November, just slightly below the all-time record set in October, the robocall blocking specialists at YouMail report. This volume equaled 169.6 million calls placed every day during November, and an all-time record of 1,963 robocalls for every second of the month. “Finally, […]

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The Average New Vehicle Now Costs $36,978

The Average New Vehicle Now Costs $36,978

The estimated average transaction price for light vehicles in the United States was $36,978 in November 2018, according to the analysts at Kelley Blue Book. New-vehicle prices increased by $769 (up 2.1 percent) from November 2017, while remaining flat (down 0.1 percent) from last month. “There were mixed average transaction price results among automakers in November 2018, even though the industry average did rise 2 […]

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FDA Goes After Company for Selling e-Liquids that Resemble Kid-Friendly Foods

FDA Goes After Company for Selling e-Liquids that Resemble Kid-Friendly Foods

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning letter to Electric Lotus LLC for selling nicotine-containing e-liquids used in e-cigarettes with labeling and/or advertising that cause them to resemble kid-friendly food products, such as cereal, candy and peanut butter and jelly. The action is part of the agency’s ongoing effort to protect kids from […]

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