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The New Romantic Movie Classics

Check out some of the newer films that are destined to stand the test of time.

Who doesn't like a good movie?Whether it’s a good action flick that has its leading man shooting a gun while dangling from a helicopter, or it&rsqu...


How Sweet It Is: Diet Pepsi May Get a Touch-Up

Sodamaker says it's not fooling with the formula, just the sweetener

Life is pretty exciting in the soft drink business, no doubt. Every decade or two somebody comes up with the bright idea of tampering with the formula or f...


Gasoline Prices Rise into Labor Day Weekend

After a one-week pause, the average pump price surged higher this week

Normally at this time of year, gasoline prices are starting to come down after a summer of driving. But this year, as consumers hit the road for the long L...


When Slimming Down, Target Belly Fat First

Mayo Clinic study suggests it's the deadliest fat of all

Not all fat, it seems, is created equal. Some is more harmful than others and the fat around the stomach is the most dangerous of all, according to researc...


Is There Really a Way for Non-Rich People to Fly Private?

Surf Air says yes, and it hopes to change the way frequent fliers travel

Some believe those people who are considered frequent fliers are lucky.From the perspective of a person who may not get to travel a lot, a frequent flier...


The Fire Is Out, but Look Out -- Sparks Will Fly Next Week

Amazon says the Kindle Fire is sold out but schedules a news conference for Sept. 6

The fire is out.  The Kindle Fire, that is. The Fire broke out in the tablet market just nine months ago and already controls 22 percent of the market...


Chipotle Has Been Purposely Keeping Some of Your Change

And the company says it's all for your benefit, just trying to save you a little time

The next time you get that chicken burrito at Chipotle, you better check your receipt.The Mexican food chain restaurant has been accused of rounding...


States Throw the Book at E-Book Publishers

Publishers will pay consumers $69 million for antitrust violations

In a story with a happy ending for consumers, the attorneys general of 54 states, territories and the District of Columbia, have reached an antitrust settl...


Exercise Caution When Buying Gold

As with any investment, do your homework and get trusted advice

Consumers who purchased gold three, four or five years ago are probably very pleased with their investments. Gold prices have climbed sharply since then....


Mortgage Rates Falling Again

The average rate is down for the first time in five weeks

After five straight weeks of increases, the average home mortgage rate is falling again, according to two separate gauges. Both Freddie Mac and


Linzess Approved to Treat Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Constipation

Medication could help ease abdominal pain

Relief could be on the way for as man as 63 million people that the National Institutes of Health estimates are affected by chronic constipation. The U.S...


HypeTree: A Cool and Unique Way to Listen and Post Music

The artist-friendly site is what MySpace should have evolved into years ago.

Many of us tend to dream.I'm not talking about the kind where you're flying above earth during your deepest part of slumber; I'm talking about the type o...


Caring For Your Diabetic Dog

The right diet is essential to controlling blood sugar levels

Diabetes is, unfortunately, a relatively common disease in dogs, just as it is in humans. In both species, obesity and a sedentary lifestyle can be contrib...


Should Older Workers Be Rewarded for Putting Off Retirement?

Economists suggest eliminating payroll tax as incentive for older workers

U.S. workers now have the option of retiring at age 62, and with increases in longevity could expect to draw Social Security benefits for some 30 years. Sh...


New York Attorney General Reportedly Probing Energy Drinks

Neither the Attorney General nor the companies will comment

Earlier this month Monster Beverage reported in a Securities and Exhange Commission filing that it was being investigated by an unnamed state attorney gene...


10 Gas-Saving Technologies for 2013

How carmakers are squeezing more MPG out of their vehicles

Gasoline prices keep rising along with the price of crude oil. One answer is to increase the fuel efficiency of automobiles and the U.S. government is foll...


Aerolineas Argentinas Fined for Violating Price Advertising Rule

Taxes and fees were not included in the ads

Aerolineas Argentinas has been fined $50,000 for violating the Department of Transportation's (DOT) new rule on full-fare advertising by failing to include...


Another Lawsuit -- the 14th -- Filed Against Bumbo

Filing follows the latest recall of child seats

Two personal injury and product safety law have filed their 14th lawsuit against Bumbo International Trust. The CPSC earlier this month announced the se...


Obama Administration Finalizes Fuel Efficiency Standards

Touts consumer savings comparable to lowering price of gasoline by $1 per gallon by 2025

The Obama Administration has finalized standards that would increase fuel economy to the equivalent of 54.5 mpg for cars and light-duty trucks by Model Yea...


Banks Adopting More Transparent Checking Disclosures

Pew Charitable Trust has pressed banks to make statements simpler and more user-friendly

Banks and consumers have had an uneasy relationship the past few years as banks have taken steps to increase profits that have almost always resulted in mo...


FTC: Your Baby Can't Read

Company agrees to $185 million judgment, although it lacks the money to pay it

Parents and grandparents mesmerized by advertising claiming babies could be taught to read shelled out $200 or more for a supposed training kit that they h...


Planes, Trains and Ships of the Future ... Maybe

How some companies could be completely changing the way we travel

In 2012 it seems commercial air travel is worsening not improving.Overcrowded airports, higher baggage fees and delayed flights force people to consider ...


Hertz Snaps Up Dollar Thrifty, Passing Avis and Gaining on Enterprise

Once the deal is closed, three companies will control 95% of the U.S. car-rental market

As far as your typical consumer is concerned, this might be one of those ho-hum, who-cares stories, but here goes: Hertz is buying Dollar Thrifty, thereby ...


Apple Targets Eight Samsung Phones for Extinction

Company stops short of asking for removal of all 28 devices found to violate patents

Apple has asked a federal judge to order the removal of eight mobile devices made by Samsung from the marketplace, its first request made under its patent...


Christmas Layaway Returns to Walmart

Critics say layaway programs amount to "hideaways for sky-high interest rates"

It's not too early to start shopping for Christmas, at least as Walmart sees it.  The giant retailer is bringing back its Christmas layaway program ...


Consumer Confidence Index Down in August

Now at lowest level since November 2011

After showing improvement in July, The Conference Board's Consumer Confidence Index has declined in August. The Index now stands at 60.6 versus the reading...


Lack of Sleep Tied to Aggressive Breast Cancer

Risks increase only after menopause, researchers say

If you are at risk of breast cancer, make a good night's sleep part of your routine. That, researchers say, will improve your odds of avoiding the disease....


New Combination Pill Approved for HIV Treatment for Some Patients

Drugs provide a complete treatment regimen for HIV infection

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Stribild (elvitegravir, cobicistat, emtricitabine, tenofovir disoproxil fumarate), a new once-a-day comb...


New Federal Standard for High-Powered Magnet Sets in the Works

The sets pose a sever risk to kids' health

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has voted 4 to 0 to issue a notice of proposed rulemaking aimed at developing a new federal standard for...


California Charges Real Estate Investment Broker With Fraud

State says two Sacramento men were running a Ponzi scheme

There are many ways to lose money in real estate. You can pay more for a house than it's worth, buy a home you can't afford and lose it to foreclosure, or ...


Consumers Who Bought Bogus Supplements Getting Refunds

Products claimed to help with weight loss and erectile dysfunction

Consumers who bought widely-advertised supplements that claimed to remedy obesity and erectile dysfunction may still have their original problems but at le...


Industry Working Group to Study In-Flight Usage of Portable Electronics

You may be able to play 'Words with Friends' while flying after all

Given the widespread consumer use of portable electronic devices (PEDs), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is forming a government-industry group t...


Internal Revenue Services to be Limited During the Labor Day Weekend

Maintenance and upgrading of an electrical system will curtail some activities

A planned power outage around the Labor Day weekend will affect a number of IRS systems and limit the availability of several services between Thursday, Au...


GM to Stop Making Chevy Volt for a Month

But it has nothing to do with sales, automaker says

It was first reported in Automotive News. USA Today and other news outlets have since confirmed it. General Motors is going to stop making the electric veh...


Two Scams in Pacific Northwest Target Seniors

Officials in Washington and Oregon caution consumers about giving out personal information

Senior citizens have always been scammers' favorite target and now they are the focus of two new scams that have arisen in the Pacific Northwest.Oregon A...


