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Comparing an FHA and conventional mortgage

These days, both require very low down payments

You've spent months on real estate websites and toured dozens of properties. You've finally found the right house in the right location for the right price...


Unemployment still high for young and old

Survey shows half of older workers out of work for 5 years still not working

The nation's unemployment rate, which hit 10% in the wake of the Great Recession, has slowly come down over the last 6 years and now approaches normal leve...


Texas veterinarian vows Supreme Court challenge in Internet advice case

The state suspended Dr. Ron Hines' license for giving advice to pet owners over the Internet

Texas veterinarian Dr. Ron Hines says he will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review his lawsuit challenging the Texas Veterinary Board’s prohibition on offe...


25-year-old hot chocolate sends family to the emergency room

Some 1980s relics hold up better than others

Every year, Americans waste enormous quantities of perfectly good food (worth $115 billion annually, according to USDA estimates) due to the false belief t...


FDA to hold two-day public hearings on homeopathic product regulation

Can 18th-century medical theories withstand 21st-century scrutiny?

The Food and Drug Administration announced yesterday that it will be hosting a two-day public hearing late in April, on the topic of homeopathic product re...


Dietitians pull "Kids Eat Right" seal from Kraft Singles

Rank-and-file dietitians had a meltdown over the apparent endorsement

You won't be seeing the "Kids Eat Right" seal on Kraft Singles cheese packages after all. Oh wait -- you will be seeing it but only for a few months. That'...


Tangling with hairballs

Hairballs happen but there are ways to keep them manageable

Cats and hairballs are a given and they can be scary. They can have some pretty rough consequences such as intestinal blockages, which can be a serious he...


Denver, Miami and Dallas pace increase in home prices

The rate of increase, however, is slowing

Home prices continued their rise across the country over the 12 months ending in January, according to the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices. At the sa...


Consumers hit the stores for Easter goodies

Candy and new spring apparel top shoppers' lists

With Easter just days away, 80% of consumers are eagerly looking forward to a fun, family-filled holiday, according to the National Retail Federation’s Eas...


Feds bounce bad-check collectors

Debt collectors used threats of arrest to intimidate borrowers

A debt collection agency that threatened to have consumers arrested for bouncing checks will pay $50,000 in penalties if a proposed settlement with the Con...


Need more time to prepare your tax return? Get it now

But you still need to pay up on time

With just over 2 weeks to go before the federal tax-filing deadline, a lot of folks are beginning to realize they are nowhere near ready to send in the ret...


BMW recalls various convertibles

The driver's front air bag deployment timing may be incorrect

BMW of North America is recalling 2,067 model year 2015 428i Convertible, 428i xDrive Convertible, 435i Convertible, and 435i xDrive Convertible vehicles m...


Yaris vehicles sold in Puerto Rico recalled

The roof headliner may not provide the proper occupant protection

Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing is recalling 16,582 model year 2012-2015 Yaris vehicles manufactured August 31, 2011, to February 9, 2015, and sol...


Aurora Products expands recall of walnut and trail mix products

The products may contain Salmonella

Aurora Products is expanding its earlier nationwide recall of certain lots of natural walnuts and trail mixes containing walnuts. The products may contain...


Toyota recalls vehicles with power steering issues

The electric power steering system could fail

Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing is recalling 110,085 model year 2015 Camry, Camry Hybrid, Highlander, and Highlander Hybrid, and 2014-2015 Rav4 ve...


Wall Street "consumer advocates" -- for real or gaming the system?

Watchdog group says Wall Street is unfairly profiting from some supposedly pro-consumer efforts

Conventional wisdom holds that it is selfless, civic minded non-profit groups that take on businesses that abuse consumers. And in many cases, it is....


GNC agrees to "landmark reforms" for herbal supplements

Deal follows NY investigation which found most supplements didn't contain the listed ingredients

GNC has agreed to implement new standards to authenticate the ingredients of herbal supplements, ensure their purity and educate consumers about their cont...


Mr. Transmission not always in sync with consumers' expectations

Complaints include free estimates that get expensive, repairs that don't stay in gear

Mr. Transmission sounds like a place that would really be top-level experts when it comes to transmissions. Or maybe it sounds like just another franchise ...


Student loan debt may be worse than we thought

Educator argues for increased financial literacy for college students

What we know about student loan debt is sobering enough. "The average student loan debt for a U.S. graduate of the Class of 2013 was $28,400, according to...


Grow up -- or, how to plant vertically

You can save space and make plain walls and fences more attractive

​Space is a big consideration when you decide you want to plant fruits and vegetables. When deciding, you may see rows of tomatoes in your head or raised b...


Hackers breach British Airways frequent flyer accounts

Customer accounts temporarily frozen while BA sorts out the mess

Frequent flyers take note: on Sunday, British Airways confirmed that hackers had managed to successfully breach tens of thousands of the airline's frequent...


Solid gains in Midwest, West push pending home sales up in February

The Pending Home Sales Index is at its highest level since last June

Pending home sales in February shot to their highest level in 8 months as solid gains in the Midwest and West offset small declines in the Northeast and So...


A February increase in personal incomes and spending

Consumers also tucked more money into their savings accounts

Consumers had more money in their pockets in February, which led to an increase in personal outlays. The Commerce Department reports personal income rose ...


General Motors recalls Buick Encore and Chevrolet Trax vehicles

The vehicles could experience a sudden loss of electric power steering assist

General Motors is recalling 2,295 model year 2015 Buick Encore vehicles manufactured November 27, 2014, to February 24, 2015, and 2015 Chevrolet Trax vehic...


Toyota recalls Rav4 EV vehicles

The vehicle could lose drive power

Toyota Motor Engineering & manufacturing is recalling 2,497 model year 2012-2014 Rav4 EV vehicles manufactured July 24, 2012, to August 29, 2014. Due to...


How to tell if you are at risk for type 2 diabetes

American Diabetes Association introduces app to help answer that question

As Americans have become increasingly overweight and obese, there has been an explosion in the cases of type 2 diabetes. Unlike type 1 diabetes, type 2 is ...


March Madness spurs vasectomies

It's the perfect reason to lie around and watch the action

March Madness has turned into a marketing bonanza for urologists. In the last few years, all across the country urologists have reported increases of as mu...


Studies suggest distracted driving getting worse

But not all distractions are related to cellphones

Two new studies of highway accidents and driver behavior are shedding new light on distracted driving, in particular on the part of young drivers....


Court shuts down company that calls itself "FTC Credit Solutions"

The company markets credit repair services to Spanish-speaking consumers

"FTC Credit Solutions" sounds pretty official, like something affiliated with the government. And that, says the Federal Trade Commission, commonly known a...


Data plan paradox: overage-alert warnings might hurt consumers, not help them

University study suggests alerts cost consumers money in the long run

If you're a cell phone customer with a limited data plan, getting notifications when you're about to exceed your data limits should help you save money in ...


