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Police departments want to use drones for routine surveillance

As more and more entities apply for drone use in the U.S., some say privacy will be threatened

The next time you look upward to do a little sky gazing, you may see something other than birds, planes and fluffy clouds.That's because some in congress...


Who's watching what e-books you read?

Your reading habits are a matter of great interest to Amazon, Google, BN, et al

When you were a child, your parents and teachers kept track of what you read. They probably encouraged you to read more things you didn't want to read and ...


Fire safety laws lead to toxic chemical exposure

Study: California law results in consumers nationwide being exposed to harmful chemicals

No doubt California meant well when it enacted fire safety laws that require the use of fire retardant chemicals in foam cushions but the end result is tha...


Tobacco companies must put more graphic warnings on cigarette packs

It's been a six-year battle, but consumers could finally be seeing graphic warnings on cig boxes

I remember the first few times I bummed around Europe as a want-to-be bohemian type in my twenties, and noticed how different things were from the United S...


Study: Heavy smokers cut back when the price goes up

Price hikes don't seem to affect light smokers as much

When governments hike taxes on cigarettes they usually have two goals: they want to raise some revenue but they also want to discourage smoking by making i...


Dangerous toys seized at U.S. ports of entry

Federal agencies keep millions of unsafe products out of the hands of kids

Showcasing their effort to keep families safe during this holiday toy shopping season, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Chairman Inez Tenenb...


States challenge feds over new mortgage fees

States that have passed homeowner protections feel they are being targeted

In the last couple of years Illinois and four other states enacted new consumer safeguards for homeowners who face foreclosure. Basically, it makes it hard...


Bed bug control raises health concerns

Misapplication can cause serious health problems -- even death

We've all heard the old saying, “sleep tight, don't let the bed bugs bite.” Well, apparently there's something worse than the bites. The Agency for Toxic ...


Mortgage modifications may soon be taxed

Attorneys general appeal to Congress to renew tax break for troubled homeowners

The “fiscal cliff” is not the only thing looming over taxpayers at the end of the year. If you received a mortgage modification of other financ...


Gasoline prices continue to drift lower

Prices still higher than at this time in 2011

The national average price of gasoline is falling with the highest prices now found in the east....


Feds come down on nationwide specialty consumer reporting agencies

The companies are told they must provide consumers easy access to their consumer reports

Nationwide specialty consumer reporting agencies have been put on notice regarding their obligation to provide a streamlined process for consumers to reque...


California shines spotlight on commercial fundraisers

Consumers should be aware if fundraiser is an unpaid volunteer or a business

This is the season for shopping, feasting and partying. It's also the season of “good will toward men,” when many people make generous contribu...


Could the dollar bill be on its way out?

A branch of the U.S. government is pushing for a dollar coin instead.

If you’ve ever been to places like England and stayed for more than a day, you’ve probably walked around with a pocket full of change, as coins...


Seaside living gets a lot more expensive

Many who lost homes to Sandy may not be able to rebuild under new insurance rules

This modest beachfront home on Long Island's Great South Bay was heavily damaged by Hurricane Sandy Superstorm Sandy destroyed countless thousands of mod...


Do you suffer from cell phone addiction?

Researchers claim impulsiveness and materialism combine to create dependency

Modern life seems to keep extending the list of possible addictions. Besides old fashioned addictions to alcohol and drugs people are now addicted to sex a...


A look at FHA's Streamline Refinance

If you have a current FHA loan, this program could quickly save you some money

Millions of homeowners have taken advantage of this year's record low mortgage rates to refinance their home loans, saving hundreds of dollars each month....


Which online retailers rate highest with consumers?

Amazon comes in first in a season of heavy online spending

Cyber Monday sales set new records this week as consumers migrated to the web to do their holiday shopping.Digital data analyst comScore reports holiday ...


Pending home sales jump in October

Could be a sign the housing recovery is picking up momentum

October was a busy month for homebuyers, as the National Association of Realtors (NAR) reports its Pending Home Sales Index rose 5.2 percent in the month a...


Mortgage rates remain near rock bottom

Economic uncertainty is adding to the favorable borrowing environment

Two weekly surveys of mortgage rates yield mixed results but both show that it remains an opportune time to buy or refinance, with rates near last week's r...


More companies planning parties this year

Hiring may be down, but it's still party time at some companies

Although companies continued to hire at a less-than-stellar rate this year, strong corporate profits are giving them plenty of reason to celebrate -- and m...


U.S. economy picking up speed

Gross Domestic Product increases 2.7 percent in third quarter

The U.S. economy grew faster than expected in the third quarter of the year, expanding at a rate of 2.7 percent, according to the Commerce Department. The ...


You can avoid the holiday shopping hangover

Making a list and checking it twice is a step in the right direction

With the holiday spending bacchanal now in high gear, consumers really need to think twice before throwing cash at items that are not on their list. An ...


Pediatricians: Plan B should be given to teens at routine check-ups

The American Academy of Pediatrics strongly backs the Plan B pill in its new policy statement

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), doctors should be suggesting and prescribing the morning after pill during the routine check-ups of ...


Google CEO meets FTC, seeking anti-trust truce

The feds reportedly are insisting on a consent decree, which Google opposes

Forget the fiscal cliff for a minute. There's another cliff looming in Washington and Google is right on the edge of it.For months, the Federal Trade Com...


Facebook glitch may have re-enrolled you in groups

Members wake up to find they are members of groups they dropped long ago

Many of Facebook's nearly one billion users have discovered that they suddenly belong to Facebook groups. In many cases, members are being re-enrolled in g...


Fiat is the latest to introduce an all-electric car

The 500e will initially be sold only in California

Back in the Depression, they had something called the Rural Electrification Administration. It rushed around stringing wires to bring electricity to isolat...


Student loan delinquency on the rise

But consumers' mortgage debt continues to go down

Students are not only taking out more and more loans to fund their education, an increasing number are having trouble paying it back.A report from the Fe...


Study: Banks limit consumers' dispute resolution options

The deck is often stacked against consumers, a study shows

If you get into a dispute with your bank about something related to your checking account, the deck appears stacked against you, according to a Pew Researc...


What U.S. consumers should know about the Suzuki wind-down

The deals might not be that great and service could be a hassle

In early November Suzuki Motor Corporation announced it was winding down new vehicle sales in the U.S. as the American subsidiary of the Japanese automaker...


How to reduce your sodium (salt) intake

More attention to nutrition labels and less eating out could be the keys

Most of us consume waaaaay too much sodium, with salt (sodium chloride) being the most common form. That can be a serious health hazard, because excess sod...


Good news: it's okay to re-gift

You no longer have to be stuck with that white elephant

Various surveys now tend to show a consensus: People who receive unwanted gifts are completely okay with giving them to someone else, a once frowned-upon p...