Limiting TV Time is Effective Strategy for Preventing Weight Gain In Children

New study highlights how parents can help their youngsters achieve a healthier lifestyle

Turn off the tube! That's the advice of a study on ways to keep your kids from becoming obese couch potatoes....


Four Keys to a Healthy Blood Pressure

Researchers say a healthy lifestyle will keep blood pressure in a healthy range

If you ask your doctor the cause of high blood pressure, she'll probably tell you that there's no way to know for sure. But researchers increasingly say th...


Mom and Pop Stores: How Do The Succesful Ones Survive?

There's still a spot for some kinds of local stores, but they need to be digitally savy

Even with all of the technology we have at our disposal today, the earth still holds its fair share of mysteries. Like how come water can't be duplica...


Report Shows Consumers' Incomes Declined During Recovery

The recession is over, except for U.S. households

The Great Recession officially ended in June 2009 but for many consumers, it feels like it has continued. That may be because for consumers, it has.Consi...


Facebook Feels No Love From Wall Street or Some Users

Stock price has plunged from May's IPO and users continue to grumble

When Facebook stock began trading in May, lots of people dreamed of striking it rich by getting in early on the initial public offering (IPO). That's turne...


Feds Predict Higher Food Prices in 2013

USDA forecast confirms private economists' assessment of drought's impact

Food industry analysts have predicted that food prices in the U.S. will rise next year because of this summer's drought. Now the U.S. Department of Agricul...


Study: Midlife Fitness Contributes to Healthy Old Age

Fitness lowers risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer, other common conditions

All you 40-year-old joggers and weight-lifters should be happy to hear this: a new study finds that fitness in midlife is associated with a lower risk of c...


Walmart Offers Email Price Comparisons in Test Markets

The retail giant is asking its grocery customers to post the comparison results on social media

Walmart is trying out a new way of luring grocery shoppers to its stores. It's asking consumers to send a photo of their latest grocery receipt from a comp...


Consumers Harmed By Promises of Federal Jobs Getting Refunds

Materials were offered to help study for phantom jobs

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is mailing roughly 1,900 refund checks to consumers who allegedly were deceived ...


West Nile Virus Outbreak Is the Worst Ever

Texas is the American epicenter of the disease

On Wednesday the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported a 55 percent rise in the amount of people infected with the West Nile Virus (WNV...


Consumers Increase Credit Cards But Paying Loans on Time

Two new reports suggests lending standards are relaxing and consumers are handling it

Two new reports on consumer credit usage may constitute positive signs for the economy. On one hand consumers have increased the number of their open credi...


Limited Quantity of Hearts of Romaine Salad Recalled

There's a possible health risk from Listeria monocytogenes

Fresh Express Incorporated is voluntarily recalling a limited quantity of expired 10 oz. Hearts of Romaine salad with the expired Use-by Date of August 23,...


Florida On Guard Against Post-Isaac Gouging

Meanwhile, storm heads for Gulf Coast landfall on Katrina anniversary

With much of Florida feeling the effects of Tropical Storm Isaac, some gas stations appear to be raising their prices. Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi i...


Illinois Claims Autism Support Group is a Scam

Group collected money from parents for service dogs that were never provided

People all over the country have sent money of an Illinois-based organization called Animals for Autism. After all, it sounded like a wonderful idea.Anim...


Jury: Samsung Ripped Off Apple

Many Samsung products could disappear from the marketplace

In a stunning victory for Apple, a jury in California concluded that Samsung used Apple's patented design and technology in development of its Android smar...


Sick As a Dog -- It's Not Just Cantaloupes, Dog Food Is Blamed for Many Illnesses

Critics say FDA has "a poor track record" of assuring the safety of food, human and otherwise

Everyday ConsumerAffairs hears stories like this one, from Jill of Lawrence, Kan.: "I picked up a bag of Nutro Max Senior to try for my aging collie. ...


In Search of the Best Fast-Food Fish Sandwich

McDonalds, Burger King, Arby's and Wendy's battle for fish sandwich supremacy

During the summer when I was a kid, I and the other children in the neighborhood would gather every morning to play these marathon games of baseball which ...


Feds Offer Food Safety Tips as Tropical Storm Isaac Nears Florida

Proper planning can keep you safe and sound

As Floridians ready their homes for Tropical Storm Isaac's potential blast, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) ...


BP Says Tainted Gasoline Problem in Midwest Fixed

Indiana opens investigation to make sure consumers are compensated

BP said that it has traced the source of the contamination in gasoline that caused engine problems in vehicles in four Midwestern states this week.The co...


Cruises to Alaska Becoming More Expensive

New clean air rules raise costs for cruise ships

Cruises to Alaska have become popular in recent years but new clean-air rules are about to make the cruises more expensive.“As of August 1, 2012, t...


Why You Should Steer Clear of Debt Settlement Companies

It could end up costing you more in the long run

You open your credit card bill and stare at the balance. How could it have gotten so large?And maybe that's not your only credit card balance. Combined, ...


Food Products Seized at California Warehouse

Food and Drug Administration acts to prevent food distribution from rodent-infested facility

U.S. Marshals have seized food products stored in a Fremont, CA, company’s warehouse after inspectors from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) foun...


New Links Between Alcohol, Tobacco and Cancer

Two studies raise new warnings about popular products

Two independent studies raise new health concerns about consumption of alcohol and use of smokeless tobacco products. Both students suggest a link between ...


Chamberlain Farm Produce, Inc. Recalls Cantaloupes

Salmonella contamination is possible

Chamberlain Farm Produce, Inc., of Owensville, IN, is recalling all of its cantaloupes from the 2012 growing season that may remain in the marketplace. T...


Student Loan Delinquency Still Rising

But payments on all other forms of consumer credit appear to be improving

There's new evidence that recent college graduates are struggling under the mounting burden of student loan debt, which earlier this year passed the $1 tri...


Is Rinsing Your Sinuses Safe?

If not done properly, it could cause more problems than it solves

Little teapots with long spouts have become a fixture in many homes for reasons that have nothing to do with tea. Called neti pots, they are used to rinse...


Gasoline Prices Level Off This Week

But diesel fuel passes the $4 a gallon milestone

The surprising rise in gasoline prices this month appeared to taper off this week but the average price of diesel fuel topped $4 a gallon.The national av...


Survey: Most Consumers Think the Economy Is in 'Bad' or 'Terrible' Shape

Nearly 25 percent think It will be difficult to purchase needed items over the next several months

We've been hearing a lot lately on how folks are doing financially. Well, that may or may not be the case....


Wilson & Fisher Bistro Sets Recalled

Breakage of the chairs during normal user presents a fall hazard

Zest Garden, of Ontario, CA, is recalling about 22,500 Wilson & Fisher White Cast Bistro Table and Chairs Sets. The chairs can break during normal use, po...


New Fall TV Shows: What Looks Good and What Looks Just So-So

The pickings are slim on the cable channels, but network TV is trying to get its mojo back

It's definitely that time of year again when television and cable networks try to wow and amaze us with its new fall shows.Year after year it seems the b...


Feds Sue DISH Network for Do Not Call Violations

Customers asked to be left alone but DISH kept calling, FTC charges

DISH Network, one of the nation's largest providers of satellite television service, faces a Federal Trade Commission lawsuit alleging that it illegal...


Mosquitoes Appear to be Increasing Health Threat

Nation suffering record outbreak of West Nile Virus

The lowly mosquito was once thought to be mostly an annoyance in the U.S., but in recent years has become a feared agent in the spread of disease. In its l...


Dole Recalls Limited Number Of Salads

The salads may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Dole Fresh Vegetables is recalling 1,039 cases of bagged salad. The product being recalled is 10 oz. Dole Italian Blend coded 0049N2202008, with a Use-By d...


Marketers of 'Ab Circle Pro' Device to Settle FTC Charges

Consumers could see much as $25 million in refunds

Think just three minutes a day will make you thin? Think again. As part of its efforts to stop over-hyped health claims, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC...


Survey: What Couples Argue About the Most

And it's not sex

Money may or may not be the root of all evil, but online survey results suggest it is very much the root of all arguments among couples.A poll of more th...


Another 23 Counties Designated Drought Disaster Areas

New help announced for livestock producers with changes to emergency loans, crop insurance

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today designated 33 additional counties in 8 states as natural disaster areas -- 23 counties due to drought....


