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FCC probes the role cable companies play in keeping TV shows off the Internet

Big cable companies can force program providers to deny real-time Internet access

So why is it that you can't watch Empire, Utopia, or other top-ranked TV or cable...


Volkswagen's dirty diesels will cause at least 60 U.S. deaths, MIT study finds

The number could be more than twice that if a recall is not conducted promptly

Those cute little Volkswagen "clean diesels" -- you know, the ones with the defeat devices that cheat emissions tests -- will directly contribute to at lea...


Feds pressed to toughen protection for for-profit college students

Issue has even popped up in GOP presidential race

The Republican presidential candidates hammered fellow candidate and front-runner Donald Trump last week over Trump University, a for-profit school he set ...


Amazon now has seven of its own clothing brands

Experts say the affordably priced clothing already seems poised for success

Amazon recently launched seven of its own private label clothing brands: Franklin & Freeman, Franklin Tailored, James & Erin, Lark & Ro, North Eleven, Scou...


Minnesota sues “extended warranty” marketer

Attorney General says company deceived consumers into buying costly and unnecessary service contracts

If you own a car that is at least a few years old, you no doubt have received a post card, or official-looking letter, warning you that your vehicle is abo...


Why weddings cost so much and how you can save

A few clever budget cuts can help you save on the big day

First comes love, then comes marriage -- but building a bridge from one to the other can often come with a high price tag. Society standards dictate that b...


Costco's transition to Citi Visas now set for 'mid-2016'

The switch from American Express had been expected to happen March 31

It was announced with much fanfare last year that the exclusive deal between American Express and Costco would end on March 31, 2016, when the Citi Visa wo...


Disney theme parks move to seasonal ticket pricing

Single day tickets now cost more during most popular visitation times

The Walt Disney Company theme parks are borrowing a page from other travel industries, basing tick...


The Goldilocks approach to booking flights will save money

Not booking too soon, or too late, but when it's just right, is the key

Consumers are probably beginning to plan summer vacations. But if those trips involve air travel, when you book and when you fly can affect the total cost ...


Small companies making big inroads in the food industry

Millennials giving new meaning to "value menu"

Millennials' strongly-held views about food may have its roots in the 2004 documentary “Super-Size Me,” in which independent filmmaker Morgan Spurlock ate ...


Winter chill hits pending home sales in January

The only gain in signed contracts came in the South

As if to prove that what goes up must come down, pending home sales fell in January following their highest average year in nearly a decade.The Nationa...


GM recalls Chevrolet Camaros, Malibus, Silverados and GMC Sierras

The radio may intermittently fail to provide audio warnings

General Motors is recalling 139 model year 2016 Chevrolet Camaro, Malibu, Silverado and GMC Sierra vehicles. The radio may intermittently fail to p...


Maytag Dairy Farms once again expands recall of blue cheese products

The products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Maytag Dairy Farms is again expanding its recall of Maytag Blue blue cheese wedges, wheels and crumbles. The products may be contaminated with List...


Innovative research reprograms skin cells to fight brain cancer

The new technique has improved survival rates in mice by 160-220 percent

A recent innovation of using skin cells may prove effective in fighting brain cancer, according to researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chape...


Outlook on the housing market shows strong demand and inventory growth

Spring is indeed slated for early arrival, experts say

Despite the stock market’s turbulent start to 2016, the housing market appears to be fine. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), existin...


Once considered retail roadkill, J.C. Penney rises from the ashes

Latest earnings report suggests "back to the future" strategy has worked

J.C. Penney, a retailer once left for dead, is turning heads on Wall Street, perhaps because it has regained the respect of consumers on Main Street.Th...


How fast food chains are using apps to win customers

Rewards, incentives, and the ability to skip the line are driving customers to use apps to place their orders

Looking for a way to make fast food even faster? There’s an app for that. To an increasing extent, restaurants and fast food chains are using apps as a way...


Southern California drivers to see sharply higher gas prices

In the rest of the country, the gasoline price decline appears to have stalled

It took a long time for California gasoline prices to finally start falling, joining much of the rest of the country. But those prices are headed higher ag...


Mental agility may delay Alzheimer's symptoms, but not the disease

Researchers also worry Alzheimer's is often misdiagnosed

It turns out there is a difference between the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease and the disease itself.Good health and physical and mental exercise as y...


New car sales show surprising rise in February

Despite problems with the Civic, Honda leads the way

The start of 2016 brought talk of “peak auto,” when many industry observers predicted new car sales, which rose at a record pace in 2015, would take a brea...


January finds increases in personal incomes and spending

However, consumers tucked away a little less in savings accounts

Consumers were doing a little better in January as both personal income and disposable personal income (DPI) went up. For that matter, so did spending....


Some -- but not much -- improvement in 4th quarter economy

The rate of GDP inflation eased a bit

The Commerce Department has taken its second of three looks at how the economy was doing at year's end and found that things were a bit better than origina...


Redesigned Audi Q7 earns TOP SAFETY PICK+ award

The vehicle's standard front crash prevention system got a superior rating

A superior rating for its standard front crash prevention system has earned the redesigned 2017 Audi Q7 a TOP SAFETY PICK+ award from the Insurance Institu...


Evenflo recalls Transitions 3-in-1 Combination Booster Seats

The child may be able to loosen the internal harness

Evenflo is recalling 56,247 Transitions 3-in-1 Combination Booster Seats, model numbers 34411686, 34411695 and 34411029, produced from December 18, 2014, t...


Ajinomoto Windsor recalls pork products

The product is labeled as beef, but contains pork

Ajinomoto Windsor of Portland, Ore., is recalling approximately 6,000 pounds of pork products. The product is labeled as beef, but contains pork, w...


Judge puts Volkswagen on short leash to find a fix for its dirty diesels

"Six months is long enough," judge hearing hundreds of VW lawsuits declares

A federal judge today gave Volkswagen one month to come up with a firm plan to bring nearly 600,000 of its "clean diesel" cars into compliance with United ...


International researchers report pancreatic cancer breakthrough

Identifying four subtypes of the cancer may lead to more targeted treatments

Pancreatic cancer is often lethal, but a discovery by a team of international researchers may make it less so.The team, which includes researchers from...


Nissan Leaf vulnerable to hackers, researchers warn

Hackers can take over the heating and cooling system through a simple app, report says

Nissan Leaf owners could find themselves on the hot seat, according to a security researcher who says the electric car's heating and cooling system could b...


Why it isn't always wise to file a car insurance claim

Study finds one insurance claim will send rates up an average 44%

It's generally assumed that insurance rates will go up after you have an accident and file a claim, but by how much? More than you might think, according t...


Google Fiber burrowing into San Francisco

That brings to 10 the number of cities on Google's gigabit path

The race to upgrade broadband delivery is heating up with today's announcement by Google that it is accelerating its move into San Francisco by using exist...


Mail carrier a key player in identity theft ring

Alabama postal worker stole customers' identities for use in phony tax returns

Identity theft seems like a high-tech crime, carried out by hacking into databases, harvesting purloined emails, and using phishing expeditions to trick co...


Pet tracker collar allows pets to communicate their needs

The smart collar uses LED lights and sensors to help a pet express how they're feeling and where they are

Wearable tech can help keep you fit and even measure your emotional well-being. Now, wearable tech is donning yet another hat -- it’s stepping into the are...


Taxes an often-overlooked area of retirement planning

For many retirees, taxes will play an important role in their financial life

If you're retiring this year, congratulations. Life will get better if you've planned well, but remember that taxes can play a huge role in your financial ...


Virginia eyes legal framework for daily fantasy sports

State legislature approves measure declaring the games to be legal

While DraftKings and FanDuel battle with New York and other states that have accused the daily fantasy sports leaders of running illegal gambling operation...


