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VW Dirty Diesel Scandal tops the list of 2015 consumer outrages

Cellphones, airbags, for-profit colleges, football, and floors were also in the news

"This is almost unbelievable," Daryl Allen, a semi-retired engineer, commented after reading ConsumerAffairs' first story on the Volkswagen "Dirty Diesel" ...


AT&T will ditch two-year contracts in 2016

Instead, customers are being steered to "AT&T Next"

AT&T will kick off the new year by scrapping two-year contracts, instead steering customers to its AT&T Next plan, joining Verizon and T-Mobile and leaving...


D.C. bans plastic take-out trays and cups

It's the latest city to try to rid itself of polystyrene foam containers

Lunchtime in D.C. isn't just lobbyists escorting Congressmen into steakhouses. The city's diners, food trucks, and take-out joints fill thousands of plasti...


A third decline in four months for pending home sales

Rising prices are a factor

© karelnoppe - FotoliaRising prices and limited inventory combined in November to send pending home sales down 0.9% to an index of 106.9.In relea...


Volkswagen recalls Audi A3 Cabriolets

The driver or front passenger side air bag may not deploy properly

Volkswagen Group of America is recalling 904 model year 2015 Audi A3 Cabriolets manufactured June 5, 2014, to April 1, 2015. The recalled vehicles ...


Database of 191 million voters left exposed on Internet

It's not clear who's responsible for the security slip-up

Sometimes stuff is stolen in cleverly organized break-ins. Other times, it's just left sitting out on the street. That's more or less the case with a datab...


Consumers spending fuel savings on new cars

The rest of the economy got little benefit in 2015

One significant economic event that marked 2015 was falling gasoline prices. Prices headed lower in late 2014 and continued the trend most of 2015, except ...


Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon trucks recalled

The console compartment door may not remain closed in the event of a crash

General Motors is recalling 8,763 model year 2016 Chevrolet Colorado trucks manufactured August 25, 2015, to September 24, 2015; and GMC Canyon trucks manu...


Whole Foods to pay $500,000 for overcharging NYC consumers

The high-end chain denies that the overcharges were intentional, but the incident may be damaging

Whole Foods and New York City Consumer Affairs agree that Whole Foods is paying $500,000 to settle charges that it overcharged NYC customers for some items...


Subway hatches plan for cage-free eggs

It's the latest mass market food processor to do so

Subway is the latest to jump on the cage-free-egg bandwagon, announcing that by 2025,...


Employees may be on the move in 2016

Careerbuilder survey finds younger employees, especially, are getting restless

Immediately after the Great Recession, people who had jobs felt lucky to be employed. With the jobless rate at over 10%, there wasn't a lot of moving aroun...


Asking about resolutions can be a powerful motivator

Researchers find a question is better than a suggestion

Sometimes it's not what you say but how you say it. That's especially true, researchers say, when it comes to New Year's resolutions. And it turns out, fol...


A rebound in consumer confidence

Consumers' assessment of the job market was a bit stronger in December

After declining moderately in November, the Conference Board's Consumer Confidence Index showed a little improvement this month, rising 3.9 points from Nov...


Home prices on the rise in October

The Federal Reserve interest rate increase raises questions about the future

The price of homes posted a slightly stronger year-over-rear increase in October than we saw during the previous month. Prices also rose on a month-over-mo...


Feds sue alleged debt collection lawsuit mill

CFPB charges Georgia law firm with "churning out lawsuits" while using faulty data

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau charges that a Georgia law firm is little more than a lawsuit mill, filing one debt-collection lawsuit after anoth...


FAA, states spar over regulating drones

Feds say they have authority over anything mechanical that flies

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) unveiled its online registration system for drones just in time for Christmas, and just in time to fly straight i...


Consumers may have spent more than expected this holiday season

Preliminary figures show a solid advance over last year

Despite early concerns that consumers weren't in a spending mood this year, it appears U.S. retailers had a pretty good holiday shopping season after all....


TSA may begin rejecting some states' drivers licenses

A 10-year-old law requiring more secure licenses has been ignored by many states

Will your driver's license be enough identification to let you board your next airline flight? It may not be if the TSA begins enforcing a 10-year-old law ...


Ford recalls Escapes and Focus STs

The vehicle could hesitate or the engine could stall

Ford Motor Company is recalling 9,017 model year 2013 Escape vehicles manufactured January 11, 2012, to April 1, 2013, and 2013-2014 Focus ST vehicles manu...


Airlines, rental cars, and flowers make the holiday Grinch list

Consumers encounter the usual holiday snafus

It's a most wonderful time of the year, except when it isn't. The Christmas holiday season is a time that'...


Amazon-UPS ties may be fraying

Consumers not thrilled with any of the current delivery options

Amazon is having second, or maybe even third, thoughts about its relationship with UPS. The giant retailer ...


Same group of consumers drawn to products that fail

"Harbingers of failure" have uncanny ability to sniff out products that just aren't going to make it

Were you a Diet Crystal Pepsi fan? Maybe you developed a taste for Frito Lay Lemonade. How about watermelon-flavored Oreos?If you liked one of those pr...


Christian faith slipping but still strong in the U.S.

"No religious affiliation" up 5% since 2008

Like cable TV, the Christian faith is losing adherents though at a much slower rate than the cord-cutting phenome...


Tax Club accomplices nailed in credit card 'laundering' case

PayBasics helped process credit card payments

Not too long ago, the Federal Trade Commission went after the Tax Club, a work-at-home scheme that it said fleeced consumers of thousands of dollars each. ...


Cable bills going up ... again

The higher prices may chase away more consumers

Cable TV bills will be going up early next year, just as they do most years. That's likely to drive even more consumers away from cable, which in turn is l...


Are you Facebook dependent? It's not necessarily a bad thing

Dependency and addiction aren't the same thing, after all

Do you check Facebook several times a day? Maybe you play games with friends, post your opinions, check feedback on your posts, and look for chances to mee...


Higher One to pay restitution to nearly one million college students

Regulators say company omitted key information about fees in its marketing materials

Nearly one million college students who received financial aid payments through Higher One, an institution-affiliated party of WEX Bank, were victims of de...


Daily fantasy sports declared illegal in Illinois

But state is considering a new law exempting the games from gambling regulations

In an opinion requested by two state legislators, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says she believes daily fantasy sports games provided by enterpris...


How do electronic toys affect the quality and quantity of language in infant playtime?

One study finds that it may stifle important parent-child communication

In an increasingly chaotic world, quality time between parents and children can come at a premium. Financial, work, or other familial circumstances can inh...


Hyatt Hotels discloses data breach

But company provides little other information

If you stayed in a Hyatt Hotels property and paid with a credit or debit card, your card may have been compromised.The hotel chain says it has found ma...


John Deere recalls zero turn lawn mowers

A fuel hose could have been cut during manufacturing

Deere & Company of Moline, Ill., is recalling about 150 John Deere zero-turn lawn mowers. A fuel hose could have been cut during manufacturing, all...


The same products cost more if they're marketed to women, study finds

Women urged to shop in men's sections as the 'pink tax' persists

Being a woman isn’t cheap. One recent study confirmed this, finding that women fork over significantly more on average than men for virtually the same prod...


Online retailers selling out of popular gift items

That could mean a lot of people will be getting a gift card

Bad news for shopping procrastinators. To get a popular gift item at this point you're probably going to have to make a last minute trip to the mall.Ad...


Takata airbag death toll rises to eight as feds say pace of recalls is accelerating

Three manufacturers add models to recall list

Federal safety regulators say the U.S. death toll from Takata airbags has risen to eight, nine worldwide. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administratio...


Have you made a digital resolution?

Here are three that may keep you more secure while online

Most New Years resolutions are quickly broken. Like that resolution to drop 10 pounds or watch less TV in the coming year.But Michael Kaiser, Executive...


