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Toyota recalls Sienna Minivans

A curtain shield air bag could malfunction during deployment

Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. Is recalling approximately 30,000 model year 2015 Sienna Minivans. The recalled vehicles are equipped with left and right sid...


Holiday spending hangover can last months

Here are some good reasons to stay on a budget this season

There is always a certain tension between the interests of businesses and those of consumers. Businesses need to post record sales. Consumers need to stay ...


OPEC: No cut in world oil production

That means U.S. gasoline prices will fall even lower

When you pull up to the gasoline pumps over the next few months, thank Saudi Arabia. That country has almost single-handedly forced down the price of oil a...


Disney’s “Frozen” takes the toy crown from Barbie

The doll’s 11-year run has come to an end

Barbie has learned -- as we all do -- that all good things come to an end. According to the National Retail Federation’s (NRF) latest Holiday Top Toys Surv...


Ford bets on the future with aluminum F-150 truck

Truck's improved gas mileage might not be the only payoff

Admittedly, the timing could have been better. If you are going to announce a new, full-sized pick-up truck that gets great gasoline mileage, it's probably...


Bunny ban pending in NYC

Enough already with the rabbits, New York City exclaims

First it was smoking. Then it was jaywalking. Then big sugary drinks. Now New York City wants a bunny ban -- specifically, a ban on selling baby rabbits in...


Court-ordered shutdown and another privacy bombshell hit Uber this week

Uber suspends Nevada operations and "look[s] into" ghost-text messages

The past couple of weeks have been turbulent for ride-sharing company Uber. In the legal arena, Uber was ordered to suspend all operations in the state of ...


Adobe issues critical new Flash security update

Whether you use Windows, Mac or Linux, you need this patch right away

Time to update your Adobe Flash Player, right now: Adobe has issued new patches, the second this month, to fix critical security errors in Flash for Window...


Touchless faucets becoming affordable for home use

They're more sanitary and can be big energy-savers. Installation is no snap though

It makes sense in a public restroom to have a faucet that you don't have to touch. After all, just think of all those icky germs from people we don't know ...


PETA wants to ground Rudolph

The animal rights group want to ban the use of live reindeer in public appearances

PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) is trying to keep Rudolph and the rest of Santa's crew from making any public appearances in the UK. Nob...


Imported Acme Smoked Nova Salmon recalled

The product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Acme Smoked Fish Corporation of Brooklyn, N.Y., is recalling 564 pounds of its Imported Acme 4-oz. (113g) vacuum packs of Smoked Nova Salmon. The product m...


Consumers may be more choosy on Black Friday

With all the bargains so far, it may pay to take a wait-and-see approach

Even though the nation's retailers have rolled out sales promotions all month long, most still expect a robust turnout for Black Friday, which increasingly...


Money- and sanity-saving Black Friday strategy: skip it

Don't believe the hype: successful gift-giving doesn't have to break the bank. Or you, either

An old maxim says that it's better to give than to receive but – true fact – historians agree that statement was first written at least 1,500 years before ...


Making sense of calorie information

Knowing how many calories are in a candy bar is only half the battle

Now that the Food and Drug Administration is moving forward on new rules requiring chain restaurants, vending machines and coffee shops to post calorie inf...


Feeling bad about leaving your dog?

A few days in a pet spa or with a sitter at home won't hurt your hound

Everyone's packed up, you're ready to go but one family member isn't heading out with you -- your dog. Grandma has had enough and the dog isn't coming this...


Personal income and spending on the rise in October

First-time jobless claims shoot higher

Consumers saw both their personal incomes and disposable personal income (DPI) head higher last month, with personal spending also posting a gain. Figures...


FHFA House Price Index up again

Home prices have been on the rise for 13th consecutive quarters

It's lucky 13 for the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) House Price Index (HPI). According to the agency, U.S. house prices were up 0.9% in the third...


Mortgage applications head lower again

Applications have fallen in 4 of the last 5 weeks

After posting their first gain in 4 weeks, mortgage applications are down again. The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) reports its Mortgage Applications ...


Another slim gain for new home sales

On the other hand, the near-term sales outlook for existing homes isn't encouraging

Sales of new single-family rose in October for a second straight month. A report released jointly by the Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and U...


ITG Voma recalls Capitol Precision Trac II tires

The tires may experience a tread separation

ITG Voma Corporation is recalling 94,890 Capitol Precision Trac II tires, sizes 245/70R17, 235/70R16, 235/75R15, 245/70R16, 245/75R16, 255/70R16, and 265/7...


Group blasts most yogurt as "junk food"

Cornucopia Institute says a lot of yogurt marketing is misleading

A war is brewing over yogurt. Call it a culture war. In fact, that's exactly what the Cornucopia Institute, a group supporting “family-scale” farming, cal...


Honda admits it under-reported safety defects to feds

The automaker, already under fire for airbag problems, could face a $35 million fine

Honda has admitted it failed to tell federal safety regulators about more than 1,700 deaths or injuries involving possible safety defects in its cars. The...


Look out, Angie! Amazon's getting into home services

Amazon will not just sell you a flat-screen TV; it will have someone come and mount it on your wall

Amazon isn't invading Uber's find-a-ride turf yet but it's big-footing it into another fast-growing niche -- the home handyman field. Not actually doing th...


Giving and getting gift cards may be a win-win

But survey finds some feel guilty about asking for one

The gift card is perhaps the easiest gift to buy. It's essentially handing someone cash, except it's dressed up in an attractive plastic card, held in a ma...


The ins and outs of your fireplace

Yes, a nice fire is cozy but keep these tips in mind

There is nothing cozier than a nice warm fireplace beautifully lit with a big hot cup of cocoa. But there is one sure way to ruin the ambiance and that's w...


'Tis the season for in-law issues

Family visits can be maddening but they only last a few days

While everyone is out hustling and bustling trying to get the best deals on gifts, some people are just trying to deal period, knowing they are facing thei...


Sony agrees to partial refunds for Play Station Vita buyers

Feds said Sony exaggerated the "game changing" features of the device

Sony has agreed to cough up partial refunds for consumers who bought the PlayStation Vita handheld gaming console during its U.S. launch campaign in late 2...


