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The Low-Down on Energy Drinks

Are they really that bad for you? Should they be replacing your morning coffee?

I used to like a good cup of coffee in the morning. In early adulthood I would stagger to a bodega, as we call them in New York, on my way to work, wi...


Bank of America to Pay $2.4 Billion to Settle Class Action

Investors sued over Merrill Lynch merger, claiming they had been misled

Another setback for Bank of America -- it has agreed to pay $2.4 billion to its investors to settle a class-action lawsuit resulting from the 2009 merger w...


Facebook Dislikes Phony Likes, Tries to Purge Them

Social media becoming engulfed in paid content?

We all know that lots of people "like" a lot of things on Facebook. But do they really like them like them? And are there really real people doing all this...


Gasoline Prices Provide Some Relief This Week

National average price is down about a nickel a gallon in the last seven days

After an uncharacteristic run-up at the end of the summer driving season, gasoline prices appear to be on their way down once again.The national average ...


Classic Beatles Vinyl Remasters Headed for November Release

In the digital age, will music fans embrace the past?

Beatles fans were no doubt thrilled a few years back when Apple -- the record label, not the electronics company -- released the Beatles' remastered studio...


Census Report Finds More Americans Moving 'Downtown'

The lights are much brighter there, you can forget all your troubles, forget all your cares

Americans are no longer infatuated with the suburbs, it seems. A U.S. Census Bureau report shows that in many of the largest cities of the most-populous me...


Following the Money in a Typical Household

It's the end of the month, do you know where your money went?

Unemployment is up and household income is down. It's still hard to make ends meet for millions of people. So where does the money goes in a typical househ...


Harry & David Brand Peanut Products Recalled

Action tied to recall of products produced by Sunland

Harry and David is recalling its 12 oz. jars of Harry & David Crunchy Almond and Peanut Butter, Harry & David Creamy Banana Peanut Spread and Harry & David...


Kodak Getting Out of the Inkjet Printer Business

Will focus on ink sales as it tries to emerge from bankruptcy

As part of its process to get out of bankruptcy, Eastman Kodak says it will stop selling printers in 2013 and instead focus on selling ink for the printers...


Consumer Agency Warns of Children Drowning in Bathtubs, Bath Seats and Buckets

More than 400 deaths estimated over a five-year period

Nothing -- NOTHING -- is more devastating that the death of a child. And in today's world, there seem to be so many hazards. Take drowning, for instance...


Fresh Express Recalls Hearts Of Romaine Salad

The salad contains a possible health risk from Listeria monocytogenes

Fresh Express is recalling a limited quantity of expired 18 oz. Hearts of Romaine salad with the expired Use-by Date of September 26, 2012 and Product Code...


Captain Cutlass Pirate Toy Guns Recalled

The toy is in violation of the lead paint standard

Dillon Importing of Oklahoma City is recalling about 6,970 Captain Cutlass toy pirate pistols. The surface paints on the pistols contain excessive levels o...


Public Health Alert Expanded for Imported Canadian Beef from XL Foods

Additional information has been received about the scope of the adulterated products

The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is expanding the Public Health Alert for XL Foods (Canadian Establishment 038) to include all beef and...


Deloitte Forecasts Modest Increase in Holiday Sales

Double-digit non-store sales growth expected; Smartphones to influence $36 billion in retail store sales

Wow! It's not even Halloween yet and we're already talking about Christmas shopping. Since that seems to be the way of the world now, a major business cons...


Want to Shop Locally? Amazon Is Happy to Help

Online giant's new offers "local" products from its massive warehouses

Look out, local retailers. Amazon is at it again. Until now, Amazon has mostly been selling big national brands -- basically offering the same thing no mat...


Dish Network Offers New Satellite Internet Service

New technology makes dishNET faster than previous versions, the company claims

It's mighty nice being out there all by your lonesome, if that's the kind of thing that appeals to you. Whether it's on a mountaintop, out on the lone prai...


Survey: Car Insurance Rates Should Be Based on Driving Record

Study finds using non-driving factors can increase premiums by 100 percent or more

Consumers are often shocked to learn that their car insurance rates are based on more than just their driving record, and now a survey by the Con...


Missing iPad Tracked to TSA Agent's Home

ABC News investigation finds 381 TSA officers fired for theft

 The Case of the Missing iPad is turning into a major embarassment for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). It's the latest apparent ca...


Refund Checks Going to Consumers Who Ordered 'Free' Services

Nearly $1 million being refunded to 138,000 consumers

The Federal Trade Commission is mailing refund checks to 138,737 consumers nationwide who allegedly were taken in by a group of telemarketers who fals...


Homeowners Manage to Hold Their Own on Mortgage Payments

Serious delinquency is sharply lower

It's not sufficient for home sales to increase and prices to rise to constitute a full housing recovery. Current and future homeowners must be able to make...


Report Shows College Debt Continues to Grow

One out of five U.S. households now on the hook for a college loan

U.S. college students and former students now owe more than $1 trillion in student loans, according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). A n...


New Treatment Approved for Advanced Colorectal Cancer

The new med adds more than six months to life expectancy

Patients with colorectal cancer that has progressed after treatment and spread to other parts of the body (metastatic) have a new treatment option....


Forever Cheese Expands Marte brand Ricotta Salata Frescolina Recall

Listeria monocytogenes contamination is possible

Forever Cheese Inc. is expanding its recall of all Marte brand Ricotta Salata Frescolina cheese, originally announced ...


Whole Foods Market Recalls Peanut Butter Cookies in Four States

Peanut butter used as an ingredient may be contaminated with Salmonella

Whole Foods Market is recalling 3oz peanut butter cookies and 3oz peanut butter chocolate chunk cookies sold in its self-serve pastry case, and mini peanut...


fresh&easy Recalls Nut Butters

Recall is tied to possibility of Salmonella contamination

fresh&easy is recalling several nut butters (almond, cashew, peanut and tahini) marked with 'Best Before' dates from May 1, 2013 to September 24, 2013 due...


U.S. Beer Consumption Continues to Decline

Unemployment among beer's core consumers takes its toll

  U.S. consumers are drinking less beer these days. Industry analysts says it's partly because of high unemployment rates among beer's tradit...


SuperTracker Diet and Physical Activity Planner Lets You Set Personal Calorie Targets

Tailor your diet and exercise regimens to fit your doctor's calorie target recommendations

Need a little help keeping track of your calorie intake? The Department of Agriculture's (USDA) SuperTracker...


Anti-Smoking Group Targets E-Cigarettes

Claims products contain unknown ingredients and make unsubstantiated claims

  Ever since e-cigarettes came on the scene, offering smokers a tobacco-free alternative to smoking, health advocates have raised questions....


Most Consumers Plan To Celebrate Halloween This Year

Social media and in-store displays help consumers choose costumes

The economic outlook may be a little scarey, but that's not spooking consumers out out of their plans to celebrate Halloween In fact, the National Retail...


Tips For Successfully Selling Your Car

There are things you can do to get the most for your vehicle

  So you have finally decided to buy a new car. Congratulations. Now, what are you going to do with your old car?You have a number of optio...


What's Up With the Consumerist Being Down?

Popular site is trying to get back online after being attacked

  f you are a regular reader of FoodBeat, you’ve probably noticed that we regularly post stories from the Consumerist. In the last...


Wells Fargo Takes Its Hits, U.S. Bancorp, PNC Next in Line

Cyber attacks are tied to online video that insults the prophet Muhammad

The online video that insults the prophet Muhammad has sparked a crisis in the Middle East and isn't doing much to make life easier for banking customers i...


Amtrak Now Testing Trains That Go 165 MPH

Trips from Washington D.C. to New York could be quite painless. Then again ...

How fast is the fastest train you’ve ever been on? If you’ve been to places like China you possibly ridden on the country’s 268 mph ...


Who's No. 1 In Internet Freedom? Would You Believe -- Estonia?

