Scam Alert: People Pretending to by with the FTC are asking for Bank Account Information

by Nat Wood Associate Director, Consumer & Business Education, FTC Here at the FTC, we’re known for getting things done on behalf of regular people. Unfortunately, sometimes scammers try to take advantage of our good reputation. The latest example: Some people have gotten an email that claims to be from Maureen Ohlhausen, the FTC’s Acting

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California State Controller Yee Looking to Create Additional Restrictions on State Tax Board

California State Controller Betty T. Yee proposed new rules last month that aim to prevent conflicts of interest and other ethical lapses by members of California’s tax board. Yee wants these new rules in place while the tax board awaits the results of investigations into allegations of mismanagement by the state Department of Justice. Governor

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Fewer Illegal Immigrants Deported Despite Increase in Arrests

Immigration arrests in the United States have increased almost 40 percent so far in 2017 under the Trump Administration and agents have detained more than 40,000 people suspected of being in the country illegally. Immigration agents have renewed their focus on immigrants without criminal convictions, which has been met with stark criticism by immigration advocates.

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Is the World Ready for the Next Pandemic?

The number of new diseases that have emerged per decade has been increasing almost fourfold over the past 60 years. The number of outbreaks per year has more than tripled since 1980. The United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) currently ranks H7N9, a bird flu strain that has been sweeping through China

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Higher Costs Eating Nation’s Lunch Business

By Jeff Flores The lunchtime meal is being handed its own lunch – thanks to increased costs that are keeping workers eating at their desks instead of in restaurants. In 2016, Americans made 433 million fewer lunchtime trips to restaurants than in 2015, creating a $3.2 billion loss in revenue. Yet the population continues to

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The Perspective of a teen in L.A. with an Immigrant Parent

One point of view of the immigration issue that is not usually seen is that of a teenager whose parent or parents are undocumented immigrants. According to a 2013 USC report, almost 16 percent of children in Los Angeles County were U.S. citizens with at least one parent that is an illegal immigrant. The Pew

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Apple Bought the ‘Fitbit’ of Sleep to Track Night Time Sleeping

Earlier this month, Apple purchased Beddit, a Finnish sleep tracking firm, to acquire its sleep tracking technology that is being called the “Fitbit” of sleep tracking. According to The Guardian, … [The] Beddit sleep tracker consists of a 1.5mm thick strip of sensors that are placed on [top] of the mattress and connected to a

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San Diego Woman Sentenced to Three Years and One Month in Prison for Hiding Illegal Immigrants in her Home

Earlier this month, a San Diego woman was sentenced to prison for her involvement in the smuggling of illegal immigrants from Mexico into the United States. Dania Olivero, who is 51 and a legal immigrant from Cuba, had agreed to let the illegal immigrants temporarily stay at her small rented house in the City Heights

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Even Mobile Homes are Getting too Expensive in Silicon Valley

As Silicon Valley continues to thrive economically, its residents are starting to feel the pain of the rising amount of rent that they have to pay in order to remain in the area. Even mobile homes are starting to get too expensive for the residents and many of them happen to be older residents. One

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California is bad at tracking whether its Tax Breaks Work

According to a national study by Pew Charitable Trusts, California does a horrible job of tracking the impact of the tax breaks and credits that it provides each year to businesses. Pew Charitable Trusts is a non-partisan, independent, non-governmental organization that was founded in 1948. Pew Charitable Trusts ranked California among the lowest 23 states

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