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Why it's so hard to lose weight

There are many reasons but it often comes down to controlling hunger

Anyone who has ever gone on a diet knows how hard it is to stick to it so that you get results....


Bipartisan bill would guarantee customers' right to criticize companies

Consumer Review Freedom Act of 2015 would outlaw non-disparagement clauses

Last September, after California became the first state to make it illegal for businesses to put “non-disparagement...


FDA warns that human meds can be fatal to cats

Topical pain medication creams are dangerous to small animals

A new warning has been issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and this one is for cat owners. It's about topical analgesics that are for humans th...


How to judge whether a wine is any good

For starters, don't look at the price tag

Judging whether a wine is good, mediocre or just plain bad is not always easy. After all, it's a subjective process and personal tastes come into play....


Court shutters sham mortgage relief operation

Some victims lost their homes when their loan payments were diverted

A federal court has halted an alleged sham operation that took money from financially distressed homeowners and simply kept the money rather than forwardin...


Five-time offender Black & Decker fined for delays in reporting lawnmower safety hazards

Electric lawnmowers continued to operate after users turned them off

For the fifth time, Black & Decker has been penalized for being slow to report safety hazards in its products. In the latest case, the company will pay $1....


Personal income, spending inch higher in March

Initial jobless claims posted a huge weekly decline

Consumers didn't find themselves with a lot of extra money in their pockets last month. The Commerce Department reports personal income increased by just ...


Moms and retailers expected to do well this Mother's Day

Spending is projected to be at a 12-year high

Mother's Day is less than 2 weeks off and you know what that means: a spending splurge on things like jewelry, flowers, gift cards, brunch and apparel. ...


FDA approves drug for double chin treatment

Kybella destroys fat cells when injected below the chin

You might not think of a double chin as something that cries out for medical treatment but if it's something that bothers you, you'll be glad to know the U...


Navajo Pride bleached flour recalled

The product may be contaminated with Salmonella

Navajo Pride of Farmington, N.M., is recalling its Bleached All Purpose Flour. The product may be contaminated with Salmonella. No illnesses have been re...


Golden Krust Patties recalls beef and chicken products

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

Golden Krust Patties of Bronx, N.Y., is recalling approximately 9,073,384 pounds of beef and chicken products. The products contain egg, an allergen not ...


Pedego recalls electric bicycle batteries

The batteries can overheat, posing a fire hazard

Pedego Inc., of Irvine, Calif., is recalling about 5,000 lithium ion rechargeable batteries. The batteries can overheat, posing a fire hazard. The compan...


Hy-Vee recalls Summer Fresh Pasta Salad

The product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Hy-Vee is recalling Hy-Vee Summer Fresh Pasta Salad that is sold in its stores' kitchen department cold cases and salad bars. The product may be contamin...


Pediatricians find it's too easy for teens to buy supplements

Test finds health food stores all too happy to sell dietary supplements to 15 year olds

Teenage drug use – be they illegal substances or prescription drugs – is an ongoing concern. Now pediatricians are adding dietary supplements to their list...


Google introduces anti-phishing tool for Chrome browser

Password Alert can warn you when a bogus site tries to get your password

Google has introduced a new security tool for the Chrome browser that's intended to help keep consumers safe from phishing attacks. Those are the scams tha...


Reports: Apple Watch won't work for people with tattoos

Apparently the darker inks absorb enough light to interfere with the Watch's sensors

Bad news for tattooed iFans who want an Apple Watch: A growing body of complaints seems to indicate that tattoo ink, especially in dark colors, interferes ...


Air fares on the rise

Travelers in Madison, Wisconsin, were hit the hardest

The friendly skies were a little more expensive in the final 3 months of last year. Figures released by the Transportation Department’s Bureau of Transpor...


Economic growth slows to a crawl in first quarter

A slowdown in consumer spending is among the factors

The government has taken its first of 3 readings on the economy for the first quarter -- and the results are not encouraging. According to the "advance" es...


A dip in mortgage applications

Contract interest rates were mixed

Applications for mortgages were a little lower last week. According to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Application Surv...


Spring fix-up can be hazardous to your health

Emergency rooms are packed on weekends with victims of home handyman mishaps

Deciding to tackle the yard work now that the weather is breaking can be dangerous. The emergency room is filled on weekends with people getting poked in t...


Whirlpool mislabeled refrigerators as Energy Star compliant, lawsuit charges

A federal judge has certified the case for California consumers

Whirlpool faces a class action lawsuit filed by consumers who say they bought Whirlpool refrigerators that were falsely labeled as Energy Star compliant, C...


Technology may reduce distracted driving among teens

Study finds intervention devices successfully modified dangerous behavior

It is a sad fact that the number one cause of accidental death in teens is motor vehicle accidents. In this current age of always needing to be plugged in,...


Study finds gastric bands, group weight management programs equally effective

Both improved blood sugar levels over a year's time

Weight loss is never easy, but it's important for overweight people with type 2 diabetes seeking to control their blood sugar levels and optimize their hea...


Waymouth Farms recalls raw pine nuts

The product may be contaminated with Salmonella.

Waymouth Farms of New Hope, Minn., is recalling raw pine nuts in various sizes. The product may be contaminated with Salmonella No illnesses have been re...


Corn Maiden Foods expands recall of beef and pork products

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

Corn Maiden Foods of Harbor City, Calif., has added an additional item to the list of 15,600 pounds of pork products recalled earlier this month. The pro...


Skyline Provisions recalls beef products

The product is contaminated with E. coli O157:H7

Skyline Provisions of Harvey, Ill., is recalling 1,029 pounds of beef products. The product is contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. There are no reports of...


Mayo Clinic doctors getting close to a blood test for cancer

Doctors may soon be able to easily find cancer anywhere in the body

When doctors suspect a patient has a cancerous tumor, they order a biopsy to examine tissue. But if the cancer is lurking in another part of the body, the ...


Video study documents teen distracted driving

In-car cameras capture moments just before and after a crash

A picture is worth a thousand words. Highway safety advocates are hoping in-vehicle video of actual car accidents caused by driver distraction can focus mo...


Radio Shack agrees to remediation in bankruptcy sale of customer data

Another reminder that you don't own your personal information

Radio Shack today agreed to enter mediation with the attorneys general of Texas, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Tennessee regarding the its plan to auction off c...


Feds fine Regions Bank for gouging customers with illegal overdraft fees

The bank charged overdraft fees to customers who had not opted-in for coverage, the CFPB charged

For the first time, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has taken action against a bank for violating regulations governing bank overdraft fees. Th...


Home prices post widespread gains in February

Prices have posted year-over-year advances for 34 straight months

Home prices continued their rise across the country over the last 12 months, according to the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices. Both the 10-City and 20...


Tyson Foods will cull antibiotics from its chicken flocks

Antibiotic-resistant infections "a global health concern"

Tyson Foods is the latest to say it will phase out the use of human antibiotics. The company says its U.S. broiler chicken flocks will be free of antibioti...


