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It's not just phones that have all the smarts

Companies are releasing smart instruments and smart headphones too

Are we officially living in the smart era? Some might say yes, because a lot of products are being made that fall under the same category as smartphones....


Emotions and social media: a dangerous mix

A survey finds that folks are getting meaner and meaner online

You've probably seen it before. Two people arguing on social media.It usually starts small. An unwanted photo posted or some comment put up that's subtle...


Recession-related problems persist for consumers

Consumer Federation names top ten complaints

Consumer problems related to the recession persist, according to the latest report from the annual survey of state and local consumer protection agencies c...


Are doctors too quick to diagnose cancer?

Some physicians think so and say that many slow-growing tumors don't need treatment

While scientists in the laboratory continue to search for a cure for cancer, doctors who treat it have made huge strides in raising cancer awareness. Scree...


Southwest fined for violating price advertising rule

Feds say the airline failed to make enough seats available

It sounded like a great deal, but there was only one problem: A lot of people couldn't take advantage of it. So said the U.S. Department of Transportation...


Consumers should have a little privacy, New Jersey court holds

State's high court says cell phone location data should be private

The New Jersey Supreme Court has become the first in the country to recognize a constitutional right to privacy in cell phone location records.The court ...


Judge: Consumers entitled to more than $9.5 million in refunds

Scammers were charged with debiting payday loan applicants’ bank accounts without their consent

A federal judge has come down on the side of the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) in its case against an online operation that the commission charged illeg...


Economy gathers momentum in second quarter

Growth was stronger than in the first quarter and above analysts' projections

The nation's economy was doing better in the second quarter than it was in the first three months of the year. Government figures show real gross domestic...


Another drop in mortgage applications

Applications for refinancings are at a 2-year low

Fewer would-be home buyers are applying for mortgages. According to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey, applicat...


Researcher: Smartphones creating digital zombies

People's brains are being altered by constant exposure, she claims

One of author Stephen King's horror novels is called “Cell,” the apocalyptic story of a mysterious pulse broadcast over a global cellular netwo...


Web giants to deaf consumers: go away

Internet Association says it shouldn't have to accommodate disabled Americans

A trade group representing Amazon, Facebook, Google, and other Web companies says that online commerce sites could face “ruinous obligations” i...


Starbucks adds more wireless charging stations

After Boston test, stations being installed in Silicon Valley

After what was described as a successful test run in the Boston Area, Starbucks has announced it will begin installing wireless charging stations for smart...


Feds asked to investigate privacy issues in rapper app

Jay-Z's "Magna Carta Holy Grail" collects "massive amounts" of personal data

You wouldn't think that a Jay-Z app would collect all kinds of personal data about you, but a consumer privacy group says that "Magna Carta Holy Grail" app...


Cyclosporiasis outbreak sickens 372 in 15 states

The source of the outbreak has not yet been found

Health officials are trying to pin down the source of an outbreak of Cyclosporiasis, a parasitic infection that causes long-lasting flu-like symptoms.The...


Car thieves favor Mercedes-Benz

Financial fraudsters lease luxury models and export them before the tires get dirty

Stolen cars recovered at the Port of Long BeachCriminals may have unorthodox work habits but nobody said they are lacking in taste, as demonstrated by ...


A new tool helps patients stay healthier

New system allows patients and doctors to share information more easily

Once upon a time, it was pretty easy to hide things from your doctor. If you didn't tell where you were with your blood pressure, diet and overall health, ...


A dip in consumer confidence in July

Economic and job expectations showed a little weakness

Questions in consumers' minds about the outlook for jobs helped undercut their confidence in the economy in July. The Conference Board reports that after ...


Home price surge continues in May

Some post-meltdown highs were even posted

Home prices in the U.S. continued to rise during May, with the best news coming for homeowners in Dallas and Denver. According to the S&P/Case-Shiller Hom...


FDA: Watch out for Healthy Life Chemistry dietary supplement

Lab tests indicate presence of anabolic steroids

It's a good idea to stay away from Healthy Life Chemistry By Purity First B-50, marketed as a vitamin B dietary supplement. According to a preliminary F...


Midwest-CBK recalls bistro chairs

The chair’s metal frame can bend or break

Midwest-CBK of Cannon Falls, Minn., is recalling about 550 bistro chairs The chair’s metal frame can bend or break, posing a fall hazard to consumers. The...


Lawsuit: Tracfone's "unlimited" data plans are anything but

Suit says the company and its partners routinely throttle data usage

In a class action lawsuit, consumers claim that Tracfone Wireless falsely advertises "unlimited" data plans while clandestinely maintaining monthly data us...


Can you qualify for a mortgage?

Despite the housing recovery, it isn't getting much easier

You watched as home prices plunged, along with interest rates. You've continued to watch as home prices have risen, along with interest rates. Is now the t...


Online banks may help you boost your savings plan

They pay higher interest rates and most have no fees

Putting money away for a rainy day appears to be one of those quaint notions of the past, like Sunday dinner with the family or a hot meal on an airline fl...


More pregnant moms are getting hand-held assistance

There are a bunch of useful apps for pregnant mothers. We pulled some of the coolest

Recently, we mentioned a few apps and websites that help parents document their child's special moments.From Tweekaboo to, it seems ...


Reminder: Smartphone batteries can be dangerous

Counterfeit batteries, poor handling and damage can all lead to problems

Batteries are everywhere but, as Boeing's problems with its 787 Dreamliner show, they can be the source of serious safety issues. And the lithium-ion batte...


