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Drug testing in schools: Is it the right move?

The debate resurfaces after a Kansas City school tests students' hair for drugs

The other day just for kicks, I watched the movie “Traffic” again with Michael Douglass and Benicio del Toro that was made back in 2000.I&rsq...


Plenty of 2013 cars under $20,000 provide good value

Kiplinger's rates new models for style, innovation and value

Plenty of consumers are kicking tires these days. Automotive data service Kelley Blue Book notes that dealers likely sold more than 15 million new cars in ...


Don't just eat your veggies, wash them too

Health experts find most foodborne illness stems from leafy vegetables

You probably remember the headlines. Since the mid 2000s foodborne illnesses – mainly Salmonella – have sickened and killed consumers and led t...


Netflix now in one-quarter of U.S. homes, study finds

Amazon and Hulu also gaining market share

Just a few years ago, back when over-the-air TV and cable were kings, it was necessary to explain what streaming video was before you could talk about it....


Houston debt collector shut down

Goldman Schwartz used insults, lies and phony threats, prosecutors alleged

A federal court has shut down a Houston debt collector accused of using insults, lies, and phony threats to collect on payday loans.In one case, the...


Tax season is here -- officially

Most individual returns can be filed now

For those of you sitting around worrying -- you can now file your 2012 federal income tax return The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has opened the 2013 fi...


California firm recalls veal trimmings

The meat might be contaminated with E. Coli O157:H7

San Jose Valley Veal, a Santa Clara, CA, is recalling approximately 1,260 pounds of veal trimmings that may be contaminated with E. Coli O157:H7. The foll...


Sportspower expands trampoline recall

The netting around the trampoline can break, presenting a fall hazard

Sportspower Ltd., of Hong Kong is recalling about 120,000 Sportspower BouncePro 14-foot trampolines The enclosure netting surrounding these trampolines ca...


Personal income, spending and initial jobless claims on the rise

The specter of tax hikes in 2013 likely played a role in the income gains

You made more last month -- and you spent more, too. Figures released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis show personal income increased 2.6 percent in Dec...


Job cuts soar in January

However, the cuts may be offset by planned hiring

More than 40,000 workers got pink slips during January, but the overall employment picture might not be all that bleak. According to the latest report on ...


Petition seeks federal action to stop Jeep fires

Woman starts petition drive after seeing two people burn to death in their Jeep

A Virginia woman who stood by helplessly as two people burned to death in their Jeep Grand Cherokee is hoping an online petition will motivate federal safe...


Want to sell your own art or merchandise? Here's how

Many of us have a good business idea, but don't know how to get that idea off the ground.

What separates the dreamers from the doers? Because most of us dream, right?Most of us at some point in our lifetime have mentally put together a game pl...


Do you really need a gym membership?

Researchers say a simple change in lifestyle can achieve similar results

When people resolve to lose weight and get in shape, they often think of joining a gym. But gym memberships are expensive and the contracts can be hard to...


What should you expect from your real estate agent?

To avoid disasters, here's what to look for when you decide to list your home

You've put your house on the market. Or maybe it's had a for sale sign in the front yard for some time now. You read that the housing market is picking up,...


Blackberry unveils new operating system and new phones

But the devices won't be available in the U.S. until March

The Blackberry phone was once the first choice of business and professional users and maybe it will be again someday, although it's a little hard to see ho...


Patient loads often make hospitals unsafe

Increased patient care needs can lead to stressed staffing demands

The folks in a position to know say the workload may be be having an adverse effect on the safety and quality of patient care at the nation's hospitals. ...


Gab Halal Foods recalls ground beef products

The meat may be contaminated with Salmonella

Gab Halal Foods of Troy, MI, is recalling approximately 550 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with a strain of Salmonella Typhimurium...


Economy shifts into reverse at year-end

But on a year-over-year basis, growth accelerated

The economy strengthened last year, but was sputtering as 2012 drew to a closae. The output of goods and services produced in the United States -- known a...


Arrests made in ‘We Kill Your Mortgage’ scheme

The scam involved the use of Websites that have now been suspended

Three suspects charged in a mortgage fraud scheme targeting struggling Northern California homeowners have been arrested. In addition, six Websites alleg...


Toyota recalls some Corolla, Lexus IS models

Problems with airbags and windshield wipers

Toyota is conducting two separate safety recalls involving about 752,000 Corolla and Corolla Matrix vehicles and 270,000 Lexus IS vehicles. In the 200...


Woman sues after being stabbed by her date

Others complain Match doesn't respond to their complaints about unsavory characters

t was an online dating match made in hell.A Las Vegas woman is suing for $10 million dollars after being brutally stabbed and beaten by a m...


Valentine's Day gifts for the active man in your life

From electronics to fishing gear, why not buy something different for him this year?

When it comes to wives and girlfriends buying gifts for the men in their lives, it can get pretty tricky sometimes.For one, a lot of men aren’t rea...


Some cards protect you from fraud better than others

Credit cards are safer than debit cards; avoid using your PIN where possible

It can happen. You lose your wallet or your purse is stolen. Quick, how many and what kind of credit and debit cards have been lost and, more importantly, ...


Taco Bell pulls 'veggie attack ads'

Consumer groups spoke up for the right to bear vegetable trays

It was supposed to be funny but consumer activists weren't laughing at a Taco Bell ad that urged Super Bowl fans to leave the vegetables at home and "grab ...


How to buy and store seafood

Unlike other meats, consumers should deal with seafood in an entirely different way

If you ask me, seafood is quite special.And when comparing it to other foods like chicken, beef and pork, it stands  in its own section for being he...


Insurers hit safer drivers with higher premiums, study finds

Rating factors give more weight to education and occupation than driving record

A survey by the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) reaches the surprising conclusion that major insurance companies frequently charge higher premiums to ...


The value of your home continues to rise

Average home prices across the United States rebound to their autumn 2003 levels

The housing market -- as measured by home prices -- is showing strength unseen in several years. According to the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, hom...


Online sites offer help to those facing a divorce

Free information is available to help you deal with the legal, financial and emotional hurdles

Divorce is both costly and emotionally taxing. Even if both parties agree it's time to part, they will both need support, as research continues to show the...


