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Holiday season scam activity is up 129 percent

A survey finds fake charity scams are the most effective

If you’ve received a phone call from an obvious scammer this holiday season, you’re in good company. A new report by First Orion shows scam calls are up 12...

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Twitter contacts users about security flaw

Country codes of some users’ associated phone numbers may have been leaked

Twitter has notified some users that a bug may have exposed their personal data.Those affected had an associated phone number on their account. The dat...

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Housing starts surged in November

But apartment construction accounts for most of the increase

The Commerce Department reports housing starts surged 3.2 percent in November, a report that would appear to suggest a reversal in the recent housing marke...

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Mercedes-Benz recalls E450 and E63S wagons

The tailgate spoiler may detach while the vehicle is moving

Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) is recalling 16 model year 2019 E450 4Matic and E63S AMG wagons.The vehicles have a tailgate mounted spoiler that may not be...

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Facebook bug may have exposed users’ photos

Apps may have accessed millions of pictures not intended to be shared

Facebook has once again notified users that some things not meant to be shared might have been accessed anyway because of a system bug.In this case, Fa...

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Police warn of new Netflix email phishing scam

An illegitimate email claims users need to update their payment method

Authorities are warning Netflix customers about a new scam that’s making the rounds, in which scammers attempt to extract users’ personal information via e...

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The top 10 ecommerce trends for 2019

Consumers may have to start paying for shipping when they make a return

Consumers increasingly rely on the internet to make purchases, but ecommerce continues to evolve. Some of those changes may benefit consumers in the months...

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California drops proposal to tax text messages

Regulators said a recent FCC ruling prevents the state from adding a texting surcharge

California regulators have dropped their proposal to levy a surcharge on text messages made by state residents. The California Public Utilities Commission...

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Arguments with coworkers can affect your sleep

A study shows office tensions can cause consumers’ partners to struggle at night too

For many consumers, the majority of the day is spent in the company of coworkers. Whether it’s at lunch or during meetings, time spent with colleagues can...

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What phone apps say they do isn’t always true

Battery drainers, click frauders, and data scrapers continue their evil ways

If this holiday season is anything like 2017’s, more than 400 million folks will be unwrapping phones. And what’s the first thing that people do with a new...

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Window shade safety standards take effect Saturday

Cords must be removed or be very short to prevent strangulation risk to children

New safety standards for window coverings take effect this weekend. They are aimed at reducing strangulation hazards to children, a threat the Consumer Pro...

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T-Mobile/Sprint merger faces new challenge

A consumer and labor coalition announces its opposition

A proposal to merge T-Mobile and Sprint is facing new opposition as a group of consumer groups, labor unions, and industry associations have formed the 4Co...

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The worst passwords of 2018

Using a weak password can render consumer data more susceptible to hacking

After evaluating more than 5 million leaked passwords from recent breaches, software company SplashData was able to compile its annual list of the Top 100...

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Gas prices fell to a new 2018 low this week

But the low prices may not last very long in 2019

Gas prices are giving consumers a Christmas bonus heading into the holidays, as it costs less to fill up this week than last week. In fact, gasoline prices...

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Model year 2019 RAM 1500 trucks recalled

The seat track sensor may be out of position

Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling 23 model year 2019 RAM 1500 trucks.The seat track position sensor on the manually-adjusted passenger seats may come...

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California considering taxing text messaging

State regulators say adding surcharges on text messaging will help sustain its Public Purpose Programs

California is considering enacting a tax for text messaging to help fund a program that makes telecommunications services available to low-income consumers...

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AT&T’s caller ID performs best in new study

Call Protect did the best job of telling which calls were spam

A test of caller ID services provided by AT&T;, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile found AT&T; did the best job of telling which incoming call was legitimate an...

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Google CEO testifies before Congress

The executive received tough questions from both Democrats and Republicans

After declining to appear before Congress earlier this year, it was Google CEO Sundar Pichai’s turn in the hot seat on Tuesday.Pichai testified before...

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Energy efficient homes can result in big savings, study finds

Consumers and builders have shied away from zero energy homes over concerns that they are more expensive upfront

Americans buying new solar panels may now be paying millions more on their initial purchase thanks to new tariffs, but that’s no reason to shy away from en...

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McDonald’s announces plan to cut antibiotic use

The fast food giant is aiming to prevent medically important antibiotics from being used in its beef supply chain

McDonald’s has unveiled its plans to reduce the use of antibiotics in its beef. The fast food chain said Tuesday that it will take two years to decide how...

