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Getting rid of private mortgage insurance

It can be a big addition to your monthly house payment

If you purchased a home with less than 20% down, chances are you are paying for private mortgage insurance (PMI) each month. Added to your principal, inter...


Report finds technical support lacking for home network users

Home users are having to become their own "experts" to keep their networks running

Remember the days when most homes had a single computer, connected to the Internet with a phone line running directly to its modem?Today, the average hom...


Ever hear of a smart table or smart bed?

The smartphone concept isn't just for your phone anymore

Since everyone started carrying smartphones it seems that a lot of consumers expect other electronics to be smart too.Like what’s a TV recording sy...


E-Cigarette use is growing, study finds

The question is: Are smokers using e-cigs to quit or are they smoking more than ever?

Everything else is electronic today, so why not cigarettes? That seems to be the thinking behind the growing use of electronic cigarettes, though whether t...


Class action says Hertz overcharged its customers

Suit says Hertz charged too much sales tax

A class action lawsuit accuses Hertz of gypping customers by charging too much sales tax.The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in New York by Napol...


New Jersey firm recalls chicken sausage product

The sausage may contain small pieces of plastic

Schmalz's European Provisions of Springfield, NJ, is recalling approximately 8,424 pounds of chicken and apple sausage that may contain small pieces of pla...


Hey!! The economy actually grew in the final three months of 2012

But the rate of expansion was minuscule

Back in January, the government reported that the real gross domestic product (GDP) -- the output of goods and services produced by labor and property in t...


Mailbox: Is this how checking your email should be in 2013?

The creators promise blissful euphoria, which may be going a little far

Remember when being able to send an email seemed futuristic?Do you remember when the very idea of being able to send an instant message to someone withou...


How not to overspend on a car or truck

Study finds few consumers can afford the average-priced vehicle

New and used car sales continue to remain strong in a sluggish economy, as millions of consumers find they can get financing for the vehicle of their choic...


How to save on prescription drugs

Not having prescription drug coverage doesn't mean you have to pay a lot

Prescription drug costs are a growing part of rising health care costs. Some drugs are very expensive. Even those that carry a moderate cost can be a burde...


Cablevision-Viacom stand-off may be the beginning of the end for bundled TV

It's only a matter of time before cable "tiers" break up and float away

They may be old but Charles Dolan, 86, and Sumner Redstone, 89, have their eyes on the future -- and what they see there may be what all of us will be look...


Don't get swept up by the Shark Navigator infomercial claims

The little vacuum may be OK but there are plenty of other models to choose from

The Shark Navigator is one of those intriguing gadgets featured on low-budget infomercials. Priced at around $150, it's a lightweight, battery-powered vacu...


Teen driver deaths rise in 2012

Deaths of 16- and 17-year-old drivers up 19 percent

Although overall traffic fatalities are on the decline, that's not the case with younger drivers. The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) reports ...


Amazon gets exclusive online rights to 'Justified' and 'The Shield'

Bidding war for popular shows heats up as Netflix, Amazon build their arsenals

Netflix had better watch it. There may not be room in town for both Netflix and Amazon Prime. Prime today got the drop on Netflix as it scored an excl...


The buyers are out there: Pending home sales rise in January

Healthy gains were registered in every region except the West

The real estate market is humming, with pending home sales up in January. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) reports all regions but the West, whi...


Watch out for 'free trial offer' traps

Most free offers end up costing you time, money and maybe more

Free trial offers, used to market a variety of products sold online, are usually nothing more than a sucker pitch. The advertiser suggests the consumer can...


Advanced breast cancer cases increasing in younger women

Younger women have a poorer prognosis so the findings are cause for concern

In a potentially ominous report, researchers have found "a small but statistically significant" increase in the incidence of advanced breast cancer in youn...


New service scans your snail mail, makes it easier to manage

Outbox reduces clutter, handles "unsubscribe" chores, lets you check mail from anywhere

This had to happen eventually. A feisty start-up called Outbox is offering a service that, for a few bucks a month, will turn your snail mail into ema...


Researching colleges and tuition costs? Try these helpful sites

The College Scorecard and NextStepU make looking for colleges a bit easier.

There are many things that go into a student’s decision when their choosing a college, and for some, those reasons don’t really have much to do...


The sequester: what's it mean for you?

If you don't work for the government, the impact may be slight

The “sequester,” a uniquely Washington word, has entered our economic vocabulary recently. What's it mean?It means on March 1, 2013, across t...


A bounce-back for consumer confidence

The jitters have eased -- for now, anyway

After posting a decline last month, the Conference Board's Consumer Confidence Index rebounded in February and now stands at 69.6 -- up from 1.2 from in Ja...


New home sales soar in January

In addition, the past year was a good one for home prices

New home sales got off to a roaring start for 2013 as prices wrapped up a strong 2012. According to a joint report from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Dep...


Another strong quarter for U.S. housing prices

Prices were up another 1.4 percent in the final three months of 2012

What is probably your biggest investment is worth a little more these days The Federal Housing Finance Agency’s (FHFA) reports house prices rose 1.4 perce...


Hercules recalls various tires

In-service belt and tread separations could cause a driver to lose control of the vehicle

Hercules Tire & Rubber Company (Hercules Tire) is recalling Hercules ALL TRAC A/T 10-ply Load Range E tires, sizes: LT215/85R16 115/112S, DOT Serial Numbe...


