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USDA Warns Ground Turkey May Be Contaminated with Salmonella

77 illnesses reported in 26 states; source has not yet been identified

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing a public health alert due to concerns about illnesses caused by&n...


Pharmacists Say CVS Fired Them, Protected Drug-Impaired Employee

Drug-addled pharmacy employee made mistakes, used drugs openly, suit alleges

Two pharmacists say CVS Pharmacy fired and defamed them to retaliate for their truthful complaints about a drug-addled employee who repeatedly screwed up p...


FDA Warns Birth Control Medicine Evital May Be Unsafe

Emergency “morning after” pill is unapproved and may not work

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning U.S. consumers not to use the emergency birth control medicine labeled as Evital. These products may...


Researchers: Blueberries May Help Fight Cancer

Small fruit continues to gain respect

Blueberries are getting new respect for their health benefits, including, researchers now say, their potential to protect against cancer. Studies by the U...


JetBlue Launches Unlimited Travel Plans from Boston, Long Beach

Three-month passes aimed at frequent business travelers

Perhaps feeling blue about reduced business travel during the summer months, JetBlue is introducing a three-month unlimited travel plan for passengers flyi...


'Free Trial' of Hydroxatone Gets Expensive, Suit Charges

Customers agree to pay $7.95, are then gouged for hundred dollars more, suit alleges

Atlantic Coast Media Group and Hydroxatone advertise a free trial for beauty products, then use information they get for the $7.95 "shipping and handling" ...


Fructose Linked To Heart Risks

Too much of the sweetener in the diet harmful, researchers say

Another study suggests too much fructose in the diet is bad for the heart...


What's On Your Mind? Delta,, Toyota

Our daily look at consumer reviews

Here is what's on consumer's minds today: Delta,, Toyota, Make sure you're cancelled and Absent airbags?...


Survey: Bank Customers Support Stronger Banking Regulation

Consumers favor making banks better disclose checking account terms

Nearly three-fourths of Americans with checking accounts support regulations that would require banks to better disclose the terms, conditions and fees ass...


Facebook Uses Ads to Alert Users to its Facial Recognition Program

Privacy organizations say the action doesn't go far enough; they want an opt-in process

In response to a letter from Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen, Facebook has agreed to run ads that link users to their privacy settings and show ...


Reassuring Findings in Study of Cell Phone Use by Children

But analysis of underlying data reveals "quite troubling" trends

A Scandinavian study finds that children who used cell phones regularly were no more likely to have been diagnosed with a brain tumor than those who didn't...


Judge Shuts Down 'Yellow Pages' Scam

European operation targeted small businesses, nonprofits in North America

A federal judge has temporarily shut down an alleged Yellow Pages scam that targeted small businesses and nonprofits, including churches, bilking them out ...


Apple Is Top Smartphone Manufacturer In U.S.

Android remains the most popular mobile platform

Apple makes and sells more smartphones than any company...


IRS Tells Airlines To Refund Ticket Tax To Consumers

Some airlines have already raised ticket prices by the tax amount

The IRS says consumers who bought airline tickets before last Friday for future travel should get a refund...


What's On Your Mind? Virgin Mobile, Sirius XM, Experian

Our daily look at consumer reviews

Here is what's on consumer's minds today: Virgin Mobile, Sirius XM, Experian, Lifetime may not always mean your lifetime and You can cancel, if you can fin...


JK Harris To Pay Refunds In West Virginia

State says company misled consumers about resolving their tax issues

West Virginia has secured refunds for consumers who paid JK Harris but got not tax help...


21 Children Die in Hot Cars So Far This Year

Feds step up efforts to warn parents not to leave children alone in cars

With record high temperatures nationwide and reports of 21 hyperthermia-related child deaths already this summer, the National Highway Traffic Safety Admin...


Senator Urges Regulators To Nix AT&T Merger With T-Mobile

Al Franken says merger would harm consumers

Senator Al Franken has publicly urged regulators to reject AT&T's bid to acquire T-Mobile...


McDonald's Makes Happy Meals Healthier

But will kids be happy with apple slices and fewer fries?

Under pressure from health advocates, McDonald's is making changes to its Happy Meal...


What's On Your Mind? Target, Monroe Power, Premier Bank Card

Our daily look at consumer reviews

Here is what's on consumer's minds today: Target, Monroe Power, Premier Bank Card, Buyer's remorse and Time to pull a credit report....


Walmart Begins Streaming Movies

Retailer makes third attempt to enter streaming market

Walmart has launched a movie streaming service...


