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Father's Day gifts that are a little left of center

Whether it's a gift to help his golf game or a musical gift, think out of the box this year.

 This year, Father's Day falls on Sunday, June 16, so there's not a lot of time to pick something up for dear old dad.And when you do pick something...


Netflix wading deeper into original content

Arrested Development is deemed a success, though the reviews are mixed

Viewers once waited anxiously for the season premier of a much-loved TV series. But subscribers to online video streaming services now wait for an entire s...


Do the math and lose weight

If you can keep track of calories you have a better chance of controlling your weight

More people are losing weight the old fashioned way. They're simply being more aware and keeping track of what they eat. In the end, it's calories that mak...


Honda drops the price of its Fit EV

Nissan lowered the lease price of its Leaf earlier this month

Pretty soon, automakers will be paying you to go humming off in an all-electric car. Nissan dropped the lease price of its Leaf to $199 a month and now Hon...


Starbucks extends smoking ban to store entrances

The coffee chain wants its outside seating areas to be smoke-free

A few generations ago, a cup of coffee and a cigarette just seemed to go together. Those days are long gone, as evidenced by Starbucks' new policy that pro...


Google brings it home, will build a smartphone in the U.S.

Google's Motorola will start building the Moto X in Fort Worth, Texas

Americans are pretty accustomed to driving around in German or Japanese cars while yakking on smartphones made in Asia. But Google's Motorola Mobility says...


You mean Mini-Wheats don't make you smarter?

Kellogg's settles class-action suit claiming it made false claims for its cereal

Kellogg's will pay $4 million to settle a long-running class-action suit that claimed the cereal maker made false claims that its Frosted Mini-Wheats could...


SARS-like virus claims another victim

Most victims have been in the Middle East so far

 The Ministry of Health in Saudi Arabia has notified WHO of an additional laboratory-confirmed case with Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus ...


Allergy meds and driving may not mix

Be sure you know the side effects before getting behind the wheel

That yellowish dust all over the hood of your car can mean only one thing: it’s allergy season again. You know what it does to you --sneezing, itchy eyes...


Fixed mortgage rates hit their highest levels in a year

Both Freddie Mac and Bankrate report increases

Fixed mortgage rates are following long-term government bond yields higher. Freddie Mac reports the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 3.81% this...


Consumer spending dips in April as personal incomes show little change

The rate of personal savings held steady during the month

Consumers were keeping a closer watch on their budgets during April, resulting in a surprising 0.2%, or $5.6 billion decline in personal spending. The cutb...


Your dog can get diabetes too

Learn the symptoms and make sure they get treatment

Diabetes is a disease that increasingly strikes Americans. As it turns out, our dogs also suffer from it in increasing numbers.It's called diabetes melli...


The facts and the myths surrounding acne

Most people have it at some point in their life, so what can you do to get rid of it?

For most people, there are some challenges during their teenage years that stop once adulthood hits.Like the social awkwardness a person might have or a...


Facebook promises to get tougher on hate speech

Advertisers have been pulling their ads rather than offend consumers

Sometimes the free market does what it's supposed to, although not always in the way you might expect. In the latest instance, advertisers are enforcing so...


You don't have to be rich to set up a trust fund

More people are using them to control how their assets are distributed

Popular conception of a trust fund beneficiary is the heir to a fortune. Plenty of them do, in fact, have trust funds but you don't have to be rich to set ...


TSA completes removal of "backscatter" x-ray scanners

Machines had been derided as "digital strip searches"

Some of the firearms discovered last week in carry-on baggageThe "backscatter" x-ray body scanners that caused so much consternation in U.S. airports h...


Target pledges not to sell genetically engineered salmon

It's the latest big retailer to take the pledge as the FDA ponders its decision

Target is the latest large food retailer to pledge that it won't sell genetically engineered salmon. It joins nearly 60 other stores inlcuding Trader Joe's...


Dear old dad is about to get his

Survey suggests consumers will increase the Father's Day spending this year

A rebounding economy means consumers will have more discretionary money to spend and that may benefit dads across the country. Industry research firm IBIS...


Universal anti-bacterial treatment seen as best answer to hospital infections

Large study finds that treating all patients as though they carry MRSA is most effective antidote

The antiobiotic-resistant staph infection known as MRSA is a huge problem in hospitals but a new study finds a simple solution that reduces bloodstream inf...


A slightly slower rate of first quarter economic growth

The labor market shows a little slack as well

Economic growth in the first quarter wasn't quite as robust as first estimated. Still it's a lot better than it was in the final three months of last year....


Ability-to-Repay mortgage rule ready to roll

The rules set lending guidelines for certain small creditors and community lenders

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has tweaked the Ability-to-Repay rule to make extending and getting credit less of a hassle to get by crea...


Summer internships growing in importance, expert says

How you do during that summer stint could have an impact on job offers

The semester is over and it's summer time. How do you spend it? Lounge on the beach maybe. Bum around Europe? Smart students will opt for an internship an...


Pending home sales hit highest level in three years

April's increase was small, but it was enough to continue a trend

The housing market continues to be the economy's bright spot. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) reports pending home sales, a forward-looking ind...


What to do? Check an event site

There are plenty of good sites that provide one-stop shopping for local activities

With a little less than a month until summer, many people are making plans to go to concerts, festivals and local outside events.  But with so many ...


Can reducing stress help slow cancer?

Some studies suggest positive emotions are helpful; tips from a psychotherapist

According to The World Health Organization more people die from cancer than AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria put together.In a study conducted by Wake Fore...


Gmail gets a new inbox, with tabs to reduce clutter

Google tries to get out in front of startups offering email management tools

Perhaps feeling pressure from startups like Mailbox and Sparrow, Google is launching a redesigned Gmail today, trying once again to relieve inbox clutter a...


Last of the aerosol asthma inhalers will soon be gone

Asthma, COPD patients sacrificed for environmental preservation

If you use an inhaler to treat your asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) you're going to have to get a new one. The last two inhalers us...


Owning a green car without spending a lot of green

Chevy, Nissan and Fiat are competing with cheaper electric vehicles

The Chevy Volt runs on battery power but costs around $40,000. The Tesla, which has dazzled the automotive world lately, is even more expensive. The car, c...