U.S. is falling farther behind other developed countries in terms of speed, cost and broadband availability

Next time you feel standing up in your seat and chanting, "We're No. 1," it might be a good idea to define your terms just a little. If it's the Internet y...


Big Lots Recalls Garden Swings

The Swing seat could break, causing a falling hazard

Big Lots of Columbus, OH, is recalling about 6,900 Wilson & Fisher garden swings. The wooden swing’s seat can break while in use, posing a fall hazard to...


Falcon Trading Company/SunRidge Farms Recalls Products Containing Peanut Butter

Recall is tied to problem with its peanut butter supplier

Falcon Trading Company, Inc./SunRidge Farms of Royal Oaks, CA, recalling the following three bulk items. The products contain peanut butter supplied by S...


Study: Many Texting Drivers Unaware They're Doing It

We tend to automatically respond to 'texting cues'

If you ask a friend if they text while driving, they'll like say no, or "not much." But after observing them behind the wheel for a while, you might find t...


Chattanooga Bakery Recalls Peanut Butter Crunch Products

Recall is tied to problem with its supplier of peanut butter

Chattanooga Bakery, maker of MoonPie and LookOut! branded snacks, is recalling a limited number of its Peanut Butter Crunch products with “Best By” dates o...


Why Your Home's Value May Be Rising

The economy may still be sluggish but home values are headed higher

  After years of watching the equity in their homes plummet, U.S. homeowners may be a bit skeptical about recent predictions that the housing...


Specialized Bicycle Components Recalls Bicycles

A problem with the front fork poses fall and injury hazards

Specialized Bicycle Components of Morgan Hill, CA, is recalling about 12,000 bikes. The front fork can break, posing fall and injury hazards to riders. T...


Health Alert Updated for Imported Canadian Beef

Trim and ground beef may also pose a health risk

It's more widespread than they thought. The Agriculture Department's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) say that, in conducting standard rec...


World Warned It Faces Bacon Shortage

British pig farmers pressuring supermarkets to raise the price

  The world may have to make do with less bacon in the future. In fact, Britain's National Pig Association, the trade group representing pork...


Consumer Groups Step Up Pressure on Prepaid Cards

Regulator reportedly hits bank for 'violations of laws' in working with payday lender

  Consumer groups are claiming victory in an encounter with a bank they say evaded the law in collaborating with a payday lender.The Nation...


Consumers Feel More Confident in September

Conference Board index jumps nine points

  The Conference Board's monthly Consumer Confidence Index is one way economist keep track of consumer sentiment, and what it might mean for ...


We Review the Fiat 500 as Alfa Romeo's Rumored Return Draws Nigh

Our man Truman finds the 500 a bit sedate for his tastes but it is economical and easy to maneuver

A band of fanatical loyalists for years have awaited the Second Coming and believe that it may be at hand. The target date has not been narrowed down but i...


Consumers, Lenders See Different Credit Scores

CFPB study points up discrepancies that may harm consumers

Many consumers spend good money subscribing to services that supposedly give them factual information about their credit score. But a study released today...


Samsung Ad Makes Fun of iPhone Fans

Stung by legal setback, Samsung TV ads get personal

  It's no secret that Apple and Samsung are locked in a titanic struggle. Apple just gained the upper hand when a jury found that Samsung vio...


Myspace Spiffs Itself Up For Its Upcoming Re-Launch -- And It Looks Great!

Will a facelift and better functionality bring the site back to its glory days of prominence?

 Hey, let’s walk the grounds of memory lane a little bit. If you remember, before there was something called Facebook there was something called...


Is a Hybrid or Plug-In in Your Future?

Automotive website predicts more drivers will switch to hybrids in next two years

  Can you see yourself driving a plug-in electric or hybrid vehicle?, the automotive site, can. It's out with a report predicting...


First Gen Kindle Fire Now Comes Without Wall Charger

They've cut the price but you'll probably have to buy something to charge it with

  Amazon recently introduced a new generation of Kindle Fire devices at price points starting at $499, a move that seems to have been general...


Homeowners Who Lost Homes to Foreclosure May Be Eligible for Settlement Payments

Claims forms are being sent to 2 million borrowers nationwide

If you lost your home to foreclosure between January 1, 2008 and December 31, 2011, you may be eligible for a settlement payment under the $25 billion...


Newest Source of Movies, TV Series: Nook Video

Barnes & Noble will unveil "expansive digital collection" this fall

Here's the latest entry in the digital movie and TV series sweepstakes: Barnes & Noble. It's unveiling its new Nook Video this fall, featuring new...


Rented Computers Spied on Consumers in Their Homes

Some computers even took webcam photos of consumers, others recorded keystrokes

Seven rent-to-own companies and a software design firm have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they spied on consumers using ...


Sunland Recalls Almond Butter and Peanut Butter Products

Salmonella contamination is possible

Sunland is recalling Almond Butter and Peanut Butter products, manufactured between May 1, 2012, and September 24, 2012, because these products may be cont...


Scam Alert: Beware of Bogus FDA Agents

While quick and convenient, buying your meds online could put your personal information in the hands of criminals.

What a great idea: Buying the medicine you need online. It can save time and gasoline by cutting out that drive to the drug store. But it's not all upside....


Allergy Alert Issued for Jill's Jams and Jellies

Products contain undeclared margarine with milk and soy

If you're allergic to milk and soy, you'll want to pay attention to this alert from Hanover Pike Enterprises of Hampstead, MD. The company is notifying cu...


Expired 9 oz. Leafy Green Romaine Salad Recalled

A single package tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes

Fresh Express Incorporated is recalling a limited quantity of 9 oz. Leafy Green Romaine Salad with the expired Use-by Date of September 16 in the unlikely...


New York Shuts Down Mystery Shopper Websites

Beware of any 'opportunity' that asks you for money

  Work-at-home schemes have always had appeal but these days they may have an even stronger pull on consumers who want to believe they can ea...


Advertising Spending for Cigarettes, Smokeless Tobacco Declines in 2009 and 2010

Cigarette give-aways to retailers and wholesalers are down as well

Although cigarette commercials have been banned from radio and television for more than 40 years, a lot of money is still being spent to advertise tobacco ...


Watching Your Favorite Programs Together May Be Killing Your Relationship

Researchers say cuddling in front of the television every night can actually be deadly to your union

You know the classic story: Boy meets girl. Boy falls for girl, girl falls for boy. Several years later girl gets bored with boy, boy gets bored with ...


Done Deal: Universal Buys EMI -- What it Could Mean For Music Consumers

Critics of the merger say it could raise music prices and harm online companies like Spotify.

Last week both the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and the European Commission (EC) approved Universal Music Groups (UMG) takeover of EMI, making UMG even bi...


Discover Ordered to Pay $200 Million for Deceptive Marketing

More than 3.5 million customers will split $200 million in refunds

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) have ordered Discover Bank to refund ap...


Study: Active Video Games Help Burn Calories

The study lends support to claims that more active games increase heart rate, energy expediture

Video games are often criticized for being sedentary and too violent. The violent part is still open for debate but a British study lends support to claims...


New Village Voice Owners Leave Behind

Reviled sex-for-sale site will remain with previous owners started out in life as a reasonably simple idea: it would be the combined classifieds section for a group of magazines and websites owned by V...


iPhones? They've Gotten Too Popular

Wall Street glum over news the iPhone 5 sold "only" 5 million its first weekend

You remember that restaurant that nobody goes to anymore because it's gotten too popular? That's sort of what has happened to the iPhone. Apple says it sol...


American Airlines Hopes for a Better Week

Airline is still struggling with rising cancellations and delays

  It was a rough weekend for travelers on American Airlines. The company continued to cancel and delay flights, blaming a job action by its p...


Free Checking Declines While ATM Fees Rise

Many consumers feel a bigger bite from their bank's latest checking account survey may tell you all you need to know about the state of relations between consumers and their ba...


