Parents, check your medicine cabinets.
Tris Pharma Inc. is recalling three lots of infants' liquid ibuprofen sold at Walmart, CVS and Family Dollar stores in the U.S., the Monmouth, New Jersey-based drug company announced in a news release Wednesday.
The affected products "potentially have higher concentrations of ibuprofen," the release said, adding that there's a "remote possibility" that a higher potency could cause babies to develop permanent renal, or kidney, injuries. Babies also may experience nausea, vomiting, epigastric pain, diarrhea, tinnitus, headaches and gastrointestinal bleeding.
Tris Pharma said it hasn't received any reports of customers experiencing adverse effects connected to the recalled products.
The recall includes the following:
If you have questions, you can call Tris customer service at 732-940-0358 from 8 a.m. EST to 5 p.m. PST Monday through Friday or send an email to email@example.com. Customers who have experienced health issues related to the products should contact a doctor or health care provider, the company said.
Get ready to sink your teeth into some sweet deals.
National Cookie Day is Dec. 4, and several stores are serving up freebies and discounts in honor of the "holiday."
Check out some of our favorite offers below:
Please note that some locations may not be participating in the following promotions. Please call ahead to ensure your nearest store is offering the deal.1. Great American Cookies
Customers can get one free chocolate-chip cookie Tuesday at participating stores, the chain said in a news release. Although you don't have to buy anything to get the deal, there is a one-cookie-per-customer limit. Click here to find a store near you.2. Schlotzsky's
Guests can get a free traditional cookie Tuesday at participating locations, the chain announced in a news release. Customers who place a delivery order Wednesday or Thursday also can score a free traditional cookie. And if you want even more sweetness, you can enter a contest this week to win free cookies for a year. Find a store near you by clicking here.4. Mrs. Fields
According to "Today," customers who visit a participating Mrs. Fields store Tuesday can get one free cookie with a purchase. The chain's website also is offering as much as 40 percent off many tasty holiday gifts. Click here to find a store near you.5. Nestlé Toll House Café
With the busy holiday season here, retailers are trying to make shopping easier and quicker for customers.
Multiple retailers are offering curbside pick-up and other quick delivery options for customers for the holidays. Here are some options to take advantage of:1. Amazon Prime
Prime Members can have their Amazon order placed directly into the trunk of their car, even if they’re not present. A connected car is required, and eligible cars include some Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac models. Users download the Amazon Key app and input the address where your car will be parked.
Meijer Curbside service lets you order items online, then have them loaded into your car curbside between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m.4. Target
Target is expanding its Drive Up service across the U.S. Place your order through the Target app and select Drive Up at checkout. Park in one of the Drive Up spots and present your order screen to an employee.5. Walmart
Walmart offers curbside pickup and loading for grocery orders, available between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily. Go to grocery.walmart.com, enter your ZIP code and select your local store.6. Kroger
Sam’s Club is offering curbside pickup at some of its locations. Club Pickup is eligible for groceries, electronics, office supplies, grills, mattresses and household cleaners.
Shoppers should take extra precaution this holiday season as cyber thieves are expected to step up their attacks on credit cards, ATMs and gift cards.
Last year’s holiday season was the worst ever in terms of account takeover, according to identity theft intelligence firm 4iQ, and the company expects this year will top that, according to a statement. Cyber crimes continue to grow and are expected to reach around $6 trillion in damages by 2021, according to Cybersecurity Ventures.
In Ohio this month, about $20,000 was stolen via a skimmer reading ATM card information at IH Credit Union in Clark County, although no customer information was compromised. Englewood police are also looking for a man who stole $100,000 from various Huntington Bank ATMs in the Dayton area.
And reputable websites like Newegg have seen recent credit card theft, with a monthlong data breach that exposed the credit card information of anyone who purchased something earlier this fall.
“A major holiday like Christmas, obviously there’s going to be a huge spike in solicitations for donations and all those sorts of things, because people are online and they’re spending money. We see an increase in scams even connected to national tragedies,” said Shawn Waldman, CEO of Secure Cyber Defense in Miamisburg.
Shoppers can take some precautions to protect themselves both online and in store, most importantly checking their credit card activity regularly.
