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You shouldn't try to separate love and money

In fact, they're the twin pillars of a successful relationship

Married or unmarried, when a couple moves in together there is more to the arrangement than who takes out the trash. Money is woven throughout the fabric o...


Can't make more money? Then make your money go further

Here's some of the frugality tricks that've helped me

Depending on your tax bracket, a penny saved from your take-home pay can equal more than one and a half pre-tax pennies earned...


Feds: Consumer credit scores should be more readily available

Consumer credit complaints are topped by inaccuracy of information issues

Consumers shouldn't have to fight to get access to their credit scores and related content. That's the thinking behind a call by the Consumer Financial Pro...


Is the foreclosure crisis over? Not quite

Foreclosures still running much higher than before the housing crisis

The headline is comforting – “foreclosure inventory down 33% from a year ago.” It suggests a housing market that is healing from the wors...


Quizno's close to bankruptcy once more

High debts and a franchisee exodus hit the company on two fronts

Quizno's offers an unusually bad deal to its franchise owners, compared to most restaurant franchises...


Springtime is salmonella season for chicks and other baby birds

Washington State releases health warning for anyone handling live poultry

EVen clean and healthy-looking birds might shed salmonella bacteria...


Asthma drug helps relieve food allergies, study finds

It provides a much faster way of desensitizing patients

An asthma drug helps desensitize patients who have allergies to several foods, a new study by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine and...


Child-deaths spur renewed search for cedar chests

CPSC, Lane Home Furniture are making an urgent request

Following the recent deaths of a Franklin, Mass., brother and sister, Lane Home Furniture is calling for a renewed search for cedar chests with lids that a...


Economic growth winds down

Slower than expected consumer spending is among the reasons

If you're a “glass is half empty-half full” type of person, here's one for you too chew on: The economy grew in the final three months of last year just n...


Pending home sales stuck in neutral

Weather and inventory kept a lid on sales

Not a lot of action in January as far as the real estate game is concerned. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) reports pending home sales were ess...


Another bogus gift card case settled

Affiliate marketers bamboozled consumers with promises of "free" merchandise

Consumers who fell for text messages promising $1,000 Walmart gift cards and other freebies instead found themselves taken to websites that tried to sign t...


New nutrition labels would update serving size, calories

Will make "a big difference," Michelle Obama promises

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has come up with a proposed new "Nutrition Facts" label for packaged foods, hoping to emphasize the link betwee...


American Airlines, seeking "consistency," cancels bereavement fares

Consumers complain its previous policy wasn't a model of consistency and compassion

As it continues cementing its takover of US Airways, American Airlines has eliminated its bereavement fares -- the discounted fares sometimes offered to co...


BPA can cause fetal abnormalities in primates: study

The abnormalities occurred when pregnant females were exposed to small, daily concentrations of BPA

U.S. regulators have been slow to restrict the use of Bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical widely used in consumer products including food packaging, store receip...


Knowing these five sets of numbers may reduce heart risk

You don't have to like math to help your heart

Numbers are a big part of health. Height, weight, pulse, heart rate – doctors can tell a lot about how we are doing physically by the numbers assigne...


Buying a house: good investment or bad?

Trick question: depends which kind of investment you're talking about

Your home is a major investment, but not the kind you might think...


Initial jobless claims post unexpected surge

Holiday shortened weeks and seasonal adjustment factors may be an issue

The ranks of workers applying for for unemployment benefits for the first time swelled unexpectedly during week ending February 22. Government figures sh...


Ordinary conditioner removes head lice eggs as well as more expensive products

The eggs are much harder to get rid of than the lice themselves

Head lice can be hard to get rid of. Even worse are their eggs, commonly called nits. Female lice lay eggs directly onto strands of hair, and they cem...


Consumers pull back on spending in January

However, they may loosen up when warmer weather finally arrives

How cold was it in January? Apparently so cold a lot of consumers didn't want to take their hands out of their pockets. That's one possible explanation fo...


California arrests 7 in $6.2 million mortgage fraud case

The seven took advantage of desperate homeowners, state charges

Seven suspects have been arrested in a mortgage fraud scheme that defrauded more than California 1,550 homeowners seeking loan modification services d...


Cork block stacking toys recalled

Small pieces of cork can break off the blocks, posing a choking hazard

A Harvest Company of Huntley, Ill., is recalling about 720 sets of Cork Stacker block sets. Small pieces of cork can break off the blocks, posing a chokin...


Are your digital devices driving up your electric bill?

Consumer group says they take a bigger bite than you think

If you've checked your monthly electricity bill and been surprised at how much it is, you may have more to blame than an overly cold winter. Researchers at...


Senate bill would restrict e-cigarette marketing to children and teens

E-cigs "a gateway to tobacco use," say the bill's sponsors

For years, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been trying to decide what to do about e-cigarettes -- the electronic gadgets that vaporize nico...


GM expands ignition switch recall

Chevrolet HHR, Pontiac Solstice, and Saturn Ion and Sky included

Saying that it is “deeply sorry,” General Motors is expanding an earlier recall of 619,122 model year 2003-2007 vehicles to correct a condition with the ig...


Delta Air Lines to award frequent-flyer miles based on price, not distance

Most SkyMiles customers are spectacularly unimpressed

Frequent customers of Delta Air Lines be warned: the company is changing the equation it uses to calculate frequent-flyer miles...


Feds sue for-profit college ITT, accusing it of predatory lending

The school exploited its students and pushed them into high-cost student loans, the CFPB alleges

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) today sued ITT Educational Services, Inc., accusing the for-profit college chain of predatory student lendi...


Study: pregnant employees still subject to discrimination

Researchers find 40% of gender-based complaints involve pregnancy

In 1978 Congress added to the nation's workplace protections by passing the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, which made it illegal to terminate or otherwise d...


Blood pressure should be measured in both arms: study

Different pressure between arms may foretell cardiovascular problems

New study presents evidence that blood pressure should be measured in both armsDifference in interarm blood pressure linked to greater risk of future car...