A smartphone and GPS for your dog

It's the latest in wearable computers

If you or your dog is high-tech and gadgets are your thing, there is something you might want to check out. It's ne...


Greystone Foods recalls vegetable products

The products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Greystone Foods of Birmingham, Ala., is recalling Today’s Harvest frozen Field Peas with Snaps, Broccoli Florets, and Silver Queen Corn. The products may ...


Alpine Sausage Kitchen recalls beef and pork products

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

Alpine Sausage Kitchen of Albuquerque, N.M., is recalling approximately 3,350 pounds of beef and pork products. The products contain soy, an allergen not ...


Hong Ha recalls beef and pork products

The products contain wheat flour, eggs and milk, allergens not listed on the label

Hong Ha of Hyattsville, Md., is recalling approximately 10,164 pounds of beef and pork products. The products contain wheat flour, eggs and milk, allergen...


Nylabone Products recalls Puppy Starter Kit

The product may be contaminated with Salmonella

Nylabone Products of Neptune, N.J., is recalling one lot of its 1.69-oz. package of the Puppy Starter Kit dog chews. The product may be contaminated with ...


Ford recalls Ford Fiestas, Fusions, and Lincoln MKZs

The vehicles may have a broken door latch pawl spring tab

Ford Motor Company is recalling approximately 390,000 model year 2012-2014 Ford Fiestas and 2013-2014 model years Ford Fusions and Lincoln MKZs. The door...


Wireless service begins to go the way of DSL as new entrants pit network against network

Google's Project Fi and smaller players like FreedomPop are acting as spectrum wholesalers

Think back a decade ago. If you wanted broadband, DSL was all that was available in many areas. And it was available only as an add-on to your landline tel...


Corinthian Colleges ceases operations, closes all remaining schools

Corinthian-run Everest, WyoTech and Heald campuses closed; other Everest locations remain open

Corinthian Colleges, the long-embattled chain of for-profit schools, announced on its website that it would close all remaining campuses immediately...


Report: Russian hackers could read President Obama's email correspondence

Last summer's White House hacking was even worse than previously admitted

Last summer, hackers with suspected Russian-government backing were able to breach computer network security at the State Department, then use that as a ju...


Plastic containers continue to pile up on land and sea

Plastic is forever, and that's the problem

Unless you are a frequent visitor to landfills or sail the world's oceans, you aren't likely to encounter the mountains of pl...


Toddlers downing coffee in Boston (and maybe elsewhere)

The results of a recent study came as a surprise to researchers

McDonald's used to be the worry when it came to our kids and what they were putting in their bodies, now Starbucks may be the next big target, at least in ...


Flowers bloom in spring and so does dry eye

Study finds springtime is prime time for eye dryness, irritation

Ah, 'twill soon be May, the lusty month of May, when the sap rises, hope springs eternal and eyes begin to itch. Far from bringing a gleam to the eye, airb...


Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams recalls all products

The product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams is recalling all ice creams, frozen yogurts, sorbets, and ice cream sandwiches for all flavors and containers. The product may ...


General Motors recalls Buick Regals and Chevrolet Impalas and Monte Carlos

The valve cover gasket may leak

General Motors is recalling 1,207 model year 2004 Buick Regals manufactured April 9, 2003, to June 26, 2003, 2004 Chevrolet Impalas manufactured April 8, 2...


Inventure Foods recalls Fresh Frozen Vegetables and Select Jamba "At Home" smoothie kits

The products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Inventure Foods is recalling certain varieties of its Fresh Frozen line of frozen vegetables, as well as select varieties of its Jamba “At Home” line of sm...


Volkswagen recalls Golf, GTI, and Audi A3 vehicles

The fuel pump could fail

Volkswagen Group of America is recalling 6,204 model year 2015 Volkswagen Golf, GTI, and Audi A3 vehicles. Improper nickel plating of components within t...


West Liberty Foods recalls grilled chicken breast products

The products may be contaminated with pieces of plastic

West Liberty Foods of Tremonton, Utah, is recalling approximately 34,075 pounds of grilled chicken breast products. The products may be contaminated with ...


Comcast pulls plug on Time-Warner deal

Too big to sail, the massive merger sinks below sight

They said it couldn't be done. They were right. After months of unremitting pressure from consumer activists and growing scrutiny from regulators, Comcast ...


Health care providers get creative to expand and improve care

Are physicians assistants and nurse practitioners becoming the new face of health care?

Patients increasingly don't go to see a family doctor when they are in need of health care services. They are more likely to head off to one of the growing...


Privacy advocates, AirBnb fight proposed California state law

State Senate Bill 593 passes committee this week

Privacy advocates have joined AirBnb in opposing a proposed California state law which would require home sharing platforms to give local and county govern...


Pepsi to remove aspartame from its diet soda offerings

Aspartame-free diet drinks will hit store shelves in August

The Pepsi company announced today that, in response to consumer demand, it will stop using aspartame to sweeten its American-market diet sodas. Starting...


Texas votes to unsnarl hairbraiding regulations

Braiders and barbers are not the same, and don't need the same regulations

Good news for various Texas entrepreneurs: yesterday the state House of Representatives voted unanimously in favor of HB 2717, to deregulate businesses whi...


New York sues tanning salons for minimizing skin cancer risks

"Nothing safe about indoor tanning," NY attorney general declares

Saying there is "nothing safe about indoor tanning," New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today filed lawsuits against two tanning salon franchis...


Parents too often send sick children to day care, study finds

Some simply have no alternative, others don't realize the potential consequences

A parent’s intuition can be a very valuable thing when it comes to their young ones. Knowing when something is wrong can give them plenty of time to act. B...


Agriculture Department joins effort to cut food waste

Develops app to help consumers keep track of expiration dates

The U.S. Agriculture Department's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) says American consumers waste billions of pounds of still-edible food be...


RB recalls Mucinex Fast-Max products

The products' back label may not list all active ingredients

RB -- formerly Reckitt Benckiser -- is recalling certain lots of liquid bottles of Mucinex Fast-Max Night Time Cold & Flu; Mucinex Fast-Max Cold & Sinus; M...


General Motors recalls Cadillac CTS-V vehicles

The braking system could become corroded and leak

General Motors is recalling 4,907 model year 2004-2007 Cadillac CTS-V vehicles manufactured between September 6, 2003, and June 11, 2007. The recalled veh...


Rising cost of drugs gets new scrutiny

Government investigators prodded into probe

All of a sudden, health care policymakers, inside government and out, are taking a hard look at the high price of medication.At a time when health care...


Promising results in macular degeneration treatment

Researchers say stem cell treatment yields positive results

There is little hope when diagnosed with macular degeneration. You progressively begin to lose your eyesight. There is no treatment that slows it down and ...


Activists pressing for a ban on the main ingredient in Roundup weed killer

Activist group providing test kits for the general public

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking another look at glyphosate -- the weed killer more commonly known as Roundup, manufactured by Monsanto....


Panasonic needs to sharpen its focus on customer service, critics complain

Camera buffs are upset over slow, expensive or non-existent warranty and repair service

Just making a good product isn't enough to keep consumers happy. You have to provide outstanding...


