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What to expect from the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show

Smarter TVs and car sound systems without CD players

Each January the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) wows the public with the latest gadgets. The 2015 CES, which kicks off January 6, should be no exception....


New NY law requires childproof packaging for liquid nicotine

The measure follows the nicotine-poisoning death of a toddler

Liquid nicotine sold in New York must be packaged in childproof containers, under terms of a new law signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The measure also bans the...


Cigarette smoking carries high financial cost too

U.S. taxpayers pick up the lion's share of the damages

The health costs of cigarette smoking are well known. They start with lung cancer and heart disease....


Did hackers steal customer credit cards from Chick-fil-A?

Evidence suggests security breach dating back to early December 2013

Add Chick-fil-A to the always-growing list of businesses whose customers' credit and debit card numbers have apparently been stolen by malware-planting hac...


2015 -- a good time to get yourself and your animals in shape

Just like their owners, most dogs and cats need to eat less and exercise more

If you have a dog or cat that's a little overweight chances are you are also. Forty percent of American adults don't participate in any leisure-time physic...


A busy flying season means lots of bumps

Being bounced around may not be pleasant but it's better than being bumped

It's the busiest travel time of the year and if you are flying you face the possibility of being bumped from your flight. Airlines want to make sure they ...


Pending home sales improve in November

A year-over-year gain was posted for the third month in a row

Slight gains in all major regions except for the Midwest helped push pending home sales up slightly in November. Figures released by the National Associat...


Happy Apples recalls caramel apples

The products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Happy Apples is recalling of Happy Apple brand caramel apples with a best use by date between August 25 and November 23, 2014. The products may be contami...


Hausman Foods recalls beef and pork products

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

Hausman Foods of Corpus Christi, Texas, is recalling approximately 38,400 pounds of beef and pork products. The products contain peanuts, a known allergen...


Cadillac SRX vehicles recalled

The driver's seat may have been built with an incorrect seat track bracket

General Motors is recalling 3,155 model year 2015 Cadillac SRX vehicles manufactured November 11, 2014, to December 3, 2014. The driver's seat may have ...


California Snack Foods recalls Karm’l Dapples

The product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

California Snack Foods is recalling its own brand of caramel apples with a best use by date between August 15th and November 28th 2014. The product may be...


Volkswagen recalls vehicles with fuel rail sealing cap issues

Fuel could leak into the engine compartment

Volkswagen Group of America is recalling 37,979 model year 2014-2015 Jettas manufactured March 28, 2014, to November 24, 2014; 2014-2015 Passats manufactur...


Farm Country Cheese House recalls Raw Milk Cheddar

The product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Farm Country Cheese House of Lakeview, Mich., is recalling 1136.53 pounds of Raw Milk Cheddar. The product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes...


Merb’s Candies recalls caramel apples

The products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Merb’s Candies is recalling of the Merb’s Candies brand Bionic Apples and Double Dipped Apples. The products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogen...


Dodge Dart Aeros recalled

The Tire Pressure Monitoring System warning light may fail to illuminate

FCA US, the former Chrysler Group, is recalling 1,056 model year 2015 Dodge Dart Aeros manufactured August 24, 2014, to October 28, 2014. The recalled ve...


New weight-loss drug gets green light

Saxenda joins 3 other recently-approved treatments for obesity

Just in time for all those weight-loss New Year's resolutions, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved another new weight management treatment....


Financial smarts don't disappear with age

If you were a good with money when you were young, chances are you'll remain that way

There's a theory that as people age, their financial decision-making declines, along with physical and mental abilities. But is that really the case?...


Binge drinking disrupts the immune system, study finds

It's a newly discovered harmful side effect of binge drinking

Planning your New Year's Eve celebration? You may want to pause a moment to review a new study that finds binge drinking in young, healthy adults significa...


Petition drive might overturn California's ban on plastic bags

Paper grocery bags mostly overlooked in the shuffle

Last autumn, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law SB 270, a statewide ban on single-use plastic shopping bags which also makes it illegal (on pa...


OneStopParking the latest paid-parking vendor to get hacked

Pay-to-park customers at extra risk of data theft

If you pay to park your car then you need to be extra-cautious when checking your credit card statements for fraudulent charges. Security expert Brian Kreb...


Feds warn BabyBus it must get parents' permission to track children

The FTC says the China-based app developer may be violating child privacy laws

The timing may have been unfortunate -- or fortunate, depending on your point of view -- but the Federal Trade Commission's warning to BabyBus was certainl...


Time to recycle that Christmas tree

There's a lot of life left in your dried-out tree

It's all winding down, the sweets are almost gone along with the relatives, and that translates to your tree being ready to coming down as well. Instead of...


A December rebound for consumer confidence

Confidence improved with the approach of the end of 2014

The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index®, which had After posing a decline in November, consumer confidence in the economy showed some improvement...


Volkswagen recalls Jetta with headlight issue

The light output from the headlights may be insufficient

Volkswagen Group of America is recalling 25,007 model year 2015 Jetta vehicles manufactured July 11, 2014, to November 13, 2014. Due to incorrect softwar...


HEB Meat Center recalls chicken and beef products

The products may contain peanuts, allergens not listed on the label

HEB Meat Center of San Antonio, Texas, is recalling approximately 83,666 pounds of pork products. The products may contain peanuts, known allergens, whic...


FCA recalls Dodge Rams, Dakotas and Mitsubishi Raiders

The return springs in the clutch ignition interlock switch may break

FCA US, the former Group, is recalling 66,819 model year 2006-2007 Dodge Ram 1500, 2500, 3500, Dakota, and Mitsubishi Raider vehicles with manual transmiss...


Nissan recalls Armadas

The parking pawl may not engage fully

Nissan North America is recalling 194 model year 2015 Nissan Armada vehicles manufactured September 15, 2014, to October 14, 2014. Due to interference be...


Beemers with air bag inflator issue recalled

Excessive internal pressure may cause the inflator to rupture

BMW of North America is recalling 140,696 model year 2004-2005 325i, 325xi, 330i, and 330xi Sedans; model year 2004-2005 325i Sportswagons; model year 2004...


Garcia Foods recalls pork products

The products may contain peanuts, allergens not listed on the label

Garcia Foods of San Antonio, Texas, is recalling approximately 190,450 pounds of pork products. The products may contain peanuts, known allergens, which a...


MINI Cooper Hardtops recalled

Drivers may be able to exit the vehicle when the transmission is not in Park

BMW of North America is recalling 1,928 model year 2014-2015 MINI Cooper Hardtop 2 Door, and Cooper S Hardtop 2 Door vehicles manufactured January 6, 2014,...


The latest Facebook scam: fake video of missing Flight QZ8501

Within hours of the plane's disappearance, scammers started exploiting it

Yesterday, an Air Asia Indonesia flight en route to Singapore vanished somewhere over the Java Sea. Scammers on Facebook almost immediately used headlines ...


Holiday hacking update: pretty much everything

Gaming networks, customer accounts, and the Internet itself hacked in the last few days

In light of the various hacking incidents and alleged incidents that came to light in the four days starting on Christmas Eve/the final night of Hanukkah, ...


BlackBerry goes retro with Classic smartphone

BlackBerry fans may love it but will they be enough to turn around the company?

In the wake of the iPhone and all the smartphones that followed, BlackBerry was pretty much left for dead. While it once ruled the mobile universe, by 2010...


