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Debt Collector Ordered to Stop Abusing Consumers

Collector also deceived its small-business clients, FTC charges

At the request of the Federal Trade Commission, a U.S. district court has halted an operation that allegedly subjected consumers to abusive debt-collection...


Chrysler Recalls 2012 Models With 3.6l Engines

Engine may seize and cause a crash

Chrysler is recalling 2012 models equipped with a 3.6-liter engine. The connecting rod bearing can fail, which could cause the engine to seize and lead to ...


Bank Greets Swipe Fee Rule With Debit Card Fee

New, lower swipe fee rule takes effect tomorrow

Bank of America is imposing a $5 monthly charge for debit cards...


Study: Tobacco Companies Hid Data About Radioactive Particles In Smoke

Researchers say industry had the information in 1959

Researchers at UCLA have leveled a serious charge at U.S. tobacco companies. For more than 40 years, they say, tobacco companies knew that cigarette smoke ...


Kindle Hopes Its Fire Will Singe the iPad

Tablet war heats up as giant retailer soups up its ereader

Until now, Amazon's Kindle has been basically an ereader -- something you could use to view the virtual versions of those odd boxlike things they used to c...


Activist Group Challenges New Net Neutrality Rules

Objects to leeway granted wireless networks to control traffic

The Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) new rules maintaining Net neutrality have been challenged from an unlikely source.Though major telecommunic...


Reebok To Pay $25 Million To Settle Deceptive Ad Charges

Claimed its shoes toned legs and butt just by walking

The FTC settles deceptive advertising charges with Reebok...


Feds Admit They Removed Malpractice Data to Protect Physicians

Public database, built and maintained with public funds, now closed to the public

An agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has admitted that it is concealing a publicly-owned malpractice database to protect phy...


Lawsuit: Cows Were Killed to Raise Milk Prices

Dairy industry milks consumers by restricting supplies, suit alleges

A Los Angeles law firm has filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of consumers alleging that various dairy companies and trade groups slaughtered more...


California Will Charge Online Sales Tax

Measure is intended to pave the way for Congressional action

Gov. Brown greets politicos as he signs "landmark" sales tax legislation As California goes, so goes the nation and California is going ...


Obama Urged to Stand Fast on Kids' Nutrition

Food manufacturers working to undermine voluntary guidelines on marketing to children

The Obama Administration should resist the food and advertising industries’ pressure to torpedo voluntary nutrition guidelines for foods ma...


FDA: Avoid Oysters from Hood Canal Area

The succulent bivalves may contain Vibrio bacteria

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers not to eat raw oysters harvested from an area of Hood Canal in Washington State following an out...


Feds Fine Virgin Atlantic for Advertising Violations

Internet ads didn't properly display information on taxes and fees

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has fined Virgin Atlantic Airways, an airline based in the United Kingdom, $50,000 for violating federal aviati...


Study: Teens Not Getting Enough Sleep

Lots of health problems and risky behaviors associated with sleep deprivation

Ask any teen just about anything and you're likely to get a mumbled reply.  Chances are good the kid's not rude, just sleepy. A new study finds that ...


When It Comes To Savings Goals, Less Is More

A single savings goal yields better results, researchers say

Back in the 1980's, multi-level marketing (MLM) recruiters enticed prospects by trying to get them focused on one material desire they could satisfy with a...


Minnesota Sues Two For-Profit Colleges Over Aid Issues

Joins feds, other states

Two fore profit colleges face another state lawsuit...


Problems Getting Pregnant? Try These Tips

OB/GYN offers steps to avoid fertility drugs

The World Health Organization reports that roughly one in six couples will struggle with infertility and about 70 percent of them will turn to fertility dr...


FBI Warns Against Pointing Lasers at Aircraft

St. Louis man arrested after pointing his laser at a police helicopter

Misuse of hand-held laser pointers is a growing safety problem for aircraft and federal officials are stepping up their efforts to apprehend offenders.&nbs...