Flooded with email? Just wait til next year

Marketers sent more email than ever this year but with meager results

Next to the constantly ringing landline, little is more irritating than the flood of promotional email, which reaches tidal surge levels during the holiday...


Boeing to pay $12 million for quality control slip-ups

The FAA says the violations did not create unsafe conditions

As you settle into your cramped coach seat for the holiday flight home, consider this: Boeing will pay $12 million in fines for quality control and supplie...


YouTube has a beef with T-Mobile over its video streaming policy

Google-owned company complains it is excluded from "Binge On" program

T-Mobile customers have been able to stream music from major sources without having to worry about exceeding their data caps, and this year, have been able...


A majority of new parents misuse car seats, survey shows

What to do in order to keep infants safe on their first car ride home

Parents-to-be may spend nine months with their heads buried in “What to Expect” books — but come hospital discharge day, a majority will make a big mistake...


New York obtains refunds from “tricky” marketer

Attorney general claims consumers were victims of deceptive negative option marketing

The state of New York has reached a settlement with Profinity, LLC, a company it says tricked consumers into signing up for a variety of membership program...


Kelley Blue Book launches instant car offer feature

Enter information about your vehicle and get an offer from participating dealers

The Internet has changed the way we buy cars. After doing research, a number of apps will connect you with dealers so you can compare prices on the same ne...


PetSmart promotes online pick-ups at their stores as Christmas draws nearer

This may be just the thing for procrastinating shoppers -- but they need to act fast

Earlier this month, we reported that many delivery agencies are having trouble coping with the high volume of packages that they need to ship during the ho...


Personal incomes and spending rise in November

But the savings rate moved lower

Just in time for the Christmas shopping season, consumers' paychecks got a little fatter.The Commerce Department's Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) re...


A surge in mortgage applications

Refinance applications were sharply higher

A “Santa Claus rally” in applications for mortgages.The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) reports applications were up 7.3% in the week ending Decembe...


CG&C: Job cuts should slow in 2016 as hiring and pay accelerate

A “lot of churn” is seen in the labor force

“Wait till next year!”That's not just the perennial cry of Chicago Cubs fans. A leading outplacement consultancy has also taken it up when it comes to ...


Women's favorite cars? Think small, economical, and Korean

Men, on the other hand, pick large, loud, and fast

Korean automakers seem to have answered the age-old question of what women really want. ...


FTC sets guidelines for 'native' advertising

Advertising shouldn't look too much like surrounding editorial content

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) outlined a simple principle for so-called "native" advertising today, also known as sponsored content: it has to be clea...


FDA changes rules to allow some gay men to donate blood

Men who have not had same-sex encounters for 12 months will be considered

For 30 years, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has prohibited gay and bisexual men from donating blood. The policy was instituted in response to...


Volkswagen vows to show some humility, coins a new slogan

"Das Auto" is seen as too absolutist in the post-Dirty Diesel era

It's been a bad year for Volkswagen and an even worse year for Volkswagen owners, who find their cars' resale value trashed and fear that they have been un...


Four home design trends that 2016 will welcome

Say hello to art deco-inspired patterns and goodbye to rustic chic

Put a lid on the chalkboard paint and give burlap the boot, because “Farmhouse Chic” is officially on its way out. According to Zillow Digs’ 2016 Home Tren...


CDC: new E. coli strain linked to Chipotle Mexican Grill

All five people who got sick reported eating at Chipotle

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this week had good news and bad news for Chipotle Mexican Grill, the popular chain linked to foodborne...


Health researchers say almonds deserve more respect

Often overlooked nut full of protein and essential fatty acids

During the holidays the supermarket aisles usually feature a generous assortment of nuts. After all, it's prime time for baking, and many delectable – but ...


Cruise passengers aren't big spenders in port, study finds

They walk around, buy a few trinkets, then reboard the ship

The huge cruise ship docks and tourists pour off for a few hours in port. Is it a bonanza for local businesses? Actually, no, a new study finds.Cruisin...


Southwest Airlines agrees to settle safety suit

Charges involve the maintenance of its Boeing 737 fleet

The U.S. Justice Department has announced that Southwest Airlines has agreed to settle a federal lawsuit brought against the carrier. The suit alleges that...


IRS cuts 2016 standard mileage rates

Rates are being cut for business, medical, and moving mileage

If you use your car for things that are usually tax deductible, you're not going to like this.The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is cutting the 2016 op...


Government rejects Staples' acquisition of Office Depot

Staples says it may press the issue in court

It looks like the merger of Staples and Office Depot isn't going to happen without a court battle. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has rejected Staples'...


Vermont dairy farm hit for illegally administering drugs to cattle

New record-keeping system required

The Department of Justice (DOJ), at the request of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), has entered a consent decree of permanent injunction against Wyn...


Existing-home sales hit the skids

The November pace was the slowest since April 2014

Sales of previously owned homes skidded in November to their lowest level in more than a year and a-half.The National Association of Realtors (NAR) rep...


Economy turns in sub-par performance

Corporate profits took a hit too

The final look at the economy for the third quarter was generally dissatisfying.The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) reports the "third"estimate of re...


Keep your home merry and bright to keep burglars away

Some simple steps can make an empty house look occupied

Tis the season for expensive gifts under the tree and festivities that often take people out of the house.That means it's prime time for burglars, who ...

More unable to guarantee delivery by Christmas

The self-proclaimed challenger to Amazon lags in moving the merchandise

Amazon was supposed to be quaking in its boots by now as challenger undercut its prices and stole its most valuable customers. Instead, is ...


Martin Shkreli terminated as CEO of KaloBios

This comes after being charged of fraud and losing his CEO position at Turing Pharmaceuticals

Things continue to go downhill for Martin Shkreli, the infamous ex-CEO who is best known for drastically raising the price ofs Daraprim, a drug used to tre...


BMW fined $40 million for Mini Cooper safety violations

Company was slow recalling models that failed to meet side-impact standards

BMW has been hit with a $40 million fine for moving too slowly to recall 2014 and 2015 Mini Cooper models that failed to meet federal safety standards for ...


New safety rules proposed for indoor tanning devices

Those under 18 would be barred from using them

The risks of using indoor tanning devices are well known. Things such as sunlamps, indoor tanning beds, and tanning booths expose you to ultraviolet (UV)...


Turmeric offers a wide range of health benefits

But is the powerful herb really more effective than prescription medication?

Turmeric (or Curcumin), the bright orange spice that gives curry its distinctive glow, has been a staple in Middle Eastern and Southeast Asian cooking for ...


Study seeks to slow mental decline during aging

Holiday gatherings are a good time to notice older family members' memory issues

What's a “senior moment” and what's a sign of more serious memory issues? That's a question seniors and their families often ask, and until now there have ...


New treaty allows for more U.S.-Mexico air service

JetBlue, Delta cheer agreement, which removes numerical limits on flights

Donald Trump wants to build a wall along the Mexican border, but a new treaty between the U.S. and Mexico allows for greatly expanded air traffic between t...


American Airlines applying for scheduled flights to Cuba

Up to 20 flights a day could be operating eventually

American Airlines is looking to 2016 as the year it begins scheduled service to Cuba, now that U.S. and Cuban officials have agreed to allow regular commer...


Study debunks 'fat but fit' claim

Men of normal weight had lower death risks than overweight men regardless of fitness

The notion that being "fat but fit" is OK has been debunked by a new study which found that the protective effects of being fit are highly reduced in obese...


Young-adult homeownership rates may be headed in a positive direction

Numbers hint at inbound stability as the population of 25-34-year-olds soars

Young-adult homeownership has, for decades (with the exception of a growth spurt during the housing boom), been on the decline. Longer educational careers,...


Netflix socks pause the video when you fall asleep

But you may need to be handy with knitting needles and a soldering iron

Who hasn't stretched out on the couch to binge watch the latest Netflix original series, only to doze off and wake up on Episode 11?But if you're weari...