Insurance Company Fined for Dropping Good Drivers

Massachusetts law says drivers with clean records can't be dropped

  Auto insurance companies are all about risk management. If you are considered too much of a risk, then you might be at risk of being droppe...


Safeway Recalls Ground Beef Products Sold in the Northwest

E.coli contamination is possible

Safeway is recalling a number of ground beef items sold in Oregon, Washington State and Montana in connection with the Food Safety Information Service's (F...


Hydrocodone Bitartrate and Acetaminophen Tablets Recalled

Potential exists for oversized and superpotent tablets

Watson Laboratories is recalling for two lots of Hydrocodone Bitartrate and APAP Tablets, USP 10 mg/500 mg, which are indicated for the relief of moderate...


Study: Cigarette Taxes Hit Poor the Hardest

Low-income smokers spend greater portion of their income on cigarettes

  There's been a lot of back and forth about income taxes in this presidential campaign season - who's paying them and who's not. But as has ...


Consumers Urged Not to Eat Trader Joe’s Valencia Creamy Salted Peanut Butter

Product is possibly linked to outbreak of Salmonella

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local public health officials are investigating...


New Jersey Shuts Down Travel Membership Company

Consumers warned to avoid travel club presentations that make big promises

  If you receive a postcard inviting you to a presentation on how to saving big money on travel, you might be wise to show some skepticism. T...


Makowski’s Real Sausage Recalls Bratwurst Products

Misbranding and undeclared allergen could lead to illness

Makowski’s Real Sausage of Chicago is recalling approximately 1,305 pounds of cooked bratwurst sausage products because of misbranding and the undeclared a...


Hand Sanitizer Maker Settles Deception Charges

State of Maryland says company made unsubstantiated claims

  Germs are everywhere and consumers are increasingly aware of them. Walk into a supermarket these days and you are greeted at the door by a ...


Are Facebook Users Just A Bunch of Narcissists?

A recent study says plenty of users are, and only WE care about our own social network postings

We’ve all seen it on Facebook before. Pictures of an exotic location being posted, with a caption that reads ‘I’m vactioning on&nbsp...


Apple Maps Flap Mars iPhone 5 Debut

Users complain of distorted images and many inaccuracies

  There was at least one sour note as consumers lined up to take delivery of the iPhone 5, Apple's latest version of its smartphone. Apple's ...


Nation Remembers Its POW/MIA Troops

Companies honored for hiring Guard, Reserve members

Military and civilian leaders are pausing today to take part in ceremonies marking National POW/MIA Recognition Day, an annual event to honor the nati...


Groupon Dives Into Credit Card Processing Business

Another step towards becoming the "operating system" for local businesses

Groupon is diving into the credit card processing business, offering its merchants a lower rate than most other providers charge. It's taking on competitor...


Risky Business: Study Measures Risk of Distracted Driving

Researchers were "amazed" at the magnitude of the increase in risk

Tom Dingus stands by an instrumented vehicle. VTI photo by Tom StroupWe're constantly being told that it's dangerous to drive while distracted by other...


Political Campaigns May Matter Less Than We Think

Professors say all those political ads are mostly a waste of money

  In the 2012 presidential campaign, it has not been a particularly good week for Republican Mitt Romney. Even President Obama has encountere...


New iPhone App Could Diagnose Kids' Ear Infections

There seems to be an app for just about anything

  Parents of young children know the drill. Late at night the child awakens in pain with what may be an ear infection.What usually follows ...


Health Alert Issued for Imported Canadian Raw Boneless Beef Trim Products

Products test positive for E. coli O157:H7

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has put out a Public Health Alert for raw boneless beef trim products import...


Gasoline Prices Begin to Drift Lower

Prices are still up 26 cents from last year at this time

  Little by little, gasoline prices that rose rapidly over the course of the late summer began to come down in the last week.The national a...


Time Running Out on Farm Bill

U.S. agriculture policy goes into limbo Oct. 1

  While there is a lot of justified concern about Congressional inaction to avert the so-called “fiscal cliff” at the end of the ...


Haier America Trading To Pay Penalty for Failure to Report Defective Blenders

A problem with the blender assembly resulted in dozens of incidents and one injury

Haier America Trading has agreed to pay a civil penalty of $850,000, resolving Consumer Product Safe...


Blood Pressure Expert Questions Current Meds

Some medicines aren't helping, he claims

  Millions of Americans take a prescribed medication to control their blood pressure, some of which are very expensive. And some of which do ...


Voter Fraud or Voter Supression: What Are New State Laws Really Trying To Do?

Critics of new voter ID laws say they are aimed squarely at minorities and the poor

Last month a Texas judge rejected a proposed law that would force residents to get a government issued ID in order to vote in this coming election.Many p...


Walmart Joins Target, Gives Amazon's Kindle the Boot

Retailers hit back at online giant but does anyone care?

Perhaps the most iconic futile gesture of the current epoch is "unfriending" someone whose Facebook comments we find trite, offensive or just plain old bor...


Chicken Slaughter Speed-Up a Recipe for Disaster?

Consumer groups object to higher speeds, fewer inspectors on poultry processing lines

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that there has been no significant progress since 1999 in reducing illness from Salmonell...


Your Used Car May Be Worth More Than You Think

Consumers are building equity in their cars at a faster rate

  Consumers are getting more money when they trade-in or sell their cars. Industry insiders attribute it to a declining supply of used vehicl...


Corporations Shift From Bottom Line to Waist Line

Walmart joins McDonald's in taking steps to combat obesity

  Just days after McDonald's installed menu boards with calorie information in all its restaurants, Walmart launched an effort it said would ...


401(k) Fee Disclosure Resource Website Launched

Site includes new tool to help consumers make the most of new disclosures

The U.S. Department of Labor's Employee Benefits Security Administration has announced a new 401(k) fee disclosure Website as a r...


Buying Club to Pay Refunds to Iowa Consumers

Another company found to enroll consumers for service without their knowledge

  The state of Iowa has reached an Assurance of Voluntary Compliance agreement with Platinum Online Group, Inc., a “buyng” club b...


Natural Gas Prices are Falling and Consumers Have Noticed

As prices have fallen satisfaction with gas utilities has risen

  Unfortunately for consumers, lots of things are going up in price. However, the natural gas to heat their homes and generate their electric...


Chicago Funeral Home Settles Funeral Rule Violations Charges

Charged with failing to show itemized price lists to consumers

A Chicago funeral home operator has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charges that he violated the Funeral Rule, which helps ensure that peop...


Mortgage Rates Revisit Record Lows

Rates drop just a week after Fed announced new round of stimuls

  Just a week after the Federal Reserve announced its intention to drive mortgage rates still lower with massive purchases of mortgage-backed...


ACTRA-Sx 500 Capsules Recalled

Supplement contains unapproved ingredients

Body Basics is conducting a nationwide recall of ACTRA-Sx 500 Dietary Supplement Capsules, Lot 008-A, Expiration December 2013. Through independent lab...


Pakistan International Airlines Fined for Tarmac Rule Violation

Carrier denied passengers opportunity to leave aircraft during lengthy tarmac delay

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has fined Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) $150,000, saying the carrier violated federal rules last Octobe...


Forget Smartphones -- Your Shoes Are Becoming More Technologically Advanced

With the new GPS shoes and the Lebron X sneakers, it seems our feet have seen the future

Over the years shoe wear has really come a long way, especially in the area of sneakers.From the Reebok Pump in the 1990s, that supposedly inflated ...


Problems and Cancellations Mount for American Airlines

Travel writer urges consumers to avoid the airline

  If you are a struggling U.S. airline, hoping to arrange one more merger with a rival while dealing with labor unrest among union employees,...


Damage to iPhones Totals $5.9 Billion Since 2007

Are consumers hard on these phones or are they just fragile?

  The release of the iPhone 5 has created record sales for Apple's smartphone, which is the company's major profit center. But the consumers ...


