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“Prized” app developer settles charges that it hijacked phones for cryptocurrency mining

App users were promised prizes, but only got drained batteries and burned-out data plans

The developer of an app called “Prized” has reached a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission and New Jersey's Attorney General over charges that the...


Appeals court upholds $400 million e-book price-fixing settlement with Apple

Apple illegally colluded with publishers to prop up e-book prices, suit charged

Apple fans may be agog today over the company's new streaming music services but its lawyers are no doubt feeling gobsmacked over a federal appeals court r...


Apple launches Apple Music services today

With streaming music, artists' social media, a radio station and musical “bubbles”, you never need leave

Today, Apple finally launched its long-anticipated Apple Music streaming subscription service. In fact, Apple launched three separate services today, all h...


Increasing home inventory could fuel summer housing market

Buyers, motivated by rising rates, are finding more homes to choose from

A lack of houses for sale has had two main effects: it has reduced the selection of homes that consumers can choose from while making those that are availa...


Feds and Florida tag-team robocall operation

Orlando firm charged with peddling bogus services to seniors

The state of Florida and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have gone to federal court to temporarily shut down an Orlando-based telemarketing operation. ...


One simple microchip could end animal testing

A new microchip can mimic the functions of human organs and help researchers test products in a cheaper, safer manner

A new type of transparent microchip may put an end to animal testing. The chip, which mimics the functions of human organs, would allow scientists to test ...


Your car's tires could be a new energy source

A small device inserted into your vehicles' tires might improve mileage ratings by as much as 10%

Gasoline may be relatively cheap now but that doesn't mean we shouldn't be looking for ways to make transportation more efficient. A group of University...


Researchers create two antibodies that could prove to be the first treatments for MERS

Results in animal models have been promising so far



A bit of a slowdown in home price gains during April

The increases are keeping pace with consumer expectations

Home prices continued their rise across the country over the last 12 months, according to the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices. The National Home Price...


JetBlue begins charging for checked bags with some fares

Southwest is now the only carrier not charging for bags

Last November JetBlue announced the day would come when it would have to start charging checked baggage fees. That day has come.The airline has introdu...


Survey finds more slippage in national brand loyalty

A lot of major brands are being left on the shelf

A study of more than 354 brands across 34 product categories has some disturbing news for the nation's big food, beverage and household brands: Roughly 73%...


Obama plan to boost overtime pay moves ahead

It lowers the threshold at which employers would have to pay time-and-a-half

President Obama plans to kick off the July 4th holiday weekend by setting off a proposed new overtime rule that would raise wages for an estimated 5 millio...


Try parenting like the Amish

Adapting parenting techniques from Amish communities can help you mold your children into well-adjusted adults

We all want our kids to be well-behaved. Sometimes it’s not so easy to reach this goal, since there are so many distractions along the way. But, if we go b...


Consumer confidence soars in June

Optimism is expected to fuel an increase in spending

May was good; June was even better. After posting a modest gain the month before, The Conference Board's Consumer Confidence Index shot up in June to 101....


Rocky Mountain Foods recalls nut products

The products may be contaminated with Salmonella

Rocky Mountain Foods is recalling certain lots of Island Fruit and Nut Trail Mix packaged under the Free Range Snack brand, and certain lots of bulk macada...


Goodies By Nature raw cashews recalled

The product may be contaminated with Salmonella

Grand BK of Maspeth, N.Y., is recalling 450 cases of Goodies raw cashews. The product may be contaminated with Salmonella No illnesses have been reported...


July 4th motorists to find higher-than-expected fuel prices

Pump prices are coming down but not that fast

The predicted summer decline in U.S. gasoline prices has been slow to materialize. While July 4th travelers will find fuel prices much lower than last year...


The grill debate: propane or charcoal?

If you're buying a grill for the first time, you have to choose

If you are headed out to purchase your first barbecue grill in preparation for the July 4th holiday weekend, the first question you need to ask yourself is...


Scientists create a new set of compounds that have the potential to treat a wide variety of cancers

Scientists are attempting to target the energy source that cancer cells need to grow

Researchers from St. Louis University have formulated a new theory on how to treat a wide variety of cancers. Unlike other methods, which usually target sp...


FCA tells 65 Jeep, Dodge owners to stop driving their vehicles

Suspension components may be faulty and could lead to rear-end instability

It's unusual for an automaker to tell consumers to stop driving their cars but that's what FCA US LLC -- Chrysler, in other words -- is telling 65 new Jeep...


For food companies, the times they are a changin'

Millennials' values are driving what we'll all be eating

When the U.S. Census Bureau reported this week that Millennials now outnumber Baby Boomers, the news was significant for a number of industries that now mu...


Where you have a stroke determines what kind of care you get

Only 4.2% of stroke victims get the most effective drug

It's a fact of life that where you live often determines the level of health care you receive. If you happen to live in an area of top-notch research hospi...


Study: people with high blood pressure have lower Alzheimer's risk

But it might not be the condition, but the drugs patients are taking for it

Researchers searching for new treatments for Alzheimer's disease recently made a startling observation. They found that people with a genetic predisposi...


New research study says Google harms consumers by manipulating search results

Evidence suggests Google promotes its own content over rivals' to apparent detriment of users

A research paper published today claims that Google manipulates search results to promote its own content over that of its competitors, which “yields serio...


Lean Cuisine tries to distance itself from the "D" word

Frozen diet foods are no longer cutting edge

Lots of things aren't cool anymore and one of them is dieting. When's the last time you heard someone say they were on a diet? Eating fresh and local, goin...


Pending home sales at 9-year high

Home prices are on the rise as well

Pending home sales are at levels unseen since April 2006. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR) the Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI), whi...


Sticky fingers stick it to retailers

Shoplifting in 2014 cost retailers an estimated $44 billion

Retailers call it “shrink.” What it is -- actually -- is stealing. And its a serious and expensive problem. According to a new study from NRF Protect, the...


Moving with your dog; some ways to make it easier

Introducing your dog to his new surroundings over time and setting new ground rules can be very helpful

The summer is a time when many families choose to move. They do it before school starts, and you can unpack all of your belongings without having to deal w...


OFT recalls beef products

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

OFT, Inc., of Henderson, Nev., operating as Whakyung Foods, is recalling approximately 67,232 pounds of commercial-use beef leg bone extract and beef conce...


Ford vehicles with steering issue recalled

The electric power steering assist systems that may shut down

Ford Moor Company is recalling 393,623 model year 2011-2012 Ford Fusion vehicles without a 3.5L engine and Lincoln MKZ hybrid electric vehicles, 2011 Mercu...


Whole Foods Market is recalling 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. T...


Some gay couples may have to marry to keep benefits

Supreme Court ruling could have an unexpected result for some same-sex couples

When the Supreme Court ruled Friday that same-sex marriage is a constitutional right, it was understandably a cause for celebration in the LGBT community. ...


Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage could generate $2.5 billion across the nation

The Supreme Court's landmark decision could provide a huge surge to many industries in the U.S.

Today the Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution guarantees a nationwide right to same-sex marriage. The landmark decision, which passed with a vote of ...


How accurate is your car's fuel economy rating?

Tests by AAA conclude any discrepancy is probably caused by the driver

Every new car comes with an EPA fuel economy sticker, telling a potential buyer how many miles per gallon a driver can expect. Drivers have long complained...


Disney bans selfie sticks in its theme parks

All Disney parks to be selfie-stick-free by July 1

Bad news for Disney fans fond of self-portraits: this morning, a company spokesperson announced that Disney will be banning selfie sticks from its theme pa...


