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Survey suggests where you lie down can affect quality of your sleep

It's true, side matters

Most people have very set patterns for how they get their shut eye, and that extends to which side of the bed they lie down on and which direction they fac...


Evolving store brands putting pressure on big food companies

Today, store brands feature organic, natural and specialty food products

From the beginning, the concept of a store brand was simple. Since a huge part of the cost of a food product is marketing and distribution, a store brand c...


Suicide rates rising for older adults

Rates up about 40% since 1999 for adults aged 40-64

Suicide, especially involving suffocation, is rising at a rapid rate for adults between 40 and 64, with researchers pointing to the economic downturn as th...


FTC: AmeriFreight paid consumers for positive reviews

The auto shipment broker offered a $50 discount for positive reviews

Consumers rely on so-called "crowd-sourced" reviews to be sure they're making smart buying decisions. But those reviews aren't worth much if the customers ...


The Lab fetches the top dog spot again

Bulldogs are grunting their way upwards

The American Kennel Club's list of the most popular dog breeds is out and -- no surprise -- the Labrador Retriever is No. 1 again -- for the 24th time....


Google backs down; says it won't ban adult-content blogs after all

Censorship plan abandoned after three days

Earlier this week, Google inspired an uproar when it announced a stunning change in its longstanding policy toward bloggers: starting next month, it would ...


A spurt in pending home sales

They are now at their highest level in 18 months

Rising buyer demand has pending home sales on the rise. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) says its Pending Home Sales Index, (PHSI) a forward-loo...


Nissan Sentra earns IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK award

Improvement in the small overlap front crash test was the key

Improving from a poor to good rating in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's (IIHS) small overlap front crash test, has won the 2015 Nissan Sentra...


A slowdown in the fourth quarter economic growth rate

It's considerably slower than what we saw in the previous 3 months

The second estimate of fourth-quarter gross domestic product (GDP) -- the value of the production of goods and services in the U.S., adjusted for price cha...


Chrysler 200s recalled

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

Chrysler (FCA US) is recalling 25,734 model year 2015 Chrysler 200 vehicles manufactured March 9, 2014, to December 15, 2014, and equipped with a 9-speed a...


General Motors recalls Cadillac ATS vehicles

A faulty roof panel switch could increase the risk of personal injury

General Motors is recalling 58,698 model year 2013-2015 Cadillac ATS vehicles manufactured April 25, 2012, to February 9, 2015. The power-operated roof p...


Sunset Farm Foods recalls sausage products

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

Sunset Farm Foods of Valdosta, Ga., is recalling approximately 42,669 pounds of link sausage products. The products contain hydrolyzed soy protein, an al...


FCC votes in favor of net neutrality; makes broadband Internet a public utility

Proposal would also apply to mobile devices

The Federal Communications Commission has voted 3-2 to require “net neutrality” rather than allow Internet service providers (ISPs) to create and charge ex...


Takata ordered to preserve defective air bag inflators

Feds want access to all testing data

As the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) continues its air bag investigation, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHT...


Front-loader or top-loader -- which is better?

Early front-loaders caused a lot of problems but have gotten better with time

Front-loader or top-loader -- which is better? It's a little like under or over with your bathroom toilet paper. With washing machines we have seen a lot o...


Private-message phishing scam seeks to snag Facebook users

No, your “Facebook friend” didn't see you in a mysterious video

Facebook users beware: if your close friend or trusted relative sent you a private Facebook message claiming that you were seen (or tagged) in a video – th...


House prices rise for the 14th straight quarter

Initial jobless claims spike above 300k

Housing prices across the nation rose on both a quarterly and monthly basis. According to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), the House Price Inde...


Lower energy costs send consumer prices tumbling in January

There's been no inflation over the last 12 months

Consumer inflation is not just under control; it's nonexistent. According to the Labor Department (DOL), the Consumer Price Index (CPI) was down 0.7% in J...


Gardener's gold -- better known as manure

It's about as organic as you can get

You can spend a good chunk of money on fertilized soil with all kinds of toxins in it and watch your garden grow. And it will but you are putting all those...


Housing affordability inches higher

Lower interest rates are a big factor

Consumers hoping to buy a home are in a better position to do so, thanks to slightly lower interest rates. According to the National Association of Home B...


Fairway brand raw hazelnuts recalled

The product may be contaminated with Salmonella

Fairway of New York, N.Y., is recalling its Fairway brand raw hazelnuts (filberts). The product may be contaminated with Salmonella. There have been no r...


Former Corinthian students go on "debt strike"

The "Corinthian 15" join forces with the Debt Collective to protest federal student loan policy

Last summer the federal government started cracking down on Corinthian College, the for-profit chain behind Everest Institute, WyoTech and Heald schools. C...


Anthem hacking affected 78.8 million people, including 19 million non-Anthem customers

The FBI says it's “close” to identifying the hackers

Three weeks ago, when the Anthem health insurance company first admitted that hackers had successfully breached a database holding certain customer records...


The Federal Communications Commission's other controversial move

Banks pressing to allow exceptions to telemarketing rules

In Washington, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is poised to make a highly controversial move that some say would have a deep impact on consumer...


What doctors say is the best diet for heart health

It's probably not the one you think it is

Heart disease is a major killer and that fact, over the years, seems to have gotten through to a lot of people. There is a new emphasis on diet and exercis...


Report: medical identity theft costs victims $13,500 to resolve

Over 2 million Americans suffered medical identity theft last year

This week, the Medical Identity Fraud Alliance released its Fifth Annual Study on Medical Identity Theft, which looks at the extent and impact of medical i...


Who do you trust? Your iPhone or your dermatologist?

