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USPS: “American citizens aren't our customers”

Delivering unwanted junk mail: that's where the money is

We get a lot of complaints from people who've had problems with the post office. Last summer, for example, a Manhattan man and his roommates went an entire...


Home improvement in a can

A new coat of paint delivers the most bang for the buck

When you consider making improvements to your home – especially preparing it for sale – perhaps no investment yields a bigger payoff than a can...


Gogo faces in-flight competition from AT&T

But Gogo says AT&T's bid is "too little too late"

Gogo, a small Illinois company, has had the in-flight broadband market pretty well tied up the last few years but it's about to get a very big competitor.&...


Trampolines injure 1 million over 10 years

Indiana University researchers tally up the broken bones

For some reason kids like to bounce up and down. That makes jumping on beds a popular, but largely frowned-upon indoor activity.It may also explain the i...


Bad crops and criminal cartels lead to higher lime prices

This wasn't a good year for worldwide lime production

Good news if you're among the statistically tiny number of Americans with healthy productive lime trees growing in their backyards: the price of limes is s...


Today's USA, as seen via Facebook

"Facebook Newswire" may not be polished but there's a lot of it

// Post by Rob Wooters.A few days ago, Facebook announced with much bravado the inauguration of "Facebook Newswire," something it billed as a tool ...


New-car fuel economy hits all-time high

More than 50% of new cars get more than 23 mpg

It may seem like improvements in fuel economy are barely creeping along but in just 5 years, fuel economy has taken a big leap in the right direction, acco...


Kansas City gets a drive-in supermarket

Zoomin promises convenience, competitive prices, but will it take off?

Everyone's trying to find the right formula for online grocery shopping. It's one thing to set up an attractive website with easy ordering options, but it'...


The economy limps along in early 2014

Growth slowed considerably from the end of last year's pace

With apologies to T.S. Eliot, the economy started 2014 with a whimper, not a bang. After posting a growth rate of 2.6% in the fourth quarter of 2013, real...


Mortgage applications trend lower

The decline is the second in a row

The number of people applying for mortgages is lower for a second straight week. According to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage App...


Is mom getting stiffed this Mother's Day?

A new survey indicates spending on gifts will be down this year

“We still love you mom, but we're cutting back.” That seems to be the message in National Retail Federation's (NRF) 2014 Mother’s Day Spending Survey. Con...


GE brand dehumidifiers recalled

A component in the dehumidifier’s compressor can short circuit

GE Appliances & Lighting of Louisville, Ky., is recalling about 15,500 GE brand dehumidifiers. A component in the dehumidifier’s compressor can short circ...


U.S., U.K. governments advise against using Internet Explorer

At least until Microsoft fixes the zero-day exploit. But for XP users, it will never be fixed

Last Saturday, a tech security firm made the appalling discovery that ever since the 2001 release of IE6, all versions of Microsoft's Internet Explorer hav...


How to get a job after graduation

Networking, studying a prospective employer and being persistent will pay off

No doubt next month's college graduates are feeling some pressure about now, and it has less to do with upcoming final exams than what comes after. The job...


Never trust a zip file in an email

and other all-purpose malware-protection rules

Another day, another countless thousands of spammy emails cluttering inboxes all over the world. Luckily, most such emails can be identified as spam...


Hackers target Adobe Flash security flaw

A fix has already been released. Make sure you update your Adobe Flash Player

The bad news is, there's a zero-day flaw in Adobe Flash software which hackers are already exploiting to attack people's computers. The good news is, Adobe...


Researchers: laughter really is the best medicine

Humor may keep you young and thinking clearly

Aging can bring with it cognitive decline. Everything from full-blown dementia to those frustrating “senior moments,” when you lose track of yo...


Stroke risk sometimes reduced when blood vessel malformation isn't treated

Study finds many patients do better with conservative treatment

A fairly common condition called AVM -- arteriovenous malformation -- affects about 1 in 2,000 people. It's a tangling of the blood vessels in the bra...


Snobbish sales staff may boost sales of luxury items

Study finds a "true" snob can impress customers, causing them to buy

True or false: a rude and snobbish retail sales staff chases away customers.Surprisingly, the answer appears to be "false," at least if we're talking abo...


Home prices show little change in February

Values rose on an annual basis, but at a slower rate

Home prices were steady from January to February, according to the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices. The leading measure of U.S. home prices shows both...


Consumer confidence takes a step back

The view of current business and labor market conditions dimmed a bit

Consumers weren't quite as upbeat about the U.S. economy this month as they were in March. The Conference Board says its Consumer Confidence Index, which ...


BMW recalls vehicles with possible power issues

An engine stall could increase the risk of a crash

BMW of North America is recalling a total of 156,137 vehicles including model year 2010-2011: 128i Coupe, 128i Convertible, 328i Sedan, 328i xDrive Sedan...


Ram 1500 4x4s recalled

The park pawl not properly engaging when the transmission is in the "Park" position

Chrysler Group is recalling 125 model year 2014 Ram 1500 4x4 vehicles manufactured January 24, 2014, through February 5, 2014. The transmission case in t...


Are retail jobs headed for extinction?

The trend doesn't look good for employees reported quarterly earnings last week that severely disappointed Wall Street. As a result, the stock immediately lost nearly 10% of its value....


Hacker hijacks baby monitor to scream at infant in the middle of the night

Had he kept quiet, who knows how long he could've gone undetected?

It's a fact of modern life: any sort of wireless connection (Internet or otherwise) has the potential to be hacked...


Zero-day security flaw puts Internet Explorer users at risk

This is especially dangerous for those still using Windows XP

Bad news for anyone using Internet Explorer (and worse news for anyone whose computer still runs on Windows XP, even though Microsoft stopped supporting XP...


Apocalypse now: products for a brave new world

Are we headin' for Armageddon? Many obviously think so

During a commercial break on CNN, Marie Osmond comes on the screen and you immediately expect it to be another weight loss product commercial. It's not.A...


Toyota abandoning Southern California for Plano, Texas

Toyota follows Nissan, leaving Honda, Hyundai and Kia behind

There was a time when Southern California was where car companies longed to be. The state had great freeways, pleasant weather and, most important, its dri...


New York Nissan dealer to pay $48,000 in restitution to 15 customers

The state charged Bay Ridge Nissan with using deceptive sales and advertising practices

A Brooklyn, N.Y., Nissan dealer will pay nearly $100,000 to settle charges that it used deceptive sales and advertising practices to sell cars and aftermar...


Farmstand -- new app helps you find farmer's markets

iOS app helps you find and review local farmer's markets

Farmer's markets can be a lot of fun but they can also be hard to find, so a new app aims to help.It's called -- what else? -- Farmstand -- &...


Are statin users developing a false sense of security?

Study finds they're consuming more fat and calories than 10 years ago

Statins are the drugs that many millions of us take to control cholesterol, in an effort to prevent heart disease, stroke and other serious health problems...


