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Ikea needs to put consumer safety first, consumer groups warn

The giant retailer is resisting court orders to release documents related to tip-over deaths

Ikea needs to get serious about putting consumer safety first, a coalition of consumer groups said today, following reports that Ikea has defied a court or...


Judge tosses case against couple who gave pet sitter a bad Yelp review

Non-disparagement clause can't be used to silence consumers, court finds

A Texas court has dismissed a $1 million lawsuit that a Dallas pet-sitting company filed against a couple who said the pet-sitters had overfed their goldfi...


Researchers work towards blood test to check for Alzheimer's disease

Having such a test could help with early detection and prevention efforts

New research conducted at Cardiff University could allow for earlier detection of Alzheimer’s disease, a crucial step towards mitigating the damaging effec...


Simple ideas for integrating smart technology into your home

Five budget-friendly ways to get your home working for you

Smart home devices can turn your home into a welcoming and accommodating respite from the outside world. And turning your abode into a smart home may not b...


Google getting into ride-sharing with its Waze app

The new service is similar to, but cheaper than, Uber and Lyft

The roadway to success in the ride-app business is getting a little more congested. Google is reported to be expanding an experimental ride-sharing service...


Study sees tax flaws in most retirement calculators

Researchers say it could cost you up to six years of savings

Despite all the advice and calculators that purport to show you how much you need to retire and when to withdraw it, retirement planning is an inexact scie...


Caffeine helps fight memory loss, study finds

Researchers confirm that caffeine blocks a brain receptor that affects memory problems

Having that first cup of coffee in the morning can be a great way to start your day, but could it also help keep your memory sharp as you age? One recent s...


Chase, Capital One top bank brand study

Harris Poll finds consumer attitudes toward banks softening a bit

Let's acknowledge right off the bat that banks tend to draw a lot of consumer complaints.No one likes fees, and banks have added a lot of them in the l...


Here are some deals on 2016 cars

Deals will be better on some 2016s than others

Car dealers across America will be dominating the TV airwaves this weekend with their “Labor Day Weekend Blowout” sales. Indeed, it's not a bad time to go ...


Decent job growth reported for August

The services sector continues to be the powerhouse

The private sector of the U.S. economy continued to add jobs, building in August on the previous month's advance.According to the ADP National Employme...


Mortgage applications halt two-week skid

Contract interest rates were up slightly

Mortgage applications moved higher last week, ending two straight weeks of declines.The Mortgage Bankers Association’s Weekly Mortgage Applications Sur...


Snyder’s-Lance recalls Diamond of California macadamia nuts

The products may be contaminated with Salmonella

Snyder’s-Lance is recalling Diamond of California® Macadamia Nuts. The products may be contaminated with Salmonella. There have been no rep...


Dazzling Toys recalls chicken toys

The toys contain small eggs and the chicken can break into small plastic pieces

Dazzling Toys of Monroe, N.Y., is recalling about 800 egg laying chicken toys. The toys contain small eggs and the chicken can break into small pla...


Four pointers for choosing a pain reliever

Not every OTC pain reliever will be a good match for your current health profile

Choosing an over-the-counter (OTC) pain reliever may seem like a simple enough task, but it may not be as simple as you think. A new survey conducted b...


Researchers believe tablets could be the key to diagnosing autism in children

How a child moves when playing a game on a tablet may show whether or not they have autism

The number of children who have an autism spectrum disorder seems to be growing all the time. Statistics show that one out every 160 children in North Amer...


Verizon promises 50% faster peak data speeds

LTE Advanced uses multiple channels to deliver more speed when it's needed

Verizon Wireless has rolled out an advertising campaign for something it calls LTE Advanced. What is this LTE and...


Volkswagen owners choose money over their cars

More than 210,000 diesel VW owners have chosen a buyback rather than an attempted retrofit

By a wide margin, Volkswagen owners are choosing to scrap their diesel-powered cars and take the money being offered under a settlement agreement. And in a...


Banks increasingly coming under cyberattack

Four in 10 consumers say their accounts have been compromised

Banks and other financial institutions spend billions of dollars on information and data security, mainly because they are such lucrative targets for cyber...


Does the consumer economy encourage needless spending?

Study says consumers have too much stuff and not enough money

Drive through any American neighborhood on a weekend and you're likely to encounter at least one yard sale.At some point, consumers decide they have mo...


RushCard introduces new mobile app

Cardholders can easily freeze their account if the card is lost or stolen

RushCard, a popular prepaid money card, is introducing a new. free mobile app it says will provide new safety features, while enhancing the card's function...


Chipotle sued for alleged wage theft

Some managers claim 'working off the clock' was common practice

Chipotle is one of those companies that has enjoyed a “halo.” It has earned points with some consumers for its commitment to organic and locally-sourced fo...


Consumer confidence bounced back in August

Improvement came in income prospects and employment

The Conference Board's Consumer Confidence Index is at its highest level in nearly a year.After falling slightly in July, the Index now stands at 101.1...


Country Fresh recalls fresh-cut vegetable products

The products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Country Fresh of Conroe, Texas, is recalling 30,000 cases of various fresh-cut vegetable products that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes....


WFSP Foods recalls pork and chicken sausage product

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

WFSP Foods of Decatur, Ala., is recalling approximately 18,672 pounds of pork and chicken sausage product. The product contains milk, an allergen n...


Truck loaded with Takata airbag inflators explodes

One killed, four injured in the accident near a Takata warehouse in Texas last week

A truck loaded with Takata airbag inflators and propellants exploded in Texas ...


Mylan to offer generic EpiPen at 50% discount

Company hopes move will quell last week's price hike uproar

After a week in which it played public relations damage control, Mylan has announced a move it hopes will get it out in front of the controversy over the p...


Vaping among teens may not be that problematic, researchers suggest

One study finds that most teens vape for the flavorings and not nicotine

Recent trends among teens seem to favor vaping with e-cigarettes, with many high- and middle school students saying that they’ve tried it. While many fear ...


iPads prove to be as effective as sedatives for keeping kids calm before surgery

Parents and kids are both less anxious when iPads are present prior to surgery requiring anesthesia

Apple’s tablets aren’t just for catching up on Curious George or playing a few rounds of Angry Birds. For kids, iPads may serve as a powerful calming agent...


Feds want speed limiters on big trucks

Physically restricting speeds would save lives and fuel, the plan's backers say

Speed limits are one thing; speed limiters are something else -- and it's speed limiters that U.S. Transportation S...


The extra risks of using smokeless tobacco products

Researchers find bacteria that cause infection and illness

It’s no secret that tobacco products of all kinds come with certain health risks – most notably cancer. But researchers have found additional dangers assoc...


Which retailer has the best gift card?

Sephora wins the top spot in the RSR Research survey, Starbucks is second

Consumers obviously like to give and receive gift cards. It allows the recipient to get what he or she wants and isn't nearly as tacky as cash.In fact,...


Big city banks offering cash incentives to open accounts

Study finds bonuses can be as much as $400

Not long ago many consumers found banks didn't want their business.In the immediate aftermath of the financial crisis, many banks unilaterally closed s...


California orders ITT to stop accepting new students

The action follows the feds' decision to shut off the flow of federal funds to ITT

California has ordered ITT to stop enrolling new students. The order came Friday, just one day after the U.S. Department of Education banned ITT from enrol...


New drone rules in effect for commercial flights

Commercial and government drones can now operate with a certified remote pilot

New rules for commercial and government drone flights go into effect today (Monday), setting the stage for what's expected to be rapid deployment of unmann...