Feds issue menu rules for fast-food restaurants

The rules also cover movie theatre and vending machine products

When you step up to the counter at your favorite fast-food restaurant and order a bacon double-cheeseburger, do you REALLY care how many calories it contai...


Consumer confidence yo-yoing continues in November

Optimism faded after the October rebound

Consumers appear to be a little skittish heading into the Christmas shopping season. The Conference Board reports its Consumer Confidence Index, which had...


Economy flexes its muscles

A second look at third-quarter economic growth indicates a little strengthening

A further look at the economic growth numbers for the third quarter suggests things were a little better than first reported. According to the "second" es...


Natura Pet recalls dry cat and ferret food

The products contain insufficient levels of vitamins and excess minerals

Natura Pet Products is recalling certain lots of dry cat and dry ferret food produced in its Fremont, Nebraska facility. Due to a formulation error, the ...


Kroger recalls Private Selection Denali Extreme Moose Tracks Ice Cream

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

The Kroger Co. is recalling select containers of Private Selection Denali Extreme Moose Tracks Ice Cream. The product may contain peanuts, an allergen not...


CNN, other Turner channels are back on Dish ... for now

CBS-owned stations in 17 markets are next on the chopping block

CNN and other Turner Broadcasting channels have returned to the Dish satellite TV network after a one-month absence while the companies haggled over a new...


Lexus fires preceded recent recall

Consumers dispute company's statement it knew of no fires

In October, Toyota recalled 423,000 Lexus cars and SUVs to fix a fuel line problem that the company said could start a fire. This came as no surprise to a...


Redbox has big plans ... for price increases

Rental rates for DVDs, Blu-ray Discs, videogames headed skyward

You've got to hand it to Redbox. It thinks big. And right now it's thinking of big price increases in the DVDs, Blu-ray Discs and videogames it rents from ...


When does heavy drinking become alcoholism?

Health officials say there is a difference

Alcohol consumption in the U.S. has been steadily rising since the end of prohibition in 1933, peaking in the early 1990s. Not surprisingly, more Americans...


Will Uber's new privacy policy overcome Uber's previous attitudes about it?

Updated privacy policy might not eliminate earlier privacy-violation scandals

Though the ride-sharing service Uber has been controversial almost since its start, most of the previous controversies centered on reasons which ultimately...


Attorneys general urge feds to toughen telemarketing rules

Existing rules don't go far enough to protect consumers in today's environment, they argue

State attorneys general from around the country are calling on the Federal Trade Commission to better protect consumers from unscrupulous telemarketers. ...


New fish tank claims to keep fish alive without water changes

The Avo uses high-tech lighting and live plants to keep water fresh, oxygenated

If you have ever owned a tropical fish tank you would most likely agree cleaning the tank has to be one of the worst jobs ever. Just thinking about it and ...


Thanksgiving poisons for pets

It's a dangerous time to be a dog

The house smells great and everyone is running around dropping little pieces of turkey and cookies and who knows what else to your dog. You really need to ...


Ranchers Legacy recalls ground beef products

The meat may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7

Ranchers Legacy Meat Co., of Vadnais Heights, Minn., is recalling 1,200 pounds of ground beef products. The meat may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7....


Fabrique Delices recalls sausage products

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

Fabrique Delices of Hayward, Calif., is recalling approximately 14 pounds of sausage products. The products contain nonfat dry milk, an allergen not decla...


Bob-Cat recalls Zero Turn mowers

The steering control arm component can break under normal use

Bob-Cat is recalling about 4,900 Zero Turn riding mowers. The steering control arm component can break under normal use, causing driver to lose control an...


Pressure building on retailers as Black Friday looms

Walmart gets burned on its price match policy

Black Friday, the traditional start of the holiday shopping season, is coming up next week. But observant consumers have already seen plenty of deals from ...


Jeep owners urged to get recalled vehicles fixed

Chrysler says it has plenty of repair parts available

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is calling on owners of recalled 2002-2007 Jeep Liberty and 1993-1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicl...


Military allotment reforms aim to protect service members

Some types of payments will no longer be deducted from paychecks

The Pentagon today announced new protections for service members using the military discretionary allotment system. The changes are intended to eliminate t...


Hacker-avoidance tip: pay attention to those malware warnings!

Yet BYU researchers learn even security-conscious people don't always do this

Here's a useful tip if you want to avoid getting your computer hacked: whenever you see one of those “this website is not safe” or “this website will harm ...


Banks criticized for actions in commodities markets

Senate report looks at banks' influence on consumer prices

The U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations has issued a report asking the serious questions about major banks consumer advocates have been as...


Barbie's computer engineer book withdrawn from online sales

Mattel promises empowering messages on Barbie's Facebook page

If any little girls in your life want to be computer engineers when they grow up and you're looking for corporate-branded role models to inspire them, you'...


50 shades of gray for 2015

Gray might seem drab but maybe "understated" is a better term

We have gone from orange is the new black to .. gray. Gray is the "it" color for home interiors for 2015 for the second year in a row....


REFA Enterprises recalls Forever Beautiful products

The products contain ingredients which can be harmful to a consumer's health

REFA Enterprises is recalling one lot each of Forever Beautiful Bee Pollen (UPC # 6333090804632) and Forever Beautiful Infinity UPC # 633090804649), which...


Leatherman recalls children’s multi-tool

The lock mechanism on the optional knife blade can inadvertently release the blade

Leatherman Tool Group of Portland, Ore., is recalling about 8,400 Leatherman Leap multi-tools in the U.S. and Canada. The lock mechanism on the optional k...


K. Heeps recalls pork products

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

K. Heeps of Allentown, Pa., is recalling approximately 2,902 pounds of bratwurst and bangers sausage products. The products contain soy lecithin; a releas...


Cadillac Escalades recalled

Passenger air bags may deploy inconsistently

General Motors is recalling 1,022 model year 2015 Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV vehicles. The passenger side instrument panel top cover on the affec...


Graco recalls 11 models of strollers

The folding hinge on the sides of the stroller can pinch a child’s finger

Graco Children’s Products of Atlanta, Ga., is recalling nearly 5 million children's strollers in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. The folding hinge on the sid...


