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Thousands die every year because 9-1-1 can't find them

Report: Wireless carriers manage to water down rules that would have saved many victims

Sadly, the 9-1-1 system was perfected just about the time cell phones came along and rendered it obsolete. Emergency dispatchers can pinpoint calls from la...


Microsoft attacks fake tech support scams

Company says it has received 175,000 complaints since May 2014

Among the more successful recent scams is the Microsoft Tech Support scam. An unsuspecting consumer, often a senior citizen, receives a call from someone i...


Feds try to help student loan borrowers navigate repayment process

Meanwhile, new tool launches to help students find Pell grants

Three federal agencies have issued guidelines to student loan servicers to help students repay their loans and avoid default.The guiding principals fro...


Biggest relationship threat -- Facebook friend or a face from the past?

Technology isn't the winner in every contest

So which do you think is more dangerous to your existing relationship -- a smokin' hot Facebook friend or a fondly remembered face from the past?A grou...


Target expands price match to online competitors

Will also give customers 14 days to make a price adjustment request

Think of it as the long countdown to the holiday shopping season. The nation's retailers are all putting the final touches on competitive strategies they h...


Wine, infant formula heavy on the arsenic, study finds

It's a naturally occurring substance, but that doesn't mean it's good for you

The water's probably OK, but you may want to think twice about the wine and infant formula. A new University of Washington study found wines from four stat...


TiVo BOLT makes it even easier to skip commercials

Device jumps over entire commercial break with touch of a button

Television has come a long way since the days when you turned on the set, waited nearly a minute for it to “warm up,” adjusted the antenna for better recep...


Tax-filing extension deadline approaches

Make sure everything is in order before you send your return in

If you're one of those taxpayers who got an extension back in April for filing your federal income tax return, be advised that the clock is ticking With t...


Housing experts see shift to buyer's market in September

Home prices have dipped and houses are spending more time on the market

There's some good news for would-be home buyers. It should be easier to get the house you want at the right price.According to the number-crunchers at ...


September sees 200,000 jobs added, says ADP

Large businesses carried the load this month

Another good month for job creation. The ADP National Employment Report, which is produced by the payroll procession company in collaboration with Moody'...


Mortgage applications take a dive

Contract interest rates were generally lower

After rising last week for the first time in three weeks, mortgage applications are down again. According to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s ...


Royal Frozen Food recalls frozen food products

The products have numerous problems including an undeclared allergen and no mark of inspection

Royal Frozen Food of Los Angeles, Calif., is recalling approximately 230 pounds of frozen beef and pork products. The products were not produced under a f...


Thirteen manufacturers, distributors recall bicycles with brake issue

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

Thirteen manufacturers and distributors are recalling about 1.55 million bicycles equipped with front disc brakes and quick release levers sold in the U.S....


Madewell expands recall of women’s sandals

The metal shank can dislodge and break through bottom of the outsole

Madewell of New York, N.Y., is expanding its earlier recall of women's sandals to include about 573 pair sold in the U.S. and Canada. About 50,600 pair of ...


Fiat Chrysler under-reported deaths and injuries, safety regulators say

"Appropriate action" will be taken, NHTSA head warns

Fiat Chrysler (FCA US) says it has found "significant" under-reporting of deaths and injuries possibly linked to safety defects in its vehicles."FCA US...


Trump releases tax proposal requiring fewer Americans to pay taxes

Plan would eliminate taxes for 75 million households

Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump has released details of his tax reform plan, calling it a simple way to provide tax relief for the middle clas...


Endocrine disrupters seen causing diabetes, obesity epidemics

Endocrine Society: Evidence of harm is "more definitive than ever before"

Evidence presented at a global meeting of scientists suggests that endocrine-disrupting chemicals -- like bisphenol A and phthalates -- may be to blame for...


Volkswagen readies retrofit procedure for 11 million cars

Now if it could only retrofit its reputation and stock market valuation

Volkswagen is pulling together plans to recall and retrofit 11 million diesel-powered cars worldwide. At the same time it is trying to retrofit its brand f...


Holiday shopping site predicts 2015 deals sees deep discounts on TVs and laptops

What's ahead for the holiday shopping season?, a website property of Jones-Dengler Marketing, is predicting Black Friday will be less o...


Consumers go from swiping to dipping their plastic on Thursday

But for most consumers, little else will change with the switch to chip cards

Thursday marks a significant shift for consumers who use plastic to buy things. Then again, it might not.October 1 is the deadline for retail merchants...


Coke from a Keurig? Yep, it's called Keurig Kold

Two years in the making, the new Keurig spits out carbonated drinks at home

The Keurig has become one of those devices you either love or hate. Some of us are addicted to them even though the coffee isn't quite as good as freshly g...


Carl Icahn the latest to warn of impending economic catastrophe

Billionaire investor says Fed policy has created "dangerous bubbles"

In a video released today, billionaire investor and legendary Wall Street trader Carl Icahn said the Federal Reserve policy of keeping interest rates at 0%...


Hackers use big-name events to spread malware on social media sites

Many scammers mask malicious links by making them appear to be about real-life, live events

Big-name events simply aren’t what they used to be. The growth of media outlets, and the technology that they use, has transformed events that you used to ...


Like delivering packages? Amazon has a deal for you

Amazon Flex is an Uber-like package delivery service -- minus those annoying passengers

So maybe you'd like to get paid for driving around, but you can't stand making small talk, which sort of rules out driving for Uber or Lyft. Ah, but now Am...


Iowa sues New York psychic

Attorney general claims she preyed on vulnerable seniors

Many people might see an ad for a psychic and laugh it off. Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller is not one of those people.When his office recently receiv...


Feds slap Fifth Third Bank for auto lending, credit card practices

CFPB charges the bank used discriminatory auto loan pricing and deceptive credit card marketing

It was two-thirds of a bad day for Fifth Third Bank as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced two separate actions against the company -...


Consumer confidence ticks higher in September

Still, there's an air of caution about the months ahead

After posting a substantial gain last month, The Conference Board's Consumer Confidence Index moved moderately higher in September and now stands at 103.0....


Home prices continue their gains into July

Values were up on both a year-over-year and month-over-month basis

Home prices across the country were higher in July on both a year-over-year and month-over-month basis, according to the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indice...


TF Supplements recalls RHINO 7 dietary supplement for sexual enhancement

The product contains desmethyl carbondenafil and dapoxetine, which are not listed on the label

TF Supplements of Houston, Texas, is recalling RHINO 7 dietary supplement. The product contains desmethyl, carbondenafil and dapoxetine, which are not lis...


Honda recalls model year 2015 Fit vehicles

The wires inside the Plug Top Ignition Coils may suffer damage

American Honda Motor Co. is recalling 17,796 model year 2015 Fit vehicles manufactured December 6, 2013, to August 28, 2014. The recalled vehicles may e...


OC Raw Dog recalls raw frozen dog food products

The product may be contaminated with Salmonella

OC Raw Dog of Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., is recalling 640 lbs. of Chicken, Fish & Produce Raw Frozen Canine Formulation. The product may be contamin...


Other diesel carmakers worry about VW fallout

BMW Group assures consumers its diesel cars have low emissions without cheating

What will be the impact on car buyers of the Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal? Will it dampen new car sales?Most industry experts say it shouldn't. ...


Payday lenders sue FDIC, saying it "stigmatized" them

Federal agencies put pressure on banks to cut off payday lenders, suit charges

The federal government has gone to war against payday lenders in recent years, and now the payday lenders are fighting back in court. A trade association,...


One-week fantasy sports walks a fine line as its popularity explodes

Why regulators and sports leagues don't consider it illegal gambling

If you watched any NFL games over the weekend – or any television for that matter – you no doubt were bombarded with commercials for the two major one-week...


Evidence suggests Millennials interested in buying homes

When opportunity presents itself, young people appear interested in ownership

As first-time home buyers have entered the housing market in 2015, a sizable portion of these new buyers was made up of Millennials. It was something of a ...


Audi admits "dirty diesel" involvement, pledges to fix cars

The company says 2.1 million cars are affected, only a handful in the U.S.

A 2016 Audi S6 (Audi photo)The Volkswagen "dirty diesel" scandal is starting to have overtones of Watergate. Every few days we're brought fresh news ...


