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Follow up-recall of 2.12 million cars and SUVs ordered

Feds say previously recalled vehicle remedies are not working as designed

More than 2.12 million Acura, Dodge, Jeep, Honda, Pontiac, and Toyota vehicles are being recalled for a defect that may cause airbags to deploy inadvertent...


Measles outbreak blamed on skipping vaccinations

Health officials dismiss the belief vaccine carries any risk

Measles, a childhood disease most Baby Boomers endured, is back. Cases linked to the Disneyland theme park in California are approaching 100 and have sprea...


FCC changes broadband regulations to require almost 6X faster speeds

Minimum downloading speed raised from 4 to 25 Mbps

The number of Americans with access to “broadband Internet” took a massive plunge on Thursday, after the Federal Communications Commission voted to raise t...


Whose wi-fi is faster? Cablevision sues Verizon over its claims

Verizon trying to undercut Cablevision's Freewheel roll-out, suit charges

Like a couple of Dodge City gun-slingers back in the 1800s, Verizon and Cablevision are dueling over who's the quickest. ...


Work-at-home scam targets college students

This is a bad one even by scam standards

College students beware: the Better Business Bureau and the FBI have both issued warnings about a new work-at-home scam targeting students through their sc...


Crash victim hadn't been notified of airbag recall

The previous owner hadn't had the Takata airbag repaired

The death of a Honda Accord owner highlights a major flaw in the current safety recall system -- namely, the failure of car owners and dealers to have reca...


Landlord evicts "Rent Is Too Damn High" candidate Jimmy McMillan

The unsuccessful mayoral candidate has a habit of suing his landlord (and everyone else)

You may remember Jimmy McMillan, who ran for governor of New York on the Rent Is Too Damn High ticket....


Rate of economic growth slows considerably in 4th quarter

GDP expansion was about half the rate of the previous 3 months

The economy continued to grow in the final 3 months of last year, but not at the rate we saw in the previous quarter. The Commerce Department reports real...


Korean Farm recalls chicken stew products

The products were not presented at the U.S. point of entry for inspection

Korean Farm of Santa Fe Springs, Calif., is recalling approximately 14,610 pounds of chicken stew products produced in the Republic of Korea. The products...


Arcadia Tradings recalls Red Thread Fish

The fish are uneviscerated

Arcadia Trading of Brooklyn, N.Y., is recalling all packages of Red Thread Fish. The fish are uneviscerated, and sale of uneviscerated processed fish is p...


Goodyear recalls Fortera HL tires

The tire tread may crack

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company is recalling 48,512 Fortera HL P255/65R18 109S tires manufactured November 30, 2014, to January 10, 2015. The affected tir...


Holmes oil filled heaters recalled

The oil-filled heaters can spray heated oil

Sunbeam Products of Boca Raton, Fla., is recalling about 34,000 Holmes oil-filled heaters. The oil-filled heaters can spray heated oil, posing a scald haz...


Finding the best value in an online degree

A growing number of non-profit schools are making a degree more affordable

For-profit colleges were the first to really jump on the Internet and start offering courses to students all over the country....


Comcast apologizes for changing customers' name to “A**hole”

Offers refund to customer, and fires the a-hole presumed responsible

A Comcast spokesperson publicly apologized to Spokane, Washington resident Ricardo Brown, after he and his wife Lisa received official Comcast bills addres...


CVS pays $500,000 for letting drugs get too hot

Two New Jersey stores left drugs in stores experiencing air-conditioning failures

We've all seen the prescription labels that specify the drug should be stored at room temperature. Maybe CVS should have read those labels more closely. It...


No jail time for California cop who stole nude photos from arrestees' phones

The other cops involved aren't even facing charges

Here's another reason why you should always put a strong password on your smartphone and any other computer devices: Last autumn, former California Highway...


Revenge porn site banned by feds

Women were forced to pay hundreds of dollars to have their images taken down

The operator of an alleged “revenge porn” website has been banned from sharing nude videos or photographs of people without their consent and will have to ...


Keeping your dog safe -- it's not that hard

A microchip, some basic training and a little common sense is all it takes

Most people who have dogs would say that they are invested in keeping those dogs safe. Whether because the dog was an expensive purchase from a breeder, or...


Jobless claims drop to lowest level in nearly 15 years

The decline breaks 3 straight weeks above 300k

Initial applications for state jobless benefits plunged last week. Figures released by the Labor Department (DOL) show first-time claims were down 43,000 ...


A December dip in pending home sales

Lower interest rates didn't seem to make a difference

After showing some improvement in November, pending home sales lost ground last month despite interest rates being at their lowest level of the year. The ...


Washington Beef recalls boneless beef trim product

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

Washington Beef of Toppenish, Wash., is recalling 1,620 pounds of boneless beef trim product. The product may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 There...


General Motors recalls Corvettes

The vehicle can suffer a reduction in stability and steering control

General Motors is recalling 43 model year 2015 Chevrolet Corvettes manufactured September 26, 2014, to October 2, 2014. The toe link outer ball joint on ...


Toyota recalls Avalons

The subwoofer could overheat, increasing the risk of a fire

Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A., is recalling approximately 52,000 model year 2011-2012 Avalon sedans. Cargo could contact one of the audio system subwoofer wir...


Gasoline prices likely bottomed this week

Refinery maintenance will raise prices over the next couple of months

For weeks now, motorists have enjoyed falling gasoline prices at the pump. In various industry surveys the national average price of self-serve regular is ...


FTC fines TracFone $40 million for data throttling on "unlimited" plans

If you are or were a TracFone customer, you might qualify for a refund

The Federal Trade Commission fined TracFone $40 million today for selling customers “unlimited” data service, then throttling data speeds when the customer...