Housing prices rise for an 18th consecutive quarter

Prices were up in all 50 states and DC

© jpldesigns - FotoliaThe prices of houses in the U.S were up in the final three months of last year for the 18th quarter in a row.According to t...


Toyota Highlander earns Top IIHS safety award

It's the second year in a row for the vehicle

Toyota's 2016 Highlander has earned a good rating in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's (IIHS) small overlap front test -- improving from accepta...


Toyota recalls Scion FR-S vehicles

It may be possible to remove the ignition key without the transmission being in the "Park" position

Toyota Motor Company is recalling 25,706 model year 2013-2016 Toyota Scion FR-S vehicles manufactured March 13, 2012, to January 14, 2016 and equipped an a...


Marathon Ventures recalls raw macadamia nuts

The product may be contaminated with Salmonella

Marathon Ventures is recalling various retail and bulk packages containing raw macadamia nuts. The product may be contaminated with Salmonella ...


Volkswagen recalls Routans with air bag issue

The air bag control units may corrode and fail

Volkswagen Group of America is recalling 1,037 model year 2009 Volkswagen Routans manufactured February 7, 2008, to August 28, 2008. The air bag co...


Starbucks taking a customized approach to complaints

Customers complaining about changes to rewards program are getting a personal response

When Starbucks announced this week it is changing its rewards program to hand out stars based on spending instead of visits, it set off a firestorm of prot...


Facebook moves beyond the Like button

After all, not everything we read on the Newsfeed is likeable

Let's face it, Facebook, we humans aren't quite as simple as we look. When informed of an event, circumstance or observation, we have a wide range of poten...


Takata employees fudged airbag inflator test data, Senate investigators say

An auto industry group, meanwhile, identifies key factors making the inflators vulnerable to rupture

A U.S. Senate investigation into defective Takata airbags has found what investigators say was widespread manipulation of airbag inflator test data by Taka...


Feds hit Citibank for illegal debt sales & collection practices

Penalties and reimbursements to total more than $50 million

Citibank faces a bill of more than $50 million to clean up its illegal debt sales and collection practices, following two separate enforcement actions by t...


FTC finds security flaws in ASUS routers

The company has agreed to a 20-year program to audit its security practices

Computer company ASUS has agreed to a 20-year consent order that requires it to upgrade its security programs in response to Federal Trade Commission charg...


Wal-Mart sued over "100% Grated Parmesan Cheese" claims

Nearly 10% of Wal-Mart's Great Value brand was allegedly made up of a wood filler

It has been a little less than a week since consumers found out that some Parmesan food products were less than 100% cheese. The Food and Drug Administrati...


Growth is on the horizon for the soy food market, report shows

As more consumers reach for plant-based proteins, the spotlight is on the mighty soybean

As consumers become increasingly interested in vegetarian lifestyles and products with clean labels, animal-based proteins are becoming less of a mealtime ...


Survey suggests consumers struggle to save

Only 40% rate their savings progress as "good" or "excellent"

An annual survey of consumers has found that 40% of U.S. households report “good” or “excellent” progress in meeting savings goals.The Consumer Federat...


Scientists point to fatal flaw in Takata airbags

Three elements combined to make the devices dangerously unstable

The Independent Testing Coalition, a group made up of 10 auto manufacturers that used Takata airbags, delivered its findings this week, saying it found out...


Consumer satisfaction with retailers is slipping, survey finds

Walmart ranks at the bottom of department store, grocery and pharmacy ratings

The American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) constantly polls consumers to measure their satisfaction with the products and services they buy.Last y...


Sales of new homes down sharply in January

Home builders say it just part of the cycle

Sales of new single-family houses fell for the first time in four months in January.In a joint release, the Census Bureau and the Department of Housing...


Mortgage applications post first decline in three weeks

Contract interest rates were on the rise

Mortgage applications fell last week after two weeks of solid gains.The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) reports applications were down 4.3% in the w...


Honda recalls 2016 Civics with 2.0L engines

The engine could seize, increasing the risk of a crash

American Honda Motor Co. is recalling 42,129 model year 2016 Civics manufactured September 22, 2015, to February 3, 2016 and equipped with 2.0L engines....


Health Matters America recalls Sprouted Flax Seed Powder and Sprouted Chia & Flax Seed Powder

The products may be contaminated with Salmonella

Health Matters America of Cheektowaga, N.Y., is recalling specific lots of Organic traditions Sprouted Flax Seed Powder and Organic traditions Sprouted Chi...


Choosing the right over-the-counter pain reliever

Can you tell ibuprofen from acetaminophen?

When pain strikes, what do you reach for? It can be confusing to walk up and down the pain reliever aisle at the drug store.We've all heard of the bran...


CEO Mueller is confident that VW will regain consumer trust

Sales numbers and deliveries to its core autos division grew in January, but it seems certain the company will "be a loser in the U.S."

Volkswagen may have a long way to go until it can fully regain the consumer confidence it lost due to the diesel scandal. But if the company’s January deli...


Juicing: a look at the downsides of the popular health fad

Some claim juicing foods instead of eating them whole is as bad for you as it is the environment

Juicing is often done because people think it’s healthy -- a quick and efficient way to stay on top of that whole, “eat your veggies” thing. Many claim jui...


Sticks and stones may break your bones, but Yik Yak?

Researchers say it may be too early to condemn the popular app

If you haven't heard of Yik Yak, it's a "hyperlocal" app that lets users post anonymously to other users in a specific area. It has gotten a bad rap from c...


Target pulls hoverboards over safety concerns

Other retailers have done the same following government warnings that the devices may be unsafe

Target is the latest big retailer to remove hoverboards from its website and shelves, joining Amazon and Toys 'R Us in temporarily suspending sales of the ...


What can a young person do to start saving for retirement?

Author Michelle Perry Higgins offers money-saving tips for young people

AARP, formerly known as the American Association of Retired Persons, and Young Invincibles recently hosted an event called "Cheers to Your Future: A Happy ...


Feds allege Stratford 'high school diploma' doesn't make the grade

Students pay nearly $1,000 for a certificate that isn't equivalent to a high school diploma, FTC charges

Thousands of students paid as much as $989 for a "high school diploma" from Stratford Career Institute that turned out to be worthless, the Federal Trade C...


Starbucks changes rewards program and irks some customers

Consumers complain they'll have to spend more to earn rewards

Starbucks has announced some changes to its rewards program and is facing some customer backlash.The coffee retailer says that starting in April, the M...


Keeping your senses intact may improve the aging experience

Quality of life worsens when more than one sense declines

Age can take a toll on the senses. Eyesight may worsen. Hearing starts to go. Even the senses of smell and taste may be diminished.Health researchers h...


Urban activists prod presidential candidates to talk about rent

Group says cost of housing threatens American households

Jimmy McMillan, who founded New York's Rent Is Too Damn High Party, was just a little ahead of his time.Raising the issue of skyrocketing rents, both b...


Consumer confidence reverses course in February

The view of the current situation grew bleaker

Consumers have turned bearish about the economic situation.The Conference Board reports its Consumer Confidence Index, after posting a moderate gain in...


Existing-home sales inch higher in January

The increase in prices has picked up steam

Sales of previously-owned homes rose slightly, but hit their highest annual rate in six months during January, with prices increasing at the fastest clip s...


Home prices head higher in December

Turmoil in the stock market is raising concerns

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


Toyota recalls vehicles with faulty side curtain-shield-air bags

The side curtain-shield-air bags could deploy inadvertently

Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing is recalling320,409 model year 2003-2006 Toyota Land Cruiser and Lexus LX470; 2005-2006 Toyota Tundra and Sequoia;...


ENVE recalls bicycle forks

The left leg of the bicycle fork can crack

ENVE Composites of Ogden, Utah, is recalling about 600 bicycle forks. The left leg of the bicycle fork can crack above the disc brake mount, posing...