California HOA fines couple $50 per day for drought-busting artificial turf

Proposed bills before state legislature would prohibit such HOA behavior

A California homeowners' association, or HOA, is fining a couple $50 per day for replacing their lawn with artificial turf to help reduce their water use. ...


New home sales plunge in March

Housing prices were mixed

Sales of new single-family houses dropped sharply last month. Data released jointly by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Deve...


Surprise! Online forums may be good for you

Study finds forums have benefits for individuals and society

At various times, it's been thought that the following things, among others, were bad for you: Facebook, video games, online forums, rock 'n roll and readi...


Kayem Foods recalls sausage products

The products may be contaminated with pieces of plastic

Kayem Foods of Chelsea, Mass., is recalling approximately 59,203 pounds of fully cooked chicken sausage products. The products may be contaminated with pi...


La Clarita Queseria Queso Fresco Fresh Cheese recalled

The product may be contaminated with Staphylococcus aureus

Queseria La Poblanita of New York, N.Y., is recalling La Clarita Queseria Queso Fresco Fresh Cheese. The product may be contaminated with Staphylococcus a...


Audi Q3 vehicles recalled

The sunroof may continue to close instead of stopping when the vehicle is turned off

Volkswagen Group of America is recalling 3,646 model year 2015 Audi Q3 vehicles manufactured April 4, 2014, to November 5, 2014. If the vehicle is turned...


Trek recalls bicycles equipped with front disc brakes

The front wheel could come to a sudden stop or separate from the bicycle

Trek Bicycle Corporation of Waterloo, Wis., is recalling about 998,000 Trek bicycles equipped with front disc brakes in the U.S. and Canada. An open quick...


Lenovo expands recall of ThinkPad Notebook battery packs

The battery packs can overheat

Lenovo of Morrisville, N.C., is recalling about 166,50 ThinkPad notebook computer battery packs in the U.S and Canada. About 37,400 were recalled in the U....


Like-farming Facebook scams: Look before you “like”

What harm could there be in “liking” a Facebook post? Potentially a lot.

If you're a regular Facebook user, you're pretty much guaranteed to run across lots of “like-farming” scammers – maybe without ever even realizing it....


Twitter changes policies and features in crackdown on threats and abuse

New policies, new algorithms and new tools to stop trolls

Yesterday, Twitter took another step in its campaign to crack down on threatening or abusive content on its platform, by updating its policy regarding viol...


Jeep fire case may be reopened as highway safety agency gets into high gear

New NHTSA director wants automakers to be more "proactive" in addressing safety issues

Burning Jeep (Photo: Sedona, Ariz., Fire Dept.) Federal safety regulators are frequently heard to complain that most of us drive too fast. Automakers,...


Google unveils Project Fi -- pay-as-you-go wireless service

Consumers pay only for the data they actually use

If you lease or buy a car, you pay for it even if it just sits in the driveway gathering dust. If you use Uber or public transit, you only...


Garage door remotes tops on a burglar's list

Once in your garage, getting into your house is easy

Police in Hanford, California, say they're seeing a disturbing trend. They have had a higher than usual amount of breaking into cars -- not to steal the ca...


Existing-home sales hit 18-month high

Year-over-year levels were higher as well

Improvement across the U.S. pushed sales of previously owned homes to their highest level since September 2013. Figures released by the National Associati...


The No iOS Zone lets attackers remotely crash any iPhone or iPad in wi-fi range

Another danger of automatically connecting to public wi-fi

Another day brings another way hackers can wreak havoc on your life, this time for owners of Apple devices: security researchers from Skycure have discover...


Mortgage applications rebound

It's the fourth increase in 5 weeks

After posting a slight decline the previous week, applications for mortgages moved higher the week ending April 17. According to the Mortgage Bankers Asso...


Realtors say mortgage standards still too tight

Industry group asks Congress to review new lending rules

In the wake of the financial crisis and the collapse of the housing market, mortgage lenders raised standards for qualifying for loans and Congress approve...


Superior Nut & Candy recalls pine nuts

The product may be contaminated with Salmonella

Superior Nut & Candy Co., is recalling 4-oz. packages of Pine Nuts. The product may be contaminated with Salmonella. No illnesses have been reported to d...


Michigan Brand recalls turkey and beef products

The products contain sodium nitrite, which is not listed label

Michigan Brand of Bay City, Mich. is recalling approximately 737 pounds of turkey and beef products. The products contain sodium nitrite, which is missing...


Hines Nut Company recalls walnut halves and pieces

The product may be contaminated with Salmonella

Hines Nut Company of Dallas, Texas is recalling Lot Number 6989 of walnut halves and pieces. The product may be contaminated with Salmonella. The compan...


Conway Organic Sesame Ginger and Citrus Organic Vinaigrette dressings recalled

The products may be contaminated with Salmonella

Conway Import Co., is recalling Conway Organic Sesame Ginger Dressing and Conway Citrus Organic Vinaigrette Dressing. The products may be contaminated wit...


Study finds TV sets quickly becoming old technology

Consumers would rather "watch TV" on their phones and computers



Bird flu outbreak could impact poultry supplies

Hormel warns it will have less turkey product this year

An outbreak of H5N2 avian, or bird flu, spread quickly this week through poultry operations in the upper Midwest, resulting in the deaths of millions of bi...


Not everything in your garden needs sun

Some plants thrive, or at least survive, in the shade

When you are planting your garden, light is a big factor. What time you get your sun and how much of your garden is covered. There is a flipside to this an...


Travel sites don't always tell the whole story about your next hotel

It's a problem that predates online travel sites but whether it has gotten any better is debatable



Blue Bell Creameries expands recall to include all products

The products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Blue Bell Ice Cream of Brenham, Texas, is recalling all of its products currently on the market made at all of its facilities -- including ice cream, froze...


Nissan recalls Sentras in high humidity areas

The passenger side frontal air bag inflator may rupture

Nissan North America is recalling 45,000 model year 2006 Sentras manufactured January 2, 2006, to August 26, 2006, originally sold, or currently registered...


Chef’s Express California Pasta Salad recalled

The product may be contaminated with Salmonella

Schnuck Markets of St. Louis, Mo., is recalling its Chef’s Express California Pasta Salad. The product may be contaminated with Salmonella. No illnesses ...


Whole Foods Market recalls packaged raw macadamia nuts

The product 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. ...


Telemarketers: readers sound off

Our comments section is overflowing with ideas for dealing with unwanted calls

Our story last week about ways to reduce the growing number of unwanted telemarketer calls to cell phone numbers triggered a lot of response from readers. ...


Airlines gain a little altitude as customer satisfaction index rises slighty

They're still in the bottom four categories though

The good news for airlines is that consumers don't hate them quite as much as they once did. But it's nothing to get excited about -- only Internet service...


Genetically modified food becoming the next battleground in food wars

Congressional measure would quash state labeling laws

The subject of food is packed with emotion these days. A growing number of consumers have strong feelings about what they eat, where it comes from and how...