New Jersey jury rules against gay conversion therapy

Claims that gays can be converted to straights amount to consumer fraud, suit charged

Now that the Supreme Court has approved gay marriage nationwide, there may be less demand for gay-to-straight conversion therapies, which could be a boon f...


Domain name dealer reined in by feds

Network Solutions didn't follow through on 30-day guarantee promise

Network Solutions is one of those companies most people have never heard of although they interact with it constantly. It’s the largest of the domain name ...


Popular subreddit r/stopdrinking is gaining popularity and making a difference for alcoholics

This online support group claims it is the "support group in your pocket"

Alcohol consumption has become widespread in the United States. Recent statistics show that 71% of adult Americans consume at least one alcoholic beverage ...


Feds study brake problems in Ford pickups

Power assist failed without warning, owners of 2011-2012 trucks complain

Federal safety regulators are investigating reports of loss of power braking in Ford F-150 pickup trucks from the 2011 and 2012 model years. The Nationa...


Self-driving cars nearly drive themselves into each other

Near-miss in California raises questions about autonomous cars

Humans aren't very good drivers but maybe computers won't be much better. Everyone's been assuring us that autonomous cars like those being designed by Goo...


Jaguar creates good vibrations by developing mind-reading tech

The carmaker is utilizing mind reading technology in order to gauge when a driver is tired or distracted when on the road

It’s pretty tough to top a car that can drive itself, but they are making their way onto the highways and byways very soon. One carmaker is looking to beco...


Toyota recalls Lexus NX200t vehicles

A malfunctioning Anti-Lock Braking System actuator could cause a loss of vehicle stability

Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing is recalling 3,013 model year 2015 Lexus NX200t vehicles manufactured December 18, 2014, to February 2, 2015. The...


Mazda recalls vehicles with air bag issue

The air bag inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants

Mazda North American Operations is recalling 444,907 model year 2003-2008 Mazda6 vehicles manufactured May 29, 2002, to May 5, 2008; 2004-2008 RX-8 vehicl...


Northern Tool + Equipment recalls Little Digger toy

The red paint on the Little Digger toy frame contains excessive levels of lead

Northern Tool + Equipment Company of Fredericksburg, Va., is recalling about 7,000 Little Digger toys....


As rents rise Millennials more willing to consider buying

Two studies suggest young consumers are being pushed from being renters to homeowners

In the seven years since the financial crisis home ownership rates have plunged. In its latest report on The State of U.S. Housing, the Harvard Joint Cente...


Homeowner expenses that have nothing to do with the monthly payment

When comparing owning and renting, don't forget maintaining

If you compare rent to what a mortgage payment would be with these rock-bottom interest rates, owning a home might look a lot cheaper than renting. But ...


A new treatment gives patients hope; sends leukemia into remission

Researchers have developed a new treatment that has the potential to send many types of cancer into remission

A new study is breaking ground with a treatment that has the ability to send leukemia into remission. This can be a life-saver (literally) for cancer patie...


Takata CEO delivers personal apology for airbag fiasco

But company still hasn't isolated the problem responsible for 8 deaths

As recalls of cars equipped with Takata airbags mount, Takata Corp. President Shigehisa Takada has delivered a personal apology for the deaths and injuries...


Whole Foods accused of 'routine' overcharging in NYC

Consumer agency says shoppers overcharged as much as $14.84 on package of shrimp

Prices for everything are almost always higher in New York City and Whole Foods has a reputation for being expensive. That said, the city's Department of C...


Possible payment card breach at Pennsylvania's Hershey Park

Be wary if you visited the park from mid-March through late May

If you visited Pennsylvania's Hershey Park between March and May of this year, be warned: it looks like hackers might've breached Hershey Park security and...


Stepping on the scale daily helps you lose weight

Researchers have found that weighing yourself daily can help you make better food choices.

Attempting to lose weight is a struggle for many people. Controlling what you eat and how you live can be very difficult, but a new study suggests that wei...


Does it matter if your imported beer was made in the U.S.?

Consumers appear unwilling to cut global beer makers the same slack they give carmakers

Globalization has changed the way many consumers think about borders, and the value premium one country might add over another. Take BMW for example. On...


Protect your pets this Fourth of July

Utilizing these strategies can help your pet cope this Fourth of July and keep them from running away

Fourth of July celebrations may be the most enjoyable time of the summer for many people. Unfortunately, this holiday leads to a large number of missing pe...


Personal income and spending post gains in May

The savings rate, however, took a hit

U.S. consumers saw their incomes rise in May -- and they ran right out and spent the money. Figures released by the Commerce Department show personal inco...


The humanization of pet foods is leading to market growth

Companies are trending towards humanizing their pet foods to make them more appetizing to consumers.

Everyone knows that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Well, it works that way with pet food as well. The marketing companies know you love y...


Online skincare deals rubbed consumers the wrong way, feds charge

Consumers found themselves being charged for thinks they didn't order, FTC alleges

The Federal Trade Commission has charged seven individuals and 15 companies with using deceptive marketing strategies to charge consumers for products that...


Mitsubishi recalls vehicles with sun visor- air bag issue

The passenger side sun visor may detach when the air bag deploys

Mitsubishi Motors North America (MMNA) is recalling 459,618 model year 2000-2005 Eclipse vehicles manufactured April 5, 1999, to December 17, 2004; 2001-20...


Bicycles with SR Suntour bicycle forks recalled

The front wheel could come off the bicycle

SR Suntour North America of Vancouver, Wash., is recalling about 101,600 bicycles with SR Suntour bicycle forks in the U.S. and Canada. The bolt that atta...


School Specialty recalls NeoRok Stools

The stool can break during use

School Specialty of Greenville, Wis., is recalling about 1,350 NeoRok Stools. The stool can break during use, posing a fall hazard. The company has recei...


Good Seed recalls soybean sprouts and mung bean sprouts

The products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Good Seed of Springfield, Va., is recalling all packages of soybean sprouts and mung bean sprouts. The products may be contaminated with Listeria monocyto...


Jeep Cherokees with power liftgates recalled

The liftgate control modules may be inadvertently exposed to water

Chrysler (FCA US) is recalling an estimated 164,000 model year 2014 and 2015 Jeep Cherokee SUVs equipped with power liftgates. The power liftgate control...


Check-writers beware: your checks can be cashed more than once

Remote deposit capture makes double deposits easy – accidentally or otherwise

If you still write checks to pay various bills – actual physical checks, not withdrawals made from a check card – there's a new and growing form of check-c...


FBI warns against dangerous CryptoWall ransomware

American victims have lost $18 million since April of 2014.

The FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) issued an alert yesterday identifying a virulent form of ransomware known as CryptoWall as “the most curren...


Samsung disables Windows Update, leaving computers vulnerable to massive malware threats

Secret software update even includes an app openly named Disable_Windowsupdate.exe

If you have a Samsung laptop, beware: Samsung has apparently disabled the Windows Update feature on many of its laptops, leaving you vulnerable to any secu...


An atlas of elderly brain scans could help diagnose Alzheimer's disease

An atlas of elderly brain scans could be used to diagnose neurodegenerative diseases much more quickly.

Diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative disorders may be easier in the future. A new study suggests that digitally mapping the brains of...


Ford enlisting some customers into ride-share enterprise

Smart Mobility program aimed at cash-strapped Millennials

Faced with a growing number of young consumers who aren't sure if they need or can afford a car, Ford Motor Company is trying to expand their options to ma...


Air conditioner maintenance tips

Keeping surfaces clean and changing filters regularly can prevent a nasty surprise on a hot summer day

With summer officially here, and seasonally stifling heat and humidity across wide areas of the U.S., many consumers will hope that their home air conditio...