1994 Honda Accord Car Thieves' Favorite Heist

Annual list of most-stolen vehicles is dominated by 1990s models

If you are worried that car thieves are coveting your shiny new luxury car perhaps you should be more concerned about the other car in your garage, if it h...


Tattoo Inks Pose Health Risks

Tempted to get a tattoo? Learn how to reduce your risk of infection

These days it seems like people from all walks of life have tattoos, which might lead you to believe that tattoos are completely safe. But there are heal...


Central Valley Meat Suspended for Humane Handling Violations

The action was prompted by a video of slaughter operations

Central Valley Meat in Hanford, CA, has been shut down. The company was notified by the Agriculture Department’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service ...


Report: America Throws Out 40 Percent of its Food

Environmental group report says it wastes money and resources

Many baby boomers recall being admonished to clean their plates at dinner, reminded that there were plenty of hungry children in some country or other. But...


Could 3-D Printing Be the Biggest Invention Since the Internet?

Many experts believe so, with one company making 3-D printers somewhat affordable.

Okay, it's Saturday night and you're preparing to have a dinner party.The guests will be arriving in a few hours, and you're racing around the house...


Feds Try to Give Boost to Short Sales

New program speeds up approval for distressed homeowners

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) today announced thatFannie Mae and Freddie Mac are issuing new, clear guidelines to their mortgage servicers that...


T-Mobile Plans Unlimited Data Option

Bigger competitors are setting caps on customers' monthly data usage

T-Mobile USA, a solid No. 4, has seemed somewhat adrift since its sale to AT&T Wireless fell through. But now the German-owned carrier is offering some...


What Does it Take to Buy a House?

Fewer people can take advantage of low rates and prices

Mortgage rates are near historic lows. Home prices have crashed from their highs four years ago. It seems now would be a great time to buy a home, especial...


PayPal Teams With Discover to Expand Payment System

PayPal accounts will be usable at most Discover locations in 2013

PayPal Teams With Discover to Expand Payment SystemPayPal is becoming more of an off-line payment source, allowing account-holders to pay with PayPal in ...


Big Retailers Latest to Oppose Credit-Card Swipe Fee Settlement

Walmart, Target, Home Depot among the latest to trash the deal

It was hailed as a victory for just about everyone. But it turns out no one is very happy about the $6 billion settlement of a seven-year dispute between r...


Now, Nothing Has to be Lost in Translation

Apps and gadgets help break down language barriers

Technology and transportation advances have made the world seem smaller. Business is now global. However, the billions of people on the planet still speak ...


VW Sales Up 34% in the U.S.

The company is racing to pass Toyota and GM and take the No. 1 world title

Volkswagen has been tearing up the track the last few years, racing to become the world's largest automaker. It may just get there. The company repo...


Existing Home Sales Rise In July

But Realtors say sales could be much higher

The housing market continues on a plodding path to recovery. Despite near record low interest rates and beaten down home prices, sales of existing homes in...


U.S. Households Climb Out of Financial Distress

CredAbility Consumer Distress Index says Orlando is most distressed U.S. city

Doing better financially? You are, according to one measure. The CredAbility Consumer Distress Index says that for the first time since the third quarter ...


Gasoline Prices Fall for Two Straight Days

Is it a trend or just a head-fake to motorists?

In case you hadn't noticed, the price of gasoline is going down for the first time in more than a month. The national average price of self-serve regular, ...


Creation of Rating System for Financial Planning Urged

New survey shows seniors especially vulnerable to financial abuse

To help prevent the use of misleading, fraudulent and deceptive designations and certifications to promote financial services to senior citizens, the Cert...


Website Domains Involving Cell Phone App Marketplaces are Seized

Thousands of apps were downloaded as part of an FBI investigation

Three Website domain names engaged in the illegal distribution of copies of copyrighted Android cell phone apps have been seized -- the first action of its...


Reumofan Products Pose Risk to Consumers

The 'dietary supplements have hidden ingredients that could be harmful

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers about the risks they face if they take Reumofan Plus and Reumofan Plus Premium, products market...


Three Airlines Fined for Violating Airline Consumer Protection Rules

Infractions of rules governing baggage fee disclosures and cancellations are cited

Royal Jordanian Airlines, EgyptAir, and Royal Air Maroc have been fined for violating the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) expanded airline passen...


Some Really Cool Food Apps to Download

From making reservations to getting nutrition advice, there's a food app for every person and diet.

In the world of eating out, you have your casual diners; you're every-now-and-then-food enthusiast, and your hardcore foodie types.Way back when —...


How Did Offline Dating Become New Again?

More online dating companies are trying to get you away from your keyboard

Somehow online dating has become so normal, that offline dating almost seems like a novelty.This is the thinking and marketing approach many dating ...


Good Food On a Tight Budget: It's Not Impossible

Environmental group identifies top 100 healthy, cheap, clean and green foods

Finding the right food isn't easy but it can help keep your family healthy while also keeping your budget under control and supplying a helpful nudge to th...


Class Action Charges Hotels, Travel Sites Skinned Consumers

Expedia, Travelocity, Marriott, Sheraton and others conspired to fix prices, the suit charges

A class-action lawsuit accuses major hotels and online travel sites of price-fixing. The suit alleges that the defendants conspired to secretly create and...


Bariatric Surgery Increasing As Anti-Obesity Weapon

Researchers report average weight loss at around 100 pounds

More than one-third of all U.S. adults over 20 are classified as obese.Many are among the millions of Americans who have found that diet, exercise and me...


Best Credit Cards For College Students

The right card can be a positive experience

With student loan debt mounting, the last thing a college student needs to do is run up a lot of credit card debt on top of it.In fact, when Congress ref...


Crash Avoidance Technology Test Underway

Wi-Fi-like signals that warn of safety hazards could help reduce crashes during year-long project

Nearly 3,000 cars, trucks and buses equipped with “connected” Wi-Fi technology to enable vehicles and infrastructure to “talk” to each other in real time t...


Federal Report Finds US Seniors Doing Just Fine, Thank You

Older Americans live longer, healthier lives than their ancestors

Senior citizens are enjoying longer lives and and doing better physically than did previous generations, although -- for some -- an increased burden in hou...


AT&T iPhone Users Face Restrictions on FaceTime

That could be a violation of the FCC's Open Internet rules

Current iPhone owners can use the product's video FaceTime feature if they are accessing the Internet through a Wi-Fi connection. But when Apple issues the...


College Debt Falls Heaviest on Middle-Income Students

Study finds upper and lower income students manage to avoid heavy education debt

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) earlier this year raised the alarm over student debt, noting that the toll of outstanding student loans is ...


Orbitz Fined for Failing to Disclose Baggage Fees Properly

Feds say fees were not 'prominently' displayed

Orbitz is being fined $50,000 for violating the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) expanded airline passenger protection rule by failing to clearly...


Resveratrol May Help Seniors Prevent Falls

But that's not an excuse to have a second glass of wine at dinner

Resveratrol, a substance in the skin of red grapes and other fruit, is credited with many potent health benefits.Among them are resistance to some cancer...


Health Professionals Hope to Get Jump on Flu Season

The vaccine is already being offered to consumers

The signs are out early this year. Just as retailers tend to promote holiday merchandise earlier and earlier each year, pharmacies, clinics and other healt...


The Best Feel-Good Songs To Get You Through the Work Week

No matter what your preferred genre is, each area of music have songs that will brighten the soul.

Its Monday folks. Probably the most challenging day of the work week.Some would say it represents the foot of the mountain before you begin your climb. O...


Court Agrees Online Video Viewing Should Be Private

Ruling in Hulu class action affirms consumers' privacy rights online

Do you want others to know what movies you're watching? Maybe you do and maybe you don't but a federal judge in California has ruled that you have the same...


Federal Standards for 'Black Boxes' Effective in September

The rules don't require event data recorders in cars but seek to standardize data collection

Coming soon to a car near you -- event data recorders, or "black boxes." The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has refused to all...


Many Consumers Confused About Insurance Policies

The danger is learning about policy limits at the worst possible time

Insurance is one of those things you pay for every month but hope you never use. But when you are in an auto accident or your home is damaged, adequate cov...