The new face of retirement

Baby boomers are doing it differently

Every day, more members of the baby boom generation retire. Only they're doing it a lot differently than their parents' generation.They tend to be more a...


"Tough to see" Google Glass having big impact: Apple CEO

But Tim Cook says "wearable devices" have a big future

People have been wearing wristwatches since, well, forever and we've been strapping on various types of music players ever since the Sony Walkman debuted i...


Does the world need another LinkedIn?

It may be getting one. The Wall Street Journal is planning a social network

"News Corp poised to challenge LinkedIn," reads the headline in The Times of London. News Corp owns the Times as well as the Wall Street Journal, whic...


New Jersey gas stations sued in fuel scam

Motorists were sold leaded aviation fuel instead of unleaded gasoline

You ever feel like you were just flying down the road? That might be understandable had you filled up at at six New Jersey gas stations. State Attorney Ge...


Mortgage and refinance applications dip, even as home sales rise

Rising interest rates are blamed, may dampen future sales

Even as sales of new and existing homes continue to show strength, mortgage and refinance applications headed downward last week. Figures released by the ...


How to get your pet to lose weight

Experts say whatever shape you're in, your pet will be too

Trying to stay fit can be a full time job that often requires a lot of discipline.A lot of people are mindful of what they eat and try their best to get ...


You may own the car but not its history

When an auto data service gets it wrong, it can cost you when you sell

When you buy a car, whether new or used, you rightfully feel a strong sense of ownership. It's yours, you paid for it.While that's true, the information...


Could simple vitamins be a weapon against Alzheimer's?

New research reinforces what some experts have long believed

Pharmaceutical companies invest billions in research on drugs and treatment for Alzheimer's disease, but a British study suggests inexpensive vitamins may ...


A closer look at stress

Why some people can deal with it better than others

Although it seems the U.S. economy is improving a bit, people are still stressed out.According to research conducted by Harris Interactive for Everest Co...


Pressure grows for cheaper iPhone

Report suggests new iPhone could be offered at lower cost

The iPhone lags Android phones in sales but Apple remains the most profitable smartphone maker. Some Apple fans think that's small consolation, that the co...


Wall Streeters writing the obit for LivingSocial

The daily deals business isn't what it used to be, if it ever was

Soothsayers have been predicting the end of LivingSocial nearly since the daily deals site launched and now finance site 24/7 Wall St. has listed it as No....


Feds urged to make window covering cords safer for children

Consumer and safety organizations push for mandatory standards

An umbrella group of consumer and safety organizations, including Parents for Window Blind Safety, Consumer Federation of America and Kids in Danger, is ca...


No end in sight as "swipe fee" fight rages on

U.S. retailers say they pay the highest fees in the world to credit card companies

The fight over "swipe fees" charged to merchants who accept Visa and MasterCard is going into extra rounds. Nineteen large companies have opted out of a pr...


More homeowners falling behind on mortgages

But foreclosures remain low, at least for now

Despite improvements in the housing market, some homeowners are still having trouble paying their monthly mortgage. The number of foreclosed homes on the m...


Studies examine the patient's role in healthcare decision-making

One study finds doctors reluctant to discuss long-term life expectancy with dialysis patients

In any discussion of healthcare, there's always a lot of emphasis on empowering patients, making patients active participants in their care and keeping pat...


Home prices continue to show strength

Average home prices are back at their mid-2003 levels

Home prices showed double-digit increases for the month of March after fairly tepid growth during February. According to the S&P Dow Jones Indices for its...


Consumer confidence posts substantial gain in May

Optimism as at the best level in five years

Things are looking up this month as far as U.S. consumers are concerned The Conference Board says it's Consumer Confidence Index was up for the second tim...


Things to do this summer: Teach your children to swim, fence your pool

An unfenced pool is an accident waiting to happen, and a potential legal nightmare for the homeowner

It won't be long now. If you haven't already opened your pool for the summer season, you almost certainly will this Memorial Day weekend. But along with a...


Ticketmaster settles “rewards” suit

Customers paid $9 a month but got nothing in return

Ticketmaster has agreed to settle a suit alleging that customers who enrolled in the ticket service’s “rewards” program shelled out $9 a month and got noth...


AT&T gives itself a $350 million raise

It dings its subscribers an extra 61 cents per month

AT&T is giving itself a $350 million raise, adding a monthly “administrative fee” of 61 cents to the bills of all its contract wireless lines, retroactive ...


Don't become a Memorial Day weekend statistic

Following some simple rules can keep ATV and ROV riders safe

For millions of Americans, Memorial Day weekend will be a time for barbecues, family and fun. For some, it will be time to take the cover off the recreatio...


Report says feds taking another look at Google antitrust issues

This time around, it's Google's advertising dominance that's being scrutinized

Then-FTC Chair Jon Leibowitz says in January 2013 the agency found no compelling antitrust evidence against GoogleReutersis reporting that the Federal Tr...


More money flowing to rural broadband efforts

Telecoms getting infusion of federal cash as an incentive to provide service

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced the second release of federal funds to subsidize broadband infrastructure to serve rural areas of...


Watch out for summer scammers

The snares and traps are set, but you can avoid them

It's almost summer so you can pretty much count on the bogus home improvement peddlers, vacation rental and timeshare sharks -- along with an assortment of...


The rise and fall of physical education in schools

Today's educators are dropping programs established during the Kennedy Administration

Today's concern about rising childhood obesity is not the only time health officials and policymakers have fretted about the fitness of American youth. In ...


Robocallers scamming seniors with "free" medical alert offers

Callers claim consumers have been approved for free equipment but need to pay for monitoring

"Hey, just calling to confirm you've been approved for your free medical alert equipment," the caller to ConsumerAffairs said the other day. "I just need t...


10 tips for a more successful summer vacation

Whether traveling alone or with the family, planning is a key to success

Summer kicks off the start of travel season. It's a time for family vacations and when singles set out on their own for adventure. With the economy showing...