Personal income and spending continue their rise in July

Consumers were also able to fatten their savings accounts

Following increases the previous month, both personal income and spending were higher in July.Incomes jumped 0.4%, or $71.6 billion, according to the B...


Vee Tyre and Rubber recalls Taiga M/T tires

The sidewall of the affected tires may blister and the interliner may separate

Vee Tyre and Rubber is recalling 21 Taiga M/T tires, size LT225/75R16, manufactured January 8, 2015, to March 1, 2015. The sidewall of the affected...


Toyota recalls RAV4 and Lexus HS250h vehicles

The rear tie rod could fail and cause a loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash

Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing is recalling 337,449 model year 2006-2011 Toyota RAV4 vehicles manufactured October 31, 2005, to September 7, 2010...


If you do nothing else, update your iPhone today

Three newly found vulnerabilities could let hackers take over your phone

If you don't want to know the details, that's fine, but don't stop reading quite yet. It's very important that you update your iPhone today. Follow the lin...


Mylan getting push back over price hike explanation

Pharmacy benefit managers reject the claim they are responsible

When Mylan Pharmaceutical CEO Heather Bresch went on CNBC Thursday to explain her company's massive price hike for the life-saving EpiPen, she suggested co...


Feds shut off flow of funds to ITT

Federal aid accounts for more than two-thirds of the schools' revenue

ITT Technical Institute has been ordered to stop enrolling new students who receive federal aid. It's the latest effort by the Obama Administration to rein...


Researchers work towards using carbon dioxide as an energy source

If successful, it could mean a dramatic reduction in carbon emissions

While automakers are scrambling to win the race for autonomous vehicles, eco-conscious consumers may be more interested in developments regarding clean-bur...


Maytag plug-in lets you hide negative political chatter on social media

The desktop plug-in replaces political smears with something more upbeat

Maytag wants to keep your social media feed as smear-free as your refrigerator. As part of its “No Smear Campaign,” the appliance manufacturer is offering...


Feds say all donated blood in U.S. should get Zika test

Previously, just blood from high-risk areas has been screened

There is more than one way to get the Zika virus. A mosquito carrying the disease can bite you. You can have sexual contact with someone who has the virus....


Why Wall Street thinks high drug prices are no big deal

Publicly traded companies are expected to maximize profits, no matter what they're selling

The news cycle this week has been dominated by an obscure pharmaceutical company few consumers have heard of and a drug familiar only to people with life-t...


Bots roam the internet, threatening businesses and consumers

These machines are making dating scams even more dangerous

You're expecting a package from Amazon, or from one of the package delivery services. An email pops into your inbox about a problem, and there's a link whe...


Second quarter economic growth remains sluggish

Corporate profits took a hit

The U.S. economy continued to plod along in the second quarter.The Commerce Department's second look at real gross domestic product -- the value of the...


Mars Retail Group recalls M&M’S-branded jewelry

The jewelry can contain high levels of lead.

Mars Retail Group of Mount Arlington, N.J., is recalling about 52,400 pieces of M&M;’S®-branded jewelry. The jewelry can contain high levels of lea...


Model year 2015 RAM 2500 and 5500 trucks and cab chassis recalled

The vehicles may have a reduced response to steering input

Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling 64 model year 2015 RAM 2500 trucks, and RAM 3500 trucks and cab chassis. The vehicles may have inadequate welds ...


J.D. North America recalls All Power portable generators

The fuel tank can leak, posing explosion, fire and burn hazards

J.D. North America Corp., of Charlotte, N.C., is recalling about 12,300 All Power portable gasoline generators sold in the U.S. and Mexico. The fue...


Mylan ups aid for some EpiPen purchasers

But critics say the company's saving cards are little more than a P.R. measure

Like a quick dose of adrenaline, Mylan NV is administering increases in its financial aid program for some users of its EpiPen emergency allergy treatment,...


Amazon Vehicles offers just about everything except vehicles

The new section sells accessories and is a warehouse of information -- cars may be next

Maybe one of these days, you'll be able to order a new car on Amazon and a drone will drop it at your house a few hours later. That may be a slight exagger...


Expectations you have for old age determine which age you want to live to, study finds

Those who have fewer positive associations with old age prefer to pass away at a younger age

They say that growing old is a part of life, a saying that nevertheless surprises people when they wake up to find a gray hair. But although you can’t stop...


Why the workforce is likely to get older

Two thirds of Baby Boomers don't plan to retire

There are several take-aways from the latest Transamerica Center for Retirement Study (TCRS), including the fact that Baby Boomer workers aren't going anyw...


Preparing the family dog for the kids' return to school

How to keep your dog from engaging in unwanted behaviors when home alone

The summer months are often held in high regard by dogs who live in households with children. Having the kids home means more time to play outside, more fa...


How much does your dog cost you per year?

Large breeds can take a big bite out of consumers' wallets

Pet owners often spare no expense in caring for their beloved pets. From keeping the treat jar stocked to ensuring only the finest food graces their bowl,...


Workers not quite ready for the 'gig economy'

Survey finds reluctance to work as an independent contractor

There are pros and cons to working as an independent contractor instead of an employee. But a new survey suggests workers see more cons than pros.Deloi...


Is there any way to make college cheaper?

Researchers say one attempt has backfired

It may not be a coincidence that college started to get a lot more expensive when schools began restricting who could attend, then spent millions of dollar...


The rise in home prices continues

The pace of increases appears to be tapering off

The price of houses across the U.S. moved slightly higher in the second quarter.According to the Federal Housing Financ...


American Foods Group recalls beef product

The product may be contaminated with specified risk materials

American Foods Group of Green Bay, Wis., is recalling approximately 7,420 pounds of beef brain product that may be contaminated with specified risk materia...


Dorel Juvenile recalls Safety 1st strollers

The stroller tray folding mechanism can partially disengage on one side

Dorel Juvenile of Columbus, Ind., is recalling about 25,800 Step and Go Travel Systems sold under the Safety 1st brand in the U.S. and Canada. The ...


Hillary Clinton calls for EpiPen price cuts

"No apparent justification" for 400% price hike for life-saving auto-injector

Hillary Clinton has joined the chorus calling on Mylan Pharmaceutical NV to reduce the price of the EpiPen, the epinephrine auto-injector used by those wit...


Standing desks help children avoid obesity and perform better in school

The key, researchers believe, is encouraging movement during class time

A stand-biased desk similar to those used in many classrooms (Staff photo)A number of studies have been published recently which show that sitting fo...


Google nixes big ads that obscure mobile content

Sites that use 'interstitial' ads may feel the sting, but most approve of Google's move

Google provided these examplesIn web jargon, an "interstitial" ad is one that blocks all or most of the content you're trying to look at. They're ext...


Strict parenting may inadvertently hone kids' lying skills

Kids are more likely to lie if they fear punishment, study finds

If you rule the roost with an iron fist, your kids may have learned to become more skillful liars. According to a research by Victoria Talwar, a psycho...


Fewer homes for sale leads to fewer sales in July

Available homes for sale well below a five month supply

The number of existing homes sold in July fell for the first month since November 2015. It's not that fewer people wanted to buy homes. There were just few...


Here's another Craigslist scam to watch out for

This one could cost you your car

Craigslist provides a convenient way to buy and sell things, but it has also been used as a tool by scammers. Here's something else to look out for.Let...


Internet of Things -- a little person on your shoulder

Contextual advertising will be with you wherever you go as the IoT is deployed

You hear a lot of people talking about how great life will be when cars drive themselves and the Internet of Things is fully deployed. But while many of us...


How baggage fees improved airline performance

Researchers claim they help airlines leave the gate on time

The nation's airlines have gone from economic basket cases to profitable enterprises since the end of the Great Recession, thanks in large part to baggage ...


