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Gerber charged with falsely advertising its formula

The company is accused of making unsubstantiated health claims

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is accusing Gerber Products of deceptively advertising that feeding its Good Start Gentle formula to infants with a fam...


Should you consider an adjustable rate mortgage?

Maybe, but do so carefully

The adjustable rate mortgage (ARM) got a nasty reputation at the height of the housing meltdown, largely because they were associated with subprime mortgag...


Office Depot starting Black Friday deals Sunday starting its Black Friday promotions this weekend as well

Office Depot and OfficeMax, which merged last year, are the latest retailers to jump on the early Black Friday bandwagon....


Morris the cat relaunches his career

In his latest incarnation, Morris is "charmingly choosy," not finicky

A recent study in the Journal of Consumer Research found that consumers spend more “when feeling a sense of nostalgia-evoked social connectedness.” That's ...


Security camera catches UPS driver repeatedly kicking package marked "fragile"

Unknown if $12,000 piece of equipment sustained any damage

This week's kid glove award goes to a UPS driver, who was caught on video using a package clearly marked “fragile” as a kickball....


Bad week for mobile wallets: Apple Pay loses retailers and CurrentC gets hacked

Still some bugs to work out of non-cash electronic payment systems

It's far too early to predict who if anyone will be the eventual winner of the mobile-payment wars, especially since Apple Pay and its upcoming rival Curre...


Don't throw it out -- grow it out

It's fairly easy to grow vegetables inside -- try it this winter

Recycling is all the rage, so why not do it with your food?...


Incomes creep higher in September, while spending dips

Consumers tucked away more money for that rainy day

Personal income rose last month, while consumers tightened their grip on their pocket books. According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, incomes were up...


Nissan recalls Infinitis with air bag issues

The driver's frontal air bag inflator may have been manufactured with an incorrect part

Nissan North America is recalling 1,848 model year 2013 Infiniti QX56 vehicles manufactured September 1, 2012, to April 26, 2013, and 2014 Infiniti QX80 ve...


Fuel issue prompts recall of various Toyota vehicles

Fuel may leak from the one of the fuel delivery pipes in the engine compartment

Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing is recalling 20,000 model year 2014 Toyota Avalon, Camry, Sienna, and Highlander and model year 2015 Lexus RX350 ...


Most U.S. adults don't get enough nutrition

If you have a disability you are even more likely to be malnourished

People need a certain amount of calories each day to survive. But they need to be the right kind of calories and many U.S. adults apparently aren't getting...


Your kid's best holiday could be your dog's worst

Halloween can be a dangerous, nerve-wracking time for pets

Make sure your dog is safe this Halloween. There are many elements that can actually spook you and your dog if you don't watch out....


Do you know what payments impact your credit score?

Survey finds a lot of confusion

You probably have heard that being late in paying your bills can whittle away at your credit score. But which bills have the most impact?...


Time change ritual may be dangerous to diabetics

It's crucial to be sure insulin pumps are properly adjusted

The daylight time ritual is coming around again, when most of us will get an extra hour of sleep before getting up Sunday morning. But for some of us, ther...


Home Depot security breach cost credit unions at least $60 million

Re-issuing a single stolen card number costs over $8

It's been less than two months since Home Depot first admitted (on Sept. 2) that it was “looking into some unusual activity” which everyone now knows was t...


Staying safe on the road this Halloween

Here are some tips to keep drivers and pedestrians alike out of harm's way

With the arrival of Halloween and the end of Daylight Saving Time, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is reminding everyone to driv...


Who needs towels? Body dryer offers hands-free drying

The inventors are still raising money to get into production so it may be awhile

Nothing feels better on a warm summer day then a nice breeze against your neck and the wind gently blowing through your hair. How would you like to have th...


Economic growth continues through the summer

However, the rate is a bit slower than in the spring

The nation's economy continued to chug along during the third quarter, although not as robustly at it did in the spring. The "advance" estimate released b...


Another year-over-year decline in home foreclosures

However, they were up a bit on a month-over-month basis

There's continued progress on the foreclosure front. According to CoreLogic, a provider of property information and analytics, there were 46,000 completed...


Cane Creek recalls bicycle shock absorbers

The shock contains incorrect adjustment directions for High Speed Rebound damping

Cane Creek Cycling Components of Fletcher, N.C., is recalling about 5,500 shock absorbers in the U.S. and Canada. The shock absorber is marked with graph...


Takata air bag recall becoming a witches' brew for White House

A miasma of lawsuits, Congressional rumblings and political fallout

The recall of millions of cars with potentially defective airbags is conjuring up a witches' brew of class action lawsuits, Congressional incantations and ...


Signs still point to early Black Friday

More retailers announcing their plans early

As Black Friday ads leak onto the Internet, some retailers are getting a jump on the leakers – and the competition – by making early announcements of their...


FCC may begin process of unbundling cable

Why can't Aereo and other streamers be treated like cable systems?.

You say you never watch Azteca America? How about truTV? We're not sure exactly what these are but they're among the more than 80 channels included in Comc...


Study finds different online consumers get different prices

Algorithms produce search results based on users' profiles and past activity

What you pay for an online purchase may be different – higher or lower – than what someone else pays, according to researchers at Northeastern University....


The frugal American: modern version vs. circa-1844 model

Money-saving tips from history don't always work today

What would Lydia Maria Child's “American Frugal Housewife” think of modern thrift and spending habits?...


FTC reaches settlement with online dating network

Must stop luring customers with fake profiles, among other things

A dating site based in England has agreed to stop using computer-generated fake profiles to fool members into paying for membership upgrades. In a settleme...


Shuddle could make a parent's life easier

It's sort of Uber for kids -- an app that moves kids on demand

Part of being a parent is shuttling your kids back and forth from school to basketball practice, maybe dance lessons and then back home, throwing something...


Mortgage Applications post first drop in 4 weeks

Interest rate sensitivity was a major factor

Mortgage applications ended their string of increases at 3 during the week of October 24. Data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mort...


Ram 2500, 3500, 4500, and 5500 trucks recalled

The electrical connectors of the diesel fuel heater may overheat

Chrysler Group is recalling 314,704 model year 2010-2014 Ram 2500, 3500, 4500, and 5500 trucks manufactured March 27, 2009, to September 5, 2013. The ele...


Two recalls issued for Dodge Durangos and Jeep Grand Cherokees

The problems involve air bags, steering and stability

Chrysler Group has issued two separate recalls for Dodge Durangos and Jeep Grand Cherokees. In the first,126,772 model year 2014 Durangos manufactured Jun...


Feds sue AT&T for throttling customers with "unlimited" data plans

"Unlimited means unlimited," Federal Trade Commission argues

What if you went to an all-you-can-eat buffet and were told that you had to eat very slowly, using only one hand and pausing for 10 seconds between each bi...


Online tool helps nail down real cost of college

The Estimated Family Contribution number from the government is often inaccurate

Selecting a college really is a little like buying a car. There's the sticker price, but that really isn't what the car – or the college – costs....


Do you really have to brush your dog's teeth?