Apple Becomes the Most Valuable Public Company in History

Foreget Microsoft, Facebook and Groupon, Apple outshines their all

Look out, the pundits are circling. The dismal performance of Groupon, Facebook and other online properties is setting off another round of nay-saying and ...


Samsung Releases First Smartphone For MetroPCS

New phone allows viewing of broadcast TV in select markets

One reason Samsung is the sales leader in smartphones is that it produces a wide variety of models for a number of different carriers. According to a recen...


Jury in Apple Suit Against Samsung to Get Case This Week

Future of smartphone and tablet universe is at stake

After three weeks of presenting evidence in court, both Apple and Samsung are gearing up for closing arguments as the landmark patent case reaches a climax...


Lower Male Circumcision Rates May Lead to Higher Disease Rate

Study finds estimated lifetime medical costs rise when infants are not circumcised

Fewer male babies are being circumcised in the U.S. and a new study says that while that may save a few dollars now, it could lead to trouble down the road...


Study: Burnout Common Among U.S. Physicians

Nearly 1 in 2 physicians may be affected, study finds

Do you ever get the feeling your doctor seems remote and depressed? He or she may be suffering from burnout, new study suggests. The national survey f...


JetBlue Fined for Not Informing Passengers of Rights

Passengers were not told they had the opportunity to leave the aircraft during gate delay

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has fined JetBlue Airways $90,000 for violating federal rules last March by not informing passengers on an airc...


Researchers Identify Mood-Altering Chemicals in Some Food

Gives a whole new meaning to 'comfort' food

Ever wonder why eating some foods just make you feel better? New evidence suggests it's because their natural ingredients bear a striking chemical similari...


Georgia Tax Return Preparer Pleads Guilty to Stolen Identity Refund Fraud Crimes

Ex-clients' information used to file false income tax returns

A Macon, Georgia-tax return preparer has pleaded guilty to filing a false claim for tax refund, theft of government money and aggravated identity theft....


Highline Sliced White Mushrooms Recalled

The mushrooms may contain Listeria monocytogenes

Highline Mushrooms of Leamington, Ontario, Canada, is recalling tighline 8 oz. packaged Sliced White Mushrooms from all marketplaces. ...


Suzuki Recalls Forenzas and Renos

A possible headlight failure puts drivers at risk

Suzuki is recalling more than 101,600 model year 2004-2006 Forenza and model year 2005-2006 Reno vehicles manufactured from September 23, 2003, through Mar...


Beef Products Recalled

The products may have been mislabeled

On-Cor Frozen Foods of Geneva, IL is recalling approximately 605 pounds of frozen boneless rib-shaped patties with barbecue sauce because they may have bee...


Latest Home Delivery Craze -- Paternity Tests

A New York City RV sells something other than lunch

A lot of industries have picked up on the concept of offering their products through a truck that drives around town.Food companies first introduced...


Lawsuit Takes Issue With Parkay Spray

The lawsuit claims the spray-on butter substitute isn't as fat-free as it claims to be

A Nebraska woman charges that Parkay Spray butter substitute isn't as calorie- and fat-free as it claims to be. Pamela Trewhitt claims in a lawsuit th...


Consumer Bureau Seeks Input on Gift Card Laws

Bureau to explore whether certain state laws on gift cards are inconsistent with federal law

How much time should you have to use a gift card before it expires? That's what the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is trying to decide as it ...


Weight Loss Equals Economic Gain in Oklahoma City

City follows Mayor Mick Cornett's example -- slims down and amps up

Oklahoma City has seen some wonderful days in the last recent years, and not just because of its successful NBA team the Oklahoma City Thunder.Natio...


Square Unveils Plan That Eliminates Swipe Fees

Some small business can qualify for $275 monthly flat fee

Square seems to be on a roll. Less than a week after closing a blockbuster deal with Starbucks for mobile payments, it's fired another warning shot across ...


Gasoline Prices Keep Moving Higher

The national average price climbs another four cents in last seven days

Motorists faced another week of rising gasoline prices though the increases moderated in parts of the Midwest impacted by regional pipeline and refinery is...


Survey: School, College Shoppers’ Lists Still Long

Increasing number of college families are influenced by coupons, sales and promotions

Even though they began shopping for back-to-school and college items earlier than ever this year, families with school and college-aged students said that ...


Brain-Pad Agrees to Be More Modest in its Claims

FTC took issue with claims the mouthguards protected against brain injury

You wouldn't think a mouthguard would prevent brain injuries, and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) doesn't think so either....


Not Much Use Worrying About Newspapers' Future

It's hard to imagine an industry responding less effectively to new competition

Things are tough in the newspaper business.  Well, actually, things have always been tough in the newspaper business, at least for the reporters, edit...


Cities Cracking Down On Unregulated Car Services

Technology gives these 'rogue' taxis a distinct advantage

Need a lift to the airport? A ride across town? Normally you would hail a cab but with the growing use of smartphones and social media apps, unlicensed and...


PBteen Recalls Bunk Beds

A problem with a panel on the beds poses the risk of injury

PBteen, a division of Williams-Sonoma Inc., of San Francisco, is recalling about 390 Beadboard Bunk Beds. The front upper horizontal panel on the bunk bed...


All Baby Boomers Urged to Get Tested For Hepatitis C

Sex, drugs, rock-n-roll generation may be especially vulnerable

If you were born between 1946 and 1964 – the huge population group known as baby boomers – you should get screened for hepatitis C.The advice...


Why Seniors May Be More Vulnerable to Scams

The physiological process of age is a likely factor

It's no secret that senior citizens are a con artist's favorite target. They seem more trusting and more likely to fall for a scammer's pitch.But why, ex...


Diabetes in Dogs: It's More Common Than You Think

We spoke to an expert and learned what symptoms pet owners should look out for

Here's a statistic that may be surprising to some pet owners:There has been a 32 percent rise in dogs being diagnosed with diabetes between the years of...


Samsung's Galaxy Note Tablet Features Stylus and Split-Screen

Samsung is hoping the new features put a dent in the Apple iPad's dominance of the tablet market

The late Steve Jobs didn't like using a stylus and so Apple gadgets didn't have one, even though they were widely sold as accessories in the after-mar...


Mortgage Rates Moving Higher

The increase is small, but it's there

The cost of a mortgage is going up, though not by much, with rates still near historic lows. But two weekly gauges of interest rates both reveal upward mov...


Teens Blame for Their Rapes

The site was also cited in a high-school prostitution ring case in Virginia

In a court case in Tacoma, Wash., three girls say they were raped multiple times after pimps advertised them as prostitutes on, the classified...


Poll: New Yorkers Oppose Limiting Soft Drink Sizes

Quinnipiac Poll also finds voters oppose Mayor Bloomberg's restrictions on infant formula

The latest Quinnipiac University poll finds New York City voters sour on Mayor Bloomberg's proposal to limit the size of sugary soft drinks. The poll finds...


Are Digital Textbooks the Future?

Increasingly, students are finding electronic options for their course materials

As kids head off to school with backpacks loaded with heavy books and college students shell out hundreds of dollars for text books they'll use for one sem...


Gerber Recalls Machetes

Believe it or not, there's a laceration hazard

Gerber Legendary Blades, of Portland, OR, is recalling about 119,000 Gerber Bear Grylls Parang Machetes....


Survey: Consumers Value More Comfortable Car Seats

Carmakers are obliging with more enhanced seating features in compacts and subcompacts

When you think about it, 100 percent of the time you spend in a car is spent sitting down. So the fact that automakers would be putting more effort into ma...


Agencies Issue Proposed Rule on Appraisals for Higher-Risk Mortgages

'Fraudulent property flipping' is among the issued that would be addressed

Six federal financial regulatory agencies have issued a proposed rule to establish new appraisal requirements for “higher-risk mortgage loans.” ...


New York, Connecticut, Said to be Probing Major Banks

Authorities trying to determine impact of possible Libor rate manipulation

Two states, New York and Connecticut, have reportedly launched investigations of seven major banks on charges of rigging the Libor Rate, a rate used by int...


Retailers Form New Mobile Commerce Platform

MCX promises an easier way to pay, along with customized promotions

In a sign that mobile commerce has become mainsteam, a handful of major U.S. retailers have banded together to form Merchant Customer Exchange, also known ...