Holiday shopping increases identity theft threats

It's not just online activity you have to worry about

It was about this time last year that hackers were tunneling into Target's point-of-sale network system. Their prize was more than 40 million consumers' cr...


Minivans show major flaw in IIHS safety test

Three models earned poor ratings in the small overlap test

Three out of four minivans recently tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) came up woefully short, with only one vehicle performing ac...


Obama nominates fatigue-psychology specialist to head NHTSA

Will Senate confirm Mark Rosekind's nomination?

President Obama has nominated a candidate to fill the vacancy at the head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA): Dr. Mark R. Roseki...


Arizona sues GM for $3 billion, says it concealed safety defects

It's the first state to sue GM over its rash of recalls

In a harshly worded complaint, Arizona has sued General Motors for $3 billion, accusing it of deliberately concealing serious safety defects, most notably ...


Use caution when searching Internet for weight-loss advice

Don't just click on the first link

When 2015 arrives in a few weeks millions of Americans will resolve to lose weight. What will be their first step in planning a strategy?...


FTC shuts down two more tech-support scammers

Your computer is fine. Ignore the strangers who offer to fix it anyway

Last month, the Federal Trade Commission shut down an alleged “tech support” scam operating out of New York. This week, the FTC announced a similar shutdow...


Feds file to shut down multimillion-dollar "psychics"

Letters from supposed psychics offer millions of dollars ... for a small fee

What if you got a letter from a world-renowned psychic telling you that you should play a certain number in the lottery? All you have to do to become a mul...


Martha Stewart unleashes a new pet product

She's already into pet clothes, beds and grooming supplies

Martha Stewart has gone from cakes and towels to pets. She already has a line of pet products in PetSmart called "Martha Stewart Pets." That line has cloth...


Paws on ice, not so good. Paws on icemelt, even worse

Ingredients in icemelt can be ingested when they lick their paws

Paws on ice. It's not a new Disney show at the coliseum. It's something you really need to watch out for now that we have seen the snow fall from the sky a...


Changes coming to Firefox: Yahoo search, and Do Not Track

Google to lose ten-year-old default search status next month

Starting next month, Mozilla and Yahoo will both be implementing some changes to their respective business models: Mozilla will abandon Google in favor of ...


Holding the line on inflation

Another drop in gasoline costs helps keep consumer prices in check

Consumer prices were unchanged in October, thanks largely to declining energy costs which offset increases in other prices. According to the Bureau of Lab...


Existing-home sales up in October

It's the second consecutive advance

Sales of previously owned homes rose in October for the second straight month and are now above year-over-year levels for the first time in a year Figures...


Do Not Resuscitate and other end-of-life paperwork -- it's important

Your wishes won't be respected if they're not known. My mother-in-law's weren't.

“Be a smart consumer. A frugal life is a comfortable life.” When discussing such themes the usual emphasis is on life, and how to make a better one for you...


Feds issue national recall of defective Takata driver-side air bags

NHTSA demands new, additional details on air bags from Takata and automakers

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is calling for a national recall of vehicles with certain driver’s-side frontal air bags made by...


Consumers can expect crowded airports and planes to get worse

Study says soon, every day will be like the day before Thanksgiving

We're coming up on the busiest air travel day of the year. On the day before Thanksgiving, more people take a flight than any other day of the year, result...


Our 5 favorite web hosting services for WordPress

Because no one wants their website to crash and burn

It wasn't long ago that having a website was considered an option, if not a luxury, for small businesses, professional practices and local organizations. T...


JetBlue adding bag fees, more seats

Wall Street has been unhappy with the airline's earnings for years

JetBlue likes to say its core mission is "to inspire humanity" and insists that its "differentiated model of serving underserved customers remain[s] unchan...


Barbie can "be a computer engineer" .... but only with help from the boys

The Barbie "I can be" series isn't winning too many women friends

When gift-giving time rolls around I always avoid buying Barbie-themed stuff for any of the little girls in my life, and this latest facepalmer from Mattel...


Booking a flight for you and your pet

Airlines will be packed to the rivets this year; it's important to act fast

It's shaping up as a very busy holiday travel season, with more than 24 million passengers expected to fly on U.S. airlines domestically and internationall...


Change the default passwords on your IP cameras

Othwerwise, you baby monitors, home security and other systems are ridiculously easy to hack

It's an undeniable fact of modern life: any Internet connection can be hacked. Therefore, anything you wirelessly and remotely control over the Internet is...


Toys to get the lion's share of spending this holiday season

Online purchasing continues to increase

With all the emphasis on kids and Santa Claus, it should come as no surprise that there's a lot of toy shopping at this time of year. According to The Ha...


As cases rise, doctors try to better understand depression

Latest theory suggests there may be a physical cause

What makes someone depressed? The question becomes more urgent as the number of cases of clinical depression increases....


A slump in construction of new homes

Mortgage applications, meanwhile, were on the rise

After posting a healthy advance during September, construction of new homes fell 2.8% last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,009,000. Still, ...


Builder confidence rebounds in November

Low interest rates and affordable prices get the credit

After falling 5 points in October, builder confidence in the market for newly built single-family homes rose 4 points -- to a level of 58 -- on the Nationa...


Volkswagen recalls Jettas and Beetles

The durability of rear trailing arms involved in a crash may be reduced

Volkswagen Group of America is recalling 442,000 model year 2011-2013 Jetta vehicles manufactured March 1, 2010, to November 30, 2012, and 2012-2013 Beetle...


Are stores making a mistake opening on Thanksgiving?

Some suggest "Black Friday Creep" has gone too far

In the last couple of years major retailers have begun opening their doors on Thanksgiving in an effort to get a jump on Black Friday sales. It's worked we...


Honda offers to replace airbags even in non-recalled cars

But the automaker insists it's not running a "secret recall" campaign

We're all accustomed to reading stories about automakers being reluctant to recall cars and trucks but Honda is taking the opposite approach in response to...