Why young adults need to be checking their blood pressure

Elevated, but 'normal' blood pressure could be dangerous for young people in middle age

In recent years doctors have determined that older adults can enjoy health with higher elevations of blood pressure than had previously been considered nor...


A shrinking economy

The nation's gross domestic product is moving in the wrong direction

The national economy, as measured by real gross domestic product -- the value of the production of goods and services in the U.S., adjusted for price chang...


Virtual reality therapy may help those suffering from alcohol dependence

Researchers hope to diminish cravings for alcohol by utilizing virtual-reality software.

Therapy involving the use of virtual-reality software may help people with alcohol dependence. A new study suggests that the treatment can slow a patient’s...


Doctors say blood cancer drugs too expensive

Just the latest researchers to call out drug companies

When a patient is diagnosed with one of several blood cancers, he or she may receive extremely expensive drugs to combat the disease.Researchers at the...


Don't let summer storms lay waste to your food supply

We have some tips on what to do when the bad weather hits

After a long, difficult winter, summer is finally here. That means outdoor fun, swimming and picnics. But it also can mean extremely hot weather and -- in...


The volatility continues in mortgage rate applications

Applications rose last week following a decline the week before

It continues to be difficult to get a handle on applications for mortgages. Data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Application...


Ford recalls Mustangs with possible fuel tank issue

Prolonged exposure to elevated underbody temperatures can cause degradation of the fuel tank

Ford Motor Company is recalling 19,095 model year 2015 Ford Mustangs manufactured February 14, 2014, to February 10, 2015, and equipped with 2.3L engines. ...


EPIC fail for Uber's new privacy policy: FTC asked to block “deceptive data collection”

Electronic Privacy Information Center files anti-Uber complaint on Monday

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), a non-profit privacy rights group, has filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission asking that th...


Egg prices surge in many areas of the country

Avian influenza has reduced egg-laying population by at least 35 million

The impact of the avian influenza outbreak in the Midwest is being felt at diners and supermarkets around the country.As producers have culled devastat...


Smart patches could be a game changer for diabetics

Researchers have developed smart patches that are more precise, and less painful, than standard insulin injections.

Researchers from the University of North Carolina and NC State have developed a small insulin patch that may help the 387 million people who suffer from di...


How ready are you for retirement?

Millennials are preparing at at a surprising rate

Ask different financial planners how much you need to retire and you are likely to get several different answers. That's because there are a lot of variabl...


Feds probe ejections in rollover crashes of GM SUVs

Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon side curtain air bags may not work

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is looking into complaints that side curtain air bags may not work properly in Chevrolet Tahoe a...


Bring your dog to work on June 26th

Promote awareness for pet adoption by bringing your dog into work this Friday.

You better start packing an extra lunch and a few toys; don’t forget about a bowl for water! Friday is Take Your Dog to Work Day, and many companies will b...


Monitor your student athletes for head injuries from your cell phone

New technologies help determine when a head injury occurs and how to keep student athletes safe.

Injuries can occur all too often in youth sports. One of the most problematic to diagnose and treat is a concussion. The effects of a concussion sometimes...


Tobacco use on the decline? Not necessarily

The FDA has some facts and figures that might surprise you

You might think that all the warnings about tobacco use would sink in. In a lot of cases it has, but in too many it hasn't happened. While the number of k...


Roadside zoos charged with multiple violations

A father and daughter have been brought up on charges of animal mistreatment due to poor conditions in their zoos.

A father-daughter duo in Florida allegedly operated roadside zoos that became dungeons of death for the animals that were being held. Eric Mogensen and his...


Amazon's Echo will turn on your lights, open the garage door and remind you to take out the garbage

No one at home to nag you? Here's the answer

We talk to our computers and other gadgets all the time but, like our significant others, they mostly ignore us. Amazon hopes to chan...


Colleges with the lowest student loan default rates

But in a world where delinquency is rapidly rising, they are the exception

A statue of George Mason greets visitors to the GMU campus Most of the time it is the colleges with the highest student loan default rates – the Corin...


More consumers may have health insurance but aren't using it

Survey finds consumers having a hard time connecting with the system

Obama signs "Obamacare" into law (White House photo) Health care remains a fractious issue in American politics with the Affordable Care Act, otherwis...


New homes sales in May build on April increase

Home prices were mixed

It's 2 gains in a row for sales of new homes. A joint report by the Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development puts the sales pace ...


Fiat 500e hatchbacks recalled

Cruise-control software is being upgraded

Chrysler (FCA US) is recalling an estimated 3,975 Fiat 500e hatchbacks to upgrade cruise-control software. An investigation by company engineers discover...


Auto safety regulators, lashed by blistering audit, vow to do better

NHTSA says it will crack down on automakers and tighten its own procedures

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is vowing to crack down on automakers -- and on itself, following a blistering audit that finds ...


Eighth Takata airbag death involves a rental car

Car rental companies aren't required to perform safety recalls or to warn customers that recalls haven't been carried out

Photo: Sunset Car Rental's Facebook pageThe latest death-by-airbag case illuminates a larger danger -- renting a car that may have uncompleted safety...


Traffic safety agency may face a tough week

Leaked report takes National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to the woodshed

A hearing Tuesday by the Senate Commerce Committee will review a government report on the National Highway Traffic Safety A...


Colleges may no longer be the gatekeepers to the middle class

More young people seeking success without a four-year degree

With high school graduation season reaching its peak, millions of 18-year olds who plan to attend college in the fall have just been through the nerve-wrac...


Why the housing market is still a shadow of its former self

Remaining underwater homeowners likely stuck for years to come

When the housing market collapsed in 2008, millions of homeowners found themselves underwater, owing more on mortgages tha...


Security flaw in Android apps from Google Play store leaves user passwords vulnerable

Affected apps include those for Safeway, Pizza Hut, NBA Game Time and

Android owners take note: security researchers from AppBugs, a free Android app designed to spot dangers in other apps on the same device, have discovered...


General Mills to remove artificial colors and flavors from all breakfast cereals

Starting with children's cereals this year, and including 100% of cereal portfolio by 2017

General Mills announced today that it would remove all artificial colors and flavors from its breakfast cereals, starting with Trix, Cocoa Puffs and Reese'...


Fried food, sugary drinks headed back to schools in Texas

State says students don't eat the healthy stuff, so why serve it?

Texas lawmakers are working toward bringing deep-fried foods and sugary drinks back to their schools. The move is meant to eliminate wasteful spending on f...


Feds charge 10 people with selling counterfeit 5-hour ENERGY drinks

Drinks were manufactured in unsanitary conditions with ersatz ingredients, indictment alleges

Ten people have been arrested for allegedly attempting to produce and distribute a counterfeit of the liquid dietary supplement 5-Hour ENERGY. One addition...


Google changes search policy to crack down on revenge porn

Google promises to honor takedown requests from revenge porn victims

Google has announced a policy change to crack down on “revenge porn” -- henceforth, the company will honor requests from victims to remove “revenge porn” i...


Curb is a new smart tool aimed at lowering utility bills

Most homeowners need all the help they can get

Traditional ways to lower your home's energy use include adding insulation, weatherstripping, caulk and wearing a sweater in the winter. A new “smart” prod...


Existing-home sales rebound in May from April's slump

First-time buyers may have been the difference

After posting a decline the previous month, sales of previously-owned homes were on the comeback trail in May. The National Association of Realtors report...


Amazon will pay some authors by the page instead of by the book

Think about it: this may actually be a good thing for readers

Oh-oh. It just got a little harder for writers to eke out a meager living. First it was the Internet, which made it possible for skinflint publishers to te...


Feds probe brake issues in 2013 Dodge Darts

Consumers report having to use the parking brake to stop their car

Federal safety regulators are looking into reports of braking problems in 2013 Dodge Darts.The National Highway Traffic Safety Administrtion (NHTSA) sa...


