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Verizon Wireless Backs Off $2 'Convenience' Fee

Consumer uprising forces company to retreat, following Bank of America's example

Just days after it stumbled badly in its handling of a series of 4G LTE network failures, Verizon Wireless has hastily abandoned an ill-conceived "convenie...


Isabella, Jayden Win the Baby Name Derby in NYC

Ashley falls back, Chloe moves up; Jacob & Joseph make the Top 10

Isabella and Jayden held fast as the most popular baby names in New York City for the second year in a row, according to the city Health Department’s...


Verizon Explains 4G Outages ... Sort Of

Vague yet boastful statement attributes outages to "growing pains"

Verizon Wireless is blaming "growing pains" for the three recent outages that left many of its 4G LTE customers without the high-speed wireless service the...


Sears Identifies 79 Stores to be Closed

Weak holiday sales contributed to the decision, company says

Sears Holdings has identified 79 of the 100 to 120 stores that it plans to close. ...


Battery Fire Danger Leads to Recall of Fisker's First Model

Problem with hose clamps could cause short circuit and start a fire

Hybrid-electric battery supplier A123 Systems says it has identified a possible safety problem with the cooling system on batteries it made for Fisker Auto...


Dead Mouse Case Scampers Forward in Illinois Court

Pepsi denies there was a dead mouse in Ronald Ball's Mountain Dew

Truth may be the best defense but it's not always the most appetizing. In defending itself against charges that there was a dead mouse in a can of M...


Another Verizon 4G Outage Goes Unexplained

Unexplained outages don't do much for "most reliable" ad claim

There's a bit of a buzz in telecom circles, as everyone tries to figure out what's up with Verizon's 4G LTE coverage, jinxed by outages lately. The third n...


Tips For Avoiding a New Year's Day Hangover

Physician stresses moderation on New Years Eve

Tips for avoiding the very unwanted New Year's day hangover provided by Dr. Aaron Michelfelder: Before the party, during the party, after the party and the...


Retailers Reluctant to Restock Enfamil

Many stores waiting for feds to test the infant formula to be sure it's safe

  SCHENECTADY, N.Y. — Price Chopper Supermarkets won’t stock Enfamil Premium Newborn formula until it gets the all-clea...


Court Blocks Bogus Tax Credit Scheme

California man claimed he had billions of dollars of tax credits to sell

If someone offers to sell you a batch of tax credits he just happens to have lying around, it's a good idea to run, not walk, in the opposite direction...


Yahoo Could Wind Up in Chinese Hands

Alibaba pursuing a Yahoo purchase, reports say

OK, so the U.S. has lost its leadership in the manufacturing category, but it still reigns supreme as the world leader in software and entertainment produc...


Survey: Job Market May Not Improve Much In 2012's annual job forecast sees little change ahead

A job site issues its employment forecast for 2012...


Teens May Be Damaging Hearing With Personal Music Players

One in four teens at risk, study says

Teens at risk of hearing loss because of music players...


Feds Investigating Rust Issues on Older Ford, GM Vans

Fuel leaks and corrosion in wheel wells causing concern

 The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Tuesday it has opened investigations into rust issues on older vans and minivans built by G...


What's On Your Mind? Sears, Smishing Scam, AT&T

Our daily look at consumer reviews

Here is what's on consumer's minds today: Sears, Smishing Scam through suspicious text messages, AT&T, smishing attempt and stiffed in small claims....


Pennsylvania Bus Company Ordered to Shut Down

Double Happyness Travel violated federal safety regulations

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has ordered Double Happyness Travel, Inc., of Huntingdon Valley...


Study: Vitamins Do Nothing For Health

But FDA still says they can be helpful in some cases

Another study says buying vitamins is a waste of money...


Seven LCD Screen Makers Settle Price-Fixing Charges

Firms will pay a total of $553 million

The prices of flat screen TVs, computer monitors and laptops were higher than they should have been because companies making the LCD screens were fixing pr...


More Than 40,000 New State Laws Set to Take Effect

All 50 state legislatures were hard at work in 2011, passing loads of laws

A wide range of new legislation goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2012. A host of new laws—from making it a crime to sell a live animal on any stree...


Google Speeds Up Travel Searches, Annoys Travel Search Sites

Speedy search helps consumers, airlines but harms smaller competitors

Google is causing trouble again.  This time, the search giant is making waves for travel sites like Kayak, Expedia and Orbitz.  But its defenders...