Mixed news about Americans' heart health

High blood pressure is falling but irregular heartbeats increasing

According to the cardiac researchers presenting at last weekend's American Heart Association Scientific Sessions, we're making progress in some areas of he...


Feds remind lenders not to discriminate against disabled consumers

Some disabled consumers complain they have been grilled excessively

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is reminding lenders not to impose illegal burdens on mortgage applicants who receive Social Security disab...


Teen invents a webcam for your dog

iCPooch lets you talk and dispense treats remotely

Vanna White has nothing on Brooke Martin. She is a poised 14-year-old who pitches a product that is all her own. Brooke is a teenage inventor and she has c...


TRUSTe settles FTC deception charges

The company facilitated misrepresentation as non-profit

TRUSTe, which provides of privacy certifications for online businesses, will settle Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charges that it deceived consumers about...


New school meals aren't necessarily all that great

Study finds lots of sugar, processed foods in school cafeterias

Good intentions aren't always enough to produce the desired outcome. And that may be the case with new federal regulations intended to make school meals he...


Ford recalls various Fusions

The key can be removed even if the transmission is not in Par

Ford is recalling approximately 65,000 2014-15 Fusions manufactured from July 27, 2013, to Oct. 31, 2014; 2015 Fusion Energi vehicles manufactured from Ju...


BMW recalls MINI Cooper Hardtops

The spare wheel could separate from the vehicle

BMW of North America is recalling 5,805 model year 2014 MINI Cooper Hardtop 2-door vehicles manufactured January 7, 2014, to July 21, 2014. The spare whe...


Chaotic Labz recalls Mayhem dietary supplement

The product contains dexamethasone and cyproheptadine

Chaotic Labz of Atkins, Ark., is recalling Mayhem dietary supplement capsules, Lot #CLM061114 with an expiration date of 06/2016. Mayhem, which is intende...


Social responsibility can influence what you buy -- but should it?

Consumers can be manipulated by a company's good works

Should you buy a product just because the company selling it is donating a portion of the sale to a good cause?...


CEO ordered to testify in Jeep fire lawsuit

Older Jeep Grand Cherokee fuel tank fire controversy continues to smolder

Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne has been ordered to testify in a lawsuit filed by the family of a four-year-old Georgia boy who died when his family's ...


GM extends deadline for ignition-related death claims

At least one family had not been notified that the faulty switch was to blame for their relative's fatal crash

General Motors is extending by one month the deadline for submitting a claim for death or injury linked to defective ignition switches. The extension follo...


Cost of treating skin cancer is skyrocketing

Government study sheds little light on reasons for dramatic increase

Skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States and in the past few years has become a growing public health problem. Not only is th...


Secondhand marijuana smoke may be just as bad for you as tobacco

Increasing legalization of marijuana becoming a public health concern

Marijuana is often regarded as a non-starter when it comes to physical effects on the body, but new research finds that secondhand marijuana smoke may dama...


Let your kids cook Thanksgiving dinner

They have to learn to cook sometime -- might as well be now

Wouldn't it be great if you could sit back while your kids cooked the Thanksgiving dinner for you? Well, why not? Thanksgiving is a great time to create a ...


New York cracking down on puppy mills

New state law gives cities and counties more power to regulate pet stores, breeders

New York is trying to make itself less hospitable to puppy mills and retail pet stores that sell dogs raised in inhumane conditions. A new state law gives ...


The holiday children's exchange

It's not fun for anyone but there are steps you can take to make it bearable

It's sort of like a cookie exchange -- the way children get passed around by their divorced parents during the holidays. It can be hard especially if it's ...


Researchers confirm health benefits of walnuts

They slow prostate cancer in mice and reduce cholesterol in humans

Too much fat is bad for your but some fat is better than others. Take walnuts. Researchers at UC Davis have found that diets rich in whole walnuts or walnu...


Eco-Farmed and Organic Brown Rice Flour recalled

The products may be contaminated with Salmonella

Lundberg Family Farms is recalling specific bags of Brown Rice Flour. The products have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. No serious illn...


Hyvee Mozzarella Cheese Sticks recalled

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

Great American Appetizers of Nampa, Idaho, is recalling 662 cases of HyVee Mozzarella Cheese Sticks. The product may contain soy flour, yellow #5 and yell...


Used car shoppers must pay attention to recalls

Airbag recall underscores the danger of some safety issues

The ongoing series of recalls involving cars equipped with Takata airbags simply underscores the importance of recalls when you buy a used car. If the vehi...


WSJ: Feds mimic cell towers in massive airborne dragnet

"Dirtboxes" connect to and track cell phones to find criminals, fugitives

The Wall Street Journal today lifts the lid on a hitherto-secret government program that uses airborne devices to collect, analyze and track millions of ce...


Cadillac picks space for its new headquarters in midtown Manhattan

GM hopes that getting out of Detroit will help Cadillac iron out its rough spots

You sort of have to feel bad for Cadillac. Its cars get top marks from reviewers and as luxury brands go, most models are a bargain, selling for tens of th...


Fighting obesity is most effective when started early

Obese fifth-graders highly likely to be obese teenagers

Research continues to shed new light on childhood obesity, its consequences, and how best to prevent it. The latest findings underscore the importance of p...


There's little doubt about it -- gift cards rule this Christmas season

A new survey says shoppers will spend more than $31 billion on them

Wondering what to get that certain someone this holiday season? You can;t really go wrong with a gift card. According to a National Retail Federation (NRF...


For the cat that has everything -- a robotic mouse

It's a little expensive but you won't find a smarter mouse anywhere unless you get a real one

I know it's a little early to be pushing Christmas presents, but the retail stores had Christmas items up before Halloween and Black Friday is almost passé...


Improper contact lens habits could send you to the ER

Nearly a million people require medical care each year

Contact lenses are wonderful. No glasses to carry around and the ability to wear the most stylish shades are just a couple of the advantages. But they can...


Debt sellers posted consumers' personal info online, FTC charges

Court orders the companies to notify consumers and help them protect themselves

There are people called "debt brokers" who buy and sell portfolios of past-due debts. The purchasers pay pennies on the dollar for the debts and keep whate...