Satellite, cable providers often strike out when it comes to sports

Channels come and go, often leaving sports fans alone in the bleachers

Satellite and cable TV providers could give Congress a run for its money in the public disdain department. Just about everything they do annoys consumers,...


Military payment processor skinned servicemembers, feds charge

Undisclosed fees piled up in servicemembers' accounts; company agrees to refunds

American servicemembers have been unwittingly paying millions of dollars in fees to Fort Knox National Company and its subsidiary, Military Assistance Comp...


Kraft to remove artificial food dyes from its macaroni and cheese

New versions to appear on store shelves by January 2016

Kraft Foods announced today that it is changing the recipe of its iconic boxed macaroni and cheese (or “Kraft Dinner,” if you're in Canada)...


Rescue groups trying new ways to get homeless animals adopted out

Sleep-overs, cat cafes and workplace visits are among the new strategies

Rescue groups and Humane Societies in different states are getting creative in ways to attract potential adopters.  One of the most recent creative spurts ...


Operation RussianDoll exploits zero-day flaw in Adobe Flash and Microsoft Windows

Russian hackers behind scheme to spy on NATO diplomats and U.S. weapon-makers



Leading Economic Index up moderately in March

However, weaker growth may lie ahead

A closely watched economic prognosticating tool is suggesting continued economic growth, although at a slower pace. The Conference Board says its Leading ...


Dog flu reaching epidemic status in parts of the Midwest

The disease is spreading beyond the Chicago area

The dog flu is reaching epidemic proportions and now has crossed state lines. Originally Chicago was the city hit the hardest but it has spread across the ...


Possible processing deviation prompts recall of B & R pork products

The product may be contaminated with staphylococcal enterotoxin

B & R Meat Processing of Winslow, Ark., is recalling approximately 2,129 pounds of pork products. A possible processing deviation may have led to staphylo...


BMW recalls older Cooper vehicles with air bag issue

The front passenger air bag may not deploy in a crash

BMW of North America is recalling 91,800 model year 2005-2006 MINI Cooper and Cooper S vehicles manufactured January 5, 2005, to November 28, 2006, and 200...


Civia Cycles Recalls Hyland bicycles,aluminum Civia fenders

The fender mounting bracket can break or bend

Civia Cycles, of Bloomington, Minn., is recalling about 1,000 Hyland bicycles and aluminum fenders. The fender mounting bracket can break or bend, posing ...


Sixty really is the new 40

Researchers say it's time to redefine "old"

There used to be an old saying, “you're as old as you feel.” It was normally said by old people trying to convince themselves they weren&#3...


Geo-inference attacks: how the websites you visit can tell hackers where you are

There's no perfect protection against this, but clearing your browser history helps

Researchers in Singapore have discovered a serious new threat to personal privacy...


Pesticides on fruits and vegetables lower men's sperm count

Switching to organic produce is the easiest way to cut pesticide intake

It seems that it is becoming more difficult to stay away from chemicals that affect our reproductive systems. Shortly after research showed the negative ef...


Verizon FiOS begins unwinding the cable bundle

Slimmed-down program packages starting at $55 a month

With consumers fleeing to streaming video sources like Netflix, cable companies clearly see the writing on the wall. Verizon FiOS today took the biggest st...


Food journaling not as easy or effective as it should be: study

Technology makes it easier but it still has a long way to go

Photo: Everyone should strive to make better health choices. Current technology has made this easier through the creation of various a...


Consumer prices post second consecutive gain

An increase in energy costs offset a decline in food prices

Rising energy costs pushed consumer prices higher in March for the second increase in two months. Figures from the Labor Department (DOL) show the Consume...


Rotten eggs lead to prison sentences

Quality Egg LLC executives sentenced for distributing salmonella-infected eggs

An egg rancher and a top executive of his company have each been sentenced to three months in federal prison for knowingly distributing eggs infected with ...


Toro recalls walk behind power mowers

The mowers were assembled with an incorrect blade driver and blade combination

The Toro Company of Bloomington, Minn., is recalling about 800 walk behind power mowers. The mowers were assembled with an incorrect blade driver and blad...


B & R Meat Processing recalls pork products

Nitrite levels exceed regulatory limit

B & R Meat Processing is recalling approximately 569 pounds of pork products. The product contains levels of Nitrites that exceed regulatory levels. The...


Husky vertical bike hooks recalled

The mounted bike hooks can detach unexpectedly

Waterloo Industries of Waterloo, Iowa, is recalling about 120,000 Husky Securelock vertical bike hooks in the U.S. and Canada.. The mounted bike hooks can...


E-cigarette use tripled among teens -- a "staggering" increase, CDC reports

"A wake-up call that more and more of our kids are becoming addicted"

Federal health officials lit a match today that ignited a firestorm on both sides of the vaping divide, reporting that current e-cigarette use among middle...


Senators introduce Data Security Act: banks like it, consumer advocates do not

Law would weaken currently existing levels of consumer and privacy protection, critics argue

This week, Senators Tom Carper (D-Delaware) and Roy Blunt (R-Missouri) introduced the Data Security Act of 2015...


Airline service declined in 2014

Annual rating finds worst showing since 2009

What defines a good airline? Different consumers will have different opinions but most might agree that taking off and landing on time and not losing your ...


Plasticizing agents dangerous to the female reproduction system

Researchers warn that many low doses are as dangerous as a few large doses

As consumers, we are faced with decisions every day as to what products we need to buy. Unfortunately, new evidence shows that some of these products could...


Target offers $19 million to MasterCard issuers to settle 2013 data breach

Separate settlement with Visa issuers still in the works

Target continues sweeping up the fallout from the massive 2013 data breach...


A rebound in new home construction

Initial jobless claims moved higher

New home construction bounced back in last month from the horrendous side of more than 15% it suffered during February. According to a joint release from ...


FDA warns that Bo-Ying Compound contains lead

The herbal product is imported from Hong Kong

A new alert issued by the FDA warns of lead in Bo-Ying Compound, an herbal product promoted as useful in treating a wide variety of conditions in...


Bankruptcy judge blocks large group of GM ignition-linked lawsuits

The ruling affects claims from accidents that occurred prior to 2009

The ruling does not affect class-action claims on behalf of customers whose accidents occurred after the 2009 bankruptcy filing. That case is moving...


Spring buying season boosts builder confidence

It's the first gain in 4 months

It appears that all it takes is a little good weather to boost the spirits of home builders. According to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells ...


Volkswagen recalls Routans

The vehicles have an electrical defect

Volkswagen Group of America is recalling 20,676 model year 2009 Routan vehicles manufactured June 25, 2008, to June 10, 2009, and 2010 Routan vehicles manu...


Cycle Gear recalls semi truck and motorcycle toys

The toys contain excessive levels of lead

Cycle Gear of Benicia, Calif., is recalling about 155 sets of Wheelies semi-truck with 6 motorcycles and push-along motorcycle with rider. The toys contai...


Toyota recalls Scion tC vehicles

The vehicles have a suspension issue

Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. is recalling approximately 114 model year 2015 Scion tC Release Series 9 vehicles. The rear suspension arm bolts and nuts could...