Community colleges probe rising student loan default rates

Study finds students borrowing the least default the most

Community colleges are almost all state-supported and have always cost significantly less than four-year colleges.So it was something of a surprise a c...


Feds report 17.6 million identity theft victims in 2014

Most incidents involved stolen credit cards

The government's latest accounting of identity theft shows the problem for consumers remains much as it was in 2012, the last time the government compiled...


Another increase in personal incomes and spending

But consumers weren't tucking away as much for emergencies

Personal incomes rose in August, building on July's increase, as did personal consumption expenditures (PCE) or consumer spending. According to the Bureau...


An August drop in pending home sales

Three out of four geographic regions posted declines

Pending home sales decline in August but, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), remained at a healthy level of activity. The NAE says i...


Calperf recalls chicken product

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

Calperf, operating under Creative Foods, of Santa Clara, Calif., is recalling approximately 216 pounds of chicken product. The product contains yogurt der...


Hyundai recalls model year 2009-2011 Accents

A malfunctioning brake light switch may cause the brake lights to not illuminate

Hyundai Motor America is recalling 99,500 model year 2009-2011 Hyundai Accents manufactured March 1, 2009, to February 11, 2011. The brake light switch m...


Dealers join consumers in suing VW over "dirty diesel" scandal

Consumers looking for a bargain should probably act now

Unsold VWs (Photo via Wikipedia)It's not just Volkswagen owners who are outraged over the Volkswagen dirty diesel scandal, dealers are angry too. In ...


Dizziness when standing up could be a sign of a serious medical condition

Be sure to talk to your doctor right away if you experience this

Blood pressure problems are a nagging issue for many people across the U.S., but don’t be too quick to ignore signs of something that may be even more dang...


Should you finance a smartphone purchase?

Before adding $25 to $30 a month to your bill, consider the options

The days when cell phone carriers would subsidize the cost of your phone are pretty much over. Now, the consumer pays the full retail price.Before, car...


Nearly half of U.S. seafood gets wasted

Researchers say most of it is lost at the consumer level

Food waste is an issue getting increasing attention, so it stands to reason that a new report from the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future (CLF) will...


New hope for people with tinnitus

There is no cure for that constant ringing in your ears but there could be in the near future

People who have it say it can be excruciating. Tinnitus causes pain and a constant ringing in the ears that makes it almost impossible to concentrate or en...


Research finds prunes can help protect against colon cancer

The prunes help gut bacteria stay healthy, which can reduce inflammation

Prunes have a bad reputation, so let's just call them dried plums, which is what they are, after all. It's widely known that dried plums can help maintain ...


Doing nothing may be highly productive

It worked for Seinfeld, it might work for you

In the 1990s, Seinfeld was famous for being a “show about nothing.” In some ways it was the precursor to reality television, as viewers watched the aimless...


Study: Deregulation of TV news to blame for political polarization

Congress tried to spur competition but got consolidation instead

The polarization of the American population is often blamed for the seeming inability of the government to get anything done, as politicians play to the fr...


CDC: Pregnant women drinking way too much

Women should not drink any alcohol during pregnancy

Pregnant women are drinking too much. How much is too much? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, any alcohol during pregnancy is ri...


More than one-quarter of U.S. homes are losing value

Disturbing pattern also appeared just before the housing bubble popped

Despite real estate industry statistics that consistently show a rise in the average home price, there is evidence that these increases skip over several s...


Springtime economy grew at a healthy clip

More consumer spending was a big factor

The final numbers for economic growth during the second quarter are in -- and things were looking pretty good. The Commerce Department reports real gross ...


Hyundai Tucson and Sonata collect top IIHS awards

A redesign for 2016 reaps rewards

Hyundai tweaked the designs for both the Tucson and Sonata qualifying the vehicles for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's (IIHS) TOP SAFETY PICK+...


Sanderson Farms recalls poultry products

The products that may be contaminated with extraneous metal materials

Sanderson Farms of Hazlehurst, Miss., is recalling approximately 554,090 pounds of poultry products that may be contaminated with extraneous metal material...


Wishbone Design recalls Recycled Edition Bikes

The handlebar can pinch fingers

Wishbone Design Studio Limited of Yardville, N.J., is recalling about 5,000 Recycled Edition Bikes. The handlebar can pinch fingers placed at the center w...


General Motors recalls Cadillac ATS sedan

The coil antenna module that powers the rear defogger system may generate excessive heat

General Motors is recalling 96,145 model year 2013-2016 Cadillac ATS sedans manufactured April 23, 2012, to September 2, 2015. The coil antenna module th...


Hyundai recalls model year 2011-2012 Sonatas

Oil flow may be restricted through the connecting rod bearings

Hyundai Motor America is recalling 470,000 model year 2011-2012 Sonatas manufactured December 11, 2009, to April 12, 2012, at Hyundai Motor Manufacturing A...


Rainbow Play Systems recalls plastic yellow trapeze rings

The rings can unexpectedly crack or break during use

Rainbow Play Systems is recalling about 133,000 pairs of plastic Trapeze rings sold in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. The rings can unexpectedly crack or br...


New iPhone becomes a weapon in carrier price war

New phones debut Friday with discounts from T-Mobile and Sprint

T-Mobile is at it again. The mobile carrier that immediately priced the new iPhone 6s below where Apple did has now lowered the cost to certain customers o...


Safety features a bigger draw for new car buyers

Accident avoidance and smartphone integration among the most prized

A year ago, fuel economy was a major driver of new car purchases. Consumers tended to favor smaller, more fuel efficient vehicles.Now, after 12 months...


Consumer group demands rebates for VW "clean diesel" owners

U.S. PIRG launches "Make VW Pay" campaign

A consumer group says Volkswagen mut offer to buy back all of the "clean diesel" cars equipped with software that lets them slip through emissions tests....


Kia Sedona wins's Best Minivan rating

Experts teamed with actual family to judge five vehicles

With lower gasoline prices over the last year, many families have renewed their infatuation with the SUV. For others, the minivan is still indispensable fo...


Hudson City Bank accused of red-lining

The New York-area bank allegedly discouraged borrowers in minority neighborhoods

A New York-area bank has been accused of mortgage lending practices that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) says amount to red-lining areas wi...


Sprint, others fined for 9-1-1 call violations

Hard-of-hearing callers were unable to place emergency calls successfully

Sprint and two other companies will pay $1.4 million for failing to properly handle 9-1-1 calls placed by hard-of-hearing callers, the Federal Communicatio...


Six truths about credit and debit cards

For consumers with self control, a credit card usually trumps a debit card

You're at the checkout counter ready to pay and you open your wallet. You have a credit card and a debit card. Which one do you use?There are pros and...


New home sales rise again

Homes sold at best clip in more than seven years

Sales of new single-family houses have added the gains they posted in July. Figures released jointly by the Census Bureau and the Department of Housing a...


Battery packs for Fujitsu notebook computers recalled

The battery packs can overheat, posing a fire hazard

Fujitsu America of Sunnyvale, Calif., is recalling about 305 Fujitsu notebook computer battery packs in the U.S. and Canada. The battery packs can overhe...


How to block unwanted phone calls

Indiana Attorney General offers helpful list of methods

Getting your phone number on a Do Not Call list will stop legitimate telemarketers from interrupting your dinner.But the law does not prevent charities...


Final mortgage rules may make small banks more competitive

Consumers may find they have more options when shopping for a loan

New mortgage regulations take effect at the end of next week, changing disclosure forms and generally making the homebuying process more consumer friendly....


Health insurance premiums rising twice as fast as inflation

Annual survey shows deductibles rising even faster

For any family or single person, paying for health benefits is a big expense. For those getting insurance coverage through work, the cost is sometimes obsc...


Many presidential campaign websites fail the privacy test

Some sites admit they may sell your information to others

Eager to support your favorite Presidential candidate? That's fine, but an audit finds only 6 of 23 sites got a passing grade for their website privacy pol...


NRF: Halloweeners to turn out in big numbers this year

Spending on spooky stuff is projected to reach $6.9 billion

It's party time! Well, next month anyway, and a lot of people plan to be a part of it. The National Retail Federation’s (NRF) Halloween Consumer Spending ...