Call-blocking by consumers OK in FTC's view

Consumers being flooded with unwanted telemarketing calls, many from overseas

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has just reminded everyone that it's illegal to block lawful radio communications -- like wi-fi and cellphone c...


FCC warns hotels against blocking guests' wi-fi

It's illegal to jam legal radio transmissions of any kind, FCC vows tough enforcement

It seemed like a good idea at the time. Hotels, miffed by guests who used their own wi-fi hotspots instead of paying $12 or more to use the hotels' in-hous...


What to do when your dog gets the flu

It's about the same as you'd do for a human

You aren't the only one who can get the flu. Your dog can get it too. It's known in veterinary circles as canine influenza, a respiratory infection caused ...


An app to let you know if your college student is in class

Educators agree class attendance is essential to success

Two million students will enter college this year. In 6 years 46% still won't have a degree....


Whole Foods, Wegmans "store-baked" claims are stale, suit charges

Class action argues stores' claims don't rise to the challenge

You wonder why the courts are clogged? Sure, there's a lot of crime and lots of business disputes that need to be adjudicated. Then there's a whole bread b...


Mortgage applications reverse course

Contract interest rates were higher

After rising last week to their highest levels in more 6 months, mortgage applications headed lower last week. The weekly mortgage applications survey con...


Consumer confidence hits highest point in 7+ years

Both the long-and-short-term outlooks have improved

Consumers seem to be felling their oats. The Conference Board reports its Consumer Confidence Index, which had inched higher in December, rose sharply thi...


Nissan recalls Rogues

The vehicles may experience an electrical short in the harness connector

Nissan North America is recalling 468,815 model year 2008-2013 Nissan Rogue vehicles manufactured March 7, 2007, to November 26, 2013, and 2014 Nissan Rogu...


Snoqualmie Gourmet Ice Cream recalls dairy products

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, 20...


Probar Base Frosted Peanut Butter Bars recalled

The product main contain milk, an allergen not listed on the label

Probar of Salt Lake City, Utah, is recalling its Probar Base Frosted Peanut Butter. The product main contain milk, an allergen not listed on the label. T...


Law enforcement tracks all Americans, but doesn't want Americans tracking them

The DEA expands its national surveillance while cops ask Google to disable cop-locator app

If you're an American citizen (or resident) looking for a single sentence to summarize your relationship with the government, here's one possibility: “The ...


Real estate market getting a lift from 55+ housing

Baby Boomers dropping out once again

While the overall housing market has muddled along over the last 12 months, one segment has been booming – housing developments for people age 55 and over,...


Carfax counts 46 million vehicles with unrepaired recalls

It's a huge increase over last year's estimate

A year ago Carfax, a company selling automotive data to consumers, reported there were more than 3 million cars on the road in 2013 with an open – or unrep...


A blizzard is no place for a dog or cat

Pets should be brought inside and kept there, except for very short breaks

As one of the worst winter storms in years wallops the East Coast, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) is issuing a pet s...


FTC urges caution as Internet of Things expands

Interconnected devices are fine but the humans need watching

The Internet of Things -- interconnected devices like appliances and security alarms -- are fine but it's important to protect them against errant humans, ...


Airlines flying high on low oil prices as passenger groups grumble

Lower costs should be reflected in lower fares, advocates argue

Airlines are quick to raise fares and slap on fuel surcharges when fuel costs are high. But they're not so quick to lower fares or eliminate those surcharg...


A continuing slowdown in home price gains

Analysts are not optimistic about 2015

Home prices across the country continued to rise on a year-over-year basis in November although at a slower rate, while month-over-month, there was a decli...


New home sales surge in December

Sales also posted a gain for all of 2014

Sales of new single-family homes were higher both in December and for the year as a whole. Figures released jointly by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Depa...


Romeos and Juliets will be shelling out more for Valentine’s Day gifts this year

Jewelry and candy are expected to be among the top gifts

Spending on Valentine’s Day gifts is expected to rise this year. According to the National Retail Federation’s ( NRF)Valentine’s Day Consumer Spending Sur...


Oscar’s Hickory House recalls sausage products

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

Oscar’s Hickory House of Warrensburg, N.Y., is recalling approximately 376 pounds of sausage products. The products contain soy, milk, wheat, and sulfites...


Volkswagen recalls Touaregs and Audis

The fuel injection system may leak

Volkswagen Group of America is recalling 26,008 model year 2011-2012 Audi S4, S5, Q7, 2012 Audi A6, Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid, and 2012-2013 Audi A7 vehicl...


Green coffee bean promoter to pay $9 million

Dr. Oz ' endorsement carries little weight with the feds

Dr. Oz may think it's great but the Federal Trade Commission says the green coffee bean extract he promoted doesn't live up to its hype. Promoter Lindsey D...


Auto insurers gouge lower-income safe drivers, study finds

High premiums contribute to high rate of uninsured drivers, restrict economic opportunity

Lower-income consumers are being unfairly gouged for car insurance, a study by the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) finds, contributing to the high rat...


Google, Cablevision ready to wade into wireless wars

You thought Uber was disruptive? Wait til you see this

What was once called the cellphone business is about to face the kind of disruption that has left everything from newspapers to taxis wondering where their...


Adobe releases second security patch for last week's zero-day exploit

Patch applies to automatic updates only; manual updaters must wait until later this week

Last week Adobe released a update intended to patch a zero-day vulnerability which the security blog Malware Don't Need Coffee had initially discovered in ...


IRS warns taxpayers to watch out for IRS scammers

Whether you owe taxes or expect a refund, there's a scammer trying to trick you over it

With tax-filing season in high gear, the IRS has issued its annual warnings against thieving scammers who pretend to be IRS agents so they can prey on taxp...