Buy4easy recalls full face helmets with visors

The helmets failed the penetration test

Buy4easy is recalling 786 TMS JX-A5005 full face helmets with visors, size XL, manufactured June 1, 2013, to July 15, 2013. The recalled motorcycle helme...


Chrysler recalls Dodge Vipers

The driver or passenger door may open unexpectedly

Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling 1,451 model year 2013-2014 Dodge Vipers manufactured October 1, 2012, to February 6, 2014. Moisture may get into the d...


Corinthian Colleges fined $30 million for misrepresenting job placement rates

Heald Colleges ordered to stop enrolling new students

The Department of Education has levied a $30 million fine against Corinthian Colleges, Inc. after an investigation “confirmed cases” that ...


Fish oil "vitally important" to the developing brain

Supplements may not help adults but they're important for prenatal development

Fish oil supplements may not do much for your heart, recent studies have suggested, but UC Irvine scientists say the fatty acids they contain are vitally i...


Don't flush that goldfish!

Fish reproduce quickly and can spread disease to other fish

Flushing fish is not recommended as the hardy fish can make it to natural waterways and wreak havoc. You don't want your fish responsible...


NY groups test toys, find toxins

Retailers say they meet federal safety standards

It's hard to imagine that stores could still have toys and products on the shelves that can be toxic to kids.There has been so much awareness...


Health apps -- healthful or a health threat?

Researcher says the apps may contribute to an unhealthy obsession with health

Health and wellness have never been easier to manage than in the current age of technology. Information is now easily accessible, and there are a wealth of...


Neiman Marcus' "faux fur" still riles Humane Society

The group faults the FTC for not making the retailer trim its claims

What is it with Neiman Marcus? The upscale retailer seems to have an obsession with fake faux fur. No, that's not a typo -- the fur that's supposed...


Fruit winning new respect for its medicinal value

A pear a day keeps diabetes away

Nutritionists have known for a long time that fruit plays a big part in a healthy diet, but recently certain fruit has been singled out for its specific me...


Air Methods hit with stiff FAA fine

The company is accused of operating helicopters in violation of federal regs

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is proposing a $1.54 million civil penalty against Air Methods Corp. of Englewood, Colo., for allegedly operating...


Mortgage applications post first decline in four weeks

Contract interest rates were mostly higher

After posting gains in each of the previous 3 weeks, applications for mortgages have turned downward. According the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) W...


Buy4easy recalls motorcycle half-helmets

The helmets may dampen impacts insufficiently

Buy4easy is recalling 2,505 TMS HY-809 motorcycle half-helmets, size Large, manufactured March 20, 2012, to October 31, 2012. The helmets may dampen impa...


Mobility is key to surviving the next Google update

Web sites scramble to polish their mobile sites as the April 21 drop-dead date approaches How often does this happen to you -- you type a search query into your smartphone, click on the first link and find yourself at a site that ...


Questions you should ask and not answer on job interviews

CareerBuilder survey uncovers surprising number of illegal queries

When it comes to applying for a job, far too many applicants walk into the interview expecting the employer to ask all the questions. But to make sure the ...


Study casts doubt on athletes' use of salt pills

Researchers find the pills have negligible effects and could even be harmful

Athletes are always looking for an edge when it comes to improving their performance. Various vitamins and supplements have been used for years, with ...


What’s up with declining hybrid sales?

Is it low gas prices or are consumers waiting for new technology?

Has America lost its appetite for saving fuel? Hybrid sales have declined in recent months, at a time when high gasoline prices have fallen, so it is easy ...


German mother of 13 expecting quads at age 65

Older moms are becoming more commonplace, but not quite to this extent

Photo via RTLAnnegret Raunigk, a school teacher from Germany, just may have the older mom market. Ms. Raunigk is 65 years old and she is pregnant w...


The clock is ticking for the tax-filing deadline

We have some last-minute filing tips to help relieve the pressure

With the tax-filing deadline hours away, there are some things you need to do -- fast. But in your haste, you don't want to do things that can cause you tr...


Be careful -- you could kill your cat

Cats seem independent but they need help staying healthy

Cats can be your best friend, and they can own that title that dogs have held for so long. But if you want them to remain your best friend and live a ...


Keep the green in your pocket when you garden

You can spend a fortune on gardening tools but it's not necessary

The idea behind growing your own vegetables is to be able to keep a little money in your pocket and be able to live off the land like our hearty ances...


Producer prices on the rise

It's the first advance since last October

After posting declines in four consecutive months, the Producer Price Index (PPI) moved higher in March. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the ...


Retail sales post first advance in 4 months

A rebound in motor vehicle demand gets a lot of the credit

Retail sales shot higher in March after tumbling an upwardly revised 0.5% month earlier, for the first gain in 4 months. Figures released by the Census Bu...


Completed foreclosures down sharply

Mortgage delinquencies posted a sharp decline as well

The nation's foreclosure inventory posted a year-over-year decline of 27.3% in February, with completed foreclosures down 15.7%. According data from proper...


Leader Slaughterhouse recalls veal carcasses

The product did not undergo federal inspection

Leader Slaughterhouse of Imler, Pa., is recalling approximately 1,800 pounds of veal carcasses. The product did not undergo federal inspection, and does n...


Researchers: Eat the right food and lose weight

There's a new focus on the role glycemic load plays in weight gain

When consumers embrace a particular weight loss program, they may achieve results. But in other instances, try as they might, the pounds can be very slow t...


Ransomware hackers extort money from more police departments

If you don't have backup copies of your files and games, make those backups today

Are ransomware attacks happening more frequently, or are more victims stepping forward and filing reports with the police? Actually, these days the police ...


Can you and your dog share the norovirus?

Researchers find evidence the virus can be passed between humans and canines

Norovirus it's the one thing that can sink a cruise ship vacation. Noroviruses are a group of viruses that cause inflammation of the stomach and large ...


White Lodging hotel management finally admits to months-old customer data breach

Food and beverage payment systems at select Marriott, Sheraton, Renaissance and Courtyard locations compromised

Last February, financial industry insiders first reported evidence that hackers might have breached security and stolen customer payment card information f...


Muscle-building supplements tied to testicular cancer

The men might be strong but so is the association between the supplements and cancer

Gym rats who gulp down muscle-building supplements in hopes of getting really, really strong need to know about something else that's strong -- the lin...


Better Business Bureau warns of possible estate-liquidation scammer

Customers in six states complain company sold their goods and took the money

The Better Business Bureau of Upstate South Carolina issued a warning Monday about an antique and estate liquidator who allegedly sold customers' prope...


What's in that wine you're drinking?

Researchers say ingredients should be listed on the label

Staff photoLast year, beer drinkers complained that brewers weren't listing their suds' ingredients. Now it's wine's turn in the ba...


Mortgage lender gigged for deceptive advertising

RMK Financial is being ordered to pay $250,000

RMK Financial Corporation whose deceptive mortgage advertising practices included ads that led consumers to believe that the company was affiliated with th...


