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Study shows that going green can make a real difference for companies

Researchers also find that meeting Energy Star certification standards can help companies reap huge savings

The United States population is continuing to grow over time, much like the population of the rest of the world. As the number of people in the country inc...


Microsoft really, really wants you to upgrade to Windows 10

Company will include the upgrade in Windows Update next year

Are you still running Windows 7 or 8 because you like it? Too bad. Microsoft says it's time for you to upgrade to Windows 10 and is taking steps to make it...


TSA will stop surprise invitations to Pre-Check lines

It's fallout from a report that found lax security at some airports

For months, travelers in security lines at airports have been pleasantly surprised to find themselves routed into one of the TSA Pre-Check lines for expedi...


Beyond cremation: Seattle project foresees composting human remains

It's a shame to waste all the nutrients locked away in our remains

Tomorrow is not just Halloween, it's also the Day of the Dead, perhaps a good day to contemplate how we want to manage o...


Is daily fantasy sports cutting into state lotteries?

A research firm says states have a right to be worried

It's been an eventful few weeks for daily fantasy sports enterprises like DraftKings and FanDuel.First, there was an uproar over concerns that employee...


Don't forget – clocks move back an hour this weekend

But why do we go through this twice a year?

There are certain things you probably shouldn't mess with, and time is one of them. And yet, twice a year we do it.Sunday morning, we're doing it again...


New York tries to expand banking service to more consumers

Attorney general questions reliance on screening services that keep consumers "unbanked"

In the wake of the financial crisis and new regulations, banks added fees and generally made it more expensive to have a checking account. They also became...


Filld is an app that keeps your car filled with fuel

Silicon Valley start-up brings the gasoline to you

A silicon valley startup is aimed at people with more money than time -- or maybe they just don't like the smell of gasoline fumes.Filld is an iPhone a...


FTC begins study of e-cigarette marketing

Growing use among teens has raised concerns

The Federal Trade Commission is planning to study the marketing of e-cigarettes, the first step in a process that could eventually lead to tougher regulati...


Personal income and spending inch higher

Consumers also tucked more away for a rainy day

Not a lot of movement in September in personal income or spending. The Commerce Department's Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) reports personal income ros...


Older Jeep Liberty and Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles recalled

Air bags and/or seatbelt pretensioners could deploy inadvertently

Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling 284,089 model year 2003 Jeep Liberty vehicles manufactured March 29, 2003, to July 3, 2003, and 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee...


Pottery Barn Kids recalls Avengers and Darth Vader water bottles

The gray paint on the water bottle can contain excessive levels of lead

Pottery Barn Kids of San Francisco, Calif., is recalling about 15,630 Avengers and Darth Vader-themed water bottles in the U.S. and Canada. The gray paint...


Honda recalls model year 2008-2009 Accords

Slamming the door could cause the air bags to deploy

American Honda Motor Co. is recalling 303,904 model year 2008-2009 Honda Accord vehicles manufactured January 22, 2007, to June 30, 2008. The side impact...


The feds are trying to give away $80 million to minority car buyers

It's the result of a settlement with Ally Bank, which was accused of gouging minority buyers

Back in 2013, Ally Bank agreed to pay $80 million in damages to minority borrowers who allegedly paid higher interest rates for their car loans because of ...


Popular heartburn medicines linked to kidney disease

Two independent studies reach the same conclusion

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is on the rise in the U.S., currently affecting more than 20 million people.Diabetes and hypertension can be risk factors,...


Be safe when using space heaters this winter

These appliances could cause fires if they aren't used properly

As fall begins to wind down, many people across the country will preparing for the cold weather ahead. Turning up the heat in your home can make things mor...


Background screening companies run afoul of feds

"Serious inaccuracies" cost companies $13 million

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has taken action against two of the country's largest background screening companies, saying they failed to...


Consumers don't know much about electric vehicles but view them positively

Consumer Federation survey finds "tremendous opportunity" for EV manufacturers

Humans often fear the unknown, but that doesn't appear to be the case with electric vehicles, according to a survey released today by...


Anheuser-Busch settles Beck's Beer lawsuit

It might be German-style beer but it's brewed in the U.S., lawsuit charged

Many discerning beer drinkers will tell you they only guzzle local craft beers or those hearty, yeasty beers from Germany. Like Beck's. There's only one pr...


A pharmaceutical mega-merger could be in the works

Pfizer and Allergen link-up could be part of an enduring trend

Financial media are reporting that two drug giants, Pfizer and Allergen, are in talks to merge.Both The Wall Street Journal and Financial Times are rep...


Many used cars have advanced technology too

You don't have to buy a new car to get Bluetooth or back-up cameras

There is no doubt that one reason new car sales have surged in recent years is the cars rolling off the assembly line have gotten better and more fun to dr...


Prices for condos rising faster than single-family homes

Urban units often compare favorably to renting

It wasn't so long ago that the value of the average condominium was crashing hard. During the housing market meltdown, these units lost value at an alarmin...


Pending home sales sag in September

It's the second straight decline

Pending home sales seem to be running out of gas, posting their second decline in as many months in September. Figures released by the National Associatio...


Rate of economic growth slows dramatically

Weekly jobless claims inch higher

Growth in the U.S. economy slowed significantly during the third quarter following a robust increase in the previous three months. The Bureau of Economic ...


Adolf’s Meat Products recalls assorted deli meat

The products maybe adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes

Adolf’s Meat Products of Hartford, Conn., is recalling approximately 224 pounds of assorted meat. The products maybe adulterated with Listeria monocytogen...


BMW recalls vehicles with front passenger air bag issue

The front passenger air bag may not deploy properly in a low speed crash

BMW of North America is recalling 6,073 model year 2014-2016 MINI Cooper S and MINI Cooper two-door vehicles, 2015-2016 MINI John Cooper Works and MINI Coo...


Burley Design recalls child bicycle trailers

Trailers can separate from the tow bar

Burley Design of Eugene, Ore., is recalling about 34,820 child bicycle trailers in the U.S. and Canada. Trailers with black plastic tow bar receivers can ...


Education Department knows of problems with teacher grants but does nothing

A March GAO report found more than 2,000 grants wrongly converted to loans

The plight of teachers whose federal grants are suddenly -- and in thousands of cases wrongfully -- converted to delinquent loans is a problem that educati...


Senate passes cybersecurity measure, disappointing privacy advocates

The measure doesn't do enough to protect consumers' privacy, critics say

How does sharing information more widely promote privacy and security? It seems counterintuitive, but supporters of the the Cybersecurity Information Shari...


Walgreens buying Rite Aid for $17.2 billion

America's largest drug store chain about to get bigger

The parent company of Walgreens drug store chain is buying rival Rite Aid in a deal valued at $17.2 billion dollars.For investors holding Rite Aid stoc...


Why you should uninstall old software

When a vendor stops supporting a program, it becomes an open door for hackers

If you have an older computer, chances are it runs some older software. If it's software that is no longer supported by the vendor, that can be a problem....


Feds get default judgment against Corinthian Colleges for predatory lending

Corinthian liable for more than $530 million but has been liquidated

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has won a $530 million default judgment against Corinthian Colleges, the defunct for-profit chain that has already...


Ben Carson will be the best-liked debater in tonight's face-off

Donald Trump, Jeb Bush have high unfavorable ratings in Gallup survey

He may look sleepy to Donald Trump, but Ben Carson has a formidable +60 favorability rating among Republicans as the candida...


Study finds 43% of salmon is mislabeled

In most cases, "farm raised" masquerades as "wild caught"

When you shop for fish at the grocery store or order from a restaurant menu, salmon is usually labeled either “farm raised” or “wild caught.”For some i...