How public libraries fit into the digital age

We picked out a couple of apps that many libraries are using

The good old public library. Boy, how it used to be a major stop in our weekly runs. Whether it was to pick up or drop off books, used to resea...


Pending home sales drop in June

Rising mortgage interest rates are taking a toll

Mortgage interest rates are on the riser and, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), that's not helpful when it comes to home sales. The...


Delayed stroke treatment costly for women

Getting to the hospital quickly is key to successful treatment

Women with strokes caused by clots are less likely than men to arrive at the hospital in time to receive the best treatment, according to a European study....


Questionable mattress ads banned

There was no scientific evidence to back up claims

Three mattress manufacturers will stop making unsupported claims that the mattresses they sell are free of harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs). In a...


Credit cards less consumer-friendly in second quarter

The attractiveness of those 0% balance transfer offers has peaked

Consumers interested in transferring high-interest credit card balances and taking advantage of a 0% introductory rate should act quickly. A study of credi...


Poll: Trader Joe's meat doesn't always meet customers' expectations

Petition drive asks the food chain to stop selling meat from animals treated with antibiotics

Most consumers are pretty satisfied with Trader Joe's, right?Sure there are some who could take or leave the chain, but gauging how crowded Trader Joe's ...


American Idol discriminates against black contestants, suit charges

The 434-page lawsuit charges blacks are more likely to be disqualified for outside activities

A class action lawsuit claims that American Idol routinely uses background information about black contests to publicly humiliate them and boot them off th...


New Beats by Dr. Dre headphones are coming

How will they measure up to the original model?

It's been five years since Dr. Dre released his Beats by Dr. Dre Studio headphones.Along with Jimmy Iovine, chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M, Dre's ...


Use caution when seeking online immigration help

Some sites may not be who or what they seem

Consumers dealing with immigration issues should use extreme care when dealing with online entities that offer assistance – at a price. Some of these...


FDA issues new rules to strengthen oversight of imported food

Imported food now makes up about 15% of the U.S. food supply

It's been a long time coming, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is issuing two new rules today aimed at improving the safety of imported food...


Back-to-school shopping expectations drop

The decline follows the historically high 2012 season

Compared with 2012, this year's back-to-school shopping season is shaping up to be a disappointment. According to the National Retail Federation's (NRF) 2...


Why are so many adults angry at skateboarders?

And what should you do to keep your skateboarding child safe?

The other night, while the rest of my household was far off into dreamland, I stayed up and watched a bunch of random YouTube videos.One group of videos ...


If you're an independent musician, there might be a new web site for you

All Def Music says it'll only use YouTube to build its roster

If you're a musician who's been putting videos and performances up on YouTube, and you feel like you're not getting anywhere, there might be a little help ...


Chevrolet Impala earns top sedan rating from Consumer Reports

It's the first time the award has gone to an American brand iin at least 20 years

The Chevrolet Impala has returned from oblivion to take top spot in Consumer Reports magazine's sedan rankings, beating our Japanese and European models fo...

More sues "reputation management" firm

The auto site says Humankind Design was trying to post fraudulent reviews has filed a lawsuit against online reputation management company Humankind Design Ltd. for attempting to post fraudulent reviews on the si...


Know your rights when you fly

Sometimes it's hard to tell inconvenience from abuse

No matter what season you're traveling – summer or winter – weather can throw the airlines' schedules into turmoil. When that happens you can e...


Google agrees to $8.5 million privacy settlement

Search giant disclosed users' search queries to third parties

Google has agreed to pay $8.5 million to settle a consolidated class action lawsuit over its alleged disclosure to third parties of users' search queries, ...


Feds find rule violations in undercover inspections of funeral homes

The Funeral Rule requires price lists for consumers, among other things

There are fewer things lower than taking advantage of people who are grief-stricken. And, while undercover inspections of funeral homes by the Federal Trad...


Beware of illegally sold diabetes treatments

The dangers range from unsafe drugs to bogus online pharmacies

As the number of people diagnosed with diabetes continues to grow, so does the number of illegally sold products promising to prevent, treat, and even cure...


How often should you upgrade your phone?

Cell phone providers hope you'll do it more often than in the past

It seems cellular carriers have always had the same policy on the replacement of your mobile handset. You are generally eligible for an upgrade to a new de...


Google gives TV another try with Chromecast

Plug this thumb drive into your TV and that's it. Simple enough?

In some ways, Google is like the young hotshot musician, actor or entrepreneur who peaks too soon. Its search engine and contextual advertising system were...


E-cigarette 'free trial' offer burns some consumers up

Very few free trials are really free

Millions of smokers worldwide have begun to embrace the electronic cigarette – or e-cigarette – as a way to wean themselves off tobacco. Some w...


More car shoppers are leasing instead of buying

Leases are the reason new car sales are rising

Month after month, new car sales are on the rise. As the economy struggles to recover, car sales remain a major pillar of strength.How is it that consume...


Trader Joe's, Publix, Whole Foods are most-liked grocers

What makes for a great shopping experiences? Ask the Trader

Trader Joe’s is Consumers’ Favorite Grocery Chain, According to Market Force Study ALDI and WinCo lead in price, Whole Foods in quali...


Bitcoin used in Ponzi scheme, feds charge

Investors were promised a 7% weekly return on their money

It's commonly accepted that the early adopters of new technologies are pornographers and scam artists. In that spirit, the Securities and Exchange Commissi...