Follow the garden path in 2015

Starting a small garden can teach you a lot ... about plants and about yourself

Looking for a New Year's resolution that you can stick to all year? Why not try gardening? It can be good for not only your soul but the body that is housi...


DaBecca Sliced Uncured Apple Smoked Bacon

The products do not contain the USDA mark of inspection

DaBecca Natural Foods of Chicago, Ill., is recalling approximately 3,450 pounds of bacon products. While produced under inspection, the products were pack...


Snoqualmie Gourmet recalls ice cream, gelato, custard and sorbet

The products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Snoqualmie Gourmet Ice Cream is recalling all ice cream, gelato, custard and sorbet for all flavors and container sizes produced on or after January 1, 201...


BMG Trading recalls pork products

The product was not presented at the Canadian border for USDA reinspection

BMG Trading, of Oakville, Ontario, Canada, is recalling approximately 26,108 pounds of pork products. The product failed to present at the Canadian border...


Honda recalls Acura RLX vehicles

Output of the headlights may be diminished

American Honda Motor Co. is recalling 9,751 model year 2014 Acura RLX vehicles manufactured November 22, 2012, to January 30, 2014; 2015 Acura RLX vehicles...


FCA US recalls nearly 3 million vehicles with air bag inflator issue

Excessive internal pressure may cause the inflator to rupture

FCA US, the former Chrysler Group, is recalling 2,890,785 model year 2004-2007 Dodge Ram 1500 and Durango; 2005-2007 Dodge Ram 2500, Charger Magnum, Dakota...


Bethel Nutritional Consulting recalls B-Lipo Capsules

The capsules contain Lorcaserin, a controlled substance used for weight loss

Bethel Nutritional Consulting is recalling 1 lot of B-Lipo Capsules. The product contains Lorcaserin, a controlled substance used for weight loss. Adverse...


Kkot Saem Sprouts recalls soybean sprouts and mungbean sprouts

The products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Kkot Saem Sprouts of Spanaway, Wash., is recalling Soybean Sprouts and Mungbean Sprouts sold under brand names Kkot Saem, Winter Blossom Bean Sprouts, and ...


Hyundai recalls 1.6 liter Sonatas

The vehicles may have been assembled with an incorrect left axle shaft

Hyundai Motor America is recalling208 1.6 liter model year 2015 Sonata vehicles manufactured August 29, 2014, to October 28, 2014. The vehicles may have ...


Consumers cutting back on dessert purchases

But researchers find nutritional content of these products hasn't changed much

People tend to load up on empty calories at this time of year but perhaps this year we won't hit the cakes, pies, cookies and chocolate covered donuts quit...


Giving your dog a pill doesn't have to be an ordeal

Camouflage can work but it's important not to be stressed out

Giving your dog a pill, can actually be a pill for you. Dogs aren't any better than kids when it's time to take meds, but there are some ways to make givin...


How to turn up the heat on your energy bill

Keeping it cooler inside saves fuel and burns more calories

Let's face it -- it's one thing to freeze your bottom off outside but in your home you want to be toasty and warm. That toasty feeling can put a damper on ...


Girls are finally helping build the toy industry

Girls like to build things too, even if they give them different colors

What do Hewlett Packard, IBM and General Motors have in common? All are being run by female CEO's. It's really nothing new anymore, females are leaders in ...


E-readers may not make good bedtime reading

Not if you want to get a good night's sleep

If you are in the habit of curling up in bed with a good book before dropping off to sleep, you might consider sticking with old fashioned books and not a ...


Feds challenge wart-removal and weight-loss supplement promoters

There's no evidence the products work, the FTC alleged

You can't believe everything you read about wart removal and weight loss, the Federal Trade Commission cautions. Case in point: claims made by DermaTend an...


Feds say data broker sold consumers' identity to scammers

LeapLab bought payday loan applications, then sold the info, FTC charges

The Federal Trade Commission charges that a data broker, LeapLab, sold the sensitive personal information of hundreds of thousands of consumers – including...


A pre-Christmas rise in mortgage applications

Initial jobless claims continue to fall

Mortgage applications rebounded from the previous week's decline, rising 0.9% in the week ending December 19. According to the Mortgage Bankers Associatio...


The latest wedding accessory: exotic animals

Want to ride down the aisle on an elephant? It will cost you dearly

It used to be the bride in white and the groom in a tux, a pretty punch bowl, a little rice, and you had a decent wedding. But weddings have gotten a littl...


Bribery -- a quick fix for parents but a long-term problem for kids

Too much emphasis on rewards can make children materialistic

Those gifts under the tree can be leverage to get the most from your children in terms of good behavior this time of year. A new study, however, urges pare...


Kkot Saem Sprouts recalls soybean sprouts and mungbean sprouts

The products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Kkot Saem Sprouts of Spanaway, Wash., is recalling Soybean Sprouts and Mungbean Sprouts sold under brand names Kkot Saem, Winter Blossom Bean Sprouts, and ...


Peanut Butter and Cranberry Crunch nutrition bars recalled

The products may be contaminated with Salmonella

Perfect Bar is issuing a nationwide recall of specific lot numbers of its Peanut Butter and Cranberry Crunch flavor recipes The products may be contaminat...


Katadyn North American Foods recalls spicy sausage products

The product contains pork, which is not listed on the label

Katadyn North American Foods of Rocklin, Calif., is recalling approximately 2,719 pounds of spicy sausage products produced on various dates from June 14 –...


Real Foods recalls Tofu Pad Thai Bowl and Thai Noodle Salad

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

Real Foods of Kent, Wash., is recalling 299 units of Tofu Pad Thai Bowl and 178 units of Thai Noodle Salad. The products contain shellfish (shrimp), an al...


Honda recalls Crosstour vehicles

The inflator tube for the side curtain air bag may have been manufactured incorrectly

American Honda Motor Company is recalling 1,252 model year 2015 Crosstour 4 Cylinder vehicles manufactured October 1, 2014, to November 4, 2014; Crossto...


UCLA researchers excited by Alzheimer's findings

Latest study suggests memory restoration possible in early stages of the disease

The twin tragedies of Alzheimer's disease are that it is always fatal and, before the patient dies, they lose all memory function....


Emergency gifts for last-minute procrastinators: make-your-own tin or basket combos

This late in the holiday season, most stores have sold out of "good stuff." You must improvise

Tomorrow is Christmas Eve and the last day of Hanukkah, so if you're still looking for this-year's holiday gift ideas … yeah, you already wish you'd done t...


No surprise: EZ Pass knows how fast you're going

And penalizes speeders in 5 out of the 15 EZ Pass states

If you're enrolled in EZ Pass, take note: you won't be surprised to hear that in addition to collecting toll fees, it can also monitor your speed — and mig...


Hotels take aim at wi-fi hotspots

They want you to use their slow, expensive, inconvenient system

You ever notice how hotels are always a decade or two behind. It wasn't long ago you could put a quarter in the slow and get a massage from your bed. And t...


Coke dumps voicemail; says it's lost its fizz

Do you really think anyone will miss it?

There are those who argue that if email had been invented first, the telephone would never have gotten off the ground. While that may be a little far-fetch...


