Browse by year

How to Read a New Car's Window Sticker

10 pieces of information you should look for

If you've ever shopped for a new car, your first step was probably to glance at the car's window sticker. After seeing the price, maybe a few options and t...


Want to Help Sandy Victims? Here's How

FEMA offers advice for those who want to help

FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, left, and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, center, participate in a briefing on Hurricane San...


IRS Gives Extra Time to Hurricane Sandy Victims

File and pay deadline put off to Nov. 7

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is granting taxpayers and tax preparers affected by Hurricane Sandy until Nov. 7 to file returns and accompanying paymen...


Sandy's Wrath Will Be Felt Nationwide

Lean inventories mean bare shelves will soon be evident around the country

The catastrophic damage left behind by Superstorm Sandy may be physically limited to the East Coast but its effects are already spreading rapidly across th...


Study Names Panera Bread the Best Sandwich Chain

Eight sandwich restaurants made the list, and you might be surprised who was dead last

When it comes to the best things ever created by human hands, the sandwich has to lie somewhere between the light bulb and the wheel for the greatest inven...


Deadly Dangers Linger After Hurricane Sandy Passes

Feds urge caution with generators, charcoal grills and gas

Hurricane Sandy was a massive, slow moving storm that has left millions of Americans along the East Coast without electricity. The U.S. Consumer Product Sa...


Switching Banks Isn't Always Easy

Consumers Union presses banks to make parting company more seamless

It was one year ago next week that a grassroots movement urged consumers to move their bank accounts from large national banks with high fees to smaller co...


California Targets Lack of Privacy Policy on Mobile Apps

State is stepping up enforcement of new privacy law

A word to the wise mobile app developers and companies that have a mobile presence; make sure you have an easy-to-find privacy policy.Otherwise, you coul...


Kays Classic Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Recalled

The product contains pecans -- an undeclared allergen

Schoep's Ice Cream Company of Madison, WI, is alerting customers that because of a packaging error, Kays Classic Vanilla Bean Ice Cream contains an undecla...


DOT Sends Emergency Funds for Hurricane Sandy Damage in New York and Rhode Island

Additional funding expected as states continue damage assessments

Money from Uncle Sam is on the way to help two of the states devastated by Hurricane Sandy. The U.S Department of Transportation (DOT) is making $13 mill...


Correction to Kevin Trudeau Article

On October 26, 2010, published an article entitled “Kevin Trudeau Loses Appeal of $54 Million Judgment.” The article inaccurately repor...


Texas Firm Recalls Chicken Enchilada Products

The products are suspected of containing foreign materials

Food Source of McKinney, TX, is recalling approximately 11,400 pounds of frozen chicken enchilada products that may contain fragments of plastic. The produ...


Community College: Education's Overlooked Bargain

Typical two-year school costs less than half of what a state university does

People love bargains, except, apparently, when it comes to education. In pursuit of a college degree, students and their families run up huge debts, to the...


VA Guarantees 20 Millionth Home Loan

VA loans boast the lowest foreclosure and delinquency rates

A milestone for the Department of Veterans Affairs. The agency has now guaranteed 20 million home loans since its home loan program was established in 194...


Americans Spend More on Drugs to Fight Aging than to Fight Disease

Anti-aging meds becoming bigger part of health care expense

U.S. consumers now spend more money for medications to ward off the effects of aging than they spend on drugs to treat chronic disease. Researchers at Expr...


Sandy Spares Northeast Gasoline Refineries

Analyst doesn't see the spike in prices California experienced

While there is very little good news to come out of SuperStorm Sandy, one bright spot for consumers in the Northeast may be gasoline prices.With most of ...


Consumers Are Generally Satisfied with Their Auto Insurance Claims Settlements

J.D. Power says satisfaction is up even though consumers are paying more

We often hear how unhappy some people are with the settlements they received from their auto insurers. Take Gloria of Acworth, GA, who is insured by Alls...


Lumosity: Brain Exercises That Are Supposed to Improve Memory

But researchers say there are other things you can do for mental strength

Do you find it harder and harder to remember a person’s name after first meeting them? Or have you ever read a page from a magazine and forgot what t...


Ford Skids in Consumer Reports Reliability Ratings

U.S. automaker dips as Japanese carmakers surge

What's happened to Ford? Two years ago it was Detroit’s poster child for reliability. It cracked the top 10 among brands in Consumer Reports predicte...


Want to Be On National TV? Youtoo Allows Viewers To Be Television Stars

This could be the next step in interactive television. You don't just watch--you're on TV too

Unless you haven’t noticed, we’re currently living in a time when there’s a fine line between television celebrities and the viewing audi...


Google Unveils Its Nexus 10 Tablet

So is this the one that will be an iPad killer?

Google picked New York for the unveiling of its new $399 Nexus 10 tablet yesterday. Unfortunately, that was also the day Superstorm Sandy picked to come cr...


Smoke-Free Laws Led Quickly to Fewer Hospitalizations

People remain at risk when exceptions to smoke-free laws are made

Laws that ban smoking apparently are making a difference. According to research in the American Heart Association journal Circulation, fewer people are en...


Indiana Seeks to Ban Meningitis-Linked Pharmacy

State's attorney general says Massachusetts compounding pharmacy poses immediate danger

The New England Compounding Center (NECC), the compounding pharmacy at the heart of the nationwide meningitis outbreak, has been shut down since late Septe...


Halloween Deadliest Day for Pedestrian Accidents

Parents can use this data to help keep their children safe

A child has a greater risk of being fatally injured by a car on Halloween than any other day of the year, according to data compiled by State Farm insuranc...


Study: Overusing Supplements can Cause Liver Damage

New database provides information about supplements that may be dangerous

Health officials have made strides in recent years alerting consumers to the dangers of too much acetaminophen and the damage it can cause to liver functio...


California Has a Message for App Developers

Scores of companies informed they are violating the state's privacy laws

Developers of mobile apps are getting some unwelcome news this week. California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris is telliing them they are not in complian...


Disney Urged to Close Holiday Candy 'Marketing Loophole'

CSPI offers ideas for a healthier Halloween

Should Ariel, Belle and other Disney characters be shilling Dig N’ Dips, Lollipops, and Candy Rolls to young children? While the Walt Disney Company has w...


New Report Finds Many American Renters Never Want to Own a Home

Rents jump 10% over 18 months, with North Dakota, New York Leading All States

Not everyone, it seems, has bought into the American Dream of owning their own home., an apartment search engine, says its first "Renton...


Website Provides Sneak Peak at Black Friday Ads

Store also planning to take on more temporary help for the holidays

Want to get a jump on your Black Friday shopping planning? Would it be helpful to know what bargains stores will be offering the day after Thanksgiving?B...


Poll Finds 'Strutting Your Stuff' Helps in a Tight Job Market

MBA students, employers find innovative ways to stand out

You have your MBA and the world is at your feet, with top companies begging you to come to work for them, right? Maybe in some alternative universe. But he...


Sandy Takes Control, the Rest of Us Just Watch and Hope

"Frankenstorm" brings business, government, education, even politics to a standstill

Wherever you are, it's hard to escape the effects of Sandy, the massive and powerful storm that is threatening to turn the East Coast into a soggy mess.T...


Keeping Your Pet Safe as Hurricane Sandy Blows Through

A few simple steps will help ensure that you and your companion stay safe

You've battened down the hatches in advance of Hurricane Sandy, but have you take care to make sure your pets are safe? The U.S. Department of Agriculture...


Meet Boxee, a Cloud-Based DVR That's the Latest Entry in the TV/Streaming Video Derby

New gadget lets you control video on all your devices and offers a no-limit DVR

Everybody's heard of Apple and for years we've been hearing how Apple -- oh, and also Google -- were about to build a simple interface, or "box," that woul...


Sherwin-Williams, PPG Settle FTC Charges

The companies allegedly misled consumers about the safety of their paints

Two of the nation’s leading paint companies have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charges that they misled consumers to believe that some of...


Study: If You Want Successful Children Put Off Kindergarten for One Year

Kids born in June and July shouldn't start kindergarten when September hits, say researchers

It’s all a bit hazy, but believe it or not I do remember a little bit about kindergarten.I vaguely recall forming lines to go to other parts o...


East Coast Storm Takes a Toll on Air Travel

Getting somewhere on a plane this week may prove to be a problem

In addition to the evacuations in the Hurricane Sandy impact zone along the East Coast, air travel throughout the U.S. is being affected by weather-related...


Some Last Minute October Deals on SUVs

There may be a small window of time when you can land a good deal

October is nearly gone but deals on SUVs are not. There are still some intriguing deals out there with zero percent, a site that an...


Are You Ready for a Robot Helper?

Most older people are receptive to the idea

The idea of a robot as domestic help is nothing new. Woody Allen employed the concept with hilarious results in 1973's “Sleeper.”But scientis...


Current TV Could Be Up For Sale

Reports suggest the troubled network may go to the next highest bidder.

Anybody want to buy a TV network?The progressive and left of center cable channel Current TV is reportedly up for sale after suffering from low ratings a...


The Raspberry Pi: $25 Computer Teaches Kids Computer Programming

And its creators the Raspberry Pi Foundation wants to ship these computers around the globe.

Around the early 1980s many schools started incorporating computer classes in its curriculums, as big clunky desk-tops computers were just starting to hit ...


The Worst Credit Cards of 2012

Credit card expert highlights some credit card offers you should avoid

A number of lenders compete to convince you their credit card is best. But what are the credit cards you should avoid?For starters, avoid cards that levy...