Sprouter Northwest recalls alfalfa, brocco sandwich sprouts, clover, spicy sprouts

The sprouts may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Sprouters Northwest of Kent, WA, is recalling 1953 pounds of alfalfa, clover, brocco sandwich sprouts, and spicy sprouts due to the potential contamination...


Consumer confidence takes a January hit

'Paycheck shock' is said to be a major factor

Consumer unease about the economy appears to be growing. In fact, the confidence level is lower than it was a year ago. The Conference Board says its Con...


Advance Pierre Foods recalls chicken fried chicken breasts

The product may contain small pieces of metal

Advance Pierre Foods of Enid, OK, is recalling approximately 1,200 pounds of chicken fried chicken breasts that may contain small pieces of metal. The fol...


Super Power male sexual performance supplement recalled

The product contains an undeclared, potentially hazardous active ingredient

D&S Herbals, LLC, d/b/a Freedom Trading is recalling Super Power, a product sold as a dietary supplement to support male sexual performance. The product wa...

More A dating site for the 50+ crowd

Many older people are reluctant to get back in the game but a relationship expert says they shouldn't be

Some people say a lot of different areas of life are wasted on the young like the appreciation of youth itself, since many young adults and teens are eager...


Identity theft increasingly targeting children

Even parents are getting in on the act, stealing their children's credit

With more people shopping and banking online, cyber criminals have greater opportunities to steal identities.The Justice Department estimates 11.7 millio...


Barnes & Noble plans to close a third of its stores, report says

The last of its kind, the giant chain insists its business model still works

It's not easy being the last of your kind. Just ask Best Buy or Barnes & Noble. Both chains have outlasted their brick-and-mortar competitors but the q...


Understanding why people stutter and how they can cope

Singing is proving to be an effective therapy

Stuttering is a speech disorder that has been around forever but doesn't get much attention. At least, it hasn't until recently.When someone who stutters...


Feeling low on energy? A new app claims it can help

JUICE combines technology with expert advice to improve your energy level

Why does it seem that many of us struggle with our energy levels, even though we claim to get enough rest, eat the right foods and get enough exercise?So...


Hartz Mountain 'Withdraws' Chicken Chews, Oinkies Pig Skin Twists

The dog treats contain trace amounts of unapproved antibiotics

The Hartz Mountain Corporation is withdrawing its Hartz Chicken Chews and Hartz Oinkies Pig Skin Twists wrapped with Chicken for dogs in the United States ...


Pyramid scheme promised riches but didn't deliver, feds charge

Federal court shuts down Fortune Hi-Tech Marketing

A federal court has At the request of the Federal Trade Commission and the states of Illinois, Kentucky, and North Carolina, a federal court has hal...


New drug treatments approved for type 2 diabetes

Clinical trials involving thousands of patients found the treatments safe and effective

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved three new related products for use with diet and exercise to improve blood sugar control in adults with ...


Pending home sales dip in December

However, the overall uptrend continues

Pending home sales slipped in December but have were above year-ago levels for the 20 consecutive month, according to the National Association of Realtors ...


Don’t double up on acetaminophen

You could be doing yourself more harm than good

You have flu symptoms and you've been getting a little relief for the past two days by taking a cough and flu medicine every few hours. Late in the day, th...


Shopping for a mattress isn't always easy

They're hard to compare and you don't always end up with what you thought you bought

After your home and your car, your mattress just might be the most important purchase you make. After all, you will probably spend a third of your life on ...


Dieting is a game of inches – and patience

Be happy with small steps, you aren't going to reach your goals overnight

How's that diet going? It's easy to get discouraged if you don't reach your goals when you think you should. So maybe it's time to readjust your goals.&l...


Celebrity Battle: Martha Stewart vs. Paula Deen

Both celebrities are beloved, but do readers feel the same way about their products?

For some reason, there’s something exciting about purchasing a product that’s associated with a celebrity.It may be because we’re fans ...


Survey: independent shops top dealerships for car repairs

Consumers say pricing is a key issue

While you pretty much have to go to a dealer to buy a new car, you don't need to go back for repairs. A recent online survey on auto repair showed that wh...


Air fares continue flying high

Highest fares at Huntsville, lowest at Atlantic City

If you flew anywhere last summer, you were probably paying more than you did the year before. According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), ...


FDA approves over-the-counter treatment for overactive bladder

But Oxytrol is only available to women without a prescription

FDA approves over-the-counter Oxytrol for Women to treat overactive bladderThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Oxytrol for Women, the fi...


Specialized Bicycle Components recalls bikes

The steerer tube in the front fork can break, posing a fall hazard

Specialized Bicycle Components of Morgan Hill, CA, is recalling about 12,200 bicycles and frame sets. The steerer tube in the front fork can break, posin...


New home sales dip in December, but soar in 2012

Prices continued their rise during the year

Sales of new single-family houses ended the year on a sour note, falling 7.3 percent in December to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 369,000. At the sa...


Jouni Meats recalls ground beef products

The meat may be contaminated with a strain of Salmonella Typhimurium

Jouni Meats, a Sterling Heights, MI, retail store, is recalling approximately 500 pounds of ground beef products in various sized packages that may be cont...


Is your online data out of control?

If you are an Internet social butterfly, it just might be

There is probably a lot of information about you in cyberspace. If you have a Facebook account, or know people with a Facebook account, it's almost a certa...


Netflix making lemonade from lemons

Company finds profit in providing access to full seasons of popular TV shows

Netflix has suffered some bumps in recent times, both from investors and from consumers. It's 2011 decision to split off its DVD rental business from strea...


Everyday foods that aren't usually considered high sodium

One has to look everywhere to determine where the salt lingers

What is it about trying to lower our salt intake that’s so difficult?Because most of us have heard the warnings about getting too much sodium,...


The best apps for this year's Super Bowl

These apps and games can also be a great addition to any Super bowl party

So now that it’s decided what two teams will go head to head in this year’s Super bowl, many people are starting to organize their parties...


Timeshare resellers ordered to pay $6 million

National Solutions LLC bilked consumers hoping to sell their units, feds charged

As the result of a Federal Trade Commission action, the operators of a scheme that allegedly deceived consumers who were trying to sell their timeshare pro...


