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  • Delinquent debt number 'stunning'

    Delinquent debt number 'stunning'
    The credit card Chris Mezyk received before college was meant to pay for food and getting around. But it didn't stop there. "It quickly turned into the bar tab card, which turned into the 'I've got to find a way to get to work and I can't pay for it'...
  • The case for cop and teacher cams

    The case for cop and teacher cams
    If you've ever had the distinct displeasure of calling a customer service hotline, you've probably heard a soothing voice tell you that "this call may be monitored for quality assurance purposes." It can be comforting to know that there is — in...
  • Lawsuit puts scrutiny on title insurance kickbacks

    A new federal court suit alleging kickback violations by one of the country's top-producing real estate sales teams raises an unsettling question for home buyers: Could your agent or broker be pocketing under the table large chunks of what you pay for...
  • License revocation unwarranted, electricity supplier says

    License revocation unwarranted, electricity supplier says
    An electricity supplier in the crosshairs of Pennsylvania authorities over complaints about high prices says revoking its license would be heavy-handed under the circumstances because it is making amends by refunding customers. Hiko Energy, of Monsey,...
  • Food buyers lean toward 'natural,' a claim that's hard to define

    Food buyers lean toward 'natural,' a claim that's hard to define
    When you buy a box of crackers labeled "natural," do you just assume they're organic? Don't. When you choose an "all natural" chocolate syrup for your kids' ice cream, are you thinking it has less sugar? Read the label. But what about those "natural"...
  • First half of 2014 helps gauge area housing market

    First half of 2014 helps gauge area housing market
    Housing market results from the year's first half are in the books, providing researchers and prognosticators with a dizzying amount of data to crunch to figure out where the market is headed. Look at enough of it, and believe me, I do, and a few...
  • Gen Y generates jump in car sales

    Q: A December report from the U.S. Public Interest Group Education Fund and the Frontier Group found that over the last decade, the share of workers who get to work by private car declined in 99 of America's 100 largest urbanized areas. The Lehigh...
  • A timely warning from the feds: Bitcoins are the 'Wild West'

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, that whipping boy of big-business conservatives everywhere, demonstrated its value to the average consumer this week by explaining the pitfalls of bitcoins and other such "virtual currencies." The key takeaway,...
  • Choices abound when buying eggs

    Choices abound when buying eggs
    Decades ago, eggs were brown or white, big or small. Now you need a scorecard to choose: cage-free, organic, humanely raised or pasture-raised — not to mention prices that can run from less than $2 to $8 for a dozen. At the heart of the confusion?...
  • Will Tesla Model S lose Consumer Reports' top recommendation?

    Will Tesla Model S lose Consumer Reports' top recommendation?
    Is Consumer Reports falling out of love with Tesla? ------------ FOR THE RECORD An earlier version of this post said Edmunds reported that on three occasions the drivers testing the Tesla experienced a "car died roadside" situation. In fact, an...
  • Advice from the experts on how not to be schooled while going back to school

    Advice from the experts on how not to be schooled while going back to school
    Stores bury parents this time of year with advertisements, offers and coupons for back-to-school sales. Consumer protection experts bury columnists like me with advice about how to stay safe, and save money, while preparing to go back to school. Here...