Seventy-one vehicles garner IIHS safety awards

Ranks of winners grow, despite tougher standard

Consumers now have more choices for optimum protection in car crashes. The number of vehicles earning either of two awards from the Insurance Institute fo...


A November drop in new home sales

Incomes and spending were on the rise last month

The string of increases in new home sales is over. After rising for 2 straight months, sales of new single-family homes fell 1.6% in November to a seasona...


The economy takes off

The increase in the GDP is the largest in 11 years

Looks like the economy has finally found its footing. According to the "third" estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis, real gross domestic p...


Toyota recalls model year 2015 Siennas

The second row overhead assist grips may detach deployment of the curtain shield airbag

Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing is recalling 25,552 model year 2015 Sienna vehicles manufactured September 2, 2014, to November 14, 2014. In the...


Acura TLX vehicles recalled

The transmission may not be able to shift into the Park position

American Honda Motor Co. is recalling 9,391 model year 2015 Acura TLX V6 2WD vehicles manufactured July 14, 2014, to November 12, 2014, and certain 2015 TL...


Ten last-minute gift ideas

Time is slipping away so this might help

The weekend – the last before Christmas – was huge for retail as shoppers hit the stores for last minute gifts. But if you still find yourself with more to...


Two Fox channels get the boot from Dish

Each side blames the other for the impasse

Don't go looking for Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network on Dish. With the latest contract between the satellite TV provider 21st Century Fox having...


Google turns tables, sues an attorney general

Mississippi AG calls a truce after Google accuses him of selling out to Hollywood

We've all read a lot of stories about attorneys general suing big Internet companies but when's the last time you read a story about a big Internet company...


Consumers often pay a steep price for cybercrime

Despite promises, survey shows many victims don't get reimbursed

Cyberattacks are in the news this month, especially when Sony Pictures was victimized by hackers intent on preventing a new movie satirizing North Korea's ...


DirecTV launches streaming Spanish-language service

Yaveo brings U.S., Latin American and Spanish programming to the Internet

While Dish Network is locked in its latest licensing fight -- this time with Fox -- competitor DirecTV is launching Yaveo, a new streaming video service fo...


Sugar Bowl scammers snag a few victims

Never trust online sellers who emphasize their military, religious or political status.

College football fans beware: scammers are selling fake tickets to the upcoming “Sugar Bowl” game between Ohio State and Alabama....


Rule change could open the Web to more TV shows

FCC would require networks to negotiate with online video streaming channels

Forget about net neutrality for a minute. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has officially proposed a rule change that could open the Web to stre...


Staples confirms security breach: customer card information stolen from 115 stores in 35 states

If you've shopped at Staples and paid with a card, you might be at risk

Over the weekend, Staples officially confirmed what various security experts and banking professionals have suspected since October: hackers used malware t...


Existing-home sales slip in November

The decline in sales was felt all across the county

What went up in October came back down last month. The National Association of Realtors reports sales of existing homes -- completed transactions that inc...


Southeast Toyota Distributors recall vehicles with seat heater issue

Compression of the seat cushion may damage the seat heater wiring

Southeast Toyota Distributors (SET) is recalling 3,233 model year 2010-2011 Prius and Corolla, 2009-2011 Venza, 2006-2010 Avalon, 2007-2010 FJ Cruiser, 200...


Comfort Research recalls vinyl bean bag chairs

Children can crawl inside the chairs and become trapped

Comfort Research of Grand Rapids, Mich., is recalling about 125,000 bean bag chairs. The zippers on the bean bag chairs can be opened by children who can ...


Ford recalls older Mustangs and GTs

Excessive internal pressure may cause the airbag inflator to rupture

Ford Motor Company is recalling 462,911 model year 2005-2008 Ford Mustang vehicles manufactured August 1, 2004, to June 30, 2007, and 2005-2006 Ford GT ve...


FCA recalls Dodge Challengers

The instrument cluster may become inoperative

FCA US, the former Chrysler Group, is recalling certain model year 2015 Dodge Challenger vehicles manufactured June 30, 2014, to October 8, 2014. The ins...


Holidays can bring on more migraines

Here are some tips to improve your odds of avoiding one

Doctors have known for some time that some foods and drinks can trigger migraine headaches in some people. That's an important fact to remember around the ...


T-Mobile will pay $90 million in refunds to settle "cramming" suit

It's the third wireless carrier to face cramming charges this year

T-Mobile is the latest wireless carrier to run afoul of charges it "crammed" millions of dollars of bogus third-party charges on customers' bills. The comp...


Car deals getting more attractive as year end approaches

Low leases, attractive financing and cash back offers abound

If you happen to be in the market for a new car, the next couple of weeks could provide an opportunity to snag a good deal. Dealers are trying to move meta...


Missouri sues 13 St. Louis County towns for speed-trap profiteering

Simply put, the towns are making too much money from traffic tickets

With a total population of barely 1 million, St. Louis County, Missouri -- home of the now-infamous Ferguson -- has no fewer than 90 municipalities. Many a...


It's a nail-biter to know you could be lowering your child's IQ

High concentrations of phthalates are thought to be the cause

Your nail polish could be lowering your child's IQ. A recent study at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health has found that certain nail po...


Don't let carpet layers walk all over you

There can be all kinds of hidden charges

Thinking of getting new carpet? Don't let them walk all over you when you're trying to find someone to install it. It's wise to know what to look for....


Prescription drugs still the leading cause of poisonings

But "bath salts," synthetic marijuana and laundry pods are rising fast

Prescription drugs are still the leading cause of poisonings in the U.S. but a new study finds that "bath salts," synthetic marijuana and laundry detergent...


Mustangs with fuel line issue recalled

The fuel pressure sensor may not have been seated properly to the fuel jumper line

Ford Motor Company is recalling 712 model year 2015 Ford Mustangs manufactured September 25, 2014, to October 9, 2014. The fuel pressure sensor may not h...


Chrysler recalls Dodge Ram 1500 trucks

The rear axle pinion nut may loosen

FCA aka Chrysler is recalling 256,956 model year 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 trucks manufactured January 28, 2004, to August 3, 2005. The rear axle pinion nut m...


Giggles International recalls Animated Sing-Along Monkey toys

The battery compartment can reach temperatures up to 230 degrees Fahrenheit

Giggles International of Hong Kong is recalling about 13,000 Animated Sing-Along Monkey toys. The battery compartment can reach temperatures up to 230 de...


Beyond gasoline, what falling oil prices mean to you

In more ways than one, cheap oil is a big win for consumers

Perhaps nothing better demonstrates the conflict between Main Street and Wall Street than the steep plunge in oil prices over the last 3 months....


Workers, college students, and taxpayers all can be hurt by mandatory prepaid debit cards

If you get a prepaid card as payment, empty it at once so fees don't destroy its value

For more than a generation now, American college and university tuition costs have increased at a rate far higher than inflation, every year. Up to 40 mill...


NY charges major retailers are illegally selling prohibited toy guns

Walmart, Amazon, Kmart, Sears, ordered to stop selling

The fatal police shooting of a 12-year-old in Cleveland who was holding a toy gun has been widely interpreted as evidence of police misconduct. But it is a...


Tennessee town tries banning social media criticism

Clueless commissioners in South Pittsburg now criticized worldwide

Pre-emptive warning to any readers who might want to post comments about this story: if you live in or near South Pittsburg, Tennessee, there's a good chan...