“Don’t wait until you receive your credit card statement to review for fraud or for simple human errors,” said Natalie Dunlevey, president of Dayton-based National Processing Solutions. “Check it online. This is the season to enjoy friends and family but also to remain vigilant. Scammers don’t take a holiday and are counting on you to let down your guard.”
The best practice is to use cash, Dunlevey said. While the new chip readers in cards have reduced fraudulent activity, Dunlevey said it’s nothing compared to other countries in Europe and India that have moved to cards with rotating numbers.
“We’ll just continue to fall down the food chain of easiest country to hack,” she said.
But if shoppers prefer to not carry cash, Waldman said using a credit card is always better than a debit card because credit card companies have more protections against unauthorized purchases.
“Many shoppers are trying to make their dollars stretch as far as possible during the holidays,” she said. “Scammers know this as well and create pop-up websites that advertise impossibly cheap prices for highly sought-after items or ‘hot’ holiday gifts that are impossible to find.”
Never give information to a website that isn’t marked with a padlock in the address bar at the top of the page, which Dunlevey said indicates the site is secure. And no legitimate retailers will ever ask for credit card information in a pop-up chat window either.
“When you’re shopping online, all those rules still apply,” Waldman said. “Have commercial anti-virus (software). Put as many barriers between you and the hacker.”
The U.S. Postal Service is also warning online shoppers to register their address for the free USPS Informed Delivery program that updates consumers about when their packages arrive. Scammers have started registering home addresses under their own emails so they will know when a package will be delivered.
Some scammers also go for gift cards found on the kiosks in store aisles, scratching off the numbers and writing them down. Then they wait for the card to be purchased and activated before draining the balance, Dunlevey said.
“Always try to purchase gift cards that are located behind store counters or directly from a retailer’s website,” Dunlevey said. “Look at the back of the card to ensure that the area with the protective scratch-off is intact.”
As Cyber Monday comes to a close, the holiday shopping season is officially underway. That means more deals for shoppers and more opportunities for schemers.
The Better Business Bureau said that during this time, it’s very important to double check the URL before you click “buy.”
It’s the busiest time of the year for online shoppers. Many of them look to Black Friday and Cyber Monday to save money.
However, many more will remain on the hunt for deals over the next few weeks.
Nancy Crawford of the BBB said online shoppers will need to pay extra attention to avoid bad business.
“Anything a person can create, someone else can hack. You just have to be very vigilant about the sites you’re going to,” Crawford said.
Crawford said some unverified websites are now using URLs that resemble those of legitimate retailers.
She said taking a close look at that URL is the key to telling real from fake.
“What comes before the dot com or dot org is the real name of that domain,” Crawford said. “The last few words are going to be the really telling factor of the website that you’re on.”
The BBB said another way to tell of legit sites is quite simple: reach out.
“Look for contact information. A physical address. A phone number,” Crawford said.
If you do end up making a purchase from a bad site, it’s better to have used a credit card.
“The safest way for you to pay is with a credit card because you have protections under federal law where you can challenge those charges on your credit card,” Crawford explained.
The BBB said before you consider making a purchase, it’s also wise to check the BBB website to see if the company you’re doing business with is reputable.
To see the full report, click here.
If you plan to buy a real Christmas tree, you will probably pay more than last year.
Tree farmers say it's not due to the weather, but the recession from 10 years ago.
Farmers say they don't have as much of a supply as they usually do.
During the recession, many farmers had to stop growing as many trees because they couldn't afford it.
The standard tree, the Fraser fir, only grows about a foot each year, which is why the impact is just being felt.
Since the supply can't keep up with demand, sellers have been forced to raise prices by as much as 15 percent.
“When we went through the recession, a lot of growers, small growers of the Fraser fir variety stopped growing trees,” South Carolina tree seller Lauren Booth said.
Don't expect a change next year.
Booth said there’s a good chance the prices may stay high for four more years.
"We've had some people saying, 'Oh, I've never seen tree prices this high,’ but we haven't either. We've been buying Fraser firs, like I said, for 28, 29 years,” Booth said.
Another unexpected impact is from Hurricane Florence.
