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California Adds Sales Tax To Internet Sales

New law targets Amazon.com and other out-of-state retailers

California has become the seventh state to tax out-of-state online sales...

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Don't Leave the Sunscreen at Home This Weekend

Environmental group reviews 57 more sunscreen products

Just in time for the July 4th weekend, there's more information from the Environmental Working Group (EWG) about which sunscreens offer the best protection...

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Google Exposes Government Demands for Personal Information

Consumers worry about advertisers, but government spying is on the rise too

While consumers tend to worry more about advertisers tracking their Web surfing, a new report finds that government surveillance of Americans is also on th...

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Chevy Impalas Burn Through Tires, Suit Charges

GM recalled 2007-8 Impalas used as police cars but ignored others

A federal class action claims General Motors' 2007-8 Chevrolet Impalas have defective rear spindle rods that cause wheel misalignment and premature tire we...

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Suit Charges AOL Worked Around Privacy Controls to Stalk Consumers

Says companies repurposed Adobe Flash when consumers disabled cookies

A federal class action demands that AOL stop intruding on millions of people's privacy by tracking their Web browsing and selling the information to third-...

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Retailers Stunned By Fed's Final 'Swipe Fee' Decision

Fed raises cap from 12 to 21 cents

The Federal Reserve has raised the cap on the debit card swipe fee from 12 cents to 21 cents...

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What's On Your Mind? Polaroid, Sprint, Fios

Our daily look at consumer reviews

Here is what's on consumer's minds today: Polaroid, Sprint, Fios, Holding cell phone companies accountable, Glitch and No relief....

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Sinus Sufferers Protest Proposed Sudafed Snooping

California wants to keep track of all those pill-popping snifflers

Anyone who suffers from occasional or, as is more common, chronic sinus congestion already knows the drill only too well. Because the primary ingredient in...

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What Ever Happened To MySpace?

Social networking site reportedly going for fire sale price

News Corp. is reportedly selling MySpace for $35 million...

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Credit Card Scam Targets Hotel Guests

Someone calls your room and asks you to confirm your card number

Don't let this keep you awake at night, but it's worth remembering that while you're snoozing, scam artists are wide awake, thinking up new ones to separat...

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Reps. Frank, Paul Introduce Marijuana Legalization Bill

Legislation would end federal prohibitions against marijuana use and production

They don't have much in common but Barney Frank and Ron Paul agree on one thing: marijuana laws should be set at the state, not federal level....

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Pending Home Sales Jump In May

It's another hopeful sign, but probably not a turnaround

Pending home sales rose more than expected in May...

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Michigan Attorney General Targets Medical Marijuana Law

Says it sanctions criminal activity

Michigan's attorney general says he plans to push for changes in the state's medical marijuana law...

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Infiniti G35, Nissan 350Z Recalled

Clutch may cause car to move unintentionally

Nissan is recalling about 200 Infiniti G35s from the 2003-2004 model years and 350Zs from the 2003-2005 model years.  The cars may have an oversized c...

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Purina Recalls Dry Cat Food in Three States

Cat Chow, Friskies Grillers may be contaminated with Salmonella

Nestlé Purina PetCare Company (NPPC) is voluntarily recalling approximately 870 bags of dry cat food shipped to Colorado, Idaho and Oregon. This is ...

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Physicians Dropping More Privately Insured Patients

Doctors increasingly turning down private health insurance plans

Researchers say U.S. doctors appear reluctant to accept new patients with private insurance...

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Evergreen Produce Alfalfa Sprouts May Contain Salmonella

At least 20 cases of illness reported so far

The Food and Drug Administration FDA is warning consumers not to eat alfalfa sprouts or spicy sprouts from plastic bags labeled “Evergreen Produce” or “Eve...

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Google Offers May Deal Groupon a Bad Hand

Search giant prepares to invade the daily deals market

Groupon, LivingSocial and other daily deal sites may be dealt out of the game if their newest competitor keeps upping the ante....

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West Virginia Sues 'Modeling Agency'

Photographer, supposed agent made big promises but suit says he didn't deliver

Citing numerous complaints of failure to deliver photographs, portfolios, modeling jobs, a pageant, and other services to customers, West Virginia Attorney...