Nearly 30 million Americans are dipping into their retirement savings prematurely

Many use the money to cover emergencies, but analysts call it a "permanent setback"

Every working person occasionally (or maybe not so occasionally) dreams of the day when they can stop working and go into retirement. In order to be comfor...


Catholic church holds steady in U.S. as Protestants show heavy losses

Catholics are 23% of the U.S. population, a figure that has held for 66 years

Vatican photoReligion is not a consumer product but, let's face it, many Americans "shop" for a religion when they reach adulthood or at other times....


Smartphone app will monitor sickle cell disease

System will give patients an early warning of attack

Sickle cell disease is a hereditary blood disorder that affects red blood cells, distorting their natural disc shape into a crescent moon or “sickle” shape...


Don't just sit there -- fidget

Study finds fidgeting may counteract the adverse health effects of sitting

Your grade school teacher told you not to fidget, but University of Leeds professor Janet Cade says fidgeting may be good for you.Cade and colleagues h...


Missouri wants contempt of court citation for Walgreens

The drug store chain is deceiving customers with expired price tags, the state charges

Back in August 2013, Walgreens promised a Missouri court that it would remove price tags from items within 12 hours of their expiration, to ensure that cus...


Mortgage applications post first gain in three weeks

The advance was driven by dips in mortgage rates

After posting sizable declines in the preceding two weeks, applications for mortgages shot higher last week. Figures released by the Mortgage Bankers Asso...


"I and love and you" expands recall of beef gullet

The product may be contaminated with Salmonella

"I and love and you," of Boulder, Colorado, is expanding its earlier recall of cow-boom! strips – beef gullet. The product may be contaminated with Salmon...


Study: One in three born in 2015 to develop dementia

Rising risks are the result of longer lifespans

Since age is the major risk factor for Alzheimer's disease, health officials worry that the huge and aging Baby Boom population is going to lead to a stagg...


VW's dirty diesel scandal only gets worse

As lawsuits rain down, the company now says 11 million vehicles could be affected

Volkswagen's "dirty diesel" scandal just keeps getting worse. The German automaker now says as many as 11 million cars worldwide could have the software th...


Biological engineers at MIT create system that can fight disease at the molecular level

The research could lead to the eradication of diseases like cancer and AIDS

A recent development by biological engineers at MIT may allow us to detect DNA abnormalities and fight disease at the molecular level.It may seem like ...


New research reveals a way to slow the spread of cancer cells

Shown to be effective for brain cancer, but could lead to breakthroughs for other cancers too

Recent research has already shown how useful proteins can be when it comes to detecting diseases at the molecular level. Now, scientists from the Universit...


Coke launches website to explain its research funding

Soft drink maker has spent $118 million on health-related research since 2010

After coming under fire for its financial support of obesity-related research, Coca-Cola has launched a website allowing the public to see how much the com...


Turning 65? What you should know about Medicare

AARP's Medicare expert releases new book

When you celebrate your 65th birthday, it's a transition to your “golden years.” Even if you're still working, you start thinking about the days when you w...


7-Eleven jumps on the single-cup coffee bandwagon

But environmental concerns mount over these disposable coffee containers

Single-serve coffee brewing, popularized by Kuerig Green Mountain, is becoming the norm. Not only are these coffeemakers popular in homes, automotive servi...


Where's the TV guy? Dish lets you track him

Uber-like app frees up customers' time, eliminates guesswork

A good way to annoy consumers is to make them sit around half the day waiting for the cable guy, the refrigerator repairman or the anyone else who may or m...


The penny gets a thumbs up

The paper dollar also wins a vote of confidence

What's a penny worth? Silly question, right? Apparently it's worth quite a bit. That's really the only way you can explain the results of a new Harris Pol...


Gas in five state averages less than $2 a gallon

But prices remain over $3 a gallon in California and Alaska

It's a measure of how far gasoline prices have fallen in less than a year that fuel at $2.50 a gallon seems a bit high.The national average, according ...


Peanut Corporation execs draw prison terms

Feds charge they falsified tests and shipped salmonella-positive peanut products

Three former Peanut Corporation of America executives have been sentenced to prison in connection with a 2009 outbreak of salmonella poisoning that sickene...


Home prices increase accelerates in July

Prices are still below the peaks they hit prior to the housing meltdown

Housing prices continued their increase in mid-summer. According to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), the House Price Index (HPI) for July was up...


TOP SAFETY PICK award for Ford Edge

Occupant protection is improved in small overlap front crashes

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has named the redesigned 2015 Ford Edge as a recipient of its TOP SAFETY PICK award. The midsize SUV rec...


Mortgage rates show little change in mid-September

Speculation about an interest rate hike wasn't much of a factor

Mortgage rates inched higher last week belying any nervousness about the Federal Reserve's interest rate deliberations. Freddie Mac's Primary Mortgage Mar...


Picnic Gourmet Spreads recalls yogurt cheese spreads

The products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Picnic Gourmet Spreads is recalling its yogurt cheese spreads. The products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. No illnesses have been repo...


VW apologizes, stops sales of diesel models in U.S.

Dirty diesel scandal leaves Volkswagen owners feeling outraged and betrayed

Volkswagen has apologized and suspended sales of its "clean diesel" cars in the U.S. after federal and California officials charged the cars were clean onl...


Comcast settles privacy breach with California

State acted after unlisted numbers were published online

Comcast has entered into a settlement with the state of California to resolve allegations that it posted the names, phone numbers, and addresses of tens of...


Westgate Resorts asks Supreme Court for a review

The giant timeshare company lost a consumer lawsuit challenging its sales practices

Westgate Lakes Resort, Orlando (Photo: Westgate Resorts)Timeshare operator Westgate Resorts is asking the Supreme Court to review a recent court ruli...


Facebook adds an easier opt-out tool for targeted ads

You'll see just as many ads if you opt out but they won't be targeted

Facebook is adding a feature that makes it easier to opt out of ads that are targeted from data gathered through the "Like" and "Share" buttons that are sc...


Hackers gnaw into the core of the Apple Store

Many popular apps may be infected; users should download newer versions

Apple's App Store defenses have at last been breached. The company confirms that a tool used by developers was copied and modified by hackers, allowing the...


City of Cleveland incurs wrath of FAA

The “Mistake by the Lake” is accused of running an unsafe airport

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) claims the City of Cleveland failed to meet FAA requirements for maintaining a safe airport during winter weather...


How to reduce prolonged sitting

It can be as simple as keeping a log of your daily activities

It's now commonly accepted that prolonged sitting isn't good for you. It contributes to cancer, diabetes, heart disease and early death, among other things...


Survey finds growing employer support for minimum wage hike

How much is enough?

A strong majority of employers supports an increase in the minimum wage, according to a new survey by CareerBuilder


New legislation seeks to upgrade infrastructure of water systems across the U.S.

Giving more water system options to small communities will reduce cost to taxpayers

Depending on where you live in the United States, your water bill can vary greatly. Cities and larger communities, for example, have water infrastructure i...


Sales of previously-owned homes dip in August

Last month's decline was spread across the U.S.

Despite a slowdown in price growth, sales of existing homes fell in August following three consecutive monthly gains. The National Association of Realtors...


Report finds nation's obesity rate has stabilized

Authors say intervention with young children offers hope for stemming the tide

America still has a serious weight problem, but if there is a silver lining to the latest State of Obesity report, it's the obesity problem isn't getting m...


EPA charges VW, Audi used software to make their diesels appear cleaner than they really are

VW faces fines of up to $18 billion and possible criminal prosecution

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is accusing Volkswagen and Audi of using illegal emissions control software to make their diesel-powered cars appe...


Mobile providers offering more international packages

T-Mobile, Verizon the latest to add countries to roaming coverage

“It's A Small World After All” could be the theme song for cell phone carriers, who increasingly are revamping their service packages to make it easier for...


Feds provide new mortgage shopping tools

Will guide buyers through the use of new mortgage forms

Since the housing crisis occurred, in part, because consumers purchased homes they couldn't afford, new federal regulations taking effect October 3 are aim...


Are bird feeders the fast food of the bird kingdom?

Feeding birds is a good thing to do but the feeder needs to be cleaned regularly

You may not think of them this way but researchers say bird feeders may be the greasy spoons of the bird world, spreading disease to feathered foodies....