Investors Warned About Chasing High Returns in Uncertain Times

Structured products, high-yield bonds and floating-rate loan funds can be risky

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) today issued an Investor Alert warning investors about putting their assets into riskier and sometimes ...


Food Labels May Have to Disclose Added Salt Water Content

Food processors inject solution to increase weight and, therefore, price

Customers used to accuse the neighborhood butcher of putting his thumb on the scale when weighing their purchases. But modern food processors have a bette...


New Software Can Help Spot Phony Reviews

A lie detector for the Internet?

Researchers at Cornell develop software that can spot phony Internet reviews...


What Does the Debt-Ceiling Fight Mean to You?

Political shenanigans in D.C. put your nest egg at risk

All right, pay attention a minute. Amy Winehouse died. Rupert's boys (and girls) behaved badly. JenLo may split from whoever she's married to. There's new ...


Because Of Congressional Inaction, Airline Tickets May Cost Less

Federal tax suspended as FAA remains in partial shutdown

The FAA remains in partial shutdown after Congress fails to reauthorize its budget...


Google Now Issuing Infected PC Warnings

Search can detect when computer is compromised

The hackers that have infected your computer want to modify your search results to highlight money-making pay-per-click sites instead of the sites Google w...


What's On Your Mind? Budget Rent A Car, Frozen Food, Staples

Our daily look at consumer reviews

Here is what's on consumer's minds today: Budget Rent A Car, Frozen Food, Staples, Fan mail, Groupon and Coupon? What Coupon?...


10 Things the New Consumer Financial Bureau Can Do Right Now

Some suggestions for the newly-hatched agency

The United States Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) officials begins work today. The new agency is charged exclusively with protecting American c...


Big Banks Wading Into Payday Loan Businesses

Sky-high interest turns short-term loans into long-term debt

It used to be that payday loans – the legal equivalent of loan-sharking – were something you got on the Internet or from some hole-in-the-wall...


Feds: Payday Lenders Tricked Borrowers Into Paying For a Debit Card

Judge orders Swish Marketing to pay $4.8 million

A federal court has ordered Swish Marketing Inc. to pay more than $4.8 million for tricking hundreds of thousands of payday loan applicants into paying for...


Refund Checks Being Mailed to Countrywide Customers

Mortgage company overcharged 450,000 homeowners, FTC charged

The Federal Trade Commission is mailing 450,177 refund checks worth almost $108 million to homeowners who were allegedly overcharged by Countrywide Home Lo...


Despite What You Read, Eating Raw Eggs Is Dangerous

Nutritionist says eating raw eggs not healthy

Eating raw eggs exposes you to risk of Salmonella, expert says...


What's On Your Mind? Diamond Resorts, Maytag, Strayer

Our daily look at consumer reviews

Here is what's on consumer's minds today: Diamond Resorts, Maytag, Strayer, Power of persuasion, Troublesome transfer and Foot in the door....


Visa, MasterCard Settle Antitrust Suit

Merchants will now be able to steer customers to lower-cost payment options

A federal judge today approved a settlement of antitrust charges against Visa and Mastercard that either will or won't increase competition among credit ca...


Feds Force Unsafe Buses, Trucks Off the Road

Violators being taken out of service until problems are corrected

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has shifted into high gear in its drive to get unsafe buses and trucks off the road. DOT said today that in the...


Frequent Falls May Be Early Alzheimer's Sign

In study, subjects with Alzheimer's indicators had more falls

Researchers have linked balance problems to early stage Alzheimer's disease...


What Are The Best Rewards Credit Cards?

There are a lot of things to consider, including annual fees

Financial website has listed the best rewards credit cards...


What's On Your Mind? Charmglow, BJs, Vertrue

Our daily look at consumer reviews

Here is what's on consumer's minds today: Charmglow, BJs, Vertrue, Disappearing rebate and Negative option primer....


New Jersey Travel Club Owner Arrested, Charged with Theft

Consumers paid for vacation packages that never materialized

Police have arrested the owner of numerous New Jersey vacation travel companies with a long history of consumer complaints. Daryl Turner, 39, of Cherry Hil...


Illinois Charges Woman Sold Ads in Non-Existent Magazines

Clients paid for ads that never appeared in magazines that didn't exist

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan today filed suit against a central Illinois woman for scamming consumers and businesses out of at least $17,000 for ...


Feds Halt Timeshare Resale Scam

Telemarketers claimed they had buyers lined up

A federal court has temporarily halted a telemarketing operation that targeted consumers trying to sell their timeshare properties. The defendants allegedl...


