ConsumerWatch: Laws To Protect Kids From Spy Toys
From dolls that talk to Teddy Bears that send messages, Internet-connected products pick up a lot of personal information. California could become the first state to require so-called smart devices to come with additional security and privacy protection. Julie Watts reports. (4-20-17)

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Anti-Pot Campaign Targets Santa Clara County TeensAn advertising campaign called "Wasted" has launched on buses, in movie theaters and on social media in an effort to discourage young people from smoking marijuana. Len Ramirez reports. (1-18-18)
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Prosecutor Details Horrendous Abuse Inside Riverside County HomeThe parents of 13 siblings who were allegedly held in captivity in their family's Southern California home were charged Thursday with committing years of torture and abuse that left their children malnourished, undersized and with cognitive impairments. (1-18-18)
New Study Details Most Dangerous Highways In Bay Area During CommuteAnne Makovec reports on San Francisco start-up Zendrive's analysis of Bay Area commuter routes (1-18-2018)
2018 Jefferson Awards CeremonyThe 2017 Bay Area Jefferson Award winners get their medals at a ceremony at the Herbst Theater in San Francisco

Family & Parenting

Prosecutor Details Horrendous Abuse Inside Riverside County HomeThe parents of 13 siblings who were allegedly held in captivity in their family's Southern California home were charged Thursday with committing years of torture and abuse that left their children malnourished, undersized and with cognitive impairments. (1-18-18)
Viewer Donations, Silicon Valley Shelter Give New Hope to Struggling FamilyIn the shadow of multi-million-dollar Silicon Valley estates some Bay Area families -- the working poor -- are forced to live in RVs. Now, there's new hope and a temporary haven for one such family. Betty Yu reports. (1-12-18)
Excessive Video Gaming May Officially Become A Mental Health DisorderThe World Health Organization is poised to classify “gaming disorder” as a mental health problem, similar to a drug or alcohol addiction. Sharon Chin reports. (12/26/17)

Consumer News

Taking An Ancestry Test Could Make It Harder To Buy Life InsuranceDNA testing kits promise insights into your ancestry, but regulators and consumer advocates warn it may make buying life insurance harder. Julie Watts reports. (1/17/18)
PG&E Urged To Refund Ratepayers Following Tax Law OverhaulState regulators are calling on utility companies to pay it forward by passing on their tax cut savings to customers. But Andrea Nakano reports PG&E is pushing back. (1/16/18)
California Legislators Propose Greater Wildfire Insurance ProtectionCalifornia lawmakers are taking steps to protect Californians from the suffering that follows a wildfire. Emily Turner reports. (1/16/18)

Gov't, Politics & Law

San Francisco Short-Term Rental Supply Loses 6,000 Listings OvernightA new law in San Francisco is cracking down on landlords turning homes into hotels during a housing crisis. Susie Steimle reports. (1/17/18)
Homeowners Incentivized To Part With Wood-Burning Stoves And FireplacesResidents in parts of the Bay Area can receive up to $3,500 in rebates to stop burning wood and begin using a cleaner burning alternative. Len Ramirez reports. (1/16/18)
Cost Of California's High-Speed Rail Project Climbs By $2.8 BillionCalifornia is being sued for unauthorized spending, as the bullet train's first phase comes in well over budget. Melissa Caen reports. (1/16/18)

Internet

FCC Votes Along Party Lines to End 'Net Neutrality'The Federal Communications Commission repealed the Obama-era "net neutrality" rules Thursday, giving internet service providers like Verizon, Comcast and AT&T a free hand to slow or block websites and apps as they see fit or charge more for faster speeds. Allen Martin reports. (12-14-17)
FCC Repeals Obama-Era Net Neutrality RulesThe Federal Communications Commission on Thursday overturned “net neutrality.” (12/14/17)
UPS Workers Delivering Overtime To Meet Online Purchasing DemandsUPS workers may have to work up to 70 hours in an eight-day period in order to deliver products purchased via the Internet over the holidays. Susie Steimle reports. (12/4/17)

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