3D printing gives dog a new leash on life

Derby the dog becomes a canine blade runner

Imagine being a dog seeing a ball but never being able to run for it let alone walk to it....


Air pollution in pregnancy linked to increased autism risk

Genetics and airborne pollution seen as significant

Pregnant women exposed to high levels of fine particulate matter -- particularly during the third trimester -- may face up to twice the risk of having a ch...


No lie -- you can stop your kid from lying

Fear of punishment doesn't work

The best way to help your child tell the truth and be honest, is to not threaten them with punishment if they spill the beans and fess up. That's the prima...


"Hypoallergenic" means what, exactly?

Not much, according to some experts

"Hypoallergenic" is like "natural" -- it just makes you feel good all over, as long as you don't break out in a rash. Neither word has any legal meaning, a...


Texas company sued for sham credit card

Consumers were duped into thinking the company was affiliated with unions

When is a credit card not a credit card? According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), when it's offered by Union Workers Credit Services. ...


Another drop in weekly jobless claims

And there are more signs of continued moderate economic growth

The number of people filling out initial applications for state unemployment benefits continued to decline last week. According to the Labor Department (D...


Bleating Heart Cheese recalls various cheeses

The products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Bleating Heart Cheese (BHC) is recalling some of its sheep milk and cow’s milk cheese produced in late May, late June and early July of 2014 A sampling by...


Trend-watchers offer predictions for 2015

More secure ways to pay and stronger economic growth could be in our futures

It's that time of year again. No, not the holidays. The time when trend-watchers peer into their crystal balls and make bold predictions about what the upc...


Sprint faces huge fine for unauthorized charges

It's the latest to be snagged for wireless cramming violations

In October, AT&T Wireless was fined $105 million for billing customers hundreds of millions of dollars for bogus cellphone subscriptions to horoscopes, lov...


Spirit of Black Friday extending well into December

Survey shows consumers are still in search of bargains, and finding them

Maybe one reason Black Friday sales were a bit disappointing to retailers is consumers appear to be in no rush to wrap up their holiday shopping. American ...


Parking lots and their payment vendors are the popular new hacker targets

Park-n-Fly, the St. Louis Parking Company and their customers all among the latest victims

Take note if you've paid to park your car recently: various banks are reporting a series of fraudulent credit card charges suggesting that hackers managed ...


Heat boosts phthalate emissions from vinyl crib mattress covers

Infants are exposed to fumes from the covers for 12 to 14 hours per day

Keeping kids safe from potentially toxic chemicals isn't always as easy as it sounds. Take phthalates, for example. It's a chemical that's used to make pla...


14 indicted in 2012 meningitis outbreak that killed 64

Charges against New England Compounding Center pharmacists include second-degree murder

A 131-count criminal indictment was unsealed today in Boston in connection with the 2012 nationwide fungal meningitis outbreak caused by contaminated vials...


Consumer prices drop in November thanks to lower gasoline costs

Energy costs overall were lower

The plunging cost of gasoline sent consumer prices spiraling downward in November. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the sharpest decline in gasolin...


Dish dishes up Netflix

It's the first pay-TV service to add the popular streaming channel

Dish has been in the news lately for dropping, then reinstating, CNN and CBS stations in licensing disputes. Now it's adding something -- Netflix, the most...


How much is that doggie in the window?

Pet store puppies often come from puppy mills, canine concentration camps

The holiday season is often a time when families think about adding a dog to their homes. The look of joy on a child’s face when he sees that adorable litt...


If we ate like a cat, we'd have heart disease

Cats aren't like dogs. Or people, for that matter.

Many people feed their dogs like they feed their family. I have a sister who buys her maltese a cooked chicken from Costco each week. She cooks for her dog...


Drunk driving deaths decline in 2013

The news comes as the feds begin their holiday drunk driving crackdown

Fewer people died last year in car crashes involving drunk driving. According to the Transportation Department (DOT and the National Highway Traffic Safet...


Mortgage applications down again

Concerns about the economy are having an impact

Mortgage applications fell last week for the third time in four weeks. decreased 3.3 percent from one week earlier, according to Data from the Mortgage B...


Wegmans recalls Moody Face Stress Balls

The balls can break into pieces when squeezed

Wegmans Food Markets is recalling about 7,000 Gift Gallery Moody Face Stress Balls. These rubber stress balls can break into pieces when squeezed, posing ...


Study: Teen use of e-cigarettes growing

Hawaii research at odds with national studies

When e-electronic cigarettes arrived on the scene they were billed as a safer alternative to cigarettes and a nicotine alternative that could help some smo...


Amazon, Walmart extend holiday shipping deadlines

Trying to wring every last minute out of the holiday shopping season

Amazon and Walmart are trying to wring every last minute out of this year's holiday shopping season, extending their deadlines for online purchases to be d...


Don't sell or give away your old things without taking these precautions

Because you don't want to sell or give away more than you intended

For some households, the Hanukkah or Christmas season doesn't “officially” end until they visit the thrift store to donate various old things they no longe...


U.S. Mint still loses money minting pennies and nickels

It takes money to make money, but even so ....

Changing times lead to changing language. For example: do you remember Ben Franklin's old saying “A penny saved is a penny earned?” He first said that long...


Chrysler gets a new name

The Big Three now consists of Ford, GM and FCA

Chrysler Group LLC has a new name: FCA US LLC. Catchy, no? It stands for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and mirrors the company's European name, which is now FC...


New home construction falls for a second straight month

Building permits took a hit as well

Developers broke ground on a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,028,000 new homes during November -- a drop of 1.6% from the October rate of constructio...


Ford issues regional recall for Ranger and GT vehicles

Excessive internal pressure may cause the air bag inflator to rupture

Ford Motor Company is conducting a regional recall for certain model year 2004-2005 Ford Ranger and 2005-2006 Ford GT vehicles vehicles originally sold, or...


BMW recalls MINI Cooper Hardtop 2 Doors

The driver and front passenger seatback adjustment mechanism may not be fully engaged

BMW of North America is recalling 846 model year 2015 MINI Cooper Hardtop 2 Door vehicles manufactured August 12, 2014, to September 2, 2014. The driver ...


Flat Creek Farm & Dairy recalls cheese products

The products may be contaminated with Salmonella

Flat Creek Farm & Dairy of Swainsboro, Ga., is recalling 3 lots of cheese with lot codes 140802XAZ (Aztec Cheddar), 140702XAZ (Low Country Gouda voluntary ...


A tool that predicts your personal wealth

The answers to 5 simple questions may determine how well off your become

Remember the Magic 8 Ball? You could ask it a question, like “Will I be rich and famous?” and the Magic 8 Ball would give you an answer....


Verizon's secure encryption still lets hackers and government agents in

New Voice Cypher app has a backdoor granting NSA access

If you're planning to try Verizon's new secure encrypted Voice Cypher app, bear in mind that when Verizon uses words like “secure” or “encryption,” it migh...


Big wireless carriers under financial pressure as growth slows, costs rise

Poaching each other's customers gets expensive; so does meeting growing data demands

It's a tough time to be a big cell phone carrier, even though it's not likely AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile or Verizon will get much sympathy from anybody....


NY toddler dies after drinking liquid nicotine in e-cig refill

Incidents of nicotine poisoning have surged with the popularity of e-cigarettes

A toddler in New York is the latest apparent victim of a new household hazard -- liquid nicotine refills for e-cigarettes. Police in Fort Plain, N.Y., said...