OnStar Available On All Cars Sunday

Security system is becoming an after-market product

OnStar will be available on all cars starting Sunday...


What's On Your Mind? Verizon Wireless,, Cash Yes

Our daily look at consumer reviews

Here is what's on consumer's minds today: Verizon Wireless,, Cash Yes, Let's see some ID and Expensive loan....


Hyundai No. 1 In Brand Loyalty Survey

Kia and Mini also show improvement

Hyundai claims top spot in Kelley Blue Book's customer loyalty survey...


Report Finds Meat Harmful to Health & the Environment

Food choices affect more than just health

The Environmental Working Group today released its groundbreaking Meat Eater’s Guide to Climate Change and Health, a tool that allows both consumers and ex...


Bank of America's Lawyer Plays Dirty, Suit Charges

Homeowners' lawyer alleges improper tactics by bank's attorney

An attorney who represents victims of illegal foreclosures and mortgage fraud claims a senior partner with the law firm Bryan Cave LLP who represents Bank ...


Scammers May Pose As Someone From Your Bank

Scheme is operating in North Carolina, perhaps other states

A new Vishing scam seeks to impersonate your bank...


DuPont Herbicide Kills Trees as Well as Weeds, Class Action Charges

Imprelis blamed for deaths of white pines, Norway spruce trees

A federal class action lawsuit claims DuPont pushes its Imprelis herbicide to kill broadleaf weeds, but it also kills spruce, pines and other evergreens, c...


Mortgage Modifications An Unforgiving Process

A typo can result in foreclosure

A homeowner tells how a misplaced digit may cause him to lose his home to foreclosure...


Court Rules TSA Adopted Body Scanners Improperly

Agency did not solicit public comment before imstalling whole-body scanners

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled yesterday (Friday) that the Transportation Security Agency (TSA) violated federal law when it installed body scanne...


FBI Breaks Up Internet Fraud Network Based in Romania

More than 100 arrests yesterday as agents continue 10-year crackdown

The FBI says it has broken up an Internet fraud scheme that defrauded victims in the United States and elsewhere of more than $10 million through fraudulen...


What's On Your Mind? Ticketmaster, Bank of America, Cambridge Credit Counseling

Our daily look at consumer reviews

Here's what's on consumers' minds today...


Asking For Zip Code with Credit Card Purchase May Be Illegal

Retailers may be going too far in gathering personal information

Retailers often ask customers making a credit card purchase to provide their zip code. The assumption is that the information is needed to confirm that the...


LivingSocial Adds 'Adventures' to Daily Deals Menu

Adventure packages will create "bigger and bolder" experience, company promises

Nine months after acquiring social adventure company Urban Escapes, daily deals giant LivingSocial today launched LivingSocial Adventures, a new service of...


Hearing Aid Business Booms as Population Ages

You can't trust ads or high-pressure salesmen pushing specific brands

We hear a lot lately about the aging of the Baby Boom generation, usually in the context of the strain all those old boomers are putting on Social Security...


Today's Facebook Scam: Bogus Google+ Invitation

Guess what? You and 50 friends can receive even more spam and scammy offers

Google Plus – the search giant's new social network – is a hot item, so far available only to a limited number of invitation-only testers. Naturally, as w...


What's On Your Mind? Aquafresh, Television, Medco, AT&T

Our daily look at consumer reviews

Here is what's on consumer's minds today: Aquafresh, Television, Medco, AT&T, Waiting for medication, Too much information and Been there, seen that....


Consumer Agency Cranks Up Bank Oversight as Business Interests Stew

Another round of sparks is likely as Elizabeth Warren heads back to Capitol Hill

Just a few days after issuing tough new oversight procedures for banks, consumer advocate Elizabeth Warren appears before the House Committee on Oversight...


'Cramming' Costing Consumers $2 Billion a Year, Study Finds

Senate Commerce Committee finds long history of fraudulent practices

Sen. John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV (D-W.Va.) has revealed the findings of a yearlong Senate Commerce Committee staff investigation into a nationwide epidemi...


Ohio Sues Mortgage 'Rescue' Company

Florida-based Diversified Real Estate Consultants LLC ran up 37 complaints in Ohio

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is suing foreclosure rescue company Diversified Real Estate Consultants LLC (DREC), its affiliates, and its owner for mul...