Arsenic in Rice: What You Can Do

There are some simple steps you can take to reduce your exposure

 Quinoa is a tasty rice substitute and is very high in proteinThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) isn't recommending that consumers cut ...


Vimeo Adds a Tip Jar

Like what you see? Flip a little cash into the hat

You tip the barista who whips up your brew and we hope you tip the shuttle-bus driver who helps you with your bags. You may even tip the guy on the corner ...


Report Finds Mercury in Tuna Sold to Schools

Parents and schools advised to limit servings of tuna to children

Tuna is a tasty, high-protein, low-fat food and it can even be prepared in recipes that kids like. But a new report finds that children may be at more risk...


Food and Drug Administration Looks for Answers on Arsenic in Rice

No need for any dietary changes, agency says

On the heels of a Consumer Reports test that found inorganic arsenic -- a known human carcinogen -- in most of the name brand and other rice product samp...


More Consumers Living Paycheck-to-Paycheck

Sixty-eight percent say they couldn't go a week without getting paid

  Personal finance counselors usually advise that it is prudent to have enough money in savings to cover six months of living expenses withou...


JetBlue Adding In-Flight Internet

First planes will get service early next year

  JetBlue is the latest airline to announce it will provide Internet access to its passengers. The carrier said it plans to partner with ViaS...


Existing Home Sales Rise in August

Sales occurring in spite of tight mortgage standards

  The news from the real estate market continues to suggest that housing is finally on the mend. Sales of existing homes rose 7.8 percent in ...


Fed Action Halts Debt Relief Marketing Operation

Allegedly made illegal robocalls, debited consumers' bank accounts without their consent

A federal court has halted a purported debt relief operation that allegedly contacted consumers through recorded telemarketing calls, falsely claimed it wo...


Five Ways to Make Retirement More Secure

Times have changed and your retirement plans should reflect that

  Retirement planning has undergone a radical change in the last decade. Times have changed and so has the way people are thinking about reti...


Statins Unlikely to Prevent Blood Clots, Analysis Finds

Study that found otherwise was too limited

Despite previous studies suggesting the contrary, statins -- cholesterol-lowering drugs -- may not prevent blood clots (venous thrombo-embolism) in adults,...


47% of Americans Don't Pay Taxes: True or False?

Cynical, divisive candidates use demagoguery to avoid having a responsible discussion about taxes

Election years provide an opportunity for political leaders and the parties they represent to raise and debate crucial issues. This can not only help voter...


How to Eat, Live and Be Healthy With High Blood Pressure

Professor Joan Salge-Blake provides some great tips to manage hypertension.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention nearly 1 in 3 U.S. adults have high-blood pressure, which equates to about 68 million people.M...


QE3 Changes Consumer Investment Strategies

Look at what gains value when the dollar loses value

  If you are fortunate enough to have money to invest, or have investments in your retirement accounts, you may be wondering how the Federal...


Study: Americans Are Feeling Better About the Economy

And since the economic crash of 2008, many people have forever changed their financial ways.

Whatever sinks to the depths is bound to eventually rise.At least that’s what many Americans now believe, as a new report indicates that consumers ...


Homes Selling Faster and for Higher Prices

A huge drop in inventory may be helping the market recover

  Two pieces of data in the latest Real-Time Home Price Tracker from real estate firm Redfin point to continued improvement in the housing ma...


Study Finds We All Make Mistakes

Two-thirds of Americans admit making costly financial errors

In an analysis of two new sources of information about family finances, the Consumer Federation of America and Primerica found that two-thirds of middle cl...


Dog Bite Claims Push Up Home Insurance Premiums

Medical bills and jury awards up 53 percent in eight years

  There is no doubt dog is man's best friend, but she can be expensive. There's food, flea and tick medicine and periodic visits to the vet, ...


New Gene Offers Hope for Preventive Medicine Against Fractures

The identification of Wnt16 holds a lot of promise

How would you like to be able to go through life without the risk of a broken bone? We're not there yet, but there's hope on the horizon. A big internatio...


Peterson Company Recalls Ricotta Salata Frescolina Brand Cheese

The product poses a possible health risk in two states

Peterson Company is recalling Ricotta Salata Frescolina brand cheese that came from its supplier, Forever Cheese of Long Island City, NY. Forever Cheese ...


Ford Says Fusion Hybrid Gets 47 MPG

2013 Fusion gas-powered models also improve efficiency

  In the race for fuel efficiency, Ford is touting improvements in the 2013 Ford Fusion models, with the Fusion hybrid earning a rating of 47...


Mayo Clinic Researchers Identify New Enzyme to Fight Alzheimer's Disease

BACE2 destroys a toxic protein fragment in the brains of Alzheimer's patients

An enzyme that could represent a powerful new tool for combating Alzheimer's disease has been discovered by researchers at Mayo Clinic in Florida. The enzy...


New Jersey Cancer Charity Shut Down Over Tax Issue

State found it was using tax-free status to buy and sell luxury cars

  Charities are supposed to be just that. They collect money for a worthy cause and, because there is no profit involved, they are tax-exempt...


Two Online Placement Services for Senior Care Centers Settle Charges

Allegedly did not check out long-term care facilities as claimed

Two companies that recommend long-term care facilities for senior citizens have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charges that they misled co...


Washington State Health Club Settles Consumer Charges

Consumers told they had a right to cancel but contracts stated otherwise

  A settlement between a health club and the state of Washington highlights a number of complaints consumers often voice about health club co...


Is Your DVR a Dinosaur? Advertisers Are Hoping It Is

Video On Demand is quickly making DVRs obsolete

The digital video recorder, or DVR, is one of those things that seemed almost revolutionary when it was invented, but just a few years later, it's kind of ...


An Allowance Is No Substitute for Financial Literacy Training

A recent study provides some good tips on how to distribute your child's allowance

When you're a kid, it's nice to get an allowance.Even though I didn't do much to get mines when I was a child, receiving a few bucks from my folks always...


No More Tax-Free Amazon Shopping for Californians

Online retailers must begin charging sales tax on all orders delivered in California

The party's over, California. The online retailer started charging sales tax on California purchases over the weekend.  The exact amount of the tax ra...


Google Says It Will Add Do Not Track Option ... Finally

Dead-last in the privacy derby, Google drags its feet all the way

Ever so grudgingly, Google says it is adding a "do not track" option to its Chrome browser by the end of the year. There's been a lot of foot-dragging by e...


Social Networks: Cute But Dangerous

The oh-so-clever technorati give little thought to the dangers social sites present

Social networks are the darlings of today's technorati. Google is just all aglow today with its announcement that Google+ now has more than 100 million mon...


Financial Education Program Targets Older Americans

Americans 50+ are the hardest hit by the economic downturn, AARP research finds

While jobless college graduates get a lot of ink, it's older Americans who are being hit hardest by the weak economy. An AARP study finds that while m...


Airlines Report Uptick in Lengthy Tarmac Delays in July

Weather was a factor in in many of the delays

Airlines reported 18 tarmac delays of more than three hours on domestic flights and one tarmac delay of more than four hours on international flights in Ju...


Organic Advocates Fire Back at Stanford Study

Whole Foods, Organic Center cite research showing organic's benefits

  When Stanford researchers released a study of organic food earlier this month, the headline was the finding of no significant difference in...


Penn State's University Creamery Recalling Ice Cream

Plastic objects were found in the ice cream

The University Creamery at Penn State is recalling all ice cream and frozen yogurt made between May 16, 2012, and August 11, 2012, because of isolated inci...


Justice Department Urged to Oppose Marijuana Ballot Initiatives

Former directors of the Drug Enforcement Administration apply pressure

  The presidential race isn't the only contest on the ballot this fall. In several states voters will consider a number of questions about th...


Are Car Seats Getting Any Easier to Install?

AAA says its research finds many parents are in the dark

  It's not enough that you use a car seat for your child anytime they get in a vehicle. If it isn't properly installed they could still be at...