Mobile apps claim they can detect deadly melanoma

When it comes to diseases, melanoma -- or skin cancer -- is about as bad as it gets. It's the most common cancer in the United States and has a high mortal...


Feds swat mosquito wrist band claims

There's no evidence they work, the FTC charges

A mosquito band sounds like a group of three guys who get together in the garage to strum guitars and play drums. But it's actually a wrist band that its p...


Oats for breakfast may not be so healthy

Study finds mold-related toxin in some cereals

Oatmeal and other cereals containing oats are good for your heart. But what about the rest of you? ...


Mortgage applications continue to fall

Contract interest rates were on the rise

Another decline in applications for mortgages. The Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey shows applications shows appl ...


New home sales start the new year with little change

Prices showed a year-over-year gain

Sales of new single-family houses slipped in January -- but not by much. A report released jointly by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housin...


FJ Cruisers with steering issue recalled

An intermediate steering shaft weld could fail

Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing is recalling 116 model year 2014 FJ Cruisers manufactured August 7, 2013, to August 20, 2013. The intermediate s...


Proliferation of smartphones may be affecting posture

Text-neck is becoming a more common health problem

You see it every day. People standing, sitting or even walking with head bent, fingers flying across the screen of a smartphone or tablet. These devices th...


Google to censor adult content; remains unclear on meaning of word “censor”

All adult blogs set to go “private” next month

Today, Google announced a sudden and unexpected change to its blogging policy: As of March 23, it will be impossible to publicly share pornography and “adu...


Study: Eating peanuts in infancy prevents peanut allergy

Clinical trial found feeding babies peanuts reduced incidence of allergy 81%

Peanut allergy is a serious and growing threat but a new study funded by the National Institutes of Health finds a simple and effective way to prevent it:...


Retirement looking less scary to more workers

Boomers starting to think seriously about retiring

In the immediate aftermath of the financial crisis and Great Recession, people approaching retirement decided to keep working. The thought of living withou...


Study: 2 of every 3 smokers will die of their habit

The Australian study is the first to show such a high death rate from smoking

Everybody knows smoking is bad for you but an Australian study finds it's almost worse than bad. The of more than 200,000 people found that up to 2 of ever...


Some consumer confidence giveback

The February decline follows a gain in January

After hitting it's highest level in 7 years during January, The Conference Board's Consumer Confidence Index fell sharply in February. The Index now stan...


Who needs Mom when you have a smartphone?

Kids just need to swing, and now you can do it with a tap of the screen

Who needs Mom when you have a smartphone? The rocking chair is so passé to get a crying baby to sleep. Even a baby swing that you manually crank is really ...


A good year for home prices

Prices grew in 2014 at twice the rate of inflation

If you're a home owner, you likely saw the value of your house post a nice gain last year. According to the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, both the ...


Redesigned Kia Sorento wins top safety award

The midsize SUV's makeover paid off in a higher safety rating

The 2016 Kia Sorento got a makeover that paid off in terms of its ratings with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). A redesign of has taken...


Nothing goofy about the new prices at Disneyland

Disney parks hit the $100 a day mark but there are ways to save

Mickey is acting Goofy since he got his raise. Disney theme parks have hit the $100 mark to be able to stay and play with all your Disney friends....


Tireco recalls Milestar tires

The tires may crack in the lower sidewall

Tireco is recalling 3,793 Milestar BS623 Premium All Position tires, size 225/70R19.5; and Milestar BD733 Regional Open Shoulder Drive tires, size 225/70R1...


Rising rents and fewer homes for sale squeezing would-be buyers

Many cities with stable rents see sudden increases

If you rent your home it isn't exactly a news flash that rents continue to go up. But what may be something of a surprise is where they are going up....


23andMe genetic test wins federal approval

Food and Drug Administration appears to soften its position

In 2013 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) put an end to a popular service provided by 23andMe, a genetics testing company....


Marijuana much safer than previously thought, study finds

Alcohol, on the other hand, is even more dangerous than commonly realize

Advocates of legalizing marijuana have been saying for years that it's the safest recreational drug of all, and now a study suggests that that's actually a...


Better Business Bureau warns of new “survey scam”

No, your “reward points” aren't “expiring” today; that's a scammer's message

This weekend the Better Business Bureau sent out a scam alert warning about a new version of what it calls a “survey scam” that's been cluttering people's ...


You rate Uber, Uber rates you

Drivers, meanwhile, are starting to tally up their costs, both physical and financial

You do know that your Uber driver is rating you, don't you? Uber makes much of the fact that consumers can rate the service they get from each ride but do...


A weak 2015 start for existing-home sales

Low supplies and rising prices appear to be the culprits

Sales of previously-owned homes fell in January -- a somewhat inauspicious start to the new year. Figures released by the National Association of Realtors...


Looking up medical info on the web poses a privacy risk

Study questions claims that browsing data is anonymous

True or false: The Internet is a good place to find health information because it's completely confidential....


A TV channel caters to dogs, even though it doesn't show any dogumentaries

Colors and the frame rate are more important than subject matter

Do you ever catch your dog watching TV? Actually there is a channel for dogs called DogTV, and it isn't just shows someone thinks your dog will like. It’s ...


Ultrasound microwave monitors the temperature of your food

NASA engineer hopes his idea will heat up and attract investors

Modern medicine has made it so you can actually see your child before it is born via an ultrasound and now there is an ultrasound of sorts for your food in...


WhiteWave Foods recalls Horizon Cheddar Sandwich Crackers

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

WhiteWave Foods is recalling 7.5-oz. packages of Horizon Cheddar Sandwich Crackers. The product may contain peanuts, an allergen not listed on the label. ...


ESS Food recalls pork products

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

ESS Food of Denmark is recalling approximately 50,904 pounds of pork belly product produced in Poland. The was not presented at the U.S. point of entry fo...