FBI: Violent Crime Down in 2011

It's the fifth straight decline, with a drop in robberies leading the way

There's continued progress in the war against crime in the U.S. The estimated number of violent crimes declined for the fifth consecutive year in 2011, ac...


Hurricane Sandy Threatens East Coast

From Kitty Hawk to Cape Cod, heavy wind and flooding damage is expected

Schools, government offices and mass transit closed today from Washington to Boston and beyond as Hurricane Sandy, which killed at least five dozen people ...


Whole, Skim, Soy Milk - What's the Difference?

We spoke to an expert and registered nutritionist to see what type of milk consumers should be buying

Milk, milk, milk-- It’s all over the place.When one goes to the grocery store, the shelf that holds the milk is a display of bright colors. There&r...


Lifestyle Lift Doesn't Always Turn Out as Expected

Consumers complain of hard-sell techniques, outcomes that don't meet their hopes

Want to light up your life? Songstress Debby Boone suggests you look into Lifestyle Lift, a nationwide cosmetic surgery company that claims to take a "revo...


Survey Shows Many US iPad Owners Unhappy with Timing of New iPad 4 Launch

iPad Mini still set to be a hit though the Kindle Fire is more popular

While a lot of people may be happy with Apple's new iPad products, there are a lot who have a problem with the timing of the releases. Within 24 hours of...


Study Says Resveratrol Has Little Impact on the Healthy

But another ingredient in red wine may be responsible for promoting health

Resveratrol is an ingredient found in the skin of grapes that is thought to hold many health benefits. It may, in fact, but new research suggests it's not ...


Pennsylvania Outlaws Gas Chambers for Pets

The Keystone State is the 20th to take that step

Pennsylvania has become the 20th state to outlaw the use of gas chambers to euthanize pets kept at animal shelters. Governor Tom Corbett signed the bill th...


Look Out Apple, Android is Gaining

Android tablets now make up 41 percent of the tablet market

When Apple reported it's third quarter earnings Thursday, one stat stuck out. The high-flying tech company sold fewer than expected iPads during the period...


Have a Cold? Maybe it's a Winter Allergy

Here are some ways to avoid winter-time misery

We've entered the cold and flu season and many people have already been afflicted. But not every sneeze and cough is caused by a cold. Sometimes it's winte...


Consumers More Upbeat in October

Government report shows economy grew at faster-than-expected rate

Even though household incomes have fallen over the last three years and unemployment remains stubbornly high, consumers are feeling better about the econom...


Drops, Sprays Put Curious Kids at Risk

Swallowing even a small amount of these products can cause children serious harm

It's every parent's nightmare: Your back is turned, and your child swallows something toxic. It happens with products that you may not think of as dangerou...


Auto Claims from Deer Collisions on the Rise

State Farm records a 7.7 percent increase over last year

Deer are beautiful animals, except when they leap in front of your vehicle. That, unfortunately, is happening more and more.State Farm Insurance reports ...


BMW Recalls 7-Series Vehicles

Doors that appear closed and latched may inadvertently open

BMW is recalling 7,485 model year 2005-2007 7-Series vehicles, equipped with both Comfort Access and Soft Close Automatic options, and manufactured August ...


Best Small and Medium Workplaces List for 2012 Released

Ninth annual list recognizes 50 best small and medium workplaces in the U.S.

Tired of the sweatshop where you toil for 8 hours a day? Think there's GOT to be something better out there? You may be right. In fact, you might want to ...


FLO Cycling Recalls Rim Tape

The tape can puncture the the bicycle's inner tube, posing a fall hazard to the rider.

FLO Cycling of Las Vegas is recalling about 800 bicycle wheel rim tapes. The rim tape can fail and break under pressure. When this happens, the inner tube ...


401(k) Contribution Rises for 2013

Because of cost-of-living adjustments, you can kick in additional $500

You'll be able to contribute more to your 401(k) next year. The Internal Revenue Service has announced cost-of-living adjustments affecting dollar limitat...


Gasoline Prices Plunge 14 Cents in Last Seven Days

But gasoline is still more expensive than it was this time last year

The free-fall in gasoline prices continued for another week as lower oil prices and the switch to winter-grade fuel combined to provide needed relief at th...


25 Worst Computer Passwords

Is yours on this list?

With each passing year your computer becomes less secure. Hackers become more sophisticated and your PC or mobile device becomes more vulnerable.In the e...


Consumer Watchdog Will Oversee Debt Collectors

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau continues to expand its jurisdiction

A day after announcing it would police credit reporting agencies, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) proposed a rule that will allow it to sup...


Vonage: A Good Alternative to Your Current Phone Line or Just a Big Headache?

It all sounds good but many customers wind up going elsewhere

We’ve all seen the commercials for Vonage.The company has created several TV ads that show people tossing old phone bills in a giant pile, and othe...


Floridians Receive Phony Voting Letters That Question U.S. Citizenship

Officals say if you receive this fake document, ignore what it says, but report it.

As the nation gets closer and closer to Election Day, both Democrats and Republicans are scrambling to strengthen their base and win over independent voter...


Going Shopping? Don't Forget Your Apps

Survey finds online shoppers looking for apps that will help them score a deal

Consumers are revving up for the holiday shopping season and, since more than 110 million of them have smartphones, it's likely technology will play a bigg...


Microsoft Unveils Windows 8

Contains touch screen controls for some devices

Microsoft has taken the wraps off Windows 8, the latest edition of its operating system. Beginning tomorrow, Oct. 26, consumers can start downloading the n...


Knee Replacement Not an 'Easy Solution' for Obese Patients

Obesity is related to higher rates of infection and other complications following surgery

Obese patients have a greater risk of complications following total knee replacement surgery, including post-surgical infections, according to a new litera...


Mortgage Rates Hover Near Record Lows

Pending home sale also show small gain in September

Two weekly mortgage rate surveys show the costs of home mortgages were little changed over the last week as rates remained near record lows. At the same ti...


Rudi's Organic Bakery Bread Products Recalled

The packaging may contain metallic foreign objects

Rudi's Organic Bakery is recalling Rudi's Organic Bakery Multigrain Oat Bread, Rudi's Organic Bakery Colorado Cracked Wheat Bread and Rudi's Organic Bakery...


Report: Firm Linked to Meningitis Outbreak Had Safety Issues

Massachusetts health inspectors report numerous code violations at facility

A nationwide meningitis outbreak that has claimed 24 lives has been traced to a steroid drug produced at the New England Compounding Center (NECC), a so-ca...


Subprime Mortgage 'Bundler' to Pay Nevada $42 Million

RBS Financial Products bought subprime mortgages and packaged them into securities

Mortgage lenders who made high-interest rate loans to home buyers who couldn't afford them have come under regulatory pressure. Now, so has a company that ...


IIHS Finds Boosters Improve

Most new seats provide good belt fit

Fifteen of 17 booster seats introduced in 2012 earn the top rating of BEST BET from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), evidence that more t...


Will Cashiers Still Be Needed This Holiday Season?

As more stores allow you to scan and buy products this holiday season, how can cashiers earn extra money?

Most people are aware that economic climates tend to fluctuate—which is why they are called climates I guess, but one good thing no matter what the j...


New Bra Claims to Detect Breast Cancer

Some say it will be a great benefit for early cancer detection, others think not so much

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and each year many groups in the United States look to educate people not only about the disease itself, but also...


Study Predicts Increase in Black Friday Shoppers This Year

More than half say they plan to fight the crowds

Black Friday is now less than one month away and the latest shopping forecast suggests the stores will be full, despite research showing it's actually one ...


U.S. Sues Bank of America for $1 Billion Worth of Bad Loans

Suit says Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac were duped by the bank's "Hustle" program

The federal government has sued Bank of America again -- this time claiming that the bank's Countrywide mortgage subsidiary caused government-underwritten ...


Barnes & Noble Hit by Hackers But Online Accounts Are Safe, Company Says

The crooks stole credit and debit card information from in-store PIN pads

Barnes & Noble says hackers broke into payment devices at 63 of its stores nationwide and may have stolen credit and debit card information from custom...


Consumers Beware---Scammers Are Using This Political Season To Con You

Emotion overcomes common sense when talking about politics and other hot-button issues

In 2012 it seems that scammers have not only become more advanced in their techniques, but also more brazen.Maybe you’ve received an email that say...


Study: Cholesterol Levels For U.S. Adults Have Lowered Significantly

But will our lifestyle choices take away from the postive results?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 71 million adults in the U.S. have high cholesterol, but according to a recent study pub...


Blow the Whistle: CFPB Now Taking Complaints on Credit Reporting

For the first time consumers will get federal assistance on complaints

For years, we here at ConsumerAffairs have received your complaints about problems with credit reporting. Examples are legion. Typical is a posting by fro...


Could Yard Sales Become Illegal?

A Supreme Court case could affect your rights

Next week lawyers will go before the U.S. Supreme Court and present arguments in a case that could determine whether you have the right to resell something...


New Home Sales Spurt in September

Sales were up 5.7 percent over August and 27.1 percent from September 2011

Sales of new homes in the U.S. jumped 5.7 percent in September, the largest one-month gain in more than two years.The Commerce Department reports new sin...


Dietary Supplements, Unapproved Drugs Seized in New York

The company claims the products prevent or treat disease

U.S. Marshals -- at the request of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) -- recently seized dietary supplements and unapproved drugs from Confidence...


Rivers Edge Recalls Hunters Tree Stands

Snap-hook assembly failure can causing the tree stand and the user to fall to the ground

Rivers Edge Tree Stands of Cumberland, WI, is recalling about 14,000 tree stands for hunters. The snap-hook assemblies can fail, causing the tree stand and...