Fake 'Yellow Pages' scammers must pay $10.2 million

Foreign operation targeted small businesses and nonprofits in U.S. and other countries

A federal court has ordered a European-based operation to pay more than $10.2 million for tricking small businesses and nonprofits into paying for unwanted...


Study suggests high fructose corn syrup linked to diabetes

Countries with the highest use have more diabetes cases

As food manufacturers and health groups argue over what is to blame for the rising obesity epidemic, another factor has entered the debate. It's not just t...


Pyrex dispute explodes into federal court

The glassware's manufacturer sues trade journal over article about shattering glassware

The maker of Pyrex glassware claims in court that the American Ceramic Society disparaged its U.S.-made product in a "sensational" article that said it was...


FDA shuts down peanut butter plant that supplies Trader Joe's

Sunland has been involved in numerous recalls over the last several years

The Food and Drug Administration is cracking down on a New Mexico peanut butter plant that had repeated food safety violations over several years, ...


Inflatable castles and houses are causing more and more injuries

In the last 15 years the number of injury cases has doubled and researchers call for change

Kids love bouncy castles and houses, so a lot of parents rent them for birthday parties and inflate them in backyard.  Some restaurants that ha...


BlackBerry 10 creating some buzz ahead of launch

Were reports of the Blackberry's death premature?

Research in Motion (RIM), maker of the Blackberry and given up for dead a long time ago as the Apple and Android operating systems came to dominate the sma...


GM's first all-electric car, the Chevrolet Spark, debuts this week

There'll be a lot of extension cords at this week's LA Car Show

Forget the Parade of the Wooden Soldiers. At the Los Angeles Car Show this week, it's the Parade of the Electric Cars that's hoping to jolt consumers into ...


Study identifies most expensive airports

Houston, Washington and Newark have the highest average fares

Looking for a cheap flight? You might want to fly on past Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Washington's Dulles International and Newark's ...


Consumers more confident as holidays approach

Confidence is at highest level since the 2008 melt-down

Consumers hit the malls on Black Friday and their computer keyboards on Cyber Monday with full force. The register receipts are still being tabulated but i...


Federal agency finds home prices still rising

Third quarter prices up 1.1 percent from second quarter

Generally, when the price of something goes up it isn't considered good news. The exception to that – at least at this point in our economic history ...


IBISWorld: holiday spending to grow 3.7 percent in 2012

'Fiscal cliff' concerns are expected to shake consumer confidence and curb overspending

Consumers are expected to get deeper into the holiday mood as we approach Christmas. Industry research firm IBISWorld (pronounced eye-biss-world) predicts...


Taking some of the stress out of holiday travel

Here are some tips for making it easier, and maybe cheaper, to get there

Unfortunately the holiday season requires many of us to travel. Sure, we'll enjoy being with family and friends once we get there, but the getting there se...


Travelzoo fined for violation of code-share disclosure rules

The online ticket agency failed to provide full disclosure about flight operators

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has slapped online ticket agent Travelzoo with a $50,000 penalty for failing to tell consumers when flights wer...


International strike force seizes 132 Web domains

Part of a crackdown on operations that sell counterfeit goods

International law enforcement used the occasion of Cyber Monday in the U.S. to announce the take-down of 132 websites they say were illegally selling count...


Haiku Deck: PowerPoint's younger, cooler and more rebellious sibling

Will the presentation app be Gen Y's way to express ideas, stories and business plans?

If you think about it, we’ve been using the same old Microsoft Office programs for quite some time.Word and Outlook haven’t been improve...


Black Friday Diary: Inventory problems, price disputes leave shoppers peeved

It's pretty much the same story every year -- stores overpromise and underdeliver

As expected, hundreds of thousands of consumers trooped to the nation's big box stores this year for the annual shopping extravaganza known as Black Friday...


Today should be busiest online shopping day of the year

More consumers are doing their shopping online

Black Friday is yesterday's news. Today is "Cyber Monday," a serious, and perhaps more civilized day for bargain-hunting.Cyber Monday, of course, is the ...


Ford is energized over its new high-mpg models

The automaker is taking aim at Toyota as it rolls out five new hybrids

Do you think of Ford as the leader in fuel economy? Didn't think so. Neither does anyone else that we know of but that's not stopping Ford from blowing its...


The Stellaris Launch Pad: A $13 single-board computer

First it was the Raspberry Pi for $25 and now comes the Stellaris which also helps with computer design

We recently reported on the $25 Raspberry Pi computer that teaches people computer design, which has been the rave among those interested in coding and lea...


Verizon dishes up 75 channels on its iPad app

But customers have to be in their home to use the service

Trailing a few steps behind Cablevision and Time Warner, Verizon is making 75 channels available to its FiOS TV and Internet customers via their iPad. But ...


Cyber threats to watch for in 2013

They're getting more sophisticated and harder to avoid

The Internet has become more sophisticated over the years and so have the threats to users. Today, hackers are doing more than sending out infected spam em...


2013 Ford Focus captures top government safety rating

Automaker highlights improvements in airbags and stability

Ford Motor company says its 2013 Ford Focus received a top safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), earning a five-st...


Standard mileage rates to rise one cent-per-mile in 2013

The new rates will apply for business, medical and moving travel

Another penny from Uncle Sam. The Internal Revenue Service has announced the 2013 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate th...


Watch out for Cyber Monday scams

Scammers hope to cash in on the busiest online shopping day of the year

There will no doubt be some great deals online today, since it's Cyber Monday, the biggest online shopping day of the year. But the big day has also brough...


Mediation fails, Hostess to liquidate

Maker of the Twinkie is going down after all

Perhaps obscured in the Thanksgiving festivities and the shopping frenzy that followed, the last-ditch effort to save Hostess Brands failed last week. A ba...


Lots of free shipping offers from online retailers this weekend

Survey finds most retailers offering promotions, discounts, free shipping -- or all three

As surely as Black Friday follows Thanksgiving, Cyber Monday follows the weekend sales orgy. And whether they are affiliated with brick-and-mortar stores o...


Nissan hopes to juice up its Leaf sales

The all-electric car's latest model goes farther on a single charge

Nissan is trying to recharge sales of its Leaf electric car. The company says its latest model can travel farther on a charger and how has a gauge that tel...


Study: Losing your job could lead to heart disease

According to researchers, it's just not your bills that will suffer from unemployement, it's your health

There's not doubt that joblessness hurts a lot of different areas of life.Obviously, household bills are slow to be paid if they’re able to be paid...


FDA approves new seasonal flu vaccine

It's the first vaccine manufactured using cell culture technology

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has signed off on Flucelvax, the first seasonal influenza vaccine licensed in the United States produced using cultur...