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Credit Agency to Pay $1.8 Million for Privacy Violations

Company sold private information for marketing purposes

Teletrack, Inc. has agreed to pay $1.8 million to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it sold credit reports to marketers, in violation of the Fai...

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Cloud Site Dropbox Drops the Ball

Popular data storage site accidentally unlocked users' accounts, suit charges

The Dropbox data hosting service introduced a bug that unlocked its 25 million users' accounts and data for everyone to see, a class claims in California's...

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Cable Boxes Consume 'Startling' Amount Of Electricity

U.S. boxes consume annual output of nine power plants

A new study says cable and satellite TV set-top boxes are among the biggest energy users in your home...

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Illinois Sues Heart Check America

Says firm sells medical imaging many patients don't need

A firm that markets medical imaging scams is being accused of using high pressure to sell long-term imaging contracts that many patients don't need....

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Android Smartphones Have Highest Failure Rate, Blackberry the Lowest

Too many manufacturers, not enough oversight, spells hardware trouble for Androidf

A study finds what many smartphone addicts already know but may not want to admit: Androids have a much higher rate of hardware problems than their competi...

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Kids Face Heightened Identity Theft Threats in Summer

More time online means more opportunities for foul play

Now that summer is in full-swing, many children are spending extra hours in front of a computer or on their cell phone with Internet access. Unfortunately,...

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Study Calls Menthol Cigarette Marketing 'Predatory'

Stanford researchers claim menthol smokes pushed hard in minority communities

Stanford researchers claim tobacco companies target minority teens with menthol cigarettes...

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What's On Your Mind? State Farm Insurance, Premier Savings, Cuisinart

Our daily look at consumer reviews

Here is what's on consumer's minds today: State Farm Insurance, Premier Savings, Cuisinart, Paying to be rejected, Hot coffee and Counting pesos....

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Ford Takes a Tumble, Toyota Surges Back in J.D. Power Survey

Complex infotainment systems, fuel-saving technology confuse consumers

Ford slipped and Toyota recovered somewhat in the latest J.D. Power and Associates survey that tracks buyer satisfaction with new cars and trucks....

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FCC Seeks $12 Million in Fines Against Crammers

Companies sell services most customers never use and don't know they have

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is proposing fines totaling nearly $12 million against four companies that allegedly charged thousands of custo...

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Ice Cream Shops in Meltdown Over Fox 5 Report

D'Lites Emporium sues after being inducted into "Hall of Shame"

A dispute over "overrun" - the air pumped into ice cream - has led a franchisee of a low-calorie ice cream chain to accuse Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. and ...

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Report: Congress To Consider End Of Marijuana Ban

Bi-partisan bill expected today

Political odd couple plan to introduce legalization bill...

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AAA Gets Ready to Handle Stalled Electric Vehicles

Auto club is deploying fast-charging EV trucks

AAA has for decades been the first choice of many motorists when they have a flat tire or dead battery. Now the nationwide motorist service organization i...

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The IUD: Safe After All?

Gynecologists now recommend it for healthy women

The IUD has on an official recommendation from a gynecologists group....

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Suit: Payday Lenders Conspire to Forge Checks on Consumers' Accounts

Defendants steal money "from those who need it most," suit charges

A federal class action claims Internet payday lenders EDebitPay and Platinum Online Group take information from loan applicants "and use it to forge checks...

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Mystery Ingredient In Coffee Protects Against Alzheimer's

Coffee has powers other caffeinated beverages don't

Researchers are trying to figure out why coffee seems to help prevent Alzheimer's disease...

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Vehicle Theft Worst In California, Survey Finds

State has eight of top ten vehicle theft cities

California leads the nation in car theft, according to a new study...

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Former Taylor, Bean CEO Gets 40 Months

$2.9 billion fraud scheme led to failure of major mortgage lender

The former CEO of Taylor, Bean & Whitaker (TBW), was sentenced today to 40 months in prison for his role in a more than $2.9 billion fraud scheme that cont...