Radio Shack's customer lists may be up for sale

The retailer's bankruptcy puts confidential data at risk

You may not have been following the Perils of Pauline decline and fall of Radio Shack as it struggles through the final stages of bankruptcy but there's on...


Doorway pull-up bar can come loose, class action charges

The lawsuit claims the bar can throw the user to the floor

A class action lawsuit claims a doorway pull-up bar sold by Implus sporting goods can detach from the door frame, throwing the exerciser to the ground....


A slowdown in the rate of economic growth

The fourth quarter was less than half of the pace set in the previous three months

The government's third estimate of fourth quarter real gross domestic product (GDP) -- the value of the production of goods and services in the U.S., adjus...


Viz Cattle recalls flap meat

The product does not list ingredients on the product label

Viz Cattle of Irvine, Calif., is recalling approximately 6,082 pounds of flap meat. While the product does not list ingredients on the label, it does no...


La Terra Fina expands recall of products containing organic spinach

The products may be contaminated with Listeria

La Terra Fina is expanding its recall of products containing organic spinach to include these products that were manufactured on the same production equipm...


BMW recalls motorcycles with rear wheel issue

The rear wheel mounting flange may crack

BMW of North America is recalling 43,426 model year 2005-2010 R1200GS and R1200RT, 2006-2010 R1200GS Adventure, 2007-2010 R1200R, 2007 R1200S and K1200R Sp...


Specialized Bicycle Components recalls Aerobars

The bolt used to affix the Aerobars to the bicycle can loosen

Specialized Bicycle Components of Morgan Hill, Calif., is recalling about 8,300 Aerobars bicycle handlebars. The bolt used to affix the Aerobars to the b...


Scientists think saccharin could be a cancer-fighting tool

It may destroy harmful protein, making other cancer drugs more effective

In the 1960s, when American consumers first began to worry about their waistlines, food manufacturers started using more of the artificial sweetener saccha...


Marchionne insists fire-prone Jeeps are safe; consumer questions safety of supposed fix

The hitches being installed to prevent fires are not suitable for towing

Older Jeep Grand Cherokees are not defective, even though 270 deaths have been attributed to fires caused by exploding gas tanks, according to Sergio March...


Northern Arizona named top online college

School cited for affordability, flexibility and academic rigor

Once almost exclusively a feature of for-profit colleges, online degree programs have since flourished at non-profit private and public universities. As a ...


A spot of tea for Spot

"Tea for Spot" is starting to show up in pet botiques

Tea for two and two for tea, one for my dog and one for me. That's not quite how the song goes but it's the dog version. A new beverage is on the market fo...


Almost half of all Android OS devices vulnerable to “Android Installer Hijacking”

Major malware threat when downloading third-party apps

Bad news for Android phone users: security researchers at Palo Alto Networks have discovered a vulnerability they've dubbed “Android Installer Hijacking” i...


A bigger-than-expected drop in jobless claims

The total is well below the 300k level

A large decline in initial jobless claims sent the total well below the 300,000 level last week. Figures released by the Labor Department (DOL) put the to...


Proposal would require payday lenders to be sure borrowers could repay their loans

Feds say their proposal would plug "debt traps" that snare unwary consumers

Millions of consumers wind up in a cycle of debt when they're unable to repay their payday loans, car title loans nd other high-cost loans. The Consumer Fi...


Twin City Foods recalls various spinach products

The products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Twin City Foods of Stanwood, Wash., is recalling the following spinach products, which may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes: Cadia Organic Cut ...


General Motors recalls model year 2011-2013 Volts

There could be a build up of carbon monoxide

General Motors is recalling 50,236 model year 2011-2013 Volts manufactured August 25, 2010, to June 26, 2013. If the driver exits the vehicle without tur...


Superior Foods recalls Simply Balanced frozen organic chopped spinach

The product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Superior Foods of Watsonville, Calif., is recalling 8,475 Cases Of Simply Balanced 10-oz packages of Frozen Organic Chopped Spinach. The product may be co...


Linon Home Decor Products recalls foldable wood patio chairs

The chair can unexpectedly tip over when a consumer sits on the edge of the seat

Linon Home Decor Products of Mineola, N.Y., is recalling about 3,300 foldable outdoor patio chairs. The chair can unexpectedly tip over when a consumer s...


Realtors see 'unsustainable' gap between rents and incomes

Industry says many will soon be unable to buy or rent

It's no secret that renting a home has gotten more expensive over the last six years. Even with millions of foreclosed properties snapped up by investors a...


License-plate readers: recording your everyday movements and adding them to the public record

ArsTechnica looked at Oakland's license plate scans, and knows what its residents are doing

You've known for years now about the ever-growing presence of license plate scanners that record and store the realtime movements of essentially all vehicl...


Mobile Technology: Changing the Landscape of Customer Care

Online retailers must develop user-friendly mobile apps to stay competitive

In October and December of 2014, 47 percent of online retail traffic stemmed from smartphones and tablets, according to Demandware. Consumers are turning t...


Corporations embrace your values to make you like them

But shouldn't you be more focused on whether you like their products?

When Starbucks announced its “Race Together” campaign earlier this month, it was probably assumed that it would be great for business....


Don't plant these on your dog

There's a lot of poisonous stuff in and around your garden

Everybody wants to get out of the house in spring. It's warmer and while you are perhaps planting your garden your dog might be roaming around the yard. Th...


A surge in mortgage applications

Contract interest rates were lower

Mortgage applications broke a 2-week streak of declines last week. The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) says its Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey sho...


Would you pay $30 to be a Jerk?

The Federal Trade Commission doesn't think you should is one of those websites that probably has a reason for being even if it's not immediately apparent to the naked eye. Whether it's worth $30 a yea...


Modified Audi A6 earns top IIHS safety award

The vehicle was modified to improve small overlap protection

Modifications to the 2016 Audi A6 stellar performance in the small overlap front test earns the vehicle the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's (IIHS)...


Rising Moon Organics frozen ravioli recalled

The product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Carmel Food Group is recalling certain Rising Moon Organics frozen Ravioli items. The product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The compa...


Blue Bell Ice Cream recalls institutional/food service ice cream cups

The products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Blue Bell Ice Cream of Brenham, Texas, is recalling 3-oz. institutional/food service ice cream cups -- chocolate, strawberry and vanilla -- with tab lids. ...


Wegmans recalls frozen spinach

The product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Wegmans Food Markets is recalling approximately 12,540 packages of Wegmans Organic Food You Feel Good About Just Picked Frozen Spinach. The product may be...


Why gasoline prices go up early in the year

In part, it's the cost of cleaner air

In most areas of the country gasoline prices have started to drift lower again after rising during most of January and February. It's a pattern that tends ...


TeslaCrypt ransomware threatens Minecraft, World of Warcraft and other game files and platforms

Another reason why you should always have backup copies of your files

In case you needed another reminder why you should always back up your files: there's a new form of ransomware called TeslaCrypt that primarily targets gam...