Wall Street Bear Predicts Sharp Drop For Gold

'Dr. Doom' says prices could hit $1,100 an ounce

Gold prices may be headed lower...


Free Checking Becoming Endangered Species

More banks adding fees, raising minimum balance requirements

Fewer banks are offering free checking, according to a survey...


Best and Worst States for a Divorce?

If you're in a hurry, Idaho and Nevada lead the pack

We hope you're not planning a divorce but if you are, you may want to give a little consideration to where you should file.  There are 50 states, afte...


Netflix Inks Streaming Content Deal With DreamWorks

Netflix edges out HBO

Netflix, which earlier this month lost an important content deal with Starz Entertainment, has just signed a deal with DreamWorks Animation to stream its m...


Should You Build Savings Or Pay Off Debt?

Consumers believe debt reduction is more important

The Great Recession has taught consumers at least two lessons. You need more savings and less debt. But which objective should you take on first? "People ...


Congressmen: USPS Needs New Business Model, Not Closure

Bipartisan group suggests using Post Offices as retail outlets

Congressmen Gerry Connolly (D-VA) and  Don Young (R-AK), joined by 73 other bipartisan members of Congress, have written Postal Regulatory Commis...


Gas Prices Down On Recession Fear

Average price drops seven cents in last seven days

Gas prices dropped seven cents a gallon in the last week...


Specialized Components Recalls Bicycle Forks

The brake component can disengage

Specialized Bicycle Components Inc., is recalling about 14,200 bicycles equipped with carbon forks.  The brake component housed within the bicycle&rsq...


Next Bicycles Recalled

The chain can break

Bridgeway International is recalling about 91,000 Next brand bicycles.   The bicycle chain can break, causing a rider to lose control and fall. ...


Journalism Groups Make Malpractice Database Public

Obama Administration blocks doctor discipline records, threatens reporter

A few days ago, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) abruptly blocked public access to an online database that anonymously tracks state-b...


Insider Predicts October iPhone 5 Release

Speculation builds that new phone will be out next month

Apple likely to release new iPhone in October...


Can't Pay Your Alimony? Don't Panic

The scenario is not unusual and there are solutions, but prompt action is needed

Everything was going along fine after the divorce.  You were making your alimony and child suppport payments but then along came the next corporate do...


OnStar Doesn't Give Up Easily ... Sometimes

Even after it's canceled, OnStar keeps tracking you, but won't help you

You can run but you can't hide.  Not easily anyway. OnStar is notifying its customers that it keeps a record of the speed and location of OnStar-equi...


Forget Congress, Google Has Big Public Perception Problems

The onetime darling of the cyberworld is seen as a bully

Google finds itself in the hot seat today as the Senate opens anti-trust hearings into the Internet giant's conduct.  But even worse than a ritual Cap...


Google Introduces Wallet App on Sprint

Pay for your grande latte with your phone

Google Inc. has rolled out its mobile-payments application on Sprint Nextel Corp.’s network, and said it’s teaming up with Visa Inc., Discover ...


Despite Medical Marijuana Laws, Pot Arrests Soar

FBI reports police vigorously enforcing the law

Even as a number of states have enacted laws allowing the medical use of marijuana, arrests for marijuana-related offenses are on the rise, according to th...


Suit Charges MacBook Pro Won't Stay Charged

Power supply is inadequate to fully charge the machine's battery, class action alleges

The 15- and 17-inch 2011 MacBook Pro computers have defective batteries that drain during use even when the AC adapter is plugged in, making the computer d...


Nevada Goes to War Against Bank of America

Attorney General seeks to terminate earlier Countrywide settlement

The Attorney General of Nevada, Catherine Cortez Masto, is turning up the heat in her battle with Bank of America and its subsidiary, Countrywide Mortgage....


Getting A Mortgage Is Increasingly Difficult

Lenders toughen underwriting standards to prevent defaults

Home prices are down 50 percent or more from their bubble highs in some markets. Mortgage rates are at historic lows. Rents are skyrocketing in some areas....