AT&T Reports iPhone 5 Sales Record

Apple's new phone greeted with predictable enthusiasm

  It didn't take long for the iPhone 5 to sell out once carriers who will offer it started taking orders over the weekend. Apple may only int...


Crunchy Chicken Strips Recalled

Food may contain plastic fragments

Serenade Foods of Milford, IN, is recalling approximately 2,250 pounds of crunchy chicken strip products that may contain fragments of plastic. ...


More Than Eight Percent of Households Have No Bank Account

Response to high fees is sometimes to just not have a bank account

  Consumers, it seems, are deciding they can live without banks. At the time a grassroots campaign urged Americans to transfer their accounts...


Oil and Gas Leases Not Always a Great Deal for Homeowners

Consumer Finance Protection Bureau asked to investigate misrepresentations

Being paid for doing nothing always sounds great but frequently carries risks that aren't immediately apparent. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) ...


Why We Seem To Be Okay With Buying Overpriced Items

Experts say the reasons could be emotional, or maybe we're just being duped

So you’re walking down a street that has a lot of tiny shops with big display windows. Before leaving home that day you had a mental argument with yo...


QE3: What's It Mean For Consumers?

In the short run it's going to make things more expensive

  Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and the Fed's Open Market Committee announced Thursday that the Fed will begin a new round of stimulu...


Study: Whooping Cough Vaccines Lose Effectiveness Over Time

Researchers say the disease has come back with a harsh vengence.

Just when you think a chronic illness has been permanently defeated, it sometimes creeps back up. For example, take whooping cough or pertussis, as it...


GoDaddy Credits Customers For Monday's Outage

Customers have seven days to redeem credits

  When your cable goes out for a few hours, your cable company doesn't adjust your bill. Neither does your cell phone provider.But GoDaddy....


Say Cheese -- The FBI Will Be Taking Your Photo

The feds are making a family scrapbook and we'll all be in it

Who doesn’t like to pose for a picture now and again?Sure, very few of us are models or anything like that, but it’s pretty painless to just ...


CashCall Loses West Virginia Court Fight

Lender must pay $15 million in penalties, refunds and cancelled debts

  A West Virginia court has ruled that California-based CashCall must pay $15 million in civil penalties, refunds, and cancelled debts for th...


'Mini' Stroke Can Cause Major Disability, May Warrant Clot-Busters

More aggressive treatment is recommended, study says

A transient ischemic attack, TIA or a "mini stroke," can lead to serious disability, but is frequently deemed by doctors too mild to treat, according to a ...


Inflation Rears Its Ugly Head

Gasoline and food account for most of the increase

  Prices are moving higher, with greater speed, at both the wholesale and retail levels, government reports show.The Labor Department repor...


New Multiple Sclerosis Treatment Approved

Aubagio is to be used in treating relapsing forms of the disease

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Aubagio (teriflunomide), a once-a-day tablet for the treatment of adults with relapsing forms of multipl...


Prestigio Office Chairs Recalled

A problem with the seat plate presents a falling hazard

True Innovations is recalling about 8,400 Realspace Soho Prestigio high-back leather chairs. The seat plate can break, posing fall and injury hazards to...


Gas Prices Up Another Nickel a Gallon

Middle East tensions and falling dollar add up to more expensive fuel

  Gasoline prices show no sign of slowing their rise just because the summer driving season is over. The price at the pump rose another five ...


Spartan Stores Recalls Deli Products

Concerns of possible Listeria monocytogenes contantamination

Spartan Stores is initiating a precautionary recall of certain deli products due to concerns of possible Listeria monocytogenes contact. This recall is pre...


10 Things to Consider When Buying A House

These days, a mistake in choosing a home can prove costly

  With home prices still at bargain levels and interest rates at historic lows, more people are beginning to look at buying a house. And why ...


Nearly 140 Child Drownings Reported in Summer 2012

Initial summer drowning figures are only part of the annual toll

Information compiled from media reports show 137 children younger than 15 years drowned in a pool or spa during the traditional summer season of Memorial D...


Illinois Posts Highest August Foreclosure Rate in Nation

Only a handful of states see a spike in activity last month

  For the nation as a whole, August was another fairly quiet month for foreclosures. But there were some exceptions. The latest report...


It's Official -- New York City Bans Large Sugary Drinks

After much back and forth, Mayor Michael Bloomberg finally gets his way.

And just when you thought you were old enough to make your own health choices, now this:In a voting count of nine to one, New York City’s Boar...


Study: Men and Women Can't Be Just Friends

And researchers say it's all the guy's fault

We’ve all heard the question before, in conversations with our friends during dinner, in daytime talk shows and in a host of romantic comedies. Can m...


Federal Reserve to Pump More Money Into the Economy

Federal Open Market Committee will buy $40 billion per month in mortgage-backed securities

Noting that information received since the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) met in August suggests that economic activity has continued to expand at a ...


Martha Stewart Selling Counterfeit Solingen Knives, Suit Charges

Solingen knives hawked on HSN are fakes, German Chamber of Commerce alleges

Martha Stewart may have some admirers but she also has a fair share of detractors. Let's see, there are all the consumers who bought glass-top patio tables...


USA Today Turns 30, Gets a Face Lift

Brighter colors, more images, a flashier logo mark the event

If you spend a lot of time in hotels and airports, it's hard to avoid USA Today, the colorful, photo-splashed national newspaper that turns 30 years old th...


New Fantasy Football App Sets Itself Apart From The Rest

With real-time capabilities, the app MyGuy brings instant gratification to fantasy sports.

Fantasy Football has become quite popular in recent years, and with each rise in technology, the virtual sport of choosing players and teams has spread fas...


What Are September's Best New Car Bargains?

Cars that are being updated in the next model year offer the best deals

  When September arrives the kids are back in school, there may be a break in the heat and there are more bargains than usual at car dealers....


Tips For Avoiding Used Car Disasters

Get information about the vehicle and have it inspected before you buy

  Buying a used car is often a crap shoot under the best of circumstances. A vehicle can look to be in perfect shape but may have issues unde...


Study: The Washington D.C. Metro Area Defies U.S. Economic Statistics

Researchers say the nation's capital is booming on the business front.

With all of its dissension and petty bickering, who would have thought the nation’s capital would have the strongest amount of business growth within...


DFI Marketing Recalls Cantaloupes

Fruit could be contaminated with Salmonella

DFI Marketing of Fresno, CA, is recalling cantaloupe because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella was found on a single samp...


Mortgage Rates Remain Near All-Time Lows

Rates may head lower again on new round of stimulus

  Two reports show mortgage rates are little changed this week, hovering just above their historic lows. The benchmark 30-year fixed rate mor...


Generational Differences Surface in Work Styles, Communication and Changing Jobs

One in seven U.S. workers has a boss at least ten years younger

The “kids” are taking over. A new generation of professionals entering management means the correlation between seniority and leadership could be disappea...


Americans May Have to Work Well Past 70, Report Says

Current planning doesn't account for catastrophic illness

  Made your retirement plans? You may need to revisit them. A new report from the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) has called into ...


Survey: Consumers Who've Purchased a Tablet Like It

Most people who've bought one would do it again

  Three years ago a tablet was something your parents wrote in when they went to school. Now, it's synonymous with mobile computing, all but ...


Safe Driving 'Prescription' for Seniors

AAA suggests tool to help keep older drivers safe

More than 80 percent of drivers age 65 and older regularly take medications, yet only half have talked to a medical professional about possible safety issu...


Consumers Warned About 'Misleading' Gold Ads

Nevada Attorney General calls out World Reserve Monetary Exchange

  If you're a fan of the A&E series "Storage Wars," you know the concept. A group of collectors bid for the contents of an abandoned stor...