Kenosha Beef International recalls beef product

The product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Kenosha Beef International of Columbus, Ohio, is recalling approximately 21,427 pounds of ready-to-eat beefsteak patty product. The product may be contami...


Scam alert: the company is real, but the job offer is fake

Searching for the company online is only the first step in protecting yourself

If you're a job seeker you already know that there exist plenty of scammers posing as employers in hopes of either stealing your identity, or cheating you ...


Striking a blow for civility on the Internet

Dating site automatically sweetens nasty comments

Last month the popular public radio program and podcast This American Life featured a story by writer Lindy West about her rather amazing encounter with an...


Airbag-maker Takata hit with stiff fine

The company is accused of failing to cooperate with the feds

Airbag manufacturer Takata will pay a heavy price for allegedly failing to cooperate with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) cont...


How to clean up your Lenovo after SuperFish

Company backtracks from yesterday's response

Yesterday the tech world exploded with the news that for the past couple of years, Lenovo had been pre-installing a particularly nasty form of malware on i...


U.S. Treasury will accept payments via PayPal and Dwolla

The feds are trying to move away from paper transactions

Bitcoin is still not welcome but the U.S. Treasury says it will now accept some payments via PayPal and Dwolla....


New virus implicated in Kansas man's death

The Bourbon virus is spread by ticks and mosquitoes

A new health threat has emerged in Kansas, where a man died last spring from a disease possibly linked to a new virus. ...


Preventing cancer in cats

Cancer can be very aggressive in cats, making prevention essential

Any cat owner knows one of the most fatal things for a cat is cancer and it's not that cats get cancer more often than other animals, it's that it appears ...


Planes, trains and your pets

A bill in Congress would open Amtrak to pets

Flying pigs, snakes and other creatures have had their moments this past year on airplanes. Many pet owners have tried to get their loved ones on flights a...


Survey: Many taxpayers plan to sit on their refunds

Financial security trumps splurging

The days of running out and spending that “new-found money” that comes in the form of a tax refund may be coming to an end. Playing it safe and planning a...


Unilever recalls Breyers No Sugar Added Salted Caramel Swirl ice cream

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

Unilever United States is recalling a limited number of tubs of Breyers No Sugar Added Salted Caramel Swirl ice cream. The product contains almonds, an al ...


Breaking down health care costs in retirement

Looked at as a monthly cost it's not quite as scary

Americans approaching retirement age are worried about lots of things, including having enough money to live on after they stop working. With so many peopl...


Med schools warn of looming doctor shortage

Hospitals fighting for more federal money for training

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) is warning that within the next 10 years, the U.S. will have a lot fewer physicians than it needs. The ...


Lenovo computers come pre-installed with nasty security threats

Even uninstalling the malware won't make your computer safe

Security researchers discovered this week that Lenovo computers come pre-installed with a particularly nasty form of adware that hijacked users' web connec...


Samsung's Smart TVs send your unencrypted voice commands over the Internet

Makes it extra-easy for hackers to spy on you

A couple of weeks ago, Samsung's voice-operated Smart TVs inspired a media uproar thanks to some potentially disturbing language in Samsung's Privacy Polic...


Survey: Consumers expect gas prices to go back up

Consumers will factor fuel costs into their next vehicle purchase

What goes down must go up. That seems to be the prevailing consumer attitude towards gasoline prices and the Consumer Federation of America says Americans ...


LinkedIn's new ad network follows you everywhere online

But opting out appears possible -- at least for now

LinkedIn has announced a new product it calls “LinkedIn Network Display” which lets advertisers show their ads to LinkedIn users on websites other than Lin...


"Bioidentical" hormones widely used by menopausal women, study finds

But the compounded drugs may present health hazards women aren't aware of

An analysis of two large surveys find that as many as 68% of women are using compounded -- so-called "bioidentical" -- hormones without understanding their...


Is your couch making you fat? Study finds flame retardants can lead to obesity

Researchers say the commonly-used retardants can cause metabolic and liver problems

We're accustomed to hearing that too much couch time can make us fat. But it's not just sitting around that's making us fat, it may be the couch itself....


Economic crystal ball suggests continued growth

Initial jobless claims post a decline

A closely watched forecaster of U.S. economic performance came in positive again in January. According to the Conference Board, its Leading Economic Index...


Ruiz Foods recalls sausage product

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

Ruiz Foods of Denison, Texas, is recalling approximately 59 pounds of sausage product. The product contains soy, an allergen not listed on the label. Th...


Toyo recalls Open Country M/T tires

The tires were made with their belts off center

Toyo Tire Holdings of Americas is recalling 138 Open Country M/T tires, size 40X15.5R22 127Q, manufactured October 26, 2014, to November 1, 2014 (week code...


Michigan Brand recalls pork sausage products

The products contain hydrolyzed soy protein, an allergen not listed on the labels

Michigan Brand of Bay City, Mich., is recalling approximately 4,287 pounds of pork sausage products. The products contain hydrolyzed soy protein, an aller...


Buy it or rent it, shelter is getting more expensive

Industry experts see consumer income growth as critical to real estate

One consequence of the housing crash has been the spectacular rise in residential rent. With fewer people able or unwilling to buy a home, demand for renta...


Sony starts taking pre-orders for its $840 “Smart Glasses”

Can SmartEyeglass succeed where Google Glass failed?

It's a little over a month now since Google halted sales of Google Glass, its Internet-connected “smart eyeglasses,” but the Sony Corporation is hoping to ...


Bigger firms more likely to let you work from home

Survey shows large companies recognize the advantages more than small firm bosses

For any number of reasons a growing number of people prefer to work from home, rather than report to an office each day....