ValcoBaby Booster Seats Recalled

The mechanism securing the seat to the baby stroller can disengage, allowing the toddler to fall

Unique Baby Products USA, d/b/a ValcoBaby, of Brooklyn, NY, is recalling about 975 ValcoBaby "Joey" booster toddler seats for strollers. The spring button ...


Broken Wrist is Warning Sign for Osteoporosis

First fracture doubles the risk of a future fracture

One of the hazards of aging is falling down. And falls can be dangerous because they can break bones, especially the bones of older people.If you or a lo...


Hunters' Tree Stands Recalled

The hanging strap assembly could dislodge, posing a fall hazard

Summit Treestands of of Decatur, AL is recalling about 2,900 Crush Series: Perch, Stoop and Ledge trees stands for hunters The tree stand's hanging strap...


Housing Groups Accuse Bank of America of Discrimination

The bank allegedly neglected foreclosed neighborhoods in three more cities

Do banks take better care of foreclosed property in white neighborhoods than in minority communities? A fair housing coalition says they do.The coalition...


1-800-GET-THIN LAP-BAND Weight-Loss Promoters Under Scrutiny

Lawsuits and investigations plague the brothers who once blanketed Southern California with ads

Two California brothers who have been leading promoters of the Lap-Band  surgical procedure for weight loss in obese adults are being targeted by...


Apple Introduces iPad Mini

New, smaller tablet will sell for $329

As expected, Apple has introduced a smaller version of it's iPad tablet but, despite the smaller size, it still carries a premium price.The new iPad mini...


Monster Beverage Sued, Under Federal Probe

Parents of Maryland teen sue for wrongful death

The pressure appears to be mounting on Monster Beverage, the maker of Monster energy drinks. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says it is looking into...


LivingSocial Settles Suit Over Expiration Dates

Daily deal site will pay $4.5 million and revise its policies

Like its competitor Groupon, LivingSocial has agreed to settle a class action lawsuit that challenged the way the daily deals site interprets the expiratio...


Capital One '0% Balance Transfer' a Hoax, Suit Charges

Class action accuses bank of deception and omissions

Capital One Bank dupes credit cardholders into accepting a "0% balance transfer" offer that leaves people worse off than before, a class action claims in F...


The Housing Market Continues to Recover Quietly

But you won't hear either presidential candidate talking about it much

There may be a number of reasons the recession of 2007 was particularly nasty but the collapse of the housing market has to be a major one.When foreclosu...


Cost of Halloween Can be Scary

But here are some ideas for having fun on a budget

Once upon a time Halloween was a pretty inexpensive celebration. But that's changed as the holiday has become a bigger, more popular celebration.In fact,...


Fake Debt Collection Caller to Settle FTC Charges

The callers, who often posed as law enforcement authorities, will be barred from debt collection

“ I owe what?” That's often the response from consumers who get calls from collectors telling them to pay up -- or else. Victims of such scams will be glad...


Target Sells Its Credit Card Portfolio to TD Bank

The change is intended to be transparent to customers

If you have a Target credit card, you can soon consider yourself a TD Bank customer. Target is selling its entire consumer credit card portfolio to TD...


Hawaii Firm Recalls Ground Beef Products

The meat may be contaminated with E. coli

Higa Meat & Pork Market of Honolulu is recalling approximately 4,100 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7....


Gasoline Prices Dropping Like Fall Leaves

California no longer the state with the most expensive fuel

The rise in gasoline prices that began in August, just as the summer driving season was ending, appears to be coming to an end as well. Prices are falling ...


Utah Firm Recalls Ground Beef Products

There's a possibility of E. coli contamination

Main Street Quality Meats of Salt Lake City is recalling approximately 2,310 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7....


Suit Accuses Walmart of Breaking Federal Labor Laws

Workers say they were forced to work overtime without pay

Chicago-area temporary workers have filed suit against Walmart and two temporary staffing agencies, claiming Walmart forced temps to appear early for work,...


FTC: Web-Tracking Company Went Too Far

Compete, Inc. collected too much data, failed to honor promises, agency charged

You've probably never heard of it but Compete is one of those companies that, like a virtual blood-hound, follows you around the web, collecting crumbs of ...


Pheed: Part Twitter, Part Facebook, With a Bit of Tumblr Thrown In

Could it be the website that changes social networking as we know it?

If you think about it, most of us have been using social networking sites for over ten years now.It’s hard to pinpoint which site truly invented so...


New Product Claims to 'Dissolve' Dog Waste

But don't throw away those plastic bags just yet

Anyone who takes their dog for a walk knows the drill; before leaving you stuff a couple of plastic bags into your pocket to clean up after your pet.In f...


Court Upholds Right to Criticize Companies on the Web

Use of trademarked name in web page title and meta tags does not constitute infringement, appeals court holds

The Internet has presented consumers with a powerful new tool to review their experiences with products and services but it has also given companies new ar...


Pew Survey Finds Retirement Worries Are Growing

But it's not those close to retirement who are doing the worrying

U.S. adults are more worried now about their retirement years than they were in 2009, when the economy seemed at rock bottom.A Pew Research Center survey...


Fed's Promises to Keep Interest Rates Low Fall Flat

Negativity about the economy continues to be the rule

Low interest rates and the likelihood that they'll stay that way and don't seem to be doing a lot for consumer confidence. Nearly three out of four people...


Patents: a Hidden Cost to Consumers?

Technology expert calls for caps on patent royalties

Apple's long-running patent dispute with Samsung and it's huge victory in court last summer made headlines. A jury found that Samsung violated a number of ...


Nissan recalling Altimas

Steering problems could lead to a crash

Nissan is recalling 13,919 model year 2012-2013 Altimas manufactured from May 10, 2012, through July 26, 2012. The vehicles may have been equipped with tra...


Fake News Site Operator Ordered to Surrender More Than $2 Million in Assets

The sites are accused of making fake endorsements and deceptive acai berry weight loss claims

An operation that allegedly used fake news Websites to deceptively market acai berry weight-loss products will pay more than $2 million to settle Federal T...


Meningitis Death Toll Rises to 23

Tennessee has been particularly hard hit

Tennessee remains the hot spot in the nationwide meningitis outbreak, tied to contaminated steroid drugs distributed by the New England Compounding Center...


Study: Prescription Meds Still Potent Decades After Expiration Date

Researchers find that even some 40-year-old drugs were still effective

Let’s face it, the cost of medicine and prescription drugs can really add up, and often times we have to throw them away because they’ve past t...


Did CVS Refill Prescriptions Without Permission?

Justice Department opens investigation into possible Medicare fraud, reports say

We've all had the experience of signing up for a credit report, anti-virus tool or "free sample" of some useless product, only to find the charge shows up ...


College Students and Credit Cards: What Role do Parents Play?

Students learn bad financial behavior at home, researchers say

A few years ago college students found themselves saddled with credit card debt, in addition to student loans. Credit card companies eagerly sponsored camp...


Iskream Brand Peanut Butter and Jelly No Sugar Added Ice Cream Recalled

There is a potential of Salmonella contamination

Buck's Ice Cream of Milford, CT, co-pack manufacturer for Iskream, is voluntarily recalling all lot codes of Iskream Brand Peanut Butter and Jelly No Sugar...


Debt Settlement Programs Called Top Threat to America’s Most Indebted Consumers.

Schemes work for just one in 10 who pay for them

So, you think that guy on TV who says his company will get you out of debt will really help? Guess again. As few as one in 10 unwary consumers who are lur...


Retailers Brace for Choosy Holiday Shoppers

Stores offering bargains earlier in hopes of luring thrifty shoppers

Last year most consumers waited for Black Friday to start their holiday shopping, looking extra hard for bargains that would stretch gift budgets. This yea...


Happy Swing II Infant Swings Recalled

A child can become entrapped in a wide opening, which poses a strangulation hazard

Dream On Me of South Plainfield, NJ, is recalling about 560 Happy Swing II infant swings. The opening between the tray and seat or the grab bar and seat c...


Existing Home Sales Drop in September

But prices rose as a declining inventory gave sellers more leverage

Fewer people bought homes last month but Realtors say that was because there were fewer for sale. Existing home sales dropped 1.7 percent in September from...


Bistro High Chairs Recalled

Wide openings on the chairs pose a strangulation threat

Dream On Me of South Plainfield, NJ, is recalling about 90 Bistro high chairs. The front openings between the tray and seat bottom and on the side openi ...


Cold Season Brings Acetaminophen Overdose Risk

This common ingredient can be in both prescription meds and cold remedies

Millions of Americans take prescription medicine. Millions of Americans get colds and flu. If they take prescriptions containing acetaminophen and then tak...


Report: Servicemembers Face Hurdles In Accessing Student Loan Benefits

CFPB Partners with DOD to educate and protect members of the military

After facing such things as IEDs and car bombs while serving overseas, the last thing a U.S. servicemember needs upon returning home is a hassle with a stu...


Verizon Wireless Says Customers Are Embracing Shared Data

Company says more unlimited data customers switching to shared plan

Back in June, when Verizon Wireless announced it's shared data plan, and that existing customers with unlimited data would have to move to it when they pur...


Dole Recalls American Blend Salad

There is a possible health risk from Listeria monocytogenes

Dole Fresh Vegetables is recalling a limited number of cases of Dole American Blend salad in 12 oz. bags, coded A275208A or B, with Use-by date of October ...


Gasoline Prices Drop Nearly a Dime in a Week

Ohio, Indiana and Missouri see sudden price declines

Just as quickly as gasoline prices rose in an uncharacteristic fall surge, they appear to be coming down.The national average price of self-serve regular...