These home invaders are ladybugs

They're not harmful but they can be pests; it's best to keep them out if you can

This is the time of year when that little nursery rhyme "Ladybug, ladybug, fly away home" is said more than once. In fact, ladybugs are probably hanging i...


Retail sales inch higher in October

The advance follows the first decline in 8 months

Retail sales bounced back in October from September's decline -- the first in 8 months. The Census Bureau reports sales were up a seasonally adjusted $444...


Volkswagen recalls Jettas and Passats

The driver's seatback may move unexpectedly

Volkswagen Group of America is recalling 393 model year 2015 Volkswagen Jetta and Passat vehicles manufactured September 23, 2014, to October 9, 2014, and ...


Black Friday no longer just a day

Walmart is the latest retailer to stretch it out

As retailers in recent years have jockeyed for Black Friday dollars, the lines between the traditional kick-off to holiday shopping and any other day have ...


New protections for prepaid credit cards proposed

Loss limitations and risk disclosure are part of the plan

New federal consumer protections for the prepaid credit card market, which include that an issuing company limit consumers’ losses when funds are stolen or...


Mercedes-Benz, MINI top J.D. Power sales satisfaction index for fifth year

"Product specialists" help consumers navigate the maze of technology in new cars

Buying a car isn't as simple as it used to be. Consumers face more choices than ever and the array of technology options can be daunting. But Mercedes-Benz...


Staying on your diet at Thanksgiving

Here are 10 ways to avoid putting on holiday pounds

If you've been on a weight control plan the last few weeks, good for you. But here's a warning – the holidays are dead ahead....


Franklin Loan to pay $730,000 for illegal bonus program

Feds say the company rewarded employees for steering consumers into more expensive loans

A California mortgage lender, Franklin Loan Corporation, has been ordered to pay $730,000 for giving its employees illegal bonuses for steering consumers i...


Christmas disappears from some Maryland schools

Montgomery County tries to finesse request for Muslim school holidays

Christmas has vanished from the Washington, D.C. suburb of Montgomery County, Maryland. Christmas isn't alone though -- so have Easter, Yom Kippur and Rosh...


Amazon, Hachette settle their dispute

"Great win for readers and authors," Kindle proclaims

Amazon and Hachette Book Group have settled their feud over pricing and the imprint's titles will be fully available on Amazon once again. The two have bee...


It's a snap to get to your vet

New app makes vet visits virtual

There are many new apps that have been launched so you can talk to your doctor remotely. It's just another way for busy docs to communicate with patients. ...


Weather the storm this winter

It's the same thing every year -- might as well get used to it

You can weather those winter storms by not being caught off guard and being prepared....


Orlando robocallers that bilked seniors shut down

Pre-recorded calls offered a "free" medical alert system to seniors

The Federal Trade Commission and the Florida Attorney General have won a settlement that permanently shuts down an Orlando-based operation that bilked seni...


Jobless claims head higher

Economists continue to look for an acceleration in hiring

Despite an increase this past week, first-time applications for state unemployment benefits continue to trend below the 300,000 level, considered by many e...


Target unveils Black Friday plans

Deals include iPads, game consoles and HDTVs

Target is the latest major retailer to lay its Black Friday cards on the table. After starting this week with some one-day specials, Target has announced i...


Study links childhood obesity to tobacco smoke and air pollution

Another study finds sugary drinks may not be so bad after all

It sounds outlandish at first but evidence is mounting that tobacco smoke -- yes, including secondhand tobacco smoke -- contributes to obesity. So does air...


App lets parents monitor their teen drivers

Technology continues to give parents an upper hand

Being the parents of a teenager can be a harrowing experience, especially these days. Even if you aren't a “helicopter” parent, one who hovers around their...


Chrysler expects to begin replacing faulty airbag inflators in December

The replacements are being made in high-humidity states

It's one thing to issue a vehicle recall. It's another to actually carry it out, as the Takata airbag saga shows. Chrysler now says it's nearly ready to st...


Who's fat? Most of us can't recognize obesity

Even doctors aren't good at visually estimating weight, study finds

Am I overweight? Are you? Who can tell? Researchers at the University of Liverpool say most of us -- even healthcare professionals -- are unable to visuall...


Holding out for hot holiday deals

A new survey finds bargain-hunters may be holding back a bit

Despite all the TV commercials pushing holiday merchandise, it appears that not everybody is hitting the malls early. The new Holiday Consumer Spending Su...


Privacy is dead, Americans fear

Pew survey finds consumers feel their privacy is threatened on all sides

Not surprisingly, Americans feel that their privacy is being threatened on all sides, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center that found consu...


Winter check-up for your garden

Fall was cut short in many areas but there are still steps you can take

For the Midwest fall got thrown to the compost pile and winter walked right in. You may need a few ideas for protecting your garden since it came so quickl...


New life event: uncoupling ceremony

Zombified marriage lives on after the flame dies

Gwyneth Paltrow was the one to really educate the world on the phrase “consciously uncouple."...


Three declines in a row for mortgage applications

Refinancings also posted a drop

Mortgage applications inched lower last week, posting their third consecutive decline. decreased 0.9 percent from one week earlier, according to Data fr...


Toyota recalls Camrys with steering issues

Damage during the manufacturing process could result in a loss of control

Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., is recalling of 56 Model Year 2011 Camrys distributed to the U.S. Territories of Guam and Saipan. Globally, the company is reca...


Is your trust in mutual fund managers misplaced?

Study suggests they aren't any better stock pickers than you are

If you ask most people saving for retirement where their money is invested, chances are they'll say it is in mutual funds....


Veterans make excellent employees but companies have trouble finding them

Report finds that challenges remain for both veterans and employers looking to hire them

There's a disconnect somewhere between companies that want to hire veterans and veterans looking for work. A new RAND Corporation report finds that while v...


Consumers stepping up their use of credit

Auto financing and student loans growing the fastest

Consumers were on a shopping spree in September and in large part were using credit to pay for it....


How to deal with that 20-something on your couch

It's taking longer for kids to grow up, not to mention find a job

Perhaps you have a 20-something sitting on your couch and you are starting to think they blend in with the pillows. They don't move a lot because they are ...