TSA Pre enrollment hits the 1 million mark

The expedited screening program lets low-risk travelers zip through security

Still taking off your shoes and opening your laptop when you go through airport security? More than a million people don't have to do that any more, thank...


Cargill recalls beef product

The product may be contaminated with blue string

Cargill Meat Solutions of Wyalusing, Pa., is recalling approximately 8,294 pounds of ground beef product. The product may be contaminated with blue string...


Fiat 500 EV vehicles recalled

The electric propulsion system could shut down

Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling 5,660 model year 2013-2015 Fiat 500 EV vehicles manufactured March 27, 2012, to November 1, 2014. If the vehicle goes ...


Kanan Enterprises recalls macadamia nuts

The product may be contaminated with Salmonella.

Kanan Enterprises is recallig Peterson's macadamia nuts. The product may be contaminated with Salmonella. No illnesses have been reported in connection ...


Why for millions, it feels like the recession never ended

Economists contend the middle class is in worse shape than we thought

The Great Recession ended in June 2009. Officially, that is. That's when U.S. economic growth, meager though it was, started up again, ending two&nb...


Feds may reopen botched Jeep fire investigation

It could mean more extensive modifications to millions of older Jeep SUVs

Ray LaHood, Sergio Marchionne, David Strickland (File photos) The new head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says t...


Virginia legal showdown pits cops and the governor against privacy advocates and state legislators

The assembly passed a bill which the governor amended beyond recognition. The vote on the bill is next week

A statewide privacy-rights battle with national implications is brewing in Virginia, regarding a General Assembly vote scheduled for next week. Last mon...


Hackers steal frequent flyer miles from Lufthansa customers

Hackers used a botnet to pull off brute-force attacks

On Friday, the German airline Lufthansa admitted that hackers gained access to individual customers' accounts on the company website


Court muzzles "phantom" debt collector

Collectors allegedly used illegal tactics to collect payday loan debts



Airlines hit by numerous lengthy tarmac delays in February

Old Man Winter gets the blame

If you were trying to fly somewhere -- anywhere -- during February, you may have had a tough time of it. Airlines reported 16 tarmac delays of more than 3...


Texas Pecan Company recalls macadamia nuts and nut products

The products may be contaminated with Salmonella

Texas Pecan Company of Dallas, Texas, is recalling a variety of macadamia nuts and nut products. The products may be contaminated with Salmonella. No ill...


BMW recalls vehicles with fuel pump issue

The fuel pump could fail

BMW of North America is recalling 18,054 model year 2014 228i Coupe, M235i Coupe, 320i, 320xi, 328i, 328xi, 335i, 335xi, ActiveHybrid 3, 328xi Sports Wagon...


Central Market Teriyaki Salmon Jerky recalled

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

World Wide Gourmet Foods of Woodinville, Wash., is recalling 2916 packages of Central Market Teriyaki Salmon Jerky. The product may contain wheat and soy,...


Nissan Rogues recalled

The fuel pump could fail

Nissan North America is recalling 76,242 model year 2014 Nissan Rogues manufactured June 11, 2013, to June 7, 2014. Improper nickel plating of component...


Study questions safety of some nutritional supplements

Untested amphetamine-like substance still in some products

Photo © Melpomene - FotoliaIn 2013, when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) detected an amphetamine-like substance called BMPEA prese...


Millennials are changing how cars are marketed

Carmakers are offering plenty of data and more luxury to snag young buyers

In the past, General Motors (GM) rarely advertised its Buick brand, a car long considered “Cadillac-lite” and most likely to be driven by someo...


Ruffle some feathers and get a couple of ducks

Chickens can't hold a feather to ducks as backyard companions

Chickens are all the rage right now for people wanting to hobby farm in their back yards. Cities are even allowing them back into the neighborhood, but you...


Feds should relieve Corinthian students' debts, state AGs argue

AGs say students were victims of the for-profit school's "predatory practices"



No, Jungle Rangers game won't train your child's brain

The company settles FTC charges it made unsupported claims for its game

Focus Education has agreed to stop making unsupported claims for its Jungle Rangers "brain training" game.The Federal Trade Commission had ch...


Fire destroys man's home; Comcast wouldn't cancel his cable

How many people commit their cable-subscription account numbers to memory, anyway?

If a fire destroys your home and everything in it, at least your Comcast cable connection will come through unscathed — whether you want it to or not....


Initial jobless claims head higher

The 4-week moving average, though, hit the lowest level in nearly 15 years

First-time applications for state unemployment benefits jumped by 14,000 in the week ending April 4 to a seasonally adjusted 281,000. The previous week's c...


Google and Amazon are invading your home

Both are getting into the home improvement space

Google wants to be everywhere and your home is no exception. Google reportedly plans to announce a new product aimed at connecting Google search users with...


Sabra recalls Classic Hummus

The product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Sabra Dipping Co. is recalling approximately 30,000 cases of its Classic Hummus. The product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. There are ...


Texas Star Nut and Food expands recall of macadamia nut products

The products may be contaminated with Salmonella

Texas Star Nut and Food Co., of Boerne, Texas is expanding its earlier recall of Nature's Eats macadamia nut products to include the following products and...


Dimension Industries recalls outdoor patio set rockers

The patio sets’ rocking chairs can break during normal use

Dimension Industries Company of Taiwan is recalling about 25,000 patio set rockers. The patio sets’ rocking chairs can break during normal use, posing a f...


Understanding credit reports is key to building wealth

But survey finds wide knowledge gaps among consumers

Access to credit allows you expand the power of your money. Having $25,000 in cash won't pay for much of a house but it might allow you to borrow enoug...


Apple Watch early reviews: it's a nifty device, but don't bother buying it

Wearable tech is definitely coming, but the Apple Watch isn't quite there yet

Though the Apple Watch, Apple's first new product line since the iPad, won't be available to the public until April 24, a handful of tech writers a...


FCC fines AT&T $25 million for customer data breach

AT&T must also notify affected customers and offer free credit monitoring

Today, the Federal Communications Commission levied a record-setting $25 million fine on AT&T, after employees at call centers in three countries stole...


Delta lets you track your pet's flight

GPS device keeps dibs on Rover's whereabouts

In 2014, U.S. airlines reported 17 animal deaths, and 26 pet injuries during transport. Two pets were lost. Among the U.S. carriers, Delta has had...


Russians hacked the White House computer network last year

Initial hacking at State Department cleared the way for later White House hacking

China is not the only foreign power suspected of hacking into various U.S. government computer networks. This week, CNN reported that the same Russian hack...


Tanning beds should be labeled as carcinogens, researchers say

There's as much evidence linking tanning beds to cancer as cigarettes

The U.S. Surgeon General should declare that indoor ultraviolet radiation tanning causes skin cancer, according to an article published today by the Americ...


Something in your eye? It might be eyeliner

Applying eyeliner on the inner eyelid can cause problems

People who apply eyeliner on the inner eyelid run the risk of contaminating the eye and causing vision trouble, researchers report.Dr. Alison Ng and he...