Charter to buy millions of subscribers from Comcast, Time Warner

The deal is intended to smooth the way for approval of the cable giants' merger

Charter Communications Inc. (CHTR) reached an agreement to take control of 3.9 million more cable-TV customers, helping Comcast Corp. (CMCSA) ease the appr...


A pending home sales rebound

The gain posted in March was the first in nine months

An eight-month string of stagnant activity has come to an end with a rise in pending home sales. The National Association of Realtors' (NAR) The Pending H...


Study finds marijuana use may increase heart complications

For some young and middle-aged adults, the consequences could be fatal

Now that marijuana use won't get you busted in your state, are you thinking of firing up a doobie and mellowing out? You might want to think again, dude. ...


Magnum and Matrix Fitness multi-station strength training towers recalled

The plastic connectors that link the strength training stations’ towers can slide out or break

Johnson Health Tech North America is recalling about 1,100 Magnum and Matrix Fitness 900 Pro Series multi-station strength training towers. The plastic co...


Knockum Hill Bar-B-Que recalls pork product

The product contains soy, an allergen not listed on the label

Knockum Hill Bar-B-Que, of Herndon, Ky., is recalling approximately 350 pounds of hickory smoked, pit cooked barbecue pork. The product is has a basting s...


Skilcor Food Products recalls baby back ribs

The product was not presented for U.S. inspection

Skilcor Food Products of Brampton, Ontario, Canada, is recalling approximately 36 pounds of fully cooked pork baby back ribs in honey garlic barbeque sauce...


More consumers are getting their TV from the Internet

New products and services encourage "cord-cutting"

Several years ago there was a lot of talk about media “convergence,” a time when a television screen and computer screen would be indistinguish...


Focus on health may be 2014's biggest food trend

"You are what you eat" may have never been more true

Food is a bigger deal than it used to be. What you eat not only keeps you alive, it says a lot about who you are.In its Top Trends of 2014 the National R...


Drinking a little more coffee may reduce diabetes risk

Harvard study is the latest to indicate coffee helps fight type 2 diabetes

There have been a number of studies in recent years indicating that Increasing daily coffee consumption may reduce type 2 diabetes risk. The latest comes f...


Charles Schwab fined, backs down from forced arbitration

Financial Industry Regulatory Authority says class action suits must be allowed

Good news for anyone who lets Charles Schwab handle their investments: the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has determined that the company ...


HPV test for primary cervical cancer screening wins approval from feds

FDA calls it “a new option for cervical cancer screening”

An HPV (human papillomavirus) DNA test for women 25 and older that can be used alone to help assess the need to undergo additional diagnostic testing for c...


Looking for muscle mass? Soy-dairy protein mix may be the answer

Study finds the right post-workout protein can deliver more amino acids to muscles

You spend a lot of time and energy pumping iron, so you want to get as much benefit from it as possible. And that means you have to eat (or drink) the righ...


Nano Well-being Health recalls Super Arthgold

The product contains ingredients that make it an unapproved new drug

Nano Well-being Health is recalling 2 lots of Super Arthgold 500-mg capsules: lot L1P1-6100/Expiration date June 25, 2016, and lot L1P2-6000/Expiration dat...


Felt recalls triathlon bicycles

The steer tube on the bicycle fork can break

Felt Bicycles, of Irvine, Calif., is recalling about 3,500 2008 Felt S22 and S32 triathlon bicycles and 2010 Felt S32, B12, B14 and B16 triathlon bicycles ...


Deregulated energy providers: are they a good deal?

Customers of Ambit Energy decry unexpected price jumps

As a reader of consumer-journalism articles, you've surely heard a certain piece of advice repeated countless times, only with slight variations in wording...


FDA takes on e-cigarettes, nicotine gels as it proposes to extend its authority over tobacco products

The new rules aren't as stringent as those now in place for traditional cigarettes

After years of delay, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration today issued proposed new regulations for e-cigarettes, nicotine gels and and products that are...


Amazon's "Prime Pantry" delivers groceries, household goods

Get up to 45 pounds of stuff for a flat $5.99 delivery charge

The day wouldn't be complete without Amazon expanding into some new market segment. Today it's home delivery of groceries.Amazon is announcing something ...


Are all-terrain vehicles safe toys for children?

American Academy of Pediatrics recommends ATV drivers be at least 16 years old

In most states (and countries) you can't legally get a driver's license until you're at least 16 or 17 years old, for reasons that boil down to “If y...


FCC tries again to adopt "net neutrality" rules for the Internet

The courts have struck down its two earlier attempts

The latest proposed "net neutrality" rules may not be exactly neutral but Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Tom Wheeler says they're a step ...


Buy coffee now, before the price rises

Drought in Brazil damages major portion of world coffee crop

If you're one of those who needs a cup of coffee to kick-start your morning, you might want stockpile some now, before the price goes up: supplies are down...


Iron content of meat linked to heart disease

It's a different type of iron than that found in plants and other non-meats

Here's one reason eating a lot of red meat is a bad idea: researchers have found a strong association between heart disease and the type of iron that's fou...


First-time jobless claims surge

Analysts are still looking for sustained job creation

Initial claims for state unemployment benefits shot higher last week, exceeding analysts expectations. For the week ending April 19, applications totaled...


Feds issue new guidelines for eClosing mortgage pilot project

The new process is designed to take some of the pain out of closing day

Outside of a couple of routine medical procedures that older men and women must endure, few things are more painful than going through a mortgage closing. ...


Miravalle Foods recalls Ground Annato

The product may be contaminated with Salmonella

Miravalle Foods of El Monte, Calif., is recalling its 0.75-ounce packages of Miravalle brand Achiote Molido Ground Annato spice. The product has the poten...


How secure are cloud storage services?

Johns Hopkins researchers say they have found a security flaw

To make it easier to share huge files, as well as ensure the safety of important data, businesses are making increasing use of the cloud – storing th...


Dealing with retirement crisis brings challenges

It's not just retirees who are unprepared

If you don't feel like you are prepared to retire, you are hardly alone. A new study suggests most states – maybe the one where you live – aren...


New light field camera aims to refocus photography

Lytro introduces the ILLUM

In the 21st century the camera business has been turned on its lens cap. With technology moving at the speed of light, companies – even market stalwa...


HBO series coming to Amazon Prime

Also, HBO GO being added to Amazon's Fire TV

One thing that keeps many consumers from dumping their expensive cable TV service is HBO. Sure, you could do without ever seeing "Extreme Cheapskates" on T...


A very profitable year for insurance companies

Consumer Federation of America says insurance companies are overcharging their customers

A few weeks ago the Consumer Federation of America, working in conjunction with the Center for Economic Justice, called on insurance regulators to stop the...


Dish planning a summer launch for its Internet-TV service

The service would be a cable-like subscription plan delivered over the Web

A long time ago, satellite communications was a new idea. Today it's pretty ho-hum so Dish Network, which runs what amounts to a cable service delivered vi...