Shopify hopes to recruit fleeing Amazon Webstore merchants

Amazon is closing the Webstore and Shopify is offering a no-interruption migration

Amazon is planning to close its Webstore, and Shopify says it has struck a deal with Amazon that will let it entice many of the Webstore's small merchants ...


Delta, American interlining agreement expires

American was sending Delta too many stranded passengers

If your American Airlines flight goes off the rails, don't go looking to Delta for help. The carriers' interlining agreement has expired and Delta is in no...


New York Post invades Chicago, promises "a little more NYC"

Fuhgeddaboudit, you know what I'm sayin'?

Chicagoans think their town is pretty much the center of the world. New Yorkers get it confused with Minneapolis. Neither city seems very interested in the...


Realtors' message to buyers: don't wait

Housing economist says mortgage rates may rise before the Fed acts

The Federal Reserve is keeping interest rates at 0% for a while longer, and while talking heads on TV argue whether this is the right move or not, one hous...


Leading Economic Index inches upward in August

Moderate growth is expected to continue

After showing no movement in July and an 0.6% gain in June, the Conference Board's Leading Economic Index (LEI) posted a tiny increase in August, Accordin...


IIHS kudos for the Volvo XC90

The SUV aced the front crash prevention test

Stellar ratings for crash protection and for its standard front crash prevention system have won the redesigned Volvo XC90 the Insurance Institute for High...


Butala Emporium dietary supplements

The products contain elevated levels of lead and mercury

Butala Emporium of Jackson Heights, N.Y., is recalling 11 Ayurvedic (dietary) supplements. The products were found to contain elevated lead and mercury le...


The Land of Nod recalls mobiles

The yarn from the sheep figures can unravel, posing a strangulation hazard

The Land of Nod is recalling about 400 Follow the Herd mobiles. The yarn from the sheep figures can unravel, posing an entanglement and strangulation haz...


Toyota recalls RAV4 and RAV4 EV vehicles

The vehicles have a windshield wiper issue

Toyota Motor Sales, USA is recalling approximately 421,000 model year 2009-2012 RAV4 and approximately 2,500 model year 2012-2014 RAV4 EV vehicles. Water...


Stuffed chicken products linked to earlier recall

The products may be contaminated with Salmonella

The Agriculture Departments Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has confirmed that frozen, raw, stuffed and breaded chicken produc...


GM expected to settle ignition switch criminal case for $1 billion

No GM employees are expected to face criminal charges even though 124 consumers died

General Motors will pay a fine of about $1 billion to settle a federal criminal investigation into the defective ignition switches that killed at least 124...


Federal Reserve decides not to raise interest rates

Central bank was worried about the impact on developing economies

Despite a low official unemployment rate and steady economic improvement, the Federal Reserve Open Market Committee (Fed) has decided to leave U.S. interes...


Amazon introduces seven-inch tablet for $49.99

If you buy five, Amazon will throw in an extra at no charge has been known to try to get a jump on the holiday shopping season. Its July 15 Prime Day promotion is a successful example.The online retai...


Honda introduces redesigned Civic

Popular compact gets major changes inside and out

Honda has essentially returned to the drawing board to redesign one of its best-selling models, the Civic sedan. The carmaker took the wraps off the 2016 m...


Inexpensive home improvements can help sell your house faster

Without spending a lot, simply make what you have look better

For homeowners hoping to sell their homes, cleaning, painting, and staging are three low-cost ways to make your property more attractive to potential buyer...


Consumers' incomes at a standstill

Government report shows wages have fallen since 2007

For all the improvements in the employment picture and even in the economy, the American consumer didn't get ahead last year.The U.S. Census Bureau rep...


Senators press for more answers on car cyberattacks

Automakers are asked what, if anything, they've done to prevent problems

Two senators are pressing for more answers from automakers about how they plan to prevent cyberattacks and invasions of privacy as cars increasingly become...


Ultimeyes agrees to stop claiming its app improves vision

The Federal Trade Commission said the claims lacked scientific evidence

If your vision's not so good, you can wear glasses or contacts or maybe have a laser procedure to sharpen things up. But don't count on Ultimeyes, a smartp...


Debt-relief scheme lands World Law Group in federal hot water

The firm is accused of charging illegal fees and making false promises

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB is cracking down on and operation it says runs a debt-relief scheme that charges consumers exorbitant, illeg...


Expedia's acquisition of Orbitz OK'd by feds

Justice Dept. finds no evidence the deal will decrease competition

The Justice Department has given its blessing to Expedia's proposed $1.3 billion acquisition of Orbitz, saying it found no evidence the deal would be harmf...


LinkedIn settles promotional spam suit

It also agrees to pay $1.25 million to members whose passwords were hacked

LinkedIn is close to settling a class action that accused it of using 20.8 million members' emails to flood their contacts with spam. In another case, it a...


Movie production "opportunity" didn't turn out that way

Consumers cashed in their annuities to make it big in Hollywood

Charles PonziLots of people want to be movie stars. Lots of others would like to make big bucks as movie producers, but like any other specialized busi...


Washington Post gives it away to Amazon Prime members

It occurs to no one to throw a bone to home delivery customers

"The Post should just go ahead and tell its home delivery customers to go to hell," one angry subscriber posted recently in the Washington Post's comments ...


Cablevision scooped up by European cable empire

Newsday, AMC, Madison Square Garden not included in the sale

As big cable companies go, Cablevision is one of the smaller ones. Its 3.1 million customers are concentrated in the New York metropolitan area, where the ...


Two Toyota products win IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+ awards

That gives the automaker ten top award recipients

Toyota does it again. Two of the Japanese automaker's products -- the Lexus ES, a luxury midsize car, and the Scion iA, a new minicar -- have won the Ins...


Beet juice boosts muscle power, just like Popeye's spinach

Study finds it's the nitrate that does the trick

Photo (c) vrozhko - FotoliaLooking to muscle up? Forget the powders and potions -- stock up on beet juice. That's the conclusion of a study that find...


An August drop for new home construction

Jobless claims continue to fall

Construction of new homes fell in August after posting a modest gain a month earlier, according to figures released jointly by the Census Bureau and the De...


Karoun Dairies recalls various cheeses

The products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Karoun Dairies is recalling a variety of cheeses it distributes. The products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes To date, no product has tes...


Di Stefano Cheese recalls ham products

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

Di Stefano Cheese Co., of Pomona, Calif., is recalling approximately 1,280 pounds of Parma Boneless Ham. The products, produced in Italy, were not present...


First drug to prevent Alzheimer's gets clinical trial

Drug is currently approved for treatment of epilepsy

For the first time, a drug designed to prevent or delay the onset of Alzheimer's disease will be tested in a major clinical trial, the first step in bringi...


Correction: Printer ink story was incorrect

ConsumerAffairs apologizes for the error

A ConsumerAffairs story yesterday incorrectly characterized Epson Corporation's business practices, saying the company "secretly inflates" the $3,800 price...


Two big beer brands may be about to get bigger

Anheuser-Busch and Miller confirm they are in merger talks

Anheuser-Busch InBev NC (Anheuser-Busch) and SABMiller (Miller) are talking about merging, which would created the world's largest brewer.The talks, co...


Visa designs biometric security for new chip card systems

But it's not clear how many merchants will be using new chip system on October 1

Ready or not, change is coming to the checkout counter October 1. That's when U.S. retailers and credit card companies will switch over to the chip based E...


iOS9 available today; it's the latest operating system for iPhones and iPads

Lots of new features, including improved security

Apple enthusiasts already know this, but for the rest of us, here's a reminder: iOS 9 is available today. It's the latest version of the software that make...


DealerApp spied on prospective car buyers

The app gathered data and provided it to third parties without telling consumers

Photo: DealerApp.comIf you've spent any time browsing car dealers' sites lately, chances are you've been invited to download an app that would suppos...


Illinois promotes "Delete Day" in schools

Kids need to be aware that content put online stays there

Not long ago, parents and educators worked to encourage kids to learn how to use the Internet. Now they're trying to get them to stop posting every minute ...


Liquid hand sanitizer a hazard to children

Popular sanitizers contain up to 95% alcohol

Poison control centers report a growing number of cases involving children becoming ill from drinking liquid hand sanitizer, which often contains dangerous...


Why loud snoring is something to tell your doctor about

It's often a sign of sleep apnea, which can trigger serious health problems

Your partner's loud and persistent snoring may be annoying, but it should also be a cause for concern. It could be a symptom of sleep apnea, a breathing co...