Mortgage applications on the rise

Volume is at the highest level in 21 months

Mortgage applications were up 0.4% in the week ending April 3, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey -- the t...


Wait! Don't throw out those bouncing batteries

Popular "bouncing battery" test doesn't really tell you much

The battery bounce test, popularized in online videos, shows that fully charged batteries bounce very little when dropped, while those that have been......


Online merchants fixed prices on Amazon Marketplace

First defendant pleads guilty, agrees to cooperate with investigators

There's an impression that things are somehow more open and transparent on the Internet, that human perfidy and greed are somehow confined to the physi...


Job openings inch higher in February

Both hirings and separations showed little change

The number of job openings in the U.S. inched higher during February, moving from 5.0 million to 5.1 million -- the highest level since January 2001. Figu...


Ford recalls Lincoln MKT limousines and hearses

The vacuum pump relay may overheat

Ford Motor Company is recalling 1,549 model year 2013-2015 Lincoln MKT vehicles with a limousine and hearse prep package, manufactured March 6, 2012, to M...


General Motors is recalling 19,831 Buick Encores and Chevrolet Trax vehicles

Rim size information for the front or rear wheels is not provided

General Motors is recalling 19,831 model year 2015 Buick Encores manufactured August 26, 2014, to February 9, 2015, and 2015 Chevrolet Trax vehicles manufa...


Ford recalls Explorers with door handle issue

The interior door handle return spring may unseat

Ford Motor Company is recalling 194,484 model year 2011-2013 Explorers. The interior door handle return spring may unseat, resulting in interior door han...


Blue Bell expands recall of ice cream products

The products are contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Blue Bell Creameries is expanding its recall of products that were produced in the Broken Arrow, Okla., plant to include Banana Pudding Ice Cream pints and...


Researchers develop genetic breast cancer screening tool

Test combines many small risk factors into a single genetic risk score

In 2013, when actress Angelina Jolie revealed she underwent a double mastectomy because of a genetic risk of breast cancer, it heightened awareness that th...


Consumer groups slam Google's YouTube Kids app

The app exploits vulnerable children and violates long-standing media practices, the groups charge

Consumer groups are calling for a federal investigation of Google, saying its new YouTube Kids app preys upon children's vulnerability and violates longsta...


Pizza can be a treat but it can also be a trick

Consumers should always report suspected food poisoning to local health authorities

The pizza that Lateasha and her family ordered from Domino's did more than just leave a bad taste in their mouths. But when Lateasha called Domino's to tel...


Police department pays Bitcoin ransom to get its own files back from hackers

Always keep backup copies of your important files. Police are not exempt from this advice

Police in Tewksbury, Massachusetts paid an untraceable $500 Bitcoin ransom to an unknown hacker who managed to plant ransomware on the police department's ...


Antifreeze poisoning antidote withdrawn from market

The manufacturer has stopped making Antizol-Vet

​The main antidote for antifreeze poisoning in pets has just been pulled by the Food and Drug Administration. Antizol-Vet, also known as Fomepizole, 4-meth...


Student debt "modification" firm sued by Washington state

Borrowers paid fees for services that accomplished little or nothing, state charges

Washington state is suing a company that promises to "adjust" student debt. Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a lawsuit Monday charging StudentLoanProces...


It's three straight for year-over-year home price increases

The outlook for continued increases is encouraging

The comeback in home prices continues. The CoreLogic Home Price Index (HPI) shows home prices nationwide -- including distressed sales -- rose 5.6% in Fe...


For millions, retirement savings reality fails to match plans

Despite best of intentions, survey finds saving for old age is falling far short

You know you should be putting money away for retirement but there are bills to pay. Incomes have been stagnant since the financial crisis but costs have c...


Services sector growth continues -- but at a slower pace

Prices were up in March after three straight months of decline

Activity in the services, or non-manufacturing, sector of the economy slipped in March. According to the Institute for Supply Management the Non-Manufact...


Nobody's perfect, but following these tax-filing tips can help you come close

No excuses and no headaches make life a lot simpler

With the federal income tax-filing deadline just more than a week off, you want to be sure you do whatever you can from to keep being tardy. The Internal ...


General Motors recalls Chevrolet Malibu sedans

The roof panel could close unexpectedly

General Motors is recalling 91,994 model year 2013-2015 Chevrolet Malibu sedans. The power-operated roof panel may be susceptible to inadvertent activatio...


When you sleep may be as important as how much

Early to bed and early to rise...

In the 19th century people often went to bed when the sun went down and rose before dawn. After all, there was no TV to watch or web to surf....


Minnesota family finds their baby-monitor footage on a foreign hackers' website

It's scarily easy for hackers to spy on your family with your own IP cameras

A Minnesota family learned a hard lesson in wireless security last week, after discovering that hackers had not only hijacked control of the “nanny cam” in...


Human milk sold on the Internet often contains cow's milk, study finds

Adding cow's milk creates a serious risk for infants with medical conditions

You can buy just about anything on the Internet, although it's not always a wise idea. That may be especially true of human milk. ...


Jobs outlook may be brighter than latest data suggests

Survey shows employers plan to significantly boost second quarter hiring

If you are ready to enter the job market – either by changing jobs or maybe leaving school and getting your career started, no doubt last Friday’s March jo...


Judge allows wife to serve divorce papers over Facebook

The husband refused to be served in person

In a precedent-setting ruling, a Manhattan judge said that a woman can use Facebook to serve divorce papers to her impossible-to-reach husband....


Company used fake news sites to sell weight-loss products

LeadClick Media ordered to pay $16 million in refunds to consumers

A company that used fake Internet news sites to sell acai berry and "colon cleansing" products has been ordered to pay $16 million. The money will be used ...


Which baseball team has the most loyal fans?

The win/loss record is important but it's not the only factor

As the cry "play ball" is heard throughout the land, some teams will be opening to packed stadiums while others will come close to playing alone....


Options are available to those who owe taxes

Settling up may not be painless, but it can be convenient

You just realized that you're going to have to send Uncle Sam some of your hard earned money to settle up your taxes. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) s...


Linden Financial Group banned from mortgage relief and debt relief services industry

Consumers paid big money for nothing

Marketers who helped promote a Utah-based home loan modification scheme will be banned from the mortgage relief and debt relief industries. The newly-anno...


Dog flu raising concerns in Chicago

The virus causes symptoms similar to kennel cough but can be more serious

A new and highly contagious strain of dog flu is sweeping the Chicago area. On Friday, the Cook County Department of Animal and Rabies Control said at leas...


Henry’s Farm recalls soybean sprouts

The product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

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


Jury awards $150 million in Jeep fire death

Remington Walden, 4, burned to death when his family's Jeep Grand Cherokee was rear-ended

A jury in Georgia has awarded $150 million to the family of Remington Walden, 4, who died in 2012 when his family's 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee was rear-ended...


Wi-fi-connected Hello Barbie doll records kids' voices and shares the recordings

Surrendering your child's privacy to a wealthy toy conglomerate will cost you $74.99

You might remember the uproar last February, after an enterprising reporter actually read Samsung's privacy policy and discovered how the “Voice Recognitio...