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Suit Blames Toyota 'Smart Key' for Carbon Monoxide Death

Woman left her car idling and was asphyxiated in her apartment

A woman blames Toyota for her daughter's death by carbon monoxide poisoning, because its Smart Key system let her Lexus keep running silently without a key...

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Synthetic Fat Substitutes Might Make You Gain Weight

Researchers say they confuse the body, causing you to eat more

Researchers say synthetic fat substitutes like Olestra might make you gain even more weight...

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Graphic Warnings Intended to Scare Smokers Into Quitting

All cigarette packs and advertising will soon display the gruesome images

Graphic Warnings Intended to Scare Smokers Into Quitting. All cigarette packs and advertising will soon display the gruesome images...

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Consumers Cautioned About Credit Insurance

Maryland Attorney General calls it 'overpriced'

Maryland's Attorney General has cautioned consumers about credit insurance, calling it notoriously overpriced...

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What's On Your Mind? Ethanol, Jenn-Air, Sally Hanson Nail Polish

Our daily look at consumer reviews

Here is what's on consumer's minds today: Ethanol, Jenn-Air, Sally Hanson Nail Polish, Breaking glass, Extremely fine print and An inspection could save yo...

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New Safety Standards Outlaw Drop-Side Cribs

U.S. hadn't updated crib safety standards for 30 years

New Safety Standards Outlaw Drop-Side Cribs. U.S. hadn't updated crib safety standards for 30 years...

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Study: Portable Pools Pose Drowning Risk

Most accidents occur at child's home

A study in the journal Pediatrics warns that portable backyard pools are a growing danger to children...

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What's On Your Mind? Enterprise, Hydroxatone, Comfort Inn

Our daily look at consumer reviews

Here is what's on consumer's minds today: Enterprise, Hydroxatone, Comfort Inn, Even death doesn't end the contract and Modification mirage....

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Using More Olive Oil May Cut Stroke Risk

But people who use olive oil may just eat healthier food

A French study suggests consuming more olive oil cuts the risk of stroke...

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Levaquin Lawsuits: Inadequate Warning of Tendon Damage

The risk of injury triples in older consumers, lawsuits charge

Levaquin Lawsuits Charge Manufacturer Didn't Adequately Warn of Tendon Damage. The risk of injury triples in older consumers, lawsuits charge...

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U.S. Fidelis Founders Facing Hard Time

Missouri brings criminal charges against bankrupt brothers

U.S. Fidelis Founders Facing Hard Time. Missouri brings criminal charges against bankrupt brothers...

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Don't Fall For Cell Phone Radiation Scams

Best solution is to talk less, use the speakerphone feature

Don't Fall For Cell Phone Radiation Scams Best solution is to talk less, use the speakerphone feature ...

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Scam Artists Discover the MoneyPak

Consumers being swindled when they give out their MoneyPak number

Scam Artists Discover the MoneyPak. Consumers being swindled when they give out their MoneyPak number...

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FDA Warns of Heart Attack Risk for Chantix Users

Smoking-cessation drug is effective but carries some risk

FDA Warns of Heart Attack Risk for Chantix Users. Smoking-cessation drug is effective but carries some risk...

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Coming Soon: TV You Can Smell

Researchers say they added smell to the senses media can stimulate

Researchers says they have proven it is possible to coordinate smells with TV programs...

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2011 Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep Models Recalled

Rivet may be missing from steering column

2011 Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep Models Recalled. Rivet may be missing from steering column...

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What's On Your Mind? Cub Cadet, Barnes & Noble, State Farm

Our daily look at consumer reviews

Here is what's on consumer's minds today: Cub Cadet, Barnes & Noble, State Farm, When a gift card isn't enough and Privileged information....

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Foreclosure Filings Hit Four-Year Low

But the housing crisis is far from over

The number of foreclosure filings in May hit its lowest level in four years...

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A New Way to Find a Parking Space

Streetline's "Parker" is a free parking app (not a free-parking app)

A New Way to Find a Parking Space Streetline's "Parker" is a free parking app (not a free-parking app)...

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Lawyers Seek to Tie Zoloft to Birth Defects

Studies have shown the popular antidepressant carries a slight risk of malformations

Lawyers Seek to Tie Zoloft to Birth Defects. Studies have shown the popular antidepressant carries a slight risk of malformations....