Be thankful you've been a wary consumer; now don't get overconfident

Scams and rip-offs of all kinds increase dramatically during the holiday shopping season

You've been a cautious and careful consumer all year. Now, let's stay focused and make it safely thrugh the home stretch -- the most treacherous time of th...


Black Friday starts early; Does anyone care?

Is it the biggest shopping day or just the most-hyped?

Thanksgiving is often considered the most American of American holidays. It's the day we eat too much, drink too much, watch too much football, burn too mu...

More What Craigslist should have been long ago

Wouldn't it be nice to hire someone for a job and not fear for your life?

Today, it seems that all of us are busy all of the time. We’re either in the middle of a task, preparing to do a task or closing one out.Whether yo...


Dish Network's wireless hopes brighten

FCC chairman says he backs the plan, which could provide new competition for Verizon, AT&T

You don't normally think of Dish Network as a wireless carrier but that could change, if Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowsk...


Gasoline prices dip before Thanksgiving holiday

Price gap narrowing between cheapest and most expensive states

Motorists hitting the road for the Thanksgiving holiday will find gasoline prices a bit lower than last week but a bit higher than last Thanksgiving week....


More security for Facebook users

U.S. users get HTTPS connections starting this week

This might sound like gibberish but it's not. Facebook is providing an additional layer of security for its U.S. users. Starting this week, your connection...


Air travelers and employees at risk from secondhand smoke inside airports

Air pollution from secondhand smoke is five times higher outside smoking rooms and other designated smoking areas than in smoke-free airports

As travelers queue up at the nation's airports to travel home or wherever for Thanksgiving they may notice something in the air besides the holiday spirit ...


Why December might be a good month to buy a home

Contrarian buyers can often get a good deal this time of year

This week we officially entered the holiday season. There will be full schedules and plenty of stress between now and January 2.So the last thing you wan...


Older consumers often viewed in negative light

Conflicts arise when consumers don't consider themselves 'old'

How does it happen? One day you're just a normal consumer. The next you're in a new category -- old.“Our society devalues old age in many ways, and...


Cold weather can bring indoor danger

Health officials say carbon monoxide is a silent killer

With the temperature dropping, you could be at risk around the house from more than just a cold-inducing draft. Gas furnaces, space heaters and even firepl...


Researchers propose recording ages of minor cell phone users

They may be about to do it in Spain; is it something the U.S. should consider?

There are products and sites that children should not buy or visit. But enforcing these age restrictions can be problematic. But in Spain they may have fou...


Spotify Turns Into a Record Company ... Sort Of

The music streaming site is now trying its hand at launching bands. Will it work?

Websites that provide music streaming have been a life saver for music consumers.Prior to sites like Groove Shark and Pandora, people downloaded songs wi...


Walmart, Union Exchange Barbs in Threatened Black Friday Walkout

Company files formal complaint against United Food and Commercial Workers Union

Reports of a job action at Walmart Stores on Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year, have not been confirmed but appear to have gotten the atte...


The Lowly Pay Phone Is Getting an Upgrade in New York City

Smart screens with iPad-like functions are replacing old-fashioned pay phones

iPad-like screens are replacing the lowly pay phone in all five of the city's boroughs...


Cyberwill Can Log You Off After You're Gone

Your digital estate needs to be shut down in an orderly manner too

If you're busy dying, the fate of all your Internet accounts might not be a prime concern to you, but it could be very important to your family, friends an...


Shopping Habits You Will Not Believe

More than 38 million online Americans say they shopped while on the toilet

Is there any question people won't answer in a survey? Apparently not. According to results announced by CashStar, which bills itself as “the world's lead...


Judge Intervenes in Effort to Save Hostess and 18,000 Jobs

One day of mediation will try to resolve differences with bakers' union

Hostess Brands may not be out of business yet and 18,000 workers may not be out of work. Bankruptcy Judge Robert Drain is sending the company and the strik...


Existing Home Sales Show October Gain

Another sign the housing market is getting back on its feet

Though it's generally believed the housing market is in recovery mode, few analysts expected home sales to rise in October. But according to the National A...


5-Hour Energy Drinks Accused of Causing 13 Deaths

The FDA is currently looking further into the claims that the energy drink is harmful

If you’ve ever used 5-hour Energy drinks, then you know just how well they  work in terms of providing a quick caffeine jolt.But according to ...


Study Reveals Four New Parenting Categories: Which Are You?

Do you fit into any of these parenting styles or are the researchers way off?

When it comes to parenting, there are a lot of different styles one can use to raise children and prepare them for the real world.Many years ago famed ps...


Consumer Bureau Warns Companies Against Using False Mortgage Ads

Investigations have been launched into the targeting of seniors and vets

Approximately a dozen mortgage lenders and mortgage brokers have been told to clean up potentially misleading advertisements -- particularly those targeted...


Consumer Group Urges Crackdown on Caffeinated Snacks

Cracker Jack'D, MiO Energy and Extreme Sports Beans are singled out

Boxes of Cracker Jack are famous for having a toy surprise inside. But what parent suspects that Cracker Jack might come with a surprising dose of a mildly...


Diagnosed Diabetes Up at a Dramatic Rate

Eighteen states saw 100 percent or more increase between 1995 and 2010

We're getting sicker at an alarming rate According to a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the prevalence of diagnosed diabe...


New Jersey Bans Bogus 9/11 Charity

State says fundraisers gave no money to victims' families as claimed

A New Jersey court case underscores the importance of always checking out a charity before you make a donation – especially a cash donation.The cou...


Five Ways to Prepare for the Upcoming Tax Season

You can take steps now to make tax filing a little easier in January

Believe it or not, tax-filing season is right around the corner. While Congress and the president wrestle over the “fiscal cliff” and the futur...


Suffocation, Entrapment Risks Prompt Recall of PeaPod Travel Tents

Children can become trapped between the mattress and the fabric sides of the tent and suffocate

KidCo Inc., of Libertyville, IL, is Recalling about 220,000 PeaPod and PeaPod Plus Travel Beds. Infants and young children can roll off the edge of the in...


Checking Out Some Black Friday Sale Items

This year's shopping day may require more homework than in years past

Black Friday this year may be even more confusing and chaotic than in years past. The decision by several major retailers to open Thanksgiving night means ...


There's No Need to Stock Up on Twinkies

Hostess is likely to find a buyer to take over turning out the high-calorie treat

Since Hostess Brands announced it is going out of business and liquidating, an absolute consumer panic appears to have formed around one of the company's p...


FHA to Raise Mortgage Insurance Premium

Agency that helps first-time homebuyers is running short of cash

Federal Housing Administration, or FHA loans, have helped many consumers buy their first homes. Since the government guarantees the loans lenders will acc...


Facebook Now Has a Job-Hunting Feature

First e-commerce and now a service for job seekers. Will the new app catch on?