It's getting expensive to have a dog that's considered dangerous

In fact, the liability attached to a "dangerous" breed may be more than most consumers can afford

If you have a dog that’s deemed dangerous in Florida, you'd better start cutting back on dog treats or maybe get a smaller house and a cheaper car, because...


1 in 5 Americans admit to financial infidelity

What the spouse doesn't know can hurt them

What they don't know won't hurt them. Is that an OK motto for a relationship? About 20% of Americans seem to think it works for them. About 1 in 5 say they...


J.J. Fuds recalls Chicken Tender Chunks pet food

The product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

J.J. Fuds of Valparaiso, Ind., is recalling a select lot and product of J.J. Fuds Chicken Tender Chunks pet food. The product may be contaminated with Lis...


Primecut Meats recalls chicken breast fritters products

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

Primecut Meats of Phoenix, Ariz., is recalling approximately 17,700 pounds of chicken breast fritters products. The products contain eggs, an allergen no...


Aspen Foods recalls chicken steak products

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

The Aspen Foods division of Koch Foods of Chicago, Ill., is recalling approximately 1,140 pounds of chicken steak products. The products contain wheat and...


Freeland Foods recalls Spicy Seed

The product may be contaminated with Salmonella

Freeland Foods of San Jose, Calif., is recalling Go Raw Organic Spicy Seed Mix. The product may be contaminated with Salmonella. No illnesses have been r...


Feds report growing oil supply

Last week's surge was the largest in 14 years

Forget about oil prices going back up anytime in the near future. The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reports U.S. petroleum stockpiles surged...


Zero-day exploit leaves Adobe Flash vulnerable to hackers

Yesterday's security update didn't work. Flaw won't be fixed until at least Jan. 26

Yesterday, Adobe released a new security update initially intended to patch a zero-day security flaw in Flash – but mere hours after releasing the patch, A...


Safety regulators add automatic braking to star-rating system

It's intended to reduce the number and severity of rear-end collisions

Federal safety regulators have been looking at beefing up the five-star safety rating system that helps consumers identify cars that perform well in crash ...


Deck it out -- small improvements can make a big difference in your home's value

Renters are once again looking to buy; is your home ready?

Americans know that a home is a person’s castle. Single-family housing starts in December reached their highest monthly activity in nearly 7 years. Still, ...


Texas debt collector sued by feds

The agency allegedly illegally threatened consumers

A Texas debt collector faces charges that it used illegal tactics by threatening consumers with false claims of lawsuits and garnishment....


A strong finish for sales of existing homes

Nonetheless, 2014 was not a strong year

Sales of previously-owned homes rebound last month from their November slump. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) reports existing-home sales -- co...


Nissan recalls Pathfinders, Rogues and Infiniti QX60s

The front wheel hub assembly fasteners may not have been properly torqued

Nissan North America is recalling 893 model year 2014-2015 Nissan Pathfinder and Infiniti QX60 vehicles manufactured August 14, 2014, to November 5, 2014, ...


6 weight-loss programs that can help you keep your New Year's resolution

Some can help you establish good long-term habits; others provide a quick fix

There's no shortage of advice on how to lose weight. You could take up triathlons, switch to a raw or paleo diet or begin counting calories and keep track...


Two foods that may improve blood pressure readings

Blueberries and beet juice both appear to have medicinal effects

Doctors aren't completely sure what can lower your blood pressure but they know of a lot of thing that can raise it – being overweight, consuming too much ...


Microsoft offers glimpses of upcoming Windows 10

Free upgrade from Windows 7 and 8.1 — but only in the first year

Yesterday Microsoft unveiled a first look at some products it has coming down the pike, including the new Windows 10 operating system slated to launch some...


Wells Fargo, JPMorgan Chase fined $24 million for mortgage kickbacks

The banks will also pay $11 million in redress to customers

Wells Fargo and JPMorgan Chase are facing $24 million in fines and more than $11 million in redress payments to customers for their part in a mortgage kick...


Service dogs may get their own Siri

Wearable tech could take on a whole new meaning

Wearable tech might be on the way out as fast it came in but for one segment of the population it might be something worth fetching. Fetching in the sense ...


Hackers hijack Starwood Preferred Guest loyalty programs

Another example why you should always use a different password for every important account

Pretty much any collection of online security tips will remind you not to use the same password across multiple accounts, and this week's news that scammer...


House prices up in November

Values remain below the 2007 housing boom peak

The price of homes across the U.S. rose during November. Tthe Federal Housing Finance Agency's (FHFA) monthly House Price Index (HPI) shows prices were up...


A retreat for first-time jobless claims

Still, the level remains above 300k

Initial jobless claims fell last week after a surprise increase the previous week. The Labor Department (DOL) reports applications for state unemployment ...


Holiday Foods recalls beef, chicken and pork products

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

Holiday Foods of Hollywood, Fla., is recalling approximately 1,819 pounds of beef, chicken and pork products. The products may contain peanuts, an, which ...


House of Bricks Realty recalls pork product

The product was not presented at the U.S. point of entry for inspection

House of Bricks Realty of Wilkes-Barre, Pa., is recalling approximately 130 pounds of French pork rillette. The product was not presented at the U.S. poin...


La-Z-Boy recalls Silver Luxury Lift Chair control wands

The wand that controls the chair’s movements can overheat

La-Z-Boy of Monroe, Mich., is recalling about 4,000 La-Z-Boy control wands sold with Silver Luxury Lift Chairs The wand that controls the chair’s movement...


How to deal with a hostile boss

Believe it or not, researchers say you should be hostile right back

When the boss gets on your case your life can be miserable. But when a demanding attitude crosses the line to hostility, it can be even worse....