New play yard safety rule set to take effect

Redesigned side rails to prevent strangulation are among the changes

There will soon be less of a chance that a small child will die or be seriously injured in a play yard. Beginning this Thursday (Feb. 28), manufacturers a...


Despite the evidence, calls for restricting video games move forward

Former FBI profiler says the games don't cause violence; researcher warns of "junk science"

Mary Ellen O'TooleEchoes of the Newtown Sandy Hook school tragedy are continuing to reverberate through the political atmosphere as politicians seek to s...


How to disable McAfee's auto renewal

If you don't disable it, you'll continue to be charged, even if you get a new debit card

Once you sign up for subscription services, chances are you will find your subscriptions renewed automatically unless you take steps to prevent it.Some c...


Bricks-and-mortar purchases may drive online Facebook ads

Buying lots of Pampers? Expect to see Pampers ads -- and more -- on Facebooks

So let's say you're one of those people who values privacy. You don't like being tracked around the Web. Maybe you don't like to buy things online because ...


GM plans 4G LTE in its 2015 cars and trucks

It's the biggest deployment of any manufacturer to date

Big squishy cars -- you know, the kind Detroit used to make -- were frequently derided as living rooms on wheels. But that was then. Now, General Motors wa...


Feds probe engine stalling problem in Ford SUVs, sedans

"Limp home mode" is just what its name implies

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it will investigate problems with stalling and surging engines in nearly 725,000 Ford Esc...


Drug overdose deaths increase for 11th straight year

Opioids drive continued increase in drug overdose deaths

Drug overdose deaths increased for the 11th consecutive year in 2010, according to an analysis from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC’s...


Chrysler 200s and Dodge Avengers recalled

The gas tank could leak, posing the risk of a fire

Chrysler is recalling model year 2013 Chrysler 200 and Dodge Avenger vehicles manufactured from October 30, 2012, through November 2, 2012. These vehicle...


College tax benefits now -- and in the future

There are lots of benefits and they're available to all taxpayers

Do you qualify for either of two college education tax credits or any of several other education-related tax benefits? Now might be a good time to check it...


Some people like higher gasoline prices

But chances are, they aren't scrimping to make ends meet each month

Consumers are grumbling about record high gasoline prices for this time of year as prices at the pump have escalated for the third winter in a row.This y...


Pew: two week payback time unrealistic for most payday loans

Study finds most borrowers can't repay the loan on time and have to borrow more

Every year 12 million U.S. consumers take out a short-term, payday loan. Most are faced with a financial emergency and plan to repay the money quickly. Mos...


Some of the best health apps on the market today

In today's world, consumers can take much more control of their health with technology.

It seems in 2013 technology and health has become as common of a pair as say e-commerce and social networking or mobile devices and online programming...


Can using Facebook too much shorten your lifespan?

Researchers say too much social media is as bad as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.

From Friendster to MySpace, from Facebook to Twitter—when social networking sites popped on to the scene most people believed it would allow them to ...


Generic Drugs: Same medicine for a lower price

Paying more does not necessarily guarantee a superior product

Chances are you've done this before: You go to your local pharmacy to buy medicine. You're inclined to go with the familiar brand name product -- the one y...


Feds move on student loan affordability plan

Alternative repayment options for private student loan borrowers is under consideration

With student loans now topping credit cards as the largest source of consumer debt in the U.S., the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is gatherin...


HTC agrees to patch security holes in smartphones, tablets

The Federal Trade Commission charged that HTC could have been a lot more careful

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) would like for HTC America to be a bit more careful in making sure the software it develops for smartphones and tablets ...


Smithfield recalls pork sausage product

The product may contain small pieces of plastic

Smithfield Packing Company of Smithfield, VA, is recalling approximately 38,000 pounds of pork sausage that may contain small pieces of plastic, likely fro...


Mortgage rates show little movement

Rates have been near record lows for four weeks

There was little movement in mortgage interest rates as tracked by Freddie Mac and during the past week. According to Freddie Mac, the 30-y...


Credit card balance transfers can save you money

But you need to know the best cards and the terms

Many consumers struggle with credit card debt. If you have three or four cards that carry balances, you are looking at three or four minimum payments each...


Is it end times for LivingSocial?

Emergency cash infusion may not be enough to save the company, critics charge

Optimistic news releases yesterday warbled about daily deals site LivingSocial raising $110 million. In an email to employees, CEO Tim O'Shaughnessy called...


Gadgets for your yard and garden

With springtime approaching, why not get a little help with maintaining your yard this year?

We still have a little ways to go until spring officially hits in about a month and before you know it, it’ll be time to replace your shovels and ice...


Virginia attempts to regulate Facebook

State passes law giving parents access to deceased child's account

When 15-year old Eric Rash, of rural Virginia, committed suicide in 2011, the investigating officer told his grieving parents they should get access to the...


Older Americans deeper in debt than previous generations, study finds

Social Security is the primary income source for all age groups above 65

Another day older and deeper in debt is commonly considered to be the plight of the working man and woman, but the situation doesn't necessarily improve wi...