Moderate physical activity may protect against Alzheimer's

No other known treatment is as effective in those known to be at risk

A new study finds that moderate physical activity may protect brain health and help prevent Alzheimer's disease.The study of older adults at increas...


Supreme Court: pornography viewers can be held liable only for a portion of damages

Court finds that each culprit should pay a share of the damages; victim "surprised and confused"

It's perhaps easy for pornography addicts to argue that simply possessing or viewing porn hurts no one. Of course, the counter to that argument is that the...


Massachusetts joins multi-state Experian investigation

The full extent of the damage still is not known

The office of Massachusetts attorney general Martha Coakley has added that state to the list of those whose attorneys general are now investigating the mas...


Mortgage applications reverse course -- head lower

Average loan size applications are at all all-time high

Applications for home mortgages are down again a week after snapping a three-week string of declines. Data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) W...


New home sales down in March

Affordability is seen as a growing problem

Sales of new single-family houses fell in March for the second straight month. Figures released jointly by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Ho...


10 used cars for under $8,000

Improving quality of newer cars mean used cars are getting better too

Call it the trickle down effect if you like, but it's a fact; the improvement in new cars that began a few years back has now vastly improved the quality o...


Why having a co-signer on your private student loan can be risky

You could suddenly face demands for full repayment

It is often said that co-signing someone's loan is risky business. It makes you equally liable for the repayment of the loan, and if the borrower defaults,...


AOL email spoofed; change your password if you have an account

Everyone else watch out for suspicious emails from addresses

Even if you're not an AOL user, you still might be affected by the recent AOL email spoofing...


Facebook says its advertisers don't get users' personal information

How personalized are those personalized ads, anyway?

There's a common saying about social media and other free web-based services: If you're not paying them anything then you're not their customer .......


Netflix plans a price increase, at least for new customers

New customers will pay $1 to $2 more per month

You have to admit it -- at $7.99 or so a month for most subscribers, Netflix is a bargain. Don't believe it? Look at your cable bill and compare it to Netf...


Cannabis chemistry: keeping it pure

Video shows how scientists test pot for potency, safety

With marijuana being legalized in cities and states around the country, more attention is being paid to policing the quality and purity of the popular mood...


AT&T plans "over the top" video services venture

Meanwhile, Netflix says AT&T's streaming speeds are pathetic

AT&T, perhaps noticing that it is once again falling behind the game, says that it and The Chernin Group plan to invest $500 million to create a new ve...


Child's autism risk rises when mother is over 30

Study quantifies differing paternal, maternal risk

Older parents are more likely to have a child who develops an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) than are younger parents. A recent study from researchers from...


A slip in sales of previously-owned homes

Sales volume in March was the slowest since July 2012

Sales of existing homes dipped 0.2% in March to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.59 million as declines in the West and South outweighed gains poste...


Home prices inched higher in February

The increase is the third in as many months

The prices of houses in the U.S. rebounded in February from January's decline. Data released by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) show its monthly...


Ordinary things that can harm your pets

Threats, it seems, are all around the house

Lilies, veterinarians reminded us last week, are actually poisonous for your cat."Ingesting any part of a lily plant can cause serious illness or even le...


AT&T gets the message: the Internet needs big pipes

Cable and telecoms racing to upgrade their networks to meet the need for speed

It wasn't too long ago that the big telephone companies were racing to compete with cable TV companies by stringing coaxial and figer optic cable while put...


Spring real estate market presents mixed picture

Sales remain sluggish but fewer home owners are underwater

Spring is traditionally the time people who want to sell their homes put them on the market. For young families, the moving schedule usually revolves aroun...


Grams: an illegal-item search engine for the Internet's evil twin

Touted as the first search engine for the Dark Net

A developer has created a search engine for illegal items—like Google, only for the black market....


General Mills meets Major Backlash, rescinds forced-arbitration legal terms

Captain Obvious notes consumers didn't like them

Good news for fans of General Mills food products—the company has backed down from its earlier attempt to mandate arbitration...


Diabetes-related complications seen declining among US adults

Deaths from high blood sugar was among the areas shwing the greatest drops

There's been a turnaround of sorts in some of the complications suffered by people with diabetes. According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control ...


Oscar Mayer hot dog products recalled

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

Kraft Foods Group of Columbia, Mo., is recalling approximately 96,000 pounds of Oscar Mayer Classic Wieners because the products may contain Classic Cheese...


Nissan recalls Pathfinders

The internal oil cooler hose may detach from the cooler

Nissan North America is recalling 3,065 model year 2013 Pathfinder vehicles manufactured April 18, 2012, through October 3, 2012, and equipped with a conti...


Prime Pak Foods recalls chicken breast tenders products

The products contain egg and wheat, allergens are not listed on the label

Prime Pak Foods of Gainesville, Ga., is recalling approximately 24,000 pounds of fully cooked breaded chicken breast products. The products were formulate...


Worldwide recall of Thinogenics products issued

The product contained sibutramine, an appetite suppressant that's been withdrawn from the U.S. market

Nature’s Universe is recalling all lots of old Thinogenics product (product sold prior to February 6, 2014, hereinafter the “Old Product”). FDA analysis h...


Millennials shaping up as the most frugal generation

Young adults have more in common with grandparents than older peers

Now that April 15 is behind us, you probably either have your federal income tax refund or will get it soon. So, what do you plan to do with it?When poll...


General Mills owns your emails "throughout the Universe"

Awfulness so vast, planet Earth simply cannot contain it all

You already know that, thanks to General Mills' new updated legal terms, you should avoid online interaction with the company (including email promotions)...


Nissan introduces LCD rearview mirror screen

Option will give driver unobstructed view of the rear

Just last month the U.S. government finally issued a rule that will require new cars and light trucks to have backup cameras with screens in the dash to he...


Security breach at Michaels and Aaron Brothers craft stores

Uncertain whether customer data was actually compromised

Michaels arts and crafts stores confirmed this week that there was definitely a security breach involving certain card-payment systems used by the company ...


Ragwitek approved for short ragweed pollen allergies

The new pill could be an alternative to allergy shots

Does ragweed make you miserable? Help is on the way. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Ragwitek, the first allergen extract administered ...


Harris Teeter intros $99 annual fee for online shopping

You still have to drive to the store to pick up your order, however

Amazon has been taking heat for raising its annual Prime membership to $99 from its previous $79. The $99 gets you free two-day shipping, access to thousan...


Chobani looks beyond yogurt, plans more breakfast and snack items

The company has been facing increasing competition since a problem with mold last year

Chobani is finding the Greek yogurt field a little crowded lately, as competitors flood supermarket shelves with the gooey dairy product. So, starting in J...


Study: Internet can reduce depression, loneliness among the elderly

Researchers followed lives of thousands of seniors for 6 years

It’s estimated that as many as 10 million older Americans suffer from depression, often brought on by feelings of loneliness and isolation.However, n...