Staying safe during your Memorial Day cookout

Here are some simple ways to reduce foodborne illness

Nobody wants to start the summer with a stomach ache -- or worse. But, it probably will happen as people dust off the grill this memorial day weekend for...


GM lowballs pricing on its new Spark

The subcompact electric car will be under $20,000 after tax credits

General Motors is hoping to use aggressive pricing to grab market share for its new subcompact Chevrolet Spark electric car. GM announced today that the st...


Applications for jobless claims post sharp decline

The drop in claims follows a surge the week before

More evidence today that the labor market is strengthening. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports 340,000 people filed first-time claims for state unempl...


April new-home sales exceed expectations

Prices were on the rise as well, as real estate market continues its rovery

After picking up steam in March, the pace of sales for new, single-family homes continued it's upward momentum last month. Figures released jointly by the...


Spending on cigarette and smokeless tobacco advertising on the rise

The number of cigarettes sold is down, smokeless sales are up

There's more money going up in smoke these days. The Federal trade Commission (FTC) says in its latest Cigarette Report that the amount spent on cigarette...


Ticket agent fined for violating code-share disclosure rules

Passengers were not told which airline would be operating their flight

The law says ticket agents must adequately disclose to consumers when flights are being operated by a different airline than the one marketing their flight...


Some new ways to learn a language

Since everybody's busy, companies have made learning a language easier

Let's face it, the world is getting smaller.Through modern technology, the Internet and 24 hour news outlets, a lot of foreign places don't seem that fo...


Is social media lowering our desire for face time?

Some say yes and think it's even worse for the younger generation

When it comes to social media, there are people who have signed up but never use it. Then there are people who use social media once in a while just...


Home buyers finding fewer choices and higher prices

Where are all those predicted foreclosures?

The housing recovery has proceeded to a point where there are plenty of buyers but fewer houses for sale. As a result, the price buyers have to pay continu...


Penguin settles e-book price-fixing suit for $75 million

Apple, which led the alleged conspiracy, faces trial this summer

Penguin is the latest publisher to settle price-fixing allegations. The company has agreed to pay $75 million to resolve complaints by 33 states accusing i...


Appeals court OK's class action against Kohl's

Consumer alleges the "sale price" was, in fact, the regular price

When is a "sale" price not really a sale price? Antonio Hinojos thinks it's when the price is the same as the "original" price -- and that's the basis of a...


Beware of post-disaster charity scams

Oklahoma tragedy likely to draw out fake charities

Following disasters like the Oklahoma tornado, scam charities are quick to exploit the tragedy and misery, cynically tugging on heartstrings to line their ...


A slight uptick in existing-home sales during April

Prices, though, continue their march higher

Limited inventory and tight credit are being blamed for a smaller-than-expected increase in sales of existing homes during April. Figures released by the...


The soaring cost of stroke treatment

Treatment costs in America may double by 2030

We're getting older as a nation and that's costing money -- lots of it According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, the cost o...


Foster Farms recalls ready-to-eat grilled chicken strips

The product contains known allergens not declared on the label

Foster Farms of Porterville, Calif., is recalling approximately 6,165 pounds of ready-to-eat grilled chicken breast strips. The product contains wheat and...


Women more receptive to preemptive cancer surgery than men

But genetic testing is increasingly important to both sexes

Actress Angelina Jolie's decision to undergo a double mastectomy and have her overies removed made headlines for one simple fact. She is perfectly healthy....


Cool gadgets for the swimming pool

IPool toys and gadgets have come a long way.

There's just a little time to go until summer hits, which means families will be opening their home swimming pools throughout most of the United States.A...


Kids' media consumption not tied to criminal behavior, study finds

Treat your children well, seems to be the best all-around answer

Politicians and activists of various stripes frequently claim that watching violent movies and TV shows contributes to criminal behavior in adulthood, but ...


Choosing a good boarding facility for your pet

How do you distinguish the good ones from the bad ones?

If you're a pet owner and you have to go out of town or on vacation, what do you do? Sure you can ask a family member or close friend to take care o...


Feds propose ban on payment methods used in telemarketing scams

The proposal would strengthen protections against bogus charges and services

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) wants to take away some of the favorite tools that fraudulent telemarketers use to separate consumers from their money. ...


Samsung, Apple smartphones both draw their fair share of complaints

Who will win the battle for the consumer?

Samsung remains the number one selling mobile phone in the world, according to the latest figures from Gartner, a technology research firm. Sales grew 13 p...


What does Yahoo's purchase of Tumblr mean? Ads

Advertisers may balk, however, at displaying ads on porn and near-porn

When she plunked down $1.1 billion for Tumblr, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer promised Tumblr's users that she would try not to "screw it up."A day or two later...


Study answers questions about fertility declining as women age

The findings may lead to new therapies that could extend the child-bearing age for many women

It's generally accepted that we wear out as we get older and that, in particular, it becomes harder for women to conceive after their mid-30s. But why, exa...


Kubota recalls riding mowers

The fuel tank’s pressure relief valve can malfunction, posing a fire hazard

Kubota Manufacturing of America of Gainesville, Ga., is recalling about 8,600 ZG100 Series Zero Turn riding mowers. The fuel tank’s pressure relief valve...


Lea Industries recalls children’s beds

The side mattress support rails can break, posing a fall hazard

Lea Industries of High Point, N.C., is recalling about 63,000 panel, loft and bunk beds. The bed’s side mattress support rails can break, posing a fall ha...


Privacy, safety questions about Google Glass

It's not just walking into a glass door you need to worry aboutd

Several members of Congress have submitted a letter to Google CEO Larry Page (pdf) asking about privacy concerns related to Google Glass and its ...


More pedestrians getting into accidents with vehicles

According to statistics thousands of people are killed each year

Whether you live in a city or subsurb or just taking a stroll downtown, going for a nice walk can really add to your day.But what happens ...


The Trouble With Home Alarms

Consumers find many home alarms unreliable and expensive

Home alarm systems have been around a long time but are only beginning to take advantage of the new technologies that can make them more reliable, less exp...


Choosing a new family car

There are more sizes, styles and safety features in 2013

Throughout the decades, the family car has gone through quite a few changes. In the 1960s, it was often a station wagon or a sedan the size and weight of a...