Brushing is the best although chew toys can help

Are you brushing twice a day? For most people the answer is probably yes. How about if we change up the question and ask if you are brushing your dog's tee...


Data suggests danger of new housing bubble has passed

Home values have grown at a slower rate every month since April

For a while housing experts were worried that the U.S. was in the midst of another housing bubble. After home prices finally hit bottom following the credi...


Bats: they want to drive you batty

Don't like bugs? Meet your new best bat friends forever

This might drive you batty, but thats really the goal. Monday kicked off National Bat Week led by the Organization for Bat Conservation, with close collabo...


Wisconsin charges Everest College used deception to attract students

It's the latest in a series of problems for Everest parent Corinthian

Wisconsin is the latest to sue for-profit Corinthian Colleges, Inc., charging that it used misleading and deceptive trade practices to attract students to ...


The rate of increase in home prices continues to slow

Still, home prices are up for an eighth consecutive month

The deceleration in home price gains continued in August. According to the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices,the 10-City Composite gained 5.5% year-ove...


A rebound in consumer confidence

Business conditions and the job market appear brighter

After posting a decline in September. The Conference Board's Consumer Confidence Index jumped 6.5 this month to stand at 94.5. Of particular note were inc...


Chetak New York recalls Deep Raw Cashew Pieces

The product may be contaminated with Salmonella

Chetak New York of Edison, N.J., is recalling its 5,560 packages of Deep Raw Cashew Pieces. The product may be contaminated with Salmonella. No illnesses...


Z Natural Foods recalls Lightly Roasted Organic Carob Powder

The product may be contanimated with Salmonella

Z Natural Foods of West Palm Beach, Fla., is recalling 55 lbs of Lightly Roasted Organic Carob Powder. The product may be contanimated with Salmonella. N...


CVS and Rite-Aid stop accepting Apple Pay

What made them jump off the bandwagon after less than a week?

This past week has been a bad one for boosters of the Apple Pay mobile-payment system, which only launched last Monday....


How to make grocery shopping with kids healthier and less stressful

For starters, stores could get tempting treats out of kids' sight

In a perfect world you would never set foot in a grocery store with a 6-year-old in tow....


Deadly cat virus hits Indianapolis animal shelter

About 100 cats are being euthanized

A deadly cat virus has hit Indianapolis Animal Care and Control (IACC)and it is forcing it to close its doors to cats for the next two weeks....


Mom has lots of pull at Toys R Us

Petition drive gets "Breaking Bad" action figures pulled from the shelves

Some mothers have all the pull! One mother was able to get some toys pulled right off the shelf. Susan Schrivjer of Fort Myers, Fla., was upset when she we...


Pending home sales post slight gain in September

Prices and inventory are factors

Pending home sales have risen above year-over-year levels for the first time in 11 months. The National Association of Realtors reports its Pending Home S...


Taylor Farms recalls salad with chicken

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

Taylor Farms of Swedesboro, N.J., is recalling approximately 377 pounds of Signature Cafe Broccoli Kale Salad with Chicken. The product contains walnuts, ...


Murry’s recalls chicken products

The products may be contaminated with Staphylococcal enterotoxin

Murry’s Inc., of Lebanon, Pa., is recalling approximately 31,689 pounds of gluten free breaded chicken products. The products may be contaminated with St...


Rome Packing recalls fresh and frozen crab meat

The products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Rome Packing Company is recalling Ocean’s Catch brand All Natural Jonah Crab Leg Meat. The products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. No...


Aspen Foods recalls chicken products

The products may be contaminated with Salmonella

The Aspen Foods division of Koch Meats of Chicago, Ill., is recalling 28,980 pounds of chicken products that may be contaminated with a particular strain o...


Retailers not waiting for Black Friday to offer deals

Shoppers can already find significant savings ahead of the official kick-off

The official start to the holiday shopping season is still a month away but U.S. retailers are already in the giving spirit. Just like last year shoppers m...


Yoga training has gone to the dogs

It might sound odd but both dogs and their "parents" seem to enjoy it

If you were to peek into most yoga classes you would probably see the classes are attended by a majority of fit, flexible females in tight clothes. But, co...


Good news for consumers: U.S. is swimming in oil

Oil stockpiles surge, sending prices still lower

Motorists who have been watching gasoline prices fall might think the news can't get any better. But it has....


Your shower curtain could be ruining your sex life

Phthalates are everywhere, and may affect women's libido

Hide the shower curtain -- it could be ruining your sex life! In fact a lot of things you have around the house could be detrimental to a woman's libido....


Detergent manufacturers wish you'd waste more detergent

Efficient machines and savvy consumers depress detergent companies' bottom lines

Pity the poor detergent makers: Bloomberg BusinessWeek reports that the rise in efficient washing machines requiring far less water to launder clothes than...


Feds shut down “tech support” scammers in New York

Remember: Microsoft, Facebook and other tech companies will never, ever call you at home

There's moderately good news coming out of New York today, as the Federal Trade Commission announced that the courts, complying with an FTC request, have s...


Golden Gate Bridge considers a pedestrian toll

Cars and trucks have to pay, so why shouldn't walkers and runners?

Californians never cease to express their amazement and disdain at the high tolls East Coast drivers pay to cross bridges and crawl along congested highway...


How to get an "A" in math

Smartphone app does the work for you

There used to be a time where if you didn't understand your math homework you called a friend and they would try patiently to explain how to multiply somet...


Thirsty? Drink your garden

"Tea garden" isn't just an expression, you know

Coffee has gotten a boost from all sorts of flavors of late. This month of course it's pumpkin! But tea can also be spiced up and you can do it right in yo...


Leading Economic Index portends continued growth

The index was higher for the second time in 3 months

After taking August off, the Conference Board's Leading Economic Index (LEI) is on the move again. The advance of 0.8% in September to 104.4 follows no ch...


Food allergens -- where are they?

If they're in a food, but not listed on the label, you could be in trouble

Those of us allergic to a food or some of the ingredients (full disclosure: shellfish) are pretty conscientious about scouring a food product’s label to ma...


A tiny gain for new home sales in September

Prices of new homes sold moved lower

The pace of new home sales cooled in September, but still managed to post a gain. The U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Developme...


RevZilla recalls various motorcycle helmets

The helmet labels may contain incorrect size information

RevZilla Motorsports is recalling 87 model LaZer Monaco Pure Glass, Roadster PG, and Window PG motorcycle helmets, models MLD035010-D00L, MLD035010-M10L, M...


General Motors issues 2 recalls for Corvettes

The recalls involve air bag and braking issues

General Motors has issued 2 recalls for its Corvette vehicles. The first involves 89 model year 2015 vehicles manufactured August 20, 2014, to August 27, ...


Can walnuts protect against Alzheimer's disease?

New research suggests that they can

Walnuts are a natural food and play a prominent role in the popular Mediterranean diet. Over the years health advocates have extolled their many health ben...


Auto safety agency not much help in airbag crisis

NHTSA's VIN number look-up site works about as well as the first Obamacare site

First it was the Obamacare website, now it's Consumers trying to find out if their car is part of the Takata airbag recall are having a tough...