Is it really that surprising to hear that Facebook is entering yet another facet of everyday life?Probably not, but the social networking giants are doin...


Windows 8 -- Big Success or Major Disappointment?

Nearly everyone agrees it's confusing but some analysts say a solid system lies beneath the puzzling exterior

Critics have been savaging Windows 8, calling it just about every name imaginable. Troy Wolverton, writing at, was perhaps the most inventive...


Consumers a Little More Upbeat This Holiday Season, Survey Shows

U.S. households plan to spend an average of $521 on gifts

A lot of folks could be in for a merrier Christmas this year. U.S. households are expected to spend an average of $521 on gifts this holiday season, accor...


Black Friday Backlash Puts Focus On Chain Store Employees

Some Walmart Stores employees reportedly threaten a job action

The decision by major retailers to push up the start of Black Friday to Thanksgiving night has struck a nerve. Not with consumers but with the people on th...


Postal Service Loses $15.9 Billion

Appeals to Congress for help

The U.S. Postal Service's (USPS) tale of woe is getting sadder. USPS says it lost a record $15.9 billion for the fiscal year that ended September 30.The...


Hostess Brands Shuts Down in Labor Dispute

Company makes Twinkies, Ho Ho's and other snacks

Hostess Brands, maker of the venerable Hostess Twinkie and other pastry products, says it will liquidate and lay off its 18,000 employees because of a stri...


Kawasaki Motors Recalls Lawn Mower Engines

A leaky fuel filter poses a fire hazard

Kawasaki Motors Corp. USA of Grand Rapids, MI, is recalling about 210,000 lawn mower engines. The fuel filter can leak, posing a fire hazard. The company...


Gasoline Prices Drift Lower

Diesel fuel's average price dips below $4 a gallon

Although there was little movement in gasoline prices during the week, a couple of price thresholds were crossed. For the first time this year the average ...


Showrooming, the New Way to Shop

Consumers with smartphones are finding what they want at the best price

If you own a smartphone, you have a very handy tool when you go shopping. If you're in a store and find an item you'd like to buy, you can very quickly lea...


Study Finds Amazon Cheapest Place For Toys This Holiday Season

What other stores were mentioned in the study and which toy store has people bothered?

Consumers may want to head for their keyboards rather than toy stores this holiday season, as has the cheapest prices for toys compared to ...


Black Thursday: A Good or Bad Idea?

More large retailers are jumping on the Black Thursday trend, but is it right?

As more and more stores are joining Black Thursday it seems that even more people are also starting to voice their opposition.Target’s employees, c...


Sandy's Impact on Car Market May Be Overstated

AutoTrader and Kelley Blue Book say losses should not affect used car prices

It was hard not to view footage of the automotive devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy and not conclude that the impact on the used car market would be si...


Walmart Introduces Food 'Subscription' Service

Hopes to attract 'foodies' with selection of new food products each month

Consumers may be familiar with the “fruit of the month club” concept. Once signed up for membership, they receive a monthly shipment of a diffe...


GlaxoSmithKline to Pay $90 Million for Unlawfully Promoting Avandia

Company misrepresented cardiovascular risks posed by the drug, states charged

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum today announced that pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline has agreed to pay $90 million to Oregon and 37 other stat...


For Younger Workers, the Recession Continues

Researcher warns 'underemployment' a growing problem for those under 30

Unemployment rose quickly after the financial meltdown of October 2008, when a normal recession turned into the Great Recession. Joblessness has slowly fal...


FTC Expands Fight Against Deceptive Business Opportunity Schemes

More than 70 actions brought by FTC and law enforcement partners

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is going after scammers promising job opportunities and the chance “be your own boss” to people are unemployed or under...


Fake News Sites Marketers Settle Deceptive Advertising Charges

Affiliate network allegedly used deceptive claims to sell weight-loss products and colon cleansers

Is it news or is it a commercial. Sometimes it's had for the average consumer to know. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is trying to help you tell the di...


Thanksgiving Tip: Check Your Medicine Cabinet Before Dinner

Some medicines can provide some stomach relief but others won't

No matter how much we resolve not to over-do it at Thanksgiving, most of us take a second helping of everything. We eat more than usual and we consume foo...


Tikit Folding Bicycles Recalled

The possible breaking of the handlebar stem can pose a falling hazard

Green Gear Cycling, dba Bike Friday, of Eugene, OR, is recalling about 3,800 Tikit folding bicycles. The bike’s handlebar stem can break and cause the rid...


Ever Wonder Why You're Willing to Stand in Line?

Maybe Black Friday marketers have learned how to push your buttons

If you're a normal person and happen to find yourself lined up in the early morning hours after Thanksgiving waiting for a store to open, you may ask yours...


Consumer Bureau Moves to Spur Consumer-Friendly Innovation

Project Catalyst will collaborate with innovators within the consumer financial markets

Project Catalyst, an initiative designed to encourage consumer-friendly innovation and entrepreneurship in...


Study Links BPA to Lower Thyroid Function

French researchers say they have uncovered new risks

Ever since a study showed bisphenol A (BPA), a major molecule used in the plastic industry, was an endocrine disruptor that could exert negative effects on...


Kmart Releases $40 Tablets This Holiday Season

Could this be the start of tablet prices permanently coming down?

It’s hard to believe the Holidays season is here it again but it is.Weeks before Halloween this year, retailers and advertisers starting rolling ou...


Brits: Amazon, Google, Starbucks 'Immoral' Tax Avoiders

British Parliament probes American firms' methods of wriggling out of taxes

It wasn't long ago that the U.S. Presidential contenders were complaining about American firms that shelter international revenue in tax-free and low-tax h...


Beware of Deferred Interest Payment Plans

Plans aren't always transparent and can carry unexpected interest charges

Consumers have been doing a good job of paying down their credit card debt over the last couple of years so it would be a shame to see them fall into a hig...


Top 10 Ways to Get a Black Friday Bargain

The planning is not that different than carrying out a military campaign

On Friday, Nov. 23, millions of consumers will flock to stores to take part in the Black Friday shopping experience. They are drawn by the promise of barga...


Bourbon Barbecue Sausage Products Recalled

The sausages may be undercooked

Pinnacle Foods Group of Fort Madison, IA, is recalling approximately 90,975 pounds of bourbon barbecue sausage products because they may have been underpro...


Powermate Generators Recalled

A leaky fuel filter poses a fire hazard

Pramac America of Kearney, NE, is recalling about 7,700 Powermate Sx 5500 portable generators. The fuel filter on the generator allows gasoline to leak, p...


Feds Approve New Federal Safety Standard for Infant Swings

Included is a stability test and a warning label on the proper age for usage

In an effort to prevent injuries and deaths to children, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has unanimously (3-0) approved a new federal ma...


