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This September 25, 2013 photo illustration taken in Washington, DC, shows a woman smoking an 'Blu' e-cigarette (electronical cigarette). The National Association of Attorneys General on September 24, issued a letter urging the US Food and Drug Administration to clamp down on the fast-growing e-cigarette market, saying manufacturers are enticing teenagers to smoke with cartoon characters, television ads and bubble-gum flavors. AFP PHOTO / Jim WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

State Lawmakers Block Bill To Regulate E-Cigarettes; SF Senator Leno Renounces His Own Bill

A California legislative panel opted not to vote Wednesday during a heated hearing on a bill that would regulate e-cigarettes as tobacco products after lawmakers gutted its key provision.

07/08/2015

Mail from the EDD with a claimant's social security number on it. (CBS)

State Employment Development Dept. Puts Millions Of Californians At Risk For Identity Theft

ConsumerWatch reporter Julie Watts discovered that one state agency is putting millions of social security numbers at risk despite state laws intended to protect it.

07/07/2015

The Uber smartphone app, used to book taxis using its service, is pictured over a parking lot in the Indian capital New Delhi. ( TENGKU BAHAR/AFP/Getty Images)

Tesla Board Member: Uber CEO Wants To Buy Half A Million Autonomous Cars From Us In 2020

“I believe they are already safer than my parents,” Jurvetson said of autonomous “robocars”, “and I would trust my kids with them.”

07/07/2015

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Starbucks Raising Prices On Heels Of Move To Close La Boulange

Starbucks is raising prices again starting Tuesday, with the increases ranging from 5 to 20 cents for most affected drinks, the company said.

07/06/2015

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Health Officials Warn Consumers Of Toxic Seafood From Central California Coast

The California Department of Public Health is warning of domoic acid poisoning from seafood caught in Monterey, Santa Cruz and Santa Barbara counties.

07/05/2015

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Drought Surcharge, Rate Increase Takes Effect For EBMUD Customers

East Bay customers will pay more for their water now that a drought surcharge and rate increase has taken effect.

07/01/2015

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Livermore Fiber Optic Line Severed In 11th Attack On Bay Area Lines

A rash of attacks on fiber optic cables have happened in the Bay Area, causing disruptions with internet, phone and cable service.

06/30/2015

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Questionable Crowdfunding Campaigns May Be New Easy Money For Scammers

From politics to potato salad, even a trip to Mars, you can raise money for just about any product with crowdfunding, but those products don’t always make it into the hands of backers.

06/30/2015

Chevron refinery in Richmond. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Consumer Group Accuses Oil Refineries Of Manipulating Gas Prices Higher, Urges Investigation

A consumer group is calling on the state attorney general to investigate what it calls a gouging of customers at the gas pump.

06/30/2015

A for lease sign is posted in front of home for rent on April 21, 2015 in San Francisco, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

$4,252 Is San Francisco’s New Median Rent Price

San Francisco’s ridiculous rent prices have gotten even more obscene, with the median rent breaking the $4,000 mark.

06/30/2015