"Miracle Mineral Solution" promoter sentenced to prison

The "miracle" solution was industrial bleach, which can be toxic

Industrial bleach isn't normally considered to be a cure for anything. In fact, it's toxic and can cause, not cure, all kinds of health problems. But that ...


Volkswagen skids to a loss in the third quarter

Diesel scandal results in first red ink in 15 years

Having to admit to a systematic design to circumvent emissions tests on its diesel cars was a blow to Volkswagen. What else could go wrong?It could los...


Mortgage applications on the downside

Contract interest were headed higher

Following the previous week's surge of nearly 12%, mortgage applications were down 3.5% in the week ending October 23, according to the Mortgage Bankers As...


GM recalls vehicles with ignition issue

The ignition may get stuck in the "Start" position

General Motors is recalling 3,073 model year 2014-2015 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra trucks manufactured January 24, 2014, to February 26, 2014, 2015;...


Shuler Meats recalls turkey products

The products were reconditioned without the benefit of federal inspection

Shuler Meats of Thomasville, N.C., is recalling approximately 25,920 pounds of turkey products. The products were reconditioned without the benefit of fed...


Toyota recalls model year 2016 Tacoma trucks

Incorrect bolts were used to install the driver's knee air bag module

Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing is recalling 306 model year 2016 Tacoma trucks manufactured August 20, 2015, to September 10, 2015. Incorrect bo...


Various Cooper vehicles with steering issue recalled

The vehicles could lose electro-hydraulic steering assistance

BMW of North America is recalling 86,018 model year 2002-2005 MINI Cooper and Cooper S vehicles and 2005 Cooper and Cooper S Convertible vehicles. The ve...


Chrysler recalls Ram 1500 trucks

The rear axles may have been incorrectly heat treated

Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling 65,760 model year 2015-2016 Ram 1500 trucks manufactured June 17, 2015, to September 28, 2015. The vehicles may have b...


LaRose Industries recalls Peanuts Flying Ace ride-on toys

The toy’s blue hubcaps can detach from the wheel’s axle

LaRose Industries of Randolph, N.J., is recalling about 11,000 Peanuts Flying Ace ride-on toys. The toy’s blue hubcaps can detach from the wheel’s axle, p...


Nissan expands recall of Maximas to include Altimas

Fuel may leak from the tank during a crash

Nissan North America is expanding its earlier recall of model year 2016 Nissan Maximas manufactured March 19, 2015, to June 2, 2015. The expanded recall a...


New York AG launches probe to investigate top Internet providers

Consumers may be getting charged for faster broadband speeds that they simply aren't getting

The need to stay connected is more important than ever these days – just ask any teenager who doesn't have access to their phone or computer for a few hour...


Feds allow security researchers to hack cars' software

Could the VW dirty diesel scandal have been discovered earlier?

In the world of security, there are "white hat hackers" -- experts who hack systems to expose vulnerabilities -- and "black hat hackers", those who hack sy...


REI to close on Black Friday, will give employees a paid day off

Company tells consumers and employees to take a hike -- literally

As Black Friday has crept into Thanksgiving and encroached on Cyber Monday, there has been something of a consumer backlash.Some consumers have found t...


Taxi company using technology to counter ride-sharing

San Diego Yellow customers can hail a ride with the push of a button

The emergence of ride-sharing apps like Uber and Lyft has been highly disruptive to the taxi industry, which operates under tight government regulation. ...


How merchandise is delivered to your door is changing

Postal Service would like to replenish your liquor cabinet

With consumers able to buy almost anything online these days, the businesses that deliver all that stuff are pretty busy.This week Federal Express  pre...


E-cigarettes banned in checked airline luggage

The batteries can catch fire during flight

If you've flown lately, you may have noticed airline crews warning that e-cigarettes are not allowed in checked baggage. The U.S. Department of Transportat...


October car sales may be strongest since 2001

Compact SUVs continue to draw consumers to dealers

Despite a still anemic economy, U.S. auto sales have been robust month after month. But this month, sales have apparently shifted into overdrive.Kelley...


To build wealth, Houston is a helpful place to live

Baltimore and Detroit also make the list

A lot of considerations go into choosing a locale in which to live. There's employment opportunities, of course, along with climate and amenities.But f...


Consumer confidence stumbles in October

Job market views took a hit

After posting a moderate in September, The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index retreated this month. The index now stands at 97.6 a loss of five p...


Home price gains pick up steam in August

Prices rose on both a year-over-ear and month-over-month basis

Home prices across the U.S., continued their rise over the last 12 months during August. The S&P/Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price Index -- which cover...


Increases in some tax benefits coming for 2016

Others, however, are unchanged

Annual inflation adjustments for more than 50 tax provisions -- including the tax rate schedules and other tax changes are in the works for the 2016 tax ye...


Whole Foods Market recalls curry chicken salad products

The products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

A Whole Foods Market store in Everett, Mass., is recalling approximately 234 pounds of curry chicken salad products that may be contaminated with Listeria ...


Recall of Good N Fun Beefhide Chicken Sticks dog treats expanded

The product may be contaminated with Salmonella

Salix Animal Health of Deerfield, Fla., is expanding its earlier recall of "Good 'n' Fun - Beefhide Chicken Sticks" to include the tested lot and others ma...


RushCard struggles to get back on track; its customers suffer even more

Some consumers have been without access to their accounts for two weeks

More than two weeks after a software upgrade blocked consumers from their RushCard accounts, the company says that access has been restored for most custom...


Bacon, sausage, red meat linked to cancer

World Health Organization study is the latest blow to the meat business

Cattle ranchers and beef packers don't like it, but a study by the World Health Organization concludes that bacon, sausage, hot dogs and other processed me...


What can you tell about cars from social media?

Facebook "likes" don't translate into sales -- yet

In past generations, consumers were influenced by friends and advertising when it came to choosing a new car.You might notice when your neighbor drove ...


A three-minute test for dementia

Quiz determined Lew Body disease from Alzheimer's with 96.8% accuracy

Early detection is important in cognitive diseases like Alzheimer’s, and researchers are hard at work trying to find ways to diagnose these illnesses earli...


Brooklyn women have highest levels of chemicals used in cosmetics, study finds

The chemicals could cause hormonal disruptions in fetuses and children

A study finds that women in Brooklyn -- especially those of Caribbean and African-American descent -- have the highest levels of preservatives used in cosm...


Bridgestone to acquire Pep Boys

Deal gives company 3,000 U.S. locations

There is some consolidation taking place in the automotive services industry. Bridgestone, known primarily for tires, is acquiring and merging with Pep Boy...


Where did the first-time homebuyers go?

They had been driving the housing market. Now they'e not

One statistic jumped out of last week's report on existing home sales. Sales in September were up slightly but who was buying might be more significant....


Retailers using free shipping for a competitive edge this holiday season

Best Buy and Target are getting out in front early with their offers

If you sell products online, how do you set yourself apart from your competitors? Last holiday season it was free shipping.This holiday season, free sh...


New home sales post largest decline in two years

In addition, the August sales pace was revised lower

September was a tough month for sales of new, single-family homes. In a joint release, the Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Developm...


Big Game recalls tree stands

The cable assembly on the climbing tree stand can release

Big Game of Windom, Minn., is recalling about 12,200 climbing tree stands. The cable assembly on the climbing tree stand can release, posing a fall hazard...


Buick LaCrosse; Cadillac XTS; Chevrolet Camaro, Equinox, Malibu; and GMC Terrain vehicles recalled

The front seat-mounted side impact air bag inflator may rupture

General Motors is recalling 395 model year 2015 Buick LaCrosse, Cadillac XTS, Chevrolet Camaro, Equinox, Malibu, and GMC Terrain vehicles. The vehicles h...


