Julie Watts

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Journalists tend to ask questions that others might not. We also have an ethical obligation to investigate both sides of any story. So, when I found out that I was…

02/10/2015

TurboTax

Mountain View Software Maker Intuit Resumes Processing TurboTax State Returns After Suspension Due To Reports Of Fraud

TurboTax, the country’s most popular do-it-yourself tax preparation software, halted processing state tax returns for about 24 hours because of a spike in fraudulent filings.

02/06/2015

GeriJoy Virtual Pet

ConsumerWatch: Seniors Get Help From Virtual Animated Pets Backed By Human Caregivers

A Bay Area startup has developed an elder-care computer system that features an adorable animated avatar masking a real live human caretaker.

01/30/2015

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Is Pizza As Bad For Kids As Sugary Drinks?

A new study finds kids and teens are getting more calories from pizza than anything else they eat — besides dessert.

01/19/2015

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)

New Laws In 2015 Could Fix Issues Facing Covered California

From too few doctors, to state regulators who weren’t enforcing the law, the set backs and successes of the state’s health care exchange have been the topic of many ConsumerWatch reports this year. Now, the new laws in the New Year could fix some of the most significant issues facing Covered California. Julie Watts reports.

12/30/2014

Sal Meola

ConsumerWatch: Big Box Stores May Not Cover Shipping Damage — Even When They Deliver

When you buy an appliance and the store offers to deliver it, you might expect they’ll take responsibility for any damage. But, as Julie Watts found out, it’s not always that simple.

12/26/2014

Steak

Holiday Gift Ideas For The Foodie On Your List

Everyone 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.

12/15/2014

New Car Showroom

Car Dealers Jump On Black Friday Bandwagon

More and more, car dealers and manufacturers are getting into the Black Friday sales game, offering consumers thousands in trade-ins and cash-back deals.

11/28/2014

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Price Matching During Holidays Is Easy Money That Many Pass Up

For some holiday shopping is a contact sport, but scoring better deals this holiday season doesn’t even require getting off the couch.

11/28/2014

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Covered California Insurers Promoting Bogus Doctor Lists According To State Investigation

A new state investigation confirmed that health insurance companies have been promoting bogus lists of doctors available in their Covered California health plans for months.

11/23/2014

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