What Happens If We Go Over the Fiscal Cliff?

Your taxes will go up while the federal government will spend a lot less

Since the presidential election, attention has turned to resolving deficit negotiations to prevent the U.S. from going over “the fiscal cliff” ...


Reducing Knee Pain Without Surgery

Researchers find drug they say can postpone or eliminate surgery

Knee replacement surgery is one of the most common joint surgeries in the U.S., and is increasing as the baby boom generation ages. It's usually made neces...


Nearly $220 Million Recovered for Madoff Victims

The settlement will benefit worker retirement, health care plans

A settlement has been reached that includes the payment of nearly $220 million to compensate employee benefit plans and other investors that suffered losse...


Beware the 'Obama Punching a Guy' Video Scam

Panda Security warns it's a malware trap

Hackers and spammers have learned that social media is an effective way to spread malware around the Internet. That's why you should be very careful when y...


Toyota Recalls 2004 to 2009 Model Year Prius Vehicles

Steering problems could lead to a crash

Toyota is recalling nearly 2.8 million Prius -- 670,000 of them in the U.S. -- due to a steering problem. Due to insufficient hardness treatment of some ...


In Search of the Best Chain-Store Pizza

Papa John's, Domino's and Pizza Hut go head to head to head for chain pizza supremacy

Throughout my years on this planet, I’ve yet to run into someone who says they don’t like pizza, and if I did I would definitely wonder a few t...


Dreary Days for Daily Deals Sites

Such a deal -- consumers, merchants, deal sites could all wind up taking a bath

It wasn't long ago that Groupon and LivingSocial were all the rage. Everybody who could rub two digits together was starting some variant of a daily deal s...


Meatless Mondays: Will Los Angeles and the Rest of the Nation Go For It?

Many believe the program is a step in the right direction, others believe it hurts farmers

Who doesn’t like a nice piece of steak every now and then? According to recent statistics a lot of people don’t.A study conducted by the Vege...


Columbus Camping Chairs Recalled

Chairs contain mold, which could pose a problem for consumers with respiratory ailments

Rec-Out LLC of Atlanta, GA, is recalling about 227 Columbus folding camping chairs. The chairs were found to contain a variety of molds that could cause ...


College Board Launches College Application Tool

Helps students and their families deal with college application process

November, besides being the kick-off to the holiday season, is also a critical month in the college application process.So amid planning for shopping and...


AT&T Customers Recycle 50,000 Cell Phones in a Week

Achievement was one for the record books, company says

AT&T Wireless is boasting that its customers have literally set the standard when it comes to recycling. The carrier says customers recycled 50,942 old...


The 10 Best Holiday Shopping Days

Guess what? Black Friday isn't one of them

Last month a shopping service raised the hackles of major retailers when it released an analysis showing Black Friday was one of the absolute worst days fo...


Frito-Lay Recalls Grandma's Peanut Butter Cookies

The cookies contain undeclared allergens -- milk and egg

Frito-Lay is recalling of Grandma's Peanut Butter Sandwich Crème cookies and Grandma's Peanut Butter Mini Sandwich Crème cookies because they contain undec...


McAfee Warns Consumers of the '12 Scams of Christmas'

Susceptibility rises as most consumers plan to shop online during the 2012 holiday season

Operating on the theory that forewarned is forearmed, McAfee is exposing what it calls it “Top 12 Scams of Christmas” that criminals plan to use to rip off...


Honda Gives 2013 Civic a Major Make-Over

Carmaker gives entry-level car some upscale touches

Workmanlike. That's a one-word description that has pretty much summed up the Honda Civic, and its direct competitor the Toyota Corolla, all these years....


Store-Branded Gift Cards a Better Deal When It Comes to Fees

All-purpose cards offered by banks and credit card companies impose a wide range of charges

If you are among the growing number of people giving gift cards rather than gifts, you're better off staying way from bank cards and credit cards. New res...


Who Wants to Host Thanksgiving Dinner?

There appear to be fewer takers because of the cost

Thanksgiving dinner at Grandma's this year? Better check with Grandma again. The rising cost of food appears to have lots of people hoping to pass the buck...


Could You Be Allergic to Your Smartphone?

Researchers say the Blackberry might not be the best choice for people with certain allergies

Before 2007, when Apple introduced the first iPhone, the Blackberry, made by Research in Motion (RIM), ruled the smartphone world.Since then, the Blackbe...


E-Commerce and Social Networking: A Match Made in Digital Heaven

It's a popular union nowadays, and these three sites have taken full advantage

In the world of the Internet, there hasn’t been a more perfect marriage than the one between e-commerce and social networking.Let’s first tak...


Jeep Bringing a Diesel Model to the U.S.

High price of diesel fuel is still an obstacle to wider adoption of the oil burners

ven though fuel prices have generally fallen in recent weeks -- outside of areas ravaged by superstorm Sandy -- there are more than a few consumers out the...


Holidays May Increase 'Phishing' Risks

Expert offers tips for minimizing them

With the arrival of the holiday season, consumers are probably spending more time online. They're comparing prices, checking out restaurants, and making pu...


Two More Retailers to Open Thanksgiving Night

Toys R Us and Target join Walmart and Sears

Thanksgiving, until now perhaps the least-commercialized holiday in the U.S., appears to be sliding toward a major holiday shopping day.Target and Toys R...


Blue Hippo Customers in Texas to Get Restitution

Texas just the latest state to intervene on behalf of its consumers

Throughout the decade of the 2000s BlueHippo marketed over-priced computers and TV sets to consumers with poor credit using a lay-away plan. Oftentimes the...


Young People More Likely to Drive Drowsy

Twenty percent find their daily activities are impaired by sleepiness

It's not just the old folks who tend to nod off while behind thew wheel. A recent survey conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that you...


MoneyGram International Admits Anti-Money Laundering and Wire Fraud Violations

The company will forfeit $100 million, which will be returned to victims

MoneyGram International has admitted it criminally aided and abetted wire fraud and failed to mainta...


Sandy Victims May Need More Than 600,000 Vehicles

Demand may boost new car sales and create used car shortage

Among the clean-up in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, crews have had to remove thousands of automobiles, destroyed by the storm's wind and flood waters. Aside...


UPS Follows The Trend of Doing Business Sustainably

And the delivery company isn't alone. It seems that many brands are doing the same.

Today, it seems a lot of companies are going the sustainable living route.We recently reported that IKEA is making huge efforts to conduct busi...


Salvaging Photos Damaged by Hurricane Sandy

Experts at University of Delaware offer their help

Hurricane Sandy destroyed billions of dollars in property when it hit New York and New Jersey late last month. It also claimed memories, damaging or destro...


