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  • Traffic Fell But Traffic Deaths Rose in 2020
    Less traffic but more fatal accidents. That’s the quickest way to sum up the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on traffic safety. Federal safety regulators say the increases came mostly in the third and fourth quarters of 2020, […]
  • Home Alone: How much time can your dog spend by itself?
    The COVID-19 pandemic saw millions of Americans working at home all day, leading many to adopt a dog or other pet. Now that offices are beginning to turn the lights back on, there’ll be a new batch of […]
  • Manufactured Homes Can Be Risky Investments
    Manufactured homes — often called mobile homes — offer an affordable housing solution for millions of Americans. But a new report from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) identifies some risks that are often overlooked by consumers. While […]
  • More Retirees Splitting Residency Between Two Countries
    Thanks to a variety of factors, many retirees are choosing to split their residency between the United States and a second country during retirement. This number has started to increase in recent years and is becoming an appealing […]
  • Two Telcos Ordered to Stop Carrying Robocalls
    The Federal Communications Commission has ordered two companies to stop carrying robocall and spoofing campaigns on their networks, the latest in a series of actions the agency has taken to try to stamp out the annoying calls. The […]
  • Organic Food a Trade-Off Between Health and Climate
    Organic foods may be better for you than the non-organic kind, but they may also be worse for the planet, according to a couple of new studies. Researchers at Johns Hopkins compared organic meat with the standard variety […]
  • Repair Restrictions Harming Consumers, FTC Finds
    The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has found “scant evidence” that manufacturers’ restrictions on product repairs are. necessary. In a report to Congress, titled Nixing the Fix, the commission said repair restrictions are clearly harming consumers. “The bipartisan, unanimous […]
  • Postal Banking Movement Gaining Supporters
    You might not think of going to the post office to cash a check or take out a small loan. But that’s something that happens routinely in countries all over the world. In fact, it happened here from […]
  • Consumers Largely Sought No Relief in Car Insurance Costs During the Pandemic
    Millions of Americans stayed home from work, school and social outings during the pandemic, and so did their cars. But even as their cars sat idle — and therefore not likely to be involved in an accident — […]
  • FDA to Ban Menthol Cigarettes, Citing Harm to Blacks, Teens
    Menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars are being banned by the FDA because of their harmful effects on Blacks and teens.
  • STD Rates Climb and So Do Queries to Dr. Google
    Chlamydia and other STDs are spreading faster than ever, and millions of consumers are turning to the internet for information. Is this wise?
  • Lemonade Entering Car Insurance Market
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  • Digital Dependency Spurs Data Mining Crackdown
  • Supreme Court De-Fangs Federal trade Commission
    The U.S. Supreme Court today revoked the Federal Trade Commission’s authority to recover ill-gotten gains from companies, saying unanimously that Congress had never granted it that authority. It’s a major blow for the FTC, the nation’s top consumer […]
  • Methylene Chloride Bathtub Refinishing Deaths on the Rise
    Researchers say they found an “unacceptable” number of deaths from paint stripper chemicals in a recent study, despite the known dangers of the chemical, methylene chloride. Most of the victims died while working, mostly in paint stripping and […]