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Building Inspectors Extra Busy After Deadly Berkeley Deck CollapseBuilding inspectors are extra busy following a deadly deck collapse in Berkeley that sent 13 people plunging to the ground.
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.
California Man's Tax Refund Garnished Over Parking Ticket For Someone Else's CarA 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.
New Federal Water Heater Regulations Present Tough Choices For ConsumersNew federal regulations for water heaters will go into effect in a few weeks. They are designed to make them more efficient but many people are running out to buy the older remaining water heaters.
Unauthorized Charges On Cell Phone Bills Prove Difficult To ReverseFinding an unauthorized charge on your phone bill is easy – all you have to do is scan the bill. But some Sprint customers say getting those charges to stop is almost impossible, even after bringing them to Sprint’s attention.
Credit Freeze: The Best Way To Prevent Identity Thieves From Opening Credit In Your, Or Your Child's NameIt's called a credit freeze or security freeze and it's the number one tool to prevent crooks from opening a credit account in your -- or your child's -- name. Trouble is, not many people are using it.
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Gift Ideas For Do-Gooders That Want To Give Back This Holiday SeasonEveryone has do-gooder on their gift list, that special someone who always thinks of others before themselves. But sometimes the rest of us…you know who you are…need a gift that will put us on the 'nice list' too. Either way we have the gift guide for you.
Holiday Gift Ideas For The Foodie On Your ListEveryone has a food fan or two to buy gifts for this holiday season, but if you’re not a foodie, than these folks can be some of the hardest people to shop for. So…we compiled a list of a few foodie favorites, some for the serious cook and some just for fun.
Holiday Gift Guide For TechiesGift ideas for the techies on your list this season.
Covered California Insurers Promoting Bogus Doctor Lists According To State InvestigationA new state investigation confirmed that health insurance companies have been promoting bogus lists of doctors available in their Covered California health plans for months.
Californians Reconsidering Earthquake Insurance After Napa QuakeOnly 10 percent of Californians buy earthquake insurance. Some say it's too expensive, while others say they don't think need it. But the damage from the Bay Area's largest quake in a quarter century has many reconsidering.