Safe Infant Sleep Outreach Effort Expanded

‘Safe to Sleep’ seeks to reduce risk of sleep-related infant death

The U.S. national campaign to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome has entered a new phase and will now encompass all sleep-related, sudden unex...


Generation Y: How These Kooky Kids Differ From The Rest of Us Professionally

Higher pay and more education makes this generation a force to be reckoned with.

It’s interesting when your particular generation is no longer the youngest or the most trend setting. It happens kind of subtly without you even know...


Apple Unwraps its iPhone 5

The latest Apple smartphone features a bigger screen and thinner case

  It was the worst-kept secret in the technology world as nearly all the rumors turned out to be true. Apple today took the wraps off its new...


California Sues Umbilical Cord Blood Bank

State charges BioBancUSA went out of business without telling its customers

Parents hoping to ensure their children's future health have taken to "banking" cord blood. Cord blood, which is taken from the umbilical cord immediately ...


e-Book Prices Heading Down in Wake of Antitrust Settlement

The $9.99 e-book is back at Amazon, iBook and

It's been just a few days since a U.S. federal court judge approved an antitrust settlement between some book publishers and the Justice Department ...


McDonald's to Post Calories on Menu Boards

New menu boards will be placed inside and in drive-thru lanes

To help consumers make better choices about the food they eat, McDonald's said it will post calories for all items on its menu boards in the U.S., both ins...


Researchers Trying to Take Guesswork Out of Caution Lights

Red means stop, green means go but what exactly does yellow mean?

The normal traffic light has three signals and two of the three are pretty cut and dried.Red means stop. Green means go. Both are definitive and unambigu...


Feds Close Bogus 'News' Sites That Pimp Supplements & Weight-Loss Potions

Sites promoted acai berry supplements, colon cleansers under guise of news

Everybody has an idea about what news is, or should be, but there's pretty broad agreement that one thing it shouldn't be is advertising in diguise.  ...


Study: Heavy Drinkers Suffer Earlier Strokes

In French study, heavy drinkers suffered stroke 14 years earlier than non-drinkers

Heavy alcohol use has long been linked to high blood pressure and cardiovascular ailments. But new research suggests heavy alcohol use means a stroke might...


U.S. Consumer Incomes Still in Decline

Census Bureau shows households continue to lose ground

The U.S. poverty rate remained the same as last year but American households continue to earn less money, according to a report by the U.S. Census Bureau....


Production of Imaging Agent That Helps Detect Prostate Cancer Wins Approval

Mayo Clinic is the first facility approved to manufacture Choline C 11 Injection

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the production and use of Choline C 11 Injection, a Positron Emission Tomography (PET) imaging agent use...


Breeder's Choice Recalls AvoDerm Natural Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Adult Dog

The products contain a risk of Salmonella to pets and humans handling the product

Breeder’s Choice Pet Food is recalling a single manufacturing batch of Breeder's Choice AvoDerm Natural Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Adult Dog Formula due to pos...


Consumers Added to Credit Card Debt in Second Quarter

But they seem to be doing a better job of handling the increased debt

The average U.S. consumer added to his or her credit card debt is the second quarter of the year and is now on pace to build up an additional $43.5 billion...


Changes Proposed to Federal Care Labeling Rule for Clothing

Manufacturers, importers could put wetcleaning instructions on garment care labels

As part of its systematic review of all current rules and guides, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is seeking public comment on proposed changes to the F...


9/11 Cancer Patients Finally Get the Medical Coverage They Need

It's been eleven years since the tragic event, and help for some victims is now just rolling in

It’s hard to believe it’s been 11 years since terrorist attacked the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and Flight 93 o...


New Apps and Kiosks Threatening Cashier Employment Even Further

Some like it, some don't. But the process of self-paying is growing bigger and bigger.

In the world of retail, technology is useful in different ways. Sometimes a technological advancement allows a product to function better.Other times it ...


Hacker Not Responsible For Outage, GoDaddy Says

Company says outage did not have 'external' cause

Despite the claims of an anonymous hacker, Monday's six hour outage affecting websites and domains hosted and registered by was not caused by "...


Google Offering Free Boingo Hotspots to Android Users

Microsoft and Apple mobile users aren't invited to the party

Google Play and Boingo are offering free Wi-Fi to consumers at more than 4,000 locations across the country but is making no secret of the fact that Window...


FBI Warns Infant Abductions Becoming More Violent

Security is tighter at hospitals, forcing abductions into homes and onto the streets

Here's something for new and expectant parents to worry about: The FBI says there are not and troubling trends in infant abductions, including women kidnap...


Buyers of 'Google Money Tree' Work-at-Home Scam Getting Refunds

Defendants allegedly charged hidden fees and falsely claimed affiliation with Google

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is mailing more than 93,000 refund checks totaling nearly $2.3 million to consumers who allegedly were charged hidden fe...


Microsoft Expanding Its Retail Footprint for the Holidays

With lots of new products to sell, Microsoft plans 30 new locations

Microsoft, which is unveiling more new products than ever this year, doesn't want to miss out on the holidays. It's expanding its brick-and-mortar retail f...


Nationwide Recall for One Lot of Hydrocodone Bitartrate and Acetaminophen Tablets

Tablets could contain too much medicine. Posing a risk of liver damage

Qualitest, a subsidiary of Endo Health Solutions has issued a nationwide retail level recall for one lot of Hydrocodone Bitartrate and Acetaminophen Tablet...


Stryker Faces Additional Plaintiffs In Hip Replacement Suit

Law firm says recalled unit was defective

A Florida law firm that is suing Stryker Orthopedics over its Rejuvenate and ABG II hip implant systems says it has added seven more plaintiffs in the case...


Ricotta Salata Frescolina Brand Cheese Recalled

There's a possibility of Listeria monocytogenes contamination

Forever Cheese is recalling all Ricotta Salata Frescolina brand, Forever Cheese lot # T9425 and/or production code 441202, from one specific production da...


GoDaddy Websites Go Dark for Four Hours Monday

Thousands, perhaps millions of sites off line for about four hours

If you were trying to access a favorite website Monday and found you couldn't, you can blame an anonymous hacker. Maybe.A hacker using the Twitter handle...


Road Traffic Noise in Urban Areas Contributes to Sleep Disturbance and Annoyance

Risk of heart attack and high blood pressure tied to long-term noise exposure

If you live in the city, you probably already know this. A new study of noise pollution in Fulton County, Georgia, suggests that many residents are expose...


Survey Shows Actual MPG is Rising

Consumers turning to fuel efficient cars is increasing the overall mileage rating

Just because a auto manufacturer turns out lots of high-mileage cars, it doesn't mean consumers buy them. Like the sticker on a new car that shows the vehi...


Postnuptial Agreements on the Rise

And oddly enough, it's women who are insisting on them

You probably know what a prenup is. A rich actor, getting married for the third time, asks his bride-to-be to sign a document that limits her settlement in...


Researchers: Wind Power Not Enough to Affect Global Climate

Effect on temperatures 'not substantial'

Though there is enough power in the earth's winds to be a primary source of near-zero emission electric power for the world, large-scale high altitude wind...


Survey of Travelers Gives Airport Security Poor Marks

But those enrolled in PreCheck have a different view

Since shortly after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, officers of a newly created security agency, the Transportation Security Administration (T...


Your iPhone Could Be Disabled During The Next Protest You Attend

The mega company received a new patent and could be disabling your device in restricted areas.

The next time you’re at a concert and you whip out your iPhone to record some of the excitement, you may notice it doesn’t work. and for s...


Some of the Coolest Home-Bars You'll See

From portable bars to room-sized varieties, bar designers are getting awfully creative

Although I was born in the 70s, my memories of the decade are extremely foggy. However by the time I reached six or seven years of age, I was able to docum...


Feds Squish Bed Bug Claims

Companies failed to back up claims they could prevent and eliminate infestations

The Federal Trade Commission has filed deceptive advertising charges against two  marketers of remedies for bed bug infestations, charging that the co...


