United Health Group accused of overbilling Medicare by $1B

The justice department has accused insurance giant United Health Group overcharging the federal government by more than $1B through its Medicare Advantage plans.  The 79-page lawsuit filed Tuesday in Los Angeles alleges the insurer made patients appear sicker than they were to collect higher Medicare payments than the company deserved.  The government said it had Read more »

30 more Sears Stores Closing

Sears is closing an additional 30 stores, in addition to the 150 underperforming stores already marked to close.  The locations that are closing-12 Sears and 18 Kmart’s from Carson, California to Hialeah, Florida, with most scheduled to shut their doors in July, based on calls to the stores, malls, and confirmation in local media. Sears Read more »

Republican Bill to Let Employers offer Comp over Overtime

Republicans are trying to overhaul a New-Deal-era employment law, that supporters say would enable employers and employees to have scheduling options. The House Republicans want to allow companies to offer their employees compensatory time rather than time and a half. Under the current law, eligible employees must be paid time and a half for any Read more »

Silicon Valley Lab-Grown Meat On its way to your Supermarket

If a Silicon Valley food company has its way, its lab-grown meat will be on a supermarket shelf in the next five years.  The company grows chicken, duck, and beef from animal cells.  The lab-grown beef was previously developed in 2012 by a group of Dutch scientists.  “Essentially, we are taking some animal cells, giving Read more »

AT&T Wireless Workers could Strike Monday

The Communications Workers of America union gave the company 72-hours notice Friday of a possible walk out.  Reportedly about 21,000 AT&T Wireless workers could walk off the job as soon as Monday.  CWA members have been working on a rolling extension of their previous labor contract since early February.  “Time is running out for AT&T Read more »

Big Retailers Store Closing

Stores are closing at a colossal rate.  “Brokerage firm Credit Suisse said in a research report released earlier this month that it’s possible more than 8,600 brick-and-mortar retail stores will close their doors in 2017.”  Among stores closing this year, Bebe is closing all of its retail stores, JCPenny has plans to shutter 138 stores Read more »

Bose Spies on its Wireless Headphone Customers

Bose Corp has been sued for spying on its wireless headphone customers by using an app that tracks the music, podcasts, and other audio they listen to and then selling the information without permission.  The complaint was filed in federal court by Kyle Zak and seeks an injunction to stop Bose, from violating the privacy Read more »

More Americans Live with Parents

Surprise!  In case you didn’t already know this, according to a Census Bureau study, “there are now more young people living with their parents than in any other arrangement.”  Almost 40 percent of young adults live with parents, step-parents, or other relatives, the only time in U.S. history when the share has been higher was in Read more »

IRS took millions from innocent people, inspector general finds

According to a new Treasury Department Inspector General’s Report, the IRS has seized millions of dollars in cash from individuals and businesses, because of a suspicious pattern of deposits.  According to various reports, the IRS is using obscure anti-money laundering rules and civil asset forfeiture, to seize the bank accounts from business owners.  Individuals and Read more »

Burger King Animal Feed from Deforested Lands

Companies in the United States supplying meat to Burger King are deforesting millions of acres in Brazil, Bolivia, and other Latin American Countries.  Burger King uses the soy grown in these countries to feed cattle.  The report published by the global campaign organization Mighty Earth, Claimed that “an average of approximately 4 million hectares (9 Read more »