A rebound in sales of new homes

On the other hand, mortgage applications posted their third weekly decline

After falling for two months in a row, sales of new single-family homes shot higher in January, Figures released jointly by the U.S. Census Bureau and the...


Americans continue to pack on the pounds

A new study says the prevalence of obesity remains high

We're still a nation of tubbies. A national survey study in the February 26 issue of JAMA found that about one-third of adults and 17% of children and tee...


Feds fine Asiana $500,000 for failing to help families of crash victims

It's the first time an airline has been fined for violating family assistance rules

Asiana Airlines has been fined $500,000 for failing to offer adequate aid to families after the crash of Asiana flight 214 at San Francisco International A...


Polaris recalls Ranger recreational off-highway vehicles

The vehicles' throttle cable can melt on the exhaust pipe and fail to operate properly

Polaris Industries of Medina, Minn., is recalling about 16,550 Ranger recreational off-highway vehicles. The vehicles’ throttle cable can melt on the exha...


Tick bite could turn you into a near-vegetarian

Doctors warn the lone star tick can cause severe red meat allergy

Food allergies are becoming a more common occurrence, a result perhaps of new types of processes, substances and additives in the modern diet. But at least...


California man attempts e-cig lawsuit

Do they or don't they help tobacco smokers quit?

A California man named Eric McGovern is attempting to bring a class action suit against e-cig maker Njoy...


Facebook mercifully killing off Facebook email

Facebook email was "not popular" in the same sense that the Hindenburg was "not fireproof"

Facebook has finally succumbed to reality and is doing away with its wildly unpopular Facebook email system...


Don't overlook Earned Income Tax Credit

You could receive this benefit even if you pay no taxes

Not everyone qualifies for it. In fact, it's specifically designed for low-income wage earners, which these days includes a lot of people. But if you quali...


Netflix in talks with Verizon, AT&T

Online entertainment service dips into its cash drawer to keep the video streaming

Verizon CEO: We Expect A Deal With Netflix (CNBC)Verizon Communications CEO Lowell McAdam said Monday that he expects to reach an agreement with Netflix th...


Los Angeles may be next to restrict e-cigs

A proposed ordinance would treat them like traditional tobacco cigarettes

There doesn't seem to be much middle ground on electronic cigarettes; people either love them or hate them. And those who hate them tend to be in positions...


Younger people particularly hard-hit by the flu

The good news: flu shots made a big difference this season

Younger- and middle-age adults took a particularly hard hit from the flu season, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity an...


It's refund season

More refunds have been issued so far than were a year ago

Feeling a little more flush this year? If you've already filed your 2013 federal income tax return, there may be a good reason. Tax filing statistics for ...


Attempted class-action suit addresses "excessively high" parking fines

The constitution bans "excessive" fines, but how much is excessive?

There's potential good news for Los Angeles car owners – and possibly car owners elsewhere throughout America...


Feds probe braking problems in Mazda CX-9

Consumers say the braking power-assist fails, making it hard to stop

2010 Mazda CX-9 (Photo: Wikipedia)Federal safety regulators are looking into reports of problems with the power-assisted braking system in 2010 through...


A winter chill for consumer confidence

The outlook is “iffy,” according to consumers

A drop in consumer expectations pushed the Conference Board's Consumer Confidence Index lower in February. After rising to 79.4 In January, the Index drop...


Home prices rise, but not as fast

The best may be behind us

Home prices across the U.S. rose during 2013, but the rate of increase seems to be slowing. Data released by S&P Dow Jones Indices for its S&P/Case-Shille...


What's the attraction of tanning?

With young consumers ignoring the warnings, researchers hope to find out

For years health policymakers have undertaken a campaign to discourage people from using tanning salons to get a tan. A number of states have regulated the...


Netflix blinks, agrees to pay Comcast extra for faster connection

In the absence of regulation, the guy with his hand on the spigot is in control

There's this long-standing theory that the Internet is a miracle of free enterprise, a parallel universe in which the most innovative products and services...


Restaurant death illustrates need for carbon monoxide detectors

A basement flue pipe malfunctioned in a Long Island restaurant, sickening two dozen

The carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning death of a restaurant manager on Long Island points up the need for carbon monoxide detectors in homes and businesses....


Tobacco companies shift more advertising to e-cigarettes

Health researcher calls for more research on these cigarette substitutes

With fewer new smokers and more people kicking the habit – along with restrictions on advertising and marketing – cigarette sales are in declin...


Polio-like illness strikes five California children

The syndrome, which tends to follow a respiratory infection, is very rare

Polio has been eradicated but something very similar to it has afflicted five California children over the last year and researchers are trying to identify...


Feds block work-at-home scheme that promised big bucks for little work

Sites "conned millions of dollars from consumers," the FTC charges

A federal court has entered a restaining order halting what the Federal Trade Commission says it a deceptive work-from-home scheme that conned million...


Retail clinics "inappropriate" source of care for children, pediatricians' group declares

The growing us of clinics in drugstores, supermarkets makes pediatricians nervous

Voltaire is credited with first noting that “the perfect is the enemy of the good.” ...


Nissan recalling Frontier trucks to fix fire risk

Circuit breaker could be improperly installed, possibly causing a short

Nissan is recalling about 13,000 Frontier pickup trucks from the 2012 through 2014 models year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Agency (NHTSA) announce...


Uninsured young people more likely to be diagnosed with advanced cancer

Insuring more young people would save money and lives, study finds

The Obama Administration has been doing its best to persuade young people to sign up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act. That's because younger peo...


Feds: Plastic lumber not all that green

Evolve, Trimax plastic lumber manufacturer made false claims, FTC charges

A Wisconsin-based manufacturer of plastic lumber products has agreed to stop making allegedly unsubstantiated claims about the recycled content and recycla...


Roos Foods recalls variety of cheeses

The cheeses may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Roos Foods of Kenton, Del., is recalling all lots of the following cheeses because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes:...


Winter's double whammy: frigid weather and the flu

Flu deaths in early February at "epidemic levels"

The winter of 2013-14 has been particularly tough. Not only have people in wide areas of the country been blasted with deep snows and frigid temperatures, ...


