All articles from Schuyler Velasco

  • Retail sales rise. Shoppers unfazed by payroll tax hike.

    Retail sales rose 1.1 percent in January, despite worries that the expiring payroll tax and high gas prices would curb spending. Is the rise in retail sales a sign of more sustained economic growth? 

  • Bumble Bee tuna recall: Loose cans could cause spoilage

    Bumble Bee tuna recall affects 5-ounce cans of tuna that may not have been sealed properly, leaving them vulnerable to spoilage. So far, no illnesses have been reported as a result of the Bumble Bee tuna recall. 

  • Fox Sports channel to compete with ESPN. Is that possible?

    Fox Sports 1 will launch in August with the hopes of taking on ESPN in the 24-hour sports market. There's a lot of money to be made in cable sports, but competing directly with the World Wide Leader will be a tall order for the new Fox network. 

  • Second sinkhole appears. Does your insurance cover sinkholes?

    Second sinkhole that appeared just miles away from the Tampa sinkhole that swallowed a home last week begs the question: Does home insurance cover sinkholes? 

  • Meet the nine richest self-made women

    Forbes has released its annual billionaires list, and nestled among the usual suspects were women who have made or helped make their own fortunes, in industries ranging from television to real estate to clothing. These are the nine richest self-made women on Forbes 2013 Billionaires List.  

  • Easter candy recall: Chocolate eggs may contain salmonella

    Easter candy recall involves cases of Zachary Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Eggs sold in five states. No illnesses have been reported as a result of the Easter candy recall.

  • Car logos quiz

    Car logos are everywhere. But can you identify them out of context? Test your brand knowledge with this 20-image quiz. 

  • Home sales: Is a 'seller's market' pending? (+video)

    Pending home sales and existing home sales are rising, which is shrinking the inventories of available homes. Some experts are now saying the unthinkable: A seller's market is pending. 

  • USPS clothing line: Dress like the mailman? (+video)

    USPS clothing line focusing on outerwear for men will launch in spring 2014, with plans for a women's line to follow. The USPS clothing line isn't the cash-strapped Postal Service's first foray into fashion. 

  • Valentine's Day: Is dating at work a good idea?

    Valentine's Day may have some people looking for love in the office. That can be a good thing, but it comes with huge risks. Here are some guidelines for pursuing a workplace romance this Valentine's Day. 

  • State of the Union 2013: A step forward on housing?

    President Obama's State of the Union address included a proposal to extend refinancing to a wider section of homeowners, giving the economy a boost. But such proposals have languished before, so this time Mr. Obama may resort to executive action. 

  • Drugs in sports: Who is winning the doping war?

    As scientists close the gap on doping detection, athletes bent on cheating can still game the system. Stricter enforcement from league authorities is critical to redeeming sports scandalized by doping – cycling, baseball, and potentially the NFL.

  • Monopoly game piece: in with the cat, out with the iron (+video)

    Monopoly fans picked the cat as the newest game piece and jettisoned the iron, which received the lowest number of votes on the game's Facebook page. The cat game piece will debut on Monopoly boards this summer.

  • Free pancakes at IHOP: everything you need to know (+video)

    Free pancakes at IHOP are being given away all day for the chain's eighth annual National Pancake Day, in exchange for a suggested charitable donation. IHOP will donate the proceeds from National Pancake Day to Children's Miracle Network and other children's charities. 

  • Super Bowl XLVII: Is the NFL next for a PED scandal?

    Super Bowl XLVII week's strangest story involved Ray Lewis and something called 'Deer Antler Spray.' It sounds silly, but the incident could hint at serious future questions for the NFL following Super Bowl XLVII.

  • Super Bowl: Are 49ers or Ravens more ad-friendly? (+video)

    The Super Bowl is as much about the commercials as it is the football. So which Superbowl team would be better in a commercial: the Baltimore Ravens or the San Francisco 49ers?

  • Super Bowl XLVII super stats: chicken wings, avocados, and HDTVs

    Super Bowl XLVII will be watched by more people than ever before, and they're buying millions of televisions and preparing lots of food to mark the occasion. Here's a look at the mind-boggling stats for Super Bowl XLVII's TV audience. 

  • Top 5 greatest Super Bowl ads

    In addition to football, Super Bowl XLVII will bring a new crop of ads to rate, discuss, and chuckle over Monday morning. But while several Super Bowl ads hold our attention for hours or days, very few stand the test of time. Here are five that do, from special frogs to an iconic ad from a master director. Can you guess which ad took the (highly subjective) top spot? Did we miss your all-time favorite?

  • In Gear Toyota recall: 1.3 million vehicles for rogue airbags, faulty wiper blades

    Toyota recall affects 1.3 million vehicles, mostly in the United States. Corollas with airbags that may deploy accidentally and Lexus sedans with faulty wiper blades are involved in the latest Toyota recall. 

  • Lance Armstrong confesses. Can Livestrong survive? (+video)

    Lance Armstrong’s story and image used to be the Livestrong foundation’s greatest fundraising asset. Now it’s a liability. Can Livestrong go on without Lance? 

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