Diamondback Bicycles Recalled

Incorrect assembly poses a fall hazard

Diamondback Bicycles, of Kent, WA, is recalling about 40 2013 Diamondback Steilacoom RCX bicycles. The bikes assembled with incorrect headset parts could ...


JC Penney's 'Turnaround' Fails to Impress

Company continues to alienate old customers without drawing new ones

Since taking over as CEO at JC Penney, Ron Johnson has made it his stated goal to transform the stodgy retailer into the next big thing. The transformation...


Gasoline Prices Fell Again This Week

Price at the pump is returning to seasonal norm

Gasoline prices fell for another week as the price of fuel returned to levels a year ago. Fuel remains in short supply, however, in areas hard hit by Hurri...


Airlines Report No Excruciatingly Long Tarmac Delays in September

Your baggage also stands a better chance of going where you go

Getting off the ground and on your way to your destination is getting better. Accordig to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Air Travel Consumer Rep...


How to Talk to Your Pre-Teen About Being Overweight

Actions speak louder than words, experts say

You think talking to a son or daughter about sex is hard? Try discussing the subject of being overweight.On the other hand, a new study suggests it might...

More Opens Online Wine Shop

But to begin, only consumers in a few states can order says it is opening an online wine shop, and a pretty big one at that. The online retailer says Amazon Wine will offer customers more than a thou...


High Salt Intake Puts Kids at Risk of High Blood Pressure

Sugar gets lots of attention but salt can cause big problems too

When it comes to children and their health, there have been many national discussions about the high amounts of sugar they’re ingesting and how it le...


Verizon Wireless Offers Credits to Superstorm Sandy Victims

Customers in NYC/NJ will be credited for voice and text overages

Verizon Wireless today announced customers in counties of the New York Metro Area and New Jersey impacted by Hurricane Sandy will receive credit for voice ...


Forget Black Friday -- Walmart's Open Thanksgiving

Retailer is also guaranteeing availability of some popular items

If you show up at Walmart early on Black Friday, you may have missed it. The largest retailer in the U.S. says it will open its doors at 8:00 p.m. Thanksgi...


Hotels, Travel Sites Disappoint Guests During Superstorm Sandy

Instead of being a refuge, some hotels made life harder for those displaced by the storm

Natural disasters are inconvenient, disturbing and stressful. They're also a good test of how companies view their responsbility to their customers. When S...


Judge says Dish's Hopper Can Keep Blocking Commercials

In a battle between Dish and Fox, the court sides with Dish and viewers

In the battle between the Fox channel and Dish Network, the winner seems to be the consumer.Los Angeles judge Dolly Gee recently sided with Dish and said...


Samsung Galaxy S3 Overtakes Apple iPhone 4S in Sales

But sales lead may be short-lived

Mirror, mirror on the wall, what's the most popular smartphone of them all? In the third quarter of this year, it was the Samsung Galaxy S3, not the Apple...


PayPal Adds Price Matching Program

Consumers would like to see more improvements in basic services

When PayPal first got started most people were leery about sending money back and forth electronically.Mind you, this was 2000 when a good portion of fol...


EyePrints to Provide Smartphone Security

Biometric security application is currently in beta testing

It sounds like something out of a James Bond movie but it could be available on your smartphone next year. It's a biometrics application that uses your "ey...


Mortgage Rates Settle in Near Record Lows

Meanwhile, refinancing homeowners continue to pay down debt

It remains an affordable time to take out a new mortgage or refinance an old one. Two weekly surveys show rates continued to hover at record lows for yet a...


Santa Likely to Hit Some Traffic

Year-end holiday travel expected to nearly double over last year

More of us plan to travel for Thanksgiving and Christmas than last year, but we'll pack less to save money and stay closer to home. According to HomeAwa...


Can Coupons Make For a Better Black Friday Experience?

Coupon Website touts savings on even big-ticket items

How can you make sure you get a good deal on Black Friday? Use a coupon, say the people who run coupon websites. They point out that more retailers are usi...


Fresh Express Recalls Spinach

The product may be contaminated with Salmonella

Fresh Express Incorporated is recalling a limited quantity of Fresh Express Spinach with a Use-by Date of November 7 and Product Code of S299B25 due to a p...


Gruga Office Chairs Recalled

The seat plate can break, posing a fall hazard to consumers

Sauder Woodworking Company of Archbold, OH, is recalling about 72,300 Gruga office chairs -- about 70,000 in the U.S. and 2,300 in Canada. The seat plate ...


Scam Alert: Airline Ticket Email Links to Malware

Victims think they are downloading an American Airlines ticket

You open your email program and there's a message from American Airlines with the heading "download your ticket." That's weird, you think, I didn't buy an ...


Wall Street's Sell-Off: What Happened?

Now that the election is over, fear appears to have taken hold

The day after election day, which saw Barack Obama returned to the White House for another four years, Wall Street swooned. The Dow Industrials plunged 313...


Consumers Enraged by Continued Power Outages in Sandy's Wake

Utilities say they're making progress but that's not much comfort as temperatures dip

With a Nor'easter bearing down on what's left of the New York Metropolitan Area, thousands of residents whose electricity has not yet been restored are fac...


California Voters Defeat Genetic Food Labeling Proposition

Chemical industry spent $46 million in advertising to defeat the measure

Monsanto "Roundup Ready" soybean plantsIt cost $47 million but pesticide and biotechnology corporations succeeded in defeating Proposition 37 on the Ca...


Airlines Canceling Flights as Nor'easter Moves Towards New York

Yet another storm closes in on the battered East Coast

Moving image of April 2007 nor'easter.(Credit: NOAA)As huge swaths of the New York City area remain in shambles following Superstorm Sandy, a Nor...


AT&T Unveils Three New Windows 8 Phones

Carrier and manufacturer both betting on Windows' new mobile platform

AT&T has announced three more new smartphones in its growing Windows Phone 8 portfolio.Beginning Nov. 9, AT&T customers will be able to purchase ...


Trouble Sleeping? Try Losing Weight

Researchers say it could improve your overall health

U.S. consumers buy millions of dollars worth of prescription and over-the-counter sleep aids each year but maybe all they need to do for a good night's res...


Survey: More Than a Third of Employers Will Require Work Over the Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend

Some folks may end up watching the traditional Thanksgiving football games at their desks

Looking forward to that long Thanksgiving weekend with a lot of down time to spend with the family? Not so fast. While giving time off remains a trad...


Feds: Payday Loan Stores, PLS Loan Stores Tossed Sensitive Client Data Into Dumpsters

Companies will pay $101,500 to settle FTC charges they violated consumers' privacy

A company that provides management services to more than 300 payday loan and check cashing stores, and an affiliated company that owns and operates several...


Two States Vote to Legalize Marijuana

But feds say marijuana use is still against the law

While most eyes were on the presidential contest between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, a number of states voted on ballot initiatives having to do with mar...