What's On Your Mind? Netflix, Midas, Best Buy

Our daily look at consumer reviews

Here is what's on consumer's minds today: Netflix, Midas, Best Buy, Gender bias and confusion....


Navien Recalls Tankless Water Heaters

Carbon monoxide danger

Navien is recalling about 13,000 Instantaneous or Tankless Water Heaters. An unstable connection can cause the water heater’s vent collar to sep...


Consumers Shrug Off Global Economic Concerns

Consumer confidence jumps in December

Consumer confidence rose again in December...


What To Do With Unwanted Gift Cards

A gift card exchange will pay you a portion of the face value

How to trade in an unwanted gift card...


As Many As 120 Sears, Kmart Stores To Close

Retailer reports disappointing holiday sales

Sears is closing more than 100 Sears and Kmart stores...


What's On Your Mind? Toys R Us, Bally Total Fitness, Travel Zoo

Our daily look at consumer reviews

Here is what's on consumer's minds today: Toys R Us, Bally Total Fitness, Travel Zoo, Locked out and Going up....


Many Happy Returns: Post-Holiday Tips

Avoid stress by knowing a store's return policies

Policies can vary from store to store, so get familiar with them before getting in the return line. If it's a chain store, you'll likely find the policies ...


Sony Fights Red Ink In TV Business

Spinning off investment in LCD manufacturer

Sony's TV sales have fallen but not complaints...


NTSB: Hand-Held Cell Phone Ban Doesn't Go Far Enough

Truck and bus drivers should be banned from all cell phone use, board chair argues

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) chair is saying a new rule that prohibits interstate truck and bus drivers from using hand-held cell phones...


Think We're Big Holiday Spenders? Think Again

U.S. ranks 20th in holiday spending

To hear all the holiday ads and blaring headlines about Black Friday, Cyber Monday and so forth, you'd think American consumers went on an absolute shoppin...


Mortgage Modifications Not For Every Struggling Homeowner

Instead of lower payments some find foreclosure

Mortgage modifications aren't for everyone...


Texas Freezes Assets Of Texas Highway Patrol Association

State found group misrepresented itself to donors

Texas Freezes Assets Of Texas Highway Patrol Association...


What's On Your Mind? Kohl's, Payday Nation, Best Buy

Our daily look at consumer reviews

Here is what's on consumer's minds today: Kohl's, Payday Nation, Best Buy, Bad loans and Should have waited until Christmas....


Green Valley Recalls Alfalfa Sprouts

May be contaminated with Salmonella

Green Valley Food Corp. of Dallas, Texas is recalling a grand total of 6,723 cases because of a “Let’s Grow Healthy Together!” Alfalfa Sp...


Man Who Subdued Underwear Bomber Sues Airlines

Christmas Day disaster was averted when passengers tackled would-be bomber

It was just two years ago that the "underwear bomber" attempted to blow up a Northwest Airlines jet as it approached the Detroit airport on Christmas Day 2...


Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Priced at $26,610 for 2012

Additions for the new year mostly in the gadgets category

Hybrids are definitely becoming more mainstream and less exotic, which translates in many cases to less expensive.The 2012 Hyundai Sonata fits that bill,...


Infant Formula Removed from Stores After Infant Dies

Walmart, Supervalu remove Enfamil from their shelves pending further testing

Photo for illustration purposes onlyWalmart and Supervalu have removed Enfamil from their shelves after a Missouri infant died from a r...


Brain Size May Predict Early Alzheimer's Disease

Finding could aid early detection of the disease

Researchers say the size of the brain cortex could by predictor for Alzheimer's...


Read Liquid Acetaminophen Labels Carefully, FDA Warns

Giving the wrong dose to children can cause serious injury and death

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is urging consumers to carefully read the labels of liquid acetaminophen marketed for infants to avoid giving the wr...


What If the Bank Paid You To Have an Account?

Perkstreet does just that -- free checking and debit card rewards

This is the time of year when most Americans are feeling pretty pinched.  Oh sure, everyone's jolly, merry and bright but they're also keeping a wary ...


Holiday Scams to Avoid

Don't make the holidays merry for scam artists

Tired of hearing warnings about holiday scams?  Of course you are, but the holiday season stretches into January and the pickings are ripe for the sca...


Can-Am ATVs Recalled

Power steering can fail

About 1,600 Can-Am ATVs are being recalled. The Dynamic Power Steering (DPS) main shaft can crack and pieces can detach. Those pieces inside the ...