Feds arrest 1,140 sex offenders over two-month period

Task forces launch Operation Broken Heart and arrest child sex offenders from 41 states.

1,140 child predators from 41 different states have been arrested over the last two months according to an announcement by the Office of Juvenile Justice a...


Trimming your gardening time

Use these tips to create a beautiful garden for a fraction of the effort

Gardening doesn’t have to be a labor of love. In fact, it doesn’t have to be labor (or at least not much of one) if you do it wisely. There are many ways t...


Champ's Sliced Crimini Mushrooms recalled

The product be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

United Salad of Portland, Ore., is recalling Champ's Sliced Crimini Mushrooms, a product of Canada. The product may be contaminated with Listeria monocyto...


Boulder Dog Food Company recalls Chicken Sprinkles

The product many be contaminated with Salmonella

Boulder Dog Food Company is recalling 3-oz. bags of Chicken Sprinkles. The product many be contaminated with Salmonella. One complaint was received from ...


General Motors recalls Cadillac ATS and CTS vehicles

The rod that actuates the brakes that may fracture

General Motors is recalling 2,163 model year 2015 Cadillac ATS and CTS vehicles. The recalled vehicles have a bracket between the brake pedal assembly, a...


Top Fin plastic aquarium heaters recalled

An electrical problem poses a risk of fire or electrical shock

PetSmart Phoenix, Ariz., is recalling about 117,000 Top Fin plastic aquarium heaters in the U.S. and Canada. Some 33,000 heaters were recalled in August 20...


Shirk's Meat recalls pork and beef products

The products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Shirk’s Meat of Dundee, N.Y., is recalling approximately 2,478 pounds of pork and beef products. The products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytoge...


600 million Samsung Galaxy devices vulnerable to hackers

Security flaw discovered seven months ago, sitll not patched

Samsung Galaxy owners beware: Researchers at a cybersecurity firm discovered that every Galaxy device from the S3 through the S6 contains a massive securit...


Electronic Frontier Foundation annual privacy report praises Apple and Yahoo, slams AT&T and WhatsApp

EFF asks “Who has your back?” The answer is, not as many companies as you'd like

(c) iQoncept - Fotolia The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has released its fifth annual “Who Has Your Back?” report, which grades various tech c...


Move over kale, here comes quinoa

10 reasons it's the latest hot health food

The undeniable trend in food is toward healthy, which is right up there with “fresh” and “locally sourced.” If that's your hot button, a team of internatio...


Fisher-Price latest to use LGBT theme in advertising

"Proud Parenting" campaign running across digital media outlets

New data from Google and YouTube shows that messages about diversity and equality for the LGBT community have widespread impact. Companies and brands are s...


Medical debt collector hit with hefty penalty

The company prevented consumers from exercising debt collection rights

Syndicated Office Systems is being ordered by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to provide over $5.4 million in relief to harmed consumers, c...


Feds enlist international help against sales of unapproved drugs

But consumers may be buying them because of sky-high U.S. drug prices

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has enlisted a number of international partners to help with its campaign against unapproved and counterfeit dr...


Southeast Toyota Distributors recalls Tundras with tire pressure information issue

The tire placcard incorrectly states the recommended cold tire inflation pressure

Southeast Toyota Distributors (SET) is recalling 144 model year 2015 Toyota Tundras manufactured March 11, 2015, to April 11, 2015 and equipped with Nitto ...


Should you worry if Greece defaults?

In a global economy it's hard to measure the potential impact

If you happen to be a consumer living in Greece, you probably spend a lot of time wondering what a default by the government on its massive debt means to y...


Safety groups raise alarm over cellphone 'deadwalkers'

Injuries mounting because people aren't paying attention

Perhaps there is no better sign of the times in which we live than a policy change at a Utah college. Officials at Utah Valley University (UVU) divided ...


Are Samsung washing machines prone to cause flooding?

A recent class-action filing plus numerous consumer complaints suggest maybe they are

This week, in Newark, New Jersey, consumers filed an attempted class-action claim against Samsung, claiming that the company's washing machines (specifical...


What it means when your check engine light comes on

And where it costs most to get it fixed

You could be driving anywhere when your car's “check engine” light comes on, sending a shudder of exasperation through your body. “Great, now what?” you...


IIHS rates LATCH hardware in vehicles for ease-of-use

Most vehicles are sorely lacking; BMW, Mercedes, VW models earn good rating

Of the more than 100 vehicles evaluated by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), only 3 have child restraint installation hardware that earns ...


Getting released as student loan co-signer is not that easy

Study finds 90% of requests for release as co-signer are rejected

Many young people heading off to college are unable to secure student loans without a family member or friend co-signing for them. But co-signing situation...


Post office Grinches arrested for scamming children's Christmas charity

Three workers allegedly stole gifts from Operation Santa

Three workers at a Manhattan post office were arrested for allegedly scamming valuable gifts out of Operation Santa, a charitable program intended to provi...


Rising gasoline costs help push consumer prices higher

Jobless claims slip

A spike in the cost of gasoline was a major factor in the rise in the consumer price index (CPI) during May. Figures released by the Bureau of Labor Stati...


Feds target servicemember auto lender

The company is accused of using aggressive debt collection tactics

Security National Automotive Acceptance Company (SNAAC) -- an auto loan company -- is being accused of using a combination of illegal threats and deceptive...


Foreclosure activity moving higher again

But the May numbers don't suggest a housing market relapse

Numbers don't lie but at times they can be misleading.So it is with the May foreclosure report from RealtyTrac, an online marketer of foreclosure prope...


Pinnacle Foods Group recalls poultry products

The product contains monosodium glutamate, which is not declared on the label

Pinnacle Foods Group of Fayetteville, Ark., is recalling approximately 668,316 pounds of poultry products. The product contains monosodium glutamate (MSG)...


Colnago recalls bicycles and frame kits

The front brakes can detach from fork during use

Colnago America of Chicago is recalling about 434 bicycles and bicycle frame kits in the U.S> and Canada. The front brakes can detach from fork during use...


Mortgage applications turn back downward

Contract interest rates continued their climb

After rising the previous week for the first time in 8 weeks, applications for mortgages have resumed the downward trek. Applications were down 5.5% for f...


Americans losing faith in religion

White Protestants continue to drift away, Catholics stabilize

We don't normally think of religion as a consumer product but it has a lot of similarities to, say, an expensive newspaper s...


Dodge Challengers with airbag issue recalled

The driver's side air bag inflated curtain may have a loose or missing rear mounting bolt

Chrysler (FCA US) is recalling 73 model year 2015 Dodge Challengers manufactured March 28, 2015, to April 1, 2015. The driver's side air bag inflated cur...


Bunnies by the Bay recalls pull toys

Hub caps on the wheels can break or come off the wheel

Bunnies by the Bay of East Windsor, N.J., is recalling about 810 Bud and Skipit Wheely Cute pull toys in the U.S. and Canada. Hub caps on the wheels can b...


Seniors leave money on the table when they don't ask for a discount

But most businesses that provide discounts make you ask for them

Age has its advantages. Wisdom. Respect. Senior discounts. It's actually pretty amazing how many companies in just about any business you can think of o...


Change your password for LastPass! Hackers breached their security last week

Company says stored passwords weren't compromised, but master passwords should be changed anyway

If you use the LastPass password manager to store your online passwords, be warned: yesterday, in a “Security Notice” posted on the LastPass corporate blog...


Nine consumer privacy groups walk out to protest federal facial-recognition policies

The 16-month-long series of meetings completely broke down last week

For over a year now, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NITA), a division of the Commerce Department, has hosted talks with te...