A robot worth its weight in metal

This robot can do the laundry, sort of

If there was one robot that would be worth his weight in metal it would have to be one that could do your laundry. If it could fold all the better. ...


Judge to decide whether GM can escape ignition switch lawsuits

Consumers say the defective switches damaged their vehicle's resale value

​General Motors is facing more than 165 lawsuits from consumers whose cars were among the 2.6 million recalled because of faulty ignition switches....


British donut-shop blunder: Krispy Kreme Klub's “KKK Wednesday” promotion ends badly

It seemed like a good idea at the time

A joking old saying claims that the U.S. and England are “two countries separated by a common language,” and this week a hapless donut-shop owner in the U....


Like French fries & ketchup? Grow your own

New seed combines potatoes and tomatoes

French fries and ketchup just seem to go together, so a British seed company, Thomas & Morgan, has developed a seed that it says combines French fries and ...


Rough winter weather sends new home construction tumbling in January

The outlook for future building was lower as well

Home builders are feeling the sting of a cold winter. In a joint release, the Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and urban development report pri...


Another drop in mortgage applications

Rising interest rates are why

Applications for mortgages posted a substantial decline last week as interest rates headed higher. The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) says its weekly ...


Nissan recalls vehicles with steering issue

Extra play in the steering wheel could increase the risk of a crash

Nissan North America is recalling 16,973 model year 2008 Infiniti EX35 vehicles equipped with the power tilt/telescope option included in the premium packa...


Toyota recalls Yaris and Tacoma vehicles

The vehicles have axle bolt and tire size issues

Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., is recalling approximately 230 Model Year 2015 Yaris hatchbacks and approximately 20 Model Year 2015 Tacoma TRD Pro model picku...


How much sleep do you really need?

New guidelines suggest it's more than you're getting

Have you noticed how many commercials there are on television promoting mattresses? Not just any mattresses, but super bedding designed to help you sleep b...


GM not backing up from its Chevy Bolt plans

Despite low gas prices company says Bolt will "shake up the status quo"

General Motors (GM) advanced the concept of the plug-in electric car in January when it announced plans for its new Chevy Bolt, a car with a higher mileage...


Nestle says it will remove artificial colors and flavors from its candy

Products to start coming out mid-year

Today, candy company Nestle USA announced in a press release that it would start removing all artificial flavors and “FDA-certified colors” from its produc...


GMO apples don't get much applause

The idea of a non-browning apple seems, somehow, not too exciting

Last week's announcement by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that it would allow marketing of apples that have been genetically engineered to resi...


NJ man fenced stolen coffeemakers on eBay, Amazon

Sales were good but they resulted in a prison sentence

Did you ever wonder why you can sometimes find such low prices on sites like eBay and Amazon? Well, it's because of people like Abraham Baruchov, 49, of Cl...


Appliances really don't last as long as they used to

It's not just your imagination; study confirms shorter lifespan

Appliances, it seems, used to last forever. Today not so much. It appears household appliances have a lifespan of about 10 years according to stats from th...


Smuckers takes a big bite of pet food

Big food companies are taking over the pet food business

Americans spent an all-time high of $55.7 billion on their pets last year and J.M. Smucker wants to take a big bite of that....


NJ judge finds gay conversion therapy claims amount to consumer fraud

Judge compares conversion claims to flat-earth theory

A New Jersey judge has ruled that "conversion therapy" services that claim they can "cure" homosexuals are violating the state's Consumer Fraud Act by depi...


Builder confidence slips in February

Harsh winter weather gets the blame

Wicked winter weather is taking some of the starch out of builder confidence.' According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo H...


ATM International recalls beef products

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

ATM International USA of Torrance, Calif., is recalling approximately 1,999 pounds of boneless beef products that were not presented at the U.S. point of e...


Jack and the Beanstalk recalls soybean sprouts

The product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Jack and the Beanstalk is recalling soybean sprouts in 1-lb, 1.5-lb, 10-lb, and Natto plastic bags distributed up to and including February 12, 2015 with B...


Scott recalls Vanish Evo bicycle helmets

The helmets do not comply with CPSC safety standards

Scott USA of Salt Lake City, Utah, is recalling about 1,450 2015 Scott Vanish Evo bicycle helmets. The helmets do not comply with the impact requirements...


Ford, Chrysler and Hyundai lead best February car deals

Manufacturers cut prices and sweeten terms for Presidents' Day

Presidents' Day, which dealers usually manage to expand into a full week or more, is an active time for new car sales. It seems every make and model has a ...


Richard M. Nixon, consumer champion?

He named our site's "godmother" his consumer advisor

The times they are always a-changing, especially when you're talking politics. In today's knee-jerk political rhetoric, Democrats are seen as the champions...


Plastic islands in the sea much bigger than first thought

Study traces it back to its source

We're a disposable society. It might not be so obvious unless you visit a landfill. Or sail across the ocean....


FAA releases proposed drone regulations

These rules, if adopted, would make commercial delivery via drone impossible

The Federal Aviation Administration has published a proposed “framework of regulations” (available here as a .pdf file) that would govern the use of unmann...


Anthem hackers threaten customer records dating back to 2004

On the bright side, Anthem's paying for two free years of credit monitoring

News about the Anthem insurance database hacking keeps getting worse: initial reports suggested that the hackers got access to the records of up to 80 mill...


Vitamin Natural Cottage recalls organic garlic powder

The product may be contaminated with Salmonella

Vitamin Cottage Natural Food Markets of Lakewood, Colo., is recalling two lots of Natural Grocers brand Organic Garlic Powder. The product may be contamin...