Risk of lung cancer death up dramatically among female smokers

Study confirms prediction that 'if women smoke like men, they will die like men'

Remember the old Virginia Slims cigarettes slogan, “you've come a long way, baby?” A special article published in this week's New England Journal of Medici...


It may not be a boom, but it's not a bust either

There are encouraging numbers on the prospects for economic growth and the job market

More signs that the economic recovery appears to be gaining strength -- or at least not losing steam. The Conference Board reports its Leading Economic In...


Is weight-loss surgery the right answer for overweight teenagers?

Some researchers say teens suffer lasting damage from being severely obese

Over the last few years, there has been extensive talk about the obesity problem here in the United States, particularly childhood obesity, and there&rsquo...


Site links new musicians to record companies says it's the ultimate tool for indy artists, but is that really true?

In the realm of music, there are many injustices that an artist will sometimes face. Like signing a record contract that has terms which only b...


Factory-installed navigation systems irk drivers, study finds

Consumers turning to smartphones to avoid confusing in-dash systems

Overall owner satisfaction with their vehicle's factory-installed navigation systems has declined slightly from last year--possibly because the systems are...


In search of a higher rate of return on your savings

But before moving your money, consider what you hope to use it for

Where can you park some cash these days and get any kind of return? If your money is sitting in a bank account or CD, you know the return is a pittance.J...


Recent housing stats suggest an improving economy

As the housing market recovers, consumers grow more confident

Month after month, the news from the housing market has been better than expected. Sales are up and so are prices.But does an improving housing market te...


Union membership continues its decline

In addition, wages earned by union members are falling

If you belong to a labor union, you're seeing a thinning of the ranks. Figures released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show the union membe...


C & H Meats recalls marinated pork and chicken products

Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is not declared on the label

C & H Meat Company of Vernon, CA, is recalling approximately 79,400 pounds of marinated pork and chicken products because they are misbranded in that they...


Home prices tick higher in November

The latest numbers add to evidence that the housing market is on the mend

On the whole, home prices are making a recovery. The Federal Housing Finance Agency’s (FHFA) monthly House Price Index (HPI Washington, DC was up 0.6 perc...


Homestead Creamery Artisan Cheese removed from store shelves

The cheese may be contaminated with Shiga-Toxin producing E.coli

Homestead Creamery of Jamesport, MO, is withdrawing a batch of its Flory's Favorite cheese from the marketplace. Preliminary test results received from th...


Study finds link between hearing loss and brain function decline in older adults

Hearing loss could mean 'long-term consequences' to healthy brain functioning

Many of us know what it is like to be around someone with a hearing loss -- or even experience such a loss ourselves. But the constant asking or being aske...


House 'flipping' is back in vogue

Even in this market, investors are making money on real estate

During the housing boom, investors -- amateurs and professionals -- engaged in house "flipping" for fun and profit. They would buy or build a house and alm...

More launches $35 million ad campaign in U.S.

Ads promise a "moment of joy" as consumers encounter lodging bargains

You'd think the hotel reservations market was already crowded enough, with Priceline, Travelocity, and countless other sites all claiming to fin...


Airlines get tough with passengers over cell phones

Flight attendants are adopting a zero tolerance policy

As anyone who flies on commercial aircraft well knows, passengers are required to turn off cell phones and other mobile devices when they board.Today, wi...


To be an employee or an entrepreneur---that's really the question

Start-ups are popping up all over the place, but is being a business owner really for you?

Remember the promises we made to ourselves when we were young? Those day dreams we dreamt about all of the things we were going to do when we got older?I...


Groupon cancels all gun deals, says the category is "under review"

The move follows pressure from consumers, company doesn't say how long the hiatus will last

Groupon Inc. has stopped all current and future gun-related deals, apparently bowing to customer pressure a month after the deadly mass shooting at Sandy H...


AT&T devours Alltel

Says the deal will improve service in rural areas

American telecommunications giant AT&T has signed an agreement with Atlantic Tele-Network to acquire its retail wireless operations, which currently op...


Court asked to shut down $70 million cramming operation

American eVoice, Ltd. allegedly placed bogus charges on consumers' phone bills

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) wants to shut down an operation that allegedly placed more than $70 million in bogus charges on consumers’ phone bills -...


Consumers remain gloomy about the U.S. economy

More of them pulled back on their holiday spending than increased it

Worries about where the economy his headed prompted holiday shoppers to keep an eye on the nickels and dimes. New research published by shows...


The housing comeback continues

Sales of existing homes rose in 2012 despite a slight dip in December

Sales of existing homes hit their highest level in five years during 2012, while the annual price increase was the best since 2005. Figures released by th...


Cancer mortality down sharply from 1991 peak

A reduction in smoking is a major factor

The overall death rate for cancer in the United States continues to fall. The American Cancer Society's annual Cancer Statistics report finds deaths decli...


Soup and melamine bowls may be a bad combination

Study: Melamine tableware may release melamine when used to serve hot foods

Everyone's heard of the problem of Pyrex cookware coming apart under the right circumstances and the danger of lead leaching from some types of ceramic bow...


Are shareholders bad for consumers?

Nationwide Insurance takes a slight anti-Wall Street stance with its advertising

Car insurance companies are pretty much alike, right? What sets them apart is their marketing.One might have an Australian lizard as a pitchman, another...


Study links aspirin use to macular degeneration

Creates a dilemma, as regular aspirin use may reduce heart attack risk

A new study creates a dilemma for older Americans and their physicians, fiinding an association between regular use of aspirin and macular degeneration, a ...


Alfa Romeo returns to the U.S. this year ... maybe

The sporty rear-wheel-drive 4C will lead the charge

This time they really mean it, they say. Alfa Romeo is returning to the U.S., with the rear-wheel-drive 4C sport coupe blazing the trail. "For sure it's ...


Drugs may be a future option for treating hearing loss

Researcher may have found a way to speed up human trials for hearing loss drugs

As humans age, their hearing tends to degrade. Years of exposure to noise will take its toll on the delicate instrument that is the human ear.The baby bo...