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Lower Gas Prices Keep May Inflation Down

But core rates rises at fastest pace in three years

The May inflation rate looks tame, until you look more closely...

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Target Expands Recall of Child Booster Seats

Restraint buckle can open unexpectedly

Target Expands Recall of Child Booster Seats Restraint buckle can open unexpectedly ...

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A New Wrinkle In Fake Payday Loan Scam

Copy cat scammer claims to be police officer threatening arrest

The fake payday loan scam continues, and is attracting copy cats...

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What's On Your Mind? Verizon Wireless, Sears, Expedia

Our daily look at consumer reviews

Here is what's on consumer's minds today: Verizon Wireless, Sears, Expedia, Out in the cold, Your word against theirs and online travel sites....

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Latest Scam Email Claims to be From the FBI

Recipients are instructed to send $350 immediately

Latest Scam Email Claims to be From the FBI. Recipients are instructed to send $350 immediately....

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Formaldehyde Added to List of Carcinogens

Chemical industry opposes action, which has been pending for years

Formaldehyde Added to List of Carcinogens. Chemical industry opposes action, which has been pending for years...

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Study: Doctors Prescribe Too Many Drugs

Fewer drugs would save lives and money, researchers say

Researchers say Americans would live longer and save money by taking fewer drugs...

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Fixing A Big Company's Mistake Is Rarely Simple

One consumer's descent into customer service hell

When a big company makes a mistakes, it can be nearly impossible to find someone who can resolve it....

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CitiGroup Presssed for More Answers on Data Breach

Connecticut attorney general says company has "failed to explain" the incident

CitiGroup Presssed for More Answers on Data Breach Connecticut attorney general says company has "failed to explain" the incident...

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Not All Sunscreens Are Created Equal

Using the wrong sunscreen can result in sunburn, or worse

Not All Sunscreens Are Created Equal. Using the wrong sunscreen can result in sunburn, or worse...

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What's On Your Mind? Time Warner, Michigan Bulb Company, Sirius

Our daily look at consumer reviews

Here is what's on consumer's minds today: Time Warner, Michigan Bulb Company, Sirius, Late Spring, Put the debit card away and Play hardball....

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Five Bad Ideas for Father's Day

There are lots of things Dad will like. Here are some he won't.

Five Bad Ideas for Father's Day. There are lots of things Dad will like. Here are some he won't....

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Study: Just Working Longer Not Enough To Cover Retirement Expenses

Some people might have to work into their 80s

A new study finds that working past age 65 won't be enough for most people to cover the costs of retirement....

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Walmart Express Makes Its Debut

Smaller stores go after dollar stores, convenience outlets

Walmart Express Makes Its Debut Smaller stores go after dollar stores, mom-and-pop convenience outlets ...

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Richmond Students Charge Medical Tech School Is a 'Sham'

Lawsuit says school lures students with promises of jobs but fails to deliver

Richmond Students Charge Medical Tech School Is a 'Sham' Lawsuit says school lures students with promises of jobs but fails to deliver...

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Bad Apples: USDA Finds Pesticide Residues

Grapes, strawberries also make the "Dirty Dozen" list

Bad Apples: USDA Finds Pesticide Residues Grapes, strawberries also make the "Dirty Dozen" list...

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While Real Estate Declines, Timeshare Sales 'Hold Steady'

But resales by individual owners may be another matter entirely

The timeshare industry says sales of units are steady, but individual owners are literally giving their units away...

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Scientists Find Genes Related To Migraine Headaches

Second study finds migraine treatment still lacking

Researchers report a promising discovery about migraine headaches, but another study suggests patients and doctors need better communication....

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P&G Settles Pampers Suit With Token Payment to Parents

Parents get $1,000, lawyers get $2.7 million, P&G insists parents were wrong

P&G Settles Pampers Suit With Token Payment to Parents Parents get $1,000, lawyers get $2.7 million, P&G insists parents were wrong...