Marijuana safety: drugs vs. food

Federal food-safety laws don't apply to marijuana edibles

Future historians will build entire specialized careers out of parsing the contradictory American marijuana laws in the early 21st century...


Feds order Sutra Bidis cigarettes off the market

The Indian smokes are the first to be banned by the FDA

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has ordered Sutra Bidis cigarettes off the market in the United States. The order outlaws the importation and sale of...


Three steps to starting a savings program

Despite improving economy savings rate dropped at end of 2013

The economy may be improving and unemployment is down from its stubborn highs, but household finances could still use some attention, according to the late...


Making makeup last longer (if you use it at all)

This article is certified at least 25 percent hypocrisy-free

I've had a love-hate relationship with cosmetics ever since that long-ago day my mother deemed me old enough to wear makeup....


Consumer group opposes delaying flood insurance rate hikes

Delaying rate hikes "asks America to stick its head in the mud," says Consumer Federation

Few government programs lose as much money as the National Flood Insurance Program, currently $24 billion in debt and likely to sink even further below the...


Lifelong exposure to food packaging may be harmful

Current testing protocols may not be adequate to protect health, scientists warn

Eating is sort of like smoking. A single instance isn't likely to be harmful but over a lifetime, the effects can add up. The same is true of food packagin...


Existing-home sales drop in January

Prices, however, continued their move upward

Last month's bout of nasty winter weather is being blamed for a drop in existing-home sales to the lowest level in a year-and-a-half. According to the Nat...


Falafel King recalls Hatch Green Chile hummus and wraps

The products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Falafel King of Boulder, Colo., is recalling 10-ounce containers of Hatch Green Chile Hummus and 8.5-ounce Hatch Green Chile Wraps. The products have the ...


Coleman Runestone children’s shoes recalled

The metal rivets surrounding the shoestring holes can have sharp edges

The Eastman Footwear Group of New York, N.Y., is recalling about 12,200 pairs of Coleman Runestone style children’s shoes. The metal rivets surrounding th...


Infantino recalls teething toys

The tail of the monkey can pose a choking hazard

Infantino LLC, of San Diego, Calif., is recalling about 191,000 Go Gaga Squeeze & Teethe Coco the Monkey teething toys. The tail of the monkey can pose a ...


Facebook buys WhatsApp for $19 billion

WhatsApp users don't sound too happy

Facebook's own reputation might be damaging it, if reactions to the company's planned $19 billion ($4 billion in cash, plus $15 billion in Facebook shares ...


Judge orders Aereo to shut down in Denver, Salt Lake City

It's the first win for broadcasters in their battle with Aereo

Television broadcasters have finally managed to eke out a small victory against Aereo, the rogue cable-like service that has been sucking money out of thei...


What's holding back the economy?

Author suggests the global economy simply produces too much stuff

Since the financial crisis of 2008, which turned a regular recession into the Great Recession, the economy has struggled to recover. More than five years l...


Kansas researchers looking for ways to stem spread of tularemia in cats

Cats in parts of the Midwest are more likely to come down with the disease

Kansas State University veterinarians perform a feline exam. (KSU photo)A Kansas State University epidemiologist is helping cats, pet owners and soldiers...


Connecticut photographer's use of a drone irks local cops, leads to lawsuit

Police allegedly get journalist suspended for videotaping fatal car crash

A Connecticut photojournalist is suing the Hartford police department for lost wages, civil rights violations and other damages...


New hope in treating Alzheimer's agitation

Relief may come in the use of antidepressants

A generic antidepressant drug -- citalopram – has been found to relieve agitation significantly in a group of patients with Alzheimer's disease. In lower ...


Sen. Markey proposes personalized guns

Only the registered owner would be able to fire the weapons

Just about everything is personalized these days. Your Facebook page, your Pandora stations, your car and many other consumer products and services are ref...


Inflation barely visible at the start of 2014

Energy accounts for most of the rise in the CPI for January

With apologies to Carl Sandburg, inflation crept in to 2014 on little cat feet. According to the government, the consumer price index (CPI) inched up 0.1%...


Business opportunity scam shut down

The unemployed and underemployed were targeted

The Federal Trade Commission has reached settlements with a handful of companies and individuals that bans them from selling business or work-at-home oppor...


Is college worth it? Pew survey says it is

Finds college grads earn much more than those with only a high school diploma

With rising tuition and student loan debt, there has been growing debate over the value of a college degree. Is it worth the cost?Former Education Secret...


Verizon, Netflix at odds over Internet traffic jam

Lots of consumers watch Netflix, which Verizon thinks entitles it to more money

You could see this coming. Like a, well, house of cards, the Internet is a complex structure that works surprisingly well, considering how many players are...


Study: retirees not tapping their IRAs

Seniors appear to be taking full advantage of tax shelter

If you talk to someone at or near retirement age about their finances, you'll likely hear a lot of angst about whether or not they have saved enough money....


Google asks Glass users: don't be a Glasshole

Good luck with that.

Back when horses were people's primary mode of transportation, there was a common saying about people who locked the barn door after the horse was stolen....


Tinder app security breach pinpoints users' locations

Not the first such problem, merely the most recent

If you've been using the popular dating app Tinder, which is supposed to help you find potential partners in your own neighborhood (rather than hundreds or...


Ticks carry newly recognized human pathogen in San Francisco area

Lyme disease isn't enough, now ticks carry a new pathogen as well

An adult deer tick (Source: Wikipedia)Look out, San Francisco. As springtime approaches and Golden Gate Park beckons, scientists say the ticks that inf...


Look out, Google: Case Western develops a new cyber-search method

New search tool finds relevant results faster, researchers say

AltaVista in 1999 (Source: Wikipedia)It wasn't all that long ago that Alta Vista was the hands-down favorite search engine. Then something called Googl...


Housing hits the skids in January

Both new home construction and building permit applications were down sharply

New home construction plunged in January for the second time in as many months. Government figures show housing starts were down 16% last month -- to a s...


Western consumers urged to check for recalled frozen ground beef patties

The advisory is a response to a recall by Rancho Feeding Corp.