Blood Type May Influence Heart Disease Risk

Unfortunately, you can't ask for a change

People with blood type A, B, or AB had a higher risk for coronary heart disease when compared with those with blood type O, according to new research publi...


Bumbo Does It Again, Recalls Millions of Baby Seats

19 skull fractures later, Bumbo adds a safety belt, and another warning label

The Bumbo is a baby seat that helps babies sit up before they are able to do so on their own.This is not a particularly good idea, since babies are not...


Need a Little Adventure In Your Vacation?

Some of the best places to go for those who need more than a comfy bed and room service.

Not everybody likes to vacation the same way. While some prefer to spend their time away in a pool-side chair, others may have travel aspirations that are ...


How Long Will it Take to Pay Off Your Credit Card?

Using the Federal Reserve's handy calculator can help you figure it out

If you are like most consumers, you carry a credit card balance. Never mind how you acquired it, you'd really like to pay it off but don't seem to be makin...


Samsung Unveils Galaxy Note 10.1

New tablet features split screen and writing stylus

Samsung's latest entry in the tablet wars, the Galaxy Note 10.1, will go on sale in the U.S. on Thursday, August 16, the...


Study: Diabetes Drugs Raise Cancer Risk

Popular TZD drugs increase bladder cancer risk two to three times

Nearly 20 percent of the drugs prescribed to treat Type 2 diabetes may put those patients at increased risk of bladder cancer.That's the conclusion of a ...


Simple, Inexpensive Steps to Looking Younger

Plastic surgery and Botox aren't your only options

It seems people have always been looking for the fountain of youth. Whether its expensive plastic surgery or Botox treatments, there is no shortage of proc...


New Rule Would Give Consumers More Information about Appraisals

Mortgage lenders would be required to share more information with home buyers

Consumers buying a home should be sure they know how much the home is really worth. A new rule proposed by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) ...


Bumbo International Recalls Baby Seats

Consumers can order a free repair kit

Bumbo International Trust of South Africa is recalling about 4 million Bumbo Baby Seats in the U.S. One million of the seats were voluntarily recalled in...


The Drought Expands

More assistance is being made available to producers

An additional 172 counties in 15 states have been added to the list of primary natural disaster areas due to drought and heat, making all qualified farm o...


Utah Firm Recalls Beef Products

E. coli O157:H7 contamination is possible

Dale T. Smith and Sons Meat Packing of Draper, UT, is recalling approximately 38,200 pounds of beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7....


Use of Codeine Poses Risk of Death in Some Children Following Surgeries

Ultra-rapid metabolizing can put patients at risk

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today issued a Drug Safety Communication concerning three children who died and one child who experienced a non...


There Was No Sign of Inflation in July

But with gas and groceries on the rise, August could be different

You may be paying more at the gas pump and the supermarket checkout counter, but that's about it. The Labor Department reports the Consumer Price Index (CP...


Court Arguments Equate Cell Phones to Tobacco, Asbestos

Phone companies fight San Francisco ordinance that requires public warnings

San Francisco retailers should not have to warn consumers that their cellphones might emit cancer-causing radiation, a telecommunications trade group told...


Higher One Inc. Will Pay $11 Million To College Students For Disputed Fees

Consumer watch groups say banks have been ripping off college students for quite some time.

Higher One Inc., which provides financial services for colleges, will soon pay $11 million to 60,000 students in a settlement. The financial inst...


Dogs Aren't Luggage; It Takes Planning to Transport Them Safely

With the right amount of homework, owners can increase the chances of their pet's safe journey.

When pet owners make plans to head-out on vacation or leave their area, one of the first things they do is make the necessary arrangements for their animal...


How to Save at the Supermarket

Here are some easy ways to cope with rising food prices

Trips to the grocery store are getting more expensive and the cost will rise even more in the months ahead as the effects of this summer's drought make the...


Insurance Institute Unveils New Crash Test

The idea is to improve protection for people in frontal crashes

Only three of 11 midsize luxury and near-luxury cars evaluated earn good or acceptable ratings in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) new s...


Kids' Vitamin Buyers May Have a Refund Coming

Disney and Marvel Hero vitamins made false health claims, FTC charged

If you bought Disney- or Marvel Hero-themed vitamins for your kids during the last few years, you may be eligible for a refund.The Federal Trade Commissi...


What do Egg Yolks and Cigarettes Have in Common?

Both are bad news if you are at risk of cardiovascular disease

By now, everyone knows that cigarette smoking is bad for your helath and can accelerate atherosclerosis, also called coronary artery disease.New research...


Retail Sales Provide Another Hopeful Sign For the Economy

Sales were up solidly last month across all categories

Economists worried the U.S. economy was slipping back into a recession over the summer are breathing a little easier. Among recent hopeful signs for the ec...


Virgin America Dominates U.S. Passenger Ratings

Travelers polled on airlines in several different categories

Balloting for the Passenger Choice Awards, a yearlong survey asking passengers to rate their travel experience, is currently underway. So far only three U....


Vaccines Approved for 2012-2013 Flu Season

Three strains are seen as likely to hit the U.S.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has signed off on the 2012-2013 influenza (flu) vaccine formulation for all six manufacturers licensed to produ...


Oral Drug Cefixime No Longer Recommended for Gonorrhea Treatment

Feds say the change is critical to preserve last effective treatment option

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) no longer recommends the oral antibiotic cefixime as a first-line treatment option for gonorrhea in th...


Bank Fees Rise in First Half of 2012

The bigger the bank, the greater the increase

In the last few years Congress has passed new consumer protections for bank customers, but that hasn't stopped fees from rising. A semi-annual study by Mon...


Drinking Cocoa Could be Good for Your Brain

It may not be just a 'comfort food'

You like hot chocolate? Guess what -- it likes you....


Feds Buying Meat to Assist Drought-Stricken Livestock Producers

The purchases will also strengthen federal nutrition programs

The Agriculture Department (USDA) will purchase up to $170 million of pork, lamb, chicken, and catfish for federal food nutrition assistance programs, incl...


Hercules Recalls Truck Tires

Formation of U cracks could lead to crashes

Hercules Tire & Rubber Company is recalling 1,222 H502 radial medium tubeless truck tires, size 315/80R22.5 Load Range J. The affected tires may have been ...


Gas Up 9 Cents From Last Week in 23 States

If the trend continues, most consumers will face increases over last year

Consumers in 23 states are seeing year-over-year gas price increases and energy analysts say they fear the higher prices will spread to other states soon....


How to Shop for an Auto Loan

Get your financing lined up before you go car shopping

Shopping for a new car can be fun and exciting, but before you get to the fun part, better shop for a loan with which to buy the vehicle. That requires alm...


The Sennheiser HD 558 Headphones: Modest Appearance, Great Sound

The Sennheisers deliver precise, accurate sound at all listening levels

After a week-long test run, the results are in and ready to be shared...


Barnes and Noble Cuts Price of Nook

Book seller trims its prices as seven-inch tablet war heats up

The real competition in the tablet wars may be among the seven-inch tablets. Not only are there more of these smaller tablets, the prices are getting lower...


Judge Faults 'Flaws' in Credit Card Collection Suits

A published report says there could be problems in 90 percent of the lawsuits

Whether it's mortgages or credit cards, when banks have a large number of bad loans to process, stressed out employees can take shortcuts and mistakes can ...


Google Buys Frommer's Travel Guides

Guidebooks have lined the pockets of travelers for 50 years

Hoping to juice up its local reviews, Google is buying the Frommer's Travel brand from publisher John Wiley & Sons. Google said it hasn't decide...


Regular Leisure-Time Physical Activities Good for Middle-Aged Hearts

It doesn’t have to be 'no pain, no gain' to benefit you

Are you a middle-aged adult who likes to ride a bike, putter in the garden or take a walk? You're doing yourself more good than you may know....


Heart Attack? Get Answer Quickly

New algorithm helps diagnose heart attacks, study finds

It's not always easy for doctors to diagnose a heart attack. But a new algorithm gave a definitive answer within one hour in 77% of patients with acute che...