Southwest settles drink coupon lawsuit

The airline faces a $29 million bar tab

If you've been on Southwest Airlines the last year or two, you may have noticed the flight attendants saying that free drink coupons must be "current."If...

More Is it the Craigslist of the future?

The website not only gives you access to workers, it makes checking backgrounds easy.

There’s something pretty interesting happening these days with the Internet and a lot of websites.In year’s past, many websites were just pla...


King's Delight recalls gluten-free chicken nuggets

The nuggets contain an undeclared allergen -- wheat

King’s Delight of Gainesville, GA, is recalling approximately 1,572 pounds of frozen chicken nuggets labeled as gluten-free because they contain wheat -- a...


LJD Holdings recalls fully cooked meat and poultry products

The products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

LJD Holdings of Boise, ID, doing business as B and D Foods, is recalling approximately 33,500 pounds of fully cooked meat and poultry products. The produ...


Internet hoaxes are a new fact of life

It's hard to separate fact from fiction in the Internet era

Lies produced by and spread on the Internet have been a staple of online life for years now, but have mostly remained in the background. However, one spect...


Keek kicks its way into the startup stratosphere

Clever new site is sort of Twitter for video

Tired of hearing about Facebook? Good, because we're tired of writing about it. After all, it's not the only social media site, there are new ones everyday...


What happens to your pet when you die?

Survey shows only 17% have made legal arrangements

Many people say their pet is almost like a member of the family, but when it comes time to make out their will, few provide for someone to take care of the...


How to be a good sports parent

Sports can teach children a lot of great lessons, but parents should learn a few lessons too

Unfortunately, we’ve all seen it, the overbearing parent that gets a little crazed at their kid's sporting event.Whenever you see a mom or dad yell...


Survey: McDonald's is best fast-food value

Subway made the list too, although many say its foot-longs aren't really a foot

Even though there’s a new one seemingly built every day, people can’t get enough of fast-food restaurants.Despite all of the health warnings ...


New rules discourage steering consumers into risky mortgages

Consumer Bureau bans incentives that tempt loan originators to sell unsafe loans

Richard CordrayThe housing crisis of the last decade didn't happen because consumers knowingly took our mortgages they couldn't pay. Many were led into...


Consumers gain access to mortgage loan appraisal reports

A separate rule establishes new appraisal requirements for 'higher-priced mortgage loans'

How do appraisers know how much the property you want to buy is worth? Thanks to a new rule adopted by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) you...


American Signature recalls Hayward Push Back chairs

The chair can tip over backwards when used in its fully reclined position

American Signature Inc., of Columbus, OH, is recalling about 2,158 Hayward Push Back reclining chairs. The chair can tip over backwards when used in its f...


Consumer spending drops again -- Hurricane Sandy blamed

The Deloitte Consumer Spending Index posted a second straight decline in December

Another drop for the Deloitte Consumer Spending Index in December after a year of steady gains. The Index tracks consumer cash flow as a...


Are today's young people 'deluded narcissists?'

Survey shows college freshman think very highly of themselves. Is Facebook to blame?

There's a great line in a 1990s Seinfeld episode in which Elaine, feeling rare self-doubt, asks Jerry “is it possible I'm not as attractive as I thin...


FAA grounds Boeing 787 airliners in U.S.

The action is the result of a battery incident aboard a Dreamliner in Japan

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has grounded the fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliners operating in the U.S. as it investigates problems with batteries...


To lose weight, put down the drink and pick up the phone

Reducing alcohol use and tapping into social networks can be a cheap way to lose weight

Who couldn't stand to lose a few pounds? Consumers spend billions on diets, diet food, exercise equipment and gym memberships.Maybe there is a less expen...


Strong protections coming for homeowners facing foreclosure

New rules are designed to prevent servicer surprises and runarounds for borrowers

Struggling homeowners facing foreclosure are about to get some new protections. New rules issued by Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) are also de...


Some great ways for teens to volunteer and keep busy

With so many problems in our world to fix, why not push more teens towards social service?

Sometimes teenagers get a bum rap, and as each generation becomes older, and transitions from adolescents to adulthood, something very interesting starts t...


Survey finds many young homeowners are mortgage-free

More than a third of 20- to 24-year-old homeowners have no mortgage, Zillow finds

Almost 21 million Americans, or 29.3 percent of homeowners, own their homes outright, unencumbered by a mortgage, according to a recent Zillow® analysi...


Lenovo unveils a Chromebook for school use

The rugged laptop is built to withstand the hard knocks of school life

Google's Chromebook got off to a slow start but has been steadily gaining ground, bringing simplicity, durability and low cost to the laptop market.The l...


New signs that the economy is on the mend

New home construction surges, unemployment benefit applications drop

In another indication that the homebuilding sector is on the comback trail, the Commerce Department reports new home construction shot up 12.1 percent last...


New seasonal flu vaccine approved

Flublok is made using novel technology

Flublok, the first trivalent influenza vaccine made using an insect virus (baculovirus) expression system and recombinant DNA technology, has been given th...


Historic military burial records at your fingertips

Records from historic national cemetery ledgers have entered the digital age

Want to know where your great-great grandfather -- who died in the Battle of Gettysburg -- is buried? That information may soon be just a mouse click away....


Smartphone apps: Can they help identify skin cancer?

Several versions are on the market but researchers say accuracy varies widely

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 61,000 people in the U.S. was diagnosed with melanomas of the skin in 2009, and in that s...


POM Wonderful still not so wonderful, FTC finds

The agency upheld an earlier finding that ads for the juice were deceptive

Sometimes it's better to quit when you're just a little bit behind. When a finding went against POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice, the company appeale...


Running the home refinance obstacle course

You'll need equity, a pristine credit history and a lot of patience

Mortgage rates remain near all time lows but millions of homeowners with higher interest loans still have not refinanced. Many can't, because their homes a...


Mortgage settlement filing deadline is Friday

You can mail in your signed form or file online

If you were one of the borrowers who lost your home to foreclosure between January 1, 2008 and December 31, 2011, you may be eligible to receive a payment ...