Bolzano Artisan Meats recalls salami-type products

The products were produced without the benefit of federal inspection

Bolzano Artisan Meats of Milwaukee, Wis., is recalling approximately 5,723 pounds of salami products because they were produced without the benefit of fed...


Georgia Boot steel-toed shoes recalled

When compressed, the steel toe cap in the shoes can fail to protect the wearer’s feet

Rocky Brands of Nelsonville, Ohio, is recalling about 6,800 pair of Georgia Boot steel-toed work shoes. When compressed, the steel toe cap in the shoes ca...


"Like" General Mills? Doing so may void your right to sue

Company seeks to force arbitration on coupon users, Facebook fans, and more

If you “like” General Mills food products (in the Facebook sense of the word) you'd better “unlike” them right away...


News flash: more Americans hate their job

Despite high unemployment, more workers ready to quit

Since the Great Recession unemployment has remained stubbornly high, and when it finally started to fall, much of the decline was attributed to people drop...


Judge refuses "park-it" order for recalled GM cars

Lawyers had claimed the cars were too dangerous to drive

A federal judge has turned down a request for a so-called "park it" order. That would have required General Motors to tell the owners of 2.59 million recal...


Walmart launching new money transfer service, to compete with Western Union

Walmart-2-Walmart will let customers transfer money to and from 4,000 U.S. stores

One in four U.S. families are now "unbanked," meaning they don't have a checking or savings account at a bank or credit union. Most are low-income and live...


Lyft hires its first lobbyists to clear the way for its ride-sharing service

Little Lyft becomes an adolescent, starts trying to play with the big boys

A few days ago, we reported that Texas taxi operators were suing Uber and Lyft, the start-up ride-sharing services that are swiping passengers and profits ...


A word of caution about relying on Dr. Internet

Researchers find health information on the web isn't always reliable

The Internet is a wonderful thing. All kinds of information is at your fingertips. Twenty years ago getting that information might have required a trip to ...


San Francisco takes up measure to regulate Airbnb rentals

The company's hometown would legalize short-term rentals, but only in some cases

Airbnb may be a bit farther down the road than Uber, Lyft and other Internet ride-sharing services but it is also beginning to feel the iron boot of the St...


Immigration services scammers hit with heavy fine

Defendants were ordered to stop providing “immigration services”

Operators of a Baltimore-based immigration services scam have been ordered to pay as much as $616,000 in refunds to Spanish-speaking immigrants, who were t...


First-time jobless claims tick higher

The expected advance follows the previous weeks plunge

Initial applications for state unemployment benefits inched higher during the week ending April 12 after plunging the previous week to their lowest level s...


Volkswagen recalls vehicles with transmission problems

The O-ring seals between the oil cooler and the transmission may leak fluid

Volkswagen of America is recalling 26,452 model year 2014 Jetta, Beetle, Beetle Convertible, and Passat vehicles equipped with a 1.8T engine and torque con...


Purina recalls poultry feeds

The products may have lower-than-expected vitamin and trace mineral levels

The Purina Animal Nutrition feed plant in Portland, Ore., is recalling certain poultry feeds due to the potential for lower-than-expected vitamin and trace...


GM seeks to use bankruptcy to bar ignition-switch lawsuits

"New GM" says it should not be held responsible for actions of "Old GM"

You could see this coming from way down the road: General Motors is claiming that it should not be held responsible for injuries and deaths resulting from ...


Gasoline prices spike ahead of summer driving season

Average price jumps 6 cents in last week

U.S. motorists, for most of the year so far, had been spared the sudden jump in gasoline prices that marked recent winters and early springs.Our luck see...


Overcoming the uncanny valley to catch a pedophile

Dutch non-profit animates a 10-year-old “Sweetie” as bait

Technology is all too often used by pedophiles and those who cater to them. Now a Dutch non-profit has turned the tables ...


Photographic reminder: check the unit price

A little math can save you a lot of money

If you read any consumer-tips article on the theme “Getting the most out of your budget,” at some point it'll probably tell you to “check the unit price” ...


Studies trace huge jump in e-cigarette advertising

Opponents worry young people are getting hooked on nicotine

Tobacco companies face tough restrictions when it comes to marketing cigarettes. Advertising e-cigarettes, on the other hand, face no such regulations. At ...


DISH agrees to $2 million in refunds to Washington state consumers

The satellite TV company began charging an illegal line-item surcharge in 2012

DISH Network has agreed to refund about $2 million to customers in Washington state, following complaints that the company collected an unlawful monthly li...


"Alarming" increases seen in diabetes and pre-diabetes

Blacks, Hispanics, elderly are among the hardest hit

Cases of diabetes and pre-diabetes in the United States have nearly doubled since 1988, with obesity apparently to blame, according to new research fr...


Feds okay new safety standard for soft infant and toddler carriers

Infant falls and straps are among the areas covered

In an effort to prevent deaths and injuries to infants and children, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has unanimously approved a new fede...


Home water filter companies misled consumers, Massachusetts charges

Companies allegedly used deceptive advertising to sell expensive filter systems

Two Massachusetts companies allegedly violated consumer protection laws by improperly suggesting to consumers – through mailed advertisements an...


National credit default rates down again in March

Rates were down in all 5 survey cities

National credit default rates declined during March, with all five national indices showed a drop-off for the second consecutive month. Data released by ...


New home construction on the upswing in March

The outlook for construction in the months ahead is dimmer

Builders broke ground on new homes last month at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 946,000 -- up 2.8% from the revised February estimate, but down 5.9%...


Mortgage applications post a gain -- finally

The increase is the first in four weeks

After falling for 3 consecutive weeks applications for mortgages were on the rise last week. Data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mor...


Increasingly, we're a nation of picky eaters

We avoid certain foods, and in some cases don't avoid others enough

If you are a trendy consumer, you probably spend more time these days thinking about foods you don't want to eat than foods you do want to consume.Over t...


Price of shrimp hits 14-year high

The last thing an ailing U.S. seafood industry needs

The seafood industry, already suffering from a drop in consumption by U.S. consumers, now faces sharply higher prices for shrimp, thanks to a disease that'...


How the Heartbleed flaw works and what you should do

Open SSL codes is largely written by volunteers

Heartbleed, of course, is the latest security flaw to put consumers' personal information at risk, and from the news accounts you've read, you probably get...


The tax scammers are still out there

Here's what you can do to protect yourself

Today may mark the official end of the 2014 filing income tax season, but that doesn't mean the tax scam season is over. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS...


Lilies and cats: A deadly combination

With the approach of Easter, you'll want to be sure to keep kitty safe

Easter and lilies seem to go together like -- well -- Easter and lilies. The white, trumpet-shaped flower symbolizes Easter and spring for a lot of people...


Google changes Terms of Service

Yes, it is analyzing your emails

If you use Gmail, bear in mind that Google has updated its terms of service to inform you that it is scanning and analyzing the contents of your emails.L...