Telecoms challenge FCC's new Internet rules while big video streamers ask for fast lanes

HBO, Sony, Showtime all seeking "managed" services that help them get around congestion

To no one's surprise, telecommunications companies are challenging the Federal Communications Commission's new Internet rules, saying they are unlawful, un...


Lawsuits may force feds to define "natural" foods

FDA, FTC, USDA have all dropped the ball

After decades of debate there remains no generally accepted definition of a "natural" food product. Regulatory agencies have refused to settle the issue bu...


Fruit loops for your dog

Fruit is just as good for dogs as it is for people

Spring and summer bring a plethora of fresh fruits to your table. Why not let your dog enjoy a few of these as well? With obesity being high on the list of...


New home sales surge in February

House prices were on the rise also

Despite the rugged winter weather in February, sales of new single-family houses posted a solid gain. Figures released jointly by the Census Bureau and th...


Consumer prices post first gain in 4 months

Energy, food and shelter were major factors

Here's something we haven't seen in a while: an increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI). The Labor Department (DOL) reports hikes in the costs of energ...


New Jersey poker player/investment advisor bilked clients, state charges

Investors' money was diverted to the advisor's own use, an indictment alleges

It's always good to have an investment advisor but it's also essential to do a thorough background check before entrusting your funds to any third party. P...


Stock Yards Meat Packing Co. recalls roast beef

The product was mistakenly labeled as corned beef

Stock Yards Meat Packing Co. of Tucson, Ariz., is recalling approximately 2,149 pounds of roast beef. The product was mistakenly labeled as corned beef on...


Amy’s Kitchen recalls various products because of possible health risk

The products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Amy’s Kitchen is recalling approximately 73,897 cases of products that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The company says it is not aware o...


La Terra Fina recalls organic spinach dip

The product may be contaminated with Listeria

La Terra Fina is recalling its Organic Spinach Dip. The product, sold at Costco stores in the San Francisco Bay area, may be contaminated with Listeria. ...


Boa Vida Imports recalls pork and beef products

The products were imported from an ineligible country

Boa Vida Imports of New Bedford, Mass., is recalling approximately 385 pounds of pork and beef products. The products were imported from Portugal, which i...


Biogen's promising Alzheimer's drug advances to Phase 3 trial

Aducanumab has been shown to reduce amyloid plaque in the brain

Over the last 5 years or so researchers have made tantalizing progress against the scourge of Alzheimer's disease, but the developments have yet to get to ...


Which is cheaper, buying or renting?

In many markets, the balance is shifting to buying

The question of whether you are better off buying or renting doesn't have a simple answer. A lot of factors come into play because a lot depends on where y...


Why isn't there generic insulin?

Two Johns Hopkins researchers look for the answer

Patients diagnosed with diabetes are usually treated with insulin, a natural substance in the body that regulates how sugar is broken down and processed....


FCC fines TV station $325,000 for sexual images

A Virginia broadcast images from an "adult" site during its 6 p.m. newscast

It's been eight years since the Federal Communications Commission fined a television station for indecency violations, but today it made up for the haitus ...


A turn-around for existing-home sales

Prices, meanwhile, continue to shoot higher

After getting off to a slow start in January, sales of previously-owned homes moved higher last month. Figures released by the National Association of Rea...


Ways to ease pet med costs

Vets charge a lot for drugs but there are less expensive options

Our pets are living longer and you can thank modern medicine for that. It can be expensive, though, to treat conditions that your dog or cat may have. Are ...


In vino truth. Also arsenic

It's in lots of other things too, if that's any comfort

Arsenic isn't something you normally want to accompany your dinner. But the naturally occurring substance turns up in all kinds of places you wouldn't expe...


Aurora Products recalls walnuts and trail mixes

The products may be contaminated with Salmonella

Aurora Products is recalling certain lots of natural walnuts and trail mixes containing walnuts. The products may be contaminated with Salmonella. No ill...


O’Coconut recalls 3 products

The products may be contaminated with Salmonella

Nutiva, which bills itself as an “organic superfoods company,” is recalling 3 of its O’Coconut items. The products may be contaminated with Salmonella Th...


Nature’s Eats Natural Macadamia Nuts recalled

The product may be contaminated with Salmonella

Texas Star Nut and Food Co., of Boerne, Texas, is recalling Nature’s Eats Natural Macadamia Nuts. The product may be contaminated with Salmonella No illn...


Van Lang Foods recalls pork and chicken products

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

Van Lang Foods of Countryside, Ill., is recalling approximately 232 pounds of pork potstickers and chicken dim sum The products contain egg, a known aller...


5 fitness companies that can outfit your home gym

But do your research and make sure the equipment is a good fit for your body and goals

A gym membership can be expensive, and having to travel to another location to get in a workout can also be inconvenient, especially for busy people....


Report: 2012 FTC investigators wanted to sue Google for antitrust violations

Yet the FTC publicly announced the exact opposite conclusion.

The Wall Street Journal has acquired and released internal Federal Trade Commission documents that raise some interesting questions about the FTC's officia...


When to give your child a smartphone

Parent groups urge stricter rules

For parents, the decision to give a child a smartphone is often rationalized on grounds of safety....


Food TV is fun but may also be fattening

Researchers caution viewers not to try this at home

Cable TV networks broadcasting cooking shows have enjoyed ratings success with shows featuring delicious, rich natural ingredients made from scratch....


Identity thieves keep busy as this year's tax deadline approaches

Fraudulent tax returns get more attention than usual this year

With less than a month to go before this year's federal income tax filing deadline, that still leaves plenty of time for identity thieves and other forms o...


Deadline to take required retirement plan distributions is approaching

The window closes April 1

If you turned 70½ during 2014, the clock is ticking. No, not that way but in terms of receiving your required minimum distribution (RMD) from your Indivi...


Consumer group warns of safety shortcomings in driverless cars

A human must be able to take control when necessary, Consumer Watchdog argues

Tesla CEO Elon Musk is saying his company will have driverless cars in the U.S. by this summer. Google is working on its pod-shaped driverless cars and jus...


Amazon test drones cleared for take-off

FAA gives preliminary approval for test flights

The Federal Aviation Administration has given Amazon clearance to begin test flights of its commercial delivery drones. The agency announced it has approve...


Electric cars are cool in more ways than one

They help reduce the "heat island" effect in urban areas

Everybody knows that electric cars help reduce air pollution but studies show that there may be two hidden benefits that electric cars have over convention...


New CFPB policy gives voice to complaints about financial companies

You can now opt-in to share your complaint narrative with the public

Feel the need to gripe publicly about your bank or credit card company? The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is putting the finishing touches o...


Gasoline prices surge in the Midwest this week

Spike linked to refinery issues and should be temporary

Gasoline prices in the U.S. are still lower than they have been in years but nonetheless are higher than they were a month ago. And in a handful of Midwest...


Millennials pivot into the housing market

Realtors' survey finds once-committed renters now embracing home ownership

It was just a few short months ago we reported on a trend that seemed to suggest Millennials were not rushing to buy a home. It was seen as one reason the ...