VW, Ford Take Top Spots in Quality Survey

Study measures customers "overall feelings" about their cars

It was just a few weeks ago that Volkswagen and Ford got low marks for initial customer satisfaction from J.D. Power and Associates but a new survey from S...


Nutritionists Review Latest Diet Books

Professional dietitians offer their critiques

Don't start a diet without getting a professional opinion...


Atlantic Southeast Airlines Fined for Disabilities Violations

Carrier fined $200,000, must upgrade facilities for disabled passengers

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) today assessed a civil penalty against Atlantic Southeast Airlines (ASA) for violating rules protecting air tra...


Americans Reset Retirement Expectations

Recession proves to be sobering experience

Baby Boomers plan to work longer and spend less as they age, according to a survey...


What's On Your Mind? Travelodge, GE, Target, Grant Scams

Our daily look at consumer reviews

Here is what's on consumer's minds today: Travelodge, GE, Target, Grant Scams, Missed that recall, Keep the box and Not falling for the scam....


Are You Addicted To Food?

Researchers call food addiction is "identifiable condition"

Canadian researchers say some people are addicted to food...


High Sodium, Low Potassium Diet Linked to Increased Risk of Death

Change in Americans' diet is needed to lower health risks

Americans who eat a diet high in sodium and low in potassium have a 50 percent increased risk of death from any cause, and about twice the risk of death fr...


Study: Yogurt, Nuts, Unprocessed Plant Foods Key to Weight Loss

Choosing the right foods just as important as controlling calories

Munching more unprocessed plant foods may help keep the middle-aged bulge away, a new study suggests. On the other hand, meat, french fries and sugar-sweet...


Pew Finds Serious Gaps in Oversight of U.S. Drug Safety

More medicines coming from developing countries, where oversight is lower

Americans’ medicines are increasingly manufactured in developing countries, where there is less oversight than in the U.S., according to a new white paper ...


Casey Anthony Hoax Befalls Unwary Facebook Users

Want to see Casey confess? Good luck. You won't see it here.

You knew this was coming, right? The first of what will no doubt be a river of Casey Anthony-related scams is popping up on Facebook screens today....


Groupon To Track User Locations

Issues new privacy policy

Groupon said it will begin tracking user locations...


Oil Prices Fall, Gas Prices Rise

Retail market lags in a volatile environment

Consumers may be confused by falling oil prices and rising gas prices...


Dell Optiplex Class Action Expanded

Suit charges millions of machines had faulty components

A class action suit against Dell has been expanded to cover a myriad of failed hardware components in the Optiplex desktop computer. The suit charges that...


What's On Your Mind? Memory Lane, Cuisinart, Family Dollar, Citibank

Our daily look at consumer reviews

Here is what's on consumer's minds today: Memory Lane, Cuisinart, Family Dollar, Citibank, Some things you shouldn't scrimp on and More hot coffee....


New Pet Feeder Claims to Take the 'Mess Out of Mealtime'

Neater Feeder keeps dogs, cats from splattering their lunch every which way

This might not be the biggest annoyance in your life, but if you're a pet owner, you're familiar with the spills, splashes and splatters that accompany mea...


Consumer Debt Rises For Eighth Straight Month

Consumers using plastic to pay for day to day needs, analysts say

The Federal Reserve says consumer credit rose in May...


Are Companies Cashing In On Breast Cancer?

Researchers accuse some firms of 'pinkwashing'

Everyone seems to want to support breast cancer awareness, and maybe that's not so good...


FDA Warns Against Using Slimming Capsules, Soft Gels

Tests show products contain controlled substances that can be dangerous

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising consumers not to purchase or use “Slim Forte Slimming Capsules,” “Slim Forte Slimming Coffee,” and “Bota...


Ohio Sues Alleged Craigslist Scammers

Consumers paid for video games, cell phones but got nothing

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today announced lawsuits against Nicholas Lamb and Robert White, Ohio residents accused of running a craigslist scam offe...


Texas Sues Encore Capital Group

Charges firm violated Texas debt collection laws

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott today charged Encore Capital Group, Inc. with falsifying and robo-signing affidavits, attempting to collect debts based ...


What's On Your Mind? Delta, Resorts Rescued, Boost Mobile, Facebook

Our daily look at consumer reviews

Here is what's on consumer's minds today: Delta, Resorts Rescued, Boost Mobile, Facebook, Don't pay in advance, Bad connection and Online imposter....


Report: America's Obesity Problem Getting Worse

Mississippi leads nation for seventh straight year

In Mississippi, 34.4 percent of the adults in the state are obese. Not just overweight, obese. Not to pick on the Magnolia State, which has led the nation...