Booth said she lost up to 500 trees because of flooding from the storm.
She said that shouldn't directly affect business for a few more years.
If you want to save money on a tree this year, the National Christmas Tree Association says prices spike on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
If you're looking for a deal, holding out until the week before Christmas could save you about 22 percent, and the best time to buy is Christmas Eve.
Donations to various charities and to the less fortunate are part of the holiday spirit, whether it is through a food drive or a collection kettle.
Giving Tuesday takes place on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving each year.
Officials said charities in the United States receive one-third of their annual donations during the holiday season, starting around Thanksgiving and Giving Tuesday.
Each year, the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance evaluates charities seeking donations and researches them on their charity trustworthiness.
BBB officials said it encourages potential donors to use these evaluations to determine the organizations’ trustworthiness so that your hard-earned dollars go to charities that operate ethically.
Here are some tips from the Better Business Bureau to make the most of your holiday donations.Giving Tuesday tips
Cyber Monday comes second to Black Friday as one of the busiest shopping days of the year, but instead of waiting in long lines and crowds of shoppers at stores, you can do all your shopping online.
Cyber Monday is expected to bring in $7.8 billion, which is up nearly 18 percent from 2017, according to Adobe's 2018 Digital Insights Shopping Predictions.
Shopping online, however, comes with risks such as phishing scams and computer viruses.
The Better Business Bureau is offering advice to online shoppers on how to be mindful of their transactions on Cyber Monday and throughout the holiday season.Cyber Monday tips
Ready your wallets, because Black Friday is right around the corner.
Decide how much you want to spend. Once you set your budget, use only cash while you shop and leave your credit cards at home. That way you reduce impulse shopping and spend only what you have.2. Prioritize your shopping list
List your items by store and by order of importance. This will help you stay on track as you travel from store to store. Once you arrive at each shop, head to the department first to locate the item on your list.3. Buy online
Not a fan of the big crowds? Whip out your laptop and score deals from your couch. In-store Black Friday bargains are generally also available online and on apps. Doorbusters, however, are only up for grabs in person.
Some of the reductions you find may be for outdated models. Also, some products may not actually be a steal. Beware of inflated discounts when retailers offer a steep rollback for an already overpriced item.5. Check for early and late deals
It’s common for people to hit the malls early. In fact, many deals start Wednesday. However, you may be able to take advantage of late bargains. Some discounts become available later in the day.6. Understand the return policy
The rules differ at each store. While some return policies are only valid for 30 days, other may not offer one at all. It’s also a good idea to grab gift receipts to make the exchange or return process easier.
Be friendly to employees you encounter, and chat with people you’re waiting in line with. They both may able to help you spot additional bargains.
David’s Bridal has voluntarily filed for bankruptcy under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code in the District of Delaware.
The bridal retailer announced last week it reached an agreement with its senior noteholders and equity holders on the terms of a restructuring support agreement that will reduce the company’s debt by more than $400 million. The company said its 300 David’s Bridal stores and online marketplace will continue operating without disruption.
Orders will arrive on time and bridal appointments will not be impacted, according to Scott Key, chief executive officer of David’s Bridal.
“For more than 60 years, David's has delivered beautiful, high-quality dresses and accessories for our customers' most special occasions, and the actions we are taking will enable us to build on that tradition,” Key said in a statement, according to CNBC. “Our team is laser focused on providing brides and their families with the five-star service and experience they deserve and have come to expect from us.”
“We are, and will continue to be, open for business,” Key said in a message to customers on the David’s Bridal website.
The company’s financial woes do not come as a surprise. David’s Bridal missed an interest payment on $270 million in unsecured notes in mid-October. The missed payment sets into motion a 30-day grace period with debtholders before the retailer is in default.
The retailer has struggled for the past year to reduce its debt while reporting weak operating performances. Analysts have predicted that the retailer could restructure its debt within six months.
It’s not the only bridal retailer to struggle due to industry disruption.
Bridal retailer Alfred Angelo abruptly closed its stores in 2017 without notice, leaving brides and wedding parties scrambling to pick up their dresses. The company had more than 60 stores across the U.S.
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