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Is Pet Insurance Worth The Cost? What To Know Before You Buy

Janie Havemeyer wasn’t surprised when her Golden Retriever Coby hovered up a sidewalk snack during his daily walk. It’s what happened later that left Havemeyer in disbelief.

06/05/2014

Woman using her cellphone at work.

Warning: Your Employer Could Wipe Your Cellphone, Laptop, Tablet — Clean

If you have opted to use your own device at work be warned: that convenience could end up costing you money and all your memories.

06/03/2014

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Impossible-To-Find Dress From Disney’s ‘Frozen’ Selling For Over $1,000 On eBay

The hottest dress this year won’t ever appear in Vogue or Glamour. Disney’s Elsa dress from the hit film ‘Frozen’ is as hard to find as a kid who hasn’t seen the film, and savvy owners are turning the demand into big profits by reselling them online for hundreds of dollars.

05/29/2014

A healthcare reform specialist helps people select insurance plans at the free Affordable Care Act (ACA) Enrollment Fair at Pasadena City College on November 19, 2013 in Pasadena, California. The event, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and the Los Angeles Association of Health Underwriters, offers one-on-one sessions with insurance experts certified by Covered California to help people enroll for healthcare coverage under the ACA. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Anthem Covered California Customer Unable To Find Nearby Doctor, Said He Was Told To Cancel Plan

For months, KPIX 5 ConsumerWatch has been reporting that many newly-insured consumers on Covered California haven’t been able to find a doctor under their new plans. Now, even insurers are telling some they are out of luck.

05/21/2014

A budtender handles marijuana at Perennial Holistic Wellness Center, a not-for-profit medical marijuana dispensary in operation since 2006, on September 7, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. A group of activists have submitted about 50,000 signatures in an effort to force a referendum on a marijuana dispensary ban in Los Angeles to take effect next week. A minimum of 27,425 valid signatures from registered voters is needed to let voters decide on the issue in March, and until the number can be verified, the ban will not be enforced. . The ban would not prevent patients or cooperatives of two or three people to grow their own in small amounts. Californians voted to legalize medical cannabis use in 1996, clashing with federal drug laws. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

California Reportedly Leading Nation In Pot Poisonings Among Pet Dogs

An increasing number of dogs are being rushed to Bay Area emergency veterinary clinics after eating marijuana intended for human consumption. Experts say dogs left untreated after ingesting pot can suffer serious consequences, including coma and death.

05/21/2014

The Watson family's 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid. (CBS)

Ford Probes Fusion Hybrid Stalling Reports After Bay Area Family Car Failures Lead To Freeway Crash

Ford Motor Company is facing questions about potential catastrophic failures in 2010 Fusion Hybrids after an East Bay family’s Fusion stalled not once, but twice, leading to a freeway crash.

05/19/2014

The touch-screen control panel of the new Tesla Model S .(Credit: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

Car Dashes May Be Next Frontier In Targeted Advertising

Location based ads are popping up in dashboards across the country, and location is just the beginning of the trend. Advertisers are targeting consumers by their vehicle type, the music they listen to, and anything else they may do with their dash.

05/13/2014

2006 Chrysler 300 Long Wheelbase sedan. (Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

Chrysler Delays Notification To Drivers Their Cars Could Suddenly Stall

After months of delays in notifying drivers older model Chryslers that their cars may stall on the road, Chrysler is still delaying sending out notification letters, according to sources.

05/07/2014

Surveillance footage of two men suspected of stealing the identity of Brian Hill. (CBS)

San Francisco Man Tracks Down Identity Thieves After Wallet Was Stolen

If you have ever been a victim of crime, you know the feeling: I wish I could have caught them. A San Francisco man who had his wallet stolen was able to corner the thieves who stole his identity.

05/07/2014

2006 Chrysler 300 Long Wheelbase sedan. (Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

Owners Of More Than 150,000 Chryslers Warned That Their Cars Could Suddenly Stall

Nearly five months after Chrysler was supposed to notify drivers that some of its older model cars may stall on the road, KPIX 5 ConsumerWatch has learned that Chrysler is finally sending letters to more than 150,000 car owners.

05/06/2014

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