Sears Offers a Wireless Electric Car Charger

At the end of a long day, who has time to plug in the car?

If the thought of plugging your car in each night seems off-putting, here's some good news: Sears has hooked up with Evatran to sell and install wireless c...


Tesla's Model S Charged Up & Ready for Mid-2012

Top-of-the-line electric sedan priced at $92,400

Tesla Motors Inc., the U.S. electric-car maker that plans to build a rechargeable sedan in California, said a top-of-the-line version of the Model S will c...


California Official Cites Medical Marijuana Abuses

Attorney General asks lawmakers to reform the law

California is finding problems with its medical marijuana law...


What's On Your Mind? Buick, Priceline, Victoria's Secret

Our daily look at consumer reviews

Here is what's on consumer's minds today: Buick, Priceline, Victoria's Secret, Go straight to the source and Mad Men....


Guilty Pleas in Nation's Largest Mortgage Fraud Case

Hundreds of Cleveland-area homes went into foreclosure

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, the Attorney General's Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission (OOCIC), and Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Bill ...


GM Promises to Extend Saab Warranties

Not many unsold Saabs left; is it a good time to buy one?

General Motors says it will extend warranty coverage to owners of thousands of Saab vehicles sold before February 2010, while Saab's North American board m...


FDA Warns Against Using ShoulderFlex Massager

At least one strangulation death reporter among users of the device

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers again not to use the ShoulderFlex Massager.  At least one person is reported to have d...


Countrywide To Pay $335 Million to Settle Lending Discrimination Charges

Minority borrowers were charged higher fees or placed in subprime loans

The Department of Justice today filed its largest residential fair lending settlement in history to resolve allegations that Countrywide Financial Corpor...


Pampered Chef Recalls Ice Cream Dippers

The end of the scoop handle can fly off

The Pampered Chef is recalling about 20,000 ice cream dippers. When the liquid-filled ice cream scoop is exposed to warm water, the cap and seal at th...


Feds Drain Hydro-Assist Fuel Cell Claims

Turn water into gas? Not likely, the FTC charges

Turn any vehicle into a hybrid?  Don't think so.  And neither does the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which has put a stop to the phony claims o...


What's On Your Mind? Emerson, Sirius XM, VistaPrint

Our daily look at consumer reviews

Here is what's on consumer's minds today: Emerson, Sirius XM, VistaPrint, Starting over and Bah, humbug....


Google Planning a Tablet to Compete with iPad

Amazon's Fire blazing new trails in ad growth

Forget smartphones, tablets are taking over.  Google is the latest to enter the tablet derby, saying it will have a media tablet "of the highest quali...


Demise of AT&T/T-Mobile Deal Leaves Questions for Consumers

AT&T still short of spectrum, T-Mobile's future remains hazy

Consumer groups and other activist organizations swooned in ecstasy as AT&T bowed to pressure from the Obama Administration and abandoned its attempt t...


Study: Alcohol Marketed Heavily On Digital Media

Beer and spirits marketers increasingly turning to social media

Beer and spirits producers moving heavily into digital marketing...


Tyson Recalls Ground Beef

May be contaminated with E. coli

Tyson Fresh Meats Inc., a Dakota City, Neb. establishment, is recalling approximately 40,948 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with&n...


Advice to Journalists: Keep Your Hands Clean

Reporters, editors should stay out of politics, organization advises

Given the revolving door between politics and journalism at the network TV level, any mention of journalists avoiding political involvement is usually gree...


Survey: Job Security is Workers' Top Concern

Employees worried about career development, advancement

A new survey finds more than three-quarters of U.S. employees are satisfied overall with their jobs, but fewer than one-half of them are happy with opportu...


What's On Your Mind? United Healthcare, ECAST Settlement, Office Max

Our daily look at consumer reviews

Here is what's on consumer's minds today: United Healthcare, ECAST Settlement, Office Max, Haunted by an old debt and Too many computers....


Liberty Mutual Charged With Ordering Used Parts For Car Repairs

West Virginia sues, seeks restitution

West Virginia accuses Liberty Mutual of repairing cars with junkyard parts...


Payday Lender Ordered to Pay $294,000

Ecash and Getecash illegally tried to garnish borrowers' wages

At the request of the Federal Trade Commission, a federal court has ordered one of the individuals behind a payday lending scheme to pay $294,536...


Utah Charges Loan Modifier with Felonies

Alleged scam artist spent money on wife's plastic surgery, state alleges

David MoffittThe owner of a Utah loan modification business has been charged with 9 felony counts for allegedly defrauding hundreds of ...