Hyundai Tucsons recalled

The transmission leaks fluid

Hyundai Motor America is recalling 11,176 model year 2011 Hyundai Tucsons manufactured July 22, 2010, to October 31, 2010. The recalled vehicles ha...


What are you doing with your tax refund?

Fewer consumers are spending it on things that stimulate the economy

Millions of consumers are eagerly awaiting their income tax refund from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), while millions more have already received their...


Honda prepares to recall the 2016 Civic

The newly redesigned cars may have missing or mis-set piston rings

Honda has had a string of mishaps and setbacks lately. The redesigned 2016 Civic was supposed to change all that, but instead it's adding to the list of pr...


Tax-related phishing incidents up 400%

Attacks have already exceeded 2014 total

It's that time of year. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is busy, tax preparers are busy, and scammers are busy.In fact, the IRS says phishing and ma...


The tiny house movement may be branching out to micro apartments

But what are the psychological effects of living in less than 400 square feet?

For millennials, it’s the little things in life: same-day delivery, craft brews, the ability to express an entire thought using only emoji. Other groups ma...


Organic milk and meat may be worth shelling out extra for, study suggests

In terms of omega-3 levels, organic milk and meat triumphs over non-organic

Whether due to their perceived health consciousness or the higher total on their receipt, the organic shopper stands out in the crowd. However, as we repor...


Ohio man gets 9 years in sweepstakes scam

Paul Toth was a "smasher" for a Costa Rica-based scam operation

An Ohio man has been sentenced to nine years in federal prison for his part in a sweepstakes scam that victimized two elderly consumers. Paul R. Toth Jr., ...


Social networks take 'unsubscribe me' honors

Coupon sites Groupon and LivingSocial send the most emails per user

We've all done it -- hit the little button that signs us up for "occasional" email updates, only to discover that we have voluntarily stepped in front of a...


Will the skies get as congested as the highways?

Flying cars will be here sooner than you think

While traditional automakers are focused on electric vehicles and self-driving cars, a Massachusetts technology firm has set its sights higher. Like, in th...


2015 was a tough year for air travelers

Airline consumer complaints were up significantly from the previous year

To hear consumers tell it, last year was a whole lot worse for flying than 2014.The Department of Transportation's (DOT) Air Travel Consumer Report sho...


Maytag Dairy Farms expands recall of blue cheese

The product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Maytag Dairy Farms of Newton, Iowa, is expanding its earlier recall Maytag Raw Milk Blue Cheese. The product may be contaminated with Listeria mono...


Volkswagen recalls Beetle Convertibles

The tie placard may have incorrect sidewall height ratio information

Volkswagen Group of America is recalling 325 model year 2016 Beetle Convertibles manufactured June 18, 2015, to November 9, 2015 and equipped with 18-inch ...


Country Life Natural Foods recalls raw pistachios

The product may be contaminated with Salmonella

Country Life Natural Foods of Pullman, Mich., is recalling shelled raw pistachios, sold in 2-lb bags and 30-lb boxes. The product may be contaminat...


Raynor recalls office chairs

The chair seat can detach, posing a fall hazard

Raynor Marketing of West Hempstead, N.Y., is recalling about 1,200 Eurotech Lume office chairs. The chair seat can detach, posing a fall hazard to ...


General Motors recalls Chevrolet Colorados and GMC Canyons

The vehicles could suffer a loss or reduction in power steering assist

General Motors is recalling 2,988 model year 2015 Chevrolet Colorados manufactured January 6, 2015, to March 17, 2015, and 2015 GMC Canyons manufactured Ja...


Chappaqua Crunch Granola with Blueberries and Bananas recalled

The product may be contaminated with Salmonella

WBY Foods of Marblehead, Mass., is recalling Chappaqua Crunch Simply Granola with Blueberries & Bananas.   The product may be contaminated with Salmo...


Lexus RX350 and RX450h vehicles recalled

The gas needed to inflate the driver's knee air bag may escape from the inflator

Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing is recalling 5,070 model year 2016 Lexus RX350 and RX450h vehicles manufactured November 16, 2015, to December 23,...


How to pack -- make a list and check it twice

Whether it's a cruise or a road trip, bring the essentials but not too much more

When my daughter was a teen she would interview me before vacations: How many days will we be gone? What will we be doing? What kinds of clothes do I need?...


What Bernie Sanders' proposals cost, and how he'd pay for them

Most of the burden falls on Wall Street but Main Street would be affected too

Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders has laid out a number of expensive, but popular, proposals as his campaign against Hillary Clinton has gaine...


Concerns raised over Adderall abuse

College students reportedly using ADHD drug as a study aid

Researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health worry young adults are increasingly abusing the stimulant prescription medication, Adderall....


Mid-winter grooming is important to your dog's health, experts say

Humans aren't the only ones whose skin needs a little extra TLC during the winter months

Protecting our skin becomes a priority during the cold winter months, but it should also be a priority to take care of your dog’s skin. We humans can comba...


Used car prices dipped in January

Surge in inventory and bad weather combine to soften prices

For consumers considering the purchase of a used vehicle, now might be a good time to kick some tires.Analysts at NADA Used Car Guide, a division of J....


Cybercrime is big business and getting bigger

Researchers calculate the massive returns hackers get on stolen credit cards

In the last decade, hackers have shifted their primary targets from consumers' PCs to corporations' networks.The payoff from breaking into your compute...


Consumer prices hold steady in January

Energy costs were down, while food prices were unchanged

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) was unchanged in January, thanks to a drop in the cost of energy and no change in food prices, according to the Department o...


Senator presses Google on student data privacy

Meanwhile, Apple refuses a court order to unlock an iPhone for the FBI

Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) and Google are engaged in conversations about privacy – in particular, the privacy of data Google collects about students.In rec...


FCC votes to open set-top box market to competition

The move could save consumers money and offer less-clunky video switching

Why should you have to rent your cable set-top box from the cable company? Good question and one the Federal Communications Commission has voted to conside...


Cornell researchers say counting calories not necessary to lose weight

Instead, they found simple behaviors are key to healthy weight

Federal law now requires most fast food restaurants to post calorie information on menus, but it you're trying to lose weight by cutting calories, Cornell ...


How to predict if you'll get cancer

Researchers say biological/chronological age comparison is a reliable predictor

Doctors at Northwestern Medicine have completed a study they say could provide a reliable way to predict who will get cancer, and even who will die from th...


FCC: Long distance carriers slammed, crammed consumers

The agency proposes fining the companies $29 million

The Federal Communications Commission plans to fine four long idstance carriers $29.6 million for a variety of apparent fraudulent, deceptive, and manipula...


Mercedes-Benz BlueTEC diesels pollute at illegal levels, suit charges

Class action says Mercedes deceived consumers about "clean diesel" emission levels

A class action lawsuit charges that Mecedes-Benz BlueTEC diesels have a problem similar to Volkswagen's "clean diesel" engines. It alleges that the Mercede...


Little cheese in some Parmesan cheese

The FDA is investigating one company whose "100% Parmesan" allegedly contained wood filler

Appearances can be deceiving, especially when you're talking about Parmesan cheese, according to recent reports which indicate that a lot of what is sold a...


These smart garden gadgets can make determining a plant's needs easier

Four gadgets that have all but given plants a voice box

Sometimes even the greenest thumbs can't keep a plant from dying. Different plants need different soil types, amounts of water, sunlight, and so on -- and ...


One-third of adults are not getting enough sleep

Health officials warn that sleep problems can become health problems

America has a sleep problem. So says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reporting that its research shows more than a third of American ...


Attractive mortgage rates help make homes more affordable at year's end

Analysts look for continuing growth in home sales

Declines in both home prices and interest rates resulted in a slight increase in nationwide housing affordability in the last thr...