Claiming a deduction for your home office is getting easier

Eligible home-based businesses may deduct up to $1,500

If you have a home-based businesses work from home, this will likely make you sit up and take notice. The Internal Revenue Service is implementing a simpl...


How to keep yourself from getting cyber-stalked

Each year, more and more people become victims of Internet stalking, bullying and harassment.

Sooner or later, we all get that email that we don’t want, or receive something posted onto our social network page that we wish we never g...


Gibson replaces guitar Delta Airlines destroyed

The airline offered Dave Schneider $1,000 for his $10,000 vintage guitar

Dave Schneider's vintage Gibson (Facebook photo)Delta Airlines is not on musician Dave Schneider's good guy list, but Gibson Guitar is.Delta worked o...


Feds warn: Someone is impersonating us

Businesses shouldn't open email that claims to be from the FTC

Small businesses may dread getting a negative review on Yelp, ConsumerAffairs or any of the other review sites but they really fear getting a complaint ema...


Consumer inflation remains tame in December

Prices excluding food and energy were up slightly

A decline in gasoline prices helped keep inflation on the retail level in check during December. Figures released by the the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statist...


VistaPrint: The cards are OK but billing and privacy issues can be problems

It's important to be careful -- don't agree to any free offers or take any surveys

It’s safe to say that just about everybody had a business idea at one point or another.Whether it’s opening a restaurant based on mom’s...


Coca-Cola ads gently tackle obesity issue

The big soft-drink maker professes its undying concern for its customers

The first rule of public relations and crisis management is, basically, to round up all the lemons and make lemonade. Turn your weakness into your strength...


Things to remember when using the microwave

Sure it's been around for decades, but there still a few rules to follow

I remember the first time my Dad brought home a microwave oven back in 80s, which easily had to be the size of one of those college foot lockers.The firs...


The right credit card can help you get out of debt

If you can qualify for a 0% interest balance transfer, it can help

Millions of consumers would like to get out from under their crushing credit card debt but don't know where to start. It just might start with havinbg the ...


The pros and cons of buying a franchise

It usually comes down to how much money and experience you have

For many reasons, a lot of people who have worked most of their careers for a paycheck have thought about going into business for themselves. What are the ...


Walmart to offer jobs to honorably discharged veterans

The retailer says it expects to hire 100,000 vets over next five years

When Johnnie -- or Joannie -- comes marching home, it could well be to a job at Walmart. The world's largest retailer says that beginning Memorial Day ,it...


Wholesale prices fall in December

Declines in the costs of food and gasoline led the drop

For the third time in as many months, the Producer Price Index (PPI)for finished goods -- also popularly known as wholesale prices -- declined in December ...


Home prices continued their rise during November

Positive growth was recorded in almost all states

Housing prices are continuing to rebound -- and the outlook for that to continue appears bright. Home prices nationwide -- including distressed sales -- i...


Strawberries, blueberries may cut heart attack risk in women

The berries' benefits go beyond those of a diet rich in other fruits and vegetables

If an apple a day keeps the doctor away, think what berries might do. A study reported in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association finds eat...


New electronic gadgets for your dog and cat

Pet owners will do anything for their pets, but they still need a little help

As any pet owner can tell you, providing care and love for an animal can bring about a lot of joy.You can see snippets of this joy whenever you see a per...


Western Sky is expensive, but doesn't try to hide it

Consumers should do the math before borrowing. Later is too late.

In its advertising, Western Sky, a division of Payday Financial, is upfront and unapologetic about its fees."Yes, the money's expensive, but it's a lot c...


Google's latest: Zavers, a "digital coupon solution"

Add coupons to your account, the discount is applied automatially at check-out

The days of coupon-clipping are just about over, as various forms of online coupons displace the old printed coupons. The latest entrant in the field is, w...


Insurance spending: how to get a handle on it

Most people saw their outlays for insurance rise or hold steady last year

It's said that only death and taxes are inevitable. You might want to add insurance to that short list, especially since the new healthcare law will requ...


Does the personal computer have a future?

Yes, but sales of desktops and laptops have "flatlined"

For the first time in five years, sales of personal computers (PCs) did not go up in the just completed holiday season. International Data Corporation (IDC...


Major products and inventions consumers should watch for in 2013

Whether it's cars, gadgets or new research findings, this year will be eventful for consumers

It seems like it was just a minute ago that Ryan Seacrest made his ten second countdown to usher in the New Year, and since then, 2013 has been off to a fa...


eHarmony vs. Which site is better?

Both sites are complaint magnets but both have their fans as well

Who doesn’t want to find a mate at some point in their life?Sure, being a single person has its perks. You can come and go without checking in with...


The Eatery: An easy-to-use diet app

For those who like to snap pictures of their meals, this one is just for you

Taking a picture of your food before you eat is extremely commonplace nowadays, as capturing a meal before diving into it has become a daily ritual for man...


Taxpayers will see several changes when they file this year

Higher tax rates and more generous deduction amounts are ahead

The Internal Revenue Service has made a number of changes for tax year 2013 -- including the tax rate schedules – as a result of the recently-passed Americ...


Nutrition labels turn 20

Checking the package for information on food has become a way of life

Can you remember the last time you bought a food item at the supermarket and did NOT check to see how many calories or grams of sodium it contained? Didn't...


Java marketer goes scot-free while Internet prodigy is hounded to death by feds

Does it sometimes seem that the iron boot of the State falls on the wrong people?

Aaron Swartz (Creative Commons photo)Two current news stories illustrate a seeming imbalance: a brilliant Internet prodigy is hounded to death by feder...


Homeland Security warns of threat in Java software

Computer users should disable or uninstall Java until a fix is provided

Java software, a key tool installed on most personal computers, is vulnerable to attack and should be shut down or removed, the U.S. Department of Homeland...


Apple's lost its mojo, but should you care?

No longer the dominant force in the smartphone world, where does Apple go from here?

Over the last few weeks Wall Street has been wringing its hands over Apple. The once high-flying stock has returned to earth, down 25 percent from it's pea...


Feds strengthening protections for high-cost mortgages

The new rule would ban or limit balloon payments and some fees

If we've learned nothing else during the financial meltdown it's that buying a home is serious business. The landscape is littered with the results of cons...