Study Finds 12 States With Obesity Rates Greater Than 30 Percent

That's the same number as in last year's study

The annual state-by-state obesity ranking by the Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) suggests the nation's weig...


Gradual Drop in Youth Tobacco Use Continues

But, surgeon general's report says significant problem areas remain

Tobacco use among American middle school and high school students showed a slow decline from 2000 to 2011, according to a report from the Centers for Disea...


Energy Drinks Remain Under the Gun

Monster Beverage says it is under investigation by a state attorney general

A small mention in an obscure regulatory filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) reveals energy drink maker Monster Beverage is being inve...


Lucentis Approved to Treat Diabetic Macular Edema

Testing shows gain in vision among patients injected with Lucentis

There's a new treatment for diabetic macular edema (DME), a sight-threatening eye disease that occurs in people with diabetes....


Kumho Recalling Tires

Sidewall cracks could result in air loss

Kumho Tire U.S.A., Inc. is recalling more than 1,200 Kumho Solus KH25 passenger car tires, size 225/45R17, produced in the weeks of 3411 through 2512 (Au...


Like Camping But Don't Like Roughing It?

Slightly spiffed-up campsites offer an alternative to traditional camping.

Back in the day when I had a bigger tolerance for roughing it, and a deeper desire to experience nature first-hand, I went on a lone camping trip to a plac...


Florida Community Demanding KB Home Buy Back Their Houses

Community claims homes were poorly constructed and are beyond repair

Inspectors from the Manatee County, Fla., Building and Development Department inspected 27 homes in a KB Home development and found 20 of them to be "unsaf...


Regional Supply Problems Send Gasoline Prices Surging

Pipeline leaks and refinery fires are the culprits

Surging gasoline prices in California and the Midwest are pushing the national average price of gasoline sharply higher this week.The national average pr...


J.C. Penney Sinks Deeper Into the Red

But company CEO vows to stay the course

At the beginning of 2012 retailer J.C. Penney, under the new leadership of CEO Ron Johnson, embarked on a number of bold, dramatic changes. The reaction fr...


Stop-Start Automotive Technology Gaining in U.S.

Feature is being added to more U.S. cars in 2013 model year

A technology that saves gasoline by stopping and starting the engine when a vehicle is idle is gaining ground in the U.S.The stop-start system, a technol...


Consumers Lured by Money-Making Scam Getting Refunds

Thousands burned by promissory note and mortgage-selling scheme

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is mailing 9,282 refund checks to consumers who were deceived by false promises that they could earn substantial income ...


U.S. Growers Expect to Produce 13 Percent Less Corn than Last Year

Consumers are likely to feel the impact at the grocery store

Affected by one of the worst droughts on record, U.S. corn growers are forecast to harvest 87.4 million acres in 2012 -- down two percent from June estima...


Final Settlement With Facebook Approved

Facebook must obtain consumers' consent before sharing their information beyond established privacy settings

Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has accepted as final a settlement with Facebook resolving charges that Facebook dece...


Home Buyers Finding Fewer Houses to Choose From

Declining inventory of homes means prices are beginning to rise

With a collapsed real estate market, you might expect that the market would be flooded with homes for sale. That might have been true at one point, but it ...


Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Proposes Rules to Protect Mortgage Borrowers

Rules would establish standards to prevent servicer mistakes and surprises

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is proposing rules to protect homeowners from surprises and costly mistakes by their mortgage servicers....


Civil Penalty Proposed Against Federal Express

The carrier is accused of breaking rules on transporting hazardous materials

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is proposing a $681,200 civil penalty against Federal Express Corp. (FedEx), of Memphis, Tenn., for allegedly vio...


Marqibo Approved to Treat Rare Type of Leukemia

Orphan drug approved under agency’s accelerated approval program

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Marqibo (vincristine sulfate liposome injection) to treat adults with a rare type of leukemia call...


Google Pays $22.5 Million for Privacy Violations

Google misrepresented privacy assurance to Safari users

As expected, Google will pay $22.5 million to settle federal charges that it disregarded consumers' privacy settings on Apple's Safari Web browser. It...


A Browser Visits the Microsoft Store

It seems like Microsoft has borrowed some store ideas from Apple

When it comes to purchasing a laptop or tablet at a retail location, many think of Apple stores first. With Apple's neon signage, wide open floor sp...


Lawsuit Challenges Splenda Essentials' Claims

Suit alleges the artificial sweetener provides no health benefits whatsoever

Splenda Essentials promises to "make everything you sweeten a little bit better for you" but a lawsuit filed today says the promise is false and charges th...


GE Recalls Dishwashers

A heating element defect poses a fire hazard

GE Appliances, of Louisville, KY, is recalling about 1.3 million GE, GE Adora, GE Eterna, GE Profile and Hotpoint Dishwashers. An electrical failure in the...


Mortgage Delinquencies on the Rise

Second quarter increase reverses what had been a positive trend of declines

Struggling homeowners fell further behind in the second quarter of the year. The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) reports the delinquency rate for loans ...


Airlines Set Record for First Half of 2012 in On-Time Performance

Cancellations, tarmac delays, mishandled baggage rate also hit low levels

If this continues, air travel could actually get to be fun again. The nation’s largest airlines set record marks during the first half of this year for on...


Study Adds to Evidence Daily Aspirin Linked to Lower Cancer Mortality

However, the jury remains out on cause and effect

It isn't just your heart that benefits from the aspirin-a-day your doctor wants you to take. A large new observational study finds more evidence of an ass...


Drought Continues to Take Toll on Farmers

Another 44 counties in 12 states designated disaster areas

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has signed disaster designations for an additional 44 counties in 12 states as primary natural disaster areas due to dama...


Where Are All the Foreclosures?

Foreclosure activity in July was down three percent from June

Despite predictions that a massive settlement between the states and five mortgage servicers would unleash a flood of foreclosures this year, the flood is ...


Nevada Cracking Down On Loan Modification Scams

State secures full restitution in latest prosecution

Perhaps no state has been hit harder by the foreclosure crisis than Nevada. A huge percentage of the state's homeowners have found themselves in a distress...


Employment Background Screening Company Fined for Violating Fair Credit Reporting Act

HireRight Solutions is charged with incorrectly listed criminal convictions on reports of some consumers

An employment background screening company that provides consumer reports to companies nationwide will pay $2.6 million to settle Federal Trade Commission ...


Is Fast Food Really Getting Better?

A report says "limited-service" restaurants are gaining on the white tablecloth joints

A report just released by research firm Technomic, shows that limited service-restaurants (LSR) are steadily improving its offerings, and are competin...


Starbucks to Accept Pay With Square at 7,000 Stores

Customers will be able to pay just by saying their name

Not only do you not need cash, soon you won't even need plastic to buy a cup of coffee at Starbucks. The coffee chain has linked up with Square as a means ...


GAO: Cell Phone Radiation Standards Outdated

GAO: Time for FCC to set new standards to replace those adopted 15 years ago

 Federal cell phone radiation standards are outdated and may not protect public health, the Government Accountability Office said in a report released...


AARP Survey Finds 'Anxiety Index' Running High

Older voters worried about a lot more than just jobs, survey finds

All the political blather about jobs is fine but a key group of voters -- employed baby boomers -- say they want the candidates to better explain thei...


Consumers Who Paid to Collect Bogus Prize Money Get Refunds

Scammers posing as government agencies tricked consumers

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has mailed 503 refund checks to consumers who were allegedly tricked into paying a fee to collect a fake multi-million-d...


Could This Be a Stealth Recovery?

Taking a 'glass is half-full' view of the economy

The Great Recession ended in 2009 but in the last three years, economic growth has been minimal. For millions, it seems there has been no end to the recess...


Six in 10 Adults Now Get Physically Active by Walking

However, less than half get enough physical activity to improve their health

We really are a nation on the move. Sixty-two percent of adults say they walked for at least once for 10 minutes or more in the previous week in 2010, com...


International Money Transfers Made Easier for Certain Financial Institutions

Updated rule provides consumers with error resolution and cancellation rights

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has updated its international money transfer rule to make the transfer process easier for institutions that...


Federal Reserve Urges Increased Financial Literacy Efforts

Would strengthen economic health of the nation, Fed Chairman Bernanke says

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke says smarter, better informed consumers will make the U.S. economy stronger.In a speech to educators, Bernanke stre...