Lots of Trix at new cereal restaurants

The servers wear pajamas and there are plenty of toppings available

Cat cafes are popping up all over so who's to say that a cereal cafe wouldn't be a hit as well?...


Spruce up the house with the best live tree

It takes a little bit of planning to find just the right tree

One of the best aromas of Christmas is the smell of a live natural tree. Just like picking the best oranges or pineapples, picking the right tree isn't jus...


Feds stomp bogus "Federal Debt Commission"

FTC: Mortgage modification scammers preyed on distressed homeowners

The "Federal Debt Commission" sounds like something pretty official. So does the "Federal Assistance Progam" and the "Federal Mortgage Marketplace." But in...


General Motors is recalling 679 vehicles equipped with electric power steering

The vehicles may experience a sudden loss of power steering assist

General Motors is recalling 679 model year 2015 Chevrolet Silverado, Suburban, Tahoe, GMC Sierra, and Yukon XL vehicles, equipped with electric power steer...


Toyota is recalling 5,650 vehicles

The left-side front suspension lower arm may have been manufactured incorrectly

Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing is recalling 5,650 model year 2014 Toyota Camry, Camry HV, Avalon, and Avalon HV vehicles equipped with 16-inch an...


Giant Eagle recalls apple pistachio salads

The products may be contaminated by Listeria monocytogenes

Giant Eagle is recalling Giant Eagle Apple Pistachio Salad and Apple Pistachio Salad with Chicken. The salads may contain fresh cut Gala red apples curren...


Chrysler expands recall of vehicles with air bag inflator issues

The company says it's unaware of any accidents or injuries related to these inflators

Chrysler Group is expanding a regional field action with a recall to replace front passenger-side air bag inflators in an estimated 208,783 older-model veh...


Who knew choosing a gift card was this complicated?

Still more conflicting advice on what is supposed to be the easiest gift

Giving someone a gift card was supposed to simplify things. But somehow, it hasn't. There are now nearly as many opinions about gift cards as there are the...


Comcast email alert: don't click that link!

Actual non-spam Comcast emails trick customers into ordering expensive new modems

As of last week, Comcast is facing a federal class-action suit over its Xfinity routers which, if the lawsuit allegations are correct, forces unwitting cus...


Keeping your holiday illness-free

Following a few common-sense rules will help you do just that

Everybody wants to be remembered as a good host after their holiday party is over. A step in the right direction is to avoid sending your guests home with ...


Watch out for the “letter from Santa” scam

Unsolicited emails are almost always scammy. This one's no different

Scammers don't take time off for the holidays; they're rather take advantage of your holiday spirit instead. This week, the Better Business Bureau warned a...


Cocaine quadruples risk of sudden death in 19-49 age group

Spanish researchers conducted first-of-its-kind study

It's pretty widely known that using cocaine increases the risk of heart disease but Spanish researchers have now put some numbers behind that assumption. T...


Feds shut down student "debt relief" scams

Beware of companies charging high fees for federal loan repayment benefits

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has taken action against two student “debt relief” scams that illegally tricked borrowers into paying upfro...


IRS posts standard mileage rates for 2015

Not everyone is likely to be pleased with the changes

If you use your car, van, pickup or panel truck for business purposes, you'll like this: Starting Nan. 1, the optional standard mileage rate is rising to 5...


UVEX Sports recalls bicycle helmets

The chinstrap anchor can fail, causing the helmet to slide off

Uvex Sports of Germany is recalling about 46,800 bicycle helmets. The helmet’s chinstrap anchor can fail, causing the helmet to slide off, posing a head i...


Ford recalls F-150 with brake pedal issue

The brake pedal position switch may not be adjusted properly

Ford Motor Company is recalling 618 model year 2014 F-150 vehicles manufactured March 1, 2014, to March 13, 2014. The brake pedal position switch man not...


Del Monte Fresh recalls fresh cut fruit containing Gala red apple

The product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Del Monte Fresh Produce is recalling fresh cut fruit containing Gala red apples grown in Pennsylvania. The product, distributed to a limited number of c...


Dodge Journey vehicles recalled

Tire placard labels may contain inaccurate information

Chrysler Group is recalling 667 model year 2014-2015 Dodge Journey vehicles manufactured October 25, 2013, to August 22, 2014. The vehicles may be equipp...


Why auto leases are surging

In December, the best lease deals can be found in surprising places

Auto leases have surged in 2014. According to Experian, leases on new cars increased to more than 29% of the financing market in the third quarter, up from...


Conditions improving for home buyers

But mortgage process may still pose obstacles

First, gasoline prices plunged, giving motorists a little breathing room in their fuel budgets. Now, it appears that getting a mortgage to buy a home is ge...


Woman almost loses $40K to online dating scammer

Our response to one woman applies to anyone tempted to give money to people they met online

For as long as there's been Internet dating, there have been Internet-dating scammers. The most common version involves a fake-romantic persona who is alw...


Roller coaster blamed for four-year-old's stroke

Sudden acceleration and deceleration caused a tear in the carotid artery

Two roller coaster rides on a family vacation are being blamed for a stroke in a four-year-old boy. The case was reported by doctors at Loyola University M...


Congress ignores wishes of D.C. voters, protesters where marijuana legalization is concerned

Fine print in the federal budget makes D.C.'s lack of self-rule painfully obvious

On Election Day last month, voters in Washington, D.C. chose by a margin of more than 2-1 to legalize marijuana for recreational purposes....


This pet detective is spot on

UV flashlight lights up the ammonia in urine

If you can't tell by the smell then you might want to get one of these, a Pet Urine Detector or its official name "UV Stain Detective." It could save you h...


Birds flying drunk a big problem this time of year

Some birds just can't resist fermented berries; the results are predictable

They come in with juice-stained beaks and some less fortunate ones fly into buildings....


Retail sales post second consecutive monthly gain

Jobless claims were down again last week

Building on an upwardly revised advance of 0.5% in October -- the first in 8 months -- retail sales rose 0.7% during November, according to figures release...


On-time airline performance slips in October

Cancellation rates, however, showed improvement

The top airlines in the U.S. arrived at their destinations on time 80% of the time during October, down a touch from the previous months rate of 81.1% The...


Global Garlic recalls fresh curd products

The products may be contaminated with Listeria Monocytogenes

Global Garlic of Miami, Fla., is recalling De Mi Pais products: Cuajada Fresca (Fresh Curd) 12-oz. and Cuajada Olanchana (Fresh Curd) 12-oz. The products ...


Real Foods recalls chef salads with ham and turkey

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

Real Foods of Kent, Wash., is recalling approximately 308 pounds of chef salad with ham and turkey. The product contains anchovies, an allergen not listed...


BMW recalls X5 vehicles

The seat belt attachment could break and fail to restrain an occupant

BMW of North America is recalling 11 model year 2015 X5 vehicles manufactured September 12, 2014, to September 21, 2014 and equipped with the optional rear...


GCI Outdoor recalls stadium seats

The backrest can fail, posing a risk of injury

GCI Outdoor is recalling about 6,000 stadium seats. The backrest can fail, posing a risk of injury. The company has received 1 report of an incident wher...