American Eagle fined for Christmas 2012 tarmac delays

Passengers were stuck for hours, apparently for no good reason

Lengthy tarmac delays by 10 American Eagle Airlines flights last Christmas will cost the carrier a bundle. The U. S. Department of Transportation (DOT) fi...


Feds target firm for 'mortgage-steering'

Employees got bonuses for pushing consumers into expensive loans

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is going after (CFPB) a Utah-based mortgage company that it says gave bonuses to loan officers who steered consume...


New home sales surge in June

Prices, however, were a bit lower

Sales of new single-family homes rose in June for a fourth straight months. Figures released jointly by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housi...


Subaru portable gasoline generators recalled

The fuel tank can leak, posing a fire or burn hazard

Robin America Inc., of Lake Zurich, Ill., is recalling about 4,500 portable gasoline generators in the U.S and Canada. The fuel tank can leak, posing a f...


Rockland Furniture round cribs recalled

The crib’s drop-side rails can malfunction, detach or otherwise fail

Nan Far Woodworking is recalling about 3,900 Rockland Furniture round cribs. The crib’s drop-side rails can malfunction, detach or otherwise fail. When th...


The best way to dry your hands

Australian researchers pick paper towels over blowers

Germs often spread from hand to mouth so frequent hand-washing can reduce the threat. Or can it? Once your hands are clean, what is the best way to keep th...


Is Big Brother working in brick-and-mortars?

If so, what methods are being used to track you?

When shoppers enter a store, most probably assume they're being monitored through in-store cameras. But how many suspect they're being tracked through thei...


'Old school' scams still going strong

They have a little moss on them but they still claim victims

“If it ain't broke, don't fix it” might as well be the motto of traditional scammers who are sticking with tried and true schemes to defraud co...


Consumers getting fed up with Internet ads

Search engines get much of the blame for advertising overload

Remember how annoying all thosee radio and TV ads used to be? Pandora, HBO and so forth have helped cut down the irritation factor but now it's the Interne...


TSA launches new process for its Pre-Check program

For some, no more shoes off or laptop inspection

Boarding an airliner will soon be less of a hassle for a lot of people. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) says a new p...


Breakfast appears to be good for the heart

Skipping it may increase coronary heart disease risk

When you were growing up, you probably heard over and over that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. This may be why: According to a study re...


Home prices continue their climb

But they have a long way to go to hit their peak

Your home continues to rise in value. The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) says its monthly House Price Index (HPI) rose 0.7% in May, marking the six...


Online dating site reveals HIV/STD status, suit charges violates its privacy pledge, two women allege

So let's say just for argument's sake that you are HIV-positive, or perhaps you have a sexually-transmitted disease. Makes it kind of hard to find a date, ...


Virginia shuts down private university catering to foreign nationals

Critics said the school was little more than a way to get a visa

Private, for-profit schools have been criticized in recent years for taking students' money and giving them a degree that has little or no value. But you c...


Less education equals higher insurance premiums, study finds

High premiums force many lower-income workers to drive without insurance

Much has been written in recent years about the decline of the middle class in America. Another chapter was added today as the Consumer Federation of...


Virgin, JetBlue, Southwest first in their customers' hearts

Virgin America holds a 41-point spread over United in customer "likes"

Americans love to complain about their airlines but, believe it or not, there is some unanimity in choosing the airlines they dislike the least, if we may...


The art of arguing with your spouse

What are the rules when you argue with your partner and what are the common mistakes?

Okay, so you've found the person you were always looking for and the two of you have embarked on a committed relationship.In the beginning, the relations...


Sales of existing homes dip in June

Prices are still on a roll, though

A setback for sales of previously-owned homes in June. Existing-home sales declined in June but have stayed well above year-ago levels for the past two ye...


Want to reduce your stroke risk?

Breaking a sweat during regular exercise may help

There's nothing like a good, brisk workout to get the heart pumping. In fact, it may help it keep on pumping. New research in the American Heart Associati...


Volcano male enhancement liquid, capsules recalled

The products contain undeclared active ingredients

Volcano Company is recalling all lots of Volcano Male Enhancement Liquid and Volcano Male Enhancement Capsules. Test results revealed the Volcano Male Enh...


Watch out for travel deal scams

Scammers are counting on your eagerness for a bargain to lead you into a trap.

Everyone is looking for a travel deal, whether it's a cheap air fare or half-price on a four-star hotel. But don't let your search of a bargain blind you t...


Are we close to a cure for cancer?

Researchers around the world appear to be making progress

For decades medical researchers have embarked on what seemed an impossible mission – to find a cure for cancer. In recent months the mission has appe...


Toyota to pay $1.63 billion to settle unintended-acceleration class actions

Consumers claimed the value of their cars was trashed by the safety problems

Who was it who said, "Our long national nightmare is over? Toyota? No, but that may be how Toyota is feeling today. A federal district judge in Cali...


How to get a cheaper air fare

An industry insider shares some secrets

The airline industry has dramatically changed over the last couple of decades. There's more competition but fewer flights. Published fares have remained st...


Judge green lights Vitaminwater class action

Suit challenges water’s nutritional claims

A lawsuit accusing Vitaminwater of misleading customers as to its nutritional value moved forward on Thursday, with a federal magistrate judge giving ...


A cool-down in mortgage rates

A lack of steam in the economy may be a factor

Market concerns over the Federal Reserve's bond purchase program is cited as a possible factor in a dip in mortgage rates this week. Freddie Mac reports t...