L.L. Bean recalls knives with sheath

The knife can cut through the sheath

L.L. Bean of Freeport, Maine, is recalling about 300 hunting knives with sheaths. The knife can cut through the sheath, posing a laceration hazard. No in...


Volkswagen recalls Jettas, Golfs and E-Golfs

The Passenger Occupant Detection System may have been manufactured improperly

Volkswagen Group of America is recalling 993 model year 2015 Jetta vehicles manufactured September 8, 2014, to November 28, 2014; Golf vehicles manufacture...


Innopower recalls Hawk climbing sticks

Folding steps can bend or break during use

Innopower of Frankenmuth, Mich., is recalling about 730 Hawk climbing sticks. The folding steps can bend or break during use, posing a fall hazard. The f...


Hyundai recalls model year Elantras and Sonatas with corrosion issue

The coil springs could fracture

Hyundai Motor America is recalling 27,700 model year 2011 Elantra vehicles manufactured November 12, 2010, to March 31, 2011, and Sonata vehicles manufactu...


Limiting full-contact in high school football practices shown to be effective at preventing concussions

A new rule implemented in Wisconsin more than halved the number of injuries sustained during practices

Sports fans everywhere find themselves in the middle of another exciting football season – ranging from the NFL all the way down to the high school level. ...


Clothes are loaded with chemicals, many unidentified, researchers find

The chemicals raise the risk of everything from skin irritation to aquatic damage

What's in your clothes? Well, you are, of course, but there are also thousands of chemicals in clothing, some of them not very pleasant, Swedish researcher...


Advocates for raising the legal smoking age to 21 are finding traction

Stopping the use of tobacco products by young people can help them avoid many immediate health risks

The negative effects of smoking have been well documented in numerous studies. Doctors across the world treat patients who have suffered from the habit eve...


FCC reins in excessive charges for calls from prison

Rates for some calls have been as high as $14 per minute

For nearly 20 years, it has been open season on the friends and families of prison inmates. They've paid as much as $14 per minute to call their incarcerat...


Takata side airbags in VWs and GM vehicles may have faulty inflaters

Safety regulators say their probe is expanding to front and side Takata airbags

What with the dirty diesel scandal and all those defective ignition switches, Volkswagen and General Motors have had their share of problems lately, but th...


Professors develop tool to predict stock price crashes

A stock's most vulnerable period is at earnings reporting time

Everyone knows the secret to making money in the stock market is to buy low and sell high.Holding a stock when its price crashes through the floor isn'...


Tax preparers increasingly become identity theft targets

Scammers use those identities to file multiple bogus returns

With the end of the year fast approaching, consumers are starting to gather their 2015 tax information.Tax preparers are getting ready for the start of...


Five signs of a college scholarship scam

Yes, scammers even target people seeking financial help for college

College is expensive enough without getting ripped off by a scammer pitching bogus scholarship offers and financial aid assistance. estimates th...


Amazon shortens delivery times in more markets

Prime members in Chicago and Orlando now get free same day deliveries continues to increase the number of markets where it provides same-day delivery.The online retailer says the Chicago and Orlando metro areas...


Gasoline prices drift lower for another week

$3 a gallon fuel becoming a distant memory

Motorists in most parts of the country are in for a treat, not trick, when they fill up in late October. Retail gasoline prices have been in decline for ne...


Build-A-Bear recalls stuffed animals

The satin seam of the stuffed animal can open, allowing the stuffing material to be exposed

Build-A-Bear Workshop of St. Louis, Mo., is recalling about 34,600 Starbrights Dragon stuffed animals in the U.S. and Canada. The satin seam of the stuffe...


Global Manufacturing recalls API Outdoors tree stands

The cable assembly on the climbing tree stand can release

Global Manufacturing Company of Windom, Minn., is recalling about 2,300 climbing tree stands. The cable assembly on the climbing tree stand can release, p...


Small businesses “overwhelmed” by new chip cards

National Retail Federation renews push to add PINs to new card system

Just weeks after new rules went into effect for the use of credit cards with embedded security chips, the National Retail Federation (NRF) complains small ...


The "Dallas clock kid" is moving to Qatar

Rejected by Texas, clever 14-year-old accepts offer from Qatar

After Ahmed Mohamed brought a clock he built -- or a disassembled old Radio Shack clock, depending on what you want to believe -- to school, quite a few Te...


An economy without actual money? Sweden may look to go cashless in the future

While there are some hurdles to pass, the change is not completely improbable

Cashless transactions have become the norm for many businesses in recent years. While it is not uncommon for someone to carry cash on them, it is much fast...


Surprise! Volkswagen diesel prices plunge

Kelley Blue Book reports prices at auction are down 16%

Not only does Volkswagen face punitive fines, lawsuits, and recall costs in connection with its diesel cars that cheat on emissions controls, its selling f...


Teens could soon be driving interstate tractor-trailers, thanks to Congress

"Teens threaten the safety of everyone on the road," safety advocates argue

Congress is thinking about allowing teenagers to drive huge tractor trailer trucks interstate. Some safety advocates think it's a dumb -- and dangerous -- ...


Tech support scam disproportionately targets seniors

FTC tells Congress 76% of victims are over 50 years old

The tech support scam is quite common, and we've warned about it in the past.It's when a scammer calls an unsuspecting consumer and pretends to be from...

More responsible for violent date? Court doesn't think so

"Everybody lies on that thing," judge scoffs

Sometimes you can tell it to the judge and get a sympathetic hearing, but not always. "Anybody who thinks the guy on the other side is really that person i...


AAA study finds hands-free phone systems highly distracting

Distraction can last 27 seconds after issuing voice command

Most new cars have cool infotainment systems that integrate wireless connectivity with cellphones, allowing drivers to send and receive verbal texts, make ...


Textile industry looks to clean up its act

Some companies look to stop their polluting practices

With the autumn season well under way and winter coming right behind it, you might be getting ready to pull your warmer clothes out of storage. Unfortunate...


Leading economic indicators dip in September

Initial jobless claims edge higher

The Conference Board reports that after showing no change in both August in July, its Leading Economic Index (LEI) fell 0.2% in September -- the first decl...


A bounceback for existing-home sales

Home prices inched upward

Sales of previously owned homes rebounded in September following a decline the previous month. The National Association of Realtors (NRA) reports existing...


Toyota recalls two million vehicles with power window master switch issue

The switch may develop a short circuit that can cause the switch assembly to overheat and melt

Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. is recalling of approximately two million vehicles related to the driver’s side power window master switch. The power window ...


Taylor Farms recalls turkey meatloaf products

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

Taylor Farms of Swedesboro, N.J., is recalling approximately 276 pounds of turkey meatloaf products. The products contain eggs, soy and wheat, allergens n...


Chrysler Town and Country and Dodge Grand Caravan vehicles recalled

The hood may open unexpectedly while the vehicle is being driven

Chrysler Group is recalling 1,624 model year 2016 Chrysler Town and Country and Dodge Grand Caravan vehicles manufactured August 19, 2015 to August 27, 201...


Senate takes up hotly opposed cybersecurity measure today

Privacy advocates, tech companies say the bill would endanger, not advance, security

The Senate today (Wednesday) takes up CISA, the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, a measure that tech companies and priva...


Sprint fined $2.95 million for mistreating customers with lower credit scores

Customers learned too late they would be charged an extra fee

If your credit score is not so hot, it makes companies nervous about signing you up for a monthly subscription. Sprint solves this by putting you in a spec...


Sedentary lifestyle very hard on the kidneys

New research suggests too much lying down, as well as sitting, is unhealthy

As we have previously reported numerous times, researchers increasingly link prolonged periods of sitting to all manner of health problems. Some have even ...