2013's new acquisitions and how they'll affect the consumer

The New Year isn't even a month old yet, but the wheeling and dealing has already begun

It seems that 2013 is off to a fast start, at least when it comes to new busines acquisitions.And with the New Year still being quite new and still&...


Auto accidents often lead to unpleasant encounters with insurance companies

After an accident it might be wise to go to the hospital and call a lawyer

Being in an auto accident is a traumatic event. Even if no one is seriously hurt there can be lasting repercussions, especially if you encounter resistance...


Google plans free Wi-Fi in NYC's Chelsea neighborhood

In Kansas City, Google Fiber has captured a lot of interest

Google said it will provide free Wi-Fi in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City, where the company maintains its New York offices. It will become ...


Best Buy's holiday sales slipped, cash flow weakens

Things aren't looking so good for the last big electronics retailer

If you've been tossing and turning at night, fearful about the future of Best Buy, the company's holiday sales reports won't do much to ease your slumbers....


FCC wants to speed up Wi-Fi speeds

The agency is trying to free up spectrum space to reduce congestion

If you've tried to get any serious work done on a public Wi-Fi network at an airport or convention center, you already know there's a problem, and it's one...


FDA requiring lower recommended dose for Ambien, other sleep drugs

There's a risk of impaired activities the morning after using insomnia drugs

The current recommended doses for Ambien, Ambien CR, Edluar and Zolpimist -- widely used sleep drugs that contain the active ingredient zolpidem -- are bei...


Feds to review 'Dreamliner' design and production

The investigation will focus on the plane's electrical power and distribution system

It's been turbulent flying recently for Boeing's 787 Dreamliner passenger jet. This past Monday, an electrical fire was discovered aboard an empty Japan ...


Binge drinking a 'serious' problem among women and girls, report says

High school girls and young women are seen most at risk

When it comes to drinking, how much is too much? According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), binge drinking, defined for women, is ...


John Deere Recalls Gator utility vehicles

The fuel line can separate, posing a fire hazard

Deere & Company of Moline, IL, is recalling about 4,650 Gator utility vehicles. The fuel line can separate, posing a fire hazard. The company has received...


Redbox transitioning to video streaming service

A select number of consumers can try the beta service for free

Redbox, one of the "last men standing" in the physical media video wars, is moving into streaming video, partnering with Verizon. The target, of course, is...


Feds finally set new rules for mortgages

The regulations will reduce the number of consumers who can qualify for a mortgage

The federal government, for the first time since the housing market collapse, is setting standards for what constitutes a "qualified mortgage," a move that...


Study links BPA to heart, kidney disease in kids

Researchers say even low levels might be harmful

The evidence seems to be mounting that bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical found in food and beverage packaging, is not a very healthy substance, though it conti...


Are you an online or bricks-and-mortar shopper?

Consumers who choose either one cite convenience as a factor

You may shop at stores and online, but chances are you prefer one over the other. Which is it, or have you even thought about it?Some who have thought ab...


Five more years: Obama signs warrantless wiretapping bill

Proponents says the FISA Act protects the country while critics say it threatens privacy

Among all of the fiscal cliff talk that has taken place over the last few weeks, many haven’t noticed that the Warrantless Wiretapping Law was q...


Mortgage rates on the rise again

The increase may be a reaction to the December employment report

Mortgage rates, as charted by Freddie Mac and, are heading higher following an employment report for December that some economists took as pos...


If you haven't done so yet, it's time to get your flu shot

It's late, but not too late to protect yourself

This may sound like nagging, but have you received your flu shot yet? Even though we're closing in on mid-January, it's still not too late if you haven't. ...


Tax reform, identity theft seen as top Internal Revenue Service priorities

The latest report from the national taxpayer advocate also addressed agency funding

The complexity of the tax code was named the “most serious” problem facing taxpayers in the 2012 annual report to Congress by National Taxpayer Advocate Ni...


ShopperTrak: It was a merry Christmas for retailers after all

The follower of retail trends says both sales and foot traffic were up

Cash registers were chirping more during the 2012 holiday season than they did the year before, according to ShopperTrak, which keeps tabs on the retail in...

More Useful or Stressful?

We looked at what some of our readers had to say, and the news isn't so good

For those interested in learning more about their family history, the Internet has made it much easier to do so.In the past, one had to do a lot of physi...


Samsung steals the show with bigger TVs, higher definition

Apple and other once-promising TV innovators might as well have stayed home

Samsung has released so many new technologies at this year's Consumer Electronics Show that nobody can figure out which ones to write about. But for the ge...


Researchers take on youth sports and concussions

The Institute of Medicine will track child athletes until adulthood

In many countries around the world, playing in youth sports is a big part of growing up.Whether teams are sponsored by schools or part of an organiz...


Report warns U.S. teachers increasingly victims of violence

Incidents of attacks by students rising at 'alarming' pace

Teaching is an increasingly dangerous profession, and not just because a mentally ill person with an automatic rifle might attack a school. According to a ...


Flu season could cost employers billions

Things may be bad now, but they could get worse in the months ahead

You can't turn on the TV or pick up a newspaper without being told how bad this flu season is shaping up to be -- and there's another three months to go. ...


You can start filing federal tax returns Jan. 30

But some filers will have to wait until late February or early March

Having digested the changes in the tax law made by Congress's New Year's Day fiscal cliff legislation and sent the form changes to the printer, the Interna...


California sues Phillips gas stations

Charges companies circumvented environmental rules on gas tanks

California has some of the toughest environmental laws in the nation and California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris claims Phillips 66 and ConocoPhillips...


New online Social Security services available

All you need is a 'my Social Security account'

It's getting easier to find information about Social Security when you go online The Social Security Administration is expanding the services available wi...


Are beta blockers effective against Alzheimer's disease?

Blood pressure drug reduced brain shrinkage in study

Among the types of medication people take for high blood pressure are beta blockers, which are a class of drugs that reduce stress levels within the body....


What happened to Netflix? Remember when the company could do no wrong?

With Redbox and Verizon snipping at its heels and now HBO, it could mean trouble for Netflix.