Court rules against SeaWorld in whale-training case

Courtroom sequel to the 2013 movie "Blackfish"

The issue of workplace safety—or lack thereof—at SeaWorld made headlines in 2010, when a 20-foot orca (the black-and-white aquatic mammal also ...


Brands may benefit from negative reviews

Study finds politely negative reviews may actually help sell products

Businesses are often quick to cry foul when their products and services are reviewed negatively. Some even dispatch their lawyers and p.r. mouthpieces to d...


Home repair scams sprout like flowers in the spring

Trust no one who comes to your door offering a good deal

Spring may be the time of year when groundhogs emerge to resume their careers but, more importantly, it's also the time of year when door-to-door peddlars...


Wedding season creates opportunities for scam artists, shoddy providers

There are ways to protect yourself against some of the most common problems

Spring is not only prime time for allergies, yard work and gardening, it's also a popular time to get married. Unfortunately, weddings offer opportunities ...


Builder confidence holds the line in April

But improvement is expected in the months ahead

There's been very little change over the last couple of months in the way builders see the market for newly built, single-family homes. The National Assoc...


Consumer prices head higher in March

Rising food costs were a major factor

Increases in what we pay for food and shelter sent the Consumer Price Index (CPI) higher in March. Government figures show prices were up 0.2% last month,...


Baby Trend recalls child restraints

A defect makes it difficult to unlatch the harness buckle

Baby Trend, Inc. is recalling 16,655 model year 2011 and 2012 TrendZ Fastback 3-in-1 child restraints, models FB60070 (Granite) and FB60408 (Jellybean), ma...


Nutriom expands recall of dried egg products

The products may be contaminated with Salmonella

Nutriom LLC of Lacey, Wash., is recalling an additional 82,884 pounds of processed egg products that may be contaminated with Salmonella. There have been ...


Energy drink labels seldom list caffeine, but it's there

Researchers find huge consumer misperceptions about these products

The good news is that children in the U.S. are drinking less sugar and caffeine-laden soda. The bad news is a reported rise in youthful consumption of ener...


Bill would require "kill switch" apps on all US smartphones

Stolen smartphones would become worthless to thieves

Last year, Samsung developed a “kill switch” app smartphone owners could use to remotely “brick” their phones (i.e., “Make th...


Don't get snared by this water-filtration scam

Remember to follow this scam-protection rule: "Don't call us; we'll call you"

Memo to all Americans (especially residents of southwest Florida): if you get a notice claiming that your tap water might be contaminated and offering to s...


Amazon smartphone in the works, reports say

E-readers, tablets, set-top boxes ... what's next?

You don't necessarily think of Amazon as a hardware manufacturer, even though it has made and sold millions of Kindles, Kindle Fires and other e-readers an...


How to book a bargain fare to Europe this summer

Book early and traveling on Wednesdays are just two ways to save

Consumers planning to visit Europe this summer are no doubt busy making their plans. One of the priorities in trip-planning should be booking airfare, whic...


Bad batch of ExxonMobil gas harmed engines, suit claims

The company says it is processing claims submitted by motorists

A class action lawsuit claims that ExxonMobil's Baton Rouge refinery put out 5 million gallons of "atypical" gasoline that has damaged as many as 250,000 v...


Good news and more good news on retail sales

March's increase was the biggest in 18 months

The weather may not have been spring-like, but shoppers attitudes sure were. The government reports retail sales jumped 1.1% in March, following a revised...


Headlight problem triggers recall of Volkswagen Passats

The low beam headlight bulb may become loose and lose electrical contact

Volkswagen Group of America is recalling 150,201 model year 2012-2013 Passat vehicles manufactured January 2011, through November 2012. The low beam head...


Ford recalls vehicles with seatback problems

The back of the seats may become loose or lean while driving

Ford Motor Company is recalling 43,135 model year 2013-2014 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ vehicles manufactured August 15, 2012, through September 10, 2013; ...


Not all owners of recalled vehicles get notified

As a result, there are lots of unsafe cars and trucks still on the road

In the next week 2.6 million owners of General Motors (GM)vehicles will start receiving their official recall notices in the mail for a faulty ignition swi...


Study finds cancer risk in e-cig vapors

Changes in cells exposed to vapor are similar to those in cells exposed to tobacco smoke

Promoters of electronic cigarettes have been claiming that inhaling the vapor from e-cigs is less harmful than smoking traditional cigarettes made from tob...


Potential good news in the Heartbleed security saga

Private SSL keys might be less vulenrable than feared

Though the Heartbleed software bug remains a serious threat to online security, some tech-security experts are saying it might not be as bad as originally ...


Things first-time home buyers should consider

The first is, does the move make sense?

Each month thousands of consumers buy a home for the first time. In February, 28% of existing home sales were to first-time home buyers, according to the N...


Four states now in Experian investigation

Meanwhile, you need to protect yourself

As of mid-Friday the number of states whose attorneys general have joined the multi-state investigation into the massive Experian data breach is four: less...


Texas cabbies sue Uber, Lyft

Cabbies say the upstart jitneys are skimming the cream

The taxi wars have come to Texas, and -- in the spirit of the Alamo -- cabbies in Houston and San Antonio are trying to mount a last stand. They've filed s...


February was a better month for airline travel than January

Year over-year -- not so much

Consumers traveling on the nation’s largest airlines in February had a better chance of reaching their destinations on time than they did in January. Acco...


Toyota recalls vehicles with seat problems

The springs used for the seat rails may break

Toyota is recalling 472,388 model year 2006-2010 Yaris vehicles manufactured August 22, 2005, through May 12, 2010, and 2008-2010 Scion xD vehicles manufac...


Recall issued for more than 2 million GM products with ignition problems

The key can be removed when the ignition is not in the "Off" position

General Motors is recalling 2,191,014 model year 2005-2010 Chevrolet Cobalt, 2006-2011 Chevrolet HHR, 2007-2010 Pontiac G5, 2006-2010 Pontiac Solstice, 20...


Fernandez Chile Company recalls Chile Molido Puro and Chile Rojo

The products may be contaminated with Salmonella

Fernandez Chile Company Inc of Alamosa, Colo., is recalling 4-oz Chile Molido Puro UPC code 77601-10011 and 6-oz Chile Rojo UPC code 77601-10053. The pro...


Swanson Health Products recalls Full Spectrum Cilantro

The product may be contaminated with Salmonella

Swanson Health Products of Fargo, N.D., is recalling Swanson Premium Brand Full Spectrum Cilantro (Coriander), item number SW1112. The product has the po...


Radical financial security suggestion: do more things offline

"Heartbleed" security flaw gives another lie to online security

Nary a week goes by anymore without this website (and every other news source out there) publishing yet another article on the theme “Database hacked"......