More than 47,000 drug overdose deaths last year

CDC: Increase in opioid overdose deaths is "alarming"

Death from opioid drugs knows no boundaries. It has taken nearly half a million Americans in the years from 2000 t...


Indiana alcohol regulations withstand legal challenges

Beverage company and convenience stores tried to overturn two laws

Different states have different rules and regulations when it comes to the sale and distribution of alcoholic beverages.Some states prohibit sales on S...


Cure House recalls pork products

The products did not undergo federal inspection

The Cure House of Louisville, Ky., is recalling an undetermined amount of cured pork products. The products did not undergo federal inspection....


Bonavista Foods recalls pork products

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

Bonavista Foods of Ovid, N.Y., is recalling approximately 4,338 pounds of cured pork products. The products were not presented at the U.S. point of...


Smart Lipo dietary supplement capsules recalled

The product contains sibutramine, desmethylsibutramine and phenolphthalein, which are not listed on the label

SmartLipo365 of Dallas, Texas, is recalling all lots of Smart Lipo (800, 900, 950 mg) capsules. The product contains sibutramine, desmethylsibutram...


The real problem with driverless cars: human drivers

Self-driving cars obey traffic laws, confusing human drivers who often don't

There's a big problem with driverless cars: human drivers. Google's fleet of autonomous vehicles has been involved in accidents at twice the normal rate, a...


What borrowers should know about a new student loan repayment option

Plan could help borrowers' cash flow, but other factors should be considered

Consumers with student loan debt may have a new repayment option under a new Department of Education regulation that recently took effect.The Revised P...


More than 1,000 merchants offering free shipping today

Stores promise it will get there by Christmas Eve

With so many merchants providing free shipping this holiday season, it's almost a moot point. But for more than 1,000 retailers, today is Free Shipping Day...


Shkreli out on bail, and as Turing Pharmaceutical CEO

32-year old hedge fund manager posts $5 million bond

Hedge fund manager and drug company executive Martin Shkreli, who endured a humiliating early morning perp walk from his Manhatten apartment Thursday, is b...


Infant seats confound 95% of families

The seats provide important safety protection but are too hard to install, study finds

If anything is more frustrating than the average infant car seat, it's hard to say what it is, a fact borne out by a recent study conducted by researchers ...


Which airlines serve the healthiest food?

Consumer website rates Virgin America highest, Frontier lowest

Let's start by noting that you are lucky to get any food when flying coach on a U.S. airline. That said, when passengers are served food at 30,000 feet, ju...


Study: Anxiety may contribute to dementia

Anxious individuals had a 48% higher risk

Those afflicted with anxiety may be even more anxious to learn of a new study that finds people who experienced high anxiety any time in their lives had a ...


What will kitchens of the future look like?

Smart appliances and the interconnectivity they offer will provide new opportunities

Connectedness is key in the kitchens of the future. Whether you’re looking to reduce food waste, cook to address your personal health profile, or stay bett...


One-third of consumers likely to try ad-blockers

70% of survey respondents dislike ads that block content

The advertising industry is always shocked and amazed to learn that many consumers don't like ads. It's a little surprising that this always comes as a sho...


Composting food waste remains your best option, study says

With landfills brimming, composting trash-bound food waste is vital to reducing greenhouse gas emissions

Intercepting landfill-bound food scraps by composting them is something many have done for years, thinking it’s the right thing to do. Well, a new Universi...


Making bicycling safer for kids with ADHD

How the disorder influences their ability to safely cross intersections and how to prevent accidents

There has long been a correlation between children affected by ADHD and higher numbers of bicycle accidents at intersections, and a new University of Iowa ...


VW turns to Kenneth Feinberg to settle diesel claims

Famed attorney handled the 9/11 and BP settlements

Volkswagen has announced the appointment of attorney Kenneth Feinberg to design and administer a program to address claims related to the 2.0L and 3.0L TDI...


Nissan recalls GT-Rs built to be sold in Puerto Rico

The Gross Vehicle Weight Rating and Gross Axle Weight Rating information is missing

Nissan North America is recalling 18 model year 2015-2016 GT-Rs manufactured February 24, 2014, to June 16, 2015 to be sold in Puerto Rico. The rec...


Chrysler recalls Jeep Cherokees

Water may leak into the Power Liftgate Control Module

Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling 32,784 model year 2015-2016 Jeep Cherokees manufactured February 18, 2015, to September 10, 2015 and equipped with the p...


Ace Bayou re-announces recall of bean bag chairs

The zippers on the bean bag chairs can be opened by children who can then crawl inside, get trapped and suffocate or choke on the bean bag chair’s foam bead

The recalled bean bag chairs have two zippers, including an outer zipper that does not have a pull tab and another zipper directly underneath that zipper. ...


Focus Bicycles recalls Izalco Max bicycles

The headset could cause the carbon-fiber fork steer tube to crack

Focus Bicycles USA of Carlsbad, Calif., is recalling about 501Focus Izalco Max bicycles in the U.S. and Canada. The headset could cause the carbon-...


California DMV wants driverless cars to have a brake pedal and steering wheel

It also wants at least one licensed driver in each car

Car makers and technology companies are driving like mad to test and develop driverless cars. But California, the state with more autonomous cars on the ro...


With Christmas a week away, retailers step up the bargains

Consumers have been unpredictable this season, making retailers nervous

If you waited to buy presents, you're in luck. With the shopping days dwindling down to a precious few, retailers are pulling out all the stops to attract ...


Supreme Court won't hear Westgate's appeal

Notorious timeshare operator could face more lawsuits

The Supreme Court has declined to hear a challenge by timeshare operator Westgate Resorts to a $500,000 court judgment for what a Tennessee judge called "i...


Tech support company under investigation by Washington AG for defrauding consumers

Charges against iYogi include overcharging for services and infecting customer computers with malware

We all know that the business world revolves around computers and technology now, and when problems occur, it’s a simple matter to call technical support t...


Lifelock agrees to pay $100 million to settle lawsuits, FTC charges

The company was accused of used deceptive advertising and failing to secure consumers' personal data

LifeLock has agreed to pay $100 million to settle a class action lawsuit and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) contempt charges. The FTC alleges that the comp...


Study: energy drinks may harm young men's health

The more men buy into energy drink marketing campaigns, the less sleep they get

Energy drinks are highly popular, especially with young people who never quite acquired the taste for coffee.Two researchers at Texas Tech suspected th...


The smartest smart-home products of 2015

Improve your home's air quality or even create virtual keys for guests

Looking to boost your home’s IQ? Whether in the interest of saving money, time, or the environment, incorporating some eco-efficient products into your hom...


Banks quick to raise prime rate after Fed rate hike

But depositors shouldn't expect to earn more on their money

Major banks wasted no time in reacting to the Federal Reserve's move to hike the Federal Funds rate for the first time since 2006.Wells Fargo was the f...


EZCORP to pay millions for illegal debt collection tactics

Infractions by the payday lender included illegal home visits to consumers

Tactics including illegal visits to consumers at their homes and workplaces, empty threats of legal action, lying about consumers’ rights, and exposing con...


Going full vegetarian too hard to swallow? Consider "Flexitarianism"

Why cutting back on meat (even a little bit) can mean huge health benefits

Vegetarianism is loaded with health and environmental benefits. From lower rates of heart disease and some forms of cancer to a reduction in carbon dioxide...


FBI arrests drug company CEO

Martin Shkreli, best known for dramatically raising drug prices, faces charges of securities fraud

Martin Shkreli, the 32-year old hedge fund trader turned drug company CEO, has been making news lately, for all the wrong reasons.The trend continues a...


U.S. poised to lift ban on oil exports

Provision of year-end budget deal would allow U.S. oil to be sold on world market

The government funding bill headed toward President Obama's desk contains a provision that seemed to come out of nowhere – a lifting of the 40-year ban on ...


