Consumer

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Jackie Speier Moves To End Ban On Shipping Alcohol Through Postal Service

Speier’s office said the bill would end a Prohibition-era ban.

07/30/2015

A employee holds a 129,000 USD crocodile Hermes Birkin Bag for the press to see during a private opening for the new Hermes store on Wall Street in New York. (TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

British Actress Wants Name Removed From Pricey Hermes Birkin Bags Due To Crocodile Cruelty

British singer/actor Jane Birkin told Hermes to take her name off the handbag after learning about the alleged cruel practices used to harvest the crocodile skins some of the bags are made of.

07/29/2015

Prickly pear fruit, picked from cacti. (ABBAS MOMANI/AFP/Getty Images)

Importers Fined For Selling Produce Tainted With Illegal Pesticides

The tainted produce sold includes lychee, longan, burdock root, ginger, taro root, fragrant pear, cactus leaves, cactus pears, purslane and squashf from Thailand, Taiwan, China and Mexico.

07/29/2015

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Amazon Proposes Prime Slice Of Air Space For Drone Delivery

Amazon is making a pitch for a prime slice of air space to facilitate high speed package delivery using drones.

07/28/2015

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Petaluma Egg Ranch Workers Wearing Bio-Hazard Suits To Prevent Avian Flu Outbreak

The price of eggs at the supermarket has skyrocketed lately due to the avian flu outbreak, and a Petaluma rancher is putting his chicken farm under bio-hazard lock down to prevent an outbreak from affecting his flock.

07/27/2015

Dodge Ram Pickup Trucks (credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Fiat Chrysler May Be Forced To Buy Back Thousands Of Defective Pickups, Jeeps Over Mishandled Recalls

Fiat Chrysler could be required to lay out hundreds of millions of dollars to get potentially defective Ram pickups and older Jeeps off the road under a deal with safety regulators to settle claims that the automaker mishandled nearly two dozen recalls.

07/27/2015

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Lawsuit Puts Berkeley Law Requiring Cellphone Warnings On Hold Saying Radiation Risk Is False

A group representing the wireless industry has filed a lawsuit to put Berkeley’s cellphone ordinance on hold, saying it violates the First Amendment.

07/27/2015

How To Freeze You Kid's Credit

How I Forced Credit Bureaus To Freeze My Child’s Credit

When I first began covering credit freezes, I was shocked that the bureaus would not let me freeze my child’s credit, widely believed to be the single best tool to prevent financial ID theft.

07/23/2015

Ikea Dressers (credit: Stephen Chernin/Getty Images)

After 2 Fatalities, Ikea Warns Of Risks With 27 Million Dressers

Safety regulators say consumers should keep the furniture away from children unless the products are mounted to a wall…

07/23/2015

A customer shops at TJ Maxx. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images)

Lawsuit Says TJ Maxx ‘Compare At’ Prices Are Deceptive Retail Trick

A class-action lawsuit against T.J. Maxx may give bargain hunters buyer’s remorse when they learn the retailer’s oft-touted ‘compare at’ prices are “staff estimates,” not real department store prices.

07/22/2015