Lucasfilm, Pixar reportedly settle anti-poaching case

Several companies agreed not to poach, suit says

Lucasfilm and Pixar have apparently settled an anti-poaching suit, according to a report in the San Jose Mercury News<


System alerts police to unseen threats behind them

"Surveillance Mode" protects officers from ambush in the field

Everybody's watching everybody these days, which can be a good thing. Many new cars are equipped with backup cameras and lane-intrusion detectors that warn...


Skeptical about organic food? You're not alone

Critic says organic and local foods could use closer scrutiny

A recent Harris poll found that, by and large, consumers were skeptical about the benefits of organic food and not eager to pay more for it.  In fact,...


Ford plans software upgrade to improve mileage in C-Max, Fusion, MKZ hybrids

Consumers have complained they get nowhere near the advertised mileage

Stung by consumer complaints about mileage that didn't come close to its claims, Ford is rolling out a series of software changes to its 2013 Ford C-Max, F...


Lawsuit claims Ford infotainment system is defective and dangerous

Ford knows of the problems but hasn't warned customers, the suit charges

A safe-driving group has filed a 41-page lawsuit against Ford Motor Co., claiming that the MyFord Touch and MyLincoln Touch infotainment systems are d...


ACLU wants limits on license-plate data collected by cameras

There is no need to store the information indefinitely, the civil liberties group argues

By now, you've probably noticed the license plate readers mounted on police cars. They're cameras, usually on the rear fenders of the police car, giving th...


Fat-free doesn't mean calorie-free

Calories are what counts when it comes to weight control

Very few things you consume are calorie-free. Water is one. Many diet beverages also fall into that group.When you see food packages labeled “fat-f...


Prices of used pickup trucks are rising

It could be good news if you are thinking about trading yours in

Industry sources report strong sales of used light trucks through the first six months of the 2013, resulting in fewer bargains on the used car lot."June...


Weekly jobless claims down sharply

A lack of auto plant shutdowns was a factor

First-time claims for state unemployment benefits posted a big decline in the week ending July 13. Government figures show there were 334,000 initial appl...


Chrysler recalls T & C, Dodge Grand Caravan vehicles

Incorrect software may affect air bag deployments

Chrysler is recalling 184 model year 2013 Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan vehicles manufactured June 11, 2013, through June 12, 2013. The occupant...


Toyota recalls Yaris vehicles

A short circuit in the relay could disable power steering assistance

Toyota is recalling 74 model year 2012 Yaris vehicles manufactured August 21, 2011, through August 31, 2011. A relay in the Power Steering Control Module...


Jeep owners complain of stalling

High-speed stalls, low-speed stalls, it's hard to isolate the problem

Besides having what safety advocates say is a dangerous tendency to catch fire, some Jeeps also have a bad habit of stalling at highway speeds, consumers s...


New York health insurance rates will plummet next year

Obamacare's marriage of regulation and competition appears to be getting results

Gov. Cuomo"From Bergdorf's to Filene's" is how one official described the cost of health insurance in New York under Obamacare. New Yorkers, traditiona...


Advice for living with a boomerang kid

What to do when an adult child moves back home

When the World War II generation returned from war after 1945 America faced a housing shortage. Many ex-GIs and their wives moved in with parents or in-law...


More kids run the risk of high blood pressure

Obesity and poor eating habits are likely responsible

It isn't just older folks who should be worried. New research in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension finds the risk of elevated blood pres...


The total cost of going to college

With a new semester approaching, moms and dads will really have to shell out the bucks

With the end of July fast approaching, there's only a little time left before college freshmen start heading off to campus.So right now a lot of student...


Study: Brand name health insurance not always better

One of the best-known brands rated in the middle of the pack

Companies advertise in order to build brand awareness with consumers. When it's decision time, the company is hoping the consumer will pick its brand.Tha...


TV business sweats as Internet giants stoke the flames

Google, Apple, Aereo, Dish -- they're all hungry for a bite of TV's hide

It wasn't long ago that the TV business was so simple. A handful of networks bought shows, sold ads and kept the local stations fed and watered.Times hav...


New home construction plunges in June

Meanwhile, builder confidence is on the rise

New home construction hit the skids last month. According to government figures, housing starts in June were down 9.9% from May at a seasonally adjusted a...


New test helps diagnose ADHD

Brain wave levels help in making a determination

A new test for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is about to hit the market. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has decided to allo...


Sears reissues recall of Kenmore dehumidifiers

A low consumer response rate is one of the factors in the decision

Sears, Roebuck and Co., and Kmart Corporation, of Hoffman Estates, Ill are reissuing a recall first published in August 2012 for about 795,000 Kenmore dehu...


Lack of sleep may be linked to depression

What can you do to get a better night's sleep?

Have you ever felt sad or depressed during the day and weren't sure why?The next time that happens ask yourself how much sleep you got the night before. Be...


AT&T finds a way to cut subsidies on wireless devices

The wireless giant is offering a no-contract contract if you pay full price. Is this a deal or what?

Don't like those lengthy cell phone contracts? AT&T is giving you a chance to cut the cord, or at least snip it a little bit -- but it comes at a price...


Money; the root of most break-ups

Arguments over finances are the biggest predictor of divorce

What do you and your significant other argue about? Which team to root for, what color to paint the living room, whether to serve Coke or Pepsi?If you mo...


Rising gasoline costs send consumer prices higher in June

Food prices posted a modest increase

A sharp increase in gasoline prices sent the government's consumer price index (CPI) up 0.5% in June following a miniscule 0.1% advance the month before. ...