Court finds Dish Network violated telemarketing rules "tens of millions" of times

More charges going to trial later this year; penalties not yet levied

Dish Network has been taking lots of heat lately for its licensing battles with CNN and Fox News but what has left consumers steaming for years are annoyin...


Facebook cracking down on hoaxes

Changing its algorithms, and making it easy for users to report fake news

Here's possible good news for Facebook users annoyed by the large number of hoax articles and fake copyright notices cluttering more desirable content out...


Third Xbox hacker pleads guilty

Hackers conspired to steal $100 million worth of software, feds charged

A 20-year-old Baltimore man is the third member of an alleged hacking ring to plead guilty in what prosecutors say was an attempt to steal more than $100 m...


Amazon diaper falls down, goes boom

The "Elements" line of diapers is being disposed of, at least for now

It was with great fanfare that Amazon began selling its own brand of diapers last month. But now the Elements line of diapers is being disposed of as uncer...


Mortgage applications post a solid gain

Refinancings lead the way

Applications for mortgages hit their highest levels in more than 6 months last week, thanks to a big jump in refinancings. Data from the Mortgage Bankers ...


A rebound for new home construction

Home builders look for a more robust 2015

New home construction bounced back in December from the decline it posted the previous month. In a joint announcement, the Census Bureau and Department of...


Purr Complete Feline Poultry Meal recalled

The product may be contaminated with Salmonella

Oma’s Pride of Avon, Conn., is recalling Purr-Complete Feline Poultry Meal. The product may be contaminated with Salmonella. There have been no illnesses...


Queseria Bendita recalls fresh cheeses and sour cream

The products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Queseria Bendita of Yakima, Wash., is recalling all lots of Panela, Queso Fresco, Requeson, Cotija fresh soft cheese products and sour cream to include tho...


Southeast Toyota Distributors recalls Rav4s

Faulty software could turn off the electrical current and trailer lights

Southeast Toyota Distributors (SET) is recalling 1,140 model year 2013-2015 Toyota Rav4 vehicles manufactured June 1, 2013, to December 29, 2014, and equip...


Rader Farms Fresh Start smoothie and fusion products recalled

The products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Inventure Foods of Phoenix, Ariz., is recalling its Rader Farms Fresh Start Smoothie Blend, Fresh Start Sunrise Refresh Fusion and Fresh Start Daily Power ...


More renters leaning toward buying homes

Various signs point to renewed interest among first-time buyers

While 2014 was a pretty dull year for real estate, 2015 may see more action – particularly from consumers who have been content, until now, to rent....


Portable artificial heart allows more normal life while awaiting transplant

You really can wear your heart on your sleeve

Heart transplant operations have given people with severe heart disease a new lease on life. Pioneered in the 1960s, these operations have now become almos...


Utility bill scammers cheat small business out of $1,000

Hang up on any caller who threatens to cut off your electricity – even if the caller claims to be from the electric company

Thieves have used the “utility bill scam” to try cheating honest people out of their money for about as long as utility companies have existed. But a local...


Survey finds parents worried about bullying at school

Parents also concerned about nutrition, physical activity

Schoolyard bullies used to be regarded as a fact of life. Now they're the top worry parents have about their children's experiences at school, a new survey...


January is the month for fantasy planting

It's a good time to order the seeds you'll need in a few months

This is it, this is the month that all the seed catalogs come out and try to warm your heart by letting you know that spring is right around the corner. Of...


Helicopter parents may make good pet parents

A study finds that needy, neurotic people are kind to their pets

You know what helicopter parenting is -- it's when parents hovers ove their children. It hasn't had the most favorable reviews. Parenting critics have clai...


Builder confidence shows little change in January

Optimism is highest in the West

Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes remains fairly steady in January. The latest National Association of Home Builders (N...


Sentry Food Solutions recalls chicken and beef products

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

Sentry Food Solutions of Tucker, Ga., is recalling approximately 14,130 pounds of chicken and beef products. The products may contain peanuts, known aller...


La Guadalupana Wholesale recalls chicken products

The products were not subjected to federal health regulations

La Guadalupana Wholesale of Chicago, Ill., is recalling approximately 8,856 pounds of chicken tamales. The products were not produced under a fully implem...


Food Club recalls pork products

The products were not presented at the U.S. point of entry for inspection

Food Club, the importer of record, of Key Biscayne, Fla., is recalling approximately 3,233 pounds of pork products. The products were produced in Spain an...


Kalle USA recalls pork products

The products were not presented at the U.S. point of entry for inspection

Kalle USA of Chicago, Ill., is recalling approximately 168,473 pounds of pork products. The products were not presented at the U.S. point of entry for in...


Kabob’s Acquisition recalls beef and chicken products

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

Kabob’s Acquisition of Lake City, Ga., is recalling approximately 869 pounds of beef and chicken products. The products may contain peanuts, known allerg...


Buffalo Provisions recalls chorizo products

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

Buffalo Provisions of Bronx, N.Y., is recalling approximately 48,210 pounds of chorizo product. The products may contain peanuts, an allergen which is no...


5 weight-loss strategies to avoid in 2015

It's not enough to know what works, knowing what doesn't is also helpful

If you've resolved to lose weight this year, congratulations. It's a healthy goal. But how you go about it will have a lot to do with whether you succeed....


Feds probe fires in Jeeps, new ones this time

FCA (Chrysler) CEO suggests the U.S. auto industry is plagued by recall "overkill"

Where there's smoke, there may be a Jeep. The popular SUVs seem to have more than their share of incidents involving fires, including one that caught the e...


Inflation report doesn't tell whole story for most consumers

Gasoline prices may be lower but food costs aren't

Friday's report by the U.S. Labor Department showing a sharp drop in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) is, at first glance, good news for consumers....