Four found guilty in complex scheme to fraudulently control HOA boards

Homeowners' association legal and repair jobs sent to conspirators' law firm and construction com[any

A federal jury in Las Vegas has found four defendants guilty of various counts in a bizarrely complicated scheme to fraudulently take control of various ho...


Are you and your child ready for summer camp?

Time away from home is just what some kids need after a long school year

Spring break is upon us but summer vacation is right around the corner and you might already be thinking what to do with the kids this summer. Sleep-away ...


“Integration of data” versus “cross-device tracking”: what are online advertisers doing?

Po-tay-to, po-tah-to, to-may-to, to-mah-to....

Yesterday, the Federal Trade Commission announced it was seeking public comment about the privacy implications of the growing marketing/advertising practic...


Bill would outlaw marketing and sales of e-cigarettes to minors

Manufacturers using candy flavors to appeal to children

Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) and five co-sponsors today introduced a measure that would ban companies from selling and marketing e-cigarettes to ...


Target offers $10 million settlement over 2013 data breach

Individual victims could claim up to $10,000 in damages, if a federal judge accepts Target's proposal

Target has offered to pay $10 million to settle class actions related to its massive pre-Christmas customer payment-card data breach from 2013, which compr...


MINI Cooper illegally denied warranty repairs: FTC

Dealers told customers their warranties would be voided if they went elsewhere for service

Is it true that if you don't take your car to the dealer for service your warranty will be voided? The answer is a resounding "No" as BMW has just been rem...


California senator wants clearer labels on baby furniture containing flame retardants

The chemicals have been linked to cancer, hyperactivity and other maladies

​Fire is dangerous but so are the chemicals that slow the spread of flames in furniture. And a California state senator thinks parents should have a choice...


Good records key to claiming gifts to charity

Make sure you get all the breaks allowed by law

You're a good person -- you contribute to worthwhile charities, right? The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) says that in order to make sure you claim all th...


Initial jobless claims edge higher

Moderate economic growth is being forecast for the months ahead

There was a slight uptick last week in the number of people applying for the first time for state unemployment benefits last week. According to the Labor ...


Wegmans Organic Walnut Halves & Pieces recalled

The product may be contaminated with Salmonella

First Source of Buffalo, N.Y., is recalling 3,276 plastic tubs of Wegmans Organic Walnut Halves & Pieces. The product may be contaminated with Salmonella....


Stoneridge Wholesale Division recalls pork tenderloin product

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

StoneRidge Wholesale Division of Wautoma, Wis., is recalling approximately 31,851 pounds of pork tenderloin product. The product contains milk, a known al...


Honda recalls Accords, Civics and Pilots

Excessive internal pressure may cause the front air bag inflator to rupture

American Honda Motor Company is recalling 104,871 model year 2001 Accords, 2004 Civics and 2008 Pilots. Upon deployment of the driver side front air bag,...


Vitamin Cottage expands recall of organic garlic powder

The product may be contaminated with Salmonella

Vitamin Cottage Natural Food Markets, Inc., a Lakewood, Colorado based natural grocery chain, is expanding its February recall of Natural Grocers brand org...


Data breach at Premera Blue Cross affects 11 million medical and financial records

Information dating as far back as 2002 might be at risk; observers suspect Chinese involvement again

Health-insurance company Premera Blue Cross admitted yesterday that the financial and medical records of at least 11 million people (dating as far back as ...


Energy costs are low but electric bills aren't

Home builders find electric bill biggest cost of owning a home

The National Association of Homebuilders recently studied the consumer costs of owning a home. The biggest, far and away, was paying the monthly electric b...


Mac 'n cheese a health food? How did that happen?

Skeptics wary of Kraft winning seal of approval from dietitians

Grilled cheese has been a food staple of children for many years. This gooey delicacy has made food trucks famous and brought relief to the beleaguered par...


Dog tags becoming extinct in San Antonio

Pets will need a microchip instead

San Antonio may become one of the first cities to do away with dog and cat licenses. Actually they aren't getting rid of the licenses, just the little tag ...


You can send money through Facebook Messenger

Tie your debit card to your Facebook account and pay away

It's always been easier to spend money than to make it. And now it's even easier yet for Facebook users, who can now send money to one another through the ...


Federal Trade Commission seeks public comment about “cross-device tracking"

Cookies only track your online activities on one device.

The Federal Trade Commission announced today that it will hosting a workshop this November to examine the privacy issues surrounding the practice of “cross...


Bad news is good news for consumers, study finds

Economists make an alarming discovery: news is helpful

Journalists are puzzled, even miffed, when consumers complain about "bad" news. To us, it's like calling medicine "bad" because you only take it when you'r...


Internet Explorer drifts into history

Despite its privileged parentage, IE never quite found its way in the world

It's better to be an explorer if you're living in a time when nobody knows where anything is. Christopher Columbus, Americus Vespucci, Ponce de Leon and ot...


Most consumers are in the dark about health care costs

Research finds providers slowly moving toward fee transparency

Studies show that when consumers are presented with information about what health services cost, they tend to make better decisions. The hard part, however...


You can still contribute to an IRA for 2014

But you'd better hurry; time is running out

While we're well into the first quarter of 2015, it's not too late to contribute to an IRA for last year and -- in many cases -- qualify for a deduction or...


Mortgage applications post second straight weekly decline

Contract interest rates also were lower

Another drop in mortgage applications -- the second in as many weeks. The Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) reports applications were down 3.9% during ...


Alewel’s Country Meats recalls beef products

The product was produced using the wrong inspection legend

Alewel’s Country Meats of Warrensburg, Mo., is recalling approximately 134 pounds of beef products. The product was produced using the wrong inspection l...


Trader Joe’s recalls raw walnuts

The products may be contaminated with Salmonella

Trader Joe’s is recalling its brand of raw walnuts because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The company says it has not receive...


Are you sharing too much information about your child?

"Sharenting" poses risks of embarrassment for the child later in life

Some parents – and even grandparents – can't resist the urge to post any and all kinds of photos and information about their kids on Facebook....


Virginia may limit police retention of license plate scanner data

Data not part of an active criminal investigation to be purged after seven days

If you live in modern America, there's a good chance that anytime you live your house, your movements and whereabouts are being recorded in realtime and st...


More consumers cut the cable cord last year

Nielsen finds dramatic increase in homes with streaming services

To be clear, most U.S. households get their video content from one of the pay-TV providers. But those cable giants have to be looking over their shoulders...


Stress at work? Call in the dogs

Study confirms the health benefits of furry friends

​Job stress can fray nerves, keep you up at night, and contribute to health problems such as heart disease and depression. ...


Study links diet soda to belly fat in older consumers

Chronic consumption could raise risk of diabetes, heart attack and stroke

People drink diet soda because -- well, it's diet so they think it will help them lose weight. But a new study finds that in adults 65 and older, increasin...