FDA warns codeine can be dangerous for young surgery patients

Some children have died after being given codeine following tonsil or adenoid surgery

Children who have their tonsils or adenoids removed often get codeine as a pain reliever after the surgery. But the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)...


Former Peanut Corporation of America officials indicted

Charges are related to Salmonella-tainted peanut products

Four former officials of the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) and a related company have been indicted on numerous charges relating to salmonella-tainte...


Existing-home sales inch higher in January as prices continue to rise

Realtors see a seller's market in the making

The tide seems to be turning for homeowners trying to sell. The National Association of Realtors reports sales of existing-home sales inched higher in Jan...


Inflation holds the line in January, while weekly jobless claims rise

A drop in energy costs and steady food prices are major factors in the inflation number

Not much sign of inflation last month as the Labor Department's Consumer Price Index (CPI) was unchanged for a second straight month. A major factor in t...


Feds approve new silicone gel-filled breast implant

Post-approval safety studies will be required to assess rare events

The Natrelle 410 Highly Cohesive Anatomically Shaped Silicone-Gel Filled Breast Implant has won the approval of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)...


Most job applicants hit a wall of silence

A CareerBuilder survey finds most never hear back from employers

When a company puts out a “help wanted” call and you apply, you would at least expect to hear, “we've decided to go in another direction,” or some platitud...


Neighbors raise a stink over pig ear plant implicated in numerous recalls

Dog treat plant's smells offend neighbors' sensibilities, its products enrage pet owners

Dog owners have been raising a stink over some of the pet treats produced by Kasel Industries and now the company's West Denver neighbors are getting into ...


Got clutter? You can use one of the many recycling sites

Sites like are great hubs if you want to recycle or donate your stuff to someone

Whenever you’re trying to eliminate clutter, there’s an inner battle that can sometimes ensue.One side of yourself may say “You’l...


Post Launches Sesame Street Cereal

Whole-grain oat cereal contains only one gram of sugar, Post posits

Toddlers like to start their day watching Elmo and Cookie Monster, so Post Foods thinks they'll like adding Sesame Street Cereal to their mornings. How wel...


Study finds diet sodas don't super-charge your appetite

Some researchers have suggested artificial sweeteners make you hungry

Diet soda often gets a bad rap from those who think it's really not much of an improvement over the full-sugar soft drink. One frequent criticism is that d...


Where are we on food safety?

Two years later, important food safety provisions in new law haven't been implemented

Is the U.S. food supply safer than in past years? After many high-profile foodborne illness outbreaks, Congress passed the Food Safety Modernization Act (F...


Economic weakness and high gas prices. Coincidence?

There seems to be a pattern here

The economy has never quite gotten on track since the Great Recession officially ended in June 2009. Unemployment remains high and consumer spending -- alo...


Telemarketers banned from selling healthcare-related products

Consumers seeking health insurance were allegedly cheated out of millions of dollars

If you get a phone call from someone trying to sell you health insurance -- hang up!! You could be the target of a costly scam. Under a settlement with th...


New home construction slows in January

Still, the overall trend appears positive

The rate of construction for new homes fell sharply in January. According to the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development, p...


Wholesale prices rise in January

While food prices rose, energy costs were down

The Producer Price Index (PPI) -- or wholesale prices -- rose in January for the first time in three months. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, ...


Underwater homeowners may be on the move

Rising home prices could make it easier to relocate where the jobs are

News that home prices posted their biggest year-over-year gain in more than six years could produce a surge in relocation by job-seeking homeowners this ye...


Taxpayer reminder: Report 2010 Roth conversions this year

You may need to report half of the resulting taxable income on your 2012 return

If you converted amounts to a Roth IRA or designated Roth account in 2010, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) reminds you that -- in m...


Latest study finds no significant risk from BPA

The chemical, widely used in food packaging, is banned in baby bottles and sippy cups

There will quite possibly never be a last word on the health effects of bisphenol A, also known as BPA. The chemical is widely used in plastic bottles, can...


Carnival problems put new focus on maritime safety

Experts say safety requirements are being watered down

The lawsuits have begun in the wake of the problem voyage of the Carnival Cruise Lines ship Triumph. After the ship docked in Mobile, Ala., passengers comp...

More A math and English site that's fun for kids

Through games, children can build their math and English skills and also build their confidence

Video games for kids come a dime a dozen these days and most of them have to do with either blowing something up, shooting something or someone, or providi...


Best Buy's new price match aims to end 'showrooming'

The electronics retailer is vowing to match all local and 19 online competitors' pricing

Best Buy has had it up to here with "showrooming" and has thrown down a gauntlet in the form of a low-price guarantee. The electronics chain says it will m...


The 'real' Chevrolet SS is back

Chevy wants to get some street cred with this new V-8 powerhouse

Gentlemen, start your engines. The Chevrolet SS is back and it's a 415-horsepower, rear-wheel-drive V-8, evoking the SS (SuperSports) of old. The 2014...


Home builders still fairly confident in February

But there are concerns about job growth and access to mortgage credit

How are home builders seeing the housing market these days? Pretty much the same as they have since the start of the year. The National Association of Hom...


Decline in consumer spending expected to continue

A slowdown in in the rate of increase in home prices is a factor

Consumers are expected to continue to keep a watchful eye on their nickels and dimes. The Deloitte Consumer Spending Index declined again in January for t...