Snake-snack stunt draws hisses from animal lovers

Filmmaker plans to feed himself to an anaconda, hopes to be regurgitated

Would you lather yourself up in pig's blood and then let an anaconda swallow you and regurgitate you? I can think of things I would rather do but there is ...


Food manufacturers' supposed good deeds create a "health halo"

Good deeds don't mean the food is any healthier than the other guy's

Gee, isn't it great that some companies donate some of their profits to charity, help find homes for lost dogs, support recycling efforts and use energy-sa...


Ferrari fined for foot-dragging on warning reports

The automaker failed to submit information for 3 years

Ferrari has found that putting off until tomorrow what you should do today is an expensive policy. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHT...


AT&T cancels in-flight wireless plans

Someone finally told the telecom giant it arrived too late at the party

AT&T sometimes seems to live in a world of its own. Take last April, when it breathlessly announced that it would enter the in-flight broadband wireless bu...


Falling behind in credit card payments can cost a bundle

But it isn't as bad as it was a couple of years ago

There are many things you should not do with a credit card. Among them -- falling behind on payments. Consider a cardholder who carries a $4,000 balance o...


McDonald’s recalls “Hello Kitty”-themed whistles

Components inside the whistle can detach

McDonald’s Corp., of Oakbrook, Ill., is recalling about 2.5 million “Hello Kitty Birthday Lollipop” whistles. Components inside the whistle can detach, po...


Review of community colleges finds mixed results

Short term certificate programs may not provide much value

Public policy makers, from President Obama to education leaders, have stressed the value of a community college education....


Report: GM ordered replacement ignition switches prior to recall

The company says it acted properly

What did General Motors know and when did it know it? Those are the questions likely to arise in damage suits and continuing governmental investigations of...


"Darkhotel:" new hacker threat targets traveling executives for corporate espionage

"Nuclear-themed" and U.S. defense-industry executives of particular interest

Security researchers at Kaspersky Labs announced today that for at least the past four years, a group of hacker/spies have been engaged in a campaign of wi...


Hackers suspected of Chinese government connections breach USPS database

Definite bad news for USPS employees; possible bad news for USPS customers

The United States Postal Service admitts that hackers broke into the USPS database, which is bad news for more than 800,000 employees and might possibly ca...


Behind the employment numbers: slow wage growth

Women are regaining jobs at a faster rate than men

On the surface at least, the October employment report, released on Friday, looked pretty good. Job creation for the month was a respectable 214,000. The ...


Google Express chief defects to Uber

Is Uber planning to get into the home-delivery business?

Uber is starting to resemble one of those start-ups that grows like kudzu. Or something. While expanding into new global markets at near-light speed it is ...


Military cutbacks at the vet's office

Budget cuts catch up with veterinary care for vets' pets

Military veterinary clinics all over the world are having to cut back services that they offer to privately owned pets so they can save some money....


Obama urges FCC to adopt strict net neutrality rules

He calls for no fast lane, no throttling, no blocking

As the Federal Communications Commission begins considering rules to ensure free and equal access to the Internet, President Obama is weighing in with his ...


Cat cafes -- where cat lovers go to hang out with adoptable cats

It's a way to help high-risk cats find new homes

Cat got your tongue? It just might, at the brand new Cat Town Cafe in Oakland, Calif. It's a first for cats. The two people who created this unique cafe ar...


Happy holidays for consumers and retailers?

A new Deloitte survey suggests shoppers are optimistic this year

Consumers are showing more optimism about the economy and that, according to Deloitte’s 29th annual holiday survey ,is kindling holiday cheer with shoppers...


San Francisco students learning about gardening and the produce business

Kids learn about business as well as farming

High School students in San Francisco are taking green to a whole new level. The food and garden class at San Francisco’s June Jordan School for Equity tea...


Kulana Foods recalls frozen pork products

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

Kulana Foods of Hilo, Hawaii, is recalling approximately 4,465 pounds of frozen, fully cooked pork products. The products are formulated with a soy sauce...


Nissan recalls vehicles with air bag issue

Excessive internal pressure may cause the inflator to rupture

Nissan North America is recalling 52,738 model year 2003-2004 Nissan Pathfinder, 2004-2006 Nissan Sentra, 2003-2005 Infiniti FX35 and FX45, 2003-2004 Infin...


Large school or small: which will best protected your teen from a clique?

Schools with stronger academic emphasis seemed to discourage harmful alliances

"Mean girls" -- we all grew up with them and Hollywood even made a movie about them. They are part of the adolescent social structure. These girls -- and b...


Doctors worry about growing number of older drivers

Injuries and deaths from traffic accidents are climbing

The aging Baby Boom population has policy makers worried about what their impact will be on the health care system. Will it create a surge in Alzheimer's d...


Home Depot: Hackers stole 53 million email addresses in addition to credit card data

It was already the largest data theft on record; now that record will be even harder to break

It's over two months now since the initial discovery that hackers had somehow managed to lift massive amounts of confidential customer data from Home Depot...


Manufacturers increasingly getting in on Black Friday

Companies that make the products are competing with the companies that sell them

You can be sure that Samsung, as well as every other manufacturer, hopes you'll pick up one of their products when you go shopping on Black Friday. The mor...


FTC reaches settlement with notorious patent troll

No, you don't owe licensing fees for scanning items into emails

This week the Federal Trade Commission settled a case with one of the most notorious “patent trolls” in the country, which used “deceptive sales claims and...


Organize your life, organize your fridge

With the holidays coming, it's time to open up some space

Just as in spring when you want to the house cleaned up and aired out, November should be refrigerator clean-up month because you need to get organized for...


Carnival faces suit over passenger's death

Crew members allegedly failed to summon help when the passenger suffered a cardiac arrest

Although cruises are popular with elderly consumers, they're not the best place to be when a medical emergency occurs. Many have only spotty medical facili...


Air travel and kids: a volatile combination

Keeping kids quiet and busy isn't easy but it can be done

The busiest travel season is upon us and if you have younger kids and are planning on going over the river and through the woods you just might be getting...