Hyundai may roll out a small pickup truck

The "sport truck" wouldn't compete with the likes of the Ford F-150

A few weeks ago, we reported that Hyundai was planning to enter the big-truck market. It turns out the Korean automaker also has its eye on the U.S. small ...


Uncle Sam may have some money for you

Refunds totaling $1 billion are available for people who didn't file a tax return for 2011

Even if you didn't file a federal income tax return for 2011, you may have some money waiting for you. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) says it has refu...


New-home construction plunges in February

Heavy snow and cold took a toll on building

How tough has this winter been? People in the home-bulding business know. According to figures released by the Census Bureau and the Department of Housing...


Airlines improve on-time performance in January

There was both year-over year and month-over month improvement

Airline passengers saw their chances of getting to their designation on time improve during January. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Air Tra...


Frontier Co-op recalls products containing organic garlic powder

The products may be contaminated with Salmonella

Frontier Co-op is recalling several of its products manufactured with organic garlic powder and sold under its Frontier and Simply Organic brands, and one ...


Bear Creek Smokehouse recalls beef products

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

Bear Creek Smokehouse of Marshall, Texas, is recalling approximately 3,700 pounds of beef products. The products contain soy, a known allergen which is no...


Spring allergy season could be a bad one

Warm fall and wet winter provide ideal conditions for pollen

After a long hard winter in much of the U.S. most people are looking forward to spring. But for allergy sufferers, the change in seasons may bring a new se...


Facebook “clarifies” its policies without “changing” them, again

Also releases some moderately depressing government-transparency statistics

On Sunday, two high-ranking Facebook employees published a lengthy post on Facebook's Newsroom page, “Explaining Our Community Standards and Approach to Go...


Budweiser, McDonald’'s, Blockbuster, Abercrombie & Fitch losing brand luster

Being on top is great; staying there, well, it's not so easy

It's a fact of life: Brands come and go. In January, Brand Keys Inc. published its annual list of brands that best meet consumers' expectations -- as well ...


When in doubt, toss it out. Until then, organize it

This is the perfect time to clean out and organize your garage

We toss everything in the garage. It's the perfect place to close the door and not have to see what's in that big dark room that's attached to the house. ...


Lawsuit claims SeaWorld auto-renews memberships without customer consent

Yet another reminder why you should carefully scrutinize your credit card bills, every month

A California woman has filed a lawsuit against SeaWorld, claiming that the company defrauds customers by automatically renewing (and charging their credit ...


Home builder confidence falls for third straight month

Lot and labor shortages are getting the blame

Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes fell in March following declines the two previous months. The National Association o...


Pot for pets runs into legal problems

The feds aren't happy about unproven claims for pet pot

​Since Washington state voters legalized marijuana for recreational use, the pet industry has been smokin'....


Gourmet Kitchen recalls various beef and chicken products

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

Gourmet Kitchen of Neptune, N.J., is recalling approximately 16,722 pounds of various beef and chicken products. The products contain peanuts, an allergen...


Bon Appetizers recalls chicken products

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

Bon Appetizers of Lakewood, N.J., is recalling approximately 10,429 pounds of chicken products. The products contain peanuts, an allergen not listed on th...


Managing your student loan debt

Obama administration says lenders need to do more to help

There is more than $1 trillion in student loan debt in the U.S. By and large, the young consumers carrying this load are doing so at the most vulnerable po...


Mutating bird flu raises new pandemic worries

But so far, no sign of human to human infection

International health researchers are expressing concern about the H7N9 strain of the bird flu virus that has spread through chicken flocks in China. They w...


Enough evidence exists to regulate e-cigarettes, legal scholar argues

A study, meanwhile finds that e-cigarette advertising makes consumers crave tobacco

A tobacco control expert says there's plenty of evidence to justify regulating e-cigarettes immediately. Meanwhile, a new study says that e-cigarette adver...


Court bans scammer from telemarketing for life

Also orders payment of $10.7 million judgment

The Federal Trade Commission announced yesterday that U.S. district court has permanently banned the ringleader of a telemarketing scam from ever engaging ...


Guardian's corrections clarify little in its five-month-old battle with Whisper

How anonymous can anybody be on the Internet?

Last October, an online war broke out between the U.K.'s Guardian and Whisper, the anonymizing app and social media platform which billed itself as the “sa...


Google to expand its Safe Browsing warnings

But those warnings won't help if you disregard them

​On Thursday night, a post on Google's official blog announced recent changes to (and a vast expansion of) Google's “Safe Browsing” program, warning users ...


Producer prices tumble -- again

Demand for services posted the biggest decline in more than 5 years

The Producer Price Index (PPI) fell 0.5% in February -- the fourth consecutive decline – due largely to the largest decrease in demand for services since D...


Levels of Discovery recalls airplane rocker

The red wooden knobs on the rocker’s steering panel console can detach

Levels of Discovery of Overland Park, Kan., is recalling about 150 Fly Boy Airplane Rockers The red wooden knobs on the rocker’s steering panel console ca...


FCC releases new net neutrality rules

In 300+ pages, the rules prohibit broadband providers from favoring one content provider over another

The Federal Communications Commission has released its new net neutrality rules, which prohibit broadband providers from favoring one content provider over...


Medical meta-study confirms: Homeopathy is not effective for treating any health condition

At best, you waste your money. At worst, you or your kids could die of an easily treatable ailment

After an extensive review of previous studies on homeopathic remedies, Australia's National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has concluded that ...


Consumers paying down debt but racking up even more

Lessons from Great Recession appear to be forgotten

Millions of Americans have received their federal income tax returns so far but the extra cash hasn't exactly boosted spending. So what are Americans doing...


Windows users beware: Update 3033929 puts Windows 7 into a reboot loop

If you haven't already installed this week's update, DON'T

If your operating system is Windows 7, be warned: one of the updates Microsoft released this Tuesday might put your computer into an endless reboot loop....


Kennel cough spikes this time of year

Dogs that see other dogs regularly should be vaccinated

It's kennel cough season. Kennel cough is basically a cold that dogs get and it's spread just like human colds -- through the air and through direct contac...


Twitter announces crackdown on revenge porn

Presumably part of the platform's larger effort to crack down on "abuse and trolls"

Twitter updated its terms of service Wednesday evening in order to ban the distribution of “revenge porn,” the practice of publishing nude or sexually expl...


GM cutting powertrain warranty to five years in some 2016 models

Long warranties weren't a strong enough selling point, GM says

​For years, General Motors has been offering a five-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty on Chevrolet and GMC but now says it will cut that to five years...


Want to live a long life? Don't spend it alone

Lonely younger people are at greater risk than older ones

Loneliness may be the new sitting, which has in turn been labeled the new smoking. All of them can shorten your life. New research from Brigham Young Unive...


Doctors finding new uses of technology to promote health

The aim is to provide more service at lower costs

When Apple unveiled its new watch this week, the device had a lot of nifty features that may or may not prove to be crowd pleasers. But one function just m...