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New Energy Efficiency Standards Should Save Consumers 'Billions'

New regional standards make air conditioners, furnaces, heat pumps more efficient

New Energy Efficiency Standards Should Save Consumers 'Billions' New regional standards make air conditioners, furnaces, heat pumps more efficient...

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Researchers Find Brain Receptor that Responds to Nicotine

Targeting the receptor could reduce weight gain after the smoke clears

Researchers Find Brain Receptor that Responds to Nicotine Targeting the receptor could reduce weight gain after the smoke clears...

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Sitting Is As Unhealthy As Smoking, Study Says

Cardiologists say body doesn't work as well after long periods in a chair

A new study from the American College of Cardiology says prolonged sitting is as unhealthy as smoking cigarettes....

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Feds Close Down JCT Motor Coach

Bus company an "imminent hazard," Transportation Department charges

Feds Close Down JCT Motor Coach Bus company an "imminent hazard," Transportation Department charges ...

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IRS Revokes Tax-Exempt Status of 275,000 Organizations

Contributions to the organizations will no longer be deductible

IRS Revokes Tax-Exempt Status of 275,000 Organizations Contributions to the organizations will no longer be deductible...

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Publishers Clearing House Warns of Sweepstakes Scams

Sweepstakes "winners" should never send money to "claim their prize"

Publishers Clearing House says scammers are increasingly using its name in fake sweepstakes schemes....

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Groupon Expands Location-Based Deals to Five More Cities

Boston, LA, Phoenix, Seattle, DC can now access same-day-only deals

Groupon Expands Location-Based Deals to Five More Cities Boston, LA, Phoenix, Seattle, DC can now access same-day-only deals...

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Ford Misrepresented Its SYNC Navigation System, Suit Claims

Chicago lawyer wanted voice-activated option but didn't get it

Ford Misrepresented Its SYNC Navigation System, Suit Claims. Chicago lawyer wanted voice-activated option but didn't get it...

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Study: Chevy, Nissan Models Most Deadly In Crashes

But electronic stability control appears to make vehicles more survivable

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has released its report on the most deadly vehicles in a crash....

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Citigroup Is Latest Big Company Hit By Hackers

Attack happened last month; company is just getting around to warning its customers

Citigroup has disclosed that hackers breached its security last month....

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Don't Look Now, But Gas Prices Are Headed Higher Again

Oil traders see shortages ahead

Oil prices soared Wednesday after OPEC members failed to reach a new agreement on production quotas....

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New Jersey Sues Travel Company Owner (Again)

Charged a second time with deceptive marketing prices

The State of New Jersey has filed a second lawsuit against the operator of a vacation package company....

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What's On Your Mind? Grasshopper, Target, Verizon, Vizio

Our daily look at consumer reviews

Here is what's on consumer's minds today: Grasshopper, Target, Verizon, Vizio, Our mistake, but your loss and More transparency, please....

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Senate Refuses to Delay Debit-Card Swipe Fee Cap

"A dark day" for banks but perhaps a bright one for consumers and retailers

Senate Deals Big Banks a Setback, Refuses to Delay Debit-Card Swipe Fee Cap. "A dark day" for banks but perhaps a bright one for consumers and retailers....

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Pfizer Suspends Sale of Arsenic-Containing Animal Drug

3-Nitro has been used by poultry producers since the 1940s

Pfizer Suspends Sale of Arsenic-Containing Animal Drug. 3-Nitro has been used by poultry producers since the 1940s....

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FCC Set to Regulate Loudness of TV Commercials

Consumers have complained for more than 50 years about loud commercials

FCC Set to Regulate Loudness of TV Commercials. Consumers have complained for more than 50 years about loud commercials....

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Study: Dieters Duped By Food Names

Clever marketers can make their products sound healthier

Researchers say people seeking a healthy diet put too much faith in a food product's name....

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Facebook Weighs In Behind AT&T

Joins Microsoft, Yahoo, rural interests and organized labor in supporting T-Mobile takeover

Facebook Weighs In Behind AT&T Joins Microsoft, Yahoo, rural interests and organized labor in supporting T-Mobile takeover ...