John Deere Recalls Lawn Tractors with Kawasaki Engines

The engine can overheat and start a fire

John Deere is recalling about X300, X300R and X304 series tractors.  The cooling fan (A) installed on top of the front mounted Kawasaki engine in the ...


Feds Take Down Malpractice Database

No explanation given for removal of data that has been public for 15 years

For more than 15 years, researchers, reports and policymakers have been able to access an online database that anonymously tracks physicians’ re...


Postal Service Can't Count on Public Support as it Scrounges for Funds

Both the agency and its workers are unpopular with voters, weakening their position with Congress

      The postman always rings twice? Don't count on it. He may not be ringing at all unless the Postal Service finds a way to survive be...


Seven States Sue to Block AT&T's T-Mobile Takedown

Transaction would "substantially lessen competition," states argue

Seven states today joined the federal government in its effort to block AT&T Inc.’s proposed acquisition of T-Mobile USA Inc., saying the $39 bil...


Court Halts Amino-Acid Supplement Sales by Two Minnesota Companies

CHK Nutrition, NeuroResearch Clinics alleged claimed their supplements could cure diseases

Two Minnesota companies whose Web sites allegedly claimed their amino-acid products could cure or mitigate disease have agreed to stop selling the suppleme...


Latest Listeria Alert: Rocky Ford Cantaloupes

FDA warns consumers not to eat Rocky Ford cantaloupe shipped by Jensen Farms

The FDA is warning consumers not to eat Rocky Ford Cantaloupe shipped by Jensen Farms and to throw away recalled product that may still be in their home. ...


H&R Block Pulls Back From 'Instant Refund' Loans for Another Year

Republic, Jackson Hewitt, Liberty still making high-cost, short-term loans

H&R Block says it will not offer refund anticipation loans (RAL) during the 2012 tax season, winning plaudits from consumer activists and putting the h...


Goldstar, Comfort-Aire Dehumidifiers Pose Serious Fire Risk

Over $1 million iin property damage linked to the recalled units

LG Electronics Tianjin Appliance Co., in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), is urging consumers to check if they have rec...


John Deere Recalls Lawn Tractors

Brake failure may cause loss of control

John Deereis recalling about 5,200 D100 lawn tractors. Hardware used to hold the brake assembly to the transmission housing can break. This can cause ...


Beware Royalty Resource Network Scam

Using small newspaper ads to ensnare victims

Just because something is advertised in a legitimate media doesn't mean it isn't a scam. That's the message West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw i...


Consumers Pile Up Second Quarter Credit Card Debt

Analyst calls increase 'staggering'

Credit card debt dropped in July but rose sharply in the three previous months...


Obama Tax Plan Would Hit Municipal Bonds

Charitable contributions could also be affected by limiting deductions on the "rich"

Lost in the din of the talking heads is a key element of President Obama's plan to pay for his proposed $447 billion job-creation package: he wants to curb...


Who Liked the 9/11 Ads? You Did

Consumers loved the Clydesdale tribute

The airwaves were full of 9/11 tribute ads over the weekends, and critics were quick to label them mawkish, exploitative, crass commercialism and syrupy, j...


Feds Probe Headlight Problem in Chrysler Minivans

Lights can go out without warning

Auto safety regulators are opening an investigation into complaints that Chrysler minivan headlights go out unexpectedly. The National Highway Traffic Saf...


Toothpaste Shortfall Enrages Consumer

Even extreme squeezing can't dislodge the last bit of toothpaste, suit charges

Do you ever feel frustrated, ripped off and generally mistreated when the last little bit of toothpaste just won't come out of the tube? This really annoy...


Predicting How Diet and Exercise Affect Weight

Online simulation helps researchers find best diet-exercise combinations

Everybody knows that some people seem to lose weight quickly while others who follow the same diet and exercise regimens progress much more slowly.  ...


AT&T Responds To Justice Department Lawsuit

Argues deal won't hurt consumers

AT&T has responded to the government's antitrust suit against it...


