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Police in Italy seize $1M worth of ‘oily substance’ falsely marketed as ‘extra virgin olive oil’

In an effort to curb fraudsters, Italian authorities have recently nailed some suspects who were creating faulty olive oil to sell for profit. With search warrants, police searched 18 garages and warehouses, finding 71 tons of an “oily substance” marketed as “extra virgin olive oil” in cans and tanks in the Puglia region, according to a recent press release issued by the Carabinieri, an Italian…

Uber expands boat services in Europe this summer

Uber is broadening its services this summer, launching a new way for visitors to travel around Europe. The ride-share service has announced they will be offering boat services in Ibiza, Venice, Athens, Paris, Corfu and Santorini. The concept allows users to book private yacht excursions or order boats as a taxi service through the Uber app.  NEW YORK TO ROLL OUT SMALL SHAMPOO BOTTLE BAN…

Costco hiking membership fees for first time in 7 years

It will soon cost more to be a part of the club. On Wednesday, Costco Wholesale announced plans to increase annual membership fees by $5 to $10 in the U.S. and Canada, effective Sept. 1. It is the first time in seven years the retail giant has done so. The annual fee, last raised in June 2017, would increase by $5 to $65 for “gold…

Texas residents turn to Whataburger app to track power outages amid Hurricane Beryl devastation

As Texans grapple with Hurricane Beryl, many have found an unexpected way to decipher where the lights are still on.  Some residents appear to be turning to the Whataburger app to track power outages in the Lone Star State. The fast-food restaurant chain’s app shows its over 700 locations across the state, pinpointing whether the locations are open or closed. OVER 2M TEXANS OUT OF…

Over 2,000 pounds of frozen chicken products recalled over listeria concerns: USDA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced that some frozen ready-to-eat chicken products are being recalled over listeria-related concerns. In a press release published on Friday, the USDA explained that the Canada-based importer Al Safa US LLC is recalling over 2,000 pounds of chicken kebabs and patties. Officials are concerned that the food items may contain the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes, which causes listeriosis. The…

Americans’ confidence in higher education drops 21 points since 2015

Americans’ confidence in higher education has been steadily eroding for several years, and fresh data shows the trend is ongoing amid rising concerns over political agendas being pushed on campuses and whether the cost of a college degree is worth it. New results from a poll conducted by Gallup and the Lumina Foundation released Monday show only 36% of U.S. adults have a great deal…

Costco rival changes key perk policy, but it could backfire

Sam’s Club Plus members have about six weeks left to use a coveted perk, and they are letting the wholesale giant know they are not happy about losing it. Effective August 19, Plus members will only get free shipping on orders from Sam’s Club’s website or app on “qualifying orders of $50 or more,” the company announced via email on June 19.  For those who…

California family’s $444 receipt from Trader Joe’s goes viral on social media: ‘Insane’

A California family’s massive Trader Joe’s receipt recently went viral on social media, sparking a debate about which grocery stores are affordable for families. In a video that’s been viewed over 17 million times on X, a father-of-six’s camera panned across a massive Trader Joe’s receipt from a location in Westlake Village, an affluent city in Los Angeles County.  “Here’s what it takes to feed…

Chia seeds recalled as FDA issues highest possible risk level

The Food and Drug Administration has reclassified a recall of chia seeds sold at Walmart as the highest risk of injury or death due to salmonella poisoning.  The recall of “Great Value Organic Black Chia Seeds 32 oz.” was first announced on May 13, says the FDA’s website. It was reclassified to “Class I” – the highest risk level – at the end of June….