Sunrise Poultry Processors recalls poultry products

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

Sunrise Poultry Processors of Alberta, Canada, is recalling approximately 2,705 pounds of poultry products that were not presented at the U.S. point of ent...


Korean Food Co. recalls soybean sprouts

The products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Korean Food Co. of Irving, Texas, is recalling 8 boxes of (20 bag in each box) Go-Hang Soybean sprouts in 1-lb. and 2-lb. plastic bags and 8 10-lb. black p...


IBM finds most popular dating apps vulnerable to hackers

Of 41 dating apps studied, 60% could expose users to risks

Smartphones have replaced PCs for many consumers, who use them for banking, ordering a pizza, buying merchandise, communicating on social media and looking...


The YODA bill would let you buy and sell used electronics without copyright problems

But don't hold your breath expecting it to become law this year

The good news is that a new bill proposed in Congress this week would vastly increase consumers' rights of property ownership, by ensuring that software co...


White House holds Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection

Apple CEO to attend; Google, Facebook and Yahoo CEOs turn down invitations

President Obama is urging companies to share information about security threats with each other and with the government, but how companies respond remains ...


Researchers finding biological basis for gender identity disorders

Doctors have traditionally treated gender disorders as a psychiatric problem

Gender identity disorders have traditionally been treated as psychiatric problems but researchers at Boston University School of Medicine say there is incr...


Thinking of gardening? Think milkweed

The milkweed plant is crucial to the survival of the monarch butterfly

If you're thinking of gardening this spring why not add some beautiful color that can also fly? There is a real need for people to plant milkweed, to help ...


Should you vaccinate your pups?

Some vaccinations, like rabies, are required

Should you vaccinate your pups? Since it has been such a hot topic for children, it might be worth reviewing the case for vaccinating pets....


Cheap chocolate candy? Might not be chocolate after all

Not all cacao-based “chocolate” products are created equal. Here's how to tell them apart

Chocolate lovers pay heed: Valentine's Day is this weekend, followed immediately by the annual post-Valentine's discounted-holiday-candy sale, meaning that...


American Express, Costco ending their exclusive relationship

It's not yet known what will replace Amex at U.S. Costco stores

For years, Costco members have had to use an American Express card to make purchases at one of the firm's giant warehouses but, as long rumored, that deal ...


To get the cheapest air fare, timing is everything

Average fare may change 70 times before flight departs

In its return to profitability, the airline industry came up with 2 new guiding principles – charge for things that used to be free and fly with few, if an...


New Facebook policy can keep your account alive even when you're not

You can choose a legacy contact, have your account deleted ... or just do nothing

Facebook announced a fairly radical policy change today: an announcement posted in its Newsroom boasts of “a new feature that lets people choose a legacy c...


Drone out with

If it works, here's a way to keep pesky drones away

​Many homes have a burglar alarm, either electronic or maybe a four-legged one that gives out a big bellowing bark. And everyone has virus protection on th...


Expedia adds Orbitz & CheapTickets to its orbit

The world's second-biggest travel service bought Travelocity last month

Expedia, which has slipped behind Priceline to become the world's second-largest travel service, is buying Orbitz and its CheapTickets and web...


Sunfood recalls organic Sacha Inchi powder

The food may be contaminated with staph

Sunfood of El Cajon, CA is recalling Organic Sacha Inchi Powder, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Staphylococcus enterotoxin. ...


Pet International Inc. Recalls Buster's 6” Beef Trachea Pet Treat

Possible Salmonella health risk

Pet International of Miami, Florida is recalling 1500 units of 6” Beef Trachea Pet Treat because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella....


ZETA pocket jump starters recalled

The battery pack can overheat and start a fire

ZETA by Jackco Pocket Jump Starters are being recalled. The battery packs can overheat, split apart and melt the battery pack’s enclosure, posing a fire ha...


Arctic Cat snowmobiles recalled

The tie-rod attachment can come loose

​About 19,000 Arctic Cat snowmobiles are being recalled. The lower steering tie-rod attachment can loosen and cause loss of steering control, posing a cras...


Oil prices expected to be stable for foreseeable future

Industry report predicts U.S. oil producers will emerge from current price war even stronger

U.S. motorists can expect prices at the pump to rise and fall over the rest of the decade, but price movements should be gradual, not like the volatile flu...


Potential home health threat: caulk containing PCB

But chances of it being found in newer buildings are remote

Your home protects you from the elements, but in rare cases, materials used to build your home can pose a threat to the occupants' health....


Looking for a perfect online match? Be humble

Profiles that look a little too perfect aren't as effective as more modest ones, study finds

By now everyone knows it's a good idea to avoid deals that sound too good to be true. And most everyone has also figured out that the warning applies not j...


Car dealers' settle charges their "Buy-Here, Pay-Here" deals foster discrimination

The dealers were accused of "reverse redlining"

It's common for new car dealers to offer financing to their customers but used cars dealers historically haven't been as involved in writing loans, which a...


Mortgage company lied about veterans' endorsement, feds charge

NewDay Financial didn't disclose that kickbacks were paid to vets' group

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has ordered a Maryland mortgage company to pay a $2 million penalty for allegedly using deceptive advertisi...


FTC: Sweepstakes promoter duped consumers, agrees to $9.5 million judgment

Puzzles Unlimited used misleading terms to entice consumers to enter

A sweepstakes promoter has been permanently banned from direct mail marketing and is liable for a $9.5 million judgment under a settlement with the Federal...


Distracted driving with your pet isn't a good idea

Pets may be fun passengers but they can cause all kinds of problems

It's a treat for your dog when it can jump in the car and you roll the window down and your mutt gets that fur-blown look. Or perhaps you have a lap dog th...