Here are the best credit cards for college students

But parents and students should agree on how they are used

With college students heading back to campus, parents may be considering whether a son or daughter should have a credit card.Having one could provide s...


Mortgage applications post second consecutive decline

Contract interest rates were on the rise

Another drop for mortgage applications. The weekly survey conducted by the Mortgage Bankers Association shows applications were down 2.1% in the week en...


ALEX Toys recalls infant building play sets

Small parts of the plastic toy building sets can detach, posing a choking hazard

ALEX Toys of new Jersey is recalling about 91,000 ALEX Jr. Baby Builder, First Pops and First Snaps. Small parts of the plastic toy building sets c...


Lawmakers demand EpiPen price rollbacks, patient groups silent

Sky-high price of allergy first-aid tool leads to calls for FTC, Congressional action

Federal and state lawmakers are calling on the manufacturer of EpiPens to roll back price increases that have raised the cost of the life-saving emergency ...


Smart window material may help consumers control heat and light

A small electric charge would enable users to adjust the tint on their windows

Researchers from Austin's Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas have developed a way to transform the windows in your home or business ...


New study sheds light on the nature of our immune systems

Findings will eventually be used to help the elderly stay healthier for longer

Scientists have constantly been striving to understand how and why our immune systems break down as we get older. While certain studies have shown promise...


A new warning about subprime credit cards

NerdWallet study says they can be predatory

As we have pointed out here numerous times, there is a big difference between credit cards. In addition to the types of rewards and incentives they offer,...


Low gas prices painting automakers into a corner

Having more SUVs on the road pulls down their fleet fuel economy rating

Up until 2014, it appeared automakers were on cruise control as they worked their way toward meeting the government's mandated fuel economy standards, know...


A little exercise can counter the effects of too much sitting

But sitting in front of the TV isn't the same as working at your desk

Ever since studies found that those who spend all day sitting tend to have a higher death rate than those who move around, researchers have been trying to...


Consumers face stiff challenges to saving

Mounting debt and shrinking paychecks among the biggest

Americans want to save money, and are trying to save money. But a new survey from the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. (CFP Board) show...


The surge in new home sales continues

Housing prices were mixed

Sales of new single-family houses rose in July for a second consecutive month.The Commerce Department reports sales shot up 12.4% from the revised seas...


Five Star Shellfish brand oysters recalled

The products may be contaminated with Salmonella

Five Star Shellfish is recalling its brand of large standard and mixed oysters due to possible Salmonella contamination. No reported illnesses have...


BMW recalls model year 2016-2017 MINI Clubman vehicles

The side curtain airbags for front seat occupants may not deploy in the intended positions

BMW of North America is recalling 7,810 model year 2016-2017 MINI Clubman vehicles manufactured August 19, 2015, through July 14, 2016. The side cu...


Wells Fargo to pay $4 million for illegal student loan practices

Consumers were charged illegal fees, among other violations

Wells Fargo Bank has been ordered to pay more than $4 million for illegal private student loan servicing practices that increased costs and unfairly penali...


Why frequent lung cancer screenings are important to your health

An initial negative screening is not a sure sign that everything is fine

A new study from the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa underlines the importance of screening for lung cancer – a disease that is a leading cause of death for...


Crib that mimics womb could reduce risk of SIDS

The Crescent Womb 'holds your baby the way nature intended,' says its creator

Ninety-one percent of parents are still putting their babies in cribs with unsafe bedding, according to a recent study. The same study also found that 14% ...


Why home prices may continue to rise

Because there simply are not enough of them for sale

Month after month it seems to be the same story. Home prices go up, even if sales for the month are flat, or even lower.It's a trend that has been in p...


Child safety hazards you may have overlooked

Tips for preventing household accidents

Many young children are adept at finding trouble around the house. There’s often no predicting where kids’ curiosity will lead them, but parents can try to...


Revised fees proposed for taxpayers using installment plan

Some are rising, others remain the same

If you're a taxpayer who uses the installment plan to settle up with Uncle Sam, you need to know that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is proposing a rev...


What causes you the most financial stress?

Survey finds 20% of consumers stressed by too much credit card debt

Money probably is not the root of all evil, but it probably is the cause of a large share of financial stress.GoBankingRates surveyed 7,000 consumers n...


Quick, what's the biggest influence on your credit score?

TransUnion found that a lot of consumers don't know

A credit score seems like a fairly simple concept. If you have a high score, you can qualify for the best rates on loans. If you have a low score, you can'...


Feds mobilize industry for war on robocalls

FCC asks tech companies to find a way to block or limit these calls

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is preparing to wage war on robocalls and is trying to mobilize the technology industry to join the cause.T...


Chrysler recalls Jeep Renegades with factory-installed trailer hitch package

The trailer hitch assembly may separate from the vehicle

Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling 8,561 model year 2015-2016 Jeep Renegades manufactured August 25, 2014, to June 25, 2016, equipped with a factory-instal...


Cambridge Farms recalls three brands of frozen cut corn

The products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Cambridge Farms of Lancaster, Pa., is recalling three brands of frozen cut corn that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. No illnesses ...


Model year 2013 Elantras recalled

The brake light switch plunger can remain extended when the brake pedal is released

Hyundai Motor America is recalling 64,500 model year 2013 Elantras manufactured December 1, 2012, to April 30, 2013. The brake pedal stopper pad ca...


Going solo on a group tour

Being surrounded by people you barely know isn't always fun

Group travel has its advantages: someone else plans the itinerary and you get to leave the lodging, transportation, meals, and sightseeing to someone else....


Mozilla supports FCC's open set-top box proposal

Technology companies are lined up against pay-TV and cable interests

The Mozilla Foundation, developer of the Firefox browser, has thrown its support behind the notion that consumers should not have to rent a set-top cable b...


Dogs value praise from their human over treats, study finds

We're much more to dogs than a means of getting food, researchers say

A dangling treat may hold your dog in rapt attention, but new research suggests that most dogs crave another reward to a higher degree.Using a combinat...


Stuffstr app can help you keep your unused items out of landfills

Consumers can see item-specific recommendations for where their unused stuff should go

You probably have a few items in your home that you’re not using. In fact, you probably have over $7,000 worth of unused items in your home, says John Atch...


Harley-Davidson joins VW in emission-cheaters corner

Harley to pay $15 million for selling "super tuners" that produce excessive emissions

Volkswagen and Harley-Davidson are both sort of iconic. VW sort of symbolizes frugality and modesty. Vice Presidential candidate Tim Kane drives a VW. Harl...


Following a healthy diet during pregnancy reduces risk of ADHD and behavioral problems, study finds

Researchers say diets high in fat and sugar could be harmful to healthy development

A new study from the King’s College in London and the University of Bristol reinforces how important it is for women to follow a healthy diet while they ar...


Oil prices keep trying to push higher

What's that going to mean for gasoline prices?

Motorists are still enjoying relatively low gasoline prices, but they should keep a wary eye on the price of oil. This week it has marched consistently hig...


Eddie Bauer reports data breach

It's the second retail intrusion report this week

If you recently used a debit or credit card at Eddie Bauer, your card information could be compromised.The company reports its point of sale systems at...


Students and parents targeted in back-to-school scams

Con men are demanding payment of a non-existent tax

Have you ever heard of the “Federal Student Tax?” Well, that's because there is no such thing.But that's not stopping the con men who are working their...


Researchers may have developed a safer opioid drug

The new formula is said to be less addictive and avoids most side effects

Opioid addiction has become a major health problem because these painkillers are very powerful and habit-forming.In addition to people who overdose whi...