Airline On-Time Performance Mixed in May

Better than last month, worse than last year

The nation’s largest airlines posted an on-time arrival mark in May that was an improvement from April’s showing but down from the performance recorded in ...


House Bill Could Derail Food Marketing Guidelines

Advertising industry hopes it does

A House bill could block the government's new food marketing guidelines from taking effect...


What's On Your Mind? Priceline, Avis, LG, Columbia House

Our daily look at consumer reviews

Here is what's on consumer's minds today: Priceline, Avis, LG, Columbia House, Slow Down, We're done here and Planned obsolescence?...


WellPoint To Pay Indiana $100,000 To Resolve Data Breach

Company failed to notify the State of the security lapse

WellPoint will pay Indiana $100,000 to settle a suit stemming from a data breach...


U.S., Mexico Sign Cross-Border Trucking Deal

Agreement lifts tariffs, addresses safety concerns

A longtime sore point between the United States and Mexico may have finally been resolved. U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and his Mexican counte...


Don't Pay For Coupons You Can Get Free

Marketers offer 'free trial' that can end up costing big bucks

Consumer should never pay for coupons in the hope of saving money...


iPhone Sales Jump 1.2% From February To May

Android remains the most popular mobile platform

Apple's share of smartphone market has jumped since selling iPhone on Verizon Wireless...


Viking Range Agrees to $450,000 Penalty

Failed to report a safety problem with its refrigerators' doors

Viking Range Corporation has agreed to pay a civil penalty of $450,000 after admitting that it was aware for years of a defect involving its refrigerator d...


Consumer Bankruptcies Fall In First Half Of Year

Filings drop sharply compared to 2010

Consumer bankruptcies are down, in what could be a hopeful sign for the economy...


Another Study Links Chantix to Heart Attack Risk

Slight increase in risk of "adverse events" found among Chantix users

More bad news for Chantix, the smoking-cessation drug from Pfizer. A new meta-analysis of health studies finds a 72% increase in the risk of congestive hea...


Five Ways To Spot A Predatory Car Loan

The wrong loan can make a car a lot more expensive

The Center for Responsible Lending offers five tips for avoiding predatory car loans...


Study: Americans Eating More, More Often

Researchers say the reason for obesity might not be that complicated

Researchers say Americans eat too much food and eat too often...


Scammers Using System For Hearing-Impaired To Target Businesses

TTY relay used to add credibility to con

Authorities are warning restaurants to be wary of big orders placed using TTY Relay system...


What's On Your Mind? US Fidelis, Consumer Credit Group

Our daily look at consumer reviews

Here is what's on consumer's minds today: US Fidelis, Consumer Credit Group, Illegal pitch, Not covered and Best Buy....


Italian Brewer Hopes to Revive Lunchtime Imbibing

But first Americans have to actually take a lunch break

Those of a certain age may become nostalgic when watching Don Draper toss back martinis at lunch. But those yearning for a return to the “Mad Men” era will...


What's More Dangerous Than Texting While Driving?

Using mobile apps behind the wheel an emerging threat to highway safety

As regulators and legislators fume and fret about talking and texting while driving, an even more insidious threat is emerging – the use of mobile apps by ...


Suit: L'Oreal Failed to Warn Anti-Frizz Serum Could Set Hair On Fire

Class action charges L'Oreal knew of the danger but did not alert customers

A federal class action claims L'Oreal failed to warn that the two main ingredients in its "leave-in" hair-styling product, Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine An...


Coalition Against Breast Cancer a 'Sham," New York Charges

$9.1 million in public donations has been squandered, lawsuit alleges

The Coalition Against Breast Cancer (CABC) is "a sham charity that has diverted nearly all of the millions of dollars raised in the name of breast cancer t...


Consumers Form Personal Attachments To Smartphones, Study Finds

It's more than just a device, it's like part of the family

A researcher finds consumers have formed very strong bonds with their smartphones...


Sounds Of Summer Can Be A Danger To Hearing

Hearing specialist offers some advice

The noises of summer can take a toll on your hearing...


Supplement Maker Must Change Label, Feds Rule

Company had received warning last October

The FDA has ordered a dietary supplement maker to stop promoting its products as drugs...


What's On Your Mind? Comcast, Staples, T-Mobile, DeVry

Our daily look at consumer reviews

Here is what's on consumer's minds today: Comcast, Staples, T-Mobile, DeVry, Not so rewarding, Expensive degree and More than a simple mistake?...