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Lighted Christmas Trees sold on QVC being recalled for Fire Danger

Ready Shape Scottsdale Tree with Never Fail Lights stands 6.5-foot tall and 7.5-foot tall models being recalled - CPSC

(Best Syndication News) - Around 15,500 artificially lit Christmas trees are being recalled because the tree base could overheat, which might lead to a fire. The distributor, Bethlehem Lights of Taunton, Mass., sold their trees exclusively through QVC. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced the voluntary recall today.

The recall was announced after QVC received 30 reports of the tree base overheating, melting, and smoking. The company did not receive any reports of personal injury.

QVC sold the trees between July 2011 and November 2011. The 6.5-foot tree sold for $320 and the 7.5-foot tree sold for $398.

Honda FourTrax ATV recall announced for Repair

American Honda’s FourTrax All-Terrain Vehicle recall announced -CPSC

(Best Syndication News) - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced the voluntary recall of American Honda’s FourTrax All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV). The recall was announced to repair a weld that could come apart on the ATV’s front right and left upper suspension arms. If the weld separates, the driver could lose control of the ATV and potentially crash.

American Honda knows of 10 reports of the ATVs’ suspension arm weld breaking. One report caused the rider to sprain their wrist.

Around 19,500 of the American Honda FourTrax All-Terrain Vehicles (ATV) are involved in the recall. This is an expanded recall, which includes ATVs that were previously recalled in February 2012. The recalled units were sold at Honda ATV dealers nationwide between September 2011 and November 2012. They retailed between $5,100 and $7,600.

Current Mortgage Rates Today – Citibank and KeyBank among lenders raising loans

15-Year FRM

(Best Syndication News) Mortgage interest rates continued to move higher despite a stumble in the equity markets (see the mortgage rate charts below). JPMorgan Chase, SunTrust, Citigroup, and KeyBank were among the banks raising their loan products.

Benchmarks

Markets in the United States were only open for half the day but that didn’t stop a quick sell-off. Most of the economic news last week was positive, but the fiscal cliff uncertainty continued to put downward pressure on the equity markets.

DIRECTV Customers can now watch STARZ PLAY and ENCORE PLAY Online

screenshot of Starz Play

(Best Syndication News) - Starz Entertainment launched STARZ PLAY and ENCORE PLAY online support for DIRECTV customers on December 21, 2012. DIRECTV customers who subscribe to STARZ and ENCORE will be able to enjoy the online service at no additional cost.

The service was previously only available to COX and AT&T U-verse TV subscribers. Dish Network, Verizon, and Xfinity presently have other online-viewing options available for STARZ or ENCORE.

Current Mortgage Rates Today – Loans slide at SunTrust and JPMorgan Chase

Conventional Rate Graph

(Best Syndication News) Mortgage interest rates slipped today as lenders reacted to descending benchmarks (see the mortgage rate charts below). Bank of America, KeyBank, SunTrust, and JPMorgan Chase lowered their conventional loan rates.

Benchmarks

Lack of progress on the fiscal cliff issue produced a sell-off on Wall Street Friday. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner was unable to rally support for his Plan-B which would have raised taxes on those making over $1 million. His fellow Republicans balked at the idea of raising taxes before they went home for the Christmas break.

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