Saab Reaches the End of the Road

Game over; Swedish automaker is out of time and out of money

For at least nine months, Saab's owners have been hoping to restart the troubled brand, left at the side of the road by General Motors along with Saturn, P...


Telemarketer to Pay $500,000 for Do Not Call Violations

Americall Group purposely avoided requests to stop calling, FTC alleged

An Illinois-based telemarketing firm will pay $500,000 to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it interfered with consumers' requests to be placed ...


Public Citizen Objects to Class Action Deal with CareOne

Settlement with debt-relief law firms is insufficient, it argues

A proposed class-action settlement between a debt-adjustment law firm and its clients should be rejected, Public Citizen said in a brief filed Tampa o...


Amazon Promises to Fix Kindle Fire Problems

Hot-selling tablet has some glitches that Amazon says it can fix quickly

The tablet has been taking a lot of heat from users about software glitches but Amazon says it will be fixing many of those problem...


Online Holiday Sales Up Sharply This Year

Last week may have been busiest for online shopping

More holiday shoppers are using the Internet this year...


What's On Your Mind? Vizio, US Bank, Best Buy

Our daily look at consumer reviews

Here is what's on consumer's minds today: Vizio, US Bank, Best Buy, It's your money, but you can't have it yet and Mistreating Santa....


Veterans Return to Anemic Economy, Weak Job Market

One war may be over but the battle is just beginning for returning vets

War is hell, but being young and unemployed is no fun either. American forces who survived their tours of duty in Iraq and returning home to a faltering ec...


Last Ford Ranger Rolls Off the Line Next Week

Compact pickup truck loses out to brawnier siblings

Say good-bye to the Ford Ranger.  The last of Ford's small pickups rolls off the assembly line sometime next week.  When it does, Ford's Twin Cit...


Lawmakers Block Incandescent Light Bulb Ban

Republicans withdraw funding to implement new rule

The ban on incandescent light bulbs will not go into effect January 1...


Northeast Grocery Chain Recalls Ground Beef Products

Possible salmonella contamination feared

Hannaford, a Scarborough, Maine-based grocery chain, is recalling an undetermined amount of fresh ground beef products that may be contaminated with a stra...


Maryland Takes Action Against Medical-Alert Provider

Company allegedly took money but provided no service

You should shop carefully for a medical-alert alarm provider...


Fed Report Finds Speculators Played Big Role in Housing Collapse

Speculators defaulted in large numbers as real estate market imploded

Speculators have taken a lot of the blame for the collapse of housing prices and the subsequent financial crisis, but evidence to support the charge has be...


Feds Shut Down Alleged Father-Son Ponzi Scheme

Statewide scheme took in $220 million in Utah

The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged a father and son in Utah with securities fraud for selling purported investments in their real estate bu...


Bankruptcy More Expensive and Cumbersome Than Ever

Congressional "reform" made the system more complex, study finds



What's On Your Mind? Maytag, NationStar, Jackson Hewitt

Our daily look at consumer reviews

Here is what's on consumer's minds today: Maytag washers, NationStar's mortgage lender phone calls, Jackson Hewitt, late is late and choose a preparer care...


Subaru Wins Top Safety Ratings for Every 2012 Model

Stronger roofs bolster safety ratings of many models

Cars keep getting safer but Subaru is the only manufacturer this year to win the distinction of having every one of its models chosen as a Top Safety Pick ...


Bumbo Baby Sitters a Continuing Danger to Infants

Ineffective recall campaign does little to stop injuries to infants

The Bumbo Baby Sitter is not, as its name implies, something that "baby sits" infants.  It is instead a plastic seat that helps infants sit upright be...


Supplement Maker Found in Contempt

Lane Labs had been previously barred from making deceptive health claims

A federal judge has ruled in favor of the Federal Trade Commission, finding supplement marketer Lane Labs-USA Inc., and its president Andrew Lane in contem...


What Does A Doctor Order At A Fast Food Restaurant?

You can eat out and control your weight

Tips for ordering at a fast food restaurant...


Poll Finds Boomers Less Optimistic About Retirement

Large number say they'll depend on Social Security

Baby Boomers are more concerned about retirement now...


Consumers Lack Protections for Mobile Payments

Consumers union wants wireless carriers to step up to the plate

Most cell phone and tablet users can purchase digital goods and charge them to their monthly bill or prepaid phone account. But they may not get the protec...