Spotify Plans a Browser-Based Service

Monthly price reportedly will be reduced from $9.99 to $8

A decade or so ago, consumers thought of the Internet as a way to download music. Today, thanks partly to pioneer Pandora, it's seen as a way to listen to ...


7 Tips For Clearing Up Acne

You can have clearer skin without using expensive products

Acne is often thought of as the bane of a teenager's existence but the skin condition, marked by pimples and red splotches, can affect adults as well.Whi...


Medifast Subsidiary Agrees to $3.7 Million Penalty

Company allegedly violated an earlier order that it stop making unsupported claims

A subsidiary of diet plan marketer Medifast Inc. will pay a $3.7 million civil penalty to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it violated a p...


Grandparents Increasingly Take on Child-Rearing Roles

Study finds they have become important care-givers in many families

Family life in the U.S. has undergone many changes over the last generation or two. One of the significant changes, researchers say, is the increasingly im...


Young Americans Get an Earlier Start Retirement Saving

However, Gen Z is counting on Social Security, inheritances to fund nest egg

When it comes to retirement planning, Generations X and Y appear to be learning learned from the mistakes of their elders. The younger Generation Z, though...


Vehicle Repo: What Are Your Rights?

Most of the rights belong to the creditor but consumers have some as well

You're late on a car payment. Then you miss one completely. The next thing you know there's a tow truck in your driveway hauling away your car.When you b...


Dietary Supplement Firms Warned About Promoting Unapproved Products as Drugs

Products have not been show to be safe and effective

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FD) has sent warning letters to PruTect Rx, of Highlands Ranch, CO, and Trinity Sports Group Inc., of Plano, TX, for...


Million Hearts Launches Program to Improve Blood Pressure Control

'Team up, pressure down' encourages pharmacist-patient engagement

Customers at drugstores around the nation can get help to improve blood pressure control, through a collaboration among pharmacists, the U.S. Department of...


Amazon Backs Off Kindle Ad Policy

Will allow buyers of new Kindles to turn off ads if they pay $15

When Amazon introduced its new line of Kindle Fire tablets last week, consumers were for the most part delighted at the prices. But there was a catch that ...


Toys"R"Us Enters Wi-Fi Tablet Wars

The "tabeo" includes games, books and pre-installed safety features

Toys"R"Us has had it with "showrooming" -- shoppers examining products in its stores, then ordering them online. It's introducing a new Android wi-fi table...


Older Overweight Children Consume Fewer Calories Than Their Healthy Weight Peers

Study finds there is no such thing as a 'one size fits all' explanation for childhood obesity

A new study by University of North Carolina School of Medicine pediatrics researchers finds a surprising difference in the eating habits of overweight chil...


Watch Your Favorite Reruns And Not Feel Guilty

It could make you a more productive person, researcher claims

Could watching the re-run of a show about nothing motivate you to do something?Yes, it sounds crazy but a University of Buffalo researcher says watching ...


Company Releasing New Social Gambling Game on Facebook and Zynga

Will it catch on with gamblers, or is the virtual money aspect of the game a turn off?

For those who like to place bets on sporting events, but like to do it on their couch in front of the TV, this new Facebook and Zynga game may be for you....


Tracking Device For School Children May Be the Next Craze

School district officials say the ZPass keeps kids safe, and makes parents feel better.

With the new school year already here parents have just put the finishing touches on getting their kids out the door and on to the school bus for...


Amazon Releases Three New Kindle Fire Models

The new models have more storage and speed and are easier on the eyes

Amazon's Kindle Fire turned lots of heads when it debuted less than a year ago. It was a seven inch tablet – not just an ereader – but only cos...


Finding the Right Prepaid Card Isn't Easy

They can be inexpensive but they can also be risky

Prepaid cards are still a new specimen and consumers are often uncertain about how to deal with them. A new report from the Pew Charitable Trusts highlight...


Apple Eyes Streaming Music Service, Pandora Quivers

Not yet profitable, Pandora may become road kill for Apple

Although it is a relatively measley business at the moment, Internet "radio" is starting to make Apple's iTunes look old-fashioned. And Apple may be hatchi...


Survey Suggests Students Handling Credit Card Debt

They might be able to teach their parents a thing or two

College loan debt may be sky high but the image of college students running up huge credit card balances may be unfair. A new survey suggests that, when it...


'Drive-By' Viruses Emerge as Major Online Threat

Connecticut Attorney General reports many in his state have been victims

In the past you could avoid most email viruses if you didn't click on a link in a spam email or open its attachment. You could open the email, read the con...


Non-Alcoholic Red Wine May Help Reduce High Blood Pressure

Increasing levels of nitric acid helps decrease both blood pressure numbers

Men with high risk for heart disease had lower blood pressure after drinking non-alcoholic red wine every day for four weeks, according to a new study in t...


Mom, Can I Get Contact Lenses -- Please?

Contacts may or may not be right for your child

Between Harry Potter and the rise of "geek" culture, lots of kids today consider wearing eyeglasses fashionable, and even downright "cool." Still, the day...


Economy Added 96,000 Jobs in August

Jobless rate drops as people quit looking for work

U.S. job creation remains positive but anemic. The U.S. Labor Department reports the economy added 96,000 jobs in August, far short of the number needed to...


Gasoline Prices Hold Steady in Last Week

National average price falls a fraction of a cent after previous week's sharp rise

With gasoline prices near record highs for this time of year, the price at the pump leveled off a bit over the last seven days.The national average price...


Returning Students Find Healthier School Meals

More vegetables, fruit, whole grains; less salt and trans fat

Students heading back to school will be getting twice the amount of vegetables and fruits on their meal trays, as well as more whole grains, and less salt ...


Study: Organic Foods No Healthier than Conventional Foods

But we had to speak to our own expert to get her take on the food debate.

Nowadays buying organic food has become a badge of honor of sorts.The stereotype of the organic shopper is one who’s seemingly more conscious about...


Consumers Abandoning Apps Over Privacy Concerns

Study finds more than half of all app users have uninstalled or decided not to install apps for privacy reasons

Most apps are free or close to it, and many provide at least marginally useful services but a new study finds that privacy concerns are driving users away...


VW's New Golf Is Greener But Not Green Enough for Greenpeace

Base version of the new Golf gets 49 mpg but calls it "lame ... disappointing"

It's not easy being green. Volkswagen thought it had taken green about as far as it could go in a mass-market car when it introduced its new Golf in Berlin...


AARP Addresses Retirement Anxiety in Post-Pension Era

"Ready for Retirement" site provides interactive tools for retirement planning

Finding seniors reluctant to retire in the post-pension era, AARP has unveiled a new Ready for Retirement website featuring a new Social Security Question ...


Heavy Alcohol Use Linked to High Anxiety

Researchers say heavy drinkers more vulnerable to post traumatic stress disorder

Alcohol marketers have lately adopted the slogan “drink responsibly,” which is a little vague but is generally assumed to mean to drink in mode...


Feds Put Consumer Reporting Market on the Hot Seat

Examinations will verify that credit reporting companies are following the law

Credit bureaus and other consumer reporting companies are going under the microscope. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is disclosing the...


Mortgage Rates Remain Near Record Lows

30-year rate averages between 3.55 and 3.79 percent in two surveys

Mortgage rates were little changed in the last week, hovering near record lows, according to two weekly surveys.Freddie Mac's Primary Mortgage Market Sur...


Ford Recalling Some Escapes

Ford Recalling Some Escapes

Ford is recalling certain 6,146 2013 Escape vehicles manufactured from October 5, 2011, through August 31, 2012, equipped with 1.6L engines. The cylinder...


Hurricane Isaac Victims Get Tax Relief

Return filing and tax payment deadline extended to Jan. 11, 2013

Individuals and businesses affected by Hurricane Isaac are getting some relief from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Following recent disaster declarat...


Apple's iPhone 5 Likely to Debut Sept. 12

But will the company also introduce a mini-iPad?