Remember not too long ago, when Netflix seemed to stand alone in the area of home entertainment and movie streaming?When Netflix first came into prominen...


Electronics makers eye cars as the next entertainment frontier

As cars become routinely connected to the Internet, new business models emerge

Until recently, the car was something of a refuge from the distractions of everyday life. Oh sure, you could listen to the radio or even pop in a CD or may...


RHA headphones are smaller but compare well to their bigger competitors

We compared them to some of the top brands with good results

If you haven’t noticed yet, headphones have gotten pretty big in size lately.There seems to be a new correlation that has developed between hi...


Target announces year-round online price match guarantee

Price matching may now be the new normal in retailing

Back in October, with the holiday shopping season closing in fast, Target joined the move to match online prices. It's “Holiday Price Match” pl...


Tax filing season may get a late start again

Last minute tax law makes changes to 2012 too

The statement from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) last week was short and to the point.“The IRS is currently reviewing the details of this week...


Panasonic introduces 20-inch tablet

Bucks the small-tablet trend at the Consumer Electronics Show

In 2012 the trend was smaller tablets. Apple introduced it's seven-inch iPad Mini to compete with Nexus 7, Kindle Fire and a host of smaller tablets. This...


A fitness club not just anyone can join

Health club only accepts consumers who are at least 50 pounds overweight

Downsize Fitness is an exclusive fitness center. People with six-pack abs need not apply. This club only takes members who are at least 50 pounds overweigh...


You may be due a refund for dietary supplements

Marketers claimed the products could cause weight loss or treat and prevent colds, flu, and allergies

If you purchased any Accelis, nanoSLIM, Cold MD, Germ MD, or Allergy MD product, you may be eligible for a refund. As part of its continuing efforts to st...


Holiday hiring hit highest level in six years

However, most of those jobs are likely to go away

If you were among those looking to land a job in retailing during the Christmas shopping season, you picked a good year. Despite some year-end uncertainty...


Mothers know best when it comes to breastfeeding problems

There's not much research but plenty of communal knowledge about natural "cures"

Being able to breastfeed is a big want for many new mothers, although sometimes that want isn’t able to be fulfilled because of certain difficul...


WaPo & HuffPost's differing takes on streaming video

The Post promises more of the same while HuffPo puts you in the picture

If there's one thing we probably don't need more of, it's endless discussions of politics from Washington reporters. On the other hand, if there's one thin...


Mortgage servicers to fork over billions to help borrowers

Some borrowers could receive as much as $125,000 as a result of the settlement

An agreement in principle between ten mortgage servicing companies and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and the Federal Reserve Board wi...


Drivers spinning their wheels over Kumho tires

But, to be fair, you can't expect racing tires to last very long

Allen's Kumho tire. Photo submitted by consumer.There's a lot riding on your tires, as the TV ads used to say. Tires are essential to the safe and econ...


Researchers raise security fears about Cisco VoIP phones

Columbia researchers find it's easy to hack into the devices

Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) telephones are much more common now, providing an alternative to traditional phone service. But because the system uses...


Homes are greener today but may lack proper ventilation

Rise in asthma cases may be related to "tighter" homes

In the last ten years or so, some extremely good things have happened within our culture.Technology has made unprecedented leaps in the area of electroni...


Nasty flu outbreak hitting the U.S. hard

Health officials warn this is shaping up as a severe flu season

If you got a flu shot this year, it doesn't mean you won't get the flu. Thousands of people who got the vaccine report getting sick anyway.“Reports...


New minimum sound requirements proposed for hybrid and electric vehicles

Proposal would allow all pedestrians to detect vehicles that do not make sound

Is there such a thing as too quiet? Apparently there is. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is proposing that hybrid and electric ...


Big tobacco eyes new profits in e-cigarettes

Cigarette makers are investing in these anti-smoking products

Every year people stop smoking. This months millions of consumers will resolve to kick the habit and many will succeed. Bad news for tobacco companies, rig...


Four reasons you aren't losing weight

In some ways, it's a math problem

With the best of intentions you have begun a new year with the goal of losing weight. So how's that going?Yes, it's early in the process you should under...


Feds propose new food safety rules

The new regs deal with controls for human food and produce safety

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is proposing five new rules to support and strengthen the nation’s food safety system. The new regs, which gow out o...


Breast pumps are suddenly in demand

New healthcare law requires insurance companies to pay for them

Medical supply companies report being swamped with demands by expectant mothers for breast pumps. The demand has been so great that some retailers report t...

More Unlike any other fitness website

With a team of trainers and a social network component, it might be the best site to stay fit this year

Let’s face it, a lot of consumers count on gyms and fitness clubs to get them into shape.In many cases, it’s not really their willpower or le...


Olympus underwater cameras need a little extra care

Consumers need to thoroughly clean the cameras after each use to avoid trouble

It takes a little extra effort by consumers to keep their camera happy and dry. Failing that, it's probably a good idea to buy the extended warranty....


GM sells more than 1 million fuel-sippers

Manufacturers turning their attention to smaller, more fuel-efficient cars and trucks

It wasn't long ago that putting fuel-efficient and General Motors in the same sentence would be unheard of. But things have changed.Today, GM says it has...


Jobs picture little changed in December

In nearly every category hiring remained stable over the year

The nation's unemployment rate was unchanged at 7.8 percent in December as the U.S. economy added 155,000 payroll jobs, according to the U.S. Labor De...


Expensive cars sell well in 2012

Both Mercedes-Benz and Infiniti post sales records

Despite a still sluggish U.S. economy, car sales rose sharply in the U.S. in 2012. And one segment of the car industry did particularly well – high-p...


More women getting Pap tests as recommended

However, some women are getting them unnecessarily

It's a good news, bad news situation. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that younger women (30 and younger) are getting Pap tes...


Gasoline prices begin 2013 on the rise

But states in the west continue to enjoy falling prices at the pump

Gasoline prices are beginning the new year much like they did a year ago -- moving higher. The national average price of self-serve regular today is $3.29...


Low wages linked to higher risk of high blood pressure

Women and younger workers appear to be most affected

Besides high unemployment, the U.S. is experiencing high rates of under-employment, with more people working part time and earning less than they need to s...