Interim results: the Volt glides along at 106 mpg

Despite GM's other troubles, the Volt gets a thumbs-up after three months

Back in January, we acquired a Chevrolet Volt for long-term testing and promised quarterly reports on how it was holding up. Unfortunately, a very nasty wi...


Want big bulging muscles? Green tomatoes may be the key

But don't eat too many. So far, the research has only been on mice

For Popeye, it was spinach that got the credit for his big bulging muscles. but a new study finds that green tomatoes may actually be the key to strength a...


Federal judge to Safeway: yes, you must tell customers if they bought tainted food

At least in the state of California.

Safeway has argued in courts of law that it has no obligation to let its customers know if they've bought tainted or recalled food...


A cure for the runny nose?

It may not be a lethal problem but it's certainly widespread

The world has lots of problems -- climate change, deadly viruses, struggling economies and general weirdness. But it's hard to think of anything that affec...


Feds remind Facebook, WhatsApp of their privacy obligations

WhatsApp has made privacy promises to consumers that must be honored, FTC warns

Facebook's purchase of WhatsApp for $19 billion was widely hailed as a stroke of genius, a stupendously strategic move and other superlatives, but the Fede...


Fewer taxpayers file on paper

E-file is definitely taking hold

Do you still trot down to the mailbox to send in your federal income tax return? If so, you are in a distinctly shrinking minority The Internal Revenue S...


Retailers hoping to cash in on the arrival of spring weather

But, it looks like Easter spending will drop this year

Consumers who are fed up with the long winter are expected to welcome the Easter Bunny with open arms this year. But, will that translate into open wallets...


New Jersey fines 53 health clubs for consumer violations

It's time to shape up, state tells gym owners

Chris Christie is shedding pounds and getting down to fighting weight but New Jerseyans trying to follow his lead often run afoul of health clubs that don'...


A huge drop in jobless claims

It's the lowest level since May 2007

First-time applications for state unemployment benefits have fallen to their lowest level in nearly seven years. Figures released by the government show 3...


Abady brand cat food recalled

The product may be contaminated with Salmonella

The Robert Abady Dog Food Co., of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., is recalling its 2-lb, 5-lb and 15-lb boxes of "Abady Highest Quality Maintenance & Growth Formula fo...


Lisy Sweet Basil (Albahaca) recalled

The product may be contaminated with Salmonella

Lisy Corporation of Miami, Fla., is recalling Lisy Sweet Basil (Albahaca), 6 oz jar, Item #1132, Lot #'s A013 0518 & A014 0518. The product has the potent...


Nissan recalls Infiniti QX80 vehicles

The vehicles are in danger of being overloaded

Nissan North America is recalling 468 model year 2014 Infiniti QX80 vehicles manufactured December 2, 2013, through January 27, 2014, and equipped with 20 ...


More safety recalls from Toyota

Over a million of the vehicles are in the U.S.

Problems ranging from faulty airbags to defective windshield wipers have reportedly prompted Toyota to isse a recall of more than 6 million vehicles. Acco...


Feds fine GM for failing to respond to questions over ignition-switch recall

Feds fine automaker $7,000 per day while questions go unanswered

General Motors has suffered another setback in its attempt to limit the damage from allegations that it was too slow to recall cars with a faulty ignition ...


Microsoft ends support for Windows XP

Even if your computer is safe, what about everybody else's?

Good news for identity thieves, malware/virus writers and other dishonest hacker-types, though potentially bad news for everyone else: as of April 8, Micro...


Websites race to fix "heartbleed" flaw that can expose sensitive information

The problem affects hundreds of thousands of web and email servers worldwide

A software flaw in a server extension called "heartbeat" is creating data leakage, dubbed "heartbleed," which in turn is causing severe heartburn for hundr...


Consumer debt delinquencies expected to rise

Why that may not be the bad news it sounds like

Nearly 5 years after the end of the Great Recession the economy has yet to gain much traction. Consumers who normally drive economic growth have seen their...


California bill would protect drought-stricken homeowners from HOA lawn lust

HOAs should learn to accept brown lawns in drought conditions

A proposed bill before the California legislature, if passed into law, would require HOAs to be slightly less insane and more in touch with reality, where ...


Kill switch option coming for some smartphone users

New York AG and San Francisco DA issue joint statement

Last year, Samsung developed a “kill switch” app that would allow smartphone owners whose phones had been stolen to remotely “brick” their phones...


Public interest groups oppose Comcast/Time Warner cable merger

Open letter urges FCC and attorney general to stop it

There's about 7.5 billion people currently in the world, and one of them is bound to be of the opinion “Y'know, this proposed Comcast/Time Warner cab...


Three drops in a row for mortgage applications

Refinance applications are at the lowest point since December

Applications for mortgages have posted their third straight weekly decline. Data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Application...


Forman Mills to pay civil penalty in CPSC drawstrings case

The firm was accused of selling children's upper outerwear garments with drawstrings

The settlement resolves CPSC staff’s charges that from June 2007 to February 2010, Forman Mills has agreed to settle charges that it dealt in children s ...


Natural Grocers brand Organic Black Peppercorns recalled

The product has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella

Vitamin Cottage Natural Food Markets of Lakewood, Colo., is recalling multiple lots of Natural Grocers brand Organic Black Peppercorns. The product has th...


Trader Giotto's Caesar Salad with Caesar Dressing recalled

The product contains wheat, soy, egg and anchovy, allergens not listed on the label

H Group of Framingham, Mass., is recalling 509 units of Trader Giotto's Caesar Salad with Caesar Dressing (SKU 05161). The product contains wheat, soy, eg...


Fees should not be the only prepaid card consideration

Customer service is increasingly important too

Prepaid money cards have taken the place of banks for millions of consumers. They use them to receive direct deposit checks and to make debit card purchase...


More information on the Experian identity theft

Up to five out of six American adults might be affected

More information has come to light regarding the massive security breach at Experian; when we discussed the case last month, we mentioned that it was &ldqu...


Midsize SUVs disappoint in the IIHS small overlap crash test

Just 2 models -- both from GM -- earned good ratings; Honda Pilot comes in last

Two out of nine. That's how may SUVs did well in the latest Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) small overlap front crash test. Only the Chevrol...


Bariatric surgery seen as effective cure for type 2 diabetes

Once highly risky procedure wins new respect

With the huge increase in obesity in the U.S., there has been a spike in cases of type 2 diabetes.According to the American Diabetes Association, diabete...


A daily serving of beans could help you control your cholesterol level

A new study says men appear to benefit more than women

Looking for a way -- in addition to exercise and meds -- to lower your “bad” cholesterol level? A study published in the Canadian Medical Association Jour...


Green tea may improve memory

Add another potential benefit to the known health effects of green tea

You can boost the working memory in your computer by adding RAM. You can boost working memory in your brain by adding green tea (taken orally, please), a n...


ATM machines under attack by hackers

Consumers should monitor their accounts closely to catch fraud quickly

Attorney General Lisa Madigan today alerted Illinois residents to an increased risk of unauthorized withdrawals on their accounts after banking regulators ...