Apple is sending very strong signals that it will take the wraps off it's latest version of the iPhone next week. Members of the media have begun receiving...


Feds Sued Over 'Dangerous Dose' of Alzheimer’s Drug Aricept

Public Citizen says findings that higher dose poses grave risks are being ignored

The way Public Citizen sees it, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has dragged its feet for too long on a petition calling on the agency to stop allowi...


Supervalu Closing 60 Stores

Stores targeted for closing include 22 Save-A-Lots

Despite more consumers shopping at discount food stores, the competition remains tough. Supervalu has announced it is closing 60 under-performing stores in...


Frozen Bratwurst Patties Recalled

Patties contain pieces of plastic

Klement Sausage of Milwaukee, WI, is recalling approximately 2,920 pounds of frozen bratwurst patties because they may contain foreign materials -- pieces ...


New Nokia Phones Offer Wireless Recharging

Devices also feature high-quality cameras and run on Windows 8

While attention has been riveted in recent weeks on Apple and Samsung, as they fought their patent battle in court, other smartphone manufacturers seem to ...


Fed Up With Political Friends On Facebook?

With the election weeks away, it's only going to get worse

Political commercials are bad enough, but you expect them. Plus, the politicians and the groups supporting them spend a lot of money for the privilege of b...


Hackers Say They Have 12 Million Apple Device Numbers

However the FBI says don't be too worried, it's all a big fat lie.

A hacker group has announced they’ve been successful in stealing the device information numbers of 12 million Apple customers, specifically...


Would You Use Your House as a Billboard for Payment?

Marketing company Braniacs From Mars will pay your mortage for a year if you say yes.

Some would say purchasing a home is a definite part of the American dream. But that dream can easily turn into a nightmare if you’re suddenly unable ...


Consumer Groups Argue Against 10% Down Payment Minimum

Low down payments and subprime defaults not related, they say

Federal regulators are currently debating how to define a "Qualified Residential Mortgage" (QRM) under the Dodd-Frank Act and what they decide may well det...


Watchdog Group Faults FCC Plan to Measure Mobile Data Speeds

True speeds must be disclosed in carriers' ads, critics argue

The Federal Communications Commission’s plan to launch a program to measure mobile broadband service performance in the United States falls short of ...


Best Buy Customer Clicked Box Agreeing to Terms; Case Dismissed

Lawsuit claimed that Best Buy and HSBC did not properly disclose a $59 annual fee

We all click those little boxes saying we "agree to the terms and conditions." Well, guess what -- that action has consequences, as a the 9th U.S. Cir...


Tooth Fairy More Generous in 2012

Visa says that's a good sign for the economy

There are many ways to measure the health of the economy. Economists pore over financial data each month to determine which way things are headed.But Vis...


Vitamin D Supplement Fails to Lower Cholesterol in Short Term

It's not a quick fix

If you're looking for a quick way to lower your cholesterol level, don't count on Vitamin D. According to new research in Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and...


NFL, Army Work to Combat Traumatic Brain Injury

Officials cite many similarities in the player and soldier mentalities

The Army and National Football League (NFL) are working to improve awareness of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and further research into its causes, preventi...


Aeroflot Fined for Violating Airline Consumer Protection Rules

Carrier failed to disclose full fares and cancellation policies

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has fined Aeroflot, a Russia-based carrier, for violating the department’s expanded airline passenger protectio...


McDonald's Opening Vegetarian Restaurants in India

Fare to include mashed potato burgers and pizza

Can a franchise that is synonymous with the hamburger find success serving an all vegetarian fare? McDonald's is banking on it.The U.S. fast food chain i...


Consumers Give Automakers a Happy August

Chrysler has an especially good month

U.S. consumers flocked to new car showrooms last month, handing automakers a robust sales month. When all the sales were added up it was the best August si...


What's the Best Way to Protect Your Data Online?

We spoke to an expert to see just how you can keep your personal information safe.

Nowadays, using social networks and buying merchandise from online retail stores is as common as washing the dishes, and the more it becomes ingrained into...


Microsoft Gives Consumers a Choice: Take It or Leave It

Modified services agreement forces consumers to use binding arbitration

An old trick is to release unfavorable news on a Friday afternoon, hoping it gets lost over the weekend. Microsoft went that one better, emailing some of i...


Toys "R" Us Waives Layaway Fee, Walmart Backs Off Its $15 Fee

Layaway, popular during the Great Depression, has been making a comeback lately

Big retailers are hoping layaway plans create a feeding frenzy for the upcoming holiday shopping season. Toys“R”Us today said it will waiv...


Study: Organic Foods Reduce Exposure to Pesticides

Study doesn't find much difference in nutritional content, however

A new study finds that consumers can markedly reduce their intake of pesticide residues and their exposure to antibiotic-resistant bacteria by choosing org...


High Blood Pressure Out of Control for Millions

Serious health risk isn't getting enough attention, CDC finds

About 1 in 3 American adults -- 67 million of us -- have high blood presure but more than half of us don't have it under control, a new report finds.&ldq...


Telemarketer Making Refunds to 4,400 Consumers

Consumers being reimbursed for money lost in credit card scam

The Federal Trade Commission is mailing refund checks to 4,468 consumers nationwide who allegedly were defrauded by a telemarketer who used robocalls ...


CVS Caremark Customers Getting Refunds

Feds charged deceptive pricing claims caused seniors and disabled consumers to overpay

Checks are going out to nearly 13,000 consumers who paid significantly more for their drugs than they expected based on allegedly deceptive pricing cl...


McAfee Finds Second Quarter Surge in Malware

Hackers targeting PCs as well as mobile devices

Cyberspace isn't getting any safer. Computer security firm McAfee reports finding the largest increase in malware samples in the last four years during the...


July Home Prices Rise 3.8 Percent

Year-over-year increase is largest in six years

Even when distressed sales, such as foreclosures, are included the average home price is rising, showing a steady increase that began earlier this year.T...


Snowpulse Recalls Avalanche Airbags

There's a possibility the airbag might not deploy, posing a risk if injury and death

Mammut Sports Group of Shelburne, VT, is recalling about 3,800 Snowpulse Avalanche Airbags -- 1,200 in the U.S and 26,00 in Canada. A leak in the airbag's...


Study: E-Cigarettes Can Harm Lungs

Small Greek study suggests problems even though there is no combustion

E-cigarettes are marketed as a safe alternative to smoking tobacco. Users get nicotine delivered in vapor form but not the smoke and tar found in tobacco....


Mississippi Makes Multiple Price Gouging Arrests After Isaac

Many areas remain flooded from Hurricane Isaac and are still without power

Gulf Coast levees and other infrastructure held up relatively well against Hurricane Isaac last week though many areas remain flooded and still without pow...


Are Smartwatches the Craze of the Future?

Would you remove your smartphone from your pocket and put it on your wrist?

It seems with each new technological advancement another invention from the past becomes obsolete.The DVD player brought an end to the VCR, mp3s put the ...


Apple Signals It's Not Finished With Samsung

Wants more smartphones and tablets banned

Apple has amended the list of Samsung products it wants banned in the U.S., claiming they also infringe on Apple patents.In late August a California jury...


Teflon Chemical Implicated in Heart Disease

PFOA is widely used in lubricants, polishes, paper coatings, food packaging

Exposure to perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), a manmade chemical used in the manufacture of some common household products, appears to be associated with card...


American Airlines, US Airways Explore Merger

Even with deregulation, airlines are having trouble staying aloft

Airline deregulation in 1978 was supposed to create competition among airlines and improve service for consumers. It hasn't quite worked out that way.Ins...


Study Links Prenatal Smoking to Adolescent Obesity

Mother's smoking may be related to variations in the brain that create a preference for fatty foods

Overweight teenagers are often blamed for their condition but a new study finds their mothers may have to bear much of the burden if they smoked during pre...