Zen Magnets Sued Over 'Hazardous, High-Powered' Magnetic Balls

Action is prompted by continuing harm to children from ingested magnets

In what it calls an effort to “prevent children from suffering further harm,” U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) staff has filed an administrat...


MetLife to Pay $3.2 Million for Foreclosure Deficiencies

Settlement clears the way for MetLife to exit the banking business

The Federal Reserve pretty much threw the book at MetLife for failing to adequately oversee its mortgage loan servicing and foreclosure processing operatio...


Fannie Mae: Underwhelming Growth Continues

Housing remains a bright spot despite the overall slowdown

The economy continues to muddle along and it doesn’t appear a solid pickup is in the cards....


Avoiding the Back Pain of Back to School

Thousands of children are injured from carrying overloaded backpacks

When children head back to school, they almost always load their books and other school supplies in back packs.A properly sized backpack with the right w...


Bicycles Of The Future ... Today

Believe it or not, there's even one that rides on both land and sea

Aahhhh, remember riding your bike as a kid.The sheer excitement you used to get when you would hop on, pick a destination, then peddle somewhere out of a...


Congressman Proposes Cell Phone Warning Label

Rep. Dennis Kucinich says consumers have the right to know possible risks

A number of studies have suggested the radio waves from cell phones contributes to tumor formation. A member of Congress thinks consumers should at least b...


YouTube Fades to Black in Latest Apple-Google Spat

Consumers are again the losers as the giants tussle

Sometimes couples stay together after the magic wears off.  That's not happening to Google and Apple, though. The Silicon Valley giants are splitting ...


Reebok Checks In the Mail

Company pays $25 million to settle deceptive advertising charges

If you've been walking around in Reebok "toning shoes," take a stroll past your mailbox now and then. You may find a check in it.Reebok is making refunds...


West Coast Motorists Brace For Big Surge in Gas Prices

California refinery fire certain to bring new pain at the pump

First the Midwest, now the West Coast. Gasoline prices are set to surge in California and the west, you can take it to the bank.The reason is a fire at C...


Uninsured Critically Ill Sometimes 'Dumped'

Study finds law guaranteeing emergency treatment is often ignored

For the last quarter-century there's been a law on the books that requires hospital emergency rooms to treat uninsured, critically ill patients instead of ...


Taxpayers Getting More of Their AIG Money Back

The latest common stock sale reduced the government’s stake to 53 percent

Remember all that money we dumped into American International Group, Inc. (AIG) a few years ago? Well, we’re getting some of it back. The U.S. Department ...


Bernanke Sees Rough Road For 'Average Consumer'

Unhappiness with the state of the economy appears to be a major factor

Last week's July employment report showed a surprising 163,000 new jobs last month. Anecdotal evidence also suggests the economy is doing better than expec...


Medicare Prescription Drug Premiums To Remain Steady

Out-of-pocket savings grow as a result of the health care law

If you are among seniors subscribing to Medicare prescription drug plans, here ‘s some good news: premiums are projected to remain constant in 2013....


'Police Virus' Was Second Quarter's Top Malware Threat

Trojan takes control of users' computers and demands payment to release them

An increasing number of PC users have had to deal with the frustrating “Police Virus” this year. Security software company PandaLabs says the T...


Dippin' Stix and Armour Active Packs Recalled

Contamination with Listeria monocytogenes is possible

Reichel Foods of Rochester, MN, is recalling a limited amount of Dippin’ Stix Sliced Apples & Caramel with Peanuts and Armour Active Packs Cheese Pizza Lun...


Chorizo Sausage Recalled

The product contains unlisted MSG

Alexis Wholesale of Gardena, CA, is recalling approximately 6,210 pounds of 10-lb. boxes of "Salvadorian Brand Chorizo" sausage because it is misbranded in...


Jobs, Jobs, Jobs -- They're Coming Back

Study finds the long jobs drought might be ending

Storms can be scary, especially the ones that seem to stretch on for long periods of time. It doesn't matter if it’s an actual weather-related...


Southwest Acknowledges Double-Booking Glitch

Airline issuing refunds and says it will cover resulting overdraft fees

Bev, of Austin, TX, responded to a promotional email from Southwest Airlines over the weekend, taking advantage of a reduced fare to take a spur of the mom...


Coyotes a Menace to Pets

Dogs, cats attacked in D.C. area recently

The yipping and yowling of coyotes is well-accepted in the West but East Coast residents are getting a reminder that the Eastern Coyote is well-established...


Five Midwestern States Skew National Gas Price Average

Illinois now has second-highest gas prices in the land

Gasoline prices are headed up again, but maybe not as much as the statistics seem to suggest. Surging pump prices in five Midwestern states may be distorti...


eBay Offers Same-Day Delivery Service in San Francisco

The beta program is seen as a response to Amazon's plans for speedy delivery

As Amazon gears up to offer same-day delivery in major metro areas, local retailers are worried. In response, eBay has put together something called eBay N...


AT&T: The End is Near for 2G Phones

The company hopes to phase out all of its 2G networks by 2017

If you have an AT&T 2G wireless phone, don't get too attached to it. The company says it will shut down its aging 2G network by 2017, so you won't be a...


Study: Weight Lifting Lowers Type 2 Diabetes Risk

Doing both aerobic and weight training is even better

Weight training was linked with a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes in a study of male health professionals, and those men who engaged in weight training and...


Some Find It's Hard to Stop Taking Zyrtec

Itchy side-effect reported for allergy drug

Zyrtec is a popular over-the-counter drug for coping with seasonal allergies. While it appears to work well, like all drugs, it can have side-effects.The...


Study Finds Observation as Effective as Surgery in Early Prostate Cancer

Men treated surgically have no greater lifespan in 15-year follow-up

A study led by the Department of Veterans Affairs found no difference in survival between men with early-stage prostate cancer who had t...


Directory Records More Than 7,800 Farmers Markets

More Americans are able to connect with local farmers

If you like to buy your fruits and vegetables as fresh as they can possibly be, you’ll appreciate this: there’s been a 9.6 percent increase in National Far...


Could Chemotherapy Make Cancer Worse?

Cancer researchers say damage to healthy cells makes cancer cells stronger

A U.S. medical study has raised serious questions about the effectiveness of a mainstay of cancer treatment. Their conclusion? Chemotherapy, in some cases,...


Generic Versions of Singulair Approved

The med can be used for treatment of asthma and allergies

If you have asthma or respiratory allergies, you’ll soon be able to safe a few bucks on the meds you need for treatment....


Ready-To-Eat Meat and Poultry Products Recalled

The products recalled have the potential for Listeria monocytogenes contamination

Reichel Foods of Rochester, MN, is recalling approximately 15,880 pounds of ready-to-eat meat and poultry products due to possible contamination with Liste...


Implantable Defibrillators Lead to Decrease in Cardiac Arrests

A new study shows the shocks delivered by the devices can save lives

When it comes to ventricular fibrillation (VF), an abnormal heart rhythm that makes the heart quiver so it can't pump blood, implantable defibrillators mak...


States Increase Legal Help For Distressed Homeowners

Settlement will provides funds for legal aid to Florida homeowners

Four years after the foreclosure crisis began, states are beginning to deploy more resources to provide legal assistance for distressed homeowners. Consume...


Zaltrap Approved for Colorectal Cancer Treatment

The addition of the biological agent to chemotherapy increases survival time

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Zaltrap (ziv-aflibercept) for use in combination with a FOLFIRI (folinic acid, fluorouracil and irinotec...


58 Percent of U.S. Consumers Use Smartphones

Consumers increasingly access the Web on the go

In 2007, when Apple introduced it's first iPhone, the Blackberry was the dominant smartphone. The first Android phone wouldn't come along until a year late...


A Closer Look at the Year's Top Consumer Complaints

Car dealers, debt collectors, mortgages top consumers' problem lists

Let's face it; we've all been victims of horrible service and bad products.It doesn't matter where you live in the world or what income bracket you dwell...


Forget New Clothes -- Teens Are Getting Cosmetic Surgery for Back to School

Many parents are just fine with cosmetic surgery for skin problems and acne

Your teenage years can be both a fun and awkward time. The wonderful side of things consists of developing a social-life, physically maturing into a...