Consumer agency sees surge in complaints in 2013

Mortgages and debt collection produced the most gripes

Feel like venting about a product, the service you get or the way you're being treated? You have a lot of company. The volume of complaints received ...


Frontier Natural Products recalls Organic Black Peppercorns

The products have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella

Frontier Natural Products Co-op is recalling several products manufactured with organic black peppercorns that were sold under its Frontier and Simply Org...


Selling your home? It's all in the staging

A lot of show biz goes into selling a house

It's true the housing market is recovering, but in many areas of the country you still have to compete to attract buyers. And that's just half the battle....


Jumpin' Jeeps are hard to tie down

14 years of complaints about unintended acceleration go nowhere

General Motors is currently in the hot seat over charges that it should have acted sooner to replace defective ignition switches. But some chronic automobi...


Senators urge FTC, FDA to crack down on e-cig advertising

They cite unproven assertions that e-cigs help smokers break the cigarette habit

Six U.S. Senators are calling on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to take action against e-cigarette manufacturers...


Under-the-tongue pill approved for grass pollen allergies

After the first dose, the medication can be taken at home

It's a pretty safe bet that people who struggled through this winter's blizzards, Nor’easter and subfreezing temperatures are glad that spring has finally ...


Can't file by April 15? Here's what to do

Getting more time to file your tax return is easy, but you must pay any tax you owe

Yes, it's hard to believe that it is already April. It seems like only yesterday we were shivering through the polar vortex.But the tax-filing vortex is ...


Walmart changes pregnancy policies

Better than the legal minimum, but critics say it's not enough

The Washington Post's Wonkblog reported this week that Walmart, as of March 5, has changed its policies regarding the treatment of pregnant employees. The ...


Dad's chubbiness may contribute to child's autism

Norwegian study finds paternal obesity outweighs maternal obesity as a risk factor

If the father is obese, are his children at risk of autism and other developmental disorders?...


Virgin, JetBlue lead airline consumer satisfaction ratings

While customer complaints were down in 2013, there were more problems in baggage handling

Airlines are doing better than ever. That's the assessment of the Airline Quality Rating (AQR), which says airline performance last year was the highest ...


Sprouts Farmers Market recalls Organic Black Peppercorns

The product has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella

Sprouts Farmers Market is recalling Organic Black Peppercorns sold under the Sprouts brand name from all stores. The product has the potential to be cont...


Tyson Foods recalls chicken nugget products

The products may be contaminated with small pieces of plastic

Tyson Foods of Sedalia, Mo., is recalling approximately 75,320 pounds of frozen, fully cooked chicken nugget products. The firm has received consumer comp...


More than 1 million Evenflo convertible and harnessed child restraints recalled

There is difficulty unlatching the harness buckle

Evenflo Company is recalling 1,368,649 convertible and harnessed child restraints, models Momentum 65 (including LX and DLX), Chase (including LX, DLX, and...


E-cigs linked to spike in calls to poison centers

CDC says more monitoring of nicotine exposure through e-cigarette liquid is needed

There's been a huge increase in the last few years in the number of calls to poison centers involving e-cigarette liquids containing nicotine. A CDC study...


When it comes to cereal marketing, the “eyes” have it

Cornell researchers make eerie discovery

Kids love sugary cereal, the sweeter the better. It's just a fact of life.Children, or course, don't usually buy cereal, their parents do. So to sell sug...


Supreme Court rules 9-0 against frequent flyers

It's a covenant, not a contract, a distinction not apparent to the legal layperson

Bad news for frequent fliers: the Supreme Court ruled 9-0 that airlines have the right to kick you out of their frequent flier program if you complain &ldq...


MasterCard logo coming to Walmart credit cards

Important news for investors; consumer outlook uncertain

If you're a Sam's Club or Walmart credit card (as opposed to pre-paid money card) holder, you'll see a different logo next time you're issued a new plastic...


Toyota plans 2015 roll-out of hydrogen-powered sedan

California is building hydrogen refueling stations to encourage the zero-emission technology

A Toyota hydrogen test vehicleToyota is joining Hyundai and Honda in planning to introduce hydrogen-powered fuel cell cars in California, possibly as e...


This might be a good time to sell your home

There should be a lot less competition from foreclosures

With the arrival of spring homeowners eager to sell may be looking for signs that this is the year they can make a profitable deal. More homeowners who hav...


Employers crank up their hiring

The economy created nearly 200,000 jobs in March

The arrival of spring seems to have brought with it a surging in job creation. Government figures show total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 192,000 in...


Emparedados Boricua recalls chicken and cheese products

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

Emparedados Boricua of Bayamon, Puerto Rico is recalling "Emparedados Boricua - Chicken and Cheese." The products contain eggs, an allergen not listed o...


Safety group attacks hands-free cell use behind the wheel

But consumers assume cars' built-in hands-free function makes it safe

Late model cars usually have Bluetooth connectivity so that cell phones can be used hands-free. It's considered a safety feature by most drivers.But is i...


Consumer advocates demand insurance regulators stop using price optimization

Varying premiums based on risk factors is fine. But that's not the issue here.

You've surely heard various pro-individuality proverbs like “Be yourself” or “To thine own self be true,” but if you're trying to g...


Walmart comes in last in supermarket survey

Wegmans, Trader Joe's, Publix, Costco & Sprouts take top spots

Wegmans, Trader Joe’s, Publix, Costco & Sprouts Top Consumer Reports Supermarket RatingsWhile Walmart, America’s largest grocer is lowest...


Does 'high frequency trading' affect you?

Unless you buy thousands of shares at a time, probably not

Since Michael Lewis appeared on CBS' 60 Minutes last Sunday talking about his book “Flash Boys,” the issue of “high frequency trading&rdq...


Watermelon found to reduce high blood pressure

Blood pressure goes down and the heart works more easily after a watermelon snack

You might think of watermelon as a summertime treat but a new study finds it's a beneficial snack year-round, especially for obese people with high blood p...


Autism on the rise; it's 5 times more common among boys than girls

CDC says the proportion of children with autism and higher IQ is also increasing

Two years ago, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identified 1 in 88 children (11.3 per 1,000 eight year olds) as having an autism spectr...


Chinese automaker shopping for U.S. or European company

Beijing Auto sees weakened Western brands as a quick path into new markets

Be honest now. If you were shopping for a car, would Beijing Auto Group (BAIC) spring to mind? No, probably not. But although it is almost completel...


Rincon Debt Management agrees to provide $3.3 million in refunds

The company and its owners are permanently banned from the debt collection business

The owners of a debt collection firm that focused on Hispanics have agreed to pay more than $3.3 million to provide partial refunds to victims of its alleg...


Job cutting falls sharply in March

First-quarter job cuts were the lowest in almost 20 years

Employers announced plans to cut 34,399 jobs in March -- the second lowest monthly total since January 2013. The only month to see fewer cuts during that p...