Single Manufacturing Lot of Pradaxa Recalled

A potential packaging defect on this lot that may compromise the bottle integrity

Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals is conducting a nationwide recall of a single manufacturing lot of Pradaxa (dabigatran etexilate mesylate), 75mg 60 US...


Xeljanz Approved for Rheumatoid Arthritis

The twice-daily pill could bring relief to millions

The current medication you're using to treat rheumatoid arthritis (RA) not working? You may have an alternative. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FD...


Doctors, Patients Praise New Hip Replacement Technique

Procedure results in much faster recovery times

With an aging baby boom population joint replacement surgeries are becoming more common – especially hip replacement.While improvement in technique...


Study: Leisure-Time Physical Activity Extends Life Expectancy

NIH says you could enjoy as much as 4.5 extra years

It's no secret that physically active people feel better. But here’s something to consider: physically active people are likely to fell better -- longer. ...


Is Multigenerational Housing Catching On in the U.S.?

Builders may be adapting to this new trend

The American household is changing. While the empty nest is not exactly a thing of the past, it is being supplemented by “boomerang” kids and e...


Its Sales Slipping, Chipotle May Try to Be a Little Less Niche

Drive-through services and breakfast menus may be the answer. Then again ...

In business does it pay to be avant garde or boundary pushing, or is it safer to follow other business models that have already been successful?That&rsqu...


The Orgreenic Frying Pan: Does It Really Do That?

The company says you'll never need oil again, and no foods will ever stick

You’ve probably seen the TV ad before.It shows a bunch of food sticking to a frying pan, even though the food is bathing in deep&nbs...


Suzuki Pulls Out of U.S. Car Market

Its cars sell great in India, but in the U.S., not so much

Suzuki makes a great motorcycle, we're told, andSuzuki Motor Corp. said it would stop selling cars in the U.S., ending nearly three decades of sales in t...


Renault Reviving Its Alpine Sports Car Marque

French automaker will join forces with British racing-car company Caterham

Porsche drivers, check your rearview mirror. Renault is reviving its Alpine sports car marque in partnership with Caterham, the British racing-car company....


This Year, More Online Tools for Black Friday Shoppers

New 'Hub' promises to weed out the 'fake' deals

Before shoppers head out in search of bargains on Black Friday, they have plenty of chances to research advertised deals at their retailer of choice. It se...


Hurricane Sandy May Boost Used Car Prices

Storm destroyed a big part of the inventory

If you're in the market for a used car you can expect to pay more, especially if you live in the eastern half of the U.S.The National Automobile Dealers ...


Here's Where to Look for a Part-Time Job for the Holidays

The number of available jobs may be slightly higher than last year

When you looked at last month's employment report, it didn't show much of a gain in seasonal jobs with major holidays. The job gains in October were just s...


Survey Shows What Home-Sellers Are Thinking

Sellers may become a bit more selective about the offers they'll accept

You've been watching the real estate market and interest rates and have decided now may be the right time to buy a home.Prices are still low but are movi...


Hustler and BigDog Lawn Mowers Recalled

A problem with the fuel tank vent valve fitting poses a fire hazard

Excel Industries of Hesston, KS, is recalling about 18,000 Hustler and BigDog lawn mowers. The fuel tank vent valve fitting can fail to seal and cause a ...


Home Prices Dip in September

But they are up a healthy five percent from September 2011

Home prices went down slightly on a national basis last month, but mainly because more distressed properties were sold. The latest report from CoreLogic sh...


High Blood Pressure in Young Adults Likely to Go Undiagnosed

Researchers are at a loss to explain the disparity in diagnosis

What is it about young adults, their doctors and high blood pressure? According to findings presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessi...


Tennessee Company Warned That Online Product Claims Violate Federal Law

FDA says false claims include 'benefits for fungal meningitis, concussions, and other diseases'

The Avalon Effect Inc., a Franklin, TN-based company, has run afoul of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its marketing of a light therapy pro...


Master Forge Recalls Gas Grills

Improper connection of the gas hose could pose a fire and burn hazards

LG Sourcing of North Wilkesboro, NC, is calling about 37,000 Master Forge gas grills. If improperly installed, the hose connecting the gas tank and regul...


Britax Recalls Convertible Child Restraints

A softer chest pad material poses a possible choking hazard

Britax is recalling certain 55,455 convertible child restraints: Models: Boulevard 70 G3, Advocate 70 G3, and Pavilion 70 G3. Model Numbers: E9LJ91A, E9LJ...


Countdown to Thanksgiving: What, When and How to Prepare

Preparing to feed a crowd doesn't have to be difficult -- or stressful

With Thanksgiving a little over two weeks off, cooking the traditional turkey dinner gives rise to anxieties and questions. What kind of turkey should I bu...


Start-Ups Are Going Back to Subscriptions and Consumer Clubs

But with the Internet and social media, monthly clubs have a whole new face nowadays.

Remember when companies would offer special discounts on its products if you joined a consumer club? The old CD clubs like Columbia House were li...


McDonald's Sales Slump; It Rolls Out Yet Another Sandwich

Will the new Cheddar Bacon Onion sandwich be enough to win over consumers?

Believe it or not, McDonald’s isn’t doing so well.Don’t get me wrong, it’s not like the global franchise chain is in danger of cl...


Putting Satellite Broadband Service to the Test

Exede's broadband service stands out in a field of limited rural options

HughesNet recently launched a next generation satellite to provide high-speed Internet service to rural America, matching a step taken in January by its ri...


Huffington Post App Throws Itself at TV

HuffPo hopes its millions of fans will watch with both eyes

The way beetle-browed old-media types see it, if somebody's reading a newspaper, they're not watching TV and vice versa. Well, that as anyone can see, is ...


Lifetime Risk of Heart Disease Is High ... For Everybody

But the real question is: how many healthy, vigorous years do you want?

Lifetime Risk of Developing Cardiovascular Disease Substantial CHICAGO – Even in men and women with an optimal cardiovascular disease (CVD) ...


Prescription for Post-Election Blues

Get ready; about half the nation is going to be disappointed

Come Tuesday evening, it will all be over. Finally. The non-stop political ads and, if you live in a swing state, the non-stop robo-calls.Americans will ...


West Virginia Sues Law Firm Over its Foreclosure 'Help'

Claims residents are being misled about national foreclosure settlement

Relief has begun to arrive for some homeowners who unjustly lost their homes to foreclosure. In the last few weeks various states have begun handing out ch...


Heart Attack Packs a Wallop to Survivors' Wallets

What you shell out at the hospital is just the beginning

The economic impact of a heart attack and other forms of acute coronary syndrome goes beyond the hospital to the home and workplace. According to researc...