Suit: deputies killed dog for no reason

California man says his dog was shot and bled to death

A California resident claims in a lawsuit that police responding to a shooting killed his dog for no apparent reason. The suit, filed on July 10, alle...


Ram pickup wins top rating from Consumer Reports

It's the first time a Chrysler-made pickup has taken top marks

Chrysler has been having its share of setbacks lately, including a nasty fight with consumers and regulators over fires in the Jeep Grand Cherokee, but the...


Bed bug remedies don't meet the test, feds charge

FTC: BEST Yet! line of cedar-based products can't support its claims

Two marketers of unproven cedar oil-based remedies for bed bugs and head lice have agreed to soft-pedal their claims.The Federal Trade Commission ch...


RAM 4500 and 5500 trucks recalled

A potential steering problem could increase the risk of a crash

Chrysler is recalling 1,058 model year 2013 RAM 4500 and 5500 trucks manufactured January 22, 2013, through March 8, 2013. An incorrect bolt may have bee...


Grand Cherokees recalled

Electrical spikes may cause the parking lamps to turn off

Chrysler is recalling 4,458 model year 2014, non-SRT trimmed, Grand Cherokee vehicles manufactured January 14, 2013, through March 20, 2013 equipped with p...


Ram 1500 trucks recalled

There may be a problem with the Electronic Stability Control system

Chrysler is recalling 45,961 model year 2013 RAM 1500 4x4 trucks manufactured June 26, 2012, through February 5, 2013. Due to a software issue with the E...


Sometimes it's better not to file an insurance claim

You might find yourself without insurance coverage

Consumers often spend hundreds of dollars a month for insurance coverage for their home and automobiles, so when damage occurs the first thought is to file...


Gasoline prices are surging; here's why

Oil prices are rising and U.S. refineries are suffering breakdowns

You may have noticed that, all of a sudden, gasoline is getting more expensive. It's not your imagination. Prices at the pump began surging higher late las...


NIssan's latest Leaf problem: not enough cars

After a slow start, the electric cars are

The all-electric Leaf has just been one headache after another for Nissan. First, everybody laughed at the idea. Then nobody bought the cars. Now Nissan ca...


Does your child have a digital babysitter?

Researchers say more and more parents are using their gadgets to distract their kids

If you're a parent and you've used your tablet or smartphone to babysit your child, while you're busy doing something else, you're among a majority.Based...


Suit wants Apple to protect consumers from porn

Lawyer wants company to install controls on all devices

Apple has seen its share of litigation, but this may be the most interesting suit yet.Chris Sevier, a Nashville lawyer, wants “all [of Ap...


Potential Legal Action Over Asiana Pilot Names Prank

California affiliate aired racially offensive list of “pilots’ names”

A local news affiliate in Oakland, Calif. is potentially facing a lawsuit after airing the purported names of the pilots of Asiana Airlines Flight 214, whi...


Homeowners claim spray-in insulation "remains toxic"

Pennsylvania couple's lawsuit claims SPF insulation is carcinogenic

A Pennsylvania couple claims that the spray polyurethane foam (SPF) insulation in their home is carcinogenic. In a lawsuit that seeks class-action s...


Foreclosures fall but the pain continues

The numbers say things are getting better but some consumers say otherwise

Housing market indicators suggest the foreclosure crisis has passed. But has it?RealtyTrac, a real estate marketing firm, reports foreclosure filings fel...


Randy Travis case highlights cardiomyopathy

The cause isn't always easy to pin down and treatment isn't always effective

By now, you've probably heard about Randy Travis' condition. The 54 year old country singer was admitted to a hospital for an illness called viral c...


Feds propose standards for arsenic in apple juice

Agency testing and analysis confirm overall safety of apple juice

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is proposing what's called an “action level” of 10 parts per billion (ppb) for inorganic arsenic in apple juice – the...


FAA sets new pilot qualification standards

More flight time and aircraft type ratings will be required

First officers, also known as co-pilots, who fly for U.S. passenger and cargo airlines, will soon have to meet stiffer qualification standards. A new rule...


Michelin recalls light truck replacement tires

The tires may have partial or full sidewall perforations

Michelin North America is recalling approximately 100,000 tires in order to retrieve an estimated 2,500 tires -- about 2.5 percent of the recalled populat...


The best tablets and where to buy them

First, you have to decide which tablet best meets your needs

Competition is almost always good for consumers and that's especially true when it comes to tablet computers. Manufacturers continue to put out new models...


Gentlemen, charge your engines!

Prius Plug-ins compete to see who can wring the most miles from their batteries

2013 Toyota Prius Plug-inIt's not exactly the Indy 500 but Toyota has been staging an automotive competition this summer, pitting eco-conscious drivers...


A new way to capture your child's special moments

There are all kinds of new apps and gadgets to document your baby's early days

It's safe to say that most parents are usually very busy and things can go from calm to hectic as soon as the baby is brought home from the hospital.But ...


Helping your child with the back-to-school jitters

The first day of anything can be scary for anyone, but especially for children

At this very moment, most kids in the U.S. are probably enjoying their summer vacation and thinking very little about the up and coming school year.In fa...


NFL concussion suit goes to mediation

Judge orders mediation in hopes of settlement

A judge presiding over a suit against the National Football League (NFL) focusing on players’ concussions has ordered lawyers for both sides into med...