Dietary supplement maker ordered to halt sales

The California firm failed to comply with FDA manufacturing practice regulations

A federal court has ordered Health One Pharmaceuticals of City of Industry, Calif., and Richard S. Yeh, its president and owner, to stop selling its produc...


Number of students qualifying for reduced-price lunches exceeds 50%

The figure has been climbing steadily over the last decade

In 2014, U.S. businesses added more jobs than in any year since the '90s. We are seeing gas at less than $2.00 a gallon in some places. No doubt when Presi...


Heywood’s Meat Haus & Provision Co. recalls pork products

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

Heywood’s Meat Haus & Provision Co., of Marietta, Ga., is recalling approximately 931 pounds of tasso (pork shoulder) products. The products may contain ...


Fox returns to Dish after three-week hiatus. Was it fair? You decide.

The fight may have looked political but relax, it was just about money

Dish Network may have saved a few dollars in its contract tussle with Fox but it has rebranded itself as Satan in the minds of many loyal Fox fans....


How the oil price plunge is like the housing crisis

But consumers were big losers in one, big winners in the other

For a couple of months now we consumers have watched with wide smiles on our faces as the price of gasoline has fallen....


The 2015 tax season is off and running

Free File is now open with E-file cranking up next week

Are you ready to file your 2014 federal income tax return? Probably not. But if you are, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is ready for you. The tax agen...


"Rachel from Cardholder Services" pays up

Checks are in the mail to consumers who fell prey to the scheme

The Federal Trade Commission is mailing 16,590 refund checks totaling more than $700,000 this week to consumers who lost money to a “Rachel from Cardholder...


Southwest fined $1.6 million for tarmac delay rule violation

It's the largest civil penalty assessed for violating tarmac delay rules

Southwest Airlines is being fined $1.6 million for violating violated federal rules involving long tarmac delays last January. It's the largest civil penal...


Consumer inflation goes AWOL in December

Falling energy prices -- chiefly gasoline -- are a major factor

A sharp drop in the cost of gasoline helped push the Consumer Price Index (CPI) lower in December. According to figures released by the Labor Department (...


Completed foreclosures down again in November

Only Washington, D.C., saw a rising foreclosure rate

The number of U.S. foreclosures continued to dwindle in November. According to CoreLogic, a provider of property information, analytics and data-enabled s...


Toyota recalls Prius V vehicles

The airbag may fail to deploy

Toyota Motor Sales is recalling approximately 5,000 model year 2014-2015 Prius V vehicles. The front passenger seat is equipped with an Occupant Classific...


Survey suggests used car leases could make a comeback

Leasing could make driving a late model used car more affordable

One thing driving new car sales in the last couple of years has been the rise of leasing. Once most common on luxury cars, consumers increasingly are choos...


Google halts sales of Google Glass ... for now

Glass 2.0 will be developed outside the limelight

Google is halting sales of its controversial Google Glass, saying it wants to develop the next version outside the harsh glare of publicity. The first vers...


The “Grandma” or “Imposter” scams: ignore those emailed cries for help!

Never give money to a friend or relative in need — unless you verify their identity first

If you have an email account, it's pretty much guaranteed that sooner or later you'll receive a vaguely addressed and poorly written message, supposedly fr...


When should you itemize deductions?

Sometimes the answer is obvious, sometimes it isn't

Using the “short form” is the quickest and easiest way to file your tax returns and millions of taxpayers use it. But with that form you can't itemize dedu...


Parking company representatives confirm: hackers stole customer information

No word yet on how long the breaches lasted

This week, two different parking companies confirmed what had previously been suspected since last month: representatives for Park 'N Fly and OneStopParkin...


Have movie theaters gotten too expensive?

Survey finds more than half of consumers find movie tickets too expensive

Eight bucks may not sound like a lot of money but multiply it times two or three and add another $4 or so per person and you have a fairly expensive night ...


Marriott abandons plan to block guests' wi-fi

Says it will look for "appropriate market solutions"

Marriott has given up -- for now, anyway -- its plan to block guests' personal wi-fi hotspots but in a brief statement says it will "continue to look to th...


Target bids adieu to Canada after losing $2 billion

The retailer's move will leave 17,600 without jobs

Things just haven't been working out lately for Target. Besides the well-publicized hacking of private data on more than 70 million customers, the chain ha...


CFPB proposes a "Safe Student Account Scorecard"

Colleges too often pave the way for scammy credit offers

Colleges seem trustworthy. After all, we entrust them with our children's education. But, as in most of life, all is not always as it seems. Too often coll...


Weekly jobless claims move sharply higher

Applications shoot above the 300k mark

First-time applications for state unemployment benefits are at their highest level since last June. Figures released by the Labor Department (DOL) show fi...


Agri Star Meat & Poultry recalls beef products

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

Agri Star Meat & Poultry of Postville, Iowa, is recalling approximately 1,690 pounds of beef products. The products may contain peanuts, an allergen not d...


J & G Foods recalls ground beef products

The products may be contaminated with plastic materials

J & G Foods of Sutton, Mass., is recalling approximately 33,948 pounds of ground beef products. The products may be contaminated with plastic materials....


NPD Furniture recalls dining chairs

The chair legs can break, posing a fall hazard

New Pacific Direct (NPD) of Newark, Calif., is recalling 250 Abby dining chairs The chair legs can break unexpectedly, posing a fall hazard. The company ...


Despite falling oil prices automakers doubling down on fuel economy

Auto show displays new developments in hybrids and electrics

The oil bubble may have popped, resulting in less burdensome prices at the pump, but carmakers aren't backing away from fuel efficiency. Despite an uptick...


