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Shelby County working to protect residents from fraud

Apr. 08, 2021 04:18 AM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Shelby County Trustee's office announced on Wednesday the completion of a plan to help protect residents from fraud and scams. Work on the Consumer Financial Protection Strategic Plan began last summer in partnership with the Cities for...

US consumer watchdog eyes rules to prevent foreclosures

Apr. 05, 2021 19:05 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said Monday it is considering new rules aimed at averting a wave of foreclosures later this year when millions of homeowners are no longer allowed to put off making their mortgage payments. Last year, the...

Some businesses want masks on, even as states drop mandates

Apr. 05, 2021 16:21 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Several weeks have passed since Texas ended its COVID-19 mask mandate. But if you want to pick up a snack at Soul Popped Gourmet Popcorn in Austin’s Barton Creek Square Mall, you’ll still be turned away if you aren’t wearing a face covering. “We...

Editorial Roundup: Texas

Apr. 05, 2021 10:08 AM EDT

Houston Chronicle. March 30, 2021. Editorial: Dan Patrick declares revolution for power grid. Texans must hold him to it Headlines are half the battle, in the newspaper business and in the politics business. Sometimes, it’s all people read. Often,...

Judge rejects rule that let pork plants speed up production

Apr. 01, 2021 12:12 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A federal judge has thrown out a rule allowing pork plants to speed up production lines because the U.S. Department of Agriculture didn't properly consider the risks to workers. The judge in Minnesota ruled Wednesday that the agency's Food Safety and...

Auto dealers sue Illinois, EV makers over direct sales

Mar. 26, 2021 20:32 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois Automobile Dealers Association has filed a lawsuit against the state and electric truck startup Rivian for selling vehicles directly to consumers. The lawsuit filed Thursday in Cook County Circuit Court also names Lucid Motors, an electric...

Omaha firms settle with state over COVID antibody tests

Mar. 26, 2021 12:02 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Two Omaha health care companies have agreed to settle with the Nebraska attorney general's office on charges of misleading advertising, marketing, distribution and sales of coronavirus antibody testing. Attorney General Doug Peterson alleged in a July...

Gas drilling firms repel Pennsylvania's antitrust lawsuit

Mar. 25, 2021 18:22 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's highest court has delivered a victory for natural gas exploration firms, ruling that the state attorney general's office doesn't have authority under state law to sue them on consumer protection grounds over their mineral rights-leasing practices. ...

Lawmakers: Require nursing homes to disclose vaccine data

Mar. 25, 2021 00:28 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nursing homes have to publicly disclose their vaccination rates for flu and pneumonia but there’s no similar mandate for COVID-19 shots, even though the steepest toll from the virus has been among residents of long-term care facilities. Now lawmakers...

State, property manager reach deal over deaf applicants

Mar. 23, 2021 13:58 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A property management company has agreed to pay $25,000 to settle allegations that it denied prospective tenants who were deaf or hearing impaired access to housing at a Springfield apartment complex it runs, authorities said Tuesday. As part of the...