What to ask your doctor before surgery

These 5 questions will help you be better prepared

You might be told you need surgery for any number of medical issues. Some may seem more simple than others, which might appear downright scary....


Uber's troubles mount but so does its ridership

Regulators fume and sue but consumers are going along for the ride

Is Uber today's version of Bonnie and Clyde? Or perhaps Robin Hood? It seems everyone hates the cyber-taxi service except consumers, many of whom are wonde...


Apple's AirDropped astronaut sloths: a silly photo highlights a serious security flaw

If you have a Mac or any iGadget with AirDrop, you MUST check its settings

Today's “Helpful, straightforward advice that would've made absolute zero sense when we were kids” is this: If your Apple device recently received the Astr...


Increasingly, it's a mobile world

Do you own a tablet? No? Chances are you soon will.

The 1980s brought the personal computer revolution. The 1990s brought the Internet revolution, providing a way to use all those different kinds of PCs. But...


Holidays can be stressful for kids

It's important to retain at least some routine and time for relaxation

It's the most wonderful time of the year, and you want it to be so special for your child. While you are busy creating memories by frantically running to t...


Mustang, Genesis, Golf named Car of the Year finalists

Automotive journalists last year picked the Corvette Stingray for top honors

They're perhaps not the cars you dream of during idle moments but the Ford Mustang, Hyundai Genesis and Volkswagen Golf have captured the attention of the ...


Picking the perfect Poinsettia

And no, they're not toxic to humans

It's one of the mainstays of Christmas but it hasn't been around quite as long as Santa Claus. The poinsettia was introduced to the United States in 1825 b...


You can have their cake and eat it too

Would you believe $7,500 for a single slice?

People collect weird things and they are willing to pay a pretty penny for what they collect....


A rebound for mortgage applications

Applications for refinancing surged

After falling for two straight weeks, mortgage applications shot higher last week. According to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage A...


Ford recalls Mustangs with seat belt issues

The passenger safety belt tension sensor may misclassify the size of the front passenger seat occupant

Ford Motor Company is recalling 50 model year 2015 Ford Mustang vehicles manufactured August 18, 2014, to October 2, 2014. The passenger safety belt tens...


BMW recalls X3 and X4 Sports Activity Vehicles

The driver's side exterior rearview mirror may not meet federal safety standards

BMW of North America is recalling 53 model year 2015 X3 and X4 Sports Activity Vehicles manufactured July 28, 2014 to July 29, 2014. The vehicles may hav...


Dream On Me recalls play yards

The play yard’s rails can collapse

Dream On Me of South Plainfield, N.J., is recalling about 10,000 play yards. The play yard’s rails can collapse, presenting a strangulation hazard to youn...


Ford recalls vehicles with steering issues

The problem could result in a loss of steering control

Ford Motor Company is recalling 36,888 model year 2005-2011 Ford Crown Victoria, 2005-2011 Mercury Grand Marquis vehicles manufactured March 23, 2004, to A...


New high blood pressure treatment could be in the works

Preventing leptin from getting to the brain may be the key

For years doctors have known that obesity is a strong link to cardiovascular disease, and with it conditions like hypertension, or high blood pressure....


Amazon will let buyers haggle with select sellers

Company introduces new Make an Offer option for sellers

Amazon's newest feature – no, make that Amazon's newest experience, because that's the terminology Amazon's “Media Room” uses in its PR marketing writing –...


Don't forget those required retirement plan distributions

The deadline for a lot of them is Dec. 31

Uncle Sam wants his bite out of your retirement savings. And to make sure he gets it, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is reminding taxpayers born befor...


Proposed California bill would require HOAs to allow fake grass

Despite deepening drought, many state HOAs require water-wasting aesthetics

The state of California is entering the fourth year of its historic drought, and the San Diego County Water Authority has proposed a bill before the state ...


Company's charitable contributions make consumers more forgiving of error

Study finds customers more likely to forgive bad service by charitable business

Bad service or a defective product can quickly drive consumers to the nearest online review site, with unpleasant consequences for the business that came u...


Wake up! French Toast Crunch is coming back

Do consumers really yearn for the days when cereal was both crunchy and gooey?

Apparently Americans aren't finding cereal as magically delicious as they did back when Lucky Charms cereal was in its heyday. Cereal lovers' ardor has coo...


Class-action suit claims Comcast forces residential customers to pay for its public wi-fi hotspots

Lawsuit alleges higher electricity costs, slower connections and greater risks for home router users

A federal class action suit filed in San Francisco last week accuses Comcast of forcing its residential customers to bear the costs of building and maintai...


Conference showcases progress in fighting leukemia

Researchers focusing on treatments for the toughest cases

Researchers from academia and the pharmaceutical industry came together last weekend to share information about novel targeted therapies for increasing the...


Ford recalls F-150 and Flex vehicles

The vehicles have a reduced clearance between the seat frame and the seat track assembly

Ford Motor Company is recalling 113,418 model year 2014 Ford F-150 and Flex vehicles manufactured March 1, 2014, to May 31, 2014. The vehicles were manuf...


Hyundai recalls Genesis and Equus vehicles

The stop lamps may not illuminate

Hyundai Motor America is recalling 42,925 2009-2011 Hyundai Genesis vehicles manufactured April 30, 2008, to November 21, 2010, and 2011 Hyundai Equus vehi...


Nissan recalls various vehicles with fuel pressure sensor issue

The fuel pressure sensor may loosen and cause a fuel leak

Nissan North America is recalling 133,592 model year 2012-2014 Nissan Juke, 2012-2013 Infiniti M56, QX56, and 2014-2015 Infiniti Q70, and QX80 vehicles. ...


Dynamic Tire recalls Towmax STR tires

The tires may have the incorrect load capacity and inflation pressure stampings

Dynamic Tire Corp. is recalling 17,369 Towmax STR tires, size ST225/75 R15 manufactured June 15, 2014, to October 14, 2014. The affected tires may have t...


Volkswagen recalls Beetles

The glass sunroofs may break

Volkswagen Group of America is recalling 7,062 model year 2013-2015 Beetles manufactured June 13, 2013, to July 3, 2014. The glass sunroofs may break whe...


Honda recalls Grom125 and Forza motorcycles

The fuel pump could fail

American Honda Motor Co. is recalling 10,076 model year 2014 Grom125 motorcycles manufactured June 12, 2013, to September 24, 2014, and 2014 Forza-NSS300 a...


BMW recalls i8 vehicles

The fuel tank could leak

BMW of North America is recalling 223 model year 2014 i8 vehicles manufactured from May 16, 2014, to September 16, 2014. A bolt used to attach a ground c...


Flu season starting to heat up

This week is the last chance to get protected before the holidays

Early data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that the 2014-2015 flu season could be severe....


Pack holiday packages well and send them early

USPS, FedEx and UPS specify the last "ship-by" dates to get presents there on time

You are so thoughtful. You really took the time buying that special gift for people who mean so much to you. Now you want to make sure they get to see what...


Payment systems breached at U.S. bebe stores

Hackers had access to customer information for most of November

There's bad news for shoppers of bebe clothing stores. On Friday, the company confirmed what security blogger Brian Krebs had reported the day before: for ...


Draggin' the line can be tough on your pup

Learning to walk on a leash can take time, but it's worth it

In today's world dogs don't really get the chance to do what they were bred for. Even if you have a backyard your dog can run in, it's most likely not givi...