GM faces racketeering charges in ignition switch case

New complaint alleges GM conspired to conceal the deadly defect

You can add racketeering charges to the problems facing General Motors. Lawyers representing consumers who are suing GM over faulty ignition switches have ...


Customer-card security breach at Fred's Super Dollar

Hackers planted malware on POS systems; full extent of the breach not yet known

Southern and Midwestern shoppers beware: it looks like Fred's Super Dollar, a discount pharmacy and general merchandise retailer, is the latest business to...


Feds ease reverse mortgage policy for non-borrowing spouse (again)

Move is aimed at reducing foreclosures

After an increasing number of horror stories, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has again revised a policy that will now allow reverse...


Cigarettes blamed for nearly half of 12 smoking-related cancer deaths

Incidence of smoking is down but risks to smokers may be increasing

The good news is that fewer people are smoking but the risk to those who continue to smoke may increase over time, a new study warns. Researchers studie...


A helping hand for consumers shopping for health insurance coverage

Consumers’ access to important plan information is the goal

Consumers and employers will have an easier time comparing their options when shopping for and renewing health insurance coverage, according to the Departm...


CVS taking over Target's in-store pharmacies

Deal makes CVS nation's largest drug store chain

In a massive $1.9 billion deal, CVS Health Corporation will take over and re-brand Target's in-store pharmacies. The deal allows the drug store chain to in...


Mortgage rates on the rise

Some have moved above the 4% mark

Brighter economic news is pushing mortgage interest rates higher. According to Freddie Mac's Primary Mortgage Market Survey, the 30-year fixed-rate mortga...


Builder confidence hits 9-month high

The increase in the Housing Market Index was broad-based

Things are looking better for home builders than they have in a long time. Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes is up 5 p...


Food fight: organic group takes shot at Whole Foods

Claims chain is devaluing Certified Organic label

Just days after Whole Foods announced a new chain of lower-priced stores, the Cornucopia Institute, which advocates organic growing, has taken the popular...


Feds enlist tax preparation industry to help combat fraud

Identity theft related to tax returns now the government's top consumer complaint

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is enlisting help from the tax preparation industry and state governments to clamp down on the growing plague of identit...


It's never too late to switch careers

Firm offers free guidance to those who want to make a change

If you are in mid-career, it may have dawned on you by now that you'll probably have to work a lot more years than you anticipated before you can afford to...


What kind of floor is best for your pet?

Vinyl may be the best solution for most pets

Pets are becoming a staple in homes; 68 percent of U.S. households own a pet, which equates to 82.5 million homes. In those 82.5 million homes, there are 8...


Larry’s Custom Meats recalls beef tongue product

The product may have been shipped with lingual tonsils still attached

Larry’s Custom Meats of Hartwick, N.Y., is recalling approximately 529 pounds of beef tongue product. The product may have been shipped with lingual tonsi...


House votes to repeal country of origin labeling

U.S. Senate and President Obama to have the final say

It's now up to the United States Senate and President Obama to determine whether the U.S. repeals its country of origin labeling law, known as COOL. As of...


Net neutrality rules in effect today

A federal appeals court panel rejected carriers' objections to new FCC rules

A federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., has cleared the way for implementation of new net neutrality rules, allowing the rules to go into effect today...


Wholesale inflation on the rise in May

A spike in gasoline prices was a major factor

Following a decline the previous month, the Producer Price Index (PPI) for final demand shot up 0.5% in May. Still, according to the Labor Department (DOL)...


FAA proposes stiff fine against Mexico-based Volaris

The carrier is accused of not meeting numerous maintenance requirements

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is accusing Volaris of Mexico City, Mexico, of operating an aircraft that was not in compliance with Federal Avia...


Study finds daily aspirin can block breast cancer growth

A similar effect was previously found in other types of cancer

Aspirin is good for a lot of things. But who would have thought a daily aspirin could block breast tumor growth? That's the finding of a lab study being pu...


Crowdfunding campaign financed founder's high life, feds charge

Consumers invested in a game but it turned out it was all just a game

Venture capitalists say investing in start-up businesses is often like throwing money out the window. And crowdfunding? That's often like setting your mone...


Going away? Stage your home

The lived-in look protects against burglaries, intrusions

The summer months are the most opportune time for criminals to invade your home. Many homeowners take vacations in the summer months, and it only take a cu...


Accepted Alzheimer's prevention tools have their limits

Remaining active doesn't alter biological markers, study finds

For years doctors have advised older adults to remain physically and mentally active, to reduce the likelihood of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. It's ...


Airlines improve on-time arrival and cancellation rates

Not many folks were left stranded on the tarmac, either

Traveling by air was a little less aggravating in April. According to the Transportation Department's (DOT) Air Travel Consumer Report, the nation’s large...


Garden-Fresh Foods recalls potato salad

The product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Garden-Fresh Foods is recalling its Garden Fresh Steakhouse Potato Salad potato salad sold at Jewel food stores. The product may be contaminated with List...


Ramart recalls swing chairs

The swing chairs can tip over

Ramart LLC, of Tulsa, Okla., is recalling about 250 swing chairs. The swing chairs can tip over, posing a fall hazard to consumers. The company has recei...


Wealth Index begins to favor renting over buying

But only if renters invest the money they would have used for a down payment

It is now cheaper to buy a house and make monthly mortgage payments than it is to pay rent. In some markets, that is. But if you are still renting, don'...


New York attorney general questions PayPal and eBay robocall mandates

The two companies' new user agreements are so offensive, they might even be illegal

Last week eBay and PayPal both announced some upcoming changes to their user agreements, changes indicating such breathtaking contempt for their customers'...


Are you in danger of losing your job to a robot?

Robots will become viable alternative to human work force, report warns

Some really smart people have warned that humans are playing with fire when they develop more advanced machines and robots. Scientist Stephen Hawking says...


Retail point-of-sale hacking affects winery customers in northern California

Transaction data stolen from April 2015

Oenophiles be warned: hackers have apparently breached security and managed to steal customer payment-card data from Missing Link Networks, Inc., a card pr...


Consumer and manufacturing groups fight to save COOL

Congress urged not to repeal the Country of Origin Labeling law

In the past nothing could dampen cocktail party chatter faster than bringing up some world trade issue. Then along came Ross Perot warning of a “giant suck...


Walgreens vitamins recalled

The packaging is not child-resistant and senior friendly

International Vitamin Corporation (IVC) of Freehold, N.J., is recalling about 17,000 containers of Multivitamin Women 50+ tablets The packaging is not ch...


Natural Grocers expands recall of Macadamia nuts

The product may be contaminated with Salmonella

Vitamin Cottage Natural Food Markets of Lakewood, Colo., is expanding its last month's recall of Natural Grocers brand Macadamia Nuts. The product may be ...


Study: 50 hospitals mark-up their medical costs 1000%

Another study shows doctors routinely order unnecessary tests

Two new studies suggest some reasons why U.S. consumers face increasingly high health care costs.One study found that some hospitals are marking up cos...


Travel report suggests plenty of bargains for rest of 2015

Strong dollar isn't the only thing boosting savings

With a very strong dollar U.S. consumers have found travel around the world isn't as expensive as it used to be.A new analysis of global travel, by Exp...


Your dog can make waves but don't let him drink them

Dogs can pick up dangerous diseases by drinking lake or salt water

It's summer and who doesn’t love to take their dog fishing or just hanging out by the lake? A dog beach is wonderful too but watch your dog carefully so he...


Apple seeks to cover all the music bases with Apple Music

Music service to compete head-to-head with Spotify and Pandora

Apple revolutionized the music business with iTunes. Now, with the introduction of Apple Music, it wants to own the space. Steve Jobs brought about the ...