New Laws Ban Smoking at Home

Will the new laws really make people quit smoking or will they just find ways around them?

Sometimes cigarette smokers get a bad rap.I’m not a smoker, but I do feel for them at times, because their chosen decision to smoke has been almost...


Advice to Black Friday Shoppers: Sleep In

ShopAdvisor says Black Friday is the worst day to shop

Many consumers who rise before dawn on Black Friday and stand in the cold waiting for a store to open often complain that it wasn't worth it – they d...


University of Phoenix Closing 115 Locations; 13,000 Students Affected

Students can transfer online or move to other locations, the school said

There was a time when it looked like for-profit education had nowhere to go but up. But things change and after a period of explosive growth, the Universit...


Is a Holiday Break-Up in Your Future?

Signs that your relationship may be about to end

Caution, we're about to enter “the holidays.” If you are in a relationship that has about run its course, seriously, now is the time to pull th...


Google Introduces Smallest, Lightest Chromebook Ever

It also swallows hard as it releases a dismal earnings report

Google released a couple of things today. Neither one went over very well. In one instance, it revealed that its quarterly profit plunged 20%, causing its ...


Newsweek Scrapping Its Print Edition

An extended adolescence finally comes to an end

Newsweek grew up as a child of privilege, doted on by the Washington Post Co., which treated it as a brilliant and talented but ne'er-do-well offspring.&nb...


Corporations Issued Guidelines for Breast Cancer Promotions

New York Attorney General pushes for more disclosure to consumers

We're more than halfway through October and the month, at times, has been a sea of pink mixed in with fall colors. That's because it's Breast Cancer Awaren...


Trend Lab Recalls Children's Upholstered Chairs

Staples may come loose, posing laceration and choking hazards

Trend Lab of Burnsville, MN, is recalling about 16,850 children's upholstered toddler chairs because staples in the binding on the back of the chair may co...


Weekly Mortgage Rate Surveys Show Mixed Results

But overall, rates remain near record lows

Mortgage rates remain near record lows but two weekly surveys differ on whether they are moving higher or lowers.Freddie Mac's weekly Primary Mortgage Ma...


Biltwell Recalls Motorcycle Helmets

The helmets fail to meet some federal requirements, posing a hazard to users

Biltwell is recalling about 3,480 El Fuerte model motorcycle helmets, sizes XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL. The helmets, manufactured in July 2012, fail to conform...


American Airlines to Recruit and Hire More Than 1,500 Flight Attendants

This would be the largest group of new flight attendants to be hired by American in over a decade

American Airlines has been in the news quite a bit recently, with stories ranging from the possibility of a merger with US Airways to problems with loose s...


Failure to Report Defective Baby Boats Costs Aqua-Leisure $650,000

The case involves problems dating back more than a decade

Aqua-Leisure Industries has agreed to pay a civil penalty of $650,000 for failing to report a defect involving its inflatable baby boats to the U.S. Consum...


Parents Urged to Establish Rules of the Road for Teen Drivers

Feds note that parents serve as primary influences on teenage driving behavior

If you are the parent of a teen who is driving, you've no doubt spent some sleepless hours waiting for the car to pull into the driveway. But there's a lot...


How to Disable User Tracking on iOS 6

Information about you will be forwarded to advertisers unless you turn tracking off

Apple's new mobile operating system, iOS 6, has lots of new features that owners of the new iPhone 5 really like. But there's one Apple didn't mention when...


Are Flu Vaccines Really All That Effective?

A new study conducted by the University of Minnesota questions the flu shot's true effectiveness.

Personally, I’ve never gotten a flu shot before and never gotten the flu, but it’s easy to see why so many people get them, since there has bee...


Another Recall of Kasel Industries Dog Treats Because of Salmonella Fears

This time, Kasel is recalling Boots & Barkley pig ears and variety pack dog treats sold at Target

Kasel Associated Industries of Denver, CO is voluntarily recalling its BOOTS & BARKLEY ROASTED AMERICAN PIG EARS AND BOOTS & BARKLEY AMERICAN VARIE...


New Rule Would Make It Easier for Non-Working Spouses to Get Credit Cards

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau thinks stay-at-home spouses should be able to qualify

Spouses of the female variety were once regarded as chattels -- portable personal property. Like human appliances, they were useful for cooking, cleaning, ...


Target Joins Online Price Matching Movement

Move aims to blunt the impact of this holiday season

Before the last tree has been decorated, every major retailer may be forced to raise his right hand and solemnly swear to meet the online prices of his ...


Where is Your iPhone in Most Danger?

Study finds most damage occurs in the kitchen

Last month we reported iPhones tend to have a lot of accidents. SquareTrade, a company that sells smartphone insurance policies, released a study showing t...


Is Apple About to Think Small?

It may be ready to launch a 'mini' version of the iPad

The battle for supremacy in tablet computers is about to kick into high gear, and not because of Microsoft's just-released tablet Surface.The Surface may...


Meteorologist Plans Social Network Built on Weather

You like to talk about the weather? This site's for you

It's been said that no one does anything about the weather but everybody talks about it. Or something like that. In recent years, of course, the prevailing...


Consumers Show New Interest in Full-Sized Pick-Ups

And why that may be good news for the housing market

It might seem odd, considering gasoline prices are at a record seasonal high, that more consumers are looking at full-sized pick-up trucks these days. Thes...


Promoters of Phony Debt Reduction Schemes Settle FTC Charges

Ads on 17 Websites allegedly featured misleading claims and phony testimonials

You can't go online these days without seeing ads promising to either reduce your debt or get you out of debt altogether. It's something that keeps the Fed...


'Biggest Loser' Study Finds Modest Diet and Exercise Can Sustain Weight Loss

Research shows exercise as key in reducing body fat while preserving muscle

Are you a fan of "The Biggest Loser," the TV program that shows obese adults losing large amounts of weight over several months? It appears that this is mo...


Survey Finds Job-Seekers Will Go to Great Lengths to Impress Employers

Bribes, show and tell and just telling the truth are among the tactics being used

With the labor market still in a squeeze, it's not an exaggeration to say that some folks will do almost anything to land a job. But sometimes it's the lit...


Report Finds Private Student Loan Borrowers Face Roadblocks to Repayment

Complaints of surprises, runarounds, and dead-ends similar to problems found in mortgage servicing

If there's anything worse than graduating college and not being able to find a decent job, it has to be not being able to find work AND facing a mountain o...


Bank Fees Are Hard to Avoid, Especially for Lower-Income Consumers

Study confirms many families are unable to avoid rising bank fees and penalties

 Consumers are having difficulty avoiding rising checking fees unless they directly deposit regular income checks such as paychecks, pension checks, a...


Are Brick-and-Mortar Banks Becoming a Thing of the Past?

Companies like Simple are turning banks completely virtual--and for many--it's a welcomed change

I’m starting to notice more and more tiny white whiskers on my chin-- and if you ask me-- I think dealing with my bank is a partial contributor....


Microsoft Hopes the Surface Rises to the Top

Hold your breath, Microsoft fans, here comes yet another tablet

You probably have not been counting the days until the Microsoft Surface goes on sale. After all, does the world really need another tablet? But just in ca...


FDA Wants Avon to Smooth Out Anti-Aging Cream Claims

Agency takes issue with some of Avon's claims for its skin care potions

The latest wrinkle in the skin cream game is that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) appears to be cracking down on the claims made by major cosme...


How Couples Can Avoid Arguing About Money

We spoke to a financial expert to see how couples should be pooling their respective incomes.

Marriage can be both a wonderful and tricky undertaking, as theoretically, two people morph into one and try to bring everything from their single lives ov...


Consumer Credit Default Rates Dive

Consumers doing better job with debt, except for car payments

The Great Recession was caused, in large part, when a large number of consumers couldn't handle their mortgages. It quickly escalated to defaults on other ...


Use Care in Disposing of Your Old Cell Phone

They can be both an environmental hazard and data breach

Whether you are lining up to buy a new iPhone 5 or one of its many competitors, you then have the problem of what to do with your old cell phone. The last...


Texas Firm Recalls Beef and Pork Products

The products were misbranded and did not undergo federal inspection

Lao Chareune Foods of Dallas is recalling approximately 8,200 pounds of various beef and pork products because they were produced without the benefit of fe...


Fresh Express Recalls Romaine Salad

Salmonella contamination is a possibility

Fresh Express Incorporated is conducting a voluntary, precautionary recall of a limited quantity of Fresh Express Hearts of Romaine Salad with a Use-by Dat...


New Drug Contamination Suspected at Mass. Firm

Regulators advise doctors to follow-up with patients who received any NECC drugs

The New England Compounding Center (NECC), the source of a contaminated steroid drug that triggered a national meningitis outbreak, may have distributed ot...


Social Security Announces 1.7 Percent Benefit Increase for 2013

However, rising Medicare premiums could wipe out the hike in benefits

Monthly Social Security benefit checks will be a little -- emphasis on “little” -- fatter next year. The Social Security Administration has announced that...


Nintendo Slashes Price of Wii to $130

Price cut comes just ahead of next generation of the popular game console

The Wii game console was different from its competitors when it was introduced six years ago. Users didn't just sit passively on the couch pushing buttons ...


Deloitte Consumer Spending Index Rises

The upturn is due largely to gains in the housing market

The consumer appears to be loosening up on her purse strings. The Deloitte Consumer Spending Index rose in September -- due in large part to a nearly 11 p...


Minority Home Owners Sue Morgan Stanley Charging Predatory Lending

Suit seeks class action status

The housing collapse of 2008 crushed millions of American home owners but a suit filed in federal court in New York claims it hit minority home owners part...