Are you using the right credit card?

A J.D. Power study shows why you probably aren't

What's in your wallet? According to J.D. Power, it's probably the wrong credit card.The market analysis firm reports at least one in five credit card c...


Airline consumer complaints trend downward

Tarmac delays are a different story

Either the airlines are doing a better job of keeping their customers happy, or the consumers figure it doesn't do any good to gripe.Whatever the case,...


Sprint vs. T-Mobile: it's getting nasty

Both say they are getting rid of data plans

On the heels of AT&T; announcement that it is doing away with overage charges on its data plan, T-Mobile upped the ante Thursday, announcing it is doing aw...


Uber launching fleet of self-driving Volvos in Pittsburgh

The companies are getting the jump on Google, Tesla, and others in the autonomous car derby

If you summon an Uber in Pittsburgh later this month, don't be surprised if the driver appears to be doing nothing. Uber is launching a fleet of self-drivi...


Pokémon Go distractions lead to real-life consequences

Research shows that players are more likely to get into an accident by being less aware

If you’ve been living under a rock for the past month or so, you may have missed the explosive popularity of Pokémon Go. Released in July, players of the g...


Diabetes medication may have other health benefits, study shows

Researchers believe linagliptin may counter arterial stiffness, a major contributor to cardiovascular disease

A new study from the University of Missouri has found that a medication used to treat diabetes may also be helpful in preventing arterial stiffness – a com...


Should glasses accompany your child back to school?

Here's how you can tell

Throughout the school year, your child’s vision will be a key player in their academic endeavors. From reading what's on the chalkboard to taking in the co...


The good and bad news about underwater homeowners

Negative equity down sharply since the housing collapse, but still pretty high

It's not as bad as it was, but it's still not very good.That's the bottom line of Zillow's latest report on negative equity in residential real estate,...


AT&T drops overage charges from data plans

When you go over the limit, the speed drops

One drawback to a measured data mobile plan is the added cost when you exceed your monthly allowance. Standard practice in the past has been for carriers t...


Are smartphones in cars just too distracting?

Drivers are now more likely to be accessing apps than texting

For years now safety experts have preached to drivers about the dangers of texting behind the wheel. And though people still do it, many are getting the me...


General Motors recalls model year 2016 Buick Veranos

The fuel line may contact the surface of the engine

General Motors is recalling 189 model year 2016 Buick Veranos manufactured February 16, 2016, to May 12, 2016, equipped with a 2.0 liter turbocharged engin...


Relief efforts underway to help Louisiana flood victims

Consumers can help, but are encouraged to use care in making donations

For many, it produced flashbacks to Hurricane Katrina almost 11 years ago. Cars mostly submerged on city streets. People standing on roof tops waiting to b...


Study shows U.S. consumers are saving more for retirement

Younger demographics are leading this financially-conscious movement

About a year ago, a survey showed that U.S. consumers were becoming less inclined to save for retirement because they didn’t want to sacrifice their curren...


Number of stroller-related injuries still 'unacceptably high,' experts say

Here's what safety experts recommend parents do to prevent injuries

Strollers and carriers provide parents with means of getting some fresh air with their babies, but they aren’t without risks. According to a new study, abo...


Sprint joins Southwest, Delta in bad backup derby

9-1-1 service fails throughout the Washington, D.C., area

Everyone tries to be on their best behavior in Washington, hoping Congress won't get annoyed and crush them. Too bad no one told Sprint about that before i...


Google offers how-to-vote information

No, it's not telling you which candidate to vote for

We ask Google for information, instructions, and directions everyday, so why not ask it how to vote? No, not which candidate to vote for, but how to regist...


Student loan borrowers are paying for free services

Consumer groups urge for a federal crackdown on the debt relief industry

Back during the foreclosure crisis, debt relief companies took to the cable TV airwaves to promise consumers help getting out from under debt – for a fee....


Delta reveals new suites for business class passengers

Each suite comes with a fully reclining seat and divider for privacy

Recently, airlines have been trying to think up new ways to squeeze more passengers on flights. Back in March, United Airlines said it would be adding one ...


Back-to-school shopping drags on

Only about half of shoppers have finished stocking up

Little by little, consumers are slogging through the annual task of back-to-school shopping.The National Retail Federation’s (NRF) annual survey conduc...


Mortgage applications down again

Contract interest rates were generally lower

Mortgage applications have fallen for the fourth time in five weeks.The Mortgage Bankers Association’s Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey shows applic...


Housing markets continue to regain their footing

The upward trajectory is expected to continue

It hasn't been quick and it hasn't been easy, but the housing market is moving steadily toward what has traditionally been considered “normal.”Accordin...


Ford is doubling down on self-driving cars

Announces a major investment and expansion in Silicon Valley

Lately, the lines between the automotive world and technology have begun to blur. There are computers inside vehicles and the automakers have been as big a...


How prepared are you to cover medical expenses in retirement?

Fidelity Investments says the average retiree needs $130,000

If you are 65 years old, or approaching that milestone, you might not think much about medical costs in retirement.After all, you're going on Medicare ...


Why you should get a flu shot during pregnancy

It will protect your baby even after his or her departure from the womb

Pregnancy is a privilege, and many women treat it as such. From eating vegetables and staying hydrated to avoiding hot tubs and Hibiscus Tea, expectant mot...


Study: maternal touch could help kids become better at socializing

Touching kids' backs may have a positive impact on their social brains

Previous research has shown that loving touches from a parent can help babies construct a mental picture of their body, which can help them formulate a sen...


Uber, Lyft may be answer to smaller cities' transit woes

On-demand car service could replace buses in lightly populated areas

Public transit is beloved by policy wonks and generally hated by those who use it, especially in smaller cities where buses don't run very often or in citi...


Google loses a round in Gmail wiretap case

A class action suit charges that Google wrongfully intercepts emails to inject ads

It has come to seem pretty ordinary that California-based Google scans your Gmail before delivering it, then inserts advertisements that seem to correspond...


Aetna withdrawing from most Obamacare exchanges

Company says rising costs are to blame

If you have an Aetna health insurance policy obtained through an Affordable Care Act (ACA) exchange, you may have to look for new coverage for next year. A...


New home construction on the rise in July

Building permit applications, though, were lower

Construction of new homes in July built on the gains posted in June, although developers' plans for housing in the months ahead slipped a bit.The Comme...


Consumer prices hold steady in July

A sharp drop in gasoline prices gets much of the credit

For the first time in five months, the government's Consumer Price Index (CPI) has failed to rise.According to the Department of Labor (DOL), the CPI w...


Housing affordability slips in second quarter

Higher prices are getting the blame

Rising home prices outweighed falling mortgage rates when it came to housing affordability in the second quarter of the year.The National Association o...


BMW recalls M5 sedans, M6 coupes, M6 convertibles and M6 Gran Coupes

The vehicles' driveshaft may fracture and fail, causing a loss of propulsion

BMW of North America is recalling 956 model year 2015 BMW M5 sedans manufactured September 4, 2014, through December 4, 2014; 2015 M6 coupes manufactured S...


Model year 2016 Malibu Hybrids recalled

The vehicle's high-voltage power may be disconnected during driving

General Motors is recalling 534 model year 2016 Malibu Hybrids manufactured October 27, 2015, to June 3, 2016. The affected vehicles have a shut-of...


Google may be looking at a low-Fiber diet

Digging trenches is expensive and slow, the advertising powerhouse is learning

A high-fiber diet is good for you, but it can also cause indigestion, as Google and its parent company, Alphabet, are learning. For years, Google has been ...