Music is relaxing, even in the ICU

Study finds reduced anxiety levels in ICU when patients can listen to music

Music makes people feel better -- including people unfortunate enough to be in an intensive care unit, according to a new study.Researchers found that pa...


Here comes summer -- and all the problems that too much sun can bring

Here's how you can protect yourself against sunburn -- and worse

Just days now until Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial beginning of summer. For a lot of people that means time out in the blazing sun -- for some people...


Feds bust alleged real estate kickback scheme

Prosecuters say payments to a Texas homebuilder were funneled through sham mortgage companies

A Texas homebuilder who received kickbacks for referring mortgage origination business to Benchmark Bank and to Willow Bend Mortgage Company has been put o...


New York fish company accused of operating in unsanitary conditions

Feds want to put a stop to it

A company that processes smoked and cured fish products, including salmon and mackerel, is accused of doing so under unsanitary conditions, causing the pr...


Water is becoming a more precious resource

As the population grows, there is less of the once-plentiful liquid to go around

Viewed from space, Earth appears to be a watery planet. In fact it is, with water covering 70% of the planet's surface.But in a cruel irony, most of the...


Cheap airfares may be harder to come by this summer

More people are traveling and fewer seats are available

From all indications, an improving economy will prompt more people to travel this summer. That means more competition for the best seats and the best fares...


Will the new healthcare law raise hospital use and costs?

One study says it didn't happen in a state that implemented its own version

It's been more than three years since the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, was signed into law, and still the debate ra...


Airline flights are likely to be crowded this summer

An airline group expects record numbers of customers to fly internationally

Have you booked your airline yet for your summer vacation? If not, it's probably a good idea to do it sooner rather than later. Airlines for America (A4A)...


Thinking about relocating after retirement? Here's some advice

It's not always easy to decide whether to stay or move after retiring, but planning is the key

When folks get near retirement age, some consider whether they should move to another state after working or stay where they are.For those who decide to re...


Starting over after bankruptcy

If you have a plan, you can put your financial life back together

Since the Great Recession millions of Americans have found themselves in dire financial straits. While filing bankruptcy is often the last resort, many hav...


Gas prices rising as crude prices, tight supplies put pressure on retailers

More increases likely if wholesale costs remain high

Gas prices are drifting up again. Today's national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline is $3.61 -- five cents more than a week ago. Nat...


Feds crack down on bogus tech support schemers

Consumers forked over nearly a million dollars to 'fix' nonexistent problems

Few things strike more fear into the heart than being told that your computer is riddled with viruses, spyware and other malware. Your first impulse is to ...


Anywhere Lounger bean bag chairs recalled

Exposure to small beads inside the chair poses a suffocation and strangulation hazard

Powell Company of Culver City, Calif., is recalling about 6,300 Anywhere Lounger bean bag chairs. Bean bag chairs without a permanent zipper closure allow...


Malware protection for your smartphone

A growing number of products can help keep your mobile device secure

Security experts are constantly telling us that we should have some kind of software protection for our mobile devices. Hackers and scammers are increasing...


Suit alleges defects in Ford's six-cylinder EcoBoost engine

Engine can stall at highway speeds, Ford owners say, echoing complaints filed with feds

Three Ford owners are suing Ford Motor Co., claiming the company's 3.5-liter V-6 EcoBoost engine is defective and can shake, misfire and lose power at high...


Subaru Forester gets top marks in tough new crash test

Only two SUVs earned an IIHS top honor

It's the first time it has happened: One vehicle -- the 2014 Subaru Forester -- has aced every aspect of the challenging small overlap front crash test con...


More vitamin D may lower high blood pressure

Research continues to suggest its importance to a healthy circulatory system

Consumers spend billions of dollars on medication to control high blood pressure but getting plenty of vitamin D might help too. Research continues to sugg...


Too much salt is bad but too little may not be good either

Institute of Medicine warns against going too far in salt reduction intake

There's been a major push the last few years to get Americans to consumer less salt in their but a new report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) say...


No change in routine mammogram rate despite new guidance

Insurance coverage for annual screenings could be a factor

It appears women in their 40s aren't paying a lot of attention to the new recommendations for breast cancer screenings. New research by John Hopkins shows...


New type of flame retardant may resolve environmental fears

Scientists develop "nanocoating" that safely inhibits fire in furniture and mattresses

There's been a lot of concern about the potential health effects of existing flame retardants for  furniture, fabrics and other material but now &nbsp...


No lengthy tarmac delays for domestic flights during March

And, there was only one delay longer than four hours for international flights

March was a good month for taking a commercial flight, whether it was domestic or international. The Transportation Department (DOT) says airlines reporte...


Are electronic gadgets cheaper now than ever before?

If you think that a computer costs a lot now, you should have seen the price 30 years ago

As most people probably know, once May and June hits we're in the thick of graduation season. That usually means many of us will be signing graduati...


Economy flashing mixed signals

Initial jobless claims were up, consumer prices fell and new home construction lagged

The labor market is continuing to struggle, with more people than expected filing for first-time jobless benefits last month. The government reports ther...


Can you stay slim and still eat at restaurants?

Studies find restaurant food high in calories

The dramatic rise in obesity has health officials searching for answers. While there may be many contributing factors, there's no question Americans are co...


Google releasing new music service

How will the new music site compete with the Spotify and the Groovesharks of the world?

By the close of this week, music lovers may have a new way to access their favorite tunes online.It's rumored that Google will be launching a new music s...


Five signs the economy is improving

This time, could the economy finally be turning the corner?

Since 2010, we've been down this road several times. The economy shows signs of finally turning the corner, only to fall back to an anemic growth rate.Th...


Los Angeles dogs tops in postal attacks

Letter carriers growl back at vicious dogs and their owners

The days of enemy lists seem to be coming back and the Postal Service is taking the lead. Tired of being gnawed on by maddened mutts, the nation's letter c...


Optimus recalls portable electric heaters

The heater design could allow ignition of nearby combustible materials

Optimus Enterprise of Anaheim, Calif., is recalling about 355,000 portable Infrared Radiant Quartz electric space heaters. The heater design can fail to ...