Jobless benefit claims reverse course

The Conference Board forecasts moderate economic growth

After rising for two weeks in a row, first-time applications for state unemployment benefits have posted a decline.T...


Rolls-Royce Phantoms recalled

The side curtain air bags may not been manufactured properly

BMW of North America is recalling 13 model year 2015-2016 Rolls-Royce Phantoms manufactured May 22, 2015, to September 23, 2015. The recalled vehic...


Federal Reserve raises key interest rate

Rate has been at 0% since late 2008, last hike was in 2006

In one of the best-telegraphed moves in history, the Federal Reserve Open Market Committee has voted to raise the Federal Funds interest rate by 0.25%....


If a chicken can't cross the road, are its eggs organic?

The nation's eggmen can't agree on whether organic and cage-free are the same thing

Everyone has been flocking to organic eggs lately, expecting them to be healthier, tastier, and just generally superior to ...


Holiday house fires and how you can avoid them

Tips to keep in mind before watching those chestnuts roast over an open fire

Preparing for holiday guests often entails breaking out the candles, preheating the oven, and readying the firewood. Flames and electricity play a central ...


Researchers find security flaw in Target mobile app

Consumers who used the company's wish list app may have had their personal information compromised

Target just can’t seem to catch a break when it comes to the holiday season. After the company’s huge data breach at the end of 2013, which compromised the...


Longer trailers derailed, cybersecurity bill moves ahead in Congress

The omnibus spending bill is like Santa's sack -- lots of goodies for those both naught and nice

An old saying has it that no one's life, liberty, or property is safe when a legislature is in session. This is never more true than when Congress is wrapp...


A new generation arrives in the workplace

What will Generation Z bring to the table that’s different from Generation Y?

As Generation Z (defined as those between 16 and 20) starts shopping for briefcases and baby boomers head out the door, a generational shift in the workpla...

More extends sign-up deadline two days

Procrastinators have until just before midnight Thursday

Consumers selecting health care policies on government exchanges have a little more time to do so, in order to have coverage beginning January 1, 2016....


Reseachers link anti-depressants to autism

Study says it could be one of several contributing factors

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a highly complex developmental disability that affects a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others. Its si...


Consumers having easier time paying credit card bills

Balances are way up, but delinquency rates are way down

Experian released a report this week that, at first blush, looks like bad news. But a closer reading might indicate consumers might not be so bad off.T...


Report sees surge in household robots by end of the decade

One in 10 homes may have a robot by 2020

A new report from Juniper Research predicts that more than one in 10 U.S. households will own a robot by 2020 – fewer than five years from now.If that ...


New residential construction soars in November

And the outlook for home building in the months ahead is brighter

New home construction took off in November following a slump the month before.A joint release from the Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and ...


Mortgage applications back down again

Contract interest rates were little-changed

Mortgage applications last week surrendered nearly all the gains they made the previous week.The Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) weekly survey sho...


Kawasaki expands recall of Teryx ROVs

Sticks or other debris can break through the vehicle’s floor board

Kawasaki Motors U.S.A., of Irvine, Calif., is recalling about 19,500 Teryx recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs). Sticks or other debris can bre...


BMW recalls M3 Sedans, M4 Coupes and M4 Convertibles

The vehicle could suffer a loss of power to the rear axle

BMW of North America is recalling 42 model year 2015-2016 M3 Sedans manufactured May 30, 2015, to September 2, 2015; 2016 M4 Coupes manufactured July 3, 20...


Register your drone, then insure it

They're aircraft and you need insurance to protect yourself against claims

It's expected that as many as half a million drones will be under Christmas trees this year. While that may be a nightmare for pilots of manned aircraft, i...


Senate passes act that would ban gag clauses used by companies nationwide

The Consumer Review Freedom Act has received bipartisan support and will move on to Congress for approval

Last month, we reported that the Consumer Review Freedom Act was making its way through the Senate. The new piece of legislation would eliminate the use of...


Verizon says 5G rollout will start in 2017

The network will reportedly be as fast as Google Fiber

Verizon Communications keeps dropping teases about its forthcoming 5G network, said to be capable of speeds 200 times faster than the network's current 5Mb...


Netflix fiddles with software to speed up streaming

The result should be better quality video with less bandwidth

Netflix is trying to get better mileage out of its video streaming operation, the largest on the Web. If it works, the result should be better-looking vide...


Office Christmas parties aren't what they used to be

More subdued, less alcohol and hanky-panky

Big companies often have big holiday parties, but in the seven years since the financial crisis, these celebrations have tended to be smaller, more subdued...


Tips for flying with little ones

How to keep kids happy while up in the sky

If paying Grandma a holiday visit requires a plane ride now that’s she’s moved to Florida, you may be wondering how you’ll ever survive the in-flight exper...


Star Wars is a marketing force to be reckoned with

Companies spend big to associate themselves with the expected blockbuster

When Disney paid $4 billion for LucasFilm in 2012, Wall Street let out a collective gasp. What were they thinking?The main LucasFilm property was the S...


Feds complete work on rule on tracking foodborne illnesses

USDA says retailers will be able to track sources of ground meats more easily

The Agriculture Department’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has put the finishing touches on a measure that it says will improve the agen...


Trump's doctor says his health is better than anybody's

He would, however, be the oldest prez candidate ever elected to a first term

Quick, what's the first word that comes to mind when someone mentions Donald Trump? Loud, brash, arrogant, confident?How about old?Trump, who will...


Five reasons to buy a house in December

Why homes on the market during this month go so quickly

Looking to buy a house this month? If you said ‘yes,’ you are in the minority — and that’s just one of the many reasons December is the smartest month to b...


Drone owners must register aircraft by Dec. 21

FAA hopes to get a handle on the thousands of new drones being sold during the holidays

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has acted on the recommendations issued last month by its Registration Task Force, submitting a new rule requirin...


Beyond a debt-free holiday: getting ahead in 2016

Don't wait until January to start building a financially better new year

One way to get a handle on your finances is to not go overboard during the holidays. Getting your spending under control in November and December goes a lo...


Report urges consistent regulation of ride-sharing services

Different jurisdictions have different policies regarding these new services

The current battle over whether daily fantasy sports (DFS) enterprises constitute unlicensed gambling is yet another example of how new technologies have p...


Rising lot and labor costs take toll on builder confidence

There is optimism, though, heading into 2016

Not much Christmas cheer in the home construction industry this month.The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index...


Consumer inflation AWOL in November

Both food and energy costs were lower

If you're looking for signs of inflation, good luck.The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that the Consumer Price Index (CPI) was unchanged last...


A pretty good October for air travelers

Airline on-time performance showed improvement

In the midst of the peak traveling season, the Department of Transportation (DOT) has some good news for those who choose to go by air.The nation' airl...


Reesna recalls Fuel Up Plus and Fuel Up High Octane dietary supplement sexual enhancers for men

The products contain containing undeclared hydroxythiohomosildenafil, an analogue of sildenafil

Reesna Inc., of Canoga Park, Calif., is recalling all lots of Fuel Up Plus and Fuel Up High Octane dietary supplement sexual enhancers for men. The...


Stella & Chewy's recalls dog and cat food

The products may contain Listeria monocytogenes

Photo source: Stella & Chewy'sStella & Chewy's is recalling four of its products sold in the U.S. and Canada. The products may contain Lister...


Ted Cruz' secret weapon? It's the same one Obama used in his campaigns

Secretive research firms build "psychographic" voter profiles based on Facebook Likes and other data

What do you think of the presidential candidates and the issues they've been raising? They may have a better idea of your thoughts than you do thanks to re...


New York AG asks consumers for help in investigating broadband providers

Volunteers can follow these steps to submit a report and fill in vital information for the state

At the end of October, we reported that New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman was going to be investigating three of his state’s largest broadband pr...