Don't Fall For A Loan Audit Scam

Foreclosure rescue scam gets a new name

FTC tips for avoiding loan audit scam...


What's On Your Mind? Verizon, Discover, Dell

Our daily look at consumer reviews

Here is what's on consumer's minds today: Verizon, Discover, Dell, Unprotected and poorer and Catch 22....


Cigarette Smoking Down, Marijuana Smoking Up

Teen smoking, drinking habits show overall improvement

Are teens smoking more or less?  Good question, and there's no simple yes or no answer.A survey released today by the University of Michigan, A...


Study: Family Members Most Likely To Commit Financial Elder Abuse

Ten tips for avoiding becoming a victim

family and friends most likely to commit financial elder abuse...


Debt Consolidation Firm To Pay Refunds To Consumers

Florida finds United Financial Systems failed to pay promised refunds

debt consolidation firm customers to get refunds...


Facebook Adds Suicide Prevention Link

Hot line will respond to suicidal comments reported by Facebook users

Facebook is announcing a new service to help prevent suicides in the U.S. and Canada. The new service enables Facebook users to report a suicidal comment t...


New York Law Forbids Mail Order Pharmacy Mandates

Consumers will now have option of using local drug stores

The law exempts drug plans negotiated by unions. In signing the bill into law, Cuomo said it would improve consumer convenience by expanding their options....


Feds Warn Against Misleading Lap-Band Ads

1-800-GET-THIN warned to clean up its advertising & promotion

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced that it has taken action against eight California surgical centers and the marketing firm  ...


FDA OKs Hand-Held Device to Detect Bleeding in the Brain

Helps determine if immediate CT scan is needed

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today allowed marketing of the first hand-held device intended to aid in the detection of life-threatening blee...


Feds Call For Nationwide Ban On Driver Use Of Cell Phones

Blame texting for serious accident involving school buses in Missouri

The NTSB wants a nationwide ban of cell phone use behind the wheel...


What's On Your Mind? U.S. Postal Service, Capital One, McKenzie Legal

Our daily look at consumer reviews

Here is what's on consumer's minds today: Postal Service, Capital One, McKenzie Legal, Not worth the bother and Another scam target....


Domestic Air Fares Up 8.5%

Memphis, Cincinnati have highest fares, Atlantic City the lowest

Average domestic air fares rose to $370 in the second quarter of 2011, up 8.5 percent from the average fare of $341 in the second quarter of 2010, the U.S....


10 Tips For Avoiding Holiday Weight Gain

Make January's weight loss resolutions easier to keep

advice for avoiding putting on pounds during the holidays...


California, Nevada Team On Mortgage Fraud Probe

States hope to offer more help for victims

California and Nevada will work together to investigate mortgage fraud...


Honda Plans to Recast Its Acura Brand

Gives up its long quest for top-tier luxury status

Honda had always hoped it could emulate Toyota and Nissan, which successfully propelled the Lexus and Infiniti brands into the rarefied luxury-car tier alo...


How To Improve Your Credit Score

Three things you can do to raise your score

Advice on raising your credit score...


What's On Your Mind? Regions Bank, Hollywood Video, Experian

Our daily look at consumer reviews

Here is what's on consumer's minds today: Regions Bank, Hollywood Video, Experian, Will this movie ever end and Doesn't add up....


Dog Power Dog Food Recalled

High aflatoxin levels detected

Advanced Animal Nutrition has announced a voluntary recall of its dry Dog Power Dog Food due to aflatoxin levels that were detected abo...


No More 'Instant Refunds' from Tax Preparers After This Year

Last bank offering high-cost refund anticipation loans forced to stop

Consumer advocates are celebrating the end of high-cost refund anticipation loans (RAL), often presented as "instant refunds" by tax preparers.The last b...


Not Quite Ready For a Hybrid? Try This

"Mild" hybrids offer a pretty big boost for the buck

There are those who see the world as black and white, ignoring all those shades of gray.  You might say the same about cars -- they're no longer neatl...


Albertsons, Jewel Stuffed Pasta Products Recalled

Products were not federally inspected

 D’Orazio Foods, Inc., a Bellmawr, N.J., establishment, is recalling approximately 161,000 pounds of frozen stuffed pasta products that were pro...


How To Deal With A Debt You Don't Think You Owe

Just paying it to get rid of them might not work

Consumers have rights when it comes to debt collection...


Northern States Lure Job-Seekers

To get ahead you might have to dress warmly

Economic opportunities today lies in northern states...