Retail sales down for third straight month

Initial jobless claims posted a sharp decline

From the U.S. Census Bureau, word that retail sales posted their third decline in as many months. According to the government, sales were down 0.6% in Feb...


Toyota recalls Camrys, Highlanders and RAV4s

The vehicles have electrical and steering issues

Toyota Motor Sales is recalling of approximately 2,500 Model Year 2012-2014 RAV4 EV vehicles; and approximately 110,000 Model Year 2015 Camry, Camry Hybrid...


Renters fared worse than homeowners during the Great Recession

Despite a wave of foreclosures, some homeowners have recovered nicely

The Great Recession was marked by a wave of home foreclosures. In fact, the recession was made worse by the collapse of the housing market and the financia...


U.S. energy grid relying more on wind and solar in 2015

But first nuclear plant in 20 years also coming on line this year

After years of policy initiatives pushing renewable sources of energy, not just for individuals but for utilities, wind and solar are becoming bigger playe...


States form task force to probe herbal supplement industry

Pure supplements may be useless, mislabeled ones may be deadly

In February, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman drop-kicked the supplement buiness with the revelation that GNC, Target, Walmart, and Walgreens...


Flea season is approaching -- time to protect your pets

Fleas are a major headache. Now's the time to head them off

Flea season is just around the corner and there is nothing worse than watching your dog scratch uncontrollably to try and get those fleas off of them. Ther...


Refund checks being mailed to Premier Precious Metals scam victims

Scam victims will get about 70% of their investment back

The Federal Trade Commission has sent more than $2.4 million in refund checks to just over 100 consumers harmed by the Premier Precious Metals scheme, whic...


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You may qualify for a wide variety of services

How would you like some help preparing your federal tax return? How about some FREE help? You may qualify to get free tax help from Internal revenue Servi...


Feds approve powdered alcohol

Palcohol says its product makes drinking easier and cheaper

​We once heard of a would-be scam artist who tried to market powdered water. "Just add water!" his ad proclaimed. It might have been a prank. No one is qui...


Mortgage applications head downward

Contract interest rates moved higher

The zig-zag pattern continues for mortgage applications. After rising last week for the first time in 3 weeks, mortgage applications are down again. Data...


UltraZx weight loss supplements recalled

The product contains Sibutramine and Phenolphthalein, which are not listed on the label

UltraZx Labs is voluntarily recalling UltraZx weight loss supplements. The product contains Sibutramine and Phenolphthalein, which are not listed on the...


How reliable are those Internet-marketed cancer tests?

Researchers find tests that have "not been shown to be clinically useful.”

Consumers are taking a more proactive approach to managing their health care, which is probably a good thing. But they should always make sure the informat...


The incredible exploding laptop; or, why you should never use “third-party” rechargeable batteries

Powering rechargeable electronics is one area where brand loyalty makes good sense

Everybody's always looking for ways to save money, especially In this economy, and one common money-saving tip you'll often hear is to watch out for excess...


Study confirms forced arbitration clauses harm consumers

The clauses block class action suits; consumers seldom prevail in arbitrations

There are some things everyone already knows. One of them is that forced arbitration agreements are great for big companies, bad for consumers. ...


Study casts doubt on popular supplement

Coenzyme Q10 doesn't have anti-aging properties, researchers say

Coenzyme Q10 is a highly popular supplement marketed as an antioxidant to slow the aging process. The active ingredient is ubiquinone, a lipid-like substan...


Cord-cutters rejoice: Streaming HBO coming without a cable subscription

HBO Now will be limited to Apple devices for the first three months

Premium-cable channel Home Box Office announced that it will introduce big changes to its delivery model, changes which ultimately might prove the beginnin...


Study: Hormone therapy for menopause doesn't protect against heart disease

HRT may even cause an increased risk of stroke

​Hormone replacement therapy does not protect post-menopausal women against cardiovascular disease, and may even cause an increased risk of stroke, accordi...


Apple Watch: As glamorous as Google Glass?

It's hard to know just what to say about such a frivolous creation

When Google Glass debuted, it was widely derided as looking unbearably geeky. Also, some called it a privacy nightmare. When the Apple Watch debuted yester...


Face it: That cat is just your type

The shape of a cat's face can be a key to its personality

Cats are known for their independence. This attractive trait is why many people want a cat as a pet. But it can really be hard to know if a cat will fit yo...


Cutting it close with a pruner

There are several basic kinds of pruners; choose the one that's right for you

A gardener is nothing without tools and one essential tool as you start to clear out the scattered brush is a pruner. Like anything that you purchase there...


New safety standard approved for frame child carriers

Areas covered range from sharp points to the size of leg openings

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has approved a new federal mandatory standard intended to improve the safety of frame child carriers. ...


Foreclosures on the decline in January

The serious delinquency rate is the lowest in nearly 7 years

Both the foreclosure inventory and completed foreclosures posted declines in January. According to CoreLogic's National Foreclosure Report, inventory drop...


GM recalls Chevrolet Cruze vehicles with braking issue

Some parking brake brackets may not be fastened properly

General Motors is recalling 1,733 model year 2015 Chevrolet Cruze vehicles manufactured February 4, 2015, to February 9, 2015. The left-rear or right-rea...


Dodge Challenger and Charger SRT vehicles recalled

The fuel rail hose connection may leak

Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling 1,673 model year 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT and Dodge Charger SRT vehicles manufactured September 18, 2014, to February 5...


Honda recalls Accord L4 and CR-V vehicles

The engine could lose power or leak oil

American Honda Motor Co. is recalling 137 model year 2014 Accord L4 vehicles manufactured July 29, 2014, to July 31, 2014; 2015 Accord L4 vehicles manufact...


Has McDonald's lost that lovin' feeling?

Sales drop as tastes shift -- and, hey, where's the burger?

There was a time when McDonald's seemed like a bright new idea. Everything was hard plastic and stainless steel. Sort of like a fancy jail cell. At night, ...


Identity theft threatens businesses as well as individuals

IRS sees the problem each year at tax time

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) continues to warn individuals and businesses of the dangers of criminals obtaining their personal information and filing...


Credit card breach at Zoup soup, and possibly more restaurants to come

NEXTEP Systems point-of-sale compromised in various locations

If you frequently eat away from home then brace yourself for the possibility hackers have your credit or debit card number again. Security blogger Brian Kr...


California gas price hikes ignite consumers' wrath

Refinery explanations aren't always persuasive

Gas prices have been slowly rising since late January, when most analysts think they hit bottom -- except in California and especially the Los Angeles area...


Mexico bans circuses but fate of animals is uncertain

It's the tenth country to ban circuses nationwide

In Mexico a federal ban on circuses that was pushed by the country's Green Party and the conservative National Action Party (PAN) is set to go into effect ...


March Madness in the garden

It's almost time to get your hands dirty

It's maddening, it's March and there is still that white fluffy covering on the lawn in many places. Gardeners rejoice because with March comes occasional ...