Wireless keyboards can be very easy to hack

Another day, another way hackers can spy on your life

Here are two rules you must always keep in mind regarding your own personal computer or information-based security: One, anything with an Internet connecti...


Fear of falling is a big part of growing older

But a simple game of catch might be part of the answer

When you are a child you might hit the ground several times a day and bounce right back up. When you are past 65, it's a different story....


Microsoft and Google feud over latest security update

What happens when Patch Tuesday and Project Zero butt heads?

Standard modern living checklist: make sure you drink clean water every day; make sure you have enough to eat; make sure you've updated your Adobe Flash an...


Propane exchange tank suppliers ordered to halt efforts to restrain competition

Blue Rhino and AmeriGas are accused of ganging up on Walmart

Knock it off! That's the word from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to Blue Rhino and AmeriGas Cylinder Exchange. The two leading suppliers of propane ...


NY assemblywoman doesn't want you to declaw your cat

The state would be the first to ban the procedure if the bill passes

Should you declaw your cat? New York Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal says no, unless there is a compelling medical reason. She is so adamant about it she has...


California chefs have something to quack about

Foie gras returns to the menu in California after court squabble

If duck or goose liver is your thing you can rejoice -- it's now back on the menu in California. Foie gras is back after a statewide ban on the fatty liver...


December disappoints as retail sales fall

Retail sales posted a decline last month, bringing gloom to retailers

It apparently wasn't a very Merry Christmas for retailers after all. Figures released by the Census Bureau show retail sales fell 0.9% or $442.9 billion l...


Fewer airline flight cancellations in November

Getting there on time, though, was tricky

Things got a little better in terms of airline flight cancellations during November. The Air Travel Consumer Report released by the Transportation depart...


Mortgage Applications on the rise

Last week's gain was the largest since November 2008

The first full week of 2015 saw a surge in applications for mortgages. According to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications ...


Ford recalls Lincoln MKCs

The engine may shut off inadvertently

Ford Motor Company is recalling 11,144 model year 2015 Lincoln MKC vehicles manufactured August 20, 2013, to September 9, 2014. The Push-to Start/Stop (P...


IKEA recalls crib mattresses

The mattresses could pose an entrapment hazard

IKEA North America Services of Conshohocken, Pa., is recalling about 169,000 VYSSA crib mattress. The crib mattresses could create a gap between the mattr...


Our year in a Chevrolet Volt

The car is great but the tax incentives don't always add up

Our one-year test of the electrically powered Chevrolet Volt ended a few weeks ago but it's been so enjoyable -- and economical -- we're likely to keep the...


The flap about doggie doors

Safety and energy are two big considerations

Not everybody wants to take their pup for a walk in below freezing weather, but your dog still needs to go out. One option that might make it easier on you...


Families aren't what they used to be, study finds

They now come in many more shapes and sizes

The 60's were wonderful. Everybody had an Afro, even the girls. Black lights would make a white tee shirt glow and everything was psychedelic. Go-go boots ...


US Foods recalls beef product

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

US Foods of Blasdell, N.Y., is recalling approximately 700 pounds of beef product. The product contains peanuts, an allergen are not declared on the prod...


Ford Escape and Lincoln MKC vehicles recalled

The fuel pump may fail

Ford Motor Company is recalling 9,038 model year 2014 Ford Escape vehicles manufactured April 15, 2014, to May 8, 2014, and 2015 Lincoln MKC vehicles manuf...


'Free' community college could be a game-changer

It could cut deeply into rising student loan debt while posing issues for other colleges

President Obama has proposed taking state and local initiatives providing free community college for 2 years and making them a national program. The propo...


News of Chevrolet's Bolt overshadows its recharged Volt

Hyundai merges into the plug-in lane with a new version of the Hyundai Sonata

So far, electric cars have been something of a novelty item or, if you prefer, a niche product for geeks and greenies. Those with loads of cash are drawn t...


Going green in the latrine

Plants will brighten up your bathroom

Besides your bedroom there is one other room in your house where you spend a great deal of time. Yes, your bathroom. It gets a great deal of traffic b...


President Obama calls for laws governing data theft and student privacy protection

Possibly foreshadowing his State of the Union address next week

In a speech before the Federal Trade Commission on Monday, President Obama called for new federal legislation intended to protect private customer data in ...


"Smart home" devices took center stage at Consumer Electronics Show

Even if you never leave home, you'll soon need a smartphone to keep tabs on your appliances

Even if you never call anybody, you may still need a smartphone to keep things running smoothly at home. That at least is the impression left by last week'...


Santa Barbara Smokehouse recalls cold smoked salmon

The products may be contaminated with Listeria Monocytogenes

The Santa Barbara Smokehouse of Santa Barbara, Calif., is recalling the following brands and batches of cold smoked salmon produced and packed between Dece...


Unibright Foods recalls beef and pork products

The products may be contaminated with extraneous metal materials

Unibright Foods of Bell Gardens, Calif., is recalling approximately 48,139 pounds of frozen, ready-to-eat sukiyaki beef and gingered pork products. The pr...


Shirk’s Meats recalls pork sausage products

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

Shirk’s Meats of Dundee, N.Y., is recalling approximately 1,062 pounds of pork sausage product. The product contains peanuts, an allergen not listed on th...


Headlight problems leave drivers in the dark

Headlights used to be pretty simple but like everything else, they've become more complex

Cars have gotten really complicated, what with all the new safety features, energy-saving processes and entertainment geegaws. But amidst all this complexi...


Study says 20% of hysterectomies may not be necessary

Most are done for benign conditions

A hysterectomy is a surgical operation to remove a woman's uterus. It's fairly common, with more than 600,000 of the operations completed in 2003, though t...