Airline consumer complaints post year-over-year gain

But September was a good month for leaving and arriving on time

People may be flying more, but they're apparently enjoying it less. The latest Air Travel Consumer Report released by the Department of Transportation (DO...


Job creation up, unemployment down in October

The report also contains upward revisions for the 2 previous months

October was another strong month for job creation. Figures released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics show nonfarm payrolls surged by 214,000, while the u...


CS Best Food recalls pork products

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

CS Best Food of Panorama City, Calif., is recalling approximately 6,560 pounds of pork products. The products contain wheat and soy, allergens not declar...


4Seasons recalls folding lounge chairs

The chair can tip or recline too quickly

4Seasons Global of Chicago, Ill., is recalling about 3,200 folding lounge chairs The chair can tip or recline too quickly, posing a fall hazard. The comp...


Holiday travel likely to be even more challenging this year

More consumers will compete for declining number of airline seats

An improving economy and lower fuel prices may mean more Americans will be traveling over the holidays, making it all the more important to book flights no...


Where have you been? Your smartphone wi-fi can tell anyone who asks

ArsTechnica discovers another threat to mobile-device security

You've known for a long while now that anything with an Internet or wi-fi connection has the potential to be hacked, and the more you connect, the more you...


Borgata price dispute: does “thirty-seven fifty” mean $37.50 or $3,750?

Man says waitress cited misleading price for wine at Bobby Flay Steak restaurant

Here's a riddle: how much money is “thirty-seven fifty?”...


CBS News launches streaming video news channel

The move brings live network-quality news to the Web for the first time

There's no shortage of news on the Internet but until now, there's been no live streaming news feed, no Internet equivalent of CNN or Fox News. CBS News is...


Sears, Kmart and JC Penney announce Black Friday hours

Kmart will be open 42 hours straight

Three more retailers have announced their Black Friday store hours, in all three cases cutting deeper into Thanksgiving from last year's official holiday s...


Wirelurker malware threatens iPhones and iPads

The world is facing its first serious iVirus

Bad news for iPhone and iPad users who previously thought themselves safe from malware and similar threats: security researchers at Palo Alto Networks have...


Researchers developing cyberwearables for dogs

The electronic harnesses can monitor the dog's condition and help with search and rescue

You wouldn't want your dog wasting time on an iWatch everyday but cyberwearables are definitely in the works for dogs. A new harness has been developed tha...


Seniors struggling with debt, debt collectors

Feds issue tips to help older consumers deal with harassment

Older Americans are increasingly hamstrung by debt and, as a result, debt collectors, according to a report issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bur...


Job cuts soar in October

Still the year-to-date total is below the 2013 level

What a difference a month makes! Monthly job cuts surged 68% in October to the second highest total this year, after falling to a 14-year low in Septembe...


Oasis Brands recalls Lacteos Santa Martha products

The products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Oasis Brands of Miami, Fla., is recalling select lots of various Lacteos Santa Martha products. The products have the potential to be contaminated with Li...


Nissan recalls various Infiniti hybrids with throttle issue

The vehicle may gradual accelerate unexpectedly

Nissan North America is recalling 6,562 model year 2013-2014 Infiniti M35 hybrids manufactured April 7, 2012, to September 9, 2013; 2014 Infiniti Q50 hybri...


Audi A4s, S4s and Allroads recalled

The front air bags may not deploy properly

Volkswagen Group of America is recalling 101,938 model year 2013-2015 Audi A4 and S4 vehicles manufactured February 16, 2012, to October 21, 2014, and 2013...


Readjusting to standard time takes some effort

After last weekend's switch, time is not on your side

Over the weekend the U.S. returned to standard time. Clocks turned back one hour. It's something we do every year. But if you find you are having a hard t...


Today's scam email du jour: introducing Betty Mason, clerk of the court

The more you study it, the more obviously scammy it looks

The bad thing about scam attempts is that they're a constant in today's world: if you have a phone number or an email address, you will hear from scammers ...


No link seen between violent video games, movies and real-world violence

Increased consumption of violent games and entertainment coincides with a decline in youth violence

Violence has been a part of entertainment since cavepersons began drawing on walls. In Beowolf, circa AD 700, the monster Grendel went crashing around mead...


Is Wall Street's love affair with oil finally over?

If so, the break-up will be good news for consumers and the economy

The national average price of a gallon of gas, as measured by AAA's Fuel Gauge Survey, fell below $3 a gallon this week, a milestone not seen since 2010....


Democratic and unemployed: jobless rolls skyrocket in D.C.

Defeated politicians and their staffers are plunged into a high-stakes musical chairs game

We're always being told that elections have consequences. Yes, they certainly do and no one knows it better today than the Democratic officeholders thrown ...


Picking apart the picky eater

Picky eaters are often "grazers" -- they eat small portions throughout the day

Food has been around forever. Kids that won't eat they have been around forever as well. It just comes with the territory of being a parent. One thing you ...


California Highway Patrolman charged with stealing nude photos from arrestees' phones

Another reason to keep your phone password-protected

Here's another reason why your smartphone should always be password-protected: former California Highway Patrolman Sam Harrington resigned his position las...


The jobs keep coming

ADP says the economy added 230k private sector workers last month

Another 230,000 people found work in the private sector during October, according to the ADP National Employment Report. Positions at companies with 50-49...


Mortgage applications down for second consecutive week

Applications for refinancings were down as well

Another drop in applications for mortgages -- the second in as many weeks. According to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage...


Ford Flex and F-150 vehicles recalled

The passenger airbag may not deploy in certain frontal crashes

Ford is recalling approximately 135,000 2014 Ford Flex vehicles manufactured between March 1, 2014, and May 31, 2014; and F-150 vehicles built from March 1...


Ford recalls F-150 trucks

The vehicles have a brake pedal position switch issue

Ford is recalling approximately 950 2014 Ford F-150 vehicles built from March 1, 2014, to March 13, 2014. A brake pedal position switch that may be incorr...


Ford recalls Ford Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis and Lincoln Town Car vehicles

The vehicles' steering issue may have been improperly repaired in a previous recall

Ford is recalling approximately 38,600 2005-2011 Ford Crown Victoria vehicles, Mercury Grand Marquis vehicles, and Lincoln Town Car vehicles built from Mar...


