With much of the nation suffering in a heat wave and utilities stretched to capacity, it's time for some cooling tips.
With much of the country in the grips of a searing heat wave, it's time for a quick review of cool ways to save energy.
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Are bosses being unreasonable when they expect you be reachable?
For more U.S. workers, taking vacation doesn't mean you totally disconnect from the job. Far from it, in fact.
Cindy Krischer Goodman wrote about the phenomenon for The Miami Herald. A CareerBuilder executive she quoted said a vacation totally free of work no longer exists for professionals. Goodman and her husband are packing laptops and wireless cards for their next trip.
And so, as we plan on taking time off this summer, we have no real intention to cut ties with our offices. It should be no surprise that most American workers think as we do. With companies staffed lean, fear of job loss still an issue, and technology putting the Internet in our pockets, this likely will be the most difficult summer ever for workers to detach.
Not everyone agrees on what we should and shouldn't carry, but it's wise to be cautious.
We've all seen the credit card commercial that asks "what's in YOUR wallet?"
It's a good question for all of us to ask ourselves from time to time, not just listing what's in our wallets but re-evaluating what should and shouldn’t be there.
Chick-fil-A is celebrating 'Cow Appreciation Day' with free meals. This year, cows will tweet and share locations on Foursquare.
How far would you go to get a free meal? Would you dress like a cow?
If you would, Chick-fil-A has a deal for you. The fast-food chain is celebrating Cow Appreciation Day on Friday, July 9, by providing free combo meals to customers who arrive in full cow costume from head to toe.
Those who are "too chicken" (to use the company's words) to dress completely as cows can get a free entrée with a partial costume. The promotion is good all day, for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Children can dress up and get a free meal, too.
The World Cup is almost over, but Major League Soccer plays through November.
Americans are watching this year's World Cup tournament in record numbers -- a blessing and a curse for U.S. soccer fans.
Although the contest, which ends this weekend, could translate to a boost for Major League Soccer in the U.S., the new attention raises the possibility that fans may find it harder to secure cheap tickets to MLS games.
As technology gets more advanced, so do the crooks who are trying to take advantage of it. And, in turn, us.
Updated Oct. 4, 2011, 9:33 p.m. ET
The ATM has always been a prime piece of real estate for thieves. You're exposed, you're handling money, and you have your back to the world. But it's been a dangerous game for criminals to play, as they too are exposed and risk being caught, or being seen. These days, it's far better to use advances in technology to do the dirty work for them. The skimmer is the direct result of that.
A skimmer is usually composed of two sections. The first attaches to the card slot, usually covering it completely. The second is a camera, which can be very close to the card slot or some distance away, at the top of the ATM. The card reader records the electronic data from your ATM card, which the thief can use to make an exact copy of it. The camera is there to record your PIN.
49 businesses were cited after undercover probe.
With the high price of gold, jewelry stores that advertise they will buy your gold jewelry are becoming more common. But increasingly, this may be a case of "seller beware."
For example, the New Jersey Office of Weights and Measures has cited 49 gold- and jewelry-buying businesses for alleged violations of state statutes. Following a statewide inspection sweep, officials say they found inaccurate scales that improperly weighed items and resulted in consumers receiving less money than they should.
Bloodsuckers that travel to your home via your luggage or clothes can end up costing you plenty. Here's how to keep them at bay.
Yet another thing to worry about when you're planning a trip: Do the hotels on your itinerary have bedbugs, requiring a change of reservation? And, if you don't know for sure, what can you do to keep the tiny bloodsuckers -- the size of an apple seed -- from hitching a ride home with you? Ridding your house of bedbugs is costly.
It's common knowledge that New York City is engaged in an epic battle with bedbugs -- stores have been closed because of infestation -- but how many people realize how widespread they are? A map at The Bedbug Registry will give you an indication.
Plus, a New York City flier (.pdf file) warns, "No hotel is immune from a bedbug infestation." Travelers can unknowingly bring them from home.
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