Regret yielding to that high-pressure sales pitch? The FTC's “Cooling-Off Rule” might help

Better yet: Just say no to pushy door-to-door salesmen

The New Year will bring about some changes to the Federal Trade Commission's “Cooling-off Rule” — though the average consumer who buys things from door-to-...


Don't let your GPS override your own good sense

Drivers who obey bad directions cause anything from fender-benders to trainwrecks

When you're driving through unfamiliar territory, GPS can be a wonderfully useful tool to help you find your way. But any tool can be misused if you're not...


A quarter-million new jobs in December

The unemployment rate is now 5.6%

The U.S. economy appears to have turned into a job machine. Figures released by the Labor Department (DOL) created 250,000 payroll positions last month as...


Cell phones make a comeback in NYC schools

Mayor de Blasio overturns his predecessor's citywide ban

New York City's Department of Education is lifting its ban on cell phones. Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg instituted the ban originally. Many parents were...


Daniel Weaver Company recalls beef products

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

The Daniel Weaver Company of Lebanon, Pa., is recalling approximately 7,092 pounds of Halal Beef products. The product contains peanuts, an allergen not...


Why now might be a good time to buy a home

Your fellow consumers' concerns might be your opportunity

Let's start by conceding that buying a house these days is a lot different than it used to be. Before the housing crash, you could be pretty confident that...


Feds fine Honda $70 million for failing to report safety defects

New safety chief warns of stricter oversight, more recalls, tougher fines this year

It may be a coincidence but it was just yesterday that the new chief of NHTSA -- the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration -- told automakers to s...


Want plastic surgery? Do your homework first

Botched-surgery horror stories are commonplace these days. Don't add yourself to the list

Any magazine or website discussing celebrity gossip is pretty much guaranteed to publish regular stories (often illustrated by wince-inducing photographs) ...


When binge drinking turns deadly

Alcohol poisoning kills 6 people a day in the U.S.

“Everything in moderation,” the old saying goes. It particularly applies to alcohol consumption....


Spas and limos for kids -- overindulgence?

Kids like being pampered, but it is really appropriate?

Ah, the life of a kid these days. It can be hard work with soccer practice, gymnastics and homework. A kid really needs a little "me time". So the spa indu...


Cold snap strains public electricty providers

During times of increased demand, these energy-saving hints are extra-helpful

For the past couple of days, most of the continental United States has been shivering as masses of cold Arctic air “surge” as far south as Florida, resulti...


Gallup: Flu wallops Americans

The infection rate in December was the highest since Gallup began its flu surveys

A ferocious virus is storming through North America, felling U.S. citizens at a rate higher than ever measure by the Gallup research organization....


December job cuts plunge 9% from November's level

Job cutting in 2014 was the lowest since 1997

Another good sign that the economy is back on track comes in news from outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas that job cuts declined for a s...


Nijiya Market recalls boneless beef products

The imported products were not presented at the U.S. point of entry for inspection

Nijiya Market of Torrance, Calif., is recalling approximately 359 pounds of frozen boneless beef products produced in Japan. The products were not present...


Eillien's Candies recalls various brands of Walnut Pieces

The products may be contaminated with Salmonella

Eillien's Candies is recalling various sizes and brands of Walnut Pieces. The products may be contaminated with Salmonella. The company says it has not r...


Health-wise, fast food shows little change

But researchers find room for optimism

A U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) sponsored analysis of fast food over a 17-year period has some good news and some not-so-good news for consumers tr...


Sony updates the Walkman for a new century

Rather than portability, the new device emphasizes sound reproduction

“The '80s called, they want their Walkman back,” is no joke. Sony has indeed reintroduced that decade's most ubiquitous portable music player....


Beware the burglary scams popping up all over the country

Don't open your door to “service workers” you weren't expecting

With all the warnings you see lately about various forms of computer-based fraud and theft – hackers using malware to do anything from stealing credit card...


ADP: Job creation surges in December

Small business was the biggest contributor

Nearly a-quarter million people found work last month. According to the ADP National Employment Report, the economy created 241,000 private sector jobs du...


Mortgage applications post sharp 2-week decline

The latest calculations include adjustments for the holiday season

Mortgage applications plunged 9.1% from two weeks earlier in the week ending January 2. The most recent week’s results from the Mortgage Bankers Associati...


Full Tilt Ice Cream recalls various All Dairy Based Ice Cream products

The products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Full Tilt Ice Cream of Seattle, Wash., is recalling all Dairy Based Ice Cream flavors (except the non-dairy frozen desserts), sold under the Full Tilt bran...


Kroger brand caramel apples recalled

The products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Happy Apples is expanding its earlier recall of caramel apples to include Kroger Brand caramel apples with a best use by date of September 15 – November 1...


Petco removes dog and cat treats from China -- first major chain to do so

The treats are suspected of being linked to pet illnesses and deaths

Petco, responding to a rash of unexplained illnesses in dogs and cats, says it has removed all China-made dog and cat treats from shelves at more than 1,30...


Whirlpool offers socially networked kitchen

The Interactive Kitchen of the Future 2.0 is on display in Las Vegas this week

In 1959 Vice President Richard Nixon and Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev debated the merits of the capitalist and communist systems while visiting an exhi...


Now may be the time to buy a fuel-efficient car

Gas prices are low but don't bet on them staying that way forever

It seems to be an economic rule of the automotive market. When fuel prices are high, cars that get good gasoline mileage command a premium price....


The year-over-year increase in home prices continues

All states saw prices head higher

Home prices nationwide, including distressed sales (short sales and real estate owned transactions), rose 5.5% in November 2014 from the same time a year a...