Consumer Reports knocks Tesla off its pedestal, downgrades to "worse than average"

The car is fast but CR discovers it has reliability issues

Most of us -- at least most males of a certain age -- have been guilty of occasionally falling for a car that seems to be the fastest, sleekest, coolest, a...


Seniors could be at risk of "age-associated financial vulnerability"

Changes in behavior towards personal finance decisions could put many elderly citizens at risk

Being able to keep track of your money and expenses is extremely important when you become an adult. Wasteful or unwise spending can be especially damaging...


FCC will release data to help block robocallers

The data will help developers improve "do not disturb" technologies to block nuisance calls

Just about everybody would like to get rid of robocallers and telemarketers, but it's not as easy as it should be. For years, it was thought that Federal C...


United Parcel Services settles overcharging claims with 14 states

Governments paid for overnight delivery when they didn't always get it

When we send packages through a delivery service, most of us don't second guess the the charge. We usually assume it's correct and pay it.Maybe a littl...


FTC warns connected car legislation could make matters worse

The measure could discourage legitimate cybersecurity researchers, the agency warns

A Congressional measure that supposedly increases the security of "connected" cars could actually make drivers less safe, a Federal Trade Commission offici...


HTC's new One A9 offers an iPhone look at a lower price

At $399, reviewers expect the device to turn heads

Now that cellphone carriers have done away with subsidies for smartphones, the cost of the phone matters.Consumers now pay full retail price for their ...


Half of U.S. and Canadian food workers go to work sick

They can't afford to take a day off and don't want to leave co-workers short-handed

You walk into your favorite coffee shop and notice the barista has bloodshot eyes and a runny nose – not to mention an occasional sneeze.Uh-oh. Could t...


Four ways to save money shopping online

Coupons, cash back and "member" deals can add up

Who doesn't like a good bargain? That's why coupons have been popular for eons.In the digital age, there are online coupons and daily deals like GroupO...


A bounce-back in mortgage applications

Contract interest rates feel to their lowest levels since spring

A sharp rebound in government volume helped push mortgage applications higher last week. The Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) reports its weekly surve...


Chrysler Town and Country and Dodge Grand Caravan vehicles recalled

The hood may open unexpectedly while the vehicle is being driven

Chrysler Group is recalling 1,624 model year 2016 Chrysler Town and Country and Dodge Grand Caravan vehicles manufactured August 19, 2015 to August 27, 201...


Ford recalls F-150 trucks equipped with Adaptive Cruise Control

The vehicle may falsely detect an obstacle in its path and unexpectedly apply the brakes

Ford Motor Company is recalling 33,481 model year 2015 Ford F-150 trucks manufactured March 18, 2014, to August 6, 2015 and equipped with Adaptive Cruise C...


Economist weighs in on “coming economic collapse”

Despite problems, economic catastrophe not a certainty

You can't go online these days without reading dire predictions about America's demise.They range from a coming economic collapse and Great Depression ...


Subway agrees to stretch its foot-long subs

Franchisees are instructed to make sure the foot-longs are in fact 12 inches

How long should a foot-long sandwich be? In settling a class action lawsuit, Subway says its foot-long sandwiches will now be at least 12 inches long. Oh, ...


CNN spins out "Great Big Story" for Millennials

It will be totally awesome, like a -- you know -- sugar daddy

If you like Vice and Buzzfeed, CNN has a news network for you. Oops, we're not supposed to call it a news network. Instead, an announcement says it will be...


Senator sounds alarm over Halloween make-up

New York's Chuck Schumer says Chinese make-up may contain lead

Every Halloween seems to bring consumer warnings. Don't use those eye color-altering contacts, for example. They can cause eye damage.One of the latest...


Education Department tightens the screws on ITT

The for-profit college faces stricter financial oversight

The Department of Education is stepping up its scrutiny of ITT Educational Services, citing federal fraud allegations against two ITT executives and the co...


Funeral price data not easy to find online

Survey finds prices for same services can vary by 200%

Families making funeral arrangements for a loved one are often in the dark when it comes to pricing services.While consumers can easily compare prices ...


What to consider before installing an app

Study finds it's hard to focus on app security when you multitask

Smartphone users have access to an endless supply of apps, which can be either fun or productive.We often install an app without giving much thought, b...


A rebound in new-home construction

The outlook for the months ahead dimmed, though

After slumping in August, construction of new homes shot up 6.5% last month -- to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,206,000. The surge put the rate of...


GM recalls vehicles with electrical issue

The vehicles' window switches may become inoperative

General Motors is recalling 9,932 model year 2006-2007 Buick Rainier, Chevrolet Trailblazer and GMC Envoy vehicles, and 2006 GMC Envoy XL and Chevrolet Tra...


Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ vehicles recalled

The fuel tanks may crack in the event of a crash

Ford Motor Company is recalling 658 model year 2016 Ford Fusions manufactured September 3, 2015, to September 13, 2015, and 2016 Lincoln MKZ vehicles manuf...


Latest dirty diesel lawsuit may be the most troublesome for VW

The Center for Auto Safety wants VW ordered to clean up after itself

Volkswagen already faces more than 400 lawsuits filed by U.S. consumers over its use of sophisticated computer software to cheat on emission tests as well ...


Majority of Americans want stricter gun laws: Gallup

It's an increase of 8% from 2014

Consumers may be changing their views on the sale of firearms. A Gallup poll finds that a majority -- 55% -- say laws covering the s...


Consumers and franchise owners have opposite views of McDonald's

Consumers like all-day breakfast, restaurant operators not so much

Two surveys conducted independently reveal starkly different feelings about McDonald's. One sampled consumer sentiment – the other the feelings of McDonald...


New discovery may slow cognitive decline in Alzheimer's patients

By manipulating a certain protein in the brain, researchers were able to improve cognition in test models

A new discovery in Alzheimer’s research could prove to be integral in slowing the cognitive decline that makes the disease so difficult to manage. Research...


Lawsuit says FDA has dragged its feet in the fight against excessive salt

Non-profit group wants salt classified as a food additive

Ten years is a long time to fight over something as simple as salt. But the Center for Science in the Public Interest says it doesn’t have much choice. It ...


Amazon sues review-for-hire writers

Seeks to identify individuals using jobs sites to pitch phony review-writing services

When you are buying something online, there are often plenty of consumer reviews about the product. But can you trust them?After all, a number of enter...


New York reaches settlement with urgent care centers

Facilities promise to improve fee disclosures on their websites

For-profit urgent care centers are becoming a larger part of the U.S. healthcare system. Consumers with insurance are using these walk-in clinics for their...


Feds seek more information on Takata airbags

The current recall of 19 million cars could be expanded

Automakers got some unwelcome mail last week. Federal safety regulators informed them they could be next to face recalls of hundreds of vehicles equipped w...


Boeing creates more overhead storage for airliners

Alaska Airlines the first to install new Space Bins, with 48% more capacity

With nearly every airline charging a checked bag fee, passengers are trying to cram more and more into the overhead bins.That creates problems for both...


Bugat Botnet shut down, administrator arrested

Malware stole banking credentials from infected computers

Federal prosecutors say a sophisticated malware,package designed to steal banking and other credentials from infected computers has been disrupted and char...


IIHS corrects erroneous booster seat ratings

The group's BEST BET awards have been rescinded

“We goofed.” That's the upshot of an announcement by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) that it's revising its booster seat ratings for 2014...


Builder confidence hits levels unseen in a decade

The closely-watched Housing Market Index was up another three points in October

Builders continue to express their confidence in the market for newly constructed single-family homes. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/We...


Good Food Concepts recalls beef, pork, and poultry products

The products were produced without a fully implemented HACCP plan

Good Food Concepts of Colorado Springs, Colo., is recalling approximately 12,566 pounds of beef, pork, and poultry products. The products were produced wi...