Champion Power Recalls Portable Generators

A leaking carburetor poses a fire hazard

Champion Power Equipment of Santa Fe Springs, CA, is recalling about 8,600 portable generators. Fuel can leak from the generator's carburetor, posing a fir...


Wayne Farms Recalls Frozen Chicken Products

The product may contain pieces of a plastic pen

Wayne Farms of Decatur, AL, is recalling approximately 28,528 pounds of frozen, fully cooked, chicken products because they may contain foreign materials -...


How Secure is Mobile Banking?

It has the potential to be very secure, report finds

The Internet continues to become mobile, meaning in the future even more consumers will uses their smartphones and tablets for online banking. Most banks h...


New Jersey Issues Subpoenas In Price Gouging Probe

State has fielded more than 500 complaints from consumers since Hurricane Sandy

The power is off over wide areas and gasoline remains in short supply as the northeast enters its second post-Sandy week. In New Jersey, state officials ha...


Hyundai, Kia Overstated Mileage Claims, Will Compensate Customers

Companies blame "procedural errors" for the misstatements, discovered by the EPA

Hyundai and Kia say they mistakenly overstated the estimated fuel economy on more than 900,000 cars sold in the U.S. over the past two years and will compe...


IKEA Goes Green But Many of Its Customers Are Seeing Red

New emphasis on sustainability is great, but how about some customer service?

In the 2009 romance film "500 Days of Summer", there’s a scene where the main characters Tom and Summer visit an IKEA at the height of their courtshi...


Bloomberg Cancels New York City Marathon

Many believe the Mayor was out of his mind to want the race to happen in the first place

It has been recently announced that Mayor Michael Bloomberg has officially canceled the New York City Marathon in wake of the growing contro...


Insurance Companies Waive Hurricane Deductibles in PA

Governor praises 'proactive' response

Resident of Pennsylvania who suffered damage in Hurricane Sandy have gotten some good news. Insurance companies will not enforce hurricane deductibles that...


New Toolbar Automates the Search for Coupons

Free download syncs users up with deals at 40,000 retailers

Searching for online coupons and deals got easier this week with the launch of Couponomatic, a browser toolbar released by Boston-based, a cou...


Walgreens Agrees to Refunds for Wal-Born Purchasers

Ads deceptively said the supplement could prevent colds and fu

If you purchased “Wal-Born” – a Walgreens’ brand dietary supplement, the Federal Trade Commission wants you to know that you may be...


Feds Slam Five Robocallers

Companies made millions of illegal pre-recorded sales calls

The Federal Trade Commission has pulled the plug on five companies based in Arizona and Florida that were allegedly responsible for millions of illegal pre...


Storm Victims Encountering Shortage of Gas Cans

Consumers warned not to store gasoline in makeshift containers

Not only is there a gasoline shortage in the northeast states hammered by Hurricane Sandy. It turns out there is also a gasoline can shortage.As consumer...


Air France Fined for Violating Price Advertising Rule

Frequent flier program members were not given complete pricing information

Air France is being fined $85,000 for violating the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) full-fare advertising rules. The carrier was also ordered to...


Retailers Step Up Opposition to Interchange Fee Settlement

File objection with court, claiming settlement maintains unfair system

Opposition is building from retailers to a proposed settlement with banks and credit card companies over interchange fees. In two separate actions retailer...


Despite Sandy, Gasoline Prices Fell This Week

California sees the biggest one-week drop, Ohio the largest increase

Despite gas lines in areas of Hurricane Sandy's widespread destruction, gasoline prices nationwide continued to fall for another week.The national averag...


American Heart Association's Stand on Limiting Sodium Reinforced

Keeping salt intake low is still a good way to cut your risk of high blood pressure and stroke

Watch your salt! New studies support limiting daily sodium (salt) consumption to less than 1,500 milligrams, according to a new American Heart Association ...


Travel Remains a Slog in Superstorm Sandy's Wake

Airline, cruise ship passengers fume over mixed signals

Everyone expects travel to be disrupted by storms of the magnitude  of Sandy but travelersTake Betty of Evans, Ga.. She and her husband were in Vanc...


Storm-Battered States Crack Down on Scams, Gouging

Shell-shocked residents warned about people trying to take advantage of them

Now that Superstorm Sandy has cut a path of destruction through the northeast states, residents there are trying to put their lives back together. State of...


AT&T and T-Mobile Offer Roaming for Sandy-Stricken Customers

Competitors cooperate to make more service available for consumers

Besides causing death and widespread destruction in the northeast, Superstorm Sandy seems to have brought out the better nature of many businesses.Banks...


Postal Service To Offer Same-Day Delivery

Will it help the suffering government agency or will people just go with FedEx and UPS?

For the past few years, it has been heavily reported just how bad the United State Post Office (USPS) is doing.As both companies and individuals move clo...


Sharp Warns it May Not Stay in Business

Electronics firm has invested heavily in big, expensive TV sets

In a warning to investors today, electronics manufacturer Sharp said there is “material doubt” about its ability to keep its doors open.The c...


Boxee TV Launches at Walmart Today

Launch includes three free months of "No Limits DVR"

It's launch day for Boxee's second hardware effort. The $99 Boxee TV will be sold exclusively at Walmart and through the Boxee website starting today.As ...


Consumer Confidence Increases Again

The Conference Board's index is at its highest level this year

With less than a week to go before the elections, people seem to be feeling better about the economy. The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index, whic...


Canadian Researchers Say Mediterranean Diet May Promote Healthy Arteries

One junk food meal, they say, can cause damage

There is a difference between “good fat” and “bad fat.” The latter tends to stay with you and, researchers say, cause damage to you...


Ameridose Recalls All Products

The company is tied to the firm whose drugs have been implicated in fungal infections and deaths

Ameridose, a sister company to New England Compounding Center, whose drugs have been implicated in hundreds of fungal infections and 28 deaths, is recallin...


Mortgage Rates Near Record Lows for Another Week

Strong bond market is helping to keep rates low

Consumers looking to buy a home or refinance a mortgage found rock bottom interest rates again this week, according to two surveys.Freddie Mac's Primary...


Job Cuts Surge to Five-Month High

October job cuts jump 41% -- to 47,724

Planned job cuts by U.S.-based employers shot up 41 percent in October -- to 47,724, pushing downsizing activity to its highest level in five months, accor...


A List of Chores for This Weekend's Time Change

There's more to Do than just turn back the clocks

Most of he U.S. returns to standard time this weekend. Clocks will be set back one hour beginning at 2 a.m. Sunday, November 4. But there's more to do than...


BT McElrath Chocolatier Recalls Peanut Butter Pave

There is the possibility of Salmonella contamination

BT McElrath Chocolatier is recalling the seasonal peanut butter pave because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The decision to...