Big improvement seen in diabetes control

Still, there's a need for improved care, especially among youth, some minorities

There's been real progress over the past couple of decades in the way people with diabetes are handling the disease. According to a study conducted and fu...


Amazon bundles up exclusive streaming rights to Downton Abbey

Netflix can have its House of Cards, Amazon has the keys to the Abbey

While all eyes were on Matthew speeding home to Downton Abbey, Amazon was locking down the butler's pantry and tying up exclusive streaming rights to the b...


5 things that can influence your insurance rates

Some may be obvious, some not so obvious but they can all make a big difference

Whether it's auto, health, life or home, insurance coverage is expensive. If you could know what makes it more expensive, you might be able to save some mo...


Gas prices up 35 cents a gallon in 2013

29 straight days of pain at the pump -- prices have jumped every single day

Prices at the gas pump continued their upward climb, although double digit weekly spikes have eased.  Gas prices have climbed every day for the p...


Smartphones are becoming more important health tools

But they aren't about to replace your family doctor

The smartphone is not just a trend in technology. Over the last couple of years it has become an emerging trend in healthcare.For example, there are apps...


BMW recalls variety of vehicles

Electrical and brake problems could result in crashes

BMW has issued a couple of recalls to rectify electrical and braking problems. In the first, the automaker is recalling certain model year 2008-2012 1-Ser...


What NOT to eat during pregnancy

There are a lot of foods you should eat, but there also a lot you should avoid

Congratulations! You're about to become a mother. No doubt you're getting all kinds of advice about what you should do to ensure your baby is healthy. But...


Review: The Hamilton Beach Single-Serve Blender

Great upon first use, but will it pass the test of time?

Sometimes morning commutes can be all out war and the battle field is either the highways, the local roads or public transportation, and just to survive an...


Dog treat-related illnesses still puzzle the FDA

Massive increase in imports of chicken from China may be a clue

For years, pet owners have been complaining that their dogs became ill and, in many cases, died after eating jerky treats from China. The U.S. Food and Dru...


Feds find broadband speeds hitting -- and exceeding -- their targets

Even satellite service is meeting its advertising speeds, FCC study finds

The Federal Communications Commission today released the results of its ongoing, nationwide performance study of residential broadband service in its ...


Are car buyers just as knowledgeable as dealers today?

Thankfully, it's much harder these days for auto dealers to pull the wool over your eyes

There’s an extremely thin line when it comes to being a little knowledgeable about a product and being completely in-the-know about it.And many in ...


LG's $10,000 TV goes on sale Monday

It uses OLED technology, supposedly producing a brighter image than LCD screens

Would you pay $10,000 for a TV? It's probably not a good investment but the new LG 55-inch OLED TV is gong on sale in South Korea Monday and the company sa...


Toyota pays up again to settle unintended acceleration complaints

Long-running saga blamed on carpeting may finally be nearing an end

Toyota is closing yet another chapter in its long unintended-acceleration saga, agreeing to pay $29 million to 29 states and American Samoa to settle dispu...


National Science Foundation report on mass shootings 'not credible'

Critic says the report lacks support for its claims that media and video games contribute to violence

NSF Report on Mass Shootings and Media Violence Not Credible The tragic shootings in Newtown Connecticut this past December have left the country ...


Tips for finding a job in a brutal economy

Employment expert says the way you've been going about your job search is probably wrong

Since the beginning of 2009 the U.S. unemployment rate has been stubbornly high. Many people have been out of work so long they've stopped looking for a jo...


Food recalls hit two-year high in fourth quarter

However, medical company and consumer product recalls declined

It wasn't your imagination. There were a whole lot of food recalls in the last three months of 2012. According to Stericycle ExpertRECALL, a firm that tra...


Maintaining heart health is a year-round job

Heart deaths spike in winter but a healthy lifestyle is your best defense

Researchers at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles have found that heart attack deaths are 36 percent higher during the winter months than in the summer...


Feds seize Florida company's diet products

Some of the drugs may increase the risk of heart attack and stroke

Acting on behalf of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, U.S. marshals have seized tainted dietary supplements from Globe All Wellness (Globe All) in Hol...


Perfect Pasta recalls ready-to-eat roast beef products

The products may be contaminated by Listeria monocytogenes

Perfect Pasta of Addison, IL, is recalling approximately 315 pounds of ready-to-eat roast beef products due to possible contamination with Listeria monocyt...


'Bionic eye' offers hope for adults with rare genetic eye disease

The device does not restore vision but can help with day-to-day activities

An implanted retinal device -- a bionic eye if you will -- has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat adult patients with ad...


Little change in fixed-rate mortgage

Freddie Mac 30-year fixed-rate holds, while Bankrate's inched higher

Not much change during the past week in the cost of financing a home. The most popular average fixed mortgage rates (FRM) were unchanged from last week, a...


Despite the pitfalls, more relationships starting online

And more than ever, you have to be careful out there

If you've had a bad experience with online dating, here's some more bad news. A relationship expert suggests it's the way people get together now. The numb...


Look who's buying up single-family homes

Increasingly, it's hedge funds that hope to rent them to you

The housing market is into a second year of recovery and home sales continue to rise, but who is buying these properties? Increasingly, it's Wall Street....