Fry's Foods, Food 4 Less (West), Ralphs and Smith's Food & Drug are calling on customers to check their refrigerators and freezers for a limited selection...


A new dating site for people in recovery reflects the trend towards more specialized matches

Online dating is nothing new. Almost since the Internet came into being people have been using it to hook up.What's new is a trend toward specialization...


Former raw-milk advocates plead: don't feed raw milk to young children

E. coli from raw milk destroyed a two-year-old's kidneys

A dairy farmer and a former raw-milk aficionado have joined forces to remind parents: please, don't feed raw milk to young children....


FAA fails to do its part to protect musicians' instruments

Even when Congress manages to act, agencies often fail to follow orders

More than 30 members of Congress from both parties have written Secretary Foxx asking why the FAA hasn't put out a rule to protect musicians' instruments d...


Smoketels: the booking website by and for smokers

Want to rent a room that allows smoking? Here's help

If you're among the 18.1 percent of American adults who smoke tobacco, you've noticed that finding hotels who allow smoking gets harder each year...


Tinnitus is a ringing in your ears that never stops

The good news is, there are treatments that may alleviate it

Age-related hearing impairment, injury, foreign objects and even circulatory system problems can bring on a ringing in the ear – a condition known as...


Another arrest of a "revenge porn" kingpin

Casey Meyering faces multiple felony extortion charges

If you're looking for reasons to increase your faith in the general goodness of humanity, these revenge-porn arrests actually provide one...


Builder confidence sags in February

Wicked winter weather is cited as a big factor

The unusually severe weather across much of the nation took a toll on builder confidence in the market for newly-built, single-family homes The weather, a...


Cancer treatment doesn't have to be expensive

Experts say costs can be cut without risk to patients

The list of bad things about receiving a cancer diagnosis in nearly endless. Among them is the cost of treatment. But, in a review article published in Th...


"Free $1,000 Gift Card" scammers ordered to pay $2.5 million

There was no gift card and consumers wound up signing up for things they didn't want

They didn't give away many "free $1,000 gift cards" but 12 defendants will soon be coughing up $2.5 million to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that...


Transportation deaths rose in 2012

Highway deaths accounted for 94% of the total

Travel isn't getting any safer, especially when it's by car. Figures released by the National Transportation Safety Board show transportation fataliti...


Dairy Rich Chocolate Ice Cream recalled

The product may contain peanuts, an allergen not listed on the label

Ice Cream Specialties of Merrillville, Ind., is recalling Dairy Rich Chocolate Ice Cream because it may contain peanut butter, which contains a peanut alle...


Nutriom recalls dried egg products

The products may be contaminated with Salmonella

Nutriom LLC of Lacey, Wash., is recalling approximately 226,710 pounds of processed egg products that may be contaminated with Salmonella. There have bee...


Expert warns 'financial stupidity' is part of growing older

Aging Boomers at high risk of making "stupid" investments, author says

Baby boomers saving for retirement are often confronted with a confusion array of financial choices to secure their future. That security can depend in par...


Fitbit wearers itching for relief

Rash and burns afflict fitness fans wearing the activity trackers

Fitbit says it's "dedicated to helping people lead healthier, more active lives" by selling them wristbands that measure their physical activity, except wh...


Groupon and President Hamilton troll America for President's Day

And Groupon's CEO sold off a lot of his shares in the company

The guy responsible is either a complete ignoramus or a slyly brilliant genius...


Harvard study links chemicals to autism, ADHD, dyslexia

Pesticides, flame retardants, fluoride, other chemicals implicated

Why is it that so many children are afflicted with autism, ADHD, dyslexia and other developmental disabilities? Some people speculate that it's simply that...


12 top family car choices for 2014

Kelley Blue Book places more sedans than minivans on the list

Buying a family car doesn't necessarily mean buying a minivan. Not in 2014, when there are varied options for an individual family's needs.There are seda...


The 2014 tax filing season is off and running

The filing of returns is exceeding the 2013 pace

Taxpayers aren't wasting any time filing their 2013 federal income tax returns, outpacing filings for the same time last year. The Internal Revenue Servi...


What you don't know about heart disease could kill you

Survey finds most of us are clueless about heart disease

If you ask someone which they fear more, cancer or heart disease, chances are they'll express a greater fear of cancer. But when it comes to U.S. deaths, s...


Tesla sales are red hot but so are some of its cars

The latest Tesla fire occurred in a Toronto garage, the cause so far unknown

Teslas are shown in New York after a recent cross-country road rally. (Photo credit: Tesla)Tesla is sort of the Justin Bieber of cars -- popular, youth...


Lululemon takes a stand against secondhand sales and even higher prices

Because "Lululemon" and "dislike of elevated prices" go together like orange juice and toothpaste

If you're a fan of Lululemon workout clothes, be warned: the company does not want you selling your clothes secondhand...


Stay away from chicken tartare; salmonella's still a thing

Proper cooking protects you from salmonella contamination

In an opinion piece for Food Safety News, Dr. Mel Kramer mentions a modest proposal for new USDA food-labeling guidelines: require all chicken to carry the...


Fake funeral notices: the latest despicable online scam

Don't click on that bereavement notice

By now it's safe to say: there is no low to which Internet scammers won't sink. ...


Facebook "sponsored stories" settlement under attack

Protections afforded children are "hollow" and "meaningless," critics argue

Last August, Facebook ponied up $20 million to settle a class-action lawsuit that challenged the unwitting use of consumers' names and photos in advertisin...


Air pollution can be deadly for the unborn

Florida study finds stepping outside may be as bad as inhaling cigarette smoke

Everybody knows by now that cigarette smoke is bad news for pregnant women and their unborn child. But a new University of Florida study finds that steppin...


Tough states have fewer teen tanners using indoor salons

The stronger the law, the less likely teens are to tan indoors

Concerns that indoor tanning may be partially responsible for the continued increase in melanoma, the most fatal of skin cancers, has led some states to pl...