Holidays a good time to teach financial literacy to kids

Experts say the biggest hurdle for parents seems to be talking about money

Financial literacy education should start early, and perhaps there is no better time than the holidays, when everyone tends to spend a little more freely, ...


New portable sensor might soon help you avoid food poisoning

First version of the portable device sniffs out smallest traces of gluten

Imagine going into a chain restaurant, ordering your favorite meal, then scanning it with a small device, just to make sure it doesn't harbor some nasty bu...


Safety concerns hover over self-balancing scooters

This year's hot gadget gets a little too hot sometimes

First it was VW diesels. Then Chipotle burritos. Now it's hoverboards. The list of 2015 hazards just goes on and on. And sometime...


Half of consumers now prefer non-traditional holiday decor

Creative ideas drawn from the web inspire new decorating ventures

The Ghost of Christmas Past may wear a white robe, but the Ghost of Christmas Decorating Trends Past wears cardboard ornaments, fragile glass balls of ever...


Renters face another year of rapidly rising monthly costs

Harvard researchers see record number of consumers paying more than 30% of their income on rent

The housing story of 2015 was rising rents. It could be much the same in 2016, according to a report by the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies.It...


Wyndham settles FTC charges it mishandled customers' data

Hackers got access to credit card info on three separate occasions

A long-running dispute over companies' responsibility to protect customers' data concluded last week as Wyndham Hotels and Resorts settled charges that its...


Bravo recalls select chicken and turkey pet foods

The products may be contaminated with Salmonella

Bravo Pet Foods of Manchester, Conn., is recalling a select lot of Bravo Chicken Blend diet for dogs & cats with a best used by date of 11/13/16. T...


Nissan model year 2015 Rogues

It may be possible to shift out of the "Park" position without depressing the brake pedal

Nissan North America is recalling 33,880 model year 2015 Rogues manufactured February 10, 2015, to May 13, 2015. Due to a problem with the shift se...


Daily fantasy sports resume limited games in New York

FanDuel wins appeal, but won't accept new deposits until a final ruling is made

Many daily fantasy sports (DFS) players who live in New York were able to field teams over the weekend, as an appellate court granted an emergency injuncti...


Hanging holiday lights: a hazard to your feet?

Precautions to take so you can avoid landing in the hospital

Behind every strand of holiday lights hung is a person who triumphed over a tangle. But not everyone is so lucky as to have a knot be their biggest problem...


Is Trump's campaign hurting his brand?

At best, his brand has been muddied, experts say

Donald Trump's brash and divisive presidential campaign may or may not win him a term in the most prized Washington real estate, but, win...


High volume of packages slows down UPS and other delivery agencies

Consumers may need to wait a few extra days to get their purchases

Now that Black Friday and Cyber Monday have concluded, many consumers are counting the days until their purchases arrive at their doors. Unfortunately, the...


Airlines banning hoverboards, regulators investigating safety issues

The batteries can catch fire and riders can fall off or smash into something

The hoverboard has quickly gone from being a curiosity to being the hot holiday item and, now, to being a fire hazard that is being banned by airlines and ...


Rayon isn't bamboo; feds slap retailers who said it was

Nordstrom, Bed Bath & Beyond, J.C. Penney among those fined for mislabeling

Bamboo and rayon aren't the same thing, the Federal Trade Commission is reminding several large retailers. It's also requiring them to stop mislabeling and...


Ford makes major commitment to electric vehicles

Automaker plans to invest $4.5 billion by 2020

While Chevrolet has a head start in the electric vehicle (EV) race, Ford has ambitious plans to catch up.Ford says it is is adding 13 new electrified v...


Report finds U.S. consumers look at smartphones 8 billion times daily

Is there anything that might persuade consumers to give up their phones? There might be

There may come a day when every child born in the U.S. is issued a smartphone as he or she leaves the hospital. Otherwise, how are they going to be able to...


Study finds 28% of young doctors suffer from depression

Rate has increased over last five years

Increasingly, the mental state of the health care professionals treating U.S. consumers is being called into question.A startling new study, published ...


Credit card debt remains a major question mark for the economy

Two independent reports see consumers moving back to carrying large balances

To understand how the American consumer is doing, it's important to keep an eye on credit card debt.Despite the fact that 2015 started with a lot of pr...


'Gun TV' -- a shopping channel for guns

Firearm safety segments will be featured each hour

It's kind of surprising that it's taken so long for a cable and online shopping channel dedicated solely to guns and accessories but, at last, the vacuum i...


Report: death of brick-and-mortar retail greatly exaggerated

Younger consumers, especially, like the in-store shopping experience

As retailers race toward Christmas Day, one of the major trends of the current shopping season has been the accelerated movement of consumers toward online...


Retail sales inch higher in November

Wholesale prices post first gain in three months

Retail sales were up a tiny 0.2%, or $448.1 billion, in November, according to Commerce Department figures that were adjusted...


Lucy's Weight Loss System recalls Pink Bikini dietary supplement

The product contains diclofenac, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug

Lucy's Weight Loss System is recalling all lots of Pink Bikini White powder capsules The product contains diclofenac, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammat...


RZR XP Turbo recreational off-highway vehicles recalled

The vehicles' oil drain line can leak

Polaris Industries of Medina, Minn., is recalling about 2,230 RZR XP Turbo recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs). The vehicles' oil drain line c...


Hyundai recalls Genesis Coupes

The driveshaft may disconnect from the differential

Hyundai Motor America is recalling 10,800 model year 2013-2015 Genesis Coupes manufactured December 28, 2011, to April 6, 2015, equipped with manual transm...


Polaris recalls snowmobiles

The steering pitman arm or drag link can crack Polaris snowmobiles.

Polaris Industries of Medina, Minn., is recalling about 4,700 Polaris snowmobiles. The steering pitman arm or drag link can crack and result in a l...


Fiat Chrysler fined again, agrees to buy back 1.5 million defective vehicles

More than 1 million fire-prone Jeeps are included in the buyback program

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will pay a $70 million fine for failing to report claims of death and injury to U.S. auto safety regulators as required by law. I...


GM pays $594.5 million to settle hundreds of claims in ignition switch scandal

The company has paid out nearly $7 billion so far, with more payment expected in the future

New figures have been released in connection to GM's faulty ignition switch scandal. According to a report from compensation expert Kenneth Feinberg, GM ha...


Dog Parker lets dog owners store their pets while running errands

Owner hopes that as many as 100 will be available in NYC by the spring of 2016

Having a dog is a big commitment; you have to make sure it's fed and looked after every day, which can be a problem if you already have a full schedule. If...


Report: middle class Americans are outnumbered by upper and lower classes

Pew Research Center says the shift took place early this year

Middle class consumers are now in the minority. Call it income inequality, call it a demographic shift – whatever the reason, the Pew Research Center re...


American, United add service levels, free snacks return to United

"Premium economy" offers more legroom on international flights

Thanks to cheap oil, strong traffic and a blizzard of new fees for once-free services, airlines are awash in profits. Now they're making a few adjustments ...


Donating to charity: making an intelligent choice

A few simple steps to make sure your donation goes to the right place

Winter may be cold, but it won’t feel quite so chilly when you’re basking in the warm glow of giving. According to the Network for Good, 31% of all giving ...


Feds propose safer rear-impact guards for semi-trailers

The guards prevent "underride," a deadly outcome when cars rear-end semis

Federal safety regulators want to improve the odds that occupants will survive if their car rear-ends a semi-trailer truck. To do that, the...


Senate committee opens probe into drug price hikes

Lawmakers hear from healthcare professionals who say treatment now out of reach for many patients

Barely controlled outrage simmered just below the surface in a Dirksen Office Building committee room Wednesday as a Special Committee on Aging opened hear...


