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The Pottery Barn website. (CBS)

Pottery Barn Backtracks On Gender-Specific Backpack Designations

Pottery Barn is backtracking on a policy that prevented shoppers from ordering “boy” patches on “girl” backpacks.

08/18/2015

Brushing teeth with charcoal. (CBS)

Charcoal May Be Hottest Trend In Beauty Products

Charcoal has been replaced by gas as the darling of the backyard barbecue, but it may have a future as the newest and hottest beauty trend.

08/05/2015

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

California Lawmakers Demand Change To EDD Practice Of Putting Social Security Numbers On Documents

Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are coming together following a report that revealed the state is putting millions at risk for identity theft by printing full social security numbers on documents being mailed.

07/20/2015

Way back when, Whole Foods was one lonely store in 1980, and also home sweet home to owners John Mackey and Rene Lawson. They even used the dishwasher as a shower. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Whole Foods Accused Of Overcharging For Packaged Food By As Much As $14

Whole Foods supermarkets have been routinely overcharging customers by overstating the weight of prepackaged meat, dairy and baked goods, New York City’s consumer chief said Wednesday.

06/25/2015

Aerial view of collapsed balcony in Berkeley that killed 5. (CBS)

Building Inspectors Extra Busy After Deadly Berkeley Deck Collapse

Building inspectors are extra busy following a deadly deck collapse in Berkeley that sent 13 people plunging to the ground.

06/18/2015

Kathy Nixon's puppy Copper died just six days after bringing home from a seller on Craigslist. (Courtesy: Kathy Nixon)

California Dog Buyers Have Rights, But Only If They Buy From A ‘Breeder’

If you buy a dog from a breeder in California, you may have rights if the dog becomes sick in the first 15-days.

06/02/2015

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Netflix Users Freaking Out Over Rumors Of 3rd Party Ads Coming To Streaming Service

Netflix users have been freaking out Monday over rumors that the streaming content service will begin testing third party advertisements while movies and shows play.

06/01/2015

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34 Million Air Bags Recalled In Largest Recall In U.S. History, Shrapnel Kills 6, Injures 100

The air bag defect that has killed six and injured 100 is now expanding to cover 34 million air bags across the entire United States. Car owners can look up their Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) online here.

05/19/2015

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California Man’s Tax Refund Garnished Over Parking Ticket For Someone Else’s Car

A California man’s state tax refund was heavily garnished over a parking ticket from a city he’s never been to, for a car he’s never owned.

05/14/2015

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Is Wine Vegan? Sure, Except For The Egg Whites, Gelatin, Milk Products And Fish Parts

(Inside Science Currents Blog) — Is your wine vegan? It seems like an odd question: wine is made of grapes, grapes fall solidly under the “not an animal product” label, therefore it would seem that wine is a vegan-friendly beverage.

05/13/2015

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