Safeway Select French Salted Caramel Premium Ice Cream recalled

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

Safeway is recalling Saf-owned stores from November 4, 2014, through December 5, 2014. The product contains peanuts, an allergen not listed on the label....


Gulf States Toyota recalls Tacomas

The vehicles may contain an incorrect Load Carrying Capacity Modification label

Gulf States Toyota is recalling 142 model year 2015 Toyota Tacoma vehicles manufactured September 2, 2014, to October 15, 2014. The affected vehicles may...


House of Flavors recalls Ciao Bella Dark Cocoa Sorbetto

The product may contain dairy allergens not listed on the label

House of Flavors of Ludington, Mich., is recalling Ciao Bella Dark Cocoa Sorbetto. Ingredients may include a dairy allergen, not listed on the label. The...


5 Daily Deal websites to make shopping easier and more exciting

Some people never pay full price for anything. You could be one of them.

If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. You get what you pay for. There's no free lunch. We've all heard these aphorisms many times and they're t...


Honda goes national with recall of cars equipped with Takata airbags

Previous recalls have affected only cars in high-humidity areas

While federal safety regulators and Takata Corp. wrestle over expanding the recall of cars equipped with the airbags, Honda says it will expand its recall ...


Merry Christmas: Gas prices are going lower

AAA says they could fall another 20 cents by New Years Eve

The oil price war being waged by Saudi Arabia against U.S. shale producers has resulted in a collapse of fuel prices since the summer. While Wall Street fr...


Toy-related injuries on the rise

Foot-powered scooters appear to be largely responsible

Hot on the heels of the U.S. Federation of Public Interest Research Groups' release of its annual Survey of Toy Safety – reporting that some unsafe toys ar...


Clean out the clutter, before the holiday brings you more

Your stuff is supposed to make your life better. Too much of it makes your life worse

“I paid a dollar for a silk skirt, 25 cents for that cut-crystal dish and 50 cents for this hardcover book with gilded-edge pages.”...


Car dealer sentenced in Superstorm Sandy scam

Fraudulent titles were used to sell storm-damaged cars to unsuspecting consumers

A New Jersey car dealer has been sentenced to three years in prison for using fraudulent vehicle titles to sell cars damaged in Superstorm Sandy to unsuspe...


Girl Scouts take their cookies online

The scouts end their ban on digital cookie sales

The Girl Scouts now have online cookies -- not the kind that track you around the Web but the kind you eat. Thin Mints and Trefoils, shortbread and the res...


Christmas can be dangerous to your pets

Ornaments, lights, plants, small toys -- they're all hazards

Every holiday presents dangers for pets. Christmas is no different. You have to be so careful with the tree and the lights. Ornaments look like playthings ...


The job market roars!

But the unemployment rate holds steady

Growth in professional and business services, retail trade, health care, and manufacturing led to a surge of 321,000 in nonfarm payroll positions in Novemb...


Quality Meats recalls pork belly product

The products were not presented at the U.S. border for import inspection

Quality Meats of Omaha, Neb., is recalling approximately 44,372 pounds of frozen pork belly product because they were not presented at the U.S. border for ...


HobbyZone Super Cub S Radio-Controlled Aircraft recalled

Power supply units and chargers sold with the model aircraft can overcharge the battery

Horizon Hobby of Champaign, Ill., is recalling about 6,800 HobbyZone Super Cub S Ready-To-Fly and Super Cub S Bind-N-Fly Power Supply and Charger. Power s...


General Motors recalls Chevrolet Colorados and GMC Canyons

The driver air bag connections may have been wired incorrectly

General Motors is recalling 2,283 model year 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon vehicles manufactured January 6, 2014, to October 1, 2014. The drive...


Salsa Cycles recalls bicycle forks

The bicycle fork can bend or break

Salsa Cycles, a wholly-owned brand of Quality Bicycle Products Inc., of Bloomington, Minn., is recalling about 2,500 Salsa Bearpaw bicycle forks/ The bicy...


Police body cameras: Protecting the populace? Violating our privacy? Or both?

Like them or not, such technological changes are unavoidable

If you're old enough to remember life before smartphones and the Internet, then by now you're used to reading about real-life legal or political controvers...


Indoor pollution a bigger threat in winter

Your home is less ventilated and you spend more time indoors

With the onset of winter most of us will be spending more time indoors. In addition to the bouts of cabin fever that can bring on, time indoors can impact ...


Osteoporosis drug may fight cancer

But first it must win approval for that new use

There have been a number of promising breakthroughs recently on new cancer drugs. But the testing and approval process for a major new drug can take years,...


Coming soon: kid-friendly versions of Google products

Kids are going to be online anyway, with or without being honest about their ages

Last summer, various unnamed “sources” at Google let slip to a couple of media contacts that the company was considering offering special supervised accoun...


Google's Captcha tests are changing, but robo-spam commentary probably isn't

Are you a robot? Yes or no

If you read websites or blogs that allow reader commentary, you've seen too many robo-spam comments to count them all: “I make $7800 a week at home in my s...


Fireplaces are cozy but toxic

Roasting chestnuts on an open fire? Not a good idea

I must admit I love my fireplace and reading a good library book with my dogs by my side on the floor. The ambiance and the evening seem perfect. But I wak...


Fear & loathing in Babyland: Amazon creates its own diaper brand

Suppliers have long feared Amazon would eventually elbow them aside

Everyone knows that book publishers tremble everytime someone mentions Amazon. But what isn't quite as apparent is that manufacturers of everything from ba...


Tesla S noses out Porsche in owner satisfaction survey for second consecutive year

Who would have thought a silent electric sedan would trump a burbling Porsche?

Flying down the road in your Porsche 911 convertible with the engine growling and the wind in your hair is a great image. But of course, most people don't ...


Job cuts plunge in November

Terminations are down sharply from their year-ago level

U.S.-based employers reduced their job cutting by 30% in November, with the announcement of 35,940 eliminations during the penultimate month of 2014 Figur...


Foreclosure activity continues to slacken

CoreLogic's chief economist sees a “large improvement”

Fewer U.S. homes are being foreclosed, but the rate remains well above what it was before the housing market collapsed. According to CoreLogic, a property...


Overhill Farms recalls Open Nature Chile Cheese Enchiladas

The product may be contaminated with Salmonella

Overhill Farms of Vernon, Calif., is recalling frozen Open Nature Chile Cheese Enchiladas. The product may be contaminated with Salmonella. The supplier o...


Felt Bicycles recalls Cyclocross bicycles

The bicycle frame could break

Felt Bicycles of Irvine, Calif., is recalling about 150 Felt Cyclocross bicycles. The bicycle frame could break, causing the rider to lose control, fall a...


Is a new car a realistic holiday gift?

If you really need one, it just might be

Lexus, Infinity and other luxury carmakers usually air TV commercials during December promoting a new car as a Christmas gift. But isn't that a little extr...


Takata fails to meet feds' deadline to launch nationwide airbag recall

The Japanese company's airbags have been blamed in five deaths, 12 million recalls

Takata remains defiant today after ignoring federal safety regulators' midnight deadline for a recall of its airbags that have been linked to at least five...


Conventional mortgage or FHA? Which is cheaper?

New mortgage rules may make low-down-payment conventional loans more affordable

The new mortgage guidelines that took effect this week may make it easier for consumers to qualify for loans – which should help a stagnant housing market....