Del Monte Fresh Produce recalls fresh apples

The product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Del Monte Fresh Produce is recalling Granny Smith green apples. The product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. No illnesses have been repor...


Toyota recalls Tacoma pickup trucks

The knee air bag could malfunction

Toyota Motor Sales, USA is recalling approximately 310 Model Year 2016 Tacoma Pickup Trucks. The driver’s knee air bag module may have been attached to t...


Some pre-holiday shopping advice

Experts weigh in on when and how to shop

Retailers are a bit nervous in the weeks leading up to the start of the 2015 holiday shopping season. It remains to be seen how consumers will react.Wi...


We tried to get aboard one of the last US Airways flights

But American's renumbering was too quick for us

I tried to get aboard the last US Airways flight but fate wasn't having it. Officially, the last flight was a red eye that,left Sa...


Peruvian man defrauded Spanish-speaking consumers

Call centers told Hispanic consumers they faced legal action for bogus debts

Call centers in Lima, Peru, placed calls to U.S. Hispanics, threatening them with jail and other consequences for debts they did not owe, the scam's ringle...


What makes a CEO?

Researchers find that people at the top of the corporate ladder have many things in common

Have you ever sat back and wondered what it would be like to run the company that you work for? You certainly aren’t alone if ...


AARP wants Congress to hold down Medicare increases

All beneficiaries should be "held harmless," retirees group argues

Many Medicare beneficiaries face sharply higher premiums next year while receiving no cost-of-living (COLA) increase in their Social Security checks. AARP ...


Nevada orders halt to one-week fantasy sports games

Regulators conclude that the games constitute unlicensed gambling

If anyone knows gambling when they see it, you would expect it to be Nevada gaming regulators. So it might be significant that the Nevada Gaming Commission...


Pumpkins: the good, the bad, and the ugly

This seasonal gourd can be healthy -- or not

Fall is that time of year when chefs can't seem to help themselves. They tend to find more and more ways to use pumpkin flavor in food and beverages.Th...


Nestlé pumps drought-stricken taxpayers' water without a permit, sells it back to them

Lawsuit: Forest Service sits on its hands for 27 years

Staff photoIt rained yesterday in Southern California, an event so unusual lately that in Palm Springs, residents ran into the streets to enjoy the p...


Volkswagen TDI owners sue, asking to stop making loan payments

It's the latest twist in more than 400 "dirty diesel" lawsuits

Germany has ordered Volkswagen to get the lead out and start recalling its diesel-powered cars, but in the U.S., federal regulators and Volkswagen are mean...


States oppose pre-dispute arbitration clauses for nursing homes

Sixteen attorneys general claim these provisions are unfair to vulnerable consumers

When you sign a contract to enter a long-term care facility, the document often contains what is called a pre-dispute arbitration clause.It means that ...


Tis the season for Medicare scams

Open enrollment period brings out the hustlers

The 2015 Medicare open enrollment started Thursday. Unfortunately, the Medicare scams started long before that.Open enrollment, of course, is the perio...


Cheap gas = no inflation = no Social Security increase

But Medicare premiums will take a bigger bite out of many checks

The math is pretty simple. Gas prices have been lower than at any time since 2004 in much of the country lately, which is good. Well, sort of good. It's ba...


America's built-by-hand exotic, the Dodge Viper, runs out of gas

Production of the bodacious Bimmer-beater will end in 2017

When you think of a car being built by hand, you may think of high-end cars like the Bugatti. But what about the Dodge Viper, FCA's all-American exotic spo...


Cost of excessive drinking hits $249 billion

Swedish researchers say a drug that normalizes dopamine levels may help problem drinkers

One new study quantifies the cost of excessive drinking while another finds that normalizing dopamine levels in the brain can reduce alcohol cravings in pr...


Germany orders Volkswagen to recall 8.5 million diesel-powered cars

No time to waste, German Transport Ministry decrees

Tired of waiting for Volkswagen, German authorities have rejected VW's proposal for voluntary repairs and ordered the automaker to get its recall of 8.5 mi...


Amazon releases 2015 holiday toy list

Movie characters and retro toys expected to be hot items

What's going to be the hot toy this holiday season? says it's hard to narrow it down to one or two items. The online retailer has released its h...


Study finds dietary supplements lead to 20,000 hospital visits each year

But prescription drugs cause 30 times as many problems

A new study finds dietary supplements lead to more than 20,000 emergency room visits a year. That sounds like a lot, but the supplement industry notes that...


Study finds student loan debt a drag on entrepreneurship

Debt burden keeps would-be business owners from taking a shot

Photo © highwaystarz - FotoliaNothing is more exciting than starting a new business. And nothing is as important to the economy as a constant stream ...


Repossessed homes jump 66% in third quarter

But despite the headline, the housing market appears to be on the mend

Foreclosure activity in the third quarter rose 3% from 2014, according to foreclosure marketing website RealtyTrac. Most of that activity came in the form ...


Too many young people have elevated blood pressure

Scientists think too much time online isn't helping

High blood pressure was once just a concern for people entering their middle-aged years. Now, with an epidemic of obesity and increasing cases of diabetes,...


Feds fight back against effort to erase student debt

Forgiving student loans could cause dire economic consequences, government argues

Democratic candidates have been competing to see who can come up with the best plan to help relieve those struggling under the burden of huge student debts...


Sales down, debit card fraud up at Walmart

What's the best way to safeguard your debit card? Don't have one

For years, Walmart used "Watch out for falling prices" as its slogan, but today it's Walmart's stock price that's plunging, down 9.9 percent at midday as t...


Lawsuit seeks immediate buyback of VW diesels in California

Lawyers argue that VW violated California's emissions laws by selling noncomplying cars

The latest lawsuit in the Volkswagen dirty diesel scandal seeks an immediate buyback of "clean" TDI diesels sold in California, arguing that the cars viola...


Researchers find new contributor to Great Recession

Damage to corporate bond market did long-term damage

No doubt there will be many issues in the 2016 presidential election – from immigration to private email servers.But researchers at the University of H...


Uber launches its quick-courier service, Uber Rush

Think of it as a faster, more local version of FedEx or UPS

The next time you order something from a local business, it may be an Uber driver who delivers it. That's because Uber Rush starts today. It's a courier se...


Calcium supplements may not lower risk of kidney stones

Researchers say it's better to get your calcium from food

Getting plenty of calcium in your diet is a good thing – particularly for your kidneys. So it was something of a surprise when health researchers determine...


A new breakthrough with solar energy cells could make them cheaper and more effective

The research could be a huge step forward for clean energy sources

A new breakthrough in solar energy has the potential to make it cheaper and more viable as a source of renewable energy, according to researchers at Lund U...


Housing affordability depends on more than just price

Location and income are important factors

When real estate economists talk about housing affordability, they tend to focus on home prices and interest rates.While those are important, they aren...


Wholesale prices drop in September

Retail sales barely rise

If someone could “get it for you wholesale” last month, you got a pretty good deal. The Department of Labor reports its Producer Price Index (PPI) for fina...


Ad Week: don't bet against one-week fantasy enterprises

Madison Avenue says the industry is too big to fail

As we reported last week, the scrutiny on one-week fantasy sports enterprises has intensified amid allegations of insider trading.After New York Attorn...


Two drugs show promise in delaying Alzheimer's

Both are designed to disrupt amyloid build-up in the brain

A clinical trial is underway to determine whether a new drug that attacks beta amyloid in the brain could delay the onset of Alzheimer's disease.If it ...


Verizon unveils new prepaid plan for devices

Consumers can connect a device for as little as a week at a time

Verizon has announced a change to its method of pricing prepaid wireless services, saying the new plan will be simpler for consumers.The pricing applie...


