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Traffic Snarls In Europe As Taxi Drivers Protest Against Uber

July 1, 2014 2:30 pm  | Comments: 2 | Views: 4618
Several of Europe’s largest cities were snarled by traffic jams when thousands of taxi drivers blocked roads and held rallies in protest of ​an upstart​ American​ service that lets customers book rides through smartphones. The target of their anger is Uber, the service that digitally links passengers and freelance drivers​. Founded in 2009, the start-up​… View Article

Honda, Nissan, Mazda expand Takata airbag recall

June 30, 2014 6:40 pm  | Comments: 0 | Views: 3405
Honda, Mazda and Nissan combined are recalling another almost three million vehicles worldwide as the recalls continue to spread over Takata airbag inflators that can explode and send metal bits flying. All three also have made previous recalls for the problem — Honda recalled more than a million last year — and said supplier Takata… View Article

Why Finnish babies sleep in cardboard boxes

June 26, 2014 6:00 pm  | Comments: 0 | Views: 10980
It’s a tradition that dates back to the 1930s and it’s designed to give all children in Finland, no matter what background they’re from, an equal start in life. The maternity package – a gift from the government – is available to all expectant mothers. It contains bodysuits, a sleeping bag, outdoor gear, bathing products… View Article

Average 30-Year Mortgage Rate Drops To 4.17%

June 24, 2014 5:36 pm  | Comments: 0 | Views: 8758
Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages eased slightly this week, remaining near historic lows. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate for a 30-year loan declined to 4.17% from 4.20% last week. The average for the 15-year mortgage dipped to 3.30% from 3.31%. Rising prices and higher interest rates beginning in mid-2013 have… View Article

Oil Demand To Rise As Iraq Unrest Spikes Prices

June 23, 2014 2:30 pm  | Comments: 0 | Views: 6166
As Iraq’s mounting unrest pushes crude oil prices to their highest levels this year, a report Friday predicts that global oil demand will increase and Iraq will be a key producer. The International Energy Agency report forecasts a jump in global oil demand, which affects both oil and gasoline prices, from 91.4 million barrels per… View Article

Your Commute Is Getting Worse

June 20, 2014 2:30 pm  | Comments: 0 | Views: 6818
One thing that will get worse as the economy improves? Your commute. In 2013, Americans on average spent more than 20 additional hours in traffic, losing two-and-a-half work days to crawling on the road, according to a report from GPS device maker TomTom (TOM2). The delay was up more than two hours from the year… View Article

Auto Loans: Americans Filling Up On Too Much Debt?

June 20, 2014 10:30 am  | Comments: 0 | Views: 6376
Americans love cars and debt, so it’s only natural that they would combine the two. A new report finds that auto loans are becoming more supercharged than ever as financing terms reach record highs. However, consumers should remember to steer clear of buying more car than they can really afford. The average auto-loan term increased… View Article

The Gumball 3000: Bun B On The World’s Most Ridiculous Motor Rally

June 10, 2014 8:17 pm  | Comments: 0 | Views: 5098
Pay no attention to the Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Porsches, Bugattis and Bentleys. Ignore the coterie of playboys, sheikhs, jet-setters and celebrities making the seven-day, 3,000-mile trek from Miami’s Ocean Drive to Ibiza’s Carrer Andenes. Disregard the late-night debauchery at each checkpoint, the obscenely wealthy scofflaws and the not-exactly-pocket-change entry fee of £40,000 (about $67,000 US). Forget… View Article

Toyota Recalling 6.4 Million Vehicles Worldwide

April 16, 2014 8:30 am  | Comments: 0 | Views: 2122
Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling 6.39 million vehicles globally for a variety of problems spanning nearly 30 models in Japan, the U.S., Europe and elsewhere. It’s the automaker’s second-largest recall ever, the Reuters news agency notes. No injuries or crashes have been reported related to the recalls announced Wednesday. But two fires have been reported related… View Article

When And How to Plant Potatoes

April 9, 2014 8:51 pm  | Comments: 0 | Views: 5147
Potatoes are easy to grow, but they prefer cool weather so you should try to get them into the ground at the right time. You can order seed potatoes through mail-order garden companies or buy them at local garden centers or hardware stores.  (You could use supermarket potatoes, but be aware they have probably been treated with chemicals… View Article