Government's auto parts price-fixing probe expands

Bridgestone faces $425 million fine

Though consumers may have been unaware of it, the prices they paid for cars and some after-market parts may have been higher than necessary. A Justice Depa...


Toyota recalls Tacoma, Lexus RX350 and Rav4 vehicles

An electrical glitch could result in the illumination of various warning lights

Toyota is recalling 261,114 model year 2012 and 2013 Toyota Tacoma, Lexus RX350, and model year 2012 Toyota Rav4 vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the...


Toyota announces massive recall of Prius vehicles

Transistors in the inverter module may become damaged from high operating temperatures

Earlier this week, ConsumerAffairs reported that Toyota was preparing to recall 700,00 model year 2010 through 2014 Prius vehicles. In the affected vehicl...


Need tax help fast? Here's how

You don't have to put up with heavy call volume

Heading into the Presidents Day weekend, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is reminding taxpayers that this holiday period typically marks one of the busi...


MyNicKnaxs recalls Reduce Weight Fruta Planta

The products contain an active pharmaceutical ingredient not listed on the label

MyNicKnaxs is recalling all lots of Reduce Weight Fruta Planta, which contain contain 10.2 mg of Phenolphthalein, an active pharmaceutical ingredient not d...


Where's your refund? You can check online

IRS would like you to use their tool instead of calling

Taxpayers eager to receive their tax refund are no doubt busy preparing their returns and many have already filed. Now, when does that refund arrive?It d...


Federal court agrees First Amendment applies to online expert advice

The case involves a Texas licensing body's attempt to silence a veterinarian

Dr. Ron Hines & friendsA federal judge in Texas has ruled in favor of Dr. Ron Hines, a veterinarian whose license was suspended for giving pet ow...


PayPal president upset that PayPal employees don't use PayPal

David Marcus tells workers to use the app, or quit

What is it about tech-company executives and their tendency to conflate “nagging” with “producing a product that people actually want to use?”...


Researchers: pornography addiction isn't real

Though self-identified porn addicts are probably sincere

Two studies released on Feb. 12 seem to confirm what cynics have long suspected—while most healthy adults have a sex drive, which in turn inspires some to...


Comcast buying Time Warner Cable, will cut 3 million customers loose

Lengthy regulatory review is likely to slow completion of the deal

Like the very hungry caterpillar, Comcast appears determined to eat everything in its path. Already the nation's largest cable operator, Comcast now says i...


HOA faces wrongful-death suit over Dumpster fatality

Alleges lack of basic safety guidelines regarding automatic trash compactor

The widow of the Illinois man accidentally crushed to death in a trash compactor last summer is now suing the homeowners' association...


New label makes it easier to identify auto recall notices

It's the latest attempt to improve recall effectiveness

Federal safety regulators want car owners to pay attention to recall notices that arrive in the mail. They say too many of the notices are being ignored ...


Well child visits may make child unwell

Study finds 700,000 flu-like illnesses following doctor visits

Routine children's visits to the doctor for check-ups and vaccinations -- so-called well-child visits -- are important but a study finds they're also the s...


Dogs used to encourage seniors to exercise

In Florida study, dogs take part in exercise classes

Pet therapy isn't new. For years aging specialists have known that having a dog, or spending time with a dog on a regular basis, is good for a senior's ove...


Victims in DVD vending scam get justice

The FTC is returning an additional $1.8 million to consumers

More than 400 consumers who fell victim to a scam that promoted video rental machines as a business opportunity will be finding something in the mail. Th...


Winter weather whacks retail sales

Car sales hit the skids while gasoline sales rise

Consumers it appears were reluctant to venture out into the cold in January, sending retail sales skidding 0.4%. It's the second straight drop following ...


Roth Farms recalls "Curly Parsley"

The parsley has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella

Roth Farms of Belle Glade, Fla., is recalling its “ bunched Curly Parsley” because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism whi...


General Motors recalls Chevy Cobalts and 2007 Pontiac G5s

The ignition switch could move out of the run position

General Motors is recalling 619,122 model year 2005-2007 Chevrolet Cobalt, and 2007 Pontiac G5 vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the weight on the key...


Toyota readies big Prius recall

Software update will correct a glitch that can cause a transistor to overheat

Tesla fanboys became incoherent when a software update was described as a recall but guess what? Toyota is preparing to recall nearly two million of its fl...


New Gmail plug-in tells stalkers where you live

"Streak" informs Gmail users when and where their emails were opened

Many consumers have complained about Google's practice of "reading" emails to select appropriate advertisements and a new plug-in may make those complaints...


Flappy Bird followup: Trojan apps, eBay cancellations and more

Flappy Bird is gone, yet keeps laying problematic eggs

Sequels are almost never as good as the originals. This story is no exception...


Too much debt can kill a romance

Couples today have a sharp eye on the bottom line

In recent years couples – young couples in particular – have begun to put more stock in financial responsibility as a relationship criteria. A...


Experts say TSA scanners extra-vulnerable to security flaws

Bypassing the login screen and inserting false images very easy to do

Anything controlled by a computer can be hijacked by a hacker—some more than others...


Researchers unlock the secrets of earwax. Yes, earwax

Where have you been, who are you, what have you eaten? Your earwax knows

You might not think that earwax is very interesting but researchers at the Monell Center in Philadelphia would disagree. They've found that plain old earwa...


Colorado sues magazine telemarketers

Seniors allegedly wound up owing thousands of dollars for magazines they didn't want

Colorado has sued several companies for allegedly orchestrating a magazine telemarketing scam that has victimized thousands of consumers, many elderly.Th...


A drop in mortgage applications

Refinancings hold steady as ARMs increase

Data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey show applications were down 2.0% for the week ending February 7. ...


Airline consumer complaints down sharply in 2013

December, however, was not a particularly good month

Airline passengers apparently didn't have as much to gripe about last year as they did in 2012. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Aviation Con...


Prime Snax recalls various beef jerky products

The products contain soy lecithin, an allergen not listed on the label

Prime Snax of Salt Lake City, Utah, is recalling approximately 90,000 pounds of beef jerky products. The products were processed with a releasing agent co...