Strange food concoctions sign of binge eater

Researchers find 'concocting' is usually done in secret

If you find yourself in the kitchen, late at night whipping up strange food mixtures like mashed potatoes and Oreo cookies, frozen vegetables mixed with ma...


FTC concludes 19-month probe of Google without finding evidence of bias in search results

Google agrees to terms affecting patents and online advertising

FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz at today's news conrferenceSaying that the "facts just weren't there" to support charges of biased search results, the Feder...


'Intelligent plastic' alerts consumers to outdated food

Labels can track the aging of meat, produce and other perishabes

When going to the market to pick up your favorite foods, most consumers believe what they’re buying is fresh and safe to eat.For one, the date on t...


Feds call news conference to discuss Google antitrust probe

The long-running investigation may finally be coming to an end

Google CEO Larry PageFor what seems like forever, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has been considering potential antitrust actions against Google. N...


Review: Samsung Smart TV is smart enough for casual viewing

Built-in wi-fi lets you break the chains of cable and over-the-air viewing

For years now, we've been hearing that Apple, Google, Microsoft and even upstart Ubuntu were just about to unveil a magical device that would enable us to ...


Alzheimer's researchers report possible breakthrough

Tests on mice suggest molecule might reverse memory loss

The beginning of a new year seems an appropriate time to focus on Alzheimer's disease (AD), since with each passing year more people are at risk of this fa...


Mortgage rates mixed in first week of 2013

Thirty year loans fall but shorter term rates show slight gain

Average mortgage rates fell in one survey but rose in another as the mortgage market began the new year on a mixed note.Freddie Mac reports the benchmark...


2012 job cuts at lowest annual total since 1997

December cuts were down 43% from November

Despite a national unemployment rate in the neighborhood of 8 percent, the 12-month job-cut total for 2012 is at the lowest level since 1997. The latest r...


What to do about a crying baby

Study suggests letting them cry might be the best course of action

Here's a question for new parents: when your baby is crying in its crib, do you pick her up or let her cry herself back to sleep?Many a new parent will t...


Two airlines fined for tarmac delay violations

Copa and Virgin America will pay thousands for treatment of passengers

Copa Airlines of Panama and Virgin America have been slapped with thousands of dollars in fines for violating federal rules that limit how long an aircraft...


So -- you're going to get in shape this year: Put your muscles where your mouth is

The fitness experts at Gold's Gym offer a list of resolutions to help you do just that

You know it's true: You've spent a good chunk of the last month on the couch watching bowl games or stuffing yourself attending various holiday parties. So...


TVs to take center stage at Consumer Electronics Show

Ubuntu will unveil its smartphones at Las Vegas gathering next week

The annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) kicks off January 8 in Las Vegas with manufacturers offering the first glimpses of their coolest new gadgets.S...


Maryland bans arsenic in poultry -- first state to do so

After a three year back-and-forth, the potentially harmful additive is ousted

Being the first state to do so, Maryland has banned using arsenic in poultry, since the additive has been known to cause an array of health issues, includi...


Insurance group: Acura TL, Dodge Avenger among safest cars for 2013

More than 100 vehicles are cited for safety by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

How safe is the car you're driving -- or considering buying? The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is singling out 13 cars with its its new To...


New year brings new bug to iPhone

Some users report Do Not Disturb setting does not turn off as scheduled

Some iPhone users may be a little harder to reach today. When the calendar turned over to 2013 Tuesday, the Do Not Disturb function in the iOS6 operating s...


New evidence links fructose to weight gain

MRI studies find fructose doesn't produce feelings of fullness, so subjects just keep eating

In the latest study linking the  sweetener fructose to obesity, researchers used brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and found that sugar, but not ...


Average gas price in 2012 was the highest on record

Prices may have seemed low, but they weren't

Gasoline prices steadily declined in the fourth quarter of the year so consumers might think that 2012 was a pretty good year as far as the price at the pu...


Zipcar sells to Avis

Great idea, loyal customers, just one thing missing: profits

Zipcar was one of those ideas that seemed too good to be true -- a car you could rent by the hour whenever you needed it, without going through all the has...


A look at the deal that avoided the fiscal cliff

Most taxpayers avoid a big tax hike

Technically, the U.S. went over the fiscal cliff January 1 but most of the tax hikes were eliminated by subsequent legislation and automatic spending cuts ...


Being slightly overweight may be OK, study suggests

Researchers find lower death rate in overweight patients, but a higher rate in the obese

How long have we been hearing that being overweight was the ticket to an early grave? Well, it turns out it's not necessarily so, as long as we're talking ...


Lawsuits blame Plavix for ten deaths

The blood-thinner is no better than aspirin but costs 100 times more, suit charges

The hot-selling blood-thinner Plavix is blamed for more than ten deaths in two Chicago lawsuits that charge the expensive drug is no better than aspirin, c...


Music helps the healing process, studies suggest

Maybe a good song does more than make you feel good

Probably one of the weirdest sentences that I’ve heard anybody say is, “I really don’t like listening to music”.  ...


No big increase in homes for sale expected soon

CoreLogic's 'shadow inventory' is down more than 12 percent

One of the major factors helping the housing market recover last year was the relatively low number of homes for sale. It was simple supply and demand. Dem...


Feds cut veterans benefits paperwork requirements

The new policy eliminates paperwork and allows a greater focus on eliminating claims backlog

Veterans no longer have to go through the laborious process of filling out forms every year to prove they are eligible for benefits. Elimination of the El...


How to choose a credit counseling agency

They can help you manage your money and get out of debt, but you have to be careful

It's a brand new year -- the year you resolve to get out of debt, or at least take control of it. The big question is: How do I do it? Fortunately, there ...


Teen use of marijuana a continuing concern

A new federal survey shows rates are stable or down for most drugs

A dangerous combination of continued high use of marijuana by the nation's eighth, 10th and 12th graders combined with a drop in perceptions of its potenti...


Some apps to help you with that New Year's resolution

Whether it's trying to exercise more or trying to save money, today's apps can help

This year, my New Year’s resolution is to not make any New Year’s resolutions, because most times they’re never kept and by the time Febr...