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Starving Artists Turn To Fans To Crowdfund Their Work

Making music for a living is a gamble. Now, some starving artists are getting funding straight from their fans.

11/11/2014

gift card, credit card

Bay Area Man’s Gift Card Comes With Strings Attached

After getting a $150 gift card from Nissan to help cover repair costs, a Bay Area man found out his gift card wasn’t really a gift card at all.

11/10/2014

Eileen Joyce

Older Americans, Still Saddled With Student Debt, Find Social Security Benefits At Risk

An estimated 2 million Americans age 60 and older who are still carrying student debt and learning too late that their Social Security benefits could be in jeopardy.

10/31/2014

Remy, a therapy dog, sits on the lap of Jennifer Krull ahead of a dental procedure. (CBS)

Therapy Dog Puts Patients At Ease In Sunnyvale Dental Office

A Sunnyvale dental office is using a therapy dog to ease the anxiety of patients who fear the dentist’s drill.

10/13/2014

(Photo by Michael Brown/Getty Images)

Subscribers Warned Of Massive ‘Renewal’ Bills From Third Party Companies

Consumer advocates are advising newspaper and magazine subscribers to disregard official-looking renewal notices from unauthorized billing companies. The third-party companies usually charge well above the publisher’s regular price for a subscription renewal.

09/29/2014

Ingrid Robinson (CBS)

Bay Area Woman Exposes Massive Fraud At Investment Firm, Leading To Conviction Of Company Execs

A Bay Area woman is getting credit for taking down an investment company that scammed thousands of investors out of millions of dollars.

09/22/2014

Medi-cal

Advocates Sue State Over Massive Medi-Cal Backlog, Low-Income Residents Waiting Months

Advocates have filed suit against the state, saying hundreds of thousands of low-income Californians are being denied medical care because of a huge backlog of Medi-Cal applications.

09/19/2014

In this composite image provided by NASA, Hurricane Iselle (L) is followed by Hurricane Julio as they approach Hawaii from the east in early August, 2014. (NASA/Jeff Schmaltz/LANCE/EOSDIS Rapid Response via Getty Images)

Hawaii Shoppers Deal With Apparent Price Gouging In Wake Of Hurricane Iselle

As Hurricane Iselle left significant damage in parts of Hawaii, people shopping for supplies in the wake of the storm are getting a dose of sticker shock.

08/09/2014

Dog Park Closed After Pet Diagnosed With A Virus

Bay Area Pet Owners Get New Alternative To Kennels With AirBnB-Like Service

Vacationing pet owners in the Bay Area now have a new alternative to parking their pooch at a kennel with what some are calling an AirBnB for pets.

07/28/2014

Instead of using plastic bottles, Boxed Water is Better is packaged in a paper carton. (CBS)

Move Over Bottles, Water Packaged In Boxes Is Eco-Friendly Alternative

Over growing environmental concerns, bottled water is receiving a bad rap. A company based in the Midwest is selling an alternative that claims to be more eco-friendly: water in a box.

07/18/2014

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