Limits urged on sugary soft drinks

Concerns raised about the role of sugary drinks in obesity, diabetes

It's time to do something about unsafe levels of high-fructose corn syrup or sugar in soft drinks, according to Center for Science in the Public Interest (...


More consumers buying groceries online

Survey finds 15% of U.S. adults have shopped for groceries online, 19% plan to

It's taken awhile but online grocery shopping appears to be catching on.  A new survey finds 15% of U.S. adults have bought groceries online and anoth...


Report links violent media, mental health and guns to mass shootings

National Science Foundation study was requested by Congressman following Sandy Hook massacre

A report compiled by an advisory committee to the National Science Foundation (NSF) details three major risk factors associated with mass shootings --&nbsp...


American Airlines, US Airways to merge, forming world's largest carrier

The impact on consumers is of concern to passengers' rights advocates

It's a done deal -- almost. The boards of American Airlines parent AMR and US Airways have given their blessing to a merger that they say will create “a p...


Gator utility vehicles recalled

The oil filter can leak, posing a fire hazard

Deere & Company of Moline, IL, is recalling about 4,700 John Deere Gator RSX850i Base utility vehicles. The oil filter can leak, posing a fire hazard. Pin...


Chrysler recalls a variety of pickup trucks, SUVs

The rear axle could lock up and cause a loss of vehicle control

Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2009-2012 Ram 1500 trucks manufactured from February 27, 2008, through June 30, 2009, and from December 1, 2009, t...


ZIP International recalls dry salted fish

The product has the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum

ZIP International Group is recalling Dry Salted Fish (bream) because it product was found to be uneviscerated, and has the potential to be contaminated wit...


Foreclosure filings plunge to six-year low in January

California leads the way with a 62 percent drop

Another indication that the housing market is on the comeback trail. RealtyTrac says foreclosure filings -- default notices, scheduled auctions and bank r...


Breaking up with your bank

Consumers to banks: 'It's not me, it's you'

If bank relationships were like romantic relationships, divorce lawyers would stay pretty busy – at least, busier than they already are.A survey by...


SARS-like virus may have spread through personal contact

British officials say the latest patient is a family member of another victim

British health officials say a "novel" SARS-like coronavirus may be sprading through person-to-person contact. The Health Protection Agency (HPA) toda...


Gadgets under $50 for parents with newborns and toddlers

Sure you'll need strollers and playpens, but these items can be just as useful

For many, the nine months of pregnancy can be an anticipatory blur, and during that time Mom and Dad will do everything in their power to make sure the bab...


Poll shows Amazon is the most respected company

Amazon ousted Apple from the top spot this year

Amazon still remains one of the most well-liked companies doing business today, according to the 14th annual Harris Poll RQ Study that ranks different comp...


Implementation plan for new mortgage rules spelled out

Protection from irresponsible lending and costly surprises and runarounds are included

We now have a better idea of how the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) will implement a plan to make sure the mortgage industry complies with new...


People at risk of diabetes should better understand the disease

Diabetes is on the rise, along with obesity, but many Americans don't know much about it

Diabetes is becoming a more common disease in the U.S. but one that remains little understood by those most at risk.An estimated 26 million U.S. children...


Slacker slinks onto the music streaming stage

More competition for Pandora, Spotify, MOG, etc.

There used to be about 10,000 actual, over-the-air radio stations. It seemed like a lot. But, although as far as we know no one is counting, the number of ...


Lexus, Porsche, Toyota, Lincoln top J.D. Power dependability rankings

Land Rover, Dodge, Mitsubishi, Jeep, VW, Jaguar don't do so well

Lexus, Porsche, Toyota and Lincoln took top honors in this year's J.D Power and Associates vehicle dependability study, while Land Rover brought up the rea...


You'll never guess the top trending health issue when people go Web surfing

But apparently it's a big enough concern that a lot of people want information

Admit it. When you go Googling, you probably Google yourself. And, if you have health concerns, you probably search for information on things like weight l...


There's now a pretty good chance that your airline baggage will end up where you are

The mishandled airline baggage rate hits lowest point in 18 years in 2012

According to the the U.S. Transportation Department's (DOT) Air Travel Consumer Report, the nation’s largest airlines had their lowest rate of mishandled b...


What's up with Netflix streaming problems?

It's the hands-down leader in streaming but service complaints are increasing

OK, so give Netflix credit -- it pioneered DVD movie rentals by mail, then morphed itself into the top video-streaming service, it's adding original conten...


Is Hollywood helping or hurting in the battle against identity theft?

The new movie Identity Thief might bring welcome exposure to a serious issue

Identity theft is serious business. But that hasn't stopped Hollywood from turning out a comedy with that as its central theme. In fact, it's the title of...


Low-tech LEGO's popularity grows among high-tech kids

Even adults are fascinated by the colorful bricks, which can be used to build almost anything

Every youngster these days has a smartphone and is addicted to video games. At least that's the perception of the way kids grow up in the technology age....


Are your kids taking dance classes? Learn how to prevent injuries

Dance-related injuries are more common than you may think, especially among children and teens

When it comes to helping a child build confidence, learn patience and think critically, the arts are a wonderful vehicle.Whether it’s learning...