Starbucks Stores Getting Smaller and Greener

The mega coffee chain opens its first walk-up and drive-through location with no lounge area.

Somewhere around the time that Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain turned Seattle’s local Grunge scene into a full-fledged part of American music, another lo...


It's Official: Japanese Company to Buy 70% of Sprint

Lash-up is seen as strengthening the companies, both #3 in their home markets

Japanese wireless carrier Softbank Corp. has reached agreement to buy 70% of Sprint for $20 billion, the largest foreign acquisition ever by a Japanese com...


Best and Worst Halloween Candy for Kids' Teeth

Dentists offer tips for treats that won't cause as much tooth decay

A few years back there was a push to hand out tooth brushes, pennies and small toys at Halloween instead of candy. Needless to say, that didn't go over so ...


Current Caller ID: An Inventive Way To Screen Your Telephone Calls

The ID isn't called "Current" for no reason, as it's tailored for today's busy moblie device user, says its creators

Remember the first time you experienced the benefit of having a caller ID?Do you recall the first time you saw a persons phone number flash on that ...


Texas Students Forced To Wear Microchips To School

District officials say it's to ensure proper attendance, critics says it's about the cash

It’s been quite a while since I’ve wandered the hallways of a middle or high school, which means I’m currently in the dark about some of ...


Which Fast-Food Chains Have The Best Drive-Through Service?

Researchers tested, speed, accuracy, and friendliness. See who came out on top.

When it comes to getting a quick bite from a fast-food place, one always has to question whether to go inside and endure lines or simply pull around t...


Study Finds Risks of Substance Abuse After Weight-Loss Surgery

Patients turn to alcohol, drugs and tobacco as addictive personality resurfaces

Weight loss surgery can definitely take the weight off but a new study finds that patients who have the surgery are at risk of turning to drugs, alcohol an...


ADHD Children Have Problems as Adults, Study Finds

With 5% of the population affected, ADHD has a huge effect on society and the economy

It's estimated that 5% of children are afflicted with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). They have a tough time as kids and a new stuy f...


Settlement Proposed in Electronic Arts Football Game Lawsuit

Consumers who bought Madden NFL, NCAA Football or Arena Football Xbox games affected

 If you bought a new copy of an Electronic Arts' Madden NFL, NCAA Football, or Arena Football videogame for Xbox, Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, P...


Baby Strangled on Baby Monitor, Suit Charges

Parents say Angelcare failed to warn against the danger

- A year-old girl strangled to death on the cord of a baby monitor her parents bought at Babies R Us, the mom and dad say in a sad complaint.  &n...


Five Steps to a More Financially Secure Retirement

A balanced portfolio and reduced spending may provide the edge you need

Lots of baby boomers are nervous about retirement. The Great Recession took a heavy toll on many investments and former financial goals don't seem as attai...


Employee Cooked to Death at Bumble Bee Plant

California officials investigating "horrendous tragedy"

A worker at a Bumble Bee seafood plant was cooked to death in a large industrial oven last week. Jose Melena, 62, had worked at the Santa Fe Springs...


Banks Increasing Home Loans to Consumers

Fed policy makes mortgage lending more profitable

Realtors have long complained that if banks would simply adopt the lending standards that were in place before the housing bubble inflated, the housing mar...


Decorative Contact Lenses: Is Your Vision Worth It?

Be very careful -- you have only one pair of eyes

Wouldn’t it be cool to have Twilight vampire eyes for Halloween? Or deep violet eyes to match your purple sweater? How about your favorite sports team’s lo...


Building an Exercise Routine on a Time Budget

Researchers say mixing some intense exercise in a moderate workout steps up calorie burn

The U.S. government recommends the average adult get 150 minutes of moderate exercise each week or 75 minutes of a more strenuous workout. Most of us don't...


Firm at Center of Meningitis Outbreak Getting Closer Scrutiny

New calls for increased oversight as death toll rises to 15

After the weekend, there are 205 cases and the death toll is 15 in the multi-state meningitis outbreak tied to a contaminated steroid drug that was mixed a...


Best Buy Will Match Competitors' Online Prices

Online and brick-and-mortar retailers are laying it all on the line this holiday season

Surrounded by dueling giants Amazon and Walmart, Best Buy says it will match the online prices of its competitors and offer free delivery of items not in s...


Feds Probe Steering Loss in Hyundai Santa Fe

The popular SUV has had its share of safety problems

The Hyundai Santa Fe has had a somewhat spotty safety record and now regulators say they're looking into a steering problem in the popular SUV.The Nation...


Timeshare Reseller Faces $4.2 Million Settlement

Vacation Property Services misrepresented its services, court finds

The owner of a telemarketing operation that deceived consumers who were trying to sell their timeshare properties is permanently banned from the timeshare ...


Energy Continues to Drive Prices Higher

Producer Prices jump 1.1 percent in September

When costs rise for businesses, it's usually bad for consumers. To maintain their profits, businesses need to pass on those cost increases.That's why con...


Goldenbrook Farms Peanut Butter Bash Ice Cream Recalled

The product has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella

BGC Manufacturing is recalling Goldenbrook Farms Peanut Butter Bash Ice Cream because the peanut butter used in the product has the potential to be contami...


Luna & Larry’s Coconut Bliss Chocolate Peanut Butter Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert Recalled

The products may be contaminated with Salmonella

Bliss Unlimited of Eugene, OR, is recalling Luna & Larry’s Coconut Bliss Chocolate Peanut Butter Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert with codes dates Nov 11 2012 thro...


Washington State Challenges Ads

Search site agrees to change marketing and other practices

Has an old boyfriend been Googling your name? is a site that says it can tell you if he has. But over the years the company has produced a numbe...


Gasoline Prices Edge Higher

But things stabilize after turbulent week in California

The massive price hikes in California have stopped but gasoline prices are still rising in much of the rest of the country, though not nearly as fast.The...


Falcon Trading Company/SunRidge Farms Recalls Peanut Butter Snacks

Products may have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella

Falcon Trading Company, Inc./SunRidge Farms of Royal Oaks, CA, is recalling the following four snack products. The products contain peanut butter supplied...


October's Best New Car Deals

Kelly Blue Book highlights five hot deals with zero percent financing

This month may be a good time to shop for a new car. Not only are there some attractive bargains out there, interest costs are next to nothing. In fact, th...


Qantas Fined for Failing to Disclose Baggage Fees

Upfront disclosure of additional fees is required

The U.S. Department of Transportation has assessed a civil penalty of $100,000 against Australian carrier Qantas for violating the DOT rule requiring carri...


Teens Driving Teens Raises Risks

AAA presses states to keep teens out of cars of new drivers

In recent years traffic safety officials have figured something out. When young drivers have a car full of other teenagers, the risks of an accident go up....


Facebook Adds an E-Commerce Feature

Will the social site be successful or will it just repeat the disastrous run of its former Beacon feature?

With all of its sheer dominance in social media, it’s surprising that Facebook hasn’t delved into the e-commerce thing full steam yet. Of cours...


Amazon Steps Up Battle With Netflix

Amazon Prime is making strikes on the video streaming leader

Netflix, which helped seal the doom of your neighborhood video store just a few years ago, now has Amazon nipping at its heels. Will it go the way of Holly...


Japanese Company May Buy Sprint

The $13 billion deal might help Sprint compete more effectively

Barely a week after T-Mobile and MetroPCS announced plans to merge, it's reported that Japense mobile carrier Softbank is in advanced talks to buy Sprint,...


Lawsuit: eBay Insurance Doesn't Cover Commonly-Shipped Items

Coin seller insured his coins only to learn the policy doesn't cover coins

An angry consumer charges that eBay sells insurance that excludes from coverage the exact items it ships, rendering the policy useless. In a federal &...


'Let's Go Crazy' Case Heads to Court

Universal Music demands takedown of YouTube video showing dancing baby

Can babies dance to recorded music? Yes, but only so long as no one posts a video of it to YouTube. That's the position Universal Music Corp. has taken in ...


Foreclosure Activity Drops to Five-Year Low

But some states see a spike in activity

For yet another month, there were fewer than expected foreclosure filings, adding to the optimism that the housing market is beginning to recover. But acti...


Florida to Presidential Candidates: The Water's Rising

Local officials ask candidates to discuss rising sea levels at their Boca Raton debate

Arguments about climate change often seem abstract and far removed from day-to-day life. But in Florida, bordered by water on three sides, rising sea level...


Clemmy’s Recalls Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

The peanut butter used in the ice cream may be contaminated with Salmonella

Clemmy’s Ice Cream of Rancho Mirage, CA is recalling 16 ounce containers of Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip ice cream that contains peanut butter associated w...


Airlines Get a Handle on Domestic Tarmac Delays in August

On-time performance improved a little from July, too

August was a good month for airlines in terms of getting their passengers off the ground in decent fashion. According to the U.S. Department of Transporta...


Mortgage Rates: As Low As They Get?

Two weekly surveys show rates ticked higher this week

The Federal Reserve has served notice it plans to keep buying mortgage backed securities to keep interest rates at record lows. Rates have, indeed, fallen...


Smith Dairy Recalling Ice Cream Products

Salmonella contamination is a possibility

Smith Dairy Products Company announced a recall of SMITH’S Peanut Butter Crunch ice cream, Acme Peanut Butter Twist ice cream, and Ruggles Peanut...


Winter Forecast: Higher Heating Costs

A colder winter means you'll pay more to stay warm

U.S. consumers stunned by near-record high cooling costs over a hot, dry summer aren't likely to get much relief during the coming winter months. The Energ...