More real estate dollars going to vacation homes

Vacation home sales rose last year at the fastest rate on record

When people spend their money on real estate, it is generally for their primary residence, investment property they plan to lease, or for vacation property...


Understanding potential buyers will help sell your house

And some effective staging won't hurt

If you plan to sell your home this year there may be a few things you can do to speed the process, landing an offer sooner and closer to your asking price....


Latest diabetes fighters: dairy & eggs?

Studies find benefits to high-fat dairy products and eggs

Anyone who tries to keep track of what's considered healthful eating can perhaps be excused for feeling confused. Case in point: two recent studies that fi...


A slowdown in hiring

Still, it was the 13th consecutive month of job growth

The economy continued to create jobs in March, but the pace has slowed considerably. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, total nonfarm payro...


Lebanese Butcher Slaughter recalls beef, goat, and lamb products

The products were further processed without the benefit of full inspection

Lebanese Butcher Slaughter of Warrenton, Va., is recalling approximately 902 pounds of beef, goat, and lamb products due to misbranding and because the pro...


La Terra Fina expands product recall -- again

The product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

La Terra Fina is expanding its already expanded product recall to include one more product. The product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. ...


Using statins not always a clear choice

If you have high cholesterol but low risk of heart attack, you might not need them

Millions of people take statins, a class of drugs used to lower cholesterol. Statins have been shown to be effective at blocking a substance in the human b...


When do cosmetics become drugs?

When they make claims that go just a little too far

As its name implies, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates drug products, both those sold over the counter and by prescription. Sometimes it als...


Beware of this FTC sweepstakes-letter scam

The FTC warned that it is NOT mailing sweepstakes letters to anybody

Here's the latest scam you need to watch out for: today the Federal Trade Commission issued a warning about fake letters, allegedly from the FTC's consumer...


FDA urges doctors, patients to avoid North Carolina pharmacy

Inspectors found "significant deficiencies" in a recent inspection

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is urging health care professionals, including veterinarians, and patients not to use products made and distributed b...


Amazon enters the Home Services market

Hopes to do for the service economy what it already did for retail

This week, Amazon launched a new product aiming to let people buy and sell home services through the company, the way they already can buy physical retail ...


edX agrees to make its MOOCS more accessible to disabled users

The online courses are free but need to be easier to use for disabled students

You might not know what MOOCS are but they're very big deals in the education world, and now the organization that produces them, edX, has agreed to make t...


Hectic night? Don't blame the moon

A full moon does not contribute to early births, car accidents, suicides or criminal activity

The last few nights, emergency room workers, police officers and others who deal with society's mishaps have cast their eyes skyward, looking with dread at...


Atlanta school employees jailed on racketeering charges

It's just one of many standardized-test scandals around the country

Eleven of 12 former public school employees in Atlanta were found guilty of racketeering in what is thought to be the biggest cheating scandal in American ...


Pace of job-cutting slows in March

Cuts were at their lowest level since December

After announcing plans to cut more than 50,000 jobs in 2 consecutive months, employers have ratcheted back a bit. New figures released by outplacement con...


Springtime is peak season for home improvement scams

Don't just hire the first guy who knocks on the door

It's the stuff springtime is made of -- home improvement scams. This is their finest hour so beware....


Robber’s Roost Jerky recalls beef and pork jerky

The product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Robber’s Roost Jerky of Ellensburg, Wash., is recalling approximately 4 pounds of ready-to-eat smoked beef and pork pepper stick jerky product. The produc...


Aadji & Manten International recalls Laser Corned Beef products

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

Aadji & Manten International of Rockville, Md., is recalling approximately 1,108 pounds of canned corned beef products. The products ere not presented at...


Stokke Recalls Trailz strollers

The stroller handle can break while in use

Stokke of Stamford, Conn., is recalling about 400 Trailz strollers. The stroller handle can break while in use, posing a fall hazard to the infant. There...


Survey: consumers still stocking up on highly processed food

Researchers find processed food makes up 60% of our calories

Calories are a lot cheaper and more plentiful than they were 60 years ago. A big reason for that is technological advancement in the food industry....


Pediatricians seek more precise dosage instructions

Doctors urge parents not to use a spoon to give medicine to a child

Medication errors injure more than 1 million people every year and in some cases, taking too much or too little of the wrong medicine can result in death....


Woman dies after husband follows bad GPS directions and drives off bridge

Always pay attention to the road, not the GPS display

A Chicago woman burned to death last week after her husband drove their car off the edge of a partially demolished elevated roadway and fell more than 37 f...


FDA withdrawing approval for last remaining food-animal drug containing arsenic

Nitarsone used in turkeys and chickens to prevent blackhead disease

The last food-animal drug containing arsenic is on its way out. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today said it expects to withdraw approval for Histos...


Federal judge won't dismiss FTC's “data throttling” lawsuit against AT&T

The common carrier loophole isn't wide enough for AT&T to wriggle through

A federal judge in San Francisco has rejected AT&T's attempt to dismiss a Federal Trade Commission lawsuit charging that the company misled consumers by se...


ADP: a slowdown in the pace of monthly job creation

Falling oil prices and a surging dollar appear to be the culprits

For the first time since January 2014, the number of jobs created during a month has dipped below the 200,000 mark. The ADP National Employment Report for...


FAA slaps Southwest for alleged safety violations

One aircraft was flown on 120 flights before it was checked for damage from a depressurization incident

Southwest Airlines faces $328,550 in fines for two alleged safety violations, including one involving a loss of cabin pressure during a flight from Boston ...


A rebound in consumer confidence

Bullishness about employment drove the turnaround

After posting a decline in February, consumers' outlook for the economy brightened during March. The Conference Board says its Consumer Confidence rose tw...


Does your dog's snoring keep you awake?

Dogs that snore aren't getting a good night's sleep -- and, chances are, neither are you

​For some reason we tolerate our pets' snoring more than we do our spouse's, but it can be the cover-up for an array of issues. Like any problem, if it is ...


New saw tries to help you keep your fingers

Bosch table saw stops when it detects a finger where wood should be

​Table saws are involved in more than 60,000 accidents every year in the United States alone – or one accident every nine minutes – according to the U.S. C...


Mortgage applications post fourth straight weekly gain

Is the home-buying season finally underway?

Mortgage applications rose for a fourth consecutive time last week. Data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey...


Virginia discovery raises new concerns about overuse of antibiotics in animals

FDA finds 16 to 30 times the allowed residue in a Virginia cow

A recent, random inspection by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has put one cattleman in hot water, and raised new concerns about antibiotic levels in...


Hannaford recalls two mixed nut items

The products may be contaminated with Salmonella

Hannaford Supermarkets is recalling Nature's Place Roasted Unsalted Mixed Nuts and Nature's Place Cranberry Mix. The products may be contaminated with Sal...


Giant Factories recalls water heaters

The flame arrestor or flame arrestor plate can fail

Giant Factories of Canada is recalling about 240 gas water heaters. On units with a space between the bottom of the water tank and the combustion chamber,...