Mark Zuckerberg sips beer, flies American flag while surfing in tuxedo on Independence Day

Meta founder Mark Zuckerberg celebrated the Fourth of July in style – that is – in black tie. Zuckerberg posted a video to Instagram Reels where he was surfing, sipping on what appeared to be a can of beer, and flying Old Glory all while wearing a tuxedo. He captioned the Instagram post, “Happy birthday, America!” Zuckerberg’s video, featuring a patriotic combination of activities, had…

Wells Fargo analysts ‘weigh in’ on Chipotle portion sizing after restaurant chain faces backlash online

Chipotle Mexican Grill has been facing criticism online after social media users accused the restaurant of using fewer ingredients in its popular burrito bowls — and therefore, serving decreased portion sizes of the menu item. The phrase “Chipotle small portion size” has at least 58 million videos on TikTok centered on the restaurant’s burrito bowl sizes. In an effort to try to combat the decrease…

American Express takes further control of restaurant reservations

American Express is acquiring yet another restaurant booking platform. It’s a potential gamechanger for cardholders in a world where nabbing a table at a popular restaurant feels like an impossible feat thanks to an insurmountable number of bots and table resellers disrupting the market.  In major cities, securing a spot at a coveted restaurant can require booking weeks or even months in advance. More often…

Maryland man wins $50,000 playing lottery numbers from stranger’s license plate

A Maryland man who played lottery numbers inspired by a stranger’s license plate is now $50,000 richer.  The man, identified only as a retired grandfather from Hyattsville, Maryland, told the Maryland Lottery he was not entirely sure when he came up with his winning numbers, but is pretty thankful he did, according to a June 28 press release. The man won the top prize in…

Costco flushable wipes settlement has wholesale giant agree to $2M payout

People who purchased Kirkland Signature Moist Flushable Wipes from Costco in the past may be eligible for a piece of a $2 million class action lawsuit settlement. The payments are for consumers who purchased the wipes between July 1, 2011, and May 31, 2017, according to Top Class Actions.  Costco has not admitted any wrongdoing, the legal news website states. However, the company has agreed…

Visa, Mastercard can likely handle swipe-fee settlement bigger than $30 billion: judge

A federal judge said Friday that card issuers Visa and Mastercard could likely withstand a “substantially greater” settlement with merchants who argued they overpaid swipe fees than the proposed $30 billion settlement she rejected last week. U.S. District Judge Margo Brodie of the Eastern District of New York provided that assessment in an 88-page opinion she released Friday, just three days after she rejected the…

FDA recalls mushroom-infused ‘microdosing’ chocolate bars after hospitalizations

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a recall of all Diamond Shruumz-brand products after the company’s “microdosing” sweets allegedly caused dozens of illnesses in recent weeks. In a statement released Friday, the FDA explained that Prophet Premium Blends, a distributor of Diamond Shruumz products, recalled the company’s products Thursday. “According to the firm, these products contain muscimol, a chemical found in some mushrooms, that…

Customers upset after Costco makes change to rotisserie chicken

Some Costco customers are calling “fowl” after the retailer changed the packaging of its mega-popular rotisserie chickens.  Previously, the rotisserie chickens were packaged in a plastic “clamshell” container. Now, in what the warehouse club says is an environmentally friendly move, the rotisserie chickens are sold in plastic food service bags.  The packaging shift began in March 2024 and has gradually rolled out to the entire…

Tri Delta sorority raises $100M for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital through small-dollar fundraising

The Tri Delta sorority has hit a major milestone in its philanthropic efforts. The Greek organization marked $100 million in fundraising for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital thanks to a 25-year partnership, FOX Business has learned from a Tri Delta rep.  Since 1999, Tri Delta sisters, including collegians and alumnae, have raised funds collectively through grassroots efforts and philanthropy events across the organization’s 138 U.S….

Woman fulfills childhood dream of owning an old-fashioned candy store: ‘Very surreal’

After dreaming about the shop since she was a little girl, a woman has finally opened her own candy store.  Zoe Barnes is a 44-year-old from Kent, England, who grew up frequently visiting a local chocolate shop near her home.  Barnes told SWNS, the British news service, that if she had been “good” all week, she was allowed to go in for a few sweet…

John Deere CEO puts 80-acre horse farm up for sale

A large Illinois horse farm reportedly owned by John Deere CEO John May is up for sale. Realtor.com reported Wednesday the 80-acre property had hit the market and identified its current owner as the farm equipment company’s chief executive. Its asking price has been set at $3.925 million, according to its listing. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ON FOX BUSINESS The farm and its “barndominium”…

Willie Mays’ baseball glove, rare photos and other collectibles up for auction in his honor