Tyson Foods Recalls Boneless Chicken Products

The products contain undeclared allergens posing a hazard to some consumers

Tyson Foods of Pine Bluff, AR, is recalling approximately 67,269 pounds of packages labeled as Honey BBQ Flavored Boneless Chicken Wyngz because of misbran...


Harry And David Expands Recall Of Peanut Products

Expansion is due to the potential health risk based on the expanded recall by Sunland

Harry and David of Medford, OR, is expanding its September 27 recall of peanut butters, peanut spreads and related products in response to an expansion of...


Belfonte Recalls Ice Cream Products

The product has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella

Due to Sunland’s expanded recallof Almond Butter, Peanut Butter, Cashew Butter, Tahini and Roasted Blanched Peanut Products, Belfonte Ice Cream and Dairy F...


Are Banks Worried About Walmart, Amex Partnership?

New Bluebird prepaid card may pose real alternative to fee-laden checking accounts

Walmart and American Express did more than just announce a new product on Monday. It appears they've fired a shot across the bow of the banking industry....


Could The Website Rap Genius Be The New Wikipedia?

The founders just got a $15 million dollar investment and they're ready for major expansion.

What if there was a website that could translate and simplify things that may be hard to understand?For example, you’ve heard famous tidbits a...


Soda Vending Machines to List Calorie Counts Next to Each Product

It seems that New York City's soda ban has set-off a lot of talk about sweet beverages and health

There sure has been a lot of talk about soda these days, and it can arguably be charged to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s new ban on large sugary...


Study: You Could Be Giving Your Cat the Flu This Season

Researchers believe pet-owners underestimate how possible it is to spread your illness to your pets

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the months of  flu season can vary each year, but it can start as ear...


How to Find the Right Balance Transfer Credit Card

Online calculator says it has all the data you need to make a decision

It doesn't take long to run up a huge credit card balance. Paying it off is another matter.Because of credit cards' high interest rate levels, much of yo...


Feds: Equifax Improperly Sold Names of Distressed Homeowners

Consumers were barraged with pitches from debt relief, mortgage modifications schemes

One of the largest U.S. consumer reporting agencies, Equifax Information Services LLC, has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that...


Government Sues Wells Fargo for 'Reckless' Lending

Suit charges the FHA picked up hundreds of millions of dollars worth of bad mortgages

The Justice Department has sued Wells Fargo, the nation's largest mortgage lender, accusing it of "reckless" lending and sticking the Federal Housing Admin...


Feds Sue Florida Townhomes That Bar Children

Homeowners association unlawfully discriminates against children, suit alleges

The Justice Department today filed a lawsuit against the homeowners association and former manager of a 249-townhome community in Gibsonton, Fla., for viol...


Animal Rights Group Secretly Tapes Idaho Dairy

Video shows animal mistreatment at Burger King supplier

An animal rights group called Mercy for Animals (MFA) has released a highly graphic video it says it secretly recorded at an Idaho dairy. The graphic video...


Feds: Counterfeit Air Bags Are Out There – and They're Dangerous

Traffic safety agency urges use of certified, original equipment replacement parts

There's been an increase in the sale of counterfeit air bags for use as replacement parts in vehicles that have been involved in a crash and it's putting c...


New Report Finds Most Home Fires Start in the Kitchen

Smoke alarms and escape plans are key to surviving fires in the home

There's no place like home takes on an entirely new connotation when it comes to fires. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), t...


More Consumers Say It's OK to Use a Coupon on a First Date

The age of austerity makes onetime dating no-no more acceptable

Is it bad form to use a coupon on a first date? Apparently not. A new survey suggests more of us are doing it.The survey, conducted by coupon site Coupon...


Toyota Recalling Nearly 7.5 Million Vehicles

There's a malfunction in the driver's side power window master switch

Toyota is recalling more than 7.4 million vehicles world-wide -- approximately 2.5 million of them in ...


Survey: Consumers Trust Internet More Than Pharmacists

Pharmacists say their medical expertise is under-utilized

Consumers are more likely to turn to the Internet for prescription drug information than their pharmacists, according to a survey commission by RxAlly, a n...


Evenflo Recalling Big Kid Factory Select Booster Seats

The seats were shipped without an instruction manual

Evenflo is recalling about 151 Big Kid Factory Select booster seats, Model Nos. 30911173AD, 3091967AD, 30911118AD, and 30911120D, shipped between August 6,...


Yokohama Recalling AVID Touring S Tires

A possible lower sidewall crack could result in a rapid loss of tire inflation.

Yokohama Tire Corporation is recalling certain AVID Touring S tires, size 215/65R16 98T SL, produced between February 2009 and April 2009. The tires may ...


Kilwins Sugar Free (S/F) Peanut Butter Fudge Recalled

Peanut butter could be contaminated with Salmonella

Kilwins is recalling all 7 ounce packages of S/F PEANUT BUTTER FUDGE, bar code 000648, lots 67936, 67105, 66959, 66413, 66248, 65123, 63124, 62693, 62612,...


Jalapeno Variety of Kraft String Cheese Recalled

Cheese with a code date of 23 Nov 2012 could pose a choking hazard

Kraft Foods Group, Inc. is voluntarily recalling the Jalapeno variety of Kraft String Cheese with the Best When Used By date of 23 NOV 2012. There is a po...


JustFab: Unlimited Fashion Choices For One Price. Really?

The company uses a currently trendy business model, but will have challenges trying to do the Netflix thing

Like it or not, fashion is and always will be a relevant thing in the world.Not relevant in a need-to-survive-kind-of-way, I mean surely the stars a...


Are Black Friday Deals Really Worth The Effort?

Study shows consumers can find lower prices throughout the year

Some die-hard shoppers are no doubt already in training. They're getting ready for the big day – Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving – whe...


Walmart Testing Same-Day Delivery

It's an attempt to strike back against Amazon, which is gearing up for faster deliveries

Same-day delivery is shaping up as the latest battleground in retailing. Amazon has been gearing up to offer same-day delivery in urban areas and now Walma...


Gas Prices Set Another Record in California But Begin to Ease

Relief may be in sight but prices always go up faster than they come down

Another day, another record gas price. AAA reports the average price of a gallon of gas in California today is $4.671 a gallon, a rise of just 0.3 cents, w...


Study: Byproduct of BPA May Cause Most Damage

The finding could lead to development drugs to resolve the problem

A debate continues over the use of Bisphenol A (BPA) in food containers and other plastic consumer products, but new research suggests it's not the BPA, bu...


Apps Galore for Windows 8, Microsoft Promises

The company says it will have 100,000 apps available within a few months

Apple has always had the corner on apps but Microsoft hopes to upset Apple's cart with the introduction of Windows 8. The company says it expects 100,000 a...


Consumer Group Calls for Warnings on Widely Used Blood Pressure Drugs

Public Citizen says a Black Box Warning is needed the labels of 19 meds

Mixing your meds can often do more harm than good -- especially if you're taking blood pressure drugs That's why Public Citizen has sent a petition calling...


Prenatal Mercury Exosure Suspected in ADHD

Mother's fish consumption may cut the risk

Prenatal Mercury Exposure May be Associated with Risk of ADHD-Related Behaviors; Fish Consumption May be Associated with Lower Risk CHICAGO &ndash...


How to Check Your Skin for Skin Cancer

Dermatologists urge consumers to do self-exams regularly

Part of any physical exam should be a check for skin cancer. After all, it's the most common cancer in the U.S.While it's important to have a doctor look...


Meningitis Outbreak Prompts Call for More Oversight

Mass. Congressman asks FDA to look more closely at 'compounding' pharmacies

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says the thousands of people exposed to meningitis-tainted drugs have been contacted and are not sick....


Protein Bistro Box Recall Expanded

The move comes as the peanut butter supplier expands its recall

In response to an expansion of Justin’s Nut Butter recall of its 0.5 oz. single-serve Honey Peanut Butter squeeze packs to include additional lot codes, G...


BBB and Western Union Introduce 'Scam Stopper'

The new Website is designed to help consumers stop fraud in its tracks

BBB Scam Stopper, an education campaign developed with Western Union to help consumers in the United States and Canada avoid common scams that con artists ...


Study: Early Menopause May Raise Heart Risk

But there could be other explanations too, such as smoking and obesity

When a woman goes through menopause may determine her risk for heart attack, according to an assistant professor of medicine at Vanderbilt University.Dr....


Talenti Gelato Recalls Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Gelato

The peanut butter in the product could be contaminated with Salmonella

Talenti Gelato is recalling Talenti Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Gelato because the peanut butter used in the product has the potential to be contaminated w...


Tax-filing and Payment Extensions Expire Oct. 15

Time to settle up with Uncle Sam and there are plenty of ways to do it

If you are among those who got an extension for filing your 2011 tax return, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) wants you to know the clock is ticking. I...


Louisville Worst City in Nation for Fall Allergies

Hurricane Isaac and other environmental factors make season worse this year

Autumn has arrived with pumpkins, apples and brightly colored leaves. But for million of Americans, unfortunately, it also brings sneezing and runny noses....


Children Exposed to 4 Hours of Background TV Per Day, Study Finds

You may not think your infant is soaking up what you're watching, but they really are, say researchers

There have been plenty of studies conducted in the past about the effects of children being exposed to high amounts of television, but for the first time r...


Worst Laptop Ever? Some Zenbook Users Think So

The Asus Zenbook is fantastic, as long as you don't need to type anything

Admittedly, many people these days use laptop computers primarily to watch movies, listen to music or otherwise fiddle around. There are quite few of us, h...