Amtrak opens its trains to small dogs, cats on some Northeast lines

The pilot program follows one in Illinois that has been trouble-free

Perhaps seeking a class of passengers who will,keep their tails up and not complain so much, Amtrak is now allowing small pets on some of its Northeast lin...


FTD settles suit challenging floral substitutions

Consumers claimed they ordered one bouquet but got another

A rose is fine but call it by another name and it may not smell as sweet, Shakespeare notwithstanding. That's the conclusion of a class action lawsuit that...


The laser razor slides smoothly from one crowd-funder to another

Those with excess funds should act quickly

Lots of consumers like to "invest" in new products and schemes promoted on Kickstarter, Indiegogo and other crowd-funding platforms. Professional investors...


49 vehicles nominated as a Kelley Blue Book Best Buy

Winners will be announced next month

The 2016 model-year vehicles are arriving at dealer showrooms around the U.S., some providing better value than others.Kelley Blue Book (KBB) has sorte...


TV station uncovers Craigslist housing scam

Consumers paid $500 for what was supposed to be a list of clients

There are lots of ways to pick up a few extra bucks these days -- driving for Uber or Lyft, dog-walking, renting a spare room through Airbnb, just to name ...


Attorneys general want less alcohol in Four Loko

One can of Four Loko qualifies as binge drinking by CDC standards

The attorneys general of 15 states, plus the District of Columbia, would like to see less alcohol in Four Loko, a malt beverage that they say has so much a...


"Black" name conjures image of bigger, more violent man

Researcher says he's "disgusted by his own data"

More than a decade ago, a major study found that people with stereotypically black names were 50 percent less likely to get callbacks from prospective empl...


TF Supplements recalls “sexual enhancement” pills

The products contain ingredients that make them unapproved new drugs

TF Supplements of Houston, Texas, is recalling RHINO 7 3000 capsules packaged in a bottle containing six capsules UPC: 616453150126 ALL LOT NUMBERS WITHIN ...


Court case could free bankruptcy courts to forgive some student debts

The result could be a financial disaster for loan underwriters -- i.e., taxpayers

Photo (c) FotoliaA Boston federal appeals court is considering a case that could change the way bankruptcy courts handle student debt. Currently, it ...


Diesel engineer offers free advice to Volkswagen

Simple fix might reduce emissions without affecting fuel economy

The pressure is building on Volkswagen in the wake of the automaker's admission that it installed software in its “clean diesel” cars to pass mandated emis...


Antioxidants promote cancer progression, study finds

The findings reinforce earlier studies that suggest antioxidants may make things worse rather than better

For years, consumers have been gulping nutritional supplements containing antioxidants, assuming they protect against cancer. But assumptions don't always ...


Netflix raises prices, blames rising cost of content

The price will be going up $1 for most subscribers

Uzo Aduba in "Orange is the New Black" (Netflix photo)There used to be a saying in the media world that content was king. Then for awhile it was tech...


FBI weighs in on safety of new chip card

An improvement, the agency says, but a PIN system would make it better

The FBI has joined the discussion of the new EMV, or chip cards that are replacing credit and debit cards in the U.S.“While EMV cards offer enhanced se...


Facebook, New York form partnership to crack down on human trafficking

Trafficking victims often featured in online sex advertisements

Facebook and New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman are teaming up to fight human trafficking. They'll leverage technology to identify victims of s...


North Carolina shuts down for-profit medical school

Attorney general claims it charged hundreds of dollars for unaccredited courses

Consumers hoping to advance in a career are often attracted by for-profit institutions that, even though they can be expensive, admit anyone who applies. B...


National Retail Federation forecasts so-so holiday sales

Online sales should play an important role

There may not be as much ho-ho-hoing among retailers this Christmas season as there was last year. The National Retail Federation (NRF) says it expects sa...


Medicare open enrollment is almost here

Beneficiaries can select or change plans Oct. 15 - Dec. 7

It's that time of year again. If you are on Medicare, or are newly eligible, the annual open enrollment period to select or change coverage starts October ...


Plus-sized crash victim's damage award reduced

Nissan seat belts weren't designed for a 240-pounder, woman argued

When a drunken driver plowed into her then-husband's Nissan Pathfinder, Amanda Maddox, who weighed 240 pounds, suffered broken ribs, hips, vetebrae, and ab...


Americans count cyber threats among their top everyday concerns

Be sure to take steps to protect your privacy

You may be obliquely aware of some of the major hacking events that have occurred in the U.S. over the past year. At every turn it seems that some new data...


Hiring outlook may be improving in the fourth quarter

Careerbuilder survey looks better than most recent employment numbers

When the government reported September's employment numbers earlier this month, it was a disappointment to economists and the stock market.There were f...


Whole Foods Market recalls Papillon Organic Roquefort Cheese

The product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Whole Foods Market is recalling Papillon Organic Roquefort Cheese sold in all stores nationwide. The product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogen...


Stem cells may restore sight to the elderly

Scientists think they may be able to reverse age-related macular degeneration

Canadian researchers say they have made huge strides in potentially reversing the effects of age-related macular degeneration (AMRD) by transplanting stem ...


Senators: VW diesel owners got $50 million in tax credits

Meanwhile, VW and EPA executives are being grilled on Capitol Hill

Consumers, car dealers, environmentalists, regulators, they're all mad at Volkswagen. And now you can add the U.S. Senate. It turns out that consumers who ...


Lumber Liquidators to settle federal charges

But settlement is unrelated to alleged dangerous levels of formaldehyde

Months after it was uncomfortably thrust into the limelight on a “60 Minutes” broadcast, Lumber Liquidators has reached a multi-million dollar settlement w...


Retailers push back against new chip card system

National Retail Federation says cards won't stop fraud without addition of a PIN

Since late last week some consumers have been dipping their plastic instead of swiping and, from most reports, have encountered little difficulty in the sw...


Consumer complaints about airlines rise sharply in August

But carriers don't lose as many bags during the month

Consumers are growing more unhappy with U.S. air travel, if complaints to the government are any indication.The Transportation Department's monthly rep...


What sounds Teutonic and is threatening the car business?

No, it's not Volkswagen. It's something even worse.

Quick -- what sounds Teutonic and is hurting the car business more than anything else? No, not Volkswagen.It's Uber, according to a new survey from Fra...


Sen. Reid files suit over exercise injuries

The Senate minority leader blames Theraband for his facial injuries

Photo via YouTubeWhen Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid showed up with a badly bruised and broken face earlier this year, it set tongues wagging. The...


Moms, dads -- watch out for hidden window cord hazards

Deaths and injuries caused by strangulation are preventable

If you have small kids in your house, you know all about child proofing. But here's an area that might have slipped by: dangling window or blind cords. Th...


Best credit cards for travel in 2015

Some will give you hundreds of dollars in statement credits just for signing up

When oil prices started to dive about one year ago, no one thought they would go this low and stay this low for this long.As a result, gasoline prices...


IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+ award for Fiat 500X

It's the second Fiat Chrysler vehicle to win this year's award

The new Fiat 500X, a small SUV, qualifies for the IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+ award after earning good ratings in all five of the Insurance Institute for Highwa...


GM recalls Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave vehicles

The windshield wiper motor may overheat

General Motors is recalling 29,295 model year 2016 Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia, and Buick Enclave vehicles manufactured August 18, 2015 to September 24,...


BRP recalls Youth ATVs

The fuel filter can break and leak

BRP US of Sturtevant, Wis., is recalling about 240 Youth model Can-Am all-terrain vehicles The fuel filter can break and leak, posing a fire hazard. The ...


Scientists learn two new things about Alzheimer's

Both are tied to genes that might predict who will get the disease

A lot of high-powered research is currently aimed at Alzheimer's disease, as the huge Baby Boom generation moves into old age.Since age is a principal ...