Marriott switching over to Internet-connected TVs

But the surfing choice is limited to Netflix

In another sign that watching TV online has become mainstream, Mariott Hotels has announced it will begin replacing guest room TV sets with Internet-connec...


Mortgage applications finally turn higher

It's the first increase in 7 weeks

After declining for 6 consecutive weeks, applications for mortgages moved upward last week. Data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mort...


Big Easy Foods Louisiana Cuisine recalls poultry products

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

Big Easy Foods Louisiana Cuisine of Lake Charles, La., is recalling approximately 93,006 pounds of both raw and cooked stuffed chicken product. The produc...


Volkswagen recalls Tiguans

The vehicles may be missing the required tire pressure information

Volkswagen Group of America is recalling 2,957 model year 2015 Tiguans manufactured January 22, 2015, to March 20, 2015. The recalled vehicles may be equ...


A simple rule to avoid debt and build savings

Live below your means, admittedly not as simple as it sounds

Everyone knows what it means to live above your means. You spend more than you make, accumulate debt, live paycheck-to-paycheck and never seem to be able t...


Gucci products are upscale but fragile, consumers find

Also, the sandals are slippery and the boot laces are irreplaceable (literally)

Gucci is about as high fashion as you can get but the products could be a little more rugged, according to consumers we've heard from. Take Anthony of R...


Why some states are better for retirement than others

It's not always about the weather

Everyone seems to have an opinion about the best places to retire, but it all depends on what characteristics are most valued. Retirement nirvana is in the...


CPSC launches campaign to prevent furniture and TV tip-over deaths and injuries

“Anchor It!” offers tips for parents and care-givers

Unstable and unsecured TVs and large pieces of furniture kill a child every 2 weeks, on average, in tip-over incidents that are easily preventable, accordi...


Job openings in April at highest level in 14 years

Both hires and separations were fairly stable

There were 5.4 million job openings at the end of April, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) -- the highest level since the series began in D...


Children's exposure to marijuana up 147% in recent years

More liberal attitudes towards the drug are having consequences for children's health

The debate over the legalization of marijuana has continued to rage on as states begin to adopt more lenient legislation on the matter. Proponents point ou...


Could your child's cat lead to mental health problems in adulthood

It's one of several health risks being studied by researchers

That sweet little cat that purrs and sits on your lap could be carrying a disease that can facilitate miscarriages, fetal development disorders, weeks of f...


Survey: Father’s Day spending to hit $12.7 billion

“Experience gifts” get the lion's share of the bucks

When it comes to spending, consumer outlays ($21.2 billion) for Mother's Day far outdistance Father's Day. Still, dad does okay. According to the National...


Santa Barbara Smokehouse recalls Cold Smoked Salmon

The product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Santa Barbara Smokehouse of Santa Barbara, Calif., is recalling all smoked salmon EXCLUDING Hot Smoked Salmon produced from March 1 to April 8, 2015. The ...


Bariatric Fusion recalls bags of Soft Chews

The packages fail to meet child-resistant closure requirement

Bariatric Fusion of Elma, N.Y., is recalling about 800 bags of Soft Chews Iron with Vitamin C dietary supplements. The packaging is not child-resistant an...


Want to attend college for free? Work for the right company

Anthem is latest employer to pick up the tab

There is an alternative to running up tens of thousands of dollars in student loan debt in pursuit of a college degree. All you have to do is work for a co...


Understanding mortgage basics

Here's what you need to know before shopping for a home

For most people who buy a home, applying for a mortgage is part of the process. Besides investors and the very wealthy, very few people pay cash for a hous...


Congressmen want forward collision avoidance systems on big trucks

The deaths of five nursing students in a Georgia crash bring calls for improved safety technologies

Five Georgia Congressmen have written to federal safety regulators to urge that large trucks and buses be equipped with forward collision avoidance technol...


What to do if your data has been hacked

There are steps you can take to reduce the risk of someone running up debs in your name

Recent data breaches at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) show that businesses keeping files on consumers' pe...


Obama may raise threshold for overtime pay

A proposed rule change could make millions of workers eligible for overtime

The Obama Administration is expected to propose a new rule that would nearly double the salary above which employees become eligible for time-and-a-half ov...


Consumers bitten by mortgage relief scam to get checks

Thousands were taken by a scheme that promised lower payments

The checks are in the mail. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which won a court action against Jackson, Crowder & Associates and Crowder Law Group, send...


Texas governor expected to sign law deregulating hair braiding

State regulations will finally recognize that braiding and barbering aren't the same thing

Texas Governor Greg Abbott is expected to sign House Bill 2717 into law, deregulating the practice and teaching of professional hair braiding and repeal th...


New $25 blood test can identify every virus you've ever had

Experimental test can “read” the infectious history written in your immune system

According to a research article published in the latest issue of Science, a new, still-experimental blood test called VirScan can identify almost every vir...


The buzz on bees with dementia

Declining bee population could be linked to aluminum pollution

The beehive population has dropped from 5 million to 2.5 million since the 1940s. That is a significant decrease and has scientists worried. Pesticides hav...


Maybe pet insurance isn't such a great idea; it all depends

There are several factors to consider before taking out a policy on your pooch

Having a pet costs a little bit of money. After all it’s one more mouth to feed and right behind that is veterinary care. Americans spend an estimated $...


Chevrolet Colorado, and GMC Canyon trucks with leaky brakes recalled

The front brake calipers may leak brake fluid

General Motors is recalling 14,838 model year 2015 Chevrolet Colorado, and GMC Canyon trucks manufactured January 6, 2014, to December 24, 2014. The rec...


Benedetti Farms recalls chicken and turkey sausage products

The products are wrapped in hog and sheep casings not listed on the labels

Benedetti Farms of a Sonoma, Calif., is recalling approximately 11,670 pounds of chicken and turkey sausage products. The products are wrapped in hog and ...


Chevy Malibus with seat belt issue recalled

Steel cables that connect the seat belts to the vehicle may be bent

General Motors is recalling 437,045 model year 2011-2012 Chevrolet Malibus manufactured April 8, 2010, to October 11, 2012. The flexible steel cables tha...


Mazda B-series light trucks recalled

The air bag inflator could rupture upon deployment

Mazda North American Operations is recalling 27,149 model year 2004-2006 Mazda B-series light trucks manufactured from April 17, 2003, through May 2, 2006....


Quincy Street recalls pork products

The products may be contaminated with foreign materials

Quincy Street, Inc., of Holland, Mich., is recalling approximately 49,308 pounds of pork sausage products. The products may be contaminated with foreign m...


Feds vow tougher scrutiny of automakers' safety efforts, may collaborate with personal-injury lawyers

Early warning reports of suspected defects will be more tightly monitored, officials vow

The trailer hitch-equipped Jeep in which Cassidy Jarmon, 4, burned to death (Photo: Center for Auto Safety)Automakers are being put on notice that th...


Hackers swipe confidential files on 4 million federal workers

Second major breach in a year of federal personnel records

Hackers have gained access to confidential personnel records of more than 4 million current and retired federal employees, the U.S. Office of Personnel Man...


The U.S. government can't protect its own data, and doesn't want you protecting yours either

FBI urges tech firms to “prevent encryption above all else,” while China hacks into the feds again

The OPM Building in WashingtonLate Thursday evening, for the second time in less than a year, U.S. government authorities admitted that hackers manag...


Australia's medical board urges doctors to stop prescribing homeopathic remedies

At best they'll waste your money, and at worst they'll ruin your health

Samuel Hahnemann, founder of homeopathy (Photo via Wikipedia)On Wednesday, the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (Australia's equival...