Bank of America double-bills accounts for Apple Pay users

Promises to repay double charges; fix the glitch responsible

Poor Apple. On Monday, the company officially launched Apple Pay, its long-awaited mobile-payment system promising greater security than credit or debit-ca...


Four reasons to get a flu shot

Besides preventing the flu it might reduce heart disease risks

Getting a flu shot is your best chance of avoiding the flu, according to the Mayo Clinic. Each year the vaccine is engineered to counter the expected strai...


Sourcebooks shopping-cart security breach hits over 5,000 customers

Are attacks against online stores the shape of security threats to come?

The Illinois-based Sourcebooks publishing company admitted this week that a security breach in its website's shopping-cart software from April 16 to June 1...


"Anti-Facebook" promises to be virtuous forever. Really.

Ello says it will always be "simple, beautiful & ad-free"

You remember Facebook. It used to be really popular but now it has 1.23 billion monthly users and nobody likes it anymore. It has too many ads and doesn't ...


Feds shut down debt collector that allegedly defrauded Spanish-speaking consumers

Consumers were bilked out of $2 million they didn't really owe, FTC charges

Collecting a debt is one thing. Collecting a non-existent debt is something else. And according to the Federal Trade Commission, a South Florida debt colle...


Eat up, dogs! Winter is coming

"Thrifty gene" prepares your dog for harsh winter weather

Your dog has the thrifty gene and, no, it doesn't mean he knows how to find the best deals on dog food with his nose. The "thrifty gene" prepares the dog f...


More for your 401(k) next year

The IRS is increasing the amount you can contribute to your pension plan

From the Internal Revenue Service -- word that you'll be able to sock more money away for retirement next year. Because the increase in the cost-of-living...


A little bit more for Social Security recipients next year

But no change in the Medicare Part B premium

People who receive monthly Social Security benefits will find a little more in their checks in 2015. The Social Security Administration says monthly Socia...


Home prices up in August for a ninth straight month

In addition, the July increased was higher than first reported

It's now 9 increases in a row for the Federal Housing Finance Agency's (FHFA) House Price Index (HPI). According to the agency, house prices across the U....


Arctic Cat Recalls single-rider and 2UP ATVs

Components in the front gear case can fail

Arctic Cat of Thief River Falls, Minn., is recalling about 40,000 single-rider and 2 UP style all-terrain vehicles (ATVs). Components in the front gear c...


Bailey Farms recalls Fresh Serrano Chile Peppers

The peppers may be contaminated with Salmonella

Bailey Farms of Oxford, N.C., is recalling 6,215 pounds of Fresh Serrano Chile Peppers. The peppers may be contaminated with Salmonella. No illnesses hav...


Colleges getting better at cost transparency

Students now have tools that can calculate the cost of their education

You wouldn't agree to buy a new car without knowing what it was going to cost to drive it off the lot. Yet when it comes to selecting a college, many stude...


Owners of vehicles with defective airbags: Act now

Feds say more than 6 million vehicles are affected

Owners of certain Toyota, Honda, Mazda, BMW, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Chrysler, Ford and General Motors vehicles are being urged to act immediately on r...


Retail database security breaches: just how commonplace are they, anyway?

And how much does this help ordinary American consumers?

You can't go a week anymore without hearing another news report on the theme “Another bank, business or organization got hacked; millions of customers' con...


Work-at-home promoters ordered to pay $25 million in refunds

99.8% of 110,000 consumers who took the bait made exactly nothing

"Quicksell" sounded good, at least to the unpracticed ear. It promised consumers that they could make big bucks by working at home in their spare time. But...


Is your pet on pins and needles?

Acupuncture may help with chronic conditions that are dogging your pet

Let's get right to the point. Is acupuncture something you might want to consider for your pet?...


Ebola scams proliferating at pandemic pace

Consumers must protect themselves against bogus fund-raisers, "preparedness kits" and medications

Political pontificating aside, Ebola is not much of a threat to the American populace despite raging out of control in parts of West Africa. Bigger threats...


Spam text scammers to pay $10 million in penalties

They bombarded consumers with bogus offers of "free" items

Sending the messages was cheap but now a group of defendants who flooded consumers with phony text messages has been ordered to pay $10 million in penaltie...


A surge in mortgage applications

Applications for refinancing were also sharply higher

A drop in interest rates helped send mortgage applications higher in the week ending October 17. According to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Wee...


Consumer prices inch higher in September

A drop in energy costs negated a rise in the price of food

Declining energy costs helped keep consumer prices in Check during September, with the consumer price index (CPI) inching up just 0.1%. Figures from the La...


Credit default rates tick higher in September

However, 80% of cities saw rates decline

Consumer credit default rates are on the rise. According to the S&P/Experian Consumer Credit Default Indices the national composite posted 1.04% in Septem...


What renting says about your financial status

If you rent you are more likely to be struggling

Since the financial crisis of 2008 and the Great Recession, fewer people have become homeowners. For starters, it has been harder to get a mortgage. Down p...


Woman loses paid-off home due to city tax department's $95 error

City's clerical error from four years ago leads to tax auction last week

A woman in Norcross, Georgia received notice that her paid-off condo was sold at auction, and she and her 4-year-old daughter have until Nov. 25 to move ou...


Security breach at Staples stores; customer card data stolen

Take precautions if you paid with your card at Staples stores in the Northeast

Bad news for customers of Staples office supply, especially customers in the Northeast: looks like Staples is the latest major retailer to get hacked....


Dish Network dumps CNN, other Turner channels

Consumers are again held hostage as corporate giants tussle over license fees

It's a good thing cable TV companies aren't in the car business. If they were, they'd probably come and confiscate your car every time they got into a pric...


Why you might fall for a phishing scam

Scamming you is more a matter of psychology than technology

Information is power and, when it comes to the criminal underground, it might as well be gold. Scammers who pick up chuncks of information about you can qu...


Customer says Comcast overcharged him and got him fired; sues in federal court

Comcast admits to bad service and billing errors, but denies role in man's firing

Of all the bad-customer-service stories Comcast customers might have, none are likely to top that of former customer Conal O'Rourke, also a former employee...


PetSmart reaching out to homeless dogs and cats

The pet supply chain is helping to house homeless families' pets

The insecurity and the devastation homelessness represents to a family is a crushing blow and the impact on a child can last for a lifetime. The loss of se...


Gift givers to spend more this holiday season, survey finds

More than 40% of shopping is expected to be done online

With a little more than 9 weeks to go before Christmas, the nation's retailers have visions of dollar signs dancing in their heads. According to the Natio...


A rebound for sales of existing homes

The annual sales pace is the highest so far this year

A blip, maybe? You could draw that conclusion. After posting the first drop in 5 months during August, sales of previously-owned homes got back on track d...


Feds red-light alleged green coffee bean scams

Defendants "used nearly every trick in the book," FTC charges

A U.S. district court judge has issued an order that temporarily stops pitches for green coffee bean extract and other Pure Simple dietary supplements. The...


Toyota recalls vehicles with air bag inflator issues

The inflators performed improperly during component testing

Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. Is conducting a supplemental safety recall of approximately 247,000 Toyota Corolla, Matrix, Sequoia, Tundra and Lexus SC vehicle...


