All articles from Schuyler Velasco

  • Panera pay-what-you-want chili introduced in St. Louis stores

    Panera 'pay-what-you-want' turkey chili has been introduced in the café chain's St. Louis locations. The turkey chili entree is an extension of anti-hunger efforts for Panera, which already operates 'pay-what-you-want' community cafés in five major cities.  

  • Is one-click shopping too easy?

    Retailers, credit card firms,  and even Twitter are moving to one-click shopping. But in non-shopping Web environments, one-click shopping may be too 'friction-less' for consumers' own good.

  • Junk food fight heats up

    New York's big soda ban goes down, but the battle to regulate junk food is far from over. 

  • Home sales rise in February, but is the market really improving?

    As existing home sales continued their steady climb in February, low inventory is creating competitive markets in some parts of the country. But low prices and high demand aren't creating a rapid increase in home prices. What's wrong?

  • Top 10 secret menu fast foods

    Ten of the strangest, most innovative entrees you won't see on fast food menus – but can get anyway, if you ask. 

  • St. Patrick's Day: 10 green money facts you should know (+video)

    St. Patrick's Day is Sunday, March 17. Be prepared and impress your friends at the parade with these 10 money-related bits of St. Patrick's Day trivia.

  • Cat food recall hits 26 states. Are you affected?

    Cat food recall involving batches of three brands manufactured by Diamond Pet Foods affects cat owners in 26 states. So far, no cat illnesses have been reported as a result of the cat food recall. 

  • McDonald's launches yolk-free Egg McMuffin nationwide

    McDonald's has announced the Egg White Delight, a yolk-free version of the popular Egg McMuffin breakfast sandwich, to hit restaurants nationwide in late April. The Egg White Delight announcement comes as McDonald's tries to distance itself from competitors and reverse its fortunes after a month of slumping sales. 

  • 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.

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