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  • Feds allege Blue Mountain Consumer Discount manager used loan money for himself

    For the better part of three decades, Walter "Buddy" Lambert was a guy people in the Slate Belt could trust to make their nest eggs grow. Couples and widows gave Lambert shares of their inheritances, life insurance payouts, legal settlements and...
  • PPL ranks No. 1 in customer service survey

    Customers ranked Allentown-based PPL Electric Utilities No. 1 in satisfaction among large electric companies in the Eastern United States. In a survey of residential customers by consumer research firm J.D. Power and Associates, PPL ranked first among 17...
  • Apple agrees to a $400-million settlement over e-book price fixing

    Apple Inc. has agreed to pay $400 million to settle allegations that the company conspired with publishers to raise e-book prices. The settlement agreement, which still requires court approval, is contingent on Apple’s appeal of the New York...
  • Madison Avenue Tries Longer Ads To Thwart Short Attention Spans

    Americans will spend anywhere from 40 minutes to an hour watching a TV drama like "24" or "The Good Wife," but just seconds scanning any of the tens of commercials that support those shows. With that in mind, Arby's in late May released a commercial...
  • Turner Taps Digital Exec to Bring Global Focus to Cartoon Network, Adult Swim

    Turner Broadcasting has turned to a veteran exec with experience in digital content, licensing and marketing to fill the leadership void at the Cartoon Network group. Christina Miller has been named prexy-g.m. of Cartoon Network, Adult Swim and Boomerang...
  • One Thing Is Certain: A Fox-Time Warner Combination Would Get D.C. Scrutiny

    A Senate hearing on Wednesday was expected to focus on the proposed combinations of distribution giants Comcast with Time Warner Cable and AT&T with DirecTV. Instead, news of Rupert Murdoch's idea to merge 21st Century Fox with Time Warner was the new...
  • Poll finds 64% of voters believe stock market is rigged against them

    Poll finds 64% of voters believe stock market is rigged against them
    Nearly two-thirds of voters think the stock market is rigged against them and a majority believe Wall Street and big banks hurt average Americans, according to poll results from a pro-regulation group. The survey by Better Markets, a nonprofit...
  • Freddie Mac: Mortgage rates level off, 30-year loans average 4.12%

    The cost of getting a mortgage has leveled off, with Freddie Mac saying lenders were offering 30-year fixed-rate home loans this week at an average interest rate of 4.12%. That rate is little changed from the average of 4.15% over the last 10 weeks. The...
  • Is organic chicken worth the price?

    Is organic chicken worth the price?
    Just because a chicken is labeled "organic" does not mean that the bird on your plate lived a bucolic farm life before you cooked it. To officially be called "organic," the animal must be fed organic food (grown with no pesticides), receive no...
  • Families expected to spend more on back-to-school this year

    Families expected to spend more on back-to-school this year
    Families expect to spend more on school items than they did last year, even though more than 80 percent say the tough economy still impacts their spending decisions, according to the National Retail Federation’s annual back-to-school survey....
  • L.A. diners rank fast-food and casual chains with the best buzz

    L.A. diners rank fast-food and casual chains with the best buzz
    Angelenos were asked to rank the best fast-food and quick, casual dining chains as part of a national survey. The result? L.A. diners favor taste, quality and options, and ranked Subway as their top destination for a quick meal.  For its midyear report,...