Ford recalls Mustangs

The safety belt buckle tension sensor could malfunction

Ford is recalling 53 2015 Ford Mustangs built from Aug. 18, 2014 to Oct. 2, 2014. Fifty of the vehicles are in the U.S. and federalized territories, and 3 ...


Doctors try to calm Ebola fears

One says there could be as many as 100 U.S. cases

Last week's grilling of federal health officials at the hands of Congress may say a lot about rising public concern and frustration over the arrival of the...


Apple Pay is available today

But how many customers and merchants will accept it?

Today, Apple finally rolled out its long-promised mobile wallet – officially known as Apple Pay....


Airbnb for dogs? It's as close as your keyboard

Online pet-sitting services bring pets and sitters together

We have become a society that shares. We share a family plan with our cellphone, if you need a ride there is always Uber and we share our lives on Facebook...


Are consumers relying too much on YouTube?

British survey finds 7% would try to rewire their house with YouTube's help

If you need to learn how to do something, chances are you can find more than one video on YouTube to walk you through it....


What's really in that dog food?

Mislabeling is prevalent, a European study finds

Our pets are no different then we are when it comes to eating -- what goes in the mouth and down the little esophagus is pretty important. This occurred to...


Congress urged to ban "virtual brothels"

Attorneys general say children being bought and sold on, other sites

Attorneys General from around the country are urging Congress to pass legislation that would help prevent children from being trafficked on the Internet....


Cold sore virus increases Alzheimer's risk

The theory is that a weakened immune system allows the herpes virus to reach the brain

A cold sore is about as annoying as minor annoyances get. But it may be more than annoying. A new study finds that infection wih the herpes simplex virus i...


Growing up inside -- a plant's story

Outside -- and inside -- conditions change in the fall

It's fall and that can be scary if you are a gardner. Yes, freezing can kill everything in one fast frost if you aren't prepared. What about what's going o...


Online recipe service promises to save time and cut stress cooks up the menu and orders the groceries

Dinner -- it's what's on every mother's mind by about 3:00 PM at the latest everyday. Leave it to one busy mom and former Starbucks executive, Mary Egan,wh...


Oasis Brands recalls Lacteos Santa Martha products

The products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Oasis Brands of Miami, Florida, is recalling select lots of various Lacteos Santa Martha products with Best by dates of 07/01/14 through 12/31/14 The prod...


Acura TLX AWD vehicles recalled

Tire failure may result from overloading

American Honda Motor Company is recalling 189 model year 2015 Acura TLX AWD vehicles manufactured August 26, 2014, to September 20, 2014. The affected ve...


E&B’s Natural Way recalls lamb products

The products were not presented for USDA-FSIS import inspection

E&B’s Natural Way of Frederick, Md., is recalling approximately 27,948 pounds of raw lamb products because they were not presented for USDA-FSIS import ins...


Infectious disease threatens dogs; three die in Chicago

The disease is spread through the urine of infected animals

Infectious diseases are on everyone's mind right now -- and even dogs aren't safe. A disease that can be deadly for dogs (and humans) is making its way thr...


Man bites dog? It's legal to eat dogs and cats in 44 states

The meat can't be sold commercially but feasting on Fido is perfectly legal in many locales

Would you eat them in a boat? Would you eat them with a goat? How about with a side of fries? You probably think the next line has something to do with Gre...


FBI director James Comey thinks FBI's own online safety tips should be illegal

Oct. 2012: FBI promotes phone encryption as defense against hackers. Oct. 2014: Comey wants to outlaw it

What does FBI director James Comey have in common with your average computer hacker?...


Facebook has a disaster plan for you

Whether it will work as intended is another question

Facebook has a disaster plan for your family and friends, assuming you're not swept away, crushed or drowned by whatever disaster befalls you....


Farming is moving to the Internet

Crop-related decisions are increasingly being made online

Farming is a skill that has been around for centuries. Farmers used the sun and the weather as well as some kind of digging apparatus in the very beginning...


Throw away the candy -- we're going on a witch hunt

Halloween can be a destination holiday. Here are some prime spots

Perhaps you're a little tired of the regular ghosts and goblins and Snickers bars and you're looking for more of an adventure for your family this Hallowee...


A new home-construction rebound -- sort of

Both housing starts and building permit applications posted gains in September

After posting a sharp decline in August, new home construction moved up 6.3% last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,017,000. That's 7.8% abov...


Suzuki recalls motorcycles with shifting issues

The rear axle could move, damaging the left-side drive chain adjuster

Suzuki Motor of America is recalling 23,073 model year 2011-2014 GSX-R750 and 2009-2014 GSX-R1000 motorcycles. If a gear is missed while upshifting, the ...


American Honda recalls recreational off-highway vehicles

Vegetation and debris can accumulate on the middle skid plate and cause a fire

American Honda Motor Company of Torrance, Calif., is recalling about 15,400 recreational off-highway vehicles. Vegetation and debris can accumulate on the...


Briggs & Stratton recalls Snapper rear engine riding mowers

The weld on the drive axle can fail resulting in loss of brake control

Briggs & Stratton Power Products Group of Milwaukee, Wis., is recalling about 8,500 Snapper rear engine riding mowers. The weld on the drive axle can fail...


Shop Packaging recalls chicken products

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

Shop Packaging of New Bedford, Mass., is recalling approximately 115,505 pounds of chicken wing products. The products were processed with a releasing age...


Flu: a bigger health threat than Ebola

Doctor claims we're freaking out over the wrong virus

America's health concerns this fall are focused firmly on Ebola, a deadly virus that appears to kill half its victims....


CBS jumps into video streaming

"CBS All Access" includes current and classic program; no football though

Years ago, we fidgeted through a speech by a network news executive who was appalled by the "river of video" that had been loosed on the world. He was refe...


Is Airbnb legal? Depends where you live

San Francisco allows Airbnb rentals while New York State cracks down

If you're tempted to rent out your home on Airbnb and wonder whether or not that's legal, the answer is “That depends on where you live.”...


Study: teen sexting continues to be widespread

Despite its many dangers, it's become part of the youth culture

Why would a successful Hollywood actress have nude photos of herself on her phone?...


Planned Parenthood for pets

Spaying and neutering aren't the only options anymore

Is your dog on the pill? It might sound far-fetched because when we think of dog contraception we usually go right to being spayed or neutered but there i...


FBI director opposes data encryption, says it will lead to a "very dark place"

But if cops can get in, then hackers can too

The main problem facing Internet security researchers and tech companies seeking to protect people and businesses from hackers is that, when you get right ...


Camping? Take a laptop you can cook on

Mobile kitchen uses induction to heat food in no time

If you find it hard to get excited by a new smartphone or tablet, how about this? Dragan Trenchevski, an industrial designer from Macedonia, has developed ...


Parents to go on trial for their kid's defamatory Facebook page

If parents know what their kids are doing and don't stop it, are they liable?

A court in Georgia ruled last week that parents can in certain circumstances be held liable for their minor children's defamatory Facebook pages....