Lipari Foods recalls various raw pistachio products

The products may be contaminated with Salmonella

Lipari Foods of Warren, Mich., is recalling various raw pistachio products packaged by sister company JLM. The products may be contaminated with Sa...


VW recalls Touareg Hybrids

The hybrid battery tray may not drain water sufficiently

Volkswagen Group of America is recalling 825 model year 2011-2015 Touareg Hybrids manufactured March 20, 2010, to April 11, 2015. The hybrid batter...


Forever Cheese recalls imported Mitica brand Pecorino Aged Cheese in Walnut Leaves

The product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Forever Cheese of Long Island City, N.Y., is recalling 40 cases of Mitica brand Pecorino Aged Cheese in Walnut Leaves (Pecorino Foglie di Noci). Th...


Toyota recalls RAV4 and RAV4 EV vehicles

The lap seat belt may not properly restrain the occupant

Toyota Motor Sales, USA is recalling approximately 1.1 million model year 2006-2012 RAV4 and model year 2012-2014 RAV4 EV vehicles. The recalled ve...


Despite having chip-enabled readers, many merchants aren't using the new technology

Experts speculate as to why only one in five U.S. retailers currently use their chip card readers

If you’re the proud owner of a chip-enabled credit card, you’ve probably noticed that not every card reader accepts the new technology. Despite having a sl...


Zika virus vaccine shows promising results in early tests

Inovio Pharmaceuticals reports "robust" responses in tests on mice

At the moment there is no approved vaccine to protect against the Zika virus, but a number of pharmaceutical companies have made the fast-spreading disease...


Study finds that food insecurity can lead to mental health disorders in adolescents

Researchers deem the problem a public health issue of the "utmost importance"

A new study conducted by researchers at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM) has put the importance of proper nutrition into perspective. They have...


Radio Flyer makes a Tesla S for kids

Kids can zip along at up to 6 mph in the miniature Tesla

Safety advocates may not think much of the idea, but Radio Flyer is introducing a miniaturized Tesla Model S for a younger audience, complete with lithium-...


Google renames its Ideas think tank Jigsaw

The new name "acknowledges the world is a complex puzzle"

Google continues to sort out the pieces after reshuffling its corporate structure and naming its parent corporation Alphabet. Among the latest piece of the...


For most, the college application process starts with the FAFSA form

Here are some simple tips for filling out this critical document

If you or someone in your family are headed to college soon, you undoubtedly would like to get the cost down as much as possible.To do that you need to...


Telecom engineer declares war on telemarketers

The Jolly Roger Telephone Co. is out to sink call centers wherever it finds them

Let's face it -- most people hate telemarketers. But few of us really know how to deal effectively with them. Then there's Roger Anderson, the telecommunic...


Kids can create their own toys with Mattel's new ThingMaker 3D Printer

Starting this Fall, kids can be part of the toy-making process from start to finish

Imaginative kids with a never ending thirst for new toys may find a new ally in Mattel’s latest creation: the “ThingMaker.” Introduced recently at the New ...


Wholesale prices post second gain in three months

Advances in the cost of services led the increase

A smidgeon of inflation on the wholesale level -- that's what we got in January.According to the Department of Labor (DOL), the Producer Price Index (P...


New-home construction tumbles in January

Still, home builders remain cautiously optimistic

Construction of privately-owned housing fell 3.8% in January to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,099,000, according to figures released by the Commer...


Refinancings help send mortgage applications higher

The refinance share of activity is the highest in a year

Mortgage applications rose last week, thanks in large part to more applications for refinancing.The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) reports overall ...


Chrysler recalls Chrysler Town and Country and Dodge Grand Caravan vehicles

The windshield could become displaced in the event of a crash

FCA US LLC (Chrysler) is recalling 184 model year 2015-2016 Chrysler Town and Country, and 2014-2015 Dodge Grand Caravan vehicles manufactured August 16, 2...


Whole Foods Market recalls Pecorino Aged Cheese in Walnut Leaves

The product be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Whole Foods Market of Austin, Texas, is recalling Pecorino Aged Cheese in Walnut Leaves sold in a store in Florida and one New York City. The produ...


General Motors recalls Saabs and Saturns

Excessive internal pressure may cause the driver's-side front air bag inflator to rupture

General Motors is recalling 179,861 model year 2003-2011 Saab 9-3 vehicles manufactured May 31, 2002, to February 15, 2011; 2010-2011 Saab 9-5 vehicles man...


Daily fantasy sports steps up grass-roots lobbying campaign

Industry supporting legislation declaring the games are not gambling

Thanks to intense lobbying, many states that have suggested that daily fantasy sports (DFS) sites like DraftKings and FanDuel engage in illegal gambling ar...


Congress on its way to amending new menu labeling law

Critics say the action would withhold nutritional information from consumers

The House of Representatives has approved a measure to amend the federal restaurant menu labeling law, changing the formula used to determine calorie conte...


One chemical found in green tea shows promise for reducing pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis

The discovery could improve on current treatment options that may not be ideal

Anyone who has it will tell you that arthritic pain can be debilitating. Rheumatoid arthritis, in particular, affects smaller joints, such as those located...

More faces contempt vote in U.S. Senate

Senators irate over site's failure to disclose how it screens ads for sex traffickers faces a contempt vote in the U.S. Senate after failing to adequately answer senators' questions about how it screens its classified ads for se...


Leaving plants in your garden over the winter can improve soil quality

Plant 'residues' offer numerous benefits to your soil and garden

Are there plants in your garden that bit the dust long ago? If so, your soil may actually be thanking you. According to blog writers Kelley House and Kate ...


Potential changes could be looming for Roth IRAs

Administration would like to limit benefits for upper income savers

Consumers with retirement accounts operate under certain assumptions that guide the way they invest and otherwise manage their assets.In his latest bud...


Scholarly app can connect students with nearby tutors

The student-developed app allows students to get the help they need at the touch of a button

Thanks to a new app called Scholarly, college students can order up a tutor faster than they can have a pizza delivered. Created by Sultan Khan and Haa...


ADT Security to merge with Protection 1

Combined company will retain the ADT brand

ADT Corporation, which provides home security and monitoring services in the U.S., is being acquired by an affiliate of Apollo Global Management, which own...


Burger King to begin serving hot dogs

Burger chain hopes to tap into popularity of often-overlooked sandwich

Burger King has always marched to the beat of its own drummer. Its marketing has always been a little eccentric.Now, when most fast food restaurants ar...


GM's attempt to sell used cars online meets dealer resistance

The idea is to sell low-mileage cars direct through a GM website

General Motors' attempt to sell used cars direct to consumers is encountering roadblocks thrown up by dealers, including threats of a lawsuit by California...


Trader Joe's jumps on cage-free egg wagon

The decision follows an Adele parody and a petition

Trader Joe's is the latest to join the cage-free egg movement, saying it will sell only cage-free eggs by 2025, earlier in some states.In a letter to c...


A drop in builder confidence for February

Concerns remain about 'negative economic trends'

Taking a cue from consumers, the confidence of builders in the market for newly-built single-family homes took a hit in February.The National Associati...


International Foodsource recalls various raw pistachio products

The products may be contaminated with Salmonella

International Foodsource is recalling various raw pistachio products. The products may be contaminated with Salmonella There are no reporte...


BMW recalls vehicles with air bag inflator issue

The driver-side front air bag inflator could rupture

BMW of North America is recalling 840,000 model year 2008-2013 128i and 135i coupes and convertibles and 1 Series M coupes; 2006-2011 325i, 325xi, 328i, 32...


Honda recalls 2.23 million vehicles with air bag inflator issue

Moisture intrusion, over time, could cause the inflator to rupture

American Honda Motor Co. is recalling 2.23 million model year 2007-2011 Honda CR-V; 2011-2015 CR-Z; 2010-2014 FCX Clarity, and Insight; 2009-2013 Fit; 2013...