Folic acid supplements lower risk of autism, study finds

Supplements taken around the time of conception may protect the developing infant

In a study that included approximately 85,000 Norwegian children, maternal use of supplemental folic...


Privacy protector? Snapchat makes online images self-destruct after viewing

It's one of a growing assortment of apps that promise to restore a trace of privacy to the cyberworld

Just about everyone has by now learned the hard way that photos posted to Facebook and other social sites may never go away. Sure, you may be able to remov...


Mountain Dew brews up a new breakfast drink

Forget the coffee and juice, Kickstart puts it all together

Pepsi's Mountain Dew has brewed up a new concoction that it hopes will become the morning drink of choice for millennial males. It's called Kickstart and i...


Small business owners remain on needles and pins

The new year begins with low expectation for future growth

Small-business owners were a little more confident about the economy in January -- with the emphasis on “a little.” The National Federation of Independent...


Treatment for ADHD yields scant results

Study says symptoms persist for most young children

So, just how much good do Ritalin and other drugs prescribed to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) actually do? Not much, according to ...


Cutting back on salt -- a life-saving move

Hundreds of thousands of deaths could be prevented over 10 years

There's little dispute that most of us use too much salt. If you're a doubter, just check the nutrition labels of the foods you eat. Get out your calculato...


United fined for violating tarmac delay rule

Passengers were not told they could leave the plane during the delay

United Air Lines has been fined $130,000 for violating federal rules last May by not informing passengers on an aircraft delayed at Chicago’s O’Hare Intern...


Flowers for your Valentine? Deal directly with the florist

Using a middleman increases the chances of disappointment on a special day

It seems after every special occasion holiday, like Valentines or Mother's Day, we hear from irate consumers who ordered flowers through a third-party enti...


Things to consider before deciding to retire

Report shows growing number of people are delaying their retirement plans

A report by the Conference Board has gotten a lot of attention as it suggests an increasing number of Americans are putting off retirement. The report focu...


Food cops accuse Girl Scouts of selling junk food

Group claims 'Mango Cremes with NutriFusion' are as junky as other cookies

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), also known as the food cops, is taking on the Girl Scouts. According to the group, “it's bad enough ...


Errors on credit reports could hit you in the wallet

Less favorable terms for loans could be a consequence

If you think just keeping a good credit record is enough to get you favorable terms for a loan -- think again. A study of the U.S. credit reporting indust...


Carnival Triumph being towed after fire at sea

The ship was drifting off the Yucatan Peninsula after the fire. No injuries were reported.

Fire struck the Carnival cruise ship Triumph off the coast of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula Sunday morning, leaving it dead in the water as U.S. Coast Guard s...


Mini starting to look pretty mighty

The second generation Mini Cooper is coming next year

The Mini PacemanMini Coopers used to be novelties. Mini drivers waved at each other and often fielded questions from the curious at service stations an...


Macmillan agrees to $20 million ebook price-fixing settlement

Suits charged the publisher conspired to fix the price of ebooks

The Macmillan publishing house has agreed to pay about $20 million to settle ebook price-fixing charges. It's the last of five publishers to settle the cha...


How to shovel without over-exerting yourself

Although it's a common task, many people are shoveling the wrong way

Last weekend, the Northeast received huge amounts of snow, up to 35 –inches in some parts, and just to get an idea of how impactful that amount of sn...


How do you keep food safe during an emergency?

Folks in the Northeast are learning the hard way

Digging out of three feet of snow is just part of the problem for residents of the Northeast who got pounded by a blizzard over the weekend. If the power i...


Grab bars are only as safe as their mounting

Stick-on bars may look nice but when the floor is rushing to meet you, they may not be much help

The world is a pretty treacherous place, even the world that's bounded by the four walls of your home. Most accidents happen in the home, after all, with t...


Some great products to help seniors keep living independently

There's a countless amount of gadgets out there for seniors, and we picked out some good ones.

When it comes to describing our parents or the people that took care of us, it’s often futile to try and come up with the proper words that expl...


What consumers should know about credit counselors

Fundamental information about them is often kept under wraps

Credit counseling agencies have always had a fairly good reputation. If you find yourself loaded with debt, these non-profit agencies can often help you de...


Hybrid index annuity becoming the hot retirement investment vehicle

But they're complex products, so make sure you understand how they work

Retirement investment strategies are a hot topic all of a sudden. Not only has the investment landscape shifted over the last decade, a big portion of the ...


Chevrolet introduces diesel option for the Cruze

It's the first GM passenger-car diesel since the smelly, noisy 1980s version

Gas, electric, hybrid and diesel -- the choices for American motorists just keep rolling along. The latest new option is the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze diesel, m...


How safe is the bridge in your town? is a website that can tell you, while keeping you in-the-know

As consumers, there are just some things that you always assume are safe and well taken care of like airplanes for example.Each time that we sit in ...


Tax returns with education credits, depreciation can be filed next week

Latest moves mean nearly everyone will be able to start filing

If your tax return will be claiming education credits and depreciation for the 2012 tax year, get ready to send it in. Starting next week, taxpayers will...


Feds shut down California drug, dietary supplement maker

The government action was prompted by repeated violations

A California company and its owner have been ordered to stop manufacturing and distributing drugs and dietary supplements in domestic commerce until manufa...