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States join the war on illegal robocalls

Forty attorneys general join the FCC in pressing telecoms to block some calls

Attorneys General from 40 states are launching an initiative to reduce the number of robocalls made to consumers, many of which are promoting dangerous sca...

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Amboy Group recalls chicken breasts

The products may contain milk, egg and soy, allergens not declared on the label

Amboy Group of Woodbridge, N.J., is recalling an undetermined amount of raw boneless and skinless chicken breasts.The products may contain milk, egg an...

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Skip Hop recalls convertible high chairs

The legs on the highchair can detach from the seat

Skip Hop of New York is recalling about 41,000 Tuo convertible high chairs sold in the U.S. and Canada.The legs on the highchair can detach from the se...

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Uber files for initial public offering

The ride-hailing company is racing against its smaller rival, Lyft

On Thursday, Lyft confidentially filed for an initial public offering set to take place in March or April of 2019. The timing of Lyft’s filing put it ahead...

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Georgia seeks sales tax revenue from Uber

Ride-sharing firms don’t pay the tax cut taxi services do

The state of Georgia says Uber is not paying sales tax as required by state law and is seeking millions from the ride-sharing company.Uber says it beli...

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Big tobacco eyes cannabis industry and Juul

The parent company of Philip Morris is investing in a Canadian cannabis firm

When the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced last month that it would crack down on e-cigarette companies that sell their products online or in co...

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Romaine lettuce sickens nine more consumers

More illnesses have been reported in the E. coli outbreak tied to the product

The romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak first announced in October has sickened nine more people, bringing the total to 52 people across 15 states, the Center...

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Economy added 155,000 jobs in November

Jobless rate holds steady at 3.7 percent

Employers showed growing caution last month in managing their workforce. The Labor Department reports the economy added 155,000 jobs in November, below con...

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ELM Pet Foods recalls dry dog food

The products may contain elevated levels of Vitamin D

ELM Pet Foods is recalling Elm Chicken and Chickpea Recipe dog food that may contain elevated levels of Vitamin D, which when consumed at very high levels,...

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Lyft files confidential plans for IPO

The company filed for its initial public offering before its rival Uber

Lyft has confidentially filed for an initial public offering (IPO), the ride-hailing giant announced on Thursday. The company hasn’t determined how man...

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Consumers losing access to credit in 2018

The Fed reports that rejections of credit applications are rising

If you were recently rejected when you applied for a credit card this year, you have plenty of company.A report from the Federal Reserve Bank of New Yo...

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The IRS forewarns of new email phishing scams

The agency is happy to review any suspicious email a taxpayer receives

Merry Scam’mas!Yep, ‘tis the season to be victimized, and the identity-stealing elves are working overtime.In the last month alone, ConsumerAffairs...

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Honda recalls Civic Hatchbacks and Civic Type Rs

Information about using the child restraint anchorage system may be incorrect

American Honda Motor Inc., is recalling 7,016 model year 2017-2018 Honda Civic Hatchbacks and Civic Type Rs, whose owners guide may have incorrect informat...

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Kroger now selling food in Walgreens stores

Kroger Express will be in 13 drug stores by early 2019

Intense competition is causing non-related retailers to work together and, in many instances, making it easier for time-pressed consumers to shop. As an ex...

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JBS Tolleson expands raw beef recall

The products may be contaminated with Salmonella

JBS Tolleson of Tolleson, Ariz., is expanding its earlier recall of non-intact raw beef products by more than 5 million pounds -- to a total of roughly app...

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ANF Pet recalls dry dog food

The product may contain elevated levels of Vitamin D

ANF is recalling select products of ANF Pet Lamb and Rice Dog Food.The product may contain elevated levels of Vitamin D which, when consumed at very hi...

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Yokohama recalls RY023 tires

The tread may separate from the casing

Yokohama Tire Corporation is recalling 529 Yokohama RY023 tires, size 295/75R22.5 (14G), with DOT date code 2318.The rubber compound may be incorrect,...

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Sprout Creek Farm recalls Kinkead cheese

The product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Sprout Creek Farm of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., is recalling four wheels of Kinkead cheese made on May 10, 2018.The product may be contaminated with Listeria...

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Nexstar agrees to purchase Tribune Media

The deal would make Nexstar America’s largest broadcaster

Nexstar Media Group has agreed to purchase Tribune Media for $6.4 billion, a deal making it the largest broadcast operation in the U.S.The acquisition...

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Achdut recalls multiple brands of tahini

The products may be contaminated with Salmonella

Achdut LTD of Ariel, Israel, is recalling all packages and sizes of its tahini products produced from April 7 to May 21, 2018.The products may be conta...

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