Who needs four wheels? The Elio rolls along on three

Little two-seater will sell for $6,800 and deliver 84 mpg, its founder declares

Cars come in all shapes, sizes, colors and have all kinds of propulsion mechanisms -- gas, diesel, electric and hybrids. But there's one...


Home buyers continue to make smaller down payments

This suggests more entry-level shoppers are buying homes

Though the traditional down payment is 20% of a home's purchase price, down payments can be much smaller – 3.5% for an FHA loan and as little as 3% for som...


Half of older Americans have no retirement savings

Social Security becomes an increasingly fragile lifeline

As data continues to pile up about the financial condition of older Americans, one conclusion is becoming pretty clear. For millions of Americans, there pr...


Employment and the jobless rate both moved higher in May

More good news: Those with jobs were earning more

May was a strong month for job creation. According to the Labor Department (DOL), the economy cranked out 280,00 nonfarm payroll positions last month foll...


Looking for a job? Check these fast-growing industries

CareerBuilder highlights those expected to experience at least 15% job growth in 5 years

With jobs a little more plentiful, consumers can be choosier when deciding whether to stay put or look for a new job. And those who are ready to make a mov...


Why you'll see mostly sequels at movie theaters

Studios consider producing something original just too risky

When the movie "Jurassic Park" premiered 22 years ago, it was a wild fantastical tale that packed theaters. If you'll recall it was the story of a rich phi...


Smart Lipo dietary supplement recalled

The products contain undeclared ingredients

SmartLipo365 is recalling 122 lots of Smart Lipo (800, 900, 950 mg) capsules. The products contain sibutramine, desmethylsibutramine and phenolphthalein,...


Demes recalls chicken and pork products

The chicken sausages were wrapped in hog casings that were not listed on the labels

Demes Gourmet Corp., of Fullerton, Calif., is recalling approximately 29,052 pounds of poultry and pork products. The chicken sausages were wrapped in ho...


Mazda recalls vehicles with driver-side air bag issue

The air bag inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants

Mazda North American Operations is recalling 444,907 model year 2003-2008 Mazda6 vehicles manufactured May 29, 2002, to May 5, 2008; 2004-2008 RX-8 vehicl...


Big Lots recalls hanging chairs

The hanging chairs can tip over when they face sideways and swing beyond the base

Big Lots Stores of Columbus, Ohio, is recalling about 16,000 hanging chairs. The hanging chairs can tip over when they face sideways and swing beyond the ...


Joinem chairman counting on viral sharing to build buzz

Former Priceline CEO's site boasts of prices up to 25% off

Like presidential wannabes who deny their candidacy until the last minute, much of the retail world sees itself as someday ousting Amazon from its perch at...


Industry analysts predict gasoline prices ready to fall

Prices usually go down in June but history doesn't always repeat itself

Gasoline prices began the month of June at their high for the year, up more than 70 cents a gallon since January, but they remain well below recent histori...


T-Mobile, Dish Network in merger talks

The deal would give T-Mobile the frequencies it needs to beef up its wireless network

DirecTV is merging with AT&T so it's hardly surprising that the other satellite TV distributor, Dish Network, would be looking for a partner, and T-Mobile ...


Applying for a mortgage: how to get started

Here's what you need to know, ask and be able to put your hands on

Whether you are buying a home for the first time or downsizing after the kids have moved out, applying for a mortgage is a more rigorous and complicated pr...


Online shoppers not even close to abandoning brick-and-mortar

Survey shows many consumers favor online deliveries to stores

Online shopping and brick-and-mortar shopping are usually viewed as an either/or proposition. A survey of shoppers conducted by comScore for UPS suggests i...


RPM Mortgage to pay $19 million penalty

The company steered consumers into costlier mortgages

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is accusing RPM Mortgage and its CEO, Erwin Robert Hirt, of illegally paying bonuses and higher commissions...


Feds find reverse mortgage ads sow confusion

Focus group finds viewers aren't aware they are loans that have to be repaid

Advertisements are usually meant to persuade you to buy something, not provide unbiased information. So if everything you know about a reverse mortgage com...


Expansion in the economy's services sector slows

Things are still perking along, though

While economic activity in the non-manufacturing sector grew in May for the 64th consecutive month, the rate of expansion was slower. According to the In...


The reality of cyber-parenting

Parents' fears are justified, study finds

As a parent you have many fears. You worry if your kids will get hurt, if they will have friends, good grades, the list goes on. A new study by Intel Secur...


A big drop in the number of planned job cuts

Analysts credit a stabilization in oil prices

After reaching a three year high in April, The number of planned job cuts announced by U.S.-based firms plunged in May, falling by 33% -- to 41,034 after...


The best and worst days to fly this summer

Traveling on holidays, but not on Sunday, can save money

Summer is a great time to travel and, with the kids out of school, is prime vacation season. Booking flights at the right time – not too close to departure...


Frontiere Natural Meats recalls ground elk meat

The product may be contaminated with E. coli

Frontiere Natural Meats of Denver, Colo., is recalling 1,640 pounds of ground elk meat. The meat may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 bacteria. The c...


One more time -- LQNN updates recall of poultry, beef and pork products

The update reflects a change in pounds, products and production dates of recalled products

LQNN, Inc., of Garden Grove, Calif., has added additional items to the list of products it recalled last month. The new total recalled poundage is 465,48...


Tyson recalls beef products

The products may be contaminated with E. coli

Tyson Fresh Meats of Dakota City, Neb., is recalling approximately 16,000 pounds of ground beef products. The products may be contaminated with O157:H7....


Apple CEO Tim Cook blasts government and tech rivals who don't support encryption

Remote speech at Electronic Privacy Information Center's “Champions of Freedom” event

Apple CEO Tim Cook today blasted the U.S. government and other tech companies for failing to support the use of encry...


America's seniors under growing financial pressure

Housing collapse, exploitation and family pressures take big economic toll

Twenty years ago retirement in America was a bit easier. You might have worked at the same company for most of your career and looked forward to a nice pen...


Sewage treatment may contribute to antibiotic resistance

Scientists think chlorine used to treat wastewater creates new antibiotics

The early antibiotics, developed some 75 years ago, were called “miracle drugs” for the simple reason that diseases that once killed – like the flu or infe...


Illinois Attorney General urges feds to crack down on student debt-relief scammers

Student loans are bad enough. Being targeted by debt-relief scammers makes matters worse

It's bad enough that America's current and former college students are struggling under a collective $1.2 trillion in bankruptcy-proof student loan debt, w...


Chinese dog meat festival may be banned ... or not

Despite protests, the festival has gone ahead as scheduled in previous years

According to traditional Chinese medicine, dog meat is an effective treatment for disease and impotence in men – eating it also d...


Another decline -- the 6th in a row -- for mortgage applications

The refinance share of mortgage activity is at a 1-year low

Even with an adjustment to account for the Memorial Day holiday, mortgage applications fell last week for the sixth consecutive week. According to the Mor...


Job creation bounces back

Manufacturing -- not so much

After coming in below the closely-watched mark of 200,000 for 2 straight months, job creation appears to be back on track. According to the May ADP Nation...


You could profit from those annoying robo calls

Free app helps you document when abusive callers violate the law

Illegal robo calls and debt collector harassment targeting your cell phone are a pain, but a California technology company says they could be money in the...


Dog dies in drying cage at Petco

The groomer apparently forgot to take the dog out before leaving work

“He was my shadow. He followed me everywhere,” Allison Marks said. “He was my next soul mate.” Allison Marks is talking about her golden retriever Colby, a...


Feds taking closer look at homeopathic advertising

The scientific evidence to support homeopathy is scanty at best

Promoters of homeopathic treatments may face an uphill battle later this year as the Federal Trade Commission takes a closer look at their claims. The FTC ...