Hines Nut, Harris Teeter walnuts recalled

The nuts may be contaminated with salmonella

Hines Nut Company is recalling WALNUT HALVES & PIECES, Lot Number 6908. The product was sold by GOLD STATE NUT COMPANY of Biggs, CA, and packaged by Hines ...


Marin Mountain recalls bicycles

The handlebars can come loose or fall off

Marin Mountain Bikes is recalling 2014 Marin MBX 50 and Tiny Trail bicycles because the handlebars can loosen or separate....


Even Cupid can't counter financial incompatibility

Disagreement about money has derailed many a relationship

With Valentines Day coming up this might be a good time to remind couples of one thing that can throw cold water on red hot romance – money. In particular,...


Free at last: Cell phones can be "unlocked"

Consumers who own their phone can now move freely among carriers

It's been a long time coming but effective tomorrow, Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, if you own your cell phone outright you can move from one carrier to another...


Senator's report: Hackers can hijack almost any new car

And most new cars track their owners, too

Every computer device is vulnerable to malware, and every Internet connection is hackable. In other words, any “smart” device (read: anything computerized ...


How consumers can simplify the decision-making process

When you are overwhelmed by choices you can make bad decisions

In the 21st century economy, consumers have never had so many choices. That's a good thing, right?...


High risk of deadly asbestos-linked cancer seen in southern Nevada

The state tries to put a lid on the report, which suggests naturally-occurring asbestos is to blame;

A deadly cancer, malignant mesothelioma, has been found at higher than expected levels in women and in people younger than 55 years old in parts of souther...


How clean is that pastrami? Study finds delis aren't very clean

People with weak immune systems should buy prepackaged deli meats, researchers warn

A Pursude University study finds that standard cleaning procedures in retail delis may not eradicate Listeria bacteria, posing a serious risk to people wit...


Upgrading your home? Don't overdo it

New countertops might look nice but will they help sell your home?

​The snow can get to you and you might be thinking it's time to pack it up and head where it's warmer. It doesn't matter if it's around the block or to a w...


Google wants to play

It is buying Launchpad Toys, sort of a YouTube for kids

Google has just bought some new toys. It bought the children's video firm Launchpad Toys, which could be its latest move in creating a version of its produ...


Managing risk through buyer protection plans

Consumers have more options in this area than they may think

You know that anytime you buy electronics or appliances at a big box retailer the sales person is sure to offer a service plan – sometimes referred to as a...


Samsung smart TVs are eavesdropping on their owners

Is Samsung the only one to do this? Or merely the only one to admit it?

Here's yet another reminder how very few people actually bother reading the “privacy policy,” “terms and conditions,” or other dense piles of documentation...


TurboTax filing allowed again, but tax refund payments might be delayed

Multiple states delaying tax refunds to double-check for fraud

It's been a turbulent weekend for TurboTax — and for state-level taxpayers in general. As of press time, residents of all 50 states are once again allowed ...


Cellphones are top security threat in prisons, North Carolina jailers say

Cellphone jamming is illegal and the FCC says it's not the best solution to the problem

Marriott and other hotel chains have given up, at least for now, on their attempts to block personal wi-fi hotspots after learning the hard way that blocki...


Banks lowering lending standards to sell more cars

But consumers should make sure they stick to cars they can afford

New car sales surged in the U.S. in January, increasing 14% over last January and totaling 1.15 million units. Consumers also paid more for their new rides...


Consumers still confused, frustrated with reverse mortgages

Many consumers don't know what they're getting into when they sign these complex agreements

Reverse mortgages are a source of growing frustration, particularly among baby boomers and their families, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)...


Sling TV dishes up "Mad Men," "Walking Dead"

Dish Network's streaming video service adds AMC to its line-up

Dish Network's Sling TV goes national today, with a major addition to its previously announced line-up: programming from AMC Networks, including hit shows...


Energy drinks and hyperactivity go together, study finds

Kids who consumed energy drinks were 66% more likely to be hyperactive

Many parents blame television, the Internet, artificial sweeteners and even measles vaccinations for their child's hyperactivity. That may or may ...


Your dog can fetch you a refund

Under certain circumstances, some pet expenses may be deductible

It is the season -- tax season, that is. You are probably looking around your house thinking, "Hmmm what else can I deduct?"...


California to require measles immunizations for university students

Waivers will still be available for religious or other reasons

College kids doing shots is nothing new but getting them in the arm is....


GM recalls Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia models

Tire treads may crack

General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2015 Buick Enclave vehicles manufactured December 9, 2014, to January 14, 2015, 2015 Chevrolet Trav...


Recent Jeep Cherokees recalled to fix airbag problem

Side curtain and seat airbags can deploy accidentally

FCA US (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 Jeep Cherokee vehicles manufactured January 1, 2013, to November 19, 2014. The affected vehicle...


Minnesota stops accepting TurboTax; Intuit temporarily halts all TurboTax e-filing

Possible fraud first detected in Minnesota last night; now at least 18 states might be hit

f you'd planned on using TurboTax to file your taxes this year, you might need to make other arrangements. Minnesota's state Department of Revenue announce...


Are you ignoring your septic tank?

They're very expensive to replace, so regular maintenance is essential

How's your septic tank doing these days? It's probably not something you will be discussing at the next dinner party but it is something you may want to in...


Was China's government behind the Anthem hacking?

Investigators see telltale similarities between this and earlier attacks

Those unnamed investigators also suggested that China's government was behind last summer's hacking of the federal Office of Personnel Management, stealing...


Radio Shack's end is near -- does anyone care?

Radio Shack exits the field, sells stores to Sprint

It lasted 94 years, which is a pretty good run for a retailer. Radio Shack was the first nationwide consumer electronics store, although you might not thin...