The checks are in the mail

Refunds are on the way to consumers who bought Skechers

Consumers who bought from Skechers toning shoes that the company promoted through allegedly deceptive advertisements will be getting some of their money ba...


Texas sues senior dating service

"Matchmaker Matchmaker" uses high-pressure tactics to intimidate members, state charges

Texas has sued a Beaumont senior dating service, Matchmaker Matchmaker, charging it uses "high pressure sales tactics" to sign up customers at prices as hi...


Rising energy costs send wholesale prices surging in June

The price of gasoline is leading the charge

Prices one step shy of the consumer level shot higher in June, do largely to a surge in energy costs. The Labor Department reports its Producer Price Inde...


Domestic flight tarmac delays rise in May

But on-time performance improves from the month before

Commercial airlines flying within the U.S. had a little trouble getting off the ground during May. According to the Transportation Department’s Air Travel...


Staples recalls office chairs

The base of the chair can break, posing a fall hazard

Staples the Office Superstore LLC, of Framingham, Mass., is recalling about 3,350 Bermond fabric manager's chairs. The base of the chair can break, posing...


Looking for a job? Here's where to look

In this economy your best chance may be with a temporary job

There's growing optimism about the job market. The June employment report showed the economy produced nearly 200,000 jobs during the month. Sustained job g...


iPhone app tracks menstrual cycle

Entrepreneur says the app could help prevent -- or promote -- pregnancy

Just when you thought there were no new ideas, along comes Ida Tin, the founder of Clue, a new iPhone app that tracks women's menstrual cycles and could he...


A poor rating for the Toyota RAV4 in small overlap front crash test

Design changes for the 2013 model year weren't enough to lift performance

The changes just weren't enough. That's the verdict from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) on the 2013 Toyota RAV4. Even though the autom...


Apple, Amazon drop “App Store” suit

Both companies will continue to use the term

Yesterday was the fifth birthday of Apple’s App Store, the (in Apple’s words) “revolutionary” marketplace where consumers can buy a...


Mortgage rates continue their climb

Some are now at 2-year highs

Market speculation that the Federal Reserve will reduce future bond purchases is sending home mortgage rates higher. Freddie Mac reports the 30-year fixed...


Feds clarify mortgage rules

Improvements expected in consumer protections

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) corrections, clarifications and amendments to its Ability-to-Repay and mortgage servicing rules are now i...


An unexpected jump in jobless claims

Feds say it may have to do with the July 4 holiday

First-time applications for state unemployment benefits shot higher last week, but it may be some sort of statistical anomaly. Figures released by the Bur...


Apple loses e-book antitrust case

Judge finds Apple conspired to eliminate price competition

A U.S. District Court Judge has ruled against Apple, finding it liable for violating the antitrust laws by conspiring with major U.S. publishers to fix the...


Consumers vent about big chain pharmacies

It seems every brand draws its share of complaints

While there may still be a corner drug store where you live, more often than not consumers are getting their prescriptions filled at one of the nationwide ...


CFPB cracks down on debt collectors

Issues information and resources for consumers facing collection activities

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is putting debt collection companies on notice that they will be held accountable for unlawful conduct.Th...


Twinkies or kalepops? Choose your summer food trend

Specialty food makers hope to expand your horizons

Junk food addicts are no doubt celebrating the return of the Hostess Twinkie to store shelves. As predicted last fall when baked goods manufacturer Hostess...


Have you ever received an item with bad packaging?

If so, here's what you should do

Has this ever happened to you?You just purchased a Snickers bar, since you hadn't had one in quite some time, and you rip open the package and anticipate...


Court denies class action status to Super Bowl lawsuit

The suit concerned last-minute seat shortages

A federal court has denied class certification in a suit involving a last-minute seat shortage at the 2011 Super Bowl between the Green Bay Packers and the...


Meat industry sues to stop country-of-origin labeling

American Meat Institute says USDA is overstepping its authority

The meat and livestock industry is taking exception to country-of-origin labeling rules -- known as COOL -- finalized by the U.S. Department of Agricu...


Researchers find few side effects linked to statin use

Benefits generally outweigh any risks, new findings indicate

You see them advertised all the time -- Crestor, Zocor and all the rest. They’re statins -- the popular class of cholesterol-lowering drugs used widely to ...


Traveling and Allergies: Unfortunately, the two can go hand in hand

So is getting a hypoallergenic room even worth it?

Who doesn't like to travel? Most people do, right? Of course there are some who would rather skip the airport lines, highway traffic and high gas pr...


Former cheerleader waits on defamation verdict

Alleged that gossip site posted false posts

A former cheerleader for the Cincinnati Bengals has trudged a long road in her defamation case against gossip site, but now a verdict could be...


Hotel guest claims she was bitten 400 times by bed bugs

The hotel destroyed the evidence by disinfecting the room, lawsuit charges

A California woman is suing the Renaissance Marriott Hotel in Palm Springs, claiming she was bitten by bed bugs more than 400 times while sleeping at the h...


American teens are on the job

Hiring during May was the strongest since 2006

Teen hiring may have gotten off to its strongest start in seven years in 2013, but heavy employment gains in May appear to have caused employers to pull ba...


Is your smartphone camera good enough?

It might not be yet, but experts say they're getting better

Smartphones perform so many functions they've actually eliminated some products from the market. Remember the Flip video camera? It was all the rage in 200...


What to know before ordering Internet diet pills

Some may result in unauthorized charges, some might not work

Taking a pill to help you lose weight sounds attractive. It's simple and easy, with less effort required than counting calories and exercising. But the res...