Google Buys Zagat, Moving Further Into Content

Search giant increasingly competes with content providers it indexes

Google has acquired Zagat, the survey company and multimedia publisher known best for its print guides to local restaurants. As Google spins it,...


Mortgage Rates Fall To Record Low

But that doesn't mean you can get a rock-bottom rate

Mortgage rates fall to another record low...


Minnesota Sues Five Internet Payday Lenders

Warns consumers these loans can bring a number of problems

Minnesota has sued five online payday lenders...


AARP Picks Best Employers for 50+ Workers

Scripps Health, Cornell, NIH take top sports

Scripps Health, a major hospital and health care provider in Southern California, has been recognized as the top company in the 2011 AARP Best Employers fo...


AT&T, Sprint Battle May Go Into Extra Innings

With Congress back in session, both sides take off the gloves

AT&T's battle to take over T-Mobile has moved across town, from the the U.S. District Court to Capitol Hill, where Sprint -- the carrier that has the m...


Sprint Sues To Block AT&T/T-Mobile Deal

Action follows similar suit by Justice Department

Sprint sues to block the AT&T acquisition of T-Mobile...


Netflix Losing Streaming Content From Starz Entertainment

Starz apparently concerned consumers don't pay enough to view content

Starz is pulling its streaming content from Netflix...


Facebook Posse On the Trail of Pepsi

False rumor campaign urges God-fearing consumers to boycott Pepsi

Changing logos is always tricky. Even not changing your logo can be tricky, as Pepsi has been reminded recently. The Internet has lately been bubbling over...


Postal Service Running Low on Time and Money

Bail-out time? The "independent" USPS needs $5.5 billion ... fast

The Postal Service says it much slash spending or go out of business...


Bugs Without Borders: Bed Bugs Spreading Out, Digging In

The little pests travel undetected and become very attached to their new homes

What pest is popping up just about everywhere these days? Presidential candidates, you say? Perhaps, but we were actually thinking of bed bugs. A new surve...


Honda Recalls Nearly 1 Million Cars

Power-window switches can overheat

Honda is recalling nearly 1 million cars to repair problems with power windows and computer equipment. The recall, which includes 962,000 cars worldwide, ...


Suit: Safeway's Kona Coffee Is Mostly Not From Kona

Class action charges supermarket misleads coffee consumers

Safeway advertises its Safeway Select Kona Blend coffee "as if Kona beans are the major portion of the Kona Blend," but they actually contain "only a very ...


Consumers Rally Around Apple in Wake of Jobs' Retirement

Iconic executive's departure doesn't dim enthusiasts' love for the company

Steve Jobs' sudden retirement as CEO of Apple shocked the stock market, rattled the company's employees and sparked endless thumb-sucking op-eds by columni...


Beware Travel Scams This Labor Day Weekend

Fraudsters are active on high-travel holidays

"Travelers should remain on guard for surprise requests for credit card information and high pressure sales tactics that don't correspond with advertised d...


States Challenge Over Sex Trafficking

46 attorneys general want prostitution ads taken down

Attorneys general from 46 states want t online classified site to disclose information on its alleged attempts to remove sex trafficking adver...


California Senate Approves BPA Ban for Baby Bottles, Sippy Cups

Bill now heads back to the General Assembly for a final vote

The California State Senate has voted to ban bisphenol A (BPA) from baby bottles and sippy cups sold in California.  The Toxin-Free Infants and Toddle...


Americans Drinking Too Many Sugary Drinks

Public health groups hope to cut average consumption to three cans per week

How many sugary soft drinks is too many?  There's no single answer but a coalition of health and consumer groups would like to see Americans reduce th...


FBI Warns of Bogus Check Scam

Checks appear to be issued by UT-Battelle LLC

The Knoxville Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is warning consumers about a check scam that has cropped up in East Tennessee, possibly...


Seniors Warned About Medicare Scams

Telemarketers seek seniors' personal data

Senior citizens should be on the lookout for Medicare scams....


Fake Lottery Scam Still Making The Rounds

Makes new appearance in West Virginia

Protect yourself from the fake lottery scam...