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Select lots of Jif peanut butter are recalled due to Salmonella scare

Before you make that PB&J, you may want to make sure your peanut butter hasn’t been recalled. The U.S. Food & Drug Administation (FDA) said Friday that the J.M. Smucker Co. SJM, -0.83% is “recalling select Jif peanut butter products sold in the U.S. due to potential Salmonella contamination.” The FDA noted that Salmonella is “an organism …

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'The weight of this debt is crushing': I'm 74, and a retired speech-language pathologist with a student-loan debt of $200K. Am I obliged to pay it off?

‘We were surprised and appalled’: My wife and I enrolled our terrier, Spencer, at puppy day school. They used electric-shock collars. Should we ask for a refund? Or threaten to sue?

My wife and I adopted a terrier during the pandemic. It was the best decision we ever made, aside from getting married. But this is a close second.  We had some minor issues with Spencer — named after the late Diana, one of my wife’s favorite royal figures — “escalating the play,” according to one …

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U.S. stock futures point to further pressure after worst day for equities in nearly two years

U.S. stock futures point to further pressure after worst day for equities in nearly two years

U.S. stock futures slumped on Thursday, following the worst slide in close to two years for the S&P 500. What’s happening Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average YM00, -1.37% fell 349 points, or 1.1% to 31091. Futures on the S&P 500 ES00, -1.50% dropped 48.75 points, or 1.2%, to 3874. Futures on the Nasdaq …

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U.S. stock futures slip a day after solid market bounce

U.S. stock futures slip a day after solid market bounce

U.S. stock futures slipped Wednesday, as investors reconsidered hawkish comments from Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell. S&P 500 futures ES00 fell 0.4% to 4,065.75 Dow Jones Industrial Average futures YM00 fell 104 points, or 0.3%, to 32,478 Nadsaq 100 futures fell 0.8%, to 12,461 On Tuesday, the Dow industrials DJIA jumped 431.17 points, or 1.3% …

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If your car’s lease is coming to an end, buying it is probably a smart move

If your car’s lease is coming to an end, buying it is probably a smart move

If you leased a car in pre-pandemic times and you’re just a few months shy of the last payment, start here before you decide if a lease buyback makes sense or if you should turn in the keys. According to Brian Moody, executive editor of Autotrader, you’re in the best possible spot in this challenging environment …

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America split itself into tribes over abortion, climate change and immigration, Harvard professors say

America split itself into tribes over abortion, climate change and immigration, Harvard professors say

New research from Harvard University economists looks at political polarization in response to wealthy Americans prioritizing moral issues, even if these moral issues are split along party lines. The paper was released on Monday, hours before Politico reported that the U.S. Supreme Court appears set to strike down the landmark Roe v. Wade decision. The …

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Will inflation be the thorn on the rose this Mother’s Day? One florist says costs grew by 50 cents to $3 per stem

Will inflation be the thorn on the rose this Mother’s Day? One florist says costs grew by 50 cents to $3 per stem

You may want to put a bit more money aside for mom’s carnations this Sunday. Because, just like everything else, flowers are getting more expensive.  For Mother’s Day on May 9, the National Federation of Retailers, a trade organization, predicts that people will spend up to $31.7 billion, up 12% on last year. The group …

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I’m 60 and a single mother. My daughter, 17, has a developmental disability. How do I make sure she’s taken care of after I’m gone?

I’m 61, left my job due to medical reasons, and made $150,000 from the sale of my home. I’d like to work for at least another 5 years. Can I still retire? If so, how?

Dear Quentin, I recently sold my house and had to leave my job due to a medical issue that was easily resolved, and I am now fine. I have approximately $150,000 in my checking account from the sale of my house. I am unsure what to do with this and have considered contacting a financial …

I’m 61, left my job due to medical reasons, and made $150,000 from the sale of my home. I’d like to work for at least another 5 years. Can I still retire? If so, how? Read More »