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3M recalls room air purifiers due to fire hazard

BY Ken Clark

3M is recalling its Filtrete branded air purifiers. The company said the ion generator in the air purifiers can overheat, posing a fire hazard. 3M has received two incident reports: one of an air purifier overheating and another of an internal room air purifier filter catching fire. No injuries or property damage have been reported. 

The air purifiers are white, made of plastic and plug into the wall. They measure about 19 ins. tall by 8 ins. wide with a 13-in.-tall by 4.5-in.-wide air filter. They have a two-speed fan knob with Filtrete embossed on the top. The two recalled models are Ultra Quiet, number FAP00-RS, and Maximum Allergen, number FAP00-L, which was sold only at Lowe’s stores. The products serial numbers begin with E, F, G, H, I or J, and the model and serial numbers are located on the bottom of the product.

The FAP00-RS model was sold from November 2008 through January 2013, and the FAP00-L model was sold from October 2012 through January 2013, both for about $60.

 

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Q: Who will cut down the nets? A: Fiskars and Werner

BY Ken Clark

Fiskars, has joined with the National Collegiate Athletic Association for the fifth consecutive year to become the official net-cutting scissors during the 2013 NCAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships.

The tournament will also provide a stage for Werner, which is back as official ladder of the NCAA Basketball championship. The latter will be brought onto the floor for the winning team to cut down the nets, with the Fiskars scissors.

The list of sponsors for the tournament also includes Lowe’s, a Corporate Partner of the NCAA.

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New-home sales take unexpected dip in February

BY Ken Clark

Sales of new single-family houses in February 2013 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 411,000, according to estimates released jointly by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The rate is 4.6% below the revised January rate of 431,000, but is 12.3% above the February 2012 estimate of 366,000. 

The statistics came as a letdown after a big increase was reported for the month of January. Still, new-home sales are at a pace of 400,000 or higher for the second straight month. During all of 2012, the pace was under 400,000. 

The median sales price of new houses sold in February 2013 was $246,800; the average sales price was $313,700. The seasonally adjusted estimate of new houses for sale at the end of February was 152,000. This represents a supply of 4.4 months at the current sales rate.

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