Toilet paper without the tube, urinals at home

There are plenty of ways to go green in your bathroom

You and your family have decided to go "green" but it seems like such a big project. Why not start small? Take one small room that you spend a great deal o...


Builder confidence falls in October

The drop follows September's climb to a 9-year high

The string of gains in builder confidence in the market for newly built single-family has ended at 4. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) /We...


Initial jobless claims hit 14-year low

The months-long decline continues

First-time applications for state unemployment benefits have fallen to their lowest level in 14 years. According to the Labor Department (DOL), claims plu...


Chrysler recalls Jeep Wranglers

The exterior heated power mirror electrical connector may be corroded

Chrysler is recalling 313,236 model year 2011-2013 Jeep Wrangler vehicles manufactured February 16, 2010, to July 19, 2013. Corrosion in the exterior hea...


GM recalls vehicles that may be susceptible to an electrical short

The chassis electronic module may be internally contaminated

General Motors is recalling 97,540 model year 2013-2014 Cadillac CTS, Escalade, Escalade ESV, Chevrolet Suburban, Tahoe, GMC Yukon, and Yukon XL, and 2014 ...


Chrysler recalls vehicles with electrical issue

The alternator may suddenly fail

Chrysler Group is recalling 434,581 model year 2011-2014 Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger, Challenger, Durango, and Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles manufactured Ju...


Toys R Us recalls toy toaster sets

The plastic toast can crack and break into small pieces

Toys R Us of Wayne, N.J., is recalling about 36,000 Just Like Home toy toaster sets in the U.S. and Canada. The plastic toast, under pressure, can crack a...


Why gasoline prices may stay low for a long time

Saudi Arabia reportedly signals that it is fine with lower oil prices

When the price of gasoline goes down, as it has since August, consumers typically don't question why. They just fill up and consider themselves lucky for n...


German scientists warn Ebola outbreak is not following past patterns

New vaccines and antivirals "urgently needed," the scientists warn

A prestigious group of German scientists is warning that the Ebola virus is spreading rapidly and to an unexpected extent and they say the current outbreak...


Dining on bats helps spread Ebola, researchers find

The popularity of "bushmeat" plays a role in emerging infections

Cable news has been howling over the possibility that the dog owned by a Dallas nurse who contracted ebola while caring for a patient might be infected wit...


Business leader calls for capping student loan debt

Mark Cuban says "easy money" creating an inflationary bubble in education

In the last decade more people have sought a college education and paid more for it. Tuition costs have skyrocketed and so has the amount of money students...


"Attachment parenting" -- the latest child-rearing discipline

Its proponent say it's simply "natural" parenting

There are so many styles and labels for parenting lately. When I grew up it was just parenting period -- you either had weird parents or cool parents, ther...


HBO plans standalone streaming service for cord-cutters

The premium pay channel is the last tie binding many consumers to cable

There's just one thing that keeps many consumers from giving their cable TV service the heave-ho. And that, of course, is HBO. But that won't be true much ...


Bogus trade association banned from selling healthcare-related products

Consumers seeking health insurance allegedly were bilked out of millions

A group of marketers who allegedly tricked consumers into buying phony health insurance has reached a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) th...


Retail sales post first decline in 8 months

Clothing and autos were among the big losers

After posting gains for seven consecutive months, retail sales slipped 0.3% in September to $442.7 billion. Figures released by the U.S. Census Bureau sho...


Two gains in a row for mortgage applications

The advance came as interest rates dipped

Another rise in applications for mortgages -- the second in as many weeks. Data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications...


Lexus LS, GS, and IS vehicles recalled

Fuel could leak past a sealing gasket

Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. is recalling approximately 423,000 Lexus vehicles including 2007 - 2010 model year LS; 2006 - 2011 model year GS; 2006 - 2011 mo...


The Walmart MoneyCard hacker strikes again

Cardholders from across the U.S. see their hacked cards drained at NYC Target stores

Something criminally strange seems to be going on with Walmart MoneyCards, especially in New York City and its immediate suburbs, though any MoneyCard hold...


Fewer drug companies are producing antibiotics

The trend is producing shortages at a time when new bugs are showing up

Two health trends are converging and the result is likely to be bad news. More and more infectious diseases are showing up in the population. At the same t...


Dropbox wasn't hacked, but millions of its customers were

Another example of why you should never use the same password for multiple accounts

The good news is that, despite initial reports claiming otherwise, Dropbox was not hacked. The bad news is that apparently, up to 7 million individual Dro...


Wallpaper to light up your life and heat things up

A wallflower no longer has to be drab and dull

In the 60's lava lamps were considered futuristic. You could stare at them all night with the lights off and say groovy! With the lava lamp came a new desi...


Google goes after Amazon, expands its delivery service

Same-day delivery service expands offerings, adds cities

Buying stuff online is one thing. Getting your hands on it can be something else. Until now, Amazon has had the clear advantage in delivering boxes of diap...


Hackers steal Kmart customer credit and debit card data

If you shopped at Kmart from September through Oct. 9, your card might be at risk

Late Friday afternoon, Kmart kicked off the three-day holiday weekend by announcing that, for most of September, hackers were able to steal customer credit...


Southwest, Virgin mix it up as Love Field goes national

No longer restricted to short flights, Dallas' Love Field becomes hotly competitive

For decades, close-in Love Field (DAL) has felt the love of Dallas-area travelers who dreaded the long haul out to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport...


Another increase in consumer spending

A boost in real wages gets the credit

Consumers are earning more money -- and spending it. According to the Deloitte Consumer Spending Index, which tracks consumer cash flow as an indicator o...


SunBurst Foods recalls all SunBurst, Fresh Bites and private label products

The products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

SunBurst Foods of Goldsboro, N.C., is recalling all of its SunBurst, Fresh Bites and private labeled products which are currently in the market. The produ...


Galant Food expands recall of beef products

The meat filling used in the products did not meet its cooking critical limit

Galant Food Company of San Leandro, Calif., is recalling an additional 130 pounds of beef products. The meat filling used in the products did not meet its...


Louis Garneau recalls aerodynamic bicycle helmets

In cold temperatures, the helmet can fail to protect the wearer from impact injuries

Louis Garneau USA of Derby, Vt., is recalling about 1,180 aerodynamic bicycle helmets. In cold temperatures, the helmet can fail to protect the wearer fro...


Growing consumer confidence may fuel bigger Black Friday

One expert sees double digit sales over last year

Perhaps for the first time since the Great Recession consumers are heading into the holiday shopping season with increased optimism and fewer “bah, humbugs...


Study: Talking while driving not always a distraction

Some conversations might actually improve safety

It has long been assumed that using a mobile device while driving is distracting because drivers were looking at their phones and not the road. Come up wit...


October offers some attractive car deals

But it's not a good deal if you get stuck with lousy financing

October tends to be an active month for new car deals and this year, it may be particularly true. Manufacturers appear unusually eager to unload this year'...


Dimension Industries recalls sling cafe sets

The chairs can break due to a missing metal washer plate

Dimension Industries Company of Taiwan is recalling about 18,000 sling fabric cafe sets. The chairs can break due to a missing metal washer plate, posing ...