Don't forget Free File when doing your taxes

You can use it for help with tax returns, extensions and new health care law

Have you filed your 2014 federal income tax return yet? If not, you have a valuable tool available to help you through the process: Free File. Available o...


Rio Tex recalls ready-to-eat beef products

The products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Rio Tex Wholesale Meats of Mercedes, Texas, is recalling approximately 58,180 pounds of ready-to-eat beef products. The products may be contaminated with ...


Alliance recalls tires with tread separation issue

The tire could have a rapid loss of air

Alliance Tire Americas is recalling 309 model 396 tires, size 445/65R22.5 manufactured April 22, 2013, to November 23, 2014; and size 600/50R22.5 manufactu...


Apex-S1R-EX motorcycle helmets recalled

The helmets may not meet federal penetration requirements

Suomy SPA is recalling 390 Apex-S1R-EX motorcycle helmets, sizes extra small, small and medium manufactured January 1, 2013, to July 31, 2013. The helmet...


Toyota recalls Yaris vehicles with axle issue

The rear axle bearing bolts may not have been tightened properly

Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing is recalling 226 model year 2015 Yaris vehicles manufactured September 8, 2014, to January 9, 2015. The recalled...


NSA “backdoor” mandates lead to a computer-security FREAK show

Microsoft Windows OS vulnerable to hackers, thanks to National Security Agency requirements

On Thursday, Microsoft issued a security advisory admitting that it is “aware of a security feature bypass vulnerability” which “affects all supported rele...


Regardless of age, consumers' financial planning found lacking

Boomers, Gen X and Millennials all seem to be behind the curve

There should be no generational finger-pointing when it comes to how well or poorly we manage our money for the future. A new survey suggests we could all ...


Google wades into the car insurance market

Insurance agents may soon be as rare as travel agents

Quick, what's the most boring and confusing thing you can think of? If you said insurance, you're right on target. ...


Where do you plan to get old?

Author says "aging in place" isn't right for everyone

It may not be until people hit their 60s that they start to think about where they would like to live out their "golden years."...


Three charged in theft of more than 1 billion email addresses in huge data breach

Prosecutor: Scope of the intrusion is "unnerving"

Two Vietnamese men and a Canadian have been indicted in what prosecutors say is one of the largest email hacking schemes ever. One of the Vietnamese defend...


Circus elephants will soon be but a memory

Ringling Brothers recognizes changing public tastes, issues retirement papers to its elephants

Elephants may harbor some bad memories from their 145 years as circus animals but their days in the ring will soon be over. Ringling Brothers and Barnum & ...


Mortgage rescue scammer gets 24-year prison sentence

California man took their money but troubled homeowners got nothing in return

Consumer fraud cases are usually handled as civil matters, resulting only in fines, but now and then they wind up in criminal court, where the penalties ca...


Just one catch in Google's wireless plans

At least for now, the network only works on Google's Nexus 6 phones

Google made waves a few weeks ago when it revealed it was developing a new wireless network that would lash up Sprint, T-Mobile and thousands of wi-fi rout...


Consumers prepare to say “good-bye” to winter with St. Patrick’s Day celebrations

Average spending this year will be a little higher than in 2014

Tired of winter yet? Silly question. While March 17 is a couple of days shy of spring, St. Patrick's Day is close enough and a good reason to celebrate t...


Hiring up, jobless rate down in February

Nearly 300,000 jobs were created last month

Hiring has kicked into high gear, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reporting that total nonfarm payroll employment shot up by 295,000 in February...


Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Durangos recalled

The vehicle could stall without warning

Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling 338,216 model year 2012-2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles manufactured September 17, 2010, to August 19, 2013, and equip...


Nissan recalls Altimas with hood latch issue

The secondary hood latch may remain in the unlatched position when the hood is closed

Nissan North America is recalling 625,000 model year 2013-2015 Nissan Altimas manufactured March 1, 2013, to December 31, 2014. The secondary hood latch ...


Premier Distribution Center recalls beef and pork products

Discrepancies in the inspection labeling process have turned up

Premier Distribution Center of Nogales, Ariz., is recalling approximately 50,953 pounds of pork and beef products. A federal inspector noticed that some ...


Toyota recalls Yaris vehicles in Puerto Rico

An incorrect headliner was used in the vehicles

Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. is recalling of approximately 16,600 Model Year 2012-2015 Yaris hatchbacks produced for sale in Puerto Rico. An incorrect hea...


Doctors cautioned about prescribing testosterone products

Low-T products are heavily marketed on the Internet and cable TV

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will now require the makers of approved testosterone, or “low-T” products, to alter labeling to make clear to doctor...


Are there too many antibiotics or too few?

In the past there were too many, now maybe not enough

The recent emergence of a “super bug” bacteria resistant to antibiotics has stoked competing concerns in the health care industry....


Semi-vegetarian diet reduces risk of heart attack and stroke

Just shifting the balance of foods in your diet can make a big difference

Can't stand the thought of going vegetarian? The good news is you don't have to. You can go "pro-vegetarian" and reap similar benefits, according to a new ...


Lumber Liquidators denies formaldehyde allegations

"60 Minutes" report said some products had high levels of the naturally-occurring chemical

Lumber Liquidators is denying charges that some of its laminate wood products contain hazardous quantities of formaldehyde, a known carcinogen. The allegat...


House passes Amtrak funding, Senate sidelines it for now

In Congress as in life, freight takes precedence over passenger travel

The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a four-year reauthorization bill for Amtrak yesterday, then headed for the airports for one of Congress'...


Cats tossed in pet therapy guidelines

Dogs may be OK but cats are deemed too risky for hospital visits

Pets have achieved a new role in hospital settings and taken over where Candy Stripers left off. They visit the sick and bring a little smile to their face...


U.S. employers cut 50k jobs in February

Oil prices are getting much of the blame

While there weren't as many planned job cuts in February as there were the month before, the total still topped 50,000. The Challenger, Gray & Christmas m...


Credit card breach at Mandarin Oriental hotels

Breach probably dates back to pre-Christmas 2014

Add the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group to the list of companies who've had hackers breach their customer credit card numbers....


Bavarian Meats recalls loaf products

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

Bavarian Meats of Seattle, Wash., is recalling approximately 1,400 pounds of Bavarian Brand Loaf products. The product contains soy, a known allergen not ...


Winn-Dixie's open but the service desk is closed?

The person sitting at the Customer Service desk says the desk is closed

​Sometimes it's the little things that drive consumers mad. Endless recording loops that assure you you're about to enjoy the best service ever. Answers th...


Identity thieves come to Apple Pay

Apple's mobile wallet remains secure, but the cards attached to those accounts might not be

Just how safe is Apple Pay, anyway? Apple's “mobile wallet,” a standard feature on the iPhone 6, first became available last October, and not only offered ...


There are big negatives when older people stop driving

This major life change should be approached carefully

If you want to spark a lively discussion among a multi-generation group, just bring up the topic of elderly drivers. Suggesting that older drivers hang up ...