Survey reveals some of consumers' favorite brands

Which food brands came in first and what is most important to consumers?

Whether it's heading to your favorite fast-food restaurant for a burger or going to your local coffee shop for a morning cup of Joe, consumers have a close...


Kroger buys Harris Teeter Supermarkets

Harris Teeter will continue to operate under its brand

Kroger Company is buying regional supermarket chain Harris Teeter for $2.44 billion, but says it will continue to operate the stores under the Harris Teete...


World's biggest debt collector hit with $3.2 million penalty

Expert Global Solutions agrees to stop harassing consumers

The world’s largest debt collection agench, Expert Global Solutions, has agreed to stop harassing consumers and will pay a $3.2 million civil pe...


Feds probe loss of steering in Hyundai Santa Fe SUVs

Right-front axle shaft may fail, consumer complaints indicate

2013 Santa FeThe Hyundai Santa Fe is not without its peculiarities. Consumers complain of everything from the sunroof flying off to sudden suspension f...


Inventory of foreclosed homes down sharply

The numbers are at a 5-year low in some cases

If you’re looking to buy a home that’s going through foreclosure, your choices are a little more limited these days. CoreLogic,which provides property inf...


Allegedly phony mortgage relief scheme halted

Legal assistance and "forensic audits" touted for distressed homeowners

A mortgage relief scheme that allegedly deceived and preyed on distressed homeowners by charging them $2,000 to $4,000 based on bogus foreclosure rescue cl...


Ford recalls vehicles with child safety lock problems

Deactivation of the safety lock could lead to an unintended opening of the door

Ford Motor Company is recalling 12,569 model year 2013 Ford Explorer, Taurus and Lincoln MKS vehicles manufactured November 29, 2012, through December 12, ...


The return of the adjustable rate mortgage

With fixed rates rising, an ARM may look attractive -- but be careful

Mortgage rates are on the rise once again, but remain near historic lows. Since rates plunged in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, almost anyone who c...


Federal sting closes 1,600 illegal pharmacy websites

Sites claimed to be in Canada, sold counterfeit drugs, feds charge

A massive federal sting operation has closed down more than 1,600 illegal pharmacy websites that claimed to be based in Canada but were allegedly in the U....


When your expensive refrigerator gives you heartburn

Some consumers wish they had their old fridges back

Your refrigerator is probably the most expensive appliance in your kitchen. While you can purchase an economy model for less than $500, some moderate to hi...


Emergency committee will study SARS-like virus that has killed 42

The virus, largely confined to the Middle East so far, has a high mortality rate

The World Health Organization (WHO) is convening an emergency committee to determine whether the SARS-like virus that has killed more than half of those ...


Consumers cool to idea of their TV spying on them

Study finds 43% would not allow a camera on their TV to watch them

Consumers don't much like the idea of their TV set watching them while they're watching it, a new study finds. Many TV sets and gadets like Microsoft's Xbo...


Chrysler recalling minivans to fix airbag problem

Side airbags deploy on the wrong side because of a defective part

Chrysler Group LLC says it will recall approximately 282,000 model-year 2013 minivans worldwide to correct airbag-control software.Chrysler said that follo...


Chrysler recalls vehicles with rear passenger head restraint problems

Failure of the restraint to deploy could increase the risk of injury

Chrysler is recalling 442,481 vehicles as follows: model year 2011-2013 Sebring and 200 vehicles manufactured June 28, 2011, through December 13, 2012; m...


Les Frères cheese products recalled

The products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese Company recalling for three specialty cheese products while regulatory agencies continue a multi-state investigation of Lis...


Dogs and skin allergies: A brief tutorial

Experts say it'll require dermatological visits and educating yourself to keep your dog comfy

Summer time has some wonderful things like the opening of amusement parks, going to cookouts and attending outside gatherings. But one bad thing about the ...


In June, consumers favored small economy cars

Automakers continue to rack up record sales

Consumers generally decided that small and economical was the way to go last month, giving several carmakers their best June sales month in years. Though n...


The "worst restaurant meal in America?"

It's not the calories -- it's the trans fat

Just how bad does a restaurant meal have to be to be named "Worst Restaurant Meal in America?" The folks at Center for Science in the Public Interest (CS...


Job creation in June exceeds expectations

Still, the unemployment rate is stick at 7.6%

The nation's economy cranked out a surprising 195,000 jobs in June, topping the forecast of 166,000 projected by a survey of economists surveyed by Briefi...


Jardine crib recalls leave consumers fuming

The company offers some customers only a $65 credit on a new Jardine crib

When a product is recalled for reasons of safety, consumers rightly assume that they will be offered a replacement, but that's often not the case, as purch...


Milo's Kitchen treats poisoned dogs, class action charges

Chicken from China blamed for dogs' illness, deaths

 Del Monte subsidiary Milo's Kitchen cannot dismiss claims that its Chinese chicken jerky treats poisoned and killed dogs, a federal judge ruled.&nbsp...


Safety first on July 4th

Firecrackers, aerials, and homemade explosives cause most deaths and injuries

While Americans' plans for celebrating the nation's 237th birthday on July 4th and many and varied, blowing off a finger or hand probably is not at the top...


What you need to know about acetaminophen

This helpful drug is very dangerous if you overdose

One of the most widely used and helpful drugs, it turns out, can be very dangerous to your health if you don't carefully follow dosage directions. It can c...