New York investigating DraftKings, FanDuel

Official probe focusing on fairness of one-week fantasy games

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has launched an investigation of the two major one-week fantasy sports enterprises amid charges that employees ...


Verizon and AOL will share more customer data

Consumers will start getting more targeted ads

Some people think it's creepy when they search for a product online and suddenly find every website they visit has ads for that product.Advertisers, ho...


CFPB may ban arbitration clauses in financial service contracts

Consumers shouldn't have to sign away their rights, CFPB suggests

Arbitration clauses are often presented as protecting consumers from the necessity of going to court to settle disputes. But in reality, forced arbitration...


Consumers more at risk as data breaches increase

Last week's T-Mobile breach already having an impact

When an Experian database was breached last week, personal information about 15 million T-Mobile customers was compromised. The breach had almost immediate...


Volkswagen examines its options -- repair or replace?

German regulators are pressing for a detailed "dirty diesel" plan

Repair or replace -- those are basically the options Volkswagen faces as it tries to figure out what to do about 11 million diesel-powered cars that were s...


Microsoft unveils the Surface Book, its first laptop

Will it be a MacBook Pro killer? Microsoft thinks so

The Microsoft Surface? Oh yeah, that's that sorta-tablet thing. Yes, but it's also a laptop. Microsoft today unveiled the 13" Surface Book -- positioning i...


D.C. suburb bans "cosmetic" pesticides on lawns

Residents fear health effects of common pesticides

Photo © Brian Jackson - FotoliaIn California, they're madly digging up lawns and replacing them with desert landscaping -- i.e., rocks and sand. In M...


Oil prices jump, so what's next for gasoline prices?

Pump prices have stopped falling, but experts think the pause is temporary

Wall Street is getting excited about crude oil again and that's not particularly good news for consumers.The price of crude oil surged almost 5% in Tue...


“Sexual Enhancement” products -- a risky proposition

FDA says you could find yourself in a world of hurt

If you're a guy, you probably have received emails about “dietary supplements” or “foods” that promise to enhance your sexual performance or increase sexua...


Mortgage applications soar

Refinancings were on the rise as well

It was a big week for mortgage applications. Data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey show applications su...


Land Rover Range Rover Sport vehicles recalled

The vehicles do not meet federal air bag standards

Land Rover is recalling 5,914 model year 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport vehicles manufactured December 16, 2013, to April 15, 2014. The owner's handbo...


Mitsubishi recalls Mirage and i-MiEV vehicles

The front air bag may have a delayed deployment and/or the side and curtain air bag may not deploy

Mitsubishi Motors North America is recalling 13,558 model year 2014 Mitsubishi Mirages manufactured July 27, 2013, to November 20, 2013, and 2012 Mitsubish...


Honda recalls Accord Hybrids

Electrical interference may cause the hybrid system to switch into fail-safe mode

American Honda Motor Co. is recalling 6,786 model year 2014-2015 Honda Accord Hybrids manufactured August 29, 2013, to May 30, 2015. Electrical interfere...


California governor signs right-to-die bill

Seven states now allow doctors to help terminally ill patients die

California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill that allows terminally ill consumers to order up lethal medications that will end their lives, making Califor...


Ad blockers are as annoying to websites as ads are to consumers

Publishers and marketers are becoming apoplectic at the growth of ad-blockers

My internist is the ultimate geek. He has been lugging a MacBook from one exam room to another for years and is a pioneer at integrating software into ever...


Fantasy sports sites deny insider trading charges

Employees are barred from playing on their own sites but not on rivals'

The two major fantasy sports enterprises are under fire after a DraftKings employee admitted last week that he accidentally released information that he wa...


DebtPro 123 gets a $7.9 million bill

The company promised debt relief but delivered nothing, feds allege

The head of DebtRelief 123 LLC has agreed to pay more than $7.9 million to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that he deceived consumers and charged t...


Scientists produce non-toxic flame retardant

Substance could possibly replace more toxic chemicals currently in use

After horrific fires involving home furnishings and clothing, manufacturers began adding flame retardants to fabric. It was effective at reducing fires, bu...


Study: girls who compulsively text suffer academically

But that's not as obvious as you might think

On the surface, it would seem to be one of those studies compiled by Captain Obvious; teenage girls who compulsively text are more likely to perform poorly...


Researchers find that ordering e-cigarettes online is pretty easy

Most websites have no way to verify the age of consumers

It's easy to purchase e-cigarettes on the Internet, researchers say. Too easy.A study by the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine say...


Home prices post solid year-over-year gain in August

Values were also up on a month-over-month basis

Your home likely is worth more than it was a year ago and a month ago during August. According to the CoreLogic Home Price Index (HPI) home prices nationw...


K-9 Kraving Dog Food recalls Chicken Patties Dog

The product may be contaminated with Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes

K-9 Kraving Dog Food is recalling Chicken Patties Dog Food shipped between July 13 – 17, 2015. The product may be contaminated with Salmonella and Listeri...


Cascadian Farm Cut Green Beans recalled

The product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

General Mills is recalling a limited quantity of frozen Cascadian Farm Cut Green Beans produced on one day in June 2015. The product may be contaminated...


Texas Star Nut and Food recalls macadamia nuts and trail mix

The products may be contaminated with Salmonella

Texas Star Nut and Food Co. is recalling Nature’s Eats, Natural Macadamia Nuts and Southern Grove, Simply Raw Trail Mix. The products may be contaminated ...


Ford recalls Windstar minivans

The rear axle may fracture, affecting the vehicle handling

Ford Motor Company is recalling 283,413 model year 1998-2003 Windstars manufactured September 2, 1997, to July 3, 2003. The recalled vehicles were previo...


Scottrade reveals security breach exposing 4.6 million clients

Company says says trading platform was not compromised

Hot on the heels of T-Mobile's  announcement that a security breach compromised sensitive information about 15 million customers, online trading platform S...


Extra pollution from VW diesels killed dozens of Americans, AP estimates

Diesels are more efficient but produce more particulate matter, which can cause health problems

Volkswagen's use of software to falsify emission measurements of its TDI diesel engines is estimated to have killed dozens of Americans, the Associated Pre...


Clinton vows to take action on gun violence

Study finds gun ownership declining, political influence of the gun lobby possibly waning

Thanks to the Patriot Act, consumers have to produce a photo ID to buy a bottle of non-prescription nasal decongestants and can purchase only a limited amo...


ATM and other bank fees on the rise survey finds average fee has risen 21% in five years

With interest rates near 0%, consumers understandably are reluctant to deposit their money in banks, looking for a higher rate of return elsewhere.With...


Auto finance company used illegal tactics, feds charge

Westlake Services, Wilshire Consumer Credit ordered to pay $44 million

An auto finance company and its subsidiary have been ordered to pay $44 million in refunds and balance reductions to consumers, as well as a $4 million fin...


Injuries are costly in more ways than one

Being more careful might help lower America's healthcare bill

There is a physical toll to being injured. Things like recurring pain or limited mobility. But there is also a financial cost, and the U.S. government calc...


Key to healthy weight may be an early bedtime

Amount of sleep doesn't appear to be a factor

Amid all the diet fads and weight loss advice is this often-overlooked bit of wisdom: going to bed at a decent hour will likely make it easier to keep the ...


Consumers still struggling to save money

Survey finds two-thirds have savings of $1,000 or less

Consumers who haven't seen much in the way of pay increases the last few years are likely to have trouble putting money away, so it might not be surprising...


Non-manufacturing activity slows in September

Thirteen industry sectors continued to expand

September saw economic activity in the non-manufacturing sector grow again for the 68th consecutive month, albeit at a slower pace than in August. The lat...