Economy adds more than a quarter-million jobs

And, people who are working saw their wages rise

Economists looking for a solid jobs report may just have it with the January report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Not only were 257,000 jobs create...


Airplane and butterfly push toys recalled

The toys pose a choking hazard to young children

LS Import of Houston, Texas, is recalling about 660 airplane and butterfly push toys. The wheels of the airplane and the balls at the tip of the butterfly...


Mima Moon 3-In-1 high chairs recalled

The seat can loosen and dislodge, allowing the seat and child to fall

Mima International Limited of Hong Kong is recalling about 1,470 Mima Moon 3-in-1 high chairs. The seat can loosen and dislodge, allowing the seat and chi...


Krehbiels Specialty Meats recalls bratwurst

The product label does not include an accurate list of ingredients

Krehbiels Specialty Meats of McPherson, Kan., is recalling approximately 29 pounds of pork bratwurst product. The product label does not include an accura...


Lifesmart recalls Lifepro portable mini space heaters

The back plate can detach when removing the heater from the outlet

Lifesmart of Plano, Texas, is recalling about 17,000 Lifepro portable space heaters. The screws used to attach the back plate to the heater are too short ...


Toyota recalls FJ Cruisers

A weld connecting the steering system intermediate shaft to the steering gear box may be inadequate

Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., is recalling approximately 120 model year 2014 FJ Cruiser. The steering system contains an intermediate shaft connecting the s...


Cash-back websites can multiply your savings pays an average 7% back on purchases

Savvy consumers know you need to take advantage of every opportunity to stretch a dollar. It helps explain why online coupons and daily deal websites have...


Hackers breach Anthem health insurance database; up to 80 million records exposed

All Anthem brands and product lines are affected

On Wednesday evening, the Anthem health insurance company confirmed that hackers breached a database holding the records of 80 million current and former c...


Beware those scammy friend requests on Facebook

It's easy for scammers to impersonate genuine Facebook identities, including your real-life friends and relatives

If you're familiar with Facebook and the various types of scams there, then you already know to be suspicious of messages or “friend” requests from people...


Five indicted in alleged Manhattan identity-theft ring

One dishonest insider is all it takes to steal hundreds of peoples' identities

“All it takes is a single insider at a company … to set an identity theft ring in motion.” That comment from Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance illust...


Job cuts shoot higher in January

Falling oil prices are blamed for a good chunk of them

Falling oil prices may be good for a lot of consumers, but those who work in the oil patch aren't celebrating. Outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray &...


Tough Treadz Auto Carrier toy sets recalled

The die-cast metal cars can have sharp edges

Family Dollar Services of Matthews, N.C., is recalling about 254,000 Tough Treadz Auto Carrier ty sets. The die-cast metal cars can have sharp edges that ...


Wyked Labs recalls 8 dietary supplement products

FDA says the products contain prohormone ingredients

Wyked Labs of Winter Park, Fla., is recalling of all lot codes of the following products: Wyked Labs Ml-Alpha Wyked Labs M14-Ment Wyked Labs Halo-70 Wyk...


BMW recalls MINI Cooper Hardtop two door vehicles

The Tire Information Placard may contain incorrect information

BMW of North America is recalling 13,130 model year 2014-2015 MINI Cooper Hardtop two door vehicles manufactured December 1, 2013, to December 14, 2014. ...


Whole Foods Market recalls raw macadamia nuts

The products may be contaminated with Salmonella

Whole Foods Market is recalling packaged raw macadamia nuts. The product may be contaminated with Salmonella. No illnesses have been reported to date. T...


Here's a list of ways around Keurig 2.0 machine restrictions

Your old pods and K-cups won't work with new Keurig machines — unless you use one of these workarounds

Next month marks the one-year anniversary of when the Keurig company first announced its plan to produce a new generation of home coffee machines that woul...


FCC chairman proposes "strongest open Internet protections ever"

The plan bans paid "fast lanes," outlaws throttling for both wireless and fixed networks

The Internet's days as a wide-open, virtually lawless hash-up of networks may be just about over. As expected, Federal Communications Commission Chairman T...


Researchers point to economic reasons for obesity

Presence of big box retailers, fast food and supercenters tied to expanding waistlines

The rise in U.S. obesity rates is undeniable. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than one third of U.S. adults – 78.6 ...


Bad apps from Google Play infect millions of Android devices

If your device has been bedeviled by pop-up ads, these months-old apps might be why

If your Android phone or tablet has been acting funny lately, especially if malware-infested pop-up ads keep erupting on your screen, some months-old enter...


Guess what? UPS doesn't like you either

Big Brown will start charging more to deliver to residential addresses

Uh-oh. United Parcel Service has been taking a close look at its business and it has come to a conclusion that's fairly obvious when you think about it: It...


Household pesticides may be linked to ADHD, Rutgers study finds

The pesticides are commonly used in the home, on golf courses and vegetable gardens

Common household pesticides could be linked to ADHD, according to a new Rutgers study....


Midland National Life agrees to $1.3 million penalty

California's insurance commission uncovered problems while responding to consumer complaints

Midland National Life Insurance Company has agreed to pay a $1.3 million settlement after the California Department of Insurance charged that the insurer w...


Hackers may have stolen payment card info from White Lodging's Marriott hotels

Possbly connected to breach from 2013

​Travelers beware: it looks like hackers managed once again to steal credit or debit card data from the hotel franchise firm White Lodging Services Corpora...


ADP: A January jump in job creation

Analysts say improvement is likely throughout 2015

January was another strong month for new jobs. The ADP National Employment Report (NER), produced by ADP in collaboration with Moody's Analytics, says pri...


A pick-up in mortgage applications

FHA refinance applications were sharply higher

Mortgage applications were on the rise again last week after slipping the previous week. According to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mort...