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What's On Your Mind? Michaels, Verizon, Polaroid

Our daily look at consumer reviews

Here is what's on consumer's minds today: Michaels, Verizon, Polaroid, Danny got scammed, Small charges add up and Smokin' TV....

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Obesity Vaccine Reduces Food Consumption In Tests

Gave lab mice more energy, made them less hungry

Researchers in Portugal say they have developed a vaccine that makes obese people eat less....

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A Birth Control Pill For Men?

Columbia researchers say they are close

Researchers say they are closing in on a birth control pill for men....

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Banks Hyperventilate at Possible Loss of $16 Billion in DebitCardFees

Last-minute Congressional arm-twisting may yet pull the banks' fat from the fire

Banks Hyperventilate at Possible Loss of $16 Billion in Debit Card Swipe Fees. Last-minute Congressional arm-twisting may yet pull the banks' fat from the...

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Critics: New For-Profit College Regulation Not Enough

Nearly half of all for-profit college students default on their loans

Critics: New For-Profit College Regulation Not Enough. Nearly half of all for-profit college students default on their loans ...

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Things To Consider Before Getting A Student Loan

Rule #1: Student loans are not dischargeable in bankruptcy

In an uncertain economy, a bankruptcy attorney urges caution in taking out student loans....

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Another Study Links BPA With Lower Fertility

Indian researchers present findings to Endocrine Society

Indian researchers say they have found evidence that bisphenol A (BPA) reduces fertility in mice....

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Florida Homeowners Foreclose On Bank Of America

The ultimate 'man bites dog' story

Florida couple forecloses on Bank of America branch for wrongly initiating foreclosure on their home....

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Privacy Groups Profit From Google Buzz Settlement

Class-action settlement rewards groups that work for privacy, freedom of expression

Privacy Groups Profit From Google Buzz Settlement Class-action settlement rewards groups that work for privacy, freedom of expression...

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House Panel Unwinds Some Tobacco Oversight

Pediatricians protest as politicians limit FDA's power

The House Appropriations Committee has voted to limit the FDA's power....

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Sony Hacked Again -- This Time it's SonyPictures.com

More than 1 million consumers' records were stored in plain text, hackers say

Sony Hacked Again -- This Time it's SonyPictures.com/ More than 1 million consumers' records were stored in plain text, hackers say....

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Gas Prices Change Direction This Week

Average price moved up when prices surged in the Midwest

The average gas price moved up a bit this week after prices surged in the Midwest....

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European "Super Bug" May Have Traveled To U.S.

Virulent E. coli has killed at least 18 people in Europe

There are reports that a nasty E. coli bug that hit Europe has made its way to America....

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What's On Your Mind? La-Z-Boy, Maytag, Mexicana

How long is a lifetime guarantee?

Here is what's on consumer's minds today: La-Z-Boy, Maytag, Mexicana, What's wrong with refrigerators, Same as cash and Bank Of America....

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Sony PlayStation Network Back Online

Massive security breach affected more than 100 million accounts

Sony PlayStation Network Back Online Massive security breach affected more than 100 million accounts...

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For-Profit Colleges Face Tougher Aid Rules

Government to require performance standards for graduates

The government has adopted tougher rules that may cut the amount of student aid flowing to for-profit colleges and universities....

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Ice Cream Fans Suffer Melt-Down Over 'All Natural' Claims

Class action accuses Ben & Jerry's, Breyers of misleading customers

Ice Cream Fans Suffer Melt-Down Over 'All Natural' Claims. Class action accuses Ben & Jerry's, Breyers of misleading customers...

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Law School Grads Sue Their Alma Mater

Unemployed and deeply in debt, jobless lawyers say they were misled

Law School Grads Sue Their Alma Mater. Unemployed and deeply in debt, jobless lawyers say they were misled...

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New Medicare Scam Targets Part B Participants

Seniors should be leery of promise of free glucose meter

The attorney general of Nevada is warning seniors about a new Medicare scam....

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What's On Your Mind? Michaels, Timeshare Solutions, VistaPrint

Our daily look at consumer reviews

Here is what's on consumer's minds today: Michaels, Timeshare Solutions, VistaPrint, Empty promises, A satisfied customer and Check's in the mail....

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