More mothers are breastfeeding

African American mothers need more support

Breastfeeding is a win-win proposition for both babies and mothers. For infants, there's protection from illness provided by cells, hormones and antibodie...


Mutsy USA recalls EVO strollers

An opening in the stroller poses a strangulation hazard to children who are not harnessed

Mutsy USA of Newark, NJ, is recalling about 340 EVO strollers The opening between the grab bar and seat bottom of the stroller can allow an infant’s body ...


Sky King fined for charter violations

The violations are related to the cessation of service by Direct Air

Air carrier Sky King has been assessed a $500,000 penalty for violating rules that protect passengers when their public charter flights are suddenly cancel...


Cool gadgets to keep your kids safe

Some say too many gadgets aren't good for children, but in this case, they can really help

For many adults starting a family is a huge priority and once that family gets started, keeping everybody protected and safe becomes even a bigger pri...


Privacy issues may dominate in 2013

From the sky to your smartphone, someone may be watching

We don't mean to create paranoia, but it seems there are no secrets anymore. Almost everything you do now is public, and there's always the chance someone ...


Southern diet could raise your risk of stroke

Fried foods and sugary drinks are said to be the culprits

You might want to take another look at the way you've been eating -- particularly if you live south of the Mason-Dixon line. A diet of fried chicken, frie...


A little help for people with sensitive stomachs

Every person is different but here are some remedies for common problems

I remember having a conversation with somebody once about which is the worst kind of pain—a headache, toothache or a stomach ache.Obviously it wasn...


Are you a big social media person? Then get rewarded for it wants people who are natural trendsetters to join forces with them, sort of

The growth of the Internet has obviously assisted many businesses, spawned many jobs and created a lot of industries, but probably one of the biggest ...


Another expansion of the Sprouters Northwest recall of sprouts products, wheatgrass and pea shoots

There is a potential for contamination with Listeria monocytogenes

Sprouters Northwest is recalling all varieties of sprouts products, wheatgrass and pea shoots due to the potential contamination with Listeria monocytogene...


It's almost like a game of 'can you top this?' when it comes to reasons for being late to work

Here are some of the most memorable excuses from tardy employees

Have we become a nation of foot-draggers? With more than a quarter (26 percent) of workers admitting to being late to work at least once a month, and 16 pe...


Telecommuting could save you time, money -- and your sanity

Only a tiny fraction of the U.S. workforce works from home

Let's face it -- for a lot of people, getting to and from work is the worst part of their day. And, with a new report detailing the growing cost of daily...


Gasoline prices surge for third straight winter

Unlike in previous years, this can't be blamed on 'Middle East tension'

Here we go again. For the third straight winter, retail gasoline prices have accelerated.The national average price of self-serve regular is over $3.54 a...


Are TVs getting better?

Consumer Reports says they are but our expert is undecided

Problems with flat screen TVs, regardless of the manufacturer, have been well documented. From the "capacitor plague" to lines in the screen, consumers hav...


How to stay safe in a night club

After the tragedy in Brazil where over 235 people died, it's time to take another look at club safety

Since over 235 people were tragically killed inside of a night club in Southern Brazil last month, some believe there’s a huge need to not only reeva...


Postal Service plans to end Saturday mail delivery this summer

The troubled agency is announcing a wide range of cost-cutting measures today

Say what you will about the U.S. Postal Service. It's determined. Determined to end mail delivery on Saturday, that is.The end to Saturday home deliverie...


Art exhibits in 2013 you've got to check out

Just about all over the country there's a cool exhibit, so it shouldn't be hard to find one near you

With the month of February approaching, we couldn’t be more smack dab in the middle of winter, which in many parts of the country means spiteful snow...


Disparity between blacks and whites in cancer death rates dropping

There have been nearly 200,000 fewer cancer deaths among African Americans since 1990

While there has been progress in narrowing the gap between whites and blacks in the battle against cancer, it has been spotty. The cancer death rate for m...


Home Depot to beef up staffing

The home improvement giant is hiring 80,000 people for the spring season

Looking for a job and like the home improvements business? The Home Depot may have just what you're looking for. The world's largest home improvement reta...


Filing your tax return is easy with Free File

The great majority of taxpayers can take advantage of this program

When it comes to preparing your own federal taxes, you have a fast, safe and free option. It’s called Free File, and is available here. Free File offers br...


La-Z-Boy puts Brooke Shields in a delicate situation

The company wants you to buy other items besides recliners, but continues to frustrate customers

Look, I like Brooke Shields, I really do and I’m sure she’s a nice lady, but the company she’s been working with since 2010 hasn&rsq...


More couples putting 'empty nest' plans on hold

People in their 40s and 50s increasingly support both children and parents financially

There was a time when couples looked forward to some peace and quiet around the house, some time to themselves. The kids were grown and on their own. Their...


Turbocharged engines don't live up to their promise, Consumer Reports claims

The magazine conceded that some European models did nicely but generally said the turbo craze is hot air

For all the talk about hybrids, electric and diesel cars, most of the real progress in fuel economy in the last few years has come from a technology th...


The New Normal: Watching an entire series instead of individual episodes

And it seems that Netflix is the first to take full advantage of the new trend

I’m a 70s baby.So that means when it came to television my eyes were glued to shows like “All in the Family”, “Good Times” ...