Home builder confidence at a nearly ten-year high

Some concerns remain, though

Builder confidence in the market for newly constructed single-family homes is at its highest level since October 2005. National Association of Home Builde...


Cost of living declines in August

And the year-over-year rate of inflation has barely budged

Consumer prices became less of a worry during the past month. According to the Labor Department (DOL), the Consumer Price Index (CPI) dipped 0.1% in Augus...


Mortgage applications post second consecutive decline

Contract interest rates were mostly lower

Mortgage applications posted a sizable decline for a second week running. The Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey sho...


Iowa Select Herbs recalls all products

The products are adulterated

Iowa Select Herbs is recalling all products sold between January 1, 2015, and August 17, 2015, pursuant to a Consent Decree issued by the federal court for...


Recaro recalls ProRIDE and Performance RIDE child restraints

The top tether anchorage may detach from the child restraint

Recaro Child Safety is recalling 173,063 ProRIDE child restraints, model number 332.01 in all colors (AK21, KAEC, KAEG, KK91, MC11, MJ15, QA56, QA9N, QQ11,...


Hackers seize control of Cisco routers in four countries

Attack lasted at least a year before security researchers detected it

Today, security researchers at FireEye announced their discovery that hackers have managed to seize control of 14 routers in four countries spanning three ...


Target teams with Instacart to take on Amazon

Will test grocery delivery in Minneapolis market delivers just about everything to your door, including groceries. But other grocery retailers aren't ceding that part of their business to the o...


Store operators continue to be plagued by organized retail crime

More resources are being marshaled to combat the gangs

Organized retail crime continues to be a major problem in the U.S. The National Retail Federation’s (NRF) 11th annual Organized Retail C...


Lease deals look attractive, but you have to do the math

A low monthly payment doesn't tell the whole story

September and October are generally pretty good months in which to buy a new car, since new models are flooding dealers' lots and there are plenty of incen...


The Fed's interest rate decision and what's at stake

Policymakers will show their hand on Thursday

On Thursday the Federal Reserve Open Market Committee (Fed) may announce that it is raising interest rates for the first time in seven years. On the other ...


ATMs that don't require debit cards may be the future

Banks say they are more convenient and more secure

ATMs, which dispense billions of dollars in cash to consumers, are undergoing some radical changes.Fiserv, Inc., which provides financial services tech...


Average “grandmother scam” victim loses $4,000

Talk to your elderly relatives so they'll be on guard against these scammers

The average victim of a “grandmother scam” loses $4,000 to the scammers, Ohio's Attorney General Mike DeWine said in a warning to families. So far this yea...


New safety standards expected for laundry pods

Thousands of children have been treated after mistaking the pods for candy

New safety standards for those tasty-looking little laundry pods are in the works. The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) is expected to ado...


FDA orders halt to sale of four cigarette products

Camel Crush Bold, Pall Mall Deep Set Recessed Filter, Pall Mall Deep Set Recessed Filter Menthol and Vantage Tech 13 pulled from market

The Food and Drug Administration has used its newly-acquired tobacco regulating power again – this time to order R.J Reynolds to stop selling four cigarett...


Green seals may not tell the whole story

FTC warns businesses to be specific in their environmental claims

It's one thing to say your product is "eco-friendly." It's another to say that it is recyclable. One claim is very broad, the other very specific. It's up ...


Lawsuits challenge Chicago tax on video streaming services

Nine percent tax on Netflix, Hulu, etc., is unauthorized, residents claim

"If it moves, tax it," has been the unofficial motto of taxing authorities for generations, so no one was too surprised when Chicago decided to begin taxin...


FDA: New rules will make your foods safer

The rules cover the route from farm to table

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently adopted new rules that it says will keep your food safe. The first two of seven rules proposed to implemen...


Retail sales inch higher in August

The tiny advance was the second in a row

It wasn't much, but retail sales were up in August, building on July's advance. According to the Census Bureau, sales were up 0.2% from the prior month to...


EPA reminds home owners to check septic tanks

Proper maintenance can save you thousands of dollars

If the beginning of autumn is a busy time for you, then it might be hard to remember what day it is. With so many special occasions coming up, it might eve...


Ram 2500 and 3500 trucks and cab chassis recalled

Front bracket components may separate from the frame

Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling 149,512 model year 2014 Ram 2500 trucks and 2013-2014 Ram 3500 trucks and cab chassis manufactured October 9, 2012, to J...


organicgirl Produce recalls baby spinach

The product contains trace levels of cadmium

organicgirl Produce is recalling a limited quantity of organicgirl baby spinach. Test results indicate the presence of trace levels of the naturally-occur...


Chrysler recalls Dodge Darts with transmission issue

The transmission can unexpectedly shift into neutral while the car is being driven

Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling 23,629 model year 2013-2015 Dodge Darts manufactured February 24, 2012, to June 16, 2015. The vehicles may experience ...


Federal study urges lower blood pressure targets for seniors

In most cases, medication would be required to meet the lower target

There is no debate over the danger of high blood pressure. It's a killer. The debate is over what constitutes high blood pressure.A series of studies h...


Consumers beware: online tickets can be very expensive

Theater complains one online site charges a 500% premium for tickets

Buying tickets to sporting events and entertainment outside of normal channels has always been tricky, and today there are more ways than e...


Mediterranean diet may reduce breast cancer risk

Spanish researchers think extra virgin olive oil could be the secret

Health experts have for some time recommended the Mediterranean diet as a healthy eating plan. It is heavy on fruits and vegetables, fish, and olive oil....


Report finds student loan defaults heaviest at non-selective schools

Student attending for-profit and community colleges most likely to default, researchers say

Student loan debt is about $1.2 trillion and growing, with not everyone who took out students loans able to pay them back.Student loan default rates do...


Realtors worry about growing housing shortage

Home builders so far unable to meet new demand

During the housing boom of the early 2000s, America went on a home-building binge. When the market crashed, the pendulum swung wildly in the other extreme....


FDA adopts new rules to improve food safety

Food producers are required to be pro-active to prevent problems

The Food and Drug Administration has formally adopted new food safety rules that require food manufacturers to adopt detailed plans to prevent food contami...


FCC warns Lyft, First National Bank about text spam

Companies could be fined for each occurrence, the commission warns

The Federal Communications Commission has warned Lyft and First National Bank about text spamming. It put both companies on notice that they have violated ...


51% of Internet car shoppers shop on the go

Smartphones and tablets emerging as powerful negotiating tools

For a growing number of new car shoppers who compare prices and deals on the Internet, sitting at a desk in front of a computer screen at home is not where...


BMW recalls vehicles with electrical issue

The front side marker lights may not work in conjunction with the parking lights or the headlights

BMW North America is recalling 7,544 model year 2012-2015 320i, 320xi, 328i, 328xi, 335i, 335xi, and ActiveHybrid3 vehicles manufactured October 20, 2011, ...


Recall of Miracle Diet 30 and Miracle Rock 48 expanded

The products contain ingredients not listed on the label

The One Minute Miracle is expanding an earlier recall of Miracle Diet 30 capsules and Miracle Rock 48 capsules to include all lots of the products. The di...


Custom Produce recalls Fat Boy brand and unlabeled cucumbers

The cucumbers may be contaminated with Salmonella

Custom Produce Sales of Parlier, Calif., is recalling all cucumbers sold under the Fat Boy label starting August 1, 2015. Unlabeled cucumbers packed into ...


Juratoys recalls fishing games

The product has small parts that pose a choking hazard to children

Juratoys U.S. of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is recalling about 14,200 Sardines and Starfish fishing games in the U.S. and Canada. The plastic worm at the end ...


Appeeling Fruit recalls sliced apples

The apples may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Appeeling Fruit of Dauberville, Pa., is recalling a limited number of consumer packages of fresh sliced apples. The apples may be contaminated with Lister...


Major carmakers, minus FCA, Honda & Nissan, commit to automatic braking

The technology "is making a difference" in reducing accidents, experts say

Most of the recent safety improvements to cars have been aimed at protecting occupants after a crash. But an announcement t...


T-Mobile undercuts Apple Store on price of new iPhones

Customers would end up paying significantly less each month

When the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, announced Wednesday, go on sale Saturday (pre-orders), T-Mobile customers are going to find it costs less to get it fro...


