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Curated by Vera Gibbons


No Powerball winner! Jackpot climbs over half-billion mark; Robocalls from cruise lines could mean you’re entitled to $$$ (Here’s how to collect); Emma Stone tops Jennifer Lawrence as world’s highest-paid actress; Galaxy Note 4 batteries being recalled for overheating risk; Chipotle doing some very ‘un-Chipotle’ things to win back diners; Ikea clawing its way into food scene w/$20 crayfish dinner; The ongoing erosion of frequent flyer miles; Where you can still buy safe solar eclipse glasses; Why wine tastes better when it costs more; Record Labor Day air travel…


Worth buying a ticket for the $430 million Powerball jackpot?; Don’t answer that..we’re playing anyway!; Wells Fargo names first female chair of any major U.S. bank; Amazon takes on corner store w/Instant Pickup; Target buying company that facilitates quick local deliveries; Elvis Presley’s white baby grand piano up for sale in charity auction (Today marks 40-year anniversary of the King’s death); Ryanair calls for airport crackdown in alcohol sales; Bon Appétit’s ‘Best New Restaurants’ in America; Markets & the Fed (what looking for); White Pumpkin Pie M&Ms; Money is easier to find than…love?; You can now see unlimited movies in the theater for $10/month.


Is a Chinese automaker buying Detroit’s Fiat Chrysler?; Homebuyers are putting less $ down when purchasing homes…déjà vu in mortgage land all over again?; Vice partners w/Airbnb for curated travel ‘experiences’; Officials bracing for solar eclipse traffic nightmare; Starbucks already kicking off pumpkin spice season; Millennials financing everything–from bed sheets to concert tickets; Cheap flights to Hawaii finally here, starting at $344 RT; Bill Gates’ $4.6 billion pledge; Hostile American workplace; Emojis = incompetence?; The color currently known as Prince’s….


Didn’t win the $393 million Mega Millions jackpot last week? Not to worry – massive Powerball grand prize still up for grabs!; HBO hackers at it again–this time, leaking episodes from upcoming season of Curb; Amazon issuing refunds to customers who purchased suspect solar eclipse glasses; Applebee’s closing up to 135 locations and reversing course (says it tried too hard to be cool); Cheesecake Factory accused of tricking customers into overpaying for their meals; There’s a shortage of school bus drivers nationwide; You can now buy safe-to-eat Oreo cookie dough; Bitcoin breaks $4000; Cheetos Pop-Up restaurant; Airline passenger satisfaction at record…high??


Still a chance to win Powerball and Mega Millions this weekend (odds of winning both – 1 in 75.6 quadrillion); A-Rod wants to open UFC gyms at shuttered shopping centers; LinkedIn debuts Tinder-like mentor-matching service; You can now rent an entire Irish pub on Airbnb (and it’s not too $$$); Big banks are going after Venmo, and Venmo is winning; Uber’s free ice cream day returns tomorrow; Krispy Kreme’s solar-eclipse themed donuts: Pumpkin spice lattefor your pet!!; Heed the warnings: This hurricane season is looking worse than usual…


It’s the 10th anniversary of the global financial meltdown — here’s what has changed…Meijer recalls children’s swimsuits due to choking hazard; T-Mobile hopes to lure Boomers, seniors w/new, cheap plan; iPhone 8 leak ‘confirms’ Apple’s biggest problems (And since you asked – here’s an iPhone 8 rumor roundup); ‘Beverly Hillbillies’ house hits market w/asking price of $350 million…which makes it America’s most $$$$ listing; Disney ditches Netflix (will start own streaming services); Judge Judy about to get a lot richer; Your vintage typewriter might be worth something; Fewer bumps; Record # job openings; Starbucks’ new Horchata frappuccino..


Too late to jump into a surging Dow? Here’s what to do…; Shopping mall crisis has hit the outlets; Fake solar eclipse glasses flooding the market; Hatchimals brand expanding w/new ‘surprise’; Older people dying on job at higher rate than all workers; NASA is hiring Planetary Protection Officer (??) to save earth from aliens (additional details here); Southwest schedule update: what routes being added, dropped; Starbucks macchiato promotion starts today (Buy one between 2-5 pm, get one free – through Monday); Wacky pet peeve (Anti-vax owners fear autistic cats & dogs); When is your state’s tax-free weekend?


Dow flirts w/fresh milestone: 22,000; Amazon hosting job fair at 10 shipping sites across the country today as part of initiative to fill > 50,000 positions; Liquid-filled iPhone cases recalled after reports of chemical burns; American soda consumption plunges to 31-year low; Older Americans not as poor as you think (Thank you, pensions!); JetBlue’s 2-day flash sale has flights starting at $39; Frontier selling $29 flights; Russia to auction 51-carat diamond; False thread counts (and other things to watch out for when buying sheets); Lyft & Disney “Minnie Van” service; Identity crisis @ Etsy; Apple cash pile; Ferrari SUV?!; What if retirement makes you…miserable…

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