AARP: Unless Congress acts, Social Security cuts are coming

Law requires 25% benefit cuts when program runs out of cash

Millennials and Gen-Xers take note: your anticipated Social Security payments when you retire might be significantly less than you think.AARP New York ...


California may ditch Daylight Saving Time

Enough with the sun already, a hot and drought-ridden state exclaims

It's not quite Camelot, but in California, voters get to decide just about everything through the state's initiative process. Soon they may even decide whe...


Pet parents would choose their pet over their significant other, survey finds

What other surprising sacrifices are pet owners willing to make?

From doggy day spas to air conditioned dog houses, pets are getting the royal treatment these days. Case in point: Americans spent upwards of $60 billion o...


Political seasons can make the workplace tense

Michigan State researchers say uncivil behavior carries a real cost

Every four years, a presidential campaign seems to always bring out the conflicts, especially on social media, where people never shy away from expressing ...


Hackers hit 20 hotels across the U.S., swiped credit card info

The attack affected properties owned by HEI Hotels & Resorts

You've probably never heard of HEI Hotels & Resorts, but you may have stayed at one of the Hyatt, Sheraton, Marriott, or Westin hotels the company operates...


How to properly store and handle your pet's food

Tips on keeping your pet's dry food and treats free of mold and Salmonella

In people, stomach bugs might often be traced back to a recently consumed meal. But for pets, the food itself isn't always the culprit. Pinning the bla...


Best and worst cities for retirement

WalletHub breaks it down over 31 key metrics

Increasingly, retirees are not moving out of their homes once their working days are behind them. But for those who do plan to relocate, what are the most ...


Low cost of living drawing jobs to the Midwest

Companies like the fact that housing costs are much lower

Homes tend to be more expensive on the east and west coasts because that's where the good jobs are.Sure, you can find housing bargains in the Midwest, ...


Builder confidence rebounds in August

Low mortgage rates are credited

The confidence of builders in the market for new single-family homes moved higher in August.After posting a downwardly revised reading of 58 in July, t...


Tegol recalls Outlaw Slim-G Series motorcycle helmets

The helmets may not adequately protect the wearer's head in the event of an impact

Tegol, Inc. is recalling 5,292 Outlaw Slim-G Series motorcycle helmets, part number GLD-12-510-511, in all sizes, manufactured March 30, 2013, to June 5, 2...


Researchers claim they can hack most Volkswagens

Easy to assemble electronic device allegedly controls remote keyless entry systems

Researchers who are well-acquainted with Volkswagen have published a paper alleging that hackers are able to access the remote keyless entry system of virt...


If presidential candidates are products, which are you buying?

This year, will political consumers go for an 'off-brand' candidate?

In 1969 Joe McGinniss wrote “The Selling of the President,” a book about the role advertising played in the 1968 presidential election. For the first time,...


Baltimore’s Inner Harbor and Harbor East have lots to offer

Many people find Baltimore more interesting to visit than neighboring D.C.

Just an hour north of Washington, D.C., Baltimore has a lot to offer. Its famed Inner Harbor and the new and trendy Harbor East have hotels, restaurants, s...


Air marshals will be on many Cuban flights

At issue is the security being provided by Cuban airports

There has been a lot of hoopla about the resumption of commercial airline flights between the U.S. and Cuba. But behind the scenes, there's also been a lot...


Physical exercise improves overall brain function for those with schizophrenia

The study indicates a new method for treating mental illness and improving outcomes

In a new study from the University of Manchester, researchers have examined the positive benefits that physical exercise can have for people who are affect...


Researchers identify factors for increasing growth of STEM fields

Opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math are plentiful in the U.S.

With summer quickly coming to an end, many young people in the U.S. will be getting ready to go to school. But what fields will these young people be pursu...


Easy ways to incorporate exercise into your workday

Just changing some routines could lead to better health

For millions of Americans, the workday doesn't provide much opportunity for physical activity.You might spend an hour or two sitting in a car, bus or t...


PetSmart hopes their unique playlists will calm the nerves of pets

Could certain types of music actually help calm anxious pets?

Soon, pets who bring their owners to PetSmart will be treated to the sounds of a pet-friendly playlist. The retail chain hired Mood Media to craft spec...


A diet to keep your memory sharp

Australian researchers say the Mediterranean diet slows cognitive decline

Most of use go on a diet to lose weight or to improve our physical condition. But researchers in Australia have concluded that the Mediterranean diet is no...


Retail sales flat in July

Weakness was seen pretty much across the board

After posting three straight monthly advances, retail sales were flat during July.Figures released by the Census Bureau show retail and food services s...


Wholesale prices drop in July

Both food and energy costs were lower

Prices one step short of the consumer level fell in July for the first time in four months.The Department of Labor (DOL) reports the Producer Price Ind...


Honda recalls model year 2016 Civic 2-Door vehicles

The side marker light may not function

American Honda Motor Co. is recalling 11,846 model year 2016 Civic 2-Door vehicles manufactured February 23, 2016, through May 20, 2016. The affect...


Toyota changes remedy for RAV4 and Lexus HS 250h recalls

Dealers will replace both rear suspension arm assemblies

Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. is changing the remedy for approximately 337,000 model year 2006 - 2011 Toyota RAV4 and 2010 Lexus HS 250h vehicles recalled in ...


Macy's closing 100 more stores, plans to juice up its online operation

The venerable chain says its "dynamic digital offerings" will make up for the lost retail space

Pretty soon, they'll have to have the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside a Starbucks. Macy's says it's closing another 100 stores out of its current to...


The hidden costs of leasing a car

Don't overlook what it will cost you when the lease is up

You can still buy a new car for well below $20,000, but the fact is consumers now spend on average about $34,000 for a new set of wheels.On a purchase,...


Southwest technical outage could cost it up to $84 million

Tech problems with Delta also have consumers riled up

Last month, Southwest Airlines experienced a technological glitch that led to havoc in terminals across the country. The airliner ended up canceling 2,300 ...


Online prices fall for six straight months

Adobe report suggests the best place to save money is online

You may notice the cost of living is going up here and there, but if you do all your shopping online, you no doubt have seen mostly prices that are going d...


Simply seeing and touching the earth may lengthen your life

Being surrounded by greenery helps women live longer, study finds

Many studies have proven that a little time in nature is good for the soul. But could nature actually help those of a certain gender live longer?Accord...


Regulators want more information from dietary supplement makers

FDA wants prompt notification of ingredient changes to supplements

Millions of consumers take dietary supplements, but these pills are not regulated as drugs. However, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does exercise s...


'Just below' pricing effective at snagging consumers

Consumers need to be aware they are being manipulated

Whether it's a house listed at $299,999 or a product sold on TV for “three easy payments of $19.95,” marketers have long resorted to “just below” pricing –...


How dad's mood impacts children's development

Kids' social skill development may be hampered by a stressed dad, study finds

It may be true that a happy wife equals a happy life, but dad’s mood may be just as important when it comes to creating a happy household filled with happy...


Sam Kane Beef Processors recalls ground beef products

The products may be contaminated with foreign materials -- specifically metal

Sam Kane Beef Processors of Corpus Christi, Texas, is recalling approximately 60,350 pounds of ground beef products. The products may be contaminat...


Ram 3500 and 4500/5500 trucks recalled

A misshapen main output shaft that creates voids may cause a shaft fracture

Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling 889 model year 2016 Ram 3500 trucks manufactured July 24, 2015, through January 7, 2016, and 2016 Ram 4500/5500 trucks m...