New drug approved for advanced prostate cancer treatment

Xofigo got the green light three months ahead of schedule

Men whose prostate cancer has spread after receiving medical or surgical therapy to lower testosterone have a new option for treatment. The U.S. Food and...


Wholesale inflation hits the skids -- again

Lower energy prices led the move downward

Inflation on the wholesale level was pretty much absent in April, just as it was in March. Figures released by the Labor Department show the producer pric...


Is college worth it?

A new book suggests that in most cases, it isn't

Former Education Secretary William Bennett has never shied away from controversy and has now waded into the debate over the cost of higher education with a...


GM sees revenue potential in "connected cars"

It's hoping consumers will pay up to stream music, video and data as they drive

Are you willing to spend $20 a month to turn your car into a rolling hotspot and mobile communications and entertainment center? General Motors CEO Dan Ake...


Get ready for new web browsers

New browsers are popping up and the mouse may be headed for extinction

Microsoft's Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox are just some of today's popular web browsers.But as technology changes, web browsers wi...


Feds look at ways to make delis safer

Listeria, salmonella can be problems in both large and small delis

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have released a detailed draft risk...


Flu in pregnancy raises child's risk of bipolar disorder

Schizophrenia, autism also linked to flu in pregnant women

Flu in pregnancy may quadruple child’s risk for bipolar disorderNIH-funded study adds to evidence of overlap with SchizophreniaShare on emailShar...


Robocaller agrees to stop blasting consumers

Calls went to consumers who hadn't agreed to be blasted

A California company that calls itself CallFire has agreed to stop blasting illegal robocalls to consumers and pay a $75,000 fine.The Federal Trade Commi...


Breo Ellipta approved for treatment of COPD

The drug decreases lung inflammation, but carries serious warnings

There's a new product on the market for the long-term, once-daily, maintenance treatment of airflow obstruction in patients with chronic obstructive pul...


Feds: Juices Incorporated juice products may do you more harm than good

The juices could cause botulism, a sometimes fatal disease

Watch out for juice products or other beverages from Juices Incorporated (aka Juices International and Juices Enterprises) of Brooklyn, N.Y. The U.S. Foo...


Measuring inflation by the Big Mac

By following the cost of the iconic burger you can keep track of real prices

If you follow the monthly reports from the Labor Department, you know that inflation has all but disappeared from the U.S. economy. Despite the Federal Res...


Congressional bill seeks safer cosmetics

Companies currently do not have to demonstrate new products are safe

A measure that's pending in Congress would require cosmetics manufacturers to certify that new products are safe before they begin selling them.What's th...


ABC-TV goes live on the Internet ... sort of

The network will start live-streaming in some cities

ABC is becoming the first over-the-air TV network to start live-streaming its programming on the Internet, but it's starting out with baby steps. Th...


AT&T launches Aio Wireless, a new prepaid brand

Unlimited voice, text and data but not on the LTE network

AT&T  is launching a new brand, Aio (pronounced “A-O”) Wireless, a data-centric prepaid wireless service that AT&T says will ...


San Francisco sues Monster Beverage

Energy drinks target kids, suit claims; company denies it, sues the city

A high-energy legal battle is shaping up in San Francisco, where the city has sued Monster Beverage and Monster Beverage has sued San Francisco. The disput...


Chrysler Recalls Jeeps to Fix Transmission Problem

The transmission can shift from park into neutral, the company reports

Chrysler is recalling nearly 300,000 Jeep Commanders and Jeep Grand Cherokees because the automatic transmission can shift from park into neutral without...


DTOX: A new way to help beat addiction

Getting help for an addiction may include your smartphone

According to statistics from the American Council for Drug Education, 10 to 15 million people in The U.S. are addicted to alcohol.And based on figures re...


IGA Brand of vanilla & chocolate ice cream recalled

The ice cream may contain allergens -- Almonds, Coconut, Soy -- that are not on the label

Dairy Fresh is recalling a specific batch of IGA Brand “Vanilla & Chocolate” Ice Cream (1.75 quart, 1.66L) with the plant code “3783” and a SELL BY date of...


Buick LaCrosse and Regal, and Chevrolet Malibu vehicles recalled

The autos' batteries may not hold a charge

General Motors is recalling 42,904 model year 2012 and 2013 Buick LaCrosse and Regal, and model year 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco vehicles equipped with eAssi...


Acadian Fine Foods recalls stew products

The products contain whey and soy, allergens not declared on the label

Acadian Fine Foods of Church Point, La., is recalling approximately 17,037 pounds of pork stew and chicken stew products because of misbranding and undecla...


Chrysler recalls 2012 Jeep Wranglers with right-hand drive

A broken electrical circuit could keep an airbag from deploying

Chrysler Group is recalling 5,440 model year 2008-2012 Jeep Wrangler right-hand drive vehicles manufactured February 1, 2007, through October 10, 2011. T...


Meijer Distribution recalls Touch Point baseboard convection heaters

The heaters can overheat, posing a fire hazard

Meijer Distribution of Grand Rapids, Mich., is recalling about 4,560 Touch Point portable baseboard convection heaters. The heaters can overheat, posing a...


Feds sign off on new stroller safety rule

The new regs deal with hazards posed by folding or foldable strollers

You wouldn't think that that a baby stroller would be all that dangerous, would you? They are though. In fact, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission ...


Chrysler recalls model year 2013 RAM 1500 trucks

The windshield defrosting system could malfunction

Chrysler Group is recalling 498 model year 2013 RAM 1500 trucks manufactured June 25, 2012, through December 12, 2012. The coolant bypass valve in the af...


McCain introduces 'a la carte' TV satellite-cable bill

The measure would require the unbundling of programming

How would you like to be able to select only the channels you want when you sign up for cable or satellite TV service? Under a bill introduced by Senator J...


Outlook for electric cars remains hazy

The Tesla gets charged up but consumers remain skeptical

So, are electric cars the next big thing or are they doomed to be the playthings of gadgeteers and green consumers? As with many things, it depends what da...