"Last Dance" ad delivers anti-smoking message

Smoking rates are beginning to climb after decades of decline

Alarmed by an increase in the smoking rate, health departments around the country are doubling down on their efforts to persuade consumer to quit....


FTC to telemarketers: you can't hide sales pitches behind political-survey robocalls

Political robocalls are legal but sales-pitch robocalls are not

Today the Federal Trade Commission announced that, along with 10 different state attorneys general, it has “taken action against” eight different telemarke...


Report finds telemarketers pocket most of the funds they solicit for charities

For-profit fundraisers kept 52 cents of every dollar they raised

For-profit telemarketers raised $302 million for charity from New Yorkers in 2013. They kept $156 million, more than half. That's according to a report, "P...


JPMorgan Chase agrees to $50 million settlement with 25,000 bankrupt homeowners

Chase admits it filed court documents that were improperly signed

JPMorgan Chase has agreed to a $50 million settlement with 25,000 bankrupt homeowners. The settlement addresses robo-signing and other improper mortgage pr...


Coming to grips with your cat's diabetes

As in humans, it's a serious disease that can't be ignored

Diabetes is a growing problem in humans -- and also in our pets, including cats. The good thing about it is that it's manageable. But if left untreated, di...


Slowing down the treadmill: personal finance and the Red Queen's race

You have to move to stay in place, and move faster to get ahead

To understand how money works for a typical American these days try looking back to Victorian England, when an oddball mathematician under the pen name Lew...


Treadmill performance might reveal when you will die

The less you can tolerate vigorous exercise, the shorter your life?

Want to know when you will die? Just hop on a treadmill and keep increasing the speed and incline....


Another month of solid job growth

February's performance nearly matches January's

February didn't quite measure up to January in terms of job growth. But the difference is unremarkable. According to the February ADP National Employment ...


Mortgage applications inch higher

Contract interest rates were on the decline

After falling in the previous 2 weeks, applications for mortgages rose 0.1% during the week ending February 27, according to data from the Mortgage Banker...


Study: Coffee may reduce risks of multiple sclerosis

Beverage continues to be cited for positive health effects

For decades the health effects of America's favorite morning beverage has been the subject of debate....


Eight emerging trends in nutrition bars

They're not just for athletes and mountain climbers anymore

Athletes have for years relied on high-protein power bars, to give them an extra burst of energy before a match or competition....


K-Cup inventor regrets his creation

"Kind of expensive" and bad for the environment, too

The Keurig Green Mountain company has lost a lot of popularity lately. And now even its inventor says he's sometimes sorry he ever came up with the idea....


Overstock overwhelms consumers, some in a good way, some not so good

Pricing, delivery problems are annoyances for some

ConsumerAffairs' new video reviews have been embraced by consumers overheated about their dog food, their toilet seats and their refrigerators, among other...


My dog ate ... the camera

Tiny capsule lets veterinarians get an inside view of your dog

The dog ate my homework, the dog chewed the furniture and the dog ate the camera. The first two are bad, the third is good -- the dog was supposed to eat t...


Weight-loss product hustlers banned from telemarketing

Refunds for wrong or defective products were refused

The scheme charged Spanish-speaking consumers for unordered or defective products and made it costly or practically impossible for them to get their money...


A simple test can find lead poisoning in children but many parents refuse

Thousands of children don't get the test because of parental ignorance

Lead poisoning is a serious risk for children living in older homes with lead-based paint and in urban areas with high levels of air pollution. It can caus...


Buick SUV and its Chevy twin earn IIHS safety award

Improvements in small overlap front protection raised the vehicles' rating

The Buick Encore SUV -- along with its newly introduced, lower-priced twin, the Chevrolet Trax -- has qualified for the Insurance Institute for Highway Saf...


Year-over-year and month-over-month, home prices are up again

The West leads the nation in price appreciation

For the 35th month in a row, home prices have posted a year-over-year gain CoreLogic reports its January Home Price Index (HPI) shows that home prices nat...


Campos Foods recalls beef products

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

Campos Foods of Caryville, Tenn., is recalling approximately 136,950 pounds of beef products. The products contain wheat, a known allergen, which is not d...


Psychologists say discredited autism therapies still being practiced

Researchers worry parents are still clinging to false hope

With the explosive growth in autism, parents of children diagnosed with the disorder have looked for answers and ways to help their children communicate. I...


White House releases proposed “Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights,” to little acclaim

Privacy advocates don't like it, and tech companies don't either

The good news: late last Friday, the White House released a proposed draft of something it calls a “Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights,” which theoretically w...


Hospitals can be more dangerous than you think

While patients face increasingly dangerous germs, doctors are at risk of getting shot

You go to a hospital because you are trying to get well or recover from an injury but sometimes a hospital stay just makes things worse....


Consumers cool to their Jenn-Air refrigerators

They're sleek and expensive but many consumers find them troublesome

Jenn-Air builds some really great-looking refrigerators. Flush design, concealed hinges, in-door water dispensers -- what more could you want?...


Love 'em & forget 'em -- that's your dog

Your dog likes you but don't expect him to remember what you said yesterday

Perhaps you and your dog have had a special moment. One where you both hugged and snuggled and you thought it was pretty special. For the moment it probabl...


Study reinforces heart-health benefits of nuts

Large study finds benefits for all races and socio-economic groups, not just wealthy whites

Lots of people think healthful eating involves only unfamiliar foods that they don't find appealing. Think tofu and kale. But how about peanuts? Everybody ...


Hackers possibly hit Natural Grocers

Evidence indicates card-stealing malware planted just before last Christmas

Fans of “natural” foods take note: it looks like hackers have managed to plant malware on the cash registers at various Natural Grocers locations throughou...


The Mercedes-Benz E350 -- it could be your father's Oldsmobile

A week in the ungainly beast leaves us longing for our Volt

It never rains in Southern California but when it does, well, you know the rest. ...


Another drop in consumer spending

The decline came despite an increase in personal incomes

Consumer spending, or personal consumption expenditures (PCE), fell for the second straight month in January, while personal incomes rose for the second ti...


Oscar's Hickory House recalls beef jerky product

The product is susceptible to environmental pathogens

Oscar’s Hickory House of Warrensburg, N.Y., is recalling approximately 32 pounds of beef jerky product. The product is susceptible to environmental patho...


Hyundai recalls Elantras

Power steering assist could be lost

yundai Motor America is recalling 204,768 model year 2008-2010 Elantra vehicles manufactured June 1, 2008, to April 30, 2010, and 2009-2010 Elantra Touring...


Talenti Sea Salt Caramel Gelato recalled

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

Talenti Gelato Sorbetto is recalling a limited number of jars of Sea Salt Caramel Gelato. The product may contain peanuts, an allergen not listed on the l...


General Motors recalls Chevrolet Impalas with braking issue

The brake pads may stay partially engaged

General Motors is recalling 1,177 model year 2014 Chevrolet Impala vehicles manufactured November 15, 2012, to May 27, 2014. The electronic parking brake...