The legacy of baseball legend Willie Mays is being remembered after his death earlier this month. Goldin Auctions in New Jersey has stepped up to the plate with a special auction featuring several of Mays’ rare, collectible baseball items. A 1970-72 Willie Mays game-used MacGregor KC1P Professional Model Baseball Glove will be up for sale as part of Goldin’s King of Collectibles auction, the company…

Arizona iced tea cofounder does not expect a price hike ‘in the foreseeable future’

Fans of Arizona iced tea can rest easy knowing the price of the company’s 23-ounce cans won’t cost more than 99 cents anytime soon. “I don’t know about never, but not in the foreseeable future,” Arizona Beverages co-founder Don Vultaggio told “Today” of raising the price. “We’re going to fight as hard as we can for consumers because consumers are my friend.” His comments come…

‘Harry Potter’ book proof with rare misspelling heads to Texas auction

Heritage Auctions will be featuring an uncorrected book proof of J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” at its upcoming Historical Platinum Signature auction in Dallas, Texas. The proof has a misspelling on the title page listing “J. A Rowling” as the author, which was corrected in the first edition. The uncorrected proof appeared in a print run of only 200 copies, marking the first…

Airplane suddenly drops 25,000 feet midflight, injuring 17 passengers

Over a dozen plane passengers were injured after their flight dropped 25,000 feet and flew in circles several times, flight tracker data shows. The flight, Korean Air 189, departed from Seoul, South Korea, at around 4 p.m. local time on Saturday. Although the plane was expected in Taichung, Taiwan, around three hours later, the flight quickly diverted back to Seoul after it reached the southern…

Arkansas AG sues Temu over alleged ‘deceptive tactics’ harming consumers: ‘Data theft business’

Arkansas Attorney General Tim Griffin is taking legal action against the Chinese fast fashion retailer Temu over what he alleges are the company’s “deceptive tactics” that are harming consumers.  In announcing the lawsuit Tuesday, Griffin said Temu was “not simply an online marketplace [but] a data theft business that uses the online marketplace as a means to an end.”  Griffin’s lawsuit targets Temu’s parent company,…

6 arrested in Florida after allegedly stealing nearly $250K from seniors during ‘grandparent scams’

Six alleged fraudsters were arrested in Florida for stealing nearly $250,000 from senior citizens in the state through “grandparent scams,” Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody announced Monday. The suspects reached out to seniors claiming to be one of their grandchildren’s lawyers and told the victims that the grandchild needed bail money after being arrested for hitting a pregnant woman with a vehicle, Moody said. The…

Caribbean island finds ‘totally incidental’ way to cash in on AI boom

A small Caribbean nation is capitalizing on the artificial intelligence (AI) boom thanks in part to a coincidence that came about when internet domain codes for countries were awarded decades ago. The island of Anguilla, a British Overseas Territory located east of Puerto Rico in the Caribbean, received the .ai country code for internet domains in 1995 from the International Telecommunication Union. Anguilla’s government allows…

Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree DLC expansion released; players submit ‘sick notes’ to skip work and play

Fans of the critically acclaimed video game Elden Ring got access to a new expansion of the game on Friday with the release of the Shadow of the Erdtree downloadable content (DLC). The DLC’s release quickly caused the game to trend, and publishers Bandai Namco US even offered players a lore-friendly sick note so they could take the day off to play. Some players admitted…

You’ll never believe 16 Handles’ unusual new frozen yogurt flavor: ‘Make them smile’

A frozen yogurt chain announced an unusual addition to its summer flavor lineup. 16 Handles, the New York-based chain with over 30 locations throughout the United States, announced the new limited-time flavor in a press release on June 20. “The bright yellow soft serve tastes like crisp, salty fries and has real potato French fry pieces mixed in, creating the ultimate sweet and salty combination,”…

567,000 chargers sold at Costco recalled for fire risk

Three portable charger models that were sold exclusively at Costco are being recalled after two house fires were blamed on the unit overheating. The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall in a June 20, 2024, release.  The recalled units are the “myCharge POWER HUB All-In-One 10,000mAh” chargers carrying the model numbers “AO10FK-A,” “AO10FK-B,” and “AO10FK-C,” said the commission.  COOKIE DOUGH SOLD AT…