Graco recalls millions of child restraints

Consumers have reported difficulty in unlatching the harness buckle

Graco Children's Products is recalling 3,773,379 model year 2009 through 2013 toddler and booster child restraints. The models subject to recall include:...


The Farm Bill: what's in it for consumers?

Food stamps take a hit but remain the overwhelming recipient of revenue

President Obama recently signed into law the long-delayed Farm Bill, a massive $956 billion piece of legislation that governs agriculture policy. But it do...


Rice recall may be the result of too much niacin

Vitamin supplementation can be OK but too much can cause problems

It was a little puzzling to read the recall notice for Uncle Ben's Infused Rice yesterday. "Consumers have experienced mild flushing and rash after ea...


Smart health department shuts down Dumb Starbucks

Yeah, 'twas some comic's TV stunt

Be glad you never invested in the Dumb Starbucks franchise, for it is no more: health officials shut down the coffeehouse-qua-performance art installation ...


Home office deductions carry strict rules

IRS adds new "simplified option" for claiming this deduction

There was a time when to claim a home office deduction on your federal income tax return was to invite extra close scrutiny from the Internal Revenue Servi...


Flappy Bird creator pulls the plug on his "addictive" game

Dong Nguyen walks away from $50K per day in ad revenue

There exists an unflattering stereotype to the effect of “Businessmen are greedy people who care only about personal profit no matter who it harms,&r...


Does social media make you smarter or stupider?

Answer: both.

An old joking proverb notes that a pessimist will say a glass is half-empty, whereas an optimist will say the glass is half-full. ...


What causes obesity? Cars, TVs, computers

It's not just fast food and big portions that are to blame for those extra pounds

Cars, computers, TVs spark obesity in developing countriesThe spread of obesity and type-2 diabetes could become epidemic in low-income countries, as mor...


Study finds regular aspirin use may reduce risk of ovarian cancer

But aspirin carries certain risks

For years, we have heard that taking aspirin daily is good for your heart. Turns out that may not be the only benefit. A study by scientists at the Nation...


Feds charge Fantage misled consumers about its privacy provisions

The children's game company allowed its privacy certification to lapse, a children’s online game company, has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it falsely claimed it was abiding by an int...


If you'd like a nice fat pay raise, here's where to look

If you have the tech skills, you may be able to get it

Looking to make more money? It's out there. According to the recently released 2014 Salary Guides from Robert Half Technology and The Creative Group, tren...


Construction industry pledges to hire more veterans

First Lady calls it “patriotic” and "the smart thing to do”

A broad coalition of construction employers and associations has collectively pledged to hire 100,000 military veterans over the next five years. The anno...


Falling prices, rising crime?

The crime rate fell in the 1990s -- but not so much in counties with a Walmart, study finds

Crime rates fell across the United States in the 1990s. But in counties where Wal-Mart built stores, the decline was slower, a new study finds. "The...


Dumb Starbucks: fair parody or copyright violation?

Is it business or performance art? Too early to tell.

It's said there is a fine line separating genius and stupidity; you can decide for yourself on which side of that line “Dumb Starbucks” resides....


Students at for-profit colleges less selective

Study finds many aren't even aware of school's for-profit status

Students who seek degrees at for-profit colleges are more likely to enroll without shopping price and course offerings at other for-profit and non-profit i...


Toyota may pay $1 billion to settle criminal investigation into acceleration cases

The automaker is said to be negotiating a settlement with U.S. prosecutors

Millions of recalls later, the unintended acceleration issue continues to haunt Toyota. The automaker is now trying to negotiate its way out of a criminal ...


Advocacy groups step up pressure on Herbalife

Groups find unusual ally on Wall Street

Herbalife Ltd., is a consumer products company that uses a multi-level marketing (MLM), or direct sales method, to move merchandise. Instead of selling its...


New York takes down largest cockfighting ring in state history

"Operation Angry Birds" rescues 3,000 roosters in three counties

New York's Organized Crime Task Force made nine felony arrests last weekend, as part of what state attorney general A.G. Schneiderman's office called &ldqu...


Sales up for brands that best meet customers' expectations

Amazon, Victoria's Secret, Macy's among brands that best promote customer engagement

The interaction of mobile and socially networked consumer empowerment, along with perpetual price promotions, have finally reached saturation levels, produ...


Consumer Federation of America: higher fuel standards mean lower prices

CFA supports fuel-standard initiative oulined in the State of the Union address

In the 2014 State of the Union address, President Obama mentioned various “green” initiatives, including high fuel-economy standards for heavy ...


Chrysler recalls Ram ProMasters

The accelerator pedal may get stuck

Chrysler Group is recalling 7,935 model year 2014 Ram ProMaster vehicles manufactured July 1, 2013, through December 10, 2013. If the accelerator pedal i...


Rancho Feeding recalls unwholesome meat products

The company processed diseased and unsound animals

Rancho Feeding Corporation of Petaluma, Calif., is recalling approximately 8,742,700 pounds of meat products. The firm processed diseased and unsound anim...


Big Red Tomato Packers recalls fresh tomatoes

The tomatoes may be contaminated with Salmonella

Big Red Tomato Packers of Fort Pierce, Fla., is recalling 790 - 20 and 25-lb. boxes of fresh tomatoes of lot 1106. The tomatoes have the potential to be c...


Wyoming Authentic recalls beef jerky products

The products were processed improperly

Wyoming Authentic Products of Cody, Wyo., is recalling approximately 365 pounds of beef jerky products due to a processing deviation. There have been no r...


IRS updates smartphone tax aid app

You don't have to be at your desktop to keep up with the status of your return

No matter where you happen to be and working on your taxes, information from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is as close as your smartphone or mobile de...


Does LinkedIn know about your Google searches?

I'm getting some disquieting “People You Might Know” recommendations

For several months now, LinkedIn has faced various class-action lawsuits alleging that it's siphoning users' email contacts without permission...


Feb. 9, 1964: the day Beatlemania arrived in America

It was 50 years ago today, Ed Sullivan told the band to play...