Hackers breach Department of Energy 159 times in four years, including 19 nuclear security attacks

But DoE won't say what information or which specific systems were compromised

An analysis of federal records, which USA Today obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, shows that hackers were able to successfully compromise th...


Forecast: holiday season air travel won't be any easier

Fares will be more expensive, harder to get

Each year Dean Headley, Airline Quality Rating co-author and associate professor of marketing at Wichita State University, issues his outlook for air trave...


Why you may have a hard time losing weight

Choosing a diet beverage may work against you

Those of us who could stand to shed a few pounds naturally gravitate to diet soda, water, or unsweetened tea – beverages with no calories.It seems like...


California governor vetoes drone control bill

The measure would have outlawed drones buzzing private property

Privacy advocates have missed their flight. California Gov. Jerry Brown has grounded a bill that would have outlawed drones flying over private property wi...


A delay-free month for the airlines

July saw improvement in both the on-time and cancellation rates

A delay-free month for the airlines July saw improvement in both the on-time and cancellation rates There were no -- repeat -- no tarmac delays of more t...


Rental housing stock may be about to improve

Now you don't have to have a mortgage to experience that new house smell

The website for Starwood Waypoint Residential Trust looks like the slick marketing site you would find for any upscale homebuilder; granite counter tops in...


Wholesale prices flatline in August

A big drop in gasoline prices helped keep the lid on

The Producer Price Index (PPI) for final demand -- wholesale prices, in other words -- was unchanged in August following increases of 0.2% and 0.4% in July...


The Pork Rind Factory recalls pork products

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

The Pork Rind Factory of Spartanburg, S.C., is recalling approximately 18,406 pounds of pork rinds. The products contain milk and soy, allergens not list...


Baja Motorsports recalls mini bikes

The front fork can separate from the wheel

Baja Motorsports of Anderson, S.C., is recalling about 4,600 gas-powered mini bikes. The front fork can separate from the wheel, posing fall and crash haz...


Panasonic recalls metal cutter saws

The lower blade guard can get stuck in the fully retracted position

Panasonic Corporation of North America of Newark, N.J., is recalling about 165 Metal Cutter Saw Kits and Metal Cutter Combo Kits. The lower blade guard ca...


5G, faster mobile speed, may arrive sooner than you think

Verizon plans to start field testing 5G in 2016

Technology keeps moving farther along, pushing the envelope, so you're probably wondering when your cell phone is going to have faster speed.According ...


Apple updates iPhone, introduces bigger iPad

Siri now integrated into Apple TV, helping to find your favorite program

In the past, Apple's product announcements were anticipated with bated breath and barely concealed excitement by the faithful. These days the bar is a lot ...


What do payday loan customers use the money for?

Researchers suggest liquor could be high on the list

A number of states have passed laws that limit the amount of interest that can be charged on consumer loans. It has had the result of driving payday lender...


"Nuisance flooding" likely through next spring on both coasts

The combination of higher sea levels and an El Niño will dampen homeowners' prospects

If you've been putting off buying flood insurance, it may be time to stop procrastinating. A new government report warns that many mid-Atlantic and West Co...


Bankruptcy court approves RadioShack gift card settlement

Consumers will be paid in full for unredeemed cards

A bankruptcy court judge has approved a settlement that protects consumers holding unredeemed RadioShack gift cards. The settlement agreement was supported...


Google rolls out Android Pay

Sounds like Apple Pay? That's because it's basically the same thing

In the beginning there was Google Wallet. Now there's Android Pay, unveiled by Google today.How are they different? Well, Android Pay is something you ...


New York charges 13 supplement makers with adulterating products

Study finds "devil's claw" product doesn't contain the right ingredients

If you have been taking a “devil's claw” supplement to deal with arthritis pain, you may not have been getting what you bargained for.New York Attorney...


Texans at risk of contracting Chagas disease from tiny parasite

The tiny blood-suckers that spread the disease are a bigger threat than previously thought

They're sometimes called "kissing bugs" while others call them "assassin bugs." But whatever you call them, the tiny insects found in west Texas and elsewh...


Raw Deal owner gets the real deal in court

Supplement maker sentenced to three years in prison for selling adulterated supplements

Raw Deal dietary supplements may have been more accurately named than anyone realized. The president and owner of Raw Deal, Inc., Barry Steinlight, was sen...


Increase in weekly jobless claims slows

Some analysts say its a sign of approaching “full employment”

Fewer people signed up for first-time unemployment benefits last week. The Labor Department reports there were 275,000 initial claims in the week ending S...


Chrysler recalls more than 1 million Ram trucks

Steering-wheel wiring harnesses may wear because of contact with a spring

Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling an estimated 1.06 million U.S.-market Ram trucks. The trucks may have steering-wheel wiring harnesses that wear because...


Safeway recalls deli sandwiches sold in Alaska containing cucumbers

The cucumbers may be contaminated with Salmonella Poona

Safeway is recalling made-to-order deli sandwiches with cucumbers produced by Andrew and Williamson and sold in nine Safeway and Carrs stores in Alaska. T...


Ram 1500 Quad Cab trucks recalled

The side air bag inflatable curtains may not inflate properly

Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling 188,047 model year 2014-2015 Ram 1500 Quad Cab trucks manufactured August 26, 2013, to August 8, 2015. The vehicles a...


Schrader Farms Meat Market recalls beef product

The product may be contaminated with non-O157 Shiga toxin-producing E. coli

Schrader Farms Meat Market of Romulus, N.Y., is recalling approximately 20 pounds of ground beef product that may be contaminated with non-O157 Shiga toxin...


Olli Salumeria Americana recalls pork products

The products’ packaging does not contain a list of ingredients

Olli Salumeria Americana of Oceanside, Calif., is recalling approximately 5,391 pounds of salami products. While the products’ packaging does not contain...


Rejuvenation recalls Shaker chairs and bar stools

The legs and back of these products can break

Rejuvenation of Portland, Ore., is recalling about 780 Shaker chairs and bar stools. The legs and back of these products can break, causing the person sit...


What's your home worth? Probably less than you think

Home values have peaked but their owners haven't figured it out yet

To sell your home without it lingering on the market, any Realtor will tell you having it priced right is one of the most important things you can do. B...


Verizon readies mobile video service

Go90 will stream ad-supported content to Millennials

Verizon Communications is preparing the launch of Go90, a mobile app to stream video content. The service will reportedly be free and supported by advertis...


Debt buyers dinged for their collection tactics

Nation's two biggest debt-buying firms used deceptive tactics, feds charge

The nation’s two largest debt-buying firms are being accused of using deceptive tactics to collect bad debts and of trying to collect debts that the consum...


Bush proposes tax overhaul -- lower tax rates, fewer deductions

Lower corporate taxes, an end to taxation on foreign profits would fuel growth, he says

The tax code would be simplified, tax rates lowered ,and corporate taxes reduced under a tax reform measure put forward today by Jeb Bush, the former Flori...


Discovery of a new brain protein sheds light on depression

Researchers believe that their discovery could lead to better treatment for the disease

Emptiness. It is a word that many people with depression are familiar with. It is characterized by a distinct feeling of being lacking – lacking in feeling...


A pill to replace exercise? Every couch potato's dream

Researchers find cardiovascular benefits in vitamin C supplements

New research presented at a medical science conference in Georgia issued a bold hypothesis; taking vitamin C supplements can have the same effects as regul...


New drug approved for treatment of nausea and vomiting from chemotherapy

The drug is available in tablet form

Varubi (rolapitant), a drug that prevents delayed phase chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (emesis), has won approval from the Food and Drug Administ...


Believing weight is determined by genetics could be harmful to your health

Research shows that people who attribute their weight to genetics make more unhealthy choices

Making the choice to become healthier is one that people struggle with every day. To many, dieting and exercising can seem like a pointless waste of energy...


Staples-Office Depot deal may be in trouble

Feds are said to be taking a close look at the antitrust implications

Staples' takeover of rival Office Depot isn't all stapled up just yet. The Federal Trade Commission is taking a close look at the antitrust aspects of the ...


McDonald’s switching to cage-free eggs

Humane Society says move could have huge impact on egg industry

There is little question that younger consumers have strong feelings about the food they eat. They tend to be as concerned with how it's produced as how it...