Kindle Fire Takes Heat Over Usability Issues

Usability guru labels it "disappointingly poor"

The Amazon Kindle Fire is not only taking heat from consumers who find it clunky and hard to use, it's also getting a bad review from usability guru Jakob ...


Retailers Irate Over Amazon Price Comparison App

Sen. Snowe calls it "anti-competitive" and an attack on small business

Is Amazon's price-comparison tool that lets shoppers check out prices at competing online and local retailers a boon for consumers or an evil plot against ...


Ready-To-Bake Cookie Dough Not Ready-To-Eat

Raw dough probably a source of E. coli outbreak, researchers say

Your local supermarket has plenty of ready-to-bake cookie products that come in sausage-shaped packages of cookie dough. These make baking easier, but just...


What's On Your Mind?, Oster

Our daily look at consumer reviews

Here is what's on consumer's minds today:, Oster, Heating up, scammers and toasters....


Investment Fund Manager Scammed Clients, U.S. Charges

Former Reno city councilman named in 41-count indictment

A former investment fund manager has been charged with defrauding investors out of millions of dollars by falsely promising investors their money would be ...


Fiat 500 Gets a 3-Star Safety Rating From Feds

Lowest rating of any new model tested so far

More bad news for the slow-selling Fiat 500: federal safety regulators have given it a three-star rating, the lowest of any new model tested so far.The N...


Can Credit Card Agreements Be Simpler?

Consumer Protection Bureau is testing new plain-English format

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is launching a "Know Before You Owe" project aimed at simplifying credit card agreements so that the pric...


Is Solar Power About To Go Mainstream?

Study suggests economics are reaching tipping point

Study says solar power is rapidly becoming cost-effective...


Google Launches Currents, a Digital Newstand for Phones & Tablets

New ad-supported offering competes with Apple's Newsstand

So here's the latest entrant in the war for your smartphone and tablet: Google Currents.It's a new ad-supported app for Android and Apple devices that ...


Older Workers Giving Up on Retirement

Many now say they will never be able to retire

Not too long ago, American workers looked forward to 20 or 30 years of retirement -- lounging around, playing golf, maybe moving to a warmer climate.No...


Americans' Net Worth Takes a Big Hit

Spending on food dips as families struggle to make ends meet

Are you better off than your were three years ago?  Unless you won the lottery, chances are the answer is no.The Federal Reserve reports that the to...


How About a Nice Big Glass of Food Coloring?

Color additives deceive consumers, threaten their health, report alleges

Fruit is good for you, right?  So Tropicana Twister Cherry Berry Blast should be really good for you.  Except for one thing.  Well, two actu...


What's On Your Mind? Netflix, Bank of America, Covergirl

Our daily look at consumer reviews

Here is what's on consumer's minds today: Netflix, Bank of America, Covergirl, falling from grace and negative reaction due to consumer's developing new al...


Senate Blocks Consumer Financial Protection Chief

Obama: 'We are not giving up on this,' may try recess appointment

The long struggle to establish the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau isn't over.  Filibustering Republicans in the Senate yesterday blocked confirm...


Nissan Leaf Now Available in Seven More States

Automaker plans to offer the Leaf in all 50 states by March 2012

After a bumpy first year, Nissan is making its all-electric plug-in Leaf available in seven more states, with the goal of being in all 50 states by March 2...


Is Amazon Turning Shoppers Into Paid Spies?

Online giant pays up to $5 to consumers who scan bar codes in local stores

It wasn't long ago that if you walked around a store writing down prices with a pad and pencil, you would quickly be shown the door. Today, retailers look ...


Alec Baldwin Experiences How The Other Half Flies

Actors complaint not that uncommon, it seems

passengers increasingly complain about rude flight attendants...


New Breast Cancer Treatment Shows Promise, Researchers Say

Drug makes cancer stem cells less resistant to traditional drugs

Promising breast cancer research from Loyola...


Latest Mortgage Data Paints More Hopeful Housing Picture

But qualifying for loan still problematic

Mortgage rates remain near record low...


Consumers Taking On More Credit Card Debt

Report shows surging use of plastic in third quarter

Consumers are piling on credit card debt...


House OKs Video-Sharing Bill Backed by Facebook, Netflix

Video Privacy Protection Act currently forbids disclosing video rental information

In a land where just about everyone shares just about everything on Facebook and elsewhere, it's a little surprising that it's illegal to share your movie-...