American Tax Relief agrees to pay $15 million

The company bilked consumers with false promises, the feds charged

In its first action against a tax relief company, the Federal Trade Commission has won a settlement order that requires American Tax Relief and its fo...


Fast-Food places roll out new menu items

Pizza Hut, McDonald's and other chains continue to try and draw customers in

When it comes to fast-food places, it’s a pretty big deal when a restaurant makes changes, because it seems that year after year consumers are stuck ...


Hundreds of unsafe products stopped at the U.S. border

Toys and children’s products made up the bulk of products stopped

Efforts by federal investigators to keep unsafe products from abroad out of the country are paying off. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)...


Sprouters Northwest expands sprouts recall

Action now includes all varieties of sprouts products, wheatgrass, and pea shoots

Sprouters Northwest of Kent, WA, is now recalling all varieties of sprouts products, wheatgrass and pea shoots due to the potential contamination with List...


Home prices up again in December

The CoreLogic Home Price Index was up for a tenth straight month

If you're looking to sell your home, the times appear right. Home prices nationwide -- including distressed sales -- shot up by 8.3 percent in December f...


Foods must contain what the label says

Federal monitoring works to make sure they do

You care about what your family eats, so you make it a practice when shopping to read the labels on food packages. And you have the right to expect that t...


Kringles Toys and Gifts recalls high-powered magnets

The magnets pose a risk of serious injury if ingested

Kringle Toys and Gifts of American Fork, UT, is recalling about 4,200 Nanospheres magnetic desk toys. If two or more magnets are swallowed, they can link ...


Simple things you can do to live longer

It doesn't always require a big life change, sometimes it just takes a few small tweaks

Who doesn’t want to live as long as they can? Because most people enjoy life, right?Isn’t that what all of the proper eating and going to the...


Calcium supplements linked with heart disease in men, but not women

Large NIH study raises questions about the widespread use of calcium supplements

Many seniors take calcium supplements hoping to help their bones withstand the wear and tear of aging. But a new, large-scale study finds that men may be p...


Traveling alone? Remember these safety tips

There's something exciting about going overseas by yourself, but it can be dangerous

When vacationing, is it better to travel alone or in a group?Meaning is it better to be dropped off at the airport by your friends or family members or i...


You want to get rid of that tattoo? Here's how

There are several methods for ridding yourself of unwanted ink

Your mom probably told you not to do it -- along with a lot of other people. But you went ahead and did it anyway. And now that tattoo on your arm of a fo...


Survey suggests many need to improve their social media manners

Are you a Lurker, Vaguebooker or an overly-proud parent?

How's your social media etiquette? A survey of social media users suggests most people could use a little improvement in their online behavior.For exampl...


Money spent on gas goes right out the tailpipe

Study finds consumers spending almost as much on gas as they paid for their car

There are quite a few ways to throw money away, some more fun than others. You can drink a lot of beer or wine, smoke a lot of cigars or cigarettes, buy a ...


Vets getting more online access to benefits information

Easier navigation and drop-down menus are just a couple of the new features

Improvements to the online functioning of eBenefits by the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense (DoD) means registered users will have more and secu...


Dispute over E15 fuel heats up

Research warning of engine damage brings strong response from alternative fuels groups

With some American gas stations now offering gasoline with a 15 percent ethanol additive -- a fuel known as E15 -- the debate over its efficiency and poten...


Consumers unlikely to see credit card surcharges

Expert sees many reasons retailers won't pass on swipe fees to customers

Thanks to a settlement between retailers and Visa and MasterCard, retailers are now allowed to pass along the swipe fees they pay to the credit card networ...


Safeway makes a play for the Twinkies crowd

The supermarket chain is making faux Hostess Twinkies and Cupcakes

All across the country, Americans are apparently going into Hostess Twinkies withdrawal, their  cravings for the tasteless, gooey snacks going unmet.&...


Obscure social app Path violated users' privacy, feds charge

Path collected info from its users' address books without telling them, also violated children's privacy

Path is a social network that lets users share their innermost thoughts and, for that matter, their most superficial insights with a network of up to 150 f...

More Do a little shopping while donating to a cause

Site allows consumers to do a little multi-tasking while their shopping online.

Here’s a question: How does one shop with a purpose?I’m not talking about shopping to fulfill a personal agenda, like being on a mission to b...


Mortgage rates on the rise

Rates posted their biggest increases in several months

The average rate for the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) as tracked by Freddie Mac is above 3.5 percent for the first time since September 13th of last y...


Unemployment ticks higher in January as economy adds more jobs

Job creation was revised high for both December and November

The nation's economy cranked out 157,000 new jobs in January with, while the unemployment rate rose slightly -- to 7.9 percent. Figures released by the Bur...


Isabella Foods recalls chicken and pork tamale products

The products contain wheat or soy, known allergens,not declared on the label

Isabella Foods of El Paso, Texas, is recalling approximately 685 pounds of tamale products because of misbranding and undeclared allergens. The products co...


American Stroke Association: Quick action key to stroke treatment

New guidelines recommend therapy within 60 minutes of hospital arrival

People having an ischemic stroke -- which accounts for nine in 10 strokes -- should receive clot-dissolving therapy, if appropriate, within 60 minutes of a...