Garden of Life expands recall of Raw Meal products

The products may be contaminated with Salmonella

Garden of Life is expanding its earlier recall to include additional lots of its Raw Meal Organic Shake & Meal Chocolate, Original, Vanilla and Vanilla Cha...


Mercedes-Benz recalls vehicles with air bag inflator issue

The driver's front air bag inflator could rupture

Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) is recalling 711,266 model year 2009-2010 ML320 BlueTec 4Matic, GL320 BlueTec 4Matic and R320 CDI 4Matic; 2011 E350 Cabriolet and...


How to keep from being taken by your tax guy

We have tips from the IRS on how to avoid preparer fraud

One of the top questions on taxpayers' minds this time of year has to be, “Should I do my own taxes, or hire someone to do it?”If you opt for the latte...


Uber pays $28.5 million to settle safety lawsuits

The suits charge that the company misled customers about its safety procedures

In an attempt to settle two lawsuits, ride-sharing company Uber has agreed to pay $28.5 million to approximately 25 million consumers who used the service ...


Florida and feds reach settlements in tech support scam

Boost Software allegedly tricked consumers into buying its security product

Boost Software has agreed to settlements with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi after being charged with deceptivel...


One in five car recalls not completed

Minivans and SUVs have the lowest completion rates, study finds

That car hurtling at you on the other side of the thin white line? Chances are one in five that it has an outstanding safety recall, according to a recent ...


Blue Buffalo class action settlement instructions

The company has agreed to pay up to $32 million to settle claims its products made pets sick

As we reported a few weeks ago, Blue Buffalo has agreed to pay $32 million to settle a class action lawsuit that charged its products made pets sick. The s...


AT&T announces its 5G roll out plans

Will join Verizon in field testing its technology later this year

Get ready for faster Internet speeds. AT&T says its customers can expect speeds 10 to 100 times faster than today’s average 4G LTE connections when it begi...


Home sales down but prices up in fourth quarter of 2015

Realtors see lack of homes for sale driving up prices

The U.S. housing market appeared to cool off during the last three months of 2015, but that didn't stop home prices from going up. However, the report from...


An engagement ring's history can negatively impact its re-sale value, study shows

What this new finding says about consumer expectations

“Forever” is the promise of both the engagement ring and your betrothed. But if “forever” suddenly comes to a halt, what happens to the value of your ring?...


New York settles “astroturfing” cases with four firms

Companies were accused of paying for fake reviews posted online

Consumer reviews on the Internet can be very helpful tools when you are trying to find a good business and avoid a bad one. But you have to be able to trus...


Retail sales tepid in January

Sporting goods, hobby, and book and music stores led the slim advance

Retail sales in January were lukewarm, according to figures released by the Commerce Department.For the month, retail and food services sales -- adjust...


Retailers see higher than average sales in 2016

Increased income and more job opportunities are credited

The National Retail Federation (NRF) is bullish on 2016.The trade group is projecting retail industry sales -- excluding automobiles, gas stations, and...


Arctic Cat recalls snowmobiles

The brakes can fail, posing a risk of injury or death

Arctic Cat of Thief River Falls, Minn., is recalling about 1,600 turbo 9000 snowmobiles. The brakes can fail, posing a risk of injury or death....


Nuna Baby Essentials recalls high chairs

The arm bar can bend or detach during use

Nuna Baby Essentials of Morgantown, Pa., is recalling about 5,700 ZAAZTM high chairs in the U.S. and Canada. The arm bar can bend or detach during ...


Congress permanently bans taxes on Internet access; measure awaits Obama's signature

States that collect these taxes will need to cease doing so by 2020 if Obama signs the bill

A long era of uncertainty over the future of Internet taxes may be coming to a close. With a 75-20 vote in the Senate today, Congress passed the Permanent ...


When considering dividend stocks, beware of “accidental” high yields

When a dividend yield rises because the stock price has gone down, look out

Despite the Federal Reserve's insistence that it will continue to raise interest rates, the money you can earn on your money is almost non-existent. The yi...


States settle with MoneyGram in scam case

Company agrees to beef up measures to prevent MoneyGrams' use in scams

When a scammer hooks a victim, he wants to make sure he gets the money neatly and cleanly, in a way that it can't be traced or recovered.For years, mon...


Dog sharing app allows owners to loan out their dogs

If you love dogs but can't commit to one, Bark'n'Borrow may be just the solution

Dog lovers without a pooch of their own may be able to get their next dog fix with Bark’n’Borrow — an app through which you can find a dog to borrow.Th...


Racing driver Scott Tucker indicted in payday loan operation

He allegedly used an Indian tribe as a shield for illegally-priced loans

Race car driver and businessman Scott Tucker has been indicted for allegedly operating a nationwide internet payday lending enterprise that systematically...


FTC gives online high schools a failing grade

The schools are little more than diploma mills, the feds charge

Just about every high school kid would like to cut class and study at home, which usually translates to sleeping, texting, and gaming. But that doesn't mea...


Morgan Stanley pays $2.6 billion for its role in mortgage meltdowns

Investors lost billions in "securitized" mortgages when the real estate market went south

Morgan Stanley will pay $2.6 billion to settle claims that it misled investors about the value of subprime mortgages, a prime factor in the financial colla...


Seven heart risk factors you can control

Diet and exercise are key to nearly all of them

In the U.S., about 610,000 people die of heart disease every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That works out to abo...


Could personalized video messages help save millennials from thoughtless gift-giving?

Vift video gift messages seek to add a personal touch to gifts purchased and sent online

Will you be on the receiving end of a Valentine’s gift from a member of the millennial generation? If so, you might want to keep your expectations in check...


Are allergy shots worth the money?

Study suggests they work and could be effective for older allergy sufferers

Allergy conditions are on the rise, especially among aging Baby Boomers. An alternative to moving to Arizona is to get regular allergy shots. But is it wor...


Europe provides low-cost alternative to American colleges

New website helps Americans find low cost and free European colleges

Tom and Jennifer Viemont were trying to plan for their teen-age children's college education when they stumbled across a startling fact; there are dozens o...


CDC: Formaldehyde levels in Lumber Liquidator products pose a low risk of cancer

However, there are steps that consumers can take to reduce exposure

Lumber Liquidators came under fire in 2015 after allegations surfaced that hazardous levels of formaldehyde existed in its laminate wood products. As a res...


Improving local job markets have fewer folks relocating for employment

Challenger, Gray & Christmas says the economy has reached a 'turning point'

The number of job-seekers packing up the truck for greener pastures is on the decline.Outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas says the la...


Pier 1 Imports recalls swivel dining chairs

The chairs can break at the base

Pier 1 Imports U.S. of Fort Worth, Texas, is recalling about 804 Capella Island Swivel Dining chairs in the U.S. and Canada. The chairs can break a...


General Motors recalls vehicles with braking issue

The brake pedal could loosen or become inoperative

General Motors is recalling 426,593 model year 2015-2016 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 and 3500 heavy duty trucks manufactured October 1, 2013, to February 1, 2...


Hormel Foods recalls beef product

The product may be contaminated with extraneous materials

Hormel Foods Corporation of Tucker, Ga., is recalling approximately 450 pounds of beef product. The product may be contaminated with extraneous mat...


Feds decree self-driving cars are, well, driving themselves

But tests in Michigan remind us that not all roads lead to San Jose

So let's say you're tooling down the road in one of Google's self-driving cars. A motorcycle policeman pulls you over and says you blew through a stop sign...


Volkswagen catches Takata flu, will recall 850,000 VWs and Audis

Takata's exploding estimates of volatile airbags ensnare another automaker

As if Takata and Volkswagen don't have enough problems already, VW says it will recall about 850,000 vehicles containing potentially defective Takata airba...