Mortgage applications head lower again

Contract interest rates were mostly higher

Mortgage applications posted a big decline last week following a surge of more than 11% a week earlier. According to data from the Mortgage Bankers Associ...


Job openings on the rise in July

Both hires and separations were lower

The last business day of July saw the number of job openings at a series high of 5.8 million, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). At the sa...


IKEA recalls previously recalled crib mattresses

The mattresses fail to meet the federal open flame standard

KEA North America Services of Conshohocken, Pa., is recalling about 38,400 VYSSA SPELEVINK crib mattresses. These mattresses mattresses were previously rec...


Ram 1500 diesel 4x2 trucks recalled

A battery harness that may rub against the frame bracket for the right engine mount

Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling 1,655 model year 2014-2015 Ram 1500 diesel 4x2 trucks manufactured August 8, 2013, to July 2, 2015. The recalled vehic...


Toyota Prius C vehicles recalled

The Tire Pressure Monitoring System may be improperly calibrated

Southeast Toyota Distributors (SET) is recalling 949 model year 2015 Toyota Prius C vehicles manufactured April 20, 2015, to June 30, 2015. The Tire Pres...


Kraft Heinz expands recall of wrapped American slices

A thin strip of packaging film may remain adhered to the slice

The Kraft Heinz Company is expanding its earlier recall of select code dates and manufacturing codes of individually-wrapped American slices. A thin strip...


Many gas stations selling fuel at less than $2 a gallon

Statewide average in South Carolina is $1.97

With Labor Day now in the rearview mirror and the summer driving season officially over, gasoline prices continue their free fall.According to the AAA ...


Blood test might reveal Alzheimer's risk

International team studying aging finds the clue among 150 genes

A team of international researchers set out to study how genes reveal a person's biological age and how it might differ from his or her chronological age. ...


Self-driving cars are easy to hack with a modified laser pointer

Wake-up call for driverless-car makers to solve this glaring security problem

A security researcher has discovered that self-driving cars with laser-powered sensors that detect and avoid obstacles in their paths can easily be fooled ...


Department of Justice confirms that its agents require warrants before using Stingray to spy on you

But the Department of Homeland Security, plus state and local police, do not

Last Thursday, the Department of Justice announced the immediate implementation of what it called an “enhanced policy” regarding the use of “cell-site simu...


Nissan upgrades campaign to fix Versa shoe-snag problem

The driver's foot can catch on the center console trim, delaying braking action

Nissan is accelerating efforts to fix a problem that could delay braking action in its Versa sedans and Versa Note vehicles. The company is upgrading a ser...


Stipends can now supplement athletic scholarships

The scholarships are great but they don't cover everything

When a student athlete gets a college scholarship how far does it go? Scholarships cover the basics -- room and board and tuition. But if an athlete is com...


Amazon planning a $50 tablet for the holidays, reports say

The big retailer perhaps hopes a lower price will work wonders

Amazon's Fire tablet didn't exactly set the world on fire and some of its other gadgets haven't done so well either. So this time around, instead of relyin...


AARP finds men more enthusiastic about "Viagra for women" than women

The group also finds seniors are relatively OK with driverless cars

When the Food and Drug Administration approved a pill to enhance women's sex drive, we speculated that men might turn out to be the most enthusiastic promo...


Foreclosure activity on the decline again in July

The foreclosure rate is the lowest in nearly eight years

Both the number of completed foreclosures and the foreclosure inventory moved lower during July. According to the CoreLogic National Foreclosure Report, c...


Chrysler recalls Jeep Renegades

Radios with software vulnerabilities can allow third-party hacking

Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling 7,810 model year 2015 Jeep Renegades manufactured September 18, 2014, to June 25, 2015. The vehicles are equipped with...


Toyota 4Runners recalled

Accessory exhaust tips may contact people and burn them

Southeast Toyota Distributors (SET) is recalling 2,530 model year 2010-2015 Toyota 4Runners manufactured March 29, 2010, to July 30, 2015. The vehicles m...


Nissan Armadas recalled

The driver or front passenger seat belt assemblies have latching issues

Nissan North America is recalling 1,554 model year 2015 Nissan Armadas manufactured April 30, 2015, to June 5, 2015. The d vehicles may have been built w...


Chipotle finds itself in a food fight

Libertarian group brands food "unheathy," marketing "hypocritical"

Chipotle has been a dramatic restaurant success story, serving up Mexican delicacies and specializing in Mission burritos and tacos in what has come to be ...


Back-to-School spending down sharply

Consumers trim purchases more than 7% over last year

The kids are back in school and retailers who depend on parents' back-to-school spending each year are feeling some pain, according to a report by RetailNe...


Latest salmonella outbreak blamed on cucumbers

A 99-year-old woman has died and nearly 300 have become ill

A 99-year-old San Diego woman has died and nearly 300 other people have been sickened by the latest salmonella outbreak, this one blamed on cucumbers.T...


Option packages lose value faster than the car does

Buying a fully-loaded vehicle can be a losing proposition at trade-in time

When you shop for a new car, not only do you have to choose the make and model, but also decide what options you are willing to pay for. And options don't ...


T-mobile rolls out video calling feature

Skype responds with updates of its mobile apps

T-Mobile has launched a new video calling feature, moving from trying to disrupt rival cellphone companies to a move aimed squarely at Skype.In case th...


California fines bottled-water company for ignoring drought restrictions

$225,000 fine for Sugar Pine Spring Water

This week, California's Water Resources Control Board slapped fines of almost $225,000 on the Sugar Pine Spring Water company, and ordered it to stop diver...


Kodak launches products to enhance smartphone cameras

Once mighty camera maker finds niche role in digital age

Eastmam Kodak was once the first and last word in pictures. It was famous for its film but made cameras too.But after not adapting quickly enough to th...


Jobless rate falls in August

The economy continued to crank out jobs

The nation's unemployment rate edged down 0.2% in August to 5.1% -- the lowest level since April of 2008. The decline came as the economy created 173,000...


The services sector continues to barrel along

Growth slowed, but optimism remains

The non-manufacturing, or services, sector of the economy continued to grow in August, although not as robustly as it did the month before. The Institute ...


California's Department of Transportation seeks to build largest animal bridge in the country

Doing so would allow wildlife to avoid dangerous freeways and spread back into other natural areas of the state

Urban areas are encroaching on wildlife across the world, and it has become a problem. Animals used to walk through the woods, climb mountains, and run thr...


Nissan recalls Versa sedans and Versa Notes

A center console trim panel issue could delay the transition from the accelerator pedal to the brake pedal

Nissan North America is recalling 298,747 model year 2012-2015 Nissan Versa sedans manufactured June 9, 2011, to March 11, 2015, and 2014-2015 Nissan Vers...


Jeep Cherokees recalled

Use of the front windshield wipers on dry glass may cause damage to the body control module

Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling 158,671 model year 2014 Jeep Cherokees manufactured January 4, 2013, to July 11, 2014. Use of the front windshield wip...


Cycling Sports Group recalls Cannondale mountain bicycles

The OPI stem/steering tube assemblies can fail

Cycling Sports Group of Wilton, Conn., is recalling about 23,800 Cannondale mountain bicycles with OPI stem/steering tubes in the U.S. and Canada The OPI ...


Kenosha Beef recalls pork sausage products

Small pieces of metal may be found in the products

Kenosha Beef International of Kenosha, Wis., is recalling approximately 89,235 pounds of pork sausage patty products. Consumer s have complained that sma...


Nine major models of Internet-connected baby monitors are extremely vulnerable to hacking

Security researchers could hack into home-monitoring systems with ease

Ever since wireless or Internet-connected home baby monitors and security systems became commonplace, there have been equally commonplace warnings about ho...


Arizona sues timeshare reseller

Condosmart LLC accused of selling services that were never provided

If you are a timeshare owner and happen to get a call from a telemarketer promising cash in exchange for your “bonus weeks,” Arizona Attorney General Mark ...


Speed cameras -- they do make a difference

A new study shows driver habits have changed

Do those speed cameras -- which everyone not in charge of them seems to hate -- really make a difference? According to the Insurance Institute for Highway...


Your email has been hacked! Now what?