FTC warns VW diesel owners to beware of shady buyback deals

The agency is also warning dealers to be careful they don't misrepresent the buyback process

Many owners of 2.0-liter Volkswagen diesel cars are looking forward to selling their cars back to VW at a premium. But the Federal Trade Commission warns t...


The ten best states to have a baby

Vermont takes the top spot, Maine & Connecticut close behind

Having a child isn’t cheap. With an incoming baby comes incoming medical bills and a host of other delivery day concerns. However, living in certain st...


Online gaming leads to better academic performance, study finds

However, use of social media leads to worse performance

It’s a rare sight these days to see a teenager without a phone or laptop nearby. Popular online activities like video games or tending to social media can ...


Choosing a balance transfer credit card

Don't overlook the balance transfer fee

If you have a lot of credit card debt, you might save a good bit of money if you moved it to a credit card that doesn't charge any interest for several mon...


How to stay one step ahead of back-to-school bugs

Preventing colds altogether may be impossible, but preparing for them isn't

As summer makes its exit, the new school year will make its entrance. With the beginning of school comes the inevitable onslaught of colds and ailments. ...


What bugs you about your fellow hotel guests?

Expedia survey finds clueless parents top the list

Frequent travelers have their pet peeves about hotels -- low water pressure in the shower, not enough towels, or overpowering air freshener in the room. Yi...


Consumers cautioned about Zika protection products

The best way to avoid the virus is to avoid the mosquitoes carrying it

The limited outbreak of the Zika virus in Florida has consumers rightly concerned about the mosquito-borne disease that can cause severe birth defects if p...


Subprime borrowers continue to increase their credit card usage

But the percentage of those doing so is down sharply from 2008

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York, which monitors credit usage, reports overall household debt increased slightly in the second quarter of the year. Mor...


Number of homes in foreclosure drops sharply in June

Completed foreclosures were down as well

The nation continues to crawl out of the hole created by the previous decade's housing meltdown.Property information provider CoreLogic reports the for...


A bounce-back for mortgage applications

Contract interest rates have reversed course

Mortgage applications have turned higher after posting three straight weekly declines.The Mortgage Bankers Association reports applications jumped 7.1%...


Beyond Better Foods recalls Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

The product may have been mispackaged and failed to declare the allergen, peanuts

Beyond Better Foods is recalling select cases from a single production run of Enlightened brand Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip ice cream. The product...


Brown Jordan Services recalls swivel patio chairs

The base of the chair can break during normal use, posing a fall hazard

Brown Jordan Services of St. Augustine, Fla., is recalling about 271,000 swivel dining and lounge chairs sold in the U.S. and Canada. The base of t...


Senators warn connected cars create privacy risks

Your movements could be tracked by your employer, your spouse, a stalker, or advertisers

What if your car could talk? What might it say about you? Would it gossip with other cars or divulge your secrets to your spouse, your employer, the police...


Facebook will let you block specific ads but will be blocking ad blockers

It sounds confusing, but Facebook says it's trying to empower consumers

Facebook is coming down on both sides of consumer protection with its latest update. It's making it easier for consumers to control what ads it sees while ...


Hulu free video content moving to Yahoo

Company will shift focus to Hulu Premium

Hulu is getting rid of its free video content, focusing solely on its premium service that competes with Netflix and Amazon Prime. However, consumers wh...


Delta's system is back up but more flights are cancelled

The company is compensating passengers experiencing delayed and cancelled flights with a $200 travel voucher

The power outage that took down Delta Airlines' entire computer system Monday, forcing the cancellation of about 1,000 flights, has been repaired.But t...


Thirty minutes of reading per day can add years to your life, study finds

Kale and cardio aren't the only ways to lengthen your lifespan

Time spent with your nose in a book isn’t wasted. In fact, bookworms may be adding years to their lives.Researchers from Yale University recently divid...


Here's where it costs the most to rent a car this summer

Survey shows Philadelphia is the costliest market, Orlando the cheapest

The fee for renting a car is a lot like the price of an airline ticket. It can change depending on the time of year and the destination.And it turns ou...


Cat people are, indeed, more likely to be single

Dog people are usually more popular, study finds

If the words "single" and "cats" are inexplicably joined together in your mind, you're not alone -- and your idea of a single person's preferred pet may no...


Federal Trade Commission sues 1-800 Contacts

Feds say company engaged in anti-competitive behavior

In the world of e-commerce, 1-800 Contacts is the nation's largest retailer of contact lenses. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) maintains it cut some leg...


How to pick a college major

These five steps can help you declare a major early and stick with it

Of the millions of young people heading off to college this month, many have already chosen a college major. Others, however, will show up “undeclared.”...


Young children are most at risk for chemical eye burns, study finds

Parents should keep cleaners and other harmful products out of reach to avoid accidents

You might think that accidents involving chemicals would be highest amongst adults -- probably most by those who work in industrial professions. However, a...


July a banner month for teen job-seekers

Nearly a half million young adults found work last month

The kids are on the job.An analysis of government data by outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas finds the number of teenagers finding summer j...


Al Shabrawy Meat recalls meat and poultry products

Some of the products contain pistachio nut and soy, allergens not declared on the label

Al Shabrawy Meat of South River, N.J., is recalling an undetermined amount of meat and poultry products. Some of the products contain pistachio nut...


John Deere recalls lawn and garden tractors

The reverse implement option (RIO) system can fail, posing a laceration hazard

Deere & Company of Moline, Ill., is recalling about 5,500 lawn and garden tractors in the U.S. and Canada. The reverse implement option (RIO) syste...


JML Ingredients recalls IQF Cut Green Beans

The product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

JML Ingredients of East Petersburg, Pa., is recalling IQF Cut Green Beans. The product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. No ...


26 infants have died in hot cars so far this year

Children strapped into safety seats are simply forgotten by their parents and caregivers

The long, hot summer isn't over and already 26 children have died after being left in hot cars, compared to ...


Walmart takes aim at Amazon, acquiring

Retailer believes the move will bolster its ecommerce position

Walmart has announced it is acquiring online retailer for $3.3 billion in cash and stock. The company says the acquisition will build on its ecomme...


Delta computer outage throws schedules up in the air

Flights are resuming after 451 cancelations and thousands of delays

Air travelers are starting the week with a complication that could affect timely arrivals at their destinations.Delta Airlines experienced a computer o...


Russian hackers breach huge point-of-sale payment system

Oracle's MICROS credit card payment system compromised, reports say

One of the world's top three pont-of-sale credit card payment systems has been breached by Russian hackers, according to press reports, affecting hundreds ...


Male Tinder users' self-esteem takes a hit, study finds

The quest for external validation may be detrimental to a user's body image

Tinder offers users a quick and easy way to meet new people, but it may come at a cost. A new study finds that Tinder users have lower levels of self-estee...


Study says pesticides used to help bees may hurt them

Researchers say an unintended consequence may be that bees are more vulnerable to disease

The disappearance of large numbers of honey bees, known as colony collapse disorder (CCD), has been linked to any number of potential factors, including th...


Feds push for stronger paid content disclosures

Some paid content isn't adequately labeled and some aren't even true

On the heels of Facebook's crackdown on “clickbait” in its news feeds, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is reportedly eying paid celebrity posts on socia...


Summertime tax scams heating up

The bad guys want you to pay “back taxes” using gift cards

Heading into the “Dog Days” of summer, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is warning that as you relax, the tax scammers are gearing up to fleece you.T...


Here are the places renters can still afford to buy a home

Salaries have risen faster in some markets than housing costs

The homeownership rate is down, meaning more consumers are competing for apartments and rental property. As a result, rents have risen sharply since the ho...