Shopping for the holidays without blowing your budget

Listing and re-gifting can help you come out on top

It goes without saying, the holidays can be rather hectic. The shopping malls are as busy as your brain, and there are a million and a half things to do. I...


Gallup: Best-known presidential candidates are the least-liked

To know them is not to love them

Name recognition isn't the same as popularity. Case in point: the 2016 presidential candidates. The ones we know the bes...


What's the best way to avoid the flu?

Consumers not convinced a flu shot is all that helpful

Health officials spend the better part of the fall months urging consumers to roll up their sleeves and get a flu shot. They say it's the best way to avoid...


Samsung's Galaxy s7 may complicate holiday wish lists

The new phone won't show up until early next year

If a new smartphone is on your Christmas wish list, maybe you should think about postponing that request for a while. Some interesting developments appear ...


Legal betting operation takes aim at daily fantasy sports

New licensed enterprise could pose challenge to DraftKings and FanDuel

Currently, there's a stand-off between regulators in Nevada and New York and major daily fantasy sports (DFS) enterprises.The states claim these games ...


ISM forecasts continued economic growth in 2016

Weekly jobless claims came in higher

The nation’s purchasing and supply management executives appear bullish in their outlook for the U.S. economy in the year ahead....


Nearly 50 vehicles earn IIHS top safety award

Small overlap crash protection, front crash prevention were the keys

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has named 48 vehicles as recipients of its TOP SAFETY PICK+ for earning good ratings in all five crashwor...


Morrilton Packing recalls pork product

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

Morrilton Packing of Morrilton, Ark., is recalling approximately 12,146 pounds of boneless ham product. The product contains soy, an allergen not l...


Google Fiber, AT&T target major markets for fiber build-outs

Google has a list of conditions cities must agree to upfront, however

Google Fiber may be bringing its super fast one-gigabit Internet service to Los Angeles and Chicago, the nation's second- and third-lar...


Did San Bernardino terrorists finance their raid online?

Report: Syed Farook got a $28,500 loan via online lender Prosper Marketplace

Like anything else, terrorism requires funding. Assault weapons, bomb components, getaway cars, and flak jackets aren't cheap, and it's not as easy as it u...


VW finds only 36,000 vehicles affected by CO2 scandal

This corrects a previous estimate by the company that 800,000 vehicles could be affected

There has been no shortage of bad news coming from Volkswagen lately. The company has suffered multiple emissions scandals and faces an uphill climb as the...


More consumers receiving foreclosure settlement checks from SunTrust

Other aid is also being offered, including loan modifications

Some consumers in North Carolina and Virginia who lost their homes to foreclosure are getting checks this month from SunTrust Mortgage.It stems from a...


Study finds dangerous flavoring compounds in e-cigarettes

The most hazardous is diacetyl, which can cause "popcorn lung"

Much of the controversy over electronic cigarettes has centered around their nicotine content, but a study by Harvard researchers has found a chemical link...


How the North American Car of the Year nominees set themselves apart

Kelley Blue Book analysts sees style and performance as common themes

Getting on the list of finalists for the North American Car and Truck of the year is a pretty big deal, and should provide a signal to consumers interested...


Indiana employers grapple with prescription drug abuse

Overdose deaths rising in Massachusetts

Like many states, Indiana is battling a drug problem that has ravaged communities in both rural and urban areas of the state. Now, it appears that it's bei...


Helping kids get proper rest during the holidays

How to keep high energy levels from interfering with a good night's sleep

The holidays can leave many kids so wound up that they have trouble sleeping. Between visions of sugarplums and the out-of-the-ordinary activities happenin...


Illinois sues company offering foreclosure rescue services

Complaint claims company charged big upfront fees but offered little or no help

There aren't nearly as many foreclosures now as there were a few years ago, but that doesn't mean there are not struggling homeowners out there.And whe...


Hidden holiday dangers for pets

Tips to keep in mind while decking the halls

It’s a busy time of year. Between shopping for gifts and hanging the garland, it’s easy to forget that not all of our holiday rituals are safe for our four...


Home improvement projects you shouldn't do yourself

The five most and least regretted DIY projects

Three-quarters of homeowners tackled a home improvement project over the last year, but according to a new survey by home design site, Zillow Digs, 40% of ...


At least 80 Boston College students now sick after fast food meals

News just gets worse for Chipotle

When you are a restaurant chain with a positioning statement declaring you have “food with integrity,” you'd better make sure you don't have to close locat...


Foreclosures continue their decline in October

The foreclosure inventory is at its lowest rate in nearly eight years

Both completed foreclosures and the foreclosure inventory fell during October.CoreLogic, a property information, analytics, and services provider repor...


A rise in mortgage applications

Contract interest rates were mostly higher

Mortgage applications recovered last week from the slight decline they posted during Thanksgiving week.The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) reports a...


Trucking industry hopes to find longer trailers under the tree

It's asking Congress not to be naughty and promising to be nice if it gets its double trailers

It's that most wonderful time of the year -- the time when Congress stuffs its omnibus spending deal with pet projects to make the home folks swoon and giv...


Keurig bought by investor group for $13.9 billion

It might be another company reshuffling, but what could it mean for consumers?

Company acquisitions have been popping up more as 2015 comes to a close. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) nixed a deal between Staples and Office Depot, ...


Supreme Court turns away challenge to assault weapons ban

The court may not support the "absolutist" Second Amendment view after all

Little noticed amidst the uproar about terrorism, immigation, and outrageous campaign conduct was yesterday's action by the U.S. Supreme Court, which turne...


Feds plan expanded 5-star safety program for cars

The emphasis is on avoiding, not just surviving, crashes

Surviving car crashes is good. Avoiding them is even better. That's the thinking behind today's announcement that federal safety regulators are proposing c...


Consumers still punishing VW at the car lot

Industry source notes price cuts are required to move vehicles

Car companies are once again pitching new cars as Christmas presents, but chances are there will be fewer Volkswagens under the tree this year.Industry...


STEM toys for girls: a holiday gift guide

Cultivating early interest in the subjects can help shape girls' futures

Just one in seven engineers are female, only 27% of all computer science jobs are held by women, and women have seen no employment growth in STEM (Science,...


New company benefit for era of high student loan debt

Financial services offers help to its Millennial employees

Companies competing for top shelf talent normally offer a wide range of benefits to entice employees.Benefits can range from medical, disability, and l...


Drinking myths and facts to help you celebrate safely this season

Tips to keep in mind before saying “Cheers”

For many, getting into the holiday spirit also involves getting into other kinds of spirits. At parties and other holiday gatherings, alcohol is often at t...


Study finds seniors take too many powerful, addictive drugs

Largest concentration of over-medicated seniors is in the south

Data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) show millions of senior citizens are taking powerful and addictive drugs, despite health offic...


Common telephone scams and how to avoid them

For seniors, the telephone is more dangerous than the Internet

Most of the recent discussion surrounding frauds and scams have dealt with online threats.While cyber attacks are very real and growing, it's easy to l...


Boston College basketball players sickened with E. coli symptoms

Not yet linked to Chipotle Mexican Grill, even though they ate there

Chipotle Mexican Grill has closed its restaurant at Cleveland Circle in Boston after a number of Boston College students who ate there got sick with E. col...


FCC fines PTT Phone Cards

The company didn't register and didn't file the required reports

The Federal Communications Commission is fining PTT Phone Cards, Inc., the owner of Star Pinless, $493,000 for failing to register, file reports, and make ...


Little change in October in labor turnover

Openings dipped slightly, while separations inched higher

The Labor situation didn't change a whole lot from September to October.The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the number of job openings totaled 5.4 m...


Home sales and prices to rise in 2016

CoreLogic is also forecasting a gradual increase in interest rates

Demand for housing is expected to increase in the coming year, and, according to CoreLogic Chief Economist Dr. Frank Nothaft, that means home sales and pri...