States Join Fight Against Robocalls to Cell Phones

Congress may weaken consumer protections

The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) has sent a letter signed by 54 state and territorial Attorneys General urging Congress to reject a bil...


What's On Your Mind? Zyrtec, Best Buy, Brookstone

Our daily look at consumer reviews

Here is what's on consumer's minds today: Zyrtec, Best Buy, Brookstone, Confusion and Bait & Switch....


GM Nears a Fix For Chevy Volt's Battery Pack

Reinforced case, laminated wires would provide more protection

Reports today say that General Motors is close to a package of modifications to the Chevrolet Volt lithium-ion battery pack to prevent fires from bein...


Arms Race Breaks Out as Giants Seek to Dominate Video Streaming

Combatants include Netflix, HBO, Verizon

The days when a couple of Hollywood moguls could lounge around their smoke-filled hang-outs and divvy up the spoils are long gone.No one smokes anymore, ...


TransUnion Sees Fewer Mortgage Delinguencies In 2012

For many consumers, credit picture appears to be improving

TransUnion reports consumers are making more on-time payments...


Analyst Sees Cable Giants Moving Onto Netflix's Turf

Verizon may launch competing video streaming service

Verizon may launch a new video streaming service...


Controlling Leftovers Helps Control Weight

Holiday temptations don't end when the meal is over

Controlling Leftovers Helps Control Weight: Controlling your desires at these events is crucial to maintaining a healthy weight during the holidays....


'Homeopathic' HCG Weight Loss Products May Be Banned

FDA, FTC say the products are dangerous and unproven

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have issued seven Warning Letters to companies marketing over-the counter (OTC...


Feds Seize Ephedrine Supplements in California

Ephedrine alkaloids can cause dangerous side effects

At the request of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Marshals have seized raw materials imported by Infinity Marketing Group, Inc. containing ephe...


What's On Your Mind? Postal Service, Digital TV, AT&T

Our daily look at consumer reviews

Here is what's on consumer's minds today: Postal Service, Digital TV, AT&T, Don't touch that dial and Time to be assertive....


Last Again! Once More, AT&T Places Dead Last in Customer Satisfaction

Smaller companies rate higher than 'big 4' providers

Consumer Reports' new cell phone customer satisfaction survey...


Chevy Volt Keeps Top Safety Rating Despite Fire Reports

Influential insurance group keeps five-star safety rating for the Volt

Despite a federal investigation into possible fire risks in the Chevy Volt gas-electric hybird, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) says it h...


What's the Best Paper Towel for Holiday Clean-Ups?

Bounty plain, Bounty Extra Soft, and Target’s Up & Up score best

We sometimes think life must be pretty exciting over at Consumer Reports.  They get to test all those neat, exotic products ... like, you know, paper ...


Older Floridians Not Planning To Stop Driving

Survey finds 13 percent say they will never give up the wheel

A Florida survey questions older residents about driving...


Researchers Link Impatience With Credit Problems

Unwillingness to delay gratification associated with financial trouble

Researchers Link Impatience With Credit Problems...


What's On Your Mind? Emeril Cookware, Delta Airlines, Ol' Roy Dog Food

Our daily look at consumer reviews

Here is what's on consumer's minds today: Emeril Cookware, Delta Airlines, Ol' Roy Dog Food, Grounded and In defense of Ol' Roy....


Smartphone App Offers Quit-Smoking Help to Teens

QuitSTART delivers cessation, mood management tips, tracks cravings

A new effort to help teens quit smoking will use one of today’s teen's most constant companions — the smartphone. Developed by smoking cessatio...


U.S. Becoming an Exporter of Toyotas

Kentucky-build Camry will be exported to South Korea

The line between American cars and imports has been hazy for years, and the latest announcement from Toyota makes it even more so.Toyota today announced ...


Group Warns of Danger From Fake Fungal 'Chik'n'

CSPI: Quorn line of meat substitutes should be banned or carry a prominent warning

The vat-grown mold used to make the Quorn line of meat substitutes causes gastrointestinal distress and in some cases, life-threatening anaphylactic reacti...


AARP: Many Seniors Suffer Hearing Loss in Silence

Many don't think their problem warrants treatment

You may not always like what you hear but being able to hear is an important part of part of leading an active life.  Yet, a new survey of AARP member...


Carrier IQ Denies Spying On Cell Phone Users

Company is at center of latest mobile privacy concern

Carrier IQ said it is not invading anyone's privacy...