"Dr. Phil" producer sues Gawker Media

Deadspin gave away a show episode's ending

One of the producers of the “Dr. Phil” TV show has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against online media company Gawker Media, basically ...


Once-a-day pill relieves ragweed allergy symptoms

You may be able to get away from the antihistamines and nasal steroids

If you talk to people with allergies (full disclosure: I'm allergic to pretty much everything), they'll tell you that this is pretty much the worst year th...


Senator rocks the boat on cruise line safety

Asks cruise lines for increased commitment to passenger comfort and safety

Most pleasure cruises are filled with pleasure but some aren't. In recent months cruise lines have made news with accidents and mishaps.In February fire...


Helping your kids learn about money

There are lots of resources to aid financial literacy

What do sex and financial literacy have in common? Parents rarely talk about either of them with their children. But while sex education is now the norm in...


License plate readers raise privacy concerns

Police departments stiff-arm requests for information on how they use the data

The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California (ACLU/SC) and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) have filed suit against the Los Angeles Po...


Want to cut your risk of heart disease? Get a dog

Man's best friend -- or any pet -- could make a difference

The meds are great, but you can't take a pill for a walk. A pet, on the other hand, is a whole different matter -- and it could make a big difference in yo...


How much is your home contributing to your bad diet?

Researchers at Wexner Medical Center are trying to find out.

When it comes to being fit and remaining healthy, a consistent level of exercise and proper diet are needed.But researchers say most people don't think a...


Toro recalls Zero Turn riding mowers

The idler pulley can rub against the mower's fuel tank, posing a fire hazard

The Toro Co., of Bloomington, Minn., is recalling about 37,000 Z Master Riding Mowers (about 2,600 units were previously recalled in the U.S. and 30 in Can...


Safety advocates urge Congress to regulate the size of trucks

Trucks have been causing a lot of injuries and deaths on U.S. highways, safety advocates say

When driving on U.S. highways, there aren't many things that can distract you like a semi-trailer truck.No matter how big or small your vehicle is drivin...


Consumers are finding good alternatives to banks

Innovative companies have filled the gap left by bank practices

Four years ago, when banks were in the midst of the Great Recession, many ofthem changed the way they do business. The result was not so good for consumers...


Wrigley pulls its Alert caffeinated gum under FDA pressure

The company says the move is temporary pending further FDA action

Bowing to FDA pressure, Wrigley is suspending production of its new Alert caffeinated gum but insists the suspension is only temporary.The Food and Drug ...


Breakfast for kids and academic performance: A closer look

Researchers delve deeper to find the true link between hunger and academic achievement.

Through past studies, many of us have probably heard that it's hard for children to pay attention in school without eating breakfast, but now a team of res...


Tips on choosing an engagement ring

A good decision gets things off on the right foot

You're working up your courage to pop the question. Presenting just the right engagement ring during the proposal can't hurt your chances.But as we've pr...


Tesla gets best-ever rating from Consumer Reports

The magazine gives the $90,000 all-electric car a score of 99 out of 100

Things have been looking up for Tesla the last few days. The expensive all-electric luxury carmaker reported its first profitable quarter yesterday. But pe...


Strong April jobs report pushes mortgage rates higher

Both Freddie Mac and Bankrate are reporting increases

Average fixed mortgage rates as tracked by Freddie Mac and Bankrate pushed higher this week, thanks largely to April's better than expected employment repo...


Surprising strength in the job market

The weekly jobless claims came in under analysts' expectations

There were fewer people in line during the week ended May 4 to file for first-time state unemployment benefits. According to government figures, there wer...


Optimus Tower Quartz Heaters recalled

The devices can overheat, posing a fire hazard

Family Dollar Services of Matthews, N.C., is recalling about 19,640 Optimus Tower Quartz Heaters. The heaters can overheat, posing a fire hazard. The comp...


XYMOGEN recalls artriphen

The joint function treatment contains traces of the undeclared allergens soy and milk

XYMOGEN of Orlando, Fla., is recalling artriphen, a product recommended for the support of healthy joint function, because it contains traces of the undecl...


Crusade to corral fire-prone Jeeps drags on

At least 270 people have burned to death in rear-end accidents involving Grand Cherokees

When bombs exploded at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, police and rescue personnel rushed to the scene to aid the victims and investigators began l...


Hydrocarbons a major household danger for children

As summer approaches, parents should take an inventory of their household products

With summer time approaching, there are a few extra things that parents will have to keep an eye out for.Like making sure they're keeping a close eye on ...


New federal tanning regs are on the way

Using a sunlamp or tanning bed can raise your skin cancer risk

Summer is just around the corner and warmer weather means millions of people will be hitting the beaches. Now, nobody wants to look like the underbelly of...


Report warns student loan debt burden could have domino effect

Graduates struggling to pay off loans could contribute to broader economic weakness

College graduates don't have long to celebrate before their student loans come due, and a report released today warns that it's not just the graduates whos...


How to choose a health club

And when you join, read the contract carefully

There are many ways to get exercise but some people like the idea of getting theirs at a health club. While memberships can be pricey, these facilities usu...


Amid complaints, Microsoft is retooling Windows 8

Windows Blue debuts later this year as Microsoft tries to get it right this time

Windows 8, Microsoft's latest version of its operating system, was supposed to be its most versatile and seamless yet. It was designed to run on PCs, table...


Popular privacy protection plan? It's called lying

Survey finds consumers lie about personal details when asked by websites, mobile apps, etc.

Consumers frequently complain that they're always being asked for personal information they'd rather not disclose -- like their phone number, email address...


Texas finds unsafe mercury levels in Gulf seafood

Blue marlin, blackfin tuna, shark and swordfish among the affected fish

It's not news that the Gulf of Mexico has high levels of mercury, but the levels have gotten so high that the state is warning consumers to avoid blue marl...


Surly Bikes recalls bicycle forks

The bicycle fork can bend above the disc brake mount, posing a fall hazard

Surly Bikes of Bloomington, Minn., is recalling about 975 bicycle forks. The bicycle fork can bend above the disc brake mount, posing a fall hazard to the...