FTC challenges Staples-Office Depot merger

The deal would reduce competition for big business customers, feds argue

For the second time in 20 years, the U.S. government has challenged Staples' proposed takeover of Office Depot. The Federal Trade Commission today decreed ...


Attention New England: Electric cars don't like cold temperatures

Nine Northeastern states have adopted California emission standards

Even after being plugged in all night, our Volt shows a range of only 32 miles after a 31-degree night. (Staff photo)Electric cars are selling better...


Missouri AG suggests abusive debt collectors target minorities

Seeks reforms to reduce "serial" debt collection lawsuits

Aggressive and abusive debt collection practices persist, despite laws and court rulings affording debtors more protections.Missouri Attorney General C...


Dropbox closing the lid on Mailbox and Carousel

Popular apps being dropped to focus on core business

Cloud storage company Dropbox has announced it will streamline its business to start 2016, and two of its popular apps, Mailbox and Carousel, will be casua...


Feds charge debt collector hounded consumers for unverified cellphone bills

EOS CCA bought old debts and didn't verify them, CFPB alleges

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has filed a federal complaint against EOS CCA (EOS), a Massachusetts debt collection firm, for reporting an...


GE backs out of deal to sell appliance brands to Electrolux

Frigidaire, Tappan, Electrolux, GE, and Hotpoint brands would all have been owned by Electrolux

Bowing to U.S. Justice Department arguments that the deal was anti-competitive and would hurt consumers, General Electric has abandoned the sale of its maj...


Millennials' money worries and how it affects their spending

Three ways to take control of your financial future

Despite being on the receiving end of marketers' concentrated efforts to win them, Millennials continue to be cautious spenders. A survey conducted by Radi...


Survey finds cable TV landscape relatively undisturbed

Consumers aren't stampeding for the exits

How much do you pay for cable TV? If you said $40, you're just about average. And if you get about 20 channels for that, you're even more average, if such ...


Toy aisles see gender-norms challenged

Marketing tactics involve more gender-neutral labeling this holiday season, allowing children freedom of choice

Adults with little ones to shop for this holiday season may notice an absence of gender-specific labeling throughout the toy aisles of big retail chains. P...


Feds tout benefits of CARD Act

Still, the CFPB concedes concerns remain about some practices

It's nice to know that every now and then a government action really does what it's supposed to do -- more or less. Case in point, the Credit Card Accounta...


Chipotle-linked E. coli outbreak spreads

The CDC says 52 people infected with the outbreak strain of STEC O26 have been reported from nine states.

Federal health officials say a foodborne illness outbreak linked to Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants spread last week.The U.S. Centers for Disease Co...


New construction may drive 2016's housing market sees strongest overall sales since 2006

Despite the near-certainty of higher interest rates and a tight inventory of property, at least one housing forecast sees booming home sales next year – th...


Ford Fusions and Mercury Milans recalled

The fuel tank may crack and leak fuel

Ford Motor Company is recalling 411,205 model year 2010-2011 Ford Fusions manufactured July 21, 2008, to March 4, 2011, and 2010-2011 Mercury Milans manufa...


Chrysler recalls Dodge Darts

The vehicles could suffer a loss of brake assist

Chrysler Group is recalling 105,458 model year 2013-2014 Dodge Darts manufactured February 27, 2012, to January 23, 2014, and equipped with either a 2.0L o...


Lipo Escultura recalled

The weight loss dietary supplement contains sibutramine and diclofenac which are not listed on the label

JAT Productos Naturales Corp., and JAT Natural Products Corp. of Brooklyn, N.Y., are recalling all Lipo Escultura. The weight loss dietary suppleme...


Study: character and morality of Americans may be 'seriously degrading'

Researchers call for "brain health advocacy" to lessen growth of mass violence

The San Bernardino shooting that left 14 dead was the 355th mass shooting this year. It is producing the usual arguments for and against gun control and im...


Prices vary widely for many common drugs

Study finds price can vary 388% within the same zip code

Drug prices are a hot button issue in the unfolding presidential campaign. Reports of skyrocketing drug prices have mobilized politicians and sent pharmace...


Restaurant group sues NYC over new salt law

The group calls the new law "nonsensical" and states that it is a violation of free speech

American consumers are quickly changing their stance on what foods they want to eat – just ask any restaurant or fast food place in the country. People are...


Barnes & Noble looks to toys, games, gadgets to grow its business

Many consumers enjoy visiting bookstores; the trick is give them more reasons to do so

Drugstores don't just sell drugs and grocery stores don't just sell groceries. Hardware stores sell a lot more than hardware and Amazon, well, it sells jus...


First 100% electric Porsche gets green light

Hoping to put dirty diesels behind it, Porsche OKs the Mission E

The Volkswagen dirty diesel scandal has marred, but not yet deeply scratched, the shine on the Porsche brand. Hoping to reverse some of that damage, Porsch...


Security risks discovered with Mattel Hello Barbie

The Wi-Fi connected doll could allow hackers to listen in on children's conversations

Mattel has taken one of the world's most recognized dolls and combined it with the concept behind Siri. Hello Barbie, the first Internet-connected “smart d...


Samsung to pay Apple $548 million in patent settlement

Agreement resolves long-running dispute -- or does it?

The competition between smartphone makers Samsung and Apple shows no signs of abating any time soon, but the two companies have reached agreement in court ...


Top 10 specialty food trends of 2016

Simplicity with a dash of excitement is the name of the culinary game next year

Rejected produce will be reincarnated and seaweed is the new kale in 2016, according to the editors of Specialty Food News. The $109 billion dollar special...


Government says more Americans should take cholesterol drugs

CDC finds about half of Americans who are eligible take the medication

U.S. consumers spend a lot of money on drugs. By one accounting, Americans shelled out $374 billion for their prescriptions last year.A barrage of tele...


Strong jobs report likely to result in higher interest rates

Green light is flashing for Federal Reserve to finally take action

The November jobs report, showing an increase of 211,000 new jobs during the month, is likely to have consequences – chief among them rising interest rates...


Jobless rate holds steady as the economy adds 211,000 jobs

Construction and health care added workers while mining and information lost them

The economy cranked out 211,000 new jobs last month, but that didn't help the unemployment rate, which remained at 5.0% for a second straight month. Over t...


K. Heeps recalls pureed meat products

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

K. Heeps of Allentown, Pa., is recalling approximately 152,010 pounds of roast beef products. The products may contain milk and wheat, allergens no...


Field Safety Notification issued for OmniPod insulin management system

The pod’s needle mechanism malfunctioned

Insulet Corporation has issued a Field Safety Notification for 15 lots of the OmniPod insulin management system distributed in the U.S. and three lots dist...


Cost Plus World Market recalls reading chairs

The front leg on reading chairs sold without front leg support blocks can bend or break

Cost Plus Management Services of Oakland, Calif., is recalling about 2,700 reading chairs. The front leg on reading chairs sold without front leg s...


Gallup finds VW's reputation hard-hit by diesel scandal

Three-quarters of respondents are familiar with the scandal

Companies are often tempted to "sit out" scandals and other bouts of bad publicity, but Gallup finds that may not be possible for Volkswagen. Fully three q...


TerrorView App provides real-time information on terrorist threats

Information previously for-government-eyes-only is made available to the public

Following the Paris attacks, many people are wondering how they can protect themselves in an increasingly dangerous world. 'What threats are out there, and...


Consumers with RadioShack gift cards can now file claims

Struggling retailer also adds Nick Cannon as Chief Creative Officer

RadioShack may barely be breathing, but that doesn't mean it doesn't have to honor its gift cards.New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says cons...


Uber testing use of colored lights to identify rides

If Seattle test goes well, system could go nationwide

How many times has this happened to you? You summon a ride on Uber, only to lose track of the car in a sea of traffic.Or more embarrassing, you jump in...