Grassfields Cheese recalls cheese products

The products may be contaminated with Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC)

Grassfields Cheese is recalling approximately 20,000 pounds of organic cheeses due to possible contamination with Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC), a b...


Mercedes-Benz C300 and C400 vehicles recalled

Mis-aimed headlamps may not properly illuminated the road

Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) is recalling 9,137 model year 2015 C300 and C400 vehicles manufactured from June 18, 2014, through September 5, 2014. The...


Cinmar recalls World Magnetic Travel Maps

If two or more magnets are swallowed, they can link together causing intestinal obstructions

Cinmar LLC of West Chester, Ohio, is recalling about 4,500 travel maps with magnets.   If two or more magnets are swallowed, they can link together i...


Grossglockner recalls pork product

The product contains wheat, an allergen not declared on the label

Grossglockner Inc., of Canandaigua, N.Y., is recalling approximately 204 pounds of fully cooked, not shelf stable, pork sausage bangers. The firm a...


VW diesel owners should get more money, Consumer Reports argues

The magazine also wants owners who opt for a fix to be able to reconsider their decision

Consumer Reports magazine thinks owners of Volkswagen diesels aren't getting enough compensation for the damage done to their car's resale value by VW's de...


How to get along with your fellow travelers

You're in tight quarters for a week or more, so be nice!

On my first experience traveling with a group we had one particularly pushy couple who always had to be at the front of the line.While visiting a gold ...


Facebook purging 'clickbait' from news feeds

Stories with misleading or non-revealing headlines getting kicked to the curb

You've seen those headlines. They're written to grab your attention.“He Put Garlic In His Shoes Before Going To Bed And What Happens Next Is Hard To Be...


CFPB adopts new rules to protect homeowners who fall behind

The rules protect struggling borrowers against unfair practices by loan servicers

Homeowners who fall behind in their mortgage payments will be getting added protections from a new rule finalized this week by the Consumer Financial Prote...


How much exercise does it take to undo the effects of sitting?

Incorporating just a little movement into your day can make a big difference, researchers say

Whether you’re tied to a desk or in the middle of a Netflix binge, you may find yourself sitting for long periods of time. Prolonged periods of inactiv...


Patent Office rejects Whole Foods 'World's Healthiest Grocery Store' trademark

It still has the 'American's Healthiest Grocery Store' trademark as consolation, though

Is Whole Foods the world's healthiest grocery store? Well, it might be, but the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office says it is not the "World's Healthiest Gro...


The psychology of saving money

Could it all rest on whether you think about the future?

Some people seem to be able to build up a savings account with little effort. Others struggle to do so and become mired in debt.Is it a question of inc...


Apple to launch bug bounty program in September

The company will pay out substantial rewards to those who find flaws in their products

Increasingly, technology producers and companies are using outside resources to test for security weaknesses in their products. Now it seems that the trend...


Amazon unveils its first branded cargo plane

The retail giant plans to have a fleet of 40 cargo planes

Amazon's plans for drone delivery have gotten a lot of attention, but the big draw in Seattle today is Amazon One -- a Boeing 767-300 cargo plane that is t...


Researchers make progress in fight against HIV

Using killer T cells may allow doctors to completely rid patients of persistent diseases

Scientists are always striving to come up with new ways to cure the diseases that plague society. And now, it looks like they are one step closer to achiev...


Soda sales continue to lose ground to water

Market research finds consumers are favoring water as a way to promote health

Consumers are on a health kick, and you can see the evidence in sales figures for sugar-sweetened beverages like soda.In a new report, market research ...


Drug company settles charges that it delayed generics

Forty-eight states accused Cephalon of 'pay-for-delay' activities

Critics of the pharmaceutical industry have long complained that drug companies make minor tweaks to their drugs with expiring patents to prevent generic v...


The nation's job machine cranks along

Along with a solid gain in July, employment numbers for June and May were revised higher

The U.S. economy turned out another 255,000 jobs in July, according to figures from the Department of Labor (DOL). Additionally, the June and May employmen...


Nissan recalls Infiniti M35 Hybrids

A system overheat condition may cause the hybrid powertrain control module to shut off the engine

Nissan North America is recalling 1,140 model year 2012-2013 Infiniti M35 Hybrids manufactured March 23, 2010, to September 9, 2013. A system overh...


Model year 2016-2017 Buick Envisions recalled

The maximum tire weight information may be incorrect

General Motors is recalling 4,558 model year 2016-2017 Buick Envisions manufactured February 4, 2016, to April 25, 2016. The Tire and Loading Infor...


Ford C-MAX, Escape, Focus, Mustang, Transit Connect and Lincoln MKC vehicles recalled

The pawl spring tab in the side door latch could break

Ford Motor Company is recalling approximately 830,000 2013-15 Ford C-MAX, 2013-15 Ford Escape, 2012-15 Ford Focus, 2015 Ford Mustang and Lincoln MKC, and 2...


Strava app's new feature can help outdoor runners stay safe

Beacon gives designated contacts the ability to track an athlete's location in real-time

Runners often reap numerous physical and mental health benefits, as do those who spend time outside. It stands to reason, therefore, that the minds and bod...


Researchers create database to help fight age-related diseases

Compiled information will help medical professionals develop drugs against cancer, Alzheimer's, and many more

Recent work done by researchers at the University of Warwick could allow for future successful efforts at fighting diseases like cancer and Alzheimer’s. Sc...


Target to sell Amazon items once again

The retailer will once again stock its shelves with Amazon tablets and e-readers

It's been a little while since you could find an Amazon e-product in Target. The retailer decided to stop carrying the popular online company's e-readers a...


Here's a suitcase that weighs itself

A built-in scale is designed to eliminate surprises at the airport

Most airlines not only charge you a fee to check a bag, they often place limits on how much the bag and its contents weigh. Bags exceeding the limits cost ...


NY blasts promoters of bogus 'Zika-preventive' products

Herbal oils and ultrasonic noise-makers don't do the trick, the state charges

If you're worried about contracting the Zika virus through a mosquito bite, there are legitimate safety measures you can take. There are also lots of bogus...


How to save your first $100,000

There are no shortcuts, but there is a road map

You've heard it said, “it takes money to make money.” Ever wondered how rich people got that first $100,000?It was the hardest money they ever earned, ...


Is a college degree worth the cost?

Poll shows graduates still think it is

It's a question that sparks a lot of debate as college tuition costs rise. Is a college education worth the huge price tag?A new Bankrate survey finds ...


Conagra expands recall of Watts Brothers organic vegetable products

The products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

ConAgra Foods is expanding its earlier recall of Watts Brothers Farms Organic Mixed Vegetables, Organic Super Sweet Corn (Yellow/Gold), and Organic Peas....


Model year 2011 Buick Regals recalled

The power seat wiring harness may contact the seat frame

General Motors is recalling 42,984 model year 2011 Buick Regals manufactured November 3, 2009, to March 25, 2011, and equipped with 8-way power adjustable ...


Recovery strategies for athletes vary based on physical needs

A study finds that there is no optimal regeneration strategy that works for all athletes

An athlete’s performance on the field is only as good as the work they put in off the field. Exercise and training regimens are essential in order to achie...


Bose creates a speaker that kids can build themselves

The app-accompanied STEM toy lets kids build and customize their own speaker

Assembling a product from scratch may be the best way to fully understand how it works. Bose agrees, and has created a speaker system that kids can build t...


Spirit flips its rewards program in August -- gives more points for less spending

It's intended to tweak major carriers who now award points based on spending, not miles

Major airlines have been fiddling with their rewards programs, changing them to award points based on spending rather than miles. Budget carrier Spirit Air...