Malware alert: ignore that order confirmation email!

And especially don't click on any links or download attachments in those emails

With the December holiday-shopping season revving into full gear, the world's thieves, fraudsters and malware writers have been doing the same thing. If yo...


The Sony PlayStation -- all grown up

The PS4 is the latest in the PlayStation's 20-year history

It's legal but it's not 21. PlayStation turns 20 years old today. And of course, there is a special edition -- Anniversary Edition PS4. Back in the day, I ...


Shocking truth: pets and electricity don't mix

It's important to keep cats and dogs away from electrical wires

Puppies and kittens have a tendency to chew everything in sight. They have no boundaries if it looks good enough to sink their teeth into they're willing t...


Job creation tops 200k – again

Small business continued to drive the gains

Job creation in the private sector was strong again during November. ADP National Employment Report, which is produced in collaboration with Moody’s Analy...


Most infants still sleeping with unsafe bedding

Thick blankets, quilts, pillows increase risk of SIDS and suffocation

Despite warnings, people are still using unsafe bedding for infants that can increase the risk of sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS. Over half of babie...


Giving to charity? Here's how to keep from running afoul of the tax rules

Following a few tip from the IRS will help you keep everything in line

With the end of the year within shouting distance, many individuals and businesses are making year-end gifts to charity in order to ease their tax burden. ...


Mortgage applications drop for second straight week

Contract interest rates were mostly lower

Mortgage applications fell a sharp 7.3% during the week ending November 28, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage...


Chrysler recalls vans and Jeep Wranglers

The low tire pressure warning light could malfunction

Chrysler Group is recalling 10,390 model year 2014 Chrysler Town and Country and Dodge Grand Caravan vehicles manufactured March 20, 2014, to April 22, 201...


Acura MDX and RLX vehicles recalled

The driver and front passenger seat belt may not extend or retract in low temperatures

American Honda Motor Company is recalling 43,481 model year 2014-2015 Acura MDX vehicles manufactured April 23, 2013, to August 25, 2014, and 2014 Acura RL...


When should you worry about memory problems?

As soon as you notice them, but most seniors don't seek help

As people get older they often assume that losing a step mentally is just part of the aging process. Having a “senior moment” might be just that, or it mig...


Feds investigate recall of Graco child seats

Was the largest such recall in U.S. history mishandled?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is taking a close look at the handling of Graco Children’s Products’ reporting of a safety defe...


Fewer Americans are lighting up

Smokers are now concentrated in certain demographics

Fans of the AMC series “Mad Men” are reminded in each episode just how much smoking was a part of American life as recently as the 1960s. Smoke free restau...


Contributor by Google: Wave of the future or marketing ploy?

Sign up for an invitation to pay for the chance to see slightly fewer ads online

There's a common saying about social media, and the Internet in general: if you're not paying them anything, you're not their customer; you're what they're...


Are you drinking mold with your coffee?

Mold and bacteria feel right at home in your home coffee brewer

I am a coffee aficionado. Love the stuff and get a headache if I don't have some in the morning. I even took my Keurig Coffee Maker to work with me and put...


Too much stuff? The self-storage industry keeps on growing

First it costs money to buy stuff, then it costs money to store it ....

In the aftermath of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, as you contemplate all the gift-stuff you've bought to give away, the gift-stuff you're likely to receiv...


Strung out over holiday lights?

They can be maddening but with a little planning, all should be merry

It can be very frustrating trying to get that perfect holiday feel in your home, especially when you have lights that won't cooperate. Here a few tips that...


Home prices rise for 32nd consecutive month

CoreLogic says the pre-meltdown home-price is continuing to narrow

Home prices rose for a 32nd straight month during October, with all 50 states showing year-over-year home price appreciation. CoreLogic a provider of prop...


Continental Tire the Americas recalls ProContact GX SSR MOE tires

The tires may have been deformed during the curing process

Continental Tire the Americas is recalling 5,993 ProContact GX SSR MOE tires, size 225/45R18 95H XL, manufactured June 22, 2014, to July 28, 2014. The tir...


General Motors recalls various vehicles with headlamp issues

The lights could intermittently or permanently fail to illuminate

General Motors is recalling about 273,182 Buick LaCrosse sedans and Chevrolet, GMC, Buick, Saab and Isuzu midsize SUVs in the U.S. for possible intermitten...


Cyber Monday just another shopping day

Retailers started online promotions over the weekend

In the distant past – 2007, for instance – Black Friday and Cyber Monday were their own stand-alone holiday shopping events. People lined up in front of d...


Black Friday, Cyber Monday and one more -- Giving Tuesday

After the holiday shopping blow-out, a day about giving back

Giving Tuesday -- it's not a shopping day and you won't get a day off of work, but it is a day worth investigating with your family....


Deep-discount bargain on luxury goods? Probably counterfeit

Up to a quarter of Facebook ads and other online offers are fake, researchers confirm

If you're thinking of buying those designer-name luxury whatevers you see in your Facebook ads, think again — a mid-November study published by two cyberse...


U.S. PIRG releases its 29th annual hazardous toy warnings

Choking hazards are relatively easy to avoid. Toxic hazards? Not so much

For almost three decades now, the U.S. federation of Public Interest Research Groups, or U.S. PIRG, has kicked off the December holiday shopping season by ...


Hackers attack payment vendor for parking garages

If you've used a card for pay-to-park, you might be at risk here

If you worry about hackers stealing the credit or debit-card number you use to buy things from various hackable retailers this holiday season, bear in mind...


Gifts for the dog or cat who has everything

Comfy shelves, camera harnesses and bunny shelters

Gift-giving can seem endless and it is so hard to find that just-right gift for the dog or cat that has everything. But there are a few pretty unique ideas...


Home prices post broad-based slowdown in September

The Southeast is showing most strength as other regions struggle

Home prices were up again in September, but the rate of increase continues to decelerate. According to the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, the 10-Ci...


A pig hogs the aisle, gets thrown off flight

Pigs may be smarter than dogs but not everyone wants to sit next to them

There is nothing worse than being on a flight where some guy is hogging the aisle and blocking you from going to the bathroom. Add a few legs and the scent...


The end of snow days

The Internet disrupts yet another sacred cow of American kid culture

This could be the downfall of the internet if you are a kid living in an area where it snows. I don't even know if I should mention it in case other school...


Toyo recalls tires with separation issues

The tires may experience tread/belt separation

Toyo Tire Holdings of Americas is recalling 175,310 OPEN Country H/T Tuff Duty tires, sizes LT235/85 R16 120Q, LT245/75 R16 120R, LT265/75 R16 123Q, LT265...


Flying Cow Creamery recalls yogurt

The product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes and/or Salmonella

Flying Cow Creamery is recalling one lot of whole milk yogurt due to a faulty time and temperature recording during pasteurization. Pasteurization heats ...


Ford recalls Lincoln MKX, and Ford Edge vehicles

The vehicles may leak fuel

Ford Motor Company is recalling 186,024 model year 2007-2008 Lincoln MKX, and Ford Edge vehicles, manufactured June 15, 2006, to September 22, 2008, and or...


Henry’s Farm recalls soybean sprouts

The sprouts may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Henry’s Farm of Woodford, Va., is recalling all packages of soybean sprouts. The sprouts may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. No illness has ...