The Federal Trade Commission offers steps for getting things back to normal

There's an odd email in your in-box. You know it's spam because of the weird message it contains, but the name in the sender's line seems so ordinary - jus...


Oddly determined Ashley Madison user sues to continue using Ashley Madison

Plaintiff wants encrypted data storage, resumption of services and the deletion of fake fem-bot accounts

Yet another lawsuit has been filed against the adultery-dating website Ashley Madison, after its database was hacked and its contents later posted online. ...


Can we measure a child's chance of future success by the time they reach kindergarten?

The social competency a child has in kindergarten could be an indicator of their success later in life

Who would have thought that Robert Fulghum’s philosophical book All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten would actually be a theory that proved ...


Monthly job cuts plunge in August

But the number of terminations is up sharply from a year ago

Monthly job cuts plunged by more than 60 percent in August After surging to a four-year high in July on massive cuts in military staffing, monthly job cu...


Triumph Motorcycles fined for reporting requirements violations

The violation is tied to a 2014 recall of more than 1,300 motorcycles

Triumph Motorcycles Ltd. and Triumph Motorcycles (America) Ltd. Have been hit with a $2.9 million civil penalty for violations of Safety Act reporting requ...


Condos last to recover from 2009 housing collapse

Zillow reports lower-value real estate most likely to still be underwater

When the bottom fell out of the housing market in 2009, condominium owners took the hardest hit. Condo prices fell the fastest and have been the slowest to...


Pain relievers may carry certain risks for dogs

NSAIDs may cause kidney and liver problems in dogs with pre-existing conditions

As your dog starts to age, you may notice that it has a harder time climbing steps or just moving around in general. This can be worrisome, since it can be...


New rules of tipping are often murky

Still a judgment call, but consider carefully

In the past, when to tip and when not to was fairly intuitive.In a nice restaurant, you left a tip. Ordering from a deli, you didn't.Taking a taxi?...


Sincerely Nuts recalls raw macadamia nuts

The products may be contaminated with Salmonella

Sincerely Nuts of Brooklyn, N.Y., is recalling packages of Sincerely Nuts Macadamia Nuts (Raw) Whole and Sincerely Nuts Macadamia Nuts (Raw) Unsalted Halve...


Sleeping Partners recalls Moses baskets and stands

The basket can slide off an inclined surface and the stand can tip

Sleeping Partners International of Brooklyn, N.Y., is recalling about 5,500 Tadpoles Baby and Kids Moses Baskets and 800 stands. The basket can slide off...


KeyRaider malware hijacks almost a quarter-million Apple accounts

If your iDevice is jailbroken, hackers can steal your account or hold it for ransom

Apple fans beware: if you have “jailbroken” your iPhone, you're at extremely high risk of hackers hijacking your Apple account. According to security resea...


Malware scam targets Tinder and other dating-site users

Be wary of any “match” who sends you links or recommends continuing chats on other websites

Tinder users beware: the Better Business Bureau has issued warnings about a malware scam targeting you.Any dating-site user is at risk of “romance scam...


Best bargains on end of model year vehicles

Automotive experts suggest focusing on models undergoing big changes

This is the time when carmakers traditionally turn over their current model year vehicles and start rolling out next year's, making for some pretty good de...


Another reason to give low-income workers a raise

UC Davis study says it might just help them quit smoking

There have been countless methods tried to encourage people to stop smoking. Businesses have offered smoking cessation courses and drugs for their employee...


This wins the prize as the clumsiest scam attempt ever

But as obvious as it looks, someone will fall for it

The Nigerian 419 scammers pretty much set the standard for obvious scam attempts with their emails pretending to be from a deposed prince desperate to move...


Western Sky/CashCall dealt North Carolina setback

Court rules tribal associations don't insulate companies from state lending laws

A North Carolina court has ruled that just because a major payday lender is affiliated with a Native American tribe, it still has to follow state lending l...


Falling Treasury rates send mortgage applications soaring

Refinancings posted a substantial advance

Mortgage applications shot higher last week on the strength of falling Treasury rates. The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) says its Weekly Mortgage App...


Repatha approved for high cholesterol treatment

The drug helps the body rid itself of “bad” cholesterol

Patients who are unable to get their low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or “bad” cholesterol under control have a new treatment option. The Food and Drug Admin...


Growth in manufacturing sector slows in August

Export growth is a concern

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in August for the 32nd consecutive month -- but at a slower rate than in July. The latest Institute...


ADP: August job creation below 200,000

Small businesses supplied the power

he nation's economy failed to create more than 200,000 jobs for the second straight month in August. According to the ADP National Employment Report, priv...


VRVK Nutraceuticals recalls Ultimate Antioxidant Tablets

The dietary supplement may contain crustacean shellfish and milk, allergens not listed on the label

VRVK Nutraceuticals, doing business as Dr. Venessa's Formulas of Orlando, Fla., is recalling 3998 bottles of Ultimate Antioxidant Tablets dietary supplemen...


Holten Meat recalls beef patties

The product contains monosodium glutamate (MSG), which is not listed on the label

Holten Meat of Sauget, Ill., is recalling approximately 501,509 pounds of Extra Value Meats Quarter Pound Beef Patties products. The product contains mono...


Internet Order settles negative option marketing suit

Language course marketer to pay $1 million and reform business practices

In the Internet age, negative option marketing abuses aren't as widespead as they once were, but they can still blindside consumers from time to time.T...


Bonduelle USA recalls frozen corn

The product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Bonduelle USA of Brockport, N.Y., is recalling 9,335 cases of frozen corn. The product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The company says ...


Obama administration mulls economic sanctions against Chinese, Russian hackers

China's embassy criticizes “groundless speculation,” Russia's embassy says nothing

On Sunday, the Washington Post was the first to report that the Obama administration is preparing a selection of possible economic sanctions against busine...


Millions face big Medicare premium hike in 2016

Millions more won't see any increase

The latest report from the Social Security Trustees Report assumes that for just the third time since the automatic adjustments were adopted in 1975, peopl...


Payment glitch at Jewel-Osco supermarkets causes extra withdrawals from customer debit cards

If you paid with a card since last Friday, double-check your accounts in case of double charges

Midwestern grocery shoppers take note: due to an apparent glitch in the payment-card systems at Jewel-Osco supermarkets, various customers have reported de...


You can't judge a car insurance company by its commercials

Most companies allow consumers to choose how much risk they're willing to take on

Television commercials for auto insurance companies seem to share a common theme. If you choose this “cut rate” insurance company and not ours, you could e...


J.D. Power: improved quality makes used cars a better buy

Cars last longer, need fewer repairs

Once upon a time the auto industry was accused of “planned obsolesce,” building vehicles that lasted only a few years before they would need to be replaced...


Report: non-invasive airport screening coming soon

Assortment of portal scanners, biometric collection devices, and pre-clearance may reduce human contact

One of the hassles of modern air travel is getting through security checkpoints. Since 9/11, the threat of terrorism has passengers taking off shoes, tossi...


Organic lawn and garden products are on the rise

Young consumers are a large factor behind their climbing demand

Are you someone who cares a lot about the state of their lawn? Do you mow it regularly and make sure it is watered and cared for? If so, then you certainly...


Google Earth feature aids homeowners in going solar

Provides year's worth of data on angles, sun exposure, potential energy savings

With solar installations getting less expensive and battery storage more efficient, Google and Vivent Solar have rolled out a tool to aid homeowners who wa...


Gas prices finally tumble in the Midwest

Meanwhile, motorists in the Southeast enjoy $2 a gallon fuel

Long-suffering motorists in Illinois and Michigan are finally seeing a little relief at the gas pump after refinery repairs have increased fuel supplies in...


Another surge in home prices nationwide

Colorado led the way in year-over-year increases

Another strong year-over-year jump in home prices. According to property information, analytics and data-enabled services provider CoreLogic, its Home Pri...


Ocho Rios recalls corned beef product

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

Ocho Rios of Miami, Fla., is recalling approximately 7,228 pounds of canned corned beef produced in Brazil. The product was not presented for inspection a...


Real Foods recalls chicken wrap products

The product contains soy, an allergen, and sulfites, which are not listed on the label

Real Foods of Kent, Wash., is recalling approximately 41 pounds of chicken wrap products. The product contains soy, an allergen, and sulfites, which are ...