Sen. Feinstein Asks for Probe of Calif. Gas Prices

California lawmaker thinks last week's price surge doesn't pass the smell test

In the last week California motorists have suffered sticker shock at the gas pump as the average price of fuel has jumped 50 cents a gallon in the last sev...


41 States Line Up Against National Charter for Payday Lenders

State officials see it as an infringement on their regulatory powers

Attorneys general from 41 states have signed a letter to Congressional leaders, stating their stiff opposition to a bill that would provide a national char...


When Should You Refinance Your Mortgage?

Record low rate doesn't mean it makes sense right now

Maybe you refinanced your mortgage a couple of years ago when rates fell below five percent. After all, you thought, they couldn't go much lower.But they...


American Express' Image Tarnished by Fines, Penalties

Consumers react to government agencies' enforcement actions

Those spiffy new pair of shoes you bought with your American Express card? $75. That fantastic Italian meal you purchased on your way to the mall? $17.95....


Study Questions Beta Blockers' Effectiveness

Major study suggests widely-used drugs for heart disease don't do much

Millions of consumers with high blood pressure or coronary artery disease (CAD) take a prescription drug known as a beta blocker. For years it has been a m...


Has Low-Income Housing Become a Thing of the Past?

According to experts, poorer families are finding it even more difficult to find a place to live

The United States is in the middle of some trying times, and in the midst of the nation’s challenges many of our other problems seemed to get pushed ...


Chrysler Recalling Ram, Dodge Dakota Trucks

A rear axle pinion nut could loosen, causing lack of control and a crash

Chrysler is recalling 44,300 model year 2009-2010, Ram 1500 and Dodge Dakota trucks, manufactured from July 1, 2009, through November 30, 2009, because a r...


Honda Recalling CR-Vs

A power window switch could fail or melt

Honda is recalling 268,655 model year 2002-2006 CR-V passenger vehicles, manufactured from February 19, 2002, through July 28, 2006. The driver-side p ...


Another Expansion of Public Health Alert for Imported Canadian Beef from XL Foods

The products are considered adulterated and should be returned to the place of purchase or destroyed

After conducting effectiveness checks, the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) now estimates that approximately 1.1 million pounds of trim and...


American Express, Walmart Team Up on Prepaid Debit Card

Companies say the Bluebird card carries almost no fees

With more lower-income consumers bailing out of the banking system American Express and Walmart are teaming up on a product aimed at that market. It's a lo...


Sunland Expands Recall of Products Manufactured in its Peanut Butter Plant

Products manufactured after March 1, 2010, carry a possible health risk

Sunland has expanded its recall of all products manufactured in its Peanut Butter Plant because the products have the potential to be contaminated with Sal...


Tainted Drugs Trigger Meningitis Outbreak

Seven people are dead, 91 others are sick

Federal officials are investigating a meningitis outbreak, linked to a tainted drug, that has had deadly consequences so far.At least seven people have d...


Stefano Foods Recalls Chicken Quesadilla Product

A known allergen, soy protein, is not listed on the label

Stefano Foods of Charlotte, NC, is recalling approximately 3,744 pounds of a chicken quesadilla product because of misbranding and an undeclared allergen. ...


Gov. Brown Moves to Cut Gas Prices in California

Orders sale of winter-blend gas -- harder on the atmosphere but easier on the wallet

Gov. Jerry Brown has declared an emergency as California has regained its unenviable title as the home of the most expensive gas in the 48 contiguous state...


FDA Finds Salmonella in Nature’s Deli Chicken Jerky Dog Treats

Contaminated treats found at company's Denver plant

FDA investigators found Salmonella bacteria in Nature’s Deli Chicken Jerky Dog Treats at Kasel Associated Industries of Denver during a rou...


Facebook Reaches 1 Billion Users, and Makes a Horrible Commercial to Celebrate

The 8-year-old site doesn't seem to be slowing down in terms of popularity.

Well, it’s been a little over 8-years since Facebook launched its ubiquitous website, and on his profile page founder Mark Zuckerberg reported the co...


California Price Surge Pushes National Gas Prices Higher

Prices are drifting lower except in one state

Gasoline prices continued to drift lower again this wee, except in one place – California, where motorists are being shocked by surging prices and sh...


Unemployment Rate Drops Below 8 Percent

The economy added 114,000 jobs in September

In the next to the last employment report before the presidential election, in which the economy is a major issue, the jobs picture looks notably brighter....


Who Won the Debate? Social Media Opinions Vary

The press and the polls gave the match to Romney but social media went the other way

So did you hear how Mitt Romney thrashed President Obama in the first debate? Everybody agreed it was a real knock-out -- or did they? At least one study f...


Study Shows Big Drop in Teen Drinking and Driving Since 1991

But, nearly a million high schoolers still drink and drive each year

There's been a big decline in the number of high-schoolers who drink and drive. But, a lot of them are still doing it, too The percentage of teens in high...


Robocall Summit Set for October 18

Law enforcement, telemarketing and telecommunications experts to partcipate

We're all familiar with robocalls -- those annoying computerized phone calls that come during dinner from telemarketers hustling everything from a new roof...


Satellite Internet Providers Hope to Get a Second Look

Companies say next-generation satellites make huge difference

As policymakers continue to debate how best to bring more broadband service to unserved rural areas of America, satellite providers say they deserve anothe...


Expired Protein Bistro Boxes Recalled

The recalled products carry the risk of Salmonella contamination

In response to Justin’s Nut Butter's recall of its 0.5 oz. single-serve Honey Peanut Butter squeeze packs, Gretchen’s Shoebox Express in Seattle, WA, is r...


Do You Listen to What Your Car is Trying to Tell You?

Subtle sounds could provide an important early warning system

Your car makes many sounds, from the door chime to the rev of its engine. Over time the sounds tend to blend into the background, just part of the road noi...


More and More Companies Making Adult Electronics For Kids

Both Toys "R" Us and Netflix are using gadgets and entertainment to attract your children this Christmas

When it comes to toys and gadgets, each new generation of kids seem to have it better than the previous generation.My generation’s toy of the momen...


American Airlines Passenger Service Agents May Unionize

In the latest setback for the troubled carrier, an appeals court clears the way for a union election

Bankruptcy. Loose seats. Pilots who don't show up and write up maintenance requests when they do. What else could go wrong? Well, you could lose a bid...


Want Your Facebook Post to Stand Out? Pay Up!

New "freemium" plan turns posters into advertisers

Lots of people think the world would be a better place if we all had to pay a few bucks before proclaiming out latest revelation, great idea or wry observa...


Kids' Fan Sites Slapped With $1 Million Penalty

Sites illegally collected personal information from children under 13

The operator of fan websites for music stars Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Demi Lovato, and Selena Gomez has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges th...


Dodge Dart Gets Top Crash Rating

Hyundai Santa Fe, Lexus ES 350, Subaru XV Crosstrek also take top honors

Chrysler is hoping the redesigned Dodge Dart -- considered by many to be an Alfa Romeo in disguise -- becomes a hot little ticket that peels out of showroo...


Apples Linked to Healthier Arteries

Antioxidant in the fruit reduces harmful cholesterol

Apples have long been associated with good health. The old saying, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” came into being for a reason.Now, ...


Record Low Mortgage Rates Sink Even Lower

And consumers appear to be taking advantage of it

The Federal Reserve's third round of Quantitative Easing (QE) appears to be having the desired effect on mortgage rates. The average 30-year fixed rate mor...


Job Cuts Rise Slightly in September

More than 33,000 pink slips were handed out

Downsizing activity remained relatively flat in September as US-based employers announced plans to cut 33,816 jobs from their payrolls during the month, ac...


Nature's Deli Chicken Jerky Dog Treats Recalled

The product poses a possible salmonella health risk

Kasel Associated Industries of Denver, CO, is recalling its Nature's Deli Chicken Jerky Dog Treats product because it may be contaminated with Salmonella. ...


Xan Confections Recalls Peanut Butter Chocolate Products

These products have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella

Xan Confections is recalling 13 of its gourmet peanut butter chocolate products because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The vo...


Researchers: Automatic Braking Systems on Autos Will Help Save Lives

Virginia Tech engineers find warning systems may reduce serious injuries by 50 percent

The second highest cause of automobile crashes – 17 percent -- is rear-end collisions. Thousands of people die. The solution? "It is simple," says Clay Gab...


Who Leads U.S. in Breast Cancer Screening Rates? You May Be Surprised

Access and coordination of care for female veterans is improved

If you had to guess who the national leader in breast cancer screening rates, would you say, “the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) ?” If you would, you...


Late July Snacks Recalls Mini Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackers

The potential for Salmonella contamination poses a possible health risk

Late July Snacks is recalling its Mini Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackers following Sunland's recall...


Credit Card Delinquencies Hit 11-Year Low

But consumers continue to fall behind on some other types of loans

Consumers are doing a much better job managing their credit card debt, according to the latest figures from the American Bankers Association (ABA). However...


GE Recalls Front Load Washers

The washer's basket can separate during use and break the washer’s top panel

GE Appliances of Louisville, KY, is recalling about 62,000 GE Profile front load washers. The washer’s basket can separate during use and break the washer...


Retailers Expect Solid Growth This Holiday Shopping Season

More than a half-million seasonal hires are anticipated this year

It may not be as good as last year, but retailers expect this year's Christmas shopping season will be decent. Tempered by political and fiscal uncertaint...


Higher Fares, Longer Lines Predicted for Holiday Air Travel

But travel experts says it may not be as bad as you think

The holidays are coming. The smells of Thanksgiving turkey and dressing and the sounds of carols can make it “the most wonderful time of the year,&rd...