Today, 50 years later, young people probably wonder what all the fuss was about. But on February 9, 1964, the Beatles appeared on the Ed Sullivan show and ...


Bank of America doesn't always put its best foot forward

Once again, data brokers make asses of themselves and their clients

If we were just a tad more cynical, we'd be tempted to say “American data brokers aren't even trying anymore.” For example: if you can't cash v...


Frittering away the day

A new survey finds Internet surfing and socializing are the biggest time-wasters at work

How many times have you heard people say, “I just couldn't get anything accomplished at work today?” Goofing off at work may be why. A new survey of chie...


Guidelines developed for preventing stroke in women

Low-dose aspirin and blood pressure meds recommended for some

Noting that more women have strokes than men and have a higher death rate, American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association have issued a sci...


Retailers foresee a better 2014

Online sales are projected to grow as much As 12%

People in the retail game are predicting that this will be a better year for sales than 2013 -- not a whole lot better -- but better . The National Retail...


Unemployment rate inches lower amid weaker-than-expected job creation

Construction, manufacturing, wholesale trade, and mining showed the best gains

It wasn't much of a performance, but it was better that December. The government reports the economy created 113,000 jobs in January, more than the 75,000...


Singles sound off on dating, sex and marriage

Dating landscape has changed in some ways, not so much in others

Have attitudes about romance and dating changed in recent years? Has the new generation of singles – people in their 20s and 30s – reshaped the...


Feds beef up infant formula standards

New rules aim to ensure formula is safe and nutritious

Breastfeeding is one of those things that everybody -- well, mothers anyway -- say they're going to do. But for various reasons it often doesn't happen, le...


Cheese prices are rising; will pizza prices rise too?

Bad year for dairy farmers means bad news for cheese lovers

Bad news for thrifty pizza lovers: the price of cheese is creeping upwards and sooner or later is likely to hit pizza's bottom line.Bloomberg BusinessWee...


Subway to change recipe, remove potentially dangerous chemical from bread

The "FoodBabe" blogger may or may not deserve credit for this

The Subway sandwich chain is changing the recipe of its sandwich bread, to cease use of a chemical additive called azodicarbonamide. Subway, along with var...


Coca-Cola in a K-cup? Coffee makers expand at-home offerings

Hot coffee, hot soup and cold soda, all from one company

Last September came news that Campbell's soup company was joining forces with Keurig coffee makers, presumably in hope of tapping the lucrative “cust...


Feds open investigation of Evenflo car seats

Consumers complain the harness buckle would not unlatch

An Evenflo seat (file photo)Federal safety regulators are looking into reports from parents who say the harness buckles on their Evenflo car seats are ...


Got your flu shot yet? It's not too late

The flu season isn't over by a long shot

Okay it's February and you still haven't got around to getting your flu shot. That doesn't mean you're cooked. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) say...


Mediterranean-style diets are the most heart-healthy, study finds

Strictly low-fat diets may lower cholesterol but aren't shown to reduce cardiac deaths

Losing weight is one thing. Reducing the risk of coronary disease is another. And a study published in The American Journal of Medicine finds that when it ...


Survey shows consumers still worry about food safety

New food safety law, meanwhile, has yet to be fully implemented

A new Harris Poll shows consumers appear to be growing increasingly concerned about the safety of food they put on the table. The poll shows 86% of consume...


Disappointing holiday sales send job cuts surging

Retailers took the heaviest hit in January

U.S.-based employers announced plans to reduce their payrolls by 45,107 in January -- up nearly 50% from the month before. Outplacement consultancy Challe...


Cervelo Bicycles with Aduro aero handlebars recalled

The forward extension mounts can detach from the base bar

3T Design of Hong Kong is recalling about 1,525 Cervelo P5 bicycles with 3T Aduro aero handlebars in the U.S. and Canada. The forward extension mounts ca...


Don't overlook college tuition tax deductions

Qualified taxpayers may deduct up to $4,000

Now that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has turned on the “open” sign taxpayers may begin filing their returns. As you start to work on you...


CVS to stop selling smokes, Obama calls it "a powerful message"

The drugstore chain says the tobacco ban is the "right thing to do"

If you have gotten used to buying a pack of cigarettes or a pouch of pipe tobacco when you pick up your prescription at CVS, be prepared to change your rou...


Who doesn't like car-sharing? Car dealers, that's who

Each Zipcar means 32 lost car sales, a report finds

Like Airbnb and Uber, Zipcar and other car-sharing services are winning the hearts and loyalties of Millennials and other younger consumers. Despite occasi...


Feds probe misbehaving airbags in 2008 Honda Accords

Side airbags deploy for no reason, Honda refuses to help its customers

Federal safety regulators are looking into consumer complaints about side airbags deploying for no reason on 2008 Honda Accords.Two of the 28 complaints ...


Report: high blood pressure rivals HIV as health threat

Response is too little, too late researchers say

British researchers have sounded an alarm over the growing threat of hypertension, or high blood pressure, comparing it to the HIV epidemic that exploded t...


Child passenger deaths down sharply

Black and Hispanic children are at higher risk

The years 2002-2011 saw a big decline in the number of children age 12 and younger who died in motor vehicle crashes. According to a new Vital Signs repo...


Tesla, Subaru moving into top brand rankings, Consumer Reports survey finds

Toyota, Ford, Honda, Chevrolet are still the leading brands overall

The old favorites -- Toyota, Ford, Honda and Chevrolet -- are still the leading car brands but Tesla is the one to watch, according to Consumer Report...


Economy added 175k jobs in January, says ADP

However, manufacturing employment was down for the first time in six months

January was a decent month for job creation, according to the ADP National Employment Report. The report, which is produced in collaboration with Moody’s ...


Spammer sent millions of deceptive texts

"$1,000 Walmart gift card" turned out to be something else

A Wisconsin man who sent millions of unwanted text messages to consumers that deceptively promised “free” gift cards and electronics has agreed...


An uptick in mortgage applications

Contract interest rates were on the decline

After slipping slightly the previous week, applications for home mortgages inched up 0.4% during the week ending January 31. At the same time, data from ...