Fresh produce the leading cause of food-borne illness

But pound for pound, many other foods are more dangerous

The good thing about fresh produce is that it's healthy, low in calories, and easy to prepare. The bad thing about it is that it's often eaten raw and can...


Global food prices decline in November

Low food prices might go even lower in the months ahead

The news keeps getting better for consumers. Not only are gasoline prices falling to a yearly low, food prices appear to be doing the same.The United N...


Mercedes-Benz sales plummet, depressing overall U.S. numbers in November

Mercedes consumers might have the answer to why sales are off

You might think that Mercedes-Benz has picked up some of the sales that might otherwise have gone to scandal-plagued Volkswagen, Porsche, and Audi. Maybe s...


Female-led startup 'Sow' will help kids plant seeds for their futures

Aims to nurture dreams and change the gift-giving dynamic

The average American spends $271 on gift-giving per child each Christmas – and, between fleeting toy trends and technology that all too quickly becomes obs...


Feds nix Tommie Copper health claims

The company claimed its copper-infused clothing could relieve arthritis pain

Lots of people think that wearing copper will relieve arthritis pain, even though there's no scientific evidence to suppport that belief. While anyone can ...


Ersatz Yellow Pages business fined $1.2 million

Canadian company scammed U.S. businesses, non-profits

A U.S. federal district court has banned a Montreal company from continuing to operate an alleged business directory scam that the Federal Trade Commission...


Package theft, always a problem, surges in December

An increase in online shopping brings an increase in stolen parcels

Online shopping is convenient and more of us are doing it instead of trekking to the mall. But guess what? If you aren't home when the package is dropped o...


Estimated 400,000 drones to be sold during the holidays

What you should know before unwrapping yours and launching it

The skies over the U.S. are about to get a lot more crowded, and not with conventional aircraft.The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) predicts that...


Target pays $39.4 million in settlement over 2013 data breach

There is still more work to be done, but the company is closer to putting the breach behind them

Due to its website going down, Target had a disappointing Cyber Monday this year; losing precious hours of shopping time means big money at this time of th...


Non-manufacturing sector continues its growth

However, the rate in November was a bit slower than in the previous month

Another month of growth for the economy's non-manufacturing sector, although the pace was not as robust as we saw the month before....


Job cut total drops to lowest level in more than a year

But this could still be the worst year since '09

Finally -- a break. Planned job cuts in November fell to their lowest level in 14 months following a four-month stretch that saw more than a quarter of ...


JEM Raw Chocolate recalls nut butter spread products

The products may be contaminated with Salmonella

JEM Raw Chocolate of Bend, Ore., is recalling its full line of all nut butter spreads. The products may be contaminated with Salmonella. Th...


Felt Bicycles recalls mountain bikes with OEM carbon fiber seatposts

The carbon seat post originally sold with the bicycle can crack and break

Felt Bicycles of Irvine, Calif., is recalling about 645 mountain bicycles. The carbon seat post originally sold with the bicycle can crack and brea...


Scientists: losing weight can reverse type-2 diabetes

Removing one gram of fat from the pancreas is apparently the key

In the last decade there has been an explosion in the number of type 2 diabetes cases, coinciding with a massive rise in obesity.The disease is a long-...


Hillary Clinton proposes more and faster broadband

Her plan trails that of challenger Bernie Sanders, however

Hillary Clinton today unveiled a five-year, $275 billion "infrastructure" plan that would, among other things, offer faster broadband connections to millio...


Rips in your luggage after a flight? The airline has to pay

Government reminds airlines of their responsibility

Amid the many complaints about air travel, consumers often report that their luggage looks like it's taken a side trip through a war zone when it arrives o...


Hansnap device ensures you'll never drop your phone

More stable photos and videos without the Selfie Stick

The Selfie Stick may have good intentions, but in many ways it still comes up short (pun intended). Although it's able to capture a wide angle, there is no...


Online healthcare reviews benefit doctors and patients, study finds

A Utah hospital's experiment shows that empowering consumers pays off

There's nothing doctors and dentists hate more than review sites that let patients rate their experience. Their argument, often expressed in profane emails...


Google spying on students, privacy group claims

The alleged practice violates Google's own Student Privacy Practice

A privacy group says Google is spying on students without their permission and without notifying their parents. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) ha...


Non-profit once funded by Coke goes out of business

Argued that lack of exercise was a main driver of obesity

The Global Energy Balance Network (GEBN), a non-profit that once counted Coca-Cola among its major financial benefactors, has closed its doors.The offi...


Millennials to thank for more diversity in advertising

Kohl’s #AllTogetherNow campaign epitomizes the new era of advertising

It's no secret that millennials wield enormous power over the buying market. Garner the favor of this demographic, and you're virtually guaranteed success....


California sues car donation charities

Consumers donated their cars but not much money went to charity, state charges

Donating your old car to charity sounds good -- you get a big tax deduction and your favorite charity gets gobs of money. But it often doesn't work out tha...


Customer service will count for a lot this holiday season

A store's return policy is increasingly important

If you are like most consumers, you are probably assessing a merchant's customer service before you buy holiday gifts this season.Consumer expectations...


10 ways to avoid holiday weight gain

Dietitian offers tips for avoiding extra pounds between now and New Years Day

It's a sad fact. Just as retailers make most of their profit for the year around the holidays, that's also when most of us put on a few extra pounds.Bu...


Mortgage applications fall during holiday week

Contract interest rates were mixed

Mortgage applications dipped last week as consumers took a day off to observe Thanksgiving.According to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly...


Mayo Clinic report finds physician burnout getting worse

More than half of U.S. doctors report at least one burnout symptom

Firefighters, police officers, and doctors all have stressful jobs and may be prone to burnout. It comes from long hours and often holding the balance of l...


Virgin America traveler gets barred from his flight

The reason? The flight crew said that they "didn't feel comfortable" having him on board

Many of us have had less than stellar experiences at the airport. After all of the long lines, changing gates, and hoops to jump through, it can be even mo...


AT&T raising price of unlimited data plans

$5 rate hike to show up on grandfathered plans starting in February

Some AT&T wireless customers are still on grandfathered unlimited data plans. Starting in February, that unlimited data will cost a little more.The com...


Cascara: the intersection of coffee and tea

An eco-friendly beverage made from coffee waste

In the specialty coffee world, there's a new kid on the block: Cascara.Also known as “coffee cherry tea,” Cascara (which means “husk,” “peel” or “skin”...


Elevated breast cancer risk for African American women using hormone supplements

The overall increase in risk was as high as 50% in one study

African American women who use certain types of female hormone supplements face a sharply increased risk of breast cancer, a new study finds. Previous stud...


How effective are Brita filters really?

The fine print is important on this one

The EPA estimates that 90% of US drinking water meets its safety standards, but a 2003 study by the National Resources Defense Council found that contamina...


Timeshare donation scheme is a scam, feds charge

Appraisals are inflated and tax savings are questionable, lawsuit alleges

There is no shortage of consumers looking for a way -- any way --  to get rid of their timeshares, but the Justice Department says in a lawsuit that a time...


Falling gasoline prices may contribute to a happy New Year

AAA predicts national average price below $2 a gallon to start 2016

The price motorists pay at the gas pump keeps falling, and with less than five weeks remaining in 2015, it appears likely we'll start 2016 with a national ...


A slowdown in manufacturing

The contraction is the first in three years

For the first time in 36 months, economic activity in the manufacturing sector has contracted, even as the overall economy grew for the 78th consecutive mo...


Home prices show solid year-over-year increase in October

Low supply and strong demand are behind the rise

If you're a homeowner hoping that your abode was worth more in October than it was a year earlier, you should like this.CoreLogic's Home Price Index (H...


IRS offers tips for year-end charitable giving

Careful records are a must for claiming your deduction

If you plan on making a donation to your favorite charity as the year draws to a close, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) wants you to know that several t...