States lobby Congress for new privacy legislation

Would undo amendment allowing debt collection robocalls to cellphones

It's an election year. What can members of Congress do to please the voters back home? How about stopping the annoying debt collection calls?Twenty-fiv...


Are you addicted to your smartphone?

How to tell if your device is controlling you, and how to break free of digital dependency

We’ve all been there: that moment when an instant of boredom becomes twenty minutes of mindlessly toggling back and forth between apps. “This is way better...


Why homeownership is a ‘dream deferred’ for Millennials

There are more hurdles in their quest for homeownership, but there's an upside to the delay, experts say

Coming of age precisely as the housing market collapsed should, by all accounts, have caused millennials to become leery of mortgages — but it hasn’t. Desp...


Video ads will now top your Twitter feed

"First View" video ads will be at the top of the queue when users first sign into Twitter each day

Twitter has been pretty much a text-based service since its inception, with the usual ads and photos interspersed here and there.But that's about to ch...


IRS hacked using stolen Social Security numbers

Thieves were trying to generate E-file PINS, the agency said

Crooks have been using stolen Social Security numbers to try to get information that could be used to steal tax refunds, the Internal Revenue Service said....


Fed Chair Janet Yellen defends decision to hike interest rates

Reaffirms view that the economy is healthy

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen was the subject of close attention Wednesday as she testified before the House Financial Services Committee.After al...


Survey finds consumers still struggling with finances

One third of consumers don't have at least $1,000 in savings

The recession has been over for years and unemployment has fallen below 5%. Consumers should be feeling pretty good, right?A new survey from Prosper Ma...


2016 Hyundai, Acura declared cheapest cars to own for five years

Kelley Blue Book rates new cars according to the cost of driving them

Buying a car is one thing. Paying to keep it on the road is another. Each year Kelley Blue Book (KBB) looks at the current models and ranks them according ...


Falling gas prices still putting money in consumers' pockets

U.S. has largest oil supply for this time of year in nearly 80 years

Retail gasoline prices continue to fall across the U.S., hitting levels even the experts believed would never be seen again.The national average price ...


Job openings on the rise in December

2015 saw a net employment gain

Job openings rose to 5.6 million in December, according to new figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, for an openings rate of 3.8%.The number of ...


Mortgage applications surge as interest rates drop

Refinancings were up sharply

Mortgage applications bounced back from their first decline in four weeks.According to the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), applications jumped 9.3%...


Living Tree Community Foods recalls macadamia nuts and macadamia butter

The products may be contaminated with Salmonella

Living Tree Community Foods of Berkeley, Calif., is recalling Organic Macadamia Nuts and Organic Macadamia Butter. The products may be contaminated...


Toyota recalls Scion FR-S vehicles

Automatic transmission key interlock connectors may not have been connected on some vehicles

Toyota Motor Sales, USA is recalling approximately 26,000 Model Year 2013-2016 Scion FR-S vehicles. Connectors for the automatic transmission key i...


Feinberg: VW diesel compensation plans will be "generous" for consumers

However, things are moving slowly as the company has yet to determine what kind of compensation consumers can expect

Back in December it was announced that Volkswagen would be turning to Kenneth Feinberg to settle claims related to its diesel scandal. The American attorne...


Study: renters pay more for car insurance

Consumer group says practice falls most heavily on low income consumers

Since the housing market crash, fewer people have been able to buy homes, meaning more people have to rent.Rents have quickly escalated to the point th...


Wired blocks ad-blocking readers

"Pay up or else," the popular techie site tells free-loaders

The ad-blocking epidemic is an annoyance for larger website publishers, like newspapers and TV networks, but it's threatening to choke off smaller and more...


Sale Slash to pay $10 million, slash its weight-loss spam

Feds have slimmed down the bank accounts of two weight-loss supplement promoters

Sale Slash LLC will stop flooding consumers' in-boxes with weight loss offers, can its fake news sites and bogus celebrity endorsements, and pay $10 millio...


FTC calls game over on Running Fred

The Chrome extension allegedly Shanghaied consumers' Android phones

Running Fred is pretty scary. It's a game that takes place in an old castle, where devilish fiends chase innocent kids with sharp objects. But that's not t...


Flint water crisis has other states looking closely at water purity

Former New Jersey water supervisor sentenced for falsifying records

The Flint, Michigan water crisis – in which the city's water supply has been found to contain unsafe amounts of lead – has consumers across the country on ...


Study: when it comes to retail therapy, what you buy matters

Attempting to repair hurt feelings by going shopping might help, but not if you're dwelling on a failure

Has a bad day ever left you crawling towards the welcoming arms of a shopping mall? If so, you’re not alone. Half of all Americans report engaging in compe...


Marijuana use linked to verbal difficulties in middle age

Researchers worry that past exposure to the drug will show up later

States considering following Colorado and Washington's legalization of marijuana might want to keep an eye on aging Baby Boomers.In the 1960s many Boom...


Feds create unit to police for-profit colleges

Will look for predatory practices before they ensnare students

The problems students have had with some for-profit school are well documented. Remember Corinthian College?You don't have to have a long memory. In Se...


Completed foreclosures down again in December

Foreclosure inventories were lower as well

The latest National Foreclosure Report from CoreLogic shows completed foreclosures posted a year-over-year decline of 22.6% in December -- from 41,000 to 3...


Fresh Express recalls chopped romaine salad

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

Fresh Express Incorporated is recalling a limited quantity of 32-oz. Fresh Express Chopped Romaine with a Product Code of G034A06A and Use-By Date of Febru...


H-E-B Creamy Creations Caramel Pecan Turtle Ice Cream recalled

Pieces of wood pieces may be present in the product

H-E-B is recalling H-E-B Creamy Creations Caramel Pecan Turtle Ice Cream.   The product may contain pieces of wood.   There have been no report...


KHS America recalls children’s musical instrument

The instrument may contain excessive levels of lead in the paint

KHS America of Mt. Juliet, Tenn., is recalling about 150 Monkey Glockenspiel children’s musical instruments. The pink metal note bar on the glocken...


Super Bowl 50 ads just not that memorable

This year, the game might have been better than the commercials

For Super Bowl 50, Madison Avenue once again hired plenty of celebrities and cooked up special effects, trying to create ads that were both memorable and b...


Inflation may be low, but not for everything

Housing and vehicles are just a couple of things that cost more

There's no doubt falling gasoline prices have offered consumers a nice break. They've also pulled down the official inflation rate, which remains near reco...


ConsumerAffairs' picks for best bouquets to send your Valentine this year

We reviewed five different bouquets to help you know exactly what you'll be getting

Valentine’s Day and flowers go together like Hallmark and greeting cards, peanut butter and jelly, and cupcakes and frosting. Sending your sweetheart a bou...


Online shopping may not be that easy on the environment

Just because consumers are shopping online, it doesn't mean they stay home

Online shopping gets bigger every year, in large part because it is more efficient and convenient for consumers.It takes less time to shop online, comp...


New Jersey sues VW for 'massive' dirty diesel fraud

VW "put profit ahead of honesty," risked harm to public health, state charges

Add the state of New Jersey to the long list of plaintiffs suing Volkswagen for using deceptive software to allow its VW, Porsche, and Audi diesel-powered ...


Margaritaville Banana Cream Pie Filling recalled

The product may be contaminated with Salmonella

The Jel Sert Company of West Chicago, Ill., is recalling 52 cases of Margaritaville Banana Cream Pie Filling. The product may be contaminated with ...


Wedgwood decorative baby rattles recalled

The ball bearings inside each side of the decorative rattle can be released

WWRD U.S. of Wall, N.J., is recalling nearly 700 Wedgwood Peter Rabbit decorative baby rattles in the U.S. and Canada. The ball bearings inside eac...