Home prices post sizable year-over-year increase in February

CoreLogic says there may be more of the same in store

February was a good month to be a homeowner. Property information and analytics provider CoreLogic reports home prices nationwide -- including distressed ...


American Outdoor Products recalls Fettuccini Alfredo with Chicken

The products contain milk and wheat, allergens not listed on the label

American Outdoor Products of Boulder, Colo., is recalling approximately 633 pounds of dehydrated Fettuccini Alfredo with Chicken. The products were made...


Welcome to the season known as 'spwinter'

It offers the worst of winter and spring for allergy sufferers

The winter of 2014 just doesn't seem to want to give up. It has already overstayed its welcome, as spring officially arrived days ago.So what do you call...


Amazon introduces its set-top box -- Fire TV

The tiny box is crammed with features, including predictive delivery and parental controls

Fire TV (Amazon photo)Amazon today unveiled its new TV set-top box, dubbed "Fire TV," the latest addition to its Kindle line of products. As reported...


Tesla wants to ditch side-view mirrors

Cameras can do a better job with less wind drag, the company argues

It's barely been a day since federal regulators finally got around to issuing rules for mandatory backup cameras on cars, so it may come as a shock to lear...


Dead vacations on the Dead Sea: Orbitz makes an oopsie

Last-minute reservation cancellations plague Orbitz clients at an Israeli resort

This was surely a typographical error or technical glitch rather than a deliberate April Fool on Orbitz's behalf, but: a number of American tourists hoping...


Study suggests fast food ads hide healthy food choices

In Burger King ad, kids mistake apple slices for fries

It isn't enough for fast food restaurants to offer healthier fare for children. They have to present the healthier food in ways that kids can recognize it....


Study: better weather leads to better restaurant reviews

Your environment affects your taste more than you think

If you're a restaurant owner wondering why your delicious offerings always generate such negative commentary on review sites like Foursquare, Citysearch an...


Crib mattresses emit high levels of potentially harmful chemicals, study finds

Older mattresses are no bargain either; they may contain fire retardants and other toxins

Even when babies are nestled all snug in their beds, they may be exposed to high levels of potentially dangerous chemicals, a University of Texas study fin...


Study: federally-recommended salt intake levels are unrealistically low

Too little salt may be as bad as too much

We're constantly being nagged to reduce our salt intake but a new study suggests that the levels recommended by federal agencies are "excessively and unrea...


Chevy Malibu gets top safety pick title

The vehicle performed well in the IIHS small overlap front crash test

A bit of good news for General Motors for a change. The Chevrolet Malibu has earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) TOP SAFETY PICK+ awa...


Mortgage applications post second straight decline

Refinance applications also slip

Applications for new mortgages were down in the week ending March 28 -- the second decline in as many weeks. According to the Mortgage Bankers Associatio...


Turning the corner for job growth in March?

ADP says it was a better than average month

March appears to have been the best month for job creation in quite a while. According to ADP, the payroll processing firm, private sector employment rose...


Chrysler recalls Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Durangos

Freezing water could limit the braking ability of the vehicles

Chrysler Group is recalling 644,354 model year 2011-2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango vehicles manufactured from January 5, 2010, through Septemb...


AdvancePierre Foods recalls chicken products

The products were contain milk and soy, allergens not listed on the label

AdvancePierre Foods of Enid, Okla., is recalling approximately 8,730 pounds of frozen chicken breast products.. The products were formulated with milk and...


Number One Sompa Salted Fish recalled

The product may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum

Lao Thai Nam Corp., of Dallas, Texas, is recalling Number One Sompa Salted Fish, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum...


Consumers push back against soda restrictions

Survey suggests there may be better ways to battle obesity

A word of caution to policymakers who hope to wean overweight consumers off sweetened beverages by restricting container sizes and imposing new taxes &ndas...


Look out! Dangerous Malaysia Airlines clickbait

Link offers sensational video, but actually installs malware on your computer

If you're on Facebook, Twitter or any other social media where people post links and videos (for that matter, if you so much as have an email account), bew...


Scam roundup: two ordinary days

Stamp out one scam, a dozen new ones take its place

In ancient Greek mythology there was a multi-headed monster called the Hydra, who was extremely difficult to kill because anytime you chopped off one of it...


Business groups line up against higher minimum wage

$10.10 per hour wage is "sound bite politics," retailers argue

The Senate may vote this week to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour. Although it has no chance of passing the Republican-con...


Fraud alert: the IRS will not demand payment over the phone or via email

Scammers threaten immigrants with arrest over alleged tax bills

Name any large legitimate business or organization you can think of, and there exist countless scammers fraudulently posing as members of said business or ...


Another take on the digital divide

Mandatory web use leaves many seniors out in the cold

When policymakers refer to the “digital divide,” most often they are referring to an economic disparity in who has access to the Internet.Bec...


NPR voice-recognition ads: new marketing venture, or early April Fool's joke?

The "non-commercial" federally-supported network wants to make more money from ads

AdWeek has a truly bizarre story about voice-activated personalized advertising on “non-commercial, listener-supported” National Public Radio s...


Feds shutter "fraud protection" service that allegedly scammed seniors

"Defendants' conduct ... was simply outrageous," FTC asserts

A federal judge has issued an injunction temporarily halting what the Federal Trade Commission says was a multi-million-dollar telemarketing fraud that tar...


More taxpayers using direct deposit for refunds

Most taxpayers are opting to have their refunds direct-deposited

The refund check is no longer in the mail -- it’s already in the bank. That's the way it is for some 57 million taxpayers so far this year. According to t...


More Chevrolet Cruze vehicles recalled

This is an expansion of a recall initiated in 2013

General Motors LLC is recalling 174,046 model year 2013 and 2014 Chevrolet Cruze vehicles equipped with a 1.4L turbo engine, and manufactured between Nove...


Dyson recalls bladeless portable electric heaters

The heaters can develop an electrical short and overheat

Dyson Inc., of Chicago is recalling about 393,000 portable electric heaters in the U.S. and Canada. The heaters can develop an electrical short and overhe...


Transmission problem prompts recall of GM trucks

Oil leaks from the transmission could cause a vehicle fire

General Motors is recalling 489,936 model year 2014 Chevrolet Silverado Light Duty Regular Cab, Double Cab, and Crew Cab 1500 series and model year 2015 Su...


Flu vaccine works for Children

A new study shows kids who got flu shots were more likely to stay out of the ICU

Kids who get flu shots are 74% less likely to end up in a hospital's intensive care unit than those who don't, according to a study by the Centers for Dise...


Nova Products recalls dietary supplements

The products contain active ingredients not listed on the label

Nova Products of Aston, Pa., is recalling the following products: African Black Ant (Lot# 2006-000926), Black Ant (Lot# 2006-3627878), XZen Gold (Lot# 1...