Dish launches Sling TV -- streaming video for cord cutters and "cord nevers"

The satellite network also unveiled a "Ultra HD" set-top box

Cable and satellite networks are feeling the heat from streaming video services that make it easier for "cord cutters" and "cord nevers," a younger generat...


Your success in life could be predicted by age 3

"Sensitive caregiving" during childhood seen as crucial in later life

How your parents respond to you up to age 3 can be a predictor of your success in life....


Jump Your Bones Roo Bites (Cubes) pet treats recalled

The product may be contaminated with Salmonella

Jump Your Bones of Boca Raton, Fla., is recalling Jump Your Bones brand Roo Bites (Cubes). The product may be contaminated with Salmonella. No pet or c...


AMD Imports recalls lamb products

The products were not presented at the U.S. point of entry for inspection

AMD Imports of Houston, Texas, is recalling approximately 35, 275 pounds of Australian lamb products. The products were not presented at the U.S. point of...


RAW motorcycle helmets recalled

Some helmets failed to conform to federal impact attenuation requirements

Shark is recalling 2,538 medium and extra large RAW motorcycle helmets manufactured August 22, 2013, to June 29, 2014. During testing, some of the affect...


Pink’s Ice Cream recalls most flavors of ice cream

The products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Pink’s Ice Cream of Seattle, Wash., is recalling all ice cream flavors produced in 2014 with the exception of Coconut Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert. The produc...


Fisher brand Chopped Walnuts and Pecan Cookie Pieces recalled

The products may be contaminated with Salmonella

John B. Sanfilippo & Son is recalling Fisher 8-oz. Chopped Walnuts and Fisher 8-oz. Pecan Cookie Pieces packaged in plastic bags. The products may be cont...


Selling your car on consignment

There are alternatives to taking the dealer's offer or selling it yourself

New car dealers are always eager to take your old car in a trade-in, figuring you will accept less money for it in exchange for avoiding the hassle of sell...


Over 50? Get that shingles shot

Don't wait -- it's better to get the vaccine early

Marie, 75, has been suffering from shingles for almost 2 months now and she came into the pharmacy in excruciating pain. She needed medications to manage h...


Stop posting those “copyright statements” on Facebook!

An old hoax gets revived for the New Year

If you've checked your Facebook account in the past couple of days then you've probably noticed a sudden sharp uptick in the number of official-sounding “c...


Netflix will start recommending the smartest smart TVs

Better performance means more time watching Netflix

If you have a "smart TV" -- one with built-in Internet video streaming -- you may have come to the conclusion that it's not as "smart" as it might be. Netf...


Census Bureau may drop some questions about marriage

The nose-counters are trying to make the survey form shorter

Planning a big wedding? Your guests might like to know when and where, but the Census Bureau may not think twice about it any longer. It has announced a pl...


Study: Kids' sports physicals need work

Better screening could save lives now lost to undetected cardiac abnormalities

Cardiac abnormalities among children are rare but sudden cardiac death remains the leading cause of death among young athletes during sporting events, and ...


What to do if you come down with the flu

Disease begins 2015 at epidemic levels

The current flu season became much more severe in December, with the outbreak now approaching epidemic levels in more than half the states, according to th...


Great Feeling Foods recalls Groove Gluten-Free Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches

The products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Great Feeling Foods of Portland, Ore., is recalling all Groove Gluten-free Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches produced between May 16, 2014, and December 20, 2014...


Mini Cooper 2-door Hardtops recalled

The vehicles do not meet the side impact performance requirements for the rear seat passengers

BMW of North America is recalling 3,679 model year 2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop 2 door vehicles manufactured December 1, 2013, to May 14, 2014. The vehicles ...


Bleating Heart Cheese expands recall

All cheese produced from February 14, 2014, to September 19, 2014, is included

Bleating Heart Cheese (BHC) is expanding a recall notice published in December 2014 to cover all its sheep milk, goat milk, water buffalo milk and cows mil...


Suzuki recalls SX4s and Kizashis

The shift selector can be moved out of the "Park" position without depressing the brake pedal

Suzuki Motor of America is recalling 60,823 model year 2010-2013 SX4 vehicles manufactured July 16, 2009, to November 1, 2012, and 2010-2013 Kizashi vehicl...


J & B Sausage expands recalls of chicken products

Nearly 10,000 pounds of product have been added

J & B Sausage Co of Waelder, Texas, is recalling an additional 9,909 pounds of chicken products. The products may contain peanuts, allergens not declared ...


GM recalls vehicles with ignition issues

The ignition could get stuck in the "Start" position

General Motors is recalling 83,572 model year 2011-2012 Cadillac Escalade, Escalade ESV, Escalade EXT, Chevrolet Avalanche, Silverado HD, Silverado LD, Sub...


Southeast Toyota Distributors recalls vehicles with incorrectly installed accessories

The accessory attaching fasteners were not tightened with the proper torque

Southeast Toyota Distributors (SET) is recalling 3,942 model year 2014-2015 Toyota 4Runner, Tacoma, FJ Cruiser, Land Cruiser, RAV4, Scion FRS and XB vehicl...


What to know before making a weight-loss resolution

Committing to a change in lifestyle is a key to success

Millions of people start the new year resolving to improve their health – in particular, lose weight. Most of us go into it with no clue about what we're u...


EpiPens now required in California schools

The devices can be life savers when severe allergy attacks occur

California schools must have EpiPens on hand under terms of a new law that went into effect Jan. 1. The devices are used to inject a potentially life-savin...


When pigs fly, maybe they'll have their own seating area

Airlines facing more dilemmas as travelers seek to bring their pets along

2014 was the year of strange animal flights on US Airways. A woman who had boarded a Connecticut flight out of Bradley International back in November was k...