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Guardrail Manufacturer to Halt Device Sales Amid Safety Concerns


zebra3/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Trinity Industries is halting sales of its controversial ET-Plus guardrail system, a device meant to protect motorists across the country that instead has been blamed by accident victims for dozens of injuries and deaths.The move came late Friday in response to a request by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to conduct crash tests on the device or face suspension of its eligibility for sale. Earlier this week Trinity lost a civil trial in Texas i

Federal Judge Issues Restraining Order Blocking Sports Betting in NJ


AndreyPopov/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A federal judge has issued a temporary restraining order preventing New Jersey racetracks and casinos from allowing sports gambling.Gov. Chris Christie had signed a law earlier this month repealing the state's bad on sports wagering, and one racetrack was expecting to start taking bets on National Football League games on Sunday. The judge issued the restraining order on Friday, however, after a request from the four major professional sports leagu

SpaceX Cargo Ship Expected to Splashdown Saturday Afternoon


Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft was released from the International Space Station on Saturday morning and is expected to splashdown in the Pacific Ocean at about 3:39 p.m.The spacecraft was designed to deliver cargo and people to "orbiting destinations," according to the SpaceX website. "Dragon made history in 2012 when it became the first commercial spacecraft in history to deliver cargo to the International Space Station and safely return cargo

Man Beats One in 9.7 Trillion Odds to Win Same Lottery Twice


Hemera/Thinkstock(NORWOOD, Mass.) -- A man accidentally won the same lottery twice for a payout of $546,000.Kenneth J. Stokes, of Norwood, Mass., is a lottery season ticket holder, which automatically enters him into every drawing of a certain lottery with specific, pre-set numbers of his choosing.Forgetting that his family had gifted him a season pass to the Massachusetts State Lottery Lucky for Life drawing with their lucky numbers, Stokes bought a second ticket with the exact same numbers

Stocks End Week on a High Note


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Strong earnings pushed stocks higher, allowing the markets to end the week in positive territory.The Dow Jones Industrial Average went up 127.51 points ending the day at 16,805.41. The Nasdaq climbed 30.93 points to 4,483.72, and the S&P 500 went up 13.76 points to 1,964.58.We're taking less vacation now than at any point in the last four decades. The U.S. Travel Association says workers took an average of 16 days last year, compared to 20 in 2000.Looking for

New Home Sales Up 0.2% in September


iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The housing market continues to bounce back.The Commerce Department reported on Friday that sales of new homes rose 0.2 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted rate of 467,000.David Crowe, chief economist at the National Association of Home Builders, said the numbers are actually better than they appear at first glance."August was really high when it was reported in August and that's since been adjusted down, so now we have for the September number, we have t

Fire Sale: Why Amazon's Much-Hyped Phone Flopped


Amazon(NEW YORK) -- Amazon's much-hyped Fire phone didn't even create a spark in the smartphone market. Four months after its debut, the device, which featured what Amazon called "breakthrough" technology, is now selling on Amazon for 99 cents with a contract -- placing it at about the same price point as a fast food hamburger.Where Amazon went wrong was creating a device geared toward drawing in new Amazon shoppers, according to Patrick Moorhead, principal technology analyst at Moor Insights an

Turns Out Sunday's the Best Day to Buy Airfare


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Your employer can rest easy knowing that if you're spending work hours shopping for airfare, at least you won't likely get a deal while doing it. At least not compared to if you had taken some time out of your weekend to search.A study released this week from the Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC) found that Sunday -- not Tuesday, as is the commonly-held belief -- is the least expensive day to purchase airfare. Saturday is also preferable to Tuesday when it comes

How to Find People on Facebook's Pseudo-Anonymous App 'Rooms'


Facebook(NEW YORK) -- Catering to the obscure, Facebook's new pseudo-anonymous app, "Rooms," lets users geek out on niche topics without ever having to reveal their real identities.Less than 24 hours after the app launched, a slew of new rooms have been created, covering a spectrum of topics that span from "Mormon Living" to "Men's Speedo Lovers."The chat room and message board hybrid allows like-minded people to create rooms to discuss any topic of interest. A QR code is generated, which the ro

WOW Air Offers Flights from US to Europe for $99


WOW Air(NEW YORK) -- Could your overseas flight soon cost less than your baggage fees? Icelandic airline WOW Air announced this week its plan to offer flights from the U.S. to Europe for only $99. The carrier is taking advantage of the growing sector of budget travelers, catered to by low cost airlines, which generally skimp on traditional amenities in order to pass savings on to customers. The one-way flights are limited to a few cities at the onset: Boston and Washington, D.C., with transatlan

Amazon on the Defensive After Hefty Quarterly Loss


Amazon(NEW YORK) -- Amazon will be on the defensive Friday, as the web giant takes a hit from investors after posting its largest quarterly loss in 14 years.In pre-market trading, Amazon stock was already down more than 10 percent.On Thursday, the online retail giant released its third quarter earnings report, which showed a far greater than expected net loss and revenue that did not meet expectations, as well as weak guidance for next quarter’s earnings.The company has been criticized f

Airlines Profits Soaring


iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The nation's airlines are flying high -- maybe higher than they ever have before.Several carriers, including American, Alaska, Southwest, and JetBlue Airlines posted record third-quarter profits Thursday. Even United Continental, which hasn't been keeping up with the pack, said they enjoyed an excellent third quarter.All the airlines expect the good times to continue during the upcoming holiday season, barring setbacks that might include anxiety over Ebol

Holiday Shoppers May Be Wary of Compromised Retailers


Target(NEW YORK) -- All signs are pointing to a profitable 2014 holiday season for retailers but an unfortunate sign of the times is that hackers also profit from getting the credit and debit card information of shoppers.That’s probably not going to be enough to stop Americans from buying gifts this year but as a new CreditCards.com survey points out, those stores that have been compromised might very well see a drop-off in business.Among the 865 adults surveyed, 45 percent said they would

Three Ways Your Smartphone Can Help You Get Out of Debt


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Thomas and Megan Sneed’s daughter, Nora, is growing fast, but so are their bills.“We’re like a lot of people. We graduated with college debt, we put our honeymoon on our credit card and then a year after being married, we had a baby,” Thomas said. “We found ourselves in debt, just like that.”With the holidays around the corner, they had one unique wish: to be free of debt by Christmas.With $14,000 in debt left to go, the Sneeds

Nasdaq and S&P Have Best Day Since January 2013


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Strong earnings helped the markets soar on Thursday.The Dow Jones Industrial Average went up 216.58 points, closing at 16,677.90.Thursday was the best day for the Nasdaq and the S&P 500 since January 2013. The Nasdaq gained 69.94 points, closing at 4,452.79, and the S&P climbed 23.71 points to 1,950.82.After falling to a 14-year low, more people filed for unemployment last week. The Labor Department says despite the increase of 17,000, applications are stil

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