Loyalty cards a growing influence in gas purchases

But consumers still overwhelmingly choose a gas station based on price

Price continues to be the main reason a motorist pulls into one gas station and not another. It was that way when gasoline sold for 38 cents a gallon. It's...


Camera-in-a-pill makes colonoscopy easier

The FDA has approved a device for patients whose previous colonoscopies were incomplete

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a camera-in-a-pill that can be swallowed by patients who have encountered problems with traditional colonosco...


Oil trains blamed for slowing Amtrak's "Empire Builder"

Delays of up to ten hours are leaving many would-be travelers stranded

Amtrak has a trainload of problems, including some that you probably wouldn't think of -- like the oil boom currently underway in North Dakota.The N...


Microsoft picks Satya Nadella as CEO, puts him to work immediately

Co-founder Bill Gates to take more active role in the company

Satya NadellaMicrosoft has a new CEO -- Satya Nadella, 46, a 22-year veteran of the company. He replaces Steve Ballmer, who took over in 2000 when foun...


Federal fish-eating guidelines sound fishy, says environmental group

Guidelines might overstate benefits, understate risks

If you come to us and ask, “What must I do to eat a healthy diet?” we can offer you several links offering all sorts of sound scientific nutritional advice...


Personal privacy and the open road: can they co-exist?

License plate readers and vehicle-to-vehicle tech offer challenges

The ACLU and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) are suing the Los Angeles police and sheriff's departments, demanding to know how those agencies are ...


Home prices shoot higher in December

CoreLogic says annual price growth is the strongest since 2005

Home prices posted their 22nd consecutive monthly year-over-year increase in in December, according to CoreLogic. The residential property information, a...


Valentine’s Day: The head or the heart?

A new survey says consumers will keep their budgets in check

Will consumers let their hearts rule this Valentine’s Day and splurge, or following a modest Christmas shopping season, pay attention to what their head ar...


Feds launch youth anti-smoking campaign

The $115 million effort is just the first of many yet to come

As part of a national effort to prevent youth tobacco use and reduce the number of kids ages 12 to 17 who become regular smokers, the Food and Drug Adminis...


Study finds link between BPA and liver cancer in mice

More than 90 percent of Americans have some level of the chemical in their bodies

University of Michigan School of Public Health researchers have found liver tumors in mice exposed to BPA via their mothers during gestation and nursing. I...


PFP Enterprises recalls beef products

The products may be contaminated with E. coli

PFP Enterprises of Fort Worth, Texas, is recalling approximately 15,865 pounds of beef products. The products may be contaminated with E. coli O103, E. co...


How much house can you afford?

You need to know that number before you start house hunting

Any number of first-time home buyers go into the process with no clear idea about how much house they can afford. Knowing that number will not only save yo...


The One-Ring Phone Scam -- don't return that unfamiliar call!

"Crammers" trick unsuspecting victims into making high-cost international calls

When you check your cell phone and see a missed call from an unfamiliar phone number, it's tempting to call it back in case you missed something important....


The 2014 tax season is off and running

Individual returns can be filed now and free online services are available

If you've been champing at the bit to file your 2013 federal income tax return, feel free to do so. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has opened the fili...


Bad GPS plus a temporary slip of memory leads to international gun-smuggling charges

A legal gun in the US becomes felonious when you're in Canada

“Drivers blamed their GPS after they drove into a lake, onto an airport runway, north in a southbound lane, or similar bad-end shenanigans.”...


Feds drafting rules for "Internet of Cars"

"Connected cars" would communicate with each other to prevent mishaps

You can talk about brakes, steering, airbags and so forth, but there's little debate that the biggest safety defect in today's cars is the carbon unit behi...


Tobacco giant Altria buying e-cig maker Green Smoke

Big Tobacco expands its beachhead in the "vaping" business

Tobacco giant Altria Group, Inc., is buying the e-cigarette business of Green Smoke, Inc., for about $110 million, the latest in a series of moves by big t...


Study: Legacy airlines get the most consumer complaints

Consumers may expect a higher level of service when they pay more for a ticket

When you fly you can choose between a network, or “legacy” carrier or one of the growing number of upstart discount airlines. And you're probab...


Dreamworks Vacation Club owner sentenced to seven years in prison

Daryl Turner stole millions from consumers, New Jersey prosecutors charged

Daryl Turner (Photo: NJ Attorney General)The owner of Dreamworks Vacation Club has been sentenced to seven years in prison by a New Jersey judge. Daryl...


Study: home births more dangerous than hospital deliveries

Study blames unfriendly hospital environments, but could cost be a bigger factor?

Babies delivered at home by midwives are four times more likely to suffer neonatal death than babies delivered in a hospital by midwives...


Trying to lose weight? It's the weekdays that count

Just as there are sleep cycles, there are weight loss cycles

A new study finds that naturally occurring weight loss cycles have a lot to do with whether we're slim or chubby. Just as there are natural sleep cycles, s...


Vets see faster turnaround time for education claims

The improvement came even as the number of requests increased

Processing requests for GI Bill benefits for returning students has been speeded up considerably. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) says the time it...


Court fines telemarketers $14.75 million on contempt citation

Defendants "showed complete contempt" for consumers and the court, FTC charges

At the request of the Federal Trade Commission, a U.S. district court judge in Florida has issued a contempt order against Bryon Wolf and Roy Eliasso...


Colds in pregnancy may lead to childhood asthma

Genetics also a factor, but colds and viral infections can heighten the risk

Here's another reason it's important for pregnant women to stay healthy: a new study finds that the more common colds and viral infections a woman has...


House of Smoke recalls various meat products

The products contain soy, an allergen not listed on the label

House of Smoke of Fort Lupton, Colo., is recalling approximately 144,000 pounds of meat and poultry products (including bratwurst / brotwurst, fully cooked...


Mega Slim Herbal Appetite Management pills recalled

The pills contain DMAA, which is commonly used as a stimulant

YoungYou International is recalling Mega Slim Herbal Appetite Management, one pill a day, sold from September 15, 2013, through January 23, 2014. The pil...