Court Refuses Apple's Request To Block Samsung Tablet

The decision clears the way for holiday sales of the Samsung Galaxy Tab

A court has refused to block sales of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the U.S....


Not Everyone's Spending Money For The Holidays

Large group plans no holiday spending this year

Poll shows many won't spend any more for holidays...


What's On Your Mind? Thrifty Car Rental, Sony, LA Fitness

Our daily look at consumer reviews

Here is what's on consumer's minds today: Thrifty Car Rental, Sony, LA Fitness, DIY not advised and Check your records....


Porsche Hopes to Double U.S. Sales by Adding New Models

Smaller SUV and diesel options for popular models planned

Think of Porsche and, chances are, you think of the 911, perhaps the most iconic sports car ever.  But as something of a purist's car, the 911 has alw...


Twilight Movie Draws Seizure Warning

Graphic birth scene sent at least one viewer to the hospital

Twilight Movie Draws Seizure Warning...


Verizon Stakes Claim to Huge Spectrum Slice

Deals a cruel blow to AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint

Verizon Wireless is shelling out $3.6 billion for a huge swath of wireless spectrum space that covers about 259 million potential customers.Dan Mead, Pre...


House Bills Could Harm Consumer Protections

Consumers Union says measures would "devastate" critical programs

Three bills expected to be voted on by the House of Representatives beginning this week would have a devastating impact on critical consumer protections, C...


Is Your Cell Phone Spying On You?

Congress, consumer groups express concern about spyware on phones

Concern is growing about spyware on cell phones. Recent reports have charged that mobile software company Carrier IQ is working with phone manufacturers an...


Our Man Truman Solves the USPS Problem in No Time

Forget stamps, how about a hook-up with Google Adwords?

The cash-starved U.S. Postal Service has been racking its collective brain trying to think of new money-making ideas. So after who knows how many hours of ...


Snowballing Concerns About Online And Mobile Privacy

Websites and mobile devices getting closer scrutiny

there are new concerns about privacy...


What's On Your Mind? Walmart, T-Mobile, Payday Loans Yes

Our daily look at consumer reviews

Here is what's on consumer's minds today: Walmart, T-Mobile, Payday Loans Yes, Not so final bill and Unwanted loan....


McDonald's Skirts Happy Meal Toy Ban -- Maybe

San Francisco law bans free toys with fatty foods, so McD adds a 10-cent charge

Today's the day that, by decree of the San Francisco City and County Board of Supervisors, restaurants can no longer give away toys with meals that don't m...


Pediatricians Fault Food Served In Children's Hospitals

Survey found only seven percent of entrees were healthy

Study finds unhealthy food served by children's hospitals...


California Lists Activities of Commercial Charity Fundraisers

States moves for more transparency in fundraising

California Lists Activities of Commercial Charity Fundraisers...


Older But Wiser? 65+ Now Biggest Population Group in U.S.

65 and up group growing faster than total U.S. population

Look out, kids.  Your grandparents are taking over.  New Census figures shod the 65 and up group is now the largest in terms of size and per...


Feds Shut Down Acai Berry 'News" Sites

"Free trial" cost consumers $25 million, complaint charges

The Federal Trade Commission and the state of Connecticut have filed a complaint that seeks to permanently stop a Connecticut-based operation that all...


Supplement Makers ASN Found in Contempt, Sentenced to Prison

Companies violated earlier consent decree, court finds

New Jersey-based dietary supplement companies, Quality Formulation Laboratories Inc. (QFL) and American Sports Nutrition Inc. (ASN), were sentenced ...


Chevy Volt Tops Owner Satisfaction Survey

93% of Volt owners say they would "definitely" buy one again

The Chevrolet Volt has its detractors but it also has its fans and, more significantly, many of those fans are Volt owners who drive the plug-in hybrids da...


Abusive Boss Could Harm Your Marriage

Problems at work can lead to problems at home

Abusive Boss Could Harm Your Marriage: If you're having trouble in your marriage, it may not be just your spouse that's giving you problems....


iPhone 4 Burns On Australian Airliner

Filled cabin with 'dense, black smoke'

Smartphone catches fire on aircraft...


Electronics Drive Early Holiday Sales

It seems everyone wants a gadget this year

Holiday sales off to strong start...


What's On Your Mind? Edenpure, Verizon Wireless, Charmglow

Our daily look at consumer reviews

Here is what's on consumer's minds today: Edenpure, Verizon Wireless, Charmglow, Account monitoring pays off and Turkey-day mishap....