What's age appropriate for Halloween?

What's fun for older kids may be frightening for younger ones

I bought my 6-month-old granddaughter a Minnie Mouse costume for Halloween. Her mom wanted her to be an owl. I actually had bought three others and put the...


Watch out for these Ebola-related scams

There are no Ebola cures or vaccines for sale, and the government isn't sending Ebola warning emails

Scammer morality is a bottomless pit: there's no depth limit to how low a scammer will sink while trying to make a dishonest buck....


Hottest trends for pets this Halloween

Basically, pups are aping their owners when it comes to costumes

The list is out and if you're a dog you are probably waiting with baited breath to find out what kind of costume are they going to put you in this year. Th...


Flawed digital certificate affects older Hewlett Packard products

Company must re-issue a lot of old software packages

This week, Hewlett-Packard quietly revoked one of its digital certificates after security blogger Brian Krebs discovered it was the same certificate which ...


Dairy Queen/Orange Julius confirms customer data breach

Malware lifted information from affected stores between Aug. 5 and Aug. 31

Dairy Queen confirmed yesterday what everyone has already suspected for several weeks: in early August, hackers managed to install malware on the cash regi...


Preparing your garden tools for winter

Things will be ready to go in the spring if you take action now

If you want something to last a while you have to take care of it and your garden tools are no exception....


New class of fats may be helpful in diabetes treatment, prevention

Researchers say they're "blown away" by the discovery

Researchers in Boston have identified a new class of "good" fats that they say may offer a promising new direction for type 2 diabetes prevention and treat...


Just one domestic airline tarmac delay in August -- and none for international flights

On-time arrival performance was showed improvement over the month before

When it comes to getting off the ground on time, August was a very good month. The nation’s largest airlines reported just 1 tarmac delay of more than 3 h...


Nissan Altimas recalled

The secondary hood latch could remain in the unlatched position

Nissan North America is recalling 220,423 model year 2013 Nissan Altima vehicles manufactured March 6, 2012, to February 28, 2013. Interference between t...


Twitter sues U.S. government on First Amendment grounds

If the company must spy on its customers, it at least wants the legal right to say so

Twitter's new First Amendment lawsuit against the United States government serves as the most recent reminder that in 2014, it's common knowledge that the ...


Enhanced Ebola screening to start at 5 US airports

All people entering the U.S. from Ebola-affected countries will be tracked

A new program of entry screening gets underway this week at 5 U.S. airports that receive most travelers from the Ebola-affected nations of Guinea, Liberia ...


Senators call for stronger warning labels on e-cigarettes

Big tobacco concocting its own health warnings that don't tell the whole story, they charge

A group of Democratic U.S. Senators are calling on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today to adopt stronger warning labels for e-cigarettes, charging...


FTC bars WordSmart from deceiving parents

The company used unsupported claims to sell its educational products, feds charge

WordSmart probably thinks it's pretty smart but it wasn't smart enough to avoid Federal Trade Commission charges that it deceived parents of school-age chi...


Decaf coffee may be good for your liver

Something that's popular may actually be good for us

Drinking decaf coffee maybe good for the liver. A new study finds that the benefits to the liver of drinking coffee apply regardless of whether the coffee ...


M&T Bank slapped for ads that deceptively promoted free checking

"No strings attached" claim went a bit too far, feds charge

Despite ads that promised "no strings attached" free checking, many customers of M&T Bank wound up with checking accounts that -- strings or not -- were an...


First-time jobless claims show little change

Evidence seen of "solid improvement" in the labor market

Not much change in the past week in the number of people filing initial applications for state unemployment benefits. According to the Labor Department (D...


Picky pup? Tricks to get your dog eating right

Human food and dog food don't mix and can cause health and behavior problems

Will your dog only eat YOUR food? You have tried everything to get him to eat food from the can or a colorful package of dry dog food, but no luck, he only...


All those leaves can become compost; here's how

A few pallets and some rope and you have a simple compost bin

The leaves are going to start piling up soon and you need something to put them in so you can generate compost for your garden. A trash can will get the fi...


Oasis Brands recalls Cuajada en Hoja

The product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Oasis Brands of Miami, Fla., is recalling 12-oz. Cuajada en Hoja with a “Best By” date of 10/01/14-10/08/14 and 10/18/14. The product may be contaminated...


PAB Two recalls bed bug heat treatment systems

The units could pose a fire hazard

PAB Two of Wheeling, Ill., is recalling about 1,700 bed bug heat treatment systems. The flexible, electrical conducting strip at the top of the heating el...


AT&T to pay $105 million for mobile cramming

The company billed customers hundreds of millions of dollars in bogus charges

AT&T Wireless will pay $105 million to settle federal and state charges that it billed customers hundreds of millions of dollars in bogus charges for horos...


Connectivity in the car is not that safe, studies conclude

When the technology doesn't work perfectly it can be highly distracting

Carmakers have, in recent years, spent a lot of effort beefing up their entertainment systems, adding bluetooth connectivity to allow streaming from smartp...


Adobe's e-reader spies on you and lets others do it, too

DRM system ignores users' privacy in the name of copyright protection

Bad news for anyone who reads e-books or e-documents (including those borrowed from public libraries) with Adobe Digital Editions e-reader: not only does t...


Five college options that won't break the bank

Taking courses online, from the right school, can save thousands

There really isn't a “low cost” college education. Getting an undergraduate degree takes time and money, and in recent years, it has taken increasing amoun...


Google Now reminds you to pay your bills

Assuming the bills are connected to your Gmail account, of course

If you have so many bills that you just can't remember to pay them all — it's possible you have too many bills, and both your memory and your finances woul...


UPS plans to expand package pick-up locations

"Access Point" reduces stops, helps curb thefts in city neighborhoods

United Parcel Service is expanding a service that lets consumers pick up packages at predetermined locations rather than having them left on doorsteps....


Holiday sales (already?) seen increasing 4% this year

People looking for seasonal employment may benefit

We're still 3 weeks from Halloween and the National Retail Federation (NRF) is out with its forecast from sales during the Christmas shopping season. The ...


Mortgage applications reverse course, move higher

Contract interest rates were mostly on the upside

After falling in the previous two weeks, mortgage applications are headed higher. The Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications S...


Buddy’s Kitchen recalls meat and poultry products

The products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Buddy’s Kitchen of Burnsville, Minn., is recalling approximately 62,488 pounds of meat and poultry products. The products may be contaminated with Listeri...


Jinga brand Pan Fried Anchovies recalled

The product is contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

HAR Maspeth Corp. of Maspeth, NY, is recalling its 2-oz and 4-oz packages of Jinga Pan Fried Anchovies The product may is with Listeria monocytogenes. On...


KYMCO recalls ATVs

The fuel cap can fail to vent properly

KYMCO of Spartanburg, S.C., is recalling about 450 All-terrain vehicles (ATVs). In hot environments or high elevations, the fuel cap can fail to vent prope...