Gasoline Prices Moving Higher Again

Midwestern states see huge one week surge

After appearing to stall last week, gasoline prices moved higher this week with greater momentum.The national average price of self-serve regular today i...


Foreclosure Review Deadline Extended to Dec. 31

There's more time to determine whether you were harmed by foreclosure abuses

If you would like an independent review of the foreclosure proceedings carried out on your home, you now have more time to ask for one. The Office of the C...


Alleged Robo-Signer Settles With Missouri for $2 Million

DOCX, company featured on 60 Minutes expose, will cooperate in further investigation

The Missouri Attorney General's Office has reached an agreement with mortgage-services company DOCX and its parent company Lender Processing Services, Inc....


Cantaloupe Recall Expanded

Athena variety cantaloupes contain a possible health risk

Burch Equipment LLC, is expanding a recall that was initiated on July 28th to 13888 cases of whole Athena variety cantaloupes ( 9 cantaloupes per case) and...


Frozen Bacon Cheeseburger Patties Recalled

The food nay contain foreign materials -- like gasket pieces

Kenosha Beef International, Ltd. is recalling approximately 37,600 pounds of frozen bacon cheeseburger patties because they may contain foreign materials -...


Corporate Pensions See Increasing Liabilities

Lower bond yields are mostly to blame

As the large baby boom population bulge begins to retire, demands on pension funds will increase. More and more of these funds are reporting difficulty in ...


Economy Adds 163,000 Jobs in July

But June's disappointing numbers are revised downward

The nation's jobs picture improved significantly in July. The U.S. Labor Department reports the economy produced 163,000 new jobs during the month, keeping...


Cigarette Consumption Drops While Other Forms of Tobacco Smoking Rise

Loopholes in the tax structure, classification system are cited as possible causes

Total cigarette consumption is down, but that doesn’t tell the whole story about smoking. ...


Patio Bistro Sets Sold at Lowe's Stores Recalled

Failure of a support bar to engage properly creates a fall hazard

L G Sourcing, Inc., of North Wilkesboro, NC, is recalling about 16,400 Patio Bistro Sets sold at Lowe's stores nationwide from August 2011 through February...


Identity Thieves Steal $5.2 Billion With Phony Tax Returns

Inspector General says 1.5 million bogus returns slipped past the IRS

Back in January, as consumers began to file tax returns, some complained that their refunds were delayed. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) explained the ...


Biggest Tax Cut of Them All is About to Quietly Expire

Forget millionaires and oil companies, this affects just about everybody

The halls of Congress are ringing with overblown oratory these days and our TVs and telephones are getting hoarse from all the ads and calls about those ro...


Who Needs Ink To Sign a Document?

New services make digitally signing and sending a contract easier

Today's world is a world of specialists.Whether you need your roof fixed or someone to design a website for you, it’s easy to find people who live ...


Car Crash in NYC? Don't Bother Calling the Cops

NYPD will roll if you're dead or nearly dead; otherwise, fuhgeddaboudit

The mean streets of New York City haven't been quite as mean during the reign of Mayor Michael Bloomberg. His Honor has tried to cut down on fatburgers, su...


Stephen Colbert Wants You To Move, Jump and Shake This Summer

The political satrist has another big event up his sleeve

As you may already know, the comedian and political satirist Stephen Colbert is quite the character.In 2008 the late-night talk-show host alluded to a pr...


Kenmore Dehumidifiers Recalled

A fire hazard with the products has caused $7 million in damage

Sears, Roebuck and Co. and Kmart Corporation, of Hoffman Estates, IL, are recalling nearly 800,000 Kenmore dehumidifiers. ...


Heat Waves, Not Hurricanes, May Be Most Dangerous Weather

Elderly, people who live alone should take special care

Much of the U.S. remains in the grip of a severe drought brought on by a series of heat waves. While much attention has been focused on the impact this is ...


Three Companies Fined for Violating Airline Consumer Protection Rules

Ads run by the companies failed to make full disclosure about ticket prices

Philippine Airlines, Santa Barbara Airlines and ticket agent Pacific for Less are being slapped with fines for violating expanded airline...


July Car Sales May Tell Tale of Economy

Early reporting shows uneven results

With housing still in recession mode, it has been car sales that have provided much of the little momentum the economy possesses. Can it keep going? July c...


Additional 218 Counties Designated As Primary Natural Disaster Areas

More than half of all U.S. counties have been named disaster areas

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today signed disaster designations for an additional 218 counties in 12 states as primary natural disaster areas due to d...


Most Homeowners No Longer Take Equity When Refinancing

A growing number now pay down a portion of their balance

If you were refinancing your mortgage, would you take out some of your equity and roll it into your new loan?It was a common practice a few years ago, wh...


California Firm Recalls BBQ Chicken Salads

Trader Joe's BBQ Chicken Salad contains possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination

Huxtable's Kitchen, of Vernon, CA, is recalling approximately 5,610 pounds of 14.5-oz trays of Trader Joe's BBQ Chicken Salad. The salads contain diced oni...


Samsung Still Leads Apple In U.S. Mobile Device Sales

Samsung is number one, Apple number three

Apple and Samsung's ongoing courtroom battle over patents may be overshadowing the battle between the two smartphone giants in the marketplace. But that ba...


Food Safety Guides Available for Groups Most Vulnerable to Foodborne Illness

The booklets are designed to help those with compromised immune systems

The U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and the Department of Health and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have partnered to create six boo...


Do Cars Have Too Many Distracting Gadgets?

Drivers are concerned about distraction and privacy

New cars are a gadget freak's dream; sophisticated navigation systems, Internet connectivity for mobile devices, systems to monitor your driving habits and...


News For Sale: Washington Post Gets $500,000 Grant

Should major newspapers take money for news coverage?

In many countries, bribing reporters is an everyday practice. It helps the reporters pay the rent and enables politicians and companies to generate favorab...


Google Delays Nexus Q Launch

Need to make it work "even better," Big G says tersely

Google says it is postponing the launch of the Nexus Q, a black orb that looks kind of like a solar eclipse or a really dirty snowball. The company didn't ...


Kindle Fire Blazing Away at iPad's Heels

The iPad is rapidly losing market share to the Kindle

Apple's iPad may still be the iconic tablet but Amazon's Kindle Fire is spreading like, well, wildfire, going from zero to 22% market share since its launc...


Older Patients Have Lower Risk Of Hip Fracture After Cataract Surgery

It helps to be able to see where you are going

Medicare patients 65 years and older who underwent cataract surgery had a lower odds of hip fracture a year after the procedure when compared with patients...


Burial Options for Veterans In Rural Areas Are Being Expanded

The VA is opening eight national burial grounds to serve vets

For years, veterans living in rural areas have had few options when it came to being buried in a national cemetery, state veterans cemetery or tribal Veter...


Right Credit Card Can Make Back to School Less Expensive

Some provide initial cash back just for signing up

Back-to-school is a time for extra spending, not just on books and backpacks but shoes and clothing as well. Many parents will reach for a credit card, but...


Video Reveals the Science Behind Yoga

The new resource will guide viewers through research on yoga's safety and effectiveness

A video featuring research on how yoga works, the safety of yoga and whether it can help treat certain health problems is n...


Samsung Planning Bigger Tablet, Documents Show

Apple v. Samsung patent trials yields tantalizing clues

There's a new report suggesting Samsung is planning a new tablet that will be larger than most of those currently on the market, including Apple's iPad. Th...


Verizon Wireless Faces $1.2 Million Fine for Blocking Apps

Regulators say it violated spectrum rules when it prevented the use of 'tethering' apps

Verizon Wireless will pay a $1.25 million fine leveled by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for blocking subscribers' access to certain apps. One...


Postal Service Defaults: Now What?

Although the USPS doesn't have the money to pay its pension fund, the mail will continue

The U.S. Postal Service is required to make a rather hefty pension benefit payment August 1, but won't. It can't. It doesn't have the required $5.5 billion...


Don't Tell the Kids But This Vacation is Educational

Edu-tourism is becoming a popular alternative to amusement parks

Americans are beginning to change the way they think about vacations and it's not all due to the economy. True, “staycations” became trendy at ...