CoreLogic: Home prices up again in April

Price appreciation is seen continuing into next year

They did it gain. For the 38th month in a row, home prices nationwide -- including distressed sales - have posted a year-over-year gain. CoreLogic report...


John Wood oil-fired water heaters recalled

Combustible material near the outside of the water heater can catch fire

A.O. Smith Corp., of Milwaukee, Wis., is recalling about 250 John Wood oil-fired water heaters. The water heater’s combustion chamber can be misaligned an...


Court rules against mortgage relief law firm

Struggling homeowners warned to beware of lawyers asking for upfront cash

If you were a struggling homeowner fighting to prevent foreclosure, would you be more willing to pay thousands of dollars upfront if the company that promi...


No surprise: driverless cars will be vulnerable to hackers

Why should they differ from any other network-connected device?

Anything connected to the Internet has the potential to be hacked, so it's probably no surprise to learn that security experts predict hackers will be a pr...


GoPro Hero4 cameras “too easy” for hackers to hijack

Simple passwords are easy to break with freely available software

A British security firm discovered that it is “too easy” for hackers to take control of GoPro Hero4 cameras and use them to spy on their owners, the BBC re...


Melanoma rates have doubled in the last 30 years

Rates of other cancers are decreasing but melanoma is on the rise

The rate of most cancers is declining in the U.S. but the incidence of melanoma, the most deadly skin cancer, doubled from 1982 thro...


Court affirms second mortgages aren't written off in bankruptcy

Gives defaulting homeowners less wiggle room

After the housing meltdown, quite a few homeowners found themselves in the following situation:Facing bankruptcy a homeowner is unable to sell his or h...


Windows 10 with new security options coming July 29

Security features to include biometric options and an end to “Patch Tuesday”

Microsoft announced it plans to publicly release Windows 10 on July 29. Current users of Windows 7 and 8 will be able to upgrade free for one year after th...


Will I get sick if I travel out of the country?

Cruise ships and foreign ports of call take a little extra care

Marilyn came into the pharmacy and told the pharmacist that she and her husband were planning to take a Caribbean cruise with a few stops in South America....


Canadian court orders 3 tobacco companies to pay $12.5 billion in damages

Companies say they'll appeal

The tobacco industry has lost one more battle. And it's a big one. Three international firms – Philip Morris International, a British American Tobacco s...


Controlling blood pressure with drugs might not prevent strokes

If you take 3 or more blood pressure pills you could still have a stroke

Millions of people take medication that successfully controls their blood pressure. But new research suggests they haven't eliminated their risks of suffer...


Elizabeth Warren group bows to reality, disbands

Without Elizabeth Warren, consumers lack a strong voice in 2016

Politicians are famous for saying one thing one day, something else the next. But not Elizabeth Warren. She's been saying she's not running for President a...


Incomes rise, spending slips in April

The manufacturing economy continued to expand

The additional money consumers found in their pockets in April stayed there. Figures released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis show personal incomes dur...


Affordability of home ownership on the rise

Both prices and interest rates are declining

Housing affordability across the country is on the rise, thanks to lower interest rates and home prices. According to the latest National Association of H...


Hemisphere Group recalls Vietnamese LP cashews

The product may be contaminated with Salmonella

The Hemisphere Group of Smithtown, N.Y., is recalling 14,000 lbs. of Vietnamese LP cashews. The product may be contaminated with Salmonella. The firm has...


GM recalls Chevy Colorados and GMC Canyons

The front driver air bag inflator could malfunction during a deployment

General Motors is recalling 40 model year 2015 Chevrolet Colorados manufactured September 15, 2014, to January 21, 2015, and 2015 GMC Canyons manufactured ...


Dodge Ram 1500, 2500, and 3500 trucks recalled

The passenger side front air bag inflator has a defect

Chrysler (FCA US) is recalling 438,156 model year 2003 Dodge Ram 1500, 2500, and 3500 trucks manufactured January 1, 2002, to July 25, 2003. A safety defe...


BMW recalls numerous vehicles with air bag issues

The dual-stage driver front air bag inflator could rupture

BMW of North America is recalling 420,661 model year 2002-2005 325i, 325xi, 330i, and 330xi Sedans, and 325xi and 325i Sportswagons, 2002-2006 330Ci, 325Ci...


Report: job market for 2015 grads not as good as advertised

Yes, there may be more jobs but they don't pay that well

Students graduating from college this spring have some reason for optimism as numerous forecasts have predicted more job opportunities than grads have enjo...


Struggling to make ends meet? This may be why

In many states a nice, 2-bedroom apartment is financially out of reach

Wages have remained stagnant since the Great Recession and many Americans are finding it almost impossible to stay financially afloat. The cost of housing ...


Cancer conference reveals hopeful developments

No cure but advancements in treatment

Some of the nation's top cancer researchers have presented their latest findings at the American Society for Clinical Oncology meeting in Chicago this week...


Western diet bad news for prostate cancer patients

Study finds higher risk of death in those eating red meat, high-fat dairy and refined grains

By now, just about everybody knows that red meat, high-fat dairy products and refined grains don't add up to the healthiest diet. And now a study finds tha...


Court orders multi-million dollar judgment against foreclosure relief scammers

The companies deceived consumers and collected illegal advance fees

The Hoffman Law Group and corporate affiliates have been found liable for $11,730,579 -- the full amount of illegal fees paid by consumers -- and ordered t...


West Nile virus a threat in Texas, Oklahoma

Mosquitoes are the prime carrier

West Nile virus is a threat for Texas and other areas hard hit by flooding in recent weeks. Cases have been confirmed in Texas and Oklahoma in recent weeks...


Study: Breastfeeding may reduce risk of childhood leukemia

Risk was 19% lower in babies breastfed for six months or more

Leukemia is the most common childhood cancer, accounting for about 30% of the total. While little is known about its cause, a new study finds that breastfe...


Bank of America fined $30 million for violating servicemembers' rights

Credit card defaults and overdraft fees at issue

Bank of America has been ordered to pay $30 million for violating the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA), which protects active-duty military personnel...


Garden flooded? Here's how to help it recover

The recovery process basically breaks down into three steps

If your area has been hit hard by a flood, the recovery process can be a lot of work but basically it breaks down into three parts: Wash down and rin...


Mitsubishi recalls Lancer, Lancer Evolution and Lancer Sportback vehicles

les The passenger side front air bag inflator could rupture upon deployment

Mitsubishi Motors North America is recalling 82,784 model year 2004-2006 Lancer vehicles manufactured August 4, 2003, to August 28, 2006; Lancer Evolution ...


Ford recalls Ranger trucks

The passenger side front air bag inflator could rupture upon deployment

Ford Motor Company is recalling 361,523 model year 2004-2006 Ranger trucks manufactured March 24, 2003, to May 4, 2006. The passenger side front air bag ...


Impreza and Saab 9-2x vehicles recalled

The passenger side front air bag inflator could rupture upon deployment

Subaru of America is recalling 81,100 model year 2004-2005 Impreza vehicles manufactured January 28, 2003, to May 31, 2005, and 2005 Saab 9-2x vehicles man...


GM recalls Chevy Silverados and GMC Sierras

The passenger side front air bag flator could rupture upon deployment

General Motors is recalling 330,198 model year 2007-2008 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD trucks manufactured November 28, 2006, to August 29, 2008, a...


Paleteria La Jalpita recalls ice cream bars and popsicles

The products may contain milk and sulfite, allergens not listed on the label

Paleteria La Jalpita of Pasco, Wash., is recalling ice cream bars and popsicles. The products may contain milk and sulfite, allergens not listed on the la...