Feds order for-profit colleges to meet tougher standards

Schools will have to prove their students can get jobs and manage student debt

Getting a college education is an expensive undertaking, but where you go to school makes a big difference in the bill. A state college is more affordable ...


TV flies free on Southwest

Bring your own iPad or laptop, the programming's free

Bags fly free on Southwest and now TV does too. In a deal with Dish Network, Southwest is offering free Wi-Fi and TV programming on its flights. It had bee...


Keeping your pet safe on the 4th of July

It'll require a little planning on your part to make sure your pet is protected this holiday

The 4th of July is almost here, and soon people all over the United States will be attending barbecues, purchasing fireworks and showing their American pat...


States nag Google about privacy, ads for illegal products

States irate over YouTube ads for illegal pharmacies, how-to videos for would-be forgers

The feds have lately been hectoring Google about paid ads not being clearly distinguished from search results and now states are piling on with complaints ...


Job cuts rise slightly in June

But the total for the year so far is lower than in 2012

Employers were planning to let more people go in June than they did the month before. According to figures released by outplacement consultancy Challenger...


Blood pressure, cholesterol control could cut heart disease risk

Close attention to both may provide long-term benefits

It sounds so simple, yet fewer than one in three people manage to do it. According to new research in the American Heart Association journal Circulation,...


Yamaha recalls Big Bear ATVs

The front shock absorber can break apart, causing the driver to lose control

Yamaha Motor Corporation USA of Cypress, Calif., is recalling about 100 Big Bear ATVs. The front shock absorber can break apart and cause the driver to lo...


What to do with your gold coins

Do you cut your losses or hold on for dear life?

You resisted the gold bug as long as you could, but in 2011, persuaded by non-stop commercials on cable TV, you gave in and purchased some gold coins, when...


Pomegranate seeds from Turkey blamed for Hepatitis A outbreak

At least 130 people have been sickened by the seeds

Pomegranate seeds from Turkey have been pinpointed as the ingredient in a frozen berry mixture that's making people ill.  The Centers for Disease Cont...


Home prices post year-to-year surge in May

June's numbers could be even better

The news just keeps getting better for people who want to sell their homes. According to the CoreLogic Home Price Index (HPI) report for May, home prices ...


USDA implements new 'Smart Snacks in School' standards

The policy is designed to provide healthy choices in vending machines and snack bars

America's students will be offered healthier food options during the school day, thanks to the Agriculture Department's (USDA) new " Smart Snacks in School...


Do sunscreen pills really work?

They're becoming more and more popular in the U.S., but should you use them?

Summer time is upon us and so is the summer sun, so a lot of folks are looking for the best sunscreen that's on the market.But today, there are some who...


What to Look For in a Home Alarm System

Reliability is first but service, cost and contract terms are important too

Ask a news photographer which camera is best and he’ll say it’s the one you have with you when you need it. The same is true of home security alarms...


Hyundai recalls Azeras

The occupant detection system may not differentiate whether an adult or child is in the seat

Hyundai Motor Company is recalling 5,200 model year 2012-2013 Azera vehicles manufactured May 22, 2012, through November 23, 2012. The occupant detection...


Gasoline Prices headed lower for July 4th

But it's still more expensive to drive than it was last year

There is some good news if you plan a car trip over the Independence Day holiday. You should find gasoline prices headed lower just about everywhere you dr...


States say it's time to crack down on mobile cramming

Forty attorneys general call for new laws to prevent unauthorized charges

When a large number of states get together to confront a consumer issue, chances are good something is going to happen. When 50 states agreed to take on mo...


After the storm, insurance can be hard to find

To manage risk, insurance companies often drop good customers

Insurance is a numbers game. When risk increases, in the form of additional claims, companies manage their risk by writing fewer policies, or being more se...


Watchdog group wants info on facial recognition system

The group is worried by reports the FBI is rolling out a large-scale project

EFF raises concerns about privacyby Jon HoodTechnology watchdog group the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has filed a Freedom of Inf...


Suit: NYC restaurants illegally adding tips

Action targeting high-traffic midtown restaurants

Anyone familiar with the restaurant scene in New York City knows that the chain restaurants dotting the most heavily-trafficked areas of midtown -- Olive G...


Anti-gay groups want Califonia marriages halted

They claim the Supreme Court lifted stay prematurely

After the Supreme Court’s decision essentially killing California’s Proposition 8, proponents of so-called “traditional marr...


New online privacy protection for kids takes effect today

New FTC rules give parents greater control over collection of info about their children

The Federal Trade Commission’s revised Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act Rule took effect today, giving parents greater control over the...


First non-hormonal treatment for hot flashes approved

There's now a new way to ease a problem that often accompanies menopause

Brisdelle (paroxetine) has won the approval of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use as a treatment for moderate to severe hot flashes (vasom...


Stroke survivors may recover language function through brain stimulation

The non-invasive therapy delivered significant results

Non-invasive brain stimulation may help stroke survivors recover speech and language function, according to new research in the American Heart Association ...


Man facing vandalism charges for chalk drawings

Activism carries maximum sentence of 13 years in jail

He’s facing up to 13 years in jail, up to $13,000 in fines, and an unforgiving judge.His crime? Using water-soluble chalk on an outdoo...


JaDera and Xiyouji Qingzhi weight loss supplement recalled

The products contain undeclared Sibutramine, which was pulled from the market in 2010

Dolphin Intertrade is recalling JaDera and Xiyouji Qingzhi weight loss supplement. The products have been found to contain undeclared Sibutramine, a prev...