Quadski amphibious vehicles recalled

The handlebar can fail while the vehicle is in operation

Gibbs Sports Amphibians of Auburn Hills, Mich., is recalling about 320 Quadski and Quadski XL amphibious vehicles. The handlebar can fail while the vehic...


Naked Wines hopes to change the way you buy wine

In exchange for monthly investments, customers get quality wine at a discount

When shopping for wine, most consumers head for the supermarket or wine shop. There, they may find something they like but encounter a wide range of prices...


Uber & Google headed for road rage?

Google is said to be thinking of launching its own ride-hailing service

Google is starting to have the kind of problem that comes with phenomenal success: It's getting so big it is running out of competitors, forcing it to comp...


Your income reflects your parenting style

Income more important than marital status, study finds

Chalk one up for single moms. It's not that they aren't good parents, it's just that economically they can't do as much for their kids. A new study by the...


$480 million in debt relief for Corinthian College students

Holders of “Genesis” private loans can see their debt burdens reduced by 40%

Today, the U.S. Department of Education and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced $480 million in debt forgiveness, for current and for...


Feds find "biodegradable" pooper scooper bags full of ...

The environmental claims made by 20 manufacturers are overblown, FTC warns

Responsible dog owners pick up after their dogs. Some use the New York Times delivery bag but those who want to be environmentally responsible may even go...


Staples may latch onto Office Depot

The office warehouse business is starting to resemble the bookstore business

It wasn't much more than a year ago that Office Depot's merger with Office Max was approved by antitrust regulators. Now, Staples and Office Depot are said...


Another year-over-year increase for home prices

On a month-over-month basis, though, prices were lower

The CoreLogic Home Price Index (HPI) posted its 34th consecutive year-over-year gain in December. According to the provider of property information, analy...


Morrison Meat Packers recalls cooked pork products

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

Morrison Meat Packers of Miami, Fla., is recalling approximately 70,077 pounds of cooked pork products. The products contain peanuts, an allergen which is...


Clemens Food Group recalls pork rib products

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

Clemens Food Group of Hatfield, Pa., is recalling approximately 42 pounds of uncooked pork rib products. The products may contain peanuts, an allergen not...


Hawkins, Inc. recalls pork products

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

Hawkins, Inc., of Roseville, Minn., is recalling approximately 529 pounds of pork products The products were not presented at the U.S. point of entry for ...


Food safety starts in your kitchen

Researchers find most consumers spread germs when they cook

Over the last decade food safety has become a hot button issue in Washington, resulting in the recently-passed Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), giving...


NYC cabbies defecting to Uber can have it both ways

Hailing an Uber is especially valuable if you're a Blackberry user

If there was any doubt that Uber is unstoppable, this should dispel it: New York City officials are allowing Uber drivers to paint their cars yellow and pi...


EITC: What it is and how to get it

Many workers may not know about this important tax benefit

Millions of low and moderate-income workers may be missing out on a significant tax credit that can be as much as $6,000. If you earned $52,427 or less la...


Digitizing slides with the Epson V600

Kodak's quality gets a new lease on life

In 1973 singer and songwriter Paul Simon had a hit song with “Kodachrome,” a tribute to Kodak's popular color film, which included slides. In those days, p...


Hackers attack another pay-to-park vendor the latest parking company to be hit this winter

Throughout this winter, parking vendors and their customers have become the popular new targets among thieving hackers looking to steal credit card numbers...


Taiwan, China attack Internet addiction

Asian countries impose penalties on parents who don't limit kids' exposure

Asia has a problem. Research published in December last year found that 7.1% of the population in Asia is addicted to the internet. But unlike other countr...


Vaccinations linked to trust in government

Republicans, independents less likely than Democrats to submit to vaccination

Who are these people who don't believe in vaccinations? That's the question that's been asked -- often in heated tones -- following an outbreak of measles ...


Who do you love more? Me or the dog?

Don't ask the question if you're not ready for the answer

Who do you love more -- me or the dog? That might not be a question you want to ask your significant other if you aren't ready to handle the truth. ...


Craigslist tied to increase in HIV cases

Study documents unintended consequences of social media

You may not think of Craigslist as social media, but it was one of the pioneers of turning user-generated content into a marketable product. Unfortunately,...


Are brand name drugs better than generics?

They're chemically identical and nearly always much cheaper

Mrs. Thomas took her prescription for her heart medication to the pharmacy to have it filled. “I don’t want one of those generic drugs either,” she stated....


Consumers tighten their belts in December even as incomes rise

That helped the personal savings rate rise

Rather than open their wallets during December, consumers chose to sock more away for a rainy day. According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, Personal ...


Freeland Foods recalls sunflower seeds

The product may be contaminated with Salmonella

Freeland Foods of San Jose, Calif is recalling the Go Raw Organic Sunflower Seeds, UPC number 8 59888 00009 7 with lot number “Enjoy before August 22, 2015...


Stone Mountain Pecan Company recalls certain pecan products

The product may be contaminated with Salmonella

Stone Mountain Pecan Company of Monroe, Ga., is recalling 540 packages of the “Pecanettes.” The product may be contaminated with Salmonella. There have...


Nissan recalls vehicles with hood release issue

The hood release latching may not engage fully

Nissan North America is recalling 170,665 model year 2013-2014 Nissan Pathfinder vehicles manufactured June 20, 2012, to November 18, 2013; 2014 Nissan Pat...


Great Lakes Smoked Meats recalls salami product

The product may contain Clostridium perfringens

Great Lakes Smoked Meats of Lorain, Ohio, is recalling approximately 2,863 pounds of smoked salami product. The product may have experienced temperature a...