Cadillac CTS-V and STS-V vehicles recalled

The electrical terminals of the fuel pump module may overheat

General Motors is recalling 10,005 model year 2004-2007 Cadillac CTS-V vehicles manufactured October 6, 2003, to March 15, 2007, and 2006-2007 Cadillac STS...


Could you live without a credit card?

Not surprisingly, a large number of consumers say they can't

It's a well-known fact that the U.S. government could not operate without a generous helping of credit. The national debt keeps rising each year. It turns...


Retail security breaches: why are they so commonplace?

Heartland CEO suggests companies aren't spending money and effort on security upgrades

There's a pretty common nostalgia trope which says that, compared to now, the Good Old Days were a simpler and more innocent time....


What you should know before using energy drinks

They may give you an edge but keep you up at night later

Athletes who consume energy drinks to give them a competitive edge might in fact get a boost in energy, but could pay for it later....


Apple malware spread through pirated software

If you haven't been in the Pirate Bay, chances are that you're okay

Last weekend, MacRumors first noticed that Apple's most recent security update was designed to fight a massive botnet woven from Macs infected with iWorm m...


Bogus sweepstakes promoters made millions

$11 million judgment imposed but defendants say they can't pay

A sweepstakes operator that took millions of dollars from consumers throughout the United States and dozens of other countries is banned from doing it agai...


Many people may fail to remember "death experiences"

Drugs and brain trauma may dull memory of near-death phenomena

Consumer advocates frown on psychics and others who claim to communicate with the dead. But since there's no proof about what happens after we die, anyone ...


Bill providing stricter oversight of for-profit colleges gets boost

14 state attorneys general support Congressional legislation toughening regulation

Saying that some for-profit schools are just in it for the money, a group of 14 state attorneys general are supporting a Congressional measure that would t...


Home prices post 30th straight year-over-year gain in August

Analysts expect continued increases, but at a slower pace

Home prices -- including distressed sales -- posted a year-over-year gain of 6.4% in August. Property information provider CoreLogic says it's the 30th mo...


Consumer spending dips in September, Gallup says

The findings did not come as a surprise

Self-reports of spending by U.s. consumers dropped to an average of $87 in September -- a decline of $7 from both July and August. At the same time, though...


Family dinners can help keep kids trim

Good eating habits start in childhood and pay off later in life

The experts have been touting the significance of it for years. We are talking about the all important family dinner. It's a time to reconnect and talk abo...


Your cat's tail tells many tales

Cats are pretty open about their feelings but we don't always recognize them

Do you understand your cat's body language and what it really means? According to The Cats Protection, a leading UK feline welfare charity, most cat owner...


Graco recalls 1.9 million rear-facing child restraints

A defect in the restraint makes it difficult to unlatch the harness buckle

Graco Children's Products recalling 1.910,000 rear-facing child restraints manufactured between July 2010 and May 2013. The models subject to recall inclu...


Galant Food Company recalls beef products

The meat filling used in the products did not meet the cooking critical limit

Galant Food Company, of San Leandro, Calif., is recalling approximately 410 pounds of beef products The meat filling used in the products did not meet th...


GM recalls Chevrolet Caprices and Pontiac G8s

The key could unintentionally be knocked out of the run position

General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling 46,873 model year 2011-2013 Chevrolet Caprice vehicles manufactured October 15, 2010, to December 6, 2013, and 2008-20...


Toyota recalls FJ Cruisers

The vehicles could suffer a loss of steering control

Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing is recalling 1,787 model year 2014 FJ Cruiser vehicles equipped with an optional "Trail Teams Ultimate Edition" pa...


Enterovirus D68 linked to mystery paralysis

Children across the country have been hospitalized with polio-type symptoms

While most of America's health concerns are focused on the Ebola case diagnosed in Dallas, a second virus that spread across the U.S. over the summer may b...


Safety Commission staff pushing for action on window blinds

Recent child strangulations demonstrate that the hazard still exists

Some child safety hazards never seem to go away. Children get backed over by cars despite the growing popularity of backup cameras. Children suffocate in c...


New car sales surge again in September

Truck sales were up 19%, as lower gas prices spur sales

September was another strong month for U.S. car sales, with General Motors (GM) turning in an exceptionally strong performance. Among manufacturers, GM log...


PayPal expanding return window to six months

Nice deal for eBay buyers, but is it unfair to sellers?

Deservedly or not, eBay and PayPal have long had reputations for being unfair to eBay sellers (especially small-time ones)....


Feds stop Medicare scam that took millions from seniors

Criminals said they were providing a new Medicare card or updating client information

A federal court has halted a telemarketing scheme that tricked senior citizens by pretending to be part of Medicare, and took millions of dollars from cons...


Utah establishing itself as the Extreme Pumpkin Capital

Growing gigantic pumpkins is a growing obsession these days

It's being billed as the Extreme Gardening Super Bowl. Where they grow pumpkins at 10 times the size of what you might see on someone's door step. These pu...


Vigil Beef Jerky recalls products produced without the benefit of inspection

There have been no reports of illness

Vigil Beef Jerky of Albuquerque, N.M., is recalling approximately 48 pounds of beef jerky products because they were shipped with the mark of inspection wh...


Chevrolet Sonics with air bag issue recalled

The driver's frontal air bag may not deploy properly

General Motors is recalling 304 model year 2014 Chevrolet Sonic vehicles manufactured July 28, 2014, to August 1, 2014. Due to a loss of electrical conne...


GM recalls Cadillac SRX and Saab 9-4X vehicles

The vehicle could sway or wander at highway speeds

General Motors is recalling 290,241 model year 2010-2015 Cadillac SRX vehicles manufactured April 14, 2009, to September 1, 2014, and 2011-2012 Saab 9-4X v...


Olson Meat recalls pork blood product

The product was produced without the benefit of federal inspection

Olson Meat of Orland, Calif., is recalling approximately 160 pounds of pork blood product that was produced without the benefit of federal inspection and o...


Toys R Us recalls children’s sandals

The butterfly wings on the children’s sandals can rip and detach

Toys R Us of Wayne, N.J., is recalling about 19,000 pair of Koala children’s sandals with butterfly wings. The butterfly wings on the children’s sandals ca...


76 million households compromised in Chase hacking

Customers' money is safe, the bank says, insisting hackers didn't get detailed information

No one has yet managed to get the goods on every living human but the hackers who made their way into JPMorgan Chase over the summer made a good start. The...


Lincoln MKS, BMW 5 get poor ratings in safety test, Infiniti Q70 earns top score

The results run the gamut from good to poor in small front overlap tests

Of the 3 luxury autos that were recently put through the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's (IIHS) small overlap front test for the first time, only ...


Marriott blocked customers' personal wi-fi to sell its own Internet access

Company to pay $600,000 in FCC fines; $0 in customer refunds

Marriott has been fined $600,000 for violating the Communications Act of 1934 (section 333 of which forbids “willful or malicious interference” with radio ...


The old-fashioned check scam still snares new victims

With all the focus on computer security, don't forget the other fraudsters out there

With all the massive computer-security breaches that've been making headlines lately, warnings about old-fashioned small-scale scams can easily fly under t...