Marin Pasta Works recalls pork products

The products did not undergo federal inspection

Marin Pasta Works of San Rafael, Calif., is recalling approximately 491 pounds of pork ravioli products. The products did not undergo federal inspe...


Dollar General recalls construction truck toy vehicles

The toy truck’s remote control can short circuit

Dollar General of Goodlettsville, Tenn., is recalling about 27,000 toy trucks. The toy truck’s remote control can short circuit, causing it to over...


Late model Dodge Chargers recalled

The vehicles do not contain wheel chocks

FCA US LLC (Chrysler) is recalling 441,578 model year 2011-2016 Dodge Charger vehicles manufactured August 23, 2010, to January 7, 2016. When the v...


Graco recalls Extend2Fit Convertible child seats

The recline label affixed at the wrong location, resulting in confusion about use of the seat

Graco Children's Products, Inc. is recalling 15,064 Extend2Fit Convertible child seats manufactured November 27, 2015, to January 20, 2016. The chi...


Graco recalls ComfortSport, Ready Ride and Classic Ride child restraints

The label does not inform the seat owner of the instruction manual's location

Graco Children's Products Inc. is recalling 31,838 ComfortSport child restraints, model numbers 1813040 and 1794333; Ready Ride child restraints, model num...


Center for Auto Safety sues U.S. Transportation Secretary

Safety agency has disobeyed Congress' instructions to set up a website listing safety defects

A non-profit auto safety group has sued U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx for failing to set up a public website revealing safety concerns for eve...


The key to drug prices may lie in the Patent Office

Activist says "evergreening" by drug giants keeps generics off the market

Martin Shkreli's brief but remarkable appearance Thursday before the House Government Oversight and Reform Committee has refocused attention on skyrocketin...


Feds begin opioid drug policy review

FDA to look at the drug approval process and prescribing policies

Under increasing pressure from states that are grappling with opioid drug abuse, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has laid out an “action plan” as a ...


Vegetable container gardening: the basics

Tips on getting the most out of your indoor container garden

If you enjoy gardening but lack outdoor space, container garden may be just the solution. But even those with ample outdoor space may enjoy the advantages ...


DraftKings takes its games to the UK

Will allow North American players to compete against those in Britain

The NFL plays a couple of games each season in London, so why wouldn't British fans want to get in on the daily fantasy sports (DFS) action?No doubt th...


Cooking program seeks to increase culinary competency and promote family values

The iCook 4-H project teaches kids to cook and help parents connect with their children

More than ever, kids are sharing adults’ preoccupation with cooking. Shows like MasterChef Junior and Kids Baking Championship serve up this heightened int...


Proposed regulations target seafood fraud

Environmental group says new rule doesn't go far enough

A Presidential task force has released a proposed federal rule aimed at reducing or preventing Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing and Seafoo...


Banks could play greater role in stopping elder abuse

Report says financial institutions should do more to protect elderly clients

A new study of elder abuse in the U.S. says banks and other financial institutions have a greater role to play in preventing the financial exploitation of ...


Strong builder confidence in the 55+ housing market

Consumer demand continues to rise

Builder confidence in the single-family 55+ housing market finished the year on a strong note.The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) says its...


January job creation comes up short

The unemployment rate dipped slightly

Another 151,000 people found work in January, well below the pace of December in which 262,000 jobs were created. That December figure, by the way, was rev...


Mahina Mele Farms expands macadamia nut products recall

The products may contain Salmonella

Mahina Mele Farms is expanding its earlier recall of macadamia nut products. The company says that one sample from one was found to be positive for...


Volkswagen Tiguans and Audi Q5s recalled

The air bag inflators may rupture in the event of a crash

Volkswagen Group of America is recalling 734 model year 2015 Volkswagen Tiguans manufactured January 15, 2015, to January 21, 2015, and 2015 Audi Q5s manuf...


Eastwood recalls multi-function power packs

The power packs' lithium ion batteries can burst during charging

Eastwood Co., of Pottstown, Pa., is recalling about 500 Rockwood multi-function power packs.   The power packs’ lithium ion batteries can burst durin...


Bridgestone recalls tires for use on trailers

The tires may experience possible tread separation or detachment

Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations (BATO) is recalling 35,907 FS561 replacement tires, size 255/70R22.5, manufactured January 25, 2015, to January 27, 20...


No end in sight for Takata airbag recalls; safety advocates want executives imprisoned

Honda is expected to add 2.3 million vehicles to the recall list today

There is no end in sight for the Takata airbag crisis. As the number of recalls continues to grow, consumers and Congress grow restless, and safety advocat...


Get ready, Zika virus is coming to the U.S.

One expert is confident that there will be viral transmission among U.S. residents

So far there have been some isolated cases of Americans returning from Latin America with the Zika virus, the disease spread by mosquitoes.But since mo...


IRS hit with major computer system outage

Agency says the problem should not delay tax refunds

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) suffered a computer system outage Wednesday and, as a result, has been unable to process tax returns.“Several of our...


New federal standards should make chicken safer

It's an attempt to reduce Salmonella and Campylobacter in whole chickens and chicken parts

Eating chicken will be getting a little bit safer under new standards adopted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Ser...


Study: BMI not a reliable measure of health

Having a high Body Mass Index doesn't mean a person is unhealthy, UCLA researchers find

Can you be both healthy and overweight? The commonly accepted answer these days is no, and increasingly, the Body Mass Index, or BMI, is used as an indicat...


Choosing a shelter dog that fits your lifestyle

Questions to ask adoption counselors before bringing home the newest member of your family

If you’re looking to grow your family by four paws, an animal shelter is the perfect place to start. But as with all important decisions, choosing wisely i...


Deposed drug CEO pleads the 5th before House committee

Martin Shkreli has little to say in brief appearance

Martin Shkreli, the 32-year old hedge fund manager who became the face of prescription drug price-gouging, appeared briefly Thursday before a House committ...


Kelley Blue Book releases list of the 16 best family cars of 2016

These cars have been expert-tested to ensure they can handle all the needs of a family

Family cars, one might say, are the mothers of the car world. They have to be able to do and handle a lot, all while keeping kids safe and happy. So when i...


Job cuts surge in January

Energy and retail absorbed the brunt

The new year started with a bang as U.S employers announced a January increase in job cuts that's 218% above the 15-year low recorded a month earlier.O...


Growth in the economy's services sector tapers off

Still, there has been expansion for the last six years

We've seen growth for six years in a row for the non-manufacturing sector of the economy. The latest Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Non-Manufactu...


Honda recalls older Accords

The air bag control units may corrode and fail

American Honda Motor Company is recalling 341,444 model year 2008-2010 Accords. The air bag control units may corrode and fail, resulting in a fail...


Chrysler recalls vans with air bag issue

The air bag control units may corrode and fail

FCA US LLC (Chrysler) is recalling 112,001 model year 2009 Dodge Journey vehicles manufactured December 31, 2007, to August 31, 2008; 2008-2009 Dodge Grand...


Feds want banks to make checking accounts less risky for consumers

Banks are being encouraged to offer products that reduce the risk of costly overdrafts

A growing number of consumers are "unbanked," meaning they don't have a checking or savings account at a bank or credit union, making it hard for them to b...


Toyota Motor Credit to pay $21.9 million for discriminatory lending

Dealers marked up interest rates for minority buyers

Toyota Motor Credit has agreed to pay $21.9 million in restitution and change its policies to make it harder for dealers to mark up interest rates for mino...


Glue company's "Made in USA" claims just don't stick, feds charge

Kwik Fix and related products should adhere more closely to the facts, FTC argues

A lot of consumers choose to stick with products that claim to be made in the USA but do those claims really adhere to the facts?Not always. Case in po...