SexVoltz, Velextra, and Amerect recalled

The dietary supplements are sold as a treatments for erectile dysfunction

BeaMonstar Products is recalling a number of sexual enhancement products, including: SexVoltz brand SKU’s 626570609490, 827912089028, 626570617877, 626570...


Tibor’s Gourmet recalls ready-to-eat smoked pork sausage products

The products were produced without being inspected

Tibor’s Gourmet of Palmdale, Calif., is recalling approximately 200 pounds of ready-to-eat smoked pork sausage products because they were produced without ...


Lightning Rod capsules recalled

The dietary supplement is sold as a treatment of erectile dysfunction

Chang Kwung is recalling a dietary supplements sold under the brand name Lightning Rod 500 mg per capsule packaged in 3-count, UPC 6 89076 20257 2 and 12-c...


VA promises to speed up veterans' claims processing

But after years of inaction, skeptics doubt much progress will be made

According to the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center, one in eight troops coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan were referred to counseling for alcohol...


Survey: Peace of mind is top retirement goal

Retirees want enough money to live comfortably and help family members

Most people have some sort of goal in mind when they think about retirement. Financial planners have always thought of it as a number – an amount of ...


FTC warns data brokers they may be selling consumer information illegally

Warning letters issued after the agency conducted a test shopping operation

Data brokers are also assuring consumers that their data is never misused, always handled with care and so forth. But the reality doesn't always measure up...


Feds land hard on debt-relief firm; criminal charges filed

Consumers lost millions and went deeper into debt, prosecutors charge

Debt-relief services that charge illegal advance fees typically are the subjects of civil complaints and usually manage to settle the charges before things...


Keeping up with changes in washers and dryers

These appliances are a lot more sophisticated than they used to be

Shopping for a new washer and dryer is a bit more complicated than it once was because manufacturers update their products a lot more often. There are new...


State Farm wants to go for a ride with you

RightLane app gathers information on driving habits

State Farm is looking for 5,000 people to download and test its RightLane Android app, a smartphone app that the company is testing.The first 5,000 vol...


Pregnant women warned away from certain migraine prevention medicines

The meds can cause decreased IQ scores in unburn children, FDA says

There are some drugs that are best not used by pregnant women. To that list you can ad valproate products for the prevention of migraine headaches. Among ...


Social Security adds mobile apps

The agency has a new mobile site for smartphone users

The folks at Social Security have come up with a new smartphone tool for checking in with the agency. The next time you use your smartphone (Android, Blac...


Williams-Sonoma to pay nearly $1 million fine

Defective Pottery Barn wooden hammock stands are at the heart of the matter

Williams-Sonoma has agreed to pay a $987,500 civil penalty, resolving charges that it failed to report immediately a defect involving Pottery Barn wooden h...


Kumho recalls passenger car tires

The tires could develop cracking in the sidewall

Kumho Tire U.S.A., is recalling nearly 12,000 Kumho Solus KH25 passenger car tires, size 225/45R17, produced in the weeks of August 21, 2011, through June ...


Alert Energy caffeine gum: bitter medicine

If the caffeine doesn't wake you up, the bad taste will

For a good amount of people, caffeine is a big part of their day to day.Whether people get their caffeine fix in a cup of coffee or an energy drink, &nbs...


Here's how to learn an instrument in 2013

Apps of all sorts are making it fun and easy to learn an instrument these days

Somewhere between the last couple of decades creating music has gone extremely digital.At one time in order to learn an instrument, you had to take lesso...


San Francisco prepares to accept defeat in cell phone radiation case

Cell phone industry successfully challenges ordinance requiring health warnings

Back in August 2011, San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee signed an ordinance aimed at protecting the consumer’s right to know about the potential r...


A change in the 'stand around and wait' process for veterans' claims

Decisions for vets who have waited a year or more are being expedited

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is finally getting on the stick. The agency says vets who have waited for a year or longer to hear something about...


Study: Don't go shopping when you're hungry

Hungry grocery shoppers tend to buy higher-calorie foods

A Cornell University study's findings can be boiled down into a few words: Don't go shopping when you're hungry.“Even short-term food deprivation c...


Senator wants stronger ban on undetectable guns

3-D printers can make guns and other weapons that are invisible to metal detectors

A 3-D printerAs we reported last year, technology gurus say 3-D printing could be the biggest thing since the Internet, but Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.)...


Think you're getting enough exercise? Think again

A new report says most of us are really couch potatoes

Okay -- you get out and play a little golf or tennis on the weekends or maybe ride your bike for a few miles. But is that really enough exercise? Accordin...


Advertising is going social in a big way

Businesses are promoting through social media at the expense of print and TV ads

In a recent interview on CNBC, Revlon Chairman Ron Perelman disclosed the company had moved to deploy about a third of its advertising and promotional budg...


Buying jewelry: What you need to know

Don't know a thing about bling? Read on

Most of us probably buy a car more often than we do a piece of jewelry. But just like a car, jewelry can be a major purchase and you need to know what you'...


Can One A Day multivitamins prevent disease?

Consumer group says no and threatens to sue Bayer

Can a multivitamin really prevent various diseases? Bayer claims that its One A Day multivitamins  "support" breast, heart, eye, and joint health...


When it comes to babies, men really are from Mars and women from Venus

Study finds women’s and men’s brains respond differently to cries from hungry babies

It's the middle of the night and the baby starts to cry; it's feeding time. If you're the daddy, there's a pretty good chance you won't react the same way ...


Prepaid calling card marketer banned from using deceptive tactics

Feds say the cards failed to deliver what was promised

A marketer of pre-paid phone calling cards accused of short-changing its customers is being barred from making deceptive claims. The company, DR Phone Com...


Feds widening inquiry into auto lending practices

Probes look at extended warranties and alleged discriminatory lending

Building and selling cars isn't all that profitable. But writing loans and leases and selling expensive add-ons like extended warranties can be very lucrat...


The best and worst jobs in the new economy

If you have a knack for science, the job market may reward you

Unemployment remains stubbornly high with almost any job hard to come by. But if you could choose any job or profession, what would it be?With rapid chan...