Honda recalls Odysseys with air bag issue

The vehicles do not meet the advanced air bag safety standards

American Honda Motor Co. is recalling 37 model year 2003 Odyssey vehicles manufactured August 28, 2002, to August 30, 2002. The vehicles were manufacture...


Aspen Foods expands recall of frozen, raw, stuffed & breaded chicken products

The products may be contaminated with Salmonella Enteritidis

Aspen Foods of Chicago, Ill, is adding about 561,000 pounds of frozen, raw, stuffed and breaded chicken products that appear to be ready-to-eat (RTE) to th...


Pier 1 Imports recalls outdoor patio swivel armchairs

The swivel armchair can tip back while rocking

Pier 1 Imports of Fort Worth, Texas, is recalling about 2,500 Katerina swivel armchairs The swivel armchair can tip back while rocking and consumers can f...


Bexco expands recall of DaVinci brand cribs

A metal bracket that connects the mattress support to the crib can break

Bexco Enterprises of Montebello, Calif., is expanding its earlier recall of DaVinci cribs. The new recall adds 6,000 cribs to the 11,700 cribs recalled in...


New mortgage rules help you "know before you owe"

But the new forms may slow the closing process, at least during the break-in period

New mortgage rules that are supposed to make it easier for consumers to understand and compare competing mortgage offers went into effect today and, at lea...


Experian data breach exposes 15 million T-Mobile customers

Anyone opening new account over two-year period was likely exposed

If you signed up for a new T-Mobile account between September 1, 2013 and September 16, 2015, your personal information was likely compromised.It happe...


DriveID aims to make roads safer by reducing distracted driving

The new technology is available on both iOS and Android devices

Parents everywhere are searching for ways to make sure their teens stay safe while driving. For many, the urge to send a text message or stay connected in ...


Economic burden of treating cancer is too much for some low and middle income countries

Implementing prevention strategies is a tried-and-true method that could lower costs

Medical professionals everywhere could tell you that treating a disease or medical condition costs money. That big medical bill that you might have had the...


Engineers explain how clean diesel technology should work

And why it might not -- yet

Plenty of consumers are outraged that Volkswagen systematically cheated on emissions tests, but few understand how and why they did it.The BBC reports ...


Consumers getting more skeptical of “social responsibility” claims

Washington State study observes that consumers are more sensitive to "greenwashing"

“Greenwashing” is a term to describe a practice by companies that espouse environmental-friendly policies but don't actually follow them. They talk the tal...


Staples bucks trend of opening stores Thanksgiving Day

Instead, the retailer will emphasize online deals

There's been a growing consumer backlash against Black Friday spilling over into Thanksgiving Day, intruding on the traditional holiday celebration.Per...


For many, work literally makes them sick

As allergy sensitivity increases, the workplace becomes a more dangerous place

Jokes aside, some people really are allergic to their jobs. But it's not their duties that make them sick – its the allergens that lurk within the workplac...


A hiring slowdown in September

Health care was a big gainer

The economy created fewer than 200,000 jobs in September for a second consecutive month as the unemployment rate held steady at a 7-year low of 5.1% The B...


Older Nissan Versas recalled

Road salt may corrode the front coil springs

Nissan North America is recalling 218,019 model year 2007-2012 Nissan Versas manufactured May 8, 2006, to November 12, 2012, that were sold or ever registe...


Honda recalls Civics and Fits

A software glitch may cause damage to the transmission drive pulley shaft

American Honda Motor Co. is recalling 143,676 model year 2014-2015 Civic vehicles manufactured January 16, 2014, to November 6, 2014 and 2015 Fit vehicles ...


"Good 'N' Fun - Beefhide Chicken Sticks" dog treats recalled

The product may be contaminated with Salmonella

Salix Animal Health is recalling one lot of "Good 'n' Fun - Beefhide Chicken Sticks" dog treats. The product may be contaminated with Salmonella. No pet ...


Shivvers recalls Country Clipper lawn mowers

The gas cap threads do not align with threads of the fuel tanks opening

Shivvers Manufacturing of Corydon, Iowa, is recalling about 450 riding lawn mowers. The gas cap threads do not align with threads of the fuel tanks openin...


AARP survey exposes Social Security knowledge gap

In this case, what you don't know can hurt you

Social Security is the most popular government program in U.S. history. Enacted during the New Deal, it provides income in retirement for every U.S. citize...


States urge tougher controls on e-cigarettes

Attorneys general want warning labels and child-proof packaging

Attorneys general from 33 states have signed off on comments stepping up pressure on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to strengthen proposed reg...


Peeple will let you put people in their places

Why should you not be able to point out everyone's failings, fears, and foibles?

Don't you know a lot of people who are just disgusting? You know -- empty suits, braggarts, loudmouths, dull as dishwater, stand-off-ish, and just a genera...


How to tell if you are addicted to shopping

Researcher says anxious extroverts most at risk

With the Internet, it has never been easier to shop. Consumers who can't seem to control themselves in that area are said to be addicted to shopping.Bu...


Amazon boots Apple TV & Google Chromecast

Says they're not compatible with Amazon Prime

Amazon is showing the door to Apple TV and Google Chromecast, two popular streaming video products that aren't compatible with its Amazon Prime Video servi...


Vitaminwater settles suit, adds "with sweeteners" to its label

It will also drop claims that the water provides health benefits

Coca-Cola's Vitaminwater has agreed to add "with sweeteners" to its label while dropping claims that the sweetened water provides health benefits. The agre...


Two more Peanut Corp. executives sentenced to prison

Salmonella-contaminated peanut butter sickened thousands

Two former officials of the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) were sentenced to prison today in Albany, Georgia, just a week after PCA’s former president...


Sunset Natural Products ordered to stop making or selling dietary supplement products

The company was accused of manufacturing and distributing adulterated products

A Florida judge has barred a Florida dietary supplements maker from doing business until it cleans up its act. The consent decree of permanent injunction ...


Better Business Bureau's practices questioned by CNNMoney

Do dues-paying members get higher grades than non-members?

Many people think of the Better Business Bureau as a consumer watchdog, but a report by CNNMoney finds the organization has given top ratings to companies...


Exposure to smoking may cause children to develop behavioral problems, study says

Researchers believe that the nicotine found in tobacco smoke is the primary cause

The health concerns that surround tobacco products are well documented. Lung cancer, heart disease, and stroke are some of the more serious and well-known ...


Study: smartphone can be relationship killer

Researchers coin the term "Pphubbing" to describe couples who value their devices over their partners

The smartphone has become one of the most common consumer products in use today. It's a communications tool, entertainment platform, and fashion accessory....


Manufacturing expands in September -- but the rate slows

Initial jobless claims were on the rise last week

The rate of expansion of activity in the manufacturing sector slowed again in September, although it did grow for the 33rd month in a row while the overal...


Gone: Employers cut nearly 60K jobs in September

More than half were at Hewlett-Packard

September was another big month for job-cutting. Outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas reports by U.S.-based employers announced plans to ...


Two Acuras and two Hondas win top IIHS award

Honda now has a shelf full of awards

Modifications for the 2016 model year have earned two Acura models earn good ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) for small overl...


BMW recalls G 650 GS motorcycles

The motorcycles may stall when they are idling

BMW of North America is recalling 1,060 model year 2013-2015 G 650 GS motorcycles manufactured March 8, 2013, to March 2, 2015, and 2013-2014 G 650 GS Sert...


Rattan arm chairs recalled by Ross Procurement

The chair may tip or slide backward, posing a fall hazard

Ross Procurement of Dublin, Calif., is recalling about 560 rattan arm chairs. The chair may tip or slide backward, posing a fall hazard to consumers. The...