How to stay healthy during the Super Bowl

Here are some tips for avoiding post-Super Bowl back pain

When the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos kick off Super Bowl 50 Sunday evening, nearly half of America will be watching.The Super Bowl is always t...


How your college major influences your attractiveness to lenders

Study finds that certain majors are more creditworthy than others due to lower DTI ratios

Certain majors can often beg the question, “What do you plan to do with that?” A valid question, given that college graduates are now leaving school with a...


Scion kills off its Scion brand

It will keep making the cars but will sell them as Toyotas

Scion is dead. Long live Scion. In other words, Toyota is killing Scion but will keep making Scion cars. It will just call them Toyotas.Is this sort of...


Fitness trackers aren't all that private, study finds

Canadian study finds all but the Apple Watch leak data

If you wear a popular fitness tracker to keep up with steps taken, miles walked, and calories burned, chances are you find it highly motivating. Some users...


No two ways about it -- VW had a lousy January

But its press release projects a stiff upper lip

There is a rule to writing press releases that goes something like this: if you can't say something nice about yourself, don't say anything at all.So w...


Study finds children who eat protein-rich breakfasts eat less at lunch

However, the effects of having eggs at breakfast didn't make children feel any "fuller"

On busy mornings, it may be tempting — necessary, even — to send kids off to school with a quick bowl of cereal or a grab-and-go breakfast bar. But how lon...


Study: mercury in seafood may not promote dementia

However, health officials advise a balanced approach to seafood consumption

If you are an aging Baby Boomer, should you be eating more fish?There have been studies suggesting that fish oils are good for brain function and may d...


Home prices post another year-over-year gain in December

Prices also rose on a month-over-month basis

Housing prices continue their rise with no end in sight for the foreseeable future.The CoreLogic Home Price Index (HPI) shows house prices nationwide -...


ADP: January produces in excess of 200,000 jobs

Most were in small and medium-sized businesses

Another big jump in private sector employment.The January ADP National Employment Report says the economy cranked out 205,000 jobs from December to Jan...


Mortgage applications post first decline in four weeks

Contract interest rates moved lower

After rising for three consecutive weeks, mortgage applications were down last week.The latest Mortgage Applications Survey by the Mortgage Bankers Ass...


Mazda B-Series trucks recalled

The vehicles are equipped with Takata driver-side front airbag inflators

Mazda is recalling approximately 19,000 model year 2004-2006 model year B-Series trucks with Takata driver-side front air bag inflators in the U.S., Puerto...


Land Cruiser, 4runner, Tundra, Sequoia, LX, and GX vehicles recalled

The Curtain-Shield-Airbags and seat belt pretensioners may activate when not necessary

Toyota Motor Sales, USA is recalling approximately 320,000 model year 2003-2006 Land Cruiser; 2004-2006 4Runner; 2005-2006 Tundra and Sequoia; 2003-2006 LX...


CVS sued for claiming DHA dietary supplement improves memory

The lawsuit argues that the claim is not supported by scientific research

A lawsuit challenges CVS' claim that its Algal-900 DHA dietary supplement has been "clinically shown" to improve memory. The nonprofit Center for Science i...


United and American airlines add snacks, entertainment options

United will once again let families with children board early

There are plenty of people out there who simply don’t enjoy flying. The long lines, security, and often-cramped flights can really give consumers headaches...


Lumber Liquidators fined $13 million for illegal floor imports

The wood came from areas inhabited by rare tigers and lemurs

Lumber Liquidators has been fined $13 million for illegally importing hardwood flooring manufactured in China. Prosecutors said much of the lumber had been...


Seniors want robots that take orders, not give them

Older Americans comfortable with mechanical caregivers in limited roles

Senior citizens have seen plenty of science fiction movies over the years, so it might not be surprising they are just a little leery of inviting a robot i...


Comcast's gigabit Internet service headed to five more cities

More carriers are shooting for the gigabit mark as broadband demand grows

Comcast is the latest carrier to announce big plans for 1-gigabit Internet service, saying it will bring the service to Atlanta, Nashville, Chicago, Detroi...


Airy tints: the latest trend in interior painting

Experts say 2016 will show out dark hues and usher in the light

Dark, moody touches might be the trend in appliances this year, but when it comes to interior paint, experts say lighter tones are the trend to watch in 20...


Keeping everyone (even the losing side) happy on Super Bowl Sunday

We have some tips to make sure party treats don't make your guests sick

The Super Bowl has it all: the two (allegedly) top teams in the NFL battling for the Lombardi trophy, commercials that people actually stick around to watc...


BPA replacement isn't much better than the original, study says

UCLA study raises questions about Bisphenol S

In recent years, packaging manufacturers have moved away from Bisphenol A (BPA), the hardening agent that was once found in nearly all plastic bottles and...


Drug plague makes naloxone an indispensable life-saver

CVS is making the overdose antidote available without a prescription in Ohio

An increasing number of states are struggling with an epidemic of opioid drug abuse that has resulted in a surge of overdose deaths and injuries.Rural ...


Housing market not yet hit by stock market turbulence says 2016 off to a solid start

The stock market got off to a rocky start in 2016, but, as January enters the books, it doesn't seem to have negatively affected the housing market. At lea...


Another contraction for the manufacturing sector of the economy

The rate of contraction, however, slowed a bit

Even as the overall economy grew for the 80th consecutive month, economic activity in the manufacturing sector contracted in January for the fourth month i...


Braga Organic Farms recalls pistachios

The nuts may be contaminated with Salmonella

Braga Organic Farms is recalling pistachios and products containing pistachios. The nuts may be contaminated with Salmonella. No illnesses ...


The consumer issue Presidential candidates aren't talking about

The national debt is taking a back seat to immigration and drug prices

Chances are you haven't heard the Presidential candidates in either party talking a lot about the national debt. It tends to get overshadowed by immigratio...


EOS class-action suit reportedly settled

The terms of the settlement haven't been disclosed

It's been just a few weeks since a class action lawsuit was filed against EOS lip balm, claiming it caused consumers' lips to become dry and cracked and ca...


Los Angeles files criminal charges against two drone operators

The defendants could face a $1,000 fine and six months in jail

The simmering dispute over whether federal or local laws regulate drones is heating up, as Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer has filed criminal charges ...


Chipotle E. coli probe wraps up

The CDC says it never found the source of the outbreaks

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has wrapped up its investigation of the E. coli outbreaks at Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants in lat...


"Coffee flour" enhances the health benefits of coffee

Ever wanted a caffeinated muffin? With coffee flour, it's possible

Buzz has been brewing lately over the health benefits of coffee. According to a recent Harvard study, those who drink three to five cups of java a day have...


U-Haul barometer suggests Chicago is on the housing rebound

More one-way truck rentals going into the city than leaving last year

Economists have a variety of tools to measure economic progress or a lack thereof. U-Haul track rentals has a very simple gauge.Each year it tallies up...


Survey finds most consumers plan Valentine's Day celebrations

Many celebrations involve spending, making the holiday increasingly important to retailers

Valentine's Day has become a more important holiday for retailers in recent years. Consumers of all ages tend to observe it in one way or another, usually ...


Shopping for the best value in healthcare services

Survey finds consumers usually don't select the least-expensive provider

Getting the most bang for your buck from your healthcare spending is not a simple matter. Since what you pay for care goes through an insurance provider, i...


Consumers earn more, spend less in December

That helped push personal savings higher

Consumers found themselves with more money in their pockets as the holiday shopping season got underway -- and tucked a good chunk of it away.The Comme...


Garden of Life recalls Raw Meal organic shake & meal products

The products may contain Salmonella Virchow

Garden of Life LLC is recalling a limited quantity of its Raw Meal Organic Shake & Meal Chocolate, Original, Vanilla and Vanilla Chai. The products...