Produce ratings coming to Whole Foods

"Every product we sell has a story," Whole Foods explains

Whole Foods is introducing what it bills as a marketing innovation on Oct. 15: a “Responsibly Grown” rating system in which produce for sale will be rated ...


The blow-by-blow guide to leaf blowers

They're noisy but they get the job done

There is nothing like diving into a big pile of leaves on a crisp fall day, it's actually one of my favorite memories as a child. As an adult you want to b...


Would you buy a car from Warren Buffett?

The American business guru scoops up the nation's largest privately-owned car dealer group

Warren Buffet probably doesn't fit your image of a car salesman, which is probably a good thing. But he's making a big bet on the car business by buying th...


Reinventing the wheel(chair)

Redesigned chair designed to enhance safety and mobility

While some things are the objects of constant innovation, others are not. Once invented, they don't change much over the years. Then someone comes along a...


Leukemia treatments keep advancing

Researchers are improving patients' odds with more targeted treatments

More than 300,000 Americans are living with leukemia, according to the Leukemia Research Foundation. This blood cancer is diagnosed in the U.S. 143 times a...


September brings more jobs, lower unemployment

The jobless rate is the lowest in more than 6 years

A surge in jobs in professional and business services, retail trade, and health care helped push total nonfarm payroll employment up by 248,000 in Septemb...


Chrysler recalls SRT Vipers

The frontal air bags may deploy with a lower velocity than designed for the actual seat position

Chrysler Group is recalling 1,624 model year 2013-2014 SRT Viper vehicles manufactured November 28, 2012, to June 26, 2014. Due to inaccurate seat positio...


Chevrolet Spark vehicles recalled

The secondary hood latch may not engage properly

General Motors is recalling 89,294 model year 2013-2015 Chevrolet Spark vehicles manufactured January 17, 2012, to July 29, 2014. The secondary hood latch...


Complex therapy reverses Alzheimer's memory loss

Treatment relies on a combination of therapies, not a single drug

A small study of early Alzheimer's disease patients has produced stunning results. Researchers say a novel and complex treatment has restored memory functi...


Wireless carriers offer double the data as battle for customers heats up

In a saturated market, the only way to grow is to swipe your competitors' customers

If it seems to you that wireless prices are gyrating even more wildly than gas prices, you just may be right. Since just about everyone in the U.S. now has...


Is the Internet broken?

Maybe “Internet security” is bad because it was never intended to exist

You can't go a week anymore without hearing news of yet another massive computer-security breach....


When you should call 9-1-1

Surprisingly, a lot of heart attack victims get to the ER on their own

There are news stories from time to time about people who call 9-1-1 when they shouldn't. The most famous, perhaps, is the woman who called the emergency n...


Buying a used iGadget? Here's how to make sure it's not stolen

Apple unveils free new Cloud-based security tool

The good news is: Apple has unveiled a free new service that will hopefully cut down on the theft of iGadgets (more specifically, the resale of stolen iGad...


Security flaw found in mandatory smart meters

Hackers could “turn the lights off in a city or neighborhood”

Anything connected to the Internet has the potential to be hacked (which is why anybody who keeps up with the news hears a new “protect yourself and your c...


Should your cat floss?

Regular brushing can freshen up your cat's breath and improve its oral health

Let's face it -- there is nothing worse than fish breath and, well, your cat probably has it. ...


Mobile-home owners tend to have expensive loans

Stronger consumer protections may be needed, report finds

Manufactured homes -- commonly called "mobile homes" or "trailers" -- provide inexpensive housing to millions of Americans but a report from the Consumer F...


Taking time out on time outs

They were popular in the 90s but child psychologists have cooled on them

It was the rage in parenting in the 90's. The TV shows "Super Nanny" and "Nanny 911" used it all the time -- the "Time Out" method of discipline....


Job cuts down sharply in September

This could be the lowest year for job cuts in more than a decade

Planned job cuts announced by employers based in the U.S. plunged 24% in September to a 14-year low of 30,477. Figures released by outplacement consultancy...


Toyota recalls Tacoma Pre-Runner and 4x4 vehicles

One of the leaf springs may fracture due to stress or corrosion

Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing is recalling 690,000 model year 2005-2011 Toyota Tacoma Pre-Runner and 4x4 vehicles manufactured September 14, 200...


Trimfoot recalls children's soft-soled sneakers

A small metal eyelet can detach from the inside of the sneaker

Trimfoot Co. LLC., of Farmington, Mo., is recalling about 5,300 pair of children's soft-soled shoes. A small metal eyelet can detach from the inside of the...


Feds update reverse mortgage guide

Guide highlights important changes in the rules

Since they were first allowed by the federal government, reverse mortgages have received mixed reviews. Some economists argue that, properly used, they can...


Microsoft previews Windows 10 to cautious reviews

The Start menu is back and the tiles are animated

What do you get when you add 7 and 8.1? Well, if you're Microsoft the answer is 10 -- Windows 10, that is. Microsoft has unveiled its next version of Wind...


California outlaws “single-use” plastic shopping bags

Proponents praise environmental benefits, critics lament environmental or monetary costs

California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law the nation's first statewide ban on plastic single-use grocery bags....


California toughens pet insurance rules

Consumers get a 30-day "free look" period

California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation adding new consumer protections to pet insurance, giving consumers a 30-day "free look" period, standard...


Gardening with your pet in mind

Ask yourself: If you were a dog, where would you like to dig?

You have always wanted to have a garden but one member of your family has been a concern. No, it's not your 6-year-old. It's the other one -- the dog. And ...


Kick the bucket with your family

Doing a family bucket list can be a great family exercise

As they get into middle age many people start creating their bucket list. A list of things you want to do before you expire. Before your due date. OK -- to...


Bed bugs: what renters fear most

If your neighbor has them, chances are you will too

What do renters worry about most when they move into a new apartment? It might not be lack of closet space or a noisy neighbor. Pest control company Orkin ...


From healthcare to hamburgers, it's a self-service world

The pace of automation is picking up

If you watch an old movie from the 1950s, you're likely to see all sorts of service occupations that aren't around anymore....


Feds strike down mortgage kickback deals

Michigan title insurance company ordered to pay $200,000

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has ordered Lighthouse Title, a Michigan title insurance agency, to pay $200,000 for illegal quid pro quo r...


Another month of robust job creation

ADP says the new job tally tops 200K for a sixth straight month

The ADP National Employment Report says September was a strong month of job creation. According to the report, produced by payroll concern ADP in collabor...


Mortgage applications down again

It’s the second decline in as many weeks

Applications for mortgages fell last week for the second week in a row. Data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Su...


Craftsman push mowers recalled

The engine control/bail lever on the handle can fail

Husqvarna Consumer Outdoor Products of Charlotte, N.C., is recalling about 700 Craftsman 21-inch 3-in-1 high-wheel gas-powered push mowers. The ...


Sam Kane Beef Processors recalls ground beef chub product

The product may be contaminated with foreign materials

Sam Kane Beef Processors of Corpus Christi, Texas, is recalling approximately 2,633 pounds of ground beef chub product. The product may be contaminated w...