Parents Urged to Make Sure Young Bicyclists Wear Helmets

Most kids don't wear them but doctors say they should

Nothing seems more natural than a kid on a bicycle, but most parents find it's easier to get their child to eat their broccoli than to wear a helmet when t...


Shoppable Videos: The New Way Companies Are Selling Products

Retail experts say being able to shop while watching a movie may be the next marketing wave

Have you ever watched a movie or television show and wish you could dress like one of its stars? Maybe you wanted those cool looking sunglasses that Bradle...


'Tech Support Scams' Raked in Tens of Millions, FTC Charges

Scammers called consumers at home and told them they had detected problems on their computers

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) today announced that it has taken six law enforcement actions to disrupt a recent rash of so-called tech-support sc...


Redbox Offering New Ticket Service For Live Events

By offering event tickets and movie-streaming, Redbox is trying to expand its wings even further.

After announcing plans to team-up with Verizon to challenge the video streaming kings Netflix in home entertainment, Redbox is looking to expand its brand ...


Can a Consumer Product Predict the Election?

The maker of the Chia Pet is conducting his own, unscientific poll

Polls have been a big part of the 2012 election season so far. President Obama and Mitt Romney are neck and neck in many national polls with the President ...


Microsoft Dives Into the Music-Streaming Pool

Lots of companies chasing an unproven business model

Pandora, Apple, Spotify, MOG ... and now Microsoft. The streaming-music pool is filling up fast. Google Play probably figures in here somewhere too.Micro...


American Airlines Pulls Jets Over Loose Seats

Maintenance issues blamed for seat rows separating from the deck in flight

“Hold onto your seat” is taking on new meaning at American Airlines. The carrier has been hit by a rash of “loose seat” incidents t...


T-Mobile, MetroPCS Merger Adds New Jolt of Competition

The deal gives the fourth-largest wireless carrier a little more punch

It was a year and a half ago that the headline read: AT&T Buys T-Mobile, Leaving Sprint a Weak Third. Well, that deal got squashed on anti-trust g...


Apple Gains Ground on Samsung in Smartphone Sales

But the iPhone maker is still in third place

If you're keeping track of who is selling the most smartphones in the U.S., note that Apple is gaining ground on rival Samsung.Just two months after scor...


Housing Data Continues to be Bullish

Latest reports show an increase in mortgage applications and rising prices

Mortgage applications are up and so are home prices. Those two pieces of data add to the growing evidence that, at long last, the housing market is turning...


Low Vitamin D Levels Linked to More Severe Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms

Mega-dose supplements are not recommended across the board pending further research

Low blood levels of vitamin D are associated with an increased number of brain lesions and signs of a more active disease state in people with multiple scl...


Study Suggests Treatments for 'Wet' AMD Keep Seniors Behind The Wheel

The study with ranibizumab did not directly assess driving safety or skills

Wet age-related macular degeneration -- AMD -- when left untreated, is the most common cause of vision loss among older people and a leading reason for th...


Xtra Airways Fined for Charter Violations

Sudden flight cancellations were related to the shutdown of Direct Air

Xtra Airways has been fined $300,000 for violating rules protecting passengers when their public charter flights were suddenly canceled. At the same time i...


Next Big Thing: Genetically Engineered Food?

Ballot measure in California may make the issue a main course in Washington

So do you care whether that tomato you're eating has been genetically modified? After all, your dog would be a wolf if it weren't for genetic tinkering.O...


Ban on Samsung Tablet Lifted in U.S.

Jury found design did not infringe on Apple patents

Suddenly, there's one more tablet for consumers to consider. Even though it has been on the market for quite a while, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is only n...


Some iPhone Users Report Battery Drain, Other iOS 6 Issues

Some new and older iPhones aren't reacting well to the update

No one is happy with their smartphone battery life these days but the release of iOS 6 and the iPhone 5 has increased the complaints from iPhone users. Not...


Microsoft Pop-Up Stores Ready to Pop

More than 30 stores will open for the holiday shopping season

Microsoft is getting the holiday spirit a little ahead of schedule this year. The stodgy and somewhat portly software giant is launching the "pop-up" store...


Facebook Raises Privacy Concerns ... Again

Report says the social site is mining its user database to sell ads

Facebook has taken a lot of heat for not fully exploiting its assets. But, as the saying goes, be careful what you wish for. The Wall Street Journa re...


Smartphones Are 'Medicine That Fits in Your Pocket'

Mayo clinic finds the mobile devices can aid in treatment of stroke patients

Last month a bioengineering professor at Georgia State University announced development of an iPhone app that could help diagnose a child's ear ache. Resea...


'Scareware' Marketer Faces $163 Million Settlement

Scam scared computer users into thinking their machine was infected

A federal court has imposed a judgment of more than $163 million on the final defendant in the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) case against an o...


New York Sues J.P. Morgan Over Financial Meltdown

Claims Bear Stearns unit mislead investors about mortgage-backed securities

There has yet to be a single federal prosecution in connection with the financial crisis triggered by the collapse of the market for mortgage-backed securi...


Cyclone Swing Seats Recalled

The plastic swing seats can break during use

ADS Inc., of Bremerton, WA, d/b/a and, is recalling 63 Cyclone swing seats. The plastic swing seats can break during use...


Newman's Own Organics Recalls Peanut Butter Newman-O's Sandwich Crème Cookies

The action is prompted by the expanded recall of Sunland products

Newman's Own Organics is recalling certain lots of Peanut Butter Newman-O's Sandwich Crème Cookies, with expiration dates 27MAY13 and 3MAY13, because the p...


Fairytale Brownies Recalls Peanut Butter Brownies and Cookies

Salmonella contamination is possible

Fairytale Brownies is recalling peanut butter brownies and cookies identified with the lot codes shown below. The products were distributed primarily throu...


Stop & Shop Recalls Late July Organic Snacks

Peanut butter sandwich crackers may be contaminated with Salmonella

The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company, following a recall by Late July Organic Snacks, announced it removed from sale organic mini peanut butter sandwich cra...


Justin’s Recalls Classic Peanut Butter, Honey Peanut Butter Squeeze Packs

Salmonella contamination is possible

Justin’s is recalling certain lots of its Classic Peanut Butter 16oz. jars and Honey Peanut Butter 1.15oz. and .5oz. single-serve squeeze packs in response...


Jer's Chocolates Recalls Peanut Butter Products

No contamination found, but there is a possibility of Salmonella

Jer's Chocolates is recalling some of its Gourmet Peanut Butter Bars and Gourmet Jer's Squares produced from July 9, 2012, to September 24, 2012. The rec...


Study Links Moderate Drinking to Heart Problems

Health benefits of alcohol are overstated for some people, researchers warn

There has been an increase in medical studies in recent years suggesting moderate alcohol consumption holds health benefits. In particular, an ingredient i...


Oregon Ice Cream Recalling Alden's Organic Brand and Glacier Brand Ice Cream

The products contain the risk of Salmonella contamination

Oregon Ice Cream Company recalling Alden's Peanut Butter 'n Chip, 48oz. and Cascade Glacier Chocolate Peanut Butter, 3 gallon that contain peanut butter...


FreedomPop Offers 'Free' Broadband Service

As usual, conditions apply. But this could be the start of something big

We all know what premium means, right? It means expensive. So what does "freemium" mean? Well, according to a new company called FreedomPop, it means "free...


'Alarming' Increase in Traffic Deaths Nationwide

Improving economy, crumbling roads may be partly to blame

An alarming report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says an estimated 16,290 persons died in traffic crashes from January ...


Knee Replacements Surge Among Medicare Recipients

Demand has doubled over 20 years

Knee replacement surgery, also known as total knee arthroplasty (TKA)is becoming one of the most common surgeries in the U.S., with about 600,000 performed...


American Express Paying $113 million for Misleading Consumers

Amex customers will receive $85 million in refunds

Some American Express cardholders are about to get a refund. As a result of a coordinated regulatory action, the financial services company is paying $113 ...


Half of U.S. Adults Now Have Mobile Devices

And a large majority use them to access news content

It wasn't so long ago that most Americans sat down after work to get caught up on world events by watching the evening newscast on ABC, CBS or NBC. Some st...


British Airways Fined for Price Advertising, Baggage Compensation Rules Violations

Feds accuse the carrier of surprising consumers at the last minute

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has fined British Airways (BA) $250,000 for violating DOT rules on full-fare advertising as well an internation...


Sunland Expands Product Recall

Cashew butter, tahini and roasted blanched peanut products added

Sunland has expanded the recall of its Almond Butter and Peanut Butter to include its Cashew Butter, Tahini and Roasted Blanched Peanut Products. These p...


New Online Tool Helps You Report Food Safety Concerns

Electronic form provides another means of insuring the food supply is safe

Worried about the safety of your food? Reporting problems with meat, poultry and egg products is a simple as a mouse click. The new online Electronic Cons...


Six Myths About Credit and Debt

Knowing the facts may help you make better financial decisions

Millions of consumers have spent the last four years working to get a handle on credit and debt issues. Some have been more successful than others.Recent...


Is This the Month You'll Adopt a Shelter Dog?

October has been declared Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month

Is This the Month You'll Adopt a Shelter Dog?For some reason millions of consumers go to pet stores and spend hundreds of dollars for a dog when they cou...


$1.4 Million Earmarked to Help Illinois Renters

One in 10 Chicago rental units reportedly affected by foreclosure

During the housing crisis the focus has been mostly on homeowners who lost their homes to foreclosure. Less has been said about the millions of renters aff...