Toyota recalls Camrys and Avalons

A manufacturing error could cause a loss of steering control

Toyota Motor Sales is recalling approximately 5,650 Model Year 2014 Toyota Camry, Camry Hybrid, Avalon and Avalon Hybrid vehicles. The left front suspensi...


What final mortgage rule may mean for housing market

It may mean more consumers can qualify for a mortgage with less down

In late October, six U.S. government agencies finalized a rule requiring lenders that bundle and sell mortgages as securities to retain ownership of a port...


Nearly 1 million recalled GM cars are still unrepaired

Consumers complain of delays, shortages while GM tries to encourage more owners to bring in their cars

There are, as the old saying goes, days when you just can't win for losing. That pretty well sums up the situation facing automakers, consumers and regulat...


Survey finds increase in consumers using banks

FDIC credits an improving economy

Despite rising dissatisfaction with banks in recent years, fewer consumers are going without banking services these days....


Everyone loves to hate this embarrassing McDonald's ad campaign

"Lovin' > Hatin'" > "Lovin' beats Hatin'" according to anonymous Hamburger University grads

McDonald's wants you to know that, despite preliminary reports suggesting the hamburger chain would supplement its decade-old ad slogan “I'm lovin' it” wit...


Secondhand smoke causes weight gain, study finds

Far from keeping you slim, cigarettes actually lead to weight gain

It used to be thought that smoking cigarettes would help keep you thin. Some people may still believe that, but a new study finds that, in fact, the revers...


Saver’s credit helps low- and moderate-income workers save for retirement

There's still time in the current tax year to get the benefits

Could your retirement plan use a little help? The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) says low- and moderate-income workers can take steps now to save for ret...


Williams-Sonoma settles defective Roman Shades case

The company will pay $700 K to resolve reporting charges

Williams-Sonoma will pay a $700,000 civil penalty, resolving Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) charges that it knowingly failed to report immediate...


The art of the dog

St. Louis museum displays dog-related art of all kinds

Art is in the eye of the beholder and it works like that with dogs as well. Some people look at a piece of art and turn their neck upside down trying to fi...


Do seeds have an expiration date?

Seeds' longevity depends partly on how they're stored

As a gardener you may have some old seeds lying around your tool shed or in the garage and you may wonder if you can pop them in the dirt and watch them gr...


Another year-over-year gain in house prices

But the September increase continued a slowing trend

Home prices nationwide posted a year-over-year increase of 5.6% in September 2014, making 31 months of consecutive year-over-year increases in home prices ...


Infiniti hybrids with transmission and electric motor problems recalled

Both issues could increase the risk of a crash

Nissan North America has issued a pair of recalls for Infiniti hybrids with transmission and electric motor problems. The first involves 817 model year 20...


Taylor Farms New Jersey recalls Wawa garden rotini salad

The product may contain fish, wheat and egg, allergens not listed on the label

Taylor Farms New Jersey of Swedesboro, N.J., is recalling 1,510 units of Wawa garden rotini salad. The product may contain fish, wheat and egg, allergens...


Hyundai, Kia hit with $100 million penalty for overstating fuel-economy standards

Biggest penalty ever for Clean Air Act violations

Hyundai and Kia will pay $100 million in penalties for overstating fuel-economy standards on 1.2 million vehicles -- the largest civil penalty ever imposed...


Cats crusade against cybercensorship

Pussy Cat Riot protests censor of the Internet by China, Russia

Who can hear better than a dog? Why, a cat of course. Dog owners might not like hearing that but facts are facts -- cats have Bose speakers when it comes t...


Five tablets you can get on sale right now

But the latest tablets are not among them

If a tablet is on your shopping list this year you might not have to wait until Black Friday to pick one up. Then again, it might pay to do so....


Hackers steal Hilton Hotels' loyalty program reward points

Check your Hilton HHonors account and any credit cards attached to it

If you're a frequent traveler who stays in Hilton hotels and collects reward points through the Hilton HHonors loyalty program, be warned: hackers have man...


Courts: Fifth Amendment doesn't cover fingerprint scanners

Virginia judge rules that defendants can be required to give fingerprints, but not passcodes, to police

A Virginia state judge ruled last week that police can compel a criminal defendant to provide his fingerprints, though not his passcodes, to open his smart...


Do you love your pets as much as your kids?

Study finds similar brain responses to each

Do you love your pets as much as your kids? If you're a mom, a new study says you very well may. Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) researchers investiga...


Walking Dead's longevity on DirecTV in doubt

AMC and the satellite channel are trying to negotiate a new contract

A few days ago, the news was Dish Network dumping CNN. Now it's DirecTV possibly putting a stake through the heart of "The Walking Dead" and other AMC show...


This is not your parents' pillbox -- not yet anyway

The Amiko measures reminds you to take your meds, alerts your caregiver if you don't

It is not an unfamiliar scene today to be caring for your kids as well as your parents. As Baby Boomers age the demands increase and they often find themse...


Critics decry 'weakened' standard covering for-profit schools

And the for-profit schools don't like it much either

The government has adopted a final rule to protect students who graduate from for-profit career training schools....


Some tax breaks may be coming your way -- in 2015

Inflation adjustments will mean an increase in various tax benefits

While you haven't even filed your federal income tax return for 2014 yet, here's something to look forward to next year. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS...


Chrysler recalls Ram ProMasters

The vehicles may have a defective tire pressure monitoring system

Chrysler Group is recalling 23,053 model year 2014 Ram ProMaster vehicles manufactured April 23, 2013, to August 22, 2014. The Tire Pressure Monitoring Sy...


Marathon Ventures recalls raw macadamia nuts

The product may be contaminated with Salmonella

Marathon Ventures is recalling various retail and bulk packages containing raw macadamia nuts. The product may be contaminated with Salmonella. There hav...


Carlton Foods recalls Boudin products

The product may contain an emetic toxin produced by Bacillus cereus

Carlton Foods of New Braunfels, Texas, is recalling approximately 25,764 pounds of fresh Boudin products. The products were produced with pre-cooked rice ...