Fidelity automating investment process for younger consumers

Fidelity Go uses computers to devise customized strategy

Would you trust a computer to make investment decisions or hand out advice? Well, why not?After all, computers often have better track records than hum...


What consumers consider most when buying a car

In this era of low gasoline prices, it may surprise you

Since gasoline prices plunged two years ago and have remained fairly stable, consumers have renewed their infatuation with larger vehicles, especially truc...


Carriers ready for Samsung Galaxy Note 7 preorders

iPhone 7 release date still six weeks away

Remember the days when consumers would camp out in front of cell phone stores to be first in line to buy the hottest new smartphone? When was the last time...


How much are you really saving at the gas pump?

Gasbuddy survey finds consumers could be pocketing a lot more

Gasoline prices are lower for this time of year than they have been in recent memory. Consumers should be pocketing significant savings.But are they? G...


Employment on the rise in July

The gains came in the non-manufacturing sector

Although July was a better month for employment than June, the pace of new job creation continues at a less than robust pace.According to the July ADP ...


Another drop -- the third straight -- for mortgage applications

Contract interest rates are working their way higher

For the third time in as many weeks, applications for mortgages were on the decline.The Mortgage Bankers Association reports applications were down 3.5...


Looking for work? Hit the road

More companies seeking out-of-towners to fill positions

There 's been a slight uptick in the percentage of job seekers moving for new employment in the first half of the year.Outplacement consultancy Challen...


Ossie's ready-to-eat Herring Salads recalled

The product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

SM Fish Corp. of Far Rockaway, N.Y., is recalling Ossie’s brand ready-to-eat Herring Salads. The product may be contaminated with Listeria monocyto...


Hampton Creek recalls baking mixes containing Native Forest Coconut Milk Powder

The product may be contaminated with Salmonella

Hampton Creek is recalling baking mixes that contain the Native Forest Coconut Milk Powder. The product may be contaminated with Salmonella. ...


South Korea suspends sales of 80 VW, Audi, Bentley models

U.S. consumers not feeling positive vibes from goodwill efforts

If you think U.S. regulators were tough on Volkswagen for fudging diesel emission readings, consider the response in South Korea where the government has h...


Excessive drinking increases risk of respiratory infection, study finds

Findings show that increased drinking correlates with lower levels of nitric oxide in the lungs

A new study from Loyola Medicine and Loyola University Chicago shows that drinking excessive amounts of alcohol is not only bad for your liver – it can als...


Southwest Airlines pilots demand ouster of CEO

The pilots blame CEO Gary Kelly for the July 20 tech meltdown that grounded thousands of flights

Southwest Airlines pilots are calling for the resignation of CEO Gary Kelly, blaming him for the tech meltdown that left the airline in shambles for days l...


Pok app may help Pokémon Go users find love

The Tinder-style app could open the door to a relationship for users

Pokémon Go has users stepping out of their comfort zones. As a result, some trainers are catching more than just Pokemon. Jeffery Zhang, an MBA student...


Why Wall Street hates the airlines' more consumer-friendly policies

Giving consumers a break seen as bad for business

Oil prices have been low for a couple of years now, and among the beneficiaries have been the nation's airlines.With lower fuel costs, airlines have ad...


Average new car sold for over $34,000 in July

Kelley Blue Book says traditional five-year monthly payment now averages $550

New cars keep going up in price. And if consumers keep paying the price, that probably won't end anytime soon.The average transaction price (ATP) in Ju...


Dogs and human food don't mix, FDA warns

Many foods we digest with no problem can be dangerous for dogs

Some of the stuff we eat isn't fit for a dog. That's the warning from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which recently issued one of its periodi...


How to turn an internship into a real job

It's all in how you end it, one expert says

There's no question that having an internship gives a student a leg up when it comes to landing a job. A recent survey by the National Association of Colle...


Doctors say trampoline parks behind big surge in injuries

Injuries rose from 600 to nearly 7,000 in four years

Indoor trampoline parks have become a favorite family outing destination, but doctors caution that these visits pose potential dangers.Indoor trampolin...


Home prices post solid gains in June

The same month saw rises in both personal income and spending

Home prices moved higher in June on both an annual and a month-over-month basis.The CoreLogic Home Price Index (HPI...


Santana beef jerky products recalled

The products did not undergo federal inspection

Santana’s Black Label Gourmet Beef Jerky of Glendale, Ariz., is recalling approximately 295 pounds of beef jerky products. The products did not und...


Chapel Hill Creamery recalls cheese products

The products may be contaminated with Salmonella

Chapel Hill Creamery in Chapel Hill, N.C., is recalling all Chapel Hill Creamery cheese products because of a potential association with an outbreak of Sal...


10 new Zika cases in Florida, travel advisory issued

Controlling mosquitoes is key to controlling the disease

Ten new cases of Zika, likely from mosquito bites, have been identified in Miami, and Gov. Rick Scott is asking for help. He wants the U.S. Centers for Dis...


Texas balloon accident highlights earlier warnings from safety regulators

The NTSB warned two years ago that a mass-fatality accident was possible

Hot-air balloon rides are popular for those who aren't quite up to skydiving or rappelling up a sheer cliff. But the weekend accident that killed 16 people...


CSPI's top nine calorie-laden restaurant chain meals of 2016

While consumers crave them, they'll do a number on your waistline

Chain restaurants are something of a staple in the U.S. food industry. Consumers all across the country flock to these establishments in order to indulge i...


McDonald's gets rare praise from Consumers Union

Consumer organization says chain delivered on antibiotic-free promise ahead of schedule

It's not often that Consumers Union praises a fast food company, but the policy and advocacy division of Consumer Reports says McDonald's deserves a pat on...


Apps pose a big danger for teens behind the wheel

Two of three teens use apps while driving, study finds

Texting has long been considered a threat to the safety of teens who drive, but another smartphone-related risk has recently come to light. Nearly 70% ...


What 'camping' means to a millennial

Wi-Fi, stoves, and amenities are making camping a more leisurely experience

The great outdoors holds great appeal to millennials. Of the 1.2 million households that went camping in 2015, nearly half were millennials. But as you mig...


Are you driving one of America's most-stolen cars?

Your 15- to 20-year-old model may be more at risk than you think

Cars are stolen from the streets of the U.S. every day. According to the FBI, nearly 700,000 consumers had their cars stolen in 2013.Contrary to popula...


'Intelligent' pet feeder turns out not to be so smart

SmartFeeder goes offline for 10 hours, leaving pets to beg for their next meal

The Internet of Things may be the next big thing, but don't try telling that to your dog. Internet-controlled pet-feeding contraptions went offline for up ...


Blue Bell Creameries faces fine over Listeria outbreak

$850,000 fine reduced to $175,000 if company avoids future problems

The Texas Department of State Health Services has completed an agreement with Blue Bell Creameries that levies an $850,000 fine for last year's Listeria ou...


A fifth straight month of manufacturing growth

New orders and production expanded, while employment and inventories contracted

Another month of expansion -- the fifth in a row -- for the manufacturing sector of the economy.At the same time, according to the Institute for Supply...


Liberty Mountain and STUBAI recall ice axes

The knife in the axe handle can detach, posing a laceration hazard

Liberty Mountain of Sandy, Utah, and STUBAI ZMV GmbH, of Austria, are recalling about 20 STUBAI Tour Lite Telescope ice axes. The knife in the axe ...


Model year 2017 Audi Q7s recalled

The front air bags may deploy with more force than required in certain crashes

Volkswagen Group of America is recalling 14,535 model year 2017 Audi Q7s manufactured August 30, 2015, to May 8, 2016. Due to a software issue with...