TV networks threaten to pull the plug on themselves

A little start-up called Aereo has TV executives threatening to sign off for good

When cable TV was invented way back in the mid-20th Century, it was called CATV, or Community Antenna TV and that's exactly what it was -- a big antenna th...


Is depression over-treated in the U.S.?

Johns Hopkins study concludes it is

Any time you suggest an ailment or condition is over-diagnosed or over-treated, you are likely to start an argument. But researchers at the Johns Hopkins B...


Children and amusement rides: New findings highlight safety issues

Researchers say over 90,000 children have been injured at amusement parks and malls

There are few things in the world that kids enjoy more than an amusement park. Whether it’s the rides that draw them in, the food or the games, amu...


A surge in employment during April

More jobs than expected were created as the jobless rate dipped

After rising a paltry 88,000 in March, employment shot higher in April with the economy adding 165,000 jobs. The forecast from was for creatio...


Air China pays price for violating tarmac delay rule

The carrier failed to tell passengers they could leave the aircraft

Air China failed to make announcements every 30 minutes to passengers on an aircraft delayed at New York’s JFK International Airport last July that they ha...


Google buys stake in Lending Club

The peer-to-peer lender has been growing quickly, making loans when banks won't

Google has made its first big investment in the financial services sector, buying a stake in Lending Club, an online peer-to-peer lender that arranges busi...


P.E. & F. recalls frozen meatballs

The product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

P.E. & F. Inc., of St. Louis, Mo., is recalling approximately 123 pounds of frozen, ready-to-eat meatballs due to possible contamination with Listeria mono...


Vicerex and Black Ant Capsules recalled

The products, promoted for increasing desire and sexual performance, contain undeclared ingredients

American Lifestyle is recalling all lots of Vicerex UPC 893490820087 and Black Ant UPC 4026666142546. Laboratory analysis conducted by the Food and Drug ...


Bird flu virus a growing threat; one-fifth of victims die

Two of five mutations needed for human-to-human spread have already occurred

This might not be the best time to plan a trip to China. The new bird flu virus is a growing threat there and health officials say it is killing a fifth of...


Frontier imposes charges for carry-on baggage and drinks

Says the changes will "further reduce fares" and improve customer service

Frontier Airlines says it wants to improve its service and "further reduce fares" so it's imposing a charge of up to $100 for carry-on baggage and slapping...


Traveling with your dog

In some cases, your pet might make your vacation enjoyable for everyone

If you have a dog and you plan a vacation, or even a trip to visit the in-laws, you either have to make arrangements for your pet or bring him along.Whil...


New York-based tour bus fleet shut down

Feds say the carrier's vehicles and drivers posed an 'imminent hazard'

Coach USA Tour, a Niagara Falls, N.Y.-based passenger carrier, has been ordered to cease all operations immediately. In issuing the order, the U.S. Depart...


Southwest fined for consumer complaint procedures

Feds say the carrier didn't respond in a 'timely manner'

Southwest Airlines is being fined $150,000 for, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), “not responding in a timely manner to complaints ...


Feds change FAFSA form to recognize all kinds of families

The goal is to treat all applicants fairly, regardless of their parents' living arrangements

Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Education announced new changes to the 2014-2015 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) that should all...


Challenger: Job cuts hit four-month low

Most were in the retail sector as consumers pulled back

First the bad news: U.S. employers announced plans to trim payrolls by 38,121 in April, according outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas, In...


Competition heats up in the home security business

Companies are harnessing Internet and wireless technology to offer a broader menu of services

Security cameras played a prominent role in documenting the Boston Marathon bombing and helping to identify and capture the suspects, and that's giving a b...


Forget jcp -- JCPenney is back

Troubled chain dumps the last vestige of its disastrous makeover -- its "jcp" logo

You've got to give JCPenney credit -- it isn't afraid to try new things. And when those new things turn out to be unmitigated disasters, it isn't afraid to...


VW tinkers with transmission, Toyota plans fuel-cell car by 2015

Automakers working both ends of the fuel efficiency equation

There are all kinds of ways to save fuel and make cars more efficient. While long-term solutions may lie with electric vehicles and other radically differe...


Prozac may be risky for surgery patients; autism link possible

Two different teams of researchers say it can cause surgical problems and autism

According to researchers at UC San Francisco (UCSF) and Baystate Medical Center in Massachusetts, the antidepressant medication selective serotonin reuptak...


Feds loosen 'emergency contraceptive' prescription rules

Plan B One-Step would be available for women as young as 15

An application approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) would make Plan B One-Step (active ingredient levonorgestrel) for use without a pres...


Some credit cards may help pay for summer travel

You may be able to turn rewards points into spending money

When you're planning a summer vacation, it's important to make out a budget. Too many consumers fail to plan their spending and, when they return, are face...


How much do 'catastrophic' malpractice payouts add to healthcare's rising costs?

A study says 'not much,' but makes a case for reducing errors that lead to claims

You rarely hear a conversation (argument?) about the cost of healthcare without the subject of "frivolous" malpractice payouts coming up. But just how much...


A possible spring-summer slowdown in job creation

A leading forecaster is projecting fewer new jobs than expected in April

A somewhat disappointing April jobs number from ADP, which uses actual payroll data to measure the change in total nonfarm private employment each month. ...


Gamers sue Sega, claiming "Aliens" isn't scary enough

Game based on the 1986 film was supposed to be "cutting edge"

Sega needs to up its game if it wants to avoid being sued by its customers, a class action lawsuit alleges. The suit says Sega wimped out in its "Aliens: C...


More protection on the way for consumers sending money internationally

Both consumers and transfer providers will be affected

If you transfer money internationally, you can be a little more confident that it'll get were it's supposed to go. The Consumer Financial Protection Burea...


Government simplifies Obamacare form

Steps up efforts for launch of the Affordable Care Act in October

The October 1 start of registration for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, is closing in fast. Reacting to criticism from both Democra...


A consumer confidence bounceback in April

Expectations about the short-term economic outlook seen as a major factor

After posting a decline